EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/12/2011

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  ANGOLA   


BAI Basket - round n 4 - by Antonio Santos
Final scores from round n 4

1 de Agosto X Interclube 85-82
Petro de Luanda X Libolo 89-76 (35-24, 49-43, 73-51, 89-76)

Referees: Domingos Simo, Iracelmo Pinto e Osvaldo Neto
Petro de Luanda: Braulio Morais (03), Roderick Nealy (11), Roberto Fortes (08), Paulo Barros (07), Paulo Santana (05), Miguel Kiala (17), Cedrick Ison (16), Hlder Gonalves (02), Wlademir Pontes (00), Divaldo Mbunfa (07), Idelfonso Kiteculo (00), Carlos Morais (13).Coach: Alberto babo
Libolo: Domingos Bonifcio (10), Olmpio Cipriano (13), Francisco Sousa (00), Edson Ndoniema (09), Mayzer Alexandre (00), Abdel Bouckar (04), Simo Santos (17), Leonel Paulo (14), Abdel Gomes (00), Feliciano Camacho (00), Milton Barros (04), Edgar Chocolate (05).Coach: Raul Duarte

Petro lead with 4 games/4 victories


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA Finals: San Martin C ties the score to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
TNA Finals, Game 2: San Martin C - Quilmes 86-75 (1-1)

Second game of the TNA Finals was played last night. San Martin C was the host again, but this time managed to beat Quilmes 86-75. It means that the score is tied to 1-1 now and at least two more games will be played. Fabian Elias Saad (190-G-83) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Fabian Ramirez (197-F/G-90) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Sebastian Castineira also helped the hosts with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) top-scored with 19 points. Phillip Hobson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) and Gregorio Eseverri (195-F-87) added 16 and 11 points respectively. Quilmes won the first period 19-23, but San Martin C dominated for rest of the game.
Third game is scheduled for May 15. Quilmes will be the host.

San Martin C: Fabian Elias Saad 22+8 boards, Fabian Ramirez 12+8 boards, Sebastian Castineira 12
Quilmes: Nicolas Ferreyra 19, Phillip Hobson 16, Gregorio Eseverri 11+5 boards


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


ASU signs Jameel Watkins & Forehan-Kelly - by Omar Shafaamri
ASU Club managament has agreed the terms with the experienced Center Jameel Watkins and Small Forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) to represent the team in the next Arab clubs Championship (15-25 May) in Abu Dhabi and 22nd FIBA Asia Champions cup (28 May-3 June) in Manila .

Watkins just finsihed a good season in CBA China League with Jilin Tigers club where he averaged 20.5ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.7apg, Blocks-2 (1.9bpg), FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 68.4%, also played in NBA , D-League , Italy , Venezuela , South Korea , Puerto Rico and Lebanon .

Kelly is a swing player who can play at either guard or small forward. Cal's most accurate outside shooter , plays with a high level of intensity and aggressiveness. California University player just finished his season in JBL Japanese League where he averaged : 15.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-5 (1.3spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT-2 (46.8%), FT: 80.8% .
he also played in D-League ,Italy , Croatia , France and China Divison A Leagues .

From another side , ASU agreed with Jordanian CBA China League Stars Sam Daghlas and Zaid Abbas to play with the team in these 2 important copmeititons .


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  AUSTRALIA   


Woolpert takes Crocs top job - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles have announced that 2010/11 Assistant Coach Paul Woolpert (agency: SportsTalent ) has been appointed Head Coach on a three-year deal.

Chief Executive Officer Ian Smythe said the choice continues the winning culture that the club has in place and will help with stability after the sudden departure of Head Coach Trevor Gleeson.

Paul is a championship winning coach, he brought some stability to the team after a rocky start last season and he will bring that again in 2011/12, he said.

Coach Woolpert has four championships in the American CBA and D League experience as Head Coach.

Woolpert was Trevor Gleesons mentor in their early years of coaching and will continue on the culture we have been able to create at the club, Smythe said.

The appointment also gives the club greater hopes of re-signing the talents of players off contract this year.

The players off contract all know what Paul is like as a coach and that gives me belief that we will have greater success in the retention of players, he said,

Those players already committed for this season can rest assured that we have someone who they already know and will be ready to work for.

Paul is expected to relocate his family from America to Townsville for the job and Smythe couldnt be happier.

The Crocs are a family club, moving from America is a big change and he is prepared to do that for the success of the Crocs, and we will support him in that move, he said,

This couldnt have worked out better for the club; our players, members and sponsors will see this as a huge step towards a championship in 2011/12.'

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


NBL's Blaze resign Gibson for two years - by Eurobasket News
Australian Boomers point guard Adam Gibson (188-G-86) will be running the show at NBL club the Gold Coast for another two seasons.

Gibson, who has previously won NBL championships with defunct clubs Brisbane and the South Dragons, turned down interests from rival NBL clubs to commit to the Blaze for the next two seasons.

Gibson will continue his successful association with Blaze coach Joey Wright, who has managed to keep eight of his playing roster for next season.

Blaze chief executive Paul Pamenter said Gibson was a priority signing and a key to the club's future success.

'It's no coincidence he has won two championship rings already despite only being 24 years of age,' said Pamenter.

'Knowing that we have one of the best point guards in the country, we can now concentrate on acquiring the right import mix to help complement the rest of the squad.'

Gibson was happy to continue his six year relationship with Wright, his coach when he won a title with the Bullets.

'I'm very happy to be back with the Blaze this year,' he said.

'We've got a really good bunch of guys here at the moment and I wanted to come back and be a part of that again.

'I think we definitely have a shot at the championship with the line-up we've got.'

Gibson carried off the club's MVP award in season 2009-10 and last season was their best defensive player.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Former NBA player Andre Brown returns home after Wildcats' stint - by Eurobasket News
Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) has returned home to Chicago after a stint as an import big man with the Perth Wildcats where he helped the club to a 25th straight NBL Finals appearance.

Brown, who has played in the NBA with the Seattle Supersonics, Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies, arrived in Perth to join the Wildcats initially as a replacement for Matt Knight, and then he signed on to stay to cover for the fallen co-captain Shawn Redhage.

It was big shoes to fill given Redhage's quality who still went on and won his sixth straight Gordon Ellis Medal as the Perth Wildcats co-MVP of the 2010/11 season alongside Kevin Lisch, but Brown put in some good performances for the Wildcats as a hard working big man.

Especially once Knight and Jesse Wagstaff returned to the team, the big man combination of the Wildcats with Knight, Wagstaff, Brown and Jeremiah Trueman was tremendous and a big reason why the 'Cats were able to make the Finals and push eventual champions New Zealand all the way.

The 29-year-old Brown came in for the Wildcats ahead of the January 21 clash at Challenge Stadium with the Townsville Crocodiles where he impressed with 14 points and eight rebounds.

It was just two days later in Adelaide when Redhage injured his hip in Brown's second game in the NBL, so immediately he had to step up big time with Knight and Wagstaff still a couple of weeks off returning.

Brown did work hard, though, at being a strong inside presence and tough rebounder.

That included some outstanding games including 14 points and 10 boards against Adelaide on January 29, 14 and 10 again against New Zealand on February 17, 15 and nine in the club's win over Adelaide three days later and he continued to be a physical presence in the three-game semi-final series against the Breakers.

To his credit he remained in Perth to take part in the May Holiday Camp with 100 kids last week and then on Saturday night he took part in the entertainment for the Perth Wildcats MVP Ball that saw 1100 people attend inside the Perth Convention Entertainment Centre.

Brown returned to Chicago this week with his fianc, but he was a respected and popular member of the Wildcats in his 15 games with the club and coach Rob Beveridge paid tribute to the efforts he put in.

'Andre was a terrific guy who fit really well into the team. He was originally brought in as a short term replacement for Matty Knight as a screener and rebounder, however, after Redhage and Wagstaff went down we decided to keep him on as he was such a great teammate,' Beveridge said.

'It is always difficult for any player to come in as a replacement and make an immediate impact and although Andre did not put up the numbers that everyone expected, his professionalism and leadership for the younger guys was terrific.

'We are all thankful for everything he contributed to our team and the community. We all wish Andre all the best in his future.'

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


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  BRAZIL   


Vivo/Franca make it to the NBB Finals - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca swept their semifinal series against Flamengo. They celebrated a 91:78 victory at home to reach the Finals. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) scored 24 points to pace the hosts. Vivo/Franca capitalized on a strong start to the game. The hosts piled up a 25:12 lead after the first frame. Flamengo cut the distance to 7 points at halftime but conceded 29 points in the third frame and never recovered afterwards. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) notched 17 points, while Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) contributed 16 points in the win. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) replied with 27 points for Flamengo. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) provided 15 points in the loss.
Pinheiros/Sky fired past BRB/Brasilia 99:92 to cut the deficit in the series. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) unloaded 27 points to propel Pinheiros/Sky to the vital win. The hosts used a 28:17 run in the second period to clear off to a 12-point distance. BRB/Brasilia denied the deficit in the second half and eventually dragged the game into overtime. However Pinheiros/Sky showed character and pulled away with a tough victory at the end. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) nailed 23 points and Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84) added 13 in the win. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 29 points for BRB/Brasilia. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   


Levski with easy success over Yambol, took 1-0 lead in the series - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski managed easy victory as the host of Yambol with the score 82-60 in the first leg of the semifinal series between those two teams. The Blues started the game great in the first half as they even led by 20 and more points. They managed to keep the advantage throughout the whole game and at the end deservedly took 1-0 lead in the best of five series. Second game of the series is this coming Friday once again in Sofia, then the series will move to Yambol for game 3 and eventually 4 if Yambol manage at least one victory.

For the winners one more time Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) was the best player as he had 28 points and 8 rebounds. Donald Cole added 16 points and was the second player in his team with double-digit as scorer. Levski had very good percentage in this game as the team was shooting for 2 points 17/26 (65%) and 12/25 of 3 points (48%).

For, Yambol Simon Finzhgar finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds while Nikolay Varbanov added 10 points plus 9 rebounds.


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  CANADA   


2011 National wheelchair championship set for Montreal - by Eurobasket News
Canada's top wheelchair basketball players will be at the Collge douard-Montpetit in Longueuil for the 2011 National Championships May 13-15. Spectators have the opportunity to see up-close the skill and athleticism that make the sport one of the premium draws at the Paralympic Games as provincial teams compete to determine a national champion.

The tournament is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Womens National Championship, where the best female club teams in the country will also compete to decide a national champion.

The tournament features elite players from across Canada including members of the Canadian senior mens, senior womens and under-25 womens national tsams.

Both Senior national teams are preparing to embark on the road to the 2012 Paralympic Games. They will compete at the 2011 Parapan American Games Nov. 12-20 in Guadalajara, Mexico, which double as the qualification tournament for London 2012.

The womens U25 national team is preparing to host the world at the first-ever Womens U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship July 15-21 in St. Catharines, Ont.




What:
Canadas premier provincial/club wheelchair basketball teams compete to decide national champion.

When:
- Friday May 13 Sunday May 15
- Opening tipoff - Friday, May 13 at 9 a.m. ET
- Championship game - Sunday, May 15 at noon ET (Men) and 1:45 p.m. ET (Women)
- Medal ceremonies - Sunday, May 15 at approximately 3 p.m. ET

Where:
Collge douard-Montpetit
945 de Chambly Road, Longueuil, Que.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca




Mill Rats ready to make pick for league - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats will reveal their plans for next season during a press conference Thursday.

Ian McCarthy, Mill Rats president and general manager, will be joined by Halifax Rainmen president and CEO Andre Levingston and president of the Quebec Kebs, Vincent Bernier, during a press conference in Halifax at 11 a.m.

A public broadcast of the presser will be held concurrently at the Chateau Saint John. Members of the Mill Rats management team will be in attendance to answer questions.

The Canadian teams decided to leave the Premier Basketball League at the end of last season after expressing disappointment in the league's operation. The three teams spent three seasons in the PBL, which is owned by Dr. Severko Hrywnak, who also owns league champions, the Rochester RazorSharks.

Following their decision to leave the PBL, the ownership groups of the three franchises determined it would be in their best interest to stay together. They met in Saint John April 23 to discuss their future, which included four options - joining the NBA Development League, the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League, the International Basketball League or forming their own league.

McCarthy said he is excited about the decision they've made, although he's not revealing it just yet.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


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  CBL   


The Invasion has landed - by Eurobasket News
With a green alien for a mascot, the Cary Invasion basketball team is preparing for its official tip-off on May 13 at Herb Young Community Center.As reported previously, downtown Cary will be hosting a new minor league basketball team, The Cary Invasion. After hosting tryouts last week, the team roster and schedule has just been announced. The team, started by Mark Janas, is part of the Continental Basketball League and will compete against teams in Wilmington, Savannah, Fayetteville, and Birmingham.


Roster:

Team members have been selected, and many hail from universities of the Triangle. 'The Raleigh area is rich with former collegiate talent, and Coach Johnson has done an outstanding job identifying the right players to fit the up tempo style of play that we believe will be successful in our CBL season', says Invasion General Manager, Mark Janas . 'We're especially pleased to have a roster loaded with names that will be familiar to many basketball fans in the area', adds Janas.

Heres who made the cut:

Josh Coley of UNC Greensboro
Brandon Hickson, Saint Augustines College
Freddie Little, Monticello University
David DY Young, NC Central University
Will Roach, NC State University
Jonathan Moore, NC Central University
Daniel Jackson, Shaw University
Charles Chuck Ward, Saint Augustines College
Rodney Callwood (6'6''-F), Shaw University
David Chambers (6'5''-F), South Carolina
Raheem Oshodi, NC Central University




Home Games

The team aims to capture the hearts of families in the area. Every home game has a theme and will offer discounted tickets to designated groups.

Friday, May 13 vs Wilmington (Youth Basketball Night)
Sunday, May 15 vs Savannah (Heart of Cary Night)
Sunday, May 22 vs Fayetteville (AAU Night)
Saturday, May 28 vs Wilmington (Town of Cary Employee Night)
Sunday, May 29 vs Birmingham (Volunteer Appreciation Night)
Friday, June 10 vs Fayetteville (Chamber of Commerce Night)
Sunday games will start at 5 p.m. with doors opening at 4:30 p.m, and all other games will start at 7 pm with doors opening at 6:30. All home games will be played at the Herbert Young Community Center in downtown Cary.

Courtesy of www.carycitizen.com






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  CHINA   


Lin Chih-chieh re-signs with Zhejiang: report - by Chris Wang
Lin Chih-chieh has re-signed with Zhejiang Lions for three years with an annual salary of 1.8 million Chinese Yuan (US$277,220), an 80 percent increase from his previous contract with the team, the Chinese language newspaper Liberty Times reported.

The 192cm forward signed with Zhejiang in 2009 for two years with an annual salary of one million Yuan (US$154,010). He did not confirm the signing.

Lin appeared in 26 games in the 2010-11 season, averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals for the 18-14 Lions, which ranked fifth in the 17-team CBA.

A CBA team reportedly tried to sign Lin with an annual salary of 2.5 million Yuan.

Zhejiang was also reportedly to be in contact with Taiwan Beer and Taiwan NT center Wu Tai-hao, who has made clear he will play next season in China.


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  COLOMBIA   


COLOMBIA DEFEATS BOLIVIA IN THE DAY TWO OF U-15 - by Victor Garcia
Colombia had a better performance in its second game of the tournament defeating Bolivia 89 37, the national team had a well balanced offensive with 4 players scoring in double figures, Yildon Mendoza from Magdalena leaded the National team with 17 points, Juan Fajardo from Valle added 15 pts, Jaime Velasquez 14 pts and Yesid Mosquera 14 pts.
Colombia will face today Venezuela looking for a chance to be second in the group and get a place among the top 4 teams.
Colombia 89
Bolivia 37


COLOMBIA NATIONAL TEAM FOR THE SOUTHAMERICAN U-15 - by Victor Garcia
Colombia National team is already in Paraguay ready to play in the U-15 Southamerican Men Champioship, the team was selected from the National U-15 Tournament in Medellin, the following is the roster.

Camilo Daz Antioquia
Mauricio Montano Antioquia
Eddy Snchez Antioquia
Yomar Palacios Antioquia
Sebastin Giraldo Antioquia
Santiago Padilla Magdalena
Yildon Mendoza - Magdalena
Juan Martnez - Meta
Dwight Pomares Meta
Juan Fajardo Valle
Camilo Rodrguez - Valle
Yesid Mosquera Cundinamarca

Coach: Ral Pabon Antioquia.

Yildon Mendoza and Mauricio Montano are expected to be the main players of the team



COLOMBIA FALL IN THE OPENER AGAINST ARGENTINA - by Victor Garcia
Colombia National team fall in the opener of the Southamerican Championship against Argentina, the national team again arrived to a continental meeting without a good training, without a process, juts to fill the schedule, Dwight Pomares had 8 points leading a poor scoring colombian team, Jose Vildoza lead the Argentinean team with 15 pts, Argentina looks like favourite.
The national team score just 4 points in the second quarter, unable to past the strong Argentina's defense.

Argentina 74
Colombia 37

The big question for the Colombian Federation remains: Is there any National teams programs coming?, 8 years ago during the National Teams program sponsored by Saludcoop Colombia level rise, but the Federation has been unable to start another program.


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 11-2 
 2. Zadar 10-3 
 3. KK Zagreb CO 10-3 
 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 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner .
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar21.8 
 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, Zadar7.5 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.3 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 7. Zoric, KK.6.8 
 8. Bazdaric, Cedevita6.7 
 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, Zadar4.8 
 4. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 5. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 6. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 8. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.4 
 10. Ridl, Darda3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Renfroe, KK.2.8 
 2. Car, Zadar2.2 
 3. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.1 
 4. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 6. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 7. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 8. Brown, Zadar1.7 
 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 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin15.7 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.15.6 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.4 
 6. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 7. Veikalas, BK Prost.14.0 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.0 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha13.7 
 10. Field, BC Kolin13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbo.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.8.5 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.5 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava7.6 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.3 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov7.0 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.2 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.6 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
 10. Channels, Novy Ji.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardu.
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.1.9 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 3. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.6 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 7. Channels, Novy Jic.1.4 
 8. Landry, BK Prost.1.4 
 9. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 2. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.8 
 7. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.7 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.7 


BK Pardubice gets the last Semifinal ticket - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice - Novy Jicin 63-55

BK Pardubice gets the last Semifinal ticket beating Novy Jicin in the decisive Game 5. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But Novy Jicin won second period 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice held Novy Jicin to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.1 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Novy Jicin 48-35 including a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Novy Jicin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) answered with 10 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) added 7 points in the effort for Novy Jicin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 13+5reb+2ast, D.Wright 13+9reb+4ast, J.Cernosek 11+5reb, Z.Pospisil 8+3reb+1ast, M.Hampton 7+5reb+2ast, M.Arnold 3+12reb+1ast
Novy Jicin: R.Sarovic 10+5reb, C.Muirhead 7+4reb+3ast, O.Soska 7+1reb, D.Steffel 7+4reb+1ast, V.Peciukas 7, E.Ubilla 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 128197




Chomutov clinch 1 Liga title - by Eurobasket News
J.Hradec - Chomutov 91:100 (OT)

Chomutov claimed 1Liga title. They overcame J.Hradec in the fourth game of the championship series to step on top of the pedestal. Jan Stepanek (190-G-83) knocked down 24 points to pace Chomutov in this one.
BK Lions Hradec got to an aggressive start to the game. The hosts erupted with 30 points in the opening frame to take a 3-point lead. But the top-ranked Chomutov changed things around in the second frame. The visitors took over and posted a 49:38 lead at halftime. Chomutov maintained the advantage throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 7 points 70:63. BK Lions went on a desperate rescue rally in the final term and succeeded. Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) and Jan Tomanec (212-C-85) helped the home team to level things up at 85 at the end of regulation. BK Lions however could not keep up the tempo. Chomutov used all of their experience and sealed the winning outcome in the extra period. Ales Jiran (184-G-82) delivered 21 points and 7 assists, while Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Jiri Holanda answered with 30 points and 11 rebounds for BK Lions. Jan Tomanec had 21 points and 11 boards in defeat.

J.Hradec: Jiri Holanda 30+11 boards, Jan Tomanec 21+11 boards
Chomutov: Jan Stepanek 24, Ales Jiran 21, Pavel Stanek 18+13 boards



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LNB News - by Herubey Grassals
Los Titanes Del Distrito Nacional anounced that they reach a agreement with ollie bayley for next LNB season which start on July 12th, Ollie Bayley is great player capable to play very well 2 and 3 posittions, he was SRT scoring champion this year (29.23) ppg. Los Titanes Del Distrito Nacional del distrito nacional also hired for next LNB season American player Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's), he a great shooter and penetrator, can play 1 and 2 posittions very well.

Los Metros de Santiago announced they hired for next LNB season Antonio Pena (203-F-86), he played his last season in NCAA this year with Villanova Wildcats finished with greats numbers, he will give los Metros de Santiago a good lowpost player, able to play 4 and 5 posittions.




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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 22-8 
 2. Nancy 21-9 
 3. Chalon 20-10 
 4. Gravelines 20-10 
 5. Roanne 18-12 
 6. ASVEL 17-13 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 15-15 
 8. Le Mans 14-16 
 9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 13-17 
 10. Paris-Levallois 12-18 
 11. Orleans 12-18 
 12. Strasbourg 12-18 
 13. Le Havre 12-18 
 14. Poitierarleys 12-18 
 15. Vichy 11-19 
 16. Limoges 9-21 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 24-10 
 2. Dijon 23-11 
 3. Rouen 21-13 
 4. Fos Ouest 21-13 
 5. Evreux 20-14 
 6. Boulogne 19-15 
 7. Maurienne 19-15 
 8. Le Portel 19-15 
 9. Chalons-Reims 18-16 
 10. Nantes 18-16 
 11. Bourg 17-17 
 12. Boulazac 16-18 
 13. Quimper 15-19 
 14. Antibes 14-20 
 15. Lille 14-20 
 16. St Vallier 12-22 
 17. Clermont 10-24 
 18. Charleville 6-28 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.19.1 
 2. Jefferson, AS.18.5 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 4. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.1 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Shuler, Vichy16.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 9. Schilb, Chalon14.6 
 10. King, Le Havre14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.9 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.3 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.1 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Jefferson, AS.7.4 
 10. Sene, Gravelines7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. Woodside, Gravelin.5.7 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.4 
 6. King, Le Havre5.4 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.3 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.0 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 2. Ebi, Limoges1.6 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Elegar, Vichy1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.3 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.6 
 3. Harris, Lille18.4 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.4 
 5. Rouse, Charleville16.8 
 6. Davis, Le Portel16.1 
 7. Milbourne, Boulogne16.0 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.5 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimp.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.6 
 3. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 4. Wyatte, Le Portel8.9 
 5. Mathis, Maurienne8.9 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.1 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac8.0 
 10. Giles, Rouen8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.8 
 3. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.7 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.5 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 9. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 4. Craven, Dijon2.4 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.2 
 7. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 9. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.1 
 10. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.6 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 6. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 7. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 8. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.7 


ProA, Round 30: Regular season is over, Cholet is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProA just ended. Cholet is No.1 with 22-8 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals, which start on May 17. The format is best-of-three (1-1-1). Cholet is also the defending champion from the last season.

