EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/24/2011

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  ANGOLA   


Petro won game 2 of Angola Cup - by Antonio Santos
Petro won game 2 of Angola Cup 99 x 88 (21 x 15; 47 x 41; 70 x 64) after to lose game 1, 78 x 69. They will play game 3 on Sunday.
Libolo lead until the middle of the 3rd quarter when Petro tie the game at 57 points, however Libolo hit some 3pt and took the lead back till the middle of the 4th quarter when Petro took the lead for good.
Rod Nealy with 38pt was the player of the game. He was scoring on different ways and won the mutch up with Roger More.

Libolo: Domingos Bonifcio (13), Olmpio Cipriano (22), Francisco Sousa (00), Mayzer Alexandre (06), Abdel Bouckar (02), Simo Santos (04), Leonel Paulo (07), Abdel Gomes (00), Reggie Moore (19), Feliciano Camacho (00), Milton Barros (15), Edgar Chocolate (00).
Coach: Ral Duarte
Petro de Luanda: Yuri Swingui (00), Braulio Morais (18), Roderick Nealy (38), Roberto Fortes (09), Paulo Barros (02), Paulo Santana (15), Miguel Kiala (05), Cedrick Ison (00), Hlder Gonalves (00), Wlademir Pontes (00), Divaldo Mbunga (08), Idelfonso Kiteculo (00).
Coach: Alberto Babo



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  AUSTRALIA   


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


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 22-4 
 2. Aalstar 18-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 17-9 
 4. Oostende 16-12 
 5. Antwerp 15-12 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 9-17 
 7. Liege 9-18 
 8. Leuven 9-18 
 9. Gent 5-21 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers-Pep.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.8 
 2. Mallet, Charleroi16.1 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.8 
 4. Black, Antwerp15.6 
 5. Freeman, Verviers.15.1 
 6. Hilliard, Aalstar15.1 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.1 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar15.1 
 9. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 10. Miller, Leuven14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher YOUNG
  Aalstar
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Young, Aalstar8.0 
 2. Randle, Gent7.8 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.9 
 7. Tofi, Leuven6.5 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven6.1 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.1 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 3. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 7. Bosco, Gent2.8 
 8. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.6 
 10. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.4 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.8 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Hamilton, Charleroi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 7. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 
 9. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 10. Pelle, Oostende0.5 


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  BRAZIL   


Brasilian Lucas Nogueira Riva declares for the NBA Draft - by Mel Devonne
Lucas Nogueira Riva , a 7-foot Brasilian hopes to be the next Brasilian to make it to the NBA.
Currently playing in the EBA Spanish league Lucas has included his
name in this years NBA draft according to Yahoo sports.
Lucas played well and got the attention of NBA teams at the U18 FIBA World Championships in San Antonio
Texas and averaged 15ppg as Brasil won the silver medal
Lucas is 18 years old and has a 7-6 wingspan and would be considered a project in the NBA.
Lucas Riva (211-C-92) is from Sao Goncalo Rio de Janeiro and will participate in pre draft workouts in the United States in the next few months



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  CHINA   


CBA Round 4 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Guandong - Xinjiang 122-87

The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Xinjiang Flying Tige's 46. Guandong Tigers forced 20 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers and outrebounded them 44-33 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) replied with 31 points and 4 steals and international guard QingPeng Zhang (189-81) added 11 points in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Lester 25+9reb+4ast, W.ShiPeng 24+3reb+3ast, H.Marcus 22+5reb, Z.FangYu 17+3reb+4ast, H.Dong 10+7reb+1ast, Z.Peng 9+3reb+1ast
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 31+4reb+2ast, M.Bateer 12+5reb, Z.QingPeng 11+3reb+3ast, X.GuoChong 11+2reb+2ast, S.James 10+6reb, B.Yang 6+5reb
gschID: 127449




Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang32.0 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan29.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 8. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.6 
 4. Hudson, Guandong3.0 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 9. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 8. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 9. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 
 10. Wang, Bayi1.4 


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 7-1 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 6-1 
 3. Zadar 5-3 
 4. KK Split 4-4 
 5. Borik 3-4 
 6. Cibona 3-4 
 7. Alkar Sinj 2-6 
 8. Zabok 0-7 
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 


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 Split16.7 
 7. Bakovic, Darda16.5 
 8. Krolo, Darda16.3 
 9. Rudez, Cedevita15.6 
 10. Ridl, Darda15.4 
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 Split7.6 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.4 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.8 
 7. Grgurevic, KK Split6.7 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 9. Poscic, Kvarner .5.8 
 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. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 5. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.9 
 7. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 8. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Ridl, Darda3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andro ANZULOVIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 2. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 4. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 5. Swift, Darda1.8 
 6. Petani, Borik1.8 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.7 
 8. Puljko, Kvarner .1.6 
 9. Bicvic, Darda1.6 
 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. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 4. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 5. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 6. Vladovic, Trogir0.9 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 9. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.6 


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  CYPRUS   


Aris does his shopping in Cyprus. - by Chris Mammides
It seems that Aris Thessaloniki scouters have very good connections in Cyprus, that is the only way to explain why after the signing of one of the most talented Cypriot players under sixteen, last Summer (Alexandros Vezenkov), and the try-outs of one of the best Cypriot players under 21, Christopher Razis, now another two players are on the way to the nymph of Thermaikos and Aris Thessaloniki. The top American player in the Cyprus league the last two seasons, Anthony King and one of the best centers (if not the best) in the Cyprus League Stefan Milosevic.
The American power forward won the double this season with Intercollege Etha Engomis and his is a solid power forward which played the role of the center in his team due to the lack of another center and he went fantastic. He was the captain of his team and he was a real leader in the court. A solid character and a real professional, he is more than a simple power forward in the court as he does many jobs, some of which cant registered by the statisticians. He ended his successful season with as many as 14.4ppg, nearly 10 rebounds, 1.1 assist per game, 1,3 steals per game and 2 block shots per game, while he was the leading figure in the European tour of his team earlier in the season.
The Serbian center Stefan Milosevic arrived in Cyprus only two months ago but all the basketball brains realized from the very first moment about his talent and his abilities as he was one of the key figures in the break of the home advantage of Keravnos Strovolou as with his scoring abilities and his moves in the paint he eliminated all his opponents. Milosevic is a strong center who can also shoot from the parameter with the same effectiveness, he is very coachable player and he is definitely an asset for every team.
Aris Thessaloniki and Subotic did a great job by signing these two players as first of all they are not expensive players and secondly these specific players are in the perfect age and need to do the step forward (through Aris) to be able to play in another level, with the Greek play-offs, both players will do their best to succeed in order to be able to do their next career move.

Just to close the specific article i will mention the fact that more than ten players arrived this season from the Cyprus league, most of them were the key - figures in their teams.


Aris does his shopping in Cyprus. - by Chris Mammides
It seems that Aris Thessaloniki scouters have very good connections in Cyprus, that is the only way to explain why after the signing of one of the most talented Cypriot players under sixteen, last Summer (Aleksandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95)), and the try-outs of one of the best Cypriot players under 21, Christopher Razis (193-F-89), now another two players are on the way to the nymph of Thermaikos and Aris Thessaloniki. The top American player in the Cyprus league the last two seasons, Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) and one of the best centers (if not the best) in the Cyprus League Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85).

The American power forward won the double this season with Intercollege Etha Engomis and his is a solid power forward which played the role of the center in his team due to the lack of another center and he went fantastic. He was the captain of his team and he was a real leader in the court. A solid character and a real professional, he is more than a simple power forward in the court as he does many jobs, some of which cant registered by the statisticians. He ended his successful season with as many as 14.4ppg, nearly 10 rebounds, 1.1 assist per game, 1,3 steals per game and 2 block shots per game, while he was the leading figure in the European tour of his team earlier in the season.


The Serbian center Stevan Milosevic arrived in Cyprus only two months ago but all the basketball brains realized from the very first moment about his talent and his abilities as he was one of the key figures in the break of the home advantage of Keravnos Strovolou as with his scoring abilities and his moves in the paint he eliminated all his opponents. Milosevic is a strong center who can also shoot from the parameter with the same effectiveness, he is very coachable player and he is definitely an asset for every team.
Aris Thessaloniki and Subotic did a great job by signing these two players as first of all they are not expensive players and secondly these specific players are in the perfect age and need to do the step forward (through Aris) to be able to play in another level, with the Greek play-offs, both players will do their best to succeed in order to be able to do their next career move.

Just to close the specific article i will mention the fact that more than ten players arrived this season from the Cyprus league, most of them were the key - figures in their teams.


Aris does his shopping in Cyprus. - by Chris Mammides
It seems that Aris Thessaloniki scouters have very good connections in Cyprus, that is the only way to explain why after the signing of one of the most talented Cypriot players under sixteen, last Summer (Aleksandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95)), and the try-outs of one of the best Cypriot players under 21, Christopher Razis (193-F-89), now another two players are on the way to the nymph of Thermaikos and Aris Thessaloniki. The top American player in the Cyprus league the last two seasons, Anthony King and one of the best centers (if not the best) in the Cyprus League Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85).

The American power forward won the double this season with Intercollege Etha Engomis and his is a solid power forward which played the role of the center in his team due to the lack of another center and he went fantastic. He was the captain of his team and he was a real leader in the court. A solid character and a real professional, he is more than a simple power forward in the court as he does many jobs, some of which cant registered by the statisticians. He ended his successful season with as many as 14.4ppg, nearly 10 rebounds, 1.1 assist per game, 1,3 steals per game and 2 block shots per game, while he was the leading figure in the European tour of his team earlier in the season.


The Serbian center Stevan Milosevic arrived in Cyprus only two months ago but all the basketball brains realized from the very first moment about his talent and his abilities as he was one of the key figures in the break of the home advantage of Keravnos Strovolou as with his scoring abilities and his moves in the paint he eliminated all his opponents. Milosevic is a strong center who can also shoot from the parameter with the same effectiveness, he is very coachable player and he is definitely an asset for every team.
Aris Thessaloniki and Subotic did a great job by signing these two players as first of all they are not expensive players and secondly these specific players are in the perfect age and need to do the step forward (through Aris) to be able to play in another level, with the Greek play-offs, both players will do their best to succeed in order to be able to do their next career move.

Just to close the specific article i will mention the fact that more than ten players arrived this season from the Cyprus league, most of them were the key - figures in their teams.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


The End of the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in NBL just ended.

An interesting game for BK Pardubice (6-4) which hosted in Pardubice second-best BK Prostejov (7-3). Third ranked BK Pardubice had an easy win 89-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds for BK Prostejov. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice maintains third position with 6-4 record having 32 points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (10-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Novy Jicin (1-9) 88-76. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and Chester Simmons who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovakian forward Dusan Pandula (196-84) with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Novy Jicin lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost.


NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked NH Ostrava (2-8) 89-65. The winners were led by Petr Benda who scored that evening 12 points and 6 rebounds. Even 18 points by Lukas Palyza did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Loser NH Ostrava keeps the fifth place with eight games lost.

The game between fourth ranked BK Decin (4-6) and 5th ranked NH Ostrava (2-8) in Decin ended with biggest points difference. BK Decin outscored guests from Ostrava 94-65. The best player for the winners was Pavel Houska who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BK Decin maintains fourth position with 4-6 record. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost.


The most impressive performance of 12th round was 20 points and 15 rebounds by Dwight Burke of BK Nova Hut Ostrava.



Group A1
Novy Jicin - CEZ Nymburk 76-88

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (10-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Novy Jicin (1-9) 88-76. It looked good early as Novy Jicin took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CEZ Nymburk had a 26-20 second period charge getting the lead and Novy Jicin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-88. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Slovakian forward Dusan Pandula (196-84) with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Novy Jicin lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost.

Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 20+6reb, P.Slezak 17+1ast, R.Necas 12+12reb+2ast, P.Pumprla 11+1reb+1ast, P.Benda 9+7reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 6+1reb+2ast
Novy Jicin: D.Pandula 17+5reb+6ast, O.Soska 17+6reb, E.Ubilla 11+4reb+2ast, D.Steffel 10+2ast, C.Muirhead 9+3reb+3ast, D.Hajek 5+2reb


gschID: 122271


NH Ostrava - CEZ Nymburk 65-89

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (10-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked NH Ostrava (2-8) 89-65. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-87, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Even 18 points by forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) did not help to save the game for NH Ostrava. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Loser NH Ostrava keeps the fifth place with eight games lost.

Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: V.Stimac 14+3reb, M.Lenzly 13+2reb, P.Benda 12+6reb, L.Sokolovsky 11+1reb, A.Nissim 9+4reb, C.Simmons 9+3reb
NH Ostrava: L.Palyza 18+3reb, A.Spagrud 12+5reb, A.Mason 9+2reb+1ast, C.Trybanski 7+7reb, M.Stuchly 6+5reb, D.Burke 6+3reb


gschID: 122272


BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 89-68

An interesting game for BK Pardubice (6-4) which hosted in Pardubice second-best BK Prostejov (7-3). Third ranked BK Pardubice had an easy win 89-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) added 11 points in the effort for BK Prostejov. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Pardubice maintains third position with 6-4 record having 32 points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Prostejov at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost.

Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 20+7reb+1ast, M.Hampton 16+3reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 12+9reb+2ast, Z.Pospisil 11+4reb+1ast, M.Sykora 9+2reb+1ast, P.Milos 6+3reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: E.Lawrence 11+2reb+1ast, A.Slezas 10+2reb+1ast, K.Landry 9+7reb, J.Krakovic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Marek 6, P.Dokoupil 6+1reb+1ast


gschID: 122269


BK Decin - NH Ostrava 94-65

The game between fourth ranked BK Decin (4-6) and 5th ranked NH Ostrava (2-8) in Decin ended with biggest points difference. BK Decin outscored guests from Ostrava 94-65. The game without a history. BK Decin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NH Ostrava to just 4 points in first quarter. BK Decin dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 32. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 48-28 including 29 on the offensive glass. BK Decin players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by NH Ostrava's players. The best player for the winners was international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Miroslav Soukup (200-82) chipped in 15 points. Five BK Decin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dwight Burke (203-86, college: Marquette) who recorded 15 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BK Decin maintains fourth position with 4-6 record. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost.

Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 18+8reb+1ast, M.Soukup 15+4reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 14+2reb+5ast, L.Stria 14+5reb, J.Houska 11+5reb+5ast, J.Jiricek 6+4reb
NH Ostrava: D.Burke 15+7reb, M.Stuchly 12+3reb+1ast, A.Spagrud 9+5reb+3ast, J.Stehlik 6+2reb+2ast, A.Mason 6+3reb+1ast, L.Palyza 5+3reb+1ast


gschID: 122270




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 10-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 7-3 
 3. BK Pardubice 6-4 
 4. BK Decin 4-6 
 5. NH Ostrava 2-8 
 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. Field, BC Kolin14.0 
 9. Burke, NH Ostrava13.8 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.8 
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. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.1 
 6. Burke, NH Ostrava8.0 
 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. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
 8. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 9. Channels, Novy Jicin1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
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.1.2 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


#1 International Summer Professional League - by Eurobasket News
www.eurobasketsummerleague.com

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) 2011 is proud to present the #1 summer professional league for the international basketball community.

This summer there will not be a NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and the ESL will serve as an alternative platform for agents to send their high quality players to be scouted by some of the top coaches in the international market.

European and other international coaches already have committed to attending the ESL and the other exposure events in Las Vegas with the NBA lockout being confirmed

Over the past three (3) years the ESL has had some remarkable success of creating exposure and job opportunities for upcoming professional players looking to showcase their talents to the global basketball community.

The ESL 2011 will feature events in Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta (Womens Event), New York City and Cologne Germany.

Over 400 players who have attended the ESL events the past three years are currently playing professionally in seventy (70) different leagues globally.

Please click the following link to verify the former ESL players and their current league.

http://www.eurobasketsummerleague.com/Players-Abroad.asp

The ESL only features quality players with either professional experience or former NCAA players who have had very successful college careers.

www.eurobasket.com dedicates front page priority coverage of the ESL leagues, standings, statistics, game reports and all tournament teams.

The ESL is followed closely by thousands of international coaches who read Eurobasket daily and as a result many former ESL players have landed jobs due to the exposure of the ESL.

For more information regarding the ESL please contact marketing@eurobasket.com.




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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


#1 International Summer Professional League - by Eurobasket News
www.eurobasketsummerleague.com

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) 2011 is proud to present the #1 summer professional league for the international basketball community.

This summer there will not be a NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and the ESL will serve as an alternative platform for agents to send their high quality players to be scouted by some of the top coaches in the international market.

European and other international coaches already have committed to attending the ESL and the other exposure events in Las Vegas with the NBA lockout being confirmed

Over the past three (3) years the ESL has had some remarkable success of creating exposure and job opportunities for upcoming professional players looking to showcase their talents to the global basketball community.

The ESL 2011 will feature events in Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta (Womens Event), New York City and Cologne Germany.

Over 400 players who have attended the ESL events the past three years are currently playing professionally in seventy (70) different leagues globally.

Please click the following link to verify the former ESL players and their current league.

http://www.eurobasketsummerleague.com/Players-Abroad.asp

The ESL only features quality players with either professional experience or former NCAA players who have had very successful college careers.

www.eurobasket.com dedicates front page priority coverage of the ESL leagues, standings, statistics, game reports and all tournament teams.

The ESL is followed closely by thousands of international coaches who read Eurobasket daily and as a result many former ESL players have landed jobs due to the exposure of the ESL.

For more information regarding the ESL please contact marketing@eurobasket.com




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Ilkka Vuori moves to Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The season 2010-11 Finals have not started yet, but Top League teams already re-build their rosters for next 2011-12 season. Karhu (Kauhajoki) has signed with Finnish PG
Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86). Karhu's Head Coach Ari Tammivaara was one reason, why Vuori was ready to leave YMCA Lahti and move to Kauhajoki. Vuori played on top level in Lahti seven seasons. Last season Vuori played only 10 games (9,3 ppg - 3,5 rpg - 3,0 apg) because of the knee injury. For the same reason (knee operation) Vuori missed the whole 2009-10 season. Kauhajoki has now four contracts with Finnish players: Ilkka Vuori, Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86), Aleksi Huuskonen (188-G-88) and Henri Hirvikoski (191-G/F-86).



KORISLIIGA: KTP winning bronze - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, the Bronze contest: KTP (Kotka) crushing Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 96-72 (56-38) and winning by the same bronze during the 2010-11 season. It is bronze # 10 for KTP during the 54 seasons on top level. KTP won today all four quarters: 32-19, 24-19, 18-13, 22-21. Practically the game was over in 10 minutes. During the first quarter KTP had already a 11-0 run. The hosts were shooting well this time from behind the arc. Mikael Holme (192-G-79) made six treys (6/8) and team 40% (14/35). Last Tuesday KTP had two players over six points vs Kataja (Joensuu). Today five players were in double figures. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) led KTP with 24 pts. James Reaves (203-F-82, college: Niagara) left already once Korihait during the season, but came back and had a double-double (24pts/14rbs) in the last game of the season. The interesting Finals will start on Monday, April 25: Pyrinto (Tampere) vs Kataja (Joensuu).
KTP - Korihait 96-72 (56-38). (Sefton Barrett 24, Jeb Ivey 19, Mikael Holme 18 - James Reaves 24/14, Lawrence Wright 14, Jussi Kumpulainen 12).




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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Blair, Denek23.5 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.4 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.3 
 5. James, Challans17.2 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 7. Blot, Blois16.3 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin16.0 
 9. Disy, Roche15.8 
 10. Howell, St Quentin15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.7 
 2. Balocka, Lievin8.6 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 4. Cilly, Orchy8.3 
 5. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 6. Lopez, Brest7.9 
 7. Hoard, Lievin7.9 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux7.9 
 9. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.7 
 10. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.2 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.7 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 6. Rambur, St Quentin4.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.8 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.6 
 10. Dessart, Lievin3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Blair, Denek2.7 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 4. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 5. Neri, Roche2.0 
 6. Blot, Blois1.9 
 7. James, Challans1.8 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.7 
 10. Barbry, Orchy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.5 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 22-8 
 2. Dijon 20-11 
 3. Rouen 19-12 
 4. Fos Ouest 19-12 
 5. Evreux 18-12 
 6. Le Portel 17-13 
 7. Chalons-Reims 17-14 
 8. Bourg 17-14 
 9. Boulogne 17-14 
 10. Maurienne 16-14 
 11. Boulazac 15-15 
 12. Nantes 14-16 
 13. Antibes 13-18 
 14. Lille 12-18 
 15. Quimper 12-18 
 16. St Vallier 11-19 
 17. Clermont 9-22 
 18. Charleville 6-24 


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Sammy MEJIA
  Cholet
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Mejia, Cholet18.4 
 2. Jefferson, AS.18.4 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.9 
 4. Nichols, Vichy17.8 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Shuler, Vichy15.6 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines15.3 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 2. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.1 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.2 
 6. Jones, Le Havre8.1 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Jefferson, AS.7.4 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines6.0 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.7 
 6. Taylor, Limoges5.6 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.5 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.0 
 9. Diabate, Roanne4.8 
 10. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Elegar, Vichy1.9 
 6. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 7. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 8. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 9. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 10. Schilb, Chalon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 4. Issa, Gravelines1.4 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 7. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Pasco, Strasbourg1.1 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Harris, Lille18.8 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.0 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.2 
 7. Gay, Fos Ouest16.0 
 8. Davis, Le Portel15.6 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre15.5 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.4 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.3 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 6. Wyatte, Le Portel8.7 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.5 
 8. Badiane, Boulazac8.1 
 9. Giles, Rouen8.0 
 10. Monroe, Boulogne8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.2 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.6 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.4 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.4.9 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 9. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 10. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 4. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 5. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 6. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 7. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 8. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.0.7 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 32-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 26-8 
 3. ALBA 24-10 
 4. Art.Dragons 23-11 
 5. NY Phantoms 20-14 
 6. EWE Baskets 20-14 
 7. Goettingen 19-15 
 8. Bremerhaven 18-16 
 9. EnBW L'burg 18-16 
 10. TBB Trier 17-17 
 11. Phoenix Hagen 15-19 
 12. Walter Tigers 15-19 
 13. Telekom Baskets 14-20 
 14. ratiopharm 12-22 
 15. LTi 46ers 9-25 
 16. Bayreuth 9-25 
 17. MBC 8-26 
 18. Duesseldorf 7-27 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.6 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
 10. Allen, ALBA14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.9 
 7. Anderson, Goett.6.8 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.8 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Rochestie, ALBA4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.4 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.2 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Ross, MBC1.5 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Baynes, EWE B.0.9 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 


Brose Baskets won the Regular Season with 32-2 record - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1.Bundesliga just ended.

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (32-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (9-25) in Bamberg 85-52. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. BBC Bayreuth managed to win fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) responded with 8 points and 7 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 32-2 record. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth dropped to the fifteenth place with 25 games lost. They share the position with LTi 46ers.


The game in Ludwigsburg was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (26-8) played at the court of 7th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (18-16). Deutsche Bank Skyliners defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg 94-79. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and Roger Powell supported him with 28 points. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Gordon Herbert used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) by American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 26-8 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Bremerhaven.

Tenth-ranked TBB Trier (17-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Artland Dragons (23-11) on Saturday. The visitors from Quakenbrueck managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. Nathan Peavy fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Dru Joyce produced 16 points and 7 assists for lost side. Artland Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 23-11 record. Loser TBB Trier keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost.


There were no shocking results in the other games in round 34: LTi 46ers lost to Phoenix Hagen on the opponent's court 73-83. MBC were outscored by Goettingen in a home game 50-71. Walter Tigers recorded a loss to ALBA on the road 88-76. Telekom Baskets were defeated by NY Phantoms on its own court 78-86. Bremerhaven beat ratiopharm in a road game 102-92. EWE Baskets won against Duesseldorf at home 77-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by Brandon Thomas of NY Phantoms.


Phoenix Hagen - LTi 46ers 83-73

Rather expected game when 15th ranked LTi 46ers (9-25) were defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (15-19) 83-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-73. Phoenix Hagen made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Strangely LTi 46ers outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 39-23 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) fired 26 points for the winners. Forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Walter Tigers. Loser LTi 46ers keep the fifteenth position with 25 games lost. They share it with Bayreuth.

Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 26+2reb+2ast, M.Dorris 15+1reb+2ast, J.Burtschi 13+7reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 8+2ast, Z.Jonusas 8+2reb+1ast, B.Kruel 6+6reb
LTi 46ers: A.Smith 16+7reb+6ast, E.Ovcina 16+5reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 11+10reb+2ast, R.Brooks 10+3reb+1ast, M.Jeffers 9+7reb+1ast, J.Freese 6+3reb+1ast


gschID: 93179


MBC - Goettingen 50-71

Very predictable result in Weissenfels where seventh ranked BG Goettingen (19-15) smashed 17th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (8-26) 71-50 on Saturday. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BG Goettingen outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 43-32 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) fired 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. BG Goettingen's coach John Patrick felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) added 10 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. BG Goettingen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 19-15 record. Mitteldeutscher BC lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 26 games lost.

Top scorers:
Goettingen: L.Dale 17+4reb, K.Bailey 16+3reb+3ast, D.Anderson 13+9reb+5ast, J.Little 12+7reb+5ast, R.Kulawick 8+2reb, J.Boone 3+8reb
MBC: R.Ross 21+6reb+1ast, W.Bernard 10+8reb+2ast, S.Leutloff 7+4reb, G.Grunheid 4+6reb, V.Radinovic 3+3reb, R.Pilcevic 3+1reb+1ast


gschID: 93180


ALBA - Walter Tigers 88-76

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Walter Tigers (15-19) were defeated on the road by third ranked ALBA Berlin (24-10) 88-76 on Saturday. ALBA Berlin made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points. ALBA Berlin's coach Muli Katzurin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. ALBA Berlin maintains third position with 24-10 record having eight points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser Walter Tigers keep the eleventh place with 19 games lost. They share the position with Phoenix Hagen.

Top scorers:
ALBA: M.Raduljica 23+8reb, D.Allen 14+4reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 10+1reb+4ast, Y.Idbihi 9+5reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 9+2reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 8+5ast
Walter Tigers: A.Kashirov 20+7reb, D.Watts 17+8reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 14+4reb+9ast, C.Crawford 9+3reb+2ast, C.Oliver 8+6reb+1ast, J.Herber 3+3reb+2ast


gschID: 93181


Brose Baskets - Bayreuth 85-52

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (32-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (9-25) in Bamberg 85-52. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. BBC Bayreuth managed to win fourth quarter 17-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) responded with 8 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 5 points and 7 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 32-2 record. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth dropped to the fifteenth place with 25 games lost. They share the position with LTi 46ers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 20+2reb, T.Pleiss 15+9reb+2ast, C.Jacobsen 10+1reb+2ast, K.Hines 9+3reb, R.Terry 9+8reb, M.Stuckey 7+4reb
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 8+3ast, E.Ibekwe 8+7reb, S.Wachalski 8+4reb, S.Schmidt 6+4reb, S.Schmitz 5+1reb+1ast, D.Neitzel 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93175


EnBW L'burg - Dt.Bank SKY 79-94

The game in Ludwigsburg was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (26-8) played at the court of 7th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (18-16). Deutsche Bank Skyliners defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg 94-79. The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. EnBW Ludwigsburg was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 28 points. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Gordon Herbert used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) by American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 26-8 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Bremerhaven.

Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: R.Powell 28+4reb+1ast, D.Wood 19+5reb+10ast, Q.Robertson 14+1reb+3ast, J.McKinney 7+3reb+2ast, M.Nolte 6+4reb, K.Muurinen 4+1reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 21+4reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 13+8reb, J.Green 12+1reb+2ast, J.Bowler 10+3reb+1ast, S.Vene 7+2reb, R.Rickert 6+5reb


gschID: 93176


Telekom Baskets - NY Phantoms 78-86

Everything went according to plan in Bonn where fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (20-14) beat 13th ranked Telekom Baskets (14-20) 86-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. New Yorker Phantoms outrebounded Telekom Baskets 37-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) produced 20 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and his fellow American import guard Mark Tyndale (196-86, college: Temple) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms maintains fifth position with 20-14 record, which they share with EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 18+13reb+5ast, L.Greer 16+2ast, J.Cain 11+4reb+2ast, K.Hamilton 11+4reb+4ast, K.Visser 10+2reb, N.Mittmann 6+4reb
Telekom Baskets: N.Wise 20+8ast, J.Jaacks 17+6reb, M.Tyndale 17+4reb+4ast, A.King 11+3reb, T.Ohlbrecht 4+1reb, P.Flomo 4+1ast
gschID: 93177


TBB Trier - Art.Dragons 65-66

Tenth-ranked TBB Trier (17-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Artland Dragons (23-11) on Saturday. The visitors from Quakenbrueck managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. TBB Trier was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded TBB Trier 37-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 12 points. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) produced 16 points and 7 assists and guard Oskar Fassler (198-88) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Artland Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 23-11 record. Loser TBB Trier keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost.

Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 16+11reb+1ast, B.Bailey 12+4reb+3ast, A.Hess 9+4reb+2ast, D.Fenn 8+6reb, C.Brown 6+2reb+1ast, R.Boumtje 6+6reb+1ast
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 16+4reb+7ast, O.Fassler 15+3reb+3ast, D.Dojcin 12+2reb, M.Zirbes 6+6reb, P.Zwiener 5, O.Clay 4+2reb+1ast


gschID: 93178


ratiopharm - Bremerhaven 92-102

There was no surprise when 14th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-22) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (18-16) 102-92 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. American guard Jamison Brewer (193-80, college: Auburn, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) produced 26 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and international forward Robin Benzing (208-89) added 14 points respectively for lost side. ratiopharm Ulm's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to eighth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg. ratiopharm Ulm lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 22 games lost.

Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: P.Schwethelm 21+2reb+4ast, J.Brewer 20+10reb+5ast, A.Drevo 17+2reb, C.Callahan 15+2reb+1ast, S.Denison 10+4reb+1ast, T.Everett 8+2ast
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 26+4reb+1ast, R.Benzing 14+3reb+2ast, C.Collins 12+6reb+1ast, P.Guenther 8+4ast, D.Fitzgerald 8+4reb+1ast, S.Betz 6+4reb


gschID: 93173


EWE Baskets - Duesseldorf 77-64

No shocking result in a game in Oldenburg where sixth ranked EWE Baskets (20-14) won against bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (7-27) 77-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 42-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) fired 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Loser Gloria Giants stay dead last with 27 lost games.

Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: L.Campbell 13+1reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 13+5reb+5ast, C.McNaughton 13+4reb, O.Stevic 10+8reb+1ast, R.Paulding 10+1reb+2ast, E.Gill 9+1reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 14+5reb+3ast, E.Rizvic 13+6reb+1ast, S.Wright 12+5reb, L.Kisielius 8+4reb+3ast, G.Watt 7+5reb, M.Petric 6+2reb


gschID: 93174




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Talented Hidden Gem - by Travis McAvene
Isaac Jefferson is a very talented player that is driven to get back overseas. The 65 guard is currently a standout for the Ohio Hidden Gems in the IBL. Jefferson finished his college basketball career at Hampton University in 2003.

Jefferson has experienced a long, successful basketball career. He started his pro career in 2004 with the Cincinnati Blaze (ABA). In 2007 Jefferson played in Germany with Hagen BG, where he averaged 26.0ppg, 10.0rpg, and 5.0apg. In 2010, Jefferson finished a very successful season with the Columbus Crush (UBA), averaging 18.1ppg, 12.3rpg, and 9.0apg.

Currently, Jefferson is gearing up for a new season this spring with the Ohio Hidden Gems. Isaac is a big and physical guard who creates a lot of problems for his opponents, said Travis McAvene. Isaac is a very confident player who knows how to score anywhere on the floor.

The Ohio Hidden Gems plan to open up their 2011 season against the Kankakee County Soldiers on May 14.
Isaac Jefferson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Hampton)


Bellingham beats Olympia- will face Vancouver home and away next weekend - by Trask Frost
IBL Media: the Bellingham Slam beat the Olympia Reign 122 to 99 tonight at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham Washington. The Slam's Jacob Stevenson led all scorers with 32 points. The Bellingham Slam will face the Vancouver Volcanoes Friday at home and the very next day at Vancouver (Clark College in Vancouver Washington, game time 7pm). This home and away matchup is an odd one but one that both teams look forward to but the Slam have an edge in being two games in- and already looking sharp in those two games. And both the Bellingham Slam and Vancouver Volcanoes play on Sunday as well but against two different USA All Stars rosters, currently 0-4. For information about any of these teams or for information about the IBL itself, visit the IBL web site www.IBLhoopsonline.com

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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 24-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 20-7 
 3. Armani MI 19-8 
 4. Benetton TV 14-12 
 5. Air AV 14-13 
 6. Cimberio VA 14-13 
 7. Lottomatica 13-14 
 8. CS Bologna 13-14 
 9. Scavolini PS 13-14 
 10. Dinamo Sassari 12-15 
 11. Pepsi Caserta 12-15 
 12. Vanoli CR 11-16 
 13. Fabi Shoes 10-17 
 14. Angelico BI 9-18 
 15. Banca Tercas 9-18 
 16. Enel Brindisi 8-19 


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Matteo Boniciolli takes over BC Astana - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana announced very important news today. The newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital hired Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) as a Head Coach for season 2011/12. BC Astana will compete in VTB United League and hiring of well respected Italian coach was their first move. The GM of BC Astana is a basketball legend Valery Tikhonenko.
Matteo Boniciolli worked this season with Lottomatica Virtus Roma, who competed in Italian SerieA and in Euroleague as well. They parted ways in January. Boniciolli worked with Lottomatica also last season. In 2009, he won the EuroChallenge Cup with La Fortezza Bologna. That same season he helped the team reach the Italian Cup Finals. In 2008, Matteo Boniciolli led La Fortezza to Italian Cup trophy and was named All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year. In the past, Boniciolli was working with Air Avelino, Teramo, Fortitudo, Messina and Udine. In 2004, he reached the Belgian Cup Finals with Oostende. Boniciolli also has experience from the Italian National Team, where he worked as assistant coach in the past.


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


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Game 4 Preview: Chicago Bulls (3-0) vs. Indiana Pacers (0-3) - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS---The Indiana Pacers have played three solid games this series and all they have to show for it is a 3-0 deficit.

Its been extremely tough for them to beat us three straight games and for us to crumble in the last seconds, said Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.).

The Chicago Bulls come into Conseco Fieldhouse looking to sweep the Pacers and have time to rest after a physical first round series.

The Pacers know their backs are against the wall.

Its tough for us right now, said Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA). We were right there we just have to make better decisions at the end.

Again its just us not executing down the stretches that been our Achilles (heel), said Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.). We have been in every game but we just haven't executed down the stretch.

The players sounded dejected after the heartbreaking game 3 loss.

It was a difficult loss to take because the team executed its game plan nearly to perfection.

Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was frustrated at times with the defensive pressure the Pacers applied and the hard fouls that he took on every drive to the basket.

Rose shot 4-for-18 from the floor and if you told any of the Pacers that would be his stat line coming into the game they would take it and expect to come out on top.

I think we did a great job on him, me and Dahntay and the rest of us, said George. Again hes a great player and when they needed a big shot he stepped up for them.

The Bulls would like nothing more than to finish the series in game four.

'We don't want to think ahead because we know that we will get their best shot tomorrow so we just want to focus, play the right way, and win,' said Keith Bogans (6'5''-G-80, college: Kentucky). 'But we know that its going to be easy.'

The Pacers will be playing to extend their season at least one more game and the Bulls will be looking to finish the series and move on to the next one.

It will be another battle of wills and each team is ready to go.


Pierce, Allen lead Celtics to 3-0 lead over Knicks - by Eurobasket News
No fantastic finish needed for the Boston Celtics this time.

They simply spoiled Madison Square Garden's postseason homecoming party right from the start.

Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 38 points, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) added 32, and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had a Celtics' playoff-record 20 assists as Boston beat the New York Knicks 113-96 on Friday night to take a 3-0 in their first-round playoff series.

Rondo had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who pulled out two close games in Boston but never trailed in this one, dominating the first playoff game at Madison Square Garden in seven years. They will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon, and no NBA team has ever lost a series after winning the first three games.

Boston coach Doc Rivers said he rarely talks to his team about the crowd environment, but the former Knicks player made an exception Friday knowing the stage.

'My main concern is this was not entertainment coming in here today. This was a competition and I thought we came with that mentality,' Rivers said.

After winning the two games in Boston despite trailing in the final half-minute of both, the Celtics scored the first nine points of this one and never really let it get much closer.

