EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/22/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Lee, Radnicki19.6 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.4 
 3. Marsh, Crvena Z.19.2 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.9 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Draper, Cedevita16.9 
 8. Car, Zadar16.3 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.2 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Zoric, KK.8.2 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 6. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.1 
 8. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 9. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 10. Savovic, Hemofarm5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.2 
 2. Draper, Cedevita5.1 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.3 
 5. Chase, Igokea4.0 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 8. Car, Zadar3.6 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Nissim, CEZ N.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.2 
 2. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.0 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 7. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.8 
 8. Simonovic, Buduc.1.6 
 9. Dragic, Krka1.6 
 10. Radosevic, Cibona1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Kasun, KK.0.9 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.9 
 6. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 7. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 8. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 9. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 10. Gist, Partizan0.7 


Partizan wins fifth straight title - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Partizan 74-77

Partizan continues to dominate in the regional championship. The Serbian powerhouse was better than Olimpija in Adriatic League Finals 74-77 wining the fifth straight title. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. James Gist (203-F-86) helped with 12 pts, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) delivered 15 points. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) (7 boards) and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) stopped to 11 pts each. Union Olimpija was the host of the Final Four Tournament. Partizan grabbed 11-15 lead at the halfway of the first period and later jumped to 25-32 in 14th minute. Olimpija improved until the halftime and managed to close the gap to 39-43. However, Partizan controlled rhythm of the game in Q3 and later ended it with nice 58-65 lead. The hosts didnt give up and they came to 74-72 in the finish, but Curtis Jerrells made three free throws until the end, while Onlimpija got just one basket from their players and it was a layup by Ilievski. Their last possession in the game ended with turnover.
Partizan was the regular season champion in Adriatic league with 18-8 record. They eliminated Buducnost in the Semis and handed 74-77 loss to Olimpija in the Finals to win their fifth straight title. Partizan already won the Serbian Cup recently, so it's their second trophy this season.

Union Olimpija: Vlado Ilievski 15, Goran Jagodnik 12+7 boards, Samo Udrih 12
Partizan: Curtis Jerrells 20, James Gist 12, Dusan Kecman 11+5 boards


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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. GS Petroliers 2-0 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 1-1 
 3. Blida 1-1 
 4. Arreridj 0-2 
Group B
 1. CSMC 2-0 
 2. Staoueli 1-1 
 3. O Batna 1-1 
 4. WA Boufarik 0-2 
Group C
 1. ASPTT 0-0 
 2. NAH Dey 0-0 
 3. Sidi-bel-Abbes 0-0 
 4. U.S.M. 0-0 
Group D
 1. Annaba 0-0 
 2. CRB Temouch. 0-0 
 3. Skikda 0-0 
 4. USMM Hadjout 0-0 


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA: Alvear and San Martin C complete Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News
Fifth decisive games of the TNA Quarterfinals were played last night. Alvear and San Martin C managed to beat their rivals and to book a spot for the Semifinals.
Alvear outplayed Obera 81-68 to win the series with 3-2. Mauro Rotschy (192-G-77) was the leading player in this victory with 19 points.
San Martin C escaped with 83-81 thriller win against Asociacion Italiana. Anthony Glover (197-F-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.John's) was their key player with 19 points and 8 rebounds. He reached valuation 28.
Alvear and San Martin C will take on each other in the Semifinals. Other Semifinals pair is Ciclista - Quilmes. First games are scheduled for Saturday and the series is best-of-five.


Liga A quarterfinals - by Facundo Iatzky
After 1/8 finals quarterfinals picture was set.
Lanus overcame 9 de julio very easily. Regatas and La union advanced without many problems after beating Gimnasia and olimpico respectively. Quimsa won thanks to a shot of Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) in the last second of the fifth game.
#1 Obras - #10 Quimsa
#2 Penarol - # 8 Regatas
#3 Libertad - #6 Lanus
#4 Atenas - #5 La union


Series to he best of 5 games starting on April 25.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bad luck does come in threes - by Eurobasket News
It has always been said that bad luck comes in threes; tonights game against Geelong ensured that this was true, with the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras going down by three points for the third time in SEABL 2011.

The Geelong Supercats spoiled the celebrations for Head Coach Grant Wallace , as he coached his 400th game. Tonights game was Kilsyths third in a six days after losing to NW Tasmania at home on Friday night by three points, and Bendigo at Bendigo on Sunday again by three points.

Yet again Kilsyths slow starts came back to hurt them, playing catch for over a half is never ideal, but to the boys credit their never say die attitude ensured that they put up one hell of a fight. The first quarter saw a pretty even contest with both sides having their fair share of play, the only difference being Geelongs (50% FG) ability to hurt Kilsyth (31.6% FG) on the scoreboard. Kilsyth could not buy a basket and went into quarter time trailing 14-27.

A tight tough contest was what everyone was expecting and that was exactly what they got in the second quarter, both sides had great defensive efforts in the second with no one willing to give an inch, Kilsyth managed to get a few baskets dropping and brought the half time deficit back down to nine points.

The third quarter Kilsyth came out focused and ready to take it up the 2010 SEABL Champions, led from the front by Captain Quincy Henderson the Swinburne Cobras started to get things rolling, the inaccuracy that had plagued them earlier in the game seemed to have disappeared (60%FG) and they were able to cut Geelongs lead to only four points going into the last.

The crowd was on the edge of their seats for the final quarter, willing Kilsyth to get over the line, with 9 minutes left on the clock scores were tied, both Geelong and Kilsyth traded baskets but Kilsyth were never able to grab the lead. With less than two minutes left the difference was three points and the murmurings of the crowd could be heard we cant lose by three again, unfortunately Kilsyth could, going down 65-68.

Quincy Henderson yet again gave his heart and soul, top scoring with 16 points as well as 9 rebounds and three steals. Henderson was well supported by Tariq Naqqash (15pts), Auryn MacMillan (10pts, 10rbds), Zach Malvik (188-G-85, college: Winona St.) (13pts) and Matt OHea (11pts, 5rbds).

John Pichon (196-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) really hurt Kilsyth with his 17 rebounds, 10 of those at Geelongs defensive end, being the 2010 SEABL champions makes Geelong the benchmark for the rest of the competition and it is clear that Kilsyth is not far off from really hurting opposition sides.

The Swinburne Cobras now sit 1-4, and with Timothy Lang arriving back in Australia after Easter things should fall into place. Frankston on April 30 will be no easy feat but a rest over Easter will ensure that the Swinburne Cobras come ready to play and defy their position on the ladder.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras take on Frankston on Saturday April 20 at home on Hugh McMenamin Court, the Swinburne Lady Cobras tip-off at 6.15pm and the Swinburne Cobras tip-off at 8.15pm.
Courtesy of: kilsythbasketball.com.au


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


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Penney, Breakers20.7 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.3 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Harvey, Blaze14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.0 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.4 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze6.8 
 8. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Williams, Tigers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 7. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
 10. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.4 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 4. Dorsey, Taipans1.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 9. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 4. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Abercrombie, Break.0.8 


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  BAHRAIN   


Second Round BBA continues - by Yousef Ahmed
AL AHLI and Muharraq moved up to share the lead as the second-half of the Zain Bahrain Basketball got underway yesterday at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.

Defending champions Al Ahli eased past Nuwaidrat 89-64 last night after Muharraq had registered a resounding 106-63 victory over contenders Sitra. Both Al Ahli and Muharraq are on 18 points from 10 matches and have temporarily taken over the lead from Manama (17 points), who have a match in hand this week. Sitra, who were dealt their fourth defeat, are fourth with 16 points, one ahead of fifth-placers Nuwaidrat who suffered a fifth defeat in 10 games. Despite the defeat, both Sitra and Nuwaidrat are still in contention of finishing among the top six clubs qualifying for the main round.

Yesterday's highlight was the introduction of former player from Kuwait Club Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) who made debut for Muharraq. The 35-year-old American professional replaced compatriot Lamond Murray, an ex-NBA veteran, who left the club during the unrest. Clark, who was rested in the fourth and last quarter, made instant impact in his first appearance for the Bahraini club, guiding them to victory by scoring 36 points. Managed by recently-appointed Brasilian coach Walter Pereira , who replaced Argentina's Guillermo Vecchio, Muharraq were also inspired by captain Ahmed Al Doy and former Al Hala skipper Yasser Bunaffoor. Other members contributing to Muharraq's win were Mohammed Abdulmajeed, Jassim Mohammed and Essa Ebrahim. Muharraq went ahead 20-9 in the first-half, then stretched their lead 47-24 at half-time. Clark made defensive rebounds and was unstoppable while on the offensive in the third quarter, which ended for Muharraq 77-38. Pereira's squad maintained their momentum on the way to victory.

Later yesterday, national team playmaker Hussain Shaker returned for Al Ahli who easily beat Nuwaidrat. Shaker, who was away for over a month with a shoulder injury, was in a superb form, scoring 12 points which spurred his teammates to clinch the full two points from their opponents. Al Ahli also played their first game under new coach Talal Mousa, a former club and national team player, replacing Kuwaiti coach Faisal Buresli who left Bahrain during the unrest.

With several club players suspended for taking part in an anti-government demonstration, Mousa was relying on a number of young players like Hisham Sarhan, Mahdi Ashoor and Mahmood Akbar. Hassan Ali, a former assistant coach of Nuwaidrat, made debut yesterday as the team's head coach.

Today's fixtures: 5.15pm - Manama vs Al Ittihad; 7.15pm - Al Hala vs Isa Town (both at Zain Basketball Arena).


Source GDN By RAMI HULAYYEL , Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011




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  BOSNIA   


D1 Round 7: Siroki TT Kabeli hands first loss to undefeated Igokea - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Igokea (6-1) in Siroki Brijeg on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Siroki TT Kabeli (6-1) 81-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Siroki TT Kabeli. Igokea managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siroki TT Kabeli looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Igokea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) contributed with 10 points for the winners. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 16 points and 6 assists for Igokea. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siroki TT Kabeli have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Igokea. Siroki TT Kabeli is looking forward to face Bosna ASA BHT (#6) in Sarajevo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Igokea will play at home against Mladost (#3) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Borac Nektar (3-4) and 6th ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-6) in Banja Luka ended with biggest points difference. Borac Nektar outscored guests from Sarajevo 95-70. Worth to mention a quality performance of Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Drasko Albijanic helped adding 21 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Borac Nektar maintains fourth place with 3-4 record. Bosna ASA BHT lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Capljina. Borac Nektar will play against Capljina Lasta (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 7 Capljina was beaten by Mladost on the road 75-67.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Armend Kahrimanovic of Zrinjski HT.


Borac Nektar - Bosna 95-70

The game between fourth ranked Borac Nektar (3-4) and 6th ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-6) in Banja Luka ended with biggest points difference. Borac Nektar outscored guests from Sarajevo 95-70. The game was mostly controlled by Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Bosna ASA BHT 35-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) helped adding 21 points and 8 rebounds. Five Borac Nektar players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and Swedish-Serbian power forward Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-73) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Borac Nektar maintains fourth place with 3-4 record. Bosna ASA BHT lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Capljina. Borac Nektar will play against Capljina Lasta (#5) on the road in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: D.Albijanic 21+8reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 15+12reb+3ast, S.Tosic 15+1ast, N.Vranjes 13+6reb+3ast, L.Simonovic 11+4reb+7ast, I.Josipovic 6+2reb
Bosna: M.Pasalic 19+4reb+4ast, D.Hodzic 9+1reb, A.Damjanovic 8+6reb+1ast, E.Camdzic 8+1reb, E.Mujic 7+4reb+1ast, N.Buza 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125460


Mladost - Capljina 75-67

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Mladost (4-3) beat 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-6) in Mrkonjic Grad 75-67. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Capljina Lasta won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for power forward Dragan Duranovic (202-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) helped adding 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Mladost's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Croatian guard Nikola Blazevic (190-91) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mladost. They maintain third place with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Zrinjski HT. Capljina Lasta lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Bosna. Mladost will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Borac Nektar (#4) in Banja Luka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: D.Duranovic 23+9reb+1ast, M.Komatina 20+2reb+2ast, M.Bocka 12+2reb+7ast, N.Milosevic 7+5reb+1ast, M.Kezic 5+1reb+2ast, R.Velimirovic 5+9reb+3ast
Capljina: S.Fekete 20+7reb+6ast, N.Blazevic 10+5reb+2ast, B.Pelkic 9+4reb+1ast, S.Matic 9+1reb+1ast, J.Brkic 7+5reb+1ast, M.Galic 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125461


Siroki TT - Igokea 81-67

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Igokea (6-1) in Siroki Brijeg on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Siroki TT Kabeli (6-1) 81-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Siroki TT Kabeli. Igokea managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siroki TT Kabeli looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Igokea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Five Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 16 points and 6 assists and the other American import center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Igokea. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siroki TT Kabeli have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Igokea. Siroki TT Kabeli is looking forward to face Bosna ASA BHT (#6) in Sarajevo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Igokea will play at home against Mladost (#3) in Mrkonjic Grad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 13+1reb+3ast, Z.Sakic 11+8reb+3ast, S.Spralja 11+4reb+2ast, D.Persic 10+4reb+2ast, S.Stemberger 10+4reb+3ast, I.Grgat 9+7reb
Igokea: B.Chase 16+3reb+6ast, D.Harvey 10+10reb+1ast, S.Nadjfeji 10+2reb+2ast, N.Joksimovic 8+5reb+2ast, M.Djerasimovic 7+1reb, M.Dozet 6+1reb
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Duranovic's 23 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old power forward Dragan Duranovic (202-F/C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mladost and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds for Mladost in his team's victory, helping them to beat Capljina (#5, 1-6) 75-67. Mladost maintains the 3rd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Mladost will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. It's Duranovic's second year at Mladost and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dragan Duranovic averages this season 12.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) of Borac Nektar. He is Serbian center in his first season at Borac Nektar. In the last game Jagodic Kuridza recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Borac Nektar to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Bosna (#6, 1-6) 95-70. Borac Nektar's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Jagodic Kuridza is a newcomer at Borac Nektar and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Borac Nektar's star - center Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86). Albijanic scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Borac Nektar, helping his team with a 95-70 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Bosna (#6, 1-6). The chances of Borac Nektar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Albijanic could help Borac Nektar to bring them higher in the standings. Albijanic has a great season in Bosnia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 5.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Komatina (204-C-84) of Mladost - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) of Bosna - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stefan Fekete (188-G-86) of Capljina - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Donnell Harvey (203-C-80) of Igokea - 10 points and 10 rebounds
8. Vedran Morovic (184-G-83) of Siroki TT - 13 points and 3 assists
9. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) of Borac Nektar - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Siroki TT - 11 points, 4 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)


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  APOEL
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 3. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 4. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 5. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 6. Rahimic, Bosna16.9 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 8. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.7.3 
 6. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 5. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 6. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 7. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 8. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 9. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.2 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 4. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 5. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 6. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 7. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo1.4 
 10. Pejovic, Hercegovac1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 8. Duranovic, Mladost0.7 
 9. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 10. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Stage Two Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 6-1 
 2. Siroki TT 6-1 
 3. Mladost 4-3 
 4. Borac Nektar 3-4 
 5. Capljina 1-6 
 6. Bosna 1-6 
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 
Stage One Standings


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Troopers rout in Basketball league - by Thomas Fink
Nelson Direng
Correspondent Mmegi Monitor 18/04/2011

Defending champions, Troopers, started the 2011 basketball league on a good note, drubbing BDF V 37-61 on Friday at the University of Botswana (UB) courts. Despite the loss, BDF V waged a good fight early on and gave Troopers a hard time in the first quarter in a fast-paced match. BDF V led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter but let their opponents dominate them in the second to fall behind 35-24.

After half time, BDF V seemed to collapse as Troopers trampled them to end the third quarter 44-34 and finally win 61-37. Troopers' coach, Thomas Raglin, said he was impressed with the way his charges handled their first game of the season despite minor glitches. He said his team was a bit unsettled in the first quarter, which is why they fell behind. 'We, however, got back in the game quickly and managed to take the lead,' he said.

Raglin explained that in their next game, they will focus on concentration from the start. He said they will revisit the basics and work on improving their game-plan. BDF V coach, Kenosi Moruakgomo, said despite the fact they have lost their first two games, he is confident his team will eventually get back on track. In their first match, BDV V lost to UB Dolphins. The military side ended last season poorly. Moruakgomo said his team performs badly because he is trying new combinations.

'Today's game was also tough because we were playing against a tough team. We also had many turnovers and lacked boxing out for rebounds,' he said.




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Sao Jose and Joinville reach NBB quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose/Vinac overcame Winner/Limeira in the decisive fifth game of the eighth-final series. Sao Jose clinched an 81:76 win to reach the quarterfinals. Renato Pinto (202-F-78) provided 20 points to lead the effort. Murilo Becker contributed 14 points in the winning case. Sao Jose/Vinac fired 28 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead. The hosts maintained it throughout the second term building a 9-point buffer at halftime. Winner/Limeira tried to change the flow of the game in the third term. They narrowed the deficit to just two points 54:56. But Sao Jose/Vinac dropped 25 points in the fourth quarter and held off Winner/Limeira for the crucial victory. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) and Eric Tatu Romualdo (185-G-83) accounted for 13 points apiece for Winner/Limeira. Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-F/G-87) finished with 12 points in defeat.
Joinville toppled Pitagoras/Minas 71:66 to advance into the next stage of the tournament. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) came up with 19 points for the hosts. Pitagoras/Minas got to the better start in this one. They established a 5-point halftime lead. But Joinville turned things around after the main break. The home team grabbed a 3-point lead with one term remaining and then followed with 24-point tally in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) came up with 13 points, while Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) netted 12 in the victory. Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) chipped in 17 points for Minas. Raul Neto (184-G-92) had 14 points in the loss.
NBB quarterfinal stage tips off on April 23.



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NAGICO Pledges More Support for Easter Hoops Basketball Camp - by David Edole
Managing Director of NAGICO Insurances (BVI) Shan Mohamed has praised the organisers of the first annual Easter Hoop and Basketball Showcase Camp, which was held last week on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

NAGICO Insurances supported the initiative by contributing $1,000 to help offset the travel costs for the coaches, who are all based in the United States. In all, there were 97 young basketballers who participated in the camp on Tortola, and 40 on Virgin Gorda.

The Managing Director said his company is looking forward to working with the organisers in the future for similar camps in the territory. The man behind the event was former BVI basketball player turned coach Steve Parillon, who is the founder of the Hoop It Up Foundation.

The camp targeted boys and girls from age five to 18 years old, exposing the youths to the basic skills required to play the game. Mr. Parillon himself served as the coordinating coach, and NAGICOs Customer Service Supervisor Stacey Roberts witnessed firsthand part of the final day of the camp on Friday 15 April.

Mr. Mohamed said the camp would have certainly helped the young people who participated spend their time wisely during the school holidays and, more so, in an activity which they enjoy even when they play competitively.

'It it is important that the business community helps to provide opportunities for the youths in the territory to develop their sporting and other physical skills, as this enhances their overall development in school and beyond,' he said. 'I am committed to making sure NAGICO does its part.'

In particular, Mr. Mohamed singled our Coach Parillon, whom he described as an inspiration for many young people in the territory. 'As a former national player who has also played in college and professionally, Mr. Parillon is certainly a role model for all the youths in the Virgin Islands.'

In pledging NAGICOs continued support for similar initiatives in the future, he thanked all the young people who participated in the programme and the coaches for their time and effort in making the initiative a success.

NAGICO
Published: April 21, 2011 10:31 am AST


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  CANADA   


Rainmen staying in Halifax - by Eurobasket News
Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston wants his fans to know that after dropping out of the Premier Basketball League, his team isn't going anywhere.

'The one thing I have promised is that there is going to be professional basketball in the city and that is still true', Levingston said.

It's believed the Rainmen are working with the Saint John (N.B.) Mill Rats and possibly others on forming their own Canadian-based league. Levingston wouldn't confirm that but added, 'I've been in two leagues now (the American Basketball Association and the PBL) and frankly, I'm to the point where its either going to be done right or I don't want to do it anymore.

He said he expects an announcement on the Rainmens future by mid May.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Quebec Kebs leave the PBL - by Eurobasket News
The Quebec KEBS announced today their decision to leave the Premier Basketball League (PBL) after 3 years of association. The decision was taken during a Board meeting of the Quebec Professional Basketball Club when all the teams, except the RazorSharks of Rochester, announced their departure in support to the protest against referee irregularities during the playoffs.

Taken into consideration that the Quebec Kebs were eliminated during the semifinals against the RazorSharks of Rochester succeed by a record of penalties given by the referees who were from the same region as their opponents. The controversial choice of referees was taken by the administrators PBL whose CEO is also the owner of the Rochester team.

'Given the obvious lack of ethics and integrity of the league in playoffs, we have no choice but to leave the league. This inconceivable situation could have possibly cost us a participation in the finals or maybe even the Championship, 'commented Kebs President, Mr. Conrad Bernier. The Quebec Kebs had an outstanding season in 2011 with 14 victories and 6 defeats, who was by far their best season ever. The Kebs would like to underline that even though the current situation, the PBL offered an excellent quality of players, coaches, and entertainment to all amateur basketball fans. The KEBS are confident of finding an alternative to PBL in the coming weeks, as they want to continue their mission in developing the sport in Quebec. 'We are sorry of our departure from the PBL, but we are working very hard to explore the best opportunities available to maintain a high level of professional basketball in the Quebec City region' commented Vincent Bernier, Vice-President of the Quebec Kebs. Please note that the league did not responded to the protest request on the irregularities highlighted by the Kebs. The Cavalry of Lawton-Fort Sill has also suffered the same fate as the Kebs given the same conditions of arbitration.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Round 7 review (second stage) - by Eurobasket News
A1 is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 7 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and derby games.

Group A
Zadar - KK Split 86-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zadar. Third ranked Zadar faced 4th placed KK Split. Host Zadar (5-3) smashed guests from Split (3-4) 86-63. The game was mostly controlled by Zadar. KK Split was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. 24 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Marko Car (188-85) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 8 assists. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Zadar players scored in double figures. Forward Ante Grgurevic (199-75, agency: Interperformances) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and forward Roko Ciklic (196-83) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for KK Split in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar maintains third place in Group A with 5-3 record behind leader Cedevita. KK Split at the other side keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Split will play against Zabok in Zabok.
Top scorers:
Zadar: M.Car 21+2reb+8ast, I.Batur 15+6reb+2ast, P.Marcinkovic 15+6reb, I.Ivanov 14+9reb+4ast, B.Brown 12+7reb, J.Vladovic 4+3reb+3ast
KK Split: A.Grgurevic 15+12reb+3ast, R.Ciklic 12+2reb+4ast, T.Katic 9+2reb+1ast, J.Sobin 6+2reb, L.Babic 4+1reb+1ast, S.Rezic 4+1reb
gschID: 124395


Alkar Sinj - Borik 70-71

Another exciting game where sixth ranked Borik Puntamika (3-4) edged by one point 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (2-5) 71-70. It looked good early as Alkar Sinj took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Borik Puntamika took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 1 point. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jure Skific (202-88) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Swingman Marino Jurjevic (193-84) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) answered with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Mirko Modric (196-81) added 11 points in the effort for Alkar Sinj. Alkar Sinj's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Borik Puntamika moved-up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with KK Split and Cibona. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Borik Puntamika will play against Cibona (#6) in Zagreb in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Skific 22+8reb+2ast, M.Jurjevic 22+7reb+1ast, T.Petani 8+1reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 7+2reb, M.Cakarun 4+8reb, P.Maric 4+2reb+3ast
Alkar Sinj: A.Delas 23+5reb+4ast, M.Modric 11+4reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 8+6reb+2ast, A.Anzulovic 8+2reb+1ast, D.Erceg 6+3reb, I.Radic 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 124392


Zabok - Cedevita 64-100

Leader Cedevita delivered the sixth victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Zabok (0-6) 100-64. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Zabok's 44. The former international center Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-86) chipped in 19 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Forward Robert Lez (200-79) produced 16 points and forward Igor Peklaric (200-79) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Zabok's coach Dragutin Crnjevic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Cedevita have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 6-1 record, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with six games lost. Cedevita will face Alkar Sinj (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Zabok will play against KK Split and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Rudez 20, A.Zizic 19+6reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 19+4reb+1ast, D.Butorac 13+4ast, B.Wright 13+1reb+1ast, V.Princ 8+6reb+5ast
Zabok: R.Lez 16+3reb+1ast, I.Peklaric 12+5reb, I.Perincic 10+3reb, S.Jankovic 6+2reb+1ast, D.Krajacic 5+1reb+2ast, A.Crnjevic 4
gschID: 124393


KK Zagreb CO - Cibona 89-78

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Zagreb: KK Zagreb CO (#2) and Cibona (#4). KK Zagreb CO (6-1) won against visiting Cibona (3-4) 89-78. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-78. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian Ante Masic (200-85) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. At the losing side international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Karlo Vragovic (192-89) scored 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Cibona's coach Josip Vrankovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. KK Zagreb CO keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with Cedevita. Defending champion Cibona keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with KK Split and Borik. KK Zagreb CO will meet Zadar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cibona will play against Borik Puntamika in Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 18+6reb+3ast, A.Masic 16+8reb+1ast, L.Zoric 16+6reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 15+3reb+3ast, M.Kasun 13+5reb+1ast, J.Heytvelt 8+6reb+2ast
Cibona: K.Vragovic 20+2reb, B.Bogdanovic 19+7reb+3ast, J.Lalic 11+6reb, L.Radosevic 7+4reb, T.Zubcic 7+4reb+5ast, G.Vrbanc 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 124394


Group B
Dubrava - Trogir 82-60

There was no surprise in Zagreb where 5th ranked Trogir (3-4) was crushed by third ranked Dubrava (4-2) 82-60 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Dubrava. Trogir was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Dario Saric (205-94) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Naturalized Bosnian center Robert Rikic (218-90) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Dubrava players scored in double figures. Dubrava's coach Boris Gnjidic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Nikola Vladovic (214-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dubrava have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of Group B leader, which they share with Darda. Trogir lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Dubrava will face again Trogir (#5) in Trogir in the next round.
Top scorers:
Dubrava: D.Saric 21+17reb+9ast, D.Basic 16+2reb+1ast, R.Rikic 14+6reb, M.Brzoja 14+6reb, M.Juricic 10+3reb+1ast, N.Garma 3+3reb
Trogir: L.Zitko 27+11reb+2ast, N.Vladovic 12+5reb, A.Bilic 8+5reb+3ast, T.Vitali 5+4reb, I.Rasetina 4+2reb, M.Karakas 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 127112


Kvarner 2010 - Darda 81-85

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Kvarner 2010 (4-3) in Rijeka on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Vrijednosnice OS (4-2) 85-81. It was a key game for the top position in Group B as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-81. Vrijednosnice OS dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kvarner 2010's 36. Guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) fired 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Luka Cutuk (202-80) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) produced 28 points and 7 assists and center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) added 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Vrijednosnice OS have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of Group B leader, which they share with Dubrava. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 dropped to the third place with three games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kvarner 2010 will play again at home against the league's leader Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darda: I.Bakovic 33+5reb+5ast, L.Cutuk 14+8reb+4ast, F.Kordic 13+4reb+6ast, B.Milosevic 8+3reb, I.Krolo 8+3reb+3ast, M.Mandic 7+3reb
Kvarner 2010: R.Jugo 28+7ast, M.Poscic 16+12reb+2ast, J.Surina 14+4reb+1ast, F.Filipovic 9+6reb, T.Maruna 8+2reb+2ast, N.Mazar 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 127113


Dubrovnik - Svjetlost 92-75

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Dubrovnik (2-5) defeated at home 4th placed Svjetlost (3-4) 92-75 on Wednesday. Dubrovnik maintains sixth place in Group B with 2-5 record. Loser Svjetlost keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Dubrovnik will face again higher ranked Svjetlost (#4) in Slavonski Brod in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 127114




