EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/8/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA 1/8 Finals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the Liga A 1/8 Finals were played yesterday. All hosts won their games.



Estudiantes - Quimsa 69-67 (1-0)

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-67. Estudiantes dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Quimsa's 28. They outrebounded Quimsa 45-25 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side the former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) responded with 14 points and 4 steals and naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: D.Davis 27+17reb+1ast, E.Nelson 9+7reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 8+7reb+4ast, A.Eslava 7+7reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 6+1reb, P.Gil 5+4reb+2ast
Quimsa: J.Mazzaro 14+1ast, D.Tintorelli 9+6reb, D.Lo Grippo 9+4reb+2ast, A.Marin 8+3reb, J.Treise 8+2reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 8+1ast


gschID: 126180


Regatas C. - Gimnasia CR 74-64 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Gimnasia CR was better in fourth quarter 23-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 14 points. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) added 15 points respectively for Gimnasia CR in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: L.Roe 23+10reb+2ast, J.Martinez 14+2reb+3ast, O.Legaria 14+3reb+2ast, F.Kammerichs 8+8reb+2ast, T.Field 8+3reb+1ast, A.Montes Cardozo 5
Gimnasia CR: G.Brown 15+1reb+1ast, R.Okosa 13+7reb, A.Carabajal 12+3reb+1ast, F.Funes 8+3reb, M.Maciel 6+5reb, H.Rollins 6+9reb
gschID: 126181


La Union - Olimpico LB 98-78 (1-0)
The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. La Union outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 38-22 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) nailed 21 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 12 points and 15 rebounds. Five La Union players scored in double figures. La Union's coach Gabriel Picatto used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Olimpico de La Banda in the defeat.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 21+2reb+5ast, A.Pau 19+1reb+1ast, P.Barrios 15+6reb+1ast, R.Garces 12+15reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 11+6reb+5ast, M.Ibarra 7+1ast
Olimpico LB: A.Laws 23, C.Amicucci 14+4reb, D.Guaita 12+6reb+2ast, E.Agostino 8+3reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 7+3reb+2ast, L.Picarelli 6+3reb
gschID: 126178


Lanus - Club 9 91-58 (1-0)
The game without a history. Lanus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lanus outrebounded Club 9 36-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lanus especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. American guard Cedric Moodie (187-78, college: Indianapolis) nailed 17 points for the winning side and his fellow American import center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) added 13 points respectively for Club 9 in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lanus: C.Moodie 17+1reb+3ast, M.Byro 14+3reb, T.Taylor 11+6reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 9+3reb+5ast, D.Prego 9+1reb+1ast, A.Boccia 8+4reb
Club 9: J.Bucknor 13+4reb+2ast, L.Barlasina 12, J.Meyinsse 12+6reb+1ast, E.Martina 8+2reb, B.Zanotti 7+1reb, G.Torre 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 126179




Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.9 
 3. Hayes, Sionista17.1 
 4. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 5. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.7 
 6. Meyinsse, Club 916.5 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras16.1 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.16.0 
 9. Taylor, Lanus15.2 
 10. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Garces, La Union11.5 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.10.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.2 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.9 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Kante, Olimpico LB8.2 
 8. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.7.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.9 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.3 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.4 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.2 
 10. Sartorelli, Argentino2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 7. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Cequeira, Obras2.3 
 10. Lamonte, Penarol2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.1 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


TNA: 1/8 finals - by Facundo Iatzky
Quilmes 3 - Union Progresista 2
The fifth ranked had to suffer till the fifth game to advance to quarterfinals. Union Progresista, incredibly, won the two games at home by one point of difference. Then in the fifth game in Mar del Plata, after an equaled first half, Quilmes started to show all their potential and could beat the tough deffensive game of progresista.

Firmat FC 3 - Union 2
It seemed the most even serie and it was. Firmat had had a bad second stage in regular season, and Union was very solid, but Firmat have a lot of players with experience that made their appearence in this serie.

Obera TC 3 - Banda Norte 2
Obera, as Firmat, despite had advantage was complicated to advance to quarterfinals. Although, they played well the first two games, and after two defeats in Cordoba, they won the fifth game at home without doubt.

Asociacion Italiana 3 - San martin Marcos Juarez 0
It was unexpected that Italiana could swept the serie but they did it, taking advantage of a very young team of San Martin.

Quarterfinals series (best of 5 games):

(1) Ciclista - Firmat FBC (8)
(2) Alvear - OTC (7)
(3) San Martn -C- - Asoc. Italiana (6)
(4) Ciudad - Quilmes (5)



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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 2. Penney, Breakers19.9 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.3 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Harvey, Blaze14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.0 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 6. Clark, Blaze6.8 
 7. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
 9. Schenscher, Croco.6.8 
 10. Holmes, 36ers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Williams, Tigers6.1 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Dickel, Sydney K.4.9 
 4. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.4 
 6. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 7. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 8. Carter, 36ers4.0 
 9. Ubaka, Taipans4.0 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 3. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.4 
 6. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 10. Ellis, Crocodiles1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 4. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Cockburn C. 5-0 
 2. Perth R. 4-1 
 3. Lakeside L. 3-1 
 4. Rockingham F. 3-1 
 5. Wanneroo W. 3-2 
 6. Kalamunda E.S. 2-2 
 7. Goldfield G. 2-2 
 8. East Perth E. 2-2 
 9. Willetton T. 2-3 
 10. Perry Lakes H. 1-3 
 11. Geraldton B. 1-3 
 12. Stirling S. 1-3 
 13. Mandurah M. 1-4 
 14. AIS 0-0 
 15. SW Slammers 0-3 


Mark Worthington moves to Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) is a new member of Guaynabo. The 27-year-old Australian forward arrives to his new team from the Gold Coast Blaze, where he averaged 16.8 points and 7 rebounds for 20 NBL games. Worthington will play in Puerto Rico for the first time in his career.
Worthington started last season with the Melbourne Tigers registering 16.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2 apg for 28 games in NBL. In February of 2010, he agreed terms with Brose Baskets Bamberg. For 21 games in German league Worthington had 6.6 ppg and 2.8 rpg. He also added 10.7 ppg and 6 rpg for 3 EuroCup appearances. In the past, Worthington was a member of the Sydney Kings and Melbourne South Dragons. He is a product of the Metropolitan State University, where he graduated in 2005. Worthington is active member of the Australian National Team. At the latest World Championship in Turkey he had 4.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 6 games.


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Mornar Bar grabs the last Final Four ticket - by Eurobasket News
Mornar Bar - Ulcijn 77-69 (2-1)

Mornar Bar was better than Ulcinj in third decisive game of the Balkan league Quarterfinals and booked a ticket for the Final Four tournament.
Ulcijn trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 25-18 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for power forward Nemanja Radovic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-84) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Dusan Milosevic (198-91, agency: BeoExcell) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Five Mornar Bar and four Ulcijn players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: M.Kuveljic 15+6reb, M.Damjanovic 14+1ast, I.Jelenic 14+2reb+1ast, N.Radovic 14+9reb+2ast, N.Ivanovic 11+9reb+5ast, R.Pesic 5+3reb+1ast
Ulcijn: R.Djurkovic 14+1reb+1ast, S.Tepavcevic 12+6reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 10+9reb, A.Radulovic 10+2reb+2ast, S.Mijajlovic 10+2reb, A.Radulovic 6+7reb


The 2011 BIBL Final Four will be in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
Kavadarci will be the host city for the 2011 EUROHOLD Balkan League Final Four. That became clear after the management of the league had meetings with local side KK Feni Industries and also with the Macedonian Basketball Federation, and came to the conclusion that the conditions are satisfying for hosting such an event.

The dates for the tournament are from the 15th of April (Friday) until the 17th of April (Sunday). All the games will be played in the local town venue - Jasmin Hall. The semifinals will be on Friday, while the final game - on Sunday.

Levski will be set to defend their title from 2010 in Sofia. The other participants are the 2009 champions - Rilski Sportist (Bulgaria), KK Feni Industries (Macedonia) and KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro).

Three of the clubs have participated in the Final 4 during the previous two seasons, as only Mornar are new to the event.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 27: Leader Spirou Charleroi loses to Dexia Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Spirou Charleroi (20-3) recorded its third loss in Quaregnon on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (14-9) 58-45. The game was mostly controlled by Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi managed to win fourth quarter 13-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dexia Mons-Hainaut forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers and outrebounded them 40-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) who recorded 9 points. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to third place. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with three games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Antwerp Giants (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Okapi Aalstar (18-7) against seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (8-15) on Wednesday night. Host Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Belgacom Liege in a tough game in Aalst 91-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. It was a good game for Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Wen Boss Mukubu contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) for Okapi Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belgacom Liege moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Verviers-Pep. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Belgacom Liege will play against higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Antwerp Giants (13-10) against eighth ranked Leuven Bears (8-16) on Wednesday night. Host Antwerp Giants were defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Antwerp 75-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a great evening for Kevin Melson who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Timothy Black with 22 points and 5 assists. Leuven Bears maintains eighth place with 8-16 record. Loser Antwerp Giants dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Spirou Charleroi (20-3) against fifth ranked Base Oostende (13-11) on Monday night. Host Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Base Oostende in a tough game in Charleroi 58-64. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Caleb Green who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Base Oostende have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-11 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with three games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road. Spirou Charleroi will play against Antwerp Giants (#4).

In the last game of round 27 bottom-ranked Gent was defeated by Verviers-Pep. in a road game 83-76.



Aalstar - Liege 91-95

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Okapi Aalstar (18-7) against seventh ranked Belgacom Liege (8-15) on Wednesday night. Host Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Belgacom Liege in a tough game in Aalst 91-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 30-16 charge of Belgacom Liege, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Belgacom Liege especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) and American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 12 points in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Belgacom Liege moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Verviers-Pep. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Belgacom Liege will play against higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Young 30+8reb+2ast, S.Burrell 15+1reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 12+4reb+3ast, A.Ruoff 12+1reb, C.Copeland 8+5reb+1ast, P.Gonzales 8
Liege: A.Stipanovic 27+12reb+3ast, W.Boss Mukubu 17+7reb+3ast, T.Griffin 17+3reb+3ast, C.Bozeman 8+1reb+2ast, G.Muya 7+1reb+4ast, X.Collette 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 98666


M.Hainaut - Charleroi 58-45

Top ranked Spirou Charleroi (20-3) recorded its third loss in Quaregnon on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (14-9) 58-45. The game was mostly controlled by Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi managed to win fourth quarter 13-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dexia Mons-Hainaut forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers and outrebounded them 40-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) who recorded 9 points and guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 9 points respectively. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to third place. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with three games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut are looking forward to face Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Antwerp Giants (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: J.Young 9+2reb, B.Wright 9+4reb+1ast, D.Mallet 9+2reb+2ast, J.Gomis 5+1reb, C.Beghin 5+3reb, B.Greene 4+5reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 19+8reb+4ast, J.Cage 12+7reb, A.Nivins 8+3reb, S.Bellin 6+3reb, R.Lewis 6+3reb+1ast, S.Foster 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 98667


Antwerp - Leuven 75-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Antwerp Giants (13-10) against eighth ranked Leuven Bears (8-16) on Wednesday night. Host Antwerp Giants were defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Antwerp 75-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a great evening for American forward Kevin Melson (199-78, college: Wright St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) helped adding 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) with 22 points and 5 assists and the other American import center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Leuven Bears maintains eighth place with 8-16 record. Loser Antwerp Giants dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Leuven Bears will meet at home higher ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 22+3reb+5ast, M.Roll 15+3reb+1ast, D.Wilson 11+11reb, G.Brown 9+12reb+2ast, R.Moors 8+4reb+5ast, M.Rademakers 4+2reb
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 14+3reb+2ast, K.Melson 14+9reb+1ast, J.Tofi 14+4reb, D.Lowhorn 10+8reb, I.HANAVAN 9+5reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 8+12reb+4ast
gschID: 98668


Verviers-Pep. - Gent 83-76

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Optima Gent (4-20) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (8-15) 83-76. It looked good early as Optima Gent took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then VOO Verviers-Pepinster had a 23-9 second period charge getting the lead and Optima Gent was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-83. VOO Verviers-Pepinster dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Optima Gent's 30 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. International guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Optima Gent in the defeat. Four Optima Gent players scored in double figures. Optima Gent's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains sixth place with 8-15 record, which they share with Liege. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's next round opponent will be Leuven Bears (#8) on the road. Optima Gent will play against Base Oostende.
Top scorers:
Gent: S.Geukens 19+3reb+1ast, L.Bosco 17+5reb+7ast, M.Randle 14+10reb+1ast, D.Emerson 13+7reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 5+1reb, A.Hall 4+5reb
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 24+6reb, R.Freeman 17+9reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 11+8reb+1ast, D.Waters 9+2ast, B.Gay 8+6reb+1ast, A.Chada 5+1ast
gschID: 98669


Round 25
Charleroi - Oostende 58-64

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Spirou Charleroi (20-3) against fifth ranked Base Oostende (13-11) on Monday night. Host Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Base Oostende in a tough game in Charleroi 58-64. Spirou Charleroi was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was also dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Brent Wright (203-78, college: Florida) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 15 points respectively for Spirou Charleroi in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Base Oostende have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-11 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top position with three games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road. Spirou Charleroi will play against Antwerp Giants (#4).
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 15+4reb+1ast, C.Beghin 13+4reb+1ast, B.Wright 13+7reb+1ast, J.Young 12+2ast, J.Gomis 3+4reb+3ast, A.Riddick 2+6reb+1ast
Oostende: C.Green 15+10reb+2ast, M.Lojeski 11+7reb+2ast, D.Katnic 11+1ast, T.Huffman 10+1reb+2ast, M.Faison 6+9reb, T.Van Den Spiegel 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 125175




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 20-3 
 2. Aalstar 18-7 
 3. M.Hainaut 14-9 
 4. Antwerp 13-10 
 5. Oostende 13-11 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 8-15 
 7. Liege 8-15 
 8. Leuven 8-16 
 9. Gent 4-20 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers-Pep.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.5 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar15.9 
 3. Black, Antwerp15.5 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.5 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende15.4 
 7. Hilliard, Aalstar15.0 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.7 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.14.7 
 10. Waters, Verviers.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.8 
 3. Randle, Gent7.8 
 4. Stipanovic, Liege7.2 
 5. Hilliard, Aalstar7.2 
 6. Tofi, Leuven6.9 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar6.2 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.4 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.8 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.2 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 7. Bosco, Gent2.7 
 8. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 10. Miller, Leuven2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Randle, Gent0.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 7. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 8. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Biggs, Antwerp0.4 


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Costa Rica0-0
2. El Salvador0-0
3. Guatemala0-0
Group B
1. Honduras0-0
2. Nicaragua0-0


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A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. KK Zagreb CO 4-0 
 2. Cedevita 3-1 
 3. Zadar 3-2 
 4. Cibona 2-2 
 5. KK Split 2-2 
 6. Borik 1-3 
 7. Alkar Sinj 1-3 
 8. Zabok 0-3 
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 Split17.3 
 6. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda15.9 
 9. Bakovic, Darda15.8 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.2 
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. Sobin, KK Split7.9 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.8 
 6. Ridl, Darda6.6 
 7. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 8. Grgurevic, KK Split6.1 
 9. Ruzic, Borik5.8 
 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. Ridl, Darda3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andro ANZULOVIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 2. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 3. Petani, Borik2.1 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 6. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 7. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 8. Swift, Darda1.8 
 9. Puljko, Kvarner .1.6 
 10. Maric, Svjetlost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 3. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 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 


A1 Round 4 (second stage): Cedevita defeats KK Split in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Cedevita (3-1) which hosted in Zagreb one of their biggest challengers KK Split (2-2). Third ranked Cedevita managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. KK Split managed to win third quarter 23-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The former international swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ante Grgurevic (199-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for KK Split. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Trogir and Kvarner 2010. KK Split at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb CO.
A1 top team - KK Zagreb CO (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Borik Puntamika (1-3) in Zadar 73-60. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 10 steals and Luka Zoric who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Jure Skific (202-88) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Zagreb CO have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Borik Puntamika lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Bottom-ranked Zabok is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to fifth ranked Cibona (2-2) 101-69 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by Bojan Bogdanovic who scored that evening 30 points and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Even 12 points and 5 assists by Robert Lez did not help to save the game for Zabok. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with three games lost. Cibona will meet KK Split (#5) on the road in the next round. Zabok will play against Alkar Sinj and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Sinj was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Zadar (3-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (1-3). Zadar did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 69-52. Marko Car fired 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zadar Borik Puntamika.



Group A
Alkar Sinj - Zadar 52-69

The game in Sinj was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Zadar (3-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (1-3). Zadar did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 69-52. The game was mostly controlled by Zadar. Alkar Sinj was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zadar held Alkar Sinj to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) fired 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Miro Bilan (212-89) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Dino Erceg (203-85) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zadar Borik Puntamika.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 13+11reb, A.Anzulovic 8+2reb+2ast, J.Blajic 8+2reb+3ast, D.Erceg 8+6reb, A.Bilobrk 4+3reb, M.Maric 4+1reb
Zadar: M.Car 30+6reb+5ast, M.Bilan 13+7reb, B.Brown 13+1reb, S.Olivari 4+3reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 2+5reb, P.Marcinkovic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 124381


Cedevita - KK Split 82-71

An interesting game for Cedevita (3-1) which hosted in Zagreb one of their biggest challengers KK Split (2-2). Third ranked Cedevita managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. KK Split managed to win third quarter 23-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by KK Split helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The former international swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Ante Grgurevic (199-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for KK Split. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Trogir and Kvarner 2010. KK Split at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 14+4reb+2ast, T.Katic 13+3reb+3ast, A.Grgurevic 13+13reb+1ast, J.Sobin 11+10reb+2ast, L.Babic 9+6reb+1ast, S.Subotic 4+3reb
Cedevita: D.Rudez 26+1reb+1ast, A.Zizic 14+8reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 10+9reb+5ast, V.Krstic 9+1reb+2ast, R.Troha 9+2reb, V.Princ 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 124382


Cibona - Zabok 101-69

Bottom-ranked Zabok is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to fifth ranked Cibona (2-2) 101-69 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.6 percent from the field and made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game, while Zabok only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Zabok 27-15 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Cibona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The winners were led by international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) who scored that evening 30 points and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) supported him with 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even 12 points and 5 assists by forward Robert Lez (200-79) did not help to save the game for Zabok. Guard Sven Smajlagic (193-90) added 16 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with three games lost. Cibona will meet KK Split (#5) on the road in the next round. Zabok will play against Alkar Sinj and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zabok: S.Smajlagic 16+3reb, R.Lez 12+3reb+5ast, I.Perincic 9+4reb, J.Lozancic 8+3reb+2ast, I.Peklaric 8+1reb+1ast, A.Crnjevic 5
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 30+2reb+5ast, G.Vrbanc 22+2reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 13+7reb+1ast, A.Krapic 7+3reb, M.Rozic 7+4reb+3ast, D.Miljkovic 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 124383


Borik - KK Zagreb CO 60-73

A1 top team - KK Zagreb CO (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Borik Puntamika (1-3) in Zadar 73-60. The game without a history. KK Zagreb CO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Zagreb CO forced 19 Borik Puntamika turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 10 steals and the former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who added 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Jure Skific (202-88) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Marijan Cakarun (-90) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Zagreb CO have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Borik Puntamika lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Skific 20+5reb, T.Petani 11+3reb+1ast, M.Jurjevic 9+2reb, M.Cakarun 7+9reb+2ast, M.Pesut 6+1reb+1ast, P.Maric 4+3reb
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 18+2reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 18+9reb+4ast, L.Zoric 17+7reb+1ast, A.Masic 12+2reb+1ast, P.Babic 6+4reb, M.Kasun 2+1reb
gschID: 124380




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NBL Round 8 (Second Stage): BK Prostejov beats NH Ostrava in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ostrava. Second ranked BK Prostejov faced 4th ranked NH Ostrava. Guests from Prostejov (5-1) smashed host NH Ostrava (1-4) 80-59. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 20 points. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in A1 with 5-1 record having 34 points less than leader B&W Opava. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NH Ostrava will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked BK Decin (1-5) 93-72. International guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Radek Necas contributed with 14 points for the winners. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for BK Decin. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated CEZ Nymburk (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in A1 with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. BK Decin lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Novy Jicin. CEZ Nymburk will play against league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of BC Kolin (13-15) against Basketbol Brno (9-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting BC Kolin was defeated by Basketbol Brno in Brno 86-75. Worth to mention a great performance of Michal Norwa who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brad Jones responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Basketbol Brno maintains fourth position in A2 with 9-19 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Basketbol Brno will meet league's leader B&W Opava on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader B&W Opava recorded the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-25) 79-65. The winners were led by Jakub Blazek who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B&W Opava (17-11) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2. Lokomotiva Plzen lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 25 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Basketbol Brno (#4) at home. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Svitavy was also quite interesting. Third ranked USK Praha (10-18) played at the court of 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-21). USK Praha defeated Basketbal Svitavy 62-51 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Vojtech Hruban who scored 16 points. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. USK Praha maintains third position in A2 with 10-18 record having seven points less than leader B&W Opava. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy keeps the fifth place with 21 games lost. USK Praha will face league's second-placed BC Kolin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 In A1 Novy Jicin was defeated by BK Pardubice in a road game 84-74.
The best stats of 8th round was 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks by Boris Meno of Svitavy.


