EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/2/2011

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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Studenti 15-0 
 2. SK Tirana 12-3 
 3. Kamza Basket 7-8 
 4. U.A.T. 7-8 
 5. Vllaznia Shk. 3-12 
 6. Skenderbeu 1-14 


A1 Round 13: Studenti beats Sport Klub Tirana in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Leader Studenti faced their biggest opponent Sport Klub Tirana. Host Studenti (15-0) defeated guests from (12-3) 79-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sport Klub Tirana. Undefeated Studenti have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana keeps the second position with three games lost. The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Kamza Basket (7-8) outscored 6th ranked Skenderbeu (1-14) 74-50. Kamza Basket maintains third place with 7-8 record having eight points less than leader Studenti, which they share with U.A.T. Skenderbeu at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost.
In the last game of round 13 Vllaznia Shk. was crushed by U.A.T. in a road game 65-44.



Group A
Kamza Basket - Skenderbeu 74-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Kamza Basket (7-8) outscored 6th ranked Skenderbeu (1-14) 74-50. Kamza Basket maintains third place with 7-8 record having eight points less than leader Studenti, which they share with U.A.T. Skenderbeu at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost.


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U.A.T. - Vllaznia Shk. 65-44

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Vllaznia Shkodra's (3-12) road loss to fourth ranked U.A.T. (7-8) 44-65. U.A.T. moved-up to third place, which they share with Kamza Basket. Vllaznia Shkodra at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.


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Studenti - SK Tirana 79-70



Leader Studenti faced their biggest opponent Sport Klub Tirana. Host Studenti (15-0) defeated guests from (12-3) 79-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sport Klub Tirana. Studenti have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Defending champion Sport Klub Tirana keeps the second position with three games lost.


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jackson, La Union20.0 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.7 
 3. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 5. Johnson, Monte H.16.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.3 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.16.2 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.2 
 9. Salles, Monte H.15.1 
 10. White, Monte H.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.2 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.10.2 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 4. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.4 
 6. Kante, Olimpico LB8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.6 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.7.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.6.1 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.4 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.1 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 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.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.9 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga: Regular season is over, Gmunden is No.1 despite the loss - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in A Bundesliga just ended (Round 10). Gmunden is No.1 with 23-9 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals. The format is best-of-five and first games are scheduled for Sunday.

Quarterfinals pairs:
Oberwart - Wels
Gmunden - UBSC Graz
Arkadia - Kapfenberg
Furstenfeld - Klosterneub.




Final Standings

Group A
1. Gmunden 23-9
2. Oberwart 21-11
3. Arkadia 20-12
4. Furstenfeld 19-13
5. Klosterneub. 18-14
6. Kapfenberg 14-18

Group B
1. Wels 19-13
2. UBSC Graz 17-15
3. St.Polten 13-19
4. BC Vienna 13-19
5. Gussing 13-19
6. Worthersee 2-30



Group A
Furstenfeld - Gmunden 81-66

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (23-9) on the court of fourth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Furstenfeld Panthers 81-66. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Gmunden Swans managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 22 Gmunden Swans turnovers. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) scored 22 points, 7 assists and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Anthony Slack (202-F/C-84, college: Illinois St.) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 22+7ast, S.Stazic 17+3reb+6ast, S.Ray 14+7reb+1ast, R.Hicks 14+5reb, R.Hampton 5+3reb+1ast, D.Carr 3+2reb+1ast
Gmunden: E.Murati 15+1reb+3ast, M.Mayer 11+3reb+1ast, A.Slack 10+8reb+1ast, D.Oppland 10+4reb+2ast, P.Hutter 6, I.Boylan 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 121998


Oberwart - Kapfenberg 73-71

Sixth-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-18) gave a tough game to third ranked Oberwart Gunners (21-11) on Thursday. Oberwart Gunners managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) fired 24 points for the winners. Guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) chipped in 21 points and 6 assists. Forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami, OH) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Michael Nelson (193-86, college: N.Dakota St.) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 24+4reb+2ast, K.Parker 21+2reb+6ast, T.Sally 10+4reb+2ast, H.Ochsenhofer 7+2reb+1ast, B.Volcic 6+8reb+3ast, D.Gonzalvez 3+5reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: M.Nelson 17+4reb+1ast, D.Horace 14+11reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 13+3reb+5ast, J.Fears 11+1reb+7ast, D.Nelson 10+8reb, L.Gordon 6+5reb
gschID: 121999


Arkadia - Klosterneub. 92-108

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Arkadia Lions (20-12) against fifth ranked Xion Dukes (18-14) on Thursday night. Host Arkadia Lions were defeated by Xion Dukes in Traiskirchen 108-92. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Xion Dukes's pressure prevailed and they won that period 32-17 extending their advantage to 16 points. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Arkadia Lions outrebounded Xion Dukes 36-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-84) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Bosnian-Slovenian guard Damir Zeleznik (191-80) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) replied with 27 points and 8 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Arkadia Lions.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 24+1reb+3ast, D.Zeleznik 11+2reb+2ast, J.Chappell 11+3reb+1ast, C.Bobb 11+3ast, R.Suljanovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Rachar 10+3reb+2ast
Arkadia: K.Houston 27+8reb+2ast, D.Drenovac 18+4reb+1ast, B.Danek 12+1reb+5ast, P.Skurdauskas 11+6reb, K.Payton 10+4reb+5ast, F.Vay 10+11reb+7ast
gschID: 122000


Group B
BC Vienna - UBSC Graz 71-72

Important game to mention about took place in Wien. Second ranked UBSC Graz (17-15) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked BC Vienna (13-19) 72-71 on Thursday evening. It looked good early as BC Vienna took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then UBSC Graz took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) notched 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Five UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds by Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: World Sport Agency) did not help to save the game for BC Vienna. Serbian center Nemanja Miljkovic (205-90) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: S.Grum 14+2reb+4ast, M.Stegnjaic 14+4reb, L.Graham 12+9reb, S.Schaal 12+2reb+1ast, D.Miletic 11+2reb+1ast, C.Knor 6+2reb
BC Vienna: A.Trepalovac 18+12reb+3ast, N.Miljkovic 12+6reb+4ast, S.Rhynes 12+2reb, S.N'Diaye 8+4reb, S.Pekovic 8+6reb+6ast, M.Graf 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 122001


Gussing - St.Polten 79-94

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th ranked Gussing Knights (13-19) were defeated at home by fifth ranked St.Polten (13-19) 94-79 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by St.Polten. Gussing Knights was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Sebastian Koch (201-88) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Poiger 22+2reb+3ast, A.Worenz 16+3reb, T.Gaspar 16+3reb, N.Kapic 14, T.Schreiner 11+8reb+4ast, D.Jandl 6+4reb+2ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 15+10reb+1ast, M.Heard 14+8reb+1ast, S.Koch 14+7reb+4ast, T.Klepeisz 13+5reb+1ast, P.Horvath 7, A.Nunner 6+2ast
gschID: 122002


Wels - Worthersee 102-72

A Bundesliga top team - Raiffeisen Wels (19-13) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Worthersee Piraten (2-30) 102-72. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. Worthersee Piraten was better in fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiffeisen Wels made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Raiffeisen Wels looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Worthersee Piraten's players. Forward Romed Vieider (196-91) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Bruce Fields (197-80, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gunther Zajic (183-85, college: Bemidji St.) scored 15 points. Top scorers:
Wels: R.Vieider 26+5reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 16+4reb, T.Klette 13+4reb+3ast, B.Fields 13+4reb+5ast, J.Thomas 10+2reb+5ast, J.Smith 10+4reb+2ast
Worthersee: E.Rhinehart 18+6reb+1ast, G.Zajic 15+1reb+3ast, B.Abdullah 13+3reb+1ast, A.Kuttnig 9+7reb+2ast, B.Weber 6+3reb, E.Allesch 5+1reb
gschID: 122003




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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 40-0 
 2. Grodno-93 25-15 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 24-16 
 4. Sozh Gomel 18-22 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 24-16 
 2. Borifsen 16-24 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 8-32 
 4. Vitalyur 5-35 


OZAA and Lokomotiv won the Quarterfinal openers - by Eurobasket News
OZAA and Lokomotiv won the Semifinal openers beating their opponents. OZAA overcame Borisfen 94:72 and Lokomotiv grabbed the road win over Sozh, 68:71.
OZAA easily opened the game against Borisfen producing 35-11 in the first period. The hosts also managed to win the third and the last quarters. Sergei Charikov (185-G-82) stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) netted 22. Vladimir Koval responded with 25 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
Lokomotiv beat Sozh 71:68 away from home even trailing 24-30 after the first 10 minutes. The team from Vitebsk tied the score at the halftime and then needed 16-9 in the final stanza for the total success. Siarhei Sapegin (195-G-84) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Dmitri Akulich (194-G-86) had 13. Vyacheslau Korzh (195-G-86) ended up with 17 points for the hosts.



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  BELGIUM   


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse
Not only did Telenet Oostende qualify for the Fiba Eurochallenge Final Four but today they were awarded the orgainization of the Final Four by Fiba Europe.
Oostende advances to the final four with a 2 games to 1 win over Ventspils. In the semi-final held on April 29th in the Sluyter Arena in Oostende they meet Slovenian powerhouse Novo Mesto. The other semi-final pits Spartak St Petersburg vs fellow Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban. The finals take place on May 1st.
The last time Oostende played a European semi-final was in 1999. The last team to play a European finals was Mons in 2008.


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  BOSNIA   


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


League 6, Round 2: Igokea blasts Siroki, stays on top alone - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in D1.

The game had a very big importance for Igokea as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Igokea smashed the reigning champion Siroki TT Kabeli in Aleksandrovac 82-47. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Igokea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Siroki TT Kabeli to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Siroki TT Kabeli's 26. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) replied with 14 points for Siroki TT Kabeli. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending champion Siroki TT Kabeli dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Siroki TT Kabeli will play next round against strong Bosna ASA BHT trying to get back on the winning streak. Igokea will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad.
Undefeated Borac Nektar (1-1) recorded its first loss in Sarajevo. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-1) 86-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#3) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Borac Nektar will play at home against Capljina Lasta to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 3rd ranked Capljina Lasta in a game versus Mladost (#5) 80-68. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Ranko Velimirovic notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Mladost's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Stefan Fekete did not help to save the game for Capljina Lasta. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Mladost (1-1) left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Capljina Lasta at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Mladost will meet at home league's leader Igokea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play against Borac Nektar (#5) in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Bosna - Borac Nektar 86-75

Undefeated Borac Nektar (1-1) recorded its first loss in Sarajevo. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-1) 86-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Siroki TT Kabeli (#3) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Borac Nektar will play at home against Capljina Lasta to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 125364


Capljina - Mladost 68-80

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 3rd ranked Capljina Lasta in a game versus Mladost (#5) 80-68. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Mladost. Capljina Lasta managed to win third quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian power forward Ranko Velimirovic (203-72, agency: Beo Basket) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Mladost's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Capljina Lasta. Naturalized Croatian power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Mladost (1-1) left bottom position moving up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Capljina Lasta at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Mladost will meet at home league's leader Igokea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play against Borac Nektar (#5) in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Capljina: S.Fekete 22+8reb+5ast, J.Brkic 12+7reb, K.Rimac 11+1ast, B.Pelkic 8+6reb+1ast, S.Leric 5+1reb, J.Zdravkovic 4+4reb+2ast
Mladost: R.Velimirovic 20+6reb+1ast, M.Komatina 19+6reb, D.Duranovic 12+2reb, M.Bocka 10+5reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 7+4reb+2ast, P.Ivanic 5
gschID: 125365


Igokea - Siroki TT 82-47

The game had a very big importance for Igokea as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Igokea smashed the reigning champion Siroki TT Kabeli in Aleksandrovac 82-47. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Igokea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game without a history. Igokea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Siroki TT Kabeli to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Siroki TT Kabeli's 26. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) replied with 14 points and Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Siroki TT Kabeli. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending champion Siroki TT Kabeli dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Siroki TT Kabeli will play next round against strong Bosna ASA BHT trying to get back on the winning streak. Igokea will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: S.Spralja 14+2reb, Z.Sakic 8+6reb, S.Stemberger 7+1ast, I.Grgat 7+3reb, V.Morovic 5+2reb+3ast, F.Pilepic 4+4reb
Igokea: B.Chase 20+6reb+6ast, C.Vitkovac 15+3reb, Z.Rakocevic 11+4reb, D.Harvey 9+7reb+1ast, M.Dozet 8+1reb+1ast, J.Florence 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125366


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


All Set for First Easter Hoop Basketball & Showcase Camp - by David Edole
The stage is all set for the 1st Annual Easter Hoop and Basketball Showcase Camp to take place from April 7 through April 15, 2011 on Tortola, with opportunity for potential budding basketball players to earn college scholarships.

The camp which is hosted by the BVI Hoop It Up Foundation will be held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex and is opened to kids from ages 5 to 18 for the regular camp which will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

At the end of the Camp, a two-day showcase with players from both the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands is set for April 14 and April 15 where players between the ages of 17 and 21 will have the opportunity to showcase their talent to a group of guest coaches from the United States who will be scouting to offer basketball
scholarships.

Guest coaches for the Showcase will come from Sauk Valley Community College of Illinois, Colby Community College from Kansas, Central Arizona College of Arizona, Gulf Coast Community College of Florida, East Central University of Oklahoma. Also visiting sports agent Jose Parris from Paris Global Sports will be here.

The Showcase will culminate on Friday April 15, starting from 7 p.m. with the grand finale of a basketball game between the USVI Young Talent versus the BVI Young Talent.

President of the BVI Hoop It Up Foundation Steve Parillon is reminding those participating in the showcase who have finished high school, that a high school diploma is required since their participation has the potential of earning them a scholarship.

In light of that, tomorrow Saturday April 2 at 10 a.m. there will be a trial drive at the Bellevue Gym to evaluate those interested in being part of the Showcase.

The Easter Hoop will become an annual event, and part of the BVI Hoop It Up Foundations goal to bring basketball to youths year round.

Registration for participants in the Camp is $20.

Sponsors for this inaugural event are, Gold Sponsor - RTW in conjunction with Gatorade and Hon. Irene Penn-ONeal. Other sponsors are BVI Tourist Board, BVI Basketball Federation, NAGICO Insurance, and Travel Wise.

Application for this camp is available at all schools and registration will take place on April 4 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Steve Parillon at 284-544-0480 or Karl Scatliffe at 284-541-7541 or email bvihoopitup@gmail.com. For players in the US Virgin Islands, they can contact David Edole at 340-690-1614.


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AEL at finals after knocking down Keravnos Strovolou - by Chris Mammides
The queen is heading to her throne! AEL beat Keravnos for third time the Strovolos team and with a 3-1 in the semi- final series will face the team of Etha Engomis of Coach Konstantinidis with a home court disadvantage as Etha finished at the third spot while the Limassol team finished at the sixth spot in the regular season. Coaches Christos Spirou and Antonis Asonitis brought the sunshine to the Limassol team as their current record is 5-1 and they knocked down both Apollon and Keravnos with characteristic easiness by playing simple basketball and by having more passion and more target orientation than any of their opponents.
In regards to the game now, as all the other games of the series the basketball fans didnt really saw any high level basketball in the first quarter as both teams were full of stress and it was obvious since the baskets were successful with difficulty, it is worth mentioned that the score five minutes after the beginning of the game was 3-3. Never the less, AEL mainly with good peripheral game lead the first quarter by three 17-14 with most of the baskets scored in the last 2 minutes.
AEL got serious in the second half and with tough defense and a lot of passion increase the difference to 8 points by the end of the quarter with Brandon Ewing (187-G-86, college: Wyoming) being the top gun for AEL and with Keravnos not getting any points from his key players. The score in half time was 40-32 and AEL simply put a stepping stone on the matter whos the boss of the game.

Michalis Kounounis (194-F/G-81) and Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) were amazing in the third quarter and with the necessary help from the basketball funs of AEL (nearly 3.000 people at Melford Arena) increase the deficit only four minutes after the beginning of the 3rd quarter to 14 points 54-40. Michalis Kounounis was assisting and Stevan Milosevic in the paint without any real opponent was scoring. Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) took it personally and with seven personal points at the end cut the deficit to half, seven points with the third quarter finishing finally 54-47.

At the first seconds of the fourth quarter the Limassol fans saw Trisokkas scoring and the deficit to minimize to five and for a moment they got feared before a new crescent from AEL;s players (and mainly, Michalis Kounounis and Delic) start bombing the Strovolos basket. Kounas who was forgotten by his coaches in the previous matches was very good and with some personal points tried for the best for his team but things got worse for Keravnos after a new three pointer from Michalis Kounounis which basically erase all Strovolos dreams for a possible miracle at Melford Arena. Final score was 76-65 and AELs participation in the finals was a fact!
The quarters were: 17-14, 40-32, 54-47, and the final 76-65. The MVP of the game was Michalis Kounounis not for his productivity alone but for his passion and leadership skills.

The scorers for the two teams were:

AEL: Michalis Kounounis 13, Brandon Ewing 20, Delic 11, Stevan Milosevic 16, Wyatt 6, Papic 4, Palalas 4, Liatsos 2
Keravnos: Cummings 7, Pilavas 5, Johnson 13, Stefanovic 8, Pekovic 3, Trisokkas 4, Kammron Taylor 15, Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) 10



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Ligaen: Rabbits join Bears in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Game 4: Horsens IC - Svendborg 66-88 (1-3)

Svendborg Rabbits eliminated Horsens IC with almost perfect 3-1 and joined Bakken Bears in the Finals. First game is scheduled for April 7 and the format is best-of-seven.
The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. Horsens IC managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Svendborg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American forward Matt Williams (200-77, college: Montana) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Rickey Claitt (188-87, college: Oregon St.) produced 21 points and the former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: Lanshire Group) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.

Horsens IC: R.Claitt 21+1reb+3ast, A.Voskuil 13+5reb+1ast, H.Schur 11+7reb+1ast, M.Sahlertz 11+3reb+2ast, M.St.John 5+10reb+1ast, T.Katholm 3+3reb
Svendborg: N.Iversen 19+6reb+2ast, A.Darboe 17+2reb+3ast, M.Williams 15+10reb+2ast, M.Mariegaard 14+1reb+1ast, C.Cavanaugh 8+6reb+3ast, M.Plannthin 6+2reb+3ast
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Nets sign West to 10-day deal, waive Ross - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets plan to sign former Atlanta Hawks guard Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) after waiving swingman Quinton Ross (6'6''-G/F-81, college: SMU) on Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of New Jersey's plans.

West is expected to receive a 10-day contract, sources said, and could get a chance to claim some of the minutes that were earmarked for recent Nets signee Sundiata Gaines, who suffered a season-ending hip injury earlier this month after New Jersey signed him for the rest of this season and next season. West has averaged 0.8 points per game in 4.4 minutes per contest over three NBA seasons. He's averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Maine this season.

West has spent much of the past two seasons in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws after playing parts of three seasons with the Hawks and going to training camp this season with the Boston Celtics.

Ross played in 36 games for the Nets this season, averaging just 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. The seven-year veteran missed 24 games due to injury, including 15 of the last 16 games thanks to lower-back trouble.

Courtesy of ESPN


Thursday's games - by Eurobasket News
Erie Bay H. - Sioux Falls S. 98-96
Coach Jay Larranaga wasn't happy -- and his team won. The Erie BayHawks almost blew one against the D-League's worst team before edging Sioux Falls 98-96 before 2,504 fans Thursday night at Tullio Arena. 'I'll have to look myself in the mirror when I go home and figure out what I didn't do to prepare the team better,' Larranaga said. 'I guess each guy has to do the same, but the way we played is unacceptable after how much work the players have put into the season.' All-Star Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) had a fourth straight 33-point game to go along with 18 rebounds to keep Erie (31-18) in contention for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. However, the BayHawks weren't pleased with how they won. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Maine RC - Ft.Wayne MA 105-100
Just like that, the playoffs are hanging by the slenderest of threads for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In a game that see-sawed down to the end in Portland, Maine, the Maine Red Claws scored the last seven points to pull out a 105-100 victory Thursday, sending the Ants' playoff fate to the final regular-season game Saturday against Sioux Falls. The Ants (23-26) entered Thursday tied with Texas (23-26) for the last playoff spot. The Legends could have locked up the playoff spot with a win, but they lost 120-118 at Austin, sending the decision to Saturday. To secure the playoff spot, the Ants must beat Sioux Falls, and the Legends have to lose again to Austin. If both teams win or both lose, they finish tied and that sends the Legends to the playoffs because they own the tiebreaker (most victories against teams with .500 or better records). In Portland, meanwhile, the Ants overcame a 12-point deficit, 42.4 percent shooting and 8 of 27 three-point shooting to take a 100-98 lead on Chris Kramer's jumper with 38.1 seconds showing. Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) 's layup and Craig Winder (6'2''-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas) 's free throw gave the Red Claws the lead, and then Kramer missed a layup and a three and Ryan Wittman (6'6''-F-88, college: Cornell) another three in the final 16.9 seconds for the Ants. *Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net

Austin T. - Texas L. 120-118
Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G-87, college: Houston) scored 23 points and Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) added 22 as the Austin Toros held off the Texas Legends 120-118 Thursday. Joe Alexander had a game-high 38 points for the Legends. The two teams will play again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 36-13 
 2. Erie Bay H. 31-18 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 23-26 
 4. Dakota W. 18-30 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-38 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 32-17 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 32-17 
 3. Texas L. 23-26 
 4. Austin T. 22-27 
 5. New Mexico 20-29 
 6. Maine RC 18-31 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 33-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 29-20 
 3. Utah F. 28-21 
 4. Idaho S. 23-26 
 5. Springfield A. 13-36 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.7 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.1 
 5. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.19.4 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.4 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.7 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.7.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Warren, Bakersfi.5.9 
 9. Johnson, Austin T.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Dakota W.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.6 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 7. Jackson, Idaho S.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
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 66ers2.4 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.4 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 10. O''Bryant, Reno B.1.9 


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SRT Round 11: CDP loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
GUG - CDP 97-87
Round 11 in SRT means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place when GUG (6-6) beat league's leader CDP (8-4) 97-87 on Wednesday evening. GUG maintains fourth place with 6-6 record. CDP at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Plaza. CDP will play next round against Sameji trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Santiago - Sameji. GUG will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.

Cupes - CPN 88-101
The game in Santiago was also worth to mention about. Third ranked CPN (8-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Cupes (3-9). CPN defeated Cupes 101-88. CPN maintains third place with 8-5 record having just -2 point less than leader Plaza. Cupes at the other side keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Sameji. CPN will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cupes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Santiago to the arena Plaza.


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 8-3 
 2. CDP 8-4 
 3. CPN 8-5 
 4. GUG 6-6 
 5. Cupes 3-9 
 6. Sameji 3-9 


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Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Div.
 1. Destroyers 9-3 
 2. New York W. 9-3 
 3. South Jersey E. 7-5 
 4. Harrisburg H. 6-6 
 5. North Jersey P. 4-8 
 6. Hudson V.H. 1-11 
Southern Div.
 1. M. All-Stars 11-1 
 2. Washington M. 9-3 
 3. Maryland M. 7-5 
 4. Winchester S. 6-6 
 5. Old Domin. M. 6-6 
 6. Carolina G. 4-6 
 7. NoVa H. 3-9 
 8. Portsmouth C. 2-11 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Curtis ALLEN
  Voru KK
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Allen, Voru KK19.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.4 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere16.8 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 7. Brown, Va.16.4 
 8. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 10. Osby, TT.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.3 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Allen, Voru KK10.5 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 6. Osby, TT.9.5 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 2. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.4 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Allen, Voru KK2.8 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere2.6 
 10. Oja, Va.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 3. Allen, Voru KK2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Doronin, TU/Rock1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Osby, TT.1.4 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Allen, Voru KK1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Brown, Va.0.7 


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Maccabi Electra, PAO and Montepaschi advance to Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Olympiakos 88-76
Montepaschi registered three straight wins against Olympiakos to book a ticket for the Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. The Italian powerhouse failed in the first meeting and it was their worst performance this season, but they forgot it quickly and finally eliminated Olympiakos with almost perfect 3-1. Montepaschi will meet Panathinaikos in the Semis. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) was a key player for the hosts with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 19 points and Marko Jaric (198-G-78) added 12, while Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) helped with 10 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (5 rebs) and Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 16 points each. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) stopped to 10 pts.
Montepaschi had wonderful beginning. After 12-12 tie, the home squad made 17-6 run to finish the first period with double-digit lead (29-18). The hosts reached plus 13 at the beginning of Q2 and later ended it with 50-36. Malik Hairston was shining for Montepaschi in the first half, swishing turnaround jumpers, driving to the basket, daring visiting defenders to stop his one-on-one play and ending with 9 points in the second quarter and 19 for the half. The Reds drastically improved after the breather and came to 63-58 late in Q3. Ksistof Lavrinovic replied with a triple and later third quarter ended with 68-61 Montepaschi lead. Visitors were still in at that time, but not any longer after seven straight points by Marko Jaric in the last quarter. Montepaschi jumped to plus 12 and even reached 15-point lead with two minutes to go. The home fans already started to celebrate as their Montepaschi is back to Euroleague Final Four after two seasons (last time in 2008).