'You come out and you hit them first. You don't give the crowd a reason to get involved. That was big, when we came out with that run to start the game. We were comfortable from there on out,' Pierce said.

Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 15 points and 11 rebounds but shot 4 for 16 for the Knicks, who were booed as they walked off the court trailing by 23 points after three quarters.

'You can't give them that big an opening that they can smell blood,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Exactly 10 years to the day since their last home playoff victory, the Knicks were outclassed in the same way they have been so many times in their forgettable decade since.

With Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) sidelined again with a knee injury, Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) limited by his back spasms and Anthony unable to duplicate his 42-point performance from Game 2, the Knicks lacked the firepower to match the defending Eastern Conference champions.

'It's tough knowing that Amare's not 100 percent, Chauncey's not 100 percent and we're just trying to find our way on the fly right now,' Anthony said. 'That's a tough situation but I think that would be making excuses if I sit here and say that they beat us because we're not at full strength. We've still got guys that have to go out there and play and that is going out there and playing, so I don't want to use that as an excuse.'

Stoudemire was just 2 for 8 for seven points, admitting he was trying to avoid contract on drives to the basket. He said he wasn't 100 percent and knows he won't be Sunday, either.

'I felt good enough to play but I wasn't 100 percent,' he said. 'I just wanted to show some courage out there for the fans of New York. They deserved it and my teammates, also.'

Allen, who made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the Celtics' 87-85 victory in Game 1, was 8 for 11 behind the arc and is a sizzling 15 for 20 in the series. Pierce was 6 of 8 from 3-point range as Rondo continuously set up his two All-Star wing players for open shots.

Rivers compared his point guard, who shared the Celtics' record with Hall of Famer Bob Cousy, to a catcher calling a perfect game. But Rondo, whose sixth postseason triple-double is four behind Larry Bird's team record, gave credit to the screeners who were freeing up so much space for Allen and Pierce.

'I would say our bigs are getting Ray and Paul open,' Rondo said. 'Ray and Paul made them pay.'

A sellout crowd filled with celebrities and fans starving to see postseason success could do nothing but admire the execution of the Celtics in an impressive performance after believing they played poorly in the first two games. They matched the 3-0 lead Miami has over Philadelphia, moving closer to an expected second-round showdown.

Many fans wore orange shirts or waved orange towels. But the Celtics, who came within one win of an NBA title last season despite having home-court advantage in only one round, shook off the sounds as easily as they swatted away the Knicks.

'For us, you know you're in a hostile environment and we've been here before in this situation,' Allen said.

Stoudemire, who missed the second half of Tuesday's game, won the opening tip but struggled early. He way overshot the basket on his first attempt, missed badly on his next one and was 0 for 3 in the opening period.

He warmed up for the second half with a large pad attached to his back, but by then it wouldn't even had mattered if he played well.

The Celtics quickly scored the first nine points of the game before struggling Landry Fields got the Knicks on the board with a jumper more than 3 minutes in. Pierce later nailed a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run that made it 22-5 and Boston turned away every New York rally.

Boston finished 14 of 24 (58 percent) from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Knicks 43-33.

NOTES: Shaquille O'Neal sat on Boston's bench, showing he's closer to returning from a right calf injury by making the trip to New York. Rivers said O'Neal is working hard but doesn't know if he'll be available for Game 4. ... Pierce tied Tom Heinsohn for 13th place on Boston's career list with his 104th playoff game. He will tie K.C. Jones for 12th on Sunday and could move into the top 10 during this postseason.

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East and West Quarterfinals: Third games - by Eurobasket News
East
New York K. - Boston C. 96-113
No fantastic finish needed for the Boston Celtics this time. They simply spoiled Madison Square Garden's postseason homecoming party right from the start. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 38 points, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) added 32, and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) had a Celtics' playoff-record 20 assists as Boston beat the New York Knicks 113-96 on Friday night to take a 3-0 in their first-round playoff series. Rondo had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who pulled out two close games in Boston but never trailed in this one, dominating the first playoff game at Madison Square Garden in seven years. They will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon, and no NBA team has ever lost a series after winning the first three games. Boston coach Doc Rivers said he rarely talks to his team about the crowd environment, but the former Knicks player made an exception Friday knowing the stage. 'My main concern is this was not entertainment coming in here today. This was a competition and I thought we came with that mentality,' Rivers said. After winning the two games in Boston despite trailing in the final half-minute of both, the Celtics scored the first nine points of this one and never really let it get much closer. 'You come out and you hit them first. You don't give the crowd a reason to get involved. That was big, when we came out with that run to start the game. We were comfortable from there on out,' Pierce said. Carmelo Anthony had 15 points and 11 rebounds but shot 4 for 16 for the Knicks, who were booed as they walked off the court trailing by 23 points after three quarters. 'You can't give them that big an opening that they can smell blood,' Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. Exactly 10 years to the day since their last home playoff victory, the Knicks were outclassed in the same way they have been so many times in their forgettable decade since. With Chauncey Billups sidelined again with a knee injury, Amare Stoudemire limited by his back spasms and Anthony unable to duplicate his 42-point performance from Game 2, the Knicks lacked the firepower to match the defending Eastern Conference champions. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Atlanta H. - Orlando M. 88-84
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) banked in a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to cap a brilliant second half, leading the Atlanta Hawks to an 88-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. The Hawks led most of the game, but things got close and testy in the final minutes. Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) of Atlanta and Jason Richardson of Orlando were both ejected with 2:22 remaining after a confrontation under the basket. The teams swapped the lead four times after that near-brawl until Al Horford put the Hawks ahead for good with 46.6 seconds remaining. But Crawford, who scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime, hit the biggest shot of all. With the shot clock winding down, he put up a jumper over Jameer Nelson that struck high on the backboard and went in. Game 4 is Sunday night. *Courtesy of www.forbes.com

Indiana P. - Chicago B. 84-88
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was beaten up and shaken up by Indiana's trapping defense, which was intent on shutting him down at all costs. The Chicago Bulls guard struggled all game long and even lost his cool at times, but he still found a way to be the difference-maker. He scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 17.8 seconds left, to help the Bulls beat the Pacers 88-84 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Rose's late basket was his only field goal in the second half. He made just 4 of 18 shots in the game as he was blanketed, and at times pummeled, by Indiana's Paul George and Dahntay Jones. 'It was a little rough out there, but it's basketball,' he said. 'They had something to prove.' Rose, guarded by Jones, drove left for the layup that gave the Bulls an 86-84 lead and sparked 'MVP!' chants from the thousands of Bulls fans who made the 3-hour drive. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had a chance to give the Pacers the lead, but his 3-pointer was off, and Chicago's Ronnie Brewer rebounded. Brewer was fouled, and he made two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to put the game out of reach. Rose missed his first eight shots of the second half, but he never hesitated when it was time to go for the lead late. 'The whole time, I was just thinking I'll go to the hole,' he said. 'It was tough the whole night the way they were playing, but at that time, I saw space and went for it.' Rose's teammates expected him to deliver. 'We have had a lot of close games all year,' Bulls guard Kyle Korver said. 'He always wants the ball at the end, and usually, he comes through.' Rose made up for his shooting difficulties by making 13 of 15 free throws. Chicago can close out the series on Saturday. 'The bottom line is we're up 3-0,' Chicago forward Carlos Boozer said. 'We're getting better. Our defense was much better than it was the first two games of the series, and we've got to be ready for Game 4.' Rose averaged 37.5 points in the first two games of the series, and the Pacers made it clear that slowing him was their top priority heading into Game 3. Their poor shooting - 38 percent - cost them a chance to take advantage. Luol Deng had 21 points and Korver added 12 for the Bulls. Granger, who led the Pacers with 21 points, said the Pacers wanted something better than the contested 26-footer that bounced off the rim with 2.2 seconds remaining. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Philadelph.76 - Miami Heat 94-100
Hours before Game 3, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had that big-game feeling. Wade's 36 miserable hours of migraine headaches had passed, his head was clear and his game, well, he'd prove his game was back in championship form. 'I don't have to worry about bright lights,' Wade said. Was he ever fantastic under the postseason spotlight. Wade had 32 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) finished with 24 points and 15 boards and the Miami Heat took a 3-0 lead in their first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 100-94 victory Thursday night. 'I felt a lot better,' Wade said. 'My game felt better. I think my teammates could see it.' The Heat saw it from the opening tip. Wade was driving, attacking, dunking - playing his game at full blast the way he couldn't in Game 2. He even fought through another familiar malady, a banged-up shoulder that needed ice and treatment. Wade delivered with a string of big baskets - he was 10 of 19 from the field overall - in the third and fourth quarters that spurred the Heat to the brink of the conference semifinals. He drew a foul on a spin move against Jrue Holiday and hit two free throws with 51.6 seconds left that about clinched the game. Wade missed practice before Game 2 with a migraine headache. He was slowed in Game 2 by the lingering effects of the headache and scored a combined 31 points in the first two games. 'He understood we needed something a little bit more,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Wade was 12 for 12 from the free throw line. For all the hype around the Big Three, Wade remembers he was the Biggest One in Miami. He still plays that way and the Heat needed all of his all-around excellence against the scrappy Sixers. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) scored 19 points for the Heat, who rallied from an early 10-point deficit to move within one win of a sweep of the Eastern Conference series. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com





West
Denver N. - Oklah.City T. 94-97
Transforming from a shot-blocker into a shot-maker, Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) tied his career high with 22 points and sparked the Oklahoma City Thunder's 97-94 win over the Denver Nuggetson Saturday night that gave them a 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 playoff series. Ibaka, a second-year pro from the Congo who led the league with 198 blocks during the regular season, gave the Thunder a third dimension on offense to go with All-Stars Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) (26 points) and Russell Westbrook (23). Ibaka also set a career high by pulling down 16 rebounds, 10 on the defensive glass. Not even the return of Arron Afflalo (13 points) from a troublesome hamstring injury or bounce-back performances from J.R. Smith (15 points) and Chris 'Birdman' Andersen (13) could keep the Nuggets from falling to 0-5 against Oklahoma City this month and inching closer to elimination. Smith's contested 3-pointer just before the buzzer fell well short and Smith argued for a foul call on James Harden, but the officials didn't blow their whistles. Smith was hopping mad and stormed off the court after almost leading the Nuggets to an improbable rally in the final minute, when he hit two 3-pointers. The Thunder can wrap up the series in Game 4 Monday night in Denver. It would be the franchise's first playoff series win since moving from Seattle in 2008. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 86-100
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) snapped out of his playoff funk and Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was his usual prolific self, a combination that proved too much for the upstart New Orleans Hornets to overcome. Bryant scored 30 points, Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers took control of their first-round playoff series with a 100-86 victory Friday night. The win gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 in New Orleans on Sunday. Just as important, the performance re-established Gasol as one of the Lakers' primary scoring threats. 'It was just about playing my game and being assertive and being comfortable out there,' Gasol said. 'Don't try to overthink it. Don't try to think about the last play. Just try to make the right play. It was a much better game on my part.' After making only 4 of 19 shots during the first two games of the series, Gasol caught the Hornets off-guard by taking - and making - a 3-pointer from the corner early in the fourth quarter. The basket ignited a key 10-1 run during which Gasol scored seven points. 'The big aspect is Pau having that 2, 3 minutes of offensive display there in the fourth quarter. It helped establish the lead and give us some room,' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. 'He is just too good a basketball player. He can shoot, he can handle the ball, he can do a lot of things. It's just a matter of him finding a comfort zone out there. 'I didn't expect him to find it out on the 3-point line,' Jackson added, 'but we are not surprised when he makes those shots.' Andrew Bynum added 14 points and 11 rebounds. He briefly went down holding his right knee, but remained in the game after trainers examined him and then got a rest for most of the fourth quarter. Lamar Odom scored 13 points for the two-time defending champs, who took the lead for good when Ron Artest made a layup as he was fouled to make it 13-10. Chris Paul had 22 points and eight assist for the Hornets, who managed to stay within single digits for long stretches of the game but never truly threatened to take the lead. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 91-88
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 25 points, including a rare 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 91-88 Saturday night for the franchise's first playoff victory on its home court. These Grizzlies have been busy this postseason making lots of history at the Spurs' expense. They opened this series with their first playoff win, and now the No. 8 seed has a 2-1 lead over the Western Conference's best team during the regular season. Memphis is trying to become just the fourth team to knock off the top-seeded team. Game 4 is Monday night in Memphis. Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points, Mike Conley had 14 and O.J. Mayo had 10 off the bench for Memphis. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points. Tony Parker had 16, Tim Duncan 13 and George Hill 11. *Courtesy of www.newser.com

Portland TB - Dallas M. 97-92
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Mavericks 97-92 on Thursday night to narrow Dallas' lead in the first-round playoff series to 2-1. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) had 29 points coming off the bench early for the Mavericks, including five 3-pointers. The Blazers led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but Dirk Nowitzki hit consecutive jumpers to make it 87-81 midway through the period. Jose Barea's layup closed the gap to 93-87. LaMarcus Aldridge answered with a jumper for the Blazers, but Nowitzki came back after a free throw with a turnaround jumper to make it 95-90 with 42.8 seconds left. Jason Kidd made a long jumper with 12.9 seconds to go but Dallas couldn't catch the Blazers. *Courtesy of www.katu.com




Pacers defeat Bulls 89-84 in Game 4 to avoid elimination - by Eurobasket News
Chicago's fans traveled to Indiana by the thousands, planning to celebrate a first-round playoff sweep.

