EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 5/9/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joseph BUNN
  Argentino
  (198-F/C-75)
  Avg: 20
 1. Bunn, Argentino20.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union19.4 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.16.8 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 916.6 
 5. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.4 
 7. Galindo, Libertad15.1 
 8. Taylor, Lanus15.0 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.0 
 10. Salles, Monte H.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  La Union
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 11
 1. Garces, La Union11.0 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras10.0 
 3. Kammerichs, Regat.9.8 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.0 
 5. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.0 
 8. Kante, Olimpico LB7.9 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 10. Bucknor, Club 97.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad4.1 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.0 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.7 
 8. Treise, Quimsa3.3 
 9. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
 10. Sartorelli, Argen.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudian.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.2.6 
 3. Martinez, Regat.2.6 
 4. Salles, Monte H.2.5 
 5. Cequeira, Obras2.4 
 6. Labaque, Atenas2.4 
 7. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 8. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 9. Selleaze, Libertad2.2 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.2.0 
 2. Roe, Regatas C.1.3 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.3 
 4. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 7. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 8. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga: Oberwart and Gmunden to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Fifth crucial games of the A Bundesliga Semifinals just ended. Oberwart and Gmunden managed to beat their rivals and to win the series with 3-2. Of course, they will meet in the Finals which start on Thursday. The format is best-of-five. Gmunden is the regular season champion and will have a home court advantage in this series.



Oberwart - Arkadia 76-71 (3-2)
Arkadia Lions were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Oberwart Gunners, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87, college: Nevada) (199-87, college: Nevada) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) produced 21 points and Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 30+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 13+2reb+1ast, B.Volcic 10+8reb+2ast, T.Sally 5+5reb+2ast, D.Gonzalvez 5+7reb+3ast, H.Artner 5+1reb+1ast
Arkadia: K.Payton 21+4reb+1ast, F.Vay 16+7reb+1ast, K.Houston 16+5reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 7+6reb+1ast, B.Danek 5+5reb+6ast, D.Drenovac 4


gschID: 128141

Gmunden - Furstenfeld 65-51 (3-2)
The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Furstenfeld Panthers was better in third quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) contributed with 14 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) answered with 20 points and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) added 10 points in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: I.Boylan 14+4reb+3ast, D.Oppland 13+8reb+1ast, D.Mayes 12+5reb+2ast, E.Murati 12+6reb+1ast, M.Mayer 9+5reb, F.Schoeninger 3+3reb
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 20+1reb+2ast, S.Stazic 10+4reb+2ast, S.Ray 8+2reb+1ast, D.Alexander 4+3reb, R.Hicks 4+6reb, L.O'Neal 3+1reb
gschID: 128142




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.5 
 3. Brokenboroug., Wel.19.4 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.0 
 8. Shavies, Furstenf.16.6 
 9. Shawn, Oberwart16.5 
 10. Nagler, Klostern.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus HEARD
  Gussing
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 2. Johnson, Oberwart8.2 
 3. Graham, UBSC G.7.9 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Trepalovac, BC Vi.7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
 7. Djuric, Gussing7.5 
 8. Volcic, Oberwart7.2 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.1 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Markus CARR
  BC Vienna
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.7.0 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.3 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.4 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 8. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 9. Stazic, Furstenfeld4.4 
 10. Coffin, BC Vienna4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Po.
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 6. Parker, Oberwart1.9 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.7 
 9. Bachlechner, Worth.1.6 
 10. Stazic, Furstenfe.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.7 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 6. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 7. Sally, Oberwart0.8 
 8. Vay, Arkadia0.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.7 
 10. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 


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  BOSNIA   


Playoff Semifinals: Siroki and Igokea take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
First games of the Playoff Semifinals are completed tonight. Siroki and Igokea had no mercy for their rivals taking 1-0 series lead. They need one more for the Finals.
Siroki blasted Mladost 90-72 yesterday. The hosts cook control on their rivals at the beginning, but Mladost threatened in third period as they came to minus two. It was a sign for Siroki players to wake up, what they immediately did and created plus 18 for rest of the game. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) led the hosts in scoring with 14 points. Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) and Boris Barac (205-F-92) helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Milos Komatina shined with 22 points and 12 boards. Second game is scheduled for Wednesday and Mladost will be the host.
In the other Semifinals (Game One), which was played tonight, Igokea handed 89-63 loss to Borac. It was a game without history. Igokea took control on their rival from the very beginning and had no trouble to register comfortable win. Second game will be played on Thursday at the Boracs home court.


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  BRAZIL   


Vivo/Franca and BRB/Brasilia take leads in the semis - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca grabbed 1-0 lead against Flamengo in NBB semis. The regular season winners surprised the Rio de Janeiro powerhouse 73:69 on the road in Game 1. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) stepped up with 16 points to lead well-balanced effort from the visitors. The teams stayed close in the first half. Vivo/Franca grabbed a 25:23 lead after ten minutes but Flamengo bounced back to ensure a 39:37 halftime lead. Vivo/Franca pulled in charge in the third stanza. They outgunned the hosts 21:14 to build a 5-point cushion. Flamengo tried hard to erase the deficit in the final stanza but all in vain. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) produced 15 points, while Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) accounted for 13 points for the winners. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) unleashed 32 points for Flamengo. Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) had 10 points in the loss.
BRB/Brasilia prevailed against Pinheiros/Sky 84:80 in the opener. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) erupted for game-high 36 points to lead the winners. PinheirosSky used a 22:13 run in the second frame to establish a 40:36 halftime advantage. But BRB/Brasilia answered with 27 points in the fourth quarter that gave them a tough win at the end. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81) and Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) posted 15 points apiece in the victory. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) answered with 32 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) had 16 points in the losing effort.



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  BULGARIA   


NBL: Rilski Sportist eliminates Cherno More in OT, completes Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals, Game 3: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 102-101 OT (2-1)

Rilski Sportist eliminated Cherno More in heartbreaking thriller 102-101 and the hosts needed extra five minutes to do it. They won the series with 2-1 and advanced to Semifinals. There, Rilski will meet powerful Lukoil Akademik. Other Semifinals pair is Levski - Tundja Yambol. The series is best-of-five with the first games scheduled for May 11 and 12.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-9. But Euroins Cherno More won second period 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Euroins Cherno More used huge pressure winning it 27-23 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 19-20. Euroins Cherno More was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) (196-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. International guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83) helped adding 19 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Five Rilski Sportist and four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 25+1reb+3ast, A.Gruev 19+2reb+7ast, M.Marinov 17+6reb, V.Mijovic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 12+9reb+1ast, B.Boev 11+2reb+1ast
Cherno More: V.Kyosev 23+7reb, T.Zhelev 21+1reb, A.Yanev 21+16reb+1ast, M.Borisov 14+3reb+3ast, N.Kolev 13+3reb, S.Iliev 7+3reb+1ast

gschID: 128189




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Harper, Levski23.4 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.21.2 
 3. Dimitrov, Spartak19.2 
 4. Naydenov, Chernom.16.8 
 5. Davidov, Balkan15.7 
 6. Bozov, Balkan15.5 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.2 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More14.6 
 9. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
 10. James, Lukoil A.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikolay VARBANOV
  Tundja
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Varbanov, Tundja10.6 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More8.6 
 3. Todorov, Spartak7.4 
 4. Radojevic, Rilski7.4 
 5. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.0 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More6.9 
 7. Georgiev, Levski6.7 
 8. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
 9. Morton, Balkan6.5 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Crowe, Levski5.6 
 2. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.5 
 3. Dyakovski, Spartak4.0 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.0 
 5. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 6. Bozov, Balkan3.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja3.7 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S.3.5 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S.3.4 
 10. Zahariev, Chernom.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.3 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.2.1 
 4. Radionov, Tundja2.0 
 5. James, Lukoil A.1.9 
 6. Bozov, Balkan1.9 
 7. Green, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
 10. Stojanovski, Luko.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Krum DOYCHINOV
  Balkan
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Doychinov, Balkan1.2 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja1.0 
 3. Radojevic, Rilski1.0 
 4. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.7 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 6. Cole, Levski0.7 
 7. Petkov, Tundja0.6 
 8. Neuhaus, Chernomo.0.6 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Vaklinov, Rilski0.6 


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  CANADA   


Volcanoes win third straight - by Eurobasket News
The Vancouver Volcanoes rolled to their third consecutive International Basketball League victory, defeating the West Coast Hotshots 123-97 Saturday at the OConnell Center at Clark College.

Vancouver (3-1) led by just one after the first quarter, 25-24, but pulled away thanks to a 33-19 second-quarter advantage.

Andre Murray led the Volcanoes with 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86, college: Marquette) added 20 points and five blocked shots.

The Volcanoes Alexander Hartman (201-F-85, college: Concordia, OR) had 18 points, Devin Uskoski (198-C-85, college: Rocky Mountain) had 17 points and eight rebounds, Antwan Williams had 15 points and eight assists, and Clifford White added 11 points.

The Hotshots Rashaad Powell led all scorers with 27 points. Brandon Adams added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Hotshots (3-2) are a traveling IBL team. They are playing a 17-game road schedule this season with stops upcoming in Phoenix and Edmonton.

The Volcanoes play back-to-back home games next weekend against the Olympia Reign on Saturday and the Oregon Waves on Sunday.




VANCOUVER VOLCANOES 123, WEST COAST HOTSHOTS 97

HOTSHOTS (3-2) Powell 27, Bradford 12, Johnson 11, McNutt 4, Gill 3, Skyward 6, Murray 2, Adams 14, Manning 6, Morgan 2, Possey 10. Totals 31-78 (8-33) 27-40 97.

VANCOUVER (3-1) Lechtenberg 3, Bloodsaw 8, Williams 15, Hartman 18, White 11, Blackledge 20, Murray 22, Nakashima 0, Uskoski 17, Carlisle 0, Morris 9. Totals 49-92 (11-28) 14-19 123.

Hotshots 24 19 24 30 97

Vancouver 25 33 28 37123

Courtesy of www.columbian.com





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  CBL   


CBL season opener: Invasion take a bite out of the Dawgs - by Eurobasket News
In the Continental Basketball League season opener, Jonathon Moore had a team high 29 points with former Sea Dawg Chuck Ward adding 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Cary Invasion to a 101-95 victory over the Wilmington Sea Dawgs.

The game was tight for the duration as neither team held a lead of more than eight points.

For Wilmington, Mike Evanovich (6'8''-F, agency: Limelight Hoops) had a game high 33 points and added six boards; Masevai Davis added 18.