Maccabi T-A - Caja Laboral 99-77
Maccabi Electra stormed back to the Euroleague Final Four for the first time since 2008. The Israeli powerhouse blasted Spanish champion Caja Laboral 99-77 in Game Four winning the series with 3-1. Maccabi's thriller win in the second meeting in Vitoria was crucial in this series. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) shined with 26 points and 7 assists for the hosts, and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) added 22 pts. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) helped with 17 points on the night. Caja Laboral got 17 points from Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and 13 from Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.). Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 12 points and 6 assists.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Before that, Maccabi made 25-23 in the first ten minutes and Caja Laboral replied with 26-29 in Q2 for 51-52 half time lead. The home squad exploded after the breather. Jeremy Pargo and his teammates made 16-4 run in five minutes and for rest of the period they jumped to impressive 79-62. Maccabi reached 87-64 at the beginning of the Q4 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. The home fans had a reason to celebrate even 8 minutes before the end as their Maccabi returned to Euroleague Final Four. They will meet Valencia or Real Madrid in the Semis.

Valencia - Real Madrid 81-72
Power Electronics Valencia forced decisive Game Five against Real Madrid. The last season's EuroCup winner celebrated 81-72 victory last night tying the score to 2-2 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 7 assists. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) (7 rebs), Nando De Colo (202-G-87) (5 as) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 12 points each. On the other side, visitors got 20 points from Ante Tomic (217-C-87). Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 as) netted 14 and 11 pts respectively.
Valencia opened the game better as they made 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes. Real Madrid tied the score to 19-19 at the beginning of Q2 and later grabbed 29-33. Thanks to Omar-Sharif Cook and Rafa Martinez, the home squad closed the second period with 11-5 and was 40-38 up at the halftime. Ante Tomic and his teammates shined after the breather and with quick 0-8 run jumped to plus six, but Robertas Javtokas saved Valencia with three straight baskets. Dusko Savanovic and Pietrus joined him for 59-55 Valencia lead after 30 minutes. At the halfway of the last period Valencia reached 69-60 and Real Madrid was in deep trouble. It was too much for the guests and Valencia forced Game Five in Madrid on April 6 or 7.

Panathinaikos - Regal Barca 78-67

The most flourishing European Team during the last decade is back to Final four after a small break! The outsider team of Panathinaikos beat three times the last year's European champion team of Barcelona and will travel all the way to Barcelona for the Final four in the place of the 'Host' team. Panathinaikos was magnificent for another one game and the Serbian Head Coach Zelimir Obradovic proved once more that he is a master coach as he check mate his opponent Coach Pasqual in all the edges of the court.
Panathinaikos was not lucky at all as only five minutes from the very beginning saw his leader 3D - Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) to be charged his second personal foul only 3 minutes after the beginning while two minutes afterwards one of the top scorers and key elements of the Green team, Drew Nicholas left his team with one player less as he got injured (rumors are bringing him at least three weeks out of the basketball courts) so in only two minutes Coach Z. saw his two valuable players off the most crucial game of the season (until the next one). The remaining five minutes of the game moved in Obradovic's slow game with control basketball, many pick and rolls, tough defense and the power house of Barcelona remaining in 12 points after ten minutes, with the score being 16-12 in the first quarter and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) scoring five points but Panathinaikos is obviously very stressed as his percentages from the charity line is not more than 50% with 6 out of 12 free throws missed.
The second quarter found the two teams with Vaquez being unstoppable and scoring 7 consecutive points, and changin the balances as the minus four became plus four for Barcelona with Lakovic scoring a basket five minutes before the end of the first half. Batiste and Navarro were scoring for the Greeks and Catalonians respectively until the end of the first half when the home team of Panathinaikos took the lead with the deprived 34-33. The defense that Panathinaikos choose under the great guidance of Coach Z. forced Barca to remain to 33 points in 20 minutes.

The third quarter started with Lorbek and Vougioukas scoring a pair of baskets and 3D who came back to the game starting his personal crescent and his rich repertoire with a couple of assists and seven points while on behalf of Barcelona only Anderson is scoring so very simply Panathinaikos is gaining this quarter with 22-14 and the score being to +9 for the Greens after 30 minutes 56-47. The almighty Barcelona is able to score just 47 points in 30 minutes!!
It is obvious that the psychology factor is on home team's site as the Green players are more passionate and more willing to play defense to run the ball to risk and to play the total basketball.
The fourth quarter was simply the epilogue of the four games played between the two teams, 3D took his gun and start bombing the Catalonian basket, while Coach Pasqual couldn't answer to the check-mate moves of Coach Obradovic, Nick Calathes on Navaro was perfect, Vougioukas in the paint was awesome, while Sato and Perperoglou in the position three were offering the basketball essence to the Green team. The score went up to 13 points but Morris try to fight back and with a pair of three's cut the deficit to as low as six points, the American (ex player of Apollon Patras) was all alone as Lakovic, Navarro and Anderson were very well 'kept' by their personal opponents. Fotsis, Sato and Nick Calathes scored the last six points of Panathinaikos to the final 78-67 and Panathinaikos is back to his physical position in the elite of the European Basketball.
The top performers for the two teams were as follows:
Panathinaikos: Nick Calathes 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steal in his top performing game since he arrived in Panathinaikos, the natural leader of the Greens, Dimitris Diamantidis scored 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in less than 25 minutes and Antonis Fotsis with 11 points and six rebounds were the three top performers but Sato and Vougioukas 10 points were more than critical and especially for the Greek center this game was a starting point in his career as it was the most difficult and most critical game for the young center.
Barcelona: Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) was amazing, the Catalonian player scored 14 points and dashed down 5 rebounds in his top performing game in this series, he was all alone though as the heavy names of Navarro (7 points) and Rubio (3 points) with Grimau (2 points) and Morris (5 points) couldn't do a lot to harm the Greek champs, only Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) tried a bit more but his 13 points (8 of which in the last quarter) came quite late for the Catalonians ex European champions. *by Chris Mammides





Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.5 
 5. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos14.2 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.1 
 8. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
 10. San Emeterio, Caja L.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 3. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 4. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 5. Batista, Caja L.6.3 
 6. Fischer, Real Madrid6.3 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 10. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cook, Valencia5.7 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.3 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 8. Pargo, Maccabi T-A3.9 
 9. Jerrells, Partizan3.8 
 10. Eidson, Maccabi .3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (202-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.6 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.0 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 5. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 6. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 7. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.7 
 8. Perkins, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Dedovic, Lottomat.1.7 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 
 10. Vazquez, Regal B.1.0 


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: 92-74, 95-74, 96-74 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, play-off-games, quarter-finals, Game # 1: Scoring 74 points was not enough to victory tonight. Actually there were no upsets as the home teams were keeping their home court advantage. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) defeated Honka Espoo 92-74, KTP (Kotka) won over Karhu (Kauhajoki) 95-74 and regular season winner Pyrinto (Tampere) beat Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 96-74. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) (Korihait) scored game high 25 pts, Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) (KTP) led the hosts at Kotka (26) and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) netted 18 pts for Pyrinto. Pyrinto had six players in double digits, but The Player of March Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) was not among them (7pts/11rbs). The next games on April 2.-3.



KORISLIIGA: Damon Williams The Player of March - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American F Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (Pyrinto, Tampere) has been named the Player of March. Pyrinto won all their five games last month and improved their regular season record into figures 37-7. That means they collected 74 points, which is more than any team has done before. D.Williams led Pyrinto in March with 18,2 ppg, 8,8 rpg, 5,6 apg and 2,2 spg. D.Williams was chosen earlier also The Player of January.

Korisliiga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
KTP - Karhu 95-74

The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Kauhajoen Karhu was better in third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KTP-Basket forced 22 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 26 points. Five KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Steffan Johnson (185-87, college: Idaho) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
KTP: S.Barrett 26+2reb+3ast, J.Fields 16+14reb+4ast, M.Holme 14+3reb+1ast, C.Jones 12+8reb+1ast, J.Ivey 11+3reb+2ast, V.Lind 8+3reb
Karhu: J.Wood 21+15reb+3ast, S.Johnson 17+3reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 12+4reb+2ast, S.Niskanen 5+4reb, E.Skamo 5+1reb+2ast, H.Umoru 4+2reb
gschID: 125163


Korihait - Honka 92-74

The game without a history. UU-Korihait led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Espoo Honka only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Espoo Honka 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Espoo Honka was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) scored 16 points. Five UU-Korihait and four Espoo Honka players scored in double figures. Espoo Honka's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Korihait: L.Wright 25+9reb, B.Sarcevic 17+5reb+2ast, N.Moore 15+4reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 10+8reb, M.Jalonen 10+3reb+1ast, J.Reaves 10+7reb+2ast
Honka: C.Belser 18+10reb+2ast, J.Wilson 16+1reb+3ast, T.Iisalo 11+5reb, J.Williamson 10+5reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 9+4reb, J.Matinen 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125164


Kataja - Kouvot 68-66

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kouvot. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 14+6reb+3ast, D.Fells 14+12reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 12+4reb+2ast, J.Newson 12+8reb, P.Virtanen 6+3ast, J.Conley 6+2reb
Kouvot: J.Gonner 19+5reb+3ast, B.Walker 15+5reb, V.Kaunisto 13+7reb+3ast, D.Vinson 10+8reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 9+4reb+5ast, A.Perttu 0
gschID: 125161


Pyrinto - ToPo 96-74

Tampereen Pyrinto made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Torpan Pojat was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 18 points. At the losing side forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 18+4reb+2ast, J.Harjula 14+1reb+2ast, A.Lehto 13+1reb+3ast, A.Williams 13+10reb+5ast, A.Nikkila 12+7reb+2ast, J.Niemi 11+2reb+1ast
ToPo: T.Pearson 18+15reb+2ast, L.Blanchard 17+5reb+2ast, F.Richards 13+3reb, M.Pounds 10+3reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 8+2reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125162




Division1: Loimaan Korikonkarit take 2-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News
LoKoKo - Lapua 75-70

Lapuan Korikobrat was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Loimaan Korikonkarit, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for swingman Eero Aaltonen (194-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jussi Turja (193-90) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: E.Aaltonen 29+4reb+1ast, J.Stamper 14+6reb+3ast, J.Kivinen 10+6reb+1ast, C.Toney 9+5reb+5ast, S.Latvala 7+2reb+1ast, J.Kinnunen 3+1reb+2ast
Lapua: B.Valentine 21+6reb+4ast, J.Turja 19+5reb+1ast, K.Siven 13+9reb+1ast, D.Nelson 8+9reb+1ast, T.Still 7+4reb, V.Turja 2+4reb
gschID: 125422




Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Nelson, Lapua23.6 
 2. Manning, Huima21.8 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.3 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET21.2 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.2 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 7. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 8. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
 10. Valentine, Lapua18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 4. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.0 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.1 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo3.5 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.1 
 6. Valentine, Lapua3.1 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.7 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.7 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
 10. Viertola, FoKoPo2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.4 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.3 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Roberson, Huima2.0 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 6. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 6. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 7. Salminen, Ura B.0.5 
 8. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.5 
 9. Nelson, Lapua0.5 
 10. Siven, Lapua0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Wilson, Honka22.1 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Barrett, KTP19.6 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.3 
 9. Blanchard, ToPo19.3 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.3 
 6. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Fields, KTP3.5 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.6 
 10. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 4. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 5. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 7. Belser, Honka0.6 
 8. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 9. Baxley, Karhu0.6 
 10. Young, Tarmo0.6 


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  FRANCE   


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 19-8 
 2. Rouen 18-9 
 3. Evreux 18-10 
 4. Dijon 17-11 
 5. Fos Ouest 16-11 
 6. Maurienne 16-12 
 7. Le Portel 16-12 
 8. Boulogne 15-12 
 9. Boulazac 14-13 
 10. Bourg 14-13 
 11. Chalons-Reims 14-13 
 12. Nantes 13-15 
 13. Lille 12-16 
 14. Antibes 11-17 
 15. St Vallier 11-17 
 16. Quimper 10-17 
 17. Clermont 8-20 
 18. Charleville 6-22 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Demetris NICHOLS
  Vichy
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Nichols, Vichy18.3 
 2. Mejia, Cholet17.9 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.7 
 4. Massie, Limoges17.3 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 6. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines16.0 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.7 
 10. Haynes, Chalon15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Massie, Limoges9.1 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 3. Issa, Gravelines8.5 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.5 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.3 
 8. Elegar, Vichy7.3 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Woodside, Gravelines6.0 
 5. Wright, Limoges5.9 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.6 
 7. Walsh, AS.5.2 
 8. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.6 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.6 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.2 
 4. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg1.8 
 7. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 8. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
 9. Diabate, Roanne1.7 
 10. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.6 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.7 
 4. Harris, Lille18.6 
 5. Carter, Nanterre17.9 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.5 
 7. Rouse, Charleville16.4 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest16.4 
 9. Davis, Le Portel15.8 
 10. Davis, Le Portel15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.8 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.7 
 4. Mathis, Maurienne9.7 
 5. Bing, Dijon9.0 
 6. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 7. Wyatte, Le Portel8.4 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.4 
 9. Wyatte, Le Portel8.4 
 10. Monroe, Boulogne8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.9 
 5. Downey, Nantes5.9 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.6 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 9. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 10. Craven, Dijon4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.6 
 4. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 6. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.9 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg0.9 
 4. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 5. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 6. Barber, Nantes0.9 
 7. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 8. Ford, Clermont0.8 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.8 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 27-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 22-7 
 3. Art.Dragons 20-9 
 4. ALBA 20-9 
 5. NY Phantoms 17-12 
 6. EWE Baskets 17-12 
 7. TBB Trier 16-13 
 8. Bremerhaven 15-14 
 9. EnBW L'burg 15-14 
 10. Telekom Baskets 14-14 
 11. Goettingen 13-14 
 12. Walter Tigers 13-17 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 12-16 
 14. ratiopharm 12-18 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-21 
 16. Bayreuth 8-22 
 17. MBC 7-22 
 18. Duesseldorf 4-24 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Wood, Dt.19.2 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.8 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.2 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.0 
 10. Ross, MBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.9 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.6.7 
 8. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.6 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
 10. Neitzel, Bayreuth4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Bernard, MBC1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 


Deutsche Bank Skyliners-New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 2011 beko BBL Cup Preview. Will 12 Be A Charm For Braunschweig? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The way players come and go in the BEKO BBL, remembering a streak is often not in the cards for players, because they dont stay long enough to enjoy the highs and mope with the lows. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have not won against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 60 months dating back to April 2006 as they slipped by Frankfurt 81-76. Back then, current Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert was coaching Racing Paris and still far away from landing as an assistant with The Toronto Raptors some years later and in the dreams of many Skyliner fans of ever returning to Frankfurt, ex Phoenix Sun forwad Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) led Braunschweig in scoring with 19 points in the win, Skyliner Kavossy scoot Franklin led his team in scoring and hobby rapper and Skyliner guard Nino Garris had a smoking hot game making 14 points, four assists and four steals. Frankfurt has won the last 11 games and maybe the 12th game will be a charm for Braunschweig? Possibily playing Frankfurt on neutral ground for the first time will give them luck? 'I think that Braunschweig just have to play their game and not worry about the streak, cause once the ball goes up it doesnt matter anymore about the past. I just think they have to come out and play hard and anything can happen they will be alright', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) Frankfurt on the other hand have a 1-3 record on neutral ground since 2002. They lost to Alba Berlin 100-88 in a cup game in Berlin, lost to The Telekom Baskets Bonn in the Frankfurt Festhalle 89-82 and lost to Alba Berlin in the 2009 semi final cup game in Hamburg and then beating Duesseldorf in the game for third place. 'I think playing on a neutral court can be tough but at the same time if it is neutral neither team does have an advantage. I think Frankfurt will adjust just fine', added TBB Trier guard John Bynum

Since this Frankfurt winning streak, the two most memorable games were from the 2008-2009 season. Who could forget the 68-58 win in the cup game which brought Frankfurt to the TOP 4 in Hamburg. That game displayed the best performance by guard Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) who came out of his shell and proved he has no nervous shooting hand as he left captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) on the bench as he had the hot hand leading the team with 13 points. However in the regular season game in Braunschweig, Roller got his revenge as he led the team to a 55-53 win as his last minute clutch jumper paved the way to the win. Last season, Frankfurt swept the series winning 81-77 as Frankfurt came from behind to win as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) poured in 21 points and prevailed at home 71-62 as Derrick Allen steered 18 points to the triumph. However the two regular season games of the teams this season were as exciting as the months leading up to the LeBron James (203-F-84) decision to what team he would go to last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a thrilling 94-91 win at home in the first game. Frankfurt fought back in the fourth quarter as they came back from being behind 90-87 and close out the game on a 7-0 run as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) hit a huge three pointer and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) a shot. Frankfurt did a fantastic job distributing the ball as seven players scored in double figures led by Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Kimmo Muurinen with 13 points a piece. Frankfurt dominated the boards 38-24. In the second game 6 weeks ago, Frankfurt pulled out another come from behind win 67-66 as they were trailing 63-56 in crunch time and DaShaun Wood tied the game with 11 seconds getting fouled and making the and one free throw.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had a very strong and inspiring season considering the stress that has gone on behind the scenes with the uncertainty of a new sponsor coming on board as well as losing fan favorite Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) for the season and always having to regroup as new players got injured. Players have come and gone like Brad Buckman and Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond), but Herbert was always able to quickly get the team on track, despite with all the disturbances happening. Gordon Herbert did an excellent job putting together a team that has played with a lot of heart and showed team basketball all year round. He showed his stroke of luck as if he could jump on the chair of who wants to be a millionare and win all the dough or just play Lotto once and win by bringing in DaShaun Wood (19,4ppg, 4,7rpg, 5,7apg) having been injured and sitting out the entire last season, but the Detroit native found his rhythm and knee pretty quickly and has been the huge MVP favorite leading the team in scoring and second in assists behind Tuebingen guard Bane Ratkovica. The team has a great supporting cast with ex NBA player Roger Powell (11,6ppg, 5,2rpg) who started his stay with spectacular dunks, but has toned down his NBA show time highlights and stood out more with his rebounding and three point threat as he continues to improve his shooting from outside. The unsung hero has been Kimmo the ice man Muurinen (7,9ppg, 4,0rpg) who is known as the invisible Finish player who does the dirty work. Everybody talks and remembers Wood after games, but without the hustle and aggressive defense from Muurinen, some games might have ended differently. Muurinen can shoot and recently has shown his interest in penetrating to the hoop which he might have gotten from watching his roadrunner teammate. Center Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) (6,3ppg, 4,7rpg) came recently and has helped under the boards and has shown glimpses of scoring. Quantez air Cincinnati Robertson (7.9ppg, 5,5rpg, 1,8apg) continues to shine on defense and on the fast break and hits big important three pointers at times showing that he loves the rainbow coming from his release. The team recently picked up Jevohn air canada Shepherd (4,7ppg, 2,7rpg). In his first three games, he amazed the crowd with three thunderous dunks and continues to get used to the beko BBL after coming from the PRO A. The team has much support from their three elder statesmen Pascal Roller (180-G-76) (4,3ppg, 1,0rpg, 1,3apg), Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) (5,9ppg, 1,6rpg, 1,3apg) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri). The two Germans were injured for some time and are slowly coming back. Roller doesnt play much anymore, but any coach would want him for big shots in crunch time. The game of Mckinney (9,6ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,4apg) has been like day and night since Murat Didin left. His shot is back like in his rookie season with little hesitation when shooting and his self confidence is back also. Second year man Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) (5,0ppg, 2,9rpg) may be the teams most improved player as he has shown good play as a starter or from the bench. He still has problems with fouls, but what counts is his hustle and that is always there.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners currently are in second place with a record of 22-7 and 2 more wins then The Artland Dragons and Alba Berlin. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had two seven game winning streaks this season. The only crack in their strong record has been the fact that they lost both season series to three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg and eight time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. one of their big strength is their defense as the ydont focus so much on one on one defense, but continue to stick together as a team especially in difficult phases of a game. The club has kept the opponent to 70 or less points 15 times and under 60 points seven times. The offense revolves around the smart play of DaShaun Wood either scores scores and scores as he scored 30 points or more twice or 20 or more points 12 times and the team usually wins, wins games with his playmaking and less scoring or what is most deadly for the opponent when his scoring assists and rebounds are high, then his stat sheet looks like a combination of Monta Ellis, LeBron James or Dwayne Wade. Of course Frankfurt has enough good other scorers, but at times it seems like the team is too dependent on the American point guard. It doesnt really matter, because no team has been able to stop him except for Duesseldorf (4 points) and Artland Dragons (8 points) as he has scored in double figures in 27 out of 29 games. Wood is so versatile that he can score on the penetration about as easily as Kemba Walker (185-G-90) does hitting game winners this season, can shoot the three pointers and kills teams with his passing skills. Wood just plays what the defense gives him. He doesnt really need to score for Frankfurt to be successful. Guys like Powell, Mckinney, Robertson and Muurinen all have contributed in scoring when it was needed. Having sharp shooters like Roller and De Mello come from the bench only adds additional thorns in the side of opponents.

Currently The New Yorker Phantoms are in fifth place with a record of 17-12 and are proving that last seasons semi final appearance wasnt a fluke. After a slow start where they went 3-5 including a four game losing streak, the club has rebounded nicely positing a 11-4 record since November 13th until the 67-66 loss against Frankfurt in February 20th. Since the bitter close loss, the team has been up and down, but over 500 with a 3-2 record. With a current fifth place in the standings and a date in the BEKO BBL Cup Final 4 with Frankfurt this weekend, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig seem like they could be ready for an upset 'I do think that Braunschweig is stronger this season. They have a lot of weapons at the offensive end and are playing really good basketball right now, they are a contender and one of the top teams in the BBL. I think they are a team that could scare people in the playoffs and be capable of beating top teams as well. They are getting better and better each week and will do damage in the playoffs', warned John Bynum Their three biggest wins this season all came at home and show that they arent scared of any top teams as they defeated Alba Berlin, The Telekom Baskets Bonn and The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. 'I think their strength is that they have a lot of guys that can score the ball and they play really good team basketball. They have great guard play and guys on the perimeter that can play multiple positions. Weaknesses that is a tough one, but if I would say anything it would be depth down low', warned John Bynum TBB Trier did beat Braunschweig 74-65, but Bynum remembers the game well. 'They really have good guard play and that stood out the most. The guards are always attacking and making plays and Visser and Cain as well as Goree play solid underneath the basket', stressed John Bynum Frankfurt is the favorite and could Braunschweig use their underdog role to their advantage or could it even be a disadvantage? 'No, I dont think so, I think it helps them being the underdog if thats what you want to call them. They have nothing to lose and if they take that attitude they can do a lot of damage with the team that they have', warned John Bynum

The team is led by 34 year old 201cm 106 kilo Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) He played at West Virginia and since 2001 has been playing for some of the top teams in Europe. He is a typical European league PF, a little undersized to play the four, but very effective in low post game, thanks to strength and good fundamentals; runs very well the court, can defend well and even press on the perimeter; has great instincts for the game, and is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. He played for teams like Macabbi Tel Aviv (2003 cup winner), Benetton Trviso (Italy cup winner 2005 & 2007) or CSKA Moscow where he helped win the Euroleague in 2008. He has played 105 Euroleague games. Last season, he averaged 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 72.9%. This season, he is averaging 12,2ppg, 5,7rpg and 1,1apg. 'Goree is a very experienced player and knows exactly how the game is played. I think with the numbers that he is putting up that he plays younger than his age is', stated Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The main guy to shut down will be Marcus Goree 'The guy to stop is Goree. He is a strong post presence and they use him in many different ways to set up other players as well. He still plays very strong and does not play like he is 33', expressed Brose Baskets Bamberg American Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) 'Goree is very strong and just knows how to get great position and score in low post', said ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) The experience of Goree will be bolstered by basketball globe trotter LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.). 'They give the team added leadership and will keep the team level headed. I think that they will be big for the team having success', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). A big surprise last season was known scorer Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) from San Antonio, Texas who quickly showed that he could continue to score at the next level in the BEKO BBL. He is a 25 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small forward who started last season with MEG Goettingen, but left, because he was supposed to play a position that he was not used to playing. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%.Currently he is averaging 13,6ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,9apg. He got a double double in the 74-71 loss to Bamberg. 'I do believe my game is progressing and hopefully will continue to get better', stressed Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts). Thomas has been injured a bit this season, but came back strong.

