EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/5/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 21-9 
 2. Penarol 20-10 
 3. La Union 18-12 
 4. Lanus 18-12 
 5. Libertad S. 18-12 
 6. Estudiantes 17-13 
 7. Atenas 17-13 
 8. Gimnasia CR 15-15 
 9. Regatas C. 15-16 
 10. Club 9 14-16 
 11. Quimsa 14-17 
 12. Boca Jrs 13-18 
 13. Olimpico LB 12-17 
 14. Monte Hermoso 10-20 
 15. Sionista 10-20 
 16. Argentino 9-21 


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.9 
 3. Hayes, Sionista17.1 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.9 
 5. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 6. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras16.1 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.16.0 
 9. Taylor, Lanus15.4 
 10. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Garces, La Union11.2 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.10.1 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.9 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Kante, Olimpico LB8.2 
 8. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.7.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.9 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.4 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.2 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 7. Cequeira, Obras2.3 
 8. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 9. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.7 


Liga A: end of regular season - by Facundo Iatzky
Ater the last round, eventually obras Sanitarias got the first position. It was deserved because they were the most regular team during all the season. Juan Gutierrez had an outstanding season and Julio Lamas could manage a young and talented team. then last champion, Penarol, Libertad and Atenas qualifed directly to quarterfinals.

Final standings:

1 Obras Sanitarias 64.0
2 Penarol (Mar del Plata) 63.5
3 Libertad (Sunchales) 59.5
4 Atenas (Cordoba) 58.5
5 La Union (Formosa) 58.5
6 Lanus 58.0
7 Weber Bahia Estudiantes 57.5
8 Regatas (Corrientes) 57.0
9 Gimnasia y Esgrima (C. Rivadavia) 54.5
10 Quimsa (Santiago del Estero) 53.0
11 9 de Julio (Rio Tercero) 52.5
12 Olimpico (La Banda) 52.5
13 Boca Juniors 50.5
14 Monte Hermoso Basket 50.0
15 Sionista (Parana) 49.5
16 Argentino (Junin) 48.0

1/8 Finals: (series to the best of 5, starting on wednesday)
La Union- Olimpico
Lanus- 9 de Julio
Bahia Estudiantes- Quimsa
Regatas corrientes- Gimnasia

last 4 series: (the winners will stay in Liga A, best of 5, starting on Friday)
Boca jrs- Argentino Junin
Monte Hermoso- Sionista parana


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  AUSTRALIA   


SEABL:Thunder's tough task - by Eurobasket News
THIS weekend, in fact this season, is looking like the great unknown for the Tall Timbers North-West Thunder.

With just just two players on its roster with SEABL experience, it is difficult to know what to expect from the Phil Thomas-led outfit.

Thomas himself is a little unsure of what to expect.

'It's probably just going to be experiencing the unknown,' Thomas said of his side's opening clash with Mt Gambier Pioneers at Ulverstone on Saturday night.

'Not many clubs in the league have gone through the sort of change we have gone through.'

Thomas said the five starters would likely be Shawntes Gary (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: W.Michigan), Eric Gaff, Nick Haywood, Daniel Simanic (185-G-83) and Lucas Simpson.

Just two of those players, Haywood and Gary, were with the Thunder last year.

The Thunder faces an unforgiving schedule - seven of its eight opponents from round two to round seven made the play-offs last year.

As a consequence, it is vitally important the team does not take too long to build chemistry.

Thomas said he was not paying too much attention to the road ahead just yet.

'It's going to be important to win every week,' Thomas said.

'We have Nunawading after this game and they have recruited extremely well. They have some experienced NBL players.

'So they are going to be an extremely tough opponent.

'If we can get those first two victories at home it will be a great confidence boost heading into the rest of the season.'

Thomas said Gary or Simpson would get the job on Mt Gambier star recruit Fernandez Lockett.

During his time with Kilsyth in 2010, Lockett was named an all-star and led the league in rebounds in 2009 for Albury-Wodonga.
Courtesy of: http://www.theadvocate.com.au
by KYE WHITE


SEABL: Kristy Rinaldi to captain team - by Eurobasket News
KRISTY Rinaldi will captain the inaugural Ballarat Rush team into the South East Australian Basketball League.
Rinaldi has played a key role in the success of Rush under its former guise Ballarat Lady Miners.

She takes over the captaincy of Ballarats marquee womens team from the retired Karen Ashby (185-F-79).

Forward Adam McSwain was reappointed Ballarat Miners captain in a double announcement for Ballarat Basketball Club.

The SEABL season starts this weekend with Auslec Ballarat Rush starting on the road against Frankston on Saturday night.

Both teams will line-up at the Minerdome on Sunday.

Rinaldi, aged 24, is one of the most experienced Rush players on court this season after a roster revamp and the retirement of key senior players.

Rush coach Donna Rinaldi said Kristy Rinaldis SEABL experience and time with Womens National Basketball League clubs Dandenong and Bendigo set a great benchmark in intensity for the young roster.

Kristy has played at a high level in this country and Im sure she can impart much of those learnings on to our younger kids as the season progresses, Donna Rinaldi said.

McSwain, 23, looked forward to another season leading the charge for the Ballarat Holden Miners.

His work ethic and no-nonsense attitude particularly impressed Miners coach Guy Molloy .

Adam has been a terrific leader for our group the past season and really leads by example, Molloy said.

Ballarat Basketball will host a Miners 25-year anniversary afternoon at the Minerdome on Sunday afternoon, to coincide with the clubs first SEABL home games.

Past and present players, coaches, administrators, sponsors and members have been invited to turn out in force to celebrate Ballarats marquee teams, which have offered a pathway for promising young Ballarat talent.
Courtesy of: http://www.thecourier.com.au
BY MELANIE WHELAN


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Here We Go - by Erik Rhinehart
The fat lady has sung. Our season is officially over here in Klagenfurt and now it is time to prepare and make plans for the off season. The playoffs started last night with eight teams vying for the title of the Austrian Bundesliga. I will not make a prediction for who I believe will win the crown but I honestly believe there are two teams that have the best chance of winning it all. The league has gotten even stronger after halfway through the season with the addition of more import players to some of the top teams. It should be interesting to see who will win it and if Gmunden can defend their championship.
As for my plans they are fairly simple. First and foremost I plan on watching the NCAA National Championship Game tonight. Since I am from the basketball hungry state of Indiana I will be pulling for the Butler Bulldogs to raise the trophy.
I will use the summer to continue to expand and work on my game as well as keeping in shape by playing a lot of basketball and working out. During the course of this season, like every season, there were things that I have seen by other players that I would like to incorporate into my game as well as strengthening my skills. There were plenty of obstacles that I was faced with over the season here in Austria that I hope to learn from and become better because of them. I would like to thank everyone associated with the Kelag Woerthersee Piraten, from the management to the fans to my teammates and our coaches.

Until next time, God bless and have a great day.

Feel free to comment or email me at erhinehart7@yahoo.com



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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 26 best performance: Christopher Young - by Eurobasket News
American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Generali Okapi Aalstar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat M.Hainaut (#4, 13-9) 76-66. Aalstar maintains the 2nd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. Young turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Michigan star has very solid stats this year. Young is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 7.8rpg) and averages impressive 75.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Croatian Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Liege. Stipanovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Liege to another comfortable win 74-60 over slightly lower-ranked Leuven (#8, 7-16) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Liege to move up to 7th position in Round 13. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Stipanovic is well-known at Liege and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende (#5). Lojeski scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Oostende, leading his team to a 74-69 win against the lower-ranked Leuven (#8, 7-16). Oostende needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Lojeski has a great season in Belgium. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Antwerp - 18 points and 5 rebounds
5. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Aalstar - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Dior Lowhorn (198-F-87) of Leuven - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Justin Hamilton (191-G-80) of Charleroi - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Liege - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) of M.Hainaut - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  BRAZIL   


Coach Walter Roese will be eith USA in the FIBA U19 World Championships - by Paulo Freire
The brazilian coach Walter Roese will be back on FIBA World Championship, but this time not with the brazilian squad.

Walter Roese (Associate Coach from Hawaii University) couldnt dedicate the time that CBB (Brazilian Basketball Confederation) was asking for and he was replaced by Jose Neto (current assistent coach of Ruben Magnano in the brazilian NT) in the end of 2010 on the Under-19 Brazilian Squad head coach job.

The CBB is making a kind of permanent national team with U19 players, they are all (head coach, players and coach staff) living in the same city for 6 month in order to prepar this new generation of young talent players, since Roese has his job at Hawaii University he was pull off out the Brazilian Team after doing a great job with the U-17 Brazilian Squad.

Right now the brazilian found a new opportunity with the USA Basketball, the americans leaders had the opportunity to closely observe the performance of coach Walter during the season and decided to invite him, although a foreigner, to be one of the backers of the coach staff. At first, he will be one of the scouts responsible for the opponents of the United States in the first round but, according to the needs of the coach staff, Roese can also add other functions during his stay with the USA U-19 Squad.

USA Basketball has announced that Georgia Tech Head coach Paul Hewitt will be the head coach for the USA U-19 Squad. Randy Bennett, the head coach of Saint Mary's Men's Basketball Team has been named assistant coach. Jacksonville Head coach Cliff Warren was also named assistant coach.

The 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships for men will be in Latvia has staged a very sucessfull EuroBasket Women in 2009. The U19 men's event will be played in the same facilities than in 2009 in Liepaja, Valmiera and Riga from 30th June to 10th July 2011.

Brazil is in Group A (Valmiera) and will play Poland, Russia and Tunisia.
USA is in Group D (Liepaja) and will play China, Egypt and Serbia.

The USA will be defending the gold medal they won in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009, where they went the entire Championship undefeated.

Past editions of the FIBA U19 World Championship have seen a number of international stars in the making, including Andrew Bogut (2003), Linas Kleiza (2003), Andrei Kirilenko (1999), Pau Gasol (1999), Vincent Carter (1995), Wang Zhizhi (1995), Dejan Bodiroga (1991) and Steve Nash (1991).

After the FIBA U-19 World Championship, Walter Roese will return to Brazil for the final preparation of the Brazil University Squad, who will contest the 26th edition of the Universiade - 2011 in August, in the city of Shenzen, China.


NBB Round 30: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBB just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

NBB round 30 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader Pinheiros/Sky (20-8) against fourth ranked Vivo/Franca (20-8) 92-78 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pinheiros/Sky. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Vivo/Franca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vivo/Franca have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Pinheiros/Sky.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Flamengo (20-8) against tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (12-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Flamengo was defeated by Winner/Limeira in Limeira 79-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Flamengo. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth position with 12-16 record. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost.
Bottom-ranked Vila Velha CETAF managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Assis Basket 72-69. Vila Velha CETAF (6-22) moved-up to fourteenth place. Assis Basket lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom.
Thirteenth-ranked Vitoria (7-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Itabom/Bauru (19-9) in Vitória. The visitors from Sao Paulo managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Itabom/Bauru have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 19-9 record, which they share with Unitri/Universo. Newly promoted Vitoria keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between eighth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (15-13) and 9th ranked Pitagoras/Minas (13-15) in Sao Jose on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sao Jose/Vinac beat guests from Belo Horizonte 79-65. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains eighth position with 15-13 record. Loser Pitagoras/Minas keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost.

In the last two games of round 30 Araldite/Univille was beaten by Unitri/Universo on the road 85-77. Araraquara won against Paulistano on its own court 69-58.



Unitri/Universo - Araldite/Univille 85-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Unitri/Universo's (19-9) home victory over 7th ranked Araldite/Univille (17-11) in Uberlandia 85-77 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-77. Unitri/Universo have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Itabom/Bauru. Loser Araldite/Univille keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 102838


S.Jose/Vinac - Pitagoras/Minas 79-65

The game between eighth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (15-13) and 9th ranked Pitagoras/Minas (13-15) in Sao Jose on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sao Jose/Vinac beat guests from Belo Horizonte 79-65. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Sao Jose/Vinac maintains eighth position with 15-13 record. Loser Pitagoras/Minas keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost.
gschID: 102839


Winner/Limeira - Flamengo 79-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Flamengo (20-8) against tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (12-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Flamengo was defeated by Winner/Limeira in Limeira 79-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Flamengo. The game was mostly controlled by Winner/Limeira. Flamengo was better in fourth quarter 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth position with 12-16 record. Flamengo at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost.
gschID: 102840


Vivo/Franca - Pinheiros/Sky 92-78

NBB round 30 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader Pinheiros/Sky (20-8) against fourth ranked Vivo/Franca (20-8) 92-78 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pinheiros/Sky. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Vivo/Franca led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vivo/Franca have an impressive five-game winning streak. They clinched the top position in the league.
gschID: 102841


Araraquara - Paulistano 69-58

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Araraquara and 11th ranked Paulistano had identical 8-19 record. This time Araraquara used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Sao Paolo 69-58 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Araraquara. Paulistano was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Araraquara won last quarter 17-8. Araraquara (9-19) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Paulistano dropped to the twelfth position with 20 games lost.
gschID: 102842


Vila Velha CETAF - Assis Basket 72-69

Bottom-ranked Vila Velha CETAF managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Assis Basket 72-69. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vila Velha CETAF (6-22) moved-up to fourteenth place. Assis Basket lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom.
gschID: 102843


Vitoria - Itabom/Bauru 80-81

Thirteenth-ranked Vitoria (7-21) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Itabom/Bauru (19-9) in Vitória. The visitors from Sao Paulo managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Itabom/Bauru have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 19-9 record, which they share with Unitri/Universo. Newly promoted Vitoria keeps the thirteenth place with 21 games lost.
gschID: 102844




Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Vivo/Franca 20-8 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 20-8 
 3. BRB/Brasilia 20-8 
 4. Flamengo 20-8 
 5. Itabom/Bauru 19-9 
 6. Unitri/Universo 19-9 
 7. Araldite/Univille 17-11 
 8. S.Jose/Vinac 15-13 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 13-15 
 10. Winner/Limeira 12-16 
 11. Araraquara 9-19 
 12. Paulistano 8-20 
 13. Vitoria 7-21 
 14. Vila Velha CETAF 6-22 
 15. Assis Basket 5-23 


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 19-0 
 2. Academik PL 13-4 
 3. Beroe 13-5 
 4. NSA 11-8 
 5. Vidabasket 10-7 
 6. Rilski 2 9-9 
 7. Balkan 2 8-10 
 8. Cherno More U18 7-12 
 9. Chavdar 6-13 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-16 
 11. Academik BL 2-17 


Bulgarian NBL round 23 best performance: Krum Doychinov - by Eurobasket News
International center Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Balkan Botevgrad, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (8 points, twenty rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Chernomorets (#8, 4-20) 97-88. Balkan maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Balkan will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Doychinov as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Krum Doychinov averages this season 8.1ppg and 5.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) of Euroins Cherno More. Yanev had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Cherno More cruised to a 76-64 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Spartak (#7, 6-18). This victory allowed Cherno More to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Yanev is one of the most experienced players at Cherno More and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Yambol (#6). Govedarov showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Govedarov's great performance Tundja lost 65-75 to slightly higher-ranked Rilski Sportist (#4, 11-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tundja not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Govedarov could try to bring Tundja's a little bit higher in the standings. Govedarov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (8th best) and assists with 4.1apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 23 points and 3 rebounds
5. Dimitar Filipov (185-G-89) of Balkan - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of Chernomorets - 22 points and 5 rebounds
7. Devin Green (201-G/F-82) of Lukoil Academik - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Spartak - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) of Cherno More - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76) of Rilski Sportist - 12 points and 10 rebounds

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


Lukoil Academic once again beat Levski - by Valentin Anguelov
Lukoil Academic smashed Levski in a match between the first and second in the standings and won in theory the regular season in the NBL. In Universiada Hall there was no derby as champions recorded its largest victory over rival this season and won comfortably by the score 96-63. Without any problems from beginning to end Lukoil won this match for a 23-victory of the season. Levski has a record of 17 wins and 6 defeats and next week will play against Euroins Cherno More. The next away match of Lukoil Academic will be on 14 April in Varna against the same opponent.

Very strong game for the winners played Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport). The tall Croatian player was unstoppable in attack and finished with 23 points in 18 minutes on the court. Devin Green added 18 points and 7 rebounds, Travis Peterson scored 13 points and Bozhidar Avramov ended with 11 points while he grabbed six rebounds.

For hosts Aaron Harper finished with 22 points, but succeeded in only 9 of 25 shooting attempts. Stanislav Slaveikov was the only other in the team with double-digit performance, scoring 13 points.

There is 6 more rounds until the end of regular season. The picture at the top is clear, Lukoil Academic is first, Levski second for the playoffs in May. There is still possibility of Rilski Sportist to reach third place but most likely Balkan will keep it. At the bottom Spartak is on position 7 while Chernomorets Bourgas is last one and will face Lukoil Academic in the first round of the playoffs.



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  CHILE   


LIBSUR Basketball Report for April 4 - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
LIBSUR Basketball Report for April 4

LIBSUR results&standings

After Week Two First Round, played Saturday April 2nd.

Results:

North Zone

14:00 hrs U13 Club de Deportes Victoria 54 Club Deportivo Valdivia 45

16:00 hrs U15 Club de Deportes Victoria 48 Club Deportivo Valdivia 65

18:00 hrs U17 Club de Deportes Victoria 83 Club Deportivo Valdivia 53

20:00 hrs U23 Club de Deportes Victoria 72 Club Deportivo Valdivia 64

In Lautaro:
14:00 hrs U13 Club Deportes Lautaro 109 Club Deportivo Imperial 23

16:00 hrs U15 Club Deportes Lautaro 61 Club Deportivo Imperial 46

18:00 hrs U17 Club Deportes Lautaro 21 Club Deportivo Imperial 59

20:00 hrs U23 Club Deportes Lautaro 48 Club Deportivo Imperial 54

In Carahue:
14:00 hrs U13 Club Deportes Carahue 20 AB Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 71

16:00 hrs U15 Club Deportes Carahue 72 AB Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 75

18:00 hrs U17 Club Deportes Carahue 18 AB Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 105

20:00 hrs U23 Club Deportes Carahue 68 AB Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 93

Free: Club Deportes Las Animas

South Zone

In Osorno
14:00 U13 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 25 Club Deportes Castro 98

16:00 U15 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 38 Club Deportes Castro 93

18:00 U17 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 59 Club Deportes Castro 65

20:00 U23 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 65 Club Deportes Castro 74

In Osorno

14:00 U13 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 21 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 62

16:00 U15 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 22 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 42

18:00 U17 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 44 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 82

20:00 U23 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 54 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 69

In Puerto Montt
14:00 U13 ULA PM 10 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 154

16:00 U15 ULA PM 36 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 98

18:00 U17 ULA PM 26 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 155

20:00 U23 ULA PM 88 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 80

In Ancud

14:00 U13 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 61 Puerto Montt 63

16:00 U15 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 66 Puerto Montt 63

18:00 U17 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 72 Puerto Montt 46

20:00 U23 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 84 Puerto Montt 49

Standings tables:

U13:

North Zone

1 Club de Deportes Victoria 4

2 Club Deportes Lautaro 4

3 Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 3

4 Club Deportivo Imperial 2

5 Club Deportes Carahue 2

6 Club Deportes Las Animas 2

7 Club Deportivo Valdivia 1

South Zone

1 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 4

2 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 4

3 Puerto Montt 4

4 Dep. Club Deportes Castro 3

5 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 3

6 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 2

7 ULA PM 2

8 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 2

U15:

North Zone

1 Club Deportes Lautaro 4

2 Club Deportivo Imperial 3

3 Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 3

4 Club Deportivo Valdivia 2

5 Club Deportes Carahue 2

6 Club de Deportes Victoria 2

7 Club Deportes Las Animas 2

South Zone

1 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 4

2 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 4

3 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 4

4 Club Deportes Castro 3

5 Puerto Montt 3

6 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 2

7 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 2

8 ULA PM 2

U17:

North Zone

1 Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 4

2 Club de Deportes Victoria 4

3 Club Deportivo Imperial 3

4 Club Deportes Carahue 2

5 Club Deportes Lautaro 2

6 Club Deportes Las Animas 2

7 Club Deportivo Valdivia 1

South Zone

1 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 4

2 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 4

3 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 4

4 Club Deportes Castro 4

5 Puerto Montt 2

6 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 2

7 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 2

8 ULA PM 2

U23:

North Zone

1 Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco 4

2 Club de Deportes Victoria 4

3 Club Deportivo Imperial 3

4 Club Deportes Carahue 2

5 Club Deportes Lautaro 2

6 Club Deportes Las Animas 2

7 Club Deportivo Valdivia 1

South Zone

1 Club Deportes Puerto Varas 4

2 Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 4

3 Club Deportes Castro 4

4 Deportivo Aleman Puerto Varas 3

5 ULA PM 3

6 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 2

7 Puerto Montt 2

8 Club Deportivo Espanol de Osorno 2

U13= Under 13 (Mini)

U15= Under 15 (Infantil)

U17= Under 17 (Cadetes)

U23= Under 23 (Juvenile)



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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.5 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost18.0 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Mimica, KK Split17.5 
 6. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda15.9 
 9. Bakovic, Darda15.8 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.3 
 3. Krolo, Darda9.2 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.9 
 5. Sobin, KK Split7.8 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.6 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 8. Grgurevic, KK Split5.8 
 9. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.4 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.5 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.6 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.1 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Subotic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Petani, Borik2.1 
 2. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Swift, Darda1.8 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 9. Petkovic, Svjetlost1.6 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 3. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 5. Vladovic, Trogir1.0 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.8 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


1Liga Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Chomutov - Sokol H.Kralove 89-82

Chomutov surged ahead in the semifinal series against Sokol H.Kralove. The top-ranked Chomutov earned a tough home win in the opener. Veroslav Sucharda (204-C/F-76) fired 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the hosts. Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) contributed 23 points for Chomutov. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Sokol H.Kralove.
gschID: 125249


J.Hradec - Usti n/Labem 82-83

Usti n/Labem came from behind to steal a narrow road win over J.Hradec to take a 1-0 lead in the semis. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Fairmont St.) delivered 20 points to pace the visitors. Jaromir Fohler (211-C-85) chipped in 16 points and collected 8 rebounds in the winning case. J.Hradec replied with 18 points from Jiri Holanda (183-G-86).
gschID: 125250




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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 37-13 
 2. Erie Bay H. 32-18 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 24-26 
 4. Dakota W. 18-31 
 5. Maine RC 18-32 
 6. Springfield A. 13-37 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 10-39 
West Conference
 1. Reno Bighorns 34-16 
 2. Rio Grande 33-17 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 33-17 
 4. Bakersfield J. 29-21 
 5. Utah F. 28-22 
 6. Texas L. 24-26 
 7. Idaho S. 24-26 
 8. Austin T. 22-28 
 9. New Mexico 20-30 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.20.3 
 5. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 6. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.4 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.19.3 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.19.0 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.8 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 5. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Greene, Utah F.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.6 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 


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  EBA   


Hudson Valley Hype Reaches Out to BBBS - by EBA Media
One of the main goals of the Hudson Valley Hype is to maintain community outreach, even in this troubled economy, new owner and coach Allen Pickett states; We as semi-professional athletes and owners have a responsibility to the community to make sure that we acknowledge their presence and their needs. Without a strong local community we can never hope to have the partnership or the fan base our players need and deserve.

