EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/5/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Maccabi Tel-Aviv close to re-joining Adriatic League - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv is set to re-join Adriatic League. The Israeli powerhouse has reportedly reached preliminary agreement with the league to participate in 2011/12 season. Maccabi has already played in Adriatic League. The team took part in 2002/03 season and reached Final. They lost to Zadar in the championship game that season. The deal between the league and Maccabi can be officiated in the upcoming days.


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  ANGOLA   


Michel Gomez appointed National Team head coach - by Eurobasket News
Michel Gomez is the new Angolan National Team head coach. He has been presented during the press-conference in Luanda by the basketball federation. The French specialist will succeed Luis Magalhaes at the position. Michel Gomez are given the task to retain AfroBasket title as well as to qualify for 2012 Olympic Games in London. Michel Gomez last worked with U20 French National Team in 2007. The 59-year-old specialist also worked with French NT, Le Havre, Antibes, Limoges, Pau-Orthez and PAOK Thessaloniki.


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  AUSTRALIA   


SEABL: Miners bounce back in D-League - by Eurobasket News
BALLARAT sent its rivals a loud message with two quality wins in the South East Australian Basketball League D-league at the weekend.
The Miners defeated Dandenong and arch-rival Bendigo to get on the board after three straight defeats.

Ballarat set up a 20-point victory over Dandenong with a 26-11 opening quarter on Saturday night.

Stefan Osborne (182-G-92) had a game-high 26 points, with four triples, while Corey Collier was also a major contributor with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

On Sunday, Ballarat had to come well back to get the better of the Braves.

The D-league Miners struggled early as Bendigo led by 11 points by quarter time before some clutch shooting by Liam Glascott and Osborne closed the gap.

Ballarat eventually hit top gear and with a 24-point last term, it took the honours 75-63.

Glascott was the pick of the scorers with 17. Osborne chipped in with 13.

Head coach Grant Spencer was relieved to complete the double.

Its great to get a few wins and gain some momentum leading into the next phase of the season.

We still have plenty to work on, but were improving with each game.

Thats all I can ask of the group, Spencer said.

Prue Scott was again the star for an undersized D-league Rush.

Ballarat hoped to run Dandenong off their legs on Saturday night, but the sheer size of the home team was too much, and it took the points 90-63.

Scott shot 26 points.

She again led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds as Ballarat defeated Bendigo 53-48.

The win lifts Rush to fifth.
Courtesy of: thecourier.com.au


Abercrombie ponders NBL future - by Eurobasket News
Just days after leading New Zealand to their historic maiden win in the iiNet National Basketball League Championship with a Grand Final Series MVP performance, Breakers star Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) says he will decide whether to return to help his team defend their title or play professionally overseas in the next few weeks.

Abercrombie, who won the Larry Sengstock Medal as the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 iiNet NBL Grand Final Series following the Breakers 2-1 series win over the Cairns Taipans on Friday, told fans and in a live chat on the stuff.co.nz website that he would take the next few weeks to map out his playing future.

The typically shy and reserved Abercrombie was a little embarrassed at the attention but admitted that like any basketballer, the NBA is the ultimate dream but that he is a long way off that call up just yet.

If an NBA team wants me, it's pretty hard to turn that down, Abercrombie said in the chat. That's something I'll have to think about over the next couple of weeks. Sorry, I can't reveal any more.

Abercrombie is one of the NBLs most spectacular athletes and a player very much on the radar of clubs in the US and Europe following an impressive campaign with the New Zealand national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

The 198cm swingman readily admits that playing in the American NBA has always been his aim.

'Yes, that is the ultimate goal. I have a lot of work to do if I want to get to that point.'

'That has always been a dream of mine.'

Abercrombie denied rumours that the talent-laden Miami Heat, with its trio of superstars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, had expressed an interest in him.

'I wish! I would love to be catching some oops from Dwade', he said, before noting that his favourite NBA team was the Indiana Pacers and he idolised their sharpshooting guard Reggie Miller when growing up. His preference however would be to join forces with Kobe Bryant at the LA Lakers.

'When it comes to NBA, I'm not fussy', he laughed. 'I'll sign for anyone. But if I had to choose one team, it'd be the Lakers.'

New Zealand fans who may have been worried that Abercrombie might be targeted by rival NBL teams in the off-season if his NBA dream doesnt pan out neednt worry however as the uber-athlete is locked in to a contract with the Breakers until the end of the 2012/13 season.

I'll either be back with the Breakers or playing overseas, he said during the chat. It's hard to imagine playing for any other NBL club.

Courtesy of


Country rivals face crucial clash (Round Eight MSBL Preview) - by Eurobasket News
Heated rivals SKILLED Goldfields Giants and Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers face a vital clash in round eight action of the men's State Basketball League.

The two regional sides meet in Kalgoorlie on Saturday, with the Giants looking to consolidate their top four spot with their fourth straight win, while the Buccaneers will be hoping to climb into top eight and improve to a 5-5 record.

Geraldton guard Michael Lay (175-G-83, college: Concordia, OR) has averaged 21.7 points per game and will have to play a big role to lead side to victory, while Matthew Rosinski (188-G-87, college: Regis Univ.), who has averaged 24.7 points per game for the season, will be the key player for the Giants.

The Midwest side also faces a difficult clash in Perth on Friday against ATD Stirling Senators, who will also be looking to climb into the top eight with a win.

Stirling also meets Mandurah Magic, who need to get on a good run of form to resurrect their finals hopes. Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks have won four of their last five but face a nightmare doubleheader with games against Lakeside Lightning and Wanneroo Wolves.

The Lightning moved into top spot with a pair of wins last weekend but should be tested by the in-form Hawks, while Wanneroo will be looking to consolidate its top four spot.

The Wolves are also up against an out-of-form Perth Redbacks side, which has fallen to seventh spot with losses from four of their past five.

Rockingham Flames have suffered four straight losses and face a tough doubleheader as they try to bounce back against Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers and Cockburn Cougars.

The Cougars lost their grip on top spot with losses in two of their last three, while Willetton has struggled for consistency and sits in sixth spot.

The Tigers also meet Australian Central East Perth Eagles, who have lost two straight and sit in 11th spot.

Southwest Slammers are still without a win this season and face a pair of tough games against Cockburn and Kalamunda Eastern Suns, who got their finals hopes back on track with two upset wins in round seven.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL



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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 13-2 
 2. Al Manama 13-2 
 3. Al Ahli 11-4 
 4. Al Hala 8-7 
 5. Issa Town 7-8 
 6. Nuwaidrat 6-9 
 7. Sitra 6-9 
 8. Al Ittihad 4-13 


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  BRAZIL   


Assis Basket start to change their team - by Paulo Freire
The Assis Basket team failed to qualify for the 2010-2011 NBB playoffs.
The director board of the club is already thinking for the next season, and they have already started hiring some new players.
After a disappointing season the team fired their head coach Carlao, the Carlos Alberto Rodrigues and hired a new head coach, Te Barbosa who was working in Sorocaba team as an Coach Assistant.

The first sign player of the Assis team for next season is an old dream of the managers. The smallforward
Guilherme Alves (191-G/F-83) first negotiated with Assis Basket for the 2010 Paulista State, but did not come with an aggrement, and now finely he is coming to the city where he have family and friends. Playing for Vitoria this season in the NBB3, Guilherme averaged 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists.

The second signing of the team is
Rafael Fernandes (85) more knwing as, Castellon, who is 26 years old and played the current edition of the NBB for Bauru after making a good Paulista State Championship by Sao Bernardo in 2010. The hiring of Castellon is not justified by the numbers of his offensive production, 10 minutes per game, 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 23 games playing for the Bauru team. He has been hired because is recognized as a good defender.

The shootinguard
Ricardo Giannecchini (184-G-81) has renewed his contract with the Assis Basket for one more season. The rumored is that the next two players that are close to get a contract with Assis Basket may be point guard Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa) that already played for Assis and center Thiago Labbate (208-C-83)


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 (198-F-89, college: Snow CC) , 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.


Nene may opt out of contract with Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
On the table in front of Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) are two choices: Take the last year of his contract, which would keep him with the Nuggets, or opt out of his contract, which could make him a former member of the Nuggets.

While no final decision has been made, Nene said Monday he is strongly considering opting out of the final season of his six-year, $60 million contract, which would pay him $12 million, and testing the free-agent market.

After nine seasons in the NBA, Nene has full control of his future and it could take hard work for the Nuggets to make him happy enough to return.

'I've been here for nine years,' said Nene, 28. 'If that doesn't work how you want it, you need to sit down and evaluate everything and see what you can do.'

The overarching issues in this situation are his level of happiness with the Nuggets and, ultimately, his value on the open market.

Players similar to him - Utah's Al Jefferson, Chicago's Carlos Boozer and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge - will make $11 million to $14 million next season. The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement will have the final say about what the market can offer Nene, but he stands to command big dollars.

Nuggets executives Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke have said they want Nene back, but will have to ask themselves how high they want to go.

But it's not all about the next contract for Nene. There is a large component of appreciation that Nene says is missing, and that's proving to be equally as important as the dollars.

'If I play happy, if I enjoy the game, my game improves,' Nene said. 'I did my best for the team, for the city. I tried to do my best for the fans. But the (Nuggets) need to understand you need to see the return on the other side, or you need to look for it. You need to look for it sometimes.

'They don't realize all of the sacrifices I made. When you don't feel appreciated, it's hard.'

During his career in Denver, Nene has had to battle back from major injuries and ailments: a torn ACL in his right knee in the 2005-06 season opener, a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb in November 2007 and a bout with testicular cancer in January 2008.

Nene made it through and has been a durable player the past three seasons, playing no fewer than 75 games.

This season, Nene set a career high in field-goal percentage (.615). The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil was near career highs in points (averaging 14.5), free-throw percentage (.711) and rebounds (averaging 7.6).

'I'm very professional. I do my best and I want the team to do their best too look good, have the best players they can have, be smart,' Nene said.

And he intends to continue operating in that fashion whether it's with the Nuggets or another team.

'Nine years you give your best to represent the Denver Nuggets name,' Nene said. 'There's not many players that take that seriously, that name. I did because I want to be here. I want to retire here. But God says you know your present, but your future is in his hands.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the NBL Quarterfinals are just completed. Lukoil Academik and Levski managed to beat their rivals at home, while Cherno More and Tundja celebrated road wins. Second games are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The series is best-of-three. Lukoil Academik was the regular season champion and they are defending champions as well.


Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 85-91 (0-1)
Rilski Sportist was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rilski Sportist was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: A.Radojevic 15+10reb, V.Mijovic 14+5reb+5ast, B.Boev 12+1reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 12+1reb+4ast, I.Lilov 10+3reb+7ast, A.Gruev 10+3reb+2ast
Cherno More: A.Yanev 19+7reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 19+3reb+3ast, T.Zhelev 16+4reb+3ast, M.Borisov 13+5reb+1ast, N.Kolev 11+2reb+3ast, V.Kyosev 5+2reb


gschID: 127866


Levski - Spartak 88-82 OT (1-0)
Spartak was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-23 charge of Levski, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-3. Levski dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak's 32 and made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Spartak 47-33 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spartak was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) scored 17 points. Four Spartak players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 24+6reb+4ast, I.Stankov 17+3reb+2ast, N.Traykov 12+5reb, S.Tsenov 10+7reb, A.Dyakovski 7+4ast, T.Ostrev 6+7reb+6ast
Levski: S.Georgiev 22+8reb+2ast, A.Harper 20+9reb+2ast, D.Cole 10+5reb, A.Velikov 9+7reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 127863


Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets 114-50 (1-0)
The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chernomorets to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 32. Lukoil Academik forced 30 Chernomorets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Chernomorets' players. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, college: High School, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Asen Saraliyski (199-84) responded with 16 points and the former international guard Vladimir Marinov (188-85) scored 10 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: A.Saraliyski 16+4reb+1ast, V.Marinov 10+2reb+4ast, J.Neuhaus 6+4reb, A.Penev 6+2reb+1ast, K.Koev 4+6reb, I.Slavchev 4+1ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Sundov 21+5reb, D.Green 19+2reb+5ast, V.Veselinov 16+7reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 14+5reb+5ast, L.Mack 13+4reb, B.Avramov 12+3reb+6ast
gschID: 127864


Balkan - Tundja 63-65 (1-0)
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-13. But Balkan won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Pavel Marinov (197-88, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Tundja players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dwayne Morton (200-71, college: Louisville) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Balkan: G.Davidov 22+9reb+2ast, D.Morton 10+13reb+3ast, I.Vuchkov 8+3reb+1ast, L.Lilov 7+2reb+2ast, D.Filipov 5+5reb+3ast, J.Bozov 4+3reb+2ast
Tundja: P.Marinov 16+5reb+2ast, J.Radionov 12+2reb, S.Govedarov 10+4reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 10+11reb+1ast, M.Durchev 5+2reb+2ast, D.Sattler 4+1reb
gschID: 127865




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Cherno.
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 2. Harper, Levski23.1 
 3. Lilov, Rilski S.21.4 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.2 
 5. Naydenov, Chernom.16.8 
 6. Bozov, Balkan16.1 
 7. Davidov, Balkan16.0 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.3 
 9. Lauderdale, Levski14.9 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Cherno.
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja10.6 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.3 
 4. Todorov, Spartak7.5 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski7.3 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.1 
 7. Georgiev, Levski6.9 
 8. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.7 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.2 
 3. Dyakovski, Spartak4.1 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.0 
 5. Bozov, Balkan4.0 
 6. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja3.8 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S.3.4 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S.3.3 
 10. Zahariev, Chernom.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.1 
 4. Radionov, Tundja1.9 
 5. Bozov, Balkan1.9 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.9 
 7. Stojanovski, Lukoi.1.6 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Dimitrov, Spartak1.6 
 10. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Cherno.
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.2 
 3. Radojevic, Rilski1.0 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 5. Lauderdale, Levski0.9 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Cole, Levski0.7 
 8. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.7 
 9. Petkov, Tundja0.6 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


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  CANADA   


Rainmen owner will have plan in place by mid-May - by Eurobasket News
The group hoping to launch a new Canadian minor professional basketball league has targeted May 12 for a decision on whether it will move forward.

Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said yesterday he will remain in Ontario this week to explore potential franchises that could join a new circuit with the Rainmen, Saint John Mill Rats and Quebec Kebs.

The Rainmen, Mill Rats and Kebs dropped out of the Premier Basketball League last month.

Wed like to have our plan in place (on May 12) and announce what were doing, said Levingston, who hasnt ruled out the possibility of joining an existing league if things dont pan out.

Levingston and Mill Rats president Ian McCarthy visited London, Ont., last week and have met with representatives from a number of other cities.

The group has said it needs a minimum of five teams to make a new league work. Moncton, N.B., is also being considered.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Barrett Sefton clinch bronze abroad - by Eurobasket News
Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan) clinch bronze abroad as his KTP beat Korihait 96-72 in the series for the third place. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KTP-Basket forced 20 UU-Korihait turnovers. Strangely UU-Korihait outrebounded KTP-Basket 46-33 including 20 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian forward Sefton Barrett who helped to win the game recording 24 points. American forward Jerald Fields contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. KTP-Basket's coach Lars Ekstrom felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward James Reaves answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Wright added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for UU-Korihait. Five KTP-Basket and four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures.
Canadian Forward averaged 19.5 points per game and had 6.1 rebounds.



Energy finalizing roster - by Eurobasket News
The round ball season has come around once again for the Edmonton Energy.

With the 2011 season set to tip off for Edmonton's professional basketball team in Albany, N.Y., on May 13, the squad is hitting the practice floor to finalize its roster.

'We'll travel with 10 or 11', said Energy head coach Skouson Harker, who has taken over duties from Paul Sir. 'Right now, we've signed 10 players to contracts. We've got a few more coming in yet early this week. We may add a player, we dont know yet. But were busy with preparation now.'

'We believe in the guys that we have recruited. We believe in the guys that have came back like Lee Scruggs (211-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown), Rashaun Broadus (182-G-84, college: BYU), Andrew Parker and Troy Gottselig (203-G-87). We're counting on those guys to kind of keep things going in the same direction that coach Sir had the franchise going in as far as on-court performance.'

To help with continuity in Harkers transition behind the bench, the Energy brought back former assistant coach Peter Sambu, who was named 2010-11 ACAC North Division coach of the year with the Lakeland Rustlers. Sambu was originally with the Energy in 2009.

The coaches first priority now is finding a way to incorporate the strengths of some new faces into the existing Energy framework.

Were going to have quite a few new players this year, Harker said. As a coaching staff, one thing we really have been looking at is the pieces we do have and how we can incorporate that. As a coach, Ive always really tried to look at the strengths of the team and build around those.

Some of those new weapons include six-foot-nine power forward Casey Crawford, who comes to Edmonton from the England Basketball League, as well as the Premier Basketball Leagues 2010-11 player of the year, Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) a six-and-a-half-foot small forward who is coming over from the Quebec Kebs.

With all the talent being flown in this season, the Energy arent about to forget the roots from which the franchise sprouted in 2008 locally developed players.

While their is a new head coach in Harker, and a new general manager in Rick Stanley, the team is still intent on finding a local flavour.

We really want to make that a focus. Thats a big goal of ours, said Harker, who held an open tryout last weekend where a number of young athletes caught his eye for a shot at cracking future Energy rosters. We identified some good talent there, especially from the city, who could be potential professional players.
With the Energy set to move into the newly constructed Go Centre following this season, Harker said the facility, located on the U of As south campus, can only benefit basketballs popularity among players and fans alike.

Thats really important for the city, Harker said. I think, in continuing to develop the talent within Edmonton.

Following a three-game road series against the 2010 IBL champion Albany Legends next week, the Energy will hold their home-opening series against the 2010 runner-up

Bellingham Slam at the U of A Main Gym beginning May 20.

Courtesy of www.edmontonsun.com


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 10-1 
 2. KK Zagreb CO 9-2 
 3. Zadar 8-3 
 4. KK Split 5-6 
 5. Cibona 5-6 
 6. Borik 4-7 
 7. Alkar Sinj 3-8 
 8. Zabok 0-10 
Group B
 1. Darda 6-4 
 2. Svjetlost 6-4 
 3. Dubrava 6-4 
 4. Dubrovnik 4-6 
 5. Kvarner 2010 4-6 
 6. Trogir 4-6 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner .
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar21.3 
 3. Zitko, Trogir20.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.1 
 5. Zoric, KK.18.2 
 6. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 7. Bakovic, Darda17.5 
 8. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 9. Saric, Dubrava17.4 
 10. Simon, KK.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  Dubrava
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Saric, Dubrava9.8 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.9 
 4. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.4 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.1 
 6. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 7. Brown, Zadar7.0 
 8. Zoric, KK.7.0 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar6.5 
 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, Zadar4.5 
 4. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 8. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 9. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Renfroe, KK.2.8 
 2. Car, Zadar2.4 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 4. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.0 
 5. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 6. Brown, Zadar1.9 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.9 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Petani, Borik1.7 
 10. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK.
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zoric, KK.1.7 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.1 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Vladovic, Trogir0.9 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlo.0.9 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.8 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NH Ostrava Embarrassed in Game Three by BK Decin 89-46 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Game three of their quarterfinal matchup took place last night in Decin, as the hosts exacted their 'pound of flesh' and more against Ostrava, dominating from start-to-finish en route to an 89-46 victory. Decin dominated every aspect of the game, only days after dropping game two of the best of five series in Ostrava 71-86. Last night was a different story as Ostrava showed no fight throughout the night, managing just single digits (9, 5) in the first and fourth quarters. Management, Head Coach Zdenek Hummel , and the entire roster need to re-evaluate their commitment to winning this series, or their play-off ride will end on Friday night at home. The players did not change in three days, only the strategy and effort can be questioned. For the night Decin shot 53.1% from 2FG and an astonishing 10-18 (55.5%) from three. Five players scored in double figures, led by veteran guard Levell Sanders (189-G-75, college: Seton Hall) who scored a game-high 16. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) also dominated inside the paint, collecting a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.
Ostrava was pathetic in every category, shooting under 30% collectively from the field while committing 24 turnovers and being outrebounded 42-25.
Game four will be on Friday night in Ostrava at 17:30, where Ostrava will try to block out this debacle and re-group in order to save their season. The winner of this series will go on to face the winner of Nymburk and Praha, which will most likely be decided tonight as the reigning champs are up 2-0 and will be at home for game three.
DECIN: Levell Sanders (16pts), Pavel Houska (15pts+10reb), William Hatcher (14pts+5ast), Tomas Pomikalek (13pts+6reb)
OSTRAVA: Marek Stuchly (196-F-75) (11pts), Andrew Spagrud (7pts), Dwight Burke (4pts+6reb), Adam Ciz (5pts)



NBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice - Novy Jicin 76-87

The game was mostly controlled by Novy Jicin. BK Pardubice managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
gschID: 127905


BK Prostejov - B&W Opava 72-81

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BK Prostejov won third quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B&W Opava made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Slovakian guard Marek Stec (193-80, college: Jacksonville JC) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four B&W Opava players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) with 22 points and Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 21+5reb+1ast, M.Stec 13+10reb, O.Dygryn 12+6reb+1ast, J.Sirina 12+1ast, M.Carnecky 6+2reb+5ast, B.Brlit 5+2reb+2ast
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 22+3reb+3ast, K.Landry 13+6reb+1ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 9+9reb+1ast, J.Prasil 9+2reb+2ast, A.Slezas 7, E.Lawrence 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 127902


BK Decin - NH Ostrava 89-46

The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. NH Ostrava managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 20. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 42-25 including 26 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for BK Decin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by NH Ostrava's players. It was a quality performance for international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Five BK Decin players scored in double figures. Forward Marek Stuchly (196-75) came up with 11 points and guard Jan Stehlik (182-86) added 4 points respectively for NH Ostrava in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Sanders 16+4reb+4ast, P.Houska 15+10reb+3ast, W.Hatcher 14+3reb+5ast, T.Pomikalek 13+6reb+3ast, A.Alic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Soukup 8+6reb
NH Ostrava: M.Stuchly 11+2reb+2ast, A.Spagrud 7+1reb+1ast, A.Ciz 5+2reb+1ast, F.Zbranek 4+1reb, C.Trybanski 4+6reb, D.Burke 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 127903


CEZ Nymburk - USK Praha 82-58

The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and Bosnian-Slovenian center Milan Bjegovic (211-81, agency: Promotex) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 16+10reb+2ast, M.Kremen 15+2reb+1ast, P.Slezak 14+2reb+2ast, L.Sokolovsky 8+2reb, A.Nissim 8+2reb+1ast, P.Benda 6+6reb
USK Praha: M.Klimes 10+11reb, J.Slavik 9+2reb, M.Bjegovic 8+5reb, M.Stastny 8+1reb+2ast, L.Kotas 8+3reb+1ast, L.Moravec 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 127904




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.15.4 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.4 
 6. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava14.0 
 8. Kotas, USK Praha13.7 
 9. Burke, NH Ostrava13.6 
 10. Field, BC Kolin13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbo.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin8.5 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.8.4 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava7.8 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.5 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov7.0 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 10. Klimes, USK Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.0 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.6 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.4 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Channels, Novy Jic.2.8 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 4. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.7 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.7 
 7. Channels, Novy Jic.1.4 
 8. Landry, BK Prost.1.4 
 9. Gajdosik, Basket.1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Os.
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.8 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.7 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.7 


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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round 1 of Finals. Kalev/Cramo celebrate first win - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Rakvere - TTU/Kalev 70-67

Rakvere prevailed against TTU/Kalev in the Bronze medals series opener. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-14. But TTU/Kalev won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BC Rakvere won last quarter 17-16. Strangely TTU/Kalev outrebounded BC Rakvere 47-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) chipped in 18 points. Hall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: I.Timermanis 24+10reb, M.Hall 18+4reb, J.Vahter 10+5reb, M.Dorbek 6+3reb+3ast, V.Viljar 4+5reb, R.Vaikulis 4+1reb+2ast
TTU/Kalev: B.Osby 24+13reb, A.Parn 11+9reb, M.Klementsov 9+4reb+2ast, E.Keedus 5+2reb, C.Archibald 5+4reb+3ast, V.Kriisa 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 127790


FINAL
Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 75-51

Kalev/Cramo stormed past TU/Rock in the second half and celebrated a well-deserved win in the championship series first clash. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American center Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) nailed 8 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for TU/Rock in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 14+6reb+1ast, A.Skele 13+2reb+1ast, J.Toome 10+4reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 10+4reb+3ast, M.Dunigan 8+13reb, G.Arbet 5+2reb+2ast
TU/Rock: C.Eziukwu 13+7reb, V.Allingu 12+7reb, S.Leppik 8+1reb+2ast, A.Paade 8+3reb, S.Sokk 7+3reb+2ast, M.Doronin 3+6reb
gschID: 127791




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/Rock8.2 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.8 
 9. Timermanis, Rakve.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. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.3.2 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere3.0 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.7 
 8. Winston, Va.2.6 
 9. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 10. Oja, Va.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Laane, Rapla2.5 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 3. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.1.8 
 9. Veideman, 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. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 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 


Kalev Cramo defeats Tartu Rock 75-51 - by Julius Johnson
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn defended their home court in Game 1 of the finals by defeating Tartu Ulikool/Rock 75-51.