The Invasion are in action again on May 13th as they take on Wilmington at the Herbert Young Arena in Cary. Tip time is set for 7:00 with the doors opening at 6:30.

Notes
Wilmington shot 47.1 percent from the field while Cary shot 43 percent. Wilmington out rebounded the Invasion 40-30. Fans were admitted free of charge to Friday night's game to showcase the Invasion in a contest that was originally scheduled to be a closed scrimmage.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


CBA dominated more and more by Asian-born players - by Kasia
The CBA in recent years has evolved from being dominated by an American born import market to an Asian born market, namely the country of Jordan. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83), exploded on the CBA scene with the Shanghai Sharks, helping lead them from worse to a top 4 team in the 2009-10 CBA season. Abbas along with another Jordanian who exploded in China, DOsama 'Sam' Daghlas (199-G-79) who led all players, imports included in assists have shined a new light on foreign (non chinese) born players. Both of these players can be used as Imports on other CBA teams, not necessarily as a 3rd player for the bottom half of the league.
Assuming the rules for 2010-11 CBA season remain in tact, the bottom half of the league in terms of standings would be allowed another import but the player must be from an asian country WITHOUT dual citizenships. Jordan, who in recent years has emerged as a East asian powerhouse along with the likes of Iran, offer quality players who can contribute in scoring,rebounding and much needed defense and aggressive play.
The recent play of both Abbas and Daghlas, have really shined a bright light on Jordan, and CBA teams, from top to bottom are clamoring for these 2 players, and anything similiar in the mold. Last season, even had talks of signing Abbas as an import player, which up until this point would be unheard of.
Daghlas led the league in assists and can also score at will, with a league full of top flight import guards such as Douby,Marbury, Alston etc, Daghlas managed to hold his own, after coming in as a relatively unknown player. As soon as the rules are clear, we will start seeing things heat up for these two players and any other player who can contribute at the CBA level.

Courtesy of Alex Yam




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  CROATIA   


IJT KK Zagreb win Nike International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
IJT KK Zagreb - IJT Zalgiris 76:65

IJT KK Zagreb celebrated the Nike International Tournament title. They overcame IJT Zalgiris in the Final in Barcelona today. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) stepped up with a pivotal performace as he notched a triple-double of 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Zalgiris looked the better side in the first term. They limited KK Zagreb to 12 points in the first term to take a 16:12 lead. Zagreb gradually found the right offensive rhythm. They outscored Zalgiris in the second frame to narrow the margin at 2-point mark 32:34. The third term proved decisive in this one. KK Zagreb went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They outmuscled their opponents 21:9 in the quarter to take a comfortable 53:43 lead with one quarter remaining. Zalgiris raised the tempo in the fourth term but it was well-matched by the Croats who soared to the victory at the end. Mario Hezonja (195-G-95) finished with 19 points, while Dominik Mavra (190-F-94) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) answered with 13 points each for Zalgiris. Tomas Dimsa (192-F-94) and Ignas Ramasauskas (210-C-93) provided 9 points apiece in the loss.

IJT KK Zagreb: Dario Saric 19+14 boards+10 assists, Mario Hezonja 19, Dominik Mavra 16
IJT Zalgiris: Kaspars Vecvagars 13, Arturas Gudaitis 13



A1 Standings
A1 Standings
Group A
 1. Cedevita 11-1 
 2. Zadar 9-3 
 3. KK Zagreb CO 9-3 
 4. Cibona 6-6 
 5. KK Split 5-7 
 6. Borik 4-8 
 7. Alkar Sinj 4-8 
 8. Zabok 0-11 
Group B
 1. Darda 6-4 
 2. Svjetlost 6-4 
 3. Dubrava 6-4 
 4. Dubrovnik 4-6 
 5. Kvarner 2010 4-6 
 6. Trogir 4-6 


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Hrvoje PULJKO
  Kvarner .
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Puljko, Kvarner23.0 
 2. Car, Zadar22.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, Cibona20.4 
 4. Zitko, Trogir20.2 
 5. Zoric, KK.18.7 
 6. Petkovic, Svjetlost17.4 
 7. Bakovic, Darda17.4 
 8. Saric, Dubrava17.2 
 9. Simon, KK.16.3 
 10. Wright, Cedevita15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  Dubrava
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Saric, Dubrava10.0 
 2. Krolo, Darda8.7 
 3. Brown, Zadar7.4 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj7.3 
 5. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 7. Ivanov, Zadar6.8 
 8. Zoric, KK.6.8 
 9. Ridl, Darda6.5 
 10. Grgurevic, KK Spl.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Karakas, Trogir7.1 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.3 
 3. Car, Zadar4.6 
 4. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.3 
 5. Blajic, Alkar Sinj3.9 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 7. Saric, Dubrava3.5 
 8. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.4 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.4 
 10. Simon, KK.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  KK.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Renfroe, KK.2.8 
 2. Car, Zadar2.3 
 3. Marcinkovic, Zadar2.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.9 
 6. Brown, Zadar1.8 
 7. Karakas, Trogir1.8 
 8. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 9. Puljko, Kvarner1.6 
 10. Skific, Borik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK.
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Zoric, KK.1.8 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 5. Krolo, Darda1.0 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlo.0.9 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 8. Vladovic, Trogir0.8 
 9. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 10. Sarlija, Borik0.7 


A1 Round 12 (second stage): Cedevita edges KK Zagreb CO by two points - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in A1.

The most exciting game of round 12 in the A1 took place in Zagreb. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best KK Zagreb CO (9-3) to first ranked Cedevita (11-1) 73-71 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. KK Zagreb CO was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Aleksandar Petrovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Cedevita maintains first position with 11-1 record. KK Zagreb CO at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Zadar. Cedevita are looking forward to face league's second-placed Zadar on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Zagreb CO will play against KK Split and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Zadar: Zadar (#3) and Borik Puntamika (#6). Borik Puntamika was defeated at home 71-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It was a good game for swingman Marko Car (188-85) who led his team to a victory with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ive Ivanov contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Borik Puntamika. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Borik Puntamika at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Alkar Sinj. Zadar will play against league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play on the road against Zabok (#8) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-55 loss to seventh ranked Alkar Sinj (4-8) in Sinj on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivica Radic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Jure Lozancic with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alkar Sinj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Borik. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Alkar Sinj will meet at home higher ranked Cibona (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zabok will play against Borik Puntamika (#6) in Zadar and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 12 KK Split was defeated by Cibona in Zagreb 96-78.
The best stats of 12th round was 32 points and 11 rebounds by Ivan Krolo of Darda.


Cedevita - KK Zagreb CO 73-71

The most exciting game of round 12 in the A1 took place in Zagreb. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best KK Zagreb CO (9-3) to first ranked Cedevita (11-1) 73-71 in the game for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. KK Zagreb CO was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Aleksandar Petrovic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Cedevita maintains first position with 11-1 record. KK Zagreb CO at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Zadar. Cedevita are looking forward to face league's second-placed Zadar on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KK Zagreb CO will play against KK Split and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Rudez 19+6reb, B.Wright 18+4reb+4ast, C.Edwards 13+4reb, D.Draper 8+4reb+3ast, A.Zizic 6+9reb, M.Bazdaric 4+5reb+4ast
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 24+5reb+2ast, A.Masic 14+6reb+1ast, K.Simon 14+9reb+5ast, D.Mulaomerovic 8+1ast, J.Heytvelt 5+3reb, P.Babic 3+5reb+3ast
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Cibona - KK Split 96-78

Everything could happen in Zagreb at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Cibona and 5th ranked KK Split had identical 5-6 record. This time Cibona used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Split 96-78 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. KK Split managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Split to just 7 points in third quarter. Cibona made 31-of-35 free shots (88.6 percent) during the game, while KK Split only scored nine points from the stripe. Cibona forced 20 KK Split turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) who added 13 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Toni Katic (185-92) with 18 points and 5 assists and guard Luka Babic (200-91) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 6-6 record. Loser KK Split keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Cibona will meet Alkar Sinj (#7) on the road in the next round. KK Split will play against KK Zagreb CO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Bogdanovic 24+8reb+1ast, T.Zubcic 13+1reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 11+1ast, L.Radosevic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Rozic 9+5reb, D.Miljkovic 8+4reb+2ast
KK Split: T.Katic 18+4reb+5ast, L.Babic 15+2reb+1ast, S.Rezic 8+2reb+2ast, R.Mahalbasic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Sobin 8+3reb+4ast, A.Grgurevic 6+7reb+1ast
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Borik - Zadar 71-81

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Zadar: Zadar (#3) and Borik Puntamika (#6). Borik Puntamika was defeated at home 71-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Borik Puntamika was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 48-30 second half run of Zadar. Borik Puntamika was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Marko Car (188-85) who led his team to a victory with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Zadar players scored in double figures. Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Jurica Ruzic (199-77) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Borik Puntamika at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Alkar Sinj. Zadar will play against league's leader Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play on the road against Zabok (#8) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zadar: M.Car 32+5reb+6ast, I.Ivanov 15+9reb+1ast, I.Batur 14+2reb+1ast, P.Marcinkovic 10+5reb+3ast, B.Brown 10+12reb+2ast, N.Vlaic 0
Borik: J.Skific 17+8reb+3ast, M.Jurjevic 10+3reb+2ast, J.Ruzic 9+8reb, M.Pesut 8+1reb+4ast, M.Cakarun 7+2reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 6+3reb
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Alkar Sinj - Zabok 79-55

Bottom-ranked Zabok (0-11) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-55 loss to seventh ranked Alkar Sinj (4-8) in Sinj on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Alkar Sinj led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Alkar Sinj forced 23 Zabok turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ivica Radic (207-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Ante Delas (201-88) who added 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) with 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Sven Smajlagic (193-90) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alkar Sinj moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Borik. Loser Zabok still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Alkar Sinj will meet at home higher ranked Cibona (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zabok will play against Borik Puntamika (#6) in Zadar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 20+12reb+2ast, A.Delas 16+4reb+3ast, Z.Zupic 10+6reb+4ast, J.Curkovic 9+3reb, A.Bilobrk 7+2reb+1ast, J.Blajic 7+1reb+3ast
Zabok: S.Smajlagic 11+6reb+1ast, J.Lozancic 10+7reb+1ast, I.Peklaric 10+2reb, I.Perincic 5+4reb, S.Jankovic 4+2reb, T.Brnas 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 124417




Zagreb thrash Fenerbahce Ulker to reach Final - by Eurobasket News
IJT KK Zagreb - IJT Fenerbahce Ulker 107:68

IJT KK Zagreb reached Nike International Junior Tournament Final. They held off Fenerbace Ulker to post the third straight win in Barcelona. The Croatian team thus clinched the top spot in Group A and advanced into the main game at the tournament. KK Zagreb will take on Zalgiris tonight.
KK Zagreb silenced their opponents in the opening frame. The Croats outscored Fenerbahce 31:12 in the first ten minutes. The Turkish team stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They cut the deficit by two points but it was too little to hope for the positive outcome. Zagreb regained control in the third frame. They ensured a 26-point buffer with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Mario Hezonja (195-G-95) and Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) produced 26 points each and added 11 and 16 rebounds respectively in the win. Dominik Mavra (190-F-94) contributed 22 points for KK Zagreb. Berkay Candan (202-F-93) answered with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Fenerbahce.

