EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/6/2011

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  ABA   


SETX Mavericks sweep 2011 ABA Awards - almost - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced its post-season awards for outstanding performances and it was a virtual clean sweep for the ABA Championship team, the SETX Mavericks, which won their second straight ABA title last week. 'This is an outstanding team and an outstanding organization,' stated ABA COO Dick Packer . 'They did it right on and off the court and certainly deserve the recognition. The only award they didn't receive is ABA Rookie of the Year and that went to a remarkable young player from the runner-up Gulf Coast Flash.' The awards:

ABA Coach of the Year: Steve Tucker , SETX Mavericks, who has now won the award three years in a row.
ABA Most Valuable Player: Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), SETX Mavericks, the third straight Mav's player to win the award.
ABA Finals Four MVP: P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.), who joined two other Mav's players on the Final Four All Star team.
ABA Executive of the Year: Jerry Nelson, now a two-time winner of the award.
ABA Team of the Yeat: Southeast Texas Mavericks who compiiled a 36-1 record and a 28 game winning streak.
ABA Rookie of the Year: Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), Gulf Coast Flash, an ABA All-Star with NBA potential.

'While SETX won most of the awards,' added Packer. 'there were some really outstanding performances around the league and the voting was close in several of the categories. Jacksonville, East Kentucky, Colorado, Seven Cities had extraordinary seasons on the court, and off the court, many teams did some remarkable things including, but not limited to East Bay, Lake Michigan, West Virginia, San Diego, Savannah and Chicago, all of whom had received votes. It was a great season.'


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Vedran Bosnic Coach of the Year in Sweden - by Sead Buljina
Bosnian coach with Swedish passport, Vedran Bosnic received the Coach of the Year award from the Swedish Basketball Federation. Following successfull playing career, Bosnic started coaching career at his current club, Sodertalje Kings back in 2008.
In recent years Sweden has been investing in basketball. Thus, producing excellent young players. It shows the best at European U16, U18 and U20 Championships. Sweden is moving in the right direction and it is on the way to become a well recognized European basketball country. Bosnic has three Bosnians on team's roster: Swedish naturalized Dino Pita (192-G-88), Adnan Cuk (194-G-81) and top Bosnian small forward, Dejan Jeftic (202-SF-89), who joined the Kings a couple of weeks ago.
Vedran Bosnic led his team to the fourth place at the end of the regular season and fights for a spot in the PlayOff finals.


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  ALBANIA   


UAT shock Studenti in the semis - by Eurobasket News
UAT shock Studenti in the semis to take the Final spot after 2-1 in the series. In Game 1 the Winner of the Regular Season Studenti won 70:65, but in Game 2 UAT handed them their first loss this year, 71:62. The decisive third game was a real thriller but sent UAT to the Finals after 81:68 road win. In another Semifinal series Tirana won over Basket Kamza in both games. At first Tirana won 94:64 and then added 81:78 win.


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  ANGOLA   


Libolo Beat ASA in Basketball - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Recreativo do Libolo team defeated on Thursday night ASA by 90-84, at the inaugural round of the group phase of group A of the national senior males basketball championship, ANGOP witnessed.

By half time, the team from Kwanza-Sul Province were already beating the opponent by 47-36, in a time the two teams were balanced.

Francisco Jordo, ASA player, was the best scorer with 26 points, followed by his adversary Reegie Moore (21).

The first round proceeds this Friday with the following games:

1 de Agosto - Sporting de Cabinda

CDUAN - Vila Estoril

Universidade Lusiada - Vila Clotilde

Santos FC - Sporting de Luanda
Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


De Agosto Defeat Asa in Basketball - by Eurobasket News
Luanda 1 de Agosto senior male basketball team beat Atltico Sport Aviao (ASA) by 100-87, on Saturday, in Rio Seco pavilion, in Luanda, in the second-round game of the First division national championship, group (A).

1 de Agosto lead the competition with four points, after defeating Sporting de Cabinda in the opening round.

On the other hand, Interclube beat Sport de Cabinda by 90-61, in 28 de Fevereiro pavilion, in the first round.

On Tuesday, Interclube will face Petro de Luanda at Cidadela pavilion, in a first-round delayed match.

Courtesy of: http://www.portalangop.co.ao


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  ARGENTINA   


Guaita's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Diego Guaita (204-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olimpico LB and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Club 9 85-75. It was one of impressive evenings for Guaita as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Diego Guaita averages this season 9.3ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad. He is American center in his first season at Libertad S.. In the last game Battle recorded impressive 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Libertad S. to comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Sionista 97-75.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management) of Atenas. Lewis scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Atenas, leading his team to a 91-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Quimsa. Lewis has a very solid season. In 30 games in Argentina he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Hayes (206-F-87) of Sionista - 25 points and 5 rebounds
5. Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Diego Romero (209-C-82) of Gimnasia CR - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) of Club 9 - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Cristian Amicucci (201-F/C-85) of Olimpico LB - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Pablo Gil (188-G-78) of Estudiantes - 27 points and 6 rebounds
10. Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of Argentino - 12 points, 11 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 - LigaA
LigaA Stage Two 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. Regatas C. 15-15 
 9. Gimnasia CR 15-15 
 10. Club 9 14-16 
 11. Boca Jrs 13-17 
 12. Quimsa 13-17 
 13. Olimpico LB 12-18 
 14. Monte Hermoso 10-20 
 15. Sionista 10-20 
 16. Argentino 9-21 
Stage One Standings


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.8.0 
 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. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 10. Lamonte, Penarol2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.7 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Westports KL Dragons will represent ASEAN in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News
Westsports KL Dragons have been selected to represent the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League and the ASEAN region in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup after the announcement that FIBA had suspended the Basketball Association of Thailand. Citing the recent conflicts within the Thailand association as the main reason for the suspension, FIBA confirmed that it would also be revoking the countrys rights to participate in any FIBA sanctioned tournaments until the issue was resolved. FIBA Asia is now working with the Basketball Association of Thailands new President to sort out these issues but it will not be in time before the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Discussions between Kuhan Foo, CEO of the ABL and FIBA Asia led to the election of the Westsports KL Dragons as the new representatives for the region in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. The Dragons ended the regular season ranked 3rd in the ABL having fielded one of the strongest squads in the league. The 2nd placed AirAsia Philippine Patriots were excluded from the selection as only 1 team is allowed per country. The Philippines will already be represented by the Smart Gilas, who would be representing the host nation for the tournament.

Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Westports KL Dragons will represent ASEAN in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup - by Eurobasket News
Westsports KL Dragons have been selected to represent the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League and the ASEAN region in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup after the announcement that FIBA had suspended the Basketball Association of Thailand. Citing the recent conflicts within the Thailand association as the main reason for the suspension, FIBA confirmed that it would also be revoking the countrys rights to participate in any FIBA sanctioned tournaments until the issue was resolved. FIBA Asia is now working with the Basketball Association of Thailands new President to sort out these issues but it will not be in time before the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Discussions between Kuhan Foo, CEO of the ABL and FIBA Asia led to the election of the Westsports KL Dragons as the new representatives for the region in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. The Dragons ended the regular season ranked 3rd in the ABL having fielded one of the strongest squads in the league. The 2nd placed AirAsia Philippine Patriots were excluded from the selection as only 1 team is allowed per country. The Philippines will already be represented by the Smart Gilas, who would be representing the host nation for the tournament.

Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Semifinals tip off D1 championship - by Eurobasket News
The semifinal stage started in D1 championship. Gala and Araz celebrated expected victories.
Top-ranked Araz took on Azerbaijan U18 selection. The game turned into a tough battle. Araz managed to secure only a 6-point win at the end 81:75.
Gala in the meantime had little problems against Abik. The second-ranked team crushed their opponents 126:45. The second games in both series will be played on Saturday.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 20-2 
 2. Aalstar 18-6 
 3. Antwerp 13-9 
 4. M.Hainaut 13-9 
 5. Oostende 13-11 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 7-15 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Leuven 7-16 
 9. Gent 4-19 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Copeland, Aalstar16.3 
 2. Jackson, Verviers.16.2 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi15.8 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende15.4 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.4 
 6. Black, Antwerp15.2 
 7. Hilliard, Aalstar15.1 
 8. Waters, Verviers.14.8 
 9. Miller, Leuven14.8 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.9 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 3. Randle, Gent7.7 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.4 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.0 
 6. Tofi, Leuven7.0 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.2 
 9. Brown, Antwerp6.1 
 10. Thomas, Oostende6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.4 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.8 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.7 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 9. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
 10. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 7. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 9. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  APOEL
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Rahimic, Bosna17.6 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 4. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 5. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 6. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 8. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.7.0 
 7. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 8. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 9. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.2 
 10. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac6.0 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 4. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Lalic, Hercegovac2.8 
 3. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.5 
 10. Zdravkovic, Capljina1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 3. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 4. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 5. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 6. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Duranovic, Mladost0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 


League 6, Round 3: Igokea defeats Mladost in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Igokea (3-0) which played road game in Mrkonjic Grad against second-best Mladost (1-2). Leader Igokea managed to get a 7-point victory 87-80. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 30-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea outrebounded Mladost 33-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Milijan Bocka (186-82, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 11 points and 7 assists for Mladost. Igokea have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Mladost at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bosna. Igokea are looking forward to face league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mladost will play on the road against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Siroki TT Kabeli (2-1) which hosted in Siroki Brijeg 4th placed Bosna ASA BHT (1-2). Third ranked Siroki TT Kabeli had an easy win 90-66. It was a great evening for Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. Vedran Morovic helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Mladost. Siroki TT Kabeli will play against Mladost (#4) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 winless Capljina was beaten by Borac Nektar on the road 90-85.


Mladost - Igokea 80-87

An interesting game for Igokea (3-0) which played road game in Mrkonjic Grad against second-best Mladost (1-2). Leader Igokea managed to get a 7-point victory 87-80. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 30-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea outrebounded Mladost 33-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Milijan Bocka (186-82, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 11 points and 7 assists and Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) added 16 points in the effort for Mladost. Four Mladost players scored in double figures. Igokea have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Mladost at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bosna. Igokea are looking forward to face league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mladost will play on the road against Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: D.Harvey 39+10reb, B.Chase 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Rakocevic 8+4reb, C.Vitkovac 7+4reb+1ast, M.Dozet 6+1reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 6+5reb+4ast
Mladost: M.Komatina 16+4reb+1ast, R.Velimirovic 14+5reb, D.Duranovic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Bocka 11+3reb+7ast, N.Milosevic 9+2reb, M.Kezic 6+4ast
gschID: 125439


Borac Nektar - Capljina 90-85

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Borac Nektar (2-1) beat bottom-ranked Capljina Lasta (0-3) in Banja Luka 90-85. Capljina Lasta was ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 46-30 second half run of Borac Nektar. It was a great evening for Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Montenegrin guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-88) helped adding 26 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Croatian guard Krunoslav Rimac (195-84) with 24 points and Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Capljina Lasta players scored in double figures. Borac Nektar moved-up to second place, which they share with Siroki TT. Capljina Lasta at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Borac Nektar will play against league's leader Igokea in Aleksandrovac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Capljina Lasta will play on the road against Bosna ASA BHT (#5) in Sarajevo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: N.Vranjes 26+2reb+2ast, S.Tosic 18, M.Jagodic Kuridza 17+13reb+3ast, L.Simonovic 9+3reb+3ast, D.Albijanic 8+5reb, S.Kovacevic 7+3reb+1ast
Capljina: K.Rimac 24+1reb+2ast, J.Brkic 15+2reb, M.Galic 14+3reb, B.Pelkic 11+10reb+2ast, S.Fekete 10+1reb+7ast, S.Leric 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125440


Siroki TT - Bosna 90-66

An interesting game for Siroki TT Kabeli (2-1) which hosted in Siroki Brijeg 4th placed Bosna ASA BHT (1-2). Third ranked Siroki TT Kabeli had an easy win 90-66. The game without a history. Siroki TT Kabeli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Siroki TT Kabeli forced 20 Bosna ASA BHT turnovers. It was a great evening for Croatian center Darko Planinic (211-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) scored 7 points and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Mladost. Siroki TT Kabeli will play against Mladost (#4) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against Capljina Lasta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 14+2reb+5ast, S.Spralja 12+5reb, D.Planinic 12+9reb+1ast, F.Pilepic 10+2reb, J.Bilinovac 8+3reb+1ast, J.Naletilic 7+1reb+2ast
Bosna: D.Rahimic 26+5reb, A.Damjanovic 8+4reb, M.Pasalic 7+3reb+8ast, S.Sehovic 7+2reb+1ast, M.Batina 5+4reb, D.Hodzic 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 125438




A1 League, Finals: Triland - Vogosca 84:72 - by Sead Buljina
In front of a packed crowd in Skenderija small arena, Triland defeated Vogosca 84:72 in the game one of the best-of-three series. Triland relinquished the lead only once in one of most physical games of the season. Vogosca played very well against the reachest team in the league. As Vogosca's director Ibrahim Jasarevic said prior to the game: 'Triland's 12th player makes more money than our entire team. But I am sure our players will give their best effort to win a game.'
Led by Elnis Prasovic (203-SF-84) who scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds, Muris Memic (20 points, 8 assists) and Ermin Tarcin (17pts, 10rbs) Triland prevailed over Vogosca. Hosts dominated the contest by winning the battle in the paint and by constantly answering Vogosca who throughout the game battled to keep the game within reach. 'Every big shot they made we would nullify by hitting a big shot of our own, we had to match their intensity and I look forward to our game in Vogosca because the atmosphere tonight was great,' said Triland captain Muris Memic. Davor Jerkic provided a massive spark off the bench coming in and hitting a career high 13 points and 3 steals to help give Triland a 12 point
margin of victory.
'I'm really proud of our team, we played uncharacteristically sloppy at times but we regained our focus on what got us to this point and in turn got one of the season's best efforts from our players, and all credit to Vogosca for making this game a very tough match up' said Triland's coach Wells on the game.
Triland takes the series lead and goes to Vogosca on Saturday, April 9, to play the second and possibly the last game of the series. Unless Triland defeats Vogosca in the second game, the third and final game will be played at Triland's home court in Skenderija. The finals winner will qualify to play in Division1 next season.


Vedran Bosnic Coach of the Year in Sweden - by Sead Buljina
Bosnian coach with Swedish passport, Vedran Bosnic received the Coach of the Year award from the Swedish Basketball Federation. Following successfull playing career, Bosnic started coaching career at his current club, Sodertalje Kings back in 2008.
In recent years Sweden has been investing in basketball. Thus, producing excellent young players. It shows the best at European U16, U18 and U20 Championships. Sweden is moving in the right direction and it is on the way to become a well recognized European basketball country. Bosnic has three Bosnians on team's roster: Swedish naturalized Dino Pita (192-G-88), Adnan Cuk (194-G-81) and top Bosnian small forward, Dejan Jeftic (202-SF-89), who joined the Kings a couple of weeks ago.
Vedran Bosnic led his team to the fourth place at the end of the regular season and fights for a spot in the PlayOff finals.


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2011 Interligas Tournament - by Paulo Freire
A day after the NBB and the Argentina National League clinched their playoff teams. They have confirm the participants of the 2011 Interligas Tournament.
Franca, Pinheiros, Brasilia and Flamengo are the Brazilian representatives, while Obras Sanitarias, Pearol de Mar del Plata, Libertad Sunchales and Atenas de Cordoba are representing Argentina.

The first phase of Interligas will be played in two quadrangular. The first will be held in Mendoza, Argentina between April 08 and 10. That group will have Obras Sanitarias and Pearol, the first and second place winners of the Argentine League, Brasilia and Flamengo, third and fourth of the NBB.

The second group will be in Brazil in the city of Franca, between April 15 and 17. Franca makes up the group and Pinheiros, the first and second places of the NBB, and Libertad and Atenas, third and fourth place from Argentina League.

The champions of each group make the final game, which will be held on April 21, also held in Brazil. In case of two teams from Argentina may fall to the end, the title decider will be played in Argentina.

This is the second edition of the Interligas Tournament. In 2010, Pearol was the champion by beating Brasilia in the final played in Mar del Plata (ARG).


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Division A Round 21: Beroe beats Vidabasket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Division A.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stara Zagora. Third ranked Beroe faced 4th placed Vidabasket. Host Beroe (13-5) smashed guests from Vida (10-7) 96-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vidabasket. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Vidabasket managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Beroe won last quarter 29-8. Beroe outrebounded Vidabasket 49-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Petar Zagorov (202-F-86) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Forward Boris Marinov (199-85) chipped in 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Beroe's coach Konstantin Boev felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) who recorded 23 points. Beroe maintains third place with 13-5 record having seven points less than leader Dunav 2007. Vidabasket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face Balkan 2 (#7) in Botevgrad in the next round. Vidabasket will play at home against Chavdar in Troyan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Undefeated leader Dunav 2007 delivered the nineteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (2-17) 112-60. It was a good game for guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Vladimir Nikolov contributed with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Academic Blagoevgrad. Undefeated Dunav 2007 (19-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 19 victories in a row. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Dunav 2007 will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Troyan, where 6th ranked Rilski 2 (9-9) was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Chavdar (6-13) 101-76 on Saturday. Petar Hristov stepped up with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The best for the losing side was Morunov Dimitar with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chavdar maintains ninth place with 6-13 record. Newly promoted Rilski 2 keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Chavdar will meet higher ranked Vidabasket (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski 2 will play against NSA in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 Balkan 2 was crushed by Academik PL in Plovdiv 104-58. NSA beat Cherno More U18 at home 109-91.


Academik PL - Balkan 2 104-58

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Balkan 2 (8-10) was crushed on the road by second ranked Academik Plovdiv (13-4) 104-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Academik Plovdiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Balkan 2's 42. They outrebounded Balkan 2 44-27 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Academik Plovdiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Balkan 2's players. Forward Martin Horozov (200-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) chipped in 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Coach Zhivko Zhelev's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Rayko Dundalov (199-93) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Balkan 2 players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains second place with 13-4 record having eight points less than leader Dunav 2007. Balkan 2 lost their fourth game in a row. Balkan 2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Academik Plovdiv will meet Cherno More U18 (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Balkan 2 will play against Beroe in Stara Zagora and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Academik PL: D.Horozov 33+1reb+1ast, M.Horozov 27+14reb+5ast, V.Petleshkov 12+2reb, M.Penev 11+12reb+3ast, I.Stavrev 9+2reb+8ast, N.Paskalev 4+1reb
Balkan 2: I.Vuchkov 17+10reb+4ast, P.Donchev 13+2reb+1ast, D.Hristov 11+3ast, R.Dundalov 10+9reb, V.Ivanov 5+4reb+1ast, N.Marinov 2+1ast
gschID: 113142


NSA - Cherno More U18 109-91

No shocking result in a game in Sofia where fifth ranked NSA (11-8) defeated 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (7-12) 109-91 on Saturday. 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 109-91. NSA forced 19 Cherno More U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 59-32 including a 28-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Antonio Iliev (202-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Tsvetelin Mladenov (190-90) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Denislav Vutev (206-94) with 24 points and 5 rebounds and forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five NSA and four Cherno More U18 players scored in double figures. NSA moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. NSA will meet Rilski 2 (#6) in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play against the league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NSA: T.Mladenov 25+7reb+1ast, H.Anguelov 20+1reb+5ast, K.Hristov 20+6reb+6ast, V.Manuilov 16+5reb, A.Iliev 15+15reb+4ast, D.Hristov 12+20reb
Cherno More U18: D.Vutev 24+5reb+1ast, A.Dikov 20+2reb, N.Stoyanov 15+6reb+2ast, G.Yankov 12+5reb+4ast, A.Natskin 8+3reb, N.Ivanov 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 113143


Chavdar - Rilski 2 101-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Troyan, where 6th ranked Rilski 2 (9-9) was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked Chavdar (6-13) 101-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Chavdar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski 2's 38 and made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Chavdar forced 21 Rilski 2 turnovers and outrebounded them 43-23 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rilski 2's players. Guard Petar Hristov (194-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Petar Lalev (196-77) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds. Five Chavdar players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Morunov Dimitar (188-89) with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Ivan Tsenov (203-92) scored 18 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. Chavdar maintains ninth place with 6-13 record. Newly promoted Rilski 2 keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Chavdar will meet higher ranked Vidabasket (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski 2 will play against NSA in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: P.Hristov 35+5reb+13ast, P.Lalev 23+9reb+2ast, T.Gechevski 13+1reb, D.Denchev 11+3reb+1ast, K.Koev 10+4reb+3ast, P.Ignatovski 4+1reb+1ast
Rilski 2: M.Dimitar 32+5reb+4ast, I.Tsenov 18+6reb+1ast, D.Vardarov 8+4reb+3ast, D.Hristov 6+2reb, M.Karailiev 5+4reb+1ast, T.Atanasov 4
gschID: 113144


Beroe - Vidabasket 96-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stara Zagora. Third ranked Beroe faced 4th placed Vidabasket. Host Beroe (13-5) smashed guests from Vida (10-7) 96-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vidabasket. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Vidabasket managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Beroe won last quarter 29-8. Beroe outrebounded Vidabasket 49-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Forward Boris Marinov (199-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Beroe's coach Konstantin Boev felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) who recorded 23 points and guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Beroe maintains third place with 13-5 record having seven points less than leader Dunav 2007. Vidabasket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Beroe are looking forward to face Balkan 2 (#7) in Botevgrad in the next round. Vidabasket will play at home against Chavdar in Troyan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Beroe: P.Zagorov 33+10reb, B.Marinov 18+10reb+4ast, B.Milenkov 15+7reb+5ast, M.Radnev 14+7reb+4ast, R.Aleksov 10+9reb, M.Vanchev 4+2reb+4ast
Vidabasket: T.Kirov 23+3reb+3ast, B.Pangarov 12+8reb+8ast, A.Tahirovich 12+5reb+1ast, A.Mihaylov 10+9reb, J.Kolev 10+4reb+2ast, G.Aleksandrov 6+1reb
gschID: 113145


Academik BL - Dunav 2007 60-112

Undefeated leader Dunav 2007 delivered the nineteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (2-17) 112-60. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Academic Blagoevgrad's 44. Dunav 2007 players were unselfish on offense dishing 35 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Academic Blagoevgrad's players. It was a good game for guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) contributed with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ivan Kraykov (196-86) added 15 points in the effort for Academic Blagoevgrad. Dunav 2007 (19-0) have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 19 victories in a row. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Dunav 2007 will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dunav 2007: V.Nikolov 33+7reb+1ast, V.Petkov 30+7reb+11ast, H.Gospodinov 18+7reb, K.Kostov 8+2reb+7ast, L.Paskov 7+4reb+7ast, N.Nikolov 7+1ast
Academik BL: B.Tenev 15+7reb+3ast, I.Kraykov 15+2reb, A.Anguelov 9+7reb+1ast, N.Manov 8+3reb, P.Mihaylov 5+1reb, A.Aleksandrov 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 113141




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China Names U-19 Team -- Includes Ju Mingxin, of Dubious Age - by Arthur Volbert
China has named its first line-up for its Under-19 National Team, which will play for the World Championship in June. As expected, Gu QuAn (203-F-92) who is starring for Dongguan was named to the team, replacing Wang Pu, who played on the Asian Championship team. Sui Ran (193-G-92) of Shandong was also named, replacing Wu Qian.

The most disappointing selection is Ju Mingxin, who has two birth years -- 1990, which he used when playing in high school, and 1993, which he uses today. One had hoped that China had moved beyond that type of skulldudgery when Ju did not play in the U-18 Asian Championship nor the World U-17 Championship last summer.

Players with suspect birth years have a history of underperforming when they reach the professional level. Think of Han Shuo, Delehei, Chen Jianghua and even Yi Jianlian. I had hoped China had learned this lesson but apparently this is not so.

# Name Pos. Height Nat. Born
4 TAO, XU C 207 CHN 09/01/1993
5 XUHANG, ZHU F 207 CHN 24/12/1993
6 Ju Mingxin (200-G/F-93) F 200 CHN 10/03/1993
7 XIAOCHUAN, ZHAI F 205 CHN 24/03/1993
8 HANCHEN, LUO G 184 CHN 23/08/1994
9 AILUN, GUO G 190 CHN 14/11/1993
10 ZIRUI, WANG G 188 CHN 28/03/1993
11 ZHELIN, WANG C 212 CHN 20/01/1994
12 RAN, SUI G 194 CHN 25/06/1992
13 QUAN, GU F 202 CHN 02/04/1992
14 MUHAO, LI C 217 CHN 02/06/1992
15 TONGLIN, SUN C 208 CHN 23/12/1992


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Dionte Christmas Leaves CEZ Nymburk, Heads to PAOK - by Surujh Roopnarine
Dionte Christmas (196-G, college: Temple) moves to his third team this season. The 6-5 Christmas has signed with PAOK of Greece for the remainder of the season. The second-year guard out of Temple University, he began the season in Turkey with Mersin Buyuksehir where in 16 games he averaged 12.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals. In February he joined CEZ Nymburk. His time in Nymburk, like has been the case for fellow American Imports this season (Adam Koch (203-F-88, college: N.Iowa), Weyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) and McKay Myles (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.)) did not turn out as expected. Dionte saw limited minutes of meaningful action, although when given extended playing time such as on March 15 against Buducnost (27 minutes: 28 points, 10-17 FG), did produce. Overall Christmas averaged just 1.3 points in four Czech League contests, 8.5 points in six Adriatic League games and 6.3 points in three Eurocup matchups. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native spent his first professional season in Israel last year. At Temple he became the first player in Atlantic-10 Conference history to lead the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons and became just the fourth Temple player to score more than 2,000 points in a career (2,043). Christmas is expected to join and begin training with PAOK immediately. PAOK is currently 14-9 and situated in third place in the league, behind league leaders Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.

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Raptors recall BayHawks center Alabi - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors recalled rookie Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Alabi, a 7-foot 1-inch center, appeared in 22 games with Erie in three assignments this season, averaging 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 18.6 minutes per game.

In 10 games with Toronto, Alabi has scored four points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Sixers sign guard Antonio Daniels to 10-day deal - by Eurobasket News
The 76ers will sign 36-year-old veteran guard Antonio Daniels (6'4''-G-75, college: Bowling Green) to a 10-day contract on Monday according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The report says that Daniels has been brought on in the absence of Lou Williams as he rehabilitates a strained right hamstring.

Daniels has played for 13 years in the NBA, but not since 2008-09 when he split time between Washington and New Orleans.