Rait Keerles (201-F-80) led Kalev with 14 points, while Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) dominated the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds.

Dunigan's early foul trouble briefly opened the door for Tartu Ulikool/Rock, who was led by Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

The story of the game was Tartu Ulikool/Rock's poor shooting, hitting ony 1 of 18 from 3 point range.

Game 2 will be in Tallinn on May 7.




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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: The Panther Trophy stays in Tampere - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Finals, Game # 5: The Panther Trophy stays in Tampere. Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) is also The Champion 2010-11. Pyrinto defeated Kataja (Joensuu) in the fifth and last Final contest 80-57 (33-14). Quarters: 11-4, 22-10, 24-26, 23-17. The Game MVP was Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), who scored game high 19 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, gave eight assists and blocked four shots! Last Monday D.Williams was very upset in Joensuu, but tonight Damon was all smile - at least after the game: 'This was a great season. We believed in eachother and the Fans helped us all season long', said a happy man, when Pyrinto had won the second Finnish Championship.
It was a contest between two nervous teams - at the beginning. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) (Kataja) scored 0-2 for the visitors (3:10) and the hosts (Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso)) tied 2-2 after 4:13 minutes game. So long the home team fans had to watch the Final - standing. But then started the 'DW' and Pyrinto show. Pyrinto's team defense was very tough and Kataja scored the fewest points ever in the finals: four (4) points during the opening quarter and 14 points during the first half! Pyrinto was finally better in everything. Both teams won the home games in the Finals. Pyrinto keeping the home court advantage to the end. Gold - Pyrinto (Tampere), Silver - Kataja (Joensuu) (silver # 4), Bronze - KTP (Kotka).
Kataja's Head Coach Jukka Toijala admitted they never got into their own level tonight: 'The better team won'. Pyrinto's captain Antero Lehto (184-G-84) instead got finally on his own level: 'This was a top game. And it was a high time to get personally on top level as well', answered Lehto. Head Coach Pieti Poikola has been coaching Pyrinto now three seasons. The Team is getting better all the time. 2008-09 record 27-25, last season record 43-14 (Championship # 1) and now record 44-9 (Championship # 2). Poikola was very satisfied after the contest: 'We are the best Team of Korisliiga. Our defense cannot hardly be better than tonight'!
Pyrinto - Kataja 80-57 (33-14). (Damon Williams 19/16/8a/4b, Antero Lehto 17, Antwine Williams 13/9. 1 - 67% (10/15), 2 - 48% (23/48), 3 - 44% (8/18). R: 33+17=50. TO: 16. - Jason Conley 13, Sami Lehtoranta 9, Petri Virtanen 8. 1 - 86% (6/7), 2 - 35% (15/43), 3 - 30% (7/23). R: 19+10=29. TO: 15). Pyrinto - Kataja 3-2.



Tampereen Pyrinto won Korisliiga Finals - by Eurobasket News
Tampereen Pyrinto won Korisliiga Finals beating Kataje 3-2 in the series after 80:57 in the decisive game.



Pyrinto - Kataja 80-57

The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Joensuun Kataja managed to win third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Joensuun Kataja to just 4 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 48-25 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 13 points and power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) added 4 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Joensuun Kataja. 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:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 19+16reb+8ast, A.Lehto 17+2reb+1ast, A.Williams 13+9reb+3ast, J.Niemi 8+3reb, K.Lowe 6+5reb, O.Ahvenniemi 6+5reb
Kataja: J.Conley 13+3reb+3ast, S.Lehtoranta 9+4reb, P.Virtanen 8+2reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 6+1reb+1ast, J.Newson 6+5reb, A.Kanervo 4+1reb


gschID: 127991




Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.9 
 2. Wilson, Honka21.8 
 3. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.5 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Barrett, KTP19.5 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo19.4 
 8. Walker, Kouvot19.4 
 9. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 10. Baxley, Karhu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lah.9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.9 
 6. Young, Tarmo9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.0 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.0 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNM.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.8 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.8 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lah.4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 5. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 7. Fields, KTP3.6 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 10. Wilson, Honka3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.7 
 7. Lewis, LrNM.1.6 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Korihait1.6 
 10. Newson, Kataja1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.8 
 2. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Hendley, Namika La.0.7 
 6. Heinonen, Korihait0.6 
 7. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 8. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lah.0.6 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 22-7 
 2. Chalon 20-9 
 3. Gravelines 20-9 
 4. Nancy 20-9 
 5. Roanne 18-11 
 6. ASVEL 17-12 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 15-14 
 8. Le Mans 14-15 
 9. Orleans 12-17 
 10. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 12-17 
 11. Strasbourg 11-18 
 12. Le Havre 11-18 
 13. Poitierarleys 11-18 
 14. Paris-Levallois 11-18 
 15. Vichy 10-19 
 16. Limoges 8-21 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 24-8 
 2. Dijon 21-11 
 3. Rouen 20-12 
 4. Fos Ouest 19-13 
 5. Evreux 18-14 
 6. Boulogne 18-14 
 7. Maurienne 17-15 
 8. Le Portel 17-15 
 9. Bourg 17-15 
 10. Chalons-Reims 17-15 
 11. Boulazac 16-16 
 12. Nantes 16-16 
 13. Quimper 14-18 
 14. Antibes 13-19 
 15. Lille 13-19 
 16. St Vallier 12-20 
 17. Clermont 10-22 
 18. Charleville 6-26 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.6 
 2. Jefferson, AS.18.5 
 3. Mejia, Cholet18.2 
 4. Nichols, Vichy17.5 
 5. Darden, Nancy16.9 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Shuler, Vichy15.9 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.15.4 
 9. King, Le Havre14.9 
 10. Schilb, Chalon14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.10.4 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy8.4 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.2 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 9. Jefferson, AS.7.4 
 10. Sene, Gravelines7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Woodside, Gravelin.5.8 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 4. Taylor, Limoges5.7 
 5. King, Le Havre5.5 
 6. Wright, Limoges5.5 
 7. Linehan, Nancy5.5 
 8. Walsh, AS.5.0 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Albicy, Paris-Le.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.0 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.3 
 3. Walsh, AS.2.2 
 4. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.1 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Elegar, Vichy1.9 
 7. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.8 
 8. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 9. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 10. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.9 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 4. Ebi, Limoges1.4 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 6. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Issa, Gravelines1.3 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Hav.1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.9 
 2. Harris, Lille18.6 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.6 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.1 
 6. Davis, Le Portel16.1 
 7. Milbourne, Boulogne16.1 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.9 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.5 
 10. Daniels, Nanterre15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne9.3 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.9.3 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 5. Wyatte, Le Portel8.7 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.7 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.3 
 8. Badiane, Boulazac8.3 
 9. Monroe, Boulogne8.2 
 10. Giles, Rouen8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.0 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.2 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.4.9 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 3. Craven, Dijon2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.3 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.3 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 7. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 8. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 9. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne0.8 


French ProB round 32 best performance: Pierric Poupet (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Guard Pierric Poupet (191-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SPO Rouen Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Chalons-Reims (#10, 17-15) with 23-point margin 95-72. Rouen maintains the 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rouen will need more victories to improve their 20-12 record. In the team's last game Poupet had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Rouen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pierric Poupet averages this season 9.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Amadi McKenzie (201-F-86) of Boulazac Basket Dordogne. McKenzie had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Boulazac lost that game 78-90 to the higher-ranked Boulogne (#6, 18-14). This loss caused Boulazac to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. McKenzie is a newcomer at Boulazac, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Darryl Monroe (202-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of SO Maritime Boulogne (#6). Monroe scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Boulogne, leading his team to a 90-78 win against the lower-ranked Boulazac (#11, 16-16). Boulogne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 14 lost games. Monroe has a great season in France. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Siggers (187-G-85) of Rouen - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) of Boulazac - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Taron Downey (186-G-83) of Nantes - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Chris Daniels (200-F-82) of Chalons-Reims - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86) of Quimper - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of Dijon - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 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)


Lombahe-Kahudi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) put on an amazing game in the last round for Le Mans Sarthe Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Roanne (#5, 18-11) with 27-point margin 85-58. Le Mans maintains the 8th position in French league. Le Mans 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 14-15 record. It's Lombahe-Kahudi's second year at Le Mans and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Charles Lombahe-Kahudi averages this season 6.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of ASVEL. He is British forward in his first season at ASVEL. In the last game Mensah-Bonsu recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as ASVEL was edged by the higher-ranked Chalon (#2, 20-9) 83-82. ASVEL managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mensah-Bonsu is one of the most experienced players at ASVEL and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10). Gipson showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Pau-Lacq-Orthez, leading his team to a 82-76 win against the lower-ranked Paris-Levallois (#14, 11-18). The chances of Pau-Lacq-Orthez ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 17 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gipson could help Pau-Lacq-Orthez to bring them higher in the standings. Gipson has a great season in France. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Blake Schilb (201-G-83) of Chalon - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Vichy - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Victor Samnick (203-F-79) of Nancy - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dounia Issa (198-F-81) of Gravelines - 12 points and 12 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)


ProB Round 32: Nanterre wins promotion - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ProB. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (24-8) added another victory to their record on Saturday and already secured the first place. This time they beat seventh ranked JL Bourg (17-15) 74-68 earning a promotion for ProA 2011/12 season. JL Bourg was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of JSF Nanterre, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by JL Bourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) who added 15 points during the contest. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 14 points. JSF Nanterre have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-8 record. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. JSF Nanterre will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. JL Bourg will play at home against Aix-Maurienne (#7) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Nantes. Twelfth ranked Nantes (16-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Fos Ouest (19-13) 73-72 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. The winners were led by American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and Taron Downey supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) did not help to save the game for Fos Ouest. Nantes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Boulazac. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Nantes will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) on the road in the next round. Fos Ouest will play against Quimper UJAP (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Quimper where higher ranked Le Portel (17-15) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (14-18) 72-60 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Marvin Jefferson who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Nigel Wyatte produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Quimper UJAP have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain thirteenth position with 14-18 record. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Quimper UJAP will meet higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Portel will play against Stade Clermont and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains where higher ranked ALM Evreux (18-14) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Aix-Maurienne (17-15) 102-79. Moses Sonko orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be JL Bourg (#9) on the road. ALM Evreux will play against Lille Metropole (#15).
Third ranked SPO Rouen (20-12) crushed at home 6th ranked Chalons-Reims (17-15) by 23 points 95-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Pierric Poupet who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). SPO Rouen maintains third position with 20-12 record having four points less than leader Nanterre. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. SPO Rouen will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes (#14).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 32: Antibes lost to Dijon on the opponent's court 64-78. Lille managed to outperform St Vallier in a home game 94-76. Boulazac recorded a loss to Boulogne on the road 90-78. Clermont defeated Charleville on its own court 86-73.


Dijon - Antibes 78-64

Very expected game when 14th ranked Olympique Antibes (13-19) was defeated on the road by second ranked JDA Dijon (21-11) 78-64 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. Olympique Antibes was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Steeve Ho You Fat (201-88) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. JDA Dijon have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-11 record having just three points less than leader Nanterre. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the fourteenth place with 19 games lost. JDA Dijon will face Aix-Maurienne (#7) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round where they are favorite. Olympique Antibes will play on the road against Chalons-Reims (#10).
Top scorers:
Dijon: E.Craven 19+8reb+5ast, D.Melody 17+1ast, E.Bing 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Moss 11+8reb+2ast, S.Dia 9+4reb+1ast, J.Leloup 6+5reb+1ast
Antibes: D.Ramseyer 18+5reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 17+5reb+1ast, J.Ingram 9+3reb+4ast, M.Bojovic 8+3reb+5ast, L.Bengaber 8+4reb+3ast, J.Casseus 2+2reb
gschID: 100612


Lille - St Vallier 94-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Lille Metropole and 15th ranked Saint Vallier had identical 12-19 record. This time Lille Metropole used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Saint Vallier 94-76 on Friday night. Lille Metropole made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. Lille Metropole looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Saint Vallier's players. Saint Vallier was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Romain Malet (192-84) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 assists and American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) responded with 9 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lille Metropole (13-19) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Antibes. Loser Saint Vallier dropped to the sixteenth position with 20 games lost. Lille Metropole will face higher ranked ALM Evreux (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saint Vallier will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#6).
Top scorers:
Lille: A.Harris 19+5reb+1ast, R.Malet 16+2reb+8ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 15+5reb+3ast, A.Defoe 11+3reb+2ast, R.Chery 10+3reb+3ast, B.Gillet 6+1reb+1ast
St Vallier: K.Bichard 15+1reb, K.Shiloh 13+2reb+1ast, D.Lyons 11+2reb, C.Bronchard 9+9reb+3ast, M.Tensorer 8+1ast, B.Vounang 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100613


Boulogne - Boulazac 90-78

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Boulazac Basket (16-16) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (18-14) 90-78 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Boulazac Basket was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne forced 20 Boulazac Basket turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Etienne Plateau (187-86) who added 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five SO Maritime Boulogne and four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Evreux. Loser Boulazac Basket dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Saint Vallier (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Nantes (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: D.Monroe 18+12reb+1ast, E.Plateau 18+5ast, T.Stanley 13+1reb+4ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 11+8reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 11+5reb+3ast, L.Kante 7+3reb+2ast
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 23+15reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 16+4reb+2ast, C.Melicie 16+6reb+5ast, M.Badiane 16+12reb+4ast, N.Famakan Keita 4+1ast, T.Dubiez 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100609


Nantes - Fos Ouest 73-72

Important game to mention about took place in Nantes. Twelfth ranked Nantes (16-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Fos Ouest (19-13) 73-72 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 17-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Fos Ouest was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) supported him with 15 points and 6 assists. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) did not help to save the game for Fos Ouest. Forward Philippe Haquet (199-86) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Nantes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Boulazac. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Nantes will play against Boulazac Basket (#11) on the road in the next round. Fos Ouest will play against Quimper UJAP (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nantes: T.Downey 15+4reb+6ast, J.James 12+6reb+1ast, K.Barber 12+13reb+1ast, O.Bardet 11+1reb+3ast, A.Cel 10+8reb, A.Charles 7+2reb+1ast
Fos Ouest: K.Atamna 15+2reb+2ast, P.Haquet 13+7reb, M.Dia 12+7reb, M.Hachad 11+6reb+3ast, S.Gay 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Bah 10+1reb+5ast
gschID: 100610


Clermont - Charleville 86-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont's (10-22) home victory over bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-26) 86-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Stade Clermont. Charleville-Mezieres was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stade Clermont looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Daye Kaba (191-86, college: Marist) scored 11 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 10-22 record. Charleville-Mezieres lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked Le Portel (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against SPO Rouen (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Clermont: D.Bouldin 21+6reb+2ast, S.Cisse 21+5reb+1ast, T.Ford 10+6reb+1ast, X.Delarue 9+7reb+4ast, R.Wilson 8+2reb+1ast, O.Bassett 6+4reb+6ast
Charleville: J.McClark 17+8reb, G.Florimont 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kaba 11+4reb+6ast, Y.Akinocho 11+4reb+1ast, N.Boundy 7+2reb, T.Peterson 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100611


Quimper - Le Portel 72-60

An interesting game took place in Quimper where higher ranked Le Portel (17-15) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (14-18) 72-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Quimper UJAP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain thirteenth position with 14-18 record. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Quimper UJAP will meet higher ranked Fos Ouest (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Portel will play against Stade Clermont and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Quimper: V.Mouillard 16+3reb+5ast, M.Jefferson 16+11reb, J.Volcy 12+2reb+2ast, F.Thibedore 11+4reb+3ast, G.Lessort 6+9reb+2ast, N.Josse 5
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 19+3reb, J.Ludon 12+3reb, C.Davis 12+7reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 10+10reb+3ast, A.Rowland 5+3reb+7ast, E.Choquet 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100605


Rouen - Chalons-Reims 95-72

Third ranked SPO Rouen (20-12) crushed at home 6th ranked Chalons-Reims (17-15) by 23 points 95-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. Chalons-Reims was better in second period 31-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) who helped to win the game recording 29 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Herve Jalce (201-80) scored 14 points. SPO Rouen maintains third position with 20-12 record having four points less than leader Nanterre. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the seventh place with 15 games lost. SPO Rouen will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes (#14).
Top scorers:
Rouen: P.Poupet 29+7reb+8ast, J.Siggers 19+5reb+2ast, S.Traore 15+8reb, W.Soliman 13+9reb, D.Williams 12+4reb, K.Reid 4+2reb+5ast
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 18+8reb+3ast, H.Jalce 14+3reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 11+3reb+3ast, B.Mullins 9+2reb+4ast, K.Joss-Rauze 9+2reb+1ast, J.Wampfler 7+3reb
gschID: 100606


Nanterre - Bourg 74-68

ProB top team - JSF Nanterre (24-8) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked JL Bourg (17-15) 74-68. JL Bourg was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of JSF Nanterre, which allowed them to win the game. 30 personal fouls committed by JL Bourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) who added 15 points during the contest. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 14 points and power forward Ibrahima Koma (204-87, college: Argenteuil) scored 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). JSF Nanterre have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-8 record. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. JSF Nanterre will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. JL Bourg will play at home against Aix-Maurienne (#7) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: J.Passave-Ducteil 15+4reb+2ast, W.Daniels 13+6reb+1ast, M.Riley 12+12reb+2ast, L.Akono 10+3reb+4ast, N.Carter 9+4reb, M.Judith 5+2reb
Bourg: D.Monds 14+4reb+3ast, D.Oliver 13+1reb+2ast, I.Koma 13+4reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 9+3reb+2ast, K.Corre 6+9reb+2ast, D.Coleman 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 100607


Maurienne - Evreux 102-79

An interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains where higher ranked ALM Evreux (18-14) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Aix-Maurienne (17-15) 102-79. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. ALM Evreux was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aix-Maurienne made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American swingman Eric Joldersma (197-77, college: Bethel, MN) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Power forward Mory Correa (205-79, college: Wyoming) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) added 8 points and 8 assists in the effort for ALM Evreux. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be JL Bourg (#9) on the road. ALM Evreux will play against Lille Metropole (#15).
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 19+7reb+5ast, E.Joldersma 13+6reb+3ast, F.Dave 11+1reb+4ast, J.Hoyaux 11+1reb+1ast, T.Yvrande 10+1ast, J.Mathis 10+5reb+1ast
Evreux: M.Correa 19+6reb, L.Chelle 11+2reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 10+1ast, D.Reed 9+2reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 8+3reb+8ast, D.Davis 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 100608




ProA Round 29: Cholet secures the first place - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ProA. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. It ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the ProA took place in Chalon. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked ASVEL (17-12) to second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-9) 83-82 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ASVEL. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 27-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor forced 19 ASVEL turnovers. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) saved the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for ASVEL. Chalon/Saor maintains second place with 20-9 record having just two points less than leader Cholet, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. ASVEL at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face JA Vichy (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL will play against Paris-Levallois (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another interesting game for Le Mans (14-15) which hosted 5th ranked Chorale de Roanne (18-11). Eighth ranked Le Mans crushed visitors 85-58. International forward Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Marc-Antoine Pellin chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 8 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. Le Mans maintains eighth place with 14-15 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Le Mans will play against STB Le Havre (#12) on the road in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Cholet (22-7) added another victory to their record on Tuesday and secured the first place before the Playoffs. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Poitiers (11-18) 72-66. Sammy Mejia nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Kenny Younger came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Poitiers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-7 record. Loser Poitiers dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cholet will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-21) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (20-9). The visitors from Gravelines managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Dounia Issa who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Limoges CSP Elite lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be Sluc Nancy (#4) at home. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#9).
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (15-14) and Entente Orleans 45 (12-17), which took place in Toulon. Higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost at home to eleventh ranked Entente Orleans 45 72-76 on Tuesday. J.R. Reynolds orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Hyeres-Toulon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Vichy was beaten by Nancy on the road 76-72. Paris-Levallois lost to Pau-Lacq-Orthez on its own court 76-82. Le Havre unfortunately lost to Strasbourg in a road game 71-80.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Teddy Gipson of Pau-Lacq-Orthez.


Nancy - Vichy 76-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (20-9) beat at home 15th ranked JA Vichy (10-19) 76-72 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But JA Vichy won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded JA Vichy 44-30 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for JA Vichy. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines and Chalon. Loser JA Vichy keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Sluc Nancy will face Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. JA Vichy will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2).
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 22+7reb+1ast, J.Shuler 19+6reb+4ast, F.Elegar 11+6reb, T.Larrouquis 10+2reb, N.de Jong 8+3reb, A.Eito 2+4reb+4ast
Nancy: V.Samnick 17+10reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 14+10reb, K.Grant 11+3ast, T.Darden 10+12reb+3ast, M.Badiane 9+7reb+1ast, J.Linehan 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 100321


Paris-Levallois - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 76-82

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez and 12th ranked Paris-Levallois had identical 11-17 record. But Paris-Levallois was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Pau 82-76 on Tuesday night. Paris-Levallois trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-82 at the end of the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) answered with 19 points and swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado) added 14 points in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pau-Lacq-Orthez (12-17) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Orleans. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face league's leader Cholet at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paris-Levallois will play against ASVEL (#6) in Villeurbanne.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 19+2reb+3ast, M.Morandais 14+4reb, D.Noel 13+3reb+1ast, A.Albicy 8+1reb+5ast, V.Evtimov 7+9reb+1ast, M.Mutuale Balume 6+1reb+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 28+6reb+8ast, C.Elonu 19+7reb+2ast, S.Rimac 9+1reb+3ast, M.Var 7+2reb, J.Morency 6+2ast, T.Bryant 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100318


Cholet - Poitierarleys 72-66

ProA top team - Cholet (22-7) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Poitiers (11-18) 72-66. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Poitiers won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side and American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 10 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Poitiers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 22-7 record. Loser Poitiers dropped to the eleventh position with 18 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cholet will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Poitiers will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: K.Younger 16+6reb+6ast, R.Wright 14+1reb+2ast, P.Badiane 14+13reb, E.Fournier 5+3reb+3ast, C.Ona-Embo 4+1ast, C.Gomez 4+1reb
Cholet: S.Mejia 22+4reb+5ast, A.Robinson 10+10reb, F.Causeur 8+3reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 7+1reb+1ast, R.Falker 6+7reb+5ast, D.Nelson 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100319


Le Mans - Roanne 85-58

Another interesting game for Le Mans (14-15) which hosted 5th ranked Chorale de Roanne (18-11). Eighth ranked Le Mans crushed visitors 85-58. It looked good early as Chorale de Roanne took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Mans had a 23-7 second period charge getting the lead and Chorale de Roanne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-85. Le Mans dominated on the defensive end, holding Chorale de Roanne to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Chorale de Roanne's 38 and made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Le Mans forced 22 Chorale de Roanne turnovers. International forward Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Marc-Antoine Pellin (169-87) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 8 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Le Mans maintains eighth place with 14-15 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Le Mans will play against STB Le Havre (#12) on the road in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: R.Davis 14+2reb, P.Amagou 10+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+6reb+2ast, S.Diabate 7+2reb, D.Page 6+8reb+1ast, D.Downey 6+2reb+3ast
Le Mans: C.Lombahe-Kahudi 28+11reb+2ast, A.Acker 14+1reb+2ast, B.Dewar 13+3reb, M.Pellin 10+4reb+6ast, T.Rupert 8+5reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100320


Chalon - ASVEL 83-82

The most exciting game of round 29 in the ProA took place in Chalon. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked ASVEL (17-12) to second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-9) 83-82 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ASVEL. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 27-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor forced 19 ASVEL turnovers. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL) saved the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for ASVEL. Chalon/Saor maintains second place with 20-9 record having just two points less than leader Cholet, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. ASVEL at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Chalon/Saor is looking forward to face JA Vichy (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ASVEL will play against Paris-Levallois (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: P.Mensah-Bonsu 24+15reb+2ast, D.Jefferson 21+9reb+3ast, M.Gelabale 16+1reb+4ast, P.Lacombe 6+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 5+5ast, L.Westermann 4+3reb+3ast
Chalon: B.Schilb 23+6reb+6ast, A.Aminu 15+6reb, I.Evtimov 12+2reb+3ast, S.Tchicamboud 10+3reb+5ast, M.Haynes 8+1reb+2ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 7+5reb
gschID: 100314


Limoges - Gravelines 76-79

Sixteenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-21) used its home court advantage to challenge third ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (20-9). The visitors from Gravelines managed to secure only three-point victory 79-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Limoges CSP Elite was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 38-26 second half run of Gravelines-Dunkerque. Gravelines-Dunkerque shot 27 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Limoges CSP Elite only scored three points from the stripe. Gravelines-Dunkerque brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Limoges CSP Elite helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Dounia Issa (198-81) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) produced 15 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Karim Souchu (198-79, college: Furman, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Limoges CSP Elite lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 21 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque's next round opponent will be Sluc Nancy (#4) at home. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#9).
Top scorers:
Limoges: R.Taylor 15+3reb+5ast, K.Souchu 14+4reb+4ast, C.Banks 13+2reb+5ast, R.Desroses 11+6reb+1ast, R.Hite 8+9reb+2ast, D.Curtis 6+10reb
Gravelines: R.Jomby 15+6reb+1ast, B.Woodside 15+4reb+2ast, D.Issa 12+12reb, J.Johnson 10+1reb, M.Sene 10+8reb, Y.Bokolo 9+7reb+5ast
gschID: 100315


Strasbourg - Le Havre 80-71

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Strasbourg IG (11-18) won against at home higher ranked STB Le Havre (11-18) 80-71 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But STB Le Havre won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded STB Le Havre 42-25 including 31 on the defensive glass. American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Five Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for STB Le Havre. Strasbourg IG moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. Strasbourg IG will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: J.Cox 22+6reb+2ast, J.Jones 17+5reb+4ast, N.Fox 13+2ast, N.Pope 8+5reb+1ast, W.Wilkinson 5+5reb, Y.Sangare 4+2reb+1ast
Strasbourg: J.McCord 17+13reb+1ast, J.Hawkins 12+3reb+2ast, P.Pasco 12+3reb+1ast, S.Giffa 11+1reb, A.MBaye 10+3reb+3ast, N.Lewis 10+5reb
gschID: 100316


Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans 72-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (15-14) and Entente Orleans 45 (12-17), which took place in Toulon. Higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon lost at home to eleventh ranked Entente Orleans 45 72-76 on Tuesday. Hyeres-Toulon was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of Entente Orleans 45, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Hyeres-Toulon turnovers. American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. International guard Aldo Curti (180-87) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St.) added 16 points in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Hyeres-Toulon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face bottom-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 22+8reb+4ast, J.Flowers 16+3reb+2ast, P.Morlende 10+2reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 8+8reb, K.Houston 5+3ast, S.Fein 4
Orleans: J.Reynolds 22+4ast, A.Curti 14+3reb+5ast, L.Prowell 11, E.Campbell 9+7reb, M.NDoye 8+3reb, A.Moerman 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 100317




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German PRO B Transfer News - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Marco Simic who is only 23 years old has been named head coach of the Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Since becoming a coach in 2007, he has coached four teams including TG Renesas Landshut (ProB), Franken Hexer junior team (Germany-NBBL), GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA), fired in Jan.11, next month signed at USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA). The Swiss/Serb is thrilled about his new chance with Oettinger Rockets Gotha. 'Gotha is a very interesting basketball spot with a good perspective. I am looking forward to the challenges that await me', stressed marko Simic.

