EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/6/2011

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  ALBANIA   


Fatmir Cuka new coach of Albania NT - by Liridon Iberdemaj
Fatmir Cuka has been appointed coach of Albania National Team after the contract of former coach Mark Dickel expired.
Cuka will be in charge for the rest of the Eurobasket 2011 Division B qualification games.
He spent most of his coaching career in Turkey where he moved in 1990 to coach in Ankara. From there, after 1996-97, he went to Istanbul to work as technical director and coach of Ulkers junior team.
Cuka will make his debut as Albanian NT coach on August 12, 2011 when his side will face Azerbaijan.
Albania lost all four games of the Eurobasket 2011 Division B qualification campaign.


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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. GS Petroliers 5-0 
 2. Blida 3-2 
 3. CRB Dar El-B. 2-3 
 4. Arreridj 0-5 
Group B
 1. WA Boufarik 3-2 
 2. Staoueli 3-2 
 3. CSMC 3-2 
 4. O Batna 1-4 
Group C
 1. NAH Dey 2-0 
 2. Sidi-bel-Abbes 1-1 
 3. ASPTT 0-1 
 4. U.S.M. 0-1 
Group D
 1. Annaba 2-0 
 2. CRB Temouch. 1-1 
 3. Skikda 1-1 
 4. USMM Hadjout 0-2 


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  ANGOLA   


Libolo Defeat Interclube in Basketball Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Recreativo do Libolo beat on Tuesday Interclube by 78-73 in Luanda's 28 de Fevereiro pavilion, in the final four phase of the national senior males basketball championship.

In the first half, Recreativo do Libolo were already winning the match by 51-22.

The player of Recreativo do Libolo Simo Santos was the best scorer of the game with 21 points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


Petro De Luanda Beat 1 De Agosto in Basketball Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Luanda Petro de Luanda defeated on Tuesday 1 de Agosto by 99-93 in Luanda's Rio Seco pavilion, in the final four stage of the national senior males basketball championship.

With victory, Petro de Luanda lead the competition with six points, while 1 de Agosto are at third place with four points.

Check next fixtures

10 May

1 de Agosto - Interclube

Petro de Luanda - Recreativo do Libolo.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  AZERBAIJAN   


Three wins for Azerbaijan in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Azerbaijan National Team travelled to Turkey for training camp. The team arrived to Istanbul and had already played three friendly games. First Azerbaijan NT took on Aidyn University. Azerbaijan proved the strength claiming an 81:70 victory at the end. Zaur Pashayev (186-G-83) scored 22 points to lead the effort.
Next Azerbaijan team faced Pertevniyal of TB2L. The game turned into a close battle but the Azeri side turned victorious at the end. They clinched a narrow 76:75 win. Fuad Niftaliyev (183-G-80) produced 18 points for the winners.
Azerbaijan remained undefeated after the third game in Turkey. They played against Halic University and celebrated another thrilling 68:66 victory. Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-F-82) stepped up with 21 points to lead the effort. Amil Gamzayev added 16 points for Azerbaijan.



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  BAHRAIN   


Isa Town edge Al Ettihad to revive title bid - by Yousef Ahmed
ISA Town scored a narrow 79-74 victory over Al Ettihad last night in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League, being played at Zain Arena in Um Al Hassam.

The win helped Isa Town revive their slim chances of qualifying for the ensuing six-team play-off round which follows the regular season.

Spearheading Isa Town's triumph were American professional Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) and Bahraini talents Hassan Ramadan and Ali Traif. They claimed their seventh win in 15 games and moved to fourth on the league table, although they have played one game more than a majority of the other teams.

Ettihad, meanwhile, were overmatched by their rivals as they once again took to the hardwood without an overseas professional player.

They suffered their league-leading 11th loss and remained at the bottom of the table while virtually watching their play-off chances completely fade away.

League action continues tonight with another two matches at the same venue.

At 5.30pm, Al Hala take on Nuwaidrat in what is set to be a crucial game that could decide the final two berths in the league play-offs.

That clash will be followed by another exciting encounter, this time a mammoth clash between giants Muharraq and Manama. Both teams currently boast 12-2 win-loss records and are joint-leaders, but today's game will separate the two clubs while giving a huge morale-boost to the victors. Tip-off is scheduled for 7.15pm.

/source GDN Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2011




Brave Ahli bow to Al Gharafa - by Yousef Ahmed

AL AHLI crashed to highly-favoured Al Gharafa of Qatar 69-76 yesterday in the opening game of the 31st GCC Clubs Basketball Championship, being held in Jeddah, . The Bahrain basketball league champions put up a brave fight in their first game of Group 'A' in the prestigious week-long tournament only to fold up in the closing stages.

Leading Al Ahli's hopes yesterday was former NBA veteran Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California), whom the club signed recently.

Murray, who played for Muharraq last season, was the top scorer for Al Ahli with 25 points.

Al Ahli were also spearheaded by UAE professional Salem Mubarak who joined from Sharajah Club just for this tournament, as well as a group of local talents.

They include Maytham Jameel, Al Ahli's second top scorer with 13 points, besides Hussain Shaker, Maytham Jameel, Mahdi Ashoor, Hisham Sarhan, Nedhal Abbas and playmaker Mahmood Akbar.

Al Gharafa players, most of whom are from African origins, included Khalid Al Nasser, Alexander, Asi Al Khaldi, Hussaino, Ali Al Kuwari, Boni, Marzooq Abu Sabbar, Khalid Abdulla, Omar Abdulqader, Mohammed Faraj, Mohammed Abdulla and Bader Tawfeeq.

Both clubs headed into this action-packed encounter seeking victory to bolster their chances of finishing in the top two of this four-team group for a berth in the semi-finals.

The Qataris started the match well, taking a 15-7 lead midway into the 10-minute first quarter, but the Bahraini representatives gradually came back and levelled the scores at 15-15 in the eighth minute.

Composure

Al Ahli, the two-time GCC champions, maintained their composure towards the end of the first quarter and took their first-ever lead of 21-18 with last-gasp points from Jameel.

However, the Bahrainis were unable to show consistency in the third quarter and Al Gharafa took advantage to end the quarter with a 10-point advantage (40-30).

Al Ahli, coached by Talal Mousa, fought back fiercely in the fourth and deciding quarter, but the Qataris showed solid defence, good handlings and accurate shootings to go up 58-50.

The fourth quarter was another well-contested stage between the two clubs, but Al Gharafa proved the stronger side and enjoyed physical advantage to finish the game with a seven-point victory.

Al Ahli, who finished fifth among six clubs in last year's edition cup, will play their second match today against hosts Ohod of Saudi Arabia at 6pm at the same venue.

After a one-day break, Al Ahli take on Nazwa of Oman in the group's concluding game on Saturday, set to tip off at 4pm.

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

Group 'B' comprises Saudi's Al Ettihad, Kuwait's Al Qadsia, the UAE's Al Shabab and defending champions Al Rayyan of Qatar.

The top two teams at the end of a single round-robin in each group move on to the semi-finals, to be held on Monday. The final is scheduled for Wednesday.



Source GDN by RAMI HULAYYEL Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2011




Standings
Premier League Stage Two Standings
 1. Muharraq 12-2 
 2. Al Manama 12-2 
 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 
Stage One Standings


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 24-5 
 2. Aalstar 20-10 
 3. M.Hainaut 19-10 
 4. Oostende 18-12 
 5. Antwerp 15-14 
 6. Leuven 11-18 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 10-19 
 8. Liege 10-20 
 9. Gent 5-24 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.3 
 2. Lojeski, Oostende16.0 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi16.0 
 4. Black, Antwerp15.6 
 5. Freeman, Verviers.15.5 
 6. Copeland, Aalstar15.5 
 7. Miller, Leuven15.3 
 8. Waters, Verviers.15.3 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.0 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.7.8 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.7 
 3. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 4. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 5. Randle, Gent7.3 
 6. Brown, Antwerp6.9 
 7. Tofi, Leuven6.3 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven6.2 
 10. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.2 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.7 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.7 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 5. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.7 
 9. Mallet, Charleroi2.6 
 10. Burrell, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.5 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven2.3 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.8 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.8 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 9. Hamilton, Charleroi1.6 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Randle, Gent0.8 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 6. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp0.5 
 8. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 
 10. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 


D1 Round 33: Okapi Aalstar is upset by Leuven Bears - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The game between second ranked Okapi Aalstar (20-10) and sixth ranked Leuven Bears (11-18) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Leuven 76-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leuven Bears made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds. Leuven Bears maintains sixth place with 11-18 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (10-20) 84-58. It was a good game for American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Demond Mallet contributed with 18 points for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Belgacom Liege. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-5 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.
Leader Spirou Charleroi recorded the twentieth fourth victory on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (15-14) 67-61. Demond Mallet stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners. The best for the losing side was Roel Moors with 16 points. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-5 record. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against Optima Gent and hope to secure a win.
The game in Verviers was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Base Oostende (18-12) played at the court of 7th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (10-19). Base Oostende defeated VOO Verviers-Pepinster 81-70. The game was dominated by American players. Caleb Green nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Base Oostende maintains fourth place with 18-12 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be league's leader Spirou Charleroi at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar (#2).

In the last game of round 33 M.Hainaut defeated Gent in Quaregnon 81-74.
The best stats of 33th round was 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Ron Lewis of M.Hainaut.


Gent - M.Hainaut 74-81

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Optima Gent (5-24) was defeated at home by third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (19-10) 81-74. Optima Gent was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for Dexia Mons-Hainaut especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) nailed 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) accounted for 19 points. The former international guard Domien Loubry (186-85) came up with 19 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and guard Senne Geukens (190-83) added 22 points respectively for Optima Gent in the defeat. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third place with 19-10 record having five points less than leader Charleroi. Optima Gent lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's next round opponent will be Leuven Bears (#6) at home. Optima Gent will play against Antwerp Giants.
Top scorers:
Gent: S.Geukens 22+3reb+2ast, D.Loubry 19+1reb+8ast, M.Randle 13+3reb, L.Louves 9+4reb, L.Bosco 9+4reb+4ast, A.Hall 2+7reb
M.Hainaut: R.Lewis 25+5reb+5ast, R.Taylor 19+4reb+1ast, S.Foster 9+1reb+1ast, M.Hatten 9+3reb+4ast, S.Bellin 6+2reb+1ast, P.Van Paassen 4+9reb
gschID: 98690


Charleroi - Liege 84-58

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (10-20) 84-58. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Belgacom Liege was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi forced 21 Belgacom Liege turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Taylor Griffin (201-86, college: Oklahoma) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-5 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the eighth position with 20 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liege: A.Stipanovic 14+8reb+1ast, T.Griffin 14+6reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 11+2reb+1ast, O.Troisfontaines 6+2reb+2ast, P.Gillet 6+6reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 3+5reb
Charleroi: D.Mallet 18+4reb+2ast, J.Gomis 17+1reb+4ast, B.Greene 17+8reb+1ast, S.Massot 8+7reb+2ast, K.Weaver 7+3reb+2ast, A.Riddick 7+3reb
gschID: 98691


Leuven - Aalstar 83-76

The game between second ranked Okapi Aalstar (20-10) and sixth ranked Leuven Bears (11-18) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Leuven Bears in a tough game in Leuven 76-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 27-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leuven Bears made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Leuven Bears' coach Jurgen Van Meerbeeck used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears maintains sixth place with 11-18 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. Leuven Bears are looking forward to face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 21+8reb+3ast, C.Young 11+6reb, A.Hilliard 10+7reb+1ast, D.Huffman 10+2reb, S.Burrell 9+3reb+4ast, J.Steinbach 6+2reb+3ast
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 24+4ast, I.Hanavan 21+9reb+1ast, J.Tofi 10+3reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 9+5reb+4ast, B.Freeman 7+1reb, W.Vuchelen 6+3reb
gschID: 98692


Verviers-Pep. - Oostende 70-81

The game in Verviers was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Base Oostende (18-12) played at the court of 7th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (10-19). Base Oostende defeated VOO Verviers-Pepinster 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by Base Oostende. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Will Thomas (200-86, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 20 points respectively for VOO Verviers-Pepinster in the defeat. Base Oostende maintains fourth place with 18-12 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Base Oostende's next round opponent will be league's leader Spirou Charleroi at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar (#2).
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: D.Waters 20+2reb+2ast, R.Freeman 19+7reb, D.Hargrove 15+2reb+2ast, B.Gay 7+9reb+2ast, S.Jackson 5+5reb, A.Chada 4+2reb
Oostende: C.Green 17+5reb+3ast, M.Lojeski 14+4reb+2ast, W.Thomas 14+6reb+2ast, V.Petrovic 12+2reb+2ast, T.Huffman 12+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 98693


Round 28
Charleroi - Antwerp 67-61

Leader Spirou Charleroi recorded the twentieth fourth victory on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Antwerp Giants (15-14) 67-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won fourth quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi forced 21 Antwerp Giants turnovers. American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78, agency: Agency No 10) with 16 points and naturalized American forward Ralph Biggs (199-76, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-5 record. Loser Antwerp Giants keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet Base Oostende (#4) on the road in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against Optima Gent and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Moors 16+2reb+2ast, R.Biggs 16+4reb, M.Roll 13+2reb, D.Wilson 10+4reb, G.Brown 4+6reb+1ast, J.Mwema 2+1reb
Charleroi: D.Mallet 23+1reb+2ast, K.Weaver 15+6reb+1ast, S.Massot 12+7reb, B.Greene 7+4reb+2ast, A.Riddick 5+9reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 127908




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  CANADA   


First Canadian basketball congress set for Toronto in May - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball and its partners are proud to announce the first-ever Canadian Basketball Congress to be held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto from May 2628. This years event will focus on how to unify and develop the game of basketball in Canada.

The Canadian Basketball Congress is a great opportunity for our country to continue to build on the solid growth of basketball in Canada, said Wayne Parrish, Executive Director and CEO of Canada Basketball.

We recognize that not only basketball, but all sports are growing in Canada and in order to evolve our position on the global stage, there must be an outlet where the nations leaders come together to discuss growth. We hope that the Canadian Basketball Congress will be one of many outlets that continue to grow sport in Canada.

The Canadian Basketball Congress will act as a summit to bring together leaders in all roles responsible for building the game of basketball. Speakers have been recruited from all over the basketball world to deliver this message, highlighted by FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and Alberto Garcia, the Secretary General of FIBA Americas.

The quality of speakers coming to the Congress confirms Canadas importance on the national and global basketball stage,' Parrish added. 'They recognize the potential that Canada can offer to basketball development and realize that bringing the country together is the ideal way to grow basketball in Canada.

We are grateful for their involvement and eager to learn from them as they will bring a wealth of knowledge through their vast experiences.


Patrick Baumann

Patrick Baumann joined FIBA at the organization's Munich headquarters in 1994, and was named deputy secretary general a year later. In 2003, he was appointed secretary general of FIBA with its new offices in Geneva, Switzerland, where he remains today.

Over the years, Baumann has been heavily involved with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is one of the most respected experts in the international sports community. He was recently named to the IOCs Co-ordination Commission for the Olympic Games 2012 and is also an elected member of the IOC.

Baumann will be integral in conveying the emergence of Canada on the world stage and what steps the country can take to be among the leaders in sport.


Alberto Garcia

As secretary general of FIBA Americas, Alberto Garcia oversees the basketball operations of the three zones that make up the organization. Before heading FIBA Americas, Garcia served as the FIBA instructor of referees and was a world-class official assigned to the World Championship for Men in 1982 and 1990.

Garcia will be an essential part of the Congress, as his experience will offer strategic plans for better functionality of Canada Basketball.


The Canadian Basketball Congress begins in the evening of Thursday, May 26 and runs through to Saturday, May 28 and will be held in conjunction with Canada Basketballs annual general meeting.

The congress is devoted to bringing together the national basketball stakeholders to develop Canadian basketball and will tackle issues such as paradigm shifts in basketball delivery, involving new Canadians, basketball culture, system alignment and keeping young people in the game.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CHINA   


U-19 Team Loses 73-46 to Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania - by Arthur Volbert
China's U-19 team returned to action with Fan Bin reinstated as coach but the results were far inferior to what the team has achieved before. It lost 73-46 to Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania in its first game of the Nike International Junior Tournament in Barcelona.

This team was competitive last year in the World U-17 Junior Championship last year, except for its game with the United States. But it was not competitive this game. It trailed 14-6 after one quarter, 32-23 at the half, and 52-29 after three quarters.

Star Guo Ailun scored 4 points on 2 of 6 shooting and had 2 assists, no steals and 6 turnovers. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) led the team with 12 points and 9 rebounds but gave the only decent performance. Zhu Xuhang had 9 points but shot 3 for 10 and hit only 1 of 6 free throws. He did grab 8 rebounds. Ju Mingxin had 9 points on 4 of 12 shooting. Wang Zirui had 1 point, missing all 7 of his shots, and had 6 turnovers. He did have 7 steals. Wang Zhelin had 5 points and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Justas Tamulas and Taurus Jugela each scored 14 points for the Lithuanians.



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  CROATIA   


IJT Zagreb edge IJT INSEP in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
IJT Zagreb - IJT INSEP 76:65

IJT Zagreb prevailed against the defending champions IJT INSEP in the first game at the Nike International Tournament in Barcelona for both teams. Mario Hezonja (195-G-95) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Croats.
Zagreb pulled in front late in the first term. The Croatian team posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. KK Zagreb registered a 40:30 lead at the interval. INSEP managed to pull a bit closer in the third frame. They got as close as 8 points after three quarters of action 45:53. INSEP got within five with under three minutes to go. However Antonijo Kraljic and Dario Sari came up with timely buckets to seal the victory for KK Zagreb.
Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) was impressive with 19 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for KK Zagreb. Dominik Mavra (190-F-94) contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Hugo Invernizzi (196-F/G-93) had 24 points for INSEP. Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) chipped in 22 points in the losing effort.

IJT Zagreb: Dario Saric 19+13 boards, Mario Hezonja 19+10 boards, Dominik Mavra 16+11 boards
IJT INSEP: Hugo Invernizzi 24, Jean-Charles Livio 22



A1 Round 11 (second stage): Undefeated Cedevita loses their first game against KK Split - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Cedevita (10-1) on the court of sixth ranked KK Split on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by KK Split 66-60. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KK Split won last quarter 17-13. It was a great evening for swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) responded with 14 points. Cedevita's coach Aleksandar Petrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split (5-6) moved-up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with Cibona. Cedevita at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. KK Split is again looking forward to face league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cedevita's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb CO.
Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Cibona (5-6) 79-62 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was Pankracije Barac who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Toni Brnas produced 11 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth place in Group A with 5-6 record, which they share with KK Split. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with ten games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb .

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11:
In Group A Borik was destroyed by KK Zagreb CO on the opponent's court 96-71. Zadar managed to outperform Alkar Sinj in a home game 76-61.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 4 steals by Ivan Batur of Zadar.