The team also added some experience this season which will go hand in hand with Marcus Goree by welcoming LaMarr Greer who is a 34 year old 196cm guard from New Jersey. Already in high school, he was a known player as he grew up in Cape May Court House and played his high school ball at Middle Township. He was the New Jersey High School Player of the Year in 1994 and led Middle Township to two Group II state titles. As a second team Parade All-American, he scored 13 points in the McDonald's All-Star game and had 16 points and 10 assists in Magic's Roundball Classic. He played at Florida State from 1994-1998. Since turning professional in 1998, he has played in countries like Italy (3 years with teams like Record Napoli (Italy-A2, Media Broker Messina (Italy-Lega2), and Pompea Napoli (Italy-LegaA). He also played in Russia for Uniks Kazan and three years for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2004-2007. In the last three years, he played in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. Last season, he played for ASU Sports Club (Jordan-Premier League, starting five), in Dec.'09 moved to Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League): 14 games: 14.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 64.5%. He has played 44 Eurocup games in his career. This season, he is averaging 11,0ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,0apg. The team also brought back Kyle Visser who is a 25 year old 211cm center from Grand Rapids, Michigan and played for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2009. Last season, he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 55.7%. He played at Wake Forest from 2003-2007 and was a teammate with NBA top point guard Chris Paul. He is a center who still hasnt reached his fullest potential and could have his breakthrough year this season. Currently he is averaging 9,0ppg, 4,9rpg and 1,0apg.

The club also brought back 25 year old 208cm forward Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) from Philadelphia who has the most experience in a Phantoms jersey. This is his fourth season in Braunschweig after coming from the University of Virginia. Jason has played extremely well. He played great in college and now he is in his fourth season in Braunschweig and he always plays hard on each play. He can rebound and play defense and just does his role, commented Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright Last season, he played 40 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 72.6%. Currently he is averaging 9,8ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,3apg The team might have landed one of the bigger steals last season landing 25 year old 193 combo guard Kevin Hamilton from New York. He played at Holy Cross with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons from 2002-2006. He played in Poland the last few years and in the summers in Puerto Rico. He played under coach Sebastian Machowski in Poland and was made into a point guard even though he has been a shooting guard most of his career. He scored 17,9ppg in his last season at Holy Cross and last season he led the Polish league in assists. What makes him so dangerous is his scoring and his potential and ability to score are limitless. In college, I averaged almost 18 points per game. I have been a shooting guard for most of my career. Two seasons ago, I had to play point guard in Poland. I always thought that I was a good passer. I think passing has come naturally to me. I have enjoyed playing point guard, stressed Kevin Hamilton. The best thing that teams can do is to keep the ball out of Hamiltons hands, but that is about as impossible as doing the same to LeBron James. We tried to keep the ball out of his hands. We didnt want him to make plays. He is a true point guard. He is a great passer and makes things happen for them. When he gets going, it is hard to stop the team, warned ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright Last season, Hamilton played 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He is one of those rare players that has triple double potential. Currently he is averaging 8,1ppg, 4,1rpg, 4,1apg and 2,1spg.

Braunschweig also brought in Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) who is a 27 year old 185cm guard from Washington DC that has the Nigerian/American citizenship. He is a combo guard with great leaping ability, who can run an offense at the point or excel at the scoring department. He played at George Mason from 2002-2006 and was a teammate with ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) He reached the NCAA Final 4 in 2006. After finishing at George Mason, he took part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, 0.3bpg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 37.5%. He played his first three seasons in France and last season for Pistoia (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 15.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 67.0%. For Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA) and BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA), he averaged 16ppg. Opponents will have to get used to his leaping ability. 'I am usually the smallest on the court. I can do a bit of everything. I can play defense and shot. I think that my athletcism gets overlooked. I can jump. Its seems like that isnt noticed, but check my videos at you tube as you can see I can jump', stressed Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason). Currently he is averaging 11,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,4apg. 30 year old 201cm German Nils Mittman is playing his sixth season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He played two years in Ulm, two years in Wurzburg and three seasons in Ludwigsburg. Currently, he is averaging 3,3ppg and 1,8rpg. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig also added 26 year old 221cm German giant Nick Schneiders that was born in Bielefeld and grew up in Rietberg. he has experience having played in the States for S.Carol.Upstate (NCAA2) from 2005-2008 and then transferring to USC Upstate (NCAA) and playing there from 2008-2010. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.6%. Currently he is averaging 2,7ppg and 1,8rpg. The team recently added 24 year old 190cm Serb Uros Duvnjak bringing him in for the injured Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason).. He started his basketball career with Partizan Belgrad. Last season, he played for Basket Poznan (Poland-PLK, starting five): 26 games: 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.8%. Currently he is averaging 4,5ppg and 1,8rpg.

When looking at the individual positions, one has to give the edge to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the guard position. Not only is this justified by the strong play of DaShaun Wood, but Braunschweig will be without Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) which really will hurt the club. Braunschweig has a great passing/defending point guard with Kevin Hamilton and three point and crunch time threat with Lamarr Greer, but that is it. 24 year old Serb Uros Duynjak has too little experience to really be a factor. 'Anytime you throw in DaShaun Wood then you have an advantage, but I like the overall guard play of Braunschweig. Their guards are big and can do a lot of things, but dont underestimate Mckinney, Robertson and Roller as well', warned John Bynum The position forward is pretty much even. Frankfurt has a strong duo of Powell and Muurinen that do different things well, while Shepherd brings flash and athletic play, but has a lack of experience while Braunschweig has experience, scoring, toughness around the hole and heart with Goree, a scorer in Thomas and heart and soul/three point punch with Nils Mittman. The center position edge goes to Braunschweig. With Kyle Visser and Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia), the team has the needed routine and consistency while Frankfurt has Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) who bring different things to the table, but wont do as much damage in the paint or in the scoring department as the phantom duo would. The team experience would have to go to Braunschweig also. Granted Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) has 57 international team games and countless German national team experience and Roger Powell has played in the NBA, but Lamarr Greer and Marcus Goree have 24 professional seasons between them and with Goree, you cant really get more experience than 105 Euroleague games that he has and a 2008 Euroleague title. The coaching experience edge goes to Frankfurt and Gordon Herbert. Herbert has won a BEKO BBL title in 2004, coached in the NBA and in countries like France and Greece. Braunschweig coach Sebastian Machowski has been coach only since 2007, but in that short span ahs showed that he has the knack for leading teams as he won the 2009 Polish cup with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg and led Braunschweig past 2009 BEKO BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg getting to the 2010 BEKO BBL semi finals. 'I think the coaches are pretty even as well. Both coaches do a good job changing the game on the fly and both coaches will have there teams prepared', added John Bynum

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig average 76 points per game and grab 33 rebounds per game. This will be no cake walk for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they will have some things to keep an eye on including every move of the Phantom. An interesting duel will be the Braunschweig guards against DaShaun Wood and Frankfurt should not forget who the x factor is for Braunschweig. I think Wood will see a lot of different guys, I think you have to give him different looks, because he is such a great offensive player, he will adjust. You just have to find different ways to try and slow him down', stressed John Bynum 'It will come down to how Frankfurt defends the low post. Braunschweig will have edge on blocks. I am sure Braunschweig will try to pound it down low', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Marcus Goree and running is something that Frankfurt cant allow Braunschweig to get going. 'Frankfurt has to limit the touches of Goree and dont give him a lot of space to make moves and set up his teammates. They should also keep them in the half court and slow down the game. Frankfurt should run a good offense and take good shots. They are really strong at spreading the floor and it is difficult to guard them. Every guy can shoot it from long range', warned Kyle Hines 'Frankfurt has to use their quickness and get their bigs involved in the pick and roll to get them away from the basket or in foul trouble', said Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'Frankfurt should attack on transition. Braunschweig isnt as good defensively as last season. They should also use the ball screen a lot and continue the drive and kick with Wood. He is very talented and knows the game', stressed Steven Wright Frankfurt will have to do their usual thing to win and shoot the ball well and let Wood do his thing. Braunschwieg has to control the tempo and boards and make Frankfurt play defense', stressed John Bynum The Deutsche Bank Skyliners meet The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in the 2011 BEKO BBL Cup semi final on April 2nd at 16:45.




Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Reaching The 2011 Top 4 Rates At The Top With The Austrian Cup And League Finals - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners In The 2011 beko BBL Top 4 in Bamberg.

How excited are you about the Top 4 weekend? Where would you rate this weekend with importnat games you have played in your professional basketball career?

It is a very exciting and important game in my career and it rates at the top with the Austrian cup and league finals

How sick and tired are you of losing to Frankfurt in the last two seasons? All losses were close? Braunschweig has to be extrenly motivated for the Frankfurt game?

Very motivated and losing is always tough but I personally haven't thought passed our most recent loss to Frankfurt much less last year. Im really just focused on this Saturday.

How well has the team gotten used to playing without Tony Skinn?

It has only been a few games so we are not used to it yet but we are trying to adjust in the best way possible.

Will there be any other main focus besdes stopping Dashaun Wood?

Yeah... Winning

What will be the key matchup in this game and why?

Im not sure. Their will be many matchups that will be important and so far every game has been different

What will The Artland Dragons have to do to reach the final in Bamberg beating the champion?

Match their intensity and limit mistakes

What is your pick for Kentucky-UCONN and why?

Uconn because they have been playing at a higher level than any other team with the Big East tourney championship and now their NCAA tourney run.

What is your pick for VCU-Butler and why?

Butler because they have been there before and I think they are the better team

Thanks Brandon for the chat.


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To 2011 beko BBL Cup Game Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Kevin spoke to eurobasket prior to the 2011 beko BBLTop 4 semi final game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

How excited are you about the Top 4 weekend? Where would you rate this weekend with important games you have played in your professional basketball career?

I am excited. I was actually fortunate enough to win the Polish cup so I have been in similar games before but it obviously is another great opportunity to win a title.

How sick and tired are you of losing to Frankfurt in the last two seasons? All losses were close? Braunschweig has to be extrenly motivated for the Frankfurt game?

Pretty sick and tired.

How well has the team gotten used to playing without Tony Skinn?

I think when you lose a player like Tony you never get completely used to him not being there but we still have a pretty good team and we just have to do the best we can until he gets back.

Has your role as guard risen a bit more since the injury to Tony Skinn?Do you have to do more than before?

Well when Tony was here I played off the ball a lot more and now I do a lot more ball handling. That is probably the biggest change.

Will you watch extra tape on Dashaun Wood. He has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games.

Yes.

What will be the key matchup in this game and why?

Probably the point guard match-up.

What will The Artland Dragons have to do to reach the final in Bamberg beating the champion?

Find a way to score a good amount of points.

What is your pick for Kentucky-UCONN and why?

Uconn- because they have Kemba Walker and he is from NYC

What is your pick for VCU-Butler and why?

Butler- They have been there before and my former teammate Brandon Crone played their.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) We Have To Keep Our Composure In Different Parts Of The Game Against Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his 4th with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the 2011 beko BBL Cup game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

This is the first big chance for Artland to win a title again since the cup win in 2008. How excited is the team and fans this week?

We are definitely excited and ready to go to Bamberg and play good basketball. Winning the cup was one of our goals this season and we have a chance to accomplish that this weekend.

The Artland Dragons have great veteran players like yourself, Boumtje Boumtje, Adam Hess or Johannes Strasser, but how handy would a Darius Hall be this weekend?

Darius Hall is a great emotional leader, who is good at getting his teammates fired up. We don't have him here this year, but we have guys on our team who get us going.

Maybe Stefan Koch can speak with Bayren Munich coach Dirk Bauermann to get him to Bamberg as a cheerleader? lol

Lol! That would be cool, but I think they have a game the same weekend.

How big is the Artland revenge factor. Both loses to Bamberg were games you could of won? What will Artland want to do better this weekend?

Both losses were tough, because we were right there until the end and made small mistakes that cost us the game. We have to keep our composure in different parts of the game. This will be crucial on the road with Bamberg's loud fans.

It doesnt help to just stop a Jacobsen or a Roberts, because they have 7 guys that can score 20 plus points. Will team defense for 40 minutes be the most important thing to do well?

Team defense will be big for us. We have to stay focused for 40 mins and help each other out.

What will be the key matchup in this game?

Thats hard to say, because Bamberg is a deep team. We definitely have to take pride in our 1 on 1 defense and keep them out of the lane.

Will the 12th time be the charm of Braunschweig against Frankfurt? Braunschweig has lost the last 11 games. What will be key for them winning besides controlling Dashaun Wood?

I think controlling Wood, will be a big key for Braunschweig. They have to limit his playmaking ability, because he gets their team going. Another big key will be controlling the boards.

What is your pick for UCONN-Kentucky and why?

UCONN. Walker has been carrying them all season and is hard to stop.

What is your pcik for VCU-Butler and why?

Im rooting for VCU, because they are the underdogs and are playing really well right now.

Thanks Bryan for the chat.




Michael Jordan (Giessen 46ers) 2011 Top 4 Thoughts: I Will Always Have Love For Artland And Bamberg. I Am Sure This Will Be Another Epic Battle - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
33 year old Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is a 183cm guard from Philadelphia. He played at the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2000. His first two years found him jumping around leagues in France and Spain before he found a new home in Germany with TSV Quackenbruck. In the 2002-2003 season, he helped lead Quackenbruck into the BBL with exceptional stats in 30 games, 21.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.9 apg. He helped turn The Artland Dragons into a playoff team in the 2004-2005 season as they lost the BBL Quarterfinal playoff series to The Opel Skyliners in five games. That season he averaged in 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3%. The next season, he was released by The Artland Drgaons, but went to Rhein Energie Cologne and won the BBL championship in 2006 averaging in 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 52.2%. The next season, he went to Italy and played at Cantu where he led the league in assists and averaged in 37 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1 (5.2apg), 2.0spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.0%. The next season, he played in Belgium for Charleroi averaging in 15 games: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 90.0%;. He had injury problems and finished the season in Greece with PAOK. In 2008-2009 after a very short stay in Israel, he played a few months in Bamberg before going to the Cologne 99ers averaging 10,5ppg, 2,4rpg and leading the BBL in assists with 6,2apg. Last season, he played for Phoenix Hagen helping the team remain in the BEKO BBL. He played 16 games: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 73.3%. This season he started with MBC before going to the Giessen 46ers recently. He spoke to eurobasket about the 2011 beko BBL Top 4 in Bamberg.


The Giessen 46ers now have a 16 day rest between games. Has coach Steven key given the team some days off or has it been practicing?


'Practice? We talking' bout practice? Practice? Not a game, no not a game?' Hahaha. In all seriousness, It's unfortunate to go so long without a game, but we need to get back to the basics. Coach has us in the gym working so that we can finish these last 5 games strong and hopefully win all 5.



Giessen has only has one win more than BBC Bayreuth and MBC. How vital will it be winning the next 2 games against BG Goettingen and Alba Berlin in a 4 day span?

BBC won last night so we have the same amount of wins. We cant worry about what others are doing. We just have to control our own fate. We win games and we will be safe. If we don't we will be in trouble. Every game should be played as if it was game 7 of a Championship series.


What will Giessen have to improve to get wins in the last weeks?


We have to work on being consistent and focused for 40minutes. We have to know what we are doing at all times, play within ourselves and execute what coach asks us to do.


What is your impression of the 2011 BEKO BBL Cup? Do you think that one might see a winner besides Bamberg?

Obviously Bamberg is the favorite and if I were a betting man, I would put my money on them. They have proved all year that they are the team to beat. That being said, anyone can win on any given night. My upset team would be Artland.


Braunschweig has lost the last 11 games against Frankfurt. Will the 12th game finally be there charm (3.4=12 lol)?


As I said earlier, on any given night anyone can win. Whoever plays the best will win. I would pick Frankfurt to win though if you are going to go with history



What will Braunschweig have to do besides stopping Dashaun Wood to win?

Stopping Wood is key, but I think u have to limit the other guys opportunities to beat them. Wood is about 85% of their offense and he has the ball a lot so he is going to do what he does. The key is to not let the others get theirs.



How much does the loss of Tony Skinn hurt them?


I didn't know Skinn was injured to be honest with you. I think they will be fine. Hamilton, and Greer can more than carry the load for sure.


The Artland Dragons lost both games against Bamberg this season, but they were close. Could they use about 1000 Toby the dragon mascots in the Bamberg arena to cause havoc? lol?

This is always a fun and interesting match up becuase of the ties that exist between Flemming, Woltmann and Artland. Bamberg is getting it done this year so Artland will have their work cut out for them. A few 1000 Toby's is never a bad thing.


Where is Bamberg vulnerable the most and how will Artland win?


I don't see them as being that vulnerable. They can hurt you inside and outside. Their second unit would be a playoff team. They have a system and their guys buy into it. No one does things that they cannot do. Artland is a very talented team and they have to make shots, defend and execute with Koch's game plan.



How much does your heart still beat for your ex team Artland or does it beat more for Bamberg? Will you be there on the weekend?


I Don't think I'll be there on the weekend. We have practice and I will enjoy some time with my baby girl. I will always have love for Artland and Bamberg. I have fond memories of both places. I'm sure this will be another epic battle.



What is your pick for Kentucky-UCONN and why?



I'm going to have to go with Uconn. I think Kemba and co will be too much for the Cats to handle.



What is your pick for the underdog game VCU-Butler?


VCU, only because Butler has been there.


What has been your sweetest experience so far with your new born Eva?


Would have to have been right after she was born. We went into the other room, cut the cord, cleaned, wrapped her up and then I had the opportunity to just hold her in my arms for about 2 hours while they were finishing up with Mom. WAS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE. (uncle Brooks was with us as well)

Thanks MJ for the chat.




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Malik Hairston, Montepaschi eliminate Olympiakos, advance to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 4: Montepaschi - Olympiakos 88-76

Montepaschi registered three straight wins against Olympiakos to book a ticket for the Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. The Italian powerhouse failed in the first meeting and it was their worst performance this season, but they forgot it quickly and finally eliminated Olympiakos with almost perfect 3-1. Montepaschi will meet Panathinaikos in the Semis. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) was a key player for the hosts with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 19 points and Marko Jaric (198-G-78) added 12, while Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) helped with 10 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (5 rebs) and Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 16 points each. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) stopped to 10 pts.
Montepaschi had wonderful beginning. After 12-12 tie, the home squad made 17-6 run to finish the first period with double-digit lead (29-18). The hosts reached plus 13 at the beginning of Q2 and later ended it with 50-36. Malik Hairston was shining for Montepaschi in the first half, swishing turnaround jumpers, driving to the basket, daring visiting defenders to stop his one-on-one play and ending with 9 points in the second quarter and 19 for the half. The Reds drastically improved after the breather and came to 63-58 late in Q3. Ksistof Lavrinovic replied with a triple and later third quarter ended with 68-61 Montepaschi lead. Visitors were still in at that time, but not any longer after seven straight points by Marko Jaric in the last quarter. Montepaschi jumped to plus 12 and even reached 15-point lead with two minutes to go. The home fans already started to celebrate as their Montepaschi is back to Euroleague Final Four after two seasons (last time in 2008).

Montepaschi: Malik Hairston 25+7 boards, Ksistof Lavrinovic 19, Marko Jaric 12, Shaun Stonerook 10+5 boards
Olympiakos: Ioannis Bourousis 16+5 boards, Gordon Jamon Lukas 16, Milos Teodosic 10, Yotam Halperin 10


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.4 
 2. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.5 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.4 
 6. Townes, Soproni19.4 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.0 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.0 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.7 
 4. Werner, Kaposvari9.0 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.0 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 7. Cunningham, Kapos.8.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.5 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.4 
 10. Szabo, Soproni8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.3 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 6. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.9 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.7 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Werner, Kaposvari2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Singletary, FS Debre.2.3 
 10. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 7. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.8 
 8. Davis, Kormend0.8 
 9. Keller, Albacomp0.8 
 10. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 


Werner's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Daniel Werner (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kaposvari KK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 34 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for Kaposvari in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Marso-Vagep (#11, 10-15) with 39-point margin 117-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Kaposvari maintains the 12th position in Hungarian league. Kaposvari is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Werner had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kaposvari's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Werner is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg,58.4% FGP and 41.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) of ZTE KK. He is former international swingman in his 4th season at ZTE KK. In the last game Kaman recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Of course ZTE KK cruised to a 82-73 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Kormend (#4, 17-8). ZTE KK's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kaman is one of the most experienced players at ZTE KK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of Falco-Szova (#6). Doyne got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of Falco-Szova, leading his team to a 115-102 easy win against the lower-ranked Szedeak (#10, 10-15). Falco-Szova needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Doyne has a great season in Hungary. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.0% and 3PT: 47.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benson Egemonye (208-C-83) of PVSK Pannon - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adam Hanga (201-G-89) of Albacomp - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78) of Falco-Szova - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Chris Rodgers (193-G-84) of Salgotarjani - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jibril Hodges (188-G-84) of Atomeromu - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Thomas Kelley (188-G-77) of Soproni - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Walker, KR24.3 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.5 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Sovic, IR21.0 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR11.0 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 6. Biedler, IR2.5 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Moore, Njardvik2.2 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.2 


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Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Team 2011
#s#
Jermaine Turner
Turner
Gerard Noonan
Noonan
Emmett Donnelly
Donnelly
Michael Bonaparte
Bonaparte
Cameron Mitchell
Mitchell
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Killester
Guard of the Year: Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) of Neptune
Forward of the Year: Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Killester
Centre of the Year: Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88) of UL Eagles
Bosman Player of the Year: Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints
Import Player of the Year: Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88) of UL Eagles
Domestic Player of the Year: Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Killester
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of UCC Demons
Coach of the Year: Mark Keenan of Killester

1st Team
G: Gerard Noonan (180-82) of Neptune
G: Emmett Donnelly (186-78) of DCU Saints
F: Jermaine Turner (195-74) of Killester
F: Michael Bonaparte (196-82) of Neptune
F/C: Cameron Mitchell (201-88) of UL Eagles

2nd Team
G: Scott Kinevane (175-87) of UL Eagles
G/F: Kevin Foley (193-83) of Ulster Elks
F: James Crowder (201-86) of UCD Marian
F: Clayton Longmire (201-84) of Belfast Star
F/C: Marcus Van (201-85) of UCC Demons

Honorable Mention
Michael McGinn (183-G-82) of Neptune
Issac Westbrooks (190-G-85) of Killester
John Behan (193-G-85) of Killester
Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) of Neptune
Ciaran O'Sullivan (193-G-90) of UCC Demons
Conor Meany (185-G-86) of UCD Marian
Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints
Mason Ambler (198-F-85) of Moycullen
Benjamin De La Cruz (C) of Ulster Elks
Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Emmett Donnelly (186-78) of DCU Saints
G: Scott Kinevane (175-87) of UL Eagles
G/F: Kevin Foley (193-83) of Ulster Elks
F: Jermaine Turner (195-74) of Killester
C: Benjamin De La Cruz of Ulster Elks

All-Imports Team
F: James Crowder (201-86) of UCD Marian
F: Clayton Longmire (201-84) of Belfast Star
F: Michael Bonaparte (196-82) of Neptune
F/C: Cameron Mitchell (201-88) of UL Eagles
F/C: Marcus Van (201-85) of UCC Demons
F: Mason Ambler (198-85) of Moycullen

All-Defensive Team
Michael McGinn (183-G-82) of Neptune
Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) of Neptune
Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Killester
Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Neptune
Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of UCC Demons



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra blasts Caja Laboral 99-77, goes to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 4: Maccabi Electra - Caja Laboral 99-77

Maccabi Electra stormed back to the Euroleague Final Four for the first time since 2008. The Israeli powerhouse blasted Spanish champion Caja Laboral 99-77 in Game Four winning the series with 3-1. Maccabi's thriller win in the second meeting in Vitoria was crucial in this series. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) shined with 26 points and 7 assists for the hosts, and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) added 22 pts. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) helped with 17 points on the night. Caja Laboral got 17 points from Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and 13 from Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.). Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 12 points and 6 assists.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Before that, Maccabi made 25-23 in the first ten minutes and Caja Laboral replied with 26-29 in Q2 for 51-52 half time lead. The home squad exploded after the breather. Jeremy Pargo and his teammates made 16-4 run in five minutes and for rest of the period they jumped to impressive 79-62. Maccabi reached 87-64 at the beginning of the Q4 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. The home fans had a reason to celebrate even 8 minutes before the end as their Maccabi returned to Euroleague Final Four. They will meet Valencia or Real Madrid in the Semis.

Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 26+7 as, Guy Pnini 22, David Blu 17
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 17, Brad Oleson 13, Marcelinho Huertas


All For One, And One For All - by David Pick
With their back's against the wall and money on the line, each and every Maccabi yellow and blue soldier rose to the occasion last night. On the floor it was an evening to remember, after falling short in game 1 of the quarterfinal series, Maccabi Tel-Aviv swept the next three games, wrapping things up with a 99:77 blowout win over Caja Laboral Vitoria.

Continues MVP, Jeremy Pargo, who is waiting patiently for the NBA contract he deserves, put on yet another show leading all scorers with 26 points, as well as dishing out 7 dimes. Guy Pnini, who will make his 1st career Euroleague Final four appearance, celebrated with 21 points (5 of 7 from three point range); and David Blu continued his outstanding shooting performance throughout the series and finished with 17 points (4 of 6 from deep).

