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  ANGUILLA   


AABA 2011 season: Results and upcoming games - by Eurobasket News
Results and upcoming games in AABA 2011 season

Date Home Team Away Team Time Result
Saturday, Mar 19th, 2011 Xmen Hard Knox 7:30 pm 53 - 46
Saturday, Mar 19th, 2011 Hoyas Shottaz 9:00 pm 53 - 54
Sunday, Mar 20th, 2011 Youngsters Game Time 7:30 pm 2 - 0
Sunday, Mar 20th, 2011 Hoyas ALHCS Spartans 9:00 pm 76 - 22
Friday, Mar 25th, 2011 Xmen ALHCS Spartans 7:30 pm 76 - 36
Friday, Mar 25th, 2011 Youngsters Shottaz 9:00 pm 36 - 93
Saturday, Mar 26th, 2011 Xmen Game Time 7:30 pm 82 - 31
Saturday, Mar 26th, 2011 Shottaz Hard Knox 9:00 pm 76 - 53
Sunday, Mar 27th, 2011 ALHCS Spartans Game Time 7:30 pm 57 - 26
Sunday, Mar 27th, 2011 Hoyas Hard Knox 9:00 pm 56 - 42
Friday, Apr 1st, 2011 Shottaz Game Time 7:30 pm 99 - 40
Friday, Apr 1st, 2011 Hoyas Xmen 9:00 pm 73 - 65
Saturday, Apr 2nd, 2011 Shottaz ALHCS Spartans 7:30 pm 84 - 28
Saturday, Apr 2nd, 2011 Youngsters Hard Knox 9:00 pm 60 - 52
Sunday, Apr 3rd, 2011 Game Time Hoyas 7:30 pm 31 - 90
Sunday, Apr 3rd, 2011 Xmen Hard Knox 9:00 pm 69 - 64
Friday, Apr 8th, 2011 Game Time Hard Knox 7:30 pm 38 - 72
Friday, Apr 8th, 2011 Youngsters Hoyas 9:00 pm 46 - 86
Saturday, Apr 9th, 2011 Game Time Xmen 7:30 pm 58 - 64
Saturday, Apr 9th, 2011 Shottaz Youngsters 9:00 pm 59 - 36
Sunday, Apr 10th, 2011 ALHCS Spartans Xmen 7:30 pm 31 - 75
Sunday, Apr 10th, 2011 Hard Knox Shottaz 9:00 pm 51 - 66
Friday, Apr 15th, 2011 ALHCS Spartans Hard Knox 7:30 pm 40 - 62
Friday, Apr 15th, 2011 Xmen Youngsters 9:00 pm 63 - 59
Saturday, Apr 16th, 2011 Hard Knox Hoyas 7:30 pm 51 - 71
Sunday, Apr 17th, 2011 Youngsters ALHCS Spartans 7:30 pm 55 - 53
Sunday, Apr 17th, 2011 Hoyas Game Time 9:00 pm 80 - 28
Friday, Apr 29th, 2011 ALHCS Spartans Hoyas 7:30 pm 35 - 88
Friday, Apr 29th, 2011 Youngsters Xmen 9:00 pm 57 - 62
Saturday, Apr 30th, 2011 ALHCS Spartans Shottaz 7:30 pm 33 - 73
Saturday, Apr 30th, 2011 Game Time Youngsters 9:00 pm 45 - 58
Sunday, May 1st, 2011 Hard Knox Game Time 7:30 pm 2 - 0
Sunday, May 1st, 2011 Xmen Hoyas 9:00 pm 69 - 66
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 Xmen Shottaz 8:00 pm 68 - 75
Friday, May 6th, 2011 Hard Knox Youngsters 7:30 pm 69 - 60
Friday, May 6th, 2011 Shottaz Xmen 9:00 pm 88 - 59
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 Game Time ALHCS Spartans 7:30 pm 27 - 44
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 Hoyas Youngsters 9:00 pm 86 - 48
Sunday, May 8th, 2011 Game Time Shottaz 7:30 pm 0 - 2
Sunday, May 8th, 2011 Hard Knox ALHCS Spartans 9:00 pm 64 - 43
Friday, May 13th, 2011 ALHCS Spartans Youngsters 7:30 pm
Friday, May 13th, 2011 Shottaz Hoyas 9:00 pm

REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS (May 10, 2011)
Rank Team Wins Losses Win%
1 Shottaz 11 0 1.000
2 Hoyas 9 2 0.818
3 Xmen 9 3 0.750
4 Hard Knox 5 7 0.417
5 Youngsters 4 7 0.364
6 ALHCS Spartans 2 9 0.182
7 Game Time 0 12 0.000

Courtesy of www.anguillabasketball.com


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Charles makes steady progress with Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Experienced small forward Marlon 'Buju' Charles (186-G-76) said he is making steady progress with his new team Baba Trucking JSC Hawks in the Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Associations (ABBA) First Division.

Citing a lack of support by his team-mates, Charles surprisingly left reigning champions Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) Warriors in February to join the Hawks.

He has been instrumental in helping the Hawks to currently the second best record in the league.

They presently have an unblemished record a perfect 6-0 start to the season.

Charles, who is a resident of Clare Hall, said he is adjusting well to his community team which is currently one of three unbeaten sides in the 13-team round robin competition.

I am feeling good even though I am yet to gel 100 per cent with those guys I just started playing with. I left Clare Hall for about 12 years, and now coming back, it will take a little time. But I am improving game by game. We are unbeatable so far, Charles said.

There are three unbeaten team so far. They are West Five, JSC Flyers of Clare Hall and the JSC Hawks.

Charles has also been a regular member of the senior national team, The Wadadli Bulldogs, for the past several years.

He was named this week in a 24-member training squad to begin preparations for this years Caribbean Basketball Confederation tournament to be held in The Bahamas this summer.

Charles said he is anticipating training with Bulldogs since he will get some much needed practice to sharpen his skills which will improve his game for JSC Hawks.

He said that Hawks have been forced to hold reduced practice sessions at JSC Sports Complex since the venue is being used nightly by ABBA to stage games in the national competitions.

The national team will be training from Monday coming so I know I will be getting back to peak form on my game, Charles said.

Hawks have only been able to train in the mornings for about one hour because the court at JSC is used by other teams for practice and the association games are also played there every night of the week.

Charles had represented Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) Warriors in all 10 years of the teams existence.

After announcing his decision to leave the Warriors, the rest of the players decided they will retire the team and have since joined other sides in the ABABA domestic programme.

During the 10-year period, Charles became the teams star player leading the ABDF Warriors to one Third Division crown, a Second Division championship and five First Division titles, including a three-peat reign.

Courtesy of www.antiguaobserver.com


ABBA: Results and upcoming games - by Eurobasket News
Results and upcoming games in ABBA



Teams Date Location Time Status

Babas Trucking Hawks Vs Akimo Rockersville 2011-03-26 JSC 8:30 pm Babas Trucking Hawks 69 - Akimo Rockersville 54
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs Yogi Worriors 2011-03-26 JSC 7:00 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 69 - Yogi Worriors 42
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Coast Outlaws Vs Blizzard 2011-03-27 JSC 8:30 pm Coast Outlaws 80 - Blizzard 58
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DC Diamond Stars Vs Newfield Tapers 2011-03-27 JSC 7:00 pm DC Diamond Stars 74 - Newfield Tapers 60
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Big Banana Express Vs Hankook Flyers 2011-03-31 JSC 8:30 pm Big Banana Express 66 - Hankook Flyers 74
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Roots Vs Max Fernandez Gunners 2011-03-31 JSC 7:00 pm Roots 78 - Max Fernandez Gunners 66
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Scrobos West Five Vs Yogi Worriors 2011-04-01 JSC 7:00 pm Scrobos West Five 79 - Yogi Worriors 59
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Coast Outlaws Vs Akimo Rockersville 2011-04-01 JSC 8:30 pm Coast Outlaws 63 - Akimo Rockersville 76
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs DC Diamond Stars 2011-04-02 JSC 7:00 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 87 - DC Diamond Stars 59
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Newfield Tapers Vs Blizzard 2011-04-03 JSC 7:00 pm Newfield Tapers 76 - Blizzard 59
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs Blizzard 2011-04-07 JSC 8:30 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 58 - Blizzard 34
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Max Fernandez Gunners Vs Scrobos West Five 2011-04-07 JSC 7:00 pm Max Fernandez Gunners 30 - Scrobos West Five 109
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Newfield Tapers Vs Coast Outlaws 2011-04-08 JSC 7:00 pm Newfield Tapers 61 - Coast Outlaws 83
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Roots Vs Hankook Flyers 2011-04-08 JSC 8:30 pm Roots 70 - Hankook Flyers 84
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Big Banana Express Vs Yogi Worriors 2011-04-09 JSC 8:30 pm Big Banana Express 77 - Yogi Worriors 62
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Babas Trucking Hawks Vs DC Diamond Stars 2011-04-09 JSC 7:00 pm Babas Trucking Hawks 70 - DC Diamond Stars 60
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs Scrobos West Five 2011-04-10 JSC 8:30 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 63 - Scrobos West Five 67
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Coast Outlaws Vs Max Fernandez Gunners 2011-04-10 JSC 7:00 pm Coast Outlaws 107 - Max Fernandez Gunners 66
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs Max Fernandez Gunners 2011-04-14 JSC 6:30 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 111 - Max Fernandez Gunners 75
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Babas Trucking Hawks Vs Roots 2011-04-14 JSC 8:15 pm Babas Trucking Hawks 86 - Roots 66
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Scrobos West Five Vs Blizzard 2011-04-15 JSC 8:15 pm Scrobos West Five 105 - Blizzard 39
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DC Diamond Stars Vs Akimo Rockersville 2011-04-15 JSC 6:45 pm DC Diamond Stars 82 - Akimo Rockersville 74
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Max Fernandez Gunners Vs Newfield Tapers 2011-04-16 JSC 6:45 pm Max Fernandez Gunners 57 - Newfield Tapers 70
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Big Banana Express Vs Babas Trucking Hawks 2011-04-16 JSC 8:15 pm Big Banana Express 57 - Babas Trucking Hawks 84
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Hankook Flyers Vs Blizzard 2011-04-17 JSC 8:15 pm Hankook Flyers 68 - Blizzard 61
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Blizzard Vs Akimo Rockersville 2011-04-21 JSC 6:45 pm Blizzard 77 - Akimo Rockersville 94
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Big Banana Express Vs Roots 2011-04-21 JSC 8:15 pm Big Banana Express 79 - Roots 65
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs Newfield Tapers 2011-04-23 JSC 8:15 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 83 - Newfield Tapers 48
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Babas Trucking Hawks Vs Coast Outlaws 2011-04-24 JSC 8:15 pm Babas Trucking Hawks 85 - Coast Outlaws 79
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Scrobos West Five Vs Roots 2011-04-24 JSC 6:45 pm Scrobos West Five 111 - Roots 62
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Akimo Rockersville Vs Newfield Tapers 2011-04-28 JSC 6:45 pm Akimo Rockersville 70 - Newfield Tapers 77
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DC Diamond Stars Vs Big Banana Express 2011-04-28 JSC 8:15 pm DC Diamond Stars 73 - Big Banana Express 68
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Yogi Worriors Vs Blizzard 2011-04-29 JSC 6:45 pm Yogi Worriors 88 - Blizzard 64
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Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves Vs Coast Outlaws 2011-04-29 JSC 8:15 pm Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 80 - Coast Outlaws 73
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Hankook Flyers Vs Newfield Tapers 2011-04-30 JSC 8:15 pm Hankook Flyers 82 - Newfield Tapers 68
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Scrobos West Five Vs DC Diamond Stars 2011-05-01 JSC 8:15 pm Scrobos West Five 112 - DC Diamond Stars 69
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Yogi Worriors Vs Akimo Rockersville 2011-05-01 JSC 6:45 pm Yogi Worriors 81 - Akimo Rockersville 80
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Coast Outlaws Vs Yogi Worriors 2011-05-05 JSC 6:45 pm Coast Outlaws 85 - Yogi Worriors 43
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Max Fernandez Gunners Vs Big Banana Express 2011-05-05 JSC 8:15 pm Max Fernandez Gunners 72 - Big Banana Express 90
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Scrobos West Five Vs Newfield Tapers 2011-05-06 JSC 8:15 pm Scrobos West Five 82 - Newfield Tapers 62
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DC Diamond Stars Vs Blizzard 2011-05-06 JSC 6:45 pm DC Diamond Stars 90 - Blizzard 72
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Babas Trucking Hawks Vs Max Fernandez Gunners 2011-05-07 JSC 6:45 pm Babas Trucking Hawks 115 - Max Fernandez Gunners 85
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Roots Vs Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 2011-05-07 JSC 8:15 pm Roots 63 - Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 67
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Coast Outlaws Vs DC Diamond Stars 2011-05-08 JSC 6:45 pm Still to play
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Big Banana Express Vs Akimo Rockersville 2011-05-08 JSC 8:15 pm Big Banana Express 90 - Akimo Rockersville 91
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Akimo Rockersville Vs Roots 2011-05-12 JSC 6:45 pm Still to play
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Big Banana Express Vs Coast Outlaws 2011-05-12 JSC 8:15 pm Still to play
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Akimo Rockersville Vs DC Diamond Stars 2011-05-13 JSC 8:15 pm Still to play
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Max Fernandez Gunners Vs Blizzard 2011-05-13 JSC 6:45 pm Still to play
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Big Banana Express Vs Hon Dr. Baldwin Spencer Braves 2011-05-15 JSC 8:15 pm Still to play
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Hankook Flyers Vs Yogi Worriors 2011-05-15 JSC 6:45 pm Still to play
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Courtesy of www.wadadlibasketball.com




Random drug testing for basketball players - by Eurobasket News
Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) will be able to have its players randomly tested for banned substances throughout the 2011 season.

This comes after National Olympic Committee (NOC) President Paul Chet Greene announced Sunday that he will be making available to the association the NOCs resources where random testing for athletes is concerned.

According to Greene, who gave the feature address at the opening of the season held at JSC Sports Complex, substance abuse has become a major fad amongst young people and more so, young athletes which is cause for concern if we, as a nation, are serious about producing athletes who are world beaters.

The NOC wishes to place at the service of the National Basketball Association testing services at random throughout the season to ensure that basketball remains a clean corner where drugs is concerned, he said.

The testing, according to Greene, will be a random process where the players numbers are placed in a bag and the numbers drawn will indicate the player or players tested.

The former commissioner of sports added also that the NOC has identified basketball as the team sport in the country that will benefit from the IOC Team Sport Support Grant.

The NOC is allowed to identify one team sport for the grant that will assist financially with development programmes and preparation funds amongst other needs.

As president of the NOC, I am pleased to announce that where the IOC gives us permission or opportunity to select one team sport for financing and developmental inputs, we have been working with your association and basketball is that one team sport that will benefit from the IOC and the NOCs input, Greene said.

For the record, I want to be very clear, lest it be said that football was left out, football is not considered because the international football federation pumps so much monies into the sport locally, that the IOC has decided that football in no country around the world will benefit from this initiative.

The basketball season opened on Sunday with a march past and ceremony at JSC Sports Complex with 30 plus teams taking part in the event. Matches in the various competitions are expected to tip off this weekend.

Courtesy of www.antiguaobserver.com


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San Martin add Ariel Pau for the rest of the TNA finals - by Facundo Iatzky
After the first game of the finals, Franco Balbi injured one of his fingers. It made that managers and coaches of san martin look for a replacement very quickly. finally Ariel Pau (186-G-84) is the chosen one to replace the point guard. Ariel comes from La union Formosa in liga A where he averaged 10,7 points in 50 games reaching the quarterfinals. He is expected to make the debut in the second game tonight.

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Junior basketball vital for growth of the sport - by Eurobasket News
Sustainability, both on and off the court.

Derrick Garrett, the recently-appointed President of the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association (BABA), wants to see this for his sport across all levels, from the primary schools right back up to the senior team.

He was speaking to the Barbados Advocate during yesterdays opening ceremony of the 2011 Co-Operators General Insurance Junior Basketball Competition at the Wildey Gymnasium.

The first order of the day is to bring some order back to the association in terms of the structure, the finances and the development of game, he said.

Certainly during my tenure there will be a heavy emphasis on youth basketball. In the coming months, starting with this tournament, we will be proactively trying to develop the game at the junior level. It is critical for the advancement of the sport.

Garrett, who took up his post in mid-February, described himself as a hands-on administrator. He also said he felt it was his responsibility to enhance the national profile of the sport.

Im quite a hands on person in terms of running the sport and Im thinking about four to five years down the line right now, he said.

I want to see basketball self-sufficient in terms of its finances and I also want to develop the sport to the level of where we can win the CARICOM Championships.

On the court, the new basketball chief was of the opinion that a new dispensation was needed within the national setup.

Im not entirely pleased with what Im seeing right now. When I watched the Under-19 tournament last year, we certainly have a lot of work to do.

But we have to work on the talent that we have available. We need to groom a group of players that are able to get scholarships overseas in an effort to help our national team when they return. These up and coming guys will certainly be a feature in our national squads in the future. If we start these players at an early age, when they reach the senior level, they will be fully developed in terms of playing basketball and understanding the game.

Speaking of development, Garrett said his association - in conjunction with the National Sports Council (NSC) wanted to implement a primary schools-based program within a two year period.

This is something that is definitely on the cards, he said.

Im looking at it over a two year period and it is something that we will work closely with the NSC on. We also currently have an ongoing Mini League which takes place on Saturdays with both the NSC and the BABA. We are going to merge those programs very soon but Im really looking forward to a national primary school tournament. Even if we dont have all the schools participate, we want to have at least a couple and even a combined-schools element.

A sometimes overlooked aspect of the sport was the role of coaches. Garrett said this would change under his watch.

This is another area we need to develop. We had a Level 1 coaching clinic last year and we had 14 coaches coming out of that. We are expecting to have a Level 2 programme in October of this year and once we continue to develop the level of coaching, the level of the game will improve with it and hopefully the sport will become sustainable both on and off the court.

As for the Junior Schools tournament, 13 schools will be taking part in the Under-16 competition. They are Alexandra, Christ Church Foundation, Combermere (defending champions), Ellerslie, Garrison Secondary, Harrison College, Lester Vaughn, Lodge School, Parkinson, Queens College, St. Leonards Boys, St. Lucy Secondary, St. Michael School.

In the opening match of the tournament yesterday, Foundation romped to a convincing 69-50 victory over St. Leonards Boys School.

Courtesy of www.barbadosadvocate.com


Season 2011: Intermediate and third division results - by Eurobasket News
Season 2011: Intermediate and third division results

Date Home Team Score Away Team Div / Comp
L 07 Apr 11 06:30 PM CHECKER HALL BRAVES 66 - 52 (P1 16-14) ROYALS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 07 Apr 11 06:30 PM SENATORS 61 - 46 (P1 21-9) EDGE CLIFF SPIKES THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 07 Apr 11 06:30 PM STATION HILL CAVALIERS 63 - 37 (P1 13-9) MELROSE THUNDER THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 07 Apr 11 08:00 PM JACKSONS 60 - 61 (P1 16-16) GRAZETTES NETS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 07 Apr 11 08:00 PM PATRIOTS 50 - 53 (P1 14-17) DC UNITED VOLLYBALLERS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 09 Apr 11 05:00 PM BELFIELD BALLERS 34 - 72 (P1 8-11) LAKERS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 09 Apr 11 06:30 PM GARRISON CHARGERS 93 - 47 (P1 16-5) BAYLAND BASKETBALL ACADEMY THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 09 Apr 11 06:30 PM POLICE SPORTS CLUB 39 - 51 (P1 7-16) PINELANDS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 09 Apr 11 08:00 PM CLAPHAM BULLS 56 - 54 (P1 15-12) COUGARS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 09 Apr 11 08:00 PM NEWBURY 54 - 59 (P1 19-19) CHALLENGERS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 10 Apr 11 05:00 PM CLAPHAM BULLS 49 - 83 (P1 18-18) ST. JOHNS SONICS INTERMEDIATE
L 10 Apr 11 06:30 PM CHALLENGERS 47 - 45 (P1 8-11) WARRIORS INTERMEDIATE
L 10 Apr 11 06:30 PM COMBINED SCHOOLS TRIDENTS 80 - 77 (P1 18-21) POLICE SPORTS CLUB INTERMEDIATE
L 10 Apr 11 08:00 PM CHURCH VILLAGE SPARTANS 60 - 64 (P1 11-23) STATION HILL CAVALIERS INTERMEDIATE
L 10 Apr 11 08:00 PM COMBINED FAITH 57 - 49 (P1 14-15) ROYALS INTERMEDIATE
L 11 Apr 11 06:30 PM MAYHILL 48 - 43 (P1 21-9) NEWBURY INTERMEDIATE
L 11 Apr 11 08:00 PM MARKET HILL BALLERS 56 - 67 (P1 12-14) PATRIOTS INTERMEDIATE
L 12 Apr 11 06:30 PM STATION HILL CAVALIERS 61 - 55 (P1 20-14) ROYALS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 12 Apr 11 08:00 PM GARRISON CHARGERS 64 - 43 (P1 23-8) NEWBURY THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 12 Apr 11 08:00 PM PATRIOTS 48 - 42 (P1 13-14) MELROSE THUNDER THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 13 Apr 11 06:30 PM PATRIOTS 68 - 41 (P1 11-17) COMBINED SCHOOLS TRIDENTS INTERMEDIATE
L 13 Apr 11 06:30 PM WARRIORS 61 - 53 (P1 16-14) MAYHILL INTERMEDIATE
L 13 Apr 11 08:00 PM POLICE SPORTS CLUB 55 - 37 (P1 14-7) COMBINED FAITH INTERMEDIATE
L 13 Apr 11 08:00 PM ROYALS 65 - 56 (P1 14-11) CLAPHAM BULLS INTERMEDIATE
L 13 Apr 11 08:00 PM STATION HILL CAVALIERS 70 - 63 (P1 16-19) CHALLENGERS INTERMEDIATE
L 14 Apr 11 06:30 PM COUGARS 52 - 41 (P1 18-13) BAYLAND BASKETBALL ACADEMY THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 14 Apr 11 08:00 PM EDGE CLIFF SPIKES 56 - 69 (P1 20-13) PINELANDS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 14 Apr 11 08:00 PM POLICE SPORTS CLUB 72 - 81 (P1 20-22) CLAPHAM BULLS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 16 Apr 11 06:30 PM CLAPHAM BULLS 78 - 51 (P1 24-9) EDGE CLIFF SPIKES THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 16 Apr 11 06:30 PM DC UNITED VOLLYBALLERS 37 - 46 (P1 7-20) GRAZETTES NETS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 16 Apr 11 08:00 PM BELFIELD BALLERS 50 - 46 (P1 16-13) CHECKER HALL BRAVES THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 16 Apr 11 08:00 PM STATION HILL CAVALIERS 74 - 46 (P1 17-9) PATRIOTS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 17 Apr 11 05:00 PM COMBINED SCHOOLS TRIDENTS 54 - 50 NEWBURY INTERMEDIATE
L 17 Apr 11 06:30 PM COMBINED FAITH 64 - 65 (AET, P1 12-16) PATRIOTS INTERMEDIATE
L 17 Apr 11 08:00 PM JACKSONS 2 - 20 ROYALS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 17 Apr 11 08:00 PM STATION HILL CAVALIERS 50 - 49 (P1 18-7) WARRIORS INTERMEDIATE
L 18 Apr 11 06:30 PM MARKET HILL BALLERS 53 - 46 (P1 12-8) MAYHILL INTERMEDIATE
L 18 Apr 11 08:00 PM CLAPHAM BULLS 2 - 20 POLICE SPORTS CLUB INTERMEDIATE
L 19 Apr 11 06:30 PM BAYLAND BASKETBALL ACADEMY 45 - 38 (P1 6-8) POLICE SPORTS CLUB THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 19 Apr 11 06:30 PM SENATORS 2 - 20 NEWBURY THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 19 Apr 11 08:00 PM GARRISON CHARGERS 20 - 2 COUGARS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 19 Apr 11 08:00 PM PINELANDS 56 - 46 (P1 18-12) CHALLENGERS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 20 Apr 11 07:00 PM PATRIOTS 67 - 59 (P1 18-11) CLAPHAM BULLS INTERMEDIATE
L 21 Apr 11 06:30 PM CHECKER HALL BRAVES 54 - 38 (P1 6-7) DC UNITED VOLLYBALLERS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 21 Apr 11 06:30 PM GRAZETTES NETS 54 - 37 MELROSE THUNDER THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 21 Apr 11 06:30 PM NEWBURY 41 - 42 (P1 18-12) PINELANDS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 21 Apr 11 08:00 PM JACKSONS 2 - 20 STATION HILL CAVALIERS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 21 Apr 11 08:00 PM LAKERS 47 - 35 PATRIOTS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 21 Apr 11 08:00 PM ROYALS 20 - 15 BELFIELD BALLERS THIRD DIVISION NORTH
L 23 Apr 11 05:30 PM COMBINED FAITH 20 - 13 MAYHILL INTERMEDIATE
L 23 Apr 11 06:30 PM CLAPHAM BULLS 72 - 54 (P1 16-11) NEWBURY INTERMEDIATE
L 23 Apr 11 07:00 PM ST. JOHNS SONICS 41 - 44 WARRIORS INTERMEDIATE
L 23 Apr 11 08:00 PM CHALLENGERS 79 - 90 (P1 18-23) CLAPHAM BULLS THIRD DIVISION SOUTH
L 23 Apr 11 08:30 PM STATION HILL CAVALIERS 57 - 45 ROYALS INTERMEDIATE
L 24 Apr 11 06:30 PM COMBINED SCHOOLS TRIDENTS 59 - 67 (P1 18-22) MARKET HILL BALLERS INTERMEDIATE
L 24 Apr 11 08:00 PM CHURCH VILLAGE SPARTANS 52 - 60 (P1 12-9) PATRIOTS INTERMEDIATE


Barbados may miss basketball tourney - by Eurobasket News
The Bahamas seems capable of hosting a regional championship after all.

Whether Barbados is able to go is another matter.

The former two-time regional basketball champs could be in danger of missing their first ever senior Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) after it was revealed it will cost $90 000 to send both teams.

Barbados Amateur Basketball Association president Derrick Garrett disclosed the figure a week after learning of the tournaments host site.

At this present moment based on our current finances we wouldnt be able to do so, said Garrett of Barbados ability to attend the championships.

Were hoping that we can gain both the assistance of the BOA and the National Sports Council plus we will embark on fund-raising activities to try to cover the cost.

In the absence of not raising the funds, which are estimated at $90 000, then the likelihood exists that we will not be able to go.

Last week, Caribbean Basketball Confederation secretary general Sabrina Mitchell confirmed The Bahamas as the host of both the mens and womens championships, which are slated for July 25 to August 5.

This after The Bahamas had already pulled out of staging the CARIFTA Games earlier this year despite confirming their position to hold the regional track and field meet since last year.

But CBC vice-president of technical operations, Glyne Clarke, seems assured of The Bahamas commitment after speaking to both the president of The Bahamas Basketball Federation and the countrys minister of sports last month.

I would say I am 90 to 95 per cent certain that they will host the championships, stated Clarke.

Things can always happen to throw a spanner in the works but I am fairly confident that Bahamas will bring it off.

But theres no such certainty surrounding Barbados attendance, or the identity of the coaches if they do.

Garrett revealed that his executive was currently open to receiving applications for both posts, even though the council was not openly against returning women's national coach Barry Rock and his men's counterpart Adrian Craigwell.

Part of our mandate is that we are not selecting coaches for tours, said Garrett, who hinted as such in his address at the opening ceremony.

Were looking for a comprehensive review of our programme that will see us having continuous national training instead of having us assemble a team three weeks before a tournament.

If Craigwell is not returned it will be the fourth time in as many tours that basketball has changed its mens national head coach since Nigel Lloyds successful stint at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Since then, the perennial title contenders have stumbled to a fifth and two successive sixth-placed finishes at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 regional mens tournaments.

We cannot expect success when we assemble a team three to four months before a competition, said Garrett.

[But] it is imperative that Barbados participates in the Caribbean Championships to be eligible to move forward in the four-year cycle.

Garretts executive has until April 18 to pay a non-refundable US$1 010 per team to the Caribbean Basketball Confederation to confirm its participation in the tournament.

The BABA reported a debt of just over $30 000 at its last annual general meeting on February 5, where Garrett was elected president.

Courtesy of www.nationnews.com


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  BELIZE   


Spartans cap perfect U-17 season with championship! - by Eurobasket News
The Foreshore Spartans are the DBA U17 Tournament Champions. The BTL sponsored tournament concluded this weekend with the Foreshore Spartans defeating Harlem 56-50 in the finals. The victory marked the teams 8th consecutive win of the season. The first time these teams met back on March 5th, both were unbeaten and the game was billed as the game of the season. After climbing to a 12 point lead in the third quarter, Harlem pressed their way back into the game, behind Egbert Martinezs 24-point performance, only to loose by 2. This final game followed a similar pattern, with Foreshore being the aggressor early pushing a five point half time lead to double figures by mid-third quarter. Harlem proved their resilience once again battling back to bring the lead down to three with under 2 minutes to go in the game. This was after losing point guard Brandon Castillo late in the third quarter after he fouled out. Castillo had a miserable outing only netting 5 points, 2 assists to go with his 5 fouls that sidelined him for the rest of the game. Harlems best hope, Egbert Martinez, finished with 15 points to lead his team, but missed 11 free throws, after going 12-14 on the line in the previous encounter. Both teams struggled from the line but the difference was Foreshore struggled early while Harlem struggled in the fourth quarter when it really mattered as the game was reduced to a free throw shooting contest late. For the Spartans, eventual tourney MVP, Trevon Mitchell had a big double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead his team in both categories. The Spartans maintained balance as usual with 3 players other than Mitchell also scoring in double figures. Darren Levy and Lucien Hasbun had 11 each while Hubert Usher finished with 10. The Spartans like their U15 counterparts, the Junior Spartans, now look forward to taking on the Punta Gorda teams on Saturday, April 9 in the Southern Regional finals to earn a spot in the National finals to be held in Orange Walk in the up-coming weeks.

BTL-BBF U-17 Basketball Results Championship Finals

Foreshore Spartans 56 Harlem 50



Notable Performers:

Foreshore Spartans

Trevon Mitchell 15pts, 14rebs

Darren Levy 11pts, 4rebs, 3asts

Hubert Usher 10pts, 4rebs

Harlem

Egbert Martinez 15pts, 2rebs, 3stls

Dominique Nicholas 10pts, 6rebs

Shai Peters 9pts, 7rebs, 2stls




The following awards were issued following the championship game;


U17

MVP Trevon Mitchell, Foreshore Spartans

Top Scorer Hubert Usher, Foreshore Spartans

Most Rebounds Jordan Walters, Foreshore Spartans

Most Assists Trevon Mitchell, Foreshore Spartans

U15

MVP Lesley Williams, Junior Spartans

Top Scorer Darnae Garcia, New Site Young-gunners

Most Rebounds Darnae Garcia, New Site Young-gunners

Most Assists Lesley Williams, Junior Spartans

Congratulations to the winners and all participants in the tournament.

Courtesy of http://bbfbelize.org





Basketball Federation explains why it wont take part in regional games - by Eurobasket News
The Belize Basketball Federation announced on Tuesday a decision to forgo the upcoming COCABA games. Its a major decision for basketball and a blow for many fans, especially after team Belize put off a stellar performance at the previous COCABA Championships in August 2009 in Cancun. The hopes of the nation were on an all time high when the team brought home the silver, losing only to Mexico. The team had another impressive round of wins last year at the Centro Basket Tournament in the Dominican Republic, but they were eliminated when they lost the Puerto Rican powerhouse. So why did the BBF throw in the towel when the team showed so much promise? The federation President, Paul Thompson explained the decision this morning.

Paul Thompson, President, Belize Basketball Federation
This year, there will be four categories of games for COCABA championship. We will be having a COCABA U-17 Championship in Costa Rica in May. The national U-16 team will be participating in Centro Basket Championships in Mxico in June and then we have at the end of this month, the mens COCABA championship. We made the decision that we will refocus our resources and energies toward our younger categories of our national team. This decision is in alignment with our long term plan in developing our younger players who are here in Belize.

Isani Cayetano
One would want to question that decision based on the fact that the mens national team performed so well in august 2009. Why then would this drastic change be needed?

Paul Thompson
Well that crop of players that participated in 2009 were an excellent group of players. We thought that we would make an attempt at going to the Olympics. I believe, we believe, that we made a good run with those guys. We qualified for Centro Basket and we were right there; maybe one game away. Those players, a couple of them, the leaders of that teamparticularly: Milt Palacio and Kenon Jordanfrom before decided that they wouldnt continue if we didnt qualify for the next round. In speaking to Milt earlier this year, he reiterated that and so we decided to refocus. We also did very well with our national U-15 team last year in the COCABA Championships in Guatemala and so we had success with that as well. Another reason is that resources to go to these championships for men is tremendous and at this time we believe that those resources we want to gear towards our younger players.

Isani Cayetano
In terms of the support from the ministry, what has that been like? I know you keep mentioning resources; Im thinking financial and other form of wherewithal. Can you speak with us about the support from the ministry itself?

Paul Thompson
Last year we got good support from the ministry, however, the cost of going to Centro Basket for example was somewhere over two hundred thousand dollars and the source of funding are three areas: from the Government of Belize, from the National Olympic Committee and from private sector. It is a challenging task to do that. Last year, the government supported us fairly well, but not to the amount of two hundred and seventy thousand. So we believe that we will seek governments assistance to gear towards our younger players as you know in these times in Belize, we believe that these resources would have much more impact to develop our players and for us to have something for our players to do for recreation, for them to have some games to play. For example right now we have the Belize Telemedia national U-15 and U-17 tournament that will culminate in Orange Walk Town this weekend. We had over seventy teams from across the country; in each district we had U-15 and U-17 teams. Thats a lot of players; that is a wide range of players; a wide impact we have. We believe that taking this resource and our energies to help our local guys is where we wanna go now.

The B.B.F. will instead focus on the younger athletes who will participate in the under-fourteen through under-seventeen games to be held in Costa Rica in May.

Courtesy of www.channel5belize.com


Rose Classic Basketball Camp bounces to a successful 4th quarter - by Eurobasket News
Two-weeks ago more than two hundred and seventy children and youth from across the city flocked the Birds Isle for the Rose Classic basketball camp. This year saw largest turn-out and for its fifth year it was a huge success. The camp, which kept the youngsters occupied during the Easter Break closed off today, but not without the recognition of some of the citys most talented young ballers. Cleon Hyde, Founder and Organizer of the Rose Classic said that this year the competitive spirit was high amongst the youths.

Devin Daly, MVP-High School Division
This basically makes me put my head up high and be very proud of myself. During these troublesome times I am just trying to keep myself occupied and keep myself out of trouble thats basically the reason why I decided to participate and the mere fact that I love basketball.

Andrea Polanco
You were named Most Valuable Player, did you expect this?

Devin Daly
Well I already knew that my hard work would eventually become my end product yuh know, I definitely didnt expect it but its a good gesture. Definitely, currently am, presently am on the Belize Under Seventeen National team and in the future Id like to continue playing basketball.

Andre Vasquez, Scholar Athlete Award
Well I neva really have nothing fuh duh fuh Easter so I just decide fi come play.

Andrea Polanco
So how was the two week experience for you?

Andre Vasquez
It was a fun experience and getting to know everybody else.

Andrea Polanco
You enjoy playing basketball?

Tevaun Lennan, MVP-Biddie Division
Yes Maam.

Andrea Polanco
So these past two weeks in the Rose Classic what was it like for you?

Tevaun Lennan
Good.

Andrea Polanco
Suh you dah wah good basketball player?

Tevaun Lennan
Yes maam.

Andrea Polanco
Wat mek you decide fi be ah part ah dis Rose Classic?

Tevaun Lennan
I neva play een it last year dats why I come fi come play eena it dis year.

Cleon Hyde, Founder & Organizer: Rose Classic
One of the main, yuh nuh the highlight was the amount of the kids that participated this year was much more than I anticipated. It was yuh nuh, the word of mouth got out and so the kids were very in tuned, they ready for it they heard about it from friends who participated years ago. It was fun. We started a new division which was the 9-11 years old, that was fun to see the little guys running up and the down the court, umm they were excited, you see the little crying when they lost.

So whats next for Rose Classic 2012? Well, Hyde said the youth can expect more. He will go back to the drawing board and devise a plan to accommodate more participants next year.

Courtesy of www.channel5belize.com


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  BERMUDAS   


Tejour gets exposure at Hoop Mountain Camp - by Eurobasket News
Te'Jour Riley received the following evaluation at the Hoop Mountain Showcase in Pennsylvania.

Te'Jour Riley #61 2011 6'5 G/F Metro Prep Toronto, ONT: Possibly the most talented player at this event. Did everything: scored, attacked, defended, flew over people. Could be a major steal at the Low to Mid D1 or High D2 level.

The evaluations were prepared by HOOP MOUNTAIN, the sponsor of the Showcase. Hoop Mountain National Exposure Basketball Camps and Recruiting Showcases were recently rated #1 in the country when combining college Exposure, competition and Instruction by a number of major basketball scouting services. For more than 20 years, Hoop Mountain Basketball Camps and Recruiting Showcases have given basketball players an opportunity to improve their skills, play against top competition from all over the country and the world and be seen by hundreds of College Basketball Coaches and Basketball Scouting Services.

Courtesy of www.bermudabasketball.org


Premiere Basketball League pushed back - by Eurobasket News
We know that all of you have been looking forward to the Premier Basketball League (PBL) kicking off. The Executive team has been actively trying to get things off the ground, but it has proved to be challenging. Our VP of League Operations, John Lee, states, 'We had to make some hard decisions due to the economic climate and gym availability... We have decided to postone the PBL until September, where it will run until December before Christmas break.' This does not mean that there will be no basketball until September. Instead we will be putting into place a league with a similar format as the summer league. We hope to have a date for an information session in early May to outline our newest plans with regard to league play.

Courtesy of www.bermudabasketball.org


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  BOLIVIA   


Bolivia NC basketball court resurfacing - by Eurobasket News
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Courtesy of www.tenlist.com


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  CANADA   


Rainmen ready to say where theyll play - by Eurobasket News
The league the Halifax Rainmen are going to play next season will be announced later this week.

A press conference has been called for Thursday morning at the Halifax Metro Centre. A media release issued yesterday says Rainmen President and CEO Andre Levingston, along with Saint John Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy and Quebec Kebs President Conrad Bernier, will announce which league the Canadian teams will join for 2011-2012 at the press conference.

This group had been hoping to launch a new Canadian minor professional basketball league and targeted Thursday for a decision on whether it will move forward.

The Rainmen, Mill Rats and Kebs all dropped out of the Premier Basketball League last month.
Levingston and Mill Rats president McCarthy visited London, Ont., recently and have met with representatives from a number of other cities.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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  CBL   


Florida Flight drop season opener to Gainesville Galaxy - by Eurobasket News
The Florida Flight fell to the Gainesville Galaxy 100-90 in overtime, in the season opener for both teams Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The Flight dominated the first half on the defensive end, carrying a 47-37 lead into the locker room.

'We wanted to make a defensive statement immediately,' said Flight Head Coach Mark King. 'Our goal this game was to hold the Galaxy under 100, and we accomplished what we needed to in the first half.'

It was the tale of two halves, as the Flight gave up 50 points in the second half and saw their 10 point lead diminished. The game was tied at 87 with less than 38 seconds remaining. Neither team was able to capitalize on the opportunity to go ahead. Flight guard Jacob Carver missed a long corner three pointer with 7 seconds remaining, and Galaxy guard Brandon Armistead threw up a long floater at the end of regulation that fell hard against the back iron.

The Galaxy outscored the Flight 13-3 in overtime, with the help of an aggressive full-court press that kept the Flight out of sync offensively for the rest of the game.

Returning players Garvin Gordon (6'7''-F-78) and Ernest Jones (5'11''-G-81) paced the Flight with 20 and 18 respectively. Jones narrowly missed a triple double by one assist, adding nine assists, 10 steals and six rebounds in the best statistical night of his professional career.

'It was a bittersweet day for me,' said Jones. 'I played particularly well and we worked hard as a team, but a loss is a loss; and when you lose, individual stats are irrelevant.'

The Flight played without high-profile recruit Mike Dean, who was forced to return to his hometown of Rome, GA after a deadly round of tornados ravaged his hometown. It is unclear whether or not he will rejoin the team.

'When you have a team with seven rookies, you need veterans like Jones and Dean to provide that leadership,' said King. 'Family must always come first, though. We ask that people keep him and his family in their prayers.'

Forward Kene Anusionwu (6'8''-F/C, college: Bethune-Cookman), a recruit from Bethune-Cookman, was also missing from the Flight line-up. Anusionwu is recovering from a bladder infection, and will re-join the team for the 3-game stretch during Memorial Day weekend.

The Flight will host the Heartland Prowl Saturday, May 14 in their season home opener at Avalon Middle School in Avalon Park community of Orlando, their home venue for the 2011 season. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00pm.

Courtesy of CBL


Standings
CBL Standings
 1. Birmingham S. 0-0 
 2. Cary I. 0-0 
 3. Fayetteville C. 0-0 
 4. Florida Flight 0-0 
 5. Gainesville G. 0-0 
 6. Heartland P. 0-0 
 7. Miami Stars 0-0 
 8. Palm Beach T. 0-0 
 9. Savannah W. 0-0 
 10. Wilmington SD 0-0 


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  CHINA   


The Curious Case of Fan Bin - by Arthur Volbert
As I previously reported, Fan Bin was temporarily dismissed as the coach of the Chinese U-19 Team because of what was called a player revolt. He was then reinstated in time for the recent Nike Tournament.

In this alleged revolt, a handwritten letter was submitted to Chinese basketball authorities, co-signed by 13 players, demanding Fan's replacement. There were also 13 red fingerprints, mimicking the 'blood letter' in ancient Chinese history, where a general calls for help by biting his fingers and leaving his blood on the letter to show his desperation. The only players who did not sign the letter were three who were at the time with their CBA teams. Guo Ailun, China's star guard, was reportedly the leader of the effort to remove Fan. Guo is the nephew of Guo Shiqiang, the coach of Liaoning and former head coach of the Chinese National team.

I always thought that this story was curious. This stratagem was far too politically sophisticated for teenage basketball players to have concocted it. Moreover both Guo Ailun and Guo Shiqiang are very much company men and unlikely to participate in any revolt, let alone lead one. So I believe that this was really a maneuver by team management to embarrass Fan in a very Chinese way. Fan was sort of like Bobby Knight at Indiana, both verbally and physically abusive to his players. Management likely felt he was beginning to lose control of the team. But my guess is that, also like Knight, Fan was flushed with success and had become equally disdainful of management. So management decided to take action.

At a CBA press conference, Fan was forced to admit that he was wrong in mistreating his players. He said he just wanted his players to become better players. He said he only hoped to correct some of their bad habits, and improve on their skills and their work ethic. Fan would have never responded in this manner if the uprising was the product of rebellious teenagers.

Fans expressions of contrition show he was aware that his career could be destroyed if he did not admit guilt, a power that teenagers do not have. Fan said he was harsh and stringent as a head coach because of how he used to be treated by his coaches when he was on the Bayi Rockets and on the national team. He said he realized that times are different now, and young players now tend to be less obedient and more open to expressing how they feel. Fan vowed that he will change his coaching methods and wouldnt be as violent and abusive to his players if he could ever be reinstated as head coach of the U19 team. He added that he would not bear grudges toward the young U19 players who schemed to oust him from his post.

When he was later reinstated, Fan agreed to comply with a 14-point guideline, including stern and strict training, regular reviews and communications with players, showing respect to the players, and accepting recommendations from the players, and having regular communications with players' parents. The players also said that they were too extreme in what they had done, and that they regretted writing their petition.

Fan was put under probation until the end of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship, after which another comprehensive reassessment will be held to determine whether Fan has corrected his attitude. I believe that Fans real sin was that he refused the orders of management to change his ways and be somewhat more lenient with his players. He believed that his successes would allow him to defy his superiors. But China is an authoritarian society and he was wrong.



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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner .
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar22.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.4 
 4. Zitko, Trogir20.2 
 5. Zoric, KK.18.3 
 6. Bakovic, Darda17.4 
 7. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 8. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 9. Simon, KK.16.5 
 10. Wright, Cedevita15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  Dubrava
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Saric, Dubrava10.0 
 2. Krolo, Darda8.7 
 3. Brown, Zadar7.4 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.3 
 5. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Ivanov, Zadar6.8 
 7. Zoric, KK.6.8 
 8. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split6.6 
 10. Ridl, Darda6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Karakas, Trogir7.1 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.3 
 3. Car, Zadar4.6 
 4. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 5. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 6. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.4 
 9. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 10. Simon, KK.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Renfroe, KK.2.8 
 2. Car, Zadar2.3 
 3. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 6. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 7. Brown, Zadar1.8 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 9. Puljko, Kvarner1.6 
 10. Petkovic, Svjetlo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK.
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Zoric, KK.1.6 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlo.0.9 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 8. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.7 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 11-1 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 10-3 
 3. Zadar 9-3 
 4. Cibona 6-6 
 5. KK Split 5-8 
 6. Borik 4-8 
 7. Alkar Sinj 4-8 
 8. Zabok 0-11 
Group B
 1. Darda 6-4 
 2. Svjetlost 6-4 
 3. Dubrava 6-4 
 4. Dubrovnik 4-6 
 5. Kvarner 2010 4-6 
 6. Trogir 4-6 


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  CYPRUS   


A unique and original interview with Giorgos Anastasiadis - by Chris Mammides
Eurobasket succeed to interview (first of all the other media, local and itnernational) this season's MVP (Cypriot players) of the Cyprus League, Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77). We have the pleasure to present you the outcome which is really very interesting and there are some parts that no other player or head coach ever said in the past. And here is the outcome:

Eurobasket: George, firstly I want to thank you for the opportunity given to me to have this unique interview with the MVP of the local players. I want to congratulate you once more for a season where basically you won everything, the Cyprus championship, the Cyprus Cup and the MVP title, what is it with you? Do you have the Midas touch and whatever you touch becomes gold?
GA: Thank you very much for your endeavors, for sure you need to have some dose of luck in all the parts of your life and especially for us the athletes (injuries, bad decisions, etc.) but for sure the luck by itself cant do a lot of things you need three elements to be able to survive a) work, hard, b) work hard and c)work harder in order to reach the maximum level, the luck factor is the cherry on a pie.

Eurobasket: You are officially after the end of this championship the most successful Cypriot player of all times and with three different clubs. What do you have to say for this?
GA: It is a great horror for me to say something like that but I do believe that there are more Cypriot players who were able to do the same, so I do not think at this stage that Im the most successful player of all times in the Cyprus Basketball.

Eurobasket: There are many basketball figures in the Cyprus society who claim that its a pity why a player like you never tried to play abroad. Please tell me did you ever receive any offers from a foreign or Greek league?
GA: The truth is that I had some offers from the Greek league 3-4 years ago from A1 teams, but mostly on a theoretical level, teams like Marousi BC through the assistant coach Vangelis Agelou and then the same season from Olympia Larissas, financially though I had the security of my team (Keravnos Strovolou) so I didnt want to risk it as I had no real offer but just discussions and philological interest. I have the feeling that my concerns were correct as 2 years after the one team got bankrupt (Olympia Larissas) and doesnt exist anymore, while Marousi BC is facing huge financial problems since last year. I might act incorrectly but for sure Im not regretting it at all.

Eurobasket: Which title of all you will remember mostly in your career, until today?
GA: Well, all the titles have their own identification the ones I won with Keravnos, the ones I won with APOEL and the ones I won with my current team Etha, but above all I think that I will remember the one I won this season (until the next one.)

Eurobasket: Some behind the scene rumors saying that the previous teams where you have been a part of, meaning Keravnos and APOEL thought that you were finished as a basketball player on a higher level and that is the reason why they split ways with you. What do you have to say for this?
GA: I do not believe that Keravnos though that Im finished, in APOEL maybe they did thought of that, but what goes up must come down, for sure I got really disappointed how a big club like APOEL is managed by its people but of course we have won two championships, so at the end the result is the only thing that counts.

Eurobasket: With which one of your team-mates, all these years, both Cypriots and foreigners have you been close with?
GA: With all of my team-mates I had and have great relations but the people that I consider close to me are Panos Serdaris, Valdas Dabkus and Milan Dozet.

Eurobasket: Name me the best foreigner ever, played in the Cyprus league, according to your opinion?
GA: Well, there are many players which left their footstep in the Cyprus league but I strongly believe that Mike Jones of Apollon Limassol and Digenis Morfou was one of the best players ever played in the Cyprus league! Even though he joins the Cyprus league at a mature age he was a stand out all the years played in the Cyprus league.

Eurobasket: Please tell me which was the best Head coach you ever collaborated with, all these years?
GA: According to my opinion and my experience the best ever Head Coach that I had collaborated with was Vlado Djurovic, I have to admit though that Memos Ioannou helped me a lot at my first season in Keravnos Strovolou. At the same time I totally believe that a number of head coaches who do arrive in the various clubs in Cyprus as Messiahs with no history and not really huge experiences not only they do not offer to the league but they do make it inferior than others.

Eurobasket: Lets assume that with some magical way we could go back 10-12 years. What would have been something to change in your career?
GA: I may do some mistakes from time to time, but not really so crucial, Im quite satisfied with myself and with my decisions in the past. Im not unappreciative person so I strongly vote all of my decisions today, so I wouldnt have change anything.

Eurobasket: What do you believe about the Cyprus Basketball Federation? Do you think that they need to change something or the way it works is successful?
GA: Listen, I dont want to talk for the Federation because if I talk I will be punished and I dont really want to be punished so I will wait until I retire and then we can talk again about the issue.

Eurobasket: What do you think that is keeping back the national team of Cyprus from success?
GA: The Cyprus National Team indeed is not doing very well. There are many reasons for this but the major one is simply due to the fact that the Cypriot players in their clubs do not have any respect from their coaches, they are members of their teams only to help and to be used for some minutes per game, to fill a gap not to be the leaders of their teams. The way that the league is right now, the Cypriot player will become rear specie and will be vanish and the same goes for the Cyprus National team unless foreign players will baptize Cypriots and will play for the Cyprus NT.

Eurobasket: Which Cypriot (s) players do you consider as being the talented players to be standouts in the Cyprus league the years to come?
GA: There are many talents as I have seen them quite more focused this season in Etha and I totally believe that players such as Riginos Kasinopoulos (188-G-92), Christos Panagiotou (195-C-91), Neofytos Handriotis (192-G-91), Dimitris Aristotelous (185-G-94), Nicolas Constantinou (185-G/F-91) and Kostas Papakostas have all the future prospective in front of them and not only for the Cyprus league but also for abroad as they are truly high skilled players and with the right coaching and the hard work they can leave their footstep in the Cyprus Basketball.


Eurobasket: What is generally your opinion for the Cyprus players and their teams who do not trust them but at the same time do trust some second and third class bosman players instead of pushing the local talents?
GA: The Cypriot player can play in the Cyprus league and deserves to play in the Cyprus league, take for instance AEL this season; three Cypriot players took their team by the hand and drove it to two finals. They prove what their value is in the court. As far as the Bosman players concern I totally agree that the majority of them coming in Cyprus are 2nd and 3rd class players and their present only harms the local players and doesnt add anything to the league.

Eurobasket: What do you think that the teams must change in order to succeed?
GA: My opinion is that most of the teams must minimize their budgets concerning the foreign players and give the chance to Cypriot players to play, also, they need to understand that as fewer Cypriot players play basketball, the fewer fans will follow their teams, the Cypriots will bring Cypriots in the court and not the foreigners, especially the unknown second tier foreigners. I mean look at the Greek league lets take the six times EuroLeague awarded team of Panathinaikos Athens, the top tier players consider being Diamantidis, Fotsis, Calathes, Tsartsaris and then in a second phase you can see the Americans and the Serbs of PAO. The tickets are sold due to Fotsis, Kaimakoglou, and Diamantidis and not because of Sato, Tepic and Maric. This is the strongest example that I can give you

Eurobasket: Is there a future in Cyprus Basketball?
GA: I personally cant answer this question today but I might answer it in a couple of years and after my retirement. You know if things will not change dramatically after I will end my career I will never ever step my foot in any court.

Eurobasket: George, today is 33 years old, how many good years do you think you have?
GA: Listen, normally as I had no serious injury in my career I believe that I still have at least two good years to offer my services to Cyprus Basketball.

Eurobasket: Do you have a contract with Etha or you are a Free agent?
GA: My contract with Etha just ended but Im I discussions with the management to renew it for another one season, I believe that we will proceed in a new collaboration very soon.

Eurobasket: How do you see you self after basketball? Are you going to continue serving the sport from another position?
GA: My life after basketball will be very calm, as it is today, with my family, my daughter who is 3 years old and I cant see her a lot due to my basketball duties and I believe after my retirement I will focus in my family. With the basketball as it is today and without ay changes I do not want to have any more relations!
Thanks George, eurobasket.com wishes you all the best.




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Kentucky's Calipari to coach Dominican national team - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky head coach John Calipari will coach the Dominican Republic's national team at this summer's FIBA Americas Championship basketball tournament.

The tourney is a qualifying event for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Calipari, who took the Wildcats to the Final Four this past season, will hold mini camp in Lexington, Kentucky in early August, with the tournament commencing at the end of the month.

Kentucky forward Eloy Vargas is among those invited to mini camp.

'This will be a great learning experience for me to be able to coach against some of the best minds in international basketball,' Calipari explained. 'I know that being in the NBA helped me do a better job of preparing our young men to reach their dreams and this opportunity will do the same.'

Courtesy of www.wgrz.com


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  EGYPT   


Superleague Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Gezira 12-2 
 2. Al Ittihad 11-3 
 3. Zamalek 9-5 
 4. Ahly 9-5 
 5. Shorta-Police 5-8 
 6. Somouha 5-9 
 7. Sporting 3-11 
 8. Gasco 1-12 
Places 9-12
 1. Al Dhan 0-0 
 2. Al-Intaj 0-0 
 3. Geish Army 0-0 
 4. Shams 0-0 


Combined cycle final openers - by Eurobasket News
Egyptian Basketball Premier League 2010/2011 enjoys the Combined cycle final. Six best teams play with each other and had almost three games each. El Gezira won all three games, while El Ettehad El Sakandary won two games with just two played.
On May 6th El Gezira won over Smouha 78:55. The favorites opened the game with 22-15 and added 15-10 in the second frame. On May 7th El Gezira overcame Police 80:73 and last night El Gezira surprised El Ahly 102:90. In that game the latter opened it with 24-23 but the second quarter was decisive in the game. El Gezira needed 28-19 in it to take the lead at the halftime and kept the advantage for good.
El Ettehad El Sakandary meanwhile outscored Police 55:52 in the opener and then beat El Zamalek 70:67. In another games El Ahly rolled over El Zamalek 79:62, while they also edged Smouha 85:64.




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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round 3 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo are step away from the title - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
TTU/Kalev - Rakvere 92-70

TTU/Kalev are EMKL Bronze medalists after they overcame Rakvere in the decider. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. BC Rakvere was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BC Rakvere 49-30 including 19 on the offensive glass. BC Rakvere was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Martin Dorbek (192-91) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Janis Vahter (195-86) added 18 points respectively for BC Rakvere in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 22+14reb+1ast, I.Pilk 16+4reb+2ast, K.Makke 12+5reb, C.Archibald 12+2reb+5ast, V.Kriisa 7+4reb+5ast, M.Klementsov 6+3reb+1ast
Rakvere: J.Vahter 18+4reb+3ast, M.Dorbek 15+8reb+3ast, B.McGee 11+3reb, R.Vaikulis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Viljar 9+3reb, M.Hall 3+3reb
gschID: 128346


FINAL
TU/Rock - Kalev/Cramo 67-77

Kalev/Cramo are step away from the title as they bruised TU/Rock in Tartu. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Joosep Toome (202-85) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international guard Rain Veideman (192-91) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Greek guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) scored 12 points and 6 assists. Five Kalev/Cramo and four TU/Rock players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 13+2reb, M.Dunigan 12+11reb, R.Tamm 11+5reb+2ast, J.Toome 11+8reb+1ast, R.Keerles 11+3reb+1ast, A.Skele 9+1reb+2ast
TU/Rock: R.Veideman 16+5reb+2ast, C.Eziukwu 12+6reb+1ast, S.Sokk 12+3reb+6ast, V.Allingu 11+6reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 6+5reb+1ast, M.Doronin 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 127794




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.9 
 4. Timermanis, Rakve.17.4 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Osby, TT.16.4 
 7. Brown, Va.16.3 
 8. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 10. Vaikulis, Rakvere14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.1 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Osby, TT.10.0 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.2 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.8 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Timermanis, Rakve.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TT.
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.9 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.3.1 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere2.8 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.7 
 8. Winston, Va.2.6 
 9. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 3. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.1.8 
 9. Oja, Va.1.7 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Timermanis, Rakve.0.9 
 8. Brown, Va.0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team 2011
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Dimitris Diamantidis
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Juan Carlos Navarro
Navarro
Fernando San Emeterio
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Mike Batiste
Batiste
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
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Player of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
Guard of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
Forward of the Year: Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Greece
Center of the Year: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi T-A Israel
European Player of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
Import of the Year: Mike Batiste (203-F-77) of Panathinaikos Greece
Defensive Player of the Year: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
Coach of the Year: Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos Greece

1st Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
G: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) of Regal Barca Spain
G/F: Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) of Caja Laboral Spain
F: Mike Batiste (203-77) of Panathinaikos Greece
C: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) of Maccabi T-A Israel

2nd Team
PG: Jeremy Pargo (188-86) of Maccabi T-A Israel
G: Sergio Llull (190-87) of Real Madrid Spain
G: Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82) of Olympiakos Greece
C: Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) of Montepaschi Italy
F/C: Dusko Savanovic (204-83) of Valencia Spain

3rd Team
G: Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) of Caja Laboral Spain
G: Milos Teodosic (195-87) of Olympiakos Greece
F: Mirza Teletovic (206-85) of Caja Laboral Spain
F/G: Chuck Eidson (202-80) of Maccabi T-A Israel
C: Ioannis Bourousis (212-83) of Olympiakos Greece

Honorable Mention
Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiakos Greece
D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of Real Madrid Spain
Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of Real Madrid Spain
Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79) of Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania
Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) of Fener.Ulker Turkey
Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) of Fener.Ulker Turkey
Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82) of Valencia Spain
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Efes Pilsen Turkey
Darius Washington (188-G-85) of Lottomatica Italy
Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja Spain
Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78) of Union Olimpija Slovenia

All-Europeans Team
G: Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
G: Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) of Regal Barca Spain
G/F: Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) of Caja Laboral Spain
C: Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) of Montepaschi Italy
C: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) of Maccabi T-A Israel

All-Imports Team
PG: Jeremy Pargo (188-86) of Maccabi T-A Israel
G: Khalid El-Amin (178-79) of Lietuvos Rytas Lithuania
F: Joel Freeland (208-87) of Unicaja Spain
F: Mike Batiste (203-77) of Panathinaikos Greece
C: D'or Fischer (211-81) of Real Madrid Spain

All-Defensive Team
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos Greece
Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82) of Valencia Spain
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80) of Maccabi T-A Israel
D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of Real Madrid Spain
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Olympiakos Greece



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  FRANCE   


Strasbourg IG suspends Pervis Pasco for fight - by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg IG announced suspension of Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.) for punching in the face veteran Alain Digbeu (195-F-75). The incident happened yesterday morning. Pasco will not travel to Roanne today for the last game of the regular season.
Pervis Pasco joined SIG last summer. He appeared in 28 ProA games so far averaging 8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Strasbourg is currently 11th ranked team in the league with 11-18 record. They have no chance to reach the Playoffs, even if they beat Roanne on the road. Pasco spent last season with Angelico Biella collecting 6.9 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 28 games in SerieA. In EuroCup, he added 78 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 6 games. This season was his first one in France.


Noah makes NBA All-Defensive 2nd team - by Eurobasket News
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had mixed emotions Monday when he learned about the final voting for the NBAs All-Defensive Team.

Bulls center Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) earned a spot on the second team, which was great.

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose received the most votes of any player who did not make the first or second teams, which was impressive.

Bulls forward Luol Deng did not make either the first or second team, which was tough.

The NBAs 30 head coaches voted on the awards but were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.

'That stuff, you never can tell how its going to play out, Thibodeau said after the Bulls practiced Monday at the Berto Center. In my eyes, Luol deserves to be first team. I think Joakim has played well, and Derrick has certainly improved quite a bit, but Luol, to me, is an all-league defender.'

Cold spell: Bulls guard Kyle Korver will try to rebound today from a rocky performance against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Korver went 1 for 8 from the field Sunday, including 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.

'I thought I rushed them just a little bit, Korver said. I was wanting to go out there and hit a couple of shots and get going, and I just rushed it a little bit. I had some good looks.'

Rose told Korver to keep shooting despite his struggles.

Yeah, I tell him that all the time, [and] he tells me that all the time, said Korver, who shot 41.5 percent from three-point range during the regular season. Were always talking like that.

Watch and learn: Hawks forward Josh Smith said part of the reason for his monster performance in Game 4 was because he was trying to emulate what Deng did for the Bulls.

Smith, 25, scored 23 points with 16 rebounds and eight assists in the Hawks 100-88 win Sunday at Philips Arena. He said he took pride in his versatility.

Im just trying to do the things off the [three-point line] that Deng does, Smith said. Hes a great slasher. He plays well off the ball. I wanted to be able to try to do the same thing for my ballclub.

Bulls bits: Bulls guard Keith Bogans twisted his right ankle Sunday but is expected to play today. Hell be fine, Thibodeau said. Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer was held scoreless for the first time in the playoffs Sunday. He has averaged 2.5 points a game in the semifinals.

Courtesy of www.daily-chronicle.com


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  GERMANY   


Marcus Goree (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) You Could Look Into Our Eyes And Know That We Would Win The 2008 Euroleague Final. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) is a 33 year old 201cm power forward from Dallas, Texas playing his second season for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is a typical European league power forward that is very effective in the low post game. He runs very well on the court, can defend well and even press on the perimeter. He has great instincts for the game, and is also a good rebounder and shot blocker. He played at West Virginia from 1996-2000. In 2000-2001, he played for Havre (France-ProA, starting five): 18.6ppg, Reb-5 (9.1), 2.1apg. In 2001-2002, he played for the Opel Skyliners (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 19.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3bpg, 1.0spg. In 2002-2003, he played for Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League, starting five): Adriatic League: 23 games: 13.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 0.8apg; Euroleague: 20 games: 10.0ppg, 5.7rpg; Israeli Premier League: 33 games: 13.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg. In 2003-2004, he played for Gran Canaria (Spain-ACB, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 12,8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2spg; Spanish ACB: 38 games: 17.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, 1.0spg. He played for Benetton Treviso from 2004-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for Moscow (Russia-A Superleague): Euroleague: 25 games: 7.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 56.3%; Russian League: 18 games: 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1 (1.2bpg), 2FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 62.2%. In 2008-2009, he played for Lyubertsy (Russia-A Superleague, starting five): Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 8.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 54.5%; Russian League: 23 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-5 (5.9ppg), FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 68.1%. Last season he played for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 20 games: 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 72.9%. He won the Euroleague with CSKA Moscow in 2008. He spoke with eurobasket about basketball.


How challenging is it playing against Craig Callahan?



He is always on the move. There are not many position 4 players as mobile as him. He is strong in the post, can shoot the three and take you off the dribble.


You are playing your second season in Braunschweig. What was the main reason why you came back?



Braunschweig is a very good organization. They work very professional and my family felt very comfortable in a small city.


Was it difficult adjusting to a smaller city since you have been used to playing in big cities like Moscow and Frankfurt?


My focus is geared to the family. I like to be in a smaller community where we have less time to take to get the kids to the school and get to the stores.



The New Yorker Phantoms reached the BEKO BBL playoffs last season for the first time since 2003. What was the secret to the success?



We played together as one unit and didnt think about individual stats. Everyone was focused on winning.


Is this years team with Tony Skinn, Lamarr Greer and Kyle Visser stronger than last season?


I think that we are a bit stronger than last season. We can defend better and many players can take a lot of weight. Lamarr Greer is important, because he has a lot of experience and just knows how to get the team involved. We are stronger mentally and physically.


How far are The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from being at the same level as a Frankfurt or Berlin?


I think that we are there with them. We have lost a lot of close games and I think that it is always a mental challenge of staying together. We just need some more luck staying together.


On what things does Braunschweig need to improve on?


We can always improve defense and learn to play together more. We are still giving up too many points to teams. If we can keep teams between 70-75 points than we will have better chances to win.


Who has been the most improved player?


Nick Schneiders. He has been great off the bench coming in getting good minutes, rebounds and blocking shots. He gives us a lot of energy.


What is the most important thing that you have learned from coach Sebastian Machowski?


Be patient. He gives guys a chance to perform.



What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get recognized right away?



My knowledge of the game and my experience helping the team know how to win games. I know the best options that we have to take in certain situations.


What is your secret to blocking shots? Is it timing or knowing the individual moves of players?


It is knowing the moves. We all play similar. If you watch the movement to the hole than you should know where the ball is. It is always important that you are up before the ball is up.

What was your childhood like?



It was a difficult childhood , because we were moving around a lot. But I had a big family with many aunts and uncles. We were very close.


Who were your basketball idols?


Shaq, Penny Hardaway and Shawn Kemp.


You played at West Virginia. What was your nicest memory on the court?


Reaching the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16 with a buzzer beater against Cincinnati.


What did you teach Chris Moss from The Deutsche Bank Skyliners at west Virginia?


I taught him to always play tough and use your foot work and remember the individual moves of players.



Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?


Marquis Daniels.

What was your nicest memory in Israel where you played for Macabbi Tel Aviv in 2003 winning two titles?


Israel is not what people think. It is very peaceful and very Americanized.


You played 105 Euroleague games. What do you remember most from the 2008 final where you won the final with CSKA Moscow?



It wasnt so much the final game that I remember but more the team. We knew how to win and even if we were down we always stuck together. You could look in our eyes and know that we would win The 2008 Euroleague final.


What was it like living in Russia when you played for CSKA Moscow?


Moscow was a nice place to live. What people dont realize is that Russian people are very nice. Moscow was like Tel Aviv where everyone knew who you were. It was a good feeling. I had my own driver because you can get lost very quickly in Moscow.


You played together with NBA player David Anderson. Did you know back then that he would reach the NBA?


He is a good player with a soft touch. He can be unstoppable in the low post when he wants to be. I knew that he would eventually go to the NBA. He could of gone sooner, but he wanted to enjoy the European lifestyle a bit more.


Who wins a 1-1 in practice you or Jason Cain?



Experience normally wins.


What were the most free throws that you made in practice?


36


What was your most crazy shot?



In Israel I made a shot from the other teams free throw line?


You have a travel company World Venture. What exactly is this?


I invite people to go on trips to places like Las Vegas, Cancun or New York and I get them good deals. For example people might usually pay $3000$ will only pay $1200 with my company.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



A documentary on Martin Luther King jr.



Thanks Marcus for the chat.







Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.9 
 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. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, ratiopharm14.6 
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. Pleiss, Brose B.7.0 
 7. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 8. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 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.Dragons5.2 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Rochestie, ALBA4.5 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Ross, MBC1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
 9. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 10. Wise, Telekom1.4 
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 Phantoms1.0 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Kashirov, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 


Thorsten Leibenath Is Named Head Coach Of Ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ratiopharm Ulm wasted little time after the departure of Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) naming Thorsten Leibenath as their new coach. The club also announced that John Dieckelman who has coached in Sweden since 1983 will be the assistant coach. This will be the third beko BBL team for Leibenath and ratiopharm Ulm are pleased with their decision. 'Even though we have known him for many years, Thorsten was able to convince us with his knowledge and being able to analyze clearly in our five hour meeting. He is very ambitious that always wants to learn and is focused not only for the team, but the whole concept', stressed Ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll. Leibenath started his coaching career as an assistant for Lich in 1999. He then moved to Giessen where he was an assistant from 2000-2006. He then got a year of training in Scotland where he reached the Britsih BBL final with the Scottish Rocks. He then returned to Giessen to coach the 2007-2008 season. From 2008-2010, he was head coach of the Artland Dragons reaching the Top 16 in international play, but failing to reach the beko BBL playoffs twice on the last day of the season. This season, he was coach of Osnabrueck in the PRO A. He will be joined on the sidelines by American John Dieckelman

Source: Ratiopharm Ulm



EWE Baskets and Art.Dragons tie the Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets and Art.Dragons tie the Quarter-Finals with ALBA and NY Phantoms respectively at 2-2.



EWE Baskets - ALBA 80-79

The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 23-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) added 13 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 15+1reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 13+4reb, I.McElroy 12+5reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 12+1reb, T.Dragicevic 11+1reb, H.Schaffartzik 7+2reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: A.Baynes 17+4reb, L.Bogdanovic 16+4reb+2ast, R.Paulding 13+4reb+5ast, M.Lukauskis 11+6reb+4ast, O.Stevic 9+4reb, E.Gill 7+2reb+6ast


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NY Phantoms - Art.Dragons 75-77

It looked good early as New Yorker Phantoms took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Artland Dragons had a 20-15 second period charge getting the lead and New Yorker Phantoms were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-77. Artland Dragons made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. Forward Robert Kurz (206-85, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. Four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: M.Goree 23+7reb, K.Visser 13+9reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 11+3reb+1ast, J.Cain 10+1reb+1ast, B.Thomas 9+5reb+2ast, U.Duvnjak 6+1reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 27+4ast, B.Bailey 12+1reb+2ast, N.Peavy 11+5reb+1ast, R.Boumtje 6+4reb, R.Kurz 6+8reb+3ast, J.Strasser 6+2reb+1ast
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  GREECE   


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 22-5 
 2. OFI 20-6 
 3. Ermis Perama 19-7 
 4. Doxa Lefkadas 19-8 
 5. Anagennisi 18-9 
 6. MENT 16-11 
 7. Aias Evosmou 16-11 
 8. Doukas 13-13 
 9. Stratoni 13-14 
 10. Aiolos Trik. 12-15 
 11. Diagoras 12-15 
 12. Egaleo 10-17 
 13. Apollon KL 9-17 
 14. Filippos Veroias 7-20 
 15. M.Alexandros 5-22 


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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. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 6. Jones, Albacomp8.7 
 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. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.4 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 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, Albacomp2.8 
 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. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Singletary, FS De.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.1 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-.0.8 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova0.7 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.7 


A Division Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Albacomp - Szolnok 88-67

The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Szolnok managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 46. 24 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) who scored 28 points and 6 assists. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and 4 steals and the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: B.Simon 28+1reb+6ast, A.Hanga 20+5reb+5ast, J.Jones 15+8reb, D.Hollis 12+4reb+1ast, A.Keller 8+9reb, A.Madar 3+1ast
Szolnok: O.Trotter 22+3reb+2ast, M.Fodor 18+1ast, A.Horvath 10+2reb+2ast, M.Bader 9+10reb+1ast, I.Clark 8+4reb+2ast, P.Szabo 0
gschID: 128239




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  IBL   


Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 5-2 
 2. Vancouver V. 3-1 
 3. W.C. Hotshots 3-2 
 4. Olympia R. 2-2 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-1 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-12 
International Division
 1. Albany L. 7-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 6-2 
 3. Oregon W. 3-2 
 4. Gary Splash 3-4 
 5. Edmonton E. 0-0 
Branding Team
 1. Lansing C. 2-1 
 2. Ohio H.G. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix R. 0-0 
 4. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 5. Lake Co. 0-2 


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  INDONESIA   


Former NBA Player Coaching Men Indonesian Basketball Team - by Koko Triloka
JAKARTA, Men's basketball national team that will perform at the SEA Games XXVI in 2011 on November 11 to 22 in Jakarta and Palembang got coaching of former NBA player, Ron Harper. Former Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers are on the first day of their visit to Indonesia in Indonesia Development Camp program (IDC) III in Senayan Trade Center (STC), Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (09/05/2011), directly providing training materials to Faisal Achmad and his teamate.

All national team players who were 18 people on the first day getting training materials ranging from heating, shooting, game system to survive, until the system attacking game. IDC III initiated by the National Basketball League (NBL) and fully supported by the Bakrie Kalila Investment (BKI) will last until Friday (05/12/2011). The training is also supported by the Toronto Raptors assistant coach Eric Hughes.

'This is the first time for us working with NBA players in basketball national training. We hope the opportunity to learn from one of the NBA legend can be put to good use by all players,' said the basketball national team manager's, Bakrie Syailendra, when confirmed.

According to him, before getting out in the SEA Games in 2011, it hoped all players can practice with a maximum due to high target to get the medal should be realized.

With the support of line coach who has been handling Prihantono Amin and his friends, Rastafari Horongbala and two assistant coaches, Fictor Roring and Johanis Winar, all in accordance with the optimistic side that has been planned.

Meanwhile, Ron Harper said, to achieve the best results, it appealed to all national training players to work hard in realizing his dream, that one of them being the best at the SEA Games 2011.

'The important thing is the players have to have dreams and are willing to work hard to make it happen,' he said.

Besides having a dream, he said, all players must also understand that playing basketball is a collective game, not an individual game. For that, he will give his best during the plunge in the NBA.

List of national team players who trained with Ron Harper:

Achmad Faisal, Dwi Haryoko, Mario Wuysang, Pringgo Regowo, Ary Chandra, Amin Prihantono, Xavier Prawiro, Dimas Aryo Dewanto, Andy Poedjakesuma, Fidyandini, I Made Sudiadnyana, Wllyanson Situmorang, Rony Gunawan, Nyoman Ponsianus Indrawan, Chistian Ronaldo Sitepu, Muhammad Ismail Toyib, Rachel Febri Utomo, and Romy Christanto Chandra.


NBA and Bakrie Kalila Investment Present Indonesian Development Camp III - by Koko Triloka
Jakarta May, 6, 2011

The third-Indonesia Development Camp held by the National Basketball Association (NBA), this year with Bakrie Kalila Investment (BKI) will begin on May 9, 2011 at Senayan Trade Center (STC) Basketball Hall of Jakarta. Camp to be held until May 12 will feature NBA Legend and five times winner of the NBA champion Ron Harper, along with Assistant Coach / Development of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Eric Hughes.
Indonesia Development Camp is designed to meet the training needs of world-class basketball players in the Indonesian elite and will be held for the first time in Jakarta. Previously, this camp was held in Surabaya (2009) and Bandung (2010).

A total of 18 players who followed the National Training program (Pelatnas) Indonesian Men Basketball will follow a very intensive drill in the field, as well as through number of matches. They also will participate in various off-court activities such as physical strength and self-adjustment (conditioning), mental training, and injury prevention. National team coach Indonesian Men Basketball will also participate in sessions focused on strategy and philosophy of the game. Indonesia Development Camp will be one of the main courses in preparation for the South East Asian (SEA) Games XXVI in Indonesia at November.

Together BKI, official partner of Indonesia Development Camp is Esia and Viva Group, while Spalding will be the official suppliers in the camp. 'This is the first time for us to work with the NBA and delivering world-class basketball camp in Indonesia. It's very exciting, 'said Syailendra S. Bakrie, president director of Bakrie Kalila Investment. 'Having the opportunity to learn from one of his well-known as NBA Legend Ron Harper will be a wonderful experience for the players in Indonesian Men Basketball Team.'

'The development of an impressive basketball in Indonesia is supported also by the support of our partners, including Bakrie Kalila Investment, which helps us to give children the opportunity to enjoy a game of basketball,' said Scott Levy, senior vice president and managing director of NBA Asia. 'At the same time, programs such as Indonesia Development Camp also focuses on the development of local league appearance player in the international class.'

Harper won three NBA titles with Chicago Bulls (1996-1998) and two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-01). Once elected to the All-Rookie team in its inaugural season in 1987, Harper's career in the NBA with a record 122 times compete in playoffs, where he recorded an average of 9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assist.

In 2002-2007, Hughes is the Director of Player Development at Goodwin Sports Management, and holding a summer training program for a number of NBA superstars such as Atlanta Hawks guard, Jamal Crawford and center players Al Horford, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, and Orlando center Magic Dwight Howard. Since 2007, he served as head of division Development Coach for the Toronto Raptors.

The first NBA event in Indonesia was held in 2008, when the Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger held a basketball clinic for student players in the final fight Deteksi Basketball League (now the Basketball Development League) in Surabaya. NBA back in 2009 with Indonesia Development Camp, a camp for 48 players the best students of Indonesia, in DBL Arena. Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin, assistant coach Joe Prunty Cleveland Cavaliers, and former Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Neal Meyer, acting as camp coaches. Last year, NBA held a camp in Bandung with NBA Legend Detlef Schrempf, who trains 40 of the most promising basketball star Indonesian National Basketball League (NBL).


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  IRAN   


KZell Wesson joins Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour - by Kazem Ghayem
Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour signed a 15 days contract with 34-year old American power forward KZell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle). He arrived to the gym just 5mins before the game starts against zobahan. He played 6 mins and he scored 8 points 100% FG - 2 Blocks - 4 Rebounds and 3 Assists.
Wesson played most recently at Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey). While playing 6 games for Turk Telekom this season he averaged 9.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2apg. Wesson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Venezuela and USA.


Rivals in Finals..! - by Aydin Dianat
After 6 months of competition, Mahram Tehran and Zob Ahan Esfahan, two rivals reached finals. This is the 3rd season these 2 teams meet up in finals and all of the 3 encounters Mahram Tehran won the title. Zob Ahan Esfahan defeated Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour 3-0 , in a series that everybody thought it will go to the 5th game. On the other side, Mahram Tehran had some difficulties against Towzin Electric Kashan, a team very good coached by Vlado Djurovic (agency: Interperformances ) and after losing two games in Tehran they were very close to take the series to the 4th game. But Mehran Shahintab players won with one point 83 -82 to reach the finals and face Zob Ahan Esfahan.
In the other games Rah Tarabari Qom won against Qazvin in 2 games and they have to face the the winner of Azad University - Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality game next Monday.



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  ITALY   


A Dilettanti Round 2 of PlayOut - by Armando Caporaso
Latina - Trento 72-70 (2-0)

After the victory in game 1 Latina closes the series against Trento for 2-0 and get the salvation. After a bad third quarter the hosts play a good last quarter (28-18) and thanks the 2 points in the last minute and the rebound in the last action of Villani win the game while Forray missing the three points shot for the victory in the last played of the season for the Bitumcalor. For the Benacquista Assicurazioni Fabio Ruini (186-G-80) is the top scorer with 21 points (5/10 by 3), 3 assist but also 6 turnovers, 13 points for Christian Villani (200-G/F-82) and Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) that adds 9 rebounds, 9 points for Frederic Emejuru (203-F/C-88) and 7 points with 3 assist and 3 blocks for Giovanni Fattori (202-F-85). For the visitors this was the last game of this season, Andres Forray (188-G-86) closed with 25 points (11/16 at shoot with 9/9 by 2!) and 6 rebounds, 14 points of Luca Conte (193-G-80), 12 points for Diego Zivic (198-F/C-76) and 9 points with 7 rebounds (but a very bad 2/12 by 2) for Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85).

Trieste - Molfetta 94-66 (2-0)

Trieste wins easily in the second round and remains in A Dilettanti for the next season while for the Centro Auto Ford comes the relegation. Visitors never in the game already from the first quarter (22-14), not enough the good performance of Daniele Mastrangelo (187-G-91) from the bench with 12 points in 22 minutes and 3 steals. For the others there are 13 points for Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) with 8 fouls suffered, 11 points of Roberto Maggio (183-G-90), 9 points for Marco Mossi (200-F-88), 7 points + 9 rebounds for Diego Corral (205-C-86, agency: Players Group) (but 3/11) and 6 points in 10 minutes for Mauro Morri (190-G-77). For the winners good performance of all the team with 6 players in double digit: 14 points for Michele Benfatto (205-F/C-85) with 5 rebounds and 3 steals, 13 points in 17 minutes for Federico Vidani (182-G-90), 12 points of Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80) and Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency: Players Group) (with 5 steals), 11 points for Federico Maiocco (200-G/F-83) and Dennis Bocchini (193-G-76) respectively with 3 steals and 3 assist and lastly 8 points + 8 rebounds for Daniele Magro (207-F-87).

Pavia - Matera 75-83 (0-2)

Matera wins on the court of Pavia and obtains the salvation while for the Paul Mitchell this second defeat in the playout is fatal! After the first 20 minutes the game appears over for the hosts (27-49) but the players of Pavia believe in the comeback (28-14 after the break) but the effort not enough. Andrea LaGioia (195-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) led the Bawer with 24 points, 4/9 by 3 and a perfect 12/12 in the free throws, 16 points and 9 rebounds (7/7 by 2) for the ex Siena Raffaele Martone (209-C-90), 14 points of Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, agency: Players Group), 8 points for Riccardo Coviello (197-F-88) and Cristiano Grappasonni (204-F/C-72) (for the first also 7 rebounds) and 7 points with 5 steals for Federico Gilardi (190-G-79, agency: Players Group). For the hosts 17 points and 8 rebounds of Luca Furlanetto (197-G-81), 14 points and 9 rebounds with 4 assist for Davide Cristelli (204-F-77), 16 points from the bench of Luca Marmugi (202-F/C-84) with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 7/11 at shoot, 9 points of Dario Scodavolpe (193-G/F-83), 7 points for Ibrahim Cisse (188-G/F-84) that catches 9 rebounds and only 6 points (3/11) with 6 assist for Stefano Borgna (193-G-79).

Potenza - Castelletto 57-72 (0-2)

Potenza loses at PalaPergola the decisive match to bring the series again at Castelleto for game 3 and salutes the A Dilettanti. Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) closes the game with the last double-double of the season, 19 points and 11 rebounds with a great 8/9 by 2 but this is not sufficient. For the other players there are 13 points of Marco Giuri (192-G-88) with 4 steals and 11 fouls suffered (9/10 in the free throws but 2/11 at shoot), 13 points also for Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85) with 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assist but from all other players only 12 total points with 4/21! For the SBS victory that means 'salvation', Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79) is the top scorer with 20 points and 9 rebounds (8/14) but the MVP is the young player of Treviso Andrea De Nicolao (185-G-91) that scores 15 points adding 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assist. Moreover there are 15 points of Luciano Masieri (200-F-76) and 11 points of Giancarlo Palombita (188-G-79) with 3 steals and 3 assist.

Trento, Molfetta, Pavia and Potenza relegated to B Dilettanti.


Nicholas George is back to Fastweb Casale - by Eurobasket News
Nicholas George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) has returned to the squad of Fastweb Casale Monferrato. The player had a contract with the team at the start of the season. However he opted out of it because of the health issues. Now the 28-year-old forward is back on the roster. Last season Nicholas George played for Fastweb Casale in LegaDue. His stats read 10.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Nicholas George played for British NT during Qualification to European Championship 2009. The forward averaged 6.4 points per game. Previously Nicholas George had stints in France, Spain. He also played for the British University National Team back in 2005.


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  JORDAN   


ASU clinch Premier League title - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Aramex 77:73

ASU are Jordanian Premier League champions. They held off Aramex in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. ASU previously claimed the Jordanian Cup title. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) provided 19 points to pace ASU.
Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) scored 9 points in the opening frame to keep Aramex in charge. The visitors earned a 21:16 lead at the first break. ASU managed to narrow the margin to just a single point at halftime 35:36. Mousa Alawadi stepped up for the hosts in the third term. He unloaded 10 points and ASU pulled in front. Aramex did not surrender and erased the deficit to take a 5-point buffer in the final stanza. But Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) hit two triples to carry ASU to a tough victory at the end. Wesam Al-Sous and Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) finished with 14 points each for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) answered with game-high 20 points for Aramex. Sani Sakakini provided 19 points in the loss.

ASU: Mousa Alawadi 19, Wesam Al-Sous 14, Abdullah Abuqoura 14
Aramex: Malek Khashan 20, Sani Sakakini 19



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Barsy Atyrau are new D1 champions - by Eurobasket News
Tobol - Barsy Atyrau 66:72

Barsy Atyrau clinched the D1 championship title. They overcame Tobol in Kostanay to sweep the championship series. Andrey Endropov scored 16 points to lead Barsy in the decisive game.
The top-ranked Barsy built a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Tobol bounced back in the second frame. They denied the deficit and grabbed a 39:35 halftime advantage. Barsy however quickly regained the lead. They limited the hosts to just 12 points in the third term to ensure a 3-point buffer with ten minutes remaining. Barsy did not allow Tobol to change the game flow in the final term and rolled to the triumph at the end. Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) provided 12 points, while Pavel Ilin (202-F-92) and Edgar Chunda contributed 9 points each in the win. Evgeniy Gorev (192-G-82) replied with 17 points for Tobol. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Tobol: Evgeniy Gorev 17, Pavel Mikheev 13+11 boards
Barsy Atyrau: Andrey Endropov 16, Dmitriy Klimov 12, Pavel Ilin 9, Edgar Chunda 9



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  LITHUANIA   


Rudupis take Lithuanian bronze - by Simas Baranauskas
Rudupis Prienu has changed what already seemed like a law of nature in the Lithuanian League (LKL) taking the bronze medals, which usually went to Siauliai. This time round, however, Siauliai didnt even get past the quarterfinal, which meant that their domination in the battle for the third place was bound to be broken anyway.

It took only three games for Rudupis Prienu to win the bronze-medal series with the last victory coming after late drama in Prienai, as the hosts took an 84-83 (26-28, 25-17, 14-17, 19-21) victory over the visiting Juventus-LKSK Utenos side.

We deserved the third place after a good season and it wouldnt have been fair if we had lost. With that said, I did not expect a sweep, said Virginijus Seskus, the coach of Rudupis Prienu after the game.

What is probably most amazing about Rudupis Prienu triumph is that a small town like Prienai with about only 10,000 inhabitants managed to squeeze onto the podium. On the other hand, this was already the fourth straight year when Juventus-LKSK Utenos, their opponents, finished fourth twice in the LKL and twice in the second tier (NKL) before that.

Adas Juskevicius scored 22 points in the last game of the season for Rudupis Prienu, Gediminas Orelik had 21, while Povilas Butkevicius and Edgaras Zelionis collected 18 and 8 points respectively.
For Juventus-LKSK Utenos it was the likes of Aurimas Kieza, with 20 points, and Arunas Vasiliauskas, who scored 16, leading the team. Gediminas Maceina and Zydrunas Urbonas both finished the game with 12 each as Vaidas Cepukaitis added 11 points.

Courtesy of LithuaniaBasketball.com


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vilmantas DILYS
  Naglis-Adakris
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Dilys, Naglis-Adak.16.4 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis16.0 
 3. Kieza, Juventus15.3 
 4. Dilys, Perlas14.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis14.9 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas14.8 
 7. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.0 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas13.9 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudup.13.8 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Ais.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kieza, Juventus9.4 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siaul.9.2 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.1 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgi.7.1 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.6 
 7. Adomavicius, Alytu.6.5 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas6.5 
 9. Dilys, Perlas6.4 
 10. Dilys, Naglis-Ada.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techa.5.0 
 4. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.2 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakr.4.1 
 8. Janavicius, Siauli.4.0 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aisc.3.8 
 10. Collins, Zalgiris3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techa.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.1 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudup.2.0 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakr.1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techa.1.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 7. Valukonis, Techas.1.7 
 8. Sinica, Rudupis1.7 
 9. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.7 
 10. Jasikevicius, Ais.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 6. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 7. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 
 8. Butkevicius, Rudup.0.8 
 9. Gumenyuk, Siauliai0.8 
 10. Cukinas, Aiscai K.0.7 


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Gustavo Ayon lands revelation of the year award - by Carlos Chapa
Mexican Forward/Center Gustavo Ayon of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada is the recipient of the revelation of the year award of the Spanish ACB league.

Ayon received 100 first-place votes out of 100, making it an unanimous decision; coaches, players, fans and members of the press supported the Mexican National Team member with 25 votes each, Gustavo managed to beat David Jelinek, Nikola Mirotic, Xavier Rabaseda and Tomas Satoransky.

Despite playing in his first complete season, Gustavo Ayon has positioned himself so far sixth in rebounds per game, eight in steals per game, fourth in blocks per game, and third in efficiency ranking with one game to go.

Former recipients of the revelation of the year award include Richard Hendrix, Brad Oleson, Mirza Teletovic, Ricky Rubio, Carlos Suarez and Sergio Rodriguez.



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  MOLDOVA   


UASM enter Finals - by Eurobasket News
UASM are the first D1 finalists. They overcame pesky Fire Ball in the semis. The regular season winners needed all three games of best-of-three series to tame their opponents. After a comfortable 88:58 home win in Game 1 UASM could not repeat the success on the road. Fire Ball claimed an 81:76 win to stay in the fight. Vladimir Kolesnikov (202-F/C-80) came up with impressive 41 points to lead the hosts. Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79) answered with 28 points for UASM. The series moved back to Chisinau. UASM looked better at home court celebrating a 92:71 victory at the end. Eugeniu Melnic notched 28 points in the victory.
Gamma levelled their series versus Donduseni. Gamma lost the opener 69:72 but bounced back 86:76 on the road. Yuri Virich (205-C-79) accounted for 26 points to pace the visitors. Alexei Andrus replied with 29 points for Donduseni.



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  NBA   


Andrew Bynum's cheap shot on Dallas' J.J. Barea a new low point for the NBA - by Eurobasket News
It's the talk of the NBA Playoffs this morning.

Not only were the Lakers eliminated from the post season Sunday, but their unceremonious departure was highlighted by an unbelievable cheap shot by center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services).

Bynum, with the Lakers on their way to certain defeat, leveled Dallas' J.J. Barea with a forearm shiver that has shaken the Lakers' mystique to its core.

The Lakers were down 30 points with 8:21 to go when Bynum hammered Barea to the floor.

Bynam got the hook immediately.