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.6 
 3. Saric, Dubrava17.7 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.2 
 6. Mimica, KK Split16.8 
 7. Bakovic, Darda16.5 
 8. Krolo, Darda16.3 
 9. Ridl, Darda15.4 
 10. Skific, Borik15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Saric, Dubrava9.7 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda9.0 
 4. Sobin, KK Split7.8 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.3 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.8 
 7. Grgurevic, KK Split6.6 
 8. Poscic, Kvarner .5.8 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 10. Ruzic, Borik5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.5 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.4 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.0 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.9 
 7. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 9. Ridl, Darda3.1 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andro ANZULOVIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 2. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Petani, Borik1.8 
 4. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.7 
 8. Puljko, Kvarner .1.6 
 9. Maric, Svjetlost1.6 
 10. Skific, Borik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 3. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 5. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 6. Vladovic, Trogir0.9 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 8. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 9. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 10. Radic, Alkar Sinj0.7 


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


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 9-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 7-3 
 3. BK Pardubice 6-4 
 4. BK Decin 4-6 
 5. NH Ostrava 2-7 
 6. Novy Jicin 1-9 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 18-12 
 2. BC Kolin 15-15 
 3. USK Praha 11-19 
 4. Basketbol Brno 10-20 
 5. Svitavy 7-23 
 6. Plzen 4-26 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.6 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy15.1 
 4. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 5. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha14.5 
 7. Hatcher, BK Decin14.3 
 8. Burke, NH Ostrava14.1 
 9. Field, BC Kolin14.0 
 10. Spagrud, NH Ostrava13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Meno, Svitavy11.0 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.8.5 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava8.3 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.2 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.7 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.0 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.9 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 9. Channels, Novy Jicin2.9 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 2. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 5. Wright, BK Pardu.1.7 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 7. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 8. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
 9. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
 10. Channels, Novy Jicin1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Meno, Svitavy1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 3. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 


1Liga Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Chomutov reach Finals - by Eurobasket News
Usti n/Labem - J.Hradec 87-76

Usti nad/Labem survived the test in Game 4 and forced the decider in their semifinal series against J.Hradec. The hosts overcame an 8-point deficit after the starting frame to celebrate a crucial win at the end. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85) provided 16 points to lead the hosts. Lukas Bazant (198-F-89) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Jan Tomanec (212-C-85) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for J.Hradec. Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) delivered 16 points in the loss.
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Sokol H.Kralove - Chomutov 87-95

Chomutov became the first 1Liga finalists after they upset Sokol H.Kralove on the road. Ales Jiran (184-G-82) came up with 23 points and 10 assists to lead the visitors. Veroslav Sucharda (204-C/F-76) added 22 points and 9 rebounds for the top-ranked Chomutov. Jan Spacek (195-F-89) led the home team with 22 points. Tomas Mahler (190-G-88) netted 17 points in the losing case.
gschID: 127302




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Eurobasket.com All-Danish Basketliga Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Danish Basketliga 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Charles Burgess
Burgess
Rickey Claitt
Claitt
Edward Morris
Morris
Nicolai Iversen
Iversen
Lee Roberts
Roberts
#e#5

Player of the Year: Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Bakken
Guard of the Year: Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Bakken
Forward of the Year: Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Svendborg
Center of the Year: Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Naestved
Import Player of the Year: Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Bakken
Bosman Player of the Year: Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) of Amager BK
Domestic Player of the Year: Thomas Soltau (210-F-82) of SISU
Defensive Player of the Year: Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Naestved
Coach of the Year: Philip Dejworek of Bakken

1st Team
G: Charles Burgess (186-84) of Bakken
G: Rickey Claitt (188-87) of Horsens IC
F: Edward Morris (203-84) of Aabyhoj
F/C: Nicolai Iversen (205-80) of Svendborg
F/C: Lee Roberts (201-87) of Naestved

2nd Team
G: D.J. Smedley (180-84) of Naestved
G/F: Mickey Dennis (190-78) of SISU
F: Bonell Colas (205-82) of Vaerlose
F: Thomas Soltau (210-82) of SISU
C: Chris Christoffersen (218-79) of Bakken

Honorable Mention
Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83) of Bakken
Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86) of Horsens IC
Mikael Nielsen (185-G/F-83) of Horsens IC
Anthony Martin (186-G-80) of Aabyhoj
Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) of Amager BK
Barkley Falkner (203-F/C-86) of Aalborg
Matt Williams (200-F-77) of Svendborg
Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) of Horsholm
Pape Ba (207-F/C-80) of Vaerlose
Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80) of Naestved
Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Alan Voskuil (191-86) of Horsens IC
G: Adama Darboe (190-86) of Svendborg
F: Thomas Soltau (210-82) of SISU
F/C: Nicolai Iversen (205-80) of Svendborg
C: Chris Christoffersen (218-79) of Bakken

All-Imports Team
G: Charles Burgess (186-84) of Bakken
G: Rickey Claitt (188-87) of Horsens IC
F: Edward Morris (203-84) of Aabyhoj
F: Bonell Colas (205-82) of Vaerlose
F/C: Lee Roberts (201-87) of Naestved




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Oklahoma City Thunder recall Vaden from Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled guard/forward Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the recall Wednesday and said Vaden will join Oklahoma City for Wednesday night's NBA playoff game against Denver in Oklahoma City.

Vaden played in 45 games for Tulsa during the season and averaged 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game. He averaged 16.8 points per game during the Development League playoffs as Tulsa advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated by Iowa.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Overtime win sends Vipers to D-League Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) made two free throws with two seconds remaining in regulation, then took over in the overtime session to lead the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 134-126 win in Reno. The victory gives the Vipers a 2-0 sweep in the NBA D-League semi-finals and sends them back to the championship round for a chance to defend the title won in 2010. The Vipers outscored the Bighorns 13-5 in the extra three minutes. McNeal scored 35 points in 42 minutes. Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.), the hero of the game one win in Hidalgo on Sunday added 27. The Vipers trailed by four at half time, 59-55, and didn't catch up until the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. The Vipers will now face the Iowa Energy in the championship series.

Courtesy of www.krgv.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  LA Lakers
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.20.1 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande20.1 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.18.7 
 9. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.8 


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Scottie Reynolds joins CDP - by Oscar Peralta
Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87, college: Villanova) join the defending champion CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago to play in game 2 of the best of 7 Santiago Finals against Plaza. Reynolds replaced Juan Coronado (196-G-83) who suffer an injury after game 1. Reynold showed a high level scoring ability after scoring from every where on the floor in the first half, helping CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago to a 53-34 lead at the break. Plaza made a strong run in the second have including taking a 1 point lead but CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago prevailed and Reynolds day-view turned out to be successful with a 88-84 win to help tied the series at 1 game apiece.

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Bordeaux will organize NM1 Final Four - by Romain Brusc
Thanks to its success 84-60 against Denain, Bordeaux is assured to be NM1 champion and to play in ProB next season. So the NM1 Final Four will take place in Stadium of Jean Dauguet in Bordeaux on May 28th and 29th. This tournament will indicate the second team which is going to reach ProB. Before the Final Four, the first round of play-offs will oppose the teams ranked between two and nine on May 21th. Denain, Sorgues, Brest and Angers BC 49 are already qualified.

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



#s#

Anish Sharda
Sharda
Ricky Easterling
Easterling
Mensah Taylor
Taylor
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Juergen <a href=
Maassmann
#e#1

Player of the Year: Anish Sharda (191-G-82, college: St.Mary's (KS)) - Hanau
Domestic Player of the Year: Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) - Hanau
Defensive Player of the Year: Mensah Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) - Saarlouis
Most Improved Player of the Year: Peter Klemm (197-F-85) - Tuebingen
Newcomer of the Year: Dennis Dominik Schreiber (198-F-91) - Ludwigburg
Coach of the Year: Hans Beth - Hanau

First Team
Anish Sharda (191-G-82) - Hanau
Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) - Saarlouis
Mensah Taylor (198-F-80) - Saarlouis
A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88, college: Stonehill) - Mainz
Juergen Maassmann (204-C-76) - Oberelchingen

Second Team
Rajko Radinovic (181-G) - Goeppingen
Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) - Hanau
Joseph Roberson (193-F-83, college: Concordia Irvine) - Treis-Karden
Chris Miles (211-F/C, college: BYU) - Hanau
Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, college: Murray St.) - Mainz

Honorable Mention
Michael Baumer (180-G-90) - Rastatt-Rheinau
Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) - Ludwigsburg
Marc Drescher (196-F-82) - Oberelchingen
Rouven Haenig (198-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Missouri Valley) - Tuebingen
Jens Hirschberg (200-F-88) - Heidelberg/Kirchheim
Matthias Hurst (204-C-89) - Rastatt-Rheinau
Lionel Sullivan (201-F, college: Northwood) - Hanau
Dominik Vollmer (191-G/F-82) - Goeppingen

Domestic Players Team
Sebastian Koehnert (187-G-83) - Hanau
Michael Baumer (180-G-90) - Rastatt-Rheinau
Dominik Vollmer (191-G/F-82) - Goeppingen
Juergen Maassmann (204-C-76) of SV Oberelchingen - Oberelchingen
Andreas Hornig (212-C-80, college: Murray St.) - Mainz

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


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) When We Get On The Court, We Have To Put Our Friendships Aside And Play To The Best Of Our Abilities - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his fourth with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the game against TBB Trier April 23rd.

An exciting basketball weeknd awaits the German fans as there are teams fighting for the last playoff spots as well as 3 teams trying to stay in the beko BBL. Has there ever been a more exciting time in basketball germany than now?

This year the league has been very competitive and I think playoff time is always an exciting time.

Will your buddy Michael Jordan keep Giessen in the beko BBL?

I hope they can get a win in the final weekend and that they can stay in the league.

What is your memory of the 80-65 win at home against TBB TRier?

The game was so long ago that I don't remember too much.

How difficult is it playing spoiler when there might be friends on the team of the opponent?

We all have a job to do. When we get out on the court, we have to put the friendship aside and play to the best of our abilities.

How important is this game for Artland right before the playoffs? What will be key in getting the win?

It's important to keep our rhythm and momentum going right before the playoffs. We have to play focused basketball and execute our plays precisely.

Jason Williams retired from the NBA. What will you always remember from his game?

He made the game fun and exciting to watch. The Kings were a team that people wanted to see play, because of him.

How important was Williams for the 2006 Miami Heat NBA championship?

He was a good role player that fit well in their system.

The Miami Heat have a 2-0 series lead against the 76ers. Is this series as good as closed?

Miami will win this series and move on. The 76ers don't have enough firepower to beat Miami.


How do you see the Atlanta Hawks-Orlando Magic series? Is an upset possible here?

An upset is definitely possible. The Hawks beat them 3 times in the regular season and took game 1 on the road. If they can keep the Magic's shooters in check, I think they can win the series.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To Giessen 46ers Game April 23rd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Giessen 46ers April 23rd.

There is one game left in the regular season for Phoenix hagen against The Giessen 46ers. If you cant reach the playoffs then there is still spoiler. Do you like to play spoiler?

Playing spoiler is always fun

This is a huge game for Giessen in that they want to win to stay in the league. They can lose, but hope that BBC Bayreuth or MBC lose. Do you remember your last big game in the NCAA that was important more for the opponent than your team?

Senior year at AF we were on the bubble going into the conference tourney and lost first round to Wyoming and off to the NIT we went.

What is your memory from the 92-76 win in Giessen earlier in the year?

It finally ended that 7 game losing streak. We had had two months worth of losing.

Why did The Giessen 46ers have so many problems this season? They have a very experienced and talent core of players?

They lost a few tough games and it stared to add up. It can take alot out of a player emotionally and physically and mentally.

This might be your last time playing against Elvir Ovcina. Many say he is one of the best big man passer in the game. What do you respect most from his game?

He is a heck of a big man. I have a lot of respect for what he can do on the floor.

What will be eky in getting win?

Playing our stye and controlling the game.

Jason Williams retired from the NBA. What will you always remember from his game?

Who?

How important was Williams for the 2006 Miami Heat NBA championship?

I dont think he was that important. It was the d wade/shaq show if I remember correctly.

The Miami Heat have a 2-0 series lead against the 76ers. Is thiss eries as good as closed?

Nothing is guarenteed until its all over, but the heat shouldnt let the series go past 5 games.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


Can Jerry Green Sing A Little Lionel Richie Hello To The beko BBL Playoffs After 40 Minutes Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 23rd? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) gliding through the lane to the hole and humming the Lionel Richie classic tune 'Running In The Night, Nate Harris and Paveles Cukinas fighting and hauling down rebounds, Je Kel Foster frustrating opponents on offense and defense for 40 minutes, 34 year old Serb Milan Goljovic parked behind the three point line and dropping bombs while blindfolded or coach Silvano Poropat entertaining with his interviews in broken German are all beautiful memories of the 2006-2007 EnBW Ludwigsburg season were the big surprise team closed out the season in first place and first packing their bags in the semi finals against the Brose Baskets Bamberg who would win the beko BBL title. Since then EnBW Ludwigsburg has been scampering around no mans land in the beko BBL standings like a whimpering and disillusioned turkey seconds before getting slaughtered for Thanksgiving as the club has failed to make the playoffs the last three years. But this season, the chances for EnBW Ludwigsburg to make the playoffs are as great as Chicago Bull Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) running away with the 2011 NBA MVP trophy, baseball fans never seeing another live towering moon shot home run from Barry Bonds and Suri Cruise never having a normal childhood. Bynum played against EnBW Ludwigsburg in the 2006-2007 with Bremerhaven and hasnt forgotten how they played. 'They were a tough team, they had a great regular season run and surprised a lot of people. They were a great team and had much success', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Bynum knows what the team from the Schwaben land has been going through not reaching the post season for a number of years. 'I think it is makes you hungry for the next season but at the same time it is good for any organization to make the playoffs any time you have a span where you havent been in the post season in a while. It can be frustrating cause it seems like all the work that you put in the whole year was for a waste especially when you are so close to making it. But at the same time you can look back and see in what ways you can improve for the next season as well', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). For En BW Ludwigsburg to reach the playoffs, they must win or in the case of a loss can miss the playoffs if Bremerhaven and Trier win and also BG Goettingen. TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) who will be hoping for a Frankfurt win remembers the 2006-2007 EnBW Ludwigsburg team as a player with Bremerhaven. 'They have a great shot at making the playoffs but hopefully they can lose to help us out', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). But overall they have a good team and deserve to be in as much as the other teams battling for that spot. Four teams are fighting for the last two spots including BG Goettingen, TBB Trier and Bremerhaven and is there any separation in the ability of the teams? 'I dont think there is much of a separation from any of the teams you named. I think at this point of the season it is all about who your opponent is and where the game is being played', commented John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

Who could forget the 2006-2007 EnBW Ludwigsburg Cinderella team that started the season on a seven game winning streak, winning the first 11 of 12 games and dominating the BBL the whole season until losing in the semi finals against The Brose Baskets Bamberg who would later win the BBL title. There was something so fresh with this team as team basketball had been taught by coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) and his players had learned it as quickly as first graders do their a,b,cs. However the last two seasons were a downgrade as the playoffs were missed. In the 2007-2008 season, the team reached the BBL cup final losing to The Artland Dragons, but management somehow had their differences with coach Silvano Poropat as he had to pack his bags and go. In 2008-2009, management brought in ex Bamberg player Rick Stafford as the team missed the playoffs again and were searching for an identity all season long, but never found one. After December 14th, 2008, the team would not win more than one game at a time before losing again. It was a very disappointing and weird season as the biggest highlights were the three B wins against Berlin, Bonn and Bamberg, and then the strange 1-0 win as The Giessen 46ers were unable to get to Ludwigsburg on time as they were stuck in traffic. It also marked the last professional season of all rounder and likeable American Brandon Woudstra (191-G-80, college: Northwestern, IA) who decided to hang up his sneakers and return back to the States to start a new life with his family. The 2009-2010 season marked a rebirth as a new arena was introduced, a new coach with Tolga Ongoren and many new Americans that would hopefully lead the club back to the playoffs. Many fans had to get used to watching basketball in a new state of the art arena as the club said goodbye to the old, but comfy Rundsporthalle that had been alive for 37 years. The goal last season could only be the playoffs as the club has a lot of pressure from their sponsor to perform in the new arena, but this important goal was missed as the team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season finishing the season in 11th place with a record 17-17. In the last three seasons, the club had a dismal record of 48-54. The club started well last season winning seven of their first nine games including a six game winning streak, but then lost nine of 11 games. The team had the problem of being consistent and was unable to beat the big teams. Their two biggest wins of the season was against Oldenburg and BG Goettingen. The team was strong on paper, with players like Kyle Bailey, Michael King (193-G-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: George Washington), Quadre Lollis, Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest), Michael Haynes, Domonic Jones and Richard Chaney, but coach Tolga Ongoren was unable to produce a chemistry on the court and something else was missing as well. 'It seemed that winning wasnt as important to some guys as their selves. They definitely were talented enough for the playoffs, but they lost some games that they should of won', stressed ex Paderborn Basket Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky).

This season, EnBW Ludwigsburg made a complete facelift keeping only German talent David McCray (188-G-86) and other young German players and getting many new players as well as a new coach with German Markus Jochum who is a legend in Ludwigsburg having played there from 1987-1996 and playing 62 games for the German national team. He is making the big step into the Beko BBL after having coached USC Heidelberg and the womans team KuSG Leimen from 2007-2010. The question is how well can he adjust to the top German basketball league coming from the German womans DBBL league. Last season, Olaf Stolz Was unable to produce a winner in Paderborn after having coached the German ladies. The club brought in experienced players like Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA), John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan) and Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota). The team also added young talented players Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side). The team also brought back Jerry Green who could step in for the famous singer Lionel Richie in a photo shooting, if the ex Commodores singer was sick. It has been made public, but it seems like Green is sort of a saviour type player this season after leading the team into the playoffs in 2007 veraging 16,1ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-3 (4.7apg), 1.5spg. However so far this season, Green is struggling averaging 6,0ppg, 2,8rpg and 3,3apg in 32 minutes per game. But does less scoring from Green mean really less input form the American? 'There is nothing wrong with green. He is playing a different role than four years ago. He is still a dangerous players and his success shouldnt be determined from what he did four years ago. He is a great leader and can hurt you in many ways', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Green doesnt really need to score so much with the team that they have. Ludwigsburg have enough threats in the post and shooters on the wing. His job is just to set them up', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

This season EnBW Ludwigsburg got off to a slow start as they were in 15th place with a record of 2-5 before the first meeting with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in November. Despite the poor start, it was simply to early to have any panic yet in Ludwigsburg. 'Ludwigsburg is a very experienced team. They are tough to handle down low, because they are so big. The team seemed to have tough luck at the start', stressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). It didnt help the team either that power forward Donatas Zavackas was injured in the firstmonths missing 7 games. In November EnBW Ludwigsburg and many other teams were having growing pains. 'Ludwigsburg is a very good team and were finding each other as are many other teams in the league were. They have great players and continued to improve. Their strength is the guards and Harris, Green and Bowler play a great role. They have a good inside out game and have depth at the guard position. It was just a matter of time before they started winning. I just think they play well together and are starting to understand their go to guys and there roles. They are a great team and are showing why they deserve to be in the playoffs.', said John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Their weakness is that they lack some depth from the bench', expressed Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'I think depth is their weakness, but at the same time they make it up with what there starters bring to the table', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.)Jerry Green might be a key player for the team, but so is Harris, Bowler and Rickert. 'Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) is their X-factor being their leading scorer and main threat from the perimeter. Bowler and Rickert are a tough tandem to handle because they are so big. You have to crowd Bowler and make him put the ball on the floor. You have to fight Rickert for position and cant let him catch the ball close to the basket, because then you will be in trouble', stated Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'Without a question Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) is their X-factor', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

EnBW Ludwigsburg went on a five game winning streak in December 2010 which got them more into the direction of the beko BBL playoffs. The club showed nerves of steel winning a big game in Oldenburg 67-66. Since the winning streak, the team has played in spurts having two three game winning streaks and one three game losing streak, but at the same time are currently over 500 with a 10-8 record and on course for the playoffs as they their fate leads in their hands. In the last two months its eems like the chemistry has progressed positively as they have won five of their last eight games and three of their last four games. 'They are clicking right at the right time. They have did some good things in the past couple of weeks and they are showing why they are in the playoff race. If a team clicks especially at this time of the year it can be very dangerous to play for a higher seed', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The biggest wins of the season for EnBW Ludwigsburg was against 8 time beko BBL champion Alba Berlin, BG Goettingen and The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig at home.

EnBW Ludwigsburg is led by Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) who is a 24 year old 196cm guard from Mission Viejo, California that is playing his first season in Luwdigsburg. He grew up in Alameda, California and played at the University of California/Santa Barbara from 2004-2008 and in his senior year, he played games: 20.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3Pts: 42.3%, FT: 81.2%. After college, he played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 8.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and played in Poland the last two seasons. In 2008-2009, he played for Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE, starting five): Eurocup: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg; Polish League: 34 games: 7.3ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 82.7%. Last season, he played for Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 30 games: 9.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.5%. He played in the Polish Allstar game 2010. Currently, he is leading the team in scoring with 15,8ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,7apg. He has scored in double figurers 27 times. John Bowler is a 26 year old 206cm forward/center from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his first season with EnBW Luwigsburg. He is the ultimate team player who really understands the game of basketball and does not back down from anybody.He is a big competitor who does everything needed to win. He played at Eastern Michigan from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 28 games: 20.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 54.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.3%. He finished being the 11th best scorer in Eastern Michigan history getting 1427 points and fifth best rebounder with 801 rebounds. he recorded 32 double doubles in his college career. He started his professional basketball career for The Telekom Baskets Bonn in 2006 and played there until 2010. In his four seasons with the Telekom Baskets, he made it to the German BBL Finals twice and qualified every season for the play-offs... named Most Likeable Player in German BBL in 2008. His best season was 2007-2008 as he played 39 games: 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 70.5%. Last season, he played 27 games: 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.4%. This season, he is averaging 11,8ppg and 5,2rpg and 1,2apg. He has scored in double figurers 23 times.

Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota) is a 27 year old 211cm forward/center from Duluth, Minnesota that is playing his first season with EnBW Ludwigsburg. He can play with his back to the basket, step out and shoot the three pointer or drive to the hole. He played at Minnesota (NCAA) from 2001-2003. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 15.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 68.2%. In 2003, he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA in the second round at #56. As a rookie, he played for Krka Novo Mesto (Slovenia-1A): Euroleague: 14 games: 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg; Adriatic League; Slovenian League: 26 games: 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 0.5apg: 3 games: 8.3ppg, 5.7rpg. In 2004-2005, he started the season with the Timberwolves (NBA): released at the end of Oct.'04, before the season started, next month signed at Asheville Altitude (NBDL): 12 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 46.4%, in Jan.'05 agreed terms with Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 13 games: 7.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%. In 2005-2006, he played for Pujol Lleida (Spain-LEB), Spanish League: 8 games: 9.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 56.3%; released in Nov.'05, in Jan.'06 joined Fayetteville Patriots (D-League): 26 games: 9.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46%, FT: 61.5%. In 2006-2007, he played forthe 14ers (D-League): 50 games: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 25%, FT: 86.4%. The last three seasons, he played in New Zealand for the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL). Last season for the Breakers playing games: 11.6ppg, Reb-1 (7.1rpg), 1.7apg, FGP: 53.4%, FT: 64.5%. Some achievements that he has gotten in his career have been Big Ten Freshman of the Year -02, 10 Conf. 1st Team -03, Slovenian Super Cup Finalist -03, Slovenian League All-Star Game -04, D-League All-Star Game -07, and D-League Finalist -07. Currently, he is averaging 8,1ppg and 3,6rpg. He hass cored in double figurers 15 times.

23 year old 203cm power forward Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) is playing his first season with EnBW Ludwigsburg.He can hurt you with his three pointer and has a very dangerous penetration into the lane where he can finish in many different ways He started his professional basketball career with TV Lich in 2004 and played for the Giessen 46ers from 2007-2010 while also playing for TV Lich. In 2008-2009 for TV Lich he led the PRO A in scoring with 23,7ppg, 8,8rpg, 2,2apg and 1,8spg. He was bitterly disappointed in 2009 not being invited to the Euro Championships in Poland. The next calamity happened in the second game of the season, as he injured his hand in Frankfurt missing seven games. Last season, he played games: 5.4ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 56.1%. In three seasons for Giessen, he played 86 games. He was a member of the German A-2 national team in 2009 and then played at the University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 7 games: 10.6ppg, Reb-5 (10.4rpg), 2.0spg, FGP: 41.0%, FT: 77.4%. This season, he is averaging 5,9ppg and 3,6rpg. He hass cored in double figurers 8 times and has one double double.

The team also brought back fan favorite Jerry Green who could jump in for the soul singer Lionel Richie at a concert simply because of the similarity in appearance. He played for EnBW Ludwigsburg from 2004-200t and led the team to their best season in club history in the 2006-2007 season as they belonged to the top teams in the BEKO BBL and reached the semi finals of the playoffs before bowing out to Bamberg. Green is a 30 year old 191cm point guard from Pomona, California. He is a point guard, with great offesive skills, but a first-look-to-pass mentality. He led his college team in scoring for 3 seasons and in assists for 4 seasons... Has a solid body and this allows him to defend well and to grab some rebounds. He can easily hit a three pointer, if left open. He played at Cal Irvine from 1999-2002. In his senior year, he played games: ScoreConf-1 (20.3ppg), 3.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, FGPConf-7 (48.2%), 3PTConf-5 (36.7%), FTConf-2 (82.2% ). He finished his college career as the alltime Cal Urvine leading scorer with 1993 points. In his first two professional seasons, he played in germany for MBC an din Poland before going to Ludwigsburg. His best season in Ludwigsburg was 2006-2007 as he played 42 games: Score-3 (16.1ppg), 4.1rpg, Assists-3 (4.7apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.4%, 3FGP: 35.4%, FT: 85.5%. The last three seasons he has played in Belgium for Ostende (8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 80.0%), and two years in Italy for Solsonica Rieti (2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 76.0%) and last season for Cantu playing 37 games: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 83.5%. He is struggling a bit in the early going in Ludwigsburg this season averaging 9,9ppg, 2,5rpg and 4,2apg. He has really stepped up his playmaking in the last weeks and will be ready for the playoffs. He has scored in double figurers 14 times. Green won the Belgium cup with Ostende in 2008 with ex Skyliner Titus Ivory.

Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA) is a 34 year old 198cm shooting guard-small forward from Los Angeles California. who played 73 games in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns from 1998-2000. He is the fourth-ranked scorer in UCLA school history with 1,846 points trailing only Don MacLean, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Reggie Miller. He won the NCAA title in 1995. He is a great shooter and has a lot of experience, said Jannik Freese. Bailey has very much experience in Europe playing his fourth season in Germany and he has also played in countries like Italy, Greece, Belgium, Spain, China and Venezuela. Last season, he played for The Artland Dragons playing 34 games: 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.1%. He had his first stint in germany in 2007-2008 playing a few months for Cologne, but already showing his great basketball qualities playing League: 11 games: 13.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 71.4%; ULEB Cup: 10 games: 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.4%. Some achievements that he has won have been Greek cup winner in 2004, Greek allstar 2004 and 2005 and winning the slam dunk contest in 2005. He was Belgium League Champion -06 and IBL champion 2009 with the Los Angeles Lightning. Currently for Ludwigsburg, he is averaging 8,8ppg, 4,7rpg and 21,8apg. He hass cored in double figurers 11 times and a last playoff appearance would be nice as he just might retire at the end of the season.

