EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/9/2011

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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.7 
 3. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.5 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.6 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.5 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.17.2 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.4 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Graham, UBSC G.7.8 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 8. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 9. Volcic, Oberwart7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.4 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 9. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
 10. Boylan, Gmunden4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.2 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart1.9 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 9. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Lee, Wels1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.4 
 4. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 7. Sally, Oberwart0.9 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.9 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


A Bundesliga Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
All home teams won their games again for 2-0 lead in the Playoff Quarterfinals (best-of-five). Third games will be played on Sunday.



Arkadia - Kapfenberg 79-72 (2-0)


Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Arkadia Lions, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Bonaventure) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) replied with 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: K.Houston 22+13reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 18+1reb+2ast, F.Vay 17+8reb+4ast, B.Danek 10+2reb+12ast, K.Payton 10+2reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 2+7reb
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 15+2reb+7ast, D.Nelson 14+7reb, D.Horace 12+3reb+4ast, S.Knabl 12, A.Woschank 8+3reb+1ast, L.Gordon 6+7reb


gschID: 126003


Oberwart - Wels 79-63 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Oberwart Gunners. Raiffeisen Wels managed to win third quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oberwart Gunners had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) who scored 22 points. The former international guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-85) chipped in 18 points. Oberwart Gunners' coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 22+4reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 18+1reb+1ast, B.Volcic 9+4reb+1ast, D.Gonzalvez 9+4reb+3ast, T.Sally 8+5reb, K.Parker 7+4reb+9ast
Wels: R.Brokenborough 16+6reb+6ast, J.Francois 12+5reb, B.Fields 10+1reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 10+7reb+1ast, T.Klette 9+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 126004


Gmunden - UBSC Graz 70-56 (2-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. UBSC Graz was better in third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UBSC Graz to just 7 points in first quarter. Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Louis Graham (205-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) added 16 points in the effort for UBSC Graz.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 20+2reb+1ast, D.Oppland 12+9reb+1ast, D.Mayes 10+2reb+2ast, T.Stelzer 7+4reb+2ast, M.Mayer 7+6reb+2ast, I.Boylan 6+1reb
UBSC Graz: D.Miletic 16+4reb+1ast, L.Graham 12+10reb, S.Grum 12+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 7+3reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 4+4reb+4ast, C.Knor 3+4reb
gschID: 126001


Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 77-69 (2-0)

The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-16 Xion Dukes' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-69 at the end of the game. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 20 Xion Dukes turnovers. Canadian center Russell Hicks (213-85, college: FIU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 9 points and 8 assists for the winners. American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-84) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Xion Dukes. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: R.Hicks 19+9reb, A.Shavies 11+4reb+3ast, D.Alexander 11+2reb, S.Stazic 9+3reb+8ast, S.Ray 8+2reb, R.Hampton 6+7reb+1ast
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 22+10reb, C.Nagler 21+7reb+4ast, M.Rachar 8+3reb, R.Suljanovic 8+3reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 4+3reb+5ast, C.Greimeister 3
gschID: 126002




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  BAHRAIN   


Latest Development - by Yousef Ahmed

BAHRAIN Basketball Association's president Adel Al Assomi has formed a probe committee to look into its players' participation in anti-government protests. The probe committee is being headed by BBA's vice-president Jassim Al Sindi and includes members Abdulla Abdulghaffar, Hameed Abbas and Talal Jassim. This comes after more than a dozen sportsmen and officials were sacked and banned this past week by their respective clubs for their participation in the recent demonstrations around the Kingdom, which was aired on Bahrain TV program showing proof with pictures of many athletes and Managers from all sports among anti-government demonstrators.
Al Hala Club expelled basketball team manager Mahdi Hajji and senior basketball team members Ahmed Mirza and Mahmood Khadamy.
Manama Club Banned Team manager Nooh Najaf and basketball players Mohammed Najaf, Mahmood Ghuloom, Omran Abdulreda, Mohammed Hassan and Hassan Naorooz.
Other Clubs also banned some of their players and officials for their part in the demonstrations. But the exact figures are not available yet.
The General Organization for Youth and Sports have decided to withhold financial dues to various clubs that have refused to take part in local leagues and tournaments including Al Ahli who recently pulled out of the GCC Clubs Soccer Championship.

Meanwhile, Sitra Club's board has decided that its basketball team will play the remaining matches in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. The club had earlier announced that it would pull out of the league due to the security situation in Bahrain. The board have urged its players to return for training starting today under their new coach Vladimir. Sitra will play the remaining games in the season without any professional players.

BBA announced also that the league will start April 20th but Clubs are requesting more time for preparation but no confirmation in changes has been announced.








Source Gulf Daily News



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  BELGIUM   


Christopher Young claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American-Lithuanian Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Generali Okapi Aalstar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 31-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Aalstar as his team was edged out by Liege (#7, 8-15) 95-91. Aalstar maintains the 2nd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 18-7 record. Young turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Young is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 77.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Liege. Stipanovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Liege to edge the higher-ranked Aalstar (#2, 18-7) by 4 points 95-91. Liege's 7th position in has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-15 record. Stipanovic is well-known by Liege fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#6). Jackson scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of VOO Verviers-Pepinster, leading his team to a 83-76 win against the lower-ranked Gent (#9, 4-20). The chances of VOO Verviers-Pepinster not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jackson could try to bring VOO Verviers-Pepinster's a little bit higher in the standings. Jackson has individually a great season in Belgium. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 6.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83) of Gent - 14 points and 10 rebounds
6. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Antwerp - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Senne Geukens (190-G-83) of Gent - 19 points and 3 rebounds
8. Tornike Shengelia (205-G/F-91) of Verviers-Pep. - 11 points and 8 rebounds
9. Lionel Bosco (176-G-81) of Gent - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  BRAZIL   


Winner/Limeira open NBB playoffs with rout of Sao Jose - by Eurobasket News
Winner/Limeira - Sao Jose/Vinac 90:76

Winner/Limeira recorded the first win in the NBB eighth-final series versus Sao Jose/Vinac. The hosts thus grabbed a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) fired 25 points to pace the winners.
Winner/Limeira took over right from the start. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening term to build a 6-point lead. Winner/Limeira succeeded defensively in the second term as they limited Sao Jose/Vinac to only 12 points and boosted the margin to as many as 13 points at the interval 44:31. Winner/Limeira maintained the advantage throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Eric Tatu Romualdo (185-G-83) nailed 19 points for Winner/Limeira. Andre Bambu (205-C-79) had 12 points in the victory. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) answered with 15 points for Sao Jose/Vinac. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) accounted for 13 points in defeat. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday.

Winner/Limeira: Ronald Ramon 25, Eric Tatu Romualdo 19, Andre Bambu 12
Sao Jose/Vinac: Fulvio de Assis 15, Murilo Becker 13




Wanderson de Jesus sign with Americana team - by Paulo Freire
The direct board of the Americana Basketball announced on Friday (April 8) the hiring of experienced center Wanderson de Jesus (201-F/C-83) 28 years old and 2'03 height , who was playing for Vitria (ES) on the the NBB.

'The team was in need of center and Wanderson will strengthens our group using his experience from several national tournaments' said head coach Wolmer Bicalho.

The management of the team still seeks for more reinforcements, even knowing the difficulties, the goal is to agree with more one or two athletes.

The team is playing the New Millennium Tournament and will also play the Regional Games of Sao Paulo city.


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  CAPE VERDE   


Santiago South Championship: Predio Wins Super Cup in Senior - by Pedro Gomes
Predio CVT started the season in the best way, by winning the Super Cup with a victory over the Seven Stars by 66-60. The two teams showed the lack fitness, and team play that comes with sufficient practice and games. Seven started the game well, and took a lead in the first period 20 - 14, taking advantage of the fast break points. Using the experience of Vitocas and Lamine , Predio CVT was able to close the gap, and finish the half trailing 29 - 25.

And that's what continued iIn the third quarter of the game, Predio CVT was led by their experience players, and and turned the game over, and took the lead 47 - 38 at the end of the third period. Seven stars, missed the contributions of their best players, Seiko and Patrick, who sat out the third quater in foul trouble. In the fourth quater, emotions ran high, and took over the players, who began to commit many mistakes on both end of the floors, for both teams. However, Predio CVT was able to hold on, and finalised on some key basket down the strech, to win the game 66 to 60.




Santiago South: U18 Super Cup - by Pedro Gomes
The U18 super cup game was between ABC and Bairro.
Bairro dominated the entire game, with the final score reading 61 to 23

Another highlight of this year championship, is the 24 second clock, which was damaged, and recently offered to the CV Federation by FIBAl. The clock, brand new, was much need, as it will give more quality to the championship games, which kicks off next week-end, with teams from the Bairro, Seven Stars, Predio and ABC.




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  CHINA   


CBA Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Xinjiang - Jiangsu 111-97

The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Jiangsu Dragons managed to win third quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). His fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. International swingman Li Yi (203-85) answered with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) added 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 35+5reb+7ast, S.James 23+14reb+4ast, X.GuoChong 22+4reb+2ast, Z.QingPeng 10+1reb+1ast, C.Tal 6+1ast, M.Bateer 5+7reb+1ast
Jiangsu: Y.Li 31+6reb+4ast, M.Da 19+1ast, M.Jerome 14+10reb+3ast, L.Yahui 8+3reb+4ast, T.ZhengDong 8+2reb, W.Song 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126242


Guandong - DongGuan 115-111

It looked good early as DongGuan Leopards took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Guandong Tigers had a 36-33 second period charge getting the lead and DongGuan Leopards were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 111-115. Guandong Tigers forced 22 DongGuan Leopards turnovers. DongGuan Leopards were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who led his team to a victory scoring 41 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) helped adding 20 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) with 38 points (!!!) and the former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four Guandong Tigers and five DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Lester 41+7reb+3ast, H.Marcus 20+10reb+1ast, H.Dong 16+11reb+2ast, W.ShiPeng 16+2reb, W.Zheng 6+2reb, Z.FangYu 6+1reb+1ast
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 38+3reb+2ast, Z.Kai 19+11reb+1ast, S.Courtney 16+11reb, H.ZhongMian 12+1reb+1ast, Q.Biao 10+3reb+3ast, P.Duo 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 126243




Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang31.5 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.9 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.7 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan29.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.0 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin27.1 
 9. Hamilton, TianJ.26.8 
 10. Marbury, Foshan25.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Jones, Fujian15.8 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.3 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.1 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.1 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.7 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.4 
 5. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 7. Douby, Xinjiang5.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 10. Hamilton, TianJ.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.8 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.6 
 4. Hudson, Guandong3.0 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 8. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.6 
 7. Haislip, Guandong1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Morris, Beijing1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Xinjiang and Guangdong Advance to CBA Finals - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong will face Xinjiang in the CBA championship as each team swept its semi-final series 3-0.

Defending champion Guangdong defeated Dongguan 115-111. Guangdong outscored Dongguan 37-22 in the third quarter to take a 95-78 lead, then staved off a 33-20 Dongguan rally in the fourth. Lester Hudson led Guangdong with 41 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 3 blocks. Haislip Marcus (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Young Dong Hanlin had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Shipeng also scored 16. Guangdong is a different club with Hudson and Haislip as its imports. It started the season with David Harrison and Fred Jones, but Harrison was soon injured and Jones did not live up to expectations. Hudson and Haislip make Guangdong a serious threat to defeat regular season champion Xinjiang.

Josh Akognon led Dongguan with 38 points. Courtney Sims had 16 points and 11 rebounds. But Sims does not fit in with Dongguan as well as the injured Jackson Vroman so Dongguan is not as proficient as it was in the regular season, when it tied for second with Guangdong. Zhang Kai had 19 points and 11 rebounds. He Zhongmian scored 12 points and Qiu Biao had 10.

Xinjiang defeated Jiangsu 111-97. Quincy Douby had 35 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. James Singleton had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Guozhong had 22 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng scored 10. Mengke Bateer had 5 points and 7 rebounds.

Yi Li (203-F/G-85) had 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists for Jiangsu. Meng Da scored 19. Jerome Moiso had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Liu Yahui had 8 points and 4 assists. Tang Zhengdong scored 8 in 13 minutes. Antoine Wright played only 5 minutes and was scoreless.



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  CROATIA   


Miro Bilan leaves Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Miro Bilan (212-F-89) is no longer a member of Zadar. The 21-year-old Croatian decided to leave the club, but still didnt announce where he will continue his career. Bilan appeared 26 times in Adriatic league this season averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds. Zadar ended as the last ranked team in the league and faced with relegation. In EuroChallenge, Bilan added 8.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 12 games, while in Croatian championship he had 10.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 3 games.
Miro Bilan is a product of Sibenka Sibenik, were he started as a teenager. He left them at the beginning of the last season signing a deal with Greek A2 team AEP Olimpiada Patron. Bilan was a member of Croatian U20 and U18 National Team in the past.
This is another bad news for Zadar, who is going through hard time this season. However, despite all of the problems (mostly financial) the team has 3-1 record in Croatian league and they reached National Cup Finals recently.


Renfroe's 18 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Round Four - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team KK Zagreb CO and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Round 4 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 18 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for KK Zagreb CO in his team's victory, helping them to beat Borik (#6, 1-3) 73-60. It allowed KK Zagreb CO to consolidate first place in the Croatian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but KK Zagreb CO already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Renfroe had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be KK Zagreb CO's top player in his first season with the team. Alex Renfroe averages this season 12.8ppg and 8.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Cibona. He is naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina swingman in his second season at Cibona. In the last game Bogdanovic recorded impressive 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Cibona to another comfortable win outscoring Zabok (#8, 0-3) 101-69. This victory allowed Cibona to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Bogdanovic is well-known at Cibona and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar (#3). Car got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Zadar, leading his team to a 69-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Alkar Sinj (#7, 1-3). Zadar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Car has a very solid season. In 4 games in Croatia he scored 21.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) of Cibona - 13 points and 7 rebounds
5. Ivica Radic (207-F-90) of Alkar Sinj - 13 points and 11 rebounds
6. Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) of Cibona - 22 points and 2 rebounds
7. Ante Grgurevic (199-F-75) of KK Split - 13 points and 13 rebounds
8. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) of Cedevita - 26 points
9. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) of Zadar - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  DENMARK   


Ligaen Finals: Bears destroy Rabbits in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Svendborg - Bakken 54-80 (0-1)

Bakken Bears blasted Svendborg Rabbits on the road in Game One of the Playoff Finals. It means that the Bears are 1-0 up now in the series (best-of-seven). Second game is scheduled for Monday.
The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Svendborg managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken forced 19 Svendborg turnovers and outrebounded them 46-28 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Matt Williams (200-77, college: Montana) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.

Top scorers:
Svendborg: N.Iversen 16+5reb+1ast, M.Williams 11+5reb, C.Cavanaugh 7+4reb+2ast, M.Mariegaard 6+4reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 6+2reb+1ast, N.Degn-Andersen 5+2reb
Bakken: C.Christoffersen 18+7reb, J.Thorpe 15+14reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 15+3reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 9+2reb+3ast, C.Burgess 8+9reb+7ast, H.Petkov 8+7reb
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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Round 5 Standings
 1. Stevnsgade 19-3 
 2. Falcon 19-3 
 3. Lemvig 15-7 
 4. Haderslev 13-9 
 5. Virum 12-10 
 6. Glostrup 11-11 
 7. Solrod 10-12 
 8. ALBA 8-14 
 9. Skt.Klemens 7-15 
 10. Aarhus BF 7-15 
 11. Hobas 6-16 
 12. Herlev 5-17 
Round 4 Standings


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  D-LEAGUE   


Reynolds, McFarland, Harris suspended - by Eurobasket News
Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87, college: Villanova) of the Springfield Armor has been suspended for one game for his role in an on-court altercation, while Springfield's Chas McFarland and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers' Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) each have been suspended for one game for leaving their respective bench areas during the altercation, the league announced Thursday.

The incident occurred with 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter of Rio Grande Valley's 122-103 win over Springfield on Saturday, April 2.

Harris' suspension will cover Rio Grande Valley's first-round playoff game at Bakersfield on Friday. Because Springfield's season is over, McFarland's and Reynolds' suspensions will cover their next game in the NBA D-League.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Stage Two Standings
Top 4
 1. GUG 1-0 
 2. CDP 1-0 
 3. CPN 0-1 
 4. Plaza 0-1 
Places 5-6
 1. Cupes 0-0 
 2. Sameji 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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  EBA   


Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 , Johnson, Hudson Valley Hype, 34.8
2 , Parker, Harrisburg Horizon, 34.7
3 , Scott, New York Wizards, 28.5
4 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 27.8
5 , Weaver, TBA - EBA Team, 27.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 , Frazier, Destroyers, 13.2
2 , Cheatham, Destroyers, 13
3 , Witcher, Old Dominion Mustangs, 10.5
4 , Hubbard, Old Dominion Mustangs, 10.0
5 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 10.0
Assists Per Game
1 , Howard, Washington Madness, 8.8
2 , Flegler, Nova Hawks, 7.3
3 , Gill, Washington Madness, 7
4 , Scott, New York Wizards, 6.7
5 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 5.3
5 , Trent, New York Wizards, 5.3
Steals Per Game
1 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4.3
2 , Jeffries, Washington Madness, 4.2
3 , Hankins, Old Dominion Mustangs, 4
4 , Hawkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 3.2
4 , Randolph, Carolina Gladiators, 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1 , Wrice, South Jersey Enterprise, 3.9
2 , Alleyne, New York Wizards, 3.8
3 , Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 2.6
4 , Reynolds, Old Dominion Mustangs, 2.3
5 , Bush, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.0
5 , Kent, Old Dominion Mustangs, 2.0
5 , Onuaku, Washington Madness, 2.0


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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 


Real Madrid eliminates Valencia, goes to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Valencia 66-58
Real Madrid earned their first Final Four berth in 15 years. They managed to beat Valencia 66-58 in fifth decisive game of the Playoff Quarterfinals and will take on Maccabi Electra in the Semis (May 6). Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) was a key player for the hosts with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 19). Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also scored 12, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) helped with 9 points and 9 boards. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined on the other side and was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. He collected 19 points and 6 rebounds for 33 minutes. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 16 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Valencia. Valencia opened the game with quick 2-11 lead and later finished first quarter with 11-17. The home squad came to 21-16 at the halfway of the second period, which later ended with 40-42 Valencia lead. Clay Tucker was the one who made a deep triple in the last Real Madrid possession in the first half. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Ante Tomic drew Javtokas's fourth foul before Llull stepped up with a pair of jumpers from either side on the three-point arc, making it 48-44 for the hosts. Valencia came to minus 3 in the finish of third period, but Reyes and Carlos Suarez replied for 58-51 lead with ten minutes to go. It means that Real Madrid won third period 18-9. Valencia was struggling with defensive rebounding and it was the crucial thing last night. Real Madrid was missing the shots in the last quarter, but they were getting second chance opportunities many times. The game ended with 17-7 in offensive rebounds for the hosts. Real Madrid had 62-55 with five minutes left and Rafael Martinez gave a hope to Valencia with a triple. However, Ante Tomic shined in the finish with a basket, block and offensive rebound. He also made a free throw with 52 seconds remaining to signal to the fans that it was time to celebrate. As mentioned above, Real Madrid will meet Maccabi Electra in the Semis.