This season hes been playing for the Texas Legends of the NBA development league. Hes averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game in 37 starts this season.

The 6-4, 195-pound guard was picked fourth overall in the 1997 draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Courtesy of www.phillysportsdaily.com


Alexander named NBA D-League Performer of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86, college: W.Virginia) of the Texas Legends was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played during the week of March 28.

Alexander, a 6-8, 220-pound forward out of West Virginia, who was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, led the Legends to a 2-1 record on the week, averaging 32.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, shooting 66.7 percent (40-60) from the field.

Alexander, who has played with the Bucks and Chicago Bulls, scored 24 points in a 132-112 win over Springfield on Wednesday, and had a season-high 38 points, to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks in a 120-118 loss at Austin on Thursday. On Saturday, needing a win to secure a spot in the NBA D-League Playoffs, Alexander tallied 36 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, leading the Legends to a 134-128 win at Austin in double overtime.

The Legends leading scorer at 20.2 points per game, Alexander finished the regular season fourth overall in the league in scoring, while he ranked sixth in rebounding (8.9) and second in minutes (41.2).

Alexander will now lead the Legends into their first ever playoff appearance beginning on Wednesday night in Frisco as Texas host's the Tulsa 66ers in game one of the best-of-three series.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Semi-Finalists Set in Santiago - by Ozell Wells
The four semifinalists defined in Santiago Tournament
CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, CPN Pueblo Nuevo, Plaza Fernando Valerio and Gregorio Urbano Gilbert

SANTIAGO.
CPN Pueblo Nuevo won yesterday by a score of 101-88 over Plaza Fernando Valerio, setting the stage to face them in the league semifinals.

CPN Pueblo Nuevo finished the regular season with a 9-5 record. Plaza Fernando Valerio finished at 9-4. Both will be face each other again when the playoffs begin next Wednesday.

CPN Pueblo Nuevo built a 20 point lead, which gave them the chance to play with their bench players for extended periods of time..

Victor Liz (188-C-88) along with Juan Carlos Paulino (191-G-84), led the way for CPN Pueblo Nuevo with 15 points each, Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) linked 14 and Luis Martinez (198-F-84, college: William Pater.) added 11.

Victor Liz was ejected from the game in the second quarter.

In the lost cause of the Plaza Fernando Valerio, Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84) led with 20 points, Juan Carlos Santana (196-F-78) added 14 and Andres Sandoval (192-G-83) 11 points.

In the earlier match, Sameji defeated Gregorio Urbano Gilbert (Gregorio Urbano Gilbert) by score of 115-114, to finish their season.

Sameji finished the regular season with a 4-10 mark.

At the conclusion of the regular season, CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago wins the first place and will face Gregorio Urbano Gilbert on Wednesday in their semifinal matchup.

The defending champion, CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago finished with a record of 9-4. And Gregorio Urbano Gilbert rounds out the semifinals in fourth place with a record of 6-7.

CUPES closed the standings with a record of 3-10.

The semifinals will be in a round robin format, 'all against all', where teams play a series of six games where they will have faced every other team.

courtesy of ABASACA


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Curtis ALLEN
  Voru KK
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Allen, Voru KK19.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.6 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere16.8 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 7. Brown, Va.16.4 
 8. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 10. Osby, TT.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.3 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Allen, Voru KK10.5 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.9 
 6. Osby, TT.9.4 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.4 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Allen, Voru KK2.8 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Oja, Va.2.6 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 3. Allen, Voru KK2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Doronin, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Oja, Va.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Allen, Voru KK1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Brown, Va.0.7 


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  EUROCUP   


Coach of the Year: Aleksander Petrovic - by Uygar Karaca
The brother of legendary Croatian player Drazen, Aleksander Petrovic had a great Eurocup campaign and given the Coach of the Year award. The coach of Croation club, Cedevita Zagreb, led the team to F4 in its rookie season in European club competitions. Interestingly, the coach wanted to resign when the team was heavily defeated against Zadar where he had formerly coached and eliminated from the domestic cup competition (Radivoj Korac Cup) at semis. The administration did not let him go and the team managed to eliminate Estudiantes in the quarter-final playoffs in the Eurocup. Formerly, the award has been given to Oktay Mahmuti of Benetton, now he's fighting for the Turkish Championship with Galatasaray and Elias Zouros, the recently appointed Greece coach who led Panellinios to F4 last year in Eurocup.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Euroleague Basketball evaluates Maccabi situation - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Basketball announced on Monday that it has received from Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv documentation that outlines the club's official posture concerning its participation in the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Maccabi has expressed its concern over the scheduling of the event as it coincides with Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day), a day on which Israeli law does not allow nationals to participate in any sporting event. With the information provided by Maccabi, Euroleague Basketball is evaluating the situation and the possible effects on all parties involved, including television partners, participating clubs, organizers, fans and sponsors. Euroleague Basketball wishes to finalize the evaluations to be able to make a decision before the end of the week, bearing in mind that Euroleague Basketball will prioritize what is best for the competition and all its clubs as a whole.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


Kori-Konkarit Loimaa won Divison 1 Finals - by Eurobasket News
LoKoKo - Lapua 70-58

Kori-Konkarit Loimaa won Divison 1 Finals! The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Loimaan Korikonkarit outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 49-26 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Lapuan Korikobrat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: M.Horton 20+8reb, J.Stamper 17+13reb, C.Toney 14+10reb+3ast, J.Kivinen 9+5reb+3ast, S.Latvala 6+4reb+3ast, J.Kinnunen 3+2reb+2ast
Lapua: D.Nelson 19+6reb, B.Valentine 9+8reb+8ast, K.Siven 9+1reb, J.Turja 8+4reb, V.Turja 6+3reb+1ast, T.Still 5+4reb
gschID: 125935




Kataja, KTP and Pyrinto advance to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Kataja, KTP and Pyrinto advance to the Semifinals sweeping the Quarterfinal series over their opponents. UU-Korihait is 2-1 over Espoon Honka.

Kataja - Kouvot 76-63

The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-63. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 34. It was a good game for American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Kouvot. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kataja: D.Fells 16+1reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 12+5reb+1ast, J.Newson 12+6reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 12+2reb, J.Nenonen 8+6reb+3ast, P.Virtanen 7+3reb+2ast
Kouvot: D.Vinson 16+8reb+1ast, B.Walker 11+5reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 11+7reb+4ast, J.Gonner 10+3reb, A.Nikkarinen 9+4reb+4ast, L.Toivonen 5+1reb+1ast


gschID: 126017


KTP - Karhu 125-85

The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kauhajoen Karhu's 38. KTP-Basket forced 19 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. It was a good game for Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with 40 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Walt Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) added 29 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. 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:
KTP: S.Barrett 40+8reb+1ast, C.Jones 22+7reb+1ast, J.Ivey 20+2reb+3ast, J.Fields 16+10reb+7ast, M.Holme 13+2reb, J.Karppinen 5
Karhu: W.Baxley 29+1reb+1ast, J.Wood 17+16reb+4ast, V.Makalainen 13+3reb+1ast, E.Skamo 9+4reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 8, S.Niskanen 4+3reb
gschID: 126018


Korihait - Honka 92-66

The game without a history. UU-Korihait led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UU-Korihait shot 31 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Espoo Honka only scored fifteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Espoo Honka 45-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Espoo Honka was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Honka. 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:
Korihait: B.Sarcevic 24+4reb+3ast, L.Wright 19+15reb+2ast, N.Moore 16+10reb+1ast, J.Reaves 11+6reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 7+5reb, M.Jalonen 6+3reb+1ast
Honka: J.Wilson 25+3reb+4ast, T.Iisalo 11+2reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 7+6reb+2ast, J.Matinen 6+2reb, J.Williamson 5+6reb, C.Belser 4+7reb
gschID: 126019


Pyrinto - ToPo 94-87 OT

The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 28-21 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Torpan Pojat was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Five Tampereen Pyrinto and four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 24+12reb+2ast, K.Lowe 23+5reb+6ast, A.Williams 19+5reb, A.Nikkila 13+10reb, A.Lehto 10+2reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 5+3reb
ToPo: L.Blanchard 22+6reb+1ast, M.Pounds 18+1reb, T.Heinonen 14+7reb+4ast, F.Richards 10+4reb+5ast, T.Pearson 9+10reb, M.Koivisto 8+3reb
gschID: 126016




Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Nelson, Lapua23.7 
 2. Manning, Huima21.8 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.3 
 4. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.2 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 6. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 7. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
 9. Valentine, Lapua18.2 
 10. Thomas, SayRi17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  BC Nokia
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Bojang, BC Nokia14.2 
 2. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 5. Nelson, Lapua11.9 
 6. Stamper, LoKoKo11.3 
 7. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 8. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 9. Robinson, Jyvaskyla9.9 
 10. McCulloch, FoKoPo9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo3.5 
 5. Valentine, Lapua3.2 
 6. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.1 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.7 
 8. Viertola, FoKoPo2.4 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
 10. Silvonen, Honka2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.3 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.3 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo1.9 
 5. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 6. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 10. Vertio, Honka1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Villematti KOPIO
  Honka
  (182-G-92)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 2. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 5. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 6. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.5 
 7. Siven, Lapua0.5 
 8. Heinonen, Namika I.0.5 
 9. Alanen, Namika II0.5 
 10. Mantymaa, Huima0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Wilson, Honka22.2 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Barrett, KTP19.8 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka18.9 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Fields, KTP3.6 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 4. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 9. Fells, Kataja1.6 
 10. Barrett, KTP1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Belser, Honka0.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 8. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto needed an OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Play-off-games, quarter-finals, Game # 3: Three teams (Kouvot, Kauhajoki and ToPo) left for summer vacation tonight, as Kataja (Joensuu) beat Kouvot (Kouvola) 76-63, KTP (Kotka) crushed Karhu (Kauhajoki) 125-85 and Pyrinto (Tampere) defeating Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 94-87. Pyrinto needed an OT, though. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) won over Honka (Espoo) 92-66 and is one victory short to continue the season. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) (KTP) scored 40 points (30 pts during the first half) in the shooting contest at Kotka, where KTP had 71 pts done already by the half time. That was only nine points short of the Finnish record.
Kataja - Kouvot 76-63 (35-28). (Darren Fells 16, Jared Newson 12, Antti Kanervo 12 - Durell Vinson 16, Ville Kaunisto 11, BA Walker 11). Kataja - Kouvot 3-0.
Pyrinto - Torpan Pojat OT 94-87 (78) (31-47). (Damon Williams 24/12, Kenneth Lowe 23/6a, Antwine Williams 19 - LaVell Blanchard 22, Michael Pounds 18, Timo Heinonen 14. Pyrinto - Torpan Pojat 3-0.
KTP - Kauhajoki 125-85 (71-48). (Sefton Barrett 40, Clifton Jones 22, Jeb Ivey 20 - Walt Baxley 29, Jeremiah Wood 17/16, Vesa Makalainen 13). KTP - Kauhajoki 3-0.
Korihait . Honka 92-66 (33-20). (Bojan Sarcevic 24, Lawrence Wright 19/15, Nigel Moore 16/10 - Jamar Wilson 25, Tuomas Iisalo 11, Ville Makalainen 7). Korihait - Honka 2-1.




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  FRANCE   


NM1 Round 29: Etendard de Brest loses to Sorgues in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end.

The most shocking disappointment of round 29 was a road defeat of 4th placed Etendard de Brest (17-11) by seventh ranked Sorgues (16-12) who outscored them by 33 points 89-56. The game without a history. Sorgues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Etendard de Brest's 24. They outrebounded Etendard de Brest 47-25 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Central African forward Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83, college: Hampton) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and center Xavier Pasut (200-84) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Sorgues moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Quentin and St Etienne. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Sorgues is looking forward to face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Etendard de Brest will play at home against Lievin Basket (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
NM1 top team - Bordeaux (24-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-16) 72-42. Naturalized Tunisian guard Sami Driss (196-82) nailed 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side and John Ford accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Bordeaux's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) came up with 12 points and 4 steals for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Bordeaux maintains first place with 24-4 record. Souffelweyersheim lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Bordeaux will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Saint-Quentin (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Lievin where higher ranked Blois (15-13) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Lievin Basket (12-16) 81-67 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Derrick Russell who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Johan Blot produced 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Lievin Basket moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Blois keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Lievin Basket will meet higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blois will play against Roche (#17) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Denek won against Roche on the opponent's court 88-78. Challans managed to outperform Orchy in a home game 83-75. Bottom-ranked CFBB was rolled over Le Puy on the road 99-67. St Quentin crushed St Chamond on its own court 102-77. St Etienne was beaten by Angers BC 49 in a road game 78-68. Denain won against Get Vosges at home 87-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Cyril Guillarme of Le Puy.


Roche - Denek 78-88

Very expected game when 17th ranked Roche (7-21) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Denek (13-15) 88-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Denek forced 21 Roche turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) who scored 28 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Forward Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (201-83, college: California, PA) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and center Franck Monpounga (200-78) added 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Denek moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Roche keeps the seventeenth position with 21 games lost. Denek will meet at home higher ranked Vendee Challans (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Roche will play against Blois (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 28+3reb+5ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 16+7reb, F.Calvez 13+2reb+2ast, C.Clemmons 8+5reb, C.Mansare 7+1reb, B.Rey 7+4reb
Roche: W.Morris 22+8reb+1ast, F.Monpounga 16+2reb, H.Disy 15+1reb+1ast, F.Bateko 9+4reb+2ast, S.Neri 6+1reb+3ast, I.Diallo 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100881


Challans - Orchy 83-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Vendee Challans' (13-14) home victory over 11th ranked Orchesien BC (12-16) 83-75 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Vendee Challans made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Robert Yanders (180-79, college: Missouri St., agency: JEMsports) chipped in 20 points. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Gabriel Kennedy (205-81, college: UAB, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans maintains tenth place with 13-14 record. Newly promoted Orchesien BC dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Vendee Challans will meet Denek (#11) in the next round. Orchesien BC will play against Angers BC 49 and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Challans: R.Yanders 20+3reb+1ast, J.James 19+5reb+2ast, F.Herard 13+5reb+1ast, B.Boutry 9+3reb, R.Boissie 9+7reb+2ast, M.Boutry 9+3reb+1ast
Orchy: M.Niakate 15+5reb+1ast, G.Plateau 14+1reb+1ast, G.Kennedy 13+6reb+3ast, D.Cilly 12+12reb, J.Verbeke 11+1reb+1ast, E.Hinfray 4+3reb
gschID: 100882


Le Puy - CFBB 99-67

Not a big story in a game in Le Puy en Velay where 18th ranked CFBB (4-24) was rolled over by ninth ranked Le Puy ASMB (14-13) 99-67 on Saturday. The game without a history. Le Puy ASMB led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Le Puy ASMB forced 19 CFBB turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by CFBB's players. The best player for the winners was center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) who scored 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Julien Cortey (175-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 assists and 4 steals. Five Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and center Vincent Pourchot (220-92) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Le Puy ASMB maintains ninth place with 14-13 record. CFBB lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Le Puy ASMB will meet Saint Chamond (#13) on the road in the next round. CFBB will play against Sorgues (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 35+6reb+4ast, S.Soliman 18+4reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 13+12reb+1ast, G.Sene 12+5reb+6ast, J.Cortey 11+4reb+15ast, D.Pistre 10+7reb+5ast
CFBB: J.Livio 14+5reb+3ast, U.Adjagba 13+3reb+1ast, V.Pourchot 11+7reb+2ast, A.Racine 9+2reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 7+4reb+4ast, M.Jaiteh 6+4reb
gschID: 100883


St Quentin - St Chamond 102-77

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Saint-Quentin (16-12) outscored at home 11th ranked Saint Chamond (12-16) 102-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Saint Chamond managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Saint Chamond's 32. They outrebounded Saint Chamond 42-20 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds. Center Roland N'Kembe (203-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) produced 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and American-Italian forward Thomas Viglianco (206-83, college: Birmingham Souther) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Saint-Quentin moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Etienne and Sorgues. Loser Saint Chamond dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Saint-Quentin will meet Souffelweyersheim (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Chamond will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: K.Howell 29+9reb, D.Sencanski 23+1reb+1ast, O.Romain 15+2reb+3ast, R.N'Kembe 13+12reb, A.Rambur 8+4reb+6ast, J.Bach 6+3reb+1ast
St Chamond: T.Viglianco 23+2reb+1ast, J.LanduBongo 15+2reb+3ast, J.Rinna 14+7reb+5ast, R.Jacon 9+1reb+3ast, R.Aubry 7+1reb+1ast, A.Laroche 4+2reb
gschID: 100877


Angers BC 49 - St Etienne 78-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Saint-Etienne's (16-12) road loss to fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (18-10) 68-78 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Angers BC 49 forced 19 Saint-Etienne turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Thibaut Lonzieme (195-89) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) produced 24 points and naturalized American forward Sebastian Hermenier (198-82, college: Binghamton) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Angers BC 49 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser Saint-Etienne keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with St Quentin and Sorgues. Angers BC 49 will meet Orchesien BC (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saint-Etienne will play against the league's second-placed Denain Voltaire (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: D.Griffin 17+7reb+1ast, T.Lonzieme 14+7reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 12+2ast, D.Hayes 11+4reb+2ast, T.Ramphort 11+2reb+4ast, J.Traore 7+7reb
St Etienne: B.Thomas 24+1reb+3ast, S.Hermenier 16+5reb, L.Simmons 8+9reb, D.Petrovic 7+1reb+1ast, R.El Amrani 6+4reb+3ast, R.Pegon 5+3reb
gschID: 100878


Bordeaux - Souffel 72-42

NM1 top team - Bordeaux (24-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Souffelweyersheim (12-16) 72-42. The game without a history. Bordeaux led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bordeaux forced 19 Souffelweyersheim turnovers. Naturalized Tunisian guard Sami Driss (196-82) nailed 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side and American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Bordeaux's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) came up with 12 points and 4 steals and forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Bordeaux maintains first place with 24-4 record. Souffelweyersheim lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Bordeaux will play against Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Saint-Quentin (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: S.Driss 14+4reb+5ast, J.Ford 13+7reb, G.Darrigand 12+1reb+1ast, R.Dardaine 10+5reb+2ast, M.Diaw 7+4reb, A.M'Boup 6+2reb
Souffel: F.Broliron 12+3reb, J.Alingue 9+6reb, T.Traineau 5+3reb, M.M'Bodji 4+3reb+4ast, D.Weber 3+1reb, A.N'Kembe 3+2reb
gschID: 100879


Sorgues - Brest 89-56

The most shocking disappointment of round 29 was a road defeat of 4th placed Etendard de Brest (17-11) by seventh ranked Sorgues (16-12) who outscored them by 33 points 89-56. The game without a history. Sorgues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Etendard de Brest's 24. They outrebounded Etendard de Brest 47-25 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Central African forward Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-83, college: Hampton) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and center Xavier Pasut (200-84) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Sorgues players scored in double figures. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Julien Doreau (200-83) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sorgues moved-up to fifth place, which they share with St Quentin and St Etienne. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Sorgues is looking forward to face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Etendard de Brest will play at home against Lievin Basket (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 22+5reb, S.Mekad 14+6reb+4ast, S.Ocokoljic 12+6reb, X.Pasut 11+11reb+3ast, A.Thinon 10+4reb+4ast, C.Dos Santos 8+3reb+2ast
Brest: R.Lopez 16+9reb+1ast, J.Doreau 14+5reb+3ast, G.Staelens 12+1reb+1ast, J.Liorel 6+1reb+5ast, R.Roberts 4+3reb, T.Delon 4+3reb
gschID: 100880


Lievin - Blois 81-67

An interesting game took place in Lievin where higher ranked Blois (15-13) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Lievin Basket (12-16) 81-67 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lievin Basket. Blois managed to win second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American center Derrick Russell (207-82, college: Auburn-Montgomery) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Johan Blot (198-75) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) added 5 points and 12 assists respectively for the guests. Lievin Basket moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Blois keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Lievin Basket will meet higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blois will play against Roche (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 17+8reb+1ast, D.Russell 17+13reb, V.Lehut 16+5reb+3ast, J.Dessart 8+1reb+4ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 8+5reb+6ast, P.Balocka 8+4reb+1ast
Blois: J.Blot 14+8reb+2ast, O.Kolb 14+5reb+1ast, W.Kai 12+3reb+1ast, J.Gardner 9+4reb, K.Williams 8, B.Recoura 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100875


Denain - Get Vosges 87-75

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Denain Voltaire (21-7) won against at home 16th ranked Get Vosges (9-19) 87-75 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Denain Voltaire. Get Vosges managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) who scored 16 points. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Amadou Gacko (203-81) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized American forward Danny Strong (199-75, college: N.Carolina St.) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Five Denain Voltaire and four Get Vosges players scored in double figures. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Denain Voltaire have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-7 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Loser Get Vosges keeps the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Denain Voltaire will meet Saint-Etienne (#5) on the road in the next round. Get Vosges will play against the league's leader Bordeaux (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Denain: A.Belkessa 16+3reb+1ast, A.Gacko 14+5reb+1ast, F.Minet 14+1reb+2ast, B.Lalugba 12+6reb, R.Brocheray 10+9reb, D.Quincy-Jones 7+4reb+3ast
Get Vosges: D.Strong 17+3ast, T.Sani 16+2reb+1ast, Z.Gourde 14+6reb+1ast, A.Lema 11+5reb+4ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 6+1ast, R.Galette 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100876




Bing's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
28-year old power forward Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for JDA Dijon Bourgogne and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Clermont (#17, 8-20) 71-60. Dijon maintains the 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dijon will need more victories to improve their 17-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Bing as usually he does not deliver so high stats. East Carolina University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bing is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 55.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nigel Wyatte (204-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of Le Portel. He is American forward in his first season at Le Portel. In the last game Wyatte recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Le Portel to edge Maurienne (16-12) by 6 points 83-77. This victory allowed Le Portel to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wyatte is one of the most experienced players at Le Portel and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Corey Rouse (203-F-84, agency: Court Side) of Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (#18). Rouse scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Rouse's great performance Charleville lost 65-73 to the higher-ranked Lille (#13, 12-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Charleville can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rouse he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rouse has individually a great season in France. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Monds (205-F-83) of Bourg - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86) of Boulazac - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jason Siggers (187-G-85) of Rouen - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chris Davis (196-G/F-80) of Le Portel - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Karim Dahak (180-G-88) of Evreux - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Marc Judith (192-G-87) of Nanterre - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Austen Rowland (186-G-81) of Le Portel - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 7 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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ProB Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Ehingen - NBC 72-76 OT

The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. NBC made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) stepped up and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 22 points (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
NBC: W.Chavis 22+3reb+2ast, A.Smith 17+7reb+4ast, M.Ides 14+4reb, C.Adler 9+4reb+2ast, J.Reile 6+3reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 3+3reb
Ehingen: V.Matthews 20+7reb+7ast, F.Boeke 13+8reb, T.Lang 11+3reb+1ast, A.Vargas 7+3reb+2ast, K.Bright 7+1reb, E.Niedermeyer 4+2reb
gschID: 126043


Leitershofen - Giessen 77-70

The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Giessen Pointers were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Jonathan Genck (185-86) chipped in 19 points. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Leitershofen's coach Stefan Goschenhofer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Vincent Zabel (178-86) responded with 19 points and swingman Zeljko Pavlovic (194-80) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: J.Genck 19+2reb+2ast, D.Uskoski 13+15reb+1ast, M.Mathey 13+3reb+3ast, D.Veney 13+3reb+3ast, L.Vrkas 8+2ast, F.Foerster 4+2reb
Giessen: V.Zabel 19+3reb+1ast, Z.Pavlovic 17+2reb+1ast, T.Wosnitza 12+3ast, F.Rotaru 7+5reb+2ast, P.Unger 6+7reb, S.Rotaru 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 126042




Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) The Top 4 Was A Nice Event And I Was Glad To Be A Part Of It - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 2011 beko BBL Top 4 final loss to Bamberg.

How tough will it be for you to digest the 2011 cup final against Bamberg?



It was pretty tough.

Were you a bit surprised of the 7-0 Braunschweig start? Bamberg then came back to go on a big run.

I wasn't really surprised. I think we were very focused coming in to the game. I felt like we were going to play well.

What did coach Sebastain Machowski tell the team to do better in the second half?

He thought we doing a decent job but just wanted us not to have so many lapses defensively.

In the fourth quarter, Braunschweig was leading but Bamberg kept coming back and tying the game. What was key at the end for the win for Bamberg?

Free throw shooting. They shot real well from the line.

How proud were you for teammate Uros Duvjnak who came off the bench and was a big part of the team success on the weekend?

I was real proud of him. He did a great job on both ends of the court.

You were in the zone in the fourth quarter. How happy were you with your own game?


I thought I shot the ball well but there were a bunch of things that I could have done better. It is always easy to see what you could have done better after the game but I know I gave it everything I had.

What is your overall Top 4 summary of the weekend in Bamberg?


I thought it was a nice event. Of course I am not happy with the result but I was glad to be a part of it.

Who will win the NCAA final Uconn-Butler?


UCONN.

Thanks Kev for the chat.


John Bynum (TBB Trier) Post Game Thoughts To 2011 beko BBL Top 4 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket about the 2011 Top 4 weekend.

What was your overall impression of the games in the Top 4 last weekend in Bamberg?


They were some great games played over the weekend and I think Braunschweig showed that they are an elite team.


Was it possibily a mistake for many to predict a Frankfurt-Bamberg final?

Yes it was, I think Braunschweig showed that they are an elite team in this leauge by their performance and Artland almost pulled off the win as well. All four teams looked strong and it will be a good playoff season to watch.

Why were The Deutsche Bank Skyliners so flat in their games? Do you think that the 11 game losing streak of Braunschweig against Frankfurt got the best of Frankfurt?

No I just think that they came out against a team that was better than them on this day. Frankfurt is a great team and sometimes you just dont have it. I think Frankfurt will be alright, it was two games that dont matter in the standings. Of course you want to win but at the same time it doesnt count in the standings.

Did the beko BBL see how vulnerable The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can be when Dashaun Wood dosent play?


No I wouldnt say that, but at the same time they are a different team without him for sure. They have great players all around so to say that one player makes that team isnt fair, but they are a different team without Wood.



What made The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig so strong against Frankfurt and Bamberg?

I think they just came in with a have nothing to lose type attitude and just came out and played hard. They played well the whole weekend and showed that they compete and win against top teams in the league


What was key for Bamberg beating the Artland Dragons in OT.

