EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/29/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Libertad Sunchales name Fabio Demti new head coach - by Eurobasket News
Libertad Sunchales announced the name of their new head coach. Fabio Demti will take over the team. The contract is meant for 2011/12 season. Fabio Demti worked with Regatas Corrientes over the last two seasons. He helped the team win Liga Americas in 2011. Fabio Demti was named Latinbasket.com All-Liga Americas Coach of the Year.


LIGA a finals: Penarol take advantage 2-0 - by Facundo Iatzky
Penarol won the second game of the serie 82-62 and took advantage in the finals. Atenas played better than the first game but it was not enough. In the first game, Penarol had dominated since the first minute and eventually won by a difference of almost 30 points of difference. In this one Atenas was more focused and could control the intensity of penarol, but in the second half again, the experience of players of penarol was too juch for expectations of Atenas. Now finals move to Cordoba.

Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 17 pts, Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) 15 pts, Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) 11 pts
Atenas: Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) 14, James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie) 13


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day 1 of action in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Smart Gilas - Ittihad 101:69
Smart Gilas confidently opened Fiba Asia Club Championship. The hosts rolled past Ittihad in the opening game in Group A. Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead Smart Gilas to the victory.
Smart Gilas led from start to finish in this one. The hosts ensured a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Ittihad drew things level at 21 early in the second term. But Smart Gilas ignited a 22:8 rally to build a 45:31 lead at the interval. The lead increased to 20+ in the third term as Smart Gilas took over completely. They recorded a 78:47 advantage at the final intermission. Ittihad never recovered and had to digest a bitter pill at the end. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) provided 15 points for the winners. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 18 points for Ittihad. Ali Al Maghribi (200-F-75) had 9 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Japeth Aguilar 20, Marcus Douthit 18, Marcio Lassiter 15
Ittihad: Vladislav Dragajlovic 18, Ali Al Maghribi 9

ASU - Duhok 74:66
ASU recorded the first win at the Fiba Asia Club Championship. They toppled Duhok in opener in Manila tonight. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds to pace ASU.
Duhok ensured slightly better start to the game. They eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. ASU struck back in the second term. The Jordanian team wrapped up the second frame on an 11:3 run to take a 41:33 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Duhok regained the advantage as they entered the final frame up by a single point 50:49. However ASU used an 8:0 run midway through the final term to put their noses in front. Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) made it a 12-point game with under three minutes to go and ASU would not look back afterwards.
Daghlas Osama provided 15 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) finished with 10 points in the win. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori netted 15 points, while Ali Hamadeh provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

ASU: Jameel Watkins 25+17 boards, Daghlas Osama 15, Wesam Al-Sous 10
Duhok: Chudney Gray 16, Qutaiba Al-Doori 15


Group B
Riyadi - Shaab 109:90

Riyadi knocked down Shaab in the first game at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) stepped up with 29 points to pace the Lebanese team to the victory.
Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) ensured a 6:2 start to the game for Shaab. But Riyadi quickly took over. They capped the frame on a 13:0 run to build a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. Riyadi opened a 14-point advantage early in the second quarter. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) made it 46:33 at halftime. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-F-88) dragged Shaab within 10 points midway through the third term but it was as close as the UAE team could get. Riyadi responded with a 25:8 rally to clear off for good in this one. Jean Abed El Nour knocked down 24 points, while Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) provided 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for the winners. Courtney Fields stepped up with game-high 39 points and 8 boards for Shaab. Rashed Al Zaabi had 14 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Fadi Khatib 29, Jean Abed El Nour 24, Ahmad Ismail 17
Shaab: Courtney Fields 39, Rashed Al Zaabi 14

Mahram - Jalaa 86:59
Mahram opened their Fiba Asia Club Championship campaign in style. Two-time defending champions fired past Jalaa in preliminary Group B. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) erupted for 34 points and 6 rebounds for Mahram.
Mahram opened the game with eight points in a row to set the tone. Jalaa came back to life midway through the quarter as they levelled things up at 15. But Mahram surged ahead once again posting a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Mahram capped the first half with a 16:6 run to boost their lead to as many as 18 points 47:29. Soon the Iranian side opened a 20-point advantage and rallied to a comfortable 71:44 lead with ten minutes remaining. Jalaa could not recover in the fourth frame as Mahram cruised to the victory at the end. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) netted 14 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 34, Cheikh Samb 12, Samad Nikkhah 10+10 boards
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 16, Jamaal Miller 14



Standings
Asian Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1. ASU 1-0 
 2. Smart Gilas 1-0 
 3. KL Dragons 0-0 
 4. Al Ittihad 0-1 
 5. Duhok 0-1 
Group B
 1. Al Riyadi 1-0 
 2. Mahram 1-0 
 3. Al Rayyan 0-0 
 4. Ash Shaab 0-1 
 5. Jalaa 0-1 


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  AUSTRALIA   


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


SBL: Lightning strike burns Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Lakeside Lightning came back from 11 points down to beat fellow top four contender Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks in a fiery clash on Friday.

The Lightning outscored the Hawks 49-30 in the second half to remain on top of the men's State Basketball League ladder, while Perry Lakes dropped out of the top four with its second straight loss.

Lakeside took the momentum midway through the third quarter, turning their 11-point deficit with 8:30 left in the period into a lead just four minutes later after a 13-1 run.

And the impetus shifted further later in the quarter when consecutive technical fouls were called on the Perry Lakes bench, which saw coach Dion Dagostino ejected and Lakeside shoot six straight free-throws.

The Lightning again fell behind by four early in the fourth but recovered through a 10-2 run and cruised home from there as the Hawks struggled with ill-discipline.

Guard Joe-Alan Tupaea was ejected after appearing to punch an opponent with three minutes left, shortly after he was called for a technical foul, while Anthony Lee fouled out late in the game.

Lakeside's comeback masked a poor shooting night, where they shot just 27 per cent from the field.

Ben Beran, who made just two of his first 13 field goal attempts, led the Lightning with 25 points. Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) (22 points) and Christopher Sofoulis (182-G-88) (20) also provided valuable contributions, while US Collegiate player Kyle Armour (182-G) was held scoreless in his first game for the club.

Hawks import Lee was held to an uncharacteristically low 16 points but still top-scored for his side, while Tupaea added 15.

Lakeside coach Andy Stewart said it was a relief to win when his side produced a sub-par offensive performance.

'I don't remember us shooting as bad as that for a long time, so to scratch out a win was very good,' he said.

'Their pressure defence is pretty good and we've got to go back and work out how to put a few wrinkles in there to get a few shooters open.'

Article by Jacob Kagi at Lakeside Recreation Centre
Courtesy of: SBL




SBL: Senators extinguish Rockingham's Flame - by Eurobasket News
The ATD Stirling Senators have cemented a place inside the top eight with a hard fought 106-97 win against the Rockingham Flames at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

An all around outstanding shooting display from Michael Jones, and a dominant inside performance from Geordie Cullen (210-C-78, college: High Point) proved too much for the Flames to handle as they slumped to their ninth loss from 10 games in a major blow to their finals hopes.

Jones scored 27 points which including five three pointers. He completed the double -double by grabbing ten rebounds for the Senators, who climbed to seventh spot. Cullen finished with 23 points.

Despite early foul trouble for Cullen, Stirlings bench provided solid backup. Rockinghams Jerel Allen (192-G-85, college: Florida St.) had a fantastic first quarter with 10 points as the Flames took a two point lead into quarter time.

Stirlings defensive effort stepped up a notch in the second with their half court pressure causing numerous turnovers against Rockinghams ball handlers. This resulted in the lead for Stirling blowing out to as many as 16.

Cullen provided a highlight with a huge tomahawk jam after a fast break, but not to be outdone, Lee Roberts finished off an alley-oop with a reverse jam the very next possession.

Allen s great shooting continued for Rockingham in the first half as he finished with 21, and rounded off the half with two 3pt baskets, including one at the buzzer that brought Stirlings lead back to four at the main break.

Rockingham took the lead early in the second half behind Allen, and this was helped by Roberts committing his fourth foul early in the quarter for Stirling.

Stirling maintained a narrow one point lead at the last change, but they were dealt a blow as Roberts fouled out with nine minutes remaining. But that didnt stop Jones, as he continued his great shooting form, and Stirlings defensive pressure caused more pain for Rockinghams ball carriers.

It was what we expected from Rockingham, we knew they would come out fired up, Stirling coach Don Jamieson said.

It was a close game when we played them previously so we knew if they kept us under enough pressure they could possibly steal the win.

We lost our mental focus during the course of the game, it has been something we have been working on, and hopefully that was another lesson for us.'

Courtesy of: SBL


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz claim D1 Gold - by Eurobasket News
Araz clinched D1 title today. They overcame Gala 118:116 in the second game of the championship series to complete the sweep. After cruising to the victory in the opening game Araz had to sweat for this one. Araz led by 6 points after ten minutes but Gala levelled things up at 56 at halftime. Gala pulled in front to take a 7-point lead with one quarter remaining. But led by Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-F-82) Araz erased the deficit and forced overtime. Araz proved more experienced in the dying seconds of the extra period and eked out a 118:116 victory at the end.



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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Stage three Standings
 1. Al Manama 3-0 
 2. Muharraq 2-0 
 3. Al Hala 1-1 
 4. Al Ahli 1-2 
 5. Issa Town 1-2 
 6. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 7. Sitra 0-0 
 8. Nuwaidrat 0-3 
Stage One Standings


Manama march into semi-finals - by Yousef Ahmed

MANAMA outclassed Isa Town 67-57 last night to become the first team to punch their ticket to the Golden Square semi-finals in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. Star Bahraini big man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) Had a great performance with 18 points, 11 rebounds,7 assists and 5 steals , while young guard Khalid Ali scored a career high 18 points shooting 6 for 9 from beyond the arc to lead their team to the win. It was their third triumph in as many games in the ongoing six-team play-off round.

American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) had an all-around effort of 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and six assists. Manama, who are the champions of this year's Zain Basketball Cup, were in control of the contest from the opening tip, and they managed to stave off any chances of a comeback from their gutsy rivals. Veteran forward Abdulmajeed Shahram and Rice both made three-pointers in the final minute to help seal the result.

'This was a tough win for us,' Al Mutawa told the GDN. 'Isa Town are a difficult opponent and they play very physical. They threw us off a little bit from our game plan, but we stuck with it and we managed to get the victory with our defence. 'We're now in the semi-finals but we still have two games to play this round and we're not going to take those lightly. They're going to be important for us as we continue to develop our team, and we're going to keep working hard in order to keep improving until we be the best we can be. 'In the Golden Square, it doesn't matter who we will face. Each of the remaining teams possess a different kind of challenge, and we will be ready for all of them. 'We are determined to win the league and cup double this year; that's the main reason why I came back to play here.' Al Mutawa, who played in Kuwait for a few years before returning this season to suit up for Manama, helped them get off to a rousing 9-0 start in yesterday's game before taking a 21-8 lead at the end of the opening quarter. They held on in a see-saw second and enjoyed a 38-25 advantage at the break.

Manama managed to remain in front, but Isa Town would not go away, and they slowly cut the deficit to nine, 50-41, heading into the final canto. A fast-break lay-up by Hassan Ramadan then made it 60-52 with under three minutes remaining, but it was as close as they would get and triples from Shahram and Rice helped close out the 10-point win. Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) from the US had 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace Isa Town in the loss. Ebrahim Khabaaz added 10 markers as the only other player in double figures.

Meanwhile, defending champions Al Ahli picked up their much-needed first win of the play-offs after beating Nuwaidrat 99-83. With the result, they kept alive their hopes of advancing to the final four. Hussain Shaker paced the victors with a game-high 28 points, while former National Basketball Association veteran Lamond Murray chipped in with 25 and an impressive 18 rebounds. Ahli were red hot from the perimeter in the game, making 19 three-pointers. Shaker made five, backcourt mate Maytham Jameel four and Murray two. It was a welcome result for the reigning back-to-back champions, who had lost their opening two fixtures in stunning fashion, first against Isa Town and then against Manama. Ebrahim Jameel and Hassan Yousef led Nuwaidrat with 22 points apiece in the loss, which was their third setback in a row. Play-off action continues tonight at the same venue when the other unbeaten side of the play-offs, Muharraq, face off with Al Hala, who have one and one loss so far. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6pm.


Source GDN By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011




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  BELGIUM   


Generali Okapi Aalstar join Generali Okapi Aalstar in the Final - by Eurobasket News
Aalstar - M.Hainaut 79-59

Generali Okapi Aalstar join Generali Okapi Aalstar in the Final as they won over Hainaut 79:59 in the decisive third game. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Dexia Mons-Hainaut's 26. They outrebounded Dexia Mons-Hainaut 43-26 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Dexia Mons-Hainaut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) helped adding 20 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Impact Basketball) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) scored 3 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: S.Burrell 20+3reb+5ast, C.Young 18+14reb+2ast, C.Copeland 11+6reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 8+8reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 8+2ast, T.Johnson 6+4reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: A.Nivins 11+5reb+1ast, R.Taylor 10+2reb, A.Libert 10+2reb+1ast, S.Bellin 7+3reb, M.Hatten 7+2reb+2ast, S.Foster 6+2reb
gschID: 129094




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. Mallet, Charleroi15.6 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende15.3 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar15.0 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.7 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.7 
 10. Miller, Leuven14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.9 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.4 
 5. Randle, Gent7.3 
 6. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.4 
 7. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 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.Hainaut3.6 
 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. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.7 
 7. Biggs, Antwerp1.7 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.4 
 3. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 4. Johnson, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Van Den Spie., Oos.0.7 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Pelle, Oostende0.5 


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  BOSNIA   


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.9 
 2. Albijanic, Sloboda17.4 
 3. Opacak, Celik17.0 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Kak.16.9 
 5. Rahimic, Bosna16.8 
 6. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.7 
 7. Kahrimanovic, Zrin.16.6 
 8. Komatina, Mladost16.6 
 9. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.3 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Igokea
  (203-C-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Harvey, Igokea8.3 
 2. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.0 
 3. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik7.3 
 5. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Bor.6.9 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 8. Albijanic, Sloboda6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Lalovic, Hercegov.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Herce.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Bocka, Mladost5.4 
 3. Pasalic, Bosna4.7 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT3.9 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Zdravkovic, Caplji.3.5 
 7. Markovic, Varda HE3.5 
 8. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, SL IAT3.3 
 10. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.3 
 4. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 5. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 6. Stemberger, Siroki1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.7 
 10. Milosevic, Mladost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kuzmic, Celik1.8 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.6 
 3. Harvey, Igokea0.8 
 4. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda0.7 
 6. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 7. Durasovic, SL IAT0.7 
 8. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 9. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 10. Duranovic, Mladost0.7 


Siroki TT grab 2-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News
Igokea - Siroki TT 80-82

Siroki TT grab 2-1 Final lead beating Igokea 82:80 away from home in Game 3. Igokea was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-25 charge of Siroki TT Kabeli, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Igokea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) who scored 28 points and 4 steals. Croatian power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) who recorded 24 points and Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Igokea: B.Chase 24+2reb+1ast, N.Joksimovic 18+5reb+3ast, D.Harvey 15+5reb+4ast, M.Dozet 10, S.Nadjfeji 7+3reb, M.Djerasimovic 2+1reb
Siroki TT: F.Pilepic 28+4reb+1ast, I.Grgat 15+6reb+3ast, V.Morovic 10+6reb+7ast, I.Ramljak 10+4reb, S.Stemberger 7, Z.Sakic 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 128799




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  CBL   


Florida Flight Bolster Roster - by Eurobasket News
(Avalon Park, FL) - The Florida Flight signed guards Fred Meeks and Brandon Armistead on Friday, May 29th. Both players were recently waived by the Gainesville Galaxy earlier this week.
No stranger to the Flight organization, Armistead took part in the Florida Flight School tryout league, the format utilized to seek out the very best local talent in Central Florida for the 2011 season.

Meeks, a teammate of Armistead with the Galaxy, is a veteran player who lives locally in the Orlando area. Both players will get a chance to show and prove their worth immediately, as the Flight has a home and home matchup this weekend against the Galaxy.

'Brandon had a solid tryout showing in our Flight School league,' said Flight Head Coach Mark King. 'He and Fred complement our other players well; bringing some much needed veteran leadership to our young team.'

Last week, the Flight also added Forward Cordell Jeanty (6'5''-F-79, college: John A.Logan CC). Jeanty, a 6'5' forward fresh off a strong season with the Quebec Quebs of the Premier Basketball League, made an immediate impact, scoring 37 points in his debut last Saturday against the Jacksonville Bluewaves.

'We've had a very slow start to the season, which is to be expected by a team with 6 rookies,' said King. We've tweaked our roster, and I am confident that we have the pieces necessary to make a strong push for a championship run.

The Flight will host the Galaxy Saturday, May 28th at Avalon Middle School, nestled in the beautiful East Orlando community of Avalon Park. Tip-off is slated for 5:30pm. The following day, the Flight will travel to Gainesville for a 4:00pm game. The Galaxy lead the regular season series thus far, stealing the season opener 100-90 in an overtime thriller on May 7th.

Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com


Sea Dawgs Prepare for Second Home Game - by Eurobasket News
The Wilmington Sea Dawgs will play their second home game at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington and take on the Birmingham Sabers tomorrow, Friday May 27th, 2011. Tip-off is at 7:05 p.m with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.
The theme for the game is God and Country Night. All active and retired military personnel with valid ID will be admitted FREE. Also, individuals bringing in a newsletter or a bulletin from their place of worship will be admitted for $1.00. Limit one ticket per publication.

Glee Girls from the Performance Club of Wilmington will be performing at halftime. We are pleased to partner with the ARC of North Carolina as our 'Paws for A Cause' program. Boy Scout Troop 219 will present the colors at the start of the game.

Upcoming Game News and Notes: The away game scheduled for Saturday, May 28th has been moved to Sunday, May 29th against the Cary Invasion starting at 7 pm. An additional away game has been added against the Fayetteville Crossover on Monday, May 30th starting at 1pm.

The Sea Dawgs are excited for their fifth season in Wilmington and their second season as a part of the Continental Basketball League. The Wilmington Sea Dawgs offer an affordable, exciting entertainment option in historic downtown Wilmington. Experience our fun-filled family atmosphere both on the court and in our fan area. The games are fun for all and the team is going for the win with this week's home court advantage. Head Coach Dale Kuhl says, 'We can't wait to get out there to take on the Sabers. It's our first time playing them this season so it will be a great game.'

The Sea Dawgs would like to recognize Great Clips as a platinum sponsor of this year's Sea Dawgs. Look for a special hair cut coupon on the back of your Sea Dawgs ticket. The offer is good at all 12 convenient locations around the area. Check them out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GreatClipsWilmington'ref=ts.
Courtesy of: www.oursportscentral.com


Standings
CBL Standings
 1. Cary I. 5-0 
 2. Heartland P. 4-0 
 3. Birmingham S. 2-1 
 4. Fayetteville C. 1-1 
 5. Gainesville G. 1-2 
 6. Wilmington SD 1-4 
 7. Miami Stars 0-0 
 8. Port City 0-2 
 9. Florida Flight 0-3 


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  CHILE   


First Week of Copa Chile Basketball PLAYOFFS - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
No surprises on Pros vs Amateurs: 10+ points differences for the Professionals.
Expect same results on return second game (best of 3) this weekend May 28-29 to move next round.

Copa Chile 2011, First Playoffs, 1 Round (best of three)
Friday:
Las Animas 57-83 Puente Alto [for TV]
Universidad Austral 58-101 Boston College [for TV]
Saturday:
Providencia 76-82 Deportivo Valdivia [for TV] (in OT, the energy of Providencia managed to tie in regulation with lack of good shooting, in the Overtime, CDV won without starters Altaner and Prutzmann)
Sergio Ceppi 35-105 Liceo Mixto
D. Aleman 71-100 CD UDECONCE
Sabuesos 62-88 Espanol Talca
Arturo Prat San Felipe 62-82 U. Catolica
U. Chile 80-90 Los Leones
Cefiro 48-74 Stadio Italiano
Arabe Rancagua 53-102 Osorno Basquetbol
Palestino 57-52 USACH

Sunday:
Pedro Aguirre Cerda 72-99 Estadio Espanol

THIS WEEKEND:
Return games on Copa Chile Playoffs:
All Games Saturday at 20:

Puente Alto vs Las Animas
Boston College vs Universidad Austral
Osorno Basquetbol vs Arabe Rancagua
CD UDECONCE vs D. Aleman
Universidad Catolica vs Arturo Prat San Felipe
Espanol Talca vs Sabuesos
Los Leones vs U. Chile
CD Valdivia vs Providencia
Stadio Italiano vs Cefiro
USACH vs Palestino
Liceo Mixto vs Sergio Ceppi
Estadio Espanol vs Pedro Aguirre Cerda

If necessary, same teams on Sunday 29/May 19:00.

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110523.


Aleman vs UDECONCE attack to the San Pedro Heights - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
On a cold afternoon the ambient turned colder while the game was delayed 35' because of the Federation-designated referee was not arriving from Chillan.

First part of 1Q was leveled but again Arteaga appeared and drove the attention with fast attacks into painted zone, that what the fans wanted: challenging the host, scoring and receiving the extra foul. This would happen about 8 more times. 22-26.

Second quarter was still cold, the rythm was slow with sparks from fast players like Arteaga, Marechal and Figueroa. 41-44.

Previous classics were frictionated but clean, used not to reach the 5 foults penalty a quarter for a team. Tonight it was reached every quarter and in even in the middle. I asked previously Coach Caceres wether incidents like a previous shooting the ball to Coach Alvarez by Caceres Jr. would repeat, he said this things never happen. Also regret the fact both teams were palying eachother.

Inostroza, Castro, Barrera were fouled out early in fourth quarter.

The big raise came in 3Q, UDECONCE started to escape the game and out of despair, Aleman began to loose control, starting for the Coach: both Caceres discussed the calls, or grouping around the referees, receiving flagrant and technical fouls.

The delayed referee (reportedly Pedro Campos) was not receiving respect, an escapegoat for a presumable loss. 58-71.

On fourth quarter Coach Caceres was instructing no to let them reach 100, the game was already lost, the winner was chosen. Time for the bench players to gain experience.

Top scorers: Garrido 25, Campos 17 (Aleman).

Arteaga 36, Marechal 21 (CD UDECONCE).

Villagran declared to me the delay cooled the players, out of rythm.
Coach Alvarez and also Arteaga told me there is no time on this Playoffs and want to take the series 2-0.

More things to improve: not the first delayed referee, not the first scoreboard malfunction, this new league need more respect.
Officially reported referees: Reinaldo Careaga and Mario Ocampos.

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110525.


Copa Chile Basketball end of regular season - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
On a great game CD UDECONCE resulted first place after a 83-60 win over Espanol Talca. (See related note)

The first playoff series are defined, starting this weekend: first game listed here, a return game will be played May 28-29 weekend switching homes, if neccesary: the extra third will be played next day, same home as second game.

Copa Chile Second Stage, 1 Playoff
Top 3 plus 3 best 4th qualify. pair 1: 24th vs 1st, 23rd vs 2nd, ... & pair 12: 13th vs 12nd.
series# host game 1 vs host game2 and 3 (*if necessary).
Pair 1 Sergio Ceppi vs Liceo Mixto
Pair 2 U. Austral vs Boston College
Pair 3 Arabe de Rancagua vs Osorno Basquetbol
Pair 4 A. Prat San Felipe vs CD U. Catolica
Pair 5 Deportivo Aleman vs CD UDECONCE
Pair 6 Pedro Aguirre Cerda vs Estadio Espanol
Pair 7 Palestino vs U. de Santiago
Pair 8 Dep. Las Animas vs Municipal Puente Alto
Pair 9 Deportivo Cefiro vs Espanol de Talca
Pair 10 Sabuesos vs Deportivo Valdivia
Pair 11 Club Providencia vs Colegio Los Leones
Pair 12 Stadio Italiano vs U. de Chile

Copa Chile 2011 FINAL STANDINGS, REGULAR SEASON

GROUP A
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 16 8 8 0 1.726 Osorno Basquetbol
2 14 8 6 2 1.262 DEPORTIVO VALDIVIA
3 12 8 4 4 1.018 DEP. LAS ANIMAS
4 10 8 2 6 0.893 U. AUSTRAL
5 8 8 0 8 0.53 Espanol DE Osorno

GROUP B
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 11 6 5 1 1.446 CD UDECONCE
2 11 6 5 1 1.36 Espanol DE TALCA
3 8 6 2 4 0.839 DEPORTIVO ALEMAN
4 6 6 0 6 0.586 DEPORTIVO CHILLAN

GROUP C
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 16 8 8 0 2.139 BOSTON COLLEGE
2 13 8 5 3 1.471 STADIO ITALIANO
3 13 8 5 3 0.985 PEDRO AGUIRRE CERDA
4 10 8 2 6 0.801 SERGIO CEPPI
5 8 8 0 8 0.421 VOCACIONAL DE CONCHALI

GROUP D
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 16 8 8 0 1.683 CD U. CATOLICA
2 13 8 5 3 1.27 U. DE CHILE
3 13 8 5 3 0.991 PALESTINO
4 10 8 2 6 0.726 APACEMB DE CURACAVI
5 8 8 0 8 0.656 ESTADIO MANQUEHUE
6 0 0 0 0 0 DEPORTIVO INBA

GROUP E
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 15 8 7 1 1.332 ESTADIO Espanol
2 15 8 7 1 1.507 MUNICIPAL PUENTE ALTO
3 12 8 4 4 1.194 SABUESOS
4 10 8 2 6 0.649 DEPORTIVO BRISAS
5 8 8 0 8 0.578 THE SHADOWS QUILICURA

GROUP F
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 14 8 6 2 1.141 U. DE SANTIAGO
2 13 8 5 3 1.096 CLUB PROVIDENCIA
3 13 8 5 3 1.036 DEPORTIVO CEFIRO
4 12 8 4 4 1.029 ARABE DE RANCAGUA
5 8 8 0 8 0.765 ESTRELLA DE MOLINA

GROUP G
pos pts gm win los perf team
1 16 8 8 0 2.47 LICEO MIXTO
2 14 8 6 2 1.246 COLEGIO LOS LEONES
3 12 8 4 4 0.801 A. PRAT SAN FELIPE
4 9 8 1 7 0.737 SALAMANCA
5 9 8 1 7 0.616 ARABE SAN FELIPE

With different number of games, a sort of assorted standings table was revealed, notice positions and performance.
OVERALL FINAL STANDINGS, REGULAR SEASON
pos gm perf team
1 8 2.47 LICEO MIXTO
2 8 2.139 BOSTON COLLEGE
3 8 1.726 Osorno Basquetbol
4 8 1.683 CD U. CATOLICA
5 6 1.446 CD UDECONCE
6 8 1.332 ESTADIO Espanol
7 8 1.141 U. DE SANTIAGO
8 8 1.507 MUNICIPAL PUENTE ALTO
9 6 1.36 Espanol DE TALCA
10 8 1.262 DEPORTIVO VALDIVIA
11 8 1.246 COLEGIO LOS LEONES
12 8 1.27 U. DE CHILE
13 8 1.471 STADIO ITALIANO
14 8 1.096 CLUB PROVIDENCIA
15 8 1.194 SABUESOS
16 8 1.036 DEPORTIVO CEFIRO
17 8 1.018 DEP. LAS ANIMAS
18 8 0.991 PALESTINO
19 8 0.985 PEDRO AGUIRRE CERDA
20 6 0.839 DEPORTIVO ALEMAN
21 8 0.801 A. PRAT SAN FELIPE
22 8 1.029 ARABE DE RANCAGUA
23 8 0.893 U. AUSTRAL
24 8 0.801 SERGIO CEPPI
OUT:
25 8 0.765 ESTRELLA DE MOLINA
26 8 0.737 SALAMANCA
27 8 0.726 APACEMB DE CURACAVI
28 8 0.656 ESTADIO MANQUEHUE
29 8 0.649 DEPORTIVO BRISAS
30 6 0.586 DEPORTIVO CHILLAN
31 8 0.616 ARABE SAN FELIPE
32 8 0.578 THE SHADOWS QUILICURA
33 8 0.53 Espanol DE Osorno
34 8 0.421 VOCACIONAL DE CONCHALI
35 0 0 DEPORTIVO INBA

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110517.




UDECONCE-Espanol clash of Titans returned a local winner - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
[See related note 'Copa Chile Basketball end of regular season'.]

Saturday at 20:30, top two teams on Group B faced eachother. On the previous confrontation in First Round Espanol beat visitor UDECONCE 80-72, on a -according to Coach Alvarez himself- bad game.

For National TV, the much anticipated return game between league Champion candidates CD UDECONCE (Club Deportivo Universidad de Concepcion) and Espanol de Talca.

Finally a worthy rival in Casa del Deporte, attracted more attendance but it was far from crowded.

But the final 83-60 win by CD UDECONCE is not reflecting the real distance between eachother along the game.

A very physical game (by moments) UDECONCE outperformed Espanol on another excellent Arteaga night (38 pts).

After 0-2, UDECONCE was always ahead in the scoreboard, distancing by five, then 10, forcing Espanol to rush into shorten it, because even a loss by less than 8 points could secure them first place,

The rules decide the positions table order by points and when ties, by goal difference between tied teams.
General standings are decided by the first positions in each group (1-7 place), then second places in a group (8-14), third places (15-21) plus best 3 fourth placed.

Close calls by the referees, that seemed favoring UDECONCE,made Espanol loose focus, and the fans pressure (on third quarter) caused Coach Lavin & other visitor players to complain to the referees, and being charged with technical and flagrant fouls out of frustration.

Add to that a highly effective Arteaga (scoring 38 points, missing only 1 free throw of about 15).

On timeouts, Lavin mantained silences, reproaching the players not having any good quarter.

The injured Francisco 'Tachuela' (Tack) Bravo could have leveled the difference, but while enlarging it, Samuel Bravo and Lavin received technical fouls.

Carrizo did the greater effort, attacking the painted zone giving and receiving fouls and rebounds. Also broke a tooth in a crush, never complaining.

At fourth quarter UDECONCE increased the intensity, by putting more pressure on deffense and running the offensive, that forced Espanol to play along and could not keep up and were loosing control and found themselves loosing by 20, without the ejected coach (2 technical fouls), so the bench players entered and the winner was chosen.

Coach Alvarez never drops a game, always giving a good show, the intense play was a pleasure for the few that attended, those who missed it will have to conform with reruns on TV because now the playoffs are here and there is no tomorrow: loosing a series mean no basketball untill August.

Coach Lavin was not mentioning his obvious discontent with the referees that were making very close fast calls on fast plays, in their mind mostly against Espanol.

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110519.


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  CYPRUS   


Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
It seems that InterCollege Etha Engomis will follow the same successful model as the two previous years which means simply to select the best feasible players with the less possible financial package and that is why Antonis Konstantinides team agreed financial terms with the American with Maltese passport Joshua Jackson (188-G-85, college: Warner Pacific). The American guard is a very solid player and he is basically replacing Tariq Johnson in the roster of the Engomis team. Joshuas father Daryl spent many years in the Maltese league where he stayed and after he retired, that is the main reason why Joshua is playing under his Maltese passport. Joshua spent nearly four years in the Romanian league with three different teams having each and every year better stats. The 25 years old player is also international with Malta NT since 2010. It is worth mentioned that Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77), Dejan Cup (202-F/C-83) and Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) have renewed their contracts while the management of the team is expecting the answers of the American players Tutt, King and Redding in order to start preparing for the next season. The management of Engomis team is alert in case that the Americans decide to change road and they are also prepared with a contingency plan.

Other Transfer news
The assistant Coach of Cytavision Apoel Nicosia the last five years, Nicos Lambrias split ways with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia and is looking for his new career stop. Some behind the scene news do bring the young and talented coach to a team which is rival of Cytavision Apoel Nicosia and currently is looking for an assistant Coach.
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia and his new coaching team Christos Stylianidis and Darrin Fowlkes (198-F-67, college: Butler) decided to agree financial terms with the Cyprus international center Christodoulos Kaskiris (206-C/F-79). Kaskiris is officially the first player of Cytavision Apoel Nicosia for the season 2011-2012.
Hasapis Omonia Nicosia agree to renew the contracts of the players Vladimir Zaric (197-G/F-72), Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82) and Linas Juknevicius (188-G-84). Zaric will play eventually for a sixth season in his career with the Nicosia team while Juknevicius for a third consecutive season. At the same time the Nicosia team is very close to agree terms with a new sponsor who will upgrade the budget of the team significantly and will boost the roster of the team for the season 2011-2012
Some rumors bring a young talented Cypriot player in the team of Keravnos Strovolou, these are not official news.




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  FRANCE   


ProA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Cholet and Nancy - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Gravelines 77-62

Cholet overcame Gravelines in the opener. The game without a history. Cholet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cholet made 7 blocks. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) stepped up and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 25+7reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 11+2reb+4ast, D.Nelson 8+4reb, R.Falker 6+2reb+2ast, W.Gradit 6+5reb, L.Vebobe 6+9reb+2ast
Gravelines: M.Sene 18+10reb, C.Akpomedah 14+4reb, J.Greer 10+8reb+1ast, J.Johnson 9+4reb+1ast, R.Jomby 4+3reb, D.Issa 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 129048


Nancy - ASVEL 109-93

Nancy came from behind to tame ASVEL at home court tonight. ASVEL was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 33-13 third quarter run of Sluc Nancy. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to ASVEL's 46 and made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded ASVEL 37-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. Sluc Nancy players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. ASVEL was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) accounted for 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) added 24 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for ASVEL in the defeat. Five Sluc Nancy and four ASVEL players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nancy: K.Grant 21+1reb+3ast, A.Akingbala 20+10reb, T.Darden 18+6reb+5ast, V.Samnick 16+7reb+1ast, W.Deane 10+3reb+5ast, J.Linehan 10+1reb+3ast
ASVEL: M.Gelabale 28+6reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 24+1reb+7ast, D.Jefferson 13+4reb+4ast, M.Walsh 11+2reb+3ast, E.Jackson 5+2reb+1ast, P.Lacombe 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 129049




Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.19.2 
 2. Jefferson, AS.19.0 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 4. Mejia, Cholet18.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.2 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.16.5 
 8. Shuler, Vichy16.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon14.8 
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, Gravelines7.8 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.7 
 8. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.7 
 9. Sene, Gravelines7.6 
 10. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. Woodside, Gravelin.5.7 
 5. King, Le Havre5.4 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 7. Wright, Limoges5.3 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.0 
 9. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
 10. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
 10. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 9. Elegar, Vichy1.0 
 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, Nanterre16.5 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.3 
 7. Davis, Le Portel15.9 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.4 
 9. Runkaukas, Quimper15.1 
 10. Downey, Nantes14.8 
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, Dijon9.3 
 5. Mathis, Maurienne8.9 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.0 
 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 Portel6.5 
 3. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.9 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.5 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 8. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 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. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 9. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.1 
 10. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 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, Nanterre0.8 
 10. Ford, Clermont0.7 


ProB Round 1 of Semi-Finals. For Ouest and Dijon take lead - by Eurobasket News
Nanterre - Fos Ouest 61-71

For Ouest claimed the road win over Nanterre in the semifinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by Fos Ouest. JSF Nanterre managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Fos Ouest especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 18+9reb+1ast, L.Cummard 15+5reb, K.Atamna 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Bah 9+6reb+3ast, S.Gay 9+7reb, P.Haquet 8+3reb+1ast
Nanterre: W.Daniels 17+6reb+1ast, M.Riley 13+8reb+2ast, L.Akono 9+1reb+5ast, G.Pons 7+3reb+1ast, M.Judith 6+4reb+7ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 128995


Dijon - Boulogne 89-70

Dijon eased past Boulogne in the first game of the semifinal clash. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. JDA Dijon outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 37-25 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. Five JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) responded with 17 points and naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Dijon: Z.Moss 25+8reb+3ast, J.Leloup 21+1reb+3ast, E.Bing 11+13reb+1ast, D.Melody 11+1reb+4ast, E.Craven 10+5reb+4ast, B.Monclar 8+1reb+1ast
Boulogne: T.Stanley 17+1reb+1ast, L.Kante 11+1reb, F.Raposo Laurencio 10+7reb, M.N'Diaye 9+4reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 7+1reb+2ast, L.Milbourne 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 128996




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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.15.7 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotni.15.0 
 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. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.4 
 4. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 5. Knezevic, Feni I.7.8 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.8 
 7. Jelesijevic, Torus7.7 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 9. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.1 
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. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotni.3.6 
 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. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 5. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Lindsay, MZT S.1.5 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistr.1.5 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni1.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Ultim.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. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


Feni Indistrija took 2010/2011 title! - by Eurobasket News
Rabotnicki -Feni Indistrija 82:93

Feni Indistrija took 2010/2011 title as they won the Final series over Fersped-Rabotnicki 4-1. The fifth game became decisive in the series as the favorites won 93:82 to triumph in the country.
Fersped-Rabotnicki was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-11 charge of Feni Indistrija, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) (189-G-85) fired 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toni Simic (210-C-76) produced 27 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances) added 24 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Feni Industri defended their title as they defeated Vardar Osiguruvanje in decisive Game 6 and have won the series 4-3 last year. As a reminder, Feni entered to this Finals with 1-0. Feni players used the home court advantage to claim fairly comfortable 14-point margin victory. Feni players routinely closed the game out and when the final buzzer sounded they could start celebrating 86-72 win and a title.

Rabotnicki: Toni Simic 27, Dimitar Mirakovski 24, Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) 11
Feni Indistrija: Vojdan Stojanovski 18, Jarrid Frye 17+10reb, Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) 16



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Giorgi Shermadini is All-Euroleague Honorable Mention - by Geo Basket
At age 22, Shermadini has confirmed his status as one of the best center on the Euroleague. His mobility, post skills and great hands made him more than just an interesting prospect. He led 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 in blocks (2.2bpg) while averaged 10ppg, 5.2rpg, 75% FG and 81.8% FT (15.7 Rkg!). Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) is expected to be back in the roster of current Euroleague Champion Panathinaikos Athens for the next season.

Courtesy of lmgsports.com


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Wood, Dt.18.9 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons17.3 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, Ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
 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.Dragons5.0 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 9. Rochestie, ALBA4.2 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose4.1 
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. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 5. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Ross, MBC1.5 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
 9. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
 10. Wise, Telekom1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.7 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 6. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 10. Kashirov, Walter0.9 


Derrick Allen (Alba Berlin) We Have To Want The Game More Than Frankfurt And Not Play A 30 Minute Game, But A 40 Minute Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama and is playing his first season with Alba Berlin. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and played with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2007-2010 playing 148 games for them. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. In 2008-2009, he averaged 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 76.4%. In 2009-2010 he averaged 14.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 76.2%. Currently he is averaging 13,6ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,2apg. He has reached five BBL playoffs in seven seasons. He spoke to Eurobasket before game 4 of the 2011 beko BBL semi finals against the Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

Congrats on the 68-52 win in game 3 in Frankfurt. What was the secret behind coming back from the bitter game 2 loss and coming into game 3 as if the team was able to digest the loss very quickly?

We played great defense, and that was our mindset coming in. Just to set the tone, on that end of the floor, because we knew we dropped game 2.

Alba Berlin had the comfortable lead at halftime 36-18. What had been key in the first 20 minutes for having the lead?

just defending and rebounding well was the key.

In the second half, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to have no answer as to how to break the aggressive Alba Berlin defense. Some said Frankfurt was tired and that Alba Berlin out worked them. What was key in the second half for getting the game three win?



To limit The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to 52 points is amazing. What was the secret on defense on this day. Did the team change anything up or was it just a matter of effort on the part of Alba Berlin?


We were more patient on offense and Frankfurt struggled on there offensive side and we just kept the defensive up the whole game.



Alba Berlin was one of very few teams to limit Dashaun Wood drastically. Did the team at least get a team gift from coach Muli Katzurin for doing such a good job?


we really slowed up Dashaun Wood and we made frankfurt work every possesion.The gift we got was winning game 3.

Was it difficult for you being an ex Sklyiner seeing how the fans were suffering during this game?


I had to take myself out of that mindset for this series, because im about winning, but im sure the fans were disappointed that the Skyliners didnt win.


Yassin Idbihi has really developed under the new coach. How have you helped his game the most on the court?


The development of Yassin is all because of him, and he has worked very hard on his game everyday and it is showing right now



Pascal Roller said that Frankfurt wants to be the aggressor in game four. What will be key for getting the win?


We know Frankfurt will be aggressive, because their backs are against the wall. We have to want the game more than Frankfurt, and not play a 30 minute game, but play a 40 minute game, with defense like we played in game 3.

Have you been surprised that the Miami Heat reached the final over the Chicago Bulls?

No not at all. Miami is a great team with 3 allstars, and Chicago has the MVP., but Miami is just on a mission this year.

Will Dirk Nowitzki win his first NBA ring?

Dirk has been great this playoffs, and they are playing the Miami Heat. It wil be a great series. I think Dirk has a 50-50 chance of winning the title this year.

TNT analyst Charles Barkley had some problems with Miami heat fans. He was quoted as saying 'You know those people can yell and scream but they don't have the hair on their (butt) to grab me. Where do you rate this comment in the top of the Barkley quotes?lol

Charles Barkley says what he wants on tv, and his quotes are always the best.


Thanks D.A for the chat



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Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.1 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.17.1 
 3. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.1 
 4. Argyropoylos, Apol.16.8 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos16.8 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 7. Totsios, Ikaroi S.15.9 
 8. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.15.3 
 10. Kakaroudis, Ikaro.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimp.
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.9.6 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.9.0 
 3. Latovic, AGOR8.6 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.2 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.5 
 6. Amato, Near East7.3 
 7. Macheras, Pagrati7.1 
 8. Lolas, Pagrati7.0 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos6.9 
 10. Vardavas, Amynta.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefs.
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.9 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.1 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas4.7 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.5 
 5. Makris, Olimpiada4.2 
 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, Olimpiada2.1 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Pettas, Koroivos1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 6. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 7. Pappas, Near East1.6 
 8. Nikou, Panelefs.1.5 
 9. Magounis, AGOR1.4 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
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. Karavanas, Panery.0.8 
 8. Amato, Near East0.7 
 9. Papachristos, Peri.0.7 
 10. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 25-3 
 2. AGOR 19-9 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 18-10 
 4. Lavrio 17-11 
 5. Arkadikos 15-13 
 6. Apollon Patras 15-13 
 7. Amyntas Dafnis 14-14 
 8. Panelefsiniakos 14-14 
 9. AEK/Argous 13-15 
 10. Olimpiada 12-16 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 12-16 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 11-17 
 13. Pagrati 11-17 
 14. Koroivos 10-18 
 15. Panerythraikos 10-18 
 16. Near East 8-20 


A2 Round 28: Ikaroi Serron is defeated by Near East - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A2. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Serres between third ranked Ikaroi Serron (18-10) and sixteenth ranked Near East (8-20) on Saturday night. Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Near East in a tough game at home 98-104. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ikaroi Serron. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-98. Strangely Ikaroi Serron outrebounded Near East 45-17 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) who added 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Near East have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixteenth position with 8-20 record. Ikaroi Serron at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Near East are looking forward to face higher ranked Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ikaroi Serron will play on the road against Koroivos (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
A2 top team - KAOD (25-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Panerythraikos (10-18) in Dramas 79-67. The winners were led by Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists and Vageli Margaritis supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Even 18 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) by guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) did not help to save the game for Panerythraikos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Newly promoted Panerythraikos dropped to the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Koroivos. KAOD will play against AEK/Argous (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Perikos between Periko/Arhelaos and Panelefsiniakos. Fourteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (11-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-14). Periko/Arhelaos managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Saturday evening. Giannis Rodostoglou fired 25 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Thomas Nikou produced 5 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for lost side. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati. Panelefsiniakos lost fifth consecutive game. Panelefsiniakos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis. Periko/Arhelaos will meet higher ranked Olimpiada (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Apollon Patras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Lavrio (17-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Pagrati (11-17) 81-75. It was a very good performance for Kostas Macheras who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pagrati maintains twelfth position with 11-17 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Lavrio lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Pagrati's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani. Lavrio will play at home against Amyntas Dafnis (#7) in Athens.
An interesting game took place in Koroivos where higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-16) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Koroivos (10-18) 75-68 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Nikos Pettas who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Koroivos' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Koroivos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Panerythraikos. Loser Ermis Lagkada dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Koroivos will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: AEK/Argous lost to Apollon Patras on the opponent's court 59-74. Amyntas Dafnis managed to outperform Olimpiada in a home game 76-66. Arkadikos recorded a loss to AGOR on the road 86-71.



Ikaroi Serron - Near East 98-104

The most important game in the last round took place in Serres between third ranked Ikaroi Serron (18-10) and sixteenth ranked Near East (8-20) on Saturday night. Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Near East in a tough game at home 98-104. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ikaroi Serron. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-98. Strangely Ikaroi Serron outrebounded Near East 45-17 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) who added 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) scored 17 points (made all of his eight free throws). Five Near East and four Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron's coach Lefteris Hatzikiriakidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Near East have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixteenth position with 8-20 record. Ikaroi Serron at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Near East are looking forward to face higher ranked Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ikaroi Serron will play on the road against Koroivos (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Near East: F.Moschovitis 24+2reb+6ast, M.Stanojevic 22+1reb+4ast, A.Psaropoulos 20+6reb, A.Pappas 16+4reb+6ast, N.Tsoutsos 10+3reb, N.Kapetzoglou 7+1ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 21+10reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 17+4reb+3ast, K.Totsios 13+4reb+4ast, G.Koukas 11+4reb+7ast, C.Voiatopoulos 10+4reb, F.Simeonidis 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 98934


Apollon Patras - AEK/Argous 74-59

Rather expected game when 8th ranked AEK/Argous (13-15) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Apollon Patras (15-13) 74-59 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Apollon Patras's pressure prevailed and they won that period 18-6 extending their advantage to 15 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AEK/Argous to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Apollon Patras made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 AEK/Argous turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Giannis Lianos (194-88) who added 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Apollon Patras moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadikos. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Apollon Patras will face Panelefsiniakos (#8) in Eleusina in the next round. AEK/Argous will play at home against the league's leader KAOD in Dramas.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 21+5reb+6ast, G.Lianos 19+10reb+1ast, S.Daniil 10+2reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 6+4reb+1ast, Z.Milovic 6+1reb+1ast, T.Zafiris 5+1reb
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 23+10reb+2ast, D.Lewis 13+5reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 11+1reb, P.Ekonomakis 5+3reb, A.Raptis 3+5reb+2ast, G.Lappas 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98930


Periko/Arhelaos - Panelefsiniakos 76-73

A very close game took place in Perikos between Periko/Arhelaos and Panelefsiniakos. Fourteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (11-17) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-14). Periko/Arhelaos managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-73. Guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) fired 25 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Forward Antonis Sivorotka (203-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) produced 5 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati. Panelefsiniakos lost fifth consecutive game. Panelefsiniakos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Amyntas Dafnis. Periko/Arhelaos will meet higher ranked Olimpiada (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Apollon Patras and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Rodostoglou 25+3reb+4ast, A.Sivorotka 17+10reb+2ast, C.Gogidis 8+2reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 8+3reb+1ast, K.Behlivanis 7+4reb+1ast, G.Papachristos 7+6reb
Panelefsiniakos: C.Deligiannis 16+4reb+1ast, T.Konstantakopoulos 15+4reb, N.Kaklamanos 11+5ast, S.Manavopoulos 10+7reb, P.Martzos 8+1reb+1ast, T.Nikou 5+6reb+11ast
gschID: 98931


Amyntas Dafnis - Olimpiada 76-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Amyntas Dafnis' (14-14) home victory over 10th ranked Olimpiada (12-16) 76-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Amyntas Dafnis. Olimpiada was better in fourth quarter 20-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Amyntas Dafnis dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpiada's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Panag Koukounias (199-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and guard Babis Samothrakis (189-83) who added 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Nikos Makris (188-79) responded with 28 points and 7 steals and center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Loser Olimpiada keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face higher ranked Lavrio (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpiada will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: B.Samothrakis 20+1reb+1ast, P.Papargiropoulos 11+8reb+1ast, P.Koukounias 11+14reb, K.Vardavas 8+2reb, S.Dorkofikis 8+2reb+3ast, F.Pagonis 5+3reb+3ast
Olimpiada: N.Makris 28+2reb+2ast, K.Aktipis 13+7reb, A.Koutroulias 9+12reb+2ast, D.Makris 7+5reb, K.Tsotsos 6+4reb, P.Simeopoulos 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98932


Pagrati - Lavrio 81-75

An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Lavrio (17-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Pagrati (11-17) 81-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lavrio won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pagrati made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Pagrati outrebounded Lavrio 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Nikos Voulgaris (193-78) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Guard Pavlos Karvounis (180-72) replied with 24 points and center Michalis Perrakis (207-84) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lavrio. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pagrati maintains twelfth position with 11-17 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Lavrio lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Pagrati's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani. Lavrio will play at home against Amyntas Dafnis (#7) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: N.Voulgaris 23+2reb+2ast, K.Macheras 22+10reb+2ast, F.Vasilopoulos 16+3reb+4ast, D.Lolas 9+14reb, S.Tzougarakis 4+2reb, G.Kotrotsios 3+3reb+1ast
Lavrio: P.Karvounis 24+1ast, G.Bakas 9+1reb+2ast, K.Athanasopoulos 9+1reb+1ast, M.Perrakis 8+7reb+1ast, C.Likogiannis 7+5reb, M.Kousoulas 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98933


KAOD - Panerythraikos 79-67

A2 top team - KAOD (25-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Panerythraikos (10-18) in Dramas 79-67. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Panerythraikos was better in fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. KAOD outrebounded Panerythraikos 38-25 including 31 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists and power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Even 18 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) by guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) did not help to save the game for Panerythraikos. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) added 18 points and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KAOD have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-3 record. Newly promoted Panerythraikos dropped to the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Koroivos. KAOD will play against AEK/Argous (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panerythraikos will play against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 23+4reb+4ast, V.Margaritis 17+12reb, S.Benas 12+8reb+1ast, N.Katsares 9+2reb+9ast, A.Tsamatos 6+5reb+3ast, V.Kitsoulis 5+2reb
Panerythraikos: T.Straganiotis 18+3reb+4ast, A.Sizopoulos 18+2reb+1ast, M.Laksa 9+4reb+1ast, P.Karavanas 6+6reb, N.Kourtis 5+1reb+3ast, G.Stamatis 4+2reb
gschID: 98927


AGOR - Arkadikos 86-71

Not a big story in a game in Rethymno where 5th ranked Arkadikos (15-13) was defeated by second ranked AGOR (19-9) 86-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Arkadikos was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AGOR forced 24 Arkadikos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-83) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) responded with 12 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and guard Thodoris Tsiotras (198-87) scored 8 points and 4 assists. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. AGOR maintains second position with 19-9 record having six points less than leader KAOD. Loser Arkadikos keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. AGOR will face Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Arkadikos will play on the road against Ermis Lagkada (#11) in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Latovic 24+4reb+3ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 15+8reb+5ast, S.Magounis 15+2reb+1ast, G.Koumoulos 9+1reb+6ast, V.Sakellariou 7+1reb, G.Theodorakos 5+1reb
Arkadikos: D.Katiakos 14+1ast, M.Papadakis 12+3reb+5ast, S.Gizogiannis 12+3reb, N.Kokkalis 10+4reb, G.Mprozos 9+3reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 98928


Koroivos - Ermis Lagkada 75-68

An interesting game took place in Koroivos where higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-16) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Koroivos (10-18) 75-68 on Saturday. Ermis Lagkada trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 22-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 68-75 at the end of the game. Koroivos outrebounded Ermis Lagkada 41-26 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Takis Ifantis (203-80, agency: FCM) who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Koroivos' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized German guard Darko Rallis (180-78) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Koroivos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Panerythraikos. Loser Ermis Lagkada dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Koroivos will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: N.Pettas 24+9reb+4ast, T.Ifantis 16+8reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 12+8reb+2ast, V.Xiouras 7+1ast, S.Tsabis 7+4reb+4ast, T.Dimitriadis 6+11reb+3ast
Ermis Lagkada: G.Anagnostopoulos 15+8reb+2ast, N.Gamouras 13+4reb, D.Rallis 12+2reb+4ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 8+4reb+3ast, H.Plioukas 6+1reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98929




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  HUNGARY   


Adam Hanga signed with Manresa in the ACB! - by Tamas Deri
Assignia Manresa officially announced its first signing for the next year, just a few days after the end of the regular season. The name of the new addition is Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) (201-G-89, agency: FCM), who comes from the Hungarian league. Hanga, 22 years old and 2-meter shooting guard spent the last 5 seasons in Albacomp and averaged 17.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg and 2.8 spg this season. Hanga is reported as one of the top talents of his country, according to the statement made by his new club.

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  IBL   


Standings
IBL Standings
Continental Division
 1. Bellingham S. 9-4 
 2. Vancouver V. 8-2 
 3. W.C. Hotshots 5-4 
 4. Olympia R. 3-5 
 5. L.Angeles L. 0-1 
 6. USA All-Stars 0-16 
International Division
 1. Albany L. 12-3 
 2. Kankakee S. 10-3 
 3. Gary Splash 6-6 
 4. Oregon W. 5-6 
 5. Edmonton E. 3-4 
Branding Team
 1. Lansing C. 2-3 
 2. Dayton A. 1-0 
 3. Las Vegas P. 0-1 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-1 
 5. Ohio H.G. 0-2 
 6. Lake Co. 0-3 


Graham's big night helps Slam upend Vancouver - by Eurobasket News
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A season-high 29 points by guard Ira Graham helped propel the Bellingham Slam to a 129-113 victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes in International Basketball League play on Friday at Whatcom Pavilion.

The Slam, playing less than 24 hours after suffering a 116-113 loss to the Portland Chinooks in Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday, started the game sluggish and trailed 29-26 after the first quarter.

Vancouver continued to lead through the second quarter, until guard Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington) closed the half with six of the Slam's last nine points to take a 55-53 lead into halftime.

The Slam controlled the second half, posting 74 points and maxing out their lead at 21 points in the middle stages of the fourth quarter.

Forward Michael Duty (6'6''-F, college: W.Washington) capped the win with a monster dunk in the game's closing minutes.

Graham's team-high 29 points came on an efficient 10-for-13 shooting night from the field. Duty narrowly missed out on a double-double, finishing with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Andre Murray led the Volcanoes with a game-high 31 points.

The Slam continue their homestand with a game on Memorial Day, May 30, against the Portland Chinooks. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com


Slam Fall in Portland, 116-113 - by Eurobasket News
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Bellingham Slam erased an 18-point second half deficit but couldn't hold onto a late lead as they fell to the Portland Chinooks, 116-113, in an International Basketball League game at the Beaverton Hoop on Thursday.
The victory over Bellingham was Portland's first in eight tries since the Slam joined the IBL in 2008.

After a sloppy first quarter that saw the Slam escape with a 27-23 lead, the Chinooks poured things on in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 41-21, to take a 64-48 lead into halftime.

With a solid third quarter, Bellingham was able to cut the margin in half to eight, 88-80.

In the fourth quarter, the Slam used a late 17-5 run to take their first lead since the first half, at 104-103 with 2:22 left. But Portland scored the next to baskets to lead by three, at 107-104. The Slam was twice able to get within one in the final two minutes, but was then unable to get the necessary defensive stops to re-take the lead.

Bellingham (8-4), who wrapped up a stretch of four road games with a 2-2 record, was led by the 25 points of Morris Anderson (6'3''-G, college: W.Washington). Blake Poole (6'5''-C, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) also had a strong game with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Portland enjoyed a monster game from newcomer Brian Morris (6'9''-F-87, college: Humboldt St.), who put up 42 points and 12 rebounds.

The Slam get little rest as they are back in action Friday, facing the Vancouver Volcanoes at home. A 7 p.m. tip-off is set for Whatcom Pavilion.
Courtesy of: www.oursportscentral.com


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  IRAN   


Mahram ease past Jalaa - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Jalaa 86:59

Mahram opened their Fiba Asia Club Championship campaign in style. Two-time defending champions fired past Jalaa in preliminary Group B. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) erupted for 34 points and 6 rebounds for Mahram.
Mahram opened the game with eight points in a row to set the tone. Jalaa came back to life midway through the quarter as they levelled things up at 15. But Mahram surged ahead once again posting a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Mahram capped the first half with a 16:6 run to boost their lead to as many as 18 points 47:29. Soon the Iranian side opened a 20-point advantage and rallied to a comfortable 71:44 lead with ten minutes remaining. Jalaa could not recover in the fourth frame as Mahram cruised to the victory at the end. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) netted 14 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 34, Cheikh Samb 12, Samad Nikkhah 10+10 boards
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 16, Jamaal Miller 14



Mahram beats Al Jalaa in FIBA Asia Champions Cup - by Kazem Ghayem
Defending champion Mahram defeated Al-Jalaa of Syria in the first day of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

The Iranian representative beat Al-Jalaa 86-59 At the Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena
in Pasig, the Philippines.
Chris Williams erupted for 34 points and 6 rebounds for Mahram and Cheikh Samb contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhah had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory.
It looked a lot easier than it actually was. We are just coming off a long and tiring season in Iran. And add it to the travel and differing conditions, I am really happy to start with a win, said Mehran Shahintab, who made a comeback of sorts into the FIBA Asia Champions Cup competition.

Shahintab was the coach of the Saba Battery team which won back-to-back titles in FIBA Asia Champions Cup in 2007 and 2008 before Mostafa Hashemi coached Mahram for the triumphs in 2009-10

Mahram has been drawn in Pool B along with Al Shabab of the UAE, last year's finalists Al Rayyan of Qatar as well as WABA heavyweights Al Riyadi of Lebanon and Syria's Al Jalaa. The Iranian team is scheduled to play Al Shabab on Sunday.

Pool A consists of KL Dragons of Malaysia, Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, Smart Gilas of the Philippines, Duhok Sports Club of Iraq and Jordans ASU Sports.

The four best teams from each group advance to the final round with the top two survivors will play in a one-game final for the Champions Cup.

Iran actually won the last four editions of the events that began in 1981 in Hong Kong, with Sabah Battery of Tehran bagging the titles in 2007 and 2008, before Mahram did its share in 2009 and 2010, respectively.


Mahram beats Al Jalaa in FIBA Asia Champions Cup - by Kazem Ghayem
Defending champion Mahram defeated Al-Jalaa of Syria in the first day of the FIBA Asia Champions Cup.

The Iranian representative beat Al-Jalaa 86-59 At the Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena
in Pasig, the Philippines.
Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) erupted for 34 points and 6 rebounds for Mahram and Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory.
It looked a lot easier than it actually was. We are just coming off a long and tiring season in Iran. And add it to the travel and differing conditions, I am really happy to start with a win, said Mehran Shahintab , who made a comeback of sorts into the FIBA Asia Champions Cup competition.

Shahintab was the coach of the Saba Battery team which won back-to-back titles in FIBA Asia Champions Cup in 2007 and 2008 before Mostafa Hashemi coached Mahram for the triumphs in 2009-10

Mahram has been drawn in Pool B along with Al Shabab of the UAE, last year's finalists Al Rayyan of Qatar as well as WABA heavyweights Al Riyadi of Lebanon and Syria's Al Jalaa. The Iranian team is scheduled to play Al Shabab on Sunday.

Pool A consists of KL Dragons of Malaysia, Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, Smart Gilas of the Philippines, Duhok Sports Club of Iraq and Jordans ASU Sports.

The four best teams from each group advance to the final round with the top two survivors will play in a one-game final for the Champions Cup.

Iran actually won the last four editions of the events that began in 1981 in Hong Kong, with Sabah Battery of Tehran bagging the titles in 2007 and 2008, before Mahram did its share in 2009 and 2010, respectively.


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  IRAQ   


ASU knock down Duhok in Asia Club Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Duhok 74:66

ASU recorded the first win at the Fiba Asia Club Championship. They toppled Duhok in opener in Manila tonight. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds to pace ASU.
Duhok ensured slightly better start to the game. They eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. ASU struck back in the second term. The Jordanian team wrapped up the second frame on an 11:3 run to take a 41:33 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Duhok regained the advantage as they entered the final frame up by a single point 50:49. However ASU used an 8:0 run midway through the final term to put their noses in front. Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) made it a 12-point game with under three minutes to go and ASU would not look back afterwards.
Daghlas Osama provided 15 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) finished with 10 points in the win. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori netted 15 points, while Ali Hamadeh (192-F-80) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

ASU: Jameel Watkins 25+17 boards, Daghlas Osama 15, Wesam Al-Sous 10
Duhok: Chudney Gray 16, Qutaiba Al-Doori 15




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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel-Aviv eye Nemanja Nedovic - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv that few days ago won the Play-offs Final eyes Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket). The Israeli team would love to have a Serbian young player in the upcoming season.
Nemanja Nedovic is a 19-years old player who started for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd junior team in 2007. In 2009-2010: KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League) he played in EuroCup and averaged 0.6ppg, while in Adriatic League 2.7ppg and in Serbian League 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 77.1%. This season for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League) in Ardiatic League he improved to 10.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 67.3%.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv also officially announced re-joining Adriatic League. The Israeli powerhouse has reportedly reached agreement with the league to participate in 2011/12 season. Maccabi has already played in Adriatic League. The team took part in 2002/03 season and reached Final. They lost to Zadar in the championship game that season.



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  ITALY   


Tomo Mahoric will stay with Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News
Tomo Mahoric and Vanoli Cremona have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Slovenian coach will stay with the team for at least one more season. Tomo Mahoric took over Vanoli Cremona at the start of the season. Cremona finished the season with 12-18 record occupying the 12th overall position. Previously Tomo Mahoric worked with BC Kyiv, Union Olimpija, Slask Wroclaw, Lietuvos Rytas and Geoplin Slovan. He was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Coach of the Year in 2005. Tomo Mahoric worked as coach assistant with the Slovenian National team in 2009.


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola22.4 
 2. Robinson, Trenkwal.19.7 
 3. Crispin, Barcellona19.6 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Jackson, Prima Ver.19.3 
 6. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 7. Goldwire, Forli19.1 
 8. Clark, Umana Reyer18.4 
 9. Forte, Tuscany PT17.9 
 10. Marigney, Assigeco17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Filloy, Immobili.9.1 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany8.9 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 5. Dickens, San Seve.8.0 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.9 
 7. Chiacig, Trenkwald.7.9 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Johnson, San Seve.7.8 
 10. Lollis, Immobili.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis .
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Porta, Tezenis5.1 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.8 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.5 
 4. Hickman, Fastw.4.1 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.8 
 8. Nardi, Forli3.7 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 10. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Immobili.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Piazza, Immobili.3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.6 
 4. Roderick, Immobi.2.6 
 5. Davis, Sunrise2.6 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.2.5 
 7. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 9. Hicks, Barcellona2.3 
 10. Hunter, Sunrise2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Varnado, Tuscany3.1 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Nnamaka, Fastw.0.7 
 6. Frosini, Trenkwald.0.7 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 9. Boykin, Assigeco0.7 
 10. Filloy, Immobili.0.6 


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  JORDAN   


ASU knock down Duhok in Asia Club Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Duhok 74:66

ASU recorded the first win at the Fiba Asia Club Championship. They toppled Duhok in opener in Manila tonight. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) stepped up with 25 points and 17 rebounds to pace ASU.
Duhok ensured slightly better start to the game. They eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after ten minutes. ASU struck back in the second term. The Jordanian team wrapped up the second frame on an 11:3 run to take a 41:33 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout intense third term. Duhok regained the advantage as they entered the final frame up by a single point 50:49. However ASU used an 8:0 run midway through the final term to put their noses in front. Daghlas Osama (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) made it a 12-point game with under three minutes to go and ASU would not look back afterwards.
Daghlas Osama provided 15 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) finished with 10 points in the win. Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori netted 15 points, while Ali Hamadeh (192-F-80) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

ASU: Jameel Watkins 25+17 boards, Daghlas Osama 15, Wesam Al-Sous 10
Duhok: Chudney Gray 16, Qutaiba Al-Doori 15




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  LEBANON   


Riyadi open win count in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Shaab 109:90

Riyadi knocked down Shaab in the first game at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) stepped up with 29 points to pace the Lebanese team to the victory.
Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) ensured a 6:2 start to the game for Shaab. But Riyadi quickly took over. They capped the frame on a 13:0 run to build a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. Riyadi opened a 14-point advantage early in the second quarter. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) made it 46:33 at halftime. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-F-88) dragged Shaab within 10 points midway through the third term but it was as close as the UAE team could get. Riyadi responded with a 25:8 rally to clear off for good in this one. Jean Abed El Nour knocked down 24 points, while Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) provided 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for the winners. Courtney Fields stepped up with game-high 39 points and 8 boards for Shaab. Rashed Al Zaabi had 14 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Fadi Khatib 29, Jean Abed El Nour 24, Ahmad Ismail 17
Shaab: Courtney Fields 39, Rashed Al Zaabi 14



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Guasave
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 33
 1. Sowell, Guasave33.0 
 2. White, Cananea28.3 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Gale, Mexicali26.8 
 5. Brown, Tepic24.8 
 6. White, Los Mochis24.2 
 7. Moore, Culiacan23.9 
 8. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.5 
 9. Brown, Tepic23.3 
 10. Barrett, Guasave22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Cananea
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Brown, Cananea11.2 
 2. VanderMeer, Mexica.10.4 
 3. Moss, Nogales10.0 
 4. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 5. Brown, Tepic9.6 
 6. Broxsie, Nogales8.7 
 7. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 9. Thomas, Hermosillo8.1 
 10. Rougeau, Culiacan7.9 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Funn, Guasave8.7 
 2. Watson, Tijuana5.8 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.7 
 4. White, Cananea5.3 
 5. Thomas, Hermosillo4.8 
 6. Nungaray, Guaymas4.5 
 7. Brown, Tepic4.4 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Marentes, Guaymas3.9 
 10. Meza, Culiacan3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. White, Cananea2.2 
 2. Moore, Culiacan2.1 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.7 
 4. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 5. Sowell, Guasave1.7 
 6. Rougeau, Culiacan1.6 
 7. Brown, Cananea1.6 
 8. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 9. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 10. White, Los Mochis1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Sowell, Guasave2.8 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.7 
 4. Funn, Guasave2.2 
 5. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 6. White, Los Mochis2.2 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.1 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.0 
 9. Brown, Nogales2.0 
 10. Thomas, Hermosillo2.0 


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  NEW ZEALAND   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jack LEASURE
  Taranaki.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Leasure, Taranaki.22.0 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.20.7 
 3. Dora, Nelson G.20.4 
 4. Webster, Wellingt.20.3 
 5. Smith, Waikato P.20.2 
 6. Jones, Nelson G.19.5 
 7. Abercrombie, Waika.19.4 
 8. Pace, Bay Hawks19.2 
 9. Bradshaw, OceanaG.18.3 
 10. Campbell, Taranak.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Pledger, Waika.12.0 
 2. Horvath, Manawatu.10.9 
 3. Vukona, Nelson G.10.5 
 4. Campbell, Taranaki.10.3 
 5. Allred, OceanaGo.10.1 
 6. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 7. Johnson, Wellingt.9.1 
 8. Bradshaw, OceanaG.9.0 
 9. Trousdell, Bay H.8.8 
 10. Frank, Wellington8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Waikato P.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 7
 1. Crowe, Waikato P.7.0 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.6.3 
 3. Dickel, Southland5.9 
 4. Tait, Wellington S.5.7 
 5. Martin, Auckland.4.9 
 6. Kench, Manawatu J.4.4 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.4.0 
 8. Meehl, Taranaki MA3.7 
 9. Boucher, Auckland.3.3 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  Auckland.
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Boucher, Auckland.2.8 
 2. Smith, Waikato P.2.8 
 3. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 4. Crowe, Waikato P.2.2 
 5. Kench, Manawatu J.2.0 
 6. Dickel, Southland1.9 
 7. Allen, Waikato P.1.9 
 8. Frank, Wellington1.7 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.1.6 
 10. Vukona, Nelson G.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waika.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Pledger, Waika.3.2 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 3. Allred, OceanaGo.1.4 
 4. Iti, Southland S.1.4 
 5. Campbell, Taranaki.1.4 
 6. Anthony, Waika.1.2 
 7. Spicer, Southlan.1.2 
 8. Brown, Auckland P.1.0 
 9. Vukona, Nelson G.1.0 
 10. Johnson, Wellingt.0.9 


NBL Round 7: Manawatu defeats leader Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Bay Hawks (8-1) in Tamatea on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Manawatu J. (4-5) 84-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Bay Hawks. Bay Hawks were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Manawatu J., which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Bay Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Paora Winitana (195-76) answered with 18 points for Bay Hawks. Manawatu J. moved-up to fourth place. Bay Hawks at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Manawatu J. are looking forward to face bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (#9) in Dunedin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bay Hawks will play on the road against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke and are hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Nelson G. (2-5) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Wellington S. (9-1) in Stoke. The visitors from Wellington managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for international guard Lindsay Tait (194-82, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kareem Johnson helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Wellington S.'s coach Pero Cameron allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Wellington S. keeps a position of league leader. Nelson G. at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Wellington S. will play against league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nelson G. will play at home against the league's second-placed Bay Hawks (#2) in Tamatea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Waikato P. (8-3) which played road game in Southland against 4th placed Southland S. (3-5). Third ranked Waikato P. had an easy win 87-71. Waikato P. have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 8-3 record behind leader Wellington S. Loser Southland S. dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Waikato P. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Southland S. will play against Taranaki MA (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Taranaki MA managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they edged seventh-ranked Auckland P. in New Plymouth 101-99. Jack Leasure fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Taranaki MA (2-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Auckland P. Auckland P. lost their third game in a row. Taranaki MA's next round opponent will be higher ranked Southland S. (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 9th ranked OceanaGold N. (1-7) and third ranked Waikato P. (8-3) in Dunedin on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Hamilton outscored OceanaGold N. 100-58. It was a very good performance for Jerry Smith who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. OceanaGold N.'s coach Alf Arlidge gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Waikato P.. They maintain third place with 8-3 record behind leader Wellington S. Loser OceanaGold N. stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Waikato P. will have a break next round. OceanaGold N. will play on the road against Manawatu J. (#4) in Palmerston North.

In the last game of round 7 Auckland P. was beaten by Waikato P. on the road 89-77.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 24 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks by Alex Pledger of Waikato P..


OceanaGold N. - Waikato P. 58-100

The game between 9th ranked OceanaGold N. (1-7) and third ranked Waikato P. (8-3) in Dunedin on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Hamilton outscored OceanaGold N. 100-58. The game without a history. Waikato P. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Waikato P. outrebounded OceanaGold N. 49-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Waikato P. players scored in double figures. American guard Scott O'Gallagher (188-84, college: Warner Pacific) answered with 19 points and international power forward Craig Bradshaw (207-83, college: Winthrop) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for OceanaGold N.OceanaGold N.'s coach Alf Arlidge gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Waikato P.. They maintain third place with 8-3 record behind leader Wellington S. Loser OceanaGold N. stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Waikato P. will have a break next round. OceanaGold N. will play on the road against Manawatu J. (#4) in Palmerston North.
Top scorers:
Waikato P.: B.Anthony 21+2reb, T.Abercrombie 20+7reb+3ast, J.Smith 20+8reb+3ast, H.Allen 12+8reb+2ast, A.Pledger 11+16reb+1ast, J.Crowe 9+2reb+5ast
OceanaGold N.: S.O'Gallagher 19+2reb, C.Bradshaw 15+5reb+1ast, L.Allred 12+7reb, S.To'omata 8+3reb, M.Morrison 2+2reb, J.Ross 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 122685


Nelson G. - Wellington S. 83-85

Sixth-ranked Nelson G. (2-5) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Wellington S. (9-1) in Stoke. The visitors from Wellington managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Nelson G. was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Wellington S., which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for international guard Lindsay Tait (194-82, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Kareem Johnson (205-80, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Wellington S.'s coach Pero Cameron allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Rod Grizzard (203-80, college: Alabama) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Wellington S. and five Nelson G. players scored in double figures. Wellington S. keeps a position of league leader. Nelson G. at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Wellington S. will play against league's second-placed Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nelson G. will play at home against the league's second-placed Bay Hawks (#2) in Tamatea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: C.Webster 18+2ast, L.Tait 18+6reb+5ast, K.Johnson 14+8reb, L.Henry 13+5reb, C.Frank 7+10reb+2ast, S.Adams 5+6reb
Nelson G.: D.Dora 22+6reb+2ast, P.Jones 17+4reb+3ast, R.Grizzard 15+8reb+5ast, M.Vukona 14+8reb+4ast, M.Fitchett 11+4reb+2ast, J.Bloxham 4+1reb
gschID: 122686


Bay Hawks - Manawatu J. 74-84

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Bay Hawks (8-1) in Tamatea on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Manawatu J. (4-5) 84-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Bay Hawks. Bay Hawks were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-17 charge of Manawatu J., which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Bay Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Manawatu J. players scored in double figures. The former international guard Paora Winitana (195-76) answered with 18 points and American guard Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bay Hawks. Manawatu J. moved-up to fourth place. Bay Hawks at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Manawatu J. are looking forward to face bottom-ranked OceanaGold N. (#9) in Dunedin in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bay Hawks will play on the road against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: D.Hudson 23+4reb+1ast, N.Horvath 16+8reb+2ast, J.Trueman 13+3reb+1ast, M.Te Huna 12+4reb+3ast, R.Igbawua 8+1ast, D.Bailey 6+9reb+3ast
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 18+2reb+3ast, J.Pace 11+8reb+1ast, C.Daniel 10+3reb+2ast, G.Young 9+6reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 8+3reb+1ast, J.Kenny 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 122682


Taranaki MA - Auckland P. 101-99

Bottom-ranked Taranaki MA managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they edged seventh-ranked Auckland P. in New Plymouth 101-99. Auckland P. was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 27-21 charge of Taranaki MA, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Auckland P. 43-32 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Marcus Campbell (214-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). point guard Luke Martin (182-81, college: UTEP) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) added 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Taranaki MA and five Auckland P. players scored in double figures. Taranaki MA (2-6) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Auckland P. Auckland P. lost their third game in a row. Taranaki MA's next round opponent will be higher ranked Southland S. (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 27+10reb+3ast, M.Campbell 25+10reb+2ast, A.Bailey-Nowell 16+5reb+1ast, Z.Meehl 14+6reb+7ast, C.Stuart 7+2reb, L.Abrams 6+4reb+1ast
Auckland P.: B.Anderson 20+4reb+1ast, K.Smith 20+4reb+2ast, K.Mickens 16+5reb+2ast, L.Martin 14+5reb+9ast, E.Bartlett 13+6reb+3ast, B.Ruscoe 9+1reb
gschID: 122683


Waikato P. - Auckland P. 89-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Waikato P. (8-3) beat 7th ranked Auckland P. (2-6) in Hamilton 89-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Waikato P.. Auckland P. was better in third quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Waikato P. had a 35-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Waikato P. made 11 blocks. Quite impressive performance for international center Alex Pledger (216-87, college: Belm.Abbey) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Jerry Smith (185-87, college: Louisville) contributed with 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Kevin Mickens (207-83, college: George Mason) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Auckland P.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Waikato P.. They maintain third place with 8-3 record behind leader Wellington S. Auckland P. lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. Waikato P. will have a break next round. Auckland P. will play at home against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waikato P.: J.Smith 24+4reb+4ast, A.Pledger 24+15reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 11+6reb, J.Crowe 11+7reb+12ast, H.Allen 6+5reb+2ast, M.Alexander 3+1ast
Auckland P.: K.Mickens 17+7reb+1ast, K.Smith 16+8reb, B.Ruscoe 14+2reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 13+5ast, B.Anderson 9+1reb+1ast, L.Martin 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 122680


Southland S. - Waikato P. 71-87

An interesting game for Waikato P. (8-3) which played road game in Southland against 4th placed Southland S. (3-5). Third ranked Waikato P. had an easy win 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by Waikato P.. Southland S. managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Waikato P. have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 8-3 record behind leader Wellington S. Loser Southland S. dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Waikato P. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Southland S. will play against Taranaki MA (#7) in New Plymouth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 122681




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  NIGERIA   


HOSTING BID FOR 2011 DSTV LEAGUE FINAL EIGHT TOURNAMENT BY LAGOS BASED ATLANTIC CONFERENCE TEAMS (2) - by Olusegun Ikuesan
STRONG BASKETBALL CULTURE
One of the major factors determining the success of any hosting effort is the level of basketball awareness that exists in the environment. This affects everything from fan attendance to media attention. No other state even comes close to Lagos in the strength of its basketball culture. Consider these facts among others:



-Out of a total of sixteen teams in the DSTV Premier League, there are six of those teams based in Lagos alone. Nearly half of the entire League.
-Aside from Premier League teams, there are at least another forty organized and structured basketball teams in Lagos, playing at various levels.
-Lagos has the only organized school/youth league in the country called the Ivy League and consistently organized for several years now without a break or hitch.
-Lagos is the only state in the country with as many as five covered indoor gyms for basketball. These include the National Stadium, Rowe Park, Teslim Balogun, American School and Air Force Base. Most other states can only boast of one covered indoor gym, if any.
-This is aside from at least another twenty or so well established outdoor playing arena which are in constant public use.
All the above facts have ensured that Lagos has a very strong basketball culture and that there is a good appetite for the game here, which can be exploited for the benefit of a great hosting of the Final Eight with all its attendant medium and long term benefits for basketball.


FAIRNESS OF TOURNAMENT
One of the desires in organizing a season finale such as the Final Eight is to host it at a venue that would not convey any undue advantage to any team and that would provide as level a playing field as possible for all teams. Lagos is as close as you can get to a neutral venue in the whole of the country. Perhaps because of their long exposure to many sports and a melting pot mentality, and perhaps also because the city with six different Premier League teams has long since stopped identifying any one of them as its home team, Lagos basketball fans are notorious for their lack of loyalty to any particular team, preferring instead to cheer for whoever plays better. This ensures that officials are not put under undue pressure to benefit home teams, which regrettably, sometimes happens in many other venues around the country. No doubt, many other venues around the country which have no Premier League team would qualify as neutral venues for the Final Eight. However, Lagos is the only neutral venue which can also throw in a good crowd plus good media backing into the package.

THE HISTORICAL NATURE OF OUR BID
It has never happened before in the history of basketball, nay in the history of sports in Nigeria, that teams in an entire conference will come together to bid to host such an elite tournament. Our bid is a landmark event. It is a historical phenomenon. It is the stuff myths are made out of. It appeals to the sentiment of humanity. Far be it from us to employ sentiment or emotional blackmail, but people will be anxious to see Will the Federation pay heed to the wishes of this important section of its constituency or will they shun the request of an entire conference? Of course, we as a conference trust the fairness and objectivity of the NBBF beyond any doubt and know that the Federation will definitely recognize the tremendous emotional pull which awarding such a bid to us would generate and the media attention it would stir. This is another aspect of our bid which can be exploited for good publicity mileage and which no other bid can offer.

THE BRAIN POWER, KNOWLEDGE AND WILL BEHIND OUR BID
In all modesty, our bid is promoted, supported, and will be implemented by some of the best minds and most committed stakeholders in the game of basketball in Nigeria today. Please note that our assertion is as stated, some of the best minds not the only best minds. It is necessary to clarify that lest a perception of arrogance rob our point of its meaning. Our point is that just as our bid is historical in nature, so is the assemblage of our formidable and considerable manpower resources also historical. We can boast of experienced and seasoned organizers and administrators within our midst that will ensure the hosting of the best Final Eight ever hosted in this country. We say this without any fear of contradiction. If our humble bid is approved, we will give you the best Final Eight this country has ever seen. As is proudly displayed in front of my village barbers shop, A trial will convince you.

We thank you for taking the time to read through this brief presentation of our bid. Please note that in realization of the fact that we may not be the only bidders and to protect the security of our ultimate plans, we have presented only the peripheral view of just a few of the salient points in this document for your consideration. We will welcome an opportunity to discuss our plans further with you at your convenience, and hopefully after you may have taken a final decision on our bid. We thank you most sincerely and look forward to your kind approval.




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Smart Gilas drub Ittihad in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas - Ittihad 101:69

Smart Gilas confidently opened Fiba Asia Club Championship. The hosts rolled past Ittihad in the opening game in Group A. Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead Smart Gilas to the victory.
Smart Gilas led from start to finish in this one. The hosts ensured a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Ittihad drew things level at 21 early in the second term. But Smart Gilas ignited a 22:8 rally to build a 45:31 lead at the interval. The lead increased to 20+ in the third term as Smart Gilas took over completely. They recorded a 78:47 advantage at the final intermission. Ittihad never recovered and had to digest a bitter pill at the end. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) provided 15 points for the winners. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 18 points for Ittihad. Ali Al Maghribi (200-F-75) had 9 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Japeth Aguilar 20, Marcus Douthit 18, Marcio Lassiter 15
Ittihad: Vladislav Dragajlovic 18, Ali Al Maghribi 9



Thoughts on the Opening Day of the 2011 FIBA-Asia Champs Cup - by Enzo Flojo
Speeding Bullets:

- With the exception of Qatar's Al Rayyan, which has yet to play, all the strong teams played well in the opening day. No upsets were sprung as the favorites generally romped through the field to get their respective first wins.
- The Gilas squad, in particular, presented a rousing debut led by twin towers Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) and Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky). If Aguilar can continue this type of production, and the other locals can find their range more consistently, then the title might not be too far off.
- As expected, Mahram and Al Riyadi thrashed their respective opponents, and just gave more weight to the fact that they will be very strong contenders for the crown here.
- The imports that gave awesome performances were Mahram's Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Al Shabab's Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona), both finishing with more than 30 markers.
- Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) hit only 1-of-11 from the field against Al Ittihad, and he should improve on that if Gilas hopes to get past some of the tougher opposition ahead.
- Curiously enough, Zaid Ahmed Abbas (203-83) of ASU only played 10 minutes, and produced no points or rebounds. It'll be interesting to see how he responds to this considering he's one of the leading players in the Jordanian NT.
- Predictions for today: Duhok over Al Ittihad in a close one, Al Rayyan over Al Jala'a by about 10-15 points, Gilas over the KL Dragons by at least 20, and Mahram over Al Shabab by a mile -- a long mile.

Read more on: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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Proliga Round 4 of Finals. Terceira Basket earn second win in a row - by Eurobasket News
Terceira Basket - Barcelos 86-77

Terceira Basket celebrated the second straight win in the title series and caught up with Barcelos. The hosts trailed by 12 points at the halftime before their 50-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Terceira Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Barcelos to just 7 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who added 17 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and center Joao Moreira (200-85) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Terceira Basket and five Barcelos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: N.Bowie 29+5reb+4ast, A.Pontes 20+6reb+1ast, D.Nevels 17+12reb, F.Tavares 10+3reb, J.Avila 5+3reb+2ast, D.Enes 3
Barcelos: P.Silva 27+15reb+1ast, J.Moreira 15+8reb+1ast, C.Fechas 12+3ast, T.Barreiro 11+5reb+3ast, N.Pedroso 11+6reb+4ast, I.Goncalves 1+1reb
gschID: 129175




Proliga Round 3 of Finals. Terceira Basket earn first victory - by Eurobasket News
Terceira Basket - Barcelos 89-70

Terceira Basket toppled Barcelos to stay alive in the championship series. Barcelos were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 34-11 charge of Terceira Basket, which allowed them to win the game. Terceira Basket outrebounded Barcelos 50-28 including a 15-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Durrell Nevels (198-F-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) helped adding 19 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and center Joao Moreira (200-85) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: D.Goncalves 26+8reb+2ast, D.Nevels 23+15reb+1ast, N.Bowie 19+10reb+7ast, A.Pontes 10+12reb+3ast, J.Avila 7+4reb+5ast, F.Tavares 4+1reb+1ast
Barcelos: J.Moreira 21+6reb+1ast, P.Silva 19+11reb+1ast, N.Pedroso 16+2reb+3ast, T.Barreiro 12+2reb+3ast, C.Fechas 2+4reb+6ast, S.Duarte 0
gschID: 128631




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Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 13-7 
 2. Guaynabo 12-9 
 3. Santurce 12-9 
 4. Quebradillas 12-9 
 5. San German 11-9 
 6. Arecibo 11-9 
 7. Coamo 9-12 
 8. Humacao 9-12 
 9. Mayaguez 8-13 
 10. Isabela 7-15 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas24.7 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.7 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon22.0 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo20.9 
 5. Villegas, Coamo20.2 
 6. Johnson, Humacao20.1 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Harris, San German18.6 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.3 
 10. Randolph, Isabela17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.5 
 2. Harris, San German11.9 
 3. Randolph, Isabela11.9 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.7 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas11.3 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.9 
 7. Rickert, Bayamon10.3 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce9.4 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.4 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.3 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.3 
 8. Copeland, Arecibo4.1 
 9. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 2. Santiago, Santurce1.7 
 3. Robinson, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Rivera, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 6. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao1.5 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.4 
 10. Clemente, Mayagu.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.7 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.1 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.8 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.6 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Harris, San German1.4 


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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.20.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.0 
 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.9.1 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.9 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Carutasu, Steaua7.8 
 9. Eichelberger, Pite.7.7 
 10. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.7 
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. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.2 
 6. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.1 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 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. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.1 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.0 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni1.9 
 10. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 6. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.0 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


Ploiesti reduced to 2-3 in the Final series over U-Mobitelco - by Eurobasket News
Ploiesti - U.Mobitel.CN 68-56

Ploiesti reduced to 2-3 in the Final series over U-Mobitelco as the sixth game will be played on May 31st. The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. U-Mobitelco managed to win second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Ploiesti players scored in double figures. American swingman Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (196-78) added 11 points in the effort for U-Mobitelco.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: Q.Calhoun 20+4reb+1ast, L.Szijarto 14+1reb+1ast, D.Mack 10+2reb+3ast, C.Burlacu 10+9reb+5ast, A.Blidaru 8+4reb+5ast, J.Westrol 3+3reb+3ast
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 17+7reb+2ast, B.Cuic 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Krstanovic 9+6reb, S.Thomson 7+6reb+2ast, M.Silvasan 6+9reb+2ast, T.Morris 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 128821




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The favorites reached the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
The favorites reached the Semifinals as all first four teams advanced to the Final Four with 2-1 in the series.



CSKA - Krasnie Krilya 101-73

The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Krasnie Krilya managed to win fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA Moscow dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Krasnie Krilya's 36. They outrebounded Krasnie Krilya 33-16 including 23 on the defensive glass. CSKA Moscow looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Krasnie Krilya's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international swingman Viktor Khryapa (204-82) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Kyrgyzstani guard Denis Polokhin (195-90) helped adding 14 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was American swingman Gerald Green (202-86, college: High School, agency: Lanshire Group) with 17 points and American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CSKA: A.Vorontsevich 17+5reb+1ast, A.Shved 14+2reb+5ast, D.Polokhin 14+3reb+7ast, T.Langdon 13, S.Kaun 12+1reb, D.Sokolov 11+5reb
Krasnie Krilya: G.Green 17+2reb+1ast, E.Bremer 14+2reb+2ast, P.Brezec 14+3reb, B.Rush 10+1reb+3ast, A.Trushkin 6+3reb, K.Nesterov 5+1reb


gschID: 129083


Unics - N.Novgorod 93-66

The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. BC Nizhny Novgorod was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 BC Nizhny Novgorod turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Unics Kazan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by BC Nizhny Novgorod's players. It was a good game for Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Petr Samoylenko (185-77) contributed with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international forward Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds and forward Artem Yakovenko (206-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Lampe 33+17reb+4ast, P.Samoylenko 20+2reb+6ast, T.Lyday 11+3reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 8+2reb+8ast, M.Popovic 8+3reb+4ast, Z.Pashutin 6+5reb+1ast
N.Novgorod: A.Yakovenko 12+6reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 12+5reb+1ast, I.Savelyev 10+2ast, N.Protic 9+1reb, S.Antonov 9+10reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 129080


Lokomotiv - Enisey 85-73

The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 assists. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Pavel Sergeev (187-87, agency: RIZO) scored 14 points. Four Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: L.Chalmers 17+5ast, J.Massey 14+7reb, M.Wilkinson 11+9reb+1ast, A.Surovtsev 9+3reb+2ast, M.Grigoryev 9+4reb, G.Jeretin 6+4reb+4ast
Enisey: P.Sergeev 14+4reb+3ast, D.Labovic 13+5reb, L.Baxter 13+10reb+3ast, A.Komarovskiy 13+3reb+3ast, S.Demeshkin 5+3reb+1ast, A.Savkov 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129081


Khimky - Spartak SP 77-75

The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Khimky made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Spartak St.Petersburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Spanish guard Raul Lopez (183-80) who scored 14 points. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) added 19 points respectively. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Khimky: K.Loncar 16+3reb, R.Lopez 14+4reb+2ast, T.Hansen 11+3reb+3ast, V.Fridzon 9+6reb+2ast, Z.Planinic 8+5reb+5ast, T.Kelati 7+4reb
Spartak SP: H.Domercant 19+3reb+1ast, P.Beverley 17+3reb+4ast, A.Zozulin 9+1reb+3ast, P.Antic 8+10reb, N.Dragovic 8+4reb+2ast, A.Ponkrashov 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 129082




Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Lampe, Unics18.0 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.4 
 4. Baxter, Enisey16.4 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo16.0 
 6. Williams, Enisey15.3 
 7. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.4 
 8. Labovic, Enisey14.1 
 9. Beverley, Spart.13.8 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej LAMPE
  Unics
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Lampe, Unics7.7 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 3. Baxter, Enisey6.9 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA6.9 
 5. Beverley, Spart.6.3 
 6. Monya, Khimky6.3 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv6.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.1 
 9. Brezec, Krasnie6.0 
 10. Paunic, N.Novgorod5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Enisey6.8 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie6.3 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.4 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.7 
 5. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 6. Popovic, Unics4.0 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.8 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics3.4 
 9. Holden, CSKA3.3 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beverley, Spart.1.9 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie1.6 
 4. Lyday, Unics1.6 
 5. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.5 
 6. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.4 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 8. Pashutin, Unics1.3 
 9. Domercant, Spart.1.3 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sasha KAUN
  CSKA
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 2. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 3. Khryapa, CSKA0.9 
 4. Varlamov, Triumph0.9 
 5. Monya, Khimky0.9 
 6. Antonov, N.Novgor.0.9 
 7. Lampe, Unics0.8 
 8. Zabelin, CSKA0.8 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph0.8 
 10. Zhukanenko, Dyna.0.8 


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Smart Gilas drub Ittihad in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas - Ittihad 101:69

Smart Gilas confidently opened Fiba Asia Club Championship. The hosts rolled past Ittihad in the opening game in Group A. Japeth Aguilar (207-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead Smart Gilas to the victory.
Smart Gilas led from start to finish in this one. The hosts ensured a 19:16 lead after ten minutes. Ittihad drew things level at 21 early in the second term. But Smart Gilas ignited a 22:8 rally to build a 45:31 lead at the interval. The lead increased to 20+ in the third term as Smart Gilas took over completely. They recorded a 78:47 advantage at the final intermission. Ittihad never recovered and had to digest a bitter pill at the end. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) provided 15 points for the winners. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 18 points for Ittihad. Ali Al Maghribi (200-F-75) had 9 points in the loss.

Smart Gilas: Japeth Aguilar 20, Marcus Douthit 18, Marcio Lassiter 15
Ittihad: Vladislav Dragajlovic 18, Ali Al Maghribi 9



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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, Hemofarm8.8 
 3. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 5. Nikolic, Crvena Z.7.1 
 6. Lee, Radnicki7.0 
 7. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki6.6 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 10. Bozovic, Hemofarm6.6 
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. Mitrovic, Beograd4.9 
 6. Radivojevic, FMP4.9 
 7. Bakic, Crvena Z.4.9 
 8. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.8 
 9. Covic, FMP4.6 
 10. Markovic, Radnicki4.5 
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. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Bakic, Crvena Z.1.9 
 9. Kovacevic, Novi S.1.9 
 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. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki0.8 
 9. Djekic, Mega V.0.8 
 10. Lee, Radnicki0.8 


A League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Partizan and Hemofarm to play for the title - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Radnicki 96-66

Hemofarm cruised past Radnicki in the decisive third game of the series. The game without a history. Hemofarm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. Hemofarm outrebounded Radnicki 32-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. Radnicki was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 9 assists. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Hemofarm players scored in double figures. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) came up with 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized Australian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively for Radnicki in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 17+3reb+2ast, M.Pavkovic 15+2reb+9ast, I.Maras 14+9reb+1ast, B.Savovic 13+7reb+2ast, M.Sutalo 10+2reb+2ast, D.Andjusic 10+3reb
Radnicki: M.Cakarevic 18+4reb+4ast, M.Lee 11+5reb+1ast, S.Markovic 9+2reb+7ast, B.Jereminov 8+3reb, V.Aleksic 5, P.Miletic 4
gschID: 129085


Partizan - FMP 98-68

Partizan coasted past FMP to clinch the spot in the championship series. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. FMP Zeleznik managed to win second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to FMP Zeleznik's 42. They outrebounded FMP Zeleznik 41-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by FMP Zeleznik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward James Gist (203-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Australian center Nathan Jawai (207-86, college: Midland CC) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-83) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Gist 19+11reb+2ast, V.Lucic 15+3reb, J.Vesely 12+6reb, N.Jawai 12+6reb+1ast, R.Katic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 8+1reb+1ast
FMP: V.Radivojevic 17+5reb+3ast, B.Subotic 12+2reb, B.Bowman 12+1reb+3ast, M.Ilic 7+5reb, F.Covic 7+1reb+3ast, S.Zivanovic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 129084




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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovak Basketball Association has the new President! - by Martin Bosko
The FIBA referee Jaroslav Janac replaces Rudolf Petrovsky in position of the President for the next five years. The last year of President Petrovsky was very bad for Slovak basketball (two strikes of referees, financial problems of Slovak Basketball Association etc.) Jaroslav Janac got 58 votes and his opponent Miroslav Nerad 53 votes from the delegates of SBA on Annual Conference. The next important day for Slovak basketball is the 15th June, when is deadline for clubs to registrate in Extraleague.

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  SPAIN   


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. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca3.9 
 6. Marco, ADT T.3.5 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
 8. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 9. Lopez, Avila3.2 
 10. Rufian, Promobys3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan BARCELO
  Plasencia
  (192-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 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. Rueda, Plasencia1.5 
 10. Larry, Regal F.1.5 
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, Mallorca1.1 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarrago.1.0 
 9. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 
 10. Johnson, Andorra0.9 


Obradoiro won the opener of LEB Gold Finals - by Eurobasket News
Obradoiro - Burgos 60-52

Obradoiro won the opener of LEB Gold Finals over Burgos 60:52. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-9. But Ford Burgos won third quarter 14-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Argentinian-Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) fired 16 points for the winners. Naturalized American forward Bernard Hopkins (200-73, college: VCU) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Obradoiro CAB's coach Moncho Fernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jerome Tillman (198-87, college: Ohio) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Obradoiro: J.Bulfoni 16+2reb+1ast, B.Hopkins 11+5reb+1ast, A.Corbacho 10+3reb+2ast, E.Sanchez 8, A.Rodriguez 5+2reb+3ast, M.Ruffin 3+10reb+1ast
Burgos: J.Tillman 18+7reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 12+6reb+1ast, P.Lorant 9+6reb, M.Downs 7+2reb, M.Gomez 4+4reb+1ast, J.Castro 2+1reb
gschID: 128783




Mallorca get the first win in LEB Silver Finals - by Eurobasket News
Mallorca - Andorra 92-83

Mallorca get the first win in LEB Silver Finals beating Andorra 92:83. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But River Andorra won third quarter 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basquet Mallorca looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by River Andorra's players. The former international center Ismael Torres (202-79) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Andreu Matali (204-81) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Pablo Sanchez (197-81) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: I.Torres 22+9reb+2ast, J.Carles Bivia 15+6reb+5ast, A.Jaume Vicens 15+4reb, M.Axton 11+2reb+3ast, S.Green 11+6reb+1ast, S.Alonso 9+2reb+6ast
Andorra: A.Matali 26+6reb+3ast, P.Sanchez 11+12reb, J.Santamaria 10+1reb+2ast, N.Zamora 10+2reb+2ast, J.Holmes 10+5reb, R.Johnson 7+8reb
gschID: 128976




Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.4 
 2. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 3. Mohammed, Lleida16.2 
 4. Detrick, Melilla15.7 
 5. Seawright, Leon15.2 
 6. Feldeine, Breogan15.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.14.9 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Johnson, Huesca14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.8 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna7.5 
 6. Kale, Ourense7.2 
 7. Arteaga, Breogan7.1 
 8. Blair, Navarra7.0 
 9. Frost, Palencia6.9 
 10. Chagoyen, La Lag.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarra.
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.6 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna3.9 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.5 
 5. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 6. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 9. Alvarado, La Palma2.9 
 10. Garrido, Palencia2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.3 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Rost, Girona1.7 
 4. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 5. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 6. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 7. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 8. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 9. Feldeine, Breogan1.4 
 10. Rivero, CB Murcia1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.0 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.5 
 3. Hicks, Breogan1.4 
 4. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 5. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 6. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 7. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 9. McCoy, Caceres1.0 
 10. Starosta, Ourense1.0 


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  SYRIA   


Mahram ease past Jalaa - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Jalaa 86:59

Mahram opened their Fiba Asia Club Championship campaign in style. Two-time defending champions fired past Jalaa in preliminary Group B. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) erupted for 34 points and 6 rebounds for Mahram.
Mahram opened the game with eight points in a row to set the tone. Jalaa came back to life midway through the quarter as they levelled things up at 15. But Mahram surged ahead once again posting a 21:17 lead after ten minutes. Mahram capped the first half with a 16:6 run to boost their lead to as many as 18 points 47:29. Soon the Iranian side opened a 20-point advantage and rallied to a comfortable 71:44 lead with ten minutes remaining. Jalaa could not recover in the fourth frame as Mahram cruised to the victory at the end. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in the victory. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) netted 14 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 34, Cheikh Samb 12, Samad Nikkhah 10+10 boards
Jalaa: Samaki Walker 16, Jamaal Miller 14



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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce Ulker sweeps Efes Pilsen and reaches playoff finals. - by Pervin Elgin
In the Beko Basketball League semi-final playoffs series Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team won their second straight match away at Efes Pilsen: 82-87. Ulker started the match leading the best-of five series 2-0. With the win the Istanbul team swept Efes 3-0 and earned themselves a place in the playoff finals once again.

Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team started the challenge rapidly with Marko Tomass scores in the first 1.5 minutes and raised the score to 0-8. Bootsy Thornton finally answered for Pilsen, but Marko Tomas and Roko Ukic raised the difference to 13 after four minutes on the clock: 2-15. Efes Pilsen took a break and returned stronger. Kerem Gonlum and Bostjan Nachbar put the host team back on track, but Ulker remainded very effective with baskets by Omer Onan and finished the first period with a narrow 26-27 lead.

The second period started with tempo as well. Bostjan Nachbar and Ender Arslan responded to Oguz Savass 3-point basket, bringing the scores to balance after the first 1.5 minutes: 30-30. After that, it was all Fenerbahce. Oguz Savas and Roko Ukic brought their team in the lead again, 32-39 with 15 minutes played, and Omer Onan increased the gap to 11 points, 38-49. After some mutual baskets, Fenerbahce Ulker's Basketball Team went to the locker room 43-53 ahead.

The first part of the third period started with Lawrence Robertss basket. Ulkers responded with scores of Oguz Savas and Omer Onan, keeping the gap intact: 48-57. Penetrations by Emir Preldzic and Darjus Jasikevicius, and the excellent finishing of Marko Tomas (who scores 22 points in this game) increased the lead further. Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team also finished the third period with a 60-72 lead.

In the last 10 minutes the defensive efforts of Efes finally started to pay off. With 36 minutes played, the host team managed to close the gap to 6 points: 73-79. After this, Efes Pilsen took a break, but Fenerbahces didnt fall apart. Roko Ukics free throws sealed the fate: Ulker left the fight with a 82-87 victory and advanced to the finals to play for its fifth championship.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Riyadi open win count in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Shaab 109:90

Riyadi knocked down Shaab in the first game at the Asia Club Championship in Manila. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) stepped up with 29 points to pace the Lebanese team to the victory.
Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) ensured a 6:2 start to the game for Shaab. But Riyadi quickly took over. They capped the frame on a 13:0 run to build a 19:10 lead after ten minutes. Riyadi opened a 14-point advantage early in the second quarter. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83) made it 46:33 at halftime. Rashed Al Zaabi (180-F-88) dragged Shaab within 10 points midway through the third term but it was as close as the UAE team could get. Riyadi responded with a 25:8 rally to clear off for good in this one. Jean Abed El Nour knocked down 24 points, while Ahmad Ismail (201-F-76) provided 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds for the winners. Courtney Fields stepped up with game-high 39 points and 8 boards for Shaab. Rashed Al Zaabi had 14 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Fadi Khatib 29, Jean Abed El Nour 24, Ahmad Ismail 17
Shaab: Courtney Fields 39, Rashed Al Zaabi 14



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  URUGUAY   


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


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB Round 48 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LPB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

The game in Puerto Ordaz was quite interesting. 5th ranked Guaiqueries (21-19) played at the court of sixth ranked Gigantes (21-18). Gigantes managed to secure a 8-point victory 79-71 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guaiqueries. Gigantes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Guaiqueries at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 19 games lost. Gigantes are again looking forward to face Guaiqueries (#6) in Porlamar in the next round. Guaiqueries will have a break next round.
The game in Caracas was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Marinos (29-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Panteras (15-26). Marinos managed to secure a 5-point victory 120-115. Marinos maintains second position with 29-11 record behind leader Cocodrilos. Panteras lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Panteras will play again at home against the league's second-placed Marinos (#2) in Puerto La Cruz and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Maracaibo. Local Gaiteros (5-35) were outscored by third ranked Trotamundos (28-11) 112-69 on Thursday night. Trotamundos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-11 record having just one points less than leader Cocodrilos. Gaiteros lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 35 lost games. Trotamundos will meet at home Bucaneros (#4) in the next round. Gaiteros will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 48 Guaros were crushed by Toros in Maracay 105-73.



Gigantes - Guaiqueries 79-71

The game in Puerto Ordaz was quite interesting. 5th ranked Guaiqueries (21-19) played at the court of sixth ranked Gigantes (21-18). Gigantes managed to secure a 8-point victory 79-71 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guaiqueries. Gigantes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Guaiqueries at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 19 games lost. Gigantes are again looking forward to face Guaiqueries (#6) in Porlamar in the next round. Guaiqueries will have a break next round.
gschID: 121596


Gaiteros - Trotamundos 69-112

The game with biggest result difference took place in Maracaibo. Local Gaiteros (5-35) were outscored by third ranked Trotamundos (28-11) 112-69 on Thursday night. Trotamundos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 28-11 record having just one points less than leader Cocodrilos. Gaiteros lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 35 lost games. Trotamundos will meet at home Bucaneros (#4) in the next round. Gaiteros will have a break next round.
gschID: 121593


Toros - Guaros 105-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Guaros' (12-26) road loss to eighth ranked Toros (14-25) 73-105 on Thursday. Toros maintains eighth position with 14-25 record. Guaros lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 26 games lost. Toros will meet at home league's leader Cocodrilos in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guaros will have a break next round.
gschID: 121594


Panteras - Marinos 115-120

The game in Caracas was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Marinos (29-11) played at the court of 7th ranked Panteras (15-26). Marinos managed to secure a 5-point victory 120-115. Marinos maintains second position with 29-11 record behind leader Cocodrilos. Panteras lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Panteras will play again at home against the league's second-placed Marinos (#2) in Puerto La Cruz and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 121595




Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 30-8 
 2. Marinos 29-11 
 3. Trotamundos 28-11 
 4. Bucaneros 22-18 
 5. Gigantes 21-18 
 6. Guaiqueries 21-19 
 7. Panteras 15-26 
 8. Toros 14-25 
 9. Guaros 12-26 
 10. Gaiteros 5-35 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Perry Lakes strengthened its grip on a top - by Eurobasket News
In women's action, Perry Lakes strengthened its grip on a top two spot with a comfortable 82-71 win against Lakeside.

Tegan Walker's 21 points helped the second-placed Hawks improve their win-loss record to 10-3, while the Lightning require a major turnaround to avoid missing the playoffs for only the second time since 2003.

And Stirling kept its slim finals hopes alive with a thrilling 65-63 win against Rockingham, led by Michelle Joy (184-F-90) (20 points).

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL


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  BELGIUM - Women  


France starts Tournoi de l'Ain with the win - by Eurobasket News
France-Belgium 84:59

France won the opener of the home tournament of four nations. The Eurobasket 2009 champions outscored Belgium 84:59. France started strong and took the lead from the very beginning. They finished the first period with 25-16 and then added 24-11 in the second frame. Belgium however managed to win the third stanza to reduce the gap after 30 minutes, but the hosts finished the game with 21-15 to taste the first victory.
Endene Miyem top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) netted 14. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) followed them with 9 points each, while Clemence Beikes (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 8 apiece. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) answered with 16 points and Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) delivered 9.
Greece won at the start of the Friendly International Tournament in France. The Greek side overcame Israel 69:60 to share the top with the hosts of the tournament after Day 1.

France: Endene Miyem (188-F-88) 15, Sandrine Gruda 14, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 9, Edwige Lawson-Wade 9
Belgium: Emma Meesseman 16, Romina Ciappina 9




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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia fall to Great Britain - by Zeljko Zule
Croatia finished the tournametn at Antalya, Turkey, in third place with a 1-2 record. They lost their last game to Great Britain, 56-74. Sandra Mandir had 17 points and 4 rebounds, Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) collected 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists and Ana Lelas scored 10 points. Croatians were outrebounded 32-49.
Croatia-Great Britain 56-74 (25-16, 6-20, 14-21, 11-17; Mandir 17, Jelavic 4, Misura 2, Mazic 1, Ciglar, Lelas 10, Sliskovic 6, Ivankovic 4, Ivezic 12, Karcic)



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  CUBA - Women  


Spain hold off Cuba at Torneo de Segovia - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Cuba 61:50

Spain went victorious on the opening day of Torneo de Segovia. They held off Cuba in the opener. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) scored 12 points to lead the hosts.
Spain scored 21 points in the starting period to build a 5-point lead ten minutes into the game. Spain maintained the pressure in the second stanza. They limited Cuba to 11 points in the quarter and ensured a 34:27 halftime advantage. Cuba tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They outscored the home team to get within 6 points at the final break. Spain however adjusted their defence in the final quarter and rallied to a confident win at the end. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) provided 11 points, while Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87) had 10 in the victory. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) answered with 13 points for Cuba. Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) produced 10 points in defeat.

Spain: Anna Montanana 12, Alba Torrens 11, Silvia Dominguez 10
Cuba: Oyanaisy Gelis 13, Marlen Cepeda 10



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Czech Republic overcame Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Czech Republic 64:77

Czech Republic overcame Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Karlovy Vary. The hosts improved to 1-1 record after 77:64 win.
Czech Republic started with 17-15 and increased to 5-points lead at the halftime. After 19-16 in the second frame the hosts enjoyed 36:31 deficit. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the third frame for 54:49 after thirty minutes. In order not to slow down, Czech Republic needed the last push in the fourth period to seal the initial victory.
Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 15 points and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) posted 13, Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) notched 9, while Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) added 8. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) responded with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) nailed 11. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) delivered 9 and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) as well as Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) had 6 apiece.
In another game Russia celebrated the second straight win in Czech Republic at the International Tournament of four nations. The favorites rolled over Poland 74:66 to hand them their first loss.

Latvia: Gunta Basko 13, Elina Babkina 11, Liene Jansone 9, Ieva Kublina 6, Kristine Karklina 6
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 15, Eva Viteckova 14, Katerina Elhotova 13, Michaela Hartigova 9, Katerina Bartonova 8, Romana Hejdova (182-F-88) 6






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Changes in Challes-les-Eaux - by Eurobasket News
Challes-les-Eaux that finished the Regular Season on the second spot could be satisfied with it, but the team could not make it to the Finals and lost to Tarbes 0-2 in the semis. The team recently announced few changes for the upcoming season.
Anael Lardy (170-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will join the squad as she is coming from Bourges. In 2010-2011 for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (LFB, starting five) in Euroleague she averaged 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, while in French League after 28 games her stats read 6.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 15.0%, FT: 71.7%.
The main arrival is is definitely Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) who spent season 2010-2011 for ZTE NKK (Hungary-A, starting five) and became the top-scorer with 18.0ppg, Reb-1 (9.2rpg), 1.9spg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg), FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.5%.
Croatian Center Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) is another loud name in the team. In 2010-2011 she played for Reze Nantes Basket 44 (France-LFB, starting five) and in French League averaged 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.0%, FT: 76.4%. In EuroCup after 10 games her stats read 13.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP-3 (70.5%), FT: 80.6%.
The following players (Clarisse Costaz (170-G-86), Magali Lacroix (186-F-75), Jennifer Fleischer, Bianca Thomas (178-G-88, college: Mississippi), Sabrina Palie (177-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas)) however left the team and will continue in another squads.



Charleville announced signing of Pagnier, Dimitrakou and Sene - by Eurobasket News
Charleville announced signing of Anne-Sophie Pagnier (180-F-87), Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Yacine Sene (183-F-82).
Sene Yacine and Pagnier Anne-Sophie come from USO Mondeville where they averaged 5.7 and 2.9 points per game respectively.
Zoi Dimitrakou is a Greek Forward who played last season for Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (France-LFB, starting five), In 26 games she averaged 12.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 73.3%.
Aix-en-Provence meanwhile remain to be one of the active teams to make some changes for the upcoming season. The team announced another player for 2011/2012, Kelly Corre.
Kelly Corre is a French Forward who started her career in 2007-2008 for USO Mondeville (LFB). She debuted in Euroleague with 2.0ppg that year and then in 2008-2009 played for the first time in EuroCup. In 2009-2010 moved to Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (LFB) and averaged 1.4ppg. The last season Kelly Corre appeared for Pleyber Christ Basket Club (LF2).
The team also announced departure of Zoi Dimitrakou (Charleville), Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) (Australie), Lauren Neaves (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Rice) (Tarbes), Margaux Okou-Zouzouo, Isabelle Strunc (Perpignan). Hollie Grima was the key player and averaged 15.9 points per game.



France starts Tournoi de l'Ain with the win - by Eurobasket News
France-Belgium 84:59

France won the opener of the home tournament of four nations. The Eurobasket 2009 champions outscored Belgium 84:59. France started strong and took the lead from the very beginning. They finished the first period with 25-16 and then added 24-11 in the second frame. Belgium however managed to win the third stanza to reduce the gap after 30 minutes, but the hosts finished the game with 21-15 to taste the first victory.
Endene Miyem top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) netted 14. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) followed them with 9 points each, while Clemence Beikes (178-G-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Emilie Gomis (180-G/F-83) scored 8 apiece. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) answered with 16 points and Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) delivered 9.
Greece won at the start of the Friendly International Tournament in France. The Greek side overcame Israel 69:60 to share the top with the hosts of the tournament after Day 1.

France: Endene Miyem (188-F-88) 15, Sandrine Gruda 14, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 9, Edwige Lawson-Wade 9
Belgium: Emma Meesseman 16, Romina Ciappina 9




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German U18 team hold off Great Britain in test game - by Eurobasket News
German U18 selection started their preparations for the upcoming European Championship. They took on Great Britain counterparts in the exhibition clash. Germany celebrated a 58:53 win at the end. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) provided 13 points to lead the effort.
Germany surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. Great Britain answered with a 20:17 second term rally to narrow the margin. The visitors got within 3 points with one quarter remaining. However Germany outscored their opponents 11:9 in the final stanza and celebrated an overall success. Anna Heise (190-C-93) provided 8 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) had 7 points in the winning effort.



Rotenburg/Scheessel promoted - by Juliane Hoehne
BG'89 Rotenburg/Scheessel will play the up-coming season in the 1. DBBL. The team received the news for the acceptance to play in the highest league in Germany this Friday. The club, who lost in the finals in 2. DBBL North to Osnabrucker SC Panthers, had applied for the license to play in 1. DBBL anyways in then hope that another team wouldn't qualify for its license. With the promotion to 1. DBBL, they also were able to keep their Head Coach Roland Senger , who signed a new three-year-contract. Roland Senger also had applied for the position as Head Coach of SV Halle, but preferred to accept the job at his club, where he reached the promotion. BG'89 Rotenburg/Scheessel will try to do their best even though they will most likely have the smallest budget of all teams.
It is still open which team won't compete in the 1. DBBL next season. Although it is rumored that either BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel or DJK Don Bosco Bamberg won't be part of the 1. DBBL, clarification will take place on May 31st, when the list of qualified teams will be published.


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Greece beat Israel at the start of the Friendly International Tournament in France - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Israel 69:60

Greece won at the start of the Friendly International Tournament in France. The Greek side overcame Israel 69:60 to share the top with the hosts of the tournament after Day 1.
Greece started with 11:8 after the first five minutes and finished the first period with 19:16. The tempo remained the same in the second quarter but Israel tied the game at the halftime at 31:31. Greece again pushed the tempo in the start of the third period and reached 42:37 after 25 minutes in the court. Moreover they increased to 53:45 after 30 minutes due to 22-14 in the frame. Greece won the fourth quarter 16-15 to celebrate the victory in the opener.
Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) poured in 19 points for the winners and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14. Spyridopoulou ended up with 12, while Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) answered with 18 points in the losing case, Suez Karni Liad posted 12 and Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) delivered 8.

Greece: Styliani Kaltsidou 19, Evanthia Maltsi 14, Spyridopoulou 12, Pelagia Papamichail 10
Israel: Shay Doron 18, Suez Karni Liad 12, Katia Levitsky 8




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  ISRAEL - Women  


Greece beat Israel at the start of the Friendly International Tournament in France - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Israel 69:60

Greece won at the start of the Friendly International Tournament in France. The Greek side overcame Israel 69:60 to share the top with the hosts of the tournament after Day 1.
Greece started with 11:8 after the first five minutes and finished the first period with 19:16. The tempo remained the same in the second quarter but Israel tied the game at the halftime at 31:31. Greece again pushed the tempo in the start of the third period and reached 42:37 after 25 minutes in the court. Moreover they increased to 53:45 after 30 minutes due to 22-14 in the frame. Greece won the fourth quarter 16-15 to celebrate the victory in the opener.
Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) poured in 19 points for the winners and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 14. Spyridopoulou ended up with 12, while Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) answered with 18 points in the losing case, Suez Karni Liad posted 12 and Katia Levitsky (190-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) delivered 8.

Greece: Styliani Kaltsidou 19, Evanthia Maltsi 14, Spyridopoulou 12, Pelagia Papamichail 10
Israel: Shay Doron 18, Suez Karni Liad 12, Katia Levitsky 8




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Czech Republic overcame Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Karlovy Vary - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Czech Republic 64:77

Czech Republic overcame Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Karlovy Vary. The hosts improved to 1-1 record after 77:64 win.
Czech Republic started with 17-15 and increased to 5-points lead at the halftime. After 19-16 in the second frame the hosts enjoyed 36:31 deficit. Both teams nailed 18 points each in the third frame for 54:49 after thirty minutes. In order not to slow down, Czech Republic needed the last push in the fourth period to seal the initial victory.
Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) paced all the winners with 15 points and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) netted 14. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) posted 13, Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) notched 9, while Katerina Bartonova (172-G-90) added 8. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) responded with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Elina Babkina (173-G-89, agency: LBM Management) nailed 11. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena) delivered 9 and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) as well as Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) had 6 apiece.
In another game Russia celebrated the second straight win in Czech Republic at the International Tournament of four nations. The favorites rolled over Poland 74:66 to hand them their first loss.

Latvia: Gunta Basko 13, Elina Babkina 11, Liene Jansone 9, Ieva Kublina 6, Kristine Karklina 6
Czech Republic: Ilona Burgrova 15, Eva Viteckova 14, Katerina Elhotova 13, Michaela Hartigova 9, Katerina Bartonova 8, Romana Hejdova (182-F-88) 6






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  NCAA1 - Women  


Naumovski named coach at Queens - by Eurobasket News
FLUSHING, N.Y. Brian DeMasters, acting director of athletics at Queens (N.Y.) College, recently announced that Bet Naumovski has been named the Knights head womens basketball coach. Bet Naumovski brings 15 years of coaching experience to Queens, including nine seasons of coaching at the college level both in the United States and her native Canada.

It is with excitement that I announce the hiring of Bet Naumovski as our head womens basketball coach, said DeMasters. Coach Bet Naumovski shares Queens Colleges vision to develop students in the classroom, in the community, and on the court. Her experience and determination will add tremendous strength to our program.

Bet Naumovski s previous college coaching experience comes from a two-year stint as assistant coach at NCAA Division I institution, Binghamton University. Bet Naumovski coached a pair of America East conference all-stars in each campaign, and helped the Bearcats to the 2009 conference semifinals. She was actively involved in recruitment, film breakdown, scouting, player development, offensive and defensive strategies and tactics, as well as all other facets of the program. Among the highlights of Bet Naumovski s time at BU was her development of Erica Carter who ranked No. 4 nationally in 3-point field goals per game in 2009-10, No. 7 in 3-point field goal percentage, and holds the Bearcats single-game, single-season and career 3-point field goal records.

'This is an exciting time to be a part of Queens College and I am honored to be selected to lead the women's basketball program, stated Bet Naumovski , who is one of only four female basketball coaches to receive the title of Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) from the Coaches of Canada organization. Queens has a renewed energy and a clear vision for athletics that is in line with my aspirations for the women's basketball program. I want to express my deepest thanks to (chief operating officer and vice president for institutional advancement) Dr. Sue Henderson, Brian DeMasters and (assistant director of athletics) Leslie Busch for their support and confidence. This is a great place to be a student-athlete and I hope that women's basketball will soon be a point of pride for our campus, community and alumni.'

From 2005-07, Bet Naumovski was the head coach of the Toronto-Five O AAU team. She led her squad to the Ontario Cup in 2006 and 2007 finishing in the top-eight out of over 225 teams each time. The previous two summers, she was the head coach for the Ontario provincial Under-17 team, and her team toppled a pair of college squads in preseason college prep tournaments.

At the college level, Bet Naumovski was an assistant coach with the University of Toronto from 1999-03. While there, the team advanced to the conference finals in 2000 and 02, winning the title in the latter campaign while holding a top-10 national ranking and an undefeated home record. Before arriving at the University of Toronto, Bet Naumovski was an assistant coach at the University of Guelph.

Since 2006, Bet Naumovski has been the Head Coach and Program Director for the Mississauga Minor Basketball Association. She was built the club to its highest membership (2,000 members), and started the Under-17 Mississauga Monarchs girls basketball squad.

For the last five-plus years, Bet Naumovski served as the owner and operator of Court Vision, where she ran one of the only organized summer leagues for high school girls in Toronto, as well as one of the only NCAA exposure events for high school girls in Canada.

A certified Level 4 coach by Canada Basketball (Level 5 can only be achieved once coaching a national team), Bet Naumovski received specialized honors in acquiring her bachelors degree in kinesiology and the health sciences at York University (Ont.), where she graduated in 1998 and was an Academic All-Canadian honoree on the basketball court. She also received a masters of kinesiology in coaching degree from the school.
Courtesy of: Queens (N.Y.) Athletics



St Mary's (Md.) tabs Gibson as coach - by Eurobasket News
St. Mary's City, Md. Scott Devine, the director of Athletics and Recreation at St. Mary's College of Maryland, exclaimed Tuesday morning, 'It is my pleasure to announce Crystal Gibson as our next head women's basketball coach.' Gibson becomes the 13th mentor in the 30-year history of the program.

Gibson joins the St. Mary's family after three years at the helm of the Arcadia women's basketball program in Glenside, Pennsylvania. While at Arcadia, she also served as the assistant sports information director. Gibson has also had assistant coaching positions at Frostburg State University and her alma mater, Lebanon Valley College; both are NCAA Division III institutions.

Devine continued, 'Crystal was an outstanding player at Lebanon Valley, where she began her coaching career serving as an assistant coach at her alma mater. Her further experiences as an assistant and head coach at Frostburg State and Arcadia Universities, respectively, have prepared her well to assume our head coaching position. Given her academic and athletic background, I know Crystal will be an articulate ambassador of the liberal arts and the educational experience that is provided here at St. Mary's.'

'Coach Gibson will bring an ability to recruit, teach, mentor, and lead our women's basketball program. We look forward to her joining our staff and accepting the challenge to compete for CAC championships with high quality student-athletes,' added Devine.

From 2006-2008, Gibson served as the primary assistant at Frostburg State, where she was responsible for opponent scouting and player development, including teaching offensive and defensive techniques and fundamentals as well as recruiting. She served as the assistant coach at Lebanon Valley during the 2005-06 season. Gibson also spent that year as an assistant coach for the LVC women's track & field team.

Gibson stated, 'I am extremely excited about the opportunity to return to the state of Maryland and lead such a talented young group of women. I look forward to working towards challenging for a CAC championship with hard work, dedication, and recruitment. Maryland has a perfect blend of exceptionally talented women's basketball players as well as great students, making St. Mary's College of Maryland a perfect fit. Keeping the best players in the state and educating them on the expansive opportunities SMCM has to offer is a welcoming challenge.'

A two-sport athlete at Lebanon Valley, Gibson received her undergraduate degree in biology in 2005 and is currently pursuing a master's in business administration from Frostburg State. She was a four-year starter at point guard for the Dutchmen, earning second team All-Commonwealth Conference and team MVP recognition as a junior (2003-04). Gibson also graduated Lebanon Valley as the program's all-time assists leader with 528.

She was also a four-year letter winner on the outdoor track & field team who picked up All-America honors in the high jump in 2002 with her fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Other accolades included LVC Outstanding Women's Athlete Award (2004-05) as well as holding the school record in the high jump at 1.72m.
Courtesy of: St. Mary's Athletics


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New coach in Super-Pol Tcza Leszno - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Jaroslaw Zyskowski signed the contract with the Super-Pol Leszno. He will be a head coach of this club in the upcoming season. Jaroslaw Zyskowski will replace Jarosaw
Krysiewicz.

Jaroslaw Zyskowski is well-known because he was a player in lask Wrocaw. His biggest achievement as a women's coach is a 6th place in PLKK with Odra Brzeg. He had been
coaching BBV Leipzig Eagles in Germany since January '11. Club hopes that the new coach will cope with a relatively low budget of the maintenance team in the league


Leah Metcalf will replace Gajda in Energa Torun - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Leah Metcalf (173-G-83, college: N.Carolina) joins Energa Torun for the upcoming season. She will replace Agata Gajda (175-G-80), who moved into CCC Polkowice. Leah Metcalf is 28-year-old americain guard. Energa Torun also have extended contracts with Emilia Tlumak (183-F-82) and Roze Ratajczak (183-G-91)

Leah Metcalf had played in NCAA, in North Carolina University between 2001-2005. In her last season at university, she averaging 5,9 points per game and 3.5 asists per game. She
is a good long distance shooter - She have won Mountain Dew College Three Point Championships in 2005. After that she was testing by Seattle Storm, but she have not played in
WNBA. Joining Marbo Basket (Sweden Damligan League) during the season 2006-2007, she started her career in Europe. She was also playing in Luxembourg and France.

Last season Leah Metcalf have spend in Telge Basketball (Sweden Damligan League). She signed contract in January and had played in 20 games. She averaging: 15,8 poinst, 4,2
assist (the best score in entire league) and 3 steals. She was selected the best guard in Damligan League by Eurobasket.com.



Russian NT celebrated the second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Russia-Poland 74:66

Russia celebrated the second straight win in Czech Republic at the International Tournament of four nations. The favorites rolled over Poland 74:66 to hand them their first loss.
Russia did not want any other miracles to come back and win the game as it was with Latvia in Day 1. That is why Russia started strong and took 23-13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They continued to dominate the court and increased to 42:30 at the halftime. The third period also belonged to the favorites that saw 60:46 after thirty minutes on the board. Poland managed to reduce the gap a bit in the game to finish with 8-point loss.
Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Beliakova followed her with 10. Natalya Myasoedova (193-C-87) and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) ended up with 9 points each in a win. Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group) replied with 16 points as Poland is with 1-1 record. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) notched 15, whilst Patrycja Gulak-Lipka (192-C-82, college: Massachusetts) added 9.
In another game Czech Republic overcame Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Karlovy Vary. The hosts improved to 1-1 record after 77:64 win.

Russia: Maria Stepanova 16, Beliakova 10, Natalya Myasoedova 9, Liudmila Sapova 9
Poland: Elzbieta Mowlik 16, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 15, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka 9



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Russian NT celebrated the second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Russia-Poland 74:66

Russia celebrated the second straight win in Czech Republic at the International Tournament of four nations. The favorites rolled over Poland 74:66 to hand them their first loss.
Russia did not want any other miracles to come back and win the game as it was with Latvia in Day 1. That is why Russia started strong and took 23-13 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They continued to dominate the court and increased to 42:30 at the halftime. The third period also belonged to the favorites that saw 60:46 after thirty minutes on the board. Poland managed to reduce the gap a bit in the game to finish with 8-point loss.
Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Beliakova followed her with 10. Natalya Myasoedova (193-C-87) and Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) ended up with 9 points each in a win. Elzbieta Mowlik (180-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group) replied with 16 points as Poland is with 1-1 record. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) notched 15, whilst Patrycja Gulak-Lipka (192-C-82, college: Massachusetts) added 9.
In another game Czech Republic overcame Latvia in Day 2 of the International Tournament in Karlovy Vary. The hosts improved to 1-1 record after 77:64 win.

Russia: Maria Stepanova 16, Beliakova 10, Natalya Myasoedova 9, Liudmila Sapova 9
Poland: Elzbieta Mowlik 16, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 15, Patrycja Gulak-Lipka 9



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Spain hold off Cuba at Torneo de Segovia - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Cuba 61:50

Spain went victorious on the opening day of Torneo de Segovia. They held off Cuba in the opener. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) scored 12 points to lead the hosts.
Spain scored 21 points in the starting period to build a 5-point lead ten minutes into the game. Spain maintained the pressure in the second stanza. They limited Cuba to 11 points in the quarter and ensured a 34:27 halftime advantage. Cuba tried to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They outscored the home team to get within 6 points at the final break. Spain however adjusted their defence in the final quarter and rallied to a confident win at the end. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) provided 11 points, while Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87) had 10 in the victory. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) answered with 13 points for Cuba. Marlen Cepeda (193-C-85) produced 10 points in defeat.

Spain: Anna Montanana 12, Alba Torrens 11, Silvia Dominguez 10
Cuba: Oyanaisy Gelis 13, Marlen Cepeda 10



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Turkey wins the home Kepez tournament - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Montenegro 51:72

Turkey wins the home Kepez tournament although the team lost their last game. Montenegro handed the winners their first loss 72:51 to finish only last. Turkey celebrated the total success with 2-1 record.
It was a good start for the home side that opened the game with 19-16. Moreover Turkey added 13-12 in the second frame for 32:28 at the halftime. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) brought another points for 43:40, but then Montenegro took control of the game. They managed to finish the third period with 51:44 and never looked behind after. In the last frame they held the opponents to just 7 points and grabbed the initial victory in the tournament.
Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) and Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) erupted with 23 points each for the winners. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) netted 13, while three other teammates notched 4 each. Nevin Nevlin (195-C-85, college: Stanford) replied with 13 points in the losing effort, while Gulsah Gumusay and Seda Erdogan (170-F-87, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Dodge City CC) had 8 apiece.

Turkey: Nevin Nevlin 13, Gulsah Gumusay 8, Seda Erdogan 8
Montenegro: Iva Perovanovic 23+10 rebs, Jelena Dubljevic 23, Eshaya Murphy 13



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UPBL Round 17: Dynamo loses to Tim-Scuf in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kyiv. First ranked host Tim-Scuf (14-2) defeated 3rd placed Dynamo (10-7) 88-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dynamo. The game was mostly controlled by Tim-Scuf. Dynamo managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dynamo 36-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Natalia Isachenko (183-79, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Yuliya Berezinets (172-90) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Shantel Ragin (178-87, college: Clayton St.) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Tim-Scuf have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Dynamo at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Luganski Last. (0-15) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to second ranked Kozachka (13-3) 100-58. The former international forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Irina Kuzmichenko accounted for 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Olena Hotentseva came up with 26 points for Luganski Last. in the defeat. Kozachka maintains second place with 13-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Tim-Scuf. Luganski Last. at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Kozachka will play against Donbas (#9) in Donetsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Luganski Last. will play at home against Orlan in Simferopol and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Frankivsk was also quite interesting. 4th placed Dnipro-DVUFK (9-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Frankivsk (9-6). Frankivsk defeated Dnipro-DVUFK 70-60 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Dnipro-DVUFK. The best player for the winners was Arina Markotenko who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Larisa Yaburova produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Frankivsk moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Dnipro-DVUFK. Frankivsk will meet at home Yuzhna Palmira (#8) in the next round. Dnipro-DVUFK will play against Politeh Basket (#7) in Lviv and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Donetsk. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Orlan (7-9) to ninth ranked Donbas (5-11) 78-76 on Saturday evening. Inesa Khodova orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Donbas maintains ninth place with 5-11 record. Orlan at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Donbas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kozachka in Zaporozhye and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 17 Yuzhna Palmira lost to Politeh Basket on the opponent's court 66-78.



Tim-Scuf - Dynamo 88-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kyiv. First ranked host Tim-Scuf (14-2) defeated 3rd placed Dynamo (10-7) 88-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dynamo. The game was mostly controlled by Tim-Scuf. Dynamo managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Dynamo 36-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international forward Natalia Isachenko (183-79, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Yuliya Berezinets (172-90) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Shantel Ragin (178-87, college: Clayton St.) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international point guard Nataliya Silyanova (172-71) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Dynamo players scored in double figures. Tim-Scuf have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Dynamo at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tim-Scuf: N.Isachenko 27+7reb+2ast, Y.Berezinets 20+5reb+2ast, K.Matsko 12+12reb+3ast, I.Faskhutdinova 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Sharovka 9+2reb+6ast, N.Gavryliuk 9+7reb+4ast
Dynamo: S.Ragin 22+8reb+2ast, N.Silyanova 19+5reb+2ast, A.Stafyuk 13+1reb+2ast, y.lubov 12+3reb, E.Bondar 6+4reb+2ast, L.Lubarskaya 0
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Luganski Last. - Kozachka 58-100

Bottom-ranked Luganski Last. (0-15) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 15th consecutive match to second ranked Kozachka (13-3) 100-58. The game without a history. Kozachka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Luganski Last.'s 32. Kozachka forced 19 Luganski Last. turnovers and outrebounded them 49-15 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Luganski Last. was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Irina Kuzmichenko (181-87) accounted for 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Kozachka players scored in double figures. Olena Hotentseva came up with 26 points and guard Ksenia Kirichenko (173-87) added 11 points respectively for Luganski Last. in the defeat. Kozachka maintains second place with 13-3 record having just -8 point less than leader Tim-Scuf. Luganski Last. at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Kozachka will play against Donbas (#9) in Donetsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Luganski Last. will play at home against Orlan in Simferopol and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kozachka: O.Zherzherunova 22+11reb+2ast, O.Kisilova 21+5reb+1ast, I.Kuzmichenko 17+6reb+5ast, V.Sholokhova 13+10reb+1ast, T.Panchenk-Stakhova 11+5reb+2ast, A.Kulaga 8+4reb
Luganski Last.: O.Hotentseva 26+3reb+2ast, K.Kirichenko 11+2reb, A.Drepina 9+1reb, Z.Chuhriy 5+1reb+3ast, O.Khotentseva 3+2reb+1ast, N.Gudushauri 2+2reb
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Donbas - Orlan 78-76

A very interesting game took place in Donetsk. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Orlan (7-9) to ninth ranked Donbas (5-11) 78-76 on Saturday evening. Orlan was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 19-10 charge of Donbas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Donbas forced 19 Orlan turnovers. Forward Inesa Khodova (185-73) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Irina Rastorgueva (180-76) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Belarusian center Elena Staschuk (192-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and Belarusian guard Katsiaryna Kashlei (166-90) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Orlan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Donbas maintains ninth place with 5-11 record. Orlan at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Donbas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kozachka in Zaporozhye and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Donbas: I.Rastorgueva 21+5reb, I.Khodova 20+10reb+2ast, M.Agalareva 20+5reb+1ast, O.Solonar 10+7ast, A.Annenkova 7+12reb+4ast, V.Tkacheva 0
Orlan: S.Pinchuk 18+5reb+3ast, K.Kashlei 17+7reb+6ast, E.Staschuk 17+15reb+3ast, O.Pysmennyk 14+3reb+2ast, N.Didanova 6+1reb+1ast, M.Danilyuk 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 129029


Frankivsk - Dnipro-DVUFK 70-60

The game in Frankivsk was also quite interesting. 4th placed Dnipro-DVUFK (9-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Frankivsk (9-6). Frankivsk defeated Dnipro-DVUFK 70-60 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Dnipro-DVUFK. The game was mostly controlled by Frankivsk. Dnipro-DVUFK managed to win fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frankivsk forced 24 Dnipro-DVUFK turnovers. The best player for the winners was international guard Arina Markotenko (170-89) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Viktoriya Suzyk (182-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Larisa Yaburova (190-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Kimberly Williams (168-74, college: De Paul, agency: Merit Sports) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frankivsk moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Dnipro-DVUFK. Frankivsk will meet at home Yuzhna Palmira (#8) in the next round. Dnipro-DVUFK will play against Politeh Basket (#7) in Lviv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Frankivsk: A.Markotenko 19+7reb+3ast, V.Pazyuk 13+7reb+3ast, V.Suzyk 12+12reb+2ast, K.Polyanychka 10+9reb+2ast, M.Dubas 9+8reb+5ast, O.Horoshavina 3+2reb+2ast
Dnipro-DVUFK: K.Williams 19+3reb+3ast, L.Yaburova 14+11reb+1ast, V.Onyshchenko 12+9reb, T.Bovykina 10+12reb+1ast, A.Domoratska 5+5reb+2ast, A.Voynalovych 0
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Politeh Basket - Yuzhna Palmira 78-66

Everything could happen in Lviv at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Politeh Basket and 8th ranked Yuzhna Palmira had identical 5-9 record. This time Politeh Basket used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Odessa 78-66. It looked good early as Yuzhna Palmira took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Politeh Basket had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Yuzhna Palmira was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-78. Guard Valentina Voronova (172-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Yuliya Lapshynova (177-81) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Politeh Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Tatiana Shapochkina (179-90) answered with 22 points and 4 assists and swingman Svitlana Kolibabchuk (186-87) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Yuzhna Palmira. Politeh Basket maintains seventh place with 6-9 record. Yuzhna Palmira at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Politeh Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Dnipro-DVUFK (#4) in Dnepropetrovsk and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Yuzhna Palmira will play on the road against Frankivsk (#5).
Top scorers:
Politeh Basket: V.Voronova 21+2reb+5ast, Y.Lapshynova 13+8reb+3ast, T.Zhurauliova 13+6reb, N.Reznichenko 12+4reb, T.Shablynska 10+9reb+3ast, K.Kovalova 5+3reb+2ast
Yuzhna Palmira: T.Shapochkina 22+3reb+4ast, S.Kolibabchuk 14+9reb, D.Vukovic 11+7reb+4ast, A.Siromatnikova 8+5reb+7ast, Z.Likhodid 5+6reb+3ast, D.Matvyeyeva 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 129027




Standings (Women)
UPBL Standings
 1. Tim-Scuf 14-2 
 2. Kozachka 13-3 
 3. Dynamo 10-7 
 4. Dnipro-DVUFK 9-6 
 5. Frankivsk 9-6 
 6. Orlan 7-9 
 7. Politeh Basket 6-9 
 8. Yuzhna Palmira 5-10 
 9. Donbas 5-11 
 10. Luganski Last. 0-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elena STASCHUK
  Orlan
  (192-C-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Staschuk, Orlan21.4 
 2. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.3 
 3. Ragin, Dynamo19.1 
 4. Rastorgueva, Donb.18.2 
 5. Williams, Dnipr.17.9 
 6. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf17.8 
 7. Yakunina, Lugans.17.4 
 8. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.1 
 9. Markotenko, Frank.17.1 
 10. Grishina, Lugans.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elena STASCHUK
  Orlan
  (192-C-85)
  Avg: 14
 1. Staschuk, Orlan14.0 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan10.5 
 3. Ragin, Dynamo10.0 
 4. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.9.5 
 5. Rimarenko, Dynamo9.5 
 6. Zherzherunov., Koz.9.3 
 7. Zarytska, Kozachka9.3 
 8. Yakunina, Lugans.9.0 
 9. Yaburova, Dnipr.8.6 
 10. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.6.1 
 2. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf5.1 
 3. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.6 
 4. Williams, Dnipr.4.6 
 5. Iagupova, Dnipr.4.6 
 6. Dubas, Frankivsk4.3 
 7. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf4.0 
 8. Lapshynova, Polite.3.8 
 9. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.7 
 10. Voronova, Polite.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.3.9 
 2. Markotenko, Frank.3.4 
 3. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.3 
 4. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.1 
 5. Dubas, Frankivsk2.7 
 6. Williams, Dnipr.2.7 
 7. Kochubei, Tim-Scuf2.4 
 8. Shapochkina, Yuzh.2.3 
 9. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.2 
 10. Panchenk-S., Koz.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Orlan
  (202-C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alyoshkina, Orlan3.0 
 2. Zhyrakova, Polite.2.0 
 3. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.8 
 4. Shablynska, Polite.1.8 
 5. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.7 
 6. Staschuk, Orlan1.6 
 7. Kisilova, Kozachka1.1 
 8. Yakunina, Lugans.1.0 
 9. Zherzherunov., Koz.1.0 
 10. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.0.9 


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Great Britain finished second at the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain -Croatia 74:56

Great Britain overcame Croatia in the last day of Kepez tournament in Turkey. The British National team won 74:56 and finished with 2-1 record on the second spot. Croatia lost two out of three and ended up on the third place.
Croatia actually started better in the game and grabbed 25:16 after the first 10 minutes. The second frame however totally belonged to the team from Great Britain that erupted with 20-6 in it. Moreover the winners added 21-14 in the third period and 17-11 in the last to seal the victory.
Chantelle Handy (191-G-87, college: Marshall) poured in 23 points for the winners and Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) netted 13. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) posted 11, while Rosalee Mason (180-F/G-79, college: Manhattan) ended up with 7. Sandra Mandir (175-G-77) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) nailed 12 and Ana Lelas (183-G/F-83) scored 10.
Turkey won the home Kepez tournament although the team lost their last game. Montenegro handed the winners their first loss 72:51 to finish only last. Turkey celebrated the total success with 2-1 record.

Great Britain: Chantelle Handy 23, Rachel Vanderwal 13, JulieAnne Page 11, Rosalee Mason 7
Croatia: Sandra Mandir 17, Jelena Ivezic 12, Ana Lelas 10




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Sky waive Northwestern's Jaeschke - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Sky waived former Northwestern player Amy Jaeschke (6'5''-C-89, college: Northwestern) on Friday, according to a press release.

Jaeschke, the first Wildcat drafted in the WNBA, earned first-team Big Ten honors and was selected with the 27th pick in the 2011 draft.

The former New Trier player led NU in 2010-11 with 21.4 points and nine rebounds per game and ranks second in points and rebounds in school history. She is also Northwestern's career blocks leader.

'It was a tough decision,' said Sky coach Pokey Chatman. 'Amy had a really good camp. She did everything we asked her to do, and she did a great job of getting her body in shape for training camp. Unfortunately for Amy, our needs were greater in other areas.'

The Sky's roster is now at 12 players and must be trimmed down to 11 by Thursday.
Courtesy of: chicagotribune.com