EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/1/2011

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  ANGOLA   


Angola Championship - BAI Basket day 1 final scores - by Antonio Santos
On day 1 from Angola Championship named BAI Basket Final Four, Petro beat Libolo 99 x 95 and Inter beat 1 de Agosto 93 x 89.
Libolo took the lead since the beginning of the game and the 1st quarter ends with 24 x 12. The 2nd quarter belong to Petro and the half time arrive with the final score 39 x 38. Libolo took the lead again on the 3rd quarter (71 x 67) and 82 x 72 with 5m remain on the clock. Petro coach didnt quick from the game and the players belived on tying the name at 91 x 91 and with good percentage from the FT line seal the victory.

Libolo: Domingos Bonifcio (16), Olmpio Cipriano (18), Francisco Sousa (00), Edson Ndoniema (00), Mayzer Alexandre (00), Abdel Bouckar (05), Simo Santos (00), Leonel Paulo (12), Abdel Gomes (00), Reggie Moore (29), Feliciano Camacho (01), Milton Barros (14); coach: Ral Duarte
Petro de Luanda: Braulio Morais (14), Roderick Nealy (17), Roberto Fortes (13), Paulo Barros (00), Miguel Kiala (10), Cedrick Ison (17), Hlder Gonalves (09), Wlademir Pontes (00), Divaldo Mbunga (07), Idelfonso Kiteculo (00), Carlos Morais (11); coach: Alberto Babo.
Referees: Carlos Jlio. Clsio Francisco e Mbunga Pedro

On the other game Inter beat 1 de Agosto 93 x 89 ( 25 x 17; 19 x 25; 22 x 24; 27 x 23).



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  AUSTRALIA   


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


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 14-2 
 2. Al Manama 14-3 
 3. Al Ahli 11-6 
 4. Al Hala 10-7 
 5. Issa Town 7-10 
 6. Nuwaidrat 6-9 
 7. Sitra 6-10 
 8. Al Ittihad 4-11 


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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 reached the first Final victory - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 reached the first Final victory beating Grodno-93 in Game 1. The winner of the Regular season produced a 96:77 win for 1-0 in the series.
Minsk opened the game with 28-14, but could not keep the necessary deficit. In the second period Grodno replied with 26-22 to reduce the gap to 40:50 at the halftime. In the third frame Minsk needed 25-21 to bring back the lead of 14 points and then finished the game with 21-16 in the last quarter. Dzianis Korshuk (201-F-78, agency: Agency No 10) stepped up with 18 points for the winners, while Nenad Pistoljevic (196-G-80, agency: Alti Sport) and Rostislav Vergun (199-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) added 15 each. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) followed them with 11 points in the winning effort. Poleshuk reposnded with 13 points in the losing case.




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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 22-5 
 2. Aalstar 20-9 
 3. M.Hainaut 18-10 
 4. Oostende 17-12 
 5. Antwerp 15-13 
 6. Leuven 10-18 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 10-18 
 8. Liege 10-19 
 9. Gent 5-23 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.8 
 2. Mallet, Charleroi16.1 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende16.1 
 4. Black, Antwerp15.6 
 5. Copeland, Aalstar15.5 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 7. Freeman, Verviers.15.2 
 8. Miller, Leuven15.0 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar15.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.9 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.7 
 3. Hilliard, Aalstar7.6 
 4. Randle, Gent7.4 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.9 
 7. Tofi, Leuven6.5 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven6.2 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.1 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 3. Waters, Verviers.3.5 
 4. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.5 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 7. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 9. Mallet, Charleroi2.7 
 10. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.2 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende1.8 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Broyles, Charleroi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 7. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven0.4 


D1 Round 32: #1 Spirou Charleroi is defeated by Okapi Aalstar - 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. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Spirou Charleroi (22-5) on the court of second ranked Okapi Aalstar on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Okapi Aalstar 71-44. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Spirou Charleroi managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) responded with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar maintains second position with 20-9 record having just 0 points less than leader Charleroi. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top place with five games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Belgacom Liege (#8) and is hoping to win this game.

In the last two games of round 32 bottom-ranked Gent lost to Liege on the opponent's court 59-72. M.Hainaut managed to outperform Verviers-Pep. in a home game 78-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Andrija Stipanovic of Liege.



Liege - Gent 72-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Optima Gent's (5-23) road loss to eighth ranked Belgacom Liege (10-19) 59-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Belgacom Liege. Optima Gent managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belgacom Liege dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Optima Gent's 22. They outrebounded Optima Gent 36-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Adam Hall (196-80, college: Virginia) responded with 12 points and international forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Belgacom Liege maintains eighth position with 10-19 record. Optima Gent at the other side stay dead last with 23 lost games. Belgacom Liege are looking forward to face league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Liege: A.Stipanovic 17+9reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 13+7reb+2ast, P.Gillet 11+6reb, O.Troisfontaines 8+3ast, X.Collette 8+1reb+1ast, G.Hockins 6+3reb+1ast
Gent: A.Hall 12+3reb, M.De Zeeuw 9+4reb, M.Randle 9+2reb, D.Loubry 9+2ast, L.Bosco 7+1reb+3ast, D.Emerson 6+1reb
gschID: 98686


Aalstar - Charleroi 71-44

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Spirou Charleroi (22-5) on the court of second ranked Okapi Aalstar on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Okapi Aalstar 71-44. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Spirou Charleroi managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar forced 20 Spirou Charleroi turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Okapi Aalstar's coach Brad Dean felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) responded with 8 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import center Andre Riddick (205-73, college: Kentucky) scored 4 points and 6 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar maintains second position with 20-9 record having just 0 points less than leader Charleroi. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top place with five games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will play against Belgacom Liege (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Young 19+8reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 12+5reb+1ast, C.Copeland 10+2reb+3ast, A.Ruoff 8+5reb+4ast, D.Huffman 7+1reb+1ast, J.Steinbach 6+1reb+2ast
Charleroi: B.Greene 8+8reb+1ast, J.Gomis 8+1reb+2ast, D.Broyles 8+4reb, J.Hamilton 6+3reb+1ast, K.Weaver 4+5reb+2ast, A.Riddick 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 98687


M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 78-70

Rather predictable result in Quaregnon where third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (18-10) defeated 6th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (10-18) 78-70 on Saturday. VOO Verviers-Pepinster trailed 39-36 at halftime, rallying from a 29-16 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who added 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Dexia Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third position with 18-10 record having three points less than leader Charleroi. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Leuven. Dexia Mons-Hainaut are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Optima Gent (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Base Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 16+3reb+4ast, S.Foster 14+4reb, M.Hatten 11+6reb+9ast, J.Cage 11+3reb+1ast, A.Nivins 9+4reb, R.Lewis 7+4reb+2ast
Verviers-Pep.: R.Freeman 21+8reb, D.Hargrove 17+6reb+1ast, D.Waters 14+1reb+3ast, B.Gay 7+7reb+3ast, G.Major 4+2reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 3+1reb
gschID: 98688




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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo beat Itabom/Bauru to join NBB semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo joined Vivo/Franca in the NBB semifinal stage. They overcame Itabom/Bauru 82:79 on the road to punch the ticket into the next round. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) stepped up with 29 points to pace the charge. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) was a usual contributor with 21 points for the visitors. Itabom/Bauru were up by 12 points after ten minutes but could not convert. Flamengo went on a 33:22 rally in the final period to win the game. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) answered with 22 points for Itabom/Bauru. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) had 19 points in defeat.
Joinville levelled series against Pinheiros/Sky following a 76:71 home success. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) stepped up with 18 points to pace the hosts. It was a close battle from start to finish but Joinville proved more accurate late in regulation to steal the victory. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) provided 14 points in the win. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) responded with 20 points for Pinheiros/Sky.
Uberlandia forced the fifth game against BRB/Brasilia after crushing their opponents 80:68 at home court. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) fired 27 points for the home team. Jose Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) added 18 points for Uberlandia. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) notched 13 points in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 28-0 
 2. Levski 22-6 
 3. Balkan 14-14 
 4. Rilski Sportist 12-16 
 5. Cherno More 12-16 
 6. Tundja 10-18 
 7. Spartak 9-19 
 8. Chernomorets 5-23 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Cherno.
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Harper, Levski23.2 
 3. Lilov, Rilski S.21.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.0 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.0 
 6. Naydenov, Chernom.16.8 
 7. Davidov, Balkan15.8 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.5 
 9. Lauderdale, Levski14.9 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Cherno.
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.5 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.4 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.6 
 5. Kolev, Cherno More7.3 
 6. Radojevic, Rilski7.1 
 7. Georgiev, Levski6.8 
 8. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.7 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.1 
 4. Dyakovski, Spartak4.1 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.4.0 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja3.9 
 7. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.3.4 
 9. Lilov, Rilski S.3.3 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.1 
 4. Radionov, Tundja2.0 
 5. Bozov, Balkan1.9 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.9 
 7. Dimitrov, Spartak1.7 
 8. Stojanovski, Lukoi.1.6 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Cherno.
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Radojevic, Rilski1.0 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Lauderdale, Levski0.9 
 6. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.8 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 8. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.6 
 9. Cole, Levski0.6 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 3. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.4 
 6. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 7. Burke, NH Ostrava14.0 
 8. Spagrud, NH Ostra.13.8 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha13.8 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Meno, Svitavy11.0 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.5 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.8.5 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava7.9 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.8 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostej.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.1 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.6 
 5. Kotas, USK Praha3.5 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Channels, Novy Jic.2.8 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.7 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
 8. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 9. Landry, BK Prost.1.4 
 10. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Meno, Svitavy1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 3. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 4. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 7. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.8 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.7 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.7 


NBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Novy Jicin - BK Pardubice 86-91

The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Novy Jicin won second period 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BK Pardubice won last quarter 26-23. They made 31-of-41 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game. Novy Jicin was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Zbynek Pospisil (205-81) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Slovakian forward Dusan Pandula (196-84) responded with 15 points and Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: D.Pandula 15+4reb, V.Peciukas 13+4reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 12+1reb+4ast, R.Sarovic 10+5reb+3ast, R.Pelikan 7+4reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 7+2reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 21+5reb, M.Hampton 14+2reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 12+6reb+1ast, L.Kraus 10+4reb, D.Wright 8+4reb+4ast, M.Marek 7+2reb
gschID: 127732


B&W Opava - BK Prostejov 73-93

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BK Prostejov outrebounded B&W Opava 36-21 including a 15-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. International guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) added 12 points in the effort for B&W Opava. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 20+2reb+5ast, J.Blazek 12+2reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 11+1reb+1ast, M.Stec 9+1ast, M.Miklosik 5+4reb+1ast, M.Carnecky 5+4reb+4ast
BK Prostejov: B.Cadri-Nicholson 22+15reb, K.Landry 14+9reb, B.Veikalas 12+2reb+2ast, J.Prasil 12+2reb+3ast, A.Slezas 10+3reb+1ast, D.Marek 7+1reb
gschID: 127729


NH Ostrava - BK Decin 86-71

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-71. NH Ostrava made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while BK Decin only scored eight points from the stripe. Forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) notched 19 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by American guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) did not help to save the game for BK Decin. International forward Miroslav Soukup (200-82) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: W.Hatcher 20+4reb+2ast, A.Alic 14+2reb+1ast, M.Soukup 11+8reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 7+1reb, L.Stria 7+1reb+1ast, L.Sanders 5+3reb+3ast
NH Ostrava: L.Palyza 19+1reb+4ast, A.Spagrud 15+7reb, D.Burke 13+5reb, A.Mason 12+3reb+3ast, A.Ciz 8+4reb+3ast, J.Stehlik 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 127730


USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk 54-95

The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 32. They outrebounded USK Praha 36-22 including a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. CEZ Nymburk players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by USK Praha's players. The best player for the winners was international guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Michal Kremen (200-81) chipped in 9 points and 5 assists. Forward Jiri Slavik (203-89) produced 10 points and 5 rebounds and center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Slavik 10+5reb, L.Kotas 9+2reb+1ast, M.Klimes 9+4reb+1ast, M.Mares 7, V.Hruban 6+2reb, M.Sotnar 6+2reb+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 14+2reb, M.Lenzly 14+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 14+1reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 10+10reb+1ast, P.Slezak 10+2reb+1ast, M.Kremen 9+4reb+5ast
gschID: 127731




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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfi.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.7 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.22.6 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. McNeal, Rio Grande20.6 
 5. Sims, Maine RC20.3 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.20.2 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.20.1 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.18.7 
 9. Goods, Dakota W.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.6 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Aldrich, Tulsa 66e.8.9 
 10. Alexander, Texas8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighor.8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.5 
 6. Crittenton, Dakota6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.5.9 
 10. Ahearn, Erie Bay5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66e.2.5 
 2. Crittenton, Dakota2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighor.2.5 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.2.1 
 6. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Way.2.0 
 8. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66e.2.7 
 4. Gaffney, Utah F.2.3 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Goodridge, Maine R.2.1 
 8. Gladness, Dakota2.0 
 9. Fall, Maine RC1.9 
 10. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.8 


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  EBA   


EBA End of season award - by Justin Moore
EBA Announces End of Year Honors Alvin Brown Jr. put the finishing touch on a very successful season by being named EBA Coach of the Year. Brown guided his Metropolitan All-Stars to the EBA Championship and a 14-1 record.The race for EBA League MVP ended in a dead heat between three outstanding players Metropolitan All-Stars big man Calvin Brown (6'9''-C-83, college: Norfolk St.)., EBA League scoring leader Charles Parker of the Harrisburg Horizon, and the New York Wizards floor leader and league assist king Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn).The Destroyers talented forwards Anthony Frazier (6'8''-F-82, college: Cheyney) and Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79, college: Lincoln, PA) joined Brown, Parker and Scott on the All EBA first team.

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  EUROCHALLENGE   


KRKA Novo Mesto will face Lokomotiv in the 2011 EuroChallenge Final on Sunday - by Bert Larsimont

Amazing! Local star Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) broke the rim during the warm-up session just a few seconds before the game and a former Belgium's Minister of the Interior Mr. Johan Vande Lanotte, also much involved in the Telenet Oostende's staff, brought a new one to repair it. Surrealistic! Just like what Belgium can be!

It was party time in Oostende on Friday night and you could really feel it in the stands of the Sleuyter Arena. An attendance of 3500 (mainly BCO fans, all wearing yellow T-shirts) enjoyed the whole repairing of the board and rim while the 10 KRKA Novo Mesto's players (10, not 12!) kept shooting and warming up on the beat of some excellent classic rock n' roll music.

The game finally started with a delay of almost 30 minutes and all supporters put their hands up in the air! A second surprise was to see Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St.) in the starting five for BCO. A former BCO player, Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), opened the score for KRKA Novo Mesto of Slovenia but, well led by Trevor Huffman and after some interesting fastbreak situations concluded by spectacular dunks, Telenet Oostende quickly took a large advantage: 4-13. Boosted by a fantastic crowd, BCO played at a right tempo but KRKA, step by step, came closer. Stupid turnovers by Telenet players allowed the Slovenians to recover the ball several times and it was 13-17 with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter. The first quarter ended on the following score: 14-19.

Both teams played a tough defense and no player seemed to take a leading role so far. Too many bad passes and turnovers... Caleb Green made 14-21 after 1:50 played in the second quarter. Thomas Van Den Spiegel and Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) were also on the floor for BCO. Telenet Oostende's Coach Jean-Marc Jaumin took a time-out when KRKA's US player Christopher Booker hit two easy baskets to set the score at 18-21. An intentional foul by Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) followed by another foul by Drobnjak gave BCO a chance to take a larger lead: 22-28 by Caleb Green from the free-throw line. KRKA players were mute in offense, mainly thanks to a great defensive job done by Thomas Van Den Spiegel. Lojeski on the other side of the court made 24-34 but two clutch plays on the KRKA side and, again, too many turnovers by BCO players put the Slovenians right on track: 29-34. Telenet Oostende have turned the ball over 13 times while KRKA collected 12 turnovers in the first half.

Once back on the floor, nothing changed. Both teams looked stressed ans it was one turnover just after another. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) made 36-36 on a long three-pointer. All of a sudden, BCO players looked feverish but three-pointers from downtown by Veselin Petrovic and Dusan Katnic made 38-42. Goran Ikonic, from three-point range and on an easy lay-up, was the focus of everyone's attention when he brought his KRKA team in front: 43-42. It was a close game. The third quarter finished on the following score: 49-50 for BC Oostende on a last basket by Van den Spiegel after a great assist by Katnic!

The last quarter can be summarized in a few words and figures: 56-50 for Novo Mesto (again boosted by a fantastic Goran Ikonic of Bosnia) with 6:35 remaining in the game. Then BCO narrowed the gap at 63-55 on a three-pointer by Matt Lojeski but could not avoid another Slovenian rush to 65-55 with just 3:31 on the clock. Last efforts by Marcus Faison, Veselin Petrovic or Trevor Huffman were not enough to bring Telenet Oostende back in the race. Maybe Oostende expected too much from Belgian Lion Thomas Van Den Spiegel to make a difference but it did not help this time. The whole BCO group missed the 'rendez-vous'!

KRKA Novo Mesto definitely deserves the win. 79-65 is the final score.

Best scorers for KRKA Novo Mesto: Goran Ikonic 26, Christopher Booker 15, Dusan Djordjevic 10.
Best scorers for Telenet Oostende: Caleb Green 12, Matt Lojeski 11.


Spartak defeated by Lokomotiv in the first semi-final - by Bert Larsimont

The Sleuyter Arena looked almost empty when the ball was tipped off at the start the first semi-final between the two Russian teams involved in the 2011 Eurochallenge Final Four. A real shame when you think that current second and third ranked teams of the 2011 PBL (Russian league), a major one in Europe, were facing each other tonight!