The Pacers sent the red and black-clad swarm back home disappointed. After fourth-quarter collapses in each of the first three games, Indiana avoided elimination by holding off a furious rally to beat the Bulls 89-84 in Game 4 of the first-round Eastern Conference series on Saturday afternoon.

The Pacers not only faced superstar guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) and the pressure of a 3-0 deficit in the series, they dealt with an unexpected roadblock a hostile environment on its home floor at Conseco Fieldhouse. The crowd shocked Pacers center Jeff Foster (6'11''-F/C-77, college: Texas St.), who has played for the Pacers for his entire 12-year NBA career.

'I have seen every professional game in this arena, and I have never seen anything like that,' he said.

The young Pacers maintained their composure.

'We've lost games like this recently where they have come back,' Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel said. 'Today we grew, and we held them off.'

The Bulls still lead the series 3-1 and will have a chance to close it out at home Tuesday.

Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) led the Pacers with 24 points, including four free throws in the final 14.1 seconds while being booed. He said the team remembered its earlier failures in the series.

'Maybe there were a few flashbacks,' he said. 'More importantly, I was just trying to get my team to calm down. We lost our poise those last two or three minutes and I was just trying to get them calmed down a little bit.'

Chicago's Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game in the closing seconds. The Bulls were looking to set up Luol Deng for the final shot.

'I caught the ball at the elbow and I was supposed to set a backscreen for Luol,' Joakim Noah, who led the Bulls with 21 points and 14 rebounds, said. 'They played it well, they denied the dribble handoff. Really, it was a mental mistake. When you're in that position, you've got to call timeout, so we learn from it.'

The Pacers never trailed and broke through after losing the first three games by a combined 15 points. The Pacers squandered double-digit leads in the first two games and a five-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 3.

It was Indiana's first playoff win since 2006.

Vogel had been disappointed that Indiana's efforts against the top seed in the East hadn't been rewarded with a win.

'I think we deserve to be in the series,' he said. 'I'm still upset that it's 1-3. We should be up in the series.'

Rose, who averaged 32.7 points in the first three games, finished with 15 points and 10 assists. He sprained his left ankle late in the first quarter and scored eight points on 3-for-16 shooting the rest of the way.

'A sprained ankle is going to slow you down a little bit, but all of my shots were on line,' he said. 'They were just short. No excuses. It's the playoffs. I've sprained my ankle many times, you've just got to make shots.'

Chicago trailed 84-71 with 2:17 remaining before making a final rally.

A three-point play by Deng cut Indiana's lead to 84-77 with 1:36 to go. A goaltending call against Roy Hibbert on a shot by Boozer sliced the deficit to 84-79 with 46.5 seconds remaining, and a steal and dunk by Rose pulled the Bulls within 84-81.

Mike Dunleavy hit the second of two free throws with 17.9 seconds left to make it 85-81.

Noah made a layup with 15.3 seconds remaining, and Foster fouled him while trying to take a charge. Noah made the free throw to cut Indiana's lead to 85-84.

The Pacers barely got the ball inbounds, but Granger was fouled with 14.1 seconds left. Through a booing crowd on his home court, Granger made both free throws to make it 87-84.

Boozer's 3-point try from the left corner was short, and Granger rebounded. Granger made two free throws with a second remaining to close the deal.

The Bulls shot just 38 percent.

Rose came up hobbling after going for a layup against Darren Collison. Rose went to the locker room briefly before returning to the bench. He re-entered the game with 10:29 left in the second quarter.

Indiana closed the first half on a 17-3 run to take a 49-33 lead at the break. Ten different Pacers scored before halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Hibbert blocked Rose on a layup attempt. Granger collected the rebound then dribbled nearly the length of the floor for a layup to give the Pacers a 55-37 lead.

Things nearly fell apart for Indiana again, but the Pacers had just enough.

'The mentality is play it like it's the last game you ever play in your life,' Granger said. 'We played like that tonight.'

The Bulls now have to regroup for the first time this postseason.

'It's a tough loss,' Noah said. 'We didn't play well in the first half, so we definitely have to do a better job with that, and I think we're a team that deals with adversity pretty well.'

Notes: The league upgraded two of Foster's hits from Thursday's game to flagrant 1 fouls. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said before the game he had no reaction to it. ... All four games at Conseco Fieldhouse between the Bulls and Pacers this season were sellouts. The Pacers, including the playoffs, had only eight sellouts all year. ... The Pacers wore gold uniforms instead of their usual home whites.

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Roy has 24 in Blazers' 84-82 Game 4 win over Mavs - by Eurobasket News
Brandon Roy's (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) go-ahead bank shot with 39 seconds left capped Portland's 23-point second-half comeback and the Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 84-82 on Saturday to even the first-round playoff series at two games each.

Roy, who had struggled to find his place on the team since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January, had 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Both teams have held home court in their best-of-seven playoff series, which heads to Dallas on Monday.

Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 20 points to lead the Mavericks.

Dallas led 64-41 in the third quarter before the Blazers started to rally behind Roy.

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Crawford's big 3 gives Hawks win over Magic 88-84 - by Eurobasket News
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) banked in a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to cap a brilliant second half, leading the Atlanta Hawks to an 88-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Hawks led most of the game, but things got close and testy in the final minutes.

Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) of Atlanta and Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) of Orlando were both ejected with 2:22 remaining after a confrontation under the basket. The teams swapped the lead four times after that near-brawl until Al Horford put the Hawks ahead for good with 46.6 seconds remaining.

But Crawford, who scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime, hit the biggest shot of all. With the shot clock winding down, he put up a jumper over Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) that struck high on the backboard and went in.

Game 4 is Sunday night.

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Lakers take 2-1 series lead with win over Hornets - by Eurobasket News
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) snapped out of his playoff funk and Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was his usual prolific self, a combination that proved too much for the upstart New Orleans Hornets to overcome.

Bryant scored 30 points, Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers took control of their first-round playoff series with a 100-86 victory Friday night.

The win gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 in New Orleans on Sunday. Just as important, the performance re-established Gasol as one of the Lakers' primary scoring threats.

'It was just about playing my game and being assertive and being comfortable out there,' Gasol said. 'Don't try to overthink it. Don't try to think about the last play. Just try to make the right play. It was a much better game on my part.'

After making only 4 of 19 shots during the first two games of the series, Gasol caught the Hornets off-guard by taking - and making - a 3-pointer from the corner early in the fourth quarter. The basket ignited a key 10-1 run during which Gasol scored seven points.

'The big aspect is Pau having that 2, 3 minutes of offensive display there in the fourth quarter. It helped establish the lead and give us some room,' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. 'He is just too good a basketball player. He can shoot, he can handle the ball, he can do a lot of things. It's just a matter of him finding a comfort zone out there.

'I didn't expect him to find it out on the 3-point line,' Jackson added, 'but we are not surprised when he makes those shots.'

Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. He briefly went down holding his right knee, but remained in the game after trainers examined him and then got a rest for most of the fourth quarter. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) scored 13 points for the two-time defending champs, who took the lead for good when Ron Artest made a layup as he was fouled to make it 13-10.

Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 22 points and eight assist for the Hornets, who managed to stay within single digits for long stretches of the game but never truly threatened to take the lead.

'They just had a collective effort tonight,' Paul said of the Lakers. 'Everybody pitched in and that's what we really can't let them do. ... We fought. We played a great first half. It's just, in the second half it got away from us.'

Bryant's intensity was evident from the opening minutes when he violently rejected Carl Landry's attempted close-range shot out of bounds and soon after he cut into the lane for a vicious one-handed jam.

Hornets fans' attempts at booing or heckling him only seemed to help him focus. Hitting on his typical array of demoralizing 3s and off balance jumpers off the glass, he had 15 points in the first half. He didn't need to take the game over in the second because of Gasol's emergence, which the Lakers thought was long overdue after he averaged only eight points, about 11 below his average, during the first two games of the series.

Although Gasol still didn't seem quite himself in the first half, when he had four points, he became a factor when it mattered, hitting his momentum-changing 3 from the corner that made it 78-70 early in the fourth quarter. Soon after, Gasol added a putback and a soft jumper from the baseline to give Los Angeles an 85-71 lead with 8:36 left, the Lakers' largest lead to that point.

Paul meanwhile, faded a bit in the second half, when he scored only four points.

While the Lakers made defensive adjustments to keep the ball away from Paul, the Hornets' All-Star guard said, 'I blame myself because I don't care if they deny.'

'I can't let them do that,' Paul continued. 'I've got to get my shots. I've got to be more aggressive and not allow them to take me out.'

The Lakers wound up cruising with a double-digit lead for much of the fourth quarter in the most convincing performance of the series by either team. If the Hornets are unable to bounce back in Game 4, which Paul described as 'definitely a must-win,' the Lakers could close out the series at home in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

Certainly, the Hornets will need better production from their bench, which was a major factor in their surprising Game 1 triumph but accounted for only nine points on 4-of-17 shooting in Game 3.

Landry scored 23 points for New Orleans, while Trevor Ariza had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Emeka Okafor had 15 points.

Derek Fisher had 10 points for Los Angeles.

The Lakers' size advantage translated to a 48-42 edge in points in the paint and a 43-38 advantage in rebounding. That included 14 offensive rebounds that helped produce 17 second-chance points.

'They are probably a lot bigger than we are but the rebounding to a degree is about attitude,' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. 'We just have to believe we can get those rebounds.'

The Hornets kept the crowd in the game by outscoring the Lakers by a point in the third quarter, marking the first time in six quarters since their Game 1 win that they had done so.

Still, Los Angeles led 75-68 heading into the fourth quarter, and the Hornets would get as close as 75-70 before Gasol's scoring spurt put the Lakers firmly in command.

Bynum helped the Lakers dictate the pace of the game early, tormenting New Orleans in the paint with four offensive rebounds and all 14 of his points by halftime. The Lakers took their largest lead of the first half when Bryant's 3, followed by Bynum's overpowering low-post move on Okafor, made it 43-32.

It might have been worse if not for Paul, who had 18 points in the first half, including seven late in the second quarter to trim New Orleans' deficit to 51-42 at halftime.

NOTES: Since Game 1, Hornets reserves are 9 of 34 from the field for 22 points. ... Fisher was called for a technical foul for elbowing Marco Belinelli in the jaw after Belinelli had committed a foul. ... Although the crowd was not nearly as star-studded as the first two games in Los Angeles, there were several celebrities in the sellout of 18,340, including musician 50 Cent, actor Gerard Butler and Saints running back Reggie Bush. ... A fan made a halfcourt shot during a timeout to win a year's supply of 7up.

