EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/25/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Inter league Champions!!!! - by Joshua Pittman
God bless we were able to pull out a tough when in Brazil to win the Interliga Championship!! Wonderful experience and a wonderful feeling!!!! Want to send a big shout out and congrats to my teammate Bj Macfarland - Mvp of Championship game with 22 and 10!!! Big time player!!! Tomorrow we start the play-offs!!! Best time of the year!!!! Extremely tough first round opponent in Quimsa. We are looking at a tough road to glory but I BELIEVE!!! Let's Go Obras!!! Peace and Love to all!!!! Gone!!!!!

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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Finals, Game 2: Taipans survive in a thriller - by Eurobasket News
Cairns Taipans won a thrilling Game 2 of the iiNet Championship Grand Final Series after beating New Zealand Breakers 85-81 in double over-time at the Cairns Convention Centre on Sunday afternoon.

In a game befitting a championship decider a CJ Bruton three pointer with three seconds left of regulation time forced overtime before a huge Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83, college: McNeese St.) three as the siren sounded on overtime sent us into double over-time.

Carried by a roaring full house the Taipans had the better of the second over-time period and were never headed forcing the battle for the Dr John Raschke Championship Trophy to go to a third game in Auckland on Friday night.

Ronald Dorsey was the star for Cairns drilling six triples on his way to a game high 22 points. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) lead the New Zealanders with four triples including two in over-time in his 18 points.

The Taipans exploded out of the blocks with Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) driving to the hole, Dorsey drilling a big three and then Ian Crosswhite (212-C-82, college: Oregon) jamming it home as the hosts scored the first seven points of the match.

Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) got the Breakers rolling with a couple from the stripe two and a half minutes in and from their visitors wormed their way back into the contest.

Defensive pressure dictated the tempo of the opening term as both teams struggled to score shooting at 26%. A second Ronald Dorsey triple in the final minute gave the hosts a 14-12 lead at the first break.

The wrestle continued in the second until the Taipans went on a 9-0 blitz in three minutes midway through the term to open up a 27-18 lead. But the visitors hit back going on a 12-6 run to finish the quarter to trail 33-30 at the half time break.

Thomas Abercrombie was the leading scorer at the half with nine points while Ronald Dorsey had five rebounds to go with his six points.

It was a frustrating start to the third as neither team could score until CJ Bruton scored coming of a screen at the 7:19 mark. Mika Vukona scored moments later and the Breakers were back in the lead at 34-33.

That sparked the home crowd and the home team with Ronald Dorsey grabbing the lead back and then back to back Ian Crosswhite buckets saw Cairns open up a five point lead 39-34.

Alex Pledger stepped in and scored the next five to level it up and it remained tight right till the end of the term when Thomas Abercrombie hit a triple with 15 seconds on the clock to leave it locked up at the last break 45-45.

New Zealand opened the final term the better with CJ Bruton and Vukona both getting open looks to open the lead out to four 49-45.

Ronald Dorsey scored his third three-pointer of the night to keep the Snakes in touch, but when Thomas Abercrombie hit a three of his own the Breakers almost had a hand on the trophy leading 54-48 with 6:15 on the clock.

But the Taipans did not buckle. On the strength of over 5000 screaming fans they lifted. Ayinde Ubaka controlled the tempo, they got the ball inside to Ian Crosswhite and he once again scored back to back baskets. When Ayinde Ubaka dropped a couple of free-throws it was locked up 54-54 with 3:40 on the clock.

85 seconds later Ayinde Ubaka drove the hole through traffic to put the Snakes in the lead. 40 seconds later he did it again, this time a fade away jumper inside the paint and the Taipans lead by four.

CJ closed the gap to two, before Aaron Grabau hit one of his two free throws to keep the margin at three. Penney drove to the hole to close the gap to one with 51 seconds on the clock.

Then two no scores, the first Ayinde Ubaka driving, the second the Breakers throwing it out of bounds left us with a Taipans inbound ball leading 59-58 with 20 seconds on the clock.

The Taipans played keepings off for seven seconds until Ayinde Ubaka was fouled and converted both his free throws to extend the lead to three.

That left 14 seconds. The Breakers didnt need that long. CJ Bruton produced a beautiful fake to create the open three. He steadied, then cooly knocked it down to lock it up with 3 seconds on the clock.

The Taipans couldnt get a shot away and we went to over-time locked at 61-61.

In a topsy-turvey first period of over-time the Taipans lead by two points before Kevin Braswell rattled off back to back triples to give Breakers a four point lead, 71-67 with 12.6 left on the clock.

But the next three plays featured a Ronald Dorsey three-pointer, a couple of Penney free throws and then the amazing Ronald Dorsey triple as the buzzer went off.

A Daniel Dillon triple early in double over-time proved the catalyst as the Breakers couldnt get closer to two points down and the Taipans held on to win an absolute thriller 85-81.

Cairns Taipans 85 (Ronald Dorsey 22, Ian Crosswhite 15, Ayinde Ubaka 15)
New Zealand Breakers 81 (Kevin Braswell 18, Thomas Abercrombie 17, Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) 12)

*Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Redbacks suffer a Giant bite (Saturday SBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Perth Redbacks have blown a golden opportunity to secure their place in the mens State Basketball Leagues top four after a fourth quarter fade out saw them lose 99-89 to Goldfield Giants.

The win meant the Giants moved equal with the Redbacks on 10 points, but the Giants have one fewer loss and sit in fourth spot.

Perth took a 12-point lead into the main break and a nine point lead into the final term but was outscored 33-14 in the final period to let the game slip.

Dwayne Radcliffe (203-F-90) led the Giants comeback with 25 points, 18 rebounds and six assists while Todd Earles (23 points) first half efforts ensured they remained in touch at the main break.

Ryan Neill (190-G-76) was the best of the Redbacks with 23 points and former Wildcats development player Joel Wagner contributed 19 points and nine assists in the losing cause.

Earlier in the night, Geraldton Buccaneers moved into the growing mid-table congestion when they defeated East Perth 95-79 to make it four wins from their eight matches.

The Buccs joined five other sides on eight points and climbed to ninth spot with their fourth consecutive win.

Geraldton outscored East Perth in every term but led by just four points with nine minutes remaining in the final period before they ran away with it to complete a 22-12 final quarter and 16-point win.

Veteran centre Ben Pepper (213-C-75) again led the way for Geraldton with 34 points and 11 rebounds while imports Michael Lay (19 points) and Todd Brown (18) provided support.

East Perths most consistent performer of 2011 Tom Jervis led the Eagles with 25 points and 21 rebounds.

The Eagles poor 39 per cent field goal percentage proved costly as their two-game winning streak was ended.

Article by Ben Cameron
Courtesy of SBL




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Penney, Breakers20.4 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.3 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers15.8 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Harvey, Blaze14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.0 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Clark, Blaze6.8 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
 8. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
 9. Schenscher, Croco.6.8 
 10. Williams, Tigers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Williams, Tigers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 4. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 7. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
 10. Martin, Wildcats3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.4 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 5. Dorsey, Taipans1.4 
 6. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 10. Ellis, Crocodiles1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 4. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 5. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats0.8 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Cockburn C. 7-1 
 2. Lakeside L. 6-1 
 3. Wanneroo W. 6-3 
 4. Goldfield G. 5-3 
 5. Perth R. 5-4 
 6. Rockingham F. 4-3 
 7. Geraldton B. 4-4 
 8. Perry Lakes H. 4-4 
 9. Willetton T. 4-4 
 10. East Perth E. 4-5 
 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 


Eagles swoop past in-form Hawks (Friday SBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
East Perth Eagles ended Perry Lakes Hawks' three-game winning streak with a 100-89 road victory in the men's State Basketball League.

The Hawks had climbed up to sixth spot with their impressive form, which included an upset win at league leaders Cockburn Cougars last week, but Wildcats training squad member Tom Jervis (213-C-89, college: Troy) produced a dominant performance to lead East Perth to its second straight victory.

Jervis had 31 points and 20 rebounds for the Eagles, while import Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) (24 points and 18 rebounds) was Perry Lakes' best.

Cockburn bounced back from its first loss of the season last weekend to beat Perth Redbacks 109-99.

The Cougars dominated the rebound count 59-39 and translated that to their seventh win from eight games, thanks to Ty Harrelson's 22 points.

Adrian Majstrovich (202-F/G-80) had a game-high 35 points for the Redbacks in their second loss from three games.

Rockingham Flames' suffered their third loss from their last four outings, a 92-88 defeat to Goldfields Giants.

The Flames cut a 13-point Goldfields lead with four minutes left to zero with two minutes remaining, but the Giants held on for their fourth win from five games thanks to Matthew Rosinski (35 points).

Geraldton Buccaneers won on a basket in the final 10 seconds for the second game in a row, with a Michael Lay two-pointer in the final seconds handing them a 78-76 win at Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

Lay had 29 points in Geraldton's third win from four outings, while Kalamunda's loss was its fifth straight.

In women's action, Gabriella Clayton had 20 points to help Perry Lakes claim its fifth straight victory, a 77-67 win over the Eagles.

And Cockburn climbed up to sixth spot with a 70-65 win against Perth, led by West Coast Waves youngster Courtney Hargreaves (18 points and 14 rebounds).

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL




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  BAHRAIN   


Muharraq down Ahli to take lead - by Yousef Ahmed
MUHARRAQ defeated reigning champions Al Ahli 88-79 yesterday to extend their winning streak in the second-half of the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. American professional Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) was again inspirational for the 2008 league champions Muharraq, scoring 42 points and made a string of crucial defensive rebounds which proved vital.

Clark, who made debut in last week's emphatic win over Sitra scoring 36 points in the first three quarters, continued to impress with 12 points in the first quarter, which ended for Muharraq 21-14, then added 15 more points in the second as Muharraq went into half-time with a 46-31 lead. Muharraq maintained their momentum in the third quarter as they stretched their lead to 20 points. The so-called 'Red Wolf' continued to rule the proceedings in the fourth quarter and never looked back for a comfortable nine-point victory.

Coached by Walter Pereira , Muharraq were also guided to this deserving victory by a group of Bahrain's best players, including veterans Yasser Bunaffoor, skipper Ahmed Al Doy, Jassim Mohammed and Isa Ebrahim. Others spearheading Muharraq last night were Mohammed Abdulmajeed, Salem Mohammed, Abdulmohsin Aliu and Mohammed Abdulhakeem. It was Muharraq's 10th win in 12 matches and are temporarily on top of this eight-team table with 22 points. Manama, who have a match in hand against Isa Town, went down to second with 20 points.

Al Ahli, who suffered their third defeat in the season, are now on 21 points from 12 matches. They were without several influential players who were permanently banned after taking part in an anti-government sports demonstration during the unrest. Instead, the team in yellow and black jerseys were relying on their new American import Michael Bell (206-F-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who played his first game in the season. Bell, who joined Al Ahli from Qatari Club Al Saad, was the top scorer in last night's game with 29 points. Al Ahli were other regular players like Hussain Shaker, Maytham Jameel, Mohammed Akbar and Nedhal Abbas. Under their Bahraini tactician Talal Mousa, Al Ahli also comprised young players - Hisham Sarhan, Mahdi Ashoor, Hassan Al Khaja, Hussain Abdulkhaleq, Abdulla Abdulredha and Abdulla Ali.

Meanwhile, two matches are scheduled for tomorrow when Sitra face off with Al Hala at 5.30pm, to be followed by Nuwaidrat vs Al Ittihad game at 7.15pm. The third week concludes on Tuesday with Manama taking on Isa Town at 7pm. All matches will take place at Zain Basketball Arena. Eight clubs are competing in the second-half of the league, which concludes on May 17, with the top six reaching the main round. In the main round, the teams will battle in a single round robin format and the best four will make it to the best-of-three final playoff.



Source GDN By RAMI HULAYYEL , Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2011




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  BRAZIL   


Unitri/Universo and Pinheiros/Sky open quarterfinals with wins - by Eurobasket News
Uniti/Universo got a perfect start of their quarterfinal series versus the NBB defending champions BRB/Brasilia. They held off their opponents 96:91 at home court. Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) and Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) stepped up with 27 points each to pace the hosts. BRB/Brasilia led by four points after ten minutes of action but Unitri/Universo did not allow them to clear off in the second term. Moreover the home team got within two points at halftime. Uberlandia erased the deficit and the teams entered the fourth term tied at 67. Unitri/Universo fired 29 points in the final stanza and ran away for an important win at the end. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 14 points for the hosts. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) answered with 24 points for BRB/Brasilia. Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) finished with 19 points in the loss.
Pinheiros/Sky toppled Joinville 72:66 on the road in the opener. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) came up with 22 points to pace the visitors. Joinville dominated in the first half recording a 38:34 halftime lead. But Pinheiros/Sky used a 19:12 run in the fourth term to pull away with the victory. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) knocked down 21 points in the winning effort. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) delivered 12 points for Joinville.



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  CANADA   


PBL prize for Rainman - by Eurobasket News
A new role didn't change Eric Crookshank's (201-F-80, college: Idaho St.) status as the most dominating defensive presence in the Premier Basketball League.

The six-foot-eight power forward and four-year veteran of the Halifax Rainmen was named the PBLs defensive player of the year for the second straight season on Thursday as the league announced the winners of its major individual awards for the 2010-11 campaign.

The 32-year-old from Oakland, Calif., topped the PBL by hauling down 10.8 rebounds a game and was third with 1.22 blocks per contest. He also led the league with a .693 shooting percentage while averaging 8.6 points a game.

'Were really excited about him being able to achieve that honour, especially with the role that we asked him to play this year,' said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston, whose franchise joined an exodus of teams from the PBL this week at the conclusion of the playoffs that were tainted by accusations of officiating bias in favour of the champion Rochester RazorSharks.

Crookshank also was the PBLs defensive player of the year and a first-team all-star a season ago when he averaged 14.5 points and 13.0 rebounds.

But when Levingston re-signed him last fall, he asked the Rainmens elder statesman to give up his starting gig and come off the bench as the teams sixth man.

'He really relished that role of coming off the bench and being a sparkplug for us,' Levingston said Thursday.

'Im not so sure that Eric would have accepted this role a few years ago. For him to take a back seat and be a guy that came off the bench and did the things we needed him to do to have success just definitely shows a maturation on his part. He had a great year.'

Despite Crookshanks new role, the Metro Centre faithful didnt see much less of the fan favourite, nicknamed Air Canada for his high-flying dunks. Because of injuries and the teams shortcomings in the middle for part of the season, Crookshank still started 11 of the 18 regular-season games in which he appeared and finished second on the team by playing 32.6 minutes per contest. He averaged 33.5 minutes the previous year.

Among the other major award winners Thursday, small forward Quinnel Brown of the Quebec Kebs was named league MVP after winning the scoring title by averaging 21.2 points per game and RazorSharks guard Melvin Council got the nod as playoff MVP.

Guard Eddie Smith of the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry won the sixth man award as the leagues best reserve and Quebec bench boss Rob Spon was named top coach. Rochester guard Todd McCoy was picked the most outstanding rookie and forward Kenny Jones of the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions earned the newcomer of the year award, presented to a first-year PBL player with prior professional experience.

The PBL will announce its all-league, all-playoff, all-rookie and all-defensive teams at a later date.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  CBL   


Florida Flight announce training camp roster - by Eurobasket News
The Florida Flight's sophomore professional basketball season is now underway, having begun training camp on April 20.

Flight Owner and Coach Mark King likes what he sees from his players in the camp's early days. 'This season's Flight's roster will be a nice mix of returning players complemented with some new faces that will fit in perfectly with what we're trying to do,' King said. 'We look for players who will be outstanding on and off the court, and we believe we've found them.'

Competition for spots on the final roster will be fierce. This season, the Flight will keep a 10-man active roster, in addition to an inactive developmental roster for players seeking to improve their game and jump to the next level.




The players selected for training camp are:

Jacob Carver, G, 5-10, Florida Flight (CBL)

Ernest Jones, G, 6-0, Florida Flight (CBL)

Garvin Gordon (6'7''-F-78), F, 6-6, Florida Flight (CBL)

Jay Husagic, F, 6-6, Florida Flight (CBL)

Mike Dean, G, 6-3, East Kentucky Miners, (CBA)

Jason Mcleish, G, 6-1, Bluegrass Stallions (PBL)

Brett Elliott, G, 6-1, Fayetteville Flight (ABA)

Kene Anusionwu (6'8''-F/C, college: Bethune-Cookman), F, 6-8, Bethune-Cookman (NCAAI)

Chip Polite, F, 6-5, North Florida (NCAAI)

Joseph Christopher, G, 6-4, Mississippi State (NCAAI)

Jonathan Adamson, F, 6-4, Elmira College (NCAAIII)

Greg St. Remy, G, 6-2, St. Olaf College (NCAAIII)

Antonio Monroe, F, 6-6, Polk Community College (NJCAA)

Kamar Russell, G/F, 6'4, Treasure Coast (HS)

Rich Chaber, G, 5-11, Air Force (WAMAC)

Blake Hines, G, 5-11, Robert E. Lee (HS)

Jeremy Tomlinson, G, 6-2, Lincoln County (HS)


James Hunter, G, 6-1, West Orange (HS)



The CBL season kicks off during the first weekend of May. The season home opener for the Flight is May 13, 2011.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  CHINA   


Guangdong Beats Xinjiang 110-104 to Take 3-2 Lead in Finals - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong took a 3-2 lead in the CBA finals by defeating Xinjiang at home 110-104. Now the series returns to Xinjiang for game six and possibly game seven and its anyone's guess who will win.

Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) led Guangdong with 29 points on 10 of 14 shooting and Xinjiang does not have a domestic player nearly as good as Wang. Import Lester Hudson fulfilled his role with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Marcus Haislip also contributed mightily with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting and 3 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting in 24 minutes and did not get in foul trouble. Zhu Fangyu had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and while no longer a superstar is a solid role-player. Su Wei had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes and held his owm with Mengke Bateer.

Xinjiang was led by James Singleton who had 33 points on 12 of 18 shooting and 12 rebounds. Quincy Douby had 25 points and 7 steals. The imports lead the show when Xinjiang is playing at its peak. Xirilejiang (Co Tal), listed as born in 1991, may right now be the best young off-guard in the CBA and had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Bateer had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 11 and Xu Guozhong had 8.



CBA Round 5 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Guandong - Xinjiang 110-104

The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 36-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Guandong Tigers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. International swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) contributed with 29 points for the winners. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) added 25 points and 7 steals in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Four Guandong Tigers and five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Guandong: W.ShiPeng 29+3reb+1ast, H.Lester 27+7reb+8ast, H.Marcus 18+3reb+1ast, Z.Peng 10+1reb, Z.FangYu 10+7reb+4ast, S.Wei 8+5reb
Xinjiang: S.James 33+12reb+3ast, D.Quincy 25+3reb+2ast, C.Tal 12+3reb+1ast, Z.QingPeng 11+1reb+3ast, M.Bateer 11+10reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 8+1reb
gschID: 127531




Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang31.9 
 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, Xinjiang3.7 
 4. Hudson, Guandong3.1 
 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. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 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 6-2 
 3. Zadar 6-3 
 4. KK Split 4-4 
 5. Cibona 4-4 
 6. Borik 3-5 
 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 


A1 Round 8: Zadar defeats KK Zagreb CO in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Zadar (6-3) which hosted in Zadar second-ranked KK Zagreb CO (6-2). Third ranked Zadar had an easy win 80-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. The game was mostly controlled by Zadar. KK Zagreb CO managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Marko Car (188-G/F-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Pavle Marcinkovic (197-89) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds for KK Zagreb CO. Zadar maintains third position with 6-3 record behind leader Darda. KK Zagreb CO at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Zadar are looking forward to face Cibona (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Zabok in Zabok and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - Cedevita (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Alkar Sinj (2-6) 81-63. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds and Vedran Princ who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) responded with 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Alkar Sinj lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Cedevita will play against Borik Puntamika (#6) in Zadar in the next round where they are favorite. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against KK Split and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Zabok is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fifth ranked KK Split (4-4) 92-87 on Friday evening. The winners were led by Srdan Subotic who scored that evening 30 points and 4 assists. Even 30 points by Robert Lez did not help to save the game for Zabok. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KK Split moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cibona. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with seven games lost. KK Split will meet at home Alkar Sinj (#7) in the next round. Zabok will play against the league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Zagreb supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Borik Puntamika (3-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Cibona (4-4). Cibona smashed Borik Puntamika 93-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Borik Puntamika. The best player for the winners was Bojan Bogdanovic who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. Borik Puntamika's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KK Split. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Cibona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zadar (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play against the league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb.

The most impressive performance of 8th round was 24 points and 11 rebounds by Josip Sobin of KK Split.