Spartak Saint Petersburg, in white, started well but Lokomotiv Kuban, in red, reacted pretty quickly in the first quarter. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) hit two shots from long range and Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) took advantages of a few Spartak turnovers to launch Lokomotiv fastbreaks. The scoreboard showed 6-16 with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter when Coach Zvi Sherf took a first time-out for Spartak. Chalmers and Massey took their role of leaders very seriously and Lokomotiv Kuban even led 6-18. Zupan inside and Antic from long range responded in an efficient way and Coach Kestutis Kemzura of Lokomotiv was forced to take a first timeout at 11-18. It did not help as the Spartak big men (Zupan, Antic and Popovic) brought their team back in the game 15-18 after two free-throws missed by Lokomotiv Kuban star Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) on the buzzer at the end of the first ten minutes.

Pat Beverely of Spartak made 18-18 from long range early in the second quarter but Massey and Chalmers of Lokomotiv Kuban put their team ahead again. Zupan was missing in the paint and from behind the arch and Lokomotiv stayed in front: 23-28. Many physical contacts in the paint and at rebounding... Domercant, well defended by Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin), suddenly woke up for Spartak to make 26-30 by hitting a three, his first and only one in the first 20 minutes. It was not enough as Lokomotiv Kuban's trio Massey (12 points in the first half, 5/7 in field goals and 2/2 from three-point range), Tucker and Chalmers (14 points in the first half, 6/7 from the field and 1/1 from three-point range) ran fast down the court for some very spectacular lay-ups: 28-38. Spartak missed too many tip-ins and rebounds in the second quarter. It was 30-41 at half-time.

Spartak, led by Pero Antic, seemed to have better intentions in the start of the third quarter but both teams, with strong defenses, remained concentrated. It was still a 11-point margin in favour of Lokomotiv Kuban with 5:16 left in the quarter. The official speaker of the Sleuyter Arena named Alando Tucker a few times as the US pro player put his Lokomotiv team at full speed: 42-52. Defense became even tougher on both sides... but Massey kept scoring for the Reds. Despite many efforts by Domercant, Ponkrashov and Antic in offense, Spartak could not avoid a deficit of 10 points after 30 minutes of play: 50-60 displayed on the scoreboard.

Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) of Lokomotiv Kuban had played very well in this game so far. Spartak stayed close at 54-60 thanks to a hardworking Pero Antic underneath the basket. Turning the ball over was what could have been worse for any team at that stage but Lokomotiv did indeed. Lokomotiv Kuban's Jeremiah Massey nevertheless hit a very important three-pointer to make 54-65 and Spartak's Coach Zvi Sherf took a time-out. Patrick Beverley, injured, left the court with 4:15 remaining in this game. Two three-pointers in a row by his mate Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA) allowed Spartak to stay in the race: 61-67. It was even 63-67 a few seconds later but Chalmers and Wilkinson gave some fresh air to Lokomotiv Kuban by scoring two easy lay-ups: 63-71 with just 1:37 left. After a few missed attempts in the paint by Spartak centers and a beautiful assist by Surovtsev to Tucker to make 63-74, everyone understood that his game was over. A last free throw for Spartak, which always trailed behind in this contest, fixed the final score at 64-74.

First surprise in this Final Four!


Best scorers for Spartak: Patrick Beverley 13, Pero Antic 14.
Best scorers for Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 21, Lionel Chalmers 20 and Alando Tucker 18.




Analysis and previews before the EuroChallenge Finals of tomorrow - by Bert Larsimont

After the semi-finals of yesterday, it is time for some in depth analysis and some last EuroChallenge Finals previews. Contrarily to what our poll showed before the start of the Final Four in Oostende, favourite team Spartak Saint Petersburg was surprisingly defeated by Lokomotiv Kuban after what has been a very physical game. Our eurobasket.com poll showed that Spartak was the favourite team of our readers by more than 30%. KRKA Novo Mesto, the Slovenian team of Coach Aleksandar Dzikic, won the second semi-final against Final Four hosting club Telenet Oostende. KRKA was ranked second with more than 20% in the poll before the Final Four's tip-off. Actually, the Slovenian squad now appears first in our poll. Lokomotiv Kuban of Coach Kestutis Kemzura was third with just 20% while BCO had the fourth rank with around 18% of our readers' votes yesterday. Lokomotiv Kuban, far from being a favourite team among our readers and fans, eventually surprised many observers by beating Spartak 64-74. Please note that the results of the poll have changed dramatically once the final scores of the semi-finals have been known.

Nevertheless, Lokomotiv left an excellent impression last night, especially thanks to the very efficient job done by the trio of players Jeremiah Massey (21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists), Lionel Chalmers (20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists) and Alando Tucker (18 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist). Indeed, only 6 points were scored by players coming from the bench. Anyway, Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin), Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) or Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) could relay Massey, Chalmers and Tucker if they are particularly well defended by KRKA players tomorrow.

The KRKA team has also been very impressive in the last quarter of the semi-final match-up with BC oostende on Friday night. KRKA Novo Mesto won it 30-15 indeed. KRKA's shooting guard Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) scored 14 points in the last quarter only. US center Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) had 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the last ten minutes to help his Slovenian team in the semi-final victory (79-65).

The 2011 EuroChallenge Final (Lokomotiv Kuban vs. KRKA Novo Mesto) will be played at the Sleuyter Arena in Oostende on Sunday at 20:00, CET. The game for third place (Spartak Saint Petersburg vs. BC Oostende) will be played there too on Sunday at 17:00 CET.

The organization of the 2011 FIBA EuroChallenge Final Four has been perfect so far. Despite the disappointment of having very few fans attending the first 100% Russian semi-final Spartak vs. Lokomotiv last night, the quality of the services offered by the BCO staff and volunteers to media members and visitors has just been extraordinary. This should please Nar Zanolin, FIBA Europe Secretary General, who is of course present at the Sleuyter Arena this weekend.



Free video highlights of 2011 EuroChallenge semi-finals available online - by Bert Larsimont

Video highlights of yersterday's 2011 FIBA EuroChallenge semi-finals can be viewed on the internet. Here are links (sources: www.fibatv.com and www.sporza.be) pointing to these video highlights:

- Spartak Saint Petersburg vs. Lokomotiv Kuban (in English) on http://www.fibatv.com/page/Video/0,,12805~1758616,00.html?tabb=highlights&pnumber=1

as well as

- KRKA Novo Mesto vs. BC Telenet Oostende (in Flemish, broadcasted on Prime Sport) on http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/MG_sportnieuws/MG_zaalsporten/1.1013463.

Also to be mentioned, the game for third place will be played at the Sleuyter Arena in Oostende at 17:05 tomorrow and the final is scheduled at 20:00 also on Sunday, May 1st.


One ticket for both games fixed on Sunday will cost you 40.00 EUR (or 20.00 EUR for kids of age 12 and under).


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  FRANCE   


ProA Round 28: Leader Cholet loses to Sluc Nancy - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ProA.

Top ranked Cholet (21-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (19-9) 79-68. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sluc Nancy forced 23 Cholet turnovers. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Chalon. Defending champion Cholet still keeps top position with seven games lost. Sluc Nancy is looking forward to face JA Vichy (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cholet will play against Poitiers (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Ninth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (19-9). The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alade Aminu contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Chalon/Saor will play against ASVEL (#6) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play on the road against Paris-Levallois and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Gravelines. Local Gravelines-Dunkerque (19-9) beat 7th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-13) 81-64 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mouhamed Sene who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Rick Hughes responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Hyeres-Toulon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#11) and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Paris-Levallois defeated Orleans in a road game 77-72. Vichy beat Strasbourg at home 62-53. Le Mans won against Poitierarleys on the opponent's court 88-82. ASVEL managed to outperform Limoges in a home game 79-75. Le Havre recorded a loss to Roanne on the road 75-67.
The best stats of 28th round was 24 points and 17 rebounds by Pops Mensah-Bonsu of ASVEL.



Orleans - Paris-Levallois 72-77

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (11-17) was defeated at home by fourteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (11-17) 77-72 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman David Noel (198-84, college: N.Carolina) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. At the losing side Senegalese forward Maleye NDoye (203-80, college: Furman) responded with 19 points and American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Entente Orleans 45's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paris-Levallois moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Entente Orleans 45. Paris-Levallois will meet at home Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10) in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Hyeres-Toulon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 26+11reb, D.Noel 15+5reb+1ast, E.Chatfield 13+5reb+2ast, M.Morandais 11+5reb+3ast, A.Albicy 8+2reb+6ast, V.Evtimov 2+2reb+2ast
Orleans: M.NDoye 19+1reb+2ast, J.Reynolds 11+3reb+7ast, T.Porter 9+3reb+8ast, L.Vaty 8+3reb+1ast, A.Curti 6+1reb, M.Lebrun 6+1reb
gschID: 100312


Vichy - Strasbourg 62-53

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifteenth ranked JA Vichy (10-18) defeated at home 14th ranked Strasbourg IG (10-18) 62-53 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-53. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Antoine Eito (186-88) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side international guard Abdoulaye MBaye (186-88) responded with 18 points and American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Strasbourg IG's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JA Vichy moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Strasbourg. Strasbourg IG lost fifth consecutive game. JA Vichy will meet higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Strasbourg IG will play against STB Le Havre (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vichy: J.Shuler 21+6reb, A.Eito 10+5reb+4ast, N.de Jong 9+4reb, D.Nichols 7+3reb+1ast, T.Larrouquis 6+1ast, F.Elegar 3+5reb+1ast
Strasbourg: A.MBaye 18+2reb+2ast, J.McCord 8+7reb+2ast, P.Pasco 6+9reb+2ast, A.Jeanneau 6+4reb+5ast, A.Digbeu 6+5reb+1ast, R.Greer 4
gschID: 100313


Poitierarleys - Le Mans 82-88

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Poitiers (11-17) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Le Mans (13-15) 88-82 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-15. But Poitiers won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Mans made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Le Mans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who added 19 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) responded with 23 points and forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Poitiers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans maintains eighth position with 13-15 record. Poitiers at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Le Mans will meet at home higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Poitiers will play against the league's leader Cholet (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: A.Acker 33+2reb+2ast, J.Paulo Batista 19+11reb+1ast, A.Diot 16+6reb+7ast, B.Dewar 7+2reb+2ast, T.Rupert 6+4reb, M.Pellin 3+1ast
Poitierarleys: R.Wright 23+2reb, E.Fournier 14+3reb, P.Guillard 12+7reb, A.Grant 10+4reb, P.Badiane 6+5reb+1ast, C.Ona-Embo 6+1reb+7ast
gschID: 100309


ASVEL - Limoges 79-75

Very predictable result in Villeurbanne where sixth ranked ASVEL (17-11) beat bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-20) 79-75 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The game without a history. ASVEL led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ASVEL shot 21 for 28 from the free-throw line, while Limoges CSP Elite only scored one point from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. ASVEL have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 17-11 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. ASVEL will meet league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: P.Mensah-Bonsu 24+17reb+2ast, D.Jefferson 19+5reb+2ast, M.Gelabale 13+6reb+1ast, E.Jackson 9+2reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 7+1reb+3ast, K.Tillie 4+2reb+1ast
Limoges: N.Ebi 18+7reb+1ast, R.Hite 16+2ast, C.Banks 15+5reb+3ast, Z.Wright 12+4reb+5ast, R.Desroses 5+4reb+1ast, A.Salmon 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100310


Cholet - Nancy 68-79

Top ranked Cholet (21-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (19-9) 79-68. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sluc Nancy forced 23 Cholet turnovers. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) fired 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and center Romain Duport (215-86) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Chalon. Defending champion Cholet still keeps top position with seven games lost. Sluc Nancy is looking forward to face JA Vichy (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cholet will play against Poitiers (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 21+3reb+4ast, V.Samnick 20+9reb+3ast, A.Akingbala 13+6reb, W.Deane 9+3reb+4ast, K.Grant 7+2reb+1ast, M.Badiane 5+6reb+1ast
Cholet: A.Robinson 19+9reb, R.Duport 14+7reb+1ast, W.Gradit 9+8reb+2ast, S.Mejia 9+8reb+4ast, D.Nelson 8+1reb+4ast, R.Falker 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100311


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalon 79-81

Ninth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (19-9). The visitors from Chalon managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won fourth quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian guard Slaven Rimac (195-74) added 23 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Chalon/Saor will play against ASVEL (#6) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play on the road against Paris-Levallois and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chalon: I.Evtimov 14+11reb+1ast, A.Aminu 13+8reb+1ast, M.Haynes 13+2reb+2ast, B.Schilb 10+3reb+4ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+3reb+5ast, N.Lang 8+1reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: S.Rimac 23+1reb+5ast, C.Elonu 22+12reb, J.Morency 10+3reb+1ast, M.Var 8+6reb+1ast, T.Gipson 7+3reb+4ast, G.Joseph 5+9reb+4ast
gschID: 100306


Gravelines - Hyeres-Toulon 81-64

The game with biggest result difference took place in Gravelines. Local Gravelines-Dunkerque (19-9) beat 7th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-13) 81-64 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 45-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Gravelines-Dunkerque made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) who added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Hyeres-Toulon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Johnson 14+1reb, M.Sene 13+14reb, D.Issa 12+4reb+1ast, R.Jomby 11+3reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 10+8reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 10+9reb+6ast
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 18+10reb+1ast, K.Houston 10+2reb+4ast, J.Flowers 10+5reb, P.Morlende 8+2reb+5ast, L.Legname 6+1reb+2ast, V.Masingue 6+5reb
gschID: 100307


Roanne - Le Havre 75-67

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked STB Le Havre (11-17) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Chorale de Roanne (18-10) 75-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-67. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M, agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 21 points and his fellow American import forward Wes Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne maintains fifth position with 18-10 record. STB Le Havre at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Chorale de Roanne will meet Le Mans (#8) on the road in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against Strasbourg IG and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 17+5reb+1ast, R.Davis 14+5reb, S.Diabate 14+1reb+3ast, P.Braud 9+3reb+1ast, A.Dunn 6+1reb, P.Amagou 6+3reb+2ast
Le Havre: B.King 21+3reb+3ast, W.Wilkinson 16+7reb+2ast, J.Cox 11+3reb+4ast, Y.Sangare 8+2reb+3ast, N.Pope 5+2reb, N.Fox 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 100308




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 21-7 
 2. Chalon 19-9 
 3. Gravelines 19-9 
 4. Nancy 19-9 
 5. Roanne 18-10 
 6. ASVEL 17-11 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 15-13 
 8. Le Mans 13-15 
 9. Le Havre 11-17 
 10. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 11-17 
 11. Orleans 11-17 
 12. Paris-Levallois 11-17 
 13. Poitierarleys 11-17 
 14. Strasbourg 10-18 
 15. Vichy 10-18 
 16. Limoges 8-20 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 24-8 
 2. Dijon 20-11 
 3. Rouen 19-12 
 4. Fos Ouest 19-13 
 5. Evreux 18-13 
 6. Chalons-Reims 17-14 
 7. Boulogne 17-14 
 8. Le Portel 17-15 
 9. Bourg 17-15 
 10. Boulazac 16-15 
 11. Maurienne 16-15 
 12. Nantes 16-16 
 13. Quimper 14-18 
 14. Antibes 13-18 
 15. Lille 13-19 
 16. St Vallier 12-20 
 17. Clermont 9-22 
 18. Charleville 6-25 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  AS.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Jefferson, AS.18.4 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.4 
 3. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 4. Nichols, Vichy17.3 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Shuler, Vichy15.8 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.3 
 10. Woodside, Graveli.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.9 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.4 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.1 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.8 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 10. Sene, Gravelines7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Woodside, Gravelin.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. King, Le Havre5.7 
 5. Wright, Limoges5.5 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.5 
 7. Linehan, Nancy5.5 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.0 
 9. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
 10. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Linehan, Nancy2.9 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 5. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 6. Elegar, Vichy2.0 
 7. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 8. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 10. Schilb, Chalon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.5 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.4 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 6. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Issa, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Hav.1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.9 
 2. Harris, Lille18.6 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.6 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.1 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.2 
 7. Davis, Le Portel16.1 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.9 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.5 
 10. Daniels, Nanterre15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne9.4 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.9.4 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Wyatte, Le Portel8.7 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.7 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.3 
 8. Badiane, Boulazac8.1 
 9. Monroe, Boulogne8.0 
 10. Giles, Rouen8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.0 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.6 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.2 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.4.9 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Charleville
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.3 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.7 


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus18.0 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Po.16.4 
 6. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.5 
 8. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.2 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotni.15.0 
 10. Anakievski, Pelis.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultima.
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.8 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 4. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus7.8 
 6. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 7. Jelesijevic, Torus7.7 
 8. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.4 
 10. Dendra, Rabotnicki7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.6 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotni.3.9 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.3.8 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Bogoev, Rabotnicki3.2 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.1 
 10. Samardziev, Feni3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelist.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.6 
 4. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotni.1.5 
 6. Stojanovski, Feni1.5 
 7. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.1.4 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 10. Pupovic, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus S.
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Trajkovski, Torus1.7 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Jelesijevic, Torus1.3 
 4. Dendra, Rabotnicki1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnic.1.0 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.0.9 
 9. Avramovski, MZT S.0.9 
 10. Krstevski, Torus0.9 


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Wood, Dt.18.9 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.6 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.1 
 9. Allen, ALBA15.1 
 10. Callahan, Bremerh.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 7. Anderson, Goett.6.8 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.8 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 6. Rochestie, ALBA4.6 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose4.4 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.2 
 10. Copeland, Bremerh.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Ross, MBC1.5 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 7. Bailey, Goettingen1.4 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom1.4 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Powell, Dt.0.9 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 


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


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig closed out the regular season in fifth place three places better than last season. How happy were you with the regular season?

I actually think we could have done better. I am happy that we clearly qualified for the playoffs but it makes me think back to all the games we let slip away and where we could have been placed this season.