But the sight to see was what went on behind the scenes, in Maccabi's locker room. After a pre-game video which included an emotional message from injured point guard Doron Perkins, who from his hospital bed urged his teammates and fans to 'win this game for me', Maccabi forward David Blu called his fellow teammate using a video conference call from his personal phone. Emotions in the locker room shot sky high, as the mobile was passed around from player's, to management, to team staff, as every individual told the point guard that 'this was for you', reminding everybody in the building like Pargo constantly says 'this was a team effort', there is no one man show in coach Blatt's machine.

With the final four hosts eliminated (the only Euroleague team Maccabi failed to beat), Maccabi's chances for a title have become much more realistic. 'Doron's injury hurt us in the first half because we couldn't make the stops he makes on defense', said Pargo after the game. 'All the things he does well we did not, but eventually we won this game for him. His
spirit was with us from tip-off'.

We will play to win the final four not only for us but for Doron as well, we want to put a smile on his face. I don't do speculations but what I can say is that from day one we told each other to focus on our goals and we knew exactly what those goals were',
said the former Zag pg who is already proving himself to be one of Europe's finest, and vest in present shape.

Israeli Forward Lior Eliyahu who has eliminated his former team: 'When we win the title I could say this was a champion's season and we have the luck of champion's. I'm very happy with all that I've been through this season. Coming back to Maccabi was the best choice I could have made, this is going to be a sweet final four and I hope that the Euroleague management will change the date of the finals and let us compete'.




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Malik Hairston, Montepaschi eliminate Olympiakos, advance to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 4: Montepaschi - Olympiakos 88-76

Montepaschi registered three straight wins against Olympiakos to book a ticket for the Euroleague Final Four in Barcelona. The Italian powerhouse failed in the first meeting and it was their worst performance this season, but they forgot it quickly and finally eliminated Olympiakos with almost perfect 3-1. Montepaschi will meet Panathinaikos in the Semis. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) was a key player for the hosts with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 19 points and Marko Jaric (198-G-78) added 12, while Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) helped with 10 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) (5 rebs) and Gordon Jamon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 16 points each. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) stopped to 10 pts.
Montepaschi had wonderful beginning. After 12-12 tie, the home squad made 17-6 run to finish the first period with double-digit lead (29-18). The hosts reached plus 13 at the beginning of Q2 and later ended it with 50-36. Malik Hairston was shining for Montepaschi in the first half, swishing turnaround jumpers, driving to the basket, daring visiting defenders to stop his one-on-one play and ending with 9 points in the second quarter and 19 for the half. The Reds drastically improved after the breather and came to 63-58 late in Q3. Ksistof Lavrinovic replied with a triple and later third quarter ended with 68-61 Montepaschi lead. Visitors were still in at that time, but not any longer after seven straight points by Marko Jaric in the last quarter. Montepaschi jumped to plus 12 and even reached 15-point lead with two minutes to go. The home fans already started to celebrate as their Montepaschi is back to Euroleague Final Four after two seasons (last time in 2008).

Montepaschi: Malik Hairston 25+7 boards, Ksistof Lavrinovic 19, Marko Jaric 12, Shaun Stonerook 10+5 boards
Olympiakos: Ioannis Bourousis 16+5 boards, Gordon Jamon Lukas 16, Milos Teodosic 10, Yotam Halperin 10


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 18-4 
 2. Liepaja 17-9 
 3. Valmiera 16-9 
 4. Barons 16-9 
 5. VEF Riga 15-9 
 6. Zemgale 8-15 
 7. Turiba 5-21 
 8. LU 4-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons16.8 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Peiners, LU15.1 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.5 
 8. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 9. Caldwell, Liepaja13.8 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.6 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.1 
 8. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 9. Cavars, Barons5.8 
 10. Dilevka, Turiba5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.7 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 4. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.8 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 10. Slisans, LU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 20-4 
 2. Champville 19-5 
 3. Moutahed 15-9 
 4. Sagesse 15-9 
 5. Anibal 11-13 
 6. Hoops 9-15 
 7. Byblos 7-17 
 8. Antranik 6-18 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Khatib, Champville27.0 
 2. Warner, Byblos26.3 
 3. Cage, Hoops22.4 
 4. Johnson, Moutahed21.9 
 5. Johnson, Al Riyadi21.2 
 6. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 7. Bangura, Anibal20.7 
 8. Battles, Antranik20.2 
 9. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
 10. Youngblood, Champ.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi15.1 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.2 
 3. Cox, Champville12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 7. Byrd, Hoops11.0 
 8. Thompson, Sagesse11.0 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse10.8 
 10. Battles, Antranik10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Mason, Byblos7.0 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed6.7 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.9 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.6 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.8 
 8. Fahed, Sagesse4.0 
 9. Khatib, Champville3.9 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Darussafaka
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.5 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 4. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 6. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 7. Mason, Byblos2.3 
 8. Bangura, Anibal2.2 
 9. Byrd, Hoops2.1 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cox, Champville3.3 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.8 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Hamdar, Hoops1.4 
 6. Kanaan, Antranik1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Byrd, Hoops1.3 
 9. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 21-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 17-4 
 3. Rudupis 14-6 
 4. Siauliai 13-7 
 5. Juventus 12-9 
 6. Techasas 12-10 
 7. Neptunas 9-11 
 8. Perlas 9-12 
 9. Nevezis 7-13 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 7-15 
 11. Sakalai 6-15 
 12. Naglis-Adakris 6-15 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-18 


NKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris-Sabonio - Mazeikiai 84-77

Zakgiris-Sabonio escaped elimination as they overcame Mazeikiai at home court. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris-Sabonio made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game, while Mazeikiai only scored seven points from the stripe. Latvian guard Kaspars Vecvagars (191-93) scored 29 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Bryan Harrison (188-84, college: Georgia Coll.) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: K.Vecvagars 29+1reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 22+5reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 12+13reb+4ast, G.Zyle 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 6+12reb+3ast, E.Ulanovas 4+2reb+5ast
Mazeikiai: M.Sidlauskas 14+4reb+2ast, M.Guzauskis 14, B.Harrison 12+6reb+5ast, M.Norkus 8+7reb+3ast, M.Kumpys 8+5reb, V.Luksa 8+2reb
gschID: 125283


LKKA-Atletas - Meresta 87-88

Meresta advanced into the semis following a narrow road win over LKKA-Atletas. It looked good early as LKKA-Atletas took an 18-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Meresta took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. Strangely LKKA-Atletas outrebounded Meresta 34-18 including 16 on the offensive glass. Guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 steals. Guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) added 18 points and 8 assists in the effort for LKKA-Atletas. Four Meresta and five LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Meresta: S.Raziulis 22+3reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 16+4reb+1ast, T.Balciunas 14+4ast, S.Slivka 10+2reb+2ast, M.Jankaitis 9+1reb+2ast, V.Padgureckas 7+2reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 19+14reb+3ast, S.Vingelis 18+4reb+8ast, A.Sakalauskas 15+3reb+1ast, D.Gricius 14+3reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 10+7reb+1ast, P.Malasauskas 7+2ast
gschID: 125284


Triobet Malsta - Pieno Zvaigzdes 97-109

Pieno Zvaigzdes outgunned Triobet Malsta on the road to reach the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Triobet Malsta managed to win fourth quarter 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pieno Zvaigzdes had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Pieno Zvaigzdes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 32 personal fouls committed by Triobet Malsta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) who scored 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (189-82) produced 29 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) added 23 points respectively for the hosts. Triobet Malsta's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: G.Vileita 32+7reb+5ast, A.Masiulis 22+9reb+1ast, D.Leonard 16+5reb+7ast, D.Griskenas 13+5reb, A.Kazlauskas 9+6reb+1ast, Z.Fredrick 6+2reb+1ast
Triobet Malsta: A.Vasiliauskas 29+3reb+2ast, V.Kruzikas 23+4reb+1ast, R.Juknevicius 12+2reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 9+8reb+1ast, G.Maciulevicius 7+3reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 125281


Nafta Universitetas - Radviliskis 67-48

Nafta Universitetas had little problems against Radviliskis at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta Universitetas. Radviliskis was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nafta Universitetas forced 20 Radviliskis turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) notched 24 points to lead the effort and forward Donatas Norkus (196-90) supported him with 4 points and 12 rebounds. Nafta Universitetas' coach Dainius Miliunas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Swingman Liudas Valantinas (191-88) added 13 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 24+2reb+3ast, V.Chodosovskis 13+3reb, J.Kazakauskas 9+8reb, T.Klimas 8+6reb+1ast, D.Anuzis 6+8reb+3ast, D.Norkus 4+12reb+3ast
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 16+6reb, L.Valantinas 13+2reb+2ast, A.Oladimeji 7+6reb, R.Rauktys 4+5reb, M.Pukinskas 4+3reb, Z.Kuklierius 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 125282




Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.6 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.6 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.9 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.7 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 9. Girdziunas, Nafta U.16.0 
 10. Sebeziovas, Triobe.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 3. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.2 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 7. Warren, Mazeikiai8.3 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.4 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai7.1 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.2 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita5.0 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
 10. Semaska, Perla.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Metelica, Erelita2.6 
 3. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 4. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 7. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.2 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 10. Radavicius, Meres.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 3. Urbonas, LK.2.4 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 5. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.5 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.1 
 9. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 10. Warren, Mazeikiai0.9 


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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA: Roster changes continue - by Alex
CIBACOPA which began play March 11th has a new wave of roster changes to announce. Lagartos de la UAN have hired head coach Thomas Canizales. Canizales replaces Robert Zaragoza who was let go after a 1-9 start. Additionally the club signed a couple of former LNBP stars in Devon Ford (193-G-77, college: Idaho)and Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) . They replace recently released Peter Lawal (198-F-86, college: Post) and Anthony 'Tony' Jones (201-G/F-79, college: Chicago St.) in hopes of turning their season around. Mineros de Cananea released Pierre Darden (208-F/C-83, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Cumberlands) and in his place signed Damond Williams (197-F-80, college: McNeese St.). 2010 Champion Caballeros de Culiacan released FJoel Leroy Webb (201-G/F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: Bellevue) and in his place signed G/F and current LNBP Champion Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86, college: UNLV). Additionally, recently released Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.) has been traded Culiacan and is now a Caballero for the rest of this season. Franco was replaced in Cananea by National player Jorge Casillas (196-F-90) . Franco replaces Walter Thompson (191-G-85, college: Cal Poly Pomona) who is out for the season with a broken jaw. Lastly, Fuerza Guinda has made yet another change due to injury by replacing recently signed Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) with F Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami, FL). Walker recently played for Puebla in the LNBP and is a former star in Venezuela. Additionally the club announced the signing of C Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.) who will solidify the front court with CIBACOPA's current block and rebound leader Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR). Broxsie replaces Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech) in their roster.

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BIBL - Ulcinj beat Mornar and equalized in the Balkan League quarterfinals - by Dragan Scepanovic
Ulcinj basketball beat Mornar 80:68 (17:18, 26:14, 16:17, 21:19) and tied the score at 1-1 after victory in the quarterfinal playoff series, the Balkan League.Participants will decide the final tournament master, which is scheduled for next Wednesday at the Bar.

Ulcinj - Mornar 80:68 (17:18, 26:14, 16:17, 21:19)
Ulcinj - SC Gimnazija. Spect : 600. Reff : Zlatevski (Macedonija), Cekov and Marinov (Bulgaria).
Ulcinj: Latkovic, Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) 17 (4-4), Tepavcevic 7, Milosevic 4, A. S. Radulovic 5 (1-1), Mijajlovic 2, Durkovic 4 (2-2), Jeftic 7 (4-1), Klikovac 3, Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) 28 (11-9), A. Z. Radulovic 3, Mihailovic.
Mornar: Pesic 13 (2-1), Damjanovic, Sarajlija 1 (2-1), Radovic 23 (3-1), Mikovic, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 4, Jelenic 17 (2-2), Ljubojevic, Gagic 1 (2-1), Vujosevic, Ivanovic 9 (6-4), Kuveljic.




MNE1A Play-Out League 3 Round : ABS Primorje and Podgorica celebrated in the third round of league - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Clubs ABS coast and Podgorica achieved victory in the third round matches Survival (Play-out) league.ABS Primorje against the Gorstak team achieved a second victory in Survival (Play-out) League - 89:76 (31:24, 19:18, 23:16, 16:18). In the second match of the third round, Podgorica on his floor beat Danilovgrad 69:56 (17:15, 10:9, 17:13, 25:19).It was the first triumph in Podgorica Survival League, while Danilovgrad experienced their first defeat after two victories at start.U this round was free Mogren.

ABS Primorje - Gorstak 89:76 (31:24, 19:18, 23:16, 16:18)
H.Novi. SC Igalo. Spect: 80. Reff: Igor Janjusevic (Niksic), Miodrag Lakicevic (Budva) and Emir Kajevic (Bijelo Polje).
ABS PRIMORJE: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 10, Djokovic 21, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92), Popovic 19, Milutin Bulatovic (178-G-84) 26, Kovacevic 1, Radulovic 12, Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) , Brajovic, Savic.
GORSTAK: Dragan Pejic (187-G-76) 26, Zivkovic, Misnic, Vlahovic 6, Stojkovic 34, Radovic, Vukovic 2, Vukasinovic, Mijomanovic 2, Djuknic 6.








Podorica - Danilovgrad 69:56 (17:15, 10:9, 17:13, 25:19)

Podgorica.SC 'T-Mobajl'. Spect 100. Reff : Vladan Sundic (Podgorica), Milosav Kaludjerovic and Goran Vojinovic (Niksic).
PODGORICA: Nisic 6, Femic 7, Bogojevic 14, Vusovic 9, Djurovic, Zizi, Pajovic, Perovic 13, Ljeskovic 1, Nicaj 16, Milickovic, Ljubenkovic 3.
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic 2, V. Jovanovic, Djerkovic, Nikola Lalic (188-G-89) 6, Skendzic, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) 16, Vukovic, Z. Jovanovic 2, Sekulic, Mrdak, Igor Bijelic (208-C/F-88) 19, Igor Lutersek (203-F/C-89) 11.



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


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Thursday: Celtics beat Spurs, Bryant scores 28 to lead Lakers over Mavs 109-82 - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio S. - Boston C. 97-107
The Boston Celtics put four players in double figures and stopped slipping further from first in the Eastern Conference, beating the slumping San Antonio Spurs 107-97 on Thursday night. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had 22 points and 14 assists, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 21 and had 11 rebounds, Kevin Garnett added 20 points, and Glen Davis had 16 as the Celtics won for just the second time in five games, moving within two games of Chicago for the No. 1 playoff seed in the East. The Spurs remained stuck in an untimely nose-dive, losing their fifth straight. San Antonio, which has the most victories in the NBA, is in danger of falling out of first place after comfortably being No. 1 in the West all season. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points, and Tim Duncan, playing for the first time in five games after spraining his ankle last week, had 20 points and 13 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

LA Lakers - Dallas M. 110-82
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 28 points, Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 110-82 in a testy affair in which five players were ejected Thursday night. In what was a possible preview of a second-round playoff matchup, this one had a postseason flair to it. Early in the fourth quarter, the Lakers' Matt Barnes and Steve Blake and the Mavericks' Jason Terry and Brendan Haywood were thrown out following a shoving match under the basket. Los Angeles' Shannon Brown was later ejected in a separate incident. The late skirmish didn't take away from the Lakers' eighth straight win and 16th in 17 games since the All-Star break, helping them pull within 2 1/2 games of slumping San Antonio for the NBA's top overall record. Los Angeles (54-20) also tied Chicago for the second-best mark in the league. Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, whose five-game winning streak ended. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com




John Wall suspended one game for scuffle - by Eurobasket News
Wizards guard John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) was suspended one game without pay by the NBA for throwing a closed fist and forearm into the midsection of Zydrunas Ilgauskas of the Miami Heat in Wednesday night's game.

The incident occurred with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat's 123-107 victory at Verizon Center. Wall was tightly defending Ilgauskas, who, while protecting the ball, elbowed Wall in the face more than once. Wall then swung at Ilgauskas, resulting in ejections for both players.

'You would hope out there in a game when a guy throws two elbows and a third one that they would catch the first one with three referees out there and the guy has the ball, because that's what they are watching.' Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. 'If you nip it in the bud right away, it doesn't escalate.'

Which it did, even with Saunders running on the court to help break up the fracas, including a shouting match with Heat forward Juwan Howard.

Ilgauskas was fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture after his ejection. Howard was also fined $35,000 for his role in the incident. The penalties were announced by Stu Jackson, NBA executive vice president, basketball operations.

The Wizards are already short-handed because of injuries. With Wall missing Friday's game against Cleveland, Jordan Crawford will slide over from shooting guard to point guard, a position he last played in high school.

'It's definitely going to be tough without John,' Crawford said. 'It really doesn't matter who's out; we are going to give it our all.'

Crawford scored a career-high 39 points in the loss to Miami.

Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com


Nets sign West to 10-day deal, waive Ross - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets plan to sign former Atlanta Hawks guard Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) after waiving swingman Quinton Ross (6'6''-G/F-81, college: SMU) on Thursday, according to sources with knowledge of New Jersey's plans.

West is expected to receive a 10-day contract, sources said, and could get a chance to claim some of the minutes that were earmarked for recent Nets signee Sundiata Gaines, who suffered a season-ending hip injury earlier this month after New Jersey signed him for the rest of this season and next season. West has averaged 0.8 points per game in 4.4 minutes per contest over three NBA seasons. He's averaging 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Maine this season.

West has spent much of the past two seasons in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws after playing parts of three seasons with the Hawks and going to training camp this season with the Boston Celtics.

Ross played in 36 games for the Nets this season, averaging just 1.6 points and 0.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game. The seven-year veteran missed 24 games due to injury, including 15 of the last 16 games thanks to lower-back trouble.

Courtesy of ESPN


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.8 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.3 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.3 
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.12.4 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.2 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.3 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 10. Wall, Washington W.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.1 
 6. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 52-23 
 2. Philadelph.76 40-36 
 3. New York K. 37-38 
 4. New Jersey N. 23-52 
 5. Toronto R. 20-54 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 55-20 
 2. Indiana P. 35-42 
 3. Milwaukee B. 30-45 
 4. Detroit P. 26-49 
 5. Cleveland C. 15-60 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 53-23 
 2. Orlando M. 48-28 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-32 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-43 
 5. Washington W. 19-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-25 
 2. Denver N. 46-29 
 3. Portland TB 44-32 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-39 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-59 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 54-20 
 2. Phoenix Suns 37-38 
 3. Golde State W. 32-44 
 4. LA Clippers 29-47 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-54 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 57-19 
 2. Dallas M. 53-22 
 3. Memphis G. 43-33 
 4. N.Orleans H. 43-33 
 5. Houston R. 40-36 


Bobcats center Joel Przybilla will not play again this season - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats center Joel Przybilla (7'1''-C-79, college: Minnesota) will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after continued pain and immobility in his right knee. Last season, Przybilla had season ending surgery to repair a ruptured patella tendon. He will undergo an additional procedure to remove surgical hardware (wires) that were inserted to help attach and repair the tendon.

A 7-1 center, Przybilla was selected by Houston with the ninth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft before having his rights traded to Milwaukee. In 553 NBA games with Milwaukee, Atlanta, Portland and Charlotte, he holds career averages of 4.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, while connecting on .568 from the field. Przybilla has also appeared in 10 career postseason games with the Bucks and Trail Blazers. This season, he has appeared 36 games total, including five with the Bobcats, with averages of 1.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.4 minutes.

The Bobcats acquired Przybilla along with forwards Dante Cunningham and Sean Marks, two first-round draft picks and cash considerations from Portland on Feb. 24 in exchange for Gerald Wallace.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Isaiah Thomas says decision to enter NBA Draft is final - by Eurobasket News
Isaiah Thomas (5'8''-PG) made it clear in a conference call Thursday afternoon that he isnt just testing the waters.

The junior guard is 100 percent committed to entering the NBA Draft, saying that there are no circumstances under which he would return to the Washington Huskies even though he has yet to hire an agent.

It is a goodbye, Thomas said of his initial statement. Sorry to say, but I feel like this is the right time for me to make this decision and Im not going t hire an agent as of right now, not until I really feel like I need to. So thats the answer with that.

Thomas said he plans to hire an agent eventually, but that theres no rush to do so right now.

Isaiah Thomas has had an unbelievable impact on our program during his time with us, Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. We will definitely miss him, but we are behind him in his quest to fulfill a lifelong dream to play in the NBA.

Romar is in Houston for the Final Four and was not immediately available for further comment.
Given multiple chances to leave the door open for a return, Thomas stood firm in his decision to declare for the Draft.

What about the possibility of a lockout? Wasnt that a factor in this decision?

No, it wasnt, he said. It really wasnt. I thought about it and talked with people about that, but it wasnt a factor.

What if he attends NBA workouts and is told he wont be drafted? Would he consider returning for his senior season then?

My plan is to get drafted, Thomas said. However you want to take that, then thats how you take it. Thats (not getting drafted) not what Ive heard, and thats not what Im going to hear.

Thomas, who averaged 16.8 points and 6.1 assists this season, said hes been told he could be drafted anywhere from the middle of the first round to early in the second. That seems awfully high for a 5-foot-9 point guard whose biggest offensive weakness is his jump shot. Many mock drafts dont even include him in the board.

But Thomas said he feels this years Draft doesnt include all that many quality point guards, which might help his stock. And he said he has the full support of his family, Romar and other former Huskies and current NBA players, all sources he sought advice from as he made his decision.

I feel like with the guards coming out this year, I have a really good chance of going high in this draft, Thomas said. I feel like I can showcase my talent. I dont feel like its a real strong draft class with the point guards this year.

He also made mention to making the right decision for both he and his family, though he added that there is no immediate financial needs that played into his decision.

The rules have changed, too. Under the old testing the waters rule for underclassmen, they could participate in the entire pre-Draft process before withdrawing their name with 10 days before Draft day.

Now, underclassmen must withdraw by May 8, which Thomas said isnt enough time to be truly evaluated by NBA scouts and general managers.

If it was like it wa a couple years ago, theres no doubt in my mind that testing the waters would be I would have done, because they (gave) you so much time to get your feet wet a little, he said.

Thomas also said he wasnt torn by the fact that he more than likely would have broken multiple UW career records, including the all-time scoring record.

But the aura of the NBA burns brighter.

That wasnt really big for me, Thomas said of the record books. I know all the records that Im close to breaking, but at the end of the day, when I came to the University of Washington it wasnt to break records. That wasnt my dream.

Another factor may have been that the Huskies will have two true point guards next year Abdul Gaddy and incoming, highly-touted freshman Tony Wroten which would have meant less time for Thomas at point guard and more time at the two-guard.

And because Thomas would have to play point guard in the NBA, some thought that he wouldnt be able to increase his stock next season without running the point again.

It wasnt a big reason why I chose to make this move, Thomas said. I would love to play with Tony Wroten and my little brother Abdul Gaddy again. I just feel like its the right time. Even though next year if I did come back, I would move to the two, my talents are best at the one position. I feel like its the right time for me to make this move.

Doesnt sound like anything can change his mind, either.

Im definitely not conflicted. I know what I want to do. Like I announced today, thats what Im going to do. It sucks that Im leaving the best college in the world in the University of Washington, but at the end of the day, Ive got to do whats best for me and my family. I hope people understand that. If they dont, they can take it however they want.

Courtesy of http://blog.seattlepi.com


Wichita State wins NIT title - by Eurobasket News
The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship.

Good luck convincing any of them that they didn't deserve it.

Or that they didn't belong in a more prestigious postseason tournament.

J.T. Durley (6'8''-F/C-88) and Graham Hatch (6'4''-G/F-86) scored 12 points each to lead a balanced offense, and the fourth-seeded Shockers simply overwhelmed top-seeded Alabama 66-57 on Thursday night to win the NIT championship at Madison Square Garden.

Hatch was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, including back-to-back shots in the closing minutes, as Wichita State (29-8) finished a remarkable postseason run in style.

'We obviously, as a team, have gone through a roller coaster,' Hatch said. 'We came back from those disappointments, we pulled together, and it's just magical.'

Tony Mitchell (6'6''-F) had 13 points and 12 boards for Alabama (25-12), but he didn't get much help. Leading scorer Jamychal Green (6'9''-F-90) struggled with foul trouble and finished with 12 points, and Trevor Releford (6'1''-G) and Charvez Davis had 10 each.

'JaMychal is a key player to our team, he's a threat inside,' Davis said. 'We had to keep playing when he got out. We just didn't make enough plays.'

Alabama briefly pulled ahead in the second half on a free throw by Chris Hines with 15:06 left, but Wichita State answered with eight straight points to regain control.