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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. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.25.2 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.8 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Howard, Orlando 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. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 7. Humphries, New J.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.11.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.0 
 10. Harris, New J.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 4. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


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  PORTUGAL   


LPB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Benfica, Porto and Vitoria advance - by Eurobasket News
Penafiel - Vitoria SC 57-72

Vitoria earned the spot in the semis with a road win over Penafiel. The game was mostly controlled by Vitoria SC. Penafiel managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vitoria SC shot 61.2 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Penafiel's players. It was a great evening for guard Andre Bessa (179-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 assists. The former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Jeremy Goode (175-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) with 12 points and power forward Mario Goncalves (208-80) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Penafiel: R.Mota 14+1reb+1ast, J.Goode 12+3reb+2ast, A.Monteiro 10+4reb, M.Goncalves 7+8reb+2ast, L.Nolen 6+6reb+1ast, V.Teixeira 5+3reb+1ast
Vitoria SC: P.Cunha 15+7reb, P.Diamantino 12+7reb+2ast, A.Bessa 11+4reb+13ast, N.Richardson 11+1reb+1ast, C.Fonseca 10+4reb, P.Tavares 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 126642


CAB - Porto Ferpinta 88-98

Porto Ferpinta stunned CAB on Madeira to advance. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-88. FC Porto Ferpinta shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. FC Porto Ferpinta outrebounded CAB 34-17 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Shawn Jackson (203-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) who recorded 23 points and 4 steals and the other American import forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CAB: S.Jackson 23+3reb+2ast, F.Gentry 20+5reb+2ast, N.Menefee 15+4reb+6ast, J.Coelho 11+1reb+2ast, F.Lima 9+1reb+2ast, J.Silva 7+1reb+8ast
Porto Ferpinta: G.Stempin 16+7reb+3ast, S.Ogirri 15+1reb+2ast, C.Andrade 13+9reb+2ast, N.Marcal 13+1reb, M.Miranda 13+3reb, J.Terrell 10+9reb+2ast
gschID: 126640


Ginasio - Academica 78-75 OT

Ginasio earned a tough overtime win over Academica to stay alive in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Academica won third quarter 18-15. 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 Academica used huge pressure winning it 22-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-10. They outrebounded Academica 44-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Marco Goncalves (208-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. American power forward Jason Hartford (206-85) accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five Ginasio players scored in double figures. American forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Academica in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Academica: F.Sousa 20+3reb+2ast, M.Shaw 18+11reb+6ast, T.Eddie 18+7reb+2ast, T.Pinto 9+1reb, D.Simoes 5+1reb+2ast, W.Holland 5+6reb+3ast
Ginasio: M.Goncalves 19+14reb+1ast, J.Hartford 19+9reb+1ast, Y.Chia-Kur 17+2reb+1ast, T.Barroso 13+4reb+7ast, A.Swift 10+11reb+5ast, A.Oliveira 0
gschID: 126641


Ovarense - Benfica 68-77

Benfica sealed their semifinal appearance with a road win over Ovarense. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-13 Ovarense's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-68 at the end of the game. Benfica made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game, while Ovarense only scored six points from the stripe. It was a good game for American forward Marquin Chandler (202-82, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). International forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward John Waller (193-82, college: ODU) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Matthew Webster (203-84, college: Evansville) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ovarense. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ovarense: J.Waller 16+3reb+4ast, A.Pinto 11+5reb+1ast, M.Webster 11+7reb+2ast, N.Cortez 10+5reb+1ast, F.Neves 9+1reb, J.Miguel Barbosa 6+2reb+4ast
Benfica: M.Chandler 22+4reb, E.Evora 14+5reb, H.Evans 12+7reb+3ast, S.Ramos 10+4reb+1ast, M.Minhava 9+2reb+2ast, A.Tavares 5
gschID: 126639




Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampaense
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Sampa.21.0 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Curnell, Barreirense20.1 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica18.4 
 6. Eddie, Academica18.3 
 7. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 8. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 9. Goode, Penafiel17.4 
 10. Crutchfield, Illiabum17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.3 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.2 
 6. Terrell, Porto F.8.8 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 9. Curnell, Barreirense8.5 
 10. Harris, Illiabum8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.9 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 4. Reveles, Ginasio5.1 
 5. Minhava, Benfica5.0 
 6. Silva, CAB4.6 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Simoes, Academica4.4 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.1 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.7 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.6 
 4. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 5. Silva, CAB2.5 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.4 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 8. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 9. Holland, Academica1.9 
 10. Menefee, CAB1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 4. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 7. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio0.9 


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  RUSSIA   


Khimky edge CSKA for VTB League title - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - CSKA 66:64

Khimky are crowned new VTB League champions. They overcame CSKA in the dramatic Final in Kazan tonight. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Travis Hansen and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) knocked down five free throws in the dying seconds of the game to seal the victory for Khimky.
Thomas Kelati helped Khimky to a 9:2 start. CSKA struggled offensively in the opening frame. They scored just six points to face an 11-point deficit at the first intermission. Kresimir Loncar stretched the margin to 13 points early in the second term. But CSKA went on a 17:2 to steal the lead. Travis Hansen and Monya regained the advantage for Khimky as they established a 33:27 halftime buffer. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense third term. CSKA eked out a narrow 47:46 lead at the final break. Kresimir Loncar and Planinic came up with key six points midway through the final stanza as Khimky posted a 58:53 lead. Siskauskas dragged CSKA within one but accurate free throws in the final seconds brought Khimky to the triumph.
Thomas Kelati chipped in 15 points, while Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) added 11 points and 7 boards for the winners. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) and Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 15 points each for CSKA.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 18, Thomas Kelati 15, Vitaly Fridzon 11
CSKA: Jamont Gordon 15, J.R. Holden 15



Unics clinched third place at VTB League - by Eurobasket News
Unics-Azovmash 95:75

Unics clinched third place at VTB League as they edged Ukrainian side. The home side of Final Four overcame Azovmash 95:75.
It was an easy start for Unics that shocked the opponents 27-9 in the opening quarter. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) performed a three-pointer in the start of the second period to reduce to 27:12, while Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) scored for 34:17. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Popovis made free throws for 41:17 and Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Iowa) closed the half 54:35 as Unics won the quarter 27-26. The second half was completely different in the game. Both teams paid more attention to defense and as a result they scored 23 points for both of them in the third period. Azovmash produced 12-11 to cut it to 54:35 as Pierre Pierce nailed three at the end of it. Drago Pasalic scored four in a row for 57:40, while Mccarty made it 62:52. Pierre Pierce reduced to 67:50 after another successful three-pointer, but Rizvic made the final score in the third period. Unics also added 27-23 in the last stanza to clinch the third place. Samoylenko was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Ricky Minard stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) added 22. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) followed them with 15 points each in a win. Drago Pasalic,Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) and Pierre Pierce ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Ramel Curry scored 11.

Unics: Ricky Minard 24, Marko Popovic 22, Kelly McCarty 15, Vladimir Veremeenko 15
Azovmash: Drago Pasalic 15, Pierre Pierce 15, Charles Thomas 15, Ramel Curry 11



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  SLOVAKIA   


Nitra joins BK Astrum Levice in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - Vahostav-Zilina 95-80

The game was mostly controlled by Nitra. Vahostav-Zilina managed to win third quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Nitra forced 19 Vahostav-Zilina turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Vahostav-Zilina helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 assists. His fellow American import guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) contributed with 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Vahostav-Zilina. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nitra: R.Moore 28+2reb+12ast, J.Montgomery 26+8reb, B.Tomek 12+5reb+2ast, R.Grafs 11, R.Vido 9+12reb, P.Bosak 5+1reb+1ast
Vahostav-Zilina: J.Carter 23+8reb+1ast, D.Stojanovic 18+6reb, A.McCoy 17+5reb, V.Kosa 10+3reb, L.Hoferica 8+10reb, J.Zavodny 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 127455




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.8 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 8. Tomek, Nitra19.1 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
 10. Cosic, Svit17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.1 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.3 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 8. Carter, Vahostav.7.9 
 9. Henderson, Levice7.8 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Moore, Nitra7.0 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves6.0 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 6. English, Levice5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice4.0 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. English, Levice2.5 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 4. Moore, Nitra2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.2 
 6. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  Levice
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Henderson, Levice2.0 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 6. Mroz, Nova Ves1.1 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 9. Tomek, Nitra0.9 
 10. Votroubek, Nitra0.9 


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  SPAIN   


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 24-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-7 
 3. Valencia 21-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 20-11 
 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. Martinez, Valencia14.6 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.14.6 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.4 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.4 
 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 Laboral7.0 
 6. Trias, DKV Joventut6.4 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja6.4 
 8. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 9. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.3 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 6. Prigioni, Real Madrid4.2 
 7. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.4.0 
 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. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 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. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Valladolid1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 


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  TUNISIA   


Feeling or logic? - by Sergei Krasavtsev
EZS and ESR are they going to create sensation and redistribute the cards? We all know that the ESS and SN are the strongest and most consistent. This lasts for years. But at the same time, we can expect that the script changes for basketball in general. However, if the ESS and SN pass without difficulty the course of their opponents today, then we can guarantee they will not have to worry how to finish in pole position. Stars and Nabeulien have everything on their side: quality of the staff, consistency of results, consistency and lots of other benefits.
If we switch to the other side, we see less teams surveyed and less regular, but not complex. Ezzahra, the presence of Maghrebi Amine Mourad El Mabrouk, and Zuhair Akram Sediri Senoussi, among others, provides guarantees in Riyadh Ben Abdallah, the coach of EZS. He will try to motivate his players to force the destiny against the leader of stars. Amine Rezig teammates know that victory today was equivalent to the qualification to the Final. It's the same reasoning on the side of the SN that plays an ESR rejuvenated but still brave.


Feeling or logic? - by Sergei Krasavtsev
EZS and ESR are they going to create sensation and redistribute the cards? We all know that the ESS and SN are the strongest and most consistent. This lasts for years. But at the same time, we can expect that the script changes for basketball in general. However, if the ESS and SN pass without difficulty the course of their opponents today, then we can guarantee they will not have to worry how to finish in pole position. Stars and Nabeulien have everything on their side: quality of the staff, consistency of results, consistency and lots of other benefits.
If we switch to the other side, we see less teams surveyed and less regular, but not complex. Ezzahra, the presence of Maghrebi Amine Mourad El Mabrouk, and Zuhair Akram Sediri Senoussi, among others, provides guarantees in Riyadh Ben Abdallah, the coach of EZS. He will try to motivate his players to force the destiny against the leader of stars. Amine Rezig teammates know that victory today was equivalent to the qualification to the Final. It's the same reasoning on the side of the SN that plays an ESR rejuvenated but still brave.


Feeling or logic? - by Sergei Krasavtsev
EZS and ESR are they going to create sensation and redistribute the cards? We all know that the ESS and SN are the strongest and most consistent. This lasts for years. But at the same time, basketball in general, we can expect all kind of changes. However, if the ESS and SN pass without difficulty the course of their opponents today, then we can guarantee they will not have to worry how to finish in pole position. Stars and Nabeulien have everything on their side: quality of the staff, consistency of results, consistency and lots of other benefits.
If we switch to the other side, we see less teams surveyed and less regular, but not complex. Ezzahra, the presence of Maghrebi Amine Mourad El Mabrouk, and Zuhair Akram Sediri Senoussi, among others, provides guarantees in Riyadh Ben Abdallah, the coach of EZS. He will try to motivate his players to force the destiny against the leader of stars. Amine Rezig teammates know that victory today was equivalent to the qualification to the Final. It's the same reasoning on the side of the SN that plays an ESR rejuvenated but still brave.



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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.22.8 
 2. 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, Erdemir17.0 
 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. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renault2.1 
 5. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka1.7 
 10. Rowe, Tofas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.1.7 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.7 
 3. 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. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 24-3 
 2. Galatasaray 21-6 
 3. Efes Pilsen 20-7 
 4. Banvit 20-7 
 5. Karsiyaka 19-9 
 6. Besiktas 18-9 
 7. Olin Edirne 16-12 
 8. Antalya 13-15 
 9. Turk Telekom 11-17 
 10. Tofas 11-17 
 11. Trabzonspor 10-18 
 12. Erdemir 10-18 
 13. Mersin 10-18 
 14. Aliaga 8-19 
 15. Bornova 7-21 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-25 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.5 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.6 
 9. 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. Owens, Azovmash6.7 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.7 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.7 
 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. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 7. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
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. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.1 


Unics clinched third place at VTB League - by Eurobasket News
Unics-Azovmash 95:75

Unics clinched third place at VTB League as they edged Ukrainian side. The home side of Final Four overcame Azovmash 95:75.
It was an easy start for Unics that shocked the opponents 27-9 in the opening quarter. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) performed a three-pointer in the start of the second period to reduce to 27:12, while Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) scored for 34:17. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Popovis made free throws for 41:17 and Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Iowa) closed the half 54:35 as Unics won the quarter 27-26. The second half was completely different in the game. Both teams paid more attention to defense and as a result they scored 23 points for both of them in the third period. Azovmash produced 12-11 to cut it to 54:35 as Pierre Pierce nailed three at the end of it. Drago Pasalic scored four in a row for 57:40, while Mccarty made it 62:52. Pierre Pierce reduced to 67:50 after another successful three-pointer, but Rizvic made the final score in the third period. Unics also added 27-23 in the last stanza to clinch the third place. Samoylenko was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Ricky Minard stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) added 22. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) followed them with 15 points each in a win. Drago Pasalic,Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) and Pierre Pierce ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Ramel Curry scored 11.

