EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/26/2011

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  ANGOLA   


Libolo won Angola Cup 2011 - by Antonio Santos
Libolo won Angola Cup after to win the series on the best of 3 83 x 68 (21 x 20; 42 x 38)

On the first half the game was very balance and the half Libolo was leading by 4pt. On the 3rd quarter lead changes several times, however Petro with a mutch younger team lost 3 possessions of ball on the 4th quarter and Libolo profit from that for to build a confortable lead. Petro had try to come back but they werent able to do it and Libolo won the Angola for the second time on their history.

Petro de Luanda: Braulio Morais (03), Roderick Nealy (19), Romenigue Samba (00), Roberto Fortes (09), Paulo Barros (02), Paulo Santana (00), Miguel Kiala (05), Cedrick Ison (09), Hlder Gonalves (10), Wlademir Pontes (00), Divaldo Mbunga (11), Idelfonso Kiteculo (00). Coach: Alberto Babo.

Libolo: Domingos Bonifcio (10), Olmpio Cipriano (12), Francisco Sousa (00), Edson Ndoniema (00), Mayzer Alexandre (02), Abdel Bouckar (03), Simo Santos (07), Leonel Paulo (06), Abdel Gomes (05), Reggie Moore (20), Feliciano Camacho (05), Milton Barros (13).

Referees: Domingos Simo, Fernando Pacheco e Carlos Jlio

Angola Cup winners:
1985 - 1 de Agosto
1986 - 1 de Agosto
1987 - 1 de Agosto
1988 - 1 de Agosto
1989 - Dnamo
1990 - Petro de Luanda
1991 - Petro de Luanda
1992 - 1 de Agosto
1993 - ASA
1994 - Petro de Luanda
1995 - 1 de Agosto
1996 - Petro de Luanda
1997 - Petro de Luanda
1998 - Petro de Luanda
1999 - ASA
2000 - Petro de Luanda
2001 - Petro de Luanda
2002 - 1 de Agosto
2003 - 1 de Agosto
2004 - Petro de Luanda
2005 - 1 de Agosto
2006 - 1 de Agosto
2007 - Petro de Luanda
2008 - 1 de Agosto
2009 - 1 de Agosto
2010 - Recreativo do Libolo
2011 - Recreativo do Libolo



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Wuhan puts its pieces together for marquee event - by Omar Shafaamri

WUHAN, China (26th FIBA Asia Championship): The pieces for the jigsaw have been put in place for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship, the marquee event of the 2011 FIBA Asia calendar, with the signing of the hosting contract between FIBA Asia and the LOC at Wuhan recently.

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, will play host to 16 top teams from five different FIBA Asia sub-zones to identify the Champion mens team of FIBA Asia.

The 26th FIBA Asia Championship, also the qualifying event for the 2012 London Olympics, will be held from Sept 15-25 at Wuhan.

The champion team from Wuhan will directly qualify for the most significant sporting event at the British capital, while the No 2 and No 3 teams will qualify for the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament.

Hosts China and Lebanon the champions of the 2010 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup have automatically qualified for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship with 14 others joining them through various qualifying events from the FIBA Asia sub zones.

The logo and the mascot for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship were also unveiled on the occasion.

FIBA Asia was represented by its Deputy Secretary General Hagop Khajirian (left in pic above) and Wuhan Sports Authorities signed the agreement on behalf of the CBA.

Click here for 26th FIBA Asia Championship Mascot

Click here for 26th FIBA Asia Championship logo

FIBA Asia


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  AUSTRIA   


Gosa joins the Panthers - by Stefan Heinrich
The Furstenfed Panthers added the 34 year old Forward Charles Gosa (202-F-77, college: N.Mexico St.) to their roster. The experienced Forward became available after his team of Falco KC Szombathely lost in the Quarterfinals of the Hungarian Championship. During his 29 games in Hungary Gosa averaged 17.3 Points and 8.2 Rebounds per game. Last season he already played 7 games in Austria for the Oberwart Gunners and he was responsible for 12.5 Points and 6.7 Rebounds per contest. It not known when he will have his debut for the Panthers and which player he will replace.

A Bundesliga Semifinals: Gmunden and Oberwart take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
First games of the A Bundesliga Semifinals were played last night. Home teams registered two wins and they are 1-0 up now in the series. The format of A Bundesliga Semis is best-of-five (2-2-1). Second games are scheduled for Thursday and after that teams will meet again on Sunday.



Gmunden - Furstenfeld 66-63 (1-0)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Furstenfeld Panthers won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Furstenfeld Panthers turnovers. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 14 points. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Mayes 15+3reb+3ast, D.Oppland 15+7reb, I.Boylan 14+4reb+3ast, M.Mayer 7+6reb, T.Stelzer 4, E.Murati 4+2reb
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 15+8reb+3ast, S.Stazic 11+7reb+3ast, R.Hicks 10+6reb, R.Hampton 10+7reb, S.Ray 7+3reb+1ast, D.Alexander 6+2reb+1ast


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Oberwart - Arkadia 81-72 (1-0)
The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-17 Arkadia Lions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-72 at the end of the game. Oberwart Gunners players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). American guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Five Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) answered with 24 points and Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: B.Volcic 24+9reb, H.Ochsenhofer 12+4reb+3ast, K.Parker 12+2reb+10ast, J.Dean Shawn 11+2reb+2ast, J.Johnson 10+8reb+3ast, T.Sally 7
Arkadia: K.Houston 24+3reb+1ast, F.Vay 15+9reb+1ast, B.Danek 15+3reb+6ast, P.Skurdauskas 8+2reb, D.Drenovac 6+2reb, M.Bralovic 4+6reb+1ast
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.4 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.7 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.5 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 8. Shavies, Furstenf.17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
 10. Shawn, Oberwart15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus HEARD
  Gussing
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 2. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 3. Graham, UBSC G.7.9 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 7. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.3 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.0 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Markus CARR
  BC Vienna
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.7.2 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Stazic, Furstenfeld4.5 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.5 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Boylan, Gmunden4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart1.9 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 9. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 10. Matthews, Furstenf.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 2. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.4 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 6. Sally, Oberwart0.9 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Stage Two Standings
 1. Muharraq 10-2 
 2. Al Manama 9-2 
 3. Al Ahli 9-3 
 4. Nuwaidrat 6-6 
 5. Sitra 6-6 
 6. Issa Town 5-6 
 7. Al Hala 5-7 
 8. Al Ittihad 4-8 
Stage One Standings


Simpson seals Al Hala win - by Yousef Ahmed
Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU) poured in a team-high 36 points as Al Hala overpowered Sitra 100-84 last night in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam.

Simpson was a force throughout the game for the victors, using his entire six-foot, nine-inch frame to bully Sitra's depleted front line, which was missing star players Mohammed and Younes Quwayed as well as an opposing import.

Simpson shot an efficient 17-of-20 from the field while grabbing 16 rebounds in the process. The American also dished out four assists and had two steals and a block to cap a fine all-around performance for Hala.

Young guard Abbas Jawadi chipped in with 20 points in the win, while versatile wing Abdulla Al Khaja had 11.

Sitra relied heavily on their veteran court general, Hussain Taqi, in the loss. Taqi was on fire in the contest, finishing with a game-high 41 markers on a solid 13-of-20 from the floor.

Taqi buried four three-pointers in the game, but his fine individual effort could not inspire his team to the win.

Forwards Murad Ebrahim and Sadeq Mahdi contributed 13 and 12, respectively, but Sitra had little help from elsewhere.

With the result, Hala improved to a 5-7 win-loss record and stayed within reach of a berth in the league playoffs, which will feature only six of the remaining eight teams competing.

Sitra are also in contention. They maintained a better record than Hala despite dropping to 6-6.

Muharraq, defending champions Al Ahli and Zain Bahrain Cup winners Manama are currently atop the standings.

Hala raced out to a commanding double-digit lead from yesterday's opening whistle and never looked back. They were ahead 23-6 at the end of the first quarter, before enjoying a 48-34 cushion at the break.

Sitra valiantly tried to battle their way back, and came to within 54-67 heading into the final period. They stayed within striking distance but never threatened the rest of the way, coming no closer than within seven points, 73-80, after two free-throws from Taqi.

Ahmed Malallah, Ahmed Ali and Hamad Ali also played key roles for Hala in their win, as did Hussain Salman and Hussain Murtadha. They out-rebounded Sitra by a massive 36-12 margin.

Salman Ebrahim, Ahmed Marhoon and Hassan Nasser tried their best to make up for their missing Sitra teammates.

In yesterday's other game, US import Waki Williams helped Nuwaidrat come away with an 89-69 triumph over Al Ettihad.

The victory put Nuwaidrat among the league's leaders with a 7-5 win-loss mark, while deflating Ettihad's playoff hopes after dropping to 4-8.

League action continues tonight with Manama taking on Isa Town at the same venue. The game is scheduled for a 7pm tip-off.




Source GDN By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011






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  BELGIUM   


Mons edges Oostende in thrilling 2011 Belgian Cup Final - by Bert Larsimont
Union Mons Hainaut has won the Belgian Cup today. In a very thrilling final game played at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Union Mons Hainaut defeated defending Cup winner BC Oostende 68-66.

After a well balanced first quarter, Union Mons Hainaut of Coach Arik Shivek (agency: Avi Zilberman ) took a larger lead of ten points (31-21) but Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) led Oostende to a a fantastic comeback mainly thanks to great hits from the three-point range.

After the half (33-33), BC Oostende ran down the floor at a higher speed and did shoot with more efficiency. The Northern Belgian team even took a 6-point advantage at the end of the third quarter (50-56).

In the final seconds of this very intense match-up, Oostende turned the ball over and the Foxes of Mons Hainaut took advantage of that. With around 30 seconds left on the clock, the game was tied at 66-66. With 14 seconds remaining, Mons' forward Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) hit a jumper to make 68-66. Oostended's center Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) missed two crucial free-throws with a bit more than one second remaining on the clock but the rebound was missed by the Mons' players. After a last time-out taken by BCO Head Coach Jean-Marc Jaumin , the last BCO jump shot attempted by Matt Lojeski on a alley-oop was not successful and the 2000 fans of Mons Hainaut who travelled to Antwerp to attend the Cup final could party as their favourite team won the title. Union Mons Hainaut had already won the Cup in 2006 while Oostende had already won the Cup 12 times.

BCO center Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78), bothered by a back injury, played only three minutes in this game.

Best scorers for Union Mons Hainaut: Ronell Taylor 16; Shan Foster (198-G/F-86, college: Vanderbilt) 13; Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) 11; Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) 10.
Best scorers for BC Oostende: Matt Lojeski 16; Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) 10; Veselin Petrovic (196-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) 10.


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  BELIZE   


Belize Telemedia National Basketball Championship has come to an end!!!! - by David Magana
The Belize Telemedia U-15 and U-17 National Basketball Championship has come to an end as teams from Belize City took both categories at the Orange Walk multipurpose complex in Orange Walk Town over the weekend of the 15-16 of April.

In the U-15 division, Rising Stars defeated Junior Spartans 80 44 in the finals. Rising Stars were led by Roderick Williams with 34 points, 5 steals, Shaquille Crawford with 14 points, Zachary Usher with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks and Keyvon Evans with 10 points. In a losing effort Dondre Reynolds scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks while Keith Francisco scored 11 points.

In the U-17 championship Kruzzars crushed the Foreshore Spartans 101-41. Devin Daly led with 22 points. Spartans Hubert Usher Jr. had 16 points and Lucien Hasbun had 13 points, but Kruzzars Tariq Middleton scored 14 points and Kyle Middletons 12 points took the lead to 47-24 at the half. Kruzzars led 77-34 by the end of the 3rd quarter, and then added 24 points to the Spartans 7 points to deliver the crushing defeat.

The Belize Basketball Federation president Paul Thompson presented the championship trophy and individual trophies to the Kruzzars at the awards ceremony after the final game, and the Spartans got 2nd place trop


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  BOSNIA   


D1 Round 8: Mladost loses to Igokea in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in D1.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aleksandrovac. First ranked host Igokea (7-1) smashed 3rd ranked Mladost (4-4) 112-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mladost. Igokea maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Siroki TT. Mladost at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Borac Nektar. Igokea is looking forward to face Borac Nektar (#4) in Banja Luka in the next round. Mladost will play at home against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Capljina was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Borac Nektar (4-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-7). Borac Nektar defeated Capljina Lasta 80-65. Borac Nektar moved-up to third place, which they share with Mladost. Capljina Lasta lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Bosna. Borac Nektar will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Bosna ASA BHT (#6) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sarajevo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Siroki TT Kabeli (7-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-7). Siroki TT Kabeli did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-66 on Saturday. Siroki TT Kabeli have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Igokea. Bosna ASA BHT lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Capljina. Siroki TT Kabeli will meet Mladost (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.




Capljina - Borac Nektar 65-80

The game in Capljina was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Borac Nektar (4-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Capljina Lasta (1-7). Borac Nektar defeated Capljina Lasta 80-65. Borac Nektar moved-up to third place, which they share with Mladost. Capljina Lasta lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Bosna. Borac Nektar will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play at home against Bosna ASA BHT (#6) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

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Bosna - Siroki TT 66-84

The game in Sarajevo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Siroki TT Kabeli (7-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Bosna ASA BHT (1-7). Siroki TT Kabeli did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 84-66 on Saturday. Siroki TT Kabeli have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Igokea. Bosna ASA BHT lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Capljina. Siroki TT Kabeli will meet Mladost (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bosna ASA BHT will play against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Igokea - Mladost 112-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Aleksandrovac. First ranked host Igokea (7-1) smashed 3rd ranked Mladost (4-4) 112-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mladost. Igokea maintains first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Siroki TT. Mladost at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Borac Nektar. Igokea is looking forward to face Borac Nektar (#4) in Banja Luka in the next round. Mladost will play at home against the league's second-placed Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 7-1 
 2. Siroki TT 7-1 
 3. Mladost 4-4 
 4. Borac Nektar 4-4 
 5. Capljina 1-7 
 6. Bosna 1-7 
Places 7-15
 1. Zrinjski HT 15-9 
 2. Sloboda Dita 14-10 
 3. Hercegovac 13-11 
 4. SL IAT Leotar 12-12 
 5. Celik 10-14 
 6. Varda HE 9-15 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Kakanj 7-17 
 9. Slavija 2-22 


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  BRAZIL   


Itabom/Bauru sneak past Flamengo - by Eurobasket News
Itabom/Bauru recorded the first win in their NBB quarterfinal series versus Flamengo. Jorge Guerra team earned an 87:85 home win for 1-0 lead. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) and Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) provided 16 points each to lead the charge. Flamengo got to a slightly better start as they recorded a 22:19 lead after ten minutes. Itabom/Bauru quickly recovered and surged ahead for a 38:29 halftime lead. The hosts boosted the margin to as many as 15 points in the third term 69:54. But Flamengo did not surrender. The visitors erupted for 33 points in the final term and cut the margin to a single point. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) had a chance to win the game for Flamengo but the guard missed the shot and Itabom/Bauru clinched the victory. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) provided 14 points in the winning effort. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) answered with game-high 30 points for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado accounted for 14 points in defeat.
Vivo/Franca celebrated a road win 86:79 over Sao Jose in the opener. Marcio Dornelles produced 24 points to pace the winners. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) notched 14 points for the visitors. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) had 23 points for Sao Jose. Renato Pinto (202-F-78) and Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) posted 17 points each in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   


Aaron Harper claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Levski Sofia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 45 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Levski in his team's victory, helping them to crush Balkan (#3, 14-12) with 22-point margin 113-91. Levski maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Levski will need more victories to improve their 20-6 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Levski and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.3ppg. Harper is in league's top in and averages solid 56.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) of league's best team Lukoil Academik Sofia. Peterson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Lukoil Academik to edge the lower-ranked Tundja (#6, 9-17) by 6 points 76-70. Of course Lukoil Academik still keep 's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Lukoil Academik managed to win all 26 games keeping perfect record. Peterson is a newcomer at Lukoil Academik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Lukoil Academik Sofia's star - American Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports). Peterson scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Lukoil Academik, helping his team with a 101-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#8, 4-22). Lukoil Academik have amazing season winning all 26 games without a single defeat in Round 24. Peterson turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Peterson has a great season in Bulgaria. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Lukoil Academik - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) of Levski - 15 points and 7 rebounds
6. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Spartak - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dominic James (180-G-86) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points and 3 assists
8. Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) of Cherno More - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of Chernomorets - 21 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  CROATIA   


Subotic's 30-point game gives him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for KK Split and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and four assists for KK Split in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zabok (#8, 0-7), Second Stage botton-ranked team 92-87. KK Split is placed at 4th position in Croatian league. KK Split is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 8 games. In the team's last game Subotic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Srdan Subotic averages this season 10.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Cibona. He is naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina swingman in his second season at Cibona. In the last game Bogdanovic recorded impressive 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Cibona to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Borik (#6, 3-5) 93-69. This victory allowed Cibona to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bogdanovic is well-known at Cibona and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#4).