NBC has announced that Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) is returning back to Nurnberg where he played from in 2005-2007 in the BBL. De Michael is a 33 year old 204cm forward that is a quality player with exceptional ball skills. Plays bigger and stronger. Smart player. Great High post work. De Michael will combine work and basketball. 'I feel at home in Nurnberg.. With my job at the Igeko, it gives me a chance for career after basketball. I still feel like I can play good basketball a few more years', added De Michael. He played at Tenn.-Martin (NCAA2): 15.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.0bpg, 3.0apg. In 1999-2000, he started his professional career in Finland for Pussihukat Vantaa (Finland): 18.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.0apg. He then played for SG Sechtem and in Luemburg for AB Contern from 2002-2004. He then played for TV Lich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 26 games: 20.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-3 (1.4bpg), 2FGP: 60%, 3FGP: 41.6%, FT: 61.8%in the 2004-2005 season. In 2007-2008, he played for Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 24 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 69.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for 2008-2009: Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division), only pre-season, in Oct.'08 moved to Science City Jena (Germany-ProA, starting five): 25 games: 11.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 68.9%. In 2009-2010, he played for Science City Jena (Germany-ProA, starting five), left in preseason, then jopined VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 11.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, Blocks-1 (1.7bpg), FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 8.7%, FT: 72.7%. Last season he played for VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA): 26 games: 14.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 64.2%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 74.5%. Some Awards/Achievements have been Luxembourg Cup Semifinals -04, Luxembourg League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, Luxembourg League Champion -04, Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Center of the Year -04, Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League 1st Team -04, Eurobasket.com Luxembourg League All-Imports Team -04, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -07, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -11





1.Bundesliga Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
NY Phantoms - Art.Dragons 94-81

The game was mostly controlled by New Yorker Phantoms. Artland Dragons was better in fourth quarter 32-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Yorker Phantoms shot 63.2 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 4 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) replied with 21 points, 6 assists and 6 steals and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 13 points in the effort for Artland Dragons. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 21+2reb+6ast, N.Peavy 13+2reb, J.Strasser 12, B.Bailey 12+2reb, D.Fenn 8+5reb, R.Boumtje 5+6reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 26+4reb+4ast, K.Hamilton 14+3reb+7ast, K.Visser 14+4reb+1ast, J.Cain 12+2reb+4ast, U.Duvnjak 10+1reb+2ast, M.Goree 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 127913


Goettingen - Dt.Bank SKY 67-76

The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-67. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Guard Kyle Bailey (188-82, college: Santa Clara) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: K.Bailey 19+5reb+1ast, M.Meeks 12+6reb+1ast, D.Anderson 10+9reb+2ast, J.Boone 9+4reb, R.Kulawick 9+1ast, J.Little 6+3reb+3ast
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 26+6reb+8ast, R.Powell 16+4reb+1ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 13+4reb+2ast, M.Nolte 7+5reb, J.McKinney 7+3reb+2ast, C.Moss 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 127911


EWE Baskets - ALBA 77-80

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But EWE Baskets won fourth quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded EWE Baskets 40-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. ALBA Berlin's coach Muli Katzurin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) added 15 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: M.Lukauskis 15+3reb+1ast, O.Stevic 14+11reb+1ast, L.Campbell 12, R.Paulding 9+4reb+2ast, A.Baynes 8+1reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 8+1reb+1ast
ALBA: J.Jenkins 18+2reb, B.Taylor 17+6reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 13+10reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 9+7reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 7+5reb+4ast, H.Schaffartzik 5+2ast
gschID: 127912


Bremerhaven - Brose Baskets 84-88

Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 30-19 charge of Brose Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 62.1 percentage. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: P.Schwethelm 20+6reb+1ast, S.Denison 19+10reb+3ast, A.Drevo 13+6reb+2ast, C.Callahan 11+2reb+2ast, J.Allen 8+2reb+3ast, T.Everett 8+2reb+2ast
Brose Baskets: A.Gavel 21+5reb+1ast, B.Roberts 19+2reb+6ast, R.Terry 15+6reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 12+4reb+2ast, P.Suput 8+7reb+2ast, K.Hines 5+1ast
gschID: 127910




Dashaun Wood Shows A Combination Of Bryant/Wade Leading The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Past BG Goettingen 76-67 For 2-0 Playoff Lead - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It is always an advantage if you are able to do those things that you are used to doing as opposed to what you arent like strutting your beamer through the neighborhood instead of a broken down Ford Nova, New England Patriot star quarterback Tom Brady being able to riffle bullet passes to his favorite Texas Tech target Wes Welker running routes or Hollywood actor George Clooney picking up women in swank clubs on the Cote D Azur instead of in third rate clubs in Boise, Idaho, but sometimes reality doesnt let you do what you know and like. BG Goettingen have been playing in their beloved Lok Halle since 2007 and have had a lot of success playing in their locomotive turned basketball arena in the last years, but were struck with playing game 2 in the 40 kilometer away Kassel in the Rothenbach halle. Not being able to play in their usual home court train dungeon for opponents where the atmosphere is as fierce as any opponent getting the full work out treatment competiting against the American in his prime, It girl Paris Hilton having to wake up to After 8 mints in a Marriot hotel instead of a Hilton, Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) having to play in the old Max Schmeiling halle instead of the O-2 World arena, or Boston Redosx slugger David Ortiz having to blast moon rockets out of Nickerson field over the Charles river to Harvard instead of out of Fenway park. Despite many fans coming from Goettingen to support the team in Kassel and a strong atmosphere through out the game, BG Goettingen was unable to knot the series as they lost 76-67 to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and trail the best of five quarterfinal series 2-0. 'The atmosphere here compared to the Lokhalle is hard to compare. The Lokhalle is one of a kind. The atmosphere was very good though. Our fans supported us well', stressed ex ratiopharm Ulm guard Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). 'I thought the atmosphere was teh same a sin Goettingen. The crowd really got on you under the basket', added Skyliner MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) 'The atmosphere was great. The only difference was that it was the same floor and baskets, but just another arena. Our fans supported us 100%', commented BG Goettingen American Antoine Jordan. 'The atmosphere was the same as in Goettingen. It wasnt easy to play here. We showed a lot of moral and kept our cool despite the intense conditions', expressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) friend Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) watched the game and was impressed by the atmosphere. 'It was amazing to in the arena and witness this atmosphere', added ex Paderborn Basket Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio). 'This was a nice arena, but the atmosphere was not the same as in the Lokhalle. The Lokhalle is unique. I thought BG Goettinegn was a bit like a stranger in this arena', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners entered the game having the 1-0 lead, but also knew that BG Goettingen had a must win not wanting to head back to Frankfurt down 2-0. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were unable to control BG Goettingen in the first five minutes, but fought back took the lead and never looked back. Frankfurt was able to contain BG Goettingen and their comebacks not letting the loud and feisty arena to take control of their emotions or nerves. 'In the playoffs, you have to win on the road to be successful. Even when BG Goettingen is up by 18 points, they find a way to come back. This team never quits. Winning on the road in the playoffs is double as good', warned Skyliner point guard DaShaun Wood For BG Goettingen, it was another game where they fought until the end, but the club retained no cigar. The team did improve on certain areas from the first game, but in the end The Deutsche Bank Skyliners scored nine points more. 'This was a hard fought game. We did many things right like picking up our intensity on defense, but you cant forget that Frankfurt is a well oiled machine and when they get going , its very hard to stop them. We made Wood work a bit more usual and I think we picked up our game too late', stressed Antoine Jordan. 'This was a good example of real playoff basketball. It was a very physical game where each team fought until the end. Frankfurt hit more big shots. The key for Frankfurt was controlling the game and rebounding', added Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio).

BG Goettingen had only played one other time in the Rothenbach arena winning a playoff game against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The arena looked like a traditional trade fair like warehouse with stands inside. The inside arena reminded me of a mid west type of indoor building that could of hosted a horse or cow show. There was wood on the ceiling and around the sides. The only thing missing was a stray horse sneaking into the Rothenbach arena through a door and giving Super tez Robertson a break from one of his flights to the rim and giving him a ride to the basket. 'This arena reminds me a bit of our Lokhalle. We brought many things from the Lokhalle like the floor and baskets. We want that the players feel like they are in the Lokhalle. We were also hoping that the good memory of the Bremerhaven win last season would rub off on the players', stressed BG Goettingen manager Franz Marc . In the first minutes, it seemed like the success of the win against Bremerhaven in the playoffs last season was rubbing off on the team as BG Goettingen jumped on Frankfurt quickly leading 9-2. BG Goettingen nailed their first three three pointers as Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports) hit twice and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) once. The offense of BG Goettingen was fluid as they continued to hit from outside from Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara), but also found daylight inside as Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) scored. Frankfurt was slowly getting their offense going as Dashaun Wood dropped a three pointer and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) was set up nicely by Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) for a dunk as he came in from the baseline. BG Goettingen also had some lady luck as Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) tried to draw a foul and put up a very difficult shot over De Mello and the ball sailed in for a swish as BG Goettinegn led 17-7. However Frankfurt heightened their intensity a bit on offense and kept roaring back finishing the first quarter with a 12-3 run to trail only 20-19 after one quarter. Bailey did make the fifth BG Goettingen three pointer in a row, but Frankfurt countered with a Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) three pointer, Jimmy Mckinney three pointer and Wood three pointer and lay in. 'We had a very good start. It was clear that we wouldnt keep hitting so well. Frankfurt found their game and got control. Their run was big at the end', added BG Goettingen manager Franz Marc . BG Goettingen was shooting 54% from the field and 100% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 50% from outside. Both teams had six rebounds and three turnovers a piece.

In the second quarter, BG Goettingen got on the board first as 2000 Canadian Olympian Michael Meeks (207-C/F-72, agency: Interperformances, college: Canisius) scored inside as BG Goettingen led 23-19. Basketball continues to be a game of runs and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners struck back with a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game 26-23. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) scored twice once inside getting a nice feed from Mckinney and then nailing a jumper from the free throw line and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) made a three pointer from the corner. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) who hit Frankfurt with 26 points in game 1 was kept in better check in game 2, but scored easily on a lay up past Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) as BG Goettingen led one more time 27-26, but would never lead again. With the score tied at 28-28, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners found a spark plug in Wood and De Mello going on a 14-4 run to lead 42-32. Wood scored inside twice including his hesitation step and then fade back jumper. Then it was time for the De Mello show as he scored 8 Frankfurt unanswered points including two three pointers in a row and a lay up. 'Dominik was great tonight. We need to have a second and third type player that steps up. In game one it was Mckinney', stressed DaShaun Wood Bailey and Powell traded three pointers in the last minute as Frankfurt led 45-37. 'Frankfurt was in their comfort zone in the second quarter. We didnt have patience in our offense and didnt rebound well. Frankfurt had way too much room. We couldnt close the spaces', stressed BG Goettingen manager Franz Marc . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting59% from the field and 53% from the three point line while BG Goettingen was shooting41% from the field and 67% from the three point line. The rebounding was still deadlocked at 14 a piece, but Frankfurt had nine turnovers and BG Goettingen only seven turnovers.

The third quarter resembled more of a lopsided soccer game as Frankfurt out shot BG Goettingen 10-8. BG Goettingen got on the board first coming back from the break going on a 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-41. Frankfurt came out flat as BG Goettingen had two consecutive steals as Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) and Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) scored on the transition. Wood then scored inside as Frankfurt led 47-41. Then came a very ugly part of the game as 10 shots were missed and BG Goettingen coach John Patrick sustained a technical foul. Wood was sent to the free throw line in between as Frankfurt led 49-41. Both teams stepped up their defense as play looked wild at times, but really just reflected the harsh aggressive defense. BG Goettingen was forced out of playing team basketball and showed more one on one play then anything else. BG Goettingen then went on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 52-45. Michael Meeks (207-C/F-72, agency: Interperformances, college: Canisius) scored with a mini baby hook shot and Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) made a heads up play catching a Jordan air ball and stuffing the ball home. Frankfurt could of led by more if Nolte hadnt missed two free throws, but Frankfurt did end the third quarter on a positive note as Powell made a free throw and Nolte made a lay in after retrieving a fierce quick pass by Wood who was in the zone and then with a quick flick of the wrist whipped a no look pass to the German. Frankfurt led 55-45 after 30 minutes. 'The third quarter was very physical which turned into ugly basketball', stated Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). 'We stepped up our defense intensity in the third quarter', added Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting44% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while BG Goettinegn was shooting 35% from the field and 43% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the slight rebounding edge 29-27, but 13 turnovers while BG Goettingen had 10.

The Deutsche bank Skyliners had the comfortable 10 point lead and except for one last gasp from BG Goettingen were able to keep the game under their control and go home with a 2-0 lead. Frankfurt was able to extend their lead to 18 points as they started out on a 9-0 run to lead 63-45. Nolte scored inside getting an extra pass from Wood and Mckinney and De Mello hit back to back bombs as if they were in their own Ballsporthalle living room. However BG Goettingen might have been exhausted but nobody would have ever noticed as they sped back on a 7-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 63-52. Boone scored inside and Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) made a turn around lay in in this run. Wood gave Frankfurt some breathing room with a three pointer as Frankfurt led 66-52. What was once an 18 point lead was quickly shrunk to a 6 point lead as BG Gottingen went on a 8-0 run to trail 66-60. German forward Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who has been quiet in this series nailed a three pointer as well as defense specialist John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) who was testing his 18,6% three point percentage. Nolte stopped the BG Goettingen run scoring on a lay in as he was found again by the quick passing of Wood. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) then had to leave the game because of cramps. Little hit another bomb from the corner as BG Goettingen trailed only 68-63 with two minutes to play. However Frankfurt clamped down on defense closing out the game with a 8-4 run to win 76-67. The last spectacular play of the game was De Mello going coast to coast and scoring on a game ending buzzer beater lay up. 'We stayed cool on offense and defense. We played very disciplined at the end', added Kamil Novak. 'The key in the game was that Frankfurt got a couple of more loose balls. The physicality was a difference from being down three points or five to eight points', stressed Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). 'We did a better job slowing down Wood, but if we could have slowed him down even more, than I think we would of had a better chance of winning', warned Antoine Jordan.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 26 points, six rebounds and eight assists. 'Tonight I think my stat line was a combination of Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) and Dwayne Wade. I have been watching a lot of NBA playoffs and the commentatorss had said how Kobe and Dwayne had come to the arena 3 hours early to work on their shots. I came to the gym an hour earlier yesterday just to work on my shooting. I guess I copied them', joked DaShaun Wood Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) chipped in with 16 points and Dominik Bahiense de Mello added 13 points. BG Goettingen was led by Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) with 19 points. Michael Meeks (207-C/F-72, agency: Interperformances, college: Canisius) added 12 points and six rebounds form the bench and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) produced 10 points and nine rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and BG Goettingen both did some good things that they want to continue to do. 'Our attention to detail was great. We had to focus more on execution and defense in this loud environment. You really couldnt hear so well, but each guy was focused form the first to the last guy on the bench', added DaShaun Wood 'The two most important things we did was having strong moral and rebounding', said Kamil Novak. 'We rebounded better than in game one. We also made it a little harder for Wood forcing him to more turnovers', commented Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). BG Goettingen has a must win in game 3, while Frankfurt has to be careful not to take the game to lightly. 'It is important to keep a cool head. It would be fatal to think that this will be an easy game. We have to stay disciplined and concentrated', warned Kamil Novak. 'We have to carry our good play from the second half into game three. We have to play with high energy and intensity for 40 minutes and control Wood even better', stressed Antoine Jordan. 'We want to win game 3 at home. I know BG Goettingen will be burning to win. This will not be an easy game. It will be the most important game in the series', warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BG Goettingen in game 3 May 8th at 15:00.



Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.6 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.9 
 10. Allen, ALBA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.6.9 
 8. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.3 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.9 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Rochestie, ALBA4.5 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose4.3 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.3 
 10. Jordan, MBC4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.9 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Ross, MBC1.5 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Wise, Telekom1.4 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Bailey, Goettingen1.4 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Kashirov, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Marshall, PAOK16.8 
 2. Smith, Panellinios16.7 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 6. Thompson, Ikaros14.1 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.1 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos13.9 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.2 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.7 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.1 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.0 
 9. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.6 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP K.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiak.5.1 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.0 
 6. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 7. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Pane.3.7 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.6 
 10. Parker, Iraklis3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Iraklis
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Parker, Iraklis2.0 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 4. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Anderson, Panionios1.7 
 6. Marshall, PAOK1.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pane.1.7 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.6 
 9. Papamakarios, Pane.1.5 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Oly.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Dozier, PAOK0.8 
 9. Bourousis, Olympia.0.8 
 10. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.0 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.7 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.2 
 5. Mills, Eiffel Towe.14.9 
 6. Tiedeman, Giants14.9 
 7. Kimbrough, Giants14.7 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.7 
 9. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 10. Adako, DeFriesland14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.1 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.4 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.1 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.0 
 9. Jackson, Eiffel T.7.9 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel T.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.8 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.7 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra3.3 
 9. Williams, DeFriesl.3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTe.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.3 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 4. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 6. Taylor, Magixx2.1 
 7. McDermott, Magixx2.0 
 8. de Jong, ZZ Leiden1.9 
 9. Bostain, GasTerra1.9 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel T.
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.3 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 6. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 7. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 8. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 9. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.8 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


Dutch Basketball League Playoffs: ZZ Leiden and Eiffel Towers Even Series - by Sanders Jackson

Tuesday night in the DBL semifinals, both ZZ Leiden and Eiffel Towers got back on track, evening the series at 1-1, with ZZ Leiden pulling out a close one in the Horstacker over Magixx Kidsright, and Eiffel Towers pulling away from defending Dutch champion Gas Terra Flames in the last four minutes.

In Nigmegen, #1 seed ZZ Leiden needed badly a win to avoid an 0-2 deficit vs. fiesty Magixx Kidsright, with the free throw line in the last 3 minutes their best friend, winning by the score of 71-67. In the time frame the #1 seed were able to draw fouls on Magixx, which resulted in frequent trips to the free throw line from the trio of Seamus Boxley, Ross Bekkering and Arvin Slagter. There were a total of 19 free throw attempts in the last 1:18 of the game, with Slagter nailing 5 of 6 to keep Magixx at bay. Slagter led ZZ with 15 pts. Zaire Taylor led all scorers with 25 pts. Game #3 will be in Leiden on Thursday.

In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers jumped out to a sizable lead in the 1st half, averted a Gas Terra Flames comeback, but clutch baskets by shaprshooter Kees Akerboom in crunch time took the wind out of the defending champions' sails, helping Eiffel to even the series and win 72-58. Eiffel led at one point in the 2nd quarter 27-11 and their zone defense gave the Flames troble, who missed lots of open shots. Neither team would shoot the ball well (Eiffel 6 of 27 from the three-point line, the Flames 35% FG, 6 of 12 FT), but Eiffel valued their possessions better (only 4 turnovers) and got the job done in drawing more fouls (22 of 28 FT's). The Flames duo of league MVP Jason Dourisseau and Matt Haraysz did their best to keep it for the Flames within striking distance (62-56 with 1:22 remaining), but an Akerboom three-point dagger was lethal. From there on Eiffel closed out the game with canning their free throws.
Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led all scorers with 23 pts. The Flames, who once again held a huge rebounding edge (57-41, 23 offensive rebounds), were led by Bostain with 14 pts. The team of Eiffel head coach Raoul Korner will take their act to Groningen on Thursday for Game #3.


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IBL's Portland Chinooks defeats the Olympia Reign- Lucas scores 44 points - by Trask Frost
The IBL's Portland Chinooks (2-0) win at Olympia Reign (2-2) with 6' 9' forward David Lucas scoring 44 points in the victory. The Portland Chinooks recently changed names from the Oregon Waves and the team has seemed to change focus and intensity with that name change; the team is focused on an IBL Championship and the roster looks solid early. In addition to David Lucas (104 points in two games so far), Quentin Patin scored 24 points and Jermaine Blackburn added 21 points in this victory. Olympia's all-star guards from 2010 played overseas since October- just returning days ago to rejoin the Olympia Reign (Nate Menefee and Virgil Mathews) for the game against Portland. These two teams will meet 3 more teams this season. For more information about the IBL, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com

Qs RIGHT on Q - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Edmonton Energy are taking their cue for the 2011 season. Quinnel Brown arrives in EDmonton as the Energys latest Acquistion after becoming the Premier Basketball League player of the year with the Quebec Kebs.'It wasnt a tough decision.' 'The season was over there and i have been home for two weeks.' Brown said in a phone interview from Chicago where he was born and raised.an it will be a nice transition from there to Edmonton.' 'A lot of guys that played in the PBL will be p[laying in the IBL,its pretty much the same level.'

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


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  INDONESIA   


Men's Indonesian Basketball Team Selection - by Koko Triloka
Press Release National Team Indonesian Basketball : Men Basketball Team at Sea Games XXVI

Left only 18 Players

Jakarta, May 2, 2011 - After nearly 2 months Indonesia basketball training camp son, the team began to enter the phase where the 24 players selected will be reduced to 18 players to follow next training programs.

Through a long selection process conducted by the coaching staff as well as test results reported by the World Basketball Academy (WBA) in April yesterday, the 18 players who will still join the next programs are: Faisal Ahmad, Rony Gunawan, Romy Chandra, Ary Chandra, I Made Sudiadnyana, Fidyandini, Dimas Aryo Dewanto, Xavier Prawiro, Wellyanson Situmorang, M. Isman Thoyib, Mario Wuysang, Andy Poedjakesuma, Ponsianus Indrawan, Febri Utomo, Dwi Haryoko, Pringgo Regowo, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu, and Amin Prihantono.

The six players who are not selected to join the next programs is: Youbel Sondakh, Kelly Purwanto, Sandy Febyansyakh, Mario Gerungan, Oki Wira Sanjaya, and Ruslan. But did not rule out the six players will be called again into training camp if the 18 players who join the next programs injury or prevented.

The Training Manager Mr. Syailendra Bakrie said that the six players who crossed out not because they are less competitive than others, but because some of their injuries and too many players on one team position. 'It must be remembered that to the 24 players who yesterday followed training is the best player in Indonesia. However, due to injury and this position, then the number of players should be reduced to 18, 'said Bakrie.

Next, the 18 players chosen will follow the Indonesian program 2011 from the NBA Development Camp in early May and will be flown to Australia to train with the WBA in late May 2011.


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel-Aviv close to re-joining Adriatic League - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Tel-Aviv is set to re-join Adriatic League. The Israeli powerhouse has reportedly reached preliminary agreement with the league to participate in 2011/12 season. Maccabi has already played in Adriatic League. The team took part in 2002/03 season and reached Final. They lost to Zadar in the championship game that season. The deal between the league and Maccabi can be officiated in the upcoming days.


MACCABI T"A LANDS IN BARCELONA - by David Pick
The custom Blue and Red colors of the local sport teams that are known to the Catalonia residents of Barcelona took a strong twist this morning, as one of the most beautiful cities in the world was painted Yellow and Blue by flags and t-shirts of the Maccabi T'A fans and players, in honor of the their arrival for the Euroleague Final Four competition this weekend.

Despite the joy from the Catalonian fans of yet another appearance in the UEFA Champions League Finals after qualifying last night due to a home draw 1:1 against the rivals of the capital, Real Madrid, (3:1 in aggregate), the cities focus now shifts to the 'Palau Blaugrana', home of this year's Final Four.

Maccabi T'A's Head Coach, David Blatt, flew out to Spain earlier today with his troops (including injured guard Doron Perkins), and talked about what awaits for his team: 'Our coaching staff worked the whole flight over here taking no rest, but I hope the players have rested. I haven't done anything differently lately to prepare for the Final Four. I believe that what we did all season we should continue doing and that is to stay focused and have our interest and goals on our target'.

Blatt also provided some of his professional estimation for the Final Four: 'I know that there are four great teams here right now and no one is a clear favorite to win the title. I hope my players would make the right adjustments we need to get back into our physical rhythm of the high European league. I wish for myself that to the first game we come out in full force with high intensity, anything beyond that to me is a bonus.

Maccabi star Center, Sofoklis Schortsanitis added: 'I'm very excited, all Final Four events are very special. It is important for us on these occasions to keep our minds cool and come as best prepared as possible'.

Do you feel that you are in good shape and mentally ready for the Semi-Finals?

'Nobody thought we would reach the Final Four at the beginning of the season and here we are, I truly believe we can go all the way. We have an important game ahead of us that no one can predict the outcome of it. Defense was our strongest weapon all season long and we have been cheating in that aspect lately, so I hope that if we all bring 100% on 'D', we will be ok. Everyone has to chip in for us in order to qualify to the finals, even if we get tired we need to make one last push', added the Greece Center..

Jeremy Pargo added as Maccabi arrived in Barcelona: 'We feel great and we believe in ourselves. No one is thinking about the finals, we are only focus on R. Madrid. Basketball is basketball wherever you play all over the world; we are professional so this shouldn't be any different.

Yellow Forward Lior Eliyahu decided to talk about of the court issues and personal rituals: 'We are very tired and we only have a few hours to get back into our groove and business. I know our hotel excellent because I stayed here last year while we (Caja Laboral) played Barcelona in the finals of the Spanish league. I hope it brings us the same luck it did last year'.

Real Madrid's American Guard, Clay Tucker commented on his team's preparations for the big day: 'What do we have to do to stop a team like Maccabi? To make it tough for them on every single possession: no easy dunks, no easy layups, and no open shots. I have watched Maccabi a few times this year, many of our other guys played against them before. Jeremy Pargo, is a great point guard who can be very aggressive and play under control at the same time so you know he comes to play. Chuck Eidson does it all, David Blu shoots the lights out, Lior Eliyahu knows us from playing in Spain, and Big Sofo is known all over the world. They are also coached by David Blatt , who is one of the best'.



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  ITALY   


Maarten Leunen extends with Bennet Cantu - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu have agreed on terms of contract extension with Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon). The 25-year-old forward will spend two more seasons in Italy. Maarten Leunen joined Cantu in 2009/10 season. This season the forward tallies 11.1 points, 6.4 boards, 2.5 assists per game in Seria A. In EuroCup his stats read 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Evangelisti, Trapa.18.3 
 2. Tassinari, Moncali.17.6 
 3. Musso, Perugia17.1 
 4. Ricciardi, Palestr.16.8 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta16.8 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.7 
 7. Vico, Matera16.0 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino15.9 
 9. Reati, Treviglio15.9 
 10. Conte, Trento15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.4 
 2. Rosignoli, Biscegl.9.8 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 6. Zambon, Rieti8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recan.8.6 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 9. De Min, Treviglio7.9 
 10. Soloperto, Latina7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marino, Treviglio5.0 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Scarone, Piacenza4.0 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 6. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 7. Paparella, Potenza3.4 
 8. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 9. Passera, Piacenza3.4 
 10. Cantone, S.Antimo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.8 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.3 
 3. De Nicolao, Castel.3.0 
 4. Gullo, Patti2.9 
 5. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 6. Bushati, Brescia2.8 
 7. Musso, Perugia2.8 
 8. Palombita, Castell.2.7 
 9. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 6. Spippoli, Palestri.0.9 
 7. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia0.9 
 9. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Barsy Atyrau ease to opening win - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau - Tobol 92:56

Barsy Atyrau celebrated a cruising victory in the opening game of the championship series. They stunned visiting Tobol for 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. The second game is scheduled for today. Sergei Kazantcev (212-C-84) scored 16 points and grabbed 6 boards to pace the effort.
Barsy Atyrau started the game aggressively. They hosts accounted for 25 points in the opening term and grabbed a 7-point lead. Tobol could not match the effort as Barsy started the get away in the second stanza. Barsy outgunned their opponents 27:13 for a comfortable 52:31 halftime advantage. Barsy maintained the pressure in the third quarter. They established a 27-point lead with ten minutes remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) stepped up with 13 points for Barsy. Pavel Ilin (202-F-92) and Dmitri Dyatlovsky (195-G-85, agency: Promotex) had 11 points each in the victory. Aleksandr Golubev (196-F-78) responded with 16 points for Tobol. Nikolay Krylov (211-C-81) netted 14 points in the loss.

Barsy: Sergei Kazantcev 16, Dmitriy Klimov 13, Pavel Ilin 11, Dmitri Dyatlovsky 11
Tobol: Aleksandr Golubev 16, Nikolay Krylov 14

Meanwhile Astana Tigers stepped closer to the Bronze medals following two home wins over Kaspiy. Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F/G-86) tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 69:57 win in Game 1. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) stepped up with 25 points in the second game as Astana claimed a 73:70 victory.



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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Vilmantas DILYS
  Naglis-Adakris
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Dilys, Naglis-Adak.16.4 
 2. Dimsa, Nevezis16.0 
 3. Kieza, Juventus15.3 
 4. Dilys, Perlas14.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis14.9 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas14.8 
 7. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.0 
 8. Ruikis, Neptunas13.9 
 9. Lowe, Naglis-Adakr.13.6 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Ais.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kieza, Juventus9.5 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siaul.9.2 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.8 
 4. Klimavicius, Zalgi.7.1 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.1 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.7 
 7. Adomavicius, Alytu.6.5 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas6.5 
 9. Valukonis, Techas.6.4 
 10. Dilys, Naglis-Ada.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.2 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techa.5.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.4 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 7. Lowe, Naglis-Adakr.4.1 
 8. Collins, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Janavicius, Siauli.4.0 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Ais.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techa.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.1 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudup.2.1 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakr.1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techa.1.9 
 6. Sinica, Rudupis1.7 
 7. Valukonis, Techas.1.7 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 9. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.7 
 10. Jasikevicius, Ais.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Deng GAI
  Naglis-Adakris
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gai, Naglis-Adakris2.9 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 4. Silinskis, Techasas1.6 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 8. Gumenyuk, Siauliai0.8 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgi.0.8 
 10. Petrukonis, Perlas0.8 


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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 22-5 
 2. Hermosillo 19-8 
 3. Culiacan 18-9 
 4. Guasave 16-11 
 5. Nogales 14-13 
 6. Guaymas 14-13 
 7. Mexicali 13-14 
 8. Tijuana 12-15 
 9. Tepic 4-23 
 10. Los Mochis 3-24 


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. White, Cananea27.9 
 2. Gale, Mexicali27.5 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic24.9 
 5. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 6. Gabbidon, Tijuana23.9 
 7. Tate, Tijuana23.9 
 8. White, Los Mochis23.3 
 9. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 10. Thomas, Cananea23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Moss, Nogales10.7 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 3. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic9.3 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Avila, Culiacan8.4 
 8. Rougeau, Culiacan8.1 
 9. Gonzalez, Culiacan7.9 
 10. Tate, Tijuana7.7 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Funn, Guasave8.3 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.2 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.6 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.8 
 6. White, Cananea4.6 
 7. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Brown, Tepic4.1 
 10. Meza, Culiacan4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Davin WHITE
  Cananea
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. White, Cananea2.1 
 2. Rougeau, Culiacan1.9 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.9 
 4. Brown, Nogales1.8 
 5. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 6. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 7. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 8. White, Los Mochis1.6 
 9. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Gonzalez, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Thomas, Hermosillo2.5 
 4. Brown, Nogales2.5 
 5. Gale, Mexicali2.4 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 7. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 8. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 9. Habel, Guaymas2.2 
 10. White, Los Mochis2.1 


Mexicali lands center Scott Vandermeer - by Eurobasket News
Mexicali came up with important signing. The Mexican outfit landed American big guy Scott VanderMeer (213-C-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) for rest of the season. Vandermeer already made his debut with Mexicali collecting 22 points and 16 rebounds in 67-70 defeat against Culiacan. He reached valuation 35.
Scott VanderMeer finished 2010/11 season with the NBA D-League team Iowa Energy. He helped Energy win the title with 6.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 bpg in 42 games. In 2009/10, Vandermeer played in Switzerland as a member of Lugano Tigers. He had 5.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.3 bpg helping the Tigers win the LNA title. They also reached Swiss League Cup Finals. Scott VanderMeer is a product of Illinois-Chicago University, where he graduated in 2009. He had 10.3 ppg and 8.9 rpg for them as a senior.


CIBACOPA Round 27: Caballeros de Culiacan beats Bomberos de Mexicali by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (13-14) was very close to win a game against third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (18-9) on Tuesday. Caballeros de Culiacan managed to secure only three-point victory 70-67. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bomberos de Mexicali. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bomberos de Mexicali won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Bomberos de Mexicali outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 47-35 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 10 blocks. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) contributed with 16 points and 4 blocks for the winners. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for Bomberos de Mexicali. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 18-9 record having four points less than leader Cananea. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are again looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#7) at home in the next round. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (19-8) against fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (16-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Rayos de Hermosillo was defeated by Frayles de Guasave in Guasave 107-89. It was a great evening for American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. William Funn helped adding 8 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists. The best for the losing side was Jordanian-American swingman Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-87, college: Minnesota) with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Rayos de Hermosillo lost their third game in a row. They keep the second position with eight games lost. Frayles de Guasave will again play against league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round.
CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (22-5) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-13) 86-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. American players dominated the game. It was a quality performance for Derek Thomas who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Craig Winder came up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Ostioneros de Guaymas in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. They maintain first place with 22-5 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play again against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game between 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-24) and eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-15) in Los Mochis ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tijuana outscored Pioneros Los Mochis 111-82. The best player for the winners was Cyrus Tate who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Tijuana Zonkeys maintains eighth place with 12-15 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 Tepic was beaten by Nogales on the road 103-91.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 52 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Cleotis Brown of Tepic.


Los Mochis - Tijuana 82-111

The game between 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-24) and eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-15) in Los Mochis ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tijuana outscored Pioneros Los Mochis 111-82. It looked good early as Pioneros Los Mochis took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tijuana Zonkeys had a 31-17 second period charge getting the lead and Pioneros Los Mochis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-111. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 58 and made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Pioneros Los Mochis 55-33 including a 40-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tijuana Zonkeys brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Albertson) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Tijuana Zonkeys and five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains eighth place with 12-15 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play again at home against Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: C.Tate 34+12reb+1ast, T.Gabbidon 24+16reb+4ast, J.Watson 18+7reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 14+10reb+3ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 10+2reb, L.Ramirez 9+3reb+6ast
Los Mochis: J.Estrada 18+2reb+1ast, D.White 17+8reb+9ast, J.Favela 14+1reb+4ast, E.Hare 14+8reb+1ast, F.Ibarra 11+10reb, A.Verdugo 5+1reb
gschID: 122925


Nogales - Tepic 103-91

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (14-13) beat at home 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (4-23) 103-91. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Coras de Tepic was better in second period 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 40. Fuerza Guinda Nogales brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Noah Brown (186-81, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded 52 points (!!!) and 4 assists and the other American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 23 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be again Coras de Tepic (#9) on the road.
Top scorers:
Nogales: R.Moss 24+11reb+1ast, N.Brown 24+5reb+3ast, J.Walker 22+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 13+9reb+2ast, B.Heredia 9+1reb+1ast, J.Mercado 7+3reb
Tepic: C.Brown 52+4reb+4ast, I.Brown 16+7reb+2ast, J.Pablo Bravo 8+3reb+3ast, J.Parker 6+3reb+2ast, R.Aguilar Nery 3+4reb, H.Ibanez 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 122926


Guasave - Hermosillo 107-89

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (19-8) against fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (16-11) on Tuesday night. Visiting Rayos de Hermosillo was defeated by Frayles de Guasave in Guasave 107-89. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo was better in third quarter 31-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave dominated on the defensive end, holding Rayos de Hermosillo to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Frayles de Guasave players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points. His fellow American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) helped adding 8 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Jordanian-American swingman Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-87, college: Minnesota) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Rayos de Hermosillo lost their third game in a row. They keep the second position with eight games lost. Frayles de Guasave will again play against league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Barrett 29+4reb+3ast, K.Sowell 23+5reb+5ast, A.Izaguirre 21+6reb+2ast, J.Acosta 9+1reb+1ast, W.Funn 8+10reb+16ast, F.Bojorquez 6+1reb
Hermosillo: J.Abu-Shamala 22+6reb+3ast, M.Gray 22+6reb+3ast, T.Thomas 19+4reb+7ast, J.Manuel Esteva 8+7reb+5ast, E.Medina 7+2reb+1ast, J.Camacho 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122927


Guaymas - Cananea 78-86

CIBACOPA top team - Mineros de Cananea (22-5) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (14-13) 86-78. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mineros de Cananea made 11 blocks. American players dominated the game. It was a quality performance for forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) came up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Ostioneros de Guaymas in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mineros de Cananea. They maintain first place with 22-5 record. Loser Ostioneros de Guaymas keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Nogales. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play again against the league's leader Mineros de Cananea (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 23+5reb+3ast, B.Brown 18+9reb, D.White 16+2reb+9ast, O.Zuniga 7+1reb+2ast, C.Uribe 6+3reb, J.Casillas 5+2reb+2ast
Guaymas: J.Habel 16+9reb+1ast, C.Winder 16+5reb+6ast, F.Benitez 13+8reb+3ast, R.Benitez 10+1reb, H.Nungaray 9+7ast, J.Luis Bucio 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 122923


Culiacan - Mexicali 70-67

Seventh-ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (13-14) was very close to win a game against third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (18-9) on Tuesday. Caballeros de Culiacan managed to secure only three-point victory 70-67. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bomberos de Mexicali. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bomberos de Mexicali won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Bomberos de Mexicali outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 47-35 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 10 blocks. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Quentin Gonzalez (200-84, college: McNeese St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) contributed with 16 points and 4 blocks for the winners. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bomberos de Mexicali. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 18-9 record having four points less than leader Cananea. Bomberos de Mexicali at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan are again looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#7) at home in the next round. Bomberos de Mexicali will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: Q.Gonzalez 20+12reb, M.Moore 16+2reb+3ast, A.Henning 11+8reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 8+8reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 7+2reb, D.Meza Rogel 6+3reb+5ast
Mexicali: S.Vandermeer 22+16reb+2ast, J.Penny 19+6reb, H.Carrillo 9+9reb, M.Gale 8+12reb+2ast, R.Lopez 6+2reb, J.Ortega 2
gschID: 122924




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ASS Sale clinch Throne Cup title - by Eurobasket News
ASS Sale celebrated the Throne Cup title. They overcame Raja de Casablanca 72:68 in the Final to take the third Throne Cup trophy in a row. ASS Sale had to overcome pesky Wydad Casablanca in the semis to reach the title game. Wydad earned a 65:64 win in the first game of the best-of-two series but it was not enough. ASS Sale claimed a 78:65 success in the second game to advance into the title game.
Raja de Casablanca prevailed against Chabab Al Hoceima. Losing the opening game by 5 points Raja de Casablanca bounced back with a 17-point win in Game 2.
Raja de Casablanca looked good early in the Final. They led by five points after the opening term 18:13. But ASS Sale gradually took over in the second frame. They erased the deficit and pulled in front for a 38:32 halftime lead. ASS Sale outscored their opponents 23:11 in the third term and rallied to the victory afterwards.



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Players unhappy with owners' new offer - by Eurobasket News
NBA players are not happy with the latest formal collective bargaining proposal from the league's owners, saying the new offer of a 10-year deal is only marginally different from the original one the owners made.

'Unfortunately, the proposal is very similar to the proposal the league submitted over a year ago,' union president Derek Fisher told ESPN.com. 'This last proposal doesn't look close to what we were expecting.'

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league delivered its offer to the union last week.

It is the second formal offer made by the owners, who are seeking significant rollbacks in existing contracts, a hard salary cap and a larger share of basketball related income -- 57 percent of which is guaranteed to the players under terms of the existing labor agreement, which expires June 30.

Union director Billy Hunter has previously said the players are willing to give up their 57 percent guarantee, but he wants to keep most other elements of the existing deal. But the owners have taken a hard-line stance in arguing that a new economic operating system is needed to give all 30 NBA teams an equal chance to be profitable and to contend for a championship.

In their initial proposal, the owners sought a reduction of nearly $800 million in salaries for the 2011-12 season. Players were paid a total of approximately $2.1 billion this season, and Stern said last month that the league is projecting a $300 million loss for the current season. The union has disputed that number, saying a majority of those costs are attributable to depreciation, along with interest payments on loans used to finance the purchase of teams.

The owners' new proposal still seeks a similar financial cutback, though it would be phased in over the first two seasons.

'We are taking a close look at each piece of the proposal, and I along with my players and executive committee will be determining what next steps best move this process forward,' Fisher said. 'I continue to work on this daily, take this very seriously, and have a responsibility to my players to try and get a deal done.'

Hunter, who has said publicly in recent months that there is a 99 percent chance of the lockout if the owners insist on sticking to the terms of their original proposal, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The NBA has not had a work stoppage since 1998, when the league lost games because of a labor dispute for the first time in its history. But the owners emerged from that fight with two significant cost control mechanisms the luxury tax paid by the highest spending teams, and the escrow tax withheld from players paychecks to ensure that the owners do not pay out more than 57 percent of designated revenues in lieu of getting a 'hard' salary cap to replace the existing 'soft' cap system in which teams can exceed the salary cap through several means, including the Larry Bird exception (which allows teams to exceed the cap to retain their own free agents) and the mid-level exception (which allows over-the-cap teams to acquire an additional free agent at a price equal to the league's median salary).

The union made its only formal proposal to the owners last summer, and the sides have engaged in numerous informal meetings since then. Currently, both sides are keeping a close eye on developments in the NFL labor stalemate, where the players union has decertified and successfully sued in federal court to have the lockout lifted, although an appeals court has issued a temporary stay that has effectively re-imposed the lockout until the matter is further reviewed. 'With the recent news that Round 1 ratings are at an all time high, the popularity of the game globally has never been higher, we have to work to keep this going in the right direction,' Fisher said. 'I will continue to urge our players to be prepared in the event of a lockout, but will remain steadfast in my efforts to drive this process forward.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Nene may opt out of contract with Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
On the table in front of Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) are two choices: Take the last year of his contract, which would keep him with the Nuggets, or opt out of his contract, which could make him a former member of the Nuggets.

While no final decision has been made, Nene said Monday he is strongly considering opting out of the final season of his six-year, $60 million contract, which would pay him $12 million, and testing the free-agent market.

After nine seasons in the NBA, Nene has full control of his future and it could take hard work for the Nuggets to make him happy enough to return.

'I've been here for nine years,' said Nene, 28. 'If that doesn't work how you want it, you need to sit down and evaluate everything and see what you can do.'

The overarching issues in this situation are his level of happiness with the Nuggets and, ultimately, his value on the open market.

Players similar to him - Utah's Al Jefferson, Chicago's Carlos Boozer and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge - will make $11 million to $14 million next season. The NBA's new collective bargaining agreement will have the final say about what the market can offer Nene, but he stands to command big dollars.

Nuggets executives Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke have said they want Nene back, but will have to ask themselves how high they want to go.

But it's not all about the next contract for Nene. There is a large component of appreciation that Nene says is missing, and that's proving to be equally as important as the dollars.

'If I play happy, if I enjoy the game, my game improves,' Nene said. 'I did my best for the team, for the city. I tried to do my best for the fans. But the (Nuggets) need to understand you need to see the return on the other side, or you need to look for it. You need to look for it sometimes.

'They don't realize all of the sacrifices I made. When you don't feel appreciated, it's hard.'

During his career in Denver, Nene has had to battle back from major injuries and ailments: a torn ACL in his right knee in the 2005-06 season opener, a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb in November 2007 and a bout with testicular cancer in January 2008.

Nene made it through and has been a durable player the past three seasons, playing no fewer than 75 games.

This season, Nene set a career high in field-goal percentage (.615). The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil was near career highs in points (averaging 14.5), free-throw percentage (.711) and rebounds (averaging 7.6).

'I'm very professional. I do my best and I want the team to do their best too look good, have the best players they can have, be smart,' Nene said.

And he intends to continue operating in that fashion whether it's with the Nuggets or another team.

'Nine years you give your best to represent the Denver Nuggets name,' Nene said. 'There's not many players that take that seriously, that name. I did because I want to be here. I want to retire here. But God says you know your present, but your future is in his hands.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Game 2: A late 14-0 run lifts Heat past Celtics, 102-91 - by Eurobasket News
With the outcome decided in the final seconds, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) walked toward Mario Chalmers to begin his version of a celebration.

He playfully punched his teammate twice in the chest.

Fitting, because James and the Miami Heat have now landed two blows against the Boston Celtics.

James scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 28 and the Heat used a late 14-0 run to pull away and beat the aching Celtics 102-91 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.

'Feel good about it,' James said. 'Series is far far, far, far away from over. It's really just beginning for us.'

James shot 14 of 25 from the field, and logged 44 minutes with no turnovers. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which leads the best-of-seven 2-0.

Game 3 in Boston isn't until Saturday night, and the Celtics may be particularly thankful for the break.

Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) played through a balky back to score 20 points and add 12 assists for Boston, which got 16 points from Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) and 13 from Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) who retreated to the locker room for treatment on his strained left Achilles' in the first half. Ray Allen was held to seven points, and left with what he said was a bruised chest cavity courtesy of an elbow from James in the third quarter.

'Being down 2-0 doesn't scare any of us, doesn't make us nervous,' Allen said. 'It's just an opportunity to come out shining.'

Boston tied the game at 80 on a pair of free throws by Pierce with 7:10 left. The Celtics missed their next six shots and Miami pulled away, taking command of both the game and the series.

'That's our staple. We know the only way for us to win games, especially in the playoffs, is to play defense,' James said. 'Everyone has each other's back. If one guy gets beat, another steps up. They made a run, a heck of a run ... but we just kept grinding, kept playing our principles, and we finally wore them down.'

Jeff Green scored 11 and Delonte West added 10 for the Celtics.

Even for a franchise with such fabled history as the Celtics, an 0-2 deficit represents a colossal challenge.

This is now the ninth time Boston has dropped the first two games in a best-of-seven series. In the previous eight, the Celtics prevailed only against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1969 NBA finals.

And it's something this group of Celtics has never faced before, either.

The last time Boston lost the first two games of a playoff matchup was in 2004, when it was swept by Indiana. The current core of Celtics had lost Game 1s four other times before this series, then bounced back to win Game 2 each time, against Chicago and Orlando in 2009, then Cleveland and the Lakers in 2010.

Not this time.

'Nothing we can do about it,' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. 'We've got a third game and we've got to take care of that. Whatever the past is, it is. They've won two games at home. But we can't allow them to play like this, or it's going to be tough at our place.'

To win this series, Boston will need to prevail four times in a five-game span which it did in the first round against Miami last year, then again in the second round at the expense of James and the Cavaliers in the East semis. So it can be done, but neither James (7-0) nor Wade (5-0) has ever been part of a playoff series defeat after their clubs won the first two games.

'This is a great team we are going against right now,' James said. 'We're just trying to give ourselves a good chance to win, just try to keep on attacking them, playing as hard as we can defensively, just trying to wear them down throughout the game, but it's a great team.'

That's one of the titles the Heat are trying to claim, too.

James won the MVP award in 2009 and 2010, his reign officially ending a couple hours before Tuesday's game when the NBA made the long-expected announcement that Chicago's Derrick Rose was this season's top player.

James' name did not appear on nine of the 121 ballots cast. Wade was entirely left off all but 10 of the ballots; voters were asked to rank the league's best five players.

They noticed.

'At the end of the day, we don't really play this game for individual awards,' Wade said. 'He has two MVP trophies, which is awesome. I have a finals MVP trophy. Our body of work speaks for itself. What we've done in this game speaks for itself.'

The Celtics had more than a chance to avoid the 0-2 hole.

James scored 12 points in the third quarter, one more than he managed in the first half, to help Miami take a 72-67 cushion into the final 12 minutes. James then added the first basket of the fourth, but Boston answered with a 13-6 run over the next 4 minutes to knot the game at 80.

The outcome was undecided momentarily.

That's when Miami's big run began, including a three-point play where James dunked and got fouled after Joel Anthony kept an offensive rebound alive. Chalmers started it all with a 3-pointer his only points of the night off a pass from Wade, and Miami was on its way.