Group A1
BK Pardubice - Novy Jicin 84-74

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Novy Jicin (1-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked BK Pardubice (4-2) 84-74 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-74. The best player for the winners was American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) who scored 13 points. The other American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) produced 21 points and Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BK Pardubice maintains third position in A1 with 4-2 record having 35 points less than leader B&W Opava. Loser Novy Jicin dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. BK Pardubice will face NH Ostrava (#4) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against BK Decin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: C.Muirhead 21+3reb, R.Sarovic 17+4reb+2ast, D.Steffel 14+6reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 11+5reb+2ast, D.Pandula 5+3reb, R.Pelikan 4+1reb
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 13+3reb+3ast, J.Cernosek 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 11+3reb+2ast, M.Arnold 10+7reb, D.Wright 8+2reb+1ast, L.Kraus 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122257


CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 93-72

Undefeated leader CEZ Nymburk delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked BK Decin (1-5) 93-72. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. The former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for BK Decin. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CEZ Nymburk (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in A1 with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. BK Decin lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Novy Jicin. CEZ Nymburk will play against league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: W.Hatcher 19+2reb+1ast, P.Houska 17+6reb, T.Pomikalek 9+4reb, M.Soukup 7+3reb+2ast, R.Landa 6+1reb, A.Pistecky 6+2reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Slezak 23+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 15+3reb+1ast, R.Necas 14+3reb+3ast, P.Pumprla 10+3reb+3ast, V.Stimac 8+5reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 122258


NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 59-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ostrava. Second ranked BK Prostejov faced 4th ranked NH Ostrava. Guests from Prostejov (5-1) smashed host NH Ostrava (1-4) 80-59. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 20 points. Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Marek Stuchly (196-75) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position in A1 with 5-1 record having 34 points less than leader B&W Opava. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face league's leader CEZ Nymburk at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. NH Ostrava will play against BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: A.Spagrud 18+8reb, M.Stuchly 16+3reb+1ast, L.Palyza 7+4reb+1ast, A.Mason 6+1reb+1ast, D.Burke 5+6reb, C.Trybanski 4+5reb
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 20, K.Landry 16+9reb, A.Slezas 11+4reb+2ast, R.Hyzy 9+6reb, B.Cadri-Nicholson 8+5reb, P.Dokoupil 8+1reb
gschID: 122259


Group A2
B&W Opava - Plzen 79-65

Leader B&W Opava recorded the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-25) 79-65. It looked good early as Lokomotiva Plzen took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then B&W Opava had a 23-9 second period charge getting the lead and Lokomotiva Plzen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-79. The winners were led by forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Slovakian guard Marek Stec (193-80, college: Jacksonville JC) supported him with 14 points. Five B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by forward Pavel Novak (199-83) did not help to save the game for Lokomotiva Plzen. Guard Milan Soukup (203-80) added 12 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B&W Opava (17-11) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in A2. Lokomotiva Plzen lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 25 games lost. B&W Opava's next round opponent will be Basketbol Brno (#4) at home. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plzen: P.Novak 17+6reb+1ast, M.Soukup 12+1reb+3ast, J.Kovanda 11+3reb, S.Vrubl 7+4reb+5ast, T.Kubiznak 4+2ast, P.Frana 4+7reb+2ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 15+12reb+5ast, M.Stec 14+4reb+3ast, J.Sirina 11+2reb, M.Miklosik 11+4reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 10+6reb+3ast, J.Kratochvil 6+2reb
gschID: 122242


Basketbol Brno - BC Kolin 86-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked BC Kolin (13-15) against fourth ranked Basketbol Brno (9-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting BC Kolin was defeated by Basketbol Brno in Brno 86-75. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 55-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Basketbol Brno dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 44. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Michal Norwa (201-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Basketbol Brno players scored in double figures. American guard Brad Jones (186-85, college: Wyoming, agency: Stanley International) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) scored 19 points. Basketbol Brno maintains fourth position in A2 with 9-19 record. Loser BC Kolin keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Basketbol Brno will meet league's leader B&W Opava on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: B.Jones 20+5reb+9ast, R.Field 19+4reb+1ast, R.Marko 15+1reb+1ast, D.Machac 9+6reb, U.Benacek 8+4reb, P.Hemmy 2+2reb+1ast
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 19+6reb+3ast, M.Norwa 15+11reb+2ast, E.Holloway 12+1reb+5ast, S.Maio 11+3reb+4ast, R.Zachrla 11+1reb+3ast, S.Castleberry 8+6reb
gschID: 122240


Svitavy - USK Praha 51-62

The game in Svitavy was also quite interesting. Third ranked USK Praha (10-18) played at the court of 5th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-21). USK Praha defeated Basketbal Svitavy 62-51 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. USK Praha dominated on the defensive end, holding Basketbal Svitavy to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was international forward Vojtech Hruban (200-89) who scored 16 points. Guard Michal Sotnar (190-92) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. USK Praha maintains third position in A2 with 10-18 record having seven points less than leader B&W Opava. Newly promoted Basketbal Svitavy keeps the fifth place with 21 games lost. USK Praha will face league's second-placed BC Kolin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 17+16reb+1ast, R.George 16+5reb+2ast, L.Horak 9+6reb+1ast, T.Macela 6+3reb+2ast, J.Spacek 3+3reb+1ast, L.Sindelar 0
USK Praha: V.Hruban 16+3reb+1ast, L.Kotas 11+4reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 10+5reb+5ast, T.Vyoral 6+3reb+2ast, M.Bjegovic 5+5reb, M.Kriz 5+1reb
gschID: 122241




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 5-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 5-1 
 3. BK Pardubice 4-2 
 4. NH Ostrava 1-4 
 5. BK Decin 1-5 
 6. Novy Jicin 1-5 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 17-11 
 2. BC Kolin 13-15 
 3. USK Praha 10-18 
 4. Basketbol Brno 9-19 
 5. Svitavy 7-21 
 6. Plzen 3-25 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.5 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.4 
 3. Horak, Svitavy14.8 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.7 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha14.6 
 7. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.5 
 8. Houska, BK Decin14.5 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.3 
 10. Field, BC Kolin13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Meno, Svitavy11.2 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava8.8 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.8 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.8.4 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.3 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.9 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.3 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.9 
 4. Jones, BC Kolin3.6 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.0 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin2.9 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 10. Ubilla, Novy Jicin2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.9 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.1.9 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.8 
 5. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin1.5 
 8. Vrubl, Plzen1.5 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.4 
 10. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Meno, Svitavy2.0 
 2. Trybanski, NH Os.1.4 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.9 
 7. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 8. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.7 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 7. Voskuil, Horsens IC18.7 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.6 
 9. Roberts, Naestved18.4 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.2 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.5 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.3 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Rutherford, SISU7.1 
 10. Burgess, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.6 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.4 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.8 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 6. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
 10. Smedley, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.2 
 6. Brown, SISU0.8 
 7. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Cavanaugh, Svend.0.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.6 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 6. Ewing, Sioux F.19.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.19.5 
 8. McNeal, Rio Grande19.4 
 9. Dentmon, Texas L.18.8 
 10. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.8.9 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.8 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota W.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.0 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.6 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.8 


Washington Wizards sign Owens, re-sign Jeffers for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
The injury-depleted Washington Wizards have signed forward Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) from the NBA Development League's Tulsa 66ers and re-signed guard-forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) for the season's last five games.

Washington also waived guard-forward Cartier Martin on Wednesday. Martin has a stress fracture in his left foot and is one six Wizards ruled out for the season.

Jeffers is averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11 games with Washington. He was called up from the NBADL's Iowa Energy on March 17, then signed a second 10-day contract March 27.

Owens signed consecutive 10-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs earlier this season and averaged 1.3 points in seven games.

Martin averaged four points and 1.4 rebounds in 52 games this season.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


Tulsa begins playoffs with 94-83 road win over Texas - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa 66ers (1-0) improved to 1-0 in a best-of-three series against the Texas Legends (0-1) in the first round of the 2011 D-League Playoffs Wednesday night by winning on the road by a 94-83 final inside Dr. Pepper Arena. Leading the Tulsa charge was Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) with 23 points and Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) with 14 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Additionally, center Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) pitched in eight points, seven boards and three blocked shots.

Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) with 20 and Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) with 12.

Tulsa, the fourth overall seed, led by as many as 12 in the contest and improved to 6-3 overall against the Legends this season. As a team, the 66ers recorded 19 assists, led by four from forward Lewis.

The eighth-seeded Legends were led by Joe Alexander with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Sean Williams with 11 points and 17 boards.

Defensively, the 66ers held the Legends to 32-73 (.438) shooting from the floor and forced 22 turnovers, including 12 steals. Garrett Williamson and Lewis led the 66ers in thefts with three each.

The 66ers were without Larry Owens, Matt Bouldin and Latavious Williams Wednesday night. Owens became the 22nd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2010-11 season by signing with the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season earlier in the day. Bouldin and Williams were held out due to injury.

The two Western Conference foes will square off for Game Two of the best-of-three series this Friday night, April 8, in Tulsa inside the Tulsa Convention Center at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Iowa Energy open playoffs with win at Utah - by Eurobasket News
Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half and the Iowa Energy beat the Utah Flash 103-96 on Wednesday in the first game of the NBA Development League playoffs.

Top-seeded Iowa led No. 7 seed Utah 57-45 at halftime before it was outscored 28-15 in the third quarter to trail 73-72 to begin the fourth.

But a 9-1 run to begin the final quarter gave the Energy a lead they did not relinquish. They led by at least four the rest of the game.

The Energy held Utah to just 38.8 percent shooting and blocked 10 shots.

Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, while Michael Haynes (6'8''-F/C-81, college: Fordham) (14) and Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88, college: Connecticut) ( 12) also scored in double figures.

Stinson added nine assists and seven rebounds.

Andre Ingram (6'3''-G-85, college: American) led the Flash with 22 points. Reserve center Nkem Ojougboh (6'9''-C-87, agency: David Lee services, college: Northeastern) had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

The teams play again in the second game of the best-of-three series at 7 p.m. Monday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


Lakers reassign Caracter to Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) was reassigned to the Bakersfield Jam, the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 54th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Caracter, a rookie out of Texas-El Paso.

With Caracter's assignment, the NBA D-League has seen record highs this season in total NBA player assignments (54), individual NBA players assigned (37) and NBA teams assigning a player (25).

Caracter (6-9, 275) was first assigned on March 29. He appeared in three games (one start) with Bakersfield, averaging 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 19.7 minutes. Caracter has played in 40 games this season for the Lakers, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.3 minutes. The Lakers selected Caracter, an early-entry candidate, in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, and Caracter led the Lakers' NBA Summer League team in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) over five games.

A highly rated prospect out of Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), Caracter spent his fist two collegiate seasons at Louisville before transferring to UTEP. In one year as a Miner, Caracter averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes, earning All-Conference USA Second Team honors. Further, his .567 field goal percentage ranked second in the conference and 16th nationally that season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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JACK MICHAEL MARTINEZ, MVP SEASON IN VENEZUELA - by Herubey Grassals
Dominican power forward/center, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) is having an mvp season in Venezuela professional league with Cocodrilos de Caracas, leading his team to the league best record actually with 16-2.

Jack Michael Martinez is averaging 17.7 points per game, sixth overall and 12.70 boards, league leader; also hes averaging almost 2 steals and assist per game.

Martinez has said his first target is to win this year championship with Cocodrilos, but if he also get the league mpv will be great. Jack Michael Martinez is also thinking in this year pre- Olympic championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina which gives 2 spots for 2012 Olympic games in London, England.

The Dominican Republic national team captain said: the Dominican Republic deserves to be in the Olympic games because we have one of the best talents in the continent, we have NBA players, Europe players, and guys with a lot of international play experience, we only need to play together and obtain the chemistry as a team to win important games in the important moments.

Martinez also talked about the two NBA training camps invitations next summer with the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks; Ill prove that i can play on the NBA, Jack Michael said.




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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Curtis ALLEN
  Voru KK
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Allen, Voru KK19.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla18.0 
 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.15.6 
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, Rapla9.7 
 6. Osby, TT.9.5 
 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. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Allen, Voru KK2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Oja, Va.1.8 
 10. Doronin, 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. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Brown, Va.0.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.5 
 5. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos14.2 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.1 
 8. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
 10. San Emeterio, Caja L.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ulker
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 4. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 7. Batista, Caja L.6.3 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
 10. Fischer, Real Madrid6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 3. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.3 
 5. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 7. Pargo, Maccabi T-A3.9 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
 9. Jerrells, Partizan3.8 
 10. Eidson, Maccabi .3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (202-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.6 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.0 
 3. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 4. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 5. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 6. Dedovic, Lottomat.1.7 
 7. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.7 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 9. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid1.6 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Shermadini, Union O.1.1 
 10. Gist, Partizan1.0 


2011 Final Four schedule - by Eurobasket News
After careful study and consultation with all clubs and partners involved, Euroleague Basketball establishes the definitive schedule of games at the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four taking into consideration the legal concerns of one of the qualified teams, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. With the schedule changes the Final Four games will be as follows:



Friday, May 6

Panathinaikos vs. Montepaschi Siena
18:00 Local Time

Maccabi Electra vs. Winner Playoff C
21:00 Local Time



Sunday, May 8

Third / Fourth Place
13:30 Local Time

Final 16:30 Local Time


The new tipoff time for the title game is 2 hours sooner than the scheduled local time of the earliest recent final, which was 18:40 at the 2005 Final Four in Moscow.

Euroleague Basketball would like to thank all parties and partners involved in understanding the situation and assisting us in reaching a general consensus on this decision. Two concerns have been paramount throughout the decision-making process: basketball integrity and fan enjoyment. Euroleague Basketball has made sure that the best teams this season, as proven on the court, will compete for the Euroleague title at the Final Four. Euroleague Basketball remains fully ready to offer fans all the fun we have prepared for them inside and outside Palau Sant Jordi.

Courtesy of Euroleague




Florent Pietrus renews contract with Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) renewed his contract with Valencia. The 30-year-old forward will spent the rest of the season in Spain. Florent Pietrus started the season in Caja Laboral. He tallied 5.0 points and 7.5 boards per game. In October the French player joined Valencia. He averages 3.3 points, 2.5 boards per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Florent Pietrus played for France at the 2010 World Championship. The forward posted 4.5 points, 4.8 boards and 1.5 assists in Turkey. Previously Florent Pietrus played for Pau-Orthez, Unicaja and Estudiantes.


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KORISLIIGA: Honka has still hope - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, quarter-finals, Game # 4: When Honka (Espoo) defeated Korihait (Uusikaupunki) tonight 90-83 (45-46), Quarters 28-19, 17-27, 25-17, 20-20, the result means, there
will be still Game # 5, before it's clear, which team will meet Pyrinto (Tampere) in the semi-finals. The contest # 5 will be on Saturday, April 9 at Uusikaupunki. That might be
the problem for Honka, as Korihait has been undefeated at home court this season vs Honka. Teams have met eachother eight times by now and the wins are 5-3 to Korihait. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati), Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) and Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego) combined 65 points for Honka today.

Honka - Korihait 90-83 (45-46). (John Williamson 24, Jamar Wilson 21/7a, Corey Belser 20/10 - Nigel Moore 27, James Reaves 18, Lawrence Wright 14). Honka - Korihait 2-2.




KORISLIIGA: KTP signed with Lars Ekstrom - by Rauno Hurmalainen
KTP Basket (Kotka) has replaced Head Coach Ray Ailus . Ailus will leave KTP after this season and the new Head Coach will be Lars Ekstrom (agency: Edge Sports ), 47. The contract is model 2+1 years. Ekstrom will start his new job on June 1, 2011. After his playing years (Tarmo, Porvoo, YMCA Helsinki, YMCA Lahti) Ekstrom has been coaching on top level in Finland YMCA Lahti (2003-07), Tarmo, Porvoo 2007-09 (December) and Honka (Espoo) 2010 (January-April). Ekstrom has also been the Head Coach of Women NT U 18 (2009).

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Wilson, Honka22.1 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Barrett, KTP19.8 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Fields, KTP3.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.6 
 9. Ayers, Namika L.1.6 
 10. Fells, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 3. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Belser, Honka0.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 8. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 


Korisliiga Round 4 of Quarter-Finals: Honka tied at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Honka - Korihait 90-83

The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by UU-Korihait helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) added 18 points in the effort for UU-Korihait. Five Espoo Honka and four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Williamson 24+4reb+2ast, J.Wilson 21+5reb+7ast, C.Belser 20+10reb, J.Matinen 11+4reb, T.Iisalo 10+5reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 4+4reb
Korihait: N.Moore 27+11reb+1ast, J.Reaves 18+2reb, L.Wright 14+5reb+1ast, J.Kumpulainen 10+2reb, P.Heinonen 7+7reb, M.Jalonen 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 126186




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The union between Saint-Etienne and Roche officialized - by Romain Brusc
CA Saint-Etienne B.C. (NM1) and AL Roche-la-Moliere (NM1) announced their union on wednesday. The fusion will be effective at the beginning of season 2011-12. AL Roche Case Metropole Basket, the name of new club, concretizes a few years' project. 'If we want to play on a high-level basketball, it is necessary to give itself the means' declared Lillo Bisaccia, president of Saint-Etienne. The first team will play in NM1, in the stadium of Saint-Etienne, and the team reserves in NM2.


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MZT Skopje parts ways with Jacimovic, hires Igor Gacov - by Eurobasket News
Predrag Jacimovic is no longer a Head Coach of MZT Skopje. The Superleague outfit decided to part ways with the Serbian coach and immediately hired Igor Gacov . Jacimovic took over MZT Skopje more than a month ago.
Igor Gacov started this season as a coach of Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje. Three years ago he worked with AMAK SP Ohrid. Gacov also was a professional player for many years.
As mentioned above, Predrag Jacimovic took over MZT Skopje more than a month ago. He was third coach this season for the club, who started with Aleksandar Petrovic and had one interim coach after that. MZT currently has 20-6 record in Superleague. They will most probably finish as No.2, behind Feni Industri.


D1 Standings
Superleague Stage Two Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 24-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 20-6 
 3. Rabotnicki 18-8 
 4. Torus Skopje 15-11 
 5. Lirija 9-17 
 6. ABA Strumica 9-17 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 11-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 7-15 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-16 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.6 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.7 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.5 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 8. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.9 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.8 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Lirija
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Jovanovic, Lirija9.3 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.9 
 5. Jelesijevic, Torus S.8.5 
 6. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 7. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 8. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.1 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.6 
 10. Rejnerio, Lirija7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar KOSTOSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kostovski, Torus S.5.0 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.8 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.0 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.2 
 9. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Petrovski, MZT S.1.7 
 3. Pupovic, MZT S.1.6 
 4. Boswell, ABA S.1.6 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 7. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.5 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.4 
 9. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.8 
 2. Jelesijevic, Torus S.1.6 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 7. Dendra, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Avramovski, MZT S.0.9 
 9. Krstevski, Torus S.0.9 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki0.8 


Superleague, Round 8: Feni Indistrija beats Torus Skopje in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in Superleague.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kavadarci. First ranked Feni Indistrija faced 4th ranked Torus Skopje. Host Feni Indistrija (24-2) defeated guests from Skopje (15-11) 103-96. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-20. But Torus Skopje won second period 27-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Feni Indistrija won last quarter 32-26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Feni Indistrija have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-2 record. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in Skopje in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Torus Skopje's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
The game in Strumica was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (18-8) played at the court of 5th ranked ABA Strumica (9-17). Fersped-Rabotnicki managed to secure a 8-point victory 75-67. The former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Geri Dendra contributed with 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for ABA Strumica. Fersped-Rabotnicki have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having six points less than leader Kumanovo 2009. ABA Strumica lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ABA Strumica will play on the road against Lirija (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 Lirija was defeated by MZT Skopje in a road game 97-92.




Feni Indistrija - Torus Skopje 103-96
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kavadarci. First ranked Feni Indistrija faced 4th ranked Torus Skopje. Host Feni Indistrija (24-2) defeated guests from Skopje (15-11) 103-96. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-20. But Torus Skopje won second period 27-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Feni Indistrija won last quarter 32-26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 13 points and 4 steals. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ivica Dimcevski (192-89, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-2 record. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Feni Indistrija are looking forward to face Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) in Skopje in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Torus Skopje's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: B.Jovovic 14+1ast, D.Tasovski 14+5reb+1ast, J.Frye 13+4reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 13+1reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 13+3reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 10+5reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 24+5reb+4ast, I.Dimcevski 19+5reb, M.Miljkovic 15+3ast, N.Karakolev 13+4reb, J.Markovski 10+1reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 123101


ABA Strumica - Rabotnicki 67-75
The game in Strumica was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (18-8) played at the court of 5th ranked ABA Strumica (9-17). Fersped-Rabotnicki managed to secure a 8-point victory 75-67. ABA Strumica was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 40-29 second half run of Fersped-Rabotnicki. The former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Geri Dendra contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mario Hasanov (198-86) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ABA Strumica. Fersped-Rabotnicki have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having six points less than leader Kumanovo 2009. ABA Strumica lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ABA Strumica will play on the road against Lirija (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: P.Blazevski 19+4reb+4ast, E.Bogoev 13+7reb+4ast, G.Dendra 10+14reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 10+2reb, S.Bozic 9, D.Mirakovski 7+5reb+3ast
ABA Strumica: J.Chappell 16+10reb+2ast, M.Hasanov 11+6reb, Z.Stojanov 10+6reb, M.Neal 8+2reb+3ast, J.Boswell 8+3reb, S.Hadzivasilev 8+5reb+2ast
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MZT Skopje - Lirija 97-92
There was no surprise when 6th ranked Lirija (9-17) was defeated on the road by second ranked MZT Skopje (20-6) 97-92. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 21 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-16 Lirija's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 97-92 at the end of the game. MZT Skopje made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Darnell Lindsay (196-87, college: Tennessee Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and Soler Mavel Rejnerio added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Lirija. Five MZT Skopje and four Lirija players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje maintains second position with 20-6 record having four points less than leader Kumanovo 2009. Lirija lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with ABA Strumica. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: Z.Gocevski 18+1reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 17+6ast, D.Lindsay 17+4reb+5ast, N.Zivcevic 16+7reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 16+5reb+1ast, I.Penov 5+4reb+1ast
Lirija: G.Jovanovic 31+13reb, S.Mavel Rejnerio 20+9reb+2ast, E.Azemi 18+8reb+2ast, C.Morban 17+3reb+8ast, M.Despotovic 3+1ast, K.Pavlovski 3+4reb
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The 2011 BIBL Final Four will be in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
Kavadarci will be the host city for the 2011 EUROHOLD Balkan League Final Four. That became clear after the management of the league had meetings with local side KK Feni Industries and also with the Macedonian Basketball Federation, and came to the conclusion that the conditions are satisfying for hosting such an event.

The dates for the tournament are from the 15th of April (Friday) until the 17th of April (Sunday). All the games will be played in the local town venue - Jasmin Hall. The semifinals will be on Friday, while the final game - on Sunday.

Levski will be set to defend their title from 2010 in Sofia. The other participants are the 2009 champions - Rilski Sportist (Bulgaria), KK Feni Industries (Macedonia) and KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro).

Three of the clubs have participated in the Final 4 during the previous two seasons, as only Mornar are new to the event.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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Osnabrueck Ballers: It's all over - by Moritz Korff
The GiroLive Ballers Osnabrueck added another embarrising chapter to the book of insolvency and financial trouble of German basketball teams. With only three games left to play this season, the club had to withdraw from the 2. Bundesliga Pro A with immediate effect. An amount of teams in the German pro basketball leagues have been struck by financial difficulties through these past years, often times resulting in illiquidity and withdrawal.