Group A
Zabok - KK Split 87-92

Bottom-ranked Zabok is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fifth ranked KK Split (4-4) 92-87 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-87. The winners were led by the former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) who scored that evening 30 points and 4 assists and guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 30 points by forward Robert Lez (200-79) did not help to save the game for Zabok. Forward Sasa Jankovic (204-84) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. KK Split moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cibona. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with seven games lost. KK Split will meet at home Alkar Sinj (#7) in the next round. Zabok will play against the league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Split: S.Subotic 30+3reb+4ast, I.Mimica 15+5reb+3ast, T.Katic 14+5reb+3ast, R.Mahalbasic 9+3reb, J.Sobin 8+3reb, A.Grgurevic 7+9reb+1ast
Zabok: R.Lez 30+3ast, I.Perincic 13+1reb, S.Jankovic 11+5reb+1ast, D.Krajacic 8+2reb, J.Lozancic 6+2reb, L.Pesut 6+2reb
gschID: 124397


Zadar - KK Zagreb CO 80-62

An interesting game for Zadar (6-3) which hosted in Zadar second-ranked KK Zagreb CO (6-2). Third ranked Zadar had an easy win 80-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. The game was mostly controlled by Zadar. KK Zagreb CO managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. Guard Pavle Marcinkovic (197-89) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Zadar players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Joshua Heytvelt (211-86, college: Gonzaga) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Zadar maintains third position with 6-3 record behind leader Darda. KK Zagreb CO at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Zadar are looking forward to face Cibona (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against Zabok in Zabok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zadar: M.Car 23+3reb+4ast, P.Marcinkovic 15+8reb+3ast, B.Brown 13+8reb, I.Batur 13+6reb, I.Ivanov 12+10reb, M.Ahmetbasic 4+1reb+1ast
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 26+5reb+3ast, J.Heytvelt 11+7reb, L.Zoric 10+5reb+1ast, D.Rancic 7+1reb, A.Renfroe 3, P.Babic 3+1reb
gschID: 124398


Cibona - Borik 93-69

The game in Zagreb supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Borik Puntamika (3-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Cibona (4-4). Cibona smashed Borik Puntamika 93-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Borik Puntamika. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Borik Puntamika was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 28-of-36 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Borik Puntamika helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds. Center Leon Radosevic (208-90) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) produced 17 points and swingman Marino Jurjevic (193-84) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Borik Puntamika's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KK Split. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Cibona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Zadar (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play against the league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 28+5reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 14+4reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 13+6reb+1ast, M.Rozic 12+4reb+2ast, J.Lalic 8+1reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 5+2reb+2ast
Borik: J.Skific 17+4reb, M.Jurjevic 12+5reb+1ast, J.Ruzic 12+1ast, M.Sarlija 10+5reb, M.Pesut 9+2reb+3ast, T.Petani 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 124399


Alkar Sinj - Cedevita 63-81

A1 top team - Cedevita (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Alkar Sinj (2-6) 81-63. Cedevita forced 19 Alkar Sinj turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-86) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian guard Vedran Princ (192-82) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) responded with 14 points and guard Mirko Modric (196-81) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Alkar Sinj lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with six games lost. Cedevita will play against Borik Puntamika (#6) in Zadar in the next round where they are favorite. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against KK Split and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: H.Kovacevic 18+7reb+1ast, B.Wright 16+4reb, V.Princ 14+5reb+4ast, D.Draper 11+2reb+6ast, A.Zizic 7+4reb+1ast, D.Rudez 6+1reb+2ast
Alkar Sinj: M.Modric 15+2reb+1ast, A.Delas 14+4reb+2ast, J.Blajic 6+3reb+3ast, Z.Zupic 6+5reb+2ast, J.Curkovic 5+1reb+1ast, I.Radic 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 124396




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar21.6 
 3. Zitko, Trogir19.6 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.8 
 5. Saric, Dubrava17.7 
 6. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 7. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.2 
 8. Zoric, KK.17.0 
 9. Simon, KK.16.9 
 10. Mimica, KK Split16.7 
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. Zoric, KK.7.4 
 7. Brown, Zadar7.0 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.8 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar6.8 
 10. Grgurevic, KK Split6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.5 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.4 
 3. Car, Zadar4.6 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.9 
 7. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 9. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 10. Simon, KK.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK Zagreb CO
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Renfroe, KK.3.0 
 2. Car, Zadar2.6 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 4. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.0 
 6. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 7. Swift, Darda1.8 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar1.8 
 9. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 10. Petani, Borik1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Zoric, KK.1.6 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 5. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 8. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 9. Vladovic, Trogir0.9 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.8 


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Energy defeat Vipers 123-106 in Game 1 of NBA D-League Finals - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande - Iowa E. 106-123
Led by point guard Curtis Stinson's (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) 29 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, the top-seeded Iowa Energy defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 123-106, on Sunday in Game 1 of the NBA Development League Finals. Iowa can close out the best-of-three series and win its first NBA Development League Championship with a win in Game 2 on Wed., April 27 in Des Moines. Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) scored 26 points for the Energy, while Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) added 20 points and 10 assists. Michael Haynes (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Fordham) also scored 18 points for the Energy. Stinson, the league MVP, shot 10-of-19 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Mouhammad Faye led the defending-champion Vipers with 22 points and nine rebounds. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) added 20 points and eight rebounds, while Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds for Rio Grande Valley. Wednesday's Game 2 will tip at 8 p.m. ET.


2011 NBA D-LEAGUE FINALS SCHEDULE (All times EASTERN):
Game 1 - Iowa 123, Rio Grande Valley 106
Game 2 - Rio Grande Valley at Iowa - Wednesday, April 27, 8 p.m.
*Game 3 - Rio Grande Valley at Iowa - Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. *If necessary.

*Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Iowa Energy promote Nate Bjorkgren to associate head coach - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy announced today that assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren has been promoted to the position of associate head coach.

According to a press release issued by the D-Leage team, Bjorkegren becomes head coach in waiting.

Jerry Crawford, managing partner of the Energy, said he anticipates head coach Nick Nurse getting a call from the NBA.

Nate has been an integral part of our success, and this promotion recognizes his contributions to the team under the leadership of Head Coach Nick Nurse, said Jerry Crawford, managing partner of the Iowa Energy in the press release After the past three seasons and Nicks selection as league coach of the year, we believe it is possible if not probable that he will be called up to coach in the NBA.

'Nate is ready and prepared to step up to the head coaching job, and we feel fortunate to have his caliber of talent and skill already on the team.

The Energy are preparing to face Rio Grande Valley in the league championship series.

Bjorkgren, 35, joined the Energys coaching staff in 2007. The Storm Lake native has helped lead the Energy to three consecutive NBA D-League conference titles.

Bjorkgren has also served as head coach at Cactus Shadows High School in Phoenix, Ariz. He was named Arizona State High School coach of the year in 2006. Bjorkgren was also named regional coach of the year in 2005 and 2006. His teams qualified for
the state tournament for three consecutive seasons.

Its an honor to be a part of this organization. This is an exciting time for me personally, but more important, it is a milestone moment for our franchise, which has proven itself to be a real force, Bjorkgren said in the press release. The opportunity to play for the NBA D-League championship in Des Moines is the highlight of my coaching career.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  LA Lakers
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 5. Stinson, Iowa E.20.3 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande20.1 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.18.7 
 9. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 5. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.8 


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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Rakvere
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Timermanis, Rakve.19.8 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.9 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Vaikulis, Rakvere16.4 
 7. Brown, Va.16.3 
 8. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 9. Osby, TT.16.0 
 10. Arnold, TT.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.1 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Osby, TT.9.8 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.3 
 8. Timermanis, Rakve.7.6 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.9 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 3. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.3 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Winston, Va.2.6 
 9. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 10. Oja, Va.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 5. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.7 
 10. Doronin, TU/Rock1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.9 
 2. Osby, TT.1.3 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Timermanis, Rakve.1.1 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 


EMKL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. TU/Rock and Kalev/Cramo register second victories - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere - Kalev/Cramo 50-104

Kalev/Cramo thrashed Rakvere on the road to take 2-0 lead in the series. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Rakvere to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BC Rakvere's 18. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 BC Rakvere turnovers and outrebounded them 48-28 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kalev/Cramo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: RIZO) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: I.Timermanis 15+6reb, R.Vaikulis 13+4reb+2ast, M.Hall 7+1reb+2ast, B.McGee 5+3reb, J.Vahter 3+3reb+1ast, J.Hiiuvain 3+4reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 15+1reb+3ast, R.Keerles 14+6reb+1ast, R.Tamm 12+5reb+2ast, K.Orula 11+4reb+2ast, J.Toome 11+4reb+1ast, T.Sokk 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 126983


TTU/Kalev - TU/Rock 70-81

TU/Rock stepped closer to the Final after they held off TTU/Kalev for the second straight win in the series. TTU/Kalev was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 43-24 second half run of TU/Rock. The former international swingman Marek Doronin (200-83) notched 18 points to lead the effort and American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) supported him with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for TTU/Kalev. Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 points for the hosts. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 23+12reb+1ast, C.Archibald 17+4reb+3ast, V.Kriisa 8+4reb+4ast, E.Keedus 6+3ast, A.Parn 6+6reb+1ast, M.Klementsov 4+2reb
TU/Rock: M.Doronin 18+4reb+1ast, R.Veideman 11+4reb+4ast, C.Eziukwu 11+8reb, V.Allingu 10+4reb, S.Sokk 10+4reb+4ast, G.Tsintsadze 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 126982




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  FRANCE   


ProA Round 27: Poitiers defeat Chalon/Saor in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProA took place in Chalon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Chalon/Saor (18-9) to twelfth ranked Poitiers (11-16) 75-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) helped adding 9 points and 7 assists. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Poitiers moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Gravelines and Nancy. Poitiers is looking forward to face higher ranked Le Mans (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalon/Saor will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Chorale de Roanne (17-10) against seventh ranked ASVEL (16-11) on Friday night. Host Chorale de Roanne was defeated by ASVEL in a tough game in Roanne 92-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who led the winners and scored 39 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Matt Walsh accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. ASVEL will play against bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chorale de Roanne will play against STB Le Havre (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Cholet (21-6) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-19) 70-66. The best player for the winners was Sammy Mejia who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Robert Hite who recorded 17 points. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-6 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Cholet will meet at home Sluc Nancy (#4) in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against ASVEL (#6) in Villeurbanne and hope to secure a win.
The game in Toulon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sluc Nancy (18-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-12). Sluc Nancy defeated Hyeres-Toulon 83-72. It was a good game for Victor Samnick who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Chalon. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be league's leader Cholet on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3).
The game in Le Mans was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Le Mans (12-15). Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure a 7-point victory 67-60 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Juby Johnson who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Loser Le Mans keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Hyeres-Toulon (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Le Mans will play against Poitiers.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Vichy was destroyed by Paris-Levallois on the opponent's court 94-66. Strasbourg unfortunately lost to Orleans in a home game 68-79. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was rolled over Le Havre on the road 54-74.


Paris-Levallois - Vichy 94-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Paris-Levallois and 14th ranked JA Vichy had identical 9-17 record. This time Paris-Levallois used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Vichy 94-66 on Friday night. The game without a history. Paris-Levallois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Paris-Levallois outrebounded JA Vichy 38-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for international guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points, 8 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois (10-17) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Loser JA Vichy dropped to the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play against Strasbourg IG (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 18+6reb+3ast, J.Shuler 15+4ast, T.Larrouquis 13+4reb+1ast, F.Elegar 10+6reb, A.Eito 5+2reb+5ast, R.Gaines 3+1reb+1ast
Paris-Levallois: A.Albicy 27+2reb+8ast, E.Chatfield 16+3reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 11+6reb+1ast, D.Noel 10+9reb, J.Ball 7+3reb+2ast, V.Evtimov 7+10reb+2ast
gschID: 100305


Hyeres-Toulon - Nancy 72-83

The game in Toulon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sluc Nancy (18-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-12). Sluc Nancy defeated Hyeres-Toulon 83-72. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. Hyeres-Toulon was better in fourth quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sluc Nancy forced 19 Hyeres-Toulon turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Vincent Masingue (205-76) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Chalon. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be league's leader Cholet on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3).
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 27+5reb, V.Masingue 13+9reb+1ast, C.Cavallo 6+1reb+2ast, N.Boungou Colo 6+7reb+1ast, P.Morlende 5+3reb+4ast, K.Houston 5+2reb+3ast
Nancy: V.Samnick 20+4reb+2ast, T.Darden 14+4reb+3ast, W.Deane 9+4reb+3ast, J.Linehan 9+1reb+5ast, A.Kader Sylla 8+5reb+1ast, S.Brun 6+7reb+3ast
gschID: 100301


Strasbourg - Orleans 68-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 and 13th ranked Strasbourg IG had identical 10-16 record. But Strasbourg IG was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Orleans 79-68 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 30-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Entente Orleans 45 made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Strasbourg IG outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 34-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Tajuan Porter (168-88, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. American forward Eric Campbell (199-76, college: Spring Hill, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 18 points. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) scored 17 points. Entente Orleans 45 (11-16) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Strasbourg IG lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face Paris-Levallois (#14) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Strasbourg IG will play against JA Vichy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: J.McCord 17+4reb+1ast, J.Hawkins 16+6reb+1ast, A.Jeanneau 14+1reb+3ast, S.Giffa 7+4reb+2ast, R.Greer 6+5reb+3ast, A.Digbeu 4+5reb+4ast
Orleans: E.Campbell 18+1reb, T.Porter 17+2reb+3ast, A.Moerman 11+2reb, M.NDoye 10+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 8+10reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100302


Le Havre - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 74-54

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-16) was rolled over on the road by eleventh ranked STB Le Havre (11-16) 74-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. STB Le Havre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Wes Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) helped adding 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw St.) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Travon Bryant (206-83, college: Missouri) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. STB Le Havre moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost fifth consecutive game. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: C.Elonu 11+5reb+1ast, G.Joseph 10+11reb+1ast, S.Rimac 10+2reb+5ast, T.Bryant 8+9reb, T.Gipson 7+4reb+3ast, F.Lesca 3+1reb
Le Havre: W.Wilkinson 15+5reb, J.Jones 12+2reb+3ast, N.Pope 12+2reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 10+4reb+3ast, B.King 10+3reb+3ast, J.Cox 9+5reb+6ast
gschID: 100303


Chalon - Poitierarleys 74-75

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProA took place in Chalon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-best Chalon/Saor (18-9) to twelfth ranked Poitiers (11-16) 75-74 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) helped adding 9 points and 7 assists. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) with 22 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Poitiers moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Gravelines and Nancy. Poitiers is looking forward to face higher ranked Le Mans (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalon/Saor will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 22+7reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 10+7reb+3ast, J.Lauvergne 9+5reb, N.Lang 8+1reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 6+3reb, A.Aminu 5+2reb
Poitierarleys: A.Grant 15+1reb+1ast, R.Wright 13+7reb+3ast, P.Guillard 11+3reb, E.Fournier 9+4reb, C.Ona-Embo 9+4reb+7ast, K.Younger 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100304


Roanne - ASVEL 92-101

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Chorale de Roanne (17-10) against seventh ranked ASVEL (16-11) on Friday night. Host Chorale de Roanne was defeated by ASVEL in a tough game in Roanne 92-101. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. Chorale de Roanne was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 59-44 second half run of ASVEL. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who led the winners and scored 39 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) accounted for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat. Five ASVEL and four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Chorale de Roanne at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. ASVEL will play against bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chorale de Roanne will play against STB Le Havre (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: R.Davis 20+5reb+3ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 18+5reb+4ast, P.Amagou 16+5reb+5ast, B.McCauley 10+10reb+1ast, A.Dunn 7+3reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 5+1reb
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 39+8reb+4ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 18+5reb+1ast, M.Gelabale 16+3reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 14+2reb+5ast, M.Walsh 14+9reb+4ast, T.Leon 0
gschID: 100298


Limoges - Cholet 66-70

ProA top team - Cholet (21-6) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-19) 70-66. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cholet outrebounded Limoges CSP Elite 37-24 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) who recorded 17 points and the other American import guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) added 7 points and 8 assists respectively. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-6 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Cholet will meet at home Sluc Nancy (#4) in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against ASVEL (#6) in Villeurbanne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Limoges: R.Hite 17+2reb+3ast, N.Ebi 10+2reb+1ast, C.Banks 10+1reb+2ast, R.Taylor 7+2reb+8ast, C.Dwayne 6+6reb, R.Desroses 6+6reb+1ast
Cholet: V.Avdalovic 22+6reb+2ast, S.Mejia 18+10reb+2ast, D.Nelson 14+3reb+2ast, A.Robinson 8+5reb+1ast, R.Falker 6+9reb, L.Vebobe 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100299


Le Mans - Gravelines 60-67

The game in Le Mans was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (18-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Le Mans (12-15). Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure a 7-point victory 67-60 on Saturday. Le Mans was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. His fellow American import guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 9 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) scored 16 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Loser Le Mans keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Hyeres-Toulon (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Le Mans will play against Poitiers.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 16+4reb+2ast, B.Dewar 15+2reb+1ast, A.Acker 13+9reb+3ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 5+7reb, A.Diot 5+5reb+3ast, M.Kakiouzis 4+5reb+2ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 18+3reb, B.Woodside 9+5reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 9+6reb+1ast, M.Sene 8+6reb, Y.Bokolo 7+2reb+6ast, R.Jomby 7+2reb
gschID: 100300




ProB Round 31: SPO Rouen loses to Olympique Antibes - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The game between second ranked SPO Rouen (19-12) and fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (13-18) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. SPO Rouen was defeated by Olympique Antibes in a tough game in Antibes 71-75. SPO Rouen trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-75 at the end of the game. Strangely SPO Rouen outrebounded Olympique Antibes 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-F-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for SPO Rouen. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Quimper. SPO Rouen at the other side dropped to the third position with 12 games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest. Olympique Antibes is looking forward to face league's second-placed JDA Dijon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SPO Rouen will play against Chalons-Reims and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (23-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked ALM Evreux (18-13) 93-69. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Mykal Riley helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-8 record. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. JSF Nanterre will play against JL Bourg (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. ALM Evreux will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Bourg was also quite interesting. Third ranked JDA Dijon (20-11) played at the court of 7th ranked JL Bourg (17-14). JDA Dijon managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of JL Bourg. It was an exceptional evening for Samba Dia who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel Coleman came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds for JL Bourg in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for JDA Dijon. They moved-up to second place. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. JDA Dijon will meet at home Olympique Antibes (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aix-Maurienne (16-15) and Saint Vallier (12-19), which took place in Saint Vallier. Higher ranked Aix-Maurienne was outleveled in a road game by sixteenth ranked Saint Vallier 79-60. Kevin Bichard fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Saint Vallier moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Lille. Aix-Maurienne lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be Lille Metropole (#16) on the road.
Another upset was a game between Le Portel (17-14) and Nantes (15-16), which took place in Le Portel. Higher ranked Le Portel lost at home to twelfth ranked Nantes 105-113 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Taron Downey who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 6 assists. Nantes maintains twelfth place with 15-16 record. Loser Le Portel keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Nantes will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Quimper beat Charleville on the road 71-60. Chalons-Reims destroyed Clermont on its own court 78-58. Lille unfortunately lost to Boulazac in a road game 66-74. Fos Ouest rolled over Boulogne at home 108-75.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 33 points (!!!) by Chris Davis of Le Portel.


Charleville - Quimper 60-71

No shocking result in a game when fifteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (13-18) beat on the road bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-25) 71-60 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Florian Thibedore (194-90) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. American forward Todd Peterson (203-84, college: N.Illinois) answered with 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Quimper UJAP moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Charleville-Mezieres lost their fourth game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Quimper UJAP will face higher ranked Le Portel (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Stade Clermont (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimper: A.Toto N'Kote 17+8reb+3ast, J.Volcy 12+6reb+3ast, F.Thibedore 12+8reb+5ast, G.Lessort 10+6reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 8+3reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 8+4reb
Charleville: C.Rouse 20+7reb, K.Morlende 8+3reb+2ast, T.Peterson 8+15reb+5ast, J.McClark 8+7reb+2ast, G.Florimont 7+1reb, D.Kaba 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100604


St Vallier - Maurienne 79-60

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aix-Maurienne (16-15) and Saint Vallier (12-19), which took place in Saint Vallier. Higher ranked Aix-Maurienne was outleveled in a road game by sixteenth ranked Saint Vallier 79-60. The game without a history. Saint Vallier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) chipped in 22 points. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Saint Vallier moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Lille. Aix-Maurienne lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be Lille Metropole (#16) on the road.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: D.Lyons 22+1reb+2ast, K.Bichard 21+6reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 11+4reb+2ast, D.Denave 8+5reb+9ast, C.Bronchard 7+7reb+4ast, K.Shiloh 6+3reb
Maurienne: M.Sonko 18+12reb+3ast, E.Joldersma 16+1reb+3ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 14+7reb+2ast, J.Mathis 9+12reb+2ast, M.Traore 2, J.Hoyaux 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100602


Chalons-Reims - Clermont 78-58

Very expected game when 17th ranked Stade Clermont (9-22) was smashed on the road by tenth ranked Chalons-Reims (17-14) 78-58 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chalons-Reims forced 20 Stade Clermont turnovers. Stade Clermont was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) answered with 12 points and the other American import swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) added 10 points in the effort for Stade Clermont. Stade Clermont's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chalons-Reims moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face higher ranked SPO Rouen (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 18+5reb+1ast, C.Daniels 14+8reb+1ast, H.Jalce 14+4reb+1ast, D.Wilson 11+1reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 10+4reb+1ast, B.Mullins 8+2reb+6ast
Clermont: O.Bassett 12+3reb+2ast, D.Bouldin 10+3reb, S.Cisse 8+2ast, P.Beye 8+3reb+1ast, R.Wilson 7+1reb, M.Guichard 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100603


Le Portel - Nantes 105-113

Another upset was a game between Le Portel (17-14) and Nantes (15-16), which took place in Le Portel. Higher ranked Le Portel lost at home to twelfth ranked Nantes 105-113 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Portel won third quarter 32-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Nantes players scored in double figures. American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) answered with 33 points (!!!) and forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. Nantes maintains twelfth place with 15-16 record. Loser Le Portel keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Nantes will face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nantes: T.Downey 30+1reb+6ast, A.Charles 19+6reb+2ast, K.Barber 18+8reb+2ast, A.Cel 14+5reb+4ast, N.Gayon 12+3reb+2ast, O.Bardet 12+3reb
Le Portel: C.Davis 33+3reb+2ast, M.Labeyrie 25+5reb+1ast, N.Wyatte 16+7reb, A.Rowland 9+6reb+14ast, I.Sy 7+1reb+2ast, J.Ludon 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100599


Evreux - Nanterre 69-93

ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (23-8) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked ALM Evreux (18-13) 93-69. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. ALM Evreux was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre forced 19 ALM Evreux turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) scored 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-8 record. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. JSF Nanterre will play against JL Bourg (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. ALM Evreux will play against Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: N.Carter 23+10reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 16+7reb, M.Riley 13+6reb+6ast, G.Pons 12+3reb+2ast, M.Judith 10+3reb+2ast, W.Daniels 9+3reb+2ast
Evreux: D.Reed 20+9reb+2ast, D.Davis 20+3reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 7+4reb+6ast, T.Maizeroi 5+5reb+2ast, B.Toffin 4+4reb, M.Correa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100600


Bourg - Dijon 83-90

The game in Bourg was also quite interesting. Third ranked JDA Dijon (20-11) played at the court of 7th ranked JL Bourg (17-14). JDA Dijon managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of JL Bourg. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 50-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. JDA Dijon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was an exceptional evening for forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) accounted for 21 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively for JL Bourg in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for JDA Dijon. They moved-up to second place. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. JDA Dijon will meet at home Olympique Antibes (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JL Bourg will play against the league's leader JSF Nanterre (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dijon: J.Leloup 21+3reb+4ast, S.Dia 20+12reb+2ast, D.Melody 14+2reb+6ast, E.Craven 12+5reb+6ast, E.Bing 7+9reb+2ast, A.Christophe 7+1reb+3ast
Bourg: D.Coleman 20+5reb, D.Oliver 14+3reb+7ast, C.Ferchaud 13, A.Tsagarakis 13+1ast, I.Koma 8+3reb, D.Monds 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100601