Group A
KK Zagreb CO - Borik 96-71

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Borik Puntamika (4-7) was crushed on the road by second ranked KK Zagreb CO (9-2) 96-71. The game without a history. KK Zagreb CO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Borik Puntamika's 46. The former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Jurica Ruzic (199-77) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Zagreb CO have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group A with 9-2 record behind leader Cedevita. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 25+8reb+4ast, K.Simon 21+5reb+1ast, D.Mulaomerovic 18+2reb+4ast, A.Masic 17+5reb+2ast, D.Rancic 5, M.Halilovic 4+2reb+2ast
Borik: J.Skific 18+11reb+1ast, J.Ruzic 14+7reb, M.Jurjevic 11+2reb, M.Cakarun 10+5reb, I.Mikulic 6+3reb+4ast, M.Sarlija 4+2reb
gschID: 124413


KK Split - Cedevita 66-60

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Cedevita (10-1) on the court of sixth ranked KK Split on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by KK Split 66-60. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cedevita won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KK Split won last quarter 17-13. It was a great evening for swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Impact Basketball) responded with 14 points and the former international swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Aleksandar Petrovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split (5-6) moved-up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with Cibona. Cedevita at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. KK Split is again looking forward to face league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cedevita's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 16+7reb+2ast, I.Mimica 15+3reb+4ast, L.Babic 12+3reb+1ast, A.Grgurevic 11+5reb+1ast, T.Dijan 8+8reb+3ast, S.Subotic 2+2reb
Cedevita: C.Edwards 14+3reb+1ast, A.Zizic 13+2reb, M.Bazdaric 9+6reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 7+3reb+2ast, V.Princ 7+2reb+2ast, B.Wright 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 124414


Zadar - Alkar Sinj 76-61

Rather predictable result when third ranked Zadar (8-3) defeated at home 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (3-8) 76-61. It looked good early as Alkar Sinj took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zadar had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Alkar Sinj was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-76. Zadar brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Forward Ivan Batur (203-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 4 steals (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Guard Pavle Marcinkovic (197-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Zadar players scored in double figures. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Ivica Radic (207-90) added 9 points in the effort for Alkar Sinj. Zadar maintains third place in Group A with 8-3 record having just two points less than leader Cedevita. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zadar to the arena Borik Puntamika.
Top scorers:
Zadar: I.Batur 29+2reb, P.Marcinkovic 15+12reb+1ast, B.Brown 12+6reb, M.Car 11+7ast, M.Ahmetbasic 5+2reb, I.Ivanov 4+5reb+1ast
Alkar Sinj: J.Blajic 16+6reb+8ast, I.Radic 9+4reb, M.Modric 8+3reb, D.Erceg 8+2reb, J.Curkovic 6+1reb, A.Delas 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 124415


Zabok - Cibona 62-79

Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-10) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their tenth consecutive match to fourth ranked Cibona (5-6) 79-62 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-62. The best player for the winners was guard Pankracije Barac (196-81) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. International swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Toni Brnas (201-91) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Luka Pesut (193-91) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth place in Group A with 5-6 record, which they share with KK Split. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with ten games lost. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb .
Top scorers:
Cibona: P.Barac 18+6reb+3ast, B.Bogdanovic 16+5reb+1ast, L.Radosevic 9+7reb, J.Lalic 8+6reb, M.Rozic 8+7reb, G.Vrbanc 7+1reb
Zabok: S.Smajlagic 13+1reb, T.Brnas 11+7reb+3ast, L.Pesut 9+4reb+2ast, J.Lozancic 7+5reb+1ast, S.Jankovic 6+7reb+1ast, R.Lez 5+2reb
gschID: 124412


Group B
Darda - Dubrava 78-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Darda. First ranked host Vrijednosnice OS (6-4) defeated second-ranked Dubrava (6-4) 78-70. It was a key game for the top position in Group B. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dubrava won third quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vrijednosnice OS made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Dubrava was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) accounted for 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Five Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Power forward Dario Saric (205-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Mislav Brzoja (195-94) added 14 points respectively for Dubrava in the defeat. Vrijednosnice OS maintains first place in Group B with 6-4 record, which they share with Dubrava and Svjetlost. Vrijednosnice OS will again play against Dubrava (#3) in Zagreb in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dubrava will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Darda: L.Cutuk 15+5reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 15+10reb+3ast, Z.Ridl 15+9reb+4ast, I.Bakovic 15+2reb+1ast, F.Kordic 14+2reb+1ast, I.Krolo 2+4reb+1ast
Dubrava: M.Brzoja 14+3reb+2ast, D.Saric 12+14reb+4ast, D.Basic 12+5reb, N.Primorac 8+2reb, M.Juricic 8+2reb+6ast, N.Garma 7
gschID: 124440


Dubrovnik - Kvarner 2010 100-92

The game in Dubrovnik was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Kvarner 2010 (4-6) played at the court of sixth ranked Dubrovnik (4-6). Dubrovnik managed to secure a 8-point victory 100-92. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-24. But Kvarner 2010 won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dubrovnik shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Mislav Peric (191-88) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Dubrovnik's coach Zeljko Vreca allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Rudolf Jugo (183-84) answered with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Franko Filipovic (204-87) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kvarner 2010. Four Dubrovnik and five Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Dubrovnik moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Kvarner 2010 and Trogir. Kvarner 2010 lost fifth consecutive game. Dubrovnik's next round opponent will be again Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 21+7reb+2ast, M.Peric 17+3reb+3ast, A.Blesic 15+5reb, M.Hajdic 12+2reb+2ast, D.Hajdic 10+2reb+6ast, A.Vranjes 9+12reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: R.Jugo 26+5reb+5ast, F.Filipovic 16+7reb+3ast, T.Maruna 15+3reb+3ast, F.Gacesa 15+3reb, M.Poscic 11+5reb+1ast, J.Surina 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 124441


Svjetlost - Trogir 89-67

Not a big story in a game in Slavonski Brod where 5th ranked Trogir (4-6) was rolled over by third ranked Svjetlost (6-4) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Svjetlost. Trogir was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svjetlost forced 22 Trogir turnovers. Guard Aljosa Sarac (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Igor Maric (196-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Milan Karakas (190-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and center Mise Diminic (208-89) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Trogir. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svjetlost have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Group B leader, which they share with Dubrava and Darda. Trogir at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Svjetlost's next round opponent will be again Trogir (#6) in Trogir which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: A.Sarac 15+3reb+8ast, S.Helbich 14+4reb, I.Maric 14+4reb+1ast, M.Matasovic 13+3reb, P.Zivkovic 12+3reb+1ast, O.Misic 9+3reb+5ast
Trogir: M.Karakas 18+11reb+7ast, M.Diminic 11+7reb+3ast, I.Bilic 11+1reb, N.Vladovic 10+5reb+2ast, T.Vitali 8+2reb, A.Bilic 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 124442




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, Darda17.4 
 8. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 9. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 10. Simon, KK.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  Dubrava
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Saric, Dubrava10.0 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.7 
 4. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.4 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.1 
 6. Sobin, KK Split7.1 
 7. Brown, Zadar7.0 
 8. Zoric, KK.7.0 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 10. Ivanov, Zadar6.5 
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. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.4 
 10. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Renfroe, KK.2.8 
 2. Car, Zadar2.4 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 4. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.0 
 5. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 6. Brown, Zadar1.9 
 7. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 8. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 9. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 10. Petani, Borik1.7 
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, Dubrava1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlo.0.9 
 8. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 9. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


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  CYPRUS   


Interview with Charron Fisher - by Michael Aristidou
One of the unlucky players during this year in Cyprus league was American Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara). Charron came for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia and manage to play some friendly games and in the super cup game. Furthermore he was named MVP of that game.


First of all Charron did you fully recovered from your injury;
Yes I did. Now I am working out in order to be ready for next season.


How was this period for you without basketball?
Well it was hard enough. Its difficult to stay out of the game but fortunately I had a lot of support.


You had a great start with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia but unfortunately you had your injury.
I like that team very much. I expected to have a good season but I was injured. I stay with the team till recently and watch the games.


What are your plans for next season?
First of all I expect to have a good season. I have some propositions from clubs but I didnt sign yet to any team.


Is Cyprus in your future plans?
Yes of course. I had a good time there and although I was injured everyone sypport me. This is very important.


Did you expect Intercollege Etha to win the league?
Intercollege Etha is a good team. I watch most of the season there and they showed good quality in their team.


And how about Proteas Danoi AEL;
To be honest I didnt expect them to go through the final. That shows that they had a good team and the players play well during play-of.




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1Liga Round 2 of Finals. J.Hradec bounce back in style - by Eurobasket News
J.Hradec - Chomutov 127-96

J.Hradec leveled the championship series versus Chomutov. They bounced back in style after the opening loss and celebrated a high-flying home win in Game 2. The hosts trailed by five points after ten minutes but recovered in the next periods. J.Hradec fired 41 points in the fourth quarter to earn a comfortable win at the end. Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) stepped up with 34 points and 9 rebounds for J.Hradec. Ivo Prachar (206-F/C-82) added 31 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Chomutov. Marek Balik (195-G-83) netted 15 points in defeat.
gschID: 127803




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Plaza wins the SRT title - by Eurobasket News
Plaza Fernando Valerio is the new SRT champion. They managed to beat CDP 83-80 in Game Five and to win the Finals series with almost perfect 4-1. Last time Plaza won the title in 2003. Before that, they were championship winners in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986 and 1989. Edward Santana (203-F-80) was the leading player in Game Five with 25 points. Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84) followed him with 21 points and Andres Sandoval (192-G-83) added 16. In the loosing squad, Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) delivered 22 pts. Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) stopped on 17. It was a very exciting meeting. The hosts made 23-16 in the first quarter, but CDP tied the score to 42-42 until the halftime. Teams were tied in the finish as well (80-80), before Edward Santana stepped up for the hosts and brought them crucial 83-80 win.
In Game Four Plaza also scored 83 points, while CDP was stopped to 78.


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Mabusa Eseka appointed IBF member - by Eurobasket News
DR Congos Basile Mabusa Eseka who is the acting president of the International basketball federation/Africa zone (FIBA Africa) has been intergrated into the International basketball foundation (IBF) for a four-year mandate.
His intergration was backed by bob Elphinston who doubles as IBF president and Fiba Asia.The IBF conceives and regulates laws governing basketball and the headquarters is found in Madrid but might definitely be transferred to Geneva in Switzerland.

The other IBF members

Horacio Muratore, president Fiba/Americas,

Sheik Saud Bin Ali Thani, president Fiba /Asia,

Ingo Weiss, president Fiba/Europe,

Yvan Mainini, president Fiba/world and honorary member.

Patrick Baumann, secretary general and

Manfred Stroher, treasurer.
Courtesy of: Star of Africa


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  EL SALVADOR   


Denver wins Liga Premier - by Jaime Arevalo
Last week, Centro Educativo Denver won the Liga Premier crown after defeating ExSAL Santa Tecla, 76-70 in the Final Game. Centro Educativo Denver has been the most regular team in the season, with 17 wins over 18 games, and was also the reigning champion, after having won the previous edition too. Its most outstanding player in the last part of the season was point guard Alejandro Arias (178-G-92), who eventually was named the Finals MVP. Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84) and Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's) were very good they too, as was improtant the experience of coach Ernesto Rodriguez from the bench.
Scoring 23 points, Mauricio Lahud led the way in final game, Arias added 19 and Roberto Figueroa (191-F) 9. Devin Thompson scored 7 pts, limited by an injury and concentrated more on the defensive end.
The best at the losing side was athletic center from Panama, Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89), who ended the Final as the top scorer with 28 points. Wilson Quijano added 10 pts.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Timermanis, Rakve.18.5 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.9 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Brown, Va.16.3 
 7. Osby, TT.16.2 
 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.9.9 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.2 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.8 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Timermanis, Rakve.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TT.
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.3 
 3. Tsintsadze, TU/Ro.3.2 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
 5. Vaikulis, Rakvere2.9 
 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. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 6. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 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. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 4. Osby, TT.1.2 
 5. Timermanis, Rakve.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 8. Brown, Va.0.7 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


MACCABI AND MADRID FACE OFF. CASSPI "WANT MACCABI TO WIN" - by David Pick
IT IS TIME. It is time for athletes to become heroes, time to separate men from adults, time to differ 1st and 2nd, time to distinguish between players and C H A M P I O N S.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv will return tonight (21:00, Barcelona) for the first time in the past three years to Europe's biggest basketball stage, the Euroleague Final Four. One of Maccabi's former stars who played in the yellow and blue's last FF appearance is the Sacramento Kings Israeli small-forward, Omri Casspi.

The young Israeli talent, who scored 9 points on 60% shooting from the field, will perform for the first time in his career as a color commentator and play by play analyst, covering Maccabi's games for the Israeli sports channel. Casspi spoke with 'Eurobasket.com' about his reappearance on the big stage, only this time wearing a suit and tie and not the traditional yellow jersey: This is my first time analyzing a professional game on television and I'm very excited, even more so, doing it on my former teammates and friends'.

What do you think Maccabi's percentages are for winning the title?

'All four teams are really great. They worked hard all year long and earned the right to be here. I really want Maccabi to win but the odds are 25% for each team. I know it will be interesting for sure', added the Israeli sensation.

On the floor, David Blatt and his men will try to write to perfect ending to their script, on an imaginable Euroleague season run as they will take on Real Madrid in the Semis. Maccabi have already finished their professional preparations and all that is left for them is to come out with the 'W', and make it to the Euroleague Finals on Sunday afternoon.

David Blu, Tal Burstein, Lior Eliyahu and Derrick Sharp, combined for just 5 miserable points back in 07-08 as Maccabi fell to CSKA Moscow in the Finals. The four Stars who are fortunate enough to make it back to the FF, hope that this time, luck will shine their way.




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Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Awards 2010-11 - by Karol
All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team
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Damon Williams
Williams
Jamar Wilson
Wilson
Sefton Barrett
Barrett
Jeremiah Wood
Wood
John Williamson
Williamson
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Player of the Year: Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto
Guard of the Year: Jamar Wilson (185-G-84) of Honka
Forward of the Year: Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85) of Karhu
Center of the Year: John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka
Import Player of the Year: Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Tarmo
Domestic Player of the Year: Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85) of Karhu
Coach of the Year: Pieti Poikola of Pyrinto

1st Team
G: Jamar Wilson (185-84) of Honka
F: Damon Williams (201-73) of Pyrinto
F: Sefton Barrett (196-83) of KTP
F: Jeremiah Wood (200-85) of Karhu
C: John Williamson (198-86) of Honka

2nd Team
G/F: Jonathan Heard (198-86) of Tarmo
G: Malik Moore (192-77) of LrNMKY
G: James Lewis (191-86) of LrNMKY
F: Jerrah Young (202-85) of Tarmo
F: Damon Williams (201-73) of Pyrinto

Honorable Mention
Roope Suonio (176-G-82) of Namika Lahti
Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of KTP
Jason Conley (196-G-81) of Kataja
Darren Fells (201-F/C-86) of Kataja
Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of Korihait

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Antero Lehto (184-84) of Pyrinto
G: Petri Virtanen (183-80) of Kataja
F: Ville Kaunisto (204-82) of Kouvot
F: Vesa Makalainen (200-86) of Karhu
C/F: Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) of Kataja

All-Imports Team
G: Jamar Wilson (185-84) of Honka
F: Damon Williams (201-73) of Pyrinto
F: Sefton Barrett (196-83) of KTP
F: Jeremiah Wood (200-85) of Karhu
C: John Williamson (198-86) of Honka

All-Defensive Team
Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85) of Karhu
Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot
Jerald Fields (201-F-82) of KTP
Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of Pyrinto
Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait



KORISLIIGA: Michael Pounds back to KTP - by Rauno Hurmalainen
After three years and seasons in Helsinki and Torpan Pojat Michael Pounds (88-G-88) has decided to return back to his home town Kotka. KTP and Pounds have signed a contract for season 2011-12. Last season Pounds played on ToPo roster 45 games averaging 5,8 ppg - 2,3 rpg in 15,3 mpg. Vesa Heinonen (192-F/G-91) has transfered from YMCA Lahti to KTP (Kotka). Heinonen played last season first time on top level averaging 3,2 ppg - 1,2 rpg in 10,3 mpg. Ex-YMCA Lahti Head Coach Sami Toiviainen , 36, has signed with KTP (Kotka) as well to act as Teams Junior Head Coach and Men's Assistant Coach. The contract is model 2+1 years. Robert Juvonen (185-G-91) is however leaving KTP and joining FoKoPo (Forssa) roster in Division 1. Juvonen played passed season 25 games and averaged 0,6 ppg in 3,3 mpg.

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IJT Zagreb edge IJT INSEP in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
IJT Zagreb - IJT INSEP 76:65

IJT Zagreb prevailed against the defending champions IJT INSEP in the first game at the Nike International Tournament in Barcelona for both teams. Mario Hezonja (195-G-95) stepped up with 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Croats.
Zagreb pulled in front late in the first term. The Croatian team posted a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. KK Zagreb registered a 40:30 lead at the interval. INSEP managed to pull a bit closer in the third frame. They got as close as 8 points after three quarters of action 45:53. INSEP got within five with under three minutes to go. However Antonijo Kraljic and Dario Sari came up with timely buckets to seal the victory for KK Zagreb.
Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) was impressive with 19 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for KK Zagreb. Dominik Mavra (190-F-94) contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Hugo Invernizzi (196-F/G-93) had 24 points for INSEP. Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) chipped in 22 points in the losing effort.

IJT Zagreb: Dario Saric 19+13 boards, Mario Hezonja 19+10 boards, Dominik Mavra 16+11 boards
IJT INSEP: Hugo Invernizzi 24, Jean-Charles Livio 22



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 


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Manga BC wins Leon Nzouba trophy - by Eurobasket News
Manga BC of Moanda last Saturday grabbed the trophy of the Leon Nzouba interclub basketball championships.
The 30th edition of the Leon Nzouba basketball championships held last Saturday at the Omar Bongo Odimba gymnasium in Mouila.In the mens category,Moanda BC beat Somo BB 65-54 while in the ladies category,Ndella BB of Libreville beat Tiger BC of Port Gentil 89-81.
Courtesy of: Star Africa


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Ahmad Smith (NBC) 2011 beko BBL Playoff Thoughts - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 26 year old 194cm guard from Alexandria, Virginia that is currently playing for NBC (PRO B). He is very athletic, handles the ball well and is able to beat his man in one-on-one situations. Creative player offensively who has a strong drive to the basket. He is a left-handed player who plays terrific defense at/on each perimeter position. Has good body control and excellent lateral foot speed. Outstanding rebounder for his size and position at both ends of the floor. He played at St Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he averaged 15.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 65.6%. In 2006-2007 he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he came to Germany to play for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. Last season, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. This season, he started for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga), waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five). This season he averaged 8,6ppg, 6,6rpg and 7,3apg. He spoke to eurobasket concerning the 2011 beko BBL playoffs.

What was your personal favorite moment of the 2010-2011 season in Germany?


Our road playoff wins were very memorable. Even though one got taken away.



What is your goal for next season? Any ideas yet? Will you stay in Germany?


I just want to win games wherever I play next season and compete for a championship. I hope I will stay in Germany but we will see.


Do you think the first round of the beko bbl playoffs will be as exciting and unpredictable as the current NBA playoffs?

It will definitely be as exciting, Playoff basketball is always exciting no matter what level it is.



How do you see the series Bamberg-Bremerhaven? Will this be a sweep for Bamberg?


It will be hard for anyone to beat Bamberg their a great team. Anything can happen in the playoffs I think Bremerhaven will make it an interesting series.



What will Bremerhaven have to do to win this tough series?


Play great defense and get contributions for everyone on offense.



How do you see the series Alba Berlin-EWE Baskets Oldenburg? This could be one of the exciting ones?

I think this will be the most exciting first round series. A lot of good players in this series I think it will come down to the home court advantage.



Could this series go 5 games?


Yeah definitely.


Does Alba Berlin have what it takes to become champion? Could Taylor Rochestie be the missing piece to puzzle?


I think Alba has what it takes to win the champion. The signing of Taylor Rochestie increased their chances hes a great player.


How do you see the Frankfurt-BG Goettingen series?


This will be a good series. Its hard to predict this one I think experience will be a key factor in the outcome.




What will Goettingen have to do besides control Dashaun Wood wt win?

They have to try to contain Dashaun Wood which won't be easy. But if any team can do it I would say it would be Goettingen they have a lot of good perimeter defenders.


