EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/22/2011

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  ANGOLA   


Petro Luanda clinch Angolan League title - by Eurobasket News
Petro Luanda celebrated their 11th Angolan League title. They defeated Interclube 89:78 to claim the top position. Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) stepped up with 26 points to pace the charge. Interclube dominated in the first half. They established a 52:44 halftime lead. But Petro Luanda turned things around in the third frame. They erupted for 32 points to build a 12-point cushion. Petro Luanda stayed in front throughout the fourth quarter and clinched the decisive win at the end. Cedric Isom (188-G-84, college: E.Texas Baptist) provided 15 points, while Carlos Morais (190-G-85) finished with 13 in the victory. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) answered with 23 points for Interclube. Euclides Camacho (192-F-80) stepped up with 18 points in the loss.
In the meantime Libolo claimed a 95:94 win over 1 De Agosto. Milton Barros (184-G-84) erupted for 30 points to lead Libolo. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) contributed 19 points for the winners as they came back from a 9-point deficit at the final break to eke out victory at the end. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) answered with 18 points for 1 De Agosto. Armando Costa (192-G-83) accounted for 12 points in defeat.




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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


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


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Vladislav Dragojlovic joins Ittihad - by Eurobasket News
Ittihad are strengthening their roster prior to the start of Asia Club Championship. They added Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) to the squad. The 32-year-old Serbian centre started the season in Serbia. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 boards for Radnicki in Adriatic League. In November 2010 Vladislav Dragojlovic moved to Trabzonspor in Turkey. His stats read 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in TBL. Last season Vladislav Dragojlovic played in Russia. He tallied 9.2 points and 5.8 boards for Lokomotiv Kuban in EuroChallenge. In Russian League his stats came up to 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The centre also had spells in Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Serbia during his career. Vladislav Dragojlovic made it into Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL 2nd Team in 2009.
Ittihad will tip off their Asia Club Championship campaign on May 28. They face hosting Smart Gilas in preliminary Group A.



Chris Ayer will replace Nakiea Miller on KL Dragons roster in Manila - by Eurobasket News
KL Dragons made a change on their roster prior to the start of Asia Champions Cup in Manila. They added Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount) to the squad. The 27-year-old centre will replace injured Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona). Miller injured his toe and would miss at least three weeks. Chris Ayer started the season with the Rera Kamuy Hokkaido in JBL. He tallied 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In February the centre moved to D-League. Chris Ayer joined the Dakota Wizards and averaged 12.3 points, 5.6 boards and 1.4 blocks per appearance. Previously Chris Ayer played in D-League, Japan and IBL.
KL Dragons will tip off their Asia Champions Cup campaign against Smart Gilas of Philippines on May 29.



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  AUSTRALIA   


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


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


SBL: Cockburn too hot for Flames (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Cockburn Cougars strengthened their grip on their spot in the men's State Basketball League top two with a comfortable 79-52 victory against Rockingham Flames.

The Cougars' fourth win from their last five games and 11th from 14 matches this season ensured they would finish round 10 in at least second spot, while Rockingham's eighth loss from nine games dealt a serious blow to their finals hopes.

Veteran guard Grant Davey (185-G-79) set up Cockburn's win with 17 first-quarter points to help his side take a 32-11 lead at the first break and they were never challenged from there.

Davey finished with 26 points for the Cougars, while import Kent Tribbett (20 points and 11 rebounds) was the Flames' top performer.

Wanneroo Wolves consolidated their top four spot as they cruised to a 110-84 win over bottom side Southwest Slammers.

Perth Wildcats development player Greg Hire had 23 points while fellow big man John Vaudreuil added 21 to help Wanneroo to its third straight win.

The Wolves sit in third spot after winning their 10th game of the season, which sees them sit just behind top two sides Lakeside and Cockburn.

Nick Freer (198-G/F-85, college: Grand Valley St.) top-scored for the Slammers with 25 points, but his side is still without a win this season.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL




SBL: Lightning strike another blow for Buccs (Saturday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News
Lakeside Lightning consolidated top spot on the mens State Basketball League ladder with a dominant 102-73 win over Geraldton Buccaneers on Saturday.

The win is the Lightnings third straight, while Geraldton slumped to 13th spot with its fifth consecutive loss.

Lakeside led by 16 points at half-time before it took control of the match with a 24-12 third period.

Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) (34 points), Ben Beran (16) and Jarrad Prue (14 rebounds) were Lakesides leaders while Michael Lay (175-G-83, college: Concordia, OR) had 22 points for the Buccs', who appear likely to miss the top eight for only the second time.

East Perth Eagles ended Perry Lakes five-game winning streak with a 95-86 upset.

The sides were tied at the first two intervals, with Perry Lakes taking a two-point lead into the final quarter, before being outscored 18-7 to fall to the shock loss.

Wildcat Drew Williamson (194-G-83, college: Metro St.) (37 points) led the Eagles while Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) was the Hawks highest scorer with 27.

Wanneroo ensured they would remain in touch with Lakeside and Cockburn at the top after they handed Kalamunda a 101-80 defeat.

John Vaudreuil had 22 points and six rebounds and Greg Hire had 19 points added 18 rebounds.

Reigning premiers Willetton Tigers thumped South West Slammers 105-77.

Robert Kampman had a game-high 41 points for the Tigers, while Matt Knight added 22 points and seven rebounds in his return from holiday.

Perth Redbacks' disappointing form continued with a 101-95 loss to Mandurah Magic, who moved within one game of the top eight.

Goldfield Giants stayed within reach of the top four after they beat Stirling Senators 100-97.
Article by Ben Cameron
Courtesy of: SBL




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


A Bundesliga Finals: Gunners force decisive Game Five - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 4: Oberwart - Gmunden 78-67 (2-2)

Oberwart Gunners outplayed Gmunden 78-67 forcing decisive Game Five in the A Bundesliga Finals. The Gunners recovered from the home loss in third meeting and managed to beat their rival tonight with double-digit margin. Game Five is scheduled for Thursday and Gmunden will be the host.
The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-67. Oberwart Gunners dominated on the defensive end, holding Gmunden Swans to just 7 points in second quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Hannes Artner (185-84) fired 20 points for the winners. The former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) produced 31 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Top scorers:
Oberwart: H.Artner 20+2reb, K.Parker 18+2reb, D.Gonzalvez 14+3reb+1ast, B.Volcic 10+9reb+2ast, J.Dean Shaw 7+3reb+1ast, J.Johnson 5+11reb+1ast
Gmunden: I.Boylan 31+9reb+3ast, D.Oppland 8+7reb+2ast, P.Hutter 7, E.Murati 6+1reb+2ast, T.Stelzer 5, F.Schoeninger 4+2reb


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  BAHRAIN   


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


Muharraq and Issa town bag wins - by Yousef Ahmed
MUHARRAQ and Isa Town registered resounding victories last night as the Zain Bahrain Basketball League play-offs got underway at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam. Top seeds Muharraq steamrolled their way past an overmatched Nuwaidrat 119-63; while an inspired Isa Town stunned defending back-to-back champions Al Ahli 96-91.

The play-offs are comprised of six teams. They will play a single round-robin in order to determine the top four who will then feature in the Golden Square semi-finals.

Muharraq were the heavy favourites heading into their contest, facing a sixth-seeded Nuwaidrat side that was playing with a professional.

Bahraini guard Mohammed Abdulmajeed and American import Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) led the way for them in the win. Abdulmajeed was a man possessed in the perimeter, burying eight three-pointers in the contest to finish with a game-high 24 points. Clark, meanwhile, was his dominant self in the post. He had 21 points in just two-and-a-half quarters of work, while also grabbing six rebounds and registering three steals.

Mohammed Hakeem chipped in with 14 and Salem Mohammed had 13, and each of Muharraq's 12 players managed to get onto the score sheet.

With their lopsided victory, Muharraq sent out a stern warning to the rest of the play-off field, but head coach Walter Carvalho from Brazil refused to accept the tag of favourites.

'We have respect for all our opponents in this round of six; I believe that all the teams are at the same level, and each one of us has the capability of winning any particular game,' Carvalho told the GDN.

'It's going to be a very competitive round, and there are going to be many good games. Everybody's going to want to beat each other, and I hope that we can continue playing at the level we currently are.

'Our guys have a good frame of mind. They are all very mature, and they believe in one another. Many of them have won the league before, so they know what it will take to succeed at this point.'

Muharraq dominated their game from the opening tip. They led Nuwaidrat 35-21 after the first quarter, and then extended their advantage to 68-36 at the half. After three, they were ahead 96-49, scoring nearly double their opponents' points. They then cruised the rest of the way to the final buzzer.

Hassan Yousef scored 21 points to lead Nuwaidrat, while Jawad Abdulla had 17.

In Isa Town's surprising victory, the fifth seeds were the aggressors throughout the contest, and they did well to stave off a furious Ahli fightback in the fourth quarter.

Ebrahim Khabaaz was their star man, finishing with 29 points, but he had plenty of help from American professional Jamal Holden and Hassan Ramadan, who finished with 24 and 23 markers, respectively.

Isa Town led 45-38 at the half, and with four minutes to go in the third went up 67-50. But Ahli, who are second seeds, would not go down easily. They managed to get back to within three, 84-87, on a Lamond Murray triple, but would get no closer.

Hussain Shaker had 33 points in the loss, while former National Basketball Association veteran Murray was held to 16. Ahli lost high-scoring guard Maytham Jameel in the second half, after he banged his head on the hardwood following a violent fall.

The play-offs continue tonight with third seeds Manama taking on fourth-ranked Al Hala. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6pm.



Source GDN By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011




Gritty Manama crush Al Hala - by Yousef Ahmed


MANAMA trounced Al Hala 92-70 last night to register a winning start to their play-off campaign in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League, being played at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam.

American Darius Rice and Bahraini Bader Abdulla Malabes provided the one-two punch for the victors. They combined for 60 points, more than half of their team's output.

Rice led all scorers with 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field. The six-foot, 10-inch big man also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, while blocking two shots.

Bader, on the other hand, had a season-high 27 markers. He was an efficient 11-for-21 shooting, and he also had three steals.

Both Rice and Bader made five three-pointers apiece in the game, helping Manama connect on 15 baskets from beyond the arc. Hala only made five treys.

With the result, Manama joined Muharraq and Isa Town as victors in their opening fixtures of the six-team play-off round, which will feature a single round-robin. The top four move on to the Golden Square semi-finals.

'Everything is back to zero in this round of six, so we knew that we had to have this first game and get off on the right foot,' Bader told the GDN after yesterday's win.

'We knew that we could not afford to lose tonight as any of the teams still playing can make it into the semi-finals. We were extremely focused heading into tonight's contest, and I think we played well throughout the game.'

Manama, like many of the league's teams, have several key players missing from their current roster, including star forwards Mahmood Ghuloom and Mohammed Hassan, and guards Ahmed Abdulaziz and Hassan Nairouz.

Bader says that they are sorely missing their teammates, especially with chief tactician Ahmed Najat only recently taking up full head coaching duties, but he is confident in the squad they have moving forward.

'All our guys missing are big players, big names, and they are all crucial to our success,' Bader said.

Different

'We are still under the process of getting to be the best we can be. It's quite different now. We are relying heavily on our young guys, and I have to give it to them because they are really stepping up and helping us a lot.

'We hope that we can maintain this intensity we showed today against Hala in our next games, and move on to the final four. We are confident in our abilities, it's just a matter of going out there and getting the job done.'

Manama took a 24-20 lead at the end of the opening quarter, but they stepped it up in the second and extended their advantage to 52-38.

They continued their fine showing in the third quarter, moving further ahead 76-54, before cruising in the final canto to the well-deserved victory.

Ahmed Mutawa added a quiet 11 points for Manama, while Abdulmajeed Shahram and youngster Khalid each had six points.

American import Patrick Simpson had 18 points to pace Hala, who are coached by former national team head Saleh Al Haddad. It was, however, well below his average. Abdulla Al Khaja chipped in with 10 and Ahmed Malallah nine, while guards Ahmed Ali and Abbas Jawadi contributed eight apiece. The play-offs continue later this week.




Source GDN BY PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2011


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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.3 
 2. Black, Antwerp16.0 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.15.9 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende15.7 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.3 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar15.2 
 8. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 9. Miller, Leuven14.7 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.5 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.3 
 5. Randle, Gent7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 7. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.4 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Tofi, Leuven6.0 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.0 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.8 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Moors, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Burrell, Aalstar2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.5 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.4 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.7 
 7. Biggs, Antwerp1.7 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar0.9 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Van Den Spie., Oos.0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Pelle, Oostende0.5 


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  BOSNIA   


Playoff Finals, Game Two: Igokea celebrates on the road, ties the score to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 3: Siroki - Igokea 70-76

Igokea is the winner of Game Two. They handed 70-76 home loss to Siroki tonight tying the series to 1-1. Igokea failed at home in the first meeting, but they managed to forget that quickly and they returned a home court advantage again. Donnell Harvey (203-C-80, college: Florida) was a key player for the winners with double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 12 points and 6 boards, while Marko Djerasimovic (200-F/G-84) added 10 pts. For the hosts, Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) top-scored with 16 pts. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74, agency: Court Side) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) contributed with 13 pts and 5 assists. Third game is scheduled for Tuesday and Igokea will be the hosts. Game Four will be played next Sunday in Siroki. The series is best-of-five and Siroki is the defending champion.

Siroki: Zeljko Sakic 16, Ivan Grgat 14+6 boards, Vedran Morovic 13+5 as
Igokea: Donnell Harvey 17+14 boards, Mladen Pantic 12+6 boards, Marko Djerasimovic 10


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  BRAZIL   


BRB/Brasilia step closer to NBB title - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca - BRB/Brasilia 75:80

BRB/Brasilia secured the second straight win in NBB Finals. They held off top-ranked Vivo/Franca on the road to take 2-0 led in the best-of-five series. The defending champions will have a chance to sea the winning outcome in the series on Sunday in Game 3. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visitors to the victory.
BRB/Brasilia stepped in front in the opening quarter. The visitors ensured a four-point advantage at the first intermission. But Vivo/Franca reacted in the second frame. The hosts outgunned BRB/Brasilia for a 33:30 halftime lead. The hosts managed to stay in charge in the third quarter. Vivo/Franca entered the final period up by a single point 53:52 but could not capitalize. BRB/Brasilia poured in 28 points in the final quarter and escaped with a difficult win at the end. BRB/Brasilia outrebounded the home team 36:28 and forced Vivo/Franca to commit 29 fouls.
Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) accounted for 11 points for BRB/Brasilia. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) replied with 13 points for Vivo/Franca. Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) provided 11 points in the loss.

Vivo/Franca: Marcio Dornelles 13, Marques Lewis 11
BRB/Brasilia: Guilherme Giovannoni 34+10 boards, Arthur Luiz Belchior 11, Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) 9



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Basketball Team Preparing For CBC Tourney in Bahamas - by David Edole
The British Virgin Islands national basketball team is in its early stages of preparation for the first leg of the qualifying process for the regional basketball competition for the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

The national team will travel to Bahamas to play in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation's (CBC) 21st CBC Men's Championships from July 23-29 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau, Bahamas.

Vice-President of the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF), Roy Garraway told BVI Platinum News that a number of players have been called up to take part in regular practice sessions at the Multipurpose Complex in Road Town.

He said that the team currently trains under the watchful eye of national coach, Keith '88' Malone and Mr. Wade Smith, who has experience playing Division 1 basketball.

Garraway noted that the BVI is coming off one of the more successful CBC tournaments in years, by finishing second behind Jamaica when the tournament was held in the BVI in 2009.

'During that tournament we won off the strength of the home support. In the Bahamas, we will not have that much support so we will have to be better prepared mentally. Our guys have started training hard and the Federation is very pleased with the progress made so far,' Garraway stated.

He said that the Federation plans to charter a flight to the Bahamas that will take fans to the island to support the BVI team. Interested persons can contact the Federation at 541-0993 for further details.

This year's tournament will feature teams from Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

The men's tournament will be held under the patronage of Mychal 'Sweet Bells' Thompson, a former three-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, and will be divided into two zones.

Men's Zone A - Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana and Turks & Caicos.

Men's Zone B - British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and the Cayman Islands.

This will mark the first time in 10 years that the Bahamas has hosted the championships.

The Caribbean Basketball Confederation is a sub-zone of FIBA Americas, which is a zone of the International Basketball Federation, whose 212 members make it one of the largest group in the International Olympic Committee.

CBC is part of FIBA Americas, which has three sub-zones of North America, Central America and Caribbean and South America.

Within the sub zone of Central American and Caribbean, there are two sub-zones. Those two sub-zones are CONCABA, which represent some nine countries in the Caribbean and the CBC, which represents some 24 national federations from Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda and Jamaica in the north down to South America to include Guyana and Suriname.

Formerly known as the Caricom Basketball Confederation in 2000, the name was changed to the CBC with countries such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic joining the list of countries that make up the region.

Bahamas will also host the CBC's women tournament in August.



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  CANADA   


Volcanoes roll to seventh straight victory - by Eurobasket News
Andre Murray (188-G-87, college: Portland St.) scored 27 points, and Brian Morris (205-F-87, college: Humboldt St.) had 20 as the Vancouver Volcanoes defeated the West Coast Hotshots 136-122 in International Basketball League action Friday night at Clark Colleges OConnell Center.

The win was Vancouvers seventh in a row after a season-opening defeat.

The Volcanoes (7-1) led by as many as 25 points, and made 59 percent of their shots from the floor.

Two Volcanoes players had double-doubles. Devin Uskoski (198-C-85, college: Rocky Mountain) had 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Antwan Williams had 11 points and 12 assists.

Alexander Hartman (201-F-85, college: Concordia, OR) added 12 points for Vancouver.

Former University of Idaho player Rashaad Powell led the Hotshots (4-3) with 39 points and 12 rebounds.

The Volcanoes are home again on Sunday, taking on the Portland Chinooks at 7 p.m.




VANCOUVER VOLCANOES 136, WEST COAST HOTSHOTS 122

WEST COAST (4-3) Powell 13-26 9-10 39, Bradford 8-25 5-6 24, Johnson 3-11 0-0 9, Jones 2-5 1-2 6, Gillion 1-1 1-2 3, Adams 6-10 1-6 13, Manning 4-5 0-0 8, Possey 4-16 0-0 11, Moreland 3-8 2-4 9. Totals 44-107 19-30 122.

VANCOUVER (7-1) Lechtenberg 2-6 0-0 6, Bloodsaw 2-5 2-2 6, Williams 5-10 0-0 11, Hartman 5-11 1-1 12, White 1-3 0-0 2, Blackledge 4-9 0-0 11, Murray 9-13 6-6 27, Uskoski 6-10 6-6 18, Carlisle 4-7 0-0 8, Morris 9-15 2-3 20, Hopson 6-10 2-4 15. Totals 53-99 19-22 136.

West Coast 24 33 26 39122

Vancouver 37 24 29 36136

Courtesy of www.columbian.com




Energy bounce Bellingham - by Eurobasket News
The Edmonton Energy won their home-opener in style, putting together a 41-point swing in a come-from-behind, 129-107 victory over the Bellingham Slam on Friday.

But the home side came out of the gates looking more like they should be named the Drained.

Instead, thats exactly what the Bellingham Slam did on their way to a 19-point lead midway through the first quarter.