Unics: Ricky Minard 24, Marko Popovic 22, Kelly McCarty 15, Vladimir Veremeenko 15
Azovmash: Drago Pasalic 15, Pierre Pierce 15, Charles Thomas 15, Ramel Curry 11



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.9 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle20.6 
 4. Smith, Newcastle20.6 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 6. Blount, Leices.20.3 
 7. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.19.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.8 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.9 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.8.7 
 6. Greer, Cheshire.8.3 
 7. Cricelli, Worcester8.2 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.8.2 
 9. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.1 
 10. Defoe, Newcastle7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Blount, Leices.5.2 
 3. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.6 
 5. Zabas, Plymouth4.5 
 6. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 7. Jackson, Newcastle4.4 
 8. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 10. Creppy, Worcester3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle2.2 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 6. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 7. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 8. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 9. Gill, MK Lions1.8 
 10. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 7. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 10. Williams, Leices.0.6 


Eagles Gain Upper Hand In First BBL Play-Off Semi-Final - by Paul Nilsen
The Newcastle Eagles drew first blood in their BBL Championship play-off semi-final as they defeated the One Health Sharks Sheffield 76-68 at Sport Central on Friday evening.
The Eagles were helped in no small part to the impressive shooting display from Andrew Lasker (188-G-82, college: Point Loma) as he bagged a game-high 27 points, ably assisted by Charles Smith, Andrew Bridge and Reggie Jackson who each bagged 9 points, for the Eagles while Olu Babalola helped the Sharks stay firmly in the contest as he netted a team-high 17 points for the visitors.
Despite the defeat, the Sharks would have to be happy to be returning to the EIS, Sheffield on Sunday afternoon in the hope of overturning this small lead that the Eagles hold over them, especially since they reversed a 15-point first leg lead that the Glasgow Rocks held from the first leg in the previous round of the play-offs.
In a contest where the home side never trailed, they lead by as many as 11 points at 60-49 with two minutes remaining in the third period, but a Steve Dagostino three-pointer to end the quarter helped the visitors close the gap to just seven points at 61-54 heading into the final stanza.
In the final quarter the home side once again extended their lead up to 11 points 74-63, but the Sharks bagged five of the last seven points in the contest to leave themselves trailing by just eight points at what is effectively 'half-time' in the contest as the teams head to Sheffield for the second leg on Sunday.




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Matteo Boniciolli takes over BC Astana - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana announced very important news today. The newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital hired Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket) as a Head Coach for season 2011/12. BC Astana will compete in VTB United League and hiring of well respected Italian coach was their first move. The GM of BC Astana is a basketball legend Valery Tikhonenko.
Matteo Boniciolli worked this season with Lottomatica Virtus Roma, who competed in Italian SerieA and in Euroleague as well. They parted ways in January. Boniciolli worked with Lottomatica also last season. In 2009, he won the EuroChallenge Cup with La Fortezza Bologna. That same season he helped the team reach the Italian Cup Finals. In 2008, Matteo Boniciolli led La Fortezza to Italian Cup trophy and was named All-Italian SerieA Coach of the Year. In the past, Boniciolli was working with Air Avelino, Teramo, Fortitudo, Messina and Udine. In 2004, he reached the Belgian Cup Finals with Oostende. Boniciolli also has experience from the Italian National Team, where he worked as assistant coach in the past.


Khimky are new VTB League champions - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Khimky - CSKA 66-64
Khimky are crowned new VTB League champions. They overcame CSKA in the dramatic Final in Kazan tonight. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners. Travis Hansen and Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) knocked down five free throws in the dying seconds of the game to seal the victory for Khimky. Thomas Kelati helped Khimky to a 9:2 start. CSKA struggled offensively in the opening frame. They scored just six points to face an 11-point deficit at the first intermission. Kresimir Loncar stretched the margin to 13 points early in the second term. But CSKA went on a 17:2 to steal the lead. Travis Hansen and Monya regained the advantage for Khimky as they established a 33:27 halftime buffer. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense third term. CSKA eked out a narrow 47:46 lead at the final break. Kresimir Loncar and Planinic came up with key six points midway through the final stanza as Khimky posted a 58:53 lead. Siskauskas dragged CSKA within one but accurate free throws in the final seconds brought Khimky to the triumph. Thomas Kelati chipped in 15 points, while Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85) added 11 points and 7 boards for the winners. J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) and Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 15 points each for CSKA.


3-4 place
Azovmash - Unics 75-95
Unics clinched third place at VTB League as they edged Ukrainian side. The home side of Final Four overcame Azovmash 95:75 It was an easy start for Unics that shocked the opponents 27-9 in the opening quarter. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) performed a three-pointer in the start of the second period to reduce to 27:12, while Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) scored for 34:17. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Popovis made free throws for 41:17 and Pierre Pierce (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Iowa) closed the half 54:35 as Unics won the quarter 27-26. The second half was completely different in the game. Both teams paid more attention to defense and as a result they scored 23 points for both of them in the third period. Azovmash produced 12-11 to cut it to 54:35 as Pierre Pierce nailed three at the end of it. Drago Pasalic scored four in a row for 57:40, while Mccarty made it 62:52. Pierre Pierce reduced to 67:50 after another successful three-pointer, but Rizvic made the final score in the third period. Unics also added 27-23 in the last stanza to clinch the third place. Samoylenko was the last to score in the game for the final result. Ricky Minard stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) added 22. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) followed them with 15 points each in a win. Drago Pasalic,Thomas and Pierre Pierce ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Ramel Curry scored 11.





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Women News

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  BAHRAIN - Women  


UAE topple Bahrain to open GCC Championship - by Eurobasket News
UAE - Bahrain 64:45

UAE opened victoriously their GCC Championship campaign. They rallied past Bahrain in Doha yesterday. Amal Gamal stepped up with 28 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort.
Bahrain got to the better start. They grabbed a 12:4 lead after ten minutes. But gradually UAE recovered and found the right rhythm. They stunned their opponents 25:2 in the second quarter to pile up a 15-point advantage. UAE continued to mount the pressure in the third term. They stretched the gap to as many as 21 points with ten minutes remaining. Bahrain could not recover and surrendered at the end. Ziekha Abdulla notched 13 points for the winners. Haneem Abdulaziz answered with 14 points for Bahrain. Mariam Hedar accounted for 13 points in the losing effort.
UAE will next take on Qatar, while Bahrain will look for the initial win against Kuwait.

UAE: Amal Gamal 28+19 boards, Ziekha Abdulla 13, Fatfa Almodrab 11+12 boards
Bahrain: Haneem Abdulaziz 14, Mariam Hedar 13



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  BOSNIA - Women  


National team for next qualify - by Senad Sadikovic
1 Biljana SAVIC......... .23.10.1983 centar
2 Anja STUPAR......... .30.08.1989 forward
3 Matea TAVIC........... 29.05.1992 play
4 Milica DEURA ..........22.07.1990 guard
5 Emina DEMIROVIC... 30.10.1985 centar
6 Marina DZINIC.......... 20.07.1992 forward /i centar
7 Nataa KAJTAZ...... 23.03.1992 play
8 Milena RADjENOVIC .23.10.1986 guard
9 Marica GAJIC ...........27.04.1995 forward / centar
10 Tamara KAPOR .......27.12.1991 guard
11 Aida PILAV.............. 28.05.1987 centar
12 Amra DINDIC ...........02.02.1990 forward
13 Zdenka KOVACEVIC 23.10.1987 play
14 Olja STUPAR ...........22.04.1987 centar
15 Tea DJIKIC...............05.07.1986 play
16 Amra MEHMEDIC...... 21.11.1981 play
17 Lejla BEJTIC............ .27.07.1985 guard
18 Anesa HAMSIC -----31.12.1991 centar
19 Dragana SVITLICA.. 08.10.1988 forward / centar


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.0 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.4 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.6 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice16.6 
 5. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.5 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.2 
 7. Viteckova, USK P.15.9 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.5 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov14.7 
 10. Ford, Frisco Sika14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika13.4 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.3 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.9 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.6 
 6. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.6.9 
 8. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
 9. Sipova, Slovanka.6.5 
 10. Vetrovcova, Karlov.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. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 7. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 8. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.6 
 9. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
 10. Bednarova, USK P.2.4 
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. Whalen, USK Praha2.2 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice2.2 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.1 
 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. Sipova, Slovanka.0.8 
 5. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 6. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.7 
 10. Viteckova, USK P.0.6 


USK Praha won 2010/2011 Finals - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Frisco Sika - USK Praha 62-72

Frisco Sika was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American forward Delisha Milton-Jones (186-74, college: Florida, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Lindsay Whalen (173-82, college: Minnesota) contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-81, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds and Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 17 points in the effort for Frisco Sika.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: L.Whalen 17+3reb+3ast, E.Maltsi 15+5reb, E.Viteckova 13, D.Milton-Jones 12+11reb+3ast, K.Elhotova 11+4reb+1ast, A.Vajda 2+2reb+1ast
Frisco Sika: F.Eldebrink 17+2reb+2ast, L.Halvarsson 15+3reb, C.Ford 10+19reb, R.Hejdova 8+1ast, J.Skerovic 6+7reb+3ast, R.Stehlikova 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 127086



3-4 place
Strakonice - Valosun Brno 72-64

The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for center Zora Skrabalova (196-81, college: Illinois St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Darina Johnova (178-85) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Michaela Zrustova (183-87) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Valosun Brno players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: D.Johnova 21+5reb+3ast, Z.Skrabalova 21+12reb+1ast, M.Uhrova 12+3reb+4ast, Z.Ondrejova 6+1reb+1ast, J.Musilova 5+4reb+2ast, A.Podskalska 5+4reb
Valosun Brno: I.Vecerova 15+12reb+1ast, M.Zrustova 12+6reb+2ast, V.Vlkova 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Mracnova 11+3reb, M.Svobodova 8+5reb, K.Sedlakova 4+3reb+2ast





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  HUNGARY - Women  


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.14.9 
 6. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.6 
 7. Griffin, Pecs 201014.1 
 8. Cvetanovic, Szolnok13.6 
 9. Nemeth, Szeged13.6 
 10. Quigley, Pecs 201013.5 
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. Darida, Nanette FTC2.8 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 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. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.3 
 4. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.1 
 6. Kublina, SEAT L.1.0 
 7. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.8 
 8. Griffin, Pecs 20100.8 
 9. Bagi, BEAC0.8 
 10. Hollingswort., SEAT L.0.8 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Okockyte, LK.19.7 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.9 
 3. Kinkeviciene, Laisve16.9 
 4. Milieskiene, Lemmin.15.0 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.14.7 
 6. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 7. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 8. Solopova, VICI K.13.4 
 9. Briedyte, Utena13.4 
 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.9.1 
 4. Balciunaite, LKKA-.8.9 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 8. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.2 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 2. Sauliute, VICI K.5.4 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.4 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.4.1 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena4.0 
 6. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.5 
 7. Okockyte, LK.3.5 
 8. Solopova, VICI K.3.4 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.1 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.3 
 2. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.3 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.1 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.2.6 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.5 
 6. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Daujadiene, Utena2.2 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.6 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena1.3 
 3. Kirstukaite, Utena1.3 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 5. Paugaite, VICI K.1.3 
 6. Juceviciute, Utena1.1 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 
 10. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 


VICI Kaunas crowned LMKL champions - by Eurobasket News
VICI Kaunas - Lemminkainen 96:65

VICI Kaunas proved their dominance in LMKL. They swept their championship series versus Lemminkainen to crown their perfect season. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) tallied 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead VICI Kaunas in the decisive third game.
VICI Kaunas gave little chance for Lemminkainen in this one. They poured in 25 points in the opening frame to build an 8-point lead. Lemminkainen matched the hosts effort in the second term to trail by 9 points at the interval 34:43. But VICI Kaunas shifted the gear in the third term. They outscored Lemminkainen 27:15 in the third quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Lina Pikciute (192-F-90) notched 16 points and 8 boards, while Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) had 14 points for the winners. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) replied with 19 points for Lemminkainen. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (174-G-90) had 16 points in the loss.