How do you see the series Artland Dragons-Braunschweig?


Another good series I don't know who to pick for this one. I think both teams are equal. This one could come down to home court advantage which is key in most playoff series.

Could one of these teams reach the beko BBL final?

Yeah there both capable of reaching the finals.



Why are the Lakers, Spurs and Mavericks playing so weak?

All of those teams will win their series no need for people to panic. They just have to make some adjustments and they will be ok.

What wa sthe last DVD movie that you saw?

Kevin Hart 'Seriously Funny'

Thanks Ahmad for the chat


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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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PromotieDivisie Playoffs: Binnenland and De Hoppers in the Finals!!! - by Terry Cooper
For the fourth straight season in the Promotie, a new team in the PromotieDivisie will be playing in the Finals. This season De Hoppers resurged their team to compete in the division and proved to the rest of the teams how strong they were as won both games over Red Giants to make it to the championship. Binnenland, who was last season newcomer team making it to the finals will try and capture the crown this season as they had a tough road back to the finals over a young and fiesty Z&Z Leiden2 team winning both games but only by a little to return. The game is set for MAY 7th in Almere TopSportCentrum as both team have expereinced players from the DBL as well as young talent preparing to be the future DBL stars. For De Hoppers, they have several expereinced players such as Patrick Faybehere, Jefferey De Vries Andreas, and Tjoe de Paula (185-G-81, agency: Court Side) that were former Dutch Internationals while Binnenland brings back players from last season championship run with some key additions to possibly win the crown. This should be a great game for all fans to take part of and enjoy down to the wire. So if you have nothing to do on May 7th and want to take mother out on a pre-mother's day adventure, this is the place to be. Stay Tuned...

Red Giants - De Hoppers 66-79
Z&Z2 - Binnenland 68-73
Binnenland - Z&Z2 74-67
De Hoppers - Red Giants 85-80

Binnenland - Z&Z2 147-135
De Hoppers - Red Giants 164-146

Championship Game

Binnenland - De Hoppers May 7


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MACCABI PREPARES FOR MADRID - by David Pick
Maccabi T'A's grand Yellow and Blue entrance to Barcelona, Spain yesterday continued today (Thursday), as the air trains proceed to leave Israel. An estimation of 4,000-5,000 enthusiastic supporters will try to give their heroes a positive boost, as the Israeli fans will have the majority of 'Palau Sant Jordi' Palace in Barcelona, throughout the Final Four.

Following a short rest and brief lunch, Maccabi's stars took the parquet floor for the first time in order to prepare for Friday's Semi-Finals battle against Real Madrid and former Center D'or Fischer. Injured Center Yaniv Green, and American Guard Doron Perkins are both in Spain with David Blatt's squad despite the fact that they will not participate in the games.

Doron Perkins commented on how it feels to watch his teammates prepare for Madrid from the sidelines: 'There's no pressure on me because I'm not playing, it does however greatly motivate me to get healthier as soon as possible. The focus now is on our team as a group and we have an opportunity to achieve something no one thought we could do a few months ago'.

What is the Maccabi's game strategy?

'We need to come out and be aggressive from the start. This isnt a series and we don't the privilege of losing one game and wining the next. I told Sofo and the guys to play their hearts out and I'm sure they know I am their biggest supporter from the bench', added the phenomenon guard.

Maccabi's Forward David Blu, sent a message to his supporters as he believes Maccabi fans already won the battle in the stands: 'It was a relief to finally get back in the gym and put some shots up. Everyone in is suspense and excited from the event. Our fans are amazing and yet again they are putting on a show for all of Europe to witness. I hope we return to Israel with the trophy because that's the reason we came here'.




Maccabi Habikaa won Hapoel T-A at the first game of the final series - by Netanel Dahan
Maccabi Habikaa suprised Hapoel Tel Aviv after winning them at their loudy home court 86-76.
Hapoel opend up the game very well with great moves by Auter and Asbury and took the lead 26-19, Habikaa with Bradford and Greenboym woke up and great inside-out movements allowed to the visitors to reduce the score to 44-43 to Hapoel at the half-time.
At the 3rd quarter Paul Delaney was on fire as he scored from almost every sport and ran his team to a 11-0 run 65-55 to Habikaa at the end of the 3rd quarter the 4th quarter was very intense and equal, Habikaa managed to keep its lead and won in one of the most hardest areans in Israel 86-76.

Top Scorers:
Habikaa:
Paul Delaney (188-G-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: UAB) 23 pts& 11 boards.
Bradford& Greenboym 17 pts each.

Hapoel Tel Aviv:
Asbury 18 pts.
Eytan and Auter 16 pts each.

The series is the best of 5, and the wining team at the end will play at the 1st league next season.


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Hoopers stumble in hunt for NBL final - by Eurobasket News
Hoopers' place in the finals of the Flow National Basketball League-West took a blow on Saturday after they were beaten, 75-69, by Granville Jaguars in a third-round game at Montego Bay Cricket Club.

Hoopers, the defending champions, needed to win their final regular season game to have a chance of advancing to the best-of-three final, but dropped their second straight game to Granville.

The champions, who were losing two straight games, still lead with 19 points, but have completed their schedule of games, while both Granville and Catherine Hall All-stars, who also blew a good chance when they lost to relegation threatened Inner-city Avalanche, 56-52, are both on 18 points with a game to go this weekend.

If Granville and Catherine Hall both win their games, they would advance to the finals ahead of Hoopers.

On Saturday, Jaguars who won the second-round game, 86-64, after losing the first, led by just two points, 23-21, after the first quarter, but pushed the lead to six points, 39-33, at half-time.

They continued to increase the lead to nine points, 56-47, after the third, but Hoopers had the better fourth quarter, but could not close the gap sufficiently.

Dave Black (180-G-85) led all scorers with 24 points, six rebounds and five steals; Huwayne Blake scored 14 points, while Leroy Lawrence scored 13 points.

Levar Rose led Hoopers with 22 points, while the consistent Neil Samuels scored 10 points.

In the second game, Avalanche improved their chances of surviving the drop by upsetting the inconsistent Catherine Hall, who had beaten Hoopers the previous weekend.

After a slow start, scoring just eight points in the first quarter and trailing by five points, Avalanche had a decisive second quarter, outscoring All-Stars, 24-15, to lead by four points, 32-28, as the teams played to 14-14 and 10-10 stalemates over the last two quarters.

Mike Haughton was the topscorer for Avalanche with 17 points and eight rebounds. Damion Smith had 12 points and six rebounds, while Fabian Julian had a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Goyan Malcolm (186-G-83) scored 17 points for All-Stars, 24 rebounds, two blocked shots, eight steals and six assists; Marvin Powell scored 13 points and had 15 rebounds, while Jermaine Rerrie (196-F-85) scored 10 points, along with 32 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Courtesy of www.jamaicaobserver.com


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Aramex take 2-1 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
ASU - Aramex 68:70 (OT)

Aramex are back in the lead in the championship series. They overcame ASU in overtime in Game 3 to ensure 2-1 lead. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) stepped up with 21 points to lead Aramex as they recovered well after a 69:79 loss in Game 2.
Aramex jumped to an early lead. The visitors controlled the game in the opening frame posting an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Aramex registered a 33:28 halftime advantage. ASU changed the complexion of the encounter in the third stanza. They erased the deficit and spurred in front for a 53:46 lead. Aramex were able to level things up at 62 at the end of regulation. Saif Amer and Issa Kamel pulled Aramex in front in the extra frame and they ran away for the win at the end. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) delivered 18 points for Aramex. Jamal Ali Ahmed finished with 16 points in the victory. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) answered with 29 points for ASU. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) and Wesam Al Sous had 12 points each in the loss. Game 4 is scheduled for Friday.

ASU: Mousa Alawadi 29, Abdullah Abuqoura 12, Wesam Al-Sous (183-G-83) 12
Aramex: Issa Kamel 21, Malek Khashan 18, Jamal Ali Ahmed 16




OT win puts Aramex ahead in Finals series - by Omar Shafaamri

AMMAN, Jordan (Jordanian Premier League): Al Riyadi Aramex regained their lead in the Jordanian Premier League Finals against Applied Science University winning the Game 3 of their best-of-five series 70-68 in Overtime on Monday.

Aramex had won the Game 1, but ASU bounced back to win 79-69 last Saturday and leveled the series.

Game 4 is set for Friday.

Aramex controlled the proceedings early on Monday and led 18-14 at the end of first quarter widening it to 33-28 at the end of the first half.

ASU led by Jordanian international Mousa Al Awadi's prolific scoring not only bounced back but also moved ahead 53-46 in the third quarter, before Aramex rallied to tie the score at 62-62 at the end of regulation period.

Saif Amer burnt the basket with a sizzling three-pointer to open the scoring in the extended period for Aramex and Issa Kamel (192-F-83) followed it up with a drive in the lane. Aramex maintained their edge till the end.

Kamel (pic above) had 21 points in the game to lead Aramex. Malek Kashan contributed 18 points and Ali Jamal 16.

Al Awadi's 29 point game-high went in vain for ASU. Abdallah Abo Koura and Wesam Al-Sous had a dozen points each.

FIBA Asia


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Barsy Atyrau step closer to D1 title - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau - Tobol 85:72

Barsy celebrated the second straight win in D1 championship series yesterday. They overcame Tobol Kostanay to step closer to the title. Edgar Chunda stepped up with 22 points to lead the hosts. The series will now move to Kostanay for Game 3 scheduled on May 10.
Barsy gave little chance for the visitors. The hosts stormed to an early lead and dominated in the first quarter. Barsy posted a 22:11 advantage after ten minutes. The home team continued to mount the pressure in the second stanza. The margin grew at 23-point mark at halftime 44:21. Tobol came back to life after the big break but it was too late. The visitors erupted for 51 in the second half but Barsy withheld the challenge and registered the second consecutive victory.
Dmitriy Klimov (200-F-88) nailed 20 points for the winners. Endropov had 11 points for Barsy Atyrau. Aleksandr Golubev (196-F-78) delivered game-high 26 points for Tobol. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) finished with 18 points in the loss.

Barsy Atyrau: Edgar Chunda 22, Dmitriy Klimov 20, Endropov 11
Tobol: Aleksandr Golubev 26, Pavel Mikheev 18



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  KENYA   


Co-operative Bank survived a scare from Masinde Muliro University - by Eurobasket News
In the men's Premier League, champions Co-operative Bank survived a scare from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) before coming out 62-55 winners in a hard fought and entertaining show. The Nairobi side trailed 11-16 in the first quarter but recovered to take the second 18-8. The third quarter saw the home boys go ahead 18-11 before the bankers experience catapulted them to 25-20 win in the last quarter. Combative guard Salim Ali (172-G) and forward Eugene Genga (196-F-82) collected 16 points a piece for Co-op Bank while danger man Alex Lugasi made 18 for the students.
Courtesy of Nairobi Star


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  LEBANON   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Khatib, Champville26.8 
 2. Warner, Byblos26.5 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed23.2 
 4. Cage, Hoops22.8 
 5. Johnson, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 7. Youngblood, Champ.20.1 
 8. Dawson, Chabab20.1 
 9. Byrd, Hoops20.0 
 10. Battles, Antranik19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi14.3 
 2. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 3. Cox, Champville12.9 
 4. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 5. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 6. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 7. Watkins, Sagesse10.7 
 8. Byrd, Hoops10.6 
 9. Battles, Antranik10.6 
 10. Thompson, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Willie BANNISTER
  Antranik
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 2. Mason, Byblos6.7 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed6.3 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 5. Akl, Anibal5.2 
 6. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 7. Barada, Byblos4.6 
 8. Khatib, Champville4.1 
 9. Fahed, Sagesse3.9 
 10. Warner, Byblos3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 3. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.3 
 5. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 6. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 7. Mason, Byblos2.2 
 8. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.1 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse1.9 
 10. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Cox, Champville3.7 
 2. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse1.5 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse1.4 
 5. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Kanaan, Antranik1.2 
 9. Shannon, Anibal1.2 
 10. Payne, Moutahed1.0 


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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.7.6 
 4. Klimavicius, Zalgi.7.2 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis7.1 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.5 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas6.5 
 8. Adomavicius, Alytu.6.5 
 9. Dilys, Perlas6.4 
 10. Valukonis, Techa.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. Janavicius, Siauli.4.0 
 9. Collins, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Ais.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Adas JUSKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (194-G/F-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Juskevicius, Rudup.2.1 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.1 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakr.1.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techa.1.9 
 6. Sinica, Rudupis1.7 
 7. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.7 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis1.7 
 9. Valukonis, Techas.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 


LKL Round 1 of Finals. Zalgiris surge ahead after narrow home win - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Rudupis - Juventus 79-65

Rudupis earned the first win in their consolation final series against Juventus. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-65. Rudupis forced 24 Juventus turnovers. Forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) chipped in 9 points and 8 assists. The former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: V.Lipkevicius 16+4reb+4ast, P.Butkevicius 12+3reb, A.Juskevicius 10+1reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 9+2reb+8ast, G.Orelikas 8+3reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 7+2reb
Juventus: A.Kieza 14+8reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 12+3reb, G.Maceina 11+2reb+3ast, M.Pociukonis 7+4reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 6+3reb, M.Prekevicius 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 127848


FINAL
Zalgiris - Lietuvos Rytas 83-81

Zalgiris eked out a narrow home win over Lietuvos Rytas in the Finals opener. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) knocked down a late bucket to seal the winning outcome for the Kaunas team. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Lietuvos Rytas' 30. They outrebounded Lietuvos Rytas 42-21 including a 19-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos Rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard DeJuan Collins (188-76, college: Tuskegee) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) produced 17 points and Serbian-Montenegrin center Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Four Zalgiris and five Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Brown 15+2reb+2ast, T.Klimavicius 14+10reb, D.Collins 12+5reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 11+1reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 6+2reb+1ast, A.Capin 5+1reb+1ast
Lietuvos Rytas: D.Strawberry 17+4reb+3ast, M.Bjelica 16+4reb, K.Bajramovic 15+4reb+1ast, M.Gecevicius 13+1ast, B.Newley 12+2reb, S.Jasaitis 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 127849




Zalgiris prevail against Team China in Spain - by Eurobasket News
IJT Zalgiris - IJT Team China 73:46

Zalgiris recorded the first win at the Nike International Junior tournament. They toppled Team China in Group B in Barcelona tonight. Justas Tamulis (194-G-94) and Tauras Jogela (200-F-93) delivered 14 points each to lead well-balanced effort from the Lithuanian youngsters. Zalgiris opened the game confidently. They limited their Asian counterparts to only 6 points in the first term to take an 8-point lead. Team China adjusted their offense in the second period but Zalgiris matched the effort. The European team posted a 32:23 halftime lead. IJT Zalgiris started to run away in the third period. They outscored Team China 20:9 for a 20-point lead before the final stanza. Team China could not recover and suffered a heavy loss at the end. Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-F-93) had 9 points in the victory. Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Team China. Ju Mingxin (200-G/F-93) and Zhu Xuhang (207-F-93) had 9 points each in the loss.

IJT Zalgiris: Justas Tamulis 14, Tauras Jogela 14, Vaidas Kariniauskas 9
IJT Team China: Zhai Xiaochuan 12, Ju Mingxin 9, Zhu Xuhang 9



El-Amin won't quit - by Aurimas Rimselis
On a cold afternoon in March, Khalid Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) limps through the front door of his family's Minneapolis fish restaurant more than 45 minutes late, though he gives no indication he's in a hurry. He pauses in the middle of the small, otherwise vacant dining room to wave a quick hello to his sister-in-law behind the cash register, then drags a chair out from underneath a table and slowly eases his heavy frame into it.

'Sorry,' he says, flashing a toothy grin. 'Just finished my first physical therapy.'

By any reasonable standards, Khalid El-Amin looks like he has no business on a basketball court. He claims to be 5'10', but even that seems generous. He weighs more than 200 pounds, giving him a thick frame more suitable to a football player.

As soon as he sees the notebook, he breaks eye contact and turns his gaze down at the table in the practiced style of the hoary post-game interview.

'NBA's the best players in the world,' he says. 'I mean, it's great to make it there, but you gotta stay there. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to stay longer than I did.'

Khalid El-Amin is only 31 years old, but he's lived long years as a journeyman. He talks about his short NBA career as if it took place a lifetime ago. He's played in so many different European countries that it's difficult for even him to remember them all.

'You know, in Europe, the game of basketball is kind of different,' he says. 'It's all about the team game in Europe. If you score 40 points and you lose, no one really cares about that it seems like, because you lost the game.'

He still talks like he's ready to walk out on the court tomorrow, but his leg won't let him. When asked about it, Khalid El-Amin downplays the injury. He hasn't bothered to watch the replay yet, so he can't really explain how it happened.

'It was just a routine play,' he says. 'Next thing I knew, I was on the ground.'

THE TWIN CITIES has never owned much of a reputation for producing professional basketball players. In the last 30 years, only about a dozen Minneapolis and St. Paul natives have made it to the NBA.

It's hard to say exactly what accounts for this, but it may be a symptom of the Midwest location, says Gary Wilson, a north Minneapolis coach of more than 40 years. Because Minnesota is covered in snow for the majority of the year, youth sports programs rely mostly on indoor facilities, and have struggled with overcrowded courts throughout the years. In the Twin Cities, basketball has never been a priority when it comes time to balance the budget.

'We need bigger facilities,' says Wilson. 'That's the thing we don't have.'

Of the Twin Cities players who have made it to the NBA, most have not stayed long enough to make an impact. The exception to the rule is Devean George, a 6'8', 235-pound forward who was in the league for 11 years, most recently playing for the Golden State Warriors.

The idea of a short, chubby guy like Khalid El-Amin making a name for himself as a basketball player sounds impossible. Khalid El-Amin's unconventional stature even earned him a nickname early in his career: Doughboy.

But Khalid El-Amin has always been tireless. As a kid growing up in north Minneapolis, he made public courts at nearby parks his second home. He started playing for his high school varsity team when he was 14 years old.

'You can count the kids on one hand who played varsity basketball as eighth-graders,' says Cliff Brown, former coach for the North High Polars. 'He was unbelievably focused on what he wanted to do and what he wanted to accomplish at a young age.'

Khalid El-Amin led the Polars to three state titles in high school, tying the record for most consecutive championships in Minnesota history. He was the Minnesota State Player of the Year three times.

Khalid El-Amin's dedication has not wavered in the 15 years since high school. After failing out of the NBA in his early 20s, Khalid El-Amin resigned himself to obscurity playing for a handful of listless teams around Europe. He has spent the past 10 years stubbornly trying to fight his way back the NBA.

Earlier this year, he finally caught a break. Khalid El-Amin made it into the Euroleague tournament playing for a Lithuanian team, BC Lietuvos Rytas, at the highest level of basketball in the world outside of the NBA.

'This is how he was really reborn after a few off-years,' says David Landry of ESPN-affiliated Ball in Europe. 'I mean, the Lithuanian media was loving this guy.'

But the freak injury sent him home prematurely. And while Khalid El-Amin is optimistic that he'll play next season, this could very well be the one blow that keeps him down for the count.

'The more significant the injury, the harder it is,' says Dr. Dan Kraft, a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. 'The older the athlete, the more uncertain the healing becomes.'

EL-AMIN DID NOT grow up in a family of great means. His father drove a school bus for the Minneapolis Public School district; his mother worked as a secretary.