IJT KK Zagreb: Dario Saric 26+16 boards, Mario Hezonja 26+11 boards, Dominik Mavra 22
IJT Fenerbahce Ulker: Berkay Candan 27+11 boards, James Birsen (201-F-95) 8, Kerem Hotic (197-F-93) 8



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1Liga Round 3 of Finals. Chomutov retain lead - by Eurobasket News
Chomutov - J.Hradec 80-76

Chomutov retained the lead in the championship series. They held off J.Hradec at home court behind 23 points and 9 rebounds from Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side). J.Hradec led by as many as 8 points at halftime but could not capitalize. Chomutov erased the deficit in the third term and surged ahead for good. Veroslav Sucharda (204-C/F-76) provided 20 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) answered with 22 points for J.Hradec. Jan Tomanec (212-C-85) posted 20 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
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Last Day, Last Battle - by Matthew Hall
Our last game is in just 5 hours against TTU/Kalev Tallinn in Tallinn. The series is tied right now at 1-1, and tonights winner will take home the bronze medal for third place. It has been a long journey, but certainly a memorable one. The fans here in Rakvere have been by far the most dedicated, most loyal, and certainly the loudest of all the team fans in Estonia. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of such a tremendous tradition here. Our last game was an unfortunate road loss, after the game I walked outside to my car with a bitter taste in my mouth, to my surprise there were about a hundred of our fans in the parking lot jumping around, smashing drums, blowing horns and screaming 'Rak-Vere!' They all came up to us and shared high-fives and words of encouragement, it was pretty unreal. After losing a big game sometimes you expect fans and people around you to be bitter as well. I think this particular moment sums up how special the people are here, they've just been terrific all season. We hope to get the victory tonight and celebrate with everyone after the game. A Le Coq is the best beer in the world, I've been meaning to write about this. My father came here just recently, and I'm pretty sure he agrees with me. If any Estonian reading this can figure out how to get this stuff imported to the U.S. it would be awesome, probably a solid business move as well, nothing in the States can compare to this beer. The only thing I can sort of comapare it with is a Stella Artois, pretty light but strong at the same time. I'm going to try to bring us much back with me as I can carry. Anyways just finished packing all of my things, pretty fired up about coming home tomorrow... my time in Estonia was fantastic, and I will miss a great deal of people here. Hope to be back here soon. Go Tarvas!

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EuroLeague Final Four - Real Madrid 62 Montepaschi Siena 80 - by Paul Nilsen
Real Madrid and Montepaschi Siena matched up in the game nobody sane wants to play in - the third and fourth place play-off game at Euroleague Final Four 2011 inside the Palau Sant Jordi. With the Italian fans making plenty of noise, this was in stark contrast to Real whose already small following had been decimated,presumably with most of the support returning home to the Spanish capital. Meanwhile on the opposite side of the court, fans of both Maccabi and Panathinaikos were already beginning to filter into the Arena.

It was the more agressive Montepaschi who raced into an early lead at 10-2 at the midway point of the first quarter against a Madrid team looking like they were still suffering a hangover from their capitulation at the hands of Maccabi 48 hours earlier. With just under four minutes to play, a lay-up inside by Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) handed the Italian team a doiuble digit lead before consecuive baskets by D'Or Fischer and Sergio Llull broke a lengthy Madrid offensive drought. Nikola Mirotic then underlined his gorwing reputation with a nice spin-move to the hoop and Lull dropped a three-ball but Madrid couldn't get the stops they needed and at the end of the opening quarter, Montepaschi Siena still held a commanding lead at 19-11.

Four minutes into the second period, the lead was back to double figures after a nice move in the paint by Milovan Rakovic to make it 25-15. Real did however make a move midway through the quarter when they posted a 9-3 run with three and a half minutes to go until the break. There was little between either team in the last action of the first half with Montepaschi Siena hanging on to a four point lead at 36-32 heading into the interval.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Llull converted again from downtown and it was a one-shot game but all eyes weren't on the action taking place oncourt but the action off it as the singing contest began in earnest between the thousands from Israel and Greece. That took everyone's attention away from the court as Montepaschi streaked away once more to re-establish an eight point margin at 45-37. It was then ten points as Siena, led by David Moss who was much more impressive than during his disappointing semi-final game went 49-39 ahead. Bo McCalebb then made a great move to the hoop with 90 seconds to go and seconds later repeated the feat to take the Montepaschi lead out to 14 points and threaten Real with a second blowout of the weekend. In fact it was another case of Real completley flatlining during the third quarter and heading into the last ten minutes, Montepaschi led 57-45.

The fourth quarter was not much of an event and would have been pretty embarassing for Real had Sergio Llull not continued his stellar performance while Montepaschi got the job done in a real team way with ten different scorers apprpoaching the midway point of the last quarter when they were 68-53 up and cruising. Any chance of analready unlikely comeback by Madrid were pretty much quashed when Felipe Reyes was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and the Italians went 15 ahead with four minutes left.

The game then drifted towards the final buzzer amidst a caucophony of noise vibrating around the Arena from the Maccabi and Panathinaikos fans as Montepaschi blewMadrid away to finish third on the podium after a comfortable 80-62 success.

Siena finished with 11 different scorers on the sheet with Lavrinovic top scoring with 17 points while Sergio Llull had a game high 23 points for Madrid.



Portland and NOH Scouting Jeremy Pargo - by David Pick, Barcelona
Two of Europe's most prestigious basketball organizations, Maccabi Tel-Aviv & Panathinsikos, will take the parquet floor at the Palau Sant Jordi arena, Barcelona, Spain, for the clash of the titans and the battle of David versus Goliath, in the Euroleagues final game.

The finals will also contain a classic battle between two of the very best point guards to play this season in the Euroleague, Dimitris Diamantidis and Jeremy Pargo . Who will shine and who will excel is yet to be determined, however, Eurobasket.com was informed that several NBA team scouts and representatives will follow Pargo during the final game.

Amongst the different NBA teams who are scouting the young Chicago native, are the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Hornets.
Pargo, a European Superstar, is ranked high up the list on most of the scouting reports as he enjoys a superb Euroleague Rookie season, averaging 13 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 3.5 apg. In the Semi Finals against Real Madrid, Pargo met his yearly number scoring 13 points, but has improved his assists average, passing out a total of 7 to his teammates.

'Eurobasket.com' spoke with Pargo's representatives, who have made it clear that the human highlight real is determined to follow his quest and make it to the NBA. Many scouts and sports analysts already believe that the point guard has proven himself thus far worthy to play with the big boys, and if he does put on yet another expected show this afternoon, Europe might have to say its last goodbyes to Jeremy Pargo.




Official EuroLeague Awards Annouced As Diamantidis Claims MVP Accolade - by Paul Nilsen
Panathinaikos point guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) is the 2010-11 Euroleague MVP after an outstanding season for the Greens and in the process becomes the first player ever to win three end-of-season awards MVP, Best Defender Trophy and All-Euroleague First Team since the current structure was first established during 2005.

Diamantidis was joined on the 2010-11 All-Euroleague First Team by the MVP of last season, Juan Carlos Navarro of Regal FC Barcelona, Caja Laboral swingman Fernando San Emeterio, his Panathinaikos teammate, forward Mike Batiste, and center Sofoklis Schortsanitis of Maccabi Electra.

San Emeterio, Batiste and Schortsanitis all make the first team for the first time. Navarro was named in the first team for a fifth time and Diamantidis for the second time.

The All-Euroleague Second Team featured Jeremy Pargo of Maccabi, Sergio Llull of Real Madrid, Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos, Ksistof Lavrinovic of Montepaschi Siena and Dusko Savanovic of Power Electronics Valencia.

Igor Rakocevic claimed the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy while Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid bagged the Rising Star Trophy winner.



Another MVP Award For Diamantidis To Add To His List - by Paul Nilsen
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) added to his lengthy list of personal accolades and his EuroLeague MVP award by also being voted as the MVP of EuroLeague Final Four too.

Diamantidis followed up his excellent display in the semi-final against Montepaschi Siena on Friday with another superb performance in the Final as Panathinaikos won 78-70 against Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.

DD did his usual great defensive job, this time keeping Jeremy Pargo in check while offensively he finished qith 24 points and just missed out on a double-double after claiming 9 assists to finish with a valuation of 24.

Diamantidis fought off stiff competition in the voting by the media from Mike Batiste who was just as impressive with 21 points in 23 minutes and once again getting the job done down the stretch for his team.



Pianigiani Happy With Montepaschi and Focused On A Final Four Return - by Paul Nilsen
Montepaschi Siena coach Simone Pianigiani was happy his team finished the 2010-11 EuroLeague season with a victory after they hammered Real Madrid to finish third on the podium in Barcelona.

He claimed, 'We have played another good game. All of the players that went out there managed to beat an opponent with a higher budget. We played well and won the Third Place game. This is our last EuroLeague game this season and I would like to thank our people in Siena, our fans, who made an effort to be here an even came without tickets. Siena fans are passionate about basketball.'

'I also have to thank my players for making it to Final Four in an extraordinary EuroLeague season. We had a lot of injuries in difficult moments but talking to expert, nobody expected us to be in the Final Four.'

'I want to thank the club Montepaschi and Siena have a special place in basketball. I am sorry because to turn this story into a special one we should have played in the final. We will try to compete at this level next year. This is an important project.'



EuroLeague Final Four 2012 Goes To Istanbul As London Loses Out - by Paul Nilsen
At a press conference during the last 30 minutes, EuroLeague President Jordi Bertomeu announced EuroLeague Final Four 2012 would be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey. Sat alongside the presidents of the Turkish Basketball Federation and also the main sponsor of EuroLeague, Turkish Airlines, the annoucement came as something of a surprise with London having been earmarked as a favourite. Now the British captial will have to wait at least two years. Bertomeu was asked about this by the media and he said it remained an option. Interestingly the Chairman of Turkish Airlines, the main sponsor of Euroleague did state that one of his goals was to get Final Four to Istanbul but was originally told by Bertomeu it was not possible. Now it is confirmed it is more than possible and that is where everyone will head to next May with the exact dates to be confirmed in coming weeks.