On what things does the team need to work on so they can perform well in the playoffs?

Defense.

The Artland Dragons are your opponent. This seems like an even matchup series or do you see one club as the favorite?

I would say they are the favorite right now since they won both games in the regular season and they are the higher seed.

The Artland Dragons won the season series and outscored Braunschweig by 39 points. Is Artland a team that doesnt really seem to suit Braunschweig?

I think they played very well against us during the season. They are a very well coached team and they shot the ball exceptionally well against us both times, so it is definitely going to be a challenge for us.

Braunschweig contained Tyrese Rice ok at home, but on the road saw him score 22 points and 9 assists. How key will it be to contain him?

Offensively he is one of the best players in the league, and definitely the player that makes them go. We are going to have to do something to stop him if we have hopes of winning.


Will Tony Skinn be back in lineup?


I hope so!!!!

Could one of these two teams reach the beko BBL final?


Both teams could.

How surprised have you been with the wild and unpredictable NBA playoffs so far?

The playoffs are always unpredicatable I didn't expect the lakers to have such a hard time though.

What is wrong with the Orlando Magic down 3-1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Are you surprised that the Hawks are up?

Yes.

Why are the Dallas Mavericks having problems with Portland?

Aldridge is a really good player, and the blazers have tons of talented guards.

The Lakers are 2-2 against the Hornets and Kobe Bryant left the arena on crutches. Is there anyway for Chris Paul to take over this series and kick out the Lakers?


If Kobe Bryant stays on crutches.


Thanks for the chat Kev.


Artland Dragons-New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Playoff Preview 3---2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is a never wise to walk down Times square in New York City flaunting a New York Yankees jersey with symbolic skull painted across the name of star short stop Derek Jeter, underestimating the love that fans still can give a lindsay Lohan after getting a standing ovation from Jay Leno fans during her interview or A Chris Paul who is trying to lead his New Orleans Hornets to an upset of the Los Angeles Lakers or Kobe Bryant dunking despite having a sprained ankle. It also wouldnt have been wise not giving The Artland Dragons or The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig a chance at the 2011 Top 4 in Bamberg even though the big favorites to reach the final were Frankfurt and Bamberg.. Both Braunschweig and Artland rolled into the Top 4 with a regenerated mystical self confidence playing magnificent basketball and there really wasnt much missing for both teams to have landed in the final. Braunschweig got past Frankfurt and Artland might have been in the final if they hadnt lost Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) earlier than expected to foul trouble as well as a few other players. Both teams are in the playoffs and for anyone to doubt them this time of possibly reaching the final should have their head examined. 'This will be a good series as both teams are playing well. Either could reach the final', stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen forward Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford). Both teams will be as motivated as any players in Europe heading back home to be with their loved ones who didnt reach the post season, crazy William and Kate fans getting the perfect spot along the parade route or NHL hockey fans finding their perfect spot in sports bars for the next playoff round as four series has made the action exciting with seven game series. The Artland Dragons have been going through a tough drought not having reached the beko BBL playoffs since 2008 while The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig want to build on their semi final berth last season and just get that title after they came so close in the Top 4 final bowing out to Bamberg in the last minute. This series also could be the last chance for two veterans to get a title. For Mr Euroleague man Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) who has 105 Euroleague games under his belt and won the 2008 Euroleague with CSKA Moscow has won enough in his career, but just looking at his expression during games in the Top 4, he wants to as badly Boston Bruins fans want to see a game 7 upset against the hated Montreal Canadians and for The Artland Dragons there is 33 year old bench cheerleader Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Oregon) who came to life during an exhibition game in 2008 against FC Barcelona making life for NBA players David Anderson and Fran Vazquez very difficult as he played a strong game scoring with as much ease and making the zone uncomfortable like Kevin Love did this season in the NBA as the German is playing his 10th beko BBL season and still looking for his first title as a professional.

This season The New Yorker Phantoms finished in fifth place with a record of 20-14 and proved that last seasons semi final appearance wasnt a fluke. After a slow start where they went 3-5 including a four game losing streak, the club rebounded nicely in December/January winning 8/9 games registering big wins against Alba Berlin and Oldenburg. After sneaking into the beko BBL playoffs last season, the team has showed that they are stronger this season and built on the success of last season where they knocked out Oldenburg 3-1 in the first round of playoffs. 'I do think that Braunschweig is stronger this season. They have a lot of weapons at the offensive end and are playing really good basketball right now, they are a contender and one of the top teams in the BBL. I think they are a team that could scare people in the playoffs and be capable of beating top teams as well. They are getting better and better each week and will do damage in the playoffs', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Their three biggest wins this season all came at home and show that they arent scared of any top teams as they defeated Alba Berlin, The Telekom Baskets Bonn and The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. After this big streak in December, the team finished the season 8-8. 'I think their strength is that they have a lot of guys that can score the ball and they play really good team basketball. They have great guard play and guys on the perimeter that can play multiple positions. Weaknesses that is a tough one, but if I would say anything it would be depth down low', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). TBB Trier did beat Braunschweig 74-65, but Bynum remembers the game well. 'They really have good guard play and that stood out the most. The guards are always attacking and making plays and Visser and Cain as well as Goree play solid underneath the basket', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Their biggest wins in the last months were against Bremerhaven and BG Goettingen and they arrive in the playoffs with a two game winning streak. Here and there, Braunschweig lose concentration on defense, but they seem to be in good shape as of late as they have allowed 70 or fewer points in the last seven games. The question will be how good they come to terms against the high scoring Dragons?

The Artland Dragons had a lot of pressure to reach the beko BBL playoffs again after missing them on the last game day twice, but new coach Stefan Koch had his team ready from the start and led the team to a fourth place finish with a record of 23-11. They have had three winning streaks of three games and there only rap could be that they have problems winning against top teams. They lost both times to the Brose Baskets Bamberg, but only with a total combined score of 8 points. Their biggest win of the season was a 78-74 win in Berlin. Despite not being able to beat top teams, the club is one that cant be underestimated. 'Artland has been a great team this season and continued to get better each week. They are a team that will go deep into the playoffs', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). One thing that The Artland Dragons have improved is not getting lost on defense. 'Now we don't lose our defensive focus when we aren't scoring on the offensive end. Earlier in the year, when we would miss shots, our defensive intensity would go down. Now we are able to move on to the next play, without thinking about our past mistakes', stressed Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell). The team finished the season strong winning nine of their last 11 games including posting a five game winning streak. After getting smoked by Alba Berlin and MBC giving up 178 total points, The Dragons move into the playoffs breathing their hated fire on defense giving up 70 or less points in two of the last three games.

Despite The Artland Dragons having Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) (16,6ppg, 2,7rpg, 5,1apg) who would of won MVP if Skyliner DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) hadnt, the guard position is even. Rice was as important to his team as Wood was for the Skyliners as he was Dragon top scorer in 16 of the 34 games. Some players say that there isnt musch difference in the speed of Rice to Wood, as the American is as deadly on the penetration as Wood. Rice also can shift gears and do super playmaking. Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) (10,6ppg, 2,3rpg, 3,4apg. 1,4spg) is playing his fourth season with Artland and still seeking that first title. Bailey is the team leader both on and off the court and helps as a combo guard. He Possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball and is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. He is a fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) (6,0ppg, 1,4rpg, 1,6apg) brings a lot of experience He had a very successful time with Rhein Energy Colone from 2001-2007 winning the 2006 BBL league title and three cup titles in 2004,2005 and 2007. He played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2007-2010 reaching the BEKO BBL title twice. His job is too come from the bench bring energy on defense and hit open three pointers. He is an adequate back up point guard. the team recently got American Cecil Brown (193-G-83, college: UCSB) for some added stability at the guard position. he is an excellent leader, can run a team and hit from outside with consistency. He also brings experience having played in the D-league, France and Israel. Andrej Mangold is a young German who gets little playing time, but showed during the TOP 4 games that he could perform under pressure.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig also boast a top core of guards led by Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) (8,9ppg, 4,1rpg, 4,2apg). Hamilton is the best defender in the beko BBL and is so dangerous because he can beat you with his shooting or his playmaking. He was a shooting guard for most of his career until Braunschwieg coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) converted the New York native to point guard two years ago in Poland. Hamilton has been playing very well in the last weeks and almost led his team to the cup win as he destroyed Bamberg with 20 points. Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) (11,3ppg, 3,0rpg, 3,4apg) has been a very important part of the team at the point guard position. Having the ability to have Hamilton and Skinn on the court at the same time is so dangerous, because when Skinn penetrates and finds an open Hamilton on the wing, can give teams a long night. Skinn missed the last 10 games, but surprisingly it didnt faze the team too much as they posted a 6-4 record. Skinn should be back in the playoffs. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) (11,2ppg, 1,7rpg, 1,9apg) is the elder statesman on the team with his 34 years and has been a professional since 1998, and has has played in countries like Italy (3 years with teams like Record Napoli (Italy-A2, Media Broker Messina (Italy-Lega2), and Pompea Napoli (Italy-LegaA). He also played in Russia for Uniks Kazan and three years for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2004-2007. In the last three years, he played in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. Greer biggest strength is to score in bunches. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) (13,8ppg, 4,6rpg, 1,9apg) is playing his second season in Braunschweig and it is no surprise that he is leading the team in scoring as In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. Uros Dvunjak (4,1ppg, 1,7rpg, 1,0apg) is a solid back up guard who played very strong at the Top 4 in Bamberg. If Artland didnt have Rice, then the edge would go to Braunschweig, but Rice does so much for Artland.

The forward position is the most interesting match up and Artland would of recieved edge had Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) not been injured. With his injury, this position is even. At the forward position, Braunschweig is led by veteran Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) (11,6ppg, 5,5rpg, 1,2apg). He is a typical European league PF, a little undersized to play the four, but very effective in low post game, thanks to strength and good fundamentals; runs very well the court, can defend well and even press on the perimeter; has great instincts for the game, and is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. He played for teams like Macabbi Tel Aviv (2003 cup winner), Benetton Trviso (Italy cup winner 2005 & 2007) or CSKA Moscow where he helped win the Euroleague in 2008. Goree is a very experienced player and knows exactly how the game is played. I think with the numbers that he is putting up that he plays younger than his age is', stated Quentin Pryor The main guy to shut down will be Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia). 'The guy to stop is Goree. He is a strong post presence and they use him in many different ways to set up other players as well. He still plays very strong and does not play like he is 34', expressed Brose Baskets Bamberg American Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86). 'Goree is very strong and just knows how to get great position and score in low post', said ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright. The experience of Goree will be bolstered by basketball globe trotter Lamaar Greer. 'They give the team added leadership and will keep the team level headed. I think that they will be big for the team having success', warned Quentin Pryor Jason Cain (208-F-85, college: Virginia) (10,0ppg, 4,3rpg, 1,6apg, 52% field/ 42,7% outside). Cain could be a big factor in this series especially if his three pointer is on the way it was at the Top 4 in Bamberg. Jason has played extremely well. He played great in college and now he is in his fourth season in Braunschweig and he always plays hard on each play. He can rebound and play defense and just does his role, commented Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright. Nils Mittman (3,0ppg, 1,8rpg) is playing his sixth season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He can also make the three pointer in important moments of the game. Phillip Noch (2,5ppg, 1,0rpg is a young German who started some games earlier in the season. He should see action in the series.

At the forward position, The Artland Dragons are led by Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) (9,2ppg, 4,2rpg, 45% field/43% outside). The trend the last years has always shown that Hess cant stay away for more than two years as He played the first time with the Dragons in 2006 and the second time in 2008. Hess is a 29 year old 201cm forward from Michigan. He is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebound and he defends well and has a great attitude. He has never won a title with the Dragons and will be as focused as ever. Nathan Peavy (11,1ppg, 4,8rpg, 49% field/43% outside) is playing his second season for Artland and was injured this season missing 10 games, but came back solid. He is a great forward that has nice post moves, rebounds strong and will step out and hurt you with his three pointer. Alexander Seggelke (198-F-79, agency: Limelight Hoops) (5,4ppg, 2,4rpg) is playing his 13th season in Germany and a very capable forward from the bench that is an all rounder with great scoring-skills, shows no fear, can point in the paint and from outside as well, and is a very good FT-shooter. Leo Niehbur sees little action, but saw action at the TOP 4 in the Frankfurt game and will probably only see action in garbage time. Braunschweig will have to find a way to control the forwards and their shooting and rebounding which will be key to winning.

The center position edge goes to The Artland Dragons with Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) (13,1ppg, 6,3rpg, 1,6apg, 52% field/46% outside) and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (7,3ppg, 5,5rpg), Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Oregon) (1,7ppg, 12 games, 4,28 min per game) vs Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) (9,0ppg, 4,6rpg, 1,0apg, 61,4% field) and Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate) (2,2ppg, 2,2rpg). Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) is playing his sixth season in Germany after having also played in Bremerhaven and Bamberg. He is also very versatile. He can score from outside, but also can post up and he is very strong, stressed Jannik Freese. Fenn was one of the most dominating players in the German BEKO BBL over the last five seasons. He was the 7th most efficient player in German BBL for the 2009/10 season. He finished the 2008/09 EUROCUP season as the 6th best scorer with 15,8 ppg. He is an unstoppable inside player with a lot of skills and post up moves and is a high percentage 3-pt. shooter with range. His two seasons playing in Bamberg under Coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ), he improved his defensive and rebounding skills. He is a all-rounder who can post up, hit the jump hook, take the midrange jump shot, fill the lane on the fast break, score on a put back after the offensive rebound, or hit the 3-point shot. He can defend both inside positions, plays always with great intensity and has great quickness for his size and a strong lower body. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje is a 32 year old 212 cm center who ranks fourth all-time in Georgetown history in blocks with 255 behind Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo grew more into a scoring threat in Oldenburg and can give some added scoring stability for coach Stefan Koch . Even though he played 35 NBA games, his playing qualities often determined if he had the right coach. Last season for Oldenburg he played Euroleague: 10 games: 4.6ppg, 3.7rpg; German League: 37 games: 6.9ppg, 5.8rpg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP: 58.9%, FT: 76.6%. He will bolstered the Dragons with his rebounding and shot blocking, but most important with his experience. Hartenstein is the all around nice guy where it is simply difficult to crack the strong Artland rotation. Hartenstein will come in if the Dragons have a big lead. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have Kyle Visser who played at Wake Forest from 2003-2007 and was a teammate with NBA top point guard Chris Paul. He is a center who still hasnt reached his fullest potential, but had a solid season with Braunschweig. Visser will have to have a very good series and be a horse under the boards. Nick Schneiders (221-C-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: USC Upstate) is the tallest player in the beko BBL at 221 cm who comes from the bench. He is a beko BBL rookie who has shown flashes of brilliance, but often gets untimely fouls.

This could become the tightest series of the quarterfinals pairings. Artland is the favorite and are riding into the games having won both games this season. Artland won the first game on the road 76-53. They held Braunschweig to 37% shooting from the field and 21% from outside, won the rebound duel and forced them to 21 turnovers. Artland also won the second game at home in their Dragons den 91-75. Braunschweig controlled the boards again and Braunschweig didnt shoot badly at 50% and 45% from outside, but couldnt withstand the 60% and 61% three point shooting from Artland. 'Braunschweig showed during the Top 4 that they are capable to defend at a high level and will have to do it against Artland if they want to win this series. Artland has an up tempo offense. Their weakness is their half court game. If you make them play that then they will have problems. Braunsvhweig should also keep them from continuously moving the ball and containing their transition opportunities. Artland has to limit the touches of Goree and dont give him a lot of space to make moves and set up his teammates. They should also keep them in the half court and slow down the game. Artland should run a good offense and take good shots. They are really strong at spreading the floor and it is difficult to guard them. Every guy can shoot it from long range', warned Kyle Hines. The forwards of Artland shoot very well from outside, the team rebounds well, but they are very turnover prone. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were the second best shooting team in the league and should take advantage of that in this series. How much of a factor Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason) will be if he returns is unknown, but he will be needed. Artland has the experience and coaching edge and should win this series. If Braunschweig can bring back that incredible winning mentality, fight and effort as they did in the TOP 4 then an upset could be possible.




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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Marshall, PAOK16.9 
 2. Smith, Panellinios16.7 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.3 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.14.6 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.1 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.1 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos13.9 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.3 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.7 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.1 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.0 
 9. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympi.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP K.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiak.5.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.9 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pane.3.7 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.5 
 10. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Anderson, Panionios1.7 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pane.1.7 
 8. Marshall, PAOK1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Pane.1.5 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Oly.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 9. Gechevski, PAOK0.7 
 10. Dozier, PAOK0.7 


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  HOLLAND   


Cup Champs & Playoffs - by Matt Bauscher
The weather has been absolutely UNREAL in Holland the past month or so. When I say unreal, I don't just mean for Dutch standards (75 degrees and sunny), I mean for all of Europe. The last 7 weeks a lot has occurred on this side of the globe. We've had some ups and a few speed bumps. The strong history and basketball tradition in Groningen goes back in the top league for 38 years (1973) . For those readers who aren't familiar with hoops up here, it's pretty crazy- especially compared to the rest of Holland (where hoops isn't that popular). Anytime you can help put a banner in the rafters, it's very special. Groningen (aka Donar, GasTerra Flames Groningen) owns 3 championship banners (1982, 2004, 2010) and 1 Cup championship banner (2005). We knew as a group we could be a part of 3 banners in two seasons if everything went as desired.

After winning 4 cup games since Christmas, we were in the championship. Winning the cup qualifies the team for European competition the following season. The cup title game in Almere against WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom began and our offense didn't look very good early. Our crowd made the 90 minute drive in hopes of celebrating the clubs second Cup title in history. After 20 minutes we were down 8 heading into the locker room. The second half we remained calm and rebounded and defended like we always do. We dominated them on the boards and outscoring BOZ 40-20 in the last 20 minutes. As the horn sounded, the crowd erupted. Looking into the eyes of some of our fans, the sounds in their voices...you could feel how proud they were. It had been years and years of supporting Donar, buying tickets, all the gas money for traveling to away games...often coming up short of the title. It's humbling to us knowing that some of our fans go to work in the morning looking forward to watching us perform at night. Some fans have told me they haven't missed a home game in decades. Today was our day. By our, I don't mean just the players and coaches- I mean the entire Donar community.

Since my last blog, my parents have come and gone already. My dad stayed 9 days, while my mom was able to stay 12. That may sound like a long time to some people, to me it went by about as fast as my Christmas vacation back home. What I don't understand is how you can chill and not do much- but time flies when you're with the ones you love. It's not important where you are, it's WHO your with that matters...I should write cards for Hallmark. I've been so lucky to have my parents come out all three years I've been overseas. My mom still tells me the stories where people would ask what I want to do when I grow up...I was so damn stubborn. I told every single person, 'I'll be a pro basketball player for sure.' Every time I would get the 'Matthew, that's a good dream but what if that doesn't happen?' My parents never said no to their son who had dreams that were almost as big as his bifocal glasses. They are the reason why I'm here and for that I'll be forever thankful.

Things are really heating up over here since the playoffs started last week. We won game 1 at home and then had a set-back on the road Tuesday. The quarter-finals are best of 3...meaning game 3 Thursday night was win or go home. Whenever you play in an elimination game, the stakes are increased dramatically. The thought that my season could have be finished yesterday made me sick to my stomach. We know we have a huge bulls-eye on our back on the race to go 'Back to Back.' The game Thursday night, we lead from start to finish, punching our ticket to the semi finals. The series against Eiffel Towers Den Bosch begins Sunday, it's a best of five and should be fun.

NBA playoffs are rolling as well! I like Kevin Garnett (208-F-76) and the Celtics over the Heat along with Bulls over the Hawks. Out in the western conference the LA will get past Dallas, while the luck has ended in Memphis as they go down against OKC.


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL-AMIN
  PVSK P.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.0 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.3 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 5. Jones, Albacomp8.8 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.7 
 7. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE K.
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok6.5 
 3. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 5. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 7. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Singletary, FS Deb.2.3 
 10. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.1 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-.0.8 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Bader, Szolnok0.7 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.7 


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  IBL   


IBL's Bellingham Slam win third straight to start season- 117-95 over Vancouver - by Trask Frost
Bellingham Washington- the Bellingham Slam broke open a close game in the second quarter as they defeated the Vancouver Volcanoes, 117-95, in International Basketball League action at Whatcom Pavilion on Friday.

It was the second consecutive game in which the Slam held an opponent under 100 points.

Tied at 35 midway through the second quarter, Bellingham used an 11-0 run to build a double-digit lead and never looked back. Holding the Volcanoes to just 16 points in the quarter, they led 52-41 at halftime.

The Slam (3-0) built their lead to 20, at 74-54, halfway through the third quarter on a Lukas Henne three-pointer. Twice in the fourth quarter they maxed out their lead at 27 points.

Morris Anderson led a balanced Slam attack with 23 points, and also added six rebounds and six assists. Derrick Webb and Jacob Stevenson led six others in double figures with 16 points. Stevenson's tallies in the game ran his career scoring total past the 2,500 mark to 2,509 total points scored in a Slam uniform.

Andre Murray led Vancouver (0-1) with 23 points, but also committed nine turnovers. Lawrence Blackledge finished with 18 points.

The Slam and Volcanoes play a rematch tonight- to complete a home-and-home series in Vancouver, with a 7 p.m. tip-off scheduled for Clark Colleges OConnell Sports Complex (tonight- Saturday night).



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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.7 
 3. Caldwell, Liepaja15.1 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 5. Peiners, LU14.8 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.1 
 8. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.1 
 6. Hunter, Ventspils6.9 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
 9. Cavars, Barons6.0 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF R.
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.2 
 4. Willjam, Barons4.0 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Carter, Ventspils3.6 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Bergmanis, Barons2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.8 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Cavars, Barons1.6 
 6. Slisans, LU1.6 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 6. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 8. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.7 
 10. Hunter, Ventspils0.7 


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  LIBYA   


Libyan Awards - by John Dubey

Coach of the year is Emad Mahmoud of Ahli Benghazi coach Emad is from egypt and he lead Ahli Benghazi to the champiomship last season also winning the super cup this season also before the problems in libya his team was head of the league with a 11- 1 record. coach emad is a great coach and will raise his name in the region. coach has experience with Egypt national team. I think this coach is underrated and should get more chances in the region to coach.

best scorer Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad. jimmy Williams average 26.8 ppg Williams is a great young player and great mid range and three point shooter. with more experience he will be a big time money maker in the region. Williams is also is the starting guard of the Togo national team and will be playing in the African championship in august.

best guard- cyrille makanda is a leader and veteran guard who know how to run a team, also is a good scorer. makanda has alot of exsperince in Europe and is only 30 years old. Also and important player of Cameron national team.

first team all imports
cyrille makanda
Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad

second team all imports
KONE, Desire Arsne
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  LUXEMBOURG   


Cedric Schroeder goes to Heffingen! Paterno signs on for another season! - by John Thomas
Heffingen finished at the top of National 2 this season and have been promoted to the DBBL for next year. Bill Paterno, their head coach recently signed his contract and will continue for 2011-12. Cedric Schroeder, the veteran swingman from Etzella will join former teammates Domonique Benseghir and Pit Kerger in Heffingen next season. Schroeder stopped early in the 2010-11 season for personal reasons.



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  MALAYSIA   


KL Dragons Draw in FIBA Asia Cup for Men's Clubs - by Abdallah Omari
The FIBA Asia Champions Cup 2011 will be the 22nd staging of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the basketball club tournament of FIBA Asia. The tournament will be held in Pasig, Philippines from May 28 to June 5, 2011. Team were divided into two groups. Westsports KL Dragons is replacing the ASEAN League champions Thai Slammers due to a problems in the Basketball Association of Thailand. The Westsports KL Dragons will play in the first group with ASU Sports Club from Jordan, Smart Gilas from Philippines, Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa or Fukuoka Rizing from Japan and A club from the Middle Asia sub-zone still not determined. The second group is the iron group that has Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut from Lebanon, Al Rayyan from Qatar,Al Shabab Club from UAE, Mahram Tehran from Iran and Al Jalaa Aleppo from Syria. Notice that the last champions were Mahram Tehran. The competition is expected to be high where four teams will be qualified for the 2nd stage with a scissor cross between the two groups. Westsports KL Dragons needs to look for the import players carefully if to qualify for the next round specially that most teams have previous experience in this tournament and a high competitive national leagues.

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  MEXICO   


NATIONAL TOURNAMENT - by Harold Valenzuela
24 states were represented in Zacatecas in this tourney. The states with big basketball tradition played like Chihuahua who was represented with professional players from the LICOMUBA league, they had a great tourney only lost one game but that game was the championship one against Nuevo Leon, who was represented for one of the best college in Mexico, the Borregos del Tec de Momnterrey who 1 week before los the conadeip finals in Monterrey and finished with the 4 place, but this time coach Ignacio Moreno (maybe the best college coach in the country) won this tourney in preparation of the Universida Nacional who will be play in Toluca Mexico this next week.

A very good players played in the tourney like Sergio Escobar (195-F-81), Marcos Dorado who play with Zacatecas, Gerardo Arroyos (200-F) from Chihuahua, Carlos Garza y Cesar Del Campo (the best college player in the contry) they were the tourney all team, and Cesar was named the MVP of the tourney, he played very good this tournament and has a spectacular plays and dunks.
This week the Universiada Nacional will be in Toluca, the favorites teams to win it are UP, UPAEP, ITESM and CEU, this year is the year of the University World Games in China, and the team who won will be the base of the Mexican National Team.




Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 20-5 
 2. Hermosillo 19-6 
 3. Culiacan 16-9 
 4. Guasave 15-10 
 5. Nogales 13-12 
 6. Guaymas 13-12 
 7. Mexicali 12-13 
 8. Tijuana 10-15 
 9. Tepic 4-21 
 10. Los Mochis 3-22 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. White, Cananea28.4 
 2. Gale, Mexicali27.9 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic25.3 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. White, Los Mochis23.6 
 7. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.4 
 8. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 9. Tate, Tijuana23.3 
 10. Thomas, Cananea22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Moss, Nogales10.4 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 3. Brown, Tepic9.4 
 4. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Avila, Culiacan8.4 
 8. Rougeau, Culiacan7.9 
 9. Tate, Tijuana7.5 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.1 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Funn, Guasave8.0 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.2 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.6 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.6 
 6. Meza, Culiacan4.5 
 7. White, Cananea4.3 
 8. Brown, Tepic4.3 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. White, Cananea2.2 
 2. Thomas, Cananea2.0 
 3. Rougeau, Culiacan1.8 
 4. Brown, Nogales1.8 
 5. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.7 
 7. White, Los Mochis1.5 
 8. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 9. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Webb, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Thomas, Hermosillo2.6 
 3. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 4. Brown, Nogales2.4 
 5. Gale, Mexicali2.3 
 6. Habel, Guaymas2.3 
 7. Tate, Tijuana2.3 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.3 
 9. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 10. White, Los Mochis2.2 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Buducnost 6-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 5-2 
 3. Ulcijn 4-3 
 4. Lovcen 4-4 
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-6 
 6. Jedinstvo 1-7 
Play-Out
 1. KK Podgorica 5-3 
 2. Danilovgrad 5-3 
 3. Mogren 5-3 
 4. ABS Primorje 4-4 
 5. Gorstak 1-7 
Stage One Standings


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  NBA   


Bird to meet with Pacers owner to decide future with team - by Milord Nikolic
Bird is in the final year of his contract and owner Herb Simon said Friday that they will meet in the next 10 days to discuss Bird's status. Either they will agree on an extension, or the franchise will part ways with one of the state's greatest hoops heroes. The Pacers head into the offseason coming off their first postseason berth since 2006. The team has four starters with three or fewer years of experience, and the franchise will have the financial flexibility to add pieces. Bird was hired as team president in 2003 and shared the basketball decisions with then CEO Donnie Walsh. The infamous brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans took place in 2004, prompting the team to make talent-depleting trades. The decision to clean up the roster and financial restrictions slowed Bird's progress. Bird took full control of basketball decisions after the 2007-08 season, when Walsh left to become the New York Knicks' president. The Pacers went 36-46 in 2008-09 and 32-50 in 2009-10. No matter what happens, Bird feels the team has a bright future.

Housecleaning ongoing for Warriors GM Riley - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors' coaching search officially began Thursday, a day after Keith Smart was informed that his services wouldn't be retained for the 2011-12 season.

But not so fast. There's plenty more in the works before they get to that.

Team sources said more movement among the Warriors' staff is expected as soon as today, and general manager Larry Riley reiterated that a head coaching move alone won't be enough to turn the franchise into a playoff contender.

The other immediate moves are expected to be among the team's support staff, possibly player development, strength and conditioning and/or training. Sources weren't ready to name names because some of the staff had not yet been informed.

The rest of the moves will deal with the roster itself, which Riley admitted wasn't good enough to reach the playoffs this season. He said he had a glimmer of hope when the Warriors headed into the All-Star break with an impressive win at Utah to get to three games under .500.

The Warriors returned from the break with a 2-7 stretch, during which they played some of their worst ball and showed major personnel flaws. Riley, who was more willing to say the roster flaws were his fault than to talk about Smart's on-court failures, assesses the team's needs as a center, a big guard and a legitimate sixth man who will probably be a wing player.

'I think next year we should be in the playoffs,' Riley said. 'We're not (a playoff roster) right now. It will be a playoff roster.'

In what hinted at a major change in philosophy, Riley noted that all of the potential additions have to be better defenders. He even seemed open to slowing his preferred uptempo style offense.

'That doesn't mean I have to go get a defensive guru to coach,' Riley said. 'Our defense has to improve, but that's not necessarily the model for the coach. ...

'We do like the uptempo game, because the roster is geared that way. That could change, if we change the roster as well as the coach.'

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Boozer skips practice with toe injury, uncertain for Game 1 - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) skipped Friday's practice at the Berto Center with the turf toe in his right big toe that he suffered in Tuesday's clinching victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Boozer's toe has improved but didn't know if he'd be available for Game 1 of the Bulls-Hawks series 7 p.m. Monday at the United Center.

'It's hard to say, but I'm thinking that he will be able to,' Thibodeau said. 'He had some discomfort, but it's gotten better each day. Hopefully, tomorrow it will be better. He's day-to-day. He didn't practice, so we'll check him again tomorrow.'

Boozer already underwent an MRI exam that confirmed the injury, a painful condition involving stretched ligaments.

'He's getting quite a bit of treatment and rest,' Thibodeau said. 'He's doing some lifting and things like that. The big thing is he feels a lot better today than he did yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow he'll be better.We've been through so many different scenarios all season. We had the stretch where Carlos was out. We had the stretch where Jo (Noah) was out. I've said all along: We feel very good about our bench.'

If Boozer isn't able to play, Thibodeau would start either Kurt Thomas or Taj Gibson against the Hawks.

Derrick Rose participated in the entire practice and Thibodeau said his sprained left ankle no longer is an issue.

Courtesy of www.chicagobreakingsports.com


Pacers owner Herb Simon to decide on president Larry Bird's fate - by Eurobasket News
Pacers president Larry Bird finally watched his team return to the playoffs this season.

He'll soon know whether he'll get to complete his rebuilding project.

Bird is in the final year of his contract and owner Herb Simon said Friday that they will meet in the next 10 days to discuss Bird's status. Either they will agree on an extension, or the franchise will part ways with one of the state's greatest hoops heroes.

'My decision will be based on my decision with Mr. Simon,' Bird said. 'If I like what I hear, I'll probably be back. But if there's some things he sees in the job performance I did and he's not comfortable with it, it might be time for a new voice.'

The Pacers head into the offseason coming off their first postseason berth since 2006. The team has four starters with three or fewer years of experience, and the franchise will have the financial flexibility to add pieces. Danny Granger, the veteran starter, is 28, and none of the remaining starters -- Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough, Paul George or Roy Hibbert -- is older than 25.

Now, Bird wants to see how much Simon is willing to spend to make that group better.

'The big question of mine to him is, 'Now we have the money, are we going to be able to spend it?'' the Hall of Famer asked. '''We waited three years to get to this point, now what can we do? What are you going to let us do?' There's a lot of questions that are going to be asked, and I want to see what direction he wants to go.'

Simon said Bird has done his job well.

'He gave us a three-year plan, and I think he's lived up to his three-year plan,' Simon said. 'He said it would be tough going, but by the third year, he thought we could probably make the playoffs, which he did, and that we would have cap space to build upon the core group that he's established.'

Things didn't look so good for Bird three months ago.

The Pacers were 17-27 when the team fired coach Jim O'Brien. Frank Vogel took over as interim coach and the team went 20-18 the rest of the regular season. Indiana challenged the Chicago Bulls before dropping the first-round playoff series 4-1.

Vogel would like to see Bird return.

'He's not 'Larry Legend' because of his physical abilities to play basketball,' Vogel said. 'He's got a great basketball mind, and he's the one that should be making the decisions, and whatever he decides is going to be what's best for the Indiana Pacers.'

Bird was hired as team president in 2003 and shared the basketball decisions with then CEO Donnie Walsh. The infamous brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans took place in 2004, prompting the team to make talent-depleting trades.

The decision to clean up the roster and financial restrictions slowed Bird's progress.

'We knew moving forward for three years we weren't going to have any money,' he said. 'If we had a $100 million payroll, it's a lot easier. So we're trying to build a team through the draft without any money.'

Bird took full control of basketball decisions after the 2007-08 season, when Walsh left to become the New York Knicks' president. The Pacers went 36-46 in 2008-09 and 32-50 in 2009-10.

This season's team went 37-45.

'I'm not satisfied with how we did overall, but obviously, we're moving in the right direction, and now we're down to where we have a lot of cap space and we've just got to use it the right way,' Bird said.

No matter what happens, Bird feels the team has a bright future.

'Our ultimate goal is to get back to being competitive for the Eastern Conference championship, and I'm very high on a lot of our players,' he said. 'I think in the draft, we'll be lucky enough to get another great player and just continue to build this.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Gregg Popovich bracing for McDyess to retire, Duncan to return for 2011-12 - by Eurobasket News
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expects roster changes heading into next season - if there is a next season.

With a lockout looming over the NBA after the end of the playoffs, theres no assurance there will be more basketball as schedule in 2011-12.

Whenever they play, Popovich mentioned Saturday there likely will be some tweaking of his roster. But nothing too extensive should be expected.

Popovich said Saturday that he expects that Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) will retire after a 15-season career.

Antonio McDyess is probably leaning towards retirement, from what he said. Were not going to fight him, Popovich said. Hes going to make his own decision. If he does retire, as much as a player, we would miss him more as a person.

Hes one of the finest human beings Ive ever been associated with. He commands huge, huge buckets of respect from his teammates, just from the way he conducts himself. Hes just a wonderful man. So if he does retire, well really miss him in that leadership role.

Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) is also a question mark, particularly if there should be an extended work stoppage with the lockout. But Popovich said he expects Duncan will be back. Another factor is that Duncan will be in line for the biggest annual salary of his career at $21 million next year.

'I dont see why he wouldn't,' Popovich said. 'I haven't talked to him about the next few years or what he plans on doing.'

Expect some of the players from the 2010-11 roster to be gone. But Popovich again said that the core of the 61-win team during the regular season should be back next year.

