EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/16/2011

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Men News

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  ABA   


Pure Talent Determined - by Travis McAvene
Ricky Jackson, a 67 forward for the Florida Makos is lacking the exposure needed to land a contract overseas. This past season, Jackson was a standout for the Makos in the ABA.

Jackson finished his college career in 2010 at Walsh University, where he was a NAIA Division II All-American. Shortly after in 2010, Jackson signed with Elitzur Kohav Yair/Yuval in Israel. Jackson stayed in Israel only thru the pre-season.

Ricky is a big time athlete that plays above the rim, said Travis McAvene. He plays with a lot of energy and knows how to score around the basket.

Jackson plans to attend the Eurobasket Summer League in Houston, Texas this July to gather more exposure from overseas professional teams. My main goal is to get back overseas before the end of the summer, said Ricky Jackson. I want to show overseas coaches I can play a variety of positions at a high level.

Ricky Jackson (6'7''-F-87, college: Walsh, OH)


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  ACPBL   


The ACPBL adds a franchise based in AA County - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League today announced an expansion franchise has been awarded to the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. The Bay Area Shuckers, owned by Bay Area Sports, LLC will call Anne Arundel County, Maryland home beginning with the 2011-2012 ACPBL season.
'The Bay Area Shuckers ownership group is made up of ten very experienced minor league sports professionals,' stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . 'We are going to have the strongest minor league basketball franchises in North America outside of the NBA D-league, the Shuckers fall in line with this agenda.
The ACPBL will begin it second year of play in 2011-2012. The league, which will expand from eight to 14 teams for the upcoming season has teams stretching from Virginia in the south to Connecticut in the north including clubs in Norfolk, Virginia, Northern Virginia, Newark, New Jersey, Long Island, New York, Buffalo, New York, and Hartford Connecticut.
We looked at a lot of leagues and we felt the ACPBL best fit our business model, could provide the most visibility for our players, and we were impressed by the leagues very successful first season. They truly understand that this is all about providing a great product for fans and giving players a platform to showcase their skills so they can move to the next level, stated Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.
The ACPBL is scheduled to tip-off its second season the weekend of December 3rd with the championship game slated for April 1, 2012. The Shuckers will play a 14-game schedule, including seven at home. The team will announce its venue in the upcoming weeks.
Our goal is to provide a true night of sports entertainment. From the moment you hit the front steps, until you leave following a great night of quality basketball, great contests, and giveaways. We also wanted to bring back ticket prices that can truly enable a family to share this experience together, commented Wolfe.
Bay Area Sports, LLC is owned by Paul Clary Sr. (Baltimore), Joe Golden (Pasadena), Chuck Green (Brooklyn Park), Jim Hopkins (Severna Park), Dante D.F. Howard (Randallstown), Chris Jones (Elkton), Brian K. Marchetti (Baltimore), Robert Portch (Columbia), Kevin Severe (Glen Burnie), and John Wolfe (Pasadena).
For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Semifinals: Penarol and Atenas jump to 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the LigaA Semifinals are completed last night. Penarol grabbed 103-101 double overtime win against Libertad for 2-0 lead in the series. It means that Penarol needs just one more win for the Finals. The same situation is with Atenas - Quimsa series, where Atenas holds 2-0. In the second game, which was played on Friday, Atenas celebrated 72-60 victory. Third games are scheduled for May 18, but this time Libertad and Quimsa will be the hosts.





Penarol - Libertad S. 103-101 OT2 (2-0)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Libertad Sunchales won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Libertad Sunchales used huge pressure winning it 25-23 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually double-overtime period 21-23. Strangely Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Penarol 46-29 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Libertad Sunchales was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals during the contest. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Five Penarol and four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Penarol: N.Lauria 27+10reb+3ast, L.Gutierrez 17+2reb+3ast, M.Leiva 13+5reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 13+3reb, S.Safar 12+1reb+1ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 10+2reb+3ast
Libertad S.: R.Wolkowyski 20+10reb+2ast, R.Battle 18+13reb, R.Selleaze 16+8reb+3ast, J.Pablo Cantero 15+2reb+2ast, R.Gabini 9+4reb+2ast, A.David Galindo 8+5reb+2ast


gschID: 128440


Atenas - Quimsa 72-60 (2-0)
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-60. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Atenas: G.Lewis 19+9reb, J.Williams 15+7reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 11+2reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 10+2reb, M.Lescano 8+7reb+4ast, J.Manuel Rivero 6+3reb+1ast
Quimsa: D.Gomez Camargo 17+7reb+3ast, J.Treise 14+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 13+8reb, N.Aguirre 8+4reb+5ast, A.Marin 7+5reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 1+1reb+2ast
gschID: 128439




Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.4 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras16.4 
 6. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.4 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol15.2 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.0 
 9. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
 10. Galindo, Libertad14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 11
 1. Garces, La Union11.0 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.9.8 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.2 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Kante, Olimpico LB7.9 
 9. Alston, Boca Jrs7.3 
 10. Leiva, Penarol7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad4.1 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.0 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
 10. Sartorelli, Argen.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 7. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
 10. Lamonte, Penarol2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 8. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Waverley F. 7-2 
 2. Bulleen B. 6-3 
 3. Eltham W. 6-3 
 4. Sherbrooke S. 6-4 
 5. Ringwood H. 6-4 
 6. Hume City 3-6 
 7. Melbourne 3-7 
 8. Diamond V.E. 1-9 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 5-1 
 2. W.Adelaide B. 5-1 
 3. Forestville E. 4-2 
 4. Sturt S. 3-3 
 5. Eastern M. 3-3 
 6. Woodville W. 3-3 
 7. South.Tigers 2-4 
 8. N.Adelaide R. 2-4 
 9. S.Adelaide P. 2-4 
 10. C.District L. 1-5 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 3-0 
 2. Gold Coast R. 3-0 
 3. Mackay M. 2-0 
 4. Townsville H. 2-0 
 5. Northside W. 2-1 
 6. Caboolture S. 1-1 
 7. Rockhampton 1-1 
 8. Toowoomba 1-1 
 9. Ipswich F. 1-2 
 10. Bundaberg B. 0-2 
 11. Cairns M. 0-2 
 12. Gladstone P. 0-2 
 13. Maroochydore 0-2 
 14. SW Metro P. 0-2 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 7-1 
 2. Knox R. 7-2 
 3. Dandenong 5-2 
 4. Ballarat M. 5-3 
 5. Canberra G. 3-5 
 6. Brisbane S. 2-6 
 7. Kilsyth C. 2-6 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 6-3 
 2. Geelong S. 5-3 
 3. Sandringham S. 4-3 
 4. NW Tasmania 4-4 
 5. Frankston B. 3-4 
 6. Mt Gambier 3-5 
 7. Hobart C. 3-6 
 8. Albury W.B. 1-7 
WARATAH
 1. Sydney C. 7-2 
 2. Newcastle H. 7-2 
 3. Hills H. 7-2 
 4. Manly Warr. 5-3 
 5. Parramatta W. 4-3 
 6. Norths Bears 4-4 
 7. Hornsby S. 4-5 
 8. Maitland M. 4-5 
 9. Illawarra H. 3-2 
 10. Sutherland S. 3-4 
 11. Bankstown B. 3-5 
 12. Canberra N. 1-8 
 13. Cent.Coast C. 1-8 


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


QBL: Mountaineers ready to put up fight - by Eurobasket News
AFTER two straight win-less seasons for the Toowoomba Mountaineers, it seems unthinkable that the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre could be a graveyard for visiting teams.

But that is what men's team coach Pop Dickerson is aiming for on the eve of their first Queensland Basketball League fixture against the Ipswich Force on Sunday.

Last night the Mountaineers officially launched season 2011 and despite their past troubles the mood was overwhelmingly positive. After two years with nothing to cheer, Dickerson is determined to give the Mountaineers' faithful something to get excited about in 2011.

We're going to concentrate on winning games at home, Dickerson said. We want to be sending our supporters away with a smile and even if we do go down, we want them to know that we've put up a good fight.

Last year the Mountaineers' young playing roster struggled to step up to the level required to be competitive in the QBL.

But with the signings of American imports Rashad Chase (201-F-87, college: Georgia St.) and James Legan (191-G-87, agency: Court Side) and veteran QBL player Chris Hamill (186-G-78), Dickerson is confident the two-year win-less hoodoo can be broken this year. I find it hard to believe we won't win some games at home, Dickerson said.

The thing about the team is it is so young and they have the capability to continue improving.

After losing the services of last year's leading scorer Ezria Parsons to Ipswich, women's team coach Harry Spencer will also be relying on a youthful roster for the upcoming season. To combat this, Spencer had called former stars Melissa Fairley and Kirstyn Bliss out of retirement to add some much needed experience to his line-up.

Spencer is also excited about the addition of 6ft 2in power forward Olimpiea Hurst from Brisbane. Like Dickerson, Spencer's main aim is to build a competitive squad of players to represent Toowoomba long-term.

As a young team, our main goal is to take small steps, play hard, improve and be competitive, Spencer said.

Both coaches say crowd support is essential. We need a sixth man ... a fan base to get behind us, Dickerson said.
Courtesy of: QBL


QBL: New captain setting lofty goals - by Eurobasket News
DESPITE two straight years without a win, newly-appointed Toowoomba Mountaineers captain Mike McDaniel (193-G-78) says his team is a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland Basketball League.

These are strong words going into their first game of the season against the highly-favoured Ipswich Force team at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre tomorrow.

But after stints with QBL teams Maroochydore, Brisbane, Ipswich and now Toowoomba, McDaniel knows what it takes to win at this level and is confident the Mountaineers will be doing more than making up the numbers this year.

I think with the team we've got, all of the pieces of the puzzle, it's just a matter of fine-tuning them, McDaniel said.

And McDaniel says new coach Pop Dickerson is playing a big role in building the team into a competitive QBL outfit.

Not to put down the coaches who have gone before but Pop is a tried coach and a proven champion ... he's a coach who knows how to win games.

While all eyes tomorrow will be on American imports Rashad Chase and James Legan, McDaniel thinks another veteran player in Chris Hamill will be one of the buys of the year for the Mountaineers.

He's just blazing. That's all the fruit from years of not being given the opportunities at this level and I know Pop Dickerson just loves him and how he plays, McDaniel said.

The new captain is another player who knows all about not being given the opportunities to succeed at this level.

McDaniel and Ipswich parted ways in 2009 on less than favourable terms with McDaniel feeling his talents were not being utilised. So there will no love lost when he takes to the court against his old team tomorrow.

For him, there would be no better team to break Toowoomba's two-year losing streak against.

But McDaniel, 41, insists revenge is not on his mind, he's too preoccupied with helping his team realise its potential.

I think we can make the play-offs this year, McDaniel said.

I think I have the ability to play at this level for one or two more years. I'm determined to go out on a good note. Who knows? Maybe we can win the championship this year.
Courtesy of: QBL


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz take lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Araz victoriously opened the Final series in Azerbaijan. They celebrated a comfortable 38-point victory over their archrivals Gala 103:65 to step closer to the title. The Finals is the best-of-three series. Araz started the game on a high note. They grabbed a 25:16 lead after ten minutes. Fuad Niftaliyev (183-G-80) helped Gala to stay hopeful in the second term. They trailed by just 10 points at the interval 35:45. But Araz increased the tempo in the third term. The hosts cleared off to an 18-point distance and never looked back en route to the victory. Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-F-82) stepped up with 45 points to pace Araz.
In the meantime Azeri U18 selection surged ahead in the Bronze medals series. They outgunned Abik 82:67 in the opener.



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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 25-7 
 2. Aalstar 22-10 
 3. M.Hainaut 21-11 
 4. Oostende 20-12 
 5. Antwerp 17-15 
 6. Leuven 13-19 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 11-21 
 8. Liege 10-22 
 9. Gent 5-27 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.3 
 2. Freeman, Verviers.15.9 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.5 
 6. Black, Antwerp15.3 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar15.2 
 8. Miller, Leuven15.1 
 9. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 4. Randle, Gent7.3 
 5. Hilliard, Aalstar7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.6 
 7. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.4 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Tofi, Leuven6.1 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.1 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 9. Burrell, Aalstar2.7 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.9 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.7 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Wright, Charleroi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.5 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar0.9 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


British Virgin ISlands National teams news - by David Edole
British Virgin Islands basketball is in for a very busy summer. The senior mens team is scheduled to play in the XXI CBC Senior Men Championship that will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, July 25th thru July 30th, 2011. The top three CBC teams will classify for CentroBasket 2012. BVI, a silver medalist in the 2009 edition, is placed in group B with Bermuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Cayman Islands and the host team Bahamas.

XXI Senior Men Championship
Group A

Jamaica
Virgin Islands
Antigua and Barbuda
Guyana
Turks and Caicos

Group B
British Virgin Islands

Bahamas
Bermuda
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Cayman Islands

BVI is also scheduled to play in the U17 Centrobasket Men tournament that will be held in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, on August 3 7, 2011. The other teams competing in the tournament are Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, in addition to the host Puerto Rico.

If you would like to represent the BVI, you may need to meet the following requirements.

INTERNAL REGULATIONS WORLD EDITION 2004
3.9 Note concerning the eligibility of players from dependent territories
The following players are eligible to play for a dependent territory:
1. Players born in the British Virgin Islands;
2. Players born in the United Kingdom of at least one parent born in the British Virgin Islands;
3. Players, regardless of their place of birth, born of parents both of whom were born in the British Virgin Islands; and
4. Players born in the United Kingdom of at least one grand parent born in the British Virgin Islands;



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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 12-2 
 2. Zadar 11-3 
 3. KK Zagreb CO 11-3 
 4. Cibona 7-7 
 5. KK Split 5-9 
 6. Borik 4-9 
 7. Alkar Sinj 4-9 
 8. Zabok 1-12 
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, Zadar21.4 
 3. Zitko, Trogir20.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.2 
 5. Zoric, KK.18.6 
 6. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 7. Bakovic, Darda17.4 
 8. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 9. Simon, KK.16.7 
 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. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.2 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.2 
 6. Ivanov, Zadar7.0 
 7. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 8. Zoric, KK.6.7 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split6.5 
 10. Ridl, Darda6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Karakas, Trogir7.1 
 2. Car, Zadar5.4 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.3 
 4. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 5. Draper, Cedevita4.3 
 6. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.1 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.4 
 10. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Renfroe, KK.2.8 
 2. Draper, Cedevita2.5 
 3. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.2 
 4. Car, Zadar2.1 
 5. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 6. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 9. Brown, Zadar1.7 
 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. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.7 


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  DENMARK   


Falcon basketball will be back in the CDL next season. - by Thomas Soltau
The 1.division Play Offs have ended, and Falcon basketball have been allowed to make the move back into the best men's league for the 2011-2012 season.

This has been the teams ambition for some years now, and management will now have their work cut out for them trying to put together a team that can compete at the highest level.

Eurobasket Danmark welcomes Falcon back to the elite level of Danish basketball.