Update: David Blatt comment on R.Madrid's victory in game 5: 'This was a challenging but obvious win for Madrid. I can only expect a really though and exciting game in the Euroleague Semi-Finals. It will be a battle for the right to play in the Finals of Europe's biggest stage'.




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: The same manuscript - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Qualification to Top League, Game # 2: The same manuscript tonight as on Wednesday. Korikobrat (Lapua) and YMCA Lappeenranta playing first close three quarters and then the last one is too much for Lapua. Lapua got tired again and YMCA LPR won also at Lapua 80-93 (36-37). Quarters: 17-19, 19-18, 25-28 and 19-28. YMCA Lappeenranta stays on top level and Lapua continues in division 1. Lapua was a year ago in the same situation. Then Tarmo (Porvoo) and Vilpas (Salo) were too strong for Korikobrat. Jussi Turja scored tonight his season high 34 pts for the hosts. Malik Moore led YMCA LPR with 33pts/9rbs.

Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Finnish 1st Team 2010-2011
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Maurice Horton
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Treylon Manning
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Baboucarr Bojang
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Derick Nelson
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Player of the Year: J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo
Guard of the Year: Maurice Horton (183-G-84) of LoKoKo
Forward of the Year: Derick Nelson (196-F-86) of Lapua
Center of the Year: J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo
Import Player of the Year: J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo
Domestic Player of the Year: Timo Riihela (193-G-80) of BC Nokia
Defensive Player of the Year: Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of BC Nokia
Coach of the Year: Greg Gibson of LoKoKo

1st Team
G: Maurice Horton (183-84) of LoKoKo
G: Treylon Manning (178) of Huima
F: Baboucarr Bojang (204-80) of BC Nokia
F: Derick Nelson (196-86) of Lapua
F/C: J'son Stamper (200-85) of LoKoKo

2nd Team
G: Timo Riihela (193-80) of BC Nokia
G: Benny Valentine (170-87) of Lapua
F: Arsene Towa (191-81) of Kerava ET
F: De Marcus Hall (201-85) of SayRi
C: Jeremy McCulloch (212-82) of FoKoPo

Honorable Mention
Zach Ramey (191-F/G-81) of Ura Basket
Channing Toney (196-G-86) of LoKoKo
Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of ToPo
Sami Ikavalko (187-G-89) of FoKoPo
Andre Foreman (198-F/G-69) of FoKoPo
Rudolf Tejha Mua (201-G/F-80) of Kerava ET
Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima
Jarno Nissinen (194-F-77) of Jyvaskyla
Tracy Robinson (201-F-86) of Jyvaskyla
Kilian Cato (201-F/C-92) of Honka
Eryk Thomas (200-C-85) of SayRi

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Timo Riihela (193-80) of BC Nokia
G: Sami Ikavalko (187-89) of FoKoPo
F/G: Andre Foreman (198-69) of FoKoPo
F: Jarno Nissinen (194-77) of Jyvaskyla
C: Mikael Sandberg (209-91) of ToPo

All-Imports Team
G: Maurice Horton (183-84) of LoKoKo
G: Treylon Manning (178) of Huima
F: Derick Nelson (196-86) of Lapua
F/C: J'son Stamper (200-85) of LoKoKo
C: Jeremy McCulloch (212-82) of FoKoPo



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  FRANCE   


Michel Gomez will coach Angola - by Romain Brusc
The french coach Michel Gomez will join the Angolan National Team this summer. He will arrive in the country on April 18th to prepare AfroBasket. The competition will start in september in Madagascar and it will be qualifier for the next Olympic games in London in 2012. Angola won the last six editions of AfroBasket. For Michel Gomez , it's a new experience after having been coach of the French National Team in 1994, 1995 and 2008.

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Best players of FYR Macedonian Superleague round 8 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Serbian Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lirija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against MZT Skopje (#2, 20-6) 92-97. Lirija maintains the 6th position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. Lirija is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 26 games. In the team's last game Jovanovic had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Lirija and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Jovanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.5ppg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American center John Chappell (208-C) of ABA Strumica. Chappell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as ABA Strumica lost that game 67-75 to slightly higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#3, 18-8). ABA Strumica managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-17 record. Chappell is well-known by ABA Strumica fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Geri Dendra of Rabotnicki (#3). Dendra scored 10 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rabotnicki, leading his team to a 75-67 win against slightly lower-ranked ABA Strumica (#5, 9-17). Rabotnicki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 8 lost games. Dendra has a very solid season. In 11 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 9.7ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Soler Mavel Rejnerio) of Lirija - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darnell Lindsay (196-G-87) of MZT Skopje - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88) of MZT Skopje - 16 points and 5 rebounds
8. Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of MZT Skopje - 18 points
9. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85) of Feni Indistrija - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89) of Torus Skopje - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 28-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 23-7 
 3. ALBA 21-9 
 4. Art.Dragons 20-10 
 5. NY Phantoms 18-12 
 6. EWE Baskets 18-12 
 7. TBB Trier 16-14 
 8. Bremerhaven 16-14 
 9. EnBW L'burg 16-14 
 10. Telekom Baskets 14-15 
 11. Goettingen 14-15 
 12. Phoenix Hagen 13-17 
 13. Walter Tigers 13-17 
 14. ratiopharm 12-19 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-22 
 16. Bayreuth 8-23 
 17. MBC 7-23 
 18. Duesseldorf 5-25 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Wood, Dt.18.8 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.8 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 4. Allen, ALBA16.0 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 6. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 7. Benzing, ratio.15.3 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 10. Ross, MBC15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.0 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 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.6.4 
 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.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.5 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.3 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.2 
 9. Jordan, LTi 46ers4.2 
 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. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.5 
 6. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 7. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 8. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 9. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.6 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.3 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.2 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 
 10. Scott, Goettingen0.9 


1.Bundesliga Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most shocking disappointment of round 30 was a home defeat of 3rd ranked Artland Dragons (20-10) by fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (21-9) who outscored them by 17 points 95-78 in the game for the third place. It ended the six-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) scored 20 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 17 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin moved-up to third place. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Mitteldeutscher BC (#17) in Weissenfels and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Gloria Giants managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Telekom Baskets in Duesseldorf 68-64. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Steven Wright supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even 20 points by American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth position with 5-25 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Goettingen. Gloria Giants will play against higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Telekom Baskets will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (28-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked TBB Trier (16-14) in Bamberg 80-61. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Kyle Hines who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was George Evans who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds. Brose Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-2 record. Loser TBB Trier keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg and Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets will meet Telekom Baskets (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (23-7) crushed at home 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen (13-17) by 39 points 92-53, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Phoenix Hagen. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Roger Powell who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 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. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 23-7 record having five points less than leader Brose Baskets. Phoenix Hagen at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be TBB Trier (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: EnBW L'burg won against ratiopharm on the opponent's court 95-85. EWE Baskets outscored Bayreuth in a home game 87-60. MBC was rolled over NY Phantoms on the road 94-55. Bremerhaven defeated Goettingen on its own court 75-62. Phoenix Hagen beat Duesseldorf in a road game 88-80. Goettingen destroyed LTi 46ers at home 78-51. ratiopharm were outscored by Bayreuth on the opponent's court 84-65.



Duesseldorf - Telekom Baskets 68-64

Bottom-ranked Gloria Giants managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Telekom Baskets in Duesseldorf 68-64. It looked good early as Telekom Baskets took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gloria Giants took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American guard Steven Wright (191-83, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Even 20 points by American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Telekom Baskets. His fellow American import center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gloria Giants maintains eighteenth position with 5-25 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Goettingen. Gloria Giants will play against higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Telekom Baskets will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: E.Rizvic 19+9reb, S.Wright 18+1reb+4ast, D.Haynes 14+2reb, P.Pope 6+3reb+3ast, L.Kisielius 3+1reb, J.Buck 3+4reb+1ast
Telekom Baskets: N.Wise 20+4reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 8+7reb, J.Hunt 7+3reb+1ast, T.Ohlbrecht 7+3reb+1ast, P.Flomo 6+1ast, J.Jaacks 5+2reb
gschID: 93145


ratiopharm - EnBW L'burg 85-95

Very expected game when 14th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-19) was defeated at home by ninth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (16-14) 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by EnBW Ludwigsburg. ratiopharm Ulm was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to ratiopharm Ulm's 44 and made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists for the winners. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to seventh place, which they share with TBB Trier and Bremerhaven. ratiopharm Ulm lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: J.Bowler 24+7reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 16+6reb+2ast, J.Green 14+4reb+10ast, A.Harris 13+3reb+3ast, R.Rickert 8+1reb, S.Vene 7+3reb
ratiopharm: L.Humphrey 19+2ast, C.Collins 19+6reb+1ast, R.Benzing 14+6reb, J.Bryant 13+17reb, P.Guenther 9+2reb+7ast, T.Mason-Griffin 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93143


Art.Dragons - ALBA 78-95

The most shocking disappointment of round 30 was a home defeat of 3rd ranked Artland Dragons (20-10) by fourth ranked ALBA Berlin (21-9) who outscored them by 17 points 95-78 in the game for the third place. It ended the six-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) scored 20 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. Five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) with 17 points and 6 assists and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin moved-up to third place. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play on the road against Mitteldeutscher BC (#17) in Weissenfels and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: B.Taylor 20+4reb+5ast, M.Raduljica 20+5reb, J.Jenkins 19+1reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 12+5reb+12ast, Y.Idbihi 11+5reb, D.Allen 10+6reb+5ast
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 19+3reb+2ast, T.Rice 17+2reb+6ast, D.Fenn 16+4reb+3ast, J.Strasser 7+2reb+2ast, R.Kurz 7+5reb, R.Boumtje 6+4reb
gschID: 93140


Dt.Bank SKY - Phoenix Hagen 92-53

Second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (23-7) crushed at home 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen (13-17) by 39 points 92-53, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Phoenix Hagen. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 45-32 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Matt Terwilliger (206-85, college: Ohio St., agency: 540 Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second position with 23-7 record having five points less than leader Brose Baskets. Phoenix Hagen at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be TBB Trier (#7) on the road where they are favorite. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: R.Powell 24+8reb+2ast, J.McKinney 12+4reb+1ast, C.Moss 12+10reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 9+5reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 8+1reb, M.Nolte 8+8reb
Phoenix Hagen: M.Terwilliger 12+5reb, Q.Pryor 11+7reb+2ast, M.Dorris 10+1reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 7+7reb, M.Schwarz 5, E.Seward 2+7reb
gschID: 93141


Brose Baskets - TBB Trier 80-61

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (28-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed seventh ranked TBB Trier (16-14) in Bamberg 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. TBB Trier managed to win third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TBB Trier to just 7 points in second quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 13 points. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward George Evans (202-71, college: George Mason, agency: Court Side) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) added 15 points respectively. Brose Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-2 record. Loser TBB Trier keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg and Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets will meet Telekom Baskets (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: K.Hines 18+7reb, R.Terry 13+3reb+1ast, B.Roberts 12+2reb, P.Suput 9+3reb+1ast, K.Tadda 9+2reb, T.Pleiss 8+2reb
TBB Trier: G.Evans 17+8reb+1ast, D.Joyce 15+2reb+3ast, B.Stewart 13+3reb, J.Bynum 6+4reb, O.Fassler 4+2ast, S.Picard 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93142


EWE Baskets - Bayreuth 87-60

Very predictable result in Oldenburg where sixth ranked EWE Baskets (18-12) smashed 16th ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-23) 87-60. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BBC Bayreuth's 36 and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. EWE Baskets forced 24 BBC Bayreuth turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. 24 personal fouls committed by BBC Bayreuth helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) added 13 points in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. EWE Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: O.Stevic 16+6reb, L.Campbell 13+1reb+4ast, R.Smeulders 12+3reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 12+3reb+3ast, R.Paulding 11+2reb+2ast, L.Bogdanovic 9+7reb+2ast
Bayreuth: P.Campbell 13+2reb, M.Ginyard 12+6reb+1ast, J.Reiner 8+4reb, D.Gibson 6+4reb+2ast, S.Wachalski 5+3reb, P.Heyden 4
gschID: 93137


NY Phantoms - MBC 94-55

Not a big story in a game in Braunschweig where 17th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (7-23) was rolled over by fifth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (18-12) 94-55. The game without a history. New Yorker Phantoms led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mitteldeutscher BC's 30. They outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 36-14 including a 25-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) replied with 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) added 6 points and 5 assists in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. New Yorker Phantoms maintains fifth position with 18-12 record, which they share with EWE Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth place with 23 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms' next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 15+2reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 15+6reb+7ast, K.Visser 12+6reb+1ast, P.Noch 10+1reb, J.Cain 10+7reb+8ast, N.Mittmann 8+1reb
MBC: R.Ross 15+1reb+1ast, W.Bernard 8+1reb, S.Leutloff 8+2reb+2ast, G.Grunheid 8+2reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 6+2reb+5ast, C.von Fintel 3
gschID: 93138


Bremerhaven - Goettingen 75-62

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (16-14) beat at home 11th ranked BG Goettingen (14-15) 75-62. BG Goettingen was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 42-23 second half run of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. 28 personal fouls committed by BG Goettingen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Power forward Jermain Raffington (205-85, college: Southeastern CC) replied with 15 points and American guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen. BG Goettingen's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and TBB Trier. BG Goettingen at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's next round opponent will be higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg and it may be quite challenging game. BG Goettingen will play on the road against Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: P.Schwethelm 17+11reb, C.Callahan 17+5reb+2ast, T.Everett 13+3reb+5ast, A.Drevo 12+4reb+1ast, J.Allen 5+1reb, S.Denison 5+5reb+1ast
Goettingen: J.Raffington 15+2reb+2ast, K.Bailey 10+5reb+3ast, L.Dale 8+1reb+2ast, J.Little 7+3reb+3ast, M.Scott 5+2reb+1ast, A.Jordan 5+1reb
gschID: 93139


Round 28
Duesseldorf - Phoenix Hagen 80-88

There was no surprise in Duesseldorf where 18th ranked Gloria Giants (5-25) were defeated by twelfth ranked Phoenix Hagen (13-17) 88-80. It looked good early as Gloria Giants took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Phoenix Hagen took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. It was a good game for American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall) contributed with 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gloria Giants' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Phoenix Hagen maintains twelfth position with 13-17 record, which they share with Walter Tigers. Gloria Giants at the other side stay dead last with 25 lost games. Phoenix Hagen's next round opponent will be higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#5) in Braunschweig and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gloria Giants will play on the road against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9).
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: M.Dorris 23+2reb+6ast, Z.Jonusas 20+3reb+1ast, J.Burtschi 17+10reb+6ast, M.Terwilliger 13+2reb+1ast, B.Kruel 9+6reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 6+3reb+1ast
Duesseldorf: D.Haynes 14+4reb, S.Wright 13+2reb+2ast, E.Rizvic 13+6reb, P.Pope 12+5reb+3ast, L.Kisielius 8+4reb, J.Buck 8+5reb
gschID: 124347


Round 29
Goettingen - LTi 46ers 78-51

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (14-15) outleveled at home 15th ranked LTi 46ers (8-22) 78-51. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LTi 46ers to just 5 points in fourth quarter. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 24. It was a good game for American power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Jannik Freese (211-86, college: High School) added 9 points in the effort for LTi 46ers. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BG Goettingen moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. LTi 46ers at the other side keep the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. BG Goettingen's next round opponent will be Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen. LTi 46ers will play on the road against ALBA Berlin.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: K.Bailey 17+2reb+4ast, J.Boone 16+10reb+1ast, D.Anderson 15+5reb+2ast, J.Little 9+5reb+2ast, R.Kulawick 6+2reb, A.Jordan 5+4reb
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 11+7reb, M.Jeffers 10+1reb, J.Freese 9+4reb+1ast, A.Smith 8+3reb, D.Madrich 7+5reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 125177


Round 31
Bayreuth - ratiopharm 84-65

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-19) was crushed on the road by sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (8-23) 84-65. The game was mostly controlled by BBC Bayreuth. ratiopharm Ulm was better in second period 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The other American import center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international guard Per Guenther (185-88) added 8 points and 7 assists in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth maintains sixteenth position with 8-23 record. ratiopharm Ulm lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 19+6ast, J.Harris 14+4reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 13+1reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 12+9reb+3ast, J.Reiner 10+14reb+1ast, D.Neitzel 10+1reb+2ast
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 14+5reb, R.Benzing 12+4reb+1ast, D.Fitzgerald 12+1reb+1ast, P.Guenther 8+2reb+7ast, L.Humphrey 7+1reb+2ast, C.Collins 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 125176