Under new ownership the Hype have created a new partnership with the Big brothers Big Sisters of Orange and Ulster County. Participating in the annual fundraiser and bowling tournament held annually in New Windsor, New York the team raised over $400 dollars and handed out custom t-shirts to the crowd on hand.

Coach Pickett continued, This is only the beginning of a long lasting relationship, I made arrangements to have over one hundred kids along with their Big Brother or Sister come to our first home game this season free of charge. I plan on giving each child a concession voucher for free food making this a family night event they wont soon forget. People forget that in upstate NY unless you plan on spending over $100 for gas, tolls, food, and parking that doesnt even include ticket prices to see a ball game in the city when you always have an affordable family option to see some very talented young men here at the Hudson Valley Hype.



Destroyers, All-Stars, Wizards, and Marvels are Final Four - by EBA Media
The metropolitan All-Stars continued their winning ways with a 104-85 win over the Old Dominion Mustangs. They now take on the Maryland Marvels, who pulled off an upset win over the #2 seed Washington Madness 111-109.

The defending EBA Champion Destroyers recorded a hard-fought win over the Harrisburg Horizon 123-112 and are on their way to Washington to try to keep bragging rights. They will face the New York Wizards, who moved on when the South Jersey Enterprise was unable to play.

The Championship series will be played at Howard University in Washington, DC. The All-Stars face the Marvels in the semi-final opener at 3:00PM on April 9th. That game will be followed by the second semi-final game when the Destroyers take on the Wizards at 6:00PM.

The EBA Championship game is set for Sunday, April 10th at 1:00PM.



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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: Loimaa first time ever in Top League - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division Finals, Game # 5: The season is over. LoKoKo (Loimaa) and Korikobrat (Lapua) meeting eachother fifth time in the Finals and seventh time this season tonight. The winner is LoKoKo, Loimaa and the final digits 70-58 (33-32). Quarters: 18-17, 15-15, 23-16, 14-10. The hosts won the boards 52-31 and all three American players in double figures. LoKoKo, playing the third season in Division 1, was # 3 after the regular season, but Team got stronger and better all the time - and getting to the goal came perhaps earlier than Team management was hoping in the dreams. American Head Coach Greg Gibson and American G Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive) have been in this kind of situation already twice before. Two times (in the spring 2007 and 2009) they have helped Karhu (Kauhajoki) from Division 1 to 'Korisliiga'. Now they were the key persons to do so at Loimaa.
Loimaa - Lapua 70-58 (33-32). (Maurice Horton 20/8r/5a, J'son Stamper 17/13, Channing Toney 14/10 - Derick Nelson 19, Benny Valentine 9, Kim Siven 9). Loimaa - Lapua 3-2. Lapua will continue vs YMCA Lappeenranta (the best out of three games).




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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Demetris NICHOLS
  Vichy
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 2. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.2 
 4. Massie, Limoges17.2 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 6. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines15.8 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 10. Shuler, Vichy15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Massie, Limoges9.3 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 3. Issa, Gravelines8.6 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 7. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.4 
 8. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.4 
 9. Jefferson, AS.7.2 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines6.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy6.0 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 6. Wright, Limoges5.9 
 7. Walsh, AS.5.2 
 8. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.4 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.6 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.2 
 4. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.8 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg1.8 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 9. Diabate, Roanne1.7 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.3 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.9 
 4. Harris, Lille18.6 
 5. Carter, Nanterre17.6 
 6. Rouse, Charleville16.4 
 7. Milbourne, Boulogne16.2 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.9 
 9. Davis, Le Portel15.8 
 10. Davis, Le Portel15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne9.7 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.7 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.9.6 
 5. Bing, Dijon9.0 
 6. Monds, Bourg8.6 
 7. Rouse, Charleville8.4 
 8. Wyatte, Le Portel8.4 
 9. Wyatte, Le Portel8.4 
 10. Monroe, Boulogne8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.9 
 5. Downey, Nantes5.9 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.4 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 9. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 10. Craven, Dijon4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 6. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 10. Melody, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 4. Barber, Nantes0.9 
 5. Monds, Bourg0.9 
 6. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 8. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 9. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 10. Ford, Clermont0.8 


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Blazevski number one in FYR Macedonian Superleague for round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rabotnicki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 38-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat MZT Skopje (#2, 19-6) 91-82. Rabotnicki maintains the 3rd position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Rabotnicki will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. In the team's last game Blazevski had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Pero Blazevski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 58.7% FGP and 41.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Serbian Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo 2009. Mikic had a very good evening with 31 points and 3 rebounds. Of course he lead Kumanovo 2009 to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Ovce Pole (#-4, 7-15) 112-86. This victory allowed Kumanovo 2009 to move up to -5th position in Play OUT. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mikic is a newcomer at Kumanovo 2009, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Soler Mavel Rejnerio of Lirija (#6). Rejnerio scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Rejnerio's great performance Lirija lost 81-93 to slightly higher-ranked Torus Skopje (#4, 15-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lirija not to end season at such low position in Superleague, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rejnerio could try to bring Lirija's a little bit higher in the standings. Rejnerio has a very solid season. In 11 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 12.7ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79) of Torus Skopje - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) of MZT Skopje - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Milan Janjusevic (196-F-83) of Kumanovo 2009 - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jove Kurciev (197-F-87) of Ovce Pole - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) of ABA Strumica - 14 points and 4 assists
10. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) of Feni Indistrija - 17 points and 7 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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Superleague Round 20: Leader Army Sport Klub gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Superleague.

Leader Army Sport Klub delivered the sixteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Batumi (6-12) 101-67 in Tbilisi. The game was mostly controlled by Army Sport Klub. Batumi managed to win third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Army Sport Klub dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 32 and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Batumi 50-37 including 22 on the offensive glass. Army Sport Klub looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) who scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Russian center Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-81) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the guests. Army Sport Klub have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 16-2 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
The game in Rustavi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked MIA (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-11). MIA smashed Energy Invest 90-68. Naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Troy Cotton contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. MIA's coach David Ustiashvili felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Energy Invest. MIA moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. Defending champion Energy Invest keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Samedicino. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Army Sport Klub.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local TSU (16-3) outscored 10th ranked GSAU (4-14) 107-65 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mikheil Berishvili who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. George Khaniashvili responded with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TSU have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Army. GSAU lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi .
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Samedicino-Academia (#7) and GTU (#9). GTU was smashed at home by 17 points 76-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by Jeff Rogers who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. GTU's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Samedicino-Academia (7-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Energy Rustavi. GTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.

In the last game of round 20 bottom-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi was crushed by Kutaisi in a road game 93-70.



Energy Rustavi - MIA Tbilisi 68-90

The game in Rustavi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked MIA (13-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Energy Invest (7-11). MIA smashed Energy Invest 90-68. The game without a history. MIA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Troy Cotton (185-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. MIA's coach David Ustiashvili felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Energy Invest. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. MIA moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. Defending champion Energy Invest keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Samedicino. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: D.Barbakadze 18+6reb+2ast, B.Lezhava 16+3reb+1ast, T.Cotton 13+4reb+4ast, G.Markoishvili 8+3reb+2ast, L.Lapanashvili 7+1reb, B.Tsivtsivadze 7+2reb+9ast
Energy Rustavi: S.Lamu 16+10reb+1ast, Z.Machavariani 16+2reb+3ast, M.Abaishvili 14+4reb+6ast, D.Gugava 12+2reb+2ast, N.Abuladze 5+2reb+4ast, J.Arabic 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 114917


Army - Batumi 101-67

Leader Army Sport Klub delivered the sixteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Batumi (6-12) 101-67 in Tbilisi. The game was mostly controlled by Army Sport Klub. Batumi managed to win third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Army Sport Klub dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 32 and made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Batumi 50-37 including 22 on the offensive glass. Army Sport Klub looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) who scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Russian center Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-81) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Duda Sanadze (196-92) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Army Sport Klub and four Batumi players scored in double figures. Army Sport Klub have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 16-2 record. Batumi at the other side keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Army: K.Tugushi 30+8reb+4ast, Z.Babiashvili 17+10reb+2ast, A.Boisa 13+6reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 12+5reb+5ast, G.Bakradze 10+1reb+8ast, G.Sharabidze 8+2reb+1ast
Batumi: G.Kvelashvili 18+6reb, I.Mikeladze 13+2reb+3ast, N.Chkhatarashvili 10+4reb+2ast, D.Sanadze 10+8reb+3ast, M.Ninua 9+2reb+1ast, A.Eliashvili 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 114918


GTU Tbilisi - Samedicino 76-93

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Samedicino-Academia (#7) and GTU (#9). GTU was smashed at home by 17 points 76-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It looked good early as GTU took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Samedicino-Academia had a 21-19 second period charge getting the lead and GTU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-93. Samedicino-Academia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to GTU's 24. They outrebounded GTU 58-24 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Samedicino-Academia players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by GTU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American guard Jeff Rogers (185-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Impact Basketball) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) supported him with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. Even 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) did not help to save the game for GTU. Forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. GTU's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Samedicino-Academia (7-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Energy Rustavi. GTU lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: M.Chochua 27+2reb+2ast, J.Rogers 19+13reb+6ast, A.Dvalishvili 16+16reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 11+9reb+5ast, T.Chachibaia 9+4reb, P.Rodumta 7+4reb
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 34+5reb, A.Lomouri 15+2reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 12+6reb+4ast, V.Tevzadze 6+2reb+6ast, I.Kobidze 4+5reb, L.Chokhonelidze 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114919


TSU Tbilisi - GSAU Tbilisi 107-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tbilisi. Local TSU (16-3) outscored 10th ranked GSAU (4-14) 107-65 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-65. TSU dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to GSAU's 46. They also forced 26 GSAU turnovers and outrebounded them 54-30 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. TSU looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists and center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) who added 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five TSU players scored in double figures. Guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) responded with 14 points and forward Giorgi Gemazashvili (202-90) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TSU have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Army. GSAU lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi .
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: R.Matiashvili 27+7reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 20+14reb+8ast, M.Chitashvili 18+4reb+9ast, I.Londaridze 13+8reb, Z.Korkotadze 11+7reb+2ast, G.Gaprindashvili 7+3reb+3ast
GSAU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 14+4reb+3ast, K.Mumladze 11+3reb+2ast, G.Gemazashvili 10+6reb, G.Nanitashvili 9+1reb+2ast, R.Baakashvili 6+2reb+2ast, N.Sigua 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 114920


Kutaisi - Dinamo Tbilisi 93-70

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (2-17) was crushed on the road by third ranked Kutaisi (13-5) 93-70. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. Dinamo Tbilisi was better in second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kutaisi dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Dinamo Tbilisi's 34. Kutaisi forced 21 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 48-30 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kutaisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Dinamo Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) who scored that evening 27 points and 6 rebounds and center Viktor Koguashvili (204-85) supported him with 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 14 points and 5 assists by guard Irakli Ivaneishvili (194-89) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Tbilisi. Guard Lasha Edzgveradze (185-87) added 5 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Kutaisi maintains third position with 13-5 record having just three points less than leader Army, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 27+6reb+1ast, V.Koguashvili 16+11reb+2ast, R.Tukvadze 12+8reb+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 11+3reb+3ast, A.Lominashvili 9+9reb+2ast, R.Didia 7+5reb+10ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: I.Ivaneishvili 14+2reb+5ast, G.Mekhrishvili 11+1reb+1ast, N.Chavelashvili 11+4reb+1ast, G.Pataraia 9+3reb, I.Alkhanaidze 8+4reb+1ast, T.Tavamaishvili 8+3reb
gschID: 114916




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.5 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi21.5 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.3 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.21.2 
 5. Dvalishvili, Samed.19.1 
 6. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.8 
 7. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.6 
 8. Harris, Sokhumi17.2 
 9. Tugushi, Army16.5 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samedicino
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.12.0 
 2. Berishvili, TSU T.11.1 
 3. Damus, Sokhumi10.8 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.6 
 5. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 6. Londaridze, TSU T.9.5 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.2 
 8. Tugushi, Army8.9 
 9. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 10. Toudjani, Energy R.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Beka TSIVTSIVADZE
  MIA Tbilisi
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tsivtsivadze, MIA T.6.8 
 2. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.6 
 3. Tugushi, Army5.6 
 4. Harris, Sokhumi5.6 
 5. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.2 
 6. Didia, Kutaisi4.8 
 7. Artsividze, GSAU T.4.8 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.5 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 10. Bakradze, Army4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 3. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.5 
 6. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 7. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.2 
 8. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.2 
 9. Berishvili, TSU T.2.2 
 10. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lamu, Energy R.1.9 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 5. Berishvili, TSU T.1.4 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Atuashvili, Army1.0 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 16-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 16-3 
 3. Kutaisi 13-5 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 13-5 
 5. Sokhumi 11-7 
 6. Samedicino 7-11 
 7. Energy Rustavi 7-11 
 8. Batumi 6-12 
 9. GTU Tbilisi 5-13 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-14 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 2-17 


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Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Thoughts About The 2011 beko BBL Top 4 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket about the 2011 TOP 4 in bamberg.

Phoenix Hagen has a 13 day rest between games. Coach Ingo Freyer gave the team some time off. Did you do anything interesting in this time?

Nothing interesting just got some rest.

The next game is against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. Is it tough to stay focused when the last games seem meaningless?

No its not hard because this is the time were you can ruin another team if they are fighting for the playoffs or trying to stay in the league. The games are meaningful to me.

How strange will it be playing two hours before the first cup game? What will be key in winning in Duesseldorf?

Its not a funny feeling. We have had a few early games this season.

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

All the teams in it are very capable of winning it but it will be a tough job to beat Bamberg at home.

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

They have had very close games that have come down to the last possession this season so they know that they are very capable of competing with them.

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


Braunschweig must control what everyone else for Frankfurt does and take advantage of the mismatches they will have with their size.

How much does the loss of Tony Skinn hurt them?


It hurts because it changes people's role on the team but I think Kevin Hamilton showed last season that he can run that team.

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

The way that Bamberg is playing Artland is gonna need every mascot in the league to help create more problems for Bamberg.

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


They don't have much depth. The best thing is probably to make them go to their bench early.

Who is the most dangerous crunch time player for Bamberg and how do you stop him best?


I think its Brian Roberts. He can get his own shot, create for others, and hit the three.

What is your pick for Kentucky-UCOON and why?

It will be a good battle between both teams because they both have good guard play but I would have to go with Kentucky because they can get scoring on the blocks.

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

This game will be all about defense. They both have shown that they can lock up quality teams. I think VCU 's run will end. Butler is a different team come March.


Thanks Quentin for the chat


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Frankfurt Will Be Angry And Want To Unleash That Aggression Against Us - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Jacob spoke to Eurobasket after the 88-80 win against The Gloria Ginats Duesseldorf.


Congrats on the 88-80 win against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. How nice was it coming out of the arena with a win an dthe sun still shinning?

It was great to have half a Saturday off and the weather was beautiful. Good win and a nice day.

The first and second quarter was like night and day. Duesseldorf dominated in the first and Phoenix Hagen in the second. What adjustments did Phoenix Hagen make in the second quarter?

We played our style of ball in the 2nd quarter. We played too much zone in the 1st.

The third and fourth quarters were tight in scoring. What was key in the second half for Phoenix Hagen getting the win?

Playing our style of ball and hitting big shots when they made a run.

When looking at the stats Duesseldorf shot and rebounded better than Phoenix Hagen. What will the team have to do better in the next game?

We have Frankfurt next who lost a tough game to the Phantoms. They will be angry and want to unleash that aggression against us. We have to play some great ball to have a chance to knock them off.

You and Mark Dorris had very strong games. What was the play of the game? Perhaps a play by Mark Dorris?

Tough to say. There were numerous big plays. Mark was a big factor though.

Were you surprised that The New York Phantoms Braunschweig beat The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

Anything can happen. Both are great teams. Not too surpirised they won though.

What will Braunschweig have to do now ot beat Bamberg?

Play their style of ball and try and keep the fans out of the game.


Butler won 70-62 against VCU. Can Butler finally win the NCAA tournament?

Anything can happen. Im rooting for Butler though.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.



Marcus Smallwood claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kirchheim and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and twenty rebounds, while his team crushed Freiburg (#14, 9-18) with 21-point margin 94-73. Kirchheim is placed at 7th position in German ProA. Kirchheim 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 14-13 record. Smallwood turned to be Kirchheim's top player in his first season with the team. Northern Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smallwood leads league in rebounds with 10.5rpg. Smallwood is in league's top in and averages solid 1.9bpg and 62.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Aaron Cook (186-G-83) of Cuxhaven. Cook impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Cuxhaven cruised to a 88-77 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Karlsruhe (#9, 12-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cuxhaven keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-17 record. Cook is one of the most experienced players at Cuxhaven and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 6.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (#6). Johnson scored 26 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Webmoebel, leading his team to a 89-81 win against Crailsheim (14-13). Webmoebel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Germany. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.9apg (5th best). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Alexander (186-G-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87) of Cuxhaven - 23 points and 13 rebounds
6. Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84) of Osnabrueck - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Danilo Barthel (207-F-91) of Heidelberg - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ben Spoeler (206-F-88) of Webmoebel - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sanijay Watts (193-F-87) of Dragons - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) of Karlsruhe - 26 points, 5 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)


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Greek A2 round 21 best performance: Tasos Charismidis - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked AGOR, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Ikaroi Serron (#4, 13-8) with 18-point margin 90-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. AGOR maintains the 2nd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Charismidis had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tasos Charismidis averages this season 9.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Nikos Katsares (190-G-83) of league's leader KAOD. Katsares had a very good evening with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead KAOD to another comfortable win 96-82 over the lower-ranked Pagrati (#13, 8-13) being unquestionably team leader. Of course KAOD still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 20-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Katsares is a newcomer at KAOD and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Thomas Nikou (185-G-79) of Panelefsiniakos AOK (#6). Nikou showcased his all-around game by recording 7 points, seven rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Panelefsiniakos, leading his team to a 90-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Olimpiada (#14, 8-13). Panelefsiniakos needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Nikou has a great season in Greece. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Olimpiada - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kostas Behlivanis (180-G-74) of Periko/Arhelaos - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Spyridon Magounis (200-G-85) of AGOR - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78) of Near East - 13 points and 11 rebounds
8. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras - 11 points and 10 rebounds
9. Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of AGOR - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tasos Kallianotis (193-F-83) of Panerythraikos - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists

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


Ilysiakos bring in NaNa Harding - by Eurobasket News
Ilysiakos made another move in the quest to remain the spot in A1 League. The teams management have decided to strengthen their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Harding NaNa (203-F-81, college: Delaware). The Cameroonian forward started the season in Poland. He tallied 14.4 points, 8.3 boards and 1.5 steals per game for Polonia Azbud. It has been the second straight season in Warsaw for Harding NaNa. Previously he played in Spain for Rosalia and in Poland for Turow and Polpak. Harding NaNa is the member of Cameroonian NT. The forward participated at the African Championships in 2009. He tallied 9.6 points and 5.7 boards per game in Libya.



Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. OFI 22-4 
 2. Ermis Perama 21-5 
 3. Nea Kifisia 18-5 
 4. MENT 17-8 
 5. Anagennisi 17-8 
 6. Doxa Lefkadas 17-9 
 7. Diagoras 12-13 
 8. Aias Evosmou 12-13 
 9. Doukas 12-14 
 10. Stratoni 11-14 
 11. Aiolos Trik. 10-15 
 12. Egaleo 9-17 
 13. Apollon KL 8-18 
 14. Filippos Veroias 5-20 
 15. M.Alexandros 5-20 


PAOK took Christmas - by Giorgos Diploidis
PAOK Thessaloniki announced today that has agreed in terms with Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple) He will be the replacement of Donnie McGrath who is injured from December. The departure of Justin Gray made first priority the team of Thessaloniki to sign Dante Stiggers but the injury of Mihalis Giannakidis forced the coach of PAOK Thessaloniki, Soulis Markopoulos to select Christmas.