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 27-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 22-7 
 3. ALBA 21-9 
 4. Art.Dragons 20-10 
 5. NY Phantoms 17-12 
 6. EWE Baskets 17-12 
 7. TBB Trier 16-13 
 8. Bremerhaven 15-14 
 9. EnBW L'burg 15-14 
 10. Telekom Baskets 14-14 
 11. Goettingen 14-14 
 12. Phoenix Hagen 13-16 
 13. Walter Tigers 13-17 
 14. ratiopharm 12-18 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-22 
 16. Bayreuth 8-22 
 17. MBC 7-22 
 18. Duesseldorf 4-25 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Wood, Dt.19.2 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.8 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 4. Allen, ALBA16.0 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 10. Ross, MBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.8 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.8 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.8 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.3 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.6 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 7. Jordan, LTi 46ers4.2 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.1 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 9. Campbell, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Attempt To Regroup - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Attempt To Regroup After Top 4 Washout Meeting Phoenix Hagen And Their Two Possible beko BBL Newcomers Of The Season Mark 'Mr Fantastic' Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) (188-G-85, college: Marshall) And Jacob 'Mr Outside Bomb' Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force)

For The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, their goal now after the TOP 4 bust in Bamberg losing too Braunschweig and Artland with very little resistance like a George Clooney has for beautiful women is too just finish the current beko BBL season on a strong measure while for Phoenix Hagen, the season is winding down quickly and some players are already counting the days before they are back home in the crib and getting ready for where ever they will play next season. Phoenix Hagen is tiptoeing in muddy no mans land at the moment not wanting to get their sneakers filthy, but at the same wanting to get as many wins as possible. Despite their dream of reaching the playoffs in their second season back in the beko BBL not happening, something positive can still happen to American teammates Jacob Jacob Burtschi and Mark Mark Dorris. Both guys are beko BBL rookies and if nothing goes drastically wrong like a team like Bamberg playing a lower team leading by 20 on their home court and then losing in crunch time, one of them or possibly both could be named best beko BBL newcomer 2011 on account of their consistent and potent play this season. 'I didnt even know that there was such an award. It would be a great honor. I think it would be pretty interesting if we both shared th award', commented Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Jacob Burtschi. 'Both of them have a great chance because both of them had great seasons and led there team in a lot of ways. I like both of their styles of play and they bring a lot to the table day in and day out', warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum.It has been so much more surprising how well they have developed considering Quantez Robertson friend Mark Mark Dorris came from the PRO A where one isnt always guarenteed of making a splash in the beko BBL, but guys like Danny Gibson and Omari Westley have recently and Jacob Jacob Burtschi who had to wait 3 years after finishing in the NCAA, because he had to fulfill his duty in the Air Force. 'I am very surprised how well it has gone for me. I knew that I could be an effort player if all else failed, but surprisingly I have shot the ball well and done a few other things well. I am glad that my hard work for three years has paid off. I think that Mark has always been a great player. He was just never given the opportunity until this year. He finally had the opportunity to showcase his talent', stressed Phoenix Hagen American Jacob Jacob Burtschi. 'I was surprised because I know being out for one year it was hard for me to get into a rhythm but Jacob Burtschi did a great job and is having a great season. He can shoot the ball from anywhere and causes a lot of match up problems. I got to see Mark Mark Dorris last season in Cuxhaven and he deserves to be at this level. It did not surprise me one bit, there are a lot of players in Pro A if given the right chance and the right system can have a lot of success, Hagens system gave Mark a great chance to show his ability and he took full advantage of the opportunity', warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum. It is only normal that both guys will want to finish the season helping their team get wins and also shine in their own play and will be as focused as the NCAA team Butler team has been this March Madness, actor George Clooney having to explain why he is a witness in the Silvio Berlusconi prostitution trial despite only meeting him once and how the Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have to be against Phoenix Hagen when they meet April 8th in the Ballsporthalle.
Last season, Phoenix Hagen finished the year in 16th place just staying in the BEKO BBL by 0ne point as they had a record of 9-25. The two biggest problems of the team was a lack of defense and a thin rotation. If the club had not gotten Michael hakim Jordan in the stretch run, then the club might be visiting towns like Kirchheim, Cuxhaven and Kaiserslautern in the PRO A. The club started solid with a 2-2record beating Giessen and Ratiopharm Ulm, but then went 1-8 and landing in the BEKO BBL cellar. The team lost by more than 20 points five times and the Artland Dragons poured in over 100 points. The club then reacted bringing in Jordan and the team prompt went on a three game winning streak beating TBB Trier, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and sweeping the season series at home against Giessen where Jordan was the hero with a game winning shot. However then as if Jordan had turned invisible, the team went on a 10 game losing streak. They finished the season with a 3-6 record beating Duesseldorf, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Paderborn, but were never able to beat a playoff team.
This season, the club kept a core of players with Quentin Pryor, Bernd Kruel and Zygimantas Jonusas and signed many new players with Mark Mark Dorris, Jacob Jacob Burtschi, Matt Terwilliger, David Bell and Edward Seward. It is never easy to start with numerous new players, but Phoenix Hagen started the season very well winning four of their first six games scoring 107 points against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but then getting hit for 103 points the next weekend against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The team was averaging 83 points in the first month a game in comparison to scoring only 72 points last season. Their up and down style can be a hazard to at times. 'The way Phoenix Hagen plays, it can be a hit or miss. They are capable of going minutes scoring in buckets and then also minutes without getting buckets', warned John Bynum. 'We are an undersized team on the blocks. We just have to get back to defending like we been practicing for the last few months. Its on everyone to be accountable on that end because its more about heart than ability!
, added Quentin Pryor.
However since the strong start, Phoenix Hagen hit a slump losing nine of the next 10 games and have been under 500 since the lightening start with a record of 9-15. Some people were whispering playoffs in the first weeks, but that dream was quickly doused. Despite their current dry spell, Phoenix Hagen is a team that one can not underestimate. They are a team that know how to score averaging 85 points a game. 'Phoenix Hagen is a fast paced team that bring a lot of energy each night. They can score in bunches and had a great scheme this season. Their strength is their guards. At times, they have three guards bringing the ball up the court. They are always dangerous on the transition, are all a threat at the three point line and are always attacking', stressed John Bynum. 'We have so many weapons on the offensive end which makes it hard to concentrate on stopping one player', added Quentin Pryor. Phoenix Hagen might not have had anything to do with the BEKO BBL playoffs last season and The Brose Baskets Bamberg played them twice this season and despite winning both games have a lot of respect for the gang of Ingo Fryer. 'Phoenix Hagen play a unique style of basketball and it is something that each opponent has to get adjusted to in order to be successful. They had a few injuries making things very difficult, but they are a good and dangerous team', warned Brose Baskets Bamberg American Kyle Hines. The question remains why was Phoenix Hagen unable to be a playoff team this season? 'I think they just had a lot of bad luck and the injury to Eddie Seward hurt them for a lot of games in the first half. He makes so much of a difference for them with his interior defense', stated John Bynum. The biggest problem is their defense. Even if they were able to put up 80-85 points, they still lost by more points. In games where Phoenix Hagen scored 80 points or more and still lost happened 11 times. They have given up 80 or more points 21 times. Why did the team give up so many points on a consistent rate? 'I think once again it had to do with there interior defense. They play at a fast pace and they are a team of runs, but even so they have the guards that can play defense, but if you made them play defense I dont think it was a high priority on their list', added John Bynum. Teams also have hurt them much under the boards. 'I think in the inside because I think the only down low defender is Eddie Seward and without him I think they struggle. They can put points up but he does so many little things for them', warned John Bynum.
Phoenix Hagen is led by Quentin Pryor who is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%He is a good defender and very athletic on the wing, added Will Chavis. This season, he is averaging 11,5ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,3apg. He has scored in double figurers 17 times. He has improved each season in Germany and is really becoming into a top BEKO BBL player that is ignited by his never want to lose mentality. Mark Mark Dorris is a 188 cm guard playing in Germany in the BEKO BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.For Cuxhaven, he played 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. This season, Mark Dorris has not had any difficulty adjusting to the BEKO BBL as he has led the league in scoring for a while and excited with his very athletic play. He has scored in double figurers 24 times including 35 points against EnBW Ludwigsburg and 30 points against BBC Bayreuth. Currently he is averaging 15,3ppg, 3,2rpg and 3,6apg.
A big surprise this season has been Jacob Jacob Burtschi who is a 26 year old 198cm forward that is a BEKO BBL rookie. He is an American that comes from Chickasha, Oklahoma. He played at Air Force from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 35 games avergaing13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He reached the NIT Final 4 in 2007. He stayed in the air force for three years before deciding to try the pro ranks. Considering that he came to Hagen on a try out and is averaging 14,3ppg; 6,8rpg and 2,6apg, he has been one of the biggest surprises so far in the BEKO BBL. He is shooting 51,1% from the field and 43,7% from outside and just dazzling the league so far. 'It is definitely a little strange being a 26 year old rookie but im happy that I have the opportunity to play. I had a commitment to the Air Force, served my time, and now I have an opportunity to chase a childhood dream', said Jacob Jacob Burtschi. Not playing three years since his senior year at Air Force has not been easy, but he hasnt been a bust in anyway. 'It's definitely not the same, but you take what your given and work with it. I am putting a lot of pressure on myself. I left a good life in the Air Force to chase a dream and I always wonder if I am kidding myself trying to leave and come compete in such a tough league. I could surprise some people in this league or I could be a bust'', stressed Jacob Jacob Burtschi. A strength in the game of Jacob Burtschi is his ability to read defenses and put himself or his teammates in a position to score. He has scored in double figurers 25 times
Phoenix Hagen might have gotten some luck in disguise as their first choice point guard Ryan Appleby became home sick and suddenly left, because they had to react and find another point guard and did with David Bell who has been a great addition for the club. Bell is a 29 year old 186cm combo guard from Oakland that can hit the three with ease. This season, he hit 9/10 three pointers against Bremerhaven. He assaults any game he plays in and can penetrate and dish with the best. Offensively can carry a team, also is a top defender. He played at Montana (NCAA) from 2001-2003. In his senior year, he averaged 17,6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg. In his career, he has played in Europe in countries like Switzerland, France and Finland. He also has played in various leagues in the States. The last two years, he played for the Dakota Wizards (D-League). Last season, he played 51 games averaging 12.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 87.1%. He was All-Star Game 2007 (3-Points Contest Winner) and D-League Central Division Champion in 2008. This season, he is leading the team in scoring averaging 16,3ppg, 2,3rpg and 3,6apg and has scored in double figurers 24 times.
Zgyimantas Jonusas is playing his second season for Phoenix Hagen and third in the BEKO BBL. He is a 28 year old 200cm forward from Lithuania. He is a very dangerous three pointer that can beat his defender off the dribble. He can score in many ways and can get to the rim of make the deadly pass. He also knows how to get o the free throw line and is a very good free throw shooter. He already played professionally in Poland for MKS Pruszkow (Poland-PLK) at the age of 20. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2006-2009. His best season was his first season as he played 38 games: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 40.1%, FT: 79.8%. Last season, he played games 13 games for Phoenix Hagen averaging 12,8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.0%. Currently he is averaging 12,8ppg, 4,1rpg and 1,3apg. He has scored in double figurers 18 times. 34 year old 210 cm center Bernd Kruel has played most of his career in Hagen starting with Brandt in 1993, but leaving in January 2004 as the team folded. He got rewarded by winning a BBL title with the Opel Skyliners. After playing some years in Frankfurt and Bonn, he came back to Hagen in 2008-2009 helping the team get back into the BEKO BBL. He may not be the youngest anymore, but he will bang with anyone and can still play at a very high level. Last season, he played 32 games averaging 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.0%.His quickness, leaping ability, shot selection and rebounding are his main strength. He is a good athlete, can shoot, can dribble and plays inside and outside. He played in the BEKO BBL Allstar game in 2000, reached the BEKO BBL Cup final in 2002 and 2004 and was a BEKO BBL finalist in 2005 and 2008 with The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Currently, he is averaging 6,1ppg and 3,3rpg.
25 year old 206cm power forward/center Matt Terwilliger is playing his first season with Phoenix Hagen. His claim to fame was being back up to 2008 NBA #1 draft pick Greg Oden of the Portland Trailblazers at Ohio State from 2004-2008. He played for the Webmoebel baskets from 2008-2010 playing 66 games in the two years. Last season, he played 34 games averaging 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 74.1%. He reached the NCAA final in 2007 and won the NIT final in 2008. Terwilliger is a great shooter from anywhere in the gym. He will attack you with pull up jumpers and with the pick and pop. I think that he learned a lot being the back up to Greg Oden. It really helped him to be around him. He has found his niche at the position four and the Paderborn system works well for him, stressed David Teague. Terwilliger also was Big Ten Regular Season Champion in 2006, Big Ten Tournament Finalist 2006, Big Ten Regular Season Winner 2007 and Big Ten Tournament Winner 2007. This season, Terwilliger is averaging 5,4ppg and 3,1rpg and has scored in double figurers eight times. The glue that keeps Phoenix Hagen together under the basket is 32 year old 206cm center Eddie Seward. He played at Norfolk State and then started his professional basketball career in Germany. He toiled around in the German Regionaliga for Aschersleben Tigers BC from 2004-2007 before moving up to the PRO A playing for BG Karlsruhe, Cuxhaven and BBC Bayreuth. In teh 2008-209 season, he showed that he could play at the PRO A level playing for Cuxhaven and making great stats of 11.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.4rpg), Blocks-4 (1.4bpg), FGP-1 (70.6%), FT: 56.9% in 30 games. Last season for BBC Bayreuth, he played games 30 games averaging 8.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 62.2%. He got his big break this season to play in the BEKO BBL averaging 4,4ppg and 5,1rpg.. The club also has talented Germans Malte Schwartz (1,2ppg) and Dominik Spohr (1,9ppg) who are both 21 years old fighting for playing time .
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have to regroup after the horrifying fourth place finish at the Top 4 in Bamberg last weekend. The question is how well will the club be able to forget this fizzle in their strong season? 'Frankfurt will be able to recover. It was just a couple of bad games and it will be in the back of their mind as soon as they step on the court next game', warned John Bynum. There is one spectacular part of the Skyliner game that the team needs to recover again. 'Phoenix Hagen is a greatoffensive team. When they get in a rhythm, their confidence grows. We have to disrupt this rhythm and play Skyliner defensive basketball again', warned Dashaun Wood. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners swept the season series with Phoenix Hagen stomping all over them in Hagen 93-64 as Derrick Allen led alls corers with 22 points, Aubrey Resse chipped in with 18 points and Grayson Moyer had one of his best games as a Skyliner with 15 points and five assists. In the return game in Frankfurt, Phoenix Hagen lost 89-76. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller led Frankfurt with 18 points and five assists and Derrick Allen produced 17 points. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 66-49 in both games. This season, Phoenix Hagen is averaging 33 rebounds per game. The team didnt have Eddie Seward in the first game against Frankfurt, but the big man is back in the line up and has played in 10 of the last 11 games. Seward brings a lot to the table rebounding and on defense. He also keeps a lot of balls alive on offense. He is a true banger and does the dirty work which often goes unnoticed', warned John Bynum. 'All of our big men bring something different to the table. They are not the same so we are satisfied with them', warned Quentin Pryor. In the first meeting this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won 90-85 powered by 19 points from ex Skyliner Jermaine Bucknor and 15 points, five rebounds and six assists despite taking only five shots. It was a very tight game in the fourth quarter, but Bucknor hit two big three pointers to seal the win. For Phoenix Hagen to be successful they have to do like Forrest Gump and run run run run! 'Hagen has to keep game at high tempo. They play their best when they are running and pressing', stressed Kyle Hines. 'Hagen has to defend and turn the game into an up and down battle. They also have to control Dashaun Wood who has had his way the last games and make other players beat them and they must get easy baskets and speed up the game ', warned John Bynum. Frankfurt can play transition with the best of them, but might want to let just Wood and Mark Dorris do the running in their own little duel. 'Frankfurt should slow down game and play more organized style of basketball, limit turnovers and take good shots. Frankfurt has the advantage down low, because Hagen is not as deep there and Seward is out. They also have to watch the three guards Mark Dorris, Bell and Pryor, because they are a huge part of their success', warned Kyle Hines. 'Frankfurt has to stop the Hagen transition and make them play a half court game and control their pick and role', warned John Bynum. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Phoenix Hagen April 8th at 19:30.




John Bynum (TBB Trier) Key Will Be To Play Defense And Not Get Discouraged When Bamberg Goes On A Run - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg April 8, 2011.

TBB Trier will have had 11 days rest before next game against Bamberg. Is this an advantage or disadvantage since Bamberg has been playing regularly?

Well its good to have rest but at the same time it would be good to be in a rhythm as well going into a key stretch of games for us. It will be good to have fresh legs, but at the same time it would be nice to have gotten in a game or two.

How is the mood in the team before the upcoming game in Bamberg? Braunschweig and Artland played them strong, but lost in the end. Does this give TBB Trier added hope for getting an upset?

We are just practicing and preparing for them just like any other team we play against. Im not saying it will give us an advantage the way that the other teams played against them, we just have to go out and play hard and compete.

What is your memory of the 69-56 loss in Trier against Bamberg earlier in the season?

It was a tough game and they really never let us get into our sets and took us out of a lot of things and really didnt adjust well to our counter attacks. They pressure the ball and deny the wings and made it real tough for us to do things at the offensive end.

TBB Trier played ok defense letting up 69 points, but couldnt get it going on offense. What will be key to getting the win on the road this time?

I think the key for us is to play defense and not get discourged when they get on a run. They will have their home crowd behind them and we just have to find ways to keep the crowd out of it and stay focused for a full 40 minutes.

Who is the biggest challenge to guard for you? John Goldsberry, Anton Gavel or Brian Roberts and why?

Brian Roberts without a question. He does so much on the offensive end. He is a very skilled offensive player and is always attacking. Not to take anything away from the other two, but Roberts is the guy in my eyes who makes the difference for them when he is in the game.

Were you surprised how low scoring the 2011 NCAA final was?


Yes I was but when a team cant make shots, that tends to happen.

How much do you feel for Butler who were very unlucky missing missing and missing shots all night long?


Well they just had one of those nights to forget. It happened to them on the wrong night, but they shouldnt hold there heads, they had a great season.

Are you surprised that Kemba Walker is only projected as a NBA #12 pick in mock drafts?

Well the draft is down, but I really dont pay attention to those mock drafts because at the end of the day a lot can happen on draft day with trades and other stuff so he may or could end up going earlier.


Thanks John for the chat.



Kyle Hines (Brose Baskets Bamberg) I Was Excited, Relieved, Amazed And Hyped As The Buzzer Sounded - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) is a 24 year old 198cm power forward from Sicklerville, New Jersey that is playing his first season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. He is a powerful player who loves to attack the basket. Has a good 1-vs-1 game and likes to go inside. He is undersized to play the power forward, but his great wingspan (7-1) allows him to guard taller players and to intimidate. He's also a great leaper and reads the opponent's game well He played at NC-Greensboro (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 19.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.8spg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3Pts: 12.5%, FT: 62.8%. He was invited to play at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 3.3bpg, FGP: 78.6%, FT: 72.7%. He then had predraft workouts with Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA). He then went to Europe to Italy and played with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 34 games: 16.9ppg, Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 3.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP-2 (66.0%), FT: 58.5%. In 2009, he took part in the Orlando Pro Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder). In 2009-2010, he stayed in Italy with Prima Veroli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 40 games: 18.5ppg, 8.1rpg, Steals-2 (3.5spg), Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-3 (64.0%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 57.8%. He played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets) in the summer of 2010. He took some time to talk to Eurobasket after the 2011 Cup win against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig




Congrats on the 2011 Top 4 win with Bamberg. What was your first thought directly after the buzzer sounded?


When the buzzer sounded, so many different emotions and thoughts immediately were going through my mind. I was excited, relieved, amazed and hyped. Both games from the weekend were very tough games and we found ways to pull out the victory. Those feelings and emotions will definitely be something that I will never forget.

How would you rate this cup with with bamberg compared to your two cup wins with Prima Veroli?

It hard for me to rate each individual cup victories. Each one if memorable and special to me in different ways. I'm just feel very fortunate that I've been a part of great teams and was able to have this amount success very earlier in my career.

Were you surprised how hard Bamberg had to work for their wins against Artland and Braunschweig?

No I wasn't at all. Each game we played against Artland and Braunschweig during the regular season has been close and tough games. Our team fully expected difficult games from each team and we knew would just have to find a way too win the game in the closing moments .


What was key in crunch time for win agaiunst Braunschweig?

I think the key in crunch time in the game was that we were able to get a few key stops and knocked down clutch baskets in the closing moments of the game. It clearly wasn't our team's best performance of the season, but we found a way to pull out the victory.

Who was the Bamberg unsung hero in the Top 4 weekend?

I think you can go down our roster and you can pick out anyone on the team as the unsung hero of the weekend. I think each player was able to make plays that help contribute to our wins this weekend. That is the biggest strength of our team, we don't rely on just one or two players, we have an entire group of players that are able to contribute at high level throughout any game.

How much credit does coach Chris Fleming get for this win? What was his biggest strength on this weekend?

Coach Fleming gets a lot of credit for the win. He has prepared our team since August for the games we had this past weekend. I think his biggest strength was his ability to keep our team composed and confident during a few of the tough moments we faced during the games this weekend. He kept reassuring us that if we continue to play hard that we would have opportunities to win the game at the end.


Were you surprised how flat Frankfurt was?

I think that Braunschweig played Frankfurt very well. Frankfurt is a very good team and I'm sure, despite their struggles they faced this weekend, they will have a great finish to the season and very good playoff performance.


What was your overall impression of the 2011 Top 4 weekend in Bamberg?

I thought the weekend was great. The atmosphere throughout the entire weekend was amazing.


What was your impression of the 2011 NCAA final UCONN-Butler?

I thought both teams struggled throughout the entire game but UConn found a way to pull it out.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Little Fockers.


Thanks for the chat Kyle


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) I Dont Think That Frankfurt Is Burned Out. Every Team Goes Through A Lapse During The Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Jacob spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 8th.

In the last 9 games, Phoenix Hagen have won-lost-won-lost-won-lost-won-lost-won. How do you explain this up and down play of the team?

Well we have been great at home in 2011 but not so great on the road. Finally got a road win last Saturday, but win-loss-win-loss is better than the 7 game slide we experienced.

