EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/2/2011

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  ANGOLA   


BAI Basket - Day 2 - by Antonio Santos
On day 2 of BAI Baske Final four DAgosto beat Libolo 78 x 68 and Petro beat Inter 87 x 77.

After to lose game, 1 DAgosto start the game with great attitude in order to beat Libolo that won the 2nd stage and have advantage on this final four.
They play thought defense and with Kikas playing well they got a 17pt lead on certain moments of the 2nd quarter (23 x 12; 14 x 14).
On the 2nd half Libolo try to react using the 3pt line but the best that could do was cut the lead to 5pt (25 x 28; 16 x 14).
Without Reggie Moore that got injury earlier on the 1st quarter hurt is team.
Libolo: Domingos Bonifcio (10), Olmpio Cipriano (26), Francisco Sousa (00), Edson Ndoniema (05), Mayzer Alexandre (00), Abdel Bouckar (06), Simo Santos (01), Leonel Paulo (12), Abdel Gomes (00), Reggie Moore (03), Feliciano Camacho (02), Milton Barros (03); coach: Raul Duarte
1 de Agosto: Filipe Abrao (02), Armando Costa (12), Adilson Baza (04), Mario Correia (00), Kikas Gomes (32), Felizardo Ambrsio (07), Vlademir Ricardino (08), Hlder Ortet (00), Carlos Almeida (00), Miguel Lutonda (11), Hermenegildo Santos (00), Yanick Moreira (02); coach: Lus Magalhes

Referees: Carlos Jlio, Osvaldo Neto e Francisco Tando

On the first game od the day Petro beat Interclube by 87 x 77 (43 x 42; 68 x 58), tooking the lead of the final four after two games.
Petro lead all the first half but never got a big lead. The half time arrive with 43 x 42 for Petro. On the 2nd half Petro play more intense and faster and they took the lead for good.
Petro de Luanda: Bralio Morais (14), Yuri Swuigue (00), Roderick Nealy (08), Roberto Fortes (11), Paulo Barros (00), Paulo Santana (02), Miguel Kiala (10), Cedrick Issom (18), Hlder Gonalves (04), Hlder Gonalves (04), Idelfonso Kiteculo (00), Carlos Morais (14); coach: Alberto Babo.
Interclube: Edmundo Ventura (04), Eduardo Mingas (11), Simo Panzo (00), Michel Santos (00), Jorge Taty (16), Mumba Ilunga (05), Lifetu Selenge (01), Lus Casta (04), Francisco Machado (00), Euclides Camacho (21), Shaanon Crooks (09) e Joaquim Xavier (06); coach: Jos Carlos Guimares.

Referees: de David Manuel, Iracelmo Pinto e Francisco Tando

Petro lead the competition with 2 victories



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  AUSTRALIA   


Gleeson to lead Tigers - by Eurobasket News
Reigning NBL Coach of the Year Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ) has been confirmed as the new head coach of the Melbourne Tigers on a new three-year deal.

The Tigers unveiled Gleeson, who took the Townsville Crocodiles to the Semi-Finals this season, as their new mentor at a media conference in Melbourne on Thursday morning.

When the need came up for my family to move back to Victoria I threw my hat in the ring and contacted the Tigers, Gleeson said. It has all happened very fast, we spoke early in the week and then I presented to the board yesterday and was appointed this morning.

I am very excited by the challenge ahead, the Tigers are in a similar position as Townsville when I took over. The program is not where the owners, sponsors and members want it to be. After seeing the new facilities at the Tigers training base in Aegis Park (on Arden Street) there is no reason why this basketball program cant be number one in Australia.

Melbourne Tigers CEO Seamus McPeake was thrilled with the signing.

It is an exciting time for the club, it is very rare that the opportunity arises to sign the reigning Coach of the Year, said McPeake. Trevor is a very passionate and disciplined coach who has proven his value in this league and has a proven history of success, a fit that we think suits the Melbourne Tigers perfectly.

Gleeson will replace former interim head coach Darryl McDonald at the helm of the Tigers.

McDonald had been filling the head coaching role at Melbourne on an interim basis after former Tigers championship head coach Al Westover parted ways with the club midway through the 2010/11 iiNet NBL Championship season.

Gleeson had previously resigned from his role as head coach in Townsville to move back to Melbourne to allow his wife Dawn to be closer to family as she undergoes treatment for her recovery from breast cancer.

The announcement swiftly received the support of veteran Herald Sun basketball writer Grantley Bernard.

Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ) is (a) good pick for Tigers head coach, Bernard tweeted on his @GrantleyBernard Twitter account. Not often NBL Coach of Year becomes available. Interesting to see what changes to come.

Gleeson led the Crocs to a 17-11 record last season, finishing second before being eliminated by the Cairns Taipans in three games at the Semi-Final stage.

In a media release announcing Gleesons signing, the Tigers said that his first task will be to put together the Tigers playing roster and support staff, a task which he will commence immediately.

Signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, the club also confirmed.

Gleesons all-time NBL win-loss record as a coach is 92-71 or 56%.

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


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


Big V Big Bounce is Coming - by Eurobasket News
Big V is pumped to announce a massive event that will have basketball fans across the state talking- The Big V Big Bounce.

With last years All-star game an all ladies affair when the Big V Allstars took on the Japanese National team, this year the mens skills and thrills will be on exhibition where the only the best across all the divisions will put on a show on the June 11 long weekend.

In what will be a mini-tournament format, Division One Men will take on Division Two Men in a contest that will answer the season long question, is Div Two now on par with Div One?

The other matchup will be the Big Vs established players of State Championship Men wholl take on Big Vs young and exciting talent, the State Youth Championship Men. Will the young fellas speed be too much for the competitions premier ballers? This is the only way to find out with the winner from each game playing in the Final to claim Big V supremacy.

With some serious rule changes in place that will force the game to be played at break-neck speed, as well as rewards on offer for treys and dunks (both worth 5 points), the game of basketball has been amplified, intensified and revolutionized to its absolute capacity.

CEO Raelene Whitten was ecstatic about the upcoming event and cant wait to see Big Vs finest run around with the transformed concept.

Big V is always looking to bring innovation to the sport so we wanted to come up with a different concept to make the traditional All-star game more stimulating from a sheer entertainment standpoint.

Its never been tried before and pitting division against division gives us the opportunity to see Big Vs increasing talent across the entire league.

In the Big Bounce, theres no such thing as backcourt, zones or in-game subs, timeouts are dead and if you get hit with 3 fouls by the refs youll be hearing Hit the Road Jack blaring out of the speakers. Not to mention, you can only have a player participate a maximum 3 quarters so all 10 ballers are utilized.

Whitten adds, Its just so different on the standard All-star game that has been done to death. Footys got the NAB Cup, Crickets got Twenty20 and Basketball has now got the Big Bounce

There will be 10 players per team with 8 spots selected by the League Office as nominated by the club and 2 wildcards places will be up for grabs as voted by the public on the website poll.

If you can rally behind the star players at your club to REP YOUR DIV, this might just be the biggest feature of the year for the league.

If Corporates are interested in partnering with the Big V on this fantastic event, please contact us, wed love you to be a part of the Big Bounce- ballminus the boring bits!



Mark the date down; put it in your secret diary because the nominations are out to the clubs because its on June 11/11.

Stay tuned to the website; make sure you vote on the poll when the wildcard votes hit the air in mid-May.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.6 
 3. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.4 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.8 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 8. Shavies, Furstenf.16.7 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
 10. Shawn, Oberwart15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus HEARD
  Gussing
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 2. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 3. Graham, UBSC G.7.9 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 7. Vay, Arkadia7.5 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.2 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.0 
 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.7.1 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Stazic, Furstenfeld4.6 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
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, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 5. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart1.9 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 9. Matthews, Fursten.1.6 
 10. Bachlechner, Wort.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.6 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 4. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 6. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 7. Vay, Arkadia0.8 
 8. Sally, Oberwart0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


A Bundesliga Semifinals: Furstenfeld and Arkadia grab 2-1 lead - by Eurobasket News
Third games of the A Bundesliga Semifinals just ended. Both series were tied to 1-1, but after tonight's meetings Furstenfeld and Arkadia are one step closer to the Finals. The Panthers grabbed 75-73 win against Gmunden for 2-1 series lead, while Arkadia handed 82-80 loss to Oberwart in another very exciting game (2-1). Teams will meet again on May 5 and it will be the first chance for Furstenfeld and Arkadia to reach the Finals.



Furstenfeld - Gmunden 75-73 (2-1)
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Gmunden Swans won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 20 points. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) who recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: C.Gosa 20+2reb+1ast, S.Stazic 15+5reb+9ast, A.Shavies 14+2reb+5ast, R.Hicks 10+5reb, S.Ray 5+2reb, L.O'Neal 5
Gmunden: M.Mayer 17+6reb+6ast, D.Oppland 16+5reb, I.Boylan 10+2reb+3ast, D.Mayes 9+3reb+2ast, F.Schoeninger 6+2reb+3ast, M.Mullary 6+3reb


gschID: 127835


Arkadia - Oberwart 82-80 (2-1)
Oberwart Gunners were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Arkadia Lions, which allowed them to win the game. Oberwart Gunners were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Kevin Houston (194-76, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 26 points for the winners. American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Oberwart Gunners. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 31+7reb, K.Houston 26+3reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 14+3reb, P.Skurdauskas 4+4reb+1ast, K.Payton 4+3reb+4ast, M.Bralovic 2+1reb+2ast
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 19+6reb+3ast, B.Volcic 17+8reb+2ast, J.Johnson 13+6reb+1ast, K.Parker 10+3reb+4ast, H.Artner 7+1ast, T.Sally 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 127834




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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 wins another game of the Final series - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 wins another game of the Final series to step closer to the title. The team from the capital smashed Grodno-93 in Game 2 100:59.
The hosts started with 24-22 and never looked behind after. The second quarter was a nightmare for Grodno that scored only 6 points. Minsk erupted with 30 points for 54:28 halftime advantage. Moreover Minsk also won the third and the last quarters.
Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) netted 13. Dzianis Korshuk (201-F-78, agency: Agency No 10) and Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77, college: NC-Wilmington) followed them with 11 points each in a win. Ivanov responded with 12 points in the losing effort.
Game 3 is scheduled for May 6 and might be the last one in the series.



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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.8 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende16.1 
 3. Black, Antwerp15.6 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.6 
 5. Freeman, Verviers.15.4 
 6. Copeland, Aalstar15.3 
 7. Waters, Verviers.15.1 
 8. Miller, Leuven15.0 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.9 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.9 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.7 
 3. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 4. Randle, Gent7.4 
 5. Stipanovic, Liege7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.9 
 7. Tofi, Leuven6.5 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven6.2 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.1 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 3. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.5 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 9. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.4 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.8 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Randle, Gent0.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 7. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.5 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven0.4 


Oostende clinch EuroChallenge Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Oostende 92:94 (OT)

Oostende wrapped up their EuroChallenge campaign on a high note. They defeated Spartak SP to claim the tournaments Bronze medals. The game was a real treat for all the basketball fans as the outcome was decided in the extra period. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) was the key player for Oostende as he tallied 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the victory.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Oostende gained a17:13 lead late in the opening frame but Spartak levelled things up at 20 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands throughout the second term before Petrovic and Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St.) gave the Belgian team a 45:38 lead. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with a three-pointer to give Oostende a 48:40 advantage. Spartak quickly erased the deficit early in the third stanza. The teams stayed neck and neck in the third term and entered the fourth period tied at 64. It all came down to the final seconds in regulation. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) ensured an 82:80 lead for Spartak SP with 30 seconds remaining. Trevor Huffman answered with two free throws to knot things up. Henry Domercant had a chance to win the game for Spartak but missed a jumper at the buzzer. Spartak Saint Petersburg earned a 91:86 lead with under two minutes remaining in overtime but that was not enough. Caleb Greene and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) converted four free throws to narrow the deficit at a single point 90:91. Darrel Mitchell followed with a three-pointer to secure a 93:91 lead for Oostende. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) and Will Thomas hit a free throw each and Oostende escaped with a narrow dramatic victory at the end.
Matt Lojeski, Trevor Huffman and Will Thomas finished with 15 points each for Oostende. Henry Domercant answered with game-high 33 points for Spartak SP. Anton Ponkrashov and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points each in the loss.

Spartak SP: Henry Domercant 33, Anton Ponkrashov 13, Pero Antic 13
Oostende: Darrel Mitchell 18, Matt Lojeski 15, Trevor Huffman 15, Will Thomas 15



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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 9-1 
 2. Siroki TT 8-2 
 3. Mladost 5-5 
 4. Borac Nektar 4-6 
 5. Capljina 2-8 
 6. Bosna 2-8 
Places 7-15
 1. Zrinjski HT 15-9 
 2. Sloboda Dita 14-10 
 3. Hercegovac 13-11 
 4. SL IAT Leotar 12-12 
 5. Celik 10-14 
 6. Varda HE 9-15 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Kakanj 7-17 
 9. Slavija 2-22 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Albijanic, Sloboda17.4 
 3. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 4. Fekete, Capljina17.0 
 5. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 6. Rahimic, Bosna16.8 
 7. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 8. Kahrimanovic, Zrin.16.6 
 9. Komatina, Mladost16.5 
 10. Gajovic, Hercegov.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 4. Jagodic Kuri., Bor.7.2 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Fekete, Capljina6.4 
 7. Albijanic, Sloboda6.4 
 8. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Lalovic, Hercegov.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Herce.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.7 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Fekete, Capljina4.3 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 7. Zdravkovic, Caplji.3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT3.3 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 4. Fekete, Capljina2.1 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.2.0 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 10. Lesko, Brotnjo1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 3. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 4. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 5. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 6. Durasovic, SL IAT0.7 
 7. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 8. Duranovic, Mladost0.7 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda0.7 
 10. Crnobrnja, Varda0.6 


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  CANADA   


Volcanoes slam Bellingham in OT - by Eurobasket News
Alex Hartman almost didn't make it to overtime Saturday for the Vancouver Volcanoes. Once he did, he claimed it for his own.

Hartman scored 11 points in the extra period, including nine on 3-point shots, as the Volcanoes won their home opener 118-108 over the Bellingham Slam at Clark Colleges OConnell Sports Complex.

If Coach was going to leave me in for overtime, Hartman said following the International Basketball League contest, I wanted to show that Im not just a crazy player out there.

With 16 seconds to play in regulation of the tense, physical contest, Hartman and Bellinghams Jacob Stevenson (193-G-81, college: W.Washington) both were called for technical fouls. Hartman had charged down the court and attempted to start an altercation with Stevenson.

The play before that, it was a cheap shot, Hartman said. It was an elbow to the temple.

Stevenson said: I got charged, and they called a double technical. There had been contact, I dont know. There was a cluster of people.

Hartman scored eight points in regulation, then made a pair of 3-pointers for the first six points in overtime.

Alex said, Have faith in me. Go with me, Volcanoes coach Bryan Hunter said. He really did everything correct in overtime.

While the Volcanoes (1-1) pulled away in the extra period, avenging a 117-95 loss the previous night at Bellingham, their most important points might have come during the halftime intermission. Bellingham had two points taken away, leaving the Slam with a 55-49 lead, because the official scorebook had a different tally than the scoreboard and the Bellingham scorekeeper.

The Slam (3-1) could have used those points.

A three-point play by Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86, college: Marquette), who had a game-high 25, gave Vancouver a 92-91 lead with 4:40 to play. It was the Volcanoes first lead of the second half.

The game was tight for the remainder of regulation, and Bellingham tied it 98-98 with 7.9 seconds to play when Morris Anderson threw an alley-oop to Ryan Diggs for a layup.

For the Volcanoes, the game marked the home opener of their seventh season, and team executive Clay Bonds said about 900 fans were in attendance.

Thats not too bad for the first home game, he said. We put a lot more emphasis on advertising this year.

On the court, Vancouver got 23 points and 16 rebounds from Prairie High School graduate Devin Uskoski (198-C-85, college: Rocky Mountain), who went 7 of 9 from the field, and 20 points from Andre Murray.

Hunter, meanwhile, liked what he saw.

I think the fourth quarter and the overtime, we started to execute, the coach said. Alex Hartman had two wide-open shots because we executed well.

Hunter attributed that to the presence of Antwan Williams, who missed the season opener.

Tonight we had a point guard, Hunter said. We were able to up our plays and run our plays.

Courtesy of www.columbian.com


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Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Quincy Douby
Douby
Stephon Marbury
Marbury
Charles Gaines
Gaines
James Singleton
Singleton
Jackson Vroman
Vroman
#e#5

Strangely there were no players from champion Guangdong selected to the CBA 1st Team.
Both star imports Marcus Haislip and Lester Hudson made it to the 2nd team.
The MVP award goes definitely to Quincy Douby who lead Xinjiang to win regular reason.
His teammate James Singleton was selected the top forward.
Douby was the best guard. He was joined at that position in the 1st team by Marbury Stephon from 11-th ranked Foshan.
Forward Charles Gaines of 15-th ranked Qingdao DS had amazing season (best scorer and #5 in both rebounds and steals) as he was selected to to join 1st team.
The center position belongs goes Jackson Vroman (22.6ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.6bpg) of co-runner-up DongGuan
It's very typical for Chinese league that the top players are usually imports. The CBA has very skilled youngsters. However the teams rely mostly on the import players, mostly from the States.

* The player should play at least 18 games in order to be considered in post-season awards

Player of the Year: Douby Quincy (191-G-84) of Xinjiang
Guard of the Year: Douby Quincy (191-G-84) of Xinjiang
Forward of the Year: Singleton James (203-F-81) of Xinjiang
Center of the Year: Vroman Jackson (208-C/F-81) of DongGuan
Import Player of the Year: Douby Quincy (191-G-84) of Xinjiang
Domestic Player of the Year: Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) of Bayi
Defensive Player of the Year: Watkins Jameel (211-C/F-77) of Jilin
Coach of the Year: Li ChunJiang of Guandong

1st Team
G: Douby Quincy (191-84) of Xinjiang
G: Marbury Stephon (187-77) of Foshan
F: Gaines Charles (201-81) of Qingdao DS
F: Singleton James (203-81) of Xinjiang
C/F: Vroman Jackson (208-81) of DongGuan

2nd Team
G: Hudson Lester (191-84) of Guandong
G/F: Emmett Andre (196-82) of Fujian
F: Haislip Marcus (207-80) of Guandong
F: Williams Marcus (201-86) of Zhejiang C.
C: Ramos Peter John (222-85) of Zhejiang G.L.

3rd Team
G: Daghlas Osama (199-79) of Shanxi Zh.
G: Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-86) of DongGuan
F: Mike Harris (198-83) of Shanghai
F/C: Morris Randolph (211-86) of Beijing
C: Wang ZhiZhi (214-79) of Bayi

Honorable Mention
Boone Josh (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C.
Moiso Jerome (208-C/F-78) of Jiangsu
Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) of Beijing
Rodgers Leon (199-F-80) of Shanxi Zh.
White Rodney (206-F-80) of Shandong
Watkins Jameel (211-C/F-77) of Jilin
Jones Dwayne (211-C-83) of Fujian
Lamizana Herve (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Hu XueFeng (185-80) of Jiangsu
G/F: Wang ShiPeng (197-83) of Guandong
F/G: Yi Li (203-85) of Jiangsu
C: Wang ZhiZhi (214-79) of Bayi
C: Mengke Bateer (210-75) of Xinjiang

All-Imports Team
G: Douby Quincy (191-84) of Xinjiang
G: Marbury Stephon (187-77) of Foshan
F: Gaines Charles (201-81) of Qingdao DS
F: Singleton James (203-81) of Xinjiang
C/F: Vroman Jackson (208-81) of DongGuan




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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner .
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar21.6 
 3. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.5 
 4. Zitko, Trogir20.2 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Bakovic, Darda17.5 
 7. Zoric, KK.17.5 
 8. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 9. Saric, Dubrava17.4 
 10. Mimica, KK Split16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  Dubrava
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Saric, Dubrava9.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.9 
 4. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 5. Sobin, KK Split7.3 
 6. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.3 
 7. Zoric, KK.6.9 
 8. Brown, Zadar6.8 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split6.5 
 10. Ridl, Darda6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Karakas, Trogir7.1 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.3 
 3. Car, Zadar4.4 
 4. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.7 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 9. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.5 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Zadar
  (188-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Car, Zadar2.7 
 2. Renfroe, KK.2.7 
 3. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.0 
 4. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 6. Brown, Zadar1.9 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.9 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 10. Petani, Borik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK.
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlo.0.9 
 7. Vladovic, Trogir0.9 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 9. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


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


A1 Round 10 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Cedevita - Cibona 97-93

Interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Zagreb: Cedevita (#1) and Cibona (#4). Cedevita (9-1) won against visiting Cibona (5-5) 97-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cibona. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Cedevita made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Cibona was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) notched 24 points to lead the effort and American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach Aleksandar Petrovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) did not help to save the game for Cibona. Center Leon Radosevic (208-90) added 20 points for lost side. Cedevita have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 9-1 record. Defending champion Cibona keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Cedevita will play against KK Split (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Cibona will play against Zabok in Zabok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Rudez 24+4reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 18+8reb+2ast, H.Kovacevic 13+2reb+1ast, C.Edwards 12+2reb+1ast, D.Draper 12+7reb+10ast, A.Zizic 10+4reb
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 35+11reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 20+4reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 14+1ast, P.Barac 9+1reb+1ast, M.Rozic 5+3reb+1ast, T.Zubcic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 124411


Borik - KK Split 75-56

The game in Zadar was also quite interesting. 5th ranked KK Split (4-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Borik Puntamika (4-6). Borik Puntamika did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 75-56 on Saturday. Borik Puntamika moved-up to fifth place in Group A, which they share with defeated KK Split. Borik Puntamika will face league's second-placed KK Zagreb CO on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Split will play against the league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb.
gschID: 124408


Alkar Sinj - KK Zagreb CO 61-100

Very expected game when 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (3-7) was crushed at home by second ranked KK Zagreb CO (8-2) 100-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. KK Zagreb CO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Ivica Radic (207-90) responded with 7 points and 7 rebounds and forward Zeliko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Zagreb CO maintains second position in Group A with 8-2 record behind leader Cedevita. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. KK Zagreb CO will face Borik Puntamika (#5) in Zadar in the next round. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against Zadar.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 22+5reb, A.Renfroe 15+8reb+4ast, A.Masic 15+3reb+4ast, K.Simon 15+5reb+1ast, D.Rancic 11+1reb+2ast, J.Heytvelt 10+11reb+1ast
Alkar Sinj: Z.Zupic 13+4reb, D.Erceg 13+3reb, J.Blajic 10+2reb+2ast, I.Radic 7+7reb+3ast, J.Curkovic 5+2reb+2ast, M.Maric 4+2reb
gschID: 124409


Zabok - Zadar 70-92

Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-9) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to third ranked Zadar (7-4) 92-70. Zadar maintains third position in Group A with 7-4 record having just one points less than leader Cedevita. Zabok at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be Alkar Sinj (#7) at home. Zabok will play against Cibona in Zagreb and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 124410


Group B
Trogir - Darda 65-71

A1 top team - Vrijednosnice OS (5-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Trogir (4-5) 71-65. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Vrijednosnice OS made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosnian guard Anto Bilic (192-70) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Vrijednosnice OS maintains first position in Group B with 5-3 record, which they share with Dubrava. Trogir at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kvarner 2010. Vrijednosnice OS will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trogir will play again against the league's leader Vrijednosnice OS (#1) in Darda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Darda: I.Bakovic 19+6reb+1ast, Z.Ridl 14+3reb+2ast, I.Krolo 11+8reb+3ast, A.Bicvic 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mandic 6+1reb+1ast, F.Kordic 4+3reb+1ast
Trogir: L.Zitko 21+5reb+6ast, A.Bilic 20+4reb+2ast, I.Bilic 8+1reb+1ast, M.Diminic 7+13reb+2ast, T.Vitali 4, N.Vladovic 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 124437


Kvarner 2010 - Svjetlost 84-98

The most shocking disappointment of round 10 was a home defeat of 3rd ranked Kvarner 2010 (4-5) to fourth ranked Svjetlost (5-4) 98-84 in the game for the third place. The game was mostly controlled by Svjetlost. Kvarner 2010 managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Kvarner 2010 outrebounded Svjetlost 31-19 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Igor Maric (196-85) scored 29 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Srdan Helbich (205-76) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Franko Filipovic (204-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Five Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Svjetlost moved-up to third place in Group B. Kvarner 2010 lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Trogir. Svjetlost will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kvarner 2010 will play again at home against Svjetlost (#3) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: I.Maric 29+1reb+2ast, O.Misic 22+2reb+4ast, S.Helbich 18+7reb+3ast, L.Petkovic 9+4reb+7ast, M.Kljaic 7, F.Vukicevic 6+8reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: F.Filipovic 23+17reb, T.Maruna 20+6reb+2ast, J.Surina 15+1reb+2ast, M.Poscic 14+12reb+3ast, R.Jugo 10+1reb+8ast, F.Gacesa 2
gschID: 124438


Dubrava - Dubrovnik 86-81

Rather predictable result in Zagreb where second ranked Dubrava (5-3) defeated 6th ranked Dubrovnik (3-6) 86-81 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Dubrava keeps a position of Group B leader, which they share with Darda. Loser Dubrovnik keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Dubrava will face again Dubrovnik (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
gschID: 124439




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  D-LEAGUE   


BayHawks sign coach Larranaga to contract extension - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks reached agreement with first-year head coach James Larranaga to modify his contract to include an additional guaranteed year on the original two-year agreement he signed when joining the team in September, 2010.

This week Larranaga turned down an offer to join the University of Miami's coaching staff where his father, Jim Larranaga, was named the head coach last week.

'We are thrilled that Jay will remain as the Erie BayHawks' head coach' said BayHawks majority owner, Steve Demetriou. 'Jay is a superior coach and someone who we believe will continue to produce outstanding results on the basketball floor, and provide both a winning and exciting team for our fans. Under Jay's leadership we truly believe the BayHawks will have the best chance to compete for an NBA D-League championship.'

Larranaga led Erie to a franchise best record of 32-18 in the regular season and the organization's first-ever postseason win in a three-game playoff series they dropped to the Reno Bighorns. Larranaga finished third in voting for NBA D-League Coach of the Year honors as voted on by the league's 16 head coaches.

'Having the opportunity to coach at the highest level of college basketball and alongside my father would have been a special opportunity, and this was a very difficult decision,' said Larranaga. 'But after careful consideration with my family I decided that Erie provides me a great opportunity to continue to develop and grow with this franchise, and I'm very excited about what the future holds. We're coming off a great season, both on and off the court, and I appreciate the trust that ownership has shown in me to continue to lead this team.'

Prior to joining the BayHawks, Larranaga was serving as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Before that he spent twelve years in Europe where he won three championships as a player, was the captain of the Irish National Team for five years, and served as a player/coach for two years.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Gatorade All-D-League Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Gatorade All-D-League 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Curtis Stinson
Stinson
Trey Johnson
Johnson
Ivan Johnson
Johnson
Joe Alexander
Alexander
Chris Johnson
Johnson
#e#5

1st Team
G: Trey Johnson (6'5''-84) of Bakersfield
G: Curtis Stinson (6'2''-83) of Iowa E.
F/C: Ivan Johnson (6'8''-84) of Erie Bay H.
F: Joe Alexander (6'8''-86) of Texas L.
C: Chris Johnson (6'11''-85) of Dakota W.

2nd Team
F: Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-85) of Iowa E.
G: Orien Greene (6'4''-82) of Utah F.
F: Jeff Adrien (6'7''-86) of Rio Grande
G/F: Larry Owens (6'7''-83) of Tulsa 66ers
C: Marcus Cousin (6'11''-86) of Rio Grande

3rd Team
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-87) of Rio Grande
G: Antonio Daniels (6'4''-75) of Texas L.
F: Patrick Ewing Jr. (6'8''-84) of Sioux falls
F: DeShawn Sims (6'8''-88) of Maine RC
F: Sean Williams (6'10''-86) of Texas L.

Honorable Mention
Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86) of Erie Bay H.
Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84) of Erie Bay H.
Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86) of Iowa E.
Justin Dentmon (5'11''-G-85) of Texas L.
Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85) of Reno Bighorns
Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84) of Bakersfield J.
Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81) of Utah F.
Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87) of New Mexico
Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87) of Utah F.
Patrick Obryant (7'0''-C-86) of Reno Bighorns
Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88) of Rio Grande

All-Defensive 1st Team
Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82) of Utah F.
Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85) of Iowa E.
Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84) of Utah F.
Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83) of Tulsa 66ers
Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85) of Dakota W.
Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86) of Texas L.