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of league's second-best KK Zagreb CO. Simon scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Simon's great performance KK Zagreb CO lost 62-80 to #3 ranked Zadar. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing KK Zagreb CO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Simon has a great season in Croatia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 16 points and 4 rebounds
5. Robert Lez (200-F-79) of Zabok - 30 points and 3 assists
6. Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) of Cedevita - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) of Cibona - 13 points and 6 rebounds
8. Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G-89) of Zadar - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vedran Princ (192-G-82) of Cedevita - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ivan Batur (203-F-91) of Zadar - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.6 
 3. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha14.5 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin14.3 
 7. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 8. Burke, NH Ostrava13.8 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.8 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Meno, Svitavy11.0 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.8.5 
 5. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.1 
 6. Burke, NH Ostrava8.0 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.7 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.0 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.7 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha3.6 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 8. Channels, Novy Jicin2.9 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.1.7 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 6. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 7. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 8. Channels, Novy Jicin1.4 
 9. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Meno, Svitavy1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 3. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 7. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 9. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 
 10. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 


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  FINLAND   


KTP clinch bronze, Pyrinto takes 1-0 Final lead - by Eurobasket News
FINAL


Pyrinto - Kataja 82-73

The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Tampereen Pyrinto made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Tampereen Pyrinto outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 36-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Joensuun Kataja was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 4 steals.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Williams 26+6reb+1ast, K.Lowe 20+5reb+2ast, D.Williams 18+13reb+2ast, A.Lehto 11, J.Niemi 3+2reb+1ast, J.Harjula 2+1reb
Kataja: J.Newson 19+4reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 18+1ast, D.Fells 15+10reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 7+4reb+4ast, J.Conley 7+4reb+5ast, J.Nenonen 4+2reb




3rd place
KTP - Korihait 96-72

The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KTP-Basket forced 20 UU-Korihait turnovers. Strangely UU-Korihait outrebounded KTP-Basket 46-33 including 20 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. KTP-Basket's coach Lars Ekstrom felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for UU-Korihait. Five KTP-Basket and four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KTP: S.Barrett 24+4reb+2ast, J.Ivey 19+4reb+3ast, M.Holme 18+1ast, J.Fields 15+7reb+4ast, J.Eskola 10+3reb+1ast, C.Jones 6+8reb
Korihait: J.Reaves 24+14reb, L.Wright 14+9reb+1ast, J.Kumpulainen 12+4reb, B.Sarcevic 11+2reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 5+5reb, M.Jalonen 3+4reb


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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 2. Wilson, Honka21.8 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Barrett, KTP19.5 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 8. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Baxley, Karhu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.0 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 8. Fields, KTP3.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 7. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 8. Fells, Kataja1.6 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 10. Ayers, Namika L.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.8 
 2. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 7. Wright, Korihait0.6 
 8. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Wood, Karhu0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto keeping the home court advantage - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, The Finals, Game # 1: Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) started the finals today by defeating visitor Kataja (Joensuu) 82-73 (42-35). Kataja was not able to do the same as in the semi-finals, when Kataja captured at once the home court advantage away from KTP (Kotka). Actually Pyrinto took a 13-point-lead after the opening quarter. Quarters: 25-12, 17-23, 17-26, 23-12. Kataja came back to the game untill Pyrinto was so strong again during the last 10 minutes. There were six lead changes and eight ties in the first final contest. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) (Pyrinto) scored game high 26 pts. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) added 20 pts and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 18pts/13rbs. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led Kataja with 19 pts. Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) was back in action and added 18 pts. Game # 2 on Wednesday, April 27, at Joensuu Arena.
Pyrinto - Kataja 82-73. (Antwine Williams 26, Kenneth Lowe 20, Damon Williams 18/13, Antero Lehto 11. 1 - 81% (21/26), 2 - 53% (23/43), 3 - 38% (5/13). R: 29+8=37. TO: 15. - Jared Newson 19, Petri Virtanen 18, Darren Fells 15. 1 - 60% (12/20), 2 - 52% (17/33), 3 - 38% (9/24). R: 20+7=27. TO: 16).




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  FRANCE   


French ProA round 27 best performance: Davon Jefferson (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American forward Davon Jefferson (203-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Roanne (#5, 17-10) 101-92. ASVEL is placed at 6th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ASVEL will need more victories to improve their 16-11 record. In the team's last game Jefferson had a remarkable 68.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be ASVEL's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Southern California star has very solid stats this year. Jefferson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.4rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 56.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young international guard Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) of Paris-Levallois. Albicy had a very good evening with 27 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Paris-Levallois to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Vichy (#15, 9-18) 94-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Paris-Levallois managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 14th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Albicy is one of the most experienced players at Paris-Levallois and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Dominican Rep. guard Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of league's top team Cholet Basket. Mejia scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Cholet, leading his team to a 70-66 win against the lower-ranked Limoges (#16, 8-19). Cholet confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 6 lost games. Mejia has a great season in France. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 27 points and 5 rebounds
5. Blake Schilb (201-G-83) of Chalon - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) of Roanne - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82) of ASVEL - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ricky Davis (199-G-79) of Roanne - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85) of Strasbourg - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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


Downey's 30-point game gives him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Taron Downey (186-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nantes and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 30 points adding six assists for Nantes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Le Portel (#8, 17-14) 113-105. Nantes maintains the 12th position in French ProB. Nantes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-16 record. In the team's last game Downey had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Nantes and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wake Forest University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Downey is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chris Davis (196-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) of Le Portel. He is American swingman in his first season at Le Portel. In the last game Davis recorded impressive 33 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Le Portel lost that game 105-113 to the lower-ranked Nantes (#12, 15-16). This loss caused Le Portel to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davis is a newcomer at Le Portel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#6). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Le Portel's star - forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-F-78). Labeyrie scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Labeyrie's great performance Le Portel lost 105-113 to the lower-ranked Nantes (#12, 15-16). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Le Portel needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 14 lost games. Labeyrie has a great season in France. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.4ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nate Carter (199-F/C-83) of Nanterre - 23 points and 10 rebounds
6. Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sherman Gay (201-F-82) of Fos Ouest - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Samba Dia (201-F-84) of Dijon - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Drake Reed (196-F-87) of Evreux - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Evreux - 20 points and 3 rebounds

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


NM1 Round 32: #1 Bordeaux is defeated by Saint-Etienne - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NM1.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bordeaux (26-5) on the court of sixth ranked Saint-Etienne on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Saint-Etienne 79-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-76. Saint-Etienne forced 20 Bordeaux turnovers. Strangely Bordeaux outrebounded Saint-Etienne 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who added 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Saint-Etienne (18-13) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues and St Quentin. Bordeaux at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Saint-Etienne is looking forward to face Denek (#14) in Bidart in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bordeaux will play on the road against Saint-Quentin (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Denain Voltaire (22-9) against seventh ranked Saint-Quentin (18-13) on Saturday night. Host Denain Voltaire was defeated by Saint-Quentin in a tough game in Denain 76-80. The winners were led by American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who scored that evening 18 points and Julien Lesieu supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds by center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. Saint-Quentin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues and St Etienne. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Saint-Quentin will play against league's leader Bordeaux at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Denain Voltaire will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Souffel. between Souffelweyersheim and Sorgues. Thirteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (14-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Sorgues (18-13). Souffelweyersheim managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sorgues. The best player for the winners was Jacques Alingue who scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Samir Mekad produced 13 points for the guests. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Orchy and Lievin. Sorgues at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with St Quentin and St Etienne. Souffelweyersheim will meet Lievin Basket (#11) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and hope to secure a win.
18th ranked CFBB (5-26) was outscored at home by seventeenth ranked Roche (8-23) with the biggest margin this round 88-63. Harry Disy orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth position with 8-23 record. CFBB at the other side stay dead last with 26 lost games. Roche's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint Chamond (#15) at home and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Vendee Challans.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Lievin won against St Chamond on the opponent's court 67-62. Blois unfortunately lost to Angers BC 49 in a home game 72-80. Challans recorded a loss to Brest on the road 61-74. Denek was crushed by Orchy on its own court 62-82. Le Puy beat Get Vosges in Le Puy en Velay 83-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists by Rolan Roberts of Brest.


St Chamond - Lievin 62-67

Very expected game when 15th ranked Saint Chamond (12-19) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Lievin Basket (14-17) 67-62. Saint Chamond was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 24-8 third quarter run of Lievin Basket. 28 personal fouls committed by Saint Chamond helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Derrick Russell (207-82, college: Auburn-Montgomery) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) contributed with 8 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul LanduBongo (187-85) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Saint Chamond. Lievin Basket maintains eleventh position with 14-17 record, which they share with Souffel and Orchy. Saint Chamond lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be Souffelweyersheim (#12) in Souffel.. Saint Chamond will play on the road against Roche and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.LanduBongo 11+7reb+1ast, A.Laroche 10+5reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 8+7reb+1ast, J.Rinna 8+10reb+2ast, R.Aubry 8+4reb, R.Tillon 6+4ast
Lievin: D.Russell 18+13reb, S.Cretaux 10+4reb, G.Clerc 9+1ast, P.Balocka 8+13reb+1ast, J.Dessart 7+8reb+4ast, M.Picque 6+1ast
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Denain - St Quentin 76-80

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Denain Voltaire (22-9) against seventh ranked Saint-Quentin (18-13) on Saturday night. Host Denain Voltaire was defeated by Saint-Quentin in a tough game in Denain 76-80. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Denain Voltaire won fourth quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin forced 22 Denain Voltaire turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who scored that evening 18 points and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) supported him with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds by center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. Guard Frederic Minet (187-81) added 19 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues and St Etienne. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Saint-Quentin will play against league's leader Bordeaux at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Denain Voltaire will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Denain: F.Minet 19+3reb+4ast, R.Brocheray 16+11reb+3ast, B.Lalugba 14+5reb, D.Quincy-Jones 13+8reb+3ast, A.Gacko 7+5reb+1ast, J.Mihalic 5+1reb+1ast
St Quentin: K.Howell 18+3reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 13+5reb, M.Diallo 11+4reb+1ast, O.Romain 10+1reb, D.Sencanski 8+4reb, R.N'Kembe 6+3reb
gschID: 100908


Blois - Angers BC 49 72-80

Very predictable result when third ranked Angers BC 49 (20-11) defeated on the road 9th ranked Blois (16-15) 80-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Blois won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Blois helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Zaka Alao (187-81) replied with 21 points and Canadian-British forward Kai Williams (198-89, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Interperformances) added 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Blois. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Angers BC 49 maintains third position with 20-11 record having six points less than leader Bordeaux. Blois at the other side keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be Etendard de Brest (#4) at home. Blois will play against Orchesien BC (#13) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Blois: Z.Alao 21+4reb+3ast, K.Williams 19+4reb+2ast, J.Arlin 16+2reb+2ast, O.Kolb 10+4reb+1ast, B.Recoura 3+1reb+2ast, J.Blot 2+2reb
Angers BC 49: J.Traore 23+8reb+3ast, S.Cherasse 23+5reb+4ast, T.Lonzieme 8+3reb+1ast, D.Griffin 8+3reb, O.Sulpice 8+6reb+6ast, V.Mendy 6+6reb
gschID: 100909


Brest - Challans 74-61

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Vendee Challans (15-15) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Etendard de Brest (19-12) 74-61. It looked good early as Vendee Challans took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Etendard de Brest had a 12-8 second period charge getting the lead and Vendee Challans was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-74. Etendard de Brest forced 19 Vendee Challans turnovers. American power forward Rolan Roberts (201-78, college: S.Illinois, agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Robert Yanders (180-79, college: Missouri St., agency: JEMsports) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Mathieu Boutry (201-78) added 16 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Vendee Challans. Etendard de Brest moved-up to fourth place. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Etendard de Brest's next round opponent will be higher ranked Angers BC 49 (#3) on the road and it may be the game of the week. Vendee Challans will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris.
Top scorers:
Challans: R.Yanders 18+5reb+6ast, M.Boutry 16+4reb, F.Herard 10+2reb+2ast, J.James 6+8reb+1ast, B.Boutry 3+4reb, R.Boissie 3+1ast
Brest: R.Lopez 25+8reb, G.Staelens 17+4ast, R.Roberts 16+14reb+4ast, J.Doreau 8+6reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 6+3reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100910


Denek - Orchy 62-82

Everything could happen in Bidart at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Orchesien BC and 14th ranked Denek had identical 13-17 record. But Denek was not able to use a home court advantage and was outscored by the opponent from Orchies 82-62. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Orchesien BC's pressure prevailed and they won that period 29-14 extending their advantage to 20 points. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Gabriel Kennedy (205-81, college: UAB, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) replied with 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and center Benjamin Rey (210-79) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Denek. Orchesien BC (14-17) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Souffel and Lievin. Denek lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Blois (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Denek will play against Saint-Etienne (#5).
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 14+1reb+6ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 9+3reb+1ast, C.Mansare 8+2reb, B.Rey 8+9reb, L.Konate 8+5reb, W.Berquier 7+3ast
Orchy: E.Barbry 21+6reb+5ast, D.Cilly 13+10reb, J.Verbeke 12+3reb+4ast, G.Kennedy 9+11reb+3ast, O.Soeria 9+1reb, G.Plateau 8+1ast
gschID: 100903


Get Vosges - Le Puy 77-83

There was no surprise in Golbey where 16th ranked Get Vosges (9-22) was defeated by eighth ranked Le Puy ASMB (17-13) 83-77. It looked good early as Get Vosges took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Puy ASMB had a 14-9 second period charge getting the lead and Get Vosges was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-83. Forward Steeve Soliman (196-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Get Vosges. Four Get Vosges players scored in double figures. Le Puy ASMB have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 17-13 record. Get Vosges lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 22 games lost. Le Puy ASMB's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Denain Voltaire at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Get Vosges will play against Sorgues (#6).
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: A.Lema 19+8reb, T.Sani 16+9reb, M.Gotagni 11+9reb+1ast, S.Popovic 11+5reb+5ast, Z.Gourde 7+8reb+2ast, R.Galette 7+1reb+2ast
Le Puy: S.Soliman 22+8reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 19+12reb+1ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+6reb, F.Gitenait 9+2reb+1ast, D.Pistre 9+3reb, J.Cortey 8+2reb+8ast
gschID: 100904


Souffel - Sorgues 64-62

A very close game took place in Souffel. between Souffelweyersheim and Sorgues. Thirteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (14-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Sorgues (18-13). Souffelweyersheim managed to escape with a 2-point win 64-62 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sorgues. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sorgues won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Souffelweyersheim won last quarter 14-13. The best player for the winners was forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who scored 9 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Samir Mekad produced 13 points and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Sorgues players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Orchy and Lievin. Sorgues at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with St Quentin and St Etienne. Souffelweyersheim will meet Lievin Basket (#11) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Mekad 13+4reb+1ast, X.Pasut 12+5reb, A.Thinon 10+2reb+3ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+7reb, V.Ateba 6+4reb, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 5+3reb+1ast
Souffel: J.Tschamber 13+2reb+4ast, F.Broliron 13+1reb+2ast, A.N'Kembe 11+6reb+1ast, J.Alingue 9+13reb+1ast, M.M'Bodji 6+2ast, R.Appel 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100905


CFBB - Roche 63-88

18th ranked CFBB (5-26) was outscored at home by seventeenth ranked Roche (8-23) with the biggest margin this round 88-63. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 32 and made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Roche forced 28 CFBB turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by CFBB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Benjamin John (186-93) replied with 15 points and center Alexandre Chassang (200-94) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. Four CFBB players scored in double figures. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Roche maintains seventeenth position with 8-23 record. CFBB at the other side stay dead last with 26 lost games. Roche's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saint Chamond (#15) at home and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against Vendee Challans.
Top scorers:
CFBB: B.John 15+4reb+2ast, V.Pourchot 13+5reb, A.Chassang 13+8reb, A.Racine 10+6reb+2ast, D.Inglis 6+5reb+3ast, J.Basileu 6+2ast
Roche: H.Disy 32+6reb+4ast, F.Bateko 20+2reb+4ast, W.Morris 15+6reb+4ast, F.Bondron 6+3reb, G.Lance 5+2reb, D.Anthony Lewis 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100906


St Etienne - Bordeaux 79-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bordeaux (26-5) on the court of sixth ranked Saint-Etienne on Friday night. Visitors were edged by Saint-Etienne 79-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-76. Saint-Etienne forced 20 Bordeaux turnovers. Strangely Bordeaux outrebounded Saint-Etienne 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who added 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Saint-Etienne (18-13) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues and St Quentin. Bordeaux at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Saint-Etienne is looking forward to face Denek (#14) in Bidart in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bordeaux will play on the road against Saint-Quentin (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: J.Ford 20+16reb+2ast, A.M'Boup 13+1reb, M.Doubal 12+2reb+3ast, R.Dardaine 11+8reb+2ast, S.Driss 8+4reb+5ast, A.Fellah 6+2reb+3ast
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 21+2reb+1ast, R.El Amrani 16+5reb+2ast, B.Thomas 15+2reb+7ast, R.Pegon 9+3reb+1ast, S.Hermenier 8+4reb, X.Gaillou 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100902




Frederic Sarre suspended by Strasbourg - by Romain Brusc
Today Strasbourg (#13 in ProA) announced on its website that the club withdrew team management to Frederic Sarre. His assistant Olivier Weissler will manage the trainings on the beginning of the week. This decision happened after Strasbourg defeat 68-79 in Orleans. It is the fourth time in five matches that the club lost. It is in danger for relegation in ProB. The next match against Vichy (#15) will be very important for its future. Strasbourg president Martial Bellon will hold a press conference tomorrow.

Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 26-5 
 2. Denain 22-9 
 3. Angers BC 49 20-11 
 4. Brest 19-12 
 5. St Etienne 18-13 
 6. Sorgues 18-13 
 7. St Quentin 18-13 
 8. Le Puy 17-13 
 9. Blois 16-15 
 10. Challans 15-15 
 11. Lievin 14-17 
 12. Souffel 14-17 
 13. Orchy 14-17 
 14. Denek 13-18 
 15. St Chamond 12-19 
 16. Get Vosges 9-22 
 17. Roche 8-23 
 18. CFBB 5-26 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Blair, Denek23.1 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.0 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.5 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.3 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 6. James, Challans16.8 
 7. Disy, Roche16.4 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 9. Blot, Blois15.8 
 10. Howell, St Quentin15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.7 
 2. Balocka, Lievin8.6 
 3. Cilly, Orchy8.4 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 5. Lopez, Brest7.9 
 6. Hoard, Lievin7.9 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux7.9 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.8 
 9. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.7 
 10. Brocheray, Denain7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.2 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 6. Rambur, St Quentin4.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.8 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.6 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.1 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 4. Neri, Roche2.0 
 5. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 6. James, Challans1.8 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 8. Blot, Blois1.8 
 9. Bateko, Roche1.8 
 10. Roberts, Brest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.5 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.5 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


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  GERMANY   


Back to Buisness #NoDaysOff - by Tony Skinn
Its seems like forever since i last took the time to share my thoughts with the world. The people that know me well know that between losing a loved one and getting injured it has done its mental damage. However if thier is one thing about TSkinn its that im a fighter. I dont want to make this article a sob story so i will shoot straight to the point. I have been injured since March 5th when Visiting the Arland Dragons. This break of about 7 weeks has been the longest ive been out of basketall since breaking my wrist waaaaay back as a junior at George Mason (04). The crutches and the one foot walking is over and ive never been so elated to come back to basketball. I know for most folks end of April means you are ready to chalk it up and get back home and get some rest, but in my head i feel like i just got a 2 month vacation and now its over. I will be back in the office puttin in doubleshifts because i really miss playing. On a sidenote though, its been bittersweet watching my team finish in 5th place here in Germany. We lost in a close game a few weeks back that would have crowned us German cup champs. I thought the team deserved to win tht game and it literally came down to a shot rolling right of the rim. I wont take anything away from Bamberg though, they have controlled the league by a huge margin all season. Now that the season is over, everyone is locked in to the favorite part of the year, Playoffs!! Even those who dont play in the sport get excited because the game is elevated to another level, higher emotions, and way more at stake, but u gotta love it. Even my 4 year old Son is becoming a fanatic and is waking up every morning to check the internet for the scores from the NBA games. I find that hilarious and also a Proud Daddy moment because i can see the passion already. I think he is actually more interested in those playoffs than i am but ill let him enjoy it for now. Speaking off, im Going with the Miami Heat for the Championship, i know media, everyone and they mama been critizing them all year, but i think they are just a really good team that will be hard to beat when it really matters. Here in germany whether im playing or not, i will be pulling for the New Yorker Phantoms of Braunschweig. The feeling you get when in postseason and winning is what we all play for and work hard for, and now that that time is here.....you better Go Hard Or Go Home.....until next time Enjoy the games.
Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason)


Achmadschah Zazai (BV Chemnitz) s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Had The Bigger Will And Everyone Did Their Job - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Achmadschah Zazai (177-PG-86) is a 22 year old German/Afghani 177 cm guard that is playing for BV Chemnitz. He started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and played there until 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 19.3ppg, and also had a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) playing 12 games and averaging 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and then went to Denmark to play for Horsens IC playing 8 games and averaging 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. Last season, he played for Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 76.0%. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss to s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg on the last game day staying in the beko BBL.

A very disappointing 77-61 loss against Wurzburg. How sad are you a day after loss and how are you digesting the loss?


Very sad, because no body likes to lose a final!! They had the bigger will and they won it!!


What were your first thoughts as the buzzer sounded? Is this the biggest loss in your life as a basketball player?


It was the biggest lost for me and painful, because we was working hard the hold season!!

Was there maybe something different the team could of done earlier in the season maybe winning a game or two more and not having it come to this last game day scenario?


I think it was ok, because we won some tough games which we were close to lose and we struggled in the beginning! All in all its ok and happy to play this final game!

Wurzburg had the comfortable 40-30 lead at halftime. What was giving BV Chemnitz the biggest problems in the first 20 minutes?


We had problems on the rebounding especially on defense, because our big guys where in foul trouble quickly and we missed making shots and free throws.

Wurzburg held strong in the second half. Why was BV Chemnitz unable to turn the game around in the second half?


We had the chance to come closer, but we were unlucky with our 3 pointers!!!


Wurzburg held BV Chemnitz to 32% shooting and 9% from outside. What was particulary good with the Wurzburg defense on this day?


They played good defense and had a 10 man rotation so they constantly had fresh legs and they were taking us full court and after a while we were getting tired!!

Wurzburg only had two players in double figurers with Tim Burnette and Jon Levy, but they got a lot of production from everyone. Was their bench a bit deeper than the one of Chemnitz on this day?

They won as a team they had a good team performance!! Everybody did his job!!


Ty Shaw scored 18 points. How much fun was it playing with him this season?

Ty is a very funny guy with a lot of fighting mentality. He was a big key for us this season especially on defense.


You finished with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals. How happy were you with your own performance?

It was all right. I can do it better, but they were well prepared

What will you never forget from this season with BV Chemnitz besides the great run?

The fans were fantastic and I will miss the players because we had a very good time together. You can see it on the results. We had good team chemistry


Kevin Love won most improved player in the NBA. Were you surprised with his rapid development this season?


He had a great year and was a consistent player. He really surprised me.

Will Kevin Love get even better?

I think so. you never stop to learn something. You can still learn!!!

Rajon Rondo had 15 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds in game three win against New York. Was Rondo just teasing in the last months with his up and down play?

I think when the game is on the line, he takes responsibility and he will continue like that!!

The Memphis Grizzlies lead the san Antonio Spurs 2-1 in games. Why are the Grizzlies so much of a problem for the Spurs?

They have a good roster every body can score 20 a night and that make them difficult to play!!

How will the Dallas Mavericks-Portland Trailblaizers series end which is 2-2 now?


I hope Dallas is making that. Dirk deserve that!!

What will be the first fun thing that you will do now the season is over?

I like play tennis and that is what I am doing!!


Thanks Achmadschah for the chat.


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  HOLLAND   


PromotieDivisie Scores Round 26: Binnenland 2010-11 Regular Season Champions!!! - by Terry Cooper
In the final week of competition, It was down to the wire to who will win the regular season a couple of teams were fighting for the number 1 seed. With Kieran Celaire (201-F-90) and the Nijmegen Wildcats winning 95-94 over De Hoppers of Hoorn in week 24, Binnenland secured the regular season crown and number 1 seed winning over Z&Z2 67-63. Although Z&Z2 lost the final game of the season to Binnenland, they secured the final spot returning back to the playoffs since 2006. De Hoppers 79-66 win over Amsterdam2 secured the number two seed while the Red Giants of Meppel took care of Punch Delft 82-54 to seal the number three seed. The playoffs will begin soon as Binnenland will play Z&Z2 in a 1-4 matchup while De Hoppers and Red Giants battle between 2&3 seeds. The winners of both (combined score) will play for the 'SHIP' in Almere. This season most of the teams seemed to be more balanced than in the past and although most teams seemed week based on their records, in actuality they were alot better than most gave credit. Unfortunately, The Black Eagles will relegate back to first division unless no one from Eerste Divisie wants to move up. I think that most of the new teams learned a valuable lesson. Upgrade your teams when playing in the PromotieDivisie. Stay Tuned to see what happens in the playoffs, there is always a surprise in the playoffs.

Week 23 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Black Eagles 89-58
Punch - Z&Z2 59-70
Red Giants - Cangeroes 88-66
VBC Akrides - Goba 74-66
De Hoppers - Groene Uilen 73-72
Binnenland - Wildcats 88-46
Almonte - Amsterdam2 93-68

Week 24 Scores:

Punch - Cangeroes 58-57
VBC Akrides - Red Giants 74-90
Black Eagles - Binnenland 65-93
Z&Z2 - Almonte 79-52
Amsterdam2 - BV Hoofddorp 62-73
Wildcats - De Hoppers 95-94
Goba - Groene Uilen 95-70

Week 25 Scores:

Groene Uilen - Wildcats 91-60
BV Hoofddorp - Z&Z2 62-65
Punch - VBC Akrides 79-60
Red Giants - Goba 78-62
De Hoppers - Black Eagles 107-78
Binnenland - Amsterdam2 91-69
Almonte - Cangeroes 68-81

Week 26 Scores:

Amsterdam2 - De Hoppers 66-79
Wildcats - Goba 85-81
Red Giants - Punch 82-54
VBC Akrides - Almonte 96-77
Z&Z2 - Binnenland 63-67
Black Eagles - Groene Uilen 76-90



Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  Giants
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Blue, Giants16.4 
 2. Stokes, BS Weert16.4 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.4 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.3 
 5. Tiedeman, Giants15.0 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants14.9 
 7. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 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.8.9 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 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: 5.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.4 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra3.5 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTerra
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.3 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 4. Ellis, GasTerra2.1 
 5. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 7. McDermott, Magixx2.0 
 8. Stokes, BS Weert2.0 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
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. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 6. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 9. Hulzebos, Landstede0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


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


Jason Dourisseau, Most Valuable Player of the DBL - by Fred Roggen
GasTerra Flames small forward Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) was crowned Most Valuable Player of the FEB.

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Jason Dourisseau (GasTerra Flames)

All Star Team:
Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)
Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Ball St.) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)
Jason Dourisseau (GasTerra Flames)
Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) (ZZ Leiden)
Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) (GasTerra Flames)

Coach of the year: Toon Van Helfteren (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) (ZZ Leiden)
Rookie of the year: Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90) (ABC Amsterdam)
MVP under 23: Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: Court Side) (ABC Amsterdam)
Referee of the year: Nico Zwiep


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


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NBA/WNBA junior Skills Challenge held at Chennai - by M. Rajalingam
The NBA/WNBA junior City Skills basketball Challenge was held at the J.J. Indoor Stadium (Kilpauk) here on April 25 at 3 p.m. This event is a continuation of the 'Train the trainers program' organized by NBA in Chennai on 23rd and 24th March 2011.

The Challenge is a programme which tests a player's ability in dribbling, passing and shooting. Students from 100 schools took part.

The Chennai leg of the skills challenge, aimed at identifying ten of Chennai's most technically sound players from over 100 schools in the City, drew some 250 participants between the ages of 10 and 12 who went through three fundamental drills -- dribble duel, the defender and gauntlet.

Five boys and an equal number of girls from each school will be selected for the National round to be held in May.
Participants were awarded points in each one of these drills and ten lucky players will get a chance to make it to the National finals in Mumbai. Two winners at the end of a two-month long programme will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend an NBA game in the United States



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Playoffs, win or go home! - by Aydin Dianat
As the regular season finished, 8 teams qualified for this season's playoff games and most of them added new players to their squad. Number one seeded Mahram Tehran will play against Caspian Qazvin, Zob Ahan Esfahan will play against Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality and Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour, after adding Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) and Giles will play against Azad University with its new foreign players,. But one of the best 1st round matchup will be between Rah Tarabari Qom and Towzin Electric Kashan where number 4 and 5 seeds will face against eachother. This is the first round playoff tree, one of the best basketball season so far. nThe playoffs will tip off tomorrow.

Mahram Tehran - Caspian Qazvin
Zob Ahan Esfahan - Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality
Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour - Azad University
Rah Tarabari Qom- Towzin Electric Kashan


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Montegranaro change head coach - by Eurobasket News
Montegranaro have decided to change head coach. They parted ways with head coach Stefano Pillastrini and coach Matteo Panichi . Montegranaro will be temporarily guided by Alberto Morea . But the team is expected to sign contract with Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) in the upcoming days. The Israeli specialist started the season in Greece. He had worked with Aris Thessaloniki before being fired in February. Previously Sharon Drucker (agency: Beo Basket ) worked as assistant coach in Maccabi Tel-Aviv and also as head coach in Oostende in Belgium.


Motiejunas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old center Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Benetton TV and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Vanoli CR (#12, 11-16) in overtime 88-86. Benetton TV maintains the 4th position in Italian league. Benetton TV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-12 record. It's Motiejunas' second year at Benetton TV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Donatas Motiejunas averages this season 13.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Banca Tercas Teramo. He is American-FYR Macedonian center in his first season at Banca Tercas. In the last game Fletcher recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Banca Tercas to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Fabi Shoes (#13, 10-17) 76-47. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Banca Tercas keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Fletcher is a newcomer at Banca Tercas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Diego Fajardo (208-C-76, agency: Players Group) of Cimberio Varese (#6). Fajardo scored 15 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cimberio VA, leading his team to a 89-81 win against the lower-ranked Angelico BI (#14, 9-18). Cimberio VA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Fajardo has a very solid season. In 27 games in Italy he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) of Air AV - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Omar Thomas (197-F-82) of Air AV - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80) of Dinamo Sassari - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85) of Montepaschi - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Cimberio VA - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Darius Washington (188-G-85) of Lottomatica - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80) of Vanoli CR - 20 points and 6 rebounds

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


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BJ League Round 52: Osaka Evessa beats Fukuoka Rizing in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Second ranked Osaka Evessa faced one of their biggest challengers Fukuoka Rizing. Host Osaka Evessa (32-18) defeated guests from Fukuoka (30-20) 86-71. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Osaka Evessa's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-12 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) fired 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 32-18 record having just two points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Shiga Lakestars.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 4th ranked Niigata Albirex. Guests from Mikawa (40-6) defeated host Niigata Albirex (20-20) 80-69. Worth to mention a great performance of British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Wayne Arnold contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hirotaka Kondo (184-82) replied with 26 points for Niigata Albirex. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first position with 40-6 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the fourth place with 20 games lost.

Leader Okinawa GK delivered the 34th victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-37) 94-61. Worth to mention a quality performance of Yoshiki Yamashiro who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Brandon Cole responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 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 position with 34-16 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 37 games lost.

The game in Toyama supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Akita Happinets (18-32) played at the court of 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (13-31). Akita Happinets smashed Toyama Grouses 88-63. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by Sek Henry who scored that evening 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 18-32 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the seventh place with 31 games lost.
In the last two games of round 52 Shiga Lakestars defeated Takamatsu FA in a road game 95-80. Kyoto Hannaryz beat Shimane at home 98-89.
The best stats of 52th round was 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 9 steals by Mikey Marshall of Shiga Lakestars.


Takamatsu FA - Shiga Lakestars 80-95

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (10-38) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (30-20) 95-80. The game without a history. Shiga Lakestars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Shiga Lakestars forced 21 Takamatsu FA turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 9 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and the other American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. 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. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds by American center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (191-80) added 15 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Takamatsu FA lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 38 games lost.

Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: K.Lemons 16+3reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 15+3reb+3ast, T.Farley 15+6reb+2ast, J.Price 14+4reb+2ast, S.Takeda 8+6reb+2ast, Y.Kurihara 6+6reb+5ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 26+10reb+4ast, L.Rice 14+1reb+1ast, M.Joho 14+2reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 14+7reb+4ast, S.Ogawa 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Okada 8+3reb+2ast


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Kyoto Hannaryz - Shimane 98-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz's (28-20) home victory over 6th ranked Shimane Magic (24-26) 98-89. It looked good early as Shimane Magic took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kyoto Hannaryz had a 21-10 second period charge getting the lead and Shimane Magic was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-98. They outrebounded Shimane Magic 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Shimane Magic helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) supported him with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) by American center Jeral Davis (216-84) did not help to save the game for Shimane Magic. His fellow American import forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Kyoto Hannaryz and four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 28-20 record. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth place with 26 games lost.

Top scorers:
Shimane: J.Davis 24+9reb, R.Golson 18+5reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 17+1reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 13+1reb+3ast, T.Evans 8+4reb+2ast, W.Caudle 6+7reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: G.Klaiber 26+6reb+3ast, R.Warren 25+15reb+6ast, T.Murakami 14+3reb+2ast, K.Trim 13+6reb+2ast, M.Fey 10+4reb, N.Nakamura 6+3reb+2ast


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Toyama Grouses - Akita 63-88

The game in Toyama supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Akita Happinets (18-32) played at the court of 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (13-31). Akita Happinets smashed Toyama Grouses 88-63. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Toyama Grouses was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akita Happinets dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Toyama Grouses' 26. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 46-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) who scored that evening 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Antonio Burks (198-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) supported him with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by guard Haakim Johnson (201, college: Pikeville) did not help to save the game for Toyama Grouses. Forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Akita Happinets maintains fifth position with 18-32 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the seventh place with 31 games lost.

Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: H.Johnson 17+9reb+3ast, J.Smith 11+7reb+1ast, J.Davis 10+7reb, T.Yasuda 9+1reb, M.Kato 8+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 3+2reb+3ast
Akita: S.Henry 30+8reb+6ast, A.Burks 21+8reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 9+5reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 9+11reb, P.Butorac 7+6reb, Y.Nobihura 4


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Miyazaki - Okinawa GK 61-94

Leader Okinawa GK delivered the 34th victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-37) 94-61. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 56-36 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Yoshiki Yamashiro (188-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) who added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and forward Masashi Takahashi (194-85) scored 11 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 34-16 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 37 games lost.