'We were getting embarrassed, they were breaking us down. So I just fouled somebody,' Bynum said after the game. 'I was just kind of salty about being embarrassed. ... For me, it was embarrassing to have the smallest guy on the court keep running down the lane and making shots.'

J.J. Barea is familiar to basketball fans here in Western Mass. He played for Northeastern and played UMass at the Mullins Center.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Stories Within the Series: Grizzlies vs. Thunder - by Daniel Gibson
MEMPHIS---I love this game.

That was the old catch phrase the NBA used in commercials and ads for the league but its also how I feel about the game of basketball.

The 82 game regular season is fun to follow with different story lines developing over the course of it and teams scrambling to improve with trades at the deadline.

The race for the MVP and other awards heat up towards the end and add to the excitement. But the real stories and best action occur in the playoffs when only the top teams are playing every night and every possession counts.

The Memphis Grizzlies versus the Oklahoma City Thunder series has turned into a tough one with two evenly matched, young, and hungry teams battling it out trying to take one step closer to reaching the Finals.

This one particular series has a ton of different story lines to it and this game 4 triple overtime thriller only added fuel to the fire.

Here are a few of the stories I found the most interesting.

1.First Impressions Aren't Always Lasting Impressions

Years ago Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) was a member of the Portland Trailblazers. This was years before the nice guy Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) era began back when the team was called the 'Jailblazers' by some because of all the off the court issues the players kept getting tied up in.

Randolph always had talent but people thought his attitude and selfish play would keep him from ever reaching his full potential.

He bounced around to a couple of teams before finding a home in Memphis where he has put it all together and has become a leader of this young Grizzlies team. A lot of people hadn't seen much of Randolph before the playoffs so this is his re-introduction to the basketball world.

Hes averaging 22 and 10 and made tons of big shots to eliminate Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) and the top ranked San Antonio Spurs in the first round. Now in the second round the team is tied 2-2 but Randolph has continued to produce, in game 4 he scored 34 points with 16 rebounds in 56 minutes but the team lost 133-123 in triple OT.

2. The New Wave/Whose the Man?

OKC is led by the NBA's leading scorer for the second consecutive season, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas). His sidekick is Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA), the explosive point guard who has a game somewhat similar to Derrick Rose. These two players rank right near the top of the highest scoring duos in the NBA.

But things haven't gone smoothly towards the end of games because both of them want to be the man taking the final shot.

After Westbrook missed a shot at the buzzer during game 4 the camera caught Durant having a conversation with assistant coach Maurice Cheeks where he was obviously angry that he wasn't the one with the ball in his hands with the game on the line.

During the first round against the Denver Nuggets Westbrook was blamed for a loss in game 4 where the Thunder could have completed the sweep but Westbrook forced a few bad shots at the end. He and Durant where arguing during that game as well.

The stats from the game 4 win against Memphis tell a lot. Westbrook: 40 points shooting 15-33. Durant: 35 points shooting 9-20.

The two players have games that complement the others and there is enough shots to go around. Westbrook just has to work on being more efficient, finishing at the rim, and getting Durant the ball in the final minutes.

3.Out of Big Bros. Shadow

When the Lakers traded Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) to the Lakers there were a bunch of other players involved but people were saying that it was one of the most one sided trades in history. Jerry West was making decisions for the Grizzlies at the time and with him being a former Lakers star it only made things look worse.

Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) was involved in that trade and he has worked on his game to point of being one of the top five or ten centers in the league. With the way he is playing now Im sure that Kobe wouldn't have minded a mid-series trade for the brothers, the Lakers could have used his toughness and hustle against Dallas.

Marc's older brother Pau has been called soft many times but that word could never be used to describe Marc. In the game 4 loss he had a beastly double-double with 26 points and 21 rebounds. He never backed down once from Kendrick Perkins who was abusing Pau Gasol in the finals with the Celtics the last two years.

4.High School Reunion

Kevin Durant and Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Maryland) are facing each other in the playoffs now but not too long ago they were teammates at Montrose Christian High School.

Durant helped Vasquez learn to speak English and they would work on their game together every morning before classes started. At practice they would go push each other to compete and get better every day. Durant even gave Vasquez the nickname Gravy.

After high school Durant took his talents to Texas and Vasquez went to the University of Maryland. Durant was an instant star and entered the NBA after one year of college ball. Vasquez improved each season and declared for the draft after his junior year before opting to return for his senior season.

He and Durant worked out together that summer and Vasquez returned to college and had a great season leading to him getting drafted in the first round by Memphis.

Now five years after high school Vasquez is 24 and Durant is 22 and they are facing each other in the NBA playoffs living a dream. They are still close friends but they wont be spending much time together during this series, not with bragging rights on the line.

These are just a couple of the interesting stories that are part of the series that has been entertaining enough in itself.


A look at who might be the next Lakers coach - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers have to fill a very big void now that Coach Phil Jackson is walking away into retirement - again.

The decision on the new Lakers coach will be made by owner Jerry Buss, his son Jim Buss, the team's executive vice president of player personnel, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

The Lakers can only hope this hire turns out better than the last time they replaced Jackson. The Lakers hired Rudy Tomjanovich as coach, but he lasted only 41 games into the 2004-05 season before leaving because of health problems.

Who will succeed Jackson is a hot topic around the NBA. But after talking to many general managers, scouts, coaches and players, there seems to be no clear-cut favorite for the job.

So, in keeping with the guessing game, here's a snapshot of some likely candidates to become the next Lakers coach:

Brian Shaw
The Lakers assistant coach probably will get an interview for the job.
Shaw played on three NBA championship teams with the Lakers and he has been an assistant coach under Jackson for six seasons. He was a key part of the most recent back-to-back championships.
He is well-liked by the players and inside the organization. Shaw has a cool demeanor and has shown he has a good acumen for the game. He also has been endorsed by Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Making Shaw the head man would allow the Lakers to keep their triangle offense, which has been successful.
On the flip side, Shaw doesn't have any head-coaching experience, something many in the NBA think is a preference of the Buss family.

Rick Adelman
Adelman was just fired by the Houston Rockets.
Adelman, who will be 65 in June, has loads of experience. He's also been the coach with the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
He runs an offensive system called 'corner,' similar to the triangle, with more spontaneous pick-and-roll plays.
Adelman took the Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals twice, losing in 1990 to the Detroit Pistons and 1992 to Jackson's Chicago Bulls.
Adelman is considered particularly good at working with big men and commands the respect of his players. Also, he has coached Ron Artest twice, in Sacramento and Houston.

Byron Scott
Even though Scott is coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, some in the NBA list him as a candidate.
Scott is part of the Lakers' family, having been a guard on three NBA championships with the team during the Showtime era of the 1980s.
He's been an NBA head coach for 11 seasons, starting in New Jersey, where he took the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. Scott was also NBA coach of the year for the 2007-08 season with the New Orleans Hornets.
It is not known whether Scott can get out of his contract with the Cavaliers. Even if he could, the Lakers probably would have to give the Cavaliers compensation in the form of a draft pick, or draft picks, and cash.

Doc Rivers
Another intriguing name tossed out is Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, who is in the last year of his deal.
He won an NBA title in 2008, leading the Celtics over the Lakers. Rivers is a tough-minded coach who demands respect.
But he's suggested he wants to take next season off to watch his son Austin play at Duke.

Kurt Rambis
Rambis' name has come up, even though he has two years left on his deal as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rambis was a fan favorite as a forward when he helped the Lakers win four championships during the 1980s. He also has been on Jackson's staff, winning championships in 2002 and 2009.
On the negative side, Minnesota won only 32 games in the last two seasons.

Jeff Van Gundy
He was coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets. Van Gundy is an NBA analyst on ABC, but many believe he wants to coach again, and that he wouldn't turn down a shot at the Lakers.

Larry Brown
Brown, 70, has coached nine NBA teams, so his name always comes up. But he quit, resigned or was fired from his last job with the Charlotte Bobcats.
He has also won an NBA championship, leading the Detroit Pistons past the Lakers in 2004.

Mike Krzyzewski
Krzyzewski's name has come up in the past, including in 2004 when Jackson left. But the longtime Duke coach said during this spring's NCAA tournament that he wasn't interested in the Lakers job.

Jerry Sloan
Sloan, 68, stepped down as coach of the Utah Jazz in February, and some think he could be a candidate.
But Sloan seems content in retirement.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Bulls' Thibodeau OK with Rose's elevated shot total - by Eurobasket News
Did Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) shoot too much in Game 4? That's the biggest debate in the aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks, which evened the Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinals heading into Tuesday's Game 5 at the United Center.

Rose took 32 shots Sunday, making just 12 en route to his 34 points. That's only five more shots than he took while scoring a career-high 44 points in Game 3, a performance most observers lionized. Coach Tom Thibodeau pointed out that hypocrisy when asked about Rose's shot output following Game 4.

'When he's making the plays and scoring, everyone is saying how great he is,' Thibodeau said. 'He was aggressive. I didn't have any problem with the way he played. He kept driving.'

Indeed, Thibodeau bemoaned Rose's lack of foul calls, which would've of course lowered his field-goal attempts.
Carlos Boozer, who finally got it going offensively, attempted just one shot in more than seven minutes of fourth-quarter action.

ESPN Stats and Information released this intriguing statistic: On 25 possessions, Rose never passed after crossing halfcourt or receiving an inbounds pass. On those, Rose shot 7-for-22 and drew three fouls, scoring 21 points.

On the other hand, Rose after passing went 5-for-10 and scored 13 points and assisted on 22 other points.

The Bulls struggled badly from beyond the arc again, going just 3 for 16. Kyle Korver's shot was off. So was Luol Deng's. And the Bulls are at their best when Rose is aggressive.

Rose did finish with 10 assists on a night the Bulls shot just 41 percent. And it's not like the Bulls will change their reliance on Rose at this stage.

Courtesy of www.chicagobreakingsports.com


Hawks G Kirk Hinrich says hamstring getting better - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) says his ailing right hamstring is finally starting to show some improvement.

Hinrich was hurt in the closing minutes of a series-clinching win over Orlando. Second-year player Jeff Teague has filled in admirably, averaging 16 points a game against the Bulls with only five turnovers. He's a major reason the Eastern Conference semifinal is tied 2-2 heading into Game 5 at Chicago on Tuesday night.

Hinrich says he's only doing 'very simple' exercises but feels his hamstring is getting better. When asked if he could possibly return in this series, he says, 'I don't want to rule anything out.'

But coach Larry Drew doesn't expect Hinrich to play against Chicago, even if the series goes to a seventh game Sunday.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.1 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers9.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.1 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 4. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwauke.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota2.0 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


Lebron James apologizes for saying retarded - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) says hes sorry for using the word 'retarded' in a postgame news conference.

The Miami Heat star muttered the word after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals as he and Dwyane Wade listened to a question about Wades takedown of Boston guard Rajon Rondo.

James had his hand covering his mouth when he said thats retarded as a reporter asked Wade whether the play that dislocated Rondos elbow was dirty.

After Game 4 on Monday night, James opened his postgame comments by apologizing for using the R-word.

Courtesy of www.nhregister.com


Jackson could coach Knicks in 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Phil Jackson to the Knicks in 2012? Don't rule it out.

According to an NBA source, Jackson is definitely through with the Lakers, but would not rule out him coaching again in the NBA.

'If the right situation presented itself, he would have to consider it,' the league source said.

The Knicks could be the right situation in 2012, even if they are not on the verge of adding a third star in Chris Paul to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

In the past, Jackson, who won two championship rings as a Knicks forward, has flirted with coming back to the Garden, talking up his desire to follow in mentor Red Holzman's footsteps.

Jackson, who is still best friends with Bill Bradley, interviewed with Isiah Thomas for the position in 2005 but passed, instead rejoining the Lakers. In 1999, Jackson met wtih former Garden President Dave Checketts.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh is committed to coach Mike D'Antoni through next season, when his contract expires. If a bored Jackson makes himself a free agent, the Knicks would be a strong candidate, especially since Dolan would be the likeliest owner to lavish Jackson with a massive contract.

According to a league source, health likely won't prevent the 65-year-old Jackson from making a comeback in 2012-13 after taking a season off, though he has entertained the idea in the past of having a co-coach to make things easier.

The source said Jackson's hips are no longer an issue and he is considering knee-replacement surgery and a weight-loss program this summer to alleviate problems with his knees.

'Phil's going to have to find a way to keep himself occupied and fulfilled because Jeanie [Buss, Jackson's girlfriend] is not retiring,' the league source said.

Jeanie Buss, the Lakers' marketing chief and daughter of owner Jerry Buss, told The Post on Feb. 12 that Jackson's return to the Knicks would 'bring him full circle.'

'I can tell you he was open to going to the Knicks in 2005, then the Laker job opened up,' Buss said in February before Jackson made what may be his last Garden appearance as coach.

'The Knicks job would bring him full circle and I wouldn't stop him. I am in New York several days every month for business. That being said, the Knicks have a very good coach and are doing very well. So it shouldn't matter.'

Speculation on Jackson's future is in full gear after the Lakers ended their reign in despicable fashion -- a four-game sweep in Dallas culminated by Sunday's 122-86 Game 4 massacre.

Though Jackson announced months ago this was his last season, he stopped short of saying definitively he has coached his last game.

'I haven't answered that, have I?' Jackson said coyly Sunday.

Jackson added: 'All my hopes and aspirations are this is the final game I'll coach. This has been a wonderful run.'

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle: Dirk Nowitzki 'has carried this franchise' - by Eurobasket News
There's something different about Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78), and it seems as if the rest of the country is taking notice of the Dallas Mavericks' superstar.

And opinion isn't being confined only to this year's playoffs: Nowitzki's legacy as an all-time great is also gaining momentum.

'In my opinion, he's a top 10 player in NBA history because of the uniqueness of his game and how he's carried this franchise on his back for over a decade,' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told 'ESPN First Take' on Monday. 'He's just right. He's leading the team. His shot-making is great. He's passing the ball great. He's one of the guys that's directing traffic for us defensively.'

Sure, Nowitzki has been the league MVP (2006-07), and he's been the one constant on the floor during the Mavericks' run of 11 consecutive 50-win seasons. Only the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics (1959-1968), the Magic Johnson-led Lakers (1980-91) and the Tim Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs (2000-present) have had comparable runs.

Those teams, however, won championships. Dirk has yet to win an NBA title, making his only Finals appearance in 2006 when the Mavericks lost to the Miami Heat in six games.

'He's got one thing missing from the mantel and that drives him,' Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told ESPN 103.3 FM on Monday morning. 'We've maybe been spoiled by how good he is.'

Nowitzki is 23rd on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 22,792 points, his career average of 23.0 points ranks 21st, and his free-throw percentage (.877) is tied for 13th all-time.

One could make a strong case that Nowitzki has been the NBA's MVP of the first two rounds of the playoffs. The 7-footer has averaged 26.5 points and has consistently come through as a closer, putting up double figures in the fourth quarter of half the Mavs' wins this postseason.

He also twice hit go-ahead shots in the final two minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers, whom the Mavericks swept out of the playoffs with a 122-86 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.

'When he's on the floor, we feel like we can beat anybody,' Carlisle said. 'He's that good.'

Nowitzki is one of four players in NBA history with career postseason averages of at least 25 points and 10 rebounds.

'This is the best I've seen him play in his career, to be honest with you,' said Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who was defended by Nowitzki for most of the series.

Courtesy of ESPN


Dwight Howard leads NBA All-Defensive team - by Eurobasket News
The NBA announced its All-Defensive team today, which is led by Magic C Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85), who received 27 first-team votes from coaches and earned 56 points on the ballot.

Howard is followed by Celtics G Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) who earned 16 first-team votes and 39 points, Heat F LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) (17 and 38), Lakers G Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) (13 and 33) and Celtics F Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) (15 and 33).

The second team is Grizzlies G Tony Allen, Hornets G Chris Paul, Mavericks C Tyson Chandler, Sixers F Andre Iguodala and Bulls C Joakim Noah.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Game 5: Rose leads Bulls past Hawks 95-83 (3-2) - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls were looking for someone, anyone, to provide a spark, and it figured that Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) would.

It was no shocker, either that Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) provided one, too.

Rose scored 33 points, Gibson scored all of his 11 in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-83 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead.

Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 23 points and Chicago let out a big sigh of relief.

'It's definitely fun playing against a good team,' Rose said. 'Coach always said we're going to have to walk through the fire together. Every series has tested us in every way, but I think that we're sticking together.'

Game 6 is Thursday in Atlanta, and a win would put Chicago in the conference finals for the first time since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen wrapped up their second championship three-peat in 1998. They are in this position after dominating Atlanta in the fourth quarter 26-15, with Rose matching Gibson's 11 points.

Rose showed why he is the league's youngest MVP, hitting 11 of 24 shots and finishing with nine assists. It was a big improvement over Game 4 when he needed 32 shots to score 34 points, and he was particularly effective down the stretch, attacking the rim.

'It forces the defense to collapse, leads to easy opportunities for others, it leads to some second shots,' coach Tom Thibodeau said. 'We want to be inside-out so I thought it was huge.'

Atlanta's Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) came up big again filling in for the injured Kirk Hinrich, scoring 21 for the third time in this series, but the Hawks came up short in the end.

Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) contributed 16 points. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) 15, Zaza Pachulia 13 and Al Horford added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

'We were playing for everything,' Horford said. 'We have to regroup again and get ready for Thursday.'

It hasn't been an easy postseason for the Bulls after they stormed to a league-leading 62 wins, with Indiana pushing them in the first round and the Hawks doing the same. Even so, they are poised to advance.

The Bulls led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter but were trailing 70-69 early in the fourth when they went on a 9-0 run.

Rose started it when he drove to his left for a layup, fed Gibson a no-look pass in transition for a three-point play and added a layup that made it 78-70.

Then, midway through the fourth, he drove for a three-point play that made it 85-76. Fans were screeching 'MVP! MVP!' as he buried the free throw, and after Atlanta pulled within six, Chicago reeled eight straight to make it 93-79, with six points coming from Gibson.

'Taj is a good player,' Rose said. 'I think he really doesn't know how good he is.'

The fourth quarter aside, it wasn't an easy night for the Bulls.

Considering Chicago got 15 points each from Rose and Deng in the first half and led by as many as 15, the Hawks were probably glad to be trailing 48-42 at halftime. They kept coming at the Bulls in the third quarter.

Things got particularly tense after a two-handed dunk by Smith cut Chicago's lead to 61-60 with just over 4 minutes left in the period. He hung on the rim and Carlos Boozer gave him a forearm to the face, leading to a retaliatory shove from Smith and technical fouls for both players.

'I dunked the basketball and I go to turn and he just cleared me with an elbow to the jaw,' Smith said. 'Nobody is going to do that to me. I don't care who you are. I'm a man first.'

Smith gave the Hawks their first lead of the game when he nailed a jumper that made it 64-63 with 1:45 remaining. Deng answered with a jumper and hit two free throws after Horford scored to make it 67-66.

Pachulia then hit an 11-footer with 9.8 seconds left before Gibson drove upcourt and fed Ronnie Brewer to give Chicago a 69-68 lead going into the fourth. Then, after a layup by Teague, Rose went off. So did Gibson, and the Bulls prevailed.

'The series is not over with,' Smith said. 'We have to go and play with a ton of energy on Thursday. We have to do a better job of keeping Derrick Rose out of our paint. If we do that we should be coming back here to play a Game 7.'

Notes: The Hawks went big again, with coach Larry Drew sticking with the lineup that helped them win Game 4. Jason Collins starting at center, Horford at power forward and Smith at small forward, with Marvin Williams in a reserve role. ... Keith Bogans, who sprained his right ankle in Game 4, scored 11 for Chicago after being limited to free throws at the morning shootaround. ... Boozer finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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Wright reflects on Villanova's difficult homestretch - by Eurobasket News
Two years ago, Villanova's basketball program was coming off its first Final Four appearance in a quarter-century, the culmination of a five-season run in which the Wildcats got to a Final Four and a pair of Sweet 16s.

At the time, it seemed as if the only question was how high was up?

These days, that seems like quite a while ago.

Because ever since then, the endings haven't been happy. After a program-best 20-1 start in 2009-10, they dropped six of their final nine to finish 25-8, losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed.

But the more recent stretch run was somehow even harder to digest. Following a 16-1 start, they won only five more times, then lost their last six, including an opening 8-9 NCAA matchup, to wind up 21-12.

Coach Jay Wright , who a decade ago took over a program that had won three NCAA games since 1988, has had 6 weeks to contemplate what went down. That doesn't necessarily make it a whole lot easier to compute. But he's always been a glass half-full kind of leader. Maybe that's why so many youngsters want to play for him, even when the sky looks to be falling.

'At the time, you're dealing with the reality of the moment,' he acknowledged. 'A month or 2 after, you can look at the big picture. In a long-term scenario, if this is the down cycle, it's [still] in pretty good shape. That's from the inside. On the outside, it's, like, what happened? We can't deny that. And I have no problem with the fact that our fan base is disappointed. But we can't spend any time on that. We're already looking at next year, trying to get a young team ready for the upcoming challenge.'

That's the reality of his perspective.

'It's the price you pay for setting the bar high,' Wright continued. 'But you want to put yourself in that position. When you play in front of 20,000 at the Wells Fargo Center, that's really nice, too. If you're going to enjoy that, [you can't complain] when things don't work out. It's all part of it. That's what happens.

'You have to give the fans and the alums the right to be passionate and excited when things are going good, and be down and question when it's not. You question from within. There's definitely a lot of things we as coaches could have done better. It was just a bizarre year. At the time, it doesn't seem that bad, because you're always focused on the next game. I mean, each loss is devastating. It's horrible in the locker room. You're like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe it happened again.' Then it's on to the next day, and you're trying to turn it around again.'

Turns out a team with three senior starters but little depth never could once the train headed due south.

Injuries to Corey Stokes (toe) and Corey Fisher (knee), Villanova's top two scorers, were a factor. Yet Wright doesn't want that to be a crutch, merely a piece of the explanation.

'I think it wears you down, even though we didn't think it did when you're going through it,' Wright explained. 'You don't want to blame any one thing, but looking back, we had a number of days at practice where we had [assistant] Jason [Donnelly] out there on the court. [Fisher] practiced hurt every day. And never said a word.

'At this level, the margin really is so small. Sometimes it's little things. It just seemed that everything that could go wrong did. But I'm really proud how this group stuck together. That was never a problem. From within, you have to evaluate differently. I really think if Stokes didn't get hurt, who knows what it might have been? And they were still confident to the very end . . .

'That's why you've got to embrace the journey. Because you never know what it's going to be.'

Perception-wise, the team obviously has taken on water. With no key seniors and four newcomers next season, the expectations figure to be much lower for a change. But JayVaughn Pinkston, who sat out as a freshman after being suspended by the university for his role in an off-campus incident involving a fight at an off-campus location, is scheduled to be reinstated June 1. And James Bell, whose first season never got going after he came back from stress fractures in both legs, should be properly healed. The Wildcats hope Mouphtaou Yarou and Dominic Cheek can get consistently better as juniors. So it might still be a good season. Of course, defining success is always relative.

Villanova and Pittsburgh are the only two Big East teams that have been to the Madness each of the past seven seasons. And the Panthers have made it past the second round only twice in that span.

'The sense I have from being out there in the basketball world is, there's still great respect for the program,' Wright stressed. 'Again, I think those people just look at it as cyclical. The thing is, it's more of a surprise when you don't do well. I don't see that changing. It's more of a question of what happens next. I do think we have a little bit [of credibility] in the bank.

'I don't think about it, but I think that's out there [in the public]. I realize we have to address it when we talk to the media. But it just doesn't have anything to do with what we do every day.

'This year will definitely be different. But I'd much rather be up there, worrying about that. That's what keeps you up there. With that comes a confidence level that lets you start off 18-1. It's a product of our guys being inspired by that. When that doesn't happen, you don't want your players to be affected by that. So we have to do a better job of making sure we continue to improve.'

Because nobody remembers which team had only one loss in mid-January. Speaking of which, Wright wouldn't mind having to deal with that predicament again. Maybe even sooner than later, although he knows that if there is a next time, all the pertinent questions will surely pop up.

By the way, how many care that the 2007-08 team lost five straight at midseason, all by double digits, before getting to the Sweet 16 as a 12 seed?

A lot of schools would trade for that body of work. But lately, the only thing that has gotten Wright is a bunch of agita and second-guessers.

Welcome to the territory.

'I think our fans like it the other way, to be honest, when we [supposedly overachieve],' Wright said with a smile. 'Right now, everyone wants to know what went wrong. Maybe we're being naive, but we know everybody had a great spring. They're working their butts off. I know people don't want to hear that. We had a lot of stuff happen to us last year. So all the things that are getting addressed out there are [valid]. But since we can't control it, we don't dwell on it.'

In that case, plenty of observers are only too eager do it for him. See you in November.

Courtesy of http://www.philly.com


Miller listened to Maryland offer before extension - by Eurobasket News
Arizona coach Sean Miller fueled plenty of speculation over the weekend by listening to an offer to replace Gary Williams at Maryland.

The deal was already done. He and Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne had a strained relationship. Byrne wasnt doing enough to keep the coach who led an impressive turnaround in the desert. Miller was using the flirtation to get a new deal. Millers wife, Amy, doesnt like Tucson.

None of it turned out to be true, which frustrated Miller as he worked through a difficult process that led to a contract extension with Arizona.

If Greg Byrne and my wife took a hit because of me, shame on me, because thats the furthest thing from the truth, Miller said Monday. The fact that thats over with right now and Im looking at all of you, its almost embarrassing. I want to coach our program and deal with our team, and the future here is very bright.

Without mentioning Maryland specifically, Miller outlined some of his thought process in listening to an offer that would have taken him out of the desert.

The 42-year-old coach led a quick turnaround at Arizona, rebuilding a program that had been in flux since the leave of absence and subsequent retirement of coach Lute Olson.

A year after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years, Arizona won 30 games for the fourth time in school history in 2010-11 and reached the NCAA West Regional final after winning the Pac-10 regular-season title.

Miller won the conference coach of the year award and seemed to be locked into the desert after taking his name out of the running to coach North Carolina State, where he served as an assistant coach following a playing career at Pittsburgh.

But when Maryland came calling, Miller figured he at least had to listen. He spent most of his life on the East Coast, growing up in Pennsylvania. He also coached at Xavier, and still has plenty of family and friends back east.

Miller reportedly met with Maryland officials in Las Vegas over the weekend, sending the speculation swirling. In the end, Miller quashed all the reports by agreeing to a contract extension late Saturday night, a deal he says will keep him in Tucson for the long haul.

It was an opportunity that I really felt in the best interests of our own family and myself to at least pause and consider, he said. By doing that, it also really strengthens your belief on the place that youre at.

Maryland hired Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon on Monday night.

Millers deal to stay at Arizona had been in the works for a while.

Miller and Byrne said they had been having discussions since the season ended in March and the talks became more intense the latter part of last week, culminating in the deal that both hope will end speculation that theres dissension between them.

I feel fortunate every day that we are working together, Byrne said. He knew that certainly this weekend, and he knew that well before this weekend that thats where we were. I dont think there was ever any doubt about that.

Miller has only been in Tucson for two years, but because of the turnaround hes guided at Arizona hes already been approached by two high-profile programs.

So what happens when the next school comes calling? Maybe nothing.

Im not that guy thats going to do this again next spring and the spring after, Miller said. You may be surprised, especially because Im someone who left east to go west, that people will once in a while reach out, almost check and see where you stand. There are a lot of those opportunities that happen that never come out. This one did, because I at least considered it.

Courtesy of http://baltimore.cbslocal.com


Notre Dame's Brey says he's staying - by Eurobasket News
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is staying with the Irish, and his reasoning is pretty simple.

'This is my home,' he said Monday.

Brey was thought to be a candidate to replace Gary Williams at Maryland, given his strong ties to the area. He has been at Notre Dame for 11 years, but he was born in Bethesda, Md., and attended and played at DeMatha High School, where he was later an assistant coach.

The 52-year-old Brey, who won The Associated Press coach of the year award after leading the Irish to a 27-7 record this past season, said he never interviewed for the Maryland job and did not have a meeting to discuss it because he knew he wanted to stay in South Bend.

'There really wasn't much to it, other than some speculation from down there and I understand that with a coaching search,' Brey said.

'I didn't need to meet with anyone on this because I knew where my frame of mind was. I'm flattered that they would inquire, but that's kind of where it ended.'

Williams retired last week, and Brey acknowledged his personal connection to Maryland.

'When you go to their basketball camps when you are 10 years old, and when you have grown up around Maryland basketball and Lefty Driesell, certainly it tugs at your heart,' he said.

'Maryland also holds a special place in my heart because half of my family and half of my wife's family graduated from there. But I feel really good about the momentum of our program here at Notre Dame. I mean, we have worked 11 years to get into this position and get some momentum. I really like where our recruiting is and I am honored to have ND next to my name.'

Brey talked a day after Irish forward Carleton Scott announced he would stay in the NBA draft. Without Scott, the Irish will only have two returning starters Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin. Two others, Ben Hansbrough and Tyrone Nash, used up their eligibility.

Brey said Scott impressed during a workout Saturday in New Jersey with several other players, improving his draft status. Brey said he was told by one NBA official that Scott could be a middle-to-late second-round pick.

Courtesy of www.thestarpress.com


Maryland hires Turgeon to replace Williams - by Eurobasket News
As the new basketball coach at the University of Maryland, Mark Turgeon hopes to experience the same kind of success he enjoyed at Texas A&M.

The Terrapins are counting on him to do just that.

Turgeon was hired on Monday night to succeed Gary Williams, who retired last week after a 22-year run at Maryland. The 46-year-old Turgeon leaves the Aggies after making four consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament and going 97-40 in his four-year stay at College Station.

'It was just too good an offer for me to pass on,' Turgeon said in a release. 'The thing that made it the most difficult was the players. Those guys have done everything I've asked for four years and we've had a great ride.'

Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson believes Turgeon has the ability to extend the winning tradition built by Williams, who won the national championship in 2002 and reached the NCAA tournament 14 times. Just as important, Williams ran a clean program and maintained tight control over his players.

'We're thrilled to bring Mark to the University, where I'm sure he will continue to build on the great legacy and success of Maryland Basketball,' Anderson said. 'In Mark, we have brought one of the outstanding young coaches in the country, and one who has a proven record of achievement on and off the court. We couldn't be more excited.'

Turgeon will be introduced at press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Comcast Center, where Williams formally stepped down in an emotional ceremony on Friday.

Turgeon joins the Terrapins and the Atlantic Coast Conference after earning Big 12 coach of the year honors with A&M in 2010 and 2011. He is the only coach in Big 12 history with at least 24 victories in each of his four seasons.

Turgeon is 250-159 after 13 seasons overall as a head coach, including seven with Wichita State. He went 128-99 with the Shockers and reached the round of 16 in 2006.

He began his head-coaching career at Jacksonville State, going 17-11 in his final season there (1999-2000) after going 8-18 in his first year.

Turgeon was an assistant at Kansas for five seasons. He also played guard for the Jayhawks from 1984-87.

He said leaving Texas A&M was one of the most difficult decisions he's ever had to make.

'Marriage was easy for me. I knew I was in love. Going to KU was easy, that's where I always wanted to play college basketball,' he said. 'Going to Wichita State was easy. Going to Texas A&M was an easy choice. Today was one of the hardest choices I've had to make because of the young men in that locker room.'

But the challenge of coaching Maryland and competing in the ACC, against such powerhouses as Duke and North Carolina, was too hard to resist.

'Maryland's got a great basketball tradition,' Turgeon said. 'It's a gut feeling. I'm a blessed person to have the choice that I had to make today. They're both great programs. The one thing I feel good about is I inherited a good team and I think I'm leaving my best team behind. That made the decision really hard.'

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said he was sorry to see Turgeon go and the coach did a 'tremendous job' at the school.

Byrne will seek to find a replacement immediately.

'We always keep a list. We always know some people that we think will work well with us here, so we'll start that process again,' he said.

FOXSports.com was the first to report the hire.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Kentucky's Calipari to coach Dominican national team - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky head coach John Calipari will coach the Dominican Republic's national team at this summer's FIBA Americas Championship basketball tournament.

The tourney is a qualifying event for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Calipari, who took the Wildcats to the Final Four this past season, will hold mini camp in Lexington, Kentucky in early August, with the tournament commencing at the end of the month.

Kentucky forward Eloy Vargas is among those invited to mini camp.

'This will be a great learning experience for me to be able to coach against some of the best minds in international basketball,' Calipari explained. 'I know that being in the NBA helped me do a better job of preparing our young men to reach their dreams and this opportunity will do the same.'

Courtesy of www.wgrz.com


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DStv PBL Standings
DStv PBL Standings
Atlantic Conf.
1. Union Bank 13-1
2. Royal Hoopers 12-2
3. Comets 9-5
4. D.Warriors 8-6
5. Islanders 7-7
6. Police Baton 5-9
7. Chariots 1-13
8. Delta Force 1-13
Savannah Conf.
1. Kano Pillars 10-0
2. Kada Stars 8-2
3. Bauchi Nets 7-3
4. Yelwa Hawks 6-4
5. Niger Potters 4-6
6. Plateau Peaks 3-7
7. Immigration 2-8
8. Rockets 0-10


HOSTING BID FOR 2011 DSTV LEAGUE FINAL EIGHT TOURNAMENT BY LAGOS BASED ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAMS (1) - by Olusegun Ikuesan
OUR BID

In support of our bid, we feel it is only appropriate to acquaint you with the special characteristics and distinguishing factors which set our bid apart and why no other host can match the unparalleled competitive advantages we offer.

PROVISION OF WORLD CLASS FACILITIES
It is common knowledge that in spite of its age, the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium remains arguably the most spectator and TV friendly venue in the country today. It is our plan to create a never-before-achieved TV viewing experience for DSTV subscribers in particular and basketball fans in general.

ABILITY TO FILL THE PLAYING VENUE WITH SPECTATORS
Conservative estimates put the population of Lagos at around fifteen million, making it easily the most densely populated city in Nigeria. The size of the population becomes important when viewed as a determinant of how easy or difficult it would be to achieve filling the playing venue with spectators, which is a highly desired aspect of the event from the point of view of the sponsors and NBBF. The population within walking distance or three kilometers radius of the proposed National Stadium venue is estimated to be around four million. No other city, venue or location in Nigeria is capable of accessibility or proximity to such a large human population or simply put, target market. In addition to the above natural advantages, we have mapped out a very detailed and elaborate publicity plan which will ensure that the Stadium is filled to such a capacity that will give the NBBF and our League sponsors DSTV, the type of broadcasting opportunity that they had previously only dared dream of.


UNPARALELLED MEDIA COVERAGE
Because of the constant flow of breaking news and news worthy items, plus the ready availability of facilities for the dissemination of such news, Lagos has become undeniably the media capital of Nigeria. Every major print and electronic media has a major base in the city. Of particular interest is the fact that there are probably more sports writers, sports casters and sports journalists frequenting the National Stadium itself on a regular basis than in the rest of the country put together. It is this ready media pool that we intend to tap into as part of our overall strategy, to give the Final Eight event the kind of media backing and publicity that has never before been witnessed. There will be weekly press conferences, media events, team profiling, arranged news items, banners, handbills, special promotions etc as part of our strategy in this regard.

LONG TERM MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
Lagos remains unchallenged as the commercial capital of Nigeria. Nearly every major business concern and enterprise in Nigeria has a major operational base in Lagos. Statistically, eighty percent of all companies with an annual turnover in excess of one hundred million naira, have head offices or a base in Lagos. Close to seventy percent of the companies with annual turnover in excess of one billion naira have at least one of their top three management executives stationed in Lagos. The net effect of this is that if basketball is looking for a platform to present itself positively to the decision makers, the movers and shakers in Nigerian business, who have the financial muscle to provide much needed financial support, look no further than Lagos. We respectfully suggest to the NBBF that as supportive as DSTV has been over the years, there may be a need to put the game in a position where it can attract additional sponsors with similar financial clout, especially as the DSTV relationship is not exclusive.



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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 18-0 
 2. Persbraaten 13-5 
 3. Hop 13-5 
 4. Centrum 11-7 
 5. OSI 10-8 
 6. Sandefjord 8-10 
 7. Varden 7-11 
 8. Langhus 4-14 
 9. NTNUI 3-15 
 10. Trondheim 3-15 


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


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DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Az.16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.0 
 7. Thomas, PGE Turow14.6 
 8. Bennerman, Energa14.5 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azb.14.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK K.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azb.8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Az.7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow6.9 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS K.
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.6 
 2. Blassingame, Energ.6.2 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.6 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco3.7 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.3.2 
 10. Harrington, Trefl3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Polonia Azbud
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hinson, Polonia Az.2.7 
 2. Blassingame, Energ.2.6 
 3. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Szubarga, Asseco2.3 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 8. Thomas, PGE Turow2.2 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Reese, AZS Kosza.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK K.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Az.1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Polphar.0.8 


PLK Round 2 of Finals. PGE Turow claim first victory - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Energa Czarni - Trefl Sopot 72-71

Energa Czarni celebrated PLK Bronze medals as they edged Trefl Sopot at home court. Trefl Sopot cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to one at the end of the game. The former international forward Krzysztof Roszyk (200-78) notched 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Jerel Blassingame (177-81, college: UNLV) supported him with 11 points and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Lawrence Kinnard (202-86, college: UAB) did not help to save the game for Trefl Sopot. Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: K.Roszyk 14+5reb+1ast, B.Davis 12+4reb+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 11+2reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 11+1reb+8ast, P.Leonczyk 8+5reb+1ast, E.Jazvin 7+11reb
Trefl Sopot: L.Kinnard 18+11reb, D.Ceranic 15+7reb+3ast, L.Harrington 13+3ast, F.Dylewicz 7+5reb+3ast, P.Kikowski 7+1reb+2ast, M.Stefanski 5+2ast
gschID: 128089


FINAL
Asseco Prokom - PGE Turow 66-81

PGE Turow bounced back after the starting loss in style thrashing Asseco Prokom in Gdynia. The game was mostly controlled by PGE Turow. Asseco Prokom managed to win fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Asseco Prokom 34-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for PGE Turow especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Asseco Prokom helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) scored 31 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Robert Witka (205-81) scored 14 points and 4 steals. Asseco Prokom's coach Tomas Pacesas rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: T.Thomas 31+5reb+8ast, D.Kickert 15+3reb, K.Wysocki 13+5reb+1ast, M.Kuebler 13+2reb, R.Tomaszek 7+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 2+8reb+1ast
Asseco Prokom: D.Ewing 15+1reb+5ast, R.Witka 14+2reb, F.Videnov 10+2reb+3ast, K.Szubarga 8+3reb+3ast, Q.Woods 7+1reb, A.Hrycaniuk 5+3reb
gschID: 128088




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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN Round 13: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
BSN round 13 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Quebradillas (10-4) against third ranked Vaqueros (10-4) 98-87 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. The former international guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds for Quebradillas. Vaqueros keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Quebradillas. Quebradillas will play next round against strong Cangrejeros trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vaqueros will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Maratonistas in Coamo.
Bottom-ranked Indios managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Maratonistas in Coamo 98-84. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) stepped up and scored 30 points for the winners and Carlos Rivera chipped in 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) responded with 26 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios maintains tenth place with 4-11 record. Maratonistas at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Caciques (#7) in Humacao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maratonistas will play on the road against the league's leader Vaqueros having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between 9th ranked Gallitos (5-11) and fourth ranked Cangrejeros (8-7) in Isabela on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Santurce outscored Gallitos 94-75. Michael Sweetney nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Shavlik Randolph came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Gallitos in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cangrejeros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-7 record. Gallitos lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Cangrejeros will meet league's second-placed Quebradillas on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gallitos will play against Mets (#3) in Guaynabo and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 13 San German beat Arecibo on the road 85-80. Humacao lost to Coamo on its own court 75-81.



Arecibo - San German 80-85

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Atleticos (8-8) beat 5th ranked Capitanes (7-8) in Arecibo 85-80 on Monday. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 32-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atleticos shot 27 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Capitanes only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Capitanes 47-31 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) nailed 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Antonio Latimer (204-78, college: Missouri So.) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Capitanes in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Capitanes' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Atleticos moved-up to fifth place. Loser Capitanes dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Humacao. Atleticos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Capitanes will play against Maratonistas (#8) in Coamo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Pinnock 18+8reb+2ast, D.Santiago 14+5reb+1ast, L.Ayuso 14+1reb+1ast, A.Latimer 13+5reb+6ast, I.Caro 7, J.Aubry 6+5reb
San German: J.Pellot-Rosa 25+5reb+2ast, R.Orta 16+2reb+4ast, M.Harris 15+13reb+2ast, R.Abraham 12+5reb+2ast, M.De Jesus 5+5reb+2ast, C.Strong 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 125538


Coamo - Mayaguez 84-98

Bottom-ranked Indios managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Maratonistas in Coamo 98-84. The game was mostly controlled by Indios. Maratonistas was better in second period 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Maratonistas 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Indios players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Maratonistas' players. The former international swingman Alejandro Carmona (194-83) stepped up and scored 30 points for the winners and guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) responded with 26 points and the former international center Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Maratonistas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indios maintains tenth place with 4-11 record. Maratonistas at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Indios will play against higher ranked Caciques (#7) in Humacao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maratonistas will play on the road against the league's leader Vaqueros having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Coamo: J.Villegas 26+4reb+2ast, M.Freije 14+3reb, T.Manzano 14+4reb, M.Antonio Narvaez 13+7reb, C.Vega 11+4reb+2ast, A.Ortiz 3+3reb+3ast
Mayaguez: A.Carmona 30+2reb+3ast, E.Rodriguez 19+2reb+4ast, C.Rivera 15+3reb+7ast, B.Robinson 9+7reb+2ast, R.Clemente 9+11reb+4ast, E.Ubiles 8+2reb
gschID: 125539


Isabela - Santurce 75-94

The game between 9th ranked Gallitos (5-11) and fourth ranked Cangrejeros (8-7) in Isabela on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Santurce outscored Gallitos 94-75. The game was mostly controlled by Cangrejeros. Gallitos managed to win fourth quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cangrejeros looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cangrejeros players scored in double figures. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) added 16 points respectively for Gallitos in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cangrejeros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-7 record. Gallitos lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Cangrejeros will meet league's second-placed Quebradillas on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gallitos will play against Mets (#3) in Guaynabo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Isabela: J.Verdejo 16+3reb+1ast, S.Randolph 13+9reb+1ast, F.Valencia 8+5reb+1ast, R.Cotto 8+2reb+2ast, J.Soto 7+1ast, D.Hinson 7+3reb+5ast
Santurce: M.Sweetney 18+11reb+3ast, R.Chaney 16+6reb+2ast, W.Pagan 15+3reb+5ast, R.Sanchez 10+1reb+2ast, A.Reyes 9+9reb+2ast, R.Melendez 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 125540


Humacao - Coamo 75-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Caciques (7-8) lost to seventh ranked Maratonistas (7-9) in Humacao 75-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Maratonistas outrebounded Caciques 55-32 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 27 rebounds for the winning side and American-Lebanese forward Matt Freije (207-81, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 35 points (!!!). Maratonistas' coach Pedro Cintron used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Despite that victory Maratonistas went down to eighth position due to points difference. Caciques lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Arecibo. Maratonistas will meet league's leader Vaqueros in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caciques will play against Indios (#10) in Mayaguez and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Humacao: I.Johnson 23+6reb+1ast, J.Maye 17+8reb, D.Clemente 15+4reb+3ast, M.Ali Berdiel 7+5reb+9ast, J.Life 5+2reb, K.Penn 4+4reb
Coamo: M.Freije 35+4reb, J.Villegas 15+4reb+5ast, M.Antonio Narvaez 12+27reb+2ast, A.Ortiz 7+3reb, R.Fields 6+9reb+6ast, D.Torres 6+2reb
gschID: 125536


Bayamon - Quebradillas 98-87

BSN round 13 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Quebradillas (10-4) against third ranked Vaqueros (10-4) 98-87 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Vaqueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. The former international guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Vaqueros players scored in double figures. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Quebradillas. Vaqueros keep a position of league leader, which they share with defeated Quebradillas. Quebradillas will play next round against strong Cangrejeros trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vaqueros will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Maratonistas in Coamo.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 31+11reb+2ast, D.Sims 13+6reb+1ast, D.Brown 13+3reb+3ast, J.Jones 9+5reb+1ast, D.Huertas 9+6reb+1ast, R.Apodaca 7+3reb+5ast
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 30+8reb+10ast, T.Shannon 18+7reb+1ast, J.Mojica 15+8reb+4ast, C.Antrone Lee 15+7reb+3ast, R.Rickert 12+9reb+2ast, R.Barbosa 8
gschID: 125537




Dalmau's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old guard Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports) put on an amazing game in the last week for league's best team Bayamon and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 13.
He got a double-double of 30 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Quebradillas (10-4) 98-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Bayamon to take over top position in the Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayamon has a very solid 10-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Dalmau had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Bayamon and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Daytona Beach CC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dalmau. Dalmau is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.5ppg) and averages solid 51.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of league's second-best Quebradillas. He is naturalized American center in his first season at Quebradillas. In the last game Ramos recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Quebradillas lost that game 87-98 to slightly higher-ranked Bayamon (10-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Quebradillas still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Ramos is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.1ppg (#1). He also registered 11.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Coamo (#8). Narvaez scored 12 points and grabbed twenty seven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Coamo, leading his team to a 81-75 win against slightly higher-ranked Humacao (#7, 7-8). The chances of Coamo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Narvaez could help Coamo to bring them higher in the standings. Narvaez has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) of Mayaguez - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Matt Freije (207-F-81) of Coamo - 35 points and 4 rebounds
7. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84) of San German - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ramon Clemente (200-F-85) of Mayaguez - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Santurce - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 10-4 
 2. Quebradillas 10-4 
 3. Guaynabo 10-6 
 4. Santurce 8-7 
 5. San German 8-8 
 6. Arecibo 7-8 
 7. Humacao 7-8 
 8. Coamo 7-9 
 9. Isabela 5-11 
 10. Mayaguez 4-11 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas24.1 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.6 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon22.5 
 4. Villegas, Coamo20.0 
 5. Johnson, Humacao18.7 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 7. Clinch, Isabela18.5 
 8. Clemente, Humacao18.5 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez18.0 
 10. Brown, Quebradill.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Narvaez, Coamo13.1 
 2. Randolph, Isabela11.9 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.7 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.6 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.7 
 6. Harris, San German10.7 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Shannon, Bayamon9.6 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce8.9 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.9 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas6.0 
 3. Clemente, Humacao5.2 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.6 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.3 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao4.3 
 8. Garcia, Humacao3.8 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.2 
 2. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 3. Clinch, Isabela1.7 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayna.1.6 
 5. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 6. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 8. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Hodge, Santurce1.5 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.4 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 7. Robinson, Mayaguez1.7 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.5 
 9. Sanchez, Santurce1.5 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.5 


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  QATAR   


Al-Rayan advanced to the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
The Final stage is ready for the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011. Al-Rayan from Qatar advanced to the Final beating Uhud from Saudi Arabia 89:78. Al-Rayan started with 25-20 in the opening period and added massive 24-8 in the second frame. Uhud started to play better in the second half and as a result the hosts won the third period 27-21. They could not however win the game and will play for the third place against AlGarrafa.
Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates advanced to the Final edging AlGarrafa from Qatar 91:83.


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Al-Ittihad and Uhud are out of the Final - by Eurobasket News
Al-Ittihad and Uhud are out of the Final of the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011 being held in Jeddah.
Al-Rayan from Qatar advanced to the Final beating Uhud from Saudi Arabia 89:78. Al-Rayan started with 25-20 in the opening period and added massive 24-8 in the second frame. Uhud started to play better in the second half and as a result the hosts won the third period 27-21. They could not however win the game and will play for the third place against AlGarrafa.
Al-Ittihad finished Group B with 2-1 record, but could not make it to the semis. Al-Rayan and Al-Shabab had the same record, but advanced with the better difference. Al-Rayan from Qatar needed 94:58 over Al-Ittihad to send them out of the semis.
Tomorrow Uhud from Saudi Arabia will face AlGarrafa from Qatar in the game for the third place. Al-Ittihad plays for 5-8 places.


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  SCOTLAND   


GIBSON QUITS PEREGRINES, JOINS KNIGHTS - by Sandy Sutherland
Scottish international shooting guard Grant Gibson is leaving East Lothian Peregrines to join Stirling Knights in a move which will rock the Musselburgh-based club, originally founded as a breakway team from City of Edinburgh Kings.
But Peregrines' team boss Brian Ramsay insists: 'Grant goes with our full blessing and we wish him the best of luck.'
Gibson is impressed by the professional approach of new club Knights who finished fifth out of 10 in their rookie season in the Scottish National League and reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals.
The 28-year-old Gibson is one of the best shooters in the league and will be a boost to the Stirling outfit who are based at the splendid Peak Sports Centre.
'Hopefuly this will lead to trophies as I was fed up with being on a losing team (Peregrines won only three games last season) but it all finished amicably at Peregrines - Brian (Ramsay) has done a tremendous job there.'


CITY REWARDS TITLE TRIUMPH - by Sandy Sutherland
The City of Edinburgh Basketball Club celebrated the most
successful season in their 23-year history with their annual
Awards Night at Hibernian FC's Easter Road stadium.
Latvian star Edgars Rekis was named MVP, Edinburgh University shooting guard Mike Kirkpatrick the best 'team player' and guard Lee Reilly the Most Improved Player of the Edinburgh Kings' triumphant senior men's side who swept all three honours, Scottish Cup, Scottish League and League Play-offs and suffered only one defeat, in overtime, to Falkirk Fury, the league runners-up.
The men's feat was matched by the Edinburgh Kool Kats women as the
City club captured a record five trophies in the Scottish Cup
Finals, the junior men and cadet men also clinching their cups.
Kings cadets beat Troon Tornadoes 57-44 to win the Under-16 trophy
and Kings juniors (u-18) trounced Troon 66-36 to complete the
men's monopoly, the Chairman's Cup for non-national league sides
having been bagged the previous night.
The junior men's success was also reflected at Awards Night with
Niall Mackle named MVP, Grant MacKay picking up the 'best team
player' award and Ross Paterson the 'most improved.'



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  SEYCHELLES   


Baya blow big lead in heavy loss - by Carlos Pereira
Baya led by as many as 20 26-6 in the opening five minutes, but then hit a dry spell allowing Premium Cobras to battle back to earn what turned out to be an easy 95-81 win in the mens first division league.

Baya players and coaching staff walked off the NSC multipurpose hall court on Saturday feeling crushed and they have themselves to blame for releasing their grip on the match and letting Cobras steal the victory from them.
Both Baya and Premium Cobras entered the match as the only teams not to have lost this season and one of them had to lose their winning run. Probably no one expected Baya to finish on the losing end of this confrontation, let alone by such a big margin, as they controlled the Cobras early on.
Shooting guard Darren Lesperance was instrumental for the Cobras, giving his team the lead for good at 27-26 on his second 3-pointer with 8 minutes 52 seconds (8:52) left in the second quarter and with the third of his game-high five treys concluded a seven-minute 30-0 run that opened a 10-point lead 36-26.
Lesperance finished the match with 28 points, Amadou Sylla added 18 off the bench before fouling out, Seychelles power forward Dominic Pillay got 13 and both playmaker Christopher Camille and Nigerian centre Ugbaje Ajodoh finished with 12 apiece to stretch the Cobras winning streak to six.
With centre Robert Lon playing the whole 40 minutes, Dave Roseline only getting a few minutes run and Steve Denis not on the team sheet for missing training despite being present for the match, Baya twice came close to equalising at 40-39 and 46-45, but each time coach Guy Halls team pulled away to stay in command.
Playmaker Giovanni Laval got 21 points including four shots from downtown, Lon added 17 and Jean-Paul Camille chipped a meager 12 including one trey for Baya whose bench need to play harder if they are to stay in the title hunt.
After a victory like this, the Cobras, who also beat Baya in a near blow-out 90-73 victory to reclaim the mens Curtain-raiser title on Sunday February 20, proved they have the talent to push defending champions PLS Hawks this season as long as they keep their composure.

Cobras and Hawks are to clash this coming Saturday and the latter will surely be looking to put an end to the formers unbeaten run as a loss will spell trouble for them having already lost once to Mont Fleuri Dawgz this campaign.

If anything can be learned from Saturdays top-of-the table clash, it is expect the unexpected this term.

The Hawks warmed up for Saturdays showdown with the Cobras by steamrollering bottom Razors 119-27 on the back of 39 points from Nigerian Alao Solomon and 22 from Daniel Victor.

Coach Clifford Jouberts team made sure the Razors did not score in double digits in all four quarters which they won 22-6, 22-9, 31-8 and 44-4 to bring their points tally to nine after four wins and a loss in five games.
Mont Fleuri Dawgz were always in control against last years second division champions Drifters, outscoring the Anse Boileau-based team 15-9, 20-10, 22-11 and 17-13 on the way to a 74-43 victory.
Finishing with a game-high 15 points, Nigel Cafrine led two other Dawgz Marvin Asba and Kevin Romain in double digits with 11 points apiece.

After getting their fourth win in six games, Mont Fleuri Dawgz are third in the standings with 10 points one less than runners-up Baya who trail leaders Cobras one.
Playmaker Kenneth Sophie (24 points) and Biko Biong (26) teamed up for 50 of Cascade Bullets points in a 10-point margin 79-69 victory over RC Dynamics who were paced by Albert Duncan with 13 points including a three.
Biong and Ralf Racombo fouled out for the Bullets, but the rest of the team shored up the defence after they had built their victory with a big third quarter performance during which they outscored Dynamics 27-14.

The victory was the Bullets second in six games and they are seventh on eight points the same total as MBU Rockers who were not in action and have a match in hand.

Meanwhile, in the mens division two, Juniors extended their winning streak to four with a 61-54 top-of-the-table win over the previously unbeaten Anse Etoile who got 20 points from Faizal Naiken.
Marcus Victor had the hot hands for Juniors with 18 points off the bench.

Despite still learning the ropes, the young lads of the Cadets team proved that if coach Pascal Fostel continues to provide them with the right ammunition, they can become good players although they lost 32-110 against AAP Brothers whose win was their first in two games. Cadets have lost all their three games.

by http://www.nation.sc/


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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Ivanovic, Radovlji.20.2 
 2. Petrovic, Nova G.19.6 
 3. Pusic, Litija18.1 
 4. Husic, Kraski Zidar17.3 
 5. Gavric, Primorac.17.1 
 6. Marcetic, Nova G.17.0 
 7. Kosec, Sencur CP17.0 
 8. Blazevic, Litija16.8 
 9. Moro, Splosna16.7 
 10. Tomic, Rogaska16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Jakhel, KD Postoj.9.5 
 2. Ivanovic, Radovlji.9.0 
 3. Husic, Kraski Zidar8.4 
 4. Sivka, Konjice8.2 
 5. Spesic, Rogaska8.1 
 6. Buda, Kraski Zidar8.0 
 7. Barovic, Primor.8.0 
 8. Klepo, Radovljica7.8 
 9. Tusek, Hrastnik7.5 
 10. Kosec, Sencur CP7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska5.9 
 2. Perko, Splosna5.5 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.4.7 
 4. Ucman, Radovljica4.1 
 5. Glavas, KD Postoj.3.8 
 6. Milasinovic, Sencu.3.8 
 7. Blazevic, Litija3.6 
 8. Jereb, Konjice3.5 
 9. Zalar, Kraski Zidar3.4 
 10. Pusic, Litija3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.3 
 2. Jereb, Konjice2.2 
 3. Bratina, Primor.2.0 
 4. Misic, Grosuplje1.9 
 5. Lobe, Grosuplje1.9 
 6. Pusic, Litija1.7 
 7. Ninic, Triglav Kra.1.7 
 8. Gavric, Primorac.1.7 
 9. Jotic, Rogaska1.7 
 10. Cvek, Sencur CP1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jakhel, KD Postoj.2.0 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 3. Barovic, Primor.1.0 
 4. Klepo, Radovljica1.0 
 5. Kosec, Sencur CP1.0 
 6. Trampus, Grosuplje1.0 
 7. Lobe, Grosuplje0.9 
 8. Hren, Litija0.8 
 9. Alispahic, Grosupl.0.7 
 10. Buda, Kraski Zidar0.7 


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


HOSTING BID FOR 2011 DSTV LEAGUE FINAL EIGHT TOURNAMENT BY LAGOS BASED ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAMS (1) - by Olusegun Ikuesan
OUR BID

In support of our bid, we feel it is only appropriate to acquaint you with the special characteristics and distinguishing factors which set our bid apart and why no other host can match the unparalleled competitive advantages we offer.

PROVISION OF WORLD CLASS FACILITIES
It is common knowledge that in spite of its age, the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium remains arguably the most spectator and TV friendly venue in the country today. It is our plan to create a never-before-achieved TV viewing experience for DSTV subscribers in particular and basketball fans in general.

ABILITY TO FILL THE PLAYING VENUE WITH SPECTATORS
Conservative estimates put the population of Lagos at around fifteen million, making it easily the most densely populated city in Nigeria. The size of the population becomes important when viewed as a determinant of how easy or difficult it would be to achieve filling the playing venue with spectators, which is a highly desired aspect of the event from the point of view of the sponsors and NBBF. The population within walking distance or three kilometers radius of the proposed National Stadium venue is estimated to be around four million. No other city, venue or location in Nigeria is capable of accessibility or proximity to such a large human population or simply put, target market. In addition to the above natural advantages, we have mapped out a very detailed and elaborate publicity plan which will ensure that the Stadium is filled to such a capacity that will give the NBBF and our League sponsors DSTV, the type of broadcasting opportunity that they had previously only dared dream of.


UNPARALELLED MEDIA COVERAGE
Because of the constant flow of breaking news and news worthy items, plus the ready availability of facilities for the dissemination of such news, Lagos has become undeniably the media capital of Nigeria. Every major print and electronic media has a major base in the city. Of particular interest is the fact that there are probably more sports writers, sports casters and sports journalists frequenting the National Stadium itself on a regular basis than in the rest of the country put together. It is this ready media pool that we intend to tap into as part of our overall strategy, to give the Final Eight event the kind of media backing and publicity that has never before been witnessed. There will be weekly press conferences, media events, team profiling, arranged news items, banners, handbills, special promotions etc as part of our strategy in this regard.

LONG TERM MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES
Lagos remains unchallenged as the commercial capital of Nigeria. Nearly every major business concern and enterprise in Nigeria has a major operational base in Lagos. Statistically, eighty percent of all companies with an annual turnover in excess of one hundred million naira, have head offices or a base in Lagos. Close to seventy percent of the companies with annual turnover in excess of one billion naira have at least one of their top three management executives stationed in Lagos. The net effect of this is that if basketball is looking for a platform to present itself positively to the decision makers, the movers and shakers in Nigerian business, who have the financial muscle to provide much needed financial support, look no further than Lagos. We respectfully suggest to the NBBF that as supportive as DSTV has been over the years, there may be a need to put the game in a position where it can attract additional sponsors with similar financial clout, especially as the DSTV relationship is not exclusive.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Eric Sandrin joined Korean senior national team - by JungHwan Seo
Korean senior national team 12 men roster announced on yesterday. Lee Seung-Jun as known as Sandrin Eric (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who played Asian games 2010 in Guangzhou, China will play for the country again.

According to the FIBA policy, only one half Korean can join to the national team roster. Eric had to compete with his brother Sandrin Daniel (200-F-80, college: Seattle Pacific) and Chon Tae-Poong (180-G-80).

Korean national team head coach Hur Jae 's choice was Eric. Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) who got KBL Fianls MVP and Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) who was the captain of Korea can not play because of their injuries. In these circumstances, Hur needs to back up Korean team's inside with Eric's selection.

In this roster, lots of young guns replaced veteran's spots. Kim seung-won and Kim Jong-gyu are collegiate athletics. They joined 12 men national team roster for the first time. Oh Se-Keun (201-C-87) and Kim sun-hyung are also young players who do not have any professional career yet. KBL rookie of the year Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87) was selected too.

'We should have patriotism to compete with other countries. Whoever plays in the game, they have to burn with passion. We lost some good players like Ha and Kim. But we would get younger and play faster. Our goal is getting a ticket to the Olympic 2012 in London.' Hur said.

Korean team will make a training camp since May 16 for the East Asian Championship.

Korean senior national team 12 men roster

Guard = Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G-85), Kim Sun-hyung (187-G-88), Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87), Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81), Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82), Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83)

Forward = Kim young-hwan (195-F-84), Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84)

Center = Kim seung-won (202-C-89), Kim Jong-gyu (207-C-91), Oh Se-Keun, Sandrin Eric



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  SPAIN   


Caja Laboral add Milton Palacio - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral decided to deepen their backcourt prior to the start of ACB playoffs. They signed a deal with Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.). The 33-year-old guard started the season in Greece. Milton Palacio played for Kavala. His stats read 15.6 points, 3.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in A1. Last season Milton Palacio started in Khimky. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 assists in Euroleague. In Russian League his stats read 6.4 points and 2.6 assists. Later he moved to Partizan, then Kavala and finally appeared in Caja Laboral. In Spanish ACB the guard notched 3.2 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds per appearance. Milton Palacio is the member of Dominican Republic National Team. He posted 17.5 points, 5.5 boards, 6.3 assists per game at the Centrobasket in Santo Domingo in 2010.


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  UBL   


WRANGLERS SQUEEZE BY LIGHTNING - by Torrence Moody
Plano, Texas was the place and the TEXAS SHOOTOUT was underway. With both teams missing key players the game still was a classic to watch. Newly added guard Matthew Watts 6'3 G from Mexico had a awesome coming out party for the Lightning scoring 18 in his 1st game. Game went back and forth for the full 48 minutes. With the Wranglers being down with under a minute to go by 5. D-League standout C.J.Carter posted 22 points for the Wranglers including 7 points in the final minute of play. UBA Allstar Ricky James posted a season high 27 points for Lightning but early foul trouble had him benched for majority of the 4th quarter. This is the 1st of 3 games between these 2 teams in the montn of May. Wranglers prevail
114-112 over the Lightning. Coach Mitchell says 'We let a important game slip away. This is a conference game that was greatly needed. We have to do better next time.'

Scoring was as follows

WRANGLERS

C.J. Carter (6'3''-G-88, college: Johnson CCC) 22 points
Melvin Allen (6'7'') 16 points


LIGHTNING
Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.) 27 points
Alonzo Butler (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Paul Quinn) 18 points
Matthew Watts (6'3 G, college:San Diego State) 18 points

Metroplex Lightning are on the road this weekend 14 May vs Division rival Mississippi.

UBL COME GET SOME!!!




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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 3. Burns, Fe.16.4 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.1 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.0 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.4 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.5 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.6 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Williams, Khimik3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 5. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
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. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


Superleague Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Budivelnyk and BC Donetsk to play for the title - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - BC Donetsk 58-62

BC Donetsk claimed their Superleague Finals ticket. They edged Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk to sweep the semifinal series. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 18-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Hoverla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: D.Swanson 20+7reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 11+2reb+3ast, J.Chappell 11+8reb+3ast, E.Coleman 7+4reb, P.Ulyanko 4+2reb+3ast, A.Dubnyuk 2+1reb
BC Donetsk: S.Vasiljevic 10+3reb+1ast, B.Cvetkovic 10+5reb+1ast, J.Hukic 9+8reb+2ast, D.Gliebov 8+6reb, A.Owens 7+2reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 128065


Ferro-ZNTU - Budivelnyk 66-83

Budivelnyk advanced into the Finals following the third straight win over Ferro-ZNTU. Ferro-ZNTU was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 51-25 second half run of Budivelnyk. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Keddric Mays (183-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 14+10reb+2ast, K.Mays 14+2reb+1ast, V.Hunter 12+4reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 7+6reb+2ast, A.Rybalko 7+5reb+3ast, R.Harris 6+2reb+2ast
Budivelnyk: L.Wilson 25+5reb+1ast, W.Keys 13+8reb+4ast, D.Ikovlev 10+4reb, M.Anisimovas 9+2reb+2ast, D.Spencer 7+4reb+4ast, A.Agafonov 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128066




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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al-Shabab makes it to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates advanced to the Final of the GCC Clubs Basketball Championship edging AlGarrafa from Qatar 91:83. In the Final the team will face Al-Rayan from Qatar that advanced to the Final beating Uhud from Saudi Arabia 89:78. Al-Rayan started with 25-20 in the opening period and added massive 24-8 in the second frame. Uhud started to play better in the second half and as a result the hosts won the third period 27-21. They could not however win the game and will play for the third place against AlGarrafa.

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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 23-7 
 2. Marinos 23-9 
 3. Trotamundos 22-10 
 4. Guaiqueries 19-13 
 5. Bucaneros 17-16 
 6. Gigantes 16-16 
 7. Panteras 15-19 
 8. Toros 11-23 
 9. Guaros 10-20 
 10. Gaiteros 5-28 




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Women News

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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Cheetahs win National Basketball Title - by Eurobasket News
Both the men and ladies National Basketball Titles will stay in the capital New Providence until the 2012 championships after the Commonwealth Bank Giants won the men's title and the Four J's Cheetahs won the women's title in the round robin tournament hosted by The Bahamas Basketball Federation on the weekend at the Kendal Isaacs Gym.

Both the men and ladies National Basketball Titles will stay in the capital New Providence until the 2012 championships after the Commonwealth Bank Giants won the men's title and the Four J's Cheetahs won the women's title in the round robin tournament hosted by The Bahamas Basketball Federation on the weekend at the Kendal Isaacs Gym.

The Giants found the competition stiff versus the Grand Bahama Champions who actually defeated them in their opening game on Friday night 81-80 on a buzzer beating three point shot by Clayton 'Smiley' Miller.

The Giants were coming off a grueling game seven victory in the New Providence Basketball Association Championship over the Real Deal Shockers just two nights earlier.
In that first match up between the Giants and Grand Bahama Jabbar Lightbourn led Grand Bahama with 24 points and the high flying Gamiliel Rose led the Giants with 26 points.
In the championship match up New Providence won a thrilling game by the final score 95-89. Giants centre Jeremy Hutchinson and shooting guard Michael 'Furly' Bain both scored 18 in the victory, and Rose finished with 17 points.

'Smiley' Miller led Grand Bahama with 24 point. Quinton 'Three Ounce' Hall and Tamasieo Dames each finished with 21 points.

Grand Bahama and New Providence emerged at the top of the men's division after the Harbour Island Panthers from Eleuthera were eliminated in round robin action. Grand Bahama defeated Harbour Island 82-56 led by Miller with 21 and Harbour Island got 13 points from Alvin Bullard.

In the ladies division, the Cheetahs accomplished a story book ending to their 2011 season. After finally overcoming the Bomber George Angels for the New Providence Women's Basketball Association title, they advanced to the National Championship final where they held off a talented but inexperienced team from Harbour Island with 68-53 win. Cheetahs point guard Latyoya 'Lil Ting' Thompson led all scorers with 30 points. Isis Wilson and Dovester Bullard finished with 11 points each for Briland.

In round robin play the Cheetahs had beaten Harbouru Island 51-41, led by forward Terrana Pyfrom (80) and centre Linda Pierre (82) with 13 points each. Wilson led Harbour Island in that game with 13 points also.

The Cheetahs and Harbor Island played their way through a round robin format that included the Angels, and the Junior All-Stars from New Providence.


Courtesy of www.jonesbahamas.com


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  BARBADOS - Women  


Barbados may miss basketball tourney - by Eurobasket News
The Bahamas seems capable of hosting a regional championship after all.