Boulazac - Lille 74-66

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Boulazac Basket (16-15) won against at home 14th ranked Lille Metropole (12-19) 74-66 on Saturday. Lille Metropole trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 23-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 66-74 at the end of the game. Boulazac Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lille Metropole's 28. Boulazac Basket forced 21 Lille Metropole turnovers. Lille Metropole was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for forward Cedric Melicie (200-79, agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Benoit Gillet (192-86) answered with 20 points and 7 assists and American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. Boulazac Basket moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Maurienne. Lille Metropole lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Boulazac Basket will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lille Metropole will play against Saint Vallier (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: C.Melicie 20+6reb+2ast, A.McKenzie 18+7reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 12+2reb, M.Badiane 9+8reb, D.Diarra 6+2reb, N.Famakan Keita 5+5reb+1ast
Lille: B.Gillet 20+3reb+7ast, S.Barnette 14+6reb+1ast, A.Harris 11+7reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 8+4reb+1ast, O.Gouez 4+2reb, R.Malet 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 100596


Antibes - Rouen 75-71

The game between second ranked SPO Rouen (19-12) and fourteenth ranked Olympique Antibes (13-18) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. SPO Rouen was defeated by Olympique Antibes in a tough game in Antibes 71-75. SPO Rouen trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-75 at the end of the game. Strangely SPO Rouen outrebounded Olympique Antibes 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for SPO Rouen. Five SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Quimper. SPO Rouen at the other side dropped to the third position with 12 games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest. Olympique Antibes is looking forward to face league's second-placed JDA Dijon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SPO Rouen will play against Chalons-Reims and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: D.Ramseyer 21+4reb+3ast, S.Massot 17+7reb+1ast, J.Ingram 10+2reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 9+1reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 9+3reb+2ast, M.Courby 6+1reb
Rouen: J.Siggers 18+2reb+5ast, D.Williams 14+9reb, D.Giles 13+12reb, S.Traore 10+7reb, C.Thioune 10+4reb+3ast, K.Reid 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100597


Fos Ouest - Boulogne 108-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked SO Maritime Boulogne's (17-14) road loss to fifth ranked Fos Ouest (19-12) 75-108 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Fos Ouest. SO Maritime Boulogne was better in third quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fos Ouest dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to SO Maritime Boulogne's 54. Fos Ouest forced 20 SO Maritime Boulogne turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by SO Maritime Boulogne's players. Quite impressive performance for Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) added 12 points in the effort for SO Maritime Boulogne. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fos Ouest. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rouen. Newly promoted SO Maritime Boulogne keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Nantes (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SO Maritime Boulogne will play against Boulazac Basket (#10).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 20+5reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 17+1reb, Z.Bah 15+1reb+9ast, L.Cummard 15+5reb+3ast, M.Hachad 12+12reb+2ast, P.Haquet 12+1reb+3ast
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 20+7reb, T.Stanley 12+3reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 9+3reb, D.Monroe 6+7reb+2ast, E.Plateau 6+3reb+1ast, M.N'Diaye 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100598




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 21-6 
 2. Chalon 18-9 
 3. Gravelines 18-9 
 4. Nancy 18-9 
 5. Roanne 17-10 
 6. ASVEL 16-11 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 15-12 
 8. Le Mans 12-15 
 9. Orleans 11-16 
 10. Le Havre 11-16 
 11. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 11-16 
 12. Poitierarleys 11-16 
 13. Strasbourg 10-17 
 14. Paris-Levallois 10-17 
 15. Vichy 9-18 
 16. Limoges 8-19 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 23-8 
 2. Dijon 20-11 
 3. Rouen 19-12 
 4. Fos Ouest 19-12 
 5. Evreux 18-13 
 6. Chalons-Reims 17-14 
 7. Bourg 17-14 
 8. Le Portel 17-14 
 9. Boulogne 17-14 
 10. Boulazac 16-15 
 11. Maurienne 16-15 
 12. Nantes 15-16 
 13. Quimper 13-18 
 14. Antibes 13-18 
 15. St Vallier 12-19 
 16. Lille 12-19 
 17. Clermont 9-22 
 18. Charleville 6-25 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.5 
 2. Jefferson, AS.18.4 
 3. Mejia, Cholet18.4 
 4. Nichols, Vichy17.8 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.0 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Shuler, Vichy15.6 
 8. King, Le Havre15.4 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines15.0 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.2 
 5. Jones, Le Havre7.9 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.5 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.4 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.2 
 10. Falker, Cholet7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre5.9 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines5.9 
 4. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.7 
 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. Linehan, Nancy3.0 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Sangare, Le Havre1.9 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.9 
 8. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 9. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 5. Issa, Gravelines1.4 
 6. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 8. Sene, Gravelines1.2 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 10. Pasco, Strasbourg1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.9 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 3. Harris, Lille18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.9 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.1 
 6. Davis, Le Portel16.2 
 7. Milbourne, Boulogne16.2 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest16.0 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 10. Daniels, Nanterre15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Barber, Nantes10.1 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne9.4 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.9.4 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Rouse, Charleville8.7 
 6. Wyatte, Le Portel8.6 
 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. Da Silva, Evreux8.0 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.6 
 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 Vallier4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.3 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 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. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 6. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 7. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 10. Diakite, Chalons-.0.7 


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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 26-2 
 2. Wuerzburg 21-7 
 3. Chemnitz 19-9 
 4. Kirchheim 16-12 
 5. Braves 16-12 
 6. Crailsheim 15-13 
 7. Webmoebel 14-14 
 8. Heidelberg 13-15 
 9. ETB Wohnbau 12-16 
 10. Karlsruhe 12-16 
 11. Cuxhaven 11-17 
 12. Hannover 11-17 
 13. Freiburg 9-19 
 14. Jena 8-20 
 15. Dragons 7-21 
 16. Osnabrueck 0-0 


German 1.Bundesliga round 34 best performance: Miroslav Raduljica - by Eurobasket News
Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ALBA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Walter Tigers (#12, 15-19) 88-76. ALBA maintains the 3rd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 24-10 record. Raduljica just recently signed at ALBA, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Miroslav Raduljica averages this season 11.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of NY Phantoms. Thomas had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course NY Phantoms cruised to a 86-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#13, 14-20). NY Phantoms' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thomas is well-known at NY Phantoms and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jamison Brewer (193-G-80, agency: Court Side) of Bremerhaven (#8). Brewer showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Bremerhaven, leading his team to a 102-92 win against the lower-ranked ratiopharm (#14, 12-22). Bremerhaven needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Brewer has a very solid season. In 10 games in Germany he scored 8.2ppg. He also has 4.7apg and FGP: 51.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roger Powell (198-F-83) of Dt.Bank SKY - 28 points and 4 rebounds
5. John Bryant (208-C-87) of ratiopharm - 26 points and 4 rebounds
6. David Bell (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of Dt.Bank SKY - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89) of Bremerhaven - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Nic Wise (178-G-87) of Telekom Baskets - 20 points and 8 assists

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


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.0 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.6 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 5. Watts, Dragons17.7 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim17.7 
 7. Cook, Cuxhaven17.2 
 8. Yearby, Cuxhaven17.0 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.17.0 
 10. Samarco, Webmoebel16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim10.8 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.9 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 4. Watts, Dragons8.7 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg8.3 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 8. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.9 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.8 
 10. Heindel, Freiburg7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron COOK
  Cuxhaven
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Cook, Cuxhaven6.6 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz5.9 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.8 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim5.5 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel5.1 
 6. Larsen, Dragons4.6 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.5 
 9. Lowery, Braves4.4 
 10. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.0 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 5. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 6. Alexander, ETB W.1.9 
 7. Johnson, Chemnitz1.9 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 9. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.1 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 3. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. Hill, Jena1.4 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 7. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 8. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.3 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.3 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


FC Bayern Munchen won ProA Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProA just ended.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wuerzburg. Second ranked s Oliver Baskets faced one of their biggest challengers BV Chemnitz 99. Host s Oliver Baskets (21-7) defeated guests from Chemnitz (19-9) 77-61. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BV Chemnitz 99 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) who scored 17 points. Forward Torvoris Baker (201-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Albertson, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. s Oliver Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 21-7 record having five points less than leader B.Muenchen. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost.


Leader Bayern Muenchen delivered the twentieth sixth victory. This time they crushed 14th ranked USC Freiburg (9-19) 101-52. It was a good game for American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Bastian Doreth contributed with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for USC Freiburg. Bayern Muenchen maintains first position with 26-2 record. USC Freiburg lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 19 games lost.

We should mention about the upset which took place in Homburg, where higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (16-12) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (11-17) 71-84 on Saturday. The game was also dominated by American players. Aaron Cook had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Theodis Tarver with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hannover. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Kirchheim.


Rest of the games of round 30 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Jena were crushed by Crailsheim in a road game 107-76. Karlsruhe was beaten by Heidelberg at home 73-81. Bottom-ranked Dragons was destroyed by ETB Wohnbau on the opponent's court 85-65. Kirchheim outscored Hannover in a home game 110-83.


Braves - Cuxhaven 71-84

We should mention about the upset which took place in Homburg, where higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (16-12) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (11-17) 71-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Saar-Pfalz Braves managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Theodis Tarver (206-84, college: Georgia Tech) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope, MI) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hannover. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Kirchheim.

Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: A.Cook 19+6reb+14ast, D.Yearby 17+10reb+1ast, J.Capel 17+5reb, R.Frohlich 14+7reb+1ast, E.Shaw 9+5reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 5+4reb+2ast
Braves: S.Cramer 19+4reb+1ast, T.Tarver 14+9reb+1ast, R.Cardenas 13+4reb+2ast, J.Jamerson 10+6reb+3ast, R.Lowery 6+4reb+5ast, R.Oehle 4+4reb+1ast


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Crailsheim - Jena 107-76

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Science City Jena (8-20) was crushed on the road by eighth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (15-13) 107-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Crailsheim Merlins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Science City Jena's 32. Crailsheim Merlins forced 24 Science City Jena turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Science City Jena's players. American guard Ryan Anderson (193-87, college: Nebraska) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Frank Young (196-84, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Coach Ingo Enskat's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Larry Cunningham (190-85, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to seventh place. Science City Jena lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost.

Top scorers:
Crailsheim: R.Anderson 21+3reb+3ast, F.Young 21+3reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 18+1reb, F.Oladipo 11+1reb+6ast, R.Fuller 9+5reb+1ast, K.Gray 9+3reb+13ast
Jena: L.Cunningham 17+3reb+2ast, M.Hall 12+3reb+2ast, A.Hill 11+7reb, C.Roquette 10+14reb, S.Kreutzer 9+2reb+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 5+2ast


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Karlsruhe - Heidelberg 73-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg and 9th ranked BG Karlsruhe had identical 12-15 record. But BG Karlsruhe was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Heidelberg 81-73 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. USC Heidelberg dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BG Karlsruhe's 36. American guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 19 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Leonard Mendez (196-87, college: Georgia St., agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Mendez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 18 points. USC Heidelberg have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eleventh position with 13-15 record. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with ETB Wohnbau.

Top scorers:
Heidelberg: J.Wright 19+3reb+7ast, L.Mendez 15+8reb+1ast, J.Bohannon 12+2reb+1ast, S.Dietz 10+4reb+2ast, D.Barthel 9+12reb+1ast, B.Schoo 6+8reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 23+8reb+3ast, D.Thorne 18+3reb+1ast, J.Black 15+7reb, J.Jones 8+4reb+3ast, F.Stuckemann 7+3reb+6ast, A.Zyskunov 2+2reb


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B.Muenchen - Freiburg 101-52

Leader Bayern Muenchen delivered the twentieth sixth victory. This time they crushed 14th ranked USC Freiburg (9-19) 101-52. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayern Muenchen forced 22 USC Freiburg turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by USC Freiburg's players. It was a good game for American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Guard Bastian Doreth (183-89) contributed with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Michael Jost (204-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Israeli power forward Anton Shoutvin (206-89) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for USC Freiburg. Bayern Muenchen maintains first position with 26-2 record. USC Freiburg lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 19 games lost.

Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 17+2reb+3ast, C.Prewitt 16+4reb, A.Kolodziejski 14+3reb+3ast, B.Wyrick 13+2reb+1ast, B.Doreth 8+5reb+9ast, D.Greene 8+2reb+7ast
Freiburg: M.Jost 18+13reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 18+8reb+3ast, J.Heindel 9+10reb, G.Hagner 5+3reb+9ast, J.Haag 2+3reb+1ast, I.Samsonov 0


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Wuerzburg - Chemnitz 77-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wuerzburg. Second ranked s Oliver Baskets faced one of their biggest challengers BV Chemnitz 99. Host s Oliver Baskets (21-7) defeated guests from Chemnitz (19-9) 77-61. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BV Chemnitz 99. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BV Chemnitz 99 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) who scored 17 points. Forward Torvoris Baker (201-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Albertson, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 18 points and point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. s Oliver Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 21-7 record having five points less than leader B.Muenchen. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost.

Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: T.Burnette 17+1reb+2ast, J.Levy 10+5reb+1ast, I.Elliott 9+4reb+2ast, L.Jeka 9+3reb+2ast, C.Heinrich 8+6reb, P.Paelay 8+4reb+2ast
Chemnitz: T.Shaw 18+4reb, A.Zazai 12+2reb+3ast, G.Johnson 11+9reb+1ast, T.Harbut 11+5reb, D.Lawson 5+6reb, T.Lipke 2+7reb


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ETB Wohnbau - Dragons 85-65

Very expected game in Essen where 16th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-21) was rolled over by tenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-16) 85-65 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ETB Wohnbau made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard Kyle Moore (191-87, college: Tusculum) scored 19 points. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. ETB Wohnbau have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Karlsruhe. Dragons Rhoendorf lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost.

Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 20+5reb, S.Esterkamp 18+5reb+5ast, S.Schroter 15+2reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 10+8reb, M.Buljevic 8+2reb+2ast, C.Bartels 7+1reb
Dragons: S.Watts 19+13reb+3ast, K.Moore 19+1reb, T.Kasper 11+1reb, N.Larsen 6+2reb+3ast, T.Eisenberger 4+1reb, S.Korp 3+1ast


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Kirchheim - Hannover 110-83

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Kirchheim Knights (16-12) outscored at home 12th ranked Hannover Tigers (11-17) 110-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Kirchheim Knights. Hannover Tigers managed to win third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kirchheim Knights made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kirchheim Knights made 7 blocks. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Serbian guard Radivoj Tomasevic (180-78) chipped in 27 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Canadian guard Steve Janzen (191-82) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Four Kirchheim Knights and five Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Braves. Hannover Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Cuxhaven.

Top scorers:
Kirchheim: R.Tomasevic 27+5ast, G.Scott 22+4reb+2ast, M.Smallwood 18+13reb+3ast, C.Brooks 11+7reb+12ast, T.Koch 10+3reb+1ast, B.Lischka 9+5reb+1ast
Hannover: S.Janzen 19+4reb+4ast, M.Kulinski 15+2reb+3ast, S.Turnbull 13+5reb+4ast, B.Byerson 10+14reb+6ast, M.Williams 10+3reb+1ast, T.Evans 9+2reb


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Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Elvir Ovcina Plays Within Himself And Knows What He Can Do And Does Just That - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Giessen 46ers.


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

I love to spoil everyone else's fun if I can't have any!!!

Do you remember your last big game in the NCAA that was important more for the opponent than your team?

I don't recall any being more important for the other team. We had a few though.

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

We finally won a game after a rough stretch.

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

They are talented but I think they lacked experience in the beginning.

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

He plays within himself. He knows what he can do and does just that.

Will Mike keep Giessen in the beko BBL?

I think so but it won't be off a win against us.

What will be key in getting win?

We have to do a better job of defending the paint against them. They have a size advantage against us.

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

The crossover on Gary Payton!!!

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

He just filled a role. Gary Payton got the crunch time minutes.

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

It was closed after Game 1!!!

Thanks for the chat Q



The Deutsche Bank Skyliners And Globetrotter Basketball Wipe Out The Playoff Hopes Of EnBW Ludwigsburg 94-79 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The 2010-2011 beko BBL season has flown by as rapidly this season like having a two week all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas and Rihanna as a companion, the time since the 90s where the Boston Celtics were fighting to keep their good name as they were struggling under new coach Rick Pitino and he was blasted for saying the infamous word at a press conference that the legend Larry Bird was no more or the last time the Detroit Pistons won the NBA title in 2004. On the last game day there were many do or die games for teams fighting to stay in the league like BBC Bayreuth was hoping for a miracle win in Bamberg, the MBC wolves attempting to trap the pesky unorthodox full court press of BG Goettingen in quick sand in their den or teams trying to secure that last playoff spot like TBB Trier trying to out hustle the Artland Dragons, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven trying to out freeze Ratiopharm Ulm or EnBW Ludwigsburg hoping for the best Lionel Richie basketball performance by Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) being able to yell the famous Hello track to the 2011 beko BBL playoffs into the glowing and over joyous face of coach Markus Jochum, but instead the German coach was seen sneaking through the Ludwigsburg arena with a emotionless face as if he just witnessed the rebirth of Craig Hodges (188-G-60, college: Long Beach St.) on the court transformed into the body of Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners ruined a playoff appearance for EnBW Ludwigsburg 94-79 as the Schwaben team missed the post season for the fourth consecutive season and the Hessen team reach a date with BG Goettingen in the playoffs. 'The third time is supposed to be a charm, but wasnt for me. I missed the post season for the third straight year on the last game day. We really believed that we could win this game. However this team had two different faces this year. With the right face, this team had the talent to beat anyone in the league. With the wrong face as we showed tonight, we had no chance to win', stated 1995 UCLA NCAA champion Toby Bailey. Frankfurt didnt have their thoughts on the upcoming training camp in Mallorca and played as if it was game one of the playoffs. 'I am a bit surprised by the outcome of this game. Ludwigsburg was a little nervous. We played a very good game. This was a good test for us in a playoff like atmosphere', stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops)

EnBW Ludwigsburg had to win this game while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt necessarily have to win, but they showed real character finishing the regular season on a good note. One should never question current beko BBL MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) if a game is meaningless, because he may be liable to bite your head off or let his dogs do the dirty work. Wood is always focused and just by observing his facial expressions is totally alert for the start of the beko BBL playoffs. 'Even when I play against my girlfriend, I want to win. I am a competitor. You always lace them up to win. You should never play a different way. We knew that this game was very important to come into the playoffs with momentum and help our self confidence', warned American DaShaun Wood. Skyliner center Marius Nolte is usually very tense before the game, but took a different approach to this game. 'I tried to be as calm as possible. I took a walk through Ludwigsburg enjoying the sun and tried not to think about the game too much. I was serious, but at the same time relaxed which was a nice mix', stressed ex Paderborn center Marius Nolte The game in Ludwigsburg had massive ramifications for the club, but with all the other exciting and huge games in the beko BBL, was this one of the most exciting last game day weekends in the beko BBL since many years? 'I think this wa sone of most exciting last game days ever in the beko BBL. The league continues to get more tight with the smaller teams getting better and being able to annoy the bigger teams. I think the BG Goettingen-MBC game was the biggest of the weekend', stated EnBW Ludwigsburg German David McCray (188-G-86) 'This game was more relaxed for us. In the last few years, we were always fighting for the places 6-8. I can remember being in Artland two years ago where all the fans stayed in the arena to await the end of BG Goettingen-Paderborn to see if they would get in the playoffs. It is slowly coming to a tradition that the last game day is always very exciting. I also think the most exciting game of the weekend is BG Goettingen-MBC, stated Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . 'This is another very exciting last game day. However I remember 2006 where Frankfurt had to win in the last game to stay in the league. The league is getting tighter each season and the saying the phrase any team can beat anyone is getting more common', added EnBW Ludwigsburg assistant coach Steven Clauss .

Before the game, it is always interesting to see which players meet and just talk and hang out. One very interesting chat happened on the other side of the court near the center line as ex NBA player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) conversed with 2003 second round NBA draft pick Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota). It is also no surprise to watch the young German posse come together as Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) rushed out to the court and had a very relaxed talk with David Mccray and ex Giessen forward Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) as the three forgot the seriousness of the game for a short moment and just had some fun as if they were making plans for a summer vacation on the beach somewhere. Despite the very warm spring day, soccer team VFB Stuttgart playing and many finding entrance to the beer gardens, 3,850 people found their way into the arena. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners quickly got a warm welcome to the arena as the many signs 'This is our house' showed that breaking through the noise in the arena would be as difficult as the Chicago Bulls winning the 2011 NBA title with explosive point guard Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis). The game started off very physical with both teams missing their first few shots, but after afew minutes of feeling out the other team, Frankfurt found their groove leading 7-2. Kimmo Muurinen hit two free throws, then found Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) back door for a dunk and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) quickly showed hiss coring qualities sinking a three point bomb. Frankfurt quickly found their range from the parking lot as Robertson hit his second three pointer this time from the other corner and De Mello also hit form outside as Frankfurt led 13-6. Frankfurt worked hard inside and on their third try punished e NBW Ludwigsburg with the De Mello shot. EnBW Ludwigsburg did a good job fighting and staying in the game and drawing fouls as Green went to the line and ex Telekom Baskets Bonn center John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan) twice as Frankfurt led only 13-11. Frankfurt held the momentum and also continued to hit their shots as Powell hit from outside and Robertson nailed his third bomb and Jimmy Mckinney also made a jumper. Frankfurt led 21-16 after one quarter. 'I thought that we defended very well from the start. On offense we were very patient waiting for the good shot and just played very clever', added Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 39% from the field and 38% from outside while EnBW Ludwigsburg were shooting 33% from the field and 33% from outside. EnBW Ludwigsburg had the big 11-4 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.