The Deutsche bank Skyliners lost both games at the Top 4 in Bamberg. Were you surprised of their results? Are they a bit burned out after a very strong season?

A little surprised. Anything can happen in 2 days. I dont think they are burned out. Every team goes through a lapse during the year. As long as they are ready come playoff time, thats all that they should be concerned with now.

What is your memory of the 90-85 loss at home against Frankfurt?

It was a tough loss. It was a close game and Frankfurt hit the big shots down the stretch.

In that game Jermaine Bucknor hit two big three pointers in crunchtime. At least he wont be around this time to hurt Phoenix Hagen.lol

Yeah Jermaine is a good guy, but it is good for phoenix that he wont be on the 3 point line come Friday.

Braunschweig defense played Frankfurt very well not stopping Dashaun Wood, but not letting the supporting cast get points as much. Do you think that teams are slowly starting to understand how to defend Frankfurt better?

Sometimes its tough to stop a great scorer so you must shut down the role players and thats what they did. Anytime a team has played the other for a second time, they will learn what hurt and helped them.

What was your memory of Skyliner Kimmo Muurinen? He is a very difficult player to play against?

He is a good, solid player. very long and capable shooter but hard worker on the glass.

Were you surprised how low scoring the 2011 NCAA final was between UCONN and Butler?

No, I knew it would be low scoring, just not that low.

Do you feel for Butler who shot only 19% from the field. Would they have won if they had shot between 35-40%?

Yeah it was tough to see Butler shoot that poorly. I would have loved to of seen them win it all and had they shot over 25%, Ithink they would have had a chance to win.

Are you surprised that Kemba Walker is only a 12' NBA pick in mock drafts?

No. There are a lot of talented guys heading into the draft. Kemba will still go in the first round and thats all that matters.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


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Olympiacos still undefeated - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos remained at the top of A1 championship, undefeated, after today's win against Peristeri with 90-60, at a cancelled game for the 22nd day.
Olympiacos found some difficulties in the first period where, while having Teodosic scoring 8 points, Peristeri was ahead after seven minutes in it (15-12). However, strengthening its defence, and after a 12-0 serie, due to Bourousis, the Reds fininshed the period at 15-24, having 4/5 at 3p shots (something rather unusual regarding total seasons teams statistics until now).
In the second period the rhythm of the game was the same. Peristeri found ways to score and keep the difference under 10 points (27-36, at the 16th minute). However, mainly due to Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) (9 points, all in this period) and Gordon (8p. respectively), the first half ended at 36-46. Olympiacos kept its very good percentages in 3p shots (6/9), while Peristeri, having Mantzaris scored 8 points and Looby 7, could have diminished the difference if it was better at free throws (it lost six in this half 9/15).
At the third period, a quick 2-9 serie from the Reds, brought them ahead with 17 points difference (38-55). And although some instant attempts from Peristeri, nothing seemed that the whole picture of the game could change. The third period ended at 49-68, while at the last period, both coaches managed to implement their plays even more since the difference was at high levels. The final score, 60-90, when the difference edged even the 32 points (53-85) kept the Reds at the top. Just to refer the final percentage of Olympiacos at 3p shots: 11/20

Peristeri: Mantzaris V. 10, Woodward 4, Psaropoulos, Papanikolaou 12, Prekas, Mantzaris A., Scott 4, Petroulas 4, Vrkic 6, Looby 16, Marinos, Mocnik 4
Olympiacos: Papaloukas 8, Nesterovic 10, Gordon 8, Bourousis 9, Keselj 2, Mavrokefalidis 8, Halperin 4, Glyniadakis, Papanikolaou 10, Zoran Erceg 16, Teodosic 13, Katsivelis 2



Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 23-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 22-1 
 3. PAOK 14-9 
 4. Aris 12-11 
 5. Marousi 12-11 
 6. Kavala 11-12 
 7. VAP Kolossos 11-12 
 8. Peristeri GS 10-13 
 9. Panionios 10-13 
 10. Panellinios 9-14 
 11. Ikaros 9-14 
 12. AEK 7-16 
 13. Ilysiakos 6-17 
 14. Iraklis 5-18 


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 29-5 
 2. ZZ Leiden 27-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 23-10 
 4. Magixx 21-12 
 5. Giants 15-18 
 6. BS Weert 15-18 
 7. DeFriesland 15-18 
 8. ABC 11-22 
 9. Landstede 9-25 
 10. Rotterdam 1-32 


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, Landstede14.5 
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, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra3.5 
 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. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert2.2 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 6. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 7. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 8. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 9. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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Asbury's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Brian Asbury (200-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Lev Hasharon (#8, 12-14) 81-70. It allowed Hapoel T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli National League. Hapoel T-A have a solid 23-3 record. Asbury turned to be Hapoel T-A's top player in his first season with the team. University of Miami, Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Asbury is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.3ppg. Asbury is in league's top in and averages solid 1.1bpg,62.5% FGP and 44.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Megido/Yokneam. He is American-Puerto Rican forward in his first season at Megido/Yokneam. In the last game Clemente recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Megido/Yokneam was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Kohav Yair (#9, 12-14) 83-81. Megido/Yokneam managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 15-11 record is not bad at all. Clemente is a newcomer at Megido/Yokneam and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#4). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Stacey Moragne (195-F-83) of Hapoel Beeri (#12). Moragne scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Hapoel Beeri, leading his team to a 110-107overtime win against slightly higher-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#10, 11-15). The chances of Hapoel Beeri not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Moragne could try to bring Hapoel Beeri's a little bit higher in the standings. Moragne has individually a great season in Israel. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 56.7% and 3PT: 48.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Aidan (204-F-89) of Hapoel Beeri - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Megido/Yokneam - 20 points and 13 rebounds
6. Guy Dotan (178-G-91) of Hapoel Beeri - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Shlomi Harush (185-G-87) of Kohav Yair - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 30 points and 4 rebounds
9. Bryant Markson (198-F-83) of Hapoel Afula - 13 points and 12 rebounds
10. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Beer Yaakov - 28 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Unseen betting scandal unwrapping in Lithuanian basketball - by Simas Baranauskas
An unseen betting scandal has struck Lithuanian basketball, as players from one of the teams Naglis-Adakris Palangos have been reported to have put multiple bets against their club. The bookies had set the line for the game at plus-30 for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, while the yet unnamed players put money for the margin to be bigger.

The club itself approached the bookmakers with suspicions of the teams effortless defense in the game. It turned out that the number of bets, involving Naglis-Adakris Palangos losing the game by more than 30 points, were exceptionally high.

Naglis-Adakris Palangos were trailing by 29 points after three quarters, but lost the last period 20-28 and ended up losing 66-103 all together.

After being notified about the possible illegal operations, most domestic bookmakers took all bets involved with the game off the table and passed on video footage of Naglis-Adakris Palangos players and relatives to the club.

It was really suspicious that almost all the bets were against Naglis-Adakris Palangos and only a couple percent were for them. Bookmakers had rated the odds of both possible outcomes equally at 1.85, said one of the bookmakers representatives.

Spread through bookmakers around the country, over 8,000 Euros worth of bets were placed domestically. It is possible that even more money could have been placed on online betting websites, based abroad.


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Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 13-3 
 2. Hermosillo 13-3 
 3. Nogales 9-7 
 4. Guasave 9-7 
 5. Mexicali 8-8 
 6. Guaymas 8-8 
 7. Culiacan 8-8 
 8. Tijuana 7-9 
 9. Los Mochis 3-13 
 10. Tepic 2-14 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Gale, Mexicali28.2 
 2. White, Cananea28.1 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.9 
 4. Brown, Tepic24.8 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.4 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis23.5 
 8. Barrett, Guasave22.8 
 9. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
 10. Moss, Nogales22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Moss, Nogales10.6 
 2. Angounou, Guasave10.3 
 3. Malloy, Los Mochis9.2 
 4. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 5. Brown, Tepic8.5 
 6. Avila, Culiacan8.4 
 7. Hare, Los Mochis8.0 
 8. Broxsie, Nogales7.8 
 9. Morgan, Culiacan7.4 
 10. Strobbe, Guasave7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Detrick WHITE
  Los Mochis
  (184-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. White, Los Mochis6.0 
 2. Funn, Guasave5.8 
 3. Watson, Tijuana5.6 
 4. Marentes, Guaymas5.1 
 5. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 6. Meza, Culiacan4.3 
 7. Ford, Tepic4.1 
 8. White, Cananea3.9 
 9. Nungaray, Guaymas3.8 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.3 
 2. Brown, Nogales2.1 
 3. White, Cananea1.8 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Brown, Tepic1.4 
 7. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 8. Funn, Guasave1.4 
 9. Gale, Mexicali1.4 
 10. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Jones, Tepic2.4 
 4. Gale, Mexicali2.4 
 5. Marentes, Guaymas2.3 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 7. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Walker, Nogales2.2 
 10. Brown, Nogales2.1 


Habel number one in Mexico for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guaymas, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 16.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Culiacan (8-8) in overtime 116-108. Guaymas is placed at 6th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Guaymas 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 8-8 record. Habel just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jerome Habel averages this season 16.8ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of Tepic. Brown had a very good evening with 34 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Tepic lost that game 94-100 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#2, 13-3). Tepic are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Tepic managed to get this year. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Tepic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#6). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-G/F-76) of Guasave (#4). Izaguirre scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Guasave, leading his team to a 94-79 easy win against the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#9, 3-13). Guasave needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Izaguirre has a very solid season. In 13 games in Mexico he scored 18.2ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 59.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Mexicali - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) of Culiacan - 38 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Hermosillo - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Tijuana - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Sylvester Morgan (208-C-83) of Culiacan - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 18 points and 14 rebounds
10. William Funn (188-G-82) of Guasave - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 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)


CIBACOPA Round 16: #1 Mineros de Cananea is defeated by Bomberos de Mexicali - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mineros de Cananea (13-3) on the court of sixth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Bomberos de Mexicali 94-83. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bomberos de Mexicali dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mineros de Cananea's 30 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bomberos de Mexicali made 16 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 blocks and the former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach Luis Nicoletti used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) responded with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Bomberos de Mexicali (8-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Culiacan and Guaymas. Mineros de Cananea at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Hermosillo. Bomberos de Mexicali is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Mineros de Cananea will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) and is hoping to win this game.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by Jerome Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) of Guaymas.


Hermosillo - Tepic 100-94

Very expected game when 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (2-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (13-3) 100-94 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Coras de Tepic was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rayos de Hermosillo made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 12 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St., agency: ZAG Advocates) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Juan Pablo Bravo (191) scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Cananea lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Coras de Tepic lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Coras de Tepic will play against Bomberos de Mexicali (#5).
Top scorers:
Tepic: I.Brown 34+6reb+2ast, C.Brown 26+4reb+2ast, J.Pablo Bravo 23+9reb+4ast, C.Estrada 6+1reb+1ast, D.Ford 5+3reb+1ast, A.Ayala 0
Hermosillo: M.Gray 21+6reb, J.Lopez 21+8reb+4ast, S.Monreal 18+2reb, T.Thomas 9+6reb+7ast, J.Manuel Esteva 9+2reb+2ast, J.Camacho 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122872


Tijuana - Nogales 91-99

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (9-7) defeated on the road 8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (7-9) 99-91 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tijuana Zonkeys won third quarter 31-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fuerza Guinda Nogales won last quarter 34-28. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fuerza Guinda Nogales especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 15 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who added 18 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) responded with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to third place, which they share with Guasave. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 30+6reb+5ast, J.Watson 17+5reb+8ast, C.Tate 16+6reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 12+2reb+6ast, K.Rodriguez 9+2reb+3ast, J.Alvarez 3
Nogales: J.Walker 36+7reb+2ast, R.Moss 18+14reb+1ast, O.Quintero 15+4reb+9ast, B.Heredia 14+1reb, A.Broxsie 9+5reb+1ast, N.Brown 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 122869


Mexicali - Cananea 94-83

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mineros de Cananea (13-3) on the court of sixth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Bomberos de Mexicali 94-83. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bomberos de Mexicali dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mineros de Cananea's 30 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bomberos de Mexicali made 16 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 blocks and the former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Bomberos de Mexicali's coach Luis Nicoletti used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) responded with 32 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Bomberos de Mexicali (8-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Culiacan and Guaymas. Mineros de Cananea at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Hermosillo. Bomberos de Mexicali is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Mineros de Cananea will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 32+5reb+2ast, D.Thomas 16+6reb, O.Zuniga 10+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 9+5reb+3ast, A.Aguirre 8+2reb+1ast, J.Casillas 7+1reb
Mexicali: M.Gale 34+4reb+2ast, R.Lopez 16+4reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 14+9reb+2ast, J.Ruffus 9+3reb+1ast, J.Penny 7+3reb, J.Ortega 5+1reb
gschID: 122870


Los Mochis - Guasave 79-94

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-13) were defeated at home by third ranked Frayles de Guasave (9-7) 94-79 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-79. Frayles de Guasave dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 42. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Frayles de Guasave made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds and American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side the former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Albertson) responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave maintains third position with 9-7 record having four points less than leader Cananea, which they share with Nogales. Loser Pioneros Los Mochis keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will face Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.M. Toussaint 21+3reb, D.White 15+7reb+3ast, E.Hare 14+8reb+5ast, L.Malloy 10+6reb+2ast, J.Favela 6+3reb+2ast, A.Verdugo 4+2reb
Guasave: A.Izaguirre 29+8reb+2ast, G.Giron 19+4reb+3ast, R.Barrett 19+5reb+1ast, W.Funn 14+7reb+8ast, J.Acosta 8, M.Strobbe 5+10reb
gschID: 122871


Guaymas - Culiacan 116-108 OT2

Guaymas needed two overtimes to beat Culiacan for 9-7 record in CIBACOPA. Jerome Habel was a key player in victory with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) responded with 38 pts and 7 boards in loss. His Culiacan dropped to 8-8.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: Kevin Sowell 38+7reb+4ast, F.Harris 21+1reb+4ast, V.Avila 20+15reb+1ast, S.Morgan 19+13reb, R.Rougeau 8+3reb+2ast, D.Meza Rogel 2+5reb+3ast
Guaymas: Jerome Habel 35+12reb+1ast, C.Patton 34+3reb+2ast, R.Benitez 17+5reb+3ast, R.Navarro 10+10reb+9ast, R.Marentes 7+1reb+10ast, F.Benitez 5+2reb
gschID: 122868




Tijuana inks Cyrus Tate - by Eurobasket News
Tijuana came up with the new signing. The Mexican outfit inked a deal for rest of the season with free agent Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iowa). The American PF/C started this season with the NBA D-League team Bakersfield Jam, but they parted ways without any official appearance. In December, Tate moved to Espartanos de Margarita (Venezuela) averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds for 3 Liga American games. They split in January and Tate moved to Japanese team Oita Heat Devils. He appeared 11 times in BJ league registering 11.9 ppg and 8.6 rpg.
Cyrus Tate played in Japan last season as well. He was a member of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido averaging 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 42 games. Tate graduated at the University of Iowa two years ago. As a senior, he had 7 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 23 games. Tate already made his debut with Tijuana.


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Washington Wizards sign Owens, re-sign Jeffers for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
The injury-depleted Washington Wizards have signed forward Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) from the NBA Development League's Tulsa 66ers and re-signed guard-forward Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Robert Morris) for the season's last five games.

Washington also waived guard-forward Cartier Martin on Wednesday. Martin has a stress fracture in his left foot and is one six Wizards ruled out for the season.

Jeffers is averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11 games with Washington. He was called up from the NBADL's Iowa Energy on March 17, then signed a second 10-day contract March 27.

Owens signed consecutive 10-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs earlier this season and averaged 1.3 points in seven games.

Martin averaged four points and 1.4 rebounds in 52 games this season.

Courtesy of The Canadian Press


LeBron James reaches 2,000 points for 7th straight year - by Eurobasket News
Heat forward LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) has now scored 2,000 points in seven straight seasons.

James entered Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks with 1,998 points this season. He made a pair of free throws with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter to reach the 2,000 milestone.

The NBA's two-time reigning MVP is the eighth player to score 2,000 points seven times. At 26, he's the youngest member of that club.

He's also the seventh person in NBA history to score 2,000 in seven straight seasons, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Alex English, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Oscar Robertson and Dominique Wilkins.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also scored 2,000 points seven times, though not consecutively.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Dallas M. - Denver N. 96-104
J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) broke a tie in the final minutes with a layup and immediately followed with a jumper, lifting the Denver Nuggets to a 104-96 victory over the struggling and short-handed Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Smith scored 23 points, seven after Dallas tied it at 94 with 2:51 left. Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) added 18 as the Nuggets won for the seventh time in eight games. The NBA's highest-scoring team also cracked 100 after going a season-worst three straight games in double figures. Playing without Jason Kidd or Tyson Chandler, the Mavericks lost their fourth straight, and ninth in a row against Western Conference playoff teams. They are 8-9 since an 18-1 spurt that put them in contention for the top overall seed. *Courtesy of www.kktv.vom

Golde State W. - LA Lakers 95-87
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 26 points, David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors held on to beat the suddenly sluggish Los Angeles Lakers 95-87 on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry added 20 points, six rebounds and five assists to help the Warriors build a 19-point lead in their third straight victory - all against playoff-bound teams. They have beaten Dallas, Portland and Los Angeles in perhaps their best stretch of wins all season. Kobe Bryant had 25 points and Pau Gasol scored 18 for the Lakers, who lost for the second consecutive night to an inferior opponent. Bryant brought the Lakers within eight points in a frantic rally in the fourth quarter, but all that did was make the final score seem close. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

N.Orleans H. - Houston R. 101-93
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) stood at the scorer's table, barking advice to Hornets teammates who were trying not to let a game full of playoff implications slip away. Then the four-time All-Star checked back in, and quickly secured his return to the postseason. Paul finished with 28 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and New Orleans clinched a playoff spot with a 101-93 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. ''Man, I'm just happy. Most of all, I'm happy I'm healthy,'' said Paul, who missed 37 games last season, the only season in the past four to finish short of the postseason. ''Just the opportunity to go out there and play every night - my fiancee will tell you I'm just happy. I'm a happier person knowing that I'm getting a chance to at least give us a chance.'' Trevor Ariza, acquired by the Hornets from Houston in an offseason trade, scored 19 for a second straight game and tied a season high with six steals. Jarrett Jack (6'3''-G-83, college: Georgia Tech), who's in his sixth season, and seventh-year pro Emeka Okafor, also played key roles in helping guarantee their first-career playoff appearances - all while ensuring rookie coach Monty Williams would get his with a far shorter wait. Jack finished with 19 points, including four clutch free throws in the final 11.5 seconds. Okafor added 11 points, and afterward smiled broadly while talking about his impending maiden playoff voyage. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Minnesota T. - Phoenix Suns 98-108
Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, college: Oregon) added 19 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 108-98 victory Wednesday night that gave the Minnesota Timberwolves the worst record in the NBA. Minnesota has now lost 11 consecutive games and 22 of its past 26. Michael Beasley scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were playing again without the injured All-Star Kevin Love (groin). With Cleveland's victory at Toronto, the Timberwolves' 17-62 record put them at the bottom of the league. Hakim Warrick and Grant Hill each scored 17 points for the Suns, who had lost six of seven and four straight on the road. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers 112-108
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) added 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the Northwest Division title by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 112-108 on Wednesday night. The Thunder won the first division crown for the franchise since 2005, when they were known as the Seattle SuperSonics, but only after fending off a late charge from the Clippers. Blake Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds in the second visit to his hometown in his NBA career, but he missed a key foul shot that helped put the game away for Oklahoma City. Durant hit two free throws at the other end to put the Thunder up 110-106 with 12 seconds left and ice the game, just moments after he'd missed a foul shot to give the Clippers a chance for the tie. When Mo Williams couldn't get open, Griffin attacked the basket for a powerful slam but couldn't connect and got fouled by Serge Ibaka. He missed the first of his foul shots before hitting the second, and the Clippers tried to trap Durant but fouled him in the process. An 88 percent free throw shooter, Durant wouldn't miss again. Kendrick Perkins grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds and Ibaka chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder. It's only the second division title for the franchise in 13 years, since Seattle won three straight Pacific Division crowns from 1996 to 1998. Williams and Eric Gordon scored 16 apiece for the *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

San Antonio S. - Sacramento K. 124-92
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) knows fortunes can change quickly in the NBA. Last week, the Spurs were in jeopardy of losing the top seed in the Western Conference to the Los Angeles Lakers after dropping six straight games. Now, San Antonio has home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs after Ginobili scored 25 points in a 124-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. The Spurs improved their NBA-best record to 60-19 and clinched home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs later Wednesday when the Lakers lost at Golden State. 'We knew we weren't going to lose every single game [the rest of the way],' Ginobili said. 'We had a few good games we just couldn't win. We had a better schedule over the last three games. We won an important game in Atlanta and we got lucky that the Lakers lost to the Jazz.' George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) scored 12 of his 19 points during the third quarter, when the Spurs outscored the Kings by 20 in their best offensive quarter of the season. '[After the first half], I knew we needed some fire coming off the bench,' Hill said. 'I just tried to be aggressive and give a spark. I think it helped and got other people involved, too.' Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 16 points and rookie DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Toronto R. - Cleveland C. 96-104
With all they lost this season, at the Cleveland Cavaliers added Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA). J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 28 points, Davis added 19, and the Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-96 on Wednesday night in a game between teams playing out the story lines on similar seasons. Toronto pulled within five points on a 3-pointer by Sonny Weems with just over eight minutes left in the game. But three long jump shots from Davis and a 3-pointer from former Raptors guard Anthony Parker sealed the victory. 'I thought [Davis] was big down the stretch,' Cleveland coach Byron Scott said of the point guard the Cavs acquired from the Clippers in February. 'The last five or six minutes, he kind of took it upon himself to make some stops and get the lead back up to double digits. That's what great players do.' Jerryd Bayless scored 28 points for the Raptors (21-57), who have four games left in their disappointing season. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, while Reggie Evans had a season-high 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Weems finished with 17 points. Ramon Sessions chipped in with 15 points for the Cavs. Ryan Hollins finished with 14, and Alonzo Gee added 10. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Charlotte B. - Orlando M. 102-111 OT
Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) finished with 25 points, hitting 6-of-11 from three-point range, as the Orlando Magic won their 50th game of the season, topping the Charlotte Bobcats 111-102 in overtime. The loss officially knocked Charlotte out of playoff contention. Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who are locked into the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. Jameer Nelson scored 18 with nine assists and Dwight Howard posted 15 points and six blocks for the victors. Howard did have a setback, recording his 18th technical foul of the season, which will get him a one-game suspension if it is upheld by the league. Gerald Henderson scored a career-high 32 points for Charlotte but it was not enough to keep the Bobcats' hopes of a playoff berth alive. Their loss, along with the Indiana Pacers' victory over Washington, officially eliminated them from contention. *Courtesy of http://scoreboards.canoe.ca