Any doubt about the outcome was erased when Hatch hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 4:13 remaining that extended the lead to 61-52. On the next possession, Hatch set up from the same spot and knocked down another three-pointer.

The two clutch shots helped him earn the tournament MVP award.

'This is what you do it for, these moments,' Hatch said. 'We were disappointed in our conference tournament, so to have this opportunity to win such an amazing tournament as the NIT, this atmosphere, I couldn't imagine it.'

Briefly: Washington junior guard Isaiah Thomas plans to enter the NBA draft but will not hire an agent. ... Wyoming hired Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt as its next head basketball coach. ... Hofstra has signed first-year coach Mo Cassara to a new five-year contract. ... Prosecutors in Stillwater, Okla., asked that more charges be filed against Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams, who is already facing four felony counts that accuse him of inappropriately touching two female students.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Purdue to pay Painter $2.3M annually in new deal - by Eurobasket News
Matt Painter has a new, eight-year contract from Purdue that will pay him at least $2.3 million per year and assurances that the school will take other steps to keep the Boilermakers competitive.

Beyond that, Painter would just like to get back to basketball.

Painter met with reporters on Thursday, a day after the contract announcement ended speculation that he would be taking the open coaching job at Missouri.

Painter met with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden on Tuesday morning in Orlando, Fla.. He wouldn't say whether he was officially offered the chance to replace Mike Anderson, who left for Arkansas last week after Missouri had hoped to keep him.

'When you talk professionally with other people, it stays private,' Painter said. 'You have to assess where you are, where you're going, but through discussions of that nature, you're listening. Talk is cheap and it comes down to action. I'm happy to be a Boilermaker.'

Several players, including forward Robbie Hummel, reached out to Painter after it became clear the coach was being courted by the Big 12's Tigers.

'We were hearing all sorts of stuff,' Hummel said. 'I was concerned, but I was confused, too, because I didn't know what to believe.'

Last year, Purdue gave Painter a new contract through the 2016-17 season that included a $1.3 million base salary and up to $1 million in incentives. With Missouri knocking on the door, the Boilermakers had to pony up even more.

The new deal will keep Painter at his alma mater through the 2018-19 season. Besides the base salary, he can also earn incentives based on his team's academic and athletic performance.

Athletic director Morgan Burke has also assured Painter that the school will provide resources to compete for Big Ten and national titles.

Purdue is making major renovations to Mackey Arena, something that is expected to boost the Boilermakers' image and help bring in top recruits. Burke said other 'resources' have been promised to Painter, although he didn't go into specifics.

'Where we have gaps we need to fix them,' Burke said. 'You can't have aspirations to be champions unless you're willing to do the things necessary. We have the resources backed up behind those commitments to ensure we can put them in place.'

Painter said now it's time to focus on basketball. The Boilermakers made the third round of this year's NCAA tournament but were knocked out by Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth.

'As a basketball player and basketball coach, you're only as good as your last game. We weren't very good in our last game,' he said. 'That's something to drive us through the spring, summer and fall. I'd rather work than talk about it.'

The 40-year-old Painter, a Muncie native and Purdue alumnus, has been selected the Big Ten's coach of the year three times and he led the Boilermakers to Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2010. Purdue has qualified for the NCAA tournament the past five years.

'He's become the face of the basketball program,' Hummel said. 'That would have been a huge blow to lose him. We had to keep him if we wanted to continue the upward trend. I'd like him to stay as long as he can.'

Painter is excited to lead the Boilermakers for another eight years.

'I'm very grateful to be in this position,' he said. 'Purdue's not lucky to have me; I'm lucky to be at Purdue. It's a great opportunity for us to move forward, get better and keep improving.'

Courtesy of www.660worl.com


Wyoming returns to previous head coach Shyatt - by Eurobasket News
Wyoming dipped into the past Thursday and hired back Larry Shyatt , an associate head coach at Florida, as the Cowboys' head basketball coach.

Shyatt, 59, has agreed to a five-year contract and replaces Heath Schroyer, who was fired in February. Shyatt previously coached Wyoming during the 1997-98 season, when he led the team to a 19-9 record.

He spent seven years at Florida and helped the Gators win the 2006 and 2007 NCAA championships plus three Southeastern Conference tournaments.

'We are thrilled to bring Larry back,' Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman said. 'One of the things that impressed our committee in our interview with Larry was how bad he wanted to be back at Wyoming.'

Shyatt said Wyoming was one of the few schools he would have considered leaving Florida to coach.

'I'm excited about the commitment of the administration and the passionate fan base I remember at Wyoming,' he said. 'I can't wait to meet, work with and develop a great relationship with the current team.'

Shyatt has spent 35 years as a college coach. He was associate head coach at Clemson before Wyoming hired him the first time. After his year at Wyoming, Shyatt returned to Clemson to be head coach there for five seasons.

He also has coached at Providence College, Utah and New Mexico.

Shyatt heads back to Laramie to try to revive a program in the dumps. Wyoming finished 10-21 and just 3-13 in the Mountain West Conference this season.

Over three and a half years under Schroyer, the Pokes were 49-68 with their only winning season coming in 2008-09. Burman said he fired Schroyer before the season was up rather than continue to 'walk around on eggshells' on the subject.

Shyatt gave Wyoming a boost during his last stint in Cowboy country. Wyoming had finished 12-16 the year before he arrived.

'The experience my wife Pam and I had in Laramie, and the many people we met in the state, has always been among our fondest memories in over 30 years of coaching,' Shyatt said.

Shyatt will be in Laramie next week but hasn't visited Wyoming lately.

His base pay will be $190,000 a year, up from $160,000 for Schroyer. He can earn as much as $645,000 a year with incentives.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Bruce Weber: 'Committed' to Illinois despite Sooner talk - by Eurobasket News
Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber said Thursday he's received calls about other coaching jobs but doesn't plan to leave Illinois.

The eighth-year head coach had been linked this week with the vacant Oklahoma position.

'I received a few interest calls regarding other positions, but nothing beyond that,' he said in a statement released by the school. 'I remain committed to the University of Illinois.'

The Trancript in Norman, Okla., reported Wednesday that Weber was a candidate for the Sooners job, open after Oklahoma fired Jeff Capel earlier this month. Weber was also reportedly considered by Tennessee.

Some Illinois fans have called for Weber to be fired after Illinois' 20-14 finish. The Illini opened the season in the Top 25 with talk about a potential Big Ten title but finished unranked and in fourth place.

Athletics director Ron Guenther told reporters in February that Weber's not in danger of being fired. Guenther, 65, has a contract that expires this summer and he hasn't ruled out retiring.

Guenther and Weber have had only preliminary discussions about this season's results, the interest of other schools and whether Weber will receive a raise or contract extension, sports information director Kent Brown said.

Weber is paid $1.5 million a year under a contract that expires in 2015.

'They'll sit down after the (Final Four) and talk about the whole program, including compensation,' Brown said.

Weber said Thursday that his team started working out this week for the first time since its exit from the NCAA tournament. The Illini lost to Kansas after winning their opener over UNLV.

'I am fortunate to have one of the elite jobs in all of college basketball and am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our program,' he said in the statement. 'We will work tirelessly to ensure that Illinois is competing at a championship level both in the Big Ten and nationally.'

Courtesy of www.journalreview.com


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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 18-0 
 2. Hop 13-5 
 3. Persbraaten 13-5 
 4. Centrum 11-7 
 5. OSI 10-8 
 6. Sandefjord 8-10 
 7. Varden 7-11 
 8. Langhus 4-14 
 9. NTNUI 3-15 
 10. Trondheim 3-15 


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


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Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Lawton Ft.SC 18-2 
 2. Quebec K. 14-6 
 3. Rochester R. 12-8 
 4. Halifax R. 10-10 
 5. Saint John M.R. 9-11 
 6. Kentucky S. 6-14 
 7. Dayton A. 3-18 
 8. Vermont FH 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Brown, Quebec K.21.1 
 2. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.19.1 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.9 
 5. Dollard, Halifax R.17.8 
 6. Parran, Quebec K.17.5 
 7. Friel, Rochester R.15.3 
 8. Perry, Dayton A.15.1 
 9. Monroe, Rocheste.14.7 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.8 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.6 
 3. Williams, Rocheste.8.5 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.8.3 
 5. Sowell, Dayton A.8.3 
 6. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 7. Walton, Rocheste.8.1 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.7.8 
 9. DeMasi, Saint J.7.6 
 10. Harris, Kentucky S.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.2 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.2 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.4.7 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.4 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 8. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 9. Egerson, Saint J.3.4 
 10. McLeish, Kentucky.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Parran, Quebec K.2.7 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.1 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.1.9 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.1.7 
 5. Rice, Saint J.1.6 
 6. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 7. Bowden, Lawton F.1.5 
 8. Monroe, Rocheste.1.4 
 9. Brown, Halifax R.1.3 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.8 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.5 
 3. Crookshank, Halif.1.3 
 4. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 5. Pierre, Quebec K.1.1 
 6. Daniels, Lawton F.0.9 
 7. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 9. Dollard, Halifax R.0.7 
 10. Logan, Kentucky S.0.6 


Semifinals: RazorSharks vs Kebs Game 1 preview - by Eurobasket News
A two-time PBL championship team will square off against a franchise making their first postseason appearance, as the Rochester Razorsharks and Quebec Kebs will battle in the best-of-three PBL semifinal.

Sporting a franchise-best 14-6 record, the Quebec Kebs have climbed from the ranks of 'also-ran' to a top contender.Head coach Rob Spon, who last made the PBL playoffs in 2009 as the head coach of the Manchster Millrats, has assembled a solid squad of PBL veterans and hungry new talent. The Kebs currently have the league's leading scorer in Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) (21.20 ppg, 7.75 rpg) and speedy Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) (7.16 assist pg, 2.68 steals per game).

The Rochester Razorsharks, led by head coach Rod Baker, are looking to reach the PBL finals for the fourth consecutive season. PBL veteran three-point shooter Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77, college: Virginia) (15.32 ppg) and Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) (14.30 ppg), along with the acquisition of Mike Williams (9.17 rpg since joining the Sharks) and the signing of Sammy Monroe (6'6''-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) (14.69 ppg), have turned the Sharks' season around from a 2-6 start, to winning 10 of their last 12 games.

Game one of the three-game series will be played on April 2 at 2:05 p.m. in Rochester, at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community war Memorial.\\Game 2 will take place on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Quebec at Pavillon de lducation physique et des sports de lUniversit Laval (PEPS at Laval University). Game 3, if necessary, will take place on April 8.

This will be the second matchup between coaches Rod Baker and Rob Spon; both men faced each other in the 2008-09 PBL semifinals, in which Baker's Razorsharks defeated Spon's Millrats two games to one.

The winner of this series will face either the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry or Halifax Rainmen in the PBL Finals.

Courtesy of PBL


Taliek Brown gets MVP of the Week award for PBL - by Eurobasket News
American Taliek Brown (186-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Halifax R. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old guard got a double-double of 21 points and twenty two assists, while his team beat Dayton A. (3-18) 147-132. Brown turned to be Halifax R.'s top player in his first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is league's best scorer averaging so far 13.5ppg. Brown is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 3.4rpg), assists (3rd best: 6.2apg) and averages solid 57.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Quebec K.. Brown impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 41 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Quebec K. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dayton A. (3-18) 152-108. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Quebec K. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#1). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A.. Milum got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds. Despite Milum's great performance Dayton A. lost 108-152 to the higher-ranked Quebec K. (13-7).Milum has a very solid season. In 21 games in PBL he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvin Mims (196-G/F-79) of Lawton Ft.SC - 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Yannick Anzuluni (205-G/F) of Quebec K. - 20 points and 18 rebounds
6. Everett Spencer (198-G/F-85) of Dayton A. - 30 points and 7 rebounds
7. Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Dayton A. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84) of Halifax R. - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Tommy Mitchell (191-G-82) of Quebec K. - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Philip Mickey Perry (188-G) of Dayton A. - 37 points and 2 assists

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


Thomas's big night helps Rainmen clinch - by Eurobasket News
Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) has powered the Halifax Rainmen into the Premier Basketball League playoffs.

With both teams needing a win to clinch a post-season berth, the six-foot-eight, 295-pound centre was a beast in the paint, scoring 12 of Halifaxs final 21 points in an 85-79 overtime triumph over the Saint John Mill Rats Thursday night at the Metro Centre.

Thomas, who had a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, said he got a pep talk from point guard Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) before his dominating 12-point run started with 4:01 left in regulation.

'Taliek told me, We're going to give you the ball no matter what happens, and that was all she wrote', said Thomas. 'I just had to turn it on and show I was the best player on the court.'

It's Thomas's second tour of duty with the Rainmen. He barely saw the floor last season, and started this season with the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry before being released in early March.

But hes 30 pounds lighter than last season and is giving the Rainmen production from a position that has long been their Achilles heel.

Big Dres a force down there When hes ready to play and do the things he can do, no one can guard him, said teammate Desmond Ferguson, who had a pair of clutch buckets in overtime. Hes big, hes agile, he can shoot, he gets and-ones, and he was huge for us.

The Rainmen had lost eight of their past 11 games coming into Thursdays game but finished the season 10-10.

They open the best-of-three semifinals against Thomas's former team, the Cavalry, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Metro Centre. The Cavalry, 18-2, swept the Rainmen in last years semifinals and went on to win the PBL title.

We wouldnt have it any other way than to go through them, Ferguson said. They put us out last year and well try to get this first home game on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Reynolds, AZS K.17.2 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.17.0 
 4. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 5. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.4 
 6. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 8. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.4 
 9. Goffney, Siarka14.1 
 10. Harris, SKK K.14.0 
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 Turow7.0 
 7. Reynolds, AZS K.7.0 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Archibeque, Polph.6.4 
 10. Miller, Anwil6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.8 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.6 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.8 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.5.1 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.4.6 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.3 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Thompson, Anwil3.1 
 10. Laczynski, Poloni.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Maye, Zastal2.8 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 4. Sapp, SKK Kotwica2.5 
 5. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.4 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 8. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 10. Ewing, Asseco P.2.1 
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. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 4. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Reynolds, AZS K.1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Rajewicz, Siarka0.9 
 9. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


PLK Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - PBG Basket 72-66

PGE Turow grabbed 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series against PBG Basket. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists for the winners and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 18 points and the former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: T.Thomas 17+3reb+4ast, D.Kickert 13+2reb, K.Wysocki 12+9reb+2ast, M.Gabinski 10+5reb, M.Kuebler 7+3reb, D.Jackson 7+2reb+2ast
PBG Basket: V.Tica 18+2reb+2ast, L.Wisniewski 8+3reb+2ast, C.Hawkins 8+1reb+6ast, M.Tuljkovic 7+5reb+3ast, D.Kulig 7+7reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125214


Asseco Prokom - AZS Koszalin 104-78

Asseco Prokom breezed past AZS Koszalin in the opener. The game without a history. Asseco Prokom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Asseco Prokom looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by AZS Koszalin's players. International center Adam Hrycaniuk (208-84, college: Cincinnati) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points. Five Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. Asseco Prokom's coach Tomas Pacesas felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Grady Reynolds (198-80, college: St.John's, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: D.Ewing 20+1reb+3ast, T.Adams 18+1reb+1ast, A.Hrycaniuk 17+8reb, R.Witka 12+4reb+3ast, R.Varda 10+7reb+2ast, R.Burrell 8+3reb
AZS Koszalin: G.Reynolds 25+8reb, G.Arabas 15+3reb+1ast, W.Frazier 12+5reb+2ast, S.Bogavac 8+3reb, T.Snieg 7+6reb+7ast, G.Reese 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125211


Energa Czarni - Polpharma 84-75

Energa Czarni outgunned Polpharma before the home fans to surge ahead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Polpharma won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Energa Czarni made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international forward Zbigniew Bialek (203-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Lithuanian guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81) chipped in 16 points. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. Energa Czarni's coach Dainius Adomaitis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) scored 14 points and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: M.Cesnauskis 16+3reb+3ast, Z.Bialek 14+9reb+1ast, B.Davis 13+3reb+1ast, W.Szawarski 12+2reb, W.Avery 11+1ast, J.Blassingame 8+7reb+6ast
Polpharma: D.Vaughn 15+5reb+3ast, R.Skibniewski 14+2reb+6ast, M.Hicks 14+5reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 9+3reb, B.Gilmore 9, K.Chanas 9+2reb
gschID: 125212


Trefl Sopot - Anwil 84-78

Trefl Sopot celebrated the home win in the quarterfinal series Game 1. They edged Anwil. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Anwil helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. At the losing side international forward Lukasz Majewski (199-82) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Paul Miller (208-82, college: Wichita St.) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: L.Kinnard 15+5reb, P.Kikowski 14+2reb+4ast, D.Ceranic 13+8reb+2ast, G.Gustas 10+1reb+5ast, A.Waczynski 9+3reb+2ast, F.Dylewicz 8+11reb+4ast
Anwil: A.Pluta 15+1ast, L.Majewski 14+6reb+1ast, N.Jovanovic 11+2reb, C.Thomas 8+2reb+3ast, P.Miller 7+8reb+3ast, S.Morrison 6+6reb
gschID: 125213




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Coamo returns to the BSN and gets impressive win - by Luis Ramirez
With the return of the Coamo Maratonistas to the BSN playing against the San German Athletics, the second day of action took place, three games were on tap. The first minutes of the game saw Coamo import Ronnie Fields look like a player who will be have to be reckoned with, but it was the little guys that took over the game as Donald Copeland went head to head against Christopher Vega as the first quarter came to an end with 21-19 in favor of San German.

In the 2nd quarter it was Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: FIU) who got hot and brought the Maratonistas within 2 points 30-28 with 5:35 left in the quarter. The game continued at a fast pace and it was nip and tuck all the way as the half ended 46-43 with San German in the lead.

In the 3rd quarter Coamo went on a 13-4 run to take the lead 62-54 with less than 4 minutes to play in the quarter. The quarter ended with Coamo in the lead 72-62.

In the 4th quarter Coamo got some important baskets from Andres Ortiz and from Johwen Villegas to extend their lead 79-67 with 6:32 left in the game. San German cut into the lead somewhat but was not able overtake the Maratonistas. The game ended 95-87.

For Coamo, it was Johwen Villegas with 31 points followed by Ronnie Fields with 15 points.

For San German Jesse Pellot scored 19 points while Darius Rice scored 16 points.

In other action around the league, Humacao squeezed by Santurce 66-64. For Humacao, Brandon Robinson scored 19 points with 11 rebounds, while Kleon Penn and Jonathan Garcia both scored 11 points. For Santurce, Ricardo Sanchez scored 19 points while Michael Sweetney scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

In the last game of the night, Quebradillas defeated the Mayaguez Indians, 71-67. Best scorers for Quebradillas were Daniel Brown with 24 points while Peter John Ramos scored 21 points. For Mayaguez, Hector Romero scored 30 points with 11 rebounds while three other players scored 11 points; these were Erick Rodriguez, Alejandro Carmona and Carlos Rivera.



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Coamo 1-0 
 2. Capitanes 1-0 
 3. Humacao 1-0 
 4. Quebradillas 1-0 
 5. Bayamon 0-0 
 6. Isabela 0-0 
 7. Guaynabo 0-1 
 8. Mayaguez 0-1 
 9. San German 0-1 
 10. Santurce 0-1 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 27
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes27.0 
 2. Life, Humacao26.0 
 3. Vassallo, Guaynabo26.0 
 4. Jones, Quebradillas25.0 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez23.0 
 6. Villegas, Coamo22.3 
 7. Hatton, Bayamon21.0 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez20.0 
 9. Alvarado, Capitanes20.0 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.3 
 2. Dyer, San German11.0 
 3. Figueroa, Guaynabo11.0 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.0 
 5. Aubry, Capitanes11.0 
 6. Lee, Bayamon8.0 
 7. Jones, Quebradillas8.0 
 8. Rivera, Coamo7.5 
 9. Edwards, Mayaguez7.5 
 10. Lockhart, Quebradi.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Clinch, Isabela9.0 
 2. Copeland, San G.8.0 
 3. Pagan, Santurce7.0 
 4. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.7 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon5.0 
 6. Garcia, Humacao5.0 
 7. Hatton, Bayamon5.0 
 8. Huertas, Quebradillas5.0 
 9. Alvarado, Capitanes4.0 
 10. Verdejo, Isabela4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lewis CLINCH
  Isabela
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clinch, Isabela4.0 
 2. Pellot-Rosa, San G.3.0 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon3.0 
 4. Apodaca, Quebradillas2.7 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez2.5 
 6. Huertas, Quebradillas2.0 
 7. Fields, Coamo2.0 
 8. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 9. Life, Humacao2.0 
 10. Vega, Coamo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert TRAYLOR
  Bayamon
  (204-F/C-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Traylor, Bayamon3.0 
 2. Lee, Bayamon3.0 
 3. Freije, Coamo2.0 
 4. Penn, Humacao2.0 
 5. Edwards, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Narvaez, Coamo1.3 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce1.0 
 8. Dyer, San German1.0 
 9. Johnson, Isabela1.0 
 10. Aubry, Capitanes1.0 


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Round 30 preview - by Sebastian Umbrich
Even though there are two matches involving teams from the upper side of the standings, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti versus CS Gaz Metan Medias and CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca versus BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, the most exciting two matches of round 30 will be CSU Sibiu against BC Arges Pitesti and CSM Oradea versus CS Otopeni. And this only because the order of the first five after the regular season is already fixed: Ploiesti will win the regular season, Cluj will the the runner-ups, Medias will finish third, Steaua fourth and Mures fifth. But for the other 3 places which grant a place in the play-offs, 4 teams are still fighting, and these are Sibiu, Otopeni, Pitesti and Oradea!
The first match to be analyzed is CSU Sibiu versus BC Arges Pitesti. After 29 rounds, Sibiu is ranked 7th, with 16 wins and 13 losses, while Pitesti is ranked 6th, with 17 wins and 12 losses. In their first meeting earlier this season, Pitesti won on home ground 91-81, after a very good match done by Donte Gennie and Darko Vujacic. Looking at the teams last rounds results, one might say that both teams will offer some high quality basketball: CSU Sibiu dramatically won on the road against Steaua 81-79, after they have done an impressive 4th quarter, 23-9, while Pitesti offered only the fifth defeat this season for reigning champions Ploiesti, 88-78. It is difficult to give a prognostic, but the fact that they play a more efficient basketball since Audrius Prakuraitis has been replaced by Catalin Vulc as coach, and that they will probably play in front of 3,000 fans in the Transilvania sports hall in Sibiu, might be an advantage for Sibiu.
The other interesting match from this last round will be the match between CSM Oradea and CS Otopeni. Before the last round of the regular season Oradea was ranked 8th, with 16 wins and 13 losses, and Otopeni was ranked 9th, with the same record. The first match from this season has been won by Otopeni, 88-86, with some strong performances from Cortney Scott and Aleksandar Belanovic, while Andelko Mandic and Nemanja Maric did some good job for the losing team. Last round, Oradea lost 63-73 on the road against BC Timisoara, while Otopeni won on home ground, 85-77, against Craiova. Otopeni could have secured its place in the playoffs, but a surprisingly loss in the 27th day, on the road against Miercurea Ciuc drastically reduced their chances to compete in the superior phase of the championship.
As these 4 teams are fighting for 3 places, lets take a look what the outcomes of the results will be. Before this, it is worth mentioning that Pitesti already has a place granted in the play-offs, but they will for sure want to avoid Ploiesti in the first round.
If Sibiu and Oradea win, these two teams will join Pitesti and the other 5 teams in the play-offs, Otopeni will face Brasov in the first round of the play-outs. The order of Sibiu, Pitesti and Oradea will be made on the difference with which Sibiu will defeat Ploiesti. If Sibiu will win with more than a 10-point margin, they will finish 6th, Oradea 7th and Pitesti, else Pitesti will finish 6th, Oradea 7th and Sibiu 8th.
If Sibiu wins and Otopeni does as well, then Sibiu will be 6th (if they win mith a +10 margin, else theyll be 8th), Pitesti will be 7th and Otopeni will be 8th.
The third possible scenario, if Pitesti and Oradea win, Pitesti will finish the regular season ranked sixth, Oradea will be the seventh and Sibiu will be the last team to qualify for the playoffs. The last possible scenario means wins for Pitesti and Otopeni, a case in which Pitesti will finish 6th, Otopeni 7th and Oradea 8th, with Sibiu playing in the play-outs.
All matches of round 30 will start on Saturday, 2nd April, 18:00.