All-Defensive 2nd Team
Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86) of Erie Bay H.
Mario West (6'5''-G-84) of Maine RC
Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84) of Erie Bay H.
Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81) of Utah F.
Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86) of Rio Grande


USBasket.com All-D-League Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
All-D-League 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Curtis Stinson
Stinson
Antonio Daniels
Daniels
Othyus Jeffers
Jeffers
Jeff Adrien
Adrien
Chris Johnson
Johnson
#e#5

Player of the Year: Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83) of Iowa E.
Guard of the Year: Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83) of Iowa E.
Forward of the Year: Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85) of Iowa E.
Center of the Year: Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85) of Dakota W.
Most Improved Player of the Year: Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88) of New Mexico
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85) of Dakota W.
Import Player of the Year: Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85) of Rio Grande
Coach of the Year: Nick Nurse of Iowa E.

1st Team
G: Curtis Stinson (6'2''-83) of Iowa E.
G: Antonio Daniels (6'4''-75) of Texas L.
F: Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-85) of Iowa E.
F: Jeff Adrien (6'7''-86) of Rio Grande
C: Chris Johnson (6'11''-85) of Dakota W.

2nd Team
G: Trey Johnson (6'5''-84) of Bakersfield
G: Russell Walker (6'0''-82) of Ft.Wayne
F: Marqus Blakely (6'5''-89) of Iowa E.
F: Patrick Ewing Jr. (6'8''-84) of Sioux Falls
F/C: Ivan Johnson (6'8''-84) of Erie Bay H.

3rd Team
G: Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-84) of Rio Grande
G: Jerel McNeal (6'3''-87) of Rio Grande
F: Luke Babbitt (6'9''-89) of Idaho S.
F: Joe Alexander (6'8''-86) of Texas L.
C: Sims Courtney (6'11''-83) of Iowa E.

Honorable Mention
DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88) of Maine RC
Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86) of Texas L.
Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84) of Idaho S.
Chris Lofton (6'2''-G-86) of Iowa E.
Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86) of Iowa E.
Marvin Phillips (6'6''-G/F-83) of Ft.Wayne MA
Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88) of Tulsa 66ers
Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84) of Utah F.
Cedric Jackson (6'3''-G-86) of Erie Bay H.
Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86) of Rio Grande

All-Imports Team
G: Christian Eyenga (6'7''-89) of Erie Bay H.
G/F: Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-86) of Iowa E.
F: Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-85) of Rio Grande
C/F: Magnum Rolle (6'11''-86) of Maine RC
C: Solomon Alabi (7'1''-88) of Erie Bay H.


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


BC Oostende defeats Spartak in a thriller to earn third place - by Bert Larsimont

1500 people, mostly local fans, attended the 2011 EuroChallenge game for third place on Sunday afternoon. Spartak's US star Patrick Beverley, a former Miami Heat player, was left on the bench because of injury.

After some nice moves by the big men of Spartak and BCO (Petar Popovic on one side and William Thomas on the other side), it was the turn of Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii), well assisted by Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) and Veselin Petrovic (196-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket), to give the local Yellows a 7-11 advantage. Despite a great BCO defense, Spartak came closer: 11-12, when Van den Spiegel first came onto the floor. After several missed attempts on both sides of the court, Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) eventually hit a three for Spartak and was immediately imitated by Telenet Oostende's Bosnian shooter Veselin Petrovic: 13-15 for BCO. The game was pleasant and Spartak's US player Henry Domercant looked much concentrated from shooting range. He even fixed the score at 20-20 on a great dunk just before the end of the first quarter.

Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St.) could easily find Thomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) in the paint to give him assists but it was showtime on Spartak's side with Antic, Dragovic and Zupan completing impressive and spectacular offensive plays: 27-23. With young local talent Quentin Serron (190-G-90) giving assists to Thomas VDS, just like Mitchell and Huffman did previously in this game, BCO came back in the race and even took the lead: 27-29 with 6:53 remaining in the second quarter. After 33-37 by Mitchell on two converted free-throws for BCO, Spartak Saint Petersburg, despite the hard work of Popovic inside and Anton Ponkrashov on the wings, could not avoid a deficit of 7 points (38-45) later on. And even 8 points after the last succesful three-pointer hit by BC Oostende's US player Will Thomas! Score at the half: 40-48. Domercant (10 points) for Spartak and Lojeski (11 points) for BC Oostende had been the best scorers.

Quickly after the break, the Russian squad tied the game at 48-48 (by Antic, Ponkrashov and Domercant) but BCO reacted well and made 48-53. The game was really pleasant to watch and fans, present at the Sleuyter Arena, really enjoyed it! Spartak's deaf player Miha Zupan of Slovenia showed the way to his mates and helped his team by scoring twice: 57-59. Spartak even made 59-59 and 62-59 by Domercant from behind the arch. A dunk by Will Thomas was needed to put Telenet Oostende on the right track again. Coach Svi Sherf, obviously unhappy, took a time out before the end of the third quarter to tell his guys to select better shots. It did not happen in the last seconds but BCO players missed the defensive rebounds and gave a chance to Domercant to make 64-61 on two free throws. An unexpected big three from downtown by young Belgian player Quentin Serron fixed the score at 64-64 on the buzzer at the end of the third quarter.

Huffman put BCO into orbit on two long three-pointers and a jump shot: 69-74 but Spartak stars Domercant and Antic had not say their last word in this game. It was 74-76 on a bonus hit by Henry Domercant with just 4 minutes left in the game. Spartak kept being close despite the hard defensive work of BCO players Thomas Van Den Spiegel and Matt Lojeski. Spartak took the lead again at 78-77. Both teams played tough defense. Mitchell was allowed to shoot from the free-throw line and hit the two shots to bring BC Oostende ahead 78-79 with 1:15 remaining on the clock. ... Spartak center Pero Antic had his fifth foul in the meantime. Henry Domercant only made 1/2 from the line a few seconds later to make 79-79 and so did Will Thomas on the other side to make 79-80.... Domercant, again from long range seemed to definitely give the lead to the Spartak squad. But Huffman, again from the free-throw line after the fifth foul of Aleksey Kotishevskiy, tied the game at 82-82 with 9 seconds remaining. Domercant, already 29 points until then, missed his last three-point attempt and a first overtime in this Final Four was going to be played.

It seemed to be just a free-throw issue... The scoring in the first part of the OT was almost exclusively from the free-throw line indeed. After an impressive dunk by Zupan, Spartak led 89-86 with 1:55 remaining on the clock. A bad pass by Mitchell allowed Spartak to set a fastbreak and Domercant was fouled. He hit the two free throws to give the Reds a 91-86 lead. But in a very thrilling comeback, BC Oostende still emerged (thanks to a great job by Lojeski and Mitchell, hitting a crucial three-point shot) 92-94 despite the last desperado by Nikola Dragovic and after the fifth and offensive fouls called on Henry Domercant.


This game had been tied 15 times and 13 lead changes were recorded, this shows how close this fantastic match really was.

Best scorers for Spartak: Henry Domercant 33, Aleksey Ponkrashov 13, Pero Antic 13, Nikola Dragovic 11, Miha Zupan 10.
Best scorers for BC Oostende: Darrel Mitchell 18, Matt Lojeski 15, Will Thomas 15, Trevor Huffman 15.




Journalists and consultants comment last Friday's semi-finals and give pronostics - by Bert Larsimont

Just one hour before the game for third place of the 2011 FIBA EuroChallenge in Oostende, the atmosphere was pleasant and several visitors and volunteers enjoyed the sunny weather outside the arena. One nice occasion to comment the games of last Friday.

Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) was the player in supernumerary capacity for BC Oostende last Friday night. And some observers would have better seen him in the roster instead of Ben Ebong (202-F/C-76) or even Caleb Green (203-F-85), rather disappointing last Friday.

One thing is true, BC Oostende of young coach Jean-Marc Jaumin could have won two titles last week but has not won one so far. They have lost the Belgian Cup Final against Dexia Mons Hainaut 68-66 in Antwerp last Monday and lost 'their' EuroChallenge semi-final against KRKA 79-65 last Friday in Oostende.

Another comment among observers and journalists, the possible 2011 EuroChallenge Final Four MVP could be Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, most cited) of KRKA Novo Mesto or Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82), Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80) or Alando Tucker (198-F-84) of Lokomotiv Kuban. All depends of their performance in the final game tonight. I would not forget Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) who, without being a showman, does a tremendous job at the rebound and in defense. He certainly was a key player in the semi-final success of KRKA over BC Oostende.

According to our poll and what can be heard around the Sleuyter Arena, KKRA Novo Mesto is the big favourite after their impressive showdown of Friday evening. If Goran Ikonic, the BCO 'killer', and his mates are on fire like Friday, it shoud be an all KRKA story indeed. The weakness of Lokomotiv, the other finalist, is the lack of points from the bench. Unless Goran Jeretin (192-G-79), Lokomotiv guard, hits shots tonight... then it could be another story indeed. KRKA recorded 39% of our eurobasket.com readers' votes while Lokomotiv had 29%.

Telenet Oostende needs to take revenge and show a nice reaction in front of its home crowd. They will have to defeat a Russian powerhouse, Spartak Saint Petersburg of Israeli legendary coach Zvi Sherf, to earn the third place.




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

It was a lounge atmosphere at the Sleuyter Arena as only 2000 people showed up to attend the 2011 EuroChallenge Final. Both teams, Lokomotiv Kuban and KRKA Novo Mesto, played on a good rythm and none of both was really dominating in the fist minutes of the game. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) hit a three-point shot to give his team of Spartak the lead 4-3 but the tough KRKA defense made the difference afterwards. After several fastbreaks, KRKA Novo Mesto was ahead 6-12 with 4:57 remaining in the first quarter when Coach Kestutis Kemzura took a first important time-out. A crucial one indeed as his team tied the game later on at 14-14 after two easy baskets by Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) and a great three by Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier). After Aleksandar Dzikic's time-out for KRKA, Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) of Lokomotiv kept giving assists to Michael Wilkinson who was well present to score underneath the basket. A last three-pointer at the last second of the first quarter even gave Lokomotiv a lead by 2 points: 20-18.

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

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

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

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

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




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Woodside, Gravelin.18.5 
 4. Banks, Elitzur17.8 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka17.7 
 6. Anderson, Ventspils17.5 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 8. King, Etha17.0 
 9. Domercant, Spart.16.9 
 10. Stanescu, Steaua16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.9.6 
 3. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.9.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka9.0 
 6. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
 8. King, Etha8.4 
 9. Brown, Elitzur8.3 
 10. Sene, Gravelines8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 3. Jackson, Maccabi5.8 
 4. Brener, Elitzur5.5 
 5. Woodside, Gravelin.5.5 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 8. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.1 
 9. Draughan, Lugano4.9 
 10. Lawrence, BK Pros.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 5. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 7. Holston, Karsiyaka2.1 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
 9. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.0 
 10. Robinson, Maccabi1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 2. King, Etha2.0 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.1.9 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.8 
 6. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 9. Bader, Szolnok1.4 
 10. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blair, Denek23.2 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy17.9 
 3. Petrovic, St Et.17.5 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.2 
 6. James, Challans16.5 
 7. Disy, Roche16.4 
 8. Blot, Blois16.3 
 9. Howell, St Quentin15.9 
 10. Lesieu, St Quent.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petras BALOCKA
  Lievin
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Balocka, Lievin8.9 
 2. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 4. Cilly, Orchy8.5 
 5. Lopez, Brest8.0 
 6. Alingue, Souffel8.0 
 7. Hoard, Lievin7.9 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux7.9 
 9. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.9 
 10. Lesieu, St Quent.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.5 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.8 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 5. Rambur, St Quentin4.2 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux3.9 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.7 
 10. Dessart, Lievin3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.1 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. El Amrani, St Et.2.0 
 5. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 6. James, Challans1.9 
 7. Barbry, Orchy1.8 
 8. Blot, Blois1.8 
 9. Bateko, Roche1.8 
 10. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.5 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


NM1 Round 33: Leader Bordeaux loses to Saint-Quentin - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NM1. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. It ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Bordeaux (26-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of seventh ranked Saint-Quentin on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Saint-Quentin 87-67, It is important to mention that Bordeaux already secured first place in NM1 few weeks ago. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 20 points. The best player for the winners was American guard Keonta Howell (193-G-85, college: Toledo) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Saint-Quentin's coach Arnaud Ricoux used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Saint-Quentin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sorgues and Brest. Bordeaux at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Saint-Quentin is looking forward to face Saint-Etienne (#8) at home in the next round. Bordeaux will play against Le Puy ASMB (#7) in Le Puy en Velay and is hoping to win this game.

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Souffel was defeated by Lievin in a road game 80-64. Challans smashed CFBB at home 81-62. St Etienne lost to Denek on the opponent's court 75-87. Roche unfortunately lost to St Chamond in a home game 95-102. Blois was rolled over Orchy on the road 77-96. Angers BC 49 defeated Brest on its own court 92-87. Get Vosges was smashed by Sorgues in a road game 99-59.


Lievin - Souffel 80-64

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Lievin Basket and 12th ranked Souffelweyersheim had identical 14-17 record. This time Lievin Basket used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Souffel. 80-64 on Saturday night. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Lievin Basket's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-18 extending their advantage to 16 points. It was a great shooting night for Lievin Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. Lievin Basket's coach Laurent Mopsus allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks and guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) added 14 points respectively. Lievin Basket maintains eleventh place with 15-17 record, which they share with Orchy. Newly promoted Souffelweyersheim dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Lievin Basket will face Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Roche.
Top scorers:
Lievin: P.Balocka 13+12reb+2ast, A.Hoard 13+8reb+3ast, J.Dessart 11+8ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 10+5reb+4ast, G.Clerc 9+1ast, V.Lehut 9+1reb+3ast
Souffel: F.Broliron 14+4reb+1ast, J.Alingue 12+14reb+2ast, D.Weber 12+2reb+2ast, A.N'Kembe 9+3reb+2ast, J.Tschamber 7+4ast, S.Kancel 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100917


Challans - CFBB 81-62

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Vendee Challans (16-15) smashed at home bottom-ranked CFBB (5-27) 81-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Vendee Challans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 28. Vendee Challans forced 29 CFBB turnovers. Strangely CFBB outrebounded Vendee Challans 42-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who scored 25 points. Forward Benjamin Boutry (198-80) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) who recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds and center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (204-94) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place. Loser CFBB stay dead last with 27 lost games. Vendee Challans will face Saint Chamond (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CFBB will play against Angers BC 49.
Top scorers:
Challans: F.Herard 25+1reb+1ast, S.Girma 11+2reb+1ast, B.Boutry 11+9reb+3ast, J.Geay 10+2reb+3ast, R.Boissie 10+1reb+3ast, J.James 9+10reb+1ast
CFBB: J.Livio 12+8reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 12+1ast, B.Dallo 9+3reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 8+10reb, A.Chassang 6+2reb+1ast, B.John 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100918


Denek - St Etienne 87-75

There was an upset in Bidart where higher ranked Saint-Etienne (18-14) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Denek (14-18) 87-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Denek. Saint-Etienne was better in third quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Denek forced 20 Saint-Etienne turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) who scored 26 points. Forward Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (201-83, college: California, PA) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who recorded 23 points and Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Denek moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Souffel. Loser Saint-Etienne dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Denek will face higher ranked Blois (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 26+3reb+2ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 20+5reb+1ast, F.Calvez 15+4reb+5ast, B.Rey 10+4reb, C.Clemmons 6+4reb, L.Konate 6+8reb
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 23+3reb+1ast, B.Thomas 15+5ast, L.Simmons 13+13reb, R.El Amrani 10+5reb+3ast, S.Hermenier 6+4reb+2ast, R.Pegon 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100919


Roche - St Chamond 95-102

Rather predictable result when fifteenth ranked Saint Chamond (13-19) beat on the road 17th ranked Roche (8-24) 102-95 on Saturday. Saint Chamond maintains fifteenth place with 13-19 record. Newly promoted Roche keeps the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Saint Chamond will face higher ranked Vendee Challans (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Roche will play against Souffelweyersheim (#13) in Souffel..
gschID: 100913


Orchy - Blois 96-77

There was an upset in Orchies where higher ranked Blois (16-16) was outplayed by thirteenth ranked Orchesien BC (15-17) 96-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Blois was better in second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orchesien BC dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Blois' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Blois' players. The best player for the winners was swingman David Cilly (196-81) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Gabriel Kennedy (205-81, college: UAB, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Johan Blot (198-75) who recorded 29 points and guard Zaka Alao (187-81) added 23 points respectively. Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lievin. Blois lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Orchesien BC will face higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Orchy: G.Kennedy 17+5reb+3ast, D.Cilly 14+13reb+1ast, O.Soeria 12+1ast, J.Verbeke 11+5reb+4ast, G.Plateau 10+1ast, M.Ceskovic 9+2reb+3ast
Blois: J.Blot 29+3reb, Z.Alao 23+4reb+1ast, B.Recoura 13+3reb+3ast, E.Delourme 5+1reb+3ast, O.Kolb 4+5reb, K.Williams 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 100914


St Quentin - Bordeaux 87-67

Top ranked Bordeaux (26-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of seventh ranked Saint-Quentin on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Saint-Quentin 87-67. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 20 points. The best player for the winners was American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Saint-Quentin's coach Arnaud Ricoux used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized Tunisian guard Sami Driss (196-82) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sorgues and Brest. Bordeaux at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Saint-Quentin is looking forward to face Saint-Etienne (#8) at home in the next round. Bordeaux will play against Le Puy ASMB (#7) in Le Puy en Velay and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: K.Howell 27+3reb+4ast, J.Lesieu 16+10reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 14+4reb, A.Rambur 9+1reb+6ast, M.Diallo 8+2reb+1ast, J.Bach 7+2reb+1ast
Bordeaux: J.Ford 22+7reb, M.Doubal 14+4reb+1ast, R.Dardaine 10+7reb, S.Driss 10+4reb+5ast, G.Darrigand 4+3reb+4ast, M.Diaw 3+2reb
gschID: 100915


Le Puy - Denain 87-86 OT

OT win for Le Puy, who got 20 points and 16 rebounds from Cyril Guillarme (206-C-84). Frederic Minet (187-G-81) responded with 19 pts and 7 assists in defeat. Le Puy 18-13, Denain 22-10.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 20+16reb+1ast, S.Soliman 17+2reb, D.Pistre 16+5reb+3ast, J.Cortey 14+3reb+17ast, S.Cabarkapa 13+13reb, G.Sene 7+1reb+1ast
Denain: F.Minet 19+3reb+7ast, A.Belkessa 18+4reb+2ast, R.Brocheray 15+8reb+2ast, B.Lalugba 13+6reb+3ast, J.Mihalic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Quincy-Jones 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 100916


Angers BC 49 - Brest 92-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Angers BC 49's (21-11) home victory over 4th placed Etendard de Brest (19-13) 92-87 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-20. But Etendard de Brest won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Angers BC 49 made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Jean-Victor Traore (204-85) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and center Rafael Lopez (204-86) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Angers BC 49 and five Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Angers BC 49 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 21-11 record having five points less than leader Bordeaux. Loser Etendard de Brest keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Angers BC 49 will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Etendard de Brest will play at home against Orchesien BC (#12) in Orchies and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: S.Cherasse 19+4reb+5ast, O.Sulpice 17+1reb+6ast, J.Traore 16+12reb+3ast, T.Lonzieme 12+3reb+1ast, D.Hayes 12+2reb, V.Mendy 9+7reb+2ast
Brest: J.Liorel 21+1reb+2ast, V.Pridotkas 16+7reb+2ast, R.Lopez 15+9reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 13+1reb+6ast, J.Doreau 11+7reb+2ast, R.Roberts 6+9reb
gschID: 100911


Sorgues - Get Vosges 99-59

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Get Vosges (9-23) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Sorgues (19-13) 99-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sorgues led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sorgues outrebounded Get Vosges 36-21 including a 22-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Sorgues especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was center Xavier Pasut (200-84) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Five Sorgues players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Zacharie Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sorgues moved-up to fourth place, which they share with St Quentin and Brest. Get Vosges lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Sorgues will face league's second-placed Denain Voltaire on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Get Vosges will play against Lievin Basket (#11).
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 17+9reb+3ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 17+2reb+2ast, X.Pasut 17+12reb+1ast, A.Thinon 17+4ast, V.Ateba 11+6reb+2ast, C.Dos Santos 10+1reb
Get Vosges: Z.Gourde 15+10reb+1ast, T.Sani 13+5reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 12+3reb+1ast, S.Popovic 6+2ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 5+1reb+2ast, M.Nelaton 3
gschID: 100912




Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 26-6 
 2. Denain 22-10 
 3. Angers BC 49 21-11 
 4. Sorgues 19-13 
 5. St Quentin 19-13 
 6. Brest 19-13 
 7. Le Puy 18-13 
 8. St Etienne 18-14 
 9. Challans 16-15 
 10. Blois 16-16 
 11. Lievin 15-17 
 12. Orchy 15-17 
 13. Souffel 14-18 
 14. Denek 14-18 
 15. St Chamond 13-19 
 16. Get Vosges 9-23 
 17. Roche 8-24 
 18. CFBB 5-27 


France U18 completed the tournament abroad - by Eurobasket News
France U18 completed the tournament in Spain called Vilagarcia Basket Cup.
Germany U18 won the thriller over France U18 49:48. France opened the game with 16-11, but Germany grabbed 31-21 at the halftime. Johannes Richter (203-F/C-93) stepped up with 12 points and Paul Albrecht netted 11.
In Day 2 Spain U18 outscored France U18 75:72. It was a tough game but the hosts managed to win their first game. Julen Olaizola (202-C/F-93) paced all the winners with 13 points and Mikel Motos (193-F/G-93) as well as Suarez scored 11 each. Ulysse Adjagba (184-G-93) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.
In the last day of the tournament Italy U18 lost to France U18 73:78. The latter opened the game with 21-18, but then Italy took the lead due to 23-16 in the second period. France won the game after 22-8 in the third period and they managed to keep the score for good in the last frame. Della Valle posted 18 points for Italy and Chilo netted 12.




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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus18.0 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Po.16.4 
 6. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.7 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotni.15.3 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.1 
 10. Anakievski, Pelis.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultima.
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.7 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 4. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus7.8 
 6. Jelesijevic, Torus7.7 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 8. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.4 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce P.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.7 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotni.3.8 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.3.8 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.1 
 10. Miljkovic, Torus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelist.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Petrovski, MZT S.1.6 
 3. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 4. Stojanovski, Feni1.5 
 5. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotni.1.5 
 7. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistr.1.4 
 10. Grncarov, MZT S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus S.
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Trajkovski, Torus1.7 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Jelesijevic, Torus1.3 
 4. Dendra, Rabotnicki1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnic.1.0 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Krstevski, Torus S.0.9 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistr.0.9 
 10. Avramovski, MZT S.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Wood, Dt.18.9 
 2. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 3. Rice, Art.Dragons16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 9. Allen, ALBA15.1 
 10. Benzing, ratio.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 9. Anderson, Goett.6.8 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.2 
 5. Rochestie, ALBA4.6 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose4.4 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 10. Copeland, Bremerh.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 4. Ross, MBC1.5 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Wise, Telekom1.4 
 7. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 8. Bailey, Goettingen1.4 
 9. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.4 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.7 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 
 10. Kashirov, Walter0.9 


1.Bundesliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - EWE Baskets 95-68

The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. EWE Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 34. It was a great shooting night for ALBA Berlin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 75.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 21 points for the winners. His fellow American import guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) produced 20 points and 4 steals and American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Allen 21+4reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 16+1ast, B.Taylor 11+4reb+1ast, I.McElroy 10+4reb+2ast, L.Staiger 8+1ast, T.Rochestie 6+2reb+4ast
EWE Baskets: M.Lukauskis 20+3reb+2ast, L.Campbell 9+1reb+1ast, R.Paulding 7+3reb+4ast, A.Baynes 6+4reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 6+5reb, C.McNaughton 6+3reb
gschID: 127536


Brose Baskets - Bremerhaven 91-80

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85) chipped in 17 points. American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma) produced 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) added 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 17+2reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 15+1reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 15+12reb, P.Suput 11+5reb, R.Terry 10+8reb+1ast, A.Gavel 9+4reb+6ast
Bremerhaven: C.Callahan 16+1reb+2ast, S.Denison 14+4reb+2ast, T.Everett 14+6reb+4ast, J.Brewer 12+4reb+5ast, M.Shtein 10+3reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 9+9reb+4ast
gschID: 127537


Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 90-61

The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. New Yorker Phantoms managed to win fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by New Yorker Phantoms' players. American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. 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:
Art.Dragons: B.Bailey 17+3reb+4ast, D.Fenn 16+9reb, A.Hess 14+1reb, T.Rice 13+2reb+10ast, R.Boumtje 11+6reb+1ast, N.Peavy 7+8reb
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 13+5reb+1ast, J.Cain 10+3reb+1ast, M.Goree 9+2reb, K.Hamilton 9+7reb+6ast, L.Greer 6+1reb, U.Duvnjak 5+2reb
gschID: 127538


Dt.Bank SKY - Goettingen 77-58

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-58. The game was dominated by American players. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: J.McKinney 20+9reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 18+2reb+3ast, D.Wood 13+11reb+9ast, C.Moss 9+7reb, K.Muurinen 6+2reb+1ast, R.Powell 4+4reb
Goettingen: D.Anderson 26+8reb, K.Bailey 9+6reb+2ast, J.Little 7+6reb+1ast, L.Dale 6, J.Boone 5+8reb+2ast, A.Jordan 3
gschID: 127535




Germany U18 wins one game in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 wins one game in Spain at the International Tournament.
Germany U18 won the thriller over France U18 49:48. France opened the game with 16-11, but Germany grabbed 31-21 at the halftime. Johannes Richter (203-F/C-93) stepped up with 12 points and Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) netted 11.
In Day 2 Italy U18 rolled over Germany U18 72:53. The latter however enjoyed 16-15 lead after the first 10 minutes, but Italy was too good in the second quarter to take 40:27 halftime advantage. Della Valle paced all the winners with 21 points and Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) added 16. Johannes Richter scored 12 points for Germany and Paul Zipser added 11.
In Day 3 Spain U18 edged Germany U18 77:72. The German team grabbed 20-14 in the first frame, but Spain replied with 20-16 in the second period. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain needed 20-13 to take the lead. Both teams nailed 23 points in the last quarter that brought final 77:72 win for the hosts. Alejandro Abrines (196-F/G-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Schroder posted 17 points for Germany.




Jimmy Mckinney Hits From Downtown St Louis In Crunch Time As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Secure Game 1 With A 77-58 Win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Timely lady luck, having a four leaf clover land mysteriously on the bench, getting a couple of timely loose balls, hitting 12/13 three pointers or hitting 90% of your free throws is fortune that belongs to the game of basketball sometimes, but BG Goettingen didnt seem to bring any of this good luck in their baggage to Frankfurt as the team was without American Trent Meacham who had an elbow injury and the club had given the walking papers to American Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) 72 hours earlier. BG Goettingen were unable to allow too much to really wrong as they met the second best team in the beko BBL and had to be a lot more focused than the Spurs and Magic as they had been upset in the NBA playoffs not being able to come back down from 3-1, the way future NBA MVP Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) of the Chicago Bulls who took care of business in game five dismantling the Indiana Pacers in game 5, 116-89, or Face the Nation legend Bob Schieffer telling the world in a very direct way that Donald Trump is a racist, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took matters in their own hands in the fourth quarter ending the game with a 20-3 run and winning game 1 in the Ballsporthalle 77-58. 'It is always hard against Goettingen. We have played them three times and each time it came down to the last minutes. We have have the home court advantage and have to win our games at home to advance. It will be difficult to win series and lose at home and steal a game on the road', warned MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). Even though Frankfurt won by 19 points, the score didnt indicate how close the game really was. 'The game could of gone either way at the end. We had a run at end which was key. We are happy, but cant lean back on this win', stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'BG Goettingen players looked worn out as they exited the locker room after the game as it wasnt Wood that beat them with baskets, but other players. 'This was a very hard fought game for 36 minutes. The Mckinney three pointer hurt us which was the turning point for them to go on their 20-3 run at the end', expressed Alaska native Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara)

Even though BG Goettingen was without Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.), they didnt seem to be effected by their absence at all as they held their own never allowing The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to run away with the game early. 'Of course, it is tough to play without Meacham and Scott, but these are the playoffs and there can be no excuses. You have to focus on what you have and not on what you dont have', added Kyle Bailey For The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, they didnt even know that BG Goettingen was shorthanded. 'Who was missing from BG Goettingen wasnt important for us. Coach Herbert mentioned it during the game that Meacham and Scott werent present. BG Goettingen is a good team that won 6 of their last seven games. We came into this game not underestimating them', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'I think it is important that we as a team focus on what we have to do to win and not on their players', said Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen. Skyliner top scorer DaShaun Wood knows that no matter who is on the court, beating BG Goettingen will never be a cake walk. 'BG Goettingen showed in the last game, that despite not having Bailey, that they were still tough. No matter which five guys are on the court, they will always play tough. It is never easy against them', stressed DaShaun Wood.