EnBW Ludwigsburg stayed in the game, but in the latter part of the second quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to break away and go into the break with a 15 point advantage. EnBW Ludwigsburg actually got off to the better start going on a 5-2 run to trail Frankfurt only 23-21. Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) got the run started with a pretty floater which was topped by Marius Nolte who made some nice moves against Donatas Zacakas finishing with his left hand. Rickert then scored inside after getting fed nicely by American Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances). The game was close again and then it was DaShaun Wood who took matters into his own hands. Sometimes, it really seems like Wood has his cell phone on him and when Gordon Herbert needs him to take control, he just calls and with the feel of the vibration the American guard just gets into the zone. Wood then led Frankfurt on a 9-4 run as they led 32-25. Wood scored inside twice on the penetration something he was unable to do in the first quarter, nailed a three pointer and Powell scored on one of his 6 dunks in the game. 'I usually like to start the game and establish a flow and get my teammates involved. In the first quarter, the defense is still fresh and ready, but as the game progress they get more tired and they tend to break down. Then I use this chance and find openings in the offense', warned DaShaun Wood. Frankfurt had no real let down finishing the second quarter with a 15-7 run. Frankfurt continued to get open shots offered as Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) challenged his 31% from outside hitting two three pointers and Robertson also nailed one from outside. When EnBW Ludwigsburg did score, it was mostly very tough shots as Frankfurt didnt allow much room to let the opponent do much as open shots were as scarce as the number of DaShaun Wood dunks this year. Green and Harris made jumpers and Bowler a lay up. At halftime, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were leading 47-32. 'We were hitting our shots and continuing to work very hard for those shots. We continued to defend very well and it always helps when a Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) has made four three pointers at the break', added Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 48% from the three point line while EnBW Ludwigsburg was shooting 43% from the field and 29% from the three point line. EnBW Ludwigsburg was still leading the rebounding fight 16-9, but had 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners came back onto the court in the third quarter and left off where they did in the second quarter extending their lead to 20 points as they went on a 10-5 run to lead 57-37. DaShaun Wood got Frankfurt cooking with an off balance shot in the lane and then found Super Tez inside for two quick points. Frankfurt also got their transition game going Wood used his quick reflections and fast thinking grabbing a rebound and taking one dribble and then firing a touchdown pass to Powell who got down the court the quickest. Mckinney then came between a pass from Harris to Siim Sander Vene going coast to coast for a rare dunk. Frankfurt continued to score consistently on offense as did EnBW Ludwigsburg, but they were unable to go on that much needed run as they just couldnt put a dent in the Skyliner offense. Mckinney and Harris then traded three pointers as Frankfurt led still 61-40. It didnt matter what EnBW Ludwigsburg did on defense, Frankfurt found a way to keep scoring. Even when they went to zone, Frankfurt picked apart their defense as Wood scored inside as did Powell and Frankfurt led 68-47. With the big lead, Frankfurt started to show their hidden Globe Trotter side as Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) gave a perfect ally-op pass to Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) that slammed the ball home. Down the stretch, Rickert and Green scored as Frankfurt still led 73-54. However Frankfurt continues to show how many weapons they have from the bench and how timely and clutch they can be as captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) dropped a three pointer as Frankfurt led 76-54 after three quarters. The arena was getting more and more quiet as the fans slowly were feeling the 2011 beko BBL playoffs getting out of reach. 'We played very well in the first 3-4 minutes and then quickly showed that the game was decided. The atmosphere was very tough, but we showed a lot of moral tonight', commented Kamil Novak . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 51% from the field and 40% from the parking lot while EnBW Ludwigsburg was shooting 46% from the field and 42% from the parking lot. EnBW Ludwigsburg still had the rebound edge 21-18, but 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to have their comfortable 20 point cushion in the fourth quarter. Frankfurt continued to do a very good job forcing EnBW Ludwigsburg to very difficult shots despite Green continuing to make those type of shots. With the big lead and second place secured, Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert experimented a bit letting some of the bench players play like Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) who came in and quickly gave the team energy. Lindbom got his own miss and made a text book put back and then got the whole Skyliner bench on their feet including a towel waving Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) as he made an ally-op dunk after a perfect pass from Wood. Nolte then scored inside as Frankfurt led 83-58. EnBW Ludwigsburg then found some daylight with a mini 5-0 run as Rickert scored inside and Vene nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt led 83-63. EnBW Ludwigsburg continued to have too little fire power ad too little strength on defense to go on a run of stops. Frankfurt continued to score any which way as Wood nailed a three pointer and their Harlem Globetrotter show continued as Powell dunked on the fast break and then dunked on an ally-op feed from Wood as Frankfurt led 91-71. In the last few minutes Zavackas led EnBW Ludwigsburg on a 5-0 run, but the game was so far out of reach for any permanent damage. Young German Benedikt Nicolay (190-G-91) was inserted and scored his first points in the beko BBL with a lay in as Frankfurt closed out the game with a much deserved 94-78 win. 'It seemed like they gave up a bit. We kept playing well keeping the lead. I was surprised that John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan) wasnt in the game at that point. We were calm and when you have the big lead like that, you can starting doing the ally-ops', joked Marius Nolte 'Frankfurt is a great team and played very well. We didnt play good basketball. They play so well together and pass the ball very well. Guys were hitting three pointers that usually dont and they did a great job forcing us to bad shots. We also played too much one on one. Frankfurt are so unselfish', stated ex NBA player Toby Bailey. 'We kept the big lead despite substitutions and late whistles. We kept Ludwigsburg to what they average per game. We were able to contain them well. We also had many ally-ops showing that we can be like the Harlem Globetrotters getting everyone involved', joked DaShaun Wood.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) with 28 points. DaShaun Wood had a typical stat like Monta Ellis (192-G-85) game with 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. 'That wasnt Monta Ellis (192-G-85), but Chris Paul (183-G-85, college: Wake Forest) Paul did a great job winning game 1 against the Lakers', stressed Dashaun Woon. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) added 14 points. EnBW Ludwigsburg was led by Alex Harrs with 21 points. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 13 points and Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) 12 points. John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan) contributed 10 points. Frankfurt shot better than EnBW Ludwigsburg at 46% from the fierld and outscored them in the paint 36-30. The only sour note was the work under the boards by Frankfurt. 'I think that is a misleading stat. We shot well and I didnt think that they hurt us under the boards. It seemed like we rebounded a lot better than what the stats show', expressed Kamil Novak . Frankfurt gave another smooth performance on defense. 'We practiced a lot of our transition defense this week, because we knew that they like to run. We didnt give them easy points and forced them to a halfcourt offense. We forced them to many tough shots and didnt give Green and Harris much space. We also took away offensive rebounds from them in important phases', added Marius Nolte For EnBW Ludwigsburg, the season ends on a sour note as they missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. 'We missed making the big points in big games. We lost some tough games this season that we should of won. Wejust werent consistent enough and missed winning that one game to reach the playoffs. Maybe we were too motivated. Frankfurt was very calm. Frankfurt defended very well and were more physical. We were missing that toughness on defense. Frankfurt made 10 three pointers by halftime and we had 10 turnovers which told the story of this game', stressed EnBW Ludwigsburg sport director Mario Probst . Frankfurt departed yesterday for a four day training camp in Mallorca to get ready for BG Goettingen. 'I think that this training camp will not hurt us. The training camp that we had before the TOP 4, we werent as together as we are now. We will stay calm and just concentrate on our next opponent BG Goettingen. They play very aggressive basketballa nd showed how strong they are with their play in the Eurocup and recently beating Alba Berlin. We will need to keep them in a hal fcourt game', added Marius Nolte The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BG Goettingen in game 1 of the 2011 beko BBL quarterfinals April 30th at 18:00.



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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  Giants
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Blue, Giants16.6 
 2. Stokes, BS Weert16.4 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.4 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants14.9 
 5. Laing, Magixx14.9 
 6. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 7. Tiedeman, Giants14.7 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.2 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.4 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.2 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.0 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.5 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra3.5 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTerra
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 3. Turner, Eiffel T.2.3 
 4. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 5. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 6. Ellis, GasTerra2.1 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
 9. McDermott, Magixx2.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 6. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 7. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 9. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 


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Semifinals: Albacomp abd Szolnok take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
First games of the Playoff Semifinals were played last night. Albacomp and Szolnok managed to beat their rivals for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and second games are scheduled for Tuesday. This time Atomeromu and Kormend will be the hosts.



Albacomp - Atomeromu 91-78 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Atomeromu managed to win second period 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Atomeromu's 38. American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agency: Impact Basketball) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Ian Johnson (205-84, college: Davidson) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: T.Crocker 23+9reb, A.Hanga 17+5reb+2ast, B.Simon 13+2reb+7ast, J.Jones 11+5reb, A.Keller 8+5reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 7+5reb+1ast
Atomeromu: B.Sales 24+9reb+2ast, I.Johnson 15+7reb+1ast, J.Pavlik 10+1reb+2ast, J.Hodges 8+2reb+2ast, G.Koertelyesi 7+6reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 5+3ast


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Szolnok - Kormend 80-62 (1-0)
It looked good early as Kormend took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok had a 22-10 second period charge getting the lead and Kormend was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-80. Szolnok dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 36. They outrebounded Kormend 41-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. Szolnok players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 13 assists. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Szolnok players scored in double figures. The former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the effort for Kormend. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: A.Horvath 18+3reb+1ast, M.Bader 16+7reb+1ast, M.Fodor 11+8reb, V.Budimir 10+5reb+2ast, O.Trotter 9+3reb+13ast, I.Clark 7+3reb+3ast
Kormend: E.Dies 16+4reb+1ast, I.Nemeth 14+6reb+7ast, R.Bell 13+4reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 9+8reb+3ast, A.Rujak 8+3reb+5ast, G.Hegedus 2+1ast
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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL-AMIN
  PVSK Pannon
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.4 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 8. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.5 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 5. Jones, Albacomp8.9 
 6. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.5 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.5 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.2 
 5. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 7. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.2 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.0.8 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Toth, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Morgen, Atomeromu0.7 


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Mahram invite Dimos Dikoudis - by Eurobasket News
Mahram is reportedly in talks with Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77). The 33-year-old centre is currently playing for Aris in Greek A1. He tallies 14.1 points, 5.3 boards and 1.3 assists per game. Last season Dimos Dikoudis notched 5.3 points and 3.1 boards per game in EuroCup. In A1 his stats read 5.9 points and 3.2 boards per appearance. If Dimos Dikoudis accepts the offer he can move to Iran in the upcoming days.



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Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.3 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.2 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 4. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 5. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.7 
 6. Roberson, Enel B.15.5 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA14.9 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.7 
 9. Troutman, Air AV14.6 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.1 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.3 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.3 
 4. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.9 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.7 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.6 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Green, Air AV6.7 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.8 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.4 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA3.9 
 6. Collins, Scavolin.3.8 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberio.3.7 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 9. Zoroski, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 3. Green, Air AV2.7 
 4. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 5. Stonerook, Montepas.2.7 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 7. Djedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 8. Ortner, Bennet C.2.4 
 9. Hawkins, Armani MI2.4 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 5. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 6. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Smith, Benetton TV0.8 


SerieA Round 27: Armani Milano beats Bennet Cantu by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the SerieA took place in Milano. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Bennet Cantu (20-7) to third ranked Armani Milano (19-8) 75-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (195-86) answered with 18 points for Bennet Cantu. Armani Milano maintains third place with 19-8 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Armani Milano are looking forward to face Pepsi Caserta (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bennet Cantu will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (24-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked CS Bologna (13-14) 81-72. It was a great evening for Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Shaun Stonerook helped adding 13 points and 4 steals. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) with 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-2 record. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Lottomatica and Scavolini PS. Montepaschi Siena will play against Benetton Treviso (#4) at home in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Angelico Biella and hopes to get back on the winning track.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (24-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (8-19) 100-73. It was a quality performance for Bo Lester McCalebb who led the winners and scored 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Anthony Roberson came up with 24 points for Enel Brindisi in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Montepaschi Siena. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-2 record. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Benetton Treviso (#4) in the next round. Enel Brindisi will play against Benetton Treviso (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Vanoli-Braga (#12) forced the game against Benetton Treviso (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 86-88. The best player for the winners was Donatas Motiejunas who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Benetton Treviso. They maintain fourth place with 14-12 record. Vanoli-Braga at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo.
The game between fifteenth ranked Banca Tercas (9-18) and 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-17) in Teramo on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Banca Tercas outscored guests from Montegranaro 76-47. It was a good game for Kevin Fletcher who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Banca Tercas moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Banca Tercas will face higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (#12) in Cremona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi was smashed by Scavolini PS on the road 84-64. Air AV won against Dinamo Sassari on its own court 92-87. Cimberio VA managed to outperform Angelico BI in Varese 89-81. Lottomatica managed to beat Pepsi Caserta at home 74-68.



Scavolini PS - Enel Brindisi 84-64

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Scavolini Pesaro (13-14) crushed at home bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (8-19) 84-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Scavolini Pesaro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Lithuanian power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points and 4 steals and the other American import power forward Kristoffer Lang (211-79, college: N.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lottomatica and CS Bologna. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face league's second-placed Bennet Cantu on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enel Brindisi will play against Benetton Treviso (#4).
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: G.Diaz 17+1ast, D.Hackett 14+5reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 13+9reb, A.Collins 10+1reb+4ast, M.Almond 9+1reb, N.Melli 7+3reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: B.Dixon 19+4reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 15+1reb+3ast, K.Lang 13+6reb, G.Maresca 6+1reb, S.Gallea 3, H.Toure 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 96240


Air AV - Dinamo Sassari 92-87

Very expected game when 10th ranked Dinamo Sassari (12-15) lost on the road to fifth ranked Air Avellino (14-13) 92-87 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-14. But Dinamo Sassari won third quarter 31-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for naturalized Belgian guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 23 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Sassari. Four Air Avellino and five Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. Air Avellino maintains fifth place with 14-13 record, which they share with Cimberio VA. Newly promoted Dinamo Sassari keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Air Avellino will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dinamo Sassari will play against Cimberio Varese (#6).
Top scorers:
Air AV: D.Lauwers 27+3reb+2ast, O.Thomas 23+3reb+3ast, M.Green 14+3reb+6ast, L.Johnson 13+9reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 8+11reb+2ast, R.Cortese 5+1reb+1ast
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 18+7reb+2ast, T.Diener 16+4ast, V.Plisnic 15+6reb+3ast, O.Hunter 13+7reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 13+3reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 8+2reb
gschID: 96241


Banca Tercas - Fabi Shoes 76-47

The game between fifteenth ranked Banca Tercas (9-18) and 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-17) in Teramo on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Banca Tercas outscored guests from Montegranaro 76-47. The game without a history. Banca Tercas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's 26. They outrebounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro 52-24 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Georgian-American guard Shammond Williams (187-75, college: N.Carolina) answered with 13 points and 4 assists and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Banca Tercas moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Banca Tercas will face higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (#12) in Cremona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: K.Fletcher 17+18reb+1ast, D.Diener 14+9reb+4ast, R.De La Fuente 13+3reb+2ast, I.Zoroski 11+4reb+4ast, J.Davis 10+6reb+4ast, A.Ricci 6+2reb+2ast
Fabi Shoes: S.Williams 13+4reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 12+6reb, A.Cinciarini 7+1ast, S.Ford 6+5reb+2ast, A.Ray 5+3reb, D.Cavaliero 2
gschID: 96237


Angelico BI - Cimberio VA 81-89

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Cimberio Varese (14-13) won against on the road 14th ranked Angelico Biella (9-18) 89-81 on Saturday. Angelico Biella was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-21 charge of Cimberio Varese, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Angelico Biella was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) answered with 16 points and 4 assists and American forward Marc Salyers (205-79, college: Samford) added 15 points in the effort for Angelico Biella. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Air AV. Angelico Biella lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Cimberio Varese will face Dinamo Sassari (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Angelico Biella will play against CS Bologna (#8).
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: R.Slay 20+6reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 18+1reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 15+16reb+2ast, K.Kangur 15+7reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 11+3ast, P.Goss 10+4reb+6ast
Angelico BI: M.Soragna 16+4reb+4ast, E.Sosa 16+3ast, M.Salyers 15+4reb+3ast, J.Viggiano 13+7reb, G.Jurak 10+6reb+1ast, M.Chessa 7+3reb
gschID: 96238


Benetton TV - Vanoli CR 88-86 OT

Vanoli-Braga (#12) forced the game against Benetton Treviso (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 86-88. Vanoli-Braga was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Benetton Treviso, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 7-5. Benetton Treviso outrebounded Vanoli-Braga 47-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Vanoli-Braga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (203-80) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) added 17 points respectively. Five Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Benetton Treviso. They maintain fourth place with 14-12 record. Vanoli-Braga at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Motiejunas 31+14reb+2ast, D.Smith 21+6reb+2ast, S.Markovic 15+7reb+2ast, H.Peric 8+5reb+3ast, B.Skinner 7+9reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 4+4reb
Vanoli CR: J.Perkovic 20+6reb, A.Drozdov 17+2reb, M.Milic 13+2reb+1ast, J.Foster 11+3reb+2ast, E.Rowland 10+4reb+3ast, B.Sekulic 8+7reb
gschID: 96239


CS Bologna - Montepaschi 72-81

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (24-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked CS Bologna (13-14) 81-72. CS Bologna was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 24-7 third quarter run of Montepaschi Siena. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CS Bologna to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 CS Bologna turnovers. It was a great evening for Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. American power forward Shaun Stonerook (203-77, college: Ohio) helped adding 13 points and 4 steals. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) with 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Valerio Amoroso (202-80) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-2 record. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Lottomatica and Scavolini PS. Montepaschi Siena will play against Benetton Treviso (#4) at home in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Angelico Biella and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: R.Kaukenas 17+1reb+3ast, S.Stonerook 13+3reb, M.Carraretto 10+1reb, A.Michelori 10+6reb, P.Aradori 9+3reb, M.Rakovic 6+4reb+2ast
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 23+2reb, D.Gailius 10+6reb, G.Poeta 9+1reb+1ast, J.Homan 8+3reb+1ast, K.Winston 6+3reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 6+11reb
gschID: 96234


Lottomatica - Pepsi Caserta 74-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Lottomatica Roma and 9th ranked Pepsi Caserta had identical 12-14 record. This time Lottomatica Roma used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Caserta 74-68 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. Lottomatica Roma made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Pepsi Caserta. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma (13-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Scavolini PS and CS Bologna. Loser Pepsi Caserta dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pepsi Caserta will play against Armani Milano.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: D.Washington 19+6reb+2ast, V.Dasic 14+9reb+2ast, L.Datome 13+6reb+1ast, N.Gordic 11+1reb+1ast, A.Traore 8+5reb+3ast, N.Djedovic 4+3ast
Pepsi Caserta: E.Williams 18+6reb+1ast, J.Jones 17+3reb+1ast, E.Ere 16+2reb+2ast, T.Bowers 12+10reb+2ast, L.Koszarek 5+3reb+5ast, D.Marzaioli 0
gschID: 96235


Armani MI - Bennet Cantu 75-73

The most exciting game of round 27 in the SerieA took place in Milano. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Bennet Cantu (20-7) to third ranked Armani Milano (19-8) 75-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (195-86) answered with 18 points and American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 13 points in the effort for Bennet Cantu. Armani Milano maintains third place with 19-8 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Armani Milano are looking forward to face Pepsi Caserta (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bennet Cantu will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 20+5reb+3ast, M.Mordente 15+1reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 11+6reb+3ast, L.Greer 9+1ast, M.Rocca 7+6reb, I.Jaaber 7+1reb
Bennet Cantu: M.Markoishvili 18+2reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 14+1ast, M.Green 13+4reb+2ast, D.Marconato 8+7reb, V.Micov 7+1reb+1ast, M.Leunen 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 96236


Round 24
Montepaschi - Enel Brindisi 100-73

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (24-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (8-19) 100-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-73. Montepaschi Siena made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Montepaschi Siena looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a quality performance for American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) who led the winners and scored 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 12 points for the winning side. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) came up with 24 points and French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agency: ACMT) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Enel Brindisi in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Montepaschi Siena. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-2 record. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Benetton Treviso (#4) in the next round. Enel Brindisi will play against Benetton Treviso (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Lester McCalebb 18+2reb+3ast, D.Moss 12+3reb+2ast, M.Hairston 12+1ast, M.Carraretto 11+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 11+5reb+1ast, P.Aradori 11+5reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: A.Roberson 24+3reb, H.Toure 12+10reb+3ast, Y.Diawara 11+4reb+3ast, G.Maresca 8+3reb+2ast, B.Dixon 6+2reb+6ast, L.Infante 5+2reb
gschID: 125984




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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 39-6 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 20-19 
 5. Akita 17-32 
 6. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 7. Toyama Grouses 13-30 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 33-16 
 2. Osaka Evessa 31-18 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 30-19 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 29-20 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 27-20 
 6. Shimane 24-25 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-32 
 8. Miyazaki 13-36 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-37 


BJ League Round 51: #1 Hamamatsu Phoenix is defeated by Niigata Albirex - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (39-6) on the court of fourth ranked Niigata Albirex on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Niigata Albirex 78-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) with 32 points and 5 assists. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 20-19 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Niigata Albirex are again looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (30-19) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-best Osaka Evessa (31-18) 87-84 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who led the winners and scored 32 points and 8 rebounds. Nile Murry accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third place with 30-19 record having just three points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with 18 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Toyama between Toyama Grouses and Akita Happinets. Seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (13-30) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Akita Happinets (17-32). Toyama Grouses managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The best player for the winners was Haakim Johnson who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sek Henry who recorded 31 points and 7 rebounds. Akita Happinets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses maintains seventh place with 13-30 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 32 games lost. Toyama Grouses will again meet at home higher ranked Akita Happinets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.


BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (33-16) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-36) 113-82. It was a good game for David Palmer who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 33-16 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 36 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1).

In the last two games of round 51 Shiga Lakestars won against Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 93-83. Kyoto Hannaryz managed to outperform Shimane in a home game 106-88.