'Great trust,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Jermaine O'Neal had a chance to end Boston's drought with 4:53 left, but his dunk was partially blocked by Anthony and bounced off the rim. James hit a long jumper from the left corner 17 seconds later, pushing the Heat lead to 92-80, their biggest to that point and the celebration was underway a few minutes later.

'Now the mental discipline begins,' Spoelstra said. 'This thing is just getting started.'

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Bench leads Thunder past Grizzlies, 111-102 to even series - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant's (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) supporting cast came alive to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder out of a perilous 0-2 hole in the Western Conference semifinals.

Durant scored 26 points, James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) led an outburst by Oklahoma City's bench with 21, and the Thunder evened their series with Memphis by beating the Grizzlies 111-102 in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

After scoring just 16 points in a Game 1 loss, the Thunder's bench tripled that amount and put Oklahoma City firmly in control with an 18-6 run to start the fourth quarter.

'It was a classic desperate team, more aggressive team,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. 'I say the desperate team usually wins, and they were the desperate team in their play, which was a sense of urgency and aggressiveness.

'They came out and attacked.'

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) scored 24 and his backup, Eric Maynor (6'2''-G-87, college: VCU), added 15 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City's bench held a 48-29 scoring edge.

'That's what they've done all year, and that's why we are in this position, because they've done either a good job of catching up or extending leads,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. 'I thought they were outstanding tonight.'

Mike Conley (6'1''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) scored 24 for Memphis, which cut a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to six in the final minute.

Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) combined to make just five of 22 shots for 28 points just over half their total from the opener. The interior tandem helped Memphis dominate the paint for 52 points in Game 1, but the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 38-34 this time by deploying frequent double-teams.

The Thunder finally shook free from Memphis with the bench's big run, featuring three 3-pointers by Maynor and seven points from Harden.

Harden hit three free throws including one after Darrell Arthur was called for a technical for bumping him in retaliation then turned a steal into a fast-break layup. Maynor's third 3 gave Oklahoma City its first 20-point lead at 94-74 with 7:27 remaining, and Daequan Cook followed about a minute later with another 3 to bump the lead to 21.

The Thunder made their first four 3-pointers to start the fourth.

When Maynor and Cook finally were pulled in favor of Durant and Westbrook with just under 5 minutes left, the pair got a standing ovation.

'I expect James Harden especially and Eric Maynor to have at least one big game in the series,' Grizzlies forward Sam Young said. 'They are great players and they are in this position for a reason.

'We expect big things out of them and that's why we have to prepare a little better and come out next game with more intensity.'

Game 3 is Saturday night in Memphis.

'It's going to be a physical series and it's going to be long. We didn't think it would be easy,' Gasol said.

'We go home with a split and that's better than 0-2.'

Conley hit two 3-pointers and converted a three-point play during a 19-5 comeback that got Memphis within 104-98 with 46 seconds left, before Westbrook and Nick Collison made a pair of free throws apiece to close it out.

'We just didn't have enough fight in us,' Hollins said.

The Thunder lost starting power forward Serge Ibaka who blocked the most shots in the NBA in the regular season to an apparent right knee injury with 2:09 remaining in the game. He hobbled to the locker room after fouling Conley and crashing to the floor along the baseline.

Ibaka had been late out of the locker room at halftime after hurting his knee late in the first half, but rode a stationary bike in a tunnel before returning to the game in the third.

'When I was in the game, I was fine,' said Ibaka, who had both ice on both knees in the locker room. 'After a timeout, when I would stand up to go on the court, that's when I would feel it.'

'We've got three days off,' he added, 'so I hope to be OK.'

Randolph, the star of Game 1 with a playoff career-high 34 points, made only two of his 13 shots and scored 15 points. Gasol was 3 for 9 for 13 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. Randolph had nine boards.

But neither was close to being as effective as in the opener.

'It's a physical game. We just tried to be more focused and more physical and more aggressive, to get contact first,' Ibaka said. 'That's what we did.'

The Grizzlies shot 44 percent and committed 16 turnovers to contribute to 17 fast-break points for Oklahoma City.

'You can't turn the ball over and play good defense at the same time. It just doesn't work that way,' Hollins said. 'I just thought we turned it over way too much and we settled way too much.'

Still, they're heading home with home-court advantage after an upset in the opener and will continue their quest to become the first No. 8 seed to reach the Western Conference finals.

The Thunder got out to a 28-17 lead after the first quarter by keeping Memphis off of the offensive glass and holding Randolph and Gasol in check. The inside tandem started Game 1 going a perfect 7 for 7, but made just one of seven attempts in the first period this time.

Memphis got within 36-33 midway through the second quarter when Arthur made a hook shot after the Grizzlies' fourth offensive rebound on a single possession, but Durant rallied Oklahoma City to restore the lead.

He followed a fallaway 16-footer along the right baseline with a steal and a fast-break layup, punctuating it with a swinging fist pump before stepping to the line to finish his three-point play. The Thunder lead reached a dozen before Conley's 20-foot jumper in the final second made it 54-44 at halftime.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


If Pistons fire John Kuester, ex-assistant Mike Woodson is an option - by Eurobasket News
If John Kuester is fired as Pistons coach, one candidate for the job could be someone who, like Kuester, was an assistant coach under Larry Brown when the Pistons won the championship in 2004.

Mike Woodson, 53, said he spent the perfect season in Detroit in 2004.

'Before I came to Detroit, I worked for various coaches,' Woodson said. 'All of them were good for me, dating back to Chris Ford, who gave me my first opportunity to coach. Then George Karl and Randy Wittman, and all those guys were wonderful coaches. But when I got with Larry Brown it just ... My attitude really changed about my approach to coaching because he was so organized, not that the other coaches weren't. Larry was just a little different. He delegated and gave us responsibilities. He treated you like you were a head coach.

'You normally have some type of conflict down the road. We had nothing. That team was so close-knit. It was meant to be.'

Woodson was an assistant under Ford in 1996-98 with the Bucks. Karl took over as head coach of Milwaukee in 1998-99. Woodson worked under Wittman in 1999-2001 in Cleveland before assisting Brown in Philadelphia in 2001-03. He went to Detroit with Brown in 2003-04.

Woodson left the Pistons to coach the Atlanta Hawks, taking them from 13 victories in 2004-05 to 53 in 2009-10. But he was fired after the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs by Orlando in 2010.

Woodson, who owns a home in Katy, Texas, interviewed with the Houston Rockets last week.

'It was a good meeting, I thought,' Woodson said. 'I think they're looking for someone that can come in and be defensive-oriented in terms of helping their team defend and stop people.'

Courtesy of www.freep.com


Bulls' Rose practices, says injured ankle 'fine' - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) participated in the entire Chicago Bulls' practice Tuesday and coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose had no lingering effects from the left ankle he rolled in the waning seconds of Monday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

'He came in and didn't have any swelling,' Thibodeau said. 'He said he was fine and went through everything. So that was encouraging.'

Thibodeau also said Carlos Boozer went the entire practice and the turf toe in his right big toe is improving.

'He felt really well and was very active in practice,' Thibodeau said. 'That was encouraging. He has to get his timing. Once he gets that, he'll be fine.'

The Bulls play Game 2 against the Hawks in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night at the United Center.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Lakers send tape regarding officials' substitution ruling in Game 1 loss to Dallas - by Eurobasket News
Usually he carries his gripes about officiating to the media, but this time Lakers Coach Phil Jackson addressed those matters by sending tape to the league office.

Jackson expressed frustration after Tuesday's practice about not being able to make a substitution change in the Lakers' 96-94 Game 1 loss Monday to Dallas with 20.3 seconds remaining. With the Lakers leading, 94-93, and Dallas having called timeout, Jackson subbed in Andrew Bynum for Lamar Odom, but immediately wanted to send in Steve Blake for Odom instead after seeing the Mavericks were going with a lineup that featured a smaller unit, with Peja Stojakovic replacing Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea subbing in for Shawn Marion. The officiating crew, according to Jackson, said he wasn't allowed to make the change.

'The decision at the end of the game where we couldn't put a substitute in, I think was misplaced,' Jackson said. 'That was something that changed the complexity of the last play. I've never had that happen to me in a ballgame before. . . . In a dead-ball situation, someone can be substituted in or out. He doesn't have to be in there for a play.'

Jackson argued the lack of substitution helped change the course of the game because Bynum guarded Mavericks guard Jason Kidd on the inbounds play and tipped his pass, which prompted Lakers forward Pau Gasol to go for a steal and accidentally foul Dirk Nowitzki. His two free throws gave the Mavericks the lead for good with 19.5 seconds remaining.

It's a rare change of pace for Jackson to be tactful in his criticisms, considering he's drawn $245,000 worth of fines since May 2009, including a $75,000 hit to both Jackson and the Lakers for acknowledging last month that a potential lockout factored into his decision to retire from coaching after this season.

'If there was something that was egregious and I felt like Kidd was laying all over the top of Kobe [Bryant] and all that kind of stuff, coaches do that, try and gain that kind of thing. I don't see it,' Jackson said. 'I don't see anything happening in that ballgame that has to be brought to the attention [of the media] and that's not how they want us to do it anymore. They want us to send in tape and incidents to show that.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


East and West Semifinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
East
Chicago B. - Atlanta H. 86-73
Newly crowned MVP Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 25 points, Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-73 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night to tie the series. The top-seeded Bulls shook off a dismal performance in the opener and looked more like the team with a league-leading 62 wins, building a 14-point lead and ending the game on a 9-2 run after the Hawks got within six. Now, the series shifts to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4 Friday and Sunday, with Chicago at least in better shape after a 103-95 loss in Game 1. The night started with Commissioner David Stern presenting Rose the MVP trophy, and the superstar point guard showed just why he became the youngest player to win the award - at least in the first half, when he scored 16 points. He went cold after that and wound up hitting just 10 of 27 shots, going 1 of 8 on 3-pointers. He did convert 4 of 6 free throws after failing to get to the line in the opener. Whether the left ankle he sprained in the first round against Indiana and then twisted at the end of Game 1 was bothering him wasn't clear. At times, he seemed more aggressive, but the shots stopped falling. Noah helped pick up the slack. So did Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), who scored all but two of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds in the game. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke), bothered by a turf toe injury on his right foot, had eight points and 11 boards, and the Bulls let out a small sigh of relief after salvaging a split at home. *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com

Miami Heat - Boston C. 102-91
With the outcome decided in the final seconds, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) walked toward Mario Chalmers to begin his version of a celebration. He playfully punched his teammate twice in the chest. Fitting, because James and the Miami Heat have now landed two blows against the Boston Celtics. James scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 28 and the Heat used a late 14-0 run to pull away and beat the aching Celtics 102-91 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night. 'Feel good about it,' James said. 'Series is far - far, far, far - away from over. It's really just beginning for us.' James shot 14 of 25 from the field, and logged 44 minutes with no turnovers. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which leads the best-of-seven 2-0. Game 3 in Boston isn't until Saturday night, and the Celtics may be particularly thankful for the break. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) played through a balky back to score 20 points and add 12 assists for Boston, which got 16 points from Kevin Garnett and 13 from Paul Pierce - who retreated to the locker room for treatment on his strained left Achilles' in the first half. Ray Allen was held to seven points, and left with what he said was a bruised chest cavity courtesy of an elbow from James in the third quarter. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com



West
LA Lakers - Dallas M. 81-93
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 24 points, Shawn Marion added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks stunned the erratic Los Angeles Lakers 93-81 in Game 2 on Wednesday night, taking a 2-0 second-round lead over the two-time defending champions with consecutive road wins. Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) scored 10 points for the Mavericks, who pushed the Lakers halfway to playoff elimination with Nowitzki's stellar shooting, another steady defensive performance, and a decisive 9-0 fourth-quarter rally. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 23 points for the Lakers, who hadn't lost the first two games of a playoff series since the 2008 NBA finals _ also the last series they lost. Only three NBA teams have come back to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home, where the Lakers sent them off with boos and jeers. Game 3 is Friday night in Dallas. The Lakers also could be short-handed in Dallas: Ron Artest (6'7''-G-79, college: St.John's) was ejected with 24.4 seconds left for apparently clotheslining Dallas guard Jose Barea, possibly leading to a suspension. After years of playoff underachievement during owner Mark Cuban's tenure, the Mavericks certainly appear primed to change their reputation. Dallas, which won just one playoff series in the past four years before this spring, was more aggressive and inventive than the champs, maintaining a steady lead before breaking it open with nine straight points down the stretch in the rally led by Barea, who highlighted it with an impressive short shot directly over Andrew Bynum. Barea had 12 points and four assists. *Courtesy of www.newser.com

Oklah.City T. - Memphis G. 111-102
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) 's supporting cast came alive to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder out of a perilous 0-2 hole in the Western Conference semifinals. Durant scored 26 points, James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) led an outburst by Oklahoma City's bench with 21, and the Thunder evened their series with Memphis by beating the Grizzlies 111-102 in Game 2 on Tuesday night. After scoring just 16 points in a Game 1 loss, the Thunder's bench tripled that amount and put Oklahoma City firmly in control with an 18-6 run to start the fourth quarter. 'It was a classic desperate team, more aggressive team,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. 'I say the desperate team usually wins, and they were the desperate team in their play, which was a sense of urgency and aggressiveness. 'They came out and attacked.' Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) scored 24 and his backup, Eric Maynor, added 15 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City's bench held a 48-29 scoring edge. 'That's what they've done all year, and that's why we are in this position, because they've done either a good job of catching up or extending leads,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. 'I thought they were outstanding tonight.' Mike Conley scored 24 for Memphis, which cut a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to six in the final minute. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined to make just five of 22 shots for 28 points - just over half their total from the opener. The interior tandem helped Memphis dominate the paint for 52 points in Game 1, but the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies 38-34 this time by deploying frequent double-teams. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.2 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.11.9 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.0 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.0 
 10. Harris, New J.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwauke.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 6. Milicic, Minnesota2.0 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


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Gonzaga G Goodson leaving to pursue football - by Eurobasket News
Gonzaga guard Demetri Goodson (5'11''-G-89) has requested his release from the school so he can pursue playing college football at another school.

Gonzaga announced Goodson's decision on Tuesday night. Goodson, who would have been a senior, started all 35 games last season. His most memorable moment came in the 2009 NCAA tournament when Goodson scored on a length-of-the-court drive with .9 seconds left to beat Western Kentucky in the second round.

Goodson averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 assists last season.

Goodson could have two years of football eligibility remaining.

Courtesy of www.seattlepi.com


Pac-10 has new TV deal with Fox and ESPN, will start its own network - by Eurobasket News
The Pac-10 agreed to a 12-year television contract with Fox and ESPN on Tuesday worth about $3 billion, allowing the conference to quadruple its media rights fees and start its own network.

The contract, which will begin with the 2012-13 season, will be worth about $250 million per year, guaranteeing each of the 12 schools in the conference about $21 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced.

The contract is expected to be formally announced at a news conference in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The Pac-10 made less than $60 million in media rights this past season but became the latest conference to take advantage of the escalating market for college sports on television.

The ACC recently signed a deal for $155 million a year and the Big 12 reached a deal with Fox that made its total annual package worth about $130 million. The Pac-10, which will be renamed the Pac-12 in July with the additions of Utah and Colorado, topped those deals, as well as the $205 million the SEC gets and the $220 million paid to the Big Ten.

Rights to some football and men's basketball games were not sold to Fox and ESPN, preserving some premium property the conference can use for a Pac-12 network to go along with Olympic and other non-revenue sports, a person close to the deal said.

Unlike the Big Ten Network, which Fox has a 49 percent ownership share in, the Pac-12 will own its entire network. That could add difficulties in terms of getting wide distributions on cable and satellite systems but allows the conference to have complete control of its content and keep all the profits if the network is as successful as the Big Ten.

The conference will also launch a digital network to show games online that aren't on ESPN or Fox.

The deal with Fox and ESPN was first reported by Sports Business Daily, while The New York Times first reported details about the network.

This deal accomplishes all three goals Commissioner Larry Scott set out heading into negotiations: increasing revenue, getting more exposure and starting a Pac-12 network to provide an outlet to broadcast non-revenue sports and to help brand the conference.

Under this deal, Fox and ESPN will split the rights to college football games. ESPN will air its games on cable as well as ABC and Fox will show its games on its broadcast network, basic cable network FX and on the Fox Sports Net regional networks.

Men's basketball games will be split mostly between ESPN and Fox Sports Net, with ESPN also getting rights to some Olympic sports that will likely be aired on ESPNU.

The two entities will alternate showing the Pac-12 football championship game and the men's basketball tournament. Fox, which will air the inaugural football title game this season, will have the first football championship under this contract in 2012, with ESPN getting the men's basketball tournament later that season, a person familiar with the deal said.

Finalizing a media rights deal is the latest step in the transformation of the conference under Scott, who took over from Tom Hansen in July 2009.

Scott spearheaded last year's expansion effort and then got the schools to agree to an equal revenue sharing plan and aggregate all of their media rights at the conference level.

That set the stage for the television negotiations, which began in earnest April 1. While Comcast/NBC was an aggressive bidder and Turner Sports also was interested, incumbents Fox and ESPN won out.

This deal means full revenue sharing will kick in as soon as this contract begins. As part of an agreement to give up their historically larger share of television revenues, Southern California and UCLA were each to receive a $2 million premium any year that the media rights did not reach $170 million.

Courtesy of http://gazettenet.com


NCAA contacts UCF amid reports of illegal recruiting - by Eurobasket News
A Central Florida athletics department spokesman said its compliance department has been contacted by the NCAA amid reports of possible improper recruiting activities.

But associate director of athletics for communications Joe Hornstein said there hasn't been an on-campus visit by the NCAA regarding the basketball or football programs.

UCF confirms it is conducting an internal review of recruiting practices by its programs following reports by the New York Times and ESPN.com detailing a link with Ken Caldwell, who reportedly has ties with ASM sports agency.

The reports also said that Caldwell helped push athletes toward UCF and arranged to have coaches listen to conversations with some players - which would violate NCAA rules.

'We take the current allegations of NCAA violations very seriously,' Hornstein said in a statement on the allegations. 'Our review of this matter began immediately upon receiving notice. It is premature for us to provide comment regarding these allegations at this time, without having the opportunity to thoroughly and completely review the facts. Following our review we will appropriately address this matter.'

Hornstein said there is no timetable to complete its internal probe, as they are 'still in information-gathering mode.'

UCF athletics director Keith Tribble was attending an athletics tour stop and unavailable for comment.

A phone message left with Caldwell seeking comment was not returned.

UCF's probe is checking into the recruitment of highly ranked basketball recruits Michael Chandler and Kevin Ware, and football recruit DeMarcus Smith.

Chandler, from Indianapolis, Ind., was the No. 4-ranked center in the country and most-highly rated player UCF had ever signed when he inked national letter of intent last month to play for the Knights. He had previously committed to Louisville and Xavier.

Ware, from Conyers, Ga., was released from a national letter of intent he signed with Tennessee after coach Bruce Pearl was fired. He subsequently signed a grant-in-aid with UCF last month. But he recently backed out of his commitment to the Knights.

The same is true for Smith, a quarterback from Louisville, Ky. He originally verbally committed to Louisville, but wound up signing a national letter with the Knights. He had second thoughts in March and asked UCF coach George O'Leary for a release, but the coached denied it.

Phone messages left with Chandler and Ware were also not returned. The NCAA does not comment on any pending or active investigations.

Caldwell, who lives in Chicago, is characterized in the media reports as being similar to a runner, who works to direct college athletes toward agents.

In the reports Caldwell denied being tied to any agency and said he has only independently promoted the school - which his son also attends - to athletes that he knows. Those athletes include current UCF basketball junior A.J. Rompza, who went to high school in Chicago.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert to bypass senior season and remain in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert (6'5''-G-90) says he is remaining in the NBA draft.

Shumpert, who earlier announced plans to explore his options for the draft, said Tuesday he is bypassing his senior season and will hire an agent as he pursues his professional career.

The 6-foot-5 Shumpert became only the fourth player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. He averaged 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals.

Shumpert got the fourth triple-double in school history with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Virginia Tech on Jan. 25.

He indicated last month he would enter the draft if he was confident he would be picked in the first round or early in the second round.

Courtesy of www.wdbj7.com


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Georgetown (Ky.) exploring Division III - by Eurobasket News
Georgetown's Eddie Gray hit the game-winner in the NAIA Division I quarterfinals this past season.
Georgetown (Ky.), an NAIA athletic power and semifinalist in the NAIA Division I men's basketball tournament this past season, has sent a letter of membership interest to the NCAA to explore joining Division III, according to a report in the Georgetown News-Graphic.

The school, which is located just north of Lexington, Ky., said it has plans to apply for a Phi Beta Kappa charter. No school affiliated with the NAIA currently has PBK status.

Centre and Kentucky are the only schools in the state with a Phi Beta Kappa charter.

We have to determine if we stay in the NAIA, are we going to invest the money to remain a powerhouse, school president Bill Crouch told the newspaper. For instance, we have only played in one national championship in the past eight years. That was in volleyball. We used to be a powerhouse in the NAIA in terms of regularly playing for national titles. Our basketball team regularly gets to the national tournament, but there are 32 other teams.

Georgetown has cut athletic scholarships below the maximum level allowed in recent years (24 for football, 11 for basketball), according to sources. Football made the national playoffs but lost in the first round at MidAmerica Nazarene. Men's basketball, one of the few programs that is close to fully funded with scholarships, finished 32-5.

According to the newspaper report, Crouch said Division III is seen as more academically based than the NAIA. He also said membership in the NCAA would benefit the school in terms of reimbursement of postseason travel expenses, marketing and academic commitment.