2011 EuroLeague Final - Panathinaikos 78 Maccabi Tel Aviv 70 - by Paul Nilsen
Inside a raucous Palau Sant Jordi, the 2011 EuroLeague Final tipped off with the Maccabi and Panathinaikos supporters creating a very special atmosphere as the battle commenced to finish with the Championship and become the last team standing during 2010-11. First points and first blood in the battle with Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) went to Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) with a lay-up in transition. As Panathinaikos went 4-0 in front, Guy Pnini picked up where he left off in the semi-final with a huge triple from the corner - right in front of the relieved Maccabi fans, no doubt glad to see their team get off the mark. The Greeks however made a statement inside early as they found the defence to block Schortsanitis and then for the second time in the game Ian Vougioukas went strong under the hoop to score - although he did pick up a second foul to temper his joy.

It was a case of deja vu for Maccabi fans when Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) also converted from downtown just like he did in the semi-final and that brought the teams level 6-6 with six minutes remaining. After a Panathinaikos score, Pargo got his first points with two free-throws but the play of the first quarter was an athletic put-back by Fotsis who also drew the foul to get the fans of the Greens on their feet. Maccabi took a time-out and with both teams enduring a scrappy start it hopefully gave an opportunity for the players to settle into more of a rhythm. Pnini found space all alone at the top this time and he punished Panathinaikos with a trademark three before Maccabi then went in front 13-11 from the line with four minutes left of the first.

Mike Batiste got the benefit of a goal tend call as his shot looked to have been blocked by Hendrix and then Pargo threw the ball away to Dimitris Diamantidis in a bad few moments for Maccabi. Things got worse when Batiste then slammed one down and made a free-throw to complete the 'And-1' play with Coach Blatt screaming for a travel after some dubious footwork under the hoop. That put Panathinaikos 18-13 ahead and when Hendrix committed an offensive foul off the ball, the Greeks had a chance to put real daylight between the teams. They didn't immediately after Eidson and Batiste traded baskets but with less than a minute to go, Dimitris Diamantidis made it a seven point game with an exquisite reverse lay-up to complete an 11-2 run and put his team 22-15 in the lead after the opening ten minutes.

Maccabi needed a lift to avoid going down by double-figures early in the game and it came by way of another three-ball by Eidson. However, Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis was having a fantastic game and he also dropped a bomb from downtown to cancel out the Eidson score. Back to back scores by Maccabi then made it a one shot game at 25-22 before tempers began to fray with the players squaring up to each other down low. Not suprisingly, the game began to truly develop into a a real clash of styles with most of the Panathinaikos scoring almost all of their points at the hoop and Maccabi preferring to score from range.

At 27-24 to Panathinaikos, everybody got a chance to catch their breath with another time out andjust under five minutes left before the teams headed for the locker room. Maric scored inside for Panathinaikos and there was still very little available under the basket or in terms of penetration for playmaker Pargo and Maccabi. There was however the trusted source of points from the arc and David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) obliged with three to make it a two point game at 29-27. With 90 seconds remaining, only Panathinaikos had added to the tally by the time both teams hit the sideline for a time-out and when they returned a David Blu triple made it 31-30 as Maccabi sensed a half-time lead having trailed for most of the first half. A lot of great work from Macvan and Eidson key to that although when the buzzer sounded they trailed 33-30 in an absorbing contest.

The half-time break didn't affect the players or entertainment value with a nice Batiste score inside before an atheltic spin in the air by Pargo had the crowd drawing a breath. The same player then brought Maccabi within a point after two minutes from the line. Moments later, 'Big Sofo' got hisfirst score of the game and Maccabi were in front although not for long as Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) drained a three to reply instantly. Two minutes later Panathinaikos exploded further from downtown and looked to have opened the game up when Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) made back to back triples. That helped Panathinaikos into a 43-36 lead. After David Blue replied, Panathinaikos made another from outside and Maccabi were suddenly feeling what it was like to be Real Madrid and on the wrong end of a three-point blitz.

Batiste extended the lead to 47-40 with three minutes left in the third from the free-throw line. Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) then scored a lay-up and by the time Fotsis slammed one down, Maccabi looked not exactly sunk at 51-40 but with a mountain to climb and less than 12 minutes of the game to go. More importantly, their offence non-existent. Or at least that was until David Blue relieved the pressure and stopped the slump with a three from the corner. Like a dagger, Romain Sato drilled one immediately in reply to give Panathinaikos a commanding 54-43 lead at the end of the third which finished with the referees checking video footage to see if a Maccabi buzzer-beater from downtown was good - it wasn't.

Sofo started the final quarter with a jam and when Pargo scored at the hoop, dreams of a Maccabi fightback looked like they might be realised but were then quickly quashed by a Nicholls triple with the guard then following it up with a jump shot before Diamantidis went to the line with the chance of increasing the lead to 14 points but had to wait until after a time-out to do so. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) then scored a rare bucket having only played limited minutes and Pnini then cut the deficit to ten with just over 6 minutes left. A Batiste dunk reminded Maccabi of who was boss in this game but Lior Eliyahu was coming alive to give a glimmer of hope via an 'And-1' play which made it 7 points with just over 4 to play at 63-56. As in the semi-final,it was Batiste getting the job done for Panathinaikos in crunch time and with Nicholls coming up big time also, the game was effectively over with over three to play and Panathinaikos 67-56 ahead and Maccabi in need of a near miracle.

It almost arrived after they cut the gap to five points with just under 90 seconds to go at 69-64
after Nick Calathes failed to get the ball inbounds for a five second turnover, handing Lior Eliyahu a score. However Batiste scored inside and Diaminitidis then looked to have put the game to bed from the line for good but Maccabi came again and got to within four at 74-70 in the last 30 seconds but it only delayed the inevitable as Panathinaikos were crowned Euroleague champions for the third time in five seasons after completing a 78-70 success.


No Hollywood EuroLeague Ending For Blatt Who Praises Obradvoic - by Paul Nilsen
Losing EuroLeague Final coach David Blatt has taken time to praise his counterpart after admitting that while Maccabi Tel Aviv couldn't find their dream ending, it didn't mean it was all bad news for his players and team.

'Congratulations to coach Obradovic and his staff and their team. Thy were th justifiable winners. For us all I can say is that basketball is not Hollywood and not every story has a hapy ending. But that doesn't make the story bad. No one gave us a chance in the Final Four and we jut did great things all season. Even if in the end we didn't win, the sotry here was a very good one for us.'

'Together with Phil Jackson, Obradovic is probably the most titled coch out there. He's a tremendous basketball coach and a good man. He's a committed and dedicated professional and it helps that he has coached the same programme and built a team in his image and managed to get the best players to fit into his system.'

'Anyway, one of the things that can give this season a happy ending is to win the Championship in Israel which the team didn't do last year. For me the next big step is to see if we can keep this team together.'


2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to land in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce the city of Istanbul as the home of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The state-of-the-art Sinan Erdem Arena, which opened in 2010 to host the FIBA World Championships final stages, will host European basketballs premier event in early May 2012. Euroleague Basketball President and CEO was joined by representatives of two partners in the event, Turgay Demirel, the President of the Turkish Basketball Federation; and Firuz Baglikaya, the President of Detur Group; as well as Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas and Hamdi Topu, Chairman of the Euroleagues title sponsor, Turkish Airlines, to make the announcement on Sunday at a media conference hours before tip-off of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title game at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

The 2012 Final Four brings the event back to Istanbul for the first time in two decades. Partizan defeated Joventut Badalona in the 1992 Final Four at Abdi Ipekci Arena. Sinan Erdem Arena, which has a capacity of over 16,000 for basketball, has become a leader in hosting premium sporting events. In addition to being the home of Euroleague club Efes Pilsen, Sinan Erdem Arena is also scheduled to host the year-end WTA Championships in each of the next three years plus the world indoor track and field championships and the world swimming championships in 2012.




Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu:

'The reason why we are here is obvious if you look at the people I have the honor to have with me at this table. I have to say that we are glad to announce that the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will take place in the beautiful, amazing city of Istanbul at Sinan Erdem Arena in early May, as always, according to the Final Four tradition. The exact dates will be decided when the calendar is approved by the Euroleague General Assembly. We have waited a bit to announce this decision, but we wanted to close all details before making an official announcement. We have been working closely with basketball authorities in Turkey, especially with the Turkish Basketball Federation. The Euroleague is going to Turkey for many reasons that helped us make this decision. First, Turkish basketball has dramatically improved in the last years. We are very happy about the way basketball has grown in Turkey, at both club and national team level. Turkey has proven to have a high-level organization in the latest World Championships in August and September last year. The experience of Turkish Basketball Federation is a guarantee for us to have an excellent Final Four in Istanbul next year. We have two Istanbul-based Euroleague teams with a long tradition in our competition, Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce Ulker, as well as some Eurocup teams. I definitely cannot forget the fact that we have enjoyed an unbelievably good partnership with Turkish Airlines this season. I want to take advantage of this moment to thank them for their commitment to the Euroleague and their contribution to make this event possible in Istanbul next year. I am confident that, coordinating with the Turkish Basketball Federation, one of the most active in Europe, we will deliver our fans an excellent event this year. I hope I see you all there next year.'



Turgay Demirel, the President of the Turkish Basketball Federation:

I am very proud to be able to finalize negotiations with the Euroleague to host the event in 2012 in Istanbul, the sport capital of Europe for the coming year. Istanbul has been a very good host for many sporting events and the arena is very good. We hosted the FIBA World Championships and next year top clubs will compete in our beautiful town. We look forward to hosting all of you. We also thank Turkish Airlines for promoting this brand all over the world. I look forward to hosting you all Istanbul next year.



Hamdi Topu, Turkish Airlines Chairman:

I greet you all with respect. One year ago, I was speaking with Jordi about hosting the Final Four in Istanbul and he told me was almost impossible, but Jordi opened the press conference with todays good news, so I am very happy. Please allow to thank the people who really worked hard to bring the Final Four to Istanbul: The President of the Turkish Basketball Federation Turgay Demirel and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas were involved and I spoke on the phone today with the Turkish Minister of Sports Faruk Ozak. The city of Istanbul has hosted big things lately, so it is now new. The Government, municipality and other state organizations, including us, will work together and we hope to deliver the best to everyone. Turkish Airlines in the last eight years has proved itself as a great international brand with all its activities and services. Turkish Airlines has done many sponsorships and partnerships and one of the majors ones is with Euroleague Basketball. Turkish Airlines is already contributing and will continue to contribute to this the best it can over the next five years. This partnership will help our brand and also contribute to Euroleague Basketball. I want to thank again very much Jordi, the Turkish Basketball Federation and all those that have contributed.