Miyazaki - Okinawa GK 82-113

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (33-16) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-36) 113-82. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Okinawa GK outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 55-26 including a 42-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. It was a good game for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK maintains first place with 33-16 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 36 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1).
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 26+5reb+3ast, A.McHenry 20+5reb+3ast, T.Yonamine 15+6reb+7ast, C.Dixon 15+11reb+5ast, D.Sneed 10+3reb, Y.Takushi 9+2reb+1ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 30+9reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 19+3reb+4ast, T.Ito 15+3reb+3ast, M.Takahashi 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Kojima 5+6reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 3+2reb+2ast


gschID: 127585


Takamatsu FA - Shiga Lakestars 83-93

Very expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (10-37) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (29-20) 93-83. Takamatsu FA was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 57-43 second half run of Shiga Lakestars. They also forced 20 Takamatsu FA turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Marshall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Masaaki Suzuki (176) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Four Shiga Lakestars and five Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 29-20 record. Takamatsu FA lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 37 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against Shiga Lakestars (#4).
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 24+3reb, L.Rice 18+5reb+1ast, M.Joho 17+1reb+5ast, G.Hamilton 10+16reb+7ast, S.Ogawa 6+2reb+2ast, D.Terashita 5+4reb
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 24+11reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 18+4reb+5ast, T.Farley 15+8reb, S.Takada 14+8reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 12+2reb+2ast, K.Lemons 0
gschID: 127586


Toyama Grouses - Akita 80-78

A very close game took place in Toyama between Toyama Grouses and Akita Happinets. Seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (13-30) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Akita Happinets (17-32). Toyama Grouses managed to escape with a 2-point win 80-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Haakim Johnson (201, college: Pikeville) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) who recorded 31 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Akita Happinets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toyama Grouses maintains seventh place with 13-30 record. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth position with 32 games lost. Toyama Grouses will again meet at home higher ranked Akita Happinets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: H.Johnson 25+5reb+1ast, J.Smith 19+11reb, T.Mito 17+6reb+3ast, J.Davis 12+9reb+6ast, M.Kato 5+3reb+2ast, T.Yasuda 2
Akita: S.Henry 31+7reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 12+11reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 10+2reb+2ast, A.Burks 8+9reb, R.Mizumachi 5+1reb+4ast, P.Butorac 4+3reb+1ast


gschID: 127582


Kyoto Hannaryz - Shimane 106-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz's (27-20) home victory over 6th ranked Shimane Magic (24-25) 106-88. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannaryz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Kyoto Hannaryz especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Kyoto Hannaryz's coach Ano Kazuhito allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 19 points in the effort for Shimane Magic. Five Kyoto Hannaryz and four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 27-20 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 25 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz's next round opponent will be again Shimane Magic (#6) at home.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannaryz: G.Klaiber 22+5reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 21+2reb+5ast, R.Warren 17+12reb+3ast, M.Fey 16+3reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 12+2ast, K.Trim 11+7reb
Shimane: R.Golson 19+3reb+2ast, W.Caudle 19+9reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 15+3reb+6ast, S.Nakanishi 11+2reb, J.Davis 9+4reb, K.Yamabuchi 5+2ast
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Osaka Evessa - Fukuoka Rizing 84-87

Important game to mention about took place in Osaka. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (30-19) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging second-best Osaka Evessa (31-18) 87-84 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. Osaka Evessa was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 45-34 second half run of Fukuoka Rizing. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who led the winners and scored 32 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Osaka Evessa in the defeat. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing maintains third place with 30-19 record having just three points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second position with 18 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 32+8reb+1ast, N.Murry 14+7reb+7ast, A.Kuso 13+10reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 13+3reb+3ast, A.Takeno 9+3reb+9ast, I.Hoger 4+2reb
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 30+12reb+1ast, L.Washington 20+11reb+3ast, W.Marshall 13+2reb+1ast, H.Takada 9+3reb+3ast, W.Tseng 5+5reb, S.Konno 4
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Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 78-75

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (39-6) on the court of fourth ranked Niigata Albirex on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Niigata Albirex 78-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Hamamatsu Phoenix 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) with 32 points and 5 assists and American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 20-19 record. Hamamatsu Phoenix at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Niigata Albirex are again looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: S.Komatsu 20+3reb+1ast, G.Leach 14+16reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 12+2reb+1ast, H.Kondo 8+1reb, J.Ashby 8+6reb+1ast, N.Takushi 7+2reb+4ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 32+1reb+5ast, R.Nixon 12+5reb+3ast, D.Larkai 9+7reb, M.Ohguchi 6+4reb+1ast, J.Parmer 6+5reb+1ast, S.Okada 4+1ast


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  JORDAN   


ASU is the Winner of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Premier League just ended.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Al Riyadi Amman (#2). Al Riyadi Amman was defeated at home 71-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Riyadi Amman. Undefeated ASU (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Al Riyadi Amman at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost.


Arena (8-6) lost to second ranked Al Riyadi Amman (11-3) 81-68. Al Riyadi Amman have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-3 record having just three points less than leader ASU. Arena at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.

Bottom-ranked Al Jalil (0-14) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Wehdat (7-7) 63-45 on Monday evening. Al Wehdat maintains fifth position with 7-7 record. Loser Al Jalil still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Third ranked Orthodox (10-4) crushed at home 6th ranked Kofer Yoba (4-10) by 27 points 93-66, which is the biggest margin this round. Orthodox maintains third position with 10-4 record having four points less than leader ASU. Kofer Yoba at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost.



Orthodox - Kofer Yoba 93-66

Third ranked Orthodox (10-4) crushed at home 6th ranked Kofer Yoba (4-10) by 27 points 93-66, which is the biggest margin this round. Orthodox maintains third position with 10-4 record having four points less than leader ASU. Kofer Yoba at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost.
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Al Wehdat - Al Jalil 63-45

Bottom-ranked Al Jalil (0-14) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Wehdat (7-7) 63-45 on Monday evening. Al Wehdat maintains fifth position with 7-7 record. Loser Al Jalil still closes the standings with 14 games lost.
Arena - Al Riyadi Am. 68-81

Arena (8-6) lost to second ranked Al Riyadi Amman (11-3) 81-68. Al Riyadi Amman have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-3 record having just three points less than leader ASU. Arena at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost.
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Al Riyadi Am. - ASU 71-81

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Amman: ASU (#1) and Al Riyadi Amman (#2). Al Riyadi Amman was defeated at home 71-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Riyadi Amman. ASU (14-0) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 14 victories in a row. Al Riyadi Amman at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost.
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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. ASU 14-0 
 2. Al Riyadi Am. 11-3 
 3. Orthodox 10-4 
 4. Arena 8-6 
 5. Al Wehdat 7-7 
 6. Kofer Yoba 4-10 
 7. College SC 2-12 
 8. Al Jalil 0-14 


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Sea Devils Fall to Western Wyoming - by Rangi Gescheit
-During the first four days of the NJCAA National Tournament, W.Wyoming CC proved it had one of the tournament's most efficient offenses. That didn't change on the final day.

The Mustangs shot 62 percent from the field in the first half to build a commanding lead as they went on to an 83-69 win over Cape Fear CC, N.C., on Saturday in the seventh-place game.

'It's been our philosophy all year - we're not a one-man team or two-man team. We need to pass the ball to get guys open and get guys shots,' said W.Wyoming CC coach Trace Bevell.

W.Wyoming CC was 17 of 28 from the field in the first half as it built an 18-point halftime lead. The Mustangs had 14 assists on those 17 field goals.

W.Wyoming CC ended up shooting 56 percent as a team for its four games at the Sports Arena.'That doesn't surprise me at all,' said forward Tallon Robertson, who was 7 for 7 from the field, 4 for 4 from the line in finishing with 18 points. 'When we're playing as a team, we're passing the ball, setting screens and we're getting open shots.'

That unselfishness was evident during the last 10 minutes of the first half when the Mustangs went on a game-changing run. Cape Fear CC led 18-17 with 10 minutes left in the half. But W.Wyoming CC outscored the Sea Devils 31-12 the rest of the half and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

'The real thing that gets you that separation is making stops. For those 10 minutes, I thought our defense was really good,' said Trevin Harris, who made two of W.Wyoming CC's five 3-pointers during the run.

Cape Fear CC was able to trim its deficit to 12 with 14 minutes to play, but the Mustangs' work on offense wouldn't allow the Sea Devils to sustain a run. 'They did a good job with screens and wearing our bodies down,' Cape Fear CC guard Tavares Speaks said of W.Wyoming CC's offense.

'Our hats are off to W.Wyoming CC; they played a great game. They're a very, very fundamental team,' added Cape Fear CC coach Ryan Mantlo . 'We couldn't seem to get into the swing of things offensively. They did a good job of taking away our first option.'

Speaks led three Cape Fear CC players in double figures with 14 points, while Tristan Harris added 12 points and five rebounds.


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SuperLeague Round 27 : Sigal Prishtina beats Peja in the derby match of the week - by Onur Deqani
Sigal Prishtina 86:65 Peja
League leaders Sigal Prishtine hosted #2 ranked KB Peja in the derby match of the week. With the 87-65 win over the guests, Sigal Prishtine secured their #1 rank before the play-offs , and of course home court advantage during the whole play-offs. On the other side KB Peja are going to fight for the second spot with KB Bambi. It's now known that Peja and Bambi will face each other on play-offs first round and the #2 ranked team will have the home court advantage. Peja has now 21 wins and 6 losses , on the other side Bambi has 20 wins, 5 losses and 2 games less played then KB Peja who has just one more game to play on regular season.

Kolegji Eurosport 82:74 Mitrovica
As it seems the winless bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice are going to finish the league without a win, as they loss again in 27th round to get their 27th loss against Kol.EuroSporti in Prishtina.
In the last match of the regular season they will be guests of #3 ranked KB Bambi, whom are in a very tough fight for the 2nd spot, so it will be very difficult for KB Mitrovice to get their only win of this season.


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Donatas Motiejunas declares for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
One of the top prospects in Europe, Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances), decided to try his luck in this year's NBA Draft. The 20-year-old 2.13 m Lithuanian forward is projected to be one of the first 15 picks.

Motiejunas currently plays for Benetton Treviso in Italy. This is his second year with the club and also the second season playing abroad.

The player averages 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds during 24.6 minutes of play in Italian league. His performances have been noticed in Eurocup as well as he was given Eurocup Rising Star award.

Courtesy of www.talkbasket.net


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MNE1A S-League 6. Round : Buducnost in derby is better than Mornar - by Dragan Scepanovic
Buducnost, Ulcinj and Theodo achieved victory in the sixth round matches of MNE1A Super League.
Buducnost is in the derby defeat at Mornar in Bar, 77:56 (22:16, 17:8, 21:18, 17:14) , in Cetinje Ulcinj was better than Lovcen 75:73 (24:15, 17:21, 14:19, 20:18), while Teodo in Bijelo Polje against Jedinstvo won 79:69 (19:22, 23:12, 24:18 i 13:17).

Mornar - Buducnost 56:77 (16:22, 8:17, 18:21, 14:17)
Bar SC Topolica. Spect: 500. Reff: Vojinovic (Niksic), Dragojevic, Koljensic (Podgorica).
Mornar: Pesic 6, Damjanovic, Sarajlija 2, Radovic 10, Mikovic, Nikola Ljuic (192-G-91) 2, Jelenic 13, Lekovic, Gagic 7, Vujosevic 2, Ivanovic 9, Kuveljic 5.
Buducnost: Scekic 15, Mihailovic 7, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 2, Filip Barovic (205-F-90) 1, Otasevic 7, Simonovic 15, Kadziulis 2, Dubljevic 13, Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91), Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) 7, Nesovic 2, Milosevic 6.




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


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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 Heat26.7 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.3 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.2 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 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.14.3 
 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 Lakers10.0 
 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.9.9 
 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. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.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 


Hawks win 88-85 to push Magic to brink of elimination - by Eurobasket News
For most of the night, the Atlanta Hawks struggled to make free throws and labored to put away the Orlando Magic.

But with the game on the line at the line, Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) came through.

Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored 25 points for the Hawks and Johnson made four big free throws in the final 20 seconds to preserve an 88-85 victory over the Magic.

Atlanta has a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series and can wrap it up in Orlando on Tuesday night.

The Hawks made only 12 of 20 free throws, yet all was forgiven when Johnson knocked down the ones that really matter. Running out of time and forced to go for a tying 3-pointer, the Magic set up a play for Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79).

Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) foiled that plan, knocking the ball away from the Orlando player. Turkoglu got it back with only enough time to force one up. It missed badly, and the Hawks celebrated a commanding lead in the series as streamers fell from the ceiling of Philips Arena.

Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) led the Magic with 29 points and 17 rebounds. His night was marred by eight turnovers, however, including a couple of walking calls when he tried to back in on the collapsing Atlanta defense.

Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona), who didnt even play in Game 3, picked up some of the scoring slack with Jason Richardson serving a one-game suspension for an altercation with Zaza Pachulia.

Arenas scored 20 points, but no other Orlando player had more than 11. The Magic continue to struggle with their jump shooting, unable to solve an Atlanta defense that is not consumed by Howards numbers, allowing it to play the outside guys straight up.

The Magic shot only 39 percent (31 of 79) and actually rallied in the second half to reach that number.

Crawford, who hit a clinching 3-pointer in the closing seconds Friday night, had another big night. Last years top sixth man hit 10 of 18 from the field, including three from outside the arc.

Johnson made only 6 of 15 and finished with 20 points. Alfred Horford and Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) both had 14 for the more balanced Hawks.

The Hawks led by as many as 16 in the first half, threatening to pull away from an Orlando team that kept throwing up one clunker after another. The Magic shot only 28 percent (12 of 43) before halftime, but Atlanta didnt really take advantage of it. Orlando got it down to 46-37 going to the locker room, fully aware that it couldve been much worse.

There were no altercations after things turned ugly late in Game 3.

Howard and Pachulia exchanged elbows, leading to a confrontation between Pachulia and Richardson that resulted in both being suspended for Game 4. Pachulia head-butted Richardson, who responded with a shove to the Atlanta centers face.

With Pachulia barred from the arena, the Hawks were missing one of their primary defenders against Howard. They countered with the trio of Jason Collins, Josh Powell and Hilton Armstrong, the latter playing for only the second time in the series. Alfred Horford and Josh Smith also got time guarding Howard, the Hawks throwing wave after wave at Orlandos big man in hopes of keeping anyone from fouling out.

Howard, an Atlanta native, bantered with the crowd in his hometown, even coming over to the press table to exchange barbs with a couple of trash-talking fans in the third quarter.

Youre the biggest whiner in the league, one of them said.

You wanna come our here and play me? Howard responded. Im averaging 33 points a game. Just keep drinking your beer.

But the Atlanta fans had the last laugh.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


Celtics hold on to complete sweep of Knicks - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) added 21 points and 12 assists, and the Boston Celtics swept their way into the Eastern Conference semifinals, holding on for a 101-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and reserve Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) each added 14 points for the Celtics, the first team into the second round after sweeping a series for the first time since a 3-0 victory over Indiana in 1992, the last series victory for their old Big Three before Larry Bird retired.

They had a 23-point lead cut to four in the fourth quarter, but pulled away again behind Garnett, who scored 20 after halftime.

The current Big Three of Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce twice was extended to seven games in the first round, but this one was far easier than expected against the injury-weakened Knicks. The Celtics could now have a week off while they wait for likely second-round opponent Miami, which was forced to a fifth game earlier Sunday after a late rally by Philadelphia.

The Celtics almost faced the same scenario, but a Knicks comeback attempt stalled in the final minutes.

Courtesy of www.forbes.com


76ers rally to beat Heat 86-82 in Game 4 - by Eurobasket News
The sweep for the Heat was 95 seconds away. Miami held a six-point lead, had The Big Three on the court and a bevy of clutch plays behind them.

All the 76ers had was their unwavering belief.

When they told Doug Collins in the huddle late in the game, 'We're going back to Miami,' his reply was a simple one.

'I'll be there with you,' said Collins, the Sixers coach.

Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) proved the Sixers right, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc over a lunging Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) with 8.1 seconds left that lifted Philadelphia to an 86-82 win over the Heat on Sunday and avoided a sweep.

Sweet Lou, indeed!

His 3 came 28 seconds after Jrue Holiday stunned Wade with a 3 that sliced the deficit to one. It was all part of a game-ending 10-0 run that sent nearly 20,000 fans into a frenzy - and the Sixers on a surprise trip back to Florida.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami.

'D-Wade gave me a little room and I was able to knock it down,' Williams said. 'We've always been a team that fought, all the way until the end. I just wanted to give us an opportunity to win the basketball game.'

Wade's tip-in with 1:35 left put the Heat up 82-76. Miami had followed the formula of its Game 1 and Game 3 wins. The Heat trailed by double-digits in the first quarter, only to storm into the lead on the backs of Wade, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and take over down the stretch.

The 76ers still may eventually lose this series.

Just not Sunday.

'If you have faith, you have hope. And if you have hope, you have life,' Collins said.

The Sixers kept the resolve they've had since they turned a 3-13 start into the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers staggered down the stretch and won for only the second time since April 2.

Williams' celebration was muted. He simply turned around and calmly walked back to a delirious huddle as if he expected to swish the winner all along.

'That shot right there didn't beat us,' Wade said.

What Wade meant was, take a closer look at the stat sheet to find the numbers that truly did in the Heat. They shot 39 percent; made 5 of 23 3-pointers; scored 16 bench points; and, again, trailed big early.

'We've proven all year long that we were able to close those types of games out,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'We were not able to tonight.'

Williams and Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) led the Sixers with 17 points each. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) added 16 points, and Elton Brand had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

James scored 31 points for the Heat and Wade had 22. Bosh scored 12 points and had two blocks late in the game that seemed to seal the win for the Heat.

James, Wade and Bosh put the 'big' in Big Three for most of the game. For Bosh, it was the two blocked shots on the same possession with Miami holding a late two-point lead. He blocked Williams' layup and swatted Turner's short jumper.

On Philadelphia's next possession, James blocked Turner's shot.

James hit a step-back jumper for an 80-76 lead.

The Heat, who went on a 22-2 run in the second quarter, appeared in control.

Not for long.

Wade and James both missed baskets in the final minute that could have thrust the Heat back into it.

Wade misfired on a 13-footer after Holiday's 3 and the Sixers snared the rebound. With the Sixers up two, James drove and was blocked by Brand on a jumper in the lane with 3.8 seconds left.

Turner hit two free throws to secure the win.

Bosh said the Heat would have to play with more trust in each other when scores are close in crunch time.

'We're going to have to actually do it when it counts most,' Bosh said.

Collins was aware the Sixers were viewed as nothing more than a minor speed bump for the Heat.

He told his team to play with freedom and joy with the season on the line. Brand even promised the Sixers would 'shock the world.'

Going eye-to-eye with the East's elite, the Sixers may not have shocked the world, but at least South Beach.

Game 4 followed the familiar pattern of Games 1 and 3. Fired up from the start, the 76ers jetted to a 15-point lead in the first quarter. They made nine of their first 15 shots and went on a 13-0 run that at least made the idea of a return trip to Miami plausible.

The Sixers were no pushovers, either, providing some brief sparks when Thaddeus Young head-butted James Jones in front of Miami's bench. Young responded after Jones shoved Turner as the crowd roared, anticipating a melee. Jones and Young were hit with technical fouls, but things were calm until Spencer Hawes and James jawed late in the fourth.

James brushed off a suggestion the Heat had intimidated the Sixers.

'Intimidation factor? We're not trying to intimidate anybody,' he said.

The Heat usually bully their opponents simply on talent alone.

Wade showed how in the second quarter. He was 6 for 6 for 16 points in the quarter. He scored eight straight points, and his pull-up jumper that made it 43-41 gave Miami its first lead of the game.

He turned Miami's 16-point deficit into a 47-46 lead at halftime.

It just wasn't enough.

'We're not going to hang our heads all the way to the ground about it,' James said.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Paul wills Hornets past Lakers to tie series - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) chose an opportune time for his first triple-double of the season.

Paul had 27 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held on for a 93-88 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2.

Wearing a black wrap on his left hand and a small bandage over his right eye, Paul scored 14 of New Orleans' 24 points in the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard then capped his brilliant performance by running down the clock and setting up Jarrett Jack's short jumper, which made it 90-86 with 9.3 seconds left.

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had 17 points for the Lakers, but did not score in the first half and finished 5-of-18 shooting. He also came up lame late in the fourth quarter, favoring his left ankle after a collision with Green. Bryant's last miss came on a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.

That forced Los Angeles to foul Jarrett Jack, and while the Hornets walked up the court, Paul triumphantly cupped his hand around his ear to soak in the roar of approval from the packed and delirious New Orleans Arena.

Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) scored 19 for New Orleans, while Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) added 16 before fouling out in the final minute.

The Hornets' victory ensured the series, which resumes with Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, would return to New Orleans for Game 6 on Thursday.

Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) each scored 16 for Los Angeles, with all of Artest's points coming in the first half. Andrew Bynum added 11 points and Derek Fisher 10.

The Hornets never trailed in the second half and led by as many as nine points, at 57-48, early in the third quarter when Marco Belinelli's 3 capped a 20-3 spurt that had started in the second quarter.

Bryant still hadn't scored at that point, but that was about to change dramatically. He scored the next eight points to cut New Orleans' lead to a point. He wound up with 14 in the quarter, but with Paul driving New Orleans' offense and helping out on the defensive end with a key steal and five rebounds, the Hornets held a 69-67 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

New Orleans opened the fourth with a flourish. After setting up Willie Green's 3, Paul added a tough floater from the baseline as he was fouled and a step-back jumper on the baseline capping a 12-3 run that made it 81-72 with 6:13 left.

Steve Blake turned the momentum with a 3, then Bryant added a pull-up in the lane and a free throw to cut it to 81-78 with 4:24 left.

Bryant had a chance to tie it at 83 with a little over 2 minutes left, but his shot was short and Paul scrambled for the long rebound, drawing a foul on Gasol and hitting crucial free throws to make it 85-80.

The Hornets were narrowly able to hold on after the Lakers had cut it to 88-86 on Gasol's inside basket and Lamar Odom's free throws.

That's when Paul set up Jack's crucial score at the shot clock buzzer, and Jack added three more free throws for the final margin.

The opening half was dominated by role players.

Slashing aggressively through the Lakers defense, Ariza had 16 points by halftime, mostly on layups, driving floaters and a a double-pump dunk against Bynum.

That was matched by Artest, who hit a pair of 3s and several tough shots inside.

The Lakers led most of the half, going up by as much as nine, but the Hornets dominated the final seven minutes of the second quarter after Paul returned from a rest.

Paul had five assists, five rebounds and four points during that span, helping the Hornets close the quarter on a 12-0 run that gave them a 49-45 halftime lead.

Bryant, who rested about seven minutes during first half, appeared to be focusing on getting his teammates more involved. He had seven assists in the first half. Yet he also missed seven shots, as well as a technical free throw that resulted from Paul yelling at him after the Hornets guard appeared to be bumped by Bryant on a driving floater that turned out to be Paul's first basket with 1:03 left in the second quarter.

Soon after, Paul and Bryant were in each other's faces again after Bryant was called for a shooting foul on Paul. Ariza, a former Laker, walked Bryant away to the perimeter and Paul his both free throws to give the Hornets a 47-45 lead.

Paul then got his ninth assist of the half when he set up Emeka Okafor's 13-foot baseline jumper in the final seconds of the second quarter.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


NBA suspends Zaza Pachulia, Jason Richardson one game each for fighting - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (7'0''-C-84) has been suspended one game without pay for headbutting Orlando Magic guard Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) and fighting.

Richardson was suspended one game without pay for shoving Pachulia in the face and fighting.

The suspensions were announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Pachulia and Richardson will serve their suspensions on Sunday, April 24 when the Magic are at the Atlanta Hawks for Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Young Gun: Pacers Rookie Paul George - by Daniel Gibson
They were talking confidently like a team that had nothing to lose but still understood that losing would bring an end to their season.

None of them are ready for summer vacation yet.

The team is very young and that youth is partially to blame for them coming into game 4 trailing 3-0, but at the same time it is also the reason why each game has been decided by six points or less.

The young Pacers have grown throughout the season and coach Frank Vogel has infused his confidence and overachieving mindset into the group.