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  SAUDI ARABIA   


D1 Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 18-0 
 2. Al Ansar 15-4 
 3. Al Hilal 15-4 
 4. Al Fateh 14-5 
 5. Ohud 9-6 
 6. Al Wahda 8-10 
 7. Al Ahli 8-10 
 8. Al Nahda 7-9 
 9. Al Jubail 4-13 
 10. Al Safwa 3-15 
 11. Al Maseerah 2-15 
 12. Al Shrooq 2-16 


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  SCOTLAND   


Scottish U16 National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Joshua Magilvary
Rodger Watt
Neil Rowan Edinburgh K. Scotland
Ronan Mullan
Kevin Myers
Taha Cetinkaya
Jeb Spink
Connor Martin
Mark Myers
Nicky Sim
Tom Company
Zygimantas Dauksas

Collin Haldane Head Coach
Russel Kesson Assistant


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Ivan Maras' 25 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hemofarm and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Hemofarm in his team's victory, helping them to beat Metalac (#5, 1-2) 78-67. It allowed Hemofarm to consolidate first place in the Serbian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Hemofarm already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. It was one of impressive evenings for Maras as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ivan Maras averages just after three games 11.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. He is a forward in his first season at Metalac. In the last game Ljubicic recorded impressive 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Metalac lost that game 67-78 to Hemofarm (3-0). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Ljubicic is a newcomer at Metalac and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Radnicki. Cakarevic showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Radnicki, leading his team to a 96-91 win against #3 ranked Partizan in a game of the week. Radnicki started extremely well this Second Stage. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Cakarevic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Cakarevic has a very solid season. In 2 games in Serbia he scored 12.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) of Partizan - 16 points and 11 rebounds
5. Predrag Miletic (191-G-84) of Radnicki - 16 points and 3 assists
6. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura - 10 points and 12 rebounds
8. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Hemofarm - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Branislav Djekic (207-F/C-91) of Mega Vizura - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85) of Hemofarm - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Radnicki 3-0 
 2. Hemofarm 3-1 
 3. Partizan 2-1 
 4. Beograd 1-1 
 5. Metalac 1-2 
 6. Mega Vizura 1-2 
 7. FMP 1-3 
 8. Crvena Zvezda 0-2 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 4. Sinovec, Metalac18.3 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Cantekin, Mega V.7.6 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 9. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.7 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.7 
 6. Covic, FMP4.4 
 7. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 8. Mitrovic, Beograd4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mile ILIC
  FMP
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 2. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 9. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 
 10. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Seoul Samsung Thunder Coach Resigns - by Kevin Campigotto
Seoul Samsung Thunders coach Ahn Jun-Ho resigned Thursday after his team was swept in their first round playoff series by KCC Egis. Taking full responsibility for the teams poor performance in the playoffs and a failure to improve on last years record, the entire coaching staff resigned.

Ahn played for Samsung for Samsung during his KBL career and joined the coaching staff after his retirement. He spent so long with the franchise that he earned the nickname Samsung Man. Ahn took over head coaching responsibilities in May 2004 and became the franchises third head coach.

In the seven seasons under Anh the thunder won one championship (2006) and made it to the finals twice (2008, 2009). The team made the playoffs each of his seven years, an accomplishment matched by only one other KBL coach in history. Samsung also holds the record for most consecutive playoff appearances at nine

Ahn was known for a soft touch with talented players and was respected for his leadership. Since losing to KCC in the KBL finals in 2009 the club has been in a steady decline. After the 2009-2010 season, star guard Lee Sang Min retired.

This season the Thunder got off to a good start despite many of its stars being absent from KBL action because they were playing in the Asian Games. However, once the stars rejoined the team they were not able to hold onto their momentum and finished in sixth place for the second straight year. Towards the end of the season, Ahn clashed with naturalized import Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific) and lost face with his team.

While his departure is being called a resignation rumors had been circulating in the league throughout the season that Ahn would be replaced if the team did not show major improvement. Despite making the playoffs for nine years in a row the Thunder appear to be moving further from championship contention and discontent amongst the players made the change necessary.


(Translated from a news report on the Seoul Samsung Thunders homepage).



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Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.8 
 2. Mohammed, Lleida16.9 
 3. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 4. Detrick, Melilla16.2 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.6 
 6. Franklin, CB Tarra.15.2 
 7. Feldeine, Breogan15.2 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.15.0 
 9. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 10. Humphrey, Caceres14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril WACHSMANN
  Alcazar
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.3 
 2. Curtis, Lleida9.1 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.6 
 5. Humphrey, Caceres7.4 
 6. Guillen, La Laguna7.4 
 7. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 8. Chagoyen, La Laguna7.3 
 9. Arteaga, Breogan7.1 
 10. Junyent, Obradoiro7.1 
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 Laguna4.1 
 4. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.4 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.4 
 8. Cherry, Caceres3.1 
 9. Lopez, Burgos3.1 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.5 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 3. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 4. Rost, Girona1.6 
 5. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 6. Alba, CB Tarragona1.5 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Rivero, CB Murcia1.4 
 9. Seawright, Leon1.4 
 10. Johnson, Huesca1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Foote, Melilla1.9 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.8 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 4. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 6. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 8. McCoy, Caceres1.0 
 9. Arteaga, Breogan0.9 
 10. Starosta, Ourense0.9 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CB Murcia 28-4 
 2. Obradoiro 27-5 
 3. Burgos 25-7 
 4. Leon 18-13 
 5. Girona 18-14 
 6. La Laguna 17-15 
 7. Caceres 16-15 
 8. Navarra 16-16 
 9. Breogan 15-16 
 10. La Palma 15-17 
 11. Melilla 14-18 
 12. Lleida 13-19 
 13. CB Tarragona 12-20 
 14. Clinicas Rincon 12-20 
 15. Huesca 11-21 
 16. Palencia 11-21 
 17. Alcazar 10-22 
 18. Ourense 8-23 


ACB League: Navarro out 2 weeks and some other absences - by Natxo Mendaza
Regal F.C. Barcelona top scorer Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) will miss action for two weeks because of a muscular tear on his left thigh, the club reported today. Navarro didn't play the last ACB game against Assignia Manresa but joined back the team for the crucial Euroleague games Barcelona had to play in Athens. Once Barcelona has been eliminated, Navarro will try to fully recover in order to be ready for the Spanish playoffs. Also, Lagun Aro GBC officially announced that Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) is not a member of the roster anymore. The club and the player parted ways and decided not to extend their relationship till the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Bismack Biyombo (204-C-92) will also miss the next ACB games with Fuenlabrada because he will fly to the States in order to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit. As the club reported over the week, the player has a clause in his contract that allows him to temporary leave the team to attend this tournament.

Maccabi Electra blasts Caja Laboral 99-77, goes to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 4: Maccabi Electra - Caja Laboral 99-77

Maccabi Electra stormed back to the Euroleague Final Four for the first time since 2008. The Israeli powerhouse blasted Spanish champion Caja Laboral 99-77 in Game Four winning the series with 3-1. Maccabi's thriller win in the second meeting in Vitoria was crucial in this series. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) shined with 26 points and 7 assists for the hosts, and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) added 22 pts. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) helped with 17 points on the night. Caja Laboral got 17 points from Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and 13 from Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.). Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 12 points and 6 assists.
Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Before that, Maccabi made 25-23 in the first ten minutes and Caja Laboral replied with 26-29 in Q2 for 51-52 half time lead. The home squad exploded after the breather. Jeremy Pargo and his teammates made 16-4 run in five minutes and for rest of the period they jumped to impressive 79-62. Maccabi reached 87-64 at the beginning of the Q4 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. The home fans had a reason to celebrate even 8 minutes before the end as their Maccabi returned to Euroleague Final Four. They will meet Valencia or Real Madrid in the Semis.

Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 26+7 as, Guy Pnini 22, David Blu 17
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 17, Brad Oleson 13, Marcelinho Huertas


Omar Cook, Valencia beat Real Madrid 81-72, force Game Five - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 4: Valencia - Real Madrid 81-72

Power Electronics Valencia forced decisive Game Five against Real Madrid. The last season's EuroCup winner celebrated 81-72 victory last night tying the score to 2-2 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 7 assists. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) (7 rebs), Nando De Colo (202-G-87) (5 as) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 12 points each. On the other side, visitors got 20 points from Ante Tomic (217-C-87). Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 as) netted 14 and 11 pts respectively.
Valencia opened the game better as they made 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes. Real Madrid tied the score to 19-19 at the beginning of Q2 and later grabbed 29-33. Thanks to Omar-Sharif Cook and Rafa Martinez, the home squad closed the second period with 11-5 and was 40-38 up at the halftime. Ante Tomic and his teammates shined after the breather and with quick 0-8 run jumped to plus six, but Robertas Javtokas saved Valencia with three straight baskets. Dusko Savanovic and Pietrus joined him for 59-55 Valencia lead after 30 minutes. At the halfway of the last period Valencia reached 69-60 and Real Madrid was in deep trouble. It was too much for the guests and Valencia forced Game Five in Madrid on April 6 or 7.

Valencia: Omar-Sharif Cook 16+7 as, Robertas Javtokas 12+7 boards, Nando De Colo 12+5 as, Dusko Savanovic 12
Real Madrid: Ante Tomic 20, Clay Tucker 14, Pablo Prigioni 11+6 as


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  SWEDEN   


Basketettan Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Regular season in Basketettan is over. Quarterfinals pairs are Haga Haninge - Hoganas Basket and Malbas - Taby Basket. Eagles and Srbija go directly to Semifinals.


Basketettan Standings

North
1. Eagles 20-2
2. Taby 19-3
3. Haga Haninge 18-4
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4. Akropol 15-7
5. Talje 11-11
6. Blackeberg 11-11
7. Uppsala KFUM 10-12
8. Lulea Steel 10-12
9. Orongo 6-16
10. Lidingo 5-17
11. Hallsta 4-18
12. BG Lulea 3-19


South
1. Srbija 17-3
2. Hoganas 15-5
3. Malbas 14-6
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4. Helsingborg 13-7
5. Nassjo 13-7
6. Norrkoping BK 8-12
7. Eos 7-13
8. Sanda 7-13
9. Solna Branten 6-14
10. Brahe Basket 5-15
11. Fryshuset 5-15

North
Hallsta - Uppsala KFUM 64-80
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked KFUM Uppsala (10-12) beat 11th ranked Hallsta (4-18) in Hallstahammar 80-64 on Sunday.
gschID: 108860


Blackeberg - Eagles 75-79
Very expected game when 5th ranked KFUM Blackebergs (11-11) lost to first ranked White Eagles (20-2) in Vallingby 75-79 on Saturday. White Eagles have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 20-2 record.
gschID: 108855


Haga Haninge - Taby 56-96
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Taby Basket and one of their biggest challengers Haga Haninge had identical 18-3 record. But Haga Haninge was not able to use a home court advantage and was rolled over by the opponent from Taby 96-56 on Saturday night. Ne
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Lidingo - Lulea Steel 65-84
Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Lidingo (5-17) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Lulea Steelers (10-12) 84-65 on Saturday. Lulea Steelers moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Uppsala KFUM.
gschID: 108857


Akropol - Lulea Steel 73-77
There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Lulea Steelers (10-12) defeated higher ranked Akropol (15-7) in Spanga 77-73 on Sunday. Lulea Steelers moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Uppsala KFUM.
gschID: 108858


Orongo - Talje 41-63
There was no surprise when 9th ranked Orongo Dragons (6-16) were outleveled by sixth ranked Talje BK (11-11) in Sundsvall 63-41 on Sunday. Talje BK have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Blackeberg.

South
Hoganas - Helsingborg 92-51
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hoganas (15-5) crushed at home 4th ranked Helsingborg (13-7) 92-51 on Saturday. Hoganas have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in South with 15-5 record having just two points less than leader Srbija.

Sanda - Srbija 87-90 OT
Eighth-ranked Sanda Basket (7-13) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Srbija (17-3) in Huskvarna on Saturday. The visitors from Malmo managed to secure only three-point victory 90-87. However their fans expected much easier game. Srbija maintains first position in South with 17-3 record.

Norrkoping BK - Eos 80-71
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Norrkoping BK and 7th ranked IK Eos had identical 7-12 record. This time Norrkoping BK used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lund 80-71 on Sunday night. Norrkoping BK maintains sixth position in South with 8-12 record.
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Malbas - Brahe Basket 85-76
Very predictable result when third ranked Malbas (14-6) won against 11th ranked Brahe Basket (5-15) in Malmo 85-76 on Sunday. Malbas have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Malbas maintains third position in South with 14-6 record having just three points less than leader Srbija. Brahe Basket lost third consecutive game.



Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 20-2 
 2. Taby 19-3 
 3. Haga Haninge 18-4 
 4. Akropol 15-7 
 5. Talje 11-11 
 6. Blackeberg 11-11 
 7. Uppsala KFUM 10-12 
 8. Lulea Steel 10-12 
 9. Orongo 6-16 
 10. Lidingo 5-17 
 11. Hallsta 4-18 
 12. BG Lulea 3-19 
South
 1. Srbija 17-3 
 2. Hoganas 15-5 
 3. Malbas 14-6 
 4. Helsingborg 13-7 
 5. Nassjo 13-7 
 6. Norrkoping BK 8-12 
 7. Eos 7-13 
 8. Sanda 7-13 
 9. Solna Branten 6-14 
 10. Brahe Basket 5-15 
 11. Fryshuset 5-15 
 12. Kvarnby 0-0 


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  TAIWAN   


Dacin, Taiwan Beer to meet in SBL Finals - by Chris Wang
Dacin Tigers will meet Taiwan Beer in Taiwan's 2011 Super Basketball League (SBL) Finals after eliminating Pure Youth Construction 4-1 in the best-of-seven first round playoffs Friday.

The best-of-seven Finals will be played from April 8-17 at Hsinjhuang Stadium in New Taipei City.

The two teams will meet in the finals for the third time after splitting the previous two meetings with Taiwan Beer defeating Dacin 4-2 in 2007 and Dacin winning 4-3 in 2009.

Led by star forward Tien Lei and import Alexus Foyle from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Tigers made the playoffs as the No. 3 seed after a 17-13 regular season and upset the No. 2 seed Pure Youth in five games.

Dacin will be looking for redemption after losing to Yulon Luxgen 4-2 in the title series last year.

Taiwan Beer, which led the seven-team league in the regular season with 22 wins and 8 losses, swept the defending champion Yulon 4-0 in the first round and was able to enjoy an 11-day rest before Game 1 of the Finals.

The regular season champion, which won back-to-back titles in 2007-2008, advanced to the finals for the first time in two years. It features arguably the best lineup in the league which includes American forward Emmanuel Jones and local players Wu Tai-hao and Yang Ching-min.

The SBL, the top tier basketball competition in Taiwan, was established in 2003. Yulon won four titles in the league's first seven years.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shawn HAWKINS
  KKL
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hawkins, KKL27.0 
 2. Foyle, Dacin Tigers20.6 
 3. Chen, Bank o.18.4 
 4. Tien, Dacin Tigers18.4 
 5. Chen, KKL18.3 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.1 
 7. Jones, Taiwan Beer18.0 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.16.9 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.16.0 
 10. Lu, Yulon Luxgen15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.20.6 
 2. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen15.9 
 3. Hawkins, KKL12.9 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer11.1 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.0 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 7. Foyle, Dacin Tigers10.6 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers8.1 
 9. Hsu, Bank o.6.4 
 10. Chen, KKL6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chih-Chung CHEN
  Yulon Luxgen
  (185-G-77)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 2. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.7 
 3. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.5 
 4. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.5 
 5. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.3 
 6. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.1 
 7. Chen, KKL2.8 
 8. Lin, Bank o.2.7 
 9. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.6 
 10. Vaudreuil, Bank o.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Lin, Bank o.1.7 
 3. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.6 
 5. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 6. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 7. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 8. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.3 
 9. Chen, KKL1.3 
 10. Chen, Taiwan Beer1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.9 
 2. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 3. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.6 
 4. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.6 
 5. Wu, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 6. Jennings, Pure Y.1.2 
 7. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.0 
 8. Lee, KKL0.9 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.0.8 
 10. Lee, Yulon Luxgen0.7 


SBL Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Dacin Tigers join Taiwan Beer in championship series - by Eurobasket News
Pure Youth - Dacin Tigers 76-83

Dacin Tigers joined Taiwan Beer in the title series. They ovecame Pure Youth to win the series 4-1. Dacin Tigers took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Pure Youth won second period 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dacin Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Pure Youth's 44. Vincentian-American forward Alexus Foyle (198-78, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Lei Tien (203-83) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Rashad Jennings (203-84, college: UALR) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and international forward Chia-Hong Chien (197-87) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dacin Tigers and five Pure Youth players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: C.Chien 18+6reb+2ast, C.En Mao 17+4reb+3ast, R.Jennings 13+16reb+3ast, C.Hung 10+4reb+3ast, S.Chen 10+3reb+1ast, T.Lin 4+6reb+1ast
Dacin Tigers: L.Tien 21+8reb+1ast, A.Foyle 20+14reb+2ast, C.Chang 17+2reb+4ast, Y.Lin 16+3reb+2ast, H.Hsu 7+3reb+3ast, C.Wang 2
gschID: 125332




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


All Set for First Easter Hoop Basketball & Showcase Camp - by David Edole
The stage is all set for the 1st Annual Easter Hoop and Basketball Showcase Camp to take place from April 7 through April 15, 2011 on Tortola, with opportunity for potential budding basketball players to earn college scholarships.

The camp which is hosted by the BVI Hoop It Up Foundation will be held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex and is opened to kids from ages 5 to 18 for the regular camp which will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

At the end of the Camp, a two-day showcase with players from both the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands is set for April 14 and April 15 where players between the ages of 17 and 21 will have the opportunity to showcase their talent to a group of guest coaches from the United States who will be scouting to offer basketball
scholarships.

Guest coaches for the Showcase will come from Sauk Valley Community College of Illinois, Colby Community College from Kansas, Central Arizona College of Arizona, Gulf Coast Community College of Florida, East Central University of Oklahoma. Also visiting sports agent Jose Parris from Paris Global Sports will be here.

The Showcase will culminate on Friday April 15, starting from 7 p.m. with the grand finale of a basketball game between the USVI Young Talent versus the BVI Young Talent.

President of the BVI Hoop It Up Foundation Steve Parillon is reminding those participating in the showcase who have finished high school, that a high school diploma is required since their participation has the potential of earning them a scholarship.

In light of that, tomorrow Saturday April 2 at 10 a.m. there will be a trial drive at the Bellevue Gym to evaluate those interested in being part of the Showcase.

The Easter Hoop will become an annual event, and part of the BVI Hoop It Up Foundations goal to bring basketball to youths year round.

Registration for participants in the Camp is $20.

Sponsors for this inaugural event are, Gold Sponsor - RTW in conjunction with Gatorade and Hon. Irene Penn-ONeal. Other sponsors are BVI Tourist Board, BVI Basketball Federation, NAGICO Insurance, and Travel Wise.

Application for this camp is available at all schools and registration will take place on April 4 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Steve Parillon at 284-544-0480 or Karl Scatliffe at 284-541-7541 or email bvihoopitup@gmail.com. For players in the US Virgin Islands, they can contact David Edole at 340-690-1614.


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Coleman number one in Ukraine for round 44 - by Eurobasket News
American center Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat BC Odessa (#10, 17-27) 85-73. Hoverla maintains the 4th position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hoverla will need more victories to improve their 27-17 record. Coleman turned to be Hoverla's top player in his first season with the team. Eric Coleman averages this season 13.3ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. Millage had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Khimik to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#13, 10-33) 87-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Khimik keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-29 record. Millage is a newcomer at Khimik, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.5ppg (#9). He also recorded 4.6 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ramel Curry (191-G-80) of Azovmash Mariupol (#3). Curry got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Azovmash, leading his team to a 93-87 win against the lower-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#6, 23-20). Azovmash needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 27 victories and 16 lost games. Curry has a great season in Ukraine. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 60.7% and 3PT: 43.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Akida McLain (206-F-86) of Khimik - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) of Halychyna - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of DniproAzot - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Artem Slipenchuk (192-G-89) of Kryvbasbasket - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. R.T. Guinn (208-C-81) of Ferro-ZNTU - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75) of Azovmash - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Harold Jamison (204-C-76) of Halychyna - 22 points and 8 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.1 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.7 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna14.7 
 7. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot14.6 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.0 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.5 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.1 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Sparks, BC Odessa4.6 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 7. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 


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BBL Weekend Preview - by Paul Nilsen

James Brame (191-G-80) will be back in the coaching hot-seat for Worthing Thunder again this weekend as he deputises for Gary Smith who is suspended for the game in Glasgow on Sunday but first up, the South Coast side will try to ruin the title ambitions of One Health Sharks Sheffield tonight.

Having lost against Tigers earlier in the week, Sharks cant afford any more slip-ups if they want to finish as the BBL Championship winners and Brame believes wherever they finish at the end of the regular season, Atiba Lyons and his team will be in the mix-up during the post-season action.

He is also looking forward to trying to stop former team-mate Ryan Patton who has again been a driving force for Sharks this year.

Theyre a deep, a really stacked team and theyll do well in the play-offs. claimed Brame.

I think the key is Ryan (Patton). I played with him for a year while he was with Worthing and we need to make him drive and pass rather than be a scorer.

Steve Dagastino can shoot from anywhere but in Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and Adam Williams, we have good guards that can match up with them.

However they have a lot of firepower inside with Paul Williams and Mike Tuck. Then they can start Marcus Stout, Atiba Lyons or Olu Babalola its a very deep squad they have.

After Worthing, the Sharks then head to Prestige Homes MK Lions on Sunday who will be buoyed after putting a dent in the hopes of Newcastle Eagles who they beat midweek .

The Eagles have two road games and they face a tough task in bouncing back, even with the addition of Drew Lasker. They face Worcester Wolves and then Lasker heads back to the Pavilions onSunday to face former club UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

Mersey Tigers are now in the driving seat as they look to secure their second piece of silverware this season and they host Glasgow Rocks this evening before heading to Guildford Heat with the hosts no doubt seeking revenge for their BBL Trophy Final loss. Then on Tuesday, the Tigers will once again lock horns with Sharks in what promises to be another real cracker.

The battle royale for play-off positioning also resumes and as well as hosting Tigers, Creon Raftopoulos and his Heat players have a tough assignment with a game at the MK Basketball Arena tonight against Lions.

Meanwhile Cheshire Jets will have a big say in things this weekend as they travel to Devon to face Raiders and then host Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Sunday who will be hoping they dont slip up against Essex tomorrow.




EBL, Round 21: Regular season is over - by Eurobasket News
Regular season is over in EBL. Bristol is No.1 with 15-3 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals pairs:

Apr 2 2011
7.00pm Bristol Academy Flyers v Derby Trailblazers

Apr 2 2011
6.30pm Reading Rockets v Manchester Magic

Apr 2 2011
4.00pm Leeds Carnegie v Brixton Topcats

Apr 3 2011
4.00pm BA London Leopards v Durham Wildcats




EBL Standings

1. Bristol 15-3
2. Leopards 14-4
3. Reading 12-6
4. Leeds 10-8
5. Brixton 8-10
6. Manchester 7-11
7. Durham 7-11
8. Derby 6-12
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9. Leicester 6-12
10. London Capitals 5-13




Derby - Leopards 84-88 OT
Eighth-ranked Derby Trailblazers (6-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked London Leopards (14-4) on Sunday. The visitors from London managed to secure only four-point victory 88-84. However their fans expected much easier game. London Leopards have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader Bristol. Derby Trailblazers at the other side keep the eighth position with 12 games lost.


gschID: 94980
Brixton - Bristol 78-85
No shocking result in a game when first ranked Bristol Acadamy Flyers (15-3) beat on the road 5th ranked Brixton Topcats (8-10) 85-78 on Sunday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Bristol Acadamy Flyers. They maintain first place with 15-3 record. Newly promoted Brixton Topcats keep the fifth position with ten games lost.
gschID: 94981
Leeds - Reading 80-78
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 3rd placed Reading Rockets (12-6) were edged on the road by fourth ranked Leeds Carnegie (10-8) 80-78 on Sunday. Leeds Carnegie maintains fourth place with 10-8 record. Loser Reading Rockets keep the third position with six games lost.
gschID: 125815
Leopards - Manchester 90-85
Very predictable result when second ranked London Leopards (14-4) won against at home 7th ranked Manchester Magic (7-11) 90-85 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for London Leopards. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader Bristol. Manchester Magic lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 94978
Durham - Reading 66-72
Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Durham Wildcats (7-11) lost at home to third ranked Reading Rockets (12-6) 72-66 on Saturday. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Reading Rockets. They maintain third place with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Bristol. Newly promoted Durham Wildcats keep the sixth position with 11 games lost.


