EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/19/2011

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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. ASS Sale 2-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 1-0 
 3. Al Gharrafah 1-1 
 4. Sharjah 0-1 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 0-2 
Group B
 1. Champville 3-0 
 2. Al Karkh 2-1 
 3. Banijas 2-1 
 4. ASU 1-1 
 5. Al Sahel 0-2 
 6. Al Ahli 0-3 


Champville ease past ASU - by Eurobasket News
Champville - ASU 85:70

Champville celebrated the third win in as many games at the Arab Club Championship. The Lebanese powerhouse cruised past ASU to climb on top of Group B. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) exploded with 35 points to pace the winners.
Champville dominated from start to finish. They enjoyed a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Champville boosted the gap to as many as 17 points at the interval 45:28. Fadi Khatib had 21 points in the first half. ASU struggled to revive intrigue in the second half. Champville secured a comfortable 31-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza. ASU cut the deficit by half but could not avoid the first loss at the tournament at the end.



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  ARGENTINA   


Quilmes wins TNA title - by Eurobasket News
TNA Finals, Game 4: Quilmes MP - San Martin C 90-69 (3-1)

Quilmes MP won the TNA title for season 2010/11. They managed to beat San Martin C in Game Four 90-69 ending the series with almost perfect 3-1. Phillip Hobson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) once again was the leading player in victory. He scored 28 points this time and reached valuation 37. Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) helped with 21 points and 5 assists, while Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) had double-double of 11 points and 13 boards. In defeat, Ariel Pau (186-G-84) responded with 16 pts and 5 rebs. Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) and Fabian Elias Saad (190-G-83) scored 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 22-14, 21-22, 27-18, 20-15.
Quilmes MP finished regular season as No.3 with 8-6 record. They eliminated Union Pr. in the 1/8 Finals and Bargado in the QFinals. In the Semis, Quilmes was better than Ciclista.

Quilmes MP: Phillip Hobson 28, Nicolas Ferreyra 21+5 as, Leonardo Pomare 11+13 boards
San Martin C: Ariel Pau 16+5 boards, Mariano Ceruti 12, Fabian Elias Saad 11


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  AUSTRALIA   


Kings resign four - by Duncan Matheson
After their first season back in the NBL, the Sydney Kings have taken their first steps to putting a roster in place for the 2011/12 season. Going 8-20 in their return season, the Kings had a turbulent season with roster changes and inconsistent form seeing the Kings slip to a 1-14 start. But winning 7 of their last 13 games, the Kings showed signs of having an exciting young core group of players and have made it a major priority to keep that core together for 2011/12. Rookie of the year Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) has resigned with the Kings for two seasons, along with Luke Martin (182-PG-81, college: UTEP) and Graeme Dann (204-G/F-83) for two seasons and Luke Cooper (183-G-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) for one season. With MVP runner up Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) already signed, head coach Ian Robilliard said of the signings, Our next step in the recruitment process will be to scour the free agent list that was released at 5pm on May 13, and to pick those players who will fire up on the court and put points on the board. We are also in negotiation with a few prospective imports and, if we get who we want, the Sydney fans will be excited and our competition will get a shock when they play the Kings. Having successfully signed these five players, we now have a core group of players who know each others strengths. With them rejoining the team, the Sydney Kings is in a very strong position to be more than competitive during the forthcoming season.'


Tigers show their claws in recruiting Rush - by Duncan Matheson
The Melbourne Tigers have shown they are ready to undergo major chance in order to see them return to the playoffs in 2011/12. Having first landed coach of the year Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ), the Tigers have recruited former NBL star Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) to a three-year deal after a two-season stint in Sweden. Rush started his playing career with the Perth Wildcats before also playing for the now defunct West Sydney Razorbacks and Sydney Spirit. In addition, the Tigers have recruited starting guard Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona) from the Cairns Taipans on a three-year deal. Dillon was instrumental in seeing Cairns make this season's grand final series and the Tigers have used Dillon's desire to return to his home state of Victoria as an advantage in securing what will be considered a significant coup for the Tigers. Gleeson said of the acquisitions, 'I have tried to recruit Liam before, he ticks all the boxes. He is a proven player at this level who can play multiple positions, is athletic and can shoot the ball well. Daniel is young but tough and his signature is a real coup for the club. I love the way he competes, he is a very good defender and he is improving with each game. The pieces are starting to come together, we will be able to shoot and play defense at every position and with the players we have in place already the fans can be assured we will come to play hard every night.' With Benny Lewis (203-G/F-87, college: Benedict), Daryl Corletto (193-G-81), Tommy Greer (201-F-83, college: Nova SE), Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) and Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82) already signed the Tigers have now signed 7 of their 10 players for the upcoming season.

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  AUSTRIA   


Bernd Volcic named MAVP - by Stefan Prager
Today Bernd Volcic (205-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: New Orleans) of the Oberwart Gunners was named ABL MAVP (most valuable austrian player). In a survey by the league which included coaches, sportswriters and TV journalists Volcic received the most votes. Volcic returned to the Gunners this season after playing abroad for 11 years. Volcic played in Belgium, France & Italy before returning to the place where he once started his career. In 39 appearances so far this season Volcic averaged 10.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg along with 1.4 apg. He shot 53.9% from the field, 41.9% from downtwon and 79.6% from the line. With the Gunners he reached the Cup Final Four but lost to the Furstenfeld Panthers in the semis. After sweeping Wels and beating the Traiskirchen Lions with 3:2 in the semis the Gunners reached the finals of the Austrian championship. Right now Oberwart is trailing 1:2 against reigning champions Allianz Swans Gmunden.

Fabricio Vay named ABL MVP - by Stefan Prager
Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions was named ABL Season MVP just today. In a survey which included ABL coaches, sportwriters and TV journalists Vay received the most votes. In 40 games for the Lions this season Vay averaged 19.5 ppg along with 7.6 rpg and 3.3 apg. He shot 44.9% from the field, 27.5% from beyond the arc and 80.7% from the charity stripe while playing 35.7 mpg. With the Lions he reached the playoff semifinals. After sweeping the Kapfenberg Bulls in the quartes the Lions lost to the Oberwart Gunners in a five game series in the semis.

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.5 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden16.9 
 8. Shavies, Furstenf.16.6 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
 10. Shawn, Oberwart16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus HEARD
  Gussing
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.7.9 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 4. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 7. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.0 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden6.9 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Markus CARR
  BC Vienna
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.7.0 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Stazic, Furstenfeld4.4 
 9. Parker, Oberwart4.3 
 10. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Po.
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.2 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart1.8 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 9. Stazic, Furstenfeld1.6 
 10. Matthews, Furste.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.7 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 6. Sally, Oberwart0.8 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


A Bundesliga Finals, Game 3: Gmunden makes a break for 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 3: Oberwart - Gmunden 78-82 (1-2)

Gmunden did a great job in Game Three of the A Bundesliga Finals. They grabbed 78-82 road win last night for 2-1 lead in the series. It means that Gmunden now needs just one more victory for the title. Oberwart will be the host in Game Four, which is scheduled for Saturday.
The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gmunden Swans made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Oberwart Gunners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 18 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) who recorded 21 points and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.

Top scorers:
Oberwart: K.Parker 21+3reb+6ast, B.Volcic 15+5reb, J.Dean Shaw 14+3reb, J.Johnson 12+4reb, H.Ochsenhofer 10+3reb+1ast, T.Sally 2+1reb+1ast
Gmunden: D.Mayes 19+3reb, I.Boylan 18+4reb+2ast, D.Oppland 14+4reb+2ast, M.Mayer 13+4reb+3ast, F.Schoeninger 10+2ast, M.Mullary 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 128532




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  BAHRAIN   


Ahli beats Manama - by Yousef Ahmed

MAYTHAM Jameel poured in a game-high 33 points to lift champions Al Ahli to a resounding 92-79 victory over bitter rivals Manama last night on the final day of the regular season in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. Jameel was on fire in the contest, connecting on 10-of-18 from the floor, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He buried five of Ahli's 15 three-pointers in the game, and buried some key baskets in the second half that helped them maintain a double-digit advantage and stave off all Manama rallies.

Former National Basketball Association veteran Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) chipped in with 25 points. He also grabbed an impressive 22 rebounds for Ahli. Mahood Akbar added a quick 17 markers. Like Jameel, Akbar buried five triples, all of which came in the first half before spraining his ankle late in the second quarter and sitting out the rest of the game.

The result helped Ahli improve to a 12-4 win-loss record, and it gave them a morale boost heading into the six-team play-off round, which begins on Friday. They move on to the next stage as second seeds, bettered only by Muharraq.

The win was also an appropriate welcoming gift for their new coach Mindaugas Lukosius from Lithuania, who yesterday was making his debut on the Ahli sideline.

'I am satisfied with this win,' Lukosius told the GDN. 'It was a very important one for us as we now head into the round of six and then hopefully on to the final four.

'Surely there are some difficulties in joining a team this late in the season, but I believe there is still time for us to come together and be our best.

Pressure

'There is added pressure on me knowing that they are the back-to-back champions, but I am a maximalist, and when I decided to come here we agreed that this is our only goal, to repeat as champions once more.'

With the regular season now complete, the stage is set for the six-team league play-offs, which features a single round-robin. Top seeds Muharraq take on sixth-ranked Nuwaidrat in the first game on Friday, followed by Ahli going head to head with fifth seeds Isa Town. Action continues on Saturday with Manama battling Al Hala in a match-up between third and fourth seeds.

The top four clubs at the end of this stage then move on to the Golden Square semi-finals.

Ahli came out firing in last night's contest and took a commanding 37-19 lead after the first quarter. An Akbar three and a Murray lay-up then gave them their biggest lead, 59-31, late in the second period, before Manama strung together six straight points to end the half.

Manama came roaring back after the break, going on an 11-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL), to make it 61-48. Murray, however, answered with his own trey to help ward off Manama's charge.

Manama managed to cut the deficit to 12, 69-57, late in the third quarter, but Jameel made another long-range bomb to put Ahli ahead 72-59 heading into the fourth. They cruised the rest of the way, as Manama got no closer than 13.

Rice paced his team with 24 points and 9 rebounds in defeat, while star Bahraini big man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) had an all around performance with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists,while guard Bader Abdulla Malabes had 12.


'I thought we played with big energy in the first quarter, but after we lost Mahmood, the rhythm changed,' Lukosius said. 'In the end, we played with a lot of confidence, and they showed a good focus to get the win.'



Source GDN BY PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011



Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL)


Standings
Premier League Stage Two Standings
 1. Muharraq 14-2 
 2. Al Manama 12-4 
 3. Al Ahli 12-4 
 4. Al Hala 8-8 
 5. Issa Town 8-8 
 6. Nuwaidrat 7-9 
 7. Sitra 7-9 
 8. Al Ittihad 4-12 
Stage One Standings


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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.3 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende15.9 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.15.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 5. Black, Antwerp15.5 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.4 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar15.2 
 8. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 9. Miller, Leuven15.0 
 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. Hilliard, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Randle, Gent7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 7. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.4 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Tofi, Leuven6.1 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.0 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.5 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Burrell, Aalstar2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.6 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.4 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi2.2 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.8 
 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. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


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  BOSNIA   


Playoff Finals: Siroki makes a break in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 1: Igokea - Siroki 76-80 (0-1)

Siroki did a great job in Game One of the Playoff Finals. The defending champion grabbed 76-80 road win against Igokea for 1-0 lead in the series. Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) was the best scorer in victory with 21 points. Point guard Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) secured a great help adding 20 pts. For the hosts, Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech) was way better than the others with 26 points. Big guy Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 14 pts. Teams were almost leveled in the first half, which ended with 40-41 Siroki lead. Fran Pilepic and his teammates shined after that making 53-63 in the finish of Q3. That was too much for Igokea, who faced with fifth loss against Siroki this season.
Second game of the Finals is scheduled for Saturday and Siroki will be the host. The format is best-of-five.

Igokea: Brian Chase 26, Mladen Pantic 14
Siroki: Fran Pilepic 21, Vedran Morovic 20


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  BRAZIL   


Gonzalo Garcia renews contract with Flamengo - by Eurobasket News
Gonzalo Garcia renewed his contract with Flamengo. Despite a weak result this season the management decided to give another chance for the Argentinean specialist. Flamengo failed to reach NBB Finals this year losing to Vivo/Franca in the semis. Flamengo also failed to reach Final Four round in Liga Americas and did not reach Interligas Tournament Final. But the management believes Gonzalo Garcia can improve on the results given a chance to work from the start of the season. Gonzalo Garcia was hired back in January. He previously worked with Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda in Argentina for two seasons. Gonzalo Garcia also guided Libertad de Sunchales, San Andreas, Gimnasia y Esgrima, Regatas Corrientes, Ford Burgos in Spain and Paysandu BB in Uruguay. The specialist was Argentinean NT assistant coach in 2004/10. Gonzalo Garcia was on the bridge of Argentinean U21 selection during 2005 World Championship.


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  CANADA   


Raptors keep the faith, sign Colangelo to extension - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors showed they still believe Bryan Colangelo is the man to turn the team around by signing the president and general manager to a multi-year contract extension on Tuesday.

There had been speculation about Colangelo's future in Toronto after the Raptors finished last season with the NBA's third worst record (22-60).

'I'm very pleased to get this resolved and I look forward to following through on the next critical phase of rebuilding our basketball team,' Colangelo said in a team statement.

'I am deeply committed to the organization and our fans and I'm even more proud to call Toronto home.'

Twice voted NBA's executive of the year, Colangelo arrived in Canada in 2006 to great fanfare after 15 successful seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

In his first full season in charge, the Raptors were the most improved team in the NBA with a franchise record-equaling 47 victories, 20 more than their 2005-06 season tally.

The following season Toronto went on to win the Atlantic division but the team never made the next step to championship contender.

Following several questionable trades and all-star Chris Bosh's departure to the Miami Heat, the Raptors slipped back down the standings missing the playoffs the last three seasons.

'Over the past few months Bryan has worked on a winning plan for the Raptors,' said Richard Peddie, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

'Today I'm happy to report that he has everyone's 100 per cent support of his plan and we look forward to seeing its success on the court.'

Financial details were not disclosed.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Basketball Federation announces a 21 man training squad - by Kristian Santiago
The 21 players are:
Deran Williams, Lezlo McKenzie (G-79), Kenroy Baptiste, Iva Arthur, Kendall Pinder (77), Mauricio Woods, Shannon Peters, Dale Shepherd, Leon Jackson, Ishama McKree, Glen Smith, Randolph Williams, Lemmon Miller, Philmon Taylor, Orlando Ferguson, Michael Penniston, Kendal Cumberbatch, Steveon Taylor, Damon Haywood, Julius Kier and Otis Hector.

These players are expected to attend their first practice session and meeting at the New Montrose Hard Court on Wednesday May 11th at 6 p.m. The Male team is expected to defend its championship title in the 2011 Windward Islands Basketball Championship in Dominica, July 12th 17th, then, journey to Bahamas for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) tournament with their female counterpart July 25th to August 5th.

The Coaching Staff includes but not limited to: Junior Sutton, Wayne Williams Oral Roberts (201-F/C-74) and Darwin Vanloo. Karel Bramble and Kenlyn Clouden are the Managers. Invitations have been sent to the overseas based players.



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Florida Flight drop home opener to Heartland Prowl - by Eurobasket News
The visiting Heartland Prowl jumped out to an early 36-19 first-quarter lead and never looked back, defeating the Florida Flight 128-106 in the Flight's home opener at their new venue in Avalon Park (Orlando), FL.

The Flight were led by the combination of Ernest Jones (5'11''-G-81, college: Florida St.) and Garvin Gordon (6'7''-F-78). Jones poured in a game-high 38 points, including five three-point field goals. He also added 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Gordon also topped the 30-point mark with 32 on 12-19 shooting. Gordon also pulled down a game high 12 rebounds.

The Flight had no answers for Jordan Prais (6'7''-F, agency: JEMsports, college: St.Leo), who shot a blistering 13-21 from the floor en route to a 37 point night. Former Flight player Derell Henderson also chipped in with 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Prowl.

'Coach Williams had the Prowl well prepared for the game,' said Flight Coach Mark King. 'We tried some different things to stop Prais and Henderson, but it proved to be ineffective overall. We'll make the appropriate adjustments and be ready for a rematch Friday at their place.'

The Flight's next game is Friday evening, as they travel to Heartland for a rematch with the Prowl.

Their next home game is a day later when they take on the Jacksonville Bluewaves Saturday, May 21st. Tip-off time is 5:30pm at Avalon Middle School in Avalon Park.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner .
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar21.4 
 3. Zitko, Trogir20.2 
 4. Zoric, KK.19.3 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.2 
 6. Bakovic, Darda17.4 
 7. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 8. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 9. Simon, KK.16.9 
 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, Zadar7.3 
 4. Zoric, KK.7.2 
 5. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.0 
 7. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar6.8 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 10. Grgurevic, KK Spl.6.5 
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. Draper, Cedevita4.3 
 5. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 6. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 7. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 8. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 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, Zadar2.3 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 6. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 8. Brown, Zadar1.8 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 10. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK.
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zoric, KK.1.8 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlo.0.9 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.8 
 8. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 9. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.7 


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 3. Houska, BK Decin15.0 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.7 
 6. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 7. Veikalas, BK Prost.14.1 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.0 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha13.7 
 10. Field, BC Kolin13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbo.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin8.5 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.8.5 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.7 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava7.6 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.3 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.9 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.2 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Channels, Novy Jic.2.7 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.6 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 7. Landry, BK Prost.1.4 
 8. Channels, Novy Jic.1.4 
 9. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 10. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 2. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 6. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Pra.0.7 


NBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Nymburk earn 2-0 lead against Decin - by Eurobasket News
BK Decin - CEZ Nymburk 79-84

Nymburk celebrated the second straight win over Decin in the semifinal series. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But BK Decin won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for CEZ Nymburk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) replied with 19 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 18 points and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for BK Decin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 20+2reb+1ast, A.Nissim 17+3reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 14+3reb+2ast, R.Necas 11+7reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 7+1reb+1ast, M.Kremen 6+2reb+2ast
BK Decin: L.Sanders 19+2reb+5ast, W.Hatcher 18+3reb+3ast, A.Alic 13+1reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 10+6reb+3ast, L.Stria 9+1reb+2ast, M.Soukup 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128483


BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 77-72

Pardubice leveled the semifinal series versus Prostejov edging those at home court. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-18 BK Prostejov's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-72 at the end of the game. BK Pardubice dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Prostejov to just 7 points in third quarter. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) responded with 23 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: J.Cernosek 18+4reb+2ast, M.Arnold 17+10reb, Z.Pospisil 10+4reb+1ast, L.Kraus 8+2reb+1ast, D.Wright 8+2reb+2ast, M.Hampton 7+3reb+4ast
BK Prostejov: E.Lawrence 23+4reb+2ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 14+2reb, K.Landry 12+7reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 11+6reb, A.Slezas 7+2reb+2ast, D.Marek 4
gschID: 128482




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  EBA   


Dunston Making Moves! - by Justin Moore
Wade Dunston (6'4''-G, college: St.Bonaventure) formerly of the washington madness finished the season with Faraones de Nuevo Casas Grandes in mexico averaging 25ppg 7rpg and 7apg, than moved to the LIREBA league to play for El Valle in Mexico and and finished the season averaging 36.5 ppg, 13apg, 7rpg and 4 steals, during the season he scored a season high 55 points against Chihuahua and 45 points against Gomez who ended up winning the championship. Dunston has been getting offers from various teams for the summer as well as for next season. He was offered a deal to go play in the coba copa with Pioneros de Los Mochis Aand is looking forward to playing in the LNBP in september or Estonia Europe!