24 year old 188cm guard German guard David McCray is playing his third season with EnBW Ludwigsburg. He already made his debut in the BBL as an 18 year old in 2004 with BG Karlsruhe where he played until 2007. He is very athletic that can put the ball in the hoop. He is tough to stop on one on one defense and he is secretly the teams energizer and coach on the court. He can be very efficient on the court as he showed last season as he scored 13 points in 15 minutes against Bamberg and 11 points in 12 minutes against Ratiopharm Ulm. Last season, he played 33 games: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 65.0%. this season, he is averaging 5,8ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,8apg. He hass cored in double figurers six times. The club also has big german/Albanian talent Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) who is a 17 year old 188cm guard. Last season, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga): 19 games: 12.6ppg, played also for BBA Ludwigsburg (NBBL): 11 games: 16.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 3.7spg. He made an early name for himself this past summer at the Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) -10: 8 games: 15.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-4 (2.3spg), FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT-3 (87.0%). He won a bronze at the 2010 Albert Schweitezr tournament in Mannheim in 2010. This season the team signed Siim sander Vene who is a 20 year old 203cm forward from Estonia. Last season, he played for Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL): VTB League: 4 games: 1.8ppg, 3.8rpg; Euroleague: 6 games: 2.0ppg, 1.8rpg; Baltic League: 13 games: 5.2ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 44.4%; Lithuanian League: 12 games: 3.3ppg, 3.0rpg. He started this season for Kaunas (Lithuania-LKL): Baltic League: 7 games: 10.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 70.0%, before being loaned to EnBW Ludwigsburg. He has been a member of the Estonian U-16, U-18 and U-20 national teams. Currently he is averaging 4,3ppg and 1,0rpg.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have nice memories of the last 11 games against EnBW Ludwigsburg having a 7-4 record. They have a 4-1 record in the Ballsporthalle. One player who has fond memories of playing EnBW Ludwigsburg is ex Skyliner Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) who was the top scorer of Frankfurt in four of the last six games including a 37 point performance in a 96-87 win in 2008. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners split the season series 1-1 winning 68-64 at home getting 19 points from Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) and losing the last game of the season 71-62 on the road getting 18 points from Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). This season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners beat EnBW Ludwigsburg 74-67 in a low scoring affair. Frankfurt was led by Roger Powell with 16 points and six rebounds while current beko BBL top scorer dashaun Wood chipped in with 13 points and eight assists. EnBW Ludwigsburg was led by Alex harris with 18 points and ex Telekom Baskets Bonn center John Bowler was tough with 13 points and nine rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg had problems scoring as they are averaging only 67 points per game in November, but now average 79 points per game and one thing Frankfurt has consistently done well this season is play defense and they will ahve to be ready. 'Frankfurt will win this game if they keep playing solid defense, push the ball in transition and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) must control the game. Powell was a big pick up as I am sure that he will play a big role in this game, and will against the top teams in the league', warned ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). 'Frankfurt has to keep Ludwigsburg off the glass. They crash the boards pretty well from the 3-5 positions', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). This should be a very interesting game that should get a top effort from both teams as the beko BBL playoffs loom around the corner. 'Frankfurt just has to do what they have been doing all season, let Wood control the tempo and do his thing and defensively pressure the ball and try to take Ludwigsburg out of their sets. EnBW Ludwigsburg just have to play solid defense and control Wood and offensively they have to pick there spots and control the boards', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). EnBW Ludwigsburg meet The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 23rd at 20:00.


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A1 Round 26: Regular season is over, Reds are No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A1 just ended. Olympiakos is No.1 with perfect 26-0 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals, which start on April 28 (best-of-three).


A1 Standings
1. Olympiakos 26-0
2. Panathinaikos 24-2
3. PAOK 16-10
4. Aris 14-12
5. Marousi 13-13
6. Kavala 12-14
7. Peristeri GS 12-14
8. VAP Kolossos 12-14
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9. Panionios 12-14
10. Ikaros 10-16
11. Ilysiakos 9-17
12. Panellinios 9-17
13. AEK 8-18
14. Iraklis 5-21

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Quarterfinals
Olympiakos - VAP Kolossos
Aris - Marousi
PAOK - Kavala
Panathinaikos - Peristeri GS




Peristeri GS - Marousi 75-56

An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Marousi (13-13) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Peristeri GS (12-14) 75-56 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Peristeri GS. Marousi managed to win third quarter 15-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-85) who scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Peristeri GS players scored in double figures. American forward Curtis Sumpter (201-84, college: Villanova) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: Z.Vrkic 15+3reb, J.Mocnik 13+7reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 12+1reb+5ast, K.Looby 11+7reb+2ast, E.Scott 9+3reb, A.Petroulas 7+1reb+4ast
Marousi: C.Sumpter 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 9+4ast, D.Haritopoulos 9+4reb+2ast, D.Bagaric 9+7reb+1ast, F.Kojadinovic 7+3reb+2ast, E.Basden 4+4reb



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Aris - Ikaros 97-74

Very expected game in Thessaloniki where 10th ranked Ikaros (10-16) was crushed by fourth ranked Aris (14-12) 97-74 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Aris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) scored 22 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Aris players scored in double figures. Center Lazaros Agadakos (208-80, agency: FCM) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Aris: B.Brown 22+2reb+4ast, E.Bavcic 17+7reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 11+4reb, K.Charalampidis 11+1reb+5ast, N.Hatzivrettas 10+1reb+2ast, C.Tapoutos 10+6reb+2ast
Ikaros: K.McAlarney 14+1ast, L.Agadakos 11+6reb, M.Polytarchou 10+1reb+3ast, D.Thompson 9+8reb, V.Karaboulas 6+5reb+1ast, A.Falekas 6+2ast
gschID: 103894


Iraklis - Olympiakos 44-83

A1 top team - Olympiakos (26-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Iraklis (5-21) in Thessaloniki 83-44. The game without a history. Olympiakos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Iraklis' 28. They outrebounded Iraklis 43-19 including a 34-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olympiakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Iraklis' players. The former international center Andreas Glyniadakis (215-81) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Dimitris Despos (209-76, agency: FCM) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Olympiakos have an impressive 26-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: A.Glyniadakis 17+6reb, L.Mavrokefalides 14+6reb+3ast, Y.Halperin 11+5reb+6ast, G.Jamon Lukas 7+3reb+4ast, M.Keselj 7+3reb, I.Bourousis 7+6reb
Iraklis: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 10+6reb+1ast, D.Despos 10+5reb+2ast, G.Demertzis 9+2reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 7+2reb+1ast, N.Koprivica 4+3reb, T.Petalotis 4
gschID: 103895


Panathinaikos - Panellinios 112-42

Very predictable result in Athens where second ranked Panathinaikos (24-2) smashed 11th ranked Panellinios (9-17) 112-42 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of Panellinios shooting 71.0 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos forced 26 Panellinios turnovers and outrebounded them 33-18 including a 27-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Panathinaikos looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Panellinios' players. International power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) chipped in 17 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) responded with 12 points and his fellow American import swingman Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) scored 8 points.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: S.Perperoglou 17+3reb+2ast, K.Tsartsaris 13+4reb+3ast, M.Tepic 12+2reb+2ast, K.Kaimakoglou 10+10reb+5ast, N.Calathes 10+4reb+4ast, A.Maric 10+3reb+3ast
Panellinios: S.Smith 12+3reb, J.Krabbenhoft 8+4reb+1ast, M.Bailey 5+2reb+3ast, G.Kalaitzis 3+1reb, E.Tsakaleris 3+1reb, I.Karathanasis 3+2reb
gschID: 103896


Kavala - PAOK 68-73

The game in Kavala was also worth to mention about. Third ranked PAOK (16-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Kavala (12-14). PAOK managed to secure a 5-point victory 73-68. Kavala was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-16 charge of PAOK, which allowed them to win the game. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) notched 27 points to lead the effort and American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Kavala. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) added 13 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
PAOK: R.Marshall 27+3reb+2ast, D.Stiggers 14+3reb+2ast, R.Dozier 9+9reb+3ast, G.Dedas 8, D.Christmas 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 5+11reb+1ast
Kavala: M.Palacio 13+1reb+3ast, C.Simmons 13+9reb, N.Angelopoulos 13+2reb, B.Jorovic 9+4reb, C.Stefanidis 6+2reb, L.McIntosh 6+4reb
gschID: 103897


VAP Kolossos - Ilysiakos 49-58

An interesting game took place in Rodou where higher ranked VAP Kolossos (12-14) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked Ilysiakos (9-17) 58-49. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American power forward Mark Dawson (206-83, college: Long Beach St., agency: Tank Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Jeremiah Davis (183-81, college: Pacific, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) added 6 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for VAP Kolossos.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: J.Davis 15+2reb+2ast, M.Dawson 10+11reb+1ast, N.Chatzis 10+2reb, M.Todic 8+5reb, A.Karydas 6+4reb+3ast, H.NaNa 4+8reb
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 13+5reb+4ast, A.Tsamis 7+3reb+1ast, J.Golemac 7+4reb+3ast, P.Kafkis 6+1ast, K.Charissis 6+13reb, N.Pappas 5+2reb
gschID: 103898


AEK - Panionios 76-68

Panionios (12-14) was upset by thirteenth ranked AEK (12-14) in Athens. AEK won against higher ranked Panionios 76-68 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panionios. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 39-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AEK made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Panionios was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) scored 29 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AEK: D.Dikoudis 29+8reb+2ast, P.Nikolaidis 18+5reb+3ast, P.Dorkofikis 12+1reb+1ast, A.Kallinikidis 7+4reb+2ast, V.Mandic 4, D.Cohadarevic 3+6reb+2ast
Panionios: J.Anderson 19+1reb+5ast, R.Covile 13+10reb+1ast, M.Paragios 10+2ast, G.Tsiaras 8+2ast, M.Batis 8+4reb+1ast, I.Athineou 6
gschID: 103892




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Marshall, PAOK17.2 
 2. Smith, Panellinios16.7 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.7 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.14.9 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.1 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.1 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos13.9 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. Jorovic, Kavala13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala9.8 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.4 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.7 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.1 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.7 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.5 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.9 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.7 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.5 
 10. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 5. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 6. Anderson, Panionios1.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 8. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.5 
 10. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.2 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.9 
 9. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 26-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 24-2 
 3. PAOK 16-10 
 4. Aris 14-12 
 5. Marousi 13-13 
 6. Kavala 12-14 
 7. Peristeri GS 12-14 
 8. VAP Kolossos 12-14 
 9. Panionios 12-14 
 10. Ikaros 10-16 
 11. Ilysiakos 9-17 
 12. Panellinios 9-17 
 13. AEK 8-18 
 14. Iraklis 5-21 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL-AMIN
  PVSK Pannon
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.7 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.6 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Jones, Albacomp9.0 
 5. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.6 
 7. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.1 
 5. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 7. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
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. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.2 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 8. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.8 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.7 
 10. Morgen, Atomeromu0.7 


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  IBL   


IBL's Bellingham Slam face rival Olympia Reign on Saturday - by Trask Frost
BELLINGHAM, Wash. The Bellingham Slam, fresh off their season-opening victory last Friday, continue an early-season homestand with a game against the Olympia Reign on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion.

Olympia, which will be playing its first game of the 2011 season, was one of Bellinghams toughest opponents in 2010. They defeated the Slam in two meetings last season, by a score of 120-108 in Bellingham on April 17 and 107-104 in Olympia on June 19. If the Reign are to continue their success against the Slam on Saturday, they will have to do it without the services of two of their leading scorers from last season, guards Virgil Matthews and Nate Menefee. Both players are currently playing overseas and are not expected to return to Olympia until later this season. The duo combined to score 94 points in the Reigns pair of victories over Bellingham in 2010.

Olympia will not be short on firepower, however. Impact players returning to the roster include forward Nick Moore, who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against the Slam last April, and guard Mike Ward, who averaged 18 points in his two games against Bellingham.

Bellingham comes into Saturdays match-up with a trio of players coming off solid performances in last weekends 130-104 win against the West Coast Hotshots. Guard Paul Hafford led the Slam with 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting from three-point range, while guard Morris Anderson started his sophomore professional season with a double-double of 15 points and a team-record 15 assists. Center Blake Poole also had a fine showing in his Slam debut, posting 12 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.

Saturdays game will be the middle contest of a three-game homestand to start off the 2011 International Basketball League season for Bellingham. The Slam will stay busy at the end of the month with a home-and-home series against the Vancouver Volcanoes on April 29 and 30, followed by a game in Portland on May 1.

Tip-off for Saturdays game is set for 7pm at Whatcom Pavilion. For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com




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  INDIA   


Interview with Troy Justice - by M. Rajalingam
Troy Justice, the Director of NBA-India operations was in Chennai to attend the felicitation of Geethu Anna Jose. The function was held to felicitate Geethu on her trip to the WNBA try outs in USA. Troy Justice was the chief guest of the function. After gracing the function with his presence, he stepped out of the hall to hit the court for a practice session with Geethu. He also gave some training tips for the players who were training at the Hindustan University basketball courts. After the practice session, he sat with me for an interview session. I hope he hasn't got pissed off with me for the interview session, as he was swatting mosquitoes all through the interview. And after some few questions, we decided to take a walk, and there he was, still answering my questions, but the only thing missing were those mosquitoes which were disturbing him from answering my questions.
Now, here's the transcript of the interview session I had with Troy Justice, none other than the main man behind the smooth operations of NBA in India for the past one and half years, since NBA rolled out its operations in India.

About your visit to Chennai?
It's my fifth visit to Chennai. I came here for the first time in 1991, when I brought along a basketball team to play with some teams like IOB, ONGC etc. And my last visit was for the inauguration of the synthetic basketball courts, here at the Hindustan University.

How do you rank Chennai with other cities in terms of basketball?
Chennai is the basketball hot-spot. It's one of the leaders in the basketball circle. Lots of basketball is played here, more national players are coming up from this city. There is a rich tradition of basketball through out the country, but still Chennai is the leader.

What are the NBA's plans in India?
We have three different strategies, when it comes to NBA's activities in India. First, we are focusing on the growth of basketball. We want to spread out the game, hear more basketballs bouncing, and see more kids wearing the jerseys and playing the game. Second, we will be providing opportunities and platform that doesn't exist now, like the NBA Mahindra challenge and the Train the Trainers programs. And third, we focus on talent spotting. Now we have helped Geethu to get invited for the try outs. We have also spotted Satnam Singh and helping him with his professional career. We have also spotted a player from the Mahindra NBA challenge and made him play the nationals.

What are forthcoming activities in Chennai, that are in the NBA's calender?
We will be organizing the Junior NBA WNBA skills challenge by next week in Chennai. And the Mahindra NBA challenge is being planned to be organized around August and September.

What's the focus of NBA now? It's the grassroots or the professional level?
We are focusing more on grass roots and we are working on a long term plan. Thats where, we are really putting our time and energy. In 5-10 years, basketball can really expand.

IMG Reliance is working on a Pro league. Does NBA also have a similar objective?
All of us are here to grow basketball. It's good for the growth of the game. I don't see it as a competition. It's a joint effort being done in collaboration with BFI. We focus more on Grassroots initiatives like training the coaches, providing the platform for kids in the age group 10 - 12 years to play the game.

Do you see a potential for a Professional league in India?
India has got a strong base for a professional basketball league. It will be a great thing and will help basketball to grow. With a population of 1.3 billion people, there's more chance of seeing the league shape up in the years to come.

NBA being a commercial entity, can you tell us what are the things that are done in the areas of merchandising?
We have launched the NBA merchandise recently. The NBA jerseys are made available at all Adidas showrooms. But it's still not available in all the places, and available only in major markets.

How did you pick Geethu and helped her in the selection process for WNBA try outs?
I watched her matches last year. She is a gifted athlete and a hard worker. She's got everything we look for in a WNBA player. SO we decided to arrange some try outs for her and we approached the teams. That how it happened.

Thanks Troy for your time, in answering the questions and also for arranging try outs for Geethu. Hope to see basketball expand in India, for all the time and effort you put in. Kudos!


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  INDONESIA   


INDONESIAN NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM SELECTION - by Greg
Indonesian National basketball team that prepare to the South East Asian (SEA) Games XXVI in Jakarta at 11-22 November 2011. Start training after returning from training character development in Batujajar, West Java, last week. Team coach Horongbala Rastafari is beginning to return to practice in the field.
'No problem with the players, but must be recovery of physical condition,' said Rastafari after practice at Senayan Trade Center, Jakarta, Monday (18 /4). With adequate preparation of solid agenda until towards the SEA Games later, he said, the exercise program should begin again.

From the 24 players, will be selected again to 18 players. 'We have selection based on ability, discipline, team needs, as well as observations from the official team. The decision is not solely from my course,' the coach said.

According to the plan, the selection will be made after the team underwent training in Australia next month. Although athletes who do not pass the selection repatriated back to his club, but they will not be released from observation.

'They like to be outside the reserve players. When needed again, they could go again,' he said. Rastafari added, until it had not have problem in the field.

One player who previously had an injury plagued, Youbel Sondakh, also was back practicing. 'I've been good, just recovery,' said Youbel.

Players from the club forward Satria Muda it was sidelined for three weeks due to injury in his left knee. He also ended up not training in Batujajar.

Assistant coach Fictor G. Roring states, Youbel conditions are still in the monitoring. 'We can only see its development, at least within two weeks,' he said.

According to him, the exercise program given to Youbel must also be in control. 'Even then he was forced to break again due to injury, is also not a problem. He still has a great opportunity to enter in the team anymore,' he said.
Here the list of 24 players Participants of Indonesian National Team Basket Selection for SEA Games in 2011.


1 Rony Gunawan Center
2 Fityandini Center
3 Christian Ronaldo S Center
4 M. Isman Thoyib Center
5 Faisal J. Achmad Point Guard
6 Mario Wuysang Point Guard
7 Kelly Purwanto Point Guard
8 Mario Gerungan Point Guard
9 Dimas Aryo Dewanto Shooting Guard
10 Ary Chandra Shooting Guard
11 Amin Prihantono Shooting Guard
12 Xaverius Prawiro Shooting Guard
13 Rahmat Febri Utomo Shooting Guard
14 Sandy Febyansyakh Shooting Guard
15 Okiwira Sanjaya Shooting Guard
16 Romy Chandra Power Forward
17 Welyanson Situmorang Power Forward
18 Ponsianus Indrawan Power Forward
19 Dwi Haryoko Power Forward
20 I Made Sudiadnyana Power Forward
21 Youbel Sondakh Small Forward
22 Andi Poedjakesuma Small Forward
23 Ruslan Small Forward
24 Pringgo Regowo Small Forward



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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel T-A - Megido/Yokneam 81-85

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Megido/Yokneam shot 60.3 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Hapoel T-A turnovers. Swingman Tomer Bar Even (196-92) stepped up and scored 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Megido/Yokneam's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and guard Gal Eytan (182-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: T.Bar Even 22+2reb+1ast, N.Miller 17+5reb+1ast, J.Shtarkman 11+4ast, N.Tishman 9+4reb+4ast, L.Shvarzvald 8+1reb+1ast, R.Clemente 7+12reb+4ast
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 25+5reb+2ast, G.Eytan 18+2reb, E.Eliyah 13, S.Haimovitch 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Shvartzman 4+2reb+1ast, Y.Rokni 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 127250


Maccabi HBK - Elitzur Yavne 87-76

Elitzur Yavne was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 53-40 second half run of Maccabi HBK. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Maccabi HBK players scored in double figures. American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Elitzur Yavne in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 25+10reb+7ast, S.Bradford 20+7reb+1ast, I.Lev 14+4reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 12+2reb+1ast, O.Shaltiel 10+6reb+2ast, N.Matalon 4+3reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 21+6reb+2ast, K.Wilson 18+12reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 10+5reb+4ast, G.Cohen 9+2reb, C.Timberlake 9+8reb+6ast, N.Golan 9+3ast
gschID: 127249




Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.2 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.3 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.4 
 4. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.22.3 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .21.5 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon20.8 
 8. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.4 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.4 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.11.3 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.1 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 7. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.0 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
 9. Strong, Hapoel T.8.9 
 10. Moragne, Hapoel B.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.5 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.4 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.6 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.6 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.5 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.1 
 7. Lev, Maccabi HBK2.1 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isaac ROSEFELT
  Ironi Ramat Gan
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 2. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 3. Colwell, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Strong, Hapoel T.1.9 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.1.2 
 10. Markson, Hapoel A.1.2 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Derek WILLJAM
  Barons
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Willjam, Barons16.2 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Caldwell, Liepaja14.8 
 5. Peiners, LU14.8 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.1 
 8. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.1 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
 8. Cavars, Barons6.0 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Dilevka, Turiba5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.4 
 4. Carter, Ventspils4.2 
 5. Willjam, Barons4.1 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.6 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Metra, Zemgale2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF Riga
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.8 
 4. Cavars, Barons1.7 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 6. Slisans, LU1.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.0 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


LBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Barons and Liepaja go through - by Eurobasket News
Zemgale - Liepaja 83-90

Liepaja advanced into the semifinal stage after they beat Zemgale on the road. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Liepaja made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Liepaja especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-85) chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) responded with 23 points and swingman Salvis Metra (194-84) scored 18 points. Four Zemgale players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 26+5reb+5ast, J.Aleksejevs 22+12reb, M.Kravcenko 11+1reb+3ast, A.Mitchell 8+4reb+2ast, M.Mejeris 7, A.Ozols 6+2reb
Zemgale: K.Krumins 23+3reb+3ast, S.Metra 18+4reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 12+6reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 11+4reb+1ast, E.Krumins 7+3reb, A.Justovics 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 127239


Barons - Valmiera 81-69

Barons clinched the semifinal appearance with a comfortable home win over Valmiera. The game was mostly controlled by Barons. Valmiera was better in fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Forward Agnis Cavars (198-86) notched 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) supported him with 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Barons' coach Uvis Helmanis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 29 points and 8 rebounds by the former international power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) did not help to save the game for Valmiera. The former international guard Raimonds Gabrans (188-84) added 10 points and 5 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Barons: D.Willjam 21+3reb+2ast, A.Cavars 18+5reb+5ast, D.Sweetney 10+1reb, A.Vitols 9+2reb+1ast, K.Pishchalnikov 8+3reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 7+3reb+1ast
Valmiera: P.Veselovs 29+8reb, J.Kaufmanis 11+2reb+3ast, R.Gabrans 10+2reb+5ast, K.Bedritis 8+7reb+1ast, M.Ziedins 4+6reb+1ast, J.Graudins 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 127238




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  LEBANON   


The big experience of the Pharaoh Prevailed: Riyadi 2-0 against Sagesse - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In game 2 of the war between the long time rivals, Ghazir the stadium that saw big episodes from this war welcomed Riyadi for game 2 against Sagesse in the Semi Final Round of the Final 4.
The two teams had in mind to score a win , the first 5 minutes of the quarter saw the two teams testing each other and it was an equal game (07-11) but the last 5 minutes saw Riyadi starting to take over minute after minute through the Egyptian Pharaoh Ismail Abed Ahmad. The first quarter finished 15-22.
The 2nd quarter was a continuation of the 1st quarter especially the first 45 minutes in which Riyadi outscored Sagesse 12-0 and denied them from scoring any point in the first 5 minutes of the quarter ( 15-34). Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) was the star of the quarter scoring 3pointers from everywhere , he finished the game with 6 from 10 made 3pointers , Riyadi imposed an organized defense which reduced the efficiency of Sagesse two imports Watkins and Thompson who had a calm night with 17 & 15 . Sagesse regrouped and made a comeback in the 2nd part of the quarter that reduced the score to 29-40 at the half.
The 3rd quarter saw also the dominance of the champion , Joe Vogel and Nate Johnson had big contribution in this dominance they finished the game with 17 & 12 points. Sagesse was always trying to answer through Rony Fahed (finished the game with 13pts) but Riyadi players were always finding the way to take the control of the game , the 3rd quarter finished at the score of 42-56. The 4th quarter saw the acceptance of Sagesse players with the situation and the game finished at the score of 57-72.
Ismail Ahmad for his 2nd game in the League had a monster demonstration with 30points and 10 rebounds.



Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 24-6 
 2. Champville 23-7 
 3. Moutahed 21-10 
 4. Sagesse 20-11 
 5. Anibal 15-15 
 6. Hoops 11-19 
 7. Byblos 7-23 
 8. Antranik 6-24 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Khatib, Champville26.8 
 2. Warner, Byblos26.5 
 3. Cage, Hoops22.8 
 4. Johnson, Moutahed22.7 
 5. Johnson, Al Riyadi21.1 
 6. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 7. Bangura, Anibal20.7 
 8. Youngblood, Champ.20.1 
 9. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
 10. Byrd, Hoops20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi14.3 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 3. Cox, Champville12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 7. Watkins, Sagesse10.8 
 8. Thompson, Sagesse10.7 
 9. Byrd, Hoops10.6 
 10. Battles, Antranik10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed6.8 
 3. Mason, Byblos6.7 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.2 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.6 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.2 
 9. Fahed, Sagesse4.1 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Al Ahli
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 4. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 5. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 6. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 7. Mason, Byblos2.2 
 8. Bangura, Anibal2.2 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.1 
 10. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Cox, Champville3.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 5. Watkins, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Kanaan, Antranik1.2 
 9. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vilmantas DILYS
  Perlas
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 2. Kieza, Juventus16.1 
 3. Dimsa, Nevezis16.0 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis14.9 
 5. Dilys, Perlas14.9 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas14.8 
 7. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.0 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas13.9 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis13.9 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus10.1 
 2. Janisius, Alytus A.9.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.2 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.7.9 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.1 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis7.1 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.6 
 8. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.5 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas6.5 
 10. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.6 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
 8. Janavicius, Siauliai4.0 
 9. Collins, Zalgiris4.0 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.1 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.7 
 7. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.7 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.6 
 10. Lipkevicius, Rudupis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Deng GAI
  Naglis-Adakris
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gai, Naglis-Adakris2.9 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.0 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.8 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Gumenyuk, Siauliai0.8 


LKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Semifinalists become known - by Eurobasket News
Juventus - Siauliai 91-81

Juventus swept Siauliai to enter the semis. Siauliai was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 47-36 second half run of Juventus. Siauliai was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American-Samoan guard Rashaun Broadus (182-84, college: BYU) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Siauliai. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: D.Weaver 25+9reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 17+6reb+2ast, R.Broadus 13+7reb+7ast, R.Edvinas 11+2reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 7+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 6+3reb
Juventus: M.Prekevicius 23+3reb+3ast, A.Kieza 20+3reb+2ast, Z.Urbonas 17+4reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+3reb+1ast, G.Maceina 8+2reb+5ast, M.Pociukonis 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 126976


Techasas - Rudupis 63-76

Techasas completed their sweep of Rudupis edging those at home court. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) scored 14 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (197-90) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Techasas' coach Gintaras Leonavicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Techasas: E.Dimsa 23+5reb, M.Valukonis 14+8reb, A.Aleksandrovas 10+3reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 6+5reb+3ast, V.Volkus 5+3reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 3+1reb
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 17+5reb+1ast, E.Dainys 14+1ast, J.Sinica 14+4reb+5ast, R.Alijevas 9+2reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 8+7reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 126973


Perlas - Lietuvos Rytas 82-103

Lietuvos Rytas eased into the next round cruising past Perlas on the road. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos Rytas. Perlas managed to win fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos Rytas shot 28 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Perlas only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded Perlas 43-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Lietuvos Rytas looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Perlas' players. 30 personal fouls committed by Perlas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Australian forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Arturas Jomantas (200-85, college: High School) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Zydrunas Kelys (188-87) produced 19 points and center Evaldas Kairys (207-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Perlas: Z.Kelys 19+2reb+3ast, E.Kairys 10+6reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 10+1reb+2ast, E.Bendzius 9+1reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 8+3reb+1ast, V.Dilys 8+4reb+2ast
Lietuvos Rytas: B.Newley 23+6reb+2ast, M.Gecevicius 16+3reb, S.Babrauskas 12+3reb, K.Bajramovic 12+1reb+2ast, J.Valanciunas 12+7reb, A.Jomantas 8+6reb+6ast
gschID: 126974


Neptunas - Zalgiris 82-88

Zalgiris held off Neptunas to seal the semifinal appearance. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Neptunas won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Trent Plaisted (211-86, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) notched 11 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Zalgiris' coach Ilias Zouros used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by American center Luke Bonner (213-85, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for Neptunas. Guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 19 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Five Zalgiris and four Neptunas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 19+2reb+4ast, L.Bonner 18+8reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 17+3reb+4ast, S.Galdikas 11+2reb, V.Vasylius 8+6reb+1ast, J.Zurna 4+1reb+2ast
Zalgiris: T.Klimavicius 14+6reb+1ast, M.Brown 14+1reb+1ast, M.Pocius 12+3reb+3ast, T.Plaisted 11+7reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 10+8reb+1ast, D.Collins 8+4ast
gschID: 126975




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  MEXICO   


Guaros are bringing back Romel Beck - by Kristian Santiago
Guaros de Lara signed Mexican guard Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) to a contract. Beck, who played lastly in Italy for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in the Lega Due until January, will be back in Venezuela after previos stints with the Gatos de Monagas in 2007 and Guaros de Lara in 2010. To make room for the import, the Guaros let go Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati).