TEN TROPHY TRICK FOR EDINBURGH - by Sandy Sutherland
The City of Edinburgh Basketball Club are celebrating the most successful season in their 23-year history after capturing a record five trophies in the Scottish Cup Finals at Edinburgh University to add to the three Scottish League titles and two National Play-Offs they had already won.
By winning the two senior trophies, Edinburgh Kings and Edinburgh Kool Kats both completed a season's treble of honours, having already won the Scottish League and National Play-Offs.
On the same day, Kings cadets beat Troon Tornadoes 57-44 to win the Under-16 trophy and the following day Kings juniors (u-18) trounced Troon 66-36 to complete the men's monopoly, the consolation Chairman's Cup having been bagged in the first session when the City second team defeated an understrength Aberdeen University 52-36.
Though Kings fans were not complaining, what was worrying for the game as a whole was the size of the wins.
Kings swamped St Mirren 76-49 in the men's final thanks to a sparkling first half after which they led 48-19.
Saints were unable to subdue Edinburgh vet student Michael Kirkpatrick, who scored 17 to add to the scorching 41, including nine three-pointers, he tallied the night before in the Scottish Universities Challenge, while Kings captain Paddy Campbell added 14, centre Simon Flockhart 12 and eight rebounds and young point guard Lee Reilly 10, all in the first half.
Kool Kats, helped by 18 from Charlotte King, beat holders Glasgow Rocks 58-51 to complete their treble.
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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Liverpool MT 23-5 
 2. Newcastle 21-7 
 3. Sheffield Sharks 19-8 
 4. Cheshire Jets 19-10 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 16-12 
 6. Plymouth 16-13 
 7. Leicester Riders 14-13 
 8. Guildford Heat 14-15 
 9. Worcester 14-16 
 10. MK Lions 11-18 
 11. Worthing 4-26 
 12. Essex Pirates 1-29 


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol 15-3 
 2. Leopards 14-4 
 3. Reading 12-6 
 4. Leeds 10-8 
 5. Brixton 8-10 
 6. Manchester 7-11 
 7. Durham 7-11 
 8. Derby 6-12 
 9. Leicester 6-12 
 10. London Capitals 5-13 
 11. Coventry 0-0 


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.5 
 3. Smith, Newcastle20.8 
 4. Jackson, Newcastle20.6 
 5. Blount, Leices.20.6 
 6. Bolds, MK Lions20.5 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.0 
 8. Zabas, Plymouth19.8 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Nelson, MK Lions19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn MYERS
  MK Lions
  (198-G/F-69)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Myers, MK Lions9.6 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.5 
 3. Schneck, Cheshire.9.4 
 4. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 5. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.9 
 6. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.8.3 
 8. Williams, Sheffi.8.3 
 9. Cricelli, Worcester8.1 
 10. Polk, Plymouth8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.4 
 3. Blount, Leices.4.8 
 4. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 5. Medlock, Guildfor.4.5 
 6. Bolds, MK Lions4.4 
 7. Zabas, Plymouth4.4 
 8. Creppy, Worcester3.9 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 10. Marks, Plymouth3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.2 
 4. Jackson, Newcastle2.0 
 5. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 6. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 7. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 8. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 9. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 3. Potter, Leices.1.1 
 4. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 5. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.0.8 
 7. Woodfork, Worthing0.8 
 8. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.7 
 10. Youngblood, Leices.0.7 


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 14-2 
 2. Marinos 14-3 
 3. Trotamundos 10-7 
 4. Gigantes 9-9 
 5. Toros 8-9 
 6. Bucaneros 7-10 
 7. Panteras 7-10 
 8. Guaiqueries 6-9 
 9. Guaros 6-12 
 10. Gaiteros 3-13 




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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Flamutari 13-1 
 2. Apolonia 12-2 
 3. Tirana 11-3 
 4. Studenti 6-8 
 5. Vllaznia 6-8 
 6. Elbasani 4-10 
 7. Skenderbeu 4-10 
 8. Mati 0-14 


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Sparks sign Aussie O'Hea to deal - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks have signed guard Jenna O'Hea (6'1''-G/F-87) to a free agent contract.

The 6-foot-1 O'Hea is a member of the Australian national team and joins the Sparks after a stint with the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers of Australia's Women's National Basketball League.

She averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 15 games during the 2010-11 season and helped the Boomers win their first WNBL title.

Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com


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  BULGARIA - Women  


NBL Semifinals: Lukoil and Levski are 1-0 up - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil - Dunav 88-68 (1-0)

Lukoil dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Dunav's 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Dunav's players. American forward DeTrina White (180-F-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: LSU) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Her fellow American import power forward Tamara Bowie (183-81, college: Ball St.) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lukoil players scored in double figures. Power forward Hristina Minkova (184-72) produced 19 points and the former international guard Zornitsa Kostova (176-82) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lukoil: D.White 19+12reb, T.Bowie 19+8reb+3ast, O.Samburska 14+3reb+4ast, A.Sokolan 11+6reb+5ast, M.Tsankova 8, M.Zhelyazkova 7+3reb+1ast
Dunav: H.Minkova 19+3reb+2ast, K.Kordova 16+6reb, Z.Kostova 14+5reb+3ast, L.Byears 9+5reb, A.Kancheva 6+5reb+1ast, I.Kostova 3
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Levski - Montana 2003 77-71 (1-0)

Montana 2003 was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 17-8 third quarter run of Levski. They also forced 26 Montana 2003 turnovers. Strangely Montana 2003 outrebounded Levski 39-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Montana 2003's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Petya Djambazka (178-77) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-85) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international forward Camellia Mihalkova (182-80) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Jeanetta Zhelyova (182-75) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Montana 2003. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levski: R.Dimitrova 20+3reb+2ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 17+6reb+1ast, R.Bachvarova 12+2ast, P.Djambazka 10+11reb+8ast, D.Naydenova 7+1reb+6ast, M.Gavriloska 6+1ast
Montana 2003: C.Mihalkova 19+6reb+1ast, J.Zhelyova 17+6reb+2ast, I.Vrancheva 13+4reb+4ast, A.Doychinova 10+11reb+2ast, N.Simeonova 7+11reb+1ast, M.Karchovska 5+1reb
gschID: 125221
*Second games today



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  CROATIA - Women  


A1 Round 6: Lupa Promotion beats Studenac Omis in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Novi Zagreb. Second ranked Lupa Promotion faced 4th ranked Studenac Omis. Host Lupa Promotion (4-2) defeated guests from Omis (2-4) 73-64. Newly promoted Lupa Promotion maintains second position with 4-2 record. Studenac Omis at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Lupa Promotion are looking forward to face ZKK Medvescak (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Studenac Omis will play on the road against Biska Pula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Gospic delivered the sixth consecutive win. This time they crushed 5th ranked ZKK Medvescak (1-5) 92-63 in Zagreb. Gospic have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. ZKK Medvescak lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. Gospic will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ZKK Medvescak will play at home against the league's second-placed Lupa Promotion in Novi Zagreb to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Biska Pula (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-68 loss to third ranked Jolly (5-1) in Pula on Wednesday evening. Jolly maintains third position with 5-1 record having just -5 point less than leader Gospic. Loser Biska Pula still closes the standings with six games lost. Jolly will meet league's leader Gospic on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Biska Pula will play against Studenac Omis (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Biska Pula - Jolly 68-100

Bottom-ranked Biska Pula (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-68 loss to third ranked Jolly (5-1) in Pula on Wednesday evening. Jolly maintains third position with 5-1 record having just -5 point less than leader Gospic. Loser Biska Pula still closes the standings with six games lost. Jolly will meet league's leader Gospic on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Biska Pula will play against Studenac Omis (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 122982


Lupa Promot. - Studenec O. 73-64

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Novi Zagreb. Second ranked Lupa Promotion faced 4th ranked Studenac Omis. Host Lupa Promotion (4-2) defeated guests from Omis (2-4) 73-64. Newly promoted Lupa Promotion maintains second position with 4-2 record. Studenac Omis at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Lupa Promotion are looking forward to face ZKK Medvescak (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Studenac Omis will play on the road against Biska Pula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122983


Medvescak - Gospic 63-92

Undefeated leader Gospic delivered the sixth consecutive win. This time they crushed 5th ranked ZKK Medvescak (1-5) 92-63 in Zagreb. Gospic have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. ZKK Medvescak lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. Gospic will play against Jolly (#3) in Sibenik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ZKK Medvescak will play at home against the league's second-placed Lupa Promotion in Novi Zagreb to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 122981




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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.1 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.7 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.8 
 4. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.7 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.5 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.9 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 9. Ford, Frisco Sika14.8 
 10. Elhotova, USK Praha14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.9 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.6 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.7 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.5 
 6. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.2 
 8. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.8 
 9. Sipova, Slovanka.6.8 
 10. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.8 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.3 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.3 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.0 
 6. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 7. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 8. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 9. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.3 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.8 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Brantlova, VS Praha2.4 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 6. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 7. Novotna, Slovanka.2.1 
 8. Johnova, Strakonice2.1 
 9. Stara, Hradec K.1.8 
 10. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .1.1 
 4. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.8 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.0.7 
 7. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 10. Vodrazkova, Slovanka.0.6 


ZBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Trutnov - Valosun Brno 77-70

It looked good early as Valosun Brno took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kara Trutnov had a 28-13 second period charge getting the lead and Valosun Brno was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-77. Kara Trutnov made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Valosun Brno was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (182-80) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Iva Komzikova (174-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. International forward Michaela Zrustova (183-87) responded with 18 points and international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks.
Top scorers:
Trutnov: H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 20+5reb, I.Komzikova 16+5reb+1ast, D.Misurova 13+5reb+2ast, K.Hindrakova 7+4reb+2ast, D.Kuslitova 7, P.Zaplatova 6+1ast
Valosun Brno: M.Zrustova 18+3reb+3ast, V.Vlkova 11+4reb, Z.Mracnova 11+3reb, M.Svobodova 9+3reb, E.Mrhalkova 7+3reb+1ast, I.Vecerova 7+8reb+5ast
gschID: 125449


Frisco Sika - Hradec Kralove 76-56

The game was mostly controlled by Frisco Sika. Sokol Hradec Kralove managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Hradec Kralove to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 46-31 including 34 on the offensive glass. Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-81, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) supported her with 11 points and 18 rebounds. Four Frisco Sika players scored in double figures. Frisco Sika's coach Jan Bobrovsky used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) did not help to save the game for Sokol Hradec Kralove. Center Klara Pochobradska (187-89) added 7 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Frisco Sika: F.Eldebrink 24+7reb+2ast, R.Hejdova 14+1reb+2ast, L.Halvarsson 14+7reb+1ast, C.Ford 11+18reb, I.Borecka 4+1reb+1ast, A.Hanusova 3
Hradec Kralove: M.Hartigova 17+10reb+1ast, A.Ovsikova 9+2reb, L.Bartakova 8+2reb, K.Pochobradska 7+6reb+2ast, L.Kysilkova 7+4reb+1ast, K.Zavazalova 4+3reb
gschID: 125446


USK Praha - Karlovy Vary 67-42

The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary to just 2 points in second quarter and to 14 points in first half. USK Praha dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary's 26. They outrebounded Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 42-23 including a 29-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Katerina Elhotova (176-89) chipped in 12 points. USK Praha's coach Lubor Blazek felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Jitka Eisnerova (182-84) produced 9 points and 6 rebounds and Slovakian center Michaela Magerciakova (188-77) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: D.Milton-Jones 18+7reb+2ast, K.Elhotova 12+4reb+1ast, E.Maltsi 10+4reb+1ast, P.Kulichova 7+8reb+1ast, L.Whalen 6+4reb+5ast, M.Bednarova 5+1reb+3ast
Karlovy Vary: J.Eisnerova 9+6reb+1ast, L.Vetrovcova 8+3reb+1ast, M.Magerciakova 8+5reb+2ast, M.Muchova 5+1reb+3ast, S.Pospisilova 5+2reb, S.Kucerova 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125447


Slovanka MB - Strakonice 72-68

The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 26-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Basket Slovanka MB made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Center Lenka Sipova (185-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Center Miroslava Vodrazkova (192-78) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Darina Johnova (178-85) replied with 32 points and center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Aldast Strakonice.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: L.Sipova 18+5reb+1ast, K.Novotna 11+6reb, M.Vodrazkova 10+8reb, E.Kotlanova 9+1reb+1ast, P.Pospisilova 9+2reb+2ast, E.Sipova 8+1reb+1ast
Strakonice: D.Johnova 32+3reb+3ast, P.Reisingerova 15+11reb+2ast, J.Musilova 9+6reb, Z.Skrabalova 6+4reb+1ast, M.Uhrova 4+4reb+7ast, L.Balakova 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 125448




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  DENMARK - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Beckley, Lemvig21.6 
 2. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj16.6 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens16.5 
 4. Fuller, Falcon16.1 
 5. Holmes, Aabyhoj15.7 
 6. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.4 
 7. Smith, Horsens14.6 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose14.4 
 9. Hansen, Falcon13.6 
 10. Jakobsen, Vaerlose13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Fuller, Falcon13.1 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.2 
 3. Beckley, Lemvig9.8 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens9.4 
 5. Kruuse, Amager9.4 
 6. Smith, Horsens8.8 
 7. Kielpinski, Lemvig8.7 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.5 
 9. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.2 
 10. Aitch, SISU7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Burlin, Lemvig4.2 
 2. Lund, SISU4.1 
 3. Krogh, Aabyhoj3.7 
 4. Haven, Vaerlose3.4 
 5. Jensen, Amager3.4 
 6. Blands, SISU3.3 
 7. Furgeson, Horsens3.1 
 8. Jorgensen, SISU3.0 
 9. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.0 
 10. Kongeskov, Amager2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.2 
 2. Furgeson, Horsens2.6 
 3. Blands, SISU2.6 
 4. Lund, SISU2.4 
 5. Ryder, Horsholm2.3 
 6. Jorgensen, SISU2.2 
 7. Udovalieva, Lemvig1.9 
 8. Deemand, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Beckley, Lemvig1.8 
 10. Kongeskov, Amager1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fuller, Falcon3.2 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.6 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.8 
 5. Kruuse, Amager0.7 
 6. Girdwood, Vaerlose0.6 
 7. Aitch, SISU0.5 
 8. Gilling, Horsholm0.5 
 9. Holmes, Aabyhoj0.5 
 10. Jakobsen, Vaerlose0.4 


Dameligaen Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Horsens - SISU 74-75

SISU earned the spot in the Final. They narrowly defeated Horsens on the road to complete the sweep of the series. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-74. SISU forced 26 Horsens turnovers. Guard Camilla Blands (180-85, college: Alabama) saved the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tea Jorgensen (177-87) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Australian guard Charmaine Furgeson (176-86) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Kaja Siig Laursen (183-83) added 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Horsens. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Horsens: K.Siig Laursen 17+2reb+2ast, C.Furgeson 16+7reb+4ast, A.Eskholm 13+4reb+3ast, A.Gadeberg 11+1reb, J.Smith 8+7reb+3ast, J.Ravn 7+2reb+2ast
SISU: T.Jorgensen 14+4reb+1ast, K.Lund 14+1reb+4ast, C.Blands 13+9reb+2ast, T.Duelund 11+2reb, L.Aitch 9+8reb+1ast, K.Dalgaard 7+3reb
gschID: 125315


Falcon - Horsholm 45-51

Horsholm joined SISU in the championship series. They dealt with Falcon in two games. It looked good early as Falcon took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Horsholm had a 17-6 second period charge getting the lead and Falcon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 45-51. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Falcon to just 6 points in second quarter. Horsholm forced 28 Falcon turnovers. Guard Therese Deemand (176-G-83, college: Binghamton) (176-83, college: Binghamton) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Morgan Robertson (183-88, college: La Salle) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. American center Jessica Fuller (193-87, college: Hofstra) responded with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Anne Blyme (180-88) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Falcon: A.Blyme 10+5reb+1ast, E.Hansen 10+3reb, J.Fuller 9+10reb+2ast, M.Trier 8+5reb, K.Katsarelia 8+4reb, A.Pedersen 0
Horsholm: T.Deemand 15+6reb+2ast, M.Robertson 13+10reb, G.Ryder 8+6reb+4ast, L.Piechnik 7+5reb+1ast, C.Friis 3+1reb+1ast, M.Gilling 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 125316




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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 15-1 
 2. TLU/Volta 10-6 
 3. Tartu Ulikooli 9-7 
 4. NikeWomen 5-11 
 5. Audentes 1-15 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Moss, ToPo24.4 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 3. Vaughn, PeKa23.7 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.3 
 5. Robinson, Huima18.6 
 6. Karcic, Kerava18.6 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa17.1 
 8. Wright, FoA16.9 
 9. Laaksonen, Espoo T.16.4 
 10. Lomax, Huima15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Huima14.8 
 2. Freeman, PeKa13.4 
 3. Lomax, Huima13.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo12.5 
 5. Karcic, Kerava12.1 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.1 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa11.0 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.5 
 9. Jones, Huima10.0 
 10. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.0 
 5. Lassiter, PeKa2.8 
 6. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 8. Freeman, PeKa2.5 
 9. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.3 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Keflavik
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.2 
 4. Lee, Catz2.9 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 6. Wright, FoA2.9 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 9. Freeman, PeKa2.3 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Moss, ToPo1.0 
 2. Lomax, Huima0.8 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.8 
 4. Freeman, PeKa0.7 
 5. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 6. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 7. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 8. Iiskola, Espoo T.0.6 
 9. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 10. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 


D1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals: ToPo ties the series - by Eurobasket News
ToPo - PeKa 75-71

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Peli-Karhut won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: VCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, college: Xavier) who added 24 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and her fellow American import power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
ToPo: D.Moss 26+10reb+6ast, T.Tuukkanen 24+10reb+2ast, A.Arppe 13+5reb+1ast, A.Juvonen 9+4reb, E.Nurmi 3+3reb, J.Sundstrom 0+5reb
PeKa: A.Lassiter 23+14reb+3ast, S.Freeman 21+9reb+3ast, L.Lehtoranta 14+4reb+2ast, K.Vaughn 9+8reb, L.Richter 3, L.Lehtoranta 1+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125230




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  GERMANY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Williams, Leipzig18.1 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg17.5 
 3. Turner, Freiburg16.6 
 4. Tatham, Halle16.5 
 5. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.16.3 
 6. Holmes, Wasserburg16.2 
 7. Terzic, Herner15.5 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.14.9 
 9. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
 10. O''Rourke, Chemnitz14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg8.2 
 2. Tatham, Halle8.2 
 3. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.8 
 4. Haughian, Leipzig7.5 
 5. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 6. Porter-T., Wasse.7.1 
 7. Tracey, Freiburg7.0 
 8. Landry, Marburg6.9 
 9. Williams, Leipzig6.8 
 10. Hollinquest, Saarl.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries4.8 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.1 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.7 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.3.4 
 7. Mersch, Oberhausen3.1 
 8. Davidson, Marburg3.0 
 9. Barnert, Saarlouis3.0 
 10. Pop, Wasserburg2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.3 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Baker, Herner2.6 
 4. Pace, Leipzig2.6 
 5. Tatham, Halle2.4 
 6. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 7. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.2.3 
 9. Holmes, Wasserburg2.2 
 10. Turner, Freiburg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.1 
 2. Landry, Marburg1.0 
 3. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.8 
 4. Zberch, Oberhausen0.8 
 5. Greunke, Rhein MB0.7 
 6. Wohlberg, Leipzig0.7 
 7. Koop, Marburg0.7 
 8. Saarinen, Rhein MB0.6 
 9. Smith, Saarlouis0.6 
 10. Haughian, Leipzig0.6 


DBBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Marburg - Halle 82-60

Marburg punched the semifinal ticket with a comfortable home win over Halle. The game without a history. BC Pharmaserv Marburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to SV Halle Lions' 36. They outrebounded SV Halle Lions 42-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Pharmaserv Marburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Margret Skuballa (186-87) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Natalie Gohrke (180-83) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). BC Pharmaserv Marburg's coach Aleksandra Kojic felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Slovakian guard Michaela Abelova (185-85) with 19 points and naturalized American guard Margaret Dwyer (185, college: Missouri St.) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Marburg: M.Skuballa 23+6reb+3ast, C.Hightower 15+3reb+3ast, N.Gohrke 14+8reb+2ast, S.Landry 9+10reb+1ast, L.Koop 6+8reb+1ast, A.Davidson 5+2reb+4ast
Halle: M.Abelova 19+3reb+3ast, M.Dwyer 17+5reb+1ast, T.Tatham 11+3reb+4ast, C.Sterner 5+2reb+2ast, L.Hebecker 5+4reb+2ast, C.Biemer 3+5reb
gschID: 125224


Wasserburg - Oberhausen 77-60

Wasserburg cruised into the next round of action following a home victory against Oberhausen. The game without a history. TSV 1880 Wasserburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Sequoia Holmes (185-86, college: UNLV) who led her team to a victory scoring 28 points and 8 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Her fellow American import guard Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-84, college: W.Kentucky) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. TSV 1880 Wasserburg's coach Hans Brei used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was international guard Lea Mersch (170-87) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and international swingman Sarah Austmann (179-85) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Wasserburg: S.Holmes 28+8reb+2ast, T.Porter-Talbert 14+6reb+3ast, J.Hootmann 8+1reb+1ast, R.Thoresen 6+3reb+1ast, J.Ohanian 6+2reb, J.Furkova 6+3reb
Oberhausen: L.Mersch 12+5reb+2ast, S.Austmann 11+6reb+2ast, J.Bender 9+5reb, D.Almind 7+6reb+1ast, M.Lechlitner 6, S.Greinacher 5+2reb
gschID: 125225


Donau-Ries - Freiburg 47-60

Freiburg stunned Donau-Ries on the road. Heli Donau-Ries were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-8 charge of Eisvogel Freiburg, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Sarah Hayes (173-84, college: Brown) who led her team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Yvonne Turner (174-87, college: Nebraska) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Amanda Rego (170-86, college: San Diego) with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Morgan Henderson (185-88, college: San Diego) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: S.Hayes 22+5reb, Y.Turner 15+5reb+2ast, M.Paunovic 9+6reb+2ast, J.Tracey 6+5reb+1ast, F.Hoere 3+8reb+3ast, N.Bondarenko 3+4reb
Donau-Ries: M.Henderson 13+6reb, A.Rego 10+9reb+2ast, S.Loewe 10+2reb+1ast, D.Recht 8+2reb, D.Rajecka 6+10reb, T.Kucera 0
gschID: 125222


Saarlouis - Wolfenbuettel 66-50

Saarlouis toppled Wolfenbuettel at home court. The game was mostly controlled by TV Saarlouis Royals. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel managed to win fourth quarter 17-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV Saarlouis Royals looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for Czech power forward Petra Manakova (190-82, college: Oakland) who led her team to a victory scoring 15 points. American forward Shanara Hollinquest (183-88, college: Chattanooga) helped adding 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four TV Saarlouis Royals players scored in double figures. TV Saarlouis Royals' coach Rene Spandauw used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Latvian center Ieva Kulite (191-88) with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Czech guard Katarina Flasarova (171-85) scored 15 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: S.Barnert 16+3reb+2ast, P.Manakova 15+4reb+3ast, S.Hollinquest 11+6reb+4ast, T.Smith 11+6reb+1ast, A.Stupar 5+6reb+5ast, K.Brugman 4+3ast
Wolfenbuettel: K.Flasarova 15+1reb+4ast, I.Kulite 10+9reb+3ast, O.Tulikihihifo 8+7reb+4ast, J.Hoehne 6+7reb+3ast, S.Wessels 4+1reb+2ast, S.Zaidi 4
gschID: 125223




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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Krastina, LU21.4 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis20.8 
 3. Krumberga, TTT R.20.4 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Jakobsone, TTT Riga16.1 
 7. Egle, Daugavpils15.8 
 8. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 9. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 10. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis11.1 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.11.1 
 5. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Geistarde-Z., Cesis9.2 
 8. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 9. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.5 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.2 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.5 
 3. Krastina, LU4.1 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Pavlovska, TTT Riga2.9 
 8. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.8 
 10. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Krastina, LU4.4 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
 5. Pavlovska, TTT Riga2.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga2.7 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.4 
 8. Nimane, TTT Riga2.4 
 9. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 10. Zeltina, Cesis2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Geistarde-Z., Cesis1.3 
 6. Teilane, TTT J.1.3 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga1.3 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 9. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.2 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


WMNE1A S-League 4. Round : new win for Jedinstvo - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball players of Jedinstvo won in the City of Bijelo Polje against Basketball Club Rudar 79:32 (17:7, 20:4, 21:9 and 21:12) in the fourth round of WMNE1A S-League. Defender of the trophy after the fourth round has a maximum impact, while Rudar is without a victory in MNE1A S-League. Second match this round between Herceg Novi and Buducnost Pgd is not scheduled. In the following, the fifth round, which is scheduled for second April to meet: Buducnost Pgd - Jedinstvo and Herceg Novi - Rudar.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Notre Dame bounces back - by Eurobasket News
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's first two losses didn't look good.

The Fighting Irish lost close games to ranked teams, but the way they happened really bothered coach Muffet McGraw . Notre Dame surrendered 86 points in a double overtime game against UCLA and 81 against Kentucky.

'We gave up a lot of points,' she said. 'That was our main problem.'

There were offensive issues, too, on a team that lost four starters from the previous year's Sweet 16 squad.