Top scorers:
Miyazaki: B.Cole 13+14reb+3ast, M.Takahashi 11+3reb+4ast, T.Shimizu 9+4reb+2ast, T.Ito 7+1reb+2ast, H.Fujita 7+1reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 6
Okinawa GK: Y.Yamashiro 22+5reb+1ast, T.Shimura 14+4reb+3ast, C.Dixon 13+7reb+3ast, A.McHenry 12+9reb+4ast, J.Newton 9+9reb+2ast, D.Palmer 7+11reb


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Osaka Evessa - Fukuoka Rizing 86-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Osaka. Second ranked Osaka Evessa faced one of their biggest challengers Fukuoka Rizing. Host Osaka Evessa (32-18) defeated guests from Fukuoka (30-20) 86-71. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Osaka Evessa's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-12 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) fired 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 32-18 record having just two points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Shiga Lakestars.

Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: A.Kuso 20+9reb, M.Parker 14+9reb+1ast, N.Murry 12+8reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 11+3reb+3ast, A.Takeno 7+2reb+1ast, I.Hoger 3+2reb
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 26+4reb, L.Washington 18+7reb+5ast, W.Knight 13+4reb+2ast, K.Satterfield 11+5reb+3ast, S.Konno 6+3reb, W.Tseng 5+6reb+1ast


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Niigata Albirex - Hamamatsu P. 69-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 4th ranked Niigata Albirex. Guests from Mikawa (40-6) defeated host Niigata Albirex (20-20) 80-69. Niigata Albirex was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-33 second half run of Hamamatsu Phoenix. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Niigata Albirex's 34. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 23 Niigata Albirex turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Hirotaka Kondo (184-82) replied with 26 points and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first position with 40-6 record. Niigata Albirex at the other side keeps the fourth place with 20 games lost.

Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: H.Kondo 26+1reb+1ast, J.Ashby 14+5reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 10+3reb+2ast, N.Takushi 6+3ast, Z.Andrews 5+4reb, I.Konare 4+8reb+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 17+5reb+2ast, D.Larkai 16+8reb+3ast, J.Parmer 15+6reb+1ast, K.Ohta 9+2reb, S.Okada 9+1reb+2ast, R.Nixon 8+1reb+3ast


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Japanese BJ League round 51 best performance: Michael Parker - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 51.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Osaka Evessa (#2, 32-18) 87-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 30-20 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. Former Evergreen State College star has very solid stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.3ppg. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg,2.3spg and 63.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American William Knight (196-F/G-79) of league's second-best Osaka Evessa. Knight had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Osaka Evessa was edged by slightly lower-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#3, 30-20) 87-84. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Osaka Evessa still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 32-18 record is not bad at all. Knight is a newcomer at Osaka Evessa, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jefferey Price (203-F-85) of Takamatsu Five Arrows (#9). Price scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Price's great performance Takamatsu FA lost 83-93 to the higher-ranked Shiga Lakestars (#4, 30-20). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Takamatsu FA can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 10-38 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Price he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Price has a very solid season. In 43 games in Japan he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84) of Shiga Lakestars - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83) of Okinawa GK - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jerrell Smith (206-F-85) of Toyama Grouses - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 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)


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 40-6 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 20-20 
 5. Akita 18-32 
 6. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 7. Toyama Grouses 13-31 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 34-16 
 2. Osaka Evessa 32-18 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 30-20 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 30-20 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 28-20 
 6. Shimane 24-26 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-32 
 8. Miyazaki 13-37 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-38 


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 23-2 
 2. Peja 21-6 
 3. Bambi 20-4 
 4. Trepca 13-12 
 5. K.EuroSporti 10-17 
 6. Kosova 9-18 
 7. Bashkimi 8-18 
 8. Mitrovica 0-27 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 24-6 
 2. Champville 23-8 
 3. Moutahed 22-10 
 4. Sagesse 20-11 
 5. Anibal 15-15 
 6. Hoops 11-19 
 7. Byblos 7-23 
 8. Antranik 6-24 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Khatib, Champville26.6 
 2. Warner, Byblos26.5 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed23.1 
 4. Cage, Hoops22.8 
 5. Johnson, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 7. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
 8. Youngblood, Champ.20.1 
 9. Byrd, Hoops20.0 
 10. Battles, Antranik19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi14.3 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 3. Cox, Champville12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 7. Watkins, Sagesse10.7 
 8. Battles, Antranik10.6 
 9. Byrd, Hoops10.6 
 10. Thompson, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Mason, Byblos6.7 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed6.6 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.2 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.6 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.2 
 9. Fahed, Sagesse3.9 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Al Ahli
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 4. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 5. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 6. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 7. Mason, Byblos2.2 
 8. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.1 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse1.9 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Cox, Champville3.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.5 
 4. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 5. Watkins, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 9. Kanaan, Antranik1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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  NBA   


Chauncey Billups wants to return to New York Knicks, make title run - by Eurobasket News
After meeting with Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D'Antoni for an exit interview on Monday morning, New York Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) said he is hopeful that he will re-sign with New York.

'We'll all know shortly but I'm hoping to be back. I want to be back. I loved being a Knick this year -- it was a great time. I would love to be a part of bringing championship-caliber basketball back to the city. Hopefully I'll have that opportunity,' Billups said.

Billups is due to make $14.2 million next season in the final year of his contract. But only $3.7 million of that is guaranteed, so the Knicks could buy him out for that sum after the season and make him a free agent.

The Knicks have five days to make a decision on Billups.

Billups missed three playoff games due to a strained left knee. He missed six games due to a bruised thigh in March. But the 34-year-old, 14-year veteran insisted that he is in good shape and will be healthy for the start of the 2011-12 season.

Said Billups: 'I'm hoping that it all comes together.'

The Knicks certainly missed Billups in the playoffs. They had a lead late in Game 1 and Billups believes the Knicks could have won the game -- and the series -- if he and Amare Stoudemire had been healthy.

With Billups on the bench, Rajon Rondo torched New York for 30 points in Game 2 and notched a triple-double with 20 assists in Game 3. The Celtics had 96 assists in the four-game series. The Knicks had 67.

Both Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony said on Monday that they want Billups to return.

Said Anthony: 'He's a guy that. Everybody knows what he brings to the table when he's healthy when he's playing: a winner, a leader, a veteran, a guy that a lot of people on this team look up to.'

Stoudemire said that offseason personnel decisions will be a 'team effort' involving himself, Anthony, Walsh and D'Anonti, assuming both the coach and executive return.

If that's the case, count Stoudemire's vote as 'yes' to keep Billups.

'I know for a fact that Chauncey is going to get his knee healthy and he's going to be ready to go for next season,' Stoudemire said. 'I've enjoyed playing with him this year. If Chauncey's back, that would be great for us. He brings great leadership to the team so I look forward to it.'

If Billups does not return to the Knicks, Stoudemire believes the Knicks need to go after a veteran. The other guards currently on the roster are Toney Douglas, who is a natural shooting guard, and Anthony Carter.

'If he's not back then I have high confidence in Mr. Walsh that they'll make the right decision to make the team better than what it was this year,' Stoudemire said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Knicks nearing two-year extension for Donnie Walsh - by Eurobasket News
The Knicks are looking into extending the contract of team president Donnie Walsh, CBSSports.com has reported.

According to Ken Berger, a person familiar with the situation said the Knicks could add two years to Walshs current contract, which ends on June 30. Walsh also has an option for the 2011-12 season to be picked up by April 30.

'It's basically going to be Donnie's call whether he wants to come back,' a source told Berger.

Walsh joined New York in April 2008, following a tumultuous stint by Isaiah Thomas.

He has since added Amare Stoudemire through free agency and orchestrated a trade for Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, pacing the Knicks for their first trip to the NBA Playoffs since 2003-04.

Like in the 2003-04 season, the Knicks suffered a first-round exit from the playoffs, this time at the hands of the Boston Celtics. There has also been speculation about whether coach Mike DAntoni will be back next season.

Anthony, the biggest acquisition of Walshs tenure, told reporters he has faith in the teams front office after Sundays sweep loss.

'I'm pretty sure the front office will handle it to the best of their ability,' Anthony said. 'They have one of the best front offices in the NBA right now, so they will do their job. I'll let them handle that.'

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Drew and Van Gundy go back and forth on calls - by Eurobasket News
If Magic coach Stan Van Gundy's complaints about what he considers flopping by the Hawks was meant to get the attention of referees, then Atlanta coach Larry Drew has his own objections.

Responding to Van Gundy's charges that centers Jason Collins and Zaza Pachulia take dives at the slightest contact, Drew said, Maybe that evens up all of the illegal screens that have been set.

During Game 2 at Orlando, Drew and players complained that Magic center Dwight Howard was getting away with the violations.

I think clearly looking at some of these games they are moving on their screens, Drew said before Game 4 on Sunday at Philips Arena. We haven't gotten the whistle. We are not going to cry and complain about it. We are just going to keep playing.

Van Gundy said Collins and Pachulia beat up on Howard but then took dives after slight contact.

Pachulia said, Of course he is going to defend his player. I am not surprised. But I know I am not [flopping].

Van Gundy said he's not 'posturing for calls' but just doesn't like what he considers to be flopping.

'I am talking about 7-foot, 270-pound guys falling down like they are grade-school kids out there, he said. It's not just our series. You see it all the time in the NBA. It's something I don't like. I think it's bad for the NBA and I wish it would stop. I don't have any problem with how the series is being called.

Courtesy of www.ajc.com


Kobe Bryant leaves arena on crutches after Game 4 - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) did one of the few interviews ever conducted in a trainers room, sitting on a padded table after sustaining what the team officially called a sprained left ankle, though Bryant indicated it was more of a foot injury.

He was injured while defending Willie Green with 1:32 to play. He was moving across the lane when his foot buckled under him without any contact.

Two crutches were propped against the wall in the trainers room. He then used them to leave the arena and board the team bus.

Its going to take a lot to stop me to play, Bryant said. Well make sure we stay on top of it.

He said he would undergo treatment on the plane ride back to Los Angeles immediately after the game. The team was planning an MRI exam or X-rays as a precaution.

After getting hurt, Bryant walked stiffly around the court for a minute before giving Shannon Brown an Im good, Im good when the reserve guard approached him.

Courtesy of The Los Angeles Times


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Horvath's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old power forward Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Manawatu J. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Auckland P. (1-1) 98-90. Manawatu J. is placed at 3rd position in New Zealand league. Manawatu J. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. Horvath just recently signed at Manawatu J. and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Duke University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Horvath is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kevin Mickens (207-F/C-83) of Auckland P.. He is American forward in his first season at Auckland P.. In the last game Mickens recorded impressive 29 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Auckland P. lost that game 90-98 to Manawatu J. (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mickens is one of the most experienced players at Auckland P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.5ppg (#2). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Troy McLean (194-G-79) of league's second-best Wellington S.. McLean scored 25 points. He was a key player of Wellington S., leading his team to a 97-80 easy win against #4 ranked Southland S. in a game of the week. Wellington S. has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. McLean also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. McLean has a very solid season. In 2 games in New Zealand he scored 20.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78) of Southland S. - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Arthur Trousdell (203-F-81) of Bay Hawks - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Josh Pace (198-G-83) of Bay Hawks - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Erron Maxey (198-F-78) of Wellington S. - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jack Leasure (191-G-86) of Taranaki MA - 23 points and 5 rebounds
9. Jeremy Kench (187-G-84) of Manawatu J. - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Josh Pace (198-G-83) of Bay Hawks - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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DStv PBL: Union Bank shot to the top, beat Islanders 86-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
With two games left in the regular season of the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Union Bank basketball club climb to the top of the conference log at the weekend with an 86-56 points win over Islanders basketball club in a week-12 pairing.

The win over the former Nigeria four-peat champion (Islanders) thus bring Union Bank basketball club record to 11-1 for 23 points to displaced Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt who is now second while Comets basketball club is placed third.

Union Bank BC next game will be against Comets basketball club next weekend at the sports hall of the national stadium, Surulere, Lagos and complete the regular season against Police Baton basketball club on May 8.

Action is expected to resume in the Savannah conference of the league soon after post presidential election violence caused the League Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to put games in the conference on hold.

League Board chairman and federation 1st-Vice President, muktar Adamu Khaleh says the federation is watching events as it affect teams in the Savannah conference but gave assurance that with nomalcy returning to the areas the board will soon announce continuation of league games in the conference so as to finish the regular season on time.

Eight teams (four from each of the two conferences) are expected to make it to the final-8 playoffs with Kano Pillars basketball club as defending champion.


...... Dodan Warriors cage Police Baton 63-51

Coming from a 12-17 points lose in the first quarter of their week-12 pairing in Lagos on Sunday Dodan Warriors basketball club inch closer to a final-8 playoff qualification caging Police Baton basketball club by 63-51 points.

The Coach Adeka Daudu tutored Warriors reacted like a true warriors winning the second quarter by 19-08 points to take a 31-25 points advantage into the break, efforts by Coach Mark Balogun and his Police side to upstage the warriors at the resumption of play in the third quarter was rebuffed as both sides shared the 14points made in the quarter evenly (07-07) but it was the Warriors who took the initiative in the deciding quarter with compact offensive and defensive style of play, the full-court offense and defense thus yielded results of the 2006 FIBA Africa Champions Cup third place finisher winning the quarter by 25-19 points.

The results gave the Warriors a sound fourth placement on the log of the Atlantic conference with a 7-6 records.



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BSN Round 8: Vaqueros edge Mets by three points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the BSN took place in Guaynabo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Mets (7-4) to second ranked Vaqueros (7-2) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mets. Mets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Vaqueros made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Vaqueros had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vaqueros made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 30 points and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Vaqueros have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Quebradillas. Mets at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. Vaqueros is looking forward to face Atleticos (#7) in San German in the next round where they are favorite. Mets will play on the road against Caciques (#5) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Mayaguez. Third ranked Maratonistas (6-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Indios (3-7) 81-79 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Gilberto Clavell orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Ronnie Fields contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Maratonistas' coach Pedro Cintron allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for Indios. Despite that victory Maratonistas went down to fourth position due to points difference. Indios at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Isabela. Maratonistas will play against Cangrejeros (#8) in Santurce in the next round. Indios will play at home against Gallitos in Isabela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maratonistas (6-5) against seventh ranked Caciques (5-5) on Sunday night. Host Maratonistas were defeated by Caciques in a tough game in Coamo 90-95. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivan Johnson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Johwen Villegas responded with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Maratonistas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Loser Maratonistas dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Caciques will meet at home higher ranked Mets (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maratonistas will play against Cangrejeros in Santurce and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Cangrejeros managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Atleticos in Santurce 95-82. The winners were led by Michael Sweetney who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Cangrejeros (3-6) moved-up to eighth place. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Cangrejeros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Maratonistas (#4) in Coamo and it may be quite challenging game.
Leader Quebradillas delivered the seventh victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Capitanes (4-5) 83-78 in Arecibo. The best player for the winners was Peter John Ramos who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Quebradillas (7-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Bayamon. Loser Capitanes dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Quebradillas will face bottom-ranked Indios (#10) in Mayaguez in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 8 Guaynabo defeated Isabela in a road game 95-92.
The best stats of 8th round was 28 points and 14 rebounds by Danilo Pinnock of Arecibo.