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  EUROCHALLENGE   


2011 EuroChallenge: KRKA Novo Mesto of Slovenia brings the trophy back home - by Bert Larsimont

There was a lounge atmosphere at the Sleuyter Arena as only 2500 people showed up to attend the 2011 EuroChallenge Final. Both teams, Lokomotiv Kuban and KRKA Novo Mesto, played at a good rhythm and none of both was really dominating in the fist minutes of the game. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) hit a three-point shot to give his Spartak team the lead 4-3 but the tough KRKA defense made the difference afterwards. After several fastbreaks, KRKA Novo Mesto was ahead 6-12 with 4:57 remaining in the first quarter when Coach Kestutis Kemzura took a first important time-out. A crucial one indeed as his team tied the game later on at 14-14 after two easy baskets by Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) and a great three by Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier). After Aleksandar Dzikic's time-out for KRKA, Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) of Lokomotiv kept giving assists to Michael Wilkinson who was well present underneath the basket to score. A three-pointer at the last second of the first quarter even gave Lokomotiv the lead by 2 points: 20-18.

Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue), the only non-European player of KRKA Novo Mesto, had done a good job in the first quarter and kept doing so in the beginning of the second one. He and young Slovenian talent Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) put their team in front: 20-26. Dragic again grabbed an important rebound to make 22-30. The game turned out to be very spectacular: Alando Tucker on the Lokomotiv side (alley oop) and Christopher Booker on the KRKA side (two shots from downtown). After 28-35, the Russian team was again able to speed up and come back at 34-35. Well led by Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket), KRKA re-took one larger positive margin at 34-41 but Lokomotiv on a last rush in the first half avoided a large deficit. The scoreboard showed 41-43 at the half. A big difference compared with what happened Friday night, much more points came from the bench this time for Lokomotiv: 21 on the whole. Christopher Booker of KRKA was the best scorer with 13 points in this game at half-time.

Goran Ikonic (196-G-80), the hero of Friday night, hit two three-pointers in a row to put his KRKA team ahead: 43-49. At the middle of the third quarter, the scoreboard showed 50-51. Goran Ikonic of KRKA had been forcing too many shots and the game got physically tougher and the two teams were more aggressive. Lokomotiv's key players Michael Wilkinson and Goran Jeretin even gave a 55-54 lead to their team. It was an almost perfect game as no team was willing to give up and kept scoring spectacular baskets. Booker came back on the floor for KRKA but despite his great efforts as well as the ones of Zoran Dragic and Edo Muric (202-F-91), Lokomotiv had a larger lead at the end of the third quarter: 65-61.

A time-out for KRKA at 67-63 in the beginning of the last quarter proves that it was a very strategic game played by both teams. Zoran Dragic, young brother of NBA Houston Rockets' Goran Dragic (194-G-86), kept his team alive at 69-65 with 6:30 left in this final game. Michael Wilkinson, very efficient, gave then Lokomotiv the right to be very hopeful: 72-65 to enter the moneytime. A big three by Aleksei Surovtsev of Lokomotiv was followed by one on the other side: 75-70 by Booker from long range indeed. A few seconds later, Ikonic even made 75-72 on an uneasy crucial lay-up with 3:29 left on the clock. Lokomotiv kept losing balls and turning the ball over under the Slovenian pressure and KRKA was again in front at 75-76 (Booker and Pavic inside). Dragic first and Djordjevic on a three-pointer made 75-81 with 1:04 remaining on the clock. One last time-out and last efforts by Lokomotiv did not change anything, KRKA Novo Mesto is definitely the 2011 FIBA EuroChallenge title winner thanks to a last impressive 16-0 scoring run. 77-83 is the final score! The Slovenians can cut the net as they will bring the trophy back home.

Goran Ikonic was voted MVP of the 2011 EuroChallenge Final Four.

Best scorers for Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 21, Alando Tucker 10, Jeremiah Massey 11.
Best scorers for Krka Novo Mesto: Christopher Booker 20, Zoran Dragic 12, Smiljan Pavic 13, Dusan Djordjevic 8, Goran Ikonic 12.




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Greek Cup Finals: Olympiakos beat Panathinaikos and wins the Greek Cup! - by Chris Mammides
In a game which just ended the team of Coach Ivkovic beat for a third consecutive time (this season) the team of Coach Obradovic and won the Cup for a second consecutive season after last season's Cup. The green players were obviously tired after the games in Barcelona while Olympiakos had the time to rest and save some vital power for the specific game. The final score was 68-74 for Olympiakos.
It seems that Coach Obradovic can't win his teacher, Coach Ivkovic, this season the record is Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 3-0 and it seems that the momentum in then Greek Basketball is changing once and for all!


Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) was amazing even though the MVP could easily go to last seasons' MVP of the game Teodosic who was absolutely fantastic! Ioannis Bourousis had six block shots and four steals and was a true guard over his basket. Panathinaikos was not good at all and it seems that the Euroleague winers were very tired after last weekend's semi finals and finals and they lost the game quite early as the reds were better and more passionated than the Greens.
Teodosic scored the basket of the game when he performed a shot from nearly the 8 meters on buzer and against the very good defense of Calathes.
Loukas Mavrokefalidis was also superb as his 16 points and 7 rebounds show his performance. At the same time the big guys of Panathinaikos were not in a very productive day as Vougioukas played for only 1 minute, and Maric played for only 5 minutes, so Ioannis Bourousis, Erceg and Mavrokefalidis beat them totally.


Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was the top scorer of his team together with Mike Batiste as they both scored 17 points, but both of them did also some mistakes at a crucial moment of the game as they were fighting alone most of the times, the help never came from Calathes nor Tepic not even Perperoglou, while Sato and Nickolas were once more in a very shallow day.

The key of the game was Bouroussis and it was obvious as his four fouls forced Ivkovic to take him out for more than 5 minutes at the fourth quarter and Panathinaikos not only cut the difference but witha very fast 7-0 got the linitiative for some seconds but even Glyniadakis beat the tall guys of Panathinaikos before Tedosic kills all the 'Green dreams' for something better at the end.


The game went on the free throws with 4-6 points leading by Olympiakos but Obradovic's players were not focused and they missed some free shots while the Olympiakos players were sucesfull from the charity line.

Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 18 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds, while Ioannis Bourousis scored 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 block shots being the man of the match according to the Eurobasket.




A great Cup Final: Olympiacos was the winner (LIVE from Helliniko Arena) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos was the winner of the Greek Cup for a second consecutive year, after its win tonight 74-68 against Panathinaikos, at Helliniko Hall.
Olympiakos took the lead at the beginning of the game (11-6), taking advantage of its inside-the-paint game, scoring all its points from there (Bourousis the very first seven of them). The difference extended at 8 (14-6) with a 3p shot from Papanikolaou 5:14 before the end of the first period. Panathinaikos reacted with a 5-0 serie but the Reds never lost the lead. The period ended at 17-22 for Olympiakos, with Halperin having given precious solutions in offence (4p) and the Greens seemed to be very nervous in their game (with Batiste in a good day), having though many fouls (10-5 respectively).
At the second period, Olympiakos entered as strongly it finished the first one. With Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) in a great mood (both in scoring and in giving assists) and Mavrokefalides helping, it kept the 8p lead (25-33) at its half. On the other side, Obradovic tested many different fives and shapes but none seemed good enough. And if it wasnt Batiste certainly the difference could have been in double digits. At that time a zone defense that Obradovic selected changed the game totally. Olympiacos made many mistakes, it could not find solutions in its offence, having lost its concentration and the Greens with their zone, many steals and good shots from Sato and Kaimakoglou leaded 37-35, a minute before the end. The first half ended at 39-37 for the Greens.
The third period started with an early 3p from Diamantidis for the 42-37 but instantly Olympiacos strengthened its defense, found solutions in its offense and with a 12-0 serie leaded 42-49, with six minutes remaining. The Greens though managed to return again and with their 8-1 serie came closer at a point, with 3 minutes remaining. However, at these three minutes Olympiacos found some solutions, mainly with Milos Teodosic and the period ended at 53-58 for the Reds.
Both teams entered the last period very nervously, something reflected also at the two technical fouls at the two coaches two minutes after its start. Panathinaikos, though, was better and with a 10-1 serie leaded 62-59, with two 3p shots from Diamantidis and Sato. The reds reacted again and leaded 63-62, 5:06 before the end and everything seemed that we would have a great end. A very lucky 3p. shot from Milos Teodosic made 64-66 for the Reds, Batiste responded with only one free throw and 78 seconds before the end Bourousis scored for the 65-68. Sato missed a 3p shot, Bourousis scored both his free throws, Nicholas missed another 3p shot, Mavrokefalides also scored both his free throws (65-72, 27 sec before the end) but nothing has finished since Fotsis scored his 3p shot (68-72, with 24 sec remaining). Milos Teodosic scored two free throws for the final 68-74.

Panathinaikos: Tepic 2, Maric, Perperoglou 5, Batiste 17, Fotsis 8, Sato 7, Nicholas, Tsartsaris 4, Diamantidis 17, Vougioukas, Kalathis 2, Kaimakoglou 6
Olympiakos: Papaloukas, Gordon 2, Spanoulis, Printezis, Bourousis 13, Keselj 4, Erceg 2, Mavrokefalides 16, Halperin 9, Glyniadakis 2, Papanikolaou 8, Milos Teodosic 18




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  FRANCE   


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 28-6 
 2. Denain 23-11 
 3. Angers BC 49 22-12 
 4. St Quentin 21-13 
 5. Brest 21-13 
 6. Sorgues 20-14 
 7. St Etienne 19-15 
 8. Challans 18-16 
 9. Le Puy 18-16 
 10. Lievin 16-18 
 11. Orchy 16-18 
 12. Blois 16-18 
 13. Souffel 16-18 
 14. St Chamond 15-19 
 15. Denek 15-19 
 16. Get Vosges 9-25 
 17. Roche 8-26 
 18. CFBB 5-29 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Blair, Denek23.9 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy17.8 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.4 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.2 
 6. James, Challans16.6 
 7. Disy, Roche16.4 
 8. Blot, Blois16.3 
 9. Howell, St Quentin15.9 
 10. Lesieu, St Quent.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petras BALOCKA
  Lievin
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Balocka, Lievin8.7 
 2. Simmons, St Et.8.7 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 4. Cilly, Orchy8.4 
 5. Lopez, Brest8.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel8.1 
 7. Cabarkapa, Le Puy8.0 
 8. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux7.8 
 10. Lesieu, St Quent.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.5 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.9 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 5. Rambur, St Quentin4.3 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux4.0 
 9. Dessart, Lievin3.8 
 10. Thomas, St Etien.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blair, Denek2.9 
 2. El Amrani, St Et.2.2 
 3. Pistre, Le Puy2.0 
 4. Bateko, Roche1.9 
 5. James, Challans1.9 
 6. Neri, Roche1.9 
 7. Sauret, Denain1.9 
 8. Barbry, Orchy1.8 
 9. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 10. Roberts, Brest1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.4 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Kolb, Blois1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 9. Pasut, Sorgues1.1 
 10. Pourchot, CFBB1.0 


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.0 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, Ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.7.0 
 7. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 8. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.2 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Rochestie, ALBA4.4 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 5. Ross, MBC1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
 9. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 10. Wise, Telekom1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 6. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 7. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 


Artland Dragons and ALBA clinched the last Semifinal spots - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons and ALBA clinched the last Semifinal spots as they won 3-2 in the series over their opponents tonight.





Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 99-69

The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. New Yorker Phantoms managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game, while New Yorker Phantoms only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded New Yorker Phantoms 46-23 including a 31-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Artland Dragons especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Artland Dragons made 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by New Yorker Phantoms helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell, agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 27 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) produced 21 points and 4 assists and American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: B.Bailey 27+1reb+5ast, T.Rice 22+5reb+4ast, R.Kurz 13+8reb, J.Strasser 12+5reb+1ast, R.Boumtje 10+6reb, N.Peavy 5+8reb
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 21+3reb+4ast, J.Cain 13+4reb, M.Goree 13+1reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 7+5reb+6ast, K.Visser 7+3reb+2ast, N.Mittmann 6+2reb+2ast


gschID: 128383


ALBA - EWE Baskets 99-68

The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 22 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by EWE Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 17 points. Guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 19 points. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Guard Eddie Gill (183-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) produced 15 points and guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points respectively for the guests. 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:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 19+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 17+4reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 12+7reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 11+3reb+2ast, D.Allen 10+3reb, T.Dragicevic 9+3reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: E.Gill 15+3reb+2ast, R.Paulding 13+1reb+2ast, O.Stevic 9+4reb, L.Bogdanovic 8+4reb, A.Baynes 7+4reb, M.Lukauskis 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 128384




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  GREECE   


A great Cup Final: Olympiacos was the winner (LIVE from Helliniko Arena) - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Olympiacos was the winner of the Greek Cup for a second consecutive year, after its win tonight 74-68 against Panathinaikos, at Helliniko Hall.
Olympiakos took the lead at the beginning of the game (11-6), taking advantage of its inside-the-paint game, scoring all its points from there (Bourousis the very first seven of them). The difference extended at 8 (14-6) with a 3p shot from Papanikolaou 5:14 before the end of the first period. Panathinaikos reacted with a 5-0 serie but the Reds never lost the lead. The period ended at 17-22 for Olympiakos, with Halperin having given precious solutions in offence (4p) and the Greens seemed to be very nervous in their game (with Batiste in a good day), having though many fouls (10-5 respectively).
At the second period, Olympiakos entered as strongly it finished the first one. With Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) in a great mood (both in scoring and in giving assists) and Mavrokefalides helping, it kept the 8p lead (25-33) at its half. On the other side, Obradovic tested many different fives and shapes but none seemed good enough. And if it wasnt Batiste certainly the difference could have been in double digits. At that time a zone defense that Obradovic selected changed the game totally. Olympiacos made many mistakes, it could not find solutions in its offence, having lost its concentration and the Greens with their zone, many steals and good shots from Sato and Kaimakoglou leaded 37-35, a minute before the end. The first half ended at 39-37 for the Greens.
The third period started with an early 3p from Diamantidis for the 42-37 but instantly Olympiacos strengthened its defense, found solutions in its offense and with a 12-0 serie leaded 42-49, with six minutes remaining. The Greens though managed to return again and with their 8-1 serie came closer at a point, with 3 minutes remaining. However, at these three minutes Olympiacos found some solutions, mainly with Milos Teodosic and the period ended at 53-58 for the Reds.
Both teams entered the last period very nervously, something reflected also at the two technical fouls at the two coaches two minutes after its start. Panathinaikos, though, was better and with a 10-1 serie leaded 62-59, with two 3p shots from Diamantidis and Sato. The reds reacted again and leaded 63-62, 5:06 before the end and everything seemed that we would have a great end. A very lucky 3p. shot from Milos Teodosic made 64-66 for the Reds, Batiste responded with only one free throw and 78 seconds before the end Bourousis scored for the 65-68. Sato missed a 3p shot, Bourousis scored both his free throws, Nicholas missed another 3p shot, Mavrokefalides also scored both his free throws (65-72, 27 sec before the end) but nothing has finished since Fotsis scored his 3p shot (68-72, with 24 sec remaining). Milos Teodosic scored two free throws for the final 68-74.