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 19-5 
 2. Hermosillo 19-5 
 3. Culiacan 15-9 
 4. Guasave 14-10 
 5. Nogales 13-11 
 6. Guaymas 12-12 
 7. Mexicali 11-13 
 8. Tijuana 10-14 
 9. Tepic 4-20 
 10. Los Mochis 3-21 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. White, Cananea28.3 
 2. Gale, Mexicali27.6 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic25.3 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. Tate, Tijuana24.1 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.4 
 8. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 9. White, Los Mochis23.3 
 10. Thomas, Cananea23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Moss, Nogales10.3 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 3. Brown, Tepic9.4 
 4. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Avila, Culiacan8.4 
 8. Rougeau, Culiacan7.9 
 9. Tate, Tijuana7.7 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Funn, Guasave8.0 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.8 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.5 
 6. White, Cananea4.4 
 7. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Brown, Tepic4.2 
 10. Ford, Tepic4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. White, Cananea2.1 
 2. Thomas, Cananea2.0 
 3. Funn, Guasave1.8 
 4. Brown, Nogales1.8 
 5. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 6. Rougeau, Culiacan1.7 
 7. White, Los Mochis1.6 
 8. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 9. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Sims, Los Mochis1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Thomas, Hermosillo2.6 
 3. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 4. Gale, Mexicali2.4 
 5. Habel, Guaymas2.3 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 7. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. White, Los Mochis2.2 
 10. Brown, Tepic2.2 


CIBACOPA Round 24: Rayos de Hermosillo defeats leader Mineros de Cananea - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Mineros de Cananea (19-5) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Rayos de Hermosillo (19-5) 83-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 18-5 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mineros de Cananea won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rayos de Hermosillo won last quarter 27-22. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 7 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Juan Manuel Esteva (196-F/C-83) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) contributed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) replied with 22 points and 6 assists for Mineros de Cananea. Rayos de Hermosillo used an opportunity after Cananea lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Mineros de Cananea. Rayos de Hermosillo is looking forward to face Caballeros de Culiacan (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mineros de Cananea will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Guaymas. Sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (12-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (10-14) 89-87 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks and Hector Nungaray who added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-12 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Coras de Tepic (#9) on the road in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Frayles de Guasave and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Mexicali was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (11-13). Fuerza Guinda Nogales defeated Bomberos de Mexicali 92-76 on Wednesday. The winners were led by Ryan Moss who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by James Penny did not help to save the game for Bomberos de Mexicali. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fifth position with 13-11 record. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will meet at home league's leader Mineros de Cananea in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked Coras de Tepic (4-20) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (14-10). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure only one-point victory 96-95. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was William Funn who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists and 4 steals. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth position with 14-10 record. Coras de Tepic lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) on the road. Coras de Tepic will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas.
The game between third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (15-9) and 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-21) in Culiacan on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Caballeros de Culiacan outscored guests from Los Mochis 94-54. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for Rene Rougeau who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 15-9 record having four points less than leader Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Caballeros de Culiacan will face league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#7).

The most impressive performance of 24th round was 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks by Ira Brown of Tepic.


Culiacan - Los Mochis 94-54

The game between third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (15-9) and 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-21) in Culiacan on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Caballeros de Culiacan outscored guests from Los Mochis 94-54. The game without a history. Caballeros de Culiacan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Pioneros Los Mochis to an opponent 23.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.7 percent accuracy of the winners and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Caballeros de Culiacan had a 40-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 8 blocks. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 15-9 record having four points less than leader Cananea. Pioneros Los Mochis lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Caballeros de Culiacan will face league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#7).
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 24+10reb+2ast, F.Harris 19+2reb+3ast, M.Moore 15+10reb+3ast, Q.Gonzalez 10+12reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 7, J.Angel Reatiga 6+1reb+7ast
Los Mochis: D.White 11+12reb+4ast, E.Hare 9+5reb, L.Malloy 7+10reb, C.M. Toussaint 7+1reb, A.Verdugo 7+5reb, J.Eduardo Acedo 6+10reb
gschID: 122911


Guasave - Tepic 96-95

Ninth-ranked Coras de Tepic (4-20) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (14-10). Frayles de Guasave managed to secure only one-point victory 96-95. However their fans expected much easier game. Coras de Tepic was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 24-19 third quarter run of Frayles de Guasave. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists and 4 steals. Guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth position with 14-10 record. Coras de Tepic lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) on the road. Coras de Tepic will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Barrett 23+4reb+5ast, W.Funn 20+8reb+16ast, A.Izaguirre 14+8reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 12+3reb, S.Angounou 12+13reb+2ast, J.Acosta 9+1reb
Tepic: I.Brown 24+15reb+3ast, J.Everardo 22+6reb+4ast, C.Brown 21+5reb+8ast, J.Parker 13+4reb+1ast, H.Ibanez 11+4reb+4ast, H.Torres 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 122912


Guaymas - Tijuana 89-87

Important game to mention about took place in Guaymas. Sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (12-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (10-14) 89-87 on Wednesday evening. It looked good early as Tijuana Zonkeys took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ostioneros de Guaymas took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tijuana Zonkeys' 38. They outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 42-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 16 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks and guard Hector Nungaray (178-78) who added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) with 30 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-12 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Coras de Tepic (#9) on the road in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Frayles de Guasave and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: C.Winder 22+11reb+8ast, J.Habel 22+2reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 20+5reb+5ast, F.Benitez 10+7reb+1ast, R.Navarro 5+7reb+3ast, R.Benitez 4+4reb
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 30+9reb+2ast, C.Tate 22+2reb+3ast, J.Watson 20+11reb+6ast, L.Ramirez 11+2reb+1ast, G.Lira 4+4reb+2ast, J.Alvarez 0
gschID: 122908


Mexicali - Nogales 76-92

The game in Mexicali was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (13-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (11-13). Fuerza Guinda Nogales defeated Bomberos de Mexicali 92-76 on Wednesday. It was a great shooting night for Fuerza Guinda Nogales especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 13 blocks. The winners were led by Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) supported him with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) did not help to save the game for Bomberos de Mexicali. His fellow American import guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) added 16 points and 5 assists. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales and four Bomberos de Mexicali players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fifth position with 13-11 record. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will meet at home league's leader Mineros de Cananea in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nogales: J.Walker 22+5reb, R.Moss 18+12reb, D.Brown 17+5reb+2ast, B.Heredia 15+3reb+2ast, N.Brown 12+3reb+4ast, J.Mercado 6+7reb
Mexicali: J.Penny 26+7reb+2ast, M.Gale 16+3reb+5ast, A.Vazquez 11+3reb, J.Ruffus 10+3reb, R.Lopez 7+4reb+1ast, E.Medina 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 122909


Cananea - Hermosillo 76-83

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Mineros de Cananea (19-5) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Rayos de Hermosillo (19-5) 83-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 18-5 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mineros de Cananea won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rayos de Hermosillo won last quarter 27-22. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 7 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Juan Manuel Esteva (196-83) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) replied with 22 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Mineros de Cananea. Rayos de Hermosillo used an opportunity after Cananea lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Mineros de Cananea. Rayos de Hermosillo is looking forward to face Caballeros de Culiacan (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mineros de Cananea will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Manuel Esteva 25+5reb, J.Lopez 19+10reb+1ast, T.Thomas 19+6reb+4ast, R.Rivera 9+1reb, J.Durazo 5+2reb, M.Gray 4+3reb
Cananea: D.Thomas 22+6reb+2ast, D.White 22+3reb+6ast, B.Brown 20+10reb+1ast, O.Zuniga 6+6reb, M.Valenzuela 2, A.Aguirre 2+4reb
gschID: 122910




Funn's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard William Funn (188-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guasave and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He got a double-double of 20 points and 16 assists, while his team edged out Tepic (#9, 4-20) 96-95. Guasave maintains the 4th position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guasave will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. Funn just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Funn is league's best passer with 7.7apg. Funn is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg and 59.0% FGP. Worth to mention Funn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of Tepic. He is American forward in his first season at Tepic. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Tepic was edged by the higher-ranked Guasave (#4, 14-10) 96-95. Tepic managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Tepic managed to get this year. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Tepic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.4ppg (#4). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Craig Winder (188-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Guaymas (#6). Winder showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guaymas, leading his team to a 89-87 win against slightly lower-ranked Tijuana (#8, 10-14). Guaymas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. The season just started for Winder as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Rene Rougeau (198-G-86) of Culiacan - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Julio Everardo (200-C-81) of Tepic - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. James Penny (198-F-76) of Mexicali - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Tijuana - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77) of Tepic - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Cananea - 20 points and 10 rebounds

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


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East and West Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
East
Miami Heat - Philadelph.76 94-73
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) outscored Philadelphia's entire starting five in the first half by himself. So did Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech). So did Dwyane Wade. And that pretty much tells the tale of a night the 76ers would rather forget. No comeback required for the Miami Heat this time. They went wire-to-wire on the lead, and moved two wins from advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals. James scored 29 points, Bosh had his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami took a 2-0 series lead with a 94-73 victory over the abysmally shooting 76ers - who managed their second-lowest playoff scoring total in the last 56 years - on Monday night. 'It was a really complete game for us at both ends of the floor,' James said. Showing no signs of the migraine that he battled Sunday, Wade scored 14 points for Miami, now 17-3 in its last 20 games and halfway to winning its first playoff series since the 2006 NBA finals. 'I'm feeling a lot better,' said Wade, who wasn't able to eat Sunday and was very low-energy at times before Monday's game. 'I lost a lot of weight tonight ... but I think I did my job, to come out there and help my team get a win.' Thaddeus Young scored 18 points and Evan Turner added 15 for the 76ers, whose starters were outscored 76-29 by the Heat's first-string. Philadelphia shot 34 percent for the game, and after getting 42 points in the paint in Game 1, were held to 24 in that department Monday. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Boston C. - New York K. 96-93
The Boston Celtics pulled out their first two playoff games with big finishes. They want to play much better from the start next time. 'We were lucky to win,' coach Doc Rivers said after a 96-93 victory on Tuesday night over the depleted New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) 's 42 points. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) sank the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left then stole the ball with 4 seconds remaining as the Knicks - without Amare Stoudemire for the second half and Chauncey Billups for the whole game - still gave the Celtics all they could handle. 'I probably (have) never been more proud of a team and how they battled the circumstances,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said, 'how hard they played and how tough they played.' Billups had a strained left knee and his status for Game 3 on Friday night is uncertain. Stoudemire had back spasms but expects to be back when the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series resumes. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with a career playoff-high 30 points, 14 of them in the first quarter when he kept driving to the basket. 'I tried to attack Game 1,' he said, 'It's just (that) my lanes were getting blocked.' Anthony matched his career playoff high for points and set a new high with 17 rebounds as the Knicks held a 53-37 advantage on the boards. Toney Douglas had 14 points in place of Billups. Paul Pierce had 20 points after missing his first five shots, and Ray Allen, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Boston's 87-85 win in the opener, scored 18. Now the sixth-seeded Knicks, who have tested the third-seeded Celtics, must win at least one of two at home to bring the series back to Boston. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Orlando M. - Atlanta H. 88-82
Following Orlando's humbling Game 1 loss to Atlanta, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said that if his team cut down its turnovers and played better defense, he felt like everything would be fine in Game 2. His team only fulfilled half of that equation Tuesday night, but it was still enough to earn a victory. Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 33 points and 19 rebounds, Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Magic hold off the Hawks 88-82. The Magic evened the best-of-seven series, with Game 3 Friday night in Atlanta. Orlando used a 10-1 run to close the third quarter to take an 11-point lead into the fourth and fought off a late Atlanta charge down the stretch. The Magic struggled from the field shooting just 34 percent and had 16 turnovers. But they defended well. After allowing the Hawks to become the first opponent in 16 straight playoff games to score 100 points against it in Game 1, Orlando's defense tightened around Atlanta's shooters in Game 2. The Hawks shot 39 percent. ''It's not anything I did - our guys did it,'' Van Gundy said when asked about the adjustments he made after Game 1. ''You gotta get out and take the challenge. ... Every game sort of takes on a life of its own and you just gotta do whatever it takes to get the win on that night.'' The Magic overcame a 10-point first-half deficit en route to the win. It was Orlando's largest comeback victory in the postseason since May 2009, when it overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Cleveland. Jamal Crawford led Atlanta with 25 points and Josh Smith added 17, but they missed 15 shots between them and expended a lot more energy to get off attempts. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Chicago B. - Indiana P. 96-90
The way this series is going for the Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) wasn't sure if he should feel relieved or concerned. 'It's kind of both,' he said. The 2-0 lead sure looks good. How they got it, though, is a different matter. Rose scored 36 points, Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and the top-seeded Bulls pulled out another dramatic victory over Indiana, beating the Pacers 96-90 on Monday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. 'It's always good to win in this league,' Rose said. 'It's very hard to win. But the way that we're winning, we're just trying to sharpen up things especially on the defensive end so that we can control the game more instead of us having to play crazy at the end of the game.' Rose went wild again, scoring eight points over the final 4 minutes. Kyle Korver nailed another big 3-pointer to make it 90-85 with just over a minute left after hitting the tiebreaker in the opener. A.J. Price hit three free throws with 23.4 seconds left after being fouled by Rose to cut the lead to 90-88. Luol Deng quickly answered with two of his own to make it a four-point game. Ronnie Brewer added two more after a missed 3 by Mike Dunleavy, and Chicago, which made its last 16 free throws, hung on. It hasn't been easy for the Bulls after they stormed through the regular season with a league-best 62-20 record. *Courtesy of www.wsfa.com



West
Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 106-89
The Oklahoma City Thunder are more than just Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA). Way more. A game after scoring a combined 72 points, Oklahoma City's All-Star duo got plenty of help from the rest of the Thunder to build a commanding first-half lead and beat the Denver Nuggets 106-89 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. The first-round playoff series shifts to Denver on Saturday night with Oklahoma City leading 2-0. 'Everybody chipped in tonight,' said Durant, the NBA's scoring champion the past two seasons. 'That's what we're going to need.' Durant scored 23 points and Westbrook added 21, but everyone else contributed to a dominant early stretch that propelled Oklahoma City to a 26-point lead early in the second quarter. Ty Lawson scored 20 points to lead Denver, which could only get as close as 10 in the fourth quarter before Oklahoma City put the game away. *Courtesy of http://theworldlink.com

Dallas M. - Portland TB 101-89
The Portland Trail Blazers must feel like they are in an NBA time warp. First they got beaten by Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California), now Kidd and Predrag Stojakovic (6'10''-F-77). Even the Dallas Mavericks are feeling the retro mood. They're up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2006. Stojakovic tied his career playoff best with five 3-pointers and had 21 points, and Kidd continued his surprising scoring surge with 18 points, powering the Mavericks to a 101-89 victory on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round series. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 33 points, but was practically a complementary player. He was at his best after the 30-something, former All-Stars built the lead, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter - including the team's final 11 - to help the Mavericks keep the Trail Blazers from ever making a serious push. He scored 18 in the fourth quarter of Game 1. 'We're never sure which two or three guys we're going to get hot, but we need contributions from a lot of different guys to be successful and that's what we got tonight,' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. Portland had a lot of things go right, from LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 24 to Gerald Wallace and Wesley Matthews regaining their scoring touch after struggling in the opener. But the Trail Blazers got only 11 points from their bench, none in the second half. And while they were limiting Nowitzki to 5 of 15 shooting through three quarters, former All-Stars Kidd and Stojakovic were lighting them up. The third-seeded Mavs can snicker about doing something the higher-seeded Spurs and Lakers couldn't: win the first two games on their home court. Now the Western Conference's best road team this season will head to Portland for Game 3 on Thursday night, and Game 4 on Saturday. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

San Antonio S. - Memphis G. 93-87
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) felt rusty. He played with a bothersome, bulky black brace on his sprained right elbow and didn't shoot particularly well. But it was good enough. Making his playoff debut after top-seeded San Antonio dropped Game 1 without him, Ginobili scored 17 points and lifted the Spurs to a 93-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, evening the first-round series. 'It was uncomfortable,' Ginobili said of the brace, which he plans to continue wearing through this week and possibly beyond. 'But I felt I did OK. I took some risk. I went for some steals and rebounds and it wasn't that I played worried about getting hit or something.' That much was clear as the 33-year-old dived and crashed to the court, looking as physically reckless as usual. He stayed questionable until just before tipoff, yet even with Ginobili, the top-seeded Spurs didn't have it easy. The Grizzlies opened the series with a stunner for their first franchise playoff win. And a 2-0 lead seemed possible down to the final seconds, when Sam Young hit a 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 89-87. It was the closest Memphis had been since trailing by three midway through the fourth. But George Hill sealed the win at the free throw line, and the Spurs assured that the series will come back to San Antonio. Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis. 'Manu's Manu, come on,' Grizzlies forward Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) said. 'I don't care if he's in a body cast, he's going to be out there and he's going to be a handful to deal with. That's why he's a great player.' Young led Memphis with 17 points. Tim Duncan had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, and Hill and Richard Jefferson added 16 apiece. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

LA Lakers - N.Orleans H. 87-78
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) barely made a ripple on offense for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was too busy ensuring Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) didn't make another huge splash that could have put the Lakers in a cavernous playoff hole. Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Lamar Odom scored 16 points, and the Lakers survived quiet offensive games from their two biggest stars to even their first-round playoff series with an 87-78 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Ron Artest added 15 points as the two-time defending champions rebounded from a stunning nine-point loss in the series opener with Bryant leading an improved defensive effort against Paul, who still had 20 points and nine assists after shredding Los Angeles' defense in Game 1. *Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Amare Stoudemire's status for Friday is probable - by Eurobasket News
New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire's (6'10''-F-82) status for Fridays Game 3 remains questionable after he was forced to the bench in the second quarter of Bostons 96-93 with a case of back spasms.

Stoudemire said that he suffered the injury during pregame warm-ups when putting on a display for the fans.

I touched the top of the glass with my left hand and dunked it with my right, Stoudemire said. I think thats when I felt it really get tight on me.

He said that injury continued to plague him early in the game and that he could hardly move.

He went to the training staff prior to tipoff to get it worked on, but their efforts proved to be futile.

I played through the first quarter and second quarter, after that it was a sharp pain and I couldnt continue, Stoudemire said.

His status for Friday has not yet been determined. Hell attempt to practice Wednesday and Thursday, and then see how it goes from there.

Hopefully Ill be ready to go, Stoudemire said.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Grant Hill becomes first active player elected to spot on Hall of Fame board - by Eurobasket News
Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's board of governors, the first active player to earn a position.

The Phoenix Suns' forward was elected to a three-year term, the Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. Hill will serve as one of 22 members of the board, chaired by Jerry Colangelo.

Hill is a seven-time all-star and the NBA's co-rookie of the Year in 1995.

Among the responsibilities of the board of governors are the management of the Hall of Fame and the election process.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


Oklahoma City Thunder recall Vaden from Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled guard/forward Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the recall Wednesday and said Vaden will join Oklahoma City for Wednesday night's NBA playoff game against Denver in Oklahoma City.

Vaden played in 45 games for Tulsa during the season and averaged 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists per game. He averaged 16.8 points per game during the Development League playoffs as Tulsa advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated by Iowa.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Strong indications Kings may be in Sacramento next year - by Eurobasket News
This isn't a half-court shot for Kevin Johnson, the former NBA player turned Sacramento mayor who's running point in his city's attempt to save their Kings. It's one of those shots from the old McDonald's commercials featuring Michael Jordan and Larry Bird: 'Off the expressway, over the river, off the billboard, through the window, off the wall, nothing but net.'

Johnson's full-court heave hasn't found net just yet, but it's becoming quite clear that the city of Anaheim should hold off on that first bite into the celebratory Big Mac.

While the outcome is far from certain here, there are strong indications that the Maloof family, which owns the Kings, is facing enough opposition to the move to force them back to Sacramento. They have already been pushed into two overtimes, as the original April 18 deadline to file for relocation was extended twice and now sits at May 2.

The next two days are pivotal, as Johnson will host relocation committee chairman and Oklahoma City Thunder owner, Clay Bennett, and league counsel, Harvey Benjamin, in Sacramento and attempt to prove the case the mayor made so strongly at the NBA's Board of Governors meetings last week: that his city remains a viable market. On the other bench, sources say the Anaheim presentation given at the meetings was as ineffective as Johnson's was impactful, and there is serious doubt as to whether there will be enough support to warrant the Maloofs filing for relocation (a majority vote is needed to approve a move when a team files).

Specifically, a source with knowledge of the proposal revealed that the television rights riches that had long been seen as a major motivating factor for the Maloofs aren't quite as lucrative as they had hoped. And while it had been assumed they would attempt to fill the programming void left by the Lakers at Fox Sports West due to their recent mega-deal with Time Warner that starts in 2012, two sources said that is not the case.

The plan as presented in New York included a possible partnership worth $20 million annually with KDOC, an Orange County-based, independent television station that is co-owned by the very man working so hard to make this move happen. Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli, who operates the Honda Center where the Maloofs' team would play and has already committed $50 million through city bonds to help cover their cost of relocation, reportedly teamed with Bert Ellis to pay $149.5 million for the station in 2006.

The length of the deal is not known, and it might merely be a stopgap solution to bridge the gap between now and the Lakers' eventual departure from Fox Sports West in 2012. Nonetheless, the fact that preliminary discussions with the more-prominent cable provider went nowhere and paved the way for a partnership on a lesser platform is certainly surprising.

It would certainly help explain the perceived concern among some of the league's owners over the nature of the Samueli-Maloof partnership, with league commissioner David Stern making it clear after the Board of Governors meetings that part of the incentive for extending the deadline was to investigate the Anaheim situation further while also discussing possible scenarios in Sacramento. Stern hinted at the television component as well.

'It was a discussion of certain areas having to do with the contractual relationship between Mr. Samueli's organization and the Kings, having to do with the building, having to do [with] television revenue,' he said.

The NBA has to approve all media deals for its teams, and the $20 million figure would hardly impress those doing the vetting considering the league-wide average is also believed to be $20 million and the Los Angeles area media market is the second largest in the country.


By comparison, the Kings' current deal with Comcast is believed to be worth approximately $11 million annually, not much more than the league-low of $9 million annual agreement for the Charlotte Bobcats. The Clippers' television contract with Fox Sports West is, according to sources, worth $22.5 million annually (although renegotiations are expected considering the team's increased relevance) and the Lakers' Time Warner deal is believed to be worth $200 million annually (potentially 25 years and a combined $5 billion).

The math, in other words, just isn't adding up like the Maloofs had hoped. And while the complications continue in Anaheim, optimism is on the rise in Sacramento.

By all accounts, Johnson was nothing short of spectacular in his presentation. He revealed $7 million in recent corporate commitments as a sign that there was untapped wealth in the area, leading to natural questions about why such contributions weren't available previously.

He informed the board that Sacramento would become the only top-20 media market without a professional team should the Kings leave, and reminded them that the team had consistent sellouts in 19 of the 26 seasons they'd been in town. With the lack of an adequate arena continuing to be the problem that must be solved in Sacramento, he must now help the league understand why -- in conjunction with the ICON Venue Group that is in the process of creating a feasibility study -- he believes a deal can finally get done on that front.

There were internal signs that the league is taking Sacramento seriously this week, as two sources said an NBA representative called on Monday to advise the Kings' business team to prepare the season-ticket packages and corporate sponsorship plans that had been on hold since rumors of the move were legitimized in February. Team employees had been in a holding pattern for months, but they were told to be ready to deliver the goods to their customers in the coming weeks should a happy ending be on the horizon. There was similar movement in other areas of the organization, with the notion of a Kings return suddenly seeming somewhere between possible and probable.

Relocation bids aren't supposed to go like this, at least if history was to be believed. The frustrated owner is supposed to make the intentions known to the NBA's Board of Governors, then promptly be given a Get Out Jail Free card in the form of an overwhelming approval like the one that was, most recently, granted to the Vancouver (now Memphis) and Seattle (now Oklahoma City).

But Johnson's shot still hangs in the balance, having caromed off the expressway and over the river and even the billboard. The window of opportunity is next, then the wall and maybe even the net.

The most unlikliest of comebacks continues. Hold on to your burgers.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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 Heat25.4 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.25.3 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.25.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.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.12.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.3 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.8 


Game 3 Preview: Chicago Bulls (2-0) vs. Indiana Pacers (0-2) - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS---If the Indiana Pacers lose to the Chicago Bulls tonight they will not be eliminated but this game 3 is about as close to a must win as you can get.

The series shifts to Conseco Fieldhouse after the Pacers played the Bulls tough in each game in Chicago. But they understand there are no moral victories in the playoffs.

'We're looking at it like a must-win, without a doubt,' said
A.J. Price (6'2''-G-86, college: Connecticut) . 'It's not over if we lose but it is over if we lose, in my opinion. We need to come out tomorrow and play like our
backs are against the wall.'

Pacers leading scorer Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) shared the same feelings.


This game is really a must-win, do-or-die,' said Granger. 'You get down 0-3 in a series, it's really, really hard to come back.'

The Pacers may receive a boost with starting point guard Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) ready to return to action.

'To be honest, I'm going to do whatever it takes to be out there,' said Collison. 'If I don't play tomorrow, I'll be shocked myself. It's the playoffs. I need to be out there to help my team.'

Collison would add a much needed dimension to the team as he is able to create shots for others, himself, and use his quickness to defend Derrick Rose.

The home crowd should give Indiana an edge they sorely needed after losing the first two games in the final minutes. That is the time that a loud crowd can push a team to a win.

'Any time you're on the road and you're trying to execute in the last two minutes of a game it's going to be extremely difficult because you're playing against their defense, the crowd itself is very loud, it's hard to hear the play calls and things like that,' said Price. 'It'll be good to have the crowd on our side.'

If game 3 follows the pattern of first two games it should be a great match up. The Pacers haven't been in the playoffs since 2006 and the crowd will give them a hero's welcome back.



Game 3 Recap: (1) Bulls (3-0) vs. (8) Pacers (0-3) - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS---Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was off for most of the night and taking a physical beating from several Indiana Pacers but when his team needed him the most he came through once again.

Rose hit a difficult lay up in traffic with 17 seconds left to give the Chicago Bulls the lead. Granger attempted a three-pointer off a broken play on the next possession but missed.

Ronnie Brewer collected the loose rebound, knocked down two free-throws, and sealed the win, 88-84.

The Chicago Bulls moved within one victory of eliminating the Pacers from the playoffs and ending their second half of the season surge.

Rose finished with 23 points, three rebounds, two assists, and one sore body.

He took 15 free-throws, made 13 of them, and was fouled hard on too many occasions to count.

The Pacers defense did a great job of making Rose uncomfortable and forcing him into difficult shot attempts.

He shot 4-for-18 and in the second half the only shot he made was the lay up to put the Bulls on top.

To Rose that was the only thing that mattered. Not the hard fouls or missed shots.

'It was a little rough out there, but it's basketball,' said Rose. 'They had something to prove.'

The Pacers played like a desperate team that had its back to the wall and was fighting for its playoff life.

Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) led the Pacers with 21 points, Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) had 11, and Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) had 10 points and five rebounds.

Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) returned back from a twisted ankle that kept him out the second half of game one and caused him to miss game two. He played 34 minutes and scored nine points.

The Pacers played hard in front of a spirited crowd that was nearly split with Bulls and Pacers fans. Every time the Pacers got close or took a lead they were unable to sustain it for long.

Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton), who has been making shots against the Pacers similar to the clutch shot Reggie Miller (6'7''-G-65, college: UCLA) used to hit for the Pacers, knocked down two big three-pointer shots midway through the fourth quarter to keep the Bulls in it.