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  MADAGASCAR   


US Douane wins title - by Eurobasket News
US Douane have been crowned champions of the 2011 N1B regional basketball championship.The tournament that kicked off on April 21st ended on Sunday with the crowning of US Douane who beat Stadium basketball club of Mahajanga 74-57 as the four team basketball championship.The four participating teams were US DOUANE, BCO,Association Sportive Universit Mahajanga (ASUMA) and Stadium Basket Club Mahajanga (SBCM).On the other hand,BBCA won the championship title of the Alaotra Mangoro 2011 regional championship.Meanwhile the N1B national championship will take place in the town of Antsiranana from May 7th to 14th 2011.

Complete results of the 2011 N1BN championship Boeny:

Day 1- 21 April 2011

ASUMA 67-53 SBCM

US DOUANE 56-47 BCO

Day 2 - 22 April 2011:

BCO 47-56 ASUMA

ASUMA 42-64 US DOUANE

Day 3- 23 April 2011:

BCO 74-70 ASUMA

SBCM 68-58 US DOUANE

Final- 24 April 2011:

US Douane 74-57 SBCM
Courtesy of: Star of Africa



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Round 28: Ostioneros de Guaymas defeat leader Mineros de Cananea - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mineros de Cananea (22-6) on the court of sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Ostioneros de Guaymas 83-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 42-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 17 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) replied with 30 points and 6 assists for Mineros de Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-13) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nogales. Mineros de Cananea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas is looking forward to face higher ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's second-placed Caballeros de Culiacan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 28th round was 25 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists by Damone Brown of Nogales.


Los Mochis - Tijuana 77-95

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (13-15) beat on the road bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-25) 95-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tijuana Zonkeys made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) replied with 28 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Albertson) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Pioneros Los Mochis' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Mexicali. Pioneros Los Mochis lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Tijuana Zonkeys will face Coras de Tepic (#9) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 34+14reb+2ast, J.Watson 22+8reb+4ast, C.Tate 16+12reb+4ast, L.Ramirez 10+1reb+1ast, G.Lira 6+4reb+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 5+5reb+1ast
Los Mochis: D.White 28+7reb+3ast, J.Favela 19+5reb+3ast, E.Hare 17+12reb+3ast, A.Verdugo 7+3reb, F.Ibarra 5+12reb, J.Estrada 1+1reb
gschID: 122930


Nogales - Tepic 113-90

Very expected game when 9th ranked Coras de Tepic (4-24) was smashed on the road by fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (15-13) 113-90 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Coras de Tepic was better in third quarter 32-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 50-31 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Guinda Nogales made 14 blocks. It was a very good performance for American forward Damone Brown (204-79, college: Syracuse) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Coras de Tepic. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fifth position with 15-13 record, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Coras de Tepic will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nogales: J.Walker 25+4reb+4ast, D.Brown 25+15reb+6ast, R.Moss 18+13reb, B.Heredia 16+6reb+4ast, N.Brown 12+3reb+4ast, J.Mercado 9+6reb
Tepic: I.Brown 26+11reb+2ast, C.Brown 21+7reb+4ast, J.Parker 17+3reb+2ast, J.Pablo Bravo 14+2reb+2ast, C.Estrada 6+2reb+2ast, R.Aguilar Nery 4+3reb
gschID: 122931


Guasave - Hermosillo 97-93

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (17-11) won against at home much higher ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (19-9) 97-93 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Frayles de Guasave made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 48-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Frayles de Guasave made 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) who helped to win the game recording 38 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 assists for the winners. Worth to mention Sowell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth position with 17-11 record. Rayos de Hermosillo lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second place with nine games lost. Frayles de Guasave will face Bomberos de Mexicali (#7) on the road in the next round. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6).
Top scorers:
Guasave: K.Sowell 38+8reb+3ast, R.Barrett 19+3reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 18+10reb+2ast, W.Funn 12+4reb+14ast, J.Acosta 8+1reb, F.Sanchez 2+5reb+1ast
Hermosillo: M.Gray 23+12reb+3ast, J.Lopez 17+3reb+1ast, T.Thomas 14+13reb+6ast, J.Manuel Esteva 11+2reb+3ast, J.Durazo 10+2reb+1ast, E.Medina 8+4reb+6ast
gschID: 122932


Guaymas - Cananea 83-80

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Mineros de Cananea (22-6) on the court of sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Ostioneros de Guaymas 83-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 42-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 17 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Omar Lopez (203-80, college: Cal.Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) replied with 30 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) added 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Mineros de Cananea. Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-13) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Nogales. Mineros de Cananea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas is looking forward to face higher ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's second-placed Caballeros de Culiacan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: O.Lopez 21+11reb+1ast, J.Habel 18+3reb+3ast, H.Nungaray 10+2reb+2ast, R.Benitez 10+5reb+1ast, F.Benitez 10+2reb+1ast, R.Navarro 8+4reb+4ast
Cananea: D.Thomas 30+3reb+6ast, B.Brown 21+13reb+1ast, J.Casillas 9+1reb+2ast, I.Gutierrez 4+6reb+1ast, C.Uribe 4+1reb, E.Swanson 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 122928


Culiacan - Mexicali 86-83 OT

Top scorers:
Culiacan: Q.Gonzalez 20+8reb+2ast, M.Moore 16+6reb+2ast, D.Meza Rogel 16+6reb+4ast, A.Henning 14+12reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 14+12reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 6+3reb
Mexicali: M.Gale 28+12reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 18+7reb, S.Vandermeer 17+12reb+1ast, J.Penny 13+7reb+2ast, A.Vazquez 7+4reb+2ast, A.Gonzalez 0


Cananea returns center Isaac Gutierrez - by Eurobasket News
Isaac Gutierrez (204-C-84) is back to Cananea. The 26-year-old big guy signed a deal for rest of the season. Gutierrez appeared in Cananeas roster last night collecting 4 points and 6 rebounds in 80-83 road loss against Guaymas.
Isaac Gutierrez arrived to Cananea from Halcones Rojos de Veracruz. He appeared 9 times in Liga Americas with them averaging 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. Gutierrez started 2010/11 season with Panteras de Aguascalientes. For 19 games in LNBP he had 4.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.3 apg. Gutierrez already was a member of Cananea and it was last season. He appeared 50 times for them in CIBACOPA registering 9.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.3 bpg. In the past, he also played for Panteras and Universidad Madero. Gutierrez played for the Mexican National Team at the latest Central American and Caribbean Games (Silver).


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 22-6 
 2. Culiacan 19-9 
 3. Hermosillo 19-9 
 4. Guasave 17-11 
 5. Nogales 15-13 
 6. Guaymas 15-13 
 7. Mexicali 13-15 
 8. Tijuana 13-15 
 9. Tepic 4-24 
 10. Los Mochis 3-25 


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, Tepic25.0 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.4 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. Thomas, Cananea23.5 
 8. White, Los Mochis23.5 
 9. Tate, Tijuana23.4 
 10. Barrett, Guasave23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Moss, Nogales10.8 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 3. Brown, Tepic9.3 
 4. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Avila, Culiacan8.4 
 8. Rougeau, Culiacan8.3 
 9. Tate, Tijuana8.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Culiacan7.9 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Funn, Guasave8.5 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.5 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.7 
 6. White, Cananea4.6 
 7. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Meza, Culiacan4.1 
 10. Ford, Tepic4.1 
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. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 6. Brown, Nogales1.7 
 7. Funn, Guasave1.6 
 8. White, Los Mochis1.5 
 9. Gonzalez, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.4 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo2.4 
 5. Brown, Nogales2.3 
 6. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 8. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 9. Brown, Nogales2.1 
 10. Brown, Tepic2.1 


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Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Buducnost 8-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 3. Ulcijn 5-4 
 4. Lovcen 4-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-7 
 6. Jedinstvo 1-8 
Play-Out
 1. KK Podgorica 5-3 
 2. Danilovgrad 5-3 
 3. Mogren 5-3 
 4. ABS Primorje 4-4 
 5. Gorstak 1-7 
Stage One Standings


MNE1A S-League 9.round : New victory for Buducnost , Mornar and Ulcinj - by Dragan Scepanovic
Buducnost, Mornar and Ulcinj achieved victory in the ninth round matches of Super League. Buducnost is in the derby defeat at Cetinje Lovcen 74:65, Mornar after the extension was better than Teodo 85:80, while the Ulcinj on Tuesday, the premier match of this round, defeated Jedinstvo 71:54.

Ulcinj - Jedinstvo 71:54 (23:10, 20:17, 12:17, 16:10)
Ulcinj - SC Gimnazija.Spect 300. reff: Jokic, Sanjevic (Podgorica), Janjusevic (Niksic).
Ulcinj: Latkovic 5, Djurisic 10, Tepavcevic 9, Milosevic 3, Aleksandar1 Radulovic (209-C-84) 11, Durkovic 4, Jeftic 7, Klikovac, Mijovic 8, Mihailovic 2, Krstovic, Mijajlovic 12.
Jedinstvo: Kovacevic, Ticevic 2, Korac 5, Miljic 4, Omerovic, Babaca 11, Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 2, Petrovic 2, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 7, Milosev 2, Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) 19.

Buducnost - Lovcen 74:65 (17:16, 12:15, 27:17, 19:17)
Mornar - Teodo 85:80 (19:18, 18:17, 16:20, 19:16, ET1- 14:9)


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Blake Griffin officially named Rookie of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) has officially been named the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year. That's not the news, because we all knew that was happening. The interesting part is, Griffin became the first unanimous winner of the award since David Robinson in 1989-90.

The only other unanimous winner was Ralph Sampson in 1983-84.

Griffin was taken first overall in 2009, but missed the whole season because of a left kneecap fracture. Griffin led the Clippers and all rookies with 22.5 ppg, 12.1 rebounds per game and 63 double-doubles (a Clipper franchise record). He was the only player in the entire league to average at least 20 points, 12 rebounds a three assists a game. Griffin is also the first rookie to average at least 20 and 10 since Elton Brand in 1999-00. He's the fourth to total at least 1,600 points, 900 rebounds and 250 assists, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Sidney Wicks.

So you can see why this was unanimous.

Griffin was also selected to the All-Star team, the first rookie to receive that honor since Tim Duncan. And of course he blew everyone away that weekend during the dunk contest as well.

A couple notes on the voting returns:

John Wall finished second, getting 91 second-place votes and 22 third-place votes.
DeMarcus Cousins finished third, getting 11 second-place votes and 48 third-place.
Landry Fields actually received more second-place votes than Cousins (12), but not near as many third (26).
Greg Monroe, who quietly had a really nice rookie year, picked up one second-place votes and 12 third.
Gary Neal snuck in to finish fourth above Monroe though with three second and 10 third.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Hornets will offer Chris Paul extension - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) remains the face of the Hornets - for now.

General manager Dell Demps intends to do what he can this summer so that it stays that way beyond next season.

Paul is not eligible for a contract extension until after July 9, by which time there could be a lockout preventing contract talks. But if a labor agreement is in place, Demps intends to reach out to Paul and is optimistic that the All-Star point guard's confidence in the franchise has at least been restored enough that he'll be willing to reopen negotiations.

'When that time arises, we'll have those conversations,' Demps said. 'Chris has been engaged since Day 1. ... We have open lines of communication and we believe it will stay like that as this thing continues.'

Before the hiring of head coach Monty Williams 11 months ago and the addition of Demps to the front office shortly after that, Paul publicly expressed interest in being traded if the Hornets failed to demonstrate an immediate commitment to contending for a title.

Demps was flooded with trade offers, but he and Williams remained firmly committed to making Paul the centerpiece of the franchise. That vision remains unchanged, even though Paul, in essence, has only one more year remaining on his contract because he can opt out in 2012-13.

'He's made some comments to us that he's happy and he likes the direction that we're going,' Demps said, 'and we're happy with him and we want to just keep building and growing.'

While Paul has often praised Williams' performance, he has avoided discussing his future beyond saying that he is looking forward to trying to help the Hornets improve next season.

Calls to Paul and his agent, Leon Rose, on Wednesday were not immediately returned.

Demps added that the Hornets 'really want to keep the core together,' which would mean bringing back power forwards David West and Carl Landry to play alongside Paul, center Emeka Okafor and swingman Trevor Ariza.

West, who averaged a team-leading 18.9 points in 70 games, can opt out of the one season remaining on his contract, although that may be risky because of his left knee injury in late March that required reconstructive surgery. Other teams may now be reluctant to pay more than the $7.5 million left on his Hornets deal, given that he'll be 31 and may not be ready to play until December or later.

'David's a big part of what we do,' Demps said. 'The goal is still for him to have his jersey retired in the rafters. He represents everything that we want this franchise to represent. He's a good person. He works hard, and [he's a] blue collar guy that's very talented.

Landry, acquired in a trade in February, averaged nearly 12 points in 23 regular season games with New Orleans and started after West went down. He is a free agent.

'When we made the trade for Carl, we assumed the risk,' Demps continued. 'We knew he was going to be a free agent, but we also had an opportunity to have him here for 23 games and the playoffs. Carl has become an important part of our team.'

The Hornets were 46-36 this season, and improvement of nine wins over the season before and good enough for the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Paul, who played 80 games after missing 37 with three separate injuries a season earlier, finished the regular season with averages of 15.8 points, 9.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He was even better in a first-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, helping the Hornets push the series with six games with averages of 22 points, 11.5 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

Even if the Hornets surround Paul with West and Landry again, they will likely need to add some new players in free agency because they currently have no first-round draft choice.

New Orleans struggled to find reliable scoring at shooting guard, where fourth-year pro Marco Belinelli started most of the season. Although Demps did not rule out an upgrade at that position, he also noted that Belinelli had not been given consistent minutes before this season and still has a lot of upside.

Demps said the Hornets also could use more depth at center.

However, Demps said he did not want to pinpoint specific positions for improvement. He and Williams agreed that finding the right additions would be more complicated than that because they want players who fit their style both offensively and defensively.

'Chris is the kind of guy you need to put athletes and shooters around him,' Williams said. 'It's easy to say you've got to get [a player at a certain spot], but in getting that, does it fit with what we do? ... There's no need in having a guy who can flat out knock down shots but he couldn't guard a bike if he was riding it.

'The fit makes more sense to me.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Stern hopes to keep labor dispute out of courts - by Eurobasket News
Commissioner David Stern hopes the NBA does not follow the NFL's lead and keeps its labor dispute with the union out of the courts.

Stern said litigation is 'not appropriate to making a deal.'

'We understand what a chaotic situation looks like, so we won't need to give away the negotiating process to a process that is nowhere near as controlling,' he added.

All he has to do is look at the NFL, where locked-out players and owners are embroiled in a bitter dispute that's playing out in court.

The NBA's current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, and Stern has made it clear the owners will lock out the players if a deal that gives them the financial relief they're seeking can't be reached.

The league sent a revised proposal for a new deal to the players last week, and ESPN.com reported Wednesday that they are balking, saying it's too close to the original one they rejected in February 2010.

Asked about that report, Stern handed the microphone to deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who said talks are ongoing and that more meetings with union leadership are set up.

'It's going to be a long process,' he said. 'But we're working toward a deal.'

Not since 1998 has the league had a work stoppage, and although Stern has said he doesn't think it has to come to that, he has also warned the players that the deal offered to them before the current CBA expires may be more favorable than one they could be presented after games have already been lost.

Stern has also defended the right of his owners to profit off their investments. Though the league is projecting $300 million in losses this season, the league's initial proposal for a new CBA sought to reduce player salary costs by about $750 million annually.

The players quickly rejected that proposal, which also called for a hard salary cap to replace the current system that allows for certain exceptions. The players sent a counterproposal that summer, but the league wasn't interested in it and there has been no progress.

In other matters, Stern said he could see three teams in the Los Angeles area. Even so, he was 'very, very happy' that the Kings are staying put for at least another year, rather than move from Sacramento to Anaheim.

'The results thus far in sponsorship, season tickets and enthusiasm are extraordinary,' he said.

He also said the league is 'working very hard' to keep the Hornets in New Orleans.

'I think we're going to put back the franchise soon in a way that there will be more than one owner interested in buying the Hornets and keeping the team in New Orleans if the business community follows through on its pledges of support,' he said.

Stern spoke before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Bulls and Atlanta Hawks at the United Center, where he presented Derrick Rose the MVP trophy before the opening tip.

'I do know that he's the youngest MVP, that he deserves the award he's getting tonight,' the commissioner told reporters. 'He had a heck of a season. ... You can check it all. He's a heck of a player, and if we can keep him healthy, he's going to have some career.'

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Pat Riley named top NBA executive by Sporting News - by Eurobasket News
Although the NBA has not made the announcement of its official NBA Executive of the Year, Miami Heat President Pat Riley has been named NBA Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.

While The Sporting News previously had presented the official league award, that now is a separate honor.

In a poll of 37 NBA team executives, Riley received 14 votes in the balloting, beating out Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Foreman, who received 11 votes, and Denver Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, who received five votes.

Riley spearheaded the Heat's efforts to sign Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh during last summer's free-agency period.

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Kings' Dalembert could fill Knicks' void in middle - by Eurobasket News
With the chances slim of the Knicks adding a quality center with the 17th pick in the NBA Draft, and with an unkind salary-cap situation in 2011, sources close to team president Donnie Walsh say he has targeted Kings 6-foot-11 shotblocker Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) as the likeliest free-agent catch this summer.

Walsh's old-school principles have made adding a big, bruising starting defensive center to play alongside power forward Amar'e Stoudemire as his No. 1 priority. It might be a strong enough urge to sacrifice what could be maximum cap room in 2012, essentially giving up a shot at point guard Chris Paul.

The Knicks realize some top free agents likely will stay put or be out of their financial range. Memphis' Marc Gasol and Dallas' Tyson Chandler are expected to re-sign, and the Clippers probably will match an offer to young DeAndre Jordan.

That's where Dalembert comes in. According to a source, Dalembert likely would choose the Knicks if their offer is comparable with any others.

Dalembert has strong New York-area ties. He played his senior year of high school at St. Patrick's in Elizabeth, N.J., before heading to Seton Hall. An avid fundraiser for Haiti's economic plight, he also likes the visibility of being a voice for New York's large Haitian population.

If the new labor agreement still contains the $6 million mid-level exception, the Knicks will be in the ballgame. The Kings have two young big men (DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson) and may not pay big for Dalembert.

With craters in the Knicks' roster as far as size, Walsh is mulling whether to change course and risk his potential maximum cap space for 2012 by offering a solid center a long-term mid-level deal.

In that scenario, the club would use its 2012 cap space on depth pieces and not a third superstar to play with Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire. And the Knicks would draft a point guard at No. 17, with Boston College's Reggie Jackson and Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert on their radar. The Knicks will scout Jackson and Shumpert at the Nets' combine draft workout this weekend.

There are fears the new collective bargaining agreement won't allow the Knicks enough 2012 cap space to sign a max player anyway. Walsh also has said he does not need to use his 2012 cap space on just one star player, maybe Paul or Dwight Howard. The Knicks, who severely lack depth since trading for Anthony, may not have the luxury of spending all of it on one player.

Magic star Howard also has given the impression he does not want to play in New York City.

Walsh has not ruled out current point guard Chauncey Billups returning beyond next season. Walsh has said Billups could be like Jason Kidd and play into his late 30s.

Dalembert would be the perfect fit for a Knicks roster that does not contain a legit starting center. Dalembert, who turns 30 this week, averaged 8.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks this season for the troubled Kings, who have threatened to move to Anaheim but appear ready to stay in Sacramento at least one more year.

In the first-round loss to the Celtics, Mike D'Antoni started injury-prone Ronny Turiaf at center, and Jared Jeffries, who will be a free agent, was the backup.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Bobcats F Cunningham faces drug-possession charge - by Eurobasket News
Police say Charlotte Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87, college: Villanova) faces a drug-possession charge after police found a small amount of marijuana in his pickup during a traffic stop in suburban Philadelphia.

Radnor Township Police Superintendent William Colarulo says officers responding to a reckless driving complaint on Friday stopped the former Villanova star.