Panathinaikos: Tepic 2, Maric, Perperoglou 5, Batiste 17, Fotsis 8, Sato 7, Nicholas, Tsartsaris 4, Diamantidis 17, Vougioukas, Kalathis 2, Kaimakoglou 6
Olympiakos: Papaloukas, Gordon 2, Spanoulis, Printezis, Bourousis 13, Keselj 4, Erceg 2, Mavrokefalides 16, Halperin 9, Glyniadakis 2, Papanikolaou 8, Milos Teodosic 18




Greek Cup Finals: Olympiakos beat Panathinaikos and wins the Greek Cup! - by Chris Mammides
In a game which just ended the team of Coach Ivkovic beat for a third consecutive time (this season) the team of Coach Obradovic and won the Cup for a second consecutive season after last season's Cup. The green players were obviously tired after the games in Barcelona while Olympiakos had the time to rest and save some vital power for the specific game. The final score was 68-74 for Olympiakos.
It seems that Coach Obradovic can't win his teacher, Coach Ivkovic, this season the record is Olympiakos-Panathinaikos 3-0 and it seems that the momentum in then Greek Basketball is changing once and for all!


Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) was amazing even though the MVP could easily go to last seasons' MVP of the game Teodosic who was absolutely fantastic! Ioannis Bourousis had six block shots and four steals and was a true guard over his basket. Panathinaikos was not good at all and it seems that the Euroleague winers were very tired after last weekend's semi finals and finals and they lost the game quite early as the reds were better and more passionated than the Greens.
Teodosic scored the basket of the game when he performed a shot from nearly the 8 meters on buzer and against the very good defense of Calathes.
Loukas Mavrokefalidis was also superb as his 16 points and 7 rebounds show his performance. At the same time the big guys of Panathinaikos were not in a very productive day as Vougioukas played for only 1 minute, and Maric played for only 5 minutes, so Ioannis Bourousis, Erceg and Mavrokefalidis beat them totally.


Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was the top scorer of his team together with Mike Batiste as they both scored 17 points, but both of them did also some mistakes at a crucial moment of the game as they were fighting alone most of the times, the help never came from Calathes nor Tepic not even Perperoglou, while Sato and Nickolas were once more in a very shallow day.

The key of the game was Bouroussis and it was obvious as his four fouls forced Ivkovic to take him out for more than 5 minutes at the fourth quarter and Panathinaikos not only cut the difference but witha very fast 7-0 got the linitiative for some seconds but even Glyniadakis beat the tall guys of Panathinaikos before Tedosic kills all the 'Green dreams' for something better at the end.


The game went on the free throws with 4-6 points leading by Olympiakos but Obradovic's players were not focused and they missed some free shots while the Olympiakos players were sucesfull from the charity line.

Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 18 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds, while Ioannis Bourousis scored 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 block shots being the man of the match according to the Eurobasket.




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  HOLLAND   


Dutch Basketball League Finals: ZZ Leiden Rolls Past Gas Terra Flames In Rout - by Sanders Jackson

In the Vijfmeihal for Game #1 of the DBL finals between ZZ Leiden and the defending Dutch champions Gas Terra Flames, a 15-0 run for ZZ Leiden between the end of the 3rd quarter until midway through the 4th was the shot in the arm for ZZ, as the team of DBL Coach-of-the-Year Toon van Helfteren fired the first shot, winning convincingly by the score of 107-89. ZZ found themselves in the early going under pressure from the Flames'attack, with the Flames making 6 three-pointers in the 1st quarter, and at one point being down 44-35 in the 2nd quarter. But thanks to the strong 1st half play of DBL Most Improved Player
Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 15 pts. in the 1st half to help close it to 50-48 at the end of the 2nd quarter. In the 3rd quarter it would remain tight, with both teams exchanging the lead 3 times and tied 6 times. Perhaps the shot that would be an omen for things to come for the Flames would be the buzzer-beating halfcourt shot from ZZ PG Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) to close out the 3rd quarter, with the Flames leading 74-73.


In the first three minutes of the 4th quarter ZZ would turn a one-point deficit into an 85-74 lead after an Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) three-pointer. DBL MVP

Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) did his best to keep the defending Dutch champs within striking distance, with a three-pointer and field goal at 4:15 remaining to bring it within 89-82, but from there on a three-point play by de Jong would put ZZ back into double digit lead and turn back the Flames' threat. It also helped that ZZ were able to penetrate the Flames' defense at will, getting frequently to the free throw line. ZZ also shot a sizzling 17 of 19 FT's in the quarter, as well as making 4 three-pointers. ZZ were led in scoring by de Jong with a season and career-high 28 pts., with Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) adding 24 pts. on 8-11 shooting. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Boise St.) led the Flames with 17 pts. ZZ Leiden will take a 1-0 lead into the Martiniplaza on Tuesday night.


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.0 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.8 
 4. Tiedeman, Giants14.9 
 5. Mills, Eiffel Towe.14.9 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants14.7 
 7. Laing, Magixx14.7 
 8. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Adako, DeFriesland14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.3 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.2 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.0 
 9. Jackson, Eiffel T.7.8 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel T.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.8 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.7 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 8. Williams, DeFriesl.3.3 
 9. Bostain, GasTerra3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTe.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.2 
 3. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 5. Taylor, Magixx2.1 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 7. McDermott, Magixx1.9 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra1.9 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra1.9 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel T.
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.3 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Hulzebos, Landste.0.8 
 9. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Minter, BS Weert0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


Yoel Shalit-Guest of honor in Israeli Final-Four - by Carmel Drori
Today (Sunday),Israel Basketball Administration announced that Yoel Shalit and his girlfriend Ya'ara would be guests of honor in the Israeli Final-Four.
Yoel Shalit is the brother of Gilad Shalit,an Israeli soldier who was Kidnapped by Hamas 5 years ago. the Israeli BSL Administration have been embracing the Shalit family for 5 years now, and had a member of the Shalit family in every Final-Four for the last 5 years.

500 tickets are still available for the biggest event of the year, and the BSL Administration will issue 800 tickets for each of the 2 teams who will guarantee their participation this week.
After Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem already guaranteed their spot in the Final-Four,4 teams are still battling for the remaining 2 spots.
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion leads the series 2-1 aginat Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon and will try to get a win tonight (19:45)in order to advance to the Final-Four and take part in the event for the first time since 2006.
Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa will also try and get a win today (20:45)against Hapoel Holon and advance to the Final-Four,where Lior Lubin's players will try and defend their title.


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Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 26-4 
 2. Bennet Cantu 22-8 
 3. Armani MI 21-9 
 4. Air AV 17-13 
 5. Benetton TV 17-13 
 6. Dinamo Sassari 15-15 
 7. Cimberio VA 15-15 
 8. CS Bologna 15-15 
 9. Lottomatica 14-16 
 10. Scavolini PS 14-16 
 11. Pepsi Caserta 12-18 
 12. Vanoli CR 12-18 
 13. Fabi Shoes 11-19 
 14. Angelico BI 11-19 
 15. Banca Tercas 10-20 
 16. Enel Brindisi 8-22 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. White, Dinamo Sass.21.0 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.0 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 4. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.8 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.3 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA14.9 
 7. Milic, Vanoli CR14.8 
 8. Dean, Air AV14.7 
 9. Roberson, Enel B.14.6 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.4 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna8.4 
 4. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 5. Davis, Banca Terc.8.2 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.8 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 9. Skinner, Benetton.7.6 
 10. Suton, Angelico7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.3.9 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.8 
 8. Green, Bennet Can.3.5 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.4 
 10. Stipcevic, Cimber.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 2. Stonerook, Montep.2.8 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 4. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA2.7 
 6. McCalebb, Montepa.2.6 
 7. Green, Air AV2.5 
 8. Ortner, Bennet C.2.4 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.4 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Eze, Armani MI1.5 
 3. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindi.1.2 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 9. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 10. Cusin, Scavolini0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola22.4 
 2. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.7 
 3. Crispin, Barcellona19.6 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 6. Jackson, Prima Ver.19.2 
 7. Goldwire, Forli19.1 
 8. Clark, Umana Reyer18.3 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT18.1 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demian FILLOY
  Immobili.
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Filloy, Immobili.9.3 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany8.9 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 5. Dickens, San Seve.8.0 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.7.9 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.9 
 8. Johnson, San Seve.7.8 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Lollis, Immobili.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis .
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Porta, Tezenis5.1 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.8 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.5 
 4. Hickman, Fastw.4.0 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 8. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 9. Nardi, Forli3.7 
 10. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 2. Roderick, Immobi.2.8 
 3. Piazza, Immobili.2.7 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.6 
 5. Davis, Sunrise2.6 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 7. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 9. Achara, Barcellona2.4 
 10. Hunter, Sunrise2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 6. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Frosini, Trenkwald.0.7 
 10. Di Giuliomar., Um.0.6 


Lega2 Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Immobiliare SR - Prima Veroli 66-58

Rimini earned 2-0 lead against Prima Veroli following the second home win in a row. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prima Veroli won third quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Immobiliare SR forced 19 Prima Veroli turnovers. Prima Veroli was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 4 steals during the contest. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Roberto Rullo (192-90) scored 14 points. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: T.Roderick 12+4reb+2ast, D.Vukcevic 10+3reb+3ast, A.Piazza 10+4reb+3ast, D.Filloy 8+6reb+4ast, G.Gurini 8+1reb+1ast, F.Foiera 6+7reb
Prima Veroli: R.Rullo 14+2reb, G.Rosselli 12+6reb+2ast, J.Penn 10+2reb+1ast, J.Jackson 8+4reb+2ast, D.Brkic 6+1reb, I.Gatto 6+3reb
gschID: 128176


Sunrise Scafati - Barcellona 77-66

Sunrise Scafati bounced back after the starting loss and edged Barcellona. The game was mostly controlled by Sunrise Scafati. Sigma Barcellona managed to win third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sigma Barcellona to just 7 points in first quarter. Sunrise Scafati made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Sunrise Scafati players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Scottish-Nigerian power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: R.Davis 23+8reb, P.Baldassarre 13+4reb, J.Hunter 12+8reb+3ast, M.Levin 11+4reb+6ast, M.Casini 8+2reb+1ast, F.Amoni 4+4reb
Barcellona: K.Achara 14+7reb, A.Ghiacci 13+10reb+3ast, G.Sorrentino 11+4reb+2ast, M.Mocavero 9+2reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 7+1reb, R.Bucci 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 128177


Fastweb CM - Tuscany PT 90-77

Fastweb Casale are 2-0 up on Pistoia in the series. Tuscany Pistoia was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 31-17 charge of Fastweb CM, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Simone Pierich (198-81) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Fastweb CM players scored in double figures. American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Fiorello Toppo (198-80) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: S.Pierich 23+4reb+1ast, R.Hickman 17+4reb+6ast, D.Taylor 15+3reb+4ast, T.Fantoni 14+6reb, G.Ferrero 9+2reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 5+1ast
Tuscany PT: J.Varnado 17+7reb, F.Toppo 16+6reb+1ast, G.Fucka 10+3reb, A.Filloy 9+3reb+1ast, J.Forte 9+7ast, S.Berti 8+3reb
gschID: 128174


Umana Reyer - Snaidero UD 83-70

Umana Reyer stepped closer to the semis with another home win over Snaidero Udine. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Snaidero Udine was better in second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Umana Venezia won last quarter 23-11. They also forced 22 Snaidero Udine turnovers. Snaidero Udine was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) scored 21 points and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 21+3reb+3ast, S.Bryan 14+6reb, A.Young 12+7reb+4ast, T.Slay 10+4reb, L.Lechthaler 6+1reb, M.Allegretti 6+3reb+3ast
Snaidero UD: J.Williams 15+9reb+1ast, G.Lee 14+3reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 10+3reb, R.Prandin 7+3reb+3ast, L.Dordei 6+8reb+2ast, D.Mathis 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 128175




SerieA Round 30: Montepaschi Siena win regular season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in SerieA just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Pesaro between third ranked Armani Milano (21-9) and tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (14-16) on Sunday night. Armani Milano was defeated by Scavolini Pesaro on the road 71-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 46-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Scavolini Pesaro made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Nicolo Melli (205-91) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Nigerian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Armani Milano. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Lottomatica. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (26-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (14-16) 83-73. Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bo Lester McCalebb chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champion clinched the first position with 26-4 record. Lottomatica Roma at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost.
Fifteenth-ranked Banca Tercas (10-20) were very close to win a game against eighth ranked CS Bologna (15-15) on Sunday. CS Bologna managed to secure only two-point victory 96-94. However their fans expected much easier game. Kennedy Winston notched 21 points to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Robert Fultz did not help to save the game for Banca Tercas. CS Bologna finished in the eighth place. Loser Banca Tercas keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost.
A very interesting game took place in Montegranaro. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-19) to fourteenth ranked Angelico Biella (11-19) 82-79 in the fight for the thirteenth place. The best player for the winners was Edgar Sosa who scored 23 points and 4 steals. Angelico Biella moved-up to thirteenth place.
The game between 16th ranked Enel Brindisi (8-22) and fourth ranked Air Avellino (17-13) in Brindisi on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Avellino outscored Enel Brindisi 112-68. It was a good game for Omar Thomas who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Air Avellino's coach Francesco Vitucci felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Air Avellino have an impressive five-game winning streak. They claimed the fourth position with 17-13 record. Enel Brindisi lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 30: Cimberio VA was beaten by Bennet Cantu on the road 75-66. Vanoli CR lost to Dinamo Sassari on its own court 82-88. Benetton TV managed to outperform Pepsi Caserta in Treviso 88-76.
The most impressive performance of 30th round was 28 points and 9 rebounds by Othello Hunter of Dinamo Sassari.


Bennet Cantu - Cimberio VA 75-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bennet Cantu (22-8) beat at home 6th ranked Cimberio Varese (15-15) 75-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Bennet Cantu forced 20 Cimberio Varese turnovers. It was a good game for Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (195-86) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 steals. Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) replied with 19 points and 5 steals and the former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) added 12 points in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Bennet Cantu maintains second position with 22-8 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Loser Cimberio Varese keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 19+2reb+2ast, G.Galanda 12+4reb+1ast, J.Talts 10+5reb+2ast, S.Serapinas 7+5reb+2ast, A.Righetti 7+4reb, R.Stipcevic 6+2reb+1ast
Bennet Cantu: M.Markoishvili 16+1reb+3ast, N.Mazzarino 13+4reb+2ast, B.Ortner 13+6reb, M.Green 9+4reb+2ast, J.Tabu 8+4reb+1ast, M.Leunen 6+8reb+5ast
gschID: 96263


Fabi Shoes - Angelico BI 79-82

A very interesting game took place in Montegranaro. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-19) to fourteenth ranked Angelico Biella (11-19) 82-79 in the fight for the thirteenth place. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 27-18 third quarter run of Angelico Biella. 24 personal fouls committed by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) who scored 23 points and 4 steals. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward P.J. Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) added 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively. Angelico Biella moved-up to thirteenth place.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: S.Ford 21+12reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 18+1reb+2ast, P.Tucker 12+10reb+4ast, D.Cavaliero 9+2reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 8+8reb, A.Maestranzi 6+2ast
Angelico BI: E.Sosa 23+3reb+3ast, A.Coleman 20+4reb, J.Viggiano 14+3reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 8+9reb+1ast, G.Jurak 6+6reb, M.Soragna 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 96264


Vanoli CR - Dinamo Sassari 82-88

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Vanoli-Braga (12-18) lost to ninth ranked Dinamo Sassari (15-15) in Cremona 82-88 on Sunday. Vanoli-Braga was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Dinamo Sassari, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) replied with 20 points and Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vanoli-Braga. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Sassari have a solid three-game winning streak. They finished the regular season in the sixth place in the ladder. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: A.Drozdov 20+4reb+2ast, M.Milic 18+5reb+2ast, J.Perkovic 16+7reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 14+9reb+1ast, M.Formenti 6+1reb, E.Rowland 5+5reb+5ast
Dinamo Sassari: O.Hunter 28+9reb+2ast, J.White 25+6reb+2ast, T.Diener 11+4reb+4ast, D.Tsaldaris 10+3ast, M.Vanuzzo 5+1reb, V.Plisnic 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 96265


Pepsi Caserta - Benetton TV 76-88

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Benetton Treviso (17-13) won against on the road 11th ranked Pepsi Caserta (12-18) 88-76 on Sunday. Pepsi Caserta was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Benetton Treviso especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Brian Skinner (207-76, college: Baylor) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Pepsi Caserta. Five Benetton Treviso and four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. Benetton Treviso have a solid three-game winning streak. They claimed the fifth overall place. Pepsi Caserta lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 18+1reb+1ast, J.Jones 15+11reb+3ast, E.Williams 15+14reb, F.Di Bella 10+3ast, L.Koszarek 7+1reb+4ast, M.Colussi 5+2reb
Benetton TV: D.Motiejunas 16+10reb, D.Smith 16+5reb+2ast, B.Skinner 15+13reb+3ast, A.Gentile 12+2reb+4ast, G.Brunner 10+3reb, M.Bulleri 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 96260


Enel Brindisi - Air AV 68-112

The game between 16th ranked Enel Brindisi (8-22) and fourth ranked Air Avellino (17-13) in Brindisi on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Avellino outscored Enel Brindisi 112-68. The game without a history. Air Avellino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Enel Brindisi's 42. Air Avellino forced 22 Enel Brindisi turnovers and had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Air Avellino's coach Francesco Vitucci felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Federico Pugi (206-85) replied with 14 points and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (200-82, college: Pepperdine) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Air Avellino have an impressive five-game winning streak. They clinched the fourth position with 17-13 record. Enel Brindisi lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 22 games lost.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: F.Pugi 14+4reb+1ast, G.Maresca 11+1reb, C.Jackson 10+4reb, A.Roberson 9+2reb, Y.Diawara 8+7reb, L.Infante 8+4reb+1ast
Air AV: S.Szewczyk 18+6reb, O.Thomas 16+5reb+4ast, A.Infanti 14, L.Johnson 13+5reb+1ast, R.Casoli 12+3reb+1ast, V.Spinelli 11+6reb+1ast
gschID: 96261


CS Bologna - Banca Tercas 96-94

Fifteenth-ranked Banca Tercas (10-20) were very close to win a game against eighth ranked CS Bologna (15-15) on Sunday. CS Bologna managed to secure only two-point victory 96-94. However their fans expected much easier game. Banca Tercas were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-23 charge of CS Bologna, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agency: Priority Sports) notched 21 points to lead the effort and the other American import swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) supported him with 16 points and 4 assists. Even 20 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by the former international guard Robert Fultz (190-82, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Banca Tercas. American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five CS Bologna and four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. CS Bologna finished in the eighth position. Loser Banca Tercas keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: R.Fultz 20+5ast, J.Davis 15+9reb+1ast, D.Diener 14+1reb+2ast, I.Zoroski 13+1reb+5ast, G.Boscagin 11+2ast, K.Fletcher 9+7reb+1ast
CS Bologna: K.Winston 21+2reb+2ast, G.Poeta 17+3ast, K.Rivers 16+4reb+4ast, V.Sanikidze 14+5reb+2ast, P.Koponen 13+2reb+2ast, J.Homan 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 96262


Scavolini PS - Armani MI 82-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Pesaro between third ranked Armani Milano (21-9) and tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (14-16) on Sunday night. Armani Milano was defeated by Scavolini Pesaro on the road 71-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 46-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Scavolini Pesaro made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Nicolo Melli (205-91) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Nigerian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Armani Milano. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to ninth place. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: M.Mordente 14+2reb, L.Greer 12+4ast, B.Eze 12+6reb+1ast, I.Jaaber 11+3reb+2ast, M.Petravicius 8+3reb, M.Rocca 6+10reb+1ast
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 23+6reb+1ast, N.Melli 17+5reb+1ast, A.Collins 15+2reb+3ast, G.Diaz 9+1reb+2ast, S.Flamini 8+2reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 6+7reb
gschID: 96258


Montepaschi - Lottomatica 83-73

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (26-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (14-16) 83-73. Lottomatica Roma was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Montepaschi Siena made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Defending champion won the regular season with 26-4 record. Lottomatica Roma at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: V.Dasic 17+7reb+1ast, A.Traore 14+6reb, L.Datome 12+1reb, C.Smith 11+5reb, L.Vitali 7+2reb+3ast, D.Washington 6+3reb+7ast
Montepaschi: B.Lester McCalebb 21+3reb+3ast, R.Kaukenas 19+6reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 9+5reb+1ast, P.Aradori 8, M.Rakovic 7+1reb+1ast, D.Moss 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 96259




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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 3 of Finals. VEF Riga are back in the lead - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Barons - Liepaja 71-81

Liepaja are 2-0 up on Barons in the Bronze medals series. They upset Barons on the road this time. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barons were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) helped adding 13 points and 4 assists. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Agnis Cavars (198-86) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Barons: A.Cavars 19+5reb+2ast, D.Willjam 15+5reb+8ast, I.Bankevics 13+5reb+2ast, M.Skirmants 9+8reb+1ast, K.Pishchalnikov 7+5reb, I.Bergmanis 6+2reb+1ast
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 24+2reb+3ast, A.Mitchell 15+1reb+2ast, M.Kravcenko 13+4reb+4ast, A.Ozols 9+8reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 6+9reb+1ast, M.Mejeris 6+3reb
gschID: 128030


FINAL
Ventspils - VEF Riga 85-90 OT

VEF RIga celebrated the second straight road win and surged ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 29-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-10. VEF Riga outrebounded Ventspils 41-24 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) helped adding 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) with 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: A.Vairogs 22+7reb+3ast, O.Efejuku 20+5reb+2ast, J.Strelnieks 14+1reb+3ast, B.Hunter 13+5reb+1ast, T.Carter 10+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 3+2reb
VEF Riga: B.Bakic 20+5reb+4ast, K.Berzins 19+4reb+1ast, S.Valters 14+3reb+2ast, D.Bertans 12+5reb+2ast, T.Cain 10+9reb+3ast, G.Jahovics 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 128031




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja15.7 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.3 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 8. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmie.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga7.9 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga7.6 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 5. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 6. Hunter, Ventspils7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.7 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
 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, Barons4.2 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Bertans, VEF Riga3.2 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Carter, Ventspils3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.7 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 6. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Hunter, Ventspils0.7 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga0.7 


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  NABL   


NABL announced Tyrone White as new Commissioner - by Gianni Pascucci
After the first and successful year for the league, the National Athletic Basketball League announced Tyrone White as the new leader of the NABL. White is a Portland area legendary player out of famed Jefferson High School. Tyrone who goes by 'Ty' is the current owner of the Portland Showtime and Troutdale All-Stars along with the duties of running the league. Nathan Mumm and Joe Becerra are the founders of the NABL with the first season of play in the 2010 season. This league is the first of its type with the creation of the first owner controlled minor basketball league that enables the owners to vote on all aspects of the business. The 2011 season is just around the corner and look forward to high action and great competition in the NABL for 2011 season.

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  NBA   


Bulls beat the Heat 103-82, take Game 1 of Eastern finals - by Eurobasket News
East
Chicago B. - Miami Heat 103-82
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) started Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals with a block, a rebound, an assist, a steal and a dunk. All in 41 seconds. The Miami Heat star then returned to mere mortal status. He'll need more if the Heat are to overcome the team play of the Chicago Bulls. Led by 28 points from Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) and 28 from the bench, the Bulls beat the Heat 103-82 on Sunday to win the opener of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 2 is here Wednesday. The teams were tied at halftime, but the Bulls took control with a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter for a lead then never surrendered. Their defense was spectacular. They held Miami's Big 3 to 63 points, almost six below their playoff average. James ended with 15 points (5-for-15 shooting), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 18 and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) got 30, his playoff high this season. 'Our defense just stayed consistent,' said Chicago's Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), who defended James and still scored 21 points. James 'just had an off night.' But the Bulls, the overall No. 1 seed and with the NBA's top defense, just proved too strong. After being outrebounded in the first quarter, the Bulls dominated the boards, finishing with a 45-33 rebounding edge. 'We took it on the chin,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'Second-chance points was a big factor and offensively we got away from things we normally do.' Deng was a force, hitting four three-pointers and adding seven rebounds, four steals and a block. 'We won 62 games. We know we're a good team,' he said. As the final minutes ticked away, fans chanted 'Over-rated!' and 'Beat the Heat!' Game 2 is Wednesday night in Chicago, and they'd be just fine with another performance like this. Rose settled down after committing three of his four turnovers in the opening minutes and showed why he is the MVP. He hit three three-pointers and the Bulls converted 10 of 21 in all. As for his apology? 'It was on me,' Rose said. 'Careless turnovers. You can't do that against this team. When they get into the open court, they're too dangerous. ... I'm the point guard. I've got to do way better.' He did just that after the early hiccup, particularly in the second half and hit some big shots down the stretch. Even so, this was no solo act. Deng hit four threes, had four steals, seven rebounds and simply put the clamps on The King. 'Definitely to guard a guy like that the whole defense has to stay focused,' Deng said. 'There were times we switched and times we forced him into the double. Our bigs were great at forcing him into the front.' Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) added 14 points and nine rebounds. Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had 14 rebounds and the Bulls pounded the Heat on the glass, 45-33, grabbing 19 on the offensive end while outscoring them 31-8 on second-chance points. 'You play defense. You play defense hard and the shot goes up and they get an offensive rebound, kick it out for a three or get a layup or a dunk,' James said. 'Those are demoralizing for a defensive team. We've got to figure out a way to clean that up.' 'Dwyane and LeBron are going to create a lot of attention,' Bosh said. 'This is a good defensive team. ... They're going to make them distributors. We have to look at where we fell short as a team for Game 1 and come back with a better approach.' The Heat were leading 58-57 midway through the third when the Bulls made their move, reeling off 10 in a row to seize the momentum. Rose and Bogans started it by nailing three-pointers. A steal by Bogans against Wade led to two free throws by Rose after he got knocked to the floor going for a fast-break layup. Then, after a timeout, Noah blocked a layup by Wade and scored seconds later on a layup off an inbounds along the Bulls' baseline, making it 67-58. The Heat's James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami, FL) ended the run with a 3, but the Bulls simply weren't about to be stopped. When Deng hit a three with 1:15 left to make it 72-63 with 1:15 remaining, the crowd jumped to its feet and let out a roar. More important, that started a 14-3 run that stretched into the fourth and put this one away. Whether it was Boozer feeding Omer Asik (7'0''-C-86) for a dunk early in the fourth or Deng racing in to put back his own missed jumper after a three by James, there was plenty for the Chicago fans to cheer during that stretch. They were loving it when Ronnie Brewer (6'7''-G-85, college: Arkansas) stole a pass from Mario Chalmers (FSY) and hit two free throws, then dunked to make it 80-66. And when C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) buried a three to put the lead at 17, they just about came unglued. For at least some Chicago fans, beating Miami to get to the NBA Finals would be sweet redemption after what happened during the summer. With enough salary-cap room for a pair of stars, the Bulls went after James, Wade and Bosh in the summer, hoping to land some combination of the two. You know the rest of that story. 'We felt like we could compete against anybody,' Noah said. 'This is just a really exciting situation right now. The position that we're in is unbelievable. We feel like we're not satisfied, have a long way to go. Nobody believed that we could be in this position right now. We're not worried about the praise. We're not worried about the criticism. We're just focused on what we need to do, and we believe in each other.' 'We took it on the chin tonight,' coach Erik Spoelstra said. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com




Durant, Thunder beat Griz to reach West finals - by Eurobasket News
West
Game 7: Oklahoma City Thunder - Memphis Grizzlies 105-90 (4-3)
Coming off his worst performance in the playoffs, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) couldn't get his shots to fall again. Then he caught a glimpse of his mother dancing around during a timeout and, like magic, the ball started going through the net. Durant scored 39 points for his best offensive outing of the series, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) had his first playoff triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 105-90 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 on Sunday. 'I knew she had those dance moves,' Durant said. 'She used to do it all the time when I was young. She was having fun. I was glad to see that.' Soon enough, he was having fun, too - and the Thunder are two-stepping into Texas for the franchise's first appearance in the West finals since losing in the NBA finals in 1996 as the Seattle SuperSonics. Game 1 against the Mavericks is Tuesday night in Dallas. Durant, the NBA scoring champion the past two seasons, followed the lowest-scoring game of his two postseason appearances with one of his best. He heated up in the second quarter after the entertaining exchange with his mother, put the Thunder in control late in the third, then put it away with a pair of two-handed slams in the fourth. 'Durant is a special player, one of the best players in the NBA,' said Memphis star Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.), who was limited to an inefficient 17 points and 10 rebounds. 'The kid is a gym-rat, he works hard. He's one of my favorite players. You've got to give him kudos and give him respect. 'You see what he does night in and night out and he's just relentless.' Westbrook, criticized throughout the playoffs for taking too many shots, was at his all-around best with 14 points, matching his season-high with 14 assists and producing extra possessions with 10 rebounds. It was only the fifth triple-double in a Game 7, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. Larry Bird, Jerry West, James Worthy and Scottie Pippen also accomplished the feat. 'He gets picked on a little bit, but one of the things (with) Russell, he keeps playing,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. 'He keeps improving, he keeps getting better and tonight he controlled the game.' Mike Conley scored 18 points to lead Memphis, which had never won a playoff game before this year and made a bid to become the first No. 8 seed to reach the West finals. 'We just believed we could play with anybody,' said Randolph, who had averaged 28.3 points and 14.7 rebounds in the Grizzlies' three wins in the series. 'We've been competing like this all year. We just wasn't seen nationally and a lot of people didn't know about us because weren't on TV a lot, but we've been playing good basketball all year and competing with the best teams.' James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) added four 3-pointers and 17 points for Oklahoma City, and Nick Collison (6'9''-F-80, college: Kansas) had 12 rebounds. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 14 for Memphis but couldn't provide the same amount of room for Randolph as he did after moving into the starting lineup in Game 6. It was the first Game 7 of the 2011 playoffs, and the first in the career for Durant and most other players on two of the NBA's rising teams. They were the two youngest rosters in the league at the start of last season, but have quickly become two of the best - just as some of the traditional powerhouses have declined. 'I think that age is kind of out the window now. Usually, you hear young franchise. Now, we've grown up together and we're getting better,' Westbrook said. 'I think as long as we continue to stay humble and continue to work and try to get better, this team's going to make that next jump.' The first jumps have been big ones for the Thunder - from 3-29 and headed for the worst season in NBA history after moving to Oklahoma City in 2008 to the West finals just 2 1/2 years later. Lionel Hollins pulled the Grizzlies' starters with just over 2 1/2 minutes left, after Durant hung on the rim and yelled after his second dunk of the closing minutes. Brooks followed at his next chance, with Durant calmly raising his right fist as he to the sidelines with the sellout crowd standing and roaring at its loudest. Fans started chanting 'We want Dallas!' in the final minute - already gearing up for series that'll be played along a stretch of Interstate 35 a little over 200 miles. Durant came out aggressive after scoring just 11 points on 3-for-14 shooting in Game 6. He put up nine shots in the opening quarter but made only two, with Memphis leading by as many as five in the early going. The Grizzlies then missed 18 of 23 shots over a stretch between the midway points of the first and second quarters. The Thunder took advantage with a 13-4 run to finish the first quarter with a 21-17 advantage, then extended their lead with the unexpected spark in the second. Arena camera crews caught Durant's mother pumping her fist in the air and dancing at her courtside seat during a timeout, and the scoring champ got a kick out of it from across the court. He came out and hit a jumper in the lane and his first 3-pointer from the right side during a 9-0 burst that gave Oklahoma City its first double-digit lead at 33-23. He also hit his next two shots - another 3 and a layup off a Westbrook alley-oop - to bump the lead up to 11 before Conley's 3-pointer got Memphis to 42-34 at halftime. Randolph led the Grizzlies back, and Conley's 3-pointer cut it to 52-49 with 4:52 left before Durant got going again. Durant provided eight points - including two 3-pointers - during a 14-2 response as the Thunder regained control. After his second 3, he ran screaming to the opposite end of the court and slapped hands with former Oklahoma City player Desmond Mason (6'6''-F-77, college: Oklahoma St.), who was seated courtside. Durant added a free throw after Hollins' technical foul, and the Thunder led 66-51 with 1:24 to go in the third. 'He brought the All-Star,' Memphis' Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) said. 'He pushed the turbo button on us today.' *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com




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 Heat26.5 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 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. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..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. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 8. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


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  NCAA2   


Harrison earns second straight Player of the Year award - by Eurobasket News
By Cory Guinn

North Greenville Universitys Paul Harrison (6'8''-F) (Alpharetta, GA) won his second straight NCAA Division II Independent Player of the Year honor on Friday, May 6, as announced by ICAA Director Mike Bond.

Harrisons Crusaders set a school record for wins and took home the D-II Independent team title, and NGU Head Coach Chad Lister was named the Independent Coach of the Year amongst NCAA Division II basketball institutions that include NGU, Central State University, Washington Adventist University, University of the District of Columbia, Oakland City University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Urbana University.

Harrison, a junior forward for the 22-7 Crusaders, earned his second straight Independent Player of the Year award after averaging team-highs of 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He shot 61.8% from the field for the Crusaders. As a freshman, Harrison was named the 2008-09 Independent Freshman of the Year after averaging 16 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest on 57.3% shooting.

Luke Lattimer (6'5''-F-89), a junior forward from South Bend, IN, was named to the NCAA D-II Independent Third Team after finishing the season second on the team with 10.2 points per game. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds per game and 1.3 points per game in gaining Third Team honors.

Chris Dean, a guard from Greer, S.C., also picked up a postseason award as he was selected to the NCAA D-II Independent All-Freshmen Team. In 27 games, Dean average 7 points per game on a solid 48.8% shooting from the floor. He also shot 34.1% from beyond the arc and 86.4% from the free throw line to go along with 2.2 rebounds per game.

Coach Lister led the Crusaders to a school record for wins in his 9th season. He has increased the number of wins in 7 of his 9 seasons at the helm, and his squad outscored their opponents by more than 13 points per game this season on 49.9% shooting. The 2010-11 season was the Crusaders last as an NCAA D-II Independent, as they are set to join Conference Carolinas next season.

Below are the final standings, along with all of the 2010-11 NCAA D-II Mens Basketball All-Independent Team selections.

2010-11 Mens Basketball Final Standings

1. North Greenville University (22-7, .759)

2. Oakland City University (20-12, .625)

3. Central State University (14-12, .538)

4. Palm Beach Atlantic University (12-13, .480)

5. University of the District of Columbia (11-15, .423)

6. Washington Adventist University (10-18, .357)

7. Urbana University (9-17, .346)

2010-11 NCAA D-II ALL-INDEPENDENT MENS BASKETBALL TEAM

Coach of the Year Chad Lister North Greenville

Player of the Year Paul Harrison North Greenville

Freshman of the Year Yancey Duckett (6'4''-G) Oakland City

FIRST TEAM

Nigel Munson (6'2''-G) Univ. of D.C.^ JR G Washington D.C.

Brandon Herbert (6'0''-G) - Univ. of D.C. JR G Baltimore, Maryland

Rob Wilson Urbana SO F Streetsboro, Ohio

Paul Harrison North Greenville!! JR F Alpharetta, Georgia

Greg Rice (6'4''-G) Central State JR F Covington, Kentucky

SECOND TEAM

Wesley Jones (6'1''-G) Central State SR G Maysville, Kentucky

Jonathan Lawrence (6'2''-G-88) Palm Beach Atlantic SR G Miami Gardens, Florida

Jared Maners (6'1''-G) Oakland City! SR G Spencer, Indiana

Jamie Newton (5'5''-G) Washington Adventist SR G Laurel, Maryland

David Wood (6'2''-G-86) Palm Beach Atlantic SR G Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

THIRD TEAM

Gerald Campbell (6'5''-F) Central State JR F Gary, Indiana

Luke Lattimer North Greenville JR F South Bend, Indiana

Khalid Martin Washington Adventist^ SR F Washington D.C.

Sharif Muhammad Jr. Urbana JR F Brooklyn, New York

Eric Peguero Washington Adventist SR G Silver Spring, Maryland

! Past First Team Selections

# - Past Second Team Selections

^ - Past Third Team Selections

ALL-FRESHMEN TEAM

Philip Izevbehai Univ. of D.C. FR G Long Island, New York

Ziad Ashmawy Univ. of D.C. FR F Cairo, Egypt

Chris Dean North Greenville FR G Greer, South Carolina

Yancey Duckett Oakland City FR G Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Billy Newton Oakland City FR F Centerpoint, Indiana
Courtesy of: http://www.ngcrusaders.com


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  NCAA3   


Cal Set For European Tour this Summer - by Eurobasket News
BERKELEY -

The 2011-12 regular season doesn't begin until November, but the California men's basketball team will hit the court for five early games when the Golden Bears take a 10-day European tour in August. Cal's schedule includes visits to Sweden, Norway and Denmark and contests against the Norwegian and Danish National teams.

All of the funds to pay for the trip have been raised through private donations within the Cal basketball community.

'You're allowed a trip every four years by NCAA rule,' Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said. 'We saved it for this year because we lost just one player, and all of our incoming players and our redshirts from last year will be eligible to go. It's the best opportunity to gain some experience, heading into a year that we're really excited about. Over the years, it's proven to be a tremendous opportunity for kids to grow as a team, so we wanted to take advantage of this.'

After arriving in Stockholm, Sweden, on Aug. 13, Cal will play the Solna Vikings on Aug. 14 and Uppsala on Aug. 15. Following the two games in Sweden, the Bears will then bus to Oslo, Norway, and face off against the Norwegian National team on Aug. 17. The next day, Cal will hop on a boat and venture to Copenhagen, Denmark, where the Bears will play the Danish National team on Aug. 20 and 21 before returning to the United States on Aug. 22.

Besides the basketball games, the team has planned sightseeing tours of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. While in Stockholm, the Bears will visit the Vasa Museum, which exhibits a warship that sunk in 1628 and was recovered in 2009, and in Denmark, the Tivoli Amusement Park.

Cal's last two overseas trips have resulted in NCAA Tournament appearances the following seasons. The Bears went to France and Italy in 1996, then reached the Sweet 16 in 1997. Cal also traveled to Italy in 2005 before earning a tournament berth in '06.

The Bears are coming off an 18-15 season in 2010-11 that saw them advance to the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. After being picked to finish seventh in the conference, Cal tied for fourth in the Pac-10.

The Bears return four starters, led by first-team All-Pac-10 selection and team MVP Jorge Gutierrez, who paced the squad Cal with a scoring average of 14.6 ppg. Allen Crabbe, the 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, set the school's freshman record for three-pointers made (62). Senior forward Harper Kamp and junior guard Brandon Smith are also back. The Bears will welcome returning reserves Bak Bak, Nigel Carter (6'4''-G), Emerson Murray (6'3''-G), Jeff Powers (6'9''-G), Richard Solomon (6'8''-F) and Robert Thurman (6'10''-F), as well as 2010-11 redshirts Justin Cobbs and Alex Rossi (6'5''-F). Only center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, a senior last season, will not be in the '11-12 lineup.
Courtesy of: www.calbears.com


Crabbe, Solomon Invited to U.S. National Team Camp - by Eurobasket News
BERKELEY -

Allen Crabbe (6'4''-G) and Richard Solomon (6'8''-F) have been invited to attend USA Basketball's U-19 National team tryout camp from June 17-24 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Crabbe, the 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and Solomon are two of 17 players who were invited to the camp.
Click here to view the release from USA Basketball with the full list of players attending the camp.

The two Bears hope to be among the 12 players chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, which take place from June 30 to July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia. Selections for the team that will be coached by Syracuse's Jim Boeheim will be announced on June 19. Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett will also be on the staff.

Sixteen nations will battle for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship from June 30-July 10 in Latvia. The United States has been placed in Group D, along with China, Egypt and Serbia. The U.S. squad's preliminary round slate opens with a June 30 contest against Egypt, followed by Serbia on July 1, and concludes on July 2 vs. China. The top three teams from each preliminary group will qualify for the preliminary second round, while the fourth place teams will qualify for the classification round to determine 13th to 16th places.

Besides garnering the conference's freshman of the year honors, Crabbe was also an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection. He set the school's freshman record for three-pointers made with 62, and ranks on numerous Cal freshman lists including fifth in three-point percentage at 40 percent (62-155) and third in free throw percentage at 81 percent (72-88). Towards the end of last season, Crabbe boasted four straight 20-point games with the last one occurring against Ole Miss in the first round of the NIT (20 points), along with a season-high three steals. He registered a team-best 16.4 ppg in Pac-10 games and, in all games, finished third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 rpg. In the Bear's overtime win over Washington State on Jan. 13, Crabbe secured a career-high 30 points.

Cal's biggest contributor off the bench last season, Solomon started both NIT games after Markhuri Sanders-Frison went down with a separated shoulder. In the first-round game against Ole Miss, Solomon tallied a game-high and season-high tying 10 rebounds. He secured his first career double-double against Hartford (10 points, 10 rebounds), along with a personal-best three blocks. He produced his season high of 14 points (shooting a clean 5-for-5 from the field) against Washington, also registering a personal-best three assists. Solomon's 27 blocks on the year led the Bears.
Courtesy of: www.calbears.com




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  NEW ZEALAND   


Hudson number one in New Zealand for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Darryl Hudson (196-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Manawatu J., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (38 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Nelson G. (#7, 1-4) 95-94. Thanks to this victory Manawatu J. moved-up to the 4th position in the New Zealand NBL. Manawatu J. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game Hudson had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Manawatu J., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Howard University star has very solid stats this year. Hudson is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Hudson is in league's top in and averages impressive 52.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old New Zealand center Alex Pledger (216-C-87) of Waikato P.. Pledger had a very good evening with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Of course he lead Waikato P. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Southland S. (#6, 2-4) 102-69. This victory allowed Waikato P. to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Pledger is a newcomer at Waikato P., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.3ppg (#7). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Fiji forward Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of Nelson G. (#7). Vukona showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Vukona's great performance Nelson G. lost 94-95 to the higher-ranked Manawatu J. (#4, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Nelson G. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vukona he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vukona has individually a great season in New Zealand. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.0rpg (#1 in league). Mika Vukona has also New Zealand passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerry Smith (185-G-87) of Waikato P. - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Sylvester Spicer (198-F-86) of Southland S. - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J. - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J. - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sylvester Spicer (198-F-86) of Southland S. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87) of Waikato P. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  OMAN   


Banijas edge Ahli Sadab in UAE - by Eurobasket News
Banijas - Ahli Sadab 84:71

Banijas opened the Arab Club Championship with victory. The UAE side held off Ahli Sadab of Oman in Group B opener. Banijas dominated the game from start to finish. They recorded a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame as Banijas piled up a 10-point advantage at halftime. Banijas continued their dominance in the second half. They stretched the margin to as many as 17 points with one quarter to go. Ahli Sadab had little to answer with and had to surrender at the end. Scott Williams (C) provided 20 points and 16 boards for Banijas. Darrel Pitterfield contributed 19 points, while Talal Salem (185-G-88) and Ibrahim Khalfan (181-F-79) finished with 13 points apiece in the loss. Chris Thompson (196-G-85, college: Langston) (198-F-82, college: S.Indiana) replied with 26 points for Ahli Sadab. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Banijas: Scott Williams 20+16 boards, Talal Salem 13, Ibrahim Khalfan 13
Ahli Sadab: Chris Thompson 26, Malcolm Battles 17



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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PORTUGAL   


LPB Round 2 of Finals. Porto Ferpinta cruise past Benfica - by Eurobasket News
Porto Ferpinta - Benfica 93-60

Porto drubbed Benfica for the second straight win. The game without a history. FC Porto Ferpinta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Porto Ferpinta forced 21 Benfica turnovers. FC Porto Ferpinta looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Benfica's players. American forward Julian Terrell (206-84, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four FC Porto Ferpinta players scored in double figures. International forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Elvis Evora (205-78) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: J.Terrell 18+8reb+1ast, C.Andrade 16+5reb+3ast, S.Ogirri 14+2reb+3ast, J.Costa 10+1reb+3ast, G.Stempin 9+7reb+6ast, N.Marcal 8+3reb+1ast
Benfica: S.Ramos 11+5reb, H.Evans 10+8reb+2ast, E.Evora 9+6reb+1ast, M.Minhava 8+8reb, G.Jenkins 8+6reb, B.Reed 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 128408




Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampa.
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Samp.21.0 
 2. Curnell, Barreiren.20.1 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 4. Eddie, Academica18.2 
 5. Shaw, Academica18.0 
 6. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 7. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 8. Goode, Penafiel17.4 
 9. Crutchfield, Illia.17.4 
 10. Cortez, Ovarense16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.1 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.0 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.8 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Curnell, Barreiren.8.5 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.8.4 
 10. Harris, Illiabum8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.9 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 4. Minhava, Benfica4.9 
 5. Reveles, Ginasio4.9 
 6. Silva, CAB4.6 
 7. Simoes, Academica4.5 
 8. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreiren.3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.7 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.6 
 4. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 5. Silva, CAB2.5 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 8. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 9. Holland, Academica1.9 
 10. Almeida, Penafiel1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitan.3.8 
 2. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 4. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 7. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Austin, Vitoria SC0.9 


Proliga Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Barcelos enter Finals - by Eurobasket News
Fisica - Barcelos 45-47

Barcelos reached Proliga Finals beating Fisica on the road in thriller. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 12-5. But Fisica won second period 14-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barcelos dominated on the defensive end, holding Fisica to just 4 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-F-79) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 13 rebounds and guard Tiago Barreiro (187-83) who added 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Guinea-Bissau center Anastacio Sami (207-76) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Cape Verdean guard Braima Freire (188-82) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Fisica: A.Sami 18+11reb+1ast, B.Freire 8+5reb+2ast, C.Dias 8+2reb+3ast, A.Cordeiro 6+7reb, M.Salvador 5+5reb+3ast, J.Underwood 0+4reb+1ast
Barcelos: N.Pedroso 13+5reb, P.Silva 9+13reb, T.Barreiro 9+7reb+3ast, C.Fechas 8+7reb+4ast, J.Moreira 7+2reb+1ast, P.Antonio 1+6reb
gschID: 128479




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  PUERTO RICO   


Jim Cleamons candidate for National Team job - by Eurobasket News
Jim Cleamons may guide Puerto Rican National Team. At least the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation started talks with the specialist about the position. Jim Cleamons worked as an assistant coach in the Los Angeles Lakers for the last four seasons. Jim Cleamons also worked as head coach with the Dallas Mavericks back in 1996/98 seasons. Jim Cleamons will visit Puerto Rico next week. He will discuss the offer with the federation officials and will visit BSN League game. The federation began looking for head coach after Rick Pitino had to refuse the job following the complications related to his NCAA work with the Louisville Cardinals. Sergio Hernandez , Eric Musselman and Moncho Monsalve were mentioned as possible candidates for the position. Dave Odom has already visited Puerto Rico discussing the job. Puerto Rico will play at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina this year with a chance to qualify for 2012 London Olympics.


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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Polite.
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.5 
 2. Hannah, Miercure.21.2 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.5 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.4 
 5. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 7. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simms, Craiova11.0 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.10.5 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.2 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.8 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.8 
 9. Carutasu, Steaua7.7 
 10. Eichelberger, Pit.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.2 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.1 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 3. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 4. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti1.9 
 9. Eichelberger, Pite.1.9 
 10. Dawson, Polite.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 6. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 
 10. Burlacu, Ploiesti0.9 


Ploiesti tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News
Ploiesti - U.Mobitel.CN 82-69

Ploiesti tied the Final series over U.Mobitel.CN at 1-1. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ploiesti looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jason Westrol (191-88, college: Bentley, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 19 points in the effort for U-Mobitelco.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: K.Ford 20+5reb, C.Burlacu 16+9reb+3ast, J.Westrol 16+5reb+7ast, Q.Calhoun 10+5reb+2ast, D.Mack 8+2reb+5ast, L.Szijarto 4+2reb+2ast
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 19+2reb+1ast, K.Dykes 16+2reb, Z.Krstanovic 16+6reb+1ast, B.Cuic 9+7reb+3ast, S.Thomson 4+1ast, P.Chetreanu 3
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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. McKee, Triumph19.9 
 2. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 3. Lampe, Unics17.2 
 4. Baxter, Enisey16.9 
 5. Domercant, Spart.16.8 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo15.9 
 7. Williams, Enisey15.1 
 8. Labovic, Enisey14.5 
 9. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.1 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.2 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA6.9 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.8 
 5. Beverley, Spart.6.6 
 6. Monya, Khimky6.4 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv6.3 
 8. Brezec, Krasnie6.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.0 
 10. Papadopoulos, Khi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, Enisey7.0 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie6.0 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.5 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.7 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.3 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.4 
 9. McKee, Triumph3.4 
 10. Holden, CSKA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beverley, Spart.1.9 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. McKee, Triumph1.8 
 4. Bremer, Krasnie1.6 
 5. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 6. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.4 
 7. Domercant, Spart.1.4 
 8. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 9. Pashutin, Unics1.4 
 10. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sasha KAUN
  CSKA
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 2. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 4. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 5. Varlamov, Triumph1.0 
 6. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 7. Likhodey, Triumph0.9 
 8. Antonov, N.Novgor.0.9 
 9. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 10. Rizvic, Unics0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 20-6 
 2. Khimky 16-8 
 3. CSKA 16-9 
 4. Lokomotiv 16-9 
 5. Spartak SP 16-10 
 6. Enisey 12-14 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 10-16 
 8. N.Novgorod 9-17 
 9. Dynamo 8-17 
 10. Triumph 4-21 


Ural and Spartak Primorye won SuperLeague Semifinals openers - by Eurobasket News
Ural and Spartak Primorye won the Semifinals openers.Ural overcame Surgut 93:83 in Ekaterinburg. The hosts opened the game with 24-23 lead in the first period and added 23-19 in the second frame. Moreover they produced the same 23-19 in the third stanza and finished the game with 23-22 to win the opener of the Semifinals. Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) stepped up with 18 points and Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) netted 17. Lepoevic replied with 22 points in the losing effort.
Spartak Primorye won over Ruskon Saransk 86:74 and will have better chances to advance to the Finals at home. Saransk however started better and grabbed 25-19 in the first period. In the second frame the guests replied with 24-19 and then won the third and the last quarters respectively. Sergey Chernov (189-G-86) erupted with 39 points for the winners and Zagnoyko posted 12. Anton Ageev (195-G-84) scored 23 points for the home side.
Games 2 are scheduled for may 19th.




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Superleague: Mile Ilic gets MVP of Round 12 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for FMP Zeleznik Beograd and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 26-year old center had the game-high 32 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for FMP in his team's victory, helping them to beat Metalac (#6, 4-8) 86-76. FMP maintains the 5th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina A League. FMP is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 12 games. It was one of impressive evenings for Ilic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mile Ilic averages this season 10.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Marko Ljubicic (197-F-87) of Vujic Metalac Valjevo. Ljubicic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Metalac lost that game 76-86 to slightly higher-ranked FMP (#5, 5-7). Metalac managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Ljubicic is a newcomer at Metalac and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Uros Lucic (207-C-83) of Beograd (#7). Lucic scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Beograd, leading his team to a 85-78 win against slightly lower-ranked Mega Vizura (#8, 3-9). The chances of Beograd not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lucic could try to bring Beograd's a little bit higher in the standings. Lucic has a very solid season. In 21 games in Serbia he scored 12.0ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points and 6 rebounds
5. Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87) of Beograd - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) of Crvena Zvezda - 10 points and 11 rebounds
7. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87) of Partizan - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
8. James Gist (203-F-86) of Partizan - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Radnicki - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vasilije Micic (192-G-94) of Mega Vizura - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Dalibor Djapa gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Telemach League (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84, agency: Alti Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old power forward had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds for Geoplin Slovan in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Elektra (#7, 2-10) 77-74. Geoplin Slovan maintains the 5th position in Slovenian Telemach League. Geoplin Slovan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 7th lost game this season out of 12 games. In the team's last game Djapa had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Geoplin Slovan's top player in his first season with the team. Djapa has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old center Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) of Elektra Esotech. Nuhanovic impressed basketball fans with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Elektra was edged by slightly higher-ranked Geoplin Slovan (#5, 5-7) 77-74. Elektra is still in a red zone at 7th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Elektra managed to get this Second Stage. Nuhanovic is a newcomer at Elektra and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.4ppg (#8). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of top-ranked Krka. Ikonic scored 26 points. He was a key player of Krka, leading his team to a 95-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Polzela (#6, 4-8). Krka have amazing season winning all 12 games without a single defeat. Ikonic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Ikonic has a very solid season. In 12 games in Slovenia he scored 11.5ppg. He also has FGP: 58.3% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alen Omic (213-C-92) of Zlatorog - 15 points and 9 rebounds
5. Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of Helios - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aloysius Anagonye (203-F-81) of Union Olimpija - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80) of Union Olimpija - 14 points and 4 rebounds
8. Grega Mali (197-G-84) of Helios - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Bojan Krivec (188-G-87) of Krka - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Krka - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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


Olimpija and Helios secures final play-off spots - by Zeljko Zule
The final two spots in the semi-finals go to Olimpija and Helios. Olimpija defeated Zlatorog 70-55 in Telemach Superleague Round 12 and Helios beat Maribor 67-53. Krka crushed Hopsi 95-64 while Slovan need overtime to beat Elektra 77-74.
Zlatorog-Olimpija 55-70: Olimpija never trailed and got their first double-digit lead at 18-8 early in the second quarter. Vlado Ilievski finished with 14 points and Kenny Gregory and Marko Markota added both 10. Zlatorog shot just 18-of-52 from the field, including 2-of-16 behinf the 3-point line. Junior Alen Omic (213-C-92) caught fire in the second half, scoring all of his 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 3 blocks in just 19 minutes.
Krka-Hopsi 95-64: The home team went on a 12-0 run spanning halftime to take a lead 51-37 and outscored Hopsi by 27 in the second half. Goran Ikonic scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half time, Smiljan Pavic and Bojan Krivec added 13 points each, Edo Muric and Jure Balazic had 10 points apiece. Dusan Djordjevic handed out 9 assists. Hopsi was led by Denis Vrsaljko and his 17 points, Igor Mijajlovic ahd 12 points and 6 assists, Andrej Podvrsnik scored 11 points and Primoz Kobale added 10.
Maribor-Helios 53-67: Helios trailed just at 0-2 and made a 11-2 run to go ahead 32-21. Their lead never dipped below 9 points for the remainder of the contest. Grega Mali netted 20 poiints, Benjamin Raymond 19 and Marko Lekic 10. For Maribor, Jure Brolih and Mario Leskovar both scored 10 points.
Slovan-Elektra 77-74 OT: Dalibor Djapa made a pair of free throws to give Slovan lead 68-66 with 0:06 remaining. Boris Jersin missed potential game-winning 3-pointer, but Sinisa Bilic grabbed offensive rebound and score a layup to send the game into overtime. Slovan scored six straight points in the extra period to take a lead 76-71 with 0:44 remaining. Dalibor Djapa finished with 30 points and 9 rebounda and Uros Zadnik added 12 points. Elektra was led by Sinisa Bilic with 18 points, Salih Nuhanovic had 18 points and 9 rebounds and Brane Lekic added 10 points.



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Hur Jae ready for off-season journey - by Jerry Lee
The first time Jeonju KCC Egis head coach Hur Jae guided the Korean national team in international competition back in 2009, things didnt go so well.

Korea finished 7th at the 2009 FIBA Asia Basketball Championship, its worst showing in tournament history.

But having led his Egis to its second KBL title this year - the first came under Hur Jae in the 2008-2009 season - Hur Jae was again named the national teams coach last Tuesday and will be looking for a better result this time around, even a 2012 Olympics berth, no matter how unlikely.

I am really pressured because I failed two years ago.

But I will examine the reason why my team failed and capture the Olympic ticket to London. I really want to do well this time.

But to earn a pass to the 2012 Olympics, Hur Jae will have to guide his team through a tight gauntlet of a schedule - his busiest off-season coaching schedule since he started as coach in 2005, he says - until September, when the domestic league starts up again and he has to continue coaching the Egis.

Hur Jae already announced the 12-man roster for the East Asia Basketball Championship next month in Nanjing, China.

And if Korea finishes fourth or better, the team will earn a berth at the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship in September.

But before that, Hur Jae will enter his team in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan to get them ready for the heavyweights theyll face at the FIBA event in Wuhan, China.

Only the winner of the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship gets a ticket to London.

The 42-year-old coach only got a short break after the KBL season ended about a month ago before taking the helm of the national team.

But he did get what most would consider rest - greeting fans and friends, spending time with family.

After the final series, I was busy saying thank you to all the people I know, Hur Jae said. But I was never tired, it felt like I ate wild ginseng [for my energy].

Good thing then that Hur Jae feels energetic, even during rest, because after September, Hur Jae will end his duties as national team coach and immediately head back to Jeonju to work with the Egis just 20 days before the next KBL season begins.

And when the season starts, he may end up working until next April.

[I know] its not easy to coach both the national team and my professional team, Hur Jae said. I think I will miss most of the Egis preseason training.

But Hur Jae is confident he can do both jobs well, acknowledging that his long off-season journey has just begun.

This is the beginning, I will not have time to rest for a year, Hur Jae said. I am concerned, but I cant turn back now.




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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.6 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.4 
 3. Fitch, Unicaja16.0 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.15.2 
 5. English, DKV J.15.1 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.15.0 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estu.14.5 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.3 
 9. Martinez, Valencia14.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.4 
 7. Wallace, Gran Cana.6.2 
 8. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
 9. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.1 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 6. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid4.0 
 8. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 10. Prigioni, Real Ma.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 5. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Van Lacke, Vallado.1.6 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Menorca1.6 
 10. Davis, Cajasol1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Majstorovic, Manre.1.1 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Slaughter, Vallado.1.1 
 10. Savane, Gran C.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzons.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzon.23.0 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga20.2 
 3. Buckman, Antalya19.6 
 4. Henderson, Antalya19.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka18.8 
 6. Seibutis, Olin Edi.18.6 
 7. Kemp, Besiktas17.9 
 8. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 9. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 10. Barbour, Erdemir17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.3 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.2 
 3. Wesson, Turk T.9.2 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault9.0 
 5. Buckman, Antalya9.0 
 6. Ffriend, Bornova8.7 
 7. Samardjiski, Olin8.7 
 8. Hall, Erdemir8.4 
 9. Smith, Bornova7.9 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.2 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka6.0 
 3. Conroy, Oyak R.5.9 
 4. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 5. Chatman, Besiktas5.1 
 6. Henderson, Antalya4.7 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.6 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.4 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.3 
 10. Tunceri, Efes Pil.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYS
  Oyak Renault
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.2 
 3. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renau.2.1 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka1.9 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 9. Rowe, Tofas1.6 
 10. Guler, Antalya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Turk T.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 2. Samardjiski, Olin1.6 
 3. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 5. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.1 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault1.0 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 8. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 
 9. Davis, Banvit0.9 
 10. Savas, Fener.Ulker0.8 


Beko Basketball League playoffs: Fenerbahce Ulker secures semi-finals with swapping away Antalya BSB - by Pervin Elgin
In the Beko Basketball League quarter-final playoffs series Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team won their second match against Antalya BSB: 79-90. Ulker started the match leading the best-of five series 2-0. With the win they made it 3-0 and secured a place in the semi-finals.

In the first period, the battle started with mutual baskets by Marko Tomas and Gerry Henderson. Contributions of Roko Ukic, Kaya Peker and Darjus Lavrinovic resulted in a 8-11 lead for Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team. After some more mutal baskets, Antalya BSB representatives J.E. Prince and Gerry Henderson balanced the scores and completed the first period with 20-20.

The second period began with a three point score by Omer Onan, bringing the score to 20-23. The jacked attack and defense of Oguz Savas and the contributions from Emir Preldzic made Ulker a true attack force. With the input of a three-point score by Sarunas Jasikevicius at the end of the half Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team went to the locker room leading 39-50.

Gameplay resumed after the break with mutual baskets from both teams. After that, Antalya made a series of baskets before Sarunas Jasikevicius broke the silence of Fenerbahce. Emir Preldzic and Omer Onan's scores within 28 minutes ended the third period with a margin of seven points in favour of the Istanbul team: 55-62.