The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Give The Fans A Scrumptious Portion Of NBA Jam Whipping Phoenix Hagen 92-53 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Last week at the beko BBL Top 4 in Bamberg, people were as confident for a Frankfurt-Bamberg final as many feel Chicago Bull guard Derrick Rose will be 2011 NBA MVP, as actor Charlie Sheen is going totally beserk since his gig in Detriot and Perez Hilton is giving the juiciest gossip in Hollywood, but instead The Deutsche Bank Skyliners left the Bavarian city in fourth place and a lot of people wondering how that was ever possible. It was extremely obvious, that Skyliner skipper Gordon Herbert would not endure another performance like that again against Phoenix Hagen as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners returned with clenched fists and a mouth watering hunger for the opponent like German Formula one driver Sebastian Vettel has for defending his title, actor Jeremy Renior giving his all in the new Bourne movie as a whole new type of hero and kid hero Justin Bieber wanting to serenade his mother with a birthday cake, but mistakingly setting her hair on fire as the Frankfurt team blew away Phoenix Hagen 93-53. 'We had the right attitude tonight. We had been thinking all week about the Braunschweig cup loss. We showed that we wanted to win very badly with our performance. Our defense kept their offense in check from the second quarter until the end. We did very much right today and I am very happy about that', stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) Phoenix Hagen knew that Frankfurt would come out motivated, but had no answers on offense or defense. 'Frankfurt had a chip on their shoulder. They came out and just handled us and wanted to boost their confidence. We had energy before the game, but as the game started we showed nothing as nobody did anything. Frankfurt exposed all part of our game', stressed an unhappy Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). 'We were very focused this week. We showed tonight that we learned from our mistakes in Bamberg. We knew that with Hagen being a very good offensive team, that it would be a good test for us. We knew this game would be a good chance to show our Skyliner basketball and we did', warned Skyliner guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). 'We could of lost by 50 points. Nothing happened in this game for us. It was a catastrophe on offense and defense. Frankfurt came back form their poor showing in Bamberg and continue to keep second place', added Bernd Kruel (210-C/F-76)

Phoenix Hagen had nothing to lose in this game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners resting in 12th place and just wanting to finish the season with their heads high. This season Phoenix Hagen has had little problems scoring points as they average 85 a game, but their biggest flaw was their defense letting up 80 points or more 21 times and scoring 80 points or more 11 times, but still losing. Defense is one of the main reasons why the team failed to reach the promised land. 'I think that one of the main reasons of our poor defense is that we play so fast which in turn brings turnovers. We have had a lot of misfortune on the road recently getting between 18-20 turnovers, but at home only around 11-12 turnovers. We also had that stretch in the first half of the season where we had numerous injuries which didnt help us winning either. I think giving up so many points also has to do with experience. We have many new guys and only Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) and Zygimantas Jonusas', stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steve Wriedt . The team has had some bright spots including the emergence of beko BBL rookie Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) and late bloomer Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) who had to wait three years until becoming a professional because of military duty. David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Montana) is leading the team ins coring, but has had many years of European expereince. the question remains, which one of these three players should get beko BBL newcomer of the year? 'I would give the award to Jake Burtschi. He is the third most effective player in the league, leads the league in three point shooting, is top 10 in scoring and getting more rebounds. It is quite impressive how well he is playing despite not playing for three years. We really want to keep him, but it will be hard. He plays a lot of four position, but if he wants to play for a top European team, he will hav eto play more position three', added Steve Wriedt . Another interesting question is, will Bernd Kruel return for another season in the beko BBL? 'I am pretty sure that Bernd Kruel will play next season. He keeps showing that he can play and he is in the top three among most effective German players in the league', commented Steve Wriedt .

In the first half, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners found their rhythm quickly and it seemed like the team might lull the fans to sleep as the spectacular plays were missing a bit, but that quickly appeared in the second half, as Frankfurt brought some NBA flair into the game with dunks, dunks dunks. 'It felt like NBA Jam to me. We dunked very much and when you have Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) getting into the dunk thing, then you know that its something like NBA Jam. I have been a little unlucky with my bets. I lost the NCAA bracket and tonight I also lost my bet to Marius Nolte WE had bet in the middle of the season that whoever dunked first, the other guy would have to buy the other a pizza. Marius got lucky tonight', joked current beko BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood. 'We had many teams, but something was wrong that Tez wasnt involved. I reminded Dashaun about our bet after my dunk. Dashaun only smiled', said Marius Nolte 'Frankfurt poured it on in the second half with their own version of NBA Showtime. Shepherd and Powell had some nice dunks', added Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). 'I think that we all had fresh legs that helped us with the dunks. Even Jimmy McKinney got a dunk. He usually just gets lay ups', smiled Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). 'The dunks were nice for the fans, but bad for us. It showed that we got back to slow on defense', stressed Bernd Kruel

Before the game 2004 beko BBL champions Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Bernd Kruel had some time for chit chat at center court, while fans were hustling in the Ballsporthalle. Despite it being a Friday night, perfect weather for an early spring cook out and Eintracht Frankfurt playing, 4,820 fans found their way to see the basketball game. Phoenix Hagen was without their top scorer David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Montana) who had a wart problem on his foot and was unable to play. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started the game taking a quick 6-2 lead as their early and clear goal was to push the ball inside and take advantage of the weak Phoenix Hagen inside defense. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) scored inside as did DaShaun Wood who made a nice hesitation and then scored a move that he has been showing more and more in recent games. However Phoenix Hagen must of surprised Frankfurt somewhat as they werent going to their big strength outside shooting, but were taking a chapter out of the Frankfurt offense and going inside as well with quick and extra passes. Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) and Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) scored, but Phoenix Hagen still trailed 8-7. Phoenix Hagen was displaying fast in the first quarter that they continue to have a nasty phobia not being able to defend as Frankfurt was hitting on al cylinders inside and out. Quantez Robertson dropped a rainbow three pointer as did Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) who was testing his 28% three point percentage and scored inside as Frankfurt led 19-11. Phoenix Hagen then went on a mini 5-0 run to trail only 19-16 as Pryor hit a fade away jumper from the wing and ex Ohio State Greg Oden practice player Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) a three pointer. However Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a 8-2 run to lead 27-18 after 10 minutes as they continued to hurt Phoenix Hagen with their pick and roll and continued to hit shots and play transition game. Mckinney and Nolte scored inside and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was in the zone early with his jumper. 'Our 1/7 shooting from outside and 6 turnovers were the reason for being behind. I felt we did ok defending the pick and roll, but at times Frankfurt got that second chance and then scored', added Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steve Wriedt . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 75% from the field and 67% from outside while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 54% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt had the 6-5 rebounding edge. Frankfurt had four turnovers and Phoenix Hagen five.

In the first few minutes of the second quarter, Phoenix Hagen was able to stay with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as Edward Seward (206-C-78, college: Norfolk St.) scored inside as did Matt Terwillger who fought for an offensive rebound and scored as Frankfurt led 32-23. However Frankfurt then slowly started to break away closing out the second quarter with a 13-6 run to lead 45-29. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) cored an off balance jumper from the wing, Powell presented his first dunk of the evening and Dominik Bahiense De Mello nailed a bomb from outside as Frankfurt led 39-25. Phoenix Hagen was having immense problems getting a rhythm in their set offense and were being denied any way of showcasing their speed on the fast break play which is their trade mark. Frankfurt was also doing a fine job of limiting Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) to only four points in the first 20 minutes. Down the stretch in the second quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to score inside as Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) scored inside after securing an offensive rebound and one half of Air Cincinnati Super Tez Robertson dazzled with a spin move inside making twisting Bernd Kruel inside out. 'Phoenix Hagen is a team that shines on offense. They had no rhythm on offense in the first half and that was due to our defense. On offense our pick and roll was working well as Chris moss and I were able to get the job done', added Marius Nolte 'We had no energy on offense or defense. Our offense was not flowing the way it should. The pick and roll killed us. We were doing a good job on DaShaun Wood, but their big guys took advantage of us in the middle', stressed Phoenix Hagen guard David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Montana). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 40% from the three point line while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 41% from the field and 14% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the slight 17-16 rebound edge and six turnovers while Phoenix Hagen had nine turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners increased their intensity a bit more scooting out on a quick 10-0 run to lead 55-29. One is supposed to play defense for 40 minutes, but already in the third quarter, it seemed like Phoenix Hagen had blindfolds on as they were farther away from Frankfurt at times on defense than The Minnesota Timberwolves are from reaching the 2011 NBA playoffs. Powell started the run with another three point shot, Wood scored on the lane as if he was on a comfortable Sunday stroll with his grand parents as no one even thought of bothering him in any way, De Mello scored inside and Robertson hit from down time. It took Phoenix Hagen a bit more than 4 minutes to score their first points of the third quarter as Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) scored. Phoenix Hagen went on a 7-1 run which didnt put much of a dent in the big Frankfurt lead as Frankfurt still led 56-36. Burtschi nailed his first three pointer of the game and Pryor hit a pull up jumper. Frankfurt was rattled by this short spurt of offense by Phoenix Hagen as they retaliated with a 12-4 run to close out the third quarter leading 68-40. Powell hit his fourth and final three pointer of the game, Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) contributed another three pointer and Marius Nolte showed some massive grit finishing the pick and roll with a thunderous two handed stuff. Frankfurt was displaying intelligent team basketball, while Phoenix Hagen was too involved with one on one basketball. 'Frankfurt continued to hit very well. We played too much one on one on offense and missed very often', stressed Phoenix Hagen center Bernd Kruel The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 47% from the parking lot while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 33% from the field and 15% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 31-27 rebound edge and only nine turnovers while Phoenix Hagen had 11 turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners started with a bang in the fourth quarter going on a 8-0 run to extend their lead to 76-40. St Louis native Jimmy McKinney hit a three point pull up jumper and then surprised the Ballsporthalle with a rare dunk as he came from the free throw line and seemed to float to the basket for the dunk. Powell then dunked over young German Fabian Gentgen (191-G-87) closing out a transition play. Phoenix Hagen coach Ingo Freyer seemed to know that there would be slim chances of finding a miracle on the court so he inserted young Germans like Gentgen and Thomas Reuter (198-G-92) and Dominik Wilkins (183-G-88) no relation to the Atlanta Hawk legend the human high light film. Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) showed traces of brilliance leading his team on a mini 4-0 run scoring twice in the lane in the typical mr fantastic game with his fade away shots, but Frankfurt still led 76-45. Frankfurt still had so much energy in their tank that they continued to shine on offense going on a 13-2 run to lead 89-47. The dunks continued to come as Mckinney did it again getting a perfect bounce pass on the fast break from Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Nolte then made a pretty lay in over Edward Seward (206-C-78, college: Norfolk St.) falling to his left as he was off balance. Roller then nailed a jumper from the top of the key. Then it was time for the birthday boy Jevon Air Canada Shepherd to get into the highlight reel as he dunked twice once with Terwillger watching and a second time as Seward got over to slow. Frankfurt had the more than comfy 91-49 lead and really gave the name their own personal Ballsporthalle living room a new meaning. 'We worked very hard on offense this week and executed very well. We knew that they can score and we were prepared for a battle to outscore them and we did. They play to outscore the opponent, but that is always harder to do on the road', added DaShaun Wood. 'Our goal was to shut down Wood, but everyone else stepped up and played well. That is what good teams do', warned Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). 'Our biggest strength tonight was our communication on defense', added Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) with 24 points and eight rebounds. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmy McKinney added 12 points and four rebounds. Phoenix Hagen was led by Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) with 12 points and five rebounds. Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) had 11 points and seven rebounds. Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) added 10 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners out shinned Phoenix Hagen in every stat category shooting 51% from the field, winning the rebound battle 46-39 and outscoring the opponent 46-24 in the paint. However the biggest thing gained in the win was not needing DaShaun Wood to score 30 points to win. Wood finished with six points, seven assists and four rebounds, the kind of numbers that Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo (186-G-86, college: Kentucky) is putting up more frequently. Wood was content with the team scoring balance as was his teammates. 'It was great for us that so many guys were making shots and that we started so well. I didnt have to say its my turn. The team was rolling and we are a better team like that', warned DaShaun Wood. 'I have to give Dashaun a compliment. He stepped back and let others score. This was very important for the team. He could of scored more, but didnt have to and let others do their job', said Marius Nolte 'It is not about one player. It is important that each guy stepped up. We will need each guy in the playoffs', stressed Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dont have much time to sit back and enjoy the big win, but will b eon the court again in less than 48 hours in Trier. TBB Trier is coming off a 80-61 loss and currently in 8th place as three other teams are fighting for that last playoff place. Frankfurt will have no cake walk against TBB Trier. 'Trier is having a great season as coach Henrik Roedl is doing a great job. It will be atough game. I hope that we can take the energy from this game into the Trier game', warned Marius Nolte 'We could play Trier in the first round. They are fighting to stay in the playoff places. This will be a defensive battle. Whoever scores 65 points or more will win', warned DaShaun Wood. TBB Trier host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 10th at 17:00.



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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.7 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.3 
 3. Palacio, Kavala15.9 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.1 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.2 
 8. Jorovic, Kavala14.1 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.1 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.6 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.5 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.8 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 9. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
 10. Sloukas, Aris3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 6. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 8. Anderson, Panionios1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Panell.1.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi1.6 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 9. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 
 10. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 


Aris win Thessaloniki Under 20s title - by George Fragkos
Aris Thessaloniki Under 20s are the champions of Thessaloniki after their 64:48 win against Mantoulidis at the regional final. Nikos Dimitriou's team were superior to their opponents and having some players from the first team at their roster, like Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) and Lefteris Bohoridis (191-G-94), won a title they totally deserved. Their job was not easy, as at the semi-final they faced an also powerful team, PAOK, which they easily overcame with a 51:77 score, while Mantoulidis had to eliminate MENT (54:43).

Now the target of Aris is to win the National Under 20s Championship final where they will encounter Panathinaikos, the champions of Attiki.



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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 29-5 
 2. ZZ Leiden 28-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 24-10 
 4. Magixx 21-13 
 5. BS Weert 16-18 
 6. Giants 15-19 
 7. DeFriesland 15-19 
 8. ABC 12-22 
 9. Landstede 9-25 
 10. Rotterdam 1-33 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.3 
 2. Blue, Giants16.4 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.6 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.2 
 5. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants14.9 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 8. Tiedeman, Giants14.7 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Borha, Landstede14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.0 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.5 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.7 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.5 
 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, Giants3.8 
 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.3.1 
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. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 9. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Blue, Giants1.2 
 3. Hairston, BS Weert1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


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Hungarian A Division round 26 best performance: Brane Savic - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-G-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Marso-Vagep NYKK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 31-year old player got a double-double of 39 points and 10 assists, while his team edged out Kecskemeti (16-10) in overtime 101-99. Marso-Vagep ended as No.10 with 11-15 record and failed to reach the Playoffs. In the team's last game Savic had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Marso-Vagep's top player in his first season with the team. Brane Savic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.5apg) and averages impressive 3.5spg and 58.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Daniel Werner (203-F-87) of Kaposvari KK. Werner had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Kaposvari to comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Soproni (11-15) 123-98. Kaposvari finished as No.11 with 10-16 record. Werner is a newcomer at Kaposvari, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kaposvari KK's star - American center Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87). Cunningham scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Kaposvari, helping his team with a 123-98 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Soproni. Cunningham has individually a great season in Hungary. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yves Mekongo (201-F-87) of FS Debrecen - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bryson McKenzie (211-C-83) of Szedeak - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) of PVSK Pannon - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Hrvoje Orsulic (203-G/F-83) of Kecskemeti - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Soproni - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of Albacomp - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-C/F-81) of Salgotarjani - 16 points and 12 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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Express L. Round 5 of Semi-Finals. KR advance into Final - by Eurobasket News
KR - Keflavik 105-89

KR prevailed against Keflavik in the decisive fifth game of the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-89. KR made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game. KR outrebounded Keflavik 46-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Keflavik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Brynjar Bjoernsson (191-G-88, college: Francis Marion) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) chipped in 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four KR and five Keflavik players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: B.Bjoernsson 34+7reb+1ast, M.Walker 27+2reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 18+13reb+7ast, F.Ingason 11+2reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 7+3reb+2ast, J.Kristjansson 3+2reb
Keflavik: T.Sanders 26+7reb+2ast, A.Ciric 20+6reb+2ast, A.Vilhjalmsson 13+1reb+7ast, G.Einarsson 12+2reb+1ast, G.Thorsteinsson 10+9reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 8+1reb
gschID: 126162




Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Marcus WALKER
  KR
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Walker, KR24.7 
 2. Sanders, Keflavik22.6 
 3. Inge, Haukar21.8 
 4. Biedler, IR21.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 8. Sovic, IR21.0 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.5 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 6. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
 10. Smith, Njardvik8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.0 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.3 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.5 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 6. Biedler, IR2.5 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 6. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 7. Savarsson, Grind.1.4 
 8. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 21-2 
 2. Bambi 20-3 
 3. Peja 19-5 
 4. Trepca 13-11 
 5. K.EuroSporti 8-16 
 6. Kosova 7-17 
 7. Bashkimi 6-17 
 8. Mitrovica 0-23 


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 23-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 19-4 
 3. Rudupis 16-6 
 4. Siauliai 14-9 
 5. Techasas 13-11 
 6. Juventus 12-11 
 7. Perlas 10-13 
 8. Neptunas 10-13 
 9. Nevezis 9-14 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 8-15 
 11. Sakalai 6-16 
 12. Naglis-Adakris 6-17 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-19 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vilmantas DILYS
  Perlas
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis15.8 
 3. Kieza, Juventus15.7 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas15.1 
 5. Dilys, Perlas15.0 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis14.9 
 7. Leonavicius, Techa.14.5 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.5 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.2 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kieza, Juventus10.6 
 2. Janisius, Alytus A.9.9 
 3. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.1 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.0 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.2 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai6.6 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.7 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.2 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai4.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis4.9 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 6. Collins, Zalgiris4.3 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.1 
 8. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.2 
 2. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris2.1 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 5. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 8. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.6 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.6 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Deng GAI
  Naglis-Adakris
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gai, Naglis-Adakris3.0 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.0 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.8 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris0.9 
 10. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 


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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. Gale, Mexicali1.4 
 7. Brown, Tepic1.4 
 8. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo1.4 
 10. Funn, Guasave1.4 
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. Walker, Nogales2.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 10. Brown, Nogales2.1 


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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. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.2 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.2 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.8 
 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.11.2 
 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. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.7 
 9. Delfino, Milwaukee B.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 54-24 
 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. 58-20 
 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 46-33 
 4. Utah Jazz 37-42 
 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 


Andre Miller surpasses 7,000 career assists - by Eurobasket News
Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) reached a career milestone Thursday night.

Appropriately, he did it in Utah.

Miller became the 14th player in NBA history with at least 7,000 assists during Portlands 98-87 win over the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

In 1998, Miller quarterbacked the University of Utahs run to the NCAA championship game, where the Utes lost to Kentucky.

A year later, Cleveland selected Miller with the No. 8 pick in the NBA draft. He was taken after two other point guards, Steve Francis and Baron Davis, who went second and third, respectively.