One player that was dearly missed in the BG Goettingen camp is Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois). He has been an important part of their scoring attack and was a guy that could of really help with his shooting touch. Meacham was relaxed before tip off, but one could notice he would have loved to have jumped onto the court at last notice despite having a sore elbow. 'I have a tear in my right elbow. I am going to get another MRI. I fell pretty bad on it, but I am thankful that it wasnt as bad as it could of been', said Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois). BG Goettingen will miss Meacham a lot, but have the fortune of having a strong guard rotation. 'Our guards have been playing very well. Bailey has had an incredible attitude after being injured so long. Dale also has done a good job when having extended minutes and Little also has been playing well. It is important that we have guys stepping up', added Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois). BG Goettingen also knows that the key to the series will be giving a strong team effort in each game. 'We dont only have to slow down Wood and Powell, but also guys like Mckinney, Robertson and Nolte give a lot of energy. Everyone is always talking about Wood, but overall the team is great. I think this will continue to be a great series with two of the leagues most athletic teams. I like the attitude of our team. I hope that we can peak in this series', warned Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois). Losing high flyer Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) didnt help the teams chances either, but the team seems to have erased this out of their memory banks and focusing on just playing well with what they have. 'Scott had a great year and some monster games in the Eurocup. But we have had many injuries thiss eason, so we are used to situations like this. We have always kept a good attitude, worked harder and gotten closer as a team. We understand each other well off the court and that transforms onto the court. The team is thriving on this new challenge. Jermaine Raffington has really stepped up as well. We all root for each other, which can be rare for a team when everyone is so unselfish', stressed Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois).

Before the game started, the Ballsporthalle was transformed into a hallo Frankfurt-Hallo Goettingen chant between the fans, a ritual that had been started at the 2010 Top 4 last season. 200 fans had made the trek from Goettingen t see game 1 even if BG Goettingen was without Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.). Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong kissed the basketball for good luck and Kyle Bailey was one of the last on the court in warm ups as he was in deep thought on the sidelines getting ready for the game. Only 4,120 people found their way into the Ballsporthalle and witnessed a lightening start by BG Goettingen as they sped out on a 6-2 run. Frankfurt has DaShaun Wood, Artland Dragons Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and BG Goettingen Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) who like to control games. Bailey and Anderson showed their range from outside. Frankfurt missed their first four shots, but then displayed a knack at the start of getting the ball inside as Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) scored twice and Wood found Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) for an easy lay up as Frankfurt trailed 8-6. BG Goettingen then went on a mini 5-0 run as Anderson nailed another three pointer and Cornell grad Louis Dale snuck into the lane and finished with a pull up jumper as BG Goettingen led 13-6. Frankfurt fought back as St Louis native Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) got hot with seven unanswered points a pull jumper, three pointer and fade away jumper as BG Goettinge led 15-13. Dale and Super Tez then traded baskets as Frankfurt trailed 17-16. Bailey then made a pull up jumper and Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) made a jumper with two seconds remaining as Frankfurt trailed 19-18 after one quarter. 'There was a real playoff atmosphere. Both teams were defending very aggressive. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) was hot, which gave Frankfurt problems. Frankfurt rebounded the ball very well', added EnBW Ludwigsburg assistant coach Steven Clauss . 'The game went back and fourth. Anderson carried us and Frankfurt continued to hit very well', added BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. BG Goettingen was shooting 54% from the field and 50% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 40% from outside. Frankfurt had the 10-4 rebound edge, but three turnovers while BG Goettingen had none.

With both teams pretty much on the same level, the question was if either team could make a little dent in the defensive battle with a run? The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt hesitate long as they jumped on BG Goettingen going on a 6-0 run as DaShaun Wood and Kimmo Murrinen dropped bombs from outside as Frankfurt had their first lead of the game 24-19. Frankfurt was playing very smart, but aggressive defense forcing BG Goettingen to turnovers on the penetration. Anderson was always there getting baskets as he kept his team in the game. Wood then made another three pointer as Frankfurt led 29-23. Then it was time for BG Goettingen to go on a run. Despite the run, Frankfurt was defending well as BG Goettingen had five turnovers in the first six minutes of the second quarter. BG Goettingen went on a 9-2 run to retake the lead 32-31. John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) may only be 182cm, but plays with the height of 198. He flew in for a tip in, which was followed by a Dale jumper and Anderson finished the scoring with another three pointer and then caught Frankfurt napping as he snuck in for a tip in dunk off a Bailey miss. Frankfurt regained the lead in the last few minutes as Mckinney hit another jumper and got free throws from Robertson and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). BG Goettingen got a brake in the last seconds as John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt went into halftime with a narrow 38-35 lead. 'The game remained dominated in the defense. Frankfrt had a very good start. Wood wasnt so much in the game, but he was doing a great job defending Bailey. Anderson kept BG Goettingen in the game', added EnBW Ludwigsburg assistant coach Steven Clauss . 'We had some luck staying in the game. Anderson continued to play well. The Frankfurt free throws hurt a bit at the end', said BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 35% from the field and 38% from the three point line while BG Goettingen was shooting 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line. Frankfurt still had the rebound edge 23-14 and had five turnovers while BG Goettingen had six turnovers.

The first 13 points scored in the third quarter had The Deutsche Bank Skyliners having a 5-0 run which was followed by a 8-0 run by BG Goettingen to knot the game at 43-43. Super Tez was involved in the first two Frankfurt buckets as Moss made a dunk as he set up perfectly the American from Cincinnati and he then sunk a three pointer fr the 43-35 lead. BG Goettingen center Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) who had been controlled nicely in the game by the ferocious duo of Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) scored on a dunk, but then made only 2 of 6 free throws. Anderson then went coast to coast making a pretty spin move and scoring and Bailey made a runner bank shot as the game was tied 43-43. Even though BG Goettingen had fought back, they were unable to retake the lead as Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a 10-4 run to lead 53-47. Super Tez who had shown his brilliance form the parking lot in Ludwigsburg continued his hot shooting making a high rainbow for the 46-43 lead. Moss then made a dunk as he was all alone underneath as if he was on a field picking berries as he had been set up beautifully by Muurinen. BG Goettingen continued to fight went on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 48-47 as Anderson made a very difficult shot in traffic and little used 30 year old German power forward Christoph Tetzner (200-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) made a lay in as Frankfurt was sleeping under the hoop. Frankfurt finshed the quarter on a mini 5-0 run as Wood made a three pointer and Nolte scored inside. BG Goettingen didnt help their cause as Tetzner and John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) missed 4 free throws combined. Frankfurt had the 53-47 lead after 30 minutes. ' The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 35% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while BG Goettingen was shooting 44% from the field and 38% from the parking lot. Frankfurt was winning the rebound duel 35-28 and had six turnovers while BG Goettingen had seven turnovers.

BG Goettingen got the better start in the fourth quarter as they cruised out on a 8-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 57-55. Anderson continued to pick apart the Frankfurt defense nailing a three pointer and John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) then snuck through the Frankfurt defense stealing the usual dunk show from Super Tez and co with an ally-op dunk as he was fed with a perfect lob pass from Bailey. Muurinen and Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena) sunk a three pointer. It seemed the game would go down to the wire, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners surprised the whole arena closing out the game with a 20-3 run. In the last win against BG Goettingen 6 weeks ago it was Wood that scored 8 consecutive points to take Frankfurt from the 67-67 score to the 75-67 lead. This time it wasnt Wood, but Jimmy McKinney who opened up the game from the score of 57-55 to 68-57. Mckinney used his best weapon his jumper and really silenced BG Goettingen as he nailed a last second three pointer at the shot clock buzzer. As Mckinney nailed another three pointer for the 68-57 lead, Mckinney let out a yell of emotion as if his St Louis Cardinals and Blues had won the World Series and Stanley Cup at the same time. This Mckinney arsenal of attack via his jumper seemed to paralyze BG Goettingen. BG Goettingen put up wild shots and coughed up the ball on offense while Frankfurt took their strong defense and transformed it into continued baskets on offense as Frankfurt closed out the game with three dunks and a three pointer by Dominik Bahiense De Mello. Super Tez made a plain dunk, then dunked over the 203cm Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) on the ally-op and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) did a one handed dunk as it seemed from in flight from the free throw line in best Chicago Bull manner Michael Jordan. Frankfurt left the floor with a well deserved 77-58 win. 'We increased our intensity in the fourth quarter. The Mckinney shots really hurt the self confidence of BG Goettingen. Wood had a big game almost getting a triple double and Tez also played very well. We did a better job on Anderson in the second half', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'Frankfurt hit big shots. We focused on Wood and Powell, but you have to focus on so many other players. Tez and Mckinney hit very well. We didnt rebound well and if we would of hit more free throws might of made it closer at the end', added BG Goettingen guard Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena). 'Key in the end was our defense. It came down to who made more stops and we also did a good job controlling the other players besides Anderson', added DaShaun Wood.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Jimmy McKinney with 20 points and nine rebounds. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) had 18 points. DaShaun Wood had 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists just missing a triple double. 'It would have been nice to have had a triple double in a playoff game, but the most important thing is that we win a championship. This was a Chris Paul (183-G-85, college: Wake Forest) type of stat line', said DaShaun Wood. BG Goettingen was led by Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) had 26 points and eight rebounds. 'I see Anderson and Suput as the top power forward players in the league. He is so hard to defend off the dribble. he plays like a guard and can post up', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'I also see Anderson on the top of that list. I havent seen anyone stop him yet', commented Kyle Bailey Kyle Bailey contributed nine points, six rebounds and two assists.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners got a great performance from Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) keeping Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) to only five points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. 'I know Boone since a long time. It is always a big challenge for me to play against a physical guy like Boone. You cant let Boone get the position, because as soon as he is at the basket, he makes the shots in his sleep. You also have to give a lot of credit to Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) who did a great job. I am so happy that he is on the team', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Frankfurt rebounded well winning the battle under the baords 46-36, but also did other things well. 'I think the best thing that we did today was just being even. We didnt have any real up and downs. It is always tough playing against them and you can never relax and you are always on the edge. It will only get worse that is the fun part', laughed Kimmo Muurinen. BG Goettingen will have must win in game, but will not have the advantage of playing in their beloved Lok halle as the arena is blocked and the team will have to play down the road in Kassel. 'I hope that the BG Goettingen fans are unable to bring that LOK Halle atmosphere to Kassel. We have to control Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) and it cant be that we allow a guy like that to get 26 points. We have to start well and have less turnovers', added Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'We have to rebound better and do a better job of keeping Wood out of the lane. We played pretty well as a team, but we cant let them to capitalize on our mistakes in game 2', warned Kyle Bailey 'We will have to execute a little better on offense in game 2. They took us out of a lot of things in game 1. We have to control Anderson and as a whole play better than in game one', warned DaShaun Wood. BG Goettingen host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Kassel on May 4th at 20:00.


German U16 selection lost three in a row - by Eurobasket News
German U16 selection lost three in a row at the Torneo Pasqua Barocca in Italy.
Italy U16 won over Germany U16 67:62 in the opener. The Italian side started with 20-19, but then Germany took the lead at the halftime. The guests needed 14-8 in the second period for 33:28 lead at the halftime. The team of Antonio Bocchino however looked better in the second half and won the third and the last quarters for the first victory.
In Day 2 Spain U16 overcame Germany U16 76:67. The latter looked awesome in the first period and erupted with 27-16 in it. Spain could only reduce to 9 points at the halftime producing 19-17 in the second frame. In the third period Spain added 16-12 and grabbed the win due to 25-11 in the last stanza. Martin and De la Blanca stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Sans posted 13. Ismet Akpinar (184-G-95) and Stefan Ilzhofer netted 13 points each for Germany U16.
Greece U16 triumphed in the tournament after the win over Germany U16 65:57. Greece took 13-11 after the first period, but Germany grabbed 1-point lead after 18-15 in the second frame. Moreover Germany won the third quarter 15-14 but could not keep the score for good. Greece needed massive 23-13 to remain undefeated in the tournament. Gavin Shilling nailed 12 points for Germany and Stefan Ilzhofer as well as Ismet Akpinar added 8 apiece.




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Polykratis Samou is the champion and will play in the C' Division the coming season - by Chris Mammides
The island of Samos is on fire as the home team of Polykratis won the top favorite team of Panaxiakos with 76-58 and will be particiapting in the Third Division team the season 2011-2012! The team of Polykratis in the special league which is taking place among the teams of the Mitylini Region got the first place after beating the other four teams of the region quite easily. These teams (other than Panaxiakos) were the following: Pallesviakos, VAOL Hiou and ASK Iviskos.

The roster of the champion team of Polykratis Samou is as follows:

Head Coach Vangelis Karras
Manolis Antonousos
Giannis Karavasilis (the secodn scorer of the team and among the top five scorers of the league, he ended the season with 392 points)
Stathakios
Stergios Mytilinou (187-G-79) (He is the top scorer of the league with 492 points)
Giorgos Patelidas
Giorgos Kyriazis
Miltiadis Kapotas (196-F/G-77)
Argyris Nikolaidis
Costas Vogiatzis (201-F-75)
Kostas Michelis
Stefanos Simantiras

Manolis Agorastos
Christos Fountoulakos





38th National Championship U20: Top Performers - by Chris Mammides
The 38th National Championship U20 just ended and the big winner was Aris Thessaloniki like two years ago when in the season 2009-2010 the Salonika team won the 36th Juniors Championship with MVP and Top performer being Kostas Papanikolaou (204-F/G-90) the forward of Olympiakos Piraeus today.
In the current championship another super star of Aris won the MVP trophy as Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) won the MVP award leaving behind many opponents (the major opponent as Eurobasket wrote a month ago was Kyprianos Maragkos).


The top five players of the tournaments were the following:
Dimtiris Karambekis (190-G-94) of Panseraikos
Fotios Zoumpos of Panathinaikos
Efstathios Papadionysiou (200-F-92) of Ikaros Kallitheas (transfer from Apollon Smyrnis)
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos of Aris Thessaloniki
Kyprianos Maragkos of Panathinaikos


The top scorers of the Tournament were the following:
Kyprianos Maragkos of Panathinaikos with 76 points
Kimonas Bliatzas (202-PF/C-92) of GS Elassonas with 75 points
Dimtiris Karambekis (190-G-94) of Panseraikos with 74 points
Panagiotis Thodis (197-C-93) of AO Ioanninon with 71 points
Eustathios Efstathios Papadionysiou (198-F-92) of Ikaros Kallitheas with 67 points


History of the tournament

The last six champions in the U20 competition were the following:
2005-2006: Esperos Kallithea (MVP: Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) of Esperos Kallitheas)
2006-2007: Ilysiakos Athens (MVP: Ioannis Athineou (194-G-88) of Ilysiakos Athens)
2007-2008: Ilysiakos Athens (MVP: Giorgos Bogris (209-C/F-89) of Ilysiakos)
2008-2009: Aris Thessaloniki (MVP: Kostas Papanikolaou of Aris Thessalonikis)
2009-2010: Panathinaikos Athens (MVP: Thanos Chanias (203-F-94) of Panathinaikos)
2010-2011: Aris Thessaloniki (MVP: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos of Aris Thessaloniki)




Greece U16 wins the tournament in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16 wins the tournament in Italy called Torneo Pasqua Barocca.
Greece U16 won over Spain U16 in the opener. The Greek side looked better in the game and reached 13-point victory. De la Blanca netted 17, while Martin scored 11 points for Spain.
Greece U16 beat Italy U16 in Day 2 of the tournament. Greece took the early lead and reached 23-17 after the opening quarter. Moreover after another win in the second frame Greece reached 42:35 at the halftime. Italy played better in the third period and reduced the gap to 59:55, but Greece saved the necessary lead. Liapis erupted with 20 points and Ghelios netted 10. Poulianitis posted 7, whilst Takis Charalampopoulos (186-G-76), Kostas Fakopoulidis (200-G-95) and Theodorou had 6 each. Alessandro Benvenuti and Akele nailed 13 points each for the Italian team and Maccaferri scored 12.
Greece U16 triumphed in the tournament after the win over Germany U16 65:57. Greece took 13-11 after the first period, but Germany grabbed 1-point lead after 18-15 in the second frame. Moreover Germany won the third quarter 15-14 but could not keep the score for good. Greece needed massive 23-13 to remain undefeated in the tournament. Gavin Shilling nailed 12 points for Germany and Stefan Ilzhofer as well as Ismet Akpinar (184-G-95) added 8 apiece.




38th Panhellenic Basketball U20 League: Aris Thessaloniki is the Champion - by Chris Mammides
Aris Thessaloniki is the new Champion in the U20 Pan-hellenic League, after beating all five teams in the Special all countrie's competition which ended earlier this afternoon in the city of Trikalla. Aris Thessaloniki of Head Coach Dimtiriou had the following results in these seven days:
First Day: Aris Thessaloniki - Ikaros Kallitheas 60-55
Second Day: Aris Thessaloniki - GS Elassona Larissas 80-54
Third Day: Aris Thessaloniki - Panathinaikos 66-54 - The most crucial game of the season where Bohoridis and Chrysikopoulos helped their team to beat the last years champions
Fourth Day: Aris Thessaloniki - Panseraikos 78-47
Fifth and Final Day: Aris Thessalonikis - AGS Ioanninon 73-49


The top performers and top scorers for their team were Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) and Lefteris Bohoridis (191-G-94) who scored 51 points each an average of 10.2 points per game but after the great victory over Panathinaikos the two talents left some space to their team-mates as they play nearly half the time that they did at the previous games. It is worth mentioned that Bohoridis scored 23 points against Panathinaikos and Chrysikopoulos scored 15.

On the other hand, Panathinaikos who won the Attica's Championship but couldn't make it for a second consecutive time to the finals against the Macedonians of Coach Dimitriou, didn't received the maximum from its players as some key figures of last season's championship like Hanias, Giannikos and Vassileiou empty spot was more than obvious, while Zoumpos, Dimakopoulos and Karamalegkos were not steady in their game so Kyprianos Maragkos (205-C-94) was all alone in the derby against Aris and in the big loss against the team of Ikaros Kallitheas where they lost 68-74!

The only trophy for Panathinaikos was the top scorer position which was gained by Kyprianos Maragkos with his 76 points an average of 15.2 points per game while the secod trophy for last season's champions was the fact that in the top five players of the specific tournament two Green players were in the team, Fotios Zoumpos (191-G-93) and Kyprianos Maragkos.

For historical reasons the final board was as follows:
1. Aris Thessalonikis
2. Ikaros Kallitheas
3. Panathinaikos
4. AGS Ioanninon
5. Panseraikos
6. GS Elassona






Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.4 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.18.0 
 3. Argyropoylos, Apol.16.7 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.6 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.5 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 7. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 8. Psileas, Lavrio15.3 
 9. Pettas, Koroivos15.2 
 10. Kosanovic, Koroiv.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimp.
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.9.3 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.9 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.7 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.0 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.5 
 6. Kartelo, AE.7.5 
 7. Jovanovic, KAOD7.2 
 8. Amato, Near East7.1 
 9. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.0 
 10. Kosanovic, Koroiv.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefs.
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.7 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.2 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.8 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas4.8 
 5. Makris, Olimpiada4.4 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.2 
 7. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.3.8 
 9. Rallis, Ermis Lagk.3.7 
 10. Argyropoylos, Apo.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.3 
 2. Pettas, Koroivos2.0 
 3. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 4. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 6. Pappas, Near East1.5 
 7. Nikou, Panelefs.1.5 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Zoupas, Amyntas1.4 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollo.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.1.8 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.6 
 3. Kasabalis, AE.1.4 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD1.4 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 7. Papachristos, Peri.0.8 
 8. Amato, Near East0.7 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 10. Psathas, Apollon0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 21-3 
 2. AGOR 18-6 
 3. Lavrio 16-8 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 15-9 
 5. Panelefsiniakos 14-10 
 6. Arkadikos 13-11 
 7. Apollon Patras 12-12 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 11-13 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 11-13 
 10. Periko/Arhelaos 10-14 
 11. Olimpiada 10-14 
 12. AEK/Argous 10-14 
 13. Pagrati 9-15 
 14. Panerythraikos 9-15 
 15. Koroivos 8-16 
 16. Near East 5-19 


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 21-4 
 2. OFI 20-5 
 3. Ermis Perama 18-6 
 4. Doxa Lefkadas 17-8 
 5. Anagennisi 17-8 
 6. MENT 16-9 
 7. Aias Evosmou 14-11 
 8. Doukas 12-12 
 9. Diagoras 12-13 
 10. Stratoni 11-14 
 11. Aiolos Trik. 11-14 
 12. Apollon KL 9-16 
 13. Egaleo 8-17 
 14. Filippos Veroias 6-19 
 15. M.Alexandros 5-20 


A2 Round 24: #1 KAOD is defeated by Apollon Patras - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KAOD (21-3) on the court of seventh ranked Apollon Patras on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Apollon Patras 74-69. KAOD was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Apollon Patras, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and swingman Giorgos Petropoulos (198-80) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. KAOD at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Apollon Patras are looking forward to face league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAOD will play on the road against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Near East managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Olimpiada in Kesariani 96-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpiada. The winners were led by Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) who scored that evening 20 points and Filippos Moschovitis supported him with 11 points and 4 assists. Near East's coach Apostolis Hatzigiannakos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds by center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) did not help to save the game for Olimpiada. Near East maintains sixteenth position with 5-19 record. Olimpiada at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with AEK/Argous and Periko/Arhelaos. Near East will play against higher ranked Lavrio (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpiada will play against Koroivos (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Koroivos where higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-10) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Koroivos (8-16) 78-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The best player for the winners was Nikos Pettas who scored 19 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikos Kaklamanos who recorded 11 points and 5 assists. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Koroivos have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fifteenth position with 8-16 record. Panelefsiniakos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Koroivos will meet higher ranked Olimpiada (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Ikaroi Serron (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Arkadikos (13-11) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (11-13) 72-65. It was a good game for Kostas Vardavas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea where they are favorite.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: AEK/Argous lost to Ikaroi Serron on the opponent's court 69-75. Periko/Arhelaos was outscored by AGOR in a home game 55-74. Ermis Lagkada was rolled over Lavrio on the road 79-59. Pagrati defeated Panerythraikos on its own court 74-62.


Ikaroi Serron - AEK/Argous 75-69

Very expected game in Serres where 12th ranked AEK/Argous (10-14) was defeated by fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron (15-9) 75-69. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But AEK/Argous won third quarter 11-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Alexis Raptis (200-81) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AEK/Argous. Four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ikaroi Serron maintains fourth position with 15-9 record. Newly promoted AEK/Argous dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be Panelefsiniakos (#5) in Eleusina. AEK/Argous will play at home against Pagrati (#13) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 23+9reb+1ast, G.Koukas 15+1reb+1ast, K.Totsios 13+3reb+3ast, K.Pehlivanis 9+2reb, E.Tevetzidis 4+1reb, C.Voiatopoulos 4+5reb
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 19+6reb+1ast, G.Kopsaftis 15+2reb+1ast, D.Lewis 12+3reb, A.Raptis 11+8reb+2ast, D.Papantoniou 7+2reb+4ast, T.Kasabalis 3+6reb
gschID: 98900


Koroivos - Panelefsiniakos 78-58

An interesting game took place in Koroivos where higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-10) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Koroivos (8-16) 78-58 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panelefsiniakos. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-58. Koroivos dominated on the defensive end, holding Panelefsiniakos to just 7 points in second and third quarters. The best player for the winners was guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Koroivos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) who recorded 11 points and 5 assists and guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Koroivos have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Koroivos maintains fifteenth position with 8-16 record. Panelefsiniakos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Koroivos will meet higher ranked Olimpiada (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Ikaroi Serron (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: N.Pettas 19+4reb+5ast, S.Tsabis 17+2reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 12+10reb+2ast, T.Dimitriadis 11+7reb+2ast, T.Ifantis 8+6reb, D.Apostolopoulos 5+3reb+1ast
Panelefsiniakos: M.Dioletis 11+1reb, N.Kaklamanos 11+3reb+5ast, T.Nikou 9+5reb+3ast, P.Martzos 8+3reb+2ast, M.Theos 6+5reb+1ast, G.Tirlas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98901


Near East - Olimpiada 96-82

Bottom-ranked Near East managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Olimpiada in Kesariani 96-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpiada. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Near East's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-21 extending their advantage to 14 points. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The winners were led by Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) who scored that evening 20 points and the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) supported him with 11 points and 4 assists. Near East's coach Apostolis Hatzigiannakos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds by center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) did not help to save the game for Olimpiada. Guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Near East maintains sixteenth position with 5-19 record. Olimpiada at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with AEK/Argous and Periko/Arhelaos. Near East will play against higher ranked Lavrio (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpiada will play against Koroivos (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Near East: M.Stanojevic 20+3reb, N.Tsoutsos 15+3reb, E.Tomaras 14+1reb+1ast, F.Moschovitis 11+4reb+4ast, A.Gribaviotis 11+2reb+1ast, A.Pappas 8+4reb+1ast
Olimpiada: A.Koutroulias 27+17reb+3ast, S.Veskoukis 16+6reb+2ast, D.Makris 12+4reb+1ast, N.Makris 11+6reb+6ast, P.Simeopoulos 9+3reb+2ast, K.Tsotsos 4+2reb
gschID: 98902


Amyntas Dafnis - Arkadikos 72-65

An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Arkadikos (13-11) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (11-13) 72-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-18. But Arkadikos won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Amyntas Dafnis won last quarter 23-17. They also forced 19 Arkadikos turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Arkadikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Savvas Dorkofikis (201-82) contributed with 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) replied with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Arkadikos. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 18+10reb+2ast, S.Dorkofikis 17+3reb, P.Papargiropoulos 14+4reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 8+6reb+5ast, F.Pagonis 7+2reb+3ast, L.Zoupas 3+1reb+5ast
Arkadikos: S.Gizogiannis 14+6reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 14+3reb, T.Tsiotras 10+2reb+2ast, M.Papadakis 10+5reb+7ast, G.Mprozos 6+7reb, G.Prodromou 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98896


Periko/Arhelaos - AGOR 55-74

Very predictable result in Perikos where second ranked AGOR (18-6) smashed 9th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (10-14) 74-55. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Periko/Arhelaos was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Periko/Arhelaos to just 7 points in second quarter. AGOR made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Periko/Arhelaos turnovers. It was a good game for guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-87, college: Valparaiso) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Periko/Arhelaos. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos let to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. AGOR have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 18-6 record having just three points less than leader KAOD. Newly promoted Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. AGOR's next round opponent will be Apollon Patras (#7) at home where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Arkadikos in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
AGOR: S.Magounis 21+5reb, G.Kiriakopoulos 13+1reb+5ast, D.Latovic 11+10reb+2ast, T.Charismidis 9+5reb+2ast, A.Tsochlas 9+5reb, S.Grundberg 9+3reb+1ast
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Papachristos 17+9reb+3ast, U.Igbavboa 9+6reb+2ast, G.Maltesios 7+1reb, P.Nanis 6+2reb+2ast, E.Jeromanovs 6+4reb+2ast, A.Sivorotka 6+3reb
gschID: 98897


Apollon Patras - KAOD 74-69

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked KAOD (21-3) on the court of seventh ranked Apollon Patras on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Apollon Patras 74-69. KAOD was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Apollon Patras, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and swingman Giorgos Petropoulos (198-80) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. KAOD at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Apollon Patras are looking forward to face league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAOD will play on the road against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 26+4ast, G.Petropoulos 15+3reb, Z.Milovic 9+6reb, G.Lianos 7+2reb+2ast, Y.Psathas 6+4reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 5+9reb+2ast
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 20+5reb+3ast, V.Margaritis 17+1reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 15+5reb+2ast, N.Katsares 6+2reb+3ast, S.Benas 4+4reb+1ast, G.Sourlis 3+1ast
gschID: 98898


Lavrio - Ermis Lagkada 79-59

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Ermis Lagkada (11-13) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Lavrio (16-8) 79-59. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Ermis Lagkada was better in second period 16-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ermis Lagkada to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Lavrio dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ermis Lagkada's 34. They outrebounded Ermis Lagkada 45-33 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) replied with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) added 10 points in the effort for Ermis Lagkada. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Lavrio maintains third position with 16-8 record having five points less than leader KAOD. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Lavrio's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani which should be another easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against the league's leader KAOD (#1) in Dramas.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: N.Psileas 22+5reb+5ast, Y.Kakiouzis 20+13reb+6ast, G.Zakinthinos 9+6reb+1ast, K.Sinnis 8+2reb+1ast, P.Karvounis 6+1reb+2ast, C.Likogiannis 4+6reb+1ast
Ermis Lagkada: H.Plioukas 10+3reb, A.Panagiotopoulos 10+5reb+6ast, S.Nisiotis 10+4reb+1ast, N.Gamouras 9+3reb+2ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 9+5reb, S.Lefkaditis 6+4reb
gschID: 98899


Pagrati - Panerythraikos 74-62

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Athens where fourteenth ranked Pagrati (9-15) beat 13th ranked Panerythraikos (9-15) 74-62. Panerythraikos was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 24-8 charge of Pagrati, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Pagrati especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a good game for guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 7 assists. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) replied with 23 points and Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) added 10 points in the effort for Panerythraikos. Four Panerythraikos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pagrati moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Panerythraikos. Pagrati's next round opponent will be higher ranked AEK/Argous (#12) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: N.Voulgaris 14+2reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 12+2reb, F.Vasilopoulos 10+4reb+7ast, D.Lolas 9+10reb, K.Macheras 9+6reb+3ast, G.Dimakos 6+2reb
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 23+1reb+2ast, N.Kourtis 11+3reb, T.Kallianotis 10+1reb, M.Laksa 10+4reb, S.Kontoudis 5+3reb+4ast, G.Stamatis 2+5reb
gschID: 98895




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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.0 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.8 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.2 
 5. Tiedeman, Giants14.9 
 6. Mills, Eiffel Towe.14.9 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 8. Kimbrough, Giants14.7 
 9. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterd.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.1 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.3 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.0 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra7.9 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
 10. Jackson, Eiffel T.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel T.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.8 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.6 
 6. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.6 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra3.4 
 9. Williams, DeFriesl.3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTe.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 3. Turner, Eiffel T.2.2 
 4. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 5. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 6. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
 8. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden1.9 
 10. Williams, DeFries.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel T.
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.3 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 6. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 7. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 8. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.8 
 9. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 10. McDermott, Magixx0.8 


Rob Meurs Basketball Memorial - by Fred Roggen
Dear (former) Top Players outside The Netherlands who felt connected to Rob Meurs). We address this item, concerning Rob Meurs, to you.

As you (most likely) already know, Rob died April 10th 2010 on the autobahn near Trier when he lost control of his (beloved) white, Honda motor-bike. He was returning from a 4-day trip to the Albert Schweitzer Tournament, a place where he was so much at home; it could easily apply for 'second home to Rob Meurs' status.

He planned to ride to Oostende first, to attend a BCO game there, the club he (probably) considered 'His Club', more than any other Club the last three to five years of his life (my guess) ...

When you've passed the age of 40 (take or leave a few), you notice time speeds up more and more; it starts 'to fly', so when I'm writing this, I realize how quick the past 12+ months have passed. Because that's how long ago it is, when the message broke: Rob had an accident; he died...!!!. I don't know how you experience it, but to me the 'sunday-around-noon' (when I got 'the phone call' from my wife) in the South of Germany seems like yesterday...

Most of you probably found out about the bad news somehow. We really tried to get to everybody, be it through mail, phone or websites, the week before the
funeral/cremation service. It was impossible though to reach everybody personally. How much though we tried.

We also tried to set up a Fund-raiser and a Foundation in Rob's Memory at that time.
We had several goals:
-raise money to make sure there would be a (Funeral) Service a week after he died
-provide short term help to the family whenever necessary and where-ever possible
-establish a lasting monument to Rob, his work and spirit, and his role in the globalizing of
International and American Basketball; set up a Rob Meurs Memorial
-later we added the goal of, when possible, helping kids realize their Basketball Dreams

Most of 2010 passed with trying to provide the necessary help to Rob's widow Remi, although the problems were (and are) so huge; we could only provide solutions at the scale of a drop of cold water on a hot metal plate... Because of that, and because (let's be honest: we are all very busy people) time flies when you are busy, we really started to work on a memorial around the end of 2010/early 2011.

The first idea was, because Rob was a Youth Scout more than anything, to organize one or two International Youth Games around the date of Rob's death, as a start. That did not seem to work, because the Basketball Agenda is too full around that date!

So we had to go for a Plan-B. That happened the last few weeks. We had to settle for something small, also because the means the (to be established) Rob Meurs Foundation generated (mostly in the first weeks after his death) did not leave a too much room to organize something big, although we still count for a full house on the 14th...

We feel we have put together something nice to most people, within our possibilities. We cooperate with GOBA, the Club in Rob's Home-Town Gorinchem (also the team where Rob and I (Aart) first played together).

The program for the Inaugural Version of the Rob Meurs Memorial is as follows:
We will have the 'Players of Tomorrow'; there will be a big Youth Clinic for the very young (6-11), and the young (12-16) in two shifts, 200-400 kids.

And the the 'Players of Yesterday';
(a) game (s) of (mostly) Players who made their National Team, we call them 'Former NT Players', many of them are People Rob has worked with early (or later) in their careers.
We hope to welcome Players from this category from many different countries!

We will close the day with a Buffet with those 'old' Players and the People from the International Basketball Community in which Rob has spent a considerable part of his life, and whom somehow felt connected to Rob. This part of the program will have opportunities to honor Rob's life, his spirit and the role he played in the International Basketball World among friends, and share memories...!

This item is directed to you, if you are/feel part of the category of 'Former National Team Players' of your country. And you can consider it to be an Invitation to You, to be a part of the Game of 'Former National Team Players'. We expect a nice group of Dutch Players in their (late) 30's, 40's or 50's, and it would be nice if we can also present a nice mix of International Players.
If you want to attend the Rob Meurs Basketball Memorial, and you'd like to play in this part, please react to this Invitation as soon as possible! If you want to attend, but you don't want to play, please also inform us about that, so we can organize the best possible event within our possibilities!

You can send an email with your reply to Henk Pieterse (new_life@wanadoo.nl) or Aart Dekker (robmeurs@phbb.demon.nl)

We will have an event that will connect the Players of Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday, and we are going to have (LOTS OF!) FUN through BASKETBALL.

Be there! We will welcome you!



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Italy U18 wins Vilagarcia Basket Cup - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 wins Vilagarcia Basket Cup. Italy U18 opened the tournament with the win over Spain U18 72:64. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the opening quarter, while Italy needed 14-8 in the second frame for 6-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Italy won the third period 25-21 and did not mind 16-18 in the last quarter. Della Valle top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Amedeo Tessitori (201-C-94) scored 16. Alejandro Abrines (196-F/G-93) replied with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Italy U18 rolled over Germany U18 72:53. The latter however enjoyed 16-15 lead after the first 10 minutes, but Italy was too good in the second quarter to take 40:27 halftime advantage. Della Valle paced all the winners with 21 points and Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) added 16. Johannes Richter scored 12 points for Germany and Paul Zipser (195-G-94) added 11.
In the last day of the tournament Italy U18 lost to France U18 73:78. The latter opened the game with 21-18, but then Italy took the lead due to 23-16 in the second period. France won the game after 22-8 in the third period and they managed to keep the score for good in the last frame. Della Valle posted 18 points for Italy and Chilo netted 12.



SerieA Round 28: #1 Montepaschi Siena is defeated by Air Avellino - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in SerieA. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (25-3) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Air Avellino (15-13) 82-77. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Montepaschi Siena won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) responded with 24 points and 4 steals. Montepaschi Siena's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-13 record, which they share with Benetton TV. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top place with three games lost. Air Avellino is looking forward to face Scavolini Pesaro (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Montepaschi Siena will play against Dinamo Sassari (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (25-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Benetton Treviso (15-13) 81-64. The winners were led by Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who scored that evening 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Bo Lester McCalebb supported him with 15 points and 4 steals. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) did not help to save the game for Benetton Treviso. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-3 record. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Air AV. Montepaschi Siena will play against Dinamo Sassari (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Dinamo Sassari (13-15) outlasted Cimberio Varese (14-14) in overtime by five points 88-83 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. James White fired 31 points and 5 steals for the winners. Ronald Slay produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lottomatica and Scavolini PS. Loser Cimberio Varese dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Dinamo Sassari will meet at home league's leader Montepaschi Siena in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cimberio Varese will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Enel Brindisi (8-20) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Benetton Treviso (15-13). The visitors from Treviso managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a very good performance for Alessandro Gentile who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. Enel Brindisi's coach Luca Bechi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Air AV. Enel Brindisi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bennet Cantu at home and it may be the game of the week. Enel Brindisi will play against Angelico Biella (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourteenth-ranked Angelico Biella (9-19) gave a tough game to seventh ranked CS Bologna (14-14) on Sunday. CS Bologna managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Jared Homan who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. CS Bologna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cimberio VA. Angelico Biella lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. CS Bologna will face Lottomatica Roma (#8) on the road in the next round. Angelico Biella will play against Enel Brindisi (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Banca Tercas lost to Vanoli CR on the opponent's court 73-80. Bennet Cantu managed to outperform Scavolini PS in a home game 63-55. Armani MI managed to beat Pepsi Caserta on the road 85-74. Fabi Shoes defeated Lottomatica on its own court 75-66.



Vanoli CR - Banca Tercas 80-73

Rather expected game in Cremona where 15th ranked Banca Tercas (9-19) were defeated by twelfth ranked Vanoli-Braga (12-16) 80-73 on Sunday. The game without a history. Vanoli-Braga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Banca Tercas were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (203-80) who added 18 points and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Banca Tercas' coach Alessandro Ramagli gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Pepsi Caserta. Loser Banca Tercas dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face higher ranked Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Banca Tercas will play against Pepsi Caserta (#11).
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: M.Milic 21+6reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 18+4reb, J.Foster 14+4reb+3ast, E.Rowland 10+2ast, B.Sekulic 8+5reb+2ast, A.Drozdov 5+6reb+1ast
Banca Tercas: I.Zoroski 19+1reb+4ast, J.Davis 16+7reb+2ast, K.Fletcher 14+7reb+2ast, R.De La Fuente 10+4reb, D.Diener 5+3reb+4ast, R.Fultz 5+2reb
gschID: 96247


Dinamo Sassari - Cimberio VA 88-83 OT

Dinamo Sassari (13-15) outlasted Cimberio Varese (14-14) in overtime by five points 88-83 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cimberio Varese won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Cimberio Varese used huge pressure winning it 24-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-17. American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) fired 31 points and 5 steals for the winners. The other American import guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Lottomatica and Scavolini PS. Loser Cimberio Varese dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with CS Bologna. Dinamo Sassari will meet at home league's leader Montepaschi Siena in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cimberio Varese will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 31+4reb+3ast, T.Diener 24+10reb+3ast, O.Hunter 15+8reb, D.Tsaldaris 10+5reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 3+4reb+1ast, V.Plisnic 3+9reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: R.Slay 20+10reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 16+12reb+1ast, P.Goss 13+4reb+5ast, T.Rannikko 11+2reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 8+1reb+3ast, K.Kangur 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 96248


CS Bologna - Angelico BI 83-81

Fourteenth-ranked Angelico Biella (9-19) gave a tough game to seventh ranked CS Bologna (14-14) on Sunday. CS Bologna managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 27-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. CS Bologna shot 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while Angelico Biella only scored six points from the stripe. CS Bologna forced 22 Angelico Biella turnovers. Angelico Biella was plagued by 35 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) who added 16 points during the contest. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Aubrey Coleman scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. CS Bologna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cimberio VA. Angelico Biella lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. CS Bologna will face Lottomatica Roma (#8) on the road in the next round. Angelico Biella will play against Enel Brindisi (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 16+3reb+1ast, J.Homan 15+6reb+3ast, P.Koponen 15+1reb, G.Poeta 14+4reb+1ast, K.Winston 7+2reb+3ast, V.Sanikidze 7+12reb+1ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 21+6reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 20+7reb+1ast, M.Salyers 14+5reb, G.Jurak 8+8reb+3ast, E.Sosa 7+1reb+7ast, M.Soragna 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96249


Enel Brindisi - Benetton TV 74-75

Sixteenth-ranked Enel Brindisi (8-20) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Benetton Treviso (15-13). The visitors from Treviso managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-16. But Enel Brindisi won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Benetton Treviso dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Enel Brindisi's 18. It was a very good performance for swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Kristoffer Lang (211-79, college: N.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Four Benetton Treviso and five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Luca Bechi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Air AV. Enel Brindisi lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bennet Cantu at home and it may be the game of the week. Enel Brindisi will play against Angelico Biella (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 16+4reb, A.Gentile 15+7reb+3ast, G.Brunner 10+6reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 10+1reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 10+2reb+1ast, B.Skinner 8+11reb
Enel Brindisi: B.Dixon 21+5reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 15+3reb+1ast, K.Lang 12+12reb, H.Toure 11+6reb, A.Roberson 10+2reb+2ast, A.Giovacchini 5
gschID: 96244


Montepaschi - Air AV 77-82

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Montepaschi Siena (25-3) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Air Avellino (15-13) 82-77. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But Montepaschi Siena won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who added 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. At the losing side Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) responded with 24 points and 4 steals and Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (195-83) scored 11 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Air Avellino have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-13 record, which they share with Benetton TV. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena still keeps top place with three games lost. Air Avellino is looking forward to face Scavolini Pesaro (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Montepaschi Siena will play against Dinamo Sassari (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Air AV: O.Thomas 23+3reb+4ast, S.Szewczyk 17+9reb+1ast, M.Green 16+1reb+9ast, L.Johnson 13+13reb+1ast, R.Cortese 8+6reb+1ast, V.Spinelli 3+1reb+2ast
Montepaschi: K.Lavrinovic 24+4reb, N.Zisis 11+2reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 11+2ast, P.Aradori 8+4reb, B.Lester McCalebb 8+1reb+3ast, M.Hairston 6
gschID: 96245


Bennet Cantu - Scavolini PS 63-55

Very predictable result when second ranked Bennet Cantu (21-7) defeated at home 9th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (13-15) 63-55 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-10. But Scavolini Pesaro won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Scavolini Pesaro's coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bennet Cantu maintains second position with 21-7 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Loser Scavolini Pesaro dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Benetton Treviso (#5) on the road in the next round. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Air Avellino.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: M.Green 13+7reb+3ast, M.Leunen 13+7reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 10+3reb+3ast, V.Micov 8+4reb, M.Markoishvili 7+2reb, D.Marconato 6+6reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 23+5reb+1ast, A.Collins 12+7reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 9+9reb, G.Diaz 5+2reb, N.Melli 2+4reb, M.Almond 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 96246


Pepsi Caserta - Armani MI 74-85

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Pepsi Caserta (12-16) was defeated at home by third ranked Armani Milano (20-8) 85-74 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Armani Milano forced 25 Pepsi Caserta turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Martin Colussi (193-81) scored 17 points. Armani Milano maintains third position with 20-8 record having five points less than leader Montepaschi. Pepsi Caserta lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Armani Milano will face Vanoli-Braga (#12) in Cremona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pepsi Caserta will play on the road against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 22+5reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 19+5reb+2ast, J.Maciulis 13+2reb, I.Jaaber 8+2reb+3ast, L.Greer 6+2reb+3ast, M.Mordente 5+2reb
Pepsi Caserta: E.Williams 19+10reb+1ast, M.Colussi 17+4reb+1ast, E.Ere 10+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 9+11reb+2ast, L.Garri 8+3reb, L.Koszarek 6+2reb
gschID: 96242


Fabi Shoes - Lottomatica 75-66

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-17) beat at home higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-15) 75-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dominated on the defensive end, holding Lottomatica Roma to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Lottomatica Roma 38-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Charles Smith (193-75, college: N.Mexico) responded with 21 points and Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 points and 4 steals. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro maintains thirteenth position with 11-17 record. Loser Lottomatica Roma keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 19+7reb, S.Ford 16+16reb, T.P.J. 10+8reb+4ast, S.Williams 9+1reb+6ast, A.Ray 9+2reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 7+4reb
Lottomatica: C.Smith 21+2reb, N.Djedovic 10+4reb+1ast, L.Datome 8+2reb, V.Dasic 8+4reb+1ast, N.Gordic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Traore 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 96243


Round 26
Montepaschi - Benetton TV 81-64

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (25-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Benetton Treviso (15-13) 81-64. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Benetton Treviso was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Benetton Treviso to just 6 points in first quarter. Montepaschi Siena made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Benetton Treviso turnovers. Strangely Benetton Treviso outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who scored that evening 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) supported him with 15 points and 4 steals. Even 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) did not help to save the game for Benetton Treviso. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (198-92) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-3 record. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Air AV. Montepaschi Siena will play against Dinamo Sassari (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Lester McCalebb 15+1reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 12+5reb+5ast, P.Aradori 9+1reb+1ast, M.Hairston 9+4reb+1ast, M.Rakovic 8+5reb+1ast, M.Jaric 7+3reb+3ast
Benetton TV: S.Markovic 16+6reb+6ast, A.Gentile 13+5reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 9+4reb+1ast, H.Peric 9+7reb, B.Skinner 5+12reb, G.Brunner 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 127231




Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Fastweb CM 20-9 
 2. Umana Reyer 20-9 
 3. Barcellona 19-10 
 4. Immobiliare SR 18-11 
 5. Prima Veroli 18-11 
 6. Sunrise Scafati 18-11 
 7. Snaidero UD 17-12 
 8. Fileni BPA 14-15 
 9. Tuscany PT 13-16 
 10. Aget Imola 13-16 
 11. N.Ferrara 12-17 
 12. Tezenis Verona 11-18 
 13. Assigeco 11-18 
 14. Forli 11-18 
 15. Trenkwalder 11-18 
 16. San Severo 6-23 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 25-3 
 2. Bennet Cantu 21-7 
 3. Armani MI 20-8 
 4. Air AV 15-13 
 5. Benetton TV 15-13 
 6. Cimberio VA 14-14 
 7. CS Bologna 14-14 
 8. Lottomatica 13-15 
 9. Dinamo Sassari 13-15 
 10. Scavolini PS 13-15 
 11. Pepsi Caserta 12-16 
 12. Vanoli CR 12-16 
 13. Fabi Shoes 11-17 
 14. Angelico BI 9-19 
 15. Banca Tercas 9-19 
 16. Enel Brindisi 8-20 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. White, Dinamo Sass.20.6 
 2. Thomas, Air AV18.4 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.15.9 
 4. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 5. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.7 
 6. Roberson, Enel B.15.3 
 7. Milic, Vanoli CR14.8 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA14.8 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.7 
 10. Troutman, Air AV14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.4 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.4 
 3. Davis, Banca Terc.8.3 
 4. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.2 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.9 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.7 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Johnson, Air AV7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.8 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA3.9 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 6. Collins, Scavolin.3.8 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.6 
 8. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.6 
 9. Green, Bennet Can.3.6 
 10. Markovic, Benetto.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.0 
 2. Stonerook, Montep.2.8 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Green, Air AV2.6 
 6. Hawkins, Armani MI2.6 
 7. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 8. Djedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 9. Goss, Cimberio VA2.5 
 10. White, Dinamo Sas.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Eze, Armani MI1.3 
 3. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindi.1.2 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 6. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 8. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 10. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola22.8 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona20.9 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.20.4 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Jackson, Prima Ver.19.5 
 6. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT18.8 
 8. Goldwire, Forli18.7 
 9. Clark, Umana Reyer18.6 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.2 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany9.0 
 4. Dickens, San Seve.8.2 
 5. Chiacig, Trenkwald.8.2 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.8.1 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 8. Lollis, Immobili.8.0 
 9. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 10. Johnson, San Sev.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis .
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porta, Tezenis5.0 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.0 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.7 
 4. Farabello, N.Fer.3.8 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Hickman, Fastw.3.8 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 9. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 10. Levin, Sunrise3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 2. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.8 
 3. Roderick, Immobi.2.7 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.5 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 6. Davis, Sunrise2.5 
 7. Hunter, Sunrise2.4 
 8. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 10. Piazza, Immobili.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Varnado, Tuscany2.9 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 8. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 9. Frosini, Trenkwald.0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.6 


Ragusa hosted Torneo Pasqua Barocca - by Eurobasket News
Ragusa hosted Torneo Pasqua Barocca with four U16 teams.
Italy U16 won over Germany U16 67:62 in the opener. The Italian side started with 20-19, but then Germany took the lead at the halftime. The guests needed 14-8 in the second period for 33:28 lead at the halftime. The team of Antonio Bocchino however looked better in the second half and won the third and the last quarters for the first victory.
Greece U16 beat Italy U16 in Day 2 of the tournament. Greece took the early lead and reached 23-17 after the opening quarter. Moreover after another win in the second frame Greece reached 42:35 at the halftime. Italy played better in the third period and reduced the gap to 59:55, but Greece saved the necessary lead. Liapis erupted with 20 points and Ghelios netted 10. Poulianitis posted 7, whilst Charalampopoulos, Kostas Fakopoulidis (200-G-95) and Theodorou had 6 each. Alessandro Benvenuti and Akele nailed 13 points each for the Italian team and Maccaferri scored 12.
In Day 3 Spain U16 rolled over Italy U16 73:65. Spain won the first period 23-20, but Italy grabbed 39:35 halftime advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain had 21-10 in it for 56:49 lead after three quarters. With 18-16 the Spanish outfit finished the game and won the campaign. De la Blanca erupted with 31 points for the winners and Martin added 14.



Lega2 Round 29: #1 Fastweb CM is defeated by MarcoPoloShop.it - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Lega2. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Fastweb CM (20-9) in Forli on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by fourteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (11-18) 91-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fastweb CM. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 29-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MarcoPoloShop.it made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Fastweb CM 44-21 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and naturalized American guard Mike Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) chipped in 20 points. The former international guard Matteo Malaventura (196-78) responded with 25 points. MarcoPoloShop.it have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fastweb CM at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Umana Reyer. MarcoPoloShop.it is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road in the next round. Fastweb CM will play against Aget Imola (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Umana Venezia (20-9) against twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona (11-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Umana Venezia was defeated by Tezenis Verona in Verona 73-63. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) nailed 15 points and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Mareks Jurevicus accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) came up with 24 points for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Umana Venezia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona maintains twelfth place with 11-18 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM. Tezenis Verona will play against higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play against Sigma Barcellona (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-10) against fifteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (11-18) on Saturday night. Host Sigma Barcellona was edged by Trenkwalder RE in a tough game in Barcellona 95-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. The best player for the winners was Troy Bell who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Michael Hicks produced 23 points for the hosts. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona keeps the third position with ten games lost. Trenkwalder RE will meet at home higher ranked Prima Veroli (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigma Barcellona will play against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Jesi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Sunrise Scafati (18-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Fileni BPA (14-15). Sunrise Scafati smashed Fileni BPA 93-63. Patrick Baldassarre orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Sunrise Scafati's coach Giulio Griccioli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and Immobiliare SR. Fileni BPA at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Sunrise Scafati's next round opponent will be Tezenis Verona (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Fileni BPA will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Imola where 10th ranked Aget Imola (13-16) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Assigeco BPL (11-18) 81-76 on Saturday. Paul Marigney stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Assigeco BPL moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Assigeco BPL will face higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: bottom-ranked San Severo was destroyed by Immobiliare SR on the opponent's court 64-34. Prima Veroli managed to outperform Tuscany PT in a home game 73-69. Snaidero UD was rolled over N.Ferrara on the road 83-64.



Tezenis Verona - Umana Reyer 73-63

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Umana Venezia (20-9) against twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona (11-18) on Saturday night. Visiting Umana Venezia was defeated by Tezenis Verona in Verona 73-63. The game without a history. Tezenis Verona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tezenis Verona forced 19 Umana Venezia turnovers. Umana Venezia was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) nailed 15 points and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) came up with 24 points and the other American import forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Umana Venezia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona maintains twelfth place with 11-18 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Fastweb CM. Tezenis Verona will play against higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umana Venezia will play against Sigma Barcellona (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 15+4reb+6ast, M.Jurevicus 13+7reb+3ast, K.Waleskowski 12+9reb, A.Renzi 9+5reb, F.Bellina 9+4reb+1ast, J.Trepagnier 9+4reb+2ast
Umana Reyer: A.Young 24+2reb, K.Clark 16+2ast, T.Slay 12+7reb+1ast, G.Meini 4+4reb+1ast, L.Lechthaler 3+1reb, S.Bryan 2+1reb
gschID: 96008


Aget Imola - Assigeco 76-81

An interesting game took place in Imola where 10th ranked Aget Imola (13-16) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Assigeco BPL (11-18) 81-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Assigeco BPL dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Aget Imola's 32. They outrebounded Aget Imola 33-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) responded with 20 points and naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (193-79, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Assigeco BPL and four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. Assigeco BPL moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Assigeco BPL will face higher ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Marigney 22+5reb+3ast, D.Banti 12+4reb+1ast, P.Ezugwu 10+6reb, R.Boykin 10+3reb+1ast, B.Cerella 10+6reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 6+4reb+1ast
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 20+1reb+3ast, D.Bruttini 17+3reb+1ast, P.Prato 16+6reb+2ast, M.Ringstrom 12+5reb, F.Masoni 7+2reb, M.Ferrara 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 96009


Immobiliare SR - San Severo 64-34

Very expected game in Rimini where 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-23) was crushed by sixth ranked Immobiliare SR (18-11) 64-34 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Immobiliare SR. Mazzeo San Severo was better in third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mazzeo San Severo to just 3 points in first and second quarters and to 6 points in first half. Immobiliare SR held Mazzeo San Severo to an opponent 16.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.6 percent accuracy of the winners. Immobiliare SR forced 20 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers and outrebounded them 44-24 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 4 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Immobiliare SR players scored in double figures. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) scored 9 points and 6 steals. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and Sunrise Scafati. Mazzeo San Severo lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Immobiliare SR will face Snaidero Udine (#7) on the road in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#14) in Forli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: D.Vukcevic 16+6reb+7ast, G.Gurini 13+1reb, T.Roderick 12+4reb+1ast, N.Metreveli 10+10reb, A.Piazza 6+3reb+4ast, D.Filloy 4+14reb+4ast
San Severo: K.Dickens 10+5reb, F.Zanelli 9+1reb+2ast, J.Kudlacek 8+2reb, P.Chiarello 2+5reb, R.Stefanov 2+3reb, M.Ferri 2+1reb
gschID: 96010


Prima Veroli - Tuscany PT 73-69

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Prima Veroli (18-11) defeated at home 9th ranked Tuscany Pistoia (13-16) 73-69 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-69. Prima Veroli forced 20 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. Strangely Tuscany Pistoia outrebounded Prima Veroli 40-26 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 20 points. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Latvian forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Stanley International) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Ariel Filloy (190-87, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Prima Veroli. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR and Sunrise Scafati. Loser Tuscany Pistoia keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. Prima Veroli will face Trenkwalder RE (#15) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 20+2ast, G.Rosselli 19+4reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 10+5reb+1ast, D.Brkic 10+10reb+1ast, J.Penn 9+1reb+1ast, M.Rossetti 3+1reb+1ast
Tuscany PT: J.Porzingis 18+7reb, J.Varnado 14+6reb, J.Forte 14+4reb, A.Filloy 13+7reb+1ast, G.Fucka 6+3reb+1ast, F.Toppo 4+9reb
gschID: 96006


Fileni BPA - Sunrise Scafati 63-93

The game in Jesi supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Sunrise Scafati (18-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Fileni BPA (14-15). Sunrise Scafati smashed Fileni BPA 93-63. The game without a history. Sunrise Scafati led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-21 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Swedish guard Mats Levin (188-77) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Sunrise Scafati's coach Giulio Griccioli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points in the effort for Fileni BPA. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and Immobiliare SR. Fileni BPA at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Sunrise Scafati's next round opponent will be Tezenis Verona (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Fileni BPA will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: P.Baldassarre 25+4reb+1ast, M.Levin 19+4reb+4ast, R.Davis 14+6reb+1ast, J.Hunter 9+6reb, C.Cavallaro 8+2reb, N.Radulovic 8+4reb+2ast
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 21+7reb, B.Elder 17+3reb+1ast, M.Tusek 9+5reb, M.Nocedal 7+1reb, F.Migliori 5+6reb+2ast, M.Rossi 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 96007


Forli - Fastweb CM 91-90

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Fastweb CM (20-9) in Forli on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by fourteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (11-18) 91-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fastweb CM. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 29-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. MarcoPoloShop.it made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Fastweb CM 44-21 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Fastweb CM helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and naturalized American guard Mike Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) chipped in 20 points. The former international guard Matteo Malaventura (196-78) responded with 25 points and the former international forward Simone Pierich (198-81) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four MarcoPoloShop.it and five Fastweb CM players scored in double figures. MarcoPoloShop.it have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fastweb CM at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with Umana Reyer. MarcoPoloShop.it is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road in the next round. Fastweb CM will play against Aget Imola (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Forli: B.Jones 24+12reb+1ast, M.Nardi 20+3reb+3ast, L.Goldwire 17+4reb+5ast, S.Huff 12+10reb, S.Borsato 9+1reb, M.Poletti 6+9reb
Fastweb CM: M.Malaventura 25+2ast, S.Pierich 14+5reb, F.Campbell 12+2reb+4ast, S.Gentile 12+1reb+2ast, T.Fantoni 11+3reb, R.Hickman 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 96003