In the last ten minutes, Ulker started off with scores of Oguz Savas and Emir Preldzic. The three points score of Sarunas Jasikevicius raised the difference to 57-68. The Fenerbahce Basketball Team did not give away the control thanks to a big contribution of Sarunas Jasikevicius in the next minutes. With 38 minutes played, Ulker had raised the score to 73-82 and eventually won the battle with a 79-90 victory. In the semi finals, Ulker will face the winner of the Efes Pilsen Pinar Karsiyaka battle.




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Matchups For 2011 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Announced - by David Edole
Release courtesy Basketball Travelers

The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament directors released the 2011 mens basketball tournament field and bracket today. The eight NCAA division I mens basketball teams participating in the 12th annual event include Marquette, Mississippi, Virginia, Drexel, Drake, TCU, Winthrop and Norfolk State . The tournament is held annually in November at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.

Two of this years tournament entrants, Marquette and Mississippi, earned berths to post season tournaments in March. Marquette, the only tournament participant to reach the NCAA tournament, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to North Carolina. Mississippi was invited to participate in the NIT. The Rebels fell to California in the first round. Although these two post-season tournament-hardened squads bring high expectations to the islands this November, they will be hard-pressed by the other six teams also seeking early season success, making the Paradise Jam one of the most competitive, neutral-court, early-season tournaments in America.

The 2011 field also includes a two schools returning to the island for the Paradise Jam. Winthrop is the first two time alumnae of the Paradise Jam, placing 3rd in 2004 and as runner-up in 2007. Norfolk State finished 6th in the 2005 Paradise Jam.

For the first time in 2011, the Paradise Jam will kick off with two opening round games on the mainland. In the first game Marquette will host Norfolk State on November 14, 2011 (time TBD). The next night Winthrop will travel to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers in a 7:00 PM EDT matchup.

Action in the US Virgin Islands will tip off November 18 with Norfolk State playing Drexel at 2:00 pm, followed by Drake vs Mississippi at 4:30 pm, TCU vs. Virginia at 7:00 PM and Winthrop battling Marquette at 9:30 PM. Games in the US Virgin Islands use Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time). Two games will be played daily on November 19 (losing teams from Nov. 18th) and two more on November 20th (winning teams from Nov. 18th). The games on November 19th will be at 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM, followed at 9:30 PM by a local game pitting the University of the Virgin Islands against a university team from Puerto Rico. The winners bracket games on November 20th will be played at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. The final day of competition on November 21 will be structured similar to the first day, with game times set for 2:00 pm (7th & 8th place), 4:30 pm (4th & 6th place), and 7:00 pm (3rd & 5th place) with the championship game at 9:30 pm. Games in the USVI will be played at the state-of-the-art University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.




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  UBA   


Kentucky Pro Am Provides Good Overseas Exposure - by Travis McAvene
The 2011 Kentuckiana Pro Am Tournament/Camp will be held July 7-10. The 17th annual event will be held in Owensboro, Kentucky. You can enter as a team or individual. The KPA is set up to provide professional exposure to players, as well as provide a competitive summer league environment. Several players over the past 16 years have gone on to very good European careers based on their particiapation in the KPA. Complete entry info can be found at www.kyproam.com

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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 25-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 18-7 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 12-11 
 4. Aviastar 11-14 
 5. Dynamo DN 11-15 
 6. Kremen-KNU 8-17 
 7. Vinnitsky Zubry 7-16 
 8. Pulsar 7-18 
Places 9-13
 1. KTU Krivyi Rih 11-2 
 2. Koksokh-Stal 10-4 
 3. Striba 7-7 
 4. Sportlitsey 7-7 
 5. Ternopil 0-15 


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Banijas edge Ahli Sadab in UAE - by Eurobasket News
Banijas - Ahli Sadab 84:71

Banijas opened the Arab Club Championship with victory. The UAE side held off Ahli Sadab of Oman in Group B opener. Banijas dominated the game from start to finish. They recorded a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Things did not change in the second frame as Banijas piled up a 10-point advantage at halftime. Banijas continued their dominance in the second half. They stretched the margin to as many as 17 points with one quarter to go. Ahli Sadab had little to answer with and had to surrender at the end. Scott Williams (C) provided 20 points and 16 boards for Banijas. Darrel Pitterfield contributed 19 points, while Talal Salem (185-G-88) and Ibrahim Khalfan (181-F-79) finished with 13 points apiece in the loss. Chris Thompson (196-G-85, college: Langston) (198-F-82, college: S.Indiana) replied with 26 points for Ahli Sadab. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 17 points in the loss.

Banijas: Scott Williams 20+16 boards, Talal Salem 13, Ibrahim Khalfan 13
Ahli Sadab: Chris Thompson 26, Malcolm Battles 17



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  URUGUAY   


Goes took the Metro lead - by Hector Lopez
Goes took the lead for the Metro league, with a 7-1 record, after beating Urunday Universitario 77-66, during a game that was postponed during the 7th round.
Gonzalo Caneiro (181-G-71) with 19 points and Federico Haller (198-F-88) with 17 and 14 rebounds were the leaders for Goes, a team which is playing without an import player. For Urunday Universitario Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) scored 25 points, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WSBL: Willetton and Perry Lakes set for top-of-the-table clash - by Eurobasket News
Title favourites Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers and Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks meet in a critical round nine women's State Basketball League clash on Friday.

Willetton leads the league with a 10-1 record but suffered its first loss of the season last weekend and could be vulnerable against the Hawks, who sit in second spot after winning their last seven games.

The two sides also met in last year's Grand Final, where the Tigers comfortably prevailed, and Perry Lakes will be out for revenge at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Perry Lakes also faces Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars, who climbed up to sixth spot after winning consecutive games for the first time this season last weekend.

Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves and Mandurah Magic will be looking to consolidate their top four spot when they play on Saturday.

The Magic have won three of their last four to overtake the Wolves for third spot, while Wanneroo has lost three of its previous four games and will be desperate to get back on track.

Australian Central East Perth Eagles will be high on confidence after beating Willetton last week and will be hoping to continue their momentum when they battle Lakeside Lightning.

The Eagles could move into the top four if they beat the Lightning, who sit outside the top eight after Perry Lakes ended their three-game winning streak last week.

Western Stainless Stirling Senators' finals hopes were dented with losses of three of their last four and they'll be looking to get back on track when they meet Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The Suns, who are in seventh spot, also meet winless side Rockingham Flames, who lost their two games last week by an average 68-point margin.

Southwest Slammers have lost eight straight but will be confident of beating Rockingham for the second time this season.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL


QBL: A new Page for Bears - by Eurobasket News
BUNDABERG Bears will take to the courts of WIN Stadium in tomorrows clash against Gold Coast Rollers with three new high-profile players.

New Bears coach Dean Page will be in command of a vastly different arsenal than he had in the opening round of the Queensland Basketball League competition.

American import Yvonne Turner will return to the Bears fray after competing in the German national league during the Australian off-season and will be joined by new American college basketball recruits Stacey Howard (182-F-89) and Alice Honnery.

The Australian-born college basketballers are expected to add considerable muscle to the Bears outfit having finished seasons with Alabama College and University of Mobile respectively.

Page said it would be a completely different team that runs on against Rollers in tomorrows clash.

This is going to boost the team substantially, he said.

Theyre a talented bunch and I know theyre rearing to go and make their mark on the season.

Turner was the Bears highest point scorer last season with an average of 22 points a game.

Honnery stands at 188cm and is expected to boost the inside presence of the team and increase its scoring opportunities.

The hard-running Howard will slot into a guard forward position.

Page has come out of a three-year coaching retirement to take the helm of the team.

The experienced Queensland Basketball League coach said he expected 2011 to be a big year for the Bears.

He only began with the team three weeks ago but said after a late start, the season ahead was beginning to look promising.

Weve had a bit of a slow beginning but were starting to look very good, he said.

The girls showed they were capable of playing very good basketball last week and now its a matter of building on those foundations and ironing out a few flaws.

The match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the Bundaberg Bulls match against Gold Coast Rollers.

Coach Adam Curran said his team was feeling confident after a pleasing week in training.

Its going to be a tough game but the guys are ready for it and theyre keen to get out there and show what they can do, he said

The Bundaberg Bears will play Gold Coast Rollers at WIN Stadium at noon tomorrow.

The Bundaberg Bulls will play at 2pm.
Courtesy of: QBL




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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgarian NT extended roster for the Additional Qualifiers for Eurobasket 2011 - by Maria Mitzova
Extended roster
Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87)
Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU)
Daniela Peteva (179-F-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas)
Zoya Stanoeva (182-F-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza)
Elena Yankova (180-F-86)
Roksana Yordanova (184-G-84)
Daniela Georgieva (179-F-86)
Hristina Ivanova (183-F-89)
Maria Zhelyazkova (181-F-86, agency: Promotex)
Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88)
Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88)
Stefka Miteva (190-C-89)
Veselka Todorova (192-C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas)
Aleksandra Delcheva (202-C-87)
Lilyana Ilieva (191-C-88)

Training with the team
Polina Hadjiyankova (175-G-86, college: Iona)
Marieta Karchovska (171-G-86)
Kristina Peychinova (178-C-94)
Pamela Decheva (185-F-92)

Preparation schedule
April 20-May 12 - camp in Pravets
May 12-15 friendly games in Germany
May 16-18 camp in Sofia
May 19-22 friendly games in Serbia
May 23-26 camp in Rousse
June 3-8 Additional Qualifiers in Hungary



Bulgarian NT loses friendly games in Germany - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian NT suffered three losses in its first three friendly games, part of the preparations for the Additional Qualifiers for Eurobasket 2011. The team visited Germany for those matches and was defeated 52:67 in the first day, 60:64 on Saturday, and then 49:56 on Sunday.
Bulgarian squad was better in the first halves of all those games, but couldnt keep up the tempo, and that led to those losses.
Veselka Todorova (192-C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) was topscorer in the first game with 15 points, while Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) added 14. In the second and third game Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) had the most points 16 and 12 respectively, and Dimana Georgieva (190-C-88) scored 12 as well in the last match.
Bulgarian NT is coming back to Pravets on Monday, and leaves for Serbia on May 19th for more friendly games.



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Finland edge Denmark in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Denmark 79:58

Finland and Denmark started their preparation for a busy summer time. The National teams clashed in the first test game on Saturday. Finland came out winners claiming a comfortable 21-point win. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) came up with 16 points to lead the charge.
The hosts grabbed the lead early on. They rallied to a confident 22:13 advantage after ten minutes of action. Finland kept on piling up the advantage in the second quarter. They established a 43:26 halftime lead. Denmark struggled to find the right rhythm after the big break. The hosts opened up an 18-point lead with one quarter remaining. Finland did not slow in the final term and rolled to a 21-point victory at the end. Tina Sten (189-G/F-85, college: St.John's) knocked down 15 points, while Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Ida Tryggedsson (175-G-90, college: TCU) replied with 18 points for Denmark. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) had 10 points and 13 boards in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 16, Tina Sten 15, Dionne Pounds 14
Denmark: Ida Tryggedsson 18, Sussie Kruuse 10+13 boards



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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland edge Denmark in exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Denmark 79:58

Finland and Denmark started their preparation for a busy summer time. The National teams clashed in the first test game on Saturday. Finland came out winners claiming a comfortable 21-point win. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) came up with 16 points to lead the charge.
The hosts grabbed the lead early on. They rallied to a confident 22:13 advantage after ten minutes of action. Finland kept on piling up the advantage in the second quarter. They established a 43:26 halftime lead. Denmark struggled to find the right rhythm after the big break. The hosts opened up an 18-point lead with one quarter remaining. Finland did not slow in the final term and rolled to a 21-point victory at the end. Tina Sten (189-G/F-85, college: St.John's) knocked down 15 points, while Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Ida Tryggedsson (175-G-90, college: TCU) replied with 18 points for Denmark. Sussie Kruuse (192-C-83) had 10 points and 13 boards in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 16, Tina Sten 15, Dionne Pounds 14
Denmark: Ida Tryggedsson 18, Sussie Kruuse 10+13 boards



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  NCAA2 - Women  


Lohr named Wayne St. (Mich.) coach - by Eurobasket News
Carrie Lohr was named the 12th head coach in Wayne State womens basketball program history in an announcement made Thursday by WSU Director of Athletics Rob Fournier.


WSCLohrI look forward to welcoming Carrie into our family of coaches, Fournier said. She brings a wealth of experience and success as a head coach with limited resources. Her consistent achievement over a proven period of time reflects the skill set we were looking for and she met each of the pre-interview qualifications we had identified. Her recruiting familiarity with Detroit and Michigan will greatly aid our efforts to develop our academic, outreach and competitive objectives. Her engaging style will resonate with our alumni and supporters.

It is a great honor to become a member of the Wayne State University athletic department family, Lohr said. I look forward to growing Wayne State womens basketball into a championship program. I am determined to uphold WSU expectations of excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community.

Lohr comes to Wayne State after serving as the head coach at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron for the last nine seasons (2002-11). She also spent two years (1997-99) as an assistant coach at Oakland University as it transitioned from Division II to Division I.

She was selected as the 2009-10 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Junior College Coach of the Year after earning the MCCAA Eastern Conference Coach of the Year award. She also won the BCAM Junior College Coach of the Year award following the 2003-04 campaign.

Lohr had a record of 166-106 (.610) in her nine years with the Skippers along with an MCCAA mark of 93-50 (.650), as SC4 always finished in the top half of the conference standings.

She had an all-region player in six of her nine seasons, including the 2003-04 player of the year in the region with Taleesha Hardy.

Lohr mentored six first-team All-MCCAA eastern conference players as well as eight second-team honorees, and a total of 28 all-conference selections.

In addition, she tutored five all-defensive team players in the last five seasons, including the 2006-07 MCCAA Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Kim Lackowski. Lohr also had five student-athletes named to the all-freshman team, including the 2008-09 freshman of the year in Chanahl Putnam.

Her Skipper squads won at least one district post-season tournament game in five of the last six seasons and made four appearances in the district semifinals in the last six years.

Over the nine-year span at SC4, 23 of her players earned athletic scholarships at four-year universities, including nine at the NCAA Division I or DII levels.

The Golden Grizzlies compiled a two-year mark of 34-20 with Lohr assisting head coach Beckie Francis. The players Lohr and Francis recruited in 1997 and 1998 helped OU win three straight conference titles (99,00,01) and earn a berth in the 2002 NCAA tournament.

Two of her OU players (Katie Wolfe and Sarah Judd) received significant recognition. Wolfe was a Kodak All-America Honorable Mention as a sophomore, while Judd was the 2002 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year as well as Tournament MVP.

Lohr received a bachelor's degree from Michigan-Dearborn in 1994. She continued her education with a master's in counseling from Oakland in 1999.

She was a three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball and softball) for the Redskins of Sandusky High School. Lohr began her collegiate playing career as a point guard at SC4 where she earned first team MCCAA all-league, all-state and All-Region XI honors and also served as team captain her sophomore year. She continued her basketball career at Michigan-Dearborn, where she led the Wolves to their first postseason playoff game in school history and also served as team captain in her senior season.
Courtesy of: Wayne State (Mich.) Athletics




Pederson announces signees for 2011-12 season - by Eurobasket News
GREENWOOD The Lander women's basketball program has faced an important off-season due to losing three seniors, including the National Player of the Year, and also having three other players not returning from last year's team which finished ranked No. 6 in the nation.