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Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 1st Team 2011
#s#
Bambale Osby
Osby
Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sokk
Armands Skele
Skele
Gregor Arbet
Arbet
Michael Dunigan
Dunigan
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Player of the Year: Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev
Guard of the Year: Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) of TU/Rock
Forward of the Year: Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev
Center of the Year: Michael Dunigan (208-C-89) of Kalev/Cramo
Newcomer of the Year: Rait-Riivo Laane (180-G-93) of Rapla
Most Improved Player of the Year: Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) of Parnu
Bosman Player of the Year: Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Kalev/Cramo
Import Player of the Year: Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev
Domestic Player of the Year: Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) of TU/Rock
Defensive Player of the Year: Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock
Coach of the Year: Aivar Kuusmaa of Kalev/Cramo

1st Team
G: Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) of TU/Rock
G: Armands Skele (192-83) of Kalev/Cramo
F/G: Gregor Arbet (194-83) of Kalev/Cramo
F: Bambale Osby (203-86) of TTU/Kalev
C: Michael Dunigan (208-89) of Kalev/Cramo

2nd Team
G: Reimo Tamm (185-84) of Kalev/Cramo
G: Gert Dorbek (194-85) of Kalev/Cramo
G/F: Heigo Erm (190-80) of Rapla
C: Vallo Allingu (206-78) of TU/Rock
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-85) of TU/Rock

Honorable Mention
Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo
Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) of Rapla
Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev
Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE
Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK
Martin Dorbek (192-G-91) of Rakvere
Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of TU/Rock
Raimonds Vaikulis (191-G-80) of Rakvere
Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) of Rakvere

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) of TU/Rock
G: Gert Dorbek (194-85) of Kalev/Cramo
F/G: Gregor Arbet (194-83) of Kalev/Cramo
G/F: Heigo Erm (190-80) of Rapla
C: Vallo Allingu (206-78) of TU/Rock

All-Imports Team
G: Armands Skele (192-83) of Kalev/Cramo
G: Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) of Rakvere
F: Bambale Osby (203-86) of TTU/Kalev
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-85) of TU/Rock
C: Michael Dunigan (208-89) of Kalev/Cramo

All-Defensive Team
Martin Dorbek (192-G-91) of Rakvere
Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Kalev/Cramo
Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) of Kalev/Cramo
Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev
Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock

All-Newcomers Team
Rait-Riivo Laane (180-G-93) of Rapla
Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) of Rapla
Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) of Parnu
Jaan Puidet (192-G/F-92) of Kalev/Cramo
Mihkel Schleicher (201-C-93) of Kalev/Cramo



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  FRANCE   


Turiaf to play for French National Team this summer - by Eurobasket News
Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) is expected to pick up the player option on his $4.36 million contract and then spend the summer playing for the French national team, which will attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics at the EuroBasket 2011 tournament in Lithuania. France is slotted in Group B with Serbia, Latvia, Israel, Germany and Italy, for which Danilo Gallinari will make his debut for the senior national team. With Shelden Williams and Jared Jeffries becoming free agents, Turiaf is the only center remaining on the Knicks roster aside from Jerome Jordan, last June's 2nd round draft pick who spent last season in Serbia.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


ProA Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the ProA Quarterfinals were played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Home teams had no mercy for guests winning all four games. It means that Nancy, Chalon, Cholet and Gravelines are 1-0 up against their rivals. The format is best-of-three and second games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.



Nancy - Hyeres-Toulon 68-64 (1-0)

Hyeres-Toulon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 36-31 second half run of Sluc Nancy. They also forced 20 Hyeres-Toulon turnovers. Strangely Hyeres-Toulon outrebounded Sluc Nancy 45-33 including 21 on the offensive glass. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) accounted for 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for Hyeres-Toulon in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 20+6reb, J.Linehan 10+3reb+6ast, S.Brun 10+9reb+5ast, K.Grant 8+2reb+2ast, M.Badiane 8+4reb+2ast, W.Deane 5+2ast
Hyeres-Toulon: K.Houston 16+2reb+4ast, R.Hughes 16+5reb+1ast, D.Watts 12+8reb+1ast, S.Fein 5+1reb+1ast, V.Masingue 5+11reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 4+9reb+4ast


gschID: 128395


Chalon - ASVEL 98-74 (1-0)
The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. ASVEL was better in second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) came up with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively for ASVEL in the defeat. 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:
Chalon: B.Schilb 16+5reb+4ast, N.Lang 16+2reb+3ast, S.Tchicamboud 16+2reb+4ast, J.Lauvergne 13+3reb+2ast, A.Aminu 12+14reb+3ast, I.Evtimov 10+6reb+1ast
ASVEL: D.Jefferson 24+9reb+4ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 21+9reb, C.Hammonds 7+5reb+6ast, M.Gelabale 6+3reb+5ast, E.Jackson 6+2reb+1ast, L.Westermann 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 128396


Cholet - Le Mans 77-75 (1-0)
Le Mans cut a 15-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Cholet made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Le Mans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. At the losing side Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 15+6reb+4ast, V.Avdalovic 12+4reb+6ast, D.Nelson 11+5reb+2ast, A.Robinson 10+7reb+2ast, R.Falker 9+6reb+3ast, F.Causeur 6+1reb+1ast
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 23+5reb+3ast, A.Acker 15+5reb+3ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 10+3reb+3ast, M.Pellin 9+2reb+3ast, R.Lewin 8+8reb, B.Dewar 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128393


Gravelines - Roanne 66-60 (1-0)
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Chorale de Roanne won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gravelines-Dunkerque brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) nailed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) accounted for 8 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Ivorian guard Souleyman Diabate (180-87) came up with 12 points and 5 assists and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) added 5 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Chorale de Roanne in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: B.Woodside 15+5reb+4ast, C.Akpomedah 13+5reb, J.Greer 9+5reb+2ast, M.Sene 8+12reb, Y.Bokolo 7+3reb+2ast, D.Issa 6+4reb+1ast
Roanne: P.Amagou 12+2reb+1ast, S.Diabate 12+1reb+5ast, P.Braud 10+2reb, A.Dunn 8+6reb, D.Page 6+5reb, R.Davis 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128394




Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 19
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.19.0 
 2. Jefferson, AS.18.7 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 4. Mejia, Cholet17.9 
 5. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.17.2 
 6. Darden, Nancy17.2 
 7. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 8. Shuler, Vichy16.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.3 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.0 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Sene, Gravelines7.5 
 9. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.5 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. Woodside, Gravelin.5.7 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.4 
 6. King, Le Havre5.4 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.3 
 8. Walsh, AS.4.9 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 6. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Ebi, Limoges1.6 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 6. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.0 


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  GERMANY   


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. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 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.Dragons5.1 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 9. Rochestie, ALBA4.3 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Ross, MBC1.5 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 8. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom1.4 
 10. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 10. Kashirov, Walter0.9 


Alba Berlin Didnt Have Julius Jenkins, But Many Many Many Unsung Heros Outlasting The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 81-80 In Game 1 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
For basketball fans waiting for the lovable Shaq to make a free throw, waiting for a winner between the Oklahoma Thunder and The Memphis Grizzlies in one of their playoff games which took three overtime periods, actor Robert de Niro choosing society girl Paris Hilton as his next love interest in a movie or Tom Brady finally taking a hint from teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber to finally cut his wild, long and out of control haircut feels like an eternity, but waiting 10 days during the always exciting playoff time for the next opponent for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners was long enough for Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) to sneak back to St Louis and do a cameo in a Nelly interview, current Skyliner MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) to go on the road with his MVP trophy and do public speaking on how to win a coveted award like that and Skyliner energy bundle Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) could of secretly fled back to Cincinnati to conduct a playground street ball dunk contest with friend Mark Dorris and nobody would have noticed. Despite all this free time and temptation, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were all present for game one with less game rhythm against 8 time beko BBL champion Alba Berlin and were as ready as Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) was for Lebron and The Miami Heat in game one, mountain climber Apa Sherpa climbing to the peak of Mount Everest a record 21 times or Roger Federer getting more competition form the young guns like Nadal and Djokovic as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners never gave up, but lost the game in the last seconds on account of a loose ball falling 81-80 in game one of the beko BBL semi finals against Alba Berlin. 'Having such a long rest can be good or bad. WE were fresh were able to prepare well for the opponent, but we didnt have game rhythm like Alba Berlin. One may hae thought that they may be tired after a long series against Oldenburg, but they were not tired in game one', stressed Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen. 'The 10 day rest didnt hurt Frankfurt at all. They worked hard in this game. A long lay off can work for or against you, but Frankfurt has a great coach and players and this game could of gone either way', stressed Alba Berlin guard Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports).

One German basketball legend that is still roaming arenas in the beko BBL is ex North Carolina Tar heel and German national player Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75, college: N.Carolina) that once played for Alba Berlin and now works as a basketball TV analyst for Sport 1 and was rather surprised that Alba Berlin didnt shut down Oldenburg earlier to reach the series against Frankfurt. 'After Alba Berlin was up 2-0, I was sure that they would win the series at least 3-1. But you have to give Oldenburg credit, the yhave very good players and a good coach. But the problem continues to be their consistency. They have good games or bad games like in Goettingen recently. But Alba Berlin also are stronger with their aggressive defense and more fast break hoops. They also seem to have more freedom in their decision making under new coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Getting more easier baskets also has helped the team', added Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75, college: N.Carolina). Alba Berlin was able to beat The Deutsche Bank Skyliners for the second straight time without star shooter Julius Jenkins, but they were helped by many many many unsung heros that stepped up when needed. 'The big winner under the new coach ahs been Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports). I would love to know what his stats were before and after the coaching change. His energy and athletic play is his biggest strength. Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) also has been a big factor. He isnt that consistent and doesnt always make the best decisions, but I dont think that he is 100% a point guard either. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) has played great and when do you see a 213cm 120 kilo guy move like a forward and pass like a point guard? Alba Berlin has so many added weapons and unsung heros that now in crunchtime, you dont have to give the ball to Jenkins, but have so many other options', stressed Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75, college: N.Carolina).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won many tough games this season, but losing game one 81-80 on a loose ball in the last 15 seconds is a loss that might take some time to digest, but coach Gordon Herbert will have to find a way to get his guys ready for game two as quickly as possible. As the buzzer sounded two Serbs were in their arms as Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Miroslav Raduljica were hugging each other while Skyliner players had long faces and that last play dancing in their heads on rewind mode. 'To loose by one point to a tough team like Alba Belrin is very tough to take in. Both teams played hard, but they made their free throws and three pointers which was important', stressed Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). ExSkyliner Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had a big grin on his face after the game and despite the big win, he was calm and cool and not celebrating after the win, because he had a lot of respect for his ex club. 'This was an unbelievable win for us. Frankfurt showed great charachter in that whenever they were down, they got up and came back. Mckinney and De Mello played great, but we did different things on Wood which helped us get the win', stressed Alba Berlin forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). 'I expect all games to be like this one. It was a dog fight and one ball can decide the game. I think that with a little more defense and rebounds and we would of won this game', added Skyliner guard DaShaun Wood. 'This was a typical dog fight playoff game. Both teams played hard and it didnt look pretty, but both teams wanted to win very badly, but one heart was left on the court', commented ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports).

It is always interesting to see what is happening on and off the court before game time in the Ballsporthalle. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) chants were heard early in warm ups, Telekom Baskets Bonn coach was using his free time to take in the game, Heiko Schaffartzik spent a lot of time in the stands getting focused for the game and the Skyliner organization had some special masks made for the game possibly as help for Alba Berlin to hide their heads after a loss for them, but at the end of the game, no Alba Berlin players needed any masks to sneak out of the arena. The first quarter gave a lot of good basketball for the fans as offense was in the focus and no team was able to break away. There were 7 lead changes and Alba Berlin quickly took the 4-2 lead as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) scored on the transition. Frankfurt got much needed support from Dominik Bahiense De Mello who dropped a three pointer and gave Frankfurt the first 5-4 lead. Allen and De Mello then traded buckets as Frankfurt still led 8-6. Alba Berlin displayed quickly that they would not shy away from banging the ball inside as Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) made a left handed lay in and Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) snuck past Wood and went hard over Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) for the hoop as Alba Berlin led 10-8. De Mello then made his third three pointer in a row and Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) also nailed one from outside as Alba Berlin still led 12-11. Alba Berlin then held the lead until the end as the tempo remained high and both teams continued hitting their shots at a sound rate. Alba Belrin then went on a 6-2 run to lead 20-15 as Alba Berlin got added easy buckets inside twice from Idbihi. However Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a 5-2 run as Wood who ahd been pretty tired until the end nailed a three pointer and got lay in as Frankfurt trailed only 22-20 after one quarter. 'I was surprised how well both teams were scoring. There had been only two fouls and the game was fast paced. We gave up too many easy rebounds', stressed Alba Berlin sports director Mithat Demirel Alba Berlin was shooting 61% form the field and 0% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 57% from outside. Alba Berlin had the 8-6 rebounding edge and two turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners jumped out on a quick 4-0 run to retake the lead 24-22 with Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) free throws and a Jimmy McKinney jumper, but Alba Berlin stayed calm and stepped up their offense going on a 10-0 run to lead 32-24. Serb Miroslav Raduljica continued to out muscle Moss and nolte getting buckets inside while Dragcevic and Heiko Schaffartzik nailed open three pointers. Frankfurt lost some concentration on defense allowing more open looks to Alba Berlin. After Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) and De Mello traded three pointers, Alba Berlin still led 35-29, but Frankfurt stepped up their defense and got consecutive steals from Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) which led to fast break points from both guys as Frankfurt trailed only 37-33. Frankfurt continued to stay on the heels of Alba Berlin trailing only 39-37 at halftime as Jimmy McKinney nailed another jumper this time shortly before time elapsed. 'The Frankfurt rebounding kept them in the game. I thought that we were defending well and had good ball movement on offense. Mcelroy and Schaffartzik also did a good job on Wood, but I was sure that Wood would get stronger in the second half', stressed ex German national player Mithat Demirel Alba Berlin was shooting 54% from the field and 43% from the three point line while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 43% from the three point line. Both teams had 16 rebounds, but Alba Berlin eight turnovers and Frankfurt only seven turnovers.

In the third quarter the game remained close and exciting as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to chip away at Alba Berlin never letting them get on a roll and get a bigger lead. After ex BG Goettingen guard Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) nailed a three pointer, Frankfurt went on a lightening 4-0 run as Super Tez Robertson and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) scored twice on the fast break as Frankfurt trailed only 42-41. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) then made a sweet spin move around Wood coming form the wing and making a hrd runner and De Mello sunk a jumper after moving to his left as Frankfurt only trailed 44-43. Then the game was presented with 5 lead changes as the Ballsportthalle continued to see high level beko BBL playoff basketball. Powell and Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) traded baskets as Alba Berlin led 46-45. Wood then gave Frankfurt the lead with free throws, but Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) struck back with a lay ina s Alba Berlin led 48-47. Frankfurt then took the lead and closed out the third quarter with a 15-8 run and lead. Frankfurt went on a 7-2 run to lead 54-50 as DaShaun Wood scored and set up Moss nicely while Powell hit a three pointer. Frankfurt tried to extend their lead as Jimmy McKinney scored inside and dropped a three pointer, but Alba Berlin continued to answer with timely three pointers from Dragcevic and Mcelroy. 'Imac was our MVP tonight. He stepped up in timely plays and did a good job on Wood', stressed Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports). Wood ended the third quarter with two free throws as Frankfurt led 62-56. 'We got more defensive stops and just played our Skyliner basketball. Everything that was gained in the third quarter was erased in the first 36 seconds of the fourth quarter', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'Coach had reinforced pick and role defense at halftime. He told us to handle this problem better. The Alba Berlin big men were rolling too easy for lay ups. We defended the pick and roll defense better where the big guy play one on one against the point guard and the little guy comes down on the bigger guy to box him out', stressed Kimmo Muurinen. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while Alba Berlin was shooting 49% from the field and 55% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the slight 25-24 rebound edge and 10 turnovers while Alba Berlin had 11 turnovers.

Just as quickly as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners ended the third quarter with the momentum, they lost it as rapidly in the first 36 seconds of the fourth quarter as Immanuel McElroy and Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) silenced the Ballsporthalle crowd with a rapid 6-0 run on two three pointers as all of a sudden Alba Berlin had knotted the game at 62-62. 'They made great plays in that 6-0 run. The momentum truned and we hanged from then on. It was a tough game that could of gone either way', said Kimmo Muurinen. Moss then gave Frankfurt the 64-62 lead with free throws, but Idbihi responded with a left handed lay in to tie the score at 64-64. Wood then set up Moss with a lay in and the Frankfurt lead again, but Mcelroy nailed another one of his four three pointers as Alba Berlin retrieved the lead 67-66 .De Mello then tied the score at 68-68 with a lay in and showed such a high level of self confidence never seen before as if he had just learned that he had won the lottery and could live life to the fullest. Alba Berlin regained the lead 71-68 with a Idbihi lay up and one free throw. Frankfurt continued to stay on the door step of Alba Berlin and would cut the lead down to one point four times, but they were unable to get over the hump and get the lead back. Wood cut the Alba Berlin lead down twice to one point scoring on a pull up jumper and on a lay in that reminded one of Dallas Maverick Jose Barea did in game one against the Thunder a day earlier. 'I played against Barea twice in college and beat him both times', smiled DaShaun Wood. After De Mello cut the Alba Berlin lead down to 76-75, it was Mcelroy that came flown in out of nowhere to scope up an offensive rebound and lay it in for the 78-75 lead. With less than a minute to play, Powell scored inside and Dragcevic scored as Frankfurt trailed 81-77. Mckinney then dropped a three pointer again as Frankfurt trailed only 81-80 with 30 seconds to play. There was still enough time to get a stop and come back for the win. Frankfurt got the needed stop, but couldnt get the rebound as the ball was tipped away and Alba kept possession as the clock winded down to 0:00. 'Jimmy tried to get a hand on the ball, but couldnt get possession. They played keep away from us and ran out the clock', added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). 'The biggest key in this game was giving up those two three pointers to start the fourth quarter. You cant give the team the momentum back like that in a playoff game. We still played well enough to win.You are not going to get 20 points and 10 assists against a team like this. They defended well, but we executed well and got other guys like Moss, De Mello, and Mckinney involved', stressed DaShaun Wood.

Alba Berlin was led by Immanuel McElroy with 17 points. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) added 15points. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) produced 12 points and Tadija Dragicevic 10 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) with 19 points. DaShaun Wood had 17 points, three rebounds and six assists. Jimmy McKinney contributed 14 points and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) 13 points and six rebounds. Both teams shot very well and Alba Berlin won the rebound duel 34-31. Alba Berlin head back home with the home court advantage and can take some positives into game 2 on Saturday. 'We fought hard and shared the ball well for 40 minutes. We defended well and a plus is that we have so many dangerous weapons that you cant focus on just one player', warned Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports). Frankfurt was so close, but at the end the only thing that counts is the win. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners showed that they didnt have many highs or lows in game 1. 'I think that we were very consistent and were able to hold the same level throughout the game considering the level of the game was very high', warned Kimmo Muurinen. 'We came out fighting, played aggressive and never gave up', commented Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Frankfurt knows that if they return home from Berlin with a game 2 loss, that they might have to book early flights home. Frankfurt goes to Berlin in a do or die type of game and know what they have to do to be successful. 'Alba Berlin got too many offensive rebounds and easy put backs. We have to concentrate on doing that better as well as one on one defense', warned Kimmo Muurinen. 'We have to cut down our turnovers and get more second chance buckets and get a win and bring the home court advantage back home', stressed Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Alba Berlin is in the drivers seat now, but know that they cant allow Frankfurt to come into their living room and dictate the game. 'We cant let Frankfurt do what we did in game one. We have to be focused and have no let downs', warned Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Alba Berlin host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in game 2 Saturday May 21st at 17:00.