Colarulo says officers smelled marijuana and recovered a suspicious substance after Cunningham consented to a search. That search also turned up a pellet gun in violation of a local ordinance.

Cunningham was arraigned and released on bail. The team says its gathering information on the case and declined further comment until the case is resolved.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Cunningham to Charlotte in February. He averaged 9 points and 4 rebounds in 22 games for the Bobcats.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Nets center Brook Lopez has right arm surgery - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) underwent successful surgery on his right upper arm today, May 4, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, Nets General Manager Billy King announced.

The surgery, performed by Nets team orthopedic Dr. Riley Williams III and Dr. Andrew Weiland, involved the removal of bone mass and calcium deposits from Lopezs right upper arm.

Brook was bothered this year by a bony lump that developed after he was hit in the arm early this year, said Dr. Williams. The mass was successfully removed today. A full recovery is expected, and Brook should be able to return to basketball activities in approximately six weeks.

Lopez will wear a sling for approximately one week and begin rehabilitation in two weeks. He is expected to fully participate in training camp for the 2011-12 NBA season.

Lopez, who has never missed a game due to injury in his three-year career, averaged a team-high 20.4 points along with 6.0 rebounds per game throughout the 2010-11 season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Michigan's Morris staying in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Michigan guard Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91) is staying in the NBA draft.

The sophomore point guard who helped lead the Wolverines to a win over Tennessee in the NCAA tournament last season says he's discussed the matter with family, friends and his coaches at Michigan.

Morris had declared for the draft but could have returned for his junior season if he withdrew by May 8.

Morris averaged 15 points a game and had 235 assists last season.

This is the second straight offseason Michigan has lost a key player early to the draft. Last year it was Manny Harris, who ended up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


NCAA considering restricted area arc under hoop - by Eurobasket News
College basketball could start looking more like the NBA next season.

The NCAA men's and women's basketball rules committees said Wednesday they are recommending the use of a restricted area arc three feet from the basket and changing the terminology of intentional and flagrant fouls.

The women's committee also wants to extend the 3-point line by one foot, to 20 feet, 9 inches, the same distance the men have used since 2008-09. The women's committee also wants to experiment with a 10-second halfcourt rule in closed scrimmages and exhibition games.

The changes must still be approved by the playing rules oversight panel, perhaps as early as next month, before taking effect next season.

'Change is always tough, but we think this will open up some things offensively in the women's game,'' said women's committee chair Leslie Claybrook, senior associate athletic director at Rice. 'The committee had great conversations prior to and during this meeting about the 3-point line. We think this can be a game-changer for women's basketball and open up the inside play as well.''

Committee members have studied the 3-point line for years. They said last year's data showed more shots were being taken from longer distances and being made at a higher rate.

It's the other changes that will give college basketball that professional look.

If approved, the arc would be placed three from the basket and would specify where a secondary defender would have to stand to take a charge.

The idea is to eliminate some of the contact in the lane.

'The arc at this distance fits the dimensions of our court,'' Notre Dame men's coach Mike Brey said. 'We feel this is a rule that can help offensive players get to the basket and limit physical play.''

Brey said the committee vote to add the restricted arc area, something the men have experimented with in past seasons, was unanimous.

Recommendations also include allowing men's coaches to request replay reviews, and clarifying how double fouls are assessed. If both teams are in the bonus when a double foul is called, the team with the lesser infraction would shoot free throws first. The second team would then shoot its free throws and retain possession of the ball.

The committee also rejected a proposal that would have barred men's coaches from calling timeouts while the ball was still live.

Intentional fouls would now be called Flagrant 1 and flagrant fouls would be called Flagrant 2, the same terms used by the NBA.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


DUKE: Alex Murphy Signs Letter of Intent - by George Manousidis
URHAM, N.C. - Alex Murphy has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Duke, becoming the fifth member of the 2011 recruiting class for the Blue Devils.

Murphy, a 6-8 small forward from South Kingstown, R.I., will enroll at Duke a year early after deciding to forgo his senior season at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Mass. Murphy started high school at the Prout School in Rhode Island and then transferred to St. Mark's, where he repeated his freshman year and reclassified to the Class of 2012.

This past season Murphy led St. Mark's to a 27-3 overall record and 14-0 mark in league play. They advanced to championship game of the Independent School League (ISL). He was named the ISL Most Valuable Player after averaging 21.0 points per game in his junior season.

In the updated 2011 recruiting rankings, Murphy is ranked No. 40 overall in the ESPN.com rankings and No. 45 overall by Rivals.com. He is also listed as the No. 10 small forward by Scout.com, No. 11 by ESPN and No. 15 by Rivals. Prior to his decision he was ranked as the top small forward and No. 11 overall prospect in 2012 by Rivals.

Murphy comes from a basketball family. His older brother, Erik, will be entering his junior season as a member of the University of Florida basketball team. His father, Jay, played collegiately at Boston College and was drafted with the 71st overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft by Golden State. Murphy's mother, Paivi, played for the Finnish national team.

The Blue Devils now have five players in the incoming class as Murphy joins point guard Quinn Cook (Hyattsville, Md.), small forward Michael Gbinije (Chester, Va.), center Marshall Plumlee (Warsaw, Ind.) and shooting guard Austin Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.).

Courtesy: goduke.com


Williams suddenly retires after 22 seasons at Maryland - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of SI.COM

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- After sweating through crisp white shirts and expensive suits for more than three decades, Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams is finally ready to take it easy.

Williams announced his retirement Thursday, saying it's the right time for him to end a career in which he led his alma mater to the 2002 national championship.

Williams coached for 33 years, the last 22 at Maryland, where he played as a guard from 1964-67.

My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing. I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here,' Williams said. 'I couldn't have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university. Together, we did something very special here.'

His career record is 668-380, including 461-252 at Maryland. Under his direction, the Terrapins went to the NCAA tournament 14 times, won or shared three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and reached the Final Four twice.

Williams was a fiery competitor who despised losing and loved the challenge of competing against the best teams in the nation - including Duke, which usually got the best of him. But the Terrapins never went down without a fight, and rarely did Williams ever take a seat on the bench.

His frenzied style, and his propensity to sweat on the sideline more than his players, was as much a part of his legend as wins and losses.

I love Gary. What he has done for Maryland and for college basketball is remarkable, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. 'He is one of the great coaches of all time. He is a coaches' coach and an ultimate competitor. His retirement is a big loss for the ACC and for college basketball.'

Williams, 66, arrived at Maryland in 1989, when the program was still struggling under the weight of NCAA violations. The Terps endured two straight losing seasons before reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time under his direction in 1994, and he never had another sub-.500 season the rest of the way.

Gary Williams is a legend,' Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said. His accomplishments on the court have earned him a place among the elite in college basketball history. But Gary's legacy here at Maryland goes far beyond basketball. From his philanthropic efforts to his tireless work with fans and alumni to his impact with our students, Gary has left an indelible mark of excellence on this university.

Since 2004, Williams has served as the scholarship co-chair for Great Expectations, Maryland's $1 billion fundraising campaign. His efforts on behalf of Maryland students have helped raise over $240 million for scholarships at the school.

The retirement announcement comes one season after the Terrapins endured a 19-14 record and missed both the NCAA tournament and the NIT. Also, on Wednesday, standout center Jordan Williams formally entered the NBA draft with two years of eligibility left.

Williams began his college coaching career at American University in 1978. He went to Boston College in 1982 and then spent three seasons at Ohio State, from 1986-89, before coming to Maryland.

He had a chilly relationship with Debbie Yow, who served as athletic director at Maryland from 1994-2010. But Yow and Williams were both in Atlanta in 2002 when Williams guided the Terrapins to their lone NCAA title in men's basketball.

Gary is one of the best X and O coaches in college basketball. He will be greatly missed by Terps everywhere,' said Yow, now the atheltic director at North Carolina State.
I trust that he will be selected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame soon. Also, his name should be on the Comcast Center floor, as was proposed a year ago.

Williams will stay on with Maryland as assistant athletic director and special assistant to Anderson.

During his time at Maryland, Williams dueled with many of the ACC's most successful coaches. He ranks third in the ACC in wins behind only Dean Smith of North Carolina and Krzyzewski.

Gary has been an iconic figure in the ACC,' ACC commissioner John Swofford said. His resurrection of the Maryland program to national championship status was huge, not only for the University of Maryland, but the Atlantic Coast Conference as well. His long term consistent success is what I admire the most about Gary. His accomplishments are of Hall of Fame caliber.

Williams, Anderson and University President Dr. Wallace D. Loh will attend a press conference on campus Friday for the formal announcement of the coach's retirement.

Some of the outstanding players to play under Williams at Maryland included NBA stars Walt Williams, Juan Dixon, Joe Smith and Steve Blake. The coach's decision to step down began a buzz that covered much of the state of Maryland.

Gary's leadership and outstanding coaching and recruiting abilities have developed the talents and skills of some of today's best athletes, and helped them to become great professionals and individuals with confidence and character - on and off the court,' Maryland governor Martin O'Malley said. 'In 2001, he led the Terps to their first Final Four in school history, and in 2002, they brought home an NCAA national championship.

Though it will be difficult to imagine men's basketball at College Park without Gary Williams, we certainly wish him much success in the future.






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  NEW ZEALAND   


Kirk Penney scoops Breakers MVP award - by Eurobasket News
On a night when all Breakers were winners and the Australian NBL championship trophy was presented one more time, Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) scooped the club's MVP award.

Penney was awarded the overall player of the season award, along with the MVP's MVP award, voted on by the club's season ticket holders.

Breakers players selected Mika Vukona as their MVP, while Australian CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) earned the Clubman of the Year for contributions to the club on and off the court.

Also acknowledged again on the night were Penney and Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.), who were both named to the ANBL's All-NBL First Team and Kevin Braswell, who was named ANBL Best Sixth Man.

Bruton's Clubman award was an emotional one for many who have seen the impact this class act has had on the Breakers. One of the all time great players to come out of Australia, Bruton spoke from the heart about what the Breakers family meant to him and his family.

The award is recognition for Bruton's influence on the club off court as well as on, with his inspirational leadership and own high values recognised by the club.

A new award was given this year in honour of retiring Paul Henare to recognise the talent coming through theBreakers Academy and development programmes. Henare himself handed the inaugural award to promising guard Brad Anderson.

Perhaps the most moving moment though came when retiring foundation Breaker Henare was farewelled towards the end of the evening. Henare has been an ever present through the club's eight year history and bowed out playing his 250th game for the club in the ANBL championship-deciding win over Cairns at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday night.

There was hardly a dry eye in the house as Henare received a standing ovation in front of his peers, coaches, management and fans but most importantly in front of his family.

Henare spoke with humility and great pride looking back on his career, one that had its share of ups and downs, but one that ended in spectacular and fitting fashion as one of the best defensive guards in the ANBL cut down the net last Friday night, bowing out a winner.

The Breakers will end their week of celebration with a Civic reception and parade in Auckland tomorrow. The parade will leave from Britomart at midday, travelling up Queen Street arriving at Aotea Square at 12.30pm to be met by the Mayor Len Brown and dignitaries.




BREAKERS AWARDS

Clubman of the Year (overall contribution to the Breakers)
CJ Bruton

MVP's MVP (voted by Breakers season ticket holders)
Kirk Penney

Players MVP (voted by the Burger King Breakers roster)
Mika Vukona

Burger King Breakers MVP (Burger King Breakers player of the season)
Kirk Penney

Courtesy of www.stuff.co.nz




Jason Crowe returns to New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) will try to help the Waikato Pistons improve on their last seasons second place finish. The 34-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with the team. Jason Crowe comes back to Waikato where he played in 2007 and 2008 seasons. The guard notched 21.7 points, 7.2 boards, 8.3 assists and 3.1 steals per game in 2008. Last season Jason Crowe spent in Bulgaria. He averaged 7.8 points, 5.2 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals for Levski Sofia in Balkan League. In Bulgarian League his stats read 11.3 points, 5.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds per appearance. Jason Crowe also had stints in Venezuela, Ukraine, Mexico, Australia, Poland, Iran, Hungary and CBA. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Jason Crowe has already debuted for the Pistons. Yesterday the guard posted 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists but could not prevent the Pistons from losing to the Saints 80:90.



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 


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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. Berzeit Club 6-4 
 5. Sarriyet 6-4 
 6. Hiteen 5-4 
 7. Al Ahli 5-5 
 8. Beit Sahour 4-5 
 9. Ebal 4-6 
 10. Orthodox R. 4-7 
 11. Qalandia 2-8 
 12. Islami 1-9 
 13. Al Fara 0-10 


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  PHILIPPINES   


Alapag named Best Player of the Conference, Brumfield wins Best Import - by Eurobasket News
TALK N Text's Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) won the Best Player of the Conference for the PBA Commissioners Cup, spicing up what could be his last local tournament for the season.

The heady playmaker won his first-ever such honor and the mid-season tourneys top individual award after beating Barangay Ginebra spitfire Mark Caguioa and Alaskas do-it-all forward Joe Devance.

Combined statistical points and votes culled from representatives of the media, television coveror Solar Sports, the PBA Commissioners Office and players showed Alapag emerging with a 1026 equivalent points total, 70 more than second-placed Caguioa.

Devance, tops in SPs with 273, wound up a far third with 444.

Alapag, a two-time member of the Mythical First Team, became the first TNT player to win the BPC plum since Mark Cardona won the same award in the 2007 Fiesta Conference.

He should be in the hunt for the seasons Most Valuable Player along with San Miguel Beer forward Jay Washington, who was the top player in the previous Philippine Cup.

But Alapags MVP bid could be derailed once he, teammate Kelly Williams, Meralcos Asi Taulava and Air21s Dondon Hontiveros take their leave in the season-ending Governors Cup to join the Nationals for upcoming international events, foremost of which is the FIBA-Asia tilt in September, which is the regions qualifier for next years London Olympics.

Im honored with this award, but I couldnt have done it without my teammates, said the 33-year-old Alapag, who received the handsome plaque from PBA commissioner Chito Salud and Board chairman Rene Pardo prior to Game 4 of the Commissioners Cup finals Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

In 15 games so far, Alapag has been averaging 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists, enabling TNT to top the nine-game eliminations with an 8-1 win-loss slate, sweep Air21 in their best-of-five semifinal series and lead Ginebra 2-1 going into Wednesdays game.

This was the first major individual accolade for the five-foot-eight point guard since winning the Rookie of the Year in 2003 after being tabbed 10th overall. He and Jason Castro shared the Finals Most Valuable Player honor in the previous Philippine Cup finals.

Alapag ranked only fourth in the statistical points (SPs) average category behind Devance and Alaska teammate LA Tenorio and Marc Pingris of B-Meg Derby Ace.

The Kings did not go home empty-handed as Nathan Brumfield (196-F-86, college: Oklahoma Baptist) beat out Talk 'N Texts Paul Harris for the Best Import honor.

Brumfield, who has so far posted averages of 25.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals, had a 1,499 equivalent points total, way ahead of Harris 1022 and third-placed Alpha Banguras
577.

Brumfields win is largely attributed to his performance in the semis against Smart-Gilas and its towering frontline led by 7-footer Marcus Douthit.

The Oklahoma Baptist product became the first Barangay Ginebra import after Chris Alexander to win such honors. Alexander powered the Kings to the 208 Fiesta Conference title. (NC)

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


Talk N' Text, 3-1 - by Eurobasket News
A second straight championship is now within Talk N Texts reach, notwithstanding coach Chot Reyes contention the PBA Commissioners Cups final picture remains unclear,

The facts certainly tell another story.

Paul Harris (196-F-86, college: Syracuse) took charge in the second half and powered the Tropang Texters to a come-from-behind 91-84 victory over Barangay Ginebra Wednesday to move within another win of wrapping up the title.

Harris, beaten by Ginebra counterpart Nathan Brumfield (196-F-86, college: Oklahoma Baptist) for the conferences Best Import award, scattered all but three of his points in the last two quarters in leading and fueling TNTs surge to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

'At halftime I asked him whether he was in or out and he said I'm in, coach,' related Texters coach Chot Reyes of Harris.

It was not an all-Harris show as first-time starter Jason Castro (173-G-86) fired 16 points, 10 coming at the most crucial juncture, with Ryan Reyes, Ranidel de Ocampo and Best Player of the Conference awardee Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) also providing ample support.

The Texters can close the deal Friday, also at the Big Dome.

In the leagues previous 35 seasons, only Ginebra has managed to come back from such a daunting finals deficit, pulling off the feat against Shell in the 1991 First Conference.

The TNT Mentor did not refer to that instance directly, but knows Ginebra is determined to at least stretch the series.

While we were walking off the court, I told my players:Its not over. We need to get four (wins). We must still find a way to come back and play our best game in the series on Friday.

Ginebra in a do-or-die situation is always a dangerous opponent, so weve got to be at our best.

That is also what Ginebra coach Joseph Uichico wants from his charges.

It doesnt mean that well come out Friday without heart. Weve got to come in every game and try to win, said Uichico.

Alam naman natin na it takes four to win. If we win on Friday.

Brumfield and Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) each scored 15 points to lead Ginebra, but a 16-32 scoring deficit in the fourth quarter in which the Kings made only six of 15 shots spelled the biggest difference in a game they led by as many as 17.

Uichico admitted it was his fault.

Im sure I extended the guys to too many minutes and this was evident in the latter third and whole fourth quarter, he related. If I had given them rest, the outcome would have been different. But its a decision I made and it backfired.

Fortunes started shifting when TNT opened up the final canto with a blistering 14-5 surge, capped by De Ocampos short stab, that propelled it to a 73-72 edge, 8:14 left.

The Texters win became even more irrepressible when Castro and Harris took charge in a 12-7 exchange that pegged the count at 91-84, only 22.3 ticks left.

The Texters run actually took shape in the third period, when Harris and Ryan Reyes led a sustained attack that whittled what was once a 17-point deficit to just 59-68 heading into the last 12 minutes.

Theres no quit in them, said Reyes. We may hit some right spots, rough stretches, but theres simply no quit in this team.

What fueled the Texters attack and helped turn the tide in their favor was when they started fully laying down their clamp-down defense, coupled with a 9-for-20 field shooting to the Kings 7-for-22.

The outcome was a far cry from what the game shaped up in the early goings.

Miller and Tubid went into Wednesdays duel averaging a combined 7.0 points in the first three games, but already had 16 points between them in the first half which Ginebra took, 49-36, and JC Intals two triples extended to 55-38.

Caguioa actually paced the Kings with 11 markers and Brumfield was already flirting with a double-double with nine points and 10 boards, but the help provided by Miller and Tubid boosted the Kings to a high of a 49-34 spread.

Ginebras yeoman-like efforts off the boards resulted in a 33-25 lead in rebounds, 11 of them on the offensive end, which helped in giving them floor a 49-42 advantage in shot attempts.

The Kings showing up with more energy in the early goings readily showed as Tubid scored five of his seven first half-points in the opening quarter, helping his team overhaul a 13-15 deficit and take the period 23-20.




The scores:

Talk N' Text 91 - Harris 26, Castro 16, Reyes 11, De Ocampo 11, Alapag 11, Peek 8, Fonacier 4,
Williams 2, Carey 2, Aban 0, Alvarez 0.

Ginebra 84 - Brumfield 15, Caguioa 15, Tubid 11, Miller 11, Cortez 10, Menk 8, Intal 6, Hatfield 6,
Wilson W. 2.