ProA Standings
1. Cholet 22-8
2. Nancy 21-9
3. Chalon 20-10
4. Gravelines 20-10
5. Roanne 18-12
6. ASVEL 17-13
7. Hyeres-Toulon 15-15
8. Le Mans 14-16
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9. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 13-17
10. Paris-Levallois 12-18
11. Orleans 12-18
12. Strasbourg 12-18
13. Le Havre 12-18
14. Poitierarleys 12-18
15. Vichy 11-19
16. Limoges 9-21

Quarterfinals pairs
Chalon - ASVEL
Nancy - Hyeres-Toulon
Cholet - Le Mans
Gravelines - Roanne



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Roanne - Strasbourg 72-77

There was an upset when higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (18-12) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Strasbourg IG (12-18) 77-72 on Tuesday. Chorale de Roanne trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 21-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-77 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Chorale de Roanne 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Abdoulaye MBaye (186-88) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) with 8 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) scored 16 points. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.MBaye 22+6reb+5ast, J.Hawkins 20+13reb+4ast, N.Lewis 11+5reb+1ast, J.McCord 9+5reb+2ast, S.Giffa 8+6reb+3ast, A.Jeanneau 7+1reb+2ast
Roanne: R.Davis 16+4reb+1ast, P.Braud 14+1reb+3ast, P.Amagou 11+3ast, D.Page 10+4reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 9+4reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+10reb+3ast



gschID: 90852


Vichy - Chalon 93-91

A very close game took place in Vichy between JA Vichy and Chalon/Saor. Fifteenth ranked JA Vichy (11-19) got a very close home victory over second-best Chalon/Saor (20-10). JA Vichy managed to escape with a 2-point win 93-91 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. JA Vichy looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) who recorded 23 points and Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 32+6reb+6ast, J.Shuler 20+4reb+5ast, T.Larrouquis 17+9reb+3ast, E.Brower 9+7reb+2ast, A.Eito 5+1reb+5ast, N.de Jong 5+5reb+1ast
Chalon: M.Haynes 23+3reb+3ast, A.Aminu 17+7reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 11+3reb+1ast, B.Schilb 10+2reb+4ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 7+10reb, S.Tchicamboud 7+6reb+6ast
gschID: 90853


Orleans - Limoges 75-77

Bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite managed to get a ninth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite edged ninth-ranked Entente Orleans 45 77-75. It was a good game for American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with 30 points. The other American import guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) replied with 18 points and 6 assists and international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Five Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Entente Orleans 45's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Limoges: R.Hite 30+4reb, R.Taylor 15+5reb+7ast, N.Ebi 14+10reb+1ast, R.Desroses 8+7reb+1ast, K.Souchu 6+6reb+1ast, D.Curtis 2+6reb
Orleans: J.Reynolds 18+4reb+6ast, A.Curti 14+5reb+3ast, A.Moerman 14+8reb+1ast, E.Campbell 10+12reb, L.Vaty 10+2reb, J.Smith 2+1reb
gschID: 90849


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Cholet 87-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Cholet (22-8) on the court of tenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87-76. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-76. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Croatian guard Slaven Rimac (195-74) scored 25 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) with 14 points and 7 assists and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: S.Rimac 25+2reb+4ast, C.Elonu 18+4reb+2ast, G.Joseph 10+7reb+3ast, F.Lesca 8+1reb+2ast, J.Morency 6+2reb+2ast, D.Bennett 5+2reb+1ast
Cholet: A.Robinson 15+8reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 14+4reb+7ast, S.Mejia 12+7reb+3ast, F.Causeur 10+3reb+3ast, L.Vebobe 9+8reb+1ast, R.Duport 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 90850


Poitierarleys - Hyeres-Toulon 85-73

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Poitiers (12-18) defeated at home higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (15-15) 85-73 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Poitiers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Carl Ona-Embo (186-89) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) with 28 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: C.Ona-Embo 19+5reb+3ast, A.Grant 14+5reb+2ast, P.Badiane 13+7reb+1ast, K.Younger 12+6reb+1ast, P.Guillard 9+5reb+2ast, R.Wright 9+2reb+2ast
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 28+7reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 11+6reb+2ast, K.Houston 10+5reb+5ast, P.Morlende 8+1reb+5ast, V.Masingue 4+5reb+1ast, W.Dane 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 90851


ASVEL - Paris-Levallois 74-76

Important game to mention about took place in Villeurbanne. Fourteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (12-18) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked ASVEL (17-13) 76-74 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-16. But ASVEL won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Paris-Levallois won last quarter 20-19. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) scored 6 points and 9 assists.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 23+6reb, M.Morandais 13+7reb+1ast, A.Albicy 11+4reb+3ast, D.Noel 10+3reb+4ast, V.Evtimov 7+9reb+1ast, J.Ball 5+1ast
ASVEL: M.Gelabale 15+6reb+2ast, E.Jackson 13+1reb, P.Mensah-Bonsu 11+5reb, B.Fofana 10+4reb, L.Westermann 9+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 6+3reb+9ast
gschID: 90846


Gravelines - Nancy 69-74

Very significant was Sluc Nancy's (#4) 74-69 road victory against one of their biggest challengers Gravelines-Dunkerque. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. Gravelines-Dunkerque was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-18 charge of Sluc Nancy, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Even 14 points by the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) did not help to save the game for Gravelines-Dunkerque. The former international forward Cyril Akpomedah (203-79) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 24+10reb+1ast, V.Samnick 12+7reb, J.Linehan 8+4reb+4ast, W.Deane 8+1reb+2ast, S.Brun 8+10reb+3ast, K.Grant 6+1ast
Gravelines: Y.Bokolo 14+4reb+3ast, J.Johnson 12+4reb+2ast, J.Greer 11+3reb+3ast, D.Issa 10+6reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 10+8reb+1ast, M.Sene 8+10reb
gschID: 90847


Le Havre - Le Mans 68-63

There was an upset when higher ranked Le Mans (14-16) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked STB Le Havre (12-18) 68-63 on Tuesday. Le Mans was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 23-9 charge of STB Le Havre, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Benjamin Dewar (196-81, college: L.Superior) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) scored 17 points. STB Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: J.Cox 26+7reb+5ast, J.Jones 11+8reb+1ast, B.King 10+4reb+4ast, N.Pope 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 6+4reb+3ast, W.Wilkinson 4+5reb+1ast
Le Mans: A.Acker 17+3reb+2ast, B.Dewar 14+8reb, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 9+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 8+5reb+2ast, M.Pellin 6+4reb+7ast, T.Rupert 4+1reb
gschID: 90848




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Roger Powell (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) It Isnt Important Who Gets The Credit, But That We Win! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Joliet, Illinois that is playing his first season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played at Illinois (NCAA) from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he played 39 games: 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg, FGPConf-8 (54.9%), 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 72.9%: Finished career ranked fifth in Illinois history in career field goal percentage (.572) and ranked 26th all-time in scoring (1,178 points). In 2005-2006, he played for the Rockford Lightning (CBA, starting five): 48 games: 21.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, FG: 57%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.5%. In 2006-2007, he started with the Utah Jazz (NBA), Regular Season: 3 games: 0.7ppg; left in Jan.'07, then joined Arkansas RimRockers (D-League): 28 games: 22.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77%. In 2007-2008, he played for Wear Teramo (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 33 games: 13.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP:55.8%, 3PT:31.3%, FT:73.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Chicago Bulls (NBA): only pre-season, in Nov.'08 moved to Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Israel-Premier League): EuroChallenge: 5 games: 8.6ppg, 4.6rpg; Israeli League: 25 games: 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 67.3%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 62.5%. Last season, he played for C.B. Murcia (Spain-ACB), Spanish League: 15 games: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 71.9%; in Feb.'10 moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 2 games: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, injured the same month. Recently he was cut by the Chicago Bulls and joined The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He spoke to eurobasket about the BG Goettingen series and the future.

Thanks for taking some time. You were the only Skyliner I could reach tonight on their off day.



I am a nice guy and very reachable.

How crazy is it that two great players having the same first letter D with Dashaun Wood and Dirk Nowitzki were able to sweep on the same day?


I think that it is great. Both are great players.


What was key in the second half that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to sweep BG Goettingen?



We just kept fighting. Guys like Pascal Roller and Jevohn Shepherd stepped up for us. We also played good defense.


What was key to winning the series against BG Goettingen besides having a deeper bench and just playing harder?



Both teams played very hard. BG Goettingen never gave up, but we were the better team. When you are able to sweep a team, it shows really how good you are. I also feel that we outmatched them.

How big was it limiting Dwayne Anderson in game 2 and 3 to 22 points combined whereas in game one he hit for 26 points?


Coach gave me the challenge to cover him. I had to limit what he did in order for us to have success and with help from the team was able to accomplish that.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners held BG Goettingen to an average of 64 points. What was key on defense for accomplishing this?


We played close attention how to guard them. We also showed a lot of effort and hunger and we didnt want to go back to Goettingen for game four. We wanted to finish the series quickly.

On what things do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still need to work on for the upcoming semi final series?


Our defense can always get better with our intensity and pressure. We also have to improve on our half court execution on offense.

Do you ever feel like your in the shadow of current beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood? You do very much on the court, but it seems like you dont always get credit for it.


We are a team. The role of Wood is to get assists and score. My role is to play hard defense and be the second scoring option. The other guys have different roles. We are an unselfish team. It is not important who gets the credit, but that we win.

You have vastly improved your three pointer in the last months. At the moment it is at 32%. have you been taking extra shooting practice?



It was just a matter of getting more shots and being more comfortable. I wasnt getting as many shots at the start. After my injury I got my rhythm back and have been getting more chances to shoot.

Who has been the most improved Skyliner this season?


I cant name just one player. The whole team has improved. we have had injuries and guys have had to step up all season long and everyone has been doing their job.

Who would you rather see next Alba Berlin or Oldenburg?


It doesnt matter who. Both will be tough and we will have to be prepared.

If someone had said 10 days ago to you that The Dallas Mavericks would sweep the Los Angeles Lakers would you have thought they were crazy?


I was surprised that Dallas won. The Lakers are a great team who have won a lot and to be swept is surprising. I dont know what is wrong with the Lakers, but maybe they werent as hungry. Dallas was hungrier and played great being led by Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry who really stepped up.

How do you see the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat series?


You can never count out Boston, but Miami ahs three great players. This is a tough series, but I see Miami in seven games.


Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks?



The series is tied 2-2, but Chicago is my team and has Derrick Rose. Chicago will take this series.

Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma Thunder?


Both are good teams. The Grizzlies have been the big surprise of the playoffs and they will pull it out.

Who was the toughest player that you played against this season?



John Bryant of Ratiopharm Ulm.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Chronicles of Narnia. I really liked it.

Thanks Roger for the chat.


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  HOLLAND   


Dutch Basketball League Playoffs: Gas Terra Flames Blow Out Eiffel Towers, Back To Finals - by Sanders Jackson

Tuesday night in the Martiniplaza in a do-or-die final game of the best-of-5 series between defending Dutch champion Gas Terra Flames and Eiffel Towers, it turned out to be a one-sided affair after the end of the 1st quarter, as a 2nd quarter offensive meltdown caused by the Flames potent defense did Eiffel in, with the Flames winning in a 78-46 blowout. It was a total contrast to Eiffel Towers' convincing Game #4 win on Sunday in Maaspoort, but this time the defending Dutch champs could rely on the services of DBL MVP Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska), whose leadership and presence on the court was sorely missed in the Game #4 loss. Dourisseau would score a game-high 25 pts. In that 2nd quarter Eiffel could score only 4 pts. vs. the Flames defense, and it had a domino effect for the rest of the game. As has been the entire series, the Flames dominated the glass (58-33, including 23 offensive), with Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) leading the charge with 13 boards. C.J. Jackson (206-F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Hawaii-Pacific) led Eiffel with 17 pts. Gas Terra Flames now will have a chance to defend its title starting this weekend in Leiden vs. ZZ Leiden.


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL-AMIN
  PVSK P.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.0 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 8. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 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. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 5. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 6. Jones, Albacomp8.6 
 7. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.2 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debr.8.2 
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, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 9. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
 10. Singletary, FS De.4.2 
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, Szolnok2.7 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 9. Singletary, FS Deb.2.3 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.3 
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 


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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. Dayton A. 0-0 
 3. Ohio H.G. 0-0 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-0 
 5. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 6. Lake Co. 0-2 


Albany Legends Resign EVAN LANE FOR STRETCH RUN - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Legends announced the resigning of Evan Lane 6-8 f from the college of ST Rose. The Legends work horse played in 21 games for the 2010 Legends and most recently in Tunisa Africa for Juenesse Sportive Kairouaise. Evan returns for the 2011 stretch run. Lane collected 15 points and 6 rebounds in the 2010 IBL championchip game against the Bellingham Slam. The Legends won the game 126-111 and the 2010 IBL championchip. Evan will be in uniform for the upcoming Edmonton Energey series begining May 13,tickets are 12 dollars for adults and 8 for students.

Olympia Reign beat the Portland Chinooks behind Nate Menefee's 34 points - by Trask Frost
IBL Media- one week after the Olympia Reign took a 25 point beating at the hands of the Portland Chinooks, they got their revenge with a 120 to 112 victory last night; this time star guard Nate Menefee, having one extra week to recover from returning from overseas play, had his game together; all star guard Menefee torched the Portland Chinooks for 34 points. For more information on the Olympia Reign or the Portland Chinooks (or the International Basketball League), visit www.iblhoopsonline.com


Portland Chinooks add final player- 6 foot 8 inch Johnathan Jackson - by Trask Frost
IBL Media: power forward/center Johnathan Jackson played his college ball at Northwestern State from 2003-2007. Johnathan Jackson played with the Los Angeles Lakers in pre-draft camps and free agent mini-camps in 2009. Jackson has a 38 inch vertical and an 85 inch wingspan. Jackson is considered to have a solid upside in basketball. Head coach Terrance Dickens typically uses early season games to try guys out from all across the country but Jackson is most likely the final roster spot for Portland as the Chinooks now get ready for their home opener tomorrow- Thursday May 12th as they host the red hot West Coast Hotshots- winner of 3 of their last 4 games including a big victory at and over the Bellingham Slam last Friday night. For more information about the IBL, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com


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  IRAN   


Traditional Final For Iranian League - by Kazem Ghayem
After 6 exiting Matches finally Iranian League has known it's finalists. Mahram Tehran won 3-0 against Towzin Electric Kashan as they defeat them 83-82 in Kashan. Kashan played very well and they was up by 1 till the final seconds,but a 2 for 2 free throw from Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) brought the win for Mahram Tehran. in the other Match in Mahshahr Zob Ahan Esfahan repeat their win against Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour but this time in Mahshahr. they was up from the beginning of the game but Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour decreased the difference in 3rd quarter and even they take the lead by 2 points,but in a come back Zob Ahan Esfahan finished the 3rd quarter by 8 points lead. in the final quarter also Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour played well but they couldn't beat Zob Ahan Esfahan and in the final result Zob Ahan Esfahan Qualified for the Traditional Final Against Mahram Tehran as they defeat Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour 77-82.
Zob Ahan Esfahan and Mahram Tehran have held the final match of Iranian league for past 3 season and it's become something traditional for them. the first game of the final will be on Monday 16th may in Tehran and the second one is on Tuesday 17th may.


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 36 games for Turk Telekom this season he averaged 28.6 Minutes; 55.7% 2ptFG; 37.0% 3ptFG; 57.3% FT; 12.2 ppg; 9.2 rpg; 1.4 apg. Wesson is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Venezuela and USA.


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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Evangelisti, Trapa.17.9 
 2. Tassinari, Moncali.17.6 
 3. Musso, Perugia16.9 
 4. Rugolo, Molfetta16.8 
 5. Ricciardi, Palestr.16.8 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.7 
 7. Vico, Matera16.0 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino15.9 
 9. Conte, Trento15.8 
 10. Marino, Treviglio15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.4 
 2. Rosignoli, Biscegl.9.8 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni8.9 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 6. Zambon, Rieti8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recan.8.6 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 9. De Min, Treviglio8.0 
 10. Soloperto, Latina7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.7 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 6. Scarone, Piacenza3.7 
 7. Cantone, S.Antimo3.4 
 8. Passera, Piacenza3.4 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 10. Paparella, Potenza3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. De Nicolao, Castel.3.0 
 4. Gullo, Patti2.9 
 5. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 6. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 7. Palombita, Castell.2.7 
 8. Musso, Perugia2.7 
 9. Bushati, Brescia2.7 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 6. Spippoli, Palestri.0.9 
 7. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Biligha, ASD Pavia0.9 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


A dilettanti Round 5 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Piacenza - Treviglio 71-79

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Treviglio forced 23 Piacenza turnovers and outrebounded them 37-22 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by Piacenza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points and 5 steals for the winners. The former international guard Federico Bolzonella (185-84) answered with 19 points and the former international guard Marco Passera (180-82) added 18 points in the effort for Piacenza. Five Treviglio and four Piacenza players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 21+1reb+1ast, D.Reati 15+8reb+2ast, A.Vitale 14+3reb, R.Castelli 13+9reb, G.Zanella 13+6reb+1ast, T.De Min 3+6reb
Piacenza: F.Bolzonella 19+3reb+2ast, M.Passera 18+2reb+1ast, R.Perego 10+4reb+1ast, G.Scarone 10+2reb+1ast, R.Cazzaniga 9+5reb, F.Loschi 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 128271


Ostuni - Ruvo 83-68

The game was mostly controlled by Ostuni. Ruvo was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Center Francesco Basei (207-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Claudio Tommasini (190-91) chipped in 10 points and 7 assists. Guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) responded with 22 points and forward Francesco Modica (203-82) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ostuni: F.Basei 18+10reb, M.Gigena 16+1reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 10+1reb+7ast, A.Ruggiero 9+4ast, S.Gigena 9+6reb+1ast, M.Bona 7+2reb+2ast
Ruvo: S.Bonfiglio 22+3reb+3ast, F.Modica 11+2reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 9+1reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 9+1reb+1ast, A.Zerini 8+1reb, S.Provenzano 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128272


Trapani - S.Antimo 70-56

The game was mostly controlled by Trapani. S.Antimo managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding S.Antimo to just 6 points in first quarter. Trapani dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to S.Antimo's 24. They outrebounded S.Antimo 32-21 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (192-88, agency: Players Group) nailed 17 points for the winning side and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Trapani players scored in double figures. The former international guard Dante Calabria (194-73, college: N.Carolina) came up with 6 points and 9 rebounds and center Giacomo Eliantonio (204-88) added 12 points respectively for S.Antimo in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Trapani: G.Cantagalli 17+4reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 12+5reb, L.Bisconti 10+7reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 10+6reb+1ast, F.Guarino 7+1reb+7ast, C.Cappanni 6+4reb+1ast
S.Antimo: J.Valentini 13+1reb, G.Eliantonio 12+2reb, C.Cantone 8+1reb, S.Gatti 8+2reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 7+3reb, D.Calabria 6+9reb
gschID: 128273




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  JORDAN   


Sam Daghlas : Jordanian Basketball needs everyone's support more than ever - by Omar Shafaamri
Asia-basket.com is glad to host Jordan National Team & CBA Star Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) , talking about his experience in China , Jordan NT and other subjects .

-What are the differences between CBA and Jordanian League ? Can we some day develop such a League in Jordan ?
First thing, their higher levels of play in the CBA than in Jordan league. They go after top imports in china and in Jordan this year they didnt have imports. The league is promoted at a higher scale then Jordan. The fan base is a lot bigger then Jordan. Fans really come out and support their teams in china. China league has much better exposure. But the Jordan league did have its moment few years ago when the league had imports and was competitive, Jordan has good basketball players and they are waiting for the break through to excel and show their talent. Jordan basketball was at a real high few years ago and now its at its lowest. But they are working on bringing the game back and i hope it happens soon.

- How was the Compeition between you , Zaid abbas and Zaid alkhas in your Games against each other in CBA ?
It was real fun to compete between each other. We always cheered each other on when we were not playing each other, talked after games and so on. I guess since i won one and lost one to both of them we can't really talk smack to each other this summer.

- What's your Next Destinantion ? Will we see you again in Jordan ?
Its tough to answer this question because but at this point in my career i don't see my self-playing at a lower level league if i don't have to. i enjoy competing at a higher level so much. If god willing i stay healthy I still have good years a head of me because I train hard, smart and take care of my body. We will see what the future brings for me.

- You have visited Jordan Months ago and met Jordanian Federation President Helal Barakat , Can you give us some info about this interview ?
We talked about the future of the national team and what direction the federation is leading towards. The federation does want to put a good team together to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. I hope they fallow on their word and find the right coach that can lead us to hopefully qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

- What do you think of Zain club ? is ASU club a photocopy of Zain ? and what are ASU's chances in FIBA Asia Champions cup in Philippines next May ?
I was very disappointed with what took place with Zain club. The problem tell this day no one really knows what happen! Zain stablished a great team and name for them self and its very disappointing to see them throw it all away that easy. Lots of teams do so much to reach what Zain accomplished in 7 years. To tell you the truth i don't know a lot about ASU yet but i hope they are in it for the right reasons because they have a very good team and they can accomplish a lot in the up coming years. They need to have a smart sport management people around them that can lead them to be one of the top teams in Aisa. I think we are going to do well in Arab and Asia. we have a very good players, veterans players that are aware of the task we have ahead of us. I hope we stay health through out the tournaments from there we should be ok and hope to be competing for the title for Arab and Asia come finals day.

- What are Jordan NT chances in the next FIBA Asia 2011 in China this Summer ? Can we get a coach like Jordan NT EX-Coach Mario Palma ?
I think if we get the right coaching staff and prepare correctly like we have with coach Palma we could have a shot to qualify. But for now im not sure whose coaching and what kind of preparation we have stored. I do think the new federation is trying to find a good replacement for coach Palma which we all know it going to be tough. We are thankful players in jordan because we've had great coaches to come through here names like coach Robert Taylor, Maz Trakh, Mario palma, Mario Gomez. ( sorry if i forgot any names )

- What are Sam's remaining Basketball Targets ?
To keep working hard and try to improve daily. Im hoping I'll be back in China next season and i can lead my team to the playoffs and maybe more. Im also working on hosting camps for kids to help them improve and get a chance in basketball on the basketball court or off the court.

- Are you with Naturalizing a Big Man instead of Rasheim Wright ?
You know its very hard for Jordan to naturalizing someone, we were lucky that Mr. Tark Zubai was able to help jordan basketball and get us Rasheim who did real well for us. At the end of the day Rasheim help us get to the World cup and no one will ever deny that.

What do you think about the Asian player rule ?
I love the Asian rule. I think more countries in Asia need to incorporated to their league especially west Asian teams. This rule has a huge impact on helping improve the league. It helps raise the level of the league and players. I've wanted Asian countries to act on this rule for a while now and I'm happy to see china took action on it. Thats what separate china from all the other countries in asia now. China league is at its top point right now. That's what makes Europe so much stronger then Asia. The Bozeman rule allows Europeans to play as locals players in other countries in europe. We all see where it took European basketball. Europe is right there under the best league in the world, which is the NBA. Hope we can see that in Asia soon.

- Your Last words for the Jordanian Basketball Fans ?
Please we need everyone's support now more then ever. Basketball needs the help of the local people, business, media and who ever think they can help in any way. Jordan playing in the 2010 world cup was an eye opener for the whole world and why destroy that when you have great talent in are basketball players.




Daghlas : Jordanian Basketball needs everyone's support more than ever - by Omar Shafaamri

Asia-basket.com is glad to host Jordan National Team & CBA Star Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) , talking about his experience in China , Jordan NT and other subjects .

-What are the differences between CBA and Jordanian League ? Can we some day develop such a League in Jordan ?
First thing, their higher levels of play in the CBA than in Jordan league. They go after top imports in china and in Jordan this year they didnt have imports. The league is promoted at a higher scale then Jordan. The fan base is a lot bigger then Jordan. Fans really come out and support their teams in china. China league has much better exposure. But the Jordan league did have its moment few years ago when the league had imports and was competitive, Jordan has good basketball players and they are waiting for the break through to excel and show their talent. Jordan basketball was at a real high few years ago and now its at its lowest. But they are working on bringing the game back and i hope it happens soon.

- How was the Compeition between you , Zaid abbas and Zaid alkhas in your Games against each other in CBA ?
It was real fun to compete between each other. We always cheered each other on when we were not playing each other, talked after games and so on. I guess since i won one and lost one to both of them we can't really talk smack to each other this summer.

- What's your Next Destinantion ? Will we see you again in Jordan ?
Its tough to answer this question because but at this point in my career i don't see my self-playing at a lower level league if i don't have to. i enjoy competing at a higher level so much. If god willing i stay healthy I still have good years a head of me because I train hard, smart and take care of my body. We will see what the future brings for me.

- You have visited Jordan Months ago and met Jordanian Federation President Helal Barakat , Can you give us some info about this interview ?
We talked about the future of the national team and what direction the federation is leading towards. The federation does want to put a good team together to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. I hope they fallow on their word and find the right coach that can lead us to hopefully qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

- What do you think of Zain club ? is ASU club a photocopy of Zain ? and what are ASU's chances in FIBA Asia Champions cup in Philippines next May ?
I was very disappointed with what took place with Zain club. The problem tell this day no one really knows what happen! Zain stablished a great team and name for them self and its very disappointing to see them throw it all away that easy. Lots of teams do so much to reach what Zain accomplished in 7 years. To tell you the truth i don't know a lot about ASU yet but i hope they are in it for the right reasons because they have a very good team and they can accomplish a lot in the up coming years.


They need to have a smart sport management people around them that can lead them to be one of the top teams in Aisa. I think we are going to do well in Arab and Asia. we have a very good players, veterans players that are aware of the task we have ahead of us. I hope we stay health through out the tournaments from there we should be ok and hope to be competing for the title for Arab and Asia come finals day.

- What are Jordan NT chances in the next FIBA Asia 2011 in China this Summer ? Can we get a coach like Jordan NT EX-Coach Mario Palma ?
I think if we get the right coaching staff and prepare correctly like we have with coach Palma we could have a shot to qualify. But for now im not sure whose coaching and what kind of preparation we have stored. I do think the new federation is trying to find a good replacement for coach Palma which we all know it going to be tough. We are thankful players in jordan because we've had great coaches to come through here names like coach Robert Taylor, Maz Trakh, Mario palma, Mario Gomez. ( sorry if i forgot any names )

- What are Sam's remaining Basketball Targets ?
To keep working hard and try to improve daily. Im hoping I'll be back in China next season and i can lead my team to the playoffs and maybe more. Im also working on hosting camps for kids to help them improve and get a chance in basketball on the basketball court or off the court.

- Are you with Naturalizing a Big Man instead of Rasheim Wright ?
You know its very hard for Jordan to naturalizing someone, we were lucky that Mr. Tark Zubai was able to help jordan basketball and get us Rasheim who did real well for us. At the end of the day Rasheim help us get to the World cup and no one will ever deny that.

What do you think about the Asian player rule ?
I love the Asian rule. I think more countries in Asia need to incorporated to their league especially west Asian teams. This rule has a huge impact on helping improve the league. It helps raise the level of the league and players. I've wanted Asian countries to act on this rule for a while now and I'm happy to see china took action on it. Thats what separate china from all the other countries in asia now. China league is at its top point right now. That's what makes Europe so much stronger then Asia. The Bozeman rule allows Europeans to play as locals players in other countries in europe. We all see where it took European basketball. Europe is right there under the best league in the world, which is the NBA. Hope we can see that in Asia soon.

- Your Last words for the Jordanian Basketball Fans ?
Please we need everyone's support now more then ever. Basketball needs the help of the local people, business, media and who ever think they can help in any way. Jordan playing in the 2010 world cup was an eye opener for the whole world and why destroy that when you have great talent in are basketball players.



Sam Daghlas : Jordanian Basketball needs everyone's support more than ever - by Omar Shafaamri
Asia-basket.com is glad to host Jordan National Team & CBA Star Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) , talking about his experience in China , Jordan NT and other subjects .

-What are the differences between CBA and Jordanian League ? Can we some day develop such a League in Jordan ?
First thing, their higher levels of play in the CBA than in Jordan league. They go after top imports in china and in Jordan this year they didnt have imports. The league is promoted at a higher scale then Jordan. The fan base is a lot bigger then Jordan. Fans really come out and support their teams in china. China league has much better exposure. But the Jordan league did have its moment few years ago when the league had imports and was competitive, Jordan has good basketball players and they are waiting for the break through to excel and show their talent. Jordan basketball was at a real high few years ago and now its at its lowest. But they are working on bringing the game back and i hope it happens soon.

- How was the Compeition between you , Zaid abbas and Zaid alkhas in your Games against each other in CBA ?
It was real fun to compete between each other. We always cheered each other on when we were not playing each other, talked after games and so on. I guess since i won one and lost one to both of them we can't really talk smack to each other this summer.

- What's your Next Destinantion ? Will we see you again in Jordan ?
Its tough to answer this question because but at this point in my career i don't see my self-playing at a lower level league if i don't have to. i enjoy competing at a higher level so much. If god willing i stay healthy I still have good years a head of me because I train hard, smart and take care of my body. We will see what the future brings for me.

- You have visited Jordan Months ago and met Jordanian Federation President Helal Barakat , Can you give us some info about this interview ?
We talked about the future of the national team and what direction the federation is leading towards. The federation does want to put a good team together to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. I hope they fallow on their word and find the right coach that can lead us to hopefully qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

- What do you think of Zain club ? is ASU club a photocopy of Zain ? and what are ASU's chances in FIBA Asia Champions cup in Philippines next May ?
I was very disappointed with what took place with Zain club. The problem tell this day no one really knows what happen! Zain stablished a great team and name for them self and its very disappointing to see them throw it all away that easy. Lots of teams do so much to reach what Zain accomplished in 7 years. To tell you the truth i don't know a lot about ASU yet but i hope they are in it for the right reasons because they have a very good team and they can accomplish a lot in the up coming years. They need to have a smart sport management people around them that can lead them to be one of the top teams in Aisa. I think we are going to do well in Arab and Asia. we have a very good players, veterans players that are aware of the task we have ahead of us. I hope we stay health through out the tournaments from there we should be ok and hope to be competing for the title for Arab and Asia come finals day.

- What are Jordan NT chances in the next FIBA Asia 2011 in China this Summer ? Can we get a coach like Jordan NT EX-Coach Mario Palma ?
I think if we get the right coaching staff and prepare correctly like we have with coach Palma we could have a shot to qualify. But for now im not sure whose coaching and what kind of preparation we have stored. I do think the new federation is trying to find a good replacement for coach Palma which we all know it going to be tough. We are thankful players in jordan because we've had great coaches to come through here names like coach Robert Taylor, Maz Trakh, Mario palma, Mario Gomez. ( sorry if i forgot any names )

- What are Sam's remaining Basketball Targets ?
To keep working hard and try to improve daily. Im hoping I'll be back in China next season and i can lead my team to the playoffs and maybe more. Im also working on hosting camps for kids to help them improve and get a chance in basketball on the basketball court or off the court.

- Are you with Naturalizing a Big Man instead of Rasheim Wright ?
You know its very hard for Jordan to naturalizing someone, we were lucky that Mr. Tark Zubai was able to help jordan basketball and get us Rasheim who did real well for us. At the end of the day Rasheim help us get to the World cup and no one will ever deny that.

What do you think about the Asian player rule ?
I love the Asian rule. I think more countries in Asia need to incorporated to their league especially west Asian teams. This rule has a huge impact on helping improve the league. It helps raise the level of the league and players. I've wanted Asian countries to act on this rule for a while now and I'm happy to see china took action on it. Thats what separate china from all the other countries in asia now. China league is at its top point right now. That's what makes Europe so much stronger then Asia. The Bozeman rule allows Europeans to play as locals players in other countries in europe. We all see where it took European basketball. Europe is right there under the best league in the world, which is the NBA. Hope we can see that in Asia soon.

- Your Last words for the Jordanian Basketball Fans ?
Please we need everyone's support now more then ever. Basketball needs the help of the local people, business, media and who ever think they can help in any way. Jordan playing in the 2010 world cup was an eye opener for the whole world and why destroy that when you have great talent in are basketball players.




ASU signs Jameel Watkins & Forehan-Kelly - by Omar Shafaamri
ASU Club managament has agreed the terms with the experienced Center Jameel Watkins and Small Forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80, college: California) to represent the team in the next Arab clubs Championship (15-25 May) in Abu Dhabi and 22nd FIBA Asia Champions cup (28 May-3 June) in Manila .

Watkins just finsihed a good season in CBA China League with Jilin Tigers club where he averaged 20.5ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.7apg, Blocks-2 (1.9bpg), FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 68.4%, also played in NBA , D-League , Italy , Venezuela , South Korea , Puerto Rico and Lebanon .

Kelly is a swing player who can play at either guard or small forward. Cal's most accurate outside shooter , plays with a high level of intensity and aggressiveness. California University player just finished his season in JBL Japanese League where he averaged : 15.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-5 (1.3spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT-2 (46.8%), FT: 80.8% .
he also played in D-League ,Italy , Croatia , France and China Divison A Leagues .

From another side , ASU agreed with Jordanian CBA China League Stars Sam Daghlas and Zaid Abbas to play with the team in these 2 important copmeititons .


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LBL Round 2 of Finals. Ventspils level series - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Liepaja - Barons 100-79

Liepaja earn the lead in the Bronze medals series. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-79. Liepaja looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Center Martins Meiers (203-91) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international center Martins Skirmants (205-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and the former international guard Aigars Vitols (192-76, agency: Stanley International) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Five Liepaja and four Barons players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Barons: M.Skirmants 16+2reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 14+1reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 12+2reb, A.Vitols 10+4reb+4ast, D.Willjam 7+2reb+4ast, I.Bergmanis 6+2reb+4ast
Liepaja: M.Meiers 21+5reb+2ast, P.Caldwell 20+5reb+3ast, J.Aleksejevs 14+4reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 11+4reb+3ast, J.Kosuskins 10+4reb+3ast, M.Mejeris 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 128028


FINAL
VEF Riga - Ventspils 72-75

Ventspils levelled the series against VEF Riga as they celebrated victory on the road. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-18. But VEF Riga won second period 19-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) responded with 18 points and the former international forward Kristaps Janicenoks (196-83) scored 13 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: S.Valters 18+1reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 13+3reb+4ast, T.Cain 12+6reb+1ast, D.Bertans 9+2reb+3ast, K.Berzins 7+4reb, T.Hughes 7+8reb+3ast
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 20+9reb+4ast, B.Hunter 17+10reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 16+2reb, A.Berzins 16+9reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 4+4reb+2ast, A.Vairogs 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 128029




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.3 
 3. Caldwell, Liepaja15.3 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 5. Peiners, LU14.8 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.1 
 8. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga8.2 
 2. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga7.5 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 5. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 6. Hunter, Ventspils7.3 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.7 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 10. Cavars, Barons6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF R.
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Willjam, Barons4.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Bertans, VEF Riga3.3 
 9. Carter, Ventspils3.2 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 7. Slisans, LU1.6 
 8. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Cavars, Barons1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 6. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Meiers, Liepaja0.7 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 


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Musel Pikes bring in Brandon Gary - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes completed a big signing for the next season. They ensured the services of Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson CC). The 28-year-old forward spent the last three seasons with Contern. He averaged 19.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season. Brandon Gary was named Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Player of the Year in 2009. In 2010 he received Defensive Player of the Year award. The forward also participated in 2009 and 2010 All-Star Games. Previously Brandon Gary had stints in Germany and Finland. The forward was trumped 2Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. With addition of Brandon Gary the team of Frank Baum will try to improve on this season's 7th place finish.


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Marcus Morrison will play for KL Dragons in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) will reinforce KL Dragons at the Asia Champions Cup. The tournament will tip off on May 28 in Manila, Philippines.
Marcus Morrison started the season with Satria Muda. The 26-year-old shooting guard notched 23.9 points, 8.8 boards and 2.2 assists per game in Indonesian NBL. In ASEAN League Marcus Morrison averaged 23.6 points, 8.6 boards and 2.1 assists per appearance. Previously Marcus Morrison had stints in Japan and Israel. Marcus Morrison made it into Asia-basket.com All-ASEAN League 2nd Team this season.
KL Dragons got into Asia Champions Cup preliminary Group A. They will play alongside ASU of Jordan, Ittihad from Saudi Arabia, Duhok of Iraq and hosting Smart Gilas. The top four teams from the group will advance into quarterfinals.



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Athleta edge BUPA Luxol to enter Final - by Eurobasket News
Athleta joined Siggiewi in the Final. They held off BUPA Luxol 81:51 to punch their ticket to the championship clash. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) stepped up with 22 points to pace the hosts. Athleta gave little chance for the visitors. They outscored BUPA Luxol 22:8 in the opening frame. Athleta stretched the margin to as many as 21 points midway through the second term. The hosts established a 36:17 halftime advantage. Athleta never slowed down in the third term. They outscored the visitors for a comfortable 20-point cushion before the final term. BUPA Luxol never recovered allowing Athleta to cruise to the victory. Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) notched 17 points in the victory. Addison Bonnici (195-F-84) and Kristin-Paul Baldacchino (184-G-81) contributed 12 points each for Athleta. BUPA Luxol replied with 18 points from Jean Paul Bonnici (196-C-88). Petar Apcev (199-F-89) finished with 11 points in defeat.


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Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 24-7 
 2. Culiacan 21-10 
 3. Hermosillo 21-10 
 4. Guasave 18-13 
 5. Guaymas 17-14 
 6. Nogales 17-14 
 7. Tijuana 15-16 
 8. Mexicali 14-17 
 9. Tepic 5-26 
 10. Los Mochis 3-28 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Gale, Mexicali27.6 
 2. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 3. White, Cananea27.0 
 4. Brown, Tepic24.9 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.6 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis23.7 
 8. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 9. Thomas, Cananea23.3 
 10. Tate, Tijuana23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Moss, Nogales10.4 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 3. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic9.3 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Rougeau, Culiacan8.3 
 8. Tate, Tijuana8.1 
 9. Avila, Culiacan8.0 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana7.9 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Funn, Guasave8.4 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.3 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo4.9 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.7 
 6. White, Cananea4.7 
 7. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Ford, Tepic4.1 
 10. Brown, Tepic4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus MOORE
  Culiacan
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Moore, Culiacan2.9 
 2. White, Cananea2.1 
 3. Rougeau, Culiacan1.8 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.8 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 6. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 7. Funn, Guasave1.7 
 8. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 9. White, Los Mochis1.5 
 10. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.5 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo2.4 
 5. Brown, Nogales2.3 
 6. Brown, Tepic2.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis2.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Brown, Nogales2.2 
 10. Matthews, Nogales2.2 


CIBACOPA Round 31: Tijuana Zonkeys edge Bomberos de Mexicali by two points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in CIBACOPA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 31 in the CIBACOPA took place in Tijuana. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (14-17) to eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-16) 92-90 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tijuana Zonkeys shot 61.0 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Bomberos de Mexicali's players. Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 24 points. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to seventh place. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys are again looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#8) at home in the next round. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Culiacan. Second ranked Caballeros de Culiacan faced 4th placed Frayles de Guasave. Host Caballeros de Culiacan (21-10) defeated guests from Guasave (18-13) 103-94. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 9 rebounds. Marcus Moore contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for Frayles de Guasave. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-10 record having just three points less than leader Cananea, which they share with Hermosillo. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will again play against Frayles de Guasave (#4) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Leader Mineros de Cananea delivered the twentieth fourth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (5-26) 132-76. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Brandon Brown who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Ira Brown responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea maintains first place with 24-7 record. Loser Coras de Tepic keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will again meet at home Coras de Tepic (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.
The game in Guaymas supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (17-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (17-14). Ostioneros de Guaymas smashed Fuerza Guinda Nogales 110-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. It was an exceptional evening for Jerome Habel who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Eduardo Opezzo's team had such big advantage that he gave the chance to play for all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nogales. Ostioneros de Guaymas' next round opponent will be again Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6) at home.

In the last game of round 31 Hermosillo crushed Los Mochis in a road game 108-79.
The best stats of 31th round was 23 points and 13 rebounds by Marquise Gray of Hermosillo.



Cananea - Tepic 132-76

Leader Mineros de Cananea delivered the twentieth fourth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (5-26) 132-76. The game without a history. Mineros de Cananea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 46. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 42-19 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mineros de Cananea looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Coras de Tepic's players. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 20 points. Five Mineros de Cananea and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea maintains first place with 24-7 record. Loser Coras de Tepic keeps the ninth position with 26 games lost. Mineros de Cananea will again meet at home Coras de Tepic (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cananea: B.Brown 32+13reb+1ast, D.White 15+5reb+8ast, O.Zuniga 14+4reb+2ast, D.Thomas 13+3reb+5ast, C.Uribe 12+9reb, E.Swanson 11+1ast
Tepic: I.Brown 20+7reb+1ast, C.Brown 20+2reb, J.Parker 13+1reb, H.Ibanez 10+2reb+2ast, E.Gomez 5+3reb+1ast, C.Estrada 4+4ast
gschID: 122946


Los Mochis - Hermosillo 79-108

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-28) were crushed at home by third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (21-10) 108-79. Rayos de Hermosillo dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 46 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Pioneros Los Mochis 53-26 including a 40-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) came up with 19 points and guard Juan Favela (183-91) added 17 points respectively for Pioneros Los Mochis in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo moved-up to second place, which they share with Culiacan. Pioneros Los Mochis lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Rayos de Hermosillo (#3).
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Gray 23+13reb+3ast, L.Wade 19+6reb+5ast, J.Lopez 15+3reb, T.Thomas 12+12reb+3ast, J.Manuel Esteva 11+5reb+2ast, J.Camacho 10+5reb+2ast
Los Mochis: R.Castillo 19+3reb+1ast, J.Favela 17+2reb+3ast, E.Hare 14+5reb+2ast, J.Estrada 13+2ast, D.White 11+3reb+6ast, F.Ibarra 3+10reb+1ast
gschID: 122947


Guaymas - Nogales 110-73

The game in Guaymas supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (17-14) played at the court of sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (17-14). Ostioneros de Guaymas smashed Fuerza Guinda Nogales 110-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. The game without a history. Ostioneros de Guaymas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 52. It was a great shooting night for Ostioneros de Guaymas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Fuerza Guinda Nogales' players. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Richard Roby accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Coach Eduardo Opezzo's team had such big advantage that he gave the chance to play for all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) came up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips, OK) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nogales. Ostioneros de Guaymas' next round opponent will be again Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6) at home.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: R.Roby 21+2reb+1ast, J.Habel 16+10reb+3ast, J.Sanchez 14+3reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 13+1ast, R.Benitez 13+1reb+2ast, J.Luis Bucio 10+1reb+8ast
Nogales: R.Moss 17+8reb+1ast, J.Bunn 16+6reb, J.Walker 12+7reb+1ast, N.Brown 11+1reb+6ast, O.Quintero 7+2ast, J.Mercado 6+1reb
gschID: 122943


Tijuana - Mexicali 92-90

The most exciting game of round 31 in the CIBACOPA took place in Tijuana. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (14-17) to eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-16) 92-90 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 29-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tijuana Zonkeys shot 61.0 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Bomberos de Mexicali's players. Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 24 points. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys moved-up to seventh place. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys are again looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#8) at home in the next round. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: C.Tate 24+3reb+1ast, T.Gabbidon 19+5reb+3ast, J.Watson 18+5reb+7ast, E.Zuniga 12+2reb+7ast, G.Lira 8+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 6+2reb+1ast
Mexicali: M.Gale 26+5reb+2ast, J.Penny 14+5reb, H.Estrada 13+4reb+1ast, R.Lopez 12+3reb+2ast, A.Gonzalez 8+5reb+1ast, S.VanderMeer 8+6reb
gschID: 122944


Culiacan - Guasave 103-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Culiacan. Second ranked Caballeros de Culiacan faced 4th placed Frayles de Guasave. Host Caballeros de Culiacan (21-10) defeated guests from Guasave (18-13) 103-94. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 31-23 last quarter charge of Frayles de Guasave cut the lead to 103-94 at the end of the game. Caballeros de Culiacan dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 50. Caballeros de Culiacan players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-10 record having just three points less than leader Cananea, which they share with Hermosillo. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will again play against Frayles de Guasave (#4) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 30+9reb+2ast, D.Meza Rogel 16+2reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 16+1reb+1ast, Q.Gonzalez 14+4reb+3ast, M.Moore 12+11reb+2ast, A.Henning 9+8reb+5ast
Guasave: R.Barrett 22+12reb, W.Funn 21+6reb+7ast, K.Sowell 18+7reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 15+9reb+3ast, J.Acosta 8+1reb, M.Strobbe 6+4reb
gschID: 122945




Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 31 - by Eurobasket News
American Brandon Brown (201-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Cananea and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Tepic (#9, 5-26) with 56-point margin 132-76. It allowed Cananea to consolidate first place in the Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cananea has a very solid 24-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Brown just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cal State - San Bernardino graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 60.7% FGP. Worth to mention Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Marquise Gray (206-C-86) of Hermosillo. Gray impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Hermosillo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#10, 3-28) 108-79. Hermosillo's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-10 record is not bad at all. Gray is one of the most experienced players at Hermosillo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Rene Rougeau (198-G-86) of second-ranked Culiacan. Rougeau got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Culiacan, leading his team to a 103-94 win against #4 ranked Guasave in a game of the week. Culiacan needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 10 lost games. Rougeau has a great season in Mexico. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (7th best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 53.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. William Funn (188-G-82) of Guasave - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Mexicali - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Rasheem Barrett (196-G-87) of Guasave - 22 points and 12 rebounds
9. Jermaine Watson (193-G-81) of Tijuana - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80) of Hermosillo - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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2011 Semifinals. UASM-FireBall - by Huge
UASM - FireBall
Game 1. Chisinau. 88-58
The game started very active from both sides. UASM players were so strong in the defensive part that FireBall scored just 12 points in the first quarter. In the second part of the
game Fireball started playing even harder and they were able to cut from the difference and come as close as 6 points. But by the half time due to very active game of Ivan Cropotov (208-F-88, college: SW Baptist) UASM was having 10 points above, the score was very shaking. The result of the game was decided in the 3rd quarter when UASM won 24-17. There was no way FireBall could
score 17 points more then UASM in last 10 minutes of the game.

Game 2. Bender.76-81

After a very good first game there were very few people who thought there will be a need for third game. But they all are wrong. FireBall played much better - this is one reason. And second - UASM leaders were very inpatient and 3 out of first 5 player have got 5 fouls too quick. These caused FireBall to pack their bags and get ready for another trip to Chisinau. There is just one more phrase needed to be mentiond: 41 points of FireBall leader Colesnicov.



Game 3. Chisinau. 92-71

Before we talk about the game I would like to mention gorgeous game of Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79). One of the best games in the whole championship, almost all that was mailed to the basket reached recipient. 28 points to not really reflect full support to the team. Good job, Jeka.

Now back to the game. Everybody cheering for UASM felt a bit nervous: it is obviuse that UASM is stronger, but as some say, once a year even a stick can shoot like a gun. UASM was hoping that one a year was yesterday when they lost and now it is their time. And it was true.

Starting with the first quarter the word DEFENSE was the key one to describe UASM game. 26-7 and 19 points lead speak of itself. Chisinau team never let Fireball to come closer. Colesnicov was the only glimpse in FireBall. Very good hands, nice long distance shooting.



UASM in the final.

Congratulationsl to the team, coaches and staff.







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Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Buducnost 10-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Lovcen 5-5 
 4. Ulcijn 5-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-8 
 6. Jedinstvo 1-9 
Play-Out
 1. KK Podgorica 5-3 
 2. Danilovgrad 5-3 
 3. Mogren 5-3 
 4. ABS Primorje 4-4 
 5. Gorstak 1-7 
Stage One Standings


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Standings - Men
D1 Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. ASS Sale 2-0 
 2. RCA Casabl. 0-1 
 3. FUS Rabat 0-1 
Group B
 1. CRA Hoceima 1-0 
 2. WAC Casabl. 1-1 
 3. RSB Berkane 0-1 
Places 7-10
 1. PCS Plazza C. 8-10 
 2. MAF Fez 7-11 
 3. IRT Tanger 5-13 
 4. ASE Essaou. 1-17 
Stage One Standings


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.6 
 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.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.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.11.0 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.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 


Derek Fisher not retiring - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) has played in the NBA since 1996 and will turn 37 years old this summer. He's also been part of five NBA championship clubs along the way. And he doesn't plan on stopping now.

'[Retirement's] not even a thought,' Fisher said Tuesday, the Orange County Register reports.

As for his Lakers, Fisher thinks the current roster could win a championship next year if it can stay together: 'I'd take the same exact group of guys and line em up and lace em up and we'd get the job done,' Fisher said, the Register reports. 'That's what I believe can and will happen.'

Still, Fisher will have a lot to before everybody in the league gets laced up for next season since he's also the NBA Players Association president. So he'll get to spend the summer trying to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Larry Bird and David Morway stay in Pacers front office - by Eurobasket News
Indiana Pacers owner Herbert Simon and President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird met Tuesday in Los Angeles and have announced that Bird will remain in his position.

'I'm quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction our team is going', said Simon. 'I'm glad Larry is staying to help us continue in the positive direction we are going.'

'The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as President of Basketball Operations', said Bird. 'To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.'

'I hope we can keep our core basketball group together and one of my first priorities will be to address the coaching situation.'

Simon and Bird also announced that David Morway will stay as general manager.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Griffin, Wall headline NBA All-Rookie team - by Eurobasket News
NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) of the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington's John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) headline the league's All- Rookie Team.

Griffin, the lone unanimous selection to the squad, averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while posting 63 double-doubles. Wall, the top overall pick in last year's draft, averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists and 1.75 steals.

Joining the duo on the First Team were New York's Landry Fields, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) and San Antonio's Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson).

The Second Team consisted of Detroit's Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown), Minnesota's Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87, college: Syracuse), the Clippers' Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-G-89, college: Kentucky), Utah's Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91, college: Georgia Tech) and Indiana's Paul George.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Barea accepts Bynum apology - by Eurobasket News
Dallas guard Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) says he doesn't hold any animosity toward Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) after their ugly collision.

Bynum elbowed Barea in the chest while the guard was in the air for a layup in Game 4 of their playoff series. He hit the floor hard, Bynum was ejected and on Tuesday was suspended for the first five games of next season.

Barea says he has a bruise on his ribs and another on his left hand. He said Wednesday that he received an apologetic message from Bynum that he considers sincere. He didn't return the call because he didn't think it was necessary.

Barea said: 'He just had a big mistake. People have those sometimes. He lost his mind and he fouled me pretty hard. I know he regrets it.'

The Mavericks swept the two-time defending champion Lakers.

Courtesy of www.myfoxdfw.com


Phil Jackson: 'No plans' to return to coaching - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday he has 'no plans' to return as the team's mentor after this year's abrupt exit from the playoffs.

Jackson, meeting with reporters in a final news conference following the Lakers' stunning series sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals, said as of now, he doesn't foresee a return behind the bench, ESPN reported.

'I have no plans to return,' Jackson said. 'Today I'm sure. What it's going to be like in six months, I'm not sure.'

Asked about what he would do with himself, the 65-year-old, 11-time NBA title-winner said he was still deciding.

Saying he was 'musing' about it, Jackson added, 'Some of the musings that I have always had are adventures. I was a kid that liked to read Robinson Crusoe and those types of things.

'The last time I had a year off I traveled to the South Pacific and enjoyed what I did even though it was only six weeks. But I realized on that trip that I was not physically capable of doing that tripping and adventure that I'd always hoped to be able to do.'

Courtesy of www.upi.com


Doc Rivers likely returning to the Celtics next season - by Eurobasket News
In the postgame press conference after tonight's season-ending loss to the Heat, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said hes leaning toward returning to the team next year.

Rivers future had been in doubt, but he said he still believes he can win with this team.

'I'm leaning heavily to coming back', Rivers said. 'I havent made that decision, but I can tell you I probably will. Ive kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks. Im a Celtic and I love our guys. I want to win again here and Im competitive as hell. I have a competitive group, so well see. I can tell you that is where I am at today. Tomorrow I may change my mind, but that's where I am at today.'

'Thats' a complete 180 from the end of last season, when Rivers was hesitant to make any public commitment before he decided to return after taking a few weeks to gather his thoughts. After Rivers returned, Paul Pierce re-signed for four years and Ray Allen came back on a two-year deal. With Kevin Garnetts contract also up after next season, it seemed set up for Rivers to return for two years before stepping away. But speculation swirled recently that Rivers could walk away after this season. It seems the commitment to this veteran group will pull Rivers back for one final run.'

'I love them and I love the people I work for, so we will see', Rivers said. 'It's tough, so we will see. Thats where I am at today for sure.'

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Lakers' Bynum suspended five games - by Eurobasket News
Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) has been suspended for the first five games of next season for his flagrant foul on Dallas guard Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) in Los Angeles' final playoff game.

The NBA announced the suspension today, two days after Bynum was ejected for the foul in the two-time defending champions' 36-point loss to the Mavericks in Game 4.

The NBA also fined Bynum $25,000 for ripping off his jersey while heading to the locker room.

Bynum hit Barea with an elbow while the Dallas guard drove to the basket in the fourth quarter. Barea wasn't seriously hurt, but stayed on the court for an extended time.

Bynum expressed remorse for his actions Tuesday, saying his actions were terrible and unacceptable.

Courtesy of www.stuff.co.nz


East and West Semifinals: Fifth games - by Eurobasket News
East
Miami Heat - Boston C. 97-87 (4-1)
For LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Game 5 last season against Boston was horrific. A year later, Game 5 was humbling. And he and the Miami Heat are halfway to an NBA championship, having finally found a way to vanquish the Celtics. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 34 points, James added 33 - including the game's last 10 in a spectacular closing flourish, part of Miami's 16-0 run over the final 4:15 - and the Heat beat the Celtics 97-87 on Wednesday night to win their Eastern Conference semifinal series in five games. When it was over, James knelt on the court, oblivious to the photographers who quickly surrounded him in Miami's celebration. 'Everything went through my mind at that point,' James said. 'Finally getting over this hump against this team. Everything I went through this summer, with 'The Decision' and deciding to come down here to be a part of this team ... because I knew how important team is to this sport ... and all the backlash I got from it. 'I'd be up here for two hours if I tell you exactly everything that went through my head. Very emotional at that point, you know, and happy we got through it as a team.' That they did - as a team. James Jones hit a 3-pointer that kickstarted the final push, and Chris Bosh finished with 14 points - none of them more important than the two coming when he blew past Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) for a game-tying dunk with 2:57 left. Wade carried Miami early, then James finished the job. His personal 10-0 run to close the game put some long-simmering Celtics demons to rest. 'I play with the two best players in the league,' Bosh said. 'And we do this together.' True, this was about the collective. And in the end, for James, it was also personal. The Boston series a year ago was painful for him, as was the summer - and the fallout - that followed after he left Cleveland. 'I apologize for the way it happened,' James said. 'But I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime.' Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) led Boston with 18 points. Garnett had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 12 and Delonte West added 10. 'Right now, I am really upset,' Pierce said. 'I wish I could have played better tonight. Unfortunately we came up on the short end of the stick. I tip my hat off to Miami. They really played great basketball.' Rajon Rondo finished with six points in 31 minutes for Boston, playing with what appeared to be a slimmer brace over the still-painful left elbow that he dislocated during Game 3. 'I know we gave a lot in Game 3,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'And I don't know if we could ever get that effort back.' The Celtics got one measure of a victory Wednesday night: Ending months of speculation, Rivers said he will likely return to coach next season. 'I'm a Celtic,' Rivers said. 'And I love our guys. I want to win again here. I'm competitive as hell, I have a competitive group. So we'll see. That's where I'm at today. Tomorrow I may change my mind.' Exactly one year earlier, James was maligned in Cleveland when the Cavaliers were embarrassed by the Celtics, 120-88 in Game 5 of that East semifinal series. Boston won in six games, the finale of that matchup being James' last game with the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003. He wound up in Miami, alongside Wade and Bosh, aiming to chase a title. Eight wins down, eight wins to go. Next up for the Heat is the East finals against either Chicago or Atlanta, a series that may begin as early as Sunday. Chicago leads 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday. 'When you're playing this game, and you have another guy over there doing the things and as capable as LeBron, not only am I a fan on the court, but it makes the game easier,' Wade said. 'Obviously.' Obviously. James put Miami up for good with a 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining, then added a game-sealing - more aptly, a series-sealing - 3 with 40.4 seconds left, then turned and posed for some fans who screamed in delight. 'They make you fight for everything,' James said. 'You can never take the foot off the gas. You can never take a second off against that team.' So he kept playing, all the way to the final second. A steal and two-handed slam 6 seconds later for good measure, followed by a Celtics turnover, got the party started. It was over, the Heat and Celtics knew it, and Rivers stood silently near the bench, his arms folded across his chest as James ran down the clock on Miami's final offensive possession of the series. Of course, he scored. Boston was done, thoroughly worn down by a younger, more athletic opponent. The Celtics won the first three meetings between the clubs this season, then lost five of the final six. 'It was a series that all of us wanted, really since training camp,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Wade was knocked over into some courtside seats trying to snare the final rebound, but that only prolonged the moment. James knelt in prayer for several seconds, then ran over to wrap Wade in a long embrace as the fans screamed loudly. 'D-Wade, he made it real difficult,' Celtics forward Glen Davis said. 'He came through. He carried the team. He willed them to win. He carried them just long enough for LeBron to knock us out.' The Heat said often in this series, Boston laid the plan for what Miami needed to ultimately do to become champions. James said it again when it was over Wednesday night. 'It's a great team,' James said of Boston in the on-court celebration. 'Like I said, I got the utmost respect for that team. They're the reason why all three of us came together, is because of what they did, that blueprint they had in '08 when they all came together. So it's a great team win and get ready for our next opponent.' It's Miami's fourth trip to the East finals, its first since 2006. Wade had 30 points through three quarters. James added 20, while the rest of the Heat managed only 21 and they were down 73-71. And when everyone went cold to open the fourth, Boston seized a bit of control. West scored six of the Celtics' first eight points in the final quarter, the last of those coming on a drive with 9:21 left for an 81-74 lead. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Atlanta H. 95-83 (3-2)
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 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 came up big again filling in for the injured Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas), 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 15, Zaza Pachulia 13 and Al Horford added 12 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




West
Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 99-72 (3-1)
Kevin Durant's (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) work was done early. After three quarters. Not three overtimes. Instead of hunting down key shots, he was tracking down a T-shirt from the stands and reveling in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 99-72 blowout of the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night that gave them their first series lead in the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder lead 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Friday night in Memphis. They got there with ease considering what happened in a triple-overtime thriller two nights earlier. 'There was no fatigue factor for us. ... I thought our guys came in with focus,' Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. 'You beat good teams by really executing very well and with good effort, and we did both of them tonight.' After squandering a 16-point lead in the second half and losing Game 3 in overtime, the Thunder blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning Game 4 in three overtimes on Monday night. This time, it was all over well before the final buzzer. 'Going through that kind of loss molds our character, I think, and brings us closer together,' Durant said. 'Losing Game 3 the way we did and winning Game 4 the way we did, it kind of showed what type of team we are, what type of courage and heart we have.' Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points to lead Memphis, which didn't have much left after such a draining loss on their home court. The Grizzlies shot a season-worst 36 percent, matched their lowest point total from the regular season and never put up much of a fight in the second half. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




Ex-Milwaukee Buck Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA and University of Michigan basketball player, Robert 'Tractor' Traylor (6'9''-F/C-77, college: Michigan), was reportedly found dead in his Puerto Rico apartment. As per reports from ESPN, the 'gentle giant' had been missing for days.

Traylor, 34, was injured and was not with his current team. Traylors wife had alerted Bayaman Cowboys team manager Jose Carlos Perez to check on him after their last phone conversation got cut.

The exact cause of death of Traylor has yet to be confirmed, although reports reveal that it may have been caused by a heart attack.

Traylor was best known for being drafted in 1998 by the Dallas Mavericks. However, the team traded him in a major deal that netted Dallas Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity from the Milwaukee Bucks. Traylor spent two memorable seasons with the Bucks, helping the team make the playoffs on both occasions.

Aside from his two seasons in Milwaukee, Traylor went on to play for a total of 7 seasons which included stints with other NBA teams like Cleveland, Charlotte and New Orleans.
Known as a fierce competitor, Traylor got his nickname back in college where he played for three seasons. Traylor was a fierce competitor and was loved anywhere he went.

Among the highlights of Traylors career include averaging 13.3 point per game and 8.2 rebounds in the three seasons he played for Michigan. In the NBA, Traylor averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 438 games.

Traylor was best known for having an unusual frame and physique, including large hands and feet.

'Off the court he was a gentle giant, displaying his smile and care, especially toward young people through his involvement in school visits and his work with the Special Olympics clinic.'

Traylor had heart surgery in 2005 and was sentenced to jail in 2009 for violating a supervised release to an income-tax case. Traylor apparently admitted back then preparing a false tax return to hide assets of a convicted drug dealer.

'He was a gentle giant,' Fishman told the AP on Wednesday. 'There were two things about him that really stood out from other athletes of this day and age: He never complained and always took responsibility for anything he ever did.'

Courtesy of www.mb.com.ph


NBA delayed hard cap in offer - by Eurobasket News
The proposal from NBA owners that the NBA Players Association rejected last week called for the implementation of a hard salary cap at a figure lower than the league's current cap, but not until the 2013-14 season, according to sources familiar with the offer.

Sources told ESPN.com this week that the central change made by owners to past collective bargaining proposals called for easing in a more restrictive financial landscape over a three-season cycle as opposed to trying to impose a hard salary ceiling with immediate effect next season.

The league, sources said, regards this as a major concession, since the next two seasons would employ a salary-cap system with luxury-tax penalties not unlike the system currently in place. Teams currently operate with a salary cap of $58 million per franchise, with a dollar-for-dollar luxury tax imposed for every dollar teams spend over the tax threshold of $70.3 million.

Sources said the owners' latest proposal, however, does still call for immediate rollbacks of 15 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent to current contracts depending on salary levels, as part of the league's oft-stated desire to reduce payroll by roughly $800 million leaguewide on an annual basis.

The NBA's ongoing push for such sharp salary reductions, sources said, is what caused the quick rejection from the players' side, with the union also still determined to oppose a hard cap.

The NBA, sources said, likewise hopes to implement even lower salaries for rookies than they currently make based off the league's rookie scale The league also would like to propose new rules that make it hugely advantageous for marquee players to stay with the teams that draft them.

The new rules would grant teams the ability to offer even more years and dollars to a designated 'star' player than current rules allow, heeding the clamor from various small-market teams for such a measure after last summer's free-agent defections of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami and the trades that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York and Deron Williams to New Jersey.

An SI.com report Wednesday said that teams, under the NBA's proposal, would not be able to unilaterally 'tag' a player to be their designated star, as NFL teams can by using their 'franchise tag' to prevent one chosen player from becoming a free agent. Under the NBA's proposal rejected by the union last week, teams would only be able to designate one player for preferential contract treatment if the player agreed to it.

Another key wrinkle from the rejected proposal, sources said, called for the ability for each team to shed one contract outright before next season through a one-time amnesty provision that wipes that contract off a team's books -- even though the player must still be paid -- reminiscent of a similar provision in the summer of 2005.

Although the players quickly rejected last week's proposal, sources close to the process have expressed mild optimism about the league's increased willingness to negotiate before the current labor agreement expires June 30.

ESPN.com's Henry Abbott reported Tuesday that Stern and NBPA executive director Billy Hunter have been quietly meeting face-to-face to negotiate on a fairly regular basis. The sides, sources said, met last week in Chicago with staffers from both sides present. The two sides are also set to talk this week in New York.

NBA owners are expected to lock out their players on July 1 if there is no new deal before the June 30 deadline. But against a backdrop of labor strife and ongoing legal action in the NFL, representatives of both the NBA and the players' union have recently softened their public rhetoric.

NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said April 15 that the league's goal is 'a system in which all 30 teams can compete, and, if they are well-managed, to make a profit. We have never suggested to the union that there's only one way to accomplish that end.'

But players' association president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers, explaining the union's quick dismissal of the league's latest offer, told ESPN.com last week: 'Unfortunately, the proposal is very similar to the proposal the league submitted over a year ago. This last proposal doesn't look close to what we were expecting.'

The union has pushed for a revenue deal similar to the current one, with Hunter insisting that a hard salary cap would effectively end guaranteed contracts, which he calls 'the lifeblood' of professional basketball.

'We've had that right for years, and it's not something we're trying to give up,' Hunter has said.

The league recently announced that, in addition to soaring TV ratings this season, 2010-2011 ticket sales were up roughly one percent. The union contends that the league's recent surge in popularity might have wiped out the losses caused by the recent recession, but league officials say that their overall loss has been reduced only from $340 million last season to $300 million this season, asserting that 22 of the NBA's 30 teams are losing money.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Big 12 gets makeover with coaching changes, early draft exits - by Eurobasket News
The Big 12 will have a new look in men's basketball next season and not just because Nebraska and Colorado are leaving.

Four of the remaining 10 teams will have new head coaches and underclassman declarations for the NBA draft will leave Texas with no returning starters and take three players out of seven-time defending champion Kansas' lineup.

The coaching shake-up is the most significant in the conference since 2006, when six schools had first-year coaches. Only the Atlantic Coast Conference has had as many coaching changes this year.

Billy Gillispie takes over at Texas Tech, Lon Kruger at Oklahoma and Frank Haith at Missouri. Texas A&M's job is open for the third time in seven years after Maryland hired Mark Turgeon.

'That's a lot of turnover for 10 teams,' Kansas coach Bill Self said. 'The old-timers are Barnes and Drew and Self. It's an unbelievable coaches' league when you really look at it.'

Rick Barnes will be going into his 14th season at Texas and Baylor's Scott Drew and Self are entering the ninth years at their schools. No one else has been in his job more than four years.

Barnes and Self are taking the biggest hits with underclassmen declaring for the NBA draft.

The league had seven players leave early, including Colorado's Alec Burks. It would have been 10 had Missouri's Laurence Bowers and Kim English and Texas A&M's David Loubeau not decided to come back.

Texas, which ranked as high as No. 3 nationally and challenged Kansas for the league title, is losing Jordan Hamilton, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph in addition to senior starters in Dogus Balbay and Gary Johnson.

Hamilton averaged a team-leading 18.6 points, Thompson was Big 12 freshman of the year and Joseph was on the conference all-rookie team.

Barnes can take solace in having assembled one of the nation's top-ranked recruiting classes, highlighted by point guard Myck Kabongo of Toronto. Problem is, Kabongo might play just one season at Texas. He's already projected as a first-round draft pick in 2012.

Kansas loses twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris and guard Josh Selby, all of them hoping to land in the NBA.

Marcus Morris was the Big 12 player of the year and Markieff Morris was the league leader in field-goal percentage and rebounding. Selby, the celebrated freshman, averaged 12 points in his first 13 games but wasn't nearly as productive after injuring his foot Feb. 1.

Self caught a break when guard Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson announced last month that they would return to a team that went 35-3 last season and reached the NCAA tournament regional finals. Still, Self said, his team probably has as many uncertainties as it did after losing seven players from the 2008 national championship team.

Self said Baylor and Texas A&M, even with a new coach, should be the preseason favorites.

'There's a lot of ground to make up for everybody,' Self said. 'Kansas could make up ground. Everybody could make up ground moving forward because it looks so wide open to me.'

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said he's confident the Aggies can continue on the roll they've been on since Gillispie, Turgeon's predecessor, took over in College Station in 2004. Turgeon took the Aggies to the NCAA tournament the last four years.

'The good thing about this compared to when we hired Billy and when we hired Mark is that we have built ourselves a basketball fan base and we've built ourselves some incredible facilities,' Byrne said. 'So going out and attracting a great coach to Texas A&M is going to be a lot easier.'

Another change in 2011-12 will be the league's round-robin schedule. It requires each team to play every conference opponent once on the road and once at home. Previously, teams played home-and-home against members of its own division and met opponents in the opposite division once.

'It's going to be wild and it's going to be harder,' Self said. 'Protecting your home court is going to be more important now. You protect your home court and you go 8-0 at home, and split on the road, that will look like a pretty good record.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Xavier gives coach Chris Mack a new contract lasting through 2017-18 season - by Eurobasket News
Xavier has given coach Chris Mack a new contract that runs through the 2017-18 season.

Mack led the Musketeers to Atlantic 10 regular-season titles and NCAA tournament appearances both of his seasons as head coach. He was honored as the A-10's coach of the year after last season.

The school replaced his original five-year deal with what athletic director Mike Bobinski called 'the most comprehensive agreement' ever for a head coach at Xavier.

The school also announced that Brian Thornton, its director of men's basketball operations, is moving to Furman as an assistant coach. Jeremy Growe, a graduate assistant in the program, will take his place.

Courtesy of www.wdbj7.com


Texas' Barnes gets $200K raise from UT regents - by Eurobasket News
Texas coach Rick Barnes has received a $200,000 raise that boosts his pay to $2.4 million each season.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the pay hike Wednesday. The motion recognized Barnes for his ''commitment, motivation and performance'' and the desire to keep him coaching the Longhorns.

Barnes will be entering his 14th season at Texas. He has taken the Longhorns to the NCAA tournament each season but hasn't advanced past the second round in four of the last five years.

Texas is losing three starters from last season's squad that rose to No. 3 in the nation. But Barnes has assembled one of the top-ranked recruiting classes for next season.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


A&M coaching search update: Are Buzz Williams and Josh Pastner out of the mix? - by Eurobasket News
Two of the biggest names and most obvious fits to replace Mark Turgeon as Texas A&Ms basketball coach may have become non-factors after just one day.

Things didnt become much clearer in the 24 hours or so since Turgeon bolted to become the new coach at Maryland.

Marquette's Buzz Williams , a former A&M assistant under Billy Gillispie, is no longer a candidate, according to the San Antonio Express-News. With a total compensation package reportedly at a whopping $4 million, according to the Express-News, plus a $2.6 million buyout, the Aggies have decided to look elsewhere.

Plan B may have been Josh Pastner of Memphis, who has strong ties to the Houston area through his father Hal, an AAU coach. Hes young, charismatic and apparently not interested.

'I am going to stay put at Memphis,' Pastner told the Hoops Report late Tuesday, confirming an earlier Sporting News story.

So where does that leave A&M? Consider a few more names:

Tad Boyle, Colorado: He did a nice job at Colorado in his first season and should have earned an NCAA Tournament bid. A&M is clearly a better, more attractive job than Colorado. He and Turgeon were assistants at Oregon in the 1990s under Jerry Green. Later, he was a Turgeon assistant at Wichita State. A&M athletic director Bill Byrne knows who he is. More importantly, hes affordable with a reported $590,000 salary.

Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: Hey, the Shockers were a good option for A&M in Turgeons case. Marshall built a real nice mid-major program at Winthrop and won the NIT at Wichita State, going 29-8 this past season. His salary has been pegged at just under $1 million, pretty good coin for a mid-major coach.

Doc Sadler, Nebraska: Sadler is viewed as an overachieving, well-respected coach, although hes posted an underwhelming 30-50 Big 12 record in five years at Nebraska. That would be a hard sell, as would his less-than-scintillating offensive style. Simply put, hes more popular with his peers and the media than the average fan. His Texas ties from his time at UTEP would be a plus.

Fran Fraschilla, ESPN: People wondered about the name but he might be willing to leaving broadcasting, where hes carved out a very solid career, to get back into coaching. Remember, he took both Manhattan and St. Johns to the NCAA Tournament and has a 176-99 career record. Living in Dallas, he knows all about the high school and AAU scene in the state.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


ASU sophomore guard Corey Hawkins to transfer - by Eurobasket News
Corey Hawkins (6'1''-G), the career scoring leader in Arizona high school history, is leaving Arizona State after just one season.

The sophomore guard, who had a chance to start next season, confirmed Tuesday that he had informed Arizona State coach Herb Sendek of his intentions to transfer.

'It doesn't go into any personal feelings, I just wanted a fresh start and go someplace where I'll play,' Hawkins said.

Hawkins is the seventh scholarship player in the past three years to transfer out of Sendek's program. Guard Brandon Dunson decided to transfer last month, and four players left last season. The departures left the Sun Devils with seven new players last season, a reason they went 12-19 and finished last in the Pac-10.

A nagging ankle injury slowed Hawkins for most of his freshman season, but he played more minutes as the season progressed. In ASU's final seven games, he averaged 14 minutes and posted a season-high 13 points in the Sun Devils' regular-season finale win over Oregon State.

Overall, in 24 games, Hawkins averaged two points and 1.7 rebounds in 8.2 minutes. He shot 34.5 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 50 percent from the foul line.

Next season, with the graduations of Jamelle McMillan and Ty Abbott, Hawkins would've battled sophomore Keala King, freshman Jahii Carson and incoming junior-college transfer Chris Colvin for backcourt minutes.

'I felt like I could've played next year, but you also never know,' Hawkins said. 'This was an extremely hard decision. I like the team. I like the coaches. They did a lot for me, but I just felt like I had to stick to my guns.'

Over his career at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, Hawkins scored 3,164 career points, breaking Mike Bibby's scoring mark. He averaged 36 points his senior season, and once scored 65 points in a game, making 14 of 21 from 3-point range.

Hawkins' departure leaves the Sun Devils with just two scholarship players from Arizona, junior Carrick Felix of Goodyear and Carson of Mesa.

'Arizona means a lot to me,' Hawkins said. 'I went to high school here, and I've been here a while now, built some relationships. You never want to leave a place that means so much to you, but at times you got to do what you got to do.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


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Pero Cameron shoots for Tall Blacks assistant job - by Eurobasket News
Pero Cameron has applied to be Nenad Vucinic's right-hand man as assistant coach of the Tall Blacks.

Basketball New Zealand has advertised for assistants for both the Tall Blacks and the Tall Ferns and Cameron would appear to have impeccable credentials for the men's job.

Since calling time on an illustrious playing career, he has coached the Wellington Saints to last year's National Basketball League title in his debut season, and the Saints are 6-0 this year.

He is also an assistant coach with the Gold Coast Blaze and reckons he can juggle all three.

'I did chuck my hat in but obviously they've got a lot of things they've got to consider and I don't know when it's due to be announced,' said Cameron, who captained the Tall Blacks to fourth place at the 2002 world championships.

'But regardless of being part of it or not, I still want to go in and help where I can and we'll see what happens.'

The Tall Blacks' focus is on the three-match series against Australia in September, with the winners securing a berth at next year's London Olympics. The team will prepare with games in China and Europe in July and August.

Vucinic has just finished the season coaching Fulgor Libertas Forli in the Italian second division and Cameron said he spoke with his old Tall Blacks team-mate before applying.

'But it's not about relationships, it's about whether you can get the job done.'

Cameron's more immediate focus is helping the Saints prepare for this weekend's road trip against Otago (Friday) and Southland (Saturday).

Southland, who have signed New Zealand Breakers guard Kevin Braswell and are close to adding former NBA player Kaniel Dickens, have caught Cameron's attention.

'Dickens is a good athlete and I think they were lacking in the outside shooting department. Braswell's a confident and very experienced player so they're going to be tough.'

The Saints head south without Zane Meehl after releasing the guard yesterday to play for Taranaki for the rest of the season. With Australian NBL guards Lindsay Tait and Corey Webster back on deck, and George Le'afa and Jordan Mills providing back-up, Cameron approved the release.

Courtesy of www.stuff.co.nz


Zane Meehl moves to Taranaki - by Eurobasket News
Zane Meehl (191-PG-86, college: Mid-Continent) joined the Taranaki Mountain Airs. The player was released by the Wellington Saints to move to Taranaki. The 24-year-old guard appeared in six NBL this season. His stats read 3.2 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 board per game. In 2010 Zane Meehl played in Australian ABA league. He tallied 21.8 points, 6.3 boards, 5.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Maroochydore Clippers. Zane Meehl also participated at the World University Games in Bangkok with the Kiwis selection.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Darryl DORA
  Nelson G.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Dora, Nelson G.22.3 
 2. Webster, Wellingt.22.3 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.22.2 
 4. Pledger, Waika.22.0 
 5. Hudson, Manawatu.20.8 
 6. Smith, Waikato P.20.3 
 7. Pace, Bay Hawks20.3 
 8. Mickens, Auckland.20.2 
 9. Johnson, Wellingt.19.7 
 10. Bradshaw, Oceana.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lance ALLRED
  OceanaGo.
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Allred, OceanaGo.9.6 
 2. Pledger, Waika.9.5 
 3. Trousdell, Bay H.9.4 
 4. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 5. Bradshaw, OceanaG.9.2 
 6. Frank, Wellington9.0 
 7. Johnson, Wellingt.9.0 
 8. Grizzard, Nelson G.9.0 
 9. Campbell, Taranaki.8.6 
 10. Horvath, Manawat.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington S.
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Tait, Wellington S.6.7 
 2. Crowe, Waikato P.6.0 
 3. Kench, Manawatu J.6.0 
 4. Dickel, Southland5.0 
 5. Smith, Waikato P.4.5 
 6. Le''afa, Wellingt.4.5 
 7. Martin, Auckland.4.4 
 8. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.4 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.3.6 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.3.0 
 2. Smith, Waikato P.2.8 
 3. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 4. Kench, Manawatu J.2.3 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.3 
 6. Allen, Waikato P.2.3 
 7. Frank, Wellington2.2 
 8. Hudson, Manawatu.2.0 
 9. Johnson, Wellingt.2.0 
 10. Polyblank, Southl.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pledger, Waika.3.0 
 2. Campbell, Taranaki.2.0 
 3. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 4. Adams, Wellington1.3 
 5. Anthony, Waika.1.3 
 6. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 7. Spicer, Southlan.1.0 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.0.8 
 9. Frank, Wellington0.8 
 10. Johnson, Wellingt.0.8 


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


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


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia .
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia16.0 
 6. Lichodzijews., ISS15.6 
 7. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 8. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.7 
 9. Mis, SKK Siedlce14.2 
 10. Piechowicz, MMKS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS S.
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS9.2 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 6. Luszczewski, Start7.7 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.6 
 8. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.7.6 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
 10. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Tempcold.
  (189-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wilczek, Tempcold.6.4 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lubl.5.0 
 5. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sporti.4.6 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.3 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 10. Glapinski, Sokol4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  Gor.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sporti.2.8 
 4. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 5. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia2.5 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.3 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.1 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS D.
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.2 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.4 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS1.3 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 6. Salamonik, LKS L.1.1 
 7. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 8. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 9. Pietras, Polonia 2.0.9 
 10. Glabas, Polonia 2.0.9 


Tempcold AZS triumph in 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
MMKS DG - Sokol Lancut 71-74

Sokol Lancut earned the 1Liga Bronze. They swept the series versus MMKS DG. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and guard Lukasz Szczypka (185-80) added 17 points in the effort for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: W.Pisarczyk 19+6reb+2ast, M.Klima 14+8reb+2ast, M.Wilczek 11+4reb, J.Szurlej 10+3ast, T.Fortuna 8+5reb+3ast, R.Glapinski 6+1reb+5ast
MMKS DG: M.Piechowicz 26+5reb+1ast, L.Szczypka 17+1reb+2ast, P.Zielinski 14+4reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 6+3reb+2ast, R.Basinski 4+2reb+6ast, R.Partyka 3+1ast
gschID: 128261


FINAL
Tempcold AZS - LKS Lodz 79-64

Tempcold AZS clinched the title celebrating the second straight win over LKS Lodz. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Politechnika Warszawska. LKS Sphinx managed to win fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Forward Jaroslaw Mokros (201-90) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for LKS Sphinx. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Tempcold AZS: M.Ponitka 20+4reb, J.Mokros 15+4reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 12+4reb+1ast, M.Kolowca 11+5reb, L.Wilczek 8+3reb+9ast, L.Karwowski 5+6reb+1ast
LKS Lodz: K.Sulima 13+7reb, F.Kenig 12+1reb, M.Kuczmera 10+4reb, M.Salamonik 10+11reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 6+3reb, M.Krajewski 5+5ast
gschID: 128262




Anwil and Polpharma keep head coaches - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek extended the contract with head coach Emir Mutapcic . The deal is meant for another season. The Bosnian specialist was hired in December 2010. He helped the team reach PLK quarterfinals, where Anwil surrendered against Trefl Sopot 1-3. Previously Emir Mutapcic worked as head coach with Braunschweig and ALBA Berlin in Germany.
Polpharma also opted to extend the contract of head coach Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex ). The 47-year-old Serbian specialist took over the team last November. Polpharma finished PLK regular season at 11-11 record in the fifth position. They lost to Energa Czarni in four games at the quarterfinal stage. Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex ) worked in Serbia and Montenegro before moving to Poland.



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Season Scout - Barreirense - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Porbasket starts today with the Season Scout, reviewing all the teams in LPB and Proliga. We'll start with Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro, last placed in LPB, a very young team who will spend next season in Proliga, after a terrible season in the main category.

The season


Three coaches and a 3-19 record. It was an unexpected result, after some good seasons in LPB, for a very young team. Injury problems, foreigners with little quality, too much ambitions for the rosters reality. Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro was the big disillusion in LPB. They have excellent players in their roster and they will benefit of a winning season in Proliga. That must strengthen their competitive spirits, asking for the board to complete their squad with some good experimented players, mostly inside. One thing is sure, they dont want to spend more than a season out of LPB.

The player


Tyrone Curnell (201-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Valdosta St.). In his professional rookie season, Curnell was no doubt the best player in Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro, and one of the best newcomers in LPB. He had a 20.1 points and 8.5 rebounds average. With 2.01m, he can play both as Power Forward or Center, is a fantastic scorer and was also the best rebounder in the team. He was, almost always, left alone in the paint, and deserves a new opportunity in an European league. Hes still young and some evolution in expected.

The prospect


Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro has four Portuguese internationals in their roster. Pedro Pinto (186-G-88), Jose Silva (194-F-89), Miguel Graca (186-G-87) and Manuel Sico (202-F/C-88). Only Pinto was healthy during all the season. With so many injury problems, it was hard for these youngster show their best play. But theyre still expected to be important players in the Portuguese basketball future. If they stay in Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro, theyll have a season to prepare their comeback in the highest level. But they all can gain important minutes in a LPB team. With or without these four players, Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro will be a team to watch, next season, for European scouts.



More to come at www.porbasket.blogspot.com





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Coamo sign deal with Marcus Landry - by Eurobasket News
Maratonistas de Coamo announced the signing of Marcus Landry (201-F-85, college: Wisconsin). The 25-year-old forward will replace Ronnie Fields (193-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) on the roster. Marcus Landry spent the pre-season with the Sacramento Kings. Later he inked a deal with the Rino Bighorns of D-League. The forward notched 17.6 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game during the season. Last season Marcus Landry had short stints with the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. He finished the season in the Maine Red Claws in D-League.


Ex-Milwaukee Buck Robert 'Tractor' Traylor found dead in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA and University of Michigan basketball player, Robert 'Tractor' Traylor (6'9''-F/C-77, college: Michigan), was reportedly found dead in his Puerto Rico apartment. As per reports from ESPN, the 'gentle giant' had been missing for days.

Traylor, 34, was injured and was not with his current team. Traylors wife had alerted Bayaman Cowboys team manager Jose Carlos Perez to check on him after their last phone conversation got cut.

The exact cause of death of Traylor has yet to be confirmed, although reports reveal that it may have been caused by a heart attack.

Traylor was best known for being drafted in 1998 by the Dallas Mavericks. However, the team traded him in a major deal that netted Dallas Dirk Nowitzki and Pat Garrity from the Milwaukee Bucks. Traylor spent two memorable seasons with the Bucks, helping the team make the playoffs on both occasions.

Aside from his two seasons in Milwaukee, Traylor went on to play for a total of 7 seasons which included stints with other NBA teams like Cleveland, Charlotte and New Orleans.
Known as a fierce competitor, Traylor got his nickname back in college where he played for three seasons. Traylor was a fierce competitor and was loved anywhere he went.

Among the highlights of Traylors career include averaging 13.3 point per game and 8.2 rebounds in the three seasons he played for Michigan. In the NBA, Traylor averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 438 games.

Traylor was best known for having an unusual frame and physique, including large hands and feet.

'Off the court he was a gentle giant, displaying his smile and care, especially toward young people through his involvement in school visits and his work with the Special Olympics clinic.'

Traylor had heart surgery in 2005 and was sentenced to jail in 2009 for violating a supervised release to an income-tax case. Traylor apparently admitted back then preparing a false tax return to hide assets of a convicted drug dealer.

'He was a gentle giant,' Fishman told the AP on Wednesday. 'There were two things about him that really stood out from other athletes of this day and age: He never complained and always took responsibility for anything he ever did.'

Courtesy of www.mb.com.ph


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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Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 19-6 
 2. CSKA 16-8 
 3. Lokomotiv 16-8 
 4. Khimky 15-8 
 5. Spartak SP 15-9 
 6. Enisey 12-13 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 9-16 
 8. Dynamo 8-17 
 9. N.Novgorod 8-17 
 10. Triumph 4-20 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Lampe, Unics17.3 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.6 
 4. Baxter, Enisey16.6 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo15.9 
 6. Williams, Enisey15.3 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.5 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.9 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.13.8 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej LAMPE
  Unics
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Lampe, Unics7.4 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 3. Beverley, Spart.6.9 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA6.8 
 5. Baxter, Enisey6.7 
 6. Monya, Khimky6.3 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv6.3 
 8. Brezec, Krasnie6.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.0 
 10. Papadopoulos, Khi.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Enisey7.0 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie5.9 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.3 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.7 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.4 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.0 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.3 
 10. Samoylenko, Unics3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie1.5 
 5. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.5 
 6. Domercant, Spart.1.4 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 8. Pashutin, Unics1.4 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.1.3 
 10. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Benjamin EZE
  Khimky
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 2. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 3. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 5. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 6. Varlamov, Triumph1.0 
 7. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 8. Antonov, N.Novgor.0.9 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph0.9 
 10. Lampe, Unics0.8 


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Superleague: Round 11 review - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of Superleague round 11 took place in Belgrade. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Radnicki (6-5) to eighth ranked Mega Vizura (3-8) 106-103 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mega Vizura made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Mega Vizura outrebounded Radnicki 40-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 assists. Guard Marko Lukovic (204-92, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Mega Vizura's coach Vlada Vukoicic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Mega Vizura moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Beograd. Radnicki at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Mega Vizura is looking forward to face OKK Beograd (#7) on the road in the next round. Radnicki will play against the league's second-placed Hemofarm (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: Partizan (#1) and OKK Beograd (#7). Partizan (10-1) crushed visiting OKK Beograd (3-8) by 28 points 84-56. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Vladimir Lucic accounted for 21 points. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Uros Lucic (207-83) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds for OKK Beograd in the defeat. Partizan have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Mega Vizura. Partizan's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
A League top team - Partizan (10-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Metalac (4-7) in Valjevo 73-66. The best player for the winners was Nathan Jawai who scored 18 points. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Stefan Bircevic produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Partizan. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Metalac lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with FMP. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
The game in Valjevo was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Crvena Zvezda (5-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Metalac (4-7). Metalac defeated Crvena Zvezda 106-94. Marko Ljubicic orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Metalac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with FMP. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Metalac's next round opponent will be FMP Zeleznik (#5) in Beograd. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.

In the last game of round 11 FMP lost to Hemofarm on the opponent's court 92-100.


Partizan - Beograd 84-56

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: Partizan (#1) and OKK Beograd (#7). Partizan (10-1) crushed visiting OKK Beograd (3-8) by 28 points 84-56. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Partizan forced 19 OKK Beograd turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Partizan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Uros Lucic (207-83) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 7 points and 5 assists respectively for OKK Beograd in the defeat. Partizan have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. OKK Beograd lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. They share it with Mega Vizura. Partizan's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 21+3reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 19+7reb+2ast, J.Gist 9+11reb+3ast, C.Jerrells 6+1reb+3ast, D.Kecman 6+3reb+1ast, N.Jawai 5+3reb+3ast
Beograd: U.Lucic 18+5reb, S.Knezevic 8+6reb, S.Dundjerski 7+3reb+5ast, D.Mitrovic 7+2reb+3ast, S.Zivkovic 6+1reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 124176


Metalac - Crvena Zvezda 106-94

The game in Valjevo was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Crvena Zvezda (5-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Metalac (4-7). Metalac defeated Crvena Zvezda 106-94. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 35-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Metalac made 34-of-40 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Marko Ljubicic (197-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin guard Boris Bakic (194-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) added 22 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Metalac moved-up to fifth place, which they share with FMP. Crvena Zvezda at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Metalac's next round opponent will be FMP Zeleznik (#5) in Beograd. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Partizan.
Top scorers:
Metalac: R.Marojevic 23+6reb, S.Balmazovic 19+3reb, M.Ljubicic 18+5reb+11ast, D.Kruscic 14+3reb+4ast, S.Bircevic 12+2reb+2ast, M.Trtic 10+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: B.Bakic 25+5reb+5ast, S.Lesic 22+12reb, U.Nikolic 18+6reb, N.Nedovic 15+1reb+4ast, V.Subotic 10+3reb+1ast, L.Radosavljevic 2+3reb
gschID: 124173


Hemofarm - FMP 100-92

Rather expected game in Vrsac where 5th ranked FMP Zeleznik (4-7) was defeated by second ranked Hemofarm (9-2) 100-92. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-28 FMP Zeleznik's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 100-92 at the end of the game. Hemofarm made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 26 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) answered with 21 points and guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 13 assists in the effort for FMP Zeleznik. Four FMP Zeleznik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Hemofarm. They maintain second place with 9-2 record behind leader Tamis. FMP Zeleznik at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Hemofarm's next round opponent will be Radnicki (#3) in Kragujevac, which may be the game of the day. FMP Zeleznik will play at home against Metalac in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Pavkovic 26+1reb+7ast, M.Jeremic 22+2reb+3ast, B.Savovic 21+13reb+4ast, M.Bozovic 9+4reb+2ast, I.Maras 9+5reb, B.Krstovic 7+3reb+3ast
FMP: A.Milutinovic 21+3reb+1ast, B.Subotic 20+3reb, M.Ilic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Bowman 11+2reb+1ast, I.Smiljanic 10+2reb, F.Covic 8+4reb+13ast
gschID: 124174


Mega Vizura - Radnicki 106-103

The most exciting game of Superleague round 11 took place in Belgrade. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Radnicki (6-5) to eighth ranked Mega Vizura (3-8) 106-103 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mega Vizura made 29-of-35 free shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Mega Vizura outrebounded Radnicki 40-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 9 assists. Guard Marko Lukovic (204-92, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Mega Vizura's coach Vlada Vukoicic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Michael Lee (207-86) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mega Vizura moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Beograd. Radnicki at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Mega Vizura is looking forward to face OKK Beograd (#7) on the road in the next round. Radnicki will play against the league's second-placed Hemofarm (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 22+3reb+9ast, M.Lukovic 16+7reb+2ast, N.Nikolic 14+1reb+2ast, V.Micic 14+4reb+3ast, A.Mitrovic 10+2reb+1ast, D.Cantekin 10+11reb
Radnicki: M.Cakarevic 22+7reb+7ast, M.Lee 20+7reb+4ast, N.Sulovic 19+6reb+4ast, S.Markovic 12+1ast, B.Jereminov 10+3reb+4ast, P.Miletic 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 124175


Round 8
Metalac - Partizan 66-73

A League top team - Partizan (10-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Metalac (4-7) in Valjevo 73-66. Metalac was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Partizan made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) who scored 18 points. Forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (209-89) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Metalac players scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Partizan. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Metalac lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with FMP. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Partizan: N.Jawai 18+4reb+1ast, R.Katic 15+6reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 13+3reb+2ast, D.Kecman 10+1ast, J.Gist 6+8reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 5+1reb
Metalac: S.Bircevic 17+8reb, R.Marojevic 15+8reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 15+3reb+3ast, M.Ljubojevic 11+4reb, D.Kruscic 4+3reb+1ast, D.Bunic 2+1reb
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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Partizan 10-1 
 2. Hemofarm 9-2 
 3. Radnicki 6-5 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 5-6 
 5. FMP 4-7 
 6. Metalac 4-7 
 7. Beograd 3-8 
 8. Mega Vizura 3-8 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.4 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 7. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
 10. Atanackovic, Prol.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.3 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.0 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 5. Jelovac, Mega V.6.5 
 6. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 7. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 9. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.2 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Covic, FMP4.8 
 6. Mitrovic, Beograd4.8 
 7. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.7 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prole.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beogr.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi S.1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 9. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.7 
 10. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 


Superleague: Mega Vizura kids shock Radnicki in 11th round - by Zoran Popovic
Superleague continued last night (round 11). The biggest surprise was a 106-103 home win of Mega Vizura against Radnicki Kragujevac. The hosts had 7 players with 10 or more points, getting crucial help from their youngsters. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) had 22 points and 9 assists, and 18-year-old prospect Marko Lukovic (204-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) followed with 16 pts and 7 rebounds. 17-year-old Vasilije Micic (192-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) and 19-year-old Niksa Nikolic (196-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 pts apiece. Another prospect, 20-year-old Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) had double-double: 10 pts and 11 rebounds. In Radnicki, Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Mega Vizura has 3 wins now and Radnicki has 6-5.

Other games:
Hemofarm - FMP 100-92 (Miljan Pavkovic 26 pts, 7 assists)
Metalac - Crvena Zvezda 106-94 (Radomir Marojevic 23 pts, 6 rebounds)
Partizan - OKK Beograd 84-56 (Vladimir Lucic 21 pts)

Partizan secured first place and Hemofarm will most probably be second. In the last three rounds Radnicki, Crvena Zvezda, FMP and Metalac will fight for third and fourth place. Four teams go to play-off semifinals.


Zoran Sretenovic stays in Polpharma - by Zoran Popovic
Management of SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. decides to extend contract with Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex ). SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. hired Sretenovic in November 2010 and after goods season team lost quarter final game of Polish playoff serie against Energa Czarni 3-1. Sretenovic won Polish National cup against Anwil 75-67 in February 2011. During the career Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex ) was head coach of Buducnost Podgorica, BC Igokea Aleksandrovac and Vojvodina Srbija Gas.

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Levice won Extraliga Finals - by Eurobasket News
Levice won the Finals 3-2 over Nitra due to 70:58 in the decisive Game 5.



Nitra - Levice 58-70

The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levice dominated on the defensive end, holding Nitra to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. 24 personal fouls committed by Nitra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Czech guard Pavel Bosak (192-82) added 13 points in the effort for Nitra.

Top scorers:
Nitra: J.Montgomery 15, P.Bosak 13+2reb+2ast, R.Moore 11+9reb+2ast, R.Vido 6+7reb+2ast, B.Tomek 4+3reb+1ast, R.Grafs 4+1reb
Levice: M.English 21+7reb+2ast, E.Henderson 15+11reb+1ast, M.Bernard 8+5reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 7+3reb, D.Toroman 7+1reb+3ast, T.Kostomaj 5+2reb+3ast



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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.9 
 5. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 7. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 8. McCoy, Vahostav.18.1 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
 10. Henderson, Levice17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 C.J. JACKSON
  Komarno
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 2. Tomek, Nitra10.4 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.4 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Henderson, Levice7.9 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Moore, Nitra6.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.6.0 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. English, Levice5.3 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 3. Moore, Nitra2.4 
 4. English, Levice2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 6. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 7. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 8. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.9 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  Levice
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Henderson, Levice2.4 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 6. Mroz, Nova Ves1.1 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 9. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 10. McCoy, Svit0.8 


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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 


Krka wins regular season, Zlatorog promotes to Adriatic League - by Zeljko Zule
Krka earned their 11th win of the season, 79-74 over Helios, and clinched the 2011 Teleamch League regular-season championship, assuring them of home-court advantage throughout the playoff. Zlatorog secured a playoff spot and promoted to the 2011-12 Adriatic League with a 61-54 road win over Hopsi. Olimpija crushed city rival Slovan by 70-45 and Boris Jersin hit a game-wining 3-pointer with 4 seconds to play as Elektra beat Maribor 80-79.
Helios-Krka 74-79
Hopsi-Zlatorog 54-61
Olimpija-Slovan 70-45
Elektra-Maribor 80-79



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Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team 2011
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Jakob Sigurdarson
Sigurdarson
Darius Hargrove
Hargrove
Johnell Smith
Smith
Alex Wesby
Wesby
Michael Palm
Palm
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall
Guard of the Year: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall
Forward of the Year: Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Sundsvall
Center of the Year: Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras
Most Improved Player of the Year: Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) of Sundsvall
Bosman Player of the Year: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Sundsvall
Import Player of the Year: Darius Hargrove (193-G-82) of Jamtland
Domestic Player of the Year: Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of LF Basket
Defensive Player of the Year: Johnell Smith (186-G-80) of Sodertalje
Coach of the Year: Vedran Bosnic of Sodertalje

1st team
G: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82) of Sundsvall
G: Darius Hargrove (193-82) of Jamtland
G: Johnell Smith (186-80) of Sodertalje
G: Alex Wesby (196-80) of Sundsvall
C: Michael Palm (208-79) of Boras

2nd team
G: Rudy Mbemba (181-87) of LF Basket
G: Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) of Solna
G/F: Tyrone Levett (195-80) of LF Basket
F/C: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) of Sundsvall
C/F: Joakim Kjellbom (213-79) of Norrkoping

Honorable Mention
Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of Boras
Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) of Sundsvall
Benjamin Smith (178-G-87) of Uppsala
Anton Saks (200-G-89) of Norrkoping
John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) of LF Basket
William Walker (201-F-87) of Solna
Kellen McCoy (168-G-87) of Boras

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Rudy Mbemba (181-87) of LF Basket
G: Christopher Ryan (196-90) of Boras
G: Anton Saks (200-89) of Norrkoping
C/F: Joakim Kjellbom (213-79) of Norrkoping
F/C: John Rosendahl (203-77) of LF Basket

All-Imports Team
G: Johnell Smith (186-80) of Sodertalje
G: Darius Hargrove (193-82) of Jamtland
G: Alex Wesby (196-80) of Sundsvall
F: William Walker (201-87) of Solna
G/F: Tyrone Levett (195-80) of LF Basket

All-Bosmans Team
G: Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82) of Sundsvall
G: Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) of Solna
F/G: Liam Rush (202-82) of Sundsvall
F: Drazen Klaric (205-80) of Jamtland
F/C: Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) of Sundsvall

All-Defensive Team
Johnell Smith (186-G-80) of Sodertalje
Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of LF Basket
Rickard Eriksson (190-G-82) of Uppsala
Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Sundsvall
John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) of LF Basket



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Bernex win LNB championship - by Eurobasket News
Bernex - Neuchatel 80:55

Bernex clinched LNB title. They swept the championship series against Neuchatel. Florent Ramseier (198-F-90) accounted for 25 points to lead the winners in the decisive second game. Bernex stole the road win over Neuchatel in the opener. The teams started the second game with caution combining for just 23 points in the first term. Bernex led by a single point 12:11. The hosts stepped on the gas in the second term. They cleared off to a 32:24 distance at the interval. Bernex took over completely in the third term. They stretched the margin to comfortable 17 points entering the fourth quarter. Neuchatel failed to recover in the final period scoring 17 points and conceding 25. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91) came up with 17 points, while Jeremy Jaunin (170-G-91) added 13 in the victory. Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, college: High Point) replied with 14 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for Neuchatel. Gino Lanisse (200-F-81) netted 13 points in the loss.

Bernex: Florent Ramseier 25, Mikael Maruotto 17, Jeremy Jaunin 13
Neuchatel: Mike Jefferson 14, Gino Lanisse 13



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On the road for Asian Club Champs, Jalaa Joins Calvin Cage - by Ahmad Madwar
Before the asian club champs start by around 1month, Al Jalaa Aleppo mangement decide to sign one of the best Lebanese league this season Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) to replace Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) ...
Calvin has good expirience in Iran, Cyprus, Saudia Arabia, Philippines and Mexico ... he played in Asia Club Champs last season with Duhok, Iraq his average was : 24.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 79.5% in 5games, bye this season was the 4th rand on the best scorer players in Lebanese League his average was 22.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3PT35.4%, FT67.6% ...
At another hand, Al Jalaa Aleppo maybe sign with 2 brazilian players with Syrian Original to play with them in the tournament, one of them play at postion 2/3, and the another one play in center postion ...


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Lin Chih-chieh re-signs with Zhejiang: report - by Chris Wang
Lin Chih-chieh has re-signed with Zhejiang Lions for three years with an annual salary of 1.8 million Chinese Yuan (US$277,220), an 80 percent increase from his previous contract with the team, the Chinese language newspaper Liberty Times reported.

The 192cm forward signed with Zhejiang in 2009 for two years with an annual salary of one million Yuan (US$154,010). He did not confirm the signing.

Lin appeared in 26 games in the 2010-11 season, averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals for the 18-14 Lions, which ranked fifth in the 17-team CBA.

A CBA team reportedly tried to sign Lin with an annual salary of 2.5 million Yuan.

Zhejiang was also reportedly to be in contact with Taiwan Beer and Taiwan NT center Wu Tai-hao, who has made clear he will play next season in China.


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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Awards 2010-11 - by Karol
All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team 2010-11
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Erolcan Cinko
Cinko
Marcus Hall
Hall
Marko Kolaric
Kolaric
Jermaine Dearman
Dearman
Hernold Gardener
Gardener
#e#5

Player of the Year: Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) of Banvit
Guard of the Year: Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) of Banvit
Forward of the Year: Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Vestel
Center of the Year: Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84) of Genc Banvit
Defensive Player of the Year: Hernold Gardener (205-C-82) of Final Genclik
Domestic Player of the Year: Ufuk Gurgen (205-C-77) of Genc Banvit
Import of the Year: Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Vestel
Bosman of the Year: Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84) of Genc Banvit
Coach of the Year: Ahmet Gurgen of Genc Banvit

1st Team
G: Marcus Hall (185-85) of Kepez Bld
F/C: Marko Kolaric (213-84) of Genc Banvit
G: Erolcan Cinko (188-90) of Banvit
F/C: Jermaine Dearman (202-80) of Hacettepe Univ.
C: Hernold Gardener (205-82) of Final Genclik

2nd Team
F/C: Mesut Ademoglu (207-82) of Kepez Bld
F/C: Arthur Johnson (206-81) of Vestel
C: Ufuk Gurgen (205-77) of Genc Banvit
G: Admir Kan (185-83) of TED Istanbul
F: Tyrone Nelson (206-85) of Akhisar Bld

Honorable Mention
Nusret Yildirim (202-F-89) of Istanbulspor
Hakan Yapar (203-C-84) of Optimum TED
Ali Isik (205-F-90) of Efes Pilsen
Brandon Gordon (201-G-85) of Darussafaka
Tolga Tekinalp (202-F-74) of ITU

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Erolcan Cinko (188-90) of Banvit
F/C: Mesut Ademoglu (207-82) of Kepez Bld
C: Ufuk Gurgen (205-77) of Genc Banvit
G: Admir Kan (185-83) of TED Istanbul
F/G: Hakan Erol (200-83) of Vestel

All-Imports Team
F/C: Jermaine Dearman (202-80) of Hacettepe Univ.
F/C: Arthur Johnson (206-81) of Vestel
F: Tyrone Nelson (206-85) of Akhisar Bld
C: Hernold Gardener (205-82) of Final Genclik
G: Marcus Hall (185-85) of Kepez Bld



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Jerome Gumbs would love to return to the Marjon Plymouth Raiders - by David Edole
PLYMOUTH Raiders and Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) are set to hold talks about the influential guard re-signing for 2011/12.

The 28-year-old free-agent, who joined Raiders for the final half of last season on January 5, says both parties want to get a deal done.

If Raiders can retain Gumbs, it would be a real sign of their intent to mount a title challenge next season and persuade other stars to strengthen that bid.

Raiders finished an encouraging fifth in the 12-strong BBL Championship in 2010/11.

Gumbs, now back home for the off-season in California, said: 'Raiders have shown an interest in me coming back.

'We just have to find a mutual agreement where both parties are satisfied and happy without affecting each other's financial needs.'

Gumbs, who spent the first half of 2010/11 playing in Mexico, before an arm injury led to his release, added: 'I would love to come back for another season.

'Raiders and the community were brilliant to me. I think I could help them become an lite team.'

Gumbs is 6ft 3in and comes from the Virgin Islands, and holds dual American-British nationality.

He can play anywhere from point-guard to small-forward and was increasingly important to Raiders last season.

He was their fifth leading scorer, averaging 12.0 points in 25 minutes per game.

But those numbers don't do Gumbs justice and he added 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 25 appearances.

He was Raiders' best perimeter defender and simply became a dominant player on rookie coach Gavin Love's team.

Alongside shooting-guard Chez Marks, Gumbs, who will be a sixth-year professional next season, was the veteran on a largely rookie squad.

Marks, 30, is a quieter character and let his basketball do the talking, but Gumbs became increasingly vocal on court and constantly talked to Raiders' young guns.

He peaked in late-March and early-April when he led Raiders at the Pavilions in a nailbiting, 97-94 defeat to powerhouse Newcastle Eagles and quality, 102-94 win over Cheshire Jets, respectively.

Against Jets, Gumbs was only a point off leading Raiders in scoring, rebounds and assists, showcasing his class.

He also led Raiders at the defensive end that night, shutting down Jets forward Quemont Greer at the death.

'I was happy with my contribution, but to a certain degree I was dissatisfied,' said Gumbs, who naturally took time to hit his stride after getting injured in Mexico.

'I really felt like I could have done more.

'I think coming here, out of shape and somewhat hurt, prevented me from making an immediate impact.'

Gumbs, who replaced three-point shooter Cody Toppert on Raiders' roster, but himself struggled shooting the ball from deep, added: 'It's no secret I don't shoot enough jump-shots and three-pointers.

'The funny thing is if you check my early years in basketball, before I came to the UK, I shot quite a few threes and made a decent percentage.

'In practice we take so many jump-shots you could see I was gaining confidence, but it never translated into games. (Raiders guard) Jay Marriott always got on at me for that.'

A player of Gumbs' calibre he helped Mersey Tigers win the BBL play-offs in 2009/10 will naturally attract interest from rival clubs at home and abroad this summer.

New BBL treble-winners Mersey Tigers are believed to be one.

But Gumbs is keen to get a deal done early in the off-season and put question-marks over his future to bed.

He refreshingly made no secret of the fact that he originally planned in January to use Raiders as a springboard to earning a lucrative contract in Latin America or Asia in the spring.

However, after initially only signing a week-to-week deal at Raiders, he finally inked a contract until the end of the season.

Gumbs said: 'My season with Raiders went well, even though my plan was not to be there the entire season. The organisation made it hard for me to leave.'

He added: 'There is always interest elsewhere, but most of the times it's just that, interest.

'My agents know that unless it's on paper ready to sign I really don't like to hear about it. But Spain would be nice.

'I hope I sign a contract as soon as possible. Preferably in June.'




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USBasket.com All-UBA Awards 2010-2011 - by Eurobasket
USBasket.com All-UBA 1st Team 2010-2011
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Jermaine Barnes
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Michael Sloan
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Norman Plummer
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Mychal Kearse
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Lorenzo Davis
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Player of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow D.
Point Guard of the Year: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of S.Generals
Shooting Guard of the Year: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82) of GIE Morrow D.
Small Forward of the Year: Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84) of S.Generals
Power Forward of the Year: Norman Plummer (6'7''-F-84) of Columbus C.
Center of the Year: Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82) of Rochester R.
Co-Rookie of the Year: Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87) of GIE Morrow D., Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of S.Generals
Defensive Player of the Year: Dailey Jermaine (6'8''-F-86) of GIE Morrow D.
Co-Coach of the Year: Michael Davis, John White
Import Player of the Year: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80) of S.Generals
Six-Man of the Year: Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of Southern Generals
Most Improved Player of the Year: Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84) of GIE Morrow D.
International Player of the Year: Dailey Jermaine (6'8''-F-86) of GIE Morrow D.

Co-Western Conference Player of the Year: T.J. Taylor, Ricky James
Co-Southern Conference Player of the Year: Jermaine Barnes, Michael Sloan
Eastern Conference Player of the Year: Norman Plummer

1st Team
G/F: Michael Sloan (6'5''-84) of S.Generals
F: Norman Plummer (6'7''-84) of Columbus C.
G: Mychal Kearse (6'5''-83) of Metro Atlanta
G/F: Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-82) of GIE Morrow D.
C: Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-82) of Rochester R.

2nd Team
G: T.J. Taylor (6'1''-86) of Tennessee D.
F/G: Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-87) of Georgia L.
F: Dailey Jermaine (6'8''-86) of GIE Morrow D.
G: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-80) of S.Generals
G: Ricky James (6'3''-84) of GIE Morrow D.

3rd Team
G: Gabe Haskins (5'10'') of C.Texas C.
G: Freddie Williams (6'2''-87) of Heartland P.
G: Antonio Webb (5'10''-84) of GIE Morrow D.
F: Dominique Holmes (6'7''-84) of GIE Morrow D.
F/C: Tedric Hill (6'10''-84) of DFW Warriors

Honorable Mention
Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86) of Norman E.
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of S.Generals
Darnell Campbell (6'7''-F-86) of Southeast H.
Nick Clark (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Morrow Disciples
William Belton (6'1''-G-84) of GIE Morrow D.
Pat Perkins (6'1''-G-82) of Austin K.
Solomon Tat (6'5''-G/F-86) of Georgia L.
Rasheem Barrett (6'5''-G-87) of S.Generals
DMond Grismore (6'6''-F-86) of Texas Fuel

All-Imports Team
G: Will De La Cruz (6'2''-80) of S.Generals
F: George Akpele (6'9''-F) of Southern Generals
G/F: Solomon Tat (6'5''-86) of Georgia L.
G/F: Brian Mason (6'3''-84) of DFW Warriors
G: Michael Creppy (6'3''-86) of NE Air Soul

All-Defensive Team
Dailey Jermaine (6'8''-F-86) of GIE Morrow D.
Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82) of Rochester R.
T.J. Taylor (6'1''-G-86) of Tennessee D.
Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F-84) of GIE Morrow D.
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86) of S.Generals
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of Heartland P.
Damel Wilson (6'9''-F/C-87) of Tennessee D.

All-Rookie 1st Team
Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Nick Clark (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Daniel Thomas (6'7''-F-85) of Central Texas Cyclones
Warren Beaulah (6'5''-G/F-84) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87) of Southern Generals
Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87) of GIE Morrow D.

All-Rookie 2nd Team
Brian Carlyle (6'8''-F-85) of DFW Warriors
Brayon Brown 6'3''-G-86) of S.Generals
Robert Broderick (6'6''-G-87) of Georgia Lions
George Akpele (6'9''-F) of Southern Generals
Dominique Holmes (6'7''-84) of GIE Morrow D.
Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83) of Austin Knights




UBA stars honored by Usbasket All-USA selections - by UBA media


David Walls Reports:
May 9, 2011

Congratulations to the following athletes in the UBA for being on the Usbasket.com All-United States Team. What an honor for the UBA to have four players named to this list. With that being said the world must now take notice to the way of the future. Not only is the UBA just two years old but its the fastest growing professional basketball league in history.

Just think in just two seasons the UBA has sent over 40 players overseas. Not only are they going overseas but there all playing well. No disrespect to the other league but the UBA looks to be the new wave for minor league. Below you will find the players selected to the star studded list

1. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian): (GIE Morrow Disciples)
Barnes was not only named to the All-USA 1st Team but USA Guard of the Year (and how could you argue). He is currently averaging a league best 27.3ppg along with a break out 60 point game vs. the Tennessee Dragons. For those who may think the Dragons are a push over; you should check there roster and record. Top to bottom the Dragons are loaded with talent. From Western Conference POY T.J. Taylor (6'1''-G-86, college: Erskine) to sharp shooter Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84, college: Bethune-Cookman); the Dragons are one of the favorites to win the UBA. With that being said, for Barnes to score 60 is amazing. To follow up his selection as Guard of the Year Barnes was named UBA Most Valuable Player along with All-Star co-MVP.

Break Down: Many say Barnes is basic and can only shoot but I say numbers dont lie. Barnes has averaged over 26ppg on every level (college, overseas and minor leagues) and looks to be getting stronger. There is word that he will enter the NBA Dleague Draft next season.

2. Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago): (GIE Morrow Disciples)
Dailey is by far the best athlete in the country. He was named to the All-USA 2nd Team. He played 20 games with the Disciples before being signed by Yulon Luxgen of Taiwan. Dailey was named to the All-SBL 2nd team and All-Import team in Taiwan before returning to the UBA. He is currently averaging 16.4ppg and a league high 12.4rpg. Dailey was recently named UBA Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-UBA Team.

Break Down: Dailey can play on the highest level. Dont be surprised if hes on a NBA roster next season clapping for LeBron. He needs to work on his mid-range game and this ball handling. But his leaping ability and great defensive skills makes him the most dangerous player on the floor.

3. Norman Plummer (6'7''-F-84, college: S.Indiana) (6'8''-F-84, college: S.Indiana): (Columbus Crusher)
Plummer is what I like to call the Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) of the UBA. This kid is 20 and 10 anywhere you put him. He was named to the All-USA 3rd Team. Plummer spent his first three seasons overseas (Lebanon, Uruguay) where he averaged over 20 points and 10 boards every night. I dont expect Plummer to be in the UBA next season. He averaged 22.3ppg and 12.0rpg for the Crush.

Break Down: The only weakness in Plummers game is his conditioning. If he is in shape hes the best player on the floor anywhere.

4. Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's): (Dallas Stars)
Kearse was the biggest sleeper on this list. He is a two time league leader in scoring in Europe (Denmark). He was named to the All-USA HM Team. Kearse has made his mark in the UBA. He averaged 24.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 4.9apg. Kearse was named to the All-UBA 1st Team and would have been the MVP if he had a better team.

Break Down: Kearse is very under rated. He is the best guard in the league. A big 6-5 combo guard that can play three positions. I see Kearse back in Europe next season.




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Standings
UBL Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas W. 7-0 
 2. Springfield T. 4-2 
 3. Tulsa T. 4-4 
 4. Oklahoma I. 1-7 
Southern Division
 1. Texas W. 3-2 
 2. Mississippi T. 1-3 
 3. Metro L. 1-6 


UBL ARKANSAS WIN AGAIN - by Ozzie Denson
Arkansas Warriors vs Mississippi Tornadoes, Saturday night theme was 'Luau Nite' in the Rock and what a night it was. The Warriors won in a slug fest beating the pested Tornadoes 140 to 102 in a non-conference match up. The Warriors remain undefeated with a record of 9-0 for season. The Warriors ended there home stand with a season high crowd of 350 loyal Warriors fans! Thanks!
Writer: Eugene Udell

www.ublhoops.com


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SC Musson - first league champion - by Alexei Revenko
Finished Ukrainian first league championship. Final-eight tournament took place in Sevastopol. In final game SC Musson defeat BC Budcervise 57-47. Third place win KPU from
Zaporozhye.
Final standings
1. SC Musson
2. BC Budcervise
3. KPU
4. KDUSH Azovmash
5. BC Tirlich
6. Cherkasy-2
7. BC I-team
8. BC Vodnyk-NUVGP (Rovno)
Serghiy Markov (BC Budcervise) was named MVP. Best center was Dmytro Semenov (SC Musson). Best forward Dmytro Lypovtsev (KPU). Best guard Dmytro Nevolin (BC Tirlich).


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Bernard wins the title with Levice - by Eurobasket News
Michael Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) wins the title with Levice in Slovakia. His team won the Finals 3-2 over Nitra due to 70:58 in the decisive Game 5. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levice dominated on the defensive end, holding Nitra to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. 24 personal fouls committed by Nitra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Mike English orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Esian Henderson contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Michael Bernard collected 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Moore answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Czech guard Pavel Bosak added 13 points in the effort for Nitra.
The British player joined Levice in January 2011. Michael Bernard averaged 11.4 points per game and had 6.7 rebounds.




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Results for the Metro League 9th round - by Hector Lopez
Results for the Metro league 9th round:
25 de Agosto 66 - John Rufus (207-F/C-81, college: Fayetteville St.) 16 points 14 rebounds, 2 blocks 2 assists
Tabare 54- Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 16 points 9 rebounds 1 block 1 assist
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Nacional 71 - Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) 17 points 3 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 8 points 6 rebounds 1 block 2 assists
Urunday 70 - Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) 26 points 20 rebounds
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Capitol 80 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 19 points 16 rebounds 4 blocks 1 assist
Verdirrojo 69 - Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) 25 points 7 rebounds



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


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 24-7 
 2. Marinos 24-9 
 3. Trotamundos 22-10 
 4. Guaiqueries 19-14 
 5. Bucaneros 17-16 
 6. Gigantes 16-17 
 7. Panteras 15-19 
 8. Guaros 12-20 
 9. Toros 11-24 
 10. Gaiteros 5-29 


LPB Round 40: Marinos beat Gigantes by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Gigantes (16-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Marinos (24-9) in Puerto Ordaz on Tuesday. The visitors from Puerto La Cruz managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Marinos maintains second position with 24-9 record having just 2 defeats more than leader Cocodrilos. Gigantes at the other side keep the sixth place with 17 games lost. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play at home against Panteras (#7) in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LPB top team - Cocodrilos (24-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Toros (11-24) in Caracas 88-80. Cocodrilos maintains first position with 24-7 record. Toros lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Caracas supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Guaiqueries (19-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Panteras (15-19). Guaiqueries did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 93-73 on Monday. Guaiqueries have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-13 record. Loser Panteras keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Guaiqueries will meet Bucaneros (#5) in the next round. Panteras will play against Gigantes in Puerto Ordaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 40 bottom-ranked Gaiteros were smashed by Guaros on the road 104-84.


Panteras - Guaiqueries 73-93

The game in Caracas supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Guaiqueries (19-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Panteras (15-19). Guaiqueries did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 93-73 on Monday. Guaiqueries have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-13 record. Loser Panteras keep the seventh place with 19 games lost. Guaiqueries will meet Bucaneros (#5) in the next round. Panteras will play against Gigantes in Puerto Ordaz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Cocodrilos - Toros 88-80

LPB top team - Cocodrilos (24-7) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Toros (11-24) in Caracas 88-80. Cocodrilos maintains first position with 24-7 record. Toros lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Guaros - Gaiteros 104-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Guaros' (11-20) home victory over bottom-ranked Gaiteros (5-29) in Barquisimeto 104-84 on Tuesday. Guaros moved-up to eighth place. Loser Gaiteros stay dead last with 29 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Gigantes - Marinos 75-77

Sixth-ranked Gigantes (16-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Marinos (24-9) in Puerto Ordaz on Tuesday. The visitors from Puerto La Cruz managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Marinos maintains second position with 24-9 record having just 2 defeats more than leader Cocodrilos. Gigantes at the other side keep the sixth place with 17 games lost. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play at home against Panteras (#7) in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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LPB 2011 - Week 10 (Apr. 28th): Guaiqueries topped Marinos, Gigantes and Trotamundos win - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita was able to pull off a home win over the second placed Marinos de Anzoategui by a 12-point margin, while Gigantes de Guayana earned a very important triumph over a direct opponent for the playoffs spots, Bucaneros de La Guaira, as visitors. Another visitor that had a pleasant night was Trotamundos de Carabobo, a team that defeated Toros de Aragua in Maracay.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 83 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 71
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 11-22-28-22= 83
MAR: 15-24-13-19= 71

Scorers
GUAI: Evan Brock (204-F-84) 19 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Cesar Silva 11 points and 9 rebounds, Steve Thomas 10 points and 6 rebounds, Rogers Washington 8 points, Edgar Arteaga 7 points, Francisco Centeno 6 points, Douglas Chiquito 3 points, Francisco Sanabria 3 points, Pablo Machado 2 points, Tulio Cobos 0 points, Jorge Rondon 0 points
MAR: Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 15 points and 7 rebounds, Tre Kelley (182-G-85) 12 points, Oscar Torres 11 points, Mark Bortz 11 points and 9 rebounds, Donta Smith 6 points, Gregory Vargas 6 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 5 points, Leonardo Cappare 3 points, Manuel Briceno 2 points, Diego Guevara 0 points, Carlos Morris 0 points, Robert Yriarte 0 points

GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 81 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 80
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 19-22-24-15= 80
GIG: 18-16-21-25= 81

Scorers
GIG: Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 22 points and 6 rebounds, Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83) 18 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Stoll 16 points, 11 assists and 6 steals, Derwin Ramirez 11 points, Jorge Leon 5 points, Jose Ramos 4 points, Jose Juan Bravo 4 points, Elvis Baez 1 point, Daniel Macuare 0 points, Randy Vazquez 0 points, Marlon Patino 0 points, Jorge Diaz 0 points
BUC: Calvin Warner (201-F-80) 19 points and 6 rebounds, Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 14 points and 5 blocks, Rafael Guevara 13 points, Heissler Guillent 12 points, Hernan Salcedo 11 points, Luis Julio 6 points, Damon Jones 3 points, Maurice Acker 2 points, Alejandro Barrios 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 0 points

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 96 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 78
Rafael Romero Bolivar Colisseum - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 20-22-19-17= 78
TRO: 24-26-26-20= 96

Scorers
TRO: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 25 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 19 points, Dwight Lewis 11 points, Tomas Aguilera 11 points and 6 rebounds, Robert Gleen 9 points, Miguel Marriaga 8 points and 7 rebounds, Carl Edwards 6 points and 5 steals, Jose Vargas 4 points, Pedro Brito 3 points, Raymond Sykes 0 points, Leiner Zerpa 0 points, Yorbis Umbria 0 points
TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 22 points and 6 rebounds, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 13 points, Rodney Buford 11 points, Jameson Curry 8 points, Peter Kvietek 6 points, David Cedeno 5 points, Robert Palacios 4 points, Jose Silvera 4 points, Fernando Lucena 3 points, Jhon Romero 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 10 (Apr. 30th): Guaiqueries and Marinos did their business - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita and Marinos de Anzoategui did their business and continued their winning ways in the LPB 2011 regular season matches, as the green team defeated Gaiteros del Zulia as visitors in Maracaibo and the current LPB runner ups were able to get a 28-point margin triumph against the fierceless Panteras de Miranda.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 77 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 68
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 10-20-16-22= 68
GUAI: 20-17-23-17= 77

Scorers
GUAI: Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 18 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 13 points and 7 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno 11 points, Tulio Cobos 11 points, Cesar Silva 9 points and 6 rebounds, Douglas Chiquito 6 points, Steve Thomas 3 points, Francisco Sanabria 3 points, Pablo Machado 2 points, Edgar Arteaga 1 point, Jorge Rondon 0 points
GAI: Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80) 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 13 points, Morris Sierraalta 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals, LaShawn Malloy 10 points and 7 rebounds, Pedro Cubillan 6 points, Jaime Finol 5 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 4 points, Lenin Lopez 4 points, Diandry Bracho 0 points, Julio Miglionico 0 points, Javier Pinero 0 points

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 98 - PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 70
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 22-28-17-31= 98
PAN: 20-16-14-20= 70

Scorers
MAR: Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 21 points, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) 17 points, Leonardo Cappare 17 points, Axiers Sucre 15 points and 12 rebounds, Donta Smith 7 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 7 points, Gregory Vargas 5 points and 9 assists, Mark Bortz 5 points, Diego Guevara 2 points and 7 assists, Carlos Morris 2 points, Robert Yriarte 0 points, Angel Contreras 0 points
PAN: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 17 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 10 points, DeAndre Coleman 8 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Fleming 8 points, Kojo Mensah 8 points, Michael Flores 6 points, Roque Osorio 6 points, Darwin Cristopher 5 points, Ludwing Irazabal 0 points, Manuel Berroteran 0 points, Rosmel Blanco 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 10 (Apr. 26th): Bucaneros and Trotamundos sweep as hosts - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira, Panteras de Miranda and Trotamundos de Carabobo got easy victories as hosts. La Guaira defeated Toros de Aragua by a 16-point margin, Panteras did the same against Gaiteros by a 23-point difference and Trotamundos stopped Guaiqueries de Margarita with a 10-point cushion.

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 86 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 79
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 17-15-23-31= 86
TOR: 25-21-17-16= 79

Scorers
BUC: Richard Lugo (209-C-73) 28 points and 10 rebounds, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) 15 points, Maurice Acker 12 points, Marcus Melvin 12 points, Hernan Salcedo 7 points, Calvin Warner (201-F-80) 6 points, Alejandro Barrios 2 points, Luis Julio 2 points, Yonaiker Ecker 2 points, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 0 points
TOR: Rodney Buford (196-G-77) 24 points and 11 rebounds, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 21 points, Jameson Curry 21 points, Peter Kvietek 6 points and 9 rebounds, Jose Silvera 3 points, Jhon Romero 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza 2 points, Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) 0 points, Jesus Urbina 0 points, Robert Palacios 0 points, Fernando Lucena 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez 0 points

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 93 - GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 75
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 23-20-26-24= 93
GUAI: 12-24-22-17= 75

Scorers
TRO: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 15 points, Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 15 points, David Cubillan 14 points, Dwight Lewis (196-G-87) 13 points, Tomas Aguilera 10 points, Robert Gleen 7 points and 7 rebounds, Jose Vargas 7 points, Raymond Sykes 5 points, Miguel Marriaga 5 points, Leiner Zerpa 2 points, Yorbis Umbria 0 points, Pedro Brito 0 points
GUAI: Steve Thomas (203-F-81) 24 points and 7 rebounds, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 11 points, Francisco Centeno 10 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 8 points, Tulio Cobos 6 points, Cesar Silva 5 points, Douglas Chiquito 5 points, Maurice Baker 2 points, Pablo Machado 2 points, Francisco Sanabria 2 points, Edgar Arteaga 0 points, Jorge Rondon 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 10 (Apr. 27th): Cocodrilos crushes Gaiteros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas had no trouble to crush Gaiteros del Zulia at home by a 41-point margin at Naciones Unidas Park in Caracas, to stay at first place in the LPB 2011 regular season standings and extended Zulia's loosing streak in a more than forgettable season for the franchise.

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 96 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 55
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 27-24-27-18= 96
GAI: 14-8-16-17= 55

Scorers
COC: Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) 15 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 14 points, Windy Graterol 13 points and 7 rebounds, Derson Santos 12 points, Luis Bethelmy 9 points, Keving Palacios 9 points, Kenji Urdaneta 9 points, Nestor Colmenares 6 points and 7 rebounds, Darwin Matos 5 points, Henry Paez 2 points, Cesar Garcia 2 points, Jesus Centeno 0 points
GAI: Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80) 7 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 6 points, Omar Mejias 6 points, Pedro Cubillan 6 points, Morris Sierraalta 4 points, Lenin Lopez 2 points, Javier Pinero 1 point, Jaime Finol 0 points, Diandry Bracho 0 points

Toros add Justin Dentmon and Michael Haynes - by Eurobasket News
Toros de Aragua are looking for the ways to improve on their 11-24 record in LPB. They signed contracts with Justin Dentmon (183-G-85, college: Washington) and Michael Haynes (203-F/C-81, college: Fordham).
Justin Dentmon started the season in D-League. He tallied 18.7 points, 4.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per appearance. It is his second pro season. Last season he played for Hapoel Afula in Israeli Premier League. He was the leading scorer in the league averaging 19.8 points per game.
Michael Haynes also tipped off the season in D-League. He tallied 12.0 points, 4.1 boards and 1.2 assists per game for the Iowa Energy. Earlier the centre had spells in Israel, Spain, Poland, France and Germany.



LPB 2011 - Week 10 (Apr. 25th): Bucaneros, Panteras and Trotamundos win easily - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira, Panteras de Miranda and Trotamundos de Carabobo got easy victories as hosts. La Guaira defeated Toros de Aragua by a 16-point margin, Panteras did the same against Gaiteros by a 23-point difference and Trotamundos stopped Guaiqueries de Margarita with a 10-point cushion.

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 90 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 74
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 18-25-32-15= 90
TOR: 16-26-13-19= 74

Scorers
BUC: Calvin Warner (201-F-80) 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 15 points and 12 assists, Fred Warrick 13 points, Maurice Acker 12 points, Hernan Salcedo 12 points, Richard Lugo 11 points and 9 rebounds, Rafael Guevara 6 points, Luis Julio 4 points, Alejandro Barrios 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker 0 points
TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 32 points and 12 rebounds, Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) 9 points, Jesus Urbina 8 points, Dainmon Gonner 6 points, Jameson Curry 4 points, Peter Kvietek 4 points, Jhon Romero 4 points, Robert Palacios 2 points, Fernando Lucena 2 points, Jose Silvera 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza 1 point, Rodrigo Rodriguez 0 points

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 83 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 60
Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
PAN: 16-22-26-19= 83
GAI: 17-13-13-17= 60

Scorers
PAN: Michael Flores (192-G-85) 21 points and 11 rebounds, Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 11 points, Marcus Fleming 9 points, Elvis Burguillos 8 points, DeAndre Coleman 7 points and 6 rebounds, Kojo Mensah 7 points and 6 assists, Roque Osorio 7 points, Victor David Diaz 6 points, Eduardo Torres 5 points, Ludwing Irazabal 2 points, Manuel Berroteran 0 points, Rosmel Blanco 0 points
GAI: Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 21 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 12 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 7 points, Jaime Finol 5 points, Morris Sierraalta 5 points, Julio Miglionico 4 points, Jamaal Thomas 3 points, Lenin Lopez 2 points, Diandry Bracho 1 point, Omar Mejias 0 points, Javier Pinero 0 points

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 94 - GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 84
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 26-24-16-28= 94
GUAI: 14-22-26-22= 84

Scorers
TRO: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 26 points, Dwight Lewis (196-G-87) 13 points, Robert Gleen 12 points and 7 rebounds, David Cubillan 11 points, Miguel Marriaga 10 points, Tomas Aguilera 9 points and 6 rebounds, Jose Vargas 5 points, Raymond Sykes 5 points, Carl Edwards 3 points, Yorbis Umbria 0 points, Pedro Brito 0 points, Leiner Zerpa 0 points
GUAI: Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 24 points, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 15 points, Douglas Chiquito 13 points, Evan Brock 12 points and 7 rebounds, Pablo Machado 8 points, Steve Thomas 7 points, Francisco Centeno 3 points, Cesar Silva 2 points, Tulio Cobos 0 points, Francisco Sanabria 0 points, Edgar Arteaga 0 points, Jorge Rondon 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 10 (Apr. 29th): Trotamundos completed a sweep against Toros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Trotamundos de Carabobo went back to the Forum of Valencia to complete a two-game sweep over the aching Toros de Aragua in the only scheduled regular season match of April 29th. Trotamundos increased their chances of climbing to the top two places in the LPB 2011 standings, which have occupied by Cocodrilos de Caracas and Marinos de Anzoategui for the most part of the season.

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 91 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 80
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 27-19-22-23= 91
TOR: 19-18-14-29= 80

Scorers
TRO: Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 14 points, Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 13 points, Jose Vargas 13 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87) 12 points, Robert Gleen 11 points, Miguel Marriaga 8 points and 6 rebounds, Tomas Aguilera 8 points, Dwight Lewis 6 points, Raymond Sykes 6 points, Jorge Parra 0 points, Yorbis Umbria 0 points, Leiner Zerpa 0 points
TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 16 points and 13 rebounds, Rodney Buford (196-G-77) 11 points, Jameson Curry 11 points, David Cedeno 8 points, Fernando Lucena 7 points, Robert Palacios 7 points, Jose Silvera 6 points, Jhon Romero 4 points, Peter Kvietek 4 points, Alejandro Otaiza 4 points, Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) 2 points and 6 rebounds, Rodrigo Rodriguez 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 10 (May 1st): Sunday of surprises thanks to Guaros and Panteras - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaros de Lara surprised the current LPB champions and league leaders Cocodrilos de Caracas at their own court, Naciones Unidas Park, with a thriller match in which they overcame a 7-point deficit in the last 10 minutes and left the hosts with only 10 points in that period, while Panteras de Miranda avenged a previous 28-point defeat with a last minute win as visitors in Puerto La Cruz to get a series split against Marinos de Anzoategui. Meanwhile, Trotamundos de Carabobo and Guaiqueries de Margarita sailed easily into easy victories over Toros de Aragua and Gaiteros del Zulia.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 76 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 65
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 17-21-15-12= 65
GUAI: 23-12-22-19= 76

Scorers
GUAI: Evan Brock (204-F-84) 14 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 13 points, Douglas Chiquito 12 points, Rogers Washington 10 points 0 points
GAI: Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 25 points, Morris Sierraalta (190-G/F-87) 13 points

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 94 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 93
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
MAR: 21-26-20-26= 93
PAN: 22-27-24-21= 94

Scorers
MAR: Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) 21 points, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 19 points, Mark Bortz 11 points, Axiers Sucre 10 points and 9 rebounds, Dennis D'Adezzio 9 points, Donta Smith 8 points, Gregory Vargas 7 points, 7 assists and 6 steals, Carlos Morris 4 points, Diego Guevara 2 points, Leonardo Cappare 2 points, Robert Yriarte 0 pointa, Angel Contreras 0 points
PAN: Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 30 points and 9 rebounds, Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 13 points, Michael Flores 12 points, Kojo Mensah 11 points and 7 assists, DeAndre Coleman 10 points, Roque Osorio 9 points and 4 blocks, Manuel Berroteran 5 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 2 points, Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) 2 points, Ludwing Irazabal 0 points, Elvis Burguillos 0 points, Rosmel Blanco 0 points

GUAROS DE LARA 78 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 76
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 25-21-20-10= 76
GUA: 17-22-20-19= 78

Scorers
GUA: Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 25 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 13 points and 9 rebounds, Antonio Torcatt 12 points and 8 rebounds, Heberth Bayona 8 points, Jose Martinez 6 points, John Millsap 5 points, Leonardo Berroteran 4 points, Edgar Lugo 3 points, Juan Manaure 2 points, Rene Farias 0 points, Jackson Zapata 0 points, Sonys Reyes 0 points
COC: Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 19 points, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 18 points, Tayron Thomas 11 points, Jack Martinez 9 points and 17 rebounds, Jesus Centeno 9 points, Nestor Colmenares 4 points, Derson Santos 3 points, Keving Palacios 2 points, Kenji Urdaneta 1 point, Luis Bethelmy 0 points, Henry Paez 0 points, Windy Graterol 0 points

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 90 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 65
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 21-22-19-28= 90
TOR: 24-11-13-17= 65

Scorers
TRO: Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) 19 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 16 points, David Cubillan 16 points
TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 17 points, Jameson Curry (193-G-86) 16 points, Jhon Romero 13 points

LPB 2011 News - Rafael Perez (Trotamundos) gets MVP in Week 10 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan shooting guard Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82), of Trotamundos de Carabobo, was awarded as Player of the Week in Week 10 of the LPB 2011 regular season schedule, after completing averages of 19.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Perez had an outstanding 73% in three-point shots, as he netted 16 of 22 attempts in the week. Perez became the third member of Trotamundos that has won the weekly award this season after Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) and David Cubillan (183-PG-87). Cubillan won the Rookie of the Week award for the tenth consecutive time. He averaged 14.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per match.

Other players considered were Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) of Gaiteros del Zulia, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) of Marinos de Anzoategui and Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Bucaneros de La Guaira.




LPB 2011 - Week 11 (May 3rd): Gigantes splits at home, Guaiqueries defeats Panteras - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gigantes de Guayana saved a home split against Bucaneros de La Guaira with a win in the second of a two-game series, while Guaiqueries de Margarita had no trouble to earn a 23-point margin victory over Panteras de Miranda as hosts in Margarita Island.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 83 - PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 60
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 21-21-20-18= 83
PAN: 18-16-10-19= 60

Scorers
GUAI: Cesar Silva (187-G-81) 14 points, Evan Brock (204-F-84) 12 points and 10 rebounds, Edgar Arteaga 12 points, Douglas Chiquito 8 points, Steve Thomas 7 points and 13 rebounds, Francisco Sanabria 6 points, Francisco Centeno 4 points, Tulio Cobos 2 points, Carlos Cedeno 2 points, Jorge Rondon 2 points, Pablo Machado 0 points
PAN: Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 14 points, Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 12 points, Eduardo Torres 12 points, Darwin Cristopher 8 points, Michael Flores 6 points, DeAndre Coleman 5 points and 9 rebounds, Manuel Berroteran 3 points, Kojo Mensah 2 points, Roque Osorio 1 point, Ludwing Irazabal 0 points, Elvis Burguillos 0 points, Rosmel Blanco 0 points

GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 85 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 75
Hermanas Gonzalez Arena - Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar

Quarter by quarter
GIG: 16-21-23-25= 85
BUC: 19-19-19-18= 75

Scorers
BUC: Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 20 points and 5 steals, Damon Jones (192-G-76) 20 points, Calvin Warner 9 points, Rafael Guevara 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Marcus Melvin (203-F-82) 6 points, Yonaiker Ecker 6 points, Luis Julio 4 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 1 point, Richard Lugo 0 points, Alejandro Barrios 0 points
GIG: Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 24 points, Paul Stoll (178-G-85) 17 points, Elvis Baez 14 points, Andrew Feeley 13 points and 9 rebounds, Jose Juan Bravo 10 points, Derwin Ramirez 5 points and 7 rebounds, Jorge Leon 2 points, Jorge Diaz 0 points, Jose Ramos 0 points, Marlon Patino 0 points, Randy Vazquez 0 points, Daniel Macuare 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 11 (May 4th): Gaiteros ends loosing streak against Toros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gaiteros del Zulia ended a 16-game loosing streak with a home win over Toros de Aragua. It was their fifth win in 28 matches and they hadn't been able to win since April 7th, when they defeated Guaros de Lara also as hosts at Belisario Aponte Arena.

GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 79 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 73
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 23-20-14-22= 79
TOR: 18-23-15-17= 73

Scorers
GAI: Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 27 points and 10 rebounds, LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) 12 points and 6 rebounds, Omar Mejias 11 points, Pedro Cubillan 11 points, Jamaal Thomas 9 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 4 points, Morris Sierraalta 4 points, Lenin Lopez 1 point, Diandry Bracho 0 points, Julio Miglionico 0 points, Jaime Finol 0 points, Javier Pinero 0 points
TOR: Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) 28 points and 8 rebounds, Rodney Buford (196-G-77) 11 points and 7 rebounds, Ernesto Mijares 9 points, Jameson Curry 9 points, Jhon Romero 7 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez 4 points, Robert Palacios 3 points, Peter Kvietek 2 points and 6 rebounds, Alejandro Otaiza 0 points, Maolin Colina 0 points, Deyluis Herrera 0 points, Eduardo Rios 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 11 (May 5th): Bucaneros surprised Marinos as visitors - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira surprised Marinos de Anzoategui as visitors 95-87 at Luis Ramos Arena of Puerto La Cruz to increase their chances of making it to the LPB 2011 playoffs as part of the top six teams in the standings, while Marinos is now trailing Cocodrilos de Caracas by a larger margin than expected in their one on one fight for first place.

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 95 - MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 87
Luis Ramos Arena - Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 23-24-19-21= 87
MAR: 20-19-28-28= 95

Scorers
BUC: Calvin Warner (201-F-80) 22 points and 11 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Marcus Melvin 15 points and 6 rebounds, Rafael Guevara 15 points, 9 assists and 5 steals, Damon Jones 10 points, Luis Julio 10 points, Alejandro Barrios 2 points, Richard Lugo 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker 0 points
MAR: Tre Kelley (182-G-85) 24 points and 7 assists, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals, Mark Bortz 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks, Carlos Morris 12 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 7 points, Diego Guevara 6 points, Leonardo Cappare 4 points, Adolfo Blanco 0 points, Jose Manaure 0 points, Jean Carlos Pierre 0 points, Angel Contreras 0 points, Robert Yriarte 0 points

LPB 2011 News - All-Star game introduces roster, coaches and contests - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The main board of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) introduced the 34th edition of the LPB All-Star Game, to be played at the Forum of Valencia on May 7th between Criollos (Venezuelan players) and Importados (Foreign players), in a matchday that includes the second edition of the LEB Future All-Star Game and contests involving dunks and three-point shots.

This time, the league will honor the team that won the Gold Medal for Venezuela in the South American Championship of 1991, played at the Forum of Valencia. Venezuela defeated Brazil for the Gold medal on May 26th, 1991, in a game that required extra time. It is still the only Gold medal won by Venezuela in this kind of tournament.

The same generation of players had advanced to the FIBA World Cup of 1990 in Argentina and later on got the Silver Medal in the FIBA Americas Pre Olympic Tournament played in Portland in 1992. Venezuela advanced to its first an only appearance in the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992.


Former NBA player and now coach Carl Herrera will top the group of honored retired players that includes Sam Shepherd (185-G-53, college: Delaware St.), Alexander Nelcha (205-C/F-68, college: Bloomsburg), Ivan Olivares (196-F-63), Gabriel Estaba (200-F/C-65, college: S.Alabama), Luis Jimenez , Luis Sosa, Nelson Solorzano , Cesar Portillo (206-C-68, college: S.Alabama), Omar Walcott (202-C-66, college: St.Peter's), Armando Becker and still active Victor David Diaz (195-F-68, college: Houston). All the players in both the LPB and LEB All-Star Game will wear number 4 to honor Diaz, owner of several records including points scored and seasons played in Venezuela's pro basketball.

Criollos will be coached by Nestor Salazar of Cocodrilos de Caracas and the roster includes Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) and Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) of Cocodrilos de Caracas, David Cubillan (183-PG-87), Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82), Dwight Lewis (196-G-87) and Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84) of Trotamundos de Carabobo, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) of Marinos de Anzoategui, Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) and Cesar Silva (187-G-81) of Guaiqueries de Margarita, Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) of Gigantes de Guayana and Michael Flores (192-G-85) of Panteras de Miranda.

Importados will be coached by Ivan Deniz of Trotamundos de Carabobo and he'll count with Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) and Carl Edwards (196-F-81) of Trotamundos de Carabobo, Blake Walker (196-G/F-82), Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83) and Paul Stoll (178-G-85) of Gigantes de Guayana, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) and Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Cocodrilos de Caracas, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) and Evan Brock (204-F-84) of Guaiqueries de Margarita, Calvin Warner (201-F-80) of Bucaneros de La Guaira, Alejandro Flores (202-F-81) of Toros de Aragua and John Millsap (198-F-82) of Guaros de Lara.










LEB 2011 All-Star Game - East defeats West 112-102 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The second edition of the All-Star Game was all success for Liga Especial de Baloncesto (LEB), the secondary U23 league of LPB, as the East team defeated the West Team 112-102 at the Forum of Valencia.

The East team was coached by Miguel Gonzalez of Saurios de Caracas and the players were Jorge Prada (182-G-90), Angel Contreras, Emilio Cappare (190-F/G-90) and Robert Yriarte (201-F-89) of TNT Anzoategui, Albert Arias (89) and Luis Almanzar of Acereros de Guayana, Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) and Yonaiker Ecker (179-PG-90) of Portuarios de Sucre, Kelvin Caraballo (195-F-88) and Cesar Garcia (175-G-89) of Saurios de Caracas.

The West team was coached by Wilfredo Mejias of Felinos de Miranda and the roster included Josmar Acevedo (196-F-90) and Freddy Toro (201-F-88) of Guardianes de Lara, Javinger Vargas (206-C-90) and Miguel Ruiz of Dragones de Carabobo, Hector Diaz and Drexler Mejias (F-93) of Felinos de Miranda, Jesus Tovar (183-G-90) and Maolin Colina of Estrellas de Aragua and Moises Teixeira and Donyi Pino of Furreros de Cojedes.

LEB EAST 112 - LEB WEST 102
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
WEST: 26-21-30-25= 102
EAST: 31-28-21-32= 112

Scorers
EAST: Elder Gimenez 18 points, Kelvin Caraballo 16 points, Robert Yriarte 15 points, Yonaiker Ecker 13 points, Cesar Garcia 12 points, Angel Contreras 10 points, Luis Almanzar 10 points, Albert Arias 9 points, Emilio Cappare 7 points, Jorge Prada 2 points,
WEST: Miguel Ruiz 18 points, Jesus Tovar 16 points, Moises Teixeira 14 points, Maolin Colina 12 points, Freddy Toro 10 points, Josmar Acevedo 9 points, Hector Diaz 7 points, Donyi Pino 6 points, Javinger Vargas 6 points, Drexler Mejias 4 points



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Daghlas : Jordanian Basketball needs everyone's support more than ever - by Omar Shafaamri

Asia-basket.com is glad to host Jordan National Team & CBA Star Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) , talking about his experience in China , Jordan NT and other subjects .

-What are the differences between CBA and Jordanian League ? Can we some day develop such a League in Jordan ?
First thing, their higher levels of play in the CBA than in Jordan league. They go after top imports in china and in Jordan this year they didnt have imports. The league is promoted at a higher scale then Jordan. The fan base is a lot bigger then Jordan. Fans really come out and support their teams in china. China league has much better exposure. But the Jordan league did have its moment few years ago when the league had imports and was competitive, Jordan has good basketball players and they are waiting for the break through to excel and show their talent. Jordan basketball was at a real high few years ago and now its at its lowest. But they are working on bringing the game back and i hope it happens soon.

- How was the Compeition between you , Zaid abbas and Zaid alkhas in your Games against each other in CBA ?
It was real fun to compete between each other. We always cheered each other on when we were not playing each other, talked after games and so on. I guess since i won one and lost one to both of them we can't really talk smack to each other this summer.

- What's your Next Destinantion ? Will we see you again in Jordan ?
Its tough to answer this question because but at this point in my career i don't see my self-playing at a lower level league if i don't have to. i enjoy competing at a higher level so much. If god willing i stay healthy I still have good years a head of me because I train hard, smart and take care of my body. We will see what the future brings for me.

- You have visited Jordan Months ago and met Jordanian Federation President Helal Barakat , Can you give us some info about this interview ?
We talked about the future of the national team and what direction the federation is leading towards. The federation does want to put a good team together to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. I hope they fallow on their word and find the right coach that can lead us to hopefully qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

- What do you think of Zain club ? is ASU club a photocopy of Zain ? and what are ASU's chances in FIBA Asia Champions cup in Philippines next May ?
I was very disappointed with what took place with Zain club. The problem tell this day no one really knows what happen! Zain stablished a great team and name for them self and its very disappointing to see them throw it all away that easy. Lots of teams do so much to reach what Zain accomplished in 7 years. To tell you the truth i don't know a lot about ASU yet but i hope they are in it for the right reasons because they have a very good team and they can accomplish a lot in the up coming years.


They need to have a smart sport management people around them that can lead them to be one of the top teams in Aisa. I think we are going to do well in Arab and Asia. we have a very good players, veterans players that are aware of the task we have ahead of us. I hope we stay health through out the tournaments from there we should be ok and hope to be competing for the title for Arab and Asia come finals day.

- What are Jordan NT chances in the next FIBA Asia 2011 in China this Summer ? Can we get a coach like Jordan NT EX-Coach Mario Palma ?
I think if we get the right coaching staff and prepare correctly like we have with coach Palma we could have a shot to qualify. But for now im not sure whose coaching and what kind of preparation we have stored. I do think the new federation is trying to find a good replacement for coach Palma which we all know it going to be tough. We are thankful players in jordan because we've had great coaches to come through here names like coach Robert Taylor, Maz Trakh, Mario palma, Mario Gomez. ( sorry if i forgot any names )

- What are Sam's remaining Basketball Targets ?
To keep working hard and try to improve daily. Im hoping I'll be back in China next season and i can lead my team to the playoffs and maybe more. Im also working on hosting camps for kids to help them improve and get a chance in basketball on the basketball court or off the court.

- Are you with Naturalizing a Big Man instead of Rasheim Wright ?
You know its very hard for Jordan to naturalizing someone, we were lucky that Mr. Tark Zubai was able to help jordan basketball and get us Rasheim who did real well for us. At the end of the day Rasheim help us get to the World cup and no one will ever deny that.

What do you think about the Asian player rule ?
I love the Asian rule. I think more countries in Asia need to incorporated to their league especially west Asian teams. This rule has a huge impact on helping improve the league. It helps raise the level of the league and players. I've wanted Asian countries to act on this rule for a while now and I'm happy to see china took action on it. Thats what separate china from all the other countries in asia now. China league is at its top point right now. That's what makes Europe so much stronger then Asia. The Bozeman rule allows Europeans to play as locals players in other countries in europe. We all see where it took European basketball. Europe is right there under the best league in the world, which is the NBA. Hope we can see that in Asia soon.

- Your Last words for the Jordanian Basketball Fans ?
Please we need everyone's support now more then ever. Basketball needs the help of the local people, business, media and who ever think they can help in any way. Jordan playing in the 2010 world cup was an eye opener for the whole world and why destroy that when you have great talent in are basketball players.



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test Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78)



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Fire add new signing Mia Newley - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Fire got their girl.

While four clubs battled for Mia Newley's (184-G-88) prized signature, the Townsville WNBL team announced they has won the fight.

The 23-year-old sister of former Townsville Crocodile Brad, has a strong history with new coach Chris Lucus which she said helped shape her decision.

''I am excited about playing for Chris again. He really sold me on the new direction the club was going, playing out of the new stadium and being part of the rebuilding of the Fire program,'' Newley said.

''My mother is from Townsville, so I have a lot of family there.''

Newley spent the last three seasons with the Adelaide Lightning and was named their defensive player of the year last season, while she averaged 13
points and 5.5 rebounds last season.

She is the Fire's sixth signing, joining Rachael Flanagan, Nadeen Payne, Jillian Haughton, Kirby Dalgleish and Jess Foley.

Courtesy of www.townsvillebulletin.com.au


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Prince will start for the Russian National team - by Eurobasket News
Loud news came from the Russian National team campus that announced Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) to play in preliminary squad for the Russian team the EuroBasket Women. The New York-born star will likely replace another American-born Hammon in the squad.
Epiphanny Prince was named Guard of the Year in Russia this season. In 2010-2011 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague with 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 77.5%. In Russian League after 25 games her stats read 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 88.0%.
This seeason she reached Russian Cup Semifinals -11, beacme Euroleague Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports Team -11, Russian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and Russian Superleague Finalist -11.



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  FINLAND - Women  


Reetta Piipari is back with the national team after a one-year absence - by Eurobasket News
Reetta Piipari (170-G-80, college: Xavier) is back with the national team after a one-year absence and will join the team at the EuroBasket Women Additional Qualifying Tournament.
Reetta Piipari left Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias and in january 2009 moved to Catz Lappeenranta (D1, starting five). In 12 games she averaged 13.9ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-3 (2.8apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 75.0%. In 2009-2010 for Catz Lappeenranta (D1, starting five) in 36 games she showed 12.7ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-5 (2.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 74.1%. This season in 32 games Reetta Piipari had 14.1ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-5 (2.8apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 80.6%.
Over the last few years she beacme Finnish 1st Division Regular Season Champion -09, 10, Finnish 1st Division Finalist -09, 11, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Guard of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Domestic Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com Finnish League All-Domestic Players Team -10, 11 and Finnish 1st Division Champion -10.


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  ICELAND - Women  


Good Angels Kosice signs Helena Sverrisdottir - by Eurobasket News
Good Angels Kosice signs Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) for the next season and will be pleased to have Icelandic Guard. In 2005-2006 she appeared for Haukar (D1, starting five) and in 20 games averaged massive 19.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 8.3apg, 4.1spg, 2FGP: 51,6%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 82,4%, while in EuroCup after 6 games her stats read 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 27.6%, FT: 43.5%.In 2006-2007 for Haukar (D1, starting five) she increased to 21.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 9.8apg, 5.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58,3%, 3PT: 31,7%, FT: 76,3% and in EuroCup after 6 games had 20.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 35.4%, 3FGP: 30.2%, FT: 75%. In 2007-2008 moved to TCU (NCAA, starting five) and in 35 games averaged 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3Pts: 30.7%, FT: 68.1%. In 2008-2009 for TCU (NCAA, starting five)Helena Sverrisdottir had 15.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 37.6%, FT: 81.2%. She became the first player in the school's history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists and is leaving TCU as the program's all-time leader in assists and games started.


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Nicole ANTIBE
  Basket P.
  (187-C/F-74)
  Avg: 15
 1. Antibe, Basket P.15.0 
 2. Hicks, Comense15.0 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.13.8 
 4. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli13.6 
 6. Macchi, Familia Sc.13.5 
 7. Cirov, Priolo13.4 
 8. Ervin, Faenza13.2 
 9. Willis, Lucca12.9 
 10. Ballardini, Umber.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Faenza
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ervin, Faenza10.8 
 2. Gidden, Vomero NA10.1 
 3. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.9.7 
 4. Willis, Lucca9.2 
 5. Walker, Pozzuoli8.9 
 6. McCarville, Famili.8.4 
 7. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.8.0 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Rey.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.1 
 2. Andrade, Lucca3.2 
 3. Cohen, Familia Sch.3.0 
 4. Sottana, Umana R.2.8 
 5. Zara, Umbertide2.6 
 6. Wambe, Taranto2.6 
 7. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.4 
 8. Soli, Lucca2.4 
 9. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.3 
 10. Mahoney, Taranto2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.5 
 2. Ohlde, Umana Reyer4.2 
 3. Kostaki, Umana R.3.9 
 4. Eric, Priolo3.8 
 5. Sottana, Umana R.3.7 
 6. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 7. Willis, Lucca3.6 
 8. Ballardini, Umbert.3.5 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 10. Gidden, Vomero NA3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra UJHELYI
  Bracco G.
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.1.0 
 2. Godin, Taranto0.8 
 3. Sowinski, Comense0.7 
 4. Antibe, Basket P.0.7 
 5. Ogorodnikova, Uman.0.6 
 6. McCarville, Famili.0.6 
 7. Ohlde, Umana Reyer0.5 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.0.5 
 9. Drljaca, Umbertide0.5 
 10. Aziz, Basket Par.0.5 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Awards 2010-11 - by Karol
All-Luxembourg League 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Christine Fisher
Fisher
Katie Donovan
Donovan
Cathy Schmit
Schmit
Lynn Schreiner
Schreiner
Diane Barnes
Barnes
#e#5

Player of the Year: Christine Fisher (183-F-83) of Musel Pikes
Guard of the Year: Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) of Musel Pikes
Forward of the Year: Christine Fisher (183-F-83) of Musel Pikes
Center of the Year: Diane Barnes (188-C/F-88) of T71 Dudelange
Import Player of the Year: Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88) of Racing
Domestic Player of the Year: Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) of Musel Pikes
Bosman Player of the Year: Irina Mazjoukhina (181-F-76) of Musel Pikes
Defensive Player of the Year: Cathy Schmit (169-G-90) of Musel Pikes
Coach of the Year: Erny Gruskovnjak of Musel Pikes

1st Team
F: Christine Fisher (183-83) of Musel Pikes
F: Katie Donovan (183-82) of Etzella
G: Cathy Schmit (169-90) of Musel Pikes
G: Lynn Schreiner (165-91) of Etzella
C/F: Diane Barnes (188-88) of T71 Dudelange

2nd Team
F: Irina Mazjoukhina (181-76) of Musel Pikes
G/F: Siarre Evans (178-88) of Racing
F: Rachele Fitz (183-87) of Basket Esch
G: Andrea Haris (169-78) of Basket Esch
G: Magaly Meynadier (170-91) of Musel Pikes

Honorable Mention
Carine Cigrang (175-F-85) of Musel Pikes
Rachele Fitz (183-F-87) of Basket Esch
Charlee Underwood (178-F-85) of Residence
Stephanie Geehan (191-F-88) of AB Contern
Candyce Bingham (183-F-86) of Amicale
Christine Spencer (185-G-87) of Heffingen
Stephisha Walton (180-G/F-87) of Black Star
Ana Petrova (170-F-82) of Black Star

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Cathy Schmit (169-90) of Musel Pikes
G: Lynn Schreiner (165-91) of Etzella
G: Andrea Haris (169-78) of Basket Esch
G: Magaly Meynadier (170-91) of Musel Pikes
C/F: Alexandra Kugener (180-83) of T71 Dudelange

All-Imports Team
F: Christine Fisher (183-83) of Musel Pikes
F: Katie Donovan (183-82) of Etzella
G/F: Siarre Evans (178-88) of Racing
C/F: Diane Barnes (188-88) of T71 Dudelange
F: Rachele Fitz (183-87) of Basket Esch




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  RUSSIA - Women  


Algirdas Paulauskas is new UMMC head coach - by Eurobasket News
UMMC announced the name of their new head coach. The Russian champions signed a deal with Algirdas Paulauskas . He will replace Gundars Vetra at the bridge. Algirdas Paulauskas is not new to Russian basketball. The Lithuanian specialist has been working with Dynamo Kursk over the last four seasons. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Coach of the Year in 2010. Previously Algirdas Paulauskas guided TEO Vilnius, Zielona Gora. The coach was also trumped LMKL Coach of the Year in 2006. He worked with the Lithuanian NT back in 2005-07 seasons. Algirdas Paulauskas returned to Lithuanian NT job this year and right now prepares the team for 2011 EuroBasket.


Sue Bird will not continue with Spartak Moscow Region - by Eurobasket News
Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) will not continue with Spartak Moscow Region and in on the way to join another squad. There is rampant speculation that Bird has agreed to join another EuroLeague Women outfit but so far, no club has announced her capture.
Early in January 2007 she signed at Spartak Moscow Region (Russia-A Superleague, starting five) and in Euroleague debuted with 4.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, while in Russian League after 25 games had 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (3.8apg), 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT-1 (95.0%). In 2007-2008 for Spartak Moscow Region (Russia-A Superleague) she improved to 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg, Assists-4 (5.1apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 88.9% and in Euroleague Sue Bird averaged 9.1ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-3 (4.6apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 47.4%, FT: 83.3%. In 2008-2009 her stats read 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.8apg), 1.4spg, FGP-2 (61.2%), 3PT-2 (48.8%), FT: 89.7%, while in Euroleague after 17 games Sue Bird showed 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 2.2spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 82.6%. The last season she showed 11.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 40.7% in EuroLeague and in Russian League after 16 games her stats read 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 80.0%.




Prince will start for the Russian National team - by Eurobasket News
Loud news came from the Russian National team campus that announced Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) to play in preliminary squad for the Russian team the EuroBasket Women. The New York-born star will likely replace another American-born Hammon in the squad.
Epiphanny Prince was named Guard of the Year in Russia this season. In 2010-2011 for Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia-PBL, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague with 16.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 77.5%. In Russian League after 25 games her stats read 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 88.0%.
This seeason she reached Russian Cup Semifinals -11, beacme Euroleague Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Imports Team -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Guard of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 1st Team -11, Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Imports Team -11, Russian Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up -11 and Russian Superleague Finalist -11.



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Good Angels Kosice signs Helena Sverrisdottir - by Eurobasket News
Good Angels Kosice signs Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) for the next season and will be pleased to have Icelandic Guard. In 2005-2006 she appeared for Haukar (D1, starting five) and in 20 games averaged massive 19.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 8.3apg, 4.1spg, 2FGP: 51,6%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 82,4%, while in EuroCup after 6 games her stats read 14.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 27.6%, FT: 43.5%.In 2006-2007 for Haukar (D1, starting five) she increased to 21.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 9.8apg, 5.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 58,3%, 3PT: 31,7%, FT: 76,3% and in EuroCup after 6 games had 20.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 35.4%, 3FGP: 30.2%, FT: 75%. In 2007-2008 moved to TCU (NCAA, starting five) and in 35 games averaged 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.0%, 3Pts: 30.7%, FT: 68.1%. In 2008-2009 for TCU (NCAA, starting five)Helena Sverrisdottir had 15.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 37.6%, FT: 81.2%. She became the first player in the school's history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists and is leaving TCU as the program's all-time leader in assists and games started.


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Celje tie the series 2-2 - by Zeljko Zule
Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) scored 28 points on shooting 10-of-14 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tjasa Gortnar posted 16 points, Nika Baric had 13 points and 6 assists and Rebeka Abramovic came off the bench for 13 points, helping Celje beat regular season champion Kranjska Gora 94-68 to force a Game 5 in the final series.
The deciding game is Friday in Kranjska Gora, where Celja has won already won this postseason, 74-69 in Game 1.
Celje never trailed and won in all four quarters. They opened the game with a 13-2 run to go ahead 21-8 and extended their lead from 27-22 to 39-24 late in the second quarter. Their lead never dipped bellow double digits after that. Kranjska Gora got 22 points from Eva Komplet, Teja Trebec added 16 points and Teja Oblak had 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Finals Game 4:
Celje-Kranjska Gora 94-68 (Tavic 10, Turcinovic 28+11 rbs, Kerin DNP, Abramovic 13, Baric 13+6 as, U.Belak, N.Belak 2, Jagodic 7, Bosilj 3, Coh, Klavzar 2, Gortnar 16 Kolsek, Oblak 10+7 rbs, Nelc 3, Komplet 22, Radulovic 4, Lumpert 4, Bilic 2, Osterman 7, Purkat DNP, Trebec 16).



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  SPAIN - Women  


Marta Fernandez and Nuria Martinez out of the National team - by Eurobasket News
Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) and Nuria Martinez (176-PG-84) are out of the National team that will start preparing for EuroBasket 2011. Spain head coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez did not mention both players in the preliminary squad.
Marta Fernandez spent 2010-2011 season with Ros Casares Valencia (LFB) and in Euroleague after 17 games averaged 9.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 84.6%. In Spanish League after 30 games her stats read 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 67.8%.
Nuria Martinez also comes from in Ros Casares Valencia (LFB) as she joined the team in May 2010. In 2010-2011 season she averaged 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg in EuroLeague and in Spanish League after 30 games her stats read 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 33.7%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.0%. In 2010 she also played for Minnesota Lynx (WNBA, starting five), and in 15 games showed 1.8ppg.




Javier Fort leaves Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Javier Fort (agency: FCM ) leaves Rivas Ecopolis and will continue in another squad the next season. He started as a Coach Assistant in 2006-2007 for Rivas Futura (LFB) women team. In January 2008 was named as Head Coach. As a Head Coach he stayed with the team from 2008-2009 to 2010-2011. He reached Spanish LFB Semifinals -10, 11 and was Spanish LFB Cup Winner -11.
This year Javier Fort's Rivas Ecopolis finished with 18-8 record that was the fourth result in the League. In the Semi-Finals the team was stopped by the winner of the League Perfumerias. In game 2 Rivas Ecopolis was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Perfumerias Avenida, which allowed them to win the game. International center Sancho Lyttle had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Alba Torrens chipped in 16 points during the contest.




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  TURKEY - Women  


Taylor will continue with Fenerbahce - by Eurobasket News
Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) will continue with Fenerbahce in the next season. The Australian International extended her contract for a year.
In 2009-2010 Penelope Taylor joined Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey-TBBL, starting five) and in 28 games averaged 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 48.1%, FT: 88.5%. In Euroleague after 14 games she had 15.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 88.9%. In 2010 she appeared for Phoenix Mercury (WNBA, starting five) and in 35 games had massive 15.5ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (5.2apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT-2 (45.3%), FT: 89.6%. Last season Penelope Taylor started for Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) but in Turkish League played only 10 games as her stats read 18.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 65.8%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 87.1%.Moreover she became the second top-scorer in Euroleague averaging 19.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT-3 (55.9%), FT-1 (96.6%).
Penelope Taylor had to leave the team this season late in the Qualifying Round citing personal reasons. She will be back in the start of the season to her Fenerbahce.



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukrainian national team practice schedule - by Alexei Revenko
Ukrainian Women national team start trainiang camps and prepared to Euro-2011. From 8.05 - 19.05 team was in Yuzhne. 21 and 22 May national team will play with Poland national team. 26 May Ukrainian team will go to Lithuania and play in friendly tournament. 30 May training camp in Kiev. In Euro qualification our team will play next games:
04.06 with Bulgaria
05.06 with Hungary
07.06 with Netherlands
08.06 with Finland


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA 2011 basketball rosters are filling up; Player interested should apply now - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (May 11, 2011) ---The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) today announces the call for professional basketball players. The positions are for all WUSBA team. The WUSBA will begin the inaugural season with sixteen teams divided into four divisions, spread over nine southern states. The WUSBA owns and operates all teams. Each team operates independently of each other. Each team has a Regional Event Manager assigned as team representative.

Collegiate, minor league and international players are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. 'We are also extending an invitation to basketball players who are based in our team cities as well as collegiate and former WNBA.'

The WUSBA 2011 basketball season runs from June 8, 2010 to September 4, 2011. Each team plays a twenty eight game schedule, fourteen home and fourteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Classic Gala basketball game scheduled for the 3rd week of July. The WUSBA Championship Playoff series begins August 29, 2011, with the Championship game on September 4, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Individual team tryouts will be held in each team city on May 21, 2011.

The divisions and teams are as follows:

The Southern Division will field the Atlanta Platinum, the Birmingham Starz, the Montgomery Spirit, and the Macon Storm.

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

The Atlantic Division will consist of the Jacksonville Surf, the Savannah Seahawks, the Charleston Cadets and the Richmond Colonials.

The Piedmont Division will take the court as the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, the Winston Salem Cardinals and the Augusta Raging River.

The WUSBA will not charge a fee for players to try out for a team. 'We have never had these fees as a part of our revenue stream we want qualified candidate to come take a chance and tryout. We do require all basketball players to have a minimum of two years collegiate playing experience.'

WUSBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'Announcing local tryouts gives us a prime opportunity for us to look closely at local talent and make the selection of players easy for our teams. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with the players and coaches and quite simply, the players and coaches will have ample time for players to select a team of his choice.'

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the basketball players. Players are paid $300.00 per week. Players also receive free housing accommodations and a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant. As a bonus, players will receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements and sponsorship sales.

According to the league, each player candidate should submit his resume or film. All candidates will receive a response. 'We expect a huge response and I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should submit their resume no later than May 20, 2011 said Jenkins. 'We're very excited about the upcoming season. None of our teams have players in place and this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to lead and succeed.' Players are asked to submit their resumes to southernbasketballassociation@yahoo.com.