Istanbul joins a list of major European cities that have honored Euroleague Basketball by hosting the Final Four in recent years, including Barcelona this season, Berlin in 2009, Madrid 2008, Athens 2007, Prague 2006, Moscow 2005, Tel Aviv 2004, Barcelona 2003 and Bologna 2002. In addition to the games themselves, which bring the best four teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season together to decide a champion, the Final Four also features the annual NIKE International Junior Tournament and other parallel events.

Courtesy of Euroleague




Special Title Claims The Ever Impressive Batiste - by Paul Nilsen
Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) has spoken of the special nature of this particular EuroLeague title in the wake of their third success in five seasons at EuroLeague Final Four.

Batiste was superb across both games at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona and could easily have scooped the MVP award which went to team-mate Dimitris Diamantidis.

He said We made it to the Final Four and we took advantage of it. I think this is the most special title right here because we fought so hard for it. I believe defence was the key to this win and attacking early on the pick and roll against Sofo (Schortsantitis) where we knew they had problems.

At the end, they had a full-court press on and we got a little discouraged but we pulled through and accomplished out goal, so Im happy. We knew there were holes in their defence, man or zone. We wanted to swing the ball and make the defence move, penetrate and make guy help, then pass out, penetrate again. Once we did that, we pretty much got everything we wanted. It was just a matter of making or missing shots and we made most of them.

We really had big time experience, especially in tough situations and we buckled down, made free throws and thats why we are where we are right now: standing as champions. Now we are going to party, live it up for a minute but we still have some games to take care of back in Greece. We will definitely celebrate for a few days but after that, we have to be professional and focused again.



Sato and Vougioukas Thrilled With First EuroLeague Titles - by Paul Nilsen
Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) and Ian Vougioukas have expressed their delight after landing their first Euroleague titles with Panthinaikos after the Greek giants fought off Maccabi Tel Aviv in Barcelona. Speaking after a solid contribution Sato claimed,

'This is a great feeling. It's my first EuroLeague title. I can't explain it. I'mstill very excited. It was a very tough game against a tough opponent, but we fought to the end and were able to come out on top in a big Finals game. I started a bit slow and I felt I was hesitating a bit. Coach told me jut to play my game so I started shooting the ball and when I started making my shots, I just kept shooting.'

'It's a team win, a team effort where defence was the key. We took care of the ball and even though we did not play well in the final 5 minutes, we still had to put up a fight and took care of business. Dimitris Diamantidis is unbelievable. On the court and off the court. He does everything for us and that is why he is the MVP.'

Vougioukas meanwhile added,

'This is amazing, it feels great. This is the first time that I have ever won anything, so it is great that my first title is the Euroleague. The players that were out there in the second half played amazingly. They gave it all, led us to win the game and I want to thank them for that. Diamantidis and Batiste were exceptional.'

The Panathinaikos players certainly didn't hang around in Barcelona and within an hour or two were already on their way to the airport to fly back to Athens and no doubt take the adulation of their fans on arrival in Greece.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.2 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.15.5 
 5. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.14.2 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.1 
 8. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
 10. San Emeterio, Caj.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirsad TURKCAN
  Fener.Ul.
  (206-F-76)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.7.3 
 2. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 4. Bourousis, Olympia.6.6 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 6. Batista, Caja L.6.3 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja6.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.6.1 
 10. Wright, Charleroi5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.6 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 4. Pargo, Maccabi T-A4.3 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.3 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
 9. Jerrells, Partizan3.8 
 10. Gordon, CSKA3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi .
  (202-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Eidson, Maccabi2.6 
 2. Goldsberry, Brose1.9 
 3. Smith, Lottomatica1.8 
 4. Cook, Valencia1.8 
 5. McCalebb, Montepa.1.8 
 6. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
 7. Bogdanovic, Cibona1.7 
 8. Rubio, Regal Barca1.7 
 9. Perkins, Maccabi1.7 
 10. Ilievski, Union O.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 4. Fischer, Real Madr.1.4 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 7. Bourousis, Olympia.1.3 
 8. Shermadini, Union1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Gist, Partizan1.0 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Blair, Denek23.9 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy17.8 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.4 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.2 
 6. James, Challans16.6 
 7. Disy, Roche16.4 
 8. Blot, Blois16.3 
 9. Howell, St Quentin15.9 
 10. Lesieu, St Quent.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petras BALOCKA
  Lievin
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Balocka, Lievin8.9 
 2. Simmons, St Et.8.7 
 3. Cilly, Orchy8.4 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues8.4 
 5. Lopez, Brest8.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel8.0 
 7. Cabarkapa, Le Puy8.0 
 8. Hoard, Lievin7.9 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux7.8 
 10. Lesieu, St Quent.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Julien CORTEY
  Le Puy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Cortey, Le Puy7.5 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.9 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 5. Rambur, St Quentin4.3 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 7. Driss, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 9. Dessart, Lievin3.6 
 10. Thomas, St Etien.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blair, Denek2.9 
 2. El Amrani, St Et.2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Pistre, Le Puy2.0 
 5. James, Challans1.9 
 6. Sauret, Denain1.9 
 7. Bateko, Roche1.8 
 8. Barbry, Orchy1.8 
 9. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 10. Blot, Blois1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.4 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Kolb, Blois1.2 
 7. Pasut, Sorgues1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 10. Roberts, Brest0.9 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Nanterre 24-9 
 2. Dijon 22-11 
 3. Rouen 21-12 
 4. Fos Ouest 20-13 
 5. Evreux 19-14 
 6. Boulogne 19-14 
 7. Maurienne 18-15 
 8. Le Portel 18-15 
 9. Chalons-Reims 18-15 
 10. Bourg 17-16 
 11. Nantes 17-16 
 12. Boulazac 16-17 
 13. Quimper 14-19 
 14. Antibes 13-20 
 15. Lille 13-20 
 16. St Vallier 12-21 
 17. Clermont 10-23 
 18. Charleville 6-27 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 27-6 
 2. Denain 23-10 
 3. Angers BC 49 21-11 
 4. St Quentin 20-13 
 5. Brest 20-13 
 6. Sorgues 19-14 
 7. Le Puy 18-14 
 8. St Etienne 18-15 
 9. Challans 16-16 
 10. Lievin 16-17 
 11. Blois 16-17 
 12. Orchy 15-18 
 13. Souffel 15-18 
 14. Denek 15-18 
 15. St Chamond 14-19 
 16. Get Vosges 9-24 
 17. Roche 8-25 
 18. CFBB 5-27 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.1 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.8 
 3. Harris, Lille18.4 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.4 
 5. Rouse, Charleville17.0 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.3 
 7. Davis, Le Portel16.2 
 8. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 9. Gay, Fos Ouest15.4 
 10. Daniels, Nanterre15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Barber, Nantes10.1 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.6 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.1 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.1 
 5. Wyatte, Le Portel8.8 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.7 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.3 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.2 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac8.1 
 10. Giles, Rouen8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.0 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.8 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.5 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 8. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 9. Craven, Dijon4.7 
 10. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  Dijon
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Craven, Dijon2.5 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.3 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 10. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.6 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 6. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 7. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 8. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 9. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne0.8 


FMP earn first win at Nike International Junior Tournament - by Eurobasket News
IJT FMP - IJT INSEP 71:69

IJT FMP wrapped up their Nike International Junior Tournament campaign on a high note. They narrowly defeated IJT INSEP to finish at 1-2 record in Group A. INSEP slipped at 1-2 record but managed to secure the second place in the ladder. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93) came up with 19 points to lead the effort. Dusan Ristic (204-F-95) hit a game-winner late in regulation to seal the victory for FMP.
INSEP got to a strong start to the game. They outscored the Serbian team 20:10 in the first stanza. The French youngsters kept their opponents at bay in the second quarter. INSEP posted a 40:28 lead at the interval. FMP put on more aggressive way of defense in the third term and it paid off as they limited INSEP to just 13 points. FMP trailed by just 7 points heading into the final stanza. They denied the deficit and later Nikola Jankovic and Dusan Ristic claimed the victory for FMP.
Dusan Ristic produced 18 points and 15 rebounds for FMP. Nikola Rebic (172-G-95) accounted for 12 points and 7 assists in the victory. Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for INSEP. Ulysse Adjagba (184-G-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (204-C-94) finished with 13 points each in the loss.

IJT FMP: Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 19, Dusan Ristic 18+15 boards, Nikola Rebic 12
IJT INSEP: Jean-Charles Livio 25, Ulysse Adjagba 13, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 13




ProB Round 33: Leader JSF Nanterre loses to JDA Dijon - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ProB. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. It ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked JSF Nanterre (24-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked JDA Dijon (22-11) in overtime 74-71. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then JSF Nanterre managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was JDA Dijon who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 7-4. The best player for the winners was American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. JDA Dijon have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-11 record having just two points less than leader Nanterre. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon are looking forward to face Chalons-Reims (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JSF Nanterre will play against Aix-Maurienne (#7) in Aix-les-Bains and is hoping to win this game.

Other games of round 33 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Maurienne defeated Bourg in Aix-les-Bains 104-94. Le Portel smashed Clermont at home 86-65. Nantes won against Boulazac on the opponent's court 77-75. Evreux managed to outperform Lille in a home game 76-71. Boulogne managed to beat St Vallier on the road 87-76. Fos Ouest crushed Quimper on its own court 81-55. Antibes was beaten by Chalons-Reims in a road game 89-84. Bottom-ranked Charleville was destroyed by Rouen at home 81-103.
The best stats of 33th round was 17 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Chris Daniels of Chalons-Reims.