'They came out real hot, we weren't settled as far as our defensive assignments', said Energy head coach Skouson Harker. 'Guys got lost in transition a bit.'

But the guys reacted in a big-time professional way.

Spotting the Slam an 11-0 lead before Casey Crawford finally sunk their first basket, the Energy found some of their namesake to gain some ground and trail 35-21 after 12 minutes.

Pride became a factor for the Energy, who watched Slam post Lukas Henne throw down an alley-oop from teammate Morris Anderson for the second time in as many quarters to lead 48-29 with seven minutes left in the half.

Cue the comeback.

In the second quarter, we just absolutely picked them apart, said Harker. Thats how you want a professional team to react.

The momentum was motivated by a trio of technical fouls called on Bellingham brothers Jared and Jacob Stevenson (193-G-81, college: W.Washington) that saw the Energy pull within five points of the lead.

As soon as the Slams mouths got going, so too did the Edmonton shooters, with guards Curtis Nash and Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) combining for a string of 12 unanswered points.

The refs play a big part of that, too, said Brown, who led with 26 points. We came in knowing we werent going to get any (gimme) calls, and then the other team comes in running their mouths and talking. That kind of lights a fire under me, you know? So we kind of woke up late in the second half.

Edmonton post Troy Gottselig got into the mix, sinking a basket and tipping in a skewed Nash attempt to pull within one with four minutes to go in the half.

Brown would pull the Energy within one three more times, but would have to wait until the third quarter to take their first lead, 71-65, thanks to a seven-point run.

Once they got it, the Energy defence didnt relinquish anything unearned, while a pair of three-pointers from Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84, college: BYU) and Jeffrey Ferguson made for a 12-point lead that had the Slam scrambling for a timeout with five minutes to play in the third.

After regrouping, Bellingham rallied back to cut into their deficit as Edmonton took a 97-89 by last call for alcohol.

Another seven-point run to start the fourth quarter put the Energy ahead 104-89 before the Slam strung together eight of their own, trailing 104-97.

The one-upsmanship was complete with 12 more in a row from the Energy to lead 116-97 with four minutes to go.

Energy winger Andrew Parker and Crawford put exclamation points to end the game for the 402 in attendance with back-to-back slam dunks. Game 2 tips off Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Game 3 set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of www.edmontonsun.com


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  CBL   


Invasion spoil Wilmington's home opener - by Eurobasket News
In a Friday night game at a packed Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington, former Sea Dawg Charles Ward (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: St.Augustine) scored 21 points to lead the Cary Invasion to a 97 - 93 victory over the Wilmington Sea Dawgs. Jonathan Moore (6'8''-F/G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.C.Central) added18 points in the win for the Invasion.

The Invasion (4 - 0) took an early lead of 10 points in a very physical game and held it for much of the game. Wilmington made a run late in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to 2 points but ran out of the time in the comeback effort.

S. Threet scored 27 points in the losing effort for Wilmington (0 - 4).

The Invasion play next at home on May 22nd against the Fayetteville Crossover for 'AAU Night' at the Herbert Young Center in Cary. Tip time is set for 5:00 with the doors opening at 4:30.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


CEZ Basketball Nymburk advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk advanced to the Final sweeping the series over BK Decin. BK Prostejov meanwhile took 2-1 lead over BK Pardubice.



CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 78-65

The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. BK Decin managed to win fourth quarter 25-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 8 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Jakub Houska (206-82) added 11 points in the effort for BK Decin. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Nissim 13+2reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 13+1reb+2ast, L.Sokolovsky 12+6reb, C.Simmons 11+3reb+1ast, P.Benda 8+8reb+2ast, R.Necas 6+4reb+3ast
BK Decin: P.Houska 16+11reb+2ast, J.Houska 11+3reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 9+3reb+2ast, M.Soukup 7+4reb, W.Hatcher 7+5reb+2ast, L.Sanders 5+4reb+4ast


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BK Prostejov - BK Pardubice 90-86

BK Pardubice was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 26-18 charge of BK Prostejov, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) helped adding 13 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) with 26 points and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five BK Prostejov and four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 17+4ast, A.Slezas 15+4reb, J.Prasil 15+2reb, K.Landry 13+7reb+3ast, E.Lawrence 13+4reb+5ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 11+2reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: D.Wright 26+4reb+2ast, M.Arnold 17+4reb+1ast, J.Cernosek 13+7reb+3ast, Z.Pospisil 13+4ast, M.Hampton 6+1reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 4+4reb
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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin15.1 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.5 
 6. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 7. Veikalas, BK Prost.14.2 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.0 
 9. Kotas, USK Praha13.7 
 10. Field, BC Kolin13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbo.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.8.4 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava7.6 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.6 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.3 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 8. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.7 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.2 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Channels, Novy Jic.2.7 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.6 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 7. Landry, BK Prost.1.4 
 8. Channels, Novy Jic.1.4 
 9. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 10. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 2. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 5. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 6. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 9. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Pra.0.7 


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


DOMINICANS ABROAD: Wells Signs in Estonia - by Ozell Wells
Valga/CKE Inkasso has reached an agreement with Ozell Wells to take the reigns of the club over the next two seasons. Antti Vasar (195-F-79), club manager, said that several people nominated for the new head coach position, but Wells spoke in favor of the fact that, in addition to the Senior Men, he is also devoted to work with the young people in the club.
In a quote to Larva Valgamaalasele, coach Wells said that he has long wanted to serve as mentor to the team of Valga and closely watched the team's current status and results, and can only move upwards. Wells has in his career worked in many different countries, and also has served as several national teams' head coach. The Dominican coach has also worked with the Valga club in 2007, helping to take them to the famed Haarlem Basket Week in Holland and a thrilling tournament upset over the eventual Dutch Champion MyGuide Amsterdam.

courtesy of valgamaalane.ee


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  ESTONIA   


Valga/CKE Introduces New Coach - by Ozell Wells
Valga/CKE Inkasso has reached an agreement with Ozell Wells to take the reigns of the club over the next two seasons. Antti Vasar (195-F-79), club manager, said that several people nominated for the new head coach position, but Wells spoke in favor of the fact that, in addition to the Senior Men, he is also devoted to work with the young people in the club.
In a quote to Larva Valgamaalasele, coach Wells said that he has long wanted to serve as mentor to the team of Valga and closely watched the team's current status and results, and can only move upwards. Wells has in his career worked in many different countries, and also has served as several national teams head coach. The Dominican has also worked with the Valga club in 2007, helping to take them to the famed Haarlem Basket Week in Holland and a thrilling tournament upset over the eventual Dutch Champion MyGuide Amsterdam.

courtesy of valgamaalane


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Eldar Skamo stays at Kauhajoki - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish F Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) stays at Kauhajoki and has extended his contract with local Karhu to continue one more season 2011-12. Skamo will start his third season on Karhu roster. Skamo averaged last season 8,7 ppg - 3,3 rpg - 2,0 apg in 26:45 mpg and 46 contests. In Division 1. FoKoPo (Forssa) package is almost ready for coming season. Six Finnish players are signed and all three foreigner players as well. The very last signee is American Forward HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming). Coleman brings a lot of experience to FoKoPo as he has played in so many leagues and countries: IBA, USBL, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Israel and several seasons in Italy (Lega2). The last two stops are in Finland as Coleman was part of YMCA Lappeenranta roster 2008-09 and 2010-11. Last season Coleman averaged 15,0 ppg - 8,8 rpg in 35:23 mpg and 44 games.

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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.19.4 
 2. Jefferson, AS.19.1 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 4. Mejia, Cholet17.8 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.2 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.16.5 
 8. Shuler, Vichy16.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 10. King, Le Havre14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.3 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.2 
 5. Issa, Gravelines7.9 
 6. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.7 
 7. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Sene, Gravelines7.5 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. Woodside, Gravelin.5.6 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.5 
 6. King, Le Havre5.4 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.3 
 8. Walsh, AS.4.8 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Ebi, Limoges1.6 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 6. Sene, Gravelines1.2 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 10. Pasco, Strasbourg1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.1 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.9 
 3. Harris, Lille18.4 
 4. Rouse, Charleville16.8 
 5. Carter, Nanterre16.8 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.1 
 7. Davis, Le Portel16.0 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.5 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.2 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimp.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.6 
 3. Wyatte, Le Portel9.4 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Mathis, Maurienne8.9 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.1 
 9. Giles, Rouen8.0 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.8 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Patiejunas, Boulo.6.0 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.5 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 10. Craven, Dijon4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 4. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 6. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne2.1 
 8. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.1 
 9. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
 10. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 8. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 10. Ford, Clermont0.7 


Strasbourg hire Vincent Collet - by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg have finally decided on the name of their next head coach. They have agreed on terms of contract with Vincent Collet . The 47-year-old specialist will sign a two-year deal with the team in the upcoming days. He will be assisted by Pierre Tavano and Olivier Weissler. Vincent Collet started the season at the helm of ASVEL Basket. However he was axed back in November. It was his third straight season in Villeurbanne. Previously Vincent Collet worked with Le Mans for eight seasons. Vincent Collet guided French National Team at 2009 EuroBasket and 2010 World Championship in Turkey. Strasbourg will hold an official press-conference with Vincent Collet on May 27.


ProB Quarterfinals, second games: Fos Ouest and Dijon advance to Semis - by Eurobasket News
Fos Ouest and Dijon cruised past their rivals on the road tonight to win the series with 2-0. Fos Ouest handed 64-75 home loss to Evreux, while Dijon was too strong for Maurienne 72-78. Rouen and Le Portel tied the score at 1-1 against Boulgone and Nanterre. They will meet in decisive Game Three on Tuesday.



Evreux - Fos Ouest 64-75 (0-2)
Fos Ouest players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. Fos Ouest's coach Remi Giutta allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ludovic Chelle (185-83) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Evreux: D.Davis 16+7reb+1ast, B.Toffin 15+7reb, L.Chelle 11+8reb+4ast, P.Da Silva 8+3reb+6ast, D.Burke 8+7reb, T.Maizeroi 3+3reb
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 15+6reb+3ast, L.Cummard 15+8reb+3ast, Z.Bah 11+2reb+2ast, P.Haquet 10+6reb+3ast, A.Hamza 7, M.Dia 6+1reb+1ast


gschID: 128661


Boulogne - Rouen 98-110 (1-1)
The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. SO Maritime Boulogne managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SPO Rouen won last quarter 36-26. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SO Maritime Boulogne's 38 and made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 39-27 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. SPO Rouen looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Senegalese swingman Cheikhou Thioune (194-83) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Lithuanian-Slovenian guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) did not help to save the game for SO Maritime Boulogne. Forward Lamine Kante (199-87) added 22 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Five SPO Rouen and four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: L.Kante 22+2reb+5ast, T.Stanley 20+2reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 20+4reb+11ast, L.Milbourne 19+4reb+3ast, D.Monroe 9+8reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 3+6reb+1ast
Rouen: C.Thioune 25+10reb+1ast, W.Soliman 24+3reb+1ast, J.Siggers 20+6reb+2ast, P.Poupet 15+3reb+6ast, D.Williams 11+9reb+1ast, K.Reid 8+3reb+10ast
gschID: 128662


Le Portel - Nanterre 89-66 (1-1)
Le Portel outrebounded JSF Nanterre 46-23 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 assists. The other American import power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) contributed with 8 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Guard Marc Judith (192-87) replied with 14 points and 4 assists and center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) added 14 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: J.Passave-Ducteil 14+3reb+1ast, M.Judith 14+1reb+4ast, N.Carter 9+3reb, G.Pons 8+3reb+5ast, L.Akono 5+2reb, W.Daniels 4+2reb
Le Portel: A.Rowland 26+2reb+6ast, C.Davis 21+6reb+1ast, E.Choquet 14+5reb+5ast, J.Ludon 10+6reb, N.Wyatte 8+18reb+2ast, I.Sy 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128659


Maurienne - Dijon 72-78 (0-2)
Aix-Maurienne was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of JDA Dijon, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five JDA Dijon and four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 19+5reb, J.Mathis 17+11reb+1ast, D.Fergerson 14+1reb+2ast, E.Joldersma 10+7reb+4ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 8+3reb+2ast, J.Hoyaux 2
Dijon: J.Leloup 19+5reb+3ast, D.Melody 14+2reb+2ast, E.Craven 14+6reb+5ast, E.Bing 13+11reb+2ast, S.Dia 12+6reb+2ast, Z.Moss 4+3reb
gschID: 128660




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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. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Po.16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.5 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotni.15.4 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.14.7 
 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.8.4 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 4. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus7.8 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.7.7 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 8. Jelesijevic, Torus7.7 
 9. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce P.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.6 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.3.8 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotni.3.7 
 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. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 3. Blazevski, Rabotni.1.5 
 4. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 5. Lindsay, MZT S.1.5 
 6. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 7. Stojanovski, Feni1.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.1.4 
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. Simic, Rabotnicki1.0 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnic.1.0 
 7. Krstevski, Torus S.0.9 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.0.8 
 9. Avramovski, MZT S.0.8 
 10. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 


Superleague Finals: Rabotnicki takes Game Two against Feni, 91-77 (1-2) - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 2: Rabotnicki - Feni Indistrija 91-77 (1-2)

Second game of the Superleague Finals just finished. Rabotnicki handed 91-77 loss to Feni Industri coming to 1-2. The series will transfer to Kavadarci for Game Three. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday. It is important to mention that Feni started this series with 1-0 due to better score in regular season.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances) who scored 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: D.Mirakovski 28+3reb+5ast, T.Simic 22+9reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 16+1ast, P.Blazevski 8+6reb+3ast, M.Simonovski 8+5reb+1ast, V.Filipovic 6+2reb
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 14+12reb, D.Tasovski 12+1reb, D.Sokolov 12+4reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 11+6reb, J.Frye 6+2reb+2ast, O.Stojanovski 6+2reb+1ast


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU T.
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.8 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi21.1 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.19.2 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.18.1 
 5. Berishvili, TSU T.17.8 
 6. Panchulidze, TSU T.17.5 
 7. Dvalishvili, Samed.17.3 
 8. Tugushi, Army16.4 
 9. Tsekvava, Energy16.0 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samed.
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.2 
 2. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.7 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.9.6 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi9.4 
 5. Londaridze, TSU T.9.2 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.1 
 7. Imnadze, MIA T.8.9 
 8. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
 10. Beruashvili, GTU8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Beka TSIVTSIVADZE
  MIA T.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tsivtsivadze, MIA6.8 
 2. Gaprindashvi., TSU5.9 
 3. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.5 
 4. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.0 
 5. Tugushi, Army5.0 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.9 
 7. Didia, Kutaisi4.5 
 8. Harris, Sokhumi4.5 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Ener.4.4 
 10. Rogers, Samedicino4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU T.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy2.8 
 3. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Gulisabedash., Sam.2.2 
 6. Sanadze, Batumi2.1 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.1 
 8. Gaprindashvi., TSU2.0 
 9. Berishvili, Army2.0 
 10. Panchulidze, TSU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy R.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.2 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.5 
 3. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 4. Sharabidze, Army1.3 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Dvalishvili, Samed.1.2 
 8. Imnadze, MIA T.1.1 
 9. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Berishvili, TSU T.1.1 


TSU Tbilisi tied the Final series - by Eurobasket News
Army - TSU Tbilisi 60-64

Army Sport Klub was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of TSU, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TSU made 7 blocks. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) chipped in 6 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. TSU's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and center Vakhtang Minashvili (200-79) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Army: G.Sharabidze 20+10reb, V.Minashvili 14+7reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 12+3reb+2ast, B.Berishvili 4+1reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 4+3reb+3ast, K.Tugushi 3+6reb+3ast
TSU Tbilisi: R.Matiashvili 26+18reb+3ast, G.Gaprindashvili 12+2ast, M.Panchulidze 11+1reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 7+1reb+5ast, I.Londaridze 6+9reb+1ast, Z.Maisuradze 2+1reb
gschID: 128766




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  GERMANY   


Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Artland Dragons tie the Semifinal clashes - by Eurobasket News
Deutsche Bank Skyliners and Artland Dragons tie the Semifinal clashes agains ALBA and Brose Baskets respectively as the series head now to another cities. The third games are scheduled on May 25th.



ALBA - Dt.Bank SKY 72-80

ALBA Berlin was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 24-5 charge of Deutsche Bank Skyliners, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ALBA Berlin to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 assists. The other American import forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ALBA Berlin. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
ALBA: Y.Idbihi 17+6reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 13+1reb+2ast, T.Rochestie 13+5reb+4ast, D.Allen 9+3reb, I.McElroy 8+3reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 6+3reb+1ast
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 23+2reb+7ast, R.Powell 17+9reb+1ast, J.McKinney 14+3reb, M.Nolte 7+4reb, Q.Robertson 6+2reb+2ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 4+2ast


gschID: 128684


Art.Dragons - Brose Baskets 86-72

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Artland Dragons made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Artland Dragons outrebounded Brose Baskets 41-22 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Five Artland Dragons and four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 15+3reb+1ast, A.Gavel 13, B.Roberts 13+4ast, K.Hines 11+7reb+3ast, R.Terry 9+3reb, C.Jacobsen 4+4reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 24+7reb+5ast, N.Peavy 16+9reb+4ast, A.Hess 13+5reb, B.Bailey 12+1reb+3ast, D.Fenn 10+4reb+2ast, R.Boumtje 6+5reb
gschID: 128683




Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Wood, Dt.19.2 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.2 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, Ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 8. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 9. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Rochestie, ALBA4.3 
 8. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Ross, MBC1.5 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
 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. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 6. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Kashirov, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 


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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Marshall, PAOK16.8 
 2. Smith, Panellinios16.7 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.1 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.1 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos13.9 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.2 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.7 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.1 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.0 
 9. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.6 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP K.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiak.5.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.3 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pane.3.7 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Maro.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony GRUNDY
  AEK
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 2. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Anderson, Panionios1.7 
 5. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pane.1.7 
 8. Papamakarios, Pane.1.5 
 9. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos1.4 
 10. Petrovic-S., Irak.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 4. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 5. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 6. Bourousis, Olympia.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Dozier, PAOK0.8 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 10. Vougioukas, Pana.0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.6 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.17.4 
 3. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.9 
 4. Argyropoylos, Apol.16.6 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos16.5 
 6. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.0 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 8. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.15.3 
 10. Vardavas, Amynta.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimp.
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.9.6 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.9.2 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.8 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.1 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.5 
 6. Amato, Near East7.3 
 7. Vardavas, Amynta.7.0 
 8. Macheras, Pagrati7.0 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos6.9 
 10. Lolas, Pagrati6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefs.
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.7 
 2. Katsares, KAOD4.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas4.7 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.5 
 5. Makris, Olimpiada4.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.2 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.4.0 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.0 
 9. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.9 
 10. Rallis, Ermis Lag.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.4 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada1.9 
 3. Pettas, Koroivos1.9 
 4. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 6. Papadakis, Arkad.1.6 
 7. Pappas, Near East1.6 
 8. Nikou, Panelefs.1.5 
 9. Magounis, AGOR1.5 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollo.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.6 
 3. Kasabalis, AE.1.5 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD1.3 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 7. Amato, Near East0.7 
 8. Papachristos, Peri.0.7 
 9. Psathas, Apollon0.7 
 10. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 24-3 
 2. AGOR 18-9 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 18-9 
 4. Lavrio 17-10 
 5. Arkadikos 15-12 
 6. Apollon Patras 14-13 
 7. Panelefsiniakos 14-13 
 8. AEK/Argous 13-14 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 13-14 
 10. Olimpiada 12-15 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 12-15 
 12. Pagrati 10-17 
 13. Panerythraikos 10-17 
 14. Periko/Arhelaos 10-17 
 15. Koroivos 9-18 
 16. Near East 7-20 


A2 Round 27 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 27 most important game was a victory of Ikaroi Serron over 4th placed Lavrio 83-80 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ikaroi Serron made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) answered with 23 points for Lavrio. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ikaroi Serron have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with AGOR. Newly promoted Lavrio keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Ikaroi Serron is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lavrio will play on the road against Pagrati (#12) in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Lagadas. Eleventh ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best AGOR (18-9) 82-80 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a great evening for forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandros Panagiotopoulos helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) with 20 points and 5 rebounds. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Olimpiada. AGOR lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron. Ermis Lagkada will play against Koroivos (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AGOR will play against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Near East managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fifteenth-ranked Koroivos in Kesariani 95-92. It was an exceptional evening for Alkis Pappas who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 assists. Nikos Pettas came up with 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for Koroivos in the defeat. Near East maintains sixteenth place with 7-20 record. Newly promoted Koroivos keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Near East will meet higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play against Ermis Lagkada (#11) in Lagadas and hope to secure a win.
A2 top team - KAOD (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Arkadikos (15-12) in Arkadia 74-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arkadikos. The best player for the winners was Alexis Tsamatos who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. KAOD's next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play on the road against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno.
Important game to mention about took place in New Eritrea. Seventh ranked Apollon Patras (14-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Panerythraikos (10-17) 65-63 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a good game for Nikos Argyropoylos who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Apollon Patras moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Panerythraikos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Apollon Patras will face AEK/Argous (#8) at home in the next round. Panerythraikos will play against the league's leader KAOD (#1) in Dramas.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Periko/Arhelaos was beaten by AEK/Argous on the road 65-61. Panelefsiniakos was destroyed by Amyntas Dafnis on its own court 67-86. Pagrati unfortunately lost to Olimpiada in Patras 62-80.


Near East - Koroivos 95-92

Bottom-ranked Near East managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they edged fifteenth-ranked Koroivos in Kesariani 95-92. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-26 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Alkis Pappas (185-88, agency: FCM) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 assists. Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) accounted for 25 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) came up with 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and center Tasos Dimitriadis (201-82) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Koroivos in the defeat. Five Near East and four Koroivos players scored in double figures. Near East maintains sixteenth place with 7-20 record. Newly promoted Koroivos keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Near East will meet higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play against Ermis Lagkada (#11) in Lagadas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: N.Pettas 35+9reb, S.Tsabis 21+2reb+2ast, T.Dimitriadis 16+9reb+5ast, P.Kosanovic 13+7reb+1ast, V.Xiouras 5+4reb, T.Ifantis 2+4reb
Near East: M.Stanojevic 25+2reb+4ast, A.Pappas 23+4reb+5ast, F.Amato 13+6reb, A.Psaropoulos 13+8reb, N.Tsoutsos 10+5reb+2ast, A.Tolias 6+4reb
gschID: 98926


AEK/Argous - Periko/Arhelaos 65-61

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked AEK/Argous (13-14) beat at home 14th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (10-17) 65-61 on Saturday. However just four-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 the initial quarter 20-13. But Periko/Arhelaos won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK/Argous made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) answered with 13 points and forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Periko/Arhelaos. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AEK/Argous have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted AEK/Argous maintains eighth place with 13-14 record, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis. Periko/Arhelaos lost fifth consecutive game. Periko/Arhelaos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. AEK/Argous will face higher ranked Apollon Patras (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Panelefsiniakos (#7) in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: A.Sivorotka 14+2reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 13+3reb+3ast, K.Behlivanis 9+1reb+2ast, G.Papachristos 8+10reb, G.Maltesios 8+1reb+1ast, N.Tsouk 4+4reb
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 23+8reb+1ast, D.Lewis 14+6reb+1ast, G.Kopsaftis 13+2reb+2ast, D.Papantoniou 8+2reb+4ast, A.Raptis 7+6reb+2ast, P.Ekonomakis 0
gschID: 98922


Panelefsiniakos - Amyntas Dafnis 67-86

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-13) was smashed by ninth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (13-14) in Eleusina 86-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Amyntas Dafnis. Panelefsiniakos was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Amyntas Dafnis shot 34 for 47 from the free-throw line, while Panelefsiniakos only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Panelefsiniakos was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) answered with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Vagelis Balafas (190-85) added 10 points in the effort for Panelefsiniakos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with AEK/Argous. Panelefsiniakos lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face Olimpiada (#10) in Patras in the next round.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: T.Nikou 15+7reb+5ast, V.Balafas 10+3reb+2ast, A.Sigounas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Dioletis 8+5reb+1ast, V.Koukouravas 7, S.Manavopoulos 6+5reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 19+5reb+2ast, B.Samothrakis 16+1reb+2ast, L.Zoupas 10+5reb+5ast, C.Barbas 9+2reb+1ast, K.Boutros 9+2reb, S.Dorkofikis 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 98923


Olimpiada - Pagrati 80-62

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Olimpiada (12-15) won against 12th ranked Pagrati (10-17) in Patras 80-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpiada. Pagrati was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpiada dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Pagrati's 32. It was a good game for guard Nikos Makris (188-79) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Olimpiada players scored in double figures. Forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pagrati. Olimpiada maintains tenth place with 12-15 record, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Loser Pagrati keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Olimpiada will face higher ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#9) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pagrati will play at home against Lavrio.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 16+3reb+4ast, D.Lolas 15+9reb, N.Voulgaris 14+1reb, K.Macheras 7+3reb+1ast, C.Skouzis 3+2reb, G.Kotrotsios 3+3reb
Olimpiada: N.Makris 20+8reb+6ast, A.Koutroulias 20+11reb+3ast, K.Tsotsos 18+6reb+2ast, K.Aktipis 10+4reb+2ast, S.Veskoukis 10+4reb+4ast, D.Makris 2+1reb
gschID: 98924


Lavrio - Ikaroi Serron 80-83

Round 27 most important game was a victory of Ikaroi Serron over 4th placed Lavrio 83-80 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ikaroi Serron made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) answered with 23 points and guard Mourati Kousoulas (185-85) added 19 points in the effort for Lavrio. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ikaroi Serron have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with AGOR. Newly promoted Lavrio keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Ikaroi Serron is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lavrio will play on the road against Pagrati (#12) in Athens and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: Y.Kakiouzis 23+2reb+2ast, M.Kousoulas 19+2reb+2ast, P.Karvounis 10+2reb+6ast, M.Perrakis 8+6reb+2ast, K.Athanasopoulos 5+1ast, K.Sinnis 5+5reb+1ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 24+11reb+2ast, K.Totsios 12+9reb+3ast, G.Koukas 12+1reb+6ast, T.Topouzis 10+6reb+1ast, K.Pehlivanis 8, S.Kaberidis 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 98925


Panerythraikos - Apollon Patras 63-65

Important game to mention about took place in New Eritrea. Seventh ranked Apollon Patras (14-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Panerythraikos (10-17) 65-63 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Forward Tasos Kallianotis (193-83) answered with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Panerythraikos. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Apollon Patras moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Panerythraikos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Apollon Patras will face AEK/Argous (#8) at home in the next round. Panerythraikos will play against the league's leader KAOD (#1) in Dramas.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: T.Kallianotis 14+6reb+4ast, T.Straganiotis 10+4reb+4ast, A.Sizopoulos 9+1reb+3ast, G.Stamatis 8+3reb+1ast, N.Matzioris 6+3reb, M.Laksa 6+5reb+1ast
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 23+4reb+4ast, D.Pantelic 15+14reb, S.Daniil 8+4reb+3ast, G.Petropoulos 8+3reb, G.Lianos 6+9reb, Z.Milovic 3
gschID: 98919


Arkadikos - KAOD 56-74

A2 top team - KAOD (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Arkadikos (15-12) in Arkadia 74-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arkadikos. Arkadikos was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-24 second half run of KAOD. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Arkadikos to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Arkadikos' 28. They outrebounded Arkadikos 34-23 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Alexis Tsamatos (196-77, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Giorgos Mprozos who recorded 18 points and center Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. KAOD's next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play on the road against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: G.Mprozos 18+4reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 11+1reb, V.Giannoulakos 9+6reb, M.Papadakis 9+2ast, N.Kokkalis 6+4reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 2+2reb+1ast
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 18+5reb+4ast, A.Tsamatos 18+10reb, V.Margaritis 11+12reb+2ast, C.Choumas 10+2reb, N.Katsares 8+1reb+5ast, V.Kitsoulis 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98920


Ermis Lagkada - AGOR 82-80

Important game to mention about took place in Lagadas. Eleventh ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best AGOR (18-9) 82-80 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 31-16 AGOR's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-80 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Olimpiada. AGOR lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with nine games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron. Ermis Lagkada will play against Koroivos (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. AGOR will play against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Latovic 20+5reb+3ast, S.Magounis 17+6reb, G.Koumoulos 12+4ast, S.Grundberg 12+6reb+3ast, V.Sakellariou 6, T.Charismidis 6+3reb
Ermis Lagkada: A.Panagiotopoulos 18+3reb+1ast, N.Papakonstantinou 16+2ast, S.Nisiotis 13+9reb+3ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 11+6reb+4ast, N.Gamouras 10+2reb, D.Rallis 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98921




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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 Leiden15.5 
 4. Mills, Eiffel Towe.14.9 
 5. Tiedeman, Giants14.9 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants14.7 
 7. Laing, Magixx14.7 
 8. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 9. Adako, DeFriesland14.5 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterd.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.3 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.3 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.1 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.0 
 9. Jackson, Eiffel T.7.8 
 10. Blue, Giants7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel T.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.7 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 6. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.4 
 8. Williams, DeFriesl.3.3 
 9. Bostain, GasTerra3.2 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTe.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.2 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.2 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.1 
 5. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 6. McDermott, Magixx1.9 
 7. Williams, DeFriesl.1.9 
 8. Jackson, ZZ Leiden1.9 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra1.8 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  BS Weert
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 2. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.2 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 9. Hulzebos, Landste.0.8 
 10. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.8 


DBL Finals: Gas Terra Flames win, series tied at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 4: GasTerra - ZZ Leiden 85-73 (2-2)

Gas Terra Flames were too strong for ZZ Leiden tonight handing them 85-73 defeat. It means that the series is tied at 2-2 and teams will meet again tomorrow. This time ZZ Leiden will be the host. The format of DBL Finals is best-of-seven.
The game without a history. GasTerra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. GasTerra outrebounded ZZ Leiden 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by ZZ Leiden helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: 540 Sports) fired 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Arvin Slagter (190-85, agency: Court Side) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Four ZZ Leiden players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.

Top scorers:
GasTerra: M.Bauscher 21+2reb+3ast, J.Dourisseau 14+8reb+2ast, R.Bostain 11+3reb+1ast, J.Turek 9+8reb, M.Haryasz 8+5reb+2ast, S.Ross 7+5reb+1ast
ZZ Leiden: M.McGhee 18+4reb+1ast, A.Slagter 14+9reb+4ast, S.Boxley 13+3reb+1ast, T.Jackson 10+2reb+4ast, R.Bekkering 9+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 6+1reb

gschID: 128726




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IBL's Edmonton Energy come back from down 19 to beat Bellingham Slam - by Trask Frost
The Bellingham Slam went up 19 points early in the 2nd quarter but Edmonton finished the 2nd quarter thoroughly cutting the lead to 1 point- on their way to winning 129 to 107. The Edmonton comeback immediately followed a 2nd allyoop dunk by Lukas Henne. Curtis Nash and Quinnell Brown scored heavily in the comeback, finishing the game with 26 and 24 points in the victory for Edmonton. The two teams match up again tonight at the University of Alberta. For more information on the IBL, visit www.IBLhoopsonline.com. For the Edmonton Sun story on the game, visit http://www.edmontonsun.com/2011/05/21/energy-bounce-bellingham


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Zob Ahan 2-2 Mahram,Towzin 2-2 Petrochimi Everything is tied! - by Kazem Ghayem
Zob Ahan Esfahan 2-2 Mahram Tehran
such an exiting Match! the 4th Game of final held today in Esfahan and Zob Ahan Esfahan beat Mahram Tehran 73 - 71 in an exiting match that was full of Accident! Mahram Tehran started the game better and they was up till 8-0 score but after that zob ahan played well and 1st qurter finished 21-18 for Mahram Tehran. in 2nd quarter again mahram played better but not till the end and zob ahan decreased the diffrence again. in first half Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) was star player and scored 19 points. but in second half Zob ahan taked the lead by 10 points. at this moment coach Mehran Mehran Shahintab e was so angry and start to change the players,but it was not enough. Babak Nezafat (190-G/F-77) also start almost a fight. in 4th qurter Coach Mehran Shahintab decide to give the chance to Jaber Rouzbahani (227-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) to play against his ex team,but in a funny story his jersy was not same like the other teammates and refree did't let him to play! he was so angry also about this. in the rest of 4th quarter Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) played well for Mahram Tehran and decresed the difrence to 2 point. but the game finished at 73-71 for Zob Ahan Esfahan.

Towzin 2-2 Petrochimi
about this game i don't have much information but i heared the game was so close and both of teams taked the lead in many times! i will put more information about this game later.

by this results,Zob ahan have to play agains mahram in Tehran and Towzin also have to play in Mahshahr agains Petrochimi.


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  IRAQ   


Champville edge Karkh for fifth consecutive win in Abu Dhabi - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Karkh 96:73

Lebanese Champville stayed perfect at Arab Club Championship in Abu Dhabi. They breezed past Iraqi Karkh to improve at 5-0 record in preliminary Group B. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) knocked down 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 5 assists to lead the winners. Karkh slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
Karkh surprised Champville early in the game. The Iraqi team posted a 19:16 advantage after ten minutes of action. Karkh maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Karkh established a 42:38 halftime advantage. But Champville turned things around in the third frame. The Lebanese powerhouse exploded with 29 points in the period and surged ahead for a 9-point buffer into the final quarter. Champville gradually piled up a comfortable lead and raced to a cruising victory at the end. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) knocked down 22 points, while Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) had 21 points and 14 boards for Champville. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) responded with 24 points for Karkh. Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Iron Spears chipped in 11 points and collected 12 rebounds in defeat.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 29+10 boards, Jasmon Youngblood 22, Garnett Thompson 21+14 boards
Karkh: Chudney Gray 24, Norman Nolan 13+11 boards



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  ISRAEL   


Dwayne Mitchell - The Rose Buried Under the Concrete - by David Pick
'He is without a doubt an NBA player. If it wasn't for his injury he would have made the team, but if he wants to play in the league he should continue working hard,' said legendary NBA coach, Phil Jackson. To the surprise of many, these encouraging words were not intended for an NBA superstar or NBA player at all. Jackson's comment was directed at Maccabi Rishon's combo guard, Dwayne Mitchell, who suffered from being in the right place at the wrong time.

Mitchell, who last week was named a member of the Israeli league's All First Team and has undoubtedly led his organization to the Israeli BSL Final-Four, credits his achievement to his teammates ('I couldn't be this successful without Aaron, Ray, Zeke or any of my guys,') God ('God is great not just on Sunday, but everyday') and his coach, Effi Birnbaum ('He believed in me when others didn't, I had to pay him back on the court.')

Road to Glory

However, not everything was a walk in the park for the University of Louisiana graduate. Last season while playing in Israel, Mitchell suffered from off-court issues, interpersonal relationships with some of his team's professional staff and was marked as a trouble maker. Despite posting impressive averages of 16.1ppg and 4.4rpg, Mitchell asked to leave Hapoel Holon with just 15 games into the season, 'Whatever it is I'm doing, I always want to win. Unfortunately that wasn't the situation with Holon, and sadly, the coach didn't like me from the jump because of my style of play so I was left with no choice,' said Mitchell.

Due to his bad experience with Holon, Mitchell spent this past summer fighting a negative reputation, hoping that someone will give him the chance to showcase his talent, 'Holon said some bad things about me, like I was a bad player so teams didn't really want to touch me and that killed many of my offers.' From then on, Mitchell was only focused on two things, basketball and silencing his critics on the court.

How did your situation turn around in your favor?

'My agent contacted me with the offer from Rishon but I was hesitant at the beginning. I was told not to come here because we would be the worst team in the league. When I heard that, I was happy because it motivated me and gave me the opportunity to change what everybody thinks. Now I led what was supposed to be the worst team in the league to the Final-Four.'

Who told Rishon to take a risk and go for a 'problematic' Dwayne Mitchell?

'My assistant coach at Holon, Avner Yaor, spoke to coach Effi. When coach called me before the season he said every time he saw me play I played hard and with passion. He said that he spoke to our assistant coach and some other people who had nothing but good things to say about me.'

Final-Four

The 'Beast' is Mitchell's nickname which he picked up during his career due to his style of play which resembles a wild animal in the jungle. The American phenomenon has a very strong upper body, which allows him to absorb contact and to attempt acrobatic finishes at the rim while still in the air. The Beast had completed a superb personal season run while being ranked amongst the top 5 players in the Israeli league in efficiency, rebounding, minutes played and first at stealing. In the final quarter finals playoff series game against Bnei Hasharon, Mitchell recorded a stunning triple-double with 20 points, 13 reb' and 11 ass' on a night he would call 'A Lebron James night.' Mitchell's success did not go unnoticed as he was named a member of the Israeli league's All First Starting Team, finishing with the best averages in scoring (15.6ppg) and rebounding (7.4rpg) amongst the chosen five.

Mitchell's reward came in the form of information he received from his agent, saying that if Rishon were to make the Final-Four, Israeli and European power house Maccabi Tel-Aviv would give the athletic freak of nature a serious look for next season. Nevertheless, if Mitchell wants to qualify for the finals he will face off against the same Maccabi that is watching him.

Rishon lost to Maccabi four times this season, why would Tuesday's FF semi-finals be any different?

'It's basketball and on any given day anyone can win. I believe in our team because we have big and talented guards just like them and we create a lot of miss matches.'

What do you need to do in order to contain the Maccabi machine from pounding you again?

'Stop Jeremy Pargo. He likes to run and find the open man for a shot or dunk. If he can't get them good shots, than we have a good chance.'

What is your personal assignment for the game?

'I'm going to guard Pargo so I have to make sure I come out strong so my team can follow my lead. This week in practice I was very aggressive making sure we focus on every detail big and small.'

Mitchell for President or MVP

Tuesday will be an evening where the boys are separated from men and the season's MVP will be taken into consideration. Beating Maccabi would be the icing on the cake for Mitchell, who is eager to get the award knowing exactly who he would owe it to, American teammate Isaiah Swann who had formed a strong bond off the court with Mitchell, a fact that generated a remarkable chemistry on the parquet, 'Isaiah takes the attention off me sometimes which helps me get open shots and focus more on defense. Hands down 'Zeke' (Swann's nickname) is one of the best guards I've played with.'

How do your teammates feel about you wanting the MVP of the season award?

'They all know how badly I want to be named MVP and I couldn't have been this successful without any of them.'

Another guard who believes Mitchell is worthy of the season's most prestigious award is court rival Frank Robinson who played for Maccabi Haifa, 'He is probably the most athletic and talented guard that played in the league this year. He did a lot for his team and it shows because no one believed that Rishon would be in Final-Four. Dwayne was also the best player as far as statistics go and his accomplishments show he deserves the MVP award.' That said, we might be talking about the most physically impressive player in attendance that is not only extremely explosive, but is also incredibly strong.

The Future

While Rishon is attempting to secure a few key players for next season, Mitchell an undoubted Euroleague player, has had to turn his phone settings from loud to vibrate to silent, due to the amount of job offers he is getting for next season, three of which are from Euroleague teams.

Tuesday's semi-final's court rival, all Euroleague second team first point guard and one of the NBA's top prospects, Jeremy Pargo also complimented the 28 year old guard,
'Where do I start from? He knows how to play the game. He plays very hard, tough and he's gotta be the most athletic guard I've come across, which makes him a match problem.'

Mitchell himself has nothing but warm words to say about Maccabi's head coach David Blatt and high hopes of joining Pargo's back court, 'Blatt is an amazing coach. I love his style and system and how he allows you to be a role player and a star at the same time, but most importantly he focuses his team to play together all the time.'

Mitchell also drew compliments from his LA Lakers summer league head coach Chucky Brown, 'His biggest strength offensively is getting to the basket which he does at will because he is so strong and athletic.' Brown remembers how nothing was ever enough for Mitchell who always wanted perfection, 'He's very eager to learn. He really wanted to play the triangle system and you rarely find guys who like to. He would come and ask questions about where he should be on the floor and if what he's doing is right. He really wanted to play and I thought that was great to see.'

After Rishon had secured the final ticket to the FF, it was hard not to pay attention to the overly happy Mitchell, dancing to his hip-hop music throughout the gym's halls, waving his arms in the air releasing his frustration from the negative comments that were made about him, 'I never talk trash and I dont wish bad things on anyone. I only hope that the people who didnt believe in me and gave me a hard time were here now so I could see their faces.'



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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Federico TASSINARI
  Moncalieri
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Tassinari, Moncali.17.6 
 2. Evangelisti, Trapa.17.6 
 3. Musso, Perugia16.9 
 4. Ricciardi, Palestr.16.8 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta16.8 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.7 
 7. Vico, Matera16.0 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino15.9 
 9. Conte, Trento15.8 
 10. Benevelli, Trento15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.4 
 2. Rosignoli, Biscegl.9.8 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.4 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 5. Zambon, Rieti8.7 
 6. Chiaramello, Recan.8.6 
 7. Basei, Ostuni8.5 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 9. Soloperto, Latina7.9 
 10. Gaeta, Osimo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.7 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 6. Scarone, Piacenza3.7 
 7. Cantone, S.Antimo3.4 
 8. Passera, Piacenza3.4 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 10. Paparella, Potenza3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. De Nicolao, Castel.3.0 
 4. Gullo, Patti2.9 
 5. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 6. Bushati, Brescia2.7 
 7. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 8. Palombita, Castell.2.7 
 9. Musso, Perugia2.7 
 10. Valentini, S.Anti.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 6. Spippoli, Palestri.0.9 
 7. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Biligha, ASD Pavia0.9 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. White, Dinamo Sass.20.7 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.7 
 3. Rivers, CS Bologna17.1 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 5. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.8 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.0 
 7. Milic, Vanoli CR14.8 
 8. Szewczyk, Air AV14.6 
 9. Roberson, Enel B.14.6 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.4 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Davis, Banca Terc.8.2 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.2 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.7 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Skinner, Benetton.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Air AV6.9 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.3.9 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.3.8 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.6 
 9. Green, Bennet Can.3.5 
 10. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 2. Stonerook, Montep.2.7 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 4. Green, Air AV2.7 
 5. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 7. McCalebb, Montepa.2.5 
 8. Dasic, Lottomatica2.4 
 9. Hawkins, Armani MI2.4 
 10. Jaaber, Armani MI2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Eze, Armani MI1.5 
 3. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindi.1.2 
 5. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 9. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


SerieA Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Siena and Cantu register second victories - by Eurobasket News
Air AV - Benetton TV 87-68

Air Avellino rebounded after the starting loss and bruised Benetton in Game 2. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. Benetton Treviso was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino forced 23 Benetton Treviso turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) supported him with 16 points, 9 assists and 7 steals. Air Avellino's coach Francesco Vitucci allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points by American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Benetton Treviso. Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (194-88) added 7 points and 7 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Air AV: S.Szewczyk 34+10reb, T.Dean 17+3reb, M.Green 16+2reb+9ast, V.Spinelli 8+4reb+8ast, R.Casoli 5, D.Lauwers 5+4ast
Benetton TV: D.Smith 16+3reb, A.Gentile 9+4reb+2ast, S.Nicevic 8+3reb, D.Motiejunas 8+5reb, M.Bulleri 7+2reb, S.Markovic 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 128505


Bennet Cantu - Cimberio VA 67-64

Bennet Cantu recorded the second straight win over Cimberio Varese at home court. Cimberio Varese was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of Bennet Cantu, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Cimberio Varese turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) scored 24 points and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (202-82) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) scored 12 points. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 24+4reb+2ast, V.Micov 14+5reb+2ast, M.Leunen 11+3reb+1ast, B.Ortner 5+5reb+1ast, J.Tabu 4+1ast, M.Mian 4
Cimberio VA: K.Kangur 13+8reb+2ast, R.Slay 12+3reb+2ast, P.Goss 11+1reb+5ast, S.Serapinas 8+1reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 7+4reb+2ast, A.Righetti 6+1reb
gschID: 128506


Armani MI - Dinamo Sassari 73-63

Armani Jeans leveled things up in the series versus Dinamo Sassari. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Dinamo Sassari was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) notched 16 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Sassari. American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: S.Mancinelli 17+5reb+2ast, D.Hawkins 16+4reb+9ast, L.Greer 9+1reb+2ast, I.Jaaber 7+7reb+2ast, M.Rocca 5+7reb, O.Pecherov 5+3reb
Dinamo Sassari: V.Plisnic 18+11reb+2ast, J.White 16+5reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 11+3reb+1ast, O.Hunter 11+7reb, G.DeVecchi 5+1reb, D.Tsaldaris 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 128507


Montepaschi - CS Bologna 85-81

Montepaschi Siena are now 2-0 up on CS Bologna. It looked good early as CS Bologna took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Montepaschi Siena had a 22-14 second period charge getting the lead and CS Bologna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-85. Montepaschi Siena made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Strangely CS Bologna outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 39-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. CS Bologna was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) notched 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) supported him with 16 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) did not help to save the game for CS Bologna. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (193-88) added 15 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.Lester McCalebb 16+2reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+9reb+3ast, M.Carraretto 10+2reb, R.Kaukenas 10+1reb, D.Moss 10+1reb+4ast, P.Aradori 8+2reb
CS Bologna: J.Homan 19+11reb+1ast, P.Koponen 15+3reb+3ast, K.Rivers 15+3reb, D.Gailius 12+2reb+2ast, G.Poeta 11+5reb+4ast, V.Sanikidze 5+11reb+1ast
gschID: 128504




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  JAPAN   


Iwate Big Bulls name head coach - by Eurobasket News
BJ-League expansion team Iwate Big Bulls appointed head coach. His name is Vlasios Vlaikidis (agency: Promotex ). The Greek specialist previously worked with as assistant coach in Aris. He also worked under Zeljko Pavlicevic (agency: Interperformances ) in Panathinaikos in early 90s. Vlasios Vlaikidis (agency: Promotex ) worked as head coach of Strumica of FYR Macedonia.


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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 5 of Finals. Ventspils step away from the title - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Ventspils - VEF Riga 71-62

Ventspils earned the second straight win and surged ahead in the championship series versus VEF Riga. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But VEF Riga won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by VEF Riga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Maris Gulbis (202-85) chipped in 13 points. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) responded with 21 points and American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: A.Vairogs 15+6reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 13+4reb+1ast, B.Hunter 10+3reb+2ast, A.Berzins 10+3reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 8+6reb+3ast, T.Carter 6+3ast
VEF Riga: S.Valters 21+4reb+2ast, T.Cain 11+10reb+4ast, D.Bertans 7+4reb+2ast, K.Janicenoks 7+1reb+1ast, A.Selakovs 6+1reb+2ast, K.Berzins 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128693




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja15.8 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.8 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Peiners, LU14.8 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 6. Duselis, LU14.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Kaufmanis, Valmie.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga7.4 
 6. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.7 
 7. Hunter, Ventspils6.6 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Cavars, Barons6.1 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF R.
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Willjam, Barons4.2 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja3.9 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.9 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Carter, Ventspils3.2 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Bergmanis, Barons3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.8 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga1.6 
 6. Slisans, LU1.6 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 10. Rozitis, LU1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.3 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 6. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 7. Hunter, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Meiers, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.7 
 10. Aleksejevs, Liepa.0.7 


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  LEBANON   


Champville edge Karkh for fifth consecutive win in Abu Dhabi - by Eurobasket News
Champville - Karkh 96:73

Lebanese Champville stayed perfect at Arab Club Championship in Abu Dhabi. They breezed past Iraqi Karkh to improve at 5-0 record in preliminary Group B. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) knocked down 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 5 assists to lead the winners. Karkh slipped at 3-2 record after the loss.
Karkh surprised Champville early in the game. The Iraqi team posted a 19:16 advantage after ten minutes of action. Karkh maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Karkh established a 42:38 halftime advantage. But Champville turned things around in the third frame. The Lebanese powerhouse exploded with 29 points in the period and surged ahead for a 9-point buffer into the final quarter. Champville gradually piled up a comfortable lead and raced to a cruising victory at the end. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) knocked down 22 points, while Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) had 21 points and 14 boards for Champville. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) responded with 24 points for Karkh. Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) delivered 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Iron Spears chipped in 11 points and collected 12 rebounds in defeat.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 29+10 boards, Jasmon Youngblood 22, Garnett Thompson 21+14 boards
Karkh: Chudney Gray 24, Norman Nolan 13+11 boards



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Big changes are coming in Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas will probably seriously change their roster in the new season. The team lost both in Baltic League semifinals and LKL Finals this season and would look to improve on their performance in the upcoming year.
The Vilnius powerhouse will reportedly part ways with Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket), D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland), Cemal Nalga (213-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81). Milko Bjelica joined the team back in 2008. Last season the Serbian centre tallied 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in BBL. In VTB League his stats read 11.6 points, 4.1 boards and 1.6 assists. In Euroleague the player notched 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, while in LKL Milko Bjelica posted 10.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.
D.J. Strawberry arrived in Lithuanian in January. The guard provided 6.6 points and 2.8 assists in Euroleague. In LKL his stats came up to 7.0 points and 2.7 assists, while in BBL D.J. Strawberry had 3.0 points and 2.0 assists per appearance.
Cemal Nalga spent the first season with Lietuvos Rytas. He averaged 1.7 points in BBL, 3.9 points in VTB League, 5.6 points in Euroleague and 2.8 points per game in LKL.
Kenan Bajramovic had a solid season with Lietuvos Rytas. He scored 17.3 points in BBL. In Euroleague his stats read 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds for the team. In LKL the Bosnian forward banked 12.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per appearance.



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White's 46-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Davin White (186-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Cananea and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
He had the game-high 46 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Cananea in his team's victory, helping them to beat Los Mochis (#10, 4-33) 118-110. It allowed Cananea to consolidate first place in the Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cananea has a very solid 28-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cal State - Northridge graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.2ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.1apg) and averages solid 1.4bpg,2.1spg and 62.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Richard Roby (198-G-85) of Guaymas. He is American guard in his first season at Guaymas. In the last game Roby recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Guaymas to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Guasave (#4, 22-15) 134-94. Guaymas' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Roby is one of the most experienced players at Guaymas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Cananea's star - forward Brandon Brown (201-F-85). Brown scored 29 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Cananea, helping his team with a 118-110 win against the lower-ranked Los Mochis (#10, 4-33). Cananea confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 28 victories and 9 lost games. Brown has a great season in Mexico. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.7ppg (5th best), rebounds with 11.2rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 1.1apg (8th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 63.1%. Brown attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) of Guasave - 52 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of Culiacan - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Craig Winder (188-G-84) of Guaymas - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Mexicali - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86) of Mexicali - 22 points and 13 rebounds
9. Detrick White (184-G-76) of Los Mochis - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


CIBACOPA Round 37: Caballeros de Culiacan beats Tijuana Zonkeys by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in CIBACOPA.

Eighth-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-22) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (27-10) on Friday. The visitors from Culiacan managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Caballeros de Culiacan made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 12 blocks. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Tijuana Zonkeys. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 27-10 record behind leader Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against the league's second-placed Caballeros de Culiacan (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (28-9) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (4-33) 118-110. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up and scored 46 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Brandon Brown chipped in 29 points and 15 rebounds. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. They maintain first place with 28-9 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 33 lost games. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Guaymas supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Frayles de Guasave (22-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (20-17). Ostioneros de Guaymas smashed Frayles de Guasave 134-94 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. Richard Roby nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kevin Sowell came up with 52 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fifth place with 20-17 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 37 Nogales was beaten by Hermosillo on the road 100-82. Mexicali won against Tepic on its own court 105-88.



Tijuana - Culiacan 75-77

Eighth-ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (15-22) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (27-10) on Friday. The visitors from Culiacan managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Caballeros de Culiacan made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 12 blocks. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) added 21 points in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 27-10 record behind leader Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tijuana Zonkeys will play again at home against the league's second-placed Caballeros de Culiacan (#2) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: M.Moore 28+9reb+5ast, A.Henning 18+7reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 17+1reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 6+2reb+2ast, D.Meza Rogel 4+3reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 2+2reb
Tijuana: C.Tate 21+2reb+2ast, T.Gabbidon 20+6reb+2ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 10+4reb+1ast, J.Watson 9+7reb+5ast, G.Lira 8+4reb+3ast, N.Velasquez 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 128574


Hermosillo - Nogales 100-82

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (26-11) beat at home 6th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (19-18) 100-82 on Friday. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 38. They outrebounded Fuerza Guinda Nogales 40-28 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 9 blocks. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) nailed 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Brandon Heredia (180-85, college: Lon Morris JC) came up with 18 points and 6 assists and American forward Antoine Broxsie (209-79, college: Oklahoma St.) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rayos de Hermosillo. They maintain third place with 26-11 record having just two points less than leader Cananea. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again meet at home Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6) in the next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: L.Wade 22+5reb+3ast, M.Gray 18+8reb+2ast, J.Lopez 15+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Esteva 13+3reb, J.Durazo 11+2reb, E.Medina 9+3reb+3ast
Nogales: B.Heredia 18+3reb+6ast, H.Rivera 12+3reb+2ast, A.Broxsie 12+10reb, J.Mercado 12+4reb+1ast, J.Walker 11+2reb, N.Brown 8+3reb
gschID: 128571


Los Mochis - Cananea 110-118

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (28-9) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (4-33) 118-110. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-24 Pioneros Los Mochis' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 118-110 at the end of the game. Mineros de Cananea dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 44. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up and scored 46 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) chipped in 29 points and 15 rebounds. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mineros de Cananea's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international swingman Raymundo Castillo (197-82, college: UTPA) scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. They maintain first place with 28-9 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 33 lost games. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 46+6reb+7ast, B.Brown 29+15reb+2ast, D.Thomas 21+7reb+5ast, O.Zuniga 7+1reb+1ast, C.Uribe 4+2reb, I.Gutierrez 4+3reb+2ast
Los Mochis: R.Castillo 34+5reb+3ast, J.Estrada 24+1reb, D.White 23+11reb+9ast, E.Hare 17+7reb+1ast, A.Araujo 6+6reb+2ast, A.Verdugo 4+2reb
gschID: 128572


Mexicali - Tepic 105-88

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (7-30) lost on the road to seventh ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (17-20) 105-88 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bomberos de Mexicali dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 38 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 50-31 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bomberos de Mexicali made 11 blocks. American players dominated also this game. Guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) nailed 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks for the winning side and center Scott VanderMeer (213-86, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 22 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 22 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Coras de Tepic in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bomberos de Mexicali maintains seventh place with 17-20 record. Coras de Tepic lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 30 games lost. Bomberos de Mexicali will again meet at home Coras de Tepic (#9) in the next round. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: M.Gale 28+9reb+7ast, S.VanderMeer 22+13reb, J.Penny 21+9reb+2ast, R.Lopez 18+6reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 6+5reb+3ast, A.Gonzalez 5+4reb
Tepic: C.Brown 28+6reb+2ast, I.Brown 22+12reb+1ast, J.Parker 17+3reb+1ast, J.Pablo Bravo 14+2reb+2ast, C.Estrada 4+5reb+4ast, H.Torres 3+3reb
gschID: 128573


Guaymas - Guasave 134-94

The game in Guaymas supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Frayles de Guasave (22-15) played at the court of fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (20-17). Ostioneros de Guaymas smashed Frayles de Guasave 134-94 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Frayles de Guasave. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Frayles de Guasave managed to win second period 32-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 96 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 46. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 42-20 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Frayles de Guasave's players. American guard Richard Roby (198-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) accounted for 28 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) came up with 52 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and guard Jorge Acosta (190-79) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for Frayles de Guasave in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fifth place with 20-17 record. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the fourth position with 15 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again meet at home higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: C.Winder 28+7reb+9ast, R.Roby 27+12reb+5ast, R.Benitez 21+4reb+3ast, F.Benitez 16+6reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 11+2ast, J.Luis Bucio 8+3reb+3ast
Guasave: K.Sowell 52+6reb+3ast, J.Acosta 18+2reb+5ast, F.Sanchez 11+1ast, F.Bojorquez 6+5reb+1ast, B.Castro 5+4reb, O.Gonzalez 2+3reb
gschID: 128570




CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 34.3
 1. Sowell, Guasave34.3 
 2. White, Cananea28.2 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Gale, Mexicali27.1 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.7 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis24.3 
 8. Brown, Tepic23.8 
 9. Moore, Culiacan23.7 
 10. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Cananea
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Brown, Cananea11.2 
 2. Moss, Nogales10.2 
 3. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 4. Broxsie, Nogales9.7 
 5. Brown, Tepic9.6 
 6. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 8. Thomas, Hermosillo8.1 
 9. Gabbidon, Tijuana8.1 
 10. Rougeau, Culiacan7.9 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Funn, Guasave8.9 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.6 
 4. White, Cananea5.1 
 5. Thomas, Hermosillo4.7 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas4.7 
 7. Brown, Tepic4.3 
 8. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 10. Sowell, Guasave3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus MOORE
  Culiacan
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moore, Culiacan2.3 
 2. White, Cananea2.1 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.8 
 4. Rougeau, Culiacan1.7 
 5. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 6. White, Los Mochis1.6 
 7. Sowell, Guasave1.6 
 8. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 9. Gale, Mexicali1.5 
 10. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sowell, Guasave3.3 
 2. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.8 
 4. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 5. Thomas, Hermosillo2.3 
 6. Funn, Guasave2.2 
 7. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 8. White, Los Mochis2.1 
 9. Brown, Nogales2.1 
 10. Brown, Tepic2.1 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 28-9 
 2. Culiacan 27-10 
 3. Hermosillo 26-11 
 4. Guasave 22-15 
 5. Guaymas 20-17 
 6. Nogales 19-18 
 7. Mexicali 17-20 
 8. Tijuana 15-22 
 9. Tepic 7-30 
 10. Los Mochis 4-33 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost one step away from titles - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Club Buducnost form Podgorica is on the brink of winning five doubles in the independent state - 'blue' in the second match of the final series of the playoffs beat Mornar 85:72. The third match played on Sunday in Podgorica.Buducnost in Bar, in the second match of the finals, defeated Mornar 85:72 (21:18, 22:17, 25:18 and 17:21).

Mornar - Buducnost 72:85 (18:21, 17:22, 16:25, 21:17)
Bar - Hall Topolica. Attendance: 1,500. Judges: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Dragojevic, Koljensic (Podgorica).
Mornar : Pesic 2, Damjanovic 3, Sarajlija 3, Radovic 19, Miljkovic, Nikola Ljuic (192-G-91) 8, Jelenic 12, Lekovic, Gagic 10, Vujosevic 4, Ivanovic 11,Kuveljic.
Buducnost : Mihailovic 11, M. 2 Popovic, Aleksa Popovic (201-G/F-87) 11, Filip Barovic (205-F-90) 2, Otasevic 8, Simonovic 18, Kadzulis 11, Dubljevic 11, Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) 2, Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) 4, Nesovic, Milosevic 5



Mihajlo Pavicevic pubish 24 names for MNE U20 NT - by Dragan Scepanovic
On the list of youth NT team , head coach Mihajlo Pavicevic publish names of 24 players who will be prepared for the European championship in Spain, which is scheduled from 14 to 24 July.

1. Nikola Ivanovic Mornar Bar
2. Andrej Pajovic USA
3. Nikola Rakocevic Spain
4. Miroslav Damjanovic Mornar Bar
5. Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) Buducnost
6. Aleksandar Dobrovic USA
7. Armin Kalic Roaje
8. Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) Mornar Bar
9. Ognjen Scepanovic (196-G-91) Univerzitet Mediteran
10. Milos Kuveljic Sutjeska
11. Stevan Lazovic (186-G-91) Teodo
12. Nemanja Grabovica Danilovgrad
13. Danilo Mihailovic Ulcinj
14. Jaksa Vulevic Mornar Bar
15. Nemanja Radovic Mornar Bar
16. Marko Todorovic Spain
17. Radosav Spasojevic Austria
18. Marko Perovic Podgorica
19. Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92) USA
20. Bojan Dubljevic Buducnost
21. Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) USA
22. Mihailo Sekulovic Mornar Bar
23. Pavle Raickovic USA
24. Marko Loncovic (200-F-91) Spain


MNE U18 : Miodrag Kadija publish list of players who will do the preparations - by Dragan Scepanovic
National junior team selector Miodrag Kadija a broader list of players who will do the preparations for the European Championship division B in Bulgaria (July 21 to 31) has listed 24 players.

1. Danilo Nikolic Buducnost
2. Marko Mugosa Buducnost
3. Nemanja Gavranic Buducnost
4. Damjan Sredanovic (94) Buducnost
5. Nikola Ivanovic Mornar
6. Mihailo Kasalica Mornar
7. Dusan Perovic Mornar
8. Vukota Pavic Mornar
9. Milija Mikovic Mornar
10. Armin Nisic Podgorica
11. Nikola Zizic Podgorica
12. Vasilije Vusovic Podgorica
13. Milo Pajovic Podgorica
14. Milos Latkovic (94) Lovcen
15. Vlado Koprivica Lovcen
16. Masan Vrbica Cetinje
17. Petar Kusovac Cetinje
18. Ivan Fatic Mogren
19. Nenad Vukovic Centar
20. Filip Knezevic Centar
21. Vladimir Mrdak Danilovgrad
22. Vladimir Kovacevic ABS Primorje
23. Filip Zarubica Sutjeska
24. Dimitrije Soc Joker


MNE U16 : Djordjije Pavicevic announced roster of 25 players - by Dragan Scepanovic
Cadet team of 28 July to 7 August will participate at the European Championships in the Czech Republic, and coach Djordjije Pavicevic announced expanding roster of 25 players.

1. Luka Savic As
2. Luka Djurovic Podgorica
3. Predrag Mijatovic Podgorica
4. Milovan Draskovic Podgorica
5. Stefan Ljubenkovic Podgorica
6. Lazar Vukcevic Podgorica
7. Vaso Milovic Boys
8. Petar Saric Pro Basket
9. Gojko Ercegovic Pro Basket
10. Stefan Kasalica Pro Basket
11. Miljan Radovic Mornar
12. Lazar Pavicevic Mornar
13. Vasilije Knezevic Rudar
14. Marko Jovanovic Sutjeska
15. Stanko Latkovic Cetinje
16. Nikola Agramovic Bonus
17. Zoran Nikolic Anagastum
18. Aleksandar Dozic Buducnost
19. Petar Dubljevic Buducnost
20. Aleksandar Novosel Buducnost
21. Nemanja Sekularac Centar
22. Milos Andjelic Antivari
23. Tufegdzic Stefan Junior
24. Nikola Erakovic Mogren
25. Blagoje Zlajic Centar




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  NBA   


Game 3: Mavericks avoid collapse, beat Thunder 93-87 - by Eurobasket News
Even when he is off his game, Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) can still get the job done as the Dallas Mavericks' closer.

Nowitzki shrugged off a rough start and made a few key jumpers in the fourth quarter, helping the Mavericks hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 93-87 victory Saturday night and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The big German had missed 10 of his first 14 shots, but Dallas kept going to him with the Thunder trying to become the second team to rally from a 23-point deficit to beat the Mavericks in these playoffs.

'He's our guy. In the fourth quarters, he's going to touch the ball as frequently as we can get it to him,' coach Rick Carlisle said. 'If he misses a few shots, he's not going to get deterred, he's not going to get discouraged. He's got the kind of will, he's going to keep going at it.'

The Mavericks didn't care that Nowitzki couldn't seem to make a shot most of the game. They still gave him the ball on 10 of 11 possessions at one point, and he scored three times - enough to keep Oklahoma City at bay.

Nowitzki finished with 18 points on 7 for 21 shooting.

'We didn't really have a lot going in the second half offensively, so I've got to keep attacking for this team like I have for the last 13 years,' Nowitzki said. 'This team needs me to score and to keep being aggressive.'

NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) also struggled from the field, hitting just 7 of 22 shots to finish with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) responded to a fourth-quarter benching with 30 points, helping the Thunder make it interesting in the final minutes.

Dallas had already blown a 23-point lead in the final 13 minutes in the first round at Portland, and led by 22 with 17 minutes to go this time.

Westbrook and Daequan Cook each missed 3-pointers that could've gotten the Thunder within three, and Westbrook then lost the ball out of bounds before Jason Terry's jumper stretched the advantage to 86-78 with 1:42 remaining.

Nowitzki added a jumper from the left elbow to put the lead back at eight after Durant hit two free throws, and Dallas held on from there.

'We fought through a lot in the second half there, we stuck together and we grinded it out,' Nowitzki said.

Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) also scored 18, and Kidd and Terry each chipped in 13. Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) had 15 rebounds, including six on the offensive end.

The Mavericks, who tied with Miami for the league's best road record during the regular season, won for the fourth straight time outside Dallas in these playoffs and reclaimed home-court advantage just two nights after letting it get away in Game 2.

'In a game like this in someone else's arena, coming off a loss, you have to come out with anger and an intensity,' Terry said. 'We did that.'

The Thunder leaned on their bench again in the fourth quarter, but this time Westbrook was on the court instead of the bench like he was in Game 2. Reserves Nick Collison, James Harden and Cook joined the All-Star tandem of Durant and Westbrook on the floor, but the bench didn't come up nearly as big in this one - scoring just 16 points after besting the Dallas reserves 50-29 in Game 2.

The Thunder missed their first 16 3-pointers - including all eight by Durant - before Westbrook made one in the final minute to get Oklahoma City within 88-83. Dallas made five of its six free throws to close it out, and Terry swiped the ball with 10 seconds left and ran out the clock on the win.

Oklahoma City fell behind by as many as 23 after a dreadful start, and it didn't get much better for a while. The Thunder had made only 10 of their 41 shots when Dallas bumped its lead back up to 58-36 by scoring the first six points after halftime.

'Frustrating,' said Durant, his head in his hand. 'It's tough to start a game, not make shots and you give teams easy baskets. That's like a backbreaker.'

Harden - the bench star with 23 points in Game 2 - started a rally by driving for a layup and then taking an elbow from Chandler to draw a technical foul. That started a burst of eight straight points to get the Thunder within 65-52, the closest they'd been since the end of the first quarter.

Westbrook continued the comeback in the fourth by exploiting a matchup against J.J. Barea to get to the rim and the foul line repeatedly. He had the first eight points in a 10-2 run for Oklahoma City, with Harden's two free throws getting the deficit down to 80-74 with 5:36 to play.

The rally fizzled after that, though.

Westbrook also picked up his fifth technical foul of the postseason for shoving Nowitzki in the back after a third-quarter whistle. He and Chandler are each two shy of earning a one-game suspension.

The Thunder missed 15 of their first 19 shots and committed eight turnovers while Dallas rushed out to a commanding 35-12 lead, finishing the impressive start by scoring the first eight points of the second quarter.

Oklahoma City had its worst first quarter of the season and couldn't get much of anything going through the first 14 minutes, scoring two of its four baskets on tipped-in misses and losing Westbrook briefly after he picked up two fouls in the opening 9 minutes.

'There's no question they started the game really hitting us and knocking us out of our offense,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said 'And we missed a lot of 3s. Those 3s weren't all contested.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.4 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.7 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers9.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.9 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwauke.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota2.0 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 8. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


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AP: Iowa State suspended assistant coach two games over violation - by Eurobasket News
An Iowa State assistant men's basketball coach was suspended for two games last season for using his frequent flyer miles to buy a player a round-trip plane ticket in 2009, according to an Iowa State report submitted to the NCAA.

The report, obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request, says an assistant under then-coach Greg McDermott used frequent flyer points to purchase a round-trip ticket from Des Moines to Atlanta for a player receiving summer school aid at Iowa State.

Iowa State said the assistant coach was suspended for two games and received a letter of reprimand.

Under NCAA rules, student-athletes in general can't receive benefits that wouldn't be available to other students.

The infraction, which occurred in June 2009, was ruled a secondary violation by the NCAA because it was an isolated or inadvertent violation that provided minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantages to Iowa State. Unlike secondary violations, major infractions are deemed to have given schools an extensive advantage and are investigated by NCAA enforcement staff.

Iowa State didn't report the incident to the NCAA until December 2010 because that's when officials learned of it, Iowa State spokesman Steve Malchow told The Associated Press in an email.

Iowa State didn't publicly announce the two-game suspension and declined to name the player and coach involved, as is standard for the school when dealing with personnel matters, Malchow said in the email.

'It's not our standard procedure to announce all disciplines (of staff and/or students) publicly,' Malchow wrote.

The school's report said that while precedent in prior cases at other schools indicated that a letter of admonishment and a one-game suspension would be an acceptable penalty, it raised the suspension to two games because it should 'hold itself and the coach to a higher level of accountability.'

The NCAA agreed with Iowa State's self-imposed disciplinary moves and ruled no further action was necessary.

Iowa State typically uses the Student-Athlete Opportunity Funds now known as the Student Assistance Fund to pay for such flights. Had the assistant asked to use those funds for the player's trip to Atlanta, it wouldn't have been a violation.

The Student Assistance Fund is distributed by the NCAA and is meant for players needing to meet financial needs that arise in conjunction with playing sports. The NCAA said its preference is for those funds to go to student-athletes who display a financial need for assistance.

The school also said it used the infraction as a 'teaching opportunity' during an all-coaches meeting with athletic director Jamie Pollard.

The NCAA's media office did not respond to messages Thursday or Friday seeking comment.

Iowa State spokesman Mike Green said current head coach Fred Hoiberg, who wasn't with the Cyclones when the violation occurred, wasn't available for comment.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


National champ UConn to lose two scholarships - by Eurobasket News
The national champion Connecticut men's basketball program will lose two scholarships for the upcoming season as a result of a poor Academic Performance Rating from the NCAA.

The APR measures the classroom performance of every Division I student-athlete, composing a score for each team.

The national Academic Performance Rating is due out next week, but a link to an internal copy of the report ended up Friday on a UConn chat board. A university official with knowledge of the situation confirmed the numbers in the report, and said the school had been given the link to prepare for next week's release.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the report is not scheduled to be made public until Tuesday.

The rating puts the basketball program's four-year rating at 893, below the NCAA minimum score of 925. The score for the 2009-10 academic year is 826.

The school had no official comment on the report Friday.

UConn has already been docked one of its 13 scholarships because of NCAA recruiting violations. The loss of scholarships due to the APR report will leave the school with 10 for the next academic year.

The Huskies, who last month announced that forward Jamal Coombs-McDaniel will transfer, have eight players on scholarship for next season. They also have signed one recruit, guard Ryan Boatright from Illinois.

Last year, UConn recorded a four-year APR of 930, including an 844 for the 2008-09 season.

'Eight straight years, we made the APR,'' Calhoun said after being lauded by the governor and lawmakers during 'Husky Day'' at the state Capitol last month. 'If because someone left early or didn't finish, all those various things that get you ... when you have 16 kids leave (for the pros) in a 10-year period, you are more likely to be more open to (a low APR) happening.''

A low rating is costly to Calhoun personally. His contract calls for him to donate $100,000 to a UConn scholarship fund if the program doesn't meet the APR. He also will forfeit his postseason bonus of $87,500, earned during UConn's run to the national title.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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NBL Round 6: Nelson Giants hands first defeat to Wellington Saints - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Undefeated Wellington S. (8-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Nelson G. (2-4) 99-93. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Wellington S.. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Nelson G. made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, college: Alabama) (203-80, college: Alabama) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Wellington S.'s coach Pero Cameron rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nelson G. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Auckland P. Wellington S. at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Nelson G. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wellington S. will play again on the road against Nelson G. in Stoke and is hoping to win this game.

The best stats of 6th round was 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks by Lance Allred of OceanaGold N..


OceanaGold N. - Manawatu J. 74-67

There was an upset in Dunedin where higher ranked Manawatu J. (3-5) was defeated by ninth ranked OceanaGold N. (1-6) 74-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when OceanaGold N. made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. International power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) (206-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 12 points respectively. Manawatu J.'s coach Ryan Weisenberg tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. OceanaGold N. left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Taranaki MA. It was Manawatu J.'s third loss in a row. They keep the fifth position with five games lost. OceanaGold N. will face higher ranked Waikato P. (#3) in Hamilton in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Manawatu J. will play on the road against the league's leader Bay Hawks where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: N.Horvath 25+8reb+1ast, J.Trueman 12+4reb+1ast, R.Igbawua 12+5reb, M.Te Huna 9+2reb+3ast, D.Bailey 6+4reb, T.Cleaver 2
OceanaGold N.: L.Allred 22+15reb+2ast, S.O'Gallagher 15+3reb+1ast, C.Bradshaw 15+7reb+6ast, S.To'omata 8+1reb+1ast, M.Morrison 8+6reb+2ast, R.Buckrell 3
gschID: 122678


Waikato P. - Taranaki MA 104-84

No shocking result in a game in Hamilton where third ranked Waikato P. (5-3) smashed bottom-ranked Taranaki MA (1-6) 104-84 on Saturday. The game without a history. Waikato P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Waikato P. forced 19 Taranaki MA turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Taranaki MA's players. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 30 points. American guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds. Waikato P.'s coach 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 Marcus Campbell (214-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: SportsTalent) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and guard Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-81) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Waikato P. and five Taranaki MA players scored in double figures. Waikato P. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-3 record having just three points less than leader Bay Hawks. Taranaki MA lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. Waikato P. will face Auckland P. (#6) at home in the next round. Taranaki MA will play against Auckland P..
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 17+3reb+2ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 15+5reb+3ast, Z.Meehl 14+2reb+2ast, L.Abrams 13+5reb, M.Campbell 12+14reb, C.Stuart 9+3reb
Waikato P.: T.Abercrombie 30+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 22+8reb+2ast, H.Allen 18+2reb+2ast, A.Pledger 12+10reb+1ast, B.Anthony 7+7reb+1ast, J.Crowe 6+6reb+10ast
gschID: 122675


Southland S. - Manawatu J. 100-91 2OT

Southland Sharks needed two overtimes to tame Manawatu Jets. Brendon Polyblank (200-G/F-78, college: Texas St.) provided 29 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Sharks to their third win in the season. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) added 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard) answered with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Jeremiah Trueman had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Jets as they fell at 3-5 record.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: D.Hudson 26+6reb+4ast, J.Trueman 23+11reb+1ast, R.Igbawua 11+9reb, M.Te Huna 11+8reb+2ast, N.Horvath 10+20reb+3ast, D.Bailey 6+1reb
Southland S.: B.Polyblank 29+9reb+2ast, K.Braswell 20+5reb+6ast, G.Dawson 15+11reb+1ast, D.Kaniel 9+7reb, M.Dickel 8+11reb+10ast, D.Peck 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122676


Auckland P. - Bay Hawks 72-87

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Auckland P. (2-4) was defeated at home by top-ranked Bay Hawks (8-0) 87-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bay Hawks. Auckland P. was better in third quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian swingman Galen Young (201-75, college: Charlotte) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) added 6 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Auckland P.'s coach Kenneth Stone tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bay Hawks have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Auckland P. dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Bay Hawks will face Manawatu J. (#5) in Palmerston North in the next round. Auckland P. will play on the road against Waikato P. in Hamilton.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: B.Anderson 18+2ast, E.Bartlett 13+9reb+1ast, L.Martin 13+2reb+3ast, D.Boucher 6+13reb+2ast, R.Brown 5+5reb, K.Smith 5+3reb
Bay Hawks: J.Pace 20+9reb+2ast, P.Winitana 15+4reb+2ast, A.Trousdell 12+10reb+1ast, B.Hill 11+1reb+1ast, G.Young 10+10reb+5ast, M.Natanahira 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122673


Wellington S. - Nelson G. 93-99

Undefeated Wellington S. (8-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Nelson G. (2-4) 99-93. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Wellington S.. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Nelson G. made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Corey Webster (185-88, college: Lambuth) added 18 points respectively. Four Nelson G. and five Wellington S. players scored in double figures. Wellington S.'s coach Pero Cameron rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nelson G. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Auckland P. Wellington S. at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Nelson G. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wellington S. will play again on the road against Nelson G. in Stoke and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: K.Johnson 22+12reb, C.Webster 18+2reb+2ast, L.Tait 12+1reb+7ast, E.Maxey 12+6reb+1ast, L.Henry 11+6reb, C.Frank 9+8reb
Nelson G.: R.Grizzard 22+6reb+2ast, P.Jones 19+2reb+1ast, D.Dora 19+8reb+3ast, M.Vukona 14+12reb+3ast, J.Bloxham 9+2reb, M.Fitchett 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 122674




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Thomas ABERCROMBIE
  Waika.
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Abercrombie, Waika.22.0 
 2. Leasure, Taranaki.21.3 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.20.7 
 4. Hudson, Manawatu.20.4 
 5. Pace, Bay Hawks20.3 
 6. Jones, Nelson G.20.3 
 7. Dora, Nelson G.20.2 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.19.8 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaG.18.7 
 10. Pledger, Waika.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mika VUKONA
  Nelson G.
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Vukona, Nelson G.11.3 
 2. Horvath, Manawatu.11.3 
 3. Allred, OceanaGo.10.6 
 4. Pledger, Waika.10.3 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.10.3 
 6. Bradshaw, OceanaG.9.6 
 7. Trousdell, Bay H.9.5 
 8. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 9. Johnson, Wellingt.9.2 
 10. Frank, Wellington8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin BRASWELL
  Southlan.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Braswell, Southlan.6.3 
 2. Crowe, Waikato P.6.3 
 3. Dickel, Southland5.9 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.5.8 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 6. Martin, Auckland.4.2 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.4.1 
 8. O''Gallagher, Ocean.3.3 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.3.2 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jerry SMITH
  Waikato P.
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Waikato P.2.9 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 3. Allen, Waikato P.2.1 
 4. Crowe, Waikato P.2.0 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 6. Dickel, Southland1.9 
 7. Frank, Wellington1.8 
 8. Abercrombie, Waika.1.7 
 9. Trueman, Manawatu.1.6 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pledger, Waika.3.0 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 3. Iti, Southland S.1.4 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.1.4 
 5. Anthony, Waika.1.3 
 6. Spicer, Southlan.1.2 
 7. Allred, OceanaGo.1.1 
 8. Johnson, Wellingt.1.0 
 9. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 10. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 


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


LPB Round 3 of Finals. Benfica post initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Porto Ferpinta 86-79

Benfica outscored Porto Ferpinta to narrow the deficit in the title series. FC Porto Ferpinta trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 22-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-86 at the end of the game. Benfica dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to FC Porto Ferpinta's 32. Benfica forced 19 FC Porto Ferpinta turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-Dominican guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) with 31 points and the former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Benfica: M.Chandler 21+8reb+1ast, H.Evans 16+5reb+2ast, D.Carreira 10+1ast, E.Evora 10+5reb, G.Jenkins 10+5reb+2ast, B.Reed 8+5reb+3ast
Porto Ferpinta: S.Ogirri 31+4reb+1ast, G.Stempin 15+7reb, C.Andrade 11+7reb+6ast, J.Santos 10+4reb, N.Marcal 4+2reb, J.Terrell 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 128409




Proliga Round 1 of Finals. Barcelos open win count - by Eurobasket News
Barcelos - Terceira Basket 67-59

Barcelos draw first blood in the Proliga championship series. They held off Terceira Basket at home court in the opener. Terceira Basket trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 17-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 59-67 at the end of the game. The former international forward Pedro Silva (198-F-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 23 rebounds for the winners and guard Carlos Fechas (180-81) chipped in 23 points. Four Barcelos players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: C.Fechas 23+4reb+2ast, N.Pedroso 14+7reb+3ast, J.Moreira 10+10reb+2ast, P.Silva 10+23reb+3ast, T.Barreiro 7+3reb+2ast, S.Duarte 3
Terceira Basket: D.Nevels 21+17reb+2ast, N.Bowie 15+8reb+1ast, F.Tavares 12+3reb, D.Goncalves 5+5reb+2ast, A.Pontes 4+7reb+1ast, J.Avila 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128629




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  PUERTO RICO   


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Guaynabo 12-7 
 2. Quebradillas 12-7 
 3. Bayamon 11-6 
 4. Santurce 10-8 
 5. San German 10-8 
 6. Arecibo 10-9 
 7. Humacao 8-11 
 8. Coamo 8-12 
 9. Isabela 7-13 
 10. Mayaguez 6-13 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.8 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas24.1 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.7 
 4. Villegas, Coamo19.8 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo19.3 
 6. Johnson, Humacao18.9 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Clemente, Humacao18.5 
 9. Harris, San German18.0 
 10. Clinch, Isabela17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.5 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo12.3 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.8 
 4. Harris, San German11.5 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas11.1 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.8 
 7. Rickert, Bayamon10.5 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon9.4 
 10. Sweetney, Santur.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.6 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 4. Copeland, Arecibo4.7 
 5. Clemente, Humacao4.6 
 6. Clinch, Isabela4.6 
 7. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.4 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.2 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 2. Robinson, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Santiago, Santurce1.8 
 4. Carmona, Mayaguez1.7 
 5. Clinch, Isabela1.6 
 6. Berdiel, Humacao1.6 
 7. Clemente, Mayaguez1.5 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 10. Hodge, Santurce1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.7 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon1.4 
 10. Ramos, Quebradill.1.3 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Polite.
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.5 
 2. Hannah, Miercure.21.2 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.5 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 5. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 7. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simms, Craiova11.0 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.10.5 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.2 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.9 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Carutasu, Steaua7.8 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.8 
 10. Eichelberger, Pit.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.2 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.1 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 3. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 8. Dawson, Polite.1.9 
 9. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 10. Blidaru, Ploiesti1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti0.9 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 


U-Mobitelco BT grabs 2-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News
U.Mobitel.CN - Ploiesti 66-65

U-Mobitelco BT grabs 2-1 Final lead after 66:65 thriller win on Saturday. Ploiesti was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 12-10 charge of U-Mobitelco, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Doneal Mack (196-87, college: Memphis) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ploiesti.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 22+5reb+1ast, Z.Krstanovic 16+11reb+1ast, P.Chetreanu 11+3reb, M.Silvasan 5+3reb+1ast, S.Thomson 5+3reb, T.Morris 3+2reb+4ast
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 20+7reb+2ast, D.Mack 10+6reb+3ast, A.Blidaru 9+2reb+3ast, K.Ford 8+2reb, Q.Calhoun 7+2reb, L.Szijarto 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 128511




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  RUSSIA   


Universitet Surgut joins Spartak-Primorie in Superleague Final - by Eurobasket News
Universitet Surgut overcame Ural 87:74 to make it to the Finals of SuperLeague. The team from Surgut won the series 2-1 to face Spartak-Primorie in Superleague Final that will start on May 25th.
Game 3 was decisive and started tough for both teams. The hosts took 19-17 lead, but Spartak-Primorie replied with 19-14 in the second frame to take 3-point halftime advantage. Moreover the guests added 24-22 in the third frame, but could not keep the necessary advantage. Universitet Surgut needed 32-14 in the last quarter to win the game and the series. Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell) led the winners with 26 points, while Hloponin added 14. Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.
In game 2 Universitet Surgut defeated Ural at home court to force the decider. Ural led by one point after the starting frame but Universitet Surgut went on a decisive run in the next two frames and rallied to the victory at the end. Nikola Lepojevic scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Linas Lekavicius (185-G-84, college: American) added 16 points in the victory. Nikita Stepanenkov (207-C-87) replied with 15 points for Ural Ekaterinburg.




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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Vladislav Dragojlovic joins Ittihad - by Eurobasket News
Ittihad are strengthening their roster prior to the start of Asia Club Championship. They added Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) to the squad. The 32-year-old Serbian centre started the season in Serbia. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 boards for Radnicki in Adriatic League. In November 2010 Vladislav Dragojlovic moved to Trabzonspor in Turkey. His stats read 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in TBL. Last season Vladislav Dragojlovic played in Russia. He tallied 9.2 points and 5.8 boards for Lokomotiv Kuban in EuroChallenge. In Russian League his stats came up to 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per appearance. The centre also had spells in Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Serbia during his career. Vladislav Dragojlovic made it into Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL 2nd Team in 2009.
Ittihad will tip off their Asia Club Championship campaign on May 28. They face hosting Smart Gilas in preliminary Group A.



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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Partizan 13-1 
 2. Hemofarm 10-4 
 3. Radnicki 8-6 
 4. FMP 6-8 
 5. Crvena Zvezda 6-8 
 6. Metalac 6-8 
 7. Beograd 4-10 
 8. Mega Vizura 3-11 
Places 9-16
 1. Tamis 15-11 
 2. Napredak 12-14 
 3. Sloga 12-14 
 4. Novi Sad 12-14 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 12-14 
 6. Vojvodina 12-14 
 7. Borac 11-15 
 8. Proleter Naftagas 10-16 
 9. Crnokosa 9-17 
 10. Superfund 1-25 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Nikolic, Crvena Z.16.8 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Nedovic, Crvena Z.16.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sava LESIC
  Crvena Z.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Lesic, Crvena Z.10.9 
 2. Savovic, Hemofarm8.3 
 3. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 5. Cakarevic, Radnicki7.2 
 6. Nikolic, Crvena Z.7.1 
 7. Bozovic, Hemofarm7.0 
 8. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 9. Lee, Radnicki6.6 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.4 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm6.1 
 3. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 5. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 6. Bakic, Crvena Z.4.9 
 7. Mitrovic, Beograd4.9 
 8. Covic, FMP4.8 
 9. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.8 
 10. Dundjerski, Beogr.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 6. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 7. Bakic, Crvena Z.1.9 
 8. Kovacevic, Novi S.1.9 
 9. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 10. Lee, Radnicki1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 5. Cakarevic, Radnicki0.9 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 7. Lee, Radnicki0.9 
 8. Vesely, Partizan0.8 
 9. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 10. Djekic, Mega V.0.8 


Superleague, Round 14: Regular season is over, Partizan is No.1 again - by Eurobasket News
The Serbian Superleague just ended. Partizan is No.1 with almost perfect 13-1 record. Four best teams advanced to Playoff Semifinals and they will also represent Serbia next season in Adriatic league.

Superleague standings
1. Partizan 13-1
2. Hemofarm 10-4
3. Radnicki 8-6
4. FMP 6-8
5. Crvena Zvezda 6-8
6. Metalac 6-8
7. Beograd 4-10
8. Mega Vizura 3-11


Semifinals pairs
Partizan - FMP
Hemofarm - Radnicki .




Beograd - Metalac 76-84
The game in Beograd was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Metalac (6-8) played at the court of 7th ranked OKK Beograd (4-10). Metalac managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Stefan Bircevic (209-89) notched 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Milan Trtic (201-86) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 7 assists by forward Dragan Mitrovic (200-85) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. OKK Beograd's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Metalac: S.Bircevic 24+6reb+1ast, M.Trtic 18+5reb+1ast, S.Balmazovic 10, M.Ljubojevic 10+2reb, R.Marojevic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 6+7reb+11ast
Beograd: U.Lucic 18+4reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 16+4reb+7ast, S.Dundjerski 13+5reb+8ast, M.Pavlovic 11+3reb, D.Zekovic 9+3reb+2ast, M.Milovanovic 5+1reb+2ast



gschID: 124207


Radnicki - FMP 89-78
An interesting game for Radnicki (8-6) which hosted in Kragujevac one of their biggest challengers FMP Zeleznik (6-8). Third ranked Radnicki managed to get a 11-point victory 89-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of FMP Zeleznik. The game was mostly controlled by Radnicki. FMP Zeleznik managed to win fourth quarter 23-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Australian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!). Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-83) replied with 14 points and 4 assists and guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for FMP Zeleznik. Four FMP Zeleznik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: S.Markovic 36+3ast, M.Cakarevic 14+12reb+8ast, N.Sulovic 13+7reb, D.Mijatovic 9+3reb, M.Lee 6+6reb+4ast, P.Miletic 5+3reb
FMP: F.Covic 14+2reb+4ast, V.Radivojevic 14+3reb+4ast, A.Milutinovic 13+6reb, B.Subotic 12+4reb, B.Bowman 8+1reb, M.Ilic 6+4reb
gschID: 124208


Crvena Zvezda - Mega Vizura 103-75
The game between sixth ranked Crvena Zvezda (6-8) and 8th ranked Mega Vizura (3-11) in Beograd ended with biggest points difference. Crvena Zvezda outscored guests from Vizura 103-75. Crvena Zvezda made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Mega Vizura helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Montenegrin guard Boris Bakic (194-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) produced 25 points and 6 assists and Turkish center Dusan Cantekin (222-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Mega Vizura's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: N.Nedovic 22+3reb+10ast, B.Bakic 18+3reb+6ast, U.Nikolic 18+5reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 13+5reb+1ast, V.Subotic 9+5reb+2ast, S.Lesic 7+6reb+1ast
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 25+2reb+6ast, D.Cantekin 13+6reb, M.Lukovic 11+6reb, B.Djekic 7+6reb, N.Nikolic 4+2ast, V.Micic 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 124205


Partizan - Hemofarm 85-66
An interesting game for Partizan (13-1) which hosted in Beograd second-ranked Hemofarm (10-4). First ranked Partizan had an easy win 85-66. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Partizan outrebounded Hemofarm 46-34 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) scored 14 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Boris Savovic (206-87) scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Partizan have an impressive 11-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Milosavljevic 14+4reb+2ast, R.Katic 12+5reb+1ast, J.Vesely 11+5reb+1ast, N.Jaramaz 9+3reb+3ast, J.Gist 8+9reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 8+4reb+1ast
Hemofarm: I.Maras 15+5reb, M.Jeremic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Bozovic 10+6reb, N.Knezevic 9+3ast, B.Savovic 7+11reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 4+1reb


Vladislav Dragojlovic signs in Saudi Arabia - by Eurobasket News
Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Al Ittihad Jeddah. He joined the Saudi Arabian champion for the Asia Club Championship. The experienced big guy started this season with Radnicki Kragujevac averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in Adriatic league. In November, he moved to Turkey signing a deal with Trabzon. For 8 games in TBL, Dragojlovic had 5.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg. He helped the club reach Turkish Cup Semifinals. Last season, Vladislav Dragojlovic spent in Russia. He had 5.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg for Lokotiv Kuban in domestic championship. In EuroChallenge, Dragojlovic added 9.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg. In 2008/09, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian UBL 2nd Team -09. At that time, Dragojlovic played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys. In the past, he also was a member of Buducnost Podgorica, Crvena Zvezda, Panionios Athens, OKK Beograd and Sloga. With Crvena Zvezda he won the Serbian Cup in 2004 and 2006. His new team Al Ittihad will tip off their Asia Club Championship campaign on May 28. They face hosting Smart Gilas in preliminary Group A.

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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 13-1 
 2. Union Olimpija 10-4 
 3. Helios 10-4 
 4. Zlatorog 8-6 
 5. Geoplin Slovan 5-9 
 6. Polzela 5-9 
 7. Maribor Messer 3-11 
 8. Elektra 2-12 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 5-15 
 3. Parklji 1-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Panic, Zlatorog21.2 
 2. Raymond, Helios17.9 
 3. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 4. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 5. Thondique, Polzela16.3 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slo.14.7 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.6 
 9. Krejic, Parklji13.4 
 10. Mali, Helios12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.5 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.3 
 4. Raymond, Helios7.2 
 5. Miljkovic, Elektra7.0 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin6.8 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.5 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.3 
 9. Mucic, Maribor6.2 
 10. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  Polzela
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.7 
 2. Brolih, Maribor4.4 
 3. Jersin, Elektra4.1 
 4. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 5. Djordjevic, Krka3.8 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 7. Krivec, Krka3.7 
 8. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.7 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 10. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast1.9 
 3. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 5. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.7 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 8. Ikonic, Krka1.5 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 10. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.8 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.0 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union0.8 
 6. Omic, Zlatorog0.7 
 7. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 8. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.6 
 9. Booker, Krka0.6 
 10. Pavic, Krka0.6 


Telemach League, Round 14: Regular season is over, Krka is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in Telemach League just ended. Krka is No.1 with almost perfect 13-1 record. Four teams advanced to Playoff Semifinals, which start on May 24. The format is best-of-three (1-1-1).


Telemach Standings
1. Krka 13-1
2. Union Olimpija 10-4
3. Helios 10-4
4. Zlatorog 8-6
5. Geoplin Slovan 5-9
6. Polzela 5-9
7. Maribor Messer 3-11
8. Elektra 2-12

Semifinals
Krka - Zlatorog
Union Olimpija - Helios





Geoplin Slovan - Maribor Messer 80-85
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 5th ranked Geoplin Slovan in a game in Ljubljana versus Maribor Messer (#8) 85-80. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-13. But Geoplin Slovan won second period 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maribor Messer dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Geoplin Slovan's 28. Forward Sasa Mucic (202-83) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Bojan Jovanovic (186-82) supported him with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Maribor Messer players scored in double figures. Maribor Messer's coach Slobodan Rmus used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by Serbian power forward Dalibor Djapa (204-84, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Geoplin Slovan. Forward Marko Pajic (204-92) added 18 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Maribor Messer: S.Mucic 22+10reb, E.Kadic 18+1reb+1ast, B.Jovanovic 17+8reb+7ast, I.Zolotic 13+6reb+1ast, J.Brolih 7+4reb+3ast, A.Remus 4+4reb
Geoplin Slovan: M.Pajic 18+4reb+1ast, D.Djapa 15+8reb+3ast, J.Blazic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Markic 8+3reb+1ast, M.Krusic 7+5reb+2ast, K.Lorbek 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 124115


Polzela - Elektra 88-70

The game between sixth ranked Polzela (5-9) and 7th ranked Elektra (2-12) in Polzela ended with biggest points difference. Polzela beat guests from Sostanj 88-70. The game was mostly controlled by Polzela. Elektra was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Polzela forced 19 Elektra turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Miha Vasl (190-92) chipped in 16 points. Four Polzela players scored in double figures. Guard Tadej Horvat (196-87) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Salih Nuhanovic (209-82) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Elektra's coach Dusan Hauptman rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Polzela: D.Sviridov 17+10reb+4ast, M.Vasl 16+4reb+1ast, A.Podvrsnik 14+3reb+2ast, U.Godler 13+1reb+1ast, P.Kobale 8+1reb+1ast, D.Vrsaljko 8+5reb+2ast
Elektra: S.Nuhanovic 16+5reb+2ast, T.Horvat 14+5reb+6ast, S.Bilic 11+7reb+2ast, M.Miljkovic 9+1reb+1ast, B.Jersin 8+2reb+1ast, D.Lelic 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 124113


Zlatorog - Helios 72-76

An interesting game for Helios (10-4) which played road game in Lasko against 4th ranked Zlatorog (8-6). Third ranked Helios managed to get a 4-point victory 76-72. Zlatorog was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Helios, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Zlatorog turnovers. Zlatorog was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier, agency: Impact Basketball) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Grega Mali (197-84) chipped in 11 points during the contest. Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82, agency: 011 Sports) responded with 20 points and center Alen Omic (213-92) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Helios: B.Raymond 31+10reb, G.Mali 11+2reb+2ast, Z.Zagorc 9+2reb+1ast, M.Lekic 8+3reb, K.Prepelic 7+1reb, V.Petrovic 6+4reb+2ast
Zlatorog: V.Panic 20+2reb+2ast, M.Smrdelj 12+4reb, L.Lapornik 12+5reb, A.Omic 8+11reb, S.Atanackovic 7+6reb, J.Pelko 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 124114


Krka - Union Olimpija 72-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Krka (13-1) in Novo Mesto on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Union Olimpija (10-4) 80-72. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of Krka. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Union Olimpija made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Krka outrebounded Union Olimpija 42-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Georgian power forward Vladimir Boisa (209-81, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Saso Ozbolt (188-81, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Krka. Four Krka players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: S.Ozbolt 14+3ast, S.Udrih 14+2reb, V.Boisa 11+7reb+1ast, D.Markota 9+4reb+4ast, V.Ilievski 9+1reb+4ast, G.Jagodnik 9+3reb
Krka: D.Djordjevic 12+4reb+1ast, G.Ikonic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Booker 11+5reb+1ast, S.Pavic 10+12reb+1ast, J.Balazic 7+3reb, E.Muric 7+2reb
gschID: 124112


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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.4 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.0 
 3. McDonald, DKV J.15.3 
 4. Fitch, Unicaja15.0 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.15.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.14.7 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estu.14.4 
 8. Martinez, Valencia14.0 
 9. Davis, Cajasol13.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral6.9 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 6. Wallace, Gran Cana.6.3 
 7. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
 8. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 9. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.4 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca4.9 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.4 
 6. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 7. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 8. Prigioni, Real Mad.3.9 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 10. Dumas, Valladolid3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol1.9 
 3. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 4. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 7. Victor, Menorca1.5 
 8. Van Lacke, Vallado.1.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Menorca1.5 
 10. San Miguel, Manre.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.5 
 3. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Barac, Caja Laboral1.1 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 10. Andriuskevic., Me.1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia15.7 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.4 
 4. Ramsdell, Avila15.4 
 5. Paez, Lan M.15.0 
 6. Bratton, Lan M.14.9 
 7. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 8. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.14.7 
 9. Mesa, Clavijo14.7 
 10. Bivia, Mallorca14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.8 
 4. Chubrevich, Illesc.8.4 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 7. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.6 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.1 
 10. Howard, Andorra6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca3.8 
 6. Marco, ADT T.3.6 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
 8. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 9. Lopez, Avila3.2 
 10. Rufian, Promobys3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mikel URIZ
  Santurtzi
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Smith, Guadalajara1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 7. Martinez, Plasencia1.7 
 8. Guirao, ADT T.1.6 
 9. Pampin, Mallorca1.6 
 10. Rueda, Plasencia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 4. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 5. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 6. Conde, Avila1.2 
 7. Green, Mallorca1.2 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarrago.1.0 
 9. O''Leary, Oviedo F.0.9 
 10. Johnson, Andorra0.9 


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  SWEDEN   


Solna bring back Willy Beck, LF Basket extend Salon and Pahlmblad - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings have agreed on terms of contract with Willy Beck (186-G-87, college: Santa Barbara CC). The 23-year-old guard played for the Vikings back in 2007/2009 seasons. Last season Willy Beck spent with 08 Stockholm. He averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. The guard participated at the Swedish Basketligan All-Star Game.
In the meantime LF Basket extended contract with their key players. They re-signed Emil Salon (192-G-85) and Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86). Emil Salon had a solid season with LF Basket. The 25-year-old guard averaged 8.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game for LF Basket. Emil Salon was Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Most Improved Player in 2009 while playing for Gothia Basket.
Martin Pahlmblad averaged 9.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for LF Basket. The guard played for Sweden at the 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round in Division B. He posted 7.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in those games.
LF Basket also signed a contract with Christopher Ryan (196-G-90). The 21-year-old guard played for Boras in the previous season. His stats read 16.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per appearance.



Boras Basket land Omar Krayem - by Eurobasket News
Boras Basket started to shape up their roster for the next season. They signed a deal with Omar Krayem (185-G-86, college: Cal.Baptist). The US-Lebanese point guard spent the previous season with Srbija Malmo in Basketettan. Omar Krayem averaged 27 points, 4.5 boards, 6.5 assists and 4.8 steals per game. He graduated from California Baptist back in 2009. The guard tallied 16.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Lancers in his senior season. Omar Krayem was on Lebanese National Team roster back in 2009.
Boras Basket also extended contract with Christopher McKnight (201-F-87, college: Akron). The 23-year-old forward joined the team back in November. He averaged 15.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. It was the first pro contract for Christopher McKnight. He graduated from the University of Akron in 2010.



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Jalaa grabs the tittle, beat Jeish and finish the series 3-0 - by Tarek Burhan
after they lost the both tittles ( (the league and the cup)) against jeish ... Now it's the time to back to be the champion ... it is Jalaa team !!!
Jalaa team beat the Wehda in the final of Syrian cup since 4months .. by big average {more 30 points} ... Now they beat Jeish 3 times in the final of Syria ...
First Game : Jalaa 91/67 Jeish
in this first game Jalaa didnot find any problem to beat jeish in easy game for home team .. the game was equal in the first half and it finished 36/32 for jalaa, but in the second half Jalaa knew how to finish the game from the 3rd quarter and it finished by 25 points average ...
Michel Maadanli (195-G-81) scored for 28points in this game, Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) 17points, Johnny Deeb (180-G-83) 11points
Ramy El Khatib socred 14points for jeish , Nour Al Saman (188-G-78) 13points, Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) 9points ...

Second Game : Jalaa 90/61 Jeish
Scored For Jalaa : Michel Maadanli 27points, Ahmad Ishak 12points, Sari Papazian (194-G/F-82) 8points...
Scored For Jeish : Al Hakam Abdallah (205-C) 25points, Nour Al Saman 6points, Khaled Abo-Touk 11points

Third game : Jeish 65/66 Jalaa
in very amazing game , Jalaa beat Jeish in the third game in Damascus , they won by 1 point only , and by Samaki Walker freethrows !!!!!!!
Jeish was the better team in this game, they lead the game since the first minute untill before the finish by 30seconds !!!!!!
Scored for Jeish : Al Hakam Abdallah 20points, Nour Al Saman 19points, Christien Charles 12points
Scored for Jalaa : Michel Maadanli 15points, Sari Papazian 12points, Johnny Deeb 10points


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  TURKEY   


Trabzonspor part ways with Dragan Sakota - by Eurobasket News
Trabzonspor have decided to split ways with head coach Dragan Sakota (agency: Interperformances ). The 58-year-old Serbian specialist had taken the reins in the Turkish team at the start of the season. He led the team into Turkish Cup semifinals. In TBL regular season Trabzonspor recorded 10 wins in 30 games played. Previously Dragan Sakota (agency: Interperformances ) worked with PAOK, Apollon, Iraklis, Peristeri, Aris, AEK and Olympiakos in Greece, Crvena Zvezda in Serbia and Upim Bologna in Italy. Dragan Sakota (agency: Interperformances ) also guided Serbian National Team in 2006.


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  UBA   


Williams leads Generals past Dragons in playoff first round - by UBA media

Back to his usual havoc-wreaking ways, Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, college: Clayton St.) took control when it counted and the Southern Generals sent out a loud message in the process.

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

Williams came up big down the stretch to finish with 25 points as the Generals beat the Tennessee Dragons 85-78 Friday night to come one step closer to the finals.

The Dragons led the game by as much as 15 points but couldn't hang on. 'Our guys played great we just ran out of gas', said coach Dolan.

Although it was a hard fought game the Generals showed why there the top club in the UBA. Freddie Williams also showed why he's what they call the X-Factor.

'Before the game started he was the only kid I was worried about', said Dolan. He really killed us.

Williams scored 20 out of his 25 points in the second half. He also added 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Aside from his great first round he was named to the All-UBA 3rd Team and 6-Man of the Year.

Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 26 points for the Dragons in a losing effort.



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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 27-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 19-8 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 13-13 
 4. Aviastar 11-16 
 5. Dynamo DN 11-16 
 6. Kremen-KNU 10-17 
 7. Vinnitsky Zubry 8-17 
 8. Pulsar 8-19 
Places 9-13
 1. KTU Krivyi Rih 12-2 
 2. Koksokh-Stal 11-4 
 3. Striba 7-7 
 4. Sportlitsey 7-8 
 5. Ternopil 0-16 


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  URUGUAY   


Nacional maintained the Metro leadership - by Hector Lopez
Nacional maintained the Metro League leadership after beating Atenas 87-78 for the 10th round. For Nacional Emiliano Giano (180-G-89) netted 20 points, Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) added 13 and 7 rebounds and Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) scored 9 with 11 rebounds. For Atenas Quentin Smith scored 20 points with 12 rebounds. Two other games were played:
Capitol 77 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 16 points 15 rebounds 2 blocks 4 assists
Yale 73 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 18 points, 10 rebounds
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Urunday Universitario 87 - Steven Toyloy (203-C-87, college: Cincinnati) 20 points 14 rebounds
25 de Agosto 63 - Fernando Lozano (186-G-81) 17 points, John Rufus (207-F/C-81, college: Fayetteville St.) 12 points 6 rebounds


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  VENEZUELA   


No more Flores in the Garden City - by Yelitza La Torre
New York, 05-21-2011 Alejandro Flores (202-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) went back to USA after Toros de Aragua fell on the classificatory round of the 2011 professional Basketball league of Venezuela. The Dominican player committed himself to getting Toros de Aragua to the 2011 LPB's playoff from the moment he arrived in Maracay. 'Every player in the team was upset that we couldn't please Aragua's basketball fanatics', Alejandro Flores said, ' I hope this year is a good experience for everybody even if we couldn't reach our goal '. At this time Toros de Aragua have to play its last games without Flores who became one of the main players of the team. Alejandro Flores arrived yesterday night in New York City where he will be taking a few days off the basketball court enjoying it with his lovely family.


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  WBA   


Gladiators win first game at historical Ford Gym - by Eurobasket News
The Rome Gladiators picked up where they left off at in 2005 and 2006 and thats 'Champs'. The Gladiators played there first game last night at the historical Ford Gym at Berry College where they hosted the Conyers court King's. The Court King's started out strong with a couple of nice baskets, but after that the Gladiators turned up the heat with help from their starting point guard Terrance Hundley who led all scores with 20pts. 5 rebounds and 6 assist. Hundley showed why he's a true court general as he commanded control over the Gladiators offense. Hundley who has played professionally in Portugal, Brazil, and Slovania. Right behind him was staring center Quartarai Waddell who had 19pts. 10 rebounds and 1 block shot the former U.T.C. and Shorter College standout took control of the paint.

Local players from the Gladiators Mike Dean and Ricky Garrett showed why they are home grown Gladiators as well as great basketball players. Mike Dean former U.G.A. and Middle Tennessee standout who after a two year hiatus came in and contributed 7pts. 5 rebounds as well 6 assist. While Rickey Garrett who formerly played at Clayton State who was third in scoring with 16 pts. 5 rebounds and 3 assist. The Gladiator's play the Fayettville TN. the Tennessee Tornados May 21st at the Ford Gym located at Berry College.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia U19 name the team for World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 name the team for World Championship after the team participated in three tournaments in China. Australia U19 became the winner of the Shanglou Cup and the Shouzou Tournament and also finished second in Yaan. Australia won Shangluo Cup beating China 94:69, USA 83:79 and Czech Republic 73:51 to win the tournament undefeated with 3-0 record. Gems also triumphed in the Shuozhou Tournament as it became another trophy. Czech Republic U19 team handed 72:65 loss to them in the last tournament. As several Czech players fouled out, the Gems surged one final time, but some missed opportunities in the final minutes left them short by 7 points. The loss left the Gems on top of a three way split with USA and Czech Republic, and finishing second to China who were undefeated for this tournament. Australia U19 team finished the tour with a positive score line taking the head to head battle 2-1 with each of the participating teams: China, USA and Czech Republic.

Aimie Clydesdale (177-G-93) Victoria/Dandenong
Ashleigh Karaitiana (181-G-92) NSW/Sydney Comets
Rebecca Allen (185-F-92) Victoria Country/Wangaratta
Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) Victoria Metro/AIS
Alexandra Bunton (191-F/C-93, college: Wichita St.) ACT/AIS
Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) Victoria/AIS
Madeleine Garrick (177-G-92) Victoria Country/Shepparton
Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) Victoria Country/Bendigo
Carley Mijovic (195-F-94) Victoria Metro/Dandenong/AIS
Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) Queensland/Townsville
Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) Tasmania/Launceston/AIS
Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) Qld/Gold Coast/Logan

Cheryl Chambers Head Coach
Karen Dalton Assistant Coach
Wayne Pollock Assistant Coach



WSBL: Friday and Saturday results - by Eurobasket News
In women's action on Friday, Wanneroo bounced back from a disappointing run of form to thrash Southwest 87-38.

The Wolves had lost four of their last five coming into the match but Amy Kidner had 16 points to help her side cruise to victory and hand the Slammers their 10th consecutive loss.

And Cockburn helped consolidate their spot in the top eight with a comfortable 88-47 win against the last placed Flames.

Sisters Kara and Courtney Hargreaves (91) (24 and 19 points respectively) lifted the Cougars to their third victory from four games.

Article by Jacob Kagi

In womens matches on Saturday Willetton defeated the Slammers 87-57, Wanneroo accounted for Kalamunda 87-71, Mandurah Magic beat East Perth 82-70, while Perry Lakes had a tight 70-68 win over East Perth.

Article by Ben Cameron
Courtesy of: SBL






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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria lose test game against Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian National Team travelled to Serbia for a pair of test games. They narrowly lost to the hosts 70:72 in the opening clash. Jose Maria Buceta team put up a decent fight against their experienced opponents but came up short at the end. Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) came up with 17 points each for Bulgaria. Veselka Todorova (192-C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 8 points in the loss.
Bulgaria are getting ready for the 2011 EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Tournament. They got into Group A together with Netherlands, Hungary, Finland and Ukraine. Bulgaria will tip off their campaign against Finland on June 3. The top team from the group will advance into the playoffs. They will meet with the top team from Group B to play for the only ticket available into 2011 EuroBasket in Poland.



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  CHINA - Women  


Shangluo, Shuozhou and Yaan hosted four nation tournaments - by Eurobasket News
Shangluo, Shuozhou and Yaan hosted four nation tournaments in preparation for the FIBA U19 World Championship which is to be held in Chile from 21-31 July, 2011. China U19, USA U19, Australia U19 and Czech Republic U19 teams showed great game and effort in all of them.
Australia won Shangluo Cup beating China 94:69, USA 83:79 and Czech Republic 73:51 to win the tournament undefeated with 3-0 record. Gems also triumphed in the Shuozhou Tournament as it became another trophy after Shangluo Cup. In Day 1 the Gems sealed the game keeping China to nine points for the final quarter to reach 66:52 win. Gretel Tippett paced all the winners with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Rebecca Cole added 12 points. Tayla Roberts ended up with 10 points, whilst Sara Blicavs scored 9. In the final game of the tournament USA clashed with home team China. With the stadium filled to capacity, the vocal Chinese fans carried their team over the line for a four point victory, that also ensured tournament victory to the Gems. The latter overcame Czech Republic to finish with 2-1 record on top.
China U19 team won Yaan tournament. The Asian team was undefeated in the last tournament.



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  CUBA - Women  


Cuba beat Germany for Guildford Invitational Tournament title - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Germany 58:51

Cuba earned the top spot at the Guildford Invitational Tournament. They celebrated three wins in as many games to claim the trophy. Cuba held off Germany tonight to wrap up their perfect campaign. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) delivered 13 points and 9 rebounds to pace Cuba.
Cuba grabbed the initiative right from the start. They held their opponents to 9 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Cuba increased the tempo in the second stanza. They accumulated a 13-point lead at the interval 36:23. Germany tried to strike back in the third period. They outscored the Latin American team to narrow the margin at 8 points with one quarter remaining. The fourth frame was plagued by misses and turnovers as Cuba hung on to win the game. Leydis Oquendo (180-F-82) had 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) finished with 9 points in the win. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) answered with 12 points for Germany. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) nailed 9 points in defeat.

Cuba: Suchitel Avila 13, Leydis Oquendo 10, Clenia Noblet 9
Germany: Sarah Austmann 12, Svenja Greunke 9




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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic U19 team participated in China - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U19 team participated in China in four nation tournament in preparation for the FIBA U19 World Championship which is to be held in Chile from 21-31 July, 2011.China hosted the tournament in three cities.
Shangluo Cup did not bring any victories for the European team. In Day 3 Australia outscored Czech Republic 73:51 to win the tournament undefeated with 3-0 record.
Gems triumph in the Shuozhou Tournament as it became another trophy after Shangluo Cup. Shuozhou hosted another tournament of four nations in China. In the final game of the tournament USA clashed with home team China. With the stadium filled to capacity, the vocal Chinese fans carried their team over the line for a four point victory, that also ensured tournament victory to the Gems. The latter overcame Czech Republic to finish with 2-1 record on top.
In the third tournament several Czech players fouled out in the game versus Australia, but the Czech Republic team celebrated 72:65 win. The loss left the Gems on top of a three way split with USA and Czech Republic, and finishing second to China who were undefeated for this tournament. The Gems finished the tour with a positive score line taking the head to head battle 2-1 with each of the participating teams: China, USA and Czech Republic.



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  ESTONIA - Women  


Estonia edge Norway in Bergen - by Eurobasket News
Norway - Estonia 47:63

Estonia earned victory in the first test game against Norway in Bergen. Merike Anderson (181-F-81, agency: LBM Management) knocked down 21 points to pace the visitors to a comfortable 16-point win. Norway and Estonia are scheduled to meet again tomorrow.
Estonia started to build on their lead right from the start. The visitors posted a 12:10 advantage after ten minutes. Estonia outscored the hosts 20:11 in the second frame to build a 32:21 halftime advantage. Estonia maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 24-point buffer heading into the fourth term. Norway finally adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit in the final period. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) had 11 points, while Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 8 points in the winning effort. Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-G/F-91) responded with 10 points for Norway. Nanna Sand (181-F-77, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 7 points in defeat.

Norway: Maren Hoff Austgulen 10, Nanna Sand 7
Estonia: Merike Anderson 21, Mirjam Nikolai 11, Valeria Kast 8




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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Angel McCoughtry will head back to Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) will be back to Fenerbahce next season as the team agreed to keep the American Forward. In january 2001 she moved to the Turkish champions and became the second top-scorer in the league.
First Angel McCoughtry moved to Europe in 2009 as she signed at Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five), In Slovakian League after 9 games Angel averaged 13.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (4.2spg), 2.4bpg, 2FGP: 30.4%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 72.2%, while in Euroleague she debuted with 19.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-1 (3.3spg), FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 71.1%. In 2010 played for Atlanta Dream (WNBA, starting five and became the second top-scorer in WNBA with 22.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-3 (2.0spg), FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 80.1%. The season 2010-2011 started for MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary-A) and in Hungarian League had 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2.7spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 53.3%, while in Euroleague became the top-scorer with 22.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 77.1%. In
In January 2011 moved to Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) and in Turkish League after 18 games showed 17.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 84.8%. In Euroleague after 6 games her stats read 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.5%.
Fenerbahce also announced keeping Ivana Matovic (197-C-83), Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) and Kubra Siyahdemir (181-F-86).