Barcellona - Trenkwalder 95-98

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sigma Barcellona (19-10) against fifteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (11-18) on Saturday night. Host Sigma Barcellona was edged by Trenkwalder RE in a tough game in Barcellona 95-98. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-95. Trenkwalder RE dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Sigma Barcellona's 30. They outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 32-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 23 points. Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) produced 23 points and American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St.) added 16 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Five Trenkwalder RE and four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona keeps the third position with ten games lost. Trenkwalder RE will meet at home higher ranked Prima Veroli (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigma Barcellona will play against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: T.Bell 24+6reb+4ast, D.Robinson 23+2reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 15+8reb+1ast, R.Valenti 13+9reb+2ast, M.Frassineti 13+1ast, D.Slanina 10+2reb+1ast
Barcellona: M.Hicks 23+4reb+1ast, K.Achara 16+5reb+1ast, J.Crispin 16+1reb+8ast, R.Bucci 15+2reb+3ast, A.Ghiacci 9+3reb+4ast, M.Da Ros 8
gschID: 96004


N.Ferrara - Snaidero UD 83-64

There was an upset when 4th placed Snaidero Udine (17-12) was rolled over on the road by eleventh ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (12-17) 83-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-64. Naturhouse Ferrara made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) chipped in 16 points. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Naturhouse Ferrara's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Naturhouse Ferrara maintains eleventh place with 12-17 record. Snaidero Udine lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face Assigeco BPL (#13) in Lodi in the next round.
Top scorers:
N.Ferrara: T.Kotti 20+7reb, J.Boyette 19+1reb, D.Cournooh 16+4reb+1ast, R.Hoover 12+5reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 7+9reb, M.Canavesi 6+8reb+1ast
Snaidero UD: D.Mathis 18+5reb+3ast, G.Lee 15+11reb, J.Williams 14+5reb+1ast, R.Prandin 7+2reb+1ast, D.Pascolo 5+7reb, T.Rinaldi 3+1reb
gschID: 96005




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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Ventspils reach Finals - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Barons 84-77

Ventspils advanced into LBL Finals after they swept their semifinal series versus Barons. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-18 Barons' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-77 at the end of the game. It was a quality performance for American forward Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-85, agency: Players Group) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Strategic Sports) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Derek Willjam (185-85, college: SMU) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Barons in the defeat. Five Ventspils and four Barons players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: B.Hunter 14+8reb+4ast, A.Vairogs 12+7reb, T.Carter 12+3ast, J.Strelnieks 12+1reb+4ast, O.Efejuku 10+2reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 7+5reb+1ast
Barons: D.Sweetney 14+8reb, K.Pishchalnikov 12+7reb, I.Bankevics 10+2reb+1ast, D.Willjam 10+6reb+5ast, A.Cavars 8+5reb, I.Bergmanis 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127504


VEF Riga - Liepaja 84-66

VEF RIga surged ahead against Liepaja after a comfortable home win. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Liepaja managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) helped adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Mareks Mejeris (199-91, agency: Players Group) with 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-85) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: S.Valters 15+1reb+2ast, D.Bertans 14+2reb+5ast, T.Cain 13+10reb, K.Berzins 11+10reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 10+4reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 9+2reb+4ast
Liepaja: M.Mejeris 21+5reb+1ast, J.Aleksejevs 17+4reb+2ast, A.Ozols 6+3reb, M.Meiers 6+6reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 6+2reb+5ast, D.Lejasmeiers 5
gschID: 127505




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.7 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Caldwell, Liepaja14.4 
 7. Duselis, LU14.1 
 8. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 6. Hunter, Ventspils6.9 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
 9. Cavars, Barons6.0 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF R.
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.2 
 4. Willjam, Barons4.0 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Carter, Ventspils3.6 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Bergmanis, Barons2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.8 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 6. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 
 10. Hunter, Ventspils0.7 


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Riyadi and Champville Clashes in the Finals for the second straight season... - by Rabih Khoury
The Finals of the 2010-2011 season will be a rematch for the 2009-2010 season. Riyadi will be facing Champville again in a series expected to be very tough. Riyadi are in the finals after beating Sagesse 3-0 in the semi finals series that went easy for the yellow castle after it was expected to be a tough one, but Sagesse was not up to level to match up with Riyadi. As for Champville, they ended their series against Moutahed 3-1 on saturday after winning in Tripoly 75-66. Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) had a huge game 4 for Champville ending up with 28pts and 33rebds.
The finals will be played starting wednesday May 4th.


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Diekirch League Round 9: Etzella defeats Basket Esch in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Diekirch League.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Diekirch League took place in Esch. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Basket Esch (15-12) to second ranked Etzella (19-8) 73-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Esch. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But Basket Esch won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Karim Shabazz (218-78, college: Providence) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Tim Giver (184-80) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) with 27 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Etzella maintains second place with 19-8 record having just three points less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Amicale. Etzella are looking forward to face league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Esch will play on the road against Sparta in Bertrange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Steinsel. 4th placed host Amicale (15-12) lost to first ranked T71 (22-5) 81-72. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) nailed 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Tom Schumacher accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds. T71's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) came up with 23 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for Amicale in the defeat. T71 have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-5 record. Amicale at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Basket Esch. T71 will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amicale will play on the road against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Residence lost to Sparta on the opponent's court 80-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds by Lucas Hargrove of Sparta.



Group 1-6 place
Amicale - T71 72-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Steinsel. 4th placed host Amicale (15-12) lost to first ranked T71 (22-5) 81-72. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) nailed 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) accounted for 20 points and 9 rebounds. T71's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) came up with 23 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Amicale in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. T71 have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-5 record. Amicale at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Basket Esch. T71 will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Amicale will play on the road against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: F.Muller 25+9reb+1ast, T.Schumacher 20+9reb+2ast, D.Stephens 16+10reb, G.Ruffato 12+4reb+5ast, C.Laures 4+1reb, G.Klein 2+2ast
Amicale: E.Jeitz 23+3reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 12+9reb+3ast, C.Jones 12+3reb+2ast, C.Schartz 10+2reb+5ast, M.Zianveni 6+6reb+1ast, C.Scholtes 4+2reb
gschID: 127265


Basket Esch - Etzella 72-73

The most exciting game of round 9 in the Diekirch League took place in Esch. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 5th ranked Basket Esch (15-12) to second ranked Etzella (19-8) 73-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Esch. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But Basket Esch won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Karim Shabazz (218-78, college: Providence) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Tim Giver (184-80) chipped in 18 points. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) with 27 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Etzella maintains second place with 19-8 record having just three points less than leader Musel Pikes. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Amicale. Etzella are looking forward to face league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Esch will play on the road against Sparta in Bertrange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Etzella: K.Shabazz 19+14reb+1ast, T.Giver 18+1reb+2ast, J.Delgado 15+4reb+2ast, N.Delgado 10+5reb+1ast, P.Hoffmann 6+6reb+2ast, D.Wilson 5+1reb
Basket Esch: J.Reimold 27+7reb+2ast, S.Svitek 19+13reb+2ast, C.Donnersbach 10+3reb, M.Rajniak 9+6reb+4ast, J.Biever 4+1reb+3ast, K.Diederich 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 127263


Sparta - Residence 89-80

Rather expected game in Bertrange where 6th ranked Residence (9-18) was defeated by third ranked Sparta (16-11) 89-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Residence won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn, agency: 540 Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Residence in the defeat. Four Sparta and five Residence players scored in double figures. Sparta maintains third place with 16-11 record having six points less than leader Musel Pikes. Residence lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. Sparta will play against Basket Esch (#5) at home in the next round. Residence will play against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Hargrove 33+11reb+1ast, L.Smith 22+8reb+3ast, R.Wolzfeld 11+2ast, P.Arbaut 10+5reb+1ast, J.Hublart 9+1reb+1ast, X.Engel 4+2ast
Residence: M.Kennedy 22+7reb+1ast, P.Koster 16+5reb+4ast, M.Leschek 14+5reb+3ast, T.Abdiu 11+5reb, S.Felten 10+1reb, K.Moura 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 127264




Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.5 
 2. Kennedy, Residence25.0 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.23.0 
 5. Hargrove, Sparta22.8 
 6. Schumacher, T7122.0 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.21.2 
 8. Muller, T7121.2 
 9. Delgado, Etzella19.7 
 10. Gary, Contern19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre15.5 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.15.3 
 3. Gary, Contern13.2 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Hargrove, Sparta12.6 
 6. Kennedy, Residence12.0 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes11.7 
 8. Stephens, T7111.6 
 9. Scott, Etzella10.6 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.5 
 2. Schumacher, T714.2 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.7 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 5. Delgado, Etzella3.2 
 6. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 7. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 8. Koster, Residence2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.7 
 10. Hemmen, Soleuvre2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jones, Amicale2.2 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Gary, Contern1.8 
 4. Schartz, Amicale1.7 
 5. Kennedy, Residence1.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 8. Koster, Residence1.4 
 9. Birdsong, Amicale1.4 
 10. Abdiu, Residence1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.2 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.0 
 6. Stephens, T710.9 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.7 
 9. Scott, Etzella0.7 
 10. Hargrove, Sparta0.7 


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 22-5 
 2. Etzella 19-8 
 3. Sparta 16-11 
 4. Amicale 15-12 
 5. Basket Esch 15-12 
 6. Residence 9-18 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 13-11 
 2. Soleuvre 9-15 
 3. Contern 7-17 
 4. Black Star 4-20 


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


MNE1A S-League 8. Round : new win for Buducnost , Lovcen and Mornar - by Dragan Scepanovic
Buducnost - Ulcinj 81:57 (23:12, 26:16, 10:14, 22:15).


Mornar - Jedinstvo 74:64 (14:17, 16:12, 19:16, 25:19)
Bar - SC Topolica. Spect 150. Reff : Jokic, Savovic, Popovic (Podgorica).
Mornar: Pesic 3, Damjanovic 6, Sarajlija 5, Radovic 10, Mikovic, Perovic, Jelenic 14, Lekovic, Gagic 8, Vujosevic 9, Ivanovic 19, Kuveljic.
Jedinstvo: Kovacevic, Ticevic, Korac 6, Miljic 9, Damjanovic, Omerovic 7, Babaca 8, Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 2, Petrovic, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 2, Milosev 4, Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) 26.

Teodo - Lovcen 81:82 (22:17, 18:24, 16:18, 25:23)
Tivat - SC: Zupa.Spect : 250. Reff: Dragojevic, Koljensic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Herceg Novi).
Teodo: Lucic, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 13, Pekic, Stevan Lazovic (186-G-91), Boskovic 23, Manojlovic 3, Rondovic 6, Subotic 3, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 13, Aco Mandic (205-C/F-84) 13, Bozovic, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 7.
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 6, Latkovic, Boricic 12, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 2, Martinic 8, Jevdjic 10, Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) 9, Kandic 28, Koprivica, Todorovic 7, Mijatovic.





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  NBA   


Miami's Mission to Beat Boston: 4 Keys to Victory - by Daniel Gibson
MIAMI---If you hear a player had a stat line of 27 points, 10 assists, and 19 rebounds you would say he played a great game. If I told you that these number were put up in a playoff game that just makes it even better.

Then, what if I told you that player averaged 26.8 points per game throughout the series with 7.1 assists, and 9.3 rebounds? Thats nearly a triple double average over six games.

Basically he was ballin.

Well those are numbers from LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) series versus the Boston Celtics last season.

Yeah, that one. The one where everybody was claiming he quit and he wasn't trying.

If James can get those number without trying than I feel bad for the Celtics because I know for a fact that this year, with the Miami Heat, he will be trying to win.

That beastly triple double he put up with 27, 10, and 19 was in the close out game that the Celtics won, 94-85. The Celtics had five players score in double-figures and the Cavs had three, with Shaq barely making it with 11 points.

James didn't quit.

His TEAM was outplayed by a better TEAM and in the playoffs the better TEAM advances. The Celtics defense is too great for any one man to overcome.

Ask Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78). Ask Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Ask any player, coach, scout, or fan that knows about basketball and they will tell you the same thing.

This season is different.

James has Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) to back him up.

While I believe the Celtics may have a slightly better team overall, any one of these three players from Miami can dominate a game on their own. If two of them are on in one game its difficult and if all three are playing well its nearly impossible to beat them.

I have the Heat winning the series in six games. I want to say five, but I respect Doc Rivers and the Celtics too much to play them short like that.

Here are four key factors for Miami to have a chance to advance.

1.Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette)s Defense

Wade will be matched up with Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and this might be the most important match up of the series. Allen is a master of running around screens to find open shots. Only Reggie Miller and Richard Hamilton are close to him in that regard. This will take energy away from Wade on the offensive end because if he is not mentally locked into sticking with Allen he will give up open looks which usually result in 3 points for Boston. If Wade dedicates himself to playing D and scores when hes needed or in the flow of the offense he will increase the Heats chance of winning

2.Miamis lack of Heat off the bench

Udonis Haslem (6'8''-C-80, college: Florida) is hoping to return from injury at some point during the series but he hasnt played since November and facing the Celtics in the playoffs is not the time to try to shake off rust. Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) still hasn't fully recovered from his thumb injury and he averaged seven minutes per game against the Sixers in round one. Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86, college: Kansas), James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami, FL), and Eddie House (6'1''-G-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) need to come in and put up shots but more importantly, they need to make shots. The Celtics D is locked on the big 3, they will have looks.

3.The 'Kings' Pride

James didn't forget about losing to the Celtics and the backlash he took. He will be looking to get back at them and do it in style. If the game is close down the end, as great as James is, he should either look to make a play for Wade or put the ball in Wades hand and let him produce. This is not the time to worry about being clutch or battling the criticism. The focus should be on advancing to the next round so let Wade get the rock in the final minute.

4.CB Needs to bring it

As much as people talk about Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) not being a superstar on the level of Wade and James, he has been putting up great numbers. Especially considering hes the third option, he averages just under 20 and 10 a game. A lot of number one options on teams don't put up those numbers. KG will try to punk him and get under his skin. Bosh has to keep his cool, stay confident, but mainly just give it right back to KG. Bosh should win this match up every night.

These are my opinions of the series. I think Boston has had a great run over the last couple of years but they are going up against a young hungry group of guys with everything to lose. The Heat was a team put together to win Championships, with a S.

But you saw 'The Decision' and the welcome to Miami pep rally, that's how they like it!



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. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.9 
 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 Lakers10.0 
 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.11.2 
 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. Harris, New J.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 4. 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.2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Milicic, Minnesota2.0 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


Carlos Boozer returns to Bulls practice - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) returned to practice on a limited basis for the Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon while Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) was excused for personal reasons.

Boozer is expected to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

'He'll be ready to go,' Bulls center Joakim Noah said of Boozer, who declined to speak with reporters after practice.

Boozer injured his right big toe on Tuesday night when the Bulls closed out the Pacers in Game 5. After the team took two days off, Boozer missed practice on Friday and Saturday. His teammates know the turf toe injury continues to bother him, but they think he will be all right.

'We still have to put him out there live,' Bulls forward Luol Deng said. 'He's been able to do more, so hopefully [Monday] morning at shootaround we'll be able to tell exactly where he is.'

Deng said Boozer did not participate in any live drills up and down the floor.

Courtesy of ESPN


Derrick Caracter of Los Angeles Lakers apologizes for arrest - by Eurobasket News
Rookie forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) spoke publicly Thursday night for the first time about his arrest after an alleged altercation with a female employee at a New Orleans restaurant early last Sunday.

'I want to apologize to the fans for the distraction and to our organization,' Caracter said. 'I will do my best to not let it happen again.'

Caracter could face multiple charges after he allegedly grabbed and shoved the cashier at an IHOP restaurant not far from the team's hotel on Canal Street, New Orleans authorities said.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Rockets interested in Lakers Assistant Brian Shaw - by Eurobasket News
And the search for the new Rockets coach continues, as ESPN Los Angeles reports: The Houston Rockets have requested permission to speak to Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw about their head coaching vacancy. Team rules restrict Lakers coaches from interviewing for another job while a playoff series is being played so Shaw will have to interview with the Rockets either Saturday or Sunday, or after the Lakers second-round series with the Dallas Mavericks is concluded. The Lakers and Mavericks play Game 1 on Monday at Staples Center. At practice on Saturday, Shaw said he has not heard from the Rockets personally and would prefer for the interview to take place later rather than sooner with his responsibilities prepping for the Mavs more pressing on his mind. Houstons interest in Shaw was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. Shaw, 45, has been a full-time assistant coach with the Lakers since the 2004-05 season and is considered to be a top candidate to replace Phil Jackson in Los Angeles when the 11-time championship winning coach retires. The Rockets parted ways with Rick Adelman after the 64-year-old coach went 193-135 in four seasons. Houston already brought in Kelvin Sampson, most known for his stints at Oklahoma University and Indiana University, to interview for the position.

Courtesy of www.slamonline.com


Bulls' Thibodeau wins Coach of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Tom Thibodeau waited about two decades to become an NBA head coach. It didn't take him long to be recognized as one of the best once he got the chance.

Thibodeau is the NBA's Coach of the Year after leading the Chicago Bulls to 62 wins in his first season to tie a league record set by Paul Westphal.

The Chicago Tribune first reported Thibodeau's selection, which was no surprise the way the Bulls dominated during the regular season. Now, after a tough five-game series against Indiana in the opening round, they'll open the Eastern Conference semifinals against Atlanta on Monday.

'Very happy for him,' center Joakim Noah said Sunday. 'Very well deserving. 'Coach is one of the hardest workers I've ever been around. He stays in late. He's the first one here. He was there for me all summer working me out. I felt like I really improved as a player because of him.'

Thibodeau received 475 points and 76 first-place votes from a media panel. Philadelphia's Doug Collins got 18 first-place votes and 210 points, and Gregg Popovich of San Antonio finished third.

An NBA assistant for about two decades, Thibodeau finally got his chance to lead a team after spending three seasons working for Doc Rivers in Boston.

He replaced the fired Vinny Del Negro in June, and with a rebuilt roster and an emphasis on defense, the Bulls breezed to a 62-20 mark that matched their best record since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen completed their second championship three-peat at the end of the 1997-98 season.

They did all that even though prized acquisition Carlos Boozer and Noah missed significant time with injuries, capturing home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and giving their coach a share of the record Westphal set with Phoenix during the 1992-93 season.

Thibodeau was known as a defensive mastermind who helped Boston win a championship in 2008 and get back to the finals last season. He also had that reputation as a workaholic and still does.

'Every time I walk in, I look up there to see if his light is on, and if he's in the office, I'd get on the court and pretend like I'm working hard,' forward Luol Deng said. 'I'm kidding. But every time I'd come in, his light is on. The video guys, the coaches, it's just been one of those years. Every time I came in, I'd get on the floor (and) someone is ready to come down.

'I don't know if he gets here at 5 or 6,' he continued. 'He's here early and he's the last one to leave.'

Thibodeau's only other head coaching job was for one season at his alma mater, Division III Salem State, in the mid-1980s. He got that after three years as an assistant.

He then spent four seasons on the staff at Harvard before going to work under Bill Musselman with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989. From there, Thibodeau embarked on a long path that ultimately led to this.

There were stops in San Antonio, Philadelphia, New York and Houston, and along the way, he developed a reputation as a defensive wizard and hardworking assistant, one that continued to grow in Boston.

The unknown, though, was how he would fare as the guy in charge.

The Bulls were looking for more after back-to-back 41-win seasons under Del Negro, and hiring Thibodeau was the next step in a massive overhaul.

They struck out trying to land LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in free agency, but they wound up with Boozer and one of the deepest rotations in the league.

It helped that Derrick Rose took another big leap, going from Rookie of the Year to All-Star and now an MVP favorite in just his third season.

He and Thibodeau immediately clicked, and the rest of the team bought in, too.

'He's a great coach, a phenomenal coach,' forward Taj Gibson said. 'He watches every detail. He watches you throughout the year. He's been phenomenal with me in my growth as a player, being my second year in the league. He deserves it. He turned us around, to a whole new mold of team. Our passion, our aggression toward every basketball game is phenomenal.'

Noah immediately realized Thibodeau was the right choice during their daily summer workouts.

'That's not something that every head coach does,' he said. 'To work out a player individually every day in the summer, to me that says a lot. At the same time, I feel like your coach is your leader.'

Not since the Jordan-Pippen era have the Bulls been this good. They lost back-to-back games only four times during the regular season and never dropped more than two in a row, despite the injuries to Boozer and Noah. On defense, they ranked among the stingiest.

No team held opponents to a lower shooting percentage or outrebounded them by a wider margin than the Bulls, who were also second to Miami in average scoring differential. That was hardly a surprise, given their coach's reputation.

Players, meanwhile, mention Thibodeau's presence, his ability to command their attention. And, of course, his work ethic, his attention to detail.

At shootarounds, the Bulls will analyze every option in their opponent's playbook, and they will often look toward the sideline when they hear a call during games because their coach knows what's coming.

About the only thing they don't understand is why it took so long for the 53-year-old Thibodeau to get hired. His name often came up when there were openings the past few years, including Chicago's in 2008, but the wait stretched on.

Now, look at him.

'Fundamentally, he has not changed,' said forward Brian Scalabrine, who played for Thibodeau in Boston. 'His grind is just let's get this win today, let's focus on Game 1 in the Atlanta Hawks series. What are they going to do and then the adjustments we have to do. It's not about Boston, Miami or whether the Spurs lost.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich doubtful against the Bulls - by Eurobasket News
What might have seemed like a perfect matchup for Hawks point guard Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) now is in doubt.

Hinrich injured his hamstring with just 3:07 to go in the Hawks close-out win over the Magic on Thursday, and after his MRI on Friday, the team is calling the injury a, significant strain. Hinrich is listed as doubtful to play in the series against Chicago, where he played for the first seven seasons of his career.

Hinrich was acquired by the Hawks to upgrade their point-guard defense, and that move paid off in the upset of the Magic. Of course, it is against the Bulls that Hinrichs services could be best employed, with star point guard Derrick Rose leading the Chicago attack.

Hinrich probably doesnt have much knowledge of the Bulls as they stand, because they have a new coach (Tom Thibodeau), a new system and only four players remaining from Hinrichs final season in Chicago. But one guy he does know is Rosethe Bulls delayed trading Hinrich after drafting Rose because they wanted Hinrich to mentor their rookie No. 1 pick.

Its tough. Kirk is the head of our defense. Hes the guy whos making things happen from the start, reserve guard Jamal Crawford said. He knows their players as well as anybody. He was there seven years, so he can definitely give us some insight. Hell definitely be traveling, I think, either way. Well definitely be picking his brains during timeouts and stuff.

The Hawks are thin at point guard behind Hinrich. Jeff Teague started seven games during the season, but never really had the confidence of coach Larry Drew and played just nine total minutes in the first round. Crawford can play the point, but the Hawks want to keep him as their sixth man.

It certainly changes things, Drew told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hopefully he will be able to go but if hes not we'll have to make an adjustment. Not knowing what we will do at that point, we will talk about it as a staff and then make a decision.

We are looking at matchups to see what will work best for us and not really knowing if Kirk can go, cant go, play some or cant play at all all a lot of that will change things.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Pacers' players express support for Vogel - by Eurobasket News
There has been a lot of support expressed for the job Frank Vogel did coaching the Indiana Pacers this year. Recently for example, I've heard Slick Leonard, Michael Wilbon and Adrian Wojnarowski, to name a few, all call for the Pacers to scrub the interim tag and hire Vogel as the head man next year.

Bob Kravitz also offered his support for Vogel, but raised a point that adds reticence to his gut feeling.

That said, I've been struck by how nobody on this team, on or off the record, has said, 'Absolutely, positively, Frank should get the job.' The furthest anybody will go is, 'Yes, he's done a very good job.'

Well, Lacy J. Banks found several players pulling no punches with their support for retaining Vogel as their coach.

'We want that interim' taken off his title,' said forward Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico), the team's leading scorer. 'Management usually asks for the players' input on important decisions like this,' Granger said. 'I expect [team president Larry Bird to do so again. If he gives us who we want, he'll make Vogel the full-time head coach - not interim. Vogel really improved our play overall. Of course, that's a decision that management makes. And they don't always make it the way the players want.'

Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert were also quoted in the article which is no surprise since no two players suffered more under Jim O'Brien. Larry Bird didn't commit to anything in his recent comments which makes sense considering he himself needs to officially return before interviewing other coaching candidates and making a final decision on Vogel.

I still think Vogel will be the top choice pending the dust settling on the season and Bird working things out with Herb Simon. Vogel is just a good fit right now. He has the players support, won't create a big change for the young players (another new coach would be Darren Collison's fifth coach in two years), and will be a cost-efficient hire for the team's bottom line.

Courtesy of www.indycornrows.com
(by Tom Lewis)


Lakers' Pau Gasol recovers after slow start to first-round playoff series - by Eurobasket News
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) and Andrew Bynum walked off the court together, dwarfing a narrow hallway as they headed toward the Lakers' locker room.

Their first-round playoff series was over. The Lakers had eliminated New Orleans.

Before they disappeared into a brief postgame meeting, Gasol reached out and rubbed Bynum's head.

If Gasol wasn't giddy, he was close to it, overcoming a wobbly first two games to post better numbers the rest of the series.

His averages in Games 1 and 2 against the Hornets: eight points, 5.5 rebounds.

His averages the last four games: 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds.

'Not great, obviously, but I'm happy that I was able to bounce back after a slow start,' Gasol said. 'I think my energy and my contribution was a lot better, as it was supposed to be.'

Gasol is still below the 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds he averaged in the regular season. He'll need to get closer to that in the Western Conference semifinals, matched up against Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki.

There's hope of a return to normalcy. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson saw a little something extra from Gasol in Game 6.

'Just the way he was running and the way he's carrying himself,' Jackson said. 'You can see the determination that he showed, and I think that was a big difference.'

Gasol had 16 points and eight rebounds Thursday in the Lakers' 98-80 victory.

Those first two games? Gasol's teammates have already forgiven him.

'Even Michael Jordan had bad games in the playoffs,' forward Ron Artest said.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Grizzlies outmuscle Thunder 114-101 in game one - by Eurobasket News
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and the Memphis Grizzlies powered their way to another playoff upset - not that Randolph considers it one.

Randolph had a playoff career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who outmatched the Oklahoma City Thunder inside for a 114-101 victory in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.

We believe, Randolph said. We definitely believe. Our confidence is up high. I tell the guys we can compete and play with anybody.

Just as they did in a first-round upset of top-seeded San Antonio, Randolph and Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) - who had 20 points and 13 rebounds - provided enough punch to give eighth-seeded Memphis a road victory in game one.

'I think we always try to do that. The thing is that its not always possible', Gasol said.

'We always try to come out and execute and play the right way. It's not always possible. Teams are going to adjust, and theyre going to do something different.'

'We've got to keep being hungry, keep being unselfish offensively and defensively and keep playing the right way.'

Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) led the Thunder with 33 points and 11 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) scored 29, but the All-Star tandem couldnt overcome a big advantage in the paint for Memphis.

Durant went on to say that he considers Randolph, a 10-year veteran whos bounced around the league with no postseason success until this year, to be the best power forward in the league.

I''ve got to agree with that. Thanks, KD', Randolph said with a smile. 'I appreciate that.'

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


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Georgia Tech's 'mystery recruit' not released from scholarship pending further investigation - by Eurobasket News
Georgia Tech officials told the AJC on Friday that basketball recruit Bobby Parks Jr. has not been released from his letter of intent because the ACC school is investigating further.

The 6-foot-4 guard is dubbed the mystery recruit and Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has said its the most bizarre recruiting situation that I have ever seen.

Gregory told the AJC that he would grant a release to Parks, if requested, along with making some more interesting comments. It was requested by Parks but it hasnt been granted yet and its future status is unknown. A Georgia Tech spokesman on Friday:

At this time, Georgia Tech has not released Bobby Parks, Jr., from his national letter-of-intent. We would like to investigate further his interest in attending Georgia Tech, and also his eligibility status according to ACC and NCAA rules. To this end, we need to speak directly with Bobby and his family in order to get the information we need. At that time, we will be able to make a decision regarding his future at Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-4 guard was recruited and signed in last Novembers early period with ex-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. Gregory, the new coach of the Yellow Jackets, has only had contact via email with Parks and his family, who live in the Philippines.

The recruits father wrote in an email to the AJC on Thursday saying that Parks had requested a scholarship release from Georgia Tech because of the coaching change.

Its a confusing situation, a recruiting soap equal to or greater than whats going on with Rockdale County High Schools Kevin Ware, the former Tennessee recruit who de-committed from Central Florida on Thursday night.