Bourg - Maurienne 94-104

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Aix-Maurienne and 9th ranked JL Bourg had identical 17-15 record. But JL Bourg was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Aix-les-Bains 104-94 on Friday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Aix-Maurienne made 34-of-40 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game, while JL Bourg only scored fourteen points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Aix-Maurienne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. JL Bourg was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) who recorded 27 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Dean Oliver (180-78, college: Iowa) added 8 points and 10 assists respectively. Five Aix-Maurienne and four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aix-Maurienne maintains seventh place with 18-15 record, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Le Portel. JL Bourg lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 16 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face league's leader JSF Nanterre at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JL Bourg will play against Lille Metropole (#15).
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Monds 27+8reb+2ast, I.Koma 16+3reb, D.Coleman 13+2reb+3ast, A.Tsagarakis 12+3reb+4ast, J.Delhomme 8+5ast, D.Oliver 8+2reb+10ast
Maurienne: J.Mathis 23+5reb+2ast, M.Sonko 23+5reb+1ast, E.Joldersma 20+6reb+1ast, D.Fergerson 16+1reb+5ast, S.Darnauzan 11+3reb+12ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 100621


Nanterre - Dijon 71-74 OT

Top ranked JSF Nanterre (24-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked JDA Dijon (22-11) in overtime 74-71. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then JSF Nanterre managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was JDA Dijon who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 7-4. The best player for the winners was American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-11 record having just two points less than leader Nanterre. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost. JDA Dijon are looking forward to face Chalons-Reims (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JSF Nanterre will play against Aix-Maurienne (#7) in Aix-les-Bains and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: M.Riley 19+9reb+4ast, W.Daniels 18+6reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 13+8reb+3ast, M.Judith 11+1reb+4ast, N.Carter 10+4reb+3ast, A.Desespringalle 0
Dijon: E.Craven 16+6reb+3ast, J.Leloup 15+5reb+3ast, Z.Moss 14+6reb+1ast, S.Dia 9+5reb+1ast, E.Bing 8+10reb+1ast, D.Melody 5+4reb
gschID: 100622


Le Portel - Clermont 86-65

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Le Portel (18-15) smashed at home 17th ranked Stade Clermont (10-23) 86-65 on Friday. The game without a history. Le Portel led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Le Portel outrebounded Stade Clermont 49-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) who had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy, agency: Basket Law/NM Services) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Xavier Delarue (196-77) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Stade Clermont's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Maurienne. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Le Portel will face higher ranked SPO Rouen (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Fos Ouest (#4).
Top scorers:
Clermont: O.Bassett 25+5reb, S.Cisse 13+3reb, X.Delarue 10+8reb, D.Bouldin 8+6reb+4ast, M.Guichard 4+2reb+1ast, T.Ford 3+3reb+2ast
Le Portel: A.Rowland 22+10reb+10ast, C.Davis 20+8reb, I.Sy 12+4reb+2ast, M.Labeyrie 12+7reb+2ast, J.Ludon 7+4reb+1ast, N.Wyatte 6+10reb
gschID: 100619


Boulazac - Nantes 75-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Nantes and 11th ranked Boulazac Basket had identical 16-16 record. But Boulazac Basket was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Nantes 77-75 on Saturday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Nantes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Armand Charles (193-83) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) added 21 points and 6 assists respectively. Five Nantes and four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Nantes. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bourg. Loser Boulazac Basket dropped to the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Nantes will face Saint Vallier (#16) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Boulazac Basket will play against Quimper UJAP (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: B.Jacobson 21+4reb+6ast, A.McKenzie 14+12reb+5ast, C.Melicie 11+5reb, M.Badiane 10+4reb, T.Dubiez 7+2reb+3ast, I.Soumahoro 6+1reb+1ast
Nantes: K.Barber 15+8reb, A.Cel 14+3reb, A.Charles 12+5reb+1ast, T.Downey 12+2reb+4ast, O.Bardet 11+4reb+2ast, J.James 10+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100620


Evreux - Lille 76-71

Very predictable result when fifth ranked ALM Evreux (19-14) beat at home 15th ranked Lille Metropole (13-20) 76-71 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lille Metropole won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALM Evreux shot 25 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Lille Metropole only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Lille Metropole 39-28 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. ALM Evreux looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Lille Metropole was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Romain Malet (192-84) who recorded 19 points and 4 assists and guard Benoit Gillet (192-86) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux maintains fifth place with 19-14 record, which they share with Boulogne. Loser Lille Metropole dropped to the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. ALM Evreux will face SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) on the road in the next round. Lille Metropole will play against JL Bourg (#10).
Top scorers:
Lille: R.Malet 19+2reb+4ast, B.Gillet 12+3reb+6ast, A.Harris 12+4reb+1ast, O.Gouez 9+3reb, N.Taccoen 6+3reb+2ast, A.Defoe 4+3reb+1ast
Evreux: D.Reed 23+6reb+1ast, D.Davis 16+12reb+5ast, M.Correa 14+6reb, P.Da Silva 7+2reb+8ast, T.Maizeroi 6+2reb+1ast, L.Chelle 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100616


St Vallier - Boulogne 76-87

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Saint Vallier (12-21) was defeated at home by sixth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (19-14) 87-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 11 points. SO Maritime Boulogne looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) chipped in 30 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard David Denave (195-85) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively. Saint Vallier's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Evreux. Loser Saint Vallier keeps the sixteenth position with 21 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face ALM Evreux (#5) at home in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Nantes (#11).
Top scorers:
St Vallier: D.Denave 19+2reb+6ast, B.Vounang 16+9reb+3ast, C.Bronchard 13+10reb+2ast, K.Shiloh 9+1reb+4ast, F.Tortosa 6+11reb+2ast, D.Lyons 5
Boulogne: T.Stanley 30+3reb, L.Milbourne 24+8reb+4ast, D.Monroe 13+8reb+5ast, B.Matanga 6+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 5+6reb, E.Plateau 4+2reb+6ast
gschID: 100617


Fos Ouest - Quimper 81-55

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Fos Ouest (20-13) outleveled at home 13th ranked Quimper UJAP (14-19) 81-55 on Friday. The game without a history. Fos Ouest led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fos Ouest outrebounded Quimper UJAP 41-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Quimper UJAP's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Algerian forward Karim Atamna (194-80) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. Fos Ouest's coach Remi Giutta felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Vincent Mouillard (187-87) added 10 points respectively. Fos Ouest maintains fourth place with 20-13 record. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Stade Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper UJAP will play against Boulazac Basket (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimper: M.Jefferson 16+6reb, V.Mouillard 10+4reb+2ast, J.Volcy 8+1reb+2ast, F.Thibedore 7+6reb+1ast, W.Molas 5+5reb+1ast, A.Rigaux 5+4ast
Fos Ouest: L.Cummard 18+10reb+3ast, L.Labeyrie 12+4reb, K.Atamna 9+4reb+4ast, P.Haquet 8, M.Hachad 8+3reb+3ast, Z.Bah 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 100618


Chalons-Reims - Antibes 89-84 OT

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Olympique Antibes (13-20) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Chalons-Reims (18-15) 89-84 on Friday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Olympique Antibes was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international swingman Gary Chathuant (196-83) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) who recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and swingman Lesly Bengaber (198-79) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five Chalons-Reims and four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Maurienne and Le Portel. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face league's second-placed JDA Dijon on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olympique Antibes will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#18).
Top scorers:
Antibes: D.Ramseyer 21+7reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 20+7reb+2ast, J.Ingram 15+6reb+9ast, L.Sambe 15+4reb+3ast, M.Courby 7+6reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 6+3reb+1ast
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 23+7reb, H.Jalce 20+5reb+2ast, C.Daniels 17+17reb+4ast, B.Mullins 14+3reb+7ast, K.Joss-Rauze 10+1reb+4ast, B.Mangin 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100614


Charleville - Rouen 81-103

No shocking result in a game when third ranked SPO Rouen (21-12) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (6-27) 103-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. Charleville-Mezieres was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SPO Rouen shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 62.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Yunaa Akinocho (197-87) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five 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. SPO Rouen maintains third place with 21-12 record having just three points less than leader Nanterre. Charleville-Mezieres lost their sixth game in a row. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. SPO Rouen will face Le Portel (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Olympique Antibes (#14).
Top scorers:
Charleville: Y.Akinocho 16+2reb+2ast, C.Rouse 15+10reb+1ast, D.Kaba 11+3reb+1ast, J.McClark 11+5reb+1ast, D.Jean-Joseph 11+3reb+1ast, G.Florimont 6+4reb
Rouen: J.Siggers 28+5reb+4ast, C.Thioune 20+1reb+2ast, P.Poupet 14+4reb+6ast, D.Williams 12+2reb+4ast, S.Traore 11+8reb+3ast, C.Soumaoro 7+3reb
gschID: 100615




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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus18.0 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Po.16.4 
 6. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotni.16.1 
 8. Mirakovski, Rabot.15.5 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.14.9 
 10. Anakievski, Pelis.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultima.
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija8.4 
 4. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus7.8 
 6. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 7. Jelesijevic, Torus7.7 
 8. Rejnerio, Lirija7.6 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.4 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce P.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.6 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.3.8 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotni.3.7 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.3.1 
 10. Miljkovic, Torus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelist.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 3. Stojanovski, Feni1.5 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotni.1.5 
 5. Lindsay, MZT S.1.5 
 6. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 7. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistr.1.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Ultim.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus S.
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Trajkovski, Torus1.7 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.4 
 3. Jelesijevic, Torus1.3 
 4. Dendra, Rabotnicki1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Gocevski, Rabotnic.1.0 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Krstevski, Torus S.0.9 
 9. Avramovski, MZT S.0.9 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.0.9 


Superleague Semifinals: MZT Skopje forces Game Five against Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals, Game 4: Rabotnicki - MZT Skopje 83-89 (2-2)

MZT Skopje outplayed Rabotnicki for the second straight time. They started with 0-2 and now MZT is in better position as they tied the score to 2-2, plus decisive Game Five will be played at their home court. That meeting is scheduled for Wednesday. The winner will advance to Finals and will fight for the title against defending champion Feni Industri.
The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-83. MZT Skopje dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fersped-Rabotnicki's 30. They outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach Igor Gacov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) produced 36 points (!!!) (made all of his eighteen free throws !!!) and Geri Dendra added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.

Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: P.Blazevski 36+3reb+1ast, G.Dendra 13+6reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 11+4reb+3ast, D.Mirakovski 8+1reb+3ast, V.Filipovic 8+4reb, T.Simic 6+9reb+1ast
MZT Skopje: K.Nikolovski 25+9reb, N.Zivcevic 15+6reb+4ast, D.Lindsay 13+3reb+2ast, Z.Gocevski 10+6reb+3ast, S.Avramovski 8+4reb, J.Petrovski 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 128145




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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Wood, Dt.19.1 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.6 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.5 
 4. Harris, EnBW L.16.0 
 5. Ross, MBC15.9 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix15.3 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.1 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.14.8 
 10. Bryant, ratiopharm14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.7.0 
 7. Burtschi, Phoenix6.9 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.9 
 9. Anderson, Goett.6.9 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter T.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Ratkovica, Walter7.4 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.5 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.2 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.4.7 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.6 
 7. Rochestie, ALBA4.5 
 8. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.4 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose4.3 
 10. Jordan, MBC4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phant.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Everett, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen1.5 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix1.5 
 7. Ross, MBC1.5 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix1.4 
 9. Gill, EWE Baskets1.4 
 10. Wise, Telekom1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Art.Drag.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.8 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 5. Seward, Phoenix1.1 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 7. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Denison, Bremerha.0.9 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.0.9 


The Double D's Reign On Mothers Day As Dashaun Wood Demonstrates Sweep To Dirk Nowitzki As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Advance To The beko BBL Semi Finals Over BG Goettingen 82-59 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It was unknown if Boston Celtic coach Doc Rivers was moping around American Airlines arena in Miami after game 2 loss trying to forget his woes and instead cherish moments of him feeding the human highlight film Dominique Wilkins with ally-ops in the 80s, but in Kassel after the BG Goettingen loss and all the fans had disappeared into the cold night trying to forget the Veilchen loss with a beer at Mr Jones bar, BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz was still in the Rothenbach Halle sitting alone in the stands contemplating what had gone wrong like Bob Knight used to do after Indiana loses or remembering how the champagne once tasted last spring as BG Goettinegn won the Eurochallenge. With BG Goettingen clinging to their lives down 2-0 against Frankfurt like a broken down Shaq is after finding out the last Mcdonalds was closed for the evening, Franz looked as sad in Kassel as Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is after any kind of loss including the Munich basketballers , Marey Carey does during pregnancy not getting her favorite dish or Artland Dragons fans were not reaching the playoffs on the last day in 2009 and 2010. BG Goettingen had three match balls against them in the Ballsporthalle, but were still as focused as Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) is when he gets the green light to launch bombs from the parking lot, Jim Carey was showing his love to Jennifer Aniston in the movie Bruce Allmighty or Paris Hilton risking to go into the piercing hot July sunlight in Monte Carlo without her sunglasses, but Frankfurt showed no fear disposing of BG Goettingen 82-59 getting past their hard effort and advancing to the semi finals. 'I think that we felt as much pressure as they did. I told the guys at half time that we could either have 20 more minutes in this series or possibly 80 more minutes. I have to give our team a lot of credit. To be able to beat this team 5 times in a row in one season is incredible', stressed 2011 beko BBL MVP DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). 'Frankfurt did a good job handling the pressure and taking care of business on Mothers Day', added BG Goettingen guard Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). ' Coach told us to play aggressive. We didnt expect them to fail, but just play our game', commented Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). 'Frankfurt did what they had to do. They handled the pressure well', said BG Goettingen guard Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena)

Sunday May 8th was not only Mothers day, but also an interesting day as the Letter D not only had a very important meaning not only in Frankfurt, but for all basketball fans in Germany. Two great players with their first names beginning with D, DaShaun Wood and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) had the chance to take care of business and sweep their opponent. DaShaun Wood had to think a long time what the double D meaning had, but quickly smiled and chuckled when he knew what was meant. 'I helped Frankfurt get a sweep and now Dirk has to help the mavericks sweep the Lakers. I am sure he will do it tonight. I think that Dirk and me are a like in a way. When both of us get started, it is hard to stop us. Our stat lines have been ridiculous in this series. We both also are seeking our first title as a professional', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'You should never count out the black mamba (Kobe Bryant)', joked Antoine Jordan 'I think it is a bit strange that both top players of their teams with the same letter can sweep their opponent, but Anything can happen when great teams play and the Ds can get wins. Dallas will win, because they have the momentum', joked Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). 'I hope that big German boy wins tonight. Then I have the chance to joke at Grayson Moyer about his Lakers', joked Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'I do believe in the chaos theory. Coincidences like this will happen', added Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had the comfortable 2-0 series lead and knew that sustaining a loss and having to go back for a game 4 in the mysterious Lok Halle would be about as apptizing as having to eat a yummy chocolate ice cream sundae with a twist of ketchup on it. It was no secret that BG Goettingen was undermanned without guard Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and disposed forward Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) but the team never gave up, but in the end were unable to win this series on account of missing extra energy. 'I think key for winning this series was our deeper bench and we also played harder then they did. I have a big respect for coach John Patrick and this team. It is amazing how much the coach was able to get out of his team despite the small budget. In order to beat a team like this, you have to play harder. I am really happy about winning the series the way we did. We did exactly what we planned to do from the start', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'You have to have your A game always if you want to beat Frankfurt. They are a great team. We gave up a good fight, but it wasnt enough. I wish them the best of luck', added Antoine Jordan 'We were unable to protect our home court advantage. It is always tough to win on the road', expressed Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara).

Before the game started, Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) was as always prepared to come on the court to play even if he was still in his street clothes. Moye was dribbling a ball on the sideline as if he wanted to secretly ask DaShaun Wood for a spot as back up back up back up point guard when he returns. Jimmy McKinney and Benedikt Nicolay (190-G-91) were playing shoot and hand in your face training and the fans of both teams were getting some practice in of the famous Hallo Frankfurt Hallo Goettingen chants 45 minutes before game time. Shortly before the game, Wood was given his beko BBL MVP plaque. With an untypical Sunday 15:00 playoff game and 30c and sunny skies, only 4,080 people made the trek into the Ballsporthalle. The Frankfurt fans werent disappointed as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners cruised out on a 12 -3 run. BG Goettingen had one short lead at 3-2 helped by three free throws, but Frankfurt responded with a shocking 10-0 run. Frankfurt played their typical inside/out game, but quickly established an inside game as Chris Moss scored twice. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) contributed with a fade away jumper and Mckinney with a bomb from the wing. BG Goettingen seemed very unsure on offense risking bad shots and on defense were too timid and not aggressive. After a Patrick timeout, German Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a catch and pop three pointer as Frankfurt led 12-6. However Frankfurt kept up a good tempo on offense getting to the free throw line and getting a Wood lay in as Frankfurt led 18-8. BG Goettingen did find some daylight in the remaining minutes going on a 10-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 22-18 after one quarter. John Patrick didnt shy away from using his bench bringing in Jermain Raffington (205-F/C-85, college: Southeastern CC) as he scored over Nolte, but John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) also scored twice inside. BG Goettingen had fought their way back to 19-17, but reliable captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) put a dagger into the BG Goettingen fortunes with a three pointer as the clock expired. 'We were not in the game. We got our intensity up at the end of the first quarter', said BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. 'We had a good start and we knew that we had to start well, because they will never give up. They have been like that all season', added DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 40% from outside while BG Goettingen was shooting 43% from the field and 33& from outside. BG Goettingen had the slim 10-8 rebound edge, but four turnovers while Frankfurt had two turnovers.

BG Goettingen got out to the better start in the second quarter going on a 6-3 run, but were unable to regain the lead as Frankfurt still led 25-24. BG Goettingen established their inside game attacking inside three times as Raffington scored over Nolte and New York native Jason Boone scored twice. Frankfurt was helped by the second three pointer in a row by Pascal Roller (180-G-76). Frankfurt then got a jumper from Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) and Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) unleashed a beautiful shovel lay in as Frankfurt led 29-26. Frankfurt was doing a good job on the offensive boards and getting to the free throw line. The quarter continued to be led by a stronger defense from both teams. beko BBL rookie and Cornell graduate Louis Dale hit a big three pointer to cut the Frankfurt lead to 32-29. Mckinney then nailed a pull up jumper and John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) ended the second quarter with two successful free throws. Frankfurt was leading 34-31 at halftime. At halftime, a staggering stat was that defensive specialist John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) was leading BG Goettingen with 8 points while top scorer Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) only had 4 points. 'Coach John Patrick gave Germany Jermain Raffington and Christoph Tetzner a chance with minutes. Coach made the right adjustments which gave the game a new fresh look. Jason Boone was playing well and we were more awake on defense. Frankfurt did a good job with offensive rebounds, but also had some more bounces than we did', stressed BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 39% from the field and 23% from the three point line while BG Goettingen was shooting 42% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 20-15 rebound edge, but had seven turnovers while BG Goettingen had six turnovers.

BG Goettingen had 20 minutes left to change the momentum of the game and they got going in a positive direction going on a mini 4-0 run to have their second lead of the game 35-34 since their early 3-2 lead. Anderson got all points in this run as he made a tip in dunk and sunk two free throws. Wood had been pretty quiet to this stand point, but there is never a game where he doesnt take over a part of the game at some stand point. Frankfurt went on a 15-3 run to lead 49-38 and Wood nailed two three pointers as Frankfurt had the lead back at 41-35 and would never trail again. Frankfurt continued to get to the free throw line and Muurinen made a mid distance jumper. Frankfurt finally had the total momentum and control of the game. Frankfurt continued to extend their lead while BG Goettingen was getting to the free throw line, but were shooting poorly 3/10. Powell scored twice inside including a pretty hook shot. Mckinney and Roller added to the scoring attack nailing two three pointers as Frankfurt led 62-43 after three quarters. Suddenly BG Goettingen had 10 minutes to play and an early summer to get ready for. 'We stepped up our defense. DaShaun Wood got some open looks and hit three pointers. Shepherd came in and was a big spark for us', added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 41% from the parking lot while BG Goettingen was shooting 39% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt led the rebounding battle comfortably 30-18, but had 12 turnovers while BG Goettingen had 10 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, 39 year old Michael Meeks (207-C/F-72, agency: Interperformances, college: Canisius) who played together with Steve Nash with the Canadian national team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney came in and getting his own offensive rebound and laying the ball in. However Frankfurt continued to be cool, calm and collective and had this undying self confidence in their offense. A eerie statistic in this series has been the consecutive 8 points scored by a Skyliner in each game. In game one it was Jimmy McKinney, in game two it was Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) and in game three it was Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) who helped Frankfurt go on a 11-4 run. Shepherd who has limited duty in the first two games did the best for his minutes scoring in a phase where Frankfurt had the game as good as wrapped up, but still his scoring put another rip in the BG Goettingen come back and also helped his self confidence. 'What did I tell you after game one? If we want to win, we have to have a different Jimmy McKinney in each game. We need different guys to do different things. Without other guys stepping up, we wont be able to win. I think we will continue to keep this formula', joked DaShaun Wood. Frankfurt had a comfortable 24 point win and BG Goettingen continued to have problems breaking through the stingy and aggressive Frankfurt defense. Frankfurt continued to have a balanced scoring as Roller made a floater with a second left on the shot clock. With two minutes left, BG Goettingen coach John Patrick cleared his bench bringing in Jordan and young German Malte Herwig. Frankfurt continued to have no mercy in the last minute as Mckinney and Roller nailed consecutive three pointers. Frankfurt had a more than satisfying 82-59 win and now have a 10 day wait for game one of the beko BBL semi finals. 'I think that BG Goettingen got tired in the second half. They have a short rotation and have had injuries. Our bench was stronger and Shepherd gave us the extra energy that we needed', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'We limited Wood a little, but he still had no problems getting to the free throw line. Offensive rebounds and foul trouble hurt us. It was hard to get guys in rhythm. Both teams knew what the other would do, but Frankfurt had more guys to step up and make plays and we didnt', added Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara). 'We were down only by three points at halftime, but we were more tired in the second half. They continued to hit shots and we didnt and the score kept going up', added Antoine Jordan