I think foul trouble got the best of Artland. They had there chances to win the game still but when you lose Bailey, Rice, and Peavy it is tough to win. Bamberg took advantage of it and held on to win the game.

What was missing Braunschweig in the last minutes against Bamberg to get that cup win?

Well I wouldnt say what was missing, because they had there chances to tie as well as win the game, i just think they missed some shots in key moments but they looked really good and they were a couple of bounces away from winning this game.


Did the beko BBL witness again just how tight this league is? Do you think it will continuie to get tighter in future?


Well hopefully it does stay this tight and it was a great weekend of basketball. Those four teams made a great showing and showed why they are the elite teams of the league

Which player impressed you the most from Braunschweig and Bamberg?

Kevin Hamilton from Braunschweig is a great player, he is always under control and does so many good things for them and Brian Roberts for Bamberg, he is a headache to guard and can do it all.

Can BUtler upset UCONN? And if Butler does where will they stand in history of NCAA March Madness as the alltime best tournament teams? They have upset like 6-7 higher seeded teams?

I think they can beat uconn because they play defense. Defense will keep them in this game and as far as best teams in the history I wouldnt say that but there coach is putting together a great program and wont be there for too much longer if he continues what he is doing.

Thanks John for the chat.


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) I Think We Got Better As A Team at The Top 4 And Are Continuing To Improve - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing his 4th with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket afte rthe 90-53 loss to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the Top 4 in Bamberg.

What is your summary of the TOP 4 weeekend. A hard fought loss against Bamberg but a satisfying win against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

It was a weekend filled with a low point and a higher point. The loss in the semi-final game against Bamberg stung a lot, but we didn't have time to dwell on the loss because we had a game the next day. Despite the tough loss against Bamberg, we played with a lot of energy against Frankfurt.

What was your impression in crunch time of the atmosphere against Bamberg? Was that the loudest that you ever witnessed at a basketball game in Germany?

It was a good atmosphere in Bamberg and one of the loudest games that I've been a part of.

The Artland Dragons had a convincing win against Frankfurt. Did the heartbreaking loss against Bamberg motivate the team to play even harder against Frankfurt?

I don't think the loss against Bamberg gave us extra motivation. We wanted to come out and play hard because we lost to Frankfurt twice during the regular season and didn't want another loss to them. We also wanted to play hard for all of our fans that came down to Bamberg to support us.

How different of a team is Frankfurt without Dashaun Wood?

Wood is a major part of the Frankfurt team, and their offense starts with him. It always hurts a team when they are without their leading scorer.

How does a team prepare differently without Wood?

I think we prepare for them the same way. We still have to go out and play tough defense.

How have Leo Niebuhr and Andrej Mangold developed best this season?

Although they don't always get a lot of minutes, they stay positive and are ready to help the team whenever they get a chance. They both played well in the Frankfurt game and will help us in the playoffs.

What is the most important thing that you took home with you from the basketball competition at the TOP 4?

I think we got better as a team and are continuing to improve. We showed that we can play at a high level and are looking to keep that level high going into the playoffs.

Who will win UCONN or Butler?

I'm going to go with UCONN.

Thanks Bryan for the chat.


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Wood, Dt.19.2 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.8 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.2 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 10. Ross, MBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.8 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.8 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.6 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Jordan, LTi 46ers4.2 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 10. Neitzel, Bayreuth4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Bernard, MBC1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 10. Powell, Dt.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.7 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Palacio, Kavala15.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Parker, Iraklis15.9 
 6. Kalathis, VAP K.15.1 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 8. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 9. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.2 
 10. Jorovic, Kavala14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.6 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.5 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.8 
 9. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
 10. Brown, Aris3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 8. Anderson, Panionios1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
 10. Karapostolou, Kav.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi1.6 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 8. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 
 9. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 10. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 


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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.3 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.6 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants15.2 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.1 
 6. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 8. Tiedeman, Giants14.6 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Borha, Landstede14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.5 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.0 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.5 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.7 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.4 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert7.9 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.2 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.0 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.4 
 8. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.3 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert2.2 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.2 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 6. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 10. McDermott, Magixx2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 9. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


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  ICELAND   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Walker, KR24.6 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.4 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Sovic, IR21.0 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.4 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.1 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 7. Biedler, IR2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 8. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 


Express L. Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Keflavik force decider - by Eurobasket News
Keflavik - KR 104-103 OT

Keflavik refused to surrender as they came back from 0-2 deficit to tie it at 2-2 in the semifinal series against KR. The latest victory came in an overtime and kept Keflavik in the race for the title. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 15-14. Keflavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Keflavik made 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Magnus Gunnarsson (186-G-81) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) who added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) responded with 28 points and 9 assists and the former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Gunnarsson 29+4reb+3ast, T.Sanders 21+8reb+7ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 16+6reb+7ast, A.Ciric 13+11reb+3ast, G.Einarsson 12+7reb, G.Thorsteinsson 8+8reb+7ast
KR: M.Walker 28+2reb+9ast, B.Bjoernsson 20+2reb+1ast, P.Ermolinskij 16+17reb+5ast, F.Magnusson 12+8reb+1ast, F.Alafsson 9+10reb+1ast, M.Agisson 6+1reb
gschID: 125876




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  IRAN   


C.J.GILES instead of VINCENT JONES... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Vincent Jones, American Center of Petrochimi Left the team because of Injury and travelled to United States and can not continue the season for Petrochimi.
He Was playing for Petrochimi this season and Two Seasons ago and was successful in Iran Superleague.
C.J. Giles (211-F/C-85, college: Oregon St.) is going to be instead of Jones in Petrochimi club and continue the season for Petrochimi and help them and Coach Hashemi in CHampionship Competition. Giles was playing in Saudi Arabia this season and before that , he was in Lebanon and Philippines and last summer he played for Golden State Warriors in summerleague.

Recent Activities :
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2009-2010: Smart Gilas (Philippines-PBA, starting five): Philippine Cup: 2 games: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, in Nov.'09 moved to Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five): Lebanese League: Score-5 (18.0ppg), Reb-1 (11.4rpg), 1.2spg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg), FGP-3 (64.6%), 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.4%; Asian Club Championships: 7 games: 9.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 28.6%
2010 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Golden State Warriors)
2010-2011: In Feb.'11 signed at Al Ittihad Jeddah (Saudi Arabia-D1)

Asian Club Championships -10 (Bronze)
Lebanese League Champion -10
Lebanese League Regular Season Champion -10




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  ISRAEL   


Euroleague Basketball evaluates Maccabi situation - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Basketball announced on Monday that it has received from Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv documentation that outlines the club's official posture concerning its participation in the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Maccabi has expressed its concern over the scheduling of the event as it coincides with Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day), a day on which Israeli law does not allow nationals to participate in any sporting event. With the information provided by Maccabi, Euroleague Basketball is evaluating the situation and the possible effects on all parties involved, including television partners, participating clubs, organizers, fans and sponsors. Euroleague Basketball wishes to finalize the evaluations to be able to make a decision before the end of the week, bearing in mind that Euroleague Basketball will prioritize what is best for the competition and all its clubs as a whole.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Timberlake wins the Dunk Contest, Morgane wins 3 point contest, Clemente MVP - by Chad Timberlake
The All-Star game was such a good time. Interacting with players in a friendly way that you have spent all season in intense competition with is always interesting. It took me a second to separate the competitive mindset hahaha. Talking and getting to know the guys was good. I spoke the most with my All-Star teammate from Ramat Gan Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: St.Thomas). He had a lot of interesting stories from this past season.

It felt like as soon as we got to the gym and changed into our uniforms we began the introductions. Once they announced each player they began the three point shoot competition. Joshua Gomes (190-G-83, college: E.Illinois) said it was the day of shekels because it's money time. With the friendly competition and trash talking heading into the competition it looked like it definitely was money time. In the finals it was Noam Matalon (197-G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) vs Stacey Moragne (195-F-83, college: Mass.-Lowell). Stacey Moragne walked away with the title in dramatic fashion, having a tie score on the last money ball and needing it to win he drained it. It was a good show. I would have loved to see a few of my teammates in the competition, I think we have some great shooters on out team.

The dunk contest I must admit I felt a little nervous about. The pressure to entertain the fans and put on a good show was a lot of fun. I had spoke to my teammates the day before and they thought I was going to win hands down. That put even more pressure on me to perform. I shuffled through about 6 dunks and decided on a solid four. They next tough part was figuring out which order to do them in. Up until the start of the competition I had not figured out which to do first. Good for me Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Wichita St.) went first. He started with jumping over a point guard off one leg. A nice dunk and scoring him a 41 out of a possible 50.I was next and as I'm walking to the rim I decide to start with a 360 pump between the legs. The judges gave me a 45 out of 50 and I was now in the lead. My next dunk came because of the strategy that Ramon jumped over a smaller player that if I jumped over a player taller than me then that should wow the judges enough to put me in the finals. I jumped over Guy Cohen (195-F-83). I jumped of two feet and threw it down hard. My strategy worked because I received a perfect 50 for that dunk. I was hoping to be matched up against against an old teammates in the final Haiim Barbi (197-F-89). That would have made it a little more personal to be against a friend. Now I'm in the finals matched up against a young energetic player Ben Sharoni. I'm up first this time and surprise even my teammates with a dunk they never saw me attempt before. I through myself a pass off the back of the backboard and caught it with two hands, brought it around and under the rim and finished with two hands. The crowd reaction was amazing for this dunk. The judges appreciated it as well giving me my second 50! After Ben completing a difficult two ball dunk I wanted to put this contest to rest. I called my boy Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) out the stands and he hooked me up with a great pass off the side of the backboard which was a little high, causing me to change my dunk from a one hand windmill to a two hand windmill while in the air. I worked out perfect though because it added a little more flare to the dunk and everyone loved it. I sealed the deal by receiving another 50 and the Dunk Crown was mine. All that was left was for me to get my trophy from Stanley Brandy (200-F-67, college: De Paul). I felt very happy that I performed and put on a show that the crowd seemed to really enjoy. Everyone I spoke to yesterday and today said they really liked it and that it was amazing. I ned to thank the fans for giving me some ideas to play around with. I mixed and matched a few. So I send a big thank you to my blog readers.

Last event for the night was the All-Star game. It was fun and just like an All-Star game is suppose to be, a showcase of top players and getting to have fun while you're out there. The North won and Ramon won the MVP. I finished with 13 points and 10 assists. I should have worked on the rebounds and I could have had a triple double. For the first ever All-Star game I have to say it was a success. I think the organizers put it together really well. Smooth and entertaining the whole way through. Good Job.

Well the last game of the regular season is hear. We lost our last game and there's not much to say about it beside we played horrible. We did not play the way we needed to play to win from the start. I managed to score 29 points and pull down 10 rebounds and Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, college: Wichita St.) scored 28 along with 8 rebounds but we both needed to do more to get the win. The only good thing is that we hold the tie breaker if somehow we finished with the same records. Now we have Maccabi Beer Yaakov, a tough team that has a lot of talent. After this game it's playoff time baby!! I swear this is the most exciting part about basketball.

Hopefully next time I blog I will have good news. Once again thank you for comments, I appreciate them.

Your favorite blogger,

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 22-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 15-9 
 3. Galil Gilboa 14-9 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 14-10 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 12-12 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 12-12 
 7. Hapoel Holon 11-13 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 8-16 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 6-17 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 5-19 


Premier League Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Second-best Hapoel J-M (15-9) fell to fourth ranked Galil Gilboa (14-9) in overtime by two points 82-84 on Sunday night. The game took place in Jerusalem. But the guests from Galil were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. It was a good game for Gal Mekel who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Galil Gilboa have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Galil Gilboa will face Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel J-M will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa.

The most impressive performance of 24th round was 22 points and 12 assists by Jeremy Pargo of Maccabi T-A.



Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 98-95

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Maccabi T-A (22-1) edged 9th ranked Maccabi Haifa (6-17) in Tel-Aviv 98-95 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-24. But Maccabi Haifa won second period 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Maccabi T-A won last quarter 21-20. They shot 61.4 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Maccabi Haifa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 assists. The other American import swingman Chuck Eidson (202-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Maccabi Haifa. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have an impressive 16-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-1 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Maccabi T-A will face Maccabi Ashdod (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 20+5reb+4ast, T.Wilkerson 18+6reb+2ast, G.Jackson 14+2reb+6ast, E.Kadir 12+7reb+2ast, F.Robinson 12+1reb+4ast, B.Rothbart 10+1reb
Maccabi T-A: J.Pargo 22+3reb+12ast, G.Pnini 15+1reb+2ast, C.Eidson 15+5reb+10ast, R.Hendrix 15+2reb, L.Eliyahu 10+6reb+5ast, S.Schortsanitis 8+4reb
gschID: 122617


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Rishon 81-88

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Bnei Hasharon (14-10) lost to sixth ranked Maccabi Rishon (12-12) in Hod Hasharon 81-88 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-15. But Bnei Hasharon won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: ZAG Advocates) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Bnei Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face Hapoel Holon (#7) at home in the next round. Bnei Hasharon will play against Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: S.James 17+12reb+3ast, R.Steele 16+1reb+3ast, D.Grunfeld 14+4reb, B.Dunston 13+6reb+1ast, L.Nailon 12+4reb+1ast, E.Katz 4+1reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon: I.Swann 25+5reb+6ast, R.Morgan 13+2reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Orland 12+3reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 11+5reb+7ast, A.McGhee 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122614


Hapoel Holon - Elitzur Netanya 82-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Hapoel Holon's (11-13) home victory over 8th ranked Elitzur Netanya (8-16) 82-75 on Monday. It was a good game for the former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 assists. Power forward Nir Cohen (202-81, college: San Diego, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) added 28 points in the effort for Elitzur Netanya. Hapoel Holon maintains seventh position with 11-13 record. Elitzur Netanya at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Hapoel Holon will face higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#5) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Elitzur Netanya will play at home against Ironi Ashkelon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 28+4reb, E.Brown 20+11reb+1ast, R.Travis 13+6reb+1ast, S.Brener 4+4reb+6ast, J.Smith 4+6ast, E.Asante Asare 3+2reb
Hapoel Holon: M.Roth 28+4reb+6ast, N.Cohen 15+10reb, J.Arnold 12+6reb, A.Ben David 10+2reb+4ast, K.Powell 8+5reb+1ast, R.Melzer 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 122615


Hapoel J-M - Galil Gilboa 82-84 OT

Second-best Hapoel J-M (15-9) fell to fourth ranked Galil Gilboa (14-9) in overtime by two points 82-84 on Sunday night. The game took place in Jerusalem. But the guests from Galil were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime then Hapoel J-M managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Galil Gilboa who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-9. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international point guard Gal Mekel (193-88, college: Wichita St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 19 points and 5 steals for the winners. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) replied with 22 points and 4 assists and American forward Brian Randle (203-85) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel J-M. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Galil Gilboa have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost. Galil Gilboa will face Bnei Hasharon (#4) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Hapoel J-M will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: Y.Naimy 22+4reb+4ast, B.Randle 16+7reb, J.Rich 14+1reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 10+5reb+5ast, W.Solomon 5+4reb+4ast, D.Dowell 4+7reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: C.Fells 19+4reb, G.Mekel 17+7reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 12+9reb+1ast, T.Biggs 11+3reb, I.Kozikaro 8+4reb+1ast, W.Carter 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 122616


Ironi Ashkelon - Maccabi Ashdod 84-104

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-19) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-12) 104-84 on Sunday. Maccabi Ashdod made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ashkelon. Five Maccabi Ashdod and four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Ashkelon will play on the road against Elitzur Netanya (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: J.Jaques 12+3reb+1ast, J.Gibson 12+5reb+2ast, R.Green 12+4reb, R.Turner 12+10reb+3ast, T.Terrell 11+1reb+1ast, C.Carr 10+1reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 21+11reb, J.Carter 20+5reb+1ast, O.Lafayette 14+3reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 12+2reb+5ast, L.Gordon 11+5reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 10+4reb+10ast
gschID: 122613




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Niigata Albirex tab George Leach - by Eurobasket News
Niigata Albirex bolstered their frontcourt. They added George Leach (210-C-81, college: Indiana) to the roster. The 29-year-old centre has already debuted for Niigata. He tallied 8 points and 10 boards in an 80:92 loss to Akita. George Leach started the season in Saitama Broncos. His stats read 10.6 points, 8.4 boards and 1.7 blocks per appearance. He became available for other teams to sign under a temporary relief contract after the Broncos suspended their BJ-League campaign. Last season George Leach also spent in Japan. He played for Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa. The centre produced 13.7 points, 10.1 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Previously George Leach had stints in USBL, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, D-League, WBA and ABA.


An Uphill Battle - by Brandon Cole
What's good out there everybody! Glad to be back with the latest installment in my blog series. Thanks again to the good people at Asia Basket and Euro basket for inviting me to share my thoughts with the world for the past 2 seasons. Well lets get down to it....needless to say that a LOT has been going on out here in Japan over the last month or so. The devastating earthquake/tsunami/radiation disaster did major damage to the Northern part of Japan. Thousands have been killed, injured, and gone missing and it has had an unbelievable impact through out the entire country here. My heart felt condolences sincerely go out to all of those people who were directly affected by this terrible tragedy This country has welcomed me and my family with open arms from the minute we got here and i am truly saddened to be here witnessing such a great and proud country go through something so terrible. However, If any country was prepared for this and can rebound from this devastation, it is Japan. Every team in the league has been doing there part to help as well. My organization has been doing our part by doing numerous fundraisers to help aid the relief efforts in Northern Japan and have also shipped truckloads of items and goods up to the victims as well. It definitely feels good to be able to help others in their time of need.

The disaster naturally made its impact felt here in the basketball world as well. 3 of our teams here in the BJ League have suspended operations for the remainder of the season due to the crisis: Tokyo Apache, The Saitama Broncos, and the Sendai 89ers. The past few weeks here have been craaaaaaaaazy to say the least. When everything first went down, there was instant concern and panic rom all the American players here in the league. There was so much uncertainty going on for the 1st 2 weeks after the earthquake hit. Americans all throughout the league were constantly calling, Skyping and Facebooking each other and our agents trying to see what the next move was gonna be. The rumor mill was going crazy, i heard about a million different scenarios for how the rest of the season could and would play out, lol. First i heard that the season was going to be cancelled all together, then the season was gonna continue but the entire Eastern conference was going to suspend its season, then it was just going to be the Western conference and Hammamatsu from the East and it goes on and on. Eventually the league made an announcement and decided to continue the season as planned minus the 3 teams mentioned earlier. But the panic had already spread through the league and a lot of Americans felt unsafe especially with the radiation threat that was looming. Americans from all over the league began the processes of cancelling their contracts and heading home to be with their families...and who can honestly blame them? Definitely not me. Luckily, my team is located in the far southern region of Japan and we are thousands of miles away from the disaster and weren't affected by it, so me and my family are safe. Having my family here with me, i definitely had the same concerns everybody else did, probably even more so... but after a lot of research and talking it over, I decided to stay here and finish out my season.

The exits of key American players all through out the league left several teams with vastly different rosters than what they came into the season with, my team included. My running mates Elijah Palmer and Jackie Manuel both decided it was best for them to head back to the safety and security of the U.S. to be with their families. This left me as the lone import here on my team to play out the rest of the season...and WHEW, it definitely has been rough!!! The results haven't been pretty the past few weeks since everything went down, but my Japanese teammates have fought with so much heart and passion the past few weeks, it's been amazing. I am very proud of the way we've been sticking together through such a rough time and my guys are giving it there all out on the court every night against Americans with size and strength advantages. This past weekend, we got our first victory since the disaster struck and with only 1 import and it felt great to finally get one. We snapped an 8 game losing skid and pulled out a win against a team with talented Japanese guys and 3 imports. We ran outta gas the next night and couldn't get the job done, but fought our butts off nonetheless. Now the light is shining at the end of the tunnel and there is now only 6 games remaining before my 1st season in Japan is complete. Definitely plan to leave everything I got out on the floor and compete to the highest level these last few weeks regardless of the situation. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes. So until next time ya'll, be cool and be safe. B.C. #15

p.s. Wanna send a special shout out to my guys Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: Basket Law/NM Services, college: Marquette), Kevin Tyner (183-G-83, college: W.Oregon), and David West (203-F-80, college: Xavier). All of them have suffered season ending injuries recently whether it was overseas or the NBA, and my prayers is definitely with u fellaz. Get back soon and better than ever!


Okinawa GK defeats Osaka Evessa in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Okinawa GK (29-15) which hosted in Okinawa their biggest opponent Osaka Evessa (27-17). First ranked Okinawa GK had an easy win 102-73. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Osaka Evessa. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-15 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (37-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (12-28) 87-53. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ray Nixon chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-5 record. Toyama Grouses lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Oita supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (26-18) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-28). Shiga Lakestars smashed Oita Heat Devils 113-80 on Sunday. Gary Hamilton notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 28 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 28 points and 5 rebounds by Kimitake Sato did not help to save the game for Oita Heat Devils. Shiga Lakestars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 26-18 record. Oita Heat Devils lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (27-17) played at the court of 6th ranked Shimane Magic (20-24). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 4-point victory 77-73. American players dominated also this game. Michael Parker fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Akita was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (19-19) played at the court of sixth ranked Akita Happinets (15-29). Akita Happinets did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 100-81 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for Will Graves who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 46 Takamatsu FA beat Miyazaki on the road 100-85.


Oita H.Devils - Shiga Lakestars 80-113

The game in Oita supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (26-18) played at the court of 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-28). Shiga Lakestars smashed Oita Heat Devils 113-80 on Sunday. The game without a history. Shiga Lakestars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 42. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 65-23 including a 53-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shiga Lakestars shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points, 28 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Marshall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shiga Lakestars players scored in double figures. Even 28 points and 5 rebounds by forward Kimitake Sato (186-84) did not help to save the game for Oita Heat Devils. American guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 21 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Shiga Lakestars have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 26-18 record. Oita Heat Devils lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Joho 25+3reb+2ast, Y.Okada 20+1reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 20+28reb+5ast, M.Marshall 19+12reb+9ast, L.Rice 9+5reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 7+5reb+5ast
Oita H.Devils: K.Sato 28+5reb+3ast, M.Lottich 21+4reb+9ast, D.Johnson 11+7reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 7+1reb+2ast, M.Ohara 7+3reb+5ast, H.Sato 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 126147


Shimane - Fukuoka Rizing 73-77

The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (27-17) played at the court of 6th ranked Shimane Magic (20-24). Fukuoka Rizing managed to secure a 4-point victory 77-73. It looked good early as Shimane Magic took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fukuoka Rizing had a 22-8 second period charge getting the lead and Shimane Magic was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-77. Strangely Shimane Magic outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 45-31 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Shimane Magic helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) fired 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) added 21 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 27+5reb, N.Murry 11+6reb+4ast, A.Takeno 10+1reb+1ast, T.Cordeiro 10+5reb, A.Kuso 9+10reb+1ast, M.Kano 8+2reb
Shimane: W.Caudle 21+13reb, R.Golson 21+11reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 16+4ast, T.Yokoo 8+2reb+1ast, F.Fisher 5+8reb+4ast, J.Davis 2+7reb
gschID: 126144


Miyazaki - Takamatsu FA 85-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (10-32) beat on the road 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (13-31) 100-85 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Takamatsu FA's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-18 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 32-of-42 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Takamatsu FA had a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Masaaki Suzuki (176) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (191-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Forward Masashi Takahashi (194-85) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Takamatsu FA maintains ninth position with 10-32 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth place with 31 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: S.Takeda 23+5reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 21+10reb+1ast, S.Takada 20+3reb+3ast, M.Suzuki 17+10reb+8ast, T.Farley 8+6reb+1ast, J.Price 6+3reb+3ast
Miyazaki: M.Takahashi 28+8reb+1ast, B.Cole 20+11reb+4ast, T.Ito 11+3reb+1ast, H.Fujita 7+1reb, O.Shinnosuke 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Kojima 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 126145


Okinawa GK - Osaka Evessa 102-73

An interesting game for Okinawa GK (29-15) which hosted in Okinawa their biggest opponent Osaka Evessa (27-17). First ranked Okinawa GK had an easy win 102-73. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa managed to win third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Osaka Evessa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Okinawa GK have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-15 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 23+14reb, C.Dixon 16+7reb+7ast, N.Kosuge 15+2ast, A.McHenry 13+8reb+3ast, Y.Takushi 12+2reb, D.Palmer 10+1ast
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 19+7reb+2ast, L.Washington 16+11reb+2ast, W.Marshall 12+7reb, W.Tseng 8+6reb+2ast, S.Kenny 6+5reb+3ast, H.Katsumata 4
gschID: 126146


Akita - Niigata Albirex 100-81

The game in Akita was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Niigata Albirex (19-19) played at the court of sixth ranked Akita Happinets (15-29). Akita Happinets did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 100-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Niigata Albirex was better in second period 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Niigata Albirex 52-35 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Akita Happinets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) added 17 points in the effort for Niigata Albirex. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets moved-up to fifth place. Niigata Albirex lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Akita: W.Graves 41+20reb+5ast, S.Henry 23+5reb+10ast, A.Burks 10+6reb+4ast, A.Akingbade 8+9reb, Y.Kitamuki 7+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 6+1reb
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 18+10reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 17+4reb+3ast, H.Kondo 13+5reb+3ast, N.Takushi 12+4reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 11+3reb+3ast, T.Saito 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 126142


Toyama Grouses - Hamamatsu P. 53-87

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (37-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (12-28) 87-53. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyama Grouses to just 6 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Hamamatsu Phoenix held Toyama Grouses to an opponent 23.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.9 percent accuracy of the winners. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 37-5 record. Toyama Grouses lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 28 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 20+2reb+1ast, R.Nixon 18+6reb+3ast, J.Parmer 16+8reb+3ast, S.Okada 13+5reb+4ast, D.Larkai 11+7reb, A.Ohta 4+4reb
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 18+12reb+1ast, T.Yasuda 12+5reb, T.Mito 10+6reb+4ast, M.Kato 5+4reb, S.Kent 3, H.Shirata 2+2reb
gschID: 126143




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 37-5 
 2. Sendai 89ers 24-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 20-14 
 4. Niigata Albirex 19-19 
 5. Akita 15-29 
 6. Saitama Bron. 14-24 
 7. Toyama Grouses 12-28 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 29-15 
 2. Osaka Evessa 27-17 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 27-17 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 26-18 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 23-19 
 6. Shimane 20-24 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-28 
 8. Miyazaki 13-31 
 9. Takamatsu FA 10-32 


Kenny Satterfield joins Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News
Osaka Evessa strengthened their roster. They added Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81, college: Cincinnati) to the squad. Kenny Satterfield filled in the spot that was available after Kevin Tyner (183-G-83, college: W.Oregon) got sidelined with injury for the rest of the season. Kenny Sutterfield started the season Saitama Broncos. He tallied 19.9 points, 7.3 boards and 6.7 assists per game. But the guard became available under a temporary relief contract as the Broncos suspended their BJ-League campaign. Kenny Satterfield who turns 30 on April 10 played in NBA, NBDL, France, Greece, Lebanon, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cyprus, Argentina. In 2010 he signed with the Albany Legends in IBL. He tallied 19.7 points and 8.1 assists per game. Kenny Satterfield was named USBasket.com All-IBL Player of the Year.