Back to Parks: SI has dubbed Parks as The lost boy of the Class of 2011 in article by Luke Winn. Heres a brief excerpt on the recruits background and situation (click here to read full article):

This is what happened: After SI.com wrote about Parks at a 2009 high school all-star camp in Philadelphia, he played his junior year at Melrose High in Memphis, winning a state title alongside Adonis Thomas, the No. 1 recruit in all of Tennessee. In the summer of 2010, Parks father, Bobby Ray Sr., a former Memphis State star whos a basketball legend in the Philippines, having been named the PBAs best import player a record seven straight times from 1987-93, took a job as the sports development director at National University in Manila. He took Parks Jr. along and enrolled him in home-schooling. Parks Sr. was also in the middle of a four-year battle with laryngeal cancer, and while he received successful treatment on his malignant tumor, his son remained with him in Manila.

By late 2010, Parks Jr. obtained the credits necessary to enroll at National University as a freshman, and began starring for its basketball team, the Bulldogs, in offseason tournaments. Hes expected to lead them in the 2011 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season that runs from July through October. Breathless commenters on a story from a recent game in which Parks Jr. scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists said that he should be nicknamed the phenom and was playing like a mini LeBron. While Rivals ranks Parks Jr. as the No. 117 prospect in his class, he is easily the most dominant 18-year-old in the Philippines.

An NCAA spokesperson told SI.com that if Parks Jr. wants to play Division I in the future, hed be treated like a college transfer rather than a recruit, meaning that hed have to sit out one full season before taking the floor. He could apply for a transfer waiver due to the circumstances of his departure from the U.S.; Parks Sr. says that had his employment situation not necessitated going abroad, his son would have remained in Memphis, on track to enroll at Georgia Tech. As it stands, Parks Jr. has not yet submitted any paperwork to the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.

Courtesy of http://blogs.ajc.com


First evidence produced in USD game-fixing case - by Eurobasket News
The first snippet of evidence came forth Friday in the prosecution of two former University of San Diego basketball players and a former USD coach accused of trying to fix college basketball games. At a detention hearing for Steve Goria, the alleged ring leader among the 10 defendants in the case and the only one who has not been granted bond, the prosecution played swatches of recorded phone calls intended to portray Goria as a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Chun played excerpts from two calls -- the first featuring Goria and an unnamed man, the second featuring Goria and defendant David Gates, 34, a gang member and former high school defensive lineman who stands charged with helping Goria and others collect gambling debts.

In the first call, Goria is heard telling someone angrily: 'We'll see, [expletive]. You owe me 850... Keep the money... I'm going to beat your [expletive] you little [expletive], you'll see... You're a [expletive], homey.'

When asked after the hearing whether Goria had been speaking to an athlete during the call, Chun declined to comment. (At an earlier hearing on April 14, Chun said that Goria had threatened a college basketball player 'in the past year.' On Friday, Chun could not confirm precisely when the call he played in court had been recorded.)

Goria, dressed in a khaki jumpsuit, whispered to his counsel as the call was played in open court. Defense attorney Michael Berg rose once the tape was stopped and tried to dismiss the call by advising U.S. District judge Anthony Battaglia that the person Goria had been speaking to was a 'good friend.'

The tone of the second call was not as heated. Goria was heard telling Gates that a debtor had 'skipped a payment' of $5,000 which should have been made the previous month. 'I need that money,' Goria said. He went on to tell Gates that he'd advised the debtor that he was going to send a 'guy to go collect it' -- presumably Gates.

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In a federal indictment unsealed three weeks ago, prosecutors allege that Goria conspired with USD's all-time leading scorer, Brandon Johnson, former USD guard Brandon Dowdy (who finished his career at UC-Riverside), former USD assistant coach T.J. Brown , and others, to alter the outcome of a USD game in 2010 and at least one game in 2011. The indictment also includes charges of running an illegal gambling operation and distributing marijuana.

Attorneys for former USD players Johnson and Dowdy did not return calls seeking comment on Friday, but several defense attorneys have expressed frustration about the lack of discovery provided by the prosecution. Each defense attorney recently signed a protective order ensuring that discovery would not be given to third parties, which appeared to open the door for the exchange of what Chun said was '35,000 pieces of evidence.' That exchange might be delayed by the revelation of a potential conflict between Goria and the attorney representing former USD coach T.J. Brown .

Through his attorney, Goria alleged in court on Friday that Vikas Bajaj, who represented him on a prior case involving a debt owed to a Las Vegas casino, physically assaulted him approximately two years ago.

A hearing on the matter was scheduled for May 20, the same date that Battaglia is expected to set a trial date.

As for Friday's detention hearing, Battaglia denied Goria's request for bond. Goria, a 32-year-old who was born in Greece and has lived in San Diego since he was two, will remain in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego.

To support his argument for detention, prosecutor Chun had presented the criminal charges filed two days earlier in San Diego County Superior court in which Goria is alleged to have assisted in an armed robbery in December 2010.

According to court documents, Gates was also involved in that robbery. (A sheriffs' department spokesman told the San Diego Union-Tribune that masked intruders pistol-whipped a man, held a gun to his daughter's head, and shot his dog before leaving with jewelry and a large amount of cash.)

Summing up his ruling on Friday, Battaglia stated, 'The community would not be safe with Mr. Goria out there.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Ex-Ga Tech coach Paul Hewitt takes job at George Mason - by Eurobasket News
George Mason on Saturday hired Paul Hewitt to replace Jim Larranaga, who left this month for the University of Miami.

Larranaga is the father of Erie BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga.

Hewitt was fired by Georgia Tech last month. He took the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 2004, but that was the only season he had a winning record in ACC play. He went 190-162 over 11 years at the school and was 72-104 in the conference.

Georgia Tech went 13-18 this season.

Hewitt, 47, is receiving a $7.2 million buyout over five years from Georgia Tech, making him more affordable for a Colonial Athletic Association school like George Mason. Money was the big reason the Patriots lost Larranaga, who took GMU to the Final Four in 2006 and is the winningest coach in school history.

Hewitt arrived at Georgia Tech in 2000 after posting a 66-27 record in three seasons at Siena.

George Mason plans to introduce Hewitt at a news conference on Monday.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


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NZ Prime Minister congratulates Breakers - by Eurobasket News
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon. John Key, has sent his congratulations to the New Zealand Breakers on their historic victory over the Cairns Taipans last night to claim the National Basketball League championship.

Mr. Key, who is currently in London after attending the Royal Wedding, released the following message of congratulation this morning.

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Prime Minister John Key has joined the rest of New Zealand in congratulating the New Zealand Breakers on their historic victory over the Cairns Taipans in the Australian National Basketball League.

The Breakers have gone from strength to strength throughout the competition and have pulled off some memorable wins and tonights champion performance caps off a fantastic season, says Mr Key.

The Breakers 71-53 victory is the first time a New Zealand-based team has won an Australian A-grade sporting competition.

This is a huge accomplishment and the investment in the side over the past eight years is now reaping rewards. Its also great to see a team with so much Kiwi talent in the ranks take out this title, says Mr Key.

The players from overseas have also embraced playing in New Zealand and their loyalty to the club has helped pull together an excellent team.

Coach Andrej Lemanis and the team thoroughly deserve their victory. I look forward to congratulating members of the team and management in person should the opportunity arise when I return to New Zealand, says Mr Key.

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


Best players of New Zealand NBL round 3 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Kareem Johnson (205-C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Wellington S. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 29 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Auckland P. (#5, 1-2) 91-83. Wellington S. maintains the 2nd position in New Zealand NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Wellington S. already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Johnson just recently signed at Wellington S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Cincinnati graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson leads league in rebounds with 11.3rpg. Johnson is in league's top in and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Wellington S.'s star - 33-year old American forward Casey Frank (203-F-77). Frank impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Wellington S. cruised to a 91-83 relatively comfortable win over Auckland P. (1-2). A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Frank is a newcomer at Wellington S. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Josh Pace (198-G-83) of top-ranked Bay Hawks. Pace scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Bay Hawks, leading his team to a 97-86 win against OceanaGold N. (#9, 0-3). Bay Hawks started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Pace turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Pace has a great season in New Zealand. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-G-81) of Taranaki MA - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Jerry Smith (185-G-87) of Waikato P. - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Craig Bradshaw (207-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Raheim Brown (209-F/C-79) of Auckland P. - 24 points and 11 rebounds
8. Darryl Hudson (196-G-85) of Manawatu J. - 35 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sylvester Seay (208-F-85) of Waikato P. - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-G-81) of Taranaki MA - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia .
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia16.0 
 6. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS15.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.7 
 10. Mis, SKK Siedlce14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS S.
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS9.2 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 6. Luszczewski, Start7.7 
 7. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.7.6 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.6 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
 10. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK S.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.6.2 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lubl.5.0 
 5. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 6. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sporti.4.6 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.3 
 9. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 10. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  Gor.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sporti.2.8 
 4. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 5. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia2.5 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.2 
 9. Sikora, Start Lubl.2.1 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS D.
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.3 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS1.3 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.3 
 5. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Pietras, Polonia 2.0.9 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szcze.0.9 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Az.16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.0 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.8 
 8. Bennerman, Energa14.5 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azb.14.4 
 10. Thomas, PGE Turow14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK K.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azb.8.3 
 5. Easley, Polonia Az.7.0 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.6 
 9. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS K.
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.6 
 2. Blassingame, Energ.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.6 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco3.9 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.3.1 
 10. Nowakowski, Polon.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Polonia Azbud
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hinson, Polonia Az.2.7 
 2. Blassingame, Energ.2.6 
 3. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 7. Thomas, PGE Turow2.2 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco2.2 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Reese, AZS Kosza.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK K.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Az.1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


PLK Round 6 of Semi-Finals. Trefl Sopot force decider - by Eurobasket News
Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 93-79

Trefl Sopot won at home court and forced the decisive seventh game in this thrilling PLK series. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl Sopot. PGE Turow managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Trefl Sopot especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by PGE Turow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB) scored 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Adam Waczynski (199-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: L.Kinnard 28+7reb+2ast, A.Waczynski 20+3reb+1ast, P.Kikowski 14, F.Dylewicz 12+2reb+6ast, M.Stefanski 6+1reb, D.Ceranic 5+7reb+1ast
PGE Turow: T.Thomas 20+7reb+4ast, D.Kickert 15+1reb, K.Wysocki 14+9reb+1ast, M.Kuebler 10+1ast, M.Gabinski 8+1reb+1ast, D.Jackson 5+1reb
gschID: 127817




1Liga Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Tempcold AZS enter Final - by Eurobasket News
Sokol Lancut - Tempcold AZS 64-90

Tempcold AZS punched their 1Liga Finals ticket after celebrating third straight win over Sokol Lancut. It looked good early as Sokol Lancut took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then AZS Politechnika Warszawska had a 15-10 second period charge getting the lead and Sokol Lancut was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-90. AZS Politechnika Warszawska shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Kamil Pietras (209-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-G-86) helped adding 5 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Four AZS Politechnika Warszawska players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) scored 14 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:
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 14+6reb, W.Pisarczyk 11+9reb+2ast, P.Ucinek 9+5reb, B.Dubiel 9+3reb, M.Klima 7+9reb+2ast, J.Szurlej 7+4reb+3ast
Tempcold AZS: K.Pietras 16+8reb, J.Mokros 15+3reb+2ast, L.Karwowski 15+3reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 14+2ast, M.Popiolek 8+3reb+2ast, M.Ponitka 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 126679


LKS Lodz - MMKS DG 76-63

LKS Lodz narrowed the deficit in the series versus MMKS DG. The game was mostly controlled by LKS Sphinx. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza managed to win third quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza 40-25 including 18 on the offensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) answered with 13 points and center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) added 12 points in the effort for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: M.Piechowicz 13+1reb, P.Zielinski 12+2reb, P.Bogdanowicz 9+1reb, M.Piotrkowski 7+3reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 6+6reb, L.Szczypka 5+1reb+1ast
LKS Lodz: M.Salamonik 26+7reb+4ast, B.Szczepaniak 19+3reb+1ast, J.Dluski 10+9reb, K.Sulima 8+4reb+2ast, K.Morawiec 6+9reb+2ast, P.Trepka 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 126680




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Proliga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Terceira, Povoa and Fisica advance - by Eurobasket News
Terceira Basket - Angra 89-85

Terceira advanced into Proliga semifinals after they held off visiting Angra. Angrabasket trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-89 at the end of the game. Terceira Basket made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Angrabasket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Durrell Nevels (198-F-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) helped adding 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Prossin Sports Management) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Angrabasket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 28+8reb+8ast, D.Nevels 27+16reb+3ast, J.Avila 9+1reb+2ast, D.Goncalves 8+3reb+3ast, A.Pontes 8+6reb+2ast, P.Matos 6
Angra: K.Jolley 22+6reb+1ast, A.Kravtsov 21+3reb+2ast, T.Mack 21+10reb+3ast, J.Pereira 11+3reb+4ast, F.Gomes 6+7reb+1ast, O.Viera 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 126649


Sangalhos - Fisica 58-63

Fisica completed the sweep of Sangalhos following a 5-point road win. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Fisica outrebounded Sangalhos 38-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Guinea-Bissau center Anastacio Sami (207-76) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cape Verdean guard Braima Freire (188-82) helped adding 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Jorge Seabra (174-81) with 8 points and 7 assists and guard Andre Duarte (178-81) scored 11 points.
Top scorers:
Fisica: A.Sami 16+12reb+1ast, B.Freire 15+8reb+4ast, M.Salvador 14+5reb+2ast, C.Dias 9+5reb+2ast, A.Cordeiro 7+6reb, J.Underwood 2+2reb
Sangalhos: F.Martins 12+3reb, A.Duarte 11+3reb+3ast, J.Carmo 9+3reb, J.Seabra 8+2reb+7ast, L.Fonte 7+4reb, E.Silva 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 126650


Electrico FC - Barcelos 83-79 OT

Electrico stayed in the title race as they overcame Barcelos in overtime in Game 3. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barcelos won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Barcelos used huge pressure winning it 13-6 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-12. Electrico FC made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Electrico FC outrebounded Barcelos 48-35 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Barcelos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Aylton Medeiros (194-88) helped adding 11 points and 13 rebounds. Four Electrico FC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Tiago Barreiro (187-83) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: J.Afonso 23+6reb, D.Neves 14+7reb+1ast, J.Lanzinha 14+3reb+1ast, A.Medeiros 11+13reb, T.Brito 9+7reb+3ast, P.Raminhos 6+5reb
Barcelos: P.Silva 28+12reb+4ast, C.Fechas 17+5ast, T.Barreiro 15+7reb+2ast, J.Moreira 8+9reb+1ast, N.Pedroso 8+4reb+1ast, S.Duarte 3
gschID: 126647


Povoa - Galitos FC 66-64

Povoa eked out a narrow home win over Galitos to sweep the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 18-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-83, college: Prairie View A&M) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Sikes (203-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: STKG) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Antonio Almeida (192-83) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Four Galitos FC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Povoa: R.Coelho 19+2reb, A.jr. Oha 17+15reb+1ast, N.Oliveira 15+9reb+5ast, G.Ehiagwina 8+9reb+1ast, A.Silva 4+4reb+2ast, A.Gomes 3+2reb
Galitos FC: M.Sikes 18+12reb+2ast, M.Thomas 15+6reb+1ast, J.Ferreira 11+4reb+1ast, A.Almeida 11+11reb+1ast, R.Quintino 5+7reb, A.Pires 3+7reb+9ast
gschID: 126648




Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampa.
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Samp.21.0 
 2. Curnell, Barreiren.20.1 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 4. Shaw, Academica18.5 
 5. Eddie, Academica18.0 
 6. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 7. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 8. Goode, Penafiel17.4 
 9. Crutchfield, Illia.17.4 
 10. Robert, Lusitania16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.3 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.1 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.8 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Curnell, Barreiren.8.5 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.8.4 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.9 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 4. Reveles, Ginasio4.9 
 5. Minhava, Benfica4.9 
 6. Silva, CAB4.6 
 7. Simoes, Academica4.5 
 8. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Menefee, CAB3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreiren.3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.7 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.6 
 4. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 5. Silva, CAB2.5 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 7. Eddie, Academica2.1 
 8. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 9. Holland, Academica1.9 
 10. Monteiro, Lusitan.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitan.3.8 
 2. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 3. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 4. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 7. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Evora, Benfica0.9 


Proliga Round 4 of Finals. Electrico FC catch up with Barcelos - by Eurobasket News
Electrico FC - Barcelos 64-63

Electrico revived intrigue in their quarterfinal series against Barcelos. Electrico celebrated the second home win in a row and leveled things up 2-2 in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barcelos won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electrico FC forced 19 Barcelos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Angolan guard Edson Ferreira (183-G-86) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Aylton Medeiros (194-88) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and guard Carlos Fechas (180-81) scored 17 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: E.Ferreira 17+9reb+3ast, A.Medeiros 13+4reb, J.Lanzinha 8+4reb+1ast, T.Brito 7+4reb+2ast, D.Neves 6+3reb+1ast, J.Afonso 5+4reb+2ast
Barcelos: C.Fechas 17+2reb+4ast, P.Silva 15+17reb+1ast, N.Pedroso 11+6reb+1ast, J.Moreira 8+7reb, T.Barreiro 8+2reb+3ast, P.Antonio 4+5reb
gschID: 127909




LPB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Porto and Benfica ease past their opponents - by Eurobasket News
Porto Ferpinta - Vitoria SC 72-48

Porto Ferpinta earned 2-0 lead against Vitoria after two home games. They cruised to the victory tonight. The game without a history. FC Porto Ferpinta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Porto Ferpinta forced 22 Vitoria SC turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-Dominican guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and center Claudio Fonseca (206-89) scored 9 points.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: S.Ogirri 18+5reb+4ast, G.Stempin 14+12reb+3ast, C.Andrade 9+2reb+1ast, J.Santos 6+5reb, D.Correia 5+2reb+1ast, J.Terrell 5+3reb+1ast
Vitoria SC: P.Cunha 16+10reb+1ast, C.Fonseca 9+4reb, A.Bessa 6+2reb+3ast, N.Richardson 4+1reb+1ast, P.Tavares 4+2reb+2ast, R.Pinto 3+1reb
gschID: 127698


Benfica - Academica 67-52

Benfica gave little chance for Academica celebrating the second consecutive victory. It looked good early as Academica took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Benfica had a 18-9 second period charge getting the lead and Academica was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 52-67. The former international guard Miguel Minhava (197-83) notched 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international forward Sergio Ramos (200-76) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) did not help to save the game for Academica. His fellow American import power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Benfica: M.Minhava 17+6reb+5ast, S.Ramos 16+5reb+4ast, B.Reed 10+6reb, H.Evans 9+8reb+2ast, E.Evora 6+7reb+2ast, M.Chandler 4+2reb
Academica: M.Shaw 22+7reb+2ast, T.Eddie 12+9reb+6ast, D.Simoes 9+3reb+5ast, F.Sousa 6+5reb+1ast, B.Costa 3, F.Destino 0+1reb
gschID: 127699




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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas22.3 
 3. Villegas, Coamo21.9 
 4. Robinson, Mayaguez21.8 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon21.0 
 6. Clinch, Isabela20.3 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo19.3 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 9. Brown, Quebradillas17.6 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.8 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 3. Randolph, Isabela11.5 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.5 
 6. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon9.6 
 8. Harris, San German9.4 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez9.3 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.8 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas6.4 
 3. Clinch, Isabela5.5 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 7. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 8. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 9. Pagan, Santurce3.8 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.2 
 3. Hinson, Isabela2.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Guayna.2.0 
 5. Robinson, Mayaguez1.8 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Harris, San German1.7 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 9. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.8 
 7. Randolph, Isabela1.6 
 8. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo1.4 
 10. Harris, San German1.4 


BSN Round 10: Caciques defeat leader Quebradillas - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Quebradillas (9-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Caciques (7-5) 98-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quebradillas. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Caciques looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for Quebradillas. Caciques have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-5 record. Quebradillas at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Caciques are looking forward to face league's second-placed Vaqueros in Bayamon in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Quebradillas will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Santurce. Second ranked Vaqueros (8-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Cangrejeros (5-7) 82-79 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cangrejeros. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Terrence Shannon chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-87, college: High School) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vaqueros maintains second position with 8-4 record behind leader Quebradillas. Cangrejeros at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Vaqueros will play against Caciques (#4) in Humacao in the next round. Cangrejeros will play on the road against Mets (#3) in Guaynabo and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Arecibo between Cangrejeros and Capitanes. Sixth ranked Cangrejeros (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Capitanes (5-6). Cangrejeros managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Thursday evening. Michael Sweetney notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 17 points by Danilo Pinnock did not help to save the game for Capitanes. Capitanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cangrejeros have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Cangrejeros went down to eighth position due to points difference. Loser Capitanes dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Cangrejeros will meet higher ranked Mets (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Capitanes will play against Gallitos (#9) in Isabela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Vaqueros (8-4) against eighth ranked Capitanes (5-6) on Saturday night. Host Vaqueros were defeated by Capitanes in a tough game in Bayamon 79-87. Larry Ayuso fired 34 points (!!!) for the winners. Capitanes moved-up to seventh place. Vaqueros at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be Gallitos (#9) in Isabela. Vaqueros will play on the road against Caciques (#4) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BSN top team - Quebradillas (9-3) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Atleticos (6-7) in San German 100-79. It was a very good performance for Peter John Ramos who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 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. Quebradillas maintains first position with 9-3 record. Loser Atleticos dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 10 San German beat Isabela on the road 83-72. Guaynabo won against Mayaguez on its own court 86-84.



Isabela - San German 72-83

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Atleticos (6-7) beat 9th ranked Gallitos (4-8) in Isabela 83-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-72. It was a very good performance for forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Atleticos players scored in double figures. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks in the effort for Gallitos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atleticos moved-up to sixth place. Loser Gallitos keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Atleticos will have a break next round. Gallitos will play at home against Capitanes (#7) in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Isabela: L.Clinch 23+5reb+3ast, S.Randolph 17+6reb, J.Verdejo 13+2reb+1ast, F.Valencia 5+3reb, R.Cotto 5+1reb, D.Hinson 3+3reb+4ast
San German: J.Pellot-Rosa 16+4reb+1ast, M.Harris 16+12reb+2ast, J.Lloreda 13+14reb+3ast, C.Strong 12+2reb, J.Rodriguez 9+1reb+1ast, R.Abraham 7+2reb+5ast
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Bayamon - Arecibo 79-87

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Vaqueros (8-4) against eighth ranked Capitanes (5-6) on Saturday night. Host Vaqueros were defeated by Capitanes in a tough game in Bayamon 79-87. Vaqueros were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Capitanes brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Vaqueros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Larry Ayuso (190-77, college: USC, agency: Global Sports Plaza) fired 34 points (!!!) for the winners. The former international center Jeffrion Aubry (205-76, college: Cornell, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 4 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists and naturalized Ivorian guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Vaqueros players scored in double figures. Capitanes moved-up to seventh place. Vaqueros at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be Gallitos (#9) in Isabela. Vaqueros will play on the road against Caciques (#4) in Humacao and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayamon: J.Mojica 17+3reb+2ast, C.Dalmau 14+1reb+10ast, R.Rick 13+9reb+1ast, T.Shannon 12+7reb+2ast, C.Antrone Lee 8+10reb+1ast, K.Sanchez 6+2reb+1ast
Arecibo: L.Ayuso 34+3reb+2ast, D.Cortes 18+2reb+1ast, D.Pinnock 13+5reb+4ast, D.Santiago 7+5reb+1ast, A.Latimer 6+7reb+4ast, I.Caro 5+3reb+2ast
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Guaynabo - Mayaguez 86-84

Very expected game when 10th ranked Indios (3-10) were edged by third ranked Mets (8-5) in Guaynabo 86-84 on Friday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Indios won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mets won last quarter 20-20. Indios were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Angel Luis Figueroa (196-81, college: Dowling, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Erick Rodriguez (190-79) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Indios. Indios' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Mets maintains third position with 8-5 record behind leader Quebradillas. Indios lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Mets will face Cangrejeros (#8) in Santurce in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: E.Rodriguez 21+7reb+2ast, B.Robinson 18+7reb, E.Ubiles 10+6reb+3ast, C.Rivera 9+4reb+4ast, G.Jimenez 9+2reb+5ast, A.Rosa-Clemente 8+3reb+1ast
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 26+12reb+3ast, A.Luis Figueroa 23+6reb, C.Escalera 13+2reb+3ast, M.Worthington 6+6reb+1ast, S.Villegas 6+1reb, S.Pruitt 5+8reb+1ast
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Santurce - Bayamon 79-82

Important game to mention about took place in Santurce. Second ranked Vaqueros (8-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Cangrejeros (5-7) 82-79 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cangrejeros. Cangrejeros were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Vaqueros, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-87, college: High School) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 21 points. Vaqueros maintains second position with 8-4 record behind leader Quebradillas. Cangrejeros at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Vaqueros will play against Caciques (#4) in Humacao in the next round. Cangrejeros will play on the road against Mets (#3) in Guaynabo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Santurce: W.Pagan 21+1reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 19+6reb+4ast, A.Reyes 10+11reb+2ast, W.Hodge 8+3reb+2ast, M.Sweetney 7+1reb+1ast, R.Melendez 7+1reb+1ast
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 24+5reb+8ast, T.Shannon 18+6reb+1ast, F.Western 14+3reb, R.Jose Hatton 10+2reb+2ast, C.Antrone Lee 8+4reb+3ast, I.Lopez 6+6reb
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Quebradillas - Humacao 95-98

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Quebradillas (9-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Caciques (7-5) 98-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quebradillas. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Caciques looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. International center Peter John Ramos (222-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Daniel Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 17 points and 8 assists in the effort for Quebradillas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Caciques have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-5 record. Quebradillas at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Caciques are looking forward to face league's second-placed Vaqueros in Bayamon in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Quebradillas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 36+12reb+1ast, D.Brown 17+2reb+8ast, D.Huertas 15+2reb+2ast, R.Apodaca 10+3reb+4ast, J.Jones 9+7reb+5ast, A.Alamo 5+8reb
Humacao: I.Johnson 23+4reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 23+5reb+4ast, J.Maye 22+13reb+3ast, D.Clemente 16+6reb+12ast, J.Garcia 9+3reb+3ast, K.Penn 3+2reb
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San German - Quebradillas 79-100

BSN top team - Quebradillas (9-3) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Atleticos (6-7) in San German 100-79. The game was mostly controlled by Quebradillas. Atleticos was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Quebradillas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU) added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Atleticos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quebradillas maintains first position with 9-3 record. Loser Atleticos dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
San German: M.Harris 24+16reb+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 21+11reb+3ast, J.Nieves 14+3reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 11+5reb+1ast, R.Orta 4+4reb, H.Zayas 2+1reb
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 25+10reb+1ast, A.Alamo 20+6reb+3ast, D.Huertas 12+3reb, J.Jones 11+7reb+3ast, D.Brown 10+4reb+10ast, D.Sims 9+1reb
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Arecibo - Santurce 66-68

A very close game took place in Arecibo between Cangrejeros and Capitanes. Sixth ranked Cangrejeros (5-7) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Capitanes (5-6). Cangrejeros managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Ivorian guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) supported him with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Even 17 points by American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) did not help to save the game for Capitanes. The former international center Daniel Santiago (216-76, college: N.Mexico, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Capitanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cangrejeros have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Cangrejeros went down to eighth position due to points difference. Loser Capitanes dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Cangrejeros will meet higher ranked Mets (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Capitanes will play against Gallitos (#9) in Isabela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Pinnock 17+3reb+3ast, D.Santiago 13+6reb, L.Ayuso 11+4reb+2ast, A.Latimer 9+4reb, D.Cortes 8+2reb, O.Alvarado 4+6reb+7ast
Santurce: R.Melendez 19+3reb, M.Sweetney 17+13reb+3ast, W.Hodge 15+4reb+6ast, R.Chaney 7+6reb+1ast, A.Reyes 5+11reb, W.Pagan 3+1reb
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Maye's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old swingman James Maye (201-G/F-81) put on an amazing game in the last week for Humacao and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 10.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Quebradillas (#1, 9-3) 98-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Humacao maintains the 4th position in Puerto Rican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Humacao will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. In the team's last game Maye had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Humacao, being already a very valuable addition to the team. James Maye averages this season 12.0ppg.

