EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/4/2011

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. GS Petroliers 4-0 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 2-2 
 3. Blida 2-2 
 4. Arreridj 0-4 
Group B
 1. CSMC 3-1 
 2. WA Boufarik 2-2 
 3. Staoueli 2-2 
 4. O Batna 1-3 
Group C
 1. NAH Dey 2-0 
 2. Sidi-bel-Abbes 1-1 
 3. ASPTT 0-1 
 4. U.S.M. 0-1 
Group D
 1. Annaba 2-0 
 2. CRB Temouch. 1-1 
 3. Skikda 1-1 
 4. USMM Hadjout 0-2 
Stage One Standings


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 5. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.5 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.2 
 7. Galindo, Libertad15.6 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.1 
 9. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Garces, La Union10.9 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.9.7 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.2 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Kante, Olimpico LB7.9 
 9. Bucknor, Club 97.3 
 10. Leiva, Penarol7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.2 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad4.3 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.0 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
 10. Sartorelli, Argen.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 6. Selleaze, Libertad2.3 
 7. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 8. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 9. Cequeira, Obras2.3 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 8. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 9. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 


San Martin C and Quilmes MP to meet in TNA Finals - by Eurobasket News
San Martin C and Quilmes MP will fight for TNA title this season. Both teams managed to beat their rivals last night and to win the Semifinals series with almost perfect 3-1.
San Martin C outplayed Alvear 76-62 thanks to wonderful second half (38-21). Anthony Glover (197-F-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.John's) was a key player in victory as he registered double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Glover reached valuation 29. In the loosing squad, Mauro Rotschy (192-G-77) collected 15 points and 5 rebs.
Quilmes MP was too strong for Ciclista 84-77. Phillip Hobson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) top-scored for the winners with 29 points. Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) followed closely with 26 pts.
First game of the Finals series is scheduled for May 8. The format is best-of-five and San Martin C will have the home court advantage (2-2-1).


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  AUSTRALIA   


QBL Preview - by Duncan Matheson
The champions:

Rockhampton Rockets

The Rockets start 2011 as defending champions and look to have a roster that again makes them the team to beat. With a winning culture, an amazing home record that has seen them lose once at home in over four seasons, and strong talent including NBL players and imports, the Rockets will start as favourites.

Key players: Peni Nasalo (192-G-80), Mitch Philp (184-G-89), Ryan Jeffries (188-G-86), Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87), Pero Vasiljevic (209-F/C-78, college: Kansas St.), Kelly Wesley (198-F/C-85)

The contenders:

Townsville Heat

After a strong 2010 season that saw them finish 12-6 and a narrow quarter final loss at Mackay, the Heat are back stronger than ever bolstered by the inclusion of Townsville NBL players and the return from injury of Townsville hometown hero Kelvin Robertson (180-G-83). With Kelvin back on board and a strong mix of talent, the Heat look on paper at least to be the number 1 contender.

Key players: Kelvin Robertson, Chris Cedar (185-G-88), Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91), Ben Allen (211-C-86, college: St.Mary's, CA), Daniel Egan (197-F-79)

Mackay Meteors

Last years runners up have undergone some major changes, but have still put together a very strong roster. Despite the loss of star players John Fitzgerald (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) and Todd Blanchfield, the Meteors have added legit size with Michael Kingma (209-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and looked to cover the loss of guard play with George Deba (183-G-85) and Matt Gange. Competing against other northern powers Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton its hard to say where the Meteors will finish, but they have the talent to be a strong contender.

Key players: Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE), Timothy Coenraad (201-G/F-85, college: Nova SE), George Deba, Matt Gange, Michael Kingma

Ipswich Force

A bit of cash and a huge off-season of recruiting has seen the Force who last year finished with an 8-10 record emerge as a legit championship contender. Adding NBL players Bradley Williamson (197-F/G-81) and Tim Behrendorff (212-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb), as well as arguably the best player in QBL history in former NBL player Ben Thompson (195-G-78), Ipswich look set to be a force in 2011.

Key players: Luke Cann (188-G-86), Bradley Williamson, Ben Thompson, Ryan Stolberg (200-F-75), Tim Behrendorff


Fighting to make the playoffs:

Cairns Marlins

The most successful club in the QBL with three national championships, the Marlins look to be again focusing on the development of youth and while always a tough, competitive outfit look on paper that they may be just behind northern powers Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville. That said, it is not yet confirmed if Aaron Grabau (196-G-78) is playing and if he does they are not only a chance to make the playoffs, but find a way to win a title.

Key players: Kerry Williams (185-G-87), Dwayne Vale (194-F-85), Aaron Grabau, Dean Brebner (201-F-84, college: Augusta St.)

Northside Wizards

The Wizards look virtually certain to once again play in the playoffs, but how much further they go remains to be seen. After four straight seasons losing in the quarter finals, the Wizards dont appear to have added enough talent to take that next step and will rely heavily on Blaze NBL players Goulding and Gleeson.

Key players: Chris Goulding (190-G-88), Shaun Gleeson (189-G-86), Chris Olsen (184-G-84)

Gold Coast Rollers

The Rollers have undergone some significant changes for the 2011 season, changing their name back to the Rollers and moving back to the old Carrara stadium. Returning the core of their team that last year made the semi-finals, while also adding Adam Gibson (188-G-86) and former NBL player Scott McGregor (203-F-76), the Rollers look a solid chance to return to the semi-finals.

Key players: Adam Gibson, David Gurney (194-F-85), Jason Aucoin (200-F/C-81), Scott McGregor

South West Metro Pirates

The Pirates have been incredibly successful in recent times, with three trips to the semi-finals in four seasons. While they have returned a strong core of players from last season, the loss of Troy Thomson (195-F-84), Tommy Ammar (198-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill) and stalwart Jason Cameron (200-G/F-74) sees them at risk of missing the playoffs this season.

Key players: Nathan Niesler (188-G-83), Brendan Teys (188-G-90), Steven Broom (205-F/C-87), Zac Carter (199-F/G-89)

Bundaberg Bulls

After a 7-11 season, the Bulls have added what they believe to be the missing piece in sharpshooter Shane Davis (194-F-80). With the same core players as last season, including the leagues leading scorer Matthew Hanson (201-84), the Bulls will look to surge up the QBL ladder and make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Key players: Shane Davis, Will Shackleford (196-F, college: Martin Methodist), Matthew Hanson, Nello Giordano (200-F-84, college: Martin Methodist)

Toowoomba Mountaineers

The Mountaineers look to be the big improvers in 2011, and after two winless seasons the fans up the mountain will hope to finally have something to cheer about. Toowoomba have added two imports in Legan and Chase who look to be potential stars of the league, and will look to take the Moutaineers back to the top.

Key players: James Legan (191-G-87, agency: Court Side), Rashad Chase (201-F-87, college: Georgia St.), Anthony Dickerson, Clarence Dickerson




May struggle:

Brisbane Capitals

The Capitals last season went 4-14, making the transition to a young developing team and will be very young again this season. They do have very talented young players, with the bulk of their team in the 17-22 bracket, and have picked up a marquee signing in NBL player Tom Garlepp (203-F-86, college: UCSB). All signs point to another year of developing for the Capitals though.

Key players: Tom Garlepp, Kurt Thompson (191-G, college: Arizona W. CC)

Maroochydore Clippers

After an exciting season that saw them finish 9-9 and return to the playoffs, the Clippers will again look to build on an exciting core of local talent. The Clippers will play a very entertaining, high scoring brand of basketball, but face the tough task of covering the loss of do-it-all superstar Zane Meehl (191-PG-86, college: Mid-Continent) to the NZNBL. Maroochydore will again enter the season as underdogs and outsiders to make the playoffs, but if they can get on the sort of run they did last season will prove to be the team most teams hate to play.

Key players: Zeke Meehl, Scott Kenny (188-89), Isaih Tueta, Luke Hedges (209-F/C, college: Canisius)

Gladstone Port City Power

The Power again face the tough task of competing in the north against some of the leagues superpowers, and it seems unlikely they will make the playoffs. They will rely heavily on import Keith Borgan (180-G-83, college: Metro St.), who was impressive last season, but look to lack the depth to pick up more than a handful of wins.

Key players: Keith Borgan, James Cripe (213-C-84, college: N.Kentucky), Edin Zunic (205-C-88), Dale Iwanicki (190-F-80, college: Iowa Wesleyan)

Caboolture Suns

After a disappointing 5-13 season given their talent, the Suns appear to have gone back to the drawing board and have gone with developing their local talent. The loss of star players Bradley Williamson and Thalo Green (200-F-78) would have most believe the Suns will be the leagues whipping boys, despite having added import Gianni Constantiello. They will start as major underdogs, but with the added responsibility to some up-and-coming locals, they may go under the radar and surprise some teams.

Key players: Gianni Costantiello (201-F/C-80, college: Ottawa), Hayden Reed, Brent Andrews (195-F-86), Ben McGlynn (187-G-81, college: Brewton Parker)




Big V: Round 6 Roundup - by Eurobasket News
With the Hawks and Broncos heading towards dire straights, it took a final second Aaron Hill (185-G) jumper to save Ringwood from total capitulation.
The Maroondah Indoor Sports Centre explod-ed after an Aaron Hill fade-away jumper on the final buzzer sunk the Broncos, adding some further misery to an already tough sea-son.
The Hawks are battling to find their 2010 form in the early stages of this season and per-haps this win can spark these guys back into action.
Meanwhile the Suns destroyed a severely de-pleted Melbourne Tigers outfit that only suit-ed 6 players in the 41 point loss. Nathan Tru-man and Chris Payne combined for 55 points as the Suns shot the lights out with a brilliant offensive performance.
The Falcons dealt the Boomers their second loss on the trot on the back of a massive final quarter, scoring freely with everyone contrib-uting. The Boomers simply couldn't slow the offensive firepower of the ladder leaders with Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) dropping 28 points, Benn had 18 with Weaver and Goodwin both putting in 13. Jarrod OShannessy and Damon Lowery (180-G-67) both battled hard with 14 each but it wasnt enough to cancel out the Falcons scoring.
www.bigv.com.au
The Boomers then travelled to Diamond Val-ley the following day to take on an embat-tled Eagles squad and came out victorious, 99-72.
OShannessy caught fire in this one, hitting on 6 of his 10 attempts from downtown on his way to 22 points on 63% shooting from the field. The Boomers controlled the game from start to finish, leading at every stage, giving everyone on the roster a run around. The win snaps a two game winning streak and locks them into out-right second place on the SCM ladder.
And lastly in the game of the round we saw the Wildcats overrun a tired Waverley in the final quarter with fresher legs prevailing. Se-dale Threatt dazzled early but ran out of gas while Gerard Leonard (G) kept making the Fal-cons pay for leaving him widdddeee open at the arc, hitting 5/6 from range on his way to17 points. Tommy Greer had his best game of the season, troubling the Waverley D all night inside and out with 21 points and 16 re-bounds. That all being said, Waverley can take some pride in only losing by 11 with an exhausted bunch and Daniel Dillon to come...

ROUND 6 RESULTS
Sherbrooke 109 defeated Melbourne 68 Ringwood 91 defeated Hume City 89 Waverley 92 defeated Bulleen 76 Eltham 93 defeated Waverley 82 Bulleen 99 defeated Diamond Valley 72
Fronting up with six players always had the potential to turn ugly for the Tigers. Though the reasons for the dramatic shortfall of players isn't clear, Sherbrooke took full advantage of the gasping Tigers and rolled them.
Coach Kenny Harrington knows only too well that his Hawks survived a scare against the improving Broncos, stat-ing after the game that 'Aaron (Hill) made a great play, but we were lucky. The Broncos should consider them-selves a little unlucky.' Could this be just the tonic needed to push the Hawks back up where they belong?
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



Men's CABL wrap - Rd 5 - by Eurobasket News
GALLANT: West Adelaide's Jeff Dowdell (205-F-87), pictured playing for the Adelaide 36ers last season, couldn't help his team over the line despite a solid individual performance.
North Adelaide v Norwood

A POOR third quarter cost North Adelaide victory against in-form Norwood on Saturday at Hillcrest Stadium.

After a tight opening, the undefeated Flames took the ascendancy with a 30-18 third period and went on to win 98-80.

North briefly led the match 34-32 in the second period before Andrew Webber (180-G-85, college: Armstr.Atlantic), who finished the match with 18 points, ran hot for Norwood.

The Flames went on a 9-0 run and by midway through the third quarter had skipped out to an 18-point advantage.

Rhys Elliott (G-91) led the Rockets with 19 points, while Adelaide 36ers point guard Rhys Carter (190-G-84) added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Matthew Lycett had a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The loss leaves North Adelaide without a win after four games.

Todd Matthews had 16 points for the Flames and ex-NBL big man David Cooper, who returned for the match, grabbed 12 boards.

Flames coach Brad Davidson said Coopers defensive efforts had been important.

He was a real presence, blocking shots and just making people change shots, Davidson said.

Southern v South Adelaide

A BLITZING second half from Southern Tigers got them over the line 74-68 against rivals South Adelaide in their mens Central Australian Basketball clash at Morphett Vale on Saturday night.

The Tigers recovered from being outgunned in the first half by the more accurate Panthers.

The visitors had grabbed the ascendency in the first and second periods to shoot 10 points clear at the break, 48-38.

They shot at 63.2 per cent in the first quarter and 41.2 per cent in the second compared to the Tigers 40 per cent and 33.3 per cent.

But the Tigers rallied to dominate the third quarter, scoring 17 points while restricting South Adelaide to just eight.

Their revival was built on the back of their dogged defence as the Panthers shot at a paltry 10 per cent from the field.

Panthers star Mitch Creek, who finished the match with 20 points and 13 rebounds, couldnt get an effective shot off while his teammates also missed chances.

Tigers Michael Florence grabbed five of his 11 rebounds in the third period while he and Codey Ellison also pulled off vital blocks against Daniel Johnson and Creek respectively during the quarter when the game was in the balance.

Their defensive efforts lifted their side to within one point at the end of the quarter, 56-55.

Southern then took the lead three minutes into the last quarter and never looked back to eventually edge out a six-point win.

Florence finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Ellison gathered 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Marcus Robinson also put in a game-changing performance with 14 points, seven boards and four blocks.

Central Districts v Eastern

CENTRAL Districts mens Central ABL team suffered yet another heartbreaking loss last Saturday, this time to the Eastern Mavericks, at Starplex Stadium.

The Lions, who have won just one match in the past two seasons, were beaten 90-88 after leading in the final minute.

With 28 second remaining Central fouled Easterns Brad Hill, who made one of two free throws to tie the scores.

Lions coach Scott Whitmore then called a time out and drew up a play he hoped would win his side the match.

The Lions ran the clock down, found Daniel Carlin on the low post who dished the ball out to a wide open Matthew Atkins with five seconds on the clock.

Atkins, who had made four three point attempts, launched from beyond the perimeter but missed.

In a frantic final five seconds, the Lions twice grabbed offensive rebounds but missed shots to win the match.

With less than a second on the clock, Centrals Daniel Wilson grabbed a board but was called for a reaching foul on Easterns Jackson Madgen.

Madgen made two free throws to win the match.

Whitmore said he had not reviewed footage of the foul at presstime but hoped the referee was certain of her call, given it decided the match.

Carlin and Luke Frost scored 22 points each for the Lions.

Hill was unstoppable for the Mavs, scoring 38.

I thought our defensive pressure on Hill in the last quarter was good but he just made some quality baskets, Whitmore said.

Forestville v Sturt

STURT was too strong for Forestville, winning 88-72, at Wayville on Saturday night.

Jan Warbout dominated the scoring with 22 points while Darren Ng had 15 points.

Jacob Holmes dominated the boards with 17 rebounds to go with his 10 assists.

For the Eagles, Rashad Tucker had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Trent Fildes had 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

West Adelaide v Woodville

WOODVILLE had the better of West Adelaide in the second half of their clash at St Clair on Saturday night, running out 75-70.

The Bearcats held a four point lead at half-time but couldnt continue its form.

Jeff Dowdell starred for the Bearcats with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Furness was solid for the Warriors with 14 points and five rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://portside-messenger.whereilive.com.au


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  BAHRAIN   


TIED FOR LEAD - by Yousef Ahmed
BITTER rivals Muharraq and Manama both scored crushing victories last night against short-handed opposition in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League. Muharraq steamrolled their way past Nuwaidrat, 102-63, in the evening's first game at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam. Manama then followed suit with a 96-65 romp over Sitra. With yesterday's results, each club came away with their 12th win of the regular season, and they both remained tied atop the league standings. Muharraq were in a class of their own against Nuwaidrat, dominating the game from the start to finish.

Recently signed professional Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) from the US continued his fine play since first suiting up for the former champions. The six-foot, eight-inch well-travelled centre, who played several years in Europe and also in Australia, scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to spearhead his team's cause. Muharraq opened the game on fire from the field, scoring 33 points in the first period alone and forging ahead by 19. By the half, Muharraq were up 54-36, and they continued to cruise while extending the gap to 83-53 with just the final quarter to play. Salem Mohammed added 15 points in the win. Jassim Mohammed scored 14, which included four three-pointers, and Mohammed Abdulmajeed had nine, all from behind the arc. All but one of Muharraq's 12-man roster scored in the game.

Bright

Local talents Ebrahim Jameel and Hassan Yousef were the lone bright spots for Nuwaidrat, who were missing American import Waki Williams. Jameel and Yousef had 20 apiece, but they received little help from elsewhere. Nuwaidrat suffered their seventh loss of the season although stayed in contention for a berth in the ensuing six-team play-off round.

In Manama's lopsided victory, American import Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) poured in 29 points and 16 rebounds to spearhead their balanced attack. Manama were simply too much for their overmatched rivals, who fielded what was generally a young and inexperienced squad. Manama held Sitra scoreless for the first five minutes of the game and raced out to a 16-4 lead at the end of the first period. It was smooth sailing the rest of the way, and with the win virtually secured late in the second half, Manama went to their own team of youngsters for garbage time.

Star Bahraini big man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) chipped in with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 5 assists for an all around effort to help the victors, while veteran Abdulmajeed Shahram with 12 points and 5 assists and versatile wing Bader Abdulla Malabes added 12 points 5 steals.

Sitra guard Ahmed Marhoon finished with a game-high 30 points in defeat. Sitra were missing all but a handful of their first-team regulars, and like Nuwaidrat before them, were playing without an overseas professional. Guard Hussain Taqi, forwards Sadeq Mahdi and Murad Ebrahim, and Quwayed brothers Younes and Mohammed were all not suited up. Sitra dropped their eighth game with the result, and are now tied on the league table Isa Town for the final slot of the play-offs.

Action continues on Wednesday when Isa Town look to improve their chances for the post-season when they take on lowly Al Ettihad.



Source GDN BY PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2011




Al Ahli to play in GCC - by Yousef Ahmed
BAHRAIN champions Al Ahli are set to represent the kingdom in this year's GCC in Jeddah, which tips off tomorrow.

Eight teams are taking part in the annual event, including two each from hosts Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait and Oman each have just one entrant.

Ahli, who left yesterday for Jeddah, have been drawn in a tough group 'A' alongside Saudi's Uhud, Oman's Nazwa and Qatar's Al Gharaffa. Group 'B' comprises Saudi's Al Ettihad, Kuwait's Al Qadsia, the UAE's Al Shabab and defending champions Al Rayyan of Qatar.

The Bahrainis open their campaign tomorrow against Gharaffa, and then take on Uhud on Thursday. They then play their final group game against Nazwa on Saturday.

The top two teams at the end of a single round-robin in each group move on to the semi-finals.

Ahli head into the championship as underdogs. They are set to be led by former National Basketball Association veteran Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California), who is a prolific scorer. Ahli have also signed Emirati big man Salem M. Mubarak (195-F-82) to help beef up its frontline, which is sorely missing enforcer Mohammed Qurban. Manama Club star center Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) will not join Ahli club due no negotiation efforts made by Ahli management.

Source GDN
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2011




Standings
Premier League Stage Two Standings
 1. Muharraq 12-2 
 2. Al Manama 12-2 
 3. Al Ahli 10-4 
 4. Al Hala 7-7 
 5. Issa Town 7-7 
 6. Nuwaidrat 6-8 
 7. Sitra 6-8 
 8. Al Ittihad 4-12 
Stage One Standings


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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I

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


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  BOSNIA   


League Six, Round 10 best performance: Muhamed Pasalic - by Eurobasket News
Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Bosna ASA BHT, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Mladost (#3, 5-5) 94-88. Bosna finished the regular season as No.6 and failed to reach the Playoffs. D1. In the team's last game Pasalic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Bosna, through which he has constantly improved. Muhamed Pasalic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.7apg) and averages impressive 56.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Bosna's star - 37-year old Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73). Damjanovic had a very good evening with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Bosna to edge the higher-ranked Mladost (#3, 5-5) 94-88. Damjanovic is one of the most experienced players at Bosna and similarly like Muhamed Pasalic has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Milijan Bocka (186-G-82) of Mladost (#3). Bocka got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. Despite Bocka's great performance Mladost lost 88-94 to the lower-ranked Bosna (#6, 2-8). However his team ended as No.3 (5-5 record) and will meet Siroki in the Semifinals. Bocka has a very solid season. In 7 games in Bosnia he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 4.1rpg, 5.7apg and FGP: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Siroki TT - 13 points and 8 rebounds
5. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) of Borac Nektar - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bojan Djurica (199-F-83) of Igokea - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Milos Komatina (204-C-84) of Mladost - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Siroki TT - 15 points and 4 rebounds
9. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Siroki TT - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Florence (185-G-88) of Igokea - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Damir Krupalija of Hyeres-Toulon out for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
The season is over for Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois). The Bosnian big guy has back pain and he is forced to miss rest of the season. His Hyeres-Toulon currently has 15-13 record and already booked a spot for the Playoffs.
Damir Krupalija joined Hyeres-Toulon last summer from JDA Dijon. He appeared 22 times in ProA this season averaging 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Krupalija was a member of Dijon from 2007 until the last summer. His first season with the club was the best for Krupalija as he had 12 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 2.8 apg. Before Dijon, he spent four years with Charleroi. Krupalija helped Charleroi to win the Belgian league title in 2004. In 2003, he won the Polish league title with Anwil. Krupalija is a product of Illinois University, where he graduated in 2002. He played for Bosnian NT in 2003 and 2004 and also from 2006 to 2008.


Goran Ikonic named 'Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year' - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) has a wonderful season so far with his team Krka Novo Mesto. They managed to win the EuroChallenge title last Friday and Ikonic was named 'Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year'. He helped Krka beat Lokomotiv Kuban in the Big Final 83-77. Ikonic had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in this meeting. His team eliminated host Oostende in the Semifinals 79-65 and Ikonic exploded with 26 points and 6 boards. He was named also MVP of the Finals Tournament.
Goran Ikonic joined Krka Novo Mesto in January of 2010. He appeared 17 times in EuroChallenge this season averaging 13.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Krka already won the Slovenian Cup and they hope to win the Slovenian championship as well. Krka also reached Adriatic league Final Four. Ikonic had 10.7 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 27 games in this competition. Before Krka, he was a member of Donetsk, Bosna ASA BHT, Leotar, Rogla and Drina.


Posusje lost after OT - by Joko Zuber
In the very Important Final Game Grude won in Posusje, to secure the home advantage in the Promotion Finals.

Posusje, GSD Spectators 500
KK POSUSJE - KK GRUDE 78-86 Refs: Milicevic, Drmic, Maric
(8-17, 22-20, 19-20,23-15) (6-14)


Posusje: Rezo 4, Ramljak, Siric 6, Soldo, Begic 24, Penava 6, Cutura 13, Vranjes, Djerek 2, Leko 10, Keser 13. Coach: R. Jurisic
Grude: Evis, L. Vranjes, Vrdoljak, M. Vranjes, Jelcic 10, Andrijanic, Perajica 11, Susak 23, Sokota 18, Skegro 24. Coach: G. Jelcic




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  BRAZIL   


BRB/Brasilia punch NBB semifinal ticket - by Eurobasket News
BRB/Brasilia - Unitri/Universo 91:74

BRB/Brasilia became the fourth NBB semifinalists. They held off Uberlandia in the decisive fifth game of the quarterfinal series. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 29 points to lead the effort.
Uberlandia silenced the hosts in the first period. They outscored the defending champions to lead by two points 21:19. But BRB/Brasilia found the adequate answer in the second quarter. The hosts erupted for 32 points to build a 10-point halftime advantage 51:41. Uberlandia adjusted their defence in the third frame and cut the distance to 4 points. But BRB/Brasilia outscored their opponents 23:10 in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points, while Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) had 15 points in the victory. Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) replied with 20 points for Uberlandia. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) topscored with 23 points in defeat.

BRB/Brasilia: Guilherme Giovannoni 29, Alexandre Garcia 18, Nezinho dos Santos 15
Unitri/Universo: Robert Day 23, Robby Collum 20



Tijuca sign two players for Super Cup Brazil - by Paulo Freire
The Brazilian Confederation (CBB) has defined the location of the Super Cup Brazil. It will be held in Rio de Janeiro between May 9 and 13 in the Tijuca gym. For this final phase with all the regions champions and the top teams classified, it was made two groups.

In Group A is Campo Mourao (PR), Sport Club do Recife (PE), Rio Claro (SP) and Sao Jose/CEAP (AP).
In Group B is Tijuca (RJ), Caxias do Sul Basquete (RS), Sorocaba LSB/Flextronics (SP) and Sao Camilo/SINOP (MT).

The Tijuca that will play at home, has made two moves to improve their roster. They have sign the young center from Argentina
Julian Aprea (208-C-87) and the smallforward Carlos Ferro (198-F-84)


Sorocaba sign brazilian that was in U.S. College - by Paulo Freire
The Sorocaba Basketball team (LSB) sign with a new player for the race in the Super Cup Brazil. This time is the versatile, athletic powerforward Renato Alves Araujo Portugal, more knwing as Renato Portugal, who is 1.98 m heigh, and was playing in the United States at Snow College that plays on the NJCAA.

The player who was born in March, 22, 1989 is already in Sorocaba and trained with the roster. In Brazil Renato Portugal also played for Guaruja and Banespa.

The Snow College mens basketball team dismissed Renato from the team. Even been a sophomores he had started at some point this season at Snow College.
I grew up playing for coaches that made you sacrifice yourself for the team, said head coach Michael Ostlund. The last couple weeks have tested my resolve to follow those most basic philosophies of coaching.

Renato Portugal has averege 4 points and was third in rebounding with 4.5 per game on the team.

One of our core values is that the team comes first, said Snow College head coach Ostlund. Renato along another three players violated that one repeatedly. I feel like their collective actions have insulted the integrity of our basketball program, so they are gone.



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian Basketball Federation Regular season awards - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian Basketball Federation announced its 2010/2011 regular season individual awards. Only players, participated in at least half of the regular season games, were taken into consideration. Also scorers were rated only if shot more than 10 shots.

MVP of the season: Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) (Levski Sofia) efficiency of 24.3

Top scorer: Aaron Harper (Levski Sofia) 581 points, avg. 23.2

Top rebounder: Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) (Tundja Yambol) 295 rebounds, avg. 10.5

Most offensive rebounds: Nikolay Varbanov (Tundja Yambol) 84 rebounds, avg. 3.0

Most defensive rebounds: Nikolay Varbanov (Tundja Yambol) 211 rebounds, avg. 7.5

Most assists: Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) (Levski Sofia) 135, avg. 5.6

Most steals: Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) (Lukoil Academik Sofia) 59, avg. 2.2

Most blocks: Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) (Balkan Botevgrad) 34, avg. 1.2

Most 2pts FG: Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) (Balkan Botevgrad)

Best 2pts FG percentage: Georgi Davidov (Balkan Botevgrad) and Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, college: Louisville) (Balkan Botevgrad) 54.7%

Most 3pts FG: Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) (Rilski Sportist Samokov)

Best 3pts FG percentage: Simon Finzgar (196-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (Tundja Yambol) 44.6%

Best FT shooter: Bogdan Boev (196-G-82) (Rilski Sportist Samokov) 91.5%

Most playing minutes: Ivan Lilov (Rilski Sportist Samokov) 915.27, avg. 33.9

Most points in a single game: Aaron Harper: 45


Levski survived an OT scare in Game 1 against Spartak Pleven - by Maria Mitzova
Levski Sofia got a dramatic Game 1 victory 88-82 against BC Spartak Pleven at the start of the playoffs in the Bulgarian National Basketball League. It was a hard contestant match, decided after overtime, after a tie 79-79 in the regulation.
BC Spartak Pleven was shooting very well, using Levski Sofias not nearly good defense, and led by two after the first quarter. The hosts held it close, and the halftime came with them leading by one. Unlike many other games this season, Levski Sofia couldnt push in the third, and gave up the lead to BC Spartak Pleven again.
It all came down to the final four minutes, after the visiting team had a 7-point advantage and lost it quickly. After a tie at 74, Levski Sofia went up three, but with less than a minute remaining, Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) worked his magic and nailed a three-pointer to tie it again, at 79. Levski Sofia missed the next opportunity, but Donald Cole got a huge defensive stop at the other end, to give the Blues one last chance to win it. It didnt happen though, as Harper missed a difficult shot from the top.
That put things into overtime, where BC Spartak Pleven only managed to score three free throws, and Levski Sofia escaped the big disappointment.
Levski Sofias captain Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) had very good game with 22 pts and 8 rebs, Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) added 20 pts and 9 rebounds. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) stole the show with his 24 pts for BC Spartak Pleven, but fouled out in the dying seconds of the game.
Game 2 is on Thursday in Pleven.



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Sim Bhullar commits to attend Xavier University in 2012 - by Eurobasket News
It was confirmed over the weekend that seven-foot, five-inch Sim Bhullar (Toronto) has committed to attend Xavier University in the fall of 2012.

With a unique combination of size, skill and basketball IQ, Bhullar was a highly sought after prospect. The addition of the Junior National Team member will definitely help head coach Chris Mack and the Musketeers aim for their sixth straight Atlantic-10 Conference championship.

Last season, the Musketeers finished with a 24-8 (A10: 15-1) record, earning them the No. 6 seed in the East Region heading into the NCAA Tournament.

This is not the first time Xavier has recruited a seven-footer to their program. Kenny Frease (7'0'/260 lbs) recently finished his junior season at Xavier and will be a steady mentor for Bhullar (7'5'/340 lbs). The program at Xavier remodelled Frease's body to make him a more conditioned basketball player, which is what Bhullar is hoping to become.

Bhullar averaged six points and 3.8 rebounds for the Canadian Junior National Team that finished with a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Mens Tournament last year. He's set to try out for the 2011 Junior Mens National Team that will compete at the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Bhullar just completed his junior season at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va., and reportedly also considered Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Syracuse, Michigan and Wake Forest before choosing Xavier.

'I just really thought it would be the best fit for me,' Bhullar told Scout.com. 'On all the visits I had fun and loved everything about Xavier.'

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


Volcanoes get back-to-back wins - by Eurobasket News
The Vancouver Volcanoes have shown progress this season, and theyve only played three games.

Vancouver stormed past the USA All Stars 165-97 in International Basketball League play Sunday at Cascade College in Portland.

Vancouver (2-1) went from a 22-point opening loss at Bellingham on Friday to a 10-point win over Bellingham the next night at home to their most recent road victory.

And now they can take a breath since their next game isnt until Saturday.

Three Volcanoes players had more than 20 points Sunday, led by Andre Murray's 24 points. Devin Uskoski (198-C-85, college: Rocky Mountain) had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Alex Tiefenthaler (206-F, college: Concordia, OR) added 22 points.

Brad Lechtenberg (188-G-81, college: San Diego) had 17 points for Vancouver, Elisa Moaning had 13, Alex Hartman and Jake Carlisle each scored 12, and Kevin Bloodsaw and Lawrence Blackledge each scored 10.

Vancouver's next home game is against the West Coast Hotshots, 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.columbian.com


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


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 13-3 
 2. Keravnos 11-5 
 3. Apollon 10-6 
 4. Etha 10-6 
 5. Achilleas 8-8 
 6. AEL 6-10 
 7. AEK 5-11 
 8. Omonia 5-11 
 9. ENAD 4-12 


Aris Vasilopoulos takes over Apoel! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Since the 2nd of May Aris Vasilopoulos is Apoel's new president.

The new man of Apoel, promises a new era for the team as he plans to build up a competitive team that will become a threat to contend for the titles in the years to come.


In an effort to reverse the course of his team's future he aims to help the club minimize debts and rebound economically.

Aris Vasilopoulos has been president of Apoel Academies and a member of the board of directors.




APOP won the special Cup of the B' Division after beating Paralimni 80-66 - by Chris Mammides
APOP Paphou Paphou is the team to win for a second consecutive time the special Cup which is specially designed for the Second Division teams of Cyprus League. The team of Coach Chrysos Christodoulou was much better than the team of Coach Artymatas and won fairly the cup. This is the second cup on the row for the Paphos team. MVP of the game was the Serbian Center Bojan Popovic (209-C-83) who ended the game with 23 points and 20 rebounds. It's worth mentioned the fact that the Serbian Cetner is also the top scorer of the league in the second Division and the Top rebounder of the division as he is dashing down an average of 15 rebounds per game.

The quarters of the Cup's final were as follows: 17-24, 42-45, 53-66, 66-80

The points of the two teams were:
APOP Paphou: Polemitis 1, Giorgos Tallaris 11, Orestis Matsas 3, Karapittis 9, Antonis Antoniou (192-G/F-80) 12, Antonis Dimitriou (185-G-80) 17, Popovic 23 (1), Perdikos and Kosmidis participated without scoring
Enosis Neon Paralimni: Charis Fantousis (184-G-78) 12, Nikos Thoma (183-G-83) 15, Gourounias 5,


Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
 1. Enosis 18-4 
 2. Anagennises 17-3 
 3. APOP Paphou 17-4 
 4. Athanasiou 17-4 
 5. Argonaftes 13-8 
 6. Asteras 10-9 
 7. Zinon 7-12 
 8. Achilleas Agrou 7-13 
 9. Paralimni 5-14 
 10. Doxa 5-16 
 11. Olympos 4-16 
 12. Onisilos 2-18 


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1Liga Round 1 of Finals. Chomutov earn first win - by Eurobasket News
Chomutov - J.Hradec 96-92

Chomutov grabbed the lead in the title series versus J.Hradec. Sucharda scored 22 points to pace Chomutov to the opening victory. Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) contributed 21 points in the winning effort. Jan Tomanec (212-C-85) responded with 24 points and 11 rebounds for J.Hradec. Jan Cech (200-C-84) and Ivo Prachar (206-F/C-82) had 16 points each in the loss.
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  ESTONIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Rakve.
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Timermanis, Rakve.19.0 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.9 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Osby, TT.16.4 
 7. Brown, Va.16.3 
 8. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 10. Vaikulis, Rakvere15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.1 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Osby, TT.10.0 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.3 
 8. Timermanis, Rakve.7.5 
 9. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.5 
 10. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TT.
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.9 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.2 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.3.1 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.0 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 9. Winston, Va.2.6 
 10. Oja, Va.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 3. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.1.8 
 9. Doronin, TU/Rock1.7 
 10. Oja, Va.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.9 
 2. Osby, TT.1.3 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Timermanis, Rakve.1.0 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Panathinaikos is flying to Barcelona with many problems... - by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos of Zeljko Obradovic may be at a theoretical level the favorite team to win the Euroleague but is facing some serious problems as two of its members; both of them key figures are having troubles, Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80). The American guard is feeling quite awful with stomach problems (possibly a gastroenteritis), the last couple of days and he remains off the regular preparation while Dimitris Diamantidis got some serious food poisoning and he has gastroenteritis. He is remaining out of the courts for a third consecutive day. He will be flying with his team in Barcelona tomorrow for the final four but is totally one large uncertainty his temper to play basketball and also his physical condition after the specific illness. So Coach Zeljko Obradovic is facing some crucial issues only some hours before his most crucial game for this season.
Eurobasket.com is wishing all the best to both players and to get well soon.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Two young men signed with Vilpas - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Vilpas (Salo) has signed with two young talented Finnish men for coming 2011-12 season. NT C (U20) Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) is leaving Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and F Miska Ahokas (200-F-90) will transfer from Ura Basket, Kaarina (1. Division). Sandberg averaged passed season 1,6 ppg - 1,1 rpg in 6,3 mpg and 19 games and Ahokas 12,8 ppg - 5,9 rpg in 26,5 mpg one level lower than Sandberg. Vilpas has now four contracts for the future as Samu Kaaresvirta (192-F-81) and Jukka Kataja (197-F-82) re-signed already earlier. Mikko Tupamaki is the new Head Coach.



Interview with Bojan Sarcevic from Korihait - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bojan Sarcevic is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Bosnia Herzegovina that is playing in Finland for UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki. He just ended the season with the team losing in the semi finals toPyrinto. Thiss eason he averaged 12,5ppg, 3,9rpg and 3,5apg. He spoke to eurobasket about the last season and the future.

You are from Bosnia & Herzegovina, but have played in Finland since 2006. Why did you play here?

Correct. I decided to come to Finland because I saw a good opportunity to start my professional career. I think I didnt make ??a mistake coming to Finland.

How has your game developed in the Finish liga since you have been here?

Arrival in Finland I've matured as a man first, and thus it was reflected in my game, and I am now much more experienced player with a higher dose of confidence and security.

You reached the semi finals but lost 3-0 to Pyrinto. What was key in this series for not being able to advance to the final?

Correctly, such a relationship is primarily a result of fatigue, because we are in the regular season played 44 matches and then we play offs had tough matches with Espoon Honka which is one of the best clubs in the league. Results on the influence and minor injuries of players.

How happy were you with your season?

I'm quite pleased and I think this was one of the best season for Korihait. As for my personal success, I achieved the goal outlined in the early season. It remains the only regret for unconquered medal.

What things do you still need to work on on your game?

I think that I can still improve in all aspects of basketball games, especially the defense, shot and physical upgrading

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed?

Wow, a very difficult question and I think that this question can not adequately respond.

What has been the most importnat thing that you have learned from coach Tom Westerholm?

I learned that faith in yourself and your teammates key to achieving success and in this way creates a good atmosphere in the club and the players enjoy the game.

How does your future look like? Will you stay in Finland or look to play somewhere else?

I will stay in Finland, provided that a change of club. The next two seasons will play in Espoon Honka, and I think it is a step forward in my professional career. It was not easy to make that decision because I spent five memorable years in Korihait. All people from the club and the supporters I am very grateful for all they have done for me and easier for me staying in an unfamiliar and new environment.
In considering the bids of other teams along with the agent I decided to continue career in Honka for the opportunity to play in the VTB League against the best European teams such as CSKA, Khimky ...

What dreams do you still have as a basketball pro? You are only 22 and still have a long time ahead of you.

My dream I partially filled, so I became prefesionalni basketball player, and will be completely fulfilled if I played in some of the best league in Europe.

What was your most crazy shot that you ever took and made?

Hmmm, many of them, but unfortunately I can not single out any particular.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?

My personal best is 163 hit free throws in a row, which happened during training.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Unstoppable with Denzel Washington, excellent movie.


KORISLIIGA: More transfer news - by Rauno Hurmalainen
NT SG Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) will stay on Honka (Espoo) roster the next three seasons (2011-14). Iisalo and Honka re-signed a three-year-contract today. Iisalo averaged passed season 11,4 ppg - 2,9 rpg - 1,4 apg in 31 mpg and 46 contests. PG Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88), who played five seasons on Korihait (Uusikaupunki) roster, will also play on Honka roster the next two seasons (2011-13). Sarcevic had a decent year at Uusikaupunki: 12,5 ppg - 3,9 rpg - 3,5 apg in 30:34 mpg and 53 games. Veteran F-C Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) has signed a 1-year-contract with Top League newcomer LoKoKo (Loimaa). LoKoKo will be Team # 6 for Jones in Finland, where Jones continued his basketball career in the year 2001. Jones started on Kataja (Joensuu) roster, then followed Tarmo (Porvoo), then YMCA Helsinki in Division 1, back to Top level (Karkkila) and the last two seasons on KTP (Kotka) roster, where Jones averaged passed season 9,1 ppg - 7,1 rpg in 24:47 mpg in 52 contests.

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ALM Evreux Basket and Calvin Watson part ways - by Eurobasket News
Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) is no longer a member of ALM Evreux Basket. Two sides terminated the contract yesterday. Watson arrived to Evreux last summer from Hungary. He appeared 31 times in ProB averaging 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists. His season-high was 28 points against Quimper. Evreux currently has 18-13 record in the league (No.5).
As mentioned above, Calvin Watson spent last season in Hungary. He helped ZTE to win the championship title and was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Player of the Year -10. Watson had 17.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.2 spg for 33 games in the league. He also played for ZTE on season 2008/09. His first professional season Watson spent in Austria as a member of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg. He is a product of the North Texas University, where he graduated four years ago.


Damir Krupalija of Hyeres-Toulon out for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
The season is over for Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois). The Bosnian big guy has back pain and he is forced to miss rest of the season. His Hyeres-Toulon currently has 15-13 record and already booked a spot for the Playoffs.
Damir Krupalija joined Hyeres-Toulon last summer from JDA Dijon. He appeared 22 times in ProA this season averaging 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Krupalija was a member of Dijon from 2007 until the last summer. His first season with the club was the best for Krupalija as he had 12 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 2.8 apg. Before Dijon, he spent four years with Charleroi. Krupalija helped Charleroi to win the Belgian league title in 2004. In 2003, he won the Polish league title with Anwil. Krupalija is a product of Illinois University, where he graduated in 2002. He played for Bosnian NT in 2003 and 2004 and also from 2006 to 2008.


Nanterre to compete in ProA for the first time ever - by Eurobasket News
Nanterre made a historical result this season. The team managed to win the promotion for ProA, what will be their first time in the French top division ever. Round 32 of ProB was played last weekend and Nanterre outplayed Bourg 74-68. With this victory Nanterre improved to 24-8 record and secured the first place in ProB. Second ranked Dijon has 20 wins, but despite they still didnt play their Round 32 game it is already clear they cannot endanger Nanterre.
Nanterre reached ProB Semifinals last season. They entered to Playoffs as No.6. In 2007, the team was ProB regular season runner-up and they also played in the French Cup Finals. Nanterre won the promotion from N1 to ProB in 2004. In 2001, they moved from N2 to N1.


Hyeres-Toulon add Dane Watts - by Eurobasket News
Hyeres-Toulon strengthened their roster. They signed a deal with Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports). He will replaced injured Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois). The 24-year-old forward started the season in Germany. Dane Watts tallied 13.7 points, 7.6 boards and 1.2 steals per game in 1Bundesliga with Tuebingen.


Keonta Howell claims French NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Keonta Howell (193-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for St Quentin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds and four assists for St Quentin in his team's victory, helping them to crush Bordeaux (#1, 26-6) with 20-point margin 87-67. St Quentin is placed at 5th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. St Quentin will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Howell had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be St Quentin's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Toledo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Howell is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.9ppg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American center John Ford (207-C-78) of league's best team JSA Bordeaux Basket. Ford impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Bordeaux lost that game 67-87 to the lower-ranked St Quentin (#5, 19-13). Bordeaux managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. It was just his team's 6th loss this season, while they won 26 other games. Ford is a newcomer at Bordeaux and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#5). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of Souffel (#13). Alingue scored 12 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Alingue's great performance Souffel lost 64-80 to slightly higher-ranked Lievin (#11, 15-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Souffel ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Alingue could help Souffel to bring them higher in the standings. Alingue has a great season in France. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (6th best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 59.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 17 points and 12 rebounds
5. Julien Cortey (175-G-80) of Le Puy - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 17 assists
6. Zacharie Gourde (205-C-80) of Get Vosges - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. David Cilly (196-G/F-81) of Orchy - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Jean-Victor Traore (204-F-85) of Angers BC 49 - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Cyril Guillarme (206-C-84) of Le Puy - 20 points and 16 rebounds
10. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Superleague Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
MIA Tbilisi - Sokhumi 77-72

Sokhumi was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Sokhumi 42-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Sokhumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Besik Lezhava (193-86) stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international center Davit Imnadze (208-85) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) responded with 19 points and 9 assists and scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: B.Lezhava 22+5reb+6ast, D.Imnadze 21+9reb, D.Barbakadze 13+10reb+2ast, I.Berishvili 6+3reb, G.Nikoladze 6+5reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 3+2reb
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 19+3reb+9ast, R.Damus 12, 11+8reb+1ast, C.Damus 8+6reb+2ast, I.Chlaidze 8+6reb, I.Shanidze 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127580


TSU Tbilisi - GTU Tbilisi 97-81

The game without a history. TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 32-of-38 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while GTU only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded GTU 56-39 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. GTU was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) came up with 25 points and 4 assists and forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for GTU in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GTU's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: R.Matiashvili 31+14reb+5ast, M.Panchulidze 19+2reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 19+10reb+3ast, I.Londaridze 11+8reb, Z.Korkotadze 9+5reb+1ast, G.Gaprindashvili 3+9reb+3ast
GTU Tbilisi: B.Chikviladze 25+4reb+4ast, A.Lomouri 18+5reb+1ast, V.Beruashvili 11+11reb+3ast, G.Jangveladze 10+3reb+3ast, A.Dzidziguri 7+1reb+3ast, G.Akhalkatsi 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 127578


Kutaisi - Samedicino 95-88

Samedicino-Academia trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 27-20 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 88-95 at the end of the game. Kutaisi made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) fired 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jeff Rogers (185-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Impact Basketball) added 23 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Samedicino-Academia's coach tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: L.Tsekvava 22+2reb+4ast, B.Kvimsadze 15+7reb+7ast, T.Babunashvili 14+1reb+4ast, R.Didia 14+6reb+4ast, G.Barbakadze 12+5reb+2ast, A.Lominashvili 10+5reb+1ast
Samedicino: J.Rogers 23+3reb+5ast, A.Dvalishvili 20+9reb+2ast, M.Chochua 14+3reb+2ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 9+2ast, T.Chachibaia 8+5reb, B.Bekauri 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 127579


Army - Energy Rustavi 94-63

The game without a history. Army Sport Klub led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 40. They outrebounded Energy Invest 62-39 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Revaz Atanelishvili (208-86, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-84) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Five Army Sport Klub players scored in double figures. Army Sport Klub's coach Levan Moseshvili felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cameroonian center Samuel Lamu (204-81) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward Jaba Arabic (198-93) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Army: R.Atanelishvili 15+15reb+1ast, G.Sharabidze 13+3reb, Z.Babiashvili 12+5reb, I.Sakvarelidze 11+5reb+4ast, A.Boisa 11+5reb+3ast, K.Tugushi 10+9reb+3ast
Energy Rustavi: S.Lamu 26+14reb+1ast, J.Arabic 11+7reb+2ast, D.Gugava 7+2reb, Z.Machavariani 7+4reb+4ast, M.Abaishvili 6+5reb+6ast, N.Abuladze 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 127577




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU T.
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.23.8 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi21.1 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.0 
 4. Berishvili, TSU T.20.3 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.8 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.18.5 
 7. Dvalishvili, Samed.18.1 
 8. Tugushi, Army16.7 
 9. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.5 
 10. Tsekvava, Energy16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akaki DVALISHVILI
  Samed.
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.6 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi10.6 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.3 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.6 
 5. Londaridze, TSU T.9.3 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.1 
 7. Tugushi, Army8.9 
 8. Imnadze, MIA T.8.8 
 9. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
 10. Antadze, GTU T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Beka TSIVTSIVADZE
  MIA T.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Tsivtsivadze, MIA6.8 
 2. Gaprindashvi., TSU6.4 
 3. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.3 
 4. Tugushi, Army5.3 
 5. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.0 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.9 
 7. Didia, Kutaisi4.9 
 8. Harris, Sokhumi4.8 
 9. Rogers, Samedicino4.5 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Ene.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU T.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy2.8 
 3. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Gulisabedash., Sam.2.3 
 6. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.3 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.2 
 8. Gaprindashvi., TSU2.2 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.1 
 10. Sanadze, Batumi2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy R.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.3 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi1.6 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.1.4 
 4. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.1.2 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 8. Dvalishvili, Samed.1.1 
 9. Kobidze, GTU T.1.0 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batu.1.0 


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Jason Boone (BG Goettingen) The Bulls-Hawks Series Reminds Me A Lot Of This Goettingen-Frankfurt Series - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is playing his third full season with MEG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Two seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7%. Last season, he played EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game 2 against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Kassel.


A tough 77-58 loss in game 1 against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What does the team have to do better and differently without guys like Trent meacham and Mike Scott?

We just have to continue to go with what got us to this point. It's unfortunate we are without two of the guys that helped get us to this point but it's the playoffs and we can't use that as an excuse. It doesn't come down to anything more than playing the full 24 seconds of each defensive possession and using our mismatches on offense.

The first half was very tight as Frankfurt led at halftime 38-35. What was giving BG goettingen the biggest problems in the first half besides rebounding?


I wouldn't say we had any big problems, a few small ones but mainly finishing out defensive possessions and controlling the boards. And those are things I take upon myself to improve on.

In the fourth quarter with Frankfurt leading 57-55, they went on a 20-3 run to close out the game. What was key for this run and did Frankfurt have too many weapons in the end?

I don't think it had anything to do with having too many weapons. More so just feeding off their home crowds energy and having some confidence to knock down some open looks.

Marius Nolte and Chris Moss did a pretty good job on you. You have played against Nolte since 2007-2008 season. He seems to be improving as he gets older?

More than likely it's due to the fact that he's been on better teams as he's gotten older. From Paderborn to now I'd say his team improved every year. Because of him? I don't know. But I do know it allows him to focus on playing a role and if players do that successfully then it allows your team to be better.

Dwayne Anderson had a monster game with 26 points. Wood also had a big game. Will the game be totally even if both teams could shut down Anderson and Wood? Could that ever happen in the same game?

They are both great players that are extremely versatile. They both can score in the paint, on the perimeter and have no problem making the right pass to find the open guy. If they are on the floor, it's going to be difficult task to 'shut them down.'

BG Goettingen has to play in Kassel. This seems to be another disadvantage for BG Goettingen in that they cant have that atmosphere from the LOK Halle. What will be key for winning game 2?

We know what we did well in Game 1 and what we didn't do well in Game 1 so the key for Game 2 is just to limit our mistakes and stick with the gameplan. Kassel or Goettingen, it doesn't matter, we know the fans will be there supporting us and we feel fully confident 'returning home' even if it is 40km away.



How surrpised were you that Memphis kicked out the Spurs?


My younger brother is a huge Rudy Gay fan, and even though he's out with an injury he assured me that Memphis could get them. I don't know if I believed him at first but by Game 3 I knew they were going to win the series. OKC is a different story.

How do you see the Lakers-Mavericks series. Can Nowitzki kick out Kobe? What will be key and how many games will we see?

Dirk is a hard matchup. I don't think Gasol can check him and Ron Artest although physical, will also have a tough time. If Odom can commit to playing D and/or attack him when on offense I think the Lakers are too deep. Especially if Caron Butler doesn't play. I would go with Lakers in 6.

What can we expect from the Celtics-Heat series and who will win?

Like a bunch of other bandwagon fans I called the Heat to win the championship this summer (while my Knicks were still in the dumps) so I have to stick with them and say the Heat but if there is a team in the East that can beat them 4 out of 7 it's the Celtics.

Do the Hawks have any chance against the Bulls?


The Hawks have a very good chance against the Bulls. I think they are more inside oriented and have more options. But they are going against the MVP of the league. Reminds me a lot of this Goettingen-Frankfurt series. I guess we'll just have to wait and see


Thanks Jason for the chat.


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Panathinaikos is flying to Barcelona with many problems... - by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos of Zeljko Obradovic may be at a theoretical level the favorite team to win the Euroleague but is facing some serious problems as two of its members; both of them key figures are having troubles, Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80). The American guard is feeling quite awful with stomach problems (possibly a gastroenteritis), the last couple of days and he remains off the regular preparation while Dimitris Diamantidis got some serious food poisoning and he has gastroenteritis. He is remaining out of the courts for a third consecutive day. He will be flying with his team in Barcelona tomorrow for the final four but is totally one large uncertainty his temper to play basketball and also his physical condition after the specific illness. So Coach Zeljko Obradovic is facing some crucial issues only some hours before his most crucial game for this season.
Eurobasket.com is wishing all the best to both players and to get well soon.



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Kaspars Kambala is a newcomer at Mahram Tehran - by Eurobasket
Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) Latvian center is moving to Mahram Sports Club in Iran. Mission was completed with Aliaga Petkim were Kaspars Kambala was the best player and helped his team to stay in TBL. Management and coach Burak Biyiktay allowed player to leave earlier and continue his career in Iran. Kaspars Kambala was the second scorer of TBL this season with 20.2ppg 7.1rpg 1.1apg FGP 54%.

Towzin Electric Kashan brings in scorer Alhaji Mohammed - by Eurobasket News
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) is a new member of Towzin Electric Kashan. The Ghanian guard signed a deal for rest of the season. TE Kashan advanced to Iranian League Semifinals, where they will meet Mahram.
Alhaji Mohammed arrives to TE Kashan from the Spanish team Lleida. He appeared 33 times for them in LEB Gold averaging 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Mohammed joined Lleida last summer from Limoges. Last season in France he had 15.8 ppg, 4 rpg and 3.3 apg for 38 games in ProB. He also played for Limoges on season 2008/09 and was third best scorer of the league with 19.2 ppg. From 2005 to 2008 Mohammed was a member of Matrix Magixx Nijmegen and two times was the best scorer of Dutch league. He is a product of the Louisville University, where he graduated in 2004.


Mahram singed Kambala - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
Iranian club Mahram signed new post 5, Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) . They replaced veteran guard Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) to improve their post game. Kas was really close to 2 other clubs Petrochimi & Zob Ahan but Coach Shahintabe decided to add him to remove his fear from top post players in Asian cup.
There are rumors saying they offer him +55k for less than a month with good bonuses to convince player to come through other agent than his main one.
Iran is well known market as over paid one & Mahram contracts declare this fact that Iranian managers should improve their knowledge about imports.
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recent Awards/Achievements:
European Championships in Poland -09: 3 games: 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg
Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague Honorable Mention -10
Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Bosmans Team -10
EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -11


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National League Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel T-A - Megido/Yokneam 95-68

The game without a history. Hapoel T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Megido/Yokneam's 32 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Hapoel T-A had a 29-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Yaron Lahat (186-76, college: Davidson) helped adding 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 30+14reb, Y.Lahat 12+6reb+4ast, A.Uter 12+8reb+1ast, T.Chaimovic 8+2reb+3ast, G.Eytan 7+2reb+5ast, Y.Shvartzman 7+1reb+1ast
Megido/Yokneam: N.Levi 14+3reb+2ast, N.Miller 12+6reb+3ast, R.Clemente 11+11reb+1ast, T.Bar Even 9+2reb, R.Barzilay 9+2reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 6+2ast
gschID: 128014


Maccabi HBK - Elitzur Yavne 104-75

It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Maccabi HBK's pressure prevailed and they won that period 38-16 extending their advantage to 29 points. Maccabi HBK outrebounded Elitzur Yavne 39-21 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) who led the winners and scored 48 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field). Forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) accounted for 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) came up with 20 points and 6 assists and forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) added 20 points respectively for Elitzur Yavne in the defeat. Five Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Elitzur Yavne's coach Natan Cohen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: P.Delaney 48+5reb+7ast, S.Bradford 22+15reb+3ast, N.Matalon 21+1reb+2ast, E.Skverer 8+7reb+4ast, I.Lev 3+5reb, O.Shaltiel 2+5reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: K.Wilson 20+2reb, C.Timberlake 20+3reb+6ast, E.Hofman 15+5reb+1ast, N.Golan 10+5reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 10+5reb, U.Mor-Haim 0
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Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.3 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.3 
 3. Moragne, Hapoel B.23.4 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi22.6 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.6 
 6. Miller, Megido/Y.22.0 
 7. Young, Hod Hashar.20.8 
 8. Gomez, Beer Yaakov20.4 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.2 
 10. Wade, Lev Hashar.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi N.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Clemente, Megido.11.4 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.1 
 5. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 6. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 7. Wade, Lev Hasharon9.0 
 8. Strong, Hapoel T.8.9 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Ya.8.9 
 10. Moragne, Hapoel B.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ofir FARHI
  Beer Yaakov
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.6 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.5 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hashar.6.4 
 4. Shaashoua, Hapoel5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.5.8 
 6. Eliyahu, Hapoel Af.5.7 
 7. Fisher, Ironi R.4.7 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.6 
 9. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.4 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Y.
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Af.2.6 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.5 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi2.2 
 5. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel2.1 
 7. Lev, Maccabi HBK2.0 
 8. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hashar.2.0 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian UTER
  Hapoel T-A
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 2. Colwell, Ironi R.2.0 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.0 
 4. Strong, Hapoel T.1.9 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afu.1.5 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Ya.1.4 
 9. Markson, Hapoel A.1.2 
 10. Brandy, Hod H.1.2 


Netanya And Tony Washam Part Ways - by David Pick
Elitzur Netanya and American forward Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) have decided last night to each go their separate ways. Washam, who is suffering from personal issues, addressed his team's management, and asked to return to the states in order to attend his issues. Netanya, who have already allowed their American star to return to states a few weeks ago, decided not to stand in the way of their talent in light of the team's unsuccessful season and what appears to be a short playoff run. Washam, who re-signed with Netanya this past December for the third time in his career, posted decent averages of 11.5 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.1 apg in 18 regular season games while playing for an average of 23 minutes.

The forward's numbers would drop in both the Eurochallenge (9.8 ppg) and in the first round of the Israeli playoffs (7.5 ppg) facing Maccabi T'A. A source from Netanya's professional staff approved the information to 'Eurobasket.com' that Washam has been released, however, not due to his professional on court condition. Washam is known to be one of the fondest players in the team's locker room and in the city of Netanya itself.

Netanya's players and coaching staff will now drag out these next few days patiently waiting for Maccabi T'A to return from their Euroleague Final Four competition to the Israeli playoffs in order to close out the series with a 3:0 sweep.




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Coach Scott Gernander to step down at San Jacinto - by Arnault Desira
In 31 years on the sidelines at San Jacinto College, Men's Basketball Head Coach Scott Gernander built the program to be a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) powerhouse. He was a part of three national championships as an assistant coach, and accumulated an .802 win percentage as head coach.

The veteran coach, who spent 24 of those 31 years as head coach, closes the book at San Jacinto College on a decorated career with an overall record of 640-158.

Gernander first came to San Jac in 1980 as an assistant coach, and was named San Jacinto College's sixth head coach prior to the 1987-88 season. As an assistant under Ronnie Arrow, Gernander helped San Jac win three national titles (1983, 1984, 1986). As head coach, he led his squads to seven conference titles, eight NJCAA national tournament appearances, and two national runner-up finishes (1997, 2003). In the summer of 2007, Gernander was inducted into the University of Minnesota at Duluth (UMD) Athletic Hall of Fame, his alma mater, as well as the NJCAA men's basketball hall of fame. He also served 24 years as the San Jacinto College Central campus athletic director.




Lincoln's Turpin and Whiteman named NABC NJCAA Coach & Player of the Year - by Arnault Desira
From NJCAA website

After leading Lincoln College to back-to-back NJCAA National Championships, and earning back-to-back NJCAA National Tournament MVPs, Kiel Turpin (7'0''-F) has been selected the 2011 NABC NJCAA Player of the year.

Turpin scored 19 points, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Lynx over Mott Community College (Mich.) in this years title game. His efforts won him the Tournament MVP award for the second straight season. He is just the second player ever to win the MVP honors twice at the DII national tournament, joining Jeff Massey of Owens Technical College (1992, 1993).

This adds to Turpin list of awards for the year. He was also the Player of the Year for the MWAC, Region 24, First-Team All-American and the 2011 NJCAA DII Player of the Year. Turpin averaged 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. He also ranked fourth nationally in blocked shots (3.4). He will play the next two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Florida State University.

Lincoln College Head Coach, Kirk Whiteman has been named the 2011 UPS NABC NJCAA Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Whiteman guided the Lincoln College mens basketball team its second-straight NJCAA Division II Championship in just his third year as head coach. In his first year, Whiteman came up just short with a third place finish in the 2009 national tournament. In 2010 his team captured the schools first-ever national title in mens basketball and this seasons squad made it back-to-back championships with their 74-67 win over Mott Community College (Mich.) in the title game.

Lincoln is just the third team since the creation of Division II in 1986 to repeat as champions.

In 2011, the Lynx spent the first two weeks of the season at No. 1 in the DII rankings and eventually won the Region 24A/District 13 Championship.

In Whitemans three years as head coach the Lynx are 85-23, capturing three conference titles and producing three NJCAA First-Team Team All-Americans.




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BAA Riga win LBL 2nd Division - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils Augustskola - BAA Riga 73:82

BAA Riga triumphed in LBL 2nd Division. They overcame Ventspils Augustskola in the decisive fifth game of the championship series. Janis Timma (198-F-92) scored 20 points, grabbed 11 boards and issued 7 assists to lead the charge.
BAA Riga stunned the hosts with a quick start. They built a 20:11 advantage after ten minutes. Ventspils Augustskola came back to life in the second frame. The home team erupted for 27 points in the second frame to level things up at 38. BAA Riga however stayed calm and executed in the third stanza. They pulled back in charge recording a 4-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The visitors limited Ventspils Augustskola to only 14 points in the final period and celebrated the victory at the end. BAA Riga dominated on the boards and converted 45% from beyond the arc in this one. Rihards Ginters (193-F-91) topscored with 24 points for BAA Riga. Visvaldis Bikse (186-G-93) added 11 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for the winners. Karlis Apsitis (198-F-92) answered with 21 points for Ventspils Augustskola. Ervins Jonats (198-F-91) provided 16 points in defeat.

Ventspils Augustskola: Karlis Apsitis 21, Ervins Jonats 16
BAA Riga: Rihards Ginters 24, Janis Timma 20+11 boards, Visvaldis Bikse 11



LBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. VEF Riga joins Ventspils in Finals - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja - VEF Riga 74-82

VEF RIga advanced into LBL FInals after they overcame Liepaja in the fourth game of the series. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 34 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. VEF Riga had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyler Cain (203-F-88, college: S.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate World) responded with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Ashton Mitchell (180-88, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 16 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: P.Caldwell 28+6reb+5ast, A.Mitchell 16+4ast, M.Mejeris 14+5reb, J.Kosuskins 6+4reb, M.Meiers 6+6reb, J.Aleksejevs 2+2ast
VEF Riga: T.Cain 19+7reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 18+8reb, K.Janicenoks 13+6reb+1ast, S.Valters 10+2reb+2ast, K.Berzins 9+7reb+3ast, B.Bakic 6+1ast
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.7 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Caldwell, Liepaja15.0 
 5. Peiners, LU14.8 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.1 
 8. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.3 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga8.5 
 2. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga7.5 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 5. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Hunter, Ventspils6.9 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.8 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF R.
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.2 
 4. Willjam, Barons4.0 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Bertans, VEF Riga3.6 
 8. Carter, Ventspils3.6 
 9. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.9 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Cavars, Barons1.6 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Slisans, LU1.6 
 10. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga0.9 
 6. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga0.8 
 10. Meiers, Liepaja0.7 


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National University Games start in UAEM - by Carlos Chapa
The National University Games started today with the favorite team Borregos ITESM Monterrey beating Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi with a final score of 89-44. Borregos ITESM Monterrey are coming off a busy schedule, after an unsuccessful run for the CONEDEIP championship, which was won by Universidad Panamericana, and a great stretch of games played in the National Division 1 games, organized by FMBAC, tournament in which they won the championship representing the state of Nuevo Leon.

For this National University Games it seems to be that group C will be the most competitive one, with the CONEDEIP runner up UPAEP and CONEDEIP third place holder CEU.



Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 26 - by Eurobasket News
American Michael Gale (193-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mexicali and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 37 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Mexicali in his team's victory, helping them to beat Los Mochis (#10, 3-23) 99-90. Mexicali maintains the 7th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Mexicali is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-13 record. In the team's last game Gale had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Mexicali, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Centenary College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gale is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.3ppg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) of Guasave. Sowell impressed basketball fans with 40 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Guasave was edged by the lower-ranked Tijuana (#8, 11-15) 112-109. Guasave managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 15-11 record is not bad at all. Sowell is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.5ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 6.0apg. alumni Sowell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Tijuana (#8). Watson showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Tijuana, leading his team to a 112-109 win against the higher-ranked Guasave (#4, 15-11). The chances of Tijuana ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watson could help Tijuana to bring them higher in the standings. Watson has a great season in Mexico. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.4apg (2nd best). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 54.6%. Watson attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of Culiacan - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Tijuana - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brandon Brown (201-F-85) of Cananea - 25 points and 13 rebounds
7. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Nogales - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Tepic - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. William Funn (188-G-82) of Guasave - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. James Penny (198-F-76) of Mexicali - 22 points and 8 rebounds

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


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LCSC hires Rinta as New Men's Basketball Coach - by Arnault Desira
Brandon Rinta, who has been assistant coach at Northwest Nazarene University for the past four seasons, has been named head men's basketball coach at Lewis-Clark State College.

Rinta replaces Tim Walker, who resigned in March after serving as head coach for four seasons.

Rinta played two seasons at Yakima Valley Community College. During his second year, the team was co-coached by former Central Washington legendary coach Dean Nicholson and current Boise State head coach and former Gonzaga assistant Leon Rice. He earned first-team all-NWAACC honors when he averaged 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He was the team MVP, captain and Most Inspirational his final season there.

Rinta earned a Bachelor's degree in Health Fitness Education from CWU and a Master's degree in athletic administration from Eastern Washington.




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Source: Derrick Rose is NBA MVP - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) is the youngest Most Valuable Player award-winner in the history of the National Basketball Association, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The 22-year-old Rose was widely expected to win the award after leading the Bulls to a 62-20 record and No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Rose said Monday night that the league has yet to tell him anything about the award.

'Not yet. Still hearing from it,' he said. 'But right now, I'm sorry to say that's the last thing I'm thinking about. I'm sorry.'

Rose is expected to be notified of his victory Tuesday and be presented with the award during Wednesday's Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks, according to the source.

Michael Jordan was the last Bulls player to win the award. He won it five times, with the latest being 1998. Earlier in the season, Jordan said Rose deserved the award.

Rose ended the two-year MVP reign of LeBron James, who spurned the Bulls and bolted from Cleveland to form a superstar triumvirate with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The 22-year-old Rose also supplanted Wes Unseld as the youngest MVP. He was 23 and was the rookie of the year and MVP with the Baltimore Bullets for the 1968-69 season.

'I think it's great. I think he's very well-deserving,' teammate Joakim Noah said. 'I think it's a situation where everybody knows it's his. It's not like somebody else deserves it. It's for him and I'm happy for him, but there's really no time to celebrate it right now. We're in a dogfight against Atlanta.'

The Bulls lost Game 1 of their second-round series to the Hawks on Monday night, 103-95.

The Chicago-born point guard had a breakout third season, averaging 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds. After a summer with the U.S. National team, Rose made a significant leap.

Rose, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft and rookie of the year, started his first All-Star Game this year after making the team as a reserve last season.

He carried a team that saw its top two big men, Carlos Boozer and Noah, miss significant time with injuries. His fellow starting guard Keith Bogans averaged just 4.4 points per game. Still, the Bulls never lost more than two games in a row.

'Well deserved,' Boozer said. 'I've been shouting his praise all season for what he's been able to do for our team. I'm proud of him, he deserved it.'

Rose's MVP candidacy was criticized by some, but not by his teammates. After Rose scored 30 in a 97-81 win over Boston in early April, Noah said, 'If this game doesn't put the stamp on the MVP vote, I don't know what else you can say.'

Rose ranked seventh in scoring and 10th in assists, making him the only player this season in the top 10 in both categories. The only other Bulls player to do that was Jordan in 1988-89, when he led the league in scoring (32.5 points) and finished 10th in assists.

Throw in a 4.1 rebounding average, and Rose joins another elite group. He's the seventh player in league history to average at least 25 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds, along with Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Wade and James, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

In the postseason, he's been just as impressive.

He scored 39 and 36 points in the first two playoff games against Indiana. Then he shook off two sub-par performances not to mention a sprained left ankle to score 25 points in Game 5 as the top-seeded Bulls closed out what had been a tight first-round series with a 116-89 victory.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau won the Coach of the Year award Sunday. The two will be the 12th duo in NBA history to win both awards.

'He's humble, he's coachable. It doesn't matter if the 12th man on the team says something to him, he's going to look you in the eye and listen to you and nod his head and try to do it better,' teammate Kyle Korver said. 'That's just the kind of guy he is. And that is so rare. That is so rare. So to be on his team, to watch him grow this year, he's really matured as a [player]. And he's still raw. He can still get a lot better. That's the scary thing. And he will because he works really hard. And he's got great people around him, coaching him, and helping him out.'

Courtesy of ESPN


No suspension for Paul Pierce - by Eurobasket News
The head-butt by a Boston butthead is OK in the eyes of the NBA.

The Celtics' Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) won't be suspended for his fourth quarter antics in Sunday's Game 1 versus the Miami Heat in which he forcibly placed his head in the face of Heat forward James Jones, who was lighting Boston up from behind the arc.

The NBA said Monday they would take no further action against the C's captain.

The NBA apparently believes the wrestling move wasn't malicious enough to warrant a suspension (and it probably wouldn't have been good for TV ratings, either).

Pierce, who was ejected after receiving his second technical foul moments later , said Monday he was disappointed in himself for not keeping his composure.

He should be thanking his green clovers he isn't on the bench for Game 2.

In the opening round series between Atlanta and Orlando. Hawks center Zaza Pachulia was suspended a game for head-butting the Magic's Jason Richardson in Game 4.

While the infraction appears to be the same, Pierce is more valuable than Pachulia. So Boston's bad boy gets to play.

Maybe the NBA ruled Pierce's head isn't as hard as previously believed.

Courtesy of www.nbcmiami.com


Shaquille O'Neal could play in Game 2 or 3 - by Eurobasket News
The daily, and tiresome, Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) watch may finally be nearing its end.

Before Game 1 of the Celtics series with the Miami Heat today, coach Doc Rivers, nearly guaranteed that Shaq, who is inactive today, will play in either Game 2 or 3. The ONeal updates have been a daily occurrence for the past three months and despite numerous positive updates, ONeal has remained sidelined (except for a five-minute stretch in early April).

Today was probably the closest any member of the team has come to saying Shaq could play.

Hes getting very close, Rivers said. Honestly, we had to actually make the decision today so thats better than what we had to do in the past. Hes getting close. Maybe next game. If not, I would say, for sure, Game 3.

Thats the most definitive timetable Rivers has provided, but ONeal still is having some issues with his right calf and Achilles tendon.

Hes trying to do some stuff, Rivers said. He keeps getting really sore afterward so were just going to wait.

Jermaine ONeal will start at center today against the Heat, with Nenad Kristic and Glen Davis providing backup.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Miami vs Boston (Heavy weight slugfest) - by Eddie King
This match up is definitely A heavy-weight slugfest! Miami took a 1-0 lead in big part to Future hall of Famer and superstar Dwane Wade (6'4' 82 college marquette) who poured in 38 points. He looked like the D-Wade of the 2006 NBA Finals. Like Jordan, Wade's scoring and productivity galvanizes his team, a lot of great scorers doesnt. Speaking of hall of famers, there were 5 for sures in this game, one about to come back and play soon and two other all stars, I'm pretty sure you as a reader can figure out who Im talking about.

The heat just flat out played better than the Celtics and Paul Pierce's (6'7' 78 college Kansas) being thrown out, be it a terrible call may not have saved the Celtics that night.
Lebron James (6'8' 84 Vincent Saint Mary Highschool) had 21pts 6rebs and 5 assts and some impressive defensive play. Wade guarded Ray Allen (6'5 76 college Conneticut) very good even though Ray shot 9-13 from the field, all 9 field goals made were tough.

Rajon Rondo (6'1' 84 college Kentucky) and Kevin Garnett (6'11' 75 Farragut Academy) have to play better in game 2 or boston will be looking at a 2-0 whole going back home. Let's just get ready for round 2!

brought to you by Eddie King


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The lost boy of the Class of 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Is it possible for an elite recruit to disappear? When Rivals.com posted its final top 150 for the Class of 2011 this week, two players were listed as committed to Georgia Tech: Three-star forward Julian Royal, an Atlanta-area prospect who was wooed by former coach Paul Hewitt but vowed to stick with the program under new coach Brian Gregory, and three-star guard Ray Parks (6'4''-G-92) Jr., whose hometown is labeled as Memphis. He signed a National Letter of Intent with the Yellow Jackets on Nov. 22, 2010, and the school issued an official press release about it that day. That much is certain. Whether Parks will end up in Atlanta -- or back in the United States -- is not.

After Gregory left Dayton to take the Georgia Tech job on March 28, he had difficulty in contacting Parks. The 6-foot-4 lefty was spending his senior year of high school in Manila, where he was born to an American father and Filipino mother; he had grown up there prior to moving to the U.S. at the age of 13. There were e-mails exchanged about the possibility of releasing Parks from his NLI so he could re-open his recruitment. But as of Wednesday, one month after being hired, Gregory had yet to reach Parks or his father by phone despite multiple attempts. New coaches lose inherited recruits all the time; they just tend to go to other programs, not incommunicado in Southeast Asia.

Although members of Hewitt's former staff warned that Parks might not return to the U.S. this year, Gregory says 'it's the strangest recruiting situation I've ever seen, and I've been doing this for more than 20 years.' An Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog called the Parks situation a 'mystery.' What became of Ray Parks Jr., the lost boy of the Class of 2011?

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

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

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

'I hope you'll write something positive about him,' Parks Sr. said of his son in a phone conversation from Manila. 'He's made a lot of sacrifices to move over here.'

Gregory said that Georgia Tech would be willing to grant Parks Jr. a release from his letter of intent, and seemed resigned to him never being a Yellow Jacket. 'I just feel like it's too far gone,' Gregory said. 'It's going to be an exciting process getting this [program] back on track, and I need guys with both feet in -- or at least both feet on this continent.'

Parks Sr. said he hoped Georgia Tech would remain in the recruiting picture, and asked an SI.com writer for Gregory's phone number on Thursday. Parks Jr., who did not answer calls for this story, indicated on his Facebook page that other schools were in the mix: In a conversation thread with Adonis Thomas, Parks Jr. said he wanted to look at Louisville and Marquette in addition to the Yellow Jackets. In a recent Filipino TV interview this year, Parks Jr. declined to lay out his U.S. college plans, saying he'd 'rather take it one step at a time.'

Exactly when Parks Jr. would be available to play in D-I is unclear. If he left the Philippines this winter and enrolled in a U.S. college for the second semester, he could be ready to suit up as early as December 2012. In the eyes of the NCAA, Parks Jr.'s 'five-year clock' began when he enrolled in classes at National University in 2010, meaning he'd have to use his four years of college eligibility by 2014-15.

The numbers Parks Jr. posted at the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore., last August suggest that he can contribute at a high-level D-I program. As the lead guard on the All-Asia team, Parks Jr. averaged 22.0 points on 44.4 percent three-point shooting, and got to the free-throw line 8.7 times per game while playing against American teams that included blue-chippers Anthony Davis (who's bound for Kentucky), Bradley Beal (Florida), and a Brazilian team that included potential first-round pick Lucas Nogueira. 'That was when Ray really blew up,' Parks Sr. said. 'We're hoping that, down the road, if he's lucky enough, he'll be the first Filipino to have a shot at the NBA.'

Parks Jr. has been invited to train with Smart-Gilas, the Filipino senior national team, and it's a near-guarantee that he'll make a huge impact in the UAAP. His choice to play for National University, the smallest (at just under 1,400 students) and most athletically downtrodden (it's in the midst of a record 56-year title drought in basketball) of the league's eight schools, is no coincidence. In 2008, the family of shopping mall magnate Henry Sy, whom Forbes called 'the richest man in the Philippines' with a net worth of $2.7 billion, acquired a 60 percent stake in National University, and has since invested in upgrading its academic and athletic profile. In part, that meant hiring a respected basketball coach, Eric Altamirano, the former head of the Filipino U-18 and U-16 national teams, bringing in Parks Sr. as a development consultant, and landing Parks Jr. as a prize recruit. In a YouTube clip of a Filipino sports-talk show from early 2011, Parks Sr. says 'Ray['s addition to the Bulldogs] was never involved' in the discussion of him taking a job at NU. Nevertheless, his son has the potential to transform the school into an overnight contender in basketball.

Gregory, meanwhile, will have to turn elsewhere to reinforce a Yellow Jackets team that went 13-18 (and 5-11 in the ACC) last season and could be losing its best guard, junior Iman Shumpert, who declared for the draft without hiring an agent. Gregory is supporting him through the process, but also believes Shumpert could have an 'All-American-type' senior year if he returns. Tech's backcourt will be hurting without him -- and Parks Jr. could have helped. 'He probably would have had an opportunity to come in here and play as a freshman,' Gregory said. 'But I don't blame them [for not communicating]. I think they had made the decision long before I got here that he was going to stay in the Philippines this year.'

Various Filipino media reports support that theory, including a Philippine Star article from January that said Parks Jr. wasn't accepting the Georgia Tech offer, and quotes Parks Sr. saying that his son will play at least two seasons at NU. But there is little clarity on Parks Jr.'s future: Multiple other D-I teams, according to sources, have remained in contact with him in hopes that he'll come back stateside sooner.

Georgia Tech seems unlikely to stay in that hunt. At one point during a phone conversation Wednesday, Gregory apologized and said, 'Can I call you right back? I have a recruit on the other line who's not in the Philippines.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Sim Bhullar commits to attend Xavier University in 2012 - by Eurobasket News
It was confirmed over the weekend that seven-foot, five-inch Sim Bhullar (Toronto) has committed to attend Xavier University in the fall of 2012.

With a unique combination of size, skill and basketball IQ, Bhullar was a highly sought after prospect. The addition of the Junior National Team member will definitely help head coach Chris Mack and the Musketeers aim for their sixth straight Atlantic-10 Conference championship.

Last season, the Musketeers finished with a 24-8 (A10: 15-1) record, earning them the No. 6 seed in the East Region heading into the NCAA Tournament.

This is not the first time Xavier has recruited a seven-footer to their program. Kenny Frease (7'0'/260 lbs) recently finished his junior season at Xavier and will be a steady mentor for Bhullar (7'5'/340 lbs). The program at Xavier remodelled Frease's body to make him a more conditioned basketball player, which is what Bhullar is hoping to become.

Bhullar averaged six points and 3.8 rebounds for the Canadian Junior National Team that finished with a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Mens Tournament last year. He's set to try out for the 2011 Junior Mens National Team that will compete at the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Bhullar just completed his junior season at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va., and reportedly also considered Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Syracuse, Michigan and Wake Forest before choosing Xavier.

'I just really thought it would be the best fit for me,' Bhullar told Scout.com. 'On all the visits I had fun and loved everything about Xavier.'

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


George Mason introduces Paul Hewitt as new hoops coach - by Eurobasket News
Paul Hewitt had no intention of returning to college basketball so soon. Let go by Georgia Tech in March, he had planned a trip to St. Maarten with his wife beginning Friday.

Then George Mason called. And after a quick courtship, the island plans were put on hold.

'I traded one paradise for another,' Hewitt said at his introduction on Monday.

Less than a week after an initial discussion, the two sides quickly moved forward. Hewitt is the ninth coach in George Mason' 44-year history.

'I don't mind saying I was a little beat up after my last job,' Hewitt said. 'That's part of the game, no hard feelings, but this was too good a situation to turn down.'

The situation was replacing the departed Jim Larranaga, who left last month for Miami after 14 seasons with the Colonial Athletic Association program.

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

Details of Hewitt's five-year deal with George Mason were not released.

'Today we open the next chapter in men's basketball at George Mason University,' said school President Alan Merten, who signed off on the hire after meeting with Hewitt on Thursday. Hewitt 'sends a message and we send a message, that men's basketball is important. Men's basketball is doing things the right way at the right time.'

Hewitt, who turns 48 on Wednesday, was fired by Georgia Tech in mid-March after completing a 13-18 regular season and compiling a 190-162 record during his 11 seasons. He directed the Yellow Jackets to five NCAA tournament appearances and a national runner-up finish in 2004 with four 20-win seasons along the way. Previously Hewitt coached three years at Siena, posting a 66-27 record.

'We were looking for someone that had success,' said director of athletics Tom O'Connor, who headed the search committee. 'Success certainly isn't only wins and losses, but we knew with Paul we had someone that had a lot of wins and someone that could take our program forward.'

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in the New York borough of Queens, Hewitt had five losing seasons with the Atlantic Coast Conference school and managed only one winning season in the conference.

Known as a stellar recruiter, Hewitt has sent several players to the NBA, including the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and Thaddeus Young (FSY) of the Philadelphia 76ers.

'George Mason is getting a great person, a great coach, a mentor to all his players,' said Young, who was in attendance Monday.

Larranaga led the Patriots to five NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2006 Final Four. Hewitt will inherit four starters from a team that last season matched a program-high with 27 wins, won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and reached the NCAA Tournament, losing to top-seed Ohio State.

'I think what coach Larranaga has done for 14 years is an unbelievable example of what can happen if you continue to work hard,' Hewitt said.

Hewitt does not expect to make drastic changes to the basketball schemes. Like Larranaga, he likes to play an up-tempo style game.

'This year, it's important we maintain some sense of continuity,' said Hewitt, adding that he spoken with Larranaga earlier on Monday. 'When you win 27 games, you don't want to change too much.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Wellingston Saints boss still keen on ANBL spot - by Eurobasket News
Saints boss Nick Mills hopes to keep New Zealand's basketball buzz rolling as he prepares to again push Wellington's case for inclusion in the Australian national league. Mills said the success of the Auckland-based New Zealand Breakers, who last week became the first Kiwi team to win a major Australian sporting competition, would strengthen Wellington's position. 'We are buoyed by that result,' Mills said. 'It obviously gives extra weight to our belief that there's room for two teams in New Zealand. It enhances the Saints' long-term ambition to be in the Australian league and yes, we're still interested.' Mills, whose started sponsoring the Saints 28 years ago, said he didn't want to jump on the Breakers' bandwagon 'the sun belongs on them, not on us' but he would contact Australian NBL bosses within the next week to gauge interest.
The Pero Cameron -coached Saints are the current New Zealand champions, and are regularly drawing crowds over 3000, and Mills believed the time was right for another Australian bid. 'A couple of years ago we went quite hard at it, but really the stumbling block for us is they probably want to get a team out of Brisbane before they would look at Wellington.' There is also the not-so-small matter of finding a sugar daddy who is willing to bankroll the venture.
The Australian league was on its knees just two years ago and organisers relaunched with tough new rules, which require all teams to have a A$1 million bank guarantee. 'Another stumbling block is the huge $1 million cheque that someone's got to write to put us in there,' Mills said. 'That's probably the only thing that we can't meet, so for us, we would need to hunt up a very wealthy benefactor. 'The call will definitely go out in a week's time.'
The Saints, unbeaten in this year's NBL, will be boosted by the return of Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) and Leon Henry (200-G/F-85, college: S.Idaho JC) for tomorrow night's televised game against the Waikato Pistons in Hamilton. Shooting guard Webster has missed all three of the Saints' wins this season while on Breakers duty and small forward Henry, a member of the Breakers' wider squad, was absent for Friday's defeat of the Auckland Pirates. The high-scoring duo add significant firepower for a rematch of last year's grand finals series, although point guard Lindsay Tait is an unlikely starter.
Courtesy of: stuff.co.nz


Breakers Built To Succeed - by Mike Lacey
The success the New Zealand Breakers have enjoyed this season began in 2005 when a relatively new convert to basketball, Paul Blackwell was invited to join the Breakers Board. Six months later, the other Directors had departed and Blackwell and his wife Liz were left holding the baby. The baby was a losing team with an under whelming roster, little sponsorship support and an office and playing venue a long way from the corporate heartlands.

Blackwell made some immediate personnel changes, appointing a new coach, Andrej Lemanis and allowing iconic foundation players Dillon Boucher, Phill Jones and Pero Cameron to depart. A new vision was required and Blackwell and the Board were prepared to invest in a novice head coach and a new roster. It certainly wasnt all plain sailing the next season as the team went 9-23 in 2005-6, an identical record to the previous season...

A couple of major off court decisions were made early in 2006. Richard Clarke was promoted from the ranks to the position of General Manager and the playing venue reverted back to North Shore Events Centre after a couple of failed seasons at Trust Stadium, Waitakere.

The playing record in 2006-7 only improved marginally but at least the fans had something to cheer as the charismatic Carlos Powell poured in 932 points for the season.
Oscar Forman was an upgrade on most of the previous Australian signings but Adam Darragh was more of the same.

Two significant player signings in 2007 made many observers on both sides of the Tasman take note. Firstly, arguably New Zealands best basketball player Kirk Penney was enticed home from Europe and veteran Australian and former international Tony Ronaldson was signed from Perth Wildcats. Add in a couple of quality imports in Rick Rickert and Wayne Turner and suddenly the Breakers were no longer looking the easy beats of old. The play offs were reached for the first time despite both imports having to be replaced due to injury. Most importantly the Breakers management were showing they were no longer in the market for second rate players.

Further upgrades followed in 2008 as Kiwi internationals Dillon Boucher and Phill Jones returned to the fold accompanied by the signing of classy Australian guard CJ Bruton. The only set back was the loss of Mika Vukona who decided to head to South Dragons in Melbourne to further his basketball experience. Henare, Boucher, Jones, Bruton, Penney and Ronaldson made up a strong core group that carried the team into the semi finals for the first time. The emergence of development player Tom Abercrombie partly made up for the disappointment of losing to the Melbourne Tigers in two straight games in the semi.

The late emergence of Abercrombie the previous season meant there was no room under the points cap for Phill Jones in 2009-10 despite the classy left hander winning the ANBL Best Sixth Man Award. The season turned out to be one of ifs as the Breakers came home on a wet sail winning six straight but missing the play-offs by a single victory. If only Penney had not missed 9 games due to injury. If only Kevin Braswell had been signed a month earlier. If only Oscar Forman and Rick Rickert had not lost form and confidence at important stages of the season. A 15-13 record was below the expectations of management and fans alike.
Some tweaking of the squad was necessary if the failures of 2009-10 were not to be repeated in 2010-11. Oscar Forman and Rick Rickert, after almost 200 appearances between them were released. The return of the dynamic Mika Vukona gave the team improved rebounding power and defensive intensity and import Gary Wilkinson offered greater versatility than the one dimensional Rick Rickert.
It has been a long road strewn with bumps and pot holes but congratulations to Blackwell, Lemanis, Clarke and the management team for having the patience and belief to build a club and a team all New Zealand can be proud of.



Breakers to celebrate with Auckland parade - by Eurobasket News
Auckland will host a victory parade for the New Zealand Breakers to celebrate their historic win in the Australian National Basketball League.

The Breakers said they wanted the event to be a family friendly occasion and so the parade will take place on Friday afternoon.

The Breakers made New Zealand sporting history when they defeated the Cairns Taipans 71-53 in the deciding third game of the grand finals series last Friday.

It's the first time a Kiwi team has cracked the title in one of Australia's major sporting leagues.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown was courtside for both game one and game three of the Grand Final series. Afterwards he discussed with team management how best Auckland could recognise the performance of the Breakers in the competition.

The team agreed to a proposal for the Auckland Council to stage a parade up Queen Street followed by an event for fans in Aotea Square.

'I am absolutely stoked that the first New Zealand team to beat the very best Aussie team in an Australian professional sports league was an Auckland-based team,' Brown said.

'We're working on strategies to make Auckland an events capital. Having great teams like the Breakers producing outstanding performances as we have seen over the past few weeks can only help us achieve that,' he said.

'It's also a sign of things to come as we prepare to welcome the world to Auckland for RWC 2011. I have no doubt the All Blacks will take heart from what the Breakers have done as they look forward to that tournament.

Mayor Brown said he hoped as many people as possible to would make it to Queen Street for the parade.

Further details abuot the event will be released in due course.

Courtesy of http://tvnz.co.nz


Breakers keen to retain star roster - by Eurobasket News
As Auckland gets set to throw a party for its all-conquering Breakers, moves are already under way to keep the new Australian National Basketball League champions together for a repeat run at the title.

The Breakers put on a defensive masterclass to seal their first championship - and make New Zealand sporting history - when they defeated the Cairns Taipans 71-53 in the deciding third game of the grand finals series on Friday.

It's the first time a Kiwi team has cracked the title in one of Australia's major sporting leagues.

It was also a triumphant statement by a team - and its coach-- which had been criticised throughout its 22-win 6-loss regular season for being soft at the defensive end. There was nothing tentative about the way the swarming Breakers defenders harried Taipans stars Ayinde Ubaka and Ron Dorsey into a collective four-of-26 shooting night.

But now, inevitably, the big question arises: can the Breakers keep this team together for a run at back-to-back titles?

Point guard Paul Henare (182-G-79) is the only player officially out of the picture, with the floor general and spiritual leader of the club retiring to step into a coaching career.

The two Americans, Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) and Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown), are the only other players off contract, though star Kiwis Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) and finals most valuable player Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) have made no secret of the fact they are open to opportunities in the NBA or Europe. Both have out-clauses in their deals with the club that would allow them to pursue the right offers.

Outstanding forward Mika Vukona (197-F-82), whose no-nonsense play took the Breakers to the next level this year, his backup Dillon Boucher, fan favourite centre Alex Pledger, veteran Australian CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) and mercurial shooting guard Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) are all contracted for another season.

Pledger, in particular, is a crucial retention as the seven-footer's much-improved play in the playoffs must have him on scouts' radars. Big men with Pledger's mix of skill and aggression are rarities in this part of the world, as coach Andrej Lemanis remarked: 'How wise are we now to have Pledge signed up?'

Lemanis said he hoped to have all his contracted players on board next season, and said his preference was to retain his Americans who had been 'outstanding' fits into the team-first culture at the North Shore club.

'The nature of [an import] is they need the next job and the next job, so they often look for numbers and sacrifice the team for their own goals,' Lemanis said. 'Kevin and Gary have just been sensational fitting in. How many people who have done what KB [Braswell] has done would accept coming off the bench all year and not once bitch and moan about it? It's fantastic to have those sort of people on board.'

It is understood the Breakers will make the re-signing of Wilkinson a priority. The big redhead was the best inside-out big man in the league, and the club loves his character and emotion. It's likely they will have to find significant extra cash, though, to keep him on board.

Braswell is a more enigmatic player and it's understood he is courting opportunities in Australia. But again the club likes his personality and with Henare gone, the Breakers will be looking for someone to take command of the starting point guard's spot.

It's understood Boomers star Adam Gibson is also on the club's radar, and its success in pursuing him may decide whether Braswell gets the deal he needs to stay on.

'One of the things about Americans is if you find good ones they're worthwhile hanging in with because it's always a gamble if you get new guys,' Lemanis said.

Two things work in the Breakers' favour in terms of keeping this group together. The pending NBA lockout in the United States over a new labour deal is likely to tighten the job market considerably in the northern hemisphere, and probably rule out anything in the US for the time being.

And the euphoria of a historic title always provides a powerful motivator for keeping a group together.

'If you talk to anyone today they'd say they want to come back and have another crack at it, it's such a great feeling we had winning this,' said Boucher on Saturday before hosting stage two of the weekend's celebrations at his house.

Auckland City has confirmed it intends to mark the Breakers' historic feat with an appropriate celebration this week, though a spokesman said they were not yet able to confirm what form that would take.

It's understood the city is keen to host a parade, but the council and club representatives were still working through details yesterday. The Breakers will hold their annual awards night on Thursday.

Lemanis said he did not support a move away from the intimate NSEC, despite its 4200 capacity proving woefully ill-equipped to handle the demand for tickets to the side's finals games.

'This place turned into a fortress,' said Lemanis. 'If we had 3000 season ticketholders, absolutely I'd say 'let's move, let's go somewhere bigger for walkups and all that because we know we have the base'.

'But what we've got here is pretty special.

'The North Shore has certainly embraced us,' Lemanis said. 'Until we are getting sellouts every single week and people are missing out every single week, I think we stay here.'

Courtesy of http://tvnz.co.nz


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  PERU   


Inmaculada holds off Ejercito, Regatas vs Real Club highly anticipated match lives up to the hype - by Timothy
The opening match of Mondays double header set the tone for a very competitive night. Colegio Inmaculada faced off against Ejercito in hopes of improving their current ranking in the league. Both teams came out playing strong defense, not allowing any easy buckets. Neither team was able to pull away in the score all night, as the highest lead of the game belonged to Colegio Inmaculada with only a nine point advantage midway through the third period. As the game was coming to a close it was still uncertain which team would come out victorious as the clubs went back and forth scoring on almost every possession. Colegio Inmaculada played very well as a team, but it was the outstanding play of their American guard Kyle Madison that was the difference maker in the games outcome. Madison was putting in work all night and really put the team on his back in the closing minutes of the clutch game. His heroic effort was finished with a remarkable 30 points, 4 assists, and 6 rebounds to lead his team to the 74-69 win.

Going back as far as ten years in Peruvian basketball history, the championship of the Superior League has been between the two best clubs in Peru, rivals Universidad de Lima / Real Club de Lima and Regatas Lima. For as long as can be remembered about these exhilarating games, Regatas Lima was crowned victorious after each passionate series. The two teams always meet first in the regular season and the atmosphere is just as intense as the championship games. The fans all over Peru look forward to one match up each season, and each season the highly anticipated match lives up to the bill. The first match between the rival clubs in the 2011 season was no exception.

Monday nights match started off very physical and emotional as tempered flared all around the arena as was expected. The referees would make a conscious effort to control the game and not allow things to get out of hand. The tip off began with Real winning the tip and starting the opening possession with the first points of the game. Both teams came out absolutely on fire, shooting an astonishing 73% and 76% from beyond the arc. The first quarter ended with Real having a slight edge in the score column 20-18. Both teams picked up where they left off as the second quarter began. Mohamadou Diop (210-C-87) of Regatas Lima was becoming a match problem for the other team, scoring almost every time he touched the ball. The hot streak continued for Real with the help of Diego Alonso hitting several three pointers and finding open teammates. Also contributing on the offensive end was Andres Seminario (192-G/F-77) adding some 3 pointers of his own. After two lights out shooting quarters from both teams, Real led 43-37.

The 3rd period was no different from the first two as both teams were still throwing blows like prize fighters. Oscar Gorosito , the coach of Real did an exceptional job of orchestrating the teams offensive and defensive sets from the sideline. The clubs continued to shoot exceptional well from the three point line which kept the game close. The stellar performance of American guard Tim Nelson (186-G-86, college: Oklahoma S&A)) kept Real in control during the entire game. His 25 points, 3 assists, 2 steals and several rebounds would play a significant role in the outcome of the match. The quarter ended with a last second tip in by Real's forward Manuel Chavez. After another blow for blow quarter, Real came out on top again, going into the fourth period with a 61-56 lead.

In the final period of play, Real set themselves apart as the better team and displayed a lot of heart as they took total control of the game. Although they only allowed 8 points in the period from the defending champions, the visitors would continue their hot streak from behind the three point line capitalizing on almost every possession. As the final buzzard sounded the crowd was ecstatic, as Real Club remained the only unbeaten team. The match was nothing less than classic, just as advertised. The final score was Universidad de Lima / Real Club de Lima 79, Regatas Lima 69



Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Real Club 9-0 
 2. Regatas 8-1 
 3. Inmaculada 5-4 
 4. San Marcos 4-4 
 5. Ejercito 3-6 
 6. Centro Naval 1-7 
 7. Rinconada 0-0 
 8. Escuela Fap 0-2 
 9. Real Amist. 0-2 
 10. Circolo/UAP 0-4 


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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas22.3 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.9 
 4. Robinson, Mayaguez21.8 
 5. Villegas, Coamo20.2 
 6. Clinch, Isabela20.0 
 7. Ayuso, Arecibo19.3 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 9. Brown, Quebradillas17.6 
 10. Johnson, Humacao16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Narvaez, Coamo12.6 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 3. Randolph, Isabela11.7 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.2 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.5 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon9.8 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 8. Harris, San German9.4 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez9.3 
 10. Ofoegbu, Humacao8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.6 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas6.4 
 3. Clemente, Humacao6.3 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Clinch, Isabela5.1 
 6. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.2 
 9. Garcia, Humacao3.8 
 10. Pagan, Santurce3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Clinch, Isabela2.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Guayna.2.0 
 4. Hinson, Isabela2.0 
 5. Robinson, Mayaguez1.8 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 7. Harris, San German1.7 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Chaney, Santurce1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. Santiago, Arecibo2.0 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Johnson, Humacao1.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.6 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.6 
 9. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo1.4 


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Dzikic and Djordjevic win EuroChallenge title with Krka - by Eurobasket News
Coach Aleksandar Dzikic and point guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) had a reason to celebrate last Friday. Two Serbians helped Krka Novo Mesto win the EuroChallenge title in Oostende after they outplayed Lokomotiv Kuban 83-77 in the Finals. In the Semifinals, Krka eliminated host Oostende 79-65. For this great success coach Dzikic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Coach of the Year. He took over Krka year and a half ago. Dusan Djordjevic helped Krka in the Big Final with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Against Oostende in the Semis he had 10 points and 5 assists. Djordjevic joined Krka last summer. He appeared 16 times in EuroChallenge this season averaging 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
The season is not over for Krka, who hopes to win the trophy in Slovenian league. They already did it in Slovenian National Cup.


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Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Asia-Basket.com All-KBL 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Herbert Hill
Hill
Tae-Poong Chon
Chon
Aaron Haynes
Haynes
Chris Daniels
Daniels
Seung-Jin Ha
Ha
#e#5

Player of the Year: Hill Herbert (208-F-84) of Elephants
Guard of the Year: Chon Tae-Poong (180-G-80) of KCC Egis
Forward of the Year: Hill Herbert (208-F-84) of Elephants
Center of the Year: Daniels Chris (211-C-84) of KCC Egis
Domestic Player of the Year: Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) of KCC Egis
Import Player of the Year: Hill Herbert (208-F-84) of Elephants
Defensive Player of the Year: Alexander Chris (216-C-80) of LG Sakers
Rookie of teh Year: Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87) of Anyang KGC
Coach of the Year: Jeon Chang-Jin of Sonic Boom KT

1st Team
G: Chon Tae-Poong (180-80) of KCC Egis
F: Hill Herbert (208-84) of Elephants
F: Haynes Aaron (201-81) of Samsung Th.
C: Daniels Chris (211-84) of KCC Egis
C: Ha Seung-Jin (222-85) of KCC Egis

2nd Team
G: Chon Tae-Poong (180-80) of KCC Egis
F: Park Sang-Oh (196-81) of Sonic Boom KT
F: Stevenson Jarod (200-75) of Elephants
C: Alexander Chris (216-80) of LG Sakers
C: Leather Terrence (204-81) of SK Knights

Honorable Mention
Simon David (207-C-82) of Anyang KGC
Rhodes Charles (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT
Benson Rod (208-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy
Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) of Dongbu Promy
Stevenson Greg (198-F-78) of LG Sakers
Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus
Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82) of Samsung Th.

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Chon Tae-Poong (180-80) of KCC Egis
G: Chon Tae-Poong (180-80) of KCC Egis
F: Park Sang-Oh (196-81) of Sonic Boom KT
F/C: Kim Joo-Sung (205-79) of Dongbu Promy
C: Ha Seung-Jin (222-85) of KCC Egis

All-Imports Team
F: Haynes Aaron (201-81) of Samsung Th.
F: Hill Herbert (208-84) of Elephants
F: Stevenson Jarod (200-75) of Elephants
C: Daniels Chris (211-84) of KCC Egis
C: Alexander Chris (216-80) of LG Sakers




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  SPAIN   


Ferran Lavina to play his 350th game in ACB - by Eurobasket News
Thursday will be a big day for Ferran Lavina (192-G-77, agency: Court Side). The 34-year-old guard will play his 350th game in ACB. The Baloncesto Fuenlabrada captain and his teammates will meet Valladolid on the road.
Ferran Lavina made his ACB debut with Manresa in 1998/99 season. He played 8 years for them. In 2006, Lavina moved to DKV Joventut, where he stayed until the summer of 2009. That year Lavina signed a deal with Fuenlabrada. Ferran Lavina was a member of the Spanish B National Team in 2003. In 2007 and 2008 he helped Joventut reach the Spanish ACB Semifinals. They were Spanish Cup winners and also the ULEB Cup winners in 2008. In Lavinas 349th game Fuenlabrada crushed Real Madrid 88-79. He had 3 points and 3 rebounds for 25 minutes on the court. Lavina averages 5.1 points and 1.6 rebounds this season in ACB.


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Official Awards for Swedish Basketligan - by Andreas Eriksson
The Swedish League's official awards for the 2010-2011 season have been released as following;

MVP: Alex Wesby, Sundsvall Dragons
Guard of the Year: Johnell Smith, Sdertlje Kings
Forward of the Year: Liam Rush, Sundsvall Dragons
Center of the Year: Joakim Kjellbom, Norrkping Dolphins
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Wesby, Sunsvall Dragons
Coach of the Year: Vedran Bosnic , Sdertlje Kings

And tonight, possibly could be handed out the gold of the Swedish League, as Norrkping and Sundsvall play Game 6, in which Norrkping leads the series 3-2 in the best of 7 series. Game will be broadcasted on TV10 nationwide.


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Standings - D1
D1 Stage Two Standings
Play-Off Group A
 1. ES Sahel 3-0 
 2. Ezzahra 1-1 
 3. JS Kairouan 0-3 
Play-Off Group B
 1. Stade Nabeulien 3-0 
 2. ES Rades 1-1 
 3. C Africain 0-3 
Places 7-12
 1. C Cheminots 10-12 
 2. US Monastir 9-13 
 3. CA Bizerte 6-16 
 4. EOG Kram 6-16 
 5. JS Manazeh 6-16 
 6. C Tunisair 5-17 
Stage One Standings


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Potter is named HS Player of the Year - by David Edole
ST. CROIX-- I remember a couple of years ago, a debate raged over who was the best closer. Was it Kobe Bryant or LeBron James? In the Virgin Islands the best player in the territory showed why he is the best when he finished off St. Croix by scoring nine of his teams final thirteen points. Merwin Potter (93) has won his second player of the year award after garnering the award as a sophomore. Potter guided Charlotte Amalie to the Martin Luther King and Antilles Basketball Jam titles. Central High School Basketball Invitational was the only title that eluded him this year.
Potter has represented the Virgin Islands in international competition. He has played with Under 15 team in Antigua, U17 team in Mexico and U18 team in San Antonio. The 6-foot-2 guard was a key member of the Under 17 team that won the bronze medal in Centro Basket play and had two tremendous games against Mexico in the Tournament of Americas.
Joining Potter on the all Virgin Islands team are Xavier Richards, Agyei Gregory (94), Raydel Denis and Kadeem Jones (94). If Potter is 1A, Richards is 1B. Richards exploded for 32 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Central High at Carib invitational tourney. The 6-foot-1 guard is most known for his explosive jumping ability and viscous throw downs. The Eudora Kean junior was the leading scorer in the Virgin Islands and one of the better rebounders. St. Croix Central High School tournament MVP Raydel Denis is the third member of the V.I. squad. Denis is probably the best low post scorer in the territory. He was the reason Educational Complex was one win away from the STX-IAA title.
Antilles guard Agyei Gregory is on the team after having a strong season. The guard was sensational in a win over Eudora Kean, he had 19 points and eight assists in a regular season game. He was unstoppable in the first half of the Educational Complex game when he scored 19 of his 26 points in the MLK tournament. Rounding out the starting five is the little general, Kadeem Jones. Jones has basically played all over the world. He has represented the Virgin Islands in U18 (Texas), U17 (Mexico) and U16 (Antigua) and FIBA 33 (Singapore) play. He was the main catalyst when he pumped in 13 points to lead Central High to the STX-IAA title. However, his best offensive game of the season was 25 points to lift the Central High School boys basketball team to a 79-59 win over archrival Educational Complex in the semifinals of the Bonifacio Sanchez Jimenez Tournament.
Dornell Weaver (94), an athletic well chiseled 6-foot-6 forward leads the second team. He showed everyone what he was made off in the annual ALL VI Hoop classic when he hauled down 14 boards. Weaver also had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Antilles to a 62-51 victory over Eudora Kean. To show it was not a fluke, Weaver had a team-high 22 points to go along with 12 boards, in a 47-46 rematch lost. Melvine Adams joins the second team because of his consistent play. The junior national team alternate put up norms of 14 points a game. Razeem Huggins started the season auspiciously; he looked like an average player. He then had a string of double digit scoring games and ended up as Central High School leading scorer. He showed his mettle when he poured in 16 points in the All Star game. A pair of Chicken Hawks rounds out the second team. If you look at CAHS box score it would read Potter as the leading scorer and Deshawn Creque is second in points. When Potter took an early exit in a regular season game against Antilles, it was Creque who responded offensively. The three point shooter/slasher was good for 18 points. No player in the territory out hustles Cursim Hansen. He looks at the basketball as a piece of beef and he must have it. During the all star game, Hansen had the most floor burns and had a pretty left hand lay-up of the glass. Charlotte Amalie is UNDEFEATED with Hansen in the lineup. Did I forget to mention he is a football prospect and is track and field super athlete?
The third team is filled with shooters. Michael Nelthropp (Country Day) and Kareem Harris (Manor) have been filling it up for their respective teams. Nelthropp has been raining three pointers on St. Croix. I saw him score 19 first half against Central during the Carib Invitational. Harris scored a career high 35 points in a win over Antilles in the Basketball Jam. Seedy guards Amalie Krigger and Tamoi Francis of Educational Complex are on the team. Krigger has had his moments and showed his toughness in leading Barras to a win over Central at the MLK tournament. Complex was blown out by Charlotte Amalie earlier. Krigger had 13 points and nailed big free throws. Francis is an attacking guard; he is hard to stop when he gets a running lead to the basket. This was evident when he finished with 12 points in a win over Central High. Shanoi Miller is a jack of all trades. He can pass, shoot, rebound and steal. If Charlotte Amalie needs anything Miller gives it to them.

All V.I. First Team
F 6-6 Raydel Denis, Senior, Educational Complex
G 6-2 Merwin Potter, Senior, Charlotte Amalie
G 6-1 Xavier Richards, Junior, Eudora Kean
G 6-1 Agyei Gregory, Junior, Antilles
G 5-6 Kadeem Jones, Senior, Central High

All V.I. Second Team
F 6-6 Dornell Weaver, Junior, Antilles
F 6-4 Melvine Adams, Senior, Educational Complex
F 6-2 Razeem Huggins, Junior, Central High
G 5-10 Deshawn Creque, Senior, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-8 Cursim Hansen, Junior, Charlotte Amalie

All V.I. Third Team
G 6-2 Michael Nelthropp, Senior, Country Day via AZ Academy
G 6-2 Kareem Harris, Junior, Manor
G 5-10 Shanoi Miller, Junior, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-10 Amalie Krigger, Senior, Educational Complex
G 5-9 Tamoi Francis, Senior, Educational Complex

Honorable Mention: Chris Matthews (Charlotte Amalie), Ryan Perpie (Educational Complex), Shomari Francis (Central), Kelvin Thomas (Central), DeCosta Cromwell (Central), Reno Motta (Central),Anamuko Utibe (Antilles), Jamoi Edinborough (Antilles), Brandon Wynter (All Saints), Adrian Kolarik (Eudora Kean), Deland Isidore (Eudora Kean), Jecoy Julius (Eudora Kean), Andrew Penn (Gifft Hill)

AWARDS
The Individual Awards was voted by five people who are some of the biggest basketball fans in the territory. Two are from St. Croix and St. Thomas and the other is a transplant from the United States. Each person had a vote and the player with the most votes received the award.

Tim Duncan Player of the Year Award: Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: The MVP of the Martin Luther King Tournament and showed he is the best closer in the VI during the 13th annual All V.I. Hoop Classic.

Raja Bell Defensive Player of the Year Award: Cursim Hansen, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Even coach Tracey Stellato, of Panola College, fell in love with his hustle and grit.

Holman Harley Lead Guard Award: Kadeem Jones Central
Comment: This guy has played all over the world and he knows how to lead a team.

Fitzroy Brow Shot Blocking Award: Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: For a guy 6-foot-2 he gets a lot of rejections from the weak side.

Ronald Charles Rebounding Award: Xavier Richards, Eudora Kean
Comment: He loves to snatch the ball out of the air despite being just 5-foot-11.

Will 'Pewee' Petersen Shooting Award: Kareem Harris, Manor
Comment: When he is on he fills up the basket, just ask Antilles School.

Glen 'Kimble' Williams Scoring Award: Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: 30 points in the all star game says it all.

Cuthbert Victor Most Versatile Player Award: Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: He does everything for the Chicken Hawks.

Leon Trimmingham Sixth Man Award: Shomari Francis, Central
Comment: Had a couple of twenty point games.

Danny Cornelius Coach of the Year Award: Pedrito Estrill, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: The Hawks were destroying people early on in the season. The ball movement was the best Ive seen in years.

Milton M. Newton Territory Champs: Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Charlotte Amalie and Educational Complex finished 2-2 on the season but the Hawks destroyed them twice.



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  UBA   


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 24-4 
 2. Cleveland V. 21-5 
 3. Columbus C. 10-13 
 4. Colonial F. 6-20 
 5. NE Air Soul 2-24 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 34-5 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 30-14 
 3. Atlanta A. 20-10 
 4. Georgia L. 10-23 
 5. St.Mountain H. 3-24 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 25-6 
 2. Tennessee D. 25-11 
 3. Norman E. 22-8 
 4. Austin K. 14-12 
 5. DFW Warriors 14-14 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 9-2 
 2. Dallas Star 8-22 
 3. Houston X. 6-0 
 4. Oklahoma S. 1-26 
 5. Nashville B. 0-15 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-19 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Burns, Fe.16.9 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.1 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.2 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla6.7 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.6 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.5 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.9 
 5. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 9. Slipenchuk, Kryvba.4.2 
 10. Williams, Khimik3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Millage, Khimik2.4 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Sparks, BC Odessa1.8 
 4. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 5. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 7. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


Superleague Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Ferro-ZNTU shock Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Mykolaiv 72-50

Hoverla eased past Mykolaiv at home court to seal their semifinal appearance. Hoverla dominated on the defensive end, holding Mykolaiv to just 4 points in fourth quarter. American guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Hoverla players scored in double figures. American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Olexiy Onufriyev (200-82) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mykolaiv. 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:
Hoverla: D.Swanson 15+8reb+6ast, J.Chappell 13+9reb, D.Zimmerman 13+8reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 10+2reb, E.Coleman 8+6reb+3ast, A.Poltoratskiy 5
Mykolaiv: J.Love 12+5reb+5ast, I.Gilyevych 9+3reb, O.Onufriyev 8+5reb, B.Greene 6+3reb+1ast, J.Hughes 6+3reb, L.Iailo 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 127820


Azovmash - Ferro-ZNTU 61-72

Ferro-ZNTU stunned Azovmash in Mariupol to advance into the next round. The game was mostly controlled by Ferro-ZNTU. Azovmash managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Alexander Rybalko (190-79) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. American guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Fred House (195-78, college: S.Utah) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Azovmash's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 17+3reb, V.Hunter 15+10reb, A.Rybalko 13+3reb+5ast, C.Burns 13+4reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 7+3reb+2ast, R.Harris 5+1reb+3ast
Azovmash: R.Curry 18+8reb+2ast, F.House 11+12reb+3ast, C.Owens 8+6reb+1ast, C.Thomas 7+4reb+1ast, D.Alexander 6+2reb+4ast, A.Skutyelnik 4+1reb
gschID: 127921




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EBL season finishes with Junior Final Fours - by Eurobasket News
The England Basketball League season officially ended on Sunday with the conclusion of the 2011 Junior Final Fours in Sheffield.

Playoff final trophies were handed out for the U18 men, U16 girls and U14 boys while runners-ups, bronze medal winners and fourth-placed teams were honoured as well.

The Haringey Angels again swept the trophies board for girls as their convincing 87-52 U16 playoff final win over Manchester Mystics gave them all three female championships over the weekend. Their U18 women and U14 girls won both championship games on Saturday. The Angels completed the same impressive feat in the 2009/10 season showing they are the current club to beat in girls basketball.

Manchester Magic's U14 boys gave the club their second championship of the weekend as they defeated Newham All-Star Sports Academy 91-65 in the playoff final. The Magic's U16 boys won their playoff championship the day before as they came from behind to defeat Cheshire Jets.

The final game of the weekend, the U18 men's playoff final between Cheshire Jets and Worthing Thunder, was arguably the most exciting as the southern club edged out the 83-81 win.

The Jets went up 81-80 after a pair of Greg Krippa free throws with 20 seconds left, but Worthing answered with an old fashioned three point play by Kyifer Del Mundo who drew the foul while converting the bucket on a strong drive. Del Mondo sank the free throw and Jake Hunt's full court heave wouldn't fall leaving the Thunder as U18 champions.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket.com All-BBL 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Trey Moore
Moore
Jeremy Bell
Bell
Drew Sullivan
Sullivan
Quemont Greer
Greer
Tafari Toney
Toney
#e#5

*The players should have at least 20 games played in order to be considered for the post-season awards, with exception of Reggie Jackson who we selected to All-Defensive Team

Player of the Year: Trey Moore (192-G-75) of Newcastle
Guard of the Year: Trey Moore (192-G-75) of Newcastle
Forward of the Year: Quemont Greer (201-F-81) of Cheshire Jets
Center of the Year: Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Liverpool MT
Bosman Player of the Year: Steve Dagostino (180-G-85) of Sheffield Sharks
Import Player of the Year: Trey Moore (192-G-75) of Newcastle
Domestic Player of the Year: Drew Sullivan (203-F-80) of Liverpool MT
Defensive Player of the Year: Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of MK Lions
Coach of the Year: Tony Garbelotto of Liverpool MT

1st Team
G: Trey Moore (192-75) of Newcastle
G: Jeremy Bell (183-83) of Cheshire Jets
F: Drew Sullivan (203-80) of Liverpool MT
F: Quemont Greer (201-81) of Cheshire Jets
C/F: Tafari Toney (203-86) of Liverpool MT

2nd Team
G: Demarius Bolds (190-84) of MK Lions
F: Charles Smith (198-75) of Newcastle
F: Andrew Thomson (205-84) of Liverpool MT
C: Anthony Rowe (203-85) of Plymouth
C: Matt Schneck (203-88) of Cheshire Jets

3rd Team
G: Nathan Reinking (188-73) of Liverpool MT
G: Daniel Gilbert (198-83) of Worcester
G: JR Blount (185-87) of Leicester Riders
F: Justin Dobbins (203-87) of Worcester
C: Travis Nelson (211-87) of MK Lions

Honorable Mention
James Jones (193-G/F-83) of Liverpool MT
Joseph Harris (196-F-87) of Leicester Riders
Steve Dagostino (180-G-85) of Sheffield Sharks
Paul Williams (208-F/C-83) of Sheffield Sharks
Quemont Greer (201-F-81) of Cheshire Jets
Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Newcastle
Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Plymouth
Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69) of MK Lions

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Nathan Reinking (188-73) of Liverpool MT
F: Drew Sullivan (203-80) of Liverpool MT
F: Andrew Thomson (205-84) of Liverpool MT
C/F: Tafari Toney (203-86) of Liverpool MT
C: Anthony Rowe (203-85) of Plymouth

All-Imports Team
G: Trey Moore (192-75) of Newcastle
G: Jeremy Bell (183-83) of Cheshire Jets
F: Quemont Greer (201-81) of Cheshire Jets
F: Justin Dobbins (203-87) of Worcester
C: Matt Schneck (203-88) of Cheshire Jets

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Evaldas Zabas (188-88) of Plymouth
G: Steve Dagostino (180-85) of Sheffield Sharks
G: Nick Livas (198-88) of Glasgow Rocks
G: Ryan Zamroz (191-87) of Leicester Riders
F: Colin O'Reilly (200-84) of Cheshire Jets

All-Defensive Team
Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Newcastle
Drew Sullivan (203-F-80) of Liverpool MT
Reggie Jackson (180-G-84) of Newcastle
Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of MK Lions
Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Liverpool MT




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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Nacional 5-0 
 2. Larranaga 5-1 
 3. Goes 4-1 
 4. Tabare 4-3 
 5. Urunday Univ. 3-3 
 6. Atenas 3-3 
 7. Capitol 3-4 
 8. Yale 2-4 
 9. 25 de Agosto 1-5 
 10. Verdirrojo 0-6 


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 23-7 
 2. Marinos 23-8 
 3. Trotamundos 22-10 
 4. Guaiqueries 17-13 
 5. Bucaneros 16-15 
 6. Gigantes 15-16 
 7. Panteras 15-17 
 8. Toros 11-22 
 9. Guaros 10-20 
 10. Gaiteros 4-28 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Big V: Round 6 Roundup - by Eurobasket News
Bulleens Hannah Zavecz makes an immediate impact, Waverley enjoy a sensational weekend and the top 4 open up a gap on the rest of the competition
With a superstar line-up many people around the league said Eltham would go through the season undefeated well that theory has come to an end after perennial finalists the Waverley Falcons travelled to E-town and came away with an upset win, moving them to the top of the ladder.
Laura Thomas (183-F-88) showed her worth for the Falcons playing sensational with 19 points, 8 boards and 3 steals. Tess Feery and Brooke McKay also had double figures as Waverley knocked off the Championship favourites.
Waverley continued their stunning weekend on Sunday when they crushed Sherbrooke by 50 points. 7 players had double figures for the Fal-cons led by Alex Lough with 21.
The loss of Rachael Waterhouse to a knee injury will hurt the Suns, and their weekend started no better when they lost by 23 points to Melbourne the night before. The Tigers are beginning to hit their straps and young gun Isabella Brancatisano topped scored for 14 points, as Melbourne continue to show they have some of the best junior players around.
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The Broncos raced out of the blocks in their clash with Ringwood racing out to a 10-point lead at quarter time, but Ringwood hit back hard in the second and went into the main break up by 1. Hume City battled hard as they always do but the Hawks experience helped them claim their 6th win of the year and consolidate their top 4 spot.
With a stat line of 16 points, 17 boards, 3 steals and 2 blocks the Boomers WNBL star Hannah Zavecz made an immediate impact on debut for her team, leading Bulleen to a 5-point win over Diamond Valley. Jade Tyrrells return saw her score 15 for the Boomers shooting an outstand-ing 60% from the field, and if anyone outside the current top 4 look like making a run at the play-offs it could very well be Bulleen.
Kellie Burbridge had 21 for the Eagles but Bulleen outscored them by 6 in the last period to come away with their second win of season 2K11.
ROUND 6 RESULTS
Melbourne 66 defeated Sherbrooke 43 Bulleen 73 defeated Diamond Valley 68 Ringwood 83 defeated Hume City 73 Waverley 97 defeated Sherbrooke 47
Waverley 61 defeated Eltham 55
Waverley has added spice to the competition. Loaded with talent the general feeling was the Wildcats would romp it in, but in the space of 40 minutes the Falcons have turned that theory on its head.
The great showdown between Brian Vaughns and ADS turned into a ripper. A close and hard fought contest, the Hawks got up and ADS delivered a season-high 13pts.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


Women's CABL wrap - Rd 5 - by Eurobasket News
North Adelaide v Norwood

In womens action, Norwood smashed North by 25 points.

The Rockets struggled from the field, shooting at 24 per cent, and struggled to find easy scoring opportunities in the paint.

They trailed 23-10 at quarter time before going down 71-46.

Veteran Jo Hill, who last week signed with Adelaide Lightning, was impressive with 13 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

She was the only Rockets player to score double figures.

Norths women sit outside the top five with a 2-2 record after four games.

The Rockets men and women played Sturt at Pasadena on Sunday (May 1) after press time.

Central Districts v Eastern

Meantime, Central Districts recruits Desinta Cummins and Jessica Mahony each put in triple-double performances to lift the Lions to their second win of the season and within striking distance of the top five.

The Lions defeated womens Central Australian Basketball League cellar-dweller Eastern 89-48 at Starplex on Saturday night and now sit out of the five on percentage only.

The Lions jumped the Mavericks to lead 27-13 at the end of the opening period and it was clear the home side had arrived with the right mindset.

Central shot at more than 54 per cent from the field for the quarter, a vast improvement on what it dished-up against league leaders Norwood in the round before the Easter break, when it shot at 13 per cent.

The Lions were able to control the rest of the match and sunk 41 points to 18 in the second half to finish with a final shooting percentage of 41.1.

But it was Cummins and Mahonys dominance which stood out most for the home side.

Former Forestville player Mahony shot 11 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 14 assists for the match to help her teammates.

Cummins, who crossed from Woodville at the start the season, shot 12 points, pulled down 12 boards (10 defensive) and also brought fellow Lions players in to the match with 11 assists.

Alisha Heglund was the most dominant scorer with 16 points while Lisa Wilson was also impressive with 14 points and six boards in 19 minutes of court time.

Amy Stage scored eight points and Fiona Perso scored six.

For Eastern, Jo Robbertsen was the stand-out.

She scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds while shooting at more than 75 per cent from the perimeter.

Lions coach Tony Moore said the performance against the Mavericks was a confidence booster.

Prior to the match the Lions and the Mavericks looked destined to fight for bottom and second-bottom spot.

But Moore said his team took a step forward and did have the ability to challenge the leagues top side if it brought the right mindset.

If we can keep that intensity and effort for the next few games we can get some wins, Moore said.

We just have to keep doing the things that weve done well like our defence and rotation of the ball and getting open shots.

Moore said the next few weeks were important for his side.

The Lions host Southern this Saturday with a win almost all but putting it into the top five after six rounds.

West and Norwood are both undefeated and sit atop the table.

Courtesy of: http://portside-messenger.whereilive.com.au


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Galatasaray officially signs Alba Torrens to 2+1 year deal - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Alba Torrens (184-F-89) officially became a new member of Galatasaray. The Spanish star signed a two-year deal with option for 2013/14 season. Few days ago Torrens finished wonderful season with her Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. He paced her team to four trophies (Euroleague, Spanish LFP, Spanish Cup and Spanish Supercup). Torrens appeared 16 times in Euroleague this season averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In Spanish league, she added 12.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2 apg for 30 games. For her performance Torrens was awarded with Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -11.
Alba Torrens joined Perfumerias in 2009 from Real Celta Vigo. She played for the Vigo team few years. Two years ago she was selected in third round of the WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. Torrens played for U18, U19 and U20 Spanish National Team in the past and won few medals with them, including U18 EuroBasket Gold in 2006.


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A1 Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Marginean, Panath. 17.81
2 McLaren, Apollon 17.80
3 Milkova, Esperides 17.1
4 Delva, DAS A. 16.7
5 Koch, Panionios 16.3
6 Kotsopoulou, Das 15.4
7 Mazic, Panionios 15.3
8 Henry, FEA Neas 14.6
9 Frohlich, Proteas 14.1
10 Stamati, FEA Neas 13.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 McLaren, Apollon 13.3
2 Delva, DAS A. 11.6
3 Frohlich, Proteas 11.5
4 Mazic, Panionios 11.5
5 Skrba, Aris 10.1
6 Skibbe, DAS A. 9.8
7 Thompson, Olymp. 9.4
8 Ducker, Esperides 8.3
9 Nkele, Apollon 8.2
10 Gardner-C., Esper. 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Ploubi, DAS A. 7.2
2 Koch, Panionios 4.6
3 LeNoir, Aris 4.4
4 Lymoura, Athin. 4.2
5 Axiopoulou, Esperides 4.2
6 Stavridou, PAOK 3.6
7 Green, PAOK 3.5
8 Hatzinikolao., Athina. 3.4
9 Fox, Proteas 3.4
10 Kalogirou, Esperides 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Kalogirou, Esperides 3.1
2 Axiopoulou, Esperides 2.7
3 Koch, Panionios 2.7
4 Murphree, Panathin. 2.4
5 Skrba, Aris 2.4
6 Derevjanik, Panath. 2.3
7 Green, PAOK 2.2
8 Fox, Proteas 2.2
9 Marginean, Panath. 2.2
10 Hatzinikolao., Athina. 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Koutsounouri, Olympi. 1.5
2 Skrba, Aris 1.3
3 Delva, DAS A. 1.2
4 McLaren, Apollon 1.1
5 Skiadopoulou, PAOK 0.9
6 Rousou, Panionios 0.8
7 Riley, Athinaikos 0.8
8 Skibbe, DAS A. 0.8
9 Kiriakopoulo., FEA N. 0.6
10 Nikolaidou, FEA N. 0.6


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


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Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
All-Hungarian League 1st Team 2010-2011
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Monika Bukovszki
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Player of the Year: Zane Tamane (200-C-83) of MKB Eurol.
Guard of the Year: Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) of ZTE
Forward of the Year: Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE
Center of the Year: Zane Tamane (200-C-83) of MKB Eurol.
Bosman Player of the Year: Zane Tamane (200-C-83) of MKB Eurol.
Import Player of the Year: Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE
Domestic Player of the Year: Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) of ZTE
Defensive Player of the Year: Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE
Coach of the Year: Norbert Szekely of MKB Eurol.

1st Team
G: Monika Bukovszki (171-79) of ZTE
G/F: Amber Holt (183-85) of MKB Eurol.
F: Kelsey Griffin (188-87) of Pecs 2010
F: Danielle Page (188-86) of ZTE
C: Zane Tamane (200-83) of MKB Eurol.

2nd Team
G: Essence Carson (183-86) of SEAT Lami
G: Katarina Ristic (174-84) of Szolnok
G: Allie Quigley (180-86) of Pecs 2010
F: Tijana Krivacevic (194-90) of MKB Eurol.
C: Sara Krnjic (193-91) of Pecs 2010

Honorable Mention
Dalma Ivanyi (178-G-76) of Pecs 2010
Ieva Kublina (193-C-82) of SEAT Lami
Abi Olajuwon (193-C-88) of SEAT Lami
Judit Szelesy (184-F-78) of ZTE
Rita Hegedus (193-F-78) of Nanette FTC
Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) of Nanette FTC
Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) of MKB Eurol.
Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) of Szolnok
Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of Szolnok
Reka Balint (181-F-91) of Bajai NKK
Edit Eordogh (180-G/F-75) of MKB Eurol.
Nikoletta Turoczi (187-F/C-80) of Nanette FTC

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Bernadett Nemeth (173-80) of MKB Eurol.
G: Monika Bukovszki (171-79) of ZTE
G: Katarina Ristic (174-84) of Szolnok
F: Tijana Krivacevic (194-90) of MKB Eurol.
F/C: Nikoletta Turoczi (187-80) of Nanette FTC

All-Imports Team
G: Essence Carson (183-86) of SEAT Lami
G: Allie Quigley (180-86) of Pecs 2010
G/F: Amber Holt (183-85) of MKB Eurol.
F: Kelsey Griffin (188-87) of Pecs 2010
F: Danielle Page (188-86) of ZTE

All-Bosmans Team
G: Marija Boskovic (173-81) of Szolnok
G: Katarina Ristic (174-84) of Szolnok
C: Milica Cvetanovic (195-86) of Szolnok
C: Zane Tamane (200-83) of MKB Eurol.
C: Sara Krnjic (193-91) of Pecs 2010



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Stephanie Shaw Named Women's Basketball Coach at NWOSU - by Arnault Desira
Stephanie Shaw has been named as the head women's basketball coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the 2011-12 season. Shaw becomes the fourth coach of the Lady Rangers since the 1978-79 season and is the sixth coach in the 40-year history of the program.

Shaw joins the staff after serving four years as an assistant coach in her second stint at Oklahoma City University. Prior to that, she spent a season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Wayland Baptist University (Tex.). During the 2005-06 season, Shaw began her career as a coach, serving as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma City University.

In her four years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma City, Shaw helped lead the Stars to a 118-19 overall record. She coached 10 NAIA All-American's, a WNBA draft pick and recruited a conference newcomer of the year, while leading Oklahoma City to two consecutive NAIA Final Four appearances.



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UMBC and Phil Stern renew their contract - by George Fragkos
Just two months after leading the Retrievers to their first-ever America East regular-season title and a berth in the Womens National Invitation Tournament, UMBC head women's basketball coach Phil Stern has agreed to a new six-year contract that runs through the 2016-17 season, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today.

I am honored and thankful to be able to continue to coach at an incredible university that has such high academic standards and great leadership, Stern said. I want to thank President (Freeman) Hrabowski, Provost (Elliot) Hirshman and Dr. Brown for their continued support of our vision for UMBC womens basketball in the classroom, on the court and in the community. We will continue to bring in quality young ladies who embody the true definition of the term student-athlete.

Stern was named America East Coach of the Year after guiding the Retrievers, who were picked to finish fifth in the America East preseason poll, to a 20-12 overall record and a 13-3 mark in league play. After starting this season 1-5, Sterns squad finished strong, going 19-7 over the last 26 games and winning the final six America East contests of the year en route to the regular-season crown.

UMBCs 20 wins match the school record, which was set by the 1985-86 squad, and were the most ever in UMBC's Division I era, while the Retrievers 13 America East victories were their most in eight seasons in the conference. In addition, the Retrievers consistently received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll over the last six weeks of the season.

UMBC earned the top seed in the America East Championship and defeated No. 8 Stony Brook before falling to fourth-seeded and eventual champion Hartford in the semifinals. The Retrievers earned the conferences automatic berth to the WNIT, where they gave the University of Florida a run for its money, leading the Gators at halftime, before falling, 59-47.

The WNIT was not the first time that Stern has led the Retrievers to the postseason. In 2007, UMBC became the first team in America East Conference history to defeat the top three teams in the league standings en route to winning the league championship. The Retrievers knocked off No. 2 Stony Brook in the quarterfinals before defeating No. 3 Vermont in the semifinals and finally stunning top-seeded and defending champion Hartford in the championship game to bring home the programs first-ever conference title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

The ninth-year Retriever mentor earned both his 100th win at UMBC and his 200th career victory in 15 seasons as a head coach during the 2011 season. He is just the second head coach in UMBC womens basketball history to reach the century mark, while he joins Hartfords Jennifer Rizzotti and Boston Universitys Kelly Greenberg as the only active America East coaches with 200 career wins.

Stern oversaw one of the top defensive teams in the nation in 2010-11. UMBC ranked 16th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a .352 clip, and ranked 33rd in scoring defense, allowing just 56.0 points per game the second-best mark in school history.

Maybe even more impressive than Sterns coaching success is his teams dedication to the classroom and the community. The Retrievers posted the third-highest grade-point average (3.578) in the nation among NCAA Division I womens basketball teams during the 2009-10 academic year. That season, all 11 team members were recognized on the America East Honor Roll for earning a GPA of 3.0 or better during the spring semester, with seven student-athletes garnering Commissioners Honor Roll status.

In the community, Sterns program is one of the most active in the entire athletic department. In addition to making school visits, hosting clinics and mentoring at local elementary and middle schools, the womens basketball team, along with UMBC's community outreach program, has welcomed an average of over 1,200 elementary and middle school students to UMBC to tour the campus and watch the Retrievers play in their annual Midday Madness game in each of the last six seasons.

Phil Stern is a tremendous asset to the UMBC athletic department, Dr. Brown said. His teams excel on the basketball court, are outstanding academically and give back to the community in a very positive way. Im looking forward to working with Phil in the future to bring the team to even greater heights of success.

A native of Ocanside, N.Y., Stern graduated from Concordia College with a bachelor of arts degree in business education.

Courtesy: America East Communications


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De Mondt joins Wisla Can-Pack - by Eurobasket
Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) signed a one-year contract with TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow. I cant wait to play again for Jose Ignacio Hernandez said she for the official club website, leaving Spanish Halcon Avenida Salamanca after four years.
- Quite honestly, it was a really difficult decision for me, because I spent in Salamanca four great seasons added De Mondt, who won the Euroleague, Spanish Championship and Spanish Supercup this year. Acclimatization to her new club should be easier of coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez . They cooperated before he toke over Wisla Can-Pack.



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Celje ends Kranjska Gora's 33-game winning streak, lead final series 1-0 - by Zeljko Zule
Celje ended the fifth-longest winning streak in league history tonight by knocking off Kranjska Gora 74-69 in the overtime of Game 1 of the 2011 Finals. Kranjska Gora suffered their first setback in almost one year and had their remarkable winning streak snapped at 33 games.
Celje went on a 19-1 run in the second quarter to go ahead 40-22 and led 60-54 with 2:08 remaining. Natasa Radulovic hit two-straight 3-pointers to tie the game at 60 and send it into overtime. After tying at 65 with 2:09 remaining, Maaike Klein (177-G-90) scored the last 9 points for Celje. Tjasa Gortnar finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds, Ana Turcinovic had 14 points and 19 rebounds, Monika Bosilj scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds and Nika Baric posted 8 points on shooting 3-of-13 from the field before she fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
Natasa Radulovic scored game-high 24 points including five 3-pointers for Kranjska Gora, Eva Komplet contributed 20 points and 7 reboudns and Teja Oblak had 16 points on shooting miserable 2-of-15 from the field, 6 rebounds and 12 assists.
Finals Game 1:
Kranjska Gora-Celje 69-74 OT (Oblak 16+6 rbs+12 as, Nelc, Komplet 20+7 rbs, Radulovic 24, Lumpet, Bilic 2, Osterman 2, Trebec 5 Turcinovic 14+19 rbs, Abramovic 2, Baric 8, Jagodic 6, Bosilj 14, Klein 9, Gortnar 21+7 rbs).
Game 2 will be played on Friday in Celje.



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Galatasaray officially signs Alba Torrens to 2+1 year deal - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Alba Torrens (184-F-89) officially became a new member of Galatasaray. The Spanish star signed a two-year deal with option for 2013/14 season. Few days ago Torrens finished wonderful season with her Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca. He paced her team to four trophies (Euroleague, Spanish LFP, Spanish Cup and Spanish Supercup). Torrens appeared 16 times in Euroleague this season averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In Spanish league, she added 12.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2 apg for 30 games. For her performance Torrens was awarded with Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team -11 and Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -11.
Alba Torrens joined Perfumerias in 2009 from Real Celta Vigo. She played for the Vigo team few years. Two years ago she was selected in third round of the WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. Torrens played for U18, U19 and U20 Spanish National Team in the past and won few medals with them, including U18 EuroBasket Gold in 2006.


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Richardson High School Player of the Year - by David Edole
ST. CROIX--- This has been the most interesting girls basketball season I have ever seen. Central High came out like gang busters and Charlotte Amalie made a late run. So who do I choose as player of the year? Even my voters had no idea, it was an even draw and they left me with the deciding vote. After some deliberation I had to go with Te'Andra Richardson as the Virgin Islands High School basketball player of the year. Richardson exploded for a game-high 24 points to lift the Lady Hawks to a 55-46 victory in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational Basketball Tournament and was named MVP of the Antilles Basketball Jam in March. The 6-foot forward recently committed to Panola College in Cartage, Texas. Joining Richardson on the first team is a pair of Central High Lady Caribs. Melanesiah Hendricks and Lanese Bough (168-G-93) was the engine that had Central in the talk as territorial champs. Hendricks came out big as she had 13 points in a 35-32 win over Charlotte Amalie in the MLK but had 26 points in a win over the Hawks that sticks out. The 5-foot-2 guard was dropping three pointers like rain and was named MVP of the central High tournament. Most of Hendricksons scoring came by way of Lanese Bough. Bough was by far and away the top assist woman in the territory. The 5-foot-8 guard is a stat sheet stuffer. She had eight points, eight steals, six assists and five rebounds on her way to being named MVP of Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic.
Akia 'Mookie' Frett, a freshman, is the reason Eudora Kean has become a feared team in the Virgin Islands. Frett scored a career high 27 points in a loss to the Hawks and 23 points to lead the Lady Devil Rays in a 67-8 victory over All Saints. Frett is more than a scorer and was scheduled to attend Piney Woods in Mississippi. Rounding out the starting unit is Sakile Brathwaite- Hall. Braithewate-Hall scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Antilles to a 41-28 win over Eudora Kean High in a St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity game. She also had 14 in a, 37-34 loss to the Hawks. The 6-foot-forward also had a 17 rebound game at Carib Invitational.
Big Edidiong Utibe smashes her way to the second team. She had the game of her young life in the All Star game when she put up 14 points and 19 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 post is brutal in the paint. She really loves contact. Seniors Neandra Auguste and Veronnique Llanos are Educational Complex additions to the team. Auguste had one game that really stood out in my mind; it was 25 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Charlotte Amalie. Llanos brought consistency to the Lady Barras. Shaniqua Wheatley is the second Lady Hawk to be honored. The 5-foot-8 guard was outstanding during the Carib Invitational Tournament and put up 14 points per game. Last but not least is Kadesha Barry. The lefty was Central Highs third leading scorer and second in steals and assists. She had eight points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists in Centrals lost to Charlotte Amalie at the MLK.

All V.I. First Team
F 6-0 TeAndra Richardson, Senior, Charlotte Amalie
F 6-0 Sakile Brathwaite-Hall, Senior, Antilles
G 5-8 Lanese Bough, Senior, Central High
G 5-2 Melanesiah Hendrickson, Senior, Central High
G 5-4 Akia Frett, Freshman, Eudora Kean

All V.I. Second Team
F 5-10 Neandra Auguste, Senior, Educational Complex
F 5-8 Veronique Llanos, Senior, Educational Complex
C 6-2 Edidiong Utibe, Sophomore, Antilles
G 5-8 Shaniqua Wheatley, Junior, Charlotte Amalie
G 5-7 Kadesha Barry, Sophomore, Central High

Honorable Mention: Chales Martin (Antilles), Elsia Williams (Antilles), Alanah George (Eudora Kean), Asheila Ettiene (Eudora Kean), Jeniya Toussaint (Eudora Kean), Johvanna John (Central), Julissa Thomas (Educational Complex), Merissa Murphy (Charlotte Amalie), Kayshauna Williams (Charlotte Amalie), Jerusha Corbett (Charlotte Amalie), Kelssy Trass (Charlotte Amalie), Rhea Simon (All Saints), Chavante Marsh (All Saints), Viniqua David (Gifft School),

AWARDS
The Individual Awards was voted by five people who are some of the biggest basketball fans in the territory. Two are from St. Croix and St. Thomas and the other is a transplant from the United States. Each person had a vote and the player with the most votes received the award.

Tajama Abraham-Ngonba Player of the Year Award: Melanesiah Hendrickson, Central
Comment: Hendricks was Central Highs leading scorer in almost every game.

LaKeisha Frett Defensive Player of the Year Award: Lanese Bough, Central
Comment: The best on the ball defender in the territory.

Tombi Bell Lead Guard Award: Lanese Bough, Central
Comment: Led the league in assists.

Martha Bodley Shot Blocking Award: Kelssy Trass, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Loves to stalk opponents from behind.

Natasha Roxie Lettsome Rebounding Award: Edidiong Utibe, Antilles
Comment: Had 19 rebounds in an all star game. She was close to twenty rebounds four times.

Shaquana Wilkins Shooting Award: Melanesiah Hendrickson, Central
Comment: The stroke is as pure as they come.

Stephanie Piedy Williams Scoring Award: TeAndra Richardson, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Can score it from deep, mid range, post and drive.

Lynn Liburd Most Versatile Player Award: Lanese Bough, Central
Comment: Can pass it, steal it and shoot it,

Yanique Javois Sixth Man Award: Kayshauna Williams, Charlotte Amalie
Comment: Can replace any of the starters and can stroke from deep.

Budd Hazard Coach of the Year Award: Akil Lewis, Eudora Kean
Comment: Has Eudora Kean headed in the right direction.

Vanise Frazier Territory Champs: Central High
Comment: Central High won both games against Charlotte Amalie the Central Tournament and split at the MLK tourney.



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Craig leads Tabare to beat Capitol for the Metro league - by Hector Lopez
Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) netted 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds leading Tabare to beat Capitol 88-77, in the only game finished fort the 7th round of the Metro league. Also for Tabare Andres Ferres (197-F-85) scored 25 poins. For Capitol Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added 4 blocks. The game Goes-Urunday was postponed after a board was broken with 4 minutes still tpo be played for the second quarter. Goes was winning 28-27

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Tucson Wins West Coast Preseason Showdown - by Willie McCray
Las Vegas, NV

The Tucson Sol managed to go undefeated (3-0) and claim the #1 spot in the 1st annual West Coast Preseason Showcase. The Sol outlasted the feisty SoCal Mayhem and pulled-off 2 impressive 2nd half runs to come from behind and defeat The Nevada Dynasty and The US Armed Forces.

In the race for 2nd place, it came down to the Nevada Dynasty and the US Armed Forces. Both teams battled fiercely from tip-off and staged a tug-of-war, as the two complied slew of led changes. The US Armed Forces held on to win in Overtime against a very talented Nevada Dynasty.


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Okla WNBA team trades Robinson for draft picks - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock has acquired the San Antonio Silver Stars' second- and third-round WNBA draft picks for 2012 in exchange for guard Scholanda Robinson (5'10''-G-83, college: LSU).

Officials said Monday that Robinson appeared in all 34 games for the Shock last year. She averaged 11.9 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Robinson is entering her sixth season in the WNBA.

Tulsa is in the league's Western Conference, along with the Seattle Storm, Los Angeles Sparks, Phoenix Mercury, the Silver Stars and Minnesota Lynx.

The Shock will take on Seattle Storm, who won the WNBA title last year, in a May 29 preseason game.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com