Coamo - Humacao 90-95

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maratonistas (6-5) against seventh ranked Caciques (5-5) on Sunday night. Host Maratonistas were defeated by Caciques in a tough game in Coamo 90-95. Maratonistas were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 36-27 charge of Caciques, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-23 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caciques made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivan Johnson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who added 21 points during the contest. Five Caciques players scored in double figures. Guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) responded with 31 points and 9 rebounds and guard Christopher Vega (182-84) scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Maratonistas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caciques moved-up to fifth place. Loser Maratonistas dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Caciques will meet at home higher ranked Mets (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maratonistas will play against Cangrejeros in Santurce and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Coamo: J.Villegas 31+9reb+1ast, C.Vega 27+7reb+6ast, R.Fields 15+12reb+6ast, A.Ortiz 8+1reb, M.Freije 7+6reb+3ast, C.Gilberto 2+3reb
Humacao: J.Maye 21+4reb+1ast, J.Life 19+2reb+2ast, J.Ivan 18+10reb+2ast, C.Denis 15+5reb+5ast, M.Ali Berdiel 12+4reb+4ast, K.Penn 6+6reb
gschID: 125511


Arecibo - Quebradillas 78-83

Leader Quebradillas delivered the seventh victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Capitanes (4-5) 83-78 in Arecibo. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quebradillas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Daniel Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) chipped in 9 points and 12 assists. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and guard Omar Alvarado (180-83) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Quebradillas (7-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Bayamon. Loser Capitanes dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Quebradillas will face bottom-ranked Indios (#10) in Mayaguez in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Pinnock 28+14reb+1ast, L.Ayuso 13+2reb, A.Latimer 9+4reb+1ast, O.Alvarado 9+4reb+7ast, D.Cortes 7+1reb, D.Santiago 5+6reb+1ast
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 23+10reb+4ast, J.Jones 18+5reb, D.Huertas 10+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 9+2reb+12ast, D.Sims 9+8reb+2ast, A.Alamo 7+4reb
gschID: 125508


Santurce - San German 95-82

Bottom-ranked Cangrejeros managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Atleticos in Santurce 95-82. The game without a history. Cangrejeros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Five Cangrejeros players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 5 rebounds by Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) did not help to save the game for Atleticos. The former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) added 9 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Cangrejeros (3-6) moved-up to eighth place. Atleticos at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Cangrejeros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Maratonistas (#4) in Coamo and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
San German: J.Lloreda 18+5reb, D.Copeland 12+3ast, J.Nieves 10+5reb, R.Orta 9+3reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 9+5reb+1ast, J.Rodriguez 9+2reb+3ast
Santurce: M.Sweetney 20+7reb+2ast, W.Hodge 18+3reb+4ast, W.Pagan 16+4reb+7ast, R.Chaney 14+7reb+1ast, A.Reyes 13+5reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 12+6reb
gschID: 125509


Isabela - Guaynabo 92-95

There was no surprise in Isabela where 10th ranked Gallitos (3-7) were edged by fourth ranked Mets (7-4) 95-92 on Sunday. Mets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 32 points and 8 rebounds. Australian forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 22 points. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) produced 31 points and his fellow American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Mets and five Gallitos players scored in double figures. Mets moved-up to third place. Loser Gallitos dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Mets will face Caciques (#5) in Humacao in the next round. Gallitos will play on the road against Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Isabela: L.Clinch 31+4reb+3ast, F.Valencia 18+3reb+2ast, J.Verdejo 13+3reb+3ast, D.Hinson 11+1reb+5ast, S.Randolph 11+9reb+3ast, J.Soto 8+3reb
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 32+8reb+1ast, M.Worthington 22+2reb+1ast, S.Pruitt 14+8reb+1ast, C.Escalera 10+5ast, A.Guzman 8+3reb+9ast, A.Luis Figueroa 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 125510


Guaynabo - Bayamon 77-80

The most exciting game of round 8 in the BSN took place in Guaynabo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th ranked Mets (7-4) to second ranked Vaqueros (7-2) 80-77 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mets. Mets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Vaqueros made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Vaqueros had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Vaqueros made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 30 points and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Mets players scored in double figures. Vaqueros have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Quebradillas. Mets at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. Vaqueros is looking forward to face Atleticos (#7) in San German in the next round where they are favorite. Mets will play on the road against Caciques (#5) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo: S.Pruitt 17+14reb, A.Daniel Vassallo 13+9reb, A.Luis Figueroa 13+5reb+2ast, A.Guzman 12+3reb+5ast, C.Escalera 10+5reb+2ast, M.Worthington 10+7reb
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 30+3reb+9ast, T.Shannon 18+10reb, J.Mojica 10+8reb+1ast, C.Antrone Lee 9+10reb, R.Jose Hatton 7+3reb+4ast, R.Traylor 4+7reb+1ast
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Mayaguez - Coamo 79-81

Important game to mention about took place in Mayaguez. Third ranked Maratonistas (6-5) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Indios (3-7) 81-79 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It looked good early as Indios took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maratonistas had a 21-11 second period charge getting the lead and Indios were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-81. Maratonistas forced 20 Indios turnovers. Gilberto Clavell orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Ronnie Fields (193-77, college: High School, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Maratonistas players scored in double figures. Maratonistas' coach Pedro Cintron allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and Venezuelan power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Indios. Despite that victory Maratonistas went down to fourth position due to points difference. Indios at the other side dropped to the bottom place with seven games lost. They share the position with Isabela. Maratonistas will play against Cangrejeros (#8) in Santurce in the next round. Indios will play at home against Gallitos in Isabela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: R.Brandon 27+10reb+1ast, H.Romero 19+8reb+3ast, E.Ubiles 11+7reb, C.Rivera 8+6reb+7ast, E.Rodriguez 6, H.Valenzuela 5+3reb
Coamo: C.Gilberto 21+8reb, R.Fields 19+6reb+3ast, M.Freije 14+2reb, C.Vega 12+4reb+3ast, A.Ortiz 8+6reb, J.Villegas 5+3reb+4ast
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Weekly BSN Team Rankings-Week 4 - by Eric de la Cruz
This is a weekly segment that will be published every Monday, where I will rank the 10 teams of the BSN based primarily on Point Differential and Strength of Schedule, while also considering home and away games, back to backs, injuries and missing players (there is always player turnover in the league, be it teams changing import players, college players arriving at the end of their semester or native players still playing in Europe). Commentary will be included on some teams.

Not much movement this week in the rankings, which reflects the roster stability around the league (most teams have their rosters almost complete).
The week ended on a high note, thanks to an exciting game Sunday night between Coamo and Humacao.

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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo22.9 
 2. Villegas, Coamo22.1 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.4 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas21.2 
 5. Clinch, Isabela20.7 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez19.0 
 7. Brown, Quebradillas18.9 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon17.2 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce16.6 
 10. Randolph, Isabela15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.6 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.8 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.5 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon10.1 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.5 
 8. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.2 
 9. Vassallo, Guaynabo8.2 
 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. Guzman, Guaynabo5.7 
 4. Clinch, Isabela5.4 
 5. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Pagan, Santurce4.6 
 7. Copeland, San G.4.4 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.4 
 9. Vega, Coamo4.2 
 10. Hodge, Santurce4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Hinson, Isabela2.2 
 3. Clinch, Isabela2.2 
 4. Chaney, Santurce1.9 
 5. Harris, San German1.8 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
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, Coamo1.3 
 8. Rice, San German1.2 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce1.1 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo1.1 


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  QATAR   


Gharrafah join Rayyan in Emir Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Defending champions Gharrafah will play in Emir Cup Finals. They held off Ahli 73:59 to win semifinal series 3-1. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) stepped up with 25 points to pace Gharrafah. They will take on Rayyan on Friday.
Gharrafah started the game strongly. They outscored Ahli 19:6 in the opening frame. Gharrafah maintained the lead throughout the second term. Halftime scoreboard read 34:21 in favour of the reigning champions. Ahli got within 7 points midway through the third term but it was not enough. Gharrafah cleared off to double-digit lead in the final stanza and rallied to the win at the end. Alexander McLean (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports) notched 22 points and 11 rebounds for Gharrafah. Saintprux Bob, Hashem Zaidan (211-C-80) and Manyacka Eyoum replied with 13 points each for Ahli.



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  RUSSIA   


Ural Ekaterinburg defeats Severstal in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Superlaegue just ended.

The most exciting game of round 44 in the Superlaegue took place in Cherepovec. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Severstal (26-14) to fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (25-12) 79-76 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains fifth position with 25-12 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost.


Important game to mention about took place in Revda. Seventh ranked Metallurg-University (17-23) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (19-19) 98-95 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. Metallurg-University maintains seventh position with 17-23 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost.

Second ranked Spartak-Primorie (30-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (7-33) by 31 points 100-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Spartak-Primorie have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 30-10 record having just -23 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Saransk. Newly promoted Sojuz Zaretchny stay dead last with 33 lost games.

Lokomotiv unfortunately lost to Rjazan in a home game 68-72.

Spartak-Primorie - Zaretchny 100-69

Second ranked Spartak-Primorie (30-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (7-33) by 31 points 100-69, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. Spartak-Primorie led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spartak-Primorie have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 30-10 record having just -23 point less than leader Univ.Surgut, which they share with Saransk. Newly promoted Sojuz Zaretchny stay dead last with 33 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

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Irkutsk - Saransk 0-20
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Revda - Metallurg-Univ. 95-98

Important game to mention about took place in Revda. Seventh ranked Metallurg-University (17-23) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (19-19) 98-95 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TEMP-SUMZ Revda. Metallurg-University maintains seventh position with 17-23 record. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost.
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Severstal - Ural Ekaterinb. 76-79

The most exciting game of round 44 in the Superlaegue took place in Cherepovec. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Severstal (26-14) to fifth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (25-12) 79-76 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains fifth position with 25-12 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost.
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Lokomotiv - Rjazan 68-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Rjazan's (13-25) road victory over 9th ranked Lokomotiv (9-28) 72-68 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lokomotiv won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rjazan won last quarter 18-16. Rjazan maintains eighth position with 13-25 record. Loser Lokomotiv keeps the ninth place with 28 games lost.
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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 31-9 
 2. Spartak-Primorie 30-10 
 3. Saransk 30-10 
 4. Severstal 26-14 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 25-12 
 6. Revda 19-19 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 17-23 
 8. Rjazan 13-25 
 9. Lokomotiv 9-28 
 10. Irkutsk 8-32 
 11. Zaretchny 7-33 


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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 7-0 
 2. Helios 5-2 
 3. Zlatorog 4-3 
 4. Union Olimpija 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. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 8. Zolotic, Maribor .6.1 
 9. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
 10. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Primoz BROLIH
  Maribor Messer
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Brolih, Maribor .4.5 
 2. Jersin, Elektra4.5 
 3. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.5 
 4. Djordjevic, Krka4.3 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 7. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog3.8 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 9. Zagorc, Helios3.1 
 10. Klobucar, Union O.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.1 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Mezek, LTHcast .1.9 
 5. Jagodnik, Union O.1.6 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 7. Ikonic, Krka1.6 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 10. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.5 
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. Shermadini, Union O.1.0 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 6. Sviridov, Polzela0.7 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 8. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Pasalic, Helios0.5 
 10. Raymond, Helios0.5 


Zagorc number one in Slovenia for round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Ziga Zagorc (188-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Helios Domzale, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (18 pointssix assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Zlatorog (#3, 4-3) with 20-point margin 88-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Helios is placed at 2nd position in Slovenian Telemach League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Second Stage. Helios will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Zagorc has many years of experience at Helios, through which he has constantly improved. Ziga Zagorc has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.1apg) and averages impressive 58.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball) of league's second-best Helios. Raymond had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Helios to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Zlatorog (#3, 4-3) 88-68. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Helios consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Raymond is one of the most experienced players at Helios and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#5). He also registered 7.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Helios Domzale's star - Serbian center Marko Lekic (211-C-85). Lekic scored 24 points. He was another key player of Helios, helping his team with a 88-68 easy win against #3 ranked Zlatorog. Helios needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Lekic has a very solid season. In 19 games in Slovenia he scored 10.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matej Venta (187-G-84) of Polzela - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84) of Geoplin Slovan - 20 points and 4 rebounds
6. Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) of Maribor Messer - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Boris Jersin (183-G-85) of Elektra - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Luka Rupnik (184-G-93) of Geoplin Slovan - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Krka - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alen Omic (213-C-92) of Zlatorog - 8 points and 6 rebounds

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


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DStv PBL: Union Bank shot to the top, beat Islanders 86-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
With two games left in the regular season of the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Union Bank basketball club climb to the top of the conference log at the weekend with an 86-56 points win over Islanders basketball club in a week-12 pairing.

The win over the former Nigeria four-peat champion (Islanders) thus bring Union Bank basketball club record to 11-1 for 23 points to displaced Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt who is now second while Comets basketball club is placed third.

Union Bank BC next game will be against Comets basketball club next weekend at the sports hall of the national stadium, Surulere, Lagos and complete the regular season against Police Baton basketball club on May 8.

Action is expected to resume in the Savannah conference of the league soon after post presidential election violence caused the League Board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to put games in the conference on hold.

League Board chairman and federation 1st-Vice President, muktar Adamu Khaleh says the federation is watching events as it affect teams in the Savannah conference but gave assurance that with nomalcy returning to the areas the board will soon announce continuation of league games in the conference so as to finish the regular season on time.

Eight teams (four from each of the two conferences) are expected to make it to the final-8 playoffs with Kano Pillars basketball club as defending champion.


...... Dodan Warriors cage Police Baton 63-51

Coming from a 12-17 points lose in the first quarter of their week-12 pairing in Lagos on Sunday Dodan Warriors basketball club inch closer to a final-8 playoff qualification caging Police Baton basketball club by 63-51 points.

The Coach Adeka Daudu tutored Warriors reacted like a true warriors winning the second quarter by 19-08 points to take a 31-25 points advantage into the break, efforts by Coach Mark Balogun and his Police side to upstage the warriors at the resumption of play in the third quarter was rebuffed as both sides shared the 14points made in the quarter evenly (07-07) but it was the Warriors who took the initiative in the deciding quarter with compact offensive and defensive style of play, the full-court offense and defense thus yielded results of the 2006 FIBA Africa Champions Cup third place finisher winning the quarter by 25-19 points.

The results gave the Warriors a sound fourth placement on the log of the Atlantic conference with a 7-6 records.



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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.3 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.3 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.15.0 
 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. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 7. Trias, DKV Joventut6.3 
 8. Miralles, Lagun A.6.3 
 9. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.3 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
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. San Miguel, Manre.4.0 
 8. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 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. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 5. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 6. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 7. Davis, Cajasol1.6 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.1.6 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
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, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 5. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 6. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 7. Barac, Caja Laboral1.1 
 8. Slaughter, Valladolid1.1 
 9. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 
 10. Savane, Gran C.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 25-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-7 
 3. Valencia 22-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 20-11 
 5. Fuenlabrada 18-13 
 6. Gran Canaria 18-13 
 7. Bizkaia Bilbao 18-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-14 
 9. Valladolid 17-14 
 10. Estudiantes 16-15 
 11. Cajasol 15-16 
 12. DKV Joventut 14-17 
 13. CAI Zaragoza 14-17 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 11-20 
 15. Manresa 9-22 
 16. Meridiano 8-23 
 17. Granada 7-24 
 18. Menorca 6-25 


ACB Round 31: Regal FC Barcelona defeats DKV Joventut 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.

Twelfth-ranked DKV Joventut (14-17) gave a tough game to first ranked Regal FC Barcelona (25-6) in Badalona on Monday. The visitors from Barcelona managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DKV Joventut won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded DKV Joventut 43-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by DKV Joventut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) helped adding 17 points. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Will McDonald (206-79, college: S.Florida) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona maintains first place with 25-6 record. DKV Joventut lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. They share it with CAI Zaragoza. Regal FC Barcelona are looking forward to face Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in San Sebastian in the next round which should be an easy win for them. DKV Joventut will play on the road against CAI Zaragoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (17-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Power Electronics Valencia (22-9). Power Electronics Valencia managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Rafael Martinez (191-82) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Jeremy Richardson accounted for 14 points. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Unicaja Malaga in the defeat. Unicaja Malaga's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Power Electronics Valencia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-9 record having just three points less than leader Regal Barca. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Valladolid. Power Electronics Valencia will play against Asefa Estudiantes (#10) in Madrid in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unicaja Malaga will play on the road against Gran Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Madrid. Second ranked host Real Madrid (24-7) defeated 4th placed Caja Laboral (20-11) 76-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Caja Laboral. D'or Fischer fired 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Mirza Teletovic produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Real Madrid maintains second place with 24-7 record behind leader Regal Barca. Defending champion Caja Laboral keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Real Madrid's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Madrid to the arena Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 31: Fuenlabrada won against Bizkaia Bilbao on the opponent's court 84-75. Manresa unfortunately lost to Cajasol in a home game 58-66. Granada recorded a loss to Lagun Aro GBC on the road 64-75. Valladolid defeated CAI Zaragoza on its own court 82-70. Bottom-ranked Menorca was beaten by Estudiantes in Madrid 77-69. Meridiano lost to Gran Canaria at home 66-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 12 rebounds by Nik Caner-Medley of Estudiantes.