1.Bundesliga Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Brose Baskets and ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Art.Dragons 85-73

Brose Baskets outscored Artland Dragons at home court in the semifinal opener. After very bad start, Artland Dragons stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 40-38. But it was not enough and Brose Baskets took back the control in second half. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) answered with 17 points and American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell, agency: Lanshire Group) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Artland Dragons. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Gavel 17+3reb+3ast, K.Hines 14+6reb+3ast, P.Suput 14+6reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 11+7reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 10+6reb, B.Roberts 7+1reb+4ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 17+3reb+2ast, B.Bailey 13+4reb+4ast, A.Hess 10+5reb+1ast, R.Kurz 9+7reb+1ast, N.Peavy 9+5reb+1ast, J.Strasser 7+1reb
gschID: 128508


Dt.Bank SKY - ALBA 80-81

Skyliners narrowly lost to ALBA in Frankfurt tonight. The hosts were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of ALBA Berlin, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) fired 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. International forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) chipped in 15 points. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) produced 17 points and 6 assists and guard Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-85, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ALBA: I.McElroy 17+3reb+5ast, Y.Idbihi 15+3reb, D.Allen 12+3reb, T.Dragicevic 10+5reb, B.Taylor 9+2reb+4ast, T.Rochestie 7+4reb+3ast
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Bahiense de Mello 19+3reb+1ast, D.Wood 17+3reb+6ast, J.McKinney 14+2reb, C.Moss 13+6reb+2ast, R.Powell 9+2reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 6+8reb+4ast
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Silvano Poropat Is New Coach For The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Mitteldeutscher BC hae named Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) as new head coach for the 2011-2012 PRO A season giving him a one year contract with an option on a second year. This will be the fourth coaching station for the Croatian and he is happy about a new challenge. 'I am looking forward to working with MBC and the fans. In the last days, I have seen how this organization is run professionally and seen the arena. This really motivates me for the next season. I am sure we can reach the goal of getting back to the beko BBL', stressed Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) who speaks 4 languages. The organization is also thrilled about getting the experienced beko BBL coach. 'We are happy to have a successful coach in Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). He is a very good basketball expert that knows the scene and has shown at all stations that he can be successful. We are confident that we will reach our goal with him', stressed MBC CEO Martin Geissler . Poropat started his coaching career with Ludwigsburg (Germany-2.Bundesliga) where he was an assistant coach from 2000-2002. In 2003-2004, he coached BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga), and was also assistant coach at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga), and in Feb.'04 took position of head coach. he was head coach for EnBW Ludwigsburg from 2004- 2008. In 2008-2009, he coached BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL), hired in Jan.'10 and fired in May.'10. In 2010-2011, he was coach of BG Karlsruhe before elaving on account of personal reasons. Some awards and achievements in his career have been German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -05, 07, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -07, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -08, Baltic League Semifinals -10, and Latvian League All-Star Game -10.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC





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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Marshall, PAOK16.8 
 2. Smith, Panellinios16.7 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.1 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.1 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos13.9 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.2 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.7 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.1 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.0 
 9. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.6 
 10. Bourousis, Olympi.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP K.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiak.5.1 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 6. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pane.3.7 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.5 
 10. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Pane.1.7 
 7. Anderson, Panionios1.7 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Pane.1.5 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Oly.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Dozier, PAOK0.8 
 9. Bourousis, Olympia.0.8 
 10. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 


Kostas Macheras claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Kostas Macheras (205-C-85, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pagrati and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 25-year old center had the game-high 18 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Pagrati in his team's victory, helping them to beat Panelefsiniakos (#6, 14-12) in overtime 89-84. Pagrati is placed at 12th position in Greek A2. Pagrati is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. Macheras turned to be Pagrati's top player in his first season with the team. Macheras has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 62.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old forward Nikos Gamouras (202-F-86) of MAS Ermis Lagkada. Gamouras impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Ermis Lagkada lost that game 66-76 to the lower-ranked Near East (#16, 6-20). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ermis Lagkada dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Gamouras is a newcomer at Ermis Lagkada and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Giannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) of SFK Perikos/Arhelaos (#14). Rodostoglou scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Rodostoglou's great performance Periko/Arhelaos lost 64-70 to Panerythraikos (10-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Periko/Arhelaos not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rodostoglou could try to bring Periko/Arhelaos' a little bit higher in the standings. Rodostoglou has a very solid season. In 26 games in Greece he scored 10.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio - 23 points and 6 rebounds
5. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) of Pagrati - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-83) of AGOR - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Alkis Pappas (185-G-88) of Near East - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Antonis Sivorotka (203-F-85) of Periko/Arhelaos - 11 points and 13 rebounds

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


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Dutch Basketball League Finals: Gas Terra Flames Gain Revenge, Even Series - by Sanders Jackson

Tuesday night in Game #2 in the DBL finals, the Martiniplaza was rocking as defending Dutch champions Gas Terra Flames turned the tables on #1 seed ZZ Leiden, with a strong defensive effort and sharpshooting from the backcourt duo of Bostain and Bauscher making a difference, as the Flames would win comfortably 83-68. In contrast to the Game #1 loss, the Flames did a better job of containing the dribble drive game of ZZ, as well as finding a way to shut down top scorer Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.), who shot only 3 of 14 total. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Boise St.) and Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) both had the radar locked in from the three-point line, with both combining for all 7 of the Flames'three-pointers in 15 attempts. The Flames' defense held ZZ to 41.8% FG and only 3 of 17 three-pointers. Bauscher led all scorers with 23 pts. with 5 dimes, Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) added a double-double of 18 pts. and 12 rebounds. Jesse Smith (211-F/C-82, college: Idaho St.) led ZZ with 15 pts. and 10 rebounds, with Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) also with 15. Game #3 will be back in the Vijfmeihal on Thursday night.


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL-AMIN
  PVSK P.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend20.9 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.3 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 6. Jones, Albacomp8.5 
 7. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE K.
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 9. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
 10. Singletary, FS De.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.8 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Singletary, FS De.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Clark, Szolnok1.9 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-.0.8 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu0.7 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova0.7 


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  IBL   


Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Vancouver V. 6-1 
 2. Bellingham S. 6-2 
 3. W.C. Hotshots 4-2 
 4. Olympia R. 2-4 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-1 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-12 
International Division
 1. Albany L. 9-3 
 2. Kankakee S. 8-2 
 3. Gary Splash 5-4 
 4. Oregon W. 3-5 
 5. Edmonton E. 1-2 
Branding Team
 1. Lansing C. 2-3 
 2. Dayton A. 0-0 
 3. Phoenix R. 0-0 
 4. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 5. Lake Co. 0-2 
 6. Ohio H.G. 0-2 


Volcanoes Hold Off OLympia Reign - by John Gary
courtesy oursportsc entral.com Andre Murry had 28 points ,five assits and DEvon USKOSKI had 18 points,as the Vancouver Volcanoes took command in the 3rd quarter and held on for a 116-100 IBL win over the Olympia Reign on Tuesday at Evergreen State College. Olympia led 49-42 at halftime before Vancouver went on a 39-23 burst in the third quarter. Brad Lectenberg scored 19 points,Lawerence Blackledge had 16,Kevin Bloodshaw added 15 and Brian Morris had 12. UsKoski was 10 of 10 from the free throw line. Nate Menefee scored a game high 32 points for the Reign and Benard Abraham had 24 points and 12 rebounds.

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  IRAN   


Mahram 2 - ZobAhan 0 ; Towzin 1 - Petrochimi 1 - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Everything is Close to the End and Season 2010-2011 is going to be finished soon.

The Second Final Game was in Tehran and Zob Ahan Started the game very well by Chris Monro, but Mahram came back to Game and did well. They have won the first game easily on 101-76 but second game has another story and Mahram won the game in Last seconds on Two games will be played in Esfahan on Friday and Saturday to determine the Champion or make the result 2-2 !

But The Second game for 3rd place was more interesting when Towzin Electric could beat Petrochimi in Mahshahr and made the result on 1-1 .
Towzin had a great start and got the 1st quarter on 12-21 but Petrochimi experienced players changed the game and made the score 39-37 for them and also continued in 3rd quarter till 65-51 for Petrochimi !! but Towzin young players and Coaches did a big job and by starring Zlatko Jovanovic (as one of the Best import players of this season with 22 points and 6 assists in this game) , Ali Doraghi (16 points 10 rebounds) , Alhaji Mohammed (13 points, 6 rebounds) , Saeid Davarpanah (13 points, 5 assists), Mohammad Hassanzadeh (9 points, 8 offensive rebounds, 5 defensive rebounds) and Vahid Hajian (8 points, 3 assists in 15 minutes) changed everything and made the score 81-83 for Towzin.
Towzin Electric is waiting for Petrochimi to come to Kashan for two other games.


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  ISRAEL   


Chad Timberlake wants to sign in Israel again! - by Chad Timberlake
I finished this season with so many good memories from Israel. Our season didn't finish the way we hoped but all in all it was a good year for me and my teammates and for the city of Yavne. I would like to thank all my teammates for making this season so enjoyable.

The Golan - From day one
Nir Golan (180-G-86) helped me adjust and also showed confidence in his leadership that allowed me to transition into my role on this team with no pressure. He is the most confident shooter I have ever seen and he has plenty reason to be. He backs it up.
Safadillia!! -
Zafrir Volfer (200-F-81) Showed his veteran knowledge and was our glue all year on the defensive end. I've heard players say that Saf has the longest left hand in the world. hahaha It's like he always reaches and gets his hand on the ball.
The mantis -
Elad Hofman (192-G/F-85) was our Ginobali. He played hard and tough defense and was a big threat on the offensive end. Hoffman was another player with tons of confidence. He would often times walk into the locker room and say, ' I don't even know why I'm here, I'm to good' hahaa
KY -
Kyle Wilson (206-F-83, college: Wichita St.) was our Dirk. Not just because he looks like him in every way but because of his great shooting ability. When Kyle came over to our team I wasn't nervous at all being that he was brought in because of my recommendation. I knew how great he would be for us. That he was. He improved our outside shooting and our team defense.
Diddy -
Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) was a scoring machine. I feel he was to hard to guard. He can kill you with his shot, he can kill you with his drive and then on top of that he can pass. He's just a deadly player to have on your team. He's also the Israeli ping pong champ. I got my money on him against anyone.
Guy for Girls -
Guy Cohen (195-F-83) another deadly shooter. Guy worked so hard on his shooting all year. From day one he set the example of staying after practice to put up extra shots. He is the reason our team played as physical as we did. His tough play in practice built our character and prepared us for any opponent. One of the funniest people to be around.
King of the Rock -
Tal Karpels (194-F-90) Is another addition to our team that brought toughness to us. Tal from the first day he got to us to the last game of the season he showed tremendous improvement. I'm predicting that within 3 years Tal will be a top player in Israel.
Daniel Son -
Daniel Tamir (206-C-91) is the oldest 20 year old I've ever met. He was solid for us off the bench and provided sparks for us in his limited minutes. One of my favorite guys on the team. Daniel and his eagle provided constant laughs. haha
A-Lon -
Alon Dembinski (180-G-92) One of the fastest players with the ball. So fast that he pisses you off haha Now don't get me wrong in a sprint Alon is not faster than me and even though we didn't get to have our race.
N Knuniz is a nice guy and I went the first 3 months without knowing he spoke english. Quiet guy but a hard worker.
Robo Cop
Uri Mor-Haim (184-G-92) was injured most of the year but if there was a team event and food was served Uri was the first one there haha

We had a couple players leave our team
DeVon Hardin (211-C-86), Ofir Miara (183-G-90) and Haiim Barbi (197-F-89). I wish these players the best and I'm lucky to have met these guys. Devon I will be seeing you in Miami for your Bachelor party.

Our coaches Nati, Gil and Moti all made this season a good one. Nati always wanted to pull the best out of us and make us work to our full potential. Gil was the hands on individual coach who was always looking to improve the small things that often go unnoticed in your game. I'm still mad at him for his suggestions on my shot. SMH I should have listened to Moti and continued putting up 'my' shoot. The shot that I was comfortable with. Instead of improving my three point shooting from 36% and making it better I went on a 11 game drought and dropped my percentage to the low 20's. I'm glad the year is over and I can start new with my shooting. Gil meant well and I got to respect him, He's a Knicks fan. Next year is our year!

Moti Daniel has so much of my respect. I feel like I meet and gained a family member. He was loyal to his word every time and he has always tried to make every moment in Israel more enjoyable. He's got a wonderful family, beautiful wife, four boy who I know will be successful in whatever they do and a daughter on the way. Moti gets my respect and I look forward to seeing him again.

As far as the entire management in Yavne I was very impressed with. Shaul, Avi, Yakov and Felix all ran the team smoothly and I appreciate my time in Yavne.

I hope to get to Israel and back with all those wonderful people. Now the future is partly in my agents hands. Alon, I hope will be able to close some deals as soon as possible. I'm ready to get signed and focus on where I'm going to be. Israel was the best country I've been to and where I would like to continue my career. I hope to see all the fans again and be able to visit the schools when I get back again.

Until next season, Your favorite blogger,

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


Maccabi Tel Aviv won Spirou Charleroi in a practice game - by Netanel Dahan
After Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv managed to sweep Nataniya, they saw that they got 2 weeks without playing an offical game, as a result of that they decided to arrange a pracitce game to prepare them self in the best way to the first F-4 game against Rishon with the regular season leader of Belgium and the current champions Spirou Charleroi in Belgium.

Maccabi won Charleroi 87-83.

The quarters results: 1st: 22-17 to Charleroi, half time: 43-37 to Maccabi, 3rd 61-58 to Maccabi and 87-83 to Maccabi in the end of the game.
Charleroi signed on the end of the previous month (April) Kyle Weaver who was a candidate to Maccabi in the summer, he scored 9 points in this game.
Demond Mallet was the top scorer for the home court team with 14 points and 3 assists, Brent wright finished up with 13 pts.

Top scores to Maccabi:

Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) 21 pts+7 rebounds.
Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) 16 pts + 6 assists.
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) 14 pts + 7 rebounds.
Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) 10 pts.
Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) 9 pts.
Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) 6 pts.
David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) & Derrick Sharp (183-PG-71, college: S.Florida) 4 pts each.
Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) 3 pts.

The Ligat Loto Final Four will start on the 24th of May and will end on the 26th of May.
Hapoel Jerusalem will face off Gilboa Galil.
And Maccabi Tel Aviv will meet Maccabi Rishon.


Blatt "We achieved our goal", Goodes "Guys will continue to work hard" - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv continued tonight (Wednesday) another successful winning streak beating Belgium champs, Spirou Charleroi on the road, 87:83, in what was a friendly match in preparation for next week's Israeli BSL Final-Four, where Maccabi will face Maccabi Rishon. The yellow-and-blue will return tomorrow to the holy land and to their home gym, Nokia arena, to continue their quest for their third local title this season.

Blatt, 'We successfully achieved the goal of this trip which was two good intense practices and a tough game. Now we have another mission next week which is to bring the Israeli championship back to our organization and I know our guys are taking that mission every seriously'.

About the victory the Israeli coach added, 'We played against a good home team who came out with a lot of energy and excitement to prove themselves against Europe's all 2nd team. The game itself was physical but clean. We managed to win and not with ease which is what I hoped for, bottom line is, we are returning to Israel happy and satisfied'.

Maccabi's assistant coach, Guy Goodes, spoke with 'Eurobasket.com' about his feelings after the victory when he said, 'It was a very good and tough scrimmage game for both teams. We wanted to prepare for next week's Final-Four and that's what we did. Tomorrow we will return home and continue to work hard so that we are ready for the F4'.




BNEI HASHARON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE HACKED BY IRANIAN HACKERS - by David Pick
What a wild season it has been for Bnei Hasharon. The Israeli club, whose aspirations and expectations were nothing less of an appearance in this year's Israeli BSL Final-Four, fell short due to a surprising 3-1 playoff series deficit to Maccabi Rishon earlier this week.

If that was not enough of a weigh down on the club, team's professional staff, players and fans woke up this morning to find out that the team's official website was hacked by a group of Iranian hackers who have shattered the site with different offensive remarks against the country of Israel .

Slogans such as, 'We do not accept Israel as an official state', 'We Won't surrender to Israel and their protectors under any circumstances' and 'In our belief, the country which wants to prove its existence by cruelty and killing Palestinian people, doesn't exist', were written all over the teams home page, under an image of a combined Israeli and United States of America flag, targeted as if to be fired at by gun shot.

Team's players and fans found the situation both offending and amusing as they said, 'Were in shock. Why would people do such things'. Team source added, 'We are dealing with the situation and hope that we will have the site up and running as soon as possible for the benefit of our fans'.

On a professional note, Despite having a talented and deep roster including former NBA star, Lee Nailon, Puerto Rican national guard, Filiberto Rivera, Alabama U representative point guard Ronald Steele, big man Shawn James, mid-season addition Bryant Dunston and several talented Israeli players, the team couldn't hold up to it's organizations expectations despite what was a great season, as the team was the only one in the country to beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Players such as Nailon, Rivera and James are not expected to continue next season with the club who will try and rebuild this summer in hope that next season will be a more successful one.



Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.0 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.3 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi22.6 
 4. Clemente, Megido.22.6 
 5. Moragne, Hapoel B.22.3 
 6. Miller, Megido/Y.22.0 
 7. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.4 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.2 
 9. Young, Hod Hashar.20.1 
 10. Markson, Hapoel A.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi N.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.12.1 
 3. Clemente, Megido.11.4 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.9.9 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.0 
 7. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Ya.8.9 
 9. Strong, Hapoel T.8.9 
 10. Tramiel, Kohav Ya.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 2. Dobie, Lev Hashar.6.4 
 3. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.2 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Hapoel Af.5.5 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.6 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Y.
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Bochman, Beer Y.2.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Af.2.5 
 4. Markson, Hapoel A.2.3 
 5. Young, Hod Hashar.2.1 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel2.1 
 7. Delaney, Maccabi2.1 
 8. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 9. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
 10. Sukar, Elitzur Ra.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian UTER
  Hapoel T-A
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 2. Strong, Hapoel T.1.9 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.8 
 5. Colwell, Ironi R.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hardin, Elitzur Ya.1.4 
 8. Hugee, Hapoel Afu.1.4 
 9. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.1.1 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.1 


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  ITALY   


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sass.20.8 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.0 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 4. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.8 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.2 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR14.8 
 7. Dean, Air AV14.7 
 8. Roberson, Enel B.14.6 
 9. Goss, Cimberio VA14.6 
 10. Smith, Benetton14.3 
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. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.7 
 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. Zoroski, Banca T.3.8 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 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. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 6. McCalebb, Montepa.2.6 
 7. Green, Air AV2.5 
 8. Jaaber, Armani MI2.4 
 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.1.0 
 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 Reyer18.6 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT17.9 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.0 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany8.9 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 5. Dickens, San Seve.8.0 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.9 
 7. Chiacig, Trenkwald.7.9 
 8. Johnson, San Seve.7.8 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Lollis, Immobili.7.6 
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.4.2 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 8. Nardi, Forli3.7 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 10. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 2. Piazza, Immobili.2.8 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.7 
 4. Davis, Sunrise2.6 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.6 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 8. Achara, Barcellona2.4 
 9. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 10. Ghiacci, Barcello.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Varnado, Tuscany3.1 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwald.0.7 
 6. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Chiacig, Sunris.0.6 
 10. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.6 


Lega2 Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Umana Reyer and Fastweb Casale reach semis - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli - Immobiliare SR 71-63

Prima Veroli escaped elimination claiming the first win in the series against Rimini. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-63. It was a good game for the former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points in the effort for Immobiliare SR.
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 16+3reb+2ast, T.Roderick 14+5reb+2ast, A.Piazza 9+7reb+1ast, D.Filloy 8+2reb+1ast, F.Foiera 8+4reb, G.Gurini 6+3reb
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 19+2reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 17+7reb+1ast, D.Brkic 13+4reb+2ast, R.Rullo 9+1reb, I.Gatto 7+4reb, J.Penn 4+4ast
gschID: 128181


Barcellona - Sunrise Scafati 85-78

Barcellona surged ahead 2-1 against Sunrise Scafati following the home win. Sunrise Scafati trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-85 at the end of the game. Sigma Barcellona made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Sunrise Scafati was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Jeremy Wise (191-86, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. The former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) answered with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Swedish guard Mats Levin (188-77) added 17 points in the effort for Sunrise Scafati. Four Sigma Barcellona and five Sunrise Scafati players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: M.Levin 17+4reb+2ast, J.Hunter 14+1ast, R.Davis 13+5reb+3ast, N.Radulovic 13+8reb+4ast, P.Baldassarre 11+5reb, F.Amoni 4+4reb
Barcellona: A.Ghiacci 19+10reb+3ast, J.Wise 15+1reb+4ast, R.Bucci 13+2reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 11+2reb+1ast, M.Hicks 9+7reb, G.Sorrentino 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 128182


Tuscany PT - Fastweb CM 68-73 OT

Fastweb Casale earned the spot in the next round after a dramatic overtime win over Tuscany Pistoia. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 8-point deficit before their 16-8 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-6. Fastweb CM outrebounded Tuscany Pistoia 45-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. Naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Fastweb CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks and Latvian forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Stanley International) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tuscany PT: J.Forte 14+1reb+1ast, J.Varnado 12+9reb+1ast, J.Porzingis 12+6reb, F.Toppo 10+5reb+2ast, A.Filloy 8+4reb+2ast, S.Berti 6+2reb+1ast
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 14+4reb+10ast, D.Chiotti 13+9reb, O.Nnamaka 11+6reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 10+8reb, M.Malaventura 9+2reb, S.Pierich 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 128179


Snaidero UD - Umana Reyer 85-88 OT

Umana Reyer needed an overtime to complete the sweep of Snaidero Udine in the quarterfinal series. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-16 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 13-10. Snaidero Udine was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who led his team to a victory with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) answered with 24 points and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Snaidero Udine. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: J.Williams 24+4reb+2ast, G.Lee 21+2reb+1ast, D.Mathis 11+3reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 11+3reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 8+6reb+1ast, R.Prandin 6+1ast
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 30+6reb+4ast, T.Slay 23+4reb+2ast, A.Young 11+4reb+3ast, C.Di Giuliomaria 10+3reb, S.Bryan 8+8reb, M.Allegretti 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 128180




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  JAPAN   


(JBL)National team Player Orimo take over JBL club Hokkaido - by Hiroyuki Anno
National team Player, Mr Takehiko ORIMO (age 40), officially announced he would organize new company to take over operation of JBL club 'Hokkaido'.
And he announced he would give up playing for East Asian Basketball Championship 2011 to concentrate on club operation.

League office says they would support Mr.ORIMO in many aspects to keep JBL club in Hokkaido area .

According to league office, 'Hokkaido' had financial problem in 2010-2011 season.
And former president was asked to resign during season by league. And league took over the club during season.
League office is looking for people to take over the club.




Akita fire Robert Pierce - by Eurobasket News
The Akita Northern Happinets made the decision to part ways with their head coach Robert Pierce . The announced the decision on Monday night. The Happinets recorded 18 wins in 50 games played under the guidance of Robert Pierce . Akita also lost to Niigata in the East playoffs. The US specialist took over Akita at the start of the season. Previously he worked with the Shiga Lakestars for two straight seasons. The 50-year-old also worked as coach assistant with the Hiitachi Sunrockers in 2000/01 season.
Kazuo Nakamura is rumoured to be the next head coach of Akita. The 70-year-old Japanese specialist is currently employed with the Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix. He guided the team into BJ-League Final Four that starts this week.
In the meantime the news report that the Kyota Hannaryz are determined to change their head coach Ano Kazuhito . He walked on the bridge of the team at the start of the season working previously as coach assistant with Kyoto.




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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 4 of Finals. Ventspils gain another road win - by Eurobasket News
3-4 olace
Liepaja - Barons 93-88

Liepaja clinched LBL Bronze after they held off visiting Barons. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barons won fourth quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) who added 19 points during the contest. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Liepaja players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) responded with 27 points and 4 assists and Ukrainian forward Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-87, college: VCU) scored 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Barons' coach Uvis Helmanis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Barons: D.Willjam 27+2reb+4ast, K.Pishchalnikov 21+4reb, I.Bergmanis 10+5reb+7ast, A.Cavars 9+8reb+2ast, M.Skirmants 9+6reb+1ast, S.Silavs 4
Liepaja: A.Mitchell 22+5reb+10ast, P.Caldwell 19+3reb+3ast, M.Kravcenko 15+4reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 12+5reb, M.Meiers 10+5reb, M.Mejeris 7+1ast
gschID: 128032


FINAL
VEF Riga - Ventspils 55-93

It is all square again in the championship series. And once again the team win away from home. This time Ventspils stunned VEF Riga in the capital. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to VEF Riga's 26. Ventspils forced 20 VEF Riga turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by VEF Riga's players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who added 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. At the losing side international swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) responded with 17 points and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) 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:
VEF Riga: D.Bertans 17+3reb+3ast, S.Valters 10+1ast, K.Berzins 9+6reb+1ast, A.Selakovs 7+7reb, M.Laksa 5+1reb, T.Cain 3+2reb
Ventspils: A.Vairogs 17+4reb+2ast, T.Carter 13+4ast, B.Hunter 12+3reb+5ast, J.Strelnieks 10+2reb+4ast, O.Efejuku 9+2reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 8+2reb
gschID: 128033




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja15.8 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.8 
 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 Riga7.8 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga7.2 
 6. Hunter, Ventspils6.9 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.7 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Cavars, Barons6.1 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
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, Liepaja3.9 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Carter, Ventspils3.2 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga3.2 
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. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.7 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga1.7 
 6. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 7. Slisans, LU1.6 
 8. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Cavars, Barons1.5 
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, Barons1.3 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga0.7 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga0.7 
 10. Hunter, Ventspils0.7 


Liepajas Lauvas celebrate LBL Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Liepajas Lauvas - Barons 93:88

Liepajas Lauvas claimed the LBL Bronze medals. They swept the consolation final series versus Barons. The decisive third win came at home court. Ashton Mitchell (180-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) stepped up with 22 points, 10 assists and 5 boards to pace the winners.
Liepajas Lauvas grabbed a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second stanza. The hosts managed to pile up a 7-point buffer at the interval. The tempo increased in the third frame. Liepajas Lauvas erupted for 29 points in the third term and ensured a 10-point buffer before the final term. Barons tried to save the game cutting the deficit in the fourth quarter but Liepajas Lauvas hung on to eke out victory at the end. Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, college: Incarnate World) delivered 19 points for Liepajas Lauvas. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) had 15 points in the victory. Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-F-87, college: VCU) answered with 21 points for Barons. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) top-scored with 27 points in defeat.

Liepajas Lauvas: Ashton Mitchell 22+10 assists, Pierce Caldwell 19, Martins Kravcenko 15
Barons: Derek Willjam 27, Kirill Pishchalnikov 21



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  LEBANON   


Champville ease past ASU - by Eurobasket News
Champville - ASU 85:70

Champville celebrated the third win in as many games at the Arab Club Championship. The Lebanese powerhouse cruised past ASU to climb on top of Group B. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) exploded with 35 points to pace the winners.
Champville dominated from start to finish. They enjoyed a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. Champville boosted the gap to as many as 17 points at the interval 45:28. Fadi Khatib had 21 points in the first half. ASU struggled to revive intrigue in the second half. Champville secured a comfortable 31-point advantage heading into the fourth stanza. ASU cut the deficit by half but could not avoid the first loss at the tournament at the end.



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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 26-9 
 2. Culiacan 25-10 
 3. Hermosillo 24-11 
 4. Guasave 21-14 
 5. Guaymas 19-16 
 6. Nogales 18-17 
 7. Mexicali 16-19 
 8. Tijuana 15-20 
 9. Tepic 7-28 
 10. Los Mochis 4-31 


CIBACOPA Round 35: No surprise as #1 Mineros de Cananea defeats Bomberos de Mexicali - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. The round 35 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (26-9) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (16-19) 114-102. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Bomberos de Mexicali managed to win fourth quarter 33-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea shot 64.2 percent from the field and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) helped adding 28 points and 9 assists. Mineros de Cananea's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) responded with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Mineros de Cananea maintains first place with 26-9 record. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Mineros de Cananea are again looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
Sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (18-17) crushed at home 8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-20) by 20 points 110-90, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists. Noah Brown accounted for 26 points. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains sixth place with 18-17 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) at home in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 35: Hermosillo won against Tepic on the opponent's court 100-93. Culiacan managed to outperform Guaymas in a home game 83-66. Bottom-ranked Los Mochis recorded a loss to Guasave on the road 128-118.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists by Kevin Sowell of Guasave.



Nogales - Tijuana 110-90

Sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (18-17) crushed at home 8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-20) by 20 points 110-90, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Tijuana Zonkeys took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fuerza Guinda Nogales had a 36-30 second period charge getting the lead and Tijuana Zonkeys were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-110. Fuerza Guinda Nogales brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Noah Brown (186-81, college: Appalachian St.) accounted for 26 points for the winning side. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Enrique Zuniga (193-76, college: Grand Canyon) added 23 points and 5 assists respectively for Tijuana Zonkeys in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains sixth place with 18-17 record. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 20 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) at home in the next round. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.Quintero 27+1reb+5ast, N.Brown 26+3reb+3ast, B.Heredia 20+3reb+1ast, J.Walker 11+4reb, H.Rivera 10+1reb+1ast, J.Mercado 7+7reb
Tijuana: C.Tate 33+14reb+4ast, E.Zuniga 23+4reb+5ast, N.Velasquez 11+3reb+4ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 11+1reb+1ast, F.Valenzuela 4+1reb, J.Alvarez 2+11reb+2ast
gschID: 128544


Tepic - Hermosillo 93-100

Very expected game when 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (7-28) was defeated at home by third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (24-11) 100-93. It looked good early as Coras de Tepic took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rayos de Hermosillo took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 50. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 39-16 including a 26-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 27 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 31 points and 8 assists and guard James Parker (188-81, college: Robert Morris) added 24 points respectively for Coras de Tepic in the defeat. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 24-11 record having just two points less than leader Cananea. Coras de Tepic at the other side keeps the ninth position with 28 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Coras de Tepic will play again at home against Rayos de Hermosillo (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: L.Wade 27+2reb+4ast, M.Gray 19+7reb+1ast, T.Thomas 19+14reb+4ast, J.Lopez 17+7reb, E.Medina 11+2reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 4+4reb+1ast
Tepic: C.Brown 31+2reb+8ast, J.Parker 24+3ast, J.Pablo Bravo 18+2reb+5ast, I.Brown 16+6reb+3ast, R.Aguilar Nery 2+1reb, C.Estrada 2+1ast
gschID: 128545


Cananea - Mexicali 114-102

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (26-9) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat seventh ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (16-19) 114-102. The game was mostly controlled by Mineros de Cananea. Bomberos de Mexicali managed to win fourth quarter 33-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mineros de Cananea shot 64.2 percent from the field and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) helped adding 28 points and 9 assists. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mineros de Cananea's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) responded with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) scored 25 points and 4 assists. Five Bomberos de Mexicali players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea maintains first place with 26-9 record. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Mineros de Cananea are again looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cananea: B.Brown 30+11reb, D.White 28+9ast, M.Acuna 10, J.Casillas 10, M.Valenzuela 10+2reb+2ast, D.Thomas 9+3reb+3ast
Mexicali: M.Gale 25+2reb+4ast, H.Carrillo 22+5reb+5ast, J.Penny 18+2reb+2ast, R.Lopez 15+1reb+1ast, S.VanderMeer 14+4reb, A.Vazquez 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 128541


Culiacan - Guaymas 83-66

Rather predictable result when second ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (25-10) defeated at home 5th ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (19-16) 83-66. Ostioneros de Guaymas were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Ostioneros de Guaymas 32-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard David Meza Rogel (187-85, college: Arizona W. CC) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 assists. American guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Five Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. The former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) came up with 23 points and 5 blocks and power forward Fernando Benitez (204-89) added 13 points respectively for Ostioneros de Guaymas in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 25-10 record behind leader Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas at the other side keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will again play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#5) at home in the next round. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Rougeau 15+8reb+1ast, D.Meza Rogel 14+4reb+6ast, V.Avila 13+4reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 12+6reb, A.Henning 11+3reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 10+3reb+2ast
Guaymas: A.Pedroza 23+4reb+2ast, F.Benitez 13+2reb, R.Roby 11+3reb, J.Habel 9+3reb+2ast, R.Benitez 5+2reb, A.Valenzuela 4+1reb
gschID: 128542


Guasave - Los Mochis 128-118

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (4-31) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (21-14) 128-118. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in fourth quarter 35-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Frayles de Guasave had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Frayles de Guasave brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) accounted for 25 points, 7 rebounds and 16 assists for the winning side. Sowell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Frayles de Guasave's coach Marcelo Elusich used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 assists and the former international swingman Raymundo Castillo (197-82, college: UTPA) added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Pioneros Los Mochis in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 21-14 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 31 lost games. Frayles de Guasave will again play against bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: K.Sowell 39+10reb+7ast, R.Barrett 29+7reb+1ast, W.Funn 25+7reb+16ast, A.Izaguirre 12+6reb+1ast, J.Acosta 11+4reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 8+4reb
Los Mochis: D.White 33+3reb+12ast, E.Hare 23+7reb+2ast, R.Castillo 22+11reb+4ast, J.Estrada 11+1reb+2ast, L.Felipe Diaz 10+4reb+1ast, A.Verdugo 8+3reb
gschID: 128543




Sowell number one in Mexico for round 35 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guasave, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Los Mochis (#10, 4-31) 128-118. Guasave maintains the 4th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guasave will need more victories to improve their 21-14 record. In the team's last game Sowell had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kevin Sowell has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.4ppg. Sowell is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.5bpg and 58.9% FGP. Worth to mention Sowell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was another Guasave's star - 28-year old American William Funn (188-G-82). Funn had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 16 assists. Of course Guasave cruised to a 128-118 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#10, 4-31). Guasave's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-14 record is not bad at all. Funn is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and similarly like Kevin Sowell has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Portland State University star Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of league's top team Cananea. Brown got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was a key player of Cananea, leading his team to a 114-102 win against the lower-ranked Mexicali (#7, 16-19). Cananea confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 9 lost games. Brown has a great season in Mexico. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (5th best), rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 1.2apg (7th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 59.9%. Brown attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Detrick White (184-G-76) of Los Mochis - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 33 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Terrance Thomas (198-F-80) of Hermosillo - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77) of Tepic - 31 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Rasheem Barrett (196-G-87) of Guasave - 29 points and 7 rebounds
10. Davin White (186-G-81) of Cananea - 28 points and 9 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)


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 32.4
 1. Sowell, Guasave32.4 
 2. White, Cananea27.6 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Gale, Mexicali27.0 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.7 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. Brown, Tepic24.1 
 8. White, Los Mochis24.1 
 9. Tate, Tijuana23.4 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Cananea
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Brown, Cananea10.8 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.4 
 3. Broxsie, Nogales9.9 
 4. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 5. Brown, Tepic9.4 
 6. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 8. Tate, Tijuana8.2 
 9. Rougeau, Culiacan8.2 
 10. Thomas, Hermosillo8.2 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Funn, Guasave8.7 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.5 
 4. White, Cananea5.0 
 5. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas4.7 
 7. Brown, Tepic4.4 
 8. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 10. Sowell, Guasave3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus MOORE
  Culiacan
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Moore, Culiacan2.4 
 2. White, Cananea2.1 
 3. Sowell, Guasave1.8 
 4. Thomas, Cananea1.8 
 5. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 6. Rougeau, Culiacan1.7 
 7. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 8. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 9. Gale, Mexicali1.6 
 10. White, Los Mochis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sowell, Guasave3.5 
 2. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.7 
 4. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 5. Thomas, Hermosillo2.4 
 6. Brown, Nogales2.3 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 8. Brown, Nogales2.2 
 9. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 10. Funn, Guasave2.2 


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Buducnost lead 1-0 in the final play-off - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Buducnost leads in the final play-off - of the current state champion in the first match in Podgorica, defeated Mornar from Bar 95:60 (19:14, 26:12, 20:22, 30:12). The second match of the final series on Friday in the Bar, the title will win the team that achieved three victories.

Buducnost - Mornar 95:60 (19:14, 26:12, 20:22, 30:12)
Podgorica - SC Moraca. Spect : 350. Reff: Vojinovic, Rutesic (Niksic), Sundic (Podgorica).
Buducnost: Mihailovic 4, M. Popovic 1, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 3, Filip Barovic (205-F-90) 5, Otasevic 17, Simonovic 21, Kadziulis 15, Dubljevic 8, Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) 3, Kesic 4, Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) 5, Milosevic 9.
Mornar: Pesic, Damjanovic, Sarajlija 3, Radovic 9, Mikovic, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 2, Jelenic 11, Lekovic, Gagic 14, Vujosevic 3, Ivanovic 16, Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88) 2.




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Game 1 of Bulls-Heat draws record viewership on cable TV - by Eurobasket News
The Eastern Conference finals opening game between the Bulls and Heat was the most-viewed NBA game in history on cable television, TNT announced Monday. The network's coverage of the Bulls' 103-92 romp drew 11.1 million total viewers and a 6.2 U.S. household rating, topping TNT's previous record of 10.8 million viewers for Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game, in 2003.

'From the broadcast point of view, particularly [Sunday] night when everybody was so pumped up, this goes back to the Michael Jordan days, just with the PA and the introduction of the lineups, it just gets to you,' said TNT's Marv Albert, who called the game. 'There aren't many places like this and for a broadcast; it's just perfect. For me, just the sight of Benny The Bull does it. I'm ready after I see Benny.'

The telecast of the series opener marked a 56 percent increase in overall viewership (roughly 4 million watchers) from Game 1 of last year's Western Conference final between the Lakers and Suns, and a nearly 43 percent increase in households (7.17 million versus 5.01 million).

TNT's coverage of the 2011 playoffs thus far is up significantly from last year, averaging a 3.1 rating (a 29 percent increase), 4.99 million viewers (33 percent) and 3.63 million households (30 percent).