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  KENYA   


St Josephs beat Meru in Colleges basketball opener - by Eurobasket News
St. Josephs mens basketball team of western zone beat Meru of Eastern 63-20 in the basketball opening match as the Kenya Teachers Colleges Sports Association (KTCSA) ball games got underway at Eregi Teachers Training College in Kakamega County.
St. Josephs were in a winning mood and took the game to Meru immediately after the whistle. The competition enters a crucial stage today with participating team fighting to go through the preliminary stage. The games are featuring football, basketball, handball, netball, volleyball and goal ball for both men and women. The games started with pomp and colour at Eregi Teachers Training College.
Speaker after speaker encouraged athletes to take up sports seriously as the industry had gone commercial. Guest of honour James Muchiri said: All principals have the role to encourage development of sports. Some principals tend to concentrate more on academics for fear that sports divert students attention but you should know that colleges and schools that do well in sports are equally excellent in academics, said Muchiri, the director of sports in Western Province.Sports unite people and bring peace among warring parties and thats why there are events like Tecla Loroupe Peace Run, he said. The opening ceremony was also attended by the Ministry of Education officials including Ben Abwao, Eliud Wambua and John Kiunjuri. KTCSA national chairman Samuel Too, who is also chief principal at Mosoriot, appealed to participants, especially officials to run the games in a more professional manner. KTCSA secretary Theresia Mbelase asked participants not to see the games as opportunity for winning trophies but also a chance to share experience and learn from one another.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


Champions in Eregi to Title Defence - by Eurobasket News
All defending champions have confirmed participation in Kenya Teachers Colleges Sports Association (KTCSA) ball games start starting today at Eregi Teachers College.

They are-International Teachers Training College of Nairobi (men's football), Igoji of Eastern (women's football), Asumbi of Nyanza (men's hockey), Meru of Eastern (women hockey), Machakos of Nairobi (men's volleyball) and Kigari of Eastern (women's volleyball). Others are: St. Joseph of Western (men's handball), Migori from Nyanza (women's handball), St Joseph's of Nyanza (men's basketball), Asumbi of Nyanza (women's basketball), Kericho (men's netball), Tambach (women's netball), Asumbi (men's goalball) and Machakos (women's goalball). KTCSA executive officer Eliud Wambua said the level of organisation and officiating has tremendously improved over the years and the association looks forward for nomination in Sports of the Year Awards (SOYA) as best managed federation this year.
'The championships kicks off on Monday (today) with a technical meeting to harmonise the rules and regulations for all officiating officials during the games,' said Wambua in Eregi yesterday. KTCSA secretary general Paul Okwaro said five venues will be used during the games and the chief guest will be Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Professor Ole Kiyiapi. Eregi, which is the main venue of the competitions, will host handball, volleyball, football basketball and hockey. Other sites are: Chavakali High School, Moi Girls High Vokoli and Kaimosi Teachers Training College. Okwaro said: 'Officials will be accommodated at Chavakali, Mbale, Majengo and Kakamega town with visiting teams staying at Eregi. Okwaro said visitors will sample the rich heritage of Kakamega County with isukuti dancers and bull fighting being on entertainment programme.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star



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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 19-5 
 2. Barons 17-9 
 3. Liepaja 17-10 
 4. VEF Riga 16-9 
 5. Valmiera 16-10 
 6. Zemgale 9-16 
 7. Turiba 6-21 
 8. LU 4-24 


LBL D2 Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jurmala - Zemgale/Jun. 98-55

Jurmala eased past Zemgale/Juniors at the start of the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zemgale/Juniors to just 4 points in second quarter. Kaspars Raiskums (202-F-84) came up with 21 points to lead the effort. Elvijs Petersons (183-G-92) responded with 15 points in the loss.
gschID: 125714


Saldus - BAA Riga 79-85

BAA Riga surprised higher-ranked Saldus on the road. Arturs Lusis (197-F-93) led well-balanced effort with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Saldus trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 34-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Davis Zeps (183-G-89) erupted for 24 points for Saldus.
gschID: 125718


Ogre - Gulbene 79-85 OT

Gulbene needed overtime to upset Ogre in the opening game of the series. Gundars Rauza (192-F-79) stepped up with 30 points, 9 boards and 4 assists in the victory. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BS Ogre won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where BS Ogre used huge pressure winning it 14-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-19. Uldis Svede (177-G-83) and Rihards Strauts (195-G-91) finished with 14 points each for Ogre.
gschID: 125719


Ventspils Aug. - Liepaja-2 83-48

Ventspils Augustskola cruised past Liepaja-2. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Liepaja-2 was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Liepaja-2 to just 5 points in third quarter. Andrejs Grazulis (198-F-93) delivered 15 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. Roberts Stumbris had 17 points in the loss.
gschID: 125720




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.6 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja13.4 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.6 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera6.1 
 8. Cavars, Barons5.9 
 9. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 10. Dilevka, Turiba5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.4 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 9. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
 10. Metra, Zemgale2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF Riga
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja1.8 
 5. Cavars, Barons1.7 
 6. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.3 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Piternieks, LU0.8 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vilmantas DILYS
  Perlas
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis16.2 
 3. Kieza, Juventus15.7 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas15.2 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis15.2 
 6. Leonavicius, Techa.14.5 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.5 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.3 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas14.2 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kieza, Juventus10.6 
 2. Janisius, Alytus A.9.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.1 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.0 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.3 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Matulis, Sakalai6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.7 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.2 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.9 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 6. Collins, Zalgiris4.3 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.2 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.0 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 3. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 6. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.8 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 8. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.0 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas1.8 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 7. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.9 
 9. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 
 10. Strawberry, Lietuv.0.7 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 23-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 19-4 
 3. Rudupis 16-6 
 4. Siauliai 14-8 
 5. Techasas 13-11 
 6. Juventus 12-11 
 7. Neptunas 9-12 
 8. Perlas 9-13 
 9. Nevezis 8-14 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 7-15 
 11. Sakalai 6-15 
 12. Naglis-Adakris 6-16 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-19 


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  MALTA   


Siggiewi eliminate Loyola - by Eurobasket News
Tussle for possession in the BOV KO semi-final between Siggiewi and Loyola.
Siggiewi Derby 89
Loyola Tata Motors 77
(23-20, 21-12, 25-18, 20-27)


Siggiewi Derby are the first team to book a place in the BOV KO final after beating Loyola Tata Motors in a high-scoring semi-final. The other finalist will emerge from the titantic clash between rivals Athleta and Luxol.

Siggiewi recovered from a slow start to finish comfortable winners over Loyola. The towering figure of Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) posed serious problems to the Loyola markers and Siggiewis best patch came when he was more in the picture after a chaotic start. Marko Matijevic was the matchs top-scorer with 38 points.

Turning the ball around well in attack, Loyola surprised Siggiewi who came into this match in buoyant mood after handing Athleta their first defeat of the season in their mid-week league clash.

Taking advantage from Sigg-iewis slack defence, Loyola were 18-5 up mid-way through the first quarter.

Gradually, Siggiewi started to play more as a team and chalked up the next 14 consecutive points to go 19-18 in front. From then on, Siggiewi never looked back.

In fact, after leading 23-20 at the end of the first session, Siggiewi imposed their superiority in the last five minutes before half-time to change ends 44-32 ahead.

They continued to be the better team to start the last ten minutes with a comfortable 69-50 lead. Loyola tried hard to get back in it but Siggiewi never wavered even though they somewhat lowered their card in the last few minutes, allowing their opponents to pot extra points, making the result look more respectable in the end.

Siggiewi: Peter Shoults (168-G-85) 18, K. Borg, J. Doughty, E. Xuereb 4, A. Borg 16, L. Ross 13, J. Jetsen, Marko Matijevic 38.

Loyola: S. Pace, B. Zammit 7, D. Camilleri 16, S. Borg, G. Cuschieri, M. Cilia, S. Vella 3, A. Axiaq 11, G. Mihajlovic 25, J. Anastasi 10, J. Ransley, A. Tabone 5.

Referees: E. Mangani, A. Carbonaro and C. Terribile.

Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



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  MEXICO   


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, Tepic23.0 
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. Brown, Tepic9.0 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Brown, Nogales8.0 
 8. Avila, Culiacan7.8 
 9. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.0 
 10. Lawal, Tepic7.0 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Funn, Guasave5.9 
 2. White, Los Mochis5.9 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.1 
 4. Watson, Tijuana5.1 
 5. Ford, Tepic4.6 
 6. Marentes, Guaymas4.2 
 7. Meza, Culiacan4.2 
 8. White, Cananea4.2 
 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. Sowell, Culiacan1.3 
 9. Sims, Los Mochis1.3 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.3 
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. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 5. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 6. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 7. Gale, Mexicali2.1 
 8. Habel, Guaymas2.0 
 9. Malloy, Los Mochis2.0 
 10. Funn, Guasave1.9 


CIBACOPA Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Eighth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas won a double-overtime thriller against 5th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali by eight points 88-80 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bomberos de Mexicali. The best player for the winners was Cedric Patton (201-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia St.) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas (6-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tijuana. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will face higher ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

The best stats of 14th round was 26 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals by Detrick White of Los Mochis.


Cananea - Guasave 100-98

There was no surprise when 3rd ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-6) was edged on the road by first ranked Mineros de Cananea (12-2) 100-98 on Saturday. Frayles de Guasave was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Mineros de Cananea made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 30 points and 9 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) added 25 points respectively for the guests. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. They have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Mineros de Cananea maintains first position with 12-2 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Mineros de Cananea will face Bomberos de Mexicali (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Frayles de Guasave will play against Pioneros Los Mochis.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Barrett 25+2reb, A.Izaguirre 25+8reb+1ast, G.Giron 20+4reb+1ast, W.Funn 14+2reb+6ast, M.Strobbe 10+4reb, S.Angounou 2+5reb+2ast
Cananea: D.White 32+6reb+4ast, D.Thomas 30+9reb+2ast, D.Williams 26+4reb, M.Valenzuela 5, J.Verdugo 3+4reb, A.Aguirre 2+2reb
gschID: 122860


Los Mochis - Tepic 90-79

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (2-12) defeated at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (2-12) 90-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros Los Mochis. Coras de Tepic was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros Los Mochis dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 50. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) who scored 26 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Tepic. Pioneros Los Mochis will face higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Coras de Tepic will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Tepic: C.Brown 24+6reb+1ast, I.Brown 23+6reb+1ast, D.Ford 18+5reb+1ast, C.Estrada 6+5reb+1ast, J.Pablo Bravo 5+2ast, H.Ibanez 3+5reb+1ast
Los Mochis: L.Malloy 26+10reb+1ast, D.White 26+7reb+9ast, C.M. Toussaint 18+3reb+3ast, E.Hare 12+9reb+1ast, J.Eduardo Acedo 4+3reb+1ast, J.Favela 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122861


Tijuana - Hermosillo 84-91

Very expected game when 7th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (6-8) were defeated at home by second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (11-3) 91-84 on Saturday. Tijuana Zonkeys were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Rayos de Hermosillo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St., agency: ZAG Advocates) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 15 points and 11 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 28+10reb+2ast, K.Rodriguez 15+4ast, J.Watson 15+3reb+11ast, G.Shipley 11+12reb+3ast, L.Ramirez 10+2reb+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 3
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 22+2reb+5ast, C.Holmes 20+3reb+2ast, M.Gray 15+13reb+2ast, J.Abu-Shamala 11+8reb+2ast, J.Lopez 11+5reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 122862


Guaymas - Mexicali 88-80 OT2

Eighth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas won a double-overtime thriller against 5th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali by eight points 88-80 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bomberos de Mexicali. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bomberos de Mexicali won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Bomberos de Mexicali used huge pressure winning it 18-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually double-overtime period 14-22. Strangely Bomberos de Mexicali outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 52-38 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Bomberos de Mexicali's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Cedric Patton (201-78, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The former international center Omar Lopez (203-80, college: Cal.Baptist) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Jhon Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas (6-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tijuana. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will face higher ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: J.Ruffus 22+11reb, M.Gale 21+7reb+3ast, E.Cuen 16+7reb+1ast, J.Penny 12+13reb+4ast, E.Medina 5+3reb, A.Vazquez 3+4reb+1ast
Guaymas: C.Patton 35+5reb+3ast, O.Lopez 19+5reb+1ast, R.Benitez 10+6reb+2ast, H.Nungaray 10+4reb+8ast, R.Navarro 7+2reb+1ast, F.Benitez 4+8reb+2ast
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Culiacan - Nogales 82-87

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (8-6) beat on the road one of their biggest challengers Caballeros de Culiacan (8-6) 87-82 on Saturday. Caballeros de Culiacan trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-87 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 16 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) who scored 22 points. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks and his fellow American import guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to third place, which they share with Guasave and Culiacan. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#7).
Top scorers:
Culiacan: K.Sowell 30+10reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 20+6reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 16+7reb+1ast, S.Morgan 9+4reb+2ast, F.Harris 5+3reb, M.Antonio Luna Armenta 2+1reb+1ast
Nogales: O.Quintero 22+3reb+1ast, N.Brown 19+3reb+1ast, R.Moss 16+8reb+1ast, J.Walker 11+5reb+2ast, B.Heredia 9+2reb, A.Broxsie 6+11reb
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Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 14 - by Eurobasket News
American Derek Thomas (193-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Cananea and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Cananea in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Guasave (#3, 8-6) 100-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Cananea to consolidate first place in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Cananea have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (8th best: 23.4ppg) and averages solid 1.6bpg,2.2spg and 64.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old American guard Detrick White (184-G-76) of Los Mochis. White impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Los Mochis cruised to a 90-79 relatively comfortable win over Tepic (2-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Los Mochis left the very bottom place moving slightly to 9th position. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Los Mochis managed to get this year. White is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.6rpg and 5.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) of Culiacan (#5). Sowell got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and four assists. Despite Sowell's great performance Culiacan lost 82-87 to Nogales (8-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Culiacan needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Sowell has a great season in Mexico. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.5ppg (3rd best). He also has 3.2bpg and FGP: 52.4%. Sowell attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davin White (186-G-81) of Cananea - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Tijuana - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) of Los Mochis - 26 points and 10 rebounds
7. Cedric Patton (201-F-78) of Guaymas - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77) of Tepic - 24 points and 6 rebounds
9. Alonso Izaguirre (200-G/F-76) of Guasave - 25 points and 8 rebounds
10. Noah Brown (186-G-81) of Nogales - 19 points and 3 rebounds

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


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UASM wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
UASM wins the Regular Season and the teams will start Play-offs soon. Round 18 most important game was a victory of UTM over 7th ranked Donduseni 105-51 on Saturday night. Newly promoted UTM maintains sixth position with 5-11 record. Donduseni lost third consecutive game. Donduseni at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Chisinau: UASM (#1) and ASEM (#2). ASEM was smashed at home by 30 points 55-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ASEM. UASM (15-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. ASEM at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 18 bottom-ranked Soroca was beaten by Gamma on the road 81-75. Fire Ball won against Patriot on its own court 79-69.


Gamma - Soroca 81-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Gamma (11-5) beat bottom-ranked Soroca (2-14) in Cahul 81-75. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. Soroca lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Fire Ball - Patriot 79-69

Very expected game when 8th ranked Patriot (3-13) lost to third ranked Fire Ball (12-4) in Bender 69-79. Fire Ball maintains third position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader UASM. Patriot at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Donduseni - UTM 51-105

Round 18 most important game was a victory of UTM over 7th ranked Donduseni 105-51 on Saturday night. Newly promoted UTM maintains sixth position with 5-11 record. Donduseni lost third consecutive game. Donduseni at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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ASEM - UASM 55-85

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Chisinau: UASM (#1) and ASEM (#2). ASEM was smashed at home by 30 points 55-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ASEM. UASM (15-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. ASEM at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. UASM 15-1 
 2. ASEM 13-3 
 3. Fire Ball 12-4 
 4. Gamma 11-5 
 5. Ribnita 7-9 
 6. UTM 5-11 
 7. Donduseni 4-12 
 8. Patriot 3-13 
 9. Soroca 2-14 


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Stats Leaders
1A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Mugosa,Gorstak 21.5
2 Seferovic, Teodo 18.5
3 Zejak,ABS P. 18.4
4 Perovic,Gorstak. 17.3
5 Bijelic,Danilovgrad 16.4
6 Radulovic, Ulcinj 15.1
7 Popovic, ABS P. 14.5
8 Pejic, Gorstak 14.4
9 Mandic,Teodo 14.1
10 Jelenic, Mornar B. 13.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Bijelic,Danilovgrad 8.4
2 Popovic,ABS P. 8.2
3 Zejak,ABS P. 8.1
4 Kadic ,Mogren 8
5 Radulovic,Ulcinj 7.6
6 Bulajic ,Teodo 7.4
7 Ljujic ,Jedinstvo 7
8 Boskovic,Teodo 6.6
9 Milosev,Jedinstvo 5.1
10 Vujosevic,Mornar B. 5.1
Assists Per Game
1 Pejic, Gorstak 4.3
2 Martinic, Lovcen 3.7
3 Korac, Jedinstvo 3.4
4 Bulatovic, ABS P. 3.2
5 Ivanovic Mornar B. 3
6 Jelenic, Mornar B. 2.8
7 Bulatovic, Teodo Tivat 2.5
8 Stojanovic, Lovcen 2.4
9 Boricic, Lovcen 2.2
10 Jovovic, Danilovgrad 2.1
Steals Per Game
1 Martinic , Lovcen 3.7
2 Korac, Jedinstvo. 3.4
3 Bulatovic, ABS P. 3.2
4 Ivanovic, Mornar B. 3
5 Jelenic , Mornar B. 2.8
6 Sarajlija , Mornar B. 2.7
7 Radulovic , Mogren 2.3
8 Jovovic , Danilovgrad 2.1
9 Pavlicevic , Lovcen 1.4
10 Subotic , Teodo Tivat 1.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Radulovic, Ulcijn 2.1
2 Todorovic, Lovcen 1.3
3 Radovic, Mornar B. 1.2
4 Nikolic, Gorstak 1.1
5 Kadic, Mogren 1
6 Vujosevic, Mornar B 0.7
7 Lopicic, Lovcen 0.6
8 Ljujic, Jedinstvo 0.6
9 Zejak, ABS P. 0.5
10 Boskovic , Teodo Tivat 0.5


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


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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. Iguodala, Philadel.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 


Pistons' Rodney Stuckey benched in disciplinary move - by Eurobasket News
For the third time this season, Pistons coach John Kuester used playing time to discipline fourth-year combo guard Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington).

Stuckey didn't play in Sunday's 101-90 loss to the Boston Celtics because herefused to re-enter Friday's loss to the Bulls, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person, who requested anonymity because the players had not yet been told of the decision, said Stuckey refused to enter the game Friday when asked with 4 minutes remaining.

Kuester didn't shed much light on the situation after the game, only saying it was an 'internal matter.'

'One of the things that happens is that this is a growing process, and in that growing process he had a slight setback,' Kuester said.

When asked why he didn't play in Sunday's game, Stuckey said: 'Six games left. That's all I got to say. Six games.'

When asked whether there was some type of confrontation, he interrupted and said: 'Six games left. That's it. I can survive for six games.'

The pending restricted free agent did address his future with the Pistons, saying he wanted to return.

*Courtesy of www.freep.com


Miami Heat to sign Eddy Curry? - by Eurobasket News
April Fool's Day has come and gone, so this is no joke: The Miami Heat are reportedly considering signing veteran big man Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82), a constant punchline around the league because of his weight problems, for the playoff stretch run.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Heat president Pat Riley is driving the decision to pursue Curry, who weighs at least 350 pounds.

The Miami Heat are progressing toward signing center Eddy Curry for the playoffs, front office sources told Yahoo! Sports.

After Heat president Pat Riley watched Curry work out in Chicago in recent days, hes made plans to bring the 7-footer to Miami early next week for another workout and a medical physical with the ultimate objective to sign him, sources said.

One league source listed the probability of Miami signing Curry at better than 50-50. The Heat would need to cut a player for the playoffs, with rookie Dexter Pittman as a likely candidate to be waived.

The Palm Beach Post reported Riley's reaction on Saturday.

For the record, Riley said through a spokesman that he worked Curry out in Chicago with a half-dozen other players, that it was for a big picture look, and that anything else is purely speculation.

Curry began the season on the Knicks but was dumped on the Minnesota Timberwolves to help facilitate the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. He was then bought out of the remainder of his contract by the Timberwolves. He hasn't appeared in a single game this season and has played just 10 games combined since the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.

No question: the Heat are that desperate. They've struggled to get meaningful contributions from their aging front line all season and they recently received word that forward Udonis Haslem was still possibly a month away from returning from injury.

Going super small and playing Chris Bosh at the center spot and LeBron James at the power forward works against weaker teams during the regular season, but it's not a viable playoff strategy. The Heat need a space eater and Curry is adept at devouring things.

If you're looking for a reason to sell stock in the Miami Heat's playoff chances, this is a good one.

*Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Sixers sign guard Antonio Daniels to 10-day deal - by Eurobasket News
The 76ers will sign 36-year-old veteran guard Antonio Daniels (6'4''-G-75, college: Bowling Green) to a 10-day contract on Monday according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The report says that Daniels has been brought on in the absence of Lou Williams as he rehabilitates a strained right hamstring.

Daniels has played for 13 years in the NBA, but not since 2008-09 when he split time between Washington and New Orleans.

This season hes been playing for the Texas Legends of the NBA development league. Hes averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game in 37 starts this season.

The 6-4, 195-pound guard was picked fourth overall in the 1997 draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Courtesy of www.phillysportsdaily.com


Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day after MRI exam reveals bone bruise in knee - by Eurobasket News
It didn't seem like Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) was hurting too much.

He even tried to hide a smile as a couple dozen media members quickly descended upon him Monday after Lakers' practice. Yes, it was that big of a deal to see how his right knee was feeling.

An MRI exam Monday afternoon showed that Gasol had sustained a bone bruise in the knee. He is listed as day-to-day. The Lakers play Utah on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Gasols right knee buckled Sunday against Denver after an off-balance landing when he was fouled by Nene. Gasol went to the locker room for a few minutes before returning to the game.

'I feel actually a little better than I did [Sunday] night, which is a good sign,' Gasol said Monday before knowing the results of the exam.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Shaq gets hurt again - by Eurobasket News
Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) saw game action Sunday for the first time since February 1.

He lasted just 5 1/2 minutes before getting injured again.

O'Neal, 39, had been sidelined with a strained left Achilles's tendon, then suffered a right calf strain in a win over the Pistons on Sunday.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers did not have a timetable for O'Neal's return following the game, but did say the strain was not bad.

'It's very minor. Scary, more than anything.' Rivers added.

O'Neal scored six points before exiting. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first 36 games with Boston.

Courtesy of www.edmontonsun.com


Raptors recall BayHawks center Alabi - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors recalled rookie Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88, college: Florida St.) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Alabi, a 7-foot 1-inch center, appeared in 22 games with Erie in three assignments this season, averaging 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 18.6 minutes per game.

In 10 games with Toronto, Alabi has scored four points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Sixers' Williams out indefinitely - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers, who won only 27 games last season and started this season 3-13, have surprisingly made the playoffs, but the team may be without guard Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86).

He is out for the 'foreseeable future,' the team reports, after suffering a right hamstring strain in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Williams, a Memphis native, is averaging 13.7 points and 3.4 assists per game this season.

A league source told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the team will sign veteran guard Antonio Daniels to a 10-day contract.

Courtesy of Yahoo


D'Antoni says he wants to remain with Knicks - by Eurobasket News
A day after clinching a playoff berth, Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni made it clear that he wants to remain in New York.

'I love what I do. I like my guys so it's all good,' D'Antoni said after practice on Monday. 'Again, I'm not focused on that per se [but] hypothetically.. I'd love to.'

D'Antoni is under contract through next season. His agent, Warren LeGarie, was at practice on Monday and was seen chatting with team president and general manager Donnie Walsh.

D'Antoni told reporters on Monday not to read anything into the fact that his agent was at practice.

He also said that he was not worried about his future.

'You do the best you can do. And it usually works out some way,' the coach said. 'I'm 60 years old, so it's not like I have to live and die by it. If I was 40 I'd be a little bit more worried. I'm at an age now where, thank God, I can live for today and try to get this team right.'

Walsh hired D'Antoni after taking over for Isiah Thomas. Walsh has a team option for next season that has yet to be picked up by MSG chairman James Dolan. The deadline to do so is April 30. Dolan said at Carmelo Anthony's introductory press conference that he and Walsh would discuss the GM's contract situation after the NBA's Feb. 24 trade deadline.

Walsh and D'Antoni's future are believed to be closely tied to one another.

D'Antoni signed a four-year, $24 million contract prior to the 2008-09 season.

Courtesy of ESPN


Anthony, Randolph named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) have been named the Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, respectively, for games played through April 3.

Anthony led New York to a 3-0 mark, as the club earned its first playoff spot since the 2003-04 campaign. He topped all NBA scorers by averaging 34.3 points per contest and also posted 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

In Monday's 113-106 win over Orlando, Anthony went for 39 points and 10 rebounds, then on Wednesday, posted another 39-point and 10-rebound effort, while adding five assists in a 120-116 decision versus New Jersey.

Randolph registered per-game averages of 20 points, 10 boards and five assists in leading the Grizzlies to a 3-0 record. It was his third weekly award of the season.

Other nominees were Indiana's Darren Collison, Miami's LeBron James, New Orleans' Carl Landry, Orlando's Dwight Howard and Washington's Jordan Crawford.

Courtesy of www.foxsports.ca


Injured Magic guard J.J. Redick has no return date set for return - by Eurobasket News
J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) said he expects to play in the postseason, but the injured Orlando Magic guard and team officials acknowledge that they don't know when he'll return to the court from a muscle strain in his lower abdomen.