Detroit P. - New Jersey N. 116-109
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 25 points and Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) added 22 to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 116-109 win over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Brook Lopez scored a career-high 39 points for New Jersey, which was without star Deron Williams. The point guard was out with an injured right wrist. Lopez nearly made up for his absence, but the Nets settled for outside shots against Detroit's zone defense late in the game. Stuckey played well in his return after being benched for two games by Detroit coach John Kuester. Stuckey had eight points for the Pistons during one fourth-quarter stretch, helping them take a 110-102 advantage. Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit. The Pistons led 89-88 after three quarters, but Lopez scored seven of New Jersey's first nine points of the fourth to give the Nets a 97-95 lead. He didn't score again after that, and the Pistons went on a decisive 15-5 run. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 85-90
The final sliver of postseason hope for the Milwaukee Bucks went away Wednesday night, that long-expected word coming while they played the Miami Heat. They were undeterred - and wound up dealing Miami a fairly severe blow. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami, FL) scored 17 points before leaving late in the game with a head gash that needed 12 stitches, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Heat 90-85 about an hour or so after they were eliminated from playoff contention. 'We knew sooner or later that was going to come, but that lets you know where we stand as a team - as competitors also,' Bucks forward Drew Gooden said. The Bucks only trailed for 9 minutes, 46 seconds against the Heat, who were 3-0 against Milwaukee this season. And just because the Bucks are out doesn't mean they won't have a say in the Eastern Conference race: They knocked the Heat a half-game back of Boston in the chase for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - New York K. 92-97
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 18 points and the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-92 on Wednesday night to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Toney Douglas bailed out the Knicks after they blew a 19-point lead and trailed by one late in the fourth. Douglas hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 left for a 90-88 advantage, then made two free throws with 42 seconds left for a four-point lead. Andre Iguodala pulled the Sixers within one with his first 3-pointer of the game. Anthony delivered with a big-time 3-pointer and pounded his chest in celebration with a 95-91 lead. Each team has 40 wins and New York holds a half-game lead on the Sixers. The Knicks won their fifth straight. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Indiana P. - Washington W. 136-112
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 25 points, and the Indiana Pacers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2006 with a 136-112 victory against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Pacers needed a win and a Charlotte loss to Orlando to clinch a spot in the postseason. As the Pacers' game ended, the Orlando-Charlotte game was in overtime, and the Conseco Fieldhouse staff put the game on the Jumbotron. Many fans stayed to cheer to the Magic on to a 111-102 win. Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.) scored a career-high 23 points and Darren Collison added 15 points and 11 assists for the Pacers, who posted their second-highest point total of the season. Jordan Crawford scored 29 points and Andray Blatche added 23 for Washington. Indiana shot 60 percent from the field and the Wizards allowed the most points they have in a game this season. The Pacers have won nine of 14 and improved to 19-16 under interim coach Frank Vogel. *Courtesy of www.newser.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.7 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.25.4 
 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.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.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. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.5 
 8. 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. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 4. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 54-23 
 2. New York K. 40-38 
 3. Philadelph.76 40-39 
 4. New Jersey N. 24-54 
 5. Toronto R. 21-57 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 57-20 
 2. Indiana P. 36-43 
 3. Milwaukee B. 32-46 
 4. Detroit P. 27-51 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-61 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 54-24 
 2. Orlando M. 50-29 
 3. Atlanta H. 44-34 
 4. Charlotte B. 32-46 
 5. Washington W. 21-57 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 52-26 
 2. Denver N. 48-30 
 3. Portland TB 45-33 
 4. Utah Jazz 37-41 
 5. Minnesota T. 17-62 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 55-23 
 2. Phoenix Suns 38-40 
 3. Golde State W. 35-44 
 4. LA Clippers 31-48 
 5. Sacramento K. 23-55 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 60-19 
 2. Dallas M. 53-25 
 3. N.Orleans H. 45-33 
 4. Memphis G. 44-34 
 5. Houston R. 41-38 


Nets want to re-sign Kris Humphries? - by Eurobasket News
Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) wasn't in the lineup for the New Jersey Nets Wednesday night game when the team met Detroit Pistons. It was the fourth game in a row he's missed due to a sprained right ankle and bruised heel.

Humphries becomes a free agent this summer, but a Nets source told the Bergen Record that the Nets expect Humphries to be back, and they will do everything they can to re-sign him.

And it sounds as if Humphries, who is averaging 10 points and 10.4 rebounds this season, wants to be back. 'I think this year's been a great building year,' Humphries said Wednesday night, according to the Record. 'With the arena going up and our team feeling like we have pieces to go in the right direction -- obviously there's going to be some additions and stuff like that -- it's all going to hopefully come together in Brooklyn. Hopefully a lot of us are there to experience that.'

The team is scheduled to move to Brooklyn in 2012.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Lakers reassign Caracter to Bakersfield Jam - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) was reassigned to the Bakersfield Jam, the Lakers' NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 54th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the second assignment for Caracter, a rookie out of Texas-El Paso.

With Caracter's assignment, the NBA D-League has seen record highs this season in total NBA player assignments (54), individual NBA players assigned (37) and NBA teams assigning a player (25).

Caracter (6-9, 275) was first assigned on March 29. He appeared in three games (one start) with Bakersfield, averaging 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 19.7 minutes. Caracter has played in 40 games this season for the Lakers, averaging 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.3 minutes. The Lakers selected Caracter, an early-entry candidate, in the second round (58th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, and Caracter led the Lakers' NBA Summer League team in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) over five games.

A highly rated prospect out of Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), Caracter spent his fist two collegiate seasons at Louisville before transferring to UTEP. In one year as a Miner, Caracter averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in 26.7 minutes, earning All-Conference USA Second Team honors. Further, his .567 field goal percentage ranked second in the conference and 16th nationally that season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov out 10-14 days - by Eurobasket News
Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86, agency: RIZO) was diagnosed Wednesday with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee and a Grade 2 deltoid ligament sprain in his left ankle.

MRIs revealed no fractures, and he is expected to be out between 10 days and two weeks.

Mozgov suffered the injuries near the end of the first quarter of Tuesdays game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Amare Stoudemire calls Pau Gasol 'soft', Ron Artest, Lamar Odom defend teammate - by Eurobasket News
What do former Celtic Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) and New York Knick Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) have in common?

They both think Los Angeles Laker Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) is 'soft,' according to ESPN.

'He's still soft,' Stoudemire said. 'But, he's a good player, you know what I mean? But he also has help down there. He has help down there in Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, those 7-footers down there. So he's got some supporting cast.'

Gasol's 'supporting cast' came to his defense following Stoudamire's words.

Bynum took to his twitter to defend his teammate, tweeting, 'The NBA is a weird place! How can a man that plays 0 defense call a 2 time champion soft?'

Other Lakers defended Gasol, as well.

'Pau got moves. He don't have to be hard. That's why he got us,' Ron Artest said to ESPN.

Odom added, 'How are you soft and average 10 rebounds?'

Artest then suggested that Stoudemire wasn't exactly the definition of tough, either, referencing Stoudemire's picture in ESPN's magazine in October in which he appeared unclothed for the annual body issue.

'Amare posed on the front of [a magazine] butt naked!' Artest said to ESPN. 'OK, is that tough?'

Instead of making verbal jabs back at Stoudemire, head coach Phil Jackson offered up another solution for Gasol -- one that Celtics fans won't be happy with if it actually happens.

'Win another championship,' Jackson said to ESPN. 'Just go out and do it again. That keeps people quiet really quick.'

Courtesy of www.nesn.com


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Kent State Golden Flashes remove interim tag, hires Rob Senderoff as head coach - by Eurobasket News
Kent State has hired Rob Senderoff as its basketball coach.Senderoff had been the Golden Flashes interim coach after Geno Ford left last week to take the job at Bradley.

The 37-year-old Senderoff spent the past three seasons as an associate head coach on Fords staff. Senderoff was also at the school from 2002-06. He will be introduced as Kent States new coach at a news conference on campus Thursday.

Before returning to Kent State, Senderoff was an assistant at Indiana, where he was involved in the recruiting scandal that led to Kelvin Sampsons resignation and NCAA penalties for the school.

Courtesy of www.abbanetwork.com


Eastern Michigan fires Ramsey as coach - by Eurobasket News
Eastern Michigan men's basketball coach Charles Ramsey has been fired after six seasons.

The Ypsilanti school made the announcement on Wednesday.

Ramsey compiled a 68-118 record with the Eagles, including a 37-62 mark in the Mid-American Conference. Eastern was 9-22 overall and 5-11 in the MAC in 2010-11.

Athletic director Derrick Gragg says a search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

Gragg says that ''after thorough and extensive review,'' he decided it was ''in the best interests of the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball program to change direction.''

Ramsey will be paid $176,416, the balance of the remaining one year on his contract.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


BYU's Rose receives new 5-year contract after choosing Cougars over other suitors - by Eurobasket News
BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose probably could have earned more money by leaving but he signed a new five-year contract with the Cougars so he could continue to build a legacy here.

His new deal will take him through the 2015-16 season.

The announcement was made Wednesday on the heels of the winningest season in BYU basketball history, and unsuccessful attempts by other top programs to lure away the 53-year-old Rose.

The Cougars finished 32-5 and advanced to the NCAA tournaments round of 16 for the first time in 30 years. Since being hired in 2005, Rose is 159-45 and has led the Cougars to at least 20 wins and a postseason berth each year.

Financial terms were not released, but school administrators acknowledged that Rose is still underpaid for all that he offers.

Asked if he was worried that he might lose Rose to another school, athletic director Tom Holmoe said, Lets just say Im very happy this day has come, and that weve been able to come together.

Holmoe declined to reveal which schools had contacted BYU about Rose.

I was flattered in the process, Rose said. There was surprisingly a great deal of interest. I felt that it was something that this time I needed to look into. But when I looked into it, we felt as a family that we wanted to continue to build a legacy here. Thats what it came down to.

Rose also said he welcomed the challenges that come with joining the West Coast Conference and moving forward without senior leaders Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery.

We have a great core of players returning, Rose said. I look forward to the challenge of bringing that group together as a team and seeing how successful we can be.

Yet to be determined is whether hell be able to keep his top assistants, including Dave Rice, who is being considered for the top job at his alma mater, UNLV.

And while Rose has expressed optimism that forward Brandon Davies will play for him again, he said he is still awaiting word from the dean of students and the schools honor code review board. Davies, the teams leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was suspended the same day BYU climbed to No. 3 in the polls. He was not allowed to represent BYU on the court after violating the schools honor code by engaging in premarital sex, but he cheered his teammates on from the end of the bench.

BYU leaves the Mountain West Conference next season and jumps to the West Coast Conference in basketball. BYU expects to have more of its games aired on ESPN as a result of its affiliation with the WCC. Rose declined to discuss what non-conference games have been lined up thus far and wont do so until the entire schedule is complete.

While he hasnt sensed any moratorium by Mountain West schools when it comes to scheduling BYU, he admitted its still challenging finding non-conference opponents willing to play BYU.

Despite the challenges, Rose said the vision for the program remains clear.

We want to continue putting a great product on the floor, be competitive, win championships and qualify for the NCAA tournament, he said. Im excited for this day. I know this is my future. Im really excited for our players. They made a commitment to their coach and I have that opportunity to make that commitment back to them.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Irving leaving Duke after one year for NBA draft - by Rick Ross
Courtesy Of Sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Point guard Kyrie Irving (6'2''-G-92) is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement issued Wednesday by the school that Irving plans to hire an agent, ending his college career.

Our whole program is overjoyed with having Kyrie here for one year and that he has the chance now to pursue a dream of being a high draft pick and a great player in the NBA,Krzyzewski said. We are totally supportive of Kyrie, his family and his decision. We look forward to continuing to work with him during the upcoming months leading to his entry into the NBA and afterwards while he is an NBA player.

Irving played only 11 games and missed roughly two-thirds of the season with an injured big toe on his right foot. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists for top-seeded Duke, which was upset by Arizona in the West regional semifinals.

It was a great experience playing for Coach K, Irving said. He taught me a lot about the game. Even when I was hurt, I learned a lot. Also a special thanks goes to the medical staff for getting me back on the court for the NCAA Tournament and my teammates for sticking with me throughout the entire year. Duke offered me an experience I could never have imagined.'

When Irving was healthy, he was electrifying. His 31-point performance against then-No. 6 Michigan State marked just the fourth time in school history that a freshman scored 30 points in a game. He was the MVP of the CBE Classic after averaging 14.5 points and six assists.

But his only season at Duke ultimately might be defined by the 26 games he missed after he jammed his toe during a win over Butler on Dec. 4, and the lingering subplot surrounding the Blue Devils was when -- or even if -- he would return.

He worked out in full public view before an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game in uniform shorts and sneakers, told reporters after the championship game win over North Carolina that he could return and wound up coming off the bench for Duke's NCAA tournament opener against Hampton. He reached double figures in scoring in each of his three tournament games, capped by a 28-point showing in the loss to Arizona.

After that game, he said he didn't want to take off his No. 1 jersey and could see himself wearing it again as a sophomore, but wanted to consult with his coaches, family and friends before coming to a final decision on his future.

This was a special year for me. I love everything about Duke and I'm going to miss it, added Irving. 'Duke has a special place in my heart. Even though I'm leaving this year, Duke will always be in my mind and my heart. I'm going to miss putting on that No. 1 jersey.

Irving's departure leaves another hole in the Duke lineup that will be missing graduated seniors Nolan Smith, the ACC's player of the year, and Kyle Singler, the most outstanding player at last year's Final Four. Among the Blue Devils' incoming freshmen is guard Austin Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and one of the nation's highest-rated recruits.





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  NIGERIA   


DStv PBL: Delta Force walked-over at home, kada, Nets pick away wins - by Olusegun Ikuesan
For the third time in three weeks Delta Force basketball club failed to honour its league game in the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League fueling speculation that the Asaba-based side might miss out of action at the nation flagship league come next season.

The Coach Emmanuel Olowu tutored side missed its road games to Lagos three weeks back and was promptly walked-over by Comets and Islanders basketball club, the club also failed to show up at it home court against Union Bank basketball club of Lagos when the latter came calling on Wednesday.

Atlantic conference League board coordinator, Agboola Pinheiro says the body will write the management of the club with a view to finding lasting solution to the club problem.

With the walk-over over Delta Force in Asaba, Union Bank thus make it a 1-1 record on the road after losing to Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt Tuesday at the Civic Centre.

In the Savannah conference Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna and Bauchi Nets basketball club recorded away wins in the league.

Kada Stars basketball club defeated relegation threaten Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos by 80-48 points while Bauchi Nets basketball club intensify its search for a final-8 playoffs with a 65-62 points victory over Nigeria Immigration basketball club in Kano.



Standings - DStv Premier L.
DStv Standings
Atlantic Conf.
 1. Royal Hoopers 8-2 
 2. Union Bank 7-1 
 3. Comets 7-2 
 4. D.Warriors 5-5 
 5. Islanders 3-3 
 6. Police Baton 3-5 
 7. Delta Force 1-6 
 8. Chariots 0-10 
Savannah Conf.
 1. Kano Pillars 9-0 
 2. Kada Stars 7-2 
 3. Bauchi Nets 7-3 
 4. Yelwa Hawks 5-4 
 5. Niger Potters 4-5 
 6. Plateau Peaks 3-6 
 7. Immigration 2-7 
 8. Rockets 0-10 


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Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Norwegian 1.Division 1st Team 10-11
#s#
Magnus Engen
Engen
Jeff Christensen
Christensen
Bard Madsen
Madsen
Gisle Klubnes
Klubnes
#e#4

Player of the Year: Magnus Engen (188-F-91) of Miners
Guard of the Year: Thomas Ble (186-G-89) of Centrum
Forward of the Year: Magnus Engen (188-F-91) of Miners
Center of the Year: Gisle Klubnes (202-C-84) of Langhus
Bosman Player of the Year: Gytis Babenskas (180-G-85) of Sandefjord
Import Player of the Year: Jeff Christensen (196-G/F-85) of Hop
Domestic Player of the Year: Magnus Engen (188-F-91) of Miners
Defensive Player of the Year: Thomas Ble (186-G-89) of Centrum
Coach of the Year: Bard Stoller of Miners

1st Team
G: Thomas Ble (186-89) of Centrum
G/F: Jeff Christensen (196-85) of Hop
F: Magnus Engen (188-91) of Miners
F: Bard Madsen (199-78) of OSI
C: Gisle Klubnes (202-84) of Langhus

2nd Team
G: Gytis Babenskas (180-85) of Sandefjord
G: Magne Nielsen (-88) of NTNUI
F: Per Bertelsen (196-84) of Sandefjord
F: Bard Madsen (199-78) of OSI
C: Petter Wanvik (194-89) of Trondheim

Honorable Mention
Oeivind Lundestad (190-G-91) of Miners
Eric Ballester (188-G-87) of Hop
Emari O'Garrow (190-G-78) of Langhus
Thomas Vangen (190-G-79) of Centrum
Tomas Renaa (187-G-88) of NTNUI
Ramunas Belevicius (180-G-82) of Sandefjord
Leo Omre (177-G-84) of Persbraaten
Anders Solem (196-F-92) of Tromso
Mads Salling (185-G-89) of Trondheim
Joachim Kahler (192-F-89) of Trondheim
Henry McCarthy (203-F-91) of Miners


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Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 6-0 
 2. Ibdaa D. 6-0 
 3. Bethlehem 5-2 
 4. Al Ahli 4-1 
 5. Berzeit Club 4-1 
 6. Beit Sahour 3-3 
 7. Sarriyet 3-4 
 8. Hiteen 2-3 
 9. Ebal 2-4 
 10. Qalandia 2-4 
 11. Orthodox R. 1-5 
 12. Islami 0-5 
 13. Al Fara 0-6 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Brown, Quebec K.20.6 
 2. Jones, Kentucky S.19.6 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.19.1 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.9 
 5. Parran, Quebec K.17.9 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.17.9 
 7. Perry, Dayton A.15.1 
 8. Friel, Rochester R.15.1 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.14.8 
 10. Jones, Halifax R.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.7 
 2. Williams, Rocheste.8.7 
 3. Sowell, Dayton A.8.3 
 4. Jones, Kentucky S.8.2 
 5. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.2 
 6. Walton, Rocheste.8.2 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.8.1 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.7.9 
 9. DeMasi, Saint J.7.6 
 10. Harris, Kentucky S.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Parran, Quebec K.7.3 
 2. Rice, Saint J.6.2 
 3. Brown, Halifax R.6.2 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.4.7 
 5. Bowden, Lawton F.4.1 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.3.9 
 7. Taylor, Dayton A.3.7 
 8. Acker, Quebec K.3.7 
 9. Lathan, Halifax R.3.6 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Parran, Quebec K.2.8 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.2.0 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.0 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.1.7 
 5. Rice, Saint J.1.6 
 6. Taylor, Dayton A.1.6 
 7. Lathan, Halifax R.1.5 
 8. Council, Rocheste.1.4 
 9. Bowden, Lawton F.1.4 
 10. Brown, Halifax R.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.7 
 2. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.4 
 3. Crookshank, Halif.1.2 
 4. Pierre, Quebec K.1.1 
 5. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 6. Harris, Kentucky S.0.8 
 7. Daniels, Lawton F.0.8 
 8. DeMasi, Saint J.0.8 
 9. Brown, Halifax R.0.7 
 10. Logan, Kentucky S.0.6 


Quebec Kebs defeat short-handed Rochester RazorSharks - by Eurobasket News
With two players stranded at the Canadian border, the short-handed Rochester RazorSharks dropped a 98-88 decision to the Quebec Kebs Wednesday in Game 2 of their Premier Basketball League semifinal series.

Rochester was forced to play without Jerice Crouch and forward Sammy Monroe after they were not allowed to cross the border due to passport issues.

The series is tied at 1-1 with the deciding game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Quebec.

Rochester held a 52-48 lead at halftime. The teams traded baskets to start the second, but Quebec seized control with a 10-1 run to open the fourth quarter.

The RazorSharks were forced to play just eight players as only 10 players are allowed on the game-day roster. The Sharks converted 2 of 19 attempts from 3-point range.
Rochester's Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) scored a team-high 11 points in the first half and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Starting in place of Crouch, Wilson grad Melvin Council (6'3''-G, college: Robert Morris) had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the first half. He finished with 14 points.

Rochester made 19 of 20 free-throw attempts in the first half, but only 13 of 22 in the second.

Tommy Mitchell (6'3''-G-82, college: Siena) led the Kebs with 22 points.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com


Rainmen shock Cavalry, force Game 3 - by Eurobasket News
It turns out the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry arent invincible at home after all.

The Halifax Rainmen shocked the defending Premier Basketball League champions 91-81 on Wednesday night to send their semifinal series to a decisive third game and hand the Cavalry their first loss in more than two seasons at Great Plains Coliseum.

Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) led the Rainmen with 21 points, while Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had 17 and Deandre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) 14. Trayvon Lathan scored 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds and Jamel White had 10 points.

Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) topped Lawton-Fort Sill with 25 and Shaun Fountain (5'11''-G-78, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) dropped 17.

After a demoralizing overtime loss to the Cavalry in the opener Saturday, it appeared the Rainmen were living on borrowed time heading into an arena where no visitor had won since the home team was a member of the Continental Basketball Association.

But the Rainmen didnt just snap the Cavs 33-game streak, they all but obliterated it, scoring the first 10 points of the game and racing out to a 28-point lead at one point in the third quarter.

Halifax carried a 28-12 advantage into the second quarter, holding the Cavs to their lowest offensive output in a quarter this season.

Taking a page out of the Cavalry playbook in the opening period, the Rainmen set the tone for the night by outhustling and outrebounding their hosts while driving to the hoop at every opportunity. The strategy paid off as the Rainmen did most of their damage from the charity stripe, converting 12 of 15 free throws while limiting the Cavs to only a pair of foul shots.

In the opening minute of the second quarter, Desmond Ferguson buried a quick three to push Halifax out front by a 31-12 margin.

An 11-2 run helped the Cavs get back into the game and the hosts had cut the deficit to seven points when Whites rainbow from just over halfcourt banked in at the buzzer to send the Rainmen into the locker-room up 46-36.