The mood is still positive as if we have a whole 82 games left, were still playing like its more to the season and we will keep playing like that tonight, said Paul George.

George is a rookie that has taken on the unenviable task of guarding the soon to be named MVP of the league, Derrick Rose.

While no one man can stop Rose on his own, George has definitely held his own and not backed down once.

George has all of the physical tools to be a great defender and player in the NBA for years to come. He also understands the concepts that coach Vogel is teaching and he buys into it.

Rose had big scoring games early in the series by getting to line frequently but George discussed the teams adjust and game plan used to slow him down a bit.

Just force him to take shots that he doesnt want to take, said George. Im pretty sure his game is really to get to the rim. When hes out taking three-point shots, not saying hes a bad shooter, but thats not the shots that he really wants to take. If we can gap him and space him and force him to shoot jump shots and not let him get to the rim and create fouls and get to the free throw line I think we are doing our job.

Check out Roses stat line from game 4: 15 points shooting 6-for-22, 1-of-9 from three-point range, and 2-of-4 from the free-throw line.

No, thats not a typo, Rose only attempted four free-throws and nine three-point shots. That is playing into the defensive scheme that the Pacers have laid out.

Early in the first quarter George was aggressively playing the passing lanes and using his long wing-span to get deflections and steals that lead to easy transition baskets for him and teammates.

Before the game George talked about the late game mental break downs that have cost the Pacers each game this series and how they have grown from each experience.

We are constantly working on plays to get us going down the stretch and plays to get us points on the board, said George. If we are stuck in that predicament again I think we will be a lot more successful this game because we have been working on it in practice.

I think tonight if we are ever in that position where we are done and need some baskets I think we will be all right tonight.

This time the Pacers were ahead by double-digits but the Bulls went on a defensively charged 13-1 run over the last few minutes to get within one point.

It was evident that the mistakes of the previous games were creeping into the minds of the Pacers but this time they were able to block that out and execute enough on offense to get free-throw attempts in the final minute and force the
Bulls into a bad attempt to tie.

The young team has grown down the stretch run of the regular season and even more during the playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of this series the team has much to look forward to next season.

However, they dont believe that this season will end in the first round.


Young Gun: Pacers Rookie Paul George - by Daniel Gibson
The Indiana Pacers were cool, calm, and collected going into an elimination game against the top ranked Chicago Bulls.

They were talking confidently like a team that had nothing to lose but still understood that a loss would bring an end to their season.

None of them are ready for summer vacation yet.

The team is very young and that youth is partially to blame for them coming into game 4 trailing 3-0. But at the same time, their youth is also the reason why each game has been decided by six points or less.

The young Pacers have grown throughout the season and coach Frank Vogel has infused his confidence and overachieving mindset into the group.

'The mood is still positive as if we have a whole 82 games left, were still playing like its more to the season and we will keep playing like that tonight,' said Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.).

George is a rookie that has taken on the unenviable task of guarding the soon to be named MVP of the league, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis).

While no one man can stop Rose on his own, George has definitely held his own and not backed down once.

George has all of the physical tools to be a great defender and player in the NBA for years to come. He also understands the concepts that coach Vogel is teaching and he buys into it.

Rose had big scoring games early in the series by getting to line frequently but George discussed the teams adjust and game plan used to slow him down a bit.

'Just force him to take shots that he doesn't want to take,' said George. 'I'm pretty sure his game is really to get to the rim. When hes out taking three-point shots, not saying he's a bad shooter, but that's not the shots that he really wants to take. If we can gap him and space him and force him to shoot jump shots, and not let him get to the rim and create fouls and get to the free-throw line, I think we are doing our job.'

Check out Rose's stat line from game 4: 15 points shooting 6-for-22, 1-of-9 from three-point range, and 2-of-4 from the free-throw line.

No, that's not a typo, Rose only attempted four free-throws and nine three-point shots. That is playing into the defensive scheme that the Pacers have laid out.

Early in the first quarter George was aggressively playing the passing lanes and using his long wing-span to get deflections and steals that lead to easy transition baskets for him and teammates.

Before the game George talked about the late game mental break downs that have cost the Pacers each game this series and how they have grown from each experience.

'We are constantly working on plays to get us going down the stretch and plays to get us points on the board,' said George. 'If we are stuck in that predicament again I think we will be a lot more successful this game because we have been working on it in practice.'

'I think tonight if we are ever in that position where we are done and need some baskets I think we will be all right tonight.'

This time the Pacers were ahead by double-digits but the Bulls went on a defensively charged 13-1 run over the last few minutes to pull within one point.

It was evident that the mistakes of the previous games were creeping into the minds of the Pacers but this time they were able to block that out and execute enough on offense to get free-throw attempts in the final minute and force the Bulls into a bad attempt to tie.

The young team has grown down the stretch run of the regular season and even more during the playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of this series the team has much to look forward to next season.

However, they don't believe that this season will end in the first round.


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Georgetown sophomore forward Hollis Thompson enters name in NBA draft, doesn't hire agent - by Eurobasket News
Georgetown sophomore Hollis Thompson (6'7''-F) has entered his name in the NBA draft.

The school said Friday that Thompson is not hiring an agent, which would make him eligible to return if he withdraws his name from draft consideration by May 8.

The Los Angeles native started 22 of 32 games this season, averaging 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Nicknamed 'Hollywood' by his teammates, Thompson lost his starting job in January when coach John Thompson III went with Nate Lubick at power forward to give the team a more physical frontcourt presence. Hollis Thompson became the sixth man, where he thrived as the first option to provide scoring punch off the bench.

Courtesy of www.newser.com


Three top Texas players entering NBA Draft, Hamilton hiring agent - by Eurobasket News
Texas players Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91), Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F) and Cory Joseph (6'3''-G-91) have all declared for the NBA draft.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward who led the Longhorns in scoring last season, plans to sign with an agent, which would immediately end his college eligibility.

'My family and I really took our time with this decision and waited to get a good feel of what this years draft class would look like and where I can be drafted. With all the information we received, it is best for me to move forward now and pursue this opportunity,' Hamilton said.

Thompson, a 6-8 forward and Joseph, a 6-3 guard, both were freshman last season. They plan to submit their names but will hold off on signing with an agent, according to Texas officials. That will allow them to return to Texas if they choose to.

The NBA deadline for underclassmen to submit their names to the NBA is Sunday. The NCAA allows them to withdraw by May 8 and still maintain their college eligibility.

'I will continue to gather all the information about my draft status and use that information over the next two weeks to determine whether or not to keep my name in the draft,' Thompson said.

If Thompson or Josephor bothdecide to leave with Hamilton, it would drastically change the lineup next season for a Texas team that rose to No. 3 in the rankings and challenged Kansas for the Big 12 title.

They could join Kevin Durant (2007) and Avery Bradley (2010) as freshman who left the Longhorns in recent years.

Texas has one of the top-ranked recruiting classes coming in, highlighted by guard Myck Kabongo.

Texas started 11-0 in conference play before a 5-5 finish down the stretch with a second-round loss to Arizona in the NCAA tournament.

Hamilton averaged 18.6 points last season. Thompson, the Big 12 freshman of the year, averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds and blocked 86 shots. His teammates voted him the Longhorns most valuable player. Joseph averaged 10.4 points and three assists.

Courtesy of www.khou.com


Coach Jim Larranaga leaving George Mason for Miami - by Eurobasket News
Jim Larranaga has taken the Miami Hurricanes' basketball job after 14 years at George Mason, including an improbable run to the Final Four in 2006.

Larranaga called George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor on Friday morning to say he accepted Miami's offer. The Hurricanes scheduled an evening news conference to introduced their new coach, who replaces Frank Haith.

'Coach Larranaga is the real deal,' Miami president Donna Shalala said in a statement. 'He's a winner, an inspirational leader, and he cares deeply about his players and staff.'

Larranaga, 61, led the Patriots to five NCAA tournament berths and went 273-164, setting a school record for victories. This season his team went 27-7 and reached the third round of the tournament before losing to overall No. 1 seed Ohio State.

Larranaga helped the Patriots win three titles in the Colonial Athletic Association. Now he moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the Hurricanes were 43-69 the past seven seasons under Haith.

'Jim can coach at any level,' O'Connor said. 'He could probably coach the Los Angeles Lakers if he wanted to.'

Miami officials declined to comment. The hiring was made by Shawn Eichorst only nine days after he became the Hurricanes' athletic director.

Haith left for Missouri after going 129-101 at Miami, including 21-15 this past season.

Larranaga's contract at George Mason, which ran until 2016, had a base salary of $525,000. The school offered him a package including incentive bonuses would that have put him in the top five among mid-major coaches in compensation, O'Connor said, but even that deal couldn't compete with Miami's resources.

Unlike the Hurricanes, George Mason does not have a football program.

'In all honesty, the university can only go so far with finances,' O'Connor said. 'We think we put together a very, very attractive financial compensation package. We couldn't compete with an ACC school, a big football school with its budget.'

A native New Yorker, Larranaga also coached at Bowling Green for 11 seasons and Division II American International for two seasons.

The improbable NCAA tournament run by George Mason in 2006 was a triumph for all mid-major programs. The Patriots beat Michigan State, North Carolina and second-seeded Connecticut before losing to Florida in the national semifinals at Indianapolis.

Larranaga also led the Patriots to the tournament in 1999, 2001 and 2008. Miami made the tournament once under Haith, losing in the second round in 2008.

Small crowds have been a chronic problem for the Hurricanes, who compete in a market that includes all four major professional sports. Average attendance at George Mason was 3,192 the season before Larranaga arrived but climbed to 6,834 the year after the Final Four appearance, and was 5,896 this past year.

O'Connor said George Mason's search for a replacement would start immediately.

'I'm confident we can attract a very strong basketball coach,' O'Connor said.

Miami's hiring of Larranaga completes a revamping of the athletic department. Al Golden replaced Randy Shannon in December as football coach, and Eichorst replaced Kirby Hocutt, who became athletic director at Texas Tech.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


IUPUI promotes Howard to take over as head coach - by Eurobasket News
IUPUI has promoted Todd Howard to head coach of the men's basketball coach.

Howard succeeds Ron Hunter, who took the Georgia State job last month after 17 seasons in Indy.

Hunter advocated for the promotion of Howard, who spent 16 seasons as his assistant. In 2001, he was given the title of associate head coach.

The Louisville native played college ball for his hometown Cardinals and spent one season as a student assistant on Denny Crum's staff.

The school will introduce Howard and Austin Parkinson, the women's coach, at a news conference Monday. Parkinson, a Purdue alum, replaced the fired Shann Hart in September.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Brandon Davies likely to return to BYU after code violation for having premarital sex - by Eurobasket News
Forward Brandon Davies (6'9''-F) expects to suit up next season for BYU despite missing this years NCAA tournament run for violating the universitys honor code.

Carri Jenkins, a university spokesperson, said Friday that Davies voluntarily withdrew from school after completing his winter semester finals but is working with the dean of students to meet conditions so hell be eligible to return for the fall semester.

If he meets those conditions, Jenkins said the expectations are the 6-foot-9 Davies will return for his junior year.

Davies honor code violation involved premarital sex. He acknowledged the violation when it became known to school officials. BYU has not commented on how it became aware of the violation.

Davies issued a statement released by BYU saying he looked forward to continuing his education at BYU and playing basketball.

Theres a pretty long list of people that Id like to thank who are helping me through this difficult time, Davies said in the statement. Its been very hard emotionally but thanks to the love and support of many, Ill be able to get through it. Theres a plan in place, and I intend to follow through and return to BYU in the fall. Im looking forward to coming back to school to continue my education and getting back on the court.

The school announced Davies dismissal from the team March 1 after being made aware of the violation one day earlier - the same day BYU vaulted to No. 3 in the AP poll.

Davies started 26 of 29 games before the announcement. He was the teams second-leading scorer (11.1 points) behind star point guard Jimmer Fredette and was leading the team in rebounds (6.2). Davies was not allowed to represent BYU on the court after violating the schools honor code, but he cheered his teammates on from the end of the bench.

BYU, behind Fredette, still managed to advance to the NCAA tournament round of 16 for the first time in 30 years but lost to Florida in overtime. The team missed Davies inside presence down the stretch but still finished 32-5 overall.

BYUs honor code requires students to live a chaste and virtuous life, be honest, abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse, and attend church regularly.

Jenkins said BYUs student population, including graduate students, is slightly more than 34,000. She said between 1.5 and 3.5 percent of students over the past decade have had some honor code issues but most have been minor matters. She said suspensions and dismissals are rare.

Even with the suspensions, the hope is that we will be able to work with students to be able to return to the university and graduate, Jenkins said.

Next season, BYU will be without all-time scoring leader Fredette, all-time steals leader Jackson Emery and a third senior captain, Logan Magnusson. James Anderson, who filled in during Davies absence, also announced recently he wont return for his senior season.

BYU also wont have all-everything freshman Kyle Collinsworth next season. Hell head to Russia in a few months for his Mormon mission.

The new-look Cougars will move into a new conference, leaving the Mountain West for the West Coast Conference. Theyll play Gonzaga, which lost to BYU in the NCAA tournament.

Returning is coach Dave Rose, who recently received a new five-year contract. His top assistant, Dave Rice, left to take the vacant UNLV job.

Courtesy of www.theoaklandpress.com


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NBL Round 2: Wellington Saints defeat Southland Sharks - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Southland S. (1-1) on the court of top-ranked Wellington S. on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Wellington S. 97-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Wellington S.. Southland S. managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wellington S. forced 21 Southland S. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Troy McLean (194-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) contributed with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (200-78, college: Texas St.) replied with 32 points for Southland S.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wellington S. (2-0) moved-up to second place. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. They share it with Manawatu J. and Auckland P.. Wellington S. are looking forward to face Auckland P. (#5) at home in the next round. Southland S. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Auckland P. (1-1) against sixth ranked Manawatu J. (1-1) on Wednesday night. Host Auckland P. was defeated by Manawatu J. in a tough game in Auckland 90-98. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Jeremy Kench chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American power forward Kevin Mickens (207-83, college: George Mason) responded with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Auckland P.'s coach Kenneth Stone rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Manawatu J. left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with Southland S. and Auckland P. Manawatu J. will play against bottom-ranked Taranaki MA (#9) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Auckland P. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Wellington S. (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Hamilton was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Bay Hawks (4-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Waikato P. (1-2). Bay Hawks defeated Waikato P. 71-59 on Sunday. Josh Pace notched 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 21 points by Jerry Smith did not help to save the game for Waikato P.. Waikato P.'s coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bay Hawks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Waikato P. dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Bay Hawks will meet Southland S. (#4) on the road in the next round. Waikato P. will play against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Bay Hawks (4-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Taranaki MA (0-2). Bay Hawks did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68. The best player for the winners was Arthur Trousdell who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Bay Hawks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Taranaki MA at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Bay Hawks' next round opponent will be Southland S. (#4) on the road. Taranaki MA will play against Manawatu J. (#3) in Palmerston North.



Wellington S. - Southland S. 97-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Southland S. (1-1) on the court of top-ranked Wellington S. on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Wellington S. 97-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Wellington S.. Southland S. managed to win second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wellington S. forced 21 Southland S. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international guard Troy McLean (194-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) contributed with 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Wellington S. players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (200-78, college: Texas St.) replied with 32 points and American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Southland S.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wellington S. (2-0) moved-up to second place. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. They share it with Manawatu J. and Auckland P.. Wellington S. are looking forward to face Auckland P. (#5) at home in the next round. Southland S. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks in Tamatea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: B.Polyblank 32+4reb+3ast, S.Spicer 17+5reb+2ast, J.Lawley 14+9reb+1ast, G.Dawson 6+10reb+1ast, M.Dickel 4+5reb+11ast, J.Paringatai 4+1reb+1ast
Wellington S.: T.McLean 25+4reb+2ast, E.Maxey 23+4reb+2ast, K.Johnson 13+8reb, S.Adams 11+10reb, L.Henry 10+6reb+2ast, C.Frank 8+9reb+4ast
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Waikato P. - Bay Hawks 59-71

The game in Hamilton was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Bay Hawks (4-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Waikato P. (1-2). Bay Hawks defeated Waikato P. 71-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bay Hawks. Waikato P. managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Waikato P. 49-28 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) notched 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and swingman Christopher Daniel (197-85) supported him with 21 points. Even 21 points by American guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) did not help to save the game for Waikato P.. His fellow American import forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Impact Basketball) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Waikato P.'s coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bay Hawks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Waikato P. dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Bay Hawks will meet Southland S. (#4) on the road in the next round. Waikato P. will play against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waikato P.: J.Smith 21+1reb+3ast, H.Allen 16+3reb+1ast, S.Seay 11+10reb, J.Comer 5+2reb, P.Lenden 4+7reb+1ast, R.Daniel 2
Bay Hawks: C.Daniel 21+2reb, J.Pace 20+6reb+4ast, A.Trousdell 12+8reb+1ast, J.Kenny 7+4reb+6ast, B.Hill 4+5reb+1ast, B.Valentine 3+4reb
gschID: 122650


Auckland P. - Manawatu J. 90-98

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Auckland P. (1-1) against sixth ranked Manawatu J. (1-1) on Wednesday night. Host Auckland P. was defeated by Manawatu J. in a tough game in Auckland 90-98. Auckland P. was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 52-43 second half run of Manawatu J.. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Jeremy Kench (187-84) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Manawatu J. players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin Mickens (207-83, college: George Mason) responded with 29 points and 7 rebounds and guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Auckland P.'s coach Kenneth Stone rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Manawatu J. left bottom position moving up to third place, which they share with Southland S. and Auckland P. Manawatu J. will play against bottom-ranked Taranaki MA (#9) in New Plymouth in the next round where they are favorite. Auckland P. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Wellington S. (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: K.Mickens 29+7reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 16+7reb+3ast, R.Brown 16+7reb+2ast, B.Anderson 7, K.Smith 6+5reb+1ast, H.O'Riley 5
Manawatu J.: N.Horvath 29+12reb+1ast, R.Igbawua 18+2reb, M.Te Huna 13+1reb, J.Kench 13+5reb+6ast, D.Hudson 11+2reb, L.Funnell 6+2reb
gschID: 122646


Taranaki MA - Bay Hawks 68-86

The game in New Plymouth was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Bay Hawks (4-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Taranaki MA (0-2). Bay Hawks did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-68. It looked good early as Taranaki MA took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bay Hawks had a 26-10 second period charge getting the lead and Taranaki MA was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-86. The best player for the winners was naturalized British forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) chipped in 17 points. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Marcus Campbell added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the hosts. Bay Hawks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Taranaki MA at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Bay Hawks' next round opponent will be Southland S. (#4) on the road. Taranaki MA will play against Manawatu J. (#3) in Palmerston North.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 23+5reb+1ast, M.Campbell 14+6reb+1ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 10+1reb, R.Beesly 9+4reb+1ast, M.Abdelhamid 5+1reb+1ast, L.Abrams 4+7reb
Bay Hawks: A.Trousdell 21+9reb+1ast, P.Winitana 17+4reb, J.Pace 17+4reb+2ast, G.Young 8+8reb, J.Kenny 7+1reb+1ast, B.Hill 6+1reb
gschID: 122647




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Darryl DORA
  Nelson G.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 29
 1. Dora, Nelson G.29.0 
 2. Mickens, Auckland.27.5 
 3. Horvath, Manawatu.25.5 
 4. Maxey, Wellington S.23.0 
 5. Allen, Waikato P.22.7 
 6. Polyblank, Southlan.22.0 
 7. Pace, Bay Hawks21.8 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.21.3 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.21.0 
 10. O''Gallagher, Ocean.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lance ALLRED
  OceanaGold N.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Allred, OceanaGo.13.0 
 2. Johnson, Wellingt.11.0 
 3. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.11.0 
 4. Horvath, Manawatu.10.0 
 5. Frank, Wellington S.10.0 
 6. Anthony, Waika.10.0 
 7. Bartlett, Auckland.9.5 
 8. Dora, Nelson G.9.0 
 9. Henry, Wellington S.9.0 
 10. Dawson, Southlan.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 George LE''AFA
  Wellington S.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Le''afa, Wellingt.7.5 
 2. Dickel, Southland S.7.0 
 3. Kench, Manawatu J.5.5 
 4. Martin, Auckland.5.0 
 5. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 6. Frank, Wellington S.4.0 
 7. Dora, Nelson G.4.0 
 8. Wright, Nelson G.4.0 
 9. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.8 
 10. Bartlett, Auckland.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hayden ALLEN
  Waikato P.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Allen, Waikato P.3.3 
 2. Dickel, Southland S.2.5 
 3. Johnson, Wellingt.2.5 
 4. Polyblank, Southlan.2.5 
 5. Maxey, Wellington S.2.0 
 6. Leasure, Taranaki.2.0 
 7. Hudson, Manawatu.2.0 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.2.0 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.2.0 
 10. Seay, Waikato P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Leon HENRY
  Wellington S.
  (200-G/F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Henry, Wellington S.1.5 
 2. Iti, Southland S.1.0 
 3. Bradshaw, OceanaGo.1.0 
 4. Anthony, Waika.1.0 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.1.0 
 6. Bailey-N., Taranaki.1.0 
 7. Spicer, Southlan.1.0 
 8. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 9. Seay, Waikato P.1.0 
 10. Mickens, Auckland.1.0 


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 4-0 
 2. Wellington S. 2-0 
 3. Manawatu J. 1-1 
 4. Southland S. 1-1 
 5. Auckland P. 1-1 
 6. Waikato P. 1-2 
 7. Nelson G. 0-1 
 8. OceanaGold N. 0-2 
 9. Taranaki MA 0-2 


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My heart remains with basketball Buba - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Da Gyang Buba served as the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation from 2001 to 2009. The former Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service says that even on the throne in Jos, his heart remains on the court where the jams are made Da Gyang Buba, the man whose tenure as the President of Nigeria Basketball Federation gave the game in the country the Vmobile League, says that out of sight would not mean out of mind as far as the game of basketball is concerned. Buba, who is now the Gbong Gwom Jos says his heart remains with the game.

I served my time in basketball and I am no longer directly involved with the administration of the game in Nigeria. It is a game I love; obviously Ill always have a passion for the game wherever I am, he said.

Buba assumed leadership of the NBBF at a period the game was facing tough times as the first sponsors of the flagship competition, Seven-Up were not renewing their deal with the federation. After a season of wait and gloom, the game bounced back strongly with the Vmobile Challenge.

But it was not only good for the men. Indeed it was the ladies who smiled first as the Zenith Bank Women League began just ahead of the mens league. The women had played for some years without corporate sponsorship. But before Nigeria basketball could really enjoy the fanfare created by the Vmobile League, Zain bought over Vmobile and the Zain interest was far from sports. The withdrawal of Vmobile marked another dip for the league until DStv sponsorship came by just as Buba was leaving office as the NBBF president.