Quarters: 20-23, 36-49, 59-68, 91-84

Courtesy of www.pba.ph




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  PORTUGAL   


Great coaches and good players have no place in Portugal - by Hugo Carvalho
It was with great astonishment that today I opened a portuguese sports newspaper and read a story of almost a whole page, on a well known personality of the national basketball, coach and television presenter Carlos Barroca was able to bring to Portugal for the first time, a coach american specialist, number one worldwide in training and improvement of release of players, with many years experience to train NBA players. I confess it was with great surprise I read that news. And while reading I said to myself: 'Fantastic.' But then I started thinking about the NBA assistant coach I contacted over several months and pointed to the Portuguese Basketball Federation as a candidate for the post of coach of the Portuguese team.
I thought for months on the changes he would do in basketball Portuguese. The transformation that would happen, the impact that their programs would have on players, coaches and officials, in short, was an NBA coach in Portugal, everything is said!
Nobody was willing to interview the coach that I spoke. Everyone had questions and always raised some difficulty to make it a simple interview!
First nobody was interested in the interview, second nobody was interested in having it in the national team.
This reminded me of that episode last season where I've indicated an american player to a top team in Portugal and the response was silence and I was ignored! A few months after, that player joining a team of NBA's Atlantic Division.
I did not understand why these situations happen! But today while reading the newspaper, I found out why, and realized that the fact that I'm not a famous person, and for that I could not bring the highest quality for Portugal.
It seems to me, if I was a person known as the trainer and television presenter Carlos Barroca, everything is possible.

Thanks to coach Scott and Trent's agent for all your magic, culture, knowledge and desire to have wished to bring such quality to Portugal.
Sorry for Portugal be small, too small for great coaches and players.



Proliga Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Barcelos complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Barcelos - Electrico FC 59-50

Barcelos advanced into Proliga semifinal stage after they held off Electrico FC in the decisive fifth game of the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barcelos made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Electrico FC turnovers. The former international forward Pedro Silva (198-F-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and center Joao Moreira (200-85) chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Jorge Afonso (192-79) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tiago Brito (180-85) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: J.Moreira 22+12reb, P.Silva 20+15reb, N.Pedroso 9+6reb+3ast, C.Fechas 4+1reb+2ast, T.Barreiro 4+5reb+3ast, J.Viana 0
Electrico FC: T.Brito 15+4reb, J.Afonso 11+8reb+2ast, A.Medeiros 8+9reb+1ast, E.Ferreira 8+6reb+2ast, P.Afonso 4+3reb, J.Lanzinha 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 127923




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  PUERTO RICO   


Rickert number one in Puerto Rico for week 11 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for second-ranked Bayamon, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 11.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Humacao (#4, 7-6) 95-92. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bayamon is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayamon will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Rickert just recently signed at Bayamon and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Rick Rickert averages just after two games 14.5ppg and 10.5rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 27-year old American Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Capitanes. Pinnock had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Arecibo lost that game 74-81 to the higher-ranked Guaynabo (#3, 9-6). Despite lost game Arecibo moved up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Pinnock is one of the most experienced players at Arecibo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Florentino Valencia (198-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Isabela (#9). Valencia scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Isabela, leading his team to a 89-66 easy win against the higher-ranked Coamo (#6, 6-7). The chances of Isabela not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Valencia could try to bring Isabela's a little bit higher in the standings. Valencia has a very solid season. In 13 games in Puerto Rico he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 55.7%. Florentino Valencia has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player. Valencia attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Bayamon - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Isabela - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Guaynabo - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Isabela - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85) of Isabela - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86) of Guaynabo - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 19 points and 11 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)


Mayaguez land Dwayne Jones - by Eurobasket News
Mayaguez strengthened their frontcourt. They added Jones Dwayne (211-C-83, college: St.Joseph's) to the roster. The 27-year-old centre spent the pre-season with the Toronto Raptors. Later Jones Dwayne moved to China to join Fujian XunXin. He tallied 18.0 points, 15.8 boards and 1.6 blocks per game in CBA. Last season Jones Dwayne started in Crvena Zvezda in Serbia. Later he moved to D-League to play for the Austin Toros. His stats read 17.6 points, 16.0 boards and 1.8 blocks per appearance. The centre was named Usbasket.com All-D-League Centre of the Year. Jones Dwayne has already arrived to Puerto Rico and is expected to play against Arecibo on Friday.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 9-3 
 2. Bayamon 9-4 
 3. Guaynabo 9-6 
 4. Humacao 7-6 
 5. San German 7-7 
 6. Santurce 6-7 
 7. Arecibo 6-7 
 8. Coamo 6-8 
 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, Coamo19.9 
 6. Clinch, Isabela19.7 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Brown, Quebradillas17.6 
 9. Clemente, Humacao16.8 
 10. Harris, San German16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas11.8 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 3. Randolph, Isabela11.6 
 4. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.4 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.9 
 6. Harris, San German10.4 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon9.8 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 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. Rivera, Mayaguez4.2 
 8. Vega, Coamo3.9 
 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. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 8. Cruz, Arecibo1.5 
 9. Harris, San German1.5 
 10. Chaney, Santurce1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.6 
 3. 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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  SERBIA   


Crvena Zvezda win, FMP lose in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda IJT opened their Nike International Junior Tournament in Barcelona with victory. They overcame local favourites Barcelona 73:56. Marko Radonjic (191-G-94) and Andrija Bojic (206-G/F-93) stepped up with 14 points each to pace Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (207-F-93) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Crvena Zvezda led from start to finish. They outscored the hosts in all four quarters to record a well-deserved win at the end. Aitor Gomez (207-C-93) led IJT Barcelona with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Lluis Costa (186-G-93) finished with 15 points in the loss. The teams are fighting for the top spot in Group B.
In Group A FMP lost by just two points 78:80 to Fenerbahce Ulker. Oguzhan Turan (190-G-93) hit late free throws to seal the winning outcome for the Turkish team. FMP led by three points after ten minutes but Fenerbahce recovered in the second term. They ensured a 41:40 halftime advantage. FMP and Fenerbahce went neck and neck in the second half before the Turkish youngsters snatched a narrow victory. Berkay Candan (202-F-93) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Erbil Eroglu (195-G-93) had 16 points in the victory. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93) answered with 21 points for FMP. Nikola Pavlovic (195-F/G-93) posted 17 points in the losing effort.



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  SLOVENIA   


Pavic's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Krka and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Elektra (#7, 1-8) with 23-point margin 79-56. It allowed Krka to consolidate first place in the Slovenian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Krka keeps perfect 9 -0 record. It's Pavic's second year at Krka and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pavic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 61.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) of Zlatorog Lasko. He is Slovenian guard in his first season at Zlatorog. In the last game Lapornik recorded impressive 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Zlatorog cruised to a 77-70 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Geoplin Slovan (#6, 3-6). Zlatorog's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Lapornik is a newcomer at Zlatorog and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Matej Krusic (211-C-87) of Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana (#6). Krusic scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Krusic's great performance Geoplin Slovan lost 70-77 to the higher-ranked Zlatorog (#3, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Geoplin Slovan not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krusic could try to bring Geoplin Slovan's a little bit higher in the standings. Krusic has individually a great season in Slovenia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) of Zlatorog - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86) of Maribor Messer - 14 points and 10 rebounds
6. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) of Union Olimpija - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) of Elektra - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80) of Union Olimpija - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Matej Venta (187-G-84) of Polzela - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) of Polzela - 15 points and 4 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)


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
Group A
 1. Krka 9-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 6-3 
 3. Zlatorog 6-3 
 4. Helios 6-3 
 5. Polzela 4-5 
 6. Geoplin Slovan 3-6 
 7. Elektra 1-8 
 8. Maribor Messer 1-8 
Group B
 1. Sentjur 9-11 
 2. LTHcast Mercator 5-15 
 3. Parklji 1-19 


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Panic, Zlatorog21.6 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur17.4 
 3. Erzen, Parklji16.9 
 4. Thondique, Polzela16.3 
 5. Raymond, Helios15.3 
 6. Harmason, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Djapa, Geoplin Slo.14.5 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra13.4 
 9. Mijajlovic, Polzela13.4 
 10. Krejic, Parklji13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Thondique, Polzela10.5 
 2. Simovic, Sentjur8.9 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.2 
 4. Miljkovic, Elektra7.4 
 5. Raymond, Helios7.2 
 6. Krusic, Geoplin7.0 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.6 
 8. Zolotic, Maribor6.3 
 9. Erzen, Parklji6.1 
 10. Cebasek, Parklji5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MIJAJLOVIC
  Polzela
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Mijajlovic, Polzela4.6 
 2. Brolih, Maribor4.3 
 3. Jersin, Elektra4.2 
 4. Djordjevic, Krka4.0 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 6. Hohler, Sentjur3.9 
 7. Harmason, Sentjur3.8 
 8. Krivec, Krka3.7 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 10. Zagorc, Helios3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Polzela
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thondique, Polzela2.3 
 2. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 3. Mezek, LTHcast1.9 
 4. Lapornik, Zlatorog1.8 
 5. Harmason, Sentjur1.6 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.6 
 7. Hohler, Sentjur1.5 
 8. Zadnik, Geoplin1.5 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.5 
 10. Jagodnik, Union O.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra2.0 
 2. Thondique, Polzela1.2 
 3. Dimec, Zlatorog1.1 
 4. Shermadini, Union1.0 
 5. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 6. Lapornik, Zlatorog0.7 
 7. Booker, Krka0.7 
 8. Mucic, Maribor0.6 
 9. Mijajlovic, Zlator.0.6 
 10. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 


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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.3 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.16.4 
 3. McDonald, DKV J.15.2 
 4. English, DKV J.15.1 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.14.8 
 6. Caner-Medley, Estu.14.5 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.14.3 
 8. Martinez, Valencia14.2 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
 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. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral6.9 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.4 
 7. Wallace, Gran Cana.6.2 
 8. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
 9. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 10. Miralles, Lagun A.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.5 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca5.1 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca4.5 
 5. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.4 
 6. Salgado, Lagun A.4.2 
 7. Prigioni, Real Mad.4.0 
 8. Dumas, Valladolid4.0 
 9. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 10. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 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. Van Lacke, Vallado.1.6 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Menorca1.6 
 10. Davis, Cajasol1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 5. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 6. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 7. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 8. Andriuskevic., Mer.1.1 
 9. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 10. Barac, Caja Labor.1.1 


ACB Round 33: Gran Canaria 2014 beats Power Electronics Valencia by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ACB. 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 33 in the ACB took place in Las Palmas. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Power Electronics Valencia (23-10) to sixth ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (20-13) 68-66 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Power Electronics Valencia. Power Electronics Valencia was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Gran Canaria 2014, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American-Azerbaijan forward Spencer Nelson (203-80, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory with 5 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Xavier Rey (209-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Victor Claver (207-88) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds for Power Electronics Valencia. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gran Canaria 2014 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bizkaia Bilbao. Power Electronics Valencia at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Gran Canaria 2014 is looking forward to face CB Granada (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Power Electronics Valencia will play against Assignia Manresa (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (27-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Meridiano Alicante (9-24) 84-76. International guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and Terence Morris chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian power forward Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-86, agency: Interperformances) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Regal FC Barcelona. They maintain first place with 27-6 record. Meridiano Alicante at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Unicaja Malaga (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Meridiano Alicante will play against CAI Zaragoza (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Thirteenth-ranked DKV Joventut (14-19) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Caja Laboral (22-11) in Badalona on Thursday. The visitors from Vitoria managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Mirza Teletovic nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Will McDonald came up with 21 points for DKV Joventut in the defeat. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 22-11 record. DKV Joventut lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Caja Laboral will meet at home Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DKV Joventut will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between CAI Zaragoza (15-18) and Lagun Aro GBC (12-21), which took place in San Sebastian. 11th ranked CAI Zaragoza lost to fourteenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC in a road game 71-84. The best player for the winners was Javier Salgado who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 assists. Lagun Aro GBC maintains fourteenth place with 12-21 record. Newly promoted CAI Zaragoza dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Lagun Aro GBC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Caja Laboral (#4) in Vitoria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Another upset was a game between Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (19-14) and Blancos de Rueda (18-15), which took place in Valladolid. Higher ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost to ninth ranked Blancos de Rueda in a road game 68-72 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. It was a good game for Stephane Dumas who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Blancos de Rueda moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Unicaja. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Blancos de Rueda will face Cajasol (#11) in Sevilla in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 33: bottom-ranked Menorca was beaten by Bizkaia Bilbao on the road 90-74. Manresa won against Estudiantes on its own court 69-63. Granada was outscored by Unicaja in Malaga 78-53.
The most impressive performance of 33th round was 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Alex Mumbru of Bizkaia Bilbao.


Gran Canaria - Valencia 68-66

The most exciting game of round 33 in the ACB took place in Las Palmas. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Power Electronics Valencia (23-10) to sixth ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (20-13) 68-66 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Power Electronics Valencia. Power Electronics Valencia was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Gran Canaria 2014, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American-Azerbaijan forward Spencer Nelson (203-80, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory with 5 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Xavier Rey (209-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Victor Claver (207-88) answered with 9 points and 9 rebounds and French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Power Electronics Valencia. Four Power Electronics Valencia players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gran Canaria 2014 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bizkaia Bilbao. Power Electronics Valencia at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Gran Canaria 2014 is looking forward to face CB Granada (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Power Electronics Valencia will play against Assignia Manresa (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: J.Carroll 14+2reb+1ast, X.Rey 13+6reb, D.Borovnjak 10+2reb, J.Wallace 7+5reb+3ast, J.Beiran 6+4reb+1ast, S.Nelson 5+9reb+5ast
Valencia: D.Savanovic 11+6reb+1ast, N.De Colo 11+3reb+4ast, J.Richardson 10+2reb, O.Cook 10+2reb+3ast, V.Claver 9+9reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 92426


Meridiano - Regal Barca 76-84

ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (27-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixteenth ranked Meridiano Alicante (9-24) 84-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Meridiano Alicante won third quarter 27-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regal FC Barcelona made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. International guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and American forward Terence Morris (207-79, college: Maryland) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian power forward Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-86, agency: Interperformances) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and French guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Meridiano Alicante players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Regal FC Barcelona. They maintain first place with 27-6 record. Meridiano Alicante at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 24 games lost. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Unicaja Malaga (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Meridiano Alicante will play against CAI Zaragoza (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Regal Barca: J.Carlos Navarro 25+2reb+2ast, T.Morris 14+7reb+2ast, R.Grimau 9+4reb, F.Vazquez 8+8reb+2ast, A.Anderson 7+2reb, B.Ndong 5+1reb+1ast
Meridiano: T.Heurtel 16+1reb+4ast, M.Andriuskevicius 15+7reb, K.Hasbrouck 11+1reb+3ast, J.Doellman 11+9reb+1ast, P.Llompart 8+1reb+2ast, M.Rancik 5+2reb
gschID: 92427


Lagun Aro GBC - CAI Zaragoza 84-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between CAI Zaragoza (15-18) and Lagun Aro GBC (12-21), which took place in San Sebastian. 11th ranked CAI Zaragoza lost to fourteenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC in a road game 71-84. It looked good early as CAI Zaragoza took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lagun Aro GBC had a 26-16 second period charge getting the lead and CAI Zaragoza was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-84. It was a great shooting night for Lagun Aro GBC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by CAI Zaragoza's players. The best player for the winners was guard Javier Salgado (180-80) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 assists. American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Argentinian-Italian guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and guard Andres Miso (199-83, college: Colegio Ecole, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lagun Aro GBC maintains fourteenth place with 12-21 record. Newly promoted CAI Zaragoza dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Lagun Aro GBC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Caja Laboral (#4) in Vitoria and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Baron 21+1reb, M.Kone 12+5reb, A.Miralles 10+6reb, J.Salgado 10+3reb+13ast, A.Panko 9+6reb+3ast, L.Lasa 8+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: P.Quinteros 15+1reb+4ast, A.Miso 14+2reb+1ast, D.Phillip 11+2reb, A.Chubb 10+2reb, C.Toppert 9+1ast, R.Hettsheimeir 7+5reb
gschID: 92428


Valladolid - Fuenlabrada 72-68

Another upset was a game between Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (19-14) and Blancos de Rueda (18-15), which took place in Valladolid. Higher ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost to ninth ranked Blancos de Rueda in a road game 68-72 on Thursday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-68. It was a good game for French guard Stephane Dumas (190-78) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (204-85) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Czech swingman Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Blancos de Rueda moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Unicaja. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Blancos de Rueda will face Cajasol (#11) in Sevilla in the next round.
Top scorers:
Valladolid: J.Robinson 16+6reb, E.Baez 13+4reb+2ast, S.Dumas 12+3reb+8ast, M.Slaughter 9+7reb+1ast, D.Garcia 8+1reb+1ast, N.Martin 6+4reb+1ast
Fuenlabrada: L.Mainoldi 21+6reb+1ast, L.Barton 12+5reb+1ast, X.Rabaseda 10+2reb, J.Colom 7+2reb+2ast, D.Kus 5+1reb, K.Valters 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92423


Bizkaia Bilbao - Menorca 90-74

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (20-13) beat at home bottom-ranked Menorca Basquet (7-26) 90-74 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bizkaia Bilbao made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Bizkaia Bilbao outrebounded Menorca Basquet 33-19 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Menorca Basquet was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Aaron Jackson (193-86, college: Duquesne) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Israeli guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) added 16 points in the effort for Menorca Basquet. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bizkaia Bilbao moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gran Canaria. Newly promoted Menorca Basquet stay dead last with 26 lost games. Bizkaia Bilbao will face Asefa Estudiantes (#10) in Madrid in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Menorca Basquet will play at home against the league's second-placed Real Madrid (#2).
Top scorers:
Bizkaia Bilbao: M.Banic 16+4reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 16+6reb+8ast, A.Hervelle 15+5reb+1ast, A.Jackson 14+5reb+3ast, C.Warren 11+1reb, D.Mavroeidis 7+9reb+2ast
Menorca: J.Donaldson 17+6reb+2ast, R.Limonad 16+1reb+3ast, I.Radenovic 12+4reb, M.Sanders 10+1ast, U.Otegui 7+2reb+3ast, C.Victor 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92424


Manresa - Estudiantes 69-63

There was an upset when higher ranked Asefa Estudiantes (16-17) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Assignia Manresa (10-23) 69-63 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 39-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Assignia Manresa dominated on the defensive end, holding Asefa Estudiantes to just 5 points in third quarter. It was a good game for Ukrainian swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Serbian center Milan Majstorovic (207-83) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Assignia Manresa's coach Jaume Ponsarnau used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center German Gabriel (207-80) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American-Dominican power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, college: Michigan, agency: Duran International) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Asefa Estudiantes. Assignia Manresa maintains fifteenth place with 10-23 record. Loser Asefa Estudiantes keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Assignia Manresa will face higher ranked Power Electronics Valencia (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Manresa: S.Gladyr 20+3reb, M.Majstorovic 15+5reb, R.San Miguel 10+4reb+4ast, R.Montanez 7+3reb+2ast, L.Lewis 4+3reb, J.Grimau 4+7reb+1ast
Estudiantes: J.Asselin 17+5reb, G.Gabriel 12+9reb+2ast, T.Ellis 11+2reb, A.Oliver 8+6reb+4ast, P.Jasen 7+1reb+1ast, J.Welsch 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92425


Unicaja - Granada 78-53

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-15) rolled over at home 17th ranked CB Granada (7-26) 78-53 on Thursday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Unicaja Malaga's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-10 extending their advantage to 25 points. It was a good game for American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Carlos Jimenez (205-76) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Icelandic guard Jon Stefansson (196-82) answered with 17 points and the former international center Jesus Fernandez (204-75) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CB Granada. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga maintains eighth place with 18-15 record, which they share with Valladolid. CB Granada lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 26 games lost. Unicaja Malaga will face league's leader Regal FC Barcelona on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CB Granada will play against Gran Canaria 2014 (#5) in Las Palmas.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: G.Fitch 17+4reb+5ast, C.Jimenez 12+7reb+1ast, N.Sinanovic 9+5reb, R.Blakney 9+3reb+3ast, J.Freeland 8+3reb, B.Rodriguez 7+2reb+4ast
Granada: J.Stefansson 17+3reb, J.Fernandez 7+5reb+1ast, N.Gianella 7, M.Samb 7+2reb, P.Prestes 6+3reb, Y.Korolev 3+1reb
gschID: 92421


DKV Joventut - Caja Laboral 80-83

Thirteenth-ranked DKV Joventut (14-19) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Caja Laboral (22-11) in Badalona on Thursday. The visitors from Vitoria managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Brazilian-Italian guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. American center Will McDonald (206-79, college: S.Florida) came up with 21 points and the other American import swingman Quinton Hosley (198-84, college: Fresno St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for DKV Joventut in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 22-11 record. DKV Joventut lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Caja Laboral will meet at home Lagun Aro GBC (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DKV Joventut will play against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: S.Barac 18+5reb, F.San Emeterio 14+2reb+2ast, M.Teletovic 14+11reb+2ast, M.Huertas 11+5reb+10ast, B.Oleson 9+2reb+2ast, V.Dragicevic 6+3reb
DKV Joventut: W.McDonald 21+3reb+1ast, D.Jelinek 15+1reb+2ast, P.Tomas 15+4reb, Q.Hosley 13+6reb+3ast, J.Franch 5+2reb+5ast, D.Flis 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 92422




IJT Barcelona open Nike International Junior Tournament with defeat - by Eurobasket News
IJT Barcelona lost their opener at the Nike International Junior Tournament. The hosts surrendered against Crvena Zvezda 56:73. Marko Radonjic (191-G-94) and Andrija Bojic (206-G/F-93) stepped up with 14 points each to pace Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (207-F-93) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the winning effort. Crvena Zvezda led from start to finish. They outscored the hosts in all four quarters to record a well-deserved win at the end. Aitor Gomez (207-C-93) led IJT Barcelona with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Lluis Costa (186-G-93) finished with 15 points in the loss. The teams are fighting for the top spot in Group B. IJT Barcelona will take on Team China tomorrow.


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 27-6 
 2. Real Madrid 24-8 
 3. Valencia 23-10 
 4. Caja Laboral 22-11 
 5. Gran Canaria 20-13 
 6. Bizkaia Bilbao 20-13 
 7. Fuenlabrada 19-14 
 8. Unicaja 18-15 
 9. Valladolid 18-15 
 10. Estudiantes 16-17 
 11. Cajasol 15-17 
 12. CAI Zaragoza 15-18 
 13. DKV Joventut 14-19 
 14. Lagun Aro GBC 12-21 
 15. Manresa 10-23 
 16. Meridiano 9-24 
 17. Granada 7-26 
 18. Menorca 7-26 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia15.7 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.6 
 4. Ramsdell, Avila15.4 
 5. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.1 
 6. Paez, Lan M.15.0 
 7. Bratton, Lan M.14.9 
 8. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 9. Bivia, Mallorca14.8 
 10. Mesa, Clavijo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo8.8 
 4. Chubrevich, Illesc.8.4 
 5. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 7. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.6 
 9. Larry, Regal F.7.1 
 10. Howard, Andorra6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 6. Pampin, Mallorca3.6 
 7. Marco, ADT T.3.6 
 8. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 9. Rufian, Promobys3.4 
 10. Garcia, Avila3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mikel URIZ
  Santurtzi
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Smith, Guadalajara1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Martinez, Plasencia1.7 
 7. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 8. Guirao, ADT T.1.6 
 9. Pampin, Mallorca1.6 
 10. Creus, Regal F.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 5. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 6. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 7. Conde, Avila1.2 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarrago.1.0 
 9. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 
 10. Chubrevich, Illes.0.9 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Guillen, La Laguna19.4 
 2. Palacios, La Palma16.8 
 3. Mohammed, Lleida16.2 
 4. Detrick, Melilla15.7 
 5. Feldeine, Breogan15.4 
 6. Seawright, Leon15.3 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.14.9 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Johnson, Huesca14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.7 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna7.6 
 6. Arteaga, Breogan7.4 
 7. Kale, Ourense7.2 
 8. Blair, Navarra7.0 
 9. Chagoyen, La Lagu.6.9 
 10. Frost, Palencia6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.7 
 2. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna4.0 
 4. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 5. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 6. Bernabe, Leon3.4 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 9. Lopez, Burgos3.1 
 10. Garrido, Palencia2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.3 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Rost, Girona1.7 
 4. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 5. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 6. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 7. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 8. Canals, Girona1.4 
 9. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 10. Rivero, CB Murcia1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.0 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.6 
 3. Hicks, Breogan1.4 
 4. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 5. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 6. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 9. Lampropoulos, La L.1.1 
 10. Starosta, Ourense1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Brown, 0820.5 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.9 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Uppsala18.8 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.4 
 7. Rush, Sundsvall18.3 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall18.2 
 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.9.9 
 3. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 4. McKnight, Boras8.5 
 5. Brown, 087.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.7.8 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Constantine, Solna7.5 
 9. Cipriano, Eco O.7.5 
 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. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 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. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Smith, Uppsala1.8 
 7. Rush, Sundsvall1.7 
 8. Wesby, Sundsvall1.7 
 9. Brown, 081.7 
 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 


In Belgium - by Darius Hargrove
Well Sweden was good for me giving me the opportunity to move up into a good league such as Belgium. Im thankful for the opportunity to bring my talent to this country ive always lived by work hard and good things will happen. My high school Coach Freekes always tell me that and he is exactly right!! Well here we are fighting to get into the playoffs just like i was while in Sweden so hopefully i can help this team get in also. I dont have much time like there in Sweden i only had 6 games here and we have already played 3. So these next games are crucial for us but i really think we can win them. Well just letting my friends and family know where i am at and which league i am in now. Until i write again be blessed!!!!!

Dragons beat Dolphins in Game 7, win Basketligan title - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 7: Sundsvall - Norrkoping 102-83
Sundsvall Dragons outplayed Norrkoping Dolphins 102-83 in decisive Game Seven taking back the Basketligan title. Last time the Dragons were champions two years ago. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) was the leading player in victory with 31 points. He made 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc. Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) had 18 points and 8 boards, while Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) and Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) helped with 14 points each. In the loosing squad, Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) collected 21 points and 7 boards. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) followed him with 17 points and 7 rebs, and Anton Saks (200-G-89, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 15 pts. Sundsvall Dragons had impressive first half and question about the winner was resolved already at that time. The hosts made 32-15 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 22 until the halftime. It was too much for Dolphins and Dragons grabbed second Basketligan title in their history. Last season, Norrkoping was the champion. Sundsvall Dragons were the regular season champions with 29-7 record. They eliminated Jamtland 3-2 in the Quarterfinals and Sodertalje 3-0 in the Semis.


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  TANZANIA   


Thabeet Sent to NBA D-League - by Eurobasket News
Eight months ago Hasheem Thabeet (221-C-87, college: Connecticut) was celebrating his selection as the 2nd overall pick of the NBA draft, the first such by a player from the East African region. He now holds a new distinction: the highest pick ever to be sent to the NBA's Development League.

The Tanzanian centre's success and draft into the worlds biggest and most commercially Basketball league had caused so much euphoria and inspired many young players who also relished the chance to follow in his footsteps. But a poor run of form in the first half of the season has caused the management of his team, the Memphis Grizzlies to send the 2009 NBA Draft 2nd overall draft pick to the Development league; a league perceived as the NBA's doghouse.

But that's not to say Thabeet has lost all his star power: In honor of his arrival, the Dakota Wizards, his new team discounted general-admission tickets for Wednesday's game to US$2.

People in the NBA are 'definitely looking at it negatively,' Thabeet said. ''He's the No. 2 pick. He's not supposed to be there. I can't believe that guy is over there and he's the second pick.' But you got to go and work your way up there. I'm working my way up here, working on my confidence.

'When the time comes, I'll be able to answer the call.' The Memphis Grizzlies decided they couldn't pass on Thabeet's potential to become a shot-blocking giant when they drafted the 7-foot-3 center. A second-team All-America from the University of Connecticut, Thabeet drew comparisons to former NBA defensive great Dikembe Mutombo. In doing so, however, the Grizzlies passed on more NBA-ready prospects like Tyreke Evans, James Harden, Jonny Flynn and Stephen Curry all of whom are already having great rookie seasons.

Thabeet's high draft selection earned him a US$4.5 million salary for his rookie season, and he admits to feeling immense pressure to succeed immediately. His contributions, however, were much more modest: Before being sent to Dakota, he was averaging 2.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and two fouls in 10.3 minutes per game. He's struggled to adjust to the quicker pace of the NBA and his offensive skills still need considerable refining.

And he hasn't disappoint so far, totaling 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a 109-81 win over Albuquerque in his first game. Through three D-League games, Thabeet has averaged 15 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks while shooting 68%.

'People are expecting a lot from you,' Thabeet said. 'Your teammates back from high school and college. Your college coaches, everyone that knows you. They're all expecting a lot from me. That's a lot of pressure. But now I have to look at it as motivation to work even harder. They sent me out here. I got to show them, 'OK, this is not where I belong.' I just have to keep working hard and my time will come.

'I put myself into this situation. Now I got to deal with it.' Dakota coach Rory White said Thabeet remains a 'work in progress.' 'Right now, it's all about getting him some confidence, and the only way to do that is to get him some minutes in a real game,' White said.

Thabeet hasn't grumbled about his D-League assignment. He hasn't forgotten that he began playing organized basketball just seven years ago. It's not too long ago that he was emailing coaches and schools, begging for an opportunity to play in the United States.

To Thabeet, this is just another stop in his long, unusual journey.

'This is my job,' Thabeet said. 'I just got to come out here and do what they want me to do - my job. I got to continue to work on my weaknesses and get better on them. I'm excited and I can't wait to go back up there.'
Courtesy of: East African Business Week (Kampala)




15 Teams Set for National Basketball League 2011 - by Eurobasket News
MORE than 15 teams are expected to take part in the National Basketball League scheduled to start from May 14 at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), Vice- President Phares Magesa said on Thursday that preparations for the annual event are at an advanced stage.

He said the two week event will involve top three winners of the region's league, who will be vying for top honours in the tournament.

The tournament, which features teams from various regions across the country, has in the recent past been lacking the excitement and competitiveness it deserves mainly due to lack of sponsorship.

Magesa said Morogoro, Tanga, Mwanza, Arusha and Dar es Salaam are among the regions

expected to field teams in this year's championship. Dar es Salaam's JKT and ABC will compete in the men's category in the tournament, while Jeshi Stars and JKT Stars will take part in the women's series.

May 1, is the deadline for teams to confirm their participation in the tournament, whereas teams wishing to compete in the event will have to pay 50,000/- participation fees each before being cleared to register.

TBF has been racing against time to raise money for the league opening. The Federation needs some 20m/- to foot various costs to run the league smoothly.
Courtesy of: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)



Local Basketball Coaches Set for Zone-V Clinic - by Eurobasket News
LOCAL basketball referees have been encouraged to register for Zone V referees clinic to be held at the Don Bosco centre in Dar es Salaam starting May 23.

Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Secretary General, Alexander Msoffe said the three week training will be conducted by a well known Kenyan International instructor Vitalis Bode.

He said the local referees should take full advantage of the clinic by attending in big numbers so as to upgrade their status.

'The course is held once a year among the member countries, this time it is our turn we hope the local referees will take full advantage as it is cost effective to them,' he observed.

He said the cost of the course is 150,000/- per participant, adding that for the locals it will be cheap for them as they will not have to incur air travel expenses if they were to travel to other countries for the training.

Msoffe said they are expecting participants from other Zone V countries like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
Courtesy of: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)



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  TUNISIA   


Tunisia/National Championships :Day 4 play-offs - by Eurobasket News
The play-offs of the Tunisian basketball championships rolled into its fourth playing day over the weekend.
All the groups were in action in the tournament that will determine the Tunisian champions.The following results were recorded;


Play-offs

Group A


JS Kairouan - Etoile du Sahel : 67 - 85

Exempted: Ezzahra Sport




Standings

Group A


1) Etoile Sahel 6 3

2) Ezzahra 3 2

3) JS Kairouan 3 3



Group B

Club Africain - Stade Nabeulien : 70 - 72

Exempted: ES Rads


Standings

Group B


1) S.Nabeulien 6 3

2) ES Rads 3 2

3) C.Africain 3 3



NB : The first from each group automatically qualifies for the finals..
Courtesy of: Star Africa




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  TURKEY   


TB2L Final Four : Second round in Eskisehir - by Baha Kurtulus
Turkish Basketball League Second Division ( TB2L ) Final Four's second round will be held in Anadolu University Sport Hall-Eskisehir on 6th-8th-May 2011.

6th May 2011
Hacettepe Universitesi - Genc Banvitliler
Kepez Belediyesi - Torku Selcuk Universitesi

7th May 2011
Genc Banvitliler - Kepez Belediyesi
Torku Selcuk Universitesi - Hacettepe Universitesi

8th May 2011
Torku Selcuk Universitesi - Genc Banvitliler
Hacettepe Universitesi - Kepez Belediyesi


IJT Fenerbahce post first win in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
IJT Fenerbahce Ulker recorded their first win at the Nike International Junior Tournament in Barcelona. They held off FMP 80:78 in thriller tonight. Oguzhan Turan (190-G-93) hit late free throws to seal the winning outcome for the Turkish team. FMP led by three points after ten minutes but Fenerbahce recovered in the second term. They ensured a 41:40 halftime advantage. FMP and Fenerbahce went neck and neck in the second half before the Turkish youngsters snatched a narrow victory. Berkay Candan (202-F-93) notched 22 points and 8 rebounds for Fenerbahce. Erbil Eroglu (195-G-93) had 16 points in the victory. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93) answered with 21 points for FMP. Nikola Pavlovic (195-F/G-93) posted 17 points in the losing effort.
Fenerbahce will take on the reigning champions INSEP tomorrow.



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  UGANDA   


The Plight of Sports Sponsorship in Nation - by Eurobasket News
Basketball, a sport gaining popularity in Uganda has MTN as its sponsor, but the figures are kept secret. However, with the organisation looking shaky, one can judge that not much is entering the coffers. Mountain Dew and D-Mark Mobile are the only club sponsors in basketball and are believed to have signed Ushs70m ($3,500) and Ushs90m ($4500) with Falcons and Power basketball clubs respectively.

But the questions raised in the sponsorship deals are that why players still complain they are not being paid?

Coca-Cola sponsors the Cricket Schools League, the School's Basketball League, Secondary Schools Football and has been involved in the basketball league.
Courtesy of: East African Business Week (Kampala)



'Omondi Still a Falcon' - by Eurobasket News
Richard Osano Omondi will stay with Falcons, unless they sign a transfer request letting him to join another club, according to the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Fuba).

William Musaazi, the Fuba technical committee boss, told Daily Monitor yesterday that they had not received any communication from neither his suitors Miracle Eagles nor Falcons in this regard. 'Any player intending to switch clubs must get clearance from the previous team and this has not been done in his (Omondi's) case,' said Musaazi.

Last week, Falcons president Dennis Mbidde vowed that any agreement Omondi signed elsewhere is null and void since he has a four-year contract. Omondi signed a one-year deal with Miracle on December 11, 2010. Miracle Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Minge also refused to back down.

'Even if the player's contract has expired and he/she is a free agent. His old club shall inform us as per the law,' Musaazi added. For example; UCU Canons released Ivan Enabu (Warriors) and Jimmy Enabu (Power).
Courtesy of: the Monitor


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  UKRAINE   


Superleague Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Budivelnyk and BC Donetsk take lead - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk - Hoverla 81-74

BC Donetsk celebrated the first win over Hoverla. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Hoverla won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. BC Donetsk outrebounded Hoverla 37-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Hoverla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 20 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Derrick Zimmerman (189-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: B.Cvetkovic 17+5reb+1ast, J.Edwards 15+6reb, J.Hukic 10+3reb+4ast, V.Kravtsov 9+3reb, S.Vasiljevic 8+4reb+1ast, J.Gray 6+6reb+3ast
Hoverla: D.Swanson 20+2reb+4ast, V.Gerasimchuk 13+1reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 12+2reb+1ast, J.Chappell 8+4reb+1ast, A.Poltoratskiy 8+2reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 6+7reb+5ast
gschID: 128061


Budivelnyk - Ferro-ZNTU 90-67

Budivelnyk grabbed the lead in the series outscoring exhausted Ferro-ZNTU at home court. The game was mostly controlled by Budivelnyk. Ferro-ZNTU was better in fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Budivelnyk players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Ferro-ZNTU's players. Worth to mention a great performance of British center Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 6 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) added 18 points in the effort for Ferro-ZNTU.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: A.Betts 16+5reb+2ast, D.Ikovlev 12+2ast, D.Lukashov 12+1reb+4ast, A.Agafonov 12+4reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 11+1reb+2ast, D.Spencer 9+2reb+1ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 21+9reb, V.Hunter 18+2reb, S.Ovdeenko 5+3reb+2ast, R.Harris 5+4reb+2ast, C.Burns 5+3reb, S.Alferov 4+1ast
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.4 
 2. Flores, BC Donetsk16.7 
 3. Burns, Fe.16.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.1 
 6. Wiggins, Halychyna15.1 
 7. Millage, Khimik14.9 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv14.7 
 9. Fraser, DniproAzot14.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.1 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.6 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Owens, Azovmash6.6 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 9. Hunter, Fe.6.5 
 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. Millage, Khimik4.5 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 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. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 7. Love, Mykolaiv1.4 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Burenko, BC Kyiv1.4 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.1 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Coleman, Hoverla1.3 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odes.1.2 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.1 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastl.
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Newcastl.23.0 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Jackson, Newcastl.21.1 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions20.4 
 5. Blount, Leiceste.20.3 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.20.2 
 7. Gilbert, Worceste.20.0 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions19.9 
 9. Chapman, Newcastl.19.8 
 10. Zabas, Plymouth19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt SCHNECK
  Cheshire.
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Schneck, Cheshire.10.2 
 2. Durant, Worthing.9.4 
 3. Myers, MK Lions9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth R.8.9 
 5. Williams, Sheffiel.8.6 
 6. Greer, Cheshire.8.5 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.8.5 
 8. Cricelli, Worceste.8.2 
 9. Tuck, Sheffield S.8.1 
 10. Dobbins, Worceste.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastl.
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Moore, Newcastl.6.1 
 2. Blount, Leiceste.5.2 
 3. Clark, MK Lions5.1 
 4. Medlock, Guildfor.4.6 
 5. Middleton, Worcest.4.5 
 6. Zabas, Plymouth R.4.5 
 7. Bolds, MK Lions4.3 
 8. Jackson, Newcastl.4.3 
 9. Chapman, Newcastl.3.8 
 10. Marks, Plymouth R.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.8 
 2. Middleton, Worcest.2.2 
 3. Jackson, Newcastl.2.1 
 4. McLemore, Guildf.1.9 
 5. Bell, Cheshire Jets1.9 
 6. Prezzie-Blue, Wort.1.8 
 7. Gill, MK Lions1.8 
 8. Livas, Glasgow1.8 
 9. Moore, Newcastl.1.8 
 10. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kadiri RICHARD
  Newcastl.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richard, Newcastl.2.0 
 2. Polk, Plymouth R.1.9 
 3. Williams, Sheffiel.1.3 
 4. Potter, Leiceste.1.0 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Toney, Liverpoo.0.9 
 7. Dobbins, Worceste.0.9 
 8. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 9. Rowe, Plymouth R.0.7 
 10. Woodfork, Worthin.0.6 


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  VENEZUELA   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 23-7 
 2. Marinos 23-8 
 3. Trotamundos 22-10 
 4. Guaiqueries 18-13 
 5. Gigantes 16-16 
 6. Bucaneros 16-16 
 7. Panteras 15-18 
 8. Toros 11-23 
 9. Guaros 10-20 
 10. Gaiteros 5-28 




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Women News

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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Bahamas to host Centrobasket Championship 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Bahamas will be the host of 2011 Centrobasket Championship. The event will take a place in Nassau from July 25th to August 5. Except of Bahamas, other participants of this event will be Dominican Republic, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and U.S. Virgin Islands. The CBC will prepare and issue the brackets, along with the schedule of competition by May 8th for both the male and female competitions. Bahamas didn't participate in CBC 2010.

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  CUBA - Women  


Cuba to participate at CBC 2011 - by Eurobasket News
As of April 29th the CBC has closed the registration of National Federations for participation in the 2011 CBC Senior Men and Women Championships scheduled for Nassau, Bahamas, July 25th to August 5th, 2011. The following National Federations has completed the registration process and are scheduled to participate in the Championships:

Male Teams: 10
1. Antigua & Barbuda
2. Bahamas
3. Bermuda
4. British Virgin Islands
5. Cayman Islands
6. Guyana
7. Jamaica
8. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
9. Turks and Caicos
10. U.S. Virgin Islands

Female Teams: 6
1. Bahamas
2. Cuba
3. Dominican Republic
4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
5. Trinidad and Tobago
6. U.S. Virgin Islands

The CBC will prepare and issue the brackets, along with the schedule of competition by May 8th for both the male and female competitions. We thank those National Federations for participating in the upcoming competitions.

Courtesy of www.caribbeanbasketball.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


Dominican Republic will compete in CBC 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Dominican Republic National Team is set to participate at the 2011 CBC. The championship will take a place from July 25th to August 5th of 2011 in Nassau, Bahamas. Except of Dominican Republic, other participants of this event will be host Bahamas, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and U.S. Virgin Islands. The CBC will prepare and issue the brackets, along with the schedule of competition by May 8th for both the male and female competitions. Dominican Republic finished CBC 2010 as No.5.

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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bass-W., Challes19.1 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.4 
 3. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.9 
 4. Dubljevic, Tarbes15.3 
 5. Humphrey, Landes15.3 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve14.7 
 7. Sharp, Mondeville14.3 
 8. Mann, Charleville14.3 
 9. Hurst, Aix-en-P.14.1 
 10. Covington, Union14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville10.8 
 2. Humphrey, Landes10.0 
 3. Diawara, Charlevil.9.7 
 4. Bass-W., Challes9.3 
 5. Bales, Union Haina.8.8 
 6. Sanni, Villeneuve8.6 
 7. Kamba, Union H.8.2 
 8. Matic, Tarbes7.0 
 9. Grima, Aix-en-P.6.8 
 10. Thomas, Villeneuve6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 2. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.7 
 3. Manic, Landes4.2 
 4. Lepron, Tarbes4.1 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.0 
 6. Tanqueray, Villene.3.8 
 7. Bar, Challes3.7 
 8. Carpreaux, Villene.3.5 
 9. Aubert, Toulouse3.5 
 10. Sharp, Mondeville3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Johanne GOMIS
  Arras
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gomis, Arras2.6 
 2. Bar, Challes2.4 
 3. Skrela, Lattes M.2.2 
 4. Milovanovic, Toulo.2.1 
 5. Poto, Lattes M.2.0 
 6. Young, Landes1.9 
 7. Bouderra, Charlevi.1.9 
 8. Bonnan, Mondeville1.8 
 9. Hightowner, Nantes1.7 
 10. Beikes, Union Hai.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alison BALES
  Union Hainaut
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bales, Union Haina.2.1 
 2. Ndongue, Bourges1.7 
 3. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 4. Sy-Diop, Nantes0.7 
 5. Bertal, Villeneuve0.7 
 6. Dowdell, Toulouse0.7 
 7. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 8. Humphrey, Landes0.6 
 9. Bass-W., Challes0.6 
 10. Smith, Tarbes0.6 


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  GREECE - Women  


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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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Nicole ANTIBE
  Basket P.
  (187-C/F-74)
  Avg: 15
 1. Antibe, Basket P.15.0 
 2. Hicks, Comense15.0 
 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.13.4 
 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. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 8. Stansbury, Umber.8.0 
 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.3.0 
 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. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 9. Ballardini, Umbert.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. Ogorodnikova, Uman.0.6 
 6. McCarville, Famili.0.6 
 7. Drljaca, Umbertide0.5 
 8. Ohlde, Umana Reyer0.5 
 9. Aziz, Basket Parma0.5 
 10. Stansbury, Umber.0.5 


A2: North and South Finals are set - by Eurobasket News
Third decisive games of the A2 North and South Semifinals were played last night. Cagliari CUS and Alcamo managed to beat their rivals and to book a spot for the Finals.
In Group North, Bolzano and Cagliari CUS will fight for the title. They had the same record in regular season (18-8) and very exciting best-of-three series is expected. The first game is scheduled for Sunday. Bolzano reached the Finals after they eliminated San Martino in the Quarterfinals and Borgotaro in the Semis. Cagliari CUS was better than Cagliari V in the QFinals and Bologna in the Semis. Cagliari CUS won 42-54 on the road last night to win the series.
In Group South, Chieti will meet Alcamo. Chieti was too strong for R. La Spezia and Ragusa in the Quarterfinals and Semis. Alcamo eliminated Battipaglia in the QFinals and thanks to last nights 63-65 road win they also knocked out T. Spezia.
The winners of two divisions will play Serie A1 next season.


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  KENYA - Women  


Western Delight Stop Bankers in League Tie - by Eurobasket News
WESTERN Delight chopped Co-operative Bank of Kenya 43-35 in a women's Premier League clash at the Police Centeen in Kakamega over the weekend. The pride of Western, playing only in their first ever league show led 17-7 in the first quarter but trailed 4-9 and 5-12 in the second and third quarters respectively. But Hillavi Ayodi hit eight points to lift the winners to a 17-7 last quarter charge. Ayodi scored 10 while Nancy Atieno shot 14. It was Co-op Bank's first outing since their promotion from the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) Provincial League last year. Cathy Irandukala scored 12 points.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star




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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Interview with Gintare Jasiunskaite - by Alper Altin
Gintare Jasiunskaite, Lithuanian Forward who played the LKKA-Aistes, spoke to Eurobasket.com:

Eurobasket:You are the youngest player of your team and you have a LMKL Bronze Medal now.How does it feel?

Gintare Jasiunskaite:Well it feels very good. It's first season for me in this team and first season in LMKL, so I'm very happy and excited.

Eurobasket:You finished regular season with 18MIN , 4.3PPG , 1.3REB in 24 games.Normally coaches doesn't use young players in rotation.Because they don't trust them.But seems like your coach trusting you.What do you think about that?

Gintare Jasiunskaite:Maybe coach trust in me, because I try to do all my best in training, and during the game.I allways try do everything that he tells.I'm very pleased that he trust and believe in me and I evaluate this.

Eurobasket:What is the hardest thing about playing in LMKL?

Gintare Jasiunskaite:Hmm..I think the hardest thing is to jostle with older womans on the court.Also they have more experience,they are stronger and it's hard to push them sometimes.Every game is very important and hard.

Eurobasket:When did you first realize you had a talent for basketball?

Gintare Jasiunskaite:Well I can't say that I born with very big talent or something... but my all family have played basketball (sister and father still plays it) so I grown up with basketball and from childhood started to love it.



Eurobasket:What do you do to improve your skills?

Gintare Jasiunskaite: I practise almost every day,I know that I want basketball in my life and I know that I have to do to reach it. Sometimes I ask coaches that should I do better in different situations and I try to correct that I do wrong.

Eurobasket:Who is your inspiration?

Gintare Jasiunskaite:Hmm... one of the biggest my inspiration is my sister.A few years ago I really liked Diana Taurasi.Well it's hard to say you know? But my sister is the BEST!

Eurobasket:If you could play one on one against one player, alive or dead, who would it be?

Gintare Jasiunskaite:Ohhh,I always liked and wanted to see Michael Jordan and also Ricky Rubio.
Talking about women basketball.I have not decided yet.


Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94)


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Colgate hires Nicci Hays-Fort as women's coach - by Eurobasket News
Colgate has hired DePaul assistant Nicci Hays-Fort as its women's basketball coach.

The school announced the hiring Tuesday on its website.

Hays-Fort spent the past five seasons at DePaul under head coach Doug Bruno. She was the associate head coach this past season when the Blue Demons finish second in the Big East conference and reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Before joining the staff at DePaul, Hays-Fort served as head coach at Barry University from 2002-06.

Hays-Fort replaces Pamela Bass, who resigned in March after spending four seasons at the school. The Raiders were 7-22 this past year, losing their final eight games.

Hays-Fort will be introduced at a press conference Wednesday morning.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Spartak Saint Petersburg change head coach - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint Petersburg started their preparations for the next season with the change on the bridge. The team parted ways with head coach Gennadi Schetinin . They announced the agreement with Dmitry Donskov . The 42-year-old specialist has been working as coach assistant with UMMC over the last three seasons. Dmitry Donskov also worked as coach assistant with Russian U20 selection in 2008-10 seasons. Later he took over the team. Donskov guided VBM SGAU Samara back in 2007/08 season. The contract is meant for one season with the option of one-year extension.
Spartak Saint Petersburg finished PBL regular season in the eighth position. They later lost to UMMC 0-2 in the quarterfinals. Spartak SP also reached Baltic League Final where surrendered against VICI Kaunas.



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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


St. Vincent and the Grenadines to play in CBC 2011 - by Eurobasket News
St. Vincent and the Grenadines will play in the upcoming CBC 2011. Nassau, Bahamas will be the host of this event. It will start on July 25 and will finish ten days later. Except of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, other participants of this event will be the host Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago and U.S. Virgin Islands. The CBC will prepare and issue the brackets, along with the schedule of competition by May 8th for both the male and female competitions. In CBC 2010, St. Vincent and the Grenadines finished as the last ranked team with no win.

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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Top 5 longest winning streaks - by Zeljko Zule
The longest winning streak in Slovenian League history belongs to Jezica. A ten-time Slovenian champion, were dominant in the 1990s: they won 81 consecutive matches from 1996 to 1999.
Top 5 longest winnings streak in Slovenian Women League:
81 games of Jezica from 28/02/1996 to 27/01/1999 (Celje 65-74)
70 games of Celje from 16/05/2002 to 10/05/2006 (@ Jezica 66-69)
44 games of Jezica from 05/10/1991 to 30/01/1993 (@ Afrodita Rogaska 68-70)
35 games of Jezica from 27/02/1993 to 28/01/1995 (@ Odeja 67-75)
33 games of Kranjska Gora from 15/05/2010 to 03/05/2011 (Celje 69-74 OT)



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Awards 2010-11 - by Greg
All-Swiss LNA 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Celeste Trahan
Trahan
Maria Villarroel
Villarroel
Diodio Diouf
Diouf
Mariesa Greene
Greene
Djenebou Sissoko
Sissoko
#e#5

Player of the Year: Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of Fribourg
Guard of the Year: Maria Villarroel (174-G-78) of Helios
Forward of the Year: Mariesa Greene (183-F) of Pully
Center of the Year: Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of Fribourg
Bosman Player of the Year: Laure Diederich (183-C-87) of Fribourg
Import Player of the Year: Celeste Trahan (184-C-85) of Fribourg
Domestic Player of the Year: Caroline Turin (173-F-87) of Helios
Defensive Player of the Year: Mariesa Greene (183-F) of Pully
Coach of the Year: Romain Gaspoz of Fribourg

1st Team
G: Maria Villarroel (174-78) of Helios
G: Diodio Diouf (170-84) of Pully
F: Mariesa Greene (183) of Pully
F/C: Djenebou Sissoko (190-82) of Helios
C: Celeste Trahan (184-85) of Fribourg

2nd Team
G: Diodio Diouf (170-84) of Pully
G/F: Jamila Griffith (183-82) of Highflyers
F: Aminata-Imgrueth Yanni (183-82) of Basel
F/C: Traci Edwards (188-87) of Riva Basket
F: Angelina Williams (183-83) of Fribourg

Honorable Mention
Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) of Helios
Hillary Klimowicz (191-F/C-87) of Nyon
Brittany Wilkins (191-F/C-83) of Riva Basket
Marisa Heckendorn (170-F-84) of Basel
Megan Skouby (193-C-86) of Basel
Vanessa Dorestand (169-G-92) of Highflyers
JoAnn Hamlin (191-F/C-86) of Highflyers
Gaelle Gur (167-G-89) of Nyon
Dorothee Studer (168-G-92) of Hope-GBA

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Gaelle Gur (167-89) of Nyon
G: Dorothee Studer (168-92) of Hope-GBA
F: Jalinka Michaux (175-87) of Helios
F: Caroline Turin (173-87) of Helios
F/C: Sarah Kershaw (180-85) of Helios

All-Imports Team
G: Maria Villarroel (174-78) of Helios
G: Diodio Diouf (170-84) of Pully
F: Mariesa Greene (183) of Pully
F/C: Djenebou Sissoko (190-82) of Helios
C: Celeste Trahan (184-85) of Fribourg



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago to compete in CBC 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Trinidad and Tobago will take another shot in CBC. The fourth ranked team from the 2010 will participate at the same event this year. It will take a place from July 25th to August 5 in Nassau, Bahamas. Except of Trinidad and Tobago, other participants of this event will be the host Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and U.S. Virgin Islands. The CBC will prepare and issue the brackets, along with the schedule of competition by May 8th for both the male and female competitions. As mentioned above, Trinidad and Tobago finished as No.4 in CBC 2010. They lost against Mexico 65-78 in the game for Bronze.

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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


U.S. Virgin Islands to play in CBC 2011 - by Eurobasket News
U.S. Virgin Islands will participate in Centrobasket Championship 2011. It is confirmed last week by the Caribbean Basketball Confederation. The event will take a place from July 25th to August 5 in Nassau, Bahamas. Except of the U.S. Virgin Islands, other participants of this event will be the host Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. The CBC will prepare and issue the brackets, along with the schedule of competition by May 8th for both the male and female competitions. U.S. Virgin Islands finished CBC 2010 as No.6. They lost 94-55 against Dominican Republic in the game for fifth place.

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  UGANDA - Women  


Nabisunsa Girls Tipped for Crown - by Eurobasket News
GIRLS' defending champions Nabisunsa are favourites to retain the crown after topping their group at the National Schools Basketball Championship ending today.

Namagunga, Kitende, Gayaza, Ndejje and Seroma are also in contention.

In the boy's category, St. Mary's Kitende are also on top of their group going into the decisive round at St. Mary's College Kisubi.

Kitende outwitted Ntare 32-17 in their last game after falling to Rock High 31-27.

Commissioner Physical Education, ministry of Education and Sports Dan Tamwesigire is expected to preside over the closing ceremony.

Over 30 schools have been in action.
Courtesy of: New Vision
By Aloysius Byamukama


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  Dnipr.
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Iagupova, Dnipr.20.1 
 2. Maznichenko, Tim-S.19.7 
 3. Rastorgueva, Donb.19.0 
 4. Lubarskaya, Dynamo18.9 
 5. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.18.7 
 6. Zarytska, Kozachka17.9 
 7. Markotenko, Frank.17.5 
 8. Williams, Dnipr.16.9 
 9. Rimarenko, Dynamo16.7 
 10. Suzyk, Frankivsk16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dragana VUKOVIC
  Yuzhna P.
  (190-C-78)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.11.3 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan11.0 
 3. Ragin, Dynamo11.0 
 4. Zarytska, Kozachka10.4 
 5. Rimarenko, Dynamo10.2 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.9 
 7. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.9.1 
 8. Yaburova, Dnipr.9.0 
 9. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.6 
 10. Suzyk, Frankivsk8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.6.7 
 2. Dubas, Frankivsk5.3 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.5.1 
 4. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.7 
 5. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf4.3 
 6. Lapshynova, Polite.4.3 
 7. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.9 
 8. Panchenk-S., Koza.3.9 
 9. Lubarskaya, Dynamo3.8 
 10. Voronova, Polite.3.6 
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. Siromatnikov., Yuz.3.1 
 5. Markotenko, Frank.3.0 
 6. Polyanychka, Frank.2.9 
 7. Bondar, Dynamo2.7 
 8. Dubas, Frankivsk2.3 
 9. Panchenk-S., Koza.2.3 
 10. Bovykina, Dnipr.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Larisa YABUROVA
  Dnipr.
  (190-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Yaburova, Dnipr.2.2 
 2. Shablynska, Polite.2.0 
 3. Alyoshkina, Orlan1.8 
 4. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.6 
 5. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.3 
 6. Kisilova, Kozachka1.3 
 7. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.1.0 
 8. Berezinets, Tim-S.1.0 
 9. Stafyuk, Dynamo1.0 
 10. Dorogobuzova, Tim.1.0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Tulsa Shock's Andrea Riley eager to return to basketball after giving birth - by Eurobasket News
Andrea Riley (5'5''-G-88, college: Oklahoma St.) is trying to be patient.

A recently acquired guard for the Tulsa Shock, Riley gave birth to a daughter, Tiana, on March 29 and has to wait several more weeks before she can begin training for the upcoming season.

I cant just go back into it, she said Wednesday. I wish I could, but I cant.

The Shocks training camp begins May 15, and the season begins June 4 at San Antonio.

Im probably not going to be able to participate as soon as training camp starts because thats too close, she said. Im going to be fresh off it. I think I will (participate) as soon as I start training with my personal trainers and they clear me to start playing basketball again. I just have to listen to them.

Riley visited Tulsas Madison Middle School on Wednesday morning to speak at a vaccination-awareness event and appeared back to her pre-pregnancy form.

I was all belly, so being an athlete kind of benefits you in a pregnancy, she said. I really didnt gain a lot of weight. I just did whatever I had to do to be healthy.

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Storm gets championship rings with bling - by Eurobasket News
When asked what they wanted in a championship ring last fall, Storm players almost unanimously responded with the same word: Bling.

Exactly that was unveiled Wednesday in a 1.3-carat diamond ring set in luminous white gold. Titled 'The Arena' to symbolize the bond between the team and its fans, each flashy piece designed by Blue Nile is valued at more than $5,000.

'It's gorgeous,' Storm All-Star Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) said. 'It's everything we talked about as players.'

Apparently diamonds are a champion's best friend, too. Bird and teammates did away with the emeralds and rubies, which were part of the design for the team's first WNBA title in 2004. Bird helped design that ring, along with teammate Lauren Jackson.

This time, Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant led the design committee, researching more than 200 championship looks. 'The Arena' has a sunken face to represent the KeyArena lower bowl. The team's logo 'S' is in the middle, adorned with three diamonds, flanked by two more and surrounded by even more and 'Seattle Storm 2010 Champions.' On one side is the recipient's name above the WNBA logo. On the other is the WNBA trophy with Seattle's record-setting '28-6' season inscribed below.

Bryant wouldn't reveal any meaning behind the diamonds embedded in the ring, just joking it probably couldn't hold any more.

'We wanted something really special, and we needed professionals to really help capture that,' Jackson said. 'What's there is better than what we could ever design.'

One fan will receive a replica ring sans precious stones while two others will be able to watch the ring ceremony June 4 from the 'diamond seats' sponsored by Blue Nile. Visit the Storm's website for more information.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com