Turner Sports alternates covering the Eastern and Western Conference finals with ESPN/ABC every year. The latter will televise Game 1 of the Mavericks-Thunder series on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET). TNT's coverage of the Bulls-Heat series continues Wednesday with Game 2 in Chicago (8:30 p.m. ET).

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.7 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers9.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Gay, 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.2.5 
 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 


Celtics Assistant Coach Lawrence Frank finalist for Rockets job - by Eurobasket News
Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank is one of three finalists for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets have reportedly cut their list down to Frank, Dallas assistant Dwayne Casey, and former Timberwolves executive/coach Kevin McHale .

Frank joined Doc Rivers staff last season, and was head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 2003-04 to 2009-10. He compiled a 225-241 record in New Jersey, making four playoff appearances in seven years.

Courtesy of www.boston.cbslocal.com


James leads Heat past Bulls for 1-1 tie - by Eurobasket News
Back to his usual havoc-wreaking ways, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) took control when it counted and the Miami Heat sent out a loud message in the process.

They're ready for a 'street fight,' if that's the route to the NBA finals.

James came up big down the stretch to finish with 29 points, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 24 and Miami beat the Chicago Bulls 85-75 Wednesday night to tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.

The Heat can breathe a little easier after escaping with a win and stealing home-court advantage. Coming off a lopsided loss in Game 1, they recovered down the stretch after blowing an 11-point lead to pull even in the series, with Game 3 in Miami on Sunday.

'The series has just started,' James said. 'It's 1-1. We're excited that we were able to come here and get a win. But it's just started.'

James shook off a brutal opener and scored nine points over the final 4:27, starting with a 3-pointer that put Miami ahead for good, 76-73. He also had 10 rebounds despite a head cold, and Miami outrebounded the Bulls 45-41 after getting pounded 45-33 on the glass in the opener.

'That fourth quarter is going to epitomize this entire series,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after his team outscored Chicago 14-10 in the period. 'It's an absolute street fight for both teams.'

For James, it was big turnaround after he managed just 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting while being harassed by Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) in Game 1.

Wade also looked more like a superstar after scoring 18 on Sunday and chipped in with nine rebounds.

Udonis Haslem, whom Spoelstra called 'an absolute championship warrior,' provided a spark off the bench with 13 points, and the Heat beat the Bulls for the first time this season even though Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) scored just 10 after pouring in 30 in the opener.

'We got that one that we needed,' Wade said. 'Now, we go home and we've got to take care of business. This team right here is like us. They can win at home and on the road.'

Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) led Chicago with 21 points but scored just two in the fourth quarter. Deng, the only other Bulls player in double figures, added 13 but had just four after the opening period.

Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) had nine points but only eight rebounds. Taj Gibson provided a spark in the fourth quarter, scoring all of his eight points. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke), however, was a non-factor with seven points and eight rebounds and sat out the final 16:21.

The Bulls missed countless layups and got outshot 47.1 percent to 34.1 percent. They were just 3 of 20 on 3-pointers and 16 of 26 at the foul line while getting beat on the glass.

They had no answer for James down the stretch, either, and came up short when it looked like they might find a way to pull this one out.

'We played a low-energy offense, a low-energy defense and the result was not good,' coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Rose put it this way: 'We can't afford to go out and play like this. We let them get easy baskets, especially in transition.'

The Heat led by 11 late in the third, only to see the Bulls pull even in the fourth, with Gibson providing a big spark.

He cut it to 71-69 early in the fourth with back-to-back jumpers for his first points of the game, pumping both arms after the second shot went in.

Then, he tied it at 73 with 7:16 left after Haslem lost the ball out of bounds, drawing more roars from the crowd, but the teams traded misses for about three minutes before James put Miami ahead with a 3. Then, he scored again with 3:15 left to make it 78-73.

Gibson delivered a slam over three defenders and got fouled by Wade, the same guy he delivered a poster-worthy dunk on in Game 1, to make it a three-point game with 2:29 left, but missed the free throw.

James then put back his own miss and nailed a 20-footer to make it 84-75 with 47 seconds left.

The Heat looked like they were ready to pull away in the third, going on a 10-0 run after Rose hit two free throws to cut it to 57-56 with 5:14 left.

Haslem blocked Deng and dunked on Keith Bogans for a three-point play to start the run.

James then stole a pass from Noah and broke the other way for a three-point play, then picked off another by Deng, leading to a layup for Wade. Haslem, who hadn't been playing much, threw down another vicious fast-break dunk on Rose to finish the run, crashing to the court as the lead reached 11, but the Bulls answered with six straight to stay in it.

'I talked to him two days ago, and there was a look in his eye,' Spoelstra said, referring to Haslem. 'I've been through a lot of battles with that warrior, and I knew it was time to put him in.'

Haslem continued to reiterate he was ready but understood he needed to be patient. When the opportunity came, he wasn't looking to score.

'I was seeing guys running to the basket without anyone putting a body on them,' he said. 'My focus wasn't on scoring tonight, it was defense and rebounding.'

Courtesy of www.ktvn.com


Christian Life Center Academy hires former NBA player Rafer Alston - by Eurobasket News
Chistian Life Center Academy in Humble has hired former Houston Rockets guard Alston Rafer (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) to be the school's head basketball coach and athletics director.

Alston played eleven years in the NBA, including four seasons with the Rockets.

He last played with the Miami Heat during the 2009-10 season.

'We've hired Rafer to be our head basketball coach and athletics director,' said Pastor Richard Rodriguez, senior pastor and top administrator at Christian Life Center Academy.

'We are going to present him to our students at our graduation ceremony on the 27th.'

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) played high school basketball at Christian Life Center Academy.

'Rafer, because of his experience and talent, and because he has been where our student athletes want to go, are some of the reasons why we hired him.'

Alston told FOX 26 Sports he coaches AAU teams every summer, but he knows this is a whole different ballgame.

'I'm excited and it's going to be a lot of fun,' Alston said. 'It's a chance to work with a lot of kids who have seen me play and they can benefit from my experience at many different levels of basketball.

'This school is one of the best in the nation and it's going to be a challenge and I'm looking forward to it.'

Courtesy of www.myfoxhouston.com


Memphis Grizzlies owner: 'We're not trading Rudy Gay' - by Eurobasket News
Mike Heisley was on the phone from Chicago. Something was plainly bothering him.

'You could do me a favor,' he said.

For you, Mike? Anything.

'Would you please make it clear that we're not trading Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut)?'

You're not? But I keep hearing all these NBA types say that you might well trade him.

'I know,' said Heisley. 'And, quite frankly, it (ticks) me off. I think it's cruel to the guy. He died during this period. That's how much he wanted to play. And to now have to hear that we're trading him? There's nothing more untrue than that.'

So, I should write that he'll be back?

'Let me tell you something,' said Heisley. 'No disrespect to Oklahoma City, but if we had had Rudy Gay, we would have won the bleepity-bleep series going away. I really believe that.'

Ahhh, it's nice to have a subtle NBA owner, isn't it?

But you can't blame the guy, can you? It must be a little frustrating when people blatantly disregard the things you say.

A year ago, Heisley told everyone who'd listen that he was going to sign Gay to a long-term deal. Nobody believed him. But what did he do? He signed Gay to a long-term deal.

Then Heisley said he was going to re-sign Zach Randolph. Nobody believed that either. Until, sure enough, he re-signed Randolph.

Now he says that 'my intention is to bring the team back next year.' My sense is that he intends to bring the team back next year. I know, nutty isn't it? Just a wild, wild hunch I have.

But you can bet it won't stop the experts from thinking otherwise, from dreaming up trades that would ruin these Grizzlies faster than you can say 'Hasheem Thabeet.'

The Akron paper reported that the Cavaliers might deal for Gay. An ESPN commentator said the Lakers might take a shot at Gay.

'Where do they get these things?' said Heisley. 'They said it about Z-Bo before we signed him, too.'

I don't think it's anything personal against the Memphis franchise, really. People just can't seem to get their minds around the idea that Heisley is willing to pay for multiple big deals. This is an owner who was willing to alienate his two first-round picks over their rookie bonuses, after all. An owner who showed his gratitude toward Lionel Hollins after last season by offering him a take-it-or-leave-it deal.

So, yes, Heisley can be frugal. But he's a competitive son of a gun, too. And -- more than any owner I've ever met or covered -- he does exactly what he says.

Here's what he says about the current Grizzlies. Doubt him at your peril:

Gay: The Grizzlies are keeping him. Period. Full stop.

'Rudy is one of our best players and a big part of what we plan to do in the future,' Heisley said.

Marc Gasol: Heisley intends to sign him. He's said this multiple times. He's also said, however, that 'Marc has to want to be here.' It's unclear what this means, honestly, because Gasol is a restricted free agent. The Grizzlies could match any offer Gasol receives from another team whether he wants to be in Memphis or not. So nobody can quite figure out why Heisley is tacking on the 'want to be here' caveat these days.

'Basically, I'm not going to sit and pay a contract which everyone says is ridiculous,' said Heisley, Monday. 'But my intention is to bring Marc back. If he wants to be here, he will find I will be very, very receptive.'

Gasol, himself, was curiously vague on what exactly he wants. Given multiple opportunities Monday to say that Memphis is his first option, he passed. I chalk it up to the nature of negotiations, more than anything else, and the uncertainty surrounding the NBA's collective bargaining agreement. Mike Conley, Greivis Vasquez and Randolph all said that Gasol has told them he wants to stay in Memphis. When I asked Hollins if he was confident that Gasol wanted to be back, he issued a one-word answer: 'Yes.'

O.J. Mayo: The Grizzlies tried to deal Mayo to Indiana at the trade deadline so it's natural to speculate that they might think about dealing him again.

Heisley wouldn't rule out a trade, but he said he'd need to be convinced.

'I was the one guy who didn't think we should trade O.J. before,' he said. 'The reason we finally made the trade, in defense of Chris (Wallace), is that we had a lot more players at the guard position and not as many at the bigger positions. But do I want O.J. back? I want the whole team back. But if someone was going to tell me I could have LeBron James for Rudy Gay, I'd have to make that trade.'

Shane Battier: Heisley would love to have Battier back but understands that Battier -- an unrestricted free agent -- may have other options and priorities.

'I love Shane,' said Heisley. 'When we traded for Shane, it was with the intention of keeping him. But more than any person, Shane will make his decision on multiple things. He has the rest of his life to think about. Where does he want to live? I think, basically, that Shane's next team is up to him.'

With that, Heisley vowed to stop talking. As usual, he probably said too much. That's one of his enduring charms. When has he not said too much?

But he did ask me to pass one more thing along to the people of Memphis.

I said that of course I would.

'It's been a long time since I've been happier than I have been the last few weeks,' he said. 'Just to see the people of Memphis that happy was very meaningful to me. I think the trials and tribulations might have made it that much sweeter. It was just a magical period of time.'

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com


Raptors keep the faith, sign Colangelo to extension - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors showed they still believe Bryan Colangelo is the man to turn the team around by signing the president and general manager to a multi-year contract extension on Tuesday.

There had been speculation about Colangelo's future in Toronto after the Raptors finished last season with the NBA's third worst record (22-60).

'I'm very pleased to get this resolved and I look forward to following through on the next critical phase of rebuilding our basketball team,' Colangelo said in a team statement.

'I am deeply committed to the organization and our fans and I'm even more proud to call Toronto home.'

Twice voted NBA's executive of the year, Colangelo arrived in Canada in 2006 to great fanfare after 15 successful seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

In his first full season in charge, the Raptors were the most improved team in the NBA with a franchise record-equaling 47 victories, 20 more than their 2005-06 season tally.

The following season Toronto went on to win the Atlantic division but the team never made the next step to championship contender.

Following several questionable trades and all-star Chris Bosh's departure to the Miami Heat, the Raptors slipped back down the standings missing the playoffs the last three seasons.

'Over the past few months Bryan has worked on a winning plan for the Raptors,' said Richard Peddie, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

'Today I'm happy to report that he has everyone's 100 per cent support of his plan and we look forward to seeing its success on the court.'

Financial details were not disclosed.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Cleveland Cavaliers win lottery, get No. 1 overall pick - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers got a huge jump on their post-LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) rebuilding process Tuesday night, winning the lottery and the No. 1 selection in next month's NBA draft.

Turning a pick they acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers into the No. 1 selection, the Cavaliers will pick first for the first time since 2003, when they drafted James out of high school.

He left for Miami last summer, and the Cavaliers tumbled to the second-worst record in the league, but they will have two top-four picks next month as they try to back owner Dan Gilbert's boast that they would win a title before James. They already had their own pick and acquired another at the trade deadline from the Clippers in the deal for Baron Davis.

Gilbert sent his son and 'hero', 14-year-old Nick Gilbert, to the podium and the kid came up with a stunning victory, as the Clippers' pick, originally No. 8, had only a 2.8 percent chance to land at the top.

Nick Gilbert was born with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses and a bow tie and looked serious until he showed a keen sense of humor in a television interview. His father called him his 'hero' for the way he has fought the disease.

'It's sort of Nick fashion. He has been doing it his whole life to some degree. I'm proud of him. I proud of the way he carried himself, and I am very excited for the fans of Cleveland, Ohio who have been through a very, very rough year,' Dan Gilbert said. 'They deserve it more than anybody, and they have some good hope now.'

Minnesota will select second and Utah turned New Jersey's pick from the Deron Williams trade into the No. 3 selection.

The Timberwolves continued their unbelievable lottery losing streak, falling to 0 for 14 and dropping for the eighth time. They had a 25 percent chance to win after finishing with a league-worst 17-65 record.

Instead the luck went to the Cavaliers, who are used to playing deep in the playoffs and hope they won't have to worry about this trip again.

Besides Nick Gilbert, the Cavaliers also brought along current Cleveland Browns Josh Cribbs and Joe Haden, dressed in the Cavaliers' wine and gold jerseys, and former Browns star Bernie Kosar for good luck.

They will likely decide between point guard Kyrie Irving of Duke or Arizona forward Derrick Williams as the top pick.

With the NBA down to its final four teams, 14 at the bottom of the standings made the trip to NBA Entertainment studios in northern New Jersey for what Commissioner David Stern called the league's 'annual rite of renewal.'

'There are a lot of teams who think they are one player away and this may be the player,' Stern said during a news conference before the lottery.

And it was an important year to finish near the top. In part because of the league's uncertain labor situation, the draft is not considered deep. North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Ohio State center Jared Sullinger were among expected lottery picks who decided to return to school.

But the lottery again failed to help the team that needed it most. Not since 2004, when the Orlando Magic picked Dwight Howard, has the team with the worst record picked first in the draft.

The Timberwolves went from second to fourth last year, but this drop could be more costly - though probably not as much as the other time they had the best chance to win. A two-spot dive in 1992 cost them a shot at Shaquille O'Neal and they instead settled for Christian Laettner at No. 3.

Then again, maybe the Cavaliers needed the help more. James' departure from his home state turned a 60-win power into the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Dan Gilbert was defiant when James left, but it was obvious all season his team needed plenty more firepower to live up to his tough talk.

'We'll be right back there and be competitive and build this franchise going forward,' Dan Gilbert said.

Toronto and Washington dropped to Nos. 5 and 6 and Sacramento, represented by Mayor Kevin Johnson, fell to No. 7.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Doc Rivers undergoes throat surgery - by Eurobasket News
What a week for Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. First, he signs a five-year contract extension for a price, $35 million, that could take your breath away.

Then, Rivers is set to undergo throat surgery on Tuesday to remove a growth, a procedure that will temporarily take away his voice, reports the Boston Herald.

Doc Rivers will have surgery today to remove a non-cancerous growth from his throat, and he wont be able to talk for two weeks.

My wife will be the happiest person in the room about that, the Celtics [team stats] coach said after arriving in Boston, now his professional home for at least another five years thanks to the $35 million contract extension he signed yesterday.
Other than the temporary voice loss, it sounds like everything will be A-OK for Rivers.

That's great news, because ESPNBoston.com reports that the surgery marks the end of a somewhat scary episode for Rivers, who had a biopsy on his throat all the way back in October.

After those test results initially came back negative, Rivers joked about the scare.

'I'm going to be around for a little while, it looks like,' Rivers said in October. 'I'm sure that disappoints everyone.'

Rivers just completed his seventh year as coach of the Celtics. His career coaching record is 507-406.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Turiaf to play for French National Team this summer - by Eurobasket News
Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) is expected to pick up the player option on his $4.36 million contract and then spend the summer playing for the French national team, which will attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics at the EuroBasket 2011 tournament in Lithuania. France is slotted in Group B with Serbia, Latvia, Israel, Germany and Italy, for which Danilo Gallinari will make his debut for the senior national team. With Shelden Williams and Jared Jeffries becoming free agents, Turiaf is the only center remaining on the Knicks roster aside from Jerome Jordan, last June's 2nd round draft pick who spent last season in Serbia.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Heat can't let Game 1 loss linger - by Eurobasket News
Out of the mouth of babes.

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) hadn't been smiling. He hadn't seemed to brush off the Chicago Bulls' 103-82 romp over him and his Heat team to open the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night.

He was saying the right things Monday afternoon but looking the wrong way: Like someone staring at a challenge he'd underestimated.

And then a reporter asked about his son, Zaire, who had dunked on his dad with a toy basketball and screamed, 'Gibson!'

As in Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC), the Chicago forward whose towering dunk over Wade had summed up the Bulls' night as much as it had Wade and the Heat's futility.

It was a dunk that, after the game, led Wade to quip, 'Yeah that was a good one. But that's a great ratio for me. The first time I've been dunked on all year. I'll take my 90-1 dunks this year.'

Only now, 15 hours later, his own son's taunt made Wade smile. Then laugh. Heartily.

'Yeah,' Wade said, looking a lot more like himself, 'you gotta love your kids. Just made me smile. It made me laugh. He loves his dad but he loves the game as well, so he appreciated Taj's dunk on me. So we had a little fun with that.

'He made me laugh,' Wade said, still looking happy and at ease for the first time. 'You move on from stuff, you laugh about it.'

Exactly.

This Miami Heat team has distinguished itself as much with its ability to rattle off long winning streaks (of 12, eight and seven games this season) as to get into serious funks (five- and four-game losing streaks, not to say anything of November).

It's best they remember that, especially with all this talk about Game 1 suddenly showing the Chicago Bulls are going to steamroll the Heat.

There is a long way to go, but Miami's players have a way of getting caught up in the flow of things, whether good or bad. They need to let Game 1 roll off their backs and then move on. Not just say that, but do it.

'We all know obviously the effort plays, the second chance opportunities all those things really deflated our focus and our concentration and effort there in the second half,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Monday. 'With all that said, and with all the evaluations about the game, we are still in a position to take control with a win on Wednesday. And this whole series will be about enduring and how long can you endure through the physical grind, but just as importantly, the mental grind, because it's two very competitive, physical teams.'

The Heat really can take control of this series by winning Game 2. And let me be clear: I'm not saying they need to have more fun to do that, or to be happy and smiley after such a terrible loss. The fun comes with the winning.

I'm saying the Heat need to shake off that dazed look and reclaim the saunter of a squad that believes it's the best in the land. Be angry, yes, at how they played. But be mindful of who they are and what they're capable of.

Those things seemed lost Sunday night, and for much of Monday's pre-practice interview session. Zaire's taunt and laugh brought out the most wisdom I've heard the Heat utter since the end of Game 1: 'You move on from stuff, you laugh about it.'