Redick missed his 12th consecutive game when the Magic faced the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre, but he has rejoined the team after he and strength and conditioning coach Joe Rogowski spent several days rehabbing with core-injury experts in Vancouver, British Columbia.

'I think after my time in Vancouver especially I realize I can't really pinpoint a date or even target a date because I was doing that before and it just led to more and more disappointment,' Redick said.

'The frustration right now is very high because I've missed a good chunk of the season, especially an important time in leading up to the playoffs. I expect myself to be as sharp as possible when I do return, whenever that is.'

Redick emphasized that all of the physicians who have examined him say he does not have a sports hernia, an injury that once sidelined Grant Hill during Hill's tenure with the Magic. In Vancouver, Redick and Rogowski received help from the same physiotherapy practice that Hill relied on during Hill's recuperation.

Redick spent two hours every morning and about an hour every afternoon doing strengthening exercises to correct some muscle imbalances and help his strained muscle fire correctly.

He's been told not to do any basketball-related work on the court at least until Wednesday.

'The muscle still has to heal and it hasn't healed,' Redick said. 'Until that happens, I'm putting that area in a compromising position.'

Team officials aren't sure when he'll play in a game again.

'He's doing better,' coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'That's what everybody says, but he hasn't done any basketball stuff. That's the problem, and until he does that then I don't think we know where we are.'

Courtesy of www.allvoices.com


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Utah hires Larry Krystkowiak as coach - by Eurobasket News
The University of Utah hired New Jersey Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak as their coach Sunday, picking him to lead the Utes into the Pac-12 Conference.

The move came three weeks after athletic director Chris Hill fired Jim Boylen following consecutive losing seasons. Krystkowiak, who was traveling Sunday, will be introduced Monday.

The 46-year-old Krystkowiak has been an assistant with the New Jersey the past eight months. He played for the Jazz in 1992-93 as part of nine injury-plagued NBA seasons after being drafted in the second round (28th overall) in 1986 by the Chicago Bulls.

'I'm excited for Larry,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. 'We're going to be losing a man of strong character, solid family, really good basketball coach. [He] did a lot of nice things for us this year behind the scenes. So I really enjoyed working with him. We think this is a great opportunity for him. He talked about getting back to college and we think it's really good timing for him. So again, we're excited for him.'

This will be Krystkowiak's fourth head coaching job.

He was fired in 2008 after going 31-69 in one-plus season coaching the Milwaukee Bucks. He also went 42-20 with a pair of NCAA tournament bids in two seasons at Montana, and was 37-16 with the Idaho Stampede in 2003-04, leading them to the CBA title game.

The hire is an important one for Hill, now on his third coach since Rick Majerus departed.

Hill gave Boylen a contract extension after a 2008-09 season that saw the Utes go 24-10 and win a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season title. Because of that extension, Boylen is receiving a $2 million severance package.

Hill also hired Ray Giacoletti, but fired him four years ago after a 54-40 mark.

Neither could match the success of Majerus, a fan favorite and cult figure during 14-plus seasons at Utah. Under Majerus, the Utes qualified for the NCAA tournament 10 times, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice and the national championship game in 1998.

His overall mark before leaving for health-related reasons was 323-95, and crowds filled Huntsman Arena regularly. There were plenty of empty seats as the Utes went 3-5 at home in conference play this season.

It will only get tougher with the Utes jumping to the Pac-12.

Asked if moving to a major conference would be a problem for Krystkowiak, Johnson said, 'It's a bigger problem, but it can also be a big reward,' he said. 'That will not only be exciting for them from a basketball point of view, but for football also.

'I wouldn't focus on the big problem,' Johnson said. 'I would focus on that they have a chance to really become one of the basketball powers in that conference because they are going to an elite conference. Right now, with what is happening with the Butlers and VCUs, anybody can elevate pretty quickly.'

Hill, who was unavailable for comment Sunday, wanted to move fast and cast a wide net.

This was his second attempt to hire Krystkowiak -- he went after him after firing Giacoletti, but Krystkowiak took the Bucks job instead. Other names Hill reportedly considered include Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett and former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried.

With Krystkowiak, the Utes get a coach with a background not that different from Boylen, who had experience in both college and the NBA. Among the players Krystkowiak coached with the Bucks was former Utah All-American Andrew Bogut.

Krystkowiak appeared in 71 games with the Jazz in 1992-93 and averaged just over seven points, but that one year under Jerry Sloan greatly influenced his coaching style.

'Jerry would never know it, but I loved his demeanor,' Krystkowiak said in a Jazz website feature. 'He doesn't wear anybody out with a lot of words, but when he opens his mouth, what he says is valid and you'd better be listening to what he is saying. I like his hard-driving style and having played under a number of different coaches, I enjoyed being underneath him.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Gregg Marshall staying at Wichita State - by Eurobasket News
Gregg Marshall is staying put as the head coach at Wichita State University.

Marshall says he's staying at the school because he has a 'great situation.' Marshall led the Shockers to the NIT title last week, beating Alabama to finish 29-8, a school record for wins in a season.

The former Winthrop coach had been linked to the vacant job at North Carolina State. He said he didn't want to address rumors that he had turned down offers from other schools.

It was Marshall's fourth season at Wichita State. His current contract calls for him to make $750,000 a year through the 2013-14 season.

Marshall said he looked forward to staying in Wichita and getting a chance 'to exhale' after the NIT victory at Madison Square Garden.

Courtesy of www.kwch.com


Pittsburgh assistant coach Pat Skerry replaces Pat Kennedy at Towson - by Eurobasket News
Towson University has hired Pittsburgh assistant Pat Skerry as its new coach.

Skerry, who will be introduced in a campus press conference on Tuesday, replaces Pat Kennedy, who resigned last month after seven seasons. The Tigers went 0-18 in the Colonial Athletic Association this year.

Before joining Jamie Dixon's staff at Pitt, Skerry was an assistant at Providence, Rhode Island, College of Charleston, William & Mary and Northeastern.

Skerry, a native of Medford, Mass., helped lead the Panthers (28-6) to the Big East regular-season title this year and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, before they lost to Butler 71-70 in the second round.

Kennedy's run came to a discouraging end with the Tigers (4-26), as they lost the final 19 games of the season. Their wins came over Coppin State, Western Michigan, UMBC, and La Salle.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Missouri hires Miami's Haith as coach - by Eurobasket News
Frank Haith is returning to the Big 12 as Missouri's head coach.

Missouri announced Monday night that the former assistant to Rick Barnes at Texas had agreed to leave Miami and take over the Tigers.

The Hurricanes said earlier in the day that Haith had resigned to take the Missouri job, but the Tigers were quiet until university curators met for nearly two hours late in a closed session to approve his hiring.

The 45-year-old Haith spent three years as an assistant at Texas, four years as an assistant at both Texas A&M and Wake Forest, and had stints at Penn State and North Carolina-Wilmington.

He took over Miami in 2004 as his first head coaching job.

Missouri will introduce Haith on Tuesday. He replaces Mike Anderson, who went to Arkansas after five years in Columbia. Under Anderson, the Tigers made three consecutive NCAA tournaments and fell one win short of the 2009 Final Four. Their 77 wins over the past three seasons is the best three-year-run in school history.

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden cited Haith's recruiting skills and familiarity 'with the footprint of the Big 12' as key elements in his decision. Missouri has three available scholarships for next season and will have six open slots in two years.

Haith will earn $1.5 million annually in a five-year deal, with $100,000 in deferred annual compensation and an automatic one-year contract extension effective May 1, 2012.

Alden tried last week to lure Matt Painter, but the Purdue coach instead signed a contract extension. He said Monday that Haith was the only person offered the job.

Haith went 129-101 in seven seasons with the Hurricanes, including 21-15 this season, when they played in the NIT. The Hurricanes went 43-69 in the Atlantic Coast Conference under Haith and made the NCAA tournament once, losing in the second round in 2008.

Haith's departure means the three most prominent positions in the Miami athletic department will have turned over in a matter of months. Randy Shannon was fired as football coach in November and replaced by Al Golden, and Kirby Hocutt resigned as athletic director in February to take the same job at Texas Tech.

Haith met with Miami's players on Monday afternoon to tell them about his decision, and Tony Hernandez, the school's acting athletic director, said the group was 'disappointed.' Hernandez, who received word Sunday from Alden that the Tigers were talking to Haith, said he doesn't have a timetable to find Haith's replacement.

'My goal would be for it not to last a month, but we're not going to give a definite timeline on that,' Hernandez said. 'Our goal and our priority is to find the best coach possible in however long that takes.'

Haith's hiring surprised and disappointed many Missouri faithful still reeling from the departure of Anderson, who turned down a contract extension and healthy raise to instead return to Arkansas, where he spent 17 years as a Nolan Richardson assistant.

After Painter's decision, fans, boosters and alumni remained hopeful that Missouri could lure a rising star such as Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, who agreed to a new contract that was announced Monday; or a proven commodity such as Minnesota's Tubby Smith, who reportedly passed on Missouri's overtures over the weekend.

Alden said that Haith realizes he'll need to win over a skeptical fan base.

'I told him, 'This is the Show-Me State,'' Alden said. 'That's who we are.'

Alden said he felt confident Haith is not interested in the Missouri job as a short-term career move in a state where Missouri native Norm Stewart's 32-year tenure as coach is still viewed as the gold standard.

'We wanted someone that wanted to be at Mizzou,' Alden said. 'Frank Haith , Pam his wife, his family _ they are committed to that.'

Also on Monday, a pair of junior Missouri starters declared for the NBA draft in a move the school said was not related to the coaching change. Both Laurence Bowers and Kim English have not hired agents, meaning they can return to school next year if their NBA plans don't work out.

Courtesy of www.660worl.com


Shaka Smart staying at VCU after astonishing Final Four run - by Eurobasket News
VCU coach Shaka Smart is staying with the Rams after leading them on a surprising Final Four run.

The school said Monday that Smart has agreed to a new eight-year contract at VCU. Details of that deal will be released once the contract is signed.

'True to form, Coach Smart's primary concerns were about his players, coaches and the overall support of the basketball program,' VCU athletic director Norwood Teague said in a statement. 'We are honored that he has decided to stay a VCU Ram. He exemplifies everything that is right about college athletics, and VCU is ecstatic about the future under his leadership.'

The second-year coach led VCU from one of the 'First Four' games in the NCAA tournament to upsets of prominent programs including Georgetown, Purdue and Kansas to reach the Final Four. VCU (28-12) became only the third No. 11 seed to get that far, losing to Butler 70-62 in Saturday's national semifinals.

Making that run even more impressive: Four of the Rams' five tournament wins came by double-digit margins, including the 71-61 win against the top-seeded Jayhawks for the Southwest Regional championship.

That run had Smart frequently mentioned for other coaching vacancies. Team spokesman Scott Day said North Carolina State had recently offered Smart the job to replace Sidney Lowe, who resigned in March.

'I'm extremely grateful for the belief that (VCU president Michael Rao) and Norwood Teague have shown and continue to show in our coaching staff and basketball program,' Smart said in a statement.

'Their support, in addition to the bright future that our student-athletes possess, makes VCU a very special place for me to be the head basketball coach. I'm very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for both our program and our university.'

Smart, who turns 34 on Friday, has a 55-21 record at VCU and led the Rams to the CBI championship in his first year. The 55 wins are the most for any two-year span in program history and it marked the first year VCU won more than one game in the NCAA tournament.

The school has said Smart had a base salary of $325,000 this season and was due to make $640,000 in all due to performance bonuses.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Missouri juniors Bowers, English declare for NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Two Missouri starters have declared for the NBA draft on the same day the school is expected to approve a contract to hire Miamis Frank Haith as its new mens basketball coach.

Juniors Kim English (6'6''-G) and Laurence Bowers (6'8''-F) announced Monday through a Missouri spokesman that they plan to pursue professional careers but have not hired agents, giving them extra time to change their minds.

The announcement comes as Missouri curators prepare to meet Monday night in a closed meeting that will likely involve consideration of a contract for Haith. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press late Sunday the Miami coach is headed to Columbia after seven seasons in south Florida. Miami announced Haiths resignation on Monday.

Bowers called his early entry into the NBA Draft a dream. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds for a Missouri team that was ranked in top 10 early in the season but sputtered to a 23-11 finish and a first-round loss to Cincinnati in the NCAA tournament.

He hasnt ruled out a return to Missouri for his senior season. That was the approach taken by former teammates DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons in 2008. The two juniors also declared for the draft but came back to lead Missouri to a school-record 31 wins, a Big 12 Conference tournament title and a postseason run that ended one game short of the Final Four.

This rule is in place to allow guys like us to explore their options and make an informed decision, Bowers said.

English, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, led Missouri in scoring as a sophomore but saw his 14-point average in 2009-10 fall by four points in the most recent season. English also found himself on the bench during key stretches and often appeared tentative.

He rejected assertions that the draft announcement was related to Missouris coaching uncertainty. English also took critics of the Haith hire to task on his popular Twitter feed.

Wow. Definitely disappointed in the response that some Mizzou fans are giving, he wrote on Sunday night. On Monday, English added that Haith will win at Missouri, no doubt.

Haith, 45, is a former assistant at Big 12 schools Texas and Texas A&M as well as Wake Forest. He has a 129-101 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance with the Hurricanes but was just 43-69 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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More Honors For GNAC Players - by Sanjey Noriega
from: gnacsports.com

Forwards Blake Poole (6'5''-C) of Saint Martin's and Parrish West (6'5''-F) of Alaska Fairbanks have each been named to another All-American team.

Poole was a third team pick to the Division II Bulletin All-American squad, while West was an honorable mention selection. Joining West on the honorable mention list was guard Jamar Berry (6'5''-G-85) of Central Washington.

For Poole and West, its the third All-American team for both. Both players were earlier selected to the National Associaition of Basketball Coaches first team.

West was also a first team selection and the Player-of-the-Year on the Daktronics team selected by the nation's sports information directors. Poole was a Daktronics second team pick.

Daktronics (SIDs): First Team - *Parrish West, UAF. Second Team - Blake Poole, SMU. *Selected National Player-of-the-Year. NABC (Coaches): First Team Parrish West, UAF; Blake Poole, SMU. Division II Bulletin: Third Team Blake Poole, SMU . Honorable Mention Jamar Berry, CWU; Parrish West, UAF. Basketball Times: No GNAC player was selected.



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PLK Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin - Asseco Prokom 83-78

AZS Koszalin prevailed against Asseco Prokom to cut the deficit in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. AZS Koszalin made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Asseco Prokom helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized Croatian guard Igor Milicic (194-76, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 10 points and 8 assists. Five AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) with 20 points and 4 assists and Serbian-Bosnian power forward Ratko Varda (216-79, agency: Alti Sport) scored 12 points. Asseco Prokom's coach Tomas Pacesas tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: G.Reese 20+1reb+2ast, W.Frazier 16+4reb, S.Bogavac 13+6reb, I.Milicic 10+3reb+8ast, G.Reynolds 10+7reb+3ast, T.Snieg 8+3reb+6ast
Asseco Prokom: D.Ewing 20+4ast, R.Varda 12+1ast, R.Burrell 10+2reb, F.Videnov 8+1ast, A.Hrycaniuk 6+3reb, P.Szczotka 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 125340


PBG Basket - PGE Turow 77-69

PBG Basket held off Turow to avoid elimination. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. PBG Basket made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. PGE Turow was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international forward Piotr Stelmach (205-84, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five PBG Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian power forward Marko Brkic (206-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: P.Stelmach 21+6reb, D.Kulig 16+5reb+1ast, E.Miller 13+1reb+1ast, P.Dabrowski 13+4reb, V.Tica 10+1reb+2ast, G.Surmacz 2
PGE Turow: M.Brkic 12+2reb+1ast, T.Thomas 11+5reb+8ast, R.Tomaszek 10+3reb, M.Kuebler 8+2reb, M.Gabinski 8+5reb, D.Jackson 8+3reb
gschID: 125337


Polpharma - Energa Czarni 82-69

Polpharma celebrated the initial win in the quarterfinal series versus Energa Czarni. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Polpharma made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Energa Czarni was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Uros Mirkovic (205-82, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Polpharma players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) with 25 points and the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: U.Mirkovic 23+8reb+1ast, M.Hicks 14+2reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 12+6reb+1ast, R.Skibniewski 10+5reb+3ast, A.Metelski 8+8reb, K.Archibeque 6+5reb
Energa Czarni: J.Blassingame 25+2reb+2ast, P.Leonczyk 12+7reb, W.Avery 8+2reb, B.Davis 6+6reb, E.Jazvin 5+5reb, P.Przyborowski 3+1reb
gschID: 125338


Anwil - Trefl Sopot 75-79 OT

Trefl Sopot needed overtime to tame Anwil in Wloclawek. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 24 points, 7 boards and 4 assists to lead the visitors. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points in the victory. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points for Anwil in defeat.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 24+7reb+4ast, G.Gustas 11+2reb+3ast, M.Stefanski 9+2reb+1ast, D.Ceranic 8+8reb, P.Kikowski 7+1reb+3ast, L.Kinnard 7+5reb+2ast
Anwil: A.Andrzej Pluta 14+3reb+1ast, P.Miller 12+11reb, N.Jovanovic 12+1reb+1ast, S.Hajric 9+3reb, C.Thomas 9+8reb+3ast, L.Majewski 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125339




DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Frazier, AZS K.17.0 
 3. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.9 
 5. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.4 
 6. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 8. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.4 
 9. Goffney, Siarka14.1 
 10. Ewing, Asseco P.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 7. Reynolds, AZS K.6.8 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil6.4 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.7 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.4 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow6.0 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.4.5 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.2 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.4 
 9. Laczynski, Poloni.3.1 
 10. Ewing, Asseco P.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYE
  Zastal
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Maye, Zastal2.8 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.7 
 5. Sapp, SKK Kotwica2.5 
 6. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.2.5 
 8. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 10. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Reynolds, AZS K.1.5 
 3. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampaense
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Luettgerodt, Sampa.20.7 
 2. Oruche, Ginasio20.6 
 3. Curnell, Barreirense20.5 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 5. Shaw, Academica19.1 
 6. Goode, Penafiel18.2 
 7. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 8. Eddie, Academica17.9 
 9. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.2 
 3. Robert, Lusitania10.0 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.6 
 5. Terrell, Porto F.9.1 
 6. Eddie, Academica9.0 
 7. Momplasir, Lusitania8.8 
 8. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 9. Nolen, Penafiel8.5 
 10. Curnell, Barreirense8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.2 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.0 
 3. Reveles, Ginasio5.7 
 4. Minhava, Benfica5.3 
 5. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 6. Simoes, Academica4.9 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Silva, CAB4.4 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Curnell, Barreirense3.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.9 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.8 
 4. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 5. Silva, CAB2.2 
 6. Holland, Academica2.2 
 7. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 8. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 9. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 10. Gentry, CAB1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitania3.8 
 2. Nolen, Penafiel1.3 
 3. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 4. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 7. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 8. Willis, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Hartford, Ginasio1.0 
 10. Austin, Vitoria SC0.9 


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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Larry AYUSO
  Capitanes
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 27
 1. Ayuso, Capitanes27.0 
 2. Villegas, Coamo24.2 
 3. Brown, Quebradillas24.0 
 4. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.8 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez22.5 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce19.7 
 7. Narvaez, Coamo19.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas18.0 
 9. Johnson, Isabela17.0 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Randolph, Isabela17.5 
 2. Lloreda, San G.13.0 
 3. Shannon, Bayamon12.3 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 5. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.4 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez10.0 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo9.8 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.7 
 9. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.5 
 10. Ramos, Quebradillas8.5 
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. Dalmau, Bayamon5.3 
 5. Garcia, Humacao5.3 
 6. Cruz, Capitanes4.7 
 7. Pagan, Santurce4.5 
 8. Guzman, Guaynabo4.2 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez4.0 
 10. Brown, Quebradillas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alejandro CARMONA
  Mayaguez
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Carmona, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Apodaca, Quebradillas2.2 
 3. Romero, Mayaguez2.0 
 4. Clinch, Isabela2.0 
 5. Cruz, Capitanes2.0 
 6. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 7. Santiago, Santurce2.0 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes2.0 
 9. Graham, Mayaguez1.8 
 10. Vega, Coamo1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Hector ROMERO
  Mayaguez
  (202-F/C-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Romero, Mayaguez3.5 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 3. Freije, Coamo1.7 
 4. Jones, Quebradillas1.7 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.5 
 8. Dyer, San German1.3 
 9. Aubry, Capitanes1.3 
 10. Edwards, Mayaguez1.3 


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.8 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo21.2 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .19.0 
 4. Radic, Spartak18.8 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0618.0 
 6. Tesanovic, KK Nis17.4 
 7. Trailovic, Sindje.16.9 
 8. Glisovic, Student15.9 
 9. Lalic, Radnicki BG15.8 
 10. Subotic, Radnic.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina10.0 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket8.9 
 3. Gugleta, Zeleznicar8.2 
 4. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.4 
 5. Boricic, Radnicki.7.0 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
 7. Petrovic, Viva B.7.0 
 8. Dukanac, Mladost .6.9 
 9. Zivanovic, Smede.6.7 
 10. Glisovic, Student6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.8 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG6.6 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.5 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG5.0 
 5. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.4 
 6. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.3 
 7. Dinic, Spartak4.2 
 8. Tesanovic, KK Nis4.2 
 9. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 10. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG3.1 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.7 
 3. Zivanovic, Smede.2.2 
 4. Tanasijevic, Stude.2.2 
 5. Radic, Spartak1.9 
 6. Ivosev, Vojvodina1.9 
 7. Trailovic, Sindje.1.8 
 8. Svilar, Smederevo1.8 
 9. Sparovic, Smede.1.8 
 10. Dinic, Spartak1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.3 
 4. Vasilic, Radnic.1.3 
 5. Petrovic, Viva B.1.0 
 6. Petronic, Radnicki.0.9 
 7. Savic, Student0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, KG 060.8 
 9. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.8 
 10. Marelja, KG 060.8 


Predrag Suput leads Brose Baskets to German Cup trophy - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) won another trophy in Germany. He helped Brose Baskets beat New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 69-66 in the German Cup Final, which was played last night. Suput was the leading scorer in his team with 10 points. Gavel had the same number. In the loosing squad, Serbian guard Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 7 points.

New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - Brose Baskets 66:69 (10:17, 25:19, 15:11, 16:22)
Braunschweig: Hamilton (20), Goree (14), Greer (11/0), Duvnjak (7), Cain (6), Visser (4), Schneiders (2), Thomas (2), Mittmann (0), El Domiaty (0), Noch (0), Theis (0)
Bamberg: Gavel (10), Suput (10), Jacobsen (9), Roberts (9), Terry (8), Hines (8), Goldsberry (7), Pleis (5), Tadda (3), Neumann (0), Stuckey (0), Land (0)


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  SLOVENIA   


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 23-2 
 2. Sencur CP 22-3 
 3. Kraski Zidar 18-7 
 4. Splosna plovba 16-9 
 5. Litija 15-10 
 6. Grosuplje 14-11 
 7. Hrastnik 14-11 
 8. Radovljica 14-12 
 9. KD Postojna 9-16 
 10. Primorac Branik 8-17 
 11. Nova Gorica 8-17 
 12. Medvode 6-20 
 13. Triglav Kranj 5-20 
 14. Konjice 4-21 


Sencur CP beats Splosna plovba by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 1B.

Fourth-ranked Splosna plovba (16-9) was very close to win a game against second ranked Sencur CP (22-3) in Kranj on Saturday. Sencur CP managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Splosna plovba won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Stefan Kosec (195-F/C-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Dejan Milasinovic (179-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Guard Savo Milovic (192-86) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Splosna plovba. Sencur CP have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-3 record behind leader Rogaska. Newly promoted Splosna plovba keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Sencur CP are looking forward to face Litija (#6) at home in the next round. Splosna plovba will play against KD Postojna and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
1B top team - Rogaska (23-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Grosuplje (14-11) 96-72. Guard Boban Tomic (190-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists for the winners and Semir Smajlovic chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) responded with 21 points and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Rogaska. They maintain first place with 23-2 record. Grosuplje at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hrastnik. Rogaska will play against Hrastnik (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Grosuplje will play against Primorac Branik in Maribor and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Ninth-ranked KD Postojna (9-16) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Kraski Zidar (18-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Sezana managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Nejc Buda nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Ales Kunc came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds for KD Postojna in the defeat. Kraski Zidar maintains third place with 18-7 record having five points less than leader Rogaska. Loser KD Postojna keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Kraski Zidar will meet Nova Gorica (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KD Postojna will play against Splosna plovba in Portoroz and hope to secure a win.
The game between 12th ranked Medvode (6-20) and sixth ranked Litija (15-10) in Medvode ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Litija outscored Medvode 99-67. Dragan Pusic fired 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Litija. They maintain sixth place with 15-10 record. Medvode lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Litija's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sencur CP in Kranj and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Medvode will play at home against Radovljica (#8).

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Primorac Branik beat Nova Gorica on the road 89-75. Triglav Kranj was destroyed by Radovljica on its own court 65-86. Bottom-ranked Konjice unfortunately lost to Hrastnik in a road game 79-89.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks by Milan Klepo of Radovljica.


Nova Gorica - Primorac Branik 75-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Primorac Branik (8-17) beat on the road 10th ranked Nova Gorica (8-17) 89-75. Nova Gorica was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 51-34 second half run of Primorac Branik. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Nova Gorica's 22. 26 personal fouls committed by Nova Gorica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Ilija Gavric (200-88) fired 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Italian center Davor Barovic (211-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Primorac Branik players scored in double figures. Guard Marko Marcetic (186-79) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Goran Kuburic (190-79) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Primorac Branik moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Nova Gorica. Primorac Branik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grosuplje (#5) in Grosuplje and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nova Gorica: G.Kuburic 21+1reb, M.Marcetic 18+5reb+3ast, R.Rituper 8+7reb+3ast, T.Horvat 7+2reb+2ast, T.Pelan 6+2reb, T.Sluga 6
Primorac Branik: I.Gavric 31+5reb+1ast, M.Bratina 14+6reb, J.Tratnik 13+5reb+3ast, D.Barovic 12+10reb, L.Jursnik 9+1reb+1ast, M.Grusovnik 6+1reb
gschID: 89669


Triglav Kranj - Radovljica 65-86

Very expected game when 13th ranked Triglav Kranj (5-20) was smashed at home by eighth ranked Radovljica (14-12) 86-65. The game without a history. Radovljica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Center Milan Klepo (211-80) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Power forward Luka Zavrsnik (202-90) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Radovljica players scored in double figures. Guard Uros Ninic (190-86) produced 16 points and 7 assists and guard Rok Jakobcic (194-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Radovljica maintains eighth place with 14-12 record. Triglav Kranj at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Radovljica's next round opponent will be Medvode (#12) on the road. Triglav Kranj will play against Konjice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Triglav Kranj: U.Ninic 16+3reb+7ast, R.Jakobcic 11+10reb+1ast, M.Varagic 10+2reb+2ast, L.Grum 7+5reb, R.Cebasek 6+1reb, S.Ovcina 4+6reb+3ast
Radovljica: M.Klepo 26+15reb, A.Primc 17+3reb+2ast, A.Tomic 14+5ast, L.Zavrsnik 14+9reb+1ast, S.Zupan 5, A.Salihovic 4+6reb
gschID: 89666


Hrastnik - Konjice 89-79

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Hrastnik (14-11) won against at home bottom-ranked Konjice (4-21) 89-79. It looked good early as Konjice took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hrastnik had a 19-13 second period charge getting the lead and Konjice was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-89. Hrastnik forced 22 Konjice turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Konjice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Dejan Godicelj (188-83) fired 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Drago Brcina (203-87) chipped in 21 points. Four Hrastnik players scored in double figures. Power forward Bostjan Sivka (200-76) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Tilen Rap (195-92) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Hrastnik moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grosuplje. Konjice at the other side stay dead last with 21 lost games. Hrastnik's next round opponent will be league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Konjice will play on the road against Triglav Kranj (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Konjice: T.Rap 21+4reb+3ast, B.Sivka 19+13reb+4ast, T.Jereb 16+2reb+2ast, B.Meglic 6+2reb, A.Gacnik 6+3reb+3ast, D.Sipura 6+2reb
Hrastnik: D.Brcina 21+3reb+3ast, Z.Koritnik 19+4reb, M.Vajdic 17+3reb+1ast, D.Godicelj 15+7reb+6ast, M.Babic 8+3reb, A.Hasanovic 6+4reb
gschID: 89667


Grosuplje - Rogaska 72-96

1B top team - Rogaska (23-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked Grosuplje (14-11) 96-72. The game was mostly controlled by Rogaska. Grosuplje was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Rogaska forced 21 Grosuplje turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Guard Boban Tomic (190-88) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists for the winners and center Semir Smajlovic (209-87) chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Rogaska players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) responded with 21 points and 4 blocks and guard Zan Jerman (183-92) scored 18 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. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Rogaska. They maintain first place with 23-2 record. Grosuplje at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hrastnik. Rogaska will play against Hrastnik (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Grosuplje will play against Primorac Branik in Maribor and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Grosuplje: B.Lobe 21+3reb, Z.Jerman 18+4reb+1ast, M.Trampus 9+3reb, J.Misic 7+2reb+3ast, L.Hren 7+4reb, E.Alispahic 4+1reb
Rogaska: D.Ambroz 18+3reb+1ast, B.Tomic 17+3reb+10ast, I.Spesic 16+6reb+2ast, S.Smajlovic 15+12reb, Z.Jotic 10+4reb+2ast, J.Pesic 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 89668


KD Postojna - Kraski Zidar 74-75

Ninth-ranked KD Postojna (9-16) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Kraski Zidar (18-7) on Saturday. The visitors from Sezana managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-74. Kraski Zidar outrebounded KD Postojna 34-23 including 21 on the defensive glass. Center Nejc Buda (210-91, agency: Interperformances) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Julijan Grgic (200-88) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Ales Kunc (208-73, college: Missouri St.) came up with 12 points and 9 rebounds and guard Klemen Panic (180-91) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for KD Postojna in the defeat. Five KD Postojna players scored in double figures. Kraski Zidar maintains third place with 18-7 record having five points less than leader Rogaska. Loser KD Postojna keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Kraski Zidar will meet Nova Gorica (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KD Postojna will play against Splosna plovba in Portoroz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KD Postojna: D.Dramicanin 16+1reb+1ast, K.Panic 15+3reb+5ast, M.Zupanc 12+4reb+4ast, A.Kunc 12+9reb+2ast, T.Skerbec 10+3reb+2ast, K.Muha 4
Kraski Zidar: J.Grgic 20+7reb+1ast, N.Buda 18+12reb, M.Likar 14, Z.Lazarevski 8+3ast, T.Zalar 7+7reb+6ast, G.Pantelic 6+1ast
gschID: 89663


Sencur CP - Splosna plovba 77-76

Fourth-ranked Splosna plovba (16-9) was very close to win a game against second ranked Sencur CP (22-3) in Kranj on Saturday. Sencur CP managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Splosna plovba won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Stefan Kosec (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Dejan Milasinovic (179-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Sencur CP players scored in double figures. Guard Savo Milovic (192-86) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard David Moro (199-86) added 18 points in the effort for Splosna plovba. Sencur CP have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-3 record behind leader Rogaska. Newly promoted Splosna plovba keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Sencur CP are looking forward to face Litija (#6) at home in the next round. Splosna plovba will play against KD Postojna and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Splosna plovba: S.Milovic 22+5reb+1ast, D.Moro 18+3reb+1ast, A.Prole 13+6reb+1ast, P.Djurkovic 8+4reb, T.Podboj 7+4reb, J.Drenik 4
Sencur CP: S.Kosec 18+9reb+2ast, D.Milasinovic 18+2reb+3ast, U.Troppan 11+5reb+1ast, G.Jankovic 10+5reb+3ast, D.Buncic 7+1ast, A.Urbanc 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 89664


Medvode - Litija 67-99

The game between 12th ranked Medvode (6-20) and sixth ranked Litija (15-10) in Medvode ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Litija outscored Medvode 99-67. It looked good early as Medvode took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Litija had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and Medvode was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-99. Litija dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Medvode's 32 and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Litija forced 24 Medvode turnovers. Kosovan guard Dragan Pusic (193-84) fired 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Litija players scored in double figures. Guard Robert Babic (188-86) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and forward Nik Gregorcic (195-90) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Litija. They maintain sixth place with 15-10 record. Medvode lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Litija's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sencur CP in Kranj and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Medvode will play at home against Radovljica (#8).
Top scorers:
Medvode: R.Babic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Podobnik 10+1reb, N.Gregorcic 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Jenko 9+6reb, D.Bucic 8+1ast, F.Primoz 6+1reb+1ast
Litija: D.Pusic 22+2reb+5ast, A.Blazevic 16+5reb+5ast, C.Lipovsek 15+8reb+1ast, M.Dobravec 13+2reb, M.Goropevsek 10+2reb, L.Golez 9+2reb
gschID: 89665




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. Jereb, Konjice3.6 
 8. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.6 
 9. Blazevic, Litija3.6 
 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. Bratina, Primor.1.7 
 7. Jotic, Rogaska1.7 
 8. Cvek, Sencur CP1.7 
 9. Erculj, Grosuplje1.6 
 10. Pusic, Litija1.6 
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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KBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Sonic Boom KT - Dongbu Promy 73-68

Dongbu Promy was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Sonic Boom KT, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 24+15reb, S.Cho 19+5reb+3ast, Y.Song 12+5reb+3ast, D.Cho 11+3ast, M.Pyo 4+1reb+3ast, S.Park 3+1reb+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Park 14+1reb+6ast, V.Thomas 13+5reb+2ast, J.Hwang 12+4reb+5ast, J.Kim 10+5reb+2ast, R.Benson 8+6reb, H.Yoon 4+2reb
gschID: 125833


Elephants - KCC Egis 94-91 2OT

The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 23-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in double-overtime. ET Land Elephants made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Strangely KCC Egis outrebounded ET Land Elephants 44-30 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. KCC Egis were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 27 points and 8 rebounds. ET Land Elephants' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four ET Land Elephants and five KCC Egis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Stevenson 27+8reb+3ast, H.Hill 24+12reb+2ast, J.Seo 18+2reb+1ast, S.Park 12+4reb+3ast, Y.Jung 5+2reb+2ast, K.Shin 4+1reb+1ast
KCC Egis: S.Ha 17+8reb, E.Dawson 17+14reb+3ast, B.Kang 14+3ast, S.Choo 12+4reb+3ast, T.Chon 11+5reb+5ast, C.Daniels 8+7reb
gschID: 125834




Late collapse dooms KCC as Incheon wins game 1 in Double Overtime - by Kevin Campigotto
For three quarters, the KCC Egis seemed to be on their way to a dominating victory over the Inchon ET Land Elephants in game 1 of the KBL Semi Finals. However, a fourth quarter surge and clutch shooting by Inchon naturalized import Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) gave the Elephants a 94-91 double overtime victory. Stevenson led all scorers with 27 points including 10 of 11 free-throws. Kcc was led by Eric Dawson (208-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) who scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

The Egis built up an early double-digit lead partially due to their strategy of aggressively double teaming Stevenon. Inchon was able to whittle the Egis' lead down to 5, but the second quarter was much of the same and KCC led by 11 at the half. In the first half KCC outrebounded Inchon 20-6. One bright spot for Inchon came midway through the second quarter when center Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) scored his 1000th playoff point. KCC continued to dominate in the third quarter, building up a sixteen-point lead by the midway point. Inchon slowly chipped away at the deficit and took their first lead of the game with 2:57 remaining. Seo Jang-Hoon fouled out with 1:47 left leaving Inchon with few options to guard center Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85).

KCC point guard Chon Tae-Poong (180-G-80) hit free throws to give the Egis a 1-point lead with 52 seconds left. Following 3-point misses by Stevenson and KCC forward Eric Dawson , Inchon had a two-on-one fast break but instead of shooting, Herbert Hill passed the ball to Chung Byung-Kook (182-G-84) whose shot was blocked and sent out of bounds by Dawson. On the following possession, Dawson fouled Stevenson who made 1 of 2 to tie the game at 75 with 10 seconds left. KCC came out of the timeout and executed a play that saw both Ha Seung-Jin and Dawson have layups to win the game but both missed and the game went to overtime.

The teams traded baskets in overtime with Stevenson hitting key shots. With 20 seconds left to play, Inchon forward Hill dunked to tie the game at 85. In the final posession of the period KCC turned the ball over but Inchon was not able to score before time ran out sending the game into a second overtime.

With 35 seconds left in the second overtime Inchon led by 1 and had the ball. Chung Byung-Kook was fouled on a two point shot but missed the free throw. KCC needed a 3 to send the game into triple overtime. Chon Tae-Poong drove and dished to a wide-open Dawson who missed a three point shot. KCC was able to retrieve the rebound and got a second great look but the shot hit the side of the backboard and time expired.

Game 2 is set for Thursday in Inchon.

Game Notes

KCC outrebounded Incheon 44-30

Inchon
Jarod Stevenson 27 points, 8 rebounds,
Herbert Hill 24 points, 12 rebounds
Seo Jang-Hoon 18 points

KCC
Ha Seung-Jin 17 points, 8 rebounds
Dawson Eric 17 points, 14 rebounds
Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85) 14 points


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  SPAIN   


Oliver Arteaga claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leche Rio Breogan Lugo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Ourense (#18, 8-24) 77-71. Breogan is placed at 7th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Breogan 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 16-16 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Arteaga as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Arteaga has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 1.0bpg and 60.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international power forward Jesus Chagoyen (202-F/C-78) of La Laguna Socas Canarias. Chagoyen impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as La Laguna lost that game 71-78 to the lower-ranked Palencia (#16, 11-21). La Laguna managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chagoyen is well-known by La Laguna fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Leche Rio Breogan Lugo's star - Dominican Rep. James Feldeine (193-G-88). Feldeine got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was another key player of Breogan, helping his team with a 77-71 win against the lower-ranked Ourense (#18, 8-24). Breogan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 16 lost games. Feldeine has a great season in Spain. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) of Alcazar - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. Levi Rost (201-F-83) of Girona - 15 points and 12 rebounds
6. Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86) of Leon - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) of Burgos - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jelani McCoy (208-C-77) of Caceres - 13 points and 12 rebounds
9. Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of CB Tarragona - 13 points and 14 rebounds
10. Inaki Sanz (190-PG-84) of Navarra - 20 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)


Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day after MRI exam reveals bone bruise in knee - by Eurobasket News
It didn't seem like Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) was hurting too much.

He even tried to hide a smile as a couple dozen media members quickly descended upon him Monday after Lakers' practice. Yes, it was that big of a deal to see how his right knee was feeling.

An MRI exam Monday afternoon showed that Gasol had sustained a bone bruise in the knee. He is listed as day-to-day. The Lakers play Utah on Tuesday at Staples Center.

Gasols right knee buckled Sunday against Denver after an off-balance landing when he was fouled by Nene. Gasol went to the locker room for a few minutes before returning to the game.

'I feel actually a little better than I did [Sunday] night, which is a good sign,' Gasol said Monday before knowing the results of the exam.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria19.1 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.4 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.14.9 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.14.8 
 6. Martinez, Valencia14.7 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.14.3 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.0 
 9. Kurz, Granada13.9 
 10. Davis, Cajasol12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.7 
 4. Donaldson, Menorca7.0 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral6.9 
 6. Trias, DKV Joventut6.5 
 7. Miralles, Lagun A.6.4 
 8. Wallace, Gran Canaria6.4 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 10. Doellman, Meridiano6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.7 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.4 
 3. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.6 
 4. Ciorciari, Menorca4.5 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 6. Prigioni, Real Madrid4.1 
 7. Green, Gran Canaria3.8 
 8. Uriz, Lagun A.3.8 
 9. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.8 
 10. San Miguel, Manre.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 2. Cook, Valencia1.9 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 4. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Davis, Cajasol1.7 
 7. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 9. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.6 
 10. Victor, Menorca1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 3. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 8. Majstorovic, Manre.1.1 
 9. Andriuskevic., Meridi.1.1 
 10. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 


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. Arteaga, Breogan7.3 
 7. Kale, Ourense7.3 
 8. Humphrey, Caceres7.3 
 9. Chagoyen, La Laguna7.3 
 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. Starosta, Ourense0.9 
 10. McCoy, Caceres0.9 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall19.3 
 6. Smith, Uppsala19.1 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.3 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.0 
 6. Brown, 087.9 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 9. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.5 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 9. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.0 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.3 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.9 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Rush, Sundsvall1.8 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 10. McCoy, Boras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Basket
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


Thanks to all!!! - by Darius Hargrove
Well we had a good run at it but took the best team here to game 5 in the quaterfinals but didnt beat them. With a team with budget wasnt the best and we did what alot of people didnt feel we could. So i must say im sad its over but when i look back it was fun and we almost made history. I seen that this team didnt make playoffs for a couple years and im glad i had the chance to come here and help them. Im proud of myself for leading this country in scoring but overall still sad we didnt win it all. I think now there sponsors will see that this team has potential and push for better things. I had fun with my teammates here they were good people and good teammates. If i dont come back to this team i am going to miss the fans here they were great couldnt ask for a better crowd at the games. Evrything on this team was first class and the experience of the country was also great. Thanks to the GM who brought me here and the coach also who believed in me. To God be the glory!!!

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LNB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Bern - Bernex 70-67

Bern leveled the quarterfinal series against Bernex. Stefan Berther (188-G-82) provided 15 points to pace the effort. Marc Keller (191-F-81) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) knocked down 18 points for Bernex. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game.
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Martigny - Neuchatel 69-63

Martigny toppled Neuchatel to catch up with their opponents in the series. Jonathan Dubas (202-F/C-91) tallied 22 points and 14 boards in the win. Johan Pottier (186-G-89) and Florian Steinmann (197-F-91) added 10 points apiece in the victory. Neuchatel answered with 15 points from Ivica Radosavljevic (207-C-83). The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game.
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Chene - Swiss Central 0-20

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Villars - Vevey 79-76

Villars narrowly defeated Vevey to stay alive in the series. Nicolas Reghif (194-F-89) fired 19 points in the victory. Herb Johnson (209-F/C-62, college: Tulsa) was responsible for 16 points and 14 rebounds for Villars. Vevey was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Villars, which allowed them to win the game. Domenico Marcario (180-G-79) chipped in 20 points in the loss.
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  TANZANIA   


Basketball Body Needs Sh20 Million for National League - by Eurobasket News
Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) races against time to raise money for the national league opening on May 14, it has been revealed.TBF assistant secretary general Michael Maluwe confirmed yesterday that they need Sh20 million foot various costs pertaining to the league.

'We need at least Sh20 million to facilitate smooth organisation of the league and foot administration costs and accommodation for participating teams,' he said.Maluwe admitted that TBF was in financial crisis and he mad he made an urgent appeal to the business community for support.

He said they have approached various institutions for financial support but none of them has so far responded positively.The tournament, which features teams from various regions across the country, has in the recent past been lacking the excitement and competitiveness it deserves mainly due to lack of sponsorship.

Maluwe named Morogoro, Tanga, Mwanza, Arusha and Dar es Salaam as among the regions expected to field teams in this year's championship.Dar es Salaam's JKT and ABC will compete in the men's category in the tournament while Jeshi Stars and JKT Stars will take part in the women's series.

April 20 is the deadline for teams to confirm their participation in the tournament. Maluwe said teams wishing to compete in the event will have to pay Sh50,000 participation fees each before being cleared to register.
Courtesy of: The Citizen


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  UBA   


Disciples sign Clayton State Star Tim Downs - by UBA media

David Walls Reports:
April 5, 2011

GIE Morrow Disciples agreed terms with 21-year old guard Timothy Downs (5'7''-G-89, college: Clayton St.). Towns played most recently at Clayton State University (NCAA2). It will be his first year in professional basketball. 'I was very excited to hear that Tim was joining the team', said Michael Davis . We need him to come in and be the great player he was for CSU.

Downs was the top scorer in the Peach Belt Conference (21.3ppg) and was named All-Peach Belt Conference 1st Team (NCAA2 HM All-American).

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  UBL   


Metroplex Lightning rocky road to start on. - by Torrence Moody
The UBL Desoto Lightning have been facing hard times within it's inaugural season in the UBL. Lightning have a variety of players to choose from and the preseason winning completely came to a hault once the season started. 'Didnt think it would be this dificult' Coach Mitchell says. With so much talent the Lightning are finding out that talent doesn't always win games for you. Continuity, Integrity, Excellence in all we do, Dedication and TEAMWORK are the essentials needed to win. The Lightning are now 1-5 with two games that need to be rescheduled with conference rival Mississippi. They look to revamp and get back on the track of winning but it will not be easy. Veterans Torrence Moody (5'10''-G-76) , Marcus Girtmon (6'5''-F-82) are working hard with Terrance White (5'11''-G) and Dan Martin (6'3''-G) to get the team back on track.

Lightning will be having practice for anyone interested

April 5th 530pm-9pm
Irving YMCA
2200 W Irving Blvd
Irving Texas 75061

More info call or text
Coach Mitchell 214-315-7078
Moody 214-296-7022

UBL
COME GET SOME!!!




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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 34-11 
 2. Budivelnyk 33-11 
 3. Azovmash 28-16 
 4. Hoverla 28-17 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 24-20 
 6. Mykolaiv 23-20 
 7. Dnipro 21-22 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 20-24 
 9. DniproAzot 19-25 
 10. Halychyna 17-29 
 11. BC Odessa 17-29 
 12. Khimik 14-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-34 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 6. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 7. Fraser, DniproAzot14.9 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.9 
 9. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.1 
 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. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.8 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.7 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.2 
 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 Odessa1.8 
 4. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 5. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 8. Mays, Fe.1.4 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
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.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.7 
 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. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.7 
 10. Marks, Plymouth3.7 
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. McLemore, Guildf.1.8 
 8. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 9. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 10. Harrison, Glasgow .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 Team Of The Week - Week 28 - by Paul Nilsen
The penultimate week of the regular season sees four players in the starting line-up be drawn from just two clubs while there are no spots for any of the top five players on our leader board chasing down Trey Moore who still has more appearances than anybody else this season.

Jeremy Bell (Cheshire Jets)

The Jets playmaker is the most experienced player of our five when it comes to making the BBL Team Of The Week and he also claims the prize of scoring the most points after pouring in 39 against Essex Pirates. It was however only the second best performance of the week, despite also adding 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals to his line.

Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

One of the most significant factors in the recent upturn of fortunes for the Lion has been the form of Bolds and the guard highlighted that fact with the best BBL Championship display of the week. He finished with a performance valuation of 34 after registering a sparkling double-double of 30 points including three of four from the perimeter and 10 assists in the victory against Guildford Heat. Bolds showed he also isnt afraid to do the dirty work on the glass after also contributing 7 rebounds too.

Gareth Murray (Cheshire Jets)

The Scottish forward continues to showcase his perimeter skills as he finished with 28 points against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders after shooting 75% from downtown having converted six of eight triple attempts. Murray also chipped in with four rebounds and four steals to book a place in our team for the second time this season.

Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, agency: Basket Law/NM Services, college: St.Bonaventure) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

The One Health Sharks Sheffield centre produced one of his best displays of the season against Worthing Thunder after showing his power in the paint at both ends of the floor. He racked up a near double-double of 22 points and 9 rebounds while defensively he swatted away an impressive 7 shots to help his team to a thumping win against the strugglers.

Travis Nelson (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

Nelson has been a tower of strength for Lions this season and the one constant in an up and down year for Mike New and his team. Just like his team-mate Demarius Bolds, the centre also claimed 30 points in the win against Guildford and was virtually unstoppable inside. He posted one of the most efficient lines of the entire season when he made 13 of 14 field goals in the game to show he really can finish. He also pulled down 8 big rebounds.

BBL Team Of The Week

Jeremy Bell (Cheshire Jets)
Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions)
Gareth Murray (Cheshire Jets)
Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, agency: Basket Law/NM Services, college: St.Bonaventure) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
Travis Nelson (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

Off The Bench
Shawn Myers (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Jerome Gumbs (UCP Marjon Plymuth Raiders), Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets), Andrew Thomson (Mersey Tigers), Justin Dobbins (Worcester Wolves), Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)



Garbelotto Grabs Molten BBL Coach Of The Month For March - by Paul Nilsen

Mersey Tigers play-caller Tony Garbelotto has been handed the Molten BBL Coach Of The Month award for March after overseeing his team to a total of eight wins from nine games including a first piece of silverware for the season.

The Londoner who has been a regular winner of the accolade during his coaching career, led his side to an 84-66 BBL Trophy success against Guildford Heat in his home city at the 02 Arena while also ensuring his team remained at the forefront of the race to land the BBL Championship.

The Tigers started the period by leaving the capital with the BBL Trophy and then went on to win four vital games in the league. Firstly they cruised to back to back victories against the bottom two sides Worthing Thunder and Essex Pirates before a vital 48 hours when they went up against derby rivals Cheshire Jets and arch title rivals Newcastle Eagles.

Garbelotto led his team to a pair of thrilling wins after shooting down the Jets 79-74 at Northgate and edging the Eagles 88-84 at the Echo Arena.

However, there was to be one dramatic blip as 24 hours after looking like they had one hand on the BBL Championship trophy, they went down in one of the most dramatic games of the season at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. After uncharacteristically blowing a big lead, they ended up losing in agonising fashion by way of a buzzer beater by Robert Youngblood.

However they finished the month by bouncing back with three victories against Worthing Thunder, Guildford Heat and critically, fellow title challengers One Health Sharks Sheffield.



Molten BBL Player Of The Month Award For Reggie Action Jackson - by Paul Nilsen


Newcastle Eagles playmaker Reggie Jackson (180-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Duquesne) is the Molten BBL Player Of The Month For March having made an instant impact for the defending BBL Champions ever since answering an SOS from the injury hit club.

When shooting ace Joe Chapman was ruled out for the season and player-coach Fab Flournoy was out of action with pneumonia, the club needed to bolster their squad and their first port of call was the man who pulled the strings last season.

Since being catapulted into the limelight at Sport Central, Jackson has been sensational and very much picking up where he left off last year. Crucially, his performances have been instrumental in ensuring the club now head into the last weekend of the season with a chance of successfully defending their title.

The point guard played eight games during a busy March and averaged 22.63 points per game with an excellent performance valuation of 18.88 per game. Towards the end of the month he also had to step up even further when his backcourt partner Trey Moore was also ruled out for the season.

However rather than just the offensive production of Jackson, it has been his quickness and effectiveness on defence which has made the real difference for the Eagles.

After a scintillating March, Jackson even carried his rich vein of form into April after hitting a last second shot at Worcester Wolves last Saturday to give his team a priceless one point success in overtime.



FIBA urges British federations to merge - by Eurobasket News
British basketball would be better off by merging its national federations after the 2012 Olympics, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann said Monday.

England, Wales and Scotland chose to come together to enable Britain to have men's and women's teams at the London Games, but they could decide to remain as separate entities after the Olympics.

Baumann, however, said that would 'be a step backwards' and advised the three countries to give up their individual votes within FIBA.

'If you look at the history books, it stands out that England, Scotland and Wales have participated only a few times in major international basketball competitions, both at senior and junior levels,' Baumann said. 'Since they came together around 2005-2006 and started playing as Britain, they have gone from strength to strength, qualifying for EuroBasket tournaments and showing they can compete with some of the best teams.'

FIBA voted overwhelmingly in favor of granting Britain automatic qualification for its home Olympics after being convinced that British basketball was serious about improving its long-term program.

The governing body, however, is demanding the British Basketball Federation and the three national federations decide on the future structure of the domestic game by the end of June 2012.

'The way they go has to satisfy their ideas but, at the same time, be in line with the FIBA statutes. This is probably one of the most challenging issues they're facing,' Baumann said. 'Right now the three home nations are members of FIBA and we are very proud to have them. The British Basketball Federation is simply a united federation of those three.

'I'm pretty sure it's going to be difficult to continue an exceptional situation where we have three home nations plus a British Basketball Federation. This is quite complex to understand in the international basketball family.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


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Jamar Smith is a newcomer at Guaiqueries de Margarita - by Eurobasket
Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana), one of the top guards in the NBA D-league this season, has signed with Guaiqueries de Margarita (Venezuela).

Smith was the 2010 Division II National Player of the Year while playing for Southern Indiana. He played this past summer with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and was in training camp with the Boston Celtics before moving to the Maine Red Claws. In his rookie season with the Red Claws, Smith was very impressive averaging 13.6ppg and 5.0apg while shooting a very high percentage making 105 3's and shooting 43.2% from behind the arc and 88.9% from the line.

He will arrive in Venezuela this Thursday




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




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Flamurtari and Tirana exchange the wins in the Final - by Eurobasket News
Flamurtari and Tirana exchange the wins in the Final as both teams started the series for the trophy. In Game 1 Tirana surprised the winner of the Regular Season 65:64 to take the lead. In Game 2 Flamurtari responded with 77:64 to tie the series at 1-1. Game 3 is scheduled for April 6th.


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Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
Group A
 1. Fl.Foxes 26-0 
 2. BK Duchess 21-5 
 3. UBBC 14-12 
 4. BC Vienna 13-13 
 5. UBI Graz 13-13 
 6. Innsbruck 7-19 
Group B
 1. Gratkorn 5-1 
 2. Kammer 3-2 
 3. Salzburg 3-2 
 4. DBBC Graz 0-6 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ward, Beroe 0724.4 
 2. Samburska, Lukoil18.5 
 3. Allen, Dunav17.7 
 4. Bowie, Lukoil17.5 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski16.6 
 6. Doychinova, Montan.16.5 
 7. Kordova, Dunav15.7 
 8. Stankova, Levski15.6 
 9. Dimitrova, Levski15.3 
 10. Byears, Dunav14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeTrina WHITE
  Lukoil
  (180-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. White, Lukoil11.3 
 2. Ward, Beroe 0711.1 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil9.2 
 4. Topalova-S., Levski8.7 
 5. Doychinova, Montan.8.3 
 6. Byears, Dunav8.1 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 8. Simeonova, Montana .6.8 
 9. Minkova, Dunav6.6 
 10. Allen, Dunav6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Naydenova, Levski6.4 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana .6.0 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil4.5 
 4. Kostova, Dunav4.3 
 5. Pasheva, Beroe 074.2 
 6. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 7. Dzhambazka, Levski3.4 
 8. Minkova, Dunav3.0 
 9. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
 10. Mihalkova, Montana .2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Naydenova, Levski2.7 
 2. Kostova, Dunav2.3 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil2.3 
 4. Allen, Dunav2.2 
 5. Naydenova, Slavia2.2 
 6. Dimitrova, Levski2.2 
 7. Bowie, Lukoil2.1 
 8. Topalova-S., Levski2.1 
 9. Vrancheva, Montana .2.0 
 10. Stankova, Levski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatina KALOFEROVA
  Beroe 07
  (192-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 2. White, Lukoil0.9 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil0.9 
 4. Ward, Beroe 070.7 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski0.7 
 6. Allen, Dunav0.6 
 7. Mihalkova, Montana .0.6 
 8. Doychinova, Montan.0.5 
 9. Zagorova, Levski0.5 
 10. Todorova, Montana .0.4 


Lukoil is the first NBL finalist - by Eurobasket News
Dunav - Lukoil 66-88 (0-3)
Lukoil eliminated Dunav with perfect 3-0 and booked a spot for the NBL Finals.
The game without a history. Lukoil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Lukoil looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Dunav's players. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian guard Olena Samburska (172-89, agency: LBM Management) who scored 29 points. The former international forward Zoya Stanoeva (182-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 25 points. Lukoil's coach Peter Marinov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Zornitsa Kostova (176-82) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Hristina Minkova (184-72) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Lukoil: O.Samburska 29+1reb+3ast, Z.Stanoeva 25+3reb+3ast, D.White 16+11reb, T.Bowie 9+7reb+3ast, S.Peeva 5+6reb+10ast, A.Miteva 2
Dunav: Z.Kostova 25+5reb+2ast, H.Minkova 18+5reb+1ast, L.Byears 9+11reb, C.Allen 8+4reb, T.Sharenkapova 4, I.Terzieva 2+1reb+1ast
D: 125872


Montana 2003 - Levski 68-55 (1-2)
Montana 2003 is alive. They came to 1-2 extending the series for at least one more game.
The game was mostly controlled by Montana 2003. Levski was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Levski 42-23 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international forward Jeanetta Zhelyova (182-75) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-85) answered with 16 points and 5 steals and forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Levski.
Top scorers:
Montana 2003: A.Doychinova 23+6reb+1ast, J.Zhelyova 19+13reb+2ast, I.Vrancheva 11+3reb+4ast, N.Simeonova 9+11reb+3ast, C.Mihalkova 6+6reb+4ast, E.Ivanova 0
Levski: R.Dimitrova 16+3reb+1ast, P.Djambazka 9+2reb, R.Bachvarova 8+7reb+2ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 7+6reb+1ast, D.Naydenova 6+3reb+6ast, M.Gavriloska 6+1ast


gschID: 125873




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Four WNBA teams to face Chinese women's National Team this spring - by Eurobasket News
The WNBA preseason will continue to take on an international flavor this spring when the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team is slated to tip off against four WNBA teams in the United States.

The Chinese National Women's Basketball Team is scheduled to play preseason games against the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on May 19, and against the New York Liberty at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., on May 27. In between, the Chinese squad scrimmages against the Mystics in Washington, D.C., on May 21, and in Chicago two days later versus the Sky. The Chinese squad closes out its WNBA slate on May 30 with a three-way scrimmage involving the Liberty and the Sun at the Liberty's training center in White Plains, N.Y.

This is the latest cooperation between the NBA and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) who have a long history of working together to grow the game of basketball in China. In 1986, the NBA first hosted the Chinese National Men's Basketball Team with exhibition games in the U.S. The NBA and CBA have worked together to stage five sets of NBA China Games and are currently conducting a joint coaching program and developing an elite basketball training facility for youth. Last season, the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team played three preseason games in the U.S. against the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, San Antonio Silver Stars and Phoenix Mercury.

Along with the games against the Chinese National Team, the 2011 WNBA preseason also includes a comprehensive schedule of games against international teams, including games against teams from Great Britain and Japan. The Phoenix Mercury hosts the JX Sunflowers, 2010 champions of the Women's Japan Basketball League at US Airways center on May 24. Five days later, on May 29, the defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream is slated to participate in the first WNBA game to be played in Europe. The game against the Standard Life Great Britain Women's National Team will be played at the 18,095-seat Manchester Evening News Arena as part of a new, multiyear partnership between the Manchester City Council and the National Basketball Association.

A leading power in women's basketball in Asia, the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team currently ranks eighth in the world according to FIBA. China, the host nation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, reached the semifinals in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

'My experience in international play is that China has been highly competitive; they were really good at the most recent Olympics and have worked their way up in the world ranking,' said Mike Thibault, current head coach of the Sun and an assistant coach on the gold medal-winning United States women's team at the 2008 Olympics. 'They have players capable of playing in our league, so we'll be up against a good team. This will be a good first test to tip off our season and it will be a good way for a number of WNBA teams to prepare.'

These contests against international foes follow the 2010 preseason in which the Los Angeles Sparks, San Antonio Silver Stars and the Phoenix Mercury hosted the China National Team, and the Connecticut Sun hosted the Poland National Team.

A global league featuring the best female players from around the world, including 20 international players hailing from 13 countries last season, WNBA games and programming were televised in 203 countries and territories in 27 languages in 2010. About the WNBA The WNBA - which features 12 teams and is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world - is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Following a 2010 season that included a fourth consecutive year of attendance growth, surging WNBA Finals ratings, and strong increases in traffic to WNBA.com and WNBA Mobile sites, the league will tip off its historic 15th season on June 3.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Playoff Semifinals: AEL jumps to 2-0 against Keravnos, Achilleas ties the score against AEK - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals - Best of five series

AEL - Keravnos 2-0
AEK - Achilleas 1-1




Results

Game One: Keravnos - AEL 55-70
Keravnos: Papadopoulou 21, Zaric 4, Koniali 8, Tsakiridou 11, Nikolaou 2, Makri 4, Antjelic 7.
AEL: Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) 28, Vazelofski 18, Scekic 12, Popovic 5, Rous 1

Game Two: AEL - Keravnos 70-53
AEL: Rous 13, Vazelofski 9, Milena Vukicevic 22, Popovic 14, Scekic 12.
Keravnos: Papadopoulou 15, Makri 20, Antjelic 10, Zaric 8

Game One: AEK - Achilleas 70-53
AEK: Lloyds 27, Zohnova 17, Athanasiou 6, Nikodimou 9, Kancevic 9
Achilleas: S. Papadopoulou 11, Theologou 2, Jones 17, Ch. Papadopoulou 6, Zotova 9, Ionova 9

Game Two: Achilleas - AEK 71-64
Achilleas: Christina Papadopoulou 18, Ionova 20, Theologou 15, Zotova 8, S. Papadopoulou 10,
AEK: Katerina Zohnova 25, Hatzibei 4, Lloyds 15, Nikodimou 10, Kancevic 4, Athanasiou 6




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Diawara's double-double lands her Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Djene Diawara (192-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes ASPTT and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
She had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while her team beat COB Calais (#13, 4-21) 73-66. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Charleville is placed at 11th position in French LFB. Charleville is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-15 record. It's Diawara's second year at Charleville and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Diawara has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. She is Nigerian center in her first season at Villeneuve. In the last game Sanni recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Villeneuve to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Aix-en-Provence (#12, 9-16) 82-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Villeneuve keeps 10th position. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Sanni is a newcomer at Villeneuve and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.5ppg (#8). She also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Ndeye Ndiaye (191-C-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (#13). Ndiaye scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Ndiaye's great performance COB Calais lost 66-73 to slightly higher-ranked Charleville (#11, 10-15). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. COB Calais can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-21 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ndiaye she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Ndiaye has a very solid season. In 22 games in France she scored 8.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tamera Young (188-G-86) of Landes - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86) of Mondeville - 19 points and 8 rebounds
6. Shanavia Dowdell (188-F-87) of Toulouse - 16 points and 3 rebounds
7. Elodie Bertal (190-C-84) of Villeneuve - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84) of Tarbes - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84) of Landes - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Romy Bar (189-F-87) of Challes - 15 points, 4 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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Elitzur Ramla won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Maccabi Ashdod 73-64

Elitzur Ramla won the Final opener even being behind for the most of the game. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Charde Houston (185-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and her fellow American import guard Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. At the losing side the former international center Katia Levitsky (190-85, college: Villanova, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Renee Montgomery (170-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) scored 14 points and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: C.Houston 23+9reb, T.Wright 17+5reb+7ast, S.Doron 10+5reb+1ast, L.Willingham 7+7reb+1ast, K.Vaughn 6+8reb+1ast, R.Grinboym 5
Maccabi Ashdod: K.Levitsky 14+12reb+3ast, R.Montgomery 14+1reb+6ast, T.James 13+3reb+2ast, A.Anderson 8+3reb+1ast, A.Robinson 8+7reb+1ast, N.Kolodny 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 126120




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A2, Round 30: Regular season is over, Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A2 just ended. Eight best teams from each group advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals pairs (Game One - April 10, best-of-three)

North Quarterfinals
Bologna - Alghero
Cagliari CUS - Cagliari V.
Udine - Borgotaro
Bolzano - San Martino


South Quarterfinals
Chieti - R. La Spezia
Ragusa - Orvieto
T. Spezia - Viterbo
Alcamo - Battipaglia




A2 Standings

North
1. Bologna 22-4
2. Udine 19-7
3. Bolzano 18-8
4. Cagliari CUS 18-8
5. Cagliari V. 15-11
6. San Martino 14-12
7. Borgotaro 13-13
8. Alghero 13-13
9. Vigarano 13-13
10. Marghera 10-16
11. Crema 9-17
12. Biassono 8-18
13. Milano 7-19
14. Cervia 3-23

South
1. Chieti 22-6
2. T. Spezia 21-7
3. Alcamo 20-8
4. Ragusa 20-8
5. Orvieto 20-8
6. Battipaglia 15-13
7. Viterbo 14-14
8. R. La Spezia 14-14
9. Napoli 13-15
10. Siena 12-16
11. Pomezia 11-17
12. Ancona 10-18
13. Firenze 8-20
14. College Italia 6-22
15. Rende 4-24



North
Borgotaro - Crema 66-58

There was no surprise when 11th ranked TEC-MAR Crema (9-17) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Roby Profumi Borgotaro (13-13) 66-58 on Sunday. Roby Profumi Borgotaro moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Alghero and Vigarano. Loser TEC-MAR Crema keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost.

Bologna - Milano 68-55

Leader Meccanica Bologna delivered the twentieth second victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 12th ranked Cellularmania Milano (7-19) 68-55. Meccanica Bologna (22-4) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North. Cellularmania Milano lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 19 games lost.
gschID: 118287


Biassono - Alghero 60-50

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Pilot Italia Biassono (8-18) defeated at home higher ranked Mercede Alghero (13-13) 60-50 on Sunday. Pilot Italia Biassono moved-up to twelfth place in North. Loser Mercede Alghero dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost.
gschID: 118288


Bolzano - Udine 62-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bolzano. Third ranked Iveco Lenzi Bolzano faced second-best Desler Udine. Host Iveco Lenzi Bolzano (18-8) defeated guests from Udine (19-7) 62-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Desler Udine. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano maintains third position in North with 18-8 record having four points less than leader Bologna, which they share with Cagliari CUS.
gschID: 118289


Cagliari V. - Cagliari CUS 41-57

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Cagliari: C.U.S. Cagliari (#4) and Virtus Cagliari (#5). Virtus Cagliari was smashed at home by 16 points 41-57 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Virtus Cagliari. C.U.S. Cagliari (18-8) moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Bolzano. Virtus Cagliari at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost.
gschID: 118290


Cervia - Vigarano 65-68

Very expected game when 14th ranked Vis Basket Cervia (3-23) was edged at home by ninth ranked Vassalli Vigarano (13-13) 68-65 on Sunday. Vassalli Vigarano moved-up to seventh place in North, which they share with Alghero and Borgotaro. Vis Basket Cervia lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost.
gschID: 118285


Marghera - San Martino 66-73

Rather predictable result in Venezia where seventh ranked Fila San Martino (14-12) beat 10th ranked Sernavimar Marghera (10-16) 73-66 on Sunday. Fila San Martino have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in North. Sernavimar Marghera lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost.
gschID: 118286


South
Chieti - Firenze 74-35

Leader C.U.S. Chieti recorded the twentieth second victory. This time they crushed 13th ranked Il Fotoamatore Firenze (8-20) 74-35. C.U.S. Chieti maintains first position in South with 22-6 record. Il Fotoamatore Firenze at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 20 games lost.
gschID: 118297


Alcamo - Battipaglia 130-20

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Carpedil Battipaglia (15-13) was outplayed on the road by third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (20-8) 130-20 on Sunday. Gea Magazzini Alcamo maintains third position in South with 20-8 record having just 0 points less than leader Bologna, which they share with Ragusa and Orvieto. Newly promoted Carpedil Battipaglia keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost.
gschID: 118298


Orvieto - Viterbo 54-48

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (20-8) won against at home 7th ranked ANTS Viterbo (14-14) 54-48 on Sunday. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in South, which they share with Ragusa and Alcamo. Loser ANTS Viterbo keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost.
gschID: 118294


Pomezia - College Italia 48-55

There was a minor upset in Roma where 11th ranked So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (11-17) was defeated by fourteenth ranked College Italia (6-22) 55-48 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Newly promoted College Italia maintains fourteenth position in South with 6-22 record. Loser So.Se.Pharm Pomezia keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
gschID: 118295


Ragusa - Siena 64-60

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Passalacqua Ragusa (20-8) defeated at home 9th ranked Consum.it Siena (12-16) 64-60 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Passalacqua Ragusa have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in South, which they share with Alcamo and Orvieto. Consum.it Siena lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost.
gschID: 118296


Ancona - Napoli 49-52

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Sma Ancona (10-18) was edged at home by tenth ranked SACES Napoli (13-15) 52-49 on Sunday. SACES Napoli have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place in South. Loser Sma Ancona keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost.
gschID: 118292


Rende - R. La Spezia 54-57

Fifteenth-ranked Calabra Rende (4-24) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (14-14) on Sunday. The visitors from La Spezia managed to secure only three-point victory 57-54. However their fans expected much easier game. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Viterbo. Calabra Rende lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 24 games lost.
gschID: 118293




Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bologna 22-4 
 2. Udine 19-7 
 3. Bolzano 18-8 
 4. Cagliari CUS 18-8 
 5. Cagliari V. 15-11 
 6. San Martino 14-12 
 7. Borgotaro 13-13 
 8. Alghero 13-13 
 9. Vigarano 13-13 
 10. Marghera 10-16 
 11. Crema 9-17 
 12. Biassono 8-18 
 13. Milano 7-19 
 14. Cervia 3-23 
South
 1. Chieti 22-6 
 2. T. Spezia 21-7 
 3. Alcamo 20-8 
 4. Ragusa 20-8 
 5. Orvieto 20-8 
 6. Battipaglia 15-13 
 7. Viterbo 14-14 
 8. R. La Spezia 14-14 
 9. Napoli 13-15 
 10. Siena 12-16 
 11. Pomezia 11-17 
 12. Ancona 10-18 
 13. Firenze 8-20 
 14. College Italia 6-22 
 15. Rende 4-24 


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  KENYA - Women  


Eagle Wings fly over Storms in league tie . - by Eurobasket News
EAGLE Wings beat Sprite Storms 58-38 in a womens Premier League show over the weekend at Nyayo Stadium. The former champions struggled to find rhythm in the first two quarters despite Janet Okoths opening three pointer from the left wing. Storms led 7-4 in a low scoring first quarter. Euphracia Kageha and Quinter Ramogi ensured Storms hanged on to a surprise 14-9 cushion in the second quarter. Wings took over in the third and fourth quarter to bag their fourth consecutive win. Wings front court of national team trio of Angela Okoth (F-85), who made 13 points, Caroling Achieng (12) and Silalei Agalo (10) stood out tops. Storms had 12 each from Ramogi and Mercy Wanyama. Strathmore University Swords blanked United States International University (USIU) Flames 62-54. They were up 32-22 at half time. Faith Owich (F) scored 22 points and Valerie Oginga had 11. Hilda Indasi who has returned at USIU from champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) posted 20 and Linda Mfuchi 11.
University of Nairobi Terrorists stopped Lakeside 53-42 with Brian Namulata hitting 14. Dennis Oduor led the Kisumu, who have lost one of their four matches, with 14 points.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Okockyte, LK.19.6 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve16.9 
 3. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.16.9 
 4. Briedyte, Utena15.6 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.14.5 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.14.4 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.14.1 
 8. Aglinskaite, MRU13.8 
 9. Aglinskaite, Laisve13.7 
 10. Daujadiene, Utena13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sandra BALIUTAVICIUTE
  Laisve
  (182-F-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.9 
 2. Palaimaite, Utena10.0 
 3. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.9.3 
 4. Balciunaite, LKKA-.9.2 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 8. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.3 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.8 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.6 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena4.2 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.4.1 
 6. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.8 
 7. Solopova, VICI K.3.6 
 8. Okockyte, LK.3.6 
 9. Valentiene, VICI K.3.2 
 10. Ziegyte, Utena2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kornelija BALCIUNAITE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-F-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Balciunaite, LKKA-.3.4 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve3.3 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.2.8 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.6 
 6. Sauliute, VICI K.2.4 
 7. Briedyte, Ruta S.2.3 
 8. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
 10. Daujadiene, Utena2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.7 
 2. Paugaite, VICI K.1.4 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena1.4 
 4. Juceviciute, Utena1.3 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU1.3 
 6. Kirstukaite, Utena1.2 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 
 10. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 


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  MALTA - Women  


Second phase starts on April 17 - by Eurobasket News
Womens League
There were three other comfortable victories in the Womens League last weekend for the championships top three teams Depiro McDonalds, Luxol and Hibs Medsea as focus now shifts on the second phase which starts on April 17.

The teams in the championship pool retain the points won in the opening stage. However, in the next phase only match winners will be awarded points.

Depiro, the leaders, took to the court for their match against Athleta without without their top-scorer Kalia Agius. They applied some hot pressure after the interval to beat mid-table side Athleta 60-30.

Athleta also had their top scorer Lynne Sciberras missing. They trailed 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and changed ends 26-18 behind. Depiro were more effective after the interval and 13 consecutive points opened the way for their handsome victory.

Second-placed Luxol took control mid-way through the first quarter in their match against Loyola and never looked back. Leading 20-11 after the first ten minutes, Luxol continued to dictate matters to open a 43-21 advantage at half-time.

With Loyola unable to raise their game, Luxol throttled to a sound 86-38 victory.

Hibs were never troubled by bottom-placed Mtarfa. At half-time, the champions led 53-5. They continued to dominate for a 90-17 victory.

In the other league match last weekend, Starlites had the better of St Andrews to claim a platonic sixth place in the standings on basket difference in direct encounters.

It was St Andews who had the better start to lead 11-3. Starlites improved and were only a basket behind at the end of the quarter 15-13. They led 21-19 at one point in the second quarter but St Andrews hit back for a 24-21 lead at half-time.

This was a ding-dong affair with Starlites starting the last ten minutes 33-30 ahead. It was at this juncture, however, that St Andrews collapsed, allowing their opponents to claim a 52-39 victory.

Standings: Depiro 27 (13-1), Luxol 26 (12-2), Hibs 25 (11-3), Loyola 21 (7-7), Athleta 19 (6-7), Starlites 17 (3-11), St Andrews 17 (3-11), Mtarfa 13 (0-13).

Top scorers: K. Agius (Depiro) 231, Lucienne Bezzina (174-F-79) (Hibs) 221, S. DeMartino (Luxol ) 196.

Sunday: BOV KO final 14.30 Hibs vs Depiro.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com




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  MOLDOVA - Women  


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ASEM 9-1 
 2. CK Politeh 9-1 
 3. Soroka 5-5 
 4. SDYUSHOR 5-5 
 5. USM 2-8 
 6. Rishkan 0-10 


Politeh and ASEM advance to the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Politeh and ASEM advance to the Finals as they swept the Semifinal series over their opponents. Politeh won over Soroka Basket in two games, while ASEM easily rolled over SDYUSHOR.
ASEM beat SDYUSHOR first on March 27th 87:49. ASEM opened the game with 18-13 and added 27-11 in the second frame. Moreover the favorites won the third and the last quarters in the game. Kazak Olga top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Pastika responded with 22 points in the losing effort. In Game 2 ASEM registered 86:53 win starting with 30-11 in the first quarter. In that game Kazak Olga erupted with 25 points and Kucheruk netted 22 in defeat.
Politeh meanwhile rolled over Soroka 79:66 in Game 1. The favorites started with 25-16 but then lost the second quarter 17-26. In the second half Politeh added two victories for the first win in the series. Suryadnova led the way with 29 points and Obrishtya replied with 22 in the losing case. In Game 2 Komarnitskaya netted 21 points as Politeh produced a 70:46 win.
The Final series will start on April 8th.




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  NCAA1 - Women  


University of Tennessee at Martin wins Team Sportmanship Award - by George Fragkos
On Tuesday the Ohio Valley Conference announced that the Tennessee-Martin is the recipient of the 2010-11 Team Sportsmanship Award for women's basketball.

Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.

'Without sportsmanship there are truly no meaningful victories,' said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. 'The recipients of the OVC Team Sportsmanship awards should accept this award with great pride for their fellow competitors have made it clear their teams exemplify the best in intercollegiate athletics. In receiving this prestigious honor other competitors are saying these student-athletes compete with class, respect their opponents and value fair play. That is quite a compliment as those are all traits that will lead to true victories throughout the course of life.'

The 2010-11 school year marks the sixth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. This marks the first award for the Skyhawk women's basketball program.

UT Martin compiled a 14-4 OVC record and earned the No. 2 seed in OVC Tournament. The Skyhawks would go on to top Tennessee Tech in the championship game to earn the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament. UTM finished the season 21-11 overall.

'This award is a great way to cap off the season,' said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan . 'We hope this award is truly reflective of the way our team has acted all season. With 13 newcomers and only one senior, our players came together quickly and put their personal agendas to the side so they could focus on the team concept. You could not ask for a better example of sportsmanship than the way these ladies have carried themselves this season. I am extremely proud of the team and honored to be their coach.'

Implemented in August 2005, the team honors are the most recent addition to an awards program that recognizes and celebrates sportsmanship within the Conference. In 1998, the league established the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a male or female student-athlete of junior or senior status who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator. Five years later, the Conference added the OVC Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to the member institution selected by its peers to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.

In 1995, the Ohio Valley Conference implemented a first-of-its-kind 'Sportsmanship Statement,' a policy promoting principles of fair play, ethical conduct and respect for one's opponent. The statement answered the challenge of the NCAA Presidents Commission to improve sportsmanship in collegiate athletics, and has become a model for others to follow across the nation.

Courtesy: Ohio Valley Conference


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  NCAA2 - Women  


Dunbar, Johansson Selected To Daktronics All-Region Team - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com

Amanda Dunbar (5'9''-G) of Western Washington and Hanna Johansson (6'2''-F-89) of Alaska Anchorage have been selected to the 2010-11 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women's West Region all-star team.

Dunbar, who earlier was voted the GNAC Player-of-the-Year, was a first team selection while Johansson was named to the second team.

Both take 13.3 scoring averages into the West Regional playoffs which begin Friday in Pomona, Calif. Dunbar ranks fifth and Johansson is sixth in the conference in scoring. Dunbar also ranks fourth in assists (4.0) and Johansson is eighth in rebounding (6.6).

Reyana Colson, a 5-6 senior guard from Cal Poly Pomona, was voted the 2010-11 Daktronics NCAA Division II West Region Women's Basketball Player-of-the-Year .

Joining Dunbar and Colson on the first team were Samantha Murphy (5'8''-G) of Grand Canyon, Chelsea Carlisle of UC San Diego and Johnna Brown of Dixie State. Colson, Murphy, Carlisle and Dunbar were all repeaters from last year's first team. Colson earned first team honors for the third consecutive year.

The selections are made by the sports information directors at the region's schools that sponsor women's basketball.

First Team: Reyana Colson, Cal Poly Pomona (G, 5-6, Sr., Compton, CA); Samantha Murphy, Grand Canyon (G, 5-8, Sr., Phoenix, AZ); Chelsea Carlisle, UC San Diego (G, 5-6, Jr., Agoura Hills, CA); Amanda Dunbar, Western Washington (G, 5-9, Sr., Marysville, WA); Johnna Brown, Dixie State (F, 6-0, So., Las Vegas, NV).

Second Team: Katie Busi, Cal State Stanislaus (F, 6-0, Sr., Valley Springs, CA); Hanna Johansson, Alaska Anchorage (Forward, 6-2, Jr., Gothenburg, Sweden); Breann Hill (5'10''-F), Dixie State (F, 6-1, Sr., Harrisburg, PA); Megan Ford (6'1''-C), Cal Poly Pomona (F, 6-1, Jr., Newhall, CA); Eisha Sheppard (5'5''-G), Cal State San Bernardino (G, 5-8, Sr., Victorville, CA).




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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Koehn, Utex Row17.3 
 2. Champion, Inea AZS16.9 
 3. Kobryn, Wisla C.15.4 
 4. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 5. Ross, Lider P.14.6 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.14.3 
 7. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
 8. Szott, Artego14.0 
 9. Mosby, Lider P.13.7 
 10. Mowlik, Inea AZS13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.9 
 2. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.7 
 3. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia9.0 
 4. Carter, CCC P.8.3 
 5. Leuchanka, Wisla C.7.9 
 6. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 7. Crisman, Artego7.9 
 8. Cheek, Super-Pol7.8 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
 10. Denson, Lider P.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.8 
 2. Richards, Gorzow4.2 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.4.2 
 4. Kulaga, Super-Pol4.0 
 5. Swanier, Lotos G.3.8 
 6. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.7 
 8. Bortelova, Energa T.3.5 
 9. Gawronska, Odra B.3.5 
 10. Pasheva, LKS S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Naketia SWANIER
  Lotos Gdynia
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Swanier, Lotos G.2.8 
 2. Ross, Lider P.2.5 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 4. Wright, Lotos G.2.3 
 5. Bednarek, Lider P.2.3 
 6. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 7. Carter, CCC P.2.2 
 8. Powell, Wisla C.2.1 
 9. Crisman, Artego2.0 
 10. Kopczyk, Widzew1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittany DENSON
  Lider Pruszkow
  (191-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Denson, Lider P.2.0 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.4 
 4. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.4 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 9. McLean, Utex Row0.8 
 10. Alexander, Odra B.0.8 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Satu Mare and ICIM Arad reached the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Group 1-4 places
Timisoara - Satu Mare 60-81

The game without a history. Satu Mare led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bosnian guard Amra Mehmedic (175-81) scored 23 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Claudia Pop (186-89) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international guard Ancuta Stoenescu (171-80, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Corina Morosan (190-83) scored 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.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: A.Mehmedic 23+4reb+7ast, A.Olajuwon 15+5reb, C.Pop 12+7reb+4ast, L.Bjork 9+2reb+2ast, L.Drake 8+5reb+2ast, A.Orosz 8+3reb+2ast
Timisoara: A.Stoenescu 14+5reb+3ast, C.Morosan 14+3reb+1ast, L.Budean 10+2reb+2ast, A.Haas 8+3reb, A.Maria Meszaros 5+3reb+2ast, R.Alecu 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 124568


Sf.Gheorghe - ICIM Arad 46-66

It looked good early as Sf.Gheorghe took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then ICIM Arad had a 23-5 second period charge getting the lead and Sf.Gheorghe was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 46-66. ICIM Arad dominated on the defensive end, holding Sf.Gheorghe to just 5 points in second quarter. They also forced 21 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers. Sf.Gheorghe was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Monika Boriga (176-74) notched 16 points to lead the effort and the former international guard Paula Cristina Ciocan (183-82, college: S.Carolina, agency: Josep and Nicolas) supported her with 4 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. ICIM Arad's coach Stacey Nolan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks by American center Andrea Walker (196-88, college: Ohio St.) did not help to save the game for Sf.Gheorghe. Her fellow American import forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: M.Boriga 16+2reb+1ast, C.Graham 13, B.Savic 11+7reb, A.Meszaros 5+3reb, G.Toma 5+6reb+1ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 4+8reb+6ast
Sf.Gheorghe: K.Gardin 11+11reb+4ast, A.Walker 11+15reb, A.Parau 8+3reb+1ast, B.Vescan 7+9reb+3ast, F.Ardeleanu 5+1reb, I.Vass 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 124569


Group 5-8 places
Rapid - Craiova 72-67

The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rapid forced 19 Craiova turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Florina Diacona (176-82) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Cristina Perta (187-78) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Tena Matthews (173-85, college: Northwestern St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and international power forward Anca Sipos (185-85) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rapid: C.Perta 17+7reb, C.Ene 15+3reb+2ast, F.Diacona 14+10reb+6ast, A.Pavel 11+5reb+5ast, A.Ionescu 8+8reb+1ast, M.Nicolaescu 7+5reb+4ast
Craiova: A.Stefan 19+3reb+1ast, T.Matthews 19+17reb, A.Sipos 12+8reb+3ast, J.Simionca 10+7ast, R.Tarta 7+2reb+5ast, N.Cristina Negoescu 0
gschID: 124571


Olimpia - Alexandria 73-66

The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-11 Alexandria's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-66 at the end of the game. Olimpia forced 25 Alexandria turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Alexandria helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Sonia Ursu (175-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International center Alina Craciun (194-93) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Olimpia players scored in double figures. Serbian center Nevena Saponjic (186-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Georgiana Rus (189-87) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Alexandria.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: S.Ursu 15+11reb+2ast, A.Craciun 13+9reb+1ast, A.Florea 12+2reb, C.Bigica 10+1reb+5ast, G.Munteanu 8+3reb+1ast, R.Filip 8+4reb+4ast
Alexandria: N.Saponjic 23+13reb+1ast, G.Rus 17+11reb+3ast, A.Cutas 13+7reb+4ast, A.Chivu 7+3reb+1ast, C.Cutas 3+2reb, C.Teodorescu 3+1ast
gschID: 124570




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Diacona, Rapid21.8 
 2. Stoenescu, Timis.17.9 
 3. Saponjic, Alexandria17.4 
 4. Tarta, Craiova14.9 
 5. Klein, Satu Mare14.8 
 6. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe14.5 
 7. Rus, Alexandria14.4 
 8. Voinea, Alba Iulia14.3 
 9. Matthews, Craiova14.3 
 10. Sipos, Craiova14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Kane, Craiova13.4 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 3. Walker, Sf.Gheor.10.8 
 4. Saponjic, Alexandria10.1 
 5. Rus, Alexandria9.9 
 6. Teilane, Satu Mare9.3 
 7. Ducker, Satu Mare9.0 
 8. Ivan, Brasov8.8 
 9. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
 10. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe4.8 
 2. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.6 
 3. Tarta, Craiova4.1 
 4. Mehmedic, Satu M.3.9 
 5. Diacona, Rapid3.9 
 6. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe3.1 
 7. Rus, Alexandria2.9 
 8. Bucica, Alexandria2.9 
 9. Stoenescu, Timis.2.8 
 10. Boriga, ICIM A.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anca SIPOS
  Craiova
  (185-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sipos, Craiova4.0 
 2. Diacona, Rapid3.5 
 3. Stoenescu, Timis.3.1 
 4. Chivu, Alexandria2.9 
 5. Dinca, Alba Iulia2.9 
 6. Budean, Timisoara2.6 
 7. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.2.5 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.2.4 
 9. Ducker, Satu Mare2.3 
 10. Gavra, Oradea2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Teilane, Satu Mare3.9 
 2. Walker, Sf.Gheor.2.8 
 3. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 4. Kane, Craiova1.7 
 5. Craciun, Olimpia1.2 
 6. Toma, ICIM A.1.1 
 7. Rus, Alexandria0.8 
 8. Ionescu, Olimpia0.8 
 9. Chelariu, Olimpia0.7 
 10. Whitehead, Craiova0.7 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Zrinski announces preliminary squad for EuroBasket Division B - by Zeljko Zule
National team coach Boris Zrinski has announced a 24-women preliminary squad for the Eurobasket Women 2011 Division B.
GUARDS: Nika Baric (169-G-92) of Celje, Urska Cuk (167-G-86) of Triglav, Bojana Djuric of Triglav, Martina Dover (177-G-86) of AJM Maribor, Teja Oblak (172-G-90) of Hit Kranjska Gora, Sasa Panic (172-G-86) of Hit Kranjska Gora, Katarina Ristic (174-G-84) of Szolnok, Polona Zalar (176-G-91) of Panter Ilirija.
FORWARDS: Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) of Familia Schio, Katarina Ilijev (177-F-81) of AJM Maribor, Lea Jagodic (182-F-91) of Celje, Tina Jakovina (182-G-92) of Pivka, Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) of Hit Kranjska Gora, Anja Klavzar (177-F-90) of Celje, Natasa Radulovic (181-G-82) of Hit Kranjska Gora
CENTERS: Ajda Gabrovsek (188-C-84) of Odeja, Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) of Celje, Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) of Umana Reyer, Ana Ljubenovic (182-F/C-88) of Triglav, Martina Osterman (188-F-88) of Hit Kranjska Gora, Kristina Pavli (193-F-87) of Jezica, Tina Trebec (189-F/C-90) of Hit Kranjska Gora, Natasa Vene (186-F/C-84) of Panter Ilirija, Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) of Triglav
COACH: Boris Zrinski . ASSISTANT COACH: Emir Haskic .



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  SPAIN - Women  


LF2 Round 24: Arranz-Jopisa Burgos edge Maquinaria Ensino by three points - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LF2. There were many interesting games last round. It ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 24 in the LF2 took place in Lugo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Maquinaria Ensino (14-10) to fourth ranked Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (18-6) 63-60 on Saturday evening. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group A, which they share with ADBA. Maquinaria Ensino at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos is looking forward to face Pabellon Ourense (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maquinaria Ensino will play against Universitario de Ferrol (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Pais Vasco (20-4) against sixth ranked CBF Sarria (13-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Pais Vasco was defeated by CBF Sarria in a tough game in Madrid 48-56. CBF Sarria maintains sixth position in Group B with 13-11 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Pais Vasco at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. CBF Sarria will play against Conquero (#7) in Huelva in the next round. Pais Vasco will play at home against Alvargomez Guadalajara (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santa Cruz de T.. Third ranked Cajacanarias faced one of their biggest challengers Space Tanit Eivissa. Host Cajacanarias (14-10) defeated guests from Eivissa (15-9) 54-39. Despite that victory Cajacanarias went down to fourth position (Group B) due to points difference, which they share with Estudiantes. Loser Space Tanit Eivissa dropped to the third place with nine games lost. Cajacanarias will meet Orion-GDKO (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Space Tanit Eivissa will play against ASEFA Estudiantes (#5) in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Cajarural delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Aguere (17-7) 79-67 in Zamora. Cajarural have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 20-4 record. Aguere at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Cajarural's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Socinsa Bembibre on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aguere will play against Pio XII in Santiago de Com..
Leader Real Canoe recorded the nineteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Segle XXI (6-18) 71-43 in Madrid. Real Canoe (19-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory Real Canoe went down to second position (Group B) due to points difference. Segle XXI lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Real Canoe will face Fundal Alcobendas (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Segle XXI will play against Irlandesas (#10) in Leioa.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Bembibre crushed Valladolid in a road game 78-54. ADBA beat Aros Leon at home 67-62. Caceres destroyed Ourense P. on the opponent's court 84-43. Arxil Pontev. unfortunately lost to Ferrol in a home game 61-68. Cod.Carmelitas managed to beat Pio XII on the road 50-38.
In Group B winless Guadalajara was crushed by Alcobendas on its own court 36-81. Conquero was smashed by Estudiantes in Madrid 84-61. Mataro won against Orion-GDKO at home 70-59. Casablanca managed to outperform Irlandesas on the opponent's court 56-45.


Group A
Valladolid - Bembibre 54-78

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Universidad de Valladolid (1-23) was crushed at home by second ranked Socinsa Bembibre (19-5) 78-54 on Sunday. Socinsa Bembibre have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 19-5 record behind leader Cajarural. Universidad de Valladolid lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 23 games lost. Socinsa Bembibre will face league's leader Cajarural in Zamora in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Universidad de Valladolid will play on the road against Aros Leon (#11).
gschID: 113023


ADBA - Aros Leon 67-62

No shocking result in a game in Aviles where third ranked ADBA (18-6) defeated 11th ranked Aros Leon (6-18) 67-62 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Aros Leon won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ADBA have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group A with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Cajarural, which they share with Burgos. Loser Aros Leon keeps the eleventh place with 18 games lost. ADBA will face Femenino Caceres (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aros Leon will play against Universidad de Valladolid.
gschID: 113024


Ourense P. - Caceres 43-84

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Femenino Caceres and 13th ranked Pabellon Ourense had identical 5-18 record. But Pabellon Ourense was not able to use a home court advantage and was rolled over by the opponent from Caceres 84-43 on Saturday night. Femenino Caceres (6-18) moved-up to eleventh place in Group A, which they share with Aros Leon. Pabellon Ourense lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Femenino Caceres will face higher ranked ADBA (#3) in Aviles in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pabellon Ourense will play at home against Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 113025


Ensino - Burgos 60-63

The most exciting game of round 24 in the LF2 took place in Lugo. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Maquinaria Ensino (14-10) to fourth ranked Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (18-6) 63-60 on Saturday evening. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group A, which they share with ADBA. Maquinaria Ensino at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Arranz-Jopisa Burgos is looking forward to face Pabellon Ourense (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maquinaria Ensino will play against Universitario de Ferrol (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113019


Arxil Pontev. - Ferrol 61-68

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Universitario de Ferrol (15-9) beat on the road 10th ranked Arxil Pontevedra (8-16) 68-61 on Saturday. Universitario de Ferrol maintains sixth position in Group A with 15-9 record. Arxil Pontevedra lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Universitario de Ferrol will face Maquinaria Ensino (#7) in Lugo in the next round. Arxil Pontevedra will play on the road against Codigalco Carmelitas in Ourense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113020


Pio XII - Cod.Carmelitas 38-50

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Santiago de Com. where 8th ranked Pio XII (12-12) was defeated by ninth ranked Codigalco Carmelitas (9-15) 50-38 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Codigalco Carmelitas dominated on the defensive end, holding Pio XII to just 5 points in second quarter. Codigalco Carmelitas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position in Group A with 9-15 record. Pio XII lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Codigalco Carmelitas will face Arxil Pontevedra (#10) at home in the next round.
gschID: 113021


Cajarural - Aguere 79-67

Leader Cajarural delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Aguere (17-7) 79-67 in Zamora. The game was mostly controlled by Cajarural. Aguere was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cajarural have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 20-4 record. Aguere at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Cajarural's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Socinsa Bembibre on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aguere will play against Pio XII in Santiago de Com..
gschID: 113022


Group B
Guadalajara - Alcobendas 36-81

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Fundal Alcobendas (13-11) outleveled on the road bottom-ranked Alvargomez Guadalajara (0-24) 81-36 on Saturday. Fundal Alcobendas moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Alvargomez Guadalajara still closes the standings with 24 games lost. Fundal Alcobendas will face league's second-placed Real Canoe in Madrid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Alvargomez Guadalajara will play on the road against the league's leader Pais Vasco (#1) in San Sebastian and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 113028


CBF Sarria - Pais Vasco 56-48

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Pais Vasco (20-4) against sixth ranked CBF Sarria (13-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Pais Vasco was defeated by CBF Sarria in a tough game in Madrid 48-56. CBF Sarria maintains sixth position in Group B with 13-11 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Pais Vasco at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. CBF Sarria will play against Conquero (#7) in Huelva in the next round. Pais Vasco will play at home against Alvargomez Guadalajara (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 113029


Estudiantes - Conquero 84-61

Everything could happen in Madrid at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked ASEFA Estudiantes and 8th ranked Conquero had identical 13-10 record. This time ASEFA Estudiantes used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Huelva 84-61 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by ASEFA Estudiantes. Conquero was better in third quarter 17-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ASEFA Estudiantes have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Cajacanarias. Loser Conquero dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. ASEFA Estudiantes will face higher ranked Space Tanit Eivissa (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Conquero will play against CBF Sarria in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113030


Cajacanarias - Eivissa 54-39

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Santa Cruz de T.. Third ranked Cajacanarias faced one of their biggest challengers Space Tanit Eivissa. Host Cajacanarias (14-10) defeated guests from Eivissa (15-9) 54-39. The game was mostly controlled by Cajacanarias. Space Tanit Eivissa managed to win third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Space Tanit Eivissa to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Despite that victory Cajacanarias went down to fourth position (Group B) due to points difference, which they share with Estudiantes. Loser Space Tanit Eivissa dropped to the third place with nine games lost. Cajacanarias will meet Orion-GDKO (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Space Tanit Eivissa will play against ASEFA Estudiantes (#5) in Madrid and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113031


Mataro - Orion-GDKO 70-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Platges de Mataro's (8-16) home victory over 12th ranked Orion-GDKO (8-16) 70-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Platges de Mataro maintains eleventh position in Group B with 8-16 record, which they share with defeated Orion-GDKO. Platges de Mataro will face higher ranked Casablanca (#9) in Zaragoza in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 113032


Irlandesas - Casablanca 45-56

Everything could happen in Leioa at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Casablanca and 10th ranked Irlandesas had identical 12-11 record. But Irlandesas was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Zaragoza 56-45 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Casablanca. Irlandesas was better in third quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Casablanca (13-11) moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Irlandesas keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Casablanca will face Platges de Mataro (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Irlandesas will play against Segle XXI in Barcelona.
gschID: 113026


Real Canoe - Segle XXI 71-43

Leader Real Canoe recorded the nineteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Segle XXI (6-18) 71-43 in Madrid. The game without a history. Real Canoe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Segle XXI to just 6 points in first quarter. Real Canoe (19-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory Real Canoe went down to second position (Group B) due to points difference. Segle XXI lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. Real Canoe will face Fundal Alcobendas (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Segle XXI will play against Irlandesas (#10) in Leioa.
gschID: 113027




LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. Cajarural 20-4 
 2. Bembibre 19-5 
 3. ADBA 18-6 
 4. Burgos 18-6 
 5. Aguere 17-7 
 6. Ferrol 15-9 
 7. Ensino 14-10 
 8. Pio XII 12-12 
 9. Cod.Carmelitas 9-15 
 10. Arxil Pontev. 8-16 
 11. Aros Leon 6-18 
 12. Caceres 6-18 
 13. Ourense P. 5-19 
 14. Valladolid 1-23 
Group B
 1. Pais Vasco 20-4 
 2. Real Canoe 19-5 
 3. Eivissa 15-9 
 4. Cajacanarias 14-10 
 5. Estudiantes 14-10 
 6. CBF Sarria 13-11 
 7. Conquero 13-11 
 8. Alcobendas 13-11 
 9. Casablanca 13-11 
 10. Irlandesas 12-12 
 11. Mataro 8-16 
 12. Orion-GDKO 8-16 
 13. Segle XXI 6-18 
 14. Guadalajara 0-24 


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Murphy, Mariana25.5 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.16.0 
 3. Bonner, Rivas E.15.8 
 4. Ferrari, Mariana15.5 
 5. Valdemoro, Rivas E.15.3 
 6. Traore, Olesa15.3 
 7. Chones, Navarra15.0 
 8. Sliskovic, Real C.15.0 
 9. Traore, Cadi la Seu14.0 
 10. Douglas, Ros C.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gisela VEGA
  Girona
  (188-C-82)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Vega, Girona9.6 
 2. Paris, Rivas Ecopolis8.8 
 3. Brunson, Ros C.8.7 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.8.4 
 5. Sliskovic, Real C.8.2 
 6. DeSouza, Perfumer.8.2 
 7. Vega, Mariana8.2 
 8. Murphy, Mariana7.8 
 9. Ress, Gran Canaria7.7 
 10. Staknevicien., Real C.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paola FERRARI
  Mariana
  (178-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Ferrari, Mariana4.2 
 2. Morales, Ibiza3.7 
 3. Infantes, Olesa3.6 
 4. Ocete, Mariana3.6 
 5. Sanchez, Gran C.3.2 
 6. Thorburn, Ibiza3.1 
 7. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun3.1 
 8. Ouvina, Mann Filter3.0 
 9. Jordana, Real C.2.9 
 10. Montanana, Perfumer.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eshaya Marie MURPHY
  Mariana
  (180-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Murphy, Mariana2.5 
 2. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun2.1 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.0 
 4. Ouvina, Mann Filter1.9 
 5. Bermejo, Rivas E.1.9 
 6. Thorburn, Ibiza1.9 
 7. Morales, Ibiza1.8 
 8. Sanchez, Gran C.1.7 
 9. Ocete, Mariana1.6 
 10. Feaster-S., Mann F.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Olga PODKOVALNIKOVA
  Olesa
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.3 
 2. Henry, Mann Filter1.3 
 3. Denti, Olesa1.0 
 4. DeSouza, Perfumer.1.0 
 5. Kerr, Olesa0.9 
 6. Lacy, Hondar.-Irun0.8 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.0.7 
 8. Bavendam, Hondar.-.0.7 
 9. Brunson, Ros C.0.7 
 10. Pirsic, Ibiza0.6 


Astou Traore claims Spanish LFB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Senegalese Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cadi la Seu D'urgell and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 28 points and fifteen rebounds, while her team lost the game against Mariana (#6, 13-13) 85-98. Cadi la Seu finished the season as No.12 with 9-17 record. In the team's last game Traore had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be Cadi la Seu's top player in her first season with the team. Traore has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.0ppg) and averages solid 55.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Croatian forward Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban. Sliskovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she lead Real C.Vigo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Olesa (#14, 4-22) 92-61. Real C.Vigo ended as No.11 with 9-17 record. Sliskovic is one of the most experienced players at Real C.Vigo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#8). She also registered 8.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Puerto Rican Eshaya Marie Murphy (180-G/F-85) of Soller Joventud Mariana (#6). Murphy got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. She went also for seven rebounds . She was a key player of Mariana, leading her team to a 98-85 easy win against the lower-ranked Cadi la Seu (#12, 9-17). Mariana finished as No.6 with 13 victories and 13 lost games. Murphy had a great season in Spain. After 26 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85) of Mariana - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Edwige Lawson-Wade (167-PG-79) of Ros Casares - 20 points and 3 assists
6. Kristen Rasmussen (188-C-78) of Ibiza - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Gabriela Ocete (170-G-88) of Mariana - 14 points and 4 assists
8. Rosaura Sanchez (176-G-74) of Gran Canaria - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) of Cadi la Seu - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of Ros Casares - 19 points and 8 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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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.4
 1. Greene, Pully30.4 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg27.1 
 3. Diouf, Pully26.1 
 4. Villarroel, Helios25.9 
 5. Edwards, Riva B.25.6 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios24.2 
 8. Williams, Fribourg20.1 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Greene, Pully16.8 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg15.0 
 3. Sissoko, Helios13.1 
 4. Wilkins, Riva Basket12.7 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.3 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon11.0 
 7. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.10.4 
 9. Griffith, Highflyers9.6 
 10. Skouby, Basel9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Diouf, Pully6.4 
 2. Williams, Fribourg4.7 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.5 
 4. Dorestand, Highf.4.2 
 5. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 6. Heckendorn, Basel3.5 
 7. Greene, Pully3.5 
 8. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
 10. Annibale, Riva Basket2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Diouf, Pully4.6 
 2. Greene, Pully4.5 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.1 
 4. Gur, Nyon4.0 
 5. Williams, Fribourg3.6 
 6. Edwards, Riva B.3.4 
 7. Sissoko, Helios3.4 
 8. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 9. Kershaw, Helios3.2 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.7 
 2. Williams, Fribourg3.4 
 3. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.1.5 
 5. Skouby, Basel1.4 
 6. Greene, Pully1.4 
 7. Trahan, Fribourg1.2 
 8. Favre, Nyon1.1 
 9. Hamlin, Highflyers1.1 
 10. Yanni, Basel1.0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Four WNBA teams to face Chinese women's National Team this spring - by Eurobasket News
The WNBA preseason will continue to take on an international flavor this spring when the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team is slated to tip off against four WNBA teams in the United States.

The Chinese National Women's Basketball Team is scheduled to play preseason games against the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on May 19, and against the New York Liberty at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., on May 27. In between, the Chinese squad scrimmages against the Mystics in Washington, D.C., on May 21, and in Chicago two days later versus the Sky. The Chinese squad closes out its WNBA slate on May 30 with a three-way scrimmage involving the Liberty and the Sun at the Liberty's training center in White Plains, N.Y.

This is the latest cooperation between the NBA and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) who have a long history of working together to grow the game of basketball in China. In 1986, the NBA first hosted the Chinese National Men's Basketball Team with exhibition games in the U.S. The NBA and CBA have worked together to stage five sets of NBA China Games and are currently conducting a joint coaching program and developing an elite basketball training facility for youth. Last season, the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team played three preseason games in the U.S. against the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, San Antonio Silver Stars and Phoenix Mercury.

Along with the games against the Chinese National Team, the 2011 WNBA preseason also includes a comprehensive schedule of games against international teams, including games against teams from Great Britain and Japan. The Phoenix Mercury hosts the JX Sunflowers, 2010 champions of the Women's Japan Basketball League at US Airways center on May 24. Five days later, on May 29, the defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream is slated to participate in the first WNBA game to be played in Europe. The game against the Standard Life Great Britain Women's National Team will be played at the 18,095-seat Manchester Evening News Arena as part of a new, multiyear partnership between the Manchester City Council and the National Basketball Association.

A leading power in women's basketball in Asia, the Chinese National Women's Basketball Team currently ranks eighth in the world according to FIBA. China, the host nation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, reached the semifinals in the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

'My experience in international play is that China has been highly competitive; they were really good at the most recent Olympics and have worked their way up in the world ranking,' said Mike Thibault, current head coach of the Sun and an assistant coach on the gold medal-winning United States women's team at the 2008 Olympics. 'They have players capable of playing in our league, so we'll be up against a good team. This will be a good first test to tip off our season and it will be a good way for a number of WNBA teams to prepare.'

These contests against international foes follow the 2010 preseason in which the Los Angeles Sparks, San Antonio Silver Stars and the Phoenix Mercury hosted the China National Team, and the Connecticut Sun hosted the Poland National Team.

A global league featuring the best female players from around the world, including 20 international players hailing from 13 countries last season, WNBA games and programming were televised in 203 countries and territories in 27 languages in 2010. About the WNBA The WNBA - which features 12 teams and is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world - is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Following a 2010 season that included a fourth consecutive year of attendance growth, surging WNBA Finals ratings, and strong increases in traffic to WNBA.com and WNBA Mobile sites, the league will tip off its historic 15th season on June 3.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com