Similarly to the past two games, when the game got into crunch time, Rose stepped up and produced.

'We have had a lot of close games all year,' said Korver. 'He always wants the ball at the end, and usually, he comes through.'




Kevin Love named NBA's Most Improved Player - by Eurobasket News
Two people with knowledge of the announcement tell The Associated Press that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) will be named the NBA's Most Improved player at a news conference on Thursday.

The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the award before the announcement.

Love averaged 20.2 points and led the NBA with 15.2 rebounds per game this season. He earned his first All-Star appearance despite playing for a team that finished with the worst record in the NBA.

After finishing his second season in the league as a sixth man, Love worked hard last summer to improve his game. He won a gold medal with Team USA at the world championships in Turkey.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Ainge defends Perkins trade 'as of today' - by Eurobasket News
Danny Ainge tells Comcast SportsNet New England's Greg Dickerson that he has no second thoughts -- at the moment -- about the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) to Oklahoma City.

But ask him again in a few months, and he might have a different answer.

'I would do the trade over again in a heartbeat, as of today,' said Ainge. 'But at the end of the season, I'll look at all the things and I'll be the first one to say... some things that we could have done or that we didn't, or things that we did do that we shouldn't [have].'

Ainge flatly rejected the notion that the Celtics lost their toughness with the trade of Perkins.

'That would embarrass me if I was Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce or Ray Allen or Rajon Rondo or whoever else,' he said. '[We] got one guy that's tough? That's ridiculous . . .

'It's a team thing. It has nothing to with the presence of one guy.'

Courtesy of www.necn.com


Grizzlies officially sign Zach Randolph to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies signed franchise cornerstone Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) to a multi-year contract extension, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

During a week that has seen the Grizzlies franchise take a significant step forward with its first-ever postseason victory, it is incredibly meaningful for this organization to be able to take another by ensuring that Zach Randolph will continue to play on Beale Street for many years to come, said Chris Wallace, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations. Zach has been a pillar for this team on the floor and in the community from the moment he arrived two seasons ago, and his leadership has helped to solidify our talented young core, putting the Grizzlies in position for continued success moving forward.

The 6-9, 255-pound forward posted 20.1 points (19th in the NBA), a career-high and franchise-record 12.2 rebounds (3rd) and 2.2 assists on .503 shooting in 36.3 minutes in 75 games in his second season in the Bluff City. Randolph led Memphis to the clubs first postseason victory Sunday with 25 points and 14 rebounds against the No. 1-seeded San Antonio Spurs.

One of the leagues most dominant post scorers and rebounders, Randolph wrapped up his third consecutive season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game (no other NBA player has done it in each of the last two seasons) and his fifth-straight season averaging a double-double (only Dwight Howard, at seven-straight, has a longer active streak).

Overall, Randolph has averaged 20.4 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists on .495 shooting in 37.0 minutes in 156 games since being acquired by the Grizzlies from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Quentin Richardson on July 17, 2009, setting over 20 franchise records along the way.

Helping to change the pro basketball culture in the city of Memphis, Randolph has guided the Grizzlies to an 86-78 record (.524) over the past two seasons after the team finished an NBA-low 68-178 (.276) the previous three seasons. Over that span, Randolph has totaled 656 offensive rebounds (over 60 more than any other player), while Memphis has averaged 51.4 points in the paint (five points higher than any other team).

The most decorated player in franchise history, the 29-year-old recently won his third Western Conference Player of the Week Award of the season for games played from March 28-April 3. His first two weekly honors (Jan. 3-9, Jan. 24-30) culminated in the Western Conference Player of the Month Award for January 2011, a first for the Grizzlies franchise. All of those honors have been career firsts.

But Randolphs outstanding efforts have extended well beyond the court. In recognition of his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work in the Memphis community, Randolph received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for December 2010. Randolph partnered with a variety of organizations, including St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis and MIFAs Holiday Hope Chest, to provide gifts and brighten the holidays for children and families in need. In addition, for the second consecutive year, he paid the utility bills for 100 Memphis families in need during the holiday season.

In his first season with the Grizzlies, Randolph averaged 20.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists on .488 shooting in 37.7 minutes, making his first career All-Star appearance at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in front of 100 thousand fans at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Memphis improved its win total by 16 games last season, the second-highest increase in the league.

The 10-year veteran owns career marks of 17.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists on .474 shooting in 31.7 minutes in 662 games (534 starts) with the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies.

The Marion, Ind. native was selected in the first round (19th overall) in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers after helping Michigan State to the 2001 NCAA Final Four as a freshman. He won the 2003-04 Most Improved Player Award after averaging 20.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a member of the Trail Blazers.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


The Hawks Prepare To Host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in Game 3 - by Donnell Suggs
The Hawks did exactly what most NBA teams set out to do during the playoffs: win at least 1 game on the road and come back home with the home field advantage. Winning 103-93 in game 1 and losing 88-82 in game 2 behind a superhuman effort from Orlando 'Superman' center and the NBA's 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85). Howard not only played all 48 minutes, but he also went 15 of 19 from the free-throw line scoring 33 points while also grabbing a game high 19 rebounds. If the Hawks want to take the series lead Howard's numbers will have to be kept well below those totals. In the past the Hawks as well as the rest of the leagues teams have attempted to frustrate Howard into foul trouble on defense and put him at the free-0throw line on offense rather than let him dominate the paint like he did in Game 2. Usually a mediocre free-throw shooter, he shot 59.6% during the regular season, Howard has stepped his entire game up in the two playoff games thus far averaging 39.5 points, 19 rebounds per game and shooting a very respectable 70.7 % from the line. All-Stars Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas), Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) and the rest of the Hawks need to keep Howard bottled up as long as they can, the aforementioned 33 he scored in Game 2 was more than double any other Magic players total. The Hawks strategy of putting Howard on the line might not need adjusting if the rest of his team continues to struggle offensively. Starting two-guard Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) and starting small forward Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) are both struggling averaging 6 and 8 points per game, respectively. That won't be enough for the Magic to come out of Howard's hometown with two wins.

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Mitch Henderson takes over as Princeton basketball coach - by Eurobasket News
Mitch Henderson is coming back to Princeton to replace former teammate Sydney Johnson as the Tigers' basketball coach.

This will be the first head coaching job for Henderson, who spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant at Northwestern under Bill Carmody, another former Princeton coach.

Henderson, who helped Princeton reach the NCAA tournament three times in the late 1990s, will take over a team that shared the Ivy League regular-season title and nearly upset Final Four-bound Kentucky in the first round of this years tournament.

The Tigers reached the tournament on a last-second basket by Douglas Davis in a one-game playoff with Harvard. Johnson left Princeton earlier this month to take the coaching job at Fairfield.

Ive never stopped being a fan since Ive graduated, Henderson said. When Dougs shot went through the net, I jumped off my couch, I was so happy. I was excited for Sydney and his staff, and for the team. I feel like I know our guys already.

Athletic director Gary Walters said working at Northwestern prepared Henderson because both schools were committed to developing both the athlete and the student.

This is an exciting segue in the great tradition of Princeton basketball, Walters said. We look forward to the future with a heightened sense of anticipation and excitement. Mitch played on some of Princetons best teams with passion, energy and integrity, values that also reflect his approach to coaching.

A 1998 graduate, Henderson has long been a part of Princeton basketball lore. A picture of him leaping to celebrate the Tigers 1996 first-round win over UCLA is one of the most well-known in Princeton basketball history.

The point guard also celebrated a first-round NCAA win over UNLV in 1998, a season in which Princeton (27-2) was ranked as high as seventh and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Since graduating, Henderson played part of the 1998-99 season in Ireland and was with the Atlanta Hawks in January 1999 before joining the Lendx Corporation of San Francisco as a research associate.

Henderson joined Northwestern in 2000 to work for Carmody, his coach for his final two seasons. Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril coached Henderson in his first two seasons.

Im so excited about the opportunity to coach here, Henderson said. Im eager to get going with growing on what Sydney has been able to do here the last four years.

Courtesy of www.trentonian.com


Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor to return to Vandy - by Eurobasket News
Junior center Festus Ezeli (6'11''-C-89), sophomore guard John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) and junior forward Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89) will each return to Vanderbilt for the 2011-12 season.

With the trios decision to remain at Vanderbilt, the Commodores will return all five starters and 10 letterwinners from the 2010-11 team that finished 23-11.

Coach Kevin Stallings commended the players for the intelligent and diligent way they made their decision and says their return will position the Commodores for an exciting season.

Jenkins led the Southeastern Conference in 2010-11 in scoring with 19.5 points and 3-pointers with 3.1 per game. Ezeli averaged 13 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Taylor averaged 14.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.govolsxtra.com


Kennesaw State hires Preston from Penn State - by Eurobasket News
Penn State assistant Lewis Preston is Kennesaw State's new basketball coach.

Preston also previously served as an assistant coach at Florida, including on the 2007 national championship team, and on Mike Brey's staff at Notre Dame.

Preston was hired by new athletic director Vaughn Williams. Preston was an assistant at Penn State for three years.

The 40-year-old Preston replaces Tony Ingle.

Preston played at Virginia Military Institute before playing professionally in Europe for four years.

Courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com


Michigan State hires Dane Fife to assist Tom Izzo - by Eurobasket News
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has hired Dane Fife (agency: Warren Sports International ) as an assistant coach.

The former Indiana Hoosier was 18-12 last season at IPFW in his sixth year as head coach. Fife was hired by school in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2005, making him Division I basketball's youngest head coach.

Fife's brother, Dugan, played for the Wolverines during the Fab Five era and his father, Dan, also played for Michigan.

Izzo says his relationship with Fife dates to recruiting him at Clarkston High School, adding he's happy to finally get him to Michigan State.

A spot on Izzo's bench opened up when Northern Illinois hired Mark Montgomery last month.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Darryl DORA
  Nelson G.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 29
 1. Dora, Nelson G.29.0 
 2. Mickens, Auckland.27.5 
 3. Allen, Waikato P.26.0 
 4. Horvath, Manawatu.25.5 
 5. Pace, Bay Hawks25.0 
 6. Henry, Wellington S.23.0 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.21.5 
 8. O''Gallagher, Ocean.20.5 
 9. Winitana, Bay H.20.0 
 10. Bartlett, Auckland.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kareem JOHNSON
  Wellington S.
  (205-C-80)
  Avg: 14
 1. Johnson, Wellingt.14.0 
 2. Allred, OceanaGo.13.0 
 3. Henry, Wellington S.12.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington S.11.0 
 5. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.11.0 
 6. Anthony, Waika.10.0 
 7. Horvath, Manawatu.10.0 
 8. Bartlett, Auckland.9.5 
 9. Dora, Nelson G.9.0 
 10. Trousdell, Bay H.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 George LE''AFA
  Wellington S.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 8
 1. Le''afa, Wellingt.8.0 
 2. Kench, Manawatu J.5.5 
 3. Martin, Auckland.5.0 
 4. Wright, Nelson G.4.0 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.4.0 
 6. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 7. Trousdell, Bay H.4.0 
 8. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.0 
 9. Frank, Wellington S.4.0 
 10. Dora, Nelson G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brendon POLYBLANK
  Southland S.
  (200-G/F-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Polyblank, Southlan.3.0 
 2. Spicer, Southlan.3.0 
 3. Allen, Waikato P.2.5 
 4. Hudson, Manawatu.2.0 
 5. Dempster, Nelson G.2.0 
 6. Johnson, Wellingt.2.0 
 7. Adams, Wellington S.2.0 
 8. Dickel, Southland S.2.0 
 9. Smith, Waikato P.1.5 
 10. Horvath, Manawatu.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin ITI
  Southland S.
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Iti, Southland S.2.0 
 2. Henry, Wellington S.2.0 
 3. Frank, Wellington S.1.0 
 4. Bailey-N., Taranaki.1.0 
 5. Dickel, Southland S.1.0 
 6. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.1.0 
 7. Campbell, Taranaki.1.0 
 8. McLean, Wellingt.1.0 
 9. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 10. Scirkovich, Waika.1.0 


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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PBL   


Lawton-Fort Sill Cavs suspend operations - by Eurobasket News
The Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry announced Wednesday that they are suspending operations following their second season in the Premier Basketball League.

On Tuesday the team said they were not returning to the PBL for a third season, and not being able to find a suitable league was one of the factors that led to Wednesday's decision.

'We can't find a league that's, in our opinion, quality enough to play in,' said Cavs co-owner Mike Brown. 'Beyond starting our own league and starting it ourselves which we don't feel we have the time or financial wherewithal to do, we just have to suspend operations and take a hard look at what the future holds for us.'

Brown said in an interview Wednesday that by mid-season it was becoming apparent that bringing the team back for a fifth season would be a struggle. The way the just concluded PBL Finals played out was the final straw.

'It's sad, frankly, the way things turned out,' Brown said. 'We don't feel good about it, however, it is what it is. We're all going to have to live with it and move on. We were glad we were able to take the high road and do all the right things and are respected for that.'

Brown, along with John Zelbst, Hossein Moini, and Phil Kennedy purchased the Cavs in late December 2007 when the team was on the verge of folding under previous owner Baron Hopgood.

Under the tenure of the local ownership group the Cavs won back-to-back CBA titles in 2008 and 2009 and claimed the PBL crown last season.

Brown said that if he had to do it all over again he would, and added he will fully support any group that wants to take a shot at sports ownership in Lawton.

'Truly, the ownership group just appreciates so much all of our fans, all of our sponsors, everyone who made the Cavs a part of their heart,' said Brown. 'There were people actually crying after the game, after the last game, and believe me I was crying inside for several reasons, but the biggest reason, thank you to the Lawton-Fort Sill community. You were awesome to us. Our sponsors, our fans, and all the folks that made the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavs the great success they were we appreciate it.'

Courtesy of www.kswo.com


USBasket.com All-PBL Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-PBL 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Quinnel Brown
Brown
Royce Parran
Parran
Elvin Mims
Mims
Jared Carter
Carter
Joshua Dollard
Dollard
#e#5

Player of the Year: Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83) of Quebec K.
PBL Finals MVP: Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87) of Rochester R.
Guard of the Year: Quinnel Brown (6'6''-G/F-83) of Quebec K.
Forward of the Year: Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86) of Halifax R.
Center of the Year: Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87) of Rochester R.
Defensive Player of the Year: Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87) of Rochester R.
Coach of the Year: Rod Baker of Rochester R.

1st Team
G/F: Quinnel Brown (6'6''-83) of Quebec K.
G: Royce Parran (5'9''-85) of Quebec K.
G/F: Elvin Mims (6'5''-79) of Lawton Ft.SC
C: Jared Carter (7'1''-87) of Rochester R.
F: Joshua Dollard (6'8''-86) of Halifax R.

2nd Team
G: Eddie Smith (6'2''-83) of Lawton Ft.SC
G: Taliek Brown (6'1''-82) of Halifax R.
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John M.R.
F: Kenny Jones (6'6''-84) of Kentucky S.
F: Mike Williams (6'7''-85) of Rochester R.

Honorable Mention
Keith Friel (6'4''-G-77) of Rochester R.
Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86) of Saint John M.R.
Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G) of Saint John M.R.
Bo Harris (6'7''-F) of Kentucky S.
Eric Walton (6'9''-F/C-79) of Rochester R.



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  POLAND   


It's The Playoffs! - by Torey Thomas

This is one of the best times of the year the weather is finally beginning to crack turning from winter to spring, you have pushed your clocks ahead an hour so theres more sunlight and your season comes down to these last crucial games.
The time is finally here; all of the hard work preseason training arriving here two months before the regular season has started is on the line! fighting to be in this position the playoffs! You have the whole regular season to find the right chemistry that will lead you to wins in the postseason. We finished with the 2nd seed in a hard fought Polish League. This was a league that in any given night you could loss to any opponent and this is what made this year extremely interesting and entertaining.
I know I have been away for a long time but you know when the playoffs start everything intensifies that much more and the game schedule dramatically changes. Instead of playing once a week we have had back-to-back games also playing five games in 8 days! The motto is Go Hard or Go Home! Thanks checking in with me and I will be back soon!



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  PORTUGAL   


It's playoff time - Interview with Nate Bowie - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) was the regular season best scorer, in Proliga, and will be a playoff contender, as Terceira Basket will meet their Azorean rivals, Angra Basket. Wed talk with him, trying to know more about this 1.83m and 24 years old, born in Kansas City. He graduated in Central Arkansas, and has pro experience in Canada, Slovenia, Spain and United States. This is his first season in Portugal, with Terceira Basket, presenting a 25.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists average.

Terceira finished 6th in Proliga, when in the beginning we were expecting more from your team. What happened?

Tied for 5th and 6th, I am a bit happy and disappointed at the same time. We have the team and drive to be a lot better, but a few losses in a row to Guifoes and then Povoa set us back in the rankings. We could of been top 4 easily. At this point, we won 7 or 8 games in a row

In the second turn of the season, we had the chance to see Terceira winning more games. Do you finish the regular phase with high expectations?

Yes, I think that with Durrell Nevels, he gave us as a team a better chance to win, bringing to our team athleticism, defense and also offense. We finish the season on a 2 game winning streak beating Alges and 2nd rank Fisica.

Which are the best teams in Proliga?

I would say, even though we are in 6th, I feel we are one of the best teams. Beating Sangalhos, Barcelos, Angra, Fisica, and also Galitos. All those teams I mention are all good teams

And do you think you can be champion?

Yes, I feel if we tune in and focus on our tasks at hand, we could be champions.

You were the best scorer in the regular phase. Was it in your mind since the beginning?

My mindset was to do whatever it may take to help the team win. As games pass, I felt that me scoring more would give the team better chance to win.

What can we expect from you, for the playoffs?

Hey, all I can say is its Playoff time baby, the best feeling in the world.

You have experiences in Slovenia and Spain. What are the differences between these countries and Portugal, speaking about basketball?

Well, in Slovenia you had a more physical style of play. Players where bigger and stronger, and most of the teams would get the Slovenia National Team players, which is good. Spain is also different. Every league in Spain is ran with caution. The game is much slower and everything, every move is coached making the Spaniards some of the best basketball in the world.

Do you have any idea of where will you be playing next season?

As of now Im focus on this season but looking forward to off season in terms of where I would go.




Source: http://porbasket.blogspot.com/2011/04/nate-bowie-its-playoff-time-baby.html





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  PUERTO RICO   


Pruitt number one in Puerto Rico for week 7 - by Eurobasket News
American center Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Guaynabo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 7.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Coamo (5-3) 92-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Guaynabo is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaynabo will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. Pruitt just recently signed at Guaynabo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Illinois star has very solid stats this year. Pruitt is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 12.0rpg) and averages impressive 51.7% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 28-year old American Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce. Sweetney had a very good evening with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Santurce was edged by the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#1, 7-1) 93-90. Santurce are still at the very bottom. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Santurce managed to get this year. Sweetney is one of the most experienced players at Santurce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#9). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of league's top team Quebradillas. Ramos scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Quebradillas, leading his team to a 93-90 win against the lower-ranked Santurce (#10, 2-6). Quebradillas confirms their top position in the standings Ramos has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 59.7%. Peter John Ramos has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Daniel Brown (185-G-84) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Isabela - 22 points and 14 rebounds
8. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) of Mayaguez - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Wilfredo Pagan (184-G-76) of Santurce - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. David Huertas (196-G-87) of Quebradillas - 18 points, 8 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)


BSN Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Ninth-ranked Gallitos (2-6) gave a tough game to second ranked Vaqueros (6-2) in Bayamon on Wednesday. Vaqueros managed to secure only four-point victory 88-84. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Elgin CC) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Gallitos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vaqueros maintains second place with 6-2 record behind leader Quebradillas. Gallitos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Vaqueros will face Mets (#3) in Guaynabo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gallitos will play at home against Mets (#3) in Guaynabo.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Michael Sweetney of Santurce.




Guaynabo - Coamo 92-85

There was a minor upset in Guaynabo where much higher ranked Maratonistas (5-3) were defeated by fourth ranked Mets (5-3) 92-85 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-85. It was a great evening for international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) helped adding 20 points and 16 rebounds. At the losing side American-Lebanese forward Matt Freije (207-81, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Priority Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Andres Ortiz (188-86) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maratonistas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mets moved-up to third place, which they share with Coamo. Mets will face league's second-placed Vaqueros in Bayamon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maratonistas will play on the road against Indios in Mayaguez.
Top scorers:
Coamo: M.Freije 23+10reb, A.Ortiz 19+6reb+3ast, C.Vega 17+3reb+4ast, R.Fields 11+7reb+1ast, N.Leon 9+1reb+3ast, L.Miguel Colon 4+5reb+1ast
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 27+9reb+3ast, A.Luis Figueroa 24+7reb+2ast, S.Pruitt 20+16reb+2ast, A.Guzman 12+3reb+6ast, C.Escalera 6+3reb+1ast, R.Dalmau 3+1reb+3ast


gschID: 125503


Bayamon - Isabela 88-84 OT

Ninth-ranked Gallitos (2-6) gave a tough game to second ranked Vaqueros (6-2) in Bayamon on Wednesday. Vaqueros managed to secure only four-point victory 88-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gallitos won third quarter 29-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Gallitos used huge pressure winning it 15-12 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 5-9. Vaqueros made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Gallitos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and the other American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Five Vaqueros and four Gallitos players scored in double figures. Gallitos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vaqueros maintains second place with 6-2 record behind leader Quebradillas. Gallitos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Vaqueros will face Mets (#3) in Guaynabo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gallitos will play at home against Mets (#3) in Guaynabo.
Top scorers:
Isabela: L.Clinch 25+6reb+6ast, S.Randolph 22+14reb, J.Verdejo 14+4reb+1ast, D.Hinson 11+1reb+2ast, F.Valencia 8+4reb, M.Markus 2+3reb
Bayamon: T.Shannon 21+8reb+3ast, C.Dalmau 16+3reb+5ast, J.Mojica 15+7reb+1ast, R.Traylor 12+8reb+2ast, C.Antrone Lee 10+3reb, R.Jose Hatton 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 125504


San German - Mayaguez 66-65

Everything could happen in San German at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Atleticos and 7th ranked Indios had identical 3-5 record. This time Atleticos used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Mayaguez 66-65 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-65. Atleticos made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Atleticos players scored in double figures. At the losing side Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Indios' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Atleticos (4-5) moved-up to sixth place. Indios at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Atleticos will face bottom-ranked Cangrejeros (#10) in Santurce in the next round. Indios will play at home against Maratonistas in Coamo.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: H.Romero 17+12reb+3ast, H.Lamizana 10+7reb+1ast, E.Rodriguez 9+4reb+2ast, U.Edwin 8+3reb, C.Rivera 8+6reb+3ast, H.Valenzuela 5
San German: M.Harris 15+7reb, J.Lloreda 15+11reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 11+5reb+1ast, C.Strong 11+2reb+1ast, R.Abraham 6+1reb+1ast, D.Copeland 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 125505


Humacao - Arecibo 59-77

Everything could happen in Humacao at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Capitanes and 6th ranked Caciques had identical 3-4 record. But Caciques were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Arecibo 77-59 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Capitanes. Caciques was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Caciques to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a great evening for international guard Larry Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 4 assists. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side British V.Islands center Kleon Penn (211-86, college: McNeese St., agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 13 points. Capitanes maintains fifth place with 4-4 record. Caciques at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Capitanes will face league's leader Quebradillas at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will play against Maratonistas (#4) in Coamo.
Top scorers:
Humacao: K.Penn 14+8reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 13+4reb+1ast, J.Maye 10+6reb, J.Garcia 9+3reb+3ast, J.Guitian 7+10reb+1ast, B.Robinson 3+8reb+1ast
Arecibo: L.Ayuso 19+4ast, J.Aubry 12+7reb, D.Pinnock 10+7reb+2ast, A.Latimer 8+2reb+1ast, D.Cortes 8+2reb+2ast, D.Santiago 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 125501


Santurce - Quebradillas 90-93

Everything went according to plan in Santurce where first ranked Quebradillas (7-1) edged bottom-ranked Cangrejeros (2-6) 93-90 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cangrejeros won fourth quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quebradillas made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Quebradillas outrebounded Cangrejeros 40-23 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. International guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) helped adding 18 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) responded with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 23 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quebradillas have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-1 record. Cangrejeros at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Quebradillas will face Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo in the next round. Cangrejeros will play at home against Atleticos (#6) in San German.
Top scorers:
Santurce: M.Sweetney 27+8reb+4ast, W.Pagan 23+4reb+6ast, R.Sanchez 16+6reb+1ast, R.Chaney 16+3reb, E.'Guayito' Santiago 6+3ast, W.Hodge 2+1ast
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 26+11reb+1ast, D.Brown 20+2reb+7ast, D.Huertas 18+8reb+3ast, D.Sims 10+3reb, J.Jones 9+8reb+1ast, A.Alamo 7+2reb
gschID: 125502




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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Villegas, Coamo23.3 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.0 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas21.0 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon20.4 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas20.1 
 6. Clinch, Isabela19.4 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez19.0 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon17.1 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce16.1 
 10. Randolph, Isabela16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Randolph, Isabela13.0 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas12.0 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo12.0 
 5. Lloreda, San G.11.1 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon10.1 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Harris, San German8.7 
 9. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.2 
 10. Vassallo, Guaynabo8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.0 
 2. Clinch, Isabela5.8 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 4. Brown, Quebradillas5.1 
 5. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.6 
 7. Pagan, Santurce4.3 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez4.1 
 10. Hodge, Santurce4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.3 
 3. Harris, San German2.0 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.8 
 5. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 6. Chaney, Santurce1.8 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 9. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez2.2 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo2.1 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon1.9 
 6. Freije, Coamo1.5 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.4 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce1.3 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo1.3 
 10. Rice, San German1.2 


Mayaguez signs Edwin Ubiles, Markus Mitchell to Isabela - by Eurobasket News
Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-86) is a new player of Mayaguez. The American guard/small forward signed a deal for rest of the season and already made his debut in BSN. Ubiles arrives for his first professional job. He graduated last year at the Siena University, where he had 15.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.2 apg for 30 games as a senior. Ubiles participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament last year.
Isabela announced signing of Markus Mitchell (201-F-86, college: Mt.St.Mary's). The Puerto Rican forward spent last season in Mexico as a member of Bucaneros de Campeche. He appeared 12 times in LNBP averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Mitchell is a product of Mt.St.Mary's University, where he graduated in 2009. He had 4 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 33 games as a senior. Mitchell made his debut with Isabela yesterday.


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Partizan wins fifth straight title in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Partizan 74-77

Partizan continues to dominate in the regional championship. The Serbian powerhouse was better than Olimpija in Adriatic League Finals 74-77 wining the fifth straight title. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. James Gist (203-F-86) helped with 12 pts, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) delivered 15 points. Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) (7 boards) and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) stopped to 11 pts each. Union Olimpija was the host of the Final Four Tournament. Partizan grabbed 11-15 lead at the halfway of the first period and later jumped to 25-32 in 14th minute. Olimpija improved until the halftime and managed to close the gap to 39-43. However, Partizan controlled rhythm of the game in Q3 and later ended it with nice 58-65 lead. The hosts didnt give up and they came to 74-72 in the finish, but Curtis Jerrells made three free throws until the end, while Onlimpija got just one basket from their players and it was a layup by Ilievski. Their last possession in the game ended with turnover.
Partizan was the regular season champion in Adriatic league with 18-8 record. They eliminated Buducnost in the Semis and handed 74-77 loss to Olimpija in the Finals to win their fifth straight title. Partizan already won the Serbian Cup recently, so it's their second trophy this season.

Union Olimpija: Vlado Ilievski 15, Goran Jagodnik 12+7 boards, Samo Udrih 12
Partizan: Curtis Jerrells 20, James Gist 12, Dusan Kecman 11+5 boards


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.6 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Zekovic, Beograd16.6 
 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. Ljubicic, Metalac7.6 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.0 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.2 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.6 
 6. Mitrovic, Beograd4.6 
 7. Covic, FMP4.4 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd4.0 
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, Metalac2.2 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 9. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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Premium Cobras 100 percent winning record - by Carlos Pereira
Premium Cobras are still maintaining their 100 percent winning record, following their 71-51 victory over Razors. Cobras lead the table with 10 points after five matches, while Razors carry the weight of the table with two points following two defeats in as many matches.