Then LeBron said something equally as wise: 'We can lose by 100. This is the playoffs. This is only one game. It's just one game.'

If the Heat can do what they're capable of, they can look back at that first loss and Wade at that Taj facial and laugh at themselves.

If they don't, they go home.

So laugh. Get past it. Grasp the energy level it's going to take to compete with a team as good as Chicago. Get angry again. Take on the mantle of on-court villains. Fear failure. Reject everyone else. Get back to it in Game 2.

The alternative is slipping back to the November version of themselves and thus letting Chicago move onto the NBA Finals.

There is no room for doubt. Not in the NBA in May or June. None.

Both teams need to do all they can to marshal the best of themselves to advance against the other. For Miami, that means never letting the doubt set in, no matter how bad the loss.

They've failed on that front so far.

The team that had learned to weather hardship seemed suddenly to have forgotten those lessons.

LeBron and Wade were more than sullen after Sunday's game; they looked beat and weary.

This wasn't the calmly confident group that shook off a five-game losing streak and the talk of tears that came out of it. This wasn't the team that put into proper context the playoff losses to Boston and Philadelphia with the calm dignity of a team that knew all was still well.

This was more like the LeBron and Wade during that 9-8 November stretch, when the magnitude of what they'd undertaken appeared before them in all its difficulty. When the struggle ahead loomed as an unpleasant surprise.

'I missed a number of shots I normally make,' LeBron said glumly. 'It's just one of those nights that individually I didn't have it going.'

That comment, along with Wade's, came in the locker room Sunday night. It happened there because the two stars, in an uncharacteristic move, did not arrive at the podium for their postgame press conference.

Look, an NBA player talking or not talking to the media doesn't matter. It doesn't. What does matter is being so down over a loss, so shaken, that you break your routine because it seems you don't want to face the cameras and the music.

This is just one game. One. Everyone needs to remember that, Miami among them.

Dwyane Wade's oldest son had it right. The Bulls' performance, like Gibson's dunk on his dad, was stellar. It was worth noting. It's funny in the proper context, because it's not the end.

Not yet. Not if the Heat can do as Spoelstra said and take control of this series.

After Zaire Wade got done dunking on and being dunked on by his dad, he offered some advice to his old man. That made Wade laugh, too.

'He always gives me tips,' Wade said with another laugh. 'But I'm fine. I'm good. I told him I'm alright, I think I've done alright so far.'

Exactly.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsflorida.com


Jazz's Corbin has initial conversations with possible assistant hires - by Eurobasket News
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin discusses Tuesday the status of hiring new assistants to add to his staff.

Corbin on where the process stands: 'It's not an exact timeframe, but it'll be a little while [after the draft].'

Making contact with coaches: 'Little bits and pieces. I talked to a couple guys on the phone. Haven't actually set down with too many guys. I had one opportunity to talk to a guy because we were in the city he was in.'

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


Bird: Vogel is front-runner to keep job - by Eurobasket News
Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird spoke to the media at Conseco Fieldhouse on Tuesday morning and indicated that interim coach Frank Vogel is under consideration for the job on a full-time basis.

'He is the front-runner,' Bird said, adding that he has 'been in contact with some [other] guys.'

Vogel took over for Jim O'Brien after the team started 17-27. The Pacers went 20-18 under Vogel, finishing at 37-45 and making the playoffs as an eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They were knocked out in the first round by the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in five games.

Bird also said he was happy with the current direction of the team, but does not consider 37 wins to be a success.

'We're in a position to take it to the next level,' Bird added.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


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  NCAA1   


Next Drew takes over at Valparaiso - by Eurobasket News
Valparaiso is keeping its basketball coaches all in the family.

Longtime Crusaders coach Homer Drew announced Tuesday that he was retiring for a second time and again turning over the reins to one of his sons. This time, its former Valparaiso star Bryce Drew taking over for dad less than eight years after his brother was the head coach here, too.

'My vision is very simple,' Bryce Drew said. 'To my dad, Im extremely proud of what you accomplished here. To my brother, Im very proud of what youve accomplished here. But my dream is to take Valpo to the next level.'

Homer Drew certainly did his part in 22 seasons with the Crusaders.

In 1988, he took over a program that had never been to the NCAA tournament, never won a conference title or posted a winning record in its Division I era.

Drew, with the help of his sons, turned the Crusaders from an also-ran into one of the nations elite mid-major programs. It took less than 10 years.

Homer Drew finishes his career with nine 20-win seasons _ 25 in his last season before retiring the first time and 23 this time. He took the Crusaders to five straight NCAA tourneys from 1996 to 2000, including the schools only regional semifinal appearance in 1998, and he made NCAA trips overall.

But after winning 640 games in 32 seasons, No. 7 among active coaches, and coaching more than 1,000, Homer Drew decided it was time to step aside for his 36-year-old son. Homer Drew will stay on as associate athletic director.

'It would have been a joy going out that way,' Drew said when asked about nearly making an eighth NCAA tourney last season. 'But if you stay tuned, hopefully, that next person will accomplish that for us.'

This is the second time this has happened at Valpo.

In 2002, Drews other son, Scott, took over the program. But after one season, Scott Drew accepted the job at Baylor and Homer Drew returned to the Crusaders. The Baylor coach did attend Tuesdays news conference.

In 2005, Homer Drew hired his other son, Bryce, as an assistant, and almost from that moment it seemed Bryce Drew _ Valparaisos most famous player _ was destined to be his fathers successor.

Bryce Drew was named Indianas Mr. Basketball in 1994. He was the Mid-Continent Conference newcomer of the year and tournament MVP his freshman season. He played in three NCAA tournaments, four conference title games and finished his college career as the schools career leader in scoring (2,142), assists (626) and 3-pointers (364).

But it was his catch, off of a tip pass, and his incredible buzzer-beating toss that upset Mississippi in the first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament that will be most remembered.

'He has all the attributes we look for,' athletic director Mark LaBarbera said. 'He knows what winning looks like from the inside, he has a keen understanding of the game of basketball and most important he understands the values that Valparaiso holds dear.'

The announcement was a bit unusual. Actually, it was two announcements, separated by an intermission so Homer Drew could leave the front of the room and Bryce Drew could step up to the podium.

The reason: Valpo wanted Homer Drew to have his own moment to say goodbye.

'This is my second time at retiring, so I should be much better at it,' he joked.

Bryce Drew was a first-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets in 1998, played six seasons in the NBA and seven professionally before returning to his alma mater as his fathers assistant.

Now he has the tall order of succeeding his father and coaching in front of him.

'What has kept me here these 22 years is you,' Homer Drew said. 'What makes Valparaiso successful is you, from the president to the players to the staff and alumni, and thats going to be hard to miss. But Im going to come to some basketball games and make sure hes doing OK out there.'

And the younger Drew would expect nothing less.

'At age 14, Im 36 now, Valpos success was No. 1 in my heart,' Bryce Drew said. 'So thank you dad for leaving me at least one more thing that can be accomplished. We want to win the Horizon League championship, we want to leave our own legacy on this campus.'

Courtesy of www.whec.com


Wisconsin-UNC, Duke-Ohio St in Big Ten/ACC games - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina will host Wisconsin and Duke will play at Ohio State in the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge next season.

The series expands to 12 games with Nebraska joining the Big Ten.

The Blue Devils and Buckeyes combined to be ranked No. 1 in all but one of the AP polls last season. They face off Nov. 29. The other games that day are Miami at Purdue; Northwestern at Georgia Tech; Illinois at Maryland; Michigan at Virginia; and Clemson at Iowa.

The Tar Heels, who return their top seven scorers, take on the Badgers on Nov. 30. The rest of that day's slate features Indiana at N.C. State; Penn State at Boston College; Florida State at Michigan State; Virginia Tech at Minnesota and Wake Forest at Nebraska.

Courtesy of www.cbs58.com


Othella Harrington returns to Georgetown, joins John Thompson's staff as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Othella Harrington (6'10''-C/F-74, college: Georgetown) is returning to Georgetown as an assistant coach.

The Hoyas announced Tuesday that Harrington has joined the staff of coach John III Thompson.

Harrington was a four-year starter at Georgetown from 1992-96. He is the Hoyas all-time leader in offensive rebounds and is fifth on the schools all-time scoring list.

Harrington also played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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  NCAA3   


Jim O'Brien new coach at Emerson - by Eurobasket News
Former Boston College and Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien has been named Emerson College's men's basketball coach.

O'Brien, who played at Boston College and also coached at St. Bonaventure, was chosen Tuesday to take over the Division III program which does not award athletic scholarships.

O'Brien was fired by Ohio State in 2004. He started his tenure there in 1997 and led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournaments, including the 1999 Final Four. He sued the school over the firing and was awarded $2.74 million when the court ruled in his favor.

During the past 12 seasons, Emerson has won two Great Northeast Athletic Conference titles (1998 and 1999) and competed in the championship game six other times, including three of the past five years.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Hope women's basketball No.1 in NCAA Division III home attendance - by Eurobasket News
Maddie Burnett (5'9''-G) heard about the unusual amount of support her Hope College women's basketball team received.

The junior transfer still could not believe it until she stepped onto the DeVos Fieldhouse court for her first game.

'Until I actually stepped on the floor and I looked at all the people, being a female and knowing they were here to watch us, it was just crazy', Burnett said. 'It's amazing to see that support. It makes your adrenaline rush even more.'

Burnett and her teammates received an unprecedented amount of support last season.

The Flying Dutch led NCAA Division III in home attendance for the third consecutive season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

Hope averaged 1,546 fans at DeVos Fieldhouse during the 2010-11 season well ahead of runner-up Howard Payne (Texas) and its 953. The national average was 231.

The Flying Dutch increased their average by 407 fans per game and it is their highest average since DeVos Fieldhouse debuted in 2005. They also led Division III in attendance in 2009-10 at 1,139, 2008-09 at 1,269 and 2005-06 at 1,329.

Hope came within just three fans of matching Howard Paynes Division III record set in 2007-08. The Flying Dutch drew a total of 26,274 fans to 17 home games.

Its just awesome for Hope College and especially womens basketball, Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. It reflects the overall athletic program. Were so well supported by the community and the campus. Our players really view it as an honor.

Its not just the Hope-Calvin game. Its every game. Thats how you get to that average.
Division III teams set a record last season with a total of 1,206,054 fans.

Calvin College was eighth in Division III womens basketball with 660 fans per home game.

Morehouse said it is impressive the Flying Dutch are not piggybacking off another team for fans.

We dont play back-to-back with the men very often, Morehouse said. Its pretty amazing all the people who are here to watch us not because the mens team playing the game after us. To be sort of a self-supporting program is really amazing.

The personal touch Hope fans give players is an additional bonus, Burnett said.

Our fans are great, she said. They not only care about the game, they care about us as people. I get emails from people congratulating me and wishing me luck. Its amazing.

Courtesy of www.hollandsentinel.com


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


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DStv PBL Standings
DStv Standings
Atlantic Conf.
 1. Union Bank 14-1 
 2. Royal Hoopers 12-2 
 3. Comets 9-5 
 4. D.Warriors 9-6 
 5. Islanders 7-8 
 6. Police Baton 5-10 
 7. Delta Force 1-13 
 8. Chariots 1-13 
Savannah Conf.
 1. Kano Pillars 11-0 
 2. Kada Stars 9-2 
 3. Yelwa Hawks 7-4 
 4. Bauchi Nets 7-4 
 5. Niger Potters 4-7 
 6. Plateau Peaks 4-7 
 7. Immigration 2-9 
 8. Rockets 0-11 


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Season Scout Maia Basket - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
After five seasons in Proliga, Maia Basket Clube was relegated to CNB1, even if they finished with the same number of wins as Guifoes and Alges. The Maia team had difficulties to have a complete roster and had three wins in their last five games, too late to get a place who was only officially lost in the last round.

The Season
Maia Basket Clube had a good start in the season, with a 2-2 record in the first four games, but they terrible six lost streak put them at the bottom of the table. They were thought to be relegated sooner than it happen, mostly because they had a very good streak in the final five games. It was a team with a big heart, but a very small rotation, with Rui Silva having only seven players to rotate for most of the games. If they can keep their core players, they must be back in Proliga very soon.

The Player
Joao Diamantino (201-F-85).For Joao, whose twin brother Paulo plays at Vit.Guimaraes, it was his best senior season. With 13.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game, Joao Diamantino was one of the best centers in Proliga. He has a strong body and knows all the fundamentals. This season, he has proven his merit to play in a higher league. Andre Dara (180-G-83) had his first season in Proliga and showed his qualities to play against stronger defenders. Hes a very good director, with a high assistance average (5.3) and is the other player in Maias roster who should find a place to play in Proliga next season.

The prospect
Head Coach Rui Silva . This must have been the hardest season of Coach Silva's career. Even if Maia has been keeping their place in Proliga as other teams quit the League, he has built something for this season and it happened to be the year his team confirms relegation. With all the problems the team had, he still was capable to show good basketball and put some players at their best form. What will he do with a stronger organization in his team? Our hopes are we can discover it in the future.




Check for more at www.porbasket.blogspot.com





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Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Guaynabo 12-7 
 2. Bayamon 11-6 
 3. Quebradillas 11-6 
 4. Santurce 9-7 
 5. San German 9-8 
 6. Arecibo 8-9 
 7. Humacao 8-10 
 8. Coamo 8-11 
 9. Isabela 7-12 
 10. Mayaguez 5-12 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.8 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas24.2 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.7 
 4. Villegas, Coamo19.6 
 5. Clemente, Humacao19.0 
 6. Johnson, Humacao18.6 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Ayuso, Arecibo18.2 
 9. Clinch, Isabela18.2 
 10. Harris, San German17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.5 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.5 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.8 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.3 
 5. Harris, San German10.9 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.8 
 7. Rickert, Bayamon10.5 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon9.4 
 10. Sweetney, Santur.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.6 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.8 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.7 
 6. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.2 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao3.9 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon ROBINSON
  Mayaguez
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Robinson, Mayaguez1.9 
 2. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 3. Santiago, Santurce1.8 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.6 
 5. Berdiel, Humacao1.6 
 6. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 7. Hodge, Santurce1.5 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.4 
 10. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.2 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Randolph, Isabela1.7 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 8. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez1.4 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon1.4 


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  SENEGAL   


Alain Weisz takes over Senegalese National Team - by Eurobasket News
Alain Weisz will be the next head coach of Senegalese National Team. The president of Senegalese Basketball Federation has announced the news. Tandian Baba just returned from France where he had finalized the deal with the French specialist. Alain Weisz will guide Senegal during 2011 AfroBasket in August. The contract also have a clause that collaboration resumes in case Senegal make it to 2012 London Olympic Games. Alain Weisz has been working with Hyeres-Toulon for the last four seasons. He guided the team to La Semaine des As Cup semis in 2008. Earlier Alain Weisz worked with Montpellier, Le Mans, Strasbourg and LFB team Aix en Provence. The 57-year-old coach was also on French National Team bridge back in 2000/03. He led the team into 2000 Olympic Games Final.


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Partizan 12-1 
 2. Hemofarm 10-3 
 3. Radnicki 7-5 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 5-7 
 5. FMP 5-7 
 6. Metalac 4-8 
 7. Beograd 4-9 
 8. Mega Vizura 3-10 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.3 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 7. Zekovic, Beograd16.4 
 8. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm8.1 
 2. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac7.4 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 7. Jelovac, Mega V.6.4 
 8. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.2 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm6.1 
 3. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 5. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 6. Mitrovic, Beograd4.8 
 7. Covic, FMP4.8 
 8. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.7 
 9. Dundjerski, Beograd4.4 
 10. Atanackovic, Prol.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi S.1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Fekete, Sloboda1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 5. Djekic, Mega V.0.8 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Cantekin, Mega V.0.8 
 9. Lucic, Beograd0.7 
 10. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 


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  SEYCHELLES   


Hawks hit century mark - by Carlos Pereira
Reigning league champions PLS Hawks were victorious over leaders Premium Cobras 102-77, putting an end to their unbeaten run, while Anse Etoile Stars easily climbed to the top spot after smashing fifth placed Cadettes 118-21.
Already lost once to Mont Fleuri Dawgz, Hawks started the encounter on a very high tempo and took a comfortable 35-23 lead at the end of the first quarter, with Daniel Victor chipping 11points.
The second period was no different, as Hawks kept pushing forward, adding another 25 points with 10 points from Nigerian Alao Solomon compared to 16 for Cobras to maintain their lead. The halftime score was 60-39.
Victor and Solomon combined for 19 of Hawks 23 points scored in the third quarter, while Amadou Sylla scored eight points for Cobras, bringing their total to 16 for the quarter.

With PLS Hawks already in the driving seat, Cobras dug into their reserve to at least cut on the lead during the fourth quarter. Eight points including two treys from Timmy Adam did the trick for Cobras as they managed to outscore Hawks 20-19.
Solomon was Hawks top scorer with 34 points while Darren Lesperance led the scoring for Cobras with 19 points.
Despite the defeat, Premium Cobras remain on top of the league table with 13 points from six wins and a loss out of seven matches, while PLS are second on 11 points after five wins and a loss out of six matches.




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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 13-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 9-4 
 3. Helios 9-4 
 4. Zlatorog 8-5 
 5. Geoplin Slovan 5-8 
 6. Polzela 4-9 
 7. Elektra 2-11 
 8. Maribor Messer 2-11 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 5-15 
 3. Parklji 1-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Panic, Zlatorog21.2 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Raymond, Helios17.1 
 4. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 5. Thondique, Polzela16.3 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slo.14.7 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.6 
 9. Krejic, Parklji13.4 
 10. Mali, Helios12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.5 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.4 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra7.3 
 5. Raymond, Helios7.0 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin6.9 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.5 
 8. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 9. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
 10. Mucic, Maribor5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  Polzela
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.4 
 2. Brolih, Maribor4.4 
 3. Jersin, Elektra4.3 
 4. Djordjevic, Krka4.0 
 5. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 6. Krivec, Krka3.8 
 7. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.8 
 8. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 10. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast1.9 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 4. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
 5. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 6. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.6 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 8. Ikonic, Krka1.5 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 10. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.9 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.0 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union0.8 
 6. Booker, Krka0.7 
 7. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 8. Pavic, Krka0.6 
 9. Omic, Zlatorog0.6 
 10. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.6 


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  SPAIN   


Spanish ACB round 34 best performance: D'or Fischer - by Eurobasket News
American center D'or Fischer (211-C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Real Madrid, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Menorca (#18, 7-27) 91-76. Real Madrid finished regular season as No.2 with 26-8 record and will meet Fuenlabrada in the Quarterfinals. It was one of impressive evenings for Fischer as usually he does not deliver so high stats. D'or Fischer averages this season 6.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Stanko Barac (217-C-86) of Caja Laboral Vitoria. Barac had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Caja Laboral cruised to a 79-70 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#14, 12-22). Caja Laboral's 4th position in the standings has not changed (23-11) and they will play against Granca in the QFinals. Barac is one of the most experienced players at Caja Laboral and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Meridiano Alicante (#16). Doellman scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Doellman's great performance Meridiano lost 86-90 to the higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#10, 16-18). Meridiano survived in ACB registering 9 wins. Doellman has individually a great season in Spain. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Gran Canaria - 30 points and 2 rebounds
5. Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) of Fuenlabrada - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Cajasol - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) of Real Madrid - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Andres Miso (199-G-83) of CAI Zaragoza - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85) of Fuenlabrada - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Estudiantes - 13 points and 9 rebounds

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


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  SWITZERLAND   


Lugano Tigers claim LNA title - by Eurobasket News
Fribourg - Lugano Tigers 74:80

Lugano Tigers defended their LNA title. They overcame Fribourg 3-1 in the championship series repeating the last seasons result. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up with 29 points to pace the visitors.
Lugano showed their ambitions early in the game. They limited Fribourg to 12 points in the opening period and got a 6-point advantage. Things got better offensively for the hosts in the second term. Fribourg nailed 26 points in the second quarter and cut the distance to just 2 points at the interval 38:40. Fribourg eventually erased the deficit in the third stanza. Lugano and Fribourg were tied at 58 entering the final quarter. But Michael Efevberha and his teammates proved the strength in the fourth term. The Tigers erupted for 22 points and ran away for the victory at the end. Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) finished with 17 points, while Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) had 9 points in the win. Steve Smith (200-F-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Iona) responded with 29 points for Fribourg. Yuanta Holland (202-F/C-78, college: Dayton) had 19 points in the losing effort.