He prays that Nigeria basketball gets to the level that becomes the envy of all other countries around.

Some other persons are administering the game in Nigeria today. Its my prayer that they will be able to pull up the reigns and do far better than what they inherited. I am still very much interested in what goes on in basketball except that I am not directly involved now. The game will always get my blessing.

Away from his busy schedule on the stool, the former Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs does not take the jump ball but has found other ways to keep his body fit.

There was an attempt to lure me into golf but I was able to get out of it; somehow I didnt connect. But to keep fit, I simply use the gym. I have a small gym which I use between my busy schedules. There was a time I dabbled into tennis but I simply quit.

Soursce: Punch Newspaper


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Proliga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Angra - Terceira Basket 72-85

Terceira Basket celebrated the second win in a row against Angra. The game was mostly controlled by Terceira Basket. Angrabasket managed to win third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Terceira Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Four Terceira Basket players scored in double figures. Terceira Basket's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced 26 points and power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 31+5reb+7ast, D.Nevels 23+15reb, D.Goncalves 11+1reb+4ast, F.Tavares 10+3reb+2ast, J.Avila 8+2reb, P.Matos 2+1reb
Angra: K.Jolley 26+4reb, J.Pereira 21+2reb+2ast, T.Mack 18+8reb+1ast, P.Loth 5+3reb+8ast, F.Gomes 2+2reb+2ast, O.Viera 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126645


Fisica - Sangalhos 60-53

Fisice are now 2-0 up on Sangalhos following the home win. Sangalhos trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 53-60 at the end of the game. Fisica dominated on the defensive end, holding Sangalhos to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Sangalhos 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Miguel Salvador (187-81) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) chipped in 19 points. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jorge Seabra (174-81) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Fisica: C.Dias 19+4reb, M.Salvador 16+5reb+5ast, J.Underwood 8+8reb, A.Sami 7, A.Cordeiro 4+4reb+3ast, A.Catarino 2+4reb
Sangalhos: L.Fonte 13+6reb, J.Seabra 11+6ast, E.Silva 9+4reb, A.Duarte 8+3reb, J.Carmo 6+2reb, N.Bizarro 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 126646


Barcelos - Electrico FC 69-68

Barcelos eked out a tough home win over Electrico to take 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-12. But Electrico FC won second period 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barcelos forced 19 Electrico FC turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Electrico FC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Carlos Fechas (180-81) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Barcelos players scored in double figures. Swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tiago Brito (180-85) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: C.Fechas 20+5reb+2ast, P.Silva 17+15reb+1ast, N.Pedroso 12+5reb+4ast, J.Moreira 12+12reb, T.Barreiro 8+6reb+4ast, J.Viana 0
Electrico FC: J.Afonso 16+8reb, T.Brito 16+4reb+3ast, D.Neves 9+7reb, P.Raminhos 9+3reb+1ast, E.Ferreira 8+7reb+3ast, J.Lanzinha 8+2reb
gschID: 126643


Galitos FC - Povoa 75-81

Povoa are step away from the semifinals after they stunned Galitos on the road for the second consectuive time. Galitos FC was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Povoa, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) notched 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-83, college: Prairie View A&M) supported him with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Povoa's coach Pedro Dias allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points and 9 assists by guard Antonio Pires (185-86) did not help to save the game for Galitos FC. American forward Marcus Sikes (203-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: STKG) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Povoa: R.Coelho 25+6reb+1ast, N.Oliveira 25+5reb+6ast, A.jr. Oha 19+15reb+2ast, A.Silva 4+4reb, L.Pires 3+4reb+1ast, J.Neto 3+2reb
Galitos FC: M.Thomas 17+5reb+3ast, A.Pires 17+4reb+9ast, M.Sikes 15+9reb+1ast, J.Ferreira 8+9reb, D.Leiria 7+3reb+2ast, R.Quintino 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 126644




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, Academica18.5 
 6. Eddie, Academica18.4 
 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, Academica9.5 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.2 
 6. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 7. Terrell, Porto F.8.8 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 9. Curnell, Barreirense8.5 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.2 
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. Minhava, Benfica5.0 
 5. Reveles, Ginasio4.9 
 6. Silva, CAB4.6 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Simoes, Academica4.5 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 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. Holland, Academica2.0 
 9. Eddie, 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. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 7. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio0.9 


LPB Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Academica complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Ginasio - Academica 61-76

Academica completed the semifinal picture following the road win over Ginasio in Game 4. The game without a history. Academica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Academica outrebounded Ginasio 38-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Matthew Shaw (201-F-86, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) who added 22 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Tomas Barroso (180-90) responded with 21 points and American forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: T.Barroso 21+3reb+2ast, Y.Chia-Kur 18+4reb, A.Swift 12+7reb+1ast, J.Hartford 5+3reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 3+4reb+1ast, P.Silva 2+3reb
Academica: T.Eddie 22+10reb+1ast, M.Shaw 21+13reb+1ast, D.Simoes 12+1reb+6ast, W.Holland 9+5reb+1ast, F.Sousa 7+8reb+1ast, T.Pinto 3
gschID: 127528




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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo21.9 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon21.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas21.2 
 4. Villegas, Coamo21.0 
 5. Clinch, Isabela19.4 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez19.0 
 7. Brown, Quebradillas18.9 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon17.2 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce16.6 
 10. Randolph, Isabela16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Randolph, Isabela13.0 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo12.2 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.5 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon10.1 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.5 
 8. Vassallo, Guaynabo8.2 
 9. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.2 
 10. Robinson, Humacao8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.3 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Clinch, Isabela5.8 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.3 
 5. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Pagan, Santurce4.6 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.4 
 8. Copeland, San G.4.4 
 9. Hodge, Santurce4.0 
 10. Garcia, Humacao4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.3 
 3. Chaney, Santurce1.9 
 4. Hinson, Isabela1.8 
 5. Harris, San German1.8 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 8. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.2 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo2.1 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez2.0 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.6 
 7. Freije, Coamo1.4 
 8. Rice, San German1.2 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce1.1 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo1.1 


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  QATAR   


Rayyan reach Emir Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Rayyan became the first Emir Cup finalists. They swept their semifinal series against Arabi. The QBF league defending champions celebrated a 78:65 win in the third decisive game. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead Rayyan to the victory. Arabi led by one at the interval 38:37 but could not capitalize. Rayyan took over in the second half and rallied toa comfortable 13-point victory at the end. Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) produced 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) finished with 15 points for the winners. Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) dropped 22 points and collected 7 rebounds for Arabi.
Gharrafah surged ahead 2-1 in the series following a 70:58 rout of Ahli. Omar Abd stepped up with 20 points and 16 rebounds for Gharrafah. Gharrafah built a 36:29 lead at the interval. Ahli got within one point midway through the third term but Gharrafah stepped on the gas and cleared off to a double-digit lead in the final quarter. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) provided 17 points in the win. Alexander McLean (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports) added 15 points, 12 boards and 4 assists. Saintprux Bob replied with 20 points and 11 boards for Ahli. Manyacka Eyoum had 14 points and 13 boards in the defeat. The teams will meet again on Sunday.




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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 31-9 
 2. Spartak-Primorie 29-10 
 3. Saransk 29-10 
 4. Severstal 26-13 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 24-12 
 6. Revda 19-18 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 16-23 
 8. Rjazan 12-25 
 9. Lokomotiv 9-27 
 10. Irkutsk 8-31 
 11. Zaretchny 7-32 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Baxter, Enisey16.3 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 4. Williams, Enisey15.9 
 5. Lampe, Unics15.7 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo15.6 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.2 
 8. Likhodey, Triumph13.6 
 9. Popovic, Unics13.6 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.7 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.0 
 3. Beverley, Spart.6.9 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.7 
 5. Papadopoulos, Khi.6.6 
 6. Monya, Khimky6.3 
 7. Brezec, Krasnie .6.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.2 
 9. Massey, Lokomotiv6.1 
 10. Plisnic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Enisey7.0 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .5.5 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.0 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.8 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.2 
 10. Jeretin, Lokomotiv3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spartak SP
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 6. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 9. McCarty, Unics1.3 
 10. Pashutin, Unics1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.2 
 2. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 3. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 4. Likhodey, Triumph1.0 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 6. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 7. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 8. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 
 9. Kaun, CSKA0.9 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 15-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 15-7 
 3. Spartak SP 15-8 
 4. Khimky 14-7 
 5. CSKA 14-8 
 6. Enisey 10-11 
 7. N.Novgorod 8-15 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-15 
 9. Dynamo 7-16 
 10. Triumph 4-17 


Superleague Round 43: Severstal edges Ural Ekaterinburg by three points - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superlaegue.

The most exciting game of round 43 in the Superlaegue took place in Cherepovec. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (24-12) to fourth ranked Severstal (26-13) 84-81 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Severstal maintains fourth place with 26-13 record. Ural Ekaterinburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Severstal are again looking forward to face Ural Ekaterinburg (#5) at home in the next round.


Important game to mention about took place in Revda. Sixth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (19-18) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Metallurg-University (16-23) 93-90 in the fight for the sixth place. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains sixth place with 19-18 record. Metallurg-University at the other side keeps the seventh position with 23 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will again play against Metallurg-University (#7) in Magnitogorsk in the next round.

The game with biggest result difference took place in Vladivostok. Local Spartak-Primorie (29-10) outscored 11th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (7-32) 96-67 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sojuz Zaretchny. Spartak-Primorie have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 29-10 record having just -22 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Saransk. Newly promoted Sojuz Zaretchny stay dead last with 32 lost games. Spartak-Primorie will again meet at home bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
In the last two games of round 43 Rjazan was defeated by Lokomotiv in Novosybirsk 77-73.


Lokomotiv - Rjazan 77-73

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Novosybirsk where 8th ranked Rjazan (12-25) was defeated by ninth ranked Lokomotiv (9-27) 77-73 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-12. But Rjazan won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lokomotiv won last quarter 18-16. Lokomotiv have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 9-27 record. Rjazan lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 25 games lost. Lokomotiv will again meet at home higher ranked Rjazan (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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Spartak-Primorie - Zaretchny 96-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Vladivostok. Local Spartak-Primorie (29-10) outscored 11th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (7-32) 96-67 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sojuz Zaretchny. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak-Primorie. Sojuz Zaretchny managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak-Primorie have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 29-10 record having just -22 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Saransk. Newly promoted Sojuz Zaretchny stay dead last with 32 lost games. Spartak-Primorie will again meet at home bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
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Irkutsk - Saransk 0-20
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Revda - Metallurg-Univ. 93-90

Important game to mention about took place in Revda. Sixth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (19-18) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Metallurg-University (16-23) 93-90 in the fight for the sixth place. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains sixth place with 19-18 record. Metallurg-University at the other side keeps the seventh position with 23 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will again play against Metallurg-University (#7) in Magnitogorsk in the next round.
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Severstal - Ural Ekaterinb. 84-81

The most exciting game of round 43 in the Superlaegue took place in Cherepovec. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (24-12) to fourth ranked Severstal (26-13) 84-81 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Severstal maintains fourth place with 26-13 record. Ural Ekaterinburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Severstal are again looking forward to face Ural Ekaterinburg (#5) at home in the next round.
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  SLOVENIA   


Helios shot 81 percent for 2-point, give Zlatorog first road loss - by Zeljko Zule
Helios shot 81-percent (30-of-37) for 2-point and handed Zlatorog first road loss in Telemach Superleague, 88-68, in the game of Round 7.
Helios-Zlatorog 88-68: Helios never trailed and won in all four quarters. Marko Lekic (211-C-85) scored 24 points without a miss, Ziga Zagorc added 18 points on shooting 7-of-8 from the field and handed out 6 assists, Benjamin Raymond added 17 points and Klemen Prepelic came off the bench for 10 points. Helios shot 81-percent (30-of-37) for 2-point and has just one offensive rebound. Zlatorog commmited 18 turnovers. Vladimir Panic finished with 19 points and Luka Lapornik added 16.
Maribor-Slovan 62-77: Slovan made a 10-0 run in the second quarter to take a crucial lead 36-24. Dalibor Djapa finished with 20 points and Luka Rupnik added 14. Maribor shot 45-percent (9-of-20) behind the 3-point line and just 38-percent (11-of-29) for 2-point. Sadsa Mucic contributed 17 points, Tadej Horvat added 16 and Ilija Zolotic 12.
Elektra-Hopsi 62-65: Hopsi made a 17-7 run in the second quarter to take a lead 35-30 and never looked back from there. Elektra trailed by 10 early in the final period and cut the deficit 62-63 with 8 seconds remaining. Andre Podvrsnik hit a pair of free throws for Hopsi, while Milos Miljkovic missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Igor Mijajlovic scored 17 points, Denis Vrsaljko had 10 points


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 6-0 
 2. Helios 5-2 
 3. Union Olimpija 4-2 
 4. Zlatorog 4-3 
 5. Polzela 3-4 
 6. Geoplin Slovan 3-4 
 7. Elektra 1-6 
 8. Maribor Messer 1-6 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 5-15 
 3. Parklji 1-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Panic, Zlatorog21.2 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 4. Thondique, Polzela16.3 
 5. Raymond, Helios15.3 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.2 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 8. Mijajlovic, Polzela14.4 
 9. Mali, Helios13.5 
 10. Krejic, Parklji13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.5 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra7.7 
 5. Raymond, Helios7.3 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .7.0 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor .6.1 
 8. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 9. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 10. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  Polzela
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.5 
 2. Jersin, Elektra4.5 
 3. Brolih, Maribor .4.5 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 6. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog3.8 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 8. Zagorc, Helios3.1 
 9. Petrovic, Helios2.7 
 10. Mezek, LTHcast .2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .1.9 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 6. Zagorc, Helios1.5 
 7. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 9. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.5 
 10. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.9 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 5. Sviridov, Polzela0.7 
 6. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 7. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 8. Bubnic, Helios0.5 
 9. Pasalic, Helios0.5 
 10. Vrsaljko, Polzela0.5 


Krka spoil Alilovic's coaching debut with Oilimpija - by Zeljko Zule
Defending champion Krka ended four game head-to-head losing streak with a 71-61 road win over Olimpija in the last game of Telemach Superleague Round 7 to spoil Mirsad Alilovic's coaching debut with the Adriatic League runner-up. Goran Ikonic posted 14 points, Dusan Djordjevic had 13 points and 5 assists, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored all of his 12 points in the second hald and Jure Balazic posted 10 points as Krka notched their first win over Olimpija since September 2010. They made a 9-0 run in the final quarter to take a lead 66-58 with 1:14 remaining and its defense held Olimpija scoreless for a 4:05 span. Krka his just 12-of-22 free throws and was outrebounded 28-33, but forced Olimpija into 17 turnovers. Olimpija was up by 9 at halftime, their largest lead of the game. Alysious Anagonye and Saso Ozbolt both scored 12 points and Jaka Klobucar added 10.



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KBL Round 5 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Dongbu Promy - KCC Egis 68-69

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dongbu Promy won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Dongbu Promy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American center Chris Daniels (211-84) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Victor Thomas (201-79, college: La Salle) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 19+9reb+3ast, V.Thomas 15+8reb+3ast, R.Benson 12+1reb+1ast, J.Hwang 9+1reb+1ast, J.Park 7+2reb+3ast, H.Yoon 6+7reb+1ast
KCC Egis: S.Ha 19+9reb, C.Daniels 14+5reb, B.Kang 12+3reb+2ast, E.Dawson 8+4reb+1ast, M.Shin 6+1reb+2ast, J.Lim 6+6reb+2ast
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KCC defeats Dongbu, Needs 1 more win for Championship - by Kevin Campigotto
Jeonju KCC Egis survived a fourth quarter comeback over Wonju Dongbu Promy to take game 5 68-67. The Egis were helped by an off the ball foul called during a made 3-point shot that gave them the crucial free throw needed to seal the game. Wonju looked lost in their final possession and despite securing the offensive rebound with 4 seconds to play, they failed to hit the game winner.

Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) both had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Other scorers for KCC in double digits included Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85) with 12 and Chris Daniels (211-C-84) (200-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Wonju's other top scorers were Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) with 15 points 8 rebounds and Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) with 12.

For the first half the game seemed a reply of game 2 with KCC leading by 11 at halftime. In the third quarter, Wonju woke up and closed the gap. The game was close down the stretch but Wonju was unable to steal the win. Backup center Victor Thomas played especially well and ended up with the lions share of the minutes but Wonju fell into its usual bad habit of relying on distance shooting, making only 5 of 24 from beyond the arc. Wonju was also out-rebounded and was called for 9 more fouls than KCC.

With KCC taking a 3-2 lead in the series it seems Wonju may have spoiled its last opportunity to wrest control from their heavily favored rival. Game 6 will be in Seoul on Tuesday.





Game Notes

Jeonju KCC Egis

Ha Seung-Jin 19 points 9 rebounds

Kang Byung-Hyun 12 points,

Chris Daniels 14 points, 5 rebounds


Wonju Dongbu Promy

Kim Joo-Sung 19 points, 9 rebounds

Victor Thomas 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks

Rod Benson 12 points,



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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.6 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.2 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.14.9 
 5. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.9 
 6. Martinez, Valencia14.6 
 7. Baron, Lagun A.14.5 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.4 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.4 
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.7.7 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 6. Trias, DKV Joventut6.4 
 7. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Miralles, Lagun A.6.3 
 10. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 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. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cook, Valencia2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol1.9 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 4. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Hosley, DKV J.1.6 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.1.6 
 9. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 10. Davis, Cajasol1.6 
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. Barac, Caja Laboral1.1 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Valladolid1.1 
 10. Savane, Gran C.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 24-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-7 
 3. Valencia 22-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 20-11 
 5. Bizkaia Bilbao 18-12 
 6. Fuenlabrada 17-13 
 7. Gran Canaria 17-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-14 
 9. Valladolid 17-14 
 10. Estudiantes 16-15 
 11. Cajasol 15-16 
 12. DKV Joventut 14-16 
 13. CAI Zaragoza 14-17 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 11-20 
 15. Manresa 9-22 
 16. Meridiano 8-22 
 17. Granada 7-24 
 18. Menorca 6-25 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. Rush, Sundsvall18.5 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.2 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.7 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 9. Walker, Solna7.5 
 10. Levett, LF Basket7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 6. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 7. McCoy, Boras1.7 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. Rush, Sundsvall1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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  TAIWAN   


Chou named Taiwan NT head coach - by Chris Wang
The Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) named Taiwan Beer assistant coach Chou Jun-san as the new head coach of the Taiwan national team this past Sunday, sending a shockwave to the local basketball community.

If my memory is correct, Chou is the first assistant to be named to such a position.

Chou's appointment means that TB head coach Yen Chia-hua was by-passed.

Why? Because Yen was not certified as the Grade-A coach, a requirement in CTBA's regulation for anyone to be considered a NT head coach candidate.

Former CTBA President Mao Kao-wen, who has resigned from his post due to illness, has made clear that the new head coach of Taiwan national team will be head coach of the SBL champion.

In other words, Mao doesn't want to hire a foreign coach, such as South Korean Chung Kwang-suk who led Taiwan to fifth place -- its best finish in the tournament since 1999 -- in the 2009 FIBA Asia men's basketball championship, to coach the national team.

According to Mao's wish, Yen should be a shoo-in as the new Taiwan NT head coach.

However, local basketball observers have had mixed reviews about Yen, who did not develop as a basketball coach the conventional way because he had no previous coaching experience before coaching a team in the amateur league and later Taiwan Beer in the SBL.

Yen functioned as more of a general manager than a head coach, in my opinion, since he relinquished much of the substitution and on-court coaching decision to his assistant Chou Jun-san.

The CTBA uses a system to regulate coaches and referees nationwide with ranks of Grade-A, Grade-B and Grade-C. In Grade-A certification, coaches need to attend a seminar before taking tests. Then they will be given scores.

The scoring system heavily favors coaches with prior experiences as NT coaches or players on different levels and those who graduated from sports-related institutes.

That means Yen is not likely to get a high score and pass the test.

Local media criticized the CTBA national team committee for sticking up to the rule and chose an assistant instead.

The most interesting thing was that Chou said he would hire Yen as his assistant on the national team. Which means the TB assistant will be a NT head coach and his TB boss will be his assistant on the national team. How crazy is that?

I -- like most people -- have doubts on Yen's coaching ability. But at the end of the day, I think the CTBA should seriously consider scrapping the Grade-A requirement. Basketball coach is a professional business, but it's not a profession that can be graded or need to be certified like Microsoft engineers.



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  TURKEY   


TBL Round 28: Fenerbahce defeats Efes Pilsen away with 70-72 and maintains the Top Spot. - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team defeated Efes Pilsen, but needed overtime to do so. After regular playing time the teams equalized 62-62, but in the extra five minutes Fenerbahce Ulker managed to maintain the top spot by narrowly winning 70-72.

The first period began for Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team with Roko Ukic's baskets. With 4 minutes played, Ulker went ahead with 6-9. After that, two minutes of silence followed, in which both teams could not find a score. Bootsy Thorntons and Kerem Gonlums baskets broke this silence, Marko Tomas and Sean May answered with theirs, and Fenerbahce finished the first period ahead with 12-15.

In the second period the struggle began with Oguz Savas's and Sean May's baskets, but after that, Efes Pilsen had the upper hand with scores by Kerem Tuncer, Nikola Vujcic and Igor Rakocevic, scoring 10 points in a row (22-19). Fenerbahce Ulker finally responded with baskets by Oguz Savas, Roko Ukic and Marko Tomas, regained the upper hand again and went to the locker room ahead with 27-30.

In the second half both teams started with mutual baskets, followed by baskets of the Fenerbahce Ulker duo of Roko Ukic and Sean May. After 26 minutes their team went ahead 35-39. After mutual baskets Efes Pilsen player Igor Rakocevic made two consecutive scores and with 28 minutes on the clock Efes Pilsen was ahead again (42-41). Marko Tomas responded to the next basket by Kerem Gonlum, and Fenerbahce Ulker finished the third period behind with 44-43.

The final period began with scores of Emir Preldzic, followed by baskets of Roko Ukic and Omer Onan, and Fenerbahce Ulker regained the upper hand again (59-60). With 1.5 minutes on the clock, Omer Onan's basket increased the lead, but Igor Rakocevic's 3-point score took the match into overtime.