Second placed Baya are also unbeaten in the league this season and their latest victims were RC Dynamics. After losing the first quarter 14-22, Baya took full control of the match to win the remaining quarters 29-11, 28-12 and 24-17 for a 95-63 victory.

Baya have eight points after four matches, while RC Dynamics are fourth with seven points after getting two wins in five matches.

Seventh-placed MBU Rockers also registered a win against Anse Boileau-based Angels. The Rockers completely dominated Angels, winning all four quarters 32-14, 21-6, 28-19 and 23-15 f or 94-54 victory.

With an even win-lose record of 2-2 in four games, the Rockers have six points and Angels are in fifth position with seven points with two wins and three defeats in five matches.

Following their 67- 63 win over Cascade Bullets, Mont Fleuri Dawgz, who have now won three times in five outings, are third on eight points. The Bullets are sixth on six points and they have just one win in five games.




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Levice advanced to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Levice - Nova Ves 90-81

Levice advanced to the Finals winning the series 3-1 over Nava Ves.The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-20 Nova Ves' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-81 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Nova Ves 48-35 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nova Ves were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Levice: E.Henderson 25+11reb, M.English 14+7reb+5ast, D.Toroman 13+7reb+2ast, T.Kostomaj 9+2reb+3ast, R.Klein 8+4reb, M.Bernard 8+7reb+3ast
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 21+6reb+10ast, S.Baldovsky 20+6reb, L.Johnson 17+13reb, M.Batka 10+3reb+1ast, P.Mroz 9+5reb+1ast, M.Bartos 3+1reb
gschID: 127180


Vahostav-Zilina - Nitra 94-80

The game was mostly controlled by Vahostav-Zilina. Nitra managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 127179




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Two basketball greats clash as rivals in KBL final - by Jerry Lee
Head coaches Hur Jae and Kang Dong-hee were known for their creative style of play when they were teammates in college basketball and the KBL in the 1980s and 1990s.

While Kang was celebrated for his natural passing abilities, Hur is remembered for his long-range shooting.

The two were a force as amateurs when they played together at Chung-Ang University and with the Busan Kia Motors - which won seven titles during their tenure.

Both were victorious one more time in their first season as pros, playing for the Busan Kia Enterprise in 1997.

But this Saturday, the two basketball greats will meet as rivals head coaches when they square off for the Korean Basketball League title.

When Hurs KCC Egis faces Kangs Dongbu Promy this weekend, it will be the first time the two men will meet in the KBL finals as coaches.

Kang hopes to tap into his past coaching success against his old teammate. The 41-year-old earned his first win as head coach when his Dongbu Promy topped Hurs team 89-79 in September 2009.

Throughout the season, I always [thought about] meeting Hur in the finals, Kang told Ilgan Sports. When I heard his team reached the finals, I called him right away and said lets fight.

Hur acknowledges that facing his old friend is somewhat bittersweet, but the 42-year-old said they are meeting at a very important stage in their careers.

Off the court, we are like brothers. On the court, we have to compete, Hur said to Ilgan Sports. I want to give the fans an intense and exciting show.

Basketball pundits predict that the best-of-seven series between the Egis and Promy will be a battle between an offensive-minded team and a defensive one.

The Egis has a size advantage in the low post with Ha Seung-jin, the former Portland Trailblazer who tops out at 221 centimeters (7 feet, 3 inches) and is the tallest player in the KBL. But the Promy has weapons of its own.

Dongbu is known for its zone defense and dominates when low-post studs Kim Joo-sung and Yoon Ho-young are active in the paint, blocking, grabbing rebounds and fighting for possession.

During the regular season, Hurs Egis dominated Kangs Promy by a margin of five games to one.

However, Kang believes he can collect four victories against his old friend in this best-of-seven opponent-goes-home, winner-gets-glory final series.

KCC is a difficult opponent, but this is a seven game series, Kang said. It is hard to find their weaknesses, but we will stick to our defense.

Egis Ha agrees with his coachs analysis that it wont be an easy series.

We led them five-one in the regular season, but we never won any of the games easily, Ha noted.

There will not be a one-sided game.




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Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 24-6 
 2. Real Madrid 23-7 
 3. Valencia 21-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 20-10 
 5. Bizkaia Bilbao 18-12 
 6. Gran Canaria 17-13 
 7. Fuenlabrada 17-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-13 
 9. Valladolid 16-14 
 10. Estudiantes 15-15 
 11. CAI Zaragoza 14-16 
 12. Cajasol 14-16 
 13. DKV Joventut 14-16 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 10-20 
 15. Manresa 9-21 
 16. Meridiano 8-22 
 17. Granada 7-23 
 18. Menorca 6-24 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.6 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.2 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.14.9 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.14.6 
 6. Martinez, Valencia14.6 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.4 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.1 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.6 
 4. Donaldson, Menorca7.0 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral6.8 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.4 
 7. Trias, DKV Joventut6.4 
 8. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 9. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.3 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 6. Prigioni, Real Madrid4.2 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.4.0 
 8. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 9. Salgado, Lagun A.3.9 
 10. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 4. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Davis, Cajasol1.6 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Hosley, DKV J.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 8. Slaughter, Valladolid1.1 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. Rush, Sundsvall18.6 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.0 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.7 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 9. Walker, Solna7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.1 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 6. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 7. Rush, Sundsvall1.7 
 8. Brown, 081.7 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.7 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


Basketligan: Dolphins join Dragons in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals, Game 5: LF Basket - Norrkoping 82-93 (2-3)

Norrkoping Dolphins celebrated in fifth decisive game against LF Basket and advanced to Basketligan Finals. They will fight for the title against Sundsvall Dragons, who swept Sodertalje with 3-0 in the Semis. Game One of the Finals series will be played on Friday. The format is best-of-seven.
The game was mostly controlled by Norrkoping Dolphins. LF Basket managed to win fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LF Basket 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Norrkoping Dolphins made 9 blocks. Naturalized American forward Fred Drains (195-71, college: Kean) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) chipped in 17 points. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five Norrkoping Dolphins and four LF Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Top scorers:
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 25+6reb+5ast, T.Levett 17+8reb+2ast, J.Rosendahl 16+4reb+1ast, H.Larsson 10+1reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 6+2reb+1ast, T.Woodbury 3+4reb
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 17+2reb+2ast, F.Drains 14+11reb+4ast, J.Kjellbom 11+7reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 11+3reb+2ast, M.Lindqvist 10+5reb+2ast, G.Gervin 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 127368




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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.21.1 
 2. Brown, Starwings20.5 
 3. Glover, Boncourt20.3 
 4. Byron, BBC Nyon20.2 
 5. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 6. Smith, Fribourg20.1 
 7. Popovich, SAV V.20.0 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.19.5 
 9. Reid, Monthey19.0 
 10. Hunte, BBC Nyon18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.6 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.9 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.7 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.1 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.1 
 8. Toure, Geneve Lions7.8 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.5 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.0 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.4.5 
 6. Brown, Starwings4.5 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.9 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.7 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.4 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.4 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Louissaint, Month.2.2 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Thompson, Starw.2.0 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 9. Vogt, Fribourg0.8 
 10. Matter, Starwings0.8 


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  SYRIA   


Preparation for next year - by Joshua Jones
Hello Eurobasket it has been a while since I last updated a blog so I wanted to stop by and wish all my fellow basketball players around the world best of luck in the playoffs. A lot of guys are now returning home from the season and I can tell you that this off season will be a competitive one. A lot of blood and sweat are shed throughout the season and as you get older you begin to appreciate the off season. I would say I can't wait to go on a vacation but I guess when you are overseas for 3/4 of the year being home is your vacation. Safe travels to everyone and just like most of the ball players around the world I am ancious to see what country and what next season has in store. I can tell you it's only April and I can't wait. Until next time. J.Jones

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  TURKEY   


TBL Round 27: Fenerbahce Ulker stepped on the tail of the Lion Galatasaray Cafe Crown - by Pervin Elgin
In Beko Basketball Leagues 27th Week, Fenerbahce Ulker hosted their rival Galatasaray Cafe Crown's Basketball Team. Fenerbahce Ulker took revenge on their first match with Galatasaray, which was won by Galatasaray Cafe Crown. Winning 83-80, Fenerbahce Ulker maintained the top position.

The first minutes of the fight started with mutual baskets. Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team went ahead 11-9 at the beginning after penetrations to the basket by Roko-leni Ukic and Omer Onan. Marko Tomas's tourniquets were effective and brought the score up to 17-9. With Sarunas Jasikevicius's three point score, Ulker completed the first period leading 20-15.

At the beginning of the second period, both teams managed to maintain the rhythm of the game. Fenerbahce Ulker Team succeeded in protecting the rhythm for a longer period of time and carried the score to a double-digits difference, 32-22. In the final chapter of the period, the host team remained silent. Primarily driven by Radoslav Rancik's producing propulsive attacks, Galatasaray Cafe Crown succeeded to pull the difference down to 32-30.

Fenerbahce Ulker's player Omer Onan broke the silence that lasted for 2 minutes and 44 seconds, followed by a three-point attack. In the final moments of the first half, Fenerbahce Ulker went ahead with a margin of 5 points: 47-42.
The defense level of both teams increased in the first part of the third period, which was barren in terms of scoring. Later on Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team, thanks to Marko Tomas's hits, maintained their lead and finished the period with 63-62 ahead.

Omer Onan began the fourth period of the contententious struggle with a three-point score. After that, Marko Tomas scored 5 in a row for Fenerbahce Ulker, entering the last 5 minutes of the encounter ahead with 73-69. Galatasaray Cafe Crown equalized by scores of Jerry Johnson and Luksa Andric's three-point score, 76-76, but Oguz Savas and Emir Preldzic made baskets, and then a triple. With two minutes on the clock, Ulker had a 5-point advantage. The guest team got the difference down to one again, but with free-throw scores by Oguz Savas and Omer Onan, Fenerbahce Ulker managed to stay ahead, winning this difficult struggle with 83-80.



TBL Round 27: Fenerbahce Ulker edges Galatasaray by three points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in TBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the TBL took place in Istanbul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Galatasaray (21-6) to first ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-3) 83-80 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Galatasaray. The game without a history. Fenerbahce Ulker led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fenerbahce Ulker outrebounded Galatasaray 39-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Oguz Savas (208-87) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Croatian guard Marko Tomas (201-85) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fenerbahce Ulker have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-3 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker are looking forward to face Efes Pilsen (#3) in Istanbul in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Galatasaray will play at home against Besiktas in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Edirne was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Karsiyaka (18-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Olin Edirne (16-11). Karsiyaka defeated Olin Edirne 85-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olin Edirne. It was a good game for Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Andre Smith contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) answered with 23 points for Olin Edirne. Karsiyaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Besiktas. Newly promoted Olin Edirne keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Karsiyaka will play against Antalya (#8) at home in the next round. Olin Edirne will play against Tofas in Bursa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Aliaga between Aliaga and Turk Telekom. Fourteenth ranked Aliaga (8-19) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Turk Telekom (10-17). Aliaga managed to escape with a 2-point win 73-71 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. It was a great evening for Jarvis Hayes who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Aliaga's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Can Ugur Ogut with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Aliaga maintains fourteenth place with 8-19 record. Loser Turk Telekom keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Tofas and Erdemir. Aliaga will meet at home higher ranked Banvit (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turk Telekom will play against Bornova (#15) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Antalya, where higher ranked Antalya (13-14) lost at home to twelfth ranked Erdemir (10-17) 74-85. It was an exceptional evening for Antwain Barbour who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Erdemir moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tofas and Turk Telekom. Antalya at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Erdemir's next round opponent will be Trabzonspor (#12) on the road.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bursa. Local Oyak Renault (3-24) was outscored by third ranked Efes Pilsen (20-7) 110-66 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Marvis Thornton who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Efes Pilsen. They maintain third place with 20-7 record having four points less than leader Fener.Ulker, which they share with Banvit. Oyak Renault lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Efes Pilsen will face league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oyak Renault will play on the road against Mersin (#13) in Akdeniz.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Tofas was defeated by Besiktas in Istanbul 85-79. Bornova was beaten by Mersin at home 60-73. Trabzonspor lost to Banvit on the opponent's court 75-86.



Besiktas - Tofas 85-79

There was no surprise in Istanbul where 10th ranked Tofas (10-17) was defeated by fifth ranked Besiktas (18-9) 85-79 on Tuesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Tofas trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Besiktas made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Marcelus Kemp (196-84, college: Nevada) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 16 points. Five Besiktas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Can Altintig (195-87) who recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Besiktas maintains fifth place with 18-9 record, which they share with Karsiyaka. Loser Tofas dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Besiktas will face league's second-placed Galatasaray in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tofas will play at home against Olin Edirne (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: M.Kemp 19+5reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 16+3reb+1ast, M.Chatman 14+3reb+2ast, M.Ignerski 11+4reb, S.Erdogan 11+2reb, F.Likholitov 5+4reb
Tofas: J.Rowe 16+2reb+4ast, C.Altintig 15+6reb+7ast, T.Ruzic 15+4reb+2ast, A.Nichols 9+4reb, O.Orcun Gollu 7+1reb, J.Zuza 4+1ast
gschID: 111287


Oyak Renault - Efes Pilsen 66-110

The game with biggest result difference took place in Bursa. Local Oyak Renault (3-24) was outscored by third ranked Efes Pilsen (20-7) 110-66 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Efes Pilsen 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 Oyak Renault's 30. Efes Pilsen forced 21 Oyak Renault turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Oyak Renault's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Marvis Thornton (194-77, college: St.John's) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-77) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) who recorded 22 points and the other American import center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Efes Pilsen. They maintain third place with 20-7 record having four points less than leader Fener.Ulker, which they share with Banvit. Oyak Renault lost their eleventh game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Efes Pilsen will face league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oyak Renault will play on the road against Mersin (#13) in Akdeniz.
Top scorers:
Efes Pilsen: M.Thornton 19+5reb+3ast, C.Akyol 16+2reb+1ast, K.Gonlum 13+8reb+3ast, I.Rakocevic 12+3reb+3ast, R.Murray 10+2reb+2ast, L.Roberts 10+5reb
Oyak Renault: J.Mays 22+4reb, O.Sevinc 9+1ast, R.Allen 8+12reb+2ast, T.Onen 7+3reb, K.Ozkan 6+5reb+1ast, S.Inan 5+4reb
gschID: 111282


Bornova - Mersin 60-73

No shocking result in a game when thirteenth ranked Mersin (9-18) defeated on the road 15th ranked Bornova (7-20) 73-60 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 27-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mersin outrebounded Bornova 45-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds. American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Mersin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Jamaican center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, agency: Court Side) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: Lanshire Group) added 16 points respectively. Mersin moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Trabzonspor. Bornova lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Mersin will face bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in Bursa in the next round. Bornova will play on the road against Turk Telekom in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Mersin: A.Scales 18+5reb+4ast, N.Yucel 16+19reb+1ast, A.Grundy 15+1reb+3ast, V.Grier 15+7reb+2ast, M.Demir 7+5reb, H.Koseoglu 2+2reb+1ast
Bornova: A.Voskuil 16+4reb+2ast, K.Ffriend 15+7reb+1ast, S.Senturk 9+3reb+3ast, J.Sensley 8+3reb+2ast, P.Onguner 6+2reb+1ast, U.Sonkol 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 111283


Olin Edirne - Karsiyaka 71-85

The game in Edirne was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Karsiyaka (18-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Olin Edirne (16-11). Karsiyaka defeated Olin Edirne 85-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olin Edirne. It looked good early as Olin Edirne took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Karsiyaka had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Olin Edirne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-85. It was a good game for Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) answered with 23 points and American forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Olin Edirne. Karsiyaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Besiktas. Newly promoted Olin Edirne keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Karsiyaka will play against Antalya (#8) at home in the next round. Olin Edirne will play against Tofas in Bursa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: J.Stanojevic 17+7reb+4ast, A.Smith 15+7reb+2ast, B.Batuk 14+3reb, S.Marshall 11+3reb+1ast, F.Aldemir 9+4reb, D.Holston 8+5ast
Olin Edirne: R.Seibutis 23+1reb+3ast, P.Samardjiski 14+3reb, S.Doliboa 11+5reb+3ast, C.Akin 7+3reb+4ast, V.Ginevicius 6+1reb+2ast, C.Ercan 6
gschID: 111284


Aliaga - Turk Telekom 73-71

A very close game took place in Aliaga between Aliaga and Turk Telekom. Fourteenth ranked Aliaga (8-19) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Turk Telekom (10-17). Aliaga managed to escape with a 2-point win 73-71 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-71. Strangely Turk Telekom outrebounded Aliaga 43-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia, agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 22 points and 5 rebounds. Aliaga's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Rasim Basak (202-80, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. Aliaga maintains fourteenth place with 8-19 record. Loser Turk Telekom keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Tofas and Erdemir. Aliaga will meet at home higher ranked Banvit (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turk Telekom will play against Bornova (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aliaga: J.Hayes 25+9reb+1ast, K.Kambala 22+5reb, B.Guney 14+2reb+6ast, M.Ufuk Kacar 6+2reb+4ast, M.James 3+4reb+1ast, P.Kaya 3+1reb
Turk Telekom: R.Basak 17+8reb+1ast, C.Ugur Ogut 17+5reb+6ast, J.Randle 13+3reb+4ast, K.Wesson 10+11reb, Y.Cankaya 8+8reb+2ast, D.Simpsons 4+3reb
gschID: 111285


Fener.Ulker - Galatasaray 83-80

The most exciting game of round 27 in the TBL took place in Istanbul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-best Galatasaray (21-6) to first ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (24-3) 83-80 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Galatasaray. The game without a history. Fenerbahce Ulker led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fenerbahce Ulker outrebounded Galatasaray 39-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international center Oguz Savas (208-87) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Croatian guard Marko Tomas (201-85) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points respectively. Five Fenerbahce Ulker and four Galatasaray players scored in double figures. Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fenerbahce Ulker have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-3 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker are looking forward to face Efes Pilsen (#3) in Istanbul in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Galatasaray will play at home against Besiktas in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: M.Tomas 17+5reb+3ast, R.Ukic 17+5reb+2ast, O.Onan 15+3reb+2ast, O.Savas 14+11reb+2ast, D.Lavrinovic 10+5reb, E.Preldzic 5+3reb+2ast
Galatasaray: R.Rancik 20+2reb+2ast, L.Andric 19+5reb+2ast, J.Johnson 10+1reb+3ast, E.Buker 10+1reb+2ast, P.Shumpert 9+4reb+1ast, E.Kurtoglu 4+4reb
gschID: 111286


Banvit - Trabzonspor 86-75

Very expected game in Balikesir where 11th ranked Trabzonspor (9-18) was defeated by fourth ranked Banvit (20-7) 86-75 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Banvit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. American guard Keith Simmons (196-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Banvit players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 16 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Banvit moved-up to third place, which they share with Efes Pilsen. Trabzonspor lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Banvit will face Aliaga (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Trabzonspor will play against Erdemir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banvit: B.Ermis 17+5reb+12ast, K.Simmons 14+6reb+3ast, L.Williams 12+4reb+1ast, B.Ozcan 12+3ast, V.Golubovic 11+6reb, J.Dixon 10+4reb+2ast
Trabzonspor: I.Milosevic 16+2reb+5ast, A.Karadeniz 16+6reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 12+4reb+3ast, H.Ozdemir 9+7reb+1ast, I.Turel 8+1reb+1ast, E.Gorkem 7+4reb
gschID: 111280


Antalya - Erdemir 74-85

We should mention about the upset which took place in Antalya, where higher ranked Antalya (13-14) lost at home to twelfth ranked Erdemir (10-17) 74-85. It looked good early as Antalya took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Erdemir had a 26-20 second period charge getting the lead and Antalya was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-85. They outrebounded Antalya 42-23 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Erdemir players scored in double figures. American guard J.P. Prince (201-87, college: Tennessee) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Muratcan Guler (192-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Antalya in the defeat. Erdemir moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tofas and Turk Telekom. Antalya at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Erdemir's next round opponent will be Trabzonspor (#12) on the road.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: A.Barbour 22+10reb+2ast, M.Hall 21+9reb, E.Veyseloglu 17+3reb+1ast, H.Demirel 11+3reb+2ast, E.Ekim 8+3reb, J.Thomas 4+8reb
Antalya: J.Prince 21+8reb+3ast, M.Guler 18+7reb+6ast, P.Christopher 9+2reb+1ast, G.Henderson 9+2reb+2ast, P.Kocaoglu 7+1reb, G.Gen 5+1reb
gschID: 111281




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.22.5 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga21.1 
 3. Henderson, Antalya20.6 
 4. Smith, Karsiyaka19.4 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.7 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir16.9 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renault16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.2 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.4 
 3. Wesson, Turk T.9.4 
 4. Buckman, Antalya9.3 
 5. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.3 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault8.9 
 7. Hall, Erdemir8.4 
 8. Ffriend, Bornova8.3 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka8.2 
 10. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.2 
 2. Conroy, Oyak R.6.0 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.7 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.4 
 5. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 6. Henderson, Antalya5.1 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.6 
 8. Rowe, Tofas4.5 
 9. Seibutis, Olin Edirne4.2 
 10. Randle, Turk T.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Austin T.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 4. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 5. Waller, Oyak Renault2.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Guler, Antalya1.7 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.1.7 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.7 
 3. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 4. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 6. Davis, Banvit1.0 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 8. Simpsons, Turk T.1.0 
 9. Wesson, Turk T.0.9 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renault0.9 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 24-3 
 2. Galatasaray 21-6 
 3. Efes Pilsen 20-7 
 4. Banvit 20-7 
 5. Besiktas 18-9 
 6. Karsiyaka 18-9 
 7. Olin Edirne 16-11 
 8. Antalya 13-14 
 9. Turk Telekom 10-17 
 10. Erdemir 10-17 
 11. Tofas 10-17 
 12. Trabzonspor 9-18 
 13. Mersin 9-18 
 14. Aliaga 8-19 
 15. Bornova 7-20 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-24 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.8 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.5 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.6 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.6 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.7 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.7 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.3 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Williams, Khimik3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Mays, Fe.1.4 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 8. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Burns, Fe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 8. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.1 


Superleague Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk - Kryvbasbasket 108-68

Kryvbasbasket was not able to match BC Donetsk in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket managed to win second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 34. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 39-21 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Donetsk shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 75.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Kryvbasbasket's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Dmytro Gliebov (198-88, agency: Beo Basket) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Victor Kondratovets (187-76) produced 21 points and the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) added 6 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: V.Kondratovets 21+1reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 9+5reb, V.Malchevskiy 8+2reb, D.Korablev 6+4reb+4ast, E.Annenkov 6+1reb+2ast, A.Slipenchuk 5+4ast
BC Donetsk: D.Gliebov 19+4reb+4ast, J.Hukic 18+5reb, B.Cvetkovic 13+2reb, V.Kravtsov 12+4reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 9+3reb+5ast, A.Owens 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 127336


Hoverla - Mykolaiv 82-79 OT

Hoverla earned the opening victory in the quarterfinal series versus Mykolaiv. The hosts led by 14 points heading into the fourth period but Mykolaiv went on a 30:16 run in the final term to force overtime. Hoverla opened the extra period with four points in a row and rallied to a tough win at the end. Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) came up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi St.) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Hoverla. Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) replied with 15 points for Mykolaiv. Leonid Iailo (207-F-73) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: J.Love 15+5reb+1ast, L.Iailo 13+7reb+1ast, B.Greene 11+4reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 9+6reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 7+7reb+1ast, A.Butskyy 7+3reb+1ast
Hoverla: E.Coleman 19+11reb+2ast, D.Zimmerman 19+8reb+6ast, P.Ulyanko 17+5reb, J.Chappell 11+9reb+4ast, D.Swanson 4+5reb+2ast, V.Gerasimchuk 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 127334


Budivelnyk - Dnipro 71-76

Dnipro stunned Budivelnyk in Kyiv to take the lead in the series. It looked good early as Budivelnyk took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dnipro took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Steve Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) added 14 points in the effort for Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Wilson 14+4reb, A.Betts 12+6reb+1ast, W.Keys 10+1reb+1ast, D.Spencer 8+2reb+1ast, D.Ikovlev 5+2reb, D.Zabirchenko 5+2reb+1ast
Dnipro: S.Burtt 27+10reb+6ast, D.Brown 20+4reb+5ast, M.Austin 14+7reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 4+4reb+2ast, O.Shchepkin 3+1reb, D.Ivanov 2
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Guaros are bringing back Romel Beck - by Kristian Santiago
Guaros de Lara signed Mexican guard Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) to a contract. Beck, who played lastly in Italy for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in the Lega Due until January, will be back in Venezuela after previos stints with the Gatos de Monagas in 2007 and Guaros de Lara in 2010. To make room for the import, the Guaros let go Cedric McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati).


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 21-5 
 2. Marinos 21-6 
 3. Trotamundos 17-9 
 4. Guaiqueries 13-11 
 5. Gigantes 13-15 
 6. Bucaneros 12-14 
 7. Toros 11-16 
 8. Panteras 11-16 
 9. Guaros 9-18 
 10. Gaiteros 4-22 


LPB Round 33: Trotamundos upset by Gigantes - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game between third ranked Trotamundos (17-9) and sixth ranked Gigantes (13-15) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Trotamundos were defeated by Gigantes in a tough game in Valencia 77-83. Gigantes moved-up to fifth place. Trotamundos at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Gigantes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trotamundos will play at home against Guaiqueries in Porlamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Cocodrilos delivered the twentieth first win. This time they beat 5th ranked Bucaneros (12-14) 93-82 in La Guaira. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bucaneros. Cocodrilos maintains first place with 21-5 record. Bucaneros at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Cocodrilos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bucaneros will play at home against Toros (#7) in Maracay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Maracaibo. Local Gaiteros (4-22) were outscored by second ranked Marinos (21-6) 99-68 on Wednesday night. Marinos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-6 record having just -1 point less than leader Cocodrilos. Gaiteros lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gaiteros will play against Panteras (#8) in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Trotamundos - Gigantes 77-83

The game between third ranked Trotamundos (17-9) and sixth ranked Gigantes (13-15) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Trotamundos were defeated by Gigantes in a tough game in Valencia 77-83. Gigantes moved-up to fifth place. Trotamundos at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Gigantes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trotamundos will play at home against Guaiqueries in Porlamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121537


Bucaneros - Cocodrilos 82-93

Leader Cocodrilos delivered the twentieth first win. This time they beat 5th ranked Bucaneros (12-14) 93-82 in La Guaira. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bucaneros. Cocodrilos maintains first place with 21-5 record. Bucaneros at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. Cocodrilos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bucaneros will play at home against Toros (#7) in Maracay and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121535


Gaiteros - Marinos 68-99

The game with biggest result difference took place in Maracaibo. Local Gaiteros (4-22) were outscored by second ranked Marinos (21-6) 99-68 on Wednesday night. Marinos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-6 record having just -1 point less than leader Cocodrilos. Gaiteros lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gaiteros will play against Panteras (#8) in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121536






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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Coach calls on Miners to step it up for Bendigo clash - by Eurobasket News
BALLARAT Miners coach Guy Molloy has called on his key forwards to be firing at the Minerdome tonight.
Visiting arch-rival Bendigo is known for its big, dominant rebounders and is hungry to stretch its undefeated start to five wins early this South East Australian Basketball League season.

The Ballarat Holden Miners have shown promise in close matches this season, despite one win from three matches, but will have their roster put through a telling test against the powerful Braves.

Molloy said it was time for the likes of captain Adam McSwain (198-F-86) (elbow) and power forward Jared Scoines (National Basketball League) to be big contributors tonight after interrupted starts to their SEABL campaign.

Were getting ourselves organised now and starting to get a few more training sessions under our belt, Molloy said.

Were starting to get some momentum in the team and are continuing to build we had a very difficult time getting the side up this pre-season and there is room for improvement.