Fribourg: Steve Smith 29, Yuanta Holland 19
Lugano Tigers: Michael Efevberha 29, Sean Finn 17, Derek Stockalper 9



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  TAIWAN   


BYHU's Wagner instructing Taiwan NTs - by Chris Wang
Ken Wagner , head coach of the U.S. NCAA Div-II school BYU-Hawaii, gave two Taiwan national teams instruction during his short stay in Taiwan, local media reported.

Wagner, who led BYUH to the NCAA Div-II men's championship game this year, was brought in by NIKE Taiwan to coach in its Taiwan summer camp and help train Taiwan's U19 NT, which is going to Latvia for the FIBA U19 World Championship.

The veteran coach and his assistant John Wardenburg also took time to visit Taiwan's senior NT, which is in camp to prepare for the East Asian Basketball Championship -- a qualifier for the Asian Championship. He was scheduled to help train Taiwan NT for four days.

Wagner was familiar with Taiwanese players, having coached Taiwan NT center Wu Tai-hao for two years and junior Jet Chang, who was named Most Outstanding Player in this year's Div-II tourney, for three years.

Meanwhile, Taiwan U19 NT will go to China for a week-long tour from June 3 to June 10, during which it will meet junior teams of the Chinese league CBA and other teams, according to head coach Huang Wan-lung.

Huang said the team had to give up the planned trip to South Korea because of schedule problem. Kyung Hee University basketball team won't be able to help with the training camp before mid June, Huang said, and that will be too late for the World Championship, which starts June 30 in Latvia.

Taiwan U19 NT will be the shortest team among 16 participants in Latvia, said Huang, who has been known for his style of high intensity and tough man-to-man defense. The players will have to have stamina that could last two games under his style of play.

'So far, these kids are only 60 percent of what I expected, ' he was quoted as saying.

'However, we have been working extremely hard. And these kids deserved everyone's blessing. After all, we're going to meet the top 16 teams in the world as Asia's third seed, ' he said.




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  UBL   


LIGHTNING VS TORNADOES 109-121 - by Torrence Moody
UBL Metroplex Lightning traveled to Mississippi not knowing if the level of the Mississippi River would rise furhter than it already had. Metro touched down in Mississippi with 7 guys ready to battle the Tornadoes. This game has been postponed for months so both teams were fired up and ready to play. UBL Tornadoes jumped out early with a 33-20 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Lightning being short handed looked for veteran guard Moody to lead the load. Moody finshed the quarter 1-9 from the field.
SF Chris Watson lead the Tornadoes with 13 points in the first 12 minutes of play. Sluggish but starting to speed up the Lightning went into halftime down 49-62.
Alonzo Butler led Metro with 15 points at the half. Lightning came out strong in the 3rd quarter but still fell short, 73-89 at the end of the 3rd. 'We hoped to get some productivity out of Moody' says Coach Mitchell 'but never seen him shoot that bad before.' Torrence Moody ended the game 2-24 with 6 points. 'Don't want to blame it on the drive but I was very drained from the ride' says Moody. The Tornadoes ended up letting Metro within 3 points with less than 4 minutes left in the game, due to outstanding play by
PG Terrance White who scored 9 points in the 4th quarter and SG Tim Polley.
Final score 121-109, Mississippi prevailed. The two conference teams will face off again in Mississippi on the 28th of May at 5pm. (written by Coach Neal Mitchell)

Mississippi Tornadoes
Christopher Watson (6'6''-F-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) 23 points
James Kendrick (6'8''-F-85, college: Alcorn St.) 19 points
Jerry Banks 16 points
Jermaine Rushing 16 points

Metroplex Lightning
Alonzo Butler (6'4''-G/F-84, college: Paul Quinn) 27 points
Tim Polley (6'3''-G) 23 points
Terrance White (5'11''-G) 16 points



UBL
COME GET SOME!!





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


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 4. Burns, Fe.16.3 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.1 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.7.9 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla6.5 
 10. Sandul, BC Kyiv6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.5 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.6 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 5. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 8. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


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  URUGUAY   


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


Three leaders for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez
Larranaga beat Goes 98-79 and now both teams share with Nacional the Metro League leadership after the first nine rounds, with a 7/2 record. For Larranaga Jimmy Boston netted 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and added 4 blocks and 5 assists, Santiago Moglia scored 26 points took 6 rebounds. For Goes, playing without import players, Johnny Rodriguez netted 21 points and took 6 rebounds, while Federico Haller added 16 points and 8 rebounds. The 10 teams will be playing now another nine rounds to classify six teams to play for two promotions.

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  VENEZUELA   


LPB Round 44: Top-ranked Cocodrilos win another game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

LPB top team - Cocodrilos (27-7) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Guaros (12-24) in Barquisimeto 88-74. Cocodrilos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-7 record. Guaros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 24 games lost. Cocodrilos are looking forward to face Trotamundos (#3) in Valencia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Guaros will play again at home against the league's leader Cocodrilos (#1) in Caracas and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Gigantes (19-18) and Toros (12-25), which took place in Maracay. 6th ranked Gigantes lost to ninth ranked Toros in a road game 82-97. Toros maintains ninth position with 12-25 record. Gigantes at the other side keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Toros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play on the road against Panteras (#7) in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 44 Gigantes beat Toros on the road 88-80.



Guaros - Cocodrilos 74-88

LPB top team - Cocodrilos (27-7) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eighth ranked Guaros (12-24) in Barquisimeto 88-74. Cocodrilos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-7 record. Guaros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 24 games lost. Cocodrilos are looking forward to face Trotamundos (#3) in Valencia in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Guaros will play again at home against the league's leader Cocodrilos (#1) in Caracas and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
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Toros - Gigantes 80-88

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Gigantes (19-18) beat 9th ranked Toros (12-25) in Maracay 88-80. Gigantes maintains sixth position with 19-18 record. Toros at the other side keep the ninth place with 25 games lost. Gigantes will play against Panteras (#7) in Caracas in the next round. Toros will have a break next round.
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Toros - Gigantes 97-82

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Gigantes (19-18) and Toros (12-25), which took place in Maracay. 6th ranked Gigantes lost to ninth ranked Toros in a road game 82-97. Toros maintains ninth position with 12-25 record. Gigantes at the other side keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Toros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play on the road against Panteras (#7) in Caracas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121575




Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 27-7 
 2. Marinos 25-9 
 3. Trotamundos 25-10 
 4. Bucaneros 19-16 
 5. Guaiqueries 19-17 
 6. Gigantes 19-18 
 7. Panteras 15-21 
 8. Guaros 12-24 
 9. Toros 12-25 
 10. Gaiteros 5-31 




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Women News

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Hana Horakova moves to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Hana Horakova (182-F/G-79) will continue her career in Russia. The Czech Republic National Team member signed a deal with UMMC for season 2011/12. Horakova arrives to her new club from Fenerbahce Ulker. She helped Fener win the title last season in Turkey averaging 6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26 league games. In Euroleague, Horakova added 4.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.7 apg in 14 games. Fenerbahce also won the Turkish President Cup this season.
Hana Horakova spent many years with Gambrinus Sika Brno in the past. He won many trophies and individual awards as well. The most important award for sure was Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Player of the Year 2010. Horakova is active member of the Czech National Team. At the latest World Championship (2010) she had 12.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 3.9 apg leading her country to Silver medal.


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  EL SALVADOR - Women  


Female NT advanced to Centrobasket ! - by Jaime Arevalo
El Salvador Female National Team claimed an historical success last week, advancing to Centrobasket Finals for the first time after almost 20 years.
Team El Salvador, coached by Juan Pablo Samour , won two of the three games scheduled at the Torneo del Centroamericano de Selecciones Mayores de la Confederacin Centroamericana y del Caribe COCABA, held at the Gimnasio Nacional Jos Adolfo Pineda, in San Salvador, from May 6 to 8.
The first successa was the win oner Guatemala, 57-54, then El Salvador defeated Honduras, 63-52 in Game 2 and felt to Mexico, 50-61 in the last game of the competition.
Salvadorean Lorena Simon (174-F-81) was named the competition MVP, while Veronica Sosa (172-G/F-90) was crowned as the best 3pts shooter. Mexican player Alexis Castor was the competition top scorer, Lorena Camacho (86), from Mexico she too topped the assists classification and Guatemalan veteran Blanca Amado (179-G/F-79) was crowned as the competition best rebounder.
First placed Mxico and rnner-up El Salvador advanced to CentroBasket 2011, Guatemala ended at third place, Honduras at the fourth
See here down the complete Salvadoran Female NT roster
4 Aida Funes (168-G-84)
5 Veronica Sosa
6 Karla Leiva (170-G-93)
7 Kenia Campos (168-G-86)
8 Lorena Simon
9 Vanessa Heredia (185-C-82)
10 Gladis Maravilla (188-C-85)
11 Maria Mendez (175-F-90)
12 Monica Calderon (178-F-91)
13 Rocio Palacios (176-F-85)
14 Kryssia Urias (188-C-94)
15 Yosselin Flores (172-G/F-92)
Monica Escobar (94)


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Nika Baric joins Spartak Moscow Region - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region landed one of the brightest talents in European basketball. The Russian powerhouse signed a deal with Nika Baric (169-G-92). The 18-year-old Slovenian point guard spent the previous season with Merkur Celje in Slovenia. She tallied 19.0 points, 3.4 boards, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Slovenian League the point guard notched 16.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per appearance. Nika Baric was named Eurobasket.com All-WABA Guard of the Year in 2011. Nika Baric also shone bright at the 2010 U18 European Championship in Slovakia. She helped Slovenia reach the semis averaging 23.3 points, 5.9 assists, 4.0 boards and 2.1 steals per appearance. Nika Baric was trumped the tournaments MVP. Nika Baric will team up with two other Balkan top young prospects in Vidnoe Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89).


Nika Baric moves to Spartak Moscow - by Zeljko Zule
Nika Baric (169-G-92), the winner of the 2010 FIBA Young Women's Player of the Year award, has left Slovenian runner-up Celje to join Russian powerhouse Spartak Moscow. She inked for two seasons with renewal for optional additional two years.
The 19-year old Slovenian star first represented her country at the age of 13, at the 2005 U16 European Championship Women and averaged 13 points per game. In 2007 she played in the U16 and U18 championship. She picked up her first MVP award during the U16 championship and also a bronze medal with Slovenia. In 2008 she made her first appearance with the national senior team and played only for the U18 team, where she picked up another bronze medal and the MVP award. In 2009 her dream came true when Slovenia finally won promotion to Division A. She picked up her third MVP award. In the summer of 2010 she once again excelled and helped the 1992 generation to qualify for the 2011 FIBA World Championship with a fourth place finish. She was again voted MVP.



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  NAIA - Women  


Rocky Mountain College adds Alli Blake, Mariah Gondeiro and Taylor Kufeld - by Eurobasket News
Alli Blake, a forward from Salt Lake Community College in Utah, has signed a letter of intent with the women's basketball program at Rocky Mountain College.

The 6-foot Blake, from Kaysville, Utah, was selected to the 2011 Scenic West Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team, was a second-team All-Region 18 choice and was a second-team all-league pick for the second straight season.

She averaged 8.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Bruins, who compiled a 24-5 record last season. SLCC was ranked as high as sixth in the NJCAA Top 25 poll.

'We are very excited about Alli,' Rocky coach Brian Henderson said. 'She's a versatile and athletic player and is a proven winner. She's a great teammate and will be a fantastic addition to our program and school.'

SLCC lost to North Idaho College in the title game of the Region 18 tournament last year, and NIC went on to win the national championship.

Blake was a two-year starter for the Bruins, averaging 11 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a freshman.

She was an all-state player at Davis High School, lettering three years in basketball. She also competed in volleyball and track.

Courtesy of http://www.rocky.edu

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Rocky Mountain College women's basketball coach Brian Henderson has announced the signing of two in-state recruits.

The Billings Gazette reports Belt guard/forward Mariah Gondeiro and Billings Senior guard/forward Taylor Kufeld are joining the Battlin' Bears for the 2011-12 season.

Gondeiro averaged 18.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game as a senior as Belt posted a 26-1 record and finished third at the state Class C tournament. In her three years as a varsity player, Gondeiro helped Belt post a 73-10 record.

Kufeld averaged six points and 2.8 rebounds per game for Senior, shooting 43 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy of www.kulr8.com


Gustin steps down as Westminster women's basketball coach - by Eurobasket News
Westminster College Director of Athletics Shay Wyatt announced today that women's basketball head coach JD Gustin has resigned to become the Director of Basketball Operations for the women's basketball program at the University of Utah.

'I would like to thank Coach Gustin for his years of service and contributions to Westminster College and the women's basketball program,' Wyatt stated.'JD established a nationally recognized NAIA women's basketball program at Westminster.We wish him and his family the very best with his new opportunity at the University of Utah.'

Gustin had just guided the Griffins to a 28-7 record during the 2010-11 season and a third straight Frontier Conference championship.The team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women's Basketball National Championships and ended the season ranked number eight in the final NAIA national poll which was both firsts for the women's basketball program.

'Westminster is an exceptional institution and I am indebted to them for the opportunity they gave me seven years ago,' Gustin commented.'I'm especially thankful for the student-athletes I was privileged to lead and will miss them greatly.I have had quite a ride.'

Gustin will depart Westminster with a 146-83 (.638) career record and the most successful women's basketball coach in school history.Under his direction, Westminster won three conference titles and advanced to the NAIA National Championships five consecutive seasons, including the first-ever trip in 2006.The three-time Frontier Conference Coach of the Year saw 10 players named NAIA All-American and 16 received all-conference recognition with three Frontier Players of the Year.The NAIA recognized 25 of Gustin's players as a Scholar Athlete with 44 being named Academic All-Conference.

Wyatt announced a search for a new head coach will begin immediately.A position announcement will be posted on the Westminster College online job board athttps://jobs.westminstercollege.edu/for interested applicants.

Courtesy of http://naiabasketball.collegefanz.com


Western signs Hasquet - by Eurobasket News
University of Montana Western head womens basketball coach Cara Cocchiarella announces the signing of McCall Hasquet, a 5-foot-11 forward from Missoula, to a Frontier Conference/NAIA letter of intent.

McCall is a great athlete who has yet to tap into all of her potential as a basketball player, Cocchiarella said of her newest recruit. She is an excellent student and her personality fits in well with the girls on the team. We are very excited to begin working with her. She is another recruit who comes from a great high school basketball program and is a tough competitor.

Her length and athleticism will be great assets to Bulldog basketball.

Hasquet will graduate this spring from Sentinel High School. In addition to carrying a 3.86 overall grade point average, Hasquet is an active member in Key Club and the Honor Society. She has been recognized as an Academic All-State athlete in basketball three times, in track three times and and in cross country once.

Hasquet experienced success in several different sports during her career at Sentinel, lettering in cross country, track and basketball. On the basketball court she was a three-year starter for the Class AA Spartans and helped guide them to three straight Class AA State Tournament appearances.

At the state tournament, Hasquet helped lead Sentinel to two fourth-place finishes as well as a state tunner-up finish her senior year. Her individual play earned her Western AA All-Conference honorable mention in 2010 and placed her among the Class AA State All-Tournament honorable mentionsin 2009 and 2011.

A press release from Western said Hasquet plans to major in biology. Both her parents, Pete and Doris (Deden) Hasquet have collegiate playing and coaching experience.

Courtesy of www.mtstandard.com


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Old Dominion women's basketball coach Wendy Larry resigns - by Eurobasket News
Wendy Larry is stepping down as women's basketball coach at Old Dominion after 25 seasons, including a trip to the national championship game in 1997.

The school says Larry, 56, has accepted a position assisting the Office of Institutional Advancement for athletic related fundraising project and alumni events.

A former Lady Monarchs player, Larry became the head coach in 1987 and compiled a 599-203 record. She led the Lady Monarchs to the NCAA tournament 20 times, including an NCAA record 17 consecutive appearances as the Colonial Athletic Association champions from 1992-2008.

The Lady Monarchs lost to Tennessee in the 1997 national championship game.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Search for new UCSB women's basketball coach down to two - by Eurobasket News
UCSBs search for a new womens basketball coach was narrowed down this week to two candidates Kirsten Moore, the head coach at Westmont College, and Carlene Mitchell, associate head coach at Rutgers University. Gauchos athletic director Mark Massari has said he wants to name the final selection on Thursday.

The two women both have appealing resumes.

Moore: Native of the Golden State; experience as a player and assistant coach at two Pac-10 schools, Oregon and UC Berkeley; along with former UCSB assistant Camille Burkes she brought a blue-chip recruiting class to California; has spent six years as Westmont coach, achieving five straight winning records and four berths in the NAIA National Tournament; has done outreach into the Santa Barbara community as Westmonts associate athletic director.

Mitchell: Longtime resident of the Garden State; played at two junior colleges before finishing as point guard at Kansas State; quickly rose in the coaching ranks to become assistant at Rutgers in 2001; appeared with the Scarlet Knights in the NCAA Tournament 10 consecutive years, reaching the championship game in 2007; as Rutgers recruiting coordinator, she landed two Parade All-Americans in the 2011 class; has been Vivian Stringers associate head coach the last three years.

UCSBs vacancy was created when Lindsay Gottlieb departed to become head womens coach at Cal. Gottlieb coached the Gauchos for three years following the retirement of Mark French. French, a UCSB alumnus, coached the Gaucho women for 21 years, during which they became perennial winners and one of the most popular teams in Santa Barbara.

Courtesy of www.independent.com


Division I womens teams set attendance mark - by Eurobasket News
The NCAA says attendance at Division I womens college basketball games set a record last season.

The NCAA said Tuesday that 8,127,779 people attended Division I games, breaking the 2007-08 record by nearly 40,000. The average attendance last season was 1,642 per game.

For the eighth straight season, and 14th out of the last 15, Tennessee led the NCAA in home attendance with 12,599 per game. Louisville followed with 10,859, and Connecticut was next at 9,788.

The Big 12 led all conferences with an average of 4,720 per game. The Big Ten was second with 4,161 per game and the Southeastern Conference was third at 3,768.

Overall attendance for all three NCAA divisions was 11,159,837, falling 456 people short of the record set during the 2008-09 season.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Natalie Visger takes Snow College head coaching job - by Eurobasket News
Montana State Billings women's basketball assistant coach Natalie Visger announced Thursday she will take over as the new head coach of the Snow College women's basketball program in 2011-12.

'Today is a very bittersweet day for me,' Visger said. 'After nine seasons as a player and a coach here at MSUB, I'm sad to say goodbye, but excited for a great new opportunity. I look forward to the challenges of being a head coach and working with great people at a fantastic campus.'

'I want to thank Dr. Gary Gray and Coach Woodin for their support throughout the process,' Visger continued. 'Coach Woodin has been a great friend and mentor during my time at MSUB. I also want to thank all of the girls from this year and year's past for being such great teams to work with.'

Visger played four seasons for the Yellowjackets (1999-2003) where she had a Hall of Fame career, earning her induction in 2010. She played three seasons in Germany (2003-2006) before returning to Billings as an assistant coach.

In her first year back at MSUB, the Yellowjackets went 22-10 during the season, earning a Heartland Conference Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. This past season, MSUB finished 16-12 and posted an 11-7 record in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference where they were a four seed in the inaugural GNAC Tournament.

In her five seasons as a coach, Visger helped Yellowjacket teams to a combined 76-65 record. She's coached numerous academic all-conference and all-conference players throughout her time with MSUB.

Snow College is a member of the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) and members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Lady Badgers were 17-13 last season and advanced to the second round of the SWAC Championships. SC is based in Ephraim, Utah.

Courtesy of www.ktvq.com


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Portuguese NT will visit Finland - by Eurobasket News
Portuguese National Team started their preparations for the upcoming European Championship in Division B games. Portugal are now at 1-2 record in the tournaments Group A. So the team will travel to Helsinki, Finland for a pair of exhibition games versus Finland. The games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The teams will clash at the Tikkurila Sports Hall.
Head coach Ricardo Vasconcelos invited 14 players to participate in the games. These are: Ana Fonseca (168-G-78), Michelle Brandao (171-G-91), Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA), Sara Filipe (187-F-82), Carla Nascimento (171-G-86), Carolina Escorcio (178-F/C-90), Celia Simoes (168-G/F-85), Diana Neves (170-G-87, college: Vanguard), Joana Bernardeco (168-G-90), Luiana Livulo (187-C-91), Rosinha Rosario (182-F/C-89), Joana Lopes (185-F-86), Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) and Tamara Milovac (186-C-86).
Portugal will tip off the second phase of their European Championship in Division B campaign on June 5. They will travel North to play against Norway. Portugal crushed Norway 69:35 at home court on August 7, 2010.



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Nika Baric joins Spartak Moscow Region - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Moscow Region landed one of the brightest talents in European basketball. The Russian powerhouse signed a deal with Nika Baric (169-G-92). The 18-year-old Slovenian point guard spent the previous season with Merkur Celje in Slovenia. She tallied 19.0 points, 3.4 boards, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game in Adriatic League. In Slovenian League the point guard notched 16.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per appearance. Nika Baric was named Eurobasket.com All-WABA Guard of the Year in 2011. Nika Baric also shone bright at the 2010 U18 European Championship in Slovakia. She helped Slovenia reach the semis averaging 23.3 points, 5.9 assists, 4.0 boards and 2.1 steals per appearance. Nika Baric was trumped the tournaments MVP. Nika Baric will team up with two other Balkan top young prospects in Vidnoe Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) and Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89).


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Stars 118 Cadettes 21!!! - by Carlos Pereira
Anse Etoile Stars had full control over the young Cadettes team and completely outscored them 33-4, 16-8, 32-0, and 37-9 to conclude a devastating 118-21 victory. Magdeline Julienne had the hot hands for Stars with 33 points while captain Laura Francoise was Cadettes top scorer with seven points.
Unbeaten Stars now top the league table with maximum 10 points after five matches, while Cadettes lie fifth with only four points from as many matches.

In another womens league match played during the weekend, Mont Fleuri were victorious over Juniors 75-32. Mont Fleuri are now occupying the third spot with eight points from three wins and two losses while Juniors tail the table with three points after three losses.




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Nika Baric moves to Spartak Moscow - by Zeljko Zule
Nika Baric (169-G-92), the winner of the 2010 FIBA Young Women's Player of the Year award, has left Slovenian runner-up Celje to join Russian powerhouse Spartak Moscow. She inked for two seasons with renewal for optional additional two years.
The 19-year old Slovenian star first represented her country at the age of 13, at the 2005 U16 European Championship Women and averaged 13 points per game. In 2007 she played in the U16 and U18 championship. She picked up her first MVP award during the U16 championship and also a bronze medal with Slovenia. In 2008 she made her first appearance with the national senior team and played only for the U18 team, where she picked up another bronze medal and the MVP award. In 2009 her dream came true when Slovenia finally won promotion to Division A. She picked up her third MVP award. In the summer of 2010 she once again excelled and helped the 1992 generation to qualify for the 2011 FIBA World Championship with a fourth place finish. She was again voted MVP.



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Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL 1st Team 2011
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Jolene Anderson
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Seimone Augustus
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Megan Frazee
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Angel McCoughtry
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Player of the Year: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce
Guard of the Year: Jolene Anderson (173-G-86) of Botas
Forward of the Year: Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) of Fenerbahce
Center of the Year: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce
Newcomer of the Year: Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) of Fenerbahce
Import Player of the Year: Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) of Fenerbahce
Domestic Player of the Year: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) of Fenerbahce
Bosman Player of the Year: Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) of Fenerbahce
Defensive Player of the Year: LaToya Pringle (191-F/C-86) of TED Kayseri
Coach of the Year: Laszlo Ratgeber of Fenerbahce

1st Team
G: Jolene Anderson (173-86) of Botas
G: Seimone Augustus (185-84) of Galatasaray
G/F: Megan Frazee (191-87) of Botas
F: Angel McCoughtry (185-86) of Fenerbahce
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-80) of Fenerbahce

2nd Team
G: Julie McBride (165-82) of Ceyhan Bld
G/F: Dominique Canty (175-77) of Tarsus Bld
G: Allyson Hardy (170-83) of Burhaniye Bld
F/C: LaToya Pringle (191-86) of TED Kayseri
C: Sylvia Fowles (198-85) of Galatasaray

Honorable Mention
Matee Ajavon (173-G-86) of Istanbul Univ.
Jia Perkins (173-G-82) of Ceyhan Bld
Tamika Catchings (186-F-79) of Galatasaray
Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) of Besiktas
Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) of Fenerbahce
Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81) of Tarsus Bld
Nykesha Sales (183-F/G-76) of Besiktas
Jessica Adair (193-C-86) of Samsun
Erlana Larkins (185-F-86) of Mersin
Ashley Paris (191-F-87) of Istanbul Univ.
Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85) of Ceyhan Bld
Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88) of Alanya BLD

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Birsel Vardarli (175-80) of Fenerbahce
G: Deniz Boz (174-82) of Samsun
F: Kubra Siyahdemir (181-86) of Fenerbahce
F: Melisa Can (188-84) of Galatasaray
C: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-80) of Fenerbahce

All-Imports Team
G: Jolene Anderson (173-86) of Botas
G: Seimone Augustus (185-84) of Galatasaray
G/F: Megan Frazee (191-87) of Botas
F: Angel McCoughtry (185-86) of Fenerbahce
C: Sylvia Fowles (198-85) of Galatasaray

All-Defensive Team
Jia Perkins (173-G-82) of Ceyhan Bld
Matee Ajavon (173-G-86) of Istanbul Univ.
Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) of Fenerbahce
LaToya Pringle (191-F/C-86) of TED Kayseri
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA 2011 basketball schedule released; Individual team home games - by USBA Media
ATLANTA PLATINUM HOME BASKETBALL
2011 HOME SCHEDULE
1st half

Sun June 5, 2011 Birmingham Starz (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri June 10, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue July 5, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 13, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half
Thurs July 21, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 27, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 2, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sun Aug 7, 2011 (WNBA Double Header) Game Time (TBA)

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri Aug 19, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 20, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 25, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 27, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia



AUGUSTA RAGING RIVER HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE
1st half

Sat June 4, 2011 Charleston Cadets (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri June 10, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue June 14, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues July 5, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 9, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Sat July 23, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 30, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues Aug 23, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 25, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia





BIRMINGHAM STARZ HOME BASKETBALL
2011SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat June 4, 2011 Atlanta Platinum (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue June 14, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 18, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 9, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half
Fri July 22, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 23, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 30, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 22, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 25, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia





CHARLESTON CADETS HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE

1st half

Sun June 5, 2011 Jacksonville Surf (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 18, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 9, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Sat July 23, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 30, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 2, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 6, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 25, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia



CHARLOTTE BLUE WAVE HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE

1st half

Sun June 5, 2011 Chattanooga Royal (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri June 10, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 23, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues July 5, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 20, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 27, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues Aug 2, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues Aug 23, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 27, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia





CHATTANOOGA ROYAL HOME BASKETBALL
2011SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat June 4, 2011 Nashville Thunder (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June18, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 9, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 13, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Sat July 23, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 30, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 6, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 23, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 27, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia





COLUMBIA BREEZE HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE
1st Half

Sun June 5, 2011 Savannah Seahawks (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri June 10, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri June 17, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 20, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 27, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 2, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 20, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 27, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia




KNOXVILLE REIGN HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE

1st half

Sat June 4, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue June 14, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 18, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues July 5, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm


All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 20, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri July 22, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 27, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 2, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues Aug 23, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 25, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia




MACON STORM HOME BASKETBALL
2011SCHEDULE
1st half

Sun June 5, 2011 Augusta Raging River (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Fri June 17, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 25, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue July 5, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 9, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 20, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 23, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 2, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 6, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 20, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 23, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia




NASHVILLE THUNDER HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE

1st half

Sun June 5, 2011 Knoxville Reign (Pre-season) Game Time 4:00 pm

Fri June 10, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat June 18, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 13, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

2nd half

Tue July 20, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 27, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues Aug 23, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 27, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm









SAVANNAH SEAHAWKS HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE
1st half

Sat June 4, 2011 Macon Storm (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues June 14, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 23, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues July 5, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 9, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 27, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 30, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 6, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 20, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia





WOMENS UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
2011 INDIVIDUAL TEAM SCHEDULE
(1st Half)

WEST VIRGINIA CAPITALS

Sat June 4, 2011 Richmond Colonials (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue June 14, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 23, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 2, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue July 9, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 20, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 23, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue Aug 2, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 10, 2011 Richmond Colonials Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 20, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 27, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011
WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia




JACKSONVILLE SURF HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE
1st half

Sat June 4, 2011 Columbia Breeze (Pre-season) Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 8, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue June 14, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 16, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed July 13, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Wed July 27, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 30, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 Macon Storm Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 6, 2011 Nashville Thunder Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 13, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat Aug 20, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 25, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia





RICHMOND COLONIALS HOME BASKETBALL
2011 SCHEDULE
1st half

Sun June 5, 2011 West Virginia Capitals (Pre-season) Game Time 4:00 pm

Sat June 11, 2011 Knoxville Reign Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues June 14, 2011 Chattanooga Royal Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 22, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 23, 2011 Birmingham Starz Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed June 29, 2011 Atlanta Platinum Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs June 30, 2011 Augusta Raging River Game Time 7:35 pm

Tue July 5, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs July 7, 2011 Charlotte Blue Wave Game Time 7:35 pm

All Star Gala, July 16-18, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia

2nd half

Fri July 22, 2011 Savannah Seahawks Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 23, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Sat July 30, 2011 West Virginia Capitals Game Time 7:35 pm

Thurs Aug 4, 2011 Charleston Cadets Game Time 7:35 pm

Wed Aug 17, 2011 Jacksonville Surf Game Time 7:35 pm

Tues Aug 23, 2011 Columbia Breeze Game Time 7:35 pm

WUSBA Championship Play-Off, August 29, 2011 thru September 2, 2011

WUSBA Championship Game, September 4, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia






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  WBCBL - Women  


Sting - Panther Game Recap - by Willie McCray
Newberry, SC

The RDU Sting made the trip down to Newberry South Carolina for their first test of the 2011 WBCBL season against the Newberry Panthers. The Panthers were running on all cylinders, jumping out to a 12pt lead 5 minutes into the game while the RDU Sting, struggling to get into double digits, looked rattled at times with blown defense assignments all over the court. The Panther's long range game was impressive hitting numerous three pointers as they were left wide open all over the perimeter. The scond quarter proved to be the opposite as Pam Butler (Albany State) became the Sting's answer, connecting for a handful of three pointers. Heroic play by Christina Dewitt (UNC), playing above the rim, got some put backs of her own. Shaquita Shaw (State Fair College) teamed up with Rhadja Page (Voorhees College) for a little two on two to take advantage of the Panther backcourt attacking the paint to keep the game in reach at half time.

In the third quarter the Sting, displaying a fierce Shell Drill, clamped down on the Panthers offense and made a 10pt run, only to see the Panthers abandon the perimeter game and revert to a lane assault, to jump back out to a 12pt lead again. Both teams traded baskets until there was 3:30 left in the game. Then the Sting, displaying their own version of the full court press, wrecked havoc on both ends of the floor cutting the lead 83-80 with 20.14sec left in the game.

With 20.14sec on the clock, the Panthers trying to seal to win, missed a crucial free throw. A Christina Dewitt rebound started the break, Rhadja Page found Alicia Person (ECU) in the corner for the go ahead 3pt to knot it up 83-83. Immediately after a Panther inbound, Page made a timely steal of her own, and connected with a lay up to give the Sting their first lead of the game 85-83. With .30sec left on the clock, the Panthers had no option but to heave in an unsuccessful pass that was intercepted by Pam Butler as time expired.

After the game Coach Burnside had this to say to the ladies 'We had eight of nine players contribute points and that is what it takes to win ball games. Everyone is responsible for scoring, defending, rebounds, and steals, and you did that today. Good Job, I am proud of you.'

Learn more about the RDU Sting Women's Development Program and see their game schedule online at www.RDUSting.com.

RDUSting/2011



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  WNBA - Women  


Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury open camp refreshed - by Eurobasket News
She bounced around the court, her feet as light as the smile that never left her face.

For the first time in more than four months, Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) was on a basketball court with a professional team, doing the thing she loves most.

'I feel like a kid again,' said Taurasi after the Mercury's first training-camp practice Monday.

Taurasi has not played or practiced with a professional team since her suspension from a women's pro league in Turkey in December following doping allegations. Her contract with her Turkish team was terminated in January.

Taurasi, who participated in a three-day training camp with USA Basketball this month, was cleared of all charges in February and has signed a contract with a different Turkish team for next winter's season.

'I think every chapter of your life gives you something,' she said, choosing to elaborate on the Turkey issue at a later time, 'and it's given me a little extra boost.

'Like anything, in any profession, in any job, you get overwhelmed, overworked. I think I hit that point a long time ago.'

Taurasi had played non-stop since she graduated from Connecticut in 2004, playing in both the WNBA and European pro leagues as well as with the U.S. national team in various competitions such as the Olympics and the world championships.

Last year, Taurasi talked about taking a break from basketball, most likely at the start of a WNBA season, in the near future because of her relentless playing schedule over the years.

But now she has come into the Mercury's training camp with a break that was not scheduled and a drive to win that has not wavered.

'I've been working out for the last two, three months, hard,' Taurasi said. 'So I haven't just sat around, because, you know, that would have drove me crazy.'

Taurasi is not the only Mercury player with fresh legs. The rest of the team's key players took some time off after finishing their seasons in Europe. And every player on the Mercury's roster was present at their first practice of the season for the first time since 2009, when the Mercury last won a WNBA championship. Only starting point guard Temeka Johnson, who had yet to take her physical, did not participate.

'I was shocked,' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said after Monday's practice. 'I had to make adjustments in practice to make it harder.

'I notice right now how they're playing, they're fresh.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


6-foot-5 Jacinta Monroe could add size to Storm bench - by Eurobasket News
Storm coach Brian Agler, also the team's director of player personnel, made his first cuts on Monday, releasing former Seattle University guard Breanna Salley and forward Aneika Henry.

The early moves were made to accommodate the arrivals of All-Stars Sue Bird and Swin Cash on Tuesday.

Center Jacinta Monroe (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Florida St.) is one of 15 players remaining but she's feeling the heat, especially after an injury-plagued rookie season.

'I was expecting the worst, being cut,' Monroe said. The WNBA limits the final roster to 11 players. 'It's a business.'

A 6-foot-5 post, Monroe missed the majority of training camp with the Washington Mystics last spring due to an ankle injury she suffered in the ACC tournament while with Florida State.

Working her way back, she suffered another setback on June 19 during an eventual WNBA overtime win against Chicago.

'I don't know what happened, except that I was going up for a rebound and by the time I came down, it felt like my hand was on fire,' Monroe said.

She remained in the game, but later lost a pass from teammate Katie Smith. Monroe felt too much pain in her left hand to catch the ball for a layin.

'I was open, but I didn't want to be open at that time,' she said.

Monroe had hand surgery in June.

She played in just 17 games with the Mystics - not the impression she wanted to make as the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Monroe seemed expendable and was lumped in a three-team deal to Seattle so the Storm could acquire Smith, a future Hall of Fame guard. Now Monroe is wearing a white practice jersey, competing for a position on the Storm's final roster.

' (In Seattle), the coaches welcomed me right away and I felt at home,' she said. 'They were excited to get me out here. It's very businesslike. They love to win, they have a winning tradition. At the same time, they like to have fun. But it's business out here on the court and I like that. It's a great place.'

Smith said she sees differences in Monroe.

'This is the first time that I've seen her in a lot of action,' Smith said. 'She's got great basketball sense, she moves well. I like seeing her out here.'

Learning Agler's defensive scheme and playing five-on-five against the male practice squad, Monroe is more reminiscent of the player who set Florida State's record for blocks (301) and graduated as the school's fourth-leading scorer and rebounder (1,518 points, 913 boards).

This is not the Monroe who hardly logged a stat in Washington, averaging 6.9 minutes.

The Storm stocked up on post players this offseason. Forward Bridgette Mitchell (6-1) was signed via free agency. Krystal Thomas (6-4) was drafted in the third round and Monroe was acquired via trade.

Collectively, the group is raw but intimidating.

Two could find their way onto the roster. Monroe would offer the height missing in key reserve Le'Coe Willingham (6-0) and starter Camille Little (6-2).

'We're still in that mode of really trying to decide,' Agler said. ' (Jacinta) is playing well. She's got a lot of things to learn yet, but she's right there. It's nice to have some size and length around the rim.'

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


Mystics waive Holmes and Reid - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Mystics waived guard Maurita Reid (5'8''-G-85, college: Miami, FL) and forward Sequoia Holmes (6'1''-F-86, college: UNLV), General Manager & Head Coach Trudi Lacey announced today. Rookie TaShia Phillips made her training camp debut yesterday while fellow rookies Karima Christmas and Jasmine Thomas participated in their first practice today.


Following is the current Mystics 2011 training camp roster:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com





Seattle Storm makes roster Moves - by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm announced that Aneika Henry (6'3''-C-86, college: Florida) and Breanna Salley (5'11''-F, college: Seattle) have been waived from the team. The roster now stands at 15 players.

Henry signed with the Storm March 15 while Salley, a product of Seattle University, signed as a free agent on April 21, 2011.

Veteran players Sue Bird and Swin Cash will see their first action at practice Tuesday after returning from training with the U.S. National Team in Las Vegas.

Courtesy of WNBA and The Seattle Storm