Maligned at times in this roller-coaster campaign for their inability to deliver the knockout punch to reeling opponents, the visitors didnt let up. They started the third period on a 17-5 spurt and a Dollard hoop in the paint opened up a 28-point lead. They ended the quarter up 77-57.

Halifax lost the opener 93-92 in overtime when the Cavalry drove the length of the court and Gabe Freeman scored the winning hoop with time running out after Brown had given the Rainmen a one-point lead with under 10 seconds to go.

Game 3 in the series goes Friday night in Lawton. The winner advances to meet either the Rochester RazorSharks or Quebec Kebs, who are tied 1-1 in their semifinal series.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  POLAND   


Jasmin Repesa to guide Poland - by Eurobasket News
Polish NT seems to receive the new head coach in the upcoming days. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Polish Basketball Federation. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) is currently working in Italy. He was hired as Benetton Treviso head coach back in January 2010. Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) worked as head coach of Croatian National Team in 2005-09 seasons. The Croatian specialist also worked with Lottomatica Roma, Bologna, Slask Wroclaw, Split, Tofas Bursa, Cibona Zagreb.


Marcin Gortat scores 20 as Suns beat Timberwolves 108-98 - by Eurobasket News
Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Aaron Brooks added 19 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 108-98 victory Wednesday night that gave the Minnesota Timberwolves the worst record in the NBA.

Minnesota has now lost 11 consecutive games and 22 of its past 26.

Michael Beasley scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were playing again without the injured All-Star Kevin Love (groin).

With Cleveland's victory at Toronto, the Timberwolves' 17-62 record put them at the bottom of the league.

Hakim Warrick and Grant Hill each scored 17 points for the Suns, who had lost six of seven and four straight on the road.

Steve Nash and Hill sat out the entire second and fourth quarters. Nash, who scored six points, finished with nine assists, coming just short of his 50th double-digit assist game this season.

With Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry mixing up his rotation against the Timberwolves, the Suns led by 15 points in the first half but didn't secure the victory until the final minutes.

Minnesota was within 89-85 Anthony Randolph made a pair of free throws with less than 10 minutes to play. The Suns quickly got the lead back to double digits with an 8-2 run and it grew from there.

Consecutive baskets from Gortat gave Phoenix a 105-92 lead with 2:22 to play.

Love has now missed six of the past eight games because of a groin injury, but Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis refused to say that the forward is done for the season.

Darko Milicic, who injured his left ankle in Friday's loss to Miami returned briefly for Minnesota. Milicic, however, played only 10 minutes after reinjuring the ankle.

For much of the first half, Phoenix appeared to be on its way to an easy victory. When Vince Carter drove to the basket and dunked with 3:41 to play in the first half, Phoenix led 52-37.

But Minnesota closed the half on a 16-4 spurt and trailed 56-53 at the break.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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  PORTUGAL   


Kyle Austin leaves Guimaraes - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Hes the second player to leave Guimaraes in the last week. After Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast), Fernando Sa loses Austin and will have to play the playoffs with only one foreigner.

Bad news to Guimaraes in the week they guaranteed fourth place in LPB. Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside), one of their best players, is leaving to the US. Last week, the same happened with Kevin Martin, who revealed personal problems after his fathers death. He was back to the US too.

As no medical problems were in the origin of the resignations, Vitoria de Guimaraes wouldnt be able to register any new foreign players. The chances are Fernando Sa will only have Nolan Richardson, along with the Portuguese players in the roster, to face the playoffs.


Source: http://porbasket.blogspot.com/2011/04/kyle-austin-leaves-guimaraes.html




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  PUERTO RICO   


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Coamo
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Villegas, Coamo25.2 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.2 
 3. Sanchez, Santurce20.8 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez19.3 
 5. Brown, Quebradillas19.0 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.7 
 7. Narvaez, Coamo18.5 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon17.0 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez16.0 
 10. Life, Humacao16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaime LLOREDA
  San German
  (201-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Lloreda, San G.14.3 
 2. Lloreda, San G.14.3 
 3. Randolph, Isabela14.0 
 4. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 5. Shannon, Bayamon12.3 
 6. Pruitt, Guaynabo10.5 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas10.3 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.0 
 9. Figueroa, Guaynabo8.8 
 10. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  San German
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Copeland, San G.5.8 
 2. Copeland, San G.5.8 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.3 
 4. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.3 
 5. Garcia, Humacao5.3 
 6. Clinch, Isabela4.8 
 7. Pagan, Santurce4.8 
 8. Brown, Quebradillas4.7 
 9. Cruz, Capitanes4.5 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron BENISON
  Santurce
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.0 
 3. Graham, Mayaguez2.0 
 4. Carmona, Mayaguez2.0 
 5. Apodaca, Quebradillas1.8 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez1.7 
 7. Vega, Coamo1.7 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 9. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 10. Guitian, Humacao1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hector ROMERO
  Mayaguez
  (202-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Romero, Mayaguez2.7 
 2. Freije, Coamo2.5 
 3. Penn, Humacao2.3 
 4. Santiago, Capitanes1.8 
 5. Santiago, Capitanes1.8 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.7 
 8. Rice, San German1.7 
 9. Rice, San German1.7 
 10. Jones, Quebradillas1.5 


Mark Worthington moves to Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) is a new member of Guaynabo. The 27-year-old Australian forward arrives to his new team from the Gold Coast Blaze, where he averaged 16.8 points and 7 rebounds for 20 NBL games. Worthington will play in Puerto Rico for the first time in his career.
Worthington started last season with the Melbourne Tigers registering 16.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2 apg for 28 games in NBL. In February of 2010, he agreed terms with Brose Baskets Bamberg. For 21 games in German league Worthington had 6.6 ppg and 2.8 rpg. He also added 10.7 ppg and 6 rpg for 3 EuroCup appearances. In the past, Worthington was a member of the Sydney Kings and Melbourne South Dragons. He is a product of the Metropolitan State University, where he graduated in 2005. Worthington is active member of the Australian National Team. At the latest World Championship in Turkey he had 4.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 6 games.


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Univ.Surgut 29-9 
 2. Saransk 28-8 
 3. Spartak-Primorie 26-10 
 4. Severstal 24-12 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 23-10 
 6. Revda 17-17 
 7. Metallurg-Univ. 15-21 
 8. Rjazan 12-22 
 9. Lokomotiv 8-27 
 10. Irkutsk 8-28 
 11. Zaretchny 5-31 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Domercant, Spart.15.5 
 3. Lampe, Unics15.4 
 4. Baxter, Enisey15.3 
 5. Williams, Enisey15.2 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv14.3 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.3 
 8. Popovic, Unics13.8 
 9. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.6 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 2. Papadopoulos, Khi.7.7 
 3. Beverley, Spart.6.7 
 4. Lampe, Unics6.7 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv6.7 
 6. Baxter, Enisey6.6 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.9 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv5.9 
 10. Plisnic, N.Novgorod5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Enisey6.9 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .5.6 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.3 
 4. Vyaltsev, Triumph4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.4 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Papadopoulos, Khi.3.3 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.2 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dijon THOMPSON
  Spartak SP
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Spart.2.3 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 3. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.7 
 4. Voronov, Dynamo1.7 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.6 
 6. McCarty, Unics1.4 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 9. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.3 
 10. Pashutin, Unics1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.2 
 2. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 6. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 7. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 9. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 
 10. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 


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


Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov out 10-14 days - by Eurobasket News
Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86, agency: RIZO) was diagnosed Wednesday with a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee and a Grade 2 deltoid ligament sprain in his left ankle.

MRIs revealed no fractures, and he is expected to be out between 10 days and two weeks.

Mozgov suffered the injuries near the end of the first quarter of Tuesdays game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.20.3 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.7 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd17.9 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.2 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.6.9 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
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. Mitrovic, Beograd4.4 
 7. Covic, FMP4.4 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 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. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 
 9. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 


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-F/C-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


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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
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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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  SLOVENIA   


Panic number one in Slovenia for round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zlatorog Lasko, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Polzela (#5, 2-2) 82-77. Zlatorog maintains the 3rd position in Slovenian Telemach League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Zlatorog will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Panic turned to be Zlatorog's top player in his first season with the team. Vladimir Panic has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.3ppg. Panic is in league's top in and averages impressive 51.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Teo Simovic (205-C-84) of Sentjur. Simovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Sentjur to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked LTHcast Mercator (#-6, 4-15) 95-59. This victory allowed Sentjur to move up to -7th position in Group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Simovic is well-known at Sentjur and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#2). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) of Elektra Esotech (#8). Nuhanovic scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Nuhanovic's great performance Elektra lost 51-69 to slightly higher-ranked Maribor Messer (#6, 1-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Elektra can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group A. They have awful Second Stage losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Nuhanovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nuhanovic has individually a great season in Slovenia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 51.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Blaz Mahkovic (194-F-90) of LTHcast Mercator - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Sasa Mucic (202-F-83) of Maribor Messer - 13 points and 9 rebounds
6. Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) of Krka - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Danijel Vujasinovic (180-G-89) of Zlatorog - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ivan Drzic (205-C-83) of Sentjur - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Krka - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84) of Geoplin Slovan - 17 points, 8 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)


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 4-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 3-1 
 3. Zlatorog 3-1 
 4. Helios 2-2 
 5. Polzela 2-2 
 6. Maribor Messer 1-3 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 1-3 
 8. Elektra 0-4 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 4-15 
 3. Parklji 1-18 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Panic, Zlatorog20.4 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Thondique, Polzela16.5 
 4. Erzen, Parklji16.5 
 5. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan15.3 
 6. Mijajlovic, Polzela15.2 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 8. Bubnic, Helios14.2 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra14.0 
 10. Krejic, Parklji13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.8 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra8.0 
 5. Raymond, Helios7.0 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin .6.9 
 7. Cebasek, Parklji6.0 
 8. Zolotic, Maribor .5.9 
 9. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
 10. Erzen, Parklji5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Primoz BROLIH
  Maribor Messer
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Brolih, Maribor .4.6 
 2. Jersin, Elektra4.5 
 3. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlatorog4.1 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 8. Petrovic, Helios2.9 
 9. Zagorc, Helios2.9 
 10. Pelko, Zlatorog2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.4 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast .2.0 
 3. Vranjkovic, Helios1.9 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 6. Zadnik, Geoplin .1.6 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 8. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 9. Krejic, Parklji1.5 
 10. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.8 
 2. Dimec, Zlatorog1.3 
 3. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 6. Djapa, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlatorog0.6 
 8. Bubnic, Helios0.6 
 9. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 10. Vrsaljko, Polzela0.6 


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


DStv PBL: Delta Force walked-over at home, kada, Nets pick away wins - by Olusegun Ikuesan
For the third time in three weeks Delta Force basketball club failed to honour its league game in the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier Basketball League fueling speculation that the Asaba-based side might miss out of action at the nation flagship league come next season.

The Coach Emmanuel Olowu tutored side missed its road games to Lagos three weeks back and was promptly walked-over by Comets and Islanders basketball club, the club also failed to show up at it home court against Union Bank basketball club of Lagos when the latter came calling on Wednesday.

Atlantic conference League board coordinator, Agboola Pinheiro says the body will write the management of the club with a view to finding lasting solution to the club problem.

With the walk-over over Delta Force in Asaba, Union Bank thus make it a 1-1 record on the road after losing to Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt Tuesday at the Civic Centre.

In the Savannah conference Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna and Bauchi Nets basketball club recorded away wins in the league.

Kada Stars basketball club defeated relegation threaten Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos by 80-48 points while Bauchi Nets basketball club intensify its search for a final-8 playoffs with a 65-62 points victory over Nigeria Immigration basketball club in Kano.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


KCC Dominates Inchon in Game 2, Ties Series 1-1 - by Kevin Campigotto
KCC Egis dominated Inchon ET Land Elephants in game 2 of the KBL Semi-Finals to tie the series winning 91-82. Inchon led after the first quarter but went cold in the second and KCC Egis took over. Leading by 9 points in the half, KCC Egis continued got their lead as high as 19 points. Down 15 after 3 quarters Inchon couldn't repeat its comeback in game 1 of the series.

KCC Egis forward Eric Dawson (208-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) led all players with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Inchon got 24 points and 8 rebounds from Herbert Hill (208-F-84, college: Providence) and 22 points, 5 rebounds 7 assists from Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond). Inchon struggled to make its 3-point shots hitting only 4 of 18.






The series now moves south to Jeonju where game 3 will be Saturday night.


Game Notes

Inchon ET Land Elephants
Herbert Hill 24 points and 11 rebounds
Jarod Stevenson 22 points, 5 rebounds 7 assists

KCC Egis
Chon Tae-Poong 12 points (2/3 from 3-point)
Choo Seung-Kyun 15 points, 5 assists
Eric Dawson 24 points, 11 rebounds
Ha Seung-Jin 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks





KBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Elephants - KCC Egis 82-91

It looked good early as ET Land Elephants took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KCC Egis had a 26-13 second period charge getting the lead and ET Land Elephants were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-91. KCC Egis made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American forward Eric Dawson (208-84, college: Midwestern St.) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Seung-Kyun Choo (190-74) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for ET Land Elephants. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the hosts. ET Land Elephants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Elephants: H.Hill 24+8reb+3ast, J.Stevenson 22+5reb+7ast, S.Park 9+2reb+1ast, J.Seo 6+1reb+2ast, Y.Jung 5+3reb+2ast, B.Chung 5+1ast
KCC Egis: E.Dawson 24+11reb+2ast, S.Choo 15+3reb+5ast, S.Ha 13+10reb, T.Chon 12+2reb+4ast, C.Daniels 11+3reb, B.Kang 9+1reb+3ast

gschID: 126135


Sonic Boom KT - Dongbu Promy 70-75

The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. 24 personal fouls committed by Sonic Boom KT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and guard Myung-Il Pyo (182-75) scored 9 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 22+8reb+2ast, Y.Song 10+1reb, M.Pyo 9+2reb+4ast, S.Park 9+3reb+1ast, S.Cho 6+1reb+4ast, 5+4reb
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 14+9reb+1ast, J.Hwang 14+2reb+2ast, J.Kim 13+4reb+1ast, J.Park 12+1reb+5ast, H.Yoon 10+10reb+3ast, V.Thomas 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 126134




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  SPAIN   


Chad Toppert extends with CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News
Chad Toppert (201-G-85, agency: JEMsports, college: N.Mexico) will stay in Spain for at least another season. The 25-year-old guard has extended his contract with CAI Zaragoza for 2011/12 season. Chad Toppert joined the Spanish team at the start of the season. He averages 5.6 points and 1.2 boards per game in ACB. Last season Chad Toppert played in D-League. He tallied 11.1 points, 3.6 boards and 1.3 assists per game for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Chad Toppert has US-German citizenship.


Florent Pietrus renews contract with Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) renewed his contract with Valencia. The 30-year-old forward will spent the rest of the season in Spain. Florent Pietrus started the season in Caja Laboral. He tallied 5.0 points and 7.5 boards per game. In October the French player joined Valencia. He averages 3.3 points, 2.5 boards per Euroleague game. In ACB his stats read 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per appearance. Florent Pietrus played for France at the 2010 World Championship. The forward posted 4.5 points, 4.8 boards and 1.5 assists in Turkey. Previously Florent Pietrus played for Pau-Orthez, Unicaja and Estudiantes.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.21.8 
 2. Smith, Fribourg20.5 
 3. Glover, Boncourt20.4 
 4. Brown, Starwings20.2 
 5. Byron, BBC Nyon20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.1 
 8. Popovich, SAV V.20.1 
 9. Reid, Monthey19.8 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.2 
 2. Thompson, Starw.10.2 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.10.1 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.7 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.3 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Smith, Fribourg7.7 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 10. Toure, Geneve Lions7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.6 
 2. Williams, Fribourg6.2 
 3. Glover, Boncourt6.2 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 5. Brown, Starwings4.7 
 6. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 9. Sharper, Monthey4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.9 
 2. Glover, Boncourt3.5 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Angley, Lugano T.2.6 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt2.6 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.5 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.4 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
 10. Sharper, Monthey2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.3 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.8 
 4. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.5 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 7. Moris, Monthey0.9 
 8. Sanders, Lugano T.0.9 
 9. Aw, Geneve Lions0.8 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.0.8 


LNA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Fribourg - Boncourt 104-60

Fribourg recorded the second straight win over Boncourt. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Boncourt was better in third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Boncourt's 30. Fribourg forced 24 Boncourt turnovers and had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international center Oliver Vogt (209-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Fribourg players scored in double figures. American point guard Shorown Glover (180-87) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: D.Esterkamp 16+10reb+4ast, Y.Holland 14+1reb+1ast, O.Vogt 14+6reb, I.Savoy 12+3reb+3ast, T.Quidome 12+1ast, V.Buscaglia 10+2reb+3ast
Boncourt: S.Glover 14+4reb+4ast, T.Gugino 12+9reb, D.Tshomba 11+4reb+4ast, A.Herrmann 9, M.Gredy 4+2reb+2ast, I.N'Diaye 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125920


Lugano Tigers - SAM Massagno 82-61

Lugano Tigers cruised to the second consecutive win against SAM Massagno. It looked good early as SAM Massagno took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lugano Tigers had a 32-14 second period charge getting the lead and SAM Massagno was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-82. Lugano Tigers made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (196-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward A.J. Hawkins (198-85, college: Oklahoma Baptist) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SAM Massagno's coach Franco Facchinetti gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 21+6reb+3ast, M.Efevberha 18+5reb+3ast, D.Stockalper 12+10reb+2ast, M.Schneiderman 10+4reb+1ast, B.Angley 9+2reb+4ast, D.Mladjan 8+4reb
SAM Massagno: J.Ofoegbu 18+9reb+1ast, A.Hawkins 13+5reb+2ast, B.Johnson 12+4reb+1ast, A.Farokhmanesh 11+3reb+4ast, F.Fridel 4+4reb, D.Balletta 3
gschID: 125921


Monthey - SAV Vacallo 79-72

Monthey are now 2-0 up on SAV Vavallo. They held off the visitors at home court on Wednesday. SAV Vacallo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded SAV Vacallo 40-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Jonathan Dubas (202-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals and naturalized Serbian swingman Nikola Dacevic (205-79) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Five Monthey and four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Monthey: J.Dubas 15+10reb+2ast, J.Sharper 15+3reb+1ast, R.Yates 14+7reb+5ast, A.Reid 14+12reb+2ast, S.Moris 11+3reb, S.Louissaint 7+3reb+1ast
SAV Vacallo: N.Dacevic 17+7reb+1ast, K.Popovich 15+5reb, R.Gibson 14+5reb+11ast, M.Mihajlovic 12+7reb+1ast, S.Smiljanic 8+3ast, J.Rahier 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 125918


Geneve Lions - Starwings 83-56

Geneve Lions are step away from the semis after the second victor in a row. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Starwings' 38. Geneve Lions forced 22 Starwings turnovers and outrebounded them 40-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Geneve Lions' coach Michel Perrin felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Tony Brown (193-79, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: J.Almanson 20+5reb, B.Toure 16+7reb+1ast, J.Aw 12+9reb, M.Kouguere 9+2reb+2ast, B.Bilbija 6+6reb, M.Sloan 6+6reb+3ast
Starwings: T.Brown 22+7reb+2ast, V.Hollins 20+4reb, T.McCrory 7+4reb+1ast, R.Albrecht 3+1reb+1ast, A.Thompson 2+6reb, N.Matter 2
gschID: 125919




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  TANZANIA   


Dar names squad for top basketball event - by Carlos Pereira
Dar es Salaam. Three Tanzanian cities have confirmed participation in the forthcoming Inter-city Basketball Championship slated for Nairobi on April 19.Dar es Salaam, the city that has already unveiled its men and women squads, will represent the country alongside Arusha and Mwanza.

Dar es Salaam Basketball (BD) unveiled on Tuesday 40 players who will be flying the national flag in the Kenyan capital.Speaking with The Citizen yesterday, the associations director, Mbaga Mwamboma, was confident that the players they picked would spring some surprise in the regional event.

The official said all players were selected after considering their displays during the recently ended RBA League.
We had a panel of coaches that was monitoring players during the RBA League and its our belief that the picked ones will go to compete and win us plaudits, he said.

Besides, Mwamboma said that the Dar es Salaam teams were a blend of up-and-coming and experienced players. (Brown Msyani)

The mens squad comprises: Murshid Mudricat, Tony Jeikanga, Gilbert Batungi, George Tarimo, Mussa Chacha, Sylivian Maige, Mohamed Yusuph, Cray Bony and Samwel Sige
Others are: Adam Jegame, Frank Kusiga, Himidi Choka, Francis Mlewa, Frank Mwemezi, Alpha Kisusi, Alphonce Kasekwa, Mwalimu Heri and Sunday Matondo.

The team will be under the tutelage of coaches Bahati Mgunda and Dassy Makula.

Mwamboma also named the women team players as: Linda John, Rehema Silomba, Zakia Kondo, Sajda Ahmed, Lucy Agustino, Nipael Kessy, Jacqueline Shaemezi, Faraja Malaki, Fatma Bakari, Naima Bori, Beltina Kazinja and Semeni Aswile.

The squad also comprises: Doritha Mbunda, Evodia Kazinja, Shaila Kibwana, Elizabeth Masenyi, Nely Anyingisyena and Tukusubila David. They will be under coaches Tubet Matiku and Vedastus Kwale. (By Brown Msyani)



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Plummer Entering Spotlight Again in UBA - by Travis McAvene

In the world of minor league professional basketball finding a solid big man can sometimes be hard to find. Norman Plummer (6'7''-F-84, college: S.Indiana), a 6'8, 235 pound power forward is finding his way back into the spotlight again playing in the UBA. Plummer is currently for the Columbus Crusher (UBA). He had guided his team to a 12-3 record averaging 24.3ppg and 14.4rpg and has been named to the 2011 UBA All-Star Game.

Plummer played his college basketball at the University of Dayton for three years and finished at University of Southern Indiana. He was named Conference Player of the Year and 2nd Team All-American as a senior. 'Norman is a very talented player that knows how to score and rebound', said Travis McAvene. He has a good understanding of the game and makes his teammates better.

He was also invited to attend the 2011 Eurobasket Summer League in Houston,Texas July 21-24. 'Playing minor league basketball has given me the chance to play and get the opportunity to get back overseas', said Plummer. 'My ultimate goal right now is to stay in great shape and be ready to play overseas when called upon.