Bizkaia Bilbao - Fuenlabrada 75-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (18-13) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (18-13) 84-75. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (204-85) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian forward Marko Banic (205-84) added 16 points in the effort for Bizkaia Bilbao. Five Bizkaia Bilbao players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gran Canaria and Bizkaia Bilbao. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Madrid Real Madrid.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: L.Mainoldi 25+7reb+1ast, K.Valters 16+10reb+3ast, L.Barton 10+3reb, J.Colom 7+1reb+1ast, D.Kus 5+1reb+3ast, F.Lavina 5
Bizkaia Bilbao: M.Banic 16+3reb, C.Warren 13+6reb, C.Vasiliadis 12+4reb, J.Blums 11+1reb+1ast, A.Jackson 11+2reb+3ast, A.Mumbru 10+9reb+2ast
gschID: 92410


Manresa - Cajasol 58-66

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Cajasol (15-16) defeated on the road 15th ranked Assignia Manresa (9-22) 66-58. The guests were already 17 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 21-11 last quarter charge of Assignia Manresa cut the lead to 66-58 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Louis Bullock (185-76, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Katelynas (205-83, college: Chattanooga) contributed with 14 points for the winners. The former international guard Roman Montanez (193-79) answered with 14 points and guard Rodrigo San Miguel (190-85) added 10 points in the effort for Assignia Manresa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cajasol moved-up to eleventh place. Assignia Manresa lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Cajasol's next round opponent will be higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Assignia Manresa will play against Menorca Basquet (#18) in Mahon.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: L.Bullock 18+2reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 14+4reb, T.Urtasun 11+2reb, T.Satoransky 7+5reb+1ast, P.Davis 5+6reb+3ast, J.Triguero 4+10reb
Manresa: R.Montanez 14+1reb+2ast, J.Grimau 10+5reb, R.San Miguel 10+3reb+3ast, U.Slokar 8+4reb+1ast, M.Majstorovic 5+6reb, A.Alzamora 4+1reb
gschID: 92411


Lagun Aro GBC - Granada 75-64

Not a big story in a game in San Sebastian where 17th ranked CB Granada (7-24) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (11-20) 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by Lagun Aro GBC. CB Granada was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lagun Aro GBC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Lagun Aro GBC players scored in double figures. Icelandic guard Jon Stefansson (196-82) answered with 12 points and the former international center Jesus Fernandez (204-75) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CB Granada. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lagun Aro GBC maintains fourteenth place with 11-20 record. CB Granada at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Lagun Aro GBC's next round opponent will be league's leader Regal FC Barcelona on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CB Granada will play against Meridiano Alicante (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Baron 14+2reb+2ast, D.Lorbek 13+3reb+2ast, A.Miralles 13+9reb+2ast, D.Doblas 11+7reb, M.Kone 9+3reb, A.Panko 9+6reb+5ast
Granada: J.Stefansson 12+4reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 12+6reb, C.Karl 9+1reb+2ast, R.Freire 9+4reb+3ast, P.Prestes 8+4reb+1ast, A.Cesar Lima 6+1reb
gschID: 92407


DKV Joventut - Regal Barca 65-68

Twelfth-ranked DKV Joventut (14-17) gave a tough game to first ranked Regal FC Barcelona (25-6) in Badalona on Monday. The visitors from Barcelona managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But DKV Joventut won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded DKV Joventut 43-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by DKV Joventut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) helped adding 17 points. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Will McDonald (206-79, college: S.Florida) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Russell Robinson (185-86) scored 10 points. Regal FC Barcelona maintains first place with 25-6 record. DKV Joventut lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. They share it with CAI Zaragoza. Regal FC Barcelona are looking forward to face Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in San Sebastian in the next round which should be an easy win for them. DKV Joventut will play on the road against CAI Zaragoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regal Barca: A.Anderson 18+5reb+2ast, J.Carlos Navarro 17+1reb+2ast, B.Ndong 9+9reb, E.Lorbek 7+5reb, K.Perovic 6+4reb+2ast, T.Morris 5+6reb+1ast
DKV Joventut: W.McDonald 16+5reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 11+2reb+2ast, R.Robinson 10+4reb+2ast, P.Tomas 9+3reb+3ast, D.Jelinek 9+2reb+2ast, N.Llobet 6+6reb
gschID: 92408


Real Madrid - Caja Laboral 76-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Madrid. Second ranked host Real Madrid (24-7) defeated 4th placed Caja Laboral (20-11) 76-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Caja Laboral. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 24-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Real Madrid dominated on the defensive end, holding Caja Laboral to just 6 points in third quarter. American center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) fired 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International power forward Felipe Reyes (203-80) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian-Croatian center Stanko Barac (217-86) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Real Madrid maintains second place with 24-7 record behind leader Regal Barca. Defending champion Caja Laboral keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Real Madrid's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Madrid to the arena Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: D.Fischer 19+3reb, S.Rodriguez 16+2ast, F.Reyes 10+8reb+1ast, A.Tomic 9+5reb+2ast, C.Suarez 8+1reb+5ast, N.Mirotic 5+2reb+1ast
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 22+5reb, E.Batista 12+7reb, M.Huertas 11+3reb+4ast, S.Barac 9+13reb, D.Logan 6+1reb, F.San Emeterio 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 92409


Valladolid - CAI Zaragoza 82-70

Everything went according to plan in Valladolid where ninth ranked Blancos de Rueda (17-14) beat 11th ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-17) 82-70. The game was mostly controlled by Blancos de Rueda. CAI Zaragoza was better in fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blancos de Rueda dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CAI Zaragoza's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. French guard Stephane Dumas (190-78) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. Five Blancos de Rueda players scored in double figures. Blancos de Rueda's coach Porfirio Fisac allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Pablo Aguilar (203-89) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) added 8 points and 5 assists in the effort for CAI Zaragoza. Blancos de Rueda moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Unicaja. Newly promoted CAI Zaragoza dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Blancos de Rueda's next round opponent will be higher ranked Caja Laboral (#4) in Vitoria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CAI Zaragoza will play at home against DKV Joventut (#12) in Badalona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: M.Slaughter 17+2reb+1ast, D.Garcia 14, S.Dumas 13+2reb+9ast, J.Robinson 12+2reb+1ast, E.Baez 11+11reb+2ast, N.Martin 8+4reb+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: P.Aguilar 14+8reb+2ast, A.Chubb 13, C.Cabezas 13+1reb+2ast, P.Quinteros 8+3reb+5ast, R.Hettsheimeir 6+3reb, C.Toppert 6+2reb
gschID: 92404


Estudiantes - Menorca 77-69

There was no surprise in Madrid where 18th ranked Menorca Basquet (6-25) was defeated by tenth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (16-15) 77-69. Asefa Estudiantes outrebounded Menorca Basquet 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Menorca Basquet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Italian-Argentinian guard Pancho Jasen (199-78) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Asefa Estudiantes' coach Luis Casimiro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) answered with 18 points and Israeli guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) added 15 points in the effort for Menorca Basquet. Asefa Estudiantes maintains tenth place with 16-15 record. Newly promoted Menorca Basquet stay dead last with 25 lost games. Asefa Estudiantes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Power Electronics Valencia (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Menorca Basquet will play against Assignia Manresa (#15).
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: N.Caner-Medley 26+12reb+2ast, P.Jasen 12+8reb+3ast, S.Sanchez 11+2reb+2ast, A.Oliver 7+3reb+5ast, G.Gabriel 6+2reb, J.Asselin 5+4reb
Menorca: I.Radenovic 18+3reb, R.Limonad 15+4reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 10+1reb+6ast, U.Otegui 8+5reb+2ast, M.Sanders 6+1ast, R.Huertas 6+2ast
gschID: 92405


Meridiano - Gran Canaria 66-75

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (18-13) won against on the road 16th ranked Meridiano Alicante (8-23) 75-66. It looked good early as Meridiano Alicante took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gran Canaria 2014 had a 11-8 second period charge getting the lead and Meridiano Alicante was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-75. Gran Canaria 2014 made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Meridiano Alicante helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Javier Beiran (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds. Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 17 points for the winners. French guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) answered with 15 points and American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) added 13 points in the effort for Meridiano Alicante. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gran Canaria 2014. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fuenlabrada and Bizkaia Bilbao. Meridiano Alicante lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Gran Canaria 2014's next round opponent will be Unicaja Malaga (#8) at home. Meridiano Alicante will play against CB Granada (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: M.Bramos 17+1reb+1ast, S.Nelson 13+2reb+2ast, J.Beiran 10+9reb+3ast, J.Carroll 9+2reb, X.Rey 8+8reb+1ast, J.Moran 7+2reb+1ast
Meridiano: T.Heurtel 15+1reb+2ast, J.Doellman 13+4reb, M.Stojic 9+3reb, M.Andriuskevicius 8+5reb, M.Rancik 6+4reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92406


Valencia - Unicaja 73-71

Eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (17-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Power Electronics Valencia (22-9). Power Electronics Valencia managed to secure only two-point victory 73-71. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Unicaja Malaga won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for guard Rafael Martinez (191-82) who led the winners and scored 15 points. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) added 18 points respectively for Unicaja Malaga in the defeat. Unicaja Malaga's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Power Electronics Valencia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 22-9 record having just three points less than leader Regal Barca. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Valladolid. Power Electronics Valencia will play against Asefa Estudiantes (#10) in Madrid in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unicaja Malaga will play on the road against Gran Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valencia: R.Martinez 15+1reb+1ast, J.Richardson 14+3reb, N.De Colo 12+4reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 10+4reb, D.Savanovic 9+8reb, S.Lishchuk 7+7reb
Unicaja: J.Freeland 18+3reb+1ast, G.Fitch 16+7reb+3ast, N.Sinanovic 13+6reb, B.Rodriguez 7+2ast, T.McIntyre 6+3reb+5ast, J.Garbajosa 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 92403


Round 30
Cajasol - Estudiantes 88-74

Twelfth ranked Cajasol (15-16) beat at home 10th ranked Asefa Estudiantes (16-15) by 14 points 88-74, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Cajasol. Asefa Estudiantes was better in fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cajasol players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Katelynas (205-83, college: Chattanooga) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 rebounds. American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Cajasol players scored in double figures. Guard Sergio Sanchez (190-81) answered with 10 points and 4 assists and center German Gabriel (207-80) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Asefa Estudiantes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cajasol moved-up to eleventh place. Asefa Estudiantes at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Cajasol's next round opponent will be higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: M.Katelynas 15+5reb+2ast, T.Urtasun 14+2ast, P.Davis 13+8reb, T.Satoransky 12+1reb+6ast, T.Kirksay 8+5reb+4ast, J.Sastre Morro 6+2reb+1ast
Estudiantes: P.Jasen 11+3reb, D.Clark 11+3reb, S.Sanchez 10+3reb+4ast, G.Gabriel 9+5reb+2ast, N.Caner-Medley 8+2reb, T.Ellis 7+4reb
gschID: 127232




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St. Thomas boys, St. Croix girls win at Sun Stroke Classic - by David Edole
ST. CROIX - Merwin Potter (93) has represented the territory abroad while playing for the USVI national basketball team, so as the final seconds ticked away on his last high school game, he knew exactly what to do.

The Charlotte Amalie High School senior scored nine of his team's final 13 points to lift the St. Thomas All-Star boys to an 80-76 victory over the St. Croix All-Stars at the 13th annual Sun Stroke All-V.I. Hoops Classic at Central High School on Saturday night.

Potter was named the game's MVP after an overflowing crowd witnessed his 30-point performance. He also finished with eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists.

'This was the first all-star game I've played in and this is my last year so I wanted to go out with a bang,' said Potter, who later admitted it was the biggest crowd he's ever played in front of.

Sun Stroke Promotions president Rashidi Clenance, who co-organizes the event, estimated that 1,300 fans packed Central High's Ronald Charles Arena for the doubleheader.

In the girls game, Lanese Bough (168-G-93), a senior guard at Central High, filled the stat sheet with eight points, eight steals, six assists and five rebounds to pace the St. Croix All-Star girls in a 61-58 win over St. Thomas.

The St. Thomas boys won for the first time in four years, but St. Croix still leads the all-time series, 8-5. With their win, the Lady Crucians opened a slight edge on St. Thomas, 7-6.

The pace of the boys game never slowed down as players scrambled on the floor for loose balls and attacked the basket at will. As players quickly became accustomed to their new All-Star teammates, fast-break passes started to rack up and a few dunks highlighted the contest.

'Even though we may not have played on the same team together, we've all known each other for years,' said Potter, who is unsure of his future college destination but would like to play basketball at the next level. 'At the same time, we wanted to win and I think a lot of guys really showed some hustle.'

Central junior Razeem Huggins tallied a team-high 16 points to go along with seven rebounds to lead the St. Croix boys. Raydel Denis, an Educational Complex senior, finished with 13 points, while the Barracudas duo of Tamoi Francis and Melvine Adams added 12 points apiece.

The St. Thomas boys took the lead in the second quarter and despite not playing organized basketball for the last month, the group remained steady down the stretch. St. Croix trailed by as many as 11 points but tied the game twice in the fourth quarter.

Adams scored six points during an 8-0 run that St. Croix used to tie the score, 60-60, with 5:40 remaining. St. Thomas coach Pedrito Estrill called a timeout to let his team re-focus, and it paid off.

'We held a lead for so long - there was no way we were going to let it slip away in the fourth,' said Potter, who scored 12 points in the final period.

CAHS junior Cursim Hansen had 12 points, eight rebounds and a team-high five assists for the St. Thomas boys. Ivanna Eudora Kean High junior Xavier Richards and CAHS senior Deshawn Creque each tallied 11 points. Richards also finished with a game-high 15 rebounds, while Antilles junior Dornel Weaver added 14 boards.

For the St. Croix girls, a trio of seniors had to step it up in the second half in order to contain a breakout performance from CAHS freshman Jerusha Corbett, who notched 16 points before the intermission.

'Coach told us at halftime that she had 16 points and she was a freshman,' said Central senior Melanesiah Hendricks, who finished with 11 points for the St. Croix girls. 'It's an all-star game and we were out here having fun, but we couldn't let a freshman do that here.'

Corbett was held scoreless in the second half but still led the St. Thomas girls in scoring while adding seven rebounds and six steals. Antilles sophomore Edidiong Utibe tallied 14 points and a whopping 19 rebounds for St. Thomas, while CAHS junior Shaniqua Wheatley added 13 points and four assists.

Veronique Llanos, who was last year's MVP, finished with 11 points for the St. Croix girls. She played in the last prep game of her career and had some family on the court with her.

'Melanesiah and I go to different schools but we're cousins,' said Llanos, who scored on a put-back to give the Lady Crucians a 59-52 lead with 1:37 left. 'This was a great experience and we're both looking forward to playing in college.'

Panola College women's head basketball coach Tracey Stellato was in attendance and said she was very interested in a handful of players.

'Coach Stellato really liked what she saw,' said Clenance, who helped start the annual event in 1998. 'She also kept tabs on our boys and will go back to tell their men's coach about them. That's why we started this thing and we're very excited for these kids to get some exposure.'

On Friday night, Llanos won the girls skills challenge, while Hendricks took home the 3-point contest honors.

On the boys side, Central senior Kadeem Jones (94) won the 3-point contest, Huggins took the skills challenge and Richards threw down a reverse 360 dunk to claim the slam dunk competition.

By AARON GRAY (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 25, 2011


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2011 BBL Play Off Final Confirmed - by Paul Nilsen
It will be a repeat of January's BBL Cup Final as both the One Health Sharks Sheffield and the Mersey Tigers will return to the NIA, Birmingham next Saturday to fight it out for the final piece of silverware of the season in the BBL Championship Play-off Final after they defeated the Newcastle Eagles and Cheshire Jets in their respective semi-finals on Sunday.

Both sides have already acquired one trophy to their name this season with the Sharks defeating the Tigers in the Cup Final in January while the Tigers overcame the Guildford Heat to win the BBL Trophy Final in March.

The Sharks trailed by eight points after the first leg of their tie with the Eagles, but overcame that deficit to secure a 98-78 victory on the night, and a 166-154 aggregate victory, at the EIS, Sheffield on Sunday afternoon.

An impressive 32 point, 13 rebound performance from Olu Babalola (198-F-81, college: Clemson) was the star turn for the Sharks as 15-1 tear midway through the final period helped send the home side out to a 95-75 lead with 2:07 left in the contest, and despite a valiant effort from the Eagles to get themselves back into the game, the home side secured the victory from the foul-line.

The Tigers enjoyed a slightly more comfortable route into the Final thanks to an 86-79 victory over the Jets at the Amaechi Centre, Manchester on Sunday evening to hand them a 165-143 aggregate victory over their visitors.

Despite the Jets leading by a point at 26-27 after the first quarter, the Tigers stepped up their intensity on the defensive end and increased their offensive production as a result to outscore their opponents 19-7 in the second quarter to head into the locker rooms leading 45-34 at the half.

The second half saw the Tigers extend their lead in the third quarter, but an impressive shooting display from Stephan Gayle in the final quarter had the Jets hoping for an impressive turnaround in the dying stages, but they were unable to overturn the deficit enough and the Tigers enjoyed their victory and return to the NIA for the second time this season, but will be hoping for a better result this time.



GARBELOTTO LAUDS PRAISE ON HIS INJURY HIT TIGERS TEAM - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers Head Coach Tony Garbelotto has paid tribute to his injury-hit players after they eased their way past Cheshire Jets to make it to the BBL Play-Off Final and keep their dreams of a super trophy treble alive.

Having already lost the services of team leader Drew Sullivan, Garbelotto was thrilled with how his patched-up side performed across the penultimate weekend of the 2010-11 campaign.

He said, We played really solidly and especially since we have multiple injuries.

James Jones suffered a strain. He was unbelievable for someone who was limping. It was also debatable whether David Aliu should have even played this weekend, but he had an incredible game on Saturday.

Were playing really good basketball. Once we stop trading baskets with a team, were really solid. added Garbelotto.

James Jones has been excellent all season for Tigers and he was also happy to have emerged from two weekend wins with an improved performance in the 86-79 semi-final second leg success.

'I shot a lot better than Saturday, but I suffered a bit of a hamstring injury in the first game so we werent sure if Id play. claimed Jones.
We jumped out to an 11 point lead at half-time and traded baskets after that.

We had it under control and it was a good team performance.

Tigers now face One Health Sharks Sheffield at the NIA in Birmingham on Saturday with the opportunity to avenge their BBL Cup Final defeat earlier this year.




Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle21.1 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 5. Blount, Leices.20.3 
 6. Smith, Newcastle20.2 
 7. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Zabas, Plymouth19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.2 
 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. Dobbins, Worcester7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Blount, Leices.5.2 
 3. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.6 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth4.5 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Jackson, Newcastle4.3 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 10. Creppy, Worcester3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle2.1 
 4. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 5. Bell, Cheshire Jets1.9 
 6. Gill, MK Lions1.8 
 7. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 8. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.1.8 
 9. Livas, Glasgow .1.8 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle1.7 
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. Porter, Guildfor.0.6 


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 21-5 
 2. Marinos 21-6 
 3. Trotamundos 17-9 
 4. Guaiqueries 13-11 
 5. Gigantes 13-15 
 6. Bucaneros 12-14 
 7. Panteras 12-16 
 8. Toros 11-16 
 9. Guaros 9-18 
 10. Gaiteros 4-23 


LPB 2011 News - David Cubillan (Trotamundos) gets Player of the Week award - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Point guard David Cubillan (183-PG-87), of Trotamundos de Carabobo, was named Player of the Week in Week 7 of the LPB 2011's regular season, as he averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game, stats that also granted him his seventh consecutive Rookie of the Week designation.