Bendigo Braves top the SEABL east conference leading into The Courier-Bendigo Advertiser Cup clash.

The Miners enter the match after letting slip a close match against Canberra in their first interstate assignment on Saturday night.

After three tight quarters, with the Gunners one point up at the final break, the Miners stumbled offensively to lose 77-63.

Molloy said his players felt they had let themselves down in an ordinary performance and were keen to make amends before a home crowd.

Ryan Barnes (201-G-88, college: Texas Wesleyan) and Cam McCallum played pivotal defensive roles in the Miners comeback win against Mt Gambier in their last home outing almost a fortnight ago.

If sharp-shooting import Ivan Harris can fire and guard Dan Joyce can continue his good start to the season, the Miners should make a big impact.

Molloy said his team was ready to measure up against the Braves.

Our players know theyre in for a tough challenge but were looking forward to it, Molloy said.

We know were going to be very competitive in the league this season weve just got to find our way soon.

Ballarat Rush has a bye this weekend.

The Auslec Rush will return to action against Bendigo Lady Braves in a SEABL double-header at the Minerdome with the Miners to meet Brisbane on April 30.
Courtesy of: www.thecourier.com.au


Swinburne Kilstyh Lady Cobras win in nail biter against Albury Wodonga - by Eurobasket News
Game Wrap Up from Friday Night's win against Albury Wodonga.

Friday night saw the Swinburne Lady Cobras take on the Albury Wodonga Lady Bandits, with a large crowd in attendance for Gemma Kerrs 200th SEABL game and Erica McMenamins 250th SEABL game the stage was set for an enthralling contest.

The game was a tale of two halves with the Lady Bandits making all the running in the first half and the Swinburne Lady Cobras fighting back hard in the second. The first quarter saw Albury Wodonga (43.9% FG) take advantage of Kilsyths (23.5% FG) poor shooting from the field. The Lady Bandits took a four point lead into the second quarter and extended that to 11 points by half time thanks to some great three point shooting.

The third quarter saw a different Kilsyth outfit come out to play, they were more aggressive, more accurate and in general hungrier for the ball, the Swinburne Lady Cobras shot at 66.7% from the field compared to the Lady bandits (25% FG) and took a slender three point lead into the final change.

The final quarter had everyone at Hugh McMenamin Court on the edge of their seats with both sides exchanging baskets, with just over four minutes left on the clock it appeared that Albury Wodonga were going to spoil the celebrations for Erica and Gemma however a great basket by Hayley Moffatt saw the Cobras take a one point lead with 2:04 left on the clock. Kilsyth defended brilliantly and managed to draw a foul with 29 seconds left on the clock, Eva Afeaki (183-G-84) made one of two free throws for a slender two point lead which in the end was the final margin.

Eva Afeaki (15pts, 11 rebounds) managed a double double for the game with Hayley Moffatt (10pts, 6 rbds) and Abby Bishop (189-C-88) (14pts, 6rbds) the other notable scorers. Kilsyth showed patches of dominance throughout the game and need to ensure that they dont let slow starts hurt them if they wish to be a force in 2011. That said the result was a fantastic result for the Swinburne Lady Cobras and was a fitting tribute to two servants of the club.


The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras next game sees them take on Frankston on Saturday April 30. Tip Off is 6:15pm on Hugh McMenamin Court.
Courtesy of: kilsythbasketball.com.au


U20 Victorian Womens Team announced - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 U20 Victorian womens team that will contest this years Under 20 Australian Junior Championships (to be held in Maitland, New South Wales from 20 - 26 February, 2011) has now been selected.

The team comprises:


Players Association

Bec Allen AIS/ formerly Nunawading

Bec Cole AIS/ formerly Nunawading

Sara Blicavs AIS/ formerly Melbourne

Maddie Garrick AIS/ formerly Shepparton

Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) AIS/ formerly Bendigo

Lauren Pearce Bulleen

Rosie Fadljevic Dandenong

Olivia Bontempelli (179-93) Eltham

Alex Sheedy Dandenong

Cortney Williamson Ararat

Emergencies

Aimee Clydesdale Dandenong

Sam Donald Knox

Zara Pearson Echuca

Simone Ruedin Eltham

Eilidh Simpson Sandringham

Ashleigh Stonehouse Melbourne





Staff

Head Coach: Lori Chizik

Assistant Coach: Heath Millar

Develop. Coach: Michelle Brogan

Develop. Coach: Andrew White

Team Manager: Robyn Boyle

Team Physio: Renee Meffan

Head Coach Lori Chizik said: The coaching staff are very excited to be working with this talented group of athletes. They are athletic and versatile and we go ten deep. The Championships will again produce many quality teams and players and we look forward to upholding Victorias long-standing reputation of being competitive and professional and will wear the V proudly.

Victoria has won 15 out of 29 titles since the first U20 womens national championships began in 1981.


Courtesy of: http://hosting3.sportingpulse.com



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Olimpia takes Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Olimpia takes Bronze medals as the team finishes third in the League. In the series for the third place Olimpia swept the series over Sozh.
In the decisive third game Olimpia produced a 84:79 win away from home. The guests started with 27-18 and never looked behind after. They added 19-15 in the second frame for 13-point halftime advantage. Sozh however won the third quarter 25-17 and then both teams nailed 21 points each in the last stanza.
Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) stepped up with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Victoria Shmatova (171-G-87) added 17. Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle) posted 14 and Tatsiana Dashkevich (179-F/G-89) brought 9. Lyubov Alyoshkina (202-C-81) responded with 32 points in the losing effort. Evgeniya Stelmakh (200-C-84) nailed 16 and Olga Kopylova (187-F-82) added 13.


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Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Romanian League 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Tamara Bowie
Bowie
Olena Samburska
Samburska
Charel Allen
Allen
Natalia Topalova-Shopova
Topalova-Shopova
Katya Kordova
Kordova
#e#5

Player of the Year: Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil
Guard of the Year: Olena Samburska (172-G-89) of Lukoil
Forward of the Year: Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) of Levski
Center of the Year: Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil
Bosman Player of the Year: Olena Samburska (172-G-89) of Lukoil
Import Player of the Year: Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil
Domestic Player of the Year: Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) of Levski
Defensive Player of the Year: Juanita Ward (180-G-86) of Beroe 07
Coach of the Year: Stefan Mihaylov of Levski

1st Team
G: Olena Samburska (172-89) of Lukoil
G: Charel Allen (181-86) of Dunav
F: Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-80) of Levski
G/F: Katya Kordova (176-86) of Dunav
F/C: Tamara Bowie (183-81) of Lukoil

2nd Team
G: Ivelina Vrancheva (175-80) of Montana 2003
G: Juanita Ward (180-86) of Beroe 07
F: Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) of Montana 2003
F: Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87) of Levski
F: DeTrina White (180-80) of Lukoil

Honorable Mention
Zornitsa Kostova (176-G-82) of Dunav
Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) of Dunav
Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) of Levski
Petya Djambazka (178-F-77) of Levski
Camellia Mihalkova (182-F-80) of Montana 2003
Nicole Emery (185-F-87) of Beroe 07
Jeanetta Zhelyova (182-F-75) of Montana 2003
Latasha Byears (184-F-73) of Dunav
Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) of Dunav

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Ivelina Vrancheva (175-80) of Montana 2003
G/F: Katya Kordova (176-86) of Dunav
F: Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-80) of Levski
F: Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) of Montana 2003
F: Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87) of Levski

All-Imports Team
G: Charel Allen (181-86) of Dunav
G: Juanita Ward (180-86) of Beroe 07
F: Latasha Byears (184-73) of Dunav
F: DeTrina White (180-80) of Lukoil
F/C: Tamara Bowie (183-81) of Lukoil



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Finals: AEL Limassol beat AEK Larnakas with 84-67 and ties the series to 1-1 - by Chris Mammides
Vukisevics pals wanted to finish the game and tie the series as fast as possible so they did as they were furious from the very first moment and with great performance from Veselovski, Rous and of course Vukisevic, AEL took an early lead with 8 points by the end of the first period. Nikolina Kouzi of AEK tried to react but she was helpless as her players, and especially the American top scorer of the team Lloyd and the swing-players Nikodimou, Kancevic and Athanasiou were in a not so good day, so from AEK only Zohnova tried to change the destiny of the result.
The second period was the most crucial period for the continuation of the game as Vukisevic was unstoppable and together with her she took all the team on her shoulders and with the experienced game by Rous and Veselovski increase the deficit to as many as 25 points. As the end of the half time found the two teams with a 47-22 a score which obviously shows the difference of supremacy in the two teams.
The third period found AEL to simply keeping her authority in the game and just to answer occasionally to the heroic game of Zohnova who was all alone in this. Vukisevic continued to play under her own personal crescent and so did Rous, Veselovski and with new additions being Popovic and Scekic. The score remain in very high levels for AEK to reach. Kancevic was not able to follow the specific rhythm of the game and Lloyd even though added some points in this part of the game the time and the defensive mechanism of Antonious girls were not able to assist her already difficult job, so in a very logic way the score went to 65-43 and the fourth period was simply a typical matter as the final winner was obvious from the beginning.
The fourth period was, as mentioned before, typical with Zohnova doing her best game since she arrived in Cyprus but her performance was not enough to do anything than cutting the final deficit to 17 points and the score to 84-67.
The series will go now to Kition with the next game taking place on Wednesday the 27th of April. If AEK wants to keep alive the hopes for the championship, Kouzis girls must repeat their performance of the first game of this series and not the one took place at Melford Arena, because if they play like that they stand no chance for something better than a 1-3 record in this finals. So, according to Eurobasket.com ,the third game of this best of five series is even more crucial than the first game between the two teams and Nikolina Kouzi must embrace her players and give them necessary passion injections needed for this kind of game and hopefully for her, she will take some vital assistance from her Cypriot players as the five foreigners of AEL are more and stronger than the three players of AEK Larnakas, so the Cypriot factor for AEK is decisive for the prolongation of AEKs dreams for championship this season.
Quarters: 17-9, 47-22, 65-43, 84-67
AEL: Vukisevic 31, Veselovski 14, Scekic 11, Popovic 12, Rous 14, Hatzimina 2
ΑΕΚ: Zohnova 35, Lloyd 16, Athanasiou 6, Merkouri 1, Hatzibey 4, Kancevic 2, Nikodimou 3


Finals: AEL Limassol beat AEK Larnakas with 84-67 and ties the series to 1-1 - by Chris Mammides
Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80)'s pals wanted to finish the game and tie the series as fast as possible so they did as they were furious from the very first moment and with great performance from Monika Veselovski (183-F-77), Rous and of course Vukicevic, K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol took an early lead with 8 points by the end of the first period. Nikolina Kouzi of AEK tried to react but she was helpless as her players, and especially the American top scorer of the team Lloyd and the swing-players Nikodimou, Julijana Kancevic (168-G-86) and Athanasiou were in a not so good day, so from AEK only Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84) tried to change the destiny of the result.

The second period was the most crucial period for the continuation of the game as Vukisevic was unstoppable and together with her she took all the team on her shoulders and with the experienced game by Rus and Monika Veselovski increase the deficit to as many as 25 points. As the end of the half time found the two teams with a 47-22 a score which obviously shows the difference of supremacy in the two teams.

The third period found K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol to simply keeping her authority in the game and just to answer occasionally to the heroic game of Katerina Zohnova who was all alone in this. Milena Vukicevic continued to play under her own personal crescent and so did Rus, Monika Veselovski and with new additions being Popovic and Scekic. The score remain in very high levels for AEK to reach. Julijana Kancevic was not able to follow the specific rhythm of the game and D'lesha Lloyde (183-F-86, college: Clemson) even though added some points in this part of the game the time and the defensive mechanism of Antoniou's girls were not able to assist her already difficult job, so in a very logic way the score went to 65-43 and the fourth period was simply a typical matter as the final winner was obvious from the beginning.

The fourth period was, as mentioned before, typical with Katerina Zohnova doing her best game since she arrived in Cyprus but her performance was not enough to do anything than cutting the final deficit to 17 points and the score to 84-67.

The series will go now to Kition with the next game taking place on Wednesday the 27th of April. If AEK wants to keep alive the hopes for the championship, Kouzis girls must repeat their performance of the first game of this series and not the one took place at Melford Arena, because if they play like that they stand no chance for something better than a 1-3 record in this finals. So, according to Eurobasket.com ,the third game of this best of five series is even more crucial than the first game between the two teams and Nikolina Kouzi must embrace her players and give them necessary passion injections needed for this kind of game and hopefully for her, she will take some vital assistance from her Cypriot players as the five foreigners of K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol are more and stronger than the three players of AEK Larnakas, so the Cypriot factor for AEK is decisive for the prolongation of AEKs dreams for championship this season.
Quarters: 17-9, 47-22, 65-43, 84-67
K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol: Milena Vukicevic 31, Monika Veselovski 14, Scekic 11, Popovic 12, Tiana Rus (180-F-75) 14, Hatzimina 2
AEK: Katerina Zohnova 35, D'lesha Lloyde 16, Athanasiou 6, Merkouri 1, Hatzibey 4, Julijana Kancevic 2, Nikodimou 3




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USK Praha takes 2-0 lead over Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
USK Praha - Frisco Sika 85-70

USK Praha takes 2-0 lead over Frisco Sika after 85:70 win in Game 2. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Lindsay Whalen (173-82, college: Minnesota) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-81, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 27 points in the effort for Frisco Sika. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: D.Milton-Jones 27+9reb+3ast, E.Viteckova 15+3reb, L.Whalen 15+6reb+4ast, K.Bartonova 12+1reb+1ast, K.Elhotova 10+1reb+2ast, A.Vajda 6+10reb+1ast
Frisco Sika: F.Eldebrink 27+1reb+1ast, C.Ford 18+19reb+2ast, L.Halvarsson 10+4reb, J.Skerovic 10+8reb+5ast, R.Hejdova 3, R.Stehlikova 2+1reb
gschID: 127085




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.2 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.6 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.6 
 4. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.6 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.5 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.4 
 7. Viteckova, USK P.16.0 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.5 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov14.7 
 10. Ford, Frisco Sika14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika13.2 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.3 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.8 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.5 
 6. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.6.9 
 8. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.6 
 10. Sipova, Slovanka.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.7 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.2 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.1 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.3 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.1 
 6. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.6 
 7. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 8. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 9. Viteckova, USK P.2.5 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.2 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.8 
 3. Brantlova, VS Praha2.4 
 4. Uhrova, Strakonice2.3 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice2.2 
 6. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 7. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 8. Novotna, Slovanka.2.0 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.1.9 
 10. Misurova, Trutnov1.8 
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 .1.2 
 4. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.8 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.0.8 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 10. Vodrazkova, Slovanka.0.6 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Meistriliiga Round 1 of Finals. Eclex take the lead - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
NikeWomen - TLU/Volta 56-61

TLU/Volta earned the first win in the series for the Meistriliiga Bronze medals. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 34-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) provided 32 points and 7 rebounds for TLU/Volta. Aleksandra Skorohhodova (182-F-87) and Oksana Miil (174-G-86) added 10 points each in the win. Janne Rits replied with 16 points for NikeWomen.
gschID: 127487


FINAL
Eclex Tallinn - Tartu Ulikooli 83-60

Eclex Tallinn surged ahead in the championship series. Maia Bratka (185-F-92) notched 26 points and 12 rebounds for Eclex. The game without a history. Eclex Tallinn led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) chipped in 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Tartu Ulikooli.
gschID: 127486




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Italy NT towards Additional Qualifying Round - by Carlo Grilli
Italy NT coach Giampiero Ticchi (agency: Interperformances ) selected 24 players for the Additional Qualifying Round in Taranto (June 3rd to 8th) to EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland (June 18th to July 3rd ).

The Azzurre will play Serbia, Belgium, Germany and Romania; the winner will meet the other group-champion in a two-legs final (June 12th to 15th) to grab the unique berth left in group C.

The Italian list:

Marte Alexander (194-C-76, college: Arizona) (Officine Digitali Faenza)
Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) (Agos Ducato Lucca)
Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) (Liomatic Umbertide)
Valeria Battisodo (177-G-88) (Lavezzini Parma)
Sabrina Cinili (190-F-89) (Liomatic Umbertide)
Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) (Liomatic Umbertide)
Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) (Bracco Sesto San Giovanni)
Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances) (Cras Taranto)
Maria Chiara Franchini (181-G-79) (Lavezzini Parma)
Angela Gianolla (171-G-80) (Cras Taranto)
Sara Giauro (190-C-79) (Cras Taranto)
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) (Famila Wuber Schio)
Roberta Meneghel (182-F-77) (Umana Venezia)
Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) (Famila Wuber Schio)
Chiara Pastore (171-G-86) (Famila Wuber Schio)
Emanuela Ramon (187-F-82) (Famila Wuber Schio)
Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) (Gran Canaria)
Lavinia Santucci (186-F-85) (Officine Digitali Faenza)
Beatrice Sciacca (175-G-83) (Officine Digitali Faenza)
Valentina Siccardi (182-G/F-82) (Cras Taranto)
Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) (Umana Venezia)
Nnena Wabara (183-F-81, agency: 540 Sports, college: Baylor) (Bracco Sesto San Giovanni)
Manuela Zanon (185-F-80) (Bracco Sesto San Giovanni)
Ilaria Zanoni (180-G-86) (Bracco Sesto San Giovanni)

Additional Round schedule:
June 4th: Italy-Serbia; Romania-Germany
June 5th: Italy-Germany; Belgium-Romania
June 7th: Italy-Belgium; Serbia-Germany
June 8th: Italy-Romania; Belgium-Serbia

The complete Eurobasket draw:
Group A (Bydgoszcz): Russia, Turkey, Slovak Republic, Lithuania
Group B (Bydgoszcz): Belarus, Czech Republic, Israel, Great Britain
Group C (Katowice): Spain, Poland, Montenegro, qualified from Additional Round
Group D (Katowice): France, Greece, Latvia, Croatia

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  GERMANY - Women  


Wasserburg back in the limelight - by Eurobasket News
Wasserburg - Freiburg 83:80

Wasserburg are new DBBL champions. They overcame Freiburg tonight to complete the sweep of the Finals. It is the sixth title for Wasserburg since 2004. Wasserburg needed to show character to celebrate the decisive win tonight. Freiburg led by 13 points heading into the fourth term but the hosts went on a massive fourth-quarter rally to snatch the victory at the end. Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, college: UNLV) stepped up with 25 points, 12 boards and 4 assists in the win.
Freiburg dominated in the first three quarters. They led by three points after ten minutes and managed to boost the margin to as many as 9 points at halftime 36:45. The visitors unloaded 26 points in the third term to stretch the gap to 13 points but it was not enough. Wasserburg erupted for 25 points in the final term stunning Freiburg and stealing the victory at the end. Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-G-84, college: W.Kentucky) accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds for Wasserburg. Diana Adela Pop (168-G-71) contributed 10 points in the win. Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) answered with 25 points for Freiburg. Yvonne Turner (174-G-87, college: Nebraska) chipped in 19 points and collected 7 rebounds in defeat.

Wasserburg: Sequoia Holmes 25+12 boards, Tiffany Porter-Talbert 21+10 boards, Diana Adela Pop 10
Freiburg: Mirna Paunovic 25, Yvonne Turner 19



Wasserburg is German Champion - by Juliane Hoehne
After three years, TSV 1880 Wasserburg clinches the German Champion Titel again with a 3-0 win series over Eisvogel USC Freiburg. TSV 1880 Wasserburg won the first game of the championship series clearly with 69-56, but the second and the third game promised to be closer. In the second game, Eisvogel USC Freiburg lost unluckily by one point at home (66-67), but put everything in the last game since it was 'win or go home'. The third game was dominated offensively compared to the both first two games, but both teams showed great effort and fight on both ends on the court.

Eisvogel USC Freiburg were able to get a little ahead in the first quarter with 18:21, and extended their lead at halftime (36:45). Also, in the third quarter TSV 1880 Wasserburg wasn't able to cut the lead down, and started the forth quarter with a 13-point-defizit (58:71). However, TSV 1880 Wasserburg didn't give up and was led by their two Americans, Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, college: UNLV) and Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-G-84, college: W.Kentucky), to cut the lead down to two points. Then it was once again Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, college: Brown) and Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) on Eisvogel USC Freiburg's side, who scored 5points to bring Eisvogel USC Freiburg ahead by 7. A great steal and an intentional foul call against Eisvogel USC Freiburg gave TSV 1880 Wasserburg the chance to decrease the lead, which they did. TSV 1880 Wasserburg took the lead with only one minute to go, but it was enough. With another foul call against Eisvogel USC Freiburg, and TSV 1880 Wasserburg knocking down the free throws, they reached the final score 83:80 and are the new German Champion 2011, as well as the German Cup Winner 2011. TSV 1880 Wasserburg was led by their two americans Sequoia Holmes (25points, 12rebounds, 4assists) and Tiffany Porter-Talbert (21points, 10rebounds, 6steals). On Eisvogel USC Freiburg's side, the leading scorers were Mirna Paunovic (25points), Yvonne Turner (174-G-87, college: Nebraska) (19points, 7rebounds), and Sarah Hayes (18points, 14rebounds).



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Williams, Leipzig18.1 
 2. Turner, Freiburg17.4 
 3. Holmes, Wasserburg17.2 
 4. Hayes, Freiburg16.9 
 5. Tatham, Halle16.5 
 6. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.16.3 
 7. Terzic, Herner15.5 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.14.9 
 9. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
 10. O''Rourke, Chemnitz14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg8.6 
 2. Tatham, Halle8.2 
 3. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.8 
 4. Haughian, Leipzig7.5 
 5. Porter-T., Wasse.7.3 
 6. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 7. Landry, Marburg7.0 
 8. Williams, Leipzig6.8 
 9. Almind, Oberhausen6.8 
 10. Jeltema, Chemnitz6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries4.8 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.1 
 3. Pace, Leipzig3.7 
 4. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 5. Austmann, Oberh.3.4 
 6. Mersch, Oberhausen3.1 
 7. Davidson, Marburg3.0 
 8. Barnert, Saarlouis2.9 
 9. Flasarova, Wolfen.2.6 
 10. Pop, Wasserburg2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.3 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg2.6 
 3. Pace, Leipzig2.6 
 4. Holmes, Wasserburg2.4 
 5. Tatham, Halle2.4 
 6. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.2.3 
 8. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 9. Turner, Freiburg2.2 
 10. Porter-T., Wasse.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.0 
 2. Koop, Marburg0.9 
 3. Landry, Marburg0.9 
 4. Zberch, Oberhausen0.8 
 5. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.8 
 6. Greunke, Rhein MB0.7 
 7. Wohlberg, Leipzig0.7 
 8. Bondarenko, Freib.0.7 
 9. Saarinen, Rhein MB0.6 
 10. Jeltema, Chemnitz0.6 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Page, ZTE18.0 
 2. Carson, SEAT L.17.4 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.17.2 
 4. Hollingswort., SEAT L.15.6 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.15.0 
 6. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.2 
 7. Griffin, Pecs 201013.8 
 8. Nemeth, Szeged13.6 
 9. Cvetanovic, Szolnok13.6 
 10. Szemeredi, Atome.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.10.4 
 2. Hollingswort., SEAT L.10.2 
 3. Page, ZTE9.2 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.8.0 
 5. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.4 
 6. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.3 
 7. Cvetanovic, Szolnok6.6 
 8. Krnjic, Pecs 20106.3 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.6.2 
 10. Balla, Vasas-Csata6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Katarina RISTIC
  Szolnok
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ristic, Szolnok5.3 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.5.0 
 3. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.8 
 4. Bukovszki, ZTE4.6 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged4.3 
 6. Darida, Nanette FTC4.3 
 7. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.0 
 8. Laczi, Szeged3.8 
 9. Boskovic, Szolnok3.7 
 10. Eordogh, Vasas-Cs.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gina SZEPSI
  Bajai NKK
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.6 
 2. Bukovszki, ZTE3.4 
 3. Laczi, Szeged3.0 
 4. Griffin, Pecs 20102.9 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 6. Darida, Nanette FTC2.8 
 7. Medgyessy, Atome.2.7 
 8. Zherzherunov., Sze.2.7 
 9. Demeter, Atomeromu2.6 
 10. Russai, Nanette FTC2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Page, ZTE2.0 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.7 
 3. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 4. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.3 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.1 
 6. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 7. Hollingswort., SEAT L.0.8 
 8. Griffin, Pecs 20100.8 
 9. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.8 
 10. Bagi, BEAC0.8 


Playoff Finals: MKB Euroleasing forces Game Five against Pecs 2010 - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 4: MKB Eurol. - Pecs 2010 79-55 (2-2)

MKB Euroleasing blasted Pecs 2010 one more time. MKB Euroleasing was 2-0 down after the first two meetings, but they improved significantly after that and the score is tied to 2-2 now. Fifth game will give us an answer who will be the A League champion for season 2010/11. That game is scheduled for Friday at 19:15h and Pecs will be the host.
The game without a history. MKB Euroleasing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pecs 2010's 26. 33 personal fouls committed by Pecs 2010 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Zane Tamane (200-83, college: W.Illinois, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Amber Holt (183-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four MKB Euroleasing players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with 11 points and American guard Allie Quigley (180-86, college: De Paul) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next game.

Top scorers:
MKB Eurol.: A.Holt 16+5reb, M.Coleman 12+5reb+2ast, Z.Tamane 11+9reb+2ast, K.Honti 10+3reb+8ast, B.Nemeth 9+5reb+2ast, T.Krivacevic 9+1reb
Pecs 2010: Z.Fegyverneky 11+3reb+3ast, A.Quigley 11+1reb, N.Sarok 6, S.Krnjic 6+4reb, K.Raksanyi 5+1reb, K.Griffin 3+4reb
gschID: 127382




Pecs vs. Sopron - series tied, game 5 coming - by Adam Patonay
The most traditional women basketball team Pecs and Sopron are writing a new chapter on their history. Pecs started with 2:0 and looked unstoppable, but Sopron stand up from the floor and tied the series. They won by 24 points on the game 4 and the coach of Pecs got two techinal foul. Everything shows that the last game will be great and more than a basketball game...
Friday, Pecs, Dezso Lauber Arena Game 5 !!!


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  ITALY - Women  


A1 Round 4 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Bracco Geas - Taranto 53-78

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-53. Cras Taranto dominated on the defensive end, holding Bracco Geas to just 6 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bracco Geas' 30. They outrebounded Bracco Geas 41-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Megan Mahoney (183-83, college: Kansas St., agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. French center Elodie Godin (190-85) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Australian center Laura Summerton (191-83) replied with 14 points and 4 steals and international forward Nnena Wabara (183-81, college: Baylor, agency: 540 Sports) added 9 points in the effort for Bracco Geas. 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:
Bracco Geas: L.Summerton 14+2reb+2ast, M.Crippa 9+2reb, N.Wabara 9+3reb, K.Twehues 8, M.Zanon 6+4reb, G.Arturi 5+5reb
Taranto: M.Mahoney 17+7reb+3ast, S.Young 15+3reb+1ast, S.Giauro 8+1reb, E.Godin 8+12reb, M.Greco 8+10reb, A.Gianolla 7+1reb
gschID: 127369




Pozzuoli sealed its place in next A1 - by Carlo Grilli
In the decisive game-3 of the final playout round, Pozzuoli beat Napoli avoiding relegation in A2.
Napoli payed a terrible start (18-3 after 10 minutes) and couldnt recover any more. Kelly Mazzante (183-G-82, college: Penn St.) was the mvp and top scorer pouring in 25 points; on the other side, Marija Micovic (187-F-82, agency: Players Group) scored 20 points in defeat.

GMA Pozzuoli - Job Gate Napoli 69 - 56
(18-3, 38-21, 50-40)
GMA POZZUOLI: Gatti G. (0/3), Gonzalez D. 2 (1/3), Zampieri A. 4 (1/1), Walker M. 2 (1/1), Kelly Mazzante 25 (2/3, 6/10), Benko L. 7 (2/3, 1/1), Minervino M. dnp, Crasnoscioc I. 13 (4/6, 0/5), Grasso A. 8 (3/6), Dixon T. 8 (3/9). Coach Carlo Fulvio Palumbo
JOB GATE NAPOLI : Micovic Mi. 10 (1/3, 2/4), Corradini L. 6 (3/3, 0/2), Grant T. 6 (2/6, 0/2), Gentile I. 6 (1/5, 1/3), Esposito A. dnp, Micovic Ma. 20 (7/14, 1/4), Callens E. 3 (0/3, 1/5), Vujovic A. dnp, Gidden V. 5 (1/5), Pernice A. dnp. Coach Massimo Massaro



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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Irtysh strike back against Astana - by Eurobasket News
Irtysh - Astana Tigers 62:42

Irtysh refused to give up easily as they bounced back from two starting losses in the championship series. They celebrated a comfortable 20-point victory over Astana in the third game of the series in Pavlodar. The teams will play Game 4 tonight. Angelina Yuskova (170-G-90) stepped up with 23 points and 8 assists to lead the hosts.
Irtysh suffocated Astana with an aggressive defense in the opening frame. The visitors scored just four points facing a 10-point deficit. Irtysh continued to dominate at both ends of the floor in the second term. They recorded a 33:17 halftime advantage. Astana finally adjusted in the third term but still managed to cut the distance just by one point 30:45. Irtysh eased to the victory in the fourth period setting the right tone for the fourth game in the series. Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) stepped up with 14 points and 6 boards for the winners. Zalina Kurazova (184-F-85) responded with 12 points for the Tigers. Evgeniya Chernova (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points in defeat.

Irtysh: Angelina Yuskova 23, Anna Vinokurova 14, Tamara Seregina (182-F-90) 9
Astana: Zalina Kurazova 12, Evgeniya Chernova 11

Meanwhile Okzhetpes claimed the Bronze medals. They swept their series versus BK Almaty following a 79:61 road victory.



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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Krastina, LU21.2 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis20.8 
 3. Krumberga, TTT R.20.6 
 4. Egle, Daugavpils16.1 
 5. Jakobsone, TTT Riga15.5 
 6. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga14.3 
 8. Eibele, TTT Riga14.0 
 9. Karklina, TTT Riga13.9 
 10. Lagzdina, TTT J.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis11.1 
 3. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.8 
 4. Nimane, TTT Riga8.6 
 5. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 6. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.5 
 7. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
 8. Rozenberga, RTU-M.8.1 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Krumberga, TTT R.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.2 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.4 
 3. Krastina, LU4.0 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.0 
 6. Pavlovska, TTT Riga2.8 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 8. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 9. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.5 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Krastina, LU4.3 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga2.7 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.2.7 
 5. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 6. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.4 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga2.3 
 8. Zeltina, Cesis2.2 
 9. Pavlovska, TTT Riga2.1 
 10. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruta VEIDERE
  TTT Kadetes
  (188-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 2. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 3. Surkusa, TTT Riga1.4 
 4. Egle, Daugavpils1.4 
 5. Teilane, TTT J.1.4 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga1.3 
 7. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 9. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.0 
 10. Poksane, RTU-Merks0.8 


TTT Riga celebrate another LSBL title - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - RTU 104:57

TTT Riga clinched their 12th LSBL title. They held off RTU-Merks to sweep the Final series. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) came up with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to pace TTT Riga in this one. She was named the MVP after the game.
The first frame saw the teams stayed close. TTT earned an 18:16 lead after ten minutes. The hosts increased the tempo in the second quarter. They went on a 32:7 run to leave the visitors far behind. TTT Riga maintained the tempo in the second half. They recorded a 29-point lead at the final intermission. RTU never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Anda Eibele (170-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 15 points, 6 assists and 5 boards, while Karline Nimane (188-F-90) contributed 13 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Signe Langenfelde (177-G-88) replied with 17 points for RTU. Ieva Vitola (187-F/C-85) had 11 points in the loss.

TTT Riga: Dita Krumberga 28+10 boards, Anda Eibele 15, Karline Nimane 13
RTU: Signe Langenfelde 17, Ieva Vitola 11



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Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Okockyte, LK.19.5 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.9 
 3. Kinkeviciene, Laisve16.9 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.8 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.14.4 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.13.9 
 7. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 8. Briedyte, Utena13.7 
 9. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 10. Budryte, Laisve12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Laisve
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.9 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena9.4 
 3. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.9.2 
 4. Balciunaite, LKKA-.8.9 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.2 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.5 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.4 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.0 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.9 
 6. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.6 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.3.5 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.5 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.1 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.3 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.2 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.2.7 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.6 
 6. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
 9. Daujadiene, Utena2.1 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.7 
 2. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 3. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 4. Palaimaite, Utena1.3 
 5. Juceviciute, Utena1.2 
 6. Kirstukaite, Utena1.1 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 
 10. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Racing
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 32
 1. Evans, Racing32.0 
 2. Bingham, Amicale29.2 
 3. Geehan, AB Contern25.1 
 4. Fitz, Basket Esch24.7 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen24.2 
 6. Fisher, Musel Pikes23.7 
 7. Donovan, Etzella22.4 
 8. Underwood, Resid.22.0 
 9. Walton, Black Star21.7 
 10. Barnes, T71 D.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Racing
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Evans, Racing18.4 
 2. Fitz, Basket Esch15.9 
 3. Bingham, Amicale14.6 
 4. Geehan, AB Contern14.6 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen12.9 
 6. Walton, Black Star12.4 
 7. Underwood, Resid.12.4 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes12.0 
 9. Barnes, T71 D.11.1 
 10. Donovan, Etzella9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andrea HARIS
  Basket Esch
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Haris, Basket Esch4.2 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.6 
 3. Donovan, Etzella3.3 
 4. Bingham, Amicale3.1 
 5. Evans, Racing3.0 
 6. Cigrang, Musel Pikes2.8 
 7. Petrova, Black Star2.8 
 8. Meintz, Amicale2.8 
 9. Kugener, T71 D.2.7 
 10. Van Dyck, Amicale2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Cathy SCHMIT
  Musel Pikes
  (169-G-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.4 
 2. Geehan, AB Contern3.1 
 3. Underwood, Resid.3.1 
 4. Petrova, Black Star3.0 
 5. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.9 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.2.9 
 7. Evans, Racing2.8 
 8. Cigrang, Musel Pikes2.2 
 9. Bach, Residence2.2 
 10. Meynadier, Musel P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephanie GEEHAN
  AB Contern
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Geehan, AB Contern2.3 
 2. Bingham, Amicale1.5 
 3. Fitz, Basket Esch1.4 
 4. Hetto, Heffingen1.3 
 5. Mazjoukhina, Musel P.1.3 
 6. Bertrand, Musel P.1.0 
 7. Evans, Racing0.8 
 8. Spencer, Heffingen0.8 
 9. Barnes, T71 D.0.7 
 10. Walton, Black Star0.6 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


UConns Moore wins Honda Award - by Eurobasket News
NEW YORK -- Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) of Connecticut has won the Honda Sports Award as the top woman in college basketball.

The senior led UConn to four straight Final Four appearances and two NCAA titles in her college career. The Huskies had a 150-4 record during her four years.

The other finalists were Baylors Brittney Griner, Xaviers Amber Harris and Stanfords Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Moore was recently selected with the first pick in the WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx.

Moore becomes eligible for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honor, which will be awarded June 27 in New York. She won the Honda-Broderick Cup last year, and could join swimmer Tracy Caulkins (Florida 1982, 84) as the only athlete to repeat that honor.
Courtesy of: The Associated Press


UW hires Stanford assistant Kelsey - by Eurobasket News
MADISON, Wis. -- Bobbie Kelsey , who, as an assistant coach at Stanford helped lead the Cardinal to the NCAA Final Four in each of the last four seasons, was named the sixth head coach in UW women's basketball history on Monday.
'I am thrilled to be able to welcome Bobbie to the Badger family,' Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. 'Her record of success everywhere she has been speaks for itself. I was obviously very impressed with her resume and was convinced she was the right person for the job once I got the chance to meet with her in person. She has a definite plan for how to bring success to our women's basketball team and the knowledge and enthusiasm to execute that plan.'

In her four seasons as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal compiled a 137-14 (.907) record, including a 69-3 (.958) mark in Pac-10 conference play, and advanced to the Final Four each year. Stanford's streak of four-consecutive Final Fours is tied for the second-longest streak in NCAA history. Prior to Kelsey's arrival, Stanford had not advanced to the Final Four since 1997.

'This is a tremendous opportunity and I am very appreciative that Coach Alvarez has put his trust in me,' Kelsey said. 'This program has excellent support, terrific resources and Madison is a wonderful community. It can be a great program and my intention and goal is to make it a great program.'

In addition to coaching at Stanford under Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer for the last four seasons, Kelsey was a four-year letterwinner at Stanford from 1992-96. She helped the Cardinal to three Final Four appearances in five years as a player, including the 1992 NCAA championship. Kelsey was a team co-captain in 1995 and 1996, voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1992 and 1996, and named the team's most improved player in 1993. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications from Stanford in 1996.

'We are thrilled for Bobbie and for the opportunity she has earned at Wisconsin,' said VanDerveer, who became the ninth women's coach inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on April 6. 'Bobbie has done an outstanding job here at Stanford over the past four years and truthfully it is bittersweet to see her leave. I know that she will continue to do a fine job in Madison, and we wish her the absolute best.'

Stanford just completed its 2010-11 season with yet another Final Four appearance. The Cardinal finished with a 33-3 record, falling to Texas A&M on a lay-up in the final seconds in the national semifinal. Stanford earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after going a perfect 18-0 in Pac-10 play and winning the conference tournament.

Among the milestones achieved by the Cardinal was running their Pac-10 winning streak to 49 games and snapping Connecticut's NCAA-record 90-game winning streak with a victory against the Huskies on Dec. 30.

In 2009-10, Stanford set a program record with 36 wins as the Cardinal went 36-2 and captured the Pac-10 double (regular season and tournament titles) while going 18-0 in Pac-10 play for the fifth time in program history. That followed a season in which Kelsey helped the Cardinal to a 33-5 overall record as well as the program's ninth consecutive Pac-10 regular season title and sixth Pac-10 Tournament crown.

Kelsey's first season on the Stanford coaching staff saw the Cardinal make its seventh appearance in the Final Four, and first since 1997. The Cardinal also reached the national championship game for the first time since 1992, Kelsey's first season as a player.

Kelsey was instrumental in transforming Stanford into one of the best defensive teams in the country. The top-3 scoring defense seasons in Stanford history came during Kelsey's tenure as an assistant as the Cardinal has not allowed more than 56.0 points for the season in the last three years.

Prior to returning to Stanford, Kelsey spent three seasons at Virginia Tech, helping guide the Hokies to three consecutive postseason appearances, including NCAA tournament berths in 2005 and 2006.

From 2002-04, Kelsey served as an assistant coach at Western Carolina and worked primarily with the post players while assisting with recruiting and camps. She coached 2002-03 Southern Conference Player of the Year Tiffany Hamm as well as Jennifer Gardner, the league's most accurate shooter that same year, making over 51 percent of her shots.

Kelsey spent the 2000-02 seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Evansville. Prior to her stint with the Aces, she was an assistant coach at Florida for two seasons where she was responsible for film exchange, scouting and coaching the posts. Kelsey helped the Lady Gators to back-to-back postseason appearances, including an NCAA tournament trip in 1999 and a trip to the WNIT championship game versus Wisconsin in 2000.

Prior to her tenure at Florida, Kelsey served as a practice player for the Atlanta Glory of the American Basketball League for one year and as an assistant at Boise State in 1996-97.
Courtesy of: Wisconsin Athletics


XU promotes assistant Amy Waugh to head coach - by George Fragkos
Xavier Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski announced today that Amy Waugh is the new XU women's basketball head coach. Bobinski made the announcement during a Wednesday afternoon press conference held at Cintas Center. Waugh, a 2003 Xavier graduate with a bachelor's degree in education, is the sixth head coach in program history but is the first Xavier alumnus to take over the XU women's basketball program.

'I have been impressed with Amy's personality, competitive fire and leadership abilities beginning with her days here as a player,' said Bobinski. 'She has matured as a coach over the past eight years as an assistant but I see that competitive fire burning even stronger today in her than I did when she was our point guard. I have watched her on and off the court over the past two years on Kevin's staff. It is clear that she is ready to make that next step. I am thrilled that she will be doing so as the leader of our women's basketball program.'

Waugh spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach on the Xavier staff under former head coach Kevin McGuff , who recently resigned to take over as Washington's new head coach. Prior to returning to Xavier in 2009, Waugh was an assistant coach at Wake Forest for five seasons (2004-09) and Youngstown State for one season (2003-04).

Waugh has plenty of rich history as a star player and coach at Xavier, helping lead XU to its first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance as a player in 2001 and its second NCAA Elite Eight appearance as a coach in 2010. In Waugh's six years as a player and coach at Xavier, XU has made five NCAA Tournament appearances.

'I am tremendously excited for this opportunity to be head coach at Xavier,' commented Waugh. 'There is a tradition of excellence at Xavier both academically and athletically. Those are traditions I am proud to have been a part of as a player and a coach. I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with the program and am very eager to continue the success of Xavier women's basketball.'

Over the past two seasons as an assistant at Xavier, Waugh has helped lead the team to back-to-back undefeated seasons in the Atlantic 10 as well as two straight A-10 Championship titles. The Musketeers have compiled a 59-7 overall record and a spotless 28-0 mark in league action over the past two years. The team appeared in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for only the second time in school history and returned to the national stage in 2011, falling in the NCAA Tournament Second Round after earning the school's highest-ever seed at No. 2. XU finished fifth in the final Associated Press Poll in both 2010 and 2011.

Prior to coming to Xavier prior to the 2009-10 season, Waugh had spent five seasons at Wake Forest as an assistant coach under Mike Petersen. She worked primarily with the Demon Deacon guards, including All-ACC players Coteila Bond-Young, Liz Strunk and Deirdre Naughton. Waugh also handled duties with recruiting, scouting opponents, community involvement and the Deacon Club.

Prior to Wake Forest, Waugh served as an assistant coach for the Youngstown State women's basketball program for one season. Her coaching responsibilities included working with the Penguin perimeter players but she also coordinated film exchange, camps, travel and monitored student-athletes' academic progress.

Waugh enjoyed a stellar four-year playing career with the Musketeers, leading Xavier to three NCAA Tournament appearances in four years, including the 2001 Elite Eight her sophomore year as she contributed 11.3 ppg. in XU's four NCAA games. As a senior in 2002-03, she knocked down a school-record 107 three-pointers as the Musketeers finished 20-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament First Round. Waugh led Xavier and the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring with 19 points per game and she led the nation with 3.6 3-point field goals per game. She was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team and was named an Honorable Mention All-American by womenscollegehoops.com and Basketball Times. She was also a finalist for the Detroit Rotary Club Nancy Lieberman Award for the nation's best point guard.

Waugh also still holds the Xavier records for career free throw percentage (.854) and the single-season records for 3-point field goals attempted (271), free throws made (146) and free throw percentage (.885) all of which were set during her season year in 2002-03.

As the sixth head coach in Xavier women's basketball history, Waugh will lead the Musketeers into their 41st season. Preceding Waugh were McGuff (214-73, 2002-2011), Melanie Balcomb (135-78, 1995-2002), Mark Ehlen (122-130, 1986-1995), Laurie Massa (100-144, 1976-86) and Tony Brueneman (33-18, 1971-76).

In addition to her success as a player at Xavier, it can also be noted that Waugh garnered national attention when she was crowned the three-point shooting champion at the 15th annual ESPN College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Shooting Championship at the 2003 NCAA Men's Final Four. Waugh defeated a field of seven other women to be the female champion, then defeated men's champion Darnell Archey of Butler to be crowned overall champion.

Waugh, who played her high school basketball at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., was born September 16, 1981 in Flint, Mich.

Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Romanian League 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Paula Cristina Ciocan
Ciocan
Florina Diacona
Diacona
Anca Sipos
Sipos
Georgiana Rus
Rus
Anita Teilane
Teilane
#e#5

Player of the Year: Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82) of ICIM Arad
Guard of the Year: Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82) of ICIM Arad
Forward of the Year: Anca Sipos (185-F/C-85) of Craiova
Center of the Year: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Satu Mare
Bosman Player of the Year: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Satu Mare
Import Player of the Year: Andrea Walker (196-C-88) of Sf.Gheorghe
Domestic Player of the Year: Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-G-82) of ICIM Arad
Defensive Player of the Year: Anita Teilane (196-C-85) of Satu Mare
Coach of the Year: Stacey Nolan of ICIM Arad

1st Team
G: Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-82) of ICIM Arad
G: Florina Diacona (176-82) of Rapid
F/C: Anca Sipos (185-85) of Craiova
F: Georgiana Rus (189-87) of Alexandria
C: Anita Teilane (196-85) of Satu Mare

2nd Team
G: Ancuta Stoenescu (171-80) of Timisoara
G: Annemarie Parau (175-84) of Sf.Gheorghe
G/F: Luiza Voinea (174-77) of Alba Iulia
F: Claudia Pop (186-89) of Satu Mare
C: Andrea Walker (196-88) of Sf.Gheorghe

Honorable Mention
Amra Mehmedic (175-G-81) of Satu Mare
Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) of Sf.Gheorghe
Laura Budean (172-G-77) of Timisoara
Cherrise Graham (171-G-82) of ICIM Arad
Tena Matthews (173-G-85) of Craiova
Luiza Voinea (174-G/F-77) of Alba Iulia
Adina Lovasz (184-F-91) of Sp.Studentesc
Ashlee Roberson (180-F-88) of ICIM Arad
Bianca Vescan (186-C-78) of Sf.Gheorghe
Fatou Kane (198-C-85) of Craiova
Gabriela Toma (192-C-74) of ICIM Arad
Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) of Alexandria
Doinita Panait (182-C-90) of Iasi

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-82) of ICIM Arad
G: Florina Diacona (176-82) of Rapid
F/C: Anca Sipos (185-85) of Craiova
F: Georgiana Rus (189-87) of Alexandria
C: Gabriela Toma (192-74) of ICIM Arad

All-Imports Team
G: Cherrise Graham (171-82) of ICIM Arad
G: Tena Matthews (173-85) of Craiova
F: Ashlee Roberson (180-88) of ICIM Arad
C: Fatou Kane (198-85) of Craiova
C: Andrea Walker (196-88) of Sf.Gheorghe

All-Bosmans Team
G: Amra Mehmedic (175-81) of Satu Mare
G: Natalia Burlakova (175-84) of Rapid
C: Biljana Savic (191-83) of ICIM Arad
C: Nevena Saponjic (186-85) of Alexandria
C: Anita Teilane (196-85) of Satu Mare



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Playoff Finals: Partizan beats Hemofarm on the road, takes 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Partizan 63-66

Partizan did a great job in Game One of the Playoff Finals. The defending champion and National Cup holder managed to beat Hemofarm on the road 63-66 for 1-0 lead in the series. This is the first loss for Hemofarm in A League this season. They entered to Playoffs with perfect 14-0. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. It is important to mention that Butulija is a former member of Hemofarm. Latoya Williams (193-C-87, college: Chipola JC) followed her with 19, while Bojana Jankovic (185-F-83), Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) and Jasmine Stone (191-F-88, college: Temple) added 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Sasa Cado (172-G-89) responded with 23 points and 7 boards. Veteran Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) stopped to 11 points. Partizan won the first period 8-15 and jumped to plus 9 until the halftime. Hemfoarm improved after the breather but their 16-13 in Q3 and 23-20 in the last period were not enough for a turn. Second game is scheduled for Friday and Hemofarm will be the host once again.

Hemofarm: Sasa Cado 23+7 boards, Biljana Stankovic 11
Partizan: Dajana Butulija 20, Latoya Williams 19, Bojana Jankovic 8+5 boards, Milica Dabovic 8, Jasmine Stone 8


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  SEYCHELLES - Women  


Stars shine against HotShots in title chase - by Carlos Pereira
Anse Etoile Stars have taken a major step to reclaim the womens league title lost to Anse Boileau-based HotShots two seasons back.

Their 67-62 victory over the reigning champions during the weekend has given them the impetus to push on. They are now in second place in the six-team standings with a maximum eight points after four wins in as many matches.
HotShots are the league leaders with nine points after playing five matches four wins and a loss.
During the tightly-contested match, which took place at the NSC multipurpose hall, Roche Caman, both teams displayed a well-disciplined game in both offence and defence.
After losing the first quarter 11-16, HotShots came out stronger in the second and fought back to win it 19-11 to conclude the first half with a three-point 30-27 lead.
In the third quarter, Anse Etoile Stars upped their game, especially in defence, and it allowed them to bridge the gap and outscore their opponents for a 49-45 lead at the end of the third 10-minute spell.
In the final quarter, the Stars managed to hold on to their lead despite the pressure from their opponents after losing captain Simone Malbrook with five personal fouls. They scored 18 points compared to HotShots 17 to win the match 67-62.
Stars' captain Simone Malbrook said her team are all out to regain all the titles lost over the past years, while HotShots' lanky skipper Tina Agathine is confident they will overcome the five-point deficit in the second round and retain the league title.




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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga Finals, Game One: Dobri Anjeli hand 78-54 loss to MBK Ruzmberok - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli - MBK Ruzmberok 78-54

Dobri Anjeli opened the Extraliga Finals in style. The defending champion smashed MBK Ruzmberok 78-54 for 1-0 lead in the series. Ashley Shields (178-G-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) top-scored for the hosts with 20 points and she pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Iciss Tillis (194-F-81, college: Duke) also was great as she registered double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) followed them with 13 pts. On the other side, MBK Ruzomberok got 15 points from Slavka Bucakova (168-G-79). Smith stopped to 10 pts. Dobri Anjeli took control on Ruza from the very start and they were 26-19 up after ten minutes. The hosts jumped to 46-25 until the halftime and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. Second game is scheduled for Saturday and MBK Ruzmberok will be the host.

Dobri Anjeli: Ashley Shields 20+7 boards, Iciss Tillis 18+14 boards, Anna Jurcenkova 13
MBK Ruzmberok: Slavka Bucakova 15, Smith 10


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Lions played unbeaten in prelim in girls division - by Don Farrell


Sherise Sutherland of Mt Hope Spurs tries to block Shaunna Sankar of Diego Martin All Stars during an attempted shot in a girls group match at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on April 11. The All Stars won the match 19-15. The Lions completed a 35-31 victory over the girls of Brian Chase Academy and will face St Martins Girls which finished fourth in the group. Safiya Marcelle helped Lions cause with nine points, while Nyota Saldenha and Shanice George scored 13 and seven points respectively for the Academy.

Guardian




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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


England youth teams in action over Easter - by Eurobasket News
England's youth national teams are all in the early preparation stages for the 2011 European Championships as the Easter period approaches.

The U18 and U16 Men are both competing in international tournaments beginning this weekend.

England's U18 Women completed a training camp in St Albans on 19 April as they prepare to play Germany in friendly matches in late May.

The U16 Women, under coach Karen Burton, are currently in Portugal where they are playing games against the Portuguese U18 and U16 teams. On Monday they lost to Portugal's Under 18 team by six points but came back on Tuesday to defeat their U16s by eight. They finish the tournament off on 20 April with one more game before returning to England.

As mentioned, England's U15 Boys' Development team trained alongside the U16s in Bristol on 18/19 April. The U15 Girls' Development team had a camp the two days previous (16/17 April) on the same court with head coach Lee Davie.

Finally, an English team will be participating in a 3v3 basketball tournament as part of the upcoming Children's Sport Games in Turkey.

The tournament is open to boys born in 1997 or 1998 and a squad of 4 players - Marko Backovic (Sheffield Junior Sharks), Daniel Evans (Leeds Carnegie), Joshua Steel (NASSA), Jason Witter (Lewisham Thunder) will represent England in the tournament, which will be played under the FIBA 33 rules.

The Children's Sport Games will be taking part in Ankara between April 22 and May 1, coinciding with Turkey's traditional Children's Day on April 23, with the basketball tournament running from April 24-28.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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Sky trades guard Perkins to San Antonio for center Michelle Snow, re-signs Erin Thorn - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Skys roster shuffle got under way in a big way on Wednesday.

The Sky acquired veteran center Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) in a two-player deal that sent Chicagos No. 2 scorer and steals leader, guard Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech), to San Antonio.

The Sky also re-signed veteran shooting guard Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU) to a one year contract.

Were excited to have a veteran, former all-star player join our squad, said Sky general manager and head coach Pokey Chatman . Michelles a player that will obviously strengthen our frontcourt with her ability to play both the 4 and 5 positions. Her ability to stretch the defense with her high post range, and her length on the block is a huge asset that has served her well.

Snow, a WNBA All-Star in 2006 and 2010, averaged 10.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game for the Silver Stars. The 6-foot-5 center shot a career best 57.4% from the floor in 2010, fourth best in the league.

Drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2002 out of the University of Tennessee by the Houston Comets, Snow enters her 10th season in the WNBA. She played seven seasons for the Comets before being signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Dream in 2009. In 2010 she was traded to the Silver Stars for Dalma Ivanyi and a 2011 second round draft pick

Perkins, a seven year WNBA veteran, played each of the Skys first five seasons and holds team career records in several categories including games (165), 3-point field goals (170) and steals (286). In 2010 she started all 34 games for the Sky and averaged a team second best 10.7 points per game while also collecting 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists. She led the team with 56 steals for the season.

Jia has been an integral part of growing the Chicago Sky franchise, added Chatman. We truly appreciate her contributions and wish her all the best.

The 5-foot-9 Thorn is returning for her ninth WNBA season and third with the Sky. During the 2010 season, Thorn averaged 20.1 minutes, 6.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Terms of the contracts were not released.

Known for her ability to spread the defense with her shot making, she led the team in three-pointers (42), three-point field goal percentage (.420%) and accuracy from the free throw line (.889%).

Im happy Erin will continue to be a part of our team, said Chatman. She provides a valuable skill set that will be key to our success.

During her two seasons with the Sky, Thorn has made her mark in the teams record books. She is currently second in team history in three-point field goal percentage (41.1%) and third in team history in three-pointers made (79).

Thorn, a graduate of Brigham Young University, was originally selected by the New York Liberty 17th overall in the 2003 WNBA Draft. She played for six seasons for the Liberty before being picked up by the Sky in 2009 as a free agent.

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


Minnesota Lynx sign Amber Harris - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Lynx announced the team has signed No. 4 overall draft choice Amber Harris (6'5''-F-88). Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Harris was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year at Xavier and a four-time All-Conference selection. The 6-foot-5 forward finished her career with 2,169 points and 1,207 rebounds.

In signing today, Harris joins No. 1 overall draft choice Maya Moore and former St. Paul Central standout Angel Robinson as 2011 WNBA Draft picks to sign with the Lynx.

The Lynx season starts Sunday, June 5, when they host the Los Angeles Sparks at the Target Center.

Courtesy of www.kare11.com


Laurel J. Richie Named WNBA President - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Veteran marketing executive, Laurel J. Richie, who brings more than three decades of experience in consumer marketing, corporate branding, public relations and corporate management, has been appointed President of the WNBA, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today.

Richie will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the worlds premier womens sports league, which tips off its historic 15th season this summer. She will assume her new role on May 16, 2011, reporting to NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver.

Prior to working at Girl Scouts of the USA, Richie worked at Leo Burnett Worldwide, an advertising agency based in Chicago, from 1981-1983, where she worked on a host of Procter and Gamble brands. In 1984, she moved to Ogilvy and Mather, where she spent more than two decades building brands for blue chip clients including American Express, Pepperidge Farm and Unilever, among others. During her tenure at Ogilvy, she led the team that helped Huggies become a multi-billion dollar brand. As Senior Partner, Executive Group Director with responsibility for a portfolio of global brands, her team was among the agencys most productive and profitable. She continues to work with Ogilvy as a founding member of its Diversity Advisory Board, supporting efforts to attract and retain top talent.

Richie is a recipient of the YMCA Black Achiever's Award and Ebony magazine's Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications. Earlier this month she was named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in Policy Studies, Richie lives in New York City.



source: wnba.com