Plummer has over 5 years of professional experience in his career (Germany (2008), Lebanon (2008), Kuwait (2009), and Uruguay (2009-2010). His best season was with Sporting Feytroun (Leb) were he averaged 21.4ppg and 11.2rpg. 'Norman is highly skilled, hardworking, and scores well around the basket', said Ben Jackson.' There is no doubt that he will be playing overseas very soon.




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Wiggins' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Politekhnika-Halychyna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 46.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Khimik (#12, 14-31) 85-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Halychyna is placed at 10th position in Ukrainian league. Halychyna is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-29 record. Wiggins turned to be Halychyna's top player in his first season with the team. University of San Francisco graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wiggins is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of DniproAzot. He is Canadian in his first season at DniproAzot. In the last game Fraser recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course DniproAzot cruised to a 82-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked BC Kyiv (#13, 11-34). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. DniproAzot keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 19-25 record. Fraser is a newcomer at DniproAzot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.9ppg (#7). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Steve Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (#7). Burtt scored 29 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Dnipro, leading his team to a 81-72 win against the higher-ranked Azovmash (#3, 28-17). Dnipro needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 22 lost games. Burtt has a great season in Ukraine. After 43 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80) of DniproAzot - 15 points and 10 rebounds
5. Keddric Mays (183-G-84) of Ferro-ZNTU - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Patrick Sparks (184-G-83) of BC Odessa - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85) of BC Odessa - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) of BC Kyiv - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Denham Brown (198-F-83) of Dnipro - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of Budivelnyk - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 34-11 
 2. BC Donetsk 34-11 
 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 19-26 
 10. Halychyna 17-29 
 11. BC Odessa 17-29 
 12. Khimik 14-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-34 


BC Odessa part ways with Andrew Washington - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa and Andrew Washington (191-G-84, college: Delaware) have reached a mutual agreement on terms of contract termination. The 27-year-old guard joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged solid 16.4 points, 4.0 boards and 3.4 assists per game in Superleague. Last season Andrew Washington started in Netherlands. He tallied 16.0 points, 4.0 boards and 3.0 assists for Matrixx Magic Nijmegen. In December 2009 Andrew Washington moved to Syria to join Karameh. Later that month the guard changed the team and moved to Argentina to play for Central Enterriano. He notched 9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in LigaA. Last season Andrew Washington ended with Taleea in Syria. He was named Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian Player of the Year in 2010.


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. Wiggins, Halychyna14.9 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot14.9 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 10. Williams, Halychyna14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 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. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 8. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
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 26-6 
 2. Newcastle 23-8 
 3. Sheffield Sharks 22-9 
 4. Cheshire Jets 20-11 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 17-14 
 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, Newcastle21.1 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions21.0 
 5. Jackson, Newcastle20.8 
 6. Blount, Leices.20.8 
 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. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Durant, Worthing9.3 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth8.8 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.6 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.8.3 
 8. Greer, Cheshire.8.3 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.8.1 
 10. Cricelli, Worcester8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.4 
 3. Blount, Leices.4.8 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.7 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions4.6 
 6. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 7. Zabas, Plymouth4.4 
 8. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 9. Marks, Plymouth3.7 
 10. Creppy, Worcester3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.1 
 4. Jackson, Newcastle2.0 
 5. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 6. Medlock, Guildfor.1.9 
 7. McLemore, Guildf.1.8 
 8. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
 9. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
 10. Harrison, Glasgow .1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.1 
 2. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 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 


Tigers are BBL League Champions - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers are the BBL Championship winners after beating arch-rivals Newcastle Eagles 75-80 in the north-east to clinch the title.

Knowing a defeat would open the door for the Eagles, Mersey held them off over the last three minutes to win their first league title and add more silverware to the BBL Trophy, which they won earlier this year.

Former Eagle Tafari Toney (203-F/C-86) scored the basket that put Tigers up for good at 70-71. Nate Reinking added a three and then assisted on another Toney bucket.

Free throws by Toney, Reinking and Sullivan sealed the win and set off jubilant scenes at Sport Central.

One Health Sharks Sheffield sealed third place in the BBL Championship last night with an easy 82-65 win over Glasgow Rocks at the EIS.

Paul Williams was once again in excellent form to finish with 19 points and 13 rebounds. And the Sharks led by 28 points at one stage as the match became a rout.



Sullivan Eyes BBL Treble - by Paul Nilsen

Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) has outlined just what winning the BBL Championship means for Mersey Tigers as they brought an absorbing and roller-coaster title race to a dramatic end last night although they haven't finished their quest for silverware just yet.

This BBL Championship means a lot -in fact, it means everything. explained the forward.

We have put so much hard work into the games this season.

Everyone knows about the problems off the court which have affected the club and yet right through it all, the staff, the players and the fans have all stuck together.

Regardless of how upset different people were about things happening which were out of our control away from the basketball side of things, the court was always our safe haven to express ourselves the way we know best.

In that respect at least, I really do think the players have been given their just desserts.

He added, We worked out backsides off for this title and I am ecstatic.

The Tigers certainly did it the hard way by collecting back to back wins against their fellow two challengers inside 24 hours with Sullivan quick to ridicule suggestions fatigue would prove costly while also admitting it was a sweet feeling to take the trophy straight out of Eagles hands.

Everyone said we would be tired coming into the big game after playing Sheffield but I wasnt tired. We could have played another ten minutes if we had needed to, or at least I know I could have!

It does make it extra sweet the way we won it and where we won it. Not just for me but for the club as a whole.

How many times do you get the opportunity to win a title on the court of your closest rival? It doesnt happen often and so in that respect its huge.

It was a classic game with the two best teams playing great basketball and we are just happy and relieved to have won.

And as for the Tigers now setting their sights on a treble ahead of the BBL Championship play-offs?

Well thats the plan! claimed the buoyant Great Britain skipper.




Garbelotto Demands Recognition For Title Triumph - by Paul Nilsen

Tony Garbelotto has spoken of the need for Mersey Tigers to gain recognition for their accomplishment in landing the BBL Championship in what the play-caller has described as the best achievement of his career.

The play-caller was ecstatic after his team claimed the title winning 80-75 victory at Newcastle Eagles and landed the biggest prize in British Basketball in the sweetest possible way by denying the defending champions back to back titles.

I am almost speechless claimed Garbelotto.

What can I say about my guys? Seriously, to go up against a champion team like Newcastle on their own floor and come away with the title is just a truly great achievement.

In all honesty, I really dont know how we won the game because if I am honest it wasnt coaching. It was just desire by the players because they just wanted it so badly and I am so proud of them.

To win against true champion team like Newcastle who are led by Fab (Flournoy) and to do it on their floor as well makes it an even bigger achievement for us.

The Eagles never gave up and we always knew it would be tough and they wouldnt let go of their title without a real fight.

It is the greatest accomplishment of my career and I hope its time to start talking about a British team winning the British Basketball League title and the positives of our club instead of the negatives.

I dont think any team has won the title before with an all British team in a league as competitive as this one has been all season. For that, everyone deserves huge credit and I really hope we get some deserved recognition.

Meanwhile there were mixed emotions from Managing Director of the Tigers Gary Townsend.

By his own admission, he has endured a turbulent season off court but once again saw the fruits of his labour with more silverware delivered by Garbelotto and the players.

He said, Its an amazing achievement.

We have obviously had a roller-coaster season off the court but the future of the club looks secure moving forward and this is an incredible boost for us.

To win two trophies in the circumstances is terrific and credit to the guys for that.




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  VENEZUELA   


JACK MICHAEL MARTINEZ, MVP SEASON IN VENEZUELA - by Herubey Grassals
Dominican power forward/center, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) is having an mvp season in Venezuela professional league with Cocodrilos de Caracas, leading his team to the league best record actually with 16-2.

Jack Michael Martinez is averaging 17.7 points per game, sixth overall and 12.70 boards, league leader; also hes averaging almost 2 steals and assist per game.

Martinez has said his first target is to win this year championship with Cocodrilos, but if he also get the league mpv will be great. Jack Michael Martinez is also thinking in this year pre- Olympic championship in Mar Del Plata, Argentina which gives 2 spots for 2012 Olympic games in London, England.

The Dominican Republic national team captain said: the Dominican Republic deserves to be in the Olympic games because we have one of the best talents in the continent, we have NBA players, Europe players, and guys with a lot of international play experience, we only need to play together and obtain the chemistry as a team to win important games in the important moments.

Martinez also talked about the two NBA training camps invitations next summer with the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks; Ill prove that i can play on the NBA, Jack Michael said.




LPB Round 23: Leader Cocodrilos lose to Trotamundos - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Cocodrilos (16-3) recorded its third loss in Caracas on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Trotamundos (13-7) 92-90. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Cocodrilos. Trotamundos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-7 record having just two points less than leader Cocodrilos. Cocodrilos at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Trotamundos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cocodrilos will play again at home against Trotamundos in Valencia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Barquisimeto between eighth ranked Guaros and 5th ranked Toros where host Guaros (9-13) won against Toros (9-12) 84-73. Guaros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Guaros will play against bottom-ranked Gaiteros (#10) in Maracaibo in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Puerto Ordaz, where 4th placed Gigantes (10-11) lost at home to ninth ranked Guaiqueries (8-10) 64-75 on Tuesday. Guaiqueries moved-up to seventh place. Loser Gigantes keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Guaiqueries will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play against the league's second-placed Marinos (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Puerto La Cruz. Local Marinos (15-5) beat 7th ranked Panteras (8-12) 102-84. Marinos maintains second place with 15-5 record behind leader Cocodrilos. Panteras at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Marinos' next round opponent will be Gigantes (#4) in Puerto Ordaz. Panteras will play at home against Bucaneros (#8) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Marinos - Panteras 102-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in Puerto La Cruz. Local Marinos (15-5) beat 7th ranked Panteras (8-12) 102-84. Marinos maintains second place with 15-5 record behind leader Cocodrilos. Panteras at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Marinos' next round opponent will be Gigantes (#4) in Puerto Ordaz. Panteras will play at home against Bucaneros (#8) in La Guaira and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Cocodrilos - Trotamundos 90-92

Top ranked Cocodrilos (16-3) recorded its third loss in Caracas on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Trotamundos (13-7) 92-90. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Cocodrilos. Trotamundos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-7 record having just two points less than leader Cocodrilos. Cocodrilos at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Trotamundos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cocodrilos will play again at home against Trotamundos in Valencia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Guaros - Toros 84-73

Another exciting game was played in Barquisimeto between eighth ranked Guaros and 5th ranked Toros where host Guaros (9-13) won against Toros (9-12) 84-73. Guaros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Toros lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Guaros will play against bottom-ranked Gaiteros (#10) in Maracaibo in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
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Gigantes - Guaiqueries 64-75

We should mention about the upset which took place in Puerto Ordaz, where 4th placed Gigantes (10-11) lost at home to ninth ranked Guaiqueries (8-10) 64-75 on Tuesday. Guaiqueries moved-up to seventh place. Loser Gigantes keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Guaiqueries will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play against the league's second-placed Marinos (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Fred Warrick joins Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News
Bucaneros strengthened their backcourt. They added Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, agency: Alti Sport, college: Coppin St.) to the roster. The player was a free agent after playing for three seasons with Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Last season the guard averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 boards and 1.8 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In Russian League Fred Warrick tallied 8.5 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Fred Warrick played in Czech Republic, USBL, CBA, NRL, Germany and IBA. The guard was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Import Player of the Year in 2005. In 2006 Fred Warrick received League Guard of the Year award. Fred Warrick will try to improve the LPB situation for Bucaneros. The team is currently at 8-11 record in the sixth position in the ladder.



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


Stats Leaders - LPB
Points Per Game
 Robert GLEEN
  Trotamundos
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Glenn, Trotamundos21.0 
 2. Nembhard, Gaiteros19.4 
 3. Millsap, Guaros19.3 
 4. Centeno, Gaiteros18.7 
 5. Feeley, Gigantes18.1 
 6. Walker, Gigantes18.1 
 7. Lugo, Bucaneros17.4 
 8. Flores, Toros17.3 
 9. McGowan, Guaros17.3 
 10. Martinez, Cocodrilos17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos13.7 
 2. Lugo, Bucaneros10.4 
 3. Coleman, Panteras10.4 
 4. Glenn, Trotamundos9.8 
 5. Flores, Toros7.9 
 6. Young, Bucaneros7.7 
 7. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 8. Millsap, Guaros7.6 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodrilos6.7 
 10. Bayona, Guaros6.6 
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. Torres, Marinos2.5 
 9. Smith, 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. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 6. Cubillan, Trotamundos2.8 
 7. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 8. Cedeno, Guaiqueries2.4 
 9. Thomas, Cocodrilos2.4 
 10. McGowan, Guaros2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Evan BROCK
  Guaiqueries
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brock, Guaiqueries2.4 
 2. Bethelmy, Cocodrilos1.7 
 3. Coleman, Panteras1.4 
 4. Marriaga, Trotamun.1.3 
 5. Glenn, Trotamundos1.3 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 7. Bayona, Guaros1.1 
 8. Bravo, Gigantes0.9 
 9. Lugo, Bucaneros0.9 
 10. Jackson, Panteras0.9 




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Women News

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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Ramla 78-82

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But Maccabi Ashdod won third quarter 33-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American guard Tanisha Wright (180-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. American guard Renee Montgomery (170-86, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) responded with 22 points and 7 assists and her fellow American import swingman Tamara James (178-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: 540 Sports) scored 19 points.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: R.Montgomery 22+2reb+7ast, T.James 19+4reb+3ast, K.Levitsky 11+8reb+4ast, A.Anderson 9+4reb, A.Robinson 8+5reb+2ast, N.Kolodny 8+4reb+6ast
Elitzur Ramla: T.Wright 21+5reb+5ast, C.Houston 19+3reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 14+6reb+2ast, S.Doron 13+8reb+4ast, L.Selwyn 6+1reb+4ast, S.Zairy 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 126149




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  ITALY - Women  


A1: Taranto, Familia Schio and Umbertide advance to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Taranto, Familia Schio and Umbertide edged their rivals with 2-0 and booked a spot for the Semis. One Semifinals pair is already known and it's Familia Schio - Umbertide. Taranto will wait for the winner of Comense - Bracco Geas series, which is currently tied at 1-1.



Priolo - Taranto 71-72 (0-2)


Acer ERG Priolo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) saved the victory by scoring 15 points. The former international guard Angela Gianolla (171-80) contributed with 10 points and 4 assists for the winners. Cras Taranto's coach Roberto Ricchini used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Slovakian forward Sidney Spencer (191-85, college: Tennessee) replied with 22 points and Romanian center Florina Pascalau (193-82) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Acer ERG Priolo.
Top scorers:
Priolo: S.Spencer 22+2reb+1ast, F.Pascalau 14+7reb+1ast, E.Buccianti 10+1reb+1ast, S.Favento 8+6reb+1ast, T.Cirov 6+2reb, T.Seino 5+9reb
Taranto: S.Young 15+4reb, A.Gianolla 10+2reb+4ast, M.Greco 10+3reb+2ast, M.Mahoney 9+1reb+1ast, J.Montagnino 8+2reb, E.Godin 7+1reb+1ast


gschID: 126000


Faenza - Familia Schio 64-80 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Familia Schio. Club Atletico Faenza was better in fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Familia Schio dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Club Atletico Faenza's 32. Slovenian swingman Maja Erkic (183-85) scored 19 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Laura Macchi (187-79) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Familia Schio's coach Sandro Orlando allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Brazilian guard Adriana Moises Pinto (169-78) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and the former international guard Beatrice Sciacca (175-83) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Faenza: A.Moises Pinto 20+9reb+6ast, B.Sciacca 16+4reb+1ast, L.Ervin 9+8reb+1ast, S.Sarni 6+4reb+3ast, E.Bonaldo 5, V.Sipaviciute 4+4reb+1ast
Familia Schio: M.Erkic 19+3reb, J.Nadalin 12+4reb, L.Macchi 11+7reb+1ast, L.Cohen 9+3reb+4ast, C.Pastore 7+2reb+4ast, J.McCarville 6+6reb
gschID: 125997


Umana Reyer - Umbertide 58-71 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Liomatic Umbertide. Umana Reyer managed to win second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liomatic Umbertide forced 21 Umana Reyer turnovers. American power forward Tiffany Stansbury (191-83, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 12 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Simona Ballardini (181-81) supported her with 14 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Four Liomatic Umbertide players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by American power forward Nicole Ohlde (193-82, college: Kansas St.) did not help to save the game for Umana Reyer. Slovenian forward Daliborka Jokic (185-81) added 18 points and 4 steals for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: D.Jokic 18+4reb+1ast, N.Ohlde 15+8reb+2ast, I.David 9+6reb+2ast, M.Maiorano 6+1reb, A.Kostaki 5+2reb+5ast, J.Screen 3+6reb+2ast
Umbertide: S.Ballardini 14+2reb+6ast, F.Zara 14+4reb+4ast, T.Stansbury 12+8reb+2ast, C.Consolini 11+2reb, L.Drljaca 7, M.Jovanovic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125998


Comense - Bracco Geas 65-75 (1-1)

It looked good early as Pool Comense took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bracco Geas took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 10 points. Bracco Geas outrebounded Pool Comense 41-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Hungarian center Petra Ujhelyi (192-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Ilaria Zanoni (180-86) chipped in 19 points. Four Bracco Geas players scored in double figures. American swingman Cameo Hicks (178-84, college: Washington) produced 22 points and New Zealand forward Jiullian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Comense: C.Hicks 22+3reb, J.Harmon 15+8reb, S.Stabile 9+3reb, A.Zampella 7+3reb, L.Jansone 4+2reb+1ast, M.Fazio 4+2reb
Bracco Geas: I.Zanoni 19+3reb, N.Wabara 15+6reb, K.Haynie 13+8reb+1ast, P.Ujhelyi 10+13reb, M.Zanon 8+6reb, K.Twehues 5
gschID: 125999




Playout: Parma excaped with a victory; Napoli tied the series with Lucca (1-1) - by Carlo Grilli
In game-2 of playout semifinals, Parma grabbed its second straight win against Pozzuoli and won the series (2-0), avoiding resignation in A2; therefore Pozzuoli advance to second and final round. In the other semis, Napoli beat Lucca and tied the series (1-1), postponing the verdict to a game-3 decider on Saturday, April 9th in best-ranked Lucca's venue.

GMA Pozzuoli - Lavezzini Parma 59 - 61
(14-14, 28-25, 47-41)
GMA POZZUOLI: Gatti G. 3 (1/5), Gonzalez D. 4 (2/4, 0/2), Zampieri A.dnp, Walker M. 8 (4/8), Mazzante K. 5 (1/2, 1/3), Benko L. 8 (2/2, 1/2), Minervino M. dnp, Crasnoscioc I. 5 (0/3, 1/3), Grasso A. 7 (3/4), Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: Kansas) 19 (6/13). Coach Carlo Fulvio Palumbo
LAVEZZINI PARMA: Battisodo V. 4 (1/3), Franchini M. 7 (1/7, 1/3), Pieropan I. (0/2), Mauriello P. 15 (3/9, 2/4), Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: ODU) 16 (7/14), Bestagno E. (0/2, 0/2), Antibe N. 4 (2/6), Sauret Gillespie A. 8 (4/6), Narviciute G. 1 (0/1), Aziz L. 6 (1/1). Coach Mauro Procaccini

Job Gate Napoli - Agos Ducato Lucca 66 - 54
(16-14, 32-21, 52-41)
JOB GATE NAPOLI : Micovic M. 4 (1/4, 0/2), Corradini L. 2 (1/4, 0/1), Grant T. , Gentile I. 6 (2/2), Esposito A. , Micovic M. 18 (5/9, 1/2), Callens E. 8 (1/4, 2/4), Vujovic A. 11 (3/4, 0/1), Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) 17 (7/15), Pernice A.. Coach Massimo Massaro
AGOS DUCATO LUCCA: Soli A. 2 (1/3, 0/3), Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87, agency: LBM Management) 5 (1/5, 1/1), Filippetti L. dnp, Car S. 3 (0/2, 1/4), Andrade M. 3 (1/1), Favilla G. (0/1, 0/3), Bagnara B. 12 (1/7, 1/5), Hampton S. 19 (8/11, 0/1), Sandri M. 4 (2/4), Willis C. 6 (2/9). Coach Mirko Diamanti



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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Krastina, LU21.4 
 2. Lisnere, Cesis20.8 
 3. Krumberga, TTT R.20.4 
 4. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 5. Jakobsone, TTT Riga16.1 
 6. Egle, Daugavpils16.1 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.15.3 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Eibele, TTT Riga14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.0 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis11.1 
 4. Lagzdina, TTT J.11.1 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 6. Geistarde-Z., Cesis9.2 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga8.5 
 8. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 9. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.5 
 10. Veidere, TTT K.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.2 
 2. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.4 
 3. Krastina, LU4.1 
 4. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Neimane, TTT J.3.2 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 8. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
 9. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 10. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Krastina, LU4.4 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
 5. Eibele, TTT Riga2.7 
 6. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.4 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga2.4 
 8. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 9. Zeltina, Cesis2.2 
 10. Purina, LU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.1 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.2 
 4. Egle, Daugavpils1.4 
 5. Teilane, TTT J.1.4 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga1.3 
 7. Geistarde-Z., Cesis1.3 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 10. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.1.1 


LSBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. RTU-Merks complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
RTU-Merks - Daugavpils 74-52

RTU-Merks overcame Daugavpils in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by RTU-Merks. Daugavpils Universitate managed to win second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 6 points in first quarter. RTU-Merks dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Daugavpils Universitate's 22. RTU-Merks forced 19 Daugavpils Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 51-25 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Signe Langenfelde (177-88) who scored 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kristina Egle (177-86) who recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Santa Baltace (178-92) added 3 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
RTU-Merks: D.Lazdeniece 15+9reb+1ast, S.Langenfelde 15+6reb+5ast, A.Kirsteine 12+6reb+3ast, I.Malkevica 7+2reb+3ast, K.Cirsa 7+2reb+1ast, I.Vitola 7+4reb
Daugavpils: K.Egle 15+9reb+4ast, O.Kazakevica 11+3reb+1ast, S.Jevsejeva 9+2reb+1ast, O.Jevsejeva 8+1reb+1ast, O.Lakomko 6+1reb+1ast, S.Baltace 3+9reb+4ast
gschID: 126129




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Beth O'Boyle takes over at Stony Brook as head coach - by George Fragkos
Stony Brook has named Beth O'Boyle as head women's basketball coach, Stony Brook Director of the Athletics Jim Fiore announced on Thursday. O'Boyle has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience and comes to Stony Brook following four years at Canisius College, where she served as the associate head women's basketball coach for the past two seasons.