It is his second time as the league's best player weekly player in this, his first LPB season after a successful four-year career in the NCAA's Division 1 with the Marquette Golden Eagles.

Other players considered for the award were Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) and Rafael Guevara (194-F-79), of Bucaneros de La Guaira and Axiers Sucre (198-F-78), of Marinos de Anzoategui.


LPB 2011 - Week 8 (Apr. 11th): Trotamundos and Toros take down visitors - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Panteras de Miranda and Gigantes de Guayana got back at Bucaneros de La Guaira and Marinos de Anzoategui to earn series splits against them, while Cocodrilos de Caracas topped Toros de Aragua as visitors and Guaiqueries de Margarita had to sweat at home to beat Gaiteros del Zulia.

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 108 - PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 91
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 27-33-19-29= 108
PAN: 16-23-30-22= 91

Scorers
TRO: Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) 21 points, Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) 18 points and 8 rebounds, Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) 18 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 15 points, Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 12 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 8 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 8 points, Ryan Wright (206-F-87) 5 points and 9 rebounds, Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) 2 points, Leinert Zerpa (182-G-82) 1 point, Pedro Brito (204-F/C-82) 0 points, Yorbis Umbria (203-F-85) 0 points
PAN: DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) 25 points and 8 rebounds, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 20 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 17 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 14 points, Michael Flores (192-G-85) 10 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 3 points and 8 assists, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 2 points, Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 0 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 0 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 0 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 0 points

TOROS DE ARAGUA 89 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 84
Rafael Romero Bolivar Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 26-23-18-22= 89
BUC: 23-19-25-17= 84

Scorers
TOR: Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) 32 points, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 18 points and 10 rebounds, Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) 12 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 10 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 7 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 6 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 2 points, Robert Palacios (185-PG) 2 points, Johan Pinero (183-PG-76) 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 0 points, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points
BUC: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 26 points and 8 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 17 points, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82) 13 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 12 points, Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76) 9 points, Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75) 3 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 2 points, Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) 2 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 0 points, Samuel Marseille (193-G-91) 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-PG-90) 0 points



LPB 2011 - Week 7 (Apr. 10th): Guaiqueries completes home sweep over Gaiteros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita completed a home sweep over Gaiteros del Zulia to extend their winning streak and continue their way up into the top places in the LPB 2011 regular season standings, while Gaiteros del Zulia appear to have withdrawn from the fight and will start sending away players to cope with an excrutiating finantial crisis, including a filed FIBA complain that has banned them from bringing in new players.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 79 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 69
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 16-27-21-15= 79
GAI: 23-15-12-19= 69

Scorers
GUAI: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 19 points, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 15 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 13 points and 13 rebounds, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 11 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 8 points, Jamar Smith (191-G-87) 5 points, Cesar Silva (187-G-81) 4 points, Steve Thomas (203-F-81) 2 points, Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) 2 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 0 points, Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) 0 points, Carlos Rodriguez (206-C-89) 0 points
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 27 points and 7 assists, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 11 points, Omar Mejias (175-PG-80) 8 points, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 7 points and 9 rebounds, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 7 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-PG-78) 6 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 2 points, Morris Sierraalta (190-G/F-87) 1 point, Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Jaime Finol (195-F-87) 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 7 (Apr. 9th): Panteras and Gigantes get back at rivals, Cocodrilos and Guaiqueries win - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Panteras de Miranda and Gigantes de Guayana got back at Bucaneros de La Guaira and Marinos de Anzoategui to earn series splits against them, while Cocodrilos de Caracas topped Toros de Aragua as visitors and Guaiqueries de Margarita had to sweat at home to beat Gaiteros del Zulia.

GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 90 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 79
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 16-27-21-15= 79
GIG: 23-24-16-27= 90

Scorers
MAR: Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 30 points, Maurice Carter (183-G-83) 13 points, Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) 8 points and 5 assists, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) 8 points, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82) 8 points, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 7 points, Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 3 points, Carlos Morris (194-G-76) 2 points, Dennis Dadezzio (191-G-81) 0 points, Manuel Briceno (203-C/F-79) 0 points, Robert Yriarte (201-F-89) 0 points, Jorge Prada (182-G-90) 0 points
GIG: Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) 34 points and 10 rebounds, Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 25 points, Paul Stoll (178-G-85) 15 points, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) 10 points and 7 rebounds, Jorge Leon (186-PG-79) 2 points, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 2 points, Randy Vasquez (190-G-78) 2 points, Jader Fernandez (197-F-82) 0 points, Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) 0 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 0 points, Elvis Baez (189-PG-89) 0 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 0 points

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 115 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 97
Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
PAN: 18-29-32-36= 115
BUC: 20-23-15-39= 97

Scorers
BUC: Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 22 points, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, Maurice Acker (173-G-87) 15 points, Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) 11 points, Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76) 11 points, Luis Julio (202-F-80) 6 points and 7 rebounds, Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) 5 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez (203-F/C-79) 4 points, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 3 points, Samuel Marseille (193-G-91) 3 points, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82) 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker (179-PG-90) 0 points
PAN: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 24 points, Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 21 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 19 points, DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) 18 points and 13 rebounds, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 15 points, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) 6 points, Curtis Withers (203-F-84) 4 points, Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 2 points and 12 assists, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 2 points, Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) 2 points, Edgar Sifontes (185-F-85) 2 points, Elvis Burguillos (194-G/F-82) 0 points

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 85 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 82
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 19-20-29-24= 82
COC: 22-22-27-14= 85

Scorers
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 20 points and 15 rebounds, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 17 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 14 points, Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) 12 points, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 11 points, Windi Graterol (204-C-86) 5 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 4 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 2 points, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) 0 points, Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) 0 points, Henry Paez (184-PG-70) 0 points, Darwin Matos (197-G/F-85) 0 points
TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 23 points and 9 rebounds, Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80) 21 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 19 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 10 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 4 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) 3 points, Robert Palacios (185-PG) 2 points, Johan Pinero (183-PG-76) 0 points, Alejandro Otaiza (190-F-76) 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez (198-F-80) 0 points, Jose Silvera (183-PG-92) 0 points, Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) 0 points

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 67 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 65
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 18-16-20-13= 67
GAI: 17-11-12-25= 65

Scorers
GUAI: Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 16 points and 7 rebounds, Steve Thomas (203-F-81) 13 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 10 points, Cesar Silva (187-G-81) 6 points, Pablo Machado (207-C-77) 5 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 5 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 4 points, Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) 3 points, Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) 3 points, Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86) 2 points, Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80) 0 points, Carlos Rodriguez (206-C-89) 0 points
GAI: Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 18 points and 11 rebounds, Omar Mejias (175-PG-80) 15 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 14 points, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) 9 points, Kervis Ramirez (190-PG-78) 5 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 4 points, Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 0 points, Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 0 points, Morris Sierraalta (190-G/F-87) 0 points, Jaime Finol (195-F-87) 0 points



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Women News

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  BAHRAIN - Women  


Bahrain prevail against Kuwait for the first win in Qatar - by Eurobasket News
Bahrain recorded their first win at the inaugural GCC Championship in Doha. They toppled Kuwait to improve at 1-1 record. Mariam Hedar stepped up with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assist to lead Bahrain to a 52:33 victory. Bahrain gave little chance for their opponents in this one. They led from start to finish to post a comfortable 52:33 win at the end. Bahrain stormed into the game building a 20:5 lead after ten minutes. Bahrain stayed in charge throughout the reminder of contest and eased to the win at the end. Fatima Adel had 16 points for Bahrain. Esha Adnan answered with 11 points and 20 rebounds for Kuwait. Mounera Walid netted 5 points in the loss. Bahrain face Oman in their third game at the tournament.


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Gorizont triumphs in 2010/2011 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Gorizont triumphs in 2010/2011 Finals as they edged their rivals Minsk-2006. Two games at home court of Gorizont were the last in the series as they won the series 3-1.
After the teams exchanged the wins in the first two games, the third game became the most interesting. Gorizont needed overtime to seal 99:96 victory. Trailing 13 points at the halftime, Gorizont produced a 24-13 in the fourth period and then won the extra time 14-11. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-F/G-88, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 25 points and Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) netted 17. Brooke Queenan (188-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 29 points, while Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 24 points and 10 rebounds.
In Game 4 Gorizont triumphed with 86:72 victory. The last quarter became decisive in the game as the hosts needed 30-18 for the final spurt. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) erupted with 27 points and 19 rebounds, while Natalia Anufryienka added 22. Brooke Queenan answered with 22 points in the losing effort.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Leemans, Sint K.20.3 
 2. Tatham, Point C.18.4 
 3. Meesseman, Ieper18.0 
 4. Dennett, Sint K.16.9 
 5. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.5 
 6. Decroos, BBC Boom15.7 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.15.1 
 8. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.10.2 
 3. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 4. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 5. Gaither, Dexia N.8.8 
 6. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.6 
 7. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 8. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.1 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.7.2 
 10. Maes, Deerlijk7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 3. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 4. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.0 
 5. Vanloo, Waregem1.9 
 6. Deyaert, Waregem1.9 
 7. Blommaers, Houth.1.8 
 8. Van Driel, BBC B.1.8 
 9. Devliegher, Ieper1.8 
 10. Degels, Jeugd G.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.4 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 3. Gaither, Dexia N.2.2 
 4. Leemans, Sint K.2.1 
 5. Van De Bruae., Deerl.2.1 
 6. Van Driel, BBC B.2.0 
 7. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 8. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 9. Celus, Sint Kateline1.9 
 10. Deyaert, Waregem1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Ieper
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Meesseman, Ieper2.8 
 2. Boonen, BBC Boom1.8 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.1.6 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 5. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 6. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 8. Gaither, Dexia N.0.8 
 9. De Meyer, Willebroek0.7 
 10. Raman, Waregem0.7 


D1 Finals: Waregem blasts Sint Kateline 73-46, forces decisive Game Three - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 2: Waregem - Sint Kateline 73-46 (1-1)

Second game of D1 Finals was played on Saturday. Waregem destroyed Sint Kateline 73-46 tying the score to 1-1 in the series. It means that the home squad forced decisive Game Three, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Waregem will be the host once again as they were the regular season champions with 17-3 record. However, Sint Kateline is the defending champion from the last season. Waregem won the title last time in 2008.
The game without a history. Declercq Stortbeton led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sint Kateline Waver to just 7 points in first quarter. Declercq Stortbeton forced 19 Sint Kateline Waver turnovers. The former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Irina Medvedeva (190-76) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Hanne Mestdagh (179-93) replied with 9 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sint Kateline Waver. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next game.

Top scorers:
Waregem: J.Vanloo 12+1reb+1ast, A.Boucquey 11+4reb, I.Medvedeva 10+6reb+1ast, N.Deyaert 9+8reb+3ast, J.Raman 8+3reb+1ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 8+2reb+1ast
Sint Kateline: M.Dennett 12+8reb+1ast, M.Celus 10+1reb, H.Mestdagh 9+12reb, F.Mertens 5+3reb, A.Winkelmans 3+3reb, J.Goyvaerts 3+2reb
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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
League 3
 1. Mladi Krajisnik 3-1 
 2. Celik 2-1 
 3. Zeljeznicar 0-3 
Places 4-11
 1. Igman 12-6 
 2. Jedinstvo 11-7 
 3. Sloboda 10-8 
 4. Tomislav 9-9 
 5. Banovici 7-11 
 6. Borac ML-IEFK 5-13 
 7. Rudar 3-15 
 8. Trebinje 0-18 


D1 Round 5 (second stage): Celik hands first defeat to Mladi Krajisnik - by Eurobasket News
Celik - Mladi Krajisnik 59-52
Undefeated Mladi Krajisnik (3-1) recorded its first loss in Zenica on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Celik (2-1) 59-52. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Aldijana Iriskic (172-G-85) was the leading player in victory with 17 points. Milica Deura (178-G-90) scored 18 in defeat. Celik maintains second place with 2-1 record behind leader Mladi Krajisnik. Celik are looking forward to face Zeljeznicar (#3) in Sarajevo in the next round. Mladi Krajisnik already played their four games in the second stage.


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB: Bourges and Tarbes to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Bourges and Tarbes will fight for the LFB title again. They eliminated Lattes Montpellier and Challes with perfect 2-0 and will meet in the Finals. It will be another best-of-three series with Bourges having the home court advantage (format 1-1-1, May 1, May 5, May 7*). Bourges was the regular season champion with 24-2 record. However, Tarbes is the defending champion from the last season so very exciting Finals is expected.



Bourges - Lattes Montp. 65-55 (2-0)

It looked good early as Lattes Montpellier took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bourges had a 15-8 second period charge getting the lead and Lattes Montpellier was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-65. Bourges brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Catherine Joens (180-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Gaelle Skrela (177-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Croatian swingman Ana Lelas (183-83) added 10 points in the effort for Lattes Montpellier.
Top scorers:
Bourges: C.Joens 14+5reb+2ast, E.Ndongue 11+3reb+2ast, P.Salagnac 10+8reb+2ast, E.Miyem 8+8reb+1ast, S.Kaltsidou 8+3reb+1ast, A.Lardy 5+3reb+3ast
Lattes Montp.: G.Skrela 17+5reb+1ast, F.Sacko 11+2reb, A.Lelas 10+4reb+1ast, S.Dijon 6+2reb, A.Poto 5+3reb+3ast, I.Perovanovic 4+10reb


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Challes - Tarbes 66-75 (0-2)
The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 41-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tarbes made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Roneeka Hodges (180-82, college: Florida St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Montenegrin center Jelena Dubljevic (192-87) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Bianca Thomas (178-88, college: Mississippi) produced 21 points and the former international forward Magali Lacroix (186-75) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: R.Hodges 22+7reb+1ast, J.Dubljevic 21+5reb+3ast, I.Matic 10+7reb, F.Lepron 7+4reb+3ast, P.Lo 7+3reb, B.Smith 6+6reb+2ast
Challes: B.Thomas 21+3reb+1ast, M.Lacroix 15+6reb+1ast, M.Bass-Williams 10+7reb+4ast, A.Plagnard 9+4reb+3ast, S.Palie 5+4reb, J.Fleisher 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 127516




LF2 Round 28: #1 Lyon is defeated by Nice - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LF2.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lyon (24-4) on the court of second ranked Nice on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Nice 63-51. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Nice. Lyon managed to win fourth quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nice (21-7) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just three points less than leader Lyon, which they share with Roche. Lyon at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Nice is looking forward to face Reims (#4) on the road in the next round. Lyon will play against CFBB in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Pleyber-Christ. Ninth ranked Perpignan (14-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Pleyber Christ (14-14) 62-61 in the game for the seventh place. Perpignan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pleyber Christ and Voiron. Perpignan will play against higher ranked Armentieres (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pleyber Christ will play against Pau Lacq Orthez in Pau and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Dunkerque where 8th ranked Etoile de Voiron (14-14) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Dunkerque (12-15) 64-59 on Saturday. Dunkerque moved-up to tenth place. Loser Etoile de Voiron dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Perpignan and Pleyber Christ. Dunkerque will meet SI Graffenstaden (#11) in the next round. Etoile de Voiron will play against Le Havre (#12) and hope to secure a win.
16th ranked CFBB (3-25) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Reims (20-8) with the biggest margin this round 67-35. Reims maintains fourth position with 20-8 record. CFBB at the other side stay dead last with 25 lost games. Reims' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Nice at home and it may be the game of the week. CFBB will play against the league's leader Lyon (#1).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Pau Orthez lost to Armentieres on the opponent's court 44-55. Le Havre managed to outperform SI Graffenstaden in a home game 65-59. Rennes recorded a loss to Angers on the road 80-69. Roche crushed Limoges on its own court 56-37.