The Lady Bearcats are filling some of those holes with two transfers from other Division II programs in the area as well as three high school players, head coach Kevin Pederson has announced.

The 2011-2012 recruiting class includes North Georgia College & State University transfer guard/forward and all Peach Belt Conference player Janyce Ealey, Lenoir-Rhyne College transfer post player Precious Elkins (6'0''-F), and Ashley Watts from Augusta, Ga., Jasmine Franklin from Greenville, S.C., and Bria Lonon from Sylvania, Ga. Watts and Franklin are guards while Lonon is a 6-foot-2 center.

Lander, which was the top-ranked team for four weeks during the season, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year and finished with a school-record 29-4 season.

But they are losing three seniors in NCAA Division II National Player of the Year Shannon McKever, forward Tasheba Butler and key reserve Katie Hupp. Also, Brianna Webb, Nardia Robbins and Chentieh Ladson will not return.

Ealey, a 5-10 guard/forward from Carrollton, Ga., averaged 15.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore at North Georgia and earned All Peach Belt honors both seasons with the Saints.

Ealey was also the 2010 PBC Freshman of the Year when she averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game. As a high school senior at Carrollton High School, she led her team to a 32-2 record and a Georgia state championship. Ealey averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior and was named first team All-State by both the Atlanta Constitution and GSWA.

'Janyce gives us a very aggressive player who has proven herself in the Peach Belt Conference,' Pederson said. 'She is very athletic and strong and she will give us a huge presence on both ends of the court.'

Elkins is a 6-foot post player from Conyers, Ga., who averaged nine points and seven rebounds per game in 19 minutes of action, including a double-double against Lander this past season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. As a freshman, she averaged six points and three rebounds per game for the Bears.

As a senior at Salem High School, Elkins averaged 20.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Seminoles and was named first team All-State by both the Atlanta Constitution and GSWA. She recorded nine double-doubles in her senior season and also played in the Georgia Top 20 All-Star Game.

'We are very thrilled to add a player like Precious to our program,' Pederson said. 'She is a very skilled player who will add a nice dimension to our team with her ability to play strong inside and run the floor. She is a veteran player, who played on two very good Lenoir-Rhyne teams, and she is an outstanding student in the classroom.'

Watts played her prep basketball at Butler High School in Augusta. A four-year starter, she scored 2,101 career points and led Butler to the state playoffs all four years. This past season while leading Butler to its first Elite Eight appearance, she was an All Region and Augusta Chronicle 1st team player. She was also Atlanta Journal and Constitution honorable mention All-State.

Watts played in the Mo Mentorship All-Star Classic as well as the Georgia vs. South Carolina All-Star game in 2011. She was coached at Butler by Keisha Stewart.

'We are very excited to have Ashley join our program here at Lander after leading Butler to the Elite Eight,' Pederson said. 'We believe she is a great fit. Her ability to play either guard position at a high level really gives us another threat on the offensive end. She loves the game, loves being a part of a team, and I know she is going to work hard to make a name for herself at Lander. '

Franklin played her high school basketball at Southside in Greenville. As a senior, she averaged 14 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. She played in the 2011 North vs. South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach.

During her junior season, Franklin helped lead her team to the Class AA state championship. She played her high school ball for coach Lamont Wakefield.

'We are very pleased Jasmine has decided to attend Lander,' Pederson said. 'We love her athleticism and size. She gives us a tall guard who rebounds, runs the floor and can score in a few different ways. She had a lot of success at Southside and we look forward to helping her reach her potential here at Lander.'

Lonon played at Screven County High School in Sylvania. She averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game this season for the Gamecocks. She was a member of the Augusta Chronicle All Area 2nd team and participated in the Georgia vs. South Carolina All-Star game in 2011. She was a three-time All-Region performer and Co-Player of the Year. Lonon was coached by Roy Cooper.

'We are very excited Bria will be continuing her career at Lander,' Pederson said. 'Bria reminds me a lot of Shannon McKever in the sense that the first time I watched her play, you could definitely see what a high ceiling she has in regards to her career at Lander over four years. She has tremendous skill at the center position and we are very excited to work with her in the fall.'
Courtesy of: landerbearcats.com


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  NCAA3 - Women  


Brian Neal Resigns to Accept Coaching Position at Xavier University - by Eurobasket News
(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Brian Neal has resigned as the head women's basketball coach at Thomas More College to accept an assistant women's basketball coach position at Xavier University. A nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Neal leaves Thomas More as the program's winningest coach with a .847 win percentage (171-31) over seven seasons. He led his team to NCAA postseason play in the last five seasons, including Sweet 16 finishes in 2008 and 2011. Neal guided the Saints to six straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season titles, five straight PAC Championship titles, six straight 20-win seasons and two undefeated regular seasons in his seven years in Crestview Hills.

'Coach Neal took the women's basketball program from regional prominence to national prominence in his seven years at Thomas More,' Thomas More Athletic Director Terry Connor said. 'We are very thankful for all the work he did to develop the program into a Top-10 program in the nation. We wish Brian and his family the best of luck in the move to Xavier.'
Courtesy of: www.thomasmore.edu


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


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  POLAND - Women  


Alicja Bednarek stays in Pruszkow - by Eurobasket News
Alicja Bednarek (170-G-83) will spend the next season in Lider Pruszkow. The 27-year-old guard joined the team at the start of the previous season. She tallied 9.5 points, 2.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Alicja Bednarek participated at the 2011 PLKK All-Star Game. However the guard suffered a serious injury while playing against Lotos Gdynia in the quarterfinals and missed the reminder of the season. Alicja Bednarek has underwent surgery and is now rehabilitating after it. The guard is expected to return on court in September.


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Pivka gets first win in club history - by Zeljko Zule
Pivka earned their first win in club's history, 54-52, over Dozmale in League for places 11-13. Odeja remained the only unbeaten team in League for places 7-10.
League for places 7-10:
Konjice-Grosuplje 54-59: Konjice had its lone lead of the game at 52-51 with 5:17 remaining. Grosuplje answered with 6 straight points and its defense held Konjice scoreless for a 3:47 span. Alina Gjerkes (177-F-94) led all scorers with 21 points for Grosuplje, while Ziva Bozicevic had 15 points, Nina Srot 12 and Ajsa Zdovc 10 points for the home team
Rasica-Odeja 43-60: Odeja made a 9-2 run spanning the third and fourth quarter to take its first double digit lead of the game, 49-39. Nina Istenic had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Klavdija Oblak scored12 points and Nina Zakelj 10.
Rasica's bench players were outscored by opposing reserves 9-24. Simona Kuzma finished wirh 19 points and Tina Kercmar added 13.
League for places 11-13:
Domzale-Pivka 52-54: Pivka take a lead 35-34 in the third quarter and never looked back from there. Sara Meden scored 16 points, Ava Slejko added 13, Anja Pirc posted 12 points and Tina Jakovina grabbed 15 rebounds. Domzale's lone player in double digits was Spela Lesjak with 20 points and 13 rebounds.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Miguel Mendez will be a Head Coach of Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Miguel Mendez will be a Head Coach of Rivas Ecopolis as the Spanish team announced the new addition. The Spanish Coach will take the team after it finished with 18-8 the Regular Season.
In 2004-200 Miguel Mendez appeared in Arranz Acinas (LFB) and in 2006-2007 moved to Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (LFB). He stayed with the team until the last year.
For his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention Spanish U18 National Team -06, 10 and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year -10. In 2010 he won Silver at the European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Republic.
As it was mentioned earlier Javier Fort left 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.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


TT Basketball Federation targets foreign coach - by Don Farrell
Former national player Pietra Gay is among six persons short-listed and interviewed for the head coaching position with the Trinidad and Tobago senior womens basketball team.

Only a womens team will represent the Twin Island Republic when the 2011 edition of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships takes place this year.

Organizers are expecting ten mens and eight womens teams will contest the championships, scheduled to take place from July 25 to August 5 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, Bahamas.

Gay, a former WNBA player with the Houston Comets, is the highest qualified coach in the country with a Level 2 Coaching certificate and 10 years pro experience.

Also, short-listed for the position is former national coach Christopher Jackson Charles, who coached the team from 2007 to 2009, with much success and former national players Trevor Snail McLeod and Learie Fruits Sandy along with two coaches from Puerto Rico.

Individuals close to officials of Trinidad and Tobago National Basketball Federation who have knowledge of the plans agreed to speak to Super10basketball.com on the condition of being anonymous, they said the organizations first choice is to have a foreign coach take charge of the national team.

However the hire of a foriegn coach will be difficult after the failure to pay the last foreign coaches Americans Ozell Wells and Terry Layton.

Super10basketball was also reliably informed that if the Federations plans of hiring a foreigner fails then Gay, who was the teams assistant last year for both the Centro Basket and CAC Games which took place in Puerto Rico where she played as a professional for five years, will be the top local choice ahead of Sandy, who is an assistant with a US College and Jackson Charles, who led the team to the 2007 CBC finals and fifth at the 2008 Centro basket tournament.

Gay was the assistant to Ozell Wells, the last foreign coach hired by the Federation in 2010.

All the coaches were interviewed on Saturday (May 14) at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) headquarters in Port of Spain by a four-member panel and it was revealed that only three of the coaches were impressive.

Meanwhile, host Bahamas, Cuba, T&T ?and United States Virgin Islands have confirmed their participation on the womens side. Puerto Rico won the previous womens championship four years ago, when they crushed T&T 67-43 on home soil. The top three or four teams typically earn berths to the Tournament, where they challenge for places in the FIBA Americas?Centrobasket Championship, from which they can qualify for the World Championship or the Olympics. Celebration of the tournament typically is every two years.




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  UKRAINE - Women  


Aleksandra Khomenchuk debuted for Tim-Scuf - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) debuted for Tim-Scuf as the Ukrainian player recently signed the contract with the team. In her first game Kozachka however handed Tim-Scuf their first loss in the League as they overcame them 83:80 in the top game of the round. Kochubei Inna replied with 32 points in the losing effort and Aleksandra Khomenchuk debuted with 19.
In late April Aleksandra Khomenchuk and Inna Kochubei triumphed in Belarus with Gorizont. Both Ukrainian players won the Final series with their team over the favorite Minsk-2006. Two games at home court of Gorizont were the last in the series as they won the series 3-1.
In Game 4 Gorizont triumphed with 86:72 victory. The last quarter became decisive in the game as the hosts needed 30-18 for the final spurt. Aleksandra Khomenchuk erupted with 27 points and 19 rebounds, while Natalia Anufryienka added 22. Brooke Queenan answered with 22 points in the losing effort.




Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Kozachka 12-2 
 2. Tim-Scuf 11-2 
 3. Dnipro-DVUFK 8-5 
 4. Dynamo 7-6 
 5. Frankivsk 6-5 
 6. Yuzhna Palmira 6-8 
 7. Orlan 6-8 
 8. Donbas 4-8 
 9. Politeh Basket 4-8 
 10. Luganski Last. 0-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.3 
 2. Rastorgueva, Donb.19.2 
 3. Maznichenko, Tim-S.18.1 
 4. Markotenko, Frank.18.0 
 5. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf17.8 
 6. Ragin, Dynamo17.3 
 7. Williams, Dnipr.17.2 
 8. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.1 
 9. Yakunina, Lugans.16.5 
 10. Grishina, Lugans.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shantel RAGIN
  Dynamo
  (178-G/F-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Ragin, Dynamo10.9 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan10.5 
 3. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.10.1 
 4. Rimarenko, Dynamo9.5 
 5. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.5 
 6. Zarytska, Kozachka9.3 
 7. Yakunina, Lugans.8.7 
 8. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.5 
 9. Zhurauliova, Polit.7.8 
 10. Yaburova, Dnipr.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.6.4 
 2. Dubas, Frankivsk4.7 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.4.7 
 4. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.6 
 5. Iagupova, Dnipr.4.6 
 6. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf4.5 
 7. Lapshynova, Polite.4.4 
 8. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf4.0 
 9. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.7 
 10. Panchenk-S., Koz.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.3.9 
 2. Markotenko, Frank.3.4 
 3. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.3 
 4. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf2.6 
 5. Williams, Dnipr.2.6 
 6. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf2.4 
 7. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.3 
 8. Shapochkina, Yuzh.2.2 
 9. Polyanychka, Frank.2.2 
 10. Lubarskaya, Dyna.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Orlan
  (202-C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alyoshkina, Orlan3.0 
 2. Zhyrakova, Polite.2.8 
 3. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.8 
 4. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.6 
 5. Shablynska, Polite.1.5 
 6. Kisilova, Kozachka1.3 
 7. Zherzherunov., Koz.1.2 
 8. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.0 
 9. Berezinets, Tim-S.1.0 
 10. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.0.9 


Kozachka handed Tim-Scuf their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Kozachka handed Tim-Scuf their first loss in the League as they overcame them 83:80 in the top game of the round. The team from the capital however opened the game with 19-15 lead and increased to 6-point halftime advantage. Kozachka needed 18-16 in the third period and then won the game due to 24-16 in the last stanza. Olena Samburska (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with 26 points, while Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Inna Kochubei (174-G-82) replied with 32 points in the losing effort and Aleksandra Khomenchuk (203-C-89) debuted with 19.
Orlan surprised Dynamo 91:72 even trailing 18-21 after the first period. Orlan needed the victories in another three quarters to seal the victory and improved to 5-7 record. Elena Staschuk (192-C-85) erupted with 22 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Oxana Pysmennyk (190-F-78) netted 21. Lyudmila Lubarskaya (168-G-81) responded with 24 points in the losing effort.
In another games Politeh Basket overcame Frankivsk 75:71, while Dnipro-DVUFK rolled over Donbas 91:53. Yuzhna Palmira destroyed Luganski Lastivki 110:59 for 5-8 record.



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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA will field fourteen teams for the 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (May 15, 2011) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announced today that the final preparation for the 2011 season is complete. The league has all the necessary preparations set to properly conduct a successful basketball season. The season will field fourteen teams to begin its inaugural campaign. 'We set out to deliver twenty basketball teams for the 2011 season, however, with Raleigh hit hard by the tornado and scheduling conflicts in five other gymnasiums, we'll move the remaining teams into the 2012 basketball season,' said WUSBA vice president Kenneth Green.

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

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

'In the beginning, I stated that the WUSBA would assist female basketball players to continue their careers. We have created a system that will bring our league right underneath the WNBA. We plan to utilize former WNBA players as coaches and league staff. We will begin our inaugural season with 14 teams that are united in their dedication to bring top quality basketball to our team cities. The teams, coaches and players will share a common objective and a commitment to our fans' satisfaction; we will work together as community partners with our team cities.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'We will present a great competitive product that will be entertaining to our fans, our team cities and the profession of basketball as a whole. We are extremely excited about future of our league and our 14 teams. We now have the time to do it right and I stand here today to assure that everything will be ready for our 2011 basketball season.'

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

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