O'Boyle, the eighth women's basketball head coach in Stony Brook history and the fourth in the Division I era, will be formally introduced at a press conference in the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center within Stony Brook's Indoor Sports Complex on Monday, April 11, at 11 a.m.

'Developing a successful women's basketball program is a high priority at Stony Brook, and I firmly believe that our student-athletes will excel under Beth's leadership,' Fiore said. 'I chose Beth as our next head coach because of her obvious passion and dedication for the game; for her abilities to recruit, teach and mentor winning student-athletes; and for her commitment to student-athlete welfare.

'Coach O'Boyle embodies all the qualities we were looking for in a head women's basketball coach, and under her leadership, I am certain that she will guide our program to annually compete for America East Conference championships and the opportunity to play in the postseason.'

'I want to thank Jim Fiore and the members of the search committee for this tremendous honor,' O'Boyle said. 'I am extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve a university that is so highly respected, is committed to excellence in both academics and athletics, and is dedicated to winning America East Conference championships. I am confident that we will build a winning culture at Stony Brook, develop a program that the community and alumni will be proud to support, and provide our student-athletes the best experience possible both on the court and in the classroom.'

O'Boyle helped Canisius to its best season in school history in 2008-09 as the Golden Griffins won 24 games, advanced to the MAAC Championship game and qualified for the WNIT for the first time in program history. The 24 wins were the most in the program's Division I history and the most by a Canisius women's basketball team in 25 years.

Hired as an assistant coach at Canisius in 2007, O'Boyle was elevated to associate head coach in November 2009. Responsible for all recruiting activities, as well the development of the Golden Griffin guards, O'Boyle coached seven All-Conference players at Canisius, including 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year Brittane Russell, 2009 MAAC Sixth Player of the Year Ellie Radke and 2011 MAAC Rookie of the Year Jamie Ruttle.

O'Boyle has also shown a commitment to developing the total student-athlete. At Canisius, she monitored the academic progress of a Golden Griffins team that was recognized in the NCAA Top 25 for team grade point average. In total, Canisius has had 18 selections to the MAAC All-Academic team since O'Boyle's arrival, including Marie Warner, who was also named a ESPN the Magazine third-team Academic All-American in 2009.

O'Boyle came to Canisius after serving as the head coach at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., for three seasons. O'Boyle led the Red Hawks to their first-ever ECAC Division III Metro Women's Basketball Championship in 2006-07 and was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season. She compiled a 51-33 record in her three seasons there, and the Red Hawks also produced their first All-American in 15 seasons under O'Boyle's guidance.

Prior to taking over at Montclair State, O'Boyle spent four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Rochester. During her first two seasons, Rochester won back-to-back ECAC Upstate New York championships and in her last two seasons, the team made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Final Four. In 2004, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a three-week period according to the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division III poll and the D3hoops.com poll.

A 1998 graduate of Gettysburg College, O'Boyle earned four letters with the basketball and soccer programs at Gettysburg and served as a two-time captain in each sport. O'Boyle earned her master's degree from the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education in 2001.

O'Boyle is a native of Rockville, Md., and attended the Academy of the Holy Cross High School in Kensington, Md.

What They are Saying about Beth O'Boyle ...

'I was lucky to have played for Coach O'Boyle. She is a very dedicated and passionate coach. She brings a level of intensity and dedication to practice, and her preparation is second to none. She demands the same work ethic she has from her players, and I think that's what makes her successful. I think she is going to do great things at Stony Brook, and I'm really excited for her.'
- Amanda Cavo, Canisius '09 and former professional basketball player in Germany

'I'm very excited for Stony Brook and Beth O'Boyle . Stony Brook is getting the complete package in Beth as she is a winner in all aspects. Her teams will achieve a high level of success both on the court and in the classroom. The young women who play for Beth will receive a lifelong education and be great representatives of Stony Brook.'
- Terry Zeh, Canisius College Head Women's Basketball Coach

'Coach O'Boyle is a natural leader and gifted teacher. She is dedicated to the development of young women as student-athletes. She motivates her players to achieve beyond their ability. She is a fantastic hire, and I look forward to following the success the Stony Brook women's basketball program.'
- Cathy Rush, Founder of Future Stars and 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

'Beth has demonstrated all the qualities you look for in an up-and-coming coach. She has developed a solid network of recruiting contacts along the East Coast. Her work ethic and eagerness to improve has been demonstrated in her involvement with her players and coaching colleagues as she has learned from some of the top coaches in all of women's basketball. She is a lightning rod of energy that I know she will transfer to her team. Her experiences as a player and coach will serve her well as she leads the Seawolves to the top of the America East Conference. Stony Brook has truly landed a rising star in women's basketball.'
- Jonathan Tsipis, Notre Dame Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach

'After getting a chance to meet her during the interview process, I believe Beth O'Boyle will bring energy, passion, discipline and a winning attitude to our women's basketball program. I think she possesses all the components necessary to win championships in the America East, and I think she will be a great addition to the Stony Brook community.'
- Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook Head Men's Basketball Coach
'I am proud to be a Stony Brook alum and was honored to be part of the committee to hire a new women's basketball coach. I feel Beth has the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to lead the team to postseason play. I am excited and look forward to seeing the team achieve great success.'
- Lisa White, Stony Brook '87, Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame member and current head athletic trainer/manager of basketball operations for WNBA's New York Liberty

Courtesy: Stony Brook Athletic Communications


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  PARAGUAY - Women  


Female METRO TOP 5 scores and standings after 5th round - by Santiago Maciel
These have been the over all scores during the 5 rounds disputed in the FEMALE METRO TOP 5 PROFESSIONAL
Scores:
1st ROUND: SOL 61- UCA 64; UAA 61- FELIX PEREZ 59

2nd ROUND: UCA 35- OLIMPIA 78; FELIX PEREZ 61- SOL 58

3rd ROUND: OLIMPIA 69- FELIX PEREZ 30; SOL 72 - UAA 47

4th ROUND: OLIMPIA 88- UAA 31; FELIX PEREZ 51-UCA 47.

5th ROUND: OLIMPIA 69- SOL 56; UCA 47-UAA 29.

Standings:
1. Olimpia 4-0
2. SOL 2-2
3.UCA 2-2
4.FELIX PEREZ 2-2
5.UAA 1-3





Female METRO TOP 5 scores and standings after 5th round - by Santiago Maciel
These have been the over all scores during the 5 rounds disputed in the FEMALE METRO TOP 5 PROFESSIONAL
Scores:
1st ROUND: SOL 61- UCA 64; UAA 61- FELIX PEREZ 59

2nd ROUND: UCA 35- OLIMPIA 78; FELIX PEREZ 61- SOL 58

3rd ROUND: OLIMPIA 69- FELIX PEREZ 30; SOL 72 - UAA 47

4th ROUND: OLIMPIA 88- UAA 31; FELIX PEREZ 51-UCA 47.

5th ROUND: OLIMPIA 69- SOL 56; UCA 47-UAA 29.

Standings:
1. Olimpia 4-0
2. SOL 2-2
3.UCA 2-2
4.FELIX PEREZ 2-2
5.UAA 1-3






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  POLAND - Women  


PLKK Round 5 of Semi-Finals. CCC Polkowice reach Final - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice - Gorzow 80-69 OT

CCC Polkowice advanced into the PLKK Final. They overcame Gorzow in the decider. The game was mostly controlled by CCC Polkowice. AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski was better in third quarter 23-13. 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 AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski used huge pressure winning it 13-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-19. The best player for the winners was American power forward Amisha Carter (188-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Sharnee Zoll (170-86, college: Virginia) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. CCC Polkowice's coach Krzysztof Koziorowicz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Lyndra Weaver (185-87, college: Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and Australian guard Samantha Richards (167-83) added 12 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CCC Polkowice: A.Carter 21+9reb+1ast, K.Greene 15+5reb+2ast, A.Majewska 14+7reb, S.Zoll 11+7reb+7ast, N.Trafimava 9+3reb+4ast, J.Jeziorna 4+3reb+1ast
Gorzow: L.Weaver 16+13reb+1ast, C.Nnamaka 15+4reb, S.Richards 12+3reb+8ast, A.Kaczmarczyk 12+4reb+1ast, J.Zurowska 7+11reb, I.Piekarska 6+5reb
gschID: 125991


5-6 place
Lider Pruszkow - Energa Torun 56-56

Lider Pruszkow clinched the fifth place after a home draw with Energa Torun. Lider Pruszkow celebrated a road win and claimed an overall victory on aggregate. Lider Pruszkow trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 56-56 at the end of the game. Energa Torun dominated on the defensive end, holding Lider Pruszkow to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for Energa Torun was the former international forward Emilia Tlumak (183-82) who scored 23 points. Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic (192-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Adrianne Ross (173-84, college: TCU) produced 24 points and the other American import forward Bernice Mosby (186-84, college: Baylor) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Lider Pruszkow: A.Ross 24+3reb+2ast, B.Mosby 13+7reb+1ast, M.Skorek 11+6reb, B.Denson 4+14reb+1ast, K.Furdak 4, P.Antczak 0+3reb+1ast


Energa Torun: E.Tlumak 23, J.Maksimovic 12+10 reb, M.Radwan 7, V.Perostiyska 6

gschID: 125992


7-8 place
Artego - Super-Pol 61-53

Super-Pol earned the seventh position in the PLKK standings. Despite an 8-point loss to Artego in Bydgoszcz Super-Pol claimed the victory on aggregate. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Artego made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Natalia Mrozinska (191-84) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Marta Urbaniak (189-87) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Artego's coach Adam Zieminski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Justyna Grabowska (177-81) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Dominika Urbaniak (187-87) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Artego: N.Mrozinska 25+6reb+1ast, M.Urbaniak 18+5reb+1ast, S.Parus 6+3reb+1ast, K.Szybala 6+7reb+2ast, M.Sibora 6+3reb+2ast, M.Palacz 0+1reb
Super-Pol: J.Grabowska 14+7reb+2ast, E.Mukosiej 10+3reb+1ast, J.Czarnecka 9+6reb+1ast, A.Kulaga 8+3reb+6ast, D.Urbaniak 8+10reb, Z.Janowicz 4+3reb
gschID: 125993




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. Perostiyska, Energa T.1.3 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.1.1 
 7. Goff, Super-Pol1.0 
 8. Oha, LKS Siemens0.9 
 9. McLean, Utex Row0.8 
 10. Carter, CCC P.0.8 


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Standings - Women
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Hemofarm 13-0 
 2. Partizan 10-3 
 3. Radivoj Korac 9-4 
 4. Vojvodina 7-6 
 5. Vozdovac 6-7 
 6. Crvena Zvezda 3-10 
 7. Spartak 2-11 
 8. Celarevo 2-11 
Places 9-13
 1. Kovin 8-8 
 2. Proleter 5-11 
 3. Student 5-11 
 4. Loznica 4-12 
 5. Radnicki KG 3-13 


A League Round 7 (second stage): Vojvodina loses to Hemofarm Stada in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Novi Sad. 4th placed host Vojvodina (7-6) was smashed by leader Hemofarm Stada (13-0) 90-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vojvodina. Undefeated Hemofarm Stada have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Vojvodina at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Hemofarm Stada are looking forward to face Vozdovac (#5) in Beograd in the next round. Vojvodina will play on the road against Spartak in Subotica and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Second ranked Partizan (10-3) crushed at home 7th ranked Spartak (2-11) by 56 points 106-50, which is the biggest margin this round. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Kovin. Spartak lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Celarevo. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.

In the last two games of round 7 Crvena Zvezda was destroyed by Radivoj Korac on the opponent's court 96-53. Vozdovac outscored Celarevo in a home game 90-43.




Radivoj Korac - Crvena Zvezda 96-53

Rather expected game in Beograd where 6th ranked Crvena Zvezda (3-10) was crushed by third ranked Radivoj Korac (9-4) 96-53. The game without a history. Radivoj Korac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Radivoj Korac maintains third place with 9-4 record having four points less than leader Kovin. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Radivoj Korac will play against Celarevo (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.

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Vozdovac - Celarevo 90-43

Rather predictable result in Beograd where fifth ranked Vozdovac (6-7) smashed 8th ranked Celarevo (2-11) 90-43. The game without a history. Vozdovac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Celarevo to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Vozdovac maintains fifth place with 6-7 record. Celarevo lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Spartak. Vozdovac will play against league's leader Hemofarm Stada in Vrsac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Celarevo will play at home against Radivoj Korac (#3) in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Vojvodina - Hemofarm 52-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Novi Sad. 4th placed host Vojvodina (7-6) was smashed by leader Hemofarm Stada (13-0) 90-52. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vojvodina. Hemofarm Stada have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Vojvodina at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Hemofarm Stada are looking forward to face Vozdovac (#5) in Beograd in the next round. Vojvodina will play on the road against Spartak in Subotica and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
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Partizan - Spartak 106-50

Second ranked Partizan (10-3) crushed at home 7th ranked Spartak (2-11) by 56 points 106-50, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Kovin. Spartak lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Celarevo. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
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Baltic number one in Slovenia for round 6 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian power forward Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked AJM Maribor, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds, while her team outclassed Jezica (#6, 9-17) with 40-point margin 98-58. AJM Maribor maintains the 2nd position in Slovenian SKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. AJM Maribor will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. Baltic has many years of experience at AJM Maribor, through which he has constantly improved. Kristina Baltic has solid league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and assists (7th best: 3.0apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Ajda Gabrovsek (188-C-84) of Odeja KED Skofja Loka. Gabrovsek had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Of course she lead Odeja KED to another comfortable win 75-56 over slightly lower-ranked Grosuplje (#-2, 1-1) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Odeja KED to move up to -4th position in Places 7-13. Her team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won both games so far. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Gabrovsek is one of the most experienced players at Odeja KED and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Montenegrin center Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) of ZKK Merkur Celje (#3). Turcinovic scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Merkur Celje, leading her team to a 76-59 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Ilrija (#5, 15-11). Merkur Celje is closer and closer to the top of the standings in Places 1-6. They will still need more victories. But 22-4 record is not that bad... Turcinovic has a great season in Slovenia. After 25 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.6rpg (2nd best). She also has 2.3spg and FGP: 58.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eva Komplet (182-F/C-86) of Hit K.Gora - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Martina Dover (177-G-86) of AJM Maribor - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) of Grosuplje - 28 points and 7 rebounds
7. Maja Drozg (179-F/C-81) of AJM Maribor - 20 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ana Ljubenovic (182-F/C-88) of Triglav - 19 points and 4 rebounds
9. Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) of Merkur Celje - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Sandra Bajraktarevic (168-G-90) of Ilrija - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Standings - Women
SKL Stage Two Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Hit K.Gora 26-0 
 2. Merkur Celje 22-4 
 3. AJM Maribor 19-7 
 4. Ilrija 15-11 
 5. Triglav 14-12 
 6. Jezica 9-17 
Places 7-13
 1. GVT Konjice 3-0 
 2. Odeja KED 2-0 
 3. Rasica 2-1 
 4. Grosuplje 1-1 
 5. Kozmetika Afr. 1-2 
 6. Pivka 0-2 
 7. Domzale 0-3 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.3 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje18.8 
 4. Turcinovic, Merkur C.18.5 
 5. Komplet, Hit K.16.6 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.5 
 7. Drozg, AJM Maribor15.3 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor15.2 
 9. Trebec, Hit K.Gora15.0 
 10. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.9 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.6 
 3. Skof, Ilrija8.9 
 4. Baltic, AJM M.8.3 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav8.2 
 6. Macura, Jezica7.9 
 7. Vene, Ilrija7.5 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav7.3 
 9. Klancnik, GVT K.7.1 
 10. Furman, AJM M.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.3 
 2. Oblak, Hit K.Gora4.7 
 3. Oberc, Ilrija4.4 
 4. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 5. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.8 
 6. Kolman, Grosuplje3.4 
 7. Baltic, AJM M.3.0 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav3.0 
 9. Radulovic, Hit K.2.9 
 10. Duric, Triglav2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED3.4 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor3.0 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.0 
 4. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.8 
 5. Oberc, Ilrija2.6 
 6. Abramovic, Merkur C.2.6 
 7. Zalar, Ilrija2.5 
 8. Klancnik, GVT K.2.5 
 9. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.4 
 10. Mikic, Grosuplje2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja KED
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Klancnik, GVT K.0.5 
 5. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.5 
 6. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 7. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 8. Vene, Ilrija0.5 
 9. Macura, Jezica0.5 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.0.4 


Maribor secure playoff sport - by Zeljko Zule
AJM Maribor clinched a post-season berth with an easy 95-58 win over Jezica in Superleague Round 6.
AJM Maribor-Jezica 95-58: After tying the game at 21-21, Maribor went on a 15-0 run spanning the first and second quarter. Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90) had 28 points and 17 rebounds ended with 48 index rating. Martina Dover scored 24 points and Maja Drozg 20. Jezica was led by Eva Rupnik with 15 points, Jasmina Hatic added 14, Kristina Pavli 11 and Nina Gabrovsek 10.
Triglav-Kranjska Gora 52-77: The defending champion outrebounded local rival 43-26, picking up 13 offensive boards. Eva Komplet collected 20 points and 10 rebounds and Teja Oblak and Natasa Radulovic both scored 16 points. Triglavs lone scorer in double figures was Ana Ljubenovic with 19 points.
Celje-Ilirija 76-59: Celje scored 11 straight points in the first quarter to take a lead 19-10 and never looked back from there. Ana Turcinovic had 24 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes, Tjasa Gortnar scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Nika Baric scored13 points. Jezica commited 24 turnovers. Barbara Skof finished with 18 points, Sandra Bajrektarevic scored 17 and Natasa Vene 15.
Odeja-Grosuplje 75-56: Odeja never trailed. Ajda Gabrovsek contributed 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, Karmen Brdnik netted 14 points. Natasa Mikic led all scorers with 28 points she missed all of seven of her three-point tries and Janza Dolinsek added 12 points for Grosuplje.



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LNA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Fribourg and Helios post victories - by Eurobasket News
Fribourg - Riva Basket 72-58

Fribourg recorded the second straigt win in the semifinal series against Riva Basket. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. Riva Basket managed to win third quarter 18-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fribourg forced 24 Riva Basket turnovers. American players dominated the game. Center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) contributed with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 steals for the winners. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Power forward Traci Edwards (188-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: LBM Management) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Brittany Wilkins (191-83, college: Iowa St., agency: LBM Management) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Riva Basket.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: A.Williams 22+8reb+5ast, C.Trahan 21+15reb+2ast, B.Muller 14+2reb+2ast, L.Mazzocchi 11+3reb+2ast, P.Winkler 2+1reb, L.Thalmann 2+4reb
Riva Basket: T.Edwards 25+8reb+1ast, B.Wilkins 13+9reb, E.Himaj 6+2reb, L.Travaini 5+1reb, L.Bordoli 4+1reb+1ast, J.Jakab 3+2reb
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Helios - Pully 107-66

Helios eased to the second consecutive win over Pully. The game without a history. Helios 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 Pully's 28. Helios forced 21 Pully turnovers and outrebounded them 43-21 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pully's players. Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) scored 26 points, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Helios' coach Erik Lehmann felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Mariesa Greene (183, college: Barry) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) scored 11 points.
Top scorers:
Helios: M.Villarroel 26+4reb+8ast, J.Michaux 23+2reb+5ast, D.Sissoko 20+10reb+1ast, K.Clement 7+8reb+1ast, S.Kershaw 7+7reb+5ast, N.Clement 6+3reb
Pully: M.Greene 34+10reb, D.Diouf 11+3reb+3ast, L.Martin 9+3reb+4ast, A.Gavin 6+1reb, S.Monteiro 3, C.Michaux 0
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LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Greene, Pully30.5 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg26.9 
 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, Fribourg20.4 
 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 Basket12.4 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.3 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon11.0 
 7. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.10.3 
 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, Fribourg4.8 
 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. Annibale, Riva Basket2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Diouf, Pully4.4 
 2. Greene, Pully4.3 
 3. Williams, Fribourg4.3 
 4. Villarroel, Helios4.2 
 5. Gur, Nyon4.0 
 6. Sissoko, Helios3.5 
 7. Edwards, Riva B.3.3 
 8. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
 9. Trahan, Fribourg3.2 
 10. Kershaw, Helios3.1 
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. Favre, Nyon1.1 
 8. Hamlin, Highflyers1.1 
 9. Trahan, Fribourg1.1 
 10. Yanni, Basel1.0 


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TKBL: Fenerbahce and Galatasaray to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce and Galatasaray eliminated their rivals with perfect 3-0 and they will meet in the Playoff Finals. The games schedule will be announced soon.


Semifinals, Game 2: Botas - Fenerbahce 70-95 (0-3)


The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 34-of-35 charity shots (97.1 percent) during the game. Fenerbahce outrebounded Botas 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Botas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Angel McCoughtry (185-86, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Serbian center Ivana Matovic (197-83) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Megan Frazee (191-87, college: Liberty) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and her fellow American import guard Whitney Boddie (175-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 16 points in the effort for Botas. Five Fenerbahce and four Botas players scored in double figures. Botas' coach Can Ozturk gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Botas: W.Boddie 16+2reb+3ast, M.Frazee 14+9reb+1ast, A.De Oliviera 12+4reb+1ast, J.Anderson 11+4reb+1ast, G.Takmaz 8+2reb+2ast, B.Cigil 4+1reb+1ast
Fenerbahce: A.McCoughtry 21+10reb+2ast, I.Matovic 17+5reb, E.Tuncluer 13+4reb+1ast, S.Ivegin 13+2reb+2ast, A.Jekabsone-Zogota 12+2reb+3ast, H.Horakova 9+2reb+1ast


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Semifinals, Game 2: TED Kayseri - Galatasaray 61-69 (0-3)

TED Kayseri trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-69 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Seimone Augustus (185-84, college: LSU) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Center Sylvia Fowles (198-85, college: LSU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward LaToya Pringle (191-86, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Nakia Sanford (193-76, college: Kansas) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. TED Kayseri's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
TED Kayseri: L.Pringle 20+8reb+1ast, B.Ozturk 15+4reb+3ast, N.Sanford 8+11reb+3ast, A.Metin 7, P.Demirok 5+2reb+1ast, G.Yavuz 2+2reb+2ast
Galatasaray: S.Augustus 20+5reb+2ast, S.Fowles 10+11reb, I.Alben 9+2reb+2ast, D.Gumusay 8+3reb, D.Hodges 7+1ast, T.Catchings 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 125971