Second best performed player last week was Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of top-ranked Quebradillas. He is naturalized American center in his first season at Quebradillas. In the last game Ramos recorded impressive double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Quebradillas was edged by the lower-ranked Humacao (#4, 7-5) 98-95. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Quebradillas still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 9-3 record. Ramos is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#4). He also registered 11.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German (#6). Harris scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Harris' great performance San German lost 79-100 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#1, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of San German ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help San German to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (8th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 57.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Guaynabo - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 25 points and 10 rebounds
8. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Bayamon - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79) of Mayaguez - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) of Humacao - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists

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


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 3. Baxter, Enisey16.2 
 4. Lampe, Unics16.0 
 5. Williams, Enisey15.6 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo15.1 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.4 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.7 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.13.6 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.6 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.1 
 3. Beverley, Spart.6.9 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.7 
 5. Papadopoulos, Khi.6.4 
 6. Brezec, Krasnie6.3 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.2 
 9. Massey, Lokomotiv6.1 
 10. Veremeenko, Unics5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Enisey7.2 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie5.6 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph4.8 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.4 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.1 
 10. Samoylenko, Unics3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv1.4 
 6. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 7. Lyday, Unics1.4 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomot.1.4 
 9. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 10. Bremer, Krasnie1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.1 
 2. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 3. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 4. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 5. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 6. Likhodey, Triumph0.9 
 7. Yakovenko, N.Nov.0.9 
 8. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 9. Lampe, Unics0.8 
 10. Sokolov, CSKA0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Unics 17-5 
 2. Lokomotiv 15-7 
 3. Khimky 15-7 
 4. Spartak SP 15-8 
 5. CSKA 15-8 
 6. Enisey 11-12 
 7. N.Novgorod 8-15 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-16 
 9. Dynamo 7-17 
 10. Triumph 4-19 


Sensational Krka edge Lokomotiv for EuroChallenge trophy - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Lokomotiv Kuban 83:77

Krka celebrated EuroChallenge title. The Slovenian team capped their sensational European tournament campaign with a tough victory over Lokomotiv Kuban in Belgium tonight. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead Krka to the trophy.
KRKA showed their ambitions early in the encounter. They jumped to a 14:6 lead midway through the opening frame. But Lokomotiv gradually recovered erasing the deficit and taking a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Krka opened the second frame with eight points in a row to surge back in front 26:20. They maintained the lead for some time before Surovtsev and Tucker levelled things up at 41. Drobnjak wrapped up the first half with a lay-up as the Slovenian team grabbed a 43:41 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the intense third term. Tucker and Toporov ensured a 65:61 lead for Lokomotiv at the final intermission. Lokomotiv seemed to be getting away midway through the final period. Surovtsev drained a triple for a 75:67 Lokomotiv Kuban lead. But Christopher Booker matched on the other end triggering a 16:0 run that shocked Lokomotiv and allowed Krka to celebrate a historic title.
Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) accounted for 13 points, while Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) and Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) provided 12 points each in the victory. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) tallied 21 points and 14 boards for Lokomotiv Kuban. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) provided 11 points in the losing effort.

Krka: Christopher Booker 20, Smiljan Pavic 13, Goran Ikonic 12, Zoran Dragic 12
Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 21+14 boards, Jeremiah Massey 11



Oostende clinch EuroChallenge Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP - Oostende 92:94 (OT)

Oostende wrapped up their EuroChallenge campaign on a high note. They defeated Spartak SP to claim the tournaments Bronze medals. The game was a real treat for all the basketball fans as the outcome was decided in the extra period. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) was the key player for Oostende as he tallied 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the victory.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Oostende gained a17:13 lead late in the opening frame but Spartak levelled things up at 20 after ten minutes. The lead changed hands throughout the second term before Petrovic and Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Kent St.) gave the Belgian team a 45:38 lead. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) capped the half with a three-pointer to give Oostende a 48:40 advantage. Spartak quickly erased the deficit early in the third stanza. The teams stayed neck and neck in the third term and entered the fourth period tied at 64. It all came down to the final seconds in regulation. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) ensured an 82:80 lead for Spartak SP with 30 seconds remaining. Trevor Huffman answered with two free throws to knot things up. Henry Domercant had a chance to win the game for Spartak but missed a jumper at the buzzer. Spartak Saint Petersburg earned a 91:86 lead with under two minutes remaining in overtime but that was not enough. Caleb Greene and Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) converted four free throws to narrow the deficit at a single point 90:91. Darrel Mitchell followed with a three-pointer to secure a 93:91 lead for Oostende. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86, agency: RIZO) and Will Thomas hit a free throw each and Oostende escaped with a narrow dramatic victory at the end.
Matt Lojeski, Trevor Huffman and Will Thomas finished with 15 points each for Oostende. Henry Domercant answered with game-high 33 points for Spartak SP. Anton Ponkrashov and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points each in the loss.

Spartak SP: Henry Domercant 33, Anton Ponkrashov 13, Pero Antic 13
Oostende: Darrel Mitchell 18, Matt Lojeski 15, Trevor Huffman 15, Will Thomas 15



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Sensational Krka edge Lokomotiv for EuroChallenge trophy - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Lokomotiv Kuban 83:77

Krka celebrated EuroChallenge title. The Slovenian team capped their sensational European tournament campaign with a tough victory over Lokomotiv Kuban in Belgium tonight. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead Krka to the trophy.
KRKA showed their ambitions early in the encounter. They jumped to a 14:6 lead midway through the opening frame. But Lokomotiv gradually recovered erasing the deficit and taking a 20:18 lead after ten minutes. Krka opened the second frame with eight points in a row to surge back in front 26:20. They maintained the lead for some time before Surovtsev and Tucker levelled things up at 41. Drobnjak wrapped up the first half with a lay-up as the Slovenian team grabbed a 43:41 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the intense third term. Tucker and Toporov ensured a 65:61 lead for Lokomotiv at the final intermission. Lokomotiv seemed to be getting away midway through the final period. Surovtsev drained a triple for a 75:67 Lokomotiv Kuban lead. But Christopher Booker matched on the other end triggering a 16:0 run that shocked Lokomotiv and allowed Krka to celebrate a historic title.
Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) accounted for 13 points, while Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) and Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) provided 12 points each in the victory. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) tallied 21 points and 14 boards for Lokomotiv Kuban. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) provided 11 points in the losing effort.

Krka: Christopher Booker 20, Smiljan Pavic 13, Goran Ikonic 12, Zoran Dragic 12
Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 21+14 boards, Jeremiah Massey 11



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ACB Round 32: Baloncesto Fuenlabrada beats Real Madrid in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ACB.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Madrid: Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#6) and Real Madrid (#2). Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (19-13) won against visiting Real Madrid (24-8) 88-79. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-79. The best player for the winners was Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., agency: Duran International) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. International guard Sergio Llull (190-87) produced 17 points and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gran Canaria and Bizkaia Bilbao. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada is looking forward to face Blancos de Rueda (#9) in Valladolid in the next round. Real Madrid will play at home against Cajasol (#12) in Sevilla and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Menorca Basquet managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Menorca Basquet won against fifteenth-ranked Assignia Manresa in Mahon 71-65. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 8 rebounds. Melvin Sanders contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Roman Montanez (193-79) replied with 26 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) for Assignia Manresa. Assignia Manresa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Menorca Basquet (7-25) moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Granada. Assignia Manresa lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Meridiano. Menorca Basquet will play against higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Assignia Manresa will play against Asefa Estudiantes (#10) in Madrid and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Regal FC Barcelona delivered the twentieth sixth victory on Sunday night and secured first place in regular season. This time they crushed 14th ranked Lagun Aro GBC (11-21) 81-55. Worth to mention a quality performance of Fran Vazquez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jimmy Baron responded with 17 points. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. Loser Lagun Aro GBC keeps the fourteenth place with 21 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will meet Meridiano Alicante (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lagun Aro GBC will play against CAI Zaragoza and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 32 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Unicaja was defeated by Gran Canaria in Las Palmas 89-84. Cajasol was beaten by Bizkaia Bilbao at home 78-83. Valladolid lost to Caja Laboral on the opponent's court 73-77. CAI Zaragoza managed to outperform DKV Joventut in a home game 91-74. Meridiano managed to beat Granada on the road 71-57. Estudiantes was defeated by Valencia on its own court 74-87.
The best stats of 32th round was 27 points and 4 assists by Jaycee Carroll of Gran Canaria.


Gran Canaria - Unicaja 89-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Unicaja Malaga's (17-15) road loss to seventh ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (19-13) 84-89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Gran Canaria 2014 made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Tomas Bellas (185-87) who added 18 points during the contest. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and international power forward Jorge Garbajosa (205-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gran Canaria 2014 have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bizkaia Bilbao and Fuenlabrada. Loser Unicaja Malaga keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Valladolid. Gran Canaria 2014 will meet at home higher ranked Power Electronics Valencia (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Unicaja Malaga will play against CB Granada (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: G.Fitch 20+4ast, J.Garbajosa 19+4reb, J.Freeland 14+2reb, B.Rodriguez 8+2reb+4ast, R.Blakney 8+1ast, T.McIntyre 6+1reb+3ast
Gran Canaria: J.Carroll 27+2reb+4ast, T.Bellas 18+2reb+3ast, X.Rey 10+5reb+1ast, J.Wallace 9+5reb+2ast, J.Beiran 7+5reb, O.Alvarado 5+2ast
gschID: 92420


Cajasol - Bizkaia Bilbao 78-83

No shocking result in a game in Sevilla where seventh ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (19-13) defeated 11th ranked Cajasol (15-17) 83-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. Bizkaia Bilbao looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Belgian forward Axel Hervelle (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) who added 11 points, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Bizkaia Bilbao players scored in double figures. American guard Louis Bullock (185-76, college: Michigan) responded with 18 points and Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bizkaia Bilbao moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gran Canaria and Fuenlabrada. Loser Cajasol keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with CAI Zaragoza. Bizkaia Bilbao will meet at home bottom-ranked Menorca Basquet (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cajasol will play against the league's second-placed Real Madrid (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: L.Bullock 18+2reb+1ast, P.Davis 14+1reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 10+7reb+1ast, T.Kirksay 9+5reb, T.Urtasun 6+3reb+3ast, M.Katelynas 6+1ast
Bizkaia Bilbao: A.Hervelle 15+6reb+2ast, A.Mumbru 11+2reb+5ast, C.Warren 11+3reb+3ast, J.Fisher 10+3ast, M.Banic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Mavroeidis 9+4reb
gschID: 92416


Caja Laboral - Valladolid 77-73

Very expected game in Vitoria where 9th ranked Blancos de Rueda (17-15) was defeated by fourth ranked Caja Laboral (21-11) 77-73 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Blancos de Rueda won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Caja Laboral won last quarter 21-18. Worth to mention a great performance of Brazilian-Italian guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists and Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points during the contest. Five Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. French guard Stephane Dumas (190-78) responded with 11 points and 5 assists and forward Nacho Martin (205-83) scored 15 points. Blancos de Rueda's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 21-11 record. Loser Blancos de Rueda dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Unicaja. Caja Laboral will meet DKV Joventut (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blancos de Rueda will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#5) in Madrid and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: N.Martin 15+4reb+1ast, D.Garcia 14+1reb+3ast, S.Dumas 11+4reb+5ast, E.Baez 9+4reb+3ast, M.Slaughter 9+2reb+1ast, J.Robinson 5+5reb
Caja Laboral: M.Huertas 14+4reb+4ast, M.Teletovic 13+3reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 10+3reb+2ast, P.Ribas 10+3reb+1ast, B.Oleson 10+3reb+2ast, D.Logan 8
gschID: 92417


CAI Zaragoza - DKV Joventut 91-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked CAI Zaragoza and 12th ranked DKV Joventut had identical 14-17 record. This time CAI Zaragoza used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Badalona 91-74 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-74. CAI Zaragoza made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Brazilian center Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and Australian forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. CAI Zaragoza's coach Jose Luis Abos used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Will McDonald (206-79, college: S.Florida) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Czech guard David Jelinek (194-90) scored 16 points. CAI Zaragoza (15-17) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cajasol. DKV Joventut lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. CAI Zaragoza will meet Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in the next round. DKV Joventut will play against Caja Laboral and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
DKV Joventut: W.McDonald 18+5reb+1ast, D.Jelinek 16+3reb+2ast, J.Franch 12+1reb+2ast, R.Robinson 9+2reb+2ast, P.Tomas 7+6reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 6+1reb+3ast
CAI Zaragoza: R.Hettsheimeir 25+10reb+1ast, C.Cabezas 13+4reb+3ast, C.Toppert 12+2reb+1ast, D.Barlow 12+8reb+1ast, A.Miso 7+3reb+5ast, S.Van Rossom 7+1reb+8ast
gschID: 92418


Regal Barca - Lagun Aro GBC 81-55

Leader Regal FC Barcelona delivered the twentieth sixth victory on Sunday night and secured first place in regular season. This time they crushed 14th ranked Lagun Aro GBC (11-21) 81-55. The game without a history. Regal FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Regal FC Barcelona forced 19 Lagun Aro GBC turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Fran Vazquez (209-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) who added 15 points during the contest. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) responded with 17 points and his fellow American import forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-6 record. Loser Lagun Aro GBC keeps the fourteenth place with 21 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will meet Meridiano Alicante (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lagun Aro GBC will play against CAI Zaragoza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Baron 17+1reb, M.Kone 8+5reb, D.Doblas 8+2reb, A.Panko 7+5reb+2ast, R.Uriz 5+4reb+2ast, L.Lasa 3+2reb
Regal Barca: E.Lorbek 15+3reb+2ast, F.Vazquez 14+12reb, R.Rubio 12+3reb+4ast, J.Carlos Navarro 10+1reb+5ast, B.Ndong 9+3reb, J.Ingles 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92419


Menorca - Manresa 71-65

Bottom-ranked Menorca Basquet managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Menorca Basquet won against fifteenth-ranked Assignia Manresa in Mahon 71-65. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-15 Assignia Manresa's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 71-65 at the end of the game. Menorca Basquet dominated on the defensive end, holding Assignia Manresa to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Assignia Manresa 41-25 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Menorca Basquet especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 8 rebounds. American-Georgian swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Menorca Basquet players scored in double figures. The former international guard Roman Montanez (193-79) replied with 26 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) added 14 points in the effort for Assignia Manresa. Assignia Manresa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Menorca Basquet (7-25) moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with Granada. Assignia Manresa lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Meridiano. Menorca Basquet will play against higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Assignia Manresa will play against Asefa Estudiantes (#10) in Madrid and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Manresa: R.Montanez 26+3reb, U.Slokar 14+4reb, J.Grimau 9+7reb, M.Majstorovic 8+1reb, R.San Miguel 4+5reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 2+1reb
Menorca: R.Limonad 12+1reb+3ast, C.Victor 10+5reb, I.Radenovic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Sanders 10+5reb+1ast, U.Otegui 10+6reb, J.Donaldson 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 92413


Fuenlabrada - Real Madrid 88-79

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Madrid: Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#6) and Real Madrid (#2). Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (19-13) won against visiting Real Madrid (24-8) 88-79. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-79. The best player for the winners was Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St., agency: Duran International) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. International guard Sergio Llull (190-87) produced 17 points and 5 assists and Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gran Canaria and Bizkaia Bilbao. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada is looking forward to face Blancos de Rueda (#9) in Valladolid in the next round. Real Madrid will play at home against Cajasol (#12) in Sevilla and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 17+2reb+5ast, A.Tomic 16+4reb+2ast, C.Tucker 13+2reb, S.Rodriguez 10+2reb+1ast, D.Fischer 7+6reb+1ast, N.Mirotic 5+5reb+2ast
Fuenlabrada: G.Ayon 19+10reb, K.Valters 15+3reb+7ast, L.Barton 14+6reb, J.Colom 10+1reb+3ast, D.Kus 9+2reb, L.Mainoldi 9+7reb
gschID: 92414


Granada - Meridiano 57-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 17th ranked CB Granada's (7-25) home loss to sixteenth ranked Meridiano Alicante (9-23) 57-71 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian power forward Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) who added 10 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Meridiano Alicante players scored in double figures. Meridiano Alicante's coach Txus Vidorreta used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Center Augusto Cesar Lima (206-91) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Icelandic guard Jon Stefansson (196-82) scored 12 points. Meridiano Alicante moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Manresa. Loser CB Granada keeps the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. They share it with Menorca. Meridiano Alicante will meet at home league's leader Regal FC Barcelona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CB Granada will play against Unicaja Malaga (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Granada: J.Stefansson 12+3reb, A.Cesar Lima 10+9reb+1ast, C.Karl 9+4reb+1ast, N.Gianella 7+4reb+3ast, M.Samb 7+7reb, R.Freire 4+3ast
Meridiano: M.Andriuskevicius 16+6reb, T.Heurtel 12+1reb+4ast, P.Llompart 11+1reb+4ast, J.Doellman 10+6reb+3ast, K.Hasbrouck 8+5reb+1ast, M.Rancik 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92415


Estudiantes - Valencia 74-87

Everything went according to plan in Madrid where third ranked Power Electronics Valencia (23-9) won against 10th ranked Asefa Estudiantes (16-16) 87-74 on Saturday. The game without a history. Power Electronics Valencia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Power Electronics Valencia outrebounded Asefa Estudiantes 34-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds and American-Montenegrin guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Power Electronics Valencia players scored in double figures. American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Albert Oliver (187-78) scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Power Electronics Valencia have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-9 record having just three points less than leader Regal Barca. Loser Asefa Estudiantes keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Power Electronics Valencia will meet Gran Canaria 2014 (#6) in the next round. Asefa Estudiantes will play against Assignia Manresa (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: N.Caner-Medley 18+8reb+1ast, T.Ellis 15+1reb, A.Oliver 10+3reb+3ast, G.Gabriel 6+2reb, J.Granger 6+3reb+1ast, P.Jasen 6+1reb
Valencia: O.Cook 13+2reb+5ast, R.Javtokas 13+6reb, D.Savanovic 11+8reb+1ast, N.De Colo 10+1reb+2ast, R.Martinez 9+2reb+2ast, V.Claver 9+3reb
gschID: 92412




Spain U16 squad finished Torneo de Ragusa - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 squad finished Torneo de Ragusa with 2 wins and 1 loss. Greece U16 won over Spain U16 in the opener. The Greek side looked better in the game and reached 13-point victory. De la Blanca netted 17, while Martin scored 11 points for Spain.
In Day 2 Spain U16 overcame Germany U16 76:67. The latter looked awesome in the first period and erupted with 27-16 in it. Spain could only reduce to 9 points at the halftime producing 19-17 in the second frame. In the third period Spain added 16-12 and grabbed the win due to 25-11 in the last stanza. Martin and De la Blanca stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Agusti Sans Valls (193-G-95) posted 13.
In Day 3 Spain U16 rolled over Italy U16 73:65. Spain won the first period 23-20, but Italy grabbed 39:35 halftime advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain had 21-10 in it for 56:49 lead after three quarters. With 18-16 the Spanish outfit finished the game and won the campaign. De la Blanca erupted with 31 points for the winners and Martin added 14.



Spain hosted Vilagarcia Basket Cup - by Eurobasket News
Spain hosted Vilagarcia Basket Cup with four international U16 teams.
Italy U18 opened the tournament with the win over Spain U18 72:64. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the opening quarter, while Italy needed 14-8 in the second frame for 6-point lead at the halftime. Moreover Italy won the third period 25-21 and did not mind 16-18 in the last quarter. Della Valle top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Amedeo Tessitori (201-C-94) scored 16. Alejandro Abrines (196-F/G-93) replied with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Spain U18 outscored France U18 75:72. It was a tough game but the hosts managed to win their first game. Julen Olaizola (202-C/F-93) paced all the winners with 13 points and Motos as well as Suarez scored 11 each. Ulysse Adjagba (184-G-93) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Spain U18 edged Germany U18 77:72. The German team grabbed 20-14 in the first frame, but Spain replied with 20-16 in the second period. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Spain needed 20-13 to take the lead. Both teams nailed 23 points in the last quarter that brought final 77:72 win for the hosts. Alejandro Abrines top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Schroder posted 17 points for Germany.



Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 26-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-8 
 3. Valencia 23-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 21-11 
 5. Fuenlabrada 19-13 
 6. Gran Canaria 19-13 
 7. Bizkaia Bilbao 19-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-15 
 9. Valladolid 17-15 
 10. Estudiantes 16-16 
 11. CAI Zaragoza 15-17 
 12. Cajasol 15-17 
 13. DKV Joventut 14-18 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 11-21 
 15. Manresa 9-23 
 16. Meridiano 9-23 
 17. Granada 7-25 
 18. Menorca 7-25 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.5 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.0 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.15.1 
 5. Caner-Medley, Estu.15.0 
 6. Baron, Lagun A.14.6 
 7. Martinez, Valencia14.4 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.3 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.4 
 10. Doellman, Meridia.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.7 
 4. Donaldson, Menorca7.0 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.4 
 7. Trias, DKV Jovent.6.3 
 8. Slokar, Manresa6.3 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja6.2 
 10. Wallace, Gran Can.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.1 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 6. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 7. Prigioni, Real Mad.4.0 
 8. Salgado, Lagun A.3.9 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 10. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cook, Valencia2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 5. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 6. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 7. Van Lacke, Vallado.1.6 
 8. Ciorciari, Menorca1.6 
 9. Hosley, DKV J.1.5 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 9. Andriuskevic., Mer.1.1 
 10. Slaughter, Vallad.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 7. Rush, Sundsvall18.3 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.0 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.0 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.7.9 
 6. Brown, 087.9 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 8. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sund.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall1.7 
 8. Rush, Sundsvall1.7 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.7 
 10. Baeringsson, Sund.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Ba.
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.1.8 
 3. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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Joey Haywood voted MVP in Canada - by Albert-Lee Young
TT point guard Joey Haywood, a fourth-year guard with the Saint Mary's Huskies, is the Atlantic University Sport men's basketball most valuable player.

Haywood led the nation in scoring this season with an average of 28.8 points per game and becomes the sixth Saint Mary's recipient of the Frank Baldwin Memorial Trophy.


A first-team AUS all-star each of his three years at Saint Mary's, Joey was also named a second-team all-Canadian last season.

He has now captured three AUS scoring titles and his 575 points scored this season broke the previous Atlantic conference single-season record of 524 set Acadia's Ted Upshaw in 1980-81. Joey scored 30 or more points in seven of 20 regular season games this year including a pair of school record-tying 46-point outings. His 207 field goals and 113 free-throws made this year were also new Saint Mary's single-season records.

Haywood, who led conference in minutes played (39.65 minutes per game), also finished fifth in AUS steals (4.15 per game), and ranked seventh in both field goal percentage (51.6 per cent) and free-throw percentage (80.1 per cent). In just three seasons of university basketball, Joey has already scored 1469 points and currently ranks 18th in AUS career scoring.

'If working hard means you deserve to succeed then being selected as the most valuable player is a very well deserved award for Joey to receive,' said Saint Mary's head coach Ross Quackenbush. 'He is one of the hardest working players I've ever coached.'

Joey will be the Atlantic conference representative for the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding player in CIS basketball. The last Atlantic conference player to win the CIS award was William Njoku of the Saint Mary's Huskies in 1992-93.

Haywood was a key member of the Trinidad & Tobago mens team which scored a historic comeback win over Puerto Rico at the 2010 FIBA Centrobasket Championships in the Dominican Republic.




Moriba commits to Pepperdine - by Albert-Lee Young
On Thursday 28 April, Williston State University Athletic department announced that 6-9 Moriba 'Blackjack' Defreitas has signed a national letter of intent to play at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California next season.

Defreitas is very excited about the opportunity at Pepperdine according to head coach Hunter Berg. For most people, Defreitas stats arent eye-popping. But if you watch him closely, he can do amazing things.

On the season, Defreitas averaged six points and seven rebounds per game.

Offensively, I believe his game will get better and better, the Williston State coach said. His upside is huge.

Defreitas is a former member of TT national 19u team. He is joins an increasing number of overseas based players with TT heritage at division one collegiate level.

Others include 7-1 Rundell Mauge (Junior), University of Pacific, California; 7' Kyle Rowley (Junior), St Marys College, California; 6-9 Kadeem Jack (Freshman), Rutgers University, New Jersey; 6-8 Roland Roberts Jr. (Sophomore), St Joseph University, Philadelphia; 6-7 Kris Joseph ( Senior), Syracuse University, NY; 6-7 Ivan Aska (Senior), Murray State University, Kentucky; 6-3 Sam Mills (Sophomore), La Salle University, Philadelphia; 6-1 Joey Haywood (Senior), St Marys University, Nova Scotia, Canada; and 5-10 Jamal Fenton (Junior), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.



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  TURKEY   


Strange things in Olin Edrine - Galatasaray game, coach Mahmudi extremely upset and mentions resignation - by Eurobasket News
Round 29 of TBL was completed last night, but strange things happened in one of the games. Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket), Head Coach of Galatasaray and former HC of Benetton Treviso, mentioned about resignation despite there is only a week left in the TBL regular season. The coach was extremely upset due to very poor officiating in the game against Olin Edrine and stepped up to make his point known by everyone including the ones that are responsible for it. Galatasaray lost that game 76-75 on the road. In a season that has brought much success to Galatasaray so far, we will be following how the things will unfold and whether these events will end up with scandal during the Playoffs. As it is very unusual for a successful coach to talk about resignation, we tried to reach Oktay Mahmudi for comments, but he was unavailable. Galatasaray is currently the second ranked team in TBL with 22-7 record.

TBL: Round 29 review - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in TBL. There was no lack of interesting games this round. It ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Fourth ranked Efes Pilsen (21-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Besiktas (18-11) 86-83 on Saturday evening. Serbian guard Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) (191-78) nailed 18 points for the winning side and Erwin Dudley accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Besiktas in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Efes Pilsen maintains fourth place with 21-8 record. Besiktas at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Efes Pilsen will play against Olin Edirne (#7) at home in the next round. Besiktas will play against Mersin in Akdeniz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very exciting game took place in Edirne. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Galatasaray (22-7) to seventh ranked Olin Edirne (17-12) 76-75 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-75. Strangely Galatasaray outrebounded Olin Edirne 36-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Olin Edirne made 9 blocks. FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardjiski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) chipped in 18 points. American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Olin Edirne maintains seventh place with 17-12 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Banvit. Olin Edirne are looking forward to face higher ranked Efes Pilsen (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galatasaray will play at home against Antalya and is hoping to win this game.
TBL top team - Fenerbahce Ulker (26-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Mersin (10-19) in Istanbul 83-79. Fener already secured first place before the Playoffs. The best player for the winners was Emir Preldzic who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Nedim Yucel produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Fenerbahce Ulker have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-3 record. Loser Mersin dropped to the eleventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with Trabzonspor and Erdemir. Fenerbahce Ulker will meet Turk Telekom (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mersin will play against Besiktas in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Fifteenth-ranked Bornova (7-22) gave a tough game to third ranked Banvit (22-7). The visitors from Balikesir managed to secure only one-point victory 72-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Baris Ermis saved the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Banvit's coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Banvit. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Galatasaray. Bornova lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Banvit's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in Bursa which should be an easy win for them. Bornova will play on the road against Aliaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Antalya. Tenth ranked Tofas (12-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Antalya (13-16) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Ilkan Karaman stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners. Tofas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Tofas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Turk Telekom. Antalya lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Tofas will face Erdemir (#12) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Aliaga won against Trabzonspor on the opponent's court 84-80. Erdemir unfortunately lost to Karsiyaka in a home game 73-83. Turk Telekom managed to beat Oyak Renault on the road 76-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Jarvis Hayes of Aliaga.


Antalya - Tofas 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Antalya. Tenth ranked Tofas (12-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Antalya (13-16) 74-72 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antalya won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Ilkan Karaman (205-90) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and the former international guard Can Altintig (195-87) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Tofas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Bradley Buckman (203-84, college: Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Gerrod Henderson (192-78, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Tofas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Turk Telekom. Antalya lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Tofas will face Erdemir (#12) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Antalya: B.Buckman 28+11reb, G.Henderson 15+5reb+5ast, M.Guler 11+6reb+3ast, P.Kocaoglu 8+6reb, G.Gen 5+2reb+1ast, P.Christopher 5+3reb+2ast
Tofas: I.Karaman 20+4reb, J.Zuza 18+1reb+1ast, A.Nichols 11+2reb+4ast, T.Ruzic 8+8reb+2ast, C.Altintig 8+6reb+7ast, O.Orcun Gollu 5
gschID: 111303


Trabzonspor - Aliaga 80-84

There was a minor upset when 11th ranked Trabzonspor (10-19) was defeated at home by fourteenth ranked Aliaga (9-20) 84-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 31-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aliaga forced 19 Trabzonspor turnovers and had a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Trabzonspor was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia, agency: David Lee services) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners and Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aliaga maintains fourteenth place with 9-20 record. Newly promoted Trabzonspor keeps the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Aliaga will face Bornova (#15) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Trabzonspor: A.Karadeniz 21+8reb+1ast, I.Milosevic 18+1reb+3ast, I.Turel 12+1reb+3ast, D.Obasohan 11+7reb, A.Snow 8+5reb+1ast, H.Ozdemir 5+4reb+3ast
Aliaga: J.Hayes 33+6reb+1ast, Z.Zagorac 13+3reb, K.Kambala 12+7reb+4ast, B.Guney 10+6reb+5ast, M.Ufuk Kacar 6+1reb+4ast, E.Turetken 5+5reb
gschID: 111298


Fener.Ulker - Mersin 83-79

TBL top team - Fenerbahce Ulker (26-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Mersin (10-19) in Istanbul 83-79. Fener already secured first place before the Playoffs. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Bosnian-Slovenian forward Emir Preldzic (206-87, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lithuanian center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fenerbahce Ulker have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 26-3 record. Loser Mersin dropped to the eleventh position with 19 games lost. They share it with Trabzonspor and Erdemir. Fenerbahce Ulker will meet Turk Telekom (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mersin will play against Besiktas in Istanbul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mersin: A.Grundy 19+4reb+5ast, N.Yucel 17+10reb+2ast, A.Scales 16+3reb+3ast, V.Grier 16+6reb+2ast, N.Kommatos 7+2reb, M.Demir 4+5reb
Fener.Ulker: E.Preldzic 16+5reb+5ast, S.Jasikevicius 16+2reb+3ast, D.Lavrinovic 14+8reb+3ast, O.Savas 12+9reb+1ast, R.Ukic 9+2reb+4ast, E.Eroglu 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 111299


Erdemir - Karsiyaka 73-83

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Karsiyaka (20-9) defeated on the road 12th ranked Erdemir (10-19) 83-73 on Saturday. The game without a history. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Furkan Aldemir (205-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Birkan Batuk (197-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Five Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. The former international forward Erkan Veyseloglu (200-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 18 points and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points and 6 assists. Erdemir's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Karsiyaka. They maintain fifth place with 20-9 record. Loser Erdemir dropped to the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Karsiyaka will face Trabzonspor (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Erdemir will play against Tofas in Bursa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: E.Veyseloglu 18+3reb+3ast, A.Barbour 13+1reb+6ast, A.Erol 11+6reb+2ast, H.Demirel 9+1ast, J.Thomas 6+7reb+1ast, E.Beyaz 6+4reb
Karsiyaka: B.Batuk 15+2reb+5ast, S.Marshall 14+2reb+2ast, D.Holston 13+2reb+5ast, F.Aldemir 12+10reb+1ast, A.Saruhan 11+4reb+2ast, J.Stanojevic 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 111300


Oyak Renault - Turk Telekom 67-76

Not a big story in a game in Bursa where 16th ranked Oyak Renault (3-26) was defeated by ninth ranked Turk Telekom (12-17) 76-67 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But Oyak Renault won second period 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Gregory Stiemsma (211-85, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and the former international forward Yunus Cankaya (199-85) chipped in 17 points. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. Turk Telekom's coach Faruk Akagun used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard William Conroy (187-82, college: Washington) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Turk Telekom maintains ninth place with 12-17 record, which they share with Tofas. Oyak Renault lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Turk Telekom will face league's leader Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oyak Renault will play on the road against Banvit (#3) in Balikesir.
Top scorers:
Oyak Renault: J.Mays 19+8reb+1ast, W.Conroy 18+6reb+7ast, R.Allen 13+12reb+1ast, T.Onen 9+7reb, O.Sevinc 4+1reb, B.Sancar 2+3reb+4ast
Turk Telekom: Y.Cankaya 17+2reb+1ast, J.Randle 13+3reb, G.Stiemsma 12+11reb, M.Yagmur 12+5reb+1ast, K.Wesson 9+5reb+1ast, J.Jagla 5+1reb
gschID: 111301


Olin Edirne - Galatasaray 76-75

Very exciting game took place in Edirne. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Galatasaray (22-7) to seventh ranked Olin Edirne (17-12) 76-75 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-75. Strangely Galatasaray outrebounded Olin Edirne 36-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Olin Edirne made 9 blocks. FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardjiski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) chipped in 18 points. American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Olin Edirne maintains seventh place with 17-12 record. Galatasaray at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Banvit. Olin Edirne are looking forward to face higher ranked Efes Pilsen (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galatasaray will play at home against Antalya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: J.Johnson 12+3reb+4ast, E.Kurtoglu 11+1reb, J.Shipp 11+12reb+1ast, T.Acik 9+1reb+2ast, P.Shumpert 9+3reb+2ast, S.Sanli 6+2reb+1ast
Olin Edirne: R.Seibutis 18+3reb+1ast, P.Samardjiski 15+5reb+4ast, C.Ercan 8, E.Bibo 7+4reb, S.Doliboa 7+4reb+2ast, C.Akin 7+3reb+9ast
gschID: 111302


Bornova - Banvit 71-72

Fifteenth-ranked Bornova (7-22) gave a tough game to third ranked Banvit (22-7). The visitors from Balikesir managed to secure only one-point victory 72-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Bornova cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. The former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) saved the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Azerbaijan forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Banvit's coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Soner Senturk (194-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: Lanshire Group) added 18 points in the effort for Bornova. Four Bornova players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Banvit. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Galatasaray. Bornova lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Banvit's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in Bursa which should be an easy win for them. Bornova will play on the road against Aliaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bornova: A.Voskuil 18+4reb+3ast, S.Senturk 14+5reb+6ast, K.Ffriend 13+6reb, J.Sensley 13+7reb+2ast, U.Sonkol 5+1reb, R.Murat Kaya 5+2reb+4ast
Banvit: B.Ermis 18+4reb+5ast, C.Davis 11+10reb+1ast, B.Pacun 11+4reb, J.Dixon 9+4reb+2ast, V.Golubovic 8+5reb+1ast, K.Simmons 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 111296


Besiktas - Efes Pilsen 83-86

Important game to mention about took place in Istanbul. Fourth ranked Efes Pilsen (21-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Besiktas (18-11) 86-83 on Saturday evening. Besiktas was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 23-11 charge of Efes Pilsen, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian guard Igor Rakocevic (191-78) nailed 18 points for the winning side and American power forward Erwin Dudley (204-81, college: Alabama, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Serkan Erdogan (190-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively for Besiktas in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Efes Pilsen maintains fourth place with 21-8 record. Besiktas at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Efes Pilsen will play against Olin Edirne (#7) at home in the next round. Besiktas will play against Mersin in Akdeniz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: A.James Ogilvy 22+7reb, S.Erdogan 17+4reb+6ast, M.Ignerski 17+9reb+1ast, C.Erden 9+3reb+4ast, B.Yarangume 8+3reb, F.Likholitov 4+2reb
Efes Pilsen: I.Rakocevic 18+3reb+3ast, K.Tunceri 13+2reb+2ast, E.Arslan 12+1reb, E.Dudley 10+9reb+1ast, B.Nachbar 9+6reb+3ast, C.Akyol 7+4reb
gschID: 111297




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  UBA   


North All-Stars 109, South All-Stars 120: Davis and Barnes named co-MVP - by UBA media

By David Walls

MORROW (AP) The UBA All-Star game was one of the most entertaining events this season in US basketball. The game was played at the GIE Morrow Disciples home court and put on a great show for its home fans.

Geoff Harner (6'1''-G-83) was named the 3 point Shootout champ for 2011. He defeated a red hot Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) in the championship 15 to 14. It is a great honor, said Harner. I look to defend this award forever.

Jermaine 'Legend' Barnes was crowned UBA Slam Dunk Champion for 2011. He was the most impressive dunker showing creativity and charisma. Barnes defeated Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State) in the final round. It was a lot of fun, said Barnes. There is no way I should have beat Dominique Holmes but Ill take it.

Although Barnes put on a show in the dunk contest he re-injured his grown with his final dunk attempt of the finals. With the UBA All-Star game in Morrow, nothing was going to stop Barnes from a victory in this All-Star game, not on his home floor.

Shining brightest again among the stars, Barnes brought the gold home, scoring 19 points and tying a record with his three co-MVP award in the Southern Conference's 120-109 victory over the North on Saturday night. I dont agree with the vote, Lorenzo Davis (6'10''-C-82, college: Mountain St.) and Norman Plummer (6'7''-F-84, college: S.Indiana) played great games, said Barnes.

Lorenzo Davis was also named All-Star co-MVP. Davis was the most exciting player of the game with 5 show stopping dunks finishing the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. I would just like to thank God, said Davis. This is a great honor; I hope to finish the season the same.

Norman Plummer and Chris Miller-Williams (6'5''-F-87, college: W.Georgia) both chipped in 16 points and help carry the South to the win.


Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC) powered the North rally, finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Antonio Webb added 15 points in a losing effort.

UBA All-Star Stats:
South: Points
Davis 20
Barnes 19
Plummer 16
Miller Williams 16

South: Rebound
Dailey 14
Davis 10
Plummer 7

South: Assists
De La Cruz 7
Barnes 5
Belton 5

North: Points:
Tedric Hill- 20
Antonio Webb- 15
Terrence Woodyard- 13
Christian Sonier- 12

North: Rebounds:
Tedric Hill- 8
Terrence Woodyard- 6
Ephrem Davis- 6

North: Assists:
Antonio Webb- 6
Christian Sonier- 5
Terrence Woodyard- 3

For the UBA All-Star Boxscore please check link below:

http://stats.crezbasketball.net/games/details.aspx?game=2351&cs=&season






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Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 23-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 16-6 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 11-9 
 4. Aviastar 11-13 
 5. Dynamo DN 11-13 
 6. Pulsar 7-17 
 7. Kremen-KNU 7-17 
 8. Vinnitsky Zubry 6-16 
Places 9-13
 1. Koksokh-Stal 10-4 
 2. KTU Krivyi Rih 8-2 
 3. Striba 7-7 
 4. Sportlitsey 7-7 
 5. Ternopil 0-12 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.0 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.7 
 8. Coleman, Hoverla6.6 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 10. Hunter, Fe.6.5 
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. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 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. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 6. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 7. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.4 
 9. Burns, Fe.1.4 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


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  URUGUAY   


Nacional is the only unbeaten team for the Metro League - by Hector Lopez
Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) scored two points with 4.3 seconds and Nacional defeated Verdirrojo 79-78, after an overtime (70-70) to be the only unbeaten team for the Metro league, with a 5-0 record. Blankson completed 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. For Verdirrojo, with a 0-6 record, Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) scored 23 points and topok 12 rebounds. Larranaga suffered its first defeat for the season beaten by Yale 80-79. For the winner, Leandro Taboada (180-G-86) netted 26 points and Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) added 20 with 15 rebounds and 4 assists. For Larranaga, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) scored 15 points with 6 rebounds 1 block and 2 assists.



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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Suzy Batkovic signs with the Adelaide Lightning - by Eurobasket News
Two-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) has joined fellow Australian Opal Abby Bishop as the second marquee on-court signing of the suddenly revamped Adelaide Lightning.

The former Canberra centre comes to the Lightning after one injury interrupted season with the Capitals, which followed a dominant season with the Sydney Uni Flames in which Batkovic was the leagues leading scorer.

Batkovic said she is excited about the direction the Lightning program is headed.

Everything Vince (Marino) and Bucks (Head coach Peter Buckle) said sounded really positive,' Batkovic told Boti Nagy of the Adelaide Advertiser.

'They want to rebuild the program into the championship-winning side it used to be. Just the way Bucks has been talking - I want to be part of something like that.'

Along with newcomers Buckle and Bishop, Batkovic will be joined by Sydney Olympian and WNBL veteran Jo Hill, who has followed her coach from Townsville to Adelaide.

Hill is a five-time WNBL Champion who has played the last two years in Townsville, another player with a winning history.

They have been a great team in the past and have won many championships, so this will be a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it, Batkovic told Brett Keeble of her home town paper The Newcastle Herald.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Abby Bishop joins the Adelaide Lightning - by Eurobasket News
Australian Opal Abby Bishop (189-C-88) has signed on with the Adelaide Lightning for season 2011/12.

After a highly successful playing career as a member of the Canberra Capitals, Bishop spent last season with the Dandenong Rangers, averaging 15 points and 7 rebounds per game in helping them reach the finals. Bishop will now join newly appointed head coach Peter Buckle as two key pieces to rebuilding the struggling Lightning.

Originally from South Australia, Bishop told Boti Nagy of the Adelaide Advertiser that the chance to play in her home town under a talented coach like Peter Buckle had helped make her decision to change clubs easier.

'Having Bucks as a full-time coach was a great decision by (Lightning owner) Vince (Marino) and him being in Adelaide was a big factor for me,' Bishop told the Adelaide Advertiser.

I want to help the girls and the program get back on track after the past few years.'

Bishop believes her decision will provide an opportunity to help resurrect the struggling Lightning, who finished ninth last season behind only the AIS, as well as provide a platform to properly prepare for a tilt at making the Opals team for the London Olympics.

'I always followed Lightning growing up and feel like I'm finally home, after six years of playing WNBL,' Bishop told the Adelaide Advertiser.

'I'll be back in Adelaide in August, to do pre-season with the team. I've never done a pre-season before, due to other commitments, so I'm looking forward to that, too.'

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Rachael Flanagan re-signs with the Fire - by Eurobasket News
Two-time WNBL Defensive Player of the Year and Townsville Fire captain Rachael Flanagan (170-G-82) has re-signed for the 2011/12 season.

After fielding strong interest from a number of WNBL clubs, Flanagan decided to stay on with the Fire amidst their exciting rebuilding phase.

Flanagan caught up with Andrew Aloia of the Townsville Bulletin to discuss her motivations behind re-signing with the Fire.




ANDREW ALOIA: The burning question is what swayed you to stay in Townsville when there was interest coming from WNBL champions Bulleen and from your home city of Adelaide?

RACHAEL FLANAGAN: There are more than just a few reasons. I feel loyal to Townsville, it's where I've played a majority of my career. I really think Chris (Lucas) is going to be a good coach for a club trying to rebuild, and for me. And the rebuild is something I also want to be a part of. I have played here enough years to know how much support we have from the community and sponsors, and by staying I feel I can help things move ahead.

AA: How close did you come to leaving the Fire?

RF: It was touch-and-go, it was a tough call. I could have gone back to Adelaide to be with family. My sister has just had a second child and I felt like I was missing out on a lot. But when push came to shove, this is where my partner is, I've been here seven years and I see this as my home now. Then there was Bulleen. The coaching there is second to none and the people you play with are amazing, so there was a lot to toss around in my head.

AA: It's a hugely important season leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. How much harder did it make the decision with all the uncertainty surrounding the Fire?

RF: The Olympics are my goal and this year is huge for me. If it was any other year, I would have signed with the club straight away. Not knowing who would coach the club and who was going to play here made it a pretty big decision to stay. Some will still say I've taken a risk, not knowing what sort of team we are going to have. I'm the first one to sign, but Chris was really open and honest with me and spoke about what he wanted to do and shared his wish list of players with me, which I really appreciated because I can see where we are going.

AA: How important was Chris Lucas's appointment in keeping you at the Fire?

RF: I already have a bit of a relationship with him, having played for him in the under-18 South Australian team and coming through as a junior with the SASI program. He's worked under Carrie Graf for a couple of years now and would have learned a lot and has grown since he coached Adelaide four years ago. He's a good guy to relate to, he will be great with sponsors of the club and already I've seen him do a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure we have a competitive side on the court next season.

AA: Coach Lucas has labelled you as the face of Townsville basketball. What's it like to be held in such high esteem?

RF: Not since Rohanee Cox, Jenni Crouse and going further back to Natalie Porter and Gina Stevens, have I heard something like that, so to be held in the same regard as them is really flattering.

AA: On the subject of past player greats and Rohanee Cox, what do you think of the club's interest in persuading her to return?

RF: I'm very glad they are talking to her. I played with Roe for three years and everything about the way she plays basketball is positive. She's a brilliant athlete and if she can get back, not even at her top form, then we will take her. If she is ready to play and her head is in the right space, she'll be amazing.

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)




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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic takes exciting Game 2, now just one win away from seventh title - by Zeljko Zule
Thanks to five players in double figures Gospic CO took a big step towards securing their seventh Croatian championship title by defeating the Sibenik Jolly JBY 71-68 in Finals Game 2.
After Lyndsay Wilson made one free throw to make a score 68-70 with 13 seconds left, she missed the second and Sandra Mandir grabbed the crucial rebound for Gospic. Sena Pavetic (198-C-86) had 19 points and 5 rebounds, Sandr Mandir collected 17 points and 8 rebounds, Michell Maslowski finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, Maurita Reid posted 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and Jelena Ivezic grabbed 11 rebounds. For Sibenika, Luca Ivankovic had game-high 25 points and 7 rebounds, Lindsey Wilson scored 14 points and Andrijana Vasovic added 10 points.
Gospic CO-Sibenik Jolly JBS 71-68 (Ivezic 6, Mandir 17, Reid 11, Jurcevic 1, Badanjak 3, Pavetic 19, Maslowski 14 - Cakic 2, Lokas 4, Stampalija 4, Misura 9, Wilson 14, Vasovic 10, Ivankovic 25).
Game 3 will be played on Wednesday in Sibenik.



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Finals: AEL Limassol beat AEK Larnakas 72-59 and ties the series to 2-2 - by Chris Mammides
The home team, AEL Limassol beat AEK larnakas in their fourth in between game for the best of five series of this final stage with 72-59 and the two teams are heading all the way to Kition for the final of the finals, in the home team of AEK Larnakas, Kition.
The game as all the other games in the series was not a derby at all, as the hoem team with the trio Vukisevic, Maja Scekic (170-G-87) and Vezelovski beat quite easily the duet of Lloyd and Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) without facing any special issues.
For another game the Limassol funs saw no Cypriot palyer scoring as all the 72 points were scored by the five Serbs of the team while on the other hand, from AEK Larnakas team the majority of the points were scored by Lloyd and Katerina Zohnova.
The scorers for teh two teams were the following:
AEL: Vezelovski 16, Rous 12, Popovic 6, Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) 20, Maja Scekic 18
AEK: Katerina Zohnova 19, Merkouri 5, Koulla Nikodemou (170-G-86) 7, Lloyde 20, Athanasiou 2, Kancevic 6




Stavria Koniali officially in Panathinaikos for the next three years. - by Chris Mammides
One of the greatest transfers in the History of the Cyrpus Women's basketball took place earlier this week as the most talented Cypriot player the last two seasons, Stavria Koniali of Keravnos Strovolou got a transfer in one of the most historic clubs in Greece, Panathinaikos.
Stavria Koniali (170-G-93) took place in the trials with the Greens of Coach Giannis Gereoudakis and was very sucesfull as all the coaching team liked her and of course signed her immidiately. Stavria will continue her career for at least the next years in the Greek league as she will study parallel to her duties as a basketball player of Panathinaikos, in the Athens University. It is worth mentioend that Stavria is the first Cypriot player to play for Panathinaikos Women's team the last 35 years!
Stavria Koniali was voted as the most talented and improved player in the Cyprus league and also as the top performer in the U18 in the island.


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  GREECE - Women  


Stavria Koniali officially in Panathinaikos for the next three years. - by Chris Mammides
One of the greatest transfers in the History of the Cyrpus Women's basketball took place earlier this week as the most talented Cypriot player the last two seasons, Stavria Koniali of Keravnos Strovolou got a transfer in one of the most historic clubs in Greece, Panathinaikos.
Stavria Koniali (170-G-93) took place in the trials with the Greens of Coach Giannis Gereoudakis and was very sucesfull as all the coaching team liked her and of course signed her immidiately. Stavria will continue her career for at least the next years in the Greek league as she will study parallel to her duties as a basketball player of Panathinaikos, in the Athens University. It is worth mentioend that Stavria is the first Cypriot player to play for Panathinaikos Women's team the last 35 years!
Stavria Koniali was voted as the most talented and improved player in the Cyprus league and also as the top performer in the U18 in the island.


DASAL is the champion in the U20 league - by Chris Mammides
The team of DAS Ano Liosa won the the championship of the U20 in Greece. The team of Coach Giorgos Kavvouras and Assistant Coach Angelos Giannoulakis won the final and most crucial game against Halkida with 68-46 and won the championship. It is worth mentioned the great job that is taking place in the girls academies of DASAL as the team wins the title in Attica for sixth consecutive year while the Panhellenic title was won also in 2009.
The roster of the succesfull team is as follows:
Sophia Yiatzoglou (174-F-94) (23/4/1994) she is the doughter of Head Coach Steve Yiatzoglou
Jenny Markou (174-G-94) - 04/02/1994
Sophia Roumelioti (173-SF-94) - 01/05/1994
Agapi Savoulidou (180-PF/C-93) - 22/05/93
Tzina Voulgari (174-F) (174-PF-92) - 03/06/1992

Maria Christakopoulou (173-G-93) - 30/01/1993
Ria Pateraki (188-PF-93) - 28/12/1993
Aspasia Kalampakou (178-G-93) - 08/12/1993
Dimitra Kabouraki (164-PG-93) - 07/01/1993
Christina Navrozidou (176-SG-92) - 15/01/1992
Stefania Sideri (178-PG-94) - 28/11/1994
Georgia Antoni (173-SF-93) - 25/5/1993
Aggeliki Lyritsi (172-SF-93) - 05/01/1993
Katerina Apostolou (175-C-94) - 02/02/1994
Nikolina Ioannidou (174-SG-94) - 30/01/94




Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 22-0 
 2. FEA Neas 14-8 
 3. Aris 14-8 
 4. Panathinaikos 14-8 
 5. Panionios 13-9 
 6. Apollon 12-10 
 7. Esperides 12-10 
 8. DAS Ano Liosa 12-10 
 9. PAOK 10-12 
 10. Proteas 6-16 
 11. Olympiakos 3-19 
 12. Amarillida 0-22 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Diekirch League Round 1 of Finals. Musel Pikes earn the lead - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes - Etzella 78-50

Musel Pikes celebrated a confident victory in the opening game of the Diekirch League championship series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Musel Pikes forced 19 Etzella turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Musel Pikes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Musel Pikes made 7 blocks. American forward Christine Fisher (183-F-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Magaly Meynadier (170-91) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian forward Katie Donovan (183-82) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Lynn Schreiner (165-91) scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: C.Fisher 23+10reb+2ast, M.Meynadier 16+7reb+3ast, C.Cigrang 15+6reb+1ast, I.Mazjoukhina 8+10reb+2ast, S.Bertrand 7+1reb+1ast, L.Wilwert 6
Etzella: K.Donovan 20+8reb+4ast, L.Schreiner 16+2reb+1ast, C.Braquet 6+6reb, A.Neiertz 4+8reb, L.Hetting 2+6reb+1ast, N.Goedert 2+3reb
gschID: 127650




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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Greene, Pully30.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg27.2 
 3. Villarroel, Helios26.1 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.25.5 
 5. Diouf, Pully25.2 
 6. Bowman, Riva B.25.1 
 7. Sissoko, Helios23.3 
 8. Williams, Fribourg20.2 
 9. Yanni, Basel19.6 
 10. Klimowicz, Nyon19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariesa GREENE
  Pully
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Greene, Pully16.2 
 2. Trahan, Fribourg14.5 
 3. Sissoko, Helios12.2 
 4. Wilkins, Riva Bask.12.2 
 5. Hamlin, Highflyers11.3 
 6. Klimowicz, Nyon11.0 
 7. Bowman, Riva B.10.6 
 8. Edwards, Riva B.10.2 
 9. Griffith, Highflye.9.6 
 10. Skouby, Basel9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diouf, Pully6.0 
 2. Williams, Fribourg4.2 
 3. Dorestand, Highf.4.2 
 4. Villarroel, Helios4.1 
 5. Yanni, Basel3.8 
 6. Heckendorn, Basel3.5 
 7. Greene, Pully3.3 
 8. Gur, Nyon3.0 
 9. Sakica, Highflyers2.7 
 10. Annibale, Riva Ba.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Diouf, Pully4.3 
 2. Greene, Pully4.2 
 3. Villarroel, Helios4.1 
 4. Gur, Nyon4.0 
 5. Williams, Fribourg3.8 
 6. Sissoko, Helios3.4 
 7. Edwards, Riva B.3.3 
 8. Klimowicz, Nyon3.2 
 9. Jakab, Riva Basket3.1 
 10. Trahan, Fribourg3.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hillary KLIMOWICZ
  Nyon
  (191-F/C-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Klimowicz, Nyon4.7 
 2. Williams, Fribourg2.4 
 3. Bowman, Riva B.1.7 
 4. Edwards, Riva B.1.5 
 5. Skouby, Basel1.4 
 6. Greene, Pully1.3 
 7. Hamlin, Highflyers1.1 
 8. Favre, Nyon1.1 
 9. Trahan, Fribourg1.1 
 10. Yanni, Basel1.0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Olga MAZNICHENKO
  Tim-S.
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Maznichenko, Tim-S.19.7 
 2. Rastorgueva, Donb.19.4 
 3. Iagupova, Dnipr.19.0 
 4. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.18.7 
 5. Zarytska, Kozachka17.9 
 6. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.7 
 7. Markotenko, Frank.17.5 
 8. Rimarenko, Dynamo17.3 
 9. Suzyk, Frankivsk16.5 
 10. Alyoshkina, Orlan16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragana VUKOVIC
  Yuzhna P.
  (190-C-78)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.11.3 
 2. Ragin, Dynamo11.0 
 3. Alyoshkina, Orlan11.0 
 4. Rimarenko, Dynamo10.4 
 5. Zarytska, Kozachka10.4 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.9 
 7. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.9.1 
 8. Yaburova, Dnipr.8.6 
 9. Grishina, Lugans.8.4 
 10. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kimberly WILLIAMS
  Dnipr.
  (168-G-74)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Williams, Dnipr.5.7 
 2. Dubas, Frankivsk5.3 
 3. Siromatnikov., Yuz.5.3 
 4. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.7 
 5. Lapshynova, Polite.4.5 
 6. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf4.3 
 7. Panchenk-S., Koza.3.9 
 8. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.9 
 9. Voronova, Polite.3.5 
 10. Vukovic, Yuzhna3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.5.0 
 2. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.4 
 3. Markotenko, Frank.3.0 
 4. Williams, Dnipr.2.8 
 5. Polyanychka, Frank.2.7 
 6. Bondar, Dynamo2.7 
 7. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.5 
 8. Lubarskaya, Dynamo2.4 
 9. Panchenk-S., Koza.2.3 
 10. Bovykina, Dnipr.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tetiana SHABLYNSKA
  Polite.
  (191-C-74)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shablynska, Polite.2.2 
 2. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.9 
 3. Alyoshkina, Orlan1.8 
 4. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.7 
 5. Kisilova, Kozachka1.3 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.3 
 7. Berezinets, Tim-S.1.0 
 8. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.1.0 
 9. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.1.0 
 10. Annenkova, Donbas0.9 


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


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Latest transactions - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Mercury waived Lauren Ervin (6'3''-F-85, college: Arkansas).

The Connecticut Sun signed Tahnee Robinson (5'9''-G-88) to a training camp contract.

The Tulsa Shock signed Elizabeth Cambage (6'8''-C-91) to a training camp contract.

The Atlanta Dream signed Kelsey Bolte (6'1''-G-88) to a training camp contract.

The Connecticut Sun signed Adrienne Johnson (6'0''-F-89, agency: LBM Management) to a training camp contract.

The Los Angeles Sparks signed Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) to a training camp contract.

The Minnesota Lynx signed Kachine Alexander (5'9''-G-89, agency: LBM Management) to training camp contracts.

The New York Liberty signed Jessica Breland (6'3''-F-88), Sydney Colson, Alex Montgomery and Mekia Valentine to training camp contracts.

The Tulsa Shock signed Chastity Reed (6'1''-F-89) to a training camp contract.


Storm acquires Smith from Mystics in three-team trade - by Eurobasket News
The Storm acquired guard Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) and center Monroe Jacinta (6'4''-F/C-88, college: Florida St.) from the Washington Mystics in a three-team trade, the team announced Friday.

Jasmine Thomas, the Storm's first-round draft pick in the 2011 draft, was sent to the Mystics along with the Storms and the Indiana Fevers first-round picks in 2012. The Fever also acquired guard Erin Phillips (5'8''-G-85) from the Storm, along with a 2012 third-round pick.

Obviously we have some elite players on our team with Sue (Bird), Swin (Cash) and Lauren (Jackson) as well as some good young players coming up, Storm head coach Brian Agler said in a news release. Katie fits right into that group. She is the type of player and person who is going to give us quality depth and versatile lineups on the floor.

Smith, 36, previously played for Agler with the Columbus Quest of the ABL from 1996-98. The 5-foot-11 guard also won a WNBA title in 2006 with the Detroit Shock.

I am very excited to join Seattle, Smith said in a news release. Its a great team, in a great city, with outstanding fans. I have history and familiarity with the coaches and players.

Monroe, a 6-5 center, averaged 2.1 points and 0.9 rebounds as a rookie with the Mystics.

Courtesy of http://blog.seattlepi.com