Before the Jazz-Blazers game, Miller was asked if he ever dreamed of piling up 7,000 assists after his years at Utah.

I really didnt think about it, he said. Just [took] it one day at a time, basically. I just wanted to come in and have a solid career. Thats all.

Millers assist total is the result of skill and durability.

He has played all 82 games eight times in his career. He has never missed more than two games in a season.

I just wanted to be involved, Miller said. I want to be on the court. I want to be involved in practice. I dont like to take days off. I take pride in that. ...

Knock on the wood, I havent had any major injuries. Im not a high-flyer and all that stuff just a good mixture of health and luck.

Miller entered the Blazer-Jazz game with 6,998 assists. It took him 41/2 minutes to reach 7,000.

First, Miller assisted on a layup by Gerald Wallace.

Moments later, he fed Nicolas Batum for another layup that gave Portland a 10-6 lead.

Miller, who ended up with five points and 12 assists against the Jazz, is finishing his 12th professional season.

The Blazers are his fifth team, following Cleveland, the L.A. Clippers, Denver and Philadelphia.

In his second season with Portland, Miller averages 13 points and 6.9 assists.

Despite injuries to such key players as Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, the Blazers have qualified for the playoffs. Miller has been a driving force.

Hes been really good, said coach Nate McMillan. ... Hes the guy leading the team out on the floor.

Hes more familiar with the team and what I want - our goals and what were looking to do. Hes been able to bring that [understanding] to the floor.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


Thursday: Trail Blazers topple Jazz 98-87, Bulls beat Celtics - by Eurobasket News
Utah Jazz - Portland TB 87-98
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 29 points and Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) added 21 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the Utah Jazz 98-87 on Thursday night. Wallace scored 20 points in the second half as the Blazers wore down the injury-hampered Jazz, who had only nine healthy players. The win moved Portland (46-33) into sole possession of the sixth spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers are a half game ahead of New Orleans. The loss assured Utah (37-42) of its second losing season in 28 years. The Jazz were 26-56 in 2004-05, the only other time they finished below .500 since 1982-83. Devin Harris, who returned after missing five games with a strained hamstring, tied a career best with five 3-pointers and led the Jazz with 26 points, but he also committed seven turnovers. Wesley Matthews scored 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 for the Blazers. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Chicago B. - Boston C. 97-81
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls closed in on the top seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Boston Celtics 97-81 on Thursday. The Bulls' 17th win in 19 games put them four games up on Boston and Miami with four to play and eliminated the Heat from getting the No. 1 seed. The Celtics, who play the Heat on Sunday, still have a mathematical shot albeit a remote one. But barring a collapse, Chicago will be the top seed in the East. It's another step for a team that expected big things after a major overhaul, and all the Bulls have done is deliver their best season since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made championship celebrations a regular event. *Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com




Dwight Howard suspended again - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) has been suspended one game by the NBA for receiving his 18th technical foul of the season. The Orlando Magic will be without their star player (again) as he will be suspended for the Sunday game against the Chicago Bulls. That game is going to be nationally televised, and the ratings may take a hit without one of the star attractions.

The 18th technical for Howard came against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, April 6, and reaching that threshold warrants an automatic suspension. Every player that reaches 16 technical fouls during the year receives a suspension at that point, and for every two technical fouls after that. So now Howard is the proud recipient of his second suspension elated to technical fouls this season.

The argument could be made that the Magic don't really need Howard in the lineup right now, because they cannot improve their seeding in the 2011 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The team only has three games left, and is anchored in the No. 4 spot. It means they will host the first round series against the No. 5 Atlanta Hawks beginning next weekend. Luckily for Howard, the technical fouls reset for the postseason.

Howard has been putting up MVP numbers for the Magic this season, averaging 23.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks every game. It's not very likely that they will be able to beat the Bulls on Sunday without him, but they will certainly give it a try.

Courtesy of http://sports.gather.com


Dwyane Wade (thigh) hopes to play today - by Eurobasket News
Heat guard Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) hopes his deeply bruised right thigh will allow him to play Friday night when Miami hosts the Charlotte Bobcats.

Wade, who did not play in Wednesday's 90-85 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks because of the injury, went through a workout Thursday. He got hurt in the first half of Sunday's win against the New Jersey Nets but returned for the second half of that game.

Pain and soreness continued settling into Wade's leg Monday and Tuesday.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the team will know on Friday if Wade can play, saying the decision will hinge in part on how the 2006 NBA Finals MVP feels after the workouts.

Wade is the NBA's No. 3 scorer this season at 25.7 points per game.

Courtesy of ESPN


Knicks coveting Calipari as coach and GM? - by Eurobasket News
Unless the New York Knicks make a run deep into the playoffs, the team may be looking at a change up top when next season rolls around.

A source to the New York Post tells the paper that team owner James Dolan 'may have eyes for John Calipari to run the front office and coach.'

Calipari is currently the coach of the University of Kentucky and coached in the NBA from 1996 to 2000, first as head coach of the New Jersey Nets and then as an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers. His Nets went 72-112.

The Post notes that 'Dolan's reluctance to pick up Knicks president Donnie Walsh's $5 million option for next season the moment the team qualified for the playoffs says it all about where this shadowy situation is headed.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


Magic's Quentin Richardson suspended for 2 games by the NBA - by Eurobasket News
NBA disciplinary officials have suspended Orlando Magic reserve small forward Quentin Richardson (6'5''-F-80, college: De Paul) for two games without pay for shoving Gerald Henderson in the face during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's overtime win over the Toronto Raptors.

Richardson will miss Sunday afternoon's home game against the Chicago Bulls and Monday night's road game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Richardson's suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Magic even though the team already has clinched the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Magic already were thin on the wing.

Backup shooting guard J.J. Redick is suffering from a lower abdominal strain.

Starting shooting guard Jason Richardson is suffering from tendinitis in one of his knees, and team officials don't want to give Richardson or small forward Hedo Turkoglu too many minutes with the playoffs approaching.

With 8:30 remaining in regulation on Wednesday, Quentin Richardson was defending along the baseline against Henderson, who had the ball.

Richardson reached in, and the ball went out of bounds, resulting in a personal foul on Richardson.

But as the ball went out of bounds, Henderson flung his left arm upward and close to Richardson's face in an apparent attempt to draw the foul. Richardson approached Henderson and stuck his right index finger into Henderson's face.

When Henderson swatted away Richardson's hand, the confrontation escalated further, and Richardson delivered an open-palmed shove with both hands to Henderson's face.

Richardson was given two technical fouls and was ejected.

Henderson received one technical foul and stayed in the game.

Richardson and Henderson had been scrapping before that.

With 1:02 remaining in the second quarter, Henderson delivered a right elbow to Richardson's mouth as Henderson reached up to try and catch a high pass. Henderson's elbow appeared to be inadvertent, but it left Richardson momentarily dazed and crouched on the court.

Courtesy of www.orlandosentinel.com


Morris twins hire agent and enter the NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
A management firm in California broke the hearts of Kansas fans everywhere by announcing they had signed on to represent Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) and Markieff Morris (6'9''-F). The twins have hired agent Tony Dutt to represent them as they enter the 2011 NBA draft. A company called Rival Sports Group, LLC released this statement from Marcus Morris.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed my three seasons as a Kansas Jayhawk, and consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to play for coach Self and his staff. It was a difficult decision but I felt it's the right time for me to realize my dream and play in the National Basketball Association.'

The news release also included a quote from Markieff.

'As I move on to the professional stage of my career, I will always remember my time as a Jayhawk. Playing here has prepared me for the opportunity to have a successful career in the NBA.'

Courtesy of www.nbcactionnews.com


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Fresno State hires Texas assistant coach Terry - by Eurobasket News
Fresno State has hired Rodney Terry as its new men's basketball coach.

Athletic director Thomas Boeh announced the move Thursday. The hire comes just weeks after Steve Cleveland stepped down to take a job in the athletic department.

Terry had been an assistant under Rick Barnes at Texas the past nine seasons. Terry also had stops at Baylor and North Carolina-Wilmington, among others.

Cleveland had a 92-98 record in six seasons with the Bulldogs. He's credited with cleaning up a program that was saddled with NCAA sanctions and probation when he arrived.

But he was unable to have similar success on the court. The Bulldogs qualified for just one NIT berth during his tenure and went 14-17 last season, their fourth straight losing record.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Taylor, Robinson to return to Kansas next season - by Eurobasket News
Kansas coach Bill Self says the Jayhawks are still smarting over their loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the NCAA Tournaments Elite Eight. Two of KUs key underclassmen have officially decided to help do something about it.

Junior guard Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) and sophomore forward Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F), players with NBA ambitions, announced Wednesday that they will be back next season.

We had a great year, Taylor said, but since the season ended disappointingly, there has been a lot of speculation with fans and on the internet on what we were going to do. The bottom line is were going to work very hard this offseason and put ourselves in a position to play in that game again and come out with a different result.

The speculation will continue regarding the NBA decisions of junior twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris and freshman guard Josh Selby. The Morris twins met with an agent last week in Los Angeles but didnt sign, while Selby is in Las Vegas this week working out in an effort to gauge his professional stock. But no matter what happens with those three, the return of Taylor and Robinson at least guarantees that two of the Jayhawks top six players from last season will be back.

Self said that he never expected Taylor or Robinson to enter the draft this offseason, but it certainly was a possibility.

ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford said on his Twitter page Wednesday night that Robinson could be a top-10 pick in the 2012 draft and that Taylor could play his way into the first round.

Taylor averaged 9.3 points and 6.4 assists and saved his best for the end of the season.

The year was up and down for me, Taylor said, but I feel like I finished on a strong note, and I am ready to carry that momentum into the summer and next year.

Robinson averaged 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds and shot 60.1 percent from the field. He remained an impact player even after losing his maternal grandparents in December and his mother in January.

This was the most trying year of my life, Robinson said. I want to thank everybody, and I cant wait to run up and down the court in a packed Allen Fieldhouse next year. I plan on busting my butt this summer to improve my game. I want to take more of a leadership role in us moving forward and winning another league championship and getting to the Final Four.

If the Morris twins and Selby decide to leave KU which appears likely, based on their postseason travels the Jayhawks would still have four scholarships available for next season.

According to Rivals.com, the Jayhawks are in the running for five-star forward DeAndre Daniels of Bradenton, Fla., four-star guard Trevor Lacey of Huntsville, Ala., four-star forward Otto Porter of Sikeston, Mo., three-star forward Braeden Anderson of Wilbraham, Mass., and three-star forward Jamari Traylor of Bradenton, Fla.

Center Stan Simpson, a center from John A. Logan Community College in Carterville, Ill., is also reportedly considering KU. Simpson signed with Illinois in high school.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Henson, Zeller pass on NBA, returning to Tar Heels - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina's big men are passing on the NBA for another run at a national championship. The Tar Heels will have to wait a little longer to learn the plans of freshman Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F).

The school announced junior 7-footer Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) and sophomore John Henson (6'10''-F) will return to Chapel Hill next season, but said Barnes 'is still reviewing information' as he considers whether to enter the draft.

Zeller and Henson were second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference picks as the Tar Heels won the league regular-season championship and reached an NCAA regional final.

In a statement, coach Roy Williams said he spoke to about 10 NBA teams to investigate where the two players might go in the draft. But he said their decisions were 'less about the NBA and more about what they wanted to do right now and the experiences they are enjoying' in college.

Zeller averaged a team-high 15.7 points to go with 7.2 rebounds, but he upped those numbers to nearly 26 points and nine rebounds on 59 percent shooting during the NCAA tournament. He also won this year's Skip Prosser Award as the ACC's top scholar-athlete in men's basketball and was named a first-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

'I came to Carolina because it had the balance of academics and basketball I wanted and it was the best place for me to prepare for life and a career in the NBA,' Zeller said in a statement. 'That's exactly what we have here. I want to finish my college career, compete for championships and graduate on time.'

Henson, a lean 6-foot-10 forward, averaged about 12 points and 10 rebounds as the team's top interior defender.

'I know at some point I want to play in the NBA, but right now I want to enjoy my college life,' Henson said in a statement. 'My teammates and coaches are great and I want to help them reach the big dreams we all share.'

Williams said Barnes, a freshman who finished second to Zeller in scoring by a single point, 'is not as far along in his decision-making process.' Williams said he hopes to provide the 6-8 forward with all information from NBA teams by the end of next week.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 24. They can withdraw their names from the draft by May 8 to preserve their eligibility.

The draft will be held June 23.

Courtesy of http://washtimesherald.com


Morris twins hire agent and enter the NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
A management firm in California broke the hearts of Kansas fans everywhere by announcing they had signed on to represent Marcus Morris (6'8''-F) and Markieff Morris (6'9''-F). The twins have hired agent Tony Dutt to represent them as they enter the 2011 NBA draft. A company called Rival Sports Group, LLC released this statement from Marcus Morris.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed my three seasons as a Kansas Jayhawk, and consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to play for coach Self and his staff. It was a difficult decision but I felt it's the right time for me to realize my dream and play in the National Basketball Association.'

The news release also included a quote from Markieff.

'As I move on to the professional stage of my career, I will always remember my time as a Jayhawk. Playing here has prepared me for the opportunity to have a successful career in the NBA.'

Courtesy of www.nbcactionnews.com


Portsmouth Invitational - Day 2 - by Carl Berman
Portsmouth Invitational Day Two

Floridas Tyus with game-winner, Duquesnes Clark and BUs Holland with big outings

GAME RECAPS

Norfolk Sports Club 72 Sales System LTD 71

Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh), Cam Long (George Mason) and Mike Tisdale (Illinois) combined for a nice start to get Sales System LTD out the gates before Norfolk Sports Club surged ahead. Delroy James (6'8''-F-87) (Rhode Island) and Alex Tyus (Florida) extended a lead to as high as 18 points to go into halftime ahead big on SSLTD. SSLTD would bounce back to chip away behind the interior play of Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Washington), cutting it to three with seven minutes left on a nice cut to the hoop by Long.

NSC maintained a steady six-point lead until the two-minute mark when a win almost became jeopardized. SSLTD forced turnovers off a full-court press with Wanamaker scoring back-to-back hoops, but Tyus followed up a Talor Battle (Penn State) miss with six seconds to put NSC back on top. Wanamaker had one last chance to win it but couldnt draw a foul on a pull-up and

TOP PERFORMERS

Alex Tyus (6-8 F/Florida) Activity around the rim helped his team to victory, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds with eight offensive.

Delroy James (6'8''-F-87) (6-8 F/Rhode Island) Had continued success getting to the rim en route to 15 points.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning (6-8 F/Washington) Effective in the post with his twisting hook shots, scoring 16 points to go with 5 steals. Wanamaker & Long had 15 and 14 a piece in the loss.



Portsmouth Sports Club 96 Mike Duman 76

Stephen Gray (Gonzaga) and Durrell Summers (Michigan State) knocked down long balls to start things off for MD but it was Bill Clark (Duquesne) who caught fire in PSCs run-away victory.

A 16-2 run made for a 20-point advantage before halftime as Clark caught fire from behind the arc. Vernon Macklin (Florida), playing in his home area, had similar success as the offense went through him much of the time in the post. The second half saw more of the same as John Holland (Boston University) went on a run and Corey Fisher (Villanova) orchestrated the offense with 10 assists to three turnovers.

TOP PERFORMERS

Bill Clark (6-5 G/Duquesne) A stretch of 10 straight points helped build the first half edge for his team as he went on to finish with 21 points (8-11 FG/5-6 3PT).

John Holland (6-5 G/Boston University) Flashed his athleticism with a game-high 23 points (8-12 FG/2-5 3PT/5-5 FT) along with seven boards.

Vernon Macklin (6-10 C/Florida) Made himself a presence inside in sizeable matchup with Pitts Gary McGhees, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds,

Gary Johnson (6-6 F/Texas) Gave an admirable effort at working to make a dent in a steady 20-point deficit throughout second half, finishing with 16 points and six boards in the loss.



Cherry, Bekaert & Hollan 91 Roger Browns 75

CBH pulled away with an 11-2 run midway through the second half that would be the deciding advantage as Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State) and Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh) helped stretch it further in the final minutes.

TOP PERFORMERS

Gilbert Brown (6-6 F/Pittsburgh) Activity on the defensive end led to several dunks ahead of the pack where he would finish with 19 points.

Ravern Johnson (6-7 F/Mississsippi State) His scoring from the perimeter was impressive through both halves, finishing with 17 points (7-12 FG/3-5 3PT).

Malcolm Thomas (6-9 F/San Diego State) Efficient outing on both ends punctuated by a pair of loud blocks, he had 15 points, nine rebounds and four rejections total.

Andrew Goudelock (6-2 G/College of Charleston) Showed flashes of his ability to fill it up albeit in a losing effort, scoring a team-high 22 points (7-12 FG/5-8 3PT)

Thanks to NetScouts Basketball Correspondent Pat Stevens of www.PatStevensBasketball.com for this report. Info on NetScouts Basketball and additional reports from Portsmouth can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


Seton Hall freshman F Anali Okoloji will transfer - by Eurobasket News
Freshman forward Anali Okoloji (6'8''-F) has decided to leave the Seton Hall mens basketball program and pursue transfer opportunities.

Pirates coach Kevin Willard announced the move on Thursday, saying Okoloji hoped to get more playing time at another school.

Okoloji appeared in 16 games, averaging just under two points and a rebound in 3.3 minutes. The New York City resident had a career-high nine points against NJIT on Dec. 19.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Two 27-game winners put XU in elite groups in 2010-11 - by Greg
NEW ORLEANS - What does Xavier University of Louisiana have in common with Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame?
All five colleges had men's and women's basketball teams that won at least 27 games during the 2010-11 season.
The list isn't much bigger than that. Xavier was one of three NAIA Division I members to reach a pair of 27s Azusa Pacific and Texas Wesleyan were the others and NAIA Division II's Davenport and Indiana Wesleyan also achieved it. No schools in NCAA Division II or III had a pair of 27-game winners.
So that brings the total to nine out of more than 1,200 four-year U.S. colleges which sponsor men's and women's teams.
'That's an amazing list,' said Dennis Cousin, Xavier's athletics director. 'It's not a long list, and that's why it's great to see Xavier on there. I know our coaches and athletes worked very hard this season. Any positive recognition is good for them and for Xavier.'
Although Xavier's basketball teams have combined for nearly 50 20-win seasons, this was the first time that both reached 25 victories in the same season. It's the seventh time in Louisiana history that a college had a pair of 25-game winners and the fourth time for a pair of 27s.
Among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Xavier is the first with a pair of 25-game winners since Norfolk State in 1994-95. Norfolk State is the only other HBCU with a pair of 27-game winners, accomplishing that in 1993-94.


U.S. four-year colleges with 27-game winners
in men's and women's basketball during 2010-11


College Affiliation Women's W-L Men's W-L
Azusa Pacific NAIA I 33-5 29-6
Connecticut NCAA I 36-2 32-9
Davenport NAIA II 29-6 37-1
Duke NCAA I 32-4 32-5
Indiana Wesleyan NAIA II 28-8 29-6
North Carolina NCAA I 29-8 28-9
Notre Dame NCAA I 27-7 31-8
Texas Wesleyan NAIA I 30-4 28-6
Xavier NAIA I 27-7 27-6

Louisiana four-year colleges with 25-game winners
in men's and women's basketball during same season


College Season Women's W-L Men's W-L
Xavier 2010-11 27-7 27-6
LSU 2005-06 31-4 27-9
LSU 1999-2000 25-7 28-6
New Orleans 1986-87 25-7 26-4
LSU 1985-86 27-6 26-12
Louisiana Tech 1984-85 29-4 29-3
Louisiana Tech 1983-84 30-3 26-7

Four-year HBCUs with 25-game winners
in men's and women's basketball during same season


College Season Women's W-L Men's W-L
Xavier 2010-11 27-7 27-6
Norfolk State 1994-95 25-5 27-6
Norfolk State 1993-94 27-4 27-6


USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
USBasket.com All-NCAA D1 1st Team 2010-11
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Jimmer Fredette
Fredette
Nolan Smith
Smith
Jared Sullinger
Sullinger
Kemba Walker
Walker
Jajuan Johnson
Johnson
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1st Team
G: Jimmer Fredette (6'2'') of BYU
G: Nolan Smith (6'2''-88) of Duke
F: Jared Sullinger (6'9'') of Ohio St.
PG: Kemba Walker (6'1''-90) of Connecticut
F/C: Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-89) of Purdue

2nd Team
F: Marcus Morris (6'8'') of Kansas
F: Derrick Williams (6'8'') of Arizona
G: Ben Hansbrough (6'3''-87) of Notre Dame
G/F: Jordan Hamilton (6'7'') of Texas
F/C: Kenneth Faried (6'8''-89) of Morehead St.

3rd Team
G: Jordan Taylor (6'1'') of Wisconsin
F: Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-91) of San Diego St.
G: Dwight Hardy (6'2'') of St.John's
F: Chandler Parsons (6'9'') of Florida
G: Jacob Pullen (6'0''-89) of Kansas St.




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Coaching Hires. - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
Nolan Adams has been named head coach at NYU-Poly. Adams spent the last 3 seasons as an assistant at Mount Saint Vincent.
Prior to Mount Saint Vincent he served as the assistant coach at Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph College.
NYU-Poly who released it's coach at the end of this past season, finished with an 0-26 overall record, while finishing last in the Skyline Conference.


Former Lehman College (CUNY) Head men's Basketball Coach Darryl Jacobs has being named Virginia State University next head coach. Jacobs spent the last five years as head coach at Clark Atlanta University. Prior to Clark he served has the men's Basketball Coach at Felician College.



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Sylvester Seay joins Wakaito Pistons - by Eurobasket News
The Waikato Pistons continued to work in the market to get their roster completed before the start of the new NBL season. They recently brought in new import player. His name is Seay Sylvester (208-F-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Fresno St.). The 25-year-old forward started the season in Israel with Ironi Ashkelon but shortly after moved to KCC Egis in South Korea. Seay Sylvester averaged 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds per game in KBL. It is the first pro season for the forward. Seay Sylvester graduated from California State University, Fresno. He tallied 14.2 points, 6.1 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in his senior season with the Bulldogs. Seay Sylvester earned All-WAC Honorable Mention in 2010. Waikato open their season with a road game against the defending champions Wellington on April 15.


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


DStv PBL: Pillars, Potters bury Hawks, Peaks - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club was in splendid performance Thursday beating home team Yelwa Hwaks basketball club of Bauchi by 89-68 points in a reschedule week-9 game.

The victory according to Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed is a sign that his ward are prepared to take on any opposition on its way to winning a fourth straight league title and the third since Africa Pay-TV giant MultiChoice owners of the DStv/SuperSport franchise came on board two seasons ago.

2009/2010 last minute final-8 qualifiers Niger Potters basketball club of Minna stepped up its bid for a slot to the final-8 party in the ongoing season with an 82-69 points away win to Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos in Abuja.

Week-9 Results
Chariots 55-60 Police Baton
Warriors 69-74 Comets
Royal Hoopers 80-55 Union Bank
Delta Force 00-20 Union Bank (Walk-Over)
Immigration 62-65 Bauchi Nets
Tapgun Rockets 48-80 Kada Stars
Yelwa Hawks 68-89 Kano Pillars
Plateau Peaks 69-82 Niger Potters



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


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A weekend to decide in LPB and Proliga - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Last games in LPB and Proliga regular phase, decisions to be made for LPB playoffs and ups and downs in both leagues.

The main fight in LPB has playoffs as goal. Five teams are playing for the best place and one of two (Sampaense or Ginasio) will have to stay out of the next phase.
In the relegation fight, Lusitania and Illiabum have one last game to decide who stays in LPB.

In Proliga, Playing for second place are Fisica de Torres (vs Terceira Basket, at home), Galitos (vs Povoa, at home) and Angra (vs Alges, away). Knowing all this teams have done a very balanced season, theyre playoff position can be very important in the ultimate fight to grab a promotion place to LPB. Alges and Maia Basket will try to avoid relegation, something Seixal has assured some weeks ago.

This will be a very emotional weekend, with so much decisions being made all over the country. You can learn more about all this in PorBasket (www.porbasket.blogspot.com).




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Mayaguez land Herve Lamizana - by Eurobasket News
Mayaguez have agreed on terms of contract with Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers). The Ivorian centre has already debuted for Mayaguez. He tallied 12 points, 9 boards and 3 blocks against Santurce. Herve Lamizana tipped off the season in China. He averaged 24.4 points, 10.4 boards and 3.6 blocks playing for TianJin Rongcheng. Herve Lamizana was released in March. The centre participated at the 2010 World Championship. Herve Lamizana notched 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks for Cote dIvoire in Turkey.
In the meantime the Indios also waived John Edwards (213-C-81, college: Kent St.). The 29-year-old centre posted 7.8 points, 6.0 boards and 1.3 blocked shots per game in BSN season.




Athletics outlast Caciques - by Luis Ramirez
The San German Athletics beat the Humacao Caciques by a score of 66-62.

The Athletics who had led most of the way suffered an offensive lapse during the 4th quarter and the Caciques took advantage of this, with 3:30, left in the game the Caciques took the lead 60-58. The Athletics answered back with consecutive 3 pointers to take the lead for good and seal the win.

For San German, Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, college: VCU) scored 20 points with 8 rebounds while Donald Copeland scored 16 points.

For Humacao, Brandon Robinson scored 18 points while Jose Guitian scored 15 points.

In the other game of the night, it was the Arecibo Captains beating the Mayaguez Indians 81-76.

The game was a close one thru the first 3 quarters; this was evidenced by the fact that the score was tied on ten separate occasions during the game. The last tie was at 60 points with just over 8 minutes left in the game. Arecibo then scored on consecutive occasions and took control of the game the rest of the way.

For Arecibo, it was another good night for David Cortes who scored 20 points he was followed by Antonio Latimer with 17 points. Jeff Aubry had a total of 17 rebounds for the Captains.
For Mayaguez, Hector Romero and Alejandro Carmona both scored 17 points; Carmona also grabbed a total of 9 rebounds.



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


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. Brown, Quebradillas19.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez18.8 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.7 
 7. Narvaez, Coamo18.5 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon17.0 
 9. Pellot-Rosa, San G.16.4 
 10. Carmona, Mayaguez16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 14
 1. Randolph, Isabela14.0 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 3. Lloreda, San G.12.8 
 4. Shannon, Bayamon12.3 
 5. Pruitt, Guaynabo10.5 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas10.3 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo9.4 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo8.8 
 9. Romero, Mayaguez8.3 
 10. Lee, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  San German
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Copeland, San G.5.6 
 2. Apodaca, Quebradillas5.3 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon5.3 
 4. Garcia, Humacao5.0 
 5. Pagan, Santurce4.8 
 6. Clinch, Isabela4.8 
 7. Brown, Quebradillas4.7 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo4.6 
 9. Guzman, Guaynabo4.5 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron BENISON
  Santurce
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Benison, Santurce2.0 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.0 
 3. Apodaca, Quebradillas1.8 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.8 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.7 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Carmona, Mayaguez1.7 
 8. Graham, Mayaguez1.7 
 9. Vega, Coamo1.7 
 10. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez2.5 
 2. Freije, Coamo2.5 
 3. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez2.5 
 5. Sanchez, Santurce1.8 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Santiago, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Jones, Quebradillas1.5 
 9. Rice, San German1.5 
 10. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 


Crabbers winless no more - by Luis Ramirez
Santurce was at the Arecibo Arena looking for their first win of the season and they finally got it as they beat the Arecibo Captains 82-73.

Both teams traded leads early in the 1st quarter, but with 4:37 to go in the quarter it was Santurce leading 12-11. Santurce went on a 12 -6 run to end the 1st quarter 24-17. Michael Sweetney scored 10 points in the quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, Santurce opened with a 12-2 run. The Crabbers defense was so tight that the Captains had only scored 1 basket in the quarter with 2:54 left in the quarter. Although the Captains put on a full court press the Crabbers were just unstoppable during this 1st half. The half ended 42-23 in favor of the Crabbers.

In the 3rd quarter, the Crabbers opened up once again with an offensive 8-0 run and the Captains just couldnt mount a threat. The game got hot and Jeff Aubry was thrown out of the game. With 6 minutes still to play in the quarter. With 2:37 left in the quarter Arecibo was able to make a small run of their own to put the score 59-41. The quarter ended 66-48.

In the 4th quarter, Santurce tried to move the ball trying to trim time on the clock. Arecibo mounted a full court press and was able to cut into the Crabbers lead and with 2:34 left in the game the lead for the Crabbers was 10 points, 77-67. The game ended with the Crabbers first win of the season.

For Santurce, Richard Chaney scored 26 points followed by Michael Sweetney with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

For Arecibo, Omar Alvarado scored 27 points while Danilo Pinnock scored 23 points.

In other games of the night, Bayamon beat Quebradillas, 86-82. Details were not immediately available.

And in the last game of the night, Isabela beat San German by a score of 84-77. Details were not available immediately.





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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Baxter, Enisey15.9 
 3. Williams, Enisey15.7 
 4. Domercant, Spart.15.5 
 5. Lampe, Unics15.4 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo14.0 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv13.9 
 8. Labovic, Enisey13.8 
 9. Popovic, Unics13.8 
 10. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.8 
 2. Papadopoulos, Khi.7.7 
 3. Baxter, Enisey6.8 
 4. Beverley, Spart.6.7 
 5. Lampe, Unics6.7 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv6.6 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv6.0 
 9. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.7 
 10. Brezec, Krasnie .5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Williams, Enisey6.9 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .5.5 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.3 
 4. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.1 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.3 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Papadopoulos, Khi.3.3 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.2 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Krilya3.1 
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. Massey, Lokomotiv1.5 
 7. McCarty, Unics1.4 
 8. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv1.4 
 10. Pashutin, Unics1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.3 
 2. Kaun, CSKA1.1 
 3. Likhodey, Triumph1.1 
 4. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 5. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 6. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 7. Antonov, N.Novgorod0.9 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA0.9 
 9. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 10. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 14-5 
 2. CSKA 13-6 
 3. Lokomotiv 13-7 
 4. Khimky 12-7 
 5. Spartak SP 12-7 
 6. Enisey 9-10 
 7. N.Novgorod 7-13 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-13 
 9. Dynamo 6-14 
 10. Triumph 4-15 


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Superleague: Stevan Jelovac gets MVP award for Round Five - by Eurobasket News
Talented Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mega Vizura and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team was edged out by Beograd (#4, 2-2) 82-79. Jelovac had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mega Vizura's top player in his first season with the team. Jelovac has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 6.9rpg) and averages solid 63.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. Ljubicic impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Metalac to edge slightly lower-ranked FMP (#7, 1-4) by 4 points 81-77. This victory allowed Metalac to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Ljubicic is a newcomer at Metalac and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of OKK Beograd (#4). Dundjerski scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Beograd, leading his team to a 82-79 win against the lower-ranked Mega Vizura (#8, 1-4). Beograd needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Dundjerski has a very solid season. In 29 games in Serbia he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 3.7apg, 3.1spg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Metalac - 27 points
6. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85) of Hemofarm - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) of Partizan - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. James Gist (203-F-86) of Partizan - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of FMP - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Srdjan Zivkovic (200-G/F-86) of Beograd - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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DStv PBL: Pillars, Potters bury Hawks, Peaks - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club was in splendid performance Thursday beating home team Yelwa Hwaks basketball club of Bauchi by 89-68 points in a reschedule week-9 game.

The victory according to Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed is a sign that his ward are prepared to take on any opposition on its way to winning a fourth straight league title and the third since Africa Pay-TV giant MultiChoice owners of the DStv/SuperSport franchise came on board two seasons ago.

2009/2010 last minute final-8 qualifiers Niger Potters basketball club of Minna stepped up its bid for a slot to the final-8 party in the ongoing season with an 82-69 points away win to Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos in Abuja.

Week-9 Results
Chariots 55-60 Police Baton
Warriors 69-74 Comets
Royal Hoopers 80-55 Union Bank
Delta Force 00-20 Union Bank (Walk-Over)
Immigration 62-65 Bauchi Nets
Tapgun Rockets 48-80 Kada Stars
Yelwa Hawks 68-89 Kano Pillars
Plateau Peaks 69-82 Niger Potters



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Jasper Johnson - The Sonic Boom Can Win It All - by Jeff Liebsch
When Jasper Johnson (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) strained his calf muscle a month ago, many people wrote off the Sonic Boom KT season.

Johnson, the 2010 league MVP was among the team leaders in points, averaging 14.6 points, rebounds, averaging 5 a game, and steals with 1.3 per contest.

However, he now sits back in Mississippi, recovering from his injury, though his recovery is going well.

'Recovery is going good! There is no pain and I am walking everyday. I will start my strengthening next week and hopefully by the first of May I can be back running on the court,' he said.

His team recovered well in his absence, led by MVP Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81), great play by guard Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) and also by fellow Mississippi native, Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.). The Sonic Boom finished the season with a record 41 wins, and are now deadlocked with Wonju Dongbu Promy at a game apiece in the semi-finals.

As for his teams chances, Johnson is very optimistic.

'They are well coached and well prepared. Charles is playing great along with the local players. I think it comes down to match-ups in the playoffs. If they can play good defense and shoot a good average from 3 points, I think they have a good chance,' he said.

He decided to head back to the States after his team secured the title, not wanting to be a distraction to the team. He does hope, however, to come back and lead them to victory again next season.

'I have been there the last two seasons and I have built relationships with all the players and coaches, and especially the fans in Busan,' Johnson said.

Johnson, from Hollandale, Mississippi and now 27, arrived in 2009, after having spent time in the NBA D League, as well as stints in Brazil and Argentina. The 6-8 forward, averaged 20.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior during the 2005-06 at Delta State, where he earned First Team All-Conference and NCAA Division II All-American honors and was named the GSC-West Player of the Year.



Benson lifts Dongbu Promy to Game 3 Win - by Jeff Liebsch
Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California) hit the game winning shot with two seconds remaining, to lift Wonju Dongbu Promy to a 58-57 win over Sonic Boom KT. Wonju now leads the best-of-five series two games to one.
Benson scored 22 points and added eight rebounds. Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) led the Boom with 16 points.
In a tightly contested, rough game, the two teams battled to a 29-29 halftime tie. After a low scoring third, which KT outscored Wonju 12-7, both teams came out firing in the fourth quarter, with Wonju gaining the upper hand, outscoring KT 22-16.
Both teams struggled from the field, as Wonju shot 43% for the game, while KT shot 44%.
The combined 115 points was the lowest scoring playoff game since the league was founded in 1997. The previous record was an April 4th, 2001 matchup when Seoul SK Knights defeated Jeonju 59-58.
Game four will be played Saturday, at 3 p.m. in Wonju.


Game Notes:
Wonju
Benson Rod - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Kim Ju-sung - 12 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

KT
Park Sang-oh 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Cho Sung-min - 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists


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Real Madrid eliminates Valencia, goes to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Quarterfinals, Game 5: Real Madrid - Valencia 66-58 (3-2)

Real Madrid earned their first Final Four berth in 15 years. They managed to beat Valencia 66-58 in fifth decisive game of the Playoff Quarterfinals and will take on Maccabi Electra in the Semis (May 6). Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) was a key player for the hosts with double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds (valuation 19). Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also scored 12, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) helped with 9 points and 9 boards. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) shined on the other side and was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. He collected 19 points and 6 rebounds for 33 minutes. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 16 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Valencia.
Valencia opened the game with quick 2-11 lead and later finished first quarter with 11-17. The home squad came to 21-16 at the halfway of the second period, which later ended with 40-42 Valencia lead. Clay Tucker was the one who made a deep triple in the last Real Madrid possession in the first half. Third quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Ante Tomic drew Javtokass fourth foul before Llull stepped up with a pair of jumpers from either side on the three-point arc, making it 48-44 for the hosts. Valencia came to minus 3 in the finish of third period, but Reyes and Carlos Suarez replied for 58-51 lead with ten minutes to go. It means that Real Madrid won third period 18-9. Valencia was struggling with defensive rebounding and it was the crucial thing last night. Real Madrid was missing the shots in the last quarter, but they were getting second chance opportunities many times. The game ended with 17-7 in offensive rebounds for the hosts. Real Madrid had 62-55 with five minutes left and Rafael Martinez gave a hope to Valencia with a triple. However, Ante Tomic shined in the finish with a basket, block and offensive rebound. He also made a free throw with 52 seconds remaining to signal to the fans that it was time to celebrate.
As mentioned above, Real Madrid will meet Maccabi Electra in the Semis.

Real Madrid: Carlos Suarez 12+10 boards, Clay Tucker 12, Ante Tomic 9+9 boards
Valencia: Dusko Savanovic 19+6 boards, Rafael Martinez 16


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LNB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Vevey - Villars 89-64

Vevey overcame Villars in the decisive game in the quarterfinal series. Domenico Marcario (180-G-79) posted 17 points to pace the winners. It looked good early as Villars took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vevey had a 24-15 second period charge getting the lead and Villars were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-89. Patrick Bovet (188-G-90) added 15 points in the win. Julien Fiechter (190-G/F-83) and Matthias Manz (195-F-92) answered with 14 points each for Villars.
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Bernex - Bern 70-64

Bernex advanced into the semifinal stage. They toppled Bern at home court in Game 3 of the series. Florent Ramseier (198-F-90) top-scored with 23 points for Bernex. Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) chipped in 19 points in the victory. Bern was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of Bernex, which allowed them to win the game. Bern answered with 23 points from Warner Nattiel.
gschID: 126185


Neuchatel - Martigny 69-53

Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, college: High Point) poured in 24 points to lead Neuchatel past Martigny into the semis. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vladimir Lopicic (183-G/F-89) added 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Florian Steinmann (197-F-91) had 18 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
gschID: 126183




Lions de Geneve re-sign Babacar Toure and Jules Aw - by Luca Maffioli
Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) and Jules Aw (200-F-86) sign a new contract with Lions de Geneve. Toure will stay in Geneve for two seasons. The senegalese player tallied 11.6 points, 7.4 boards, 0.6 assists and 2.2 blocks per game in his first LNA season. Toure started his career in Senegal with Sibac Dakar but in 2007 he moved to Swiss LNB in Bernex Onex Basket. Jules Aw (200-F-86) sign a one-year deal. He started this season with BBC Monthey but he moved, after four games, in Lions de Geneve averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 11 games.

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SBL Round 1 of Finals. Taiwan Beer surge ahead - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan Beer - Dacin Tigers 62-59

Taiwan Beer overcame Dacin Tigers in the championship series. Dacin Tigers were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Taiwan Beer, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jones Emmanuel (200-F-85, college: UTPA) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Tai-Hao Wu (203-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Vincentian-American forward Alexus Foyle (198-78, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Prossin Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Lei Tien (203-83) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Beer: E.Jones 13+16reb, D.Creighton 10+1reb, S.Ho 8+2reb+3ast, T.Wu 8+5reb+2ast, J.Cheng 8+6reb+1ast, S.Chen 7+5reb+3ast
Dacin Tigers: A.Foyle 22+13reb+1ast, C.Wang 10+2reb, L.Tien 8+6reb+3ast, Y.Lin 8+4reb+4ast, Y.Yueh 6+2reb, Y.Lo 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 125868




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Shawn HAWKINS
  KKL
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hawkins, KKL27.0 
 2. Foyle, Dacin Tigers20.7 
 3. Chen, Bank o.18.4 
 4. Chen, KKL18.3 
 5. Tien, Dacin Tigers18.1 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.1 
 7. Jones, Taiwan Beer17.9 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.16.9 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.16.0 
 10. Lu, Yulon Luxgen15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.20.6 
 2. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen15.9 
 3. Hawkins, KKL12.9 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer11.2 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.0 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 7. Foyle, Dacin Tigers10.7 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers8.1 
 9. Hsu, Bank o.6.4 
 10. Chen, KKL6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Chih-Chung CHEN
  Yulon Luxgen
  (185-G-77)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.1 
 2. Wu, Taiwan Mobile3.7 
 3. Su, Taiwan Mobile3.5 
 4. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.3 
 5. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.3 
 6. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.1 
 7. Chen, KKL2.8 
 8. Lin, Bank o.2.7 
 9. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.6 
 10. Hawkins, KKL2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.3 
 2. Lin, Bank o.1.7 
 3. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.6 
 5. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 6. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 7. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.4 
 8. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.3 
 9. Chen, KKL1.3 
 10. Chen, Taiwan Beer1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmanuel JONES
  Taiwan Beer
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jones, Taiwan Beer1.9 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.9 
 3. Dailey, Yulon Luxgen1.6 
 4. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 5. Wu, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 6. Jennings, Pure Y.1.2 
 7. Lee, KKL0.9 
 8. Cheng, Taiwan Beer0.9 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.0.8 
 10. Lee, Yulon Luxgen0.7 


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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. ES Sahel 21-1 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 20-2 
 3. ES Rades 14-8 
 4. Ezzahra 13-9 
 5. JS Kairouan 11-11 
 6. C Africain 11-11 
 7. C Cheminots 10-12 
 8. US Monastir 9-13 
 9. CA Bizerte 6-16 
 10. EOG Kram 6-16 
 11. JS Manazeh 6-16 
 12. C Tunisair 5-17 


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Sean Marshall strengthens Pinar Karsiyaka - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka decided to bolster their roster. They penned deal with Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.). The 25-year-old shooting guard started the season in D-League. Sean Marshall averaged 11.1 points, 3.2 boards, 1.0 assist per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Last season Sean Marshall played in France. His stats read 14.7 points, 4.2 boards and 1.9 assists for Dijon in ProA. Sean Marshall played for Pinar Karsiyaka previously. The guard had a stint with the team back in 2007/08 season. Then he averaged 18.8 points, 5.2 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. Sean Marshall was also named to All-Turkish League First Team.


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Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 14-2 
 2. Cleveland V. 12-4 
 3. Columbus C. 8-8 
 4. Colonial F. 3-12 
 5. NE Air Soul 1-15 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 31-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 26-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 14-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-15 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-19 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 19-3 
 2. Tennessee D. 18-11 
 3. Norman E. 13-8 
 4. Austin K. 11-9 
 5. DFW Warriors 11-10 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-17 
 3. Houston X. 5-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-21 
 5. Nashville B. 0-10 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-17 


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Superleague Round 47: BC Donetsk keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Superleague is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Donetsk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Donetsk smashed 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket at home 98-53. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kryvbasbasket to just 7 points in third quarter. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 24. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 38-20 including 17 on the offensive glass. BC Donetsk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Dmytro Gliebov (198-88, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. International power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) responded with 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Donetsk (35-11) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kryvbasbasket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Kryvbasbasket will play next round against Dnipro trying to get back on the winning streak. BC Donetsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Ninth-ranked DniproAzot (19-26) gave a tough game to second ranked Budivelnyk (34-11) in Kyiv. Budivelnyk managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Denys Lukashov accounted for 9 points and 5 assists. Lithuanian forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) came up with 19 points for DniproAzot in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Budivelnyk maintains second place with 34-11 record behind leader BC Donetsk. DniproAzot at the other side keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Budivelnyk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kyiv BC Kyiv.
The game in Dnepropetrovsk was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-21) played at the court of seventh ranked Dnipro (23-22). Dnipro defeated Ferro-ZNTU 84-71 on Friday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Steve Burtt who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Christian Burns produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the guests. Dnipro maintains seventh place with 23-22 record. Loser Ferro-ZNTU keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Dnipro will meet Kryvbasbasket (#8) in the next round. Ferro-ZNTU will play against Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 47 Mykolaiv won against Halychyna on the opponent's court 83-79.



BC Donetsk - Kryvbasbasket 98-53

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BC Donetsk as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BC Donetsk smashed 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket at home 98-53. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kryvbasbasket to just 7 points in third quarter. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 24. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 38-20 including 17 on the offensive glass. BC Donetsk looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Dmytro Gliebov (198-88, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. International power forward Igor Zaitsev (211-89) responded with 13 points and the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (198-77) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Donetsk (35-11) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kryvbasbasket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Kryvbasbasket will play next round against Dnipro trying to get back on the winning streak. BC Donetsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: S.Vasiljevic 15+3reb+3ast, A.Owens 14+1reb+3ast, B.Cvetkovic 12+2reb+1ast, J.Edwards 12+8reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 12+3reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 10+10reb+1ast
Kryvbasbasket: I.Zaitsev 13+4reb+3ast, D.Korablev 9+2reb, V.Malchevskiy 7+2reb, V.Konev 7+2reb+1ast, E.Annenkov 5+2reb+2ast, V.Kondratovets 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 125904


Halychyna - Mykolaiv 79-83

Very expected game in Lviv where 10th ranked Halychyna (17-30) was defeated by fifth ranked Mykolaiv (25-20) 83-79 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halychyna won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mykolaiv forced 19 Halychyna turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Brian Greene (196-83, college: Florida A&M) chipped in 16 points. Forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) added 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Mykolaiv maintains fifth place with 25-20 record. Loser Halychyna dropped to the eleventh position with 30 games lost. Mykolaiv will meet Ferro-ZNTU (#6) in the next round. Halychyna will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: J.Love 24+5reb+6ast, B.Greene 16+4reb+2ast, I.Gilyevych 14+2reb+1ast, J.Umbrasko 12+1ast, J.Hughes 8+3reb, O.Onufriyev 6+2reb+1ast
Halychyna: A.Wiggins 18+8reb, T.Abernethy 16+3reb+6ast, P.Revzin 14+2reb+2ast, H.Jamison 14+5reb+3ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 7+7reb+3ast, A.Shelukha 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 125905


Budivelnyk - DniproAzot 73-72

Ninth-ranked DniproAzot (19-26) gave a tough game to second ranked Budivelnyk (34-11) in Kyiv. Budivelnyk managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. DniproAzot was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Budivelnyk, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for British center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Denys Lukashov (190-89) accounted for 9 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Lithuanian forward Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) came up with 19 points and Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for DniproAzot in the defeat. Four DniproAzot players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Budivelnyk maintains second place with 34-11 record behind leader BC Donetsk. DniproAzot at the other side keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Budivelnyk's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kyiv BC Kyiv.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: A.Betts 15+6reb, W.Keys 10+2reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 10+2reb, L.Wilson 10+4reb+1ast, D.Lukashov 9+4reb+5ast, D.Spencer 7+5reb+2ast
DniproAzot: G.Sirutavicius 19+3reb+1ast, M.Fraser 16+5reb, B.Merriex 12+7reb+1ast, L.Karim 10+2reb+2ast, M.Balashov 9+2reb, S.Gorbenko 3+3reb
gschID: 125902


Dnipro - Ferro-ZNTU 84-71

The game in Dnepropetrovsk was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (24-21) played at the court of seventh ranked Dnipro (23-22). Dnipro defeated Ferro-ZNTU 84-71 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Dnipro dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ferro-ZNTU's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dnipro made 11 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Power forward Mario Austin (206-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dnipro maintains seventh place with 23-22 record. Loser Ferro-ZNTU keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Dnipro will meet Kryvbasbasket (#8) in the next round. Ferro-ZNTU will play against Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: S.Burtt 30+5reb+11ast, M.Austin 19+10reb+3ast, D.Brown 11+4reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 11, C.Glazyrin 6+13reb+2ast, S.Tymofeyenko 4+5reb+2ast
Ferro-ZNTU: K.Mays 18+3reb+2ast, C.Burns 18+16reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 16+1reb+1ast, R.Guinn 12+7reb+3ast, H.Kandrusevich 5+4reb+3ast, R.Harris 2+1ast
gschID: 125903




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.0 
 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, Halychyna15.0 
 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, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.5 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 10. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro5.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.7 
 6. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 10. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Millage, Khimik2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. House, Azovmash1.9 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.5 
 8. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Mays, Fe.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.2 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.0 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 35-11 
 2. Budivelnyk 34-11 
 3. Azovmash 28-17 
 4. Hoverla 28-18 
 5. Mykolaiv 25-20 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 24-21 
 7. Dnipro 23-22 
 8. Kryvbasbasket 20-25 
 9. DniproAzot 19-26 
 10. BC Odessa 17-29 
 11. Halychyna 17-30 
 12. Khimik 14-31 
 13. BC Kyiv 11-34 


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Paternostro Adamant BBL Has Never Been So Competitive - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders Coach Rob Paternostro takes his team into a crunch final weekend of the season with their play-off hopes still hanging in the balance and reflecting on what he feels has been the most competitive season of BBL action he has ever seen.

Riders face Newcastle Eagles tomorrow night at home and then visit fellow play-off rivals Guildford Heat on Sunday as they look for the victory that will punch their play-off ticket.

Its been an incredibly difficult year in the BBL explained Paternostro.

In all my time here, I have never known anything like it.

Each and every game is a challenge and the competiveness throughout the league is at a high level

Its been a very important week of practice for us since we need to try and get a nice rhythm going as we hopefully head toward the play-offs.

Certainly Riders will fancy their chances since not only do they have two opportunities to get the victory they need, but the pressure is on Worcester Wolves who must beat both UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at home and then claim a win at Cheshire Jets to stand any chance of squeezing out either Riders or the Heat.

As well as Guildford hosting the Riders, they also make the trip to Southend on Sea tomorrow evening where they will face Essex Pirates and be optimistic of getting a priceless victory.

Meanwhile at the top of the table, things have been more or less resolved with the leading clubs having safely secured a top four finish for sure and of course Mersey Tigers wrapped up the BBL Championship during the week at Newcastle Eagles.

The Tigers will round off their regular season campaign along with One Health Sharks Sheffield tonight in Yorkshire as the home team seek revenge for their two recent defeats on Merseyside which cost them any chance of landing the title.

Newcastle Eagles will try to bounce back at home to Glasgow Rocks before heading to Sport Central and they will want to make a real playfor the BBL Championship Play-Off trophy since it is some time since they went a season without winning at least one piece of silverware.

The Rocks have been Jekyll and Hyde of late but any meeting between these two foes is rarely straightforward as history clearly shows. Sterling Davis and his team then play their last home game at Kelvin Hall on Sunday against Prestige Homes Mk Lions.

The Lions are of course only playing for pride with their play-off ambitions already shot and they will fancy their chances of having a strong finish with a home game at the MK Basketball Arena tonight against basement dwellers Essex Pirates.

Worthing Thunder will also be hoping to finish with a flourish to at least end what has been generally a a miserable campaign on a positive note. They host Cheshire Jets and make the trip to Devon to face UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at the Pavilions on Sunday.



Creon Looking For Play-Off Spot - by Paul Nilsen
uildford Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos is looking for his team to take care of business as the BBL Championship play-off race reaches its climax at the weekend.



The Heat travel to Essex Pirates on Saturday before hosting Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Sunday afternoon, and they know they need to equal or better the results of Worcester Wolves (who host UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders on Saturday before visiting Cheshire Jets on Sunday) to qualify for the play-offs.



'I'd love to offer coach Love (Plymouth) and coach Smith (Cheshire) a good bottle of wine to make my job easier' joked Raftopoulos



'But every team has to take care of their own business and we cant rely on other teams to do us favour. This season has shown that the formbook and league standings count for nothing as on any day a team his capable of raising their game for a win no matter who they playing.'



'People are all talking about our Riders game Sunday but I honestly have not looked past the Essex game Saturday night, I want my guys to go into the game with same focus we have for all our other games.'



'Once we have managed to take care of business against the Pirates I'll plan for Riders on the Sunday. Worcester have two tough games left but I'm sure Paul [James] will have them ready to push us to the limit to get that final playoff spot.'



'So its important that we concentrate on getting two wins as we planned to do two weeks ago. We lucky to be at home on the final day of the season as all teams have found away wins a rare commodity this season.'



Guildford have already won 89-73 at Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre this season, and also beat the Essex side 84-63 at home in January.



Riders and Heat have split their two BBL Championship games, while Guildford knocked the Leicester side out of the BBL Trophy at the semi-final stage.


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




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBA prospect Elizabeth Cambage will play in Tulsa, if chosen - by Eurobasket News
Remember that fuss last week about WNBA draft prospect Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) not wanting to play in Tulsa? Never mind.

Cambage, a 6-foot-8 center from Australia, could be selected by the Tulsa Shock with the second overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Nolan Richardson told the Tulsa World the Shock has talked with Cambages agent about the situation.

'If we pick her, she's coming and there will be a big press conference and all that stuff', the Shock coach and general manager said.

On March 31, the Herald Sun in Australia quoted the 19-year-old Cambage as saying she doesnt want to play in Tulsa.

'I've made that clear', she said. 'They want to make me a franchise player, but I'm not going to the WNBA for that.'

Im going there to learn and improve my game. But what can you do? My agent will deal with that and Ill focus on trying not to stress out.

The comments made their way to the U.S. and Cambage posted this on her Twitter account: I really dont mind going to Tulsa. I just want to go to the WNBA. A hash tag of #sincewebeinghonest accompanied the post.

Cambage was asked about the Tulsa comments in a WNBA.com question-and-answer session with Frank Della Femina and said, That article was taken so out of context it was ridiculous. I dont even mind where I go, Im just happy Im here. I think the reporter who was writing it was just a bit shady and I was saying Id love to go number one and it would be nice but Maya Moore will probably go number one and Ill go number two.

Cambage is among 15 top prospects who have been invited to ESPN's headquarters, the site of Monday's draft.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


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VICI Kaunas and Spartak SP make the Final picture - by Eurobasket News
VICI Kaunas - Lemminkainen 85-73
VICI Kaunas earned the spot in Baltic League Final. They held off Lithuanian rivals Lemminkainen in the second semifinal in Kaunas today. VICI Kaunas will now take on Spartak Saint Petersburg in the title decider tomorrow. Lemminkainen will play against Horizont of Belarus for the third place. Lemminkainen got to a successful start. They fired 28 points in the opening term and recorded a 7-point lead. But VICI gradually picked up the right tempo. The hosts erupted for 34 points in the second term that allowed them to gain a 55:45 halftime lead. VICI maintained the margin throughout intense third term. They entered the fourth period ahead by ten points. Lemminkainen were limited to just 10 points in the final stanza and had to yield at the end. Ausra Bimbaite produced 15 points to pace VICI. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) provided 14 points in the victory. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) answered with 17 points for Lemminkainen. Laura Povilonyte had 16 points in defeat.

Spartak SP - Gorizont 91-79
Spartak Saint Petersburg became the first Baltic League finalists. They toppled Gorizont in the first game of BWBL Final Four in Kaunas tonight. Jennifer Lacy stepped up with 28 points to lead the Russian team. Spartak strongly entered the game. They poured in 25 points in the opening term to take a 5-point advantage at the first break. Spartak just increased the tempo in the second quarter. They erupted for 30 points in the second stanza to boost the gap to massive 21 points 55:34. Gorizont steadied the game after the big break. The Belarusian side stayed on level terms with Spartak in the next two periods but it was not enough to challenge the rivals. Spartak stayed in charge and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Eugeniya Belyakova produced 16 points, while Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) contributed 15 points in the winning effort. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-F/G-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 24 points for Gorizont. Aleksandra Khomenchuk posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirjam NIKOLAI
  TLU/Volta
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Nikolai, TL.18.0 
 2. Anderson, Spart.17.1 
 3. Murauskaya, Berez.17.0 
 4. Lacy, Spartak SP16.0 
 5. Belyakova, Spart.15.9 
 6. Givens, Minsk-200615.8 
 7. Kozun, Olimpia15.3 
 8. Dyeva, Serene14.9 
 9. Filonchyk, Olimpia14.1 
 10. Musatava, Victoria13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sigita GALDIKAITE
  MRU
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Galdikaite, MRU10.0 
 2. Iordan, Olimpia8.8 
 3. Murauskaya, Berez.8.6 
 4. Dyeva, Serene8.5 
 5. Kozun, Olimpia8.5 
 6. Aleksaite, MRU8.1 
 7. Kalinichenko, Serene7.8 
 8. Paskalenko, Spart.7.8 
 9. Junaid, Spartak SP7.7 
 10. Filonchyk, Olimpia7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Iva CIGLAR
  Spartak SP
  (170-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ciglar, Spartak SP5.1 
 2. Murauskaya, Berez.4.1 
 3. Padabed, Minsk.4.1 
 4. Zintikaite, MRU3.6 
 5. Kashlei, Olimpia3.5 
 6. Keyru, Spartak SP3.4 
 7. Jakovits, Berezina3.3 
 8. Padshyvalava, Victo.3.2 
 9. Givens, Minsk-20062.9 
 10. Yuzhakova, Spart.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ala MURAUSKAYA
  Berezina
  (185-F-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Murauskaya, Berez.3.4 
 2. Keyru, Spartak SP3.3 
 3. Padshyvalava, Victo.3.1 
 4. Gricaeva, Spart.2.9 
 5. Miil, TL.2.5 
 6. Belyakova, Spart.2.5 
 7. Ciglar, Spartak SP2.4 
 8. Martinkute, MRU2.3 
 9. Okuneva, TL.2.2 
 10. Givens, Minsk-20062.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Valeria KAST
  Mariana
  (201-C-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kast, Minsk-20061.9 
 2. Galdikaite, MRU1.5 
 3. Murauskaya, Berez.1.4 
 4. Paskalenko, Spart.1.3 
 5. Rashcenia, Victoria1.3 
 6. Istseliatsov., Minsk-.1.1 
 7. Filonchyk, Olimpia1.1 
 8. Aleksaite, MRU0.9 
 9. Junaid, Spartak SP0.9 
 10. Mesila-K., Eclex T.0.9 


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  BELARUS - Women  


Spartak Saint Petersburg defeat Gorizont to enter BWBL Final - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Gorizont 91:79

Spartak Saint Petersburg became the first Baltic League finalists. They toppled Gorizont in the first game of BWBL Final Four in Kaunas tonight. Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) stepped up with 28 points to lead the Russian team.
Spartak strongly entered the game. They poured in 25 points in the opening term to take a 5-point advantage at the first break. Spartak just increased the tempo in the second quarter. They erupted for 30 points in the second stanza to boost the gap to massive 21 points 55:34. Gorizont steadied the game after the big break. The Belarusian side stayed on level terms with Spartak in the next two periods but it was not enough to challenge the rivals. Spartak stayed in charge and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) produced 16 points, while Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) contributed 15 points in the winning effort. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-F/G-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 24 points for Gorizont. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Spartak SP: Jennifer Lacy 28, Eugeniya Belyakova 16, Katerina Keyru 15
Gorizont: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 24, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 22+13 boards




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  CROATIA - Women  


Top trio wins by a comibined total 124 points - by Zeljko Zule
Sibenik Jolly JBS, Gospic CO and Lupa promotion won by a combined total of 124 points in Superleague Round 8.
Despite 30 points from Dina Sesnic (188-C-87), Studenac lost by 39 points to Gospic. Lupa forced Pula into 26 turnovers and limited to 20 percent shooting form the field. Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) Cuncic scored 19 points while Tara Flaherty led Pula with 12 points.

Studenac Omis- Gospic 56-95 (Puljic 4, Vrvilo 6, Buzov 5, Javorcic 8, Seric 3, Sesnic 30 - Ivezic 14, Mandir 15, Reid 4, Gambiraza 3, Jurcevic 13, Aleksic 12, Vrsaljko 2, Badanjak 2, Pavetic 6, Maslowski 24)
Pula-Lupa promotion 40-93 (Premasunac 5, Flaherty 12, Cvjetkovic 3, Valentic 9, Jovanovic 7, Ramljak 4 - Juric 3, Cacic 2, Cuncic 19, Bacic 5, Matic 12, Mada 15, Prgomet 5, Miller 12, Vukicevic 9, Brkljacic 11).
Sibenik Jolly JBS-Medvescak 82-50 (Cigic 5, Cakic 13, Lokas 14, Chiabov 2, Stampalija 12, Misura 11, Semren 4, Wilson 4, Vasovic 5, Ivankovic 12 - Meznaric 8, Peric 3, Begic 16, Majstorovic 2, Borovic 12, Brkljaca 2, Rados 7)




Standings - Women
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Jolly 7-1 
 2. Gospic 7-1 
 3. Lupa Promot. 6-2 
 4. Studenec O. 3-5 
 5. Medvescak 1-7 
 6. Biska Pula 0-8 
Group B
 1. Croatia 2006 3-0 
 2. Zadar 1-1 
 3. Pozega 1-1 
 4. Split 1-2 
 5. Agram 0-2 


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Semi Finals: AEL Sweeps Keravnos with 3-0 and qualifies in the Finals - by Chris Mammides
AEL Limassol succeeded the second in a row road win over Keravnos Strovolou with 79-83 and is now waiting for her opponnent. AEL is all the way to the double for another one season.
As expected Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) and her team-mates beat Keravnos for a third consecutive time and with a 3-0 series qualified for the finals. Keravnos was better than the previous two matches but not so good in order to beat AEL not even for one time in this series. Milena Vukicevic was on fire for another one afternoon and even though Natasa Andjelic (185-G-77) was also very good, in fact she scored exactly the same points as her country-mate 27 points with the difference that she was also the femme fatale of the game as she lost both free throws from the charity line upon a technical foul called against AEL when the score was 74-70 and she could cut the deficit in the minimum.
AEL received a very mature performance from the ex captain of the Serbian NT Veselovski who scored 18 points while Popovic and Scekic added with their experience and qualifications another 13 and 12 points respectively.
The quarters of the game were: 18-22, 27-23, 16-21, 18-17
The Greek international Niki-Maria Tsakiridou (178-F-90) couldnt help a lot as her 2 points were a very poor productivity to give the value added (as expected) to the Strovolos team.
The points for the two teams were as follows:
Keravnos: Papadopoulou 10, Makri 20, Natasa Andjelic 27 (5), Zaric 14, Nikolaou 2, Koniali 4
AEL: Rous 10, Veselofski 18 (3), Milena Vukicevic 27, Popovic 13, Scekic 12 (4), Papadouri 3

AEL is now waiting the other pair of the Semis to finish as the score currently is AEK - Achilleas 2-1 with the series goes to Kaimakli now.



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Dameligaen Round 1 of Finals. SISU grab the lead - by Eurobasket News
SISU - Horsholm 71-50

SISU stormed past Horsholm in the first game of the championship series. The game without a history. SISU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Horsholm's 28. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Lauren Aitch (185-C-87, agency: Merit Sports, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Trine Duelund (182-84) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Therese Deemand (176-83, college: Binghamton) answered with 4 points and 10 rebounds and guard Anne Kristensen (173-87) added 9 points in the effort for Horsholm. Horsholm's coach Johan Enbom gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
SISU: L.Aitch 17+11reb+1ast, T.Duelund 15+2reb+2ast, K.Dalgaard 8+4reb, I.Soltau 8+3reb, K.Lund 8+1ast, C.Blands 7+7reb+3ast
Horsholm: A.Kristensen 9+2reb, M.Gilling 8+2reb, C.Friis 6+3reb, L.Piechnik 5, M.Pedersen 5, T.Deemand 4+10reb
gschID: 126171




Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Lauren BECKLEY
  Lemvig
  (181-F/C-)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Beckley, Lemvig21.6 
 2. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj16.6 
 3. Furgeson, Horsens16.5 
 4. Fuller, Falcon16.1 
 5. Holmes, Aabyhoj15.7 
 6. Tryggedsson, Aabyh.15.4 
 7. Smith, Horsens14.6 
 8. Girdwood, Vaerlose14.4 
 9. Hansen, Falcon13.6 
 10. Jakobsen, Vaerlose13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Fuller, Falcon13.1 
 2. Holmes, Aabyhoj10.2 
 3. Beckley, Lemvig9.8 
 4. Furgeson, Horsens9.4 
 5. Kruuse, Amager9.4 
 6. Smith, Horsens8.8 
 7. Kielpinski, Lemvig8.7 
 8. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj7.5 
 9. Girdwood, Vaerlose7.2 
 10. Aitch, SISU7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mie BURLIN
  Lemvig
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Burlin, Lemvig4.2 
 2. Lund, SISU4.0 
 3. Krogh, Aabyhoj3.7 
 4. Haven, Vaerlose3.4 
 5. Jensen, Amager3.4 
 6. Blands, SISU3.3 
 7. Furgeson, Horsens3.1 
 8. Jorgensen, SISU3.0 
 9. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.0 
 10. Kongeskov, Amager2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Aabyhoj
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj3.2 
 2. Furgeson, Horsens2.6 
 3. Blands, SISU2.6 
 4. Lund, SISU2.4 
 5. Ryder, Horsholm2.2 
 6. Jorgensen, SISU2.2 
 7. Udovalieva, Lemvig1.9 
 8. Deemand, Horsholm1.9 
 9. Beckley, Lemvig1.8 
 10. Kongeskov, Amager1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jessica FULLER
  Falcon
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fuller, Falcon3.2 
 2. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.6 
 3. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.9 
 4. Hesseldal, Aabyhoj0.8 
 5. Kruuse, Amager0.7 
 6. Girdwood, Vaerlose0.6 
 7. Aitch, SISU0.6 
 8. Gilling, Horsholm0.5 
 9. Holmes, Aabyhoj0.5 
 10. Jakobsen, Vaerlose0.4 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce24.6 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.22.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.2 
 4. Charles, Nadezhda.19.0 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.8 
 6. Douglas, Ros C.18.5 
 7. Wright, Lotos G.17.4 
 8. Jackson, Spartak .17.3 
 9. Reid, Gospic17.1 
 10. Prince, Spartak .16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.2 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.3 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.5 
 4. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.2 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.9.5 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.9.5 
 7. Brunson, Ros C.9.4 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.2 
 9. McWilliams-F., Spart.8.9 
 10. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dalma IVANYI
  Pecs 2010
  (178-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ivanyi, Pecs 20105.4 
 2. Reid, Gospic5.3 
 3. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.7 
 4. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.7 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli4.2 
 7. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.2 
 8. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 9. Wambe, Taranto4.0 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. McCoughtry, Fener.2.5 
 3. Dumerc, UMMC2.4 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.3 
 5. McCoughtry, MKB E.2.3 
 6. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.2 
 7. Phillips, Wisla C.2.2 
 8. Leedham, Gorzow2.1 
 9. Wright, Lotos G.2.1 
 10. Wambe, Taranto2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.6 
 2. Jackson, Spartak .1.6 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 4. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 5. Charles, Nadezhda.1.2 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 7. Stepanova, UMMC1.2 
 8. Burse, Wisla C.1.1 
 9. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.1 
 10. Christon, Nadezhda.1.0 


Spartak MR and Halcon Avenida will play for Euroleague crown - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Perfumerias 49-61
Halcon Avenida shocked Ros Casares in todays Euroleague semifinal. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) posted 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace Halcon Avenida into the championship game in Ekaterinburg. They will take on four-time defending champions Spartak Saint Petersburg on Sunday. Ros Casares will play against UMMC in the consolation final. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Jana Vesela (190-F-83) and Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) eventually gave Ros Casares a 15:11 lead. But Erika DeSouza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Montanana cut the deficit at 14:15 after ten minutes. Snell soon put Halcon Avenida in charge early in the second period. Jana Vesela came up with quick five points for Ros Casares as they regained the lead. The Valencia outfit rallied to a 29:28 halftime advantage. But Alba Torrens (184-F-89) drained a triple to put Halcon Avenida in front at the start of the second half. Ros Casares surged back in front but Halcon Avenida went on a 10:0 rally to build a 46:39 lead at the final break. Rebekkah Brunson dragged Ros Casares within 4 points early in the final stanza but Avenida quickly answered with 7 points in a row to open an 11-point advantage. Halcon Avenida boosted the gap to 15 points just moments later and the outcome was quite obvious at this point. Alba Torrens produced 12 points, while Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) and Erika DeSouza had 8 points apiece in the win. Rebekkah Brunson and Kathryn Douglas answered with 15 points each for Ros Casares. Jana Vesela chipped in 9 points and collected 6 boards in the loss.

Spartak V MR - UMMC 54-43
Spartak MR are close from earning their fifth straight Euroleague title. They edged their Russian archrivals UMMC in the first game of todays Final Four tournament in Ekaterinburg to reach the title decider. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) stepped up with 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. The teams traded baskets eagerly throughout the opening frame. Spartak MR gained a narrow 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. UMMC tipped off the second term with eight points in a row to take a 22:15 lead. Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-F/C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) and Epiphanny Prince stopped the rot but UMMC stayed in front as they rallied to a 27:22 lead at halftime. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Arteshina stretched the margin to 9 points early in the third quarter. The visitors then responded with a decisive 15:1 run to enter the fourth term up by 5 points 37:32. Pondexter, Arteshina and Maria Stepanova cut the deficit at 2 points midway through the final stanza 39:41. But Korstine, Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) and Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored next 7 points as Spartak opened a 9-point advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Jelena Milovanovic notched 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Taj McWilliams-Franklin provided 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds for UMMC. Maria Stepanova had 9 points and 9 boards in the loss.




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  FINLAND - Women  


Catz tied the series against PeKa - by Elina Koskinen
Catz took 77-65 victory over PeKa in the second meeting and tied the series to 1-1. The second match was played in Lappeenranta tonight. PeKa started scoring but Catz took the lead soon before five minutes of the game was played. Home team made 9-0 run and netted 22-14 numbers in first quarter. The second quarter went on evenly and PeKa could narrow the Catz lead only by two points as numbers were 17-19. Half-time score was thereby 39-33. Catz kept their lead during the whole second half as PeKa couldn't get to grips with the game. Thus the home team added their lead both in the third and in the fourth quarter by numbers 22-17 and 16-15. Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) was a key player of Catz scoring the game highest 21 points. Piipari was assisted by Elizaveta Kityzina (195-C-80) and Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) who both made good performance. Kityzina finished 16/6 and Lee 14/9. In addition Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) netted 13 points and Hanna Vapamaa (180-F-90) 10 points for Catz. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) was the most efficient of PeKa finishing 18/10. Krystal Vaughn (185-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) backed her up by 15 points.

D1 Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Catz - PeKa 77-65

The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. Peli-Karhut managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Peli-Karhut 42-31 including 27 on the defensive glass. International guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Lisa Lee (183-84, college: Charleston) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. Catz Lappeenranta's coach Mika Haakana used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and her fellow American import power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) scored 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Catz: R.Piipari 21+7reb+3ast, E.Kityzina 16+6reb, L.Lee 14+9reb+1ast, E.Reshetko 13+6reb+1ast, H.Vapamaa 10+5reb+1ast, V.Kesanen 2
PeKa: A.Lassiter 18+10reb+1ast, K.Vaughn 15+3reb+2ast, S.Freeman 9+11reb+2ast, L.Richter 9+2reb, L.Lehtoranta 7+1reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 4+1reb
gschID: 126249




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Moss, ToPo24.8 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU24.1 
 3. Vaughn, PeKa23.3 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo19.3 
 5. Robinson, Huima18.6 
 6. Karcic, Kerava18.6 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa17.4 
 8. Wright, FoA16.9 
 9. Laaksonen, Espoo T.16.4 
 10. Lomax, Huima15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Huima14.8 
 2. Freeman, PeKa13.6 
 3. Lomax, Huima13.2 
 4. Moss, ToPo12.4 
 5. Karcic, Kerava12.1 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa11.0 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa10.6 
 8. Laaksonen, Espoo T.10.5 
 9. Jones, Huima10.0 
 10. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Pounds, HoNsU3.6 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.3 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.0 
 5. Piipari, Catz2.8 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.7 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa2.7 
 8. Freeman, PeKa2.6 
 9. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.3 
 10. Lomax, Huima2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Keflavik
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Karcic, Kerava5.5 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU3.9 
 3. Lassiter, PeKa3.1 
 4. Wright, FoA2.9 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 6. Lee, Catz2.8 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Robinson, Huima2.4 
 9. Lomax, Huima2.2 
 10. Freeman, PeKa2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 1
 1. Moss, ToPo1.0 
 2. Lomax, Huima0.8 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.8 
 4. Freeman, PeKa0.7 
 5. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 6. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.6 
 7. Pounds, HoNsU0.6 
 8. Iiskola, Espoo T.0.6 
 9. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 10. Pavlovskaya, ToPo0.5 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Candace WILLIAMS
  Leipzig
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Williams, Leipzig18.1 
 2. Turner, Freiburg17.4 
 3. Hayes, Freiburg17.1 
 4. Holmes, Wasserburg16.7 
 5. Tatham, Halle16.5 
 6. Tulikihihifo, Wolfen.16.3 
 7. Terzic, Herner15.5 
 8. Austmann, Oberh.14.9 
 9. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.14.7 
 10. O''Rourke, Chemnitz14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg8.5 
 2. Tatham, Halle8.2 
 3. Rajecka, Donau-Ries7.8 
 4. Haughian, Leipzig7.5 
 5. Porter-T., Wasse.7.3 
 6. Williamson, Halle7.2 
 7. Landry, Marburg7.1 
 8. Tracey, Freiburg7.0 
 9. Williams, Leipzig6.8 
 10. Almind, Oberhausen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries4.8 
 2. Comtesse, Saarl.4.1 
 3. Paige, Halle3.9 
 4. Pace, Leipzig3.7 
 5. O''Rourke, Chemnitz3.5 
 6. Austmann, Oberh.3.4 
 7. Mersch, Oberhausen3.1 
 8. Barnert, Saarlouis3.0 
 9. Davidson, Marburg3.0 
 10. Flasarova, Wolfen.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Donau-Ries
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rego, Donau-Ries3.3 
 2. Hayes, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Pace, Leipzig2.6 
 4. Hightower, Wasse.2.4 
 5. Tatham, Halle2.4 
 6. Nikagbatse, Wolfen.2.3 
 7. Austmann, Oberh.2.3 
 8. Turner, Freiburg2.2 
 9. Tracey, Freiburg2.2 
 10. Holmes, Wasserburg2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sequoia HOLMES
  Wasserburg
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Holmes, Wasserburg1.0 
 2. Landry, Marburg0.9 
 3. Muurinen, Rhein MB0.8 
 4. Zberch, Oberhausen0.8 
 5. Koop, Marburg0.8 
 6. Greunke, Rhein MB0.7 
 7. Bondarenko, Freib.0.7 
 8. Wohlberg, Leipzig0.7 
 9. Gohrke, Marburg0.6 
 10. Saarinen, Rhein MB0.6 


DBBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Freiburg and Wasserburg advance into Final - by Eurobasket News
Freiburg - Marburg 89-68

Freiburg overwhelmed Marburg at home court to seal the birth in the Final. The game was mostly controlled by Eisvogel Freiburg. BC Pharmaserv Marburg managed to win fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eisvogel Freiburg made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 BC Pharmaserv Marburg turnovers. Strangely BC Pharmaserv Marburg outrebounded Eisvogel Freiburg 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Pharmaserv Marburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Yvonne Turner (174-G-87, college: Nebraska) scored 27 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Sarah Hayes (173-84, college: Brown) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The former international forward Margret Skuballa (186-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Sandra Weber (183-85) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Pharmaserv Marburg's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Marburg: M.Skuballa 18+11reb+6ast, S.Weber 16+4reb, A.Davidson 15+3reb+1ast, L.Koop 10+8reb, S.Landry 4+6reb+2ast, C.Hightower 3
Freiburg: Y.Turner 27+4reb+4ast, S.Hayes 19+4reb+1ast, J.Tracey 13+6reb, F.Hoere 11+3reb+4ast, C.Hoere 8, M.Paunovic 8+3reb+6ast
gschID: 125994


Saarlouis - Wasserburg 70-88

Wasserburg booked the ticket into the Final after a comfortable road win over Saarlouis. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when TSV 1880 Wasserburg's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-7 extending their advantage to 18 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TV Saarlouis Royals to just 7 points in fourth quarter. TSV 1880 Wasserburg forced 21 TV Saarlouis Royals turnovers. American forward Sequoia Holmes (185-86, college: UNLV) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-84, college: W.Kentucky) supported her with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four TSV 1880 Wasserburg players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Tyresa Smith (178-85, college: Delaware, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for TV Saarlouis Royals. Czech power forward Petra Manakova (190-82, college: Oakland) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. TV Saarlouis Royals' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: T.Smith 21+10reb+1ast, P.Manakova 17+8reb+4ast, S.Barnert 12+2reb+5ast, I.Comtesse 9+2reb+2ast, S.Hollinquest 7+3reb+2ast, J.Wellers 2+3reb+3ast
Wasserburg: S.Holmes 21+12reb+3ast, T.Porter-Talbert 18+8reb+5ast, D.Adela Pop 15+2reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 10+5reb+1ast, R.Thoresen 9+5reb+6ast, J.Hootmann 9+1ast
gschID: 125995




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  IRELAND - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Irish Superleague 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Michelle Fahy
Fahy
Rachel Vanderwal
Vanderwal
Marie Breen
Breen
Susanne Maguire
Maguire
#e#4

Player of the Year: Michelle Fahy (183-C-82) of UL Aughinish
Guard of the Year: Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of UL Aughinish
Forward of the Year: Marie Breen (185-F/G-85) of Montenotte
Center of the Year: Michelle Fahy (183-C-82) of UL Aughinish
Bosman Player of the Year: Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of UL Aughinish
Import Player of the Year: Natalie Taylor (178-F) of UL Aughinish
Domestic Player of the Year: Michelle Fahy (183-C-82) of UL Aughinish
Defensive Player of the Year: Susanne Maguire (183-F-75) of Mercy
Coach of the Year: James Weldon of UL Aughinish

1st Team
G: Rachel Vanderwal (176-83) of UL Aughinish
F/G: Marie Breen (185-85) of Montenotte
F: Susanne Maguire (183-75) of Mercy
F: Natalie Taylor (178) of UL Aughinish
C: Michelle Fahy (183-82) of UL Aughinish

2nd Team
PG: Georgina McKenna (163-80) of Dynamos
G: Claire Rockall (178-90) of Montenotte
G: Cathy Kavanagh (187-90) of Wildcats
G/F: Lisa Palmer (186-86) of Mercy
F: Grainne Dwyer (-84) of Montenotte

Honorable Mention
Sarah Woods (174-G-88) of Mercy
Tanya McGrath (176-F-80) of Dynamos
Fiona Scally (178-F-87) of UL Aughinish
Elaine Kennington (90) of Wildcats
Louise Gray (175-C-88) of Killester
Eimear Mairtin (164-G-90) of Meteors

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Claire Rockall (178-90) of Montenotte
F/G: Marie Breen (185-85) of Montenotte
F: Grainne Dwyer (-84) of Montenotte
F: Susanne Maguire (183-75) of Mercy
C: Michelle Fahy (183-82) of UL Aughinish



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


VICI Kaunas defeat Lemminkainen to play in BWBL Final - by Eurobasket News
VICI Kaunas - Lemminkainen 85:73

VICI Kaunas earned the spot in Baltic League Final. They held off Lithuanian rivals Lemminkainen in the second semifinal in Kaunas today. VICI Kaunas will now take on Spartak Saint Petersburg in the title decider tomorrow. Lemminkainen will play against Horizont of Belarus for the third place.
Lemminkainen got to a successful start. They fired 28 points in the opening term and recorded a 7-point lead. But VICI gradually picked up the right tempo. The hosts erupted for 34 points in the second term that allowed them to gain a 55:45 halftime lead. VICI maintained the margin throughout intense third term. They entered the fourth period ahead by ten points. Lemminkainen were limited to just 10 points in the final stanza and had to yield at the end. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) produced 15 points to pace VICI. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) provided 14 points in the victory. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) answered with 17 points for Lemminkainen. Laura Povilonyte (185-F-86, college: Gardner-Webb) had 16 points in defeat.

VICI Kaunas: Ausra Bimbaite 15, Giedre Paugaite 14, Milda Sauliute (175-G-81) 13
Lemminkainen: Rita Milieskiene 17, Laura Povilonyte 16



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  NCAA1 - Women  


UConn's Moore invited to WNBA draft - by Eurobasket News
UConn's Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) is among 15 players who have been invited to next Monday's WNBA draft at ESPN studios in Bristol. ESPN will broadcast the first round at 3 p.m., and ESPNU and NBA TV will telecast the second and third rounds.

The others invited to the draft are Danielle Adams (Texas A&M), Jessica Breland (North Carolina), Elizabeth Cambage (Australia), Sydney Colson (Texas A&M), Victoria Dunlap (Kentucky), Amber Harris (Xavier), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), Kayla Pedersen (Stanford), Ta'Shia Phillips (Xavier), Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Carolyn Swords (Boston College), Jasmine Thomas (Duke) and Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga).

The Connecticut Sun traded their first-round choice for the rights to Kelsey Griffin during the 2010 draft. The Sun pick 16th (second round) and 28th (third round).

Courtesy of www.theday.com


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Laurie KOEHN
  Utex Row
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Koehn, Utex Row17.3 
 2. Kobryn, Wisla C.15.4 
 3. Ross, Lider P.15.0 
 4. Harris, Utex Row14.9 
 5. Wright, Lotos G.14.3 
 6. Jankowska, LKS S.14.0 
 7. Szott, Artego14.0 
 8. Mosby, Lider P.13.7 
 9. Fox-Griffin, Super.13.3 
 10. Mowlik, Inea AZS13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ugochukwu OHA
  LKS Siemens
  (193-C-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Oha, LKS Siemens9.9 
 2. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia9.3 
 3. Carter, CCC P.8.3 
 4. Leuchanka, Wisla C.7.9 
 5. Alexander, Odra B.7.9 
 6. Crisman, Artego7.9 
 7. Cheek, Super-Pol7.8 
 8. Denson, Lider P.7.7 
 9. Jankowska, LKS S.7.4 
 10. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC Polkowice
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Zoll, CCC P.5.8 
 2. Richards, Gorzow4.2 
 3. Phillips, Wisla C.4.2 
 4. Kulaga, Super-Pol4.1 
 5. Raymond, Artego3.8 
 6. Swanier, Lotos G.3.8 
 7. Idczak, Inea AZS3.7 
 8. Bortelova, Energa T.3.6 
 9. Gawronska, Odra B.3.5 
 10. Babkina, Lotos G.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. Wright, Lotos G.2.3 
 5. Bednarek, Lider P.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. Alexander, Odra B.0.8 
 10. Kobryn, Wisla C.0.8 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Spartak Saint Petersburg defeat Gorizont to enter BWBL Final - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Gorizont 91:79

Spartak Saint Petersburg became the first Baltic League finalists. They toppled Gorizont in the first game of BWBL Final Four in Kaunas tonight. Jennifer Lacy (191-F/C-83, college: Pepperdine) stepped up with 28 points to lead the Russian team.
Spartak strongly entered the game. They poured in 25 points in the opening term to take a 5-point advantage at the first break. Spartak just increased the tempo in the second quarter. They erupted for 30 points in the second stanza to boost the gap to massive 21 points 55:34. Gorizont steadied the game after the big break. The Belarusian side stayed on level terms with Spartak in the next two periods but it was not enough to challenge the rivals. Spartak stayed in charge and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Eugeniya Belyakova (182-G-86) produced 16 points, while Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) contributed 15 points in the winning effort. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-F/G-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 24 points for Gorizont. Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) posted 22 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

Spartak SP: Jennifer Lacy 28, Eugeniya Belyakova 16, Katerina Keyru 15
Gorizont: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 24, Aleksandra Khomenchuk 22+13 boards




Spartak MR hold off UMMC to reach Euroleague Final - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Spartak MR 43:54

Spartak MR are close to earning their fifth straight Euroleague title. They edged their Russian archrivals UMMC in the first game of todays Final Four tournament in Ekaterinburg to reach the title decider. Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) stepped up with 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners.
The teams traded baskets eagerly throughout the opening frame. Spartak MR gained a narrow 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. UMMC tipped off the second term with eight points in a row to take a 22:15 lead. Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-F/C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) and Epiphanny Prince stopped the rot but UMMC stayed in front as they rallied to a 27:22 lead at halftime. Maria Stepanova (202-C-79) and Arteshina stretched the margin to 9 points early in the third quarter. The visitors then responded with a decisive 15:1 run to enter the fourth term up by 5 points 37:32. Pondexter, Arteshina and Maria Stepanova cut the deficit at 2 points midway through the final stanza 39:41. But Korstine, Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) and Taj McWilliams-Franklin scored next 7 points as Spartak opened a 9-point advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Jelena Milovanovic notched 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Taj McWilliams-Franklin provided 11 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds for UMMC. Maria Stepanova had 9 points and 9 boards in the loss.

UMMC: Candace Parker 11, Maria Stepanova 9
Spartak MR: Epiphanny Prince 13, Jelena Milovanovic 12, Taj McWilliams-Franklin 11+10 boards



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


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. Zdolsek, Triglav3.0 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.3.0 
 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. Klancnik, GVT K.2.5 
 8. Zalar, Ilrija2.5 
 9. Mikic, Grosuplje2.4 
 10. Zupancic, 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. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 5. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 6. Klancnik, GVT K.0.5 
 7. Vene, Ilrija0.5 
 8. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.5 
 9. Macura, Jezica0.5 
 10. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.4 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Halcon Avenida stun Ros Casares to reach Euroleague Final - by Eurobasket News
Halcon Avenida - Ros Casares 61:49

Halcon Avenida shocked Ros Casares in todays Euroleague semifinal. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) posted 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace Halcon Avenida into the championship game in Ekaterinburg. They will take on four-time defending champions Spartak Saint Petersburg on Sunday. Ros Casares will play against UMMC in the consolation final.
The teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue), Jana Vesela (190-F-83) and Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) eventually gave Ros Casares a 15:11 lead. But Erika DeSouza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Montanana cut the deficit at 14:15 after ten minutes. Snell soon put Halcon Avenida in charge early in the second period. Jana Vesela came up with quick five points for Ros Casares as they regained the lead. The Valencia outfit rallied to a 29:28 halftime advantage. But Alba Torrens (184-F-89) drained a triple to put Halcon Avenida in front at the start of the second half. Ros Casares surged back in front but Halcon Avenida went on a 10:0 rally to build a 46:39 lead at the final break. Rebekkah Brunson dragged Ros Casares within 4 points early in the final stanza but Avenida quickly answered with 7 points in a row to open an 11-point advantage. Halcon Avenida boosted the gap to 15 points just moments later and the outcome was quite obvious at this point. Alba Torrens produced 12 points, while Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) and Erika DeSouza had 8 points apiece in the win. Rebekkah Brunson and Kathryn Douglas answered with 15 points each for Ros Casares. Jana Vesela chipped in 9 points and collected 6 boards in the loss.

Halcon Avenida: Sancho Lyttle 17+11 boards, Alba Torrens 12, Anke De Mondt 8, Erika DeSouza 8
Ros Casares: Rebekkah Brunson 15, Kathryn Douglas 15




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  WNBA - Women  


WNBA prospect Elizabeth Cambage will play in Tulsa, if chosen - by Eurobasket News
Remember that fuss last week about WNBA draft prospect Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) not wanting to play in Tulsa? Never mind.

Cambage, a 6-foot-8 center from Australia, could be selected by the Tulsa Shock with the second overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Nolan Richardson told the Tulsa World the Shock has talked with Cambages agent about the situation.

'If we pick her, she's coming and there will be a big press conference and all that stuff', the Shock coach and general manager said.

On March 31, the Herald Sun in Australia quoted the 19-year-old Cambage as saying she doesnt want to play in Tulsa.

'I've made that clear', she said. 'They want to make me a franchise player, but I'm not going to the WNBA for that.'

Im going there to learn and improve my game. But what can you do? My agent will deal with that and Ill focus on trying not to stress out.

The comments made their way to the U.S. and Cambage posted this on her Twitter account: I really dont mind going to Tulsa. I just want to go to the WNBA. A hash tag of #sincewebeinghonest accompanied the post.

Cambage was asked about the Tulsa comments in a WNBA.com question-and-answer session with Frank Della Femina and said, That article was taken so out of context it was ridiculous. I dont even mind where I go, Im just happy Im here. I think the reporter who was writing it was just a bit shady and I was saying Id love to go number one and it would be nice but Maya Moore will probably go number one and Ill go number two.

Cambage is among 15 top prospects who have been invited to ESPN's headquarters, the site of Monday's draft.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Washington Mystics have a new sponsor and new uniforms - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Mystics announced a new sponsor and unveiled new uniforms at a lavish event inside a large white tent in the parking lot of Inova Loudoun Hospital on Thursday morning.

Before a crowd that included Ted Leonsis, chairman of Monumental Sports and Entertainment; Mark Stauder, president and COO of Inova Health System; Mystics General Manger and Coach Trudi Lacey; Mystics players Chasity Melvin and Monique Currie; several Loudoun County officials; a WNBA representative; and a surprising number of current and former Washington Redskins - Darrell Green, Kedric Golston, Ken Harvey and Lorenzo Alexander - Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb introduced Mystics players Crystal Langhorne and Alana Beard modeling the Mystics new home and away uniforms.

This is the proudest moment in my ownership, said Sheila Johnson, Mystics president and managing partner. This says so much that we finally have someone who believes in women and athletics.

The latest Mystics uniforms, now in a fourth incarnation entering the franchises 14th season, feature a red, navy, silver and white color scheme with the Inova Health System logo emblazoned on it.

'I think it looks great', Langhorne said of the new uniform. 'I like the colors. They're great colors.'

Melvin was equally enthusiastic.

I love having a sponsor, she said. Players from all the teams have been talking about that. It looks cool. Now were hip. Were cool. Now we have fresh, new vibrant colors. I thought the colors were a little dull, but these are more inviting. You cant miss us.

Inova Health System, a Northern Virginia-based not-for-profit healthcare provider that serves more than 1 million people in the metropolitan Washington area, becomes the fifth company to sponsor a WNBA uniform, joining Phoenix (Lifelock), New York (Foxwood Casino), Los Angeles (Farmers Insurance) and Seattle (Bing).

We had to find the right fit, Johnson said. You can get any kind of sponsorship, but we wanted to make sure it was the right fit in the sense that I just dont want dollars put in there. I want to be able to give back.

After raising concerns about the financial viability of the franchise in the fall, Johnson said, This helps the bottom line like you wouldnt believe. I think Ive made my partners [in Monumental Sports and Entertainment] very happy.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


UConn's Moore invited to WNBA draft - by Eurobasket News
UConn's Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) is among 15 players who have been invited to next Monday's WNBA draft at ESPN studios in Bristol. ESPN will broadcast the first round at 3 p.m., and ESPNU and NBA TV will telecast the second and third rounds.

The others invited to the draft are Danielle Adams (Texas A&M), Jessica Breland (North Carolina), Elizabeth Cambage (Australia), Sydney Colson (Texas A&M), Victoria Dunlap (Kentucky), Amber Harris (Xavier), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), Kayla Pedersen (Stanford), Ta'Shia Phillips (Xavier), Jeanette Pohlen (Stanford), Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Carolyn Swords (Boston College), Jasmine Thomas (Duke) and Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga).

The Connecticut Sun traded their first-round choice for the rights to Kelsey Griffin during the 2010 draft. The Sun pick 16th (second round) and 28th (third round).

Courtesy of www.theday.com