There will be some changes, but we never get drastic in that sense, Popovich said. Somebody asked me yesterday, we lost, do we blow it up? Thats the most preposterous attitude you can have. Twenty-nine teams lose, so you need to take time to reflect.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  NCAA1   


Wisconsin extends Ryan's contract through 2016 - by Milord Nikolic
Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan has received an extension on his contract that now runs through the 2015-16 season. Ryan finished his 10th season with the Badgers in March, reaching the regional semifinals before losing to Butler and finishing 25-9. Ryan's teams have made the NCAA tournament every year he's been at Wisconsin and he is 625-194 in his 27-year career, including a 242-91 mark with the Badgers. Before taking the job at Wisconsin, the 63-year-old coach spent two years at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and 15 years at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville. While at Platteville, he won four NCAA championships, including two undefeated seasons.

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  NEW ZEALAND   


Once there were two - by Mike Lacey
The New Zealand Breakers recorded a convincing 71-53 victory over the Cairns Taipans in the third and deciding iiNet NBL Grand Final game at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday night. In front of a packed house the Breakers got off to a dream start scoring the first three baskets of the game and establishing an 11-2 advantage before being pegged back to 17-15 at the first break.
Dusty Rychart had a busy second quarter contributing 10 of his teams 15 points in the period, The Breakers leading 37-30 at the main break. A couple of quick buckets early in the third period including Ron Dorseys first of the game took the Taipans to within two points of the Breakers but that was the closest they would get to the lead as a balanced Breakers scoring spread stretched their advantage to 57-45 at the third break.
The eighty odd travelling Cairns fans still sensed an upset but Cairns couldnt buy a basket as the Breakers stretched their lead. When CJ Bruton (14 points) nailed consecutive threes midway through the period to stretch the lead to 21 points the home fans began their celebrations. Winning coach Andrej Lemanis could even afford to empty his bench shortly before the stadium erupted.
Cairns Taipans had been gallant finalists but in the end could not match the all-round ability of the Breakers who interestingly lost just two of the 12 quarters over the three games. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) just pipped Mika Vukona to the MVP of the Finals award although the Breakers had major contributors right across the board. Only two New Zealanders, current Breakers Mika Vukona (South Dragons 209) and Dillon Boucher (Brisbane Bullets 2007)>had previously won an ANBL Championship ring, now there are eight more, Kirk Penney, Corey Webster, Tom Abercrombie, Benny Anthony, Josh Bloxham, Alex Pledger, Leon Henry and Paul Henare. The win was a fitting way to bring the curtain down on Henares Breakers career. He leaves as the clubs all-time leader


NBL Round 3: Leader Bay Hawks get two more victories - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Bay Hawks delivered the sixth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Southland S. (1-2) 74-62. The game was mostly controlled by Bay Hawks. Southland S. managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized British forward Arthur Trousdell (203-F-81, college: Cameron) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Paora Winitana (195-76) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jordan Lawley (193-87, college: Cal-San Diego) who recorded 19 points. Undefeated Bay Hawks (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Southland S. at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Auckland P.. Bay Hawks are looking forward to face Auckland P. (#5) at home in the next round. Southland S. will have a break next round.
Undefeated leader Bay Hawks recorded another victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (0-3) 97-86 in Dunedin. It was a good game for American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Paora Winitana contributed with 18 points for the winners. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for OceanaGold N. OceanaGold N. lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Nelson G.. Bay Hawks will play against Auckland P. (#5) at home in the next round. OceanaGold N. will play against Manawatu J. (#3) in Palmerston North and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in New Plymouth. Local Taranaki MA (1-3) beat bottom-ranked Nelson G. (0-3) 89-71 on Thursday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Aaron Bailey-Nowell who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Taranaki MA's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Darryl Dora with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Taranaki MA maintains seventh place with 1-3 record. It was Nelson G.'s third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with OceanaGold N.. Taranaki MA will meet at home league's second-placed Wellington S. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will play against OceanaGold N. (#9) in Dunedin and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 3 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Taranaki MA was defeated by Manawatu J. in Palmerston North 104-93. Waikato P. beat Nelson G. at home 89-75. Auckland P. lost to undefeated Wellington S. on the opponent's court 83-91.
The best stats of 3rd round was 29 points and 12 rebounds by Kareem Johnson of Wellington S..


Southland S. - Bay Hawks 62-74

Undefeated leader Bay Hawks delivered the sixth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Southland S. (1-2) 74-62. The game was mostly controlled by Bay Hawks. Southland S. managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was naturalized British forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Paora Winitana (195-76) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jordan Lawley (193-87, college: Cal-San Diego) who recorded 19 points and the former international swingman Brendon Polyblank (200-78, college: Texas St.) added 18 points respectively. Bay Hawks (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Southland S. at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Auckland P.. Bay Hawks are looking forward to face Auckland P. (#5) at home in the next round. Southland S. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 16+8reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 16+11reb, J.Pace 13+4reb, B.Hill 6+1reb, C.Daniel 6+3reb, A.Daly 6+1ast
Southland S.: J.Lawley 19+4reb, B.Polyblank 18+4reb, G.Dawson 8+9reb, S.Spicer 7+7reb, M.Dickel 6+5reb+4ast, D.Peck 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122657


Manawatu J. - Taranaki MA 104-93

There was no surprise in Palmerston North where 7th ranked Taranaki MA (1-3) was defeated by fourth ranked Manawatu J. (2-1) 104-93 on Saturday. Taranaki MA was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 39-24 charge of Manawatu J., which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Manawatu J. forced 21 Taranaki MA turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Manawatu J. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!). The former international guard Jeremy Kench (187-84) helped adding 16 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Manawatu J.'s coach Ryan Weisenberg used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-81) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Manawatu J. moved-up to third place. Loser Taranaki MA keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Manawatu J. will meet at home bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Taranaki MA will play against the league's second-placed Wellington S..
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: D.Hudson 35+2reb+2ast, T.Jeremiah 17+8reb, J.Kench 16+3reb+9ast, R.Igbawua 14+9reb+2ast, M.Te Huna 13+2reb+2ast, D.Bailey 6+4reb+1ast
Taranaki MA: A.Bailey-Nowell 24+7reb+2ast, J.Leasure 23+5reb+3ast, L.Abrams 14+7reb, M.Campbell 12+10reb, R.Beesly 11+4reb+1ast, C.Stuart 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 122658


OceanaGold N. - Bay Hawks 86-97

Undefeated leader Bay Hawks recorded the sixth consecutive victory. This time they beat bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (0-3) 97-86 in Dunedin. It was a good game for American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Paora Winitana (195-76) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Scott O'Gallagher (188-84, college: Warner Pacific) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for OceanaGold N.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Bay Hawks. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. OceanaGold N. lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Nelson G.. Bay Hawks will play against Auckland P. (#5) at home in the next round. OceanaGold N. will play against Manawatu J. (#3) in Palmerston North and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: J.Pace 23+10reb+3ast, P.Winitana 18+4reb+2ast, B.Hill 16+3reb, A.Trousdell 15+7reb+2ast, C.Daniel 9+3reb, G.Young 8+5reb+3ast
OceanaGold N.: S.O'Gallagher 18+2reb+4ast, C.Bradshaw 17+12reb+4ast, L.Allred 16+7reb+1ast, M.Morrison 10+2reb, S.King 8+2reb, T.Rowe 8+4reb
gschID: 122654


Waikato P. - Nelson G. 89-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Waikato P.'s (2-2) home victory over bottom-ranked Nelson G. (0-3) 89-75 on Wednesday. Waikato P. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Nelson G.'s 26 and made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Waikato P. forced 22 Nelson G. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Waikato P. made 10 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Impact Basketball) helped adding 15 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Sam Dempster (198-90) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Five Waikato P. and four Nelson G. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Waikato P. moved-up to fourth place. Nelson G. lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with OceanaGold N.. Waikato P. will meet at home league's second-placed Wellington S. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will play against OceanaGold N. (#9) in Dunedin and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waikato P.: J.Smith 23+2reb+6ast, B.Anthony 19+8reb, S.Seay 15+14reb+1ast, P.Lenden 12+5reb, H.Allen 11+4reb+2ast, B.Scirkovich 3+1reb+1ast
Nelson G.: R.Grizzard 19+10reb+3ast, D.Dora 15+4reb+3ast, M.Fitchett 14+3reb+2ast, S.Dempster 13+9reb+1ast, J.Bloxham 7+1reb+1ast, M.Karena 4+4reb
gschID: 122651


Taranaki MA - Nelson G. 89-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in New Plymouth. Local Taranaki MA (1-3) beat bottom-ranked Nelson G. (0-3) 89-71 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-71. Taranaki MA outrebounded Nelson G. 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-81) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) helped adding 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Taranaki MA players scored in double figures. Taranaki MA's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Taranaki MA maintains seventh place with 1-3 record. It was Nelson G.'s third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with OceanaGold N.. Taranaki MA will meet at home league's second-placed Wellington S. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will play against OceanaGold N. (#9) in Dunedin and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: A.Bailey-Nowell 26+9reb, J.Leasure 20+6reb+4ast, M.Campbell 19+6reb, C.Stuart 13+4reb, L.Abrams 7+4reb+2ast, M.Abdelhamid 4+3reb
Nelson G.: D.Dora 20+7reb, R.Grizzard 17+7reb+1ast, M.Fitchett 15+2reb+2ast, J.Bloxham 7+1reb, S.Dempster 4+8reb, B.Wright 4
gschID: 122652


Wellington S. - Auckland P. 91-83

Very expected game when 6th ranked Auckland P. (1-2) was defeated on the road by leader Wellington S. (3-0) 91-83 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Wellington S. outrebounded Auckland P. 45-29 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Wellington S. made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). The former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) helped adding 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was American power forward Raheim Brown (209-79, college: Florida Atlantic) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Auckland P. players scored in double figures. Auckland P.'s coach Kenneth Stone rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Wellington S.. They maintain second place with 3-0 record having 3 victories less than leader Bay Hawks. Loser Auckland P. dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Southland S.. Wellington S. will meet at home bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Auckland P. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks (#1) in Tamatea.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: K.Johnson 29+12reb+2ast, C.Frank 16+12reb+6ast, E.Maxey 14+9reb+2ast, Z.Meehl 8+1reb+1ast, T.McLean 8+1reb+2ast, S.Adams 6+5reb
Auckland P.: R.Brown 24+11reb, E.Bartlett 17+7reb, K.Smith 11+4reb+2ast, L.Martin 11+4reb+4ast, K.Mickens 10+2reb+4ast, H.O'Riley 2
gschID: 122653




Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 6-0 
 2. Wellington S. 3-0 
 3. Manawatu J. 2-1 
 4. Waikato P. 2-2 
 5. Auckland P. 1-2 
 6. Southland S. 1-2 
 7. Taranaki MA 1-3 
 8. Nelson G. 0-3 
 9. OceanaGold N. 0-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jerry SMITH
  Waikato P.
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Smith, Waikato P.21.8 
 2. Mickens, Auckland.21.7 
 3. Hudson, Manawatu.21.7 
 4. Dora, Nelson G.21.3 
 5. Leasure, Taranaki.21.3 
 6. Polyblank, Southla.20.7 
 7. Pace, Bay Hawks20.5 
 8. Allen, Waikato P.19.8 
 9. O''Gallagher, Ocean.19.7 
 10. Johnson, Wellingt.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kareem JOHNSON
  Wellingt.
  (205-C-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Johnson, Wellingt.11.3 
 2. Bradshaw, OceanaG.11.3 
 3. Allred, OceanaGo.11.0 
 4. Frank, Wellington10.7 
 5. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 6. Dawson, Southlan.9.0 
 7. Henry, Wellington9.0 
 8. Anthony, Waika.9.0 
 9. Bartlett, Auckland.8.7 
 10. Brown, Auckland P.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 George LE''AFA
  Wellingt.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Le''afa, Wellingt.7.3 
 2. Kench, Manawatu J.6.7 
 3. Dickel, Southland6.0 
 4. Martin, Auckland.4.7 
 5. Frank, Wellington4.7 
 6. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.3.8 
 8. To''omata, OceanaG.3.3 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.3.0 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy KENCH
  Manawatu J.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kench, Manawatu J.2.7 
 2. Allen, Waikato P.2.5 
 3. Smith, Waikato P.2.5 
 4. Dickel, Southland2.3 
 5. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 6. Polyblank, Southla.2.0 
 7. Maxey, Wellington2.0 
 8. Dawson, Southlan.1.7 
 9. Hudson, Manawatu.1.7 
 10. Frank, Wellington1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus CAMPBELL
  Taranaki.
  (214-C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Campbell, Taranaki.2.5 
 2. Anthony, Waika.1.5 
 3. Henry, Wellington1.5 
 4. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 5. Frank, Wellington1.3 
 6. Spicer, Southlan.1.3 
 7. Brown, Auckland P.1.3 
 8. Beck, Auckland P.1.0 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranak.0.8 
 10. Smith, Waikato P.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia .
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia16.0 
 6. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS15.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.7 
 10. Mis, SKK Siedlce14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS S.
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS9.2 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 6. Luszczewski, Start7.7 
 7. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.7.7 
 8. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.6 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK S.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.6.1 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lubl.5.0 
 5. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sporti.4.6 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.3 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 10. Kardas, Rosasport4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  Gor.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Zytko, ISS Sporti.2.8 
 3. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 4. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 5. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia2.5 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.3 
 9. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
 10. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS D.
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.3 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS1.3 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.3 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 7. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 8. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 9. Czyz, SKK Siedlce0.9 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szcze.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampa.
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Samp.21.0 
 2. Curnell, Barreiren.20.1 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 4. Shaw, Academica18.3 
 5. Eddie, Academica18.3 
 6. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 7. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 8. Crutchfield, Illia.17.4 
 9. Goode, Penafiel17.4 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.3 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.1 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.8 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.8.7 
 9. Curnell, Barreiren.8.5 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.9 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 4. Reveles, Ginasio4.9 
 5. Minhava, Benfica4.9 
 6. Silva, CAB4.6 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 8. Simoes, Academica4.4 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreiren.3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.7 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.6 
 4. Silva, CAB2.5 
 5. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.3 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 8. Eddie, Academica2.1 
 9. Holland, Academica1.9 
 10. Menefee, CAB1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitan.3.8 
 2. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 3. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 4. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 7. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio0.9 


LPB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Porto Ferpinta and Benfica record first wins - by Eurobasket News
Porto Ferpinta - Vitoria SC 82-78

Porto Ferpinta earned the first win in the semifinal series against Vitoria. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. FC Porto Ferpinta dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Vitoria SC's 26. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) chipped in 19 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Four FC Porto Ferpinta players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Nolan Richardson (188, college: Midwestern St.) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: C.Andrade 25+12reb+4ast, G.Stempin 19+14reb+7ast, M.Miranda 13+4reb+1ast, J.Terrell 13+4reb, N.Marcal 6+3reb, D.Correia 5+1reb
Vitoria SC: P.Diamantino 19+2reb+1ast, N.Richardson 19+6reb+1ast, P.Cunha 15+12reb+6ast, A.Sobrinho 7+1reb+2ast, R.Pinto 6+7reb, C.Fonseca 5
gschID: 127696


Benfica - Academica 76-62

Benfica eased past Academica for 1-0 lead in the semis. The game was mostly controlled by Benfica. Academica was better in fourth quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Academica 42-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. The former international center Elvis Evora (205-78) nailed 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international forward Sergio Ramos (200-76) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Academica in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Benfica: E.Evora 16+6reb+3ast, S.Ramos 13+8reb+2ast, G.Jenkins 11+4reb, D.Carreira 10+1reb, B.Reed 8+8reb+2ast, M.Minhava 7+7reb+3ast
Academica: T.Eddie 14+6reb+2ast, M.Shaw 14+6reb+2ast, F.Sousa 13+4reb+3ast, W.Holland 9+7reb+1ast, D.Simoes 6+2reb+4ast, T.Pinto 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 127697




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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.2 
 2. Villegas, Coamo21.9 
 3. Robinson, Mayaguez21.8 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon21.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas21.1 
 6. Clinch, Isabela20.0 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Brown, Quebradillas17.6 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon17.5 
 10. Harris, San German16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.0 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas11.7 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.3 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon9.8 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Robinson, Mayaguez9.3 
 9. Harris, San German9.0 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.5 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas6.3 
 3. Clinch, Isabela5.7 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 7. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 8. Copeland, San G.4.1 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.8 
 10. Garcia, Humacao3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.2 
 3. Hinson, Isabela2.2 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayna.2.0 
 5. Robinson, Mayaguez1.8 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 8. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Chaney, Santurce1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.8 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.1 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.7 
 7. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Harris, San German1.5 
 9. Freije, Coamo1.2 
 10. Randolph, Isabela1.2 


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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Polite.
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.5 
 2. Hannah, Miercure.21.0 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.6 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.4 
 5. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 7. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simms, Craiova11.0 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.10.2 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.3 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.3 
 6. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 9. Eichelberger, Pite.7.7 
 10. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.3 
 4. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.3 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.4 
 3. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 4. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 5. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.0 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 9. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
 10. Dawson, Polite.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.1.0 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.0 


Ploiesti takes 2-0 Semifinal lead, U-Mobitelco ties the series - by Eurobasket News
Ploiesti takes 2-0 Semifinal lead, U-Mobitelco ties the series.