CFBB - Reims 35-67

16th ranked CFBB (3-25) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Reims (20-8) with the biggest margin this round 67-35. The game without a history. Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Reims maintains fourth position with 20-8 record. CFBB at the other side stay dead last with 25 lost games. Reims' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Nice at home and it may be the game of the week. CFBB will play against the league's leader Lyon (#1).
gschID: 111051


Armentieres - Pau Orthez 55-44

Very expected game when 15th ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (5-22) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Armentieres (15-12) 55-44. It looked good early as Pau Lacq Orthez took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Armentieres had a 18-5 second period charge getting the lead and Pau Lacq Orthez was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 44-55. Armentieres dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau Lacq Orthez to just 5 points in second quarter. Armentieres have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 15-12 record. Newly promoted Pau Lacq Orthez keeps the fifteenth place with 22 games lost. Armentieres' next round opponent will be Perpignan (#7) on the road. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against Pleyber Christ (#8) in Pleyber-Christ.
gschID: 111052


Pleyber Christ - Perpignan 61-62

Important game to mention about took place in Pleyber-Christ. Ninth ranked Perpignan (14-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Pleyber Christ (14-14) 62-61 in the game for the seventh place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-10. But Pleyber Christ won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perpignan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pleyber Christ and Voiron. Perpignan will play against higher ranked Armentieres (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pleyber Christ will play against Pau Lacq Orthez in Pau and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 111053


Dunkerque - Voiron 64-59

An interesting game took place in Dunkerque where 8th ranked Etoile de Voiron (14-14) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Dunkerque (12-15) 64-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-59. Dunkerque moved-up to tenth place. Loser Etoile de Voiron dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Perpignan and Pleyber Christ. Dunkerque will meet SI Graffenstaden (#11) in the next round. Etoile de Voiron will play against Le Havre (#12) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 111054


Le Havre - SI Graffenstaden 65-59

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Le Havre (11-16) defeated at home 10th ranked SI Graffenstaden (12-16) 65-59. Newly promoted Le Havre maintains twelfth position with 11-16 record. SI Graffenstaden at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Le Havre's next round opponent will be higher ranked Etoile de Voiron (#9) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 111055


Angers - Rennes 80-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 13th ranked Rennes (10-18) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Angers (10-18) 80-69. Rennes was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Angers, which allowed them to win the game. Angers moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Rennes. Rennes lost third consecutive game. Angers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Limoges (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 111048


Roche - Limoges 56-37

Everything went according to plan in La Roche where third ranked Roche (21-7) outscored 5th ranked Limoges (16-12) 56-37. Roche moved-up to second place, which they share with Nice. Limoges at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be Rennes (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Limoges will play against Angers (#14) and be promoted back to the LFB just one year after relegation.
gschID: 111049


Nice - Lyon 63-51

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Lyon (24-4) on the court of second ranked Nice on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Nice 63-51. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Nice. Lyon managed to win fourth quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nice (21-7) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position having just three points less than leader Lyon, which they share with Roche. Lyon at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Nice is looking forward to face Reims (#4) on the road in the next round. Lyon will play against CFBB in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 111050




Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 24-4 
 2. Nice 21-7 
 3. Roche 21-7 
 4. Reims 20-8 
 5. Limoges 16-12 
 6. Armentieres 15-12 
 7. Perpignan 14-14 
 8. Pleyber Christ 14-14 
 9. Voiron 14-14 
 10. Dunkerque 12-15 
 11. SI Graffenstaden 12-16 
 12. Le Havre 11-16 
 13. Rennes 10-18 
 14. Angers 10-18 
 15. Pau Orthez 5-22 
 16. CFBB 3-25 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bass-W., Challes19.1 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.4 
 3. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.9 
 4. Dubljevic, Tarbes15.3 
 5. Humphrey, Landes15.3 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve14.7 
 7. Mann, Charleville14.3 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville14.3 
 9. Hurst, Aix-en-P.14.1 
 10. Covington, Union H.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville10.8 
 2. Humphrey, Landes10.0 
 3. Diawara, Charleville9.7 
 4. Bass-W., Challes9.3 
 5. Bales, Union Hainaut8.8 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve8.6 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.2 
 8. Matic, Tarbes7.0 
 9. Grima, Aix-en-P.6.8 
 10. Thomas, Villeneuve6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 2. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.7 
 3. Lepron, Tarbes4.2 
 4. Manic, Landes4.2 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.0 
 6. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.8 
 7. Bar, Challes3.7 
 8. Aubert, Toulouse3.5 
 9. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.5 
 10. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gomis, Arras2.6 
 2. Bar, Challes2.4 
 3. Skrela, Lattes M.2.2 
 4. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 5. Poto, Lattes M.2.0 
 6. Young, Landes1.9 
 7. Bouderra, Charleville1.9 
 8. Lepron, Tarbes1.8 
 9. Bonnan, Mondeville1.8 
 10. Kamba, Union H.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alison BALES
  Union Hainaut
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bales, Union Hainaut2.1 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.7 
 3. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 4. Bertal, Villeneuve0.7 
 5. Dowdell, Toulouse0.7 
 6. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 
 7. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 8. Bar, Challes0.6 
 9. Bass-W., Challes0.6 
 10. Smith, Tarbes0.6 


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  KUWAIT - Women  


Kuwait lose two in a row at GCC Championship - by Eurobasket News
Kuwait started their GCC Championship campaign with two losses. Kuwait took on Bahrain in the opener. Bahrain gave little chance for their opponents in this one. They led from start to finish to post a comfortable 52:33 win at the end. Bahrain stormed into the game building a 20:5 lead after ten minutes. Bahrain stayed in charge throughout the reminder of contest and eased to the win at the end. Mariam Hedar delivered 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Fatima Adel had 16 points for Bahrain. Esha Adnan answered with 11 points and 20 rebounds for Kuwait. Mounera Walid netted 5 points in the loss.
Kuwait faced hosting Qatar in their second game in Doha. Qatar proved the strength registering a 52:29 win. The hosts led by just a single point after a low-scoring first half 15:14. But Qatar shifted the gear in the second half and fired 37 points to run away for the victory. Warda Mourgam tallied 24 points, 13 boards and 7 assists for Qatar. Amal Aurad provided 11 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Esha Adnan and Atlaf Mousaed had 6 points each in the losing effort.
Kuwait will face UAE on Tuesday.



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Racing
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 32
 1. Evans, Racing32.0 
 2. Bingham, Amicale29.2 
 3. Geehan, AB Contern25.1 
 4. Spencer, Heffingen24.2 
 5. Fisher, Musel Pikes24.0 
 6. Fitz, Basket Esch23.8 
 7. Underwood, Resid.22.0 
 8. Donovan, Etzella21.9 
 9. Walton, Black Star21.7 
 10. Barnes, T71 D.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Racing
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Evans, Racing18.4 
 2. Fitz, Basket Esch15.5 
 3. Bingham, Amicale14.6 
 4. Geehan, AB Contern14.6 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen12.9 
 6. Walton, Black Star12.4 
 7. Underwood, Resid.12.4 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes12.3 
 9. Barnes, T71 D.11.1 
 10. Donovan, Etzella9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andrea HARIS
  Basket Esch
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Haris, Basket Esch4.1 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.5 
 3. Donovan, Etzella3.2 
 4. Bingham, Amicale3.1 
 5. Evans, Racing3.0 
 6. Petrova, Black Star2.8 
 7. Meintz, Amicale2.8 
 8. Kugener, T71 D.2.7 
 9. Van Dyck, Amicale2.6 
 10. Cigrang, Musel Pikes2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Cathy SCHMIT
  Musel Pikes
  (169-G-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.4 
 2. Underwood, Resid.3.1 
 3. Geehan, AB Contern3.1 
 4. Petrova, Black Star3.0 
 5. Wagener, T71 D.2.9 
 6. Evans, Racing2.8 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.8 
 8. Meynadier, Musel P.2.3 
 9. Bach, Residence2.2 
 10. Bingham, Amicale2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephanie GEEHAN
  AB Contern
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Geehan, AB Contern2.3 
 2. Bingham, Amicale1.5 
 3. Fitz, Basket Esch1.4 
 4. Hetto, Heffingen1.3 
 5. Mazjoukhina, Musel P.1.3 
 6. Bertrand, Musel P.1.0 
 7. Spencer, Heffingen0.8 
 8. Evans, Racing0.8 
 9. Barnes, T71 D.0.7 
 10. Walton, Black Star0.6 


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  OMAN - Women  


Oman lose second straight win Doha - by Eurobasket News
Oman remained winless at the start of the inaugural GCC Championship in Doha. Oman opened their campaign with a 21:59 loss to Qatar. The second game brought little relief for Oman. They faced UAE and suffered a 31:58 loss. UAE posted a 34:12 halftime lead and never looked back in the second half. Amal Gamal stepped up with 20 points, 16 boards and 5 assists for UAE. Fatfa Almodrab contributed 17 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Hiba Saeed nailed 10 points for Oman. Gohaina Ali finished with 8 points in the losing effort. Oman will take on Bahrain tomorrow.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Quinta dos Lombos claim Liga Feminina title - by Eurobasket News
Quinta dos Lombos - CAB Madeira 79:66

Quinta dos Lombos earned the first ever Liga Feminina title. They overcame CAB Madeira in the fourth game of the series to clinch 3-1 victory. Quinta dos Lombos thus completed the triple this season as they have won Portuguese Cup, Federation Cup and Liga Feminina.
Quinta stormed into the game. They went on a 12:0 run early in the game to grab control. Quinta recorded a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They fired 29 points to build a 52:34 halftime buffer. CAB Madeira managed to revive the intrigue in the third term. They cut the margin by four points to trail by 12 points before the fourth term. But Quinta never allowed the visitors to get too close in the final term. They stayed in charge and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) stepped up with 16 points for Quinta. Alison Mann (186-F-85, college: Bowling Green) added 15 points for the winners. Utahya Drye (185-F-88, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 26 points for CAB Madeira. Carla Freitas (170-G-80) netted 14 points in the loss.

Quinta dos Lombos: Larisse Lima 16, Alison Mann 15, Felicite Mendes 13, Paula Muxiri 13
CAB Madeira: Utahya Drye 26, Carla Freitas 14



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  QATAR - Women  


Qatar stay undefeated in GCC Championship - by Eurobasket News
Qatar stay unbeaten at the inaugural GCC Championship in Doha. The hosts improved at 3-0 record following back-to-back wins at the weekend. Qatar prevailed against UAE 56:45 in the second round. The hosts grabbed an early lead and recorded a 12:9 advantage after ten minutes. Qatar stayed in front throughout the second period and accumulated a 10-point halftime advantage 25:15. UAE matched the hosts effort in the third term but it was not enough. Qatar stayed in front and eventually rolled to a 56:45 victory. Warda Mourgam provided 21 points and 10 rebounds for Qatar. Amal Aurad added 13 points and impressive 23 rebounds in the victory. Latifa Moubarak answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for UAE. Ziekha Abdulla had 10 points in the loss.
Qatar took on Kuwait in the third round. The game turned into a one-way traffic as the home team earned a comfortable 52:29 victory. The hosts led by just a single point after a low-scoring first half 15:14. But Qatar shifted the gear in the second half and fired 37 points to run away for the victory. Warda Mourgam tallied 24 points, 13 boards and 7 assists for Qatar. Amal Aurad provided 11 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Esha Adnan and Atlaf Mousaed had 6 points each in the losing effort.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Dabovic, Dy.19.5 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.19.1 
 3. Davenport, Cheva.17.7 
 4. Lacy, Spartak SP17.1 
 5. Harding, Dynamo K.16.1 
 6. Parker, UMMC15.6 
 7. Kuzina, Dynamo M.15.6 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.14.1 
 9. Gruda, UMMC13.8 
 10. Petrakova, Cheva.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.8.0 
 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.6.4 
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, UMMC3.9 
 4. Pondexter, UMMC3.7 
 5. Moore, Chevakata3.6 
 6. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.4 
 7. Harding, Dynamo K.3.1 
 8. Keyru, Spartak SP3.1 
 9. Ciglar, Spartak SP3.1 
 10. Bird, Spartak V MR3.0 
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.2.3 
 4. Vodopiyanova, Dynamo K.2.2 
 5. Dabovic, Dy.2.2 
 6. Keyru, Spartak SP2.0 
 7. Ivanova, Spartak N.1.9 
 8. Khodzhayan, Spart.1.9 
 9. Nevzorova, Spart.1.9 
 10. Makhlina, Spart.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.2.6 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.2.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.3 
 4. Snow, Dynamo K.1.2 
 5. Parker, UMMC1.1 
 6. Davenport, Cheva.1.1 
 7. Paskalenko, Spart.0.9 
 8. Loginova, Spart.0.8 
 9. Kiseleva, Chevakata0.8 
 10. Vizbariene, Dynamo K.0.7 


UMMC stepped closer to the title - by Eurobasket News
FINAL

UMMC - Spartak V MR 61-56

UMMC stepped closer to the title as they took 2-0 lead in the Final series over Spartak. It looked good early as Spartak Vidnoye took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then UMMC Ekaterinburg had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak Vidnoye was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-61. UMMC Ekaterinburg made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American power forward Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) (193-86, college: Tennessee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points. International center Maria Stepanova (202-79) contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-70, college: St.Edward's, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Irina Osipova (196-81) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Vidnoye.
Top scorers:
UMMC: C.Parker 13+4reb+3ast, C.Pondexter 12+3reb, M.Stepanova 8+6reb+2ast, O.Arteshina 8+6reb+1ast, D.Nolan 8+2reb+2ast, S.Gruda 7+2reb
Spartak V MR: T.McWilliams-Franklin 20+11reb+3ast, E.Prince 9+1reb+1ast, N.Quinn 8+3reb+2ast, I.Osipova 6+13reb+1ast, J.Milovanovic 5, S.Bird 4+1reb+4ast


gschID: 127602

3rd place

Nadezhda O. - Dynamo K. 62-70

Nadezhda Orenburg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Nadezhda Orenburg 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Michelle Snow (196-80, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Temeka Johnson (160-82, college: LSU, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Liudmila Sapova (185-84) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and Belarusian center Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: M.Snow 22+9reb, T.Johnson 14+5reb+3ast, K.Lapteva 9+3reb, S.Linkeviciene 8+4reb+3ast, N.Vodopiyanova 6+11reb+3ast, A.Bocharova 6+6reb+2ast
Nadezhda O.: L.Sapova 15+6reb+1ast, O.Ovcharenko 12+2reb, A.Veremeenko 12+5reb+3ast, E.Berseneva 8+3reb+3ast, T.Burik 5+2reb+1ast, E.Baranova 4+3reb+1ast




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  SLOVENIA - Women  


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. Klancnik, GVT K.7.3 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav7.2 
 9. Gortnar, Merkur C.7.0 
 10. Furman, AJM M.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. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
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. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
 5. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.6 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 7. Zalar, Ilrija2.4 
 8. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.4 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
 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. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 6. Drozg, AJM Maribor0.5 
 7. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 8. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 9. Macura, Jezica0.4 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.0.4 


Standings - Women
SKL Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Hit K.Gora 30-0 
 2. Merkur Celje 25-5 
 3. AJM Maribor 21-9 
 4. Ilrija 17-13 
 5. Triglav 15-15 
 6. Jezica 9-21 
Places 7-13
 1. GVT Konjice 6-0 
 2. Odeja KED 4-0 
 3. Rasica 4-2 
 4. Grosuplje 2-2 
 5. Kozmetika Afr. 2-4 
 6. Pivka 0-4 
 7. Domzale 0-6 
Stage One Standings


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women's Draw will be held in Neiva - by Wolfgang Lucena
FIBA Americas and the Neiva 2011 Local Organizing Committee announced May 5 as the date in which the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women's Draw will be held. The Draw will take place at 11:00 local time, in the Auditorio Rodrigo Lara Bonilla of the city of Huila.
In the Draw, the ten participating countries will be divided into two groups of five teams each. Those participant countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and Colombia, as the host country.
The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women will take place from September 24 to October 1, and the winning team will secure a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Those teams finishing between second and fourth place will have the chance to play in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifier Championship to earn a spot in London 2012.
Top representatives from FIBA Americas, the Colombian Basketball Federation and the Huila Government have confirmed their attendance, in particular Governor Luis Jorge Sanchez Garcia and some of his Staff members.
Also present will be legendaries figures from basketball and representatives of the Colombian National team, as well as Mr. Jairo Romero, President of the Colombian Basketball Federation.
The tournament will be taking place from September 24 to October 1, at the Alvaro Sanchez Silva Coliseum in the city of Neiva, Colombia.

fount: Javier Otero FIBA


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Women  


UAE improve at 2-1 record in Doha - by Eurobasket News
UAE recorded two wins in three games at the GCC Championship in Doha. UAE faced hosting Qatar after a comfortable 64:45 win over Bahrain in Round 1. But this time Qatar gave hard time to UAE. The hosts grabbed an early lead and recorded a 12:9 advantage after ten minutes. Qatar stayed in front throughout the second period and accumulated a 10-point halftime advantage 25:15. UAE matched the hosts effort in the third term but it was not enough. Qatar stayed in front and eventually rolled to a 56:45 victory. Warda Mourgam provided 21 points and 10 rebounds for Qatar. Amal Aurad added 13 points and impressive 23 rebounds in the victory. Latifa Moubarak answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for UAE. Ziekha Abdulla had 10 points in the loss.
UAE however recovered in Round 3. They stormed past Oman 58:31 for the second win at the tournament. UAE posted a 34:12 halftime lead and never looked back in the second half. Amal Gamal stepped up with 20 points, 16 boards and 5 assists for UAE. Fatfa Almodrab contributed 17 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Hiba Saeed nailed 10 points for Oman. Gohaina Ali finished with 8 points.



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  VENEZUELA - Women  


The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women's Draw will be held in Neiva - by Wolfgang Lucena
FIBA Americas and the Neiva 2011 Local Organizing Committee announced May 5 as the date in which the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women's Draw will be held. The Draw will take place at 11:00 local time, in the Auditorio Rodrigo Lara Bonilla of the city of Huila.
In the Draw, the ten participating countries will be divided into two groups of five teams each. Those participant countries are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico and Colombia, as the host country.
The 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women will take place from September 24 to October 1, and the winning team will secure a spot in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Those teams finishing between second and fourth place will have the chance to play in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifier Championship to earn a spot in London 2012.
Top representatives from FIBA Americas, the Colombian Basketball Federation and the Huila Government have confirmed their attendance, in particular Governor Luis Jorge Sanchez Garcia and some of his Staff members.
Also present will be legendaries figures from basketball and representatives of the Colombian National team, as well as Mr. Jairo Romero, President of the Colombian Basketball Federation.
The tournament will be taking place from September 24 to October 1, at the Alvaro Sanchez Silva Coliseum in the city of Neiva, Colombia.

fount: Javier Otero FIBA