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 19 points, six assists and four rebounds. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) had 15 points and five rebounds. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) added 14 points, four assists and three rebounds. Jimmy McKinney and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) added 12 points a piece. BG Goettingen was led by Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) with 12 points and seven rebounds. John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) had eight points and Michael Meeks (207-C/F-72, agency: Interperformances, college: Canisius) and Jason Boone chipped in with seven points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners gave a solid performance on offense shooting 50% from the field and 40% from outside and winning the rebound duel 37-28, but the story of the game was allowing just 59 points. 'BG Goettingen is a good team. We played Frankfurt basketball which is good defense and pushing the ball. We also contained Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) well. The way we played was our typical style', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'Our help defense was excellent today. We are always trying to improve in that area. We know when they penetrate, we know right away that we hav to help', warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners now await their fate as their next opponent will either be Alba Berlin or the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Alba Berlin have a 2-1 series lead, but this series seems to be wide open. 'You can flip a coin with this series. Both teams are god offensive teams with good veterans. We know that when you advance, the games get harder', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'That is a good series. We will just have to wait and see. This off time will be good for Tez and me to get back to full strength', said Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'It doesnt matter who we play, because the series will be tough', warned Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Alba Berlin/ EWE Baskets Oldenburg in game 1 of 2011 beko BBL semi finals May 18th.




1.Bundesliga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Dt.Bank SKY - Goettingen 82-59

The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. BG Goettingen was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BG Goettingen 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. BG Goettingen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 assists. Guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) added 7 points in the effort for BG Goettingen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: D.Anderson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Little 8+2reb, J.Boone 7+4reb, M.Meeks 7+2reb+1ast, L.Dale 6+1ast, R.Kulawick 5+1reb+2ast
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 19+4reb+6ast, R.Powell 15+5reb+1ast, P.Roller 14+3reb+4ast, J.McKinney 12+6reb+4ast, J.Shepherd 12+3reb, C.Moss 6+4reb
gschID: 127916


Brose Baskets - Bremerhaven 86-58

The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets outrebounded Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 46-32 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 12+6reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 10+2reb+1ast, C.Callahan 10+5reb+1ast, A.Drevo 8+6reb+1ast, J.Brewer 7+2ast, J.Allen 6+4reb
Brose Baskets: T.Pleiss 16+9reb, A.Gavel 14+4reb+5ast, K.Hines 13+4reb+2ast, P.Suput 11+4reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 11+2reb+2ast, R.Terry 10+12reb+1ast
gschID: 127917


Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 64-79

Artland Dragons were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. New Yorker Phantoms dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Artland Dragons' 24. It was a good game for American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell, agency: Lanshire Group) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Artland Dragons. Artland Dragons' coach tested twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: B.Bailey 20+5reb+1ast, T.Rice 17+3reb+4ast, N.Peavy 14+11reb+1ast, J.Strasser 6, D.Fenn 5+4reb+1ast, A.Hess 1+4reb
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 21+7reb+2ast, K.Visser 14+3reb+1ast, U.Duvnjak 11+4reb+1ast, N.Mittmann 9+3reb, K.Hamilton 8+2reb+5ast, M.Goree 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 127914


ALBA - EWE Baskets 86-99

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 32-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 32 personal fouls committed by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Eddie Gill (183-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 19 points and guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 19+2reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 12+2reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 11+6reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 11+2reb, B.Taylor 9+8reb+3ast, H.Schaffartzik 8+1reb
EWE Baskets: E.Gill 27+8reb+4ast, R.Paulding 24+3reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 19+2reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 11+5reb+2ast, A.Baynes 6+9reb, L.Campbell 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 127915




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Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.2 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.17.8 
 3. Argyropoylos, Apol.16.7 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.16.6 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.15.9 
 7. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 8. Pettas, Koroivos15.2 
 9. Vardavas, Amynta.15.1 
 10. Psileas, Lavrio15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimp.
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.9.4 
 2. Latovic, AGOR9.1 
 3. Pantelic, Apollo.8.9 
 4. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.0 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.5 
 6. Amato, Near East7.4 
 7. Macheras, Pagrati7.2 
 8. Vardavas, Amynta.7.0 
 9. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.0 
 10. Kosanovic, Koroiv.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefs.
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.7 
 2. Katsares, KAOD5.1 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas4.7 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.6 
 5. Makris, Olimpiada4.2 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.2 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.3.9 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.9 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Pagr.3.8 
 10. Rallis, Ermis Lag.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.3 
 2. Pettas, Koroivos2.0 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Makris, Olimpiada1.9 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 6. Nikou, Panelefs.1.5 
 7. Pappas, Near East1.5 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 9. Magounis, AGOR1.4 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollo.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.1.8 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.6 
 3. Kasabalis, AE.1.5 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD1.4 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 7. Papachristos, Peri.0.8 
 8. Amato, Near East0.7 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 10. Psathas, Apollon0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 22-3 
 2. AGOR 18-7 
 3. Lavrio 17-8 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 16-9 
 5. Arkadikos 14-11 
 6. Panelefsiniakos 14-11 
 7. Apollon Patras 13-12 
 8. Amyntas Dafnis 12-13 
 9. Olimpiada 11-14 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 11-14 
 11. AEK/Argous 11-14 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 10-15 
 13. Pagrati 9-16 
 14. Panerythraikos 9-16 
 15. Koroivos 8-17 
 16. Near East 5-20 


A2 Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Panerythraikos (#14) forced the game against Amyntas Dafnis (#9) into a double-overtime, but lost by five points 93-98 on Saturday night. The game took place in New Eritrea. But the guests from Athens were better at the end. Kostas Vardavas fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis (12-13) moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Panerythraikos dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face AEK/Argous (#11) at home in the next round. Panerythraikos will play against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Near East was defeated by Lavrio in a road game 91-82. Ermis Lagkada was beaten by KAOD at home 70-79. Pagrati lost to AEK/Argous on the opponent's court 56-67. Panelefsiniakos unfortunately lost to Ikaroi Serron in a home game 77-79. Koroivos recorded a loss to Olimpiada on the road 64-73. Arkadikos defeated Periko/Arhelaos on its own court 80-75. Apollon Patras beat AGOR in a road game 79-77.



Lavrio - Near East 91-82

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Near East (5-20) was defeated on the road by third ranked Lavrio (17-8) 91-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lavrio forced 20 Near East turnovers. Center Michalis Perrakis (207-84) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Nikos Tsoutsos (203-82) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Lavrio maintains third place with 17-8 record having five points less than leader KAOD. Near East at the other side stay at the bottom position with 20 games lost. Lavrio will face Koroivos (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Near East will play against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
Near East: F.Amato 18+14reb+5ast, M.Stanojevic 16+3ast, N.Tsoutsos 14+5reb+2ast, A.Psaropoulos 9+3reb, A.Pappas 9+6reb+2ast, F.Moschovitis 7+3ast
Lavrio: M.Perrakis 18+5reb, M.Kousoulas 14+1reb+1ast, Y.Kakiouzis 13+5reb+3ast, N.Psileas 12+4reb+1ast, K.Paschalis 9+3reb, G.Zakinthinos 9+3ast
gschID: 98910


Ermis Lagkada - KAOD 70-79

No shocking result in a game in Lagadas where first ranked KAOD (22-3) defeated 8th ranked Ermis Lagkada (11-14) 79-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. KAOD made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Ermis Lagkada was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) fired 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alexis Tsamatos (196-77, agency: FCM) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Five KAOD players scored in double figures. KAOD's coach Fotis Takianos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized German guard Darko Rallis (180-78) produced 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) added 4 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. KAOD maintains first place with 22-3 record. Ermis Lagkada at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. KAOD will face league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ermis Lagkada will play on the road against Near East (#16) in Kesariani.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: D.Rallis 22+2reb+3ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 13+2reb, N.Gamouras 10+2reb, S.Nisiotis 9+1reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 8+5reb, A.Panagiotopoulos 4+8reb+3ast
KAOD: V.Margaritis 18+5reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 17+3reb+1ast, G.Sourlis 11+2reb+4ast, A.Tsamatos 11+9reb+2ast, I.Vukantinov 11+7reb+4ast, N.Katsares 6+3ast
gschID: 98906


AEK/Argous - Pagrati 67-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Pagrati's (9-16) road loss to twelfth ranked AEK/Argous (11-14) 56-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by AEK/Argous. Pagrati was better in second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pagrati 35-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Giorgos Kopsaftis (192-84) chipped in 13 points. Four AEK/Argous players scored in double figures. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) produced 16 points and 4 assists and guard Nikos Voulgaris (193-78) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Pagrati's coach Dimitris Papadopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AEK/Argous moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Olimpiada and Ermis Lagkada. Pagrati at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. AEK/Argous will face higher ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#8) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pagrati will play at home against Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 16+2reb+4ast, N.Voulgaris 13+3reb, S.Tzougarakis 11+3reb, G.Dimakos 7+3reb+1ast, C.Karavolas 5+4reb, D.Lolas 4+5reb
AEK/Argous: A.Gizogiannis 16+7reb+1ast, D.Lewis 14+5reb, G.Kopsaftis 13+4reb+3ast, D.Papantoniou 10+7reb+3ast, V.Delis 4, A.Raptis 4+5reb
gschID: 98907


Panelefsiniakos - Ikaroi Serron 77-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron's (16-9) road victory over 5th ranked Panelefsiniakos (14-11) 79-77 on Saturday. Panelefsiniakos was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-20 charge of Ikaroi Serron, which allowed them to win the game. Panelefsiniakos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) fired 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Four Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Forward Giorgos Tirlas (198-80) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Paris Martzos (197-85) added 24 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Panelefsiