EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/7/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


32nd Anniversary of BOSNA winning European Champions' Cup - by Sead Buljina
On April 5, 1979 most famous Bosnian club BOSNA, Sarajevo beat Italian powerhouse EMERSON Varese 96:93 in the European Champions' Cup (i.e. today's Euroleague) final. BOSNA, led by Mirza Delibasic, became the first club to win European club championship without foreign players on its roster.
Bosna won the European Champions' Cup with the following players: Boro Vucevic, Anto Djogic, Predrag Benacek, Bosko Bosiocic, Nihad Izic, Ratko Radovanovic, Dragan Zrno, Zarko Varajic, Mirza Delibasic, Sabahudin Bilalovic, Sabit Hadzic, Svetislav Pesic. Coach: Bogdan Tanjevic. Emir Mutapcic was a young player at the time who had to watch the final game from the bench in street clothes. It will be a long time before a team playing with domestic players only wins the top European competition again.


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL MVP award winners wrap - by Eurobasket News
Below is a run down of all the NBL Award winners for the 2010/11 Season

Most Valuable Player - Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas) (Wollongong)

All-NBL Team - Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) (New Zealand), Gary Ervin (Wollongong), Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) (Sydney), Damian Martin (188-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount) (Perth), Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) (New Zealand)

Most Improved Player - Oscar Forman (Wollongong)

Best 6th Man - Kevin Braswell (New Zealand)

NBL Coach of the Year - Trevor Gleeson (Townsville)

NBL Referee of the Year - Michael Aylen

Best Defensive Player - Damian Martin (Perth)

Rookie of the Year - Ben Madgen (Sydney)

Courtesy of NBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  BAHAMAS   


Shipyard Cruisers win Grand Bahamas championship - by Eurobasket News
Shipyard Cruisers celebrated the Grand Bahamas Basketball Association championship title. They swept the Final series against Out of the Water Sharks. The decisive win came with a 102:85 score. Jabar Lightbourne led the winners. He was named the MVP. Shipyard Cruisers will now travel to Nassau for the Bahamas Basketball Federation National Championships in May.



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  BELGIUM   


Ian Hanavan joins Leuven Bears - by Eurobasket News
Leuven Bears strengthened their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville). The 30-year-old power forward started the season in Cyprus. He tallied 12.0 points, 4.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per EuroCup game for APOEL. In EuroChallenge his stats read 12.7 points, 7.3 boards and 1.7 steals. In Cypriot League Ian Hanavan delivered 15.3 points, 5.6 boards and 1.9 assists per game. The forward helped APOEL clinch Cypriot Super Cup. Last season Ian Hanavan played for Nymburk in Czech Republic. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Bosman Player of the Year. Ian Hanavan has a US-Belgian citizenship.


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  BOSNIA   


Harvey's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old center Donnell Harvey (203-C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Igokea and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 39 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Mladost (#4, 1-2) 87-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Igokea to consolidate first place in the Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Igokea already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Harvey turned to be Igokea's top player in his first season with the team. Donnell Harvey averages just after three games 16.7ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) of league's second-best Borac Nektar. He is Serbian center in his first season at Borac Nektar. In the last game Jagodic Kuridza recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Borac Nektar to edge Capljina (0-3) by 5 points 90-85. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jagodic Kuridza is a newcomer at Borac Nektar and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) of Bosna (#5). Rahimic scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Rahimic's great performance Bosna lost 66-90 to Siroki TT (#3, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bosna not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rahimic could try to bring Bosna's a little bit higher in the standings. Rahimic has individually a great season in Bosnia. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (3rd best). Dzenan Rahimic has also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) of Borac Nektar - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Krunoslav Rimac (195-G-84) of Capljina - 24 points and 2 assists
6. Ranko Velimirovic (203-F/C-72) of Mladost - 14 points and 5 rebounds
7. Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) of Siroki TT - 12 points and 5 rebounds
8. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) of Siroki TT - 12 points and 9 rebounds
9. Vedran Morovic (184-G-83) of Siroki TT - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) of Capljina - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Mile Ilic to play for BIH? - by Nedzad Kladusak
Last week Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) confirmed that he is negotiating a possible return to KSBIH. The Tuzla-native center complained about the way serbian basketball federation treated him after he picked up an injury during the World championships. After that injury his NBA career and after short periods in Spain and Russia he ended up in the serbian league. He still didnt make a final decision whether he will officially apply for the renaturalisation process. Harun Mahmutovic announced he will wait until Ilic commits himself to KSBIH since it wouldn t be the first time that players want to use the national team for personal marketing. Despite Ilic has got great size and good basketball fundamentals he can t fully compense the loss of Sinanovic, Begic, Barac and Rizvic.

Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Standings
A1 League - Group A
 1. Triland 10-0 
 2. Igman 5-5 
 3. Play Off 5-5 
 4. Bosnjak 4-6 
 5. Bihac 3-7 
 6. Orlovik 3-7 
A1 League - Group B
 1. Vogosca 8-2 
 2. Student 7-3 
 3. Brcko 5-5 
 4. Limometal 5-5 
 5. Gradina 4-6 
 6. Trica 1-9 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Servitium 12-3 
 2. Sutjeska 12-3 
 3. Plus Gradanski 11-4 
 4. Radnik B. 9-6 
 5. Rudar 9-6 
 6. Bratunac 8-7 
 7. Glasinac 8-7 
 8. Wolf Security 6-9 
 9. Feniks 5-10 
 10. Derventa 4-11 
 11. Prijedor 4-11 
 12. Drina 2-13 
Herceg-Bosna
 1. Posusje 4-0 
 2. Livno 4-1 
 3. Siroki II 4-1 
 4. Busovaca 3-1 
 5. Lokomotiva 2-1 
 6. Kiseljak 2-2 
 7. Rama 2-3 
 8. Vitez 2-3 
 9. Grude 1-4 
 10. Tomislav 0-4 
 11. Zrinjski II 0-4 


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lalovic, Boris 19.8
Hercegovac
2 Kahrimanovic,Abd 18.6
Kakanj
3 Rahimic, Dzenan 18.2
Bosna
4 Gajovic, Goran 16.6
Hercegovac
5 Albijanic, Drasko 16.6
Sloboda
Rebounds Per Game
1 Pejovic, Hercegovac 8
2 Sakic, Zrinjski HT 7.6
3 Kuzmic, Celik 7.3
4 Kuzmic, Celik 7.3
5 Hajric, Zrinjski HT 7.2
6 Jagodic Kuri., Borac N. 7
7 Albijanic, Sloboda . 6.4
8 Markovic, Varda HE 6.4
9 Lalovic, Hercegovac 6.2
10 Vukovic, Slavija 6.2
Assists Per Game
1 Radovanovic, Herce. 6.1
2 Lalic, Hercegovac 6
3 Pasalic, Bosna 4.8
4 Jovanovic, Borac N. 4.4
5 Boljkovac, Slavija 3.6
6 Zdravkovic, Capljina 3.5
7 Markovic, Varda HE 3.5
8 Stanic, Slavija 3.4
9 Jovanovic, SL IAT L. 3.3
10 Bijelica, Capljina 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Stanic, Slavija 3.5
2 Lalic, Hercegovac 2.8
3 Radovanovic, Herce. 2.4
4 Gajovic, Hercegovac 2.3
5 Savovic, Slavija 2.1
6 Vranjes, Borac N. 2
7 Bijelica, Capljina 1.8
8 Lalovic, Hercegovac 1.7
9 Komatina, Mladost 1.5
10 Zdravkovic, Capljina 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Kuzmic, Celik 1.8
2 Kuzmic, Celik 1.8
3 Zimic, Bosna 1.6
4 Brkic, Capljina 0.8
5 Jocovic, Borac N. 0.8
6 Durasovic, SL IAT L. 0.7
7 Duranovic, Mladost 0.7
8 Pejovic, Hercegovac 0.7
9 Albijanic, Sloboda . 0.7
10 Pelkic, SL IAT L. 0.7


32nd Anniversary of BOSNA winning European Champions' Cup - by Sead Buljina
On April 5, 1979 most famous Bosnian club BOSNA, Sarajevo beat Italian powerhouse EMERSON Varese 96:93 in the European Champions' Cup (i.e. today's Euroleague) final. BOSNA, led by Mirza Delibasic, became the first club to win European club championship without foreign players on its roster.
Bosna won the European Champions' Cup with the following players: Boro Vucevic, Anto Djogic, Predrag Benacek, Bosko Bosiocic, Nihad Izic, Ratko Radovanovic, Dragan Zrno, Zarko Varajic, Mirza Delibasic, Sabahudin Bilalovic, Sabit Hadzic, Svetislav Pesic. Coach: Bogdan Tanjevic. Emir Mutapcic was a young player at the time who had to watch the final game from the bench in street clothes. It will be a long time before a team playing with domestic players only wins the top European competition again.


Bavcic delivers for Aris - by Sead Buljina
In the 23rd round of the Greece A1 championship, our NT member, Edin Bavcic (210-F-84) led Aris to a road win vs. Marousi with a game-high 18 points and 7 rebounds in 34 minutes of playing time. On the other side Feliks Kojadinovic had 7 points and an assist in 20 minutes before fouling out.
Edin Bavcic signed a contract a couple of weeks ago with famous Aris, a recent Euroleague participant, a team that was among top 4 during '80s thanks to such players as Nikos Gallis, one of the best European players ever. Upon arriving to Aris, Bavcic has established himself as one of the key players on a team with such great tradition. Aris is currently sharing 4th spot on the standings with Marousi.


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  BRAZIL   


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, Penarol 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 Penarol, 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, Penarol was the champion by beating Brasilia in the final played in Mar del Plata (ARG).


Sorocaba sign Chiliean point guard - by Paulo Freire
The Sorocaba basketball team (LSB) lost the final game of the Southeast Region of the Brazil Cup to the Rio Claro basketball team, last Saturday, but Sorocaba is not willing to lose again the title on the next phase of the tournament the Brazil Super Cup.

The Southeast Region classified the three to ranked teams to the next phase of the competition named Brazil Super Cup, therefore Rio Claro, Sorocaba and Tijuca will advance to the next phase that will be held on May.

To dispute the national competition, Sorocaba head coach Rinaldo Rodrigues has announced yesterday the arrival of Chiliean point guard
Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) , who played for his country for almost ten years, that will be his second team in Brazil, since Rodrigo wore the shirt of Cabo Frio while playing in the Brazil Cup.


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  CHINA   


Guo Ailun to Appear at Nike Hoop Summit - by Arthur Volbert
As China's U19 national team left China Apirl 4 and is currently in United States for training, Guo Ailun (193-G-93) had been allowed to report to the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. He has gone through his medical check, and started to play with the World Select Team.

The game will be played this Saturday, April 9, at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregpn.

Guo is the second international player to make a belated acceptance to the World Team. Bismack Biyombo of the Congo recently left his Spanish club team to appear at the Summit, despite his club, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, threatening to release him if he did so.

Guo is the only player on the World Team who requires an English interpreter. So Guo will still have some difficulty communicating with his teammates as a playmaking guard.

There will be a live game telecast on the Fox Sports Network at 7 PM Pacific Time.

USA Roster
Player Pos Hgt Wgt DOB High School / Hometown College Choice
Brad Beal G 6'3'' 180 06/28/93 Chaminade Prep / St.Louis,MO *Florida
Rakeem Christmas F 6'9'' 225 12/01/91 New Church Academy / Philadelphia,MD *Syracuse
Quinn Cook G 6'1'' 178 03/23/93 Oak Hill / Bowie,MD *Duke
Anthony Davis F 6'10'' 220 03/11/93 Perspectives Charter / Chicago,IL *Kentucky
Michael Gilchrist F 6'7'' 220 09/26/93 St.Patrick HS / Somerdale,NJ *Kentucky
James McAdoo F 6'8'' 210 01/04/93 St.Patrick HS / Norfolk,VA *No.Carolina
Austin Rivers G 6'3'' 175 08/01/92 WinterPark HS / WinterPark,FL *Duke
Marquis Teague G 6'2'' 175 02/28/93 Pike HS / Indianapolis,IN *Kentucky
Adonis Thomas G 6'6'' 205 03/25/93 Bishop Melrose HS / Cordova,TN *Memphis
Tony Wroten G 6'5'' 206 04/13/93 Garfield HS / Seattle,WA *Washington

World Sekect Roster
Player Pos Hgt Wgt Year Home Country Current Team
Kyle Wiltjer F 6'10'' 221 1992 Canada Jesuit HS (Portland, OR)
Dario Saric F 6'9'' 190 1994 Croatia KK Dubrava Zagreb
Davis Bertans F 6'7'' 205 1992 Latvia Union Olimpija Jr. Team
Mateusz Ponitka G 6'5'' 190 1993 Poland AZS Politechnika
Kevin Pangos G 6'1'' 178 1993 Canada Dr.Dennison HS (Ont)
Evan Fornier G 6'6'' 185 1992 France Union Poitiers
Raul Togni Neto G 6'2'' 195 1992 Brazil Pitagoras Minas Tenis Club
Lucas Riva Nogueira C 7'0'' 225 1992 Brazil Estudiantes
Przemyslaw Karnowski C 7'0'' 269 1993 Poland Sport School Cetniewo
Guo Ailun G/F 6'4'' 180 1993 China Laioning
Bismack Biyombo F/C 6'9'' 240 1992 Congo Baloncesto Fuenlabrada



Xinjiang and Guangdong Grab 2-0 Leads in Playoffs - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang and Guangdong continued their winning ways, both grabbing 2-0 leads in their CBA semi-final series.

Guangdong defeated Dongguan 123-115. Hudson Lester (191-G-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) led the way with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks. Du Feng had an outstanding game, scoring 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting and adding 4 assists. Marcus Haislip had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Su Wei had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Shipeng had 15 points and 3 assists. Zhou Peng had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Josh Akognon had 31 points for Dongguan. Qiu Biao scored 21. Courtney Sims had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. Sims is effective, but is not the special player that Jackson Vroman was before he was injured. Sims had only one assist, not the multiple assists that Vroman often produced as he much better blended with the rest of the Dongguan team. Meng Duo had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 11 points and 3 rebounds and may still be feeling lingering effects from his recent ankle injury.

Quincy Douby had 41 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals as Xinjiang crushed Jiangsu 112-91. James Singleton had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Xu Guozhong had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Xirelijiang, a young star of Uighur heritage whose Chinese name is Co Tal, had 15 points and 4 rebounds, hitting 5 of 9 three-pointers. Mengke Bateer had 9 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

Yi Li had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for Jiangsu. Antoine Wright had 19 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Da had 17 points and 5 steals. Liu Yahui scored 8. Jerome Moiso had 8 points and 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Tang Zhengdong had 7 points and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes, backing up Moiso at center, and confirmed his current role as a backup rather than a star.




CBA Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Xinjiang - Jiangsu 112-91

The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) orchestrated the victory by scoring 41 points (!!!), 6 assists and 6 steals. Swingman GuoChong Xu (198-81) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. International swingman Li Yi (203-85) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Jiangsu Dragons' coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 41+4reb+6ast, S.James 20+5reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 19+6reb+3ast, C.Tal 15+4reb+1ast, M.Bateer 9+10reb+8ast, M.WuLan 6+4reb
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 19+4reb+2ast, Y.Li 19+5reb+3ast, M.Da 17+1reb+2ast, Y.Li 9+1ast, L.Yahui 8+5reb+2ast, M.Jerome 8+6reb
gschID: 126014


Guandong - DongGuan 123-115

The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 DongGuan Leopards' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 123-115 at the end of the game. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. DongGuan Leopards were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) scored 30 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Feng Du (207-81) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) responded with 31 points and American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Lester 30+8reb+6ast, D.Feng 21+1reb+4ast, H.Marcus 20+6reb, S.Wei 16+9reb, W.ShiPeng 15+1reb+3ast, Z.Peng 13+12reb+1ast
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 31+3reb+3ast, Q.Biao 21+3reb, S.Courtney 20+11reb+1ast, P.Duo 14+4reb+1ast, Z.Kai 11+3reb+2ast, G.QuAn 6+2reb
gschID: 126015




Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang31.4 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.9 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Douby, Xinjiang5.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
 10. Allen, Shandong4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.5 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.9 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 9. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Haislip, Guandong1.6 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 8. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. KK Zagreb CO 4-0 
 2. Zadar 3-2 
 3. Cedevita 2-1 
 4. KK Split 2-1 
 5. Cibona 1-2 
 6. Borik 1-3 
 7. Alkar Sinj 1-3 
 8. Zabok 0-2 
Group B
 1. Kvarner 2010 3-1 
 2. Trogir 3-1 
 3. Darda 2-2 
 4. Svjetlost 2-2 
 5. Dubrava 2-2 
 6. Dubrovnik 0-4 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner 2010
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner .23.0 
 2. Zitko, Trogir19.5 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost18.0 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Mimica, KK Split17.5 
 6. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda15.9 
 9. Bakovic, Darda15.8 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Saric, Dubrava9.3 
 3. Krolo, Darda9.2 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.8 
 5. Sobin, KK Split7.8 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.6 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 8. Ruzic, Borik5.8 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split5.8 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Karakas, Trogir6.4 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.5 
 3. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 4. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.5 
 7. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.1 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Subotic, KK Split3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Petani, Borik2.1 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Swift, Darda1.8 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 9. Maric, Svjetlost1.6 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 3. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 5. Vladovic, Trogir1.0 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 7. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.9 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.9 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.8 


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Former D-Leaguers Among the Best of Australian NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
Australias National Basketball League announced its 2010-11 All-NBL Teams yesterday and littered throughout the First, Second and Third Teams are players who have honed and developed their games in the NBA D-League. The leading vote-getter and First Team selection was perennial NBL and international star Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin). The now 30-year old former Wisconsin Badger tied for the league lead in scoring this season at 20.1 points per contest while leading his New Zealand Breakers to a 22-6 (first place) finish in the regular season. The 6-5 Penney had his best D-league season in 2004-05 with the Asheville Altitude, winning the Championship and earning All-NBA-D-League Honorable Mention honors. Last season Penney made a brief return to the D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, appearing in seven games and averaging 22.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 56.8% from the field. He was also the second leading scorer at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey for his native New Zealand, averaging 24.7 points over six contests.
Joining Penney on the First Team is former Skyforce and Tulsa 66ers guard Gary Ervin (6'1''-G-83, college: Arkansas). The 6-1 point guard out of Brooklyn, NY tied Penney for the league-lead in scoring while averaging 4.5 assists per contest, good for fifth best in the league. The 27-year old Ervin split his rookie 2008-09 campaign between Sioux Falls and Tulsa, and owns career averages of 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 45 games.
An All-NBL Second Team selection is former NBA and Fort Worth Flyer center Luke Schenscher (7'1''-C-82, college: Georgia Tech). In 70 career D-League games over the 05-06 and 06-07 seasons, the Australian native and NCAA Finalist from Georgia Tech averaged 8.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Corey Williams (6'3''-G-77, college: Alabama St.) joins Schenscher as a fellow D-League alum on the NBL Second Team.. The former Sioux Falls and Dakota Wizards guard averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists this season for the Melbourne Tigers. Williams is also a D-League Champion, helping lead Dakota to the title during the 2006-07 season. He owns career D-League averages of 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 51.8% over 35 games. Williams was the Australian League Player of the Year during the 2009-10 season.
Rounding out the former D-Leaguers is Ayinde Ubaka (6'4''-G-85, college: California) who was named to the NBL Third Team. The former California Golden Bear guard appeared in 12 games with the Anaheim Arsenal during their final season in 2008-09. The 6-4 Ubaka is in his second season in Australia where he averaged 14.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 28 games for the Skytrans Cairns Taipans.



Lakers recall Derrick Caracter from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Caracter, who was assigned to Bakersfield on March 29, played three games with the Jam, including one start, averaging 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.

Selected by the Lakers in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Caracter has appeared in 40 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.3 minutes.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Big wins for CDP and GUG! - by Oscar Peralta
CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Gregorio Urbano Gilbert picked up very important a win to start the semi-finals. the semi-final is set as a round robin where all 4 teams will face each other 2 times and the 2 teams with the best record will meet in a best of 7 championship finals. In case of a tie in the second position at the end of all games they will go to a the points difference between the matches of the 2 teams in question to determine the finalist. Both Plaza Fernando Valerio and CPN Pueblo Nuevo are meeting in the next match in a very crucial game since both lost there first game. the looser will sit at the bottom and have to pull a tough task to make it to the finals. In the other match CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago and Gregorio Urbano Gilbert will meet and the winner will sit on the top of the standings with a 2-0 record.

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Madness - by Casey Archibald
While trying to stay up and stare at my laptops fuzzy and choppy display of the NCAA tournament theres been a few things that have really stood out to me. First off I may never bet on Pittsburgh making it past the 16 ever again no matter what theyre ranked going into the tourney. This team has failed me year and in year out. The rest of my bracket busters I understand. But PITT, no more love from me when it comes time to hand in my yearly bracket. Now that I got that off my chest heres what Ive actually noticed.

1.Something needs to be done with the Charge/Block rule in college hoops. With no charge line under the hoop and a bunch of young overzealous guys trying to take charges every time the ball hits the pain it uglifies (is that a word?) the game. If anyone saw the PITT-Butler game you know what Im talking about. The refs became charge happy, the players became flop happy, Jamie Dixon lost years off his life, Matt Howard made a career from flopping, and me as a fan, well I just shook my head in disgust. If a player is about to finish at the rim lets get rid of guys sliding underneath him hoping the ref will bail him out and lets see defenders challenge them in the air, not the ground.

2.No conference should have 11 teams in the Tourney, NONE, not even you BIG EAST. I wont deny the Big East the credit it deserves, but 11 of its 16 teams going to the tourney in 1 year is too much, and thats been shown this year. 3 of those 11 lost in the first round and 6 lost in the 2nd round. As good as the conference is, lets spread it out and not get too sucked into the TV hype and college game days.

3.Great coaching has a HUGE impact at the college level. Brad Steven has shown that he deserves almost any coaching job in the country. Back to Back final appearances for a team that realistically shouldnt make it past the first round on paper grants him elite coaching status. And what Shaka Smart did this year with VCU was fun to watch. The real test for him will be getting back there again since he turned down some offers to stay put in Virginia.

4.Jimmer can flat out hoop. Unfortunately he didnt shine as much as people expected in the tourney but he had a great year. He lead the nation in scoring which isnt enough nowadays to prove to NBA execs that youre lottery, but hes come up big, game in and game out. People have criticized him for getting up too many attempts, not being a true PG, compared him to every white NBA player to ever play the game (I read a Kyle Korver comparison the other day, cmon, Korver has 5 inches on him... Personally I see more Eddie House in him) and more or less critiqued everything he does because thats the nature of the business. But when it comes down to it, Jimmer has driven fans wild, has songs, music videos, shirts, everything, but more importantly he got BYU back to the Sweet 16 since 1981. Get him in the right NBA system and I think hell impress. Shoot maybe Utah will get him....

Oh Im supposed to be writing on what Ive been doing here? Hmmm. Playing a lot of games, getting ready for playoffs, and spending too much time watching other teams play, that about sums it up. Good luck to everyone gearing up for the home stretch of your season and the playoffs, and if youre playing or living in Japan, stay safe ... Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy)


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, Rakvere17.1 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 7. Brown, Va.16.3 
 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. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 4. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.0 
 6. Allen, Voru KK2.8 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Winston, Va.2.6 
 10. Oja, Va.2.6 
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. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Doronin, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
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. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 


EMKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Rapla and Valga/CKE level series - by Eurobasket News
Rapla - TTU/Kalev 99-87 OT

Rapla needed an overtime to tame TTU/Kalev and caught up with their opponents in the quarterfinal series. TTU/Kalev was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-18 charge of Rapla, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-6. Rapla shot 27 for 42 from the free-throw line, while TTU/Kalev only scored eleven points from the stripe. Rapla forced 21 TTU/Kalev turnovers. TTU/Kalev was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) scored 30 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) chipped in 19 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 30+8reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 19+15reb+1ast, R.Raap 18+8reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 9+4reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 7+2reb+2ast, F.Talts 6+1reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 22+7reb, V.Kriisa 14+5reb+8ast, E.Keedus 14+4reb+4ast, C.Archibald 12+3reb+4ast, M.Klementsov 9+6reb+3ast, I.Pilk 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125429


Valga/CKE - Rakvere 71-70

Valga/CKE narrowly nipped Rakvere at home court to level the series at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Timo Oja (182-87) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: RIZO) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) scored 26 points and 5 steals.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: T.Oja 20+5reb+3ast, A.Brown 14+10reb+1ast, D.Winston 13+3reb+5ast, V.Vares 12+9reb+3ast, A.Tagamets 10+7reb+1ast, A.Vasar 2+5reb
Rakvere: M.Hall 26+3reb+2ast, R.Vaikulis 20+10reb+2ast, I.Timermanis 9+8reb, V.Viljar 4+1reb+1ast, B.McGee 4+3reb, J.Vahter 4+4reb
gschID: 125430




INTERVIEW WITH COACH INDREK REINBOK! - by Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the chance to sit brifely with TTU/KALEV II Head Coach Indrek Reinbok . At the close of his 1st season as head coach in the EMKL, he was able to give us some insights into his career and his future as the most promising coach in the country.
EU: Coach, its good to be able to talk with you. Thank you for sharing with us. How have you found this, your first season as a Head Coach?
IR:In the beginning of the season I had the goal to reach play-off, in which I did not succeed in unfortunately. Looking back, it truly is a bit saddening. On the other hand, I am pleased with the fact that young players got the opportunity to play in the Master's League, as initially with such roster, they were suggested to play in the 1st league. From the 32 games of the season, the team earned 10 victories and two players were admitted to reinforce the main team.
EU: What led you to becoming a coach, as opposed to a player. You have a very storied history in both the National Team, the Baltic League and also the Champions league EMKL. Please outline for us, the desire to move to the sidelines?
IR:I have obtained a MSc in Sports Science and trained kids for 15 years. In 2002, me and my companions established a sportclub RIM, where we teach basketball to the youngsters. It seems quite natural that I had the urge to test myself on men's level as well. Perhaps this was sensed by my last coach Mr Klandorf who in concurrency of circumstances, found a way to offer me the place of a coach in TT/Kalev II
EU: What particular differences have you seen now that you are on the other side of things? Calling the shots, drawing the plays that are to be run, making the timely substitutions, etc?
IR:Surely, for just finished players, it is hard to accept the incapability of stepping on to the court and physically swaying the course of the game. The biggest difference in being a coach lies on the time spent on one game. The coach calculates a week prior to the game, how to prepare, which tactics to use and after the game he analyses what went wrong and what improvements can or have to be made. The player however, lives in the moment of 4 times 10 minutes, where he has to give his best performance.
EU: Any thoughts on the season, now that it is entering the playoffs?
IR:This season has been exciting, because the play-off places had to be fought for until the last game. In addition, the first place of the main tournament became evident yet in the last game. In regards of the semi-finals, quite interesting pairs appeared.
EU: Having faced every team in the league, do you have any favorites to reach the Finals?
IR:My hopes are set for TT/Kalev's success to leave ROCK out from the finals. From the second pair, Kalev/Cramo is likely to come through.
EU: What are your plans for the TTU.KALEV II side in the coming season? Any special plans that youhave in mind for the squad?
IR:Obviously we are going to continue to work with the men and no long summer break is to be set. Surely we have the desire to continue with the majority next year, yet this is reliant on club's plans and means next season. At the moment, it is too early to specify anything in detail.
EU: Which local coach was the MOST INFLUENTIAL to you in all of your years as a player? What did you learn from him? How do you use it today?
IR:While playing in the men's league, I have always tried to adapt something from the coaches I've been trained by. Each one of them has a significantly individual approach and in my personal coaching, I use techniques that correspond to my vision. If we were to bring out the most influential coaches, then first and foremost I'd like to name out Tiit Sokk and Andreas Sober .
I was moved by T.Sokk's rock solid vision and system in basketball and the idea how he dared to have a fling at players' physical limits. The period under A.Sober's teaching was probably the most fun I have had in my basketball career, yet a lot of work was done. He's speciality was the personalised interaction with the players by encouraging and motivating them.
EU: What do you think about the NBA & FIBA Expert coaches that are holding the International Coaches Clinic in Estonia this summer? Is that something that is needed in the country?
IR:All of the international high level schooling that are brought to the doorstep, are very appreciated. Hopefully, many of Estonia's coaches will take part, as Clinics are the place for fresh ideas and discussion.
EU: You have anything to say to your fans, family or friends?
IR:I want to thank all my relatives and the TT/Kalev II team for this season success lies in practice, therefore one must practice, practice and yet more practice.
Eurobasket would like to thank Coach Reinbok for taking time to share his thoughts, ideas and plans with us. We want to wish him the very best in his career at its onset, as we know that there are bright things in store for him. We look to see him coaching in the Baltic League and/or EuroChallenge in the very near future! Best Swishes Coach!


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KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lappeenranta defeated Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Qualification to Korisliiga, Game # 1: Top League # 11 YMCA Lappeenranta defeated tonight 1.Division # 2 Team Korikobrat (Lapua) 87-71 (37-39). Quarters: 19-23, 18-16, 23-17, 27-15. Game # 2 at Lapua on Friday, April 8. If the wins are then tied, there will be Game # 3 on Sunday, April 10, at Lappeenranta. Today Lapua got tired and in foul troubles during the last quarter. Before that there were 17 lead changes in the contest. James Lewis (191-G-86, college: Fresno Pacific) led the hosts with 26 pts and eight rbs. Benny Valentine (170-G-87, college: E.Washington) netted 22 pts for Lapua.
YMCA Lappeenranta - Lapua 87-71 (37-39). (James Lewis 26, Malik Moore 22, HL Coleman 16 - Benny Valentine 22, Derick Nelson 17, Jussi Turja 16). YMCA LPR - Lapua 1-0.


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  FRANCE   


Amara Sy out for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Orleans announced that their captain Amara Sy (202-F-81) will miss rest of the season due to injury (plantar fascia). The team will try to use a 'medical joker' and to bring in a replacement.
Amara Sy played 23 games in ProA this season averaging 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He added 7.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in EuroChallenge, plus 10 ppg and 5 apg for two EuroCup games. Sy joined Orleans last summer from Murcia. He spent second half of the 2009/10 season in Spain registering 5.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Sy started last season with the NBA D-League team Bakersfield Jam. He had 15 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3.5 for 16 games. In the past, Sy was a member of ASVEL, AEK Athens and Le Mans.
Orleans currently has 10-14 record in ProA.


French NM1 round 29 best performance: Cyril Guillarme (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Center Cyril Guillarme (206-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Puy, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass CFBB (#18, 4-24) with 32-point margin 99-67. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Le Puy maintains the 9th position in French NM1. Le Puy is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-13 record. In the team's last game Guillarme had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Le Puy and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Cyril Guillarme averages this season 14.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Le Puy's star - 30-year old Julien Cortey (175-G-80). Cortey had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 15 assists. Of course together with Guillarme he helped Le Puy with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked CFBB (#18, 4-24) 99-67. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Puy keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cortey is one of the most experienced players at Le Puy and similarly like Cyril Guillarme has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: JEMsports) of Denek Bat Urcuit Bayonne (#11). Blair scored 28 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Denek, leading his team to a 88-78 win against the lower-ranked Roche (#17, 7-21). The chances of Denek ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Blair could help Denek to bring them higher in the standings. Blair has a great season in France. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keonta Howell (193-G-85) of St Quentin - 29 points and 9 rebounds
5. Derrick Russell (207-C-82) of Lievin - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Roland N'Kembe (203-C-83) of St Quentin - 13 points and 12 rebounds
8. Juwann James (198-F-87) of Challans - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F-83) of St Chamond - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Damien Griffin (203-C/F-80) of Angers BC 49 - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Demetris NICHOLS
  Vichy
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 2. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.2 
 4. Massie, Limoges17.2 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 6. Jefferson, AS.17.0 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines15.5 
 10. Shuler, Vichy15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Massie, Limoges9.3 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 3. Issa, Gravelines8.5 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.4 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.4 
 9. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.0 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 5. Wright, Limoges5.9 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines5.9 
 7. Walsh, AS.5.2 
 8. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.4 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.6 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.3 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.2 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Schilb, Chalon1.8 
 7. Greer, Strasbourg1.8 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 9. Diabate, Roanne1.7 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.3 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.1 


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Eye To Eye With Michael Jordan (Giessen 46ers) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
33 year old Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) is a 183cm guard from Philadelphia. He played at the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2000. His first two years found him jumping around leagues in France and Spain before he found a new home in Germany with TSV Quackenbruck. In the 2002-2003 season, he helped lead Quackenbruck into the BBL with exceptional stats in 30 games, 21.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.9 apg. He helped turn The Artland Dragons into a playoff team in the 2004-2005 season as they lost the BBL Quarterfinal playoff series to The Opel Skyliners in five games. That season he averaged in 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3%. The next season, he was released by The Artland Drgaons, but went to Rhein Energie Cologne and won the BBL championship in 2006 averaging in 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 52.2%. The next season, he went to Italy and played at Cantu where he led the league in assists and averaged in 37 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1 (5.2apg), 2.0spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.0%. The next season, he played in Belgium for Charleroi averaging in15 games: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 90.0%;. He had injury problems and finished the season in Greece with PAOK. In 2008-2009 after a very short stay in Israel, he played a few months in Bamberg before going to the Cologne 99ers averaging 10,5ppg, 2,4rpg and leading the BBL in assists with 6,2apg. Last season, he played for Phoenix Hagen helping the team remain in the BEKO BBL. He played 16 games: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 73.3%. This season he played for MBC averaging 9,3ppg, 1,9rpg and 4,3apg before moving on to the Giessen 46ers. He spoke to eurobasket about his new home Giessen recently.

MJ you are like a fireman. Any place where there is a fire, you go there and put it out. Last season you came to Phoenix Hagen stopped a long losing streak by winning three games in a row.


I just try to do whatever I can to help a team win. The record of Giessen just doesnt reflect how good they are. I just try to put the ball in the hole and lead it toward the hole

How comfortable are you in Giessen?


I feel good in Giessen. The club has accepted me with open arms and I feel very comfortable here. I am happy to be here. I am glad to be back in the west part of Germany.

I was a bit surprised when I heard that you had moved from MBC to Giessen. Why did you leave MBC?


MBC simply wasnt a good situation for me. I wasnt happy there and they werent happy with me. It was like a loveless marriage.. However it was a good separation. I asked for my release and both parties were happy with the release.

I couldnt understand why MBC would not want such a good point guard? You had good stats with MBC.


I was playing well, but in general I am not a stats guy, but I wasnt comfortable and I thought that they didnt use me in the best way. I felt like I was being phased out. It was better to move on to a place where they wanted me.

Was self confidence lacking the most in the Giessen 13 game losing streak?


Any time you start losing many games, the self confidence gets hurt. Giessen is a talented team and I think that they were just missing a player to run the show.

It seems like Giessen is stronger than at the start of the season with the coming of you and Maurice Jeffers? How fast will the self confidence come?


I think that the more we play together and win the more the self confidence will come. We are working hard each day for the self confidence to grow.

On what things does Giessen need to work on in the last weeks?


We have to work on our execution on offense and defense. A new coach came in as well as players so we are still learning the system. It will take some time before everyone is comfortable with the system.

How intact are the Giessen 46ers?



We are together. We all have one goal and that is to win as many games as possible. Each guy wants to win and nobody is looking at stats.

The Giessen 46ers have many goals. You are a point guard, but with so many scorers will you be more of a playmaker than scorer?


It depends on the role that I have in every game. We have many weapons. In my first game in Bayreuth, I set up my teammates while in the second half, I saw the chance to score and took it. I was on a roll so I got the ball more to score.

What is your nicest memory from MBC?


That is a tough question. I would say just being with my teammates. We all got a long and it just sucked that we didnt win.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed?



I think that people underestimate that I can score. Just because I dont shoot so much, people think that I cant shoot.

How did you come up with the idea of taking photos of your sleeping teammates?


One day I just decided to take photos of guys that were passed out and had their mouths wide open. I had my Black berry and just started taking pictures. I am never a victim, because when I sleep in the bus, I make sure to put a jacket over my face.

If you were sent into the jungle to survive, what would you take with you and would you eat the insects?



I would take a survival expert with me. I would not be able to eat the insects. My stomach wouldnt be able to handle that. eating insects would be disgusting.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The New Moon from the Twilight saga. I read the book. Both were good.

Thanks for the chat MJ.




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  GREECE   


Panathinaikos is the Champion ! - by Chris Mammides
The team of U20 of Panatinaikos won the special championship of ESKA (is the Attica's league), last night for a second consecutive season after beating AEK Athens 69-50 and won the trophy as they allready had a 2-0 record against the team of AEK and the specific league is a best of five with the games of the regular season! So Panathinaikos of Head Coach Kostas Papadopoulos won the specific trophy and is now heading all the way to the Pan-hellenic Championship which will take place in about three weeks. The all-mighty team of Panathinaikos has a team full of talent and is no wonder why Head Coach Obradovic allready selected three members of the specific team to practice with the men's team and to actually have also some vital minutes in the Euroleague at the age of 16!! So, players like Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94), Giannis Dimakopoulos (213-C-94), Fotios Zoumpos (191-G-93) do play in Panathinaikos men's team and in fact these players and the overall team is been guided and receives all possible assistance by Dimitris Itoudis and all the 'Green staff' of Obradovic's team

For historical reasons only the quarters and the scorers of this game were as follows:


Quarters: 16-11, 35-20, 58-36, 69-50
Panathinaikos (Coach: Kostas Papadopoulos): Korakitis 6, Bafalias, Drakopoulos, Polichronopoulos, Tagaris 4, Gontikas 4, Zarkadoulas 3, Kefalas 6, Dimakopoulos 6, Anagnostou, Fotios Zoumpos 20, Kyprianos Maragkos 20
AEK (Coach Evangelos Ziagkos ): Anargirou, Stavropoulos 1, Fotitzoglou, Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) 14, Stavros Kokkinopoulos (184-G-92) 10, Dales 6, Koutris, Matos 10, Kalpakis, Katsoupai, Tsaprounis 9




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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. Laing, Magixx15.2 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants15.2 
 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. Stokes, BS Weert2.2 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.2 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 9. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 10. Slagter, ZZ Leiden2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 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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  HUNGARY   


A Division: Szolnok is the regular season champion - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A Division finished last weekend. Szolnok is No.1 with 22-4 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals, which start on Saturday. The format is best-of-five.

Quarterfinals pairs:
Szolnoki Olaj - Pecsi VSK-PANNONPOWER
Albacomp - Falco-Szova KC Szombathely
MJUS-Fortress Kormend - T.O.M.Controll - Kecskemeti KSE
Atomeromu SE - Zalakeramia ZTE KK



A Division Standings
1. Szolnok 22-4
2. Albacomp 22-4
3. Atomeromu 19-7
4. Kormend 17-9
5. Kecskemeti 16-10
6. ZTE KK 14-12
7. Falco-Szova 14-12
8. PVSK Pannon 14-12
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9. Soproni 11-15
10. Marso-Vagep 11-15
11. Kaposvari 10-16
12. Szedeak 9-17
13. FS Debrecen 2-24
14. Salgotarjani 1-25




Szedeak - Szolnok 88-103

A Division top team - Szolnok (22-4) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Szedeak (9-17) in Szeged 103-88. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Szedeak managed to win fourth quarter 29-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Szolnok's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: O.Trotter 18+5reb+5ast, A.Horvath 17+2reb+2ast, I.Clark 15+5reb+1ast, M.Fodor 11+2reb+3ast, V.Budimir 11+1reb, M.Bader 8+4reb+2ast
Szedeak: B.McKenzie 20+10reb, J.Rubin 19+2reb+3ast, G.Drahos 15+2reb+3ast, N.Dukic 13, M.Molnar 6+2reb, M.Vida 6+2reb+4ast



gschID: 109660


Salgotarjani - Albacomp 58-107

Very expected game when 14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-25) was crushed at home by second ranked Albacomp (22-4) 107-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Albacomp 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 Salgotarjani's 34. Albacomp shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: George Washington) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American-Nigerian power forward Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-81, college: Washington St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Tamas Kocsis (190-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored 13 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: T.Crocker 23+4reb+1ast, D.Hollis 21+8reb, A.Hanga 16+1reb+5ast, R.Hendlein 13+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 12+10reb, F.Bodi 9+5reb+2ast
Salgotarjani: E.Ukeagu 16+12reb, T.Kocsis 13+2reb+5ast, D.Koma 12+5reb, T.Hartvich 11+4reb, T.Sebok 6+3reb+2ast, T.Volzovar 0
gschID: 109661


PVSK Pannon - Falco-Szova 96-81

The game in Pecs was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Falco-Szova (14-12) played at the court of eighth ranked PVSK Pannon (14-12). PVSK Pannon defeated Falco-Szova 96-81 on Saturday. PVSK Pannon shot 61.4 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) who scored 23 points and 9 assists. American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) chipped in 29 points. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 16 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 29+2reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 23+2reb+9ast, N.Toth 12+5reb+2ast, J.Eilingsfeld 11+1ast, B.Egemonye 8+6reb, G.Hosszu 5
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 21+6reb, L.Kalman 16+3reb+3ast, C.Gosa 16+6reb, M.Aliakseyeu 12+2reb+1ast, T.Will 9, L.Simon 2+3ast
gschID: 109662


Marso-Vagep - Kecskemeti 101-99 OT

Marso-Vagep (11-15) outlasted Kecskemeti (16-10) in overtime by two points 101-99. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kecskemeti. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kecskemeti won third quarter 17-16. 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 Kecskemeti used huge pressure winning it 15-21 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 20-22. Strangely Kecskemeti outrebounded Marso-Vagep 50-29 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) notched a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Bosnian power forward Djordje Djogo (206-76, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 22 points. Even a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds by Croatian swingman Hrvoje Orsulic (203-83) did not help to save the game for Kecskemeti. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Marso-Vagep: B.Savic 39+7reb+10ast, D.Djogo 22+2reb+1ast, K.Nagy 12+10reb, J.Siska 11+3reb, P.Jakab 6+1reb+1ast, M.Varga 4+2reb
Kecskemeti: J.LaGrange 20+3reb+4ast, K.Wittmann 19+6reb+3ast, H.Orsulic 16+14reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 11+8reb, I.Siriscevic 11+5reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 10+9reb
gschID: 109663


Kaposvari - Soproni 123-98

An interesting game took place in Kaposvar where 9th ranked Soproni (11-15) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Kaposvari (10-16) 123-98. The game without a history. Kaposvari led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Soproni's 54. Kaposvari players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Daniel Werner (203-87, college: Florida) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Power forward Darian Townes (208-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Soproni.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: K.Cunningham 25+10reb+3ast, D.Werner 23+10reb+4ast, J.Wilson 22+3reb+2ast, G.Soos 20+3ast, G.Fulop 12+2reb+1ast, M.Medve 6+6reb+3ast
Soproni: D.Townes 22+11reb+3ast, A.Molnar 17+3reb+1ast, R.Jarvis 15+1reb+1ast, T.Kelley 14+3reb+6ast, Z.Szabo 11+5reb+1ast, G.Gombas 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 109664


Atomeromu - ZTE KK 85-56

Rather predictable result in Paks where third ranked Atomeromu (19-7) smashed 7th ranked ZTE KK (14-12) 85-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. Atomeromu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 34. American forward Ian Johnson (205-84, college: Davidson) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Atomeromu's coach Imre Horvath felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. International forward Gergely Toth (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and center Gyorgy Kinter (212-88) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 15+3reb+3ast, I.Johnson 14+7reb, A.Kovacs 13+3ast, G.Koertelyesi 11+6reb+1ast, B.Sales 10+9reb, P.Toth 7+3reb+1ast
ZTE KK: G.Kinter 11+6reb, G.Toth 11+8reb+3ast, G.Baki 10+2reb+1ast, A.Toth 10+7reb, D.Gaspar 5+5reb+3ast, A.Vertetics 4+7reb+6ast
gschID: 109658


FS Debrecen - Kormend 96-74

An interesting game took place in Debrecen where higher ranked Kormend (17-9) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked FS Debrecen (2-24) 96-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-74. FS Debrecen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kormend's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Kormend's players. American guard Chris Singletary (194-88, college: Kent St.) scored 19 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Mekongo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five FS Debrecen players scored in double figures. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: C.Singletary 19+3reb+9ast, Y.Mekongo 17+10reb+2ast, C.Kaluha 17+2reb+2ast, K.Langford 15+6reb+2ast, M.Mondzinger 12+1reb+2ast, G.Boros 7+4reb+4ast
Kormend: R.Bell 24+7reb+1ast, I.Nemeth 14+4reb+4ast, A.Rujak 10+4reb+1ast, E.Dies 9+3reb, G.David 6+3reb+1ast, F.Boldizsar 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 109659




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  IBL   


GNAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR POOLE JOINS BELLINGHAM SLAM - by John Gary
courtesyoursportscentral.com The Bellingham SLAM announced today that former Saint Martins standout center BLake Poole has joined the team for its 2011 IBL season. Despite standing just 6-5,Poole finished his college career in FEBuary as one of the regions top post players,finishing fourth in scoring and first in rebounding as a senior in the Great Northwest Atheletic Conference with averages of 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He was named the 2010-11 GNAC Player of the Year and also an NCAA DIVISION 2 all-American.

Albany Legends ready for 2011 season - by Eurobasket News
The Albany Legends' front office has been feverishly working to finalize the roster for 2011 season and Head Coach/General Manager Ben Smith promises a well balanced team of returning Legends, pro experience, rookies and local talent. Smith has clearly focused on talent that brings a strong sense of community to the team in an already talent-rich Northeast and more specifically, Albany area, to include MAAC and AEC Division 1 alumni. Smith, also a capital region product, headlines a coaching staff and roster that highlights veterans and new faces to the IBL, faces that are certain to impress.


The current Legends roster is as follows:

E.J. Gallup (6'4''-F-81, college: Co.Carolina) (6'4')- Coastal Carolina (Gloversville, NY)

Lloyd Johnson (5'11''-G) (6'0')- Schenectady County CC

Christopher Grant (6'4''-G-82, college: Morgan St.) (6'5')- Morgan State

Damone Morris (6'3''-G-86, college: Eckerd) (6'4')- Eckerd College

Scotty McRae (6'8''-F-89, college: Albany) (6'9')- U Albany ( Staten Island, NY)

Will Harris (6'6''-F-86, college: Albany) (6'8')- UAlbany ( East Greenbush, NY)

Prince Jackson (6'6''-F-84, college: Dominican, NY) (6'5')- Dominican College ( Schnectady, NY)

Adam Abdourhamane (6'9')- Cecil College (Niger, Africa)

Emanual Maybe (6'3')- UMASS/Binghamton (Troy, NY)

Scott Morton (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Geneseo St.) (6'6')- SUNY Geneseo (Syracuse, NY)


It is also expected that 2010 IBL Champions Rashad Wood and Evan Lane will be returning from overseas placements to play with the Legends. The team is looking into adding more size to its roster, inviting 7'0' James Smith (Marist) and 6'10' Justin Marshall (Iona), along with local 6'8' PF Anthony Bruin (Iona/ Colonie, NY) to veteran's camp in early April. Local guards Lucious Jordan (UAlbany) and Tim Ambrose (UAlbany) could also balance out the roster, as they will be invited to camp April 4th..

The Albany Legends will announce the opening night roster on Friday April 9, 2011 and tip off for the 2011 season is 7pm, Friday April 15th at Christian Brothers Academy (12 Airline Dr in Colonie, their new home venue).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  ISRAEL   


Pargo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Maccabi T-A and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He got a double-double of 22 points and 12 assists, while his team edged out Maccabi Haifa (#9, 6-17) 98-95. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli league. Maccabi T-A has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 22-1. In the team's last game Pargo had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Gonzaga University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pargo is in league's top in assists (4th best: 6.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Moran Roth (183-PG-82) of Hapoel Holon. He is former international guard in his first season at Hapoel Holon. In the last game Roth recorded impressive 28 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Hapoel Holon cruised to a 82-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#8, 8-16). Hapoel Holon's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Roth is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Isaiah Swann (188-G-85) of Maccabi Rishon (#5). Swann showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Maccabi Rishon, leading his team to a 88-81 win against slightly higher-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#4, 14-10). Maccabi Rishon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Swann has a very solid season. In 16 games in Israel he scored 12.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Duncan (203-C/F-86) of Maccabi Ashdod - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Shawn James (208-C/F-83) of Bnei Hasharon - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Elitzur Netanya - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) of Hapoel J-M - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 28 points and 4 rebounds
9. Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) of Maccabi T-A - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Josh Carter (201-F/G-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 20 points and 5 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)


MACCABI T"A WILL COMPETE IN FINAL FOUR - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv will participate in the Euroleague Final Four, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain on May 6-8. Early this morning, Tel-Aviv's directing staff spent the day in Barcelona where they met with the head of the Euroleague management, Jordi Bartomeu.

Following a careful study and consultation with all participating clubs and advertising partners involved, the two sides overcame great difficulties in deciding on the final hour of the championship game, that will take place on Sunday, May 8th at 16:30, (17:30, Israeli local time), allowing the yellow and blue troops to participate in the tournament without it interfering
with 'Yom Hazikaron' (Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day) Israeli Memorial day. It is reported that Maccabi fans have already purchased over 1,500 final four packages and will be at full attendance supporting their team in its first final four appearance in three years.

Maccabi head coach, David Blatt commented on the Euroleague's decision: 'This is a great feeling. The whole Maccabi family is very happy that our management was able to pull off such a change. I have a warm place in my heart for the Euroleague for making the right decision and adjustments. We did our part on the court by getting to the Final Four, and bringing all of our amazing fans to this event which is the highlight of the European basketball, and to be apart of it is a great feeling'.

Final game schedule:

Friday, May 6

Panathinaikos vs. Montepaschi Siena 18:00
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Real Madrid/Valencia 21:00

Sunday, May 8

Third / Fourth Place 13:30
Final 16:30




National League Round 26 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked Beer Yaakov (13-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked Elitzur Yavne (17-9). Elitzur Yavne managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Chad Timberlake who scored 24 points and 6 assists. Beer Yaakov's coach Rami Hadar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Yavne maintains third position with 17-9 record having six points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Beer Yaakov lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost.

Thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri won a double-overtime thriller edging 11th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan by three points 107-110 on Tuesday night. Stacey Moragne orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Hapoel Beeri (9-17) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost.

In the last two games of round 26 Hapoel Afula was smashed by Elitzur Ramla on the road 89-60. Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya lost to Hapoel Tivon on its own court 77-94. Hapoel T-A managed to outperform Lev Hasharon in Tel-Aviv 81-70. Hod Hasharon recorded a loss to Maccabi HBK at home 63-77.
The most impressive performance of 26th round was 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Brian Asbury of Hapoel T-A.


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Afula 89-60

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Elitzur Ramla (13-13) crushed at home 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (11-15) 89-60 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-60. Elitzur Ramla made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Elitzur Ramla had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Afula. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Beer Yaakov. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 18+5reb+4ast, K.Young 17+7reb+2ast, M.Badalov 13+6reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 10+6reb+6ast, A.Sukar 9+5reb+5ast, D.Paris 8+5reb
Hapoel Afula: T.Michael Dunne 16+8reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 15+4reb+2ast, B.Markson 13+12reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 8+3reb+2ast, E.Solomoviz 4+2reb, D.Wollis 2+1reb


gschID: 105689


Kohav Yair - Megido/Yokneam 83-81 OT

Kohav Yair needed 83:81 overtime win to beat Megido.

Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: A.Zelkovits 22+5reb+2ast, E.Traimel 18+12reb, O.Rub 13+2reb+5ast, S.Harush 12+13reb+8ast, G.Amitai 10+9reb, T.Atlas 7+9reb+2ast
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 24+21reb+2ast, N.Miller 20+13reb, R.Barzilay 12+5reb, N.Tishman 10+7reb+1ast, J.Shtarkman 7+2reb+1ast, C.Buchman 6+5reb+1ast


gschID: 105684


Elitzur Yavne - Beer Yaakov 97-95 OT

Fifth-ranked Beer Yaakov (13-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked Elitzur Yavne (17-9). Elitzur Yavne managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-20 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-12. The best player for the winners was American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who scored 24 points and 6 assists. The other American import forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) produced 28 points and 7 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov's coach Rami Hadar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Yavne maintains third position with 17-9 record having six points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Beer Yaakov lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 24+4reb+6ast, K.Wilson 24+6reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 17+5reb+2ast, E.Hofman 15+4reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 10+5reb+4ast, G.Cohen 6+1reb
Beer Yaakov: J.Hall 28+7reb, J.Gomes 20+3reb+1ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 16+1reb+5ast, G.Karni 12+8reb+1ast, I.Bochman 12+8reb+2ast, O.Farhi 5+3reb+8ast
gschID: 105685


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Tivon 77-94

Very expected game when 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (6-20) lost at home to eighth ranked Hapoel Tivon (12-14) 94-77 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tivon. Ironi Nahariya was better in second period 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hapoel Tivon won last quarter 30-15. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Point guard Oded Shaashoua (186-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Guard Bar Timor (192-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American forward E.J. Drayton (204-82, college: Charlotte, agency: Strategic Sports) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Tivon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Kohav Yair. Ironi Nahariya at the other side stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: O.Shaashoua 21+1reb+8ast, B.Timor 19+3reb+5ast, L.Arieli 15+1ast, K.Izik 12+7reb+2ast, B.Strong 11+6reb, Y.Shiran 11+5reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 18+5reb+1ast, E.Drayton 15+7reb, A.Pereg 14+2reb+2ast, O.Ben Hemo 10+4ast, A.Ohana 6+6reb+3ast, M.Snir 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 105686


Lev Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 70-81

Very predictable result when first ranked Hapoel T-A (23-3) won against on the road 6th ranked Lev Hasharon (12-14) 81-70 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel T-A. Lev Hasharon was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel T-A forced 21 Lev Hasharon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Elad Eliyah (193-85) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Bar Timor (192-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A maintains first position with 23-3 record. Lev Hasharon at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 24+12reb+5ast, E.Eliyah 20+2reb+4ast, M.Naor 13+2reb+2ast, Y.Lahat 9+2reb+6ast, G.Eytan 7+4reb+2ast, Y.Rokni 6+7reb
Lev Hasharon: L.Wade 20+7reb+4ast, M.Y 13+13reb+1ast, G.Lavie 11+7reb+3ast, O.Hover 10+3reb, A.Henry Dobie 7+2reb+12ast, R.Pitshon 5+1ast
gschID: 105687


Hod Hasharon - Maccabi HBK 63-77

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Hod Hasharon (9-17) lost at home to second ranked Maccabi HBK (19-7) 77-63 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi HBK. Hod Hasharon was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hod Hasharon to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Hod Hasharon 37-21 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Itay Grinboim contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Maccabi HBK players scored in double figures. Guard Or Ron (181-88) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) added 15 points in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi HBK maintains second position with 19-7 record having four points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Hod Hasharon at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: I.Grinboim 15+5reb+1ast, S.Bradford 15+5reb+1ast, E.Skverer 12+3reb+3ast, P.Delaney 11+2reb+6ast, O.Shaltiel 8+5reb, N.Matalon 5+2reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: O.Ron 19+1reb+4ast, J.Young 15+2reb+2ast, G.Gendel 6+3reb+1ast, A.Bier-Katz 5, S.Shaibi 5+1ast, S.Brandy 4+6reb
gschID: 105688


Hapoel Beeri - Ironi Ramat Gan 110-107 2OT

Thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri won a double-overtime thriller edging 11th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan by three points 107-110 on Tuesday night. Hapoel Beeri made 37-of-47 free shots (78.7 percent) during the game. Ironi Ramat Gan was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Daniel Aidan (204-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. American power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 30 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Beeri (9-17) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 25+10reb+3ast, H.Shifman 23+3reb+3ast, G.Dotan 21+8reb+4ast, D.Aidan 19+11reb+4ast, R.Canady Jr. 10+5reb, T.Havkin 4+1reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: S.Colwell 30+4reb, I.Rosefelt 15+13reb+2ast, Y.Yatzkan 14+2reb+5ast, V.Yeremishin 14+6reb, E.Kohansky 11+4reb+4ast, O.Brener 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 105683




Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 23-3 
 2. Maccabi HBK 19-7 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 17-9 
 4. Megido/Yokneam 15-11 
 5. Beer Yaakov 13-13 
 6. Elitzur Ramla 13-13 
 7. Lev Hasharon 12-14 
 8. Hapoel Tivon 12-14 
 9. Kohav Yair 12-14 
 10. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-15 
 11. Hapoel Afula 11-15 
 12. Hapoel Beeri 9-17 
 13. Hod Hasharon 9-17 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 6-20 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.3 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.1 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.4 
 4. Clemente, Megido.23.2 
 5. Miller, Megido/Y.22.8 
 6. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.2 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon20.8 
 8. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.8 
 9. Delaney, Maccabi .20.7 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.11.2 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.1 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.1 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Strong, Hapoel T.8.9 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A8.9 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.8 
 2. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.6 
 3. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.3 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.8 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.7 
 9. Davidi, Elitzur Ramla4.6 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.6 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.5 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.5 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.2 
 7. Lavie, Lev Hasharon2.1 
 8. Sukar, Elitzur Ramla2.1 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.1 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.0 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.2 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.2 


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  LEBANON   


Champville inks Tyrone Anderson - by Rabih Khoury
After a week of negotiations, Champville management agreed to terms with American Guard Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) to join the team for the rest of the season. Anderson played with Dhouk from Iraq in the WABA league 2months ago, then he went to Turkey and had good numbers in TB2L, where he averaged 22pts, 8rebds, 5assts in 9 games. Tyrone will arrive tonight to Lebanon to join his new team just before 10 days of the Final 4. the team is still waiting to sign a new center in the coming days!!

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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. Alijevas, Nevezis15.2 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas15.1 
 6. Dilys, Perlas15.0 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.5 
 8. Leonavicius, Techa.14.5 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.2 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas13.8 
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. Viskontas, Perlas4.1 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 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. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 4. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.9 
 6. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.8 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 9. Dilys, Perlas1.6 
 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. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.9 
 9. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.7 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.6 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.6 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.9 
 6. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.7 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 9. Girdziunas, Nafta U.16.0 
 10. Sebeziovas, Triobe.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.4 
 3. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.2 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 5. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 6. Warren, Mazeikiai8.5 
 7. Brusokas, Perla.8.5 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.4 
 10. Pupinis, Erelita7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai7.0 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.2 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita5.0 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.8 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.2 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
 10. Semaska, Perla.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Metelica, Erelita2.6 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas2.2 
 7. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 8. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.2 
 10. Sapiega, Erelita2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.5 
 3. Urbonas, LK.2.4 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 5. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.7 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.5 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.1 
 9. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 10. Masiulis, Pieno Z.0.9 


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. Perlas 10-13 
 8. Neptunas 9-13 
 9. Nevezis 8-14 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 8-15 
 11. Sakalai 6-16 
 12. Naglis-Adakris 6-16 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-19 


NKL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Mazeikiai earn semifinal spot - by Eurobasket News
Mazeikiai - Zalgiris-Sabonio 83-62

Mazeikiai completed NKL semifinal picture. They edged Zalgiris-Sabonio in the third decisive game of the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to win fourth quarter 24-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Modestas Sidlauskas (193-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Paulius Sorokas (198-92) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds and center Gediminas Zyle (209-88) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Mazeikiai and four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: M.Sidlauskas 16+2reb+5ast, B.Harrison 15+3reb+3ast, J.Warren 14+13reb+1ast, M.Norkus 12+5reb+1ast, V.Luksa 11+5reb+2ast, D.Vaitelis 5+4reb+1ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: P.Sorokas 13+6reb+1ast, G.Zyle 11+6reb+1ast, T.Dimsa 10+4reb, Z.Skucas 10+7reb, M.Kupsas 9+2reb, K.Vecvagars 4+3reb+1ast
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Hornets sign Ewing Jr. for remainder of season - by Eurobasket News
The Hornets signed forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, the team announced Tuesday.

Ewing originally signed a 10-day contract with New Orleans (44-33) on March 26 after the team lost David West to a season-ending ligament tear in his left knee.

He has played limited minutes in three games and has no statistics other than minutes played. However, Hornets coach Monty Williams saw enough in the 26-year-old to keep him around.

The next step is showing he has mental fortitude to stick that Williams is looking for.

It gives us an extra body for sure in practice, Williams said. He is also a guy I put in game situations for a couple of minutes and he hasnt called home to mama. The one thing were looking for from him is being able to compete and not relax.

The deal amounts to a second 10-day contract as the season has fewer than 10 days remaining. The Hornets would have the option of placing on their postseason roster should New Orleans obtain a playoff berth.

The Hornets host Houston on Wednesday in a game where a win would secure the postseason.

Courtesy of www.wwltv.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 54-23 
 2. Philadelph.76 40-38 
 3. New York K. 39-38 
 4. New Jersey N. 24-53 
 5. Toronto R. 21-56 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 57-20 
 2. Indiana P. 35-43 
 3. Milwaukee B. 31-46 
 4. Detroit P. 26-51 
 5. Cleveland C. 16-61 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 54-23 
 2. Orlando M. 49-29 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-34 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-45 
 5. Washington W. 21-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 51-26 
 2. Denver N. 47-30 
 3. Portland TB 45-33 
 4. Utah Jazz 37-41 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-61 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-22 
 2. Phoenix Suns 37-40 
 3. Golde State W. 34-44 
 4. LA Clippers 31-47 
 5. Sacramento K. 23-54 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 59-19 
 2. Dallas M. 53-24 
 3. N.Orleans H. 44-33 
 4. Memphis G. 44-34 
 5. Houston R. 41-37 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.7 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.3 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 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. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.2 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.2 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.9 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.1 
 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.8.6 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.2 
 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.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 9. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 


Lakers recall Derrick Caracter from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Caracter, who was assigned to Bakersfield on March 29, played three games with the Jam, including one start, averaging 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.

Selected by the Lakers in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Caracter has appeared in 40 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.3 minutes.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Dwyane Wade puts thigh pain 'at a 9.7' out of 10 - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) said his bruised right thigh could have him out at the start of the three-game homestand that opens Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena.

'It's sore.' Wade said at a promotional appearance Monday.

Wade sustained what the team termed a 'right lateral thigh contusion' when he was kneed by New Jersey Nets forward Travis Outlaw in the first quarter of Sunday's 108-94 victory at the Prudential Center. Wade retreated to the locker room in the second quarter but returned to start the second half, playing to the finish.

'When the game ended, the pain was at a 10,' Wade said Monday at the event to promote his Jordan Brand signature shoe. 'Right now, I'm at a 9.7.'

Wade was non-committal about Wednesday.

'I'm just going to take it a day at a time,' he said. 'I'm going to do my treatment, my therapy and see how I feel on Wednesday. If I feel I can go, I'll go. If I feel like I'm going to hurt myself even more and hurt my team, I'll wait.'

Teammate LeBron James said there should be no rush.

'He knows at this point he doesn't have to push it,' James said. 'We need him more later than we do now.'

James said if that means Wade missing time this week, so be it.

'Absolutely, if that's what it takes,' he said. 'D-Wade needs to be as close to 100 percent as possible. Of course he can't be 100, no one is 100 right now.

'We don't play until Wednesday. That definitely helps. We'll see how it goes day to day.'

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Udonis Haslem's return to Miami Heat still questionable - by Eurobasket News
The Heat remain unsure whether forward Udonis Haslem (6'8''-C-80, college: Florida) will rejoin the team this season.

Haslem did not practice Tuesday because of soreness in his left foot. He's been out since November when he underwent surgery to repair ligament damage.

Haslem progressed the last month, but the Heat continue to say 'it's too early' to tell if he will return.

'He did a lot more work during the road trip than the week before,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

'I'm not getting coy about it. None of us know at this point. Until he's able to go full speed, running, cutting, side to side and contact work and how his foot responds to that, we won't know. He's still a ways form that.'

Last week Haslem traveled with the team for first time since the injury. Although there were encouraging signs, the Heat appear to be looking at his return as a bonus.

'Right now, we understand the nature of his injury,' guard Dwyane Wade said.

'If we get UD back, it's a bonus. We're focused with what we have. The biggest thing for him is to get healthy. With that injury, you can't rush it and we don't want him to rush it all.'

The Heat say they would rather look at things from a reality standpoint.

'We're looking forward to him coming back whenever that is, but we want him to be as close to 100 percent,' forward LeBron James said.

'When he's ready to go, we welcome him with open arms. We're definitely ready for that No. 40 jersey to be dusted off out of the maintenance room and get back on the floor.'

Courtesy of http://southflorida.sun-sentinel.com


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Portland TB - Golde State W. 87-108
David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 29 points and a season-high 20 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the Trail Blazers 108-87 on Tuesday night, tempering the celebration as Portland secured a playoff spot. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) added 30 points for the Warriors, who led by as many as 26 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who saw their eight-game winning streak at the Rose Garden end. The Blazers clinched a spot in the playoffs just before the half when the Houston Rockets lost 104-101 to Sacramento. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Toronto R. 131-118
Carmelo Anthony simply shrugged his shoulders after one 3-pointer fell, surprised at how easy things came against the Toronto Raptors. A battle for playoff positioning on Wednesday figures to be much tougher. Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) scored 28 points, Anthony and Amare Stoudemire each added 23, and the New York Knicks closed within a half-game of sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 131-118 rout on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Chauncey Billups had 13 points and nine assists for the Knicks, who can move ahead of the 76ers for the No. 6 seed when they travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday. It's a rare key game in the springtime for the Knicks, usually long out of contention by now but headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2004. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Chicago B. - Phoenix Suns 97-94
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) finished with 19 points, Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored 18 and the Chicago Bulls continued to close in on the top seed in the Eastern Conference, hanging on to beat the Phoenix Suns 97-94 Tuesday. They lead Miami and Boston by three games, with the Celtics visiting Thursday. The Bulls led by 13 at the half and 22 in the third, only to see Phoenix whittle it to two in the fourth quarter, before pulling out their 16th win in 18 games. Rose hit just 6 of 15 shots, but converted several big ones down the stretch, and the Bulls had too much balance and too much at stake to lose to a team that's out of the playoff race. Joakim Noah added 12 points, including eight in the third quarter, after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. Carlos Boozer scored 12 after sitting out Monday's practice with an illness, and Ronnie Brewer and Taj Gibson scored 10 each off the bench. Vince Carter scored 23, but the Suns lost for the sixth time in seven games. Grant Hill and Channing Frye scored 13 each, and Steve Nash had 16 assists after missing two games with flulike symptoms. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

Memphis G. - LA Clippers 81-82
Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) scored 16 points and keyed a fourth-quarter rally and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped Memphis' four-game winning streak with an 82-81 victory over the Grizzlies on Tuesday night. Williams had nine points in the final period, including six straight points in the final 1:49 to give Los Angeles enough of a buffer for the victory, despite a wild ending that saw the Clippers run off the clock after a jump ball with 5.7 seconds left. Blake Griffin added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, while Chris Kaman finished with 14 points. Eric Gordon finished with 11 points. Mike Conley scored 20 points to lead the Grizzlies, while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol had 14 points apiece, Gasol added 15 rebounds. Sam Young scored 13 points. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Washington W. - Detroit P. 107-105
John Wall scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Wizards have their first three-game winning streak since 2008 following Tuesday night's 107-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Wall, showing none of the complacency that might befall a rookie at the end of a long, losing season, also had 12 assists and six rebounds for the Wizards. In the final minute of the first half, he hurdled over two rows of seats along the baseline to save the ball, then ran back onto the court to knock the ball away from Will Bynum while landing atop the scorer's table on the sideline. In the fourth quarter, Wall willed his team to victory - giving Washington a rare string of success. The Wizards last won three in a row three years ago this month - April 4-9, 2008 - having been stopped after a two-game run on 11 different occasions. It helped that they ran into a beneficial NIT-like schedule of Cleveland, Charlotte and Detroit - all more than 10 games below .500. The Wizards had also lost eight straight against Detroit, but the Pistons are limping to the finish line, having lost four in a row and seven of eight. Guard Rodney Stuckey, who has run afoul of coach John Kuester for unspecified reasons, was benched for the second straight game. Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, but he missed two key free throws in the final seconds. Andray Blatche added 26 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for the Wizards. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Boston C. - Philadelph.76 99-82
Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) scored 16 points with 13 assists and the Boston Celtics moved into a tie for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 99-82 on Tuesday night. With the win, the Celtics and Heat were tied at 54-23 with four games left. The Celtics would win the tiebreaker because they beat Miami in their first three meetings this season; the teams play again in Miami on Sunday. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 18 points, Kevin Garnett had 14 and Ray Allen had 13 for Boston, which is 8-8 in the past month. Nenad Krstic scored eight points in 18 minutes after missing two games with bruised right knee, and Jermaine O'Neal had nine points in 12 minutes as the Celtics try to find big men to fill in for Shaquille O'Neal. *Courtesy of www.whlt.com

Cleveland C. - Charlotte B. 99-89
Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) scored 18 points to pace seven players in double figures, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-89 win over injury-depleted Charlotte on Tuesday night, a loss that hurt the Bobcats' playoff chances. Charlotte, which is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, trails Indiana by 2 1/2 games for the final playoff spot. The Bobcats, losers of three straight, have five games remaining while the Pacers have four games left. The Bobcats, whose next two games are against Orlando and Miami, dressed only nine players. Leading scorer Stephen Jackson, who averages 18.5 points, missed his third straight game because of a strained left hamstring. The injury could sideline him the rest of the season. Forward Tyrus Thomas (sore left knee), guard Shaun Livingston (bruised tailbone and forward Eduardo Najera (back spasms) were also out for the Bobcats. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) led Charlotte with 22 points. Gerald Henderson scored 15 points while Matt Carroll added 13. J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 19 rebounds for Cleveland, which broke a three-game losing streak. Ryan Hollins also scored 16 points while Alonzo Gee added 13. *Courtesy of www.thesunnews.com

New Jersey N. - Minnesota T. 107-105
If this was Deron Williams' (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) last game of the season, it was quite a closing performance. Williams tied a career high with 21 assists and made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.7 seconds to play to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 107-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Williams, who has battled a wrist injury since January, plans to see a hand and wrist specialist Wednesday, and could skip the rest of the season with New Jersey long out of playoff contention. ''There's a possibility this is the last one,'' said Williams, who finished with 18 points as the Nets snapped a six-game losing streak and extended the Timberwolves' slide to a season-high 11. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Orlando M. - Milwaukee B. 78-72
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 17 and the Orlando Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks 78-72 on Tuesday night. Coupled with Atlanta's 97-90 loss to San Antonio, the Magic clinched the No. 4 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Orlando won three of four in the season series to improve to 16-5 in its last 21 meetings against the Bucks. Orlando shot just 38 percent, including a stretch of 19 straight misses from the 3-point line. Milwaukee's dwindling playoff hopes took a big hit. Entering Tuesday, any combination of two Bucks losses or victories by idle Indiana eliminated them from postseason contention. Milwaukee could be officially eliminated Wednesday if it loses at Miami. Drew Gooden scored 18 points for the Bucks, and Keyon Dooling finished with 10. *Courtesy of www.philstar.com

Atlanta H. - San Antonio S. 90-97
Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) scored 26 points and San Antonio moved closer to home-court advantage in the playoffs by ending a four-game road losing streak with a 97-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 18 points and Tim Duncan had 17 for the Spurs, who had been 0-6 on the road against Eastern Conference teams which have clinched playoff berths. The Spurs began the night 2 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. San Antonio ended a six-game losing streak with Sunday's home win over Phoenix. The Spurs took a more important step toward home-court advantage through the Western Conference playoffs by taking their first road win in almost three weeks. Joe Johnson had 21 points and Jamal Crawford had 20 for the Hawks. *Courtesy of www.chron.com


LA Lakers - Utah Jazz 85-86
When Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) meekly fumbled the ball away before the buzzer sounded, even Utah rookie Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) seemed a bit stunned to realize he had just won a duel with the Los Angeles Lakers' superstar. He'll gladly take this memory from an otherwise forgettable season for the Jazz. Hayward scored a career-high 22 points and hit the go-ahead free throw with 6 seconds to play, and Utah snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 86-85 victory over the sleepwalking Lakers on Tuesday night. Hayward scored 14 points in the second half, showing a whole lot more poise than his former Butler teammates did in Monday's NCAA title game. His dunk in traffic with 3:25 to play put the Jazz ahead for good. Although Hayward missed one late free throw after Bryant fouled him, he made the other - and then he played just enough defense to keep Bryant from another dramatic finish. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Houston R. - Sacramento K. 101-104
Rick Adelman's former team hurt the playoff hopes of his current one. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU) and Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) scored 21 points apiece, Dalembert and DeMarcus Cousins each grabbed 15 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings hurt Houston's playoff hopes with a 104-101 win over the Rockets on Tuesday night. Tyreke Evans scored 18 points and Cousins scored 15 for the Kings. Kevin Martin scored 30 for the Rockets, who blew an opportunity to gain ground on Memphis in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Houston was three games behind the Grizzlies and New Orleans entering the game, and Memphis lost to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets play in New Orleans on Wednesday night, a virtual must-win to keep their postseason chances flickering. Kyle Lowry had 15 points and nine assists and Luis Scola had 18 points for the Rockets, who had a seven-game home winning streak snapped. Houston slipped to 15-6 since the All-Star break, and lost for just the third time in 11 games. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Denver N. - Oklah.City T. 94-101
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 101-94 Tuesday night in a possible first-round playoff preview. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 18 points and James Harden 13 as the Thunder all but secured home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs, building a four-game lead over the Nuggets with five games left, including a rematch Friday night in Oklahoma City. This was the first win by the Thunder in Denver since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in the beginning of the 2008-09 season. The franchise had lost seven straight games in Denver by an average of 19.3 points, its last win here coming on March 28, 2007. Ty Lawson's 28 points led the Nuggets, who fell for just the fifth time in 20 games since their Feb. 22 blockbuster trade of Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Chauncey Billups reshaped their roster into a bunch of hardworking, team-first players that has rejuvenated a city, a fan base and coach George Karl. The Nuggets had been 10-0 at home since sending their All-Star scorer to Madison Square Garden in a trade that brought them five new players and some draft picks. *Courtesy of www.cbs8.com


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N.C. State hires former Alabama coach Gottfried - by Eurobasket News
Mark Gottfried said all the things North Carolina State fans wanted to hear: He plans to contend for a national championship, be a fixture in the NCAA tournament and go toe-to-toe with the Wolfpack's highly ranked rivals.

Now he's got to deliver.

'Every job in America has different challenges, obstacles, those things that make the job difficult,' N.C. State's new men's basketball coach said Tuesday. 'I'm not backing down from anybody here, period. We want to win.'

Gottfried, 47, looked right at home, sporting a red N.C. State tie and lapel pin on his gray suit during his introduction. But he knows there's a lot of work to do at a program that struggled in five seasons under Sidney Lowe. High on that list is avoiding repeatedly disappointing finishes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and beating Duke and North Carolina a little more often.

Athletic director Debbie Yow said Gottfried will receive a five-year contract with a guarantee of $1.2 million annually, a deal that includes an automatic two-year extension if he leads N.C. State back to the NCAA tournament in either of the next two seasons.

Gottfried has a career coaching record of 278-155 in 14 seasons at Murray State and Alabama. He took seven teams to the NCAA tournament, including a run of five straight at Alabama from 2002-06 that also featured an appearance in the Phoenix Regional final in 2004. He also led the Crimson Tide to its first-ever No. 1 ranking during the 2002-03 season.

'That ain't enough for me,' Gottfried said, turning to face the current Wolfpack players attending the news conference. 'I'm here today because I want to play for a championship. That's got to be your goal. You come to work every day, you come to practice, you better come with that in mind because that's what we want to do.'

The hiring comes exactly three weeks after Lowe resigned from the program he led to a national championship as a player in 1983. He had an 86-78 overall record, but went just 25-55 in ACC play. He never finished higher than ninth in the league and managed a 3-16 record against Duke and North Carolina.

Gottfried was in his 11th season as head coach at Alabama when he resigned in January 2009 amid criticism of the team's performance and the departure of star guard Ronald Steele. He had worked as a college basketball analyst for ESPN since leaving Alabama.

His new players didn't know much about him yet.

'I mean, as much as people want to say you commit to a school, you really commit to the coaches,' sophomore Scott Wood said. 'It's definitely difficult, but at the same time Debbie Yow says that's what's best for the organization and we're going to move forward.'

Gottfried's hiring comes a day after the school learned that VCU coach Shaka Smart - who had led the Rams to a surprising Final Four run - would remain there after receiving a new eight-year contract. Later Monday, Wichita State's Gregg Marshall - another name linked to the opening - announced on his radio show that he would remain with the Shockers.

The search earlier missed on apparent top target of Arizona's Sean Miller, the former Xavier head coach who also worked as an assistant to Sendek with the Wolfpack for five seasons. His father, John, said his son had declined to be interviewed.

Yow would not reveal who she had interviewed, but said Maryland coach Gary Williams attempted to negatively intervene in the process. Yow, the former Maryland athletic director, responded to a reporter's question to Gottfried about whether she had a reputation as being difficult to work with.

'I don't have a reputation across all men's basketball of being difficult to work with,' she said. 'I have a reputation of not getting along with Gary Williams, who has tried to sabotage the search. Come on, we all know that. OK, so whatever. It's not a reputation. It's Gary Williams out there doing his thing. Whatever.'

Doug Dull, a team spokesman at Maryland, did not immediately return a call or e-mail from The Associated Press for comment. But Williams did release a statement to the Baltimore Sun saying he hasn't talked to anyone, coach or athletic director, connected to the N.C. State search.

'I don't have any interest in the N.C. State search, since I'm coaching at Maryland and working hard to run our program,' Williams said. 'Anyone who says I've had contact with a prospective coach or athletic director regarding this search isn't being truthful.'

As for the hiring of Gottfried, Yow said it came together in a matter of days. She said initially she didn't believe he would want to leave his TV job to return to the sidelines. Yow said had interviewed three other candidates in person and spoke with others by phone.

'He develops talent, he values graduation ... and he motivates them to achieve,' she said. 'He has a fiery attitude and a can-do spirit. And that's exactly what State needs at this time in our program.'

Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Lamar hires former Texas Tech coach Pat Knight - by Eurobasket News
The son of Hall of Famer Bob Knight was introduced as the new coach of the Cardinals on Tuesday, less than a month after he was fired by Texas Tech.

The 40-year-old Knight replaces Steve Roccaforte, who was fired after going 76-78 in five years. The Cardinals finished 13-17 and 7-9 in the Southland Conference to tie for ninth place last season.

'I did get into this business, not for fame, not for fortune,' Knight said. 'I got in this business to start my own program, to run my own program, to build a program that people will be proud of, and I have an opportunity to do that here at Lamar.'

Knight went 50-61 in three full seasons in Lubbock. Knight became a Division I head coach for the first time in February 2008, when he took over the Red Raiders midseason from his father, the all-time winningest coach in Division I history.

While working for his father at Texas Tech, Pat Knight kept an eye on Lamar and wrote a letter to then-athletics director Billy Tubbs, the former Oklahoma coach. When the Lamar job came open, Knight immediately asked his agent to help him pursue the opening.

'Growing up in Indiana, Butler was a school, Ball State was a school that were great jobs,' Knight said. 'When we got down to Texas, everyone talked about Lamar. It appealed to me as one of those jobs, like a Butler or a Ball State.'

Knight couldn't guide Texas Tech to the NCAA tournament. The Red Raiders went 19-16 in 2009-10 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Red Raiders made four trips to the NCAA tournament under Bob Knight, including a run to the regional semifinals in 2005.

Knight played for his father at Indiana from 1991-1995 and later worked as a scout for the Phoenix Suns. He was an assistant for the CBA's Connecticut Pride and was a coach in both the International Basketball Association and the U.S. Basketball League. He joined his father's staff at Texas Tech in 2001.

Bob Knight had 902 victories in a career that spanned 42 seasons. The younger Knight says he's learned to embrace his pedigree, not shy away from the expectations that come with it.

'I've never really looked at the downside,' he said. 'I'm not going to be one of those guys on reality TV or in rehab because my parents were famous. I hate to see that on TV. I am Bob Knight's son. I'm proud of it.

'I coach with a ghost over me,' he said, 'but that makes me hungry and makes me have a chip on my shoulder to want to prove myself. That's why I'm excited about that job.'

Knight said he learned valuable lessons from his time in Lubbock, but wouldn't expound on what he thinks he needs to do differently in his new job.

'I know what went wrong, but it's for me to know,' he said. 'We did great things when I was an assistant, I think we did great things when I was a coach.

'Sometimes it hurts me,' he said about his firing, 'but I'm not one of those guys who ever looks back and regrets things. Maybe it would have been smarter if I'd gone back to a smaller school to start out.'

Knight says he's already well-versed on his new team.

'I want them to know where I stand with them,' Knight said. 'I know every one of their tendencies, what I think of them, what I want to work on with them. In my program, assistants are great, but there's one voice. I want them to know what I think of them and that I've studied them.'

Knight says he has 'a good list' of assistant coaches in mind. He says his Big 12 ties will help him round out his staff and in recruiting.

'The coaches know me in this league,' he said. 'I think this is going to be a good program for kids who aren't happy at bigger schools.'

Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com


Iowa PG Payne leaves program - by Eurobasket News
Iowa point guard Cully Payne (6'1''-G-90) is leaving the Hawkeyesafter missing most of last season with a hernia and watching his replacementblossom into an All-Big Ten performer.

Iowa said Tuesday that Payne, a native of Schaumburg, Ill., has been granteda release from his scholarship at his request.

Payne started all 32 games as a freshman for the Hawkeyes in 2009-10 andaveraged 8.7 points and just under four assists a game. Payne missed all but thefirst five games in 2010-11, though, and later underwent surgery for a sportshernia.

According to Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, Payne had intended to apply for amedical redshirt to get a year of eligibility back.

We appreciate Cullys hard work and contributions to the Iowa basketballprogram the last two years, McCaffery said. We are thankful for Cully thathe has been able to make a full recovery from his injury and wish him nothingbut the best.

Iowa returns four starters from a team that finished 11-20 last season.Paynes departure leaves the Hawkeyes thin at point guard, though BryceCartwright proved hes more than capable of handling that role after a breakoutseason.

Cartwright, a junior college transfer, emerged in Paynes absence with 10.9points and 5.9 assists per game and earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors.

Cartwright, who will be a senior, was at his best in Big Ten play with aleague-high 123 assists in 18 games. He had 14 points, seven rebounds and sixassists in a 66-61 loss to Michigan State in the conference tournament.

McCaffery now has three scholarships available for next season, and Paynesdeparture leaves open the strong possibility that hell be looking for anotherpoint guard. Iowa brought in prep forward Aaron White from Ohio and Cedar RapidsWashington shooting guard Josh Oglesby for 2011-12 and is expected to sign atleast two players this spring.

Payne originally signed with Alabama in high school, but was granted arelease when former coach Mark Gottfried was dismissed. He then committed toformer Hawkeyes coach Todd Lickliter.

Payne is the second Iowa player to leave the program since McCaffery tookover for Lickliter last spring. Forward Aaron Fuller transferred to USC.

My family and I felt like this decision was best for me moving forward. Itruly appreciate the experience I was offered and wish my teammates nothing butthe best in the future, Payne said in a statement released by the school.

Courtesy of www.sportsdailyfix.com


Thompkins leaving Georgia, Leslie testing options - by Eurobasket News
Georgia junior forward Trey Thompkins (6'9''-F-90) has entered the NBA draft, while teammate Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90) will test his pro prospects but could return for his senior year with the Bulldogs.

Coach Mark Fox announced Tuesday the 6-foot-10 Thompkins was hiring an agent, ending his college eligibility.

'I have spoken with my family and coaches about my situation, and I feel that it's best for me to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA draft,' Thompkins said. 'I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me in this decision.'

Leslie is also entering his name to the list of underclass draft prospects. But the 6-4 guard won't hire an agent, giving him the option of coming back for his final college season after he evaluates his pro status.

With Thompkins and Leslie leading the way, Georgia reached 20 wins and earned only its second NCAA bid since 2002. The Bulldogs were defeated in the opening round by Washington.

Thompkins led the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding each of the last two years. He finished his career 13th on the school list in points (1,396) and 10th in rebounds (693).

'We certainly appreciate Trey's contributions to the program and we wish him well in the pursuit of his dreams,' Fox said.

Leslie averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds this past season.

'Travis has exercised his right to test the waters as a junior,' Fox said. 'We will help him manage that process in a timely manner.'

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their names from the draft and preserve eligibility is May 8. The NBA draft will be held June 23.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Richmond leaves Illinois, plans to enter NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Forward Jereme Richmond (6'8''-F) has declared for the NBA draft after one year at Illinois, ending a rocky college career for the highly touted recruit.

The school said Tuesday that Richmond is working out in Chicago to get ready for the June 23 draft but hasn't hired an agent, a move that could allow him to remain a college player. But the announcement made it clear he's left Illinois.

'I enjoyed my time at the University of Illinois and would like to thank the coaching staff and my teammates for everything they've done for me,' said Richmond, who is from Waukegan in suburban Chicago.

Illinois coach Bruce Weber wished the former McDonald's All-American the best.

'His versatility and ability to impact the game in a number of different areas are skills that will help him greatly as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball,' Weber said in a statement.

The 6-foot-7 Richmond averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 31 games with Illinois, making the Big Ten all-freshman team. But he was benched for a game at Wisconsin in January after heading back home and missing practice. He also was suspended for both of Illinois' NCAA tournament games earlier for an unspecified issue.

Weber said last week that Richmond was practicing with the team and could return next season.

'If he makes the progress he's supposed to, then he'll be there,' Weber said at the time, declining to specify what Richmond had done to merit the suspension.

Courtesy of www.greenwichtime.com


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Darryl Hudson back with the Jets - by Eurobasket News
Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) has joined the Manawatu Jets. The 25-year-old guard has already started training with the team. Darryl Hudson finished the previous NBL season with the Jets. He tallied 24.5 points, 6.7 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. The guard started the previous season in Germany. Darryl Hudson averaged 6.0 points and 1.5 boards per game for Tuebingen. Later he moved to Karhu in Finland. After one game Darryl Hudson changed the team for UU-Korihait. He notched 11.8 points, 4.9 boards and 1.4 assists per appearance. In March 2010 Darryl Hudson traveled to New Zealand to sign a deal with the Wellington Saints. The player posted 20.3 points, 4.0 boards, 2.6 assists per appearance before moving to the Jets. This season Darryl Hudson tipped off with the Gold Coast Blaze in Australian NBL. He produced 8.5 points, 2.5 boards and 1.8 assists per game.



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Div1 Stats Leader
1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ble, Centrum 21.4
2 Babenskas, STIF 18.6
3 Klonteig, NTNUI 16.9
4 Renaa, NTNUI 16.6
5 Lunde, BK 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Madsen, OSI 10.3
2 McCarthy, BK 8.7
3 Klonteig, NTNUI 8.7
4 Bertelsen, STIF 8.5
5 Ampofo, Centrum 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Christensen, Hop 6.8
2 Vangen, Centrum 4.3
3 Apan, Hop 3.5
4 Galtung, Hop 3.3
5 Babenskas, STIF 3.2


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Jarecki, GKS Tychy16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.0 
 7. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.6 
 9. Lichodzijews., ISS S.15.2 
 10. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.1 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.3 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 6. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut7.8 
 7. Luszczewski, Start L.7.7 
 8. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
 9. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.6 
 10. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.6.0 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lublin5.0 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.7 
 8. Kowalski, Gornik4.5 
 9. Basinski, MMKS D.4.5 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .2.5 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.4 
 9. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.4 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.3 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Glabas, Polonia 20110.9 
 9. Pietras, Tempcold.0.9 
 10. Pietras, Polonia 20110.9 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.0 
 7. Bennerman, Energa C.14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.5 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azbud14.4 
 10. Goffney, Siarka14.1 
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. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow6.8 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.6 
 9. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.6 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.8 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco P.4.4 
 7. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 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. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.7 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco P.2.5 
 5. Sapp, SKK Kotwica2.5 
 6. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 7. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 8. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 10. Hawkins, PBG B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 


PLK Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Three teams advance - by Eurobasket News
PBG Basket - PGE Turow 69-47

PBG Basket celebrated the second straight win over PGE Turow to level the series. The game was mostly controlled by PBG Basket. PGE Turow was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PBG Basket held PGE Turow to an opponent 21.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Eddie Miller (191-85, college: Fresno St., agency: ZAG Advocates) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Serbian guard Sasa Ocokoljic (183-76, agency: BeoExcell) who added 9 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, college: Texas Tech) scored 5 points and 10 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.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 10+2reb+1ast, D.Jackson 10+6reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 6+3reb, M.Kuebler 6+6reb, R.Tomaszek 5+10reb, M.Gabinski 3+4reb+1ast
PBG Basket: E.Miller 17+4reb, D.Kulig 11+1reb, S.Ocokoljic 9+3reb+7ast, P.Stelmach 7+3reb, P.Dabrowski 6+5reb, G.Surmacz 5+7reb
gschID: 126194


Polpharma - Energa Czarni 70-84

Energa Czarni sealed the semifinal appearance after a road win over Polpharma. The game was mostly controlled by Energa Czarni. Polpharma was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Energa Czarni dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Polpharma's 34. Polpharma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists and Bosnian center Ermin Jazvin (210-80, agency: Lanshire Group) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Brian Gilmore (203-85, college: American) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Karol Szpyrka (183-87) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: K.Chanas 13+1reb+1ast, B.Gilmore 12+6reb, K.Szpyrka 12+3reb+2ast, A.Metelski 8+6reb, K.Archibeque 7+5reb, D.Vaughn 5+2reb+6ast
Energa Czarni: J.Blassingame 21+4reb+5ast, E.Jazvin 13+3reb+1ast, B.Davis 12+3reb, P.Leonczyk 11+1reb, W.Szawarski 7+1reb, M.Cesnauskis 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 126191


AZS Koszalin - Asseco Prokom 76-86

Asseco Prokom needed four games against AZS Koszalin to reach the next round of action. The game was mostly controlled by Asseco Prokom. AZS Koszalin was better in fourth quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asseco Prokom dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Koszalin's 40. They outrebounded AZS Koszalin 40-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian-Bosnian power forward Ratko Varda (216-79, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Courtney Eldridge (176-80, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Asseco Prokom players scored in double figures. Asseco Prokom's coach Tomas Pacesas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Mateusz Bartosz (205-87) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and international guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: M.Bartosz 16+6reb+1ast, G.Reynolds 12+2reb, S.Bogavac 12+3reb, W.Frazier 11+2reb+3ast, I.Milicic 10+4ast, G.Reese 9+5reb+1ast
Asseco Prokom: R.Varda 16+11reb+2ast, A.Hrycaniuk 15+7reb, C.Eldridge 12+4reb+6ast, D.Ewing 11+1reb+1ast, T.Adams 10+1reb+1ast, R.Witka 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 126192


Anwil - Trefl Sopot 89-99 OT

Trefl Sopot earned the second overtime win in a row to leave Anwil without PLK semis. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl Sopot. Anwil was better in second period 22-19. But 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 Anwil used huge pressure winning it 24-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-16. Trefl Sopot shot 60.7 percent from the field. Anwil was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (203-81, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Paul Miller (208-82, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Trefl Sopot and five Anwil players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Anwil: N.Jovanovic 25+6reb+2ast, A.Pluta 18+2ast, P.Miller 15+11reb+2ast, B.Diduszko 11+2reb, C.Thomas 11+3reb+3ast, S.Hajric 4+2reb+1ast
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 30+8reb+3ast, D.Ceranic 18+4reb+3ast, G.Gustas 15+1reb, P.Kikowski 11+1reb, A.Waczynski 11+6reb+1ast, L.Harrington 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 126193




1Liga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. LKS Lodz and Tempcold AZS reach semis - by Eurobasket News
LKS Lodz - Rosasport 65-59

LKS Lodz reached the 1Liga semifinal stage. They held off Rosasport for the second straight win. After very bad start, Rosasport stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 40-38. But it was not enough and LKS Sphinx took back the control in second half. Rosasport was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Krzysztof Morawiec (192-74) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) scored 14 points. Rosasport's coach Piotr Ignatowicz rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: B.Szczepaniak 14+4reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 12+6reb+2ast, P.Trepka 9+3reb+6ast, M.Salamonik 9+8reb+1ast, J.Dluski 7+10reb+1ast, D.Kalinowski 7+1reb
Rosasport: P.Kardas 16+1reb+4ast, J.Zalewski 14+4reb+1ast, P.Wiekiera 7+1reb, A.Donigiewicz 7+6reb, H.Radke 7+9reb+2ast, M.Nikiel 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 125894


ISS Sportino - Sokol Lancut 74-67

ISS Sportino toppled Sokol Lancut to level the series. Sokol Lancut was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 20-6 third quarter run of ISS Sportino. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Lancut to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Sokol Lancut 41-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Sokol Lancut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who scored 9 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-86) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Tomasz Fortuna (186-81) produced 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Rafal Glapinski (183-82) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ISS Sportino: K.Jakobczyk 14+5reb+4ast, M.Strzelecki 11+6reb+1ast, W.Zurawski 10+8reb, L.Zytko 10+2reb+3ast, A.Lichodzijewski 9+14reb+3ast, J.Sulowski 8+2reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut: R.Glapinski 15+3reb+3ast, T.Fortuna 12+7reb+4ast, W.Pisarczyk 11+3reb+1ast, M.Klima 10+4reb+1ast, J.Szurlej 9+2reb, P.Ucinek 4+4reb
gschID: 125895


Spojnia - Tempcold AZS 61-67

Tempcold AZS booked their semifinal ticket with a road win over Spojnia. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spojnia won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) notched 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) supported him with 4 points and 10 assists. Even 18 points by swingman Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant) did not help to save the game for Spojnia. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) added 13 points and 4 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: M.Nowakowski 15+6reb+1ast, M.Popiolek 13+2reb+3ast, J.Mokros 11+4reb, P.Pelka 8+3reb+1ast, K.Pietras 7+8reb+1ast, L.Karwowski 5+2reb
Spojnia: A.Parzych 18+2reb, M.Stoklosa 13+2reb+4ast, T.Stepien 8+1reb, J.Koszuta 7+1reb+5ast, S.Buczyniak 5+2reb+1ast, L.Bodych 3+4reb
gschID: 125892


Asec.Prokom-2 - MMKS DG 90-83

Asseco Prokom-2 overcame MMKS DG to stay alive in the series. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Asecco Prokom 2 made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-G-77) contributed with 22 points and 6 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Five Asecco Prokom 2 players scored in double figures. Power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) replied with 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: G.Mordzak 22+2reb+6ast, T.Wojdyla 21+8reb+3ast, A.Krauze 16+3reb+2ast, T.Andrzejewski 11+3reb+1ast, P.Smigielski 11+2reb+3ast, P.Bach 4+4reb
MMKS DG: A.Lisewski 18+4reb+5ast, M.Piechowicz 16+5reb+1ast, L.Szczypka 12+7reb+1ast, M.Piotrkowski 8+7reb+1ast, P.Zielinski 6+1reb, P.Bogdanowicz 6
gschID: 125893




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Mayaguez keeps Santurce Winless - by Luis Ramirez
In a game where both teams were looking to get their first win, the Mayaguez Indians romped over the Santurce Crabbers 80-68.

The game started out on a even pace as the 1st quarter ended 22-22 for each team. In the 2nd quarter, Mayaguez was able to take a 3-point lead into the halftime, 39-36.
In the 3rd quarter, the Indians kept the Crabbers to just 14 points while they went on to score 26 to open the game 65-50. The Indians kept the Crabbers in check the rest of the way to get their first win of the season.

For Mayaguez, Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79) scored 23 points as he made 7 out of 11 baskets from 3-point range. He was followed by Alejandro Carmona who scored 14 points.

For Santurce, Ricky Sanchez scored 24 points while Wilfredo Pagan was the only other player to reach double figures as he scored 11 points with 6 assists.

In the other game for the night, it was the Arecibo Captains edging out the San German Athletics 77-74. It was a hard fought battle all night long, the first quarter ended with the Athletics in the lead 18-16. In the 2nd quarter, the Captains were able to tie the game as the first half came to an end 33-33. In the 2nd half of the game the battled continued to be a tough one but David Cortes made a 3 pointer to put the Captains in the lead with 2:46 left in the game and the Captains would not relent the rest of the game.

For Arecibo, Daniel Pinnock scored 25 points while Daniel Santiago followed up with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

For San German, Jaime Lloreda scored 15 points and hauled in 17 rebounds, while Jesse Pellot scored 14 points.



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


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Sadd and Gharrafah advance into Heir Apparent Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Sadd and Gharrafah will play for Heir Apparent Cup title on Friday. They came out winners of respective semifinal clashes.
Sadd overcame the QBF League defending champions Rayyan 82:73 in the first semifinal. Sadd took off in the second term and ran away for good in this one. Michael Bell (206-F-82, college: Florida Atlantic) came up with 24 points and 12 boards to pace the winners. Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85) added 18 points, while Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) accounted for 17 points, 6 assists and 5 boards in the victory. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) replied with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists for Rayyan. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) finished with 19 points in the loss.
Gharrafah prevailed against Jaysh in another semifinal battle. The teams stayed close throughout three periods before Gharrafah went on a 12:4 rally and cleared off for good. Alexander McLean (203-F-85, agency: Strategic Sports) notched 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Boney Watson (183-G, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Ousseynou N'Diaye (195-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) had 17 points for the winners. Jaysh replied with 16 points from DeJol Lamar. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) netted 13 points in defeat.




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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Hemofarm 4-1 
 2. Radnicki 4-1 
 3. Partizan 4-1 
 4. Beograd 2-2 
 5. Metalac 2-3 
 6. Crvena Zvezda 1-3 
 7. FMP 1-4 
 8. Mega Vizura 1-4 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.5 
 2. Zekovic, Beograd18.8 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Sinovec, Metalac18.7 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Cantekin, Mega V.7.5 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.7 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.9 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.7 
 6. Covic, FMP4.4 
 7. Mitrovic, Beograd4.3 
 8. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 9. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd3.1 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Bocka, Crnokosa1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 9. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 10. Lucic, Beograd0.7 


Superleague Round 5: Radnicki loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 5 in Superleague means a new league leader. The exciting game took place in Vrsac where host Hemofarm (4-1) beat league's leader Radnicki (4-1) 67-63 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Radnicki. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hemofarm made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Hemofarm outrebounded Radnicki 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Guard Predrag Miletic (191-84, agency: Agency No 10) produced 20 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hemofarm keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Radnicki. Radnicki will play next round against Metalac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hemofarm will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked OKK Beograd on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Vizura. Fifth ranked OKK Beograd (2-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Mega Vizura (1-4) 82-79 on Wednesday evening. Guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Dragan Mitrovic contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoExcell) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for Mega Vizura. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. OKK Beograd moved-up to fourth place. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with FMP. OKK Beograd will play against league's leader Hemofarm in Vrsac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mega Vizura will play on the road against Partizan (#3) in Beograd to get more than just one victory in their record.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Partizan (#3) and Crvena Zvezda (#5). Partizan (4-1) crushed visiting Crvena Zvezda (1-3) by 41 points 118-77. Curtis Jerrells stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Uros Nikolic responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hemofarm and Radnicki. Loser Crvena Zvezda dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Partizan will meet at home Mega Vizura (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd FMP Zeleznik.
The game in Valjevo was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FMP Zeleznik (1-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Metalac (2-3). Metalac managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. Marko Ljubicic nailed 19 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Metalac moved-up to fifth place. FMP Zeleznik at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Metalac's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Radnicki in Kragujevac and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP Zeleznik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.


Metalac - FMP 81-77

The game in Valjevo was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked FMP Zeleznik (1-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Metalac (2-3). Metalac managed to secure a 4-point victory 81-77. FMP Zeleznik was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 32-21 charge of Metalac, which allowed them to win the game. They made 31-of-37 charity shots (83.8 percent) during the game. 34 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) nailed 19 points and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) accounted for 27 points. American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for FMP Zeleznik in the defeat. Five FMP Zeleznik players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Metalac moved-up to fifth place. FMP Zeleznik at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Metalac's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Radnicki in Kragujevac and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP Zeleznik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Metalac: S.Sinovec 27+1reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 19+4reb+6ast, R.Marojevic 16+1ast, D.Kruscic 5+2reb, M.Trtic 5+1reb, S.Bircevic 5+8reb
FMP: B.Bowman 16+8reb+3ast, I.Smiljanic 14+2reb, B.Lazic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Ilic 11+3reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 11+5reb+1ast, F.Covic 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 124152


Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 118-77

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beograd: Partizan (#3) and Crvena Zvezda (#5). Partizan (4-1) crushed visiting Crvena Zvezda (1-3) by 41 points 118-77. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of Crvena Zvezda shooting 70.8 percent from the field and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Partizan had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Crvena Zvezda's players. American guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) stepped up and scored 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hemofarm and Radnicki. Loser Crvena Zvezda dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Partizan will meet at home Mega Vizura (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd FMP Zeleznik.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Gist 17+5reb, C.Jerrells 17+3reb+4ast, R.Katic 16+1ast, J.Vesely 13+4reb+5ast, N.Jawai 13+5reb, D.Milosavljevic 12+3reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: U.Nikolic 24+6reb+1ast, V.Subotic 12+2reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 12+2reb+1ast, L.Drca 8+5reb+2ast, B.Bakic 8+2reb+2ast, S.Lesic 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 124149


Mega Vizura - Beograd 79-82

Important game to mention about took place in Vizura. Fifth ranked OKK Beograd (2-2) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Mega Vizura (1-4) 82-79 on Wednesday evening. Mega Vizura was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 21-17 charge of OKK Beograd, which allowed them to win the game. Mega Vizura was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Dragan Mitrovic (200-85) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoExcell) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Mega Vizura. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. OKK Beograd moved-up to fourth place. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with FMP. OKK Beograd will play against league's leader Hemofarm in Vrsac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mega Vizura will play on the road against Partizan (#3) in Beograd to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Beograd: S.Dundjerski 21+5reb+2ast, S.Zivkovic 13+3reb+3ast, D.Mitrovic 12+2reb+7ast, U.Lucic 8+5reb, M.Pavlovic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tanaskovic 7+5reb+1ast
Mega Vizura: S.Jelovac 26+11reb, B.Milisavljevic 13+3reb+4ast, D.Cantekin 12+2reb, V.Micic 9+3reb+3ast, N.Nikolic 6+4reb+1ast, B.Djekic 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 124150


Hemofarm - Radnicki 67-63

Round 5 in Superleague means a new league leader. The exciting game took place in Vrsac where host Hemofarm (4-1) beat league's leader Radnicki (4-1) 67-63 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Radnicki. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hemofarm made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Hemofarm outrebounded Radnicki 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was power forward Milivoje Bozovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Guard Predrag Miletic (191-84, agency: Agency No 10) produced 20 points and American forward Michael Lee (207-86) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hemofarm keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Radnicki. Radnicki will play next round against Metalac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hemofarm will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked OKK Beograd on the road.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 11+2reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 11+3reb+6ast, J.Jordan 10+6reb, M.Bozovic 9+13reb+4ast, I.Maras 9+3reb, B.Savovic 9+3reb+2ast
Radnicki: P.Miletic 20+3reb+2ast, M.Lee 10+8reb+1ast, V.Aleksic 10+1reb+3ast, D.Mijatovic 8+1reb, V.Vukosavljevic 5+2reb, M.Cakarevic 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 124151




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Nova Ves, Levice and Nitra complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Nova Ves - Prievidza 69-60

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prievidza won third quarter 10-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) nailed 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) accounted for 12 points and 13 rebounds. Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Czech forward Rostislav Uhlir (198-86) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Christopher Jones (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Prievidza in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 19+5reb+6ast, A.Mielczarek 14+3reb+2ast, P.Mroz 13+5reb+1ast, L.Johnson 12+13reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 4+6reb+3ast, M.Batka 3+4reb+2ast
Prievidza: R.Uhlir 14+7reb+1ast, L.Storcel 11+2reb, C.Jones 9+6reb+4ast, I.Majoros 9+1reb, C.Hallett 7+6reb+1ast, R.Lesko 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125959


Levice - Handlova 75-72

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Handlova helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Levice players scored in double figures. International guard Robert Nuber (187-83) answered with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and Croatian power forward Ivan Barisic (201-84) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Handlova.
Top scorers:
Levice: M.English 16+8reb+4ast, E.Henderson 14+13reb+1ast, D.Toroman 12+3reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 12+2reb+4ast, M.Bernard 12+7reb, P.Seman 5+3reb+1ast
Handlova: I.Barisic 17+5reb+1ast, N.Delic 15+5reb+1ast, M.Madaj 15+2reb, R.Nuber 8+8reb+8ast, M.Golian 7+1reb, M.Kozlik 4+3reb
gschID: 125960


Nitra - B.Bystrica 75-71

SKP Banska Bystrica was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 46-34 second half run of Nitra. SKP Banska Bystrica was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 assists for the winners and Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-81, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 18 points. International guard Richard Grznar (187-91) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian forward Davor Velcic (206-80) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Nitra and five SKP Banska Bystrica players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nitra: R.Grafs 18+4reb+1ast, R.Moore 17+4reb+5ast, J.Montgomery 13+6reb, P.Bosak 12+7reb+3ast, R.Vido 8+2reb, S.Votroubek 4+7reb+1ast
B.Bystrica: R.Grznar 18+5reb+2ast, G.Immink 13+3reb+2ast, D.Velcic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Rendla 11+5reb+1ast, I.Cvitanovic 10+3reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 3+7reb
gschID: 125958




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.6 
 5. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 7. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 8. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
 10. Cosic, Svit17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.3 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.0 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Erwin, Nitra7.6 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Nitra6.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.9 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. English, Levice5.2 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice4.1 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. English, Levice2.8 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 4. Moore, Nitra2.4 
 5. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter MICUDA
  Inter Bratislava
  (206-C-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Mroz, Nova Ves1.2 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.1 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 8. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 9. Bernard, Levice0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


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Slovan shocs Olimpija to snap winless skid - by Zeljko Zule
Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) made both free throws with two seconds into the game, as Slovan snapped a four-game winless streak with a shocking 70-69 win over Olimpija in Telemach Superleague Round 4.
Slovan-Olimpija 70-69: Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) hit a pair of game-winning free throws with two seconds remaining. He finished with 5 points, Dalibor Djapa scored 17 points and Matej Krusic 16. Olimpija was led by Saso Ozbolt and his 17 points, and Goran Jagodnik added 16.
Zlatorog-Hopsi 82-77: Despite erasing a 10-point second half deficit Hopsi couldn't hold off local rival. Vladimir Panic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Maj Kovacevic cam off the bench for 17 points on shooting 5-of-7 behind the 3-point line and Jaka Brodnik added 12 points. Hopsi shot 23-of-31 for 2-point but commited 21 turnovers. Igor Mijajlovic netted 17 points, Damir Vrsaljko and Dmitry Sviridov added 12 each, Stanko Sebic 11 and Matej Venta.
Krka-Helios 90-58: After tying the game at 27-27, the home team went on a 16-0 run spanning the first and second half and had their largest lead of the game at 85-46. Zoran Dragic scored15 points, Smiljan Pavic added 11 and Dusan Djordjevic, Bojan Krivec and Jure Balaic had 10 points apiece. Helios shot just 2-of-19 behind the 3-point range and commited 20 turnovers. Drazen Bubnic posted 13 points and Grega Mali 11.
Maribor-Elektra 69-51: After trailing 2-4, Maribor made a 15-2 run. Sasa Mucic finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Elvis Kadic scored 10 points. Elektra was outrebounded 18-43. Salih Nuhanovic scored 17 points and Tadej Horvat 11.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Promy Win, Tie Series at 1-1 - by Kevin Campigotto
With Sonic Boom KT star import Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) in foul trouble the Wonju Dongbu Promy were able to secure a road victory and tie the KBL semi-finals series at one game apiece, winning 75-70. Despite being in foul trouble all game Busan's Charles Rhodes led all scorers with 28 points and 8 rebounds. All five starters for Wonju scored in double figures yet no one scored more than 14 points. Wonju's starting center Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) played stiffly in the first half due to a lingering ankle injury but warmed up and finished the game with 14 points and 9 boards.

After a sluggish first quarter, Wonju held Busan to only 10 second-quarter points and was able to finish the half up by one. Benson played limited minutes in the first half but Promy backup Victor Thomas (201-F-79, college: La Salle) picked up his fourth foul shortly before halftime forcing Benson to play most of the second half. After Rhodes picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter Busan's offense sputtered.

With 3:22 left in the game Rhodes fouled out when he was called for a moving screen. Busan coach Jeon Chang-Jin subsequently picked up a technical foul giving the Promy a 6-point lead. It looked like Busan might have a chance when Rod Benson fouled out with a minute left but Promy guard Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79) hit a three on the next possession to seal the game.

The series now shifts to Wonju where game three with be held on Friday.


Game Notes

Wonju Dongbu Promy
Kim Joo-Sung 13 points
Yoon Ho-Young 10 points 10 rebounds
Park Ji-Hyon 12 points 5 assists
Hwang Jin-Won 14 points
Rod Benson 14 points, 9 rebounds

3 point shooting: 4/17 (24%)
Wonju outrebounded Busan 28-19



Busan Sonic Boom KT
Charles Rhodes 28 points, 8 rebounds
Song Young-Jin 10 points




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  SPAIN   


Another Road Trip.... - by Bayo Arigbon
Whats up everyone finally got back to blog thing. This past weekend we had another road trip. Another 8 hour one at that. This time we traveled to Andorra , which is its own country but still in Spain. Its like the equivalent to Puerto Rico, how its still a part of the United States but has its own government. I must say Andorra was one of the most beautiful places Ive seen since my stay in Spain. Keeping in mind Im yet to visit Barcelona or Madrid.Andorra is full like a mountain place with mountains everywhere and house s even inside of the mountains. Its hard to explain, I can show you better in a video but I wont have it ready till the weekend..In the game against B.C. River Andorra I feel like I made progress from last game but it wasnt enough. We ended up losing the game there so it seemed like the road trip back was even longer. All I know is this next game is seeming like must win. Aside from the games, Im happy to say the weather is warming up in Guadalajara so I can finally wear some of the shorts Ive packed. Lol Early tonight I watched the movies Ip Man and Ip Man 2 I can say they are the best kung fu movies Ive seen, they are about the trainer of Bruce Lee. Only got a few weeks left here so Im going to continue to go hard and try to finish things out on a positive note. Well thanks for reading and check back soon for the video

Alcazar and Jose Alonso part ways, Iker Urreizti to retire - by Eurobasket News
Jose Alonso (191-G-71) is no longer a member of Alcazar. Two sides terminated the deal yesterday. Alonso appeared 15 times in LEB Gold this season averaging 6.4 points and 1.2 assists. Last season, Alonso spent with Guadalajara in LEB Silver. For 28 games he registered 12.4 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.8 apg. In the past, Alonso was a member of Illescas, Cajasur, Cordoba, Fuenlabrada etc.
Meanwhile, Iker Urreizti (187-PG-75) announced that he will retire as a professional player after this season. The 35-year-old point guard currently plays for La Laguna Socas Canarias in LEB Gold. He has 2.2 ppg and 1.2 apg for 31 games in the league. Urreizti is a member of La Laguna since 2007. He has many years of experience with different team in Spain. Some of those are Los Barrios, Tarragona, Gijon, Leon, Breogan, Melilla, Valladolid and Alicante.


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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan: Dragons and Kings to meet in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons and Sodertalje Kings managed to beat their rivals in decisive Game Five of the Playoff Quarterfinals. Two teams will meet in the Semis. Other Semifinals pair is LF Basket - Norrkoping.



Sundsvall - Jamtland 83-67 (3-2)


The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. KFUM Jamtland managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 40-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: L.Rush 18+8reb+1ast, H.Baeringsson 16+7reb+3ast, A.Wesby 13+6reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 12+4reb+5ast, J.Jeansson 12+4reb, J.Pierre 5+3reb+4ast
Jamtland: D.Klaric 20+6reb+1ast, D.Hargrove 12+6reb+5ast, B.Salaam 8+7reb, S.Hellgren 7+3ast, L.Marolt 7+2ast, S.Mjos 6+1reb+2ast


gschID: 125874


Sodertalje - Uppsala 91-69 (3-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. Uppsala Basket was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 25 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) came up with 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jesper Andersson (202-86) added 16 points respectively for Uppsala Basket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 25+4reb+5ast, M.Griskenas 18+8reb+3ast, D.Pita 18+7reb+3ast, A.Chuk 13+2reb+6ast, M.Joseph 9+2reb+3ast, W.Galick 4+6reb+1ast
Uppsala: J.Andersson 16+3reb+1ast, T.Whitworth 13+1reb+3ast, B.Smith 11+4reb+3ast, M.Kohlmaier 11+9reb+1ast, F.Jonzen 7+2reb, H.Magnusson 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 126005




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, Sodertalje20.0 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall19.3 
 6. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 7. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.3 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 6. Brown, 087.9 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 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. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje4.1 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.1 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.2 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall1.8 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 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: 2
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.2.0 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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  SYRIA   


SBL Rank after the regular season done + Final 8games ..... - by Tarek Burhan
The Rank of Syrian Basketball League after 22round ...
1-)Jalaa : 22Won,0Loss
2-)Jeish : 19Won,3Loss
3-)Wathba : 15Won,7Loss
4-)Karameh : 14Won,8Loss
5-)Kasyoun : 13Won,9Loss
6-)Wehda : 12Won,10Loss
7-)Ittihad : 12Won,10Loss
8-)Hurriya : 8Won,14Loss
9-)Talee'a : 7Won,15Loss
10-)Yarmouk : 5Won,17loss
11-)Meharda : 3Won,19Loss
12-)Nawaeer : 2Won,10loss

Final 8 games ; best of 3 Series
Game1 : Jalaa V/S Hurriya 10th april, 14th april, 17th april
Game2 : Jeish V/S Ittihad 11th april, 15th april, 18th april
Game3 : Wathba V/S Wehda 11th april, 15th april, 18th april
Game4 : Karameh V/S Kasyoun 10th april, 14th april, 17th april

Final 4game : best of 3 Series
Game1 V/S Game4
Game2 V/S Game3


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  TURKEY   


Injury shocker at Bornova: Smith out for season - by Sinan Can
IT looks like the injury nightmare will not leave Bornova Belediyespor who are fighting to stay at Beko Beko Basketball League this season. Izmir team's most efficient player Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) closed the season due to a broken wrist. Club sources informed that, Smith who was about to dunk the ball at away game against Tofas this past saturday, fell to the ground because of a deliberate foul from Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90). Smith who got injured at first half of the season because of a knee clash with Galatasaray big man Ermal Kurtoglu and rested for a month now will be out of action for next six weeks. Bornova side who are struggling at the bottom of the league with 7/17 record now in search for a bosman forward. Due to the reports, the teams quota for American players is over and the new player supposed to arrive should be a bosman.

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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 14-2 
 2. Cleveland V. 12-4 
 3. Columbus C. 8-8 
 4. Colonial F. 3-12 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-15 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 31-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 26-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 14-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-15 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-19 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 19-3 
 2. Tennessee D. 18-11 
 3. Norman E. 13-8 
 4. Austin K. 11-9 
 5. DFW Warriors 10-10 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-17 
 3. Houston X. 5-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-20 
 5. Nashville B. 0-10 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-17 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.2 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.24.4 
 4. Sloan, S.Generals24.1 
 5. Kearse, Dallas S.23.8 
 6. Holmes, Atlanta A.22.2 
 7. Allison, Norman E.22.2 
 8. Grismore, C.Tex.21.4 
 9. James, DFW W.21.3 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 3. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.10.8 
 5. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 6. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.9.7 
 8. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.7 
 9. Shewmake, Tennesse.9.6 
 10. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.9 
 2. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 3. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.3 
 5. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 6. Belton, Atlanta A.7.6 
 7. Beaulah, GIE M.6.5 
 8. Douglas, DFW W.6.3 
 9. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
 10. Duggans, St.Mount.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Generals3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.4 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.0 
 5. Brown, Norman E.2.8 
 6. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.7 
 7. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.5 
 9. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Bryant, Dallas S.5.1 
 4. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 5. Williams, Norman E.3.4 
 6. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 7. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 8. Hall, St.Mount.2.9 
 9. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 10. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 34-11 
 2. Budivelnyk 33-11 
 3. Azovmash 28-17 
 4. Hoverla 28-18 
 5. Mykolaiv 24-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 24-20 
 7. Dnipro 22-22 
 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 


Superleague Round 46: Mykolaiv beats Hoverla by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 46 in the Superleague took place in Frankivsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Hoverla (28-18) to sixth ranked Mykolaiv (24-20) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hoverla. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Brian Greene (196-83, college: Florida A&M) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Artem Butskyy (185-81) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Hoverla. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mykolaiv moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. Hoverla at the other side keeps the fourth position with 18 games lost. Mykolaiv is looking forward to face Halychyna (#10) in Lviv in the next round where they are favorite. Hoverla will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Azovmash (28-17) against seventh ranked Dnipro (22-22) on Wednesday night. Visiting Azovmash was defeated by Dnipro in a tough game in Dnepropetrovsk 72-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Azovmash. American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) scored 29 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Denham Brown chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Dnipro maintains seventh position with 22-22 record. Defending champion Azovmash keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Dnipro will play against higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#6) in Zaporozhye in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Azovmash will have a break next round.
The game between second ranked Budivelnyk (33-11) and 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket (20-24) in Kyiv on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Budivelnyk outscored guests from Krivoy Rog 93-56. Lamayne Wilson notched 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by Dmitry Korablev did not help to save the game for Kryvbasbasket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Budivelnyk maintains second position with 33-11 record behind leader BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 24 games lost. Budivelnyk will meet at home DniproAzot (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kryvbasbasket will play against the league's leader BC Donetsk and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 46 were not that significant. DniproAzot beat BC Kyiv on the road 82-72. BC Odessa lost to Ferro-ZNTU on its own court 71-88. Khimik unfortunately lost to Halychyna in Lviv 75-85.
The most impressive performance of 46th round was 23 points and 17 rebounds by Alan Wiggins of Halychyna.



BC Kyiv - DniproAzot 72-82

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked DniproAzot (19-25) beat on the road bottom-ranked BC Kyiv (11-34) 82-72 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-72. DniproAzot shot 31 for 42 from the free-throw line, while BC Kyiv only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded BC Kyiv 41-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Vitaly Kovalenko (201-84) did not help to save the game for BC Kyiv. Guard Pavlo Burenko (188-90) added 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DniproAzot maintains ninth position with 19-25 record. Loser BC Kyiv stay dead last with 34 lost games. DniproAzot will meet league's second-placed Budivelnyk in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BC Kyiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: M.Fraser 22+15reb+2ast, B.Merriex 15+10reb+1ast, M.Balashov 15+1reb+3ast, R.Sirsnins 8+4reb+2ast, A.Nerush 7+1reb, S.Gorbenko 5+3reb
BC Kyiv: V.Kovalenko 19+6reb+1ast, P.Burenko 14+3reb+7ast, R.Otverchenko 9+3reb+2ast, V.Podolyan 9+2reb+1ast, O.Tischenko 7+1reb+1ast, A.Riabchuk 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 125899


Hoverla - Mykolaiv 78-80

The most exciting game of round 46 in the Superleague took place in Frankivsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Hoverla (28-18) to sixth ranked Mykolaiv (24-20) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hoverla. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Brian Greene (196-83, college: Florida A&M) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Artem Butskyy (185-81) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 7 assists in the effort for Hoverla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mykolaiv moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. Hoverla at the other side keeps the fourth position with 18 games lost. Mykolaiv is looking forward to face Halychyna (#10) in Lviv in the next round where they are favorite. Hoverla will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: A.Butskyy 16+2ast, I.Gilyevych 15+1reb+1ast, B.Greene 13+5reb+4ast, J.Umbrasko 13+1reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 9+3reb+1ast, L.Iailo 5+3reb+1ast
Hoverla: P.Ulyanko 15+4reb+1ast, D.Swanson 15+2reb+4ast, J.Chappell 14+8reb+3ast, D.Zimmerman 12+3reb+7ast, E.Coleman 9+8reb+2ast, I.Kryvych 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125900


Dnipro - Azovmash 81-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Azovmash (28-17) against seventh ranked Dnipro (22-22) on Wednesday night. Visiting Azovmash was defeated by Dnipro in a tough game in Dnepropetrovsk 72-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Azovmash. Azovmash was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 30-20 charge of Dnipro, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Azovmash to just 7 points in third quarter. Dnipro dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Azovmash's 34. Dnipro forced 19 Azovmash turnovers. Azovmash was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) scored 29 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. Dnipro maintains seventh position with 22-22 record. Defending champion Azovmash keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Dnipro will play against higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#6) in Zaporozhye in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Azovmash will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Burtt 29+4reb+8ast, D.Brown 18+5reb+5ast, S.Tymofeyenko 9+6reb+2ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 8+1reb+1ast, A.Pettway 7+3reb, C.Glazyrin 6+2reb
Azovmash: P.Pierce 17+1reb, C.Owens 16+9reb+4ast, R.Curry 15+6reb+3ast, D.Pasalic 11+5reb+1ast, C.Thomas 7+2reb+2ast, A.Shaposhnikov 2
gschID: 125901


Budivelnyk - Kryvbasbasket 93-56

The game between second ranked Budivelnyk (33-11) and 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket (20-24) in Kyiv on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Budivelnyk outscored guests from Krivoy Rog 93-56. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 26. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 41-22 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Budivelnyk looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Kryvbasbasket's players. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) notched 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Dewarick Spencer (193-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) did not help to save the game for Kryvbasbasket. International power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Budivelnyk maintains second position with 33-11 record behind leader BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 24 games lost. Budivelnyk will meet at home DniproAzot (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kryvbasbasket will play against the league's leader BC Donetsk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Wilson 16+6reb+5ast, D.Spencer 15+7reb, A.Agafonov 11+3reb, W.Keys 10+5ast, D.Lukashov 9+3reb+5ast, D.Ikovlev 9+6reb+2ast
Kryvbasbasket: D.Korablev 20+5reb+1ast, I.Zaitsev 13+5reb, E.Annenkov 6+1reb+2ast, I.Krivtsov 5+2reb, R.Belokopytovas 4, V.Konev 2+3reb
gschID: 125897


BC Odessa - Ferro-ZNTU 71-88

Very expected game when 10th ranked BC Odessa (17-29) lost at home to sixth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-20) 88-71 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferro-ZNTU. BC Odessa managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) supported him with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) did not help to save the game for BC Odessa. Nigerian power forward Ejike Ugboaja (204-85) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Mykolaiv. BC Odessa lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 29 games lost. They share it with Halychyna. Ferro-ZNTU will meet Dnipro (#7) in the next round. BC Odessa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: K.Mays 19+5reb+3ast, H.Kandrusevich 14+1reb+1ast, R.Harris 11+2reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 11+2reb+2ast, C.Burns 10+7reb+1ast, R.Guinn 9+9reb+5ast
BC Odessa: P.Sparks 21+6reb+5ast, E.Ugboaja 16+10reb+2ast, A.Shvets 14+9reb, J.DeGroat 8+3reb+1ast, R.Kryvych 8+1reb, S.Balashov 4+3reb
gschID: 125898


Halychyna - Khimik 85-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Halychyna's (17-29) home victory over 12th ranked Khimik (14-31) in Lviv 85-75 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Halychyna. Khimik managed to win second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halychyna looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) by American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) did not help to save the game for Khimik. The former international swingman Alexander Kolchenko (198-88) added 16 points for lost side. Halychyna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with BC Odessa. Loser Khimik keeps the twelfth position with 31 games lost. Halychyna will meet at home higher ranked Mykolaiv (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Khimik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: A.Wiggins 23+17reb+2ast, N.Williams 17+3reb+2ast, M.Sroka 10+1reb, H.Jamison 9+5reb+3ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 9+3reb+4ast, T.Abernethy 9+7reb+7ast
Khimik: C.Millage 17+5reb+6ast, A.Kolchenko 16+4reb+2ast, T.Bizaca 10+2reb+1ast, A.McLain 8+8reb+2ast, S.Popov 7+4reb, L.Williams 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 125896




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.9 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 6. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 7. Fraser, DniproAzot14.9 
 8. Wiggins, Halychyna14.9 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 10. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
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. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 7. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 10. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.1 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.7 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Harris, Fe.4.2 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. House, Azovmash1.9 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 5. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 7. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Mays, Fe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.2 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 10. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 


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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Liverpool MT 25-6 
 2. Newcastle 23-7 
 3. Sheffield Sharks 21-9 
 4. Cheshire Jets 20-11 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 17-13 
 6. Plymouth 17-14 
 7. Leicester Riders 15-13 
 8. Guildford Heat 15-16 
 9. Worcester 14-17 
 10. MK Lions 12-19 
 11. Worthing 4-28 
 12. Essex Pirates 1-31 


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. Gilbert, Worcester19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire Jets
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.4 
 2. Myers, MK Lions9.7 
 3. Durant, Worthing9.3 
 4. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.6 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.8.3 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.8.3 
 9. Cricelli, Worcester8.0 
 10. Toney, Liverpoo.7.9 
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. Creppy, Worcester3.7 
 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. Medlock, Guildfor.1.9 
 6. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 7. Harrison, Glasgow .1.8 
 8. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 9. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. McLemore, Guildf.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 2. Richard, Newcastle1.9 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.1 
 4. Dobbins, Worcester1.0 
 5. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 6. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 7. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Woodfork, Worthing0.7 
 10. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 


BBL Round Up Tues 05 April - Tigers Edge Closer To Title - by Paul Nilsen

BBL Championship
Mersey Tigers 88 (19,43,68) (Aliu 22, Thomson 17, Jones 15)
One Health Sharks Sheffield 75 (12,34,56) (Tuck 19, Babalola 18, Dagostino 11)

Mersey Tigers have one hand firmly on the BBL Championship title and with it ended their opponents hopes of prising the title from their grasp as the Tigers picked up a hard-fought 88-75 victory over the One Health Sharks Sheffield at the Echo Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Tigers travel to the Newcastle Eagles tomorrow night knowing that a victory over the Eagles would secure the League title.

The game started tightly with both sides trading baskets and four points from Olu Babalola gave the Sharks the lead at 7-8, but a Nate Reinking basket sparked a 10-2 tear to hand the Tigers the lead at 17-10 which they held onto and lead 19-12 at the end of the first quarter.

A David Aliu (198-F-81, college: Morehead St.) three-pointer took the score out to 22-12, but the Sharks got themselves right back into the game thanks to a 10-3 burst, including five points from Mike Tuck, to trim the deficit back to just three points at 25-22. A further three-pointer from Steve Dagostino trimmed the gap right back to two points at 31-29, but the Tigers finished the half the stronger as three's from James Jones and Andrew Sullivan sent the Tigers into a 43-34 lead at the half off the back of a 12-5 burst.

In the second half, the Tigers stretched their lead thanks to some impressive outside shooting from Jones and Andrew Thomson to help the home side to a 57-41 lead after a 12-3 run midway through the third quarter. The Sharks began to find some resistence for the Tigers onslaught as the third period drew to a close and the visitors bagged 10 of the final 16 points of the quarter to leave themselves trailing by 12 points at 68-56 heading into the final stanza.

Five points from Aliu at the start of the final period helped the Tigers to their biggest lead of the game at 77-58 off the back of a 9-2 burst, but the Sharks tried desperately to get themselves back into the contest thanks to a 13-5 tear to trim the deficit back to 11 points at 82-71 with 2:59 remaining in the contest.

Despite the valiant fightback from the visitors, the Tigers held their nerve in the closing stages and free-throws from Reinking and Sullivan ended the contest to give the home side the all-important victory and leave them with one hand on the trophy.

Aliu led all scorers in the game with 22 points for the Tigers, while Mike Tuck led the scoring for the Sharks with 19 points personal.


Schneck's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cheshire Jets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Essex Pirates (#12, 1-31) with 23-point margin 106-83. Cheshire Jets maintains the 4th position in British league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cheshire Jets will need more victories to improve their 20-11 record. Schneck turned to be Cheshire Jets' top player in his first season with the team. St.Cloud State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Schneck leads league in rebounds with 10.4rpg. Schneck is in league's top in and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) of MK Lions. He is American guard in his first season at MK Lions. In the last game Bolds recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 10 assists. Of course MK Lions cruised to a 105-98 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Guildford Heat (#8, 15-16). MK Lions' 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-19 record. Bolds is one of the most experienced players at MK Lions and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 5.4rpg and 4.6apg. Former Missouri Western State College star Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Dobbins (203-F-87) of Worcester Wolves (#9). Dobbins scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Dobbins' great performance Worcester lost 78-79in overtime to the higher-ranked Newcastle (#2, 23-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Worcester ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dobbins could help Worcester to bring them higher in the standings. Dobbins has a very solid season. In 28 games in United Kingdom he scored 17.8ppg. He also has 7.9rpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremy Bell (183-G-83) of Cheshire Jets - 39 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Paul Williams (208-F/C-83) of Sheffield Sharks - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Travis Nelson (211-C-87) of MK Lions - 30 points and 8 rebounds
7. Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69) of MK Lions - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82) of Plymouth - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Matt Schneck (203-C-88) of Cheshire Jets - 19 points and 15 rebounds
10. Mike Tuck (201-F-83) of Sheffield Sharks - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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Stats Leaders - LPB
Points Per Game
 Robert GLENN
  Trotamundos
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Glenn, Trotamundos22.3 
 2. Nembhard, Gaiteros19.4 
 3. Millsap, Guaros19.3 
 4. Centeno, Gaiteros18.7 
 5. Walker, Gigantes18.1 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes18.1 
 7. Lugo, Bucaneros17.4 
 8. McGowan, Guaros17.3 
 9. Flores, Toros17.3 
 10. Martinez, Cocodrilos17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos13.7 
 2. Coleman, Panteras10.4 
 3. Lugo, Bucaneros10.4 
 4. Glenn, Trotamundos8.7 
 5. Flores, Toros7.9 
 6. Young, Bucaneros7.7 
 7. Millsap, Guaros7.6 
 8. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 9. Bayona, Guaros6.6 
 10. Brock, Guaiqueries6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vargas, Marinos6.5 
 2. Mensah, Panteras5.2 
 3. Cedeno, Guaiqueries3.6 
 4. Cubillan, Trotamundos3.4 
 5. Guillent, Bucaneros3.2 
 6. Nembhard, Gaiteros2.7 
 7. Warren, Toros2.6 
 8. Smith, Marinos2.5 
 9. Torres, Marinos2.5 
 10. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Panteras
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Mensah, Panteras3.7 
 2. Walker, Gigantes3.3 
 3. Nembhard, Gaiteros3.0 
 4. Baez, Gigantes3.0 
 5. Cubillan, Trotamundos2.8 
 6. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 7. Moore, Toros2.7 
 8. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 9. Cedeno, Guaiqueries2.4 
 10. McGowan, Guaros2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Evan BROCK
  Guaiqueries
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brock, Guaiqueries2.4 
 2. Glenn, Trotamundos1.7 
 3. Coleman, Panteras1.4 
 4. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 5. Marriaga, Trotamun.1.3 
 6. Bayona, Guaros1.1 
 7. Lugo, Bucaneros0.9 
 8. Jackson, Panteras0.9 
 9. Bravo, Gigantes0.9 
 10. Rodriguez, Guaiquer.0.8 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Olaf Lange re-signs as Logan head coach - by Eurobasket News
The BDS Logan Thunder are pleased to confirm that Head Coach Olaf Lange has re-signed with the club for the 2011-12 season.

Lange transformed the Logan club into a feared WNBL outfit and took them to their first ever finals series and first ever finals victory in the WNBL this season.

I was really pleased with our chemistry and team game in my first season, said Lange.

We will be looking to build on our success by keeping our core group of players together and then identify ways to improve our playing roster for 2011-12.

We know that you cant bypass the processes and experiences when looking to build a championship team. That championship is the ultimate goal but we have to get the building blocks in place and that is what we will set out to do.

BDS Thunder Chairman Brendt Munro was enthusiastic about extending the Head Coaches tenure with the Thunder.

When we first signed Olaf we were contacted by players from around the world wanting to be a part of our set up. This is testament to the regard that Olaf is held in the basketball world and to be able to announce that he is staying with the Thunder is not only good for us but the sport in general, said Munro.

His coaching and management abilities really shone through during the season. He is extremely well prepared for training and games and this professional attitude now extends to the playing group.

I have no doubt that Olaf is the right person to lead us and take the Thunder to the finals again next year.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Two Bulleen greats retire on a high - by Eurobasket News
Bulleen Boomers Desiree Glaubitz (177-G-79) and Sharin Milner (162-G-80, college: Troy) have announced their retirements from the WNBL.

The two Bulleen veterans bow out as champions, a fairytale ending to long and successful careers.

Each player had suffered through the past two Grand Final defeats and decided now, with the formerly unbeatable Canberra Capitals conquered, and their championship thirst satisfied, they could finally rest.

After 13 WNBL seasons Glaubitz finished her career the way it started, with a championship.

Glaubitz was the captain of the 1998-99 WNBL championship winning team, the AIS, which included the likes of Lauren Jackson and Suzy Batkovic.

Boomers assistant coach Michele Timms told the Manningham Leader that former club captain Glaubitz brought more than just on-court skills to the club.

Her input extends more than just her time on the floor, Timms told the Manningham Leader.

She is wonderful around the club and with the kids. Her and Sharin (Milner) epitomise everything Bulleen is about.

After 11 WNBL seasons, Milner, a four-time WNBL Golden Hands Award winner now moves on to the next phase of her life.

Milner told the Manningham Leader that after 10 years with the Boomers, she made her decision to retire two months prior to the Grand Final victory.

I told my family and friends at the time, but didnt make it official because I had every confidence wed make the Grand Final and didnt want it to be a distraction, she said.

Im lucky my body didnt force me into retirement, its been a mental decision.

Boomers point-guard Milner was yet to know the joy of a WNBL championship until she played the game of her life in this years final, top-scoring with 27 points and zero turnovers, and was named game MVP.

I couldnt have written the scrit better, Milner told the Manningham Leader.

Regardless of my game, I just wanted us to win the championship.

If someone had have said to me at the start of my career that Id finish with Bulleen winning its first title I would have taken it. Its a fairytale ending.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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Cheetahs clinch first NPWBA title - by Eurobasket News
Cheetahs claimed New Providence Womens Basketball Association championship title. They overcame the last years champions Bommer George Angels 3-1 in the best-of-five title series. The decisive victory came with a score of 63:59. The Angels led throughout the majority of the encounter and were still up heading into the fourth term. But the Cheetahs converted 12 free throws in the dying minutes to seal the winning outcome at the end. Anastasia Moultrie came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. She was named the series MVP after the game. Latoya Thompson accounted for 13 points, while Alyse Dean (86) netted 12 points for the Cheetahs. Suzette McKenzie responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for the Angels. Sharelle Cash delivered 15 points in the loss.


Lady Knights celebrate Grand Bahamas title - by Eurobasket News
Lady Knights clinched the Grand Bahamas Basketball Association championship title. They prevailed against Lady All Stars in the final series. Lady Knights completed the sweep of the series with a 62:47 success. The winners were paced by Latonya Hamilton (95). She was named the MVP after the encounter. Lady Knights will now take part at the Bahamas Basketball Federation National Championships in May.



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U18 League Herceg-Bosna - by Joko Zuber
The U18 League Herceg-Bosna just finished with the Final Tournament in Tomislavgrad, and it was the host to win the competition, with Viktorija Mestrovic, the MVP of the 2010/11 Season.

1/4 Final
Tomislav
- Violeta Livno 60:37

1/2 Final
Tomislav
- Rama 80:61
Posusje - Brotno 94 49:67

For 3rd Place
Posusje
- Rama 81:70

Final
Tomislav
- Brotnjo 94 61:47
(13:16, 14:12, 18:11, 16:8)

Tomislav: Krizanac, V. Mestrovic 11, Krstanovic, Juric 15, Gudelj 10, Skoric 10, Romic, Kristo 2, Bakovic, Dzale 13, M. Juric, Orlovic. Coach: Mario Tolic
Brotnjo 94: Bevanda, Musa 9, Bulic, Mi. Barbaric 18, Kordic, Sjakic 6, Krasic 11, Dzida, M. Barbaric, Doko 3. Coach: Damir Jerkic


Stats Leaders - Women
D1 - League 10 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Deura Milica 21.0
2 Papcevic Svjetlana 19.7
3 Anic Antonela 19.6
4 Rahmanovic Irma 17,0
5 Dajana Bugarin 16,3
6 Ivona Bogoje 16,2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Marica Gajic 10.4
2 Emina Demirovic 9.9
3 Dajana Bugarin 8.4
4 Ivona Bogoje 8.2
5 Antonela Anic 7.9
Assists Per Game
1 Tamara Bajic 4,9
2 Dragoslava Zakula 4.7
3 Andrea Pinter 4.1
4 Ljiljana Latinovic 4.1
5 Natasa Kajtaz 3.4
Ranking
1. Dajana Bugarin 23.4
2. Ivona Bogoje 23.1
3. Antonela Anic 21.5
4. Emina Demirvic 20.4
5. Marica Gajic 19.6


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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. Doychinova, Montan.16.4 
 6. Topalova-S., Levski16.4 
 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. Doychinova, Montan.8.4 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski8.4 
 6. Byears, Dunav8.1 
 7. Kaloferova, Beroe 6.8 
 8. Simeonova, Montana .6.7 
 9. Minkova, Dunav6.6 
 10. Allen, Dunav6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Naydenova, Levski6.1 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana .5.8 
 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. Mihalkova, Montana .2.9 
 10. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
Steals Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Naydenova, Levski2.6 
 2. Kostova, Dunav2.3 
 3. Peeva, Lukoil2.3 
 4. Allen, Dunav2.2 
 5. Naydenova, Slavia2.2 
 6. Bowie, Lukoil2.1 
 7. Dimitrova, Levski2.1 
 8. Stankova, Levski2.0 
 9. Topalova-S., Levski2.0 
 10. Vrancheva, Montana .2.0 
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. Zagorova, Levski0.5 
 8. Doychinova, Montan.0.5 
 9. Mihalkova, Montana .0.5 
 10. Todorova, Montana .0.4 


Levski joins Lukoil in NBL Finals - by Eurobasket News
Montana 2003 - Levski 58-73 (1-3)

Levski outplayed Montana 2003 on the road last night to win the Semifinals series with almost perfect 3-1. It means that Levski advanced to NBL Finals, where they will take on Lukoil. First game is scheduled for April 12. Format is best of five. Dates: April 12, 13, 16, 17 and 20. Lukoil will be the host in the first two games and after that the series will move to Levski's home court for Game 3 and eventually Game 4. If the series go to Game Five, Lukoil will be the host.
The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-58. The former international forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) fired 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Jeanetta Zhelyova (182-75) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Montana 2003 players scored in double figures.

Montana 2003: M.Karchovska 14+2reb+2ast, A.Doychinova 14+11reb+1ast, J.Zhelyova 12+6reb+2ast, I.Vrancheva 11+4reb+2ast, N.Simeonova 5+3reb+2ast, C.Mihalkova 2+2reb+4ast
Levski: R.Bachvarova 19+7reb+2ast, R.Dimitrova 15+9reb+5ast, D.Naydenova 13+2reb+3ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 11+2reb, M.Gavriloska 8+11reb+3ast, P.Djambazka 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 126148




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  CHINA - Women  


Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese WCBA Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
All-WCBA 1st Team 2010-11
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LiJie Miao
Miao
Xiaoyun Song
Song
Swin Cash
Cash
Lindsay Taylor
Taylor
Kara Braxton
Braxton
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Player of the Year: Miao LiJie (180-G-81) of Shenyang
Guard of the Year: Miao LiJie (180-G-81) of Shenyang
Forward of the Year: Cash Swin (187-F-79) of Guangdong
Center of the Year: Braxton Kara (198-C-83) of Liaoning
Domestic Player of the Year: Miao LiJie (180-G-81) of Shenyang
Import of the Year: Braxton Kara (198-C-83) of Liaoning
Defensive Player of the Year: Song Xiaoyun (175-G-83) of Bayi
Coach of the Year: Shuping Zhan of Shenyang

1st Team
G: Miao LiJie (180-81) of Shenyang
G: Song Xiaoyun (175-83) of Bayi
F: Cash Swin (187-79) of Guangdong
C: Taylor Lindsay (203-81) of Yunnan
C: Braxton Kara (198-83) of Liaoning

2nd Team
PG: Chen Xiaojia (177-88) of Jiangsu
G/F: Ji Yanyan (182-85) of Heilongjiang
F: Shuang Zhao (188-90) of Shenyang
F/C: Hoffman Ebony (188-82) of Zhejiang
C: Mattera Katie (203-82) of Henan

Honorable Mention
Wu Jinzhu (175-PG-88) of Fujian
Song Liwei (190-F/C-85) of Shenyang
Ding Yuan (185-F-91) of Guangdong
Chen Nan (197-C-83) of Bayi
Liu Dan (194-C-87) of Shenyang
Wei Wei (207-C-89) of Guangdong
Ma ZhengYu (183-F-83) of Liaoning
Wen Lu (188-F-90) of Bayi
Elly Shyra (188-F-83) of Jiangsu
Ji Xiao (193-F/C-85) of Yunnan
Zhang Fan (188-F-84) of Beijing
Gao Song (190-F-92) of Heilongjiang
Zeng Meiling (191-C-88) of Shanghai
Lijun Zhang (180-F-80) of Fujian

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Miao LiJie (180-81) of Shenyang
G: Song Xiaoyun (175-83) of Bayi
G/F: Ji Yanyan (182-85) of Heilongjiang
F: Shuang Zhao (188-90) of Shenyang
C: Chen Nan (197-83) of Bayi

All-Imports Team
F: Cash Swin (187-79) of Guangdong
F/C: Hoffman Ebony (188-82) of Zhejiang
C: Braxton Kara (198-83) of Liaoning
C: Taylor Lindsay (203-81) of Yunnan
C: Mattera Katie (203-82) of Henan



Stats Leaders
WCBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Ji Yanyan, Heilon 26.5
2 Hoffman, Zhejiang 23.9
3 Taylor, Yunnan 23.9
4 Miao, Shenyang 23.0
5 Braxton, Liaoning 22.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Braxton, Liaoning 12.6
2 Mattera, Henan 12.3
3 Taylor, Yunnan 11.0
4 Elly, Jiangsu 10.8
5 Cash, Guangdong 10.3
Assists Per Game
1 Chu Wu, Fuijin 8.0
2 Miao, Shenyang 4.6
3 Ji Yanyan, Heilong 4.4
4 Chen Xiaojia, Jian 4.3
5 Song Xiaoyun, Bayi 4.1
Steals Per Game
1 Song Xiaoyun, Bayi 2.6
2 Chen Xiaojia, Jiang 2.5
3 Zhao Shuang, She 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Taylor, Yunnan 2.3
2 Chen Nan, Bayi 1.8
3 Mattera, Henan 1.6


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  CROATIA - Women  


Sibenik outscores Gospic and almost clinches regular season title - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS defeated Gospic CO 104-89 in Superleague Round 7 and almost secured regular season title.
Sibenik led by as manj as 23 points in the second quarter and had five scorers in double figures. Andrijana Vasovic (186-F/C-83) posted 26 points, Lindsey Wilson 25, Petra Stampalija 20, Luca Ivankovic 13 and Antonija Misurac 13. Gospic was led by Sandra Mandra and her 22 points, Maurita Reid added 15, Iva Badanjak 14, Jelena Ivezic 13 and Ivana Jurcevic 12.
Gospic CO-Sibenik Jolly JBS 89-104 (Ivezic 13, Mandir 22, Reid,15, Jurcevic 12, Badanjak 14, Pavetic 6, Maslowski 7 - Cakic 2, Lokas 4, Stampalija 20, Misura 12, Semren 2, Wilson 25, Vasovic 26, Ivankovic 13).
Medvescak-Lupa promotion 55-73 (Meznaric 14, Peric 12, Begic 5, Majstorovic 2, Borovic 20, Rados 2 - Juric 6, Cacic 9, Cuncic 14, Benic 11, Matic 8, Mada 9, Prgomet 2, Miller 9, Vukicevic 5).
Pula-Studenac Omis 66-74 (Dukic 17, Premasunac 17, Flaherty 6, Cvjetkovic 7, Valentic 8, Jovanovic 6, Ramljak 5 - Vrvilo 11, Buzov 11, Javorcic 20, Seric 14, Vrkic 4, Dilber 2, Sesnic 12).


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Valosun and Strakonice advance to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Trutnov - Valosun Brno 67-68

The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 17-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. International center Ivana Vecerova (194-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Swingman Veronika Vlkova (175-84) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Guard Darina Misurova (163-81) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and forward Katerina Novakova (188-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kara Trutnov.
Top scorers:
Trutnov: D.Misurova 20+4reb+4ast, K.Novakova 13+10reb+2ast, K.Hindrakova 13+6reb+1ast, H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 7+3reb+1ast, P.Zaplatova 5+6reb+1ast, A.Vechtova 4+4reb
Valosun Brno: V.Vlkova 20+4reb, I.Vecerova 16+11reb+2ast, E.Mrhalkova 13+1reb, M.Zrustova 9+6reb+1ast, K.Sedlakova 4+5reb+1ast, M.Svobodova 4+3reb
gschID: 126133


Slovanka MB - Strakonice 64-70

The game without a history. Aldast Strakonice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Guard Darina Johnova (178-85) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 steals for the winners and the former international guard Michaela Uhrova (166-82) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Center Lenka Sipova (185-88) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Hana Nezdarilova-Stankova (170-84) scored 14 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Slovanka MB: L.Sipova 18+8reb, H.Nezdarilova-Stankova 14+2reb+4ast, K.Novotna 11+1reb+1ast, P.Pospisilova 9+2reb, E.Sipova 6+5reb+1ast, M.Vodrazkova 4+4reb
Strakonice: D.Johnova 21+4reb+2ast, M.Uhrova 19+3reb+4ast, P.Reisingerova 18+7reb, A.Podskalska 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Skrabalova 6+9reb, K.Linhartova 0
gschID: 126132




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.21.0 
 2. Milton-Jones, USK P.19.7 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.17.6 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice16.9 
 5. Halvarsson, Frisco S.16.8 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun .16.4 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.5 
 8. Viteckova, USK P.15.2 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov14.7 
 10. Ford, Frisco Sika14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.7 
 2. Reisingerova, Strako.10.3 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .9.8 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.7.7 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.7.4 
 6. Skerovic, Frisco Sika7.3 
 7. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.6.9 
 8. Halvarsson, Frisco S.6.8 
 9. Stepanova, VS Praha6.7 
 10. Sipova, Slovanka.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.5.7 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika5.4 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice4.2 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.3 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice3.1 
 6. Viteckova, USK P.2.9 
 7. Eldebrink, Frisco S.2.7 
 8. Kysilkova, Hradec K.2.6 
 9. Brantlova, VS Praha2.6 
 10. Hrabakova, Karlovy .2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.2 
 2. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.9 
 3. Uhrova, Strakonice2.4 
 4. Brantlova, VS Praha2.4 
 5. Johnova, Strakonice2.2 
 6. Milton-Jones, USK P.2.2 
 7. Whalen, USK Praha2.1 
 8. Novotna, Slovanka.2.0 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.1.9 
 10. Misurova, Trutnov1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michaela HARTIGOVA
  Hradec Kralove
  (192-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hartigova, Hradec K.1.8 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 3. Vecerova, Valosun .1.2 
 4. Sipova, Slovanka.0.8 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK P.0.8 
 6. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha0.7 
 8. Reisingerova, Strako.0.7 
 9. Halvarsson, Frisco S.0.7 
 10. Vodrazkova, Slovanka.0.6 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Meistriliiga Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikooli - TLU/Volta 83-59

Tartu Ulikooli surged ahead in the semifinal series against TLU/Volta. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) erupted for 27 points to lead the hosts. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikooli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Katre Arniste (182-F-89) added 18 points for the winners. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) responded with 19 points for TLU/Volta.
gschID: 125839


NikeWomen - Eclex Tallinn 51-73

Eclex Tallinn cruised past NikeWomen in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Eclex Tallinn. NikeWomen managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kerli Haas (180-G-90) notched 14 points, while Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) had 13 points in the win. Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (184-F-80) replied with 13 points in the loss.
gschID: 125838




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  FINLAND - Women  


Peka wins the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
PeKa - Catz 89-65

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Peli-Karhut made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Peli-Karhut had a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and her fellow American import guard Krystal Vaughn (185-86, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Russian center Elizaveta Kityzina (195-80) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. Catz Lappeenranta's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
PeKa: K.Vaughn 26+5reb+1ast, A.Lassiter 19+8reb+1ast, S.Freeman 19+17reb+4ast, L.Lehtoranta 8+2reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 6+1ast, A.Pounds 6+6reb+2ast
Catz: H.Vapamaa 15+4reb, E.Reshetko 15+7reb+1ast, R.Piipari 11+3reb+3ast, E.Kityzina 11+11reb, L.Lee 5+6reb+1ast, K.Valtakari 3
gschID: 126022




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Moss, ToPo24.8 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 3. Vaughn, PeKa23.6 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.3 
 5. Robinson, Huima18.6 
 6. Karcic, Kerava18.6 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa17.3 
 8. Wright, FoA16.9 
 9. Laaksonen, Espoo T.16.4 
 10. Freeman, PeKa15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Huima14.8 
 2. Freeman, PeKa13.8 
 3. Lomax, Huima13.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo12.4 
 5. Karcic, Kerava12.1 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.0 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa10.9 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.5 
 9. Jones, Huima10.0 
 10. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.0 
 5. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa2.8 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 8. Freeman, PeKa2.6 
 9. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.3 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Keflavik
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.2 
 4. Wright, FoA2.9 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 6. Lee, Catz2.8 
 7. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 8. Morris, Huima2.4 
 9. Lomax, Huima2.2 
 10. Freeman, PeKa2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Moss, ToPo1.0 
 2. Freeman, PeKa0.8 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.8 
 4. Lomax, Huima0.8 
 5. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 6. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 7. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 8. Iiskola, Espoo T.0.6 
 9. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 10. Kosunen, Kerava0.5 


PeKa started the finals with victory - by Elina Koskinen
The first match between PeKa and Catz was played tonight in Kotka. It wasn't as obvious as the numbers 89-65 show. First three quarters were very even. PeKa started the game stronger and took the first period by numbers 23-17. In the second period Catz came behind and leveled the game so that the score was 38-38 in the half-time. After the half break game stayed in the same tracks during the third quarter although home team was just a little bit better scoring the numbers 19-16. Even though PeKa was only three points ahead before the last period started, they won the game by 24 points. Catz couldn't keep up with PeKa and home team scored cruel 32-11 numbers in the last period. Keys to PeKa's victory were shooting percentages. They netted two-point-shots by 61% accuracy while Catz scored by 36%. PeKa also netted free throws by 81% against Catz 45%. Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) was the leading star of PeKa scoring the game highest 26 points. Vaughn was assisted by Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) and Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) who both netted 19 points. Freeman also gathered the game highest 17 rebounds. Best performance from Catz was made by Hanna Vapamaa (180-F-90) along with Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) who both finished 15 points. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) and Elizaveta Kityzina (195-C-80) assisted them by 11 points.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Rotenburg/Sch 19-1 
 2. Osnabruck 15-5 
 3. Quakenbrueck 15-5 
 4. Opladen 10-10 
 5. Gruenberg 9-11 
 6. Rist Scala 8-12 
 7. Bielefeld 8-12 
 8. Hagen Phoenix 7-13 
 9. Neuss 7-13 
 10. Jena 6-14 
 11. Dorsten 6-14 
South
 1. Viernheim 16-6 
 2. Leimen 16-6 
 3. Heidelberg 15-7 
 4. Bamberg 15-7 
 5. Speyer 14-8 
 6. Mainz 12-10 
 7. Sandhausen 12-10 
 8. Germering 11-11 
 9. Ludwigsburg 8-14 
 10. Wuerzburg 6-16 
 11. Herzogenaurach 4-18 
 12. Keltern 3-19 


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  GREECE - Women  


Greek All Star Game participants decided - by George Fragkos
The All Star Game of Greek women basketball will take place on Monday 11th of April in Giannina. This is the reason that there will be no games for the A1 league this weekend. Fans and coaches from the A1 league were asked to select the athletes they prefer to watch at the event and the results are a mixture of the coaches and the fans votes.

The participants will be the following:
Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78), Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81), Lolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management), Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84), Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame), LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech), Thoma Kotsopoulou (178-G-88, college: Vermont), Diana Delva (188-F/C, college: Hartford), Lidia Milkova (192-C-70), Kaili McLaren (188-F-88, college: Connecticut), Evina Stamati (180-F-84), Tania Halivera (178-G-85), Nena Nikolaidou (190-C/F-79), Maria Zikiridou (187-F-83), Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87, college: Drexel), Jennifer Derevjanik (175-G-82, college: George Mason), Anna Spiridopoulou (182-F-88), Camille LeNoir (168-G-86, college: USC), Kary Koch (173-G-83, college: Missouri St.), Nafsika Stavridou (182-G-86), Porchia Green (175-G-87, college: Ball St.), Asimina Koutsounouri (190-C), Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV), Emily Fox (175-G-87, college: Minnesota).

The coaches who have been chosen to guide the two teams, the Greek and the Rest of the World one, are Ioannis Ktistakis from Sony Athinaikos, Eleni Kapogianni from FEA Neas Halkidonas, Kostas Kotoulis from Aris Thessalonikis and Aggelos Giannoulakis from DAS Ano Liosa.



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  ICELAND - Women  


Express League Finals: Keflavik jumps to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Njardvik - Keflavik 64-67 (0-2)

Keflavik is 2-0 up against Njardvik in the Express League Finals and needs one more win for the title. Game Three will be played on Friday.
The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-64. Keflavik forced 19 Njardvik turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Bryndis Guamundsdottir (180-88) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian guard Marina Caran (165-84, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Shayla Fields (175-87, college: N.Carolina St., agency: 540 Sports) produced 25 points and 5 assists and Latvian forward Dita Liepkalne (185-87, college: Hawaii) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Njardvik's coach Sverrir Sverrisson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Top scorers:
Njardvik: S.Fields 25+4reb+5ast, J.Demirer 15+10reb, D.Liepkalne 14+8reb+3ast, A.Helga Palsdottir 7+6reb+1ast, A.Avarsdottir 2, A.Einarsdottir 1+1reb+1ast
Keflavik: B.Guamundsdottir 24+7reb+3ast, I.Jakobsdottir 12+2reb+1ast, M.Caran 11+7reb+3ast, B.Valgarasdottir 8+6reb+1ast, L.Karcic 6+10reb+4ast, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 4+8reb+1ast


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Monique MARTIN
  Snaefell
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Martin, Snaefell26.7 
 2. Harris, Fjolnir25.9 
 3. Adamshick, Keflavik24.7 
 4. Fields, Njardvik24.2 
 5. Butler, Hamar23.8 
 6. Snodgrass, Haukar21.3 
 7. Sturludottir, KR19.0 
 8. Morris, KR18.5 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik16.1 
 10. Demirer, Njardvik15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik15.8 
 2. Butler, Hamar14.4 
 3. Martin, Snaefell14.2 
 4. Buzoka, Fjolnir13.0 
 5. Demirer, Njardvik11.9 
 6. Liepkalne, Njardvik11.1 
 7. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.8 
 8. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 9. Brynjarsdott., Hau.10.0 
 10. Harris, Fjolnir8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.3 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar6.4 
 3. Reke, Grindavik5.6 
 4. Fields, Njardvik3.9 
 5. Siguraardott., KR3.9 
 6. Gunnlaugsdot., Kefla.3.7 
 7. Liepkalne, Njardvik3.6 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.4 
 9. Butler, Hamar3.4 
 10. Sturludottir, KR3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Harris, Fjolnir5.6 
 2. Martin, Snaefell4.1 
 3. Reke, Grindavik3.9 
 4. Dimovska, Hamar3.3 
 5. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 6. Butler, Hamar2.8 
 7. Adamshick, Keflavik2.6 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.3 
 9. Sturludottir, KR2.3 
 10. Aorsteinsdot., KR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Inga BUZOKA
  Fjolnir
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Buzoka, Fjolnir3.2 
 2. Butler, Hamar2.9 
 3. Martin, Snaefell2.3 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Hermannsdott., KR1.8 
 6. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 7. Demirer, Njardvik1.1 
 8. Adamshick, Keflavik1.1 
 9. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 10. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.0 


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  INDIA - Women  


Geethu Anna Jose invited overseas - by Eurobasket News
Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) may become the first Indian player in the WNBA. She was invited for tryouts with the Chicago Sky and the Los Angeles Sparks. The 25-year-old centre is now playing for Railways in India. Geethu Anna Jose is the main player on India National Team roster. The centre averaged 15.0 points, 9.3 boads, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block per game at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. Geethu Anna Jose also delivered 22.0 points, 8.7 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per appearance at the 2009 Asian Championships in Chennai. Geethu Anna Jose was also invited previous season but could not make it so the chance stand once again for one of the top Indian talents to make the next step in her career.



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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Nicole ANTIBE
  Basket Parma
  (187-C/F-74)
  Avg: 15
 1. Antibe, Basket P.15.0 
 2. Hicks, Comense14.7 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.13.8 
 4. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli13.6 
 6. Mazzante, Pozzuoli13.5 
 7. Cirov, Priolo13.4 
 8. Ervin, Faenza13.2 
 9. Willis, Lucca12.9 
 10. Ballardini, Umbertide12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Faenza
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ervin, Faenza10.8 
 2. Gidden, Vomero NA10.1 
 3. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.10.0 
 4. Willis, Lucca9.2 
 5. Walker, Pozzuoli8.9 
 6. McCarville, Famili.8.4 
 7. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.7.9 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Reyer7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.1 
 2. Cohen, Familia Schio3.3 
 3. Andrade, Lucca3.2 
 4. Wambe, Taranto2.9 
 5. Sottana, Umana R.2.8 
 6. Zara, Umbertide2.6 
 7. Soli, Lucca2.4 
 8. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 9. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.3 
 10. Haynie, Bracco Geas2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Faenza
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.5 
 2. Ohlde, Umana Reyer4.2 
 3. Kostaki, Umana R.3.9 
 4. Eric, Priolo3.8 
 5. Sottana, Umana R.3.7 
 6. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 7. Willis, Lucca3.6 
 8. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 9. Ballardini, Umbertide3.5 
 10. Gidden, Vomero NA3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Elodie GODIN
  Taranto
  (190-C-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Godin, Taranto0.9 
 2. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.0.9 
 3. Zherzherunov., Fae.0.9 
 4. Sowinski, Comense0.7 
 5. Antibe, Basket P.0.7 
 6. McCarville, Famili.0.7 
 7. Drljaca, Umbertide0.6 
 8. Ogorodnikova, Umana R.0.6 
 9. Stansbury, Umber.0.5 
 10. Aziz, Basket Parma0.5 


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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, Utena14.7 
 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. Budryte, Laisve12.8 
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.9.4 
 4. Balciunaite, LKKA-.9.2 
 5. Aleksaite, MRU8.8 
 6. Galdikaite, MRU8.6 
 7. Budryte, Laisve8.2 
 8. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.2 
 9. Margeviciute, Lemmin.7.2 
 10. Kirstukaite, Utena7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.8 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.5 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.5 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.4.1 
 5. Daujadiene, Utena4.1 
 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. Daujadiene, Utena2.1 
 9. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.1 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
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, Utena1.1 
 7. Margeviciute, Lemmin.1.0 
 8. Budryte, Laisve0.9 
 9. Kvederaviciu., Laisve0.8 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.0.8 


LMKL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Lemminkainen and VICI Kaunas earn wins - by Eurobasket News
Lemminkainen - Utena 68-43

Lemminkainen overcame Utena in the opener. The game without a history. Lemminkainen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Utena to just 5 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. Lemminkainen held Utena to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.5 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Utena 52-29 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rita Milieskiene (175-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Monika Grigalauskyte (187-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Lemminkainen players scored in double figures. Lemminkainen's coach Alfredas Kaniava felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Agne Ziegyte (175-86) answered with 16 points and 4 steals and forward Vilma Tamuleviciute (182-76) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Utena.
Top scorers:
Lemminkainen: R.Milieskiene 15+10reb+2ast, M.Grigalauskyte 12+13reb+1ast, I.Raugaite 12+6reb, G.Gutkauskaite 12+3reb+2ast, I.Visgaudaite 8+4reb, L.Povilonyte 5+5reb+1ast
Utena: A.Ziegyte 16+2reb+2ast, V.Tamuleviciute 14+5reb+1ast, G.Kirstukaite 6+4reb, E.Briedyte 3+7reb, A.Daujadiene 2+3reb+2ast, D.Zintikaite 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125843


VICI Kaunas - LKKA-Aistes 105-44

VICI Kaunas cruised past LKAA-Aistes in the first game of the semifinal series. The game without a history. VICI Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LKKA-Aistes to just 6 points in first quarter. VICI Kaunas forced 27 LKKA-Aistes turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 68.4 percentage. VICI Kaunas looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by LKKA-Aistes' players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Ausra Bimbaite (179-82) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. International swingman Marina Solopova (180-90) contributed with 27 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four VICI Kaunas players scored in double figures. Guard Santa Okockyte (176-92) answered with 16 points and forward Jolanta Marmiene (181-79) added 8 points in the effort for LKKA-Aistes. 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:
VICI Kaunas: M.Solopova 27+3reb+3ast, A.Bimbaite 24+4reb+6ast, G.Paugaite 13+9reb, A.Kristina 10+3reb+1ast, C.Pilypaitis 8+2reb+3ast, A.Kemezys 7+5reb+1ast
LKKA-Aistes: S.Okockyte 16+4reb, J.Marmiene 8+3reb+1ast, K.Druskyte 4+1reb, G.Jasiunskaite 4+1ast, L.Svaryte 4+2reb, V.Kaminskyte 2
gschID: 125842




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  NCAA1 - Women  


Texas A&M wins NCAA championship, beats Notre Dame 76-70 - by Eurobasket News
Scoring, rebounding, even making a key steal, Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89) saved her best game for the biggest stage and brought Texas A&M its first national championship.

Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half and answered the Fighting Irish basket for basket Tuesday night to help Texas A&M bring a title to the former all-male military academy with a thrilling 76-70 victory in front of a pro-Notre Dame crowd.

'I knew they couldn't stop me inside so that's what I did, I took it inside,' Adams said.

No one was happier than Gary Blair, the outspoken A&M coach who hadn't been in the Final Four since 1998 when he was with Arkansas. Blair bluntly said it was a good thing that top powers like Connecticut, Tennessee and Stanford weren't in the title game.

'We don't give up,' Blair said. 'We might not play the prettiest game in the world but it's good for women's basketball to see a Texas A&M and a Notre Dame in this game.'

And then his Aggies went out and proved him right.

Tyra White (6'0''-G-89) added 18 points for A&M, including a huge 3-pointer as the shot clock buzzer sounded to put A&M up 73-68 with 1:07 left.

The Aggies are a national championship newcomer and bullied their way through the tournament to get to the top. Like Notre Dame, the Aggies vanquished their conference rival on the way, beating Baylor in the Dallas regional final after losing to the Lady Bears three times during the season.

Adams, who had a history of vanishing in big games, did no such thing on Tuesday night, scoring the second most points ever in a championship game (Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) 47, 1993).

'Glad we came back,' Blair said. 'We had a bad 10 minutes in the first half. We found a way to come back, and Danielle got the ball inside.'

Both teams reached the championship game by knocking off two No. 1 seeds. Notre Dame eliminated Tennessee in the regional final, then swept past Connecticut in Sunday night's national semifinals, the first time one team has taken down those two women's basketball icons in the same tournament.

A&M also had two impressive wins to get here. After beating Baylor in the regional final, the Aggies edged Stanford on Sunday night.

It was the first title game without a No. 1 seed since 1994 and only the second overall. It also was the first final without either Connecticut or Tennessee since Maryland beat Duke in overtime for the 2006 championship.

And it turned out to be a good one.

After a back-and-forth first half, and with the Aggies trailing 48-43 early in the second half, Adams simply took over.

The 6-foot-1 center scored 10 of the next 13 points for the Aggies to give them a 56-53 lead midway through the second half. Texas A&M then extended the advantage to 64-57 behind the two Sydney's Carter and Colson.

But Notre Dame wouldn't give up, battling back behind its sensational sophomore guard Skylar Diggins. The Irish scored nine of the next 11 points to tie the game at 66 on Diggins' jumper with 3:56 left.

Blair went right to Adams on the next two possessions and she delivered, hitting back-to-back layups. Adams hit nine of her first 10 shots in the second half.

After Devereaux Peters' (6'2''-F-89) putback cut it to 70-68, White hit the huge 3. Diggins had two free throws with 40.7 seconds left, and the Irish had one last chance after a turnover by the Aggies with 29 seconds remaining.

Muffet McGraw called her final timeout, but Diggins turned it over in front of the bench. White hit two free throws to seal the win.

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


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  NORWAY - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian Kvinneligaen Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Norwegian Kvinneligaen 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Hailey Dunham
Dunham
Emilie Gronas
Gronas
Maren Hoff Austgulen
Austgulen
Nanna Sand
Sand
Martina Wood
Wood
#e#5

Player of the Year: Hailey Dunham (188-G-87) of Ulriken
Guard of the Year: Hailey Dunham (188-G-87) of Ulriken
Forward of the Year: Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-G/F-91) of Ulriken
Center of the Year: Martina Wood (188-F/C) of Gimle
Import Player of the Year: Hailey Dunham (188-G-87) of Ulriken
Domestic Player of the Year: Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-G/F-91) of Ulriken
Coach of the Year: Ingvild Sandford of Ulriken

1st Team
G: Hailey Dunham (188-87) of Ulriken
G: Emilie Gronas (168-92) of Ulriken
G/F: Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-91) of Ulriken
F: Nanna Sand (181-77) of Asker/BV
F/C: Martina Wood (188) of Gimle

2nd Team
G: Stine Austgulen (177-94) of Ulriken
G: Kristine Kristiansen (-75) of Ullern
F: Therese Hager (183) of Ullern
F: Kristina Kroge (-87) of Nordstrand
C: Tina Nesse (184-84) of Asker/BV

Honorable Mention
Sigrun Eskeland (G-83) of Gimle
Charlene Gris (F) of NTNUI
Sara Grindelid (183-F-82) of Asker/BV
Hege Blikra (173-G-91) of Ullern
Siri Andersen (180-F-78) of Asker/BV
Marianne Sand (183-C-93) of Asker/BV
Sigrid Skorpen (175-G-91) of Asker/BV
Ingrid Selvik (175-F-92) of Gimle
Guro Nyquist (178-F-83) of Ullern



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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. Ross, Lider P.15.0 
 5. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 6. Wright, Lotos G.14.3 
 7. Szott, Artego14.0 
 8. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
 9. Mosby, Lider P.13.7 
 10. Cheek, Super-Pol13.3 
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. Crisman, Artego7.9 
 6. Leuchanka, Wisla C.7.9 
 7. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 8. Cheek, Super-Pol7.8 
 9. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 10. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.8 
 2. Phillips, Wisla C.4.2 
 3. Richards, Gorzow4.2 
 4. Kulaga, Super-Pol4.1 
 5. Swanier, Lotos G.3.8 
 6. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.7 
 8. Bortelova, Energa T.3.6 
 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.2.4 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.2.4 
 4. Bednarek, Lider P.2.3 
 5. Wright, Lotos G.2.3 
 6. Carter, CCC P.2.2 
 7. Leedham, Gorzow2.2 
 8. Powell, Wisla C.2.1 
 9. Crisman, Artego2.0 
 10. Harris, Utex Row1.9 
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. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 5. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 9. McLean, Utex Row0.8 
 10. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.8 


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Jeannie SAUNDERS
  Visby
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Saunders, Visby22.3 
 2. Key, Marbo Basket21.0 
 3. Abdi, 0820.0 
 4. Zahui, Telge18.5 
 5. Ferm, Eos18.0 
 6. Glaser, Kvarnby17.4 
 7. Atkinson, Norrk.15.8 
 8. Metcalf, Telge15.8 
 9. Frieson, Kvarnby15.1 
 10. Maenpaa, Marbo B.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 LaTangela ATKINSON
  Norrkoping
  (188-G/F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Atkinson, Norrk.11.2 
 2. Zahui, Telge10.9 
 3. Tattersdill, Sallen9.9 
 4. Frieson, Kvarnby9.8 
 5. Scott, Lulea BBK9.6 
 6. Brown, Visby9.2 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.8.7 
 8. Gustavsson, Brahe8.1 
 9. Abdi, 087.8 
 10. Koponen, Umea7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leah METCALF
  Telge
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Metcalf, Telge4.4 
 2. Johansen, Sallen4.1 
 3. Key, Marbo Basket3.9 
 4. Rivero, Kvarnby3.4 
 5. Saunders, Visby3.4 
 6. Kabengano, Telge3.3 
 7. Eldebrink, Telge3.3 
 8. Johansen, 083.1 
 9. Persson, Brahe2.9 
 10. Brooks, Solna Vikings2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anette JOHANSEN
  08
  (176-F-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Johansen, Sallen4.3 
 2. Abdi, 083.3 
 3. Brooks, Solna Vikings3.0 
 4. Key, Marbo Basket3.0 
 5. Atkinson, Norrk.2.9 
 6. Johansen, 082.8 
 7. Metcalf, Telge2.8 
 8. Otamiri, Eos2.5 
 9. Nekmouche, Sallen2.4 
 10. Eldebrink, Telge2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Katarina ANDERSSON
  Solna Vikings
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andersson, Solna V.2.0 
 2. Frieson, Kvarnby1.6 
 3. Zahui, Telge1.4 
 4. Cesnaviciute, Visby1.3 
 5. Atkinson, Norrk.1.0 
 6. Risto, 080.9 
 7. Stjarnstroem, Norrko.0.9 
 8. Scott, Lulea BBK0.8 
 9. Forsman-Goga, Tel.0.7 
 10. Hersler, Telge0.6 


Damligan Finals: Telge takes Game One on the road - by Eurobasket News
Lulea BBK - Telge 68-73 (0-1)

Telge handed 68-73 home loss to Lulea BBK for 1-0 lead in the Playoff Finals (best-of-five). Game Two is scheduled for Saturday and Telge will be the host.
Lulea BBK trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-73 at the end of the game. Telge had a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and American guard Leah Metcalf (173-83, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 19 points. Four Telge players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Sabrina Scott (190-81, college: Colorado) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international center Jenny Andersson (194-86) scored 16 points.

Top scorers:
Lulea BBK: S.Scott 18+9reb+4ast, J.Andersson 16+3reb, S.Nilsson 9+6reb+2ast, E.Nilsson 8+2reb+2ast, F.Grahn 7+3reb+1ast, E.Soederstroem 3+2reb
Telge: A.Zahui 21+18reb+2ast, L.Metcalf 19+3reb+3ast, E.Eldebrink 11+4reb+2ast, C.Forsman-Goga 10+9reb+4ast, S.Kabengano 8+4reb+3ast, B.Drammeh 4+1reb
gschID: 125810




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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Greene, Pully30.5 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg27.1 
 3. Villarroel, Helios25.9 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.25.6 
 5. Diouf, Pully25.4 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios23.9 
 8. Williams, Fribourg20.1 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Greene, Pully16.4 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg15.0 
 3. Sissoko, Helios12.9 
 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: 6.2
 1. Diouf, Pully6.2 
 2. Williams, Fribourg4.7 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.7 
 4. Dorestand, Highf.4.2 
 5. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 6. Heckendorn, Basel3.5 
 7. Greene, Pully3.3 
 8. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
 10. Martin, Pully2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Diouf, Pully4.4 
 2. Greene, Pully4.3 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.2 
 4. Gur, Nyon4.0 
 5. Williams, Fribourg3.6 
 6. Sissoko, Helios3.5 
 7. Edwards, Riva B.3.4 
 8. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 9. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
 10. Dorestand, Highf.3.1 
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, Pully1.3 
 7. Trahan, Fribourg1.2 
 8. Favre, Nyon1.1 
 9. Hamlin, Highflyers1.1 
 10. Yanni, Basel1.0 


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  TURKEY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Jolene ANDERSON
  Botas
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Anderson, Botas20.4 
 2. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.7 
 3. Castro Marqu., Besik.17.7 
 4. Smith, Alanya BLD17.5 
 5. Ajavon, Istanbul.17.2 
 6. Pierson, Tarsus Bld17.0 
 7. Frazee, Botas16.6 
 8. McCoughtry, Fener.16.4 
 9. Thomas, Burhaniy.16.3 
 10. Fowles, Galatasa.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aisha MOHAMMED
  Ceyhan Bld
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mohammed, Ceyhan B.12.0 
 2. Paris, Istanbul Univ.10.9 
 3. Adair, Samsun10.5 
 4. Larkins, Mersin10.2 
 5. Thomas, Burhaniy.9.8 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.9.6 
 7. Pringle, TED K.8.5 
 8. Brown, Samsun8.3 
 9. Frazee, Botas8.1 
 10. Ayim, Alanya BLD8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Julie MCBRIDE
  Ceyhan Bld
  (165-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. McBride, Ceyhan B.5.9 
 2. Boz, Samsun5.5 
 3. Ajavon, Istanbul.4.2 
 4. Hardy, Burhaniy.4.1 
 5. Vardarli, Fener.3.7 
 6. Kartaltepe Y., Besik.3.7 
 7. Boddie, Botas3.7 
 8. Canty, Tarsus Bld3.4 
 9. Alben, Galatasaray3.4 
 10. Celebi, Alanya BLD3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Crystal SMITH
  Alanya BLD
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Alanya BLD2.6 
 2. Perkins, Ceyhan Bld2.3 
 3. White, Burhaniye Bld2.2 
 4. Ajavon, Istanbul.2.2 
 5. McCoughtry, Fener.2.2 
 6. Larkins, Mersin2.1 
 7. Hardy, Burhaniy.2.1 
 8. Anderson, Botas2.0 
 9. Alben, Galatasaray1.8 
 10. Pierson, Tarsus Bld1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 LaToya PRINGLE
  TED Kayseri
  (191-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pringle, TED K.1.9 
 2. Ayim, Alanya BLD1.9 
 3. Mokango, Mersin1.5 
 4. Pierson, Tarsus Bld1.3 
 5. Fowles, Galatasa.1.2 
 6. Adair, Samsun1.1 
 7. Gezer, Istanbul.1.0 
 8. McCoughtry, Fener.0.8 
 9. Paris, Istanbul Univ.0.8 
 10. Petronyte, Galatasa.0.8 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


St. Thomas girls hoops team wins at Puerto Rico tourney - by David Edole
April 04--After just missing an appearance in the tournament championship, the St. Thomas Under-17 girls basketball team didn't want to come back home empty-handed.

Te'Andra Richardson scored 11 points to lead a balanced scoring effort for St. Thomas in a 66-33 victory over Mayaguez in the third-place game at the Paradise Shootout tournament in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.

Richardson starred for Charlotte Amalie High School as a senior forward this past season, but the group coach Myron Corbett took to Puerto Rico also had players from Antilles School and Central High.

'It was sort of an all-star team we put together and they played well right from the start,' said Corbett, whose team lost by a mere two points in the tournament semifinals Saturday. 'After we lost that semifinal game, the girls played with a chip on their shoulders. They wanted to bring some hardware back.'

While the Under-17 girls team took third out of six teams, the St. Thomas Under-15 girls team finished fourth and the Under-15 boys team did not place.

Freshman Jerusha Corbett (CAHS) scored 11 points for the St. Thomas squad, while Edidiong Utibe (Antilles) added 10 points. Merrisa Murphy (CAHS) scored 10 points and Lanese Bough (Central) led the team in assists.

'It was completely balanced when you look at our scoring,' Corbett said. 'I was also very impressed with our defense. There was hardly any shots that were not contested.'

The Under-17 girls team went 3-2 during the four-day tournament and return to St. Thomas today.

'I'm just really happy for the seniors,' said Corbett, whose Lady Chickenhawks went undefeated in league play and won the St. Thomas-St. John IAA regular-season title. 'For them to come together like this and end their high school career at an international tournament is very special.'

By Aaron Gray, The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA announce league overview and format for 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Georgia (April 6, 2011)----This overview is made on behalf of the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) and the WUSBA Youth Outreach. The WUSBA will begin the inaugural basketball season on June 8, 2011. The WUSBA is a women's professional triple AAA minor division basketball league. The WUSBA's structure starts with the Southeastern Conference. The primary goal of the WUSBA is to assist basketball players in an effort to help them reach the next level in professional basketball. The WUSBA four divisions are spread over nine southern states. The Southeastern Conference consists of the Appalachian, the Piedmont, the Southern and the Atlantic divisions. The WUSBA will begin its inaugural season with twenty teams The list of teams are the Atlanta Platinum, the Augusta Raging River, the Birmingham Starz, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Chattanooga Royal, the Columbia Breeze, the Charleston Cadets, the Jacksonville Surf, the Knoxville Reign, the Macon Storm, the Nashville Thunder, the Norfolk Blaze, the Raleigh Road Runners, Richmond Colonial, the West Virginia Capitals, the Kentucky Plateau, the Winston Salem Cardinals, the Tallahassee Cypress, the Montgomery Spirit and the Savannah Seahawks. New cities and teams will be added periodically. The complete 2011 schedule will become available to the public on April 27, 2011.

The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a not for profit sister company of the WUSBA. The WUSBA Youth Outreach will sponsor a wide variety of programs for the local community. One of these programs is a youth basketball league for boys and girls. The Head Coach of each team will give weekly instructional clinics for the youth of the community. The coaches and the players will be made available to assist the community whenever possible. These clinics are free and will be open to all Boys and Girls Clubs, elementary schools and local church groups. Along with the basketball clinics, the WUSBA Youth Outreach will arrange educational tutoring sessions that will be conducted by students and volunteer professors of the College or University where we play our games. The WUSBA Youth Outreach programs can be seen on our website. The websites are under construction and will be made available shortly. The Goals for Graduation, Mathberry Pie, Star Vision and Grandma Cora's Kitchen are a few of the programs we will establish in each WUSBA team city. We will have youth games at each home game. The league will conduct two youth basketball games prior to each WUSBA home game.

The season will begin with a Player Draft on May 7, 2011. Free Agent Tryouts, Dance Team Member auditions, Mascot auditions and Game Day Staff interviews will be held on May 14 and May 21, 2011. Team camps will begin on May 22, 2011. The regular season begins on June 8, 2011 and the last home game played on August 27, 2011. Each team will play a twenty eight game schedule, fourteen home and fourteen away games. With keeping with tradition the WUSBA will break at mid season with an All Star Classic Basketball Game on the third weekend of July 16 & 17 2011. The first All Star game will be played in Atlanta, Georgia. The locations of future host cities of the All Star Game will selected by a blind drawing. The season will culminate with a single elimination Championship Basketball tournament series, which will begin on August 27, 2011 and conclude on September 4, 2011. All teams will be invited to play for the Championship of the league. Seeding will be determined by the won / loss record of each team. The semi-finals will be played on September 2, 2011. The first Championship game will be played in Atlanta, Georgia on September 4, 2011. The Coralee Hunter Championship Trophy will be awarded to the Championship team. The League will host an awards banquet on at the Marriott Hotel in Atlanta, on September 3, 2011. Information on the Championship Game can be obtained on our web site. Local team sponsorship packages are now available in each team city.

The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach has initiated the SEASON TICKET EXTRAVAGANZA. The season ticket promotion will commence on April 12, 2011 and will end midnight, on June 7, 2011. The league has developed an extensive repertoire of marketing and sponsorship products, specifically designed for minor league basketball teams. The WUSBA Youth Outreach has developed a variety of marketing and advertising product to share with our supporters. We also have revenue sharing program for our selected charities that stems directly from league wide sponsorship and season ticket revenue. This program gives the basketball fans of the community the opportunity to win valuable prizes while they support our youth programs and enjoy professional basketball games. We set aside 1500 season tickets in each team city for this promotion. Fans that purchase a season ticket will have a 1 in 1500 chance to take home a $16,000 car. The Grand Prize of the Season Ticket Extravaganza is one 2011 Honda Accord LX. There are two 2nd Prizes given away. The 2nd Prize is a Disney World Family Vacation complete with a trip for a family of four, with roundtrip airfare, theme park hotel accommodations, theme park meals, daily park passes for the family and transfers from the airport. There are two 3rd Prizes given away. The third prize is the Seafarer Extravaganza Ocean Cruise for a party of two, complete with roundtrip airfare to Miami, Florida, two roundtrip one day ocean cruises to Nassau, Bahamas with Discovery Cruise Lines, (all meals and liquid refreshments included), overnight hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn, dinner for two at Outback Steakhouse, breakfast for two at the International House of Pancakes and one day car rental from Enterprise Car Rental. There are twenty-four 4th Prizes given away. The fourth prize is the Schwinn Bicycle Explosion; twenty-four bicycles (valued at $165.00 per bicycle) will be given away. There are the twenty-five 5th prizes given away. The fifth prize is an Outback Steakhouse Family Feast, Twenty-five $60.00 gift cards will be given away. The 6th prize is the Great Kroger Gasoline Give-a-Way, Twenty-five $40.00 gasoline gift cards will be given away. The 7th and final prize is Russell Athletic Polo Shirts. Twenty-five team Polo shirts will be given away.

Each team will have its own drawing. The WUSBA will give away, league wide a total of 20 automobiles, 40 Disney World Vacations, 40 Sea Fearer Extravaganzas, 480 Schwinn Bicycles, 500 Outback Steakhouse gift cards, 500 Kroger Fuel Center gas gift cards and 500 Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts. The WUSBA, the USBA Youth Outreach and our advertisers and sponsors promote this raffle. This raffle will be conducted during the teams first home game. Along with the raffle each season ticket holder will receive, priority seating at each venue, free admittance to each home and playoff game, fifteen single game tickets at no charge, a game day program at each home game, complimentary concessions at each home game and a 24 x 36 full color poster with the Basketball team or the Dance team. The cost of each season ticket is $105.00. Each season ticket holder will receive free admittance to each home game and playoff game, plus fifteen single game tickets. The cost to the fan breaks down to $3.75 per ticket. This makes the WUSBA one of the best values in minor league professional sports.

We will have the choir of local churches and local performers sing the National Anthem and provide the halftime entertainment at our home games. We will compensate the church monetarily for their performance. The WUSBA will sponsor two youth games at all home games, one girl and one boy. We will invite four local church group or other youth group to play games against each other in the spirit of friendly competition. Each group will free passes for the team along with two passes for the parents.

The WUSBA has created the Community Partnership Package. This exclusive program is available free of charge to all local churches and community programs. This endeavor will support these groups with much needed funding in an effort to financially assist their programs.

The WUSBA Directors Staff members govern the league and have the final jurisdiction on all teams of the league. Market stability and community participation are two of the many bricks in the foundation of the WUSBA. The Women's United States Basketball Association works closely with the faith-based community. We can assist the community in the resurrection of Christian principles in our youth. Education is the foundation and a significant instrument in the success of our young people.

The WUSBA rules apply to all teams and team personnel. Each team will receive a complete set of rules and regulations. The WUSBA will use professional game rules and regulation that currently governs womens professional basketball in the United States.

The WUSBA has a zero tolerance in regards to the behavior of WUSBA players and coaches. All coaches, players and dance team personal will be required to participate in the community programs of the WUSBA and the USBA Youth Outreach. Any player or coach that is arrested or charged with any crime, whether a misdemeanor or a felony, will be immediately suspended from the team and their contract will be voided. If a team member is found innocent or the charges are dismissed, the WUSBA reserves the right to reinstate the team member. The conditions of their employment with the WUSBA, players, coaches, dance team members, and anyone else under contract with a WUSBA team will subjugated to a background check and an alcohol and controlled substance screening at the request of the WUSBA. The WUSBA and its teams will set a positive example to the citizens and the youth in the community. All players will be directed to return to college and complete their education. The WUSBA is committed to assist its players to reach the next level. We will firmly emphasize the return of the player to fulfill his educational obligations to himself, his family and his community.

The WUSBA has researched this endeavor thoroughly and has come to conclusion that our format will be successful. The demographics of each WUSBA territory have the ingredients to support a WUSBA team. The WUSBA will offer equal employment opportunities to the students of the university and citizens in the community. Try outs for players, auditions for dance team personnel and game day staff will be conducted in each city as to allow team members to be selected from the local community.

The Women's United States Basketball Association will grow with to a national presence. The league will expand divisions and conferences, housing basketball teams in throughout the United States. The WUSBA emphasizes regional competition. All teams in their respective division will be no more than seven hours driving time from each other, most are less than three hours from each other, and some of our teams are as close as 1 1/2 hours from the next. The teams will be transported to and from games via busses. We have placed each team in direct proximity with a city that has a MSA of 300,000 populations. We believe a strong local economy, vibrant sports environment and regional competition, coupled with a strong relationship with the domestic basketball community and the international community will give the WUSBA the best recipe for success and we will make our league the pride of your community. Most teams play their games at College and University gymnasiums with the exception of a few teams.

This review is given to provide information about the WUSBA. This new league is a great source to provide basketball players an opportunity to advance and play with the next level. There are thousands of basketball players who would enjoy an opportunity to continue to play basketball and to continue their career goals.