Whether Barbados is able to go is another matter.

The former two-time regional basketball champs could be in danger of missing their first ever senior Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) after it was revealed it will cost $90 000 to send both teams.

Barbados Amateur Basketball Association president Derrick Garrett disclosed the figure a week after learning of the tournaments host site.

At this present moment based on our current finances we wouldnt be able to do so, said Garrett of Barbados ability to attend the championships.

Were hoping that we can gain both the assistance of the BOA and the National Sports Council plus we will embark on fund-raising activities to try to cover the cost.

In the absence of not raising the funds, which are estimated at $90 000, then the likelihood exists that we will not be able to go.

Last week, Caribbean Basketball Confederation secretary general Sabrina Mitchell confirmed The Bahamas as the host of both the mens and womens championships, which are slated for July 25 to August 5.

This after The Bahamas had already pulled out of staging the CARIFTA Games earlier this year despite confirming their position to hold the regional track and field meet since last year.

But CBC vice-president of technical operations, Glyne Clarke, seems assured of The Bahamas commitment after speaking to both the president of The Bahamas Basketball Federation and the countrys minister of sports last month.

I would say I am 90 to 95 per cent certain that they will host the championships, stated Clarke.

Things can always happen to throw a spanner in the works but I am fairly confident that Bahamas will bring it off.

But theres no such certainty surrounding Barbados attendance, or the identity of the coaches if they do.

Garrett revealed that his executive was currently open to receiving applications for both posts, even though the council was not openly against returning women's national coach Barry Rock and his men's counterpart Adrian Craigwell .

Part of our mandate is that we are not selecting coaches for tours, said Garrett, who hinted as such in his address at the opening ceremony.

Were looking for a comprehensive review of our programme that will see us having continuous national training instead of having us assemble a team three weeks before a tournament.

If Craigwell is not returned it will be the fourth time in as many tours that basketball has changed its mens national head coach since Nigel Lloyds successful stint at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Since then, the perennial title contenders have stumbled to a fifth and two successive sixth-placed finishes at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 regional mens tournaments.

We cannot expect success when we assemble a team three to four months before a competition, said Garrett.

[But] it is imperative that Barbados participates in the Caribbean Championships to be eligible to move forward in the four-year cycle.

Garretts executive has until April 18 to pay a non-refundable US$1 010 per team to the Caribbean Basketball Confederation to confirm its participation in the tournament.

The BABA reported a debt of just over $30 000 at its last annual general meeting on February 5, where Garrett was elected president.

Courtesy of www.nationnews.com


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  BERMUDAS - Women  


Jenaya Wade-Fray named '2010 Female Athlete of the Year' - by Eurobasket News
The 30th Annual Sports Awards saw Jenaya Wade-Fray (175-G-88, college: Chattanooga) named the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year. This awared was received following a brilliant collegiate career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. This is a major accomplishment for Jenaya and basketball as she beat out former winners Flora Duffy and Kiera Aiken for the honor of becoming the first Bermuda women's basketball player to represent Great Britain in the hunt for the Eurobasket Championships in Poland.

AT UTC, she helped lead the Lady Mocs to consecutive Southern Conference titile. They also went on to win the SoCon tournament and advanced to the NCAA Women's Tournament for the eighth time in 10 years.

She was All-Conference and All-Tournament first team and concluded her career at UTC having played 131 games, more than any other Chattanooga player in school history. She ranked 3rd all-time at UTC and in the SoCon in 3 pointers made in her career with 214, 10th for assists, and became the 24th member of the Lady Mocs' 1000-point club.

Courtesy of www.bermudabasketball.org


Streetball all-stars to take on Bermuda - by Eurobasket News
Two women basketball players will get a chance to attend a Women's National Basketball Association training camp.

The pair will be chosen during the Bermuda Gas All-star Weekend over this Friday and Saturday.

The two Bermuda players will head to Phoenix on May 19 to experience the WNBA training camp.

Temeka Johnson (160-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU), starting point guard for the Phoenix Mercury, who will be here for the all-star festivities, said: 'Everyone knows that Im all about providing hope to others, and this is an extension of that.'

'This is a great opportunity to show others how difficult a road we have to travel to reach our goals. Im proud to help empower other young women.'

Johnson will also lead a free skills clinic on Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Berkeley gym.

Later that day there will be a celebrity basketball game starting at 7pm.

Following that a 15-minute ceremony will be held to give out some legends awards with the SKY streetballers taking on the Bermuda All-stars at 8:30pm.

Courtesy of http://bermudasun.bm


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  CROATIA - Women  


Lisa Karcic in squad for EC - by Zeljko Zule
American born Lisa Karcic (185-F/C-86, college: Villanova) has been selected for the Croatian national team squad for the 2011 European Championship. She averaged 18,6 points 12,1 rebounds 3,3 assists and 5,5 steals in 2010-11 Finnish League with Kerava and was the league leader in steals, third in assists,fourth in rebounds and fifth leading scorer. Once the Finnish League finished, Karcic signed with Keflavik for the playoffs, averaging 10,8 points and 12,8 rebounds per game and leading her team to win the Icelandic Championship.
2011 Croatian national team:

Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group), Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84), Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83), Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87), Anda Jelavic (175-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group), Marta Cakic (175-G-82), Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond), Neda Lokas (182-F-85), Antonija Misura (177-F-88), Sandra Mandir (177-G-77), Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina), Sena Pavetic (198-C-86), Lisa Karcic.
Coach: Stipe Bralic .




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  PALESTINE - Women  


PBBA Women Standing
PBBA Standings
 1. Catholic A. 0-0 
 2. De La Salle B. 0-0 
 3. O. Beit Jala 0-0 
 4. O. Beit Sahour 0-0 
 5. O. Ramallah 0-0 
 6. RaI AlSaleh 0-0 
 7. S. Ramallah 0-0 
 8. Ibdaa D. 0-0 
 9. T. Beit Sahour 0-0 
 10. T. Jerusalem 0-0 
 11. De La Salle J. 0-1 


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  ROMANIA - Women  


D2 Standings - by Greg
D2 Top 4 Standings
 1. Targu Mures 3-0 
 2. BBALL6 2-1 
 3. Targu Secuiesc 1-2 
 4. Baia Mare 0-3 


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Domzale earn first win of the season - by Zeljko Zule
Domzale finally get their first win of the season, 58-56 over Pivka in the League for Classification 11-13. The victory ended the 29-game losing streak. It was the first win for Domzale since March 13, 2010, and also the first road win since December, 19, 2009.
After trailing by 33-43 late in the third quarter, Domzale responded with a 13-2 run and its defense held scoreless Pivka for final 2:11. Domzale missed all of its 11 3-point attempts and made just 12-of-33 free throws. Spela Lesjak (185-F-87) led all scorers with 16 points while Nusa Klobucar has 10 points for Pivka.



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora20.4 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje18.9 
 4. Komplet, Hit K.17.3 
 5. Turcinovic, Merkur17.0 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.5 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor15.1 
 8. Trebec, Hit K.Gora14.8 
 9. Baltic, AJM M.14.5 
 10. Drozg, AJM Maribor14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja K.
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.9 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur12.4 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.8.7 
 4. Skof, Ilrija8.4 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav7.9 
 6. Macura, Jezica7.7 
 7. Klancnik, GVT K.7.3 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav7.2 
 9. Furman, AJM M.7.0 
 10. Vene, Ilrija6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora5.2 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.5.1 
 3. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 4. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.7 
 5. Kolman, Grosuplje3.5 
 6. Radulovic, Hit K.3.3 
 7. Zdolsek, Triglav2.8 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.2.6 
 9. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED3.5 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.8 
 3. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.6 
 4. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
 5. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.6 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 7. Zalar, Ilrija2.5 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
 9. Mikic, Grosuplje2.3 
 10. Abramovic, Merkur2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja K.
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.6 
 5. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 6. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 7. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 8. Drozg, AJM Maribor0.5 
 9. Vene, Ilrija0.4 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.0.4 


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Sandra Pirsic renews with Ibiza - by Eurobasket News
Sandra Pirsic (195-C-84) renews with Ibiza and will remain in the team. In 2008-2009 the Slovenian Center joined EBE Ibiza-PDV (Spain-LFB) and in EuroCup after 10 games averaged 8.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 54.0%, FT: 72.0%. In Spanish League after 26 games she had 7.4ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 73.8%. In 2009-2010 appeared in EuroCup with 4.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0spg, while in Spanish League her stats read 6.1ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 81.0%. This season she played in 18 games and had 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP-1 (63.0%), FT: 63.8%.
This season Sandra Pirsic scored 20 points in three games and recorded 22 points in the game versus Oles. Her team won in Round 2 80:56. Sandra Pirsic was in a game mood scoring 22 points and grabbing 7 rebounds for the hosts. Kimberley Smith helped the home side with 18 points. In defeat, Aya Traore netted 11 points.
This season she was also named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention -11 and Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Bosmans Team -11.




Lucas Mondelo stays with Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca - by Eurobasket News
Lucas Mondelo stays with Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca for another season and will take the champion of EuroLeague and Spain on court in the end of year 2011. The Spanish Coach shocked Europe with Euroleague Champion -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Coach of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -11, Spanish LFB Cup Semifinals -11, Spanish LFB Supercup Winner -11, Spanish LFB Regular Season Champion -11 and Spanish LFB Champion -11.
In EuroLeague his Halcon Avenida stole the 5th straight title from Spartak at the EuroLeague Women Final. Both teams produced another great Final Four game, while the Spanish squad triumphed with 68:59.
In Spain Lucas Mondelo's Perfumerias celebrated 85-90 victory in Valencia last night sweeping the defending champ Ros Casares with perfect 2-0 in the Finals. It means that Perfumerias won the title in Spain after five years. Ros Casares was dominating since 2006/07 season. Perfumerias already won the Euroleague title three weeks ago.
It was also mentioned earlier that few players already left the team. Alba Torrens and Anke De Mondt ledt the squad and will continue with other teams next season.



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Zane Tamane and Elina Babkina head to Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Newly crowned Fenerbahce have already started building the roster for the next season. They recently inked contracts with two Latvian players. These are Zane Tamane (200-C-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: W.Illinois) and Elina Babkina (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management).
Zane Tamane spent the previous season in Hungary. The 27-year-old centre tallied 14.9 points, 8.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per Hungarian League game with MKB Euroleasing. In Euroleague her stats read 11.5 points, 8.2 boards and 2.1 assists per game. Zane Tamane also had a WNBA experience as she played for the Washington Mystics in 2006.
Elina Babkina played for Lotos Gdynia in the previous season. The 22-year-old guard averaged 13.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per Euroleague game. In PLKK her stats came up to 12.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. She was drafted by the WNBAs Los Angeles Sparks.




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Armintie Price Blogs About Her Trip to Manchester - by Eurobasket News
When I woke for work on Tuesday morning I thought it would be a regular work day at the office, not knowing I would be in England before the day was over. On my 45 minute drive to work I got a call saying the WNBA wants to go to England to repesent the league and Atlanta for a game on May 29. First thing I thought was, 'The real England??' Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, was like, 'Yes, Manchester!' My eyes got really big and I had to pause. I'm not used to taking random trips to England.

She told me why I was going and that I would be staying for a few days. First I had to ask my head coach, but I also had to explain to my husband why I had to leave again after just coming home from recruiting the whole weekend. So I get to work, rush to find my head coach and Renee explains to her and her eyes get as big as mine were. My head coach says, 'Yes, and make sure I have all my work from the weekend and that I had the workouts ready for the team that day.' So I run back to office, give our gruaduate assistant everything and get back in the car. I drive 45 minutes back to my house and by now the time is 10 am. My flight leaves from Memphis, TN at two. I threw some Atlanta shirts and sweats into a bag with a tooth brush because they said I can only have a carry on.

On the way to airport I text my sisters and tell them what's going on and they are so jealous. Then I make a call to the in-laws and they are praying while I am explaining. So I get to airport and check-in only to find the flight is delayed because of weather in New York. So I called Megan, who works for WNBA, and she says they got a driver to take you from Laguardia Airport to JFK to catch a later flight. So the WNBA is going crazy because they think I won't make my flight in JFK because of traffic in New York. Renee Brown calls me at the Memphis airport and says, 'Armintie you are going to have to run once the plane lands,' so I am like, 'Yes ma'am, I can do it.'

I landed in New York early around 6:07, call Megan and she is excited, but everyone is still crossing fingers. Megan then tells me my trip is extended til Friday.So the plane gets to the gate and I run through and past everyone saying, 'Excuse me, excuse me, got a plane to catch' and make it outside. I found a driver, hopped in and he drives...fast. I make calls to my husband and friends letting them know what's up. I got to the airport, check in, find my gate and the Boston/New York game is on so that gets me excited. I called Megan and Renee and they cannot believe I am at my gate at JFK already with a half hour to spare. They are now calm, happy and laughing but I am starving! I got on the plane and was lucky to get an exit row seat. The flight wasn't full so that was good and the flight was said to be six hours, which was not bad either. I got my cover ready for a nap but then they bring a good, hot dinner and I eat it all! I napped for about an hour and then they bring breakfast, but 30 minutes later it's landing time.

I landed at 8:05am Wednesday (five hours ahead from NY). I found my driver and head to the Hilton, which I was told was the tallest building in the city. I got to the hotel and met the host, Kim, and she says I can go up and chill and she will let me know what's up. So yes, I go up, shower and lay down at around 9:30am. She then calls as few minutes later and says, 'Sorry to wake you but we need to get tea and talk about schedule.' I am thinking, 'Really?! Tea?!' So I meet her in the lobby and we go through lines for interviews and talking point. She then tested me by asking a few questions and I got it.

We were downstairs for about an hour when I got hungry so they planned to take me to Subway. Yes!! So I can't wait, grab an apple before we leave in car we running a little late to meet kids at a gym. We get to the gym and I spoke to about 50 kids and showed them the spider dribble moves and let them do it too and then I did a drill called fast break jumpers that they all participated in. I took pictures, took questions and we had to part ways. Now we are headed to Subway. I eat, get to know Kim and found out so much. She works for the NBA office, she is from Belgium, her dad is a coach in Belgium, she was a lawyer who decided to turn her passion into basketball. She has been working for the NBA since August and was so good to me in England. I'm happy to say she is my new friend and now I'm trying to get her to come for a visit to Atlanta!

We walked two minutes to Saint Ann's Square, which is the main spot in the city with shops and restaurants, and they had two goals set up and young girls were playing with their Atlanta Dream posters out. It was nice. I did a lot of interviews, signed a bunch of things and then met three of the Great Britian players that came; Julie, Steph and Lauren. So I am out numbered already. We meet and of course they want us to play, so I first play with the young girls that were already out there, ages 17, 21 and 16. They all look about 15. So the Great Britian girls played against me and two other of the young school girls against them. The first game we went to five by ones and we won, but then they wanted to run it back and they won by one. So the last game we won and I rubbed it in. I did let the school girls have the ball and they were scoring. Atlanta left that court with a 2-1 victory. And I was done.

After that I did more radio, some lay-up videos on the court and a few basketball moves for their videos. After that the GB girls wanted to play another but I joked and told them I was tired of beating them. So we left there and walked back to hotel. The weather was so beautiful. They said I brought the sun cause it rains all the time.

I got back to the hotel and they wanted me to go watch the school girls play a game at the Amaechi Centre at 7. So I get another nap in and head to the game, but when we get there the girls didn't play but they were there. Kim got me some food and I chatted with the girls and got to know them and their city. We then took pictures with some of the other younger teams that were playing. We left there and went back to the hotel and had dinner with Kim and Juliet Williams, who is on the Manchester City Council and their intern Louise Greenall. Dinner was great and then it was finally bed time 9:30 pm.

Price poses with players from Manchester United
NBAE/Getty Images
8:00am Thursday. Time to wake up! Julie (GB player) and I were headed to meet the Manchester United soccer players. This was so amazing because I watch this team in the States. So we get to there practice facility and get the opportunity to watch them train, which is a warm up to us in the States, and they let us take pics of them which no one gets to do. And we got to take individual pictures with Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown, two of the players, and they were cool. I got a lot of photos!

After that we went back to hotel and had a radio interview with BBC World Service. They said they had over 180 million listeners so that made me nervous, but when I went to do that they said BBC is like ABC in the States. so it was cool. Then at 2:30 we went to the Manchester Evening News Arena (M.E.N) where the game will be played and took photos.

Then, finally, a little site-seeing at the head quarters of City council (The Town Hall), shopping malls and restaurants. We went for tea at the Midland Hotel and you have to put milk in your tea because that's how they drink it. This is what posh people do. The tea was good. It tasted like coffee and we had scones which is basically biscuits with raisins in it. This was all interesting to me. Then we headed out to see an Olympic swimmer by the name of James Goddard of Stockport! He was nice and knew a lot about basketball. He talked about meeting LeBron and Dwyane Wade in Beijing. Such a nice guy. The last stop was the hotel, which meant sleep time before I left in the morning.

I enjoyed my short but long trip. Not everyone is blessed to do what I just did by the help of the WNBA, Atlanta Dream and Manchester City Council .Until next time Manchester, when the Atlanta Dream takes on Great Britain on May 29th for the first ever WNBA game to be played in Europe at Manchester Evening News arena!!


Armintie Price (175-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi)
Courtesy of: wnba.com




Dream To Face Great Britain In First Ever European WNBA Game - by Eurobasket News
The Standard Life Great Britain Womens basketball team will play the Atlanta Dream of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) at the Manchester Evening News Arena (MEN) on Sun. May 29 as part of WNBA Live Manchester 2011 it was announced today by the WNBA, Manchester City Council and British Basketball.

This announcement follows Sundays important decision that the Great Britain mens and womens basketball teams will participate in the 2012 Olympics. The game also marks the first WNBA game to be played in Europe and is only the second time the league has held a game outside of the United States. Founded in 1997, the WNBA is the worlds longest-running womens professional sports league.

Tickets for WNBA Live Manchester 2011 will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 22nd March at www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.men-arena.com, or via phone at 0844 847 8000.

Standard Life GB player, Jo Leedham, said: I think it is a fantastic opportunity for the GB team and obviously is a great moment for the WNBA to come over and play in Europe. I think it is great for women's basketball especially in the UK, and by having such a quality team in the Atlanta Dream as opponents, I feel it can only inspire many more young players in Britain. It will be a huge test for our team, but will help in our preparations and will be an exciting moment for GB and for the WNBA alike.

My teammates and I are looking forward to the opportunity to compete in the first WNBA game to be played in Europe, said Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville). Womens basketball is truly a global game and that is something we want to continue to grow. This is an exciting way for us to tip off our season and promote the game leading up to the 2012 Olympics.

The Atlanta Dream made the WNBA Playoffs the past two seasons and reached the 2010 WNBA Finals in only its third year in the league. Led by McCoughtry, a rising star and 2009 Rookie of the Year, the Dream ranked as the WNBAs top scoring team (95.5 ppg) last season. Other marquee Dream players include Iziane Castro Marques, who averaged a career-high 16.9 points last season, and Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston), who averaged 9.9 rebounds, third most in the WNBA.

The Standard Life GB Women who will be making their first-ever Olympic appearance in 2012 enjoyed a very successful summer in 2010 when they qualified for the upcoming EuroBasket 2011 for the first time in their history. Jo Leedham, drafted by the WNBAs Connecticut Sun in 2010, is a vital member of the team.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said, This is great for sports fans in Manchester, as we will welcome some of the greatest basketball players in the world to our city. The match will attract thousands of visitors to our city for an exceptional opportunity to see WNBA stars perform on this side of the Atlantic.

WNBA Live Manchester 2011, is part of a multiyear partnership between Manchester City Council, the NBA, WNBA and USA Basketball that will give basketball fans in Manchester the opportunity to attend live games in the city. Along with the WNBA game and the USA Basketball games scheduled for July 2012, the partnership will also bring the first-ever NBA preseason game to Manchester in the autumn of 2013, marking the first time an NBA team has played in the UK outside of London.

The Atlanta Dream is the defending Womens National Basketball Associations (WNBA) Eastern Conference Champion. The team tips-off the 2011 season at home on June 5, versus the New York Liberty at Philips Arena. The team enters its fourth season this summer as part of the WNBA, the worlds longest-running womens professional sports league.
Courtesy of: wnba.com


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Mystics open training camp - by Eurobasket News
Training camp for the Washington Mystics begins on Sunday, May 15, at 1:00 p.m. at Verizon Center. Training camp is not open to the public.

Washington's training camp roster features All-Stars Nicky Anosike (6'3''-C-86, college: Tennessee), Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) and Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland). Forward Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) and first round picks Victoria Dunlap (6'1''-F, college: Kentucky) and Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89, college: Xavier) will also be in attendance.

Highlights of training camp at Verizon Center will include Media Day on Wednesday, May 18, and a scrimmage with the Chinese National Team on Saturday, May 21. The team will travel to Newark, NJ, to face the New York Liberty in a pre-season contest on May 25 and will return home to host the Chicago Sky in the team's annual school day game on May 26 at 11:30 a.m.




The following is the official 2011 Washington Mystics training camp roster:

No. Player Pos. Ht. /Wt. Birthdate College WNBA Exp.

22 Matee Ajavon G 5-8/160 5/07/86 Rutgers 3

21 Nicky Anosike C 6-3/210 2/27/86 Tennessee 3

20 Alana Beard G/F 5-11/160 5/14/82 Duke 6

13 Karima Christmas G/F 6-0 9/11/89 Duke R

4 Marissa Coleman G/F 6-1/160 1/04/87 Maryland 2

25 Monique Currie F 6-0/177 2/25/83 Duke 4

11 Victoria Dunlap F 6-1 9/19/89 Kentucky R

40 Megan Frazee F 6-3/191 3/29/87 Liberty 2

Sequoia Holmes F 6-1/155 6/13/86 Nevada-Las Vegas 2

12 Ashley Houts G 5-6/145 12/31/87 Georgia 1

1 Crystal Langhorne F/C 6-2/190 10/27/86 Maryland 3

44 Chasity Melvin C/F 6-3/185 5/03/76 NC State 11

2 Kelly Miller G 5-10/140 9/6/78 Georgia 10

53 Ta'Shia Phillips C 6-6 1/24/89 Xavier R

6 Maurita Reid G 5-8 7/17/85 Miami R

Angel Robinson F 6-5 4/20/87 Georgia R

5 Jasmine Thomas* G 5-9/ 9/30/89 Duke R

*Previous commitment

The Washington Mystics will tip off their 14th season on Saturday, June 4, on the road against the Connecticut Sun at 7:00 p.m. Washington's home opener at Verizon Center is Saturday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. against the Chicago Sky.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com