U.Mobitel.CN - Gaz Metan 78-72

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gaz Metan won third quarter 29-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco made 35-of-43 free shots (81.4 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points and American guard Jarrett Howell (188-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Gaz Metan. Four Gaz Metan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 20+7reb+1ast, K.Dykes 18+5reb, Z.Krstanovic 15+9reb, P.Chetreanu 8+2reb+3ast, B.Cuic 8+6reb+3ast, T.Morris 5+4reb+3ast
Gaz Metan: T.Nicoara 23+4reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 14+6reb+1ast, J.Howell 12+4reb+6ast, U.Velickovic 11+6reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 6+1reb+1ast, I.Dragusin 2+2reb


gschID: 127823


Ploiesti - Steaua Turabo 82-72

The game without a history. Ploiesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Steaua Turabo was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Kevin Ford (206, college: ORU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The former international center Virgil Carutasu (204-76) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and Maltese-American guard Joshua Jackson (188-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: K.Ford 22+7reb, C.Burlacu 15+7reb+2ast, A.Blidaru 13+2reb+3ast, L.Szijarto 11+5reb+2ast, J.Westrol 10+3reb+2ast, Q.Calhoun 6+6reb+2ast
Steaua Turabo: J.Jackson 18+5reb, V.Carutasu 13+13reb+2ast, V.Stanescu 11+7reb, I.Tomeljak 11+1reb+4ast, H.Nikolov 10+5ast, B.Popescu 5+2reb
gschID: 127822


Group Relegation
Miercurea Ciuc - Politehnica Iasi 102-93

It looked good early as Politehnica Iasi took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Miercurea Ciuc had a 36-17 second period charge getting the lead and Politehnica Iasi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 93-102. Miercurea Ciuc had a 37-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Miercurea Ciuc especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Politehnica Iasi was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 30 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Miercurea Ciuc players scored in double figures. Guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 40 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and swingman Bryan McCullough (198-83, college: NC-Asheville) scored 16 points. Politehnica Iasi's coach Ionut Onose rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Miercurea Ciuc: C.Hannah 30+3reb+5ast, Y.Coleman 24+17reb, E.Tucker 18+1reb+5ast, Z.Samuila 12+7reb+3ast, J.Huffman 12+6reb+1ast, B.Cormos 3+1reb
Politehnica Iasi: L.Dawson 40+5reb+1ast, B.McCullough 16+3reb+3ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 11+5reb, I.Huludet 9+8reb+2ast, N.Marinkovic 8+2reb, C.Amarghioalei 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 127883


Craiova - Brasov 88-71

The game without a history. Craiova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Craiova forced 19 Brasov turnovers and outrebounded them 41-20 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Kenneth Simms (203, college: Cumberland) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Casey Wohlleb (201-86, college: Florida Gulf Coast) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Wohlleb is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Craiova players scored in double figures. Montenegrin center Zeljko Bubanja (210-73) responded with 27 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and swingman Radu Paliciuc (198-88) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Craiova: C.Wohlleb 18+11reb+2ast, K.Simms 18+9reb+5ast, B.Gillespie 16+3reb+3ast, J.Horton 15+9reb+3ast, I.Dodoc 14+3reb+3ast, I.Corneanu 3
Brasov: Z.Bubanja 27+6reb+2ast, R.Paliciuc 13+5reb+4ast, H.Codin 8+1reb, A.Tatu 6+3reb+1ast, A.Andries 5+1reb, O.Boian 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 127884




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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 16-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 15-7 
 3. Khimky 15-7 
 4. Spartak SP 15-8 
 5. CSKA 15-8 
 6. Enisey 10-12 
 7. N.Novgorod 8-15 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-15 
 9. Dynamo 7-16 
 10. Triumph 4-19 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Baxter, Enisey16.6 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 4. Lampe, Unics15.9 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo15.6 
 6. Williams, Enisey15.6 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.3 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.7 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.13.6 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.7 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.1 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA7.1 
 4. Beverley, Spart.6.9 
 5. Baxter, Enisey6.8 
 6. Papadopoulos, Khi.6.4 
 7. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.2 
 8. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 9. Brezec, Krasnie6.2 
 10. Massey, Lokomotiv6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Enisey7.0 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie5.5 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.8 
 4. Vyaltsev, Triumph4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.5 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.2 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomot.1.4 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 8. Lyday, Unics1.4 
 9. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 10. Bremer, Krasnie1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.1 
 2. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 3. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 5. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 6. Likhodey, Triumph0.9 
 7. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 8. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 
 9. Davidson, Krasni.0.9 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.8 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.9 
 5. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 7. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 8. Tomek, Nitra18.4 
 9. McCoy, Vahostav.18.1 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Tomek, Nitra11.5 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.4 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Moore, Nitra7.0 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.6.0 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 6. English, Levice5.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice3.9 
 10. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 3. Moore, Nitra2.4 
 4. English, Levice2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 6. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.9 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  Levice
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Henderson, Levice2.2 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 6. Mroz, Nova Ves1.1 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 9. Votroubek, Nitra0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


Levice tied the series - by Eurobasket News
Group 3rd place
Vahostav-Zilina - Nova Ves 79-72

Nova Ves were ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 50-34 second half run of Vahostav-Zilina. Nova Ves were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) responded with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and international center Michal Batka (204-87) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vahostav-Zilina: J.Carter 20+10reb+4ast, A.McCoy 13+1reb, D.Stojanovic 12+10reb+4ast, L.Hoferica 11+1reb, J.Zavodny 9+5reb+3ast, M.Podhorsky 6+5reb+2ast
Nova Ves: M.Batka 15+7reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 13+1reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 12+5reb+4ast, S.Becarik 11+1ast, L.Johnson 10+9reb+5ast, A.Mielczarek 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 127785


Group FINAL
Levice - Nitra 81-80

Nitra was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 16-10 charge of Levice, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Levice made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Nitra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) saved the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 blocks. Swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) replied with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists and guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Nitra.
Top scorers:
Levice: E.Henderson 35+5reb+1ast, M.English 16+10reb+6ast, D.Toroman 9+1reb+2ast, T.Kostomaj 8+4reb+3ast, R.Urland 7+3reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 6+2reb+1ast
Nitra: R.Moore 34+5reb+8ast, J.Montgomery 12+12reb+2ast, B.Tomek 10+3reb+2ast, R.Vido 7+2reb, M.Ziak 6+2reb, S.Votroubek 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 127786




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  SLOVENIA   


Zlatorog take big step toward Adriatic League - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog take a big step towards to 2011-12 Adriatic Laegue after defeating Slovan 77-70 in the openining game of Telemach Superleague Round 9. After trailing 17-20 late in the first quarter, they scored 13 straight points and extend the lead from 30-20 to 43-27 at the halftime. Vladimir Panic finished with 24 points, Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) had 15 points and 9 rebounds and Danijel Vujasinovic handed out 6 assists. Zlatorog's lead never dipped below double digits until Slovan got a rare seven-point play to pull 73-66 with 1:00 to play. Matej Krusic collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, Dalibor Djapa posted 15 points and Uros Zadnik added 14 points.


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 8-0 
 2. Helios 6-2 
 3. Zlatorog 6-3 
 4. Union Olimpija 5-3 
 5. Polzela 3-5 
 6. Geoplin Slovan 3-6 
 7. Elektra 1-7 
 8. Maribor Messer 1-7 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 5-15 
 3. Parklji 1-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Panic, Zlatorog21.6 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 4. Thondique, Polzela16.3 
 5. Raymond, Helios15.7 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slo.14.5 
 8. Mijajlovic, Polzela14.1 
 9. Mali, Helios13.9 
 10. Krejic, Parklji13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.5 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra7.6 
 5. Krusic, Geoplin7.0 
 6. Raymond, Helios7.0 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.2 
 8. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 9. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
 10. Paravinja, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  Polzela
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.5 
 2. Brolih, Maribor4.4 
 3. Jersin, Elektra4.3 
 4. Djordjevic, Krka4.1 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 9. Krivec, Krka3.5 
 10. Zagorc, Helios3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.1 
 3. Mezek, LTHcast1.9 
 4. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 7. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 8. Udrih, Union Olimp.1.5 
 9. Jagodnik, Union O.1.5 
 10. Zadnik, Geoplin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.9 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.1 
 4. Shermadini, Union1.0 
 5. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 6. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 7. Mijajlovic, Zlator.0.6 
 8. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Booker, Krka0.5 
 10. Vrsaljko, Polzela0.5 


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.3 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.3 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. Caner-Medley, Estu.15.0 
 5. McDonald, DKV J.15.0 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.14.5 
 7. Martinez, Valencia14.4 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.4 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.4 
 10. Doellman, Meridia.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.7 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 6. Slokar, Manresa6.4 
 7. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.3 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Trias, DKV Jovent.6.3 
 10. Wallace, Gran Can.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.0 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 6. Prigioni, Real Mad.4.2 
 7. San Miguel, Manre.4.0 
 8. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 9. Salgado, Lagun A.3.9 
 10. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cook, Valencia2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 5. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 6. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 7. Van Lacke, Vallado.1.6 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.1.6 
 9. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 10. Victor, Menorca1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.6 
 3. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Vallado.1.1 
 10. Barac, Caja Labor.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 25-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-7 
 3. Valencia 23-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 20-11 
 5. Bizkaia Bilbao 19-13 
 6. Fuenlabrada 18-13 
 7. Gran Canaria 18-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-14 
 9. Valladolid 17-14 
 10. Estudiantes 16-16 
 11. Cajasol 15-17 
 12. DKV Joventut 14-17 
 13. CAI Zaragoza 14-17 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 11-20 
 15. Manresa 9-22 
 16. Meridiano 9-23 
 17. Granada 7-25 
 18. Menorca 6-25 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.4 
 2. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 3. Mohammed, Lleida16.2 
 4. Detrick, Melilla15.7 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.5 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan15.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.14.9 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Johnson, Huesca14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.7 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna7.4 
 6. Humphrey, Caceres7.2 
 7. Arteaga, Breogan7.2 
 8. Kale, Ourense7.2 
 9. Junyent, Obradoiro7.0 
 10. Chagoyen, La Lag.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarra.
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.4 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna4.1 
 4. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.3 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 9. Lopez, Burgos3.1 
 10. Cherry, Caceres3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.3 
 2. Rost, Girona1.7 
 3. Bernabe, Leon1.7 
 4. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 5. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 6. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 9. Toledo, Burgos1.4 
 10. Baldo, Burgos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.0 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.7 
 3. Hicks, Breogan1.5 
 4. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 6. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 9. Arteaga, Breogan1.1 
 10. Starosta, Ourense1.0 


LEB Silver Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the LEB Silver Quarterfinals were played last night. Home teams registered three wins, while only ADT Tarragona celebrated on the road. The series is best-of-five and next games are scheduled for Sunday. Same teams will be the hosts.



Prat Juventud - ADT Tarragona 68-69 (0-1)
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward Derek Stribling (198-82, college: Tennessee Tech) fired 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Edward Cage (203-78, college: Bradley) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Cesar Sanmartin (198-75) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jordi Llorens (202-73) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
ADT Tarragona: E.Cage 12+7reb, D.Stribling 10+8reb+2ast, X.Guirao 9+6reb+2ast, J.Bataller 8+5reb+1ast, J.Aramburu 8+2reb+3ast, J.Antonio Marco 7+2ast
Prat Juventud: C.Sanmartin 13+6reb, M.Todorovic 7+7reb, R.Vilanova 7+5reb+1ast, N.Llobet 7+3reb+1ast, J.Comas 7+1reb+1ast, A.Barrera 6+2reb


gschID: 127162


Promobys - Oviedo Feve 83-71 (1-0)
Feve Oviedo was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 40-22 second half run of Promobys Tijola. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Feve Oviedo's 30. They outrebounded Feve Oviedo 43-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Ivan Matemalas (193-80) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Promobys Tijola's coach Antonio Herrera allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Ian O'Leary (201-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Venezuelan power forward Javier Roman (207-80) added 12 points in the effort for Feve Oviedo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Promobys: I.Matemalas 18+4reb+3ast, L.Parejo 13+1reb+2ast, B.Castillo 13+1reb, R.McDade 13+10reb+2ast, J.Keefe 8+4reb, N.Maglisceau 6+5reb
Oviedo Feve: I.O'Leary 19+9reb+1ast, J.Roman 12+2reb+3ast, T.Tate 12+5reb, A.Macia 10+5reb, R.Suarez 7+3reb, H.Macia 5+2reb
gschID: 127160


Andorra - Plasencia 62-54 (1-0)
It looked good early as Plasencia Extremadura took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then River Andorra had a 16-6 second period charge getting the lead and Plasencia Extremadura was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-62. River Andorra dominated on the defensive end, holding Plasencia Extremadura to just 6 points in second quarter. River Andorra made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Andre Howard (200-78, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Jonathan Barcelo (192-79) added 11 points in the effort for Plasencia Extremadura.
Top scorers:
Andorra: A.Matali 21+10reb+4ast, R.Johnson 10+10reb+1ast, R.Casals 8+7reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 6+5reb, N.Zamora 5+1reb, A.Ros 4+2reb+1ast
Plasencia: A.Howard 16+9reb+1ast, J.Barcelo 11+3reb+2ast, A.Bustamante 8+3reb+2ast, R.Martinez 6+3reb+1ast, J.Maria Del Rio 4+3reb, G.Gitterer 4+4reb
gschID: 127161


Mallorca - Avila 80-72 (1-0)
The hosts were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 30-19 last quarter charge of Fontedoso Carrefour cut the lead to 80-72 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Ismael Torres (202-79) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Basquet Mallorca's coach Xavi Sastre used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Xavier Lopez (191-83, college: Point Loma) added 18 points and 6 assists in the effort for Fontedoso Carrefour.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: J.Carles Bivia 20+11reb+5ast, A.Jaume Vicens 15+3reb+1ast, I.Torres 14+9reb+1ast, S.Alonso 10+1reb+1ast, S.Green 9+5reb+1ast, I.Pampin 7+4reb+4ast
Avila: X.Lopez 18+2reb+6ast, C.Ramsdell 14+9reb+3ast, D.Garcia 14+3reb+2ast, A.Fernandez 7+2reb, D.Bassirou 7+2reb+1ast, K.Cipruss 6+9reb
gschID: 127159




Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.16.1 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia16.1 
 4. Ramsdell, Avila16.0 
 5. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca15.2 
 7. Paez, Lan M.15.0 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.14.9 
 9. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 10. Mesa, Clavijo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.5 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.8 
 4. Chubrevich, Illesc.8.4 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 7. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.8 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.1 
 10. Howard, Andorra6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca3.9 
 6. Marco, ADT T.3.8 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.6 
 8. Rufian, Promobys3.4 
 9. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 10. Garcia, Avila3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mikel URIZ
  Santurtzi
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Smith, Guadalajara1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Guirao, ADT T.1.7 
 7. Martinez, Plasencia1.7 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca1.7 
 9. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 10. Rueda, Plasencia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 6. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 7. Conde, Avila1.2 
 8. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 
 9. Cage, ADT Tarrago.0.9 
 10. Opoku, ADT T.0.9 


EBA: Regular Season Last Round - by Mariano Galindo
After the last round, Aurteneche Maquinaria, Ventanas Arsan Estela, Marin Peixegalego (Group A), Tenerife, Real Madrid, Torrejon (Group B), Santfeliuenc, Vic, Cornella (Group C), ABP, Turismo Merida, Etiquetas Macho-Moron (Group D) and Platja de Palma, Festival LAlfas and Alcazar, besides the best fourth team of one of this Groups will play from 14th and 15th of May until 5th of June the play offs with one challenge to get: win one of the four places to be in the 2011/12 in LEB Silver.

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  TUNISIA   


ESS and SN to the Final... - by Sergei Krasavtsev
In case of victory, the duo will officially to the group title. Expected something...

The days pass quickly, we are at the 4th round of the play-off. The ESR and EZS free, it's the turn of the ESS, JSK, SN and CA take action. The deal is simple: ESS and SN lead the waltz respectively in groups A and B.
They both have a point ahead of EZS and ESR. These are JSK and CA up the rear.
As you can see, this gives it to the advantage of SN and the ESS directly to spin semi finals. If they win today, Stars and Nabeulien will qualify to the semi finals. It is a matter of time. This is not a scoop, JSK and CA? They have only their courage to attempt a surprise. Unlikely when you see the ease with which the SN and the ESS to earn their opponents.
All we can hope for is a race for the second qualifying spot, in semi final. In fact, it's between and EZS JSK, on ​​the one hand, and the ESR and CA, on the other. The Zahrois Radésiens and have a slight edge, both having favor with all the tips they have won against their direct competitors to go. It'll be hard to JSK and CA tonight. They know that the two Tunisian basketball heavyweights are not ready to make concessions.



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  TURKEY   


TBL Round 29: Fenerbahce Ulker wins eight straight game and defeats Mersin BSB at home with 83-79 - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team started their last but one regular season game excellent with Emir Preldzic repeatedly finding baskets from behind the three points line. Mersin BSB duo Anthony Grundy and Alex Sacales responded with scores from under the basket, but after that had troubles with stopping Oguz Savas's jump shots. After 5 minutes, Fenerbahce Ulker was superior 12-7, but after a number of free throws by Nedim Yucel, the guest team pulled ahead for the first time in the match: 12-13. Ulker responded quickly with a number of effective attacks by Emir Preldzic and finished the first period with 19-16 ahead.

Fenerbahce Ulker started the second period with repeated baskets by Sean May. Mersin BSB forward Nedim Yucel took the score to 23-24, gaving his team the lead for the second time. Three point scores of the Ulker duo Sarunas Jasikevicius and Kerem Hotic were overpowered by Mersin with a number of scores by Mutlu Demir and Anthony Grundy. Also thanks to Nestoras Kommatos's superior rebounding, the visiting team extended their lead to 34-43. A 3-point basket by Kerem Hotic finally ended the silence of the home team, but after mutual baskets Mersin Buyuksehir Belediye went to the locker room ahead with 40-45.

Mersin BSB player Nedim Yucel and Fenerbahce Ulker's Roko Ukic kicked off the third period with their mutual baskets. Roko Ukic continued, joined by Darjus Lavrinovic, together lowering the point difference to 1 (50-51). Mersin's Anthony Grundy responded, but after that his team could not prevent a pair of 3-point baskets by Erbil Eroglu. With 25 minutes on the clock, Fenerbahce Ulker had the upper hand again (56-55). The stuggle continued with mutual baskets, the last one by Ulker, ending the third period with a 65-62 advantage.

The final period started with Anthony Grundy's basket for the visiting team, but Sarunas Jasikevicius and Oguz Savas of Fenerbahce Ulker made sure the point advantage wasnt lost. After 33 minutes, Ulker was ahead with a 6-point difference of 71-65. Mersin BSB's duo Nedim Yucel and Alex Sacales brought their team back in the running again, entering the last 3 minutes of the match trailing just three points, 76-73. The next efforts of the visiting team by Vincent Grier were immediately answered by Ulker, securing a 83-79 victory and the eight straight win in a row.



TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basak.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Anderson, Basak.21.9 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld20.7 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.4 
 4. Johnson, Vestel19.6 
 5. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 6. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 7. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 8. Dearman, Hacett.17.5 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Boddicker, Selcuk16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason KEEP
  Adanaspor
  (208-C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Keep, Adanaspor12.8 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.3 
 4. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 7. Johnson, Vestel9.9 
 8. Kolaric, Genc Banv.9.8 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 10. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.8 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 7. Erdogan, Adanaspor4.8 
 8. Anderson, Basak.4.8 
 9. Kavut, Optimum TED4.5 
 10. Ay, Final Genclik4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basak.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Anderson, Basak.2.8 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.5 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banv.2.3 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 5. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 6. Delicay, Gaziantep1.8 
 7. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 8. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 9. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 10. Terzioglu, Gelisim1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 2. Anderson, Basak.1.8 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.6 
 4. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 6. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.5 
 7. Smith, Usak1.4 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 9. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 
 10. Sanli, Darussafaka1.3 


TB2L, Top 4: First games - by Eurobasket News
Top Four stage in TB2L started last night. Genc Banvit and Selcuk managed to beat their rivals for 1-0 record. Second games are scheduled for today. Kepez will host Genc Banvit, while Kepez will take on Hacettepe as a guest.



Genc Banvit - Hacettepe Univ. 62-60
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-7. But Hacettepe Univ. won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Genc Banvit dominated on the defensive end, holding Hacettepe Univ. to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Hacettepe Univ. 47-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Hacettepe Univ. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) stepped up and scored 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) scored 12 points. Hacettepe Univ.'s coach Alp Bayramoglu rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Genc Banvit: E.Cinko 22+6reb+3ast, M.Kolaric 15+7reb+1ast, M.Turkyilmaz 9+9reb+2ast, T.Altunbey 5+8reb+1ast, U.Gurgen 5+10reb+5ast, A.Canititiz 4+2reb
Hacettepe Univ.: J.Dearman 26+9reb+2ast, C.Erdeniz 12+2reb+1ast, G.Orcun Tunca 8+6reb, O.Adiguzel 8+1reb+2ast, C.Ozcan 3+2reb+1ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 2+4reb


gschID: 127374


Selcuk Univ. - Kepez Bld 92-89
Kepez Bld was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Selcuk Universitesi, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Kepez Bld 33-21 including 19 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Selcuk Universitesi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Kepez Bld was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Cihat Sahin (203-83) nailed 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas, agency: EM-PA) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Selcuk Universitesi's coach Altar Tunckol used entire bench in such tough game. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and naturalized Serbian power forward Mesut Ademoglu (207-82, college: NW Nazarene) added 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for Kepez Bld in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: C.Sahin 20+4reb+1ast, B.Boddicker 16+5reb+1ast, M.Kabakci 12+6reb+1ast, A.Ozdemir 12+4reb, C.Senturk 10+5reb+1ast, F.Aydemir 9
Kepez Bld: M.Hall 24+6reb+9ast, M.Ademoglu 21+1reb+1ast, C.Amasyali 15+1reb+5ast, G.Karamahmut 13+1reb, A.Ozurganci 10+3reb+3ast, U.Durmus 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 127375




Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 26-3 
 2. Galatasaray 22-7 
 3. Banvit 22-7 
 4. Efes Pilsen 21-8 
 5. Karsiyaka 20-9 
 6. Besiktas 18-11 
 7. Olin Edirne 17-12 
 8. Antalya 13-16 
 9. Turk Telekom 12-17 
 10. Tofas 12-17 
 11. Trabzonspor 10-19 
 12. Erdemir 10-19 
 13. Mersin 10-19 
 14. Aliaga 9-20 
 15. Bornova 7-22 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-26 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzons.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzon.22.8 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga20.2 
 3. Henderson, Antalya20.1 
 4. Buckman, Antalya19.2 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka18.9 
 6. Seibutis, Olin Edi.18.7 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Scales, Mersin17.3 
 9. Mays, Oyak Renault17.0 
 10. Barbour, Erdemir16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.2 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.3 
 3. Buckman, Antalya9.4 
 4. Wesson, Turk T.9.3 
 5. Samardjiski, Olin9.1 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault9.0 
 7. Hall, Erdemir8.4 
 8. Ffriend, Bornova8.3 
 9. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.0 
 10. Smith, Bornova7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.1 
 2. Conroy, Oyak R.5.9 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka5.8 
 4. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 5. Chatman, Besiktas5.2 
 6. Henderson, Antalya5.1 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.6 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.4 
 9. Seibutis, Olin Edi.4.1 
 10. Akin, Olin Edirne4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Aliaga
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renau.2.1 
 5. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 6. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Smith, Karsiyaka1.8 
 9. Grundy, Mersin1.8 
 10. Chatman, Besiktas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Oyak Renault
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Allen, Oyak Renault1.8 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 3. Samardjiski, Olin1.7 
 4. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 5. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 6. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 8. Mays, Oyak Renault1.0 
 9. Simpsons, Turk T.0.9 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 


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Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 23-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 15-6 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 11-8 
 4. Dynamo DN 11-12 
 5. Aviastar 11-13 
 6. Kremen-KNU 7-16 
 7. Pulsar 6-17 
 8. Vinnitsky Zubry 5-16 
Places 9-13
 1. Koksokh-Stal 9-4 
 2. KTU Krivyi Rih 8-2 
 3. Striba 7-7 
 4. Sportlitsey 7-7 
 5. Ternopil 0-11 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.1 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.2 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.6 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla6.6 
 10. Owens, Azovmash6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.5 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Harris, Fe.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.8 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


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Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastle23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle21.1 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 5. Blount, Leices.20.3 
 6. Smith, Newcastle20.2 
 7. Gilbert, Worcester20.0 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Zabas, Plymouth19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.2 
 2. Durant, Worthing9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth8.9 
 5. Williams, Sheffi.8.6 
 6. Greer, Cheshire.8.5 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.8.5 
 8. Cricelli, Worcester8.2 
 9. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.1 
 10. Dobbins, Worcester7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.1 
 2. Blount, Leices.5.2 
 3. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.6 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.5 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth4.5 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Jackson, Newcastle4.3 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
 10. Marks, Plymouth3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.2 
 3. Jackson, Newcastle2.1 
 4. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 5. Bell, Cheshire Jets1.9 
 6. Prezzie-Blue, Wort.1.8 
 7. Gill, MK Lions1.8 
 8. Livas, Glasgow1.8 
 9. Moore, Newcastle1.8 
 10. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastle
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastle2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Toney, Liverpoo.0.9 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth0.7 
 10. Woodfork, Worthing0.6 


Tigers Wrap Up Terrific Treble - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers extracted sweet revenge for their BBL Cup loss earlier this year against One Health Sharks Sheffield as they successfully defended their BBL Play-Off Final trophy to wrap up a magnificent BBL treble with a 79-74 success at the National Indoor Arena.

While the score-line didnt always reflect it, Tigers looked comfortable from tip to buzzer and rarely needed to get out of second gear against a Sharks side who laboured for long periods and looked a pale shadow of the team that had destroyed their opponent on the same floor during January.

Tigers were led by MVP (Most Valuable Player) James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) who equalled the BBL Play-Off record with five three pointers from seven attempts and a sparkling double-double by Tafari Toney who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The win was made even sweeter for Tigers with injured captain Andrew Sullivan returning to action having previously thought his season had been ended by injury while there was double delight for coach Tony Garbelotto who picked up his Molten BBL Coach of the Year award having described the BBL Cup Final loss on his last visit to Birmingham as the worst day of his coaching career.

After the game, Garbelotto was thrilled and paying tribute to a fantastic team performance.

How can you even pick out any of my players after a performance like this? James (Jones) was MVP but Tafari (Toney) produced an MVP performance too.

I can go down the list of all my players and tell you just how important their contributions have been.

We have so much resilience and I am just so proud at our achievement of winning a treble in this way because it was against an unbelievably great and talented team.

I have a special group of guys and just want to shout as loud as possible can about my senior players but also the junior players in the team too.

Its been a season that will live with me for a very long time and while it has been a roller-coaster in many ways, its also been one of the best experiences of my life coaching this team.

BBL Play-Off Final 2011
Mersey Tigers 79 (23,42,54) (Toney 19,Jones 17,Reinking 12)
One Health Sharks Sheffield 74 (17,35,48) (Patton 24,Williams 17, Tuck 14)

Mersey Tigers prepared to defend their play-off title having received a couple of huge psychological boosts ahead of tip-off in addition to the motive of revenge in light of their BBL Cup capitulation against Sharks during January. Not only did play-caller Tony Garbelotto pick up his Molten BBL Coach of the Year Award, he was also able to wax lyrical about the miracle recovery of Drew Sullivan who had previously been ruled out for the season but was back on the bench and soon to make a return to action.

Sullivan certainly wasnt needed during the early exchanges with Jamal Williams carrying the fight to the Sharks as he scored five early points to help Tigers into an early 7-2 advantage. Things got even better midway through the first quarter when David Aliu nonchalantly drained a three-pointer from the corner to stretch the lead out to seven points, a margin that was maintained at 15-8 after a dunk by the ever impressive Andy Thomson.

That caused Atiba Lyons to call a time-out in a bid to stop Tigers streaking away. When the teams returned to the floor, Sullivan stepped out to complete his return and dished off to Great Britain team-mate Nate Reinking who completed an and-1 play. Tigers went 9 ahead with a minute of the opening period remaining thanks to a deep James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) three-ball but heading into the second quarter, Sharks had cut the gap to 23-17.

Their good work continued as they moved to within two points in double quick time only to be punished when they subsequently left the deadly Jones wide open in the corner and he kept Tigers ticking over with a trademark triple.

Minutes later he fired-up from outside once more and while Sharks were getting joy inside offensively mainly through Williams, their lax perimeter defence was proving costly as they fell 34-25 behind after yet another trey, this time from Andrew Thomson.

Thankfully for Sharks, Ryan Patton replied in kind down the other end after a time-out but they just couldnt get over the hump and with two minutes until the interval they still trailed by seven and that was the margin as they headed for the locker room, 42-35 behind.

There was little between both teams in a tight and low scoring third quarter with Sharks continuing to lack their usual offensive fluidity and unable to get anything going from three-point range to make life more difficult for Tigers. With 90 seconds left, a three by Lawson made it a 9 point gap but Mike Tuck buried a triple of his own to help Sharks hang tough heading into the last ten minutes 54-48 down.

Their task was then made more difficult when playmaker Steve Dagostino picked up a fourth foul inside 30 seconds of the restart before Nate Reinking opened up a double-digit lead which was then expanded by yet another three by the deadly Jones.

Not surprisingly, Atiba Lyons called a time out to try and fire-up his team before their chances ebbed away completely. Tigers briefly conspired to hand Sharks a glimpse after a Thomson unsportsmanlike foul and then a technical foul on Sullivan resulted in the deficit being reduced to five points.

However the Tigers safely saw out the game with an explosively energetic and memorable high flying dunk by Tafari Toney a real highlight and perfectly epitomising the difference between the two teams on the day.

As did the flurry of three-pointers made by Ryan Patton during the dying seconds -very much a matter of too little far too late for Sharks.

With Jones making five of seven from outside to grab the MVP award, Toney grabbed a super double-double but it was a real team performance by Tigers.

Patton led Sharks with 24 points but it was Paul Williams who impressed most with an efficient 17 points and 7 rebounds.




England U16 Boys learn valuable lessons in Varese - by Eurobasket News
The England U16 Boys returned from the Nothern Italy city of Varese with more losses than wins at the 7th annual U17 Memoria Graziano Barila Basketball Tournament, but with renewed purpose to continue their improvement.

Coach Simon Fisher stated: 'The squad learnt some harsh lessons about International basketball over the seven days, experiencing highs and lows along the journey, but most importantly learning the lessons for the future challenges ahead. The tournament was superb, in my experience it is probably one of the best preparation tournaments I have been to. I have been involved in international tournaments with other National teams which were excellent, but for developing the education of the players on and off the court this tournament was the best simulation of summer European competition I have seen. The standard of the teams, the organisational aspects and the attention to detail were condusive to a high quality learning environment. It was a pleasure for all of the England staff to be involved.'

Coach Fisher's report on each game is below:

Varese 52-51 England: England started the tournament against the host team in a classic match-up. The game was always close, with the local spectators (around 300) creating an atmosphere that was inspiring the local players. England had a 5 point advantage with 5 minutes to play, but a Varese surge coupled with England conceding too many turnovers (19 travels in the game) meant England were down four with 30 seconds to play. Back to back threes from Sam Round and Tyrell Isaacs led to England being one up with three seconds to play. An unsportmanlike foul on the out of bounds gave the local captain a chance to win the game - which he duly took.

Irte Busto 63-84 England: England responded well from the night before. After a slow start, England's defence managed to control the penetration game of the Italians. Offensively the team started to develop a balanced attack, with the inside presence of Kingsley Okoroh & Luke Attfield causing problems.

Virtus Siena 70-58 England: England fought hard against the highly rated Italians, defensively causing them problems with their intensity. The extra quality of the Italian national team U18 players in the Virtus team kept them in front, however England did stay within 6 points for the first 3 quarters. The last quarter was an excellent lesson from Siena in controlling the tempo and ensuring the game suited them - taking the shots that they wanted. England had opportunities to make a surge, but they could never take full advantage.

Robur de Fires 81-79 England: England suffered heartbreak after a running buzzer-beater condemed them to the middle eight play-offs (best possible position 9th). England had played positive basketball breaking the locals' zone, through good ball movement and shooting, however the local fans again helped the Varese based club to respond to create another close finish. A series of tough calls left England ruing the missed opportunities as the last second score created uproar in the stadium.

Torino 51-49 England: were defensively excellent in this low scoring affair, but their poor shooting percentage kept the game close. England again led for most of the game, but could never shake off a persistent and well drilled Torino outfit. The final quarter see-sawed with the lead changing a few times before Torino made a couple of key scores to close out the game. England had their chances, but shooting less than 50% from the free-throw line was a key statistic in the outcome in this low scoring game.

Pesaro 48-74 England: England were desperate to prove that their basketball deserved greater results. With this in mind England had renewed vigour on Kingsley Okoroh's 16th birthday. Kingsley lead from the front dominating the glass and was the key in a 31-9 first quarter that set the tone. England finally 'clicked' at both ends of the floor, turning defence into offence, and showing signs of players starting to read the defences and each other. The players then kept the opposition at bay to restore some confidence with a deserved win.

Gorgonzola 55-87 England: The final game of the tournament for the English was against the team from Milan. England showed the confidence had carried over from the day before. Even though both teams were tired, the standard of play was good, with the focus on decsion making when the body & mind are tired. The team ethic of the England team was shown as the depth of the squad allowed me to keep relatively fresh players on the court, to wear down the Gorgonzola players.

England eventually finished 13th, with Virtus Siena beating Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia) in the tournament final. The other U16 National Team in the event was Hungary, who finished 16th - England will be seeing them in the summer as they are also participating in the FIBA Europe U16 European Championship, B Division tournament in Sturmica, Macedonia.

Coach Fisher commented: 'The players have responded excellently in all ways in Varese. The games were tough for us all, taking some hard knocks along the way, but to respond both in results and performance is a credit to this group of players. The Italian U17 club teams were all very good. I believe the extra competition has inspired us all to improve, as players, coaches but most importantly as a team. The players were successful in getting many compliments from the basketball scouts, coaches and spectators - with strong possibilities of a return invite for future years. The success of the trip is also down to the staff that have accompanied me on his trip, thanks has to go to the assistant coaches Karl Brown & Sean Reed, team manager Emily Clarke, physio Mike Anderson, and coaching assistant Nick Drane.'
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro 6th round - by Hector Lopez
Tabare took the lead for the first time with 4 minutes to play, defeating Urunday Universitario 78-74, with 21 points and 7 rebounds by Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles). Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) added other 21 points for the winner. For Urunday Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) netted 16 ppoints and grabbed 11 rebounds. Other results:
Atenas 81 - Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) 19 points 17 rebounds and 2 blocks
Capitol 75 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 20 points 13 rebounds 2 blocks
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Goes 70 - Gonzalo Caneiro (181-G-71) 20 points, Federico Haller (198-F-88) 12 points 14 rebounds 4 blocks
25 de Agosto 62 - Fernando Lozano (186-G-81) 20 points
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Women News

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  BOSNIA - Women  


Mladi Krajisnik, The champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Senad Sadikovic
Womens basketball team Mladi Krajisnik from Banja Luka became the new champion of Bosnia and Herzegowina, after the Zeljeznicar player won aganinst Celik 73:69 in the last, sixth, round of League 3 for the BiH champion, tonight in Sarajevo.
Celik needed victory in Sarajevo to become champion, but the team from Zenica couldn't reach the goal, althoug they already won against 'Zeljo' twice this season.

With this result of the last round the new champion of BiH became the team Mladi Krajisnik from Banja Luka, who was free in this round. Zeljeznicar has no chance to get the title this year, as they got it last year.

Result of the sixth round:
Zeljeznicar - Celik 73:69

The team Mladi Krajisnik was free.



Standings - Women
D1 Standings
League 3
 1. Mladi Krajisnik 3-1 
 2. Celik 2-2 
 3. Zeljeznicar 1-3 
Places 4-11
 1. Igman 12-6 
 2. Jedinstvo 11-7 
 3. Sloboda 10-8 
 4. Tomislav 9-9 
 5. Banovici 7-11 
 6. Borac ML-IEFK 5-13 
 7. Rudar 3-15 
 8. Trebinje 0-18 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Poinconnet hosts four International teams - by Eurobasket News
Poinconnet hosted four International teams as all U16 teams played with each other.
France U16 outscored Holland U16 75:48 in the start of the campaign. France started with 21-9 in the opening quarter and added 11-9 to take 32-18 halftime advantage. France also won the third period 19-13 and the last quarter 20-17. Aby Gaye (194-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Clementine Morateur (170-G-95) and Elenga scored 10 points each.
In Day 2 France U16 overcame Italy U16 76:65. French side dominated the game and rightfully won the battle. Marangoni resisted with 13 points for the Italian side and Ercoli scored 9.
In Day 3 Spain U16 triumphed in the tournament after the win over France U16 69:60. France started with 18-13 and looked better in the first period. Spain replied with 14-5 in the second frame due to the better defense and then won the game in the second half. Romero led the way with 19 points and Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) scored 14. Pena ended up with 10 points in the winning effort.



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  GERMANY - Women  


2.Bundesliga Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
North
Osnabruck - Rotenburg/Sch 63-49

Osnabruck leveled their series versus Rotenburg. Stefanie Grigoleit (186-F-89) tallied 17 points and 16 rebounds to pace Osnabruck to a comfortable home win in Game 2. Jasmine Byrd (173-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 15 points for the winners. The Panthers used a 24:8 run in the third term to clear off for good in this one. Erika Bobo (173-G-84, college: N.Texas) responded with 9 points for Rotenburg.
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South
Bamberg - Leimen 57-54

Bamberg won South Conference sweeping the title series versus Leimen. Bamberg celebrated the victory in the second straight game tonight. Jessie Miller (173-G-88, college: Ill.-Chicago) notched 18 points to lead the hosts. Johnette Walker (173-G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Radford) added 15 points for Bamberg as they managed to eke out a tough win in the final seconds. Lenka Hertel (169-G-84) and Katherine Kelley (186-F, college: Hartford) answered with 11 points each. Kelley also contributed 13 rebounds for Leimen.
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  HOLLAND - Women  


The Dutch team enjoyed the victory over Italy - by Eurobasket News
The Dutch U16 team enjoyed the victory over Italy at the Torneo di Le Poinconnet. France U16 outscored Holland U16 75:48 in the start of the campaign. France started with 21-9 in the opening quarter and added 11-9 to take 32-18 halftime advantage. France also won the third period 19-13 and the last quarter 20-17. Aby Gaye (194-C-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Clementine Morateur (170-G-95) and Elenga scored 10 points each.
In Day 2 Spain U16 beat Holland U16 79:51. The latter opened the game with 22-19 in the first period, but the score was tied at the halftime. Spain needed 20-17 in the third quarter to tie it all at 49:49 after 20 minutes. The second half completely belonged to the Spanish team that won first the third period 15-3 and then finished with 25-9 in the last quarter. Arrojo top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Navarro netted 11. Romero posted 10, whilst Pujol notched 8.
In the last game of the tournament Holland U16 beat Italy U16 62:55. Djedjemel paced the Italian side with 8 points and Mosetti as well as Cassani had 7 each.



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Italy U16 finishes Torneo di Le Poinconnet - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 rolled over Italy U16 in the start of the Torneo di Le Poinconnet 88:36. Spain started strong and reached 42:9 at the halftime. Spain added 19-14 in the third period and then finished the game with 27-13 in the last quarter. Arrojo stepped up with 19 points for the winners, while Marina Lizarazu (175-G-95) and Leticia Romero (173-G-95) netted 12 points each. Djedjemel responded with 9 points in the losing effort, while Ercoli and Misto had 5 apiece.
In Day 2 France U16 overcame Italy U16 76:65. French side dominated the game and rightfully won the battle. Marangoni resisted with 13 points for the Italian side and Ercoli scored 9.
In the last game of the tournament Holland U16 beat Italy U16 62:55. Djedjemel paced the Italian side with 8 points and Mosetti as well as Cassani had 7 each.




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Cameo HICKS
  Comense
  (178-G/F-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Hicks, Comense15.0 
 2. Antibe, Basket P.15.0 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.13.8 
 4. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli13.6 
 6. Mazzante, Pozzuoli13.5 
 7. Cirov, Priolo13.4 
 8. Ervin, Faenza13.2 
 9. Macchi, Familia Sc.13.0 
 10. Willis, Lucca12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Faenza
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ervin, Faenza10.8 
 2. Gidden, Vomero NA10.1 
 3. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.9.7 
 4. Willis, Lucca9.2 
 5. Walker, Pozzuoli8.9 
 6. McCarville, Famili.8.4 
 7. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.8.0 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Rey.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.1 
 2. Andrade, Lucca3.2 
 3. Cohen, Familia Sch.3.0 
 4. Sottana, Umana R.2.8 
 5. Zara, Umbertide2.6 
 6. Wambe, Taranto2.5 
 7. Soli, Lucca2.4 
 8. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.4 
 9. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 10. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.5 
 2. Ohlde, Umana Reyer4.2 
 3. Kostaki, Umana R.3.9 
 4. Eric, Priolo3.8 
 5. Sottana, Umana R.3.7 
 6. Willis, Lucca3.6 
 7. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 8. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 9. Ballardini, Umbert.3.5 
 10. Gidden, Vomero NA3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra UJHELYI
  Bracco G.
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.1.0 
 2. Godin, Taranto0.9 
 3. Zherzherunov., Fae.0.9 
 4. Sowinski, Comense0.7 
 5. Antibe, Basket P.0.7 
 6. McCarville, Famili.0.7 
 7. Ogorodnikova, Uman.0.6 
 8. Drljaca, Umbertide0.5 
 9. Aziz, Basket Parma0.5 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Rey.0.5 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Racing
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 32
 1. Evans, Racing32.0 
 2. Bingham, Amicale29.2 
 3. Geehan, AB Contern25.1 
 4. Spencer, Heffingen24.2 
 5. Fisher, Musel Pikes24.0 
 6. Fitz, Basket Esch23.8 
 7. Underwood, Resid.22.0 
 8. Donovan, Etzella21.8 
 9. Walton, Black Star21.7 
 10. Barnes, T71 D.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Racing
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Evans, Racing18.4 
 2. Fitz, Basket Esch15.5 
 3. Bingham, Amicale14.6 
 4. Geehan, AB Contern14.6 
 5. Spencer, Heffingen12.9 
 6. Walton, Black Star12.4 
 7. Underwood, Resid.12.4 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes12.2 
 9. Barnes, T71 D.11.0 
 10. Donovan, Etzella9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Andrea HARIS
  Basket Esch
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Haris, Basket Esch4.1 
 2. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.6 
 3. Donovan, Etzella3.4 
 4. Bingham, Amicale3.1 
 5. Evans, Racing3.0 
 6. Meintz, Amicale2.8 
 7. Petrova, Black Star2.8 
 8. Kugener, T71 D.2.7 
 9. Van Dyck, Amicale2.6 
 10. Hinger, AB Contern2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Cathy SCHMIT
  Musel Pikes
  (169-G-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Schmit, Musel Pikes3.4 
 2. Underwood, Resid.3.1 
 3. Geehan, AB Contern3.1 
 4. Petrova, Black Star3.0 
 5. Evans, Racing2.8 
 6. Wagener, T71 D.2.8 
 7. Fisher, Musel Pikes2.8 
 8. Meynadier, Musel P.2.3 
 9. Bingham, Amicale2.2 
 10. Bach, Residence2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephanie GEEHAN
  AB Contern
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Geehan, AB Contern2.3 
 2. Bingham, Amicale1.5 
 3. Mazjoukhina, Musel1.4 
 4. Fitz, Basket Esch1.4 
 5. Hetto, Heffingen1.3 
 6. Bertrand, Musel P.1.0 
 7. Evans, Racing0.8 
 8. Spencer, Heffingen0.8 
 9. Barnes, T71 D.0.7 
 10. Walton, Black Star0.6 


T71 signs head coach Jacques Sitz for another season! - by John Thomas
Jacques Sitz, the head coach for T71 women, led his team this season to win the cup Championship of Luxembourg. Sitz signs to coach for his 4th seson in Dudelange next year 2011-12. T71, with Sitz at the helm, won the DBBL Women's Championship in 2009! Sitz was the head coach for Musel Pikes for several years where he had tremendous success, building that program from the bottom up making them a real Luxembourg basketball powerhouse. The 41 year old, Erny Gruskovnjak is currently the head coach for Musel Pikes and its looking like they will win the DBBL title 2011!!!



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U16 wins Torneo di Le Poinconnet - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 rolled over Italy U16 in the start of the Torneo di Le Poinconnet 88:36. Spain started strong and reached 42:9 at the halftime. Spain added 19-14 in the third period and then finished the game with 27-13 in the last quarter. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) stepped up with 19 points for the winners, while Lizarazu and Leticia Romero (173-G-95) netted 12 points each. Djedjemel responded with 9 points in the losing effort, while Ercoli and Misto had 5 apiece.
In Day 2 Spain U16 beat Holland U16 79:51. The latter opened the game with 22-19 in the first period, but the score was tied at the halftime. Spain needed 20-17 in the third quarter to tie it all at 49:49 after 20 minutes. The second half completely belonged to the Spanish team that won first the third period 15-3 and then finished with 25-9 in the last quarter. Maria Arrojo top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Navarro netted 11. Leticia Romero posted 10, whilst Pujol notched 8.
In Day 3 Spain U16 triumphed in the tournament after the win over France U16 69:60. France started with 18-13 and looked better in the first period. Spain replied with 14-5 in the second frame due to the better defense and then won the game in the second half. Leticia Romero led the way with 19 points and Maria Arrojo scored 14. Pena ended up with 10 points in the winning effort.



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Tim-Scuf 8-0 
 2. Kozachka 8-2 
 3. Dynamo 6-2 
 4. Frankivsk 4-3 
 5. Dnipro-DVUFK 4-4 
 6. Yuzhna Palmira 4-5 
 7. Donbas 3-5 
 8. Orlan 3-7 
 9. Politeh Basket 2-6 
 10. Luganski Last. 0-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.21.3 
 2. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.19.2 
 3. Maznichenko, Tim-S.19.0 
 4. Rastorgueva, Donb.18.8 
 5. Markotenko, Frank.18.4 
 6. Zarytska, Kozachka17.9 
 7. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.5 
 8. Rimarenko, Dynamo17.5 
 9. Ragin, Dynamo16.0 
 10. Alyoshkina, Orlan16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragana VUKOVIC
  Yuzhna P.
  (190-C-78)
  Avg: 11
 1. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.11.0 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan11.0 
 3. Zarytska, Kozachka10.4 
 4. Ragin, Dynamo10.2 
 5. Rimarenko, Dynamo10.0 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.8 
 7. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.9.8 
 8. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.8.8 
 9. Suzyk, Frankivsk8.8 
 10. Dubas, Frankivsk8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.5.3 
 2. Williams, Dnipr.5.0 
 3. Dubas, Frankivsk5.0 
 4. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.7 
 5. Lapshynova, Polite.4.6 
 6. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.4.3 
 7. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf4.2 
 8. Panchenk-S., Koza.3.9 
 9. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.9 
 10. Voronova, Polite.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.5.0 
 2. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.3 
 3. Markotenko, Frank.3.2 
 4. Polyanychka, Frank.3.0 
 5. Williams, Dnipr.2.8 
 6. Dubas, Frankivsk2.7 
 7. Bondar, Dynamo2.7 
 8. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.5 
 9. Lubarskaya, Dynamo2.5 
 10. Panchenk-S., Koz.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tetiana SHABLYNSKA
  Polite.
  (191-C-74)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shablynska, Polite.2.2 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan1.8 
 3. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.8 
 4. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.7 
 5. Kisilova, Kozachka1.3 
 6. Berezinets, Tim-S.1.2 
 7. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.2 
 8. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.1.0 
 9. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.1.0 
 10. Annenkova, Donbas1.0 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Hoffman and Clayden added to Standard Life Senior GB Women squad - by Eurobasket News
Following the recent announcement from British Basketball about the Standard Life senior women's team selection for this summer's international action, there have been some necessary alterations to the training camp roster.

Scottish national Mairi Buchan is recovering from a stress fracture in her foot and after undergoing a medical assessment she will not be ready in time to commence camp to join her Standard Life GB teammates this summer. Sarah Naylor has also had to step back from her international duties this year due to a change in her availability.

British Basketball can announce that coming in to complete the final 16 are the experienced figures of Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82, college: Adams St.) and Joanna Clayden (183-G/F-84, college: Auburn) who were both part of the GB squad last year and played in the EuroBasket qualifiers.

Buchan joins the list of casualties alongside Janeya Wade-Fray who is due to undergo knee surgery shortly after rupturing an ACL at practice and Sarah McKay who remains in rehabilitation from her knee operation.

The updated selection of 16 players who will head into camp at Surrey Sports Park on 1 May 2011 is:

Name Home Nation Club/College
Rose Anderson (175-G-88) Scotland University Central Oklahoma, USA
Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) England Palacio De Congresos De Ibiza, Spain
Kate Butters (178-F-86) England UWIC Archers, UK
Stefanie Collins England UWIC Archers, UK
Joanna Clayden England Leeds Carnegie, UK
Stephanie Gandy (178-F-82, college: Michigan) England City of Sheffield Hatters, UK
Chantelle Handy (191-G-87, college: Marshall) England Aris, Thessalonikis, Greece
Meagan Hoffman England UWIC Archers, UK
Jo Leedham England Unattached
Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) England Solna Vikings, Sweden
Yemi Oyefuwa (198-C-89) England University of Maryland, College Park, USA
JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) England Villeneuve D'Ascq, France
Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) England Sydney Flames, Australia
Azania Stewart (193-C-90) England Florida University, USA
Lauren Thomas-Johnson England Gran Canaria, La Caja De Canarias, Spain
Rachel Vanderwal England University of Limerick, Ireland

On Wednesday 18 May 2011, the 16 selected Standard Life GB women will descend on Surrey Sports Park for the start of Game On 2011, the 'British Basketball Invitational Tournament'.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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  USBA - Women  


Final roster of teams set for WUSBA 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (April 30, 2011) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announced today that the final preparation for the 2011 season is complete. Over the next six weeks, the league has all the necessary preparations set to properly conduct a successful basketball season.

WUSBA President and Chief Executive Officer Duane Allen Jenkins issued the following statement:

'Every professional sports league owes its very existence to the fans of their respected community. Everyone associated with the Women's United States Basketball Association has the fans and their community first and foremost on their agenda. We will accomplish all that is necessary to maintain the trust and the loyalty of all our fans. We are truly grateful to be accepted in these great cities and towns.'

'In the beginning, I stated that the WUSBA would assist female basketball players to continue their careers. We have created a system that will bring our league right underneath the WNBA. We plan to utilize former WNBA players as coaches and league staff. We will begin our inaugural season with 16 teams that are united in their dedication to bring top quality basketball to our team cities. The teams, coaches and players will share a common objective and a commitment to our fans' satisfaction; we will work together as community partners with our team cities.'

The following is the final list of teams for the WUSBA 2011 basketball season:

The Piedmont Division consists of the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, the Augusta Raging River, and the Winston Salem Cardinals.

The Appalachian Division houses the the Chattanooga Royal, the Knoxville Reign, the Nashville Thunder and the West Virginia Capitals.

The Atlantic Division has the Richmond Colonials, the Jacksonville Surf, the Savannah Seahawks and the Charleston Cadets

The Southern Division fields the Atlanta Platinum, the Macon Storm, the Birmingham Starz and the Tallahassee Cypress

'We had planned to start with twenty teams to begin with, however we could not lock down arenas in Lexington, Montgomery, Norfolk, and Raleigh just took a direct hit from that devastating tornado, so we go with sixteen teams.'

'We are devoting a feverous pace to complete everything it takes to run a twenty team league in the pursuit of our original goals. Today, I can tell you that our determination remains as strong as ever before. When we made the decision to continue the WUSBA, our goals were to secure the most qualified coaches and players available. This commitment would ensure the success of the WUSBA. This commitment would benefit the city, the towns, the teams, the sponsors, the league and the fans we serve.'

'When I announced the continuation of the WUSBA for 2011, I committed that each WUSBA team would play a full schedule and we would offer viable employment opportunities to the people in our team communities, along with offering secure jobs to our coaches and players. We now have everything in place to complete the upcoming season, the majority of the venues are in the process of being secured; uniforms are ordered, Golden Corral meal cards secured, lodging reserved for the players and coaches and.' 'Regardless of what the naysayers chant, we believe the WUSBA can offer the best in minor league basketball'.

'As I stand before you today, it is my pleasure to announce our march to the opening day of our 2011 basketball season; it is our goal to conduct proper preparation for the season.

Accordingly, I am pleased to announce the final formation of the for mentioned twenty teams that will compete in the 2011 Women's United States Basketball Association basketball season. We will conduct our player acquisition in a manner consistent with major professional women's basketball.'

'We will present a great competitive product that will be entertaining to our fans, our team cities and the profession of basketball as a whole. We are extremely excited about future of our league and our 20 teams. We now have the time to do it right and I stand here today to assure that everything will be ready for our 2011 basketball season.'

'We'll see you, your family and your friends courtside in June 2011.'

'The Women's United States Basketball Association was formed in late March 2010, but the WUSBA concept was originally founded in July 2007. Through the months and years, we have faced a variety of challenges -- some of which seemed insurmountable at the time. The WUSBA will persevere through the tough economic adversities our country has faced and the WUSBA will persevere through this one, as well -- to emerge with a framework for the future, one that everyone will be proud to be associated with -- where our players and coaches have an opportunity to achieve their goals.'