VICI Kaunas: Ausra Bimbaite 19, Lina Pikciute 16, Courtnay Pilypaitis 14
Lemminkainen: Rita Milieskiene 19, Gabriele Gutkauskaite 16



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  OMAN - Women  


Qatar thump Oman in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - Oman 59:21

Qatar rolled to a comfortable win in their GCC Championship opener. The hosts stunned Oman for the first win. Warda Mourgam delivered 21 points to pace the effort.
Qatar proved their dominance in the starting frame. They kept the visitors scoreless in it building a 16:0 lead. Oman stopped the bleeding scoring 9 points in the second frame but the margin grew at 21-point mark at the interval. Qatar outgunned their opponents 17:2 in the third stanza and never looked back en route to the victory. Amal Aurad knocked down 20 points in the winning effort. Nedal Majed answered with 7 points for Oman.
Qatar will take on UAE today, while Oman will take a break before facing UAE on Sunday.

Qatar: Warda Mourgam 21, Amal Aurad 20+13 boards, Hayat Ali 4
Oman: Nedal Majed 7, Tomader Youssef 4



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  QATAR - Women  


Qatar thump Oman in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - Oman 59:21

Qatar rolled to a comfortable win in their GCC Championship opener. The hosts stunned Oman for the first win. Warda Mourgam delivered 21 points to pace the effort.
Qatar proved their dominance in the starting frame. They kept the visitors scoreless in it building a 16:0 lead. Oman stopped the bleeding scoring 9 points in the second frame but the margin grew at 21-point mark at the interval. Qatar outgunned their opponents 17:2 in the third stanza and never looked back en route to the victory. Amal Aurad knocked down 20 points in the winning effort. Nedal Majed answered with 7 points for Oman.
Qatar will take on UAE today, while Oman will take a break before facing UAE on Sunday.

Qatar: Warda Mourgam 21, Amal Aurad 20+13 boards, Hayat Ali 4
Oman: Nedal Majed 7, Tomader Youssef 4



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Dabovic, Dy.19.5 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.19.1 
 3. Davenport, Cheva.17.7 
 4. Lacy, Spartak SP17.1 
 5. Harding, Dynamo K.16.1 
 6. Parker, UMMC15.8 
 7. Kuzina, Dynamo M.15.6 
 8. Gruda, UMMC13.9 
 9. Snow, Dynamo K.13.8 
 10. Mosch, Dy.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Nadezhda O.
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Charles, Nadezhda.9.5 
 2. Davenport, Cheva.8.9 
 3. Myasoedova, Dynam.8.8 
 4. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.1 
 5. Stepanova, UMMC7.6 
 6. Psareva, Dynamo M.7.1 
 7. Petrakova, Cheva.6.5 
 8. Tolikova, Spart.6.5 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.6.4 
 10. Parker, UMMC6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Dabovic, Dy.5.1 
 2. Hammon, Nadezhda.5.1 
 3. Dumerc, UMMC4.0 
 4. Pondexter, UMMC3.8 
 5. Moore, Chevakata3.6 
 6. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.5 
 7. Keyru, Spartak SP3.1 
 8. Harding, Dynamo K.3.1 
 9. Ciglar, Spartak SP3.1 
 10. Johnson, Dynamo K.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Loree MOORE
  Chevakata
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Moore, Chevakata3.1 
 2. Prince, Spartak .2.5 
 3. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.2.4 
 4. Vodopiyanova, Dynamo K.2.3 
 5. Dabovic, Dy.2.2 
 6. Keyru, Spartak SP2.0 
 7. Nevzorova, Spart.1.9 
 8. Ivanova, Spartak N.1.9 
 9. Khodzhayan, Spart.1.9 
 10. Milanovich, Spart.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.6 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.3 
 4. Snow, Dynamo K.1.2 
 5. Parker, UMMC1.2 
 6. Davenport, Cheva.1.1 
 7. Paskalenko, Spart.0.9 
 8. Loginova, Spart.0.8 
 9. Kiseleva, Chevakata0.8 
 10. Stepanova, UMMC0.8 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Partizan takes 2-0 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 2: Hemofarm STADA - Partizan Galenika 64-68 (0-2)

Partizan Galenika is very close to defend the championship title in Serbia. They managed to beat Hemofarm STADA on the road for the second straight time taking 2-0 lead in the Playoff Finals. Partizan will be the host in Game Three (Monday) and it will be their first chance to close this series. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) was the leading scorer in victory with 19 points. Latoya Williams (193-C-87, college: Chipola JC) secured a great help with double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) added 11 points and 8 boards. For the home side, Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) delivered 17 points. Sasa Cado (172-G-89) and Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) (7 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. The hosts were better at the beginning as they won the first period 16-15 and later jumped to 36-30 until the halftime. Milica Dabovic and her teammates took control on Hemofarm after the breather and they came to minus two before the last ten minutes. Visitors continued in the same rhythm in Q4 and won it 12-18 for the final 64-68 victory and 2-0 lead in the series. It is important to mention that Partizan already won one trophy this season and it was the Serbian Cup. They outplayed Hemofarm in the Big Final.

Hemofarm: Biljana Stankovic 17, Sasa Cado 13, Dara Kovacevic 12+7 boards
Partizan: Milica Dabovic 19, Latoya Williams 16+10 boards, Dajana Butulija 11+8 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


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


Tim-Skuf beat Dynamo to remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Tim-Skuf beat Dynamo to remain undefeated in the League with 7-0 record. In the top game of the round the team Tim-Skuf won 80:59. In the first period both teams nailed 25 points each, while Tim-Skuf erupted with 22-9 in the second frame. Dynamo reduced the gap after 18-14 win in the third frame, but Tim-Skuf finished the game with 19-7 in the last quarter. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Natalia Isachenko (183-F-79, agency: Promotex) followed her with 19. Rimarenko replied with 21 points and 11 boards, whilst Lyubarska scored 18.
Orlan meanwhile overcame winless Luganski Lastivki 71:58 for 2-5 record. Orlan started with 23-14 in the first frame and never looked behind after. Alyushkina top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Oxana Pysmennyk (191-F-78) added 15. Nataliya Silyanova (172-PG-71) responded with 19 points in the losing effort.
Dnipro rolled over Frankivsk 92:70 today as the hosts started with 23-17 in the first quarter. The decisive however was the last one when Dnipro produced 25-11 for the total win. Yagupova erupted with 32 points and Williams added 22. Arina Markotenko (170-G-89) posted 17 points in the losing case.




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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Women  


UAE topple Bahrain to open GCC Championship - by Eurobasket News
UAE - Bahrain 64:45

UAE opened victoriously their GCC Championship campaign. They rallied past Bahrain in Doha yesterday. Amal Gamal stepped up with 28 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort.
Bahrain got to the better start. They grabbed a 12:4 lead after ten minutes. But gradually UAE recovered and found the right rhythm. They stunned their opponents 25:2 in the second quarter to pile up a 15-point advantage. UAE continued to mount the pressure in the third term. They stretched the gap to as many as 21 points with ten minutes remaining. Bahrain could not recover and surrendered at the end. Ziekha Abdulla notched 13 points for the winners. Haneem Abdulaziz answered with 14 points for Bahrain. Mariam Hedar accounted for 13 points in the losing effort.
UAE will next take on Qatar, while Bahrain will look for the initial win against Kuwait.

UAE: Amal Gamal 28+19 boards, Ziekha Abdulla 13, Fatfa Almodrab 11+12 boards
Bahrain: Haneem Abdulaziz 14, Mariam Hedar 13



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  USBA - Women  


NCAA, NAIA and former WNBA players needed for WUSBA 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga., (April 23, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), needs professional women basketball players. The league will conduct tryouts in each team city on May 14 and May 21, 2011. The WUSBA has twenty teams divided into four divisions, spread over nine southern states. According to the league, the WUSBA tryouts are open to all qualified basketball players. The WUSBA owns and is the primary operator of all teams. Each team does operate independently of each other. The league has assigned an Event Manager as team representative for the local city.

Collegiate, minor league and international Player's are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. We are also extending an invitation to basketball players who are based in our team cities. Players can submit their resumes to southernbasketballassociation@yahoo.com .

The WUSBA 2011 basketball season begins on June 4, 2011 with preseason games. The regular season starts June 8, 2011 to August 27, 2011. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule, fourteen home and fourteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Game scheduled for the 3rd week of July. The WUSBA Championship Playoff series begins August 29, 2011 and concludes with the Championship game on September 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

The Atlantic Division will field the Charleston Cadets, the Jacksonville Surf, the Richmond Colonials, the Savannah Seahawks and the Charleston Cadets.

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

The Piedmont Division will send to court the Winston Salem Cardinals. The Charlotte Blue Wave, the Raleigh Roadrunners, the Augusta Raging River and the Columbia Breeze

The WUSBA will not charge a fee to players for the tryouts. 'We have never had these fees as a part of our revenue stream; we encourage the huddled masses to come to the tryout'. The league requires each applicant submit a resume to the Women's United States Basketball Association or WUSBA. 'We do require all basketball players to have a minimum of two years collegiate playing experience'. Tryouts will be held to a 50 player limit set in place for all locations. Ten basketball players will be selected to make the roster of a WUSBA team. Player camps will begin on May 21, 2011 in each team city. NCAA, NAIA and former WNBA players with verifiable statistics will be assigned to a team.

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

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

According to the league, each player will required to complete all applicable form during the registration period thats held the morning of the tryouts. 'We expect a huge response and each tryout is limited to 200 applicants, I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should arrive at the try out location on time and ready to perform', said WUSBA Executive Vice President Kenneth Green. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. None of our teams have players in place and this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to succeed'.



WUSBA announces 2011 European tour for basketball players: Sept 11 to Sept 26, 2011 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Georgia. (April 23, 2011) ------Headlined by the opportunity for American basketball players, including former WNBA, NCAA and NAIA players, to go to Europe and play, the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) will take three teams to Europe in September 2011 to play a series of games against a host of International teams. 'We will select the very best of the players who play in our league to travel with us to showcase American talent to the Europeans,' said WUSBA president Duane Jenkins. 'With any luck we will leave some of them in Europe to be signed with those teams.'

To be included in the rosters are three teams of 12 players plus three coaches per team, all who recently completed their inaugural season playing in the WUSBA summer basketball league.

Led by WUSBA Director of Basketball Personnel, Terry Truax, the 2011 WUSBA International Travel Team basketball teams will depart on September 11, 2011 for a ten-game tour of top European professional basketball teams. The WUSBA squads will face professional teams in France, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Germany, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom during the fifteen day trip. The teams will return to the United States on September 26, 2011.

'This is a really good chance for us to start developing our identity as a professional league,' said Truax. 'It's a good starter course for our players; this will help us with our core commitment to help these young women get jobs in the WNBA and with European professional teams We just want to broaden our commitment play hard, compete and win.'

Per WUSBA league rules, teams are allowed to play for a foreign professional team every year. The trip abroad will culminate with the ending of the 2011 WUSBA basketball summer season with a 15-day, ten-game tour. This will be the 1st trip to Europe for a WUSBA basketball team and according to the league this will be an annual event.

'It's a good chance for our players to seen by European teams, a lot of players dont get a chance to play in front of the Europeans, this way they can show their talent and hopefully land a job,' said Jenkins. 'Doing this for our teams is something special; well look forward to this every year. We're excited to get going on the new season and to help these kids fulfill their dreams.' 'The great part about this is I get to go to Europe on the company, What a job.'

Jenkins says, 'Announcing this trip gives us a prime opportunity for us to attract the best players we can find for our league and we hope this will make the selection of players easy for our teams. We want our players to be able to have every opportunity to advance their careers.'

The trip will be sponsored by several of the leagues sponsors and vendors. Air Tran will provide roundtrip transportation to Paris. The league will travel around to the host cities by Euorail. The WUSBA has developed a comprehensive package for the players and coaches. Players will be paid $300.00 per week. Coaches will be paid $600.00 per week. Players and coaches will also receive housing arrangements with Holiday Intercontinental along with daily meals. Toyota is the primary sponsor.

According to the league, each player selected will be required to qualify to obtain their own passports. 'We expect a huge response from players, said WUSBA Executive Vice President Kenneth Green. We're very excited about the upcoming season. All players are eligible for this great opportunity, however only 36 will be selected to go.'