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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland storm past Portugal in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Portugal 82:54

Finland eased past Portugal in the first exhibition game between the teams in Vantaa. The teams will meet again on Sunday. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) knocked down 26 points to pace the hosts.
The teams traded baskets throughout first period. Finland and Portugal entered the second quarter all square 20:20. But the hosts took off in the second frame. They held off Portugal to only 7 points in the quarter and opened up a 13-point halftime lead. Finland contributed to their advantage in the third stanza. The home team accumulated a comfortable 18-point buffer with ten minutes to go. Finland cruised to the victory in the final term. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) provided 11 points, while Krista Gross (182-G) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Joana Lopes (185-F-86) answered with 10 points for Portugal. Carolina Escorcio (178-F/C-90) nailed 9 points, while Diana Neves (170-G-87, college: Vanguard) finished with 8 in the loss.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 26, Dionne Pounds 11, Krista Gross 10
Portugal: Joana Lopes 10, Carolina Escorcio 9, Diana Neves 8



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  FRANCE - Women  


Bourges add Marielle Amant, Kiesha Brown and Christelle Diallo - by Eurobasket News
Another transfer news came from Bourges that added Marielle Amant (191-F/C-89), Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) and Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) to 2010/2011 roster. After signing Celine Dumerc the team announced more changes.
Kiesha Brown comes from Spain as the American Guard played few last seasons there. In 2009-2010 she played for Argon Uni Girona (Spain-LFB, starting five) and in 23 games averaged 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 34.4%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 76.8%. In June signed at Tulsa Shock (WNBA) and in 27 games had 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 38.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 82.1%. In 2010-2011 signed with Mann Filter Zaragoza (Spain-LFB) and in EuroCup her stats read 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 38.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.0%, while in Spanish League after 28 games she averaged 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 84.1%.
Marielle Amant arrives from Arras. In 2010-2011 for Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin (LFB, starting five) in EuroCup she averaged 7.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, FT: 59.3%. In French League after 21 games her stats read 7.1ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 83.7%.
Christelle Diallo is a 1993 French U18 National player. She started her career for Centre Federal BB II (NF2) where she stayed until this season.
Ilona Burgrova (197-C-84, college: S.Carolina), Anael Lardy (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) and Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will not be however in the team's roster for the next year.





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  GERMANY - Women  


Cuba beat Germany for Guildford Invitational Tournament title - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Germany 58:51

Cuba earned the top spot at the Guildford Invitational Tournament. They celebrated three wins in as many games to claim the trophy. Cuba held off Germany tonight to wrap up their perfect campaign. Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) delivered 13 points and 9 rebounds to pace Cuba.
Cuba grabbed the initiative right from the start. They held their opponents to 9 points in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead. Cuba increased the tempo in the second stanza. They accumulated a 13-point lead at the interval 36:23. Germany tried to strike back in the third period. They outscored the Latin American team to narrow the margin at 8 points with one quarter remaining. The fourth frame was plagued by misses and turnovers as Cuba hung on to win the game. Leydis Oquendo (180-F-82) had 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) finished with 9 points in the win. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) answered with 12 points for Germany. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) nailed 9 points in defeat.

Cuba: Suchitel Avila 13, Leydis Oquendo 10, Clenia Noblet 9
Germany: Sarah Austmann 12, Svenja Greunke 9




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  LATVIA - Women  


Great Britain shoot down Latvia in Guildford - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Latvia 67:64

Great Britain finished their Guildford Invitational Tournament campaign on a high note. The hosts held off Latvia for the initial win at the tourney. Great Britain finished at 1-2 record, while Latvia suffered the third defeat in a row. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds to pace Great Britain.
The teams traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. Great Britain eked out a narrow 15:13 lead after ten minutes. The second quarter turned disastrous for Latvia. The hosts dominated every facet of the encounter outscoring the visitors 25:8 and earning a 40:21 halftime lead. But Latvia showed character and played arguably their best basketball at the tournament after the big break. The visitors fired 43 points and almost denied the deficit. But Great Britain were able to withhold the challenge and celebrated a tough win at the end. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Azania Stewart (193-C-90) had 10 points apiece in the win. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Latvia. Elina Babkina (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) finished with 13 points in defeat.

Great Britain: Natalie Stafford 18, JulieAnne Page 10, Azania Stewart 10
Latvia: Gunta Basko 15, Elina Babkina 13



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  NCAA1 - Women  


USA U19 comes back from China tour - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 comes back from China tour as the team participated at four nation tournaments in preparation for the FIBA U19 World Championship which is to be held in Chile from 21-31 July, 2011. China U19, USA U19, Australia U19 and Czech Republic U19 teams showed great game and effort in all of them.
Australia won Shangluo Cup beating China 94:69, USA 83:79 and Czech Republic 73:51 to win the tournament undefeated with 3-0 record. In Day 2 Australia overcame USA 83:79. In a tight final quarter with the margin no greater than five points the Aussies held on to win. Rebecca Cole (5'10''-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Tayla Roberts (6'3''-F/C-93) nailed 16.
Gems also triumphed in the Shuozhou Tournament as it became another trophy after Shangluo Cup. In Day 2 USA overcame Australia 61:58 as the latter were unable to find a three with the final play. Tayla Roberts finished the night with 16 points and Nadeen Payne scored 11. Carley Mijovic (6'5''-F-94) and Sara Blicavs delivered 9 points each in defeat. In the final game of the tournament USA clashed with home team China. With the stadium filled to capacity, the vocal Chinese fans carried their team over the line for a four point victory, that also ensured tournament victory to the Gems. The latter overcame Czech Republic to finish with 2-1 record on top.
China U19 team won Yaan tournament. The Asian team was undefeated in the last tournament.



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  NIGERIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
1. First Deepwater 7-0
2. First Bank 7-0
3. Sunshine A. 6-1
4. Dolphin 4-3
5. FCT Angels 3-4
6. Immigration 3-4
7. AHIP Queens 2-5
8. Delta Force 2-5
9. Customs 1-6
10. Plateau Rocks 0-7


Zenith Bank WBL: First Bank down Sunshine 65-54 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Former champion of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organised Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Bank basketball club of Lagos Friday recorded a major victory over one its arch rival, Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure in Day-7 of the league with a 65-54 points win.

First Bank basketball club won three of the four quarters while Sunshine picked one (18-13, 15-07, 15-18, 17-16) to seal victory over the determined Coach Andrew Isokpehi tutored Sunshine Angels.

First Bank basketball club and Nigeria senior national team combo-guard, ImaObong Akpan was the star-player of the day with 25 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot; First Bank BC centre, Temitope Oladele added 14 points and 8 rebounds while Grace Okonkwo grabbed 9 rebounds for the former champion.

Sunshine Angel centre, Rasheedat Ahmed led her teammates with 17 points and 5 rebounds with power forward, Korede Sosanya contributing 14 points, 5 rebounds.

Action contine Saturday (today) with Immigration basketball club of Kano stepping on court against Dolphins basketball club of Lagos, defending champion First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos taking on Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure, AHIP Queens basketball club of Kano will engage Delta Force basketball club of Asaba, Plateau Rocks basketball club of Jos continue its search for a win when it take to the floor against First Bank basketball club as FCT Angels basketball club battle Customs basketball club of Lagos



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  NORWAY - Women  


Estonia edge Norway in Bergen - by Eurobasket News
Norway - Estonia 47:63

Estonia earned victory in the first test game against Norway in Bergen. Merike Anderson (181-F-81, agency: LBM Management) knocked down 21 points to pace the visitors to a comfortable 16-point win. Norway and Estonia are scheduled to meet again tomorrow.
Estonia started to build on their lead right from the start. The visitors posted a 12:10 advantage after ten minutes. Estonia outscored the hosts 20:11 in the second frame to build a 32:21 halftime advantage. Estonia maintained the pressure throughout the third quarter. They ensured a 24-point buffer heading into the fourth term. Norway finally adjusted their rhythm and cut the deficit in the final period. Mirjam Nikolai (178-G-86) had 11 points, while Valeria Kast (201-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 8 points in the winning effort. Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-G/F-91) responded with 10 points for Norway. Nanna Sand (181-F-77, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 7 points in defeat.

Norway: Maren Hoff Austgulen 10, Nanna Sand 7
Estonia: Merike Anderson 21, Mirjam Nikolai 11, Valeria Kast 8




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  POLAND - Women  


CCC Polkowice sign deal with Gintare Petronyte - by Eurobasket News
CCC landed another player for the upcoming season. The Polkowice team signed a deal with Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89). The 22-year-old Lithuanian centre spent the previous season in Turkey. She averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 boards for Galatasaray in TKBL. In Euroleague Gintare Petronyte averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre played in TEO Vilnius and Athinaikos Greece. She was named Eurobasket.com Player of the Year in Baltic League in 2008. Petronyte also grabbed the title in LMKL in 2008 and 2009 and in Greek League in 2010. Gintare Petronyte played for Lithuania during Qualifying Round of 2011 EuroBasket. She tallied 11.0 points, 5.1 boards and 1.0 block per game.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Finland storm past Portugal in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Portugal 82:54

Finland eased past Portugal in the first exhibition game between the teams in Vantaa. The teams will meet again on Sunday. Heta Korpivaara (187-G/F-84, college: Seton Hall) knocked down 26 points to pace the hosts.
The teams traded baskets throughout first period. Finland and Portugal entered the second quarter all square 20:20. But the hosts took off in the second frame. They held off Portugal to only 7 points in the quarter and opened up a 13-point halftime lead. Finland contributed to their advantage in the third stanza. The home team accumulated a comfortable 18-point buffer with ten minutes to go. Finland cruised to the victory in the final term. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) provided 11 points, while Krista Gross (182-G) accounted for 10 points in the victory. Joana Lopes (185-F-86) answered with 10 points for Portugal. Carolina Escorcio (178-F/C-90) nailed 9 points, while Diana Neves (170-G-87, college: Vanguard) finished with 8 in the loss.

Finland: Heta Korpivaara 26, Dionne Pounds 11, Krista Gross 10
Portugal: Joana Lopes 10, Carolina Escorcio 9, Diana Neves 8



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Leagues for places 7-13 - by Zeljko Zule
League for places 7-10: GVT Konjice-Odeja 49-61: After trailing 32-34 in the third quarter, Odeja went on an impressive 22-2 run. Klavdija Oblak finished with 13 points, Tadeja Horvat added 12, Nina Zakelj 10 and Ajda Gabrovsek grabbed15 rebounds. Konjice's lone player in double figures was Anja Lesjak (173-G-84) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Grosuplje-Rasica 44-42: In the game without a 3-pointer the two teams committed for 49 turnovers.Grosuplje opened the final quarter with eight straight point to take a lead 42-34 with 2:14 remaining. Rasica cut the deficit 42-43 with 8 seconds left. Anita Kastelic made only first free throw for Grosuplje and Nina Rebrica missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Alina Gjerkes and Anja Rozman both scored 10 points for the home team and Eva Lisec grabbed 11 rebounds while Alja Samec had 13 points for Rasica.
Grousplje-GVT Konjice 68-61: The home team went on a 8-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarter to take a crucial lead 56-46. Alina Gjerkes finished with 13 points and Anja Kastelic and Anita Rozman added 11 each. Konjice was led by Ajsa Zdovc and her game-high 16 points and Neja Klancnik added 10.
Standings: Odeja 5-0, Grosuplje 4-2, Konjice 2-4, Rasica 0-5.
League for places 11-13:
Pivka-Rogaska 53-64: After trailing 21-39 in the third quarter, Rogaska went on a 35-6 run. Anja Ilievski scored 16 points, Tina Kvaternik 15 and Tjasa Muhovic had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Sara Meden posted 12 points, Natasa Kosarac 11, Nusa Klobucar 10 and Tina Jakovina grabbed 15 rebounds.
Finals standings: Rogaska 4-0, Domzale 1-3, Pivka 1-3.



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  SWEDEN - Women  


News from Kvarnby and Telge - by Eurobasket News
Kvarnby recruited Ida Aasa (177-G-91) for the upcoming season. The 20-year-old guard spent the previous season with Umea. Ida Aasa tallied 8.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game for the Comets.
In the meantime the defending champions Telge have secured the services of Binta Drammeh (180-F-92), Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) for the next two seasons. Binta Drammeh averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.7 steals per game for the champions. The 19-year-old forward will enter her fourth straight season with Telge.
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga also had a solid season with Telge. Her stats read 12.8 points, 8.7 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game. The 19-year-old guard made into Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan 2nd Team.
Salome Kabengano is another talented youngster from Telge. She posted 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Damligan season.



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  TURKEY - Women  


Angel McCoughtry will head back to Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) will be back to Fenerbahce next season as the team agreed to keep the American Forward. In january 2001 she moved to the Turkish champions and became the second top-scorer in the league.
First Angel McCoughtry moved to Europe in 2009 as she signed at Dobri Anjeli Kosice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five), In Slovakian League after 9 games Angel averaged 13.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (4.2spg), 2.4bpg, 2FGP: 30.4%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 72.2%, while in Euroleague she debuted with 19.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-1 (3.3spg), FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 71.1%. In 2010 played for Atlanta Dream (WNBA, starting five and became the second top-scorer in WNBA with 22.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, Steals-3 (2.0spg), FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 80.1%. The season 2010-2011 started for MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary-A) and in Hungarian League had 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2.7spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 53.3%, while in Euroleague became the top-scorer with 22.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 77.1%. In
In January 2011 moved to Fenerbahce Istanbul (Turkey-TKBL, starting five) and in Turkish League after 18 games showed 17.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 84.8%. In Euroleague after 6 games her stats read 12.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 87.5%.
Fenerbahce also announced keeping Ivana Matovic (197-C-83), Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) and Kubra Siyahdemir (181-F-86).




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Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Tim-Scuf 12-2 
 2. Kozachka 11-3 
 3. Dnipro-DVUFK 9-5 
 4. Frankivsk 8-5 
 5. Dynamo 8-6 
 6. Orlan 6-8 
 7. Politeh Basket 5-8 
 8. Yuzhna Palmira 5-9 
 9. Donbas 4-9 
 10. Luganski Last. 0-13 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Great Britain shoot down Latvia in Guildford - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Latvia 67:64

Great Britain finished their Guildford Invitational Tournament campaign on a high note. The hosts held off Latvia for the initial win at the tourney. Great Britain finished at 1-2 record, while Latvia suffered the third defeat in a row. Natalie Stafford (173-G-76) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds to pace Great Britain.
The teams traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. Great Britain eked out a narrow 15:13 lead after ten minutes. The second quarter turned disastrous for Latvia. The hosts dominated every facet of the encounter outscoring the visitors 25:8 and earning a 40:21 halftime lead. But Latvia showed character and played arguably their best basketball at the tournament after the big break. The visitors fired 43 points and almost denied the deficit. But Great Britain were able to withhold the challenge and celebrated a tough win at the end. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) and Azania Stewart (193-C-90) had 10 points apiece in the win. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Latvia. Elina Babkina (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) finished with 13 points in defeat.

Great Britain: Natalie Stafford 18, JulieAnne Page 10, Azania Stewart 10
Latvia: Gunta Basko 15, Elina Babkina 13



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  WNBA - Women  


New Sky coach Chatman not new to everyone - by Eurobasket News
The first time new Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman met star center Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), Fowles didn't go by the nickname Big Syl, as she does now.

Fowles was younger and smaller then.

But she didn't go by Little Syl either.

'I've never been a Little Syl, laughed the 6-foot-5 Fowles, who has always been tall for her age. I was Skinny Syl back then.'

'I first met Pokey when I was in ninth or 10th grade and I was about 35 pound lighter. I was the skinniest thing. But I was also the quickest thing on the court.'

That's what caught Chatman's eye. Fowles was a long, tall budding high school star who could fly from one baseline to the other. An assistant coach for LSU at the time, Chatman was champing at the bit to get a commitment out of Fowles.

Of course, Fowles eventually went to LSU, where she led the Tigers to four Final Fours and was named an All-American.

She also spent four years cultivating a close relationship with Chatman, who eventually became the head coach at LSU near the end of Fowles' career.

As they team up again, this time in an effort to bring the playoffs and even a WNBA championship to Chicago, Chatman and Fowles see their past history as an advantage that can't be underestimated. Especially for a new coach in her first year.

I've known Pokey for a long time now and I'm so excited for her, Fowles said. She's a great coach and she knows how to win. She's done well at every level and this is the next step to her success.

Most rookie coaches don't have such a strong ally pulling for them from the inside. And Chatman has two.

Sky guard Epiphanny Prince is another. She's been coached by Chatman before, too.

It helps because Sylvia and Epiphanny can give all of our other players some insight as to what kind of person I am and what kind of expectations I'll have, Chatman said. They have some comfort with me and with everything we're doing because they know a little bit more.

Prince got to know Chatman overseas.

Prior to arriving in Chicago last week to take over the Sky, which opens the regular season June 4 at Indiana, Chatman was coaching one of the top teams in the Euroleague, Spartak out of Russia. Prince happened to be one of her top players and the two spent a lot of time getting to know each other and the way they each approach the game.

It makes me more comfortable having played for her before, Prince said. Sometimes when you come in (with a new coach) you feel like you have to prove yourself and you start doing extra things, things you might not even be very good at.

My advantage is that (Chatman) already knows what I can do, so I'm comfortable and all I'm trying to do is focus on what I can do to become better.

Speaking of getting better, rookie point guard Courtney Vandersloot is counting on Chatman to help her do that.

She and Chatman have no past history but she expects to get to know her new head coach quickly.

The two should be as closely connected as Chatman is with Fowles and Prince in no time.

Chatman was a star point guard during her playing days at LSU and will be an invaluable sounding board as Vandersloot learns the finer points of the pro game.

It will be very beneficial for me (to learn under Chatman), said Vandersloot, who was taken by the Sky with the third pick in April's WNBA draft. That's one of the first things I thought when I got drafted by the Sky. I was really excited to play for Pokey because everyone I talked to had great things to say about her and how much she's going to help me.

This is the perfect spot for me to develop into the best point guard I can be.

Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Australia U19 name the team for World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 name the team for World Championship after the team participated in three tournaments in China. Australia U19 became the winner of the Shanglou Cup and the Shouzou Tournament and also finished second in Yaan. Australia won Shangluo Cup beating China 94:69, USA 83:79 and Czech Republic 73:51 to win the tournament undefeated with 3-0 record. Gems also triumphed in the Shuozhou Tournament as it became another trophy. Czech Republic U19 team handed 72:65 loss to them in the last tournament. As several Czech players fouled out, the Gems surged one final time, but some missed opportunities in the final minutes left them short by 7 points. The loss left the Gems on top of a three way split with USA and Czech Republic, and finishing second to China who were undefeated for this tournament. Australia U19 team finished the tour with a positive score line taking the head to head battle 2-1 with each of the participating teams: China, USA and Czech Republic.

Aimie Clydesdale (177-G-93) Victoria/Dandenong
Ashleigh Karaitiana (181-G-92) NSW/Sydney Comets
Rebecca Allen (185-F-92) Victoria Country/Wangaratta
Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) Victoria Metro/AIS
Alexandra Bunton (191-F/C-93, college: Wichita St.) ACT/AIS
Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) Victoria/AIS
Madeleine Garrick (177-G-92) Victoria Country/Shepparton
Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) Victoria Country/Bendigo
Carley Mijovic (195-F-94) Victoria Metro/Dandenong/AIS
Nadeen Payne (188-F/C-93) Queensland/Townsville
Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) Tasmania/Launceston/AIS
Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) Qld/Gold Coast/Logan

Cheryl Chambers Head Coach
Karen Dalton Assistant Coach
Wayne Pollock Assistant Coach