The extension period started well for Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team with scores by Oguz Savas and Marko Tomas. After 43 minutes of game time, Ulker lead with an 64-68 advantage. Efes Pilsen came close again with Igor Rakocevics and Kerem Tunceli's free throws, but Fenerbahce responded with answers by Roko Ukic and Marko Tomas, finishing the game with a hardfought 70-72 victory. With this, and only two more games left, Fenerbahce looks to be on course to win yet another championship.




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.22.8 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga20.7 
 3. Henderson, Antalya20.6 
 4. Smith, Karsiyaka19.5 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne18.7 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.18.1 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Scales, Mersin17.4 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir17.0 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renault16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.2 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.4 
 3. Wesson, Turk T.9.5 
 4. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.3 
 5. Buckman, Antalya9.2 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault9.0 
 7. Ffriend, Bornova8.5 
 8. Hall, Erdemir8.4 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka8.1 
 10. Smith, Bornova7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.2 
 2. Conroy, Oyak R.5.9 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.8 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.4 
 5. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 6. Henderson, Antalya5.1 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.6 
 8. Rowe, Tofas4.6 
 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. Smith, Karsiyaka1.8 
 9. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 10. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.1.7 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.7 
 3. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 5. Mays, Oyak Renault1.0 
 6. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka0.9 
 8. Davis, Banvit0.9 
 9. Simpsons, Turk T.0.9 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 25-3 
 2. Galatasaray 21-6 
 3. Banvit 21-7 
 4. Efes Pilsen 20-8 
 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 8-20 
 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. Chappell, Hoverla6.7 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.7 
 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. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.3 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Mays, Fe.1.4 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 8. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 9. Harris, Fe.1.4 
 10. Burns, Fe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 8. Coleman, Hoverla1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.1 


Superleague Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Hoverla and BC Donetsk step closer to semis - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Dnipro 83-78

Budivelnyk survived a tough challenge on Saturday to level the series versus Dnipro. It looked good early as Dnipro took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Budivelnyk had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Dnipro was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-83. Forward Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Dmytro Zabirchenko (192-84) contributed with 10 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) replied with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for Dnipro.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: D.Ikovlev 17+6reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 12+3reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 12+5reb+2ast, W.Keys 11+6reb+3ast, D.Zabirchenko 10+4reb+7ast, Z.Morley 7+8reb+3ast
Dnipro: D.Brown 22+8reb, S.Burtt 16+4reb+7ast, M.Austin 15+6reb+3ast, S.Tymofeyenko 8+2reb, M.Kornienko 7+4reb, M.Vilkhovetskyi 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 127339


BC Donetsk - Kryvbasbasket 84-76

Kryvbasbasket managed to give a fight to top-ranked BC Donetsk but eventually came up short of victory to trail 0-2 in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. BC Donetsk made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Igor Krivtsov (202-86) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) added 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: A.Owens 17+5reb+3ast, J.Edwards 15+2reb+1ast, J.Hukic 14+5reb+3ast, B.Cvetkovic 13+4reb+2ast, S.Vasiljevic 11+2reb+3ast, V.Kravtsov 7+3reb
Kryvbasbasket: I.Krivtsov 18+13reb, D.Korablev 18+3reb+3ast, V.Kondratovets 14+1reb, E.Annenkov 13+3reb+1ast, A.Slipenchuk 7+3reb+7ast, I.Zaitsev 5+2reb
gschID: 127340


Hoverla - Mykolaiv 76-64

Hoverla earned 2-0 lead in the series following the second straight home win. The game without a history. Hoverla led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Brian Greene (196-83, college: Florida A&M) replied with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) added 13 points in the effort for Mykolaiv. Four Mykolaiv players scored in double figures. Mykolaiv's coach Valentin Berestnev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: J.Chappell 22+3reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 15+4reb+1ast, V.Gerasimchuk 12+3reb+3ast, E.Coleman 8+12reb+3ast, D.Swanson 7+1reb+2ast, D.Zimmerman 6+6reb+6ast
Mykolaiv: J.Love 13+4reb+1ast, J.Hughes 10+5reb, B.Greene 10+7reb+4ast, O.Onufriyev 10+4reb, L.Iailo 8+6reb+2ast, A.Butskyy 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127338




Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 21-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 14-6 
 3. Aviastar 11-11 
 4. Avantazh-Pol. 10-8 
 5. Dynamo DN 10-12 
 6. Kremen-KNU 7-15 
 7. Pulsar 6-16 
 8. Vinnitsky Zubry 5-15 
Places 9-13
 1. KTU Krivyi Rih 8-2 
 2. Koksokh-Stal 8-4 
 3. Striba 7-7 
 4. Sportlitsey 7-7 
 5. Ternopil 0-10 


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Tigers Take Control in BBL Play-off Semi-Finals - by Paul Nilsen
Cheshire Jets 64 (16,31,47) (Bell 17, Davis 13, Greer 12)
Mersey Tigers 79 (25,47,60) (Thomson 22, Toney 19, Jones 16)

League champions Mersey Tigers will hold a comfortable 15 point lead when they resume battle with north-west rivals Cheshire Jets tomorrow at the Amaechi Centre in Manchester.

The Tigers were always in control of their BBL Championship play-off semi-final first leg in Chester as they pulled away to a 64-79 victory.

Big men Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba) and Tafari Toney were both in good form to post 22 and 19 points respectively for the visitors, while Jeremy Bell led Jets resistance with 17.

Still without injured Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan the Tigers raced out to a 2-12 lead behind two James Jones threes to start the match.

Two Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba) free throws gave Mersey their biggest lead of the first quarter of 11-25 before five unanswered points by Jets ended the opening stanza at 16-25.

After Cheshire had trimmed a 22-35 deficit to 26-35, thanks to four points from Jeremy Bell, the Tigers lead was never less than double-digits to half time.

Thomson started and finished a 12-5 burst up to the interval as Mersey grabbed control of the tie at 31-47.

A Jones two gave Tigers their largest lead of the match at the start of the third quarter (31-49).

But Jets steadily whittled away at the deficit and two Calvin Davis free throws made it just an eight-point game at 48-56. Mersey ended the period the stronger with four points from Thomson to lead 48-60.

The final stanza was a damage limitation exercise for Jets. The home team managed to get the margin back into single digits on a couple of occasions.

But a decisive 7-1 burst to close the match puts Tigers in an excellent position for Sundays second leg.



Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.7 
 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. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Greer, Cheshire.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.4 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.9 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.8.7 
 6. Greer, Cheshire.8.5 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.8.4 
 8. Cricelli, Worcester8.2 
 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. Jackson, Newcastle2.2 
 3. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 4. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 6. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 7. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 8. Livas, Glasgow .1.8 
 9. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 10. Gill, MK Lions1.8 
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. Woodfork, Worthing0.6 


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Capitol won its first game for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez
Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) netted 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and 4 blocks leading Capitol to win its first game after four rounds for the Metro league, over 25 de Agosto 79-59. For 25 was its forth defeat in a row. Also for Capitol Claudio Bascou (189-G-89) scored 17 points with 3 assists and Gaston Cavalli (191-F-89) added 18 points. For 25 de Agosto Leandro Pintos (202-C-83) scored 21 points with 12 rebounds and 1 bloc. Its import player, Bruce Cooper (203-F/C-83, agency: Elleby Sports, college: S.Connecticut), scored one free shot, and grabbed 2 rebounds.

Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larranaga 4-0 
 2. Nacional 4-0 
 3. Goes 3-1 
 4. Urunday Univ. 3-1 
 5. Tabare 3-1 
 6. Yale 1-3 
 7. Atenas 1-3 
 8. Capitol 1-3 
 9. 25 de Agosto 0-4 
 10. Verdirrojo 0-4 




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Women News

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  CANADA - Women  


Pilypaitis won the trophy in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) won the trophy in Lithuania as her VICI Kaunas proved their dominance in LMKL. They swept their championship series versus Lemminkainen to crown their perfect season. Ausra Bimbaite 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 notched 16 points and 8 boards, while Courtnay Pilypaitis had 14 points for the winners. Rita Milieskiene replied with 19 points for Lemminkainen. Gabriele Gutkauskaite had 16 points in the loss.
Canadian Guard came to Lithuania from Vermont (NCAA, starting five). In 2010-2011 for VICI Kaunas (Lithuania-LMKL, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague with 8.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 46.9%, FT: 54.5% and in BWBL had 13.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 44.4%.




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  GERMANY - Women  


2.Bundesliga Round 1 of Finals. Rotenburg and Bamberg celebrate wins - by Eurobasket News
North
Rotenburg/Sch - Osnabruck 57-55

Rotenburg eked out a narrow home win over Osnabruck in the North Finals opener. Ruth Thanert (183-F/C-90) stepped up with 12 points to lead the charge. Toni Thomas (178-F-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Rotenburg led by 9 points at halftime but had to withstand a furious comeback rally from Osnabruck to secure a narrow win at the end. Jasmine Byrd (173-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) paced the Panthers with 15 points.
gschID: 127300


South
Leimen - Bamberg 74-81

Bamberg stole a road win ove Leimen in the first game of the South Finals. Jessie Miller (173-G-88, college: Ill.-Chicago) stepped up with 23 points and 8 rebounds to pace Bamberg. Johnette Walker (173-G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Radford) added 14 points and 6 assists for the visitors. MaryLynne Schaefer (180-G-87, college: Hartford) answered with 20 points for Leimen in the loss.
gschID: 127301




German star gets tryout with Sky - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Sky has signed 6-foot 2 veteran forward Linda Frohlich (6'2''-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) to a training camp contract

Frohlich, 31, is considered the best women's basketball player to ever come out of Germany. Originally selected by the Liberty in the second round (26th overall) of the 2002 WNBA Draft, she played two seasons in New York, one in Indiana, and one in Sacramento before moving to international basketball full-time.

Frohlich has played for professional teams in Russia, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania, Spain, and now Greece. She joined Proteus of the Greek League in January and in 11 games she has averaged 14.1 points and 11.5 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game and was selected for the Greek League All-Star Game.

Linda's toughness, intelligence and experience have served her well throughout her career, Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. She is fundamentally sound at the post position, with the ability to face up and hit the three. I'm looking forward to having her in camp.

A native of Pforzheim, Germany, Frohlich attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 1998-2002. She is UNLV' all-time leading scorer (men's and women's), as well as the Lady Rebels' all-time leading rebounder. She also became the first Lady Rebel to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in career.

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


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  GREECE - Women  


Maltsi with the trophy abroad - by Eurobasket News
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and her USK Praha won 2010/2011 Finals! The Greek player contributed a lot into the victory in the series. In Game 3 Praha celebrated 72:62 win to sweep the series. 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 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 contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners and Evanthia Maltsi scored 15. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. American power forward Cheryl Ford answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds and Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink added 17 points in the effort for Frisco Sika.
In the opener Evanthia Maltsi nailed 8 points as USK Praha enjoyed the road win 83:73. The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. Frisco Sika managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Quinta dos Lombos closer to national title - by Joao Santos


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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
UMMC - Spartak V MR 73-69

UMMC won the first game of the Finals. They took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spartak Vidnoye won third quarter 27-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UMMC Ekaterinburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Vidnoye to just 6 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) (193-86, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Cappie Pondexter (175-83, college: Rutgers) contributed with 10 points and 8 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Epiphanny Prince (175-88, college: Rutgers) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and international forward Irina Osipova (196-81) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Vidnoye. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
UMMC: C.Parker 22+7reb+2ast, S.Gruda 11+2reb, C.Pondexter 10+3reb+8ast, M.Stepanova 10+7reb+1ast, C.Dumerc 9+2reb+4ast, D.Nolan 6+2reb+2ast
Spartak V MR: E.Prince 14+6reb+7ast, S.Bird 12+3reb+3ast, I.Osipova 10+9reb+1ast, T.McWilliams-Franklin 10+3reb, I.Korstine 8+2reb+1ast, J.Milovanovic 6+6reb
gschID: 127242
3rd place
Nadezhda O. - Dynamo K. 77-63

The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Nadezhda Orenburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Dynamo Kursk to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Belarusian center Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-87) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Olga Ovcharenko (184-79) chipped in 19 points. Four Nadezhda Orenburg players scored in double figures. Lithuanian guard Sandra Linkeviciene (176-82) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Dynamo Kursk's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Nadezhda O.: O.Ovcharenko 19+3reb+1ast, O.Zakalyuzhnaya 14+5reb, E.Baranova 12+4reb+1ast, A.Veremeenko 10+14reb+3ast, E.Berseneva 8+2reb+3ast, K.Snytsina 8+2reb+1ast
Dynamo K.: M.Snow 16+6reb+2ast, S.Linkeviciene 13+11reb+1ast, A.Bocharova 11+3reb+2ast, N.Vodopiyanova 8+6reb, N.Melenteva 6, E.Arseneva 3+1ast
gschID: 127241




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. Parker, UMMC16.2 
 6. Harding, Dynamo K.16.1 
 7. Kuzina, Dynamo M.15.6 
 8. Gruda, UMMC13.8 
 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. Tolikova, Spart.6.5 
 8. Petrakova, Cheva.6.5 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.6.4 
 10. Snow, Dynamo K.6.3 
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, UMMC4.0 
 5. Moore, Chevakata3.6 
 6. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.5 
 7. Ciglar, Spartak SP3.1 
 8. Harding, Dynamo K.3.1 
 9. Keyru, 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. Ivanova, Spartak N.1.9 
 8. Nevzorova, Spart.1.9 
 9. Khodzhayan, Spart.1.9 
 10. Bolsunovskay., Dynam.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. Kiseleva, Chevakata0.8 
 9. Stepanova, UMMC0.8 
 10. Vizbariene, Dynamo K.0.8 


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Dobri Anjeli jump to 2-0 in Extraliga Finals - by Eurobasket News
Extraliga Finals, Game 2: MBK Ruzomberok - Dobri Anjeli 68-76 (0-2)

Dobri Anjeli were too strong for MBK Ruzomberok once again. The team from Kosice celebrated 68-76 victory in Game Two taking 2-0 lead in the Extraliga Finals. They need just one more win for the title and the first chance to do it Dobri Anjeli will have on Wednesday. The game will be played at their home court in Kosice. Ashley Shields (178-G-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) was the leading player in Dobri Anjeli last night scoring 20 points. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) had 13 and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) added three points less. For the hosts, Slavka Bucakova (168-G-79) shined with 23 pts. Smith also was good scoring 21, while Jessica Dickson (178-F-84, college: S.Florida) added 10 pts. Dobri Anjeli won the first three quarters (21-23, 14-19, 12-15), while MBK Ruzomberok was better in the last one (21-19). However, it was all the hosts were able to do last night.

MBK Ruzomberok: Slavka Bucakova 23, Smith 21, Jessica Dickson 10
Dobri Anjeli: Ashley Shields 20, Erin Marie Lawless 13, Lucia Kupcikova 10


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Radulovic shines with triple-double in playoff - by Zeljko Zule
Natasa Radulovic (181-G-82) had a triple-double with 23 points ,10 rebounds and 11 assists and Eva Komplet added 31 points on shooting 12-of-13 from the field to lead Kranjska Gora to a 111-62 victory over Ilirija in the semifinals, game 1. Celje outscored Maribor 78-58. They trailed 23-27 going into the second quarter before blowing in the game open with a 12-0 run. Tjasa Gortnar and Nika Baric just missed a double-double with Kristina Baltic had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Maribor.
Kranjska Gora-Ilirija 111-62: The home team led by as many as 34 points at the break. Kranjska Gora shot 40-of-54 for 2-point, handed out 35 assists and outrebounded Ilirija 43-13. Natasa Radulovic had a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, Eva Komplet finished with 31 points on shooting 12-of-13 from the field including 2-of-2 behind the 3-point line, Teja Oblak scored 17 points, TinaTrebec 13, Meta Nelc 10 and Petra Lumpert grabbed 10 rebounds. Ilirija was led by Natasa Vene and her 21 points and Barbara Skof added 10 points.
Celje-AJM Maribor 78-57: After trailing 24-27 going into the second period, Celje went on a 12-0 run to go ahead 36-27 and never looked back in the game. Tjasa Gortnar collected 24 points and 8 rebounds, Nika Baric had 17 points and 9 assists, Lea Jagodic scored 10 points and Ana Turcinovic finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Maribor shot just 2-of-13 for 3-point. Maja Drozg contributed 23 points and Kristina Baltic had 17 points and 18 rebounds, picking up 8 offensive boards.



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora20.9 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje18.9 
 4. Turcinovic, Merkur C.17.5 
 5. Komplet, Hit K.17.2 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.2 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor14.9 
 8. Drozg, AJM Maribor14.8 
 9. Trebec, Hit K.Gora14.8 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.9 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.7 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.8.8 
 4. Skof, Ilrija8.5 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav7.9 
 6. Macura, Jezica7.7 
 7. Zdolsek, Triglav7.2 
 8. Klancnik, GVT K.7.1 
 9. Furman, AJM M.7.0 
 10. Gortnar, Merkur C.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.3 
 2. Oblak, Hit K.Gora4.7 
 3. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 4. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.7 
 5. Kolman, Grosuplje3.5 
 6. Radulovic, Hit K.3.4 
 7. Zdolsek, Triglav2.8 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.2.7 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor2.6 
 10. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED3.5 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.9 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.8 
 4. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.6 
 5. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 6. Klancnik, GVT K.2.4 
 7. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.4 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
 9. Zalar, Ilrija2.4 
 10. Mikic, Grosuplje2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.6 
 5. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 6. Drozg, AJM Maribor0.5 
 7. Klancnik, GVT K.0.5 
 8. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 9. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 10. Verbole, Triglav0.4 


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Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Murphy, Mariana25.5 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.16.2 
 3. Valdemoro, Rivas E.15.9 
 4. Ferrari, Mariana15.5 
 5. Traore, Olesa15.3 
 6. Bonner, Rivas E.15.3 
 7. Chones, Navarra15.0 
 8. Sliskovic, Real C.15.0 
 9. Traore, Cadi la Seu14.0 
 10. Douglas, Ros C.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gisela VEGA
  Girona
  (188-C-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Vega, Girona9.6 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.8.7 
 3. Paris, Rivas Ecopolis8.5 
 4. DeSouza, Perfumer.8.4 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.8.4 
 6. Sliskovic, Real C.8.2 
 7. Vega, Mariana8.2 
 8. Murphy, Mariana7.8 
 9. Ress, Gran Canaria7.7 
 10. Staknevicien., Real C.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paola FERRARI
  Mariana
  (178-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Ferrari, Mariana4.2 
 2. Morales, Ibiza3.7 
 3. Infantes, Olesa3.6 
 4. Ocete, Mariana3.6 
 5. Sanchez, Gran C.3.2 
 6. Thorburn, Ibiza3.1 
 7. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun3.1 
 8. Ouvina, Mann Filter3.0 
 9. Jordana, Real C.2.9 
 10. Dominguez, Perfumer.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Murphy, Mariana2.5 
 2. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun2.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.0 
 4. Thorburn, Ibiza1.9 
 5. Morales, Ibiza1.8 
 6. Bermejo, Rivas E.1.8 
 7. Sanchez, Gran C.1.7 
 8. Ouvina, Mann Filter1.7 
 9. Douglas, Ros C.1.6 
 10. Ocete, Mariana1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Olga PODKOVALNIKOVA
  Olesa
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.3 
 2. Henry, Mann Filter1.3 
 3. Denti, Olesa1.0 
 4. DeSouza, Perfumer.1.0 
 5. Kerr, Olesa0.9 
 6. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun0.8 
 7. Bavendam, Hondar.-.0.7 
 8. Lyttle, Perfumer.0.7 
 9. Brunson, Ros C.0.7 
 10. Borges dos R., Gir.0.6 


LFB Finals: Perfumerias beats Ros Casares 79-73 in Game One - by Eurobasket News
LFB Finals, Game 1: Perfumerias - Ros Casares 79-73 (1-0)

LFB Finals started last night. Perfumerias Avenida outplayed defending champion Ros Casares to take 1-0 lead in the series. The second game will be played in Valencia and Ros Casares will try to stay alive in the Finals. The series is best of three. If Ros Casares wins on Thursday, decisive Game Three will be played at the Perfumerias home court on May 2.
Perfumerias made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Brazilian center Erika DeSouza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Alba Torrens (184-89) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Perfumerias Avenida players scored in double figures. American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import center Nicky Anosike (190-86, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ros Casares.

Top scorers:
Perfumerias: E.DeSouza 29+12reb, A.Torrens 15+8reb+2ast, S.Lyttle 12+7reb+1ast, B.Snell 10+2reb+2ast, A.De Mondt 7+4reb+4ast, A.Montanana 4+3reb+1ast
Ros Casares: R.Brunson 19+11reb, N.Anosike 17+5reb+1ast, K.Douglas 11+5reb+3ast, L.Palau 7+5reb+4ast, M.Fernandez 6+2reb+1ast, J.Vesela 4


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


Frankivsk and Kozachka close Round 8 with the victories - by Eurobasket News
Frankivsk and Kozachka close Round 8 with the victories as they edged their opponents last night. Frankivsk overcame Yuzhna Palmira 83:72 although trailing after the first period. The local team from Odessa started with 19-15 and then allowed the guests to take 1-point lead at the halftime. The last period was decisive in the game as Frankivsk needed 23-11 in it for the final win. Arina Markotenko (170-G-89) erupted with 27 points and Syuzik nailed 20. Mariya Dubas (182-G-84) brought 14 points, while Palyanichka ended up with 10. Svitlana Kolibabchuk (186-F/G-87) responded with 26 points in the losing effort.
Kozachka meanwhile rolled over Donbas 98:40. The team from Zaporozhye won all the quarters and easily reached 6-2 record on the second spot. Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Kisileva added 16. Marinela Agalareva (178-F/G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 10 points for the visiting side.



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German star gets tryout with Sky - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Sky has signed 6-foot 2 veteran forward Linda Frohlich (6'2''-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) to a training camp contract

Frohlich, 31, is considered the best women's basketball player to ever come out of Germany. Originally selected by the Liberty in the second round (26th overall) of the 2002 WNBA Draft, she played two seasons in New York, one in Indiana, and one in Sacramento before moving to international basketball full-time.

Frohlich has played for professional teams in Russia, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania, Spain, and now Greece. She joined Proteus of the Greek League in January and in 11 games she has averaged 14.1 points and 11.5 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game and was selected for the Greek League All-Star Game.

Linda's toughness, intelligence and experience have served her well throughout her career, Sky head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. She is fundamentally sound at the post position, with the ability to face up and hit the three. I'm looking forward to having her in camp.

A native of Pforzheim, Germany, Frohlich attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 1998-2002. She is UNLV' all-time leading scorer (men's and women's), as well as the Lady Rebels' all-time leading rebounder. She also became the first Lady Rebel to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in career.

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com