The player started the season in Turkey, in Mersin, where in 16 games had 12.6 points, 3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Later In Nymbourk had 1.3 ppg 1.3 rbg (4 participations) and now ti's time for Greece.


Ioannis Bourousis claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International center Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds for Olympiakos in his team's victory, helping them to outclass VAP Kolossos (#7, 11-12) with 30-point margin 93-63. It allowed Olympiakos to consolidate first place in the Greek A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Olympiakos still have not lost a single game, getting all 22 victories. Bourousis has many years of experience at Olympiakos, through which he has constantly improved. Ioannis Bourousis averages this season 12.5ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Ikaros Kallitheas. Thompson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Ikaros cruised to a 75-67 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Kavala (#6, 11-12). Ikaros' 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Thompson is a newcomer at Ikaros and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.6ppg (#7). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) of AEK Athens (#12). Dikoudis scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of AEK, leading his team to a 81-74 win against slightly lower-ranked Iraklis (#14, 5-18). The chances of AEK not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dikoudis could try to bring AEK's a little bit higher in the standings. Dikoudis has a very solid season. In 20 games in Greece he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Dozier (206-F-85) of PAOK - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) of Iraklis - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) of Olympiakos - 15 points and 7 rebounds
7. Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-G/F-87) of Panellinios - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Panathinaikos - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of Aris - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) of VAP Kolossos - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio19.1 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.7 
 3. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.7 
 4. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.3 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.0 
 6. Kaklamanos, Panele.15.9 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.9 
 8. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 9. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 10. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.8 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.5 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.1 
 4. Macheras, Pagrati7.8 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.8 
 6. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.8 
 7. Amato, Near East7.5 
 8. Jovanovic, KAOD7.3 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.0 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.1 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.9 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 5. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio4.2 
 7. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.9 
 8. Makris, Olimpiada3.8 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
 10. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.4 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.8 
 6. Nikou, Panelefs.1.5 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 8. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
 9. Pappas, Near East1.4 
 10. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.8 
 3. Kasabalis, AE.1.4 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD1.4 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 7. Psathas, Apollon .0.8 
 8. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 9. Amato, Near East0.7 
 10. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 


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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 21-3 
 2. Dehoppers 20-4 
 3. Leiden 2 16-8 
 4. Red Giants 16-8 
 5. Groene 15-9 
 6. Hoofddorp 15-11 
 7. Cangeroes 14-11 
 8. Goba 13-11 
 9. Almonte 12-12 
 10. Akrides 8-16 
 11. Amsterdam 2 8-17 
 12. Punch 7-17 
 13. Wildcats 4-20 
 14. Black Eagles 2-22 


Best players of Dutch DBL round 33 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Monta McGhee (198-F-79, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best ZZ Leiden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for ZZ Leiden in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Rotterdam (#10, 1-32) with 61-point margin 102-41. ZZ Leiden maintains the 2nd position in Dutch DBL. They are still close to the very top. ZZ Leiden would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 27-6 record. In the team's last game McGhee had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 14 attempts. It's his second year at ZZ Leiden and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lewis University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McGhee is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.7ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Matthew Mullery (203-F-87, agency: Stanley International) of Landstede Basketbal Zwolle. Mullery impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Landstede to edge slightly higher-ranked DeFriesland (#7, 15-18) by 1 point 66-65. Landstede's 9th position in the standings has not changed. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Landstede managed to get this year. Mullery is a newcomer at Landstede 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 international forward Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (#3). Wessels scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Eiffel Towers, leading his team to a 82-61 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Giants (#5, 15-18). Eiffel Towers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 23 victories and 10 lost games. Wessels has a very solid season. In 32 games in Holland he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra - 21 points and 12 rebounds
5. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of ZZ Leiden - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87) of BS Weert - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of BS Weert - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Eiffel Towers - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of Rotterdam - 10 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of Giants - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ISRAEL   


Pnini and Jackson were fined 12K each - by Carmel Drori
During the fourth quarter of Maccabi Haifa's game yesterday (Sunday)against Maccabi Tel-Aviv,we witnessed a brawl between Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) and Germaine Jackson (195-PG-76).
after examining the incident,Loto's League attorney general decided to automatically fine both players 12K$,but also decided not to ban the players from anymore games.
Germaine Jackson was upset after the game,saying:''Everyone knows that Pnini is not a fair player,he provoked me 3 times before I reacted. you all saw what he did,he is not stupid and based on what he did he can be an actor in Hollywood.''


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 22-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 15-9 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 14-9 
 4. Galil Gilboa 14-9 
 5. Maccabi Ashdod 12-12 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 11-12 
 7. Hapoel Holon 10-13 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 8-15 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 6-17 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 5-19 


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  ITALY   


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 20-8 
 2. Piacenza 20-8 
 3. Brescia 20-8 
 4. Treviglio 18-10 
 5. Omegna 18-10 
 6. Trento 17-11 
 7. Moncalieri 17-11 
 8. Castelletto 16-12 
 9. Trieste 15-13 
 10. ASD Pavia 12-16 
 11. Comsum.it SI 12-16 
 12. Senigallia 11-17 
 13. Recanati 11-17 
 14. Riva del Garda 8-20 
 15. Ozzano 7-21 
 16. Osimo 2-26 
Group B
 1. Trapani 20-8 
 2. Ostuni 20-8 
 3. Ruvo 19-9 
 4. S.Antimo 18-10 
 5. Ferentino 16-12 
 6. Anagni 15-13 
 7. Latina Basket 14-14 
 8. Matera 14-14 
 9. Molfetta 13-15 
 10. Potenza 13-15 
 11. Massafra 13-15 
 12. Patti 12-16 
 13. Rieti 11-16 
 14. Bisceglie 11-17 
 15. Agrigento 8-20 
 16. Palestrina 6-21 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.2 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.3 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.3 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.15.8 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
 8. Diawara, Enel B.14.8 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.8 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.5 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Jones, Pepsi C.8.3 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 7. Homan, CS Bologna8.0 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.5 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
 10. Sekulic, Vanoli CR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Green, Air AV6.7 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.7 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.4.0 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.9 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.7 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.4 
 10. Rannikko, Cimberio.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.1 
 2. Thomas, Air AV2.8 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 4. Green, Air AV2.7 
 5. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 6. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
 7. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
 8. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 9. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 10. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.2 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 3. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Polonara, Banca T.1.0 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 8. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 9. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 10. Smith, Lottomatica0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.5 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.1 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.20.0 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Goldwire, Forli19.3 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 8. Clark, Umana Reyer19.0 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT18.5 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Limoges
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.1 
 3. Dickens, San Severo8.9 
 4. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.9 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.2 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 7. Lollis, Immobili.7.9 
 8. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
 9. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Crispin, Barcellona4.9 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.8 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.7 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.7 
 7. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dawan ROBINSON
  Trenkwalder
  (189-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Robinson, Trenkwal.3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.9 
 4. Piazza, Immobili.2.6 
 5. Hunter, Sunrise .2.5 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Achara, Barcellona2.4 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 10. Piazza, Forli2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 9. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 10. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 


Cisse's 23 points and 6 rebounds give him A dilettanti Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old swingman Ibrahim Cisse (188-G/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pallacanestro Pavia and receives a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds for ASD Pavia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Trento (#6, 17-11) 82-74. ASD Pavia is placed at 10th position in Italian A dilettanti. ASD Pavia 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 12-16 record. In the team's last game Cisse had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be ASD Pavia's top player in his first season with the team. Ibrahim Cisse averages this season 12.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85) of Publisys Potenza. He is naturalized Argentinian forward in his first season at Potenza. In the last game Chiarastella recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Potenza was edged by Massafra (13-15) 74-71. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. Potenza dropped in the standings to 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Chiarastella is a newcomer at Potenza and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard German Scarone (190-G-75) of league's second-best Piacenza. Scarone showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Scarone's great performance Piacenza lost 78-80 to the lower-ranked Moncalieri (#7, 17-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Piacenza needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group A. Their record is 20 victories and 8 lost games. Scarone has a great season in Italy. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (3rd best). German Scarone has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andres Forray (188-G-86) of Trento - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) of Trapani - 23 points and 3 rebounds
6. Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) of Potenza - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Omegna - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) of Bisceglie - 14 points and 14 rebounds
9. Stevan Stojkov (182-G-89) of Brescia - 12 points and 10 assists
10. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento - 19 points and 9 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)


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.5 
 2. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.1 
 3. Tassinari, Moncalieri17.0 
 4. Musso, Perugia16.8 
 5. Reati, Treviglio16.6 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.4 
 7. Rugolo, Molfetta16.0 
 8. Vico, Matera15.8 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino15.8 
 10. Marino, Treviglio15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.2 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.1 
 4. Basei, Ostuni8.9 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 6. Zambon, Rieti8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.2 
 9. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 10. Gaeta, Osimo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marino, Treviglio5.0 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Scarone, Piacenza4.2 
 4. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.8 
 6. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 7. Parente, Moncalieri3.5 
 8. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 9. Cantone, S.Antimo3.3 
 10. Passera, Piacenza3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.8 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.1 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.0 
 5. Gullo, Patti3.0 
 6. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 7. Parente, Moncalieri2.7 
 8. Palombita, Castelle.2.7 
 9. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.7 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Capitanelli, Pales.1.2 
 4. Corral, Molfetta1.2 
 5. Spippoli, Palestrina1.0 
 6. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 7. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 8. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 9. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 10. Soave, Anagni0.8 


Italian Lega2 round 26 best performance: Patrick Baldassarre - by Eurobasket News
Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-F-86, agency: Players Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sunrise Scafati Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Immobiliare SR (#6, 16-10) 79-73. Sunrise Scafati is placed at 3rd position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sunrise Scafati will need more victories to improve their 17-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Baldassarre as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Patrick Baldassarre averages this season 9.6ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) of Tezenis Verona. Renzi had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Tezenis Verona lost that game 64-86 to the higher-ranked Barcellona (#5, 17-9). Despite lost game Tezenis Verona moved up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Renzi is a newcomer at Tezenis Verona, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT (#10). Varnado scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Varnado's great performance Tuscany PT lost 79-82 to slightly lower-ranked N.Ferrara (#11, 11-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tuscany PT ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Varnado could help Tuscany PT to bring them higher in the standings. Varnado has a great season in Italy. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.9rpg (4th best). He also has 2.8bpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joseph Forte (193-G-81) of Tuscany PT - 30 points and 4 assists
5. Terrence Roderick (195-G/F-88) of Immobiliare SR - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Snaidero UD - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75) of Immobiliare SR - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78) of N.Ferrara - 25 points and 3 rebounds
9. Mats Levin (188-G-77) of Sunrise Scafati - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA - 19 points and 9 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)


Thomas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Omar Thomas (197-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Air Avellino and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Armani MI (#3, 17-6) 76-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Air AV is placed at 4th position in Italian league. Air AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 12th lost game this season out of 24 games. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Air AV's top player in his first season with the team. The Univ.of Texas at El Paso graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.3ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 51.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Othello Hunter (203-F-86, agency: David Lee services) of Dinamo Sassari. He is Liberian-American forward in his first season at Dinamo Sassari. In the last game Hunter recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Dinamo Sassari to edge the higher-ranked CS Bologna (#7, 12-12) by 6 points 87-81. This victory allowed Dinamo Sassari to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Hunter is a newcomer at Dinamo Sassari and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#9). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-F-84) of Angelico Biella (#14). Viggiano scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Viggiano's great performance Angelico BI lost 77-79 to the higher-ranked Benetton TV (#6, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Angelico BI not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Viggiano could try to bring Angelico BI's a little bit higher in the standings. Viggiano has a very solid season. In 24 games in Italy he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 4.3rpg, 2.2spg and FGP: 60.8%. Jeffrey Viggiano has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) of Scavolini PS - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Andre Collins (183-G-82) of Scavolini PS - 27 points and 4 assists
6. Phil Goss (186-G-83) of Cimberio VA - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Travis Diener (183-G-82) of Dinamo Sassari - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84) of Armani MI - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88) of Lottomatica - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) of Banca Tercas - 20 points and 3 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)


Casale Monferrato adds Folarin Campbell - by Antonello Varallo
Fastweb Casale Monferrato announced the agreement with Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason). He replaces Donell Taylor - a true delusion during last games - who has not been cut but will stay as a replacement during play offs.
Campbell played in Italy two years ago with Rieti (12 ppg in 30 games), and in last seasons played in Germany, with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (7.6 ppg in 33 games) and Telekom Baskets Bonn (13.1 ppg in 25 games, with a season high of 27 points scored agains his previous team).
In George Mason history, Folarin (his name in african language means 'the man who walks with glory') is the only player with 1,500 points, 450 rebounds, 350 assists, 150 3-pointers, 100 steals and 50 blocks.


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BJ League Round 45: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
BJ League round 45 caused change at the leadership position. Sixteenth defeat of league's leader Osaka Evessa (27-16) against second ranked Okinawa GK (28-15) 101-94 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Osaka Evessa was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Okinawa GK made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the second place with 16 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Okinawa GK will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Osaka Evessa at home.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (36-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (12-27) 103-90. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) stepped up and scored 31 points and 9 assists for the winners and Dzaflo Larkai chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St., agency: Basket Law/NM Services) with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first place with 36-5 record. Toyama Grouses lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Shimane was also quite interesting. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-17) played at the court of 6th ranked Shimane Magic (20-23). Fukuoka Rizing did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-73 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. Michael Parker nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Reggie Golson came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-17 record having eight points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again against Fukuoka Rizing (#3) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Oita was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (25-18) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-27). Shiga Lakestars managed to secure a 9-point victory 99-90. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Mikey Marshall who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga Lakestars maintains fourth place with 25-18 record. Oita Heat Devils lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shiga Lakestars (#4).
The game in Akita was also quite interesting. 4th placed Niigata Albirex (19-18) played at the court of sixth ranked Akita Happinets (14-29). Akita Happinets defeated Niigata Albirex 92-80 on Saturday. It was a good game for Will Graves who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists. Akita Happinets maintains sixth place with 14-29 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 18 games lost. Akita Happinets will face again higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 45 Takamatsu FA was beaten by Miyazaki on the road 88-74.


Shimane - Fukuoka Rizing 73-91

The game in Shimane was also quite interesting. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-17) played at the court of 6th ranked Shimane Magic (20-23). Fukuoka Rizing did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-73 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 18 points. American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Nigerian forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Terry Evans (196-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Shimane Magic in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-17 record having eight points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again against Fukuoka Rizing (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 28+18reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 14+3reb, A.Kuso 13+5reb+1ast, T.Cordeiro 12+5reb+1ast, N.Murry 9+4reb+4ast, A.Takeno 8+3reb+3ast
Shimane: R.Golson 16+11reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 13+2reb, T.Evans 12+9reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 11+2reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 10+2reb+5ast, J.Davis 8+11reb+2ast
gschID: 126139


Oita H.Devils - Shiga Lakestars 90-99

The game in Oita was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (25-18) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-27). Shiga Lakestars managed to secure a 9-point victory 99-90. It looked good early as Oita Heat Devils took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Shiga Lakestars had a 27-16 second period charge getting the lead and Oita Heat Devils were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-99. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 59-34 including a 43-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shiga Lakestars players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. 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. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 21 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals respectively. Four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars maintains fourth place with 25-18 record. Oita Heat Devils lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shiga Lakestars (#4).
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: T.Fujiwara 25+2reb+6ast, M.Marshall 22+11reb+2ast, L.Rice 18+15reb+2ast, Y.Okada 11+1ast, R.Schafer 7+8reb+4ast, M.Joho 6+2reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 37+11reb+4ast, M.Lottich 21+11reb+10ast, H.Sato 16+2reb+4ast, K.Sato 11+8reb+7ast, Y.Suzuki 4+2reb+3ast, T.Aoki 1
gschID: 126140


Okinawa GK - Osaka Evessa 101-94

BJ League round 45 caused change at the leadership position. Sixteenth defeat of league's leader Osaka Evessa (27-16) against second ranked Okinawa GK (28-15) 101-94 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Osaka Evessa was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Okinawa GK made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for swingman Anthony McHenry (201-83, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Five Okinawa GK and four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the second place with 16 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Okinawa GK will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Osaka Evessa at home.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 18+4reb+2ast, C.Dixon 17+7reb+2ast, A.McHenry 14+10reb+6ast, D.Sneed 13+12reb, Y.Takushi 12, S.Kinjo 11+2reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 19+12reb+1ast, W.Knight 17+6reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 16+9reb+3ast, L.Washington 15+11reb+1ast, D.Tamura 8+1reb+1ast, W.Tseng 7+6reb
gschID: 126141


Akita - Niigata Albirex 92-80

The game in Akita was also quite interesting. 4th placed Niigata Albirex (19-18) played at the court of sixth ranked Akita Happinets (14-29). Akita Happinets defeated Niigata Albirex 92-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-80. Akita Happinets outrebounded Niigata Albirex 52-35 including a 40-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Hirotaka Kondo (184-82) answered with 20 points and swingman Yuichi Ikeda (191-83) added 18 points in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Five Akita Happinets and four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains sixth place with 14-29 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the fourth position with 18 games lost. Akita Happinets will face again higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Akita: W.Graves 22+21reb+5ast, S.Henry 16+8reb+9ast, A.Burks 12+2reb+3ast, M.Sawaguchi 10+2reb+2ast, K.Shoji 10+6reb+4ast, 8+4reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: H.Kondo 20+4reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 18+4reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 11+4reb+3ast, J.Ashby 10+5reb+1ast, 8+10reb+1ast, R.Narumi 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 126136


Toyama Grouses - Hamamatsu P. 90-103

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (36-5) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (12-27) 103-90. Toyama Grouses were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 59-40 second half run of Hamamatsu Phoenix. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) stepped up and scored 31 points and 9 assists for the winners and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St., agency: Basket Law/NM Services) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix and four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix maintains first place with 36-5 record. Toyama Grouses lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 31+1reb+9ast, R.Nixon 19+6reb+1ast, D.Larkai 16+12reb+3ast, S.Okada 14+4reb+4ast, M.Ohguchi 13+2reb+1ast, K.Tomori 8+1reb
Toyama Grouses: J.Davis 23+8reb+3ast, J.Smith 23+8reb+1ast, T.Mito 14+2reb+3ast, M.Kato 14+3reb+2ast, 8+1reb+2ast, T.Yamashiro 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 126137


Miyazaki - Takamatsu FA 88-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns' (13-30) home victory over 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-32) 88-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach Tohyama Kouto used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) answered with 18 points and forward Shuichi Takada (194-83) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains eighth place with 13-30 record. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 32 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: B.Cole 29+10reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 15+2reb+4ast, M.Takahashi 11+5reb, T.Shimizu 9+6reb+7ast, Y.Kojima 8+6reb+6ast, 6+1reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 18+4reb+2ast, S.Takada 15+6reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 12+2reb+3ast, S.Takeda 10+5reb+4ast, K.Lemons 6+7reb, H.Kikuchi 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 126138




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 36-5 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-18 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 6. Akita 14-29 
 7. Toyama Grouses 12-27 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 28-15 
 2. Osaka Evessa 27-16 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 26-17 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 25-18 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 23-19 
 6. Shimane 20-23 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-27 
 8. Miyazaki 13-30 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-32 


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 21-2 
 2. Bambi 19-3 
 3. Peja 19-5 
 4. Trepca 13-11 
 5. K.EuroSporti 8-16 
 6. Kosova 7-17 
 7. Bashkimi 6-16 
 8. Mitrovica 0-23 


Match analyse : KB Mitrovica - KB Peja - by Onur Deqani
Match report by Onur Deqani
Maybe it was clearly known that the still 'winless' hosts KB Mitrovice had no chances to beat the #3 ranked guests KB Peja. But, I personally took a time to go and watch this match, especially to learn what's happening with the boys of KB Mitrovice. We'll hope they would get a win until the end of the season.
It was a match where KB Peja mostly played with their reserve team and the youngsters of Peja also did great job in this win.
The hosts got their first and only advantage on that night , at the result 5-4. After that the guests started scoring briefly mostly with forwards Rron Grapci and Taulant Dupa. They kept scoring, while on the other side the hosts also started doing something to drop a little the guests advantage and the result was 41-66 at the end of the first half. On the second half KB Peja was dominated by their bench , Arti Hajdari doing a good job on this win too . The match ended 78-104, it may have been worse for the hosts but that was enough also . The top scorers of the game were Rron Grapci with 37 points and Arti Hajdari who added 20 .

Main fact that has to be mentioned from this game is the debut of Peja's youngster Gurgim Shala. He made us think that another 'Rajon Rondo' may be living in Kosovo . He may be the best point guard in Kosovo for many years, naturally if he doesn't leave us to show his abilities somewhere else. The youngster has a great 'low dribble' ability, and naturally the 'Kosovan Rondo' makes great assists. Let's leave it to him to show us what can he do best !


SuperLeague Round 24: No surprise as #1 Sigal Prishtina defeats Kosova - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (21-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Kosova (7-17) in Vushtrri 120-95. Sigal Prishtina have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-2 record. Kosova at the other side keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Sigal Prishtina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Prishtine College EuroSporti.
Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (0-23) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to third ranked Peja (19-5) 104-78. Peja have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-5 record having just one points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Peja will play against Bashkimi (#7) in Prizren in the next round. KB Mitrovice will play on the road against Kosova in Vushtrri and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Prishtine supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Bambi (19-3) played at the court of 5th ranked College EuroSporti (8-16). Bambi smashed College EuroSporti 91-62 on Saturday. Bambi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-3 record having just three points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. College EuroSporti lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost. Bambi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. College EuroSporti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Prishtine to the arena Sigal Prishtina.

In the last game of round 24 Bashkimi lost to Trepca on the opponent's court 80-95.



Kosova - Sigal Prishtina 95-120

SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (21-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Kosova (7-17) in Vushtrri 120-95. Sigal Prishtina have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-2 record. Kosova at the other side keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Sigal Prishtina's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Prishtine College EuroSporti.
gschID: 114661


Mitrovica - Peja 78-104

Bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (0-23) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to third ranked Peja (19-5) 104-78. Peja have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 19-5 record having just one points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standings. Peja will play against Bashkimi (#7) in Prizren in the next round. KB Mitrovice will play on the road against Kosova in Vushtrri and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114658


Trepca - Bashkimi 95-80

Rather expected game in Mitrovice where 7th ranked Bashkimi (6-16) was defeated by fourth ranked Trepca (13-11) 95-80 on Saturday. Trepca maintains fourth position with 13-11 record. Loser Bashkimi keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. Trepca will again meet Bashkimi (#7) in the next round. Bashkimi will play against Peja in Peje and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 114659


K.EuroSporti - Bambi 62-91

The game in Prishtine supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Bambi (19-3) played at the court of 5th ranked College EuroSporti (8-16). Bambi smashed College EuroSporti 91-62 on Saturday. Bambi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-3 record having just three points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. College EuroSporti lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost. Bambi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. College EuroSporti's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Prishtine to the arena Sigal Prishtina.
gschID: 114660




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Latvian LBL round 24 best performance: Arturs Strelnieks - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Ventspils, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Turiba (#7, 6-21) with 58-point margin 101-43. It allowed Ventspils to consolidate first place in the Latvian LBL. Ventspils have a solid 19-4 record. In the team's last game Strelnieks had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ventspils and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Arturs Strelnieks has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (4th best: 1.2apg) and averages impressive 65.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Zemgale. Rozitis had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Zemgale cruised to a 92-84 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Liepaja (#2, 17-10). Zemgale's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Rozitis is one of the most experienced players at Zemgale and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of VEF Riga (#5). Cain scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of VEF Riga, leading his team to a 92-70 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Zemgale (#6, 9-15). VEF Riga needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Cain has a very solid season. In 3 games in Latvia he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of Ventspils - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) of Ventspils - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Zemgale - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-F-77) of Liepaja - 19 points and 4 rebounds
8. Mareks Mejeris (199-F-91) of Liepaja - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kalvis Krumins (183-G-90) of Zemgale - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Armands Osins (192-G-91) of Turiba - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 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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A win for Riyadi before the 5th Game in the WAL,Moutahed and Sagesse in Good position for the Final Four - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In a postponed game Riyadi welcomed Byblos in Manara as a preparation game for the 5th game in the Finals of the WAL. The first half of the game saw a good excitement , in which Byblos managed to stay close, Riyadi who welcomed back Jean Abed El Nour in this game had in mind to finish the game with a win and trying to avoid any unaccepted injury which ca be a blow for the team. The score at the half was 55-47.
The 3rd quarter saw a big dominance of Riyadi who outscored Byblos 26-11 , this big quarter gave the chance for Coach Fouad to rest his key players for the Wal Final.
Abed Ek Nour had 7 minutes of playing in the game , Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) had a huge game with 22 points,7rebounds,5Steals and 8 Assists, on the other side Calvin Warner as usual led his team by scoring with 22 points. The Game finished at the score of 97-70.


In another game , Hoops welcomed Anibal in Murr Stadium , the two teams who already lost all chances to qualify to the Final 4 had nothing to lose, the game was a very close one throughout its all 40miniutes due to the low percentage shooting of the two teams, Hoops shot for 29% from the field goals and Anibal for 30%. Hoops was led as usual by the duo ameicans Calvin Cage and William Byrd who finished the game with 22 and 18. On the other side Akim Right led his team with 15 points. The game finished in the end for Anibal at the score of 57-55.

On Sunday Moutahed welcomed Champville in Tripoli , Champville missed in this game the foreign player s and Fadi Khatib , Mazen Mneimneh for reason of injury. Facing this situation the both teams played with their local players and Moutahed Locals prevailed in the end at the score of 86-63.
Bassel Bawji from Moutahed led all scorers with 20 points, as for Champville their best scorer was Carl Sarkis with 16 points.

In the last game of the Round Sagesse welcomed Antranik in Ghazir, Sagesse who is qualified for the Final 4 wanted to send a strong message , this message was clear in the first half , the home team imposed its game and the first led easily in the first half 43-27. Antranik who was helpless in the first half couldnt react . In the second half coach Thomas Baldwin rested his players and gave the chance for the others to play , Sabah Khoury led all scorers with 16 points , on Antranik side Avery Smith was the best scoerer with 18 points. The Game finished at the score of 88-70.

The Final 4 will join Riyadi, Champville, Moutahed and Sagesse, the 4 teasm have equal chances to advance to the final. The semi final series are expected to be very intense.
As for Anibal will finish 5th this season had bigger hopes but the result this year can be classified as a positive one with referrenc eto last year 7th place. The Administration is hoping the paradise of the Final 4 next season.
Hoops will finish 6 this year which also can be evaluated as positive season to the Club Administration having winning games against Riyadi and Champville during the season.
Byblos should take all the credit this year for presenting a good basketball in the league, their style of playing made all teams think twice before the games.
Antraniks results for the past years are changing the image of the 2000 Finalist, the team will finish 8th this season again like in the previous season despite having a better team this year. The team started the season good but some injuries prevented the team from having better results this year. The Administration will work starting next season to bring back the image of the team that can beat every team.




Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 22-6 
 2. Al Riyadi 21-5 
 3. Moutahed 19-9 
 4. Sagesse 18-10 
 5. Anibal 13-15 
 6. Hoops 10-18 
 7. Byblos 7-20 
 8. Antranik 6-21 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Khatib, Champville26.7 
 2. Warner, Byblos26.2 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed23.0 
 4. Cage, Hoops22.7 
 5. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 6. Johnson, Al Riyadi20.8 
 7. Bangura, Anibal20.7 
 8. Byrd, Hoops20.2 
 9. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
 10. Youngblood, Champ.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi14.9 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.0 
 3. Cox, Champville12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 7. Thompson, Sagesse10.8 
 8. Watkins, Sagesse10.6 
 9. Byrd, Hoops10.6 
 10. Battles, Antranik10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Mason, Byblos6.8 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed6.5 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.5 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.5 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.2 
 9. Fahed, Sagesse4.0 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Darussafaka
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.8 
 3. Mason, Byblos2.4 
 4. Byrd, Hoops2.4 
 5. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 6. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 7. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 8. Bangura, Anibal2.2 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Cox, Champville3.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.5 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.6 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Byrd, Hoops1.3 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 9. Kanaan, Antranik1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. White, Cananea28.5 
 2. Gale, Mexicali28.0 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.5 
 4. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.4 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. White, Los Mochis23.6 
 7. Moore, Tijuana23.5 
 8. Thomas, Cananea23.4 
 9. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 10. Brown, Tepic22.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Moss, Nogales10.8 
 2. Angounou, Guasave10.3 
 3. Moore, Tijuana10.0 
 4. Malloy, Los Mochis9.0 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 6. Brown, Tepic8.2 
 7. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 8. Avila, Culiacan7.8 
 9. Lawal, Tepic7.0 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Detrick WHITE
  Los Mochis
  (184-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. White, Los Mochis5.9 
 2. Funn, Guasave5.9 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.1 
 4. Watson, Tijuana5.1 
 5. Ford, Tepic4.6 
 6. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 7. White, Cananea4.2 
 8. Marentes, Guaymas4.2 
 9. Brown, Nogales3.8 
 10. Nungaray, Guaymas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Noah BROWN
  Nogales
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brown, Nogales2.4 
 2. Thomas, Cananea2.2 
 3. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 4. White, Cananea1.7 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.4 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 8. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.3 
 9. Sowell, Culiacan1.3 
 10. Webb, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 4. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 6. Gale, Mexicali2.1 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 8. Habel, Guaymas2.0 
 9. Malloy, Los Mochis2.0 
 10. Ford, Tepic1.9 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.7 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.5 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.2 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.3 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.2 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.0 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.3 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.2 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.5 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 10. Wall, Washington W.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 53-23 
 2. Philadelph.76 40-37 
 3. New York K. 38-38 
 4. New Jersey N. 23-53 
 5. Toronto R. 21-55 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 56-20 
 2. Indiana P. 35-43 
 3. Milwaukee B. 31-45 
 4. Detroit P. 26-50 
 5. Cleveland C. 15-61 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 54-23 
 2. Orlando M. 48-29 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-33 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-44 
 5. Washington W. 20-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 50-26 
 2. Denver N. 47-29 
 3. Portland TB 45-32 
 4. Utah Jazz 36-41 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-60 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-21 
 2. Phoenix Suns 37-39 
 3. Golde State W. 33-44 
 4. LA Clippers 30-47 
 5. Sacramento K. 22-54 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 58-19 
 2. Dallas M. 53-24 
 3. Memphis G. 44-33 
 4. N.Orleans H. 44-33 
 5. Houston R. 41-36 


Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News
N.Orleans H. - Indiana P. 108-96
Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) scored 19 points and Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) shook off a minor knee injury with 18 points and eight assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 108-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. Emeka Okafor, who had a double-double by halftime, finished with 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, who can all but assure themselves a playoff berth by beating Houston at home on Wednesday. Carl Landry added 18 points.

Houston R. - Atlanta H. 114-109
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 35 points and Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) added 12 of his 15 in the second half to lead the Houston Rockets to their seventh straight home win, 114-109 over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. Scola made a jumper from the top of the key with 1:32 remaining to make it 107-104. He buried another one from the same spot about a minute later to stretch the lead to 109-105. Houston made five free throws after that to secure the win. The Rockets stayed three games behind Memphis and New Orleans in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Hornets beat Indiana on Sunday night, and the Grizzlies were idle. Houston has won eight of its last 10, but has only five games remaining. The Rockets play Sacramento on Tuesday night, then play in New Orleans on Wednesday. The Hawks, who had won four straight, were led by Joe Johnson's 25 points. They have lost 11 of their last 12 games in Houston. *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

Portland TB - Dallas M. 104-96
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 19 points and the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage of the road-weary Dallas Mavericks for a 104-96 victory on Sunday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points for the Blazers, who have won eight straight at home. Overall, Portland has won seven of its last 10 as it jockeys for playoff position in the Western Conference. The Blazers were sitting in the sixth spot, a game in front of Memphis and New Orleans with five games to go. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) had 19 points for Dallas, which has lost three straight. The Mavericks looked sluggish for good reason: It was their fourth game in five nights and the final stop on a six-game trip. The Mavericks were without center Tyson Chandler because of a sore lower back. It was just the seventh game the 7-foot-1 veteran has missed this season. *Courtesy of http://dfw.cbslocal.com

New York K. - Cleveland C. 123-107
The New York Knicks are back in the playoffs, clinching their first postseason berth since 2004 with a 123-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday behind 28 points from Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82). Shortly after Charlotte's home loss to Washington, the Knicks snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Cavaliers to secure their spot. They are seventh in the Eastern Conference, but closed within 1 games of the 76ers, with a game in Philadelphia this week. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups added 23 for New York, which was tied with Minnesota for the NBA's longest playoff absence. The Knicks evened their record at 38-38 as they try to end an even longer drought, a franchise-worst stretch of nine straight losing seasons. *Courtesy of www.nytimes.com

Sacramento K. - Utah Jazz 106-97
Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) had 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Sacramento Kings past the slumping Utah Jazz 106-97 on Sunday night. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) added 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals before fouling out in the game's final minute for the Kings, who ended a two-game slide. Francisco Garcia had 17 points and Marcus Thornton scored 15. Paul Millsap scored 21 points for the Jazz, who dropped their sixth straight game - Utah's longest slide since a nine-game skid from March 4-19, 2005. Kyle Weaver had a career-high 19 points, and rookie Gordon Hayward also scored 19. *Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com

Toronto R. - Orlando M. 102-98
The more Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy watches his team struggle, the more concerned he gets about how they'll fare in the playoffs. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC) scored 24 points, Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G-88, college: Arizona) had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Magic 102-98 on Sunday night to snap a six-game losing streak. Van Gundy was unimpressed with the Magic's poor performance against one of the NBA's worst teams, Orlando's third defeat in four games. 'They wanted to win, we didn't care, so they won,' he said. After Friday's win over Charlotte, Van Gundy said his team needed to start playing at a 'higher level' before the postseason, adding that the Magic won't be able to just flip the switch come playoff time. Sunday's loss only reinforced that sentiment. 'We certainly didn't even try to turn it on tonight,' he said. 'Our guys want to try to pick their spots. I'm not at all confident. I'm confident in what we're able to do when we want to play, but I'm not confident that our guys will come with an approach to really come out and play hard and play with great energy. I'm not confident in that at all.' Leandro Barbosa added 14 points for the Raptors, James Johnson and Sonny Weems each had 11, and Reggie Evans finished with 17 rebounds. Dwight Howard had 31 points and nine rebounds and Jameer Nelson scored 21 points for the Magic. Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson each scored 13 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 11. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Lakers - Denver N. 90-95
Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) scored 22 points, Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) scored six of his 18 in the final 3:24, and the Denver Nuggets hung on for their sixth straight win, 95-90 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Kobe Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, who snapped a nine-game winning streak to fall 2 games behind San Antonio in the Western Conference. The NBA-leading Spurs beat Phoenix 114-97 earlier Sunday to end a six-game slide. Los Angeles has six games left to try and overtake the Spurs and earn homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. The Lakers face the Spurs for the fourth and final time this season on April 12 in their next-to-last regular-season game. The Lakers need five more wins to reach 60 for the 12th time and third under coach Phil Jackson. All seven of Jackson's teams to reach 60 victories won the NBA title, including five times with Chicago. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Detroit P. 101-90
The Boston Celtics got a rare, brief and encouraging glimpse of Shaquille O'Neal before he limped off to the locker room Sunday night. They can only hope it wasn't their last. The 39-year-old former NBA MVP returned Sunday night after missing more than two months and scored six points in 5 1/2 minutes to help Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 101-90. But O'Neal left in the second quarter with a new injury that raised new questions about whether he will be able to contribute in the playoffs. ''I don't know what to do, honestly,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said when asked if O'Neal should be shut down for the rest of the regular season. ''My inclination is not, because he needs to play. We have to play at full-tilt in six or seven (games).'' O'Neal was not available for comment because he left before the end of the game, Rivers said; TV showed him walking out of the TD Garden with a slight limp. But Rivers expressed optimism because the injury - explained by the team as a strained right calf - was not the same as the Achilles' tendon strain that had kept him out since Feb. 1. ''The doctor thought it was very minor. Scary more than anything,'' Rivers said. ''But we'll see.'' O'Neal's Achilles' injury was originally described as a minor one that would sideline him for just a few games. Asked how long he thought O'Neal would be out this time, Rivers let out a mirthless laugh. ''I don't know, is the answer,'' he said. ''I don't think very long.'' Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) added 14 assists for the Celtics, who remained one-half game behind Miami in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and seemed poised to make a move before O'Neal's new injury. ''He's been out so long, and he tried to do it today without any chance to have any practices,'' Pierce said. ''I just hope he's all right. ... It felt like just having his presence out there was big.'' Will Bynum scored 20 points, Tayshaun Prince had 16 and Charlie Villanueva 15 for the Pistons. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

New Jersey N. - Miami Heat 94-108
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat clinched the Southeast Division title with a 108-94 victory over the struggling New Jersey Nets on Sunday night. 'We don't want to be jaded,' coach Erik Spoelstra said after the Heat won their first division title since 2007. 'That's the first step. It's not our ultimate goal. We want to gobble up as many of those things as possible.' Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 18 points despite a first-quarter thigh injury and Chris Bosh had 16 as the Heat won their third straight and eighth in nine games. The win pulled Miami (54-23) within 2 games of idle Chicago (56-20) in the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Heat have five games left, one less than the Bulls. Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists to lead the Nets, who have lost six straight and 10 of 11. Travis Outlaw added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Brook Lopez had 16 points. New Jersey played without leading rebounder Kris Humphries (ankle-heel) for the second straight game and it showed on the boards. Miami enjoyed a 50-30 advantage with Erick Dampier grabbing a game-high 14. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Charlotte B. - Washington W. 91-97
Suddenly the Wizards have gone from road woes to road warriors. Almost a week after upsetting the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, the Wizards surprised the Bobcats with an impressive 97-91 victory in Charlotte. Andray Blatche followed up his dominant performance in Friday's home win over the Cavaliers with an equally strong performance. Blatche controlled the boards with 17 rebounds. He helped the Wizards to out-rebound the Bobcats 50-39 and to have a 22-8 advantage in second chance points. John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter when the Wizards' aggressive defense rattled the Bobcats into 7 turnovers. The Wizards scored 11 points off those Bobcats' miscues including a dunk by Wall after he swiped the ball away from Boris Diaw to extend the Wizards lead to 63-47. Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) added 23 points and continued to amaze with his confidence in making contested shots. JaVale McGee continued his consistent play with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Maurice Evans provided defensive intensity and 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Bobcats are now 2-7 without Stephen Jackson, who missed the Wizards' game with a left hamstring strain. D.J. Augustin had 21 points, but Diaw was limited to 13 points and only attempted 10 shots. *Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com


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Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Fredette, BYU 32.7
2 Pullen, KSU 30.0
3 Murphy, TNTC 28.0
4 Goudelock, CofC 27.7
5 Sherrod, ECU 26.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Spikes, MRSH 19.0
2 Johnson, PUR 15.0
3 Faried, MORE 15.0
4 Morrow, ECU 15.0
5 Smith, CSU 15.0
Assists Per Game
1 Galloway, TXSO 11.0
2 Twyman, QUIN 10.0
3 Green, MSU 10.0
4 Williams, UALR 10.0
5 Marshall, UNC 9.8
Steals Per Game
1 Pressey, MIZZ 5.0
2 Holt, SMC 5.0
3 Hassell, ODU 4.0
4 Selvig, MONT 4.0
5 Jones, NAU 4.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Thompson, TEX 5.5
2 Fraley, PEAY 5.0
3 Saunders, DUQ 4.0
4 Stepheson, USC 4.0
5 Knutson, PORT 4.0


Connecticut wins NCAA crown, handing Butler another title-game loss, 53-41 - by Eurobasket News
For the last 28 days, Connecticut had been on a mission. And frankly, from the onset it seemed impossible. Win five games in five days in the Big East Tournament. Then win six games in the NCAA Tournament and walk away from Reliant Stadium with the championship trophy. So once One Shining Moment had been wrapped up, the nets clipped down and the new national champions escorted off the court, it was only fitting what was left on both rims.

Five knots on one. Six knots on the other.

By coincidence or purpose, Connecticut left that as its final mark on the court this season.

'This stage is spectacular', UConn freshman Shabazz Napier (6'0''-G) said during the celebratory fray. 'We had a lot of heart. Throughout the season, weve been doubted and we always felt like we had heart. This is a team that never quit and as you can see, we put on a great run through the tournament.'

It's crowning moment in tonight's National Championship game - a 53-41 victory over once again runner-up Butler - wasn't the prettiest night that the Huskies have strung together over the past month. But it did the trick just fine. And so while the celebration went on, Jim Calhoun - proud new owner of a third national championship - just stood back and watched it all unfold.

When the nets were being cut, he stood at the base of the stage and smiled, his arm draped over longtime friend and associate head coach George Blaney . Then when the annual highlight finish to the NCAA Tournament played on the jumbo screens, he sporadically watched - choosing to watch his teams reactions.

'This group has taken me on one of the great, special journeys, better than any I could possibly imagine', Calhoun said. 'When I needed maybe a little more of what I do - which is teach and coach for 39 years - they gave me it ten-fold.'

The result was a result unlike any seen in the previous 72 national title games. Butler, denied the title for the second straight season, shot just 18.8 percent from the floor - the lowest in championship game history. Even more mind-boggling were the 12 total field goals that the Bulldogs (28-10) mustered over 40 minutes of play against a stingy UConn (32-9) defensive effort. For the game, Butler registered just three two-point field goals.

Without question, 41 points, 12-of-64 is not good enough to win any game, let alone the national championship game, Butler head coach Brad Stevens said. I thought we guarded as well as we could. I thought we gambled a little bit late because we had to. Because we were just trying to figure out something to generate a turn of the tide. And we just couldnt.

It meant that the Huskies didn't need a superhero performance from its star, Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) - though he did lead all scorers with 16 points. Alex Oriakhi (6'9''-F/C-90) pitched in with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F) scored all 12 of his points in the second half as UConn pulled away.

It was Lamb too, who helped neutralize the scoring punch of Butlers Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90), who was held to just 13 points. And once Connecticut cut off the head of Butlers offense in Mack, it put the clamps on the Bulldogs who clanged their way through a 10-minute stretch in the second half.

And with that, Connecticuts surreal run had its final chapter. When the final horn sounded, Walker stood near mid-court with his hands in his face screaming in jubilation through tears. He knew what had been accomplished on this night. Something which nearly every step of the way, was doubted. From the beginning - when the walked into the Theater at Madison Square Garden for the Big Easts annual media day on Oct. 20 and saw their name slotted 10th in the preseason poll. To tonight - when they were presented with the championship trophy.

We had a lot of doubters, Walker said. Big East Tournament? Came out strong and we got a lot of confidence from that tournament and we kind of felt unstoppable. It was right, we were unstoppable. Now were national champions. Were the best team in the country.

*Courtesy of www.nj.com


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Southland edge Otago in pre-season clash - by Eurobasket News
As NBL season is approaching the teams have started their warm-up games. The Southland Sharks and Otago Nuggets clashed in one at the ILT Velodrome in Invercargill. The Sharks celebrated a 95:84 win. Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.) led the effort with 25 points. The teams were missing some of their key players as Silvester Spicer (198-F-86, college: Rogers St.) has not joined the Sharks yet, while the Nuggets have been waiting for the arrival of Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83, college: Winthrop) and Mark Morrison (200-F-85). However the game turned into an exciting contest. The Nuggets were up by one after the opening term 25:24 but the Sharks surged in front in the second term. They posted a 45:41 halftime lead and stretched it to 13 points in the third quarter. The Sharks maintained the margin in the fourth period sealing the victory at the end. Gareth Dawson (C) provided 22 points for Southland. Jordan Lawley (193-G-87, college: Cal-San Diego) contributed 21 points in the win. Lance Allred (211-C-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: Weber St.) replied with 27 points for the Nuggets. Sam King (199-F-91) delivered 13 points in defeat.


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DStv PBL: Baton, Comets record away week-9 win - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Police Baton basketball club on Sunday continue its search for a final-8 play slot in the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League when it posted a 60-55 points away over Chariot basketball club in a local derby at the sport hall of the national stadium, Lagos.

The Coach Mach Balogun tutored Baton won the first and last quarters by 17-08 and 17-16 points but shared the second quarter at 11 points apiece with Chariot BC and lost the third quarter to the rejuvenated Chariot side by 15-20 points for a cumulative score-line of 60-55 points.

In the second game of the night conference leader and former league champion, Comets basketball club came back from a 28-36 points first half deficit to record a 74-69 points victory over Dodan Warriors basketball club.

Warriors who entered the game with a set-mind of unstaging the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Comets after the former champion stole a last minute 83-81 points win in both sides first leg meet two months ago opening a 24-13 points lead in the first quarter, but went down to the Comets by 12-15 points in the second quarter but it still manage to maintain an 8-point first lead of 36-28 points.

Comets fall back on its rich bench from the third quarter to stop the aagressive offensive play of the Warriors. Comets thus picked the third and fourth quarters by 17-27 and 16-19 points to round up the game at 69-74 points to remain top of the Atlantic conference.

..... Union Bank on road game to Port Harcourt, Asaba

Union Bank basketball club will from Tuesday began its first of it two road game when it battle it out against home team Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt at the Civic Centre at 16H00

The Starlion Boy as the bankers are also known will travel to Asaba on Wednesday to engage host Delta Force basketball club. And in the Savannah conference Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will be at home to Bauchi Nets basketball club on Wednesday while Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos will engage Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna at the gymnasium of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria also on Wednesday.

On Thursday Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi will battle defending champion Kano Pillars basketball club at the National Sports Commission gymnasium in Bauchi while Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos host Niger Potters basketball club of Minna in Abuja.

Results:
Chariot 55-60 Police Baton
Dodan Warriors 69-74 Comets

Pairing:
Atlantic conference
Royal Hoopers Vs Union Bank 05/04
Delta Force Vs Union Bank 06/04

Savannah conference
Immigration Vs Bauchi Nets 06/04
Tapgun Rockets Vs Kada Stars 06/04
Yelwa Hawks Vs Kano Pillars 07/04
Plateau Peaks Vs Niger Potters 07/04



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BLNO Round 2 of Finals:Baerum ties the series - by Eurobasket News
Tromso - Baerum 83-90

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Tromso helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Nils-Paul Skara (185-87, college: William & Mary) chipped in 24 points during the contest. American forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Tromso's coach Jeffrey Lange rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tromso: G.January 24+17reb+2ast, R.Timus 24+12reb+2ast, G.Mihaylov 13+1reb+5ast, H.Issalhi 8+4reb+6ast, D.Christensen 7+5reb, B.Myhrer 5+1ast
Baerum: D.Oatis 28+14reb, N.Skara 24+3reb+1ast, D.Berg 14+8reb+2ast, S.Berg 9+1ast, C.Elgmork 7+3reb+3ast, V.Hamilton 5+7reb
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BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.0 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.9 
 3. Bullock, Gimle21.7 
 4. Karlsen, Asker21.6 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud21.4 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.2 
 7. January, Tromso20.4 
 8. Eskeland, Ulriken19.1 
 9. Oatis, Baerum18.6 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.3 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.4 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.1 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.3 
 5. Fivelstad, Ulriken10.1 
 6. Christensen, Tro.9.6 
 7. January, Tromso9.0 
 8. Kombat, Froya8.7 
 9. Hamilton, Baerum8.6 
 10. Djerman, Gimle7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.3 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.7 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso4.4 
 4. Bullock, Gimle4.3 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken4.3 
 6. Russell, Kristiansand4.2 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 8. Elgmork, Baerum3.6 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.5 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.7 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.0 
 4. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.0 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Gabrans, Froya1.7 
 7. Timus, Tromso1.7 
 8. Mahnin, Asker1.7 
 9. January, Tromso1.6 
 10. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.7 
 3. January, Tromso1.5 
 4. Hamilton, Baerum1.2 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 6. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken0.9 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 10. Nyborg, Asker0.8 


BK Miners triumph in NBBF (Division 1) - by Eurobasket News
BK Miners-Persbraten 74-49

BK Miners triumph in NBBF (Division 1) as they overcame Persbraten in the Final game. With no lack of confidence the winner of the Regular Season and the undefeated team produced a 74:49 Final win.
The favorites opened the game with 26-16 and added 15-11 in the second frame. Persbraten responded with 15-9 in the third frame but the final stanza belonged to BK Miners. They erupted with 24-7 to win the game and the trophy.
Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) erupted with 30 points and Bjoern Andreassen (197-F-89) followed him with 10. Anders Engen (182-G-93) ended up with 9, while Henry McCarthy (203-F-91, college: Lincoln Memorial) posted 8. Christian Bakken (198-F-88) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Ole Moss (187-G-86) scored 9.
In the game for the third place Centrum Tigers lost to Hop 54:68. Trailing 6-11 after the first period Hop needed the victories in other three quarters for the final win.

BK Miners: Oeivind Lundestad 30, Bjoern Andreassen 10, Anders Engen 9, Henry McCarthy 8
Persbraten: Christian Bakken 14, Ole Moss 9




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Apertura Round 4: Chepo keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Apertura.

The game had a very big importance for Chepo as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Chepo defeated 3rd ranked Rio Abajo in Penonome 86-73. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-73. Chepo have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rio Abajo at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Rio Abajo will play next round against strong P.Lefevre trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Panama - P.Lefevre. Chepo will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Oeste on the road.
Top ranked P.Lefevre (2-2) recorded its second loss in Panama. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked San Miguelito (2-1) 72-70. It was a key game for the second position in the league. San Miguelito moved-up to second place. P.Lefevre at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Calidonia. San Miguelito will play against Calidonia (#4) in the next round. P.Lefevre's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Panama to the arena Rio Abajo.

In the last game of round 4 bottom-ranked Oeste was defeated by Calidonia in a road game 94-85.


Chepo - Rio Abajo 86-73

The game had a very big importance for Chepo as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Chepo defeated 3rd ranked Rio Abajo in Penonome 86-73. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-73. Chepo have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rio Abajo at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Rio Abajo will play next round against strong P.Lefevre trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Panama - P.Lefevre. Chepo will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Oeste on the road.
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P.Lefevre - San Miguelito 70-72

Top ranked P.Lefevre (2-2) recorded its second loss in Panama. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked San Miguelito (2-1) 72-70. It was a key game for the second position in the league. P.Lefevre was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 18-11 third quarter run of San Miguelito. San Miguelito moved-up to second place. P.Lefevre at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Calidonia. San Miguelito will play against Calidonia (#4) in the next round. P.Lefevre's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Panama to the arena Rio Abajo.
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Calidonia - Oeste 94-85

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Calidonia and 6th ranked Oeste had identical 1-2 record. This time Calidonia used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 94-85. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Calidonia (2-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with P.Lefevre. Oeste at the other side stay at the bottom position with three games lost. Calidonia will play against league's second-placed San Miguelito in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oeste will play against the league's leader Chepo (#1) in Penonome to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Standings - CBS
Apertura Standings
 1. Chepo 3-1 
 2. San Miguelito 2-1 
 3. P.Lefevre 2-2 
 4. Calidonia 2-2 
 5. Rio Abajo 1-2 
 6. Oeste 1-3 


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  PBL   


Mill Rats Inaugural Season in Saint John Ends - by Karol
The Saint John Mill Rats inaugural season in Saint John came to an end Thursday night at the hands of their arch rivals, the Halifax Rainmen, 85-79 in overtime. But they did not go down without a fight!

The Mill Rats suffered a severe blow when their leading scorer, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts), went down with a torn achilles tendon after the first quarter.

Saint John was able to rally from 7 points down to grab a 39-33 halftime lead.

'The guys fought and clawed and scrapped their way the whole game,' stated Mill Rats General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'The effort was outstanding.'

Saint John held a tenuous 65-60 lead late in the fourth before the Rainmen rallied to take a 71-69 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Dwuan Rice drew a foul and calmly sank both free throws to force overtime. However in the overtime period, Halifax big man Deandre Thomas scored 7 points and former Mill Rat Desmond Ferguson hit a critical three pointer down the stretch to seal it for the Rainmen.

Saint John was led by Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) with 26 points and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F, college: Brandeis) 15. Halifax got 20 from Thomas and 14 from Ferguson.

The Rainmen will now prepare for a playoff matchup with #1 ranked Lawton-Fort Sill on Saturday. The Mill Rats will now focus on the off season and preparing for season number two.

'We want to thank our tremendous fans and sponsors and the City of Saint John for the incredible first season here and all of the great support,' stated Mill Rats Vice President of Marketing David Cooper.


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  PORTUGAL   


Frederick Gentry gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese LPB - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Frederick Gentry (201-F-77, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for CAB Madeira and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 33-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for CAB in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lusitania (#10, 6-15) 91-81. CAB is placed at 5th position in Portuguese LPB. CAB 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 10-11 record. Gentry turned to be CAB's top player in his first season with the team. Frederick Gentry averages this season 17.0ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another CAB Madeira's star - 25-year old American guard Nathan Menefee (182-G-85, agency: RIZO). Menefee impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course CAB cruised to a 91-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Lusitania (#10, 6-15). This victory allowed CAB to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Menefee is a newcomer at CAB 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 Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) of Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes (#4). Fonseca scored 9 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vitoria SC, leading his team to a 75-67 win against the lower-ranked Barreirense (#12, 3-18). Vitoria SC needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Fonseca has a very solid season. In 13 games in Portugal he scored 2.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) of Ovarense - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85) of Sampaense - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82) of Academica - 26 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rick Cardoso (201-F-85) of Lusitania - 20 points and 15 rebounds
8. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78) of Porto Ferpinta - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeremy Goode (175-G-87) of Penafiel - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75) of Benfica - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 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)


Pedro Silva gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese Proliga - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international forward Pedro Silva (198-F-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Barcelos Hotel Terco and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and twenty four rebounds, while his team beat Electrico FC (#8, 9-12) 69-55. It allowed Barcelos to consolidate first place in the Portuguese Proliga. Barcelos have a solid 17-4 record. It's Silva's second year at Barcelos and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Silva has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 13.0rpg. Silva is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Povoa. Oha impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Povoa to another comfortable win 86-70 over Seixal (#12, 0-21) being unquestionably team leader. Povoa's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Oha is a newcomer at Povoa and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#9). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket (#7). Bowie showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Terceira Basket, leading his team to a 84-74 win against the lower-ranked Alges (#10, 7-14). Terceira Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Bowie has a great season in Portugal. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.2apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Durrell Nevels (198-F/C-86) of Terceira Basket - 21 points and 14 rebounds
5. Rui Quintino (196-F-83) of Galitos FC - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Malcolm Thomas (196-F/G-85) of Galitos FC - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jason Underwood (206-F/C-84) of Fisica - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joao Diamantino (201-F-85) of Maia Basket - 12 points and 14 rebounds
10. Silvester Spicer (198-F-86) of Alges - 17 points and 12 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)


Playoff Bound. O What A Feeling - by Nate Bowie
So as I stare into the midst of dreams, I realize that everything that I wanted at the begining of the year has came true. We all make goals and with those goals we try to strive for greatest. Some of us maintain those things we wish for and others fall a little short. But in my case most have came true. As we enter into our last week of regular season play, this is the time were teams look at the playoff picture and matches ups. Being tied for 6th with a win last week vs Alges we strive to make on last win before the playoff times roll around. We face #2 Fisica this next week, hoping to knock off the impossible again. (Which is always a great feeling). Last week was a bit of a american reunion, in lisbon. Terceira (US) playing against Alges and Angra playing against Fisica brought together all the Americans on the team. We all had fun as we rush around the mall to try to eat and go shopping. Must I add, I had some of the best food I ever had here in Portugal at a restaurant in the mall. It was a Brazilian Cuisine, with an open side orders buffet. Servers rapidly rush to each table bringing out different varieties of meat on a stick which is called kushiyak. (Japanese). They had lamb (greek food), baked chicken, ham, turkey, fried cuisine all brought out at different times during the meal. It was a very good way to try out many different cultures all in one place, all in one environment. I was eating so well I didnt realize I was sweating from the heat coming from the food haha, we will save that story for next time haha. Before I leave I also want to say how blessed I am in becoming an Uncle to a very beautiful baby girl name Ezra Aniyah Escobar Bowie last week. Congrads to my brother and his wife.
Until next time always remember 'Out of adversity comes greatness, beileve in yourself and the rest will follow'
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 27
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes27.0 
 2. Villegas, Coamo24.2 
 3. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.8 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez22.5 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce19.7 
 6. Narvaez, Coamo19.4 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon17.0 
 8. Johnson, Isabela17.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez16.5 
 10. Pruitt, Guaynabo16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaime LLOREDA
  San German
  (201-F/C-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lloreda, San G.13.0 
 2. Lloreda, San G.13.0 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon12.3 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo12.0 
 5. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez10.0 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo9.8 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.7 
 9. Dyer, San German8.3 
 10. Dyer, San German8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  San German
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Copeland, San G.6.7 
 2. Clinch, Isabela5.7 
 3. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.6 
 4. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.6 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon5.3 
 6. Garcia, Humacao5.3 
 7. Cruz, Capitanes4.7 
 8. Pagan, Santurce4.5 
 9. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Mayaguez
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Apodaca, Quebradillas2.2 
 3. Apodaca, Quebradillas2.2 
 4. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez2.0 
 6. Ayuso, Capitanes2.0 
 7. Cruz, Capitanes2.0 
 8. Clinch, Isabela2.0 
 9. Vega, Coamo1.8 
 10. Graham, Mayaguez1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Hector ROMERO
  Mayaguez
  (202-F/C-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Romero, Mayaguez3.5 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Jones, Quebradillas1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 6. Jones, Quebradillas1.7 
 7. Freije, Coamo1.7 
 8. Traylor, Bayamon1.3 
 9. Dyer, San German1.3 
 10. Edwards, Mayaguez1.3 


Weekly BSN Team Rankings-Week 1 - by Eric de la Cruz
This is a new, 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.

This is week 1:


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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 28-8 
 2. Saransk 26-8 
 3. Spartak-Primorie 25-9 
 4. Severstal 24-10 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 21-10 
 6. Revda 15-17 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 15-21 
 8. Rjazan 12-20 
 9. Irkutsk 8-26 
 10. Lokomotiv 6-27 
 11. Zaretchny 5-29 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Domercant, Spart.15.5 
 3. Lampe, Unics15.3 
 4. Baxter, Enisey15.3 
 5. Williams, Enisey15.2 
 6. Labovic, Enisey14.3 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.3 
 8. Popovic, Unics14.3 
 9. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.6 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 2. Papadopoulos, Khi.7.8 
 3. Beverley, Spart.6.7 
 4. Lampe, Unics6.7 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv6.7 
 6. Baxter, Enisey6.6 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.9 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv5.9 
 10. Plisnic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Enisey6.9 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .5.6 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.3 
 4. Vyaltsev, Triumph4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.4 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Papadopoulos, Khi.3.3 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.2 
 10. Holden, CSKA3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 3. Voronov, Dynamo1.7 
 4. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.7 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 8. Domercant, Spart.1.3 
 9. McCarty, Unics1.3 
 10. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.2 
 2. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.1 
 6. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 8. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 9. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 
 10. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 13-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 13-6 
 3. CSKA 13-6 
 4. Khimky 12-6 
 5. Spartak SP 12-7 
 6. Enisey 8-10 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 7-12 
 8. N.Novgorod 6-13 
 9. Dynamo 5-14 
 10. Triumph 4-14 


PBL Round 19: #1 Unics Kazan is defeated by CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Unics Kazan (13-5) on the court of third ranked CSKA Moscow on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by CSKA Moscow 81-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Unics Kazan was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 10-point lead after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of CSKA Moscow, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Lithuanian guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion (13-6) moved-up to second place, which they share with Lokomotiv. Unics Kazan at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. CSKA Moscow is looking forward to face Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) on the road in the next round. Unics Kazan will play against Khimky (#4) in Khimki and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Nizhny Novgorod was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (8-10) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-13). Enisey Krasnoyarsk managed to secure a 4-point victory 78-74. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists. Lonny Baxter accounted for 30 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) came up with 25 points and 4 assists for BC Nizhny Novgorod in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk maintains sixth place with 8-10 record. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against league's second-placed Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play on the road against Triumph Lyubertsy (#10) in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Khimky (12-6) crushed at home 7th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-12) by 36 points 107-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Vitaly Fridzon fired 21 points and 4 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Konstantin Nesterov produced 16 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Loser Krasnie Krilya keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Khimky will meet league's leader Unics Kazan on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Krasnie Krilya will play against Dynamo Moscow (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 bottom-ranked Triumph lost to Spartak SP on the opponent's court 80-91. Lokomotiv managed to outperform Dynamo in a home game 77-64.



Spartak SP - Triumph 91-80

Very expected game when 10th ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (4-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (12-7) 91-80 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-80. FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) fired 27 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. The former international forward Vladimir Dyachok (204-80) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) produced 15 points and 8 assists and forward Valery Likhodey (204-86) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Triumph Lyubertsy lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home higher ranked CSKA Moscow (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: P.Antic 27+2reb+3ast, V.Dyachok 13+8reb+4ast, P.Beverley 10+10reb+3ast, H.Domercant 9+4reb+1ast, A.Ponkrashov 8+1ast, P.Popovic 7+1reb+1ast
Triumph: V.Likhodey 16+7reb, T.McKee 15+3reb+8ast, E.Vyaltsev 12+7ast, S.Varlamov 9+3reb, S.Karasev 8+5reb+2ast, A.Kurcevich 7+1reb+2ast
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CSKA - Unics 81-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Unics Kazan (13-5) on the court of third ranked CSKA Moscow on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by CSKA Moscow 81-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Unics Kazan was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 10-point lead after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of CSKA Moscow, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Lithuanian guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion (13-6) moved-up to second place, which they share with Lokomotiv. Unics Kazan at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. CSKA Moscow is looking forward to face Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) on the road in the next round. Unics Kazan will play against Khimky (#4) in Khimki and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CSKA: R.Siskauskas 18+5reb+3ast, A.Shved 14+3reb+6ast, M.Smodis 14+7reb+2ast, J.Gordon 10+9reb+2ast, J.Holden 6+4reb, D.Polokhin 6+2reb+2ast
Unics: M.Lampe 21+12reb+5ast, M.Popovic 17+4reb+2ast, K.McCarty 15+5reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 15+5reb+3ast, Z.Pashutin 6+2reb+3ast, P.Samoylenko 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 104036


Khimky - Krasnie Krilya 107-71

Fourth ranked Khimky (12-6) crushed at home 7th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-12) by 36 points 107-71, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. Khimky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of Krasnie Krilya shooting 72.4 percent from the field. They outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 31-17 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Khimky shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Krasnie Krilya's players. International guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85) fired 21 points and 4 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Power forward Konstantin Nesterov (205-81, college: VCU) produced 16 points and the former international center Aleksandr Dedushkin (208-81) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Khimky maintains fourth place with 12-6 record. Loser Krasnie Krilya keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Khimky will meet league's leader Unics Kazan on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Krasnie Krilya will play against Dynamo Moscow (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 21+2reb+1ast, T.Kelati 16+2reb+2ast, T.Hansen 15+1reb+1ast, A.Savrasenko 13+6reb+3ast, Z.Planinic 9+7ast, L.Papadopoulos 8+4reb+2ast
Krasnie Krilya: K.Nesterov 16+3reb+1ast, A.Dedushkin 12+3reb, G.Green 10+1reb, V.Zvarykin 9+1reb+1ast, A.Kuzyakin 7+3reb, P.Brezec 5+1reb
gschID: 104037


N.Novgorod - Enisey 74-78

The game in Nizhny Novgorod was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (8-10) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-13). Enisey Krasnoyarsk managed to secure a 4-point victory 78-74. BC Nizhny Novgorod was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 19-12 charge of Enisey Krasnoyarsk, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nizhny Novgorod was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists. His fellow American import center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 30 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) came up with 25 points and 4 assists and forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for BC Nizhny Novgorod in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk maintains sixth place with 8-10 record. Newly promoted BC Nizhny Novgorod keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against league's second-placed Lokomotiv in Kuban in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play on the road against Triumph Lyubertsy (#10) in Lubertsy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enisey: L.Baxter 30+9reb, M.Williams 25+4reb+11ast, D.Labovic 6+4reb, D.Nikolaev 5+5reb, K.Pinkney 4+4reb, P.Gromyko 3+2reb
N.Novgorod: N.Protic 25+2reb+4ast, A.Yakovenko 14+10reb+2ast, A.Pustahvar 9+3reb, A.Ivanov 8+1reb, O.Baranov 7+1reb+1ast, K.Snyder 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104038


Lokomotiv - Dynamo 77-64

Very predictable result in Kuban where second ranked Lokomotiv (13-6) defeated 9th ranked Dynamo Moscow (5-14) 77-64 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Lokomotiv. Dynamo Moscow managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) chipped in 22 points. Lokomotiv's coach Kestutis Kemzura used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Victor Keyru (199-84) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lokomotiv maintains second place with 13-6 record having just -1 point less than leader Unics, which they share with CSKA. Dynamo Moscow lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Lokomotiv will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#6) on the road in the next round. Dynamo Moscow will play against Krasnie Krilya in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: L.Chalmers 22+1reb+1ast, M.Wilkinson 16+8reb+2ast, J.Massey 8+5reb+2ast, G.Jeretin 7+1reb+4ast, Y.Vasiliev 5+4reb, M.Grigoryev 5+1ast
Dynamo: V.Keyru 17+10reb+2ast, A.Zhukanenko 16+9reb+1ast, A.Urazmanov 7+3reb+4ast, V.Zavoruev 7+2ast, D.Domani 5+1ast, P.Gubanov 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 104039




Superleague Round 38 results - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds. The round 38 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Third ranked Spartak-Primorie (25-9) crushed at home 10th ranked Lokomotiv (6-27) by 41 points 82-41, which is the biggest margin this round. Spartak-Primorie have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-9 record having just -20 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the tenth place with 27 games lost. Spartak-Primorie will play against league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will play on the road against Irkut Irkutsk (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 38: Rjazan lost to Metallurg-Univ. on the opponent's court 77-81. Saransk managed to outperform Revda in a home game 74-58. Severstal managed to beat Zaretchny on the road 92-82.


Metallurg-Univ. - Rjazan 81-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Rjazan's (12-20) road loss to seventh ranked Metallurg-University (15-21) 77-81. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-17 Rjazan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-77 at the end of the game. Metallurg-University maintains seventh position with 15-21 record. Rjazan lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. Metallurg-University will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play on the road against Ural Ekaterinburg (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 104268


Saransk - Revda 74-58

Rather predictable result in Saransk where second ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (26-8) defeated 6th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-17) 74-58. Ruskon-Mordovia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 26-8 record having just -21 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. TEMP-SUMZ Revda at the other side keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against Severstal (#4) in Cherepovec in the next round. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play on the road against Sojuz Zaretchny and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 104269


Zaretchny - Severstal 82-92

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (5-29) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Severstal (24-10) 92-82. The game was mostly controlled by Severstal. Sojuz Zaretchny was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Severstal won last quarter 25-17. Severstal maintains fourth position with 24-10 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 29 lost games. Severstal will play against league's second-placed Ruskon-Mordovia in Saransk in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 104270


Spartak-Primorie - Lokomotiv 82-41

Third ranked Spartak-Primorie (25-9) crushed at home 10th ranked Lokomotiv (6-27) by 41 points 82-41, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Spartak-Primorie led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiv to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Spartak-Primorie have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-9 record having just -20 point less than leader Univ.Surgut. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the tenth place with 27 games lost. Spartak-Primorie will play against league's leader Universitet-Yugra in Surgut in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will play on the road against Irkut Irkutsk (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 104266


Irkutsk - Univ.Surgut 0-20
gschID: 104267




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Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 4. Sinovec, Metalac18.4 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.5 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.9 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.7 
 6. Covic, FMP4.4 
 7. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 8. Mitrovic, Beograd4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd3.1 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 9. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 10. Lucic, Beograd0.7 


Dragan Milosavljevic number one in Superleague for round 4 - by Eurobasket News
International guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Partizan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Beograd (#4, 1-2) 85-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Partizan maintains the 3rd position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Partizan will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Milosavljevic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dragan Milosavljevic averages this season 9.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. Ljubicic had a very good evening with a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Bad luck as Metalac lost that game 81-91 to the higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#5, 1-2). This loss caused Metalac to drop to 8th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Metalac managed to get this Second Stage. Ljubicic is a newcomer at Metalac, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina center Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd (#6). Ilic scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of FMP, leading his team to a 99-86 easy win against the higher-ranked Hemofarm (#2, 3-1). FMP can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ilic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ilic has a very solid season. In 29 games in Serbia he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 4.5rpg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.5%. Mile Ilic has also Serbian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88) of Beograd - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Radnicki - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) of Crvena Zvezda - 10 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) of Radnicki - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Boris Bakic (194-G-86) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Uros Lucic (207-C-83) of Beograd - 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)


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1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 22-2 
 2. Sencur CP 21-3 
 3. Kraski Zidar 17-7 
 4. Splosna plovba 15-9 
 5. Grosuplje 14-10 
 6. Litija 14-10 
 7. Hrastnik 14-10 
 8. Radovljica 12-12 
 9. KD Postojna 9-15 
 10. Primorac Branik 8-16 
 11. Nova Gorica 8-16 
 12. Medvode 6-18 
 13. Triglav Kranj 5-19 
 14. Konjice 3-21 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.6 
 2. Petrovic, Nova G.19.0 
 3. Gavric, Primorac.18.6 
 4. Moro, Splosna .18.4 
 5. Lobe, Grosuplje18.0 
 6. Pusic, Litija17.9 
 7. Primc, Radovljica17.1 
 8. Husic, Kraski Zidar16.8 
 9. Blazevic, Litija16.8 
 10. Kosec, Sencur CP15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar9.0 
 3. Barovic, Primor.8.7 
 4. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.5 
 5. Spesic, Rogaska8.3 
 6. Buda, Kraski Zidar8.1 
 7. Klepo, Radovljica8.0 
 8. Sivka, Konjice7.5 
 9. Hocevar, Triglav .7.5 
 10. Tusek, Hrastnik7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Tomic, Rogaska6.5 
 2. Perko, Splosna .6.1 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.4.9 
 4. Ucman, Radovljica4.5 
 5. Glavas, KD Postojna3.8 
 6. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.7 
 7. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.6 
 8. Blazevic, Litija3.6 
 9. Jereb, Konjice3.6 
 10. Milovic, Splosna .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.7 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje2.2 
 3. Jereb, Konjice2.0 
 4. Milovic, Splosna .1.8 
 5. Gavric, Primorac.1.7 
 6. Cvek, Sencur CP1.7 
 7. Jotic, Rogaska1.7 
 8. Bratina, Primor.1.7 
 9. Pusic, Litija1.6 
 10. Podobnik, Medvode1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna2.0 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje1.2 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.1 
 4. Barovic, Primor.1.1 
 5. Kosec, Sencur CP1.0 
 6. Trampus, Grosuplje0.9 
 7. Klepo, Radovljica0.8 
 8. Buda, Kraski Zidar0.8 
 9. Hren, Litija0.8 
 10. Jakobcic, Triglav .0.7 


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DStv PBL: Baton, Comets record away week-9 win - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Police Baton basketball club on Sunday continue its search for a final-8 play slot in the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League when it posted a 60-55 points away over Chariot basketball club in a local derby at the sport hall of the national stadium, Lagos.

The Coach Mach Balogun tutored Baton won the first and last quarters by 17-08 and 17-16 points but shared the second quarter at 11 points apiece with Chariot BC and lost the third quarter to the rejuvenated Chariot side by 15-20 points for a cumulative score-line of 60-55 points.

In the second game of the night conference leader and former league champion, Comets basketball club came back from a 28-36 points first half deficit to record a 74-69 points victory over Dodan Warriors basketball club.

Warriors who entered the game with a set-mind of unstaging the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Comets after the former champion stole a last minute 83-81 points win in both sides first leg meet two months ago opening a 24-13 points lead in the first quarter, but went down to the Comets by 12-15 points in the second quarter but it still manage to maintain an 8-point first lead of 36-28 points.

Comets fall back on its rich bench from the third quarter to stop the aagressive offensive play of the Warriors. Comets thus picked the third and fourth quarters by 17-27 and 16-19 points to round up the game at 69-74 points to remain top of the Atlantic conference.

..... Union Bank on road game to Port Harcourt, Asaba

Union Bank basketball club will from Tuesday began its first of it two road game when it battle it out against home team Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt at the Civic Centre at 16H00

The Starlion Boy as the bankers are also known will travel to Asaba on Wednesday to engage host Delta Force basketball club. And in the Savannah conference Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano will be at home to Bauchi Nets basketball club on Wednesday while Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos will engage Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna at the gymnasium of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria also on Wednesday.

On Thursday Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi will battle defending champion Kano Pillars basketball club at the National Sports Commission gymnasium in Bauchi while Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos host Niger Potters basketball club of Minna in Abuja.

Results:
Chariot 55-60 Police Baton
Dodan Warriors 69-74 Comets

Pairing:
Atlantic conference
Royal Hoopers Vs Union Bank 05/04
Delta Force Vs Union Bank 06/04

Savannah conference
Immigration Vs Bauchi Nets 06/04
Tapgun Rockets Vs Kada Stars 06/04
Yelwa Hawks Vs Kano Pillars 07/04
Plateau Peaks Vs Niger Potters 07/04



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Busan KT Hold on to Win Game 1 of the Eastern Finals - by Kevin Campigotto
Showing no signs of rust after their two week layoff, the Sonic Boom KT held on to defeat the Dongbu Promy 73-68 in game one of the KBL Semi Finals. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) led Busan with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The Promy's all-star Center Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) was held to only 8 points and 6 rebounds in only 18 minutes and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) managed only 10 points and 5 boards. Benson played only a few minutes in the third quarter before injuring his ankle.

Heading into the second quarter the Promy led by five, but were outscored 21-9 in that frame. Busan's guards were able to get open for three point shots at will and every time Wonju got the score close, Busan would hit a big three. Busan forward Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) scored 19 points hitting two of three from downtown and Song Young-Jin (198-C/F-78) added twelve points.

The game seemed to be slipping away early in the third quarter when Busan built an eleven point lead and Wonju's backup import Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) was inserted into the game. Thomas went on a one-man 9-0 run and after a Busan turnover, the Promy hit another three to cap a 12-0 run to end the third quarter. Wonju stayed within striking distance until late in the fourth when Charles Rhodes appeared to push Kim Joo-Sung out of the way to get a rebound. When no foul was called Kim Joo-Sung picked up a technical foul for arguing with the referees and the Promy never threatened to take the lead again.

Game 2 is set for Wednesday night in Busan and the Promy will need to win to avoid heading home down 2 games to 0.


Game Notes

Sonic Boom KT

Charles Rhodes 24 points, 15 rebounds
Cho Sung-Min 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Song Young-Jin 12 points, 5 rebounds
Cho Dong-Hyun (188-G-76) 11 points

Wonju Dongbu
Kim Joo-Sung 10 points, 5 rebounds
Hwang Jin-Won (189-G-78) 12 points, 5 assists
Victor Thomas 13 points, 5 rebounds
Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79) 14 points, 6 assists.




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Spanish ACB round 28 best performance: Nedzad Sinanovic - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Unicaja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed DKV Joventut (#10, 14-14) with 56-point margin 111-55. Unicaja is placed at 6th position in Spanish ACB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Unicaja will need more victories to improve their 16-12 record. It's Sinanovic's second year at Unicaja and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nedzad Sinanovic averages this season 7.0ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) of Gran Canaria. Carroll had a very good evening with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Of course Gran Canaria cruised to a 85-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Valladolid (#8, 16-12). Gran Canaria's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Carroll is well-known at Gran Canaria and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#1).

Third on the list of top players last round was Mexican forward Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International) of Fuenlabrada (#7). Ayon scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Fuenlabrada, leading his team to a 78-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Menorca (#18, 5-23). Fuenlabrada needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 12 lost games. Ayon has a very solid season. In 27 games in Spain he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 6.1rpg, 1.5bpg and FGP: 66.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) of Valladolid - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83) of Menorca - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. David Doblas (206-C-81) of Lagun Aro GBC - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82) of Valencia - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Estudiantes - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80) of Valencia - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Nicolas Gianella (187-G-78) of Granada - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 23-3 
 2. Mallorca 20-6 
 3. Promobys 18-8 
 4. Andorra 18-8 
 5. Prat Juventud 15-11 
 6. Plasencia 15-12 
 7. ADT Tarragona 14-12 
 8. Oviedo Feve 12-14 
 9. Avila 11-15 
 10. Regal FC II 11-15 
 11. Coruna 9-17 
 12. Santurtzi 9-18 
 13. Guadalajara 7-19 
 14. Illescas 7-19 
 15. Lan Mobel ISB 7-19 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia16.3 
 2. Ramsdell, Avila16.0 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.9 
 4. Witt, Clavijo15.8 
 5. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 7. Bivia, Mallorca14.7 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.14.4 
 9. Mesa, Clavijo14.4 
 10. Paez, Lan M.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.7 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.9 
 4. Adams, Coruna8.5 
 5. Chubrevich, Illescas8.2 
 6. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.7 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.4 
 10. Howard, Andorra7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.8 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.7 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 6. Marco, ADT T.3.9 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
 8. Rufian, Promobys3.4 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.3 
 10. Casado, Santurtzi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mikel URIZ
  Alcazar
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 2. Adams, Coruna2.0 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 4. Martinez, Plasencia1.8 
 5. Smith, Guadalajara1.7 
 6. Guirao, ADT T.1.7 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca1.7 
 8. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 9. Bratton, Lan M.1.6 
 10. Rueda, Plasencia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.5 
 5. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 6. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 7. Conde, Avila1.2 
 8. Marti, Prat J.0.9 
 9. Cage, ADT Tarragona0.9 
 10. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.8 
 2. Mohammed, Lleida16.9 
 3. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 4. Detrick, Melilla16.1 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.7 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan15.7 
 7. Franklin, CB Tarra.15.3 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.15.0 
 9. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 10. Narros, Navarra13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril WACHSMANN
  Alcazar
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.3 
 2. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.7 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna7.4 
 6. Humphrey, Caceres7.3 
 7. Chagoyen, La Laguna7.3 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan7.3 
 9. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 10. Junyent, Obradoiro7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.5 
 2. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.2 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna4.1 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.5 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.4 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.4 
 7. Brown, Ourense3.3 
 8. Lopez, Burgos3.2 
 9. Cherry, Caceres3.1 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.5 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 3. Rost, Girona1.7 
 4. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 5. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 6. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 9. Rivero, CB Murcia1.4 
 10. Toledo, Burgos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Foote, Melilla1.9 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.7 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.3 
 5. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 6. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan1.0 
 9. McCoy, Caceres0.9 
 10. Starosta, Ourense0.9 


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Basketettan Quarterfinals: Malbas and Hoganas Basket are 1-0 up - by Eurobasket News
Malbas and Hoganas Basket outplayed their rivals in Game One of the Basketettan Quarterfinals. Second games are scheduled for April 9. Eagles and Srbija go directly to Semifinals as they won their groups in regular season.

Game One, April 2:
Malbas - Taby Basket 93-78
KFUM Haga Haninge - Hoganas Basket 76-100

Game Two, April 9:
Taby Basket Malbas
Hoganas Basket - KFUM Haga Haninge


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.21.9 
 2. Smith, Fribourg21.0 
 3. Glover, Boncourt20.6 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.4 
 5. Popovich, SAV V.20.3 
 6. Reid, Monthey20.2 
 7. Byron, BBC Nyon20.2 
 8. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 9. Brown, Starwings20.1 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.3 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.1 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.7 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.1 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.3 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Smith, Fribourg7.8 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.5 
 10. Toure, Geneve Lions7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.4 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Williams, Fribourg6.1 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.8 
 5. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.4 
 8. Sharper, Monthey4.2 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.8 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.6 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.6 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.5 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.5 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.1 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.8 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 8. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 9. Aw, Geneve Lions0.9 
 10. Efevberha, Lugano T.0.8 


LNA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals. Hosts take victories - by Eurobasket News
Geneve Lions - Starwings 79-66

Geneve Lions held off Starwings to celebrate the first win in the series. Starwings were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Geneve Lions made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions outrebounded Starwings 41-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. Geneve Lions' coach Michel Perrin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Canadian-Irish swingman Tony McCrory (199-77, college: Simon Fraser) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 15+10reb+1ast, J.Aw 15+5reb+1ast, M.Sloan 14+12reb+2ast, M.Kouguere 8+2reb, M.Maruotto 8+1reb+1ast, O.Edeki-Agbavwe 7
Starwings: T.Brown 19+1reb+3ast, T.McCrory 17+7reb+1ast, V.Hollins 11+3reb+5ast, A.Thompson 7+5reb+1ast, N.Matter 5+8reb, R.Albrecht 4+2reb
gschID: 125409


Monthey - SAV Vacallo 93-82

Monthey toppled SAV Vacallo to record the initial win in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. SAV Vacallo managed to win second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 8 rebounds. American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's, agency: SportsList Inc.) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Five Monthey players scored in double figures. American forward Kevyn Popovich (196-85, college: SE Louisiana) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo.
Top scorers:
Monthey: A.Reid 27+8reb+3ast, R.Yates 23+4reb+1ast, S.Moris 16+9reb+1ast, J.Sharper 13+2reb+8ast, S.Louissaint 10+3reb+6ast, C.Mafuta 3+4reb+1ast
SAV Vacallo: K.Popovich 30+6reb+2ast, M.Mihajlovic 19+7reb+1ast, R.Gibson 11+8reb+7ast, S.Smiljanic 9+1reb, J.Rahier 7+6reb+4ast, N.Dacevic 4+5reb
gschID: 125410


Lugano Tigers - SAM Massagno 82-56

Lugano Tigers had no problems against SAM Massagno in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. SAM Massagno was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SAM Massagno 30-17 including 20 on the defensive glass. Lugano Tigers brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. Center Sean Finn (212-82, college: Dayton) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) responded with 17 points and guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 19+4reb+1ast, S.Finn 16+8reb+1ast, D.Mladjan 14+1reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 11+5reb+3ast, M.Efevberha 9+2reb+4ast, M.Schneiderman 7+2reb+1ast
SAM Massagno: A.Hawkins 17+2reb+1ast, A.Farokhmanesh 12+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 10+2reb, T.Murati 6+1reb, B.Johnson 3+8reb+1ast, J.Rey 3+1ast
gschID: 125407


Fribourg - Boncourt 85-67

Fribourg held off Boncourt to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Boncourt was better in fourth quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Boncourt 41-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Fribourg players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Shorown Glover (180-87) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Ivorian forward Ismael N'Diaye (198-82, college: FIU) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: S.Smith 23+12reb+1ast, D.Esterkamp 16+9reb+4ast, T.Williams 11+3reb+6ast, Y.Holland 10+3reb+3ast, V.Buscaglia 6+2reb+3ast, O.Vogt 6+5reb+1ast
Boncourt: S.Glover 17+6reb+3ast, I.N'Diaye 13+2reb+4ast, D.Tshomba 10+3reb+1ast, R.Schwaiger 9+4reb+2ast, T.Gugino 7+8reb+2ast, J.Stucheli 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125408




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  TANZANIA   


Dar basketball teams ready for NBL meet - by Carlos Pereira
Over 40 teams from various regions across the country are expected to compete in this years National Basketball League (NBL) opening on May 14 at a venue yet to be named.
Dar es Salaams Jeshi Stars and JKT are among teams that have so far confirmed their participation in the league, according to Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) assistant secretary general, Michael Maluwe.

In an interview with The Citizen yesterday, Maluwe said the league would take place either in Morogoro, Dar es Salaam or Tanga.This years league will involve leading men and womens teams from various regions in the country. Each region will field two men teams and two womens sides, he said.
He said Morogoro basketball authorities have shown interest in hosting the league, but they have yet to confirm officially.In the past two days, I tried to contact them severally, but to no avail. If they fail to confirm until early next week, then well shift it to either Tanga or Dar es Salaam, he said.

Dar es Salaams JKT and ABC will compete in the mens category while Jeshi Stars and JKT Stars will battle it out in the womens series during the league.Maluwe said the door was still open for other teams interested in competing in the event. He said April 20 was the deadline for confirmation.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz


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The final verdict - by Sergei Krasavtsev
CA and JSK up the rear for the qualification play-off

The next round will not matter. It was known that the two clubs will move to the play-offs and who will join four others already qualified. This is the CA, who beat EZS a shock to challenge for club members only, and JSK who managed to bring two points of gold Rades. There was talk of a duel between remote JSK, CA, CSC and USM. This duel has actually taken place. The loser of this duel is CSCheminots trapped by the ESR (which once again brought honor to the colors and the credibility of the championship).
It was another loser, namely USM, but had the merit to go to sequester SN Nabeul. It is to his credit but it was not nearly enough to win a play-off place. The results of direct confrontations then pleaded for JSK and CA that do not risk anything, even if they lose in the next day. We therefore ESS, SN, ESR, EZS, CA and JSK will be competing for the championship.
Another verdict, the bonus that goes to the ESS and that after the defeat of the SN. It has seen it all before the play-offs and play-out. It was a hectic round.


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. ES Sahel 20-1 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 19-2 
 3. ES Rades 13-8 
 4. Ezzahra 13-8 
 5. C Africain 11-10 
 6. JS Kairouan 10-11 
 7. US Monastir 9-12 
 8. C Cheminots 9-12 
 9. CA Bizerte 6-15 
 10. EOG Kram 6-15 
 11. JS Manazeh 6-15 
 12. C Tunisair 4-17 


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  TURKEY   


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Anderson, Basak.21.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.4 
 3. Johnson, Vestel19.8 
 4. Hall, Kepez Bld19.7 
 5. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 6. Boddicker, Selcuk U.18.5 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Keep, Adanaspor12.8 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.3 
 4. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 7. Johnson, Vestel9.7 
 8. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.5 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 10. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.9 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.9 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 7. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 8. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 9. Eris, Vestel4.8 
 10. Gucyetmez, Selcuk U.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.7 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 4. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.2 
 5. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 6. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 7. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 8. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 9. Terzioglu, Gelisim1.6 
 10. Topcu, Izmir B.B.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.1 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.7 
 4. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.5 
 7. Smith, Usak1.4 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 9. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 
 10. Sanli, Darussafaka1.3 


Bitter Sweet - by Brandon Gordon
Whats up yall its da boi BG checkin in again. When the season ends earlier its a bitter sweet feeling. Bitter because if you didnt win the championship it ended to early and sweet because you get to go to wherever you call home and see your family and friends. One thing for sure is that you need to have made sure you left it all on the court and be happy with the performance you had this year. Because when its time to look at the man in the mirror you cant lie to yourself. Of course things may happen and sometimes they may not go in your favor but you gotta make the best out of it and move on. One thing ive learned for sure that frustration and dedication are just parts of the game that must b dealt with. You have to know that these feelings are gonna come and deal with them accordingly. Each year is a stepping stone for the next year, so with that being said im looking forward to next season wherever that may be and take this summer to better my skills. Peace

Kerem Gonlum gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News
Experienced international Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Efes Pilsen Istanbul and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 33-year old had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Banvit (#3, 18-6) 78-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Efes Pilsen maintains the 4th position in Turkish TBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Efes Pilsen will need more victories to improve their 17-7 record. Gonlum has many years of experience at Efes Pilsen, through which he has constantly improved. Kerem Gonlum averages this season 11.6ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Trabzonspor Basketbol. Karadeniz impressed basketball fans with 33 points and 5 rebounds. It was enough for Trabzonspor to edge the higher-ranked Olin Edirne (#7, 14-10) by 4 points 89-85. This victory allowed Trabzonspor to move up to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Karadeniz is a newcomer at Trabzonspor and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.7ppg (#1). He also registered 7.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78) of Antalya (#8). Henderson showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Henderson's great performance Antalya lost 76-80 to the higher-ranked Besiktas (#5, 16-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antalya needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Henderson has a very solid season. In 7 games in Turkey he scored 21.1ppg. He also has 4.1rpg, 6.1apg, FGP: 52.9% and 3PT: 46.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86) of Galatasaray - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83) of Mersin - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Anthony Grundy (189-G-79) of Mersin - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Bradley Buckman (203-F-84) of Antalya - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) of Fener.Ulker - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) of Banvit - 15 points and 9 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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13th Annual Sun Stroke All Stars Rosters announced - by David Edole
The 13th Annual Sun Stroke All VI Hoop Classic will be held in the Central High Gymnasium April 22nd and 23rd. 7 p.m. Friday night and 6 p.m. Saturday details to come.

Female St. Croix All Stars will be coached by Regular Season Champions Head Coach from the Caribs Donald Bough
1. Melanisiah Hendrickson (CHS)
2. Lanese Bough (168-G-93) (CHS)
3. Veronique Llanos (EC)
4. Jada Edwards (CHS)
5. Jovanna John (CHS)
6. Neandra Auguste (EC)
7. Laquinda Isle (EC)
8. Kadeesha Barry (CHS)
9. Julissa Thomas (EC)
10. Krysta Peter (CHS)

Male St. Croix All Stars will be coached by Regular Season Champions from the Barracudas
Dean Heywood
1. Kadeem Jones (94) (CHS)
2. Raydel Denis (EC)
3. Tamoi Francis (EC)
4. Razeem Huggins (CHS)
5. Amali Krigger (EC)
6. Melvine Adams (EC)
7. Kareem Harris (Manor)
8. Michael Nelthrop (CDS)
9. Reno Motta (CHS)
10. Shomari Francis (CHS)

Female St. Thomas All Stars will be coached by Regular Season Champions from the Chicken Hawks Myron Corbett
1. Eddiong Utibe (Antilles)
2. Akia Frett (EK)
3. TeAndra Richardson (CA)
4. Sakile Brathwaite-Hall (Antilles)
5. Kelssy Trass (CA)
6. Rhea Simon (AS)
7. Alanah George (EK)
8. Merrisa Murphey (CA)
9. Shaniqua Wheatley (CA)
10. Jerusha Corbett (CA)

Male St. Thomas All Stars will be coached by Regular Season Champions from the Chicken Hawks Pedrito Estrill
1. Ageyi Gregory (Antilles)
2. Merwin Potter (93) (CA)
3. Xavier Richards (EK)
4. Deshawn Creque (CA)
5. Dornell Weaver (Antilles)
6. Anamuko Utibe (Antilles)
7. Brandon Wynter (AS)
8. Adrian Kolerik (EK)
9. Jamoi Smith (CA)
10. Shanoi Miller (CA)


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URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.2 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.24.7 
 4. Sloan, S.Generals24.1 
 5. Kearse, Dallas S.24.0 
 6. Allison, Norman E.22.4 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.22.2 
 8. Grismore, C.Tex.21.6 
 9. James, DFW W.21.3 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 3. Bryant, Dallas S.11.0 
 4. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 6. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.9.7 
 8. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.7 
 9. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 10. Shewmake, Tennesse.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.9 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 3. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.3 
 5. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 6. Belton, Atlanta A.7.6 
 7. Beaulah, GIE M.6.5 
 8. Douglas, DFW W.6.3 
 9. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
 10. Brown, Norman E.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Generals3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.4 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.0 
 5. Brown, Norman E.2.8 
 6. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.7 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.5 
 9. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 10. Barrett, S.Generals2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Bryant, Dallas S.5.1 
 4. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 5. Williams, Norman E.3.8 
 6. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 8. Hall, St.Mount.2.9 
 9. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 10. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 13-2 
 2. Cleveland V. 11-4 
 3. Columbus C. 8-8 
 4. Colonial F. 3-11 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-14 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 31-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 26-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 14-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-15 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-19 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 18-3 
 2. Tennessee D. 18-11 
 3. Norman E. 12-8 
 4. Austin K. 10-9 
 5. DFW Warriors 10-10 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-16 
 3. Houston X. 5-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-18 
 5. Nashville B. 0-10 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-17 


Jordan Brooks joins Norman Express - by Eurobasket
Norman Express agreed terms with 25-year old guard Jordan Brooks (191-G-86, college: Fort Lewis). Brooks played most recently at University of Idaho (NCAA). It will be his first year in professional basketball. He missed the last season and had one year break from professional basketball

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Eric Coleman gets MVP of the Week award for Ukrainian Superleague - by Eurobasket News
American Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 45.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Khimik (#12, 14-30) 76-73. Hoverla maintains the 4th position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hoverla will need more victories to improve their 28-17 record. Coleman turned to be Hoverla's top player in his first season with the team. Eric Coleman averages this season 13.6ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. Millage impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Khimik was edged by the higher-ranked Hoverla (#4, 28-17) 76-73. Khimik is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-30 record. Millage is a newcomer at Khimik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) of Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (#8). Zaitsev scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Zaitsev's great performance Kryvbasbasket lost 73-74 to the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#13, 11-33). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kryvbasbasket ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 23 games, recording just twenty victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zaitsev could help Kryvbasbasket to bring them higher in the standings. Zaitsev has a very solid season. In 44 games in Ukraine he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and 1.5bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87) of Hoverla - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84) of BC Donetsk - 23 points and 2 rebounds
6. Artem Shvets (203-G/F-85) of BC Odessa - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Pavel Revzin (194-G-83) of Halychyna - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Todd Abernethy (185-G-84) of Halychyna - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Pavlo Burenko (188-G-90) of BC Kyiv - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Ramel Curry (191-G-80) of Azovmash - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.1 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 7. Wiggins, Halychyna14.9 
 8. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.6 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.0 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.4 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.5 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.1 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.8 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 7. Sparks, BC Odessa4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.4 
 10. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.7 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 7. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Burns, Fe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 8. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 34-11 
 2. Budivelnyk 32-11 
 3. Azovmash 28-16 
 4. Hoverla 28-17 
 5. Mykolaiv 23-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 23-20 
 7. Dnipro 21-22 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 20-23 
 9. DniproAzot 18-25 
 10. BC Odessa 17-28 
 11. Halychyna 17-29 
 12. Khimik 14-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-33 


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


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EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders
EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Fenyn, Leeds 23.5
2 Krubally, Leop. 22.1
3 Scott, Reading 21.1
4 Gariba, PAWS 20.2
5 Kakad, Leices. 19.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Krubally, Leop. 12.1
2 Gariba, PAWS 10.8
3 Koltun, Leeds 9.8
4 Nelson, Durham 9.5
5 Bowne, Bristol 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 Page, Magic 5.2
2 Shaw, Derby 4.4
3 Bulger, Durh. 4.4
4 Loftman, Brist 4.2
5 Sharlow, Leopa. 4.1


EBL2 Stats Leaders
EBL Div.2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Bucci, TValley 32.9
2 Harper, LUnited 25.4
3 Reed, MPark 21.3
4 Hodge, Sheff 20.6
5 Bulambwe, Westmin 19.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bucci, TValley 13.3
2 Spare, Sheff 12.7
3 Reed, MPark 11.0
4 Silcott, Bradf 10.9
5 Attah, TValley 10.9
Assists Per Game
1 Bucci, TValley 6.7
2 Vear, MPark 6.2
3 Seeley, Northum 4.6
4 Adeluola, LUnited 3.9
5 Edmunds, Hemel 3.9


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.7 
 3. Smith, Newcastle21.0 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions21.0 
 5. Blount, Leices.20.8 
 6. Jackson, Newcastle20.5 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.0 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Dagostino, Sheffi.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.4 
 2. Myers, MK Lions9.7 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Durant, Worthing9.3 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.6 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.8.3 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.8.3 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.8.1 
 10. Cricelli, Worcester8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.4 
 3. Blount, Leices.4.8 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.7 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions4.6 
 6. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 7. Zabas, Plymouth4.4 
 8. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 9. Marks, Plymouth3.7 
 10. Patton, Sheffi.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.1 
 4. Jackson, Newcastle2.0 
 5. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 6. Medlock, Guildfor.1.9 
 7. Harrison, Glasgow .1.8 
 8. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 9. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. McLemore, Guildf.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 2. Richard, Newcastle1.9 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.1 
 4. Dobbins, Worcester1.0 
 5. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 6. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 9. Woodfork, Worthing0.7 
 10. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 


BBL Round Up Sunday 03 April - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles produced their second smash and grab raid in as many days with another one point victory to keep the pressure on BBL Championship leaders Mersey Tigers.

Just 24 hours after a one point overtime win at Worcester Wolves, the Eagles were at it again as they fought back from 19 points down to clinch a 78-79 victory at UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) scored the decisive free throws but Newcastle were indebted again to the duo of Charles Smith (21 points) and Reggie Jackson (15 points).

One Health Sharks Sheffield are doing their best to keep in the title frame with their second win of the weekend.

Sharks, who can still overtake Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles at the top of the BBL Championship, overcame a double-digit third quarter deficit to win 74-83 at Prestige Homes MK Lions.

Crucial to the victory was point-guard Steve Dagostino who scored a game-high 25 points, including six free throws down the stretch.

Cheshire Jets kept a firm grip on fourth position in the league after a comfortable 117-94 home win over Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

And Glasgow Rocks shrugged off their recent poor form with a 98-59 blowout of Worthing Thunder north of the border.



Defence Of Defending Champions Is Fabulous For Fab - by Paul Nilsen

Newcastle Eagles play-caller Fabulous Flournoy was bursting with pride on the way back from the longest road trip of the season after his depleted team secured two vital road victories over the weekend to show they wont give up their BBL Championship crown without a fight.

After point guard Reggie Jackson made a last second play at Worcester Wolves on Saturday night to secure a 79-78 overtime success, there was a certain sense of dj vu for the Eagles when they defied the odds to emerge from Plymouth Raiders with the same score line.

'I am very proud of the guys since not only did we win two close games, we had to do it the hard way and do it through our hard work and defence.

This team has had an identity change during the last week or so. While we have always played hard defence, we have had to take it to another level and start holding teams to under eighty points in order to get ourselves in the position to win games.

Its extra satisfying that we have won two massive basketball games in this kind of way because it has been a collective success where it wouldnt have worked had any player not stepped up to the plate.

To win at Worcester was a great achievement as they played hard and were pushing for the play-offs. It was an exciting finish and we were just relieved to come out on top.

However, to have to come back from playing at Plymouth on your longest road trip of the season when the crowd is really up with their team 19 points ahead, you dont have your two main scorers and decision maker on courts, you have had to integrate a new player who only joined a few days earlier and the rest of your guys are exhausted from an overtime game the night before is amazing.

Nobody complained about the situation at the time. We just got it done.'

Certainly the Eagles took full advantage of Mersey Tigers slipping up at Guildford Heat and the next 72 hours will be absolutely vital as Tony Garbelotto and his team match up with One Health Sharks Sheffield tomorrow and travel to Tyneside on Wednesday night in two games that could determine whether they will finish top of the heap.

Sharks kept up the pressure with wins against Thunder and Lions and are ready to make their play for top spot during this last week of the regular season.

The play-off race has looked like it might go down to the wire for some time although with a couple of games remaining for most teams, it looks Worcester Wolves and Prestige Homes MK Lions could be set to miss out.

The Lions have made a late run after a topsy-turvy campaign but their home floor loss to Sharks might have ended that revival while Wolves crashing at home to Eagles in agonising fashion may have also cost them.

UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders, Guildford Heat and Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders all claimed one big victory each over the weekend which was absolutely pivotal to them. Raiders beat Jets at home, Riders bashed Pirates and Heat claimed that eye opening win against Tigers.

In the race for a top four finish, Jets bounced back from their defeat in Devon to see off Riders 117-94 at Northgate while Rocks came storming back from their 88-50 trouncing on Merseyside to dish out a similarly decisive 98-59 thumping to Worthing Thunder.



EBL: Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals games of EBL were played on Saturday and Sunday. Bristol, Leeds, Leopards and Reading managed to beat their rivals and to book a spot for the Semis.

Quarterfinals, April 2/3:
London Capitals - Durham 77-68
Bristol - Derby 91-90
Reading - Manchester 86-69
Leeds - Brixton 88-78

Semifinals, April 16:
Bristol - Leeds
Leopards - Reading


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Ryan Wright joins Trotamundos de Carabobo - by Eurobasket
Trotamundos de Carabobo agreed terms with 24-year old Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-F-87, college: Oklahoma). Wright played most recently at Ormanspor Genc Ankara (Turkey) averageing 16.8ppg and 9.3rpg. Wright played also pro basketball in Turkey and Canada.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Cobras unable to retain Cystic Fibrosis Cup - by Eurobasket News
Saturday night saw the start of the 2011 SEABL Season for the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras and the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras. Travelling down the road to face-off against their arch rivals the Knox Raiders in the annual Cystic Fibrosis Cup.

With a huge crowd in attendance the night was all set up for two great games, unfortunately for Kilsyth neither result went our way. With the Swinburne Lady Cobras going down 67-60 and the Swinburne Cobras losing 90-81, it meant that the Cystic Fibrosis Cup was not coming home.

Up first was the Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras, Head Coach Cheryl Chambers has put together a line-up that will test everyone they come up against, but with the team only coming together as a whole for the first time on Saturday it was always going to take some time to gel. The game was fought out over four tough and tight quarters with the Raiders finishing the game strong to end up 7 point winners.

The opening quarter was close and hard fought contest, as you would expect from the opening round of Season 2011. Kilsyth took a 12-9 lead into the first change with neither team able to gain the ascendency.

The second quarter saw the Raiders take control of the match with their ability to shoot the three (60% 3p%), and dominating Kilsyth under the ring with 12 rebounds for the quarter. After being down by 3 at quarter time Knox took a 34-30 lead into half-time.

A scoring blitz in the third saw Knox out to an 11 point lead in the third quarter, The Swinburne Lady Cobras failed to capitalise on their opportunities (22% FG), which allowed Knox to go on a 17-10 run to close out the quarter.

As the game went on the Swinburne Lady Cobras clicked as a team and with the Raiders getting into some foul trouble managed to outscore Knox 20-16 in the last quarter.

Newcomer and Australian Opal Abby Bishop top scored with 17 points but with Hayley Moffatt (12pts, 7rbds) the only other Swinburne Lady Cobra in double figures it was a tough night at the basket for the Kilsyth.

Knox had three players in double figures led by Sarah Graham (163-G-89) (21pts, 2rbds), ex-Cobra Amy Denson (186-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) (19pts, 8rbds) and Danni Bone (10pts).

Kilsyth are better for the run and the more time the girls spend together the tougher they are going to be to come up against.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Lady Cobras take on the Geelong Supercats for their first home game on Sunday 10 April tip-off 1pm.

With the crowd growing to almost capacity for the Mens game the scene was set for a gruelling contest. Knox was always going to be a challenge for the Swinburne Cobras and after three tight quarters the Raiders big men wore down Kilsyth in the last running out 90-81 winners.

The game began with neither side able to take the ascendency; Auryn MacMillan did his best to ensure all the Kilsyth fans had something to cheer for with a huge dunk, the quarter ended in a stale mate 19 apiece.

The second and third quarters saw the game being played at a ferocious pace with both Kilsyth and Knox trading baskets, however it was Knoxs accuracy that saw them take a 44-43 half time and 61-58 three quarter lead.

With Quincy Henderson in foul trouble, CJ Massingale (23pts, 7rbds) and Lester Strong were able to dictate the play in the last, allowing the Raiders to outscore the Swinburne Cobras by ten 29-19. Kilsyth were strong from the three point line compared to Knox making eight 3 point baskets compared to Knox with only two. However it was Knoxs accuracy that won them the game (47% FG) contrasted with Kilsyth (35% FG).

The Swinburne Cobras had an even spread of contributors for the night with four players in double figures; Fresh of the plane Auryn MacMillan top scored (19pts, 11rbds), new recruit Tariq Naqqash (18pts), Zach Malvic (16pts, 10rbds) and Quincy Henderson (15pts). Unfortunately Kilsyth was not able to counter the assault from Knoxs big men with Lester Strong dominating the match with 40 points and 16 rebounds.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras then travelled to Dandenong on Sunday to take on the Rangers, after a nine point loss on Saturday night the Swinburne Cobras knew that they needed to beat Dandenong to ensure they came out square for the weekend. A tight contest that went into overtime say Kilsyth come out victors 104-101.

Backing up after a Saturday night game is always tough, but Kilsyth came out of the blocks strong with a 27-21 lead in the first quarter, the inaccuracy that had plagued the Swinburne Cobras the night before was nowhere to be seen (60% FG, 100% 3P) compared to Dandenong (40% FG, 20% 3P).

The second began in some confusion with possession given to the Rangers instead of Kilsyth; however Matt OHea (34pts, 5 rbds) starred for the Swinburne Cobras shooting six from seven 3 pointers for the match to ensure that Kilsyth stayed in front going into half time 52-49.

The third was as even as it gets with both sides trading baskets, scoring 25 points each, meaning Kilsyth kept their slender three point lead into the last. The fourth quarter was edge of your seat stuff with both teams struggling to make the most of their opportunities, Kilsyth (40% FG) and Dandenong (44% FG), fought for possession in the end it was Dandenongs ability to make the most of their free throws that saw the match all tied up at 91 apiece and going into overtime.

Heading into overtime the small crowd was making its fair share of noise in support of their teams as the five minutes of overtime seemed to go forever with Kilsyth making the early plays to take the lead. It took two great three pointers from Dandenongs Dwayne Campbell to bring the game back to square. Some great defensive work by Quincy Henderson (12pts, 7rbds), then saw the Swinburne Cobras hold on and take their first win for SEABL 2011.

Kilsyth had an even spread of scorers for the game with Zach Malvic (24pts, 4rbds), Tariq Naqqash (14pts, 4rbds) and Auryn MacMillan (10pts) joining OHea and Henderson in double figures. Swinburne Cobras Head Coach, Grant Wallace happy to come out of a tough weekend all square, I was really proud of the younger guys today, they really stood up and all in all Im happy to spilt the weekend and have Tim Lang join us in coming weeks.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras play their next game on Friday 15 April in a double header at home against North West Tasmania; Tip off for the men is at 8.15pm
Courtesy of: http://www.kilsythbasketball.com.au



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Playoff Semifinals: BBC Boom and Waregem are 1-0 up - by Eurobasket News
BBC Boom and Waregem grabbed 1-0 lead in the Playoff Semifinals. The series is best-of-three meaning that they need just one more win for the Finals. Second games are scheduled for April 10.


BBC Boom - Sint Kateline 81-74 (1-0)


The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sint Kateline Waver won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BBC Boom made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Eveline Decroos (184-F-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Corina Arts (188-76) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and international swingman Miete Celus (176-91) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Sint Kateline Waver. Sint Kateline Waver's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Sint Kateline: M.Dennett 21+12reb, M.Celus 20+4reb+2ast, D.Van Dessel 13+4reb+2ast, A.Winkelmans 9+3reb, H.Mestdagh 8+7reb+1ast, J.Goyvaerts 3+2reb
BBC Boom: E.Decroos 18+6reb+5ast, E.Lauwers 16+2reb, I.Van den Vonder 12, I.Meylemans 8+2reb+4ast, A.Lydia Boel 8+3reb, V.Van Driel 7+2reb+2ast




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Dexia Namur - Waregem 49-55 (0-1)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dexia Namur won third quarter 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Nele Deyaert (186-79) stepped up and scored 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Tamara Van Respaille (186-77) chipped in 7 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side international center Laurence VanMalderen (193-81, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Oksana Agabalova (186-73) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: L.VanMalderen 18+5reb, B.Ray 7+5reb+1ast, O.Agabalova 7+7reb, S.Dubuc 6+2reb+2ast, A.Halin 5+2reb, K.Gaither 4+6reb
Waregem: N.Deyaert 28+9reb, A.Boucquey 9+2reb+1ast, T.Van Respaille 7+5reb, H.Ben Abdelkader 5+1reb+1ast, I.Medvedeva 4+1reb, J.Raman 2+5reb


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. VanMalderen, Dexia N.16.7 
 5. Dennett, Sint K.16.6 
 6. Decroos, BBC Boom15.3 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.15.2 
 8. Wilkins, Point Chaud15.1 
 9. Mayombo, Point C.14.8 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rhona MCKENZIE
  Houthalen
  (183-F-76)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. McKenzie, Houth.13.4 
 2. Meesseman, Ieper11.1 
 3. Dennett, Sint K.9.8 
 4. Wilkins, Point Chaud9.0 
 5. Tatham, Point C.8.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.8.7 
 7. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.8.6 
 8. Ibekwe, Point C.8.5 
 9. Hoehne, R.Spirou.8.4 
 10. Van Respaill., Wareg.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sara LEEMANS
  Sint Kateline
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Leemans, Sint K.3.2 
 2. Van Dessel, Sint K.2.3 
 3. Mayombo, Point C.2.2 
 4. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.1 
 5. Van Driel, BBC B.1.9 
 6. Devliegher, Ieper1.8 
 7. Deyaert, Waregem1.8 
 8. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.8 
 9. Boonen, BBC Boom1.8 
 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. Ballau, R.Spirou.2.0 
 8. Van den Vond., BBC B.2.0 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem1.9 
 10. Celus, Sint Kateline1.9 
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.1.7 
 4. Kurtozi, R.Spirou.1.1 
 5. Lentacker, Jeugd G.0.9 
 6. Gaither, Dexia N.0.9 
 7. Van Respaill., Wareg.0.8 
 8. VanMalderen, Dexia N.0.8 
 9. Malfait, Jeugd G.0.8 
 10. Hoehne, R.Spirou.0.7 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
League 3
 1. Mladi Krajisnik 2-0 
 2. Celik 0-1 
 3. Zeljeznicar 0-1 
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 second stage, Round 2: Mladi Krajisnik jumps to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
As usual, one game was played in Round 2 of the second stage.

Mladi Krajisnik - Celik 61-58
Mladi Krajisnik (2-0) met Celik (0-1) in Banja Luka on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by the hosts 61-58. Mladi Krajisnik maintains first position with 2-0 record. Celik at the other side dropped to 0-1 (same as Zeljeznicar). Mladi Krajisnik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before the next game. Celik will play at home against Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Jolly 6-1 
 2. Gospic 6-1 
 3. Lupa Promot. 5-2 
 4. Studenec O. 3-4 
 5. Medvescak 1-6 
 6. Biska Pula 0-7 
Group B
 1. Croatia 2006 3-0 
 2. Zadar 1-1 
 3. Pozega 1-1 
 4. Split 1-2 
 5. Agram 0-2 


A1 Round 7: Undefeated Gospic loses their first game against Jolly - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Gospic (6-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Jolly (6-1) 104-89. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gospic. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Jolly. Gospic managed to win second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Gospic. Jolly is looking forward to face ZKK Medvescak (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Gospic will play on the road against Studenac Omis (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Biska Pula (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fourth ranked Studenac Omis (3-4) 74-66. Studenac Omis maintains fourth place with 3-4 record. Biska Pula at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Studenac Omis will play against league's second-placed Gospic at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biska Pula will play against Lupa Promotion (#3) in Novi Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Zagreb was also quite interesting. Second ranked Lupa Promotion (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked ZKK Medvescak (1-6). Lupa Promotion did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-55 on Saturday. Despite that victory Lupa Promotion went down to third position due to points difference. Loser ZKK Medvescak keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Lupa Promotion will meet at home Biska Pula (#6) in the next round. ZKK Medvescak will play against the league's leader Jolly in Sibenik.



Group A
Biska Pula - Studenec O. 66-74

Bottom-ranked Biska Pula (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fourth ranked Studenac Omis (3-4) 74-66. Biska Pula was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 24-12 charge of Studenac Omis, which allowed them to win the game. Studenac Omis maintains fourth place with 3-4 record. Biska Pula at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Studenac Omis will play against league's second-placed Gospic at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biska Pula will play against Lupa Promotion (#3) in Novi Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Gospic - Jolly 89-104

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Gospic (6-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Jolly (6-1) 104-89. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gospic. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Jolly. Gospic managed to win second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jolly have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Gospic. Jolly is looking forward to face ZKK Medvescak (#5) in Zagreb in the next round. Gospic will play on the road against Studenac Omis (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
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Medvescak - Lupa Promot. 55-73

The game in Zagreb was also quite interesting. Second ranked Lupa Promotion (5-2) played at the court of 5th ranked ZKK Medvescak (1-6). Lupa Promotion did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-55 on Saturday. Despite that victory Lupa Promotion went down to third position due to points difference. Loser ZKK Medvescak keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Lupa Promotion will meet at home Biska Pula (#6) in the next round. ZKK Medvescak will play against the league's leader Jolly in Sibenik.
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Frisco Sika and USK Praha advance to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Strakonice - Slovanka MB 94-78

The game was mostly controlled by Aldast Strakonice. Basket Slovanka MB was better in fourth quarter 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aldast Strakonice made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Aldast Strakonice outrebounded Basket Slovanka MB 32-21 including 22 on the offensive glass. Basket Slovanka MB was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Darina Johnova (178-85) who led her team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Center Petra Reisingerova (196-73) helped adding 22 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Aldast Strakonice's coach Marcela Kramer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Petra Pospisilova (180-84) with 20 points and guard Eva Kotlanova (175-88) scored 18 points and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: P.Pospisilova 20+3reb, E.Kotlanova 18+3reb, E.Sipova 13+6reb, L.Sipova 10+2reb, K.Novotna 9+4reb+3ast, M.Satoranska 4+1reb
Strakonice: D.Johnova 25+3reb+5ast, P.Reisingerova 22+9reb+1ast, M.Uhrova 14+6reb+5ast, Z.Skrabalova 11+2reb, K.Linhartova 6+1reb, J.Musilova 6+6reb
gschID: 125708


Valosun Brno - Trutnov 73-70

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-70. It was a good game for international center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Veronika Vlkova (175-84) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Guard Darina Misurova (163-81) answered with 31 points and 7 rebounds and forward Katerina Novakova (188-85) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kara Trutnov.
Top scorers:
Trutnov: D.Misurova 31+7reb, H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 12+3reb+1ast, K.Novakova 8+9reb, I.Komzikova 4+2reb+1ast, A.Vackova 4, A.Vechtova 4+1reb
Valosun Brno: V.Vlkova 22+4reb+2ast, I.Vecerova 20+14reb+3ast, K.Krizova 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Mracnova 8+2reb+1ast, M.Zrustova 7+2reb+1ast, M.Svobodova 6+3reb
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Hradec Kralove - Frisco Sika 43-80

Frisco Sika shot 62.5 percent from the field. It was an exceptional evening for Swedish center Louice Halvarsson (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Four Frisco Sika players scored in double figures. The former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andrea Ovsikova (178-89) added 13 points respectively for Sokol Hradec Kralove in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hradec Kralove: A.Ovsikova 13+3reb, M.Hartigova 10+5reb+1ast, K.Pochobradska 6+1reb, L.Kysilkova 4+1reb+3ast, K.Zavazalova 4, A.Bicistova 2
Frisco Sika: F.Eldebrink 20+3reb+1ast, L.Halvarsson 20+5reb+1ast, A.Hanusova 18+2reb+1ast, C.Ford 10+8reb, J.Skerovic 5+1reb+4ast, R.Hejdova 5+3reb
gschID: 125706


Karlovy Vary - USK Praha 60-104

The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.
gschID: 125707




ZBL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals: Valosun Brno and Strakonice tied the series at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
ZBL Round 4 of Quarter-Finals: Valosun Brno and Strakonice tied the series at 2-2 as the decisive games will be played on April 6th.

Valosun Brno - Trutnov 82-64

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Valosun Brno's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-18 extending their advantage to 18 points. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Valosun Brno had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Kara Trutnov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Michaela Zrustova (183-87) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. International center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (182-80) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Katerina Novakova (188-85) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Kara Trutnov. Kara Trutnov's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: M.Zrustova 22+4reb+5ast, I.Vecerova 20+9reb+1ast, V.Vlkova 9+5reb+1ast, M.Svobodova 8+8reb, Z.Mracnova 7+3reb+3ast, E.Mrhalkova 7+1reb+3ast
Trutnov: H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 17+6reb, D.Misurova 14+3reb, K.Novakova 12+11reb, K.Hindrakova 8+6reb, D.Kuslitova 7+2reb, N.Tothova 2


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Strakonice - Slovanka MB 68-54

The game was mostly controlled by Aldast Strakonice. Basket Slovanka MB was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aldast Strakonice dominated on the defensive end, holding Basket Slovanka MB to just 4 points in second quarter. They held Basket Slovanka MB to an opponent 19.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Worth to mention a great performance of center Zora Skrabalova (196-81, college: Illinois St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Darina Johnova (178-85) who added 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four Aldast Strakonice players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Eva Sipova (188-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and center Miroslava Vodrazkova (192-78) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: D.Johnova 16+1reb+5ast, Z.Skrabalova 15+9reb, M.Uhrova 12+2reb, J.Musilova 10+6reb, P.Reisingerova 9+6reb, Z.Kuncipalova 2
Slovanka MB: E.Sipova 16+10reb, P.Pospisilova 8+4reb, M.Vodrazkova 7+6reb+1ast, M.Satoranska 6+2reb, K.Novotna 6+3reb, L.Sipova 4+2reb
gschID: 126130




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.0 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.7 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.6 
 4. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.8 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice16.8 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.8 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 9. Ford, Frisco Sika14.6 
 10. Misurova, Trutnov14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.7 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.4 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.8 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 6. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.7.0 
 8. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.8 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
 10. Vetrovcova, Karlov.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.8 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.2 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.3 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.2 
 6. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 7. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 8. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 9. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.3 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.9 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Brantlova, VS Praha2.4 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 6. Johnova, Strakonice2.1 
 7. Novotna, Slovanka.2.1 
 8. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov1.9 
 10. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .1.2 
 4. Sipova, Slovanka.0.8 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.8 
 6. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 10. Vodrazkova, Slovanka.0.6 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Lyon 23-3 
 2. Nice 19-7 
 3. Roche 19-7 
 4. Reims 19-7 
 5. Limoges 16-10 
 6. Voiron 14-12 
 7. Armentieres 13-12 
 8. Pleyber Christ 13-13 
 9. SI Graffenstaden 12-14 
 10. Perpignan 12-14 
 11. Dunkerque 11-14 
 12. Le Havre 10-15 
 13. Rennes 10-16 
 14. Angers 8-18 
 15. Pau Orthez 4-21 
 16. CFBB 3-23 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Bass-W., Challes18.8 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.0 
 3. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.7 
 4. Humphrey, Landes15.5 
 5. Dubljevic, Tarbes15.0 
 6. Hurst, Aix-en-P.14.7 
 7. Sharp, Mondeville14.5 
 8. Sanni, Villeneuve14.5 
 9. Mann, Charleville14.4 
 10. Covington, Union H.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville10.5 
 2. Humphrey, Landes9.8 
 3. Diawara, Charleville9.7 
 4. Bass-W., Challes9.5 
 5. Bales, Union Hainaut8.9 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve8.7 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.3 
 8. Matic, Tarbes7.0 
 9. Grima, Aix-en-P.6.9 
 10. Sacko, Lattes M.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-G-80)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Aubert, Nantes4.9 
 2. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.9 
 3. Manic, Landes4.1 
 4. Lepron, Tarbes4.1 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.0 
 6. Bar, Challes3.8 
 7. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.8 
 8. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.5 
 9. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.4 
 10. Aubert, Toulouse3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gomis, Arras2.5 
 2. Bar, Challes2.5 
 3. Milovanovic, Toulouse2.1 
 4. Skrela, Lattes M.2.0 
 5. Bouderra, Charleville1.9 
 6. Poto, Lattes M.1.9 
 7. Lepron, Tarbes1.9 
 8. Young, Landes1.9 
 9. Kamba, Union H.1.8 
 10. Mitchell, Arras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alison BALES
  Union Hainaut
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bales, Union Hainaut2.1 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 3. Smith, Tarbes0.8 
 4. Dowdell, Toulouse0.8 
 5. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 6. Humphrey, Landes0.7 
 7. Bertal, Villeneuve0.7 
 8. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 9. Bar, Challes0.7 
 10. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 


LF2 Round 26: #1 Lyon is defeated by Limoges - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Lyon (23-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Limoges (16-10) 58-42. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges. Lyon managed to win third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lyon to just 6 points in first quarter. Limoges have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-10 record. Lyon at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Limoges are looking forward to face league's second-placed Nice at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lyon will play against Rennes and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Nice. Third ranked host Nice (19-7) smashed second-ranked Roche (19-7) 72-53. Nice have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Reims and Roche. Nice will play against Limoges (#5) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against CFBB in Paris and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked CFBB managed to get a third victory, breaking the eighteen-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Angers in Paris 64-62. CFBB maintains sixteenth position with 3-23 record. Angers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. CFBB will meet higher ranked Roche (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Angers will play against Reims (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Le Havre. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 12th ranked Le Havre (10-15) to eighth ranked Armentieres (13-12) 58-57 on Saturday evening. Armentieres moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Le Havre keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Armentieres' next round opponent will be SI Graffenstaden (#9) in llkirch-Graff.. Le Havre will play on the road against Pleyber Christ in Pleyber-Christ.
An interesting game took place in Dunkerque where higher ranked Pleyber Christ (13-13) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Dunkerque (11-14) 81-75 on Saturday. Dunkerque maintains eleventh position with 11-14 record. Loser Pleyber Christ dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. Dunkerque will face higher ranked Perpignan (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Perpignan lost to Voiron on the opponent's court 66-78. Reims managed to outperform Rennes in a home game 78-65. Pau Orthez recorded a loss to SI Graffenstaden on the road 57-52.



Voiron - Perpignan 78-66

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Perpignan (12-14) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Etoile de Voiron (14-12) 78-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Etoile de Voiron. Perpignan was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etoile de Voiron moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Perpignan keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Etoile de Voiron will face Pau Lacq Orthez (#15) in Pau in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perpignan will play at home against Dunkerque (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 111037


Dunkerque - Pleyber Christ 81-75

An interesting game took place in Dunkerque where higher ranked Pleyber Christ (13-13) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Dunkerque (11-14) 81-75 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Pleyber Christ won second period 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunkerque maintains eleventh position with 11-14 record. Loser Pleyber Christ dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. Dunkerque will face higher ranked Perpignan (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 111038


Le Havre - Armentieres 57-58

A very interesting game took place in Le Havre. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 12th ranked Le Havre (10-15) to eighth ranked Armentieres (13-12) 58-57 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 14-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Armentieres moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Le Havre keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Armentieres' next round opponent will be SI Graffenstaden (#9) in llkirch-Graff.. Le Havre will play on the road against Pleyber Christ in Pleyber-Christ.
gschID: 111039


Reims - Rennes 78-65

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Reims (19-7) defeated at home 13th ranked Rennes (10-16) 78-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Reims. Rennes was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Reims moved-up to second place, which they share with Nice and Roche. Loser Rennes keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Reims will face Angers (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rennes will play against the league's leader Lyon.
gschID: 111032


Lyon - Limoges 42-58

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Lyon (23-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Limoges (16-10) 58-42. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges. Lyon managed to win third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lyon to just 6 points in first quarter. Limoges have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-10 record. Lyon at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Limoges are looking forward to face league's second-placed Nice at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lyon will play against Rennes and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 111033


Nice - Roche 72-53

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nice. Third ranked host Nice (19-7) smashed second-ranked Roche (19-7) 72-53. The game without a history. Nice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Nice have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Reims and Roche. Nice will play against Limoges (#5) on the road in the next round. Roche will play against CFBB in Paris and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 111034


CFBB - Angers 64-62

Bottom-ranked CFBB managed to get a third victory, breaking the eighteen-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Angers in Paris 64-62. Angers trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 26-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-64 at the end of the game. CFBB maintains sixteenth position with 3-23 record. Angers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. CFBB will meet higher ranked Roche (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Angers will play against Reims (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 111035


SI Graffenstaden - Pau Orthez 57-52

Not a big story in a game in llkirch-Graff. where 15th ranked Pau Lacq Orthez (4-21) was defeated by tenth ranked SI Graffenstaden (12-14) 57-52 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-11. But Pau Lacq Orthez won second period 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SI Graffenstaden have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Perpignan. Pau Lacq Orthez lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. SI Graffenstaden will face higher ranked Armentieres (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pau Lacq Orthez will play against Etoile de Voiron (#6).
gschID: 111036




NF2 Standings - by Eurobasket
NF1 Standings
Group A
 1. Laveyron 20-1 
 2. St Etienne 18-3 
 3. Charnay 15-6 
 4. Chenove 13-8 
 5. Marseillais 12-9 
 6. Colomiers 12-9 
 7. Villeurbanne 10-11 
 8. La Tronche 9-12 
 9. FC Lyon 7-14 
 10. Bourges II 5-16 
 11. Istres 4-17 
 12. Venelles 2-10 
Group B
 1. Reze 17-2 
 2. Le Poire-sur-Vie 13-6 
 3. Avenir 12-7 
 4. Franconville 10-9 
 5. Stade Poitevin 9-10 
 6. Thouars 9-10 
 7. Wasquehal 9-10 
 8. Aubervilliers 8-12 
 9. Geispolsheim 7-12 
 10. Garnache 7-12 
 11. CFBB II 4-15 


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Vigor Skopje 15-1 
 2. Klubski Junior 11-4 
 3. Mladinec Skopje 9-5 
 4. Baden Kroatia 8-5 
 5. Trokal 8-7 
 6. Kolibri Ohrid 7-6 
 7. Panteri Skopje 5-9 
 8. Struga 2009 5-10 
 9. V.Lisici Skopje 1-9 
 10. Student Skopje 1-14 


D1 Round 16: Leader Vigor Skopje gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in D1.

Leader Vigor Skopje delivered the fifteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Struga 2009 (5-10) 65-46. Vigor Skopje (15-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Struga 2009 lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Vigor Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena V.Lisici Skopje.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Skopje. Local Student Skopje (1-14) was outscored by sixth ranked Trokal (8-7) 89-48. Trokal moved-up to fifth place. Student Skopje lost sixth consecutive game. Student Skopje at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Trokal will play against higher ranked Baden Kroatia (#4) in Skopje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Student Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Mladinec Skopje.



Student Skopje - Trokal 48-89

The game with biggest result difference took place in Skopje. Local Student Skopje (1-14) was outscored by sixth ranked Trokal (8-7) 89-48. Trokal moved-up to fifth place. Student Skopje lost sixth consecutive game. Student Skopje at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Trokal will play against higher ranked Baden Kroatia (#4) in Skopje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Student Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Mladinec Skopje.
gschID: 114568


Vigor Skopje - Struga 2009 65-46

Leader Vigor Skopje delivered the fifteenth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Struga 2009 (5-10) 65-46. Vigor Skopje (15-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Struga 2009 lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. Vigor Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena V.Lisici Skopje.
gschID: 114570

Klubski - Mladinec PPD



Kolibri - Baden PPD




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Page, ZTE18.0 
 2. Carson, SEAT L.17.4 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.17.2 
 4. Hollingswort., SEAT L.15.6 
 5. Tamane, MKB Eurol.14.8