'We hadn't quite jelled yet,' McGraw said. 'We weren't quite sure of what our roles were. We were still learning.'

The Fighting Irish had one more rough outing - a loss to Baylor that dropped them to 5-3 - before they hit their stride and rolled to the Final Four. They lost just four more games - three against Connecticut, their opponent in the national semifinals on Sunday, and a one-point loss at DePaul. Notre Dame allowed just 55.5 points per game this season, ranked fourth nationally in steals per game and ninth in rebounding margin.

'We matured a lot as a team, and we were able to close out games,' guard Natalie Novosel (5'11''-G-89) said.

Now, the Fighting Irish, who began the season ranked No. 12, have a shot at their first national title since 2001.

'I think we surprised a lot of people,' guard Skylar Diggins said. 'Coach told me we had an opportunity to do great things this year.'

It just took a while. During the rough start, McGraw didn't panic because she'd been down that road before.

'We were 2-2 after the Kentucky game, and I told the team in the locker room the '97 Final Four team was 2-2,' she said. 'And we lost to two unranked teams.'

So, instead of tearing her players down, she built them up.

'We're right there,' she recalled telling them. 'We've got to fix a couple of things, and we can be really good. I think they were able to stay positive and not really dwell on the losses.'

The losses include Connecticut winning 79-76 on Jan. 8, 78-57 on Feb. 19 and 73-64 on March 8.

Diggins feels good about the chances of a different outcome this time around.
'This team has great excitement and great momentum coming out of the Dayton region, so we're excited to play them again,' she said.

The offense improved as players adjusted to new roles. Notre Dame ranks fourth nationally in field-goal percentage and 11th with 77.4 points per game. Six players average at least 7.1 points per game, and the leading scorer is not the dynamic Diggins but Natalie Novosel. She has almost tripled her scoring production since last season and leads the team with 14.9 points per game.

'Everybody on the team is unselfish,' McGraw said. 'They look for each other. They work together, they play together. It doesn't matter who gets the points or who gets the attention, everybody just wants to win.'

Natalie Novosel averaged just 5.0 points per game as a sophomore, but she became a go-to player this season. She has averaged 17.3 points in the NCAA tournament.

Natalie Novosel said she and McGraw agreed on an offseason plan that helped her become more effective. She made seven 3-pointers as a sophomore, and 30 as a junior.

'Natalie is just a hard worker,' Diggins said. 'Her summer was great. She was the hardest worker in our summer group. Shot every day, faithfully, and she just really showed early that she was going to be one of the leaders of this squad this year.'

Natalie Novosel is one of the main reasons the Fighting Irish aren't content with just getting to the Final Four.

'For a couple days, it was like, 'We're in the Final Four, we're in the Final Four,'' forward Becca Bruszewski said. 'That excitement's a little over, and we want it to be something else.'
Courtesy of: The Associated Press



Womens Final Four has local flavor - by Eurobasket News
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer feels as if she's coming home to the Women's Final Four.

She played at Indiana, coached at Ohio State and won four Big Ten titles before turning Stanford into one of the most prestigious programs in women's basketball.

Even her college coach, Bea Gorton, plans to be around for the games in Indianapolis.

Now, that's a Hoosier welcome.

'She's actually in assisted living and will come down to go to the game,'' VanDerveer said Wednesday. 'That was a long time ago. It's very exciting and it does have a little special feel to it - and I love the arena.''

VanDerveer isn't the only one eager to get inside Conseco Fieldhouse this weekend.

Two-time defending national champ Connecticut, 2001 champion Notre Dame, first-time Final Four participant Texas A&M and VanDerveer's team, which has finished second twice in the past three years, are all ready to play for a national title.

Three of the schools have strong ties to Indiana.

There's VanDerveer, an Indiana University Hall of Famer; UConn forward Kelly Faris (5'11''-G-91), who played prep ball at Heritage Christian; and Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, the 2009 Indiana Miss Basketball.

And, of course, South Bend is just a short drive away.

'We're hoping a big Notre Dame crowd follows us down to Indy,'' Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. 'We are so excited to be playing close to home and hoping for a lot of green in the stands.''

Organizers could benefit from the field, too.

With roughly 18,000 seats in the arena and tickets still available, the composition could generate enough excitement locally to sell out the fieldhouse.

Spokesman John Dedman acknowledged Wednesday he expects most of those tickets to be gone before Sunday's two semifinal games, but having Notre Dame, VanDerveer and Faris in town will help.

'I think local fans will get to see some really good basketball,'' Dedman said. 'Hopefully, they were excited about all the teams in the Elite Eight, but now that we've got some local storylines, hopefully, they're even more excited.''

Besides, it could be a historic weekend.

UConn (36-1) is trying to become the third team to win three consecutive NCAA titles. Tennessee won three in a row from 1996 to 1998, a mark the Huskies matched from 2002-04. This will also mark the end of Maya Moore's incredible career. The second four-time All-American in history reached 3,000 points against Duke on Tuesday night.

To win the title, they'll have to get past homestate favorite and Big East rival Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish (30-7) ended a 20-game losing streak against Tennessee to reach the Final Four, and now get UConn for the fourth time this season. The Huskies swept the previous three games - and they'll be at a home-court disadvantage.

'You don't like it, but you can't avoid it,'' coach Geno Auriemma said of the matchup. 'When you get to the Final Four, you're going to have to play somebody really, really good. And so are they.''

If any team understands the opportunity that comes with playing the same team four times, it's Texas A&M.

The Aggies (31-5) lost three times this season to Baylor, but won the game that mattered most - the Dallas Regional final. Leading scorer Danielle Adams is the first All-American in school history and coach Gary Blair has Final Four experience with Arkansas.

Texas A&M draws VanDerveer's Cardinal (33-2), who are making a fourth consecutive Final Four appearance. Stanford hasn't won a title since 1992, but ended UConn's record 90-game winning streak in December and comes to town with two players - Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F) and Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) - who are determined to go out winners.

'More than anything, it's not about me or me going back there but what I feel is to be able to be going with this team,'' VanDerveer said. 'To share this four times with Jeanette and Kayla.''

Whatever happens, Faris wants people to leave with a better idea of what Indiana is all about - basketball.

'I don't live on a farm. I'm more the basketball girl in the driveway,'' she said. 'When people think of Indiana, they think corn. For me, it's more than that. It's home. It's where I feel comfortable. My shell. It's the home of basketball.''

And now the Women's Final Four.
Courtesy of: The Associated Press




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  NORWAY - Women  


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Ulriken 15-3 
 2. Asker/BV 14-4 
 3. Gimle 14-4 
 4. Ullern 11-7 
 5. Nordstrand 5-13 
 6. NTNUI 3-15 
 7. Oslo 1-17 


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Koehn, Utex Row17.3 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.15.4 
 4. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 5. Ross, Lider P.14.5 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.14.3 
 7. Szott, Artego14.0 
 8. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
 9. Cheek, Super-Pol13.4 
 10. Fox-Griffin, Super.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.9 
 2. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 3. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia9.0 
 4. Carter, CCC P.8.3 
 5. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 6. Crisman, Artego7.9 
 7. Cheek, Super-Pol7.9 
 8. Leuchanka, Wisla C.7.9 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
 10. Denson, Lider P.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.9 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.4.2 
 3. Richards, Gorzow4.1 
 4. Kulaga, Super-Pol3.8 
 5. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 6. Swanier, Lotos G.3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.7 
 8. Gawronska, Odra B.3.5 
 9. Bortelova, Energa T.3.4 
 10. Pasheva, LKS S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Naketia SWANIER
  Lotos Gdynia
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Swanier, Lotos G.2.8 
 2. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 4. Bednarek, Lider P.2.3 
 5. Wright, Lotos G.2.3 
 6. Carter, CCC P.2.2 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 8. Powell, Wisla C.2.1 
 9. Crisman, Artego2.0 
 10. Harris, Utex Row1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.1 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 4. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 9. McLean, Utex Row0.8 
 10. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.8 


PLKK Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - CCC Polkowice 67-49

Gorzow trimmed the deficit in the series versus CCC Polkowice. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski. CCC Polkowice managed to win fourth quarter 14-8. 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 AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Lyndra Weaver (185-87, college: Virginia) who scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Swedish guard Chioma Nnamaka (183-85, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 16 points. Four AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Amisha Carter (188-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who recorded 6 points and 6 rebounds and Belarusian forward Nataliya Trafimava (186-79) added 10 points respectively. CCC Polkowice's coach Krzysztof Koziorowicz rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
CCC Polkowice: N.Trafimava 10+1reb, A.Majewska 8+3reb, A.Carter 6+6reb, J.Walich 6+3reb, A.Pietrzak 5, K.Greene 4+3reb
Gorzow: C.Nnamaka 16+3reb, A.Kaczmarczyk 12+4reb+1ast, I.Piekarska 10+8reb, L.Weaver 10+7reb+2ast, S.Richards 8+3reb+4ast, A.Skobel 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 125710


Lotos Gdynia - Wisla Can-Pak 72-90

Wisla Can-Pak completed the sweep of Lotos. Wisla celebrated the third and decisive victory in Gdynia. The game without a history. Wisla Can-Pak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Lotos Gdynia's players. It was a good game for the former international center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82, agency: Data Plus Group) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Australian guard Erin Phillips (173-85) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Wisla Can-Pak players scored in double figures. Wisla Can-Pak's coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Monica Wright (180-88, college: Virginia, agency: LBM Management) answered with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Latvian guard Elina Babkina (172-89, agency: LBM Management) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lotos Gdynia.
Top scorers:
Lotos Gdynia: M.Wright 28+7reb+4ast, E.Babkina 19+6reb+3ast, M.Bjelica 10+11reb+4ast, M.Misiuk 8+1reb, P.Krawczyk 5+1reb+2ast, O.Tomialowicz 2+2reb
Wisla Can-Pak: E.Kobryn 24+8reb, E.Phillips 18+5reb+6ast, N.Powell 12+1reb+2ast, Y.Leuchanka 11+6reb+7ast, P.Pawlak 10+2reb+6ast, M.Leciejewska 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 125711




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  ROMANIA - Women  


D1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Group 1-4 places
Satu Mare - Timisoara 87-68

The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. Timisoara managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satu Mare shot 64.6 percent from the field. 25 personal fouls committed by Timisoara helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian guard Amra Mehmedic (175-81) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American power forward Latoya Drake (188-86, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Satu Mare players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Ancuta Stoenescu (171-80, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with 31 points and guard Laura Budean (172-77) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Timisoara's coach Dan Ionescu rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: A.Mehmedic 21+2reb+6ast, A.Teilane 15+10reb+2ast, L.Drake 14+9reb+4ast, C.Pop 13+3reb+2ast, A.Orosz 12+1reb+1ast, R.Felicia Giurgiu 5
Timisoara: A.Stoenescu 31+1reb+2ast, L.Budean 9+5reb+3ast, A.Vuksic 8+2reb, A.Maria Meszaros 6+3reb, C.Morosan 5+1reb+1ast, R.Alecu 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 124564


ICIM Arad - Sf.Gheorghe 84-59

The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Sf.Gheorghe was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad forced 20 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers. The former international guard Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-82, college: S.Carolina, agency: Josep and Nicolas) nailed 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and American forward Ashlee Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) accounted for 22 points. ICIM Arad's coach Stacey Nolan felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Bianca Vescan (186-78) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Sf.Gheorghe in the defeat.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: A.Roberson 22+4reb+1ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 16+8reb+8ast, A.Meszaros 16+6reb, C.Graham 7+2reb+3ast, B.Savic 6+4reb+1ast, M.Boriga 5+2reb+3ast
Sf.Gheorghe: B.Vescan 17+6reb, K.Gardin 15+11reb+2ast, F.Ardeleanu 12, A.Parau 5+5reb+3ast, A.Hutanu 4+5reb+1ast, C.Nwafor 2
gschID: 124565


Group 5-8 places
Craiova - Rapid 71-83

The game was mostly controlled by Rapid. Craiova was better in third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapid forced 19 Craiova turnovers. The former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and center Andra Ionescu (190-88) accounted for 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Tena Matthews (173-85, college: Northwestern St.) came up with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and international power forward Anca Sipos (185-85) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Craiova in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rapid: F.Diacona 26+11reb+5ast, C.Perta 19+4reb+1ast, A.Ionescu 16+11reb+4ast, A.Pavel 10+3reb+2ast, M.Nicolaescu 8+2reb+2ast, C.Ene 4+4reb+2ast
Craiova: T.Matthews 21+8reb+6ast, J.Simionca 20+5reb+1ast, A.Sipos 13+14reb, R.Tarta 10+3reb+3ast, A.Stefan 7+2reb+1ast, C.Bonciog 0
gschID: 124567


Alexandria - Olimpia 67-51

The game was mostly controlled by Alexandria. Olimpia was better in second period 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alexandria forced 24 Olimpia turnovers and outrebounded them 49-35 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Alina Chivu (177-90) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and center Cristiana Cutas (188-84) accounted for 19 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Romina Filip (174-89) came up with 18 points and 5 steals and international forward Cristina Bigica (182-92) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Olimpia in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Alexandria: A.Chivu 27+9reb+3ast, C.Cutas 19+12reb+3ast, N.Saponjic 14+8reb+3ast, D.Bucica 5+8reb+8ast, G.Rus 2+12reb+1ast, A.Stramaturaru 0
Olimpia: R.Filip 18+4reb, C.Bigica 10+5reb+2ast, A.Florea 10+4reb, S.Ursu 5+4reb+1ast, G.Cursaru 5+4reb+5ast, M.Chelariu 3+12reb+1ast
gschID: 124566




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Diacona, Rapid22.1 
 2. Stoenescu, Timis.18.1 
 3. Saponjic, Alexandria17.2 
 4. Tarta, Craiova15.2 
 5. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe15.0 
 6. Klein, Satu Mare14.8 
 7. Cursaru, Olimpia14.4 
 8. Sipos, Craiova14.3 
 9. Voinea, Alba Iulia14.3 
 10. Rus, Alexandria14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Kane, Craiova13.4 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 3. Walker, Sf.Gheor.10.5 
 4. Saponjic, Alexandria10.0 
 5. Rus, Alexandria9.9 
 6. Teilane, Satu Mare9.4 
 7. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 8. Ivan, Brasov8.8 
 9. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.8 
 10. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe4.9 
 2. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.5 
 3. Tarta, Craiova4.1 
 4. Diacona, Rapid3.8 
 5. Mehmedic, Satu M.3.7 
 6. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe3.2 
 7. Bucica, Alexandria3.0 
 8. Budean, Timisoara2.8 
 9. Boriga, ICIM A.2.8 
 10. Stoenescu, Timis.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anca SIPOS
  Craiova
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sipos, Craiova4.0 
 2. Diacona, Rapid3.6 
 3. Chivu, Alexandria3.0 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.2.9 
 5. Dinca, Alba Iulia2.9 
 6. Budean, Timisoara2.7 
 7. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.6 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.2.5 
 9. Ducker, Satu Mare2.3 
 10. Ciobanu, Brasov2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Teilane, Satu Mare4.0 
 2. Walker, Sf.Gheor.2.7 
 3. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 4. Kane, Craiova1.7 
 5. Craciun, Olimpia1.2 
 6. Toma, ICIM A.1.0 
 7. Ionescu, Olimpia0.8 
 8. Rus, Alexandria0.8 
 9. Sipos, Craiova0.7 
 10. Tkachenko, Iasi0.7 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC and Spartak Moscow Region sweep the Quarter-Final series - by Eurobasket News
UMMC and Spartak Moscow Region sweep the Quarter-Final series winning both games over their opponents. In another two games the series is tied at 1-1.



UMMC - Spartak SP 88-49

The game without a history. UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak St.Petersburg to just 3 points in third quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak St.Petersburg's 28. They outrebounded Spartak St.Petersburg 42-31 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. UMMC Ekaterinburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Spartak St.Petersburg's players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Candace Parker (193-86, college: Tennessee) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Cappie Pondexter (175-83, college: Rutgers) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. International forward Katerina Keyru (182-88) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and center Liubov Paskalenko (205-90) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
UMMC: C.Parker 17+9reb+5ast, T.Vidmer 14+1reb, C.Pondexter 12+7reb+5ast, M.Stepanova 12+10reb+1ast, S.Gruda 11+2reb+2ast, D.Nolan 10+2reb+3ast
Spartak SP: K.Keyru 13+5reb+2ast, E.Belyakova 10+3reb, L.Paskalenko 7+8reb, R.Junaid 6+3reb, O.Vorobjova 4+5reb+3ast, T.Yuzhakova 3+3reb


gschID: 125320


Spartak V MR - Dynamo-GUVD 83-65

The game was mostly controlled by Spartak Vidnoye. Dynamo-GUVD managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak Vidnoye made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Dynamo-GUVD turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Jelena Milovanovic (190-89) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International center Natalia Vieru (198-89) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. International center Natalya Myasoedova (192-87) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin swingman Ana Dabovic (183-89) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Spartak V MR: J.Milovanovic 16+5reb+2ast, N.Vieru 11+9reb, T.McWilliams-Franklin 10+4reb+3ast, I.Korstine 8+4reb+1ast, S.Bird 7+2ast, I.Sokolovskaya 7+1reb+1ast
Dynamo-GUVD: T.Petrushina 14+3reb+4ast, A.Dabovic 14+1reb+7ast, N.Myasoedova 13+9reb, N.Potemina 6+1reb, E.Gogiya 5, K.Bolsunovskaya 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125318


Nadezhda O. - Dynamo M. 82-61

The game without a history. Nadezhda Orenburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Nadezhda Orenburg outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 44-24 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Belarusian center Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-87) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (197-77) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. The former international center Marina Kuzina (195-85) produced 15 points and Belarusian guard Natalia Marchanka (170-79) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Nadezhda O.: A.Veremeenko 19+10reb+2ast, O.Zakalyuzhnaya 13+6reb+5ast, E.Baranova 12+5reb+1ast, T.Burik 12+1reb+1ast, O.Ovcharenko 9+2reb, K.Snytsina 8+5reb+1ast
Dynamo M.: M.Kuzina 15+4reb, N.Marchanka 11+1reb+3ast, T.Popova 10+1reb, N.Zhedik 8+3reb+2ast, K.Alikina 5+6reb+1ast, V.Psareva 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 125319


Dynamo K. - Chevakata 61-46

The game was mostly controlled by Dynamo Kursk. Vologda-Chevakata managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vologda-Chevakata to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Vologda-Chevakata 53-32 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dynamo Kursk made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Lithuanian guard Sandra Linkeviciene (176-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Maria Cherepanova (186-87) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Jessica Davenport (196-85, college: Ohio St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Vologda-Chevakata's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: M.Snow 18+10reb+1ast, S.Linkeviciene 13+11reb+4ast, T.Johnson 9+4reb+4ast, N.Vodopiyanova 8+9reb+1ast, A.Bocharova 5+2reb+5ast, K.Lapteva 4+3reb+3ast
Chevakata: J.Davenport 12+7reb, M.Cherepanova 10+10reb+4ast, E.Danilochkina 8+2reb+4ast, A.Petrakova 8+5reb, Y.Kiseleva 6+2reb, L.Moore 2+5reb+5ast
gschID: 125317




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Dabovic, Dy.19.5 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.19.1 
 3. Davenport, Cheva.17.5 
 4. Lacy, Spartak SP16.7 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.16.3 
 6. Harding, Dynamo K.16.1 
 7. Parker, UMMC16.0 
 8. Petrakova, Cheva.14.3 
 9. Gruda, UMMC14.0 
 10. Mosch, Dy.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Nadezhda O.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Charles, Nadezhda.9.5 
 2. Davenport, Cheva.9.1 
 3. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.7 
 4. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.7.8 
 5. Psareva, Dynamo M.7.3 
 6. Stepanova, UMMC7.2 
 7. Petrakova, Cheva.7.0 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.6.6 
 9. Tolikova, Spart.6.5 
 10. Cherepanova, Cheva.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Becky HAMMON
  Nadezhda O.
  (168-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Hammon, Nadezhda.5.1 
 2. Dabovic, Dy.5.0 
 3. Pondexter, UMMC4.0 
 4. Dumerc, UMMC3.9 
 5. Moore, Chevakata3.7 
 6. Johnson, Dynamo K.3.6 
 7. Marchanka, Dynamo M.3.4 
 8. Harding, Dynamo K.3.1 
 9. Keyru, Spartak SP3.0 
 10. Ciglar, Spartak SP2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Loree MOORE
  Chevakata
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Moore, Chevakata3.3 
 2. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.7 
 3. Prince, Spartak .2.5 
 4. Vodopiyanova, Dynamo K.2.4 
 5. Keyru, Spartak SP2.2 
 6. Dabovic, Dy.2.0 
 7. Nevzorova, Spart.1.9 
 8. Ivanova, Spartak N.1.9 
 9. Khodzhayan, Spart.1.9 
 10. Popova, Dynamo M.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.6 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.3 
 4. Snow, Dynamo K.1.3 
 5. Paskalenko, Spart.1.1 
 6. Davenport, Cheva.1.1 
 7. Parker, UMMC1.0 
 8. Loginova, Spart.0.8 
 9. Stepanova, UMMC0.7 
 10. Kiseleva, Chevakata0.7 


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


S-Birds defended WKBL title! - by Eurobasket News
S-Birds defended WKBL title as the favorites swept the Final series. The defending Champions triumphed with 67:55 in Game 3 over Winnus to win the series 3-0.
S-Birds decided not to postpone their triumph and won the series away from home. They started with 15-13 but had difficulties staying tough at the end of the half. Winnus erupted with 14-6 to take 31:27 advantage at the halftime. In the third quarter however the guests pulled the lead back producing 22-10 in it. Moreover they needed 24-18 to win the game and the series. Ha Eun-Joo (200-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points an 9 rebounds. Kim Dan-Bi (180-F-90) and Lee Yeon-Hwa (177-F-83) followed her with 11 points apiece and two other players netted 10 each. Cho Eun Joo (180-G/F-83) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
Last year S-Birds became the winner of the Play-offs beating Bichumi in Game 4. The winner of the Regular Season needed 78:72 win to win the Final series 3-1. Ha Eun-Joo ) exploded with 28 points and 12 rebounds.




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  SPAIN - Women  


Spanish LFB round 25 best performance: Rebekkah Brunson - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ros Casares Valencia, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Mariana (#6, 12-13) with 27-point margin 98-71. Ros Casares maintains the 2nd position in Spanish LFB. They are still close to the very top. Ros Casares would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 22-3 record. Brunson turned to be Ros Casares' top player in her first season with the team. Former Georgetown University star has very solid stats this year. Brunson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 52.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Canadian Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, agency: LBM Management) of Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza. Thorburn had a very good evening with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Ibiza lost that game 58-63 to the lower-ranked Real C.Vigo (#12, 8-17). Ibiza managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Thorburn is a newcomer at Ibiza, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87) of Hondarribia-Irun (#8). Burgin scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Burgin's great performance Hondar.-Irun lost 53-62 to the higher-ranked Girona (#5, 13-12). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hondar.-Irun ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burgin could help Hondar.-Irun to bring them higher in the standings. Burgin has a very solid season. In 25 games in Spain she scored 9.0ppg. She also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) of Girona - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84) of Real C.Vigo - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) of Navarra - 11 points and 13 rebounds
7. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) of Perfumerias - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83) of Perfumerias - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Maria Ylenia Manzanares (175-G-83) of Extrugasa - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) of Ros Casares - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  TURKEY - Women  


TKBL: Botas becomes the last semifinalist - by Eurobasket News
Botas - Tarsus Bld 64-54 (3-1)

Botas was better than Tarsus in third decisive game of the TKBL Quarterfinals. It means that Botas won the series with 3-1 and will meet Fenerbahce in the Semis. Game One is scheduled for Sunday.
Botas outrebounded Tarsus Bld 50-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Megan Frazee (191-87, college: Liberty) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Whitney Boddie (175-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Botas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Plenette Pierson (188-81, college: Texas Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Kubra Siyahdemir (181-86) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively.

Botas: W.Boddie 18+6reb+4ast, M.Frazee 13+14reb+3ast, G.Dogan 10+4reb+3ast, A.De Oliviera 10+6reb, N.Uzun 8+7reb+5ast, G.Takmaz 3+2reb
Tarsus Bld: P.Pierson 16+10reb+1ast, K.Siyahdemir 11+3reb+6ast, N.Ivegin 8+5reb, S.Elly 6+5reb+1ast, D.Canty 4+2ast, O.Yavas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125437




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  WNBA - Women  


Sparks sign Aussie O'Hea to deal - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Sparks have signed guard Jenna O'Hea (6'1''-G/F-87) to a free agent contract.

The 6-foot-1 O'Hea is a member of the Australian national team and joins the Sparks after a stint with the Bulleen Melbourne Boomers of Australia's Women's National Basketball League.

She averaged 12.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 15 games during the 2010-11 season and helped the Boomers win their first WNBL title.

Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com