Crouch also said that CNN runs Division III football scores on its ticker on Saturdays, but that seems to be inaccurate, at least during the regular season.
By Pat Coleman
Courtesy of: D3sports.com



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin MICKENS
  Auckland.
  (207-F/C-83)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Mickens, Auckland.21.7 
 2. Hudson, Manawatu.21.7 
 3. Dora, Nelson G.21.3 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.21.3 
 5. Polyblank, Southla.20.7 
 6. Pace, Bay Hawks20.5 
 7. Smith, Waikato P.20.4 
 8. O''Gallagher, Ocean.19.7 
 9. Bartlett, Auckland.18.3 
 10. Winitana, Bay H.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Craig BRADSHAW
  OceanaGo.
  (207-F/C-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bradshaw, OceanaG.11.3 
 2. Allred, OceanaGo.11.0 
 3. Johnson, Wellingt.10.3 
 4. Frank, Wellington10.0 
 5. Seay, Waikato P.9.3 
 6. Dawson, Southlan.9.0 
 7. Henry, Wellington9.0 
 8. Brown, Auckland P.8.7 
 9. Trousdell, Bay H.8.7 
 10. Bartlett, Aucklan.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy KENCH
  Manawatu J.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kench, Manawatu J.6.7 
 2. Le''afa, Wellingt.6.3 
 3. Dickel, Southland6.0 
 4. Martin, Auckland.4.7 
 5. O''Gallagher, Ocean.4.0 
 6. Smith, Waikato P.4.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington3.8 
 8. To''omata, OceanaG.3.3 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.3.0 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Hayden ALLEN
  Waikato P.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Allen, Waikato P.2.8 
 2. Smith, Waikato P.2.8 
 3. Kench, Manawatu J.2.7 
 4. Seay, Waikato P.2.3 
 5. Dickel, Southland2.3 
 6. Polyblank, Southla.2.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington1.8 
 8. Johnson, Wellingt.1.8 
 9. Horvath, Manawatu.1.7 
 10. Dawson, Southlan.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus CAMPBELL
  Taranaki.
  (214-C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Campbell, Taranaki.2.5 
 2. Seay, Waikato P.1.5 
 3. Anthony, Waika.1.3 
 4. Brown, Auckland P.1.3 
 5. Spicer, Southlan.1.3 
 6. Frank, Wellington1.3 
 7. Beck, Auckland P.1.0 
 8. Smith, Waikato P.1.0 
 9. Henry, Wellington1.0 
 10. Johnson, Wellingt.0.8 


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


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  PALESTINE   


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 11-0 
 2. Ibdaa D. 10-0 
 3. Bethlehem 7-3 
 4. Sarriyet 6-4 
 5. Hiteen 5-4 
 6. Berzeit Club 5-4 
 7. Al Ahli 5-5 
 8. Beit Sahour 4-5 
 9. Orthodox R. 4-7 
 10. Ebal 3-6 
 11. Qalandia 2-8 
 12. Islami 1-8 
 13. Al Fara 0-9 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia .
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy17.4 
 4. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 5. Michalak, Polonia16.0 
 6. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS15.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.15.3 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.14.7 
 10. Mis, SKK Siedlce14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS S.
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS9.2 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS S.8.6 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.5 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce7.9 
 6. Luszczewski, Start7.7 
 7. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.7.6 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.6 
 9. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.5 
 10. Ustarbowski, Gor.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK S.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.3 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.6.2 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.9 
 4. Sikora, Start Lubl.5.0 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Stoklosa, Spojnia4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sporti.4.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 9. Basinski, MMKS D.4.2 
 10. Glapinski, Sokol4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  Gor.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.8 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sporti.2.8 
 4. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 5. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.6 
 6. Michalak, Polonia2.5 
 7. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.4 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.2 
 9. Sikora, Start Lubl.2.1 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS D.
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.3 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.5 
 3. Lichodzijews., ISS1.3 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.3 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.1 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 7. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy1.0 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Pietras, Polonia 2.0.9 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szcze.0.9 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal17.0 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.7 
 4. Reynolds, AZS K.16.5 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Az.16.3 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.0 
 7. Bennerman, Energa14.5 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.14.5 
 9. NaNa, Polonia Azb.14.4 
 10. Thomas, PGE Turow14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK K.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.4 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.4 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azb.8.3 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.1 
 6. Easley, Polonia Az.7.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.6 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Reynolds, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Archibeque, Polph.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS K.
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Milicic, AZS K.6.6 
 2. Blassingame, Energ.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.4 
 4. Hodge, Zastal5.1 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.0 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco3.9 
 8. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
 9. Ewing, Asseco P.3.1 
 10. Harrington, Trefl3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Polonia Azbud
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hinson, Polonia Az.2.7 
 2. Blassingame, Energ.2.6 
 3. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 4. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 5. Skibniewski, Polph.2.4 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.2.3 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco2.2 
 8. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 9. Thomas, PGE Turow2.1 
 10. Reese, AZS Kosza.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK K.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Harris, SKK K.2.0 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Reynolds, AZS K.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Easley, Polonia Az.1.3 
 7. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma0.8 
 9. Miller, Anwil0.8 
 10. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 


1Liga Round 5 of Semi-Finals. LKS Lodz qualify for PLK - by Eurobasket News
MMKS DG - LKS Lodz 63-76

LKS Lodz overcame MMKS DG in the fifth game of the series to advance into 1Liga Finals. The victory also punched PLK ticket for the team. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. LKS Sphinx made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-G-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 4 steals. Forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) contributed with 11 points and 4 steals for the winners. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: M.Piechowicz 17+5reb, P.Zielinski 12+5reb, R.Basinski 11+1reb+2ast, P.Bogdanowicz 8+1reb+1ast, T.Wrobel 7+3ast, P.Zmarlak 6+3reb
LKS Lodz: B.Szczepaniak 18+3reb+2ast, M.Salamonik 11+4reb+2ast, K.Sulima 10+5reb, J.Dluski 9+4reb, D.Kalinowski 9+1reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 127942




PLK Round 7 of Semi-Finals. PGE Turow advance into championship series - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 77-67

PGE Turow finished off Trefl Sopot in the seventh game of the exciting semifinal series to reach the Finals. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-67. PGE Turow made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. PGE Turow outrebounded Trefl Sopot 42-26 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Trefl Sopot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side international forward Adam Waczynski (199-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with 18 points and the former international guard Pawel Kikowski (193-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Jackson 23+8reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 13+11reb+3ast, R.Tomaszek 12+8reb, M.Brkic 10+1reb+1ast, T.Thomas 8+4reb+1ast, D.Kickert 7+3reb+1ast
Trefl Sopot: A.Waczynski 18+3reb, P.Kikowski 13+5reb, L.Kinnard 11+3reb+2ast, S.Ljubotina 7+3reb+1ast, L.Harrington 6+6reb+5ast, F.Dylewicz 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 127946




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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN Round 11: Cangrejeros defeat Mets in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game of round 11 in the BSN took place in Guaynabo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Mets (9-6) to seventh ranked Cangrejeros (6-7) 78-76 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mets. Mets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for international power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (212-87, college: High School) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Cangrejeros' coach Rolando Hourruitiner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Cangrejeros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mets at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Cangrejeros is looking forward to face higher ranked Caciques (#4) in Humacao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mets will play on the road against Atleticos in San German and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Humacao. Third ranked Vaqueros (9-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Caciques (7-6) 95-92 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Caciques. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Rick Rickert accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Caciques in the defeat. Vaqueros moved-up to second place. Caciques at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Vaqueros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caciques will play at home against Cangrejeros (#5) in Santurce and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Arecibo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Mets (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Capitanes (6-7). Mets managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Angel Daniel Vassallo who scored 26 points and 4 assists. Danilo Pinnock produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Mets maintains third place with 9-6 record having just -3 point less than leader Quebradillas. Loser Capitanes dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Mets will meet Atleticos (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capitanes will play against Indios in Mayaguez and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Coamo where higher ranked Maratonistas (6-7) were upseton its own court by ninth ranked Gallitos (5-9) 89-66. Florentino Valencia orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gallitos maintains ninth place with 5-9 record. Maratonistas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Gallitos' next round opponent will be league's leader Quebradillas on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maratonistas will play against Atleticos (#8) in San German.

In the last game of round 11 Arecibo won against Isabela on the opponent's court 78-71.


Isabela - Arecibo 71-78

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Gallitos' (5-9) home loss to eighth ranked Capitanes (6-7) 71-78. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-21 Gallitos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-71 at the end of the game. Capitanes made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international swingman Antonio Latimer (204-78, college: Missouri So.) contributed with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Capitanes players scored in double figures. Capitanes' coach David Rosario allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Gallitos. Capitanes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Gallitos at the other side keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Capitanes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Indios (#10) in Mayaguez which should be theoretically an easy game. Gallitos will play on the road against the league's leader Quebradillas.
Top scorers:
Isabela: J.Verdejo 22+5reb+3ast, S.Randolph 17+11reb+1ast, L.Clinch 16+5reb+3ast, D.Hinson 8+2reb+3ast, F.Valencia 4+2reb, M.Mitchell 2+1reb+1ast
Arecibo: C.Donald 18+2reb+8ast, D.Santiago 14+4reb, J.Aubry 12+3reb+1ast, D.Pinnock 11+4reb+4ast, D.Cortes 7+2reb, A.Latimer 6+9reb+6ast
gschID: 125528


Coamo - Isabela 66-89

An interesting game took place in Coamo where higher ranked Maratonistas (6-7) were upseton its own court by ninth ranked Gallitos (5-9) 89-66. The game without a history. Gallitos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gallitos had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized American forward Florentino Valencia (198-85, college: Toledo, agency: Paris Global Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Valencia is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Lebanese forward Matt Freije (207-81, college: Vanderbilt, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 16 points and the former international center Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 6 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Maratonistas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gallitos maintains ninth place with 5-9 record. Maratonistas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Gallitos' next round opponent will be league's leader Quebradillas on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maratonistas will play against Atleticos (#8) in San German.
Top scorers:
Coamo: M.Freije 16+4reb+1ast, A.Ortiz 12+4reb+1ast, E.Rivera 7+1reb, R.Fields 6+7reb+1ast, M.Antonio Narvaez 6+12reb, C.Vega 6+1reb+5ast
Isabela: F.Valencia 18+10reb+2ast, L.Clinch 17+6reb+1ast, S.Randolph 14+14reb+2ast, D.Hinson 9+2reb+5ast, M.Mitchell 8+7reb+2ast, J.Verdejo 8+1ast
gschID: 125525


Humacao - Bayamon 92-95

Important game to mention about took place in Humacao. Third ranked Vaqueros (9-4) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Caciques (7-6) 95-92 on Monday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Caciques. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But Caciques won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaqueros players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Christian Dalmau (194-77, college: Daytona Beach CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 19 points respectively for Caciques in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vaqueros moved-up to second place. Caciques at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Vaqueros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caciques will play at home against Cangrejeros (#5) in Santurce and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Humacao: M.Ali Berdiel 19+4reb+2ast, I.Johnson 18+10reb, D.Clemente 16+2reb+6ast, J.Maye 13+4reb+2ast, J.Life 12, K.Penn 9+11reb+1ast
Bayamon: C.Dalmau 33+1reb+5ast, R.Rickert 16+12reb+3ast, T.Shannon 11+13reb+7ast, J.Mojica 10+5reb+4ast, C.Antrone Lee 8+5reb+2ast, R.Barbosa 7+3ast
gschID: 125526


Guaynabo - Santurce 76-78

The most exciting game of round 11 in the BSN took place in Guaynabo. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Mets (9-6) to seventh ranked Cangrejeros (6-7) 78-76 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mets. Mets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for international power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-87, college: High School) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Cangrejeros' coach Rolando Hourruitiner used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cangrejeros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mets at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Cangrejeros is looking forward to face higher ranked Caciques (#4) in Humacao in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mets will play on the road against Atleticos in San German and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 26+6reb+4ast, C.Escalera 16+4reb+4ast, M.Worthington 13+3reb, S.Pruitt 11+15reb+1ast, G.Colon 7+6reb, R.Dalmau 3+1reb+1ast
Santurce: R.Sanchez 21+6reb, W.Pagan 14+2ast, M.Sweetney 14+9reb, R.Chaney 10+10reb+3ast, W.Hodge 9+3reb+2ast, A.Reyes 4+2reb
gschID: 125527


Arecibo - Guaynabo 74-81

The game in Arecibo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Mets (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Capitanes (6-7). Mets managed to secure a 7-point victory 81-74 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Mets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was international swingman Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-86, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 26 points and 4 assists. The former international swingman Angel Luis Figueroa (196-81, college: Dowling, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Antonio Latimer (204-78, college: Missouri So.) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Capitanes players scored in double figures. Mets maintains third place with 9-6 record having just -3 point less than leader Quebradillas. Loser Capitanes dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Mets will meet Atleticos (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Capitanes will play against Indios in Mayaguez and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arecibo: D.Pinnock 22+13reb+4ast, D.Santiago 12+3reb, L.Ayuso 12, D.Cortes 11+5reb, A.Latimer 8+14reb+1ast, O.Alvarado 5+2reb
Guaynabo: A.Daniel Vassallo 26+2reb+4ast, A.Luis Figueroa 19+11reb, C.Escalera 15+6reb+4ast, S.Villegas 8+1reb, R.Dalmau 6+4reb+3ast, S.Pruitt 5+10reb+1ast
gschID: 125524




Capitanes sign Donald Copeland - by Eurobasket News
Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall) is a new member of Capitanes de Arecibo. The 27-year-old point guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Copeland started it with San German averaging 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds for 13 BSN games.
Donald Copeland spent 2010/11 season in Europe. He was a member of the German outfit Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. For 21 games in 1.Bundesliga Copeland registered 7.1 points and 4 assists. In 2010, he also played in Puerto Rico averaging 14 points and 4.7 assists for San German. For his performance Copeland was awarded with Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention -10. In 2009, he helped Turow reach the Polish league Finals. In the past, Copeland also played for Gigantes de Carolina, Polpharma (Poland), Bosna ASA BHT (Bosnia) and Coca-Cola Tigers (Phillipines).


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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.6 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas22.3 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.9 
 4. Robinson, Mayaguez21.8 
 5. Villegas, Coamo20.2 
 6. Clinch, Isabela19.7 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Brown, Quebradillas17.6 
 9. Johnson, Humacao16.8 
 10. Clemente, 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, Isabela11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.4 
 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, Isabela4.9 
 6. Cruz, Arecibo4.8 
 7. Vega, Coamo4.2 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 9. Garcia, Humacao3.8 
 10. Copeland, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eddin ''Guayito'' SANTIAGO
  Santurce
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Santiago, Santurce2.3 
 2. Hinson, Isabela2.1 
 3. Rodriguez, Guayna.2.0 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.9 
 5. Robinson, Mayaguez1.8 
 6. Harris, San German1.7 
 7. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 8. Chaney, Santurce1.5 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 10. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo1.9 
 5. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 6. Johnson, Humacao1.8 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon1.6 
 8. Randolph, Isabela1.5 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo1.5 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.1.5 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Polite.
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.8 
 2. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.7 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.20.6 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.2 
 5. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 7. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simms, Craiova11.0 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.10.1 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.4 
 5. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.1 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Carutasu, Steaua7.9 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.8 
 10. Eichelberger, Pit.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.4 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.3 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 8. Dawson, Polite.1.9 
 9. Blidaru, Ploiesti1.9 
 10. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Waterstradt, CSM B.0.9 
 10. Burlacu, Ploiesti0.9 


Round 3 of the Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Turabo - Ploiesti 88-84

Steaua remains alive in the Semifinal series as they won 88:84 in Game 3 over Ploiesti. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-84. Steaua Turabo made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Ploiesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international center Virgil Carutasu (204-76) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American guard Jason Westrol (191-88, college: Bentley, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Ploiesti. Five Steaua Turabo and four Ploiesti players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: J.Westrol 17+4reb+6ast, Q.Calhoun 16+5reb+3ast, C.Burlacu 16+10reb+2ast, D.Mack 11+1reb+3ast, L.Szijarto 8+5reb+4ast, K.Ford 7+4reb
Steaua Turabo: V.Stanescu 20+4reb, B.Popescu 13+6reb, V.Carutasu 13+15reb, H.Nikolov 11+10reb+4ast, J.Jackson 11+2reb+1ast, G.Hafnar 10+2reb
gschID: 127885


Gaz Metan - U.Mobitel.CN 83-77

Gaz Metan took 2-1 lead in the series aftr 83:77 win at home. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-77. Gaz Metan made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 U-Mobitelco turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by U-Mobitelco helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Deven Mitchell (196-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Mihai Silvasan (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 20 points in the effort for U-Mobitelco. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 24+12reb+1ast, M.Silvasan 20+2reb+2ast, K.Dykes 11+2reb+3ast, S.Thomson 10+2reb+1ast, T.Morris 5+1reb, B.Cuic 5+5reb+6ast
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 23+8reb+3ast, I.Ivanovic 22+7reb+3ast, T.Nicoara 21+4reb, T.Jucan 4+2reb+1ast, J.Howell 4+5reb+9ast, U.Velickovic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127886


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Lampe, Unics16.3 
 3. Baxter, Enisey16.2 
 4. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 5. Williams, Enisey15.6 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo15.1 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.4 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph13.7 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.13.6 
 10. Beverley, Spart.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Dynamo
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.6 
 2. Lampe, Unics7.1 
 3. Beverley, Spart.6.9 
 4. Baxter, Enisey6.7 
 5. Papadopoulos, Khi.6.4 
 6. Brezec, Krasnie6.3 
 7. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv6.1 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.0 
 10. Labovic, Enisey5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Williams, Enisey7.2 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie5.8 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph4.8 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.8 
 5. Popovic, Unics4.6 
 6. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.9 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.2 
 10. Samoylenko, Unics3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 3. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.6 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.5 
 5. Lyday, Unics1.4 
 6. Pashutin, Unics1.4 
 7. Labovic, Enisey1.4 
 8. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.4 
 9. Bremer, Krasnie1.4 
 10. Massey, Lokomotiv1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey VARLAMOV
  Triumph
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Varlamov, Triumph1.1 
 2. Eze, Khimky1.1 
 3. Kaun, CSKA1.0 
 4. Monya, Khimky1.0 
 5. Zabelin, CSKA1.0 
 6. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 7. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.9 
 8. Likhodey, Triumph0.9 
 9. Lampe, Unics0.8 
 10. Antonov, N.Novgo.0.8 


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.3 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 7. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 8. Zekovic, Beograd16.3 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 5. Jelovac, Mega V.6.6 
 6. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 10. Borovcanin, Sloga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.1 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.0 
 5. Mitrovic, Beograd4.9 
 6. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.6 
 7. Covic, FMP4.5 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.3 
 9. Atanackovic, Prole.4.3 
 10. Dundjerski, Beogr.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi S.1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Karalic, Crnokosa0.7 
 9. Zekovic, Beograd0.7 
 10. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 


Superleague Round 10: Partizan defeats Radnicki in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in the A League took place in Kragujevac. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Radnicki (6-4) to first ranked Partizan (8-1) 76-74 on Tuesday evening. Radnicki cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Dusan Kecman (197-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward James Gist (203-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-1 record. Radnicki at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Partizan are looking forward to face Metalac (#6) in Valjevo in the next round where they are favorite. Radnicki will play on the road against Mega Vizura and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#4) and OKK Beograd (#7). Crvena Zvezda (5-5) smashed visiting OKK Beograd (3-7) by 20 points 90-70. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and Uros Nikolic supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Even 19 points by swingman Srdjan Zivkovic (200-86) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda maintains fourth position with 5-5 record. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Crvena Zvezda will play against Metalac (#6) in Valjevo in the next round. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
The game in Valjevo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hemofarm (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Metalac (3-6). Hemofarm defeated Metalac 86-70 on Wednesday. Mladen Jeremic fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marko Ljubojevic produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Tamis. Loser Metalac keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Hemofarm will meet at home FMP Zeleznik (#5) in the next round. Metalac will play against the league's leader Partizan in Beograd and hope to secure a win.
Sixth ranked FMP Zeleznik (4-6) crushed at home 8th ranked Mega Vizura (2-8) by 25 points 96-71, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Filip Covic who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. FMP Zeleznik moved-up to fifth place. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. FMP Zeleznik's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hemofarm in Vrsac and it may be quite challenging game. Mega Vizura will play at home against Radnicki (#3) in Kragujevac.



Radnicki - Partizan 74-76

The most exciting game of round 10 in the A League took place in Kragujevac. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Radnicki (6-4) to first ranked Partizan (8-1) 76-74 on Tuesday evening. Radnicki cut a 14-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Dusan Kecman (197-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward James Gist (203-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Michael Lee (207-86) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-1 record. Radnicki at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Partizan are looking forward to face Metalac (#6) in Valjevo in the next round where they are favorite. Radnicki will play on the road against Mega Vizura and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Gist 16+2reb+3ast, D.Kecman 15+4reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 14+5reb, P.Bozic 11, J.Vesely 6+5reb+2ast, V.Lucic 5+2reb
Radnicki: N.Sulovic 22+7reb+2ast, P.Miletic 13+3reb, M.Cakarevic 10+6reb+2ast, S.Markovic 8+1reb+5ast, M.Lee 7+10reb+2ast, D.Mijatovic 5
gschID: 124170


FMP - Mega Vizura 96-71

Sixth ranked FMP Zeleznik (4-6) crushed at home 8th ranked Mega Vizura (2-8) by 25 points 96-71, which is the biggest margin this round. Mega Vizura was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 36-10 charge of FMP Zeleznik, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. FMP Zeleznik had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Mega Vizura's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Filip Covic (180-89, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 assists. American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 15 points and power forward Branislav Djekic (207-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Mega Vizura. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. FMP Zeleznik moved-up to fifth place. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. FMP Zeleznik's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hemofarm in Vrsac and it may be quite challenging game. Mega Vizura will play at home against Radnicki (#3) in Kragujevac.
Top scorers:
FMP: F.Covic 19+4reb+8ast, B.Bowman 16+7reb+3ast, A.Milutinovic 12+3reb+1ast, V.Ivelja 9+4reb, V.Radivojevic 9+2reb+5ast, I.Smiljanic 8+3reb+2ast
Mega Vizura: S.Jelovac 15+4reb+1ast, B.Milisavljevic 13+5ast, B.Djekic 13+6reb, N.Nikolic 9+1ast, A.Mitrovic 6+4reb+1ast, D.Cantekin 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 124171


Metalac - Hemofarm 70-86

The game in Valjevo was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hemofarm (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Metalac (3-6). Hemofarm defeated Metalac 86-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hemofarm. Metalac managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Marko Ljubojevic (202-84) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Stefan Bircevic (209-89) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hemofarm have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Tamis. Loser Metalac keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Hemofarm will meet at home FMP Zeleznik (#5) in the next round. Metalac will play against the league's leader Partizan in Beograd and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 16+5reb+3ast, M.Pavkovic 13+5reb+4ast, B.Savovic 11+6reb, J.Jordan 10+5reb, D.Andjusic 10+1reb, M.Sutalo 9+2ast
Metalac: S.Bircevic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Ljubojevic 13+6reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 12+5reb, M.Trtic 10+4reb, D.Kruscic 7+2reb+1ast, N.Peric 6
gschID: 124172


Crvena Zvezda - Beograd 90-70

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Beograd: Crvena Zvezda (#4) and OKK Beograd (#7). Crvena Zvezda (5-5) smashed visiting OKK Beograd (3-7) by 20 points 90-70. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. OKK Beograd was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to OKK Beograd's 32. They outrebounded OKK Beograd 41-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) supported him with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by swingman Srdjan Zivkovic (200-86) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda maintains fourth position with 5-5 record. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Crvena Zvezda will play against Metalac (#6) in Valjevo in the next round. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: N.Nedovic 20+2reb+3ast, S.Lesic 17+14reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 17+12reb+3ast, B.Bakic 16+5reb+4ast, V.Subotic 14+3reb+3ast, L.Drca 6+3reb+1ast
Beograd: S.Zivkovic 19+2reb+2ast, S.Dundjerski 13+5reb+4ast, D.Zekovic 11+2reb, U.Lucic 10+1reb, A.Tanaskovic 8+1reb+1ast, A.Vasic 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 124169




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Leaders Baya reach century mark in fifth win - by Carlos Pereira
Former mens division one champions Baya reached the century mark in a lopsided 113-53 victory over lowly Razors at the NSC Multipurpose hall on Saturday the same day the Rockers and the Hawks garnered big wins.

With Jean-Paul JP Camille hitting four treys for 12 of his game-leading 36 points, Baya got six more shots from downtown as they steamrollered coach-less Razors, who had three players scoring in double digits Ted Jumaye 15 points, captain Serge Radegonde 14 and Alex Baron 10.
With Dave Roseline getting 13 points, and Giovanni Laval and Hendricks Denis adding 12 apiece, coach Michel Malbrooks Baya were in total control, winning all four quarters 35-12, 24-9, 28-14 and 26-18 for their fifth win on the trot to go top in the 10-team standings on basket difference.
Baya and Premium Cobras are locked on 10 points after five wins in as many matches, but the former top the league with a basket difference of +128 compared to the latters +95.

One of the two teams will lose their invincibility when they clash this coming Saturday in what is expected to be a thrilling encounter.
Coach Guy Halls Cobras have the edge over Baya this year after beating them in a near blow-out 90-73 victory to reclaim the mens Curtain-raiser title on Sunday February 20.
Playmaker Nigel Sinon finished with a game-high 32 points, Pascal Bibi added 20 and Brian Morel got 18 as MBU Rockers finished three points short of the century mark in a 97-64 win over Drifters.

This was fifth-placed Rockers third win in five games for eight points, while last years second division winners Drifters are finding the going tough in the top flight with a fifth successive defeat, despite Arnaud Arissol netting 24 points.
After a shocking 61-63 loss to Mont Fleuri Dawgz in their third league outing on April 2, PLS Hawks rebounded to victory against RC Dynamics, beating them by 26 points 86-60.
Although RC Dynamics held the Hawks at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, they could not sustain the pressure, losing the remaining three quarters 15-23, 17-26 and 15-26.
Jean-Paul Desaubin finished with 22 points for RC Dynamics who have lost for the fourth time in six matches, while Nigerian Alao Solomon, who had 29 points, led three teammates point guard Bernard Bristol 17 points, veteran captain Jim Domingue 16 and Ron Estico 10 in double figures.

With a match in hand on fellow big guns Premium Cobras and Baya, defending champions PLS Hawks have three wins in four games for seven points.



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Nitra wins Game 3 of Extraliga Finals in two overtimes - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Nitra - Levice 96-94

Levice was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nitra forced 22 Levice turnovers and had a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. Guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) answered with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) added 13 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Levice. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nitra: J.Montgomery 27+5reb+1ast, R.Moore 18+7reb+10ast, R.Vido 16+10reb+1ast, P.Bosak 12+5reb+2ast, D.Erwin 8+6reb, M.Ziak 6+3reb+2ast
Levice: E.Henderson 31+9reb, J.Vojtek 18+4reb+2ast, D.Toroman 14+2reb+2ast, M.English 13+12reb+8ast, T.Kostomaj 9+3reb+3ast, R.Klein 5+5reb
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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.9 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 8. McCoy, Vahostav.18.1 
 9. Tomek, Nitra17.7 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Tomek, Nitra11.2 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.4 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Moore, Nitra7.0 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.6.0 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 6. English, Levice5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 3. Moore, Nitra2.4 
 4. English, Levice2.4 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 6. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.9 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  Levice
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Henderson, Levice2.3 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 6. Mroz, Nova Ves1.1 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 10. Votroubek, Nitra0.8 


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Krka again use big third quarter to remain unbeaten - by Zeljko Zule
In the rematch of 2011 Cup Spar finals, Olimpija crushed Helios by 30 points. Krka turned up the intensity in the second half, outscoring Elektra16-0 in the third quarter to take a convincing lead and ultimately claim its ninth straight win of the season. Hopsi never trailed against Maribor.
Olimpija-Helios 96-66: Olimpija opened the game with a 20-4 run including 13 straight points. They got an impressive play from the bench players, as they outscored the starters 59-37. Georgi Shermadini finished with 17 points, Samo Udrih added 12, Davis Bertans 11 and Vlado Ilievski and Vladimer Boisa both scored 10 points. Olimpija hit 10 3-pointers. Aljaz Korosec and Marko Lekic posted 11 points apiece for Helios and Benjamin Raymond had 10 points.
Elektra-Krka 56-79: After trailing 37-44 early in the third quarter, Krka went on a 16-0 span and its defense held Elektra scoreless for a 6:23 span. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, Goran Ikonic scored 12 points, Bojan Krivec 11 and Zoran Dragic and Chris Booker both 10 points. Elektra was outscored 19-44 in the second half. Salih Nuhanovic collected 16 points and 10 rebounds and Sinisa Bilic scored 10 points.
Hopsi-Maribor 84-64: Hopsi opened the game with a 15-2 run and had five scorers in double figures. Miha Vasl and Dmitry Sviridov posted 15 points apiece, Matej Venta 13, Stanko Sebic 12 and Uros Godler 11. Maribor was led by Ilija Zolotic with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Elvis Kadic and Davorin Skornik posted 13 points each.



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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.5 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.4 
 3. English, DKV J.15.1 
 4. McDonald, DKV J.15.1 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.14.6 
 6. Caner-Medley, Estu.14.5 
 7. Martinez, Valencia14.4 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.14.3 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.4 
 10. Davis, Cajasol12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca7.0 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.4 
 7. Trias, DKV Jovent.6.3 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.2 
 9. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 10. Doellman, Meridia.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.8 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.1 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 6. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 7. Prigioni, Real Mad.4.0 
 8. Salgado, Lagun A.3.9 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 10. Dumas, Valladolid3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cook, Valencia2.3 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 3. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 4. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 5. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 7. Ciorciari, Menorca1.6 
 8. Van Lacke, Vallado.1.6 
 9. Victor, Menorca1.5 
 10. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Andriuskevic., Mer.1.1 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Majstorovic, Manr.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 27-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-8 
 3. Valencia 23-9 
 4. Caja Laboral 21-11 
 5. Fuenlabrada 19-13 
 6. Gran Canaria 19-13 
 7. Bizkaia Bilbao 19-13 
 8. Unicaja 17-15 
 9. Valladolid 17-15 
 10. Estudiantes 16-17 
 11. CAI Zaragoza 15-17 
 12. Cajasol 15-17 
 13. DKV Joventut 14-18 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 11-21 
 15. Manresa 10-23 
 16. Meridiano 9-24 
 17. Granada 7-25 
 18. Menorca 7-25 


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall18.3 
 8. Rush, Sundsvall18.3 
 9. Gunnarsson, Solna17.1 
 10. Ryan, Boras16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Palm, Boras10.3 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.0 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.7.9 
 6. Brown, 087.9 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 8. Walker, Solna7.5 
 9. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.5 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 5. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 6. Smith, Uppsala4.4 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.0 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Baeringsson, Sund.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.9 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland1.9 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 5. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 6. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 7. Brown, 081.7 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.7 
 9. Rush, Sundsvall1.7 
 10. McCoy, Boras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John ROSENDAHL
  LF Ba.
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.1.8 
 4. Palm, Boras1.4 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping0.9 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Mosley, Eco Orebro0.8 


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LNB Round 1 of Finals. Bernex earn opening victory - by Eurobasket News
Neuchatel - Bernex 69-72

Bernex earned the first win in the championship series against Neuchatel. Neuchatel trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 37-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-72 at the end of the game. Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) scored 23 points for Bernex. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91) produced 17 points in the winning effort. Namik Zahirovic (192-F-77) answered with 15 points for Neuchatel. Anthony Marrucho chipped in 13 points in defeat.
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  UBL   


Texas 103 Mississippi 102 - by Ozzie Denson

The Texas Wranglers defeated the Mississippi Tornadoes in Jackson, Mississippi
this pass weekend. This was the best game of the season. The Wranglers was up by
20 points at halftime. But the Tornadoes came back in the 3rd quarter and with 3
sec. left in game was up by 1 point. But the Wranglers hit a big game winning
shot with no time left to take the victory. Texas 103 Mississippi 102


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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. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.2 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.6 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Burtt, Dnipro5.5 
 2. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.9 
 4. Sparks, BC Odessa4.8 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.8 
 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. Sirutavicius, Dnip.1.5 
 5. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.4 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
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. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 9. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.1 


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  URUGUAY   


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Larranaga 6-1 
 2. Nacional 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 2-5 
 9. 25 de Agosto 1-5 
 10. Verdirrojo 1-6 


Larranaga is again the Metro leader - by Hector Lopez
Larranaga recovered the leading for the Metro league, with a 6-1 record after beating Nacional 94-91, after two overtimes (75 and 82). Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) netted 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the winner, while Emiliano Giano (180-G-89) scored 31 for Nacional. Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL), for Nacional played 23 minutos without points and one rebound. Verdirrojo beat Yale 66-64. The scorer for Verdirrojo was Emiliano Baston (200-F-88), with 16 points and for Yale, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The game Atenas-25 de Agosto was postponed.

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LPB 2011 - Week 9 (Apr. 20th): Marinos sinks Gaiteros, Cocodrilos and Gigantes prevail - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui swept Gaiteros del Zulia in Maracaibo to climb to first place in the LPB 2011 regular season standings, while Cocodrilos de Caracas saved a series split against Bucaneros de La Guaira and so did Gigantes de Guayana by surprising Trotamundos de Carabobo in Valencia.

GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 83 - TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 77
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 13-24-21-19= 77
GIG: 19-18-19-27= 83

Scorers
GIG: Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83) 20 points and 6 rebounds, Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 18 points, Paul Stoll 15 points, 6 rebounds an 7 assists, Derwin Ramirez 8 points, Elvis Baez 8 points, Jorge Leon 5 points, Jose Ramos 4 points, Jose Juan Bravo 3 points, Marlon Patino 2 points, Jorge Diaz 0 points, Randy Vazquez 0 points, Daniel Macuare 0 points
TRO: Robert Gleen (201-F/C-89) 24 points, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) 11 points, Tomas Aguilera 11 points, David Cubillan 11 points, Raymond Sykes 10 points, Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 6 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 4 points, Dwight Lewis 0 points, Leiner Zerpa 0 points, Jorge Parra 0 points, Yorbis Umbria 0 points, Pedro Brito 0 points

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 99 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 68
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 17-18-10-23= 68
MAR: 21-22-37-19= 99

Scorers
MAR:
Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) 16 points, Tre Kelley (182-G-85) 15 points, Oscar Torres 14 points and 7 rebounds, Jeremis Smith 14 points and 6 rebounds, Manuel Briceno 10 points and 7 rebounds, Donta Smith 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals, Dennis D'Adezzio 6 points, Leonardo Cappare 6 points, Jorge Prada 3 points, Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) 2 points and 12 assists, Carlos Morris 2 points, Robert Yriarte 2 points
GAI: Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 18 points and 11 rebounds, Jaime Finol (195-F-87) 14 points and 9 rebounds, Morris Sierraalta (190-G/F-87) 12 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 7 points, Omar Mejias 6 points, Pedro Cubillan 5 points, Jamaal Thomas 5 points, Julio Miglionico 1 point, Lenin Lopez 0 points, Diandry Bracho 0 points

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 93 - BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 82
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
COC: 22-31-16-24= 93
BUC: 24-15-23-20= 82

Scorers
COC:
Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 20 points and 15 rebounds, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, Keving Palacios 15 points, Luis Bethelmy 12 points and 3 blocks, Nestor Colmenares 10 points, Jesus Centeno 6 points, Tayron Thomas 5 points, Juan Herrera 5 points, Kenji Urdaneta 3 points, Windy Graterol 0 points, Henry Paez 0 points, Darwin Matos 0 points

BUC: Calvin Warner (201-F-80) 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, Richard Lugo 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks, Hernan Salcedo 9 points, Maurice Acker 3 points and 6 assists, Alejandro Barrios 3 points, Marcus Melvin 2 points, Rafael Guevara 0 points, Luis Julio 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker 0 points, Samuel Marseille 0 points

LPB 2011 - Week 9 (Apr. 24th): Panteras complete task against Gaiteros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Panteras de Miranda completed the task of defeating Gaiteros del Zulia in the first of a two-game series at Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena of Caracas, as they attempt to react and get back into the fight for a spot in the LPB 2011 playoffs. A loosing streak has prevented them from becoming true competitors.

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 97 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 68
Jose Joaquin Carrillo Arena - Caracas, D.C.

Quarter by quarter
PAN: 30-22-20-25= 97
GAI: 18-17-21-12= 68

Scorers
PAN: Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86) 15 points, Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 14 points, Michael Flores 13 points, DeAndre Coleman 12 points and 7 rebounds, Manuel Berroteran 10 points, Kojo Mensah 9 points and 5 assists, Victor David Diaz 6 points, Rosmel Blanco 6 points, Eduardo Torres 5 points, Elvis Burguillos 3 points, Roque Osorio 2 points, Ludwing Irazabal 2 points
GAI: Jamaal Thomas (202-F-80) 21 points, Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 13 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 11 points, Omar Mejias 7 points, Morris Sierraalta 6 points, Pedro Cubillan 6 points, Jaime Finol 4 points, Julio Miglionico 0 points, Javier Pinero 0 points, Lenin Lopez 0 points, Diandry Bracho 0 points

LPB 2011 News - Heissler Guillent (Bucaneros) named MVP in Week 9 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan point guard Heissler Guillent (186-G-86), of Bucaneros de La Guaira, was named Player of the Week in Week 9 of the LPB 2011 regular season schedule, as he averaged 32.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 6.0 assists per game to help his team go up into the playoff spots.

Guillent included a 41-point performance against the current title holders Cocodrilos de Caracas. He succeeded his teammate Richard Lugo in the order of the weekly award, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87), of Trotamundos de Carabobo, won the Rookie of the Week award for the ninth straight week.

Other players considered by the LPB's technical comission were Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of Cocodrilos de Caracas, Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76) of Bucaneros de La Guaira, DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) of Panteras de Miranda and Jameson Curry (193-G-86) of Toros de Aragua.


LPB 2011 - Week 9 (Apr. 18th): Guaiqueries and Toros win easily at home - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita and Toros de Aragua got easy victories as hosts against Guaros de Lara and Panteras de Miranda, respectively. The green team has adjusted to life in between the Top 4 placed teams in the LPB 2011 standings, while Toros is trying to avoid elimination.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 88 - GUAROS DE LARA 74
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 16-23-21-28= 88
GUA: 13-15-17-29= 74

Scorers
GUAI: Cesar Silva (187-G-81) 21 points, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 19 points and 8 rebounds, Tulio Cobos 16 points, Steve Thomas 7 points and 10 rebounds, Francisco Centeno 7 points and 8 rebounds, Carlos Cedeno 7 points, Jorge Rondon 5 points, Maurice Baker 2 points, Pablo Machado 2 points, Douglas Chiquito 2 points, Edgar Arteaga 0 points, Francisco Sanabria 0 points
GUA: Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 16 points and 7 rebounds, Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 15 points, John Millsap 11 points, Rene Farias 11 points, Heberth Bayona 7 points, Kervin Bracho 4 points and 7 rebounds, Cordell Henry 4 points, Jose Martinez 4 points, Jackson Zapata 2 points, Leonardo Berroteran 0 points, Antonio Torcatt 0 points, Sonys Reyes 0 points

TOROS DE ARAGUA 96 - PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 77
Rafael Romero Bolivar Arena - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 18-24-28-26= 96
PAN: 21-18-16-22= 77

Scorers
TOR:
Jameson Curry (193-G-86) 23 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 20 points, Alejandro Flores 12 points, Kervis Ramirez 12 points, Jhon Romero 7 points, Ernesto Mijares 7 points, Jose Silvera 5 points, Peter Kvietek 4 points and 9 rebounds, Rodrigo Rodriguez 4 points, Amber Marin 2 points, Robert Palacios 0 points, Alejandro Otaiza 0 points

PAN: DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) 23 points and 10 rebounds, Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85) 15 points, Michael Flores 10 points, Marcus Fleming 6 points, Manuel Berroteran 6 points, Victor David Diaz 5 points, Eduardo Torres 5 points, Darwin Christopher 5 points, Roque Osorio 2 points, Ludwing Irazabal 0 points, Elvis Burguillos 0 points, Rosmel Blanco 0 points


LPB 2011 - Week 9 (Apr. 19th): Guaiqueries sweeps, away teams had a pleasant night - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita got a home sweep over Guaros de Lara, Trotamundos de Carabobo was able to win as hosts of Gigantes de Guayana, but the remainder away teams had a pleasant night, as Bucaneros de La Guaira surprised Cocodrilos de Caracas, Marinos de Anzoategui defeated Gaiteros del Zulia in Maracaibo and Panteras de Miranda took down Toros de Aragua to get a series split.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA 83 - GUAROS DE LARA 68
Ciudad de La Asuncion Arena - La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta

Quarter by quarter
GUAI: 19-19-26-19= 83
GUA: 22-24-5-17= 68

Scorers
GUAI: Rogers Washington (198-F-77) 16 points, Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) 15 points and 7 assists, Francisco Centeno 10 points, Tulio Cobos 9 points and 9 rebouds, Cesar Silva (187-G-81) 8 points, Steve Thomas 8 points, Douglas Chiquito 5 points, Pablo Machado 4 points and 7 rebounds, Maurice Baker 4 points, Carlos Rodriguez 4 points, Edgar Arteaga 0 points, Jorge Rondon 0 points
GUA: Cordell Henry (178-PG-80) 13 points, Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78) 9 points and 8 rebounds, John Millsap 8 points, Heberth Bayona 8 points and 6 rebounds, Jose Martinesz 6 points, Rene Farias 6 points, Edgar Lugo (189-G-82) 5 points, Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) 5 points, Jackson Zapata 3 points, Leonardo Berroteran 2 points, Antonio Torcatt 2 points, Sonys Reyes 1 points

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA 80 - TOROS DE ARAGUA 77
Rafael Romero Bolivar Arena - Maracay, Aragua

Quarter by quarter
TOR: 16-17-21-23= 77
PAN: 19-14-17-30= 80

Scorers
PAN: DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86) 24 points and 7 rebounds, Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) 14 points and 6 rebounds, Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85) 13 points, Victor David Diaz 9 points, Darwin Christopher 9 points, Michael Flores 4 points, Eduardo Torres 4 points, Manuel Berroteran 3 points, Roque Osorio 0 points, Ludwing Irazabal 0 points, Elvis Burguillos 0 points, Rosmel Blanco 0 points
TOR: Jameson Curry (193-G-86) 17 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) 16 points, Jhon Romero 11 points, Alejandro Flores 10 points and 6 rebounds, Peter Kvietek 10 points, Ernesto Mijares 6 points, Kervis Ramirez 3 points, Robert Palacios 2 points, Alejandro Otaiza 2 points, Jose Silvera 0 points, Rodrigo Rodriguez 0 points, Amber Marin 0 points

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO 86 - GIGANTES DE GUAYANA 62
Forum of Valencia - Valencia, Carabobo

Quarter by quarter
TRO: 17-18-31-20= 86
GIG: 10-19-15-18= 62

Scorers
TRO:
Carl Edwards (196-F-81) 22 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 20 points and 6 steals, David Cubillan 12 points, Raymond Sykes 9 points, Robert Glenn 7 points, Rafael Perez 5 points, Tomas Aguilera 4 points, Leiner Zerpa 3 points, Jorge Parra 2 points, Yorbis Umbria 2 points, Pedro Brito 0 points, Javinger Vargas 0 points
GIG: Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83) 17 points, Blake Walker (196-G/F-82) 8 points, Jorge Diaz 8 points, Elvis Baez 6 points, Paul Stoll 5 points, Derwin Ramirez 5 points, Daniel Macuare 5 points, Jorge Leon 3 points, Jose Ramos 3 points, Jose Juan Bravo 2 points, Marlon Patino 0 points, Randy Vazquez 0 points

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI 79 - GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 61
Belisario Aponte Arena - Maracaibo, Zulia

Quarter by quarter
GAI: 14-13-19-15= 61
MAR: 20-14-24-21= 79

Scorers
MAR:
Tre Kelley (182-G-85) 17 points, Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) 14 points and 6 steals, Axiers Sucre 12 points and 9 rebounds, Oscar Torres 11 points, Dennis D'Adezzio 8 points, Jeremis Smith 6 points, Donta Smith 6 points, Leonardo Cappare 3 points, Carlos Morris 1 point, Jorge Prada 1 point, Manuel Briceno 0 points, Robert Yriarte 0 points
GAI: Joyfre Diaz (196-F-87) 13 points and 7 rebounds, Morris Sierraalta (190-G/F-87) 11 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez 10 points, Omar Mejias 8 points, Pedro Cubillan 7 points, Jaime Finol 7 points, Lenin Lopez 2 points, Julio Miglionico 2 points, Diandry Bracho 1 point

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA 104 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 92
Jose Maria Vargas Dome - La Guaira, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
BUC: 25-26-21-32= 104
COC: 21-21-25-25= 92

Scorers
BUC:
Heissler Guillent (186-G-86) 41 points and 5 assists, Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76) 22 points, Richard Lugo 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, Rafael Guevara 11 points and 5 assists, Calvin Warner 6 points, Hernan Salcedo 5 points, Alejandro Barrios 5 points, Luis Julio 2 points and 7 rebounds, Maurice Acker 0 points, Oswaldo Gonzalez 0 points, Yonaiker Ecker 0 points, Samuel Marseille 0 points
COC: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 23 points and 22 rebounds, Carl Elliott (193-G-83) 22 points, Juan Herrera 13 points, Luis Bethelmy 12 points, Tayron Thomas 10 points, Jesus Centeno 6 points, Nestor Colmenares 4 points, Keving Palacios 2 points, Kenji Urdaneta 0 points, Henry Paez 0 points, Windy Graterol 0 points, Boris Urbina 0 points


LPB Round 38: Cocodrilos keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cocodrilos as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Cocodrilos smashed 9th ranked Guaros in Caracas 95-67. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Guaros at the other side keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Guaros will play next round against strong Trotamundos trying to get back on the winning streak. Cocodrilos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Important game to mention about took place in Puerto Ordaz. Fifth ranked Bucaneros (16-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Gigantes (16-16) 78-76 in the game for the fifth place. Bucaneros maintains fifth position with 16-16 record, which they share with defeated Gigantes. Bucaneros will play against league's second-placed Marinos in Puerto La Cruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gigantes will have a break next round.
The game in Puerto Ordaz was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Bucaneros (16-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Gigantes (16-16). Gigantes defeated Bucaneros 85-75 on Tuesday. Gigantes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Bucaneros. Gigantes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bucaneros will play against the league's second-placed Marinos (#2) in Puerto La Cruz and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 38 Panteras were beaten by Guaiqueries on the road 80-63.


Gigantes - Bucaneros 85-75

The game in Puerto Ordaz was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Bucaneros (16-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Gigantes (16-16). Gigantes defeated Bucaneros 85-75 on Tuesday. Gigantes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Bucaneros. Gigantes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bucaneros will play against the league's second-placed Marinos (#2) in Puerto La Cruz and hope to secure a win.
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Guaiqueries - Panteras 80-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Guaiqueries (18-13) beat 7th ranked Panteras (15-18) in Porlamar 80-63 on Tuesday. Guaiqueries have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-13 record. Loser Panteras keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Cocodrilos - Guaros 95-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cocodrilos as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cocodrilos smashed 9th ranked Guaros in Caracas 95-67. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Guaros at the other side keep the ninth place with 20 games lost. Guaros will play next round against strong Trotamundos trying to get back on the winning streak. Cocodrilos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
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Gigantes - Bucaneros 76-78

Important game to mention about took place in Puerto Ordaz. Fifth ranked Bucaneros (16-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Gigantes (16-16) 78-76 in the game for the fifth place. Bucaneros maintains fifth position with 16-16 record, which they share with defeated Gigantes. Bucaneros will play against league's second-placed Marinos in Puerto La Cruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gigantes will have a break next round.
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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 23-7 
 2. Marinos 23-8 
 3. Trotamundos 22-10 
 4. Guaiqueries 18-13 
 5. Gigantes 16-16 
 6. Bucaneros 16-16 
 7. Panteras 15-18 
 8. Toros 11-22 
 9. Guaros 10-20 
 10. Gaiteros 4-28 




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SBL: Perry Lakes, Wanneroo battle for second - by Eurobasket News
Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks and Glasscraft Wanneroo Wolves will be out to continue their impressive starts to the women's State Basketball League season when they meet on Friday.

The Wolves and Hawks, who sit in second and third spots respectively are widely considered the two teams most likely to prevent undefeated league leaders Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers from winning a third straight championship.

And the round eight match provides the perfect chance for both sides to boost their title stocks, while the winner will also take second spot.

Perry Lakes also face a tough battle against an in-form Lakeside Lightning side on Saturday.

The Lightning lost their first five games of the season but moved back into finals contention with victories in their last three and should test the Hawks.

Perth Redbacks have slipped to eighth spot with a run of inconsistent form and will be hoping to get back on track when they host Wanneroo.

The Redbacks have lost their last two but the inside presence of Marita Payne (196-C-81, college: Auburn) and Brooke Hiddlestone should cause problems for the Wolves.

Australian Central East Perth Eagles will be hoping to end a two-game losing streak with an upset victory over Willetton.

The Eagles have struggled in recent weeks despite the outstanding form of forward Samantha Norwood, while the Tigers boast an imposing average winning margin of 18.8 points from their nine games.

Willetton also meets Rockingham Flames, who will be desperate to get off the bottom of the ladder after losing their first seven games by an average margin of nearly 30 points.

Top four side Mandurah Magic will be hoping to bounce back from last week's thrashing from Willetton when they meet Western Stainless Stirling Senators, who sit just outside the top eight with a 3-6 record.

Metropolis Fremantle Cockburn Cougars have a golden chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they meet bottom two sides Rockingham and Southwest Slammers.

The Slammers will be looking to break their six-game losing streak with victories over Cockburn or Kalamunda Eastern Suns, who ended a run of four straight defeats with victory against Perth last week.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL



Kerr has arrived in Ballarat - by Eurobasket News
PLAYING basketball in Australia was high on Chloe Kerr (191-C-85, college: USC) s bucket list. Now she is ready to make an impact on court for Ballarat.
The American Kerr landed in the country on Saturday and had already had a basketball-packed schedule when The Courier met with the versatile 191-centimetre player yesterday.

Kerr trekked to Bendigo on Saturday night to watch her new team Ballarat Rush tackle Bendigo Lady Braves in the South East Australian Basketball League womens conference.

She watched the Ballarat Miners D-League girls in action on Sunday, in between settling into town, and yesterday afternoon had a training session with Auslec Ballarat Rush coach Donna Rinaldi.

Kerrs game has taken her to Greece, Slovakia and Spain and, so far, she thinks she is going to really like Australia.

Ive been very fortunate with my basketball but Australias the one place I always wanted to play, Kerr said.

The game is different in every country Greece is more about playing one-on-one, Spain is about the fast break and its a quick game, while here it seems more team-orientated, which is more my style.

Rush hope to have Kerr cleared to play SEABL by this weekend but the application process through Basketball Australia can take about a fortnight.

Kerr can hardly wait to get started.

The 26-year-old will be one of the oldest and most experienced players on the Rush roster.

She enjoyed watching Rush in action on Saturday night, sitting on the bench with injured star forward Rachel Jarry (knee), who is likely to return to the game this week.

Kerr said the team showed promise and looked forward to adding to the Rush game.

What I bring to the table is basic defence, rebounding, putbacks the tough stuff most post players do, Kerr said.

I could tell Rachel (Jarry) was missed on Saturday night but the girls played well and played hard, which is great.

Being a young team, having more experience will help and other than that I love their team-orientated style of play.

Kerr comes from Chicago but played in the United States college system on a four-year scholarship with the University of Southern California.

In her senior year, she averaged 11.9 points at 45 per cent and 6.5 rebounds.

Kerr signed with Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA in 2008, but did not earn a final roster spot.

She looked forward to exploring Australia and is hopeful of shopping trips to Sydney and Melbourne and time in Brisbane.
Courtesy of: thecourier.com.au


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Relies clip NIIT Ravens' wings - by Thomas Fink
Thato Kala
Correspondent
Monitor 2/5/2011

Newly assembled Relics Basketball Club started off their season on a high note with a 39-29 win over NIIT Ravens in a Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) Women's League match at the University of Botswana (UB) on Friday night. Relics grabbed an early double-digit lead and finally took full control with a 10-7 run early in the second quarter.

They had gotten off to a dream start in the opening quarter, scoring three baskets before their opponents narrowed the gap to finish the first quarter on 8-6. Aggressive Relics' point-guard Loago Monchusi led her team's scoring while NIIT's Thuto Serati was outstanding for the students. The Relics, who were playing their first game of the season, kept piling on the pressure, but their opponents defended well, often catching them on the counter attack. If there were any doubts about Relics' collective nerve, they dismissed them, running a 16-11 point advantage midway through the second quarter.

However, the students would not allow their rivals to stretch the margin, slowly clawing back into the game when the industrious Serati converted from a free-throw. NIIT went for the breather with the scores reading 16-14. They came back fired up, drawing level for the first time at 21-21 midway through the third quarter. At that stage it proved to be anyone's game, but Relics regained the lead two minutes before the end of the quarter after their point-guard Laone Magogoba connected from just inside the arc to make it 27-23.

Early in the final quarter, Relics killed the game as a contest after Monchusi made quick lay-ups in succession, adding an extra point from the line. They led by five baskets halfway through the fourth quarter. The youthful students responded by raising the tempo of the game, but Relics picked up their defence and showed perseverance at the other end. Relics maintained the five baskets lead until the final whistle. Despite the loss, NIIT coach Peter Ubakar was delighted at his team's performance.

'They played very well, but we need to work on our execution, otherwise our play is fine. We are trying to put together a competitive team and I'm sure if they keep playing together they will end up gelling up as a team,' he said. On the other hand, NIIT captain, Serati, who was exceptional all evening, was not impressed by her team's display. 'It was bad, but we tried our luck.

Hopefully, we will do better in our next game. The league is only starting; so our hope is not lost,' Serati said. NIIT lost their opening match against Panthers 35-46 and will have to start winning games if they entertain any hopes of being crowned champions at the end of the season.


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Gospic claim third straight title - by Zeljko Zule
Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) scored 38 points, Sandra Mandir netted 16 of her 21points in the second half and Maurita Reid posted 14 points as Gospic CO won its seventh total and third consecutive Croatian championship title tonight with a 90-75 road win over top-seeded Sibenik Jolly JSB in the Finals Game 3. Lindsay Wilson led Sibenik with 19 points, Luca Ivankovic had 16 points and Antonija Misura 12.
Finals Game 3: Sibenik Jolly JBS-Gospic CO 75-89 (Cakic 10, Stampalija 4, Misura 12, Semren 9, Wilson 19, Vasovic 5, Ivankovic 16 - Ivezic 38, Mandir 22, Reid 14, Jurcevic 3, Aleksic 4, Pavetic 4, Maslowski 5).



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A1: Athinaikos eliminates Panathinaikos, goes to Finals - by Eurobasket News
First games of the A1 Semifinals just finished. Athinaikos was too strong for Panathinaikos 66-55 booking a spot for the Finals. Athinaikos outplayed PAO twice in regular season so the defending champ started this series with 2-0 and thanks to this win eliminated their rival. In the other series, FEA Neas handed 50-62 home loss to Aris. They started with 1-1 so FEA Neas is 2-1 up now and will have a chance to reach the Finals at their home court on Sunday.


Athinaikos - Panathinaikos 66-55 (3-0)
Athinaikos outrebounded Panathinaikos 34-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Belarusian center Marina Kress (192-80) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Athinaikos players scored in double figures. Romanian forward Gabriela Marginean (185-87, college: Drexel) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jennifer Derevjanik (175-82, college: George Mason) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: G.Marginean 20+8reb, M.Chalivelaki 12+3reb+1ast, J.Derevjanik 10+4reb+4ast, J.Murphree 7+5reb, M.Zikiridou 6+2ast, A.Korakiti 0
Athinaikos: O.Hatzinikolaou 17+8reb+4ast, M.Kress 15+6reb+2ast, D.Kalentzou 15+1reb+3ast, R.Riley 10+13reb, K.Sotiriou 5+1reb+2ast, L.Davis 2+2reb


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Aris - FEA Neas 50-62 (1-2)
The game was mostly controlled by FEA Neas. Aris was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Aris' 24. The former international guard Tania Halivera (178-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Nena Nikolaidou (190-79) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and forward Anna Spiridopoulou (182-88) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Aris' coach Kostas Kotoulis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Aris: A.Spiridopoulou 12+9reb+1ast, S.Skrba 11+16reb, M.Bousnaki 10+2ast, N.Hatzakou 6+1reb+3ast, TRIANTAFYLLIDOU 3, M.Polichrou 2+2reb+1ast
FEA Neas: T.Halivera 24+10reb+2ast, R.Henry 11+5reb, S.Kiriakopoulou 9+3reb, N.Nikolaidou 8+8reb+1ast, E.Stamati 5+2reb+2ast, K.Daly 3+1reb+3ast
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A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gabriela MARGINEAN
  Panath.
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Marginean, Panath.17.9 
 2. McLaren, Apollon17.8 
 3. Milkova, Esperides17.1 
 4. Delva, DAS A.16.7 
 5. Koch, Panionios16.3 
 6. Kotsopoulou, DAS15.4 
 7. Mazic, Panionios15.3 
 8. Henry, FEA Neas14.4 
 9. Frohlich, Proteas14.1 
 10. Stamati, FEA Neas13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. McLaren, Apollon13.3 
 2. Delva, DAS A.11.6 
 3. Mazic, Panionios11.5 
 4. Frohlich, Proteas11.5 
 5. Skrba, Aris10.3 
 6. Skibbe, DAS A.9.8 
 7. Thompson, Olymp.9.4 
 8. Ducker, Esperides8.3 
 9. Nkele, Apollon8.2 
 10. Gardner-C., Esper.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS A.
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.7.2 
 2. Koch, Panionios4.6 
 3. LeNoir, Aris4.4 
 4. Lymoura, Athin.4.3 
 5. Axiopoulou, Esperi.4.2 
 6. Stavridou, PAOK3.6 
 7. Green, PAOK3.5 
 8. Fox, Proteas3.4 
 9. Hatzinikolao., Ath.3.4 
 10. Kalogirou, Esperi.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Roula KALOGIROU
  Esperides
  (172-G-81)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kalogirou, Esperid.3.1 
 2. Koch, Panionios2.7 
 3. Axiopoulou, Esperi.2.7 
 4. Derevjanik, Panath.2.4 
 5. Murphree, Panathin.2.4 
 6. Hatzinikolao., Ath.2.3 
 7. Marginean, Panath.2.3 
 8. Skrba, Aris2.3 
 9. Green, PAOK2.2 
 10. Fox, Proteas2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympi.
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Koutsounouri, Olym.1.5 
 2. Skrba, Aris1.4 
 3. Delva, DAS A.1.2 
 4. McLaren, Apollon1.1 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos1.0 
 6. Skiadopoulou, PAOK0.9 
 7. Rousou, Panionios0.8 
 8. Skibbe, DAS A.0.8 
 9. Nikolaidou, FEA N.0.6 
 10. Smirnaiou, DAS A.0.6 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Cameo HICKS
  Comense
  (178-G/F-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Hicks, Comense15.0 
 2. Antibe, Basket P.15.0 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.13.8 
 4. Pascalau, Priolo13.7 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli13.6 
 6. Mazzante, Pozzuoli13.5 
 7. Cirov, Priolo13.4 
 8. Macchi, Familia Sc.13.2 
 9. Ervin, Faenza13.2 
 10. Willis, Lucca12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lauren ERVIN
  Faenza
  (191-F-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ervin, Faenza10.8 
 2. Gidden, Vomero NA10.1 
 3. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.9.7 
 4. Willis, Lucca9.2 
 5. Walker, Pozzuoli8.9 
 6. McCarville, Famili.8.5 
 7. Stansbury, Umber.8.0 
 8. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Rey.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.1 
 2. Andrade, Lucca3.2 
 3. Cohen, Familia Sch.3.1 
 4. Sottana, Umana R.2.8 
 5. Zara, Umbertide2.6 
 6. Wambe, Taranto2.5 
 7. Soli, Lucca2.4 
 8. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 9. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.4 
 10. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.5 
 2. Ohlde, Umana Reyer4.2 
 3. Kostaki, Umana R.3.9 
 4. Eric, Priolo3.8 
 5. Sottana, Umana R.3.7 
 6. Willis, Lucca3.6 
 7. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 8. Ballardini, Umbert.3.5 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 10. Gidden, Vomero NA3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra UJHELYI
  Bracco G.
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.1.0 
 2. Godin, Taranto0.9 
 3. Antibe, Basket P.0.7 
 4. Sowinski, Comense0.7 
 5. McCarville, Famili.0.7 
 6. Ogorodnikova, Uman.0.6 
 7. Drljaca, Umbertide0.5 
 8. Ohlde, Umana Reyer0.5 
 9. Stansbury, Umber.0.5 
 10. Aziz, Basket Par.0.5 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Turner Thorne takes leave of absence - by Eurobasket News
ASU coach looking to restore balance and spend time with family
Arizona StateTEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Charli Turner Thorne , who is third in Pac-10 history with 289 career wins and has led the Sun Devil program to six NCAA tournaments in the past seven seasons, has asked for an unpaid voluntary leave of absence for the 2011-12 season that will be for a nine-month period beginning July 1. Charli Turner Thorne will return to the Sun Devil program as head coach in the spring of 2012. She has led the ASU program for the past 15 seasons, a mark for longevity matched or topped by only three Pac-10 women's basketball coaches in the Pac-10's history of hosting women's championships (1986 to 2011).

Current staff member Joseph Anders will be the interim head coach for the 2011-12 season. A coaching veteran of more than 25 years, Anders just completed his 10th season on Charli Turner Thorne 's staff. The Newport, Ark., native, whose previous coaching experience includes serving as head coach of the Sacramento State men's basketball program for six seasons, has been on the bench for seven of the eight NCAA tournament appearances during Charli Turner Thorne 's tenure.

'In her 15 seasons Coach Charli Charli Turner Thorne has worked efficiently and tirelessly to build a foundation of great strength and stability with our women's basketball program, which is duly noted by six NCAA tournament appearances in the past seven seasons,' ASU Vice President of Athletics Lisa Love notes. 'Her teams have produced school records and earned marks that are without equal in Sun Devil basketball history and her student-athletes have been excellent role models for future young Sun Devils. When she approached us about the opportunity to take time for some personal and professional development, it also showed her ability to understand what she felt would be best not only for her family, but for Sun Devil athletics over the next season and beyond. We are confident in her staff and student-athletes to carry on the tradition she has helped build, and most importantly we fully support her voluntary leave from ASU as she is able to spend quality time with her wonderful family of husband Will and sons Conor, Liam and Quinn and are excited about her commitment to professional development. Her first 15 years are ASU Hall-of-Fame worthy, and we are excited about the future of the program.'

'At this point in my career and with the foundation for our program firmly established, I am going to spend some time regaining balance in my life which I know will help me grow and become a better coach.,' says Charli Turner Thorne . 'Our program is extremely strong right now and will continue great progress with a wonderful coaching staff, a great group of returning players and a lot of new energy and talent from our incoming recruits. I feel blessed to have the understanding of President Dr. Michael Crow, Lisa Love and Senior Associate Athletic Director Don Bocchi. I am excited to continue my leadership role as President of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). I will take full advantage of this opportunity to recenter myself, have more family time and improve as a coach.'

A 1988 graduate of Stanford with a bachelor's degree in psychology who earned her master's degree in education from Washington in 1990, Charli Turner Thorne has led the Sun Devils to the postseason 12 consecutive seasons, including a school record five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2005-09). ASU's eight NCAA tournament appearances under Charli Turner Thorne are five more than what ASU had in the 15 years prior to her arrival in Tempe. In 2011 Charli Turner Thorne led ASU to its sixth NCAA tournament appearance in the last seven years after guiding the Sun Devils to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons in 2009. ASU's final 26-9 record in 2008-09 included a school record 15-game winning streak.

Charli Turner Thorne is one of three coaches (former Washington head coach Chris Gobrecht and current Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer) in Pac-10 women's basketball championship history (since the 1986-87 season) to have led their respective schools to five (or more) consecutive 20-win seasons. In 2006-07 she guided the Sun Devils to a school record 31 wins, including a school record 16 Pac-10 wins, and led them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Sun Devils concluded the 2006-07 season ranked No. 8 in the final USA Today ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the final Associated Press Poll, their highest final rankings in each of the respective polls in school history.

In 2005-06 Charli Turner Thorne led ASU to a 25-7 record and to its first top-10 ranking in 22 years after directing ASU to a 24-10 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years in 2004-05. She guided ASU to a share of the Pac-10 title in 2001 and the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament title in 2002, the first league championship in school history.

Away from ASU, Charli Turner Thorne served as the head coach of the USA Women's World University Games Team in the summer of 2009 which went undefeated (7-0) and captured the gold medal at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Charli Turner Thorne 's second time working with USA Basketball. In the summer of 2007 Charli Turner Thorne served as an assistant coach on USA Basketball's U21 World Championship Team which won the gold medal at the FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow, Russia.

Her family includes husband Will and sons Conor (12), Liam (10) and Quinn (7).

Although Charli Turner Thorne won't coach this season, ASU's staff has plenty of experience with both Anders and Meg Sanders on the bench.
Prior to arriving at Arizona State, Anders was an assistant coach for the women's programs at Mississippi State (1994-96), New Mexico State (1996-00) and East Carolina (2001). The Mississippi State appointment came following two seasons as an assistant coach for the men's program at Northern Arizona. It was there where Anders first encountered Charli Turner Thorne who was the head women's coach at the time.

Meg Sanders, who was on Charli Turner Thorne 's first coaching staff at Northern Arizona, also just completed her eighth season. Like Anders, Sanders also has previously served as a head coach as she was promoted to the top spot at NAU after Charli Turner Thorne left to become the head coach at ASU in 1996. Sanders guided the NAU women's program for seven seasons before rejoining Charli Turner Thorne at ASU in 2003.

Sanders, who began her coaching career at Fresno State where she served as an assistant coach for four seasons, guided the USA women's basketball team to a silver medal at the 2009 Deaflympics held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Courtesy of: Arizona State Athletics



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McCall named CSUB head coach - by Eurobasket News
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.-- Cal State Bakersfield Athletic Director Jeff Konya announced Friday that Greg McCall has been named head women's basketball coach, removing the interim tag McCall has operated under since the departure of Tim La Kose. McCall has agreed to terms of a three-year deal to become the third head coach in program history.

'We were looking for the right fit to maintain continuity in our program and Greg McCall was the overwhelming choice by our department and our student athletes,' Konya said. 'His coaching experience as an assistant here at CSUB and as a head coach elsewhere, along with his ties to the community, made this an easy decision.'

McCall spent the previous four seasons as an assistant at CSUB helping guide to Roadrunners to a pair of postseason appearances, including a 22-12 record in 2011. He was instrumental in recruiting student-athletes for the 'Runners, along with scouting, game planning and player development.

This will be McCall's second stint as a head coach. He previously led Taft College for ten seasons (1997-2007), helping restart the Cougars' women's basketball program and successfully leading them into the State Junior College Tournament. He began his coaching career at CSUB under Pat Douglass, winning a NCAA Division II National Championship in 1997. He also played for Douglass and was a team captain on the Roadrunners 1991 Division II Final Four team.

Courtesy of: Cal State Bakersfield Athletics



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  NCAA3 - Women  


Veilleux chosen as Mules new coach - by Eurobasket News
Veilleux is 11th basketball coach in school history
Colby VeilleuxWATERVILLE, Maine --- Julie Veilleux attended the Pine Tree Basketball Camp at Colby Colleges Wadsworth Gymnasium as a youngster growing up in Augusta, Maine. The next time she steps foot on the court will be as the new head coach of the Colby womens basketball team.

Veilleux is the 11th head coach in program history and will take over a team which has won 46 games over the past two seasons and has made two consecutive trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Julie really captivated our search committee with her energy and her presence. She has such a great emotional connection to Colby as her father is an alum of the College and she grew up attending basketball camp on campus, Mules Athletic Director, Marcella Zalot, said. She has prepared herself well for this opportunity by gaining incredible experience, assisting at Bowdoin and at Navy. Julie has been successful everywhere she has been as both a player and a coach. Our womens basketball program is at a very high level right now and we are excited to go even higher. Julie is the person to take us there. We welcome her home to the great state of Maine with open arms.

Veilleux is well-known in Maine, starring at Cony High School in Augusta during her playing days. She took her talents to the University of Maine and helped the Black Bears make the NCAA Division I Tournament after winning the America East conference tourney in 2004 and helped the squad to league regular season championships in 2003 and 2004. Veilleux was an assistant coach for coaching great Stefanie Pemper at Bowdoin College from 2005 to 2008, winning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles in 2006 and 2007 and making the NCAA tourney all three years.

When Pemper was named the head coach at Navy, Veilleux was her first hire as an assistant coach. After just one winning season in the previous 10 years, Navy had three straight winning seasons, won the Patriot League regular season and tournament title in 2011, and made the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in 2011.

Stef was not only a great mentor to me, but she has become such a wonderful friend, Veilleux said. She allowed me to be such a hands-on assistant and that has helped to feel comfortable and confident that Im ready for this. She led me to pursue this passion and fire I have for this career.

Veilleux came from a basketball-loving family in Augusta, which is about a 15-minute drive from Waterville. Her father, Gary, was a 1972 graduate of Colby and played a few years under mens basketball coaching legend Dick Whitmore, who just retired after 40 years with the Mules.

Veilleux played high school basketball under Paul Vachon and helped Cony win a 1998 state title. She was a Maine All-State selection and scored more than 1,000 points. Veilleux was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 for her high school accolades.

Joanne Palombo McCallie, the current womens basketball head coach at Duke University, recruited Veilleux to play at the University of Maine. Palombo McCallie, however, went to Michigan State University and Veilleux ended up playing four years at Maine for Sharon Versyp, who is now the head coach at Purdue University.

I was really fortunate as a player to have such special coaches in high school and college, Veilleux said. They both helped me tremendously.

Veilleux was a starter for three years at Maine before graduating in 2004. Her first job out of college was joining Pemper at Bowdoin. Pemper finished her career at Bowdoin with a 235-48 (.830 winning percentage) and Veilleux was sitting next to her for the final three years.

Pemper and Veilleux quickly changed the culture at Navy, which had not been relevant in the Patriot League since the 1990s. Navy was among the top-13 most improved Division I programs in the country in 2008 and Pemper was the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year after leading the team to the NCAA tourney and the regular season and conference tournament championships.

Ive really enjoyed my time at Navy and we have something special going on here so its a little bittersweet, Veilleux said. But Im extremely honored to be going to Colby and have the opportunity to work with the community there.

Veilleux has a third consecutive job at an institution with high academic standards and she welcomes that challenge.

Ive been lucky to be at places in my coaching career that I really believe in and I believe in Colby, said Veilleux, who starts at the College on June 1. Meeting the players and everyone else I met during the interview process makes this even more exciting for me.
Courtesy of: Colby College Athletics



Wartburg assistant hired at Oglethorpe - by Eurobasket News
Oglethorpe announced the hiring of Aaron Nester to the position of head women's basketball coach, effective immediately. Nester, who has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Wartburg, brings a total of nine years of experience at the Division III level to the Stormy Petrel women's basketball program.

Nester takes over a position that was held by both Ron Sattele and Fallon Rehmert this past season. Rehmert took over early in the year after Sattele took 'an extended leave of absence' from his coaching duties to deal with an illness in his family.

Oglethorpe finished 6-19 this past season.
Nester has worked under head coach Bob Amsberry at Wartburg in each of the last five years and also came to Wartburg with Amsberry after the two combined to lift Rockford, Nester's alma mater, to its best four-year stretch in program history. At Wartburg, Amsberry and Nester inherited a team that was 7-18 in the previous season and turned them into a 20-game winner, having posted a 21-5 overall record in 2010-11.

In addition to his coaching stints with Wartburg and Rockford, Nester has served as a coach for USA Athletes International on three separate trips abroad, most recently as the head coach of a squad of college women's players on a 10-day tour in Ireland in 2009. Throughout his coaching career Nester has handled all facets of running a successful program including preparing scouting reports, coordinating schedule and team travel, analyzing game video and assisting with in-game strategy.
Courtesy of: d3hoops.com


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


CAB Madeira sign Tamara Milovac - by Eurobasket News
Liga Feminina season has just finished but the teams have been on the market already. CAB Madeira started building the roster for the upcoming season. They have agreed on terms of contract with Tamara Milovac (186-C-86). The 24-year-old centre played for CDTN this season. Her stats read 11.8 points, 7.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Previous season the Serbian-Portuguese player spent in Spain. Tamara Milovac played for Huelva in LF2. She notched 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per appearance. Tamara Milovac is the member of Portuguese National Team. She tallied 2.0 points, 2.5 boards and 1.0 steal during Qualifications to European Championships in Division B.


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora20.7 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor19.2 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje18.9 
 4. Komplet, Hit K.17.6 
 5. Turcinovic, Merkur17.5 
 6. Baric, Merkur C.16.7 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor15.1 
 8. Trebec, Hit K.Gora14.5 
 9. Baltic, AJM M.14.5 
 10. Drozg, AJM Maribor14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja K.
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.13.9 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur12.8 
 3. Baltic, AJM M.8.7 
 4. Skof, Ilrija8.4 
 5. Ljubenovic, Triglav7.9 
 6. Macura, Jezica7.7 
 7. Klancnik, GVT K.7.3 
 8. Zdolsek, Triglav7.2 
 9. Furman, AJM M.7.0 
 10. Gortnar, Merkur C.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur C.
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.3 
 2. Oblak, Hit K.Gora4.9 
 3. Panic, Hit K.Gora4.3 
 4. Jurse, Kozmetik.3.7 
 5. Kolman, Grosuplje3.5 
 6. Radulovic, Hit K.3.4 
 7. Zdolsek, Triglav2.8 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.2.6 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor2.6 
 10. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED3.5 
 2. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.8 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora2.8 
 4. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
 5. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.6 
 6. Zalar, Ilrija2.5 
 7. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.5 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
 9. Abramovic, Merkur2.4 
 10. Mikic, Grosuplje2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ajda GABROVSEK
  Odeja K.
  (188-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gabrovsek, Odeja K.1.3 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.6 
 5. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.5 
 6. Furman, AJM M.0.5 
 7. Drozg, AJM Maribor0.5 
 8. Gjerkes, Grosuplje0.5 
 9. Macura, Jezica0.4 
 10. Baltic, AJM M.0.4 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Agne Abromaite and Nicky Anosike won't continue in Valencia - by Ivan Villar
Ros Casares announced that they won't extend the contracts of Agne Abromaite (190-C/F-79) and Nicky Anosike.Center from Lituania was signed in November and she just played Euroleague after Sonia Reis signing.In the other hand,Nicky Abromaite played only the Liga Femenina because Katie Douglas and Rebekkah Brunson were the owners of both import places.Ros Casares said to be glad of perfomances from both players.

Anke de Mondt leaves Perfumerias Avenida and flyes to Wisla Cracovia - by Ivan Villar
Everybody knows that many players of Perfumerias Avenida will take others ways next season.After Alba Torrens surprise we know that next player who catches the suitcase is Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79).Belgium player said to be very proud of her long years in Salamanca,but now she will live a new adventure in Poland.By the hand of Jose Ignacio Hernandez and Jordi Aragones (last coaches of Perfumerias Avenida 2 years ago),Anke De Mondt probably will be a very important player for Wisla Cracovia in season 2011-12.

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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.5 
 2. Maznichenko, Tim-S.19.7 
 3. Rastorgueva, Donb.19.4 
 4. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.18.7 
 5. Zarytska, Kozachka17.9 
 6. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.7 
 7. Markotenko, Frank.17.5 
 8. Rimarenko, Dynamo17.3 
 9. Williams, Dnipr.16.9 
 10. Suzyk, Frankivsk16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragana VUKOVIC
  Yuzhna P.
  (190-C-78)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.11.3 
 2. Ragin, Dynamo11.0 
 3. Alyoshkina, Orlan11.0 
 4. Rimarenko, Dynamo10.4 
 5. Zarytska, Kozachka10.4 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.9 
 7. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.9.1 
 8. Yaburova, Dnipr.8.5 
 9. Grishina, Lugans.8.4 
 10. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.5.6 
 2. Dubas, Frankivsk5.3 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.5.1 
 4. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.7 
 5. Lapshynova, Polite.4.5 
 6. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf4.3 
 7. Panchenk-S., Koza.3.9 
 8. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.9 
 9. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.3.5 
 10. Voronova, Polite.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.5.0 
 2. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.4 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.3.1 
 4. Markotenko, Frank.3.0 
 5. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.8 
 6. Polyanychka, Frank.2.7 
 7. Bondar, Dynamo2.7 
 8. Bovykina, Dnipr.2.5 
 9. Lubarskaya, Dynamo2.4 
 10. Dubas, Frankivsk2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tetiana SHABLYNSKA
  Polite.
  (191-C-74)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Shablynska, Polite.2.2 
 2. Yaburova, Dnipr.2.0 
 3. Alyoshkina, Orlan1.8 
 4. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.8 
 5. Kisilova, Kozachka1.3 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.3 
 7. Berezinets, Tim-S.1.0 
 8. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.1.0 
 9. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.1.0 
 10. Annenkova, Donbas0.9 


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  WNBA - Women  


Tulsa Shock signs WNBA veteran Lennox - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock announced the signing of former WNBA champion and WNBA Finals MVP Betty Lennox (5'8''-G-76, college: Louisiana Tech).

Lennox led the Seattle Storm to a WNBA Title in 2004. She was named Finals MVP with playoff averages of 14.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Im very happy that we were able to sign Betty. She is a been-there, done-that player in that she has won in this league before, Shock general manager and coach Nolan Richardson said in a press release issued Tuesday.

She brings veteran leadership and the experience factor and is a person who can score the basketball by playing both the point and off-guard position for us.

Lennox, a former WNBA rookie of the year, joined the league when she was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2000. She made the All-Star team and was second-team All-WNBA as a rookie. But Lennox is coming off a knee injury that caused her to miss the bulk of the 2010 season. She played in only 11 games with the Los Angeles Sparks.

Im from Oklahoma, my family is a couple hours away so Im excited to start a new journey with a new team, Lennox said. God has blessed me to be on several different teams and now its an opportunity to have my family come and watch me play.

Lennox was born in Oklahoma City and spent childhood years in Hugo. She also played her sophomore year at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City before moving to Missouri.

Lennox had her best season in 2008, when she averaged 17.5 points and 4.2 rebounds for the expansion Atlanta Dream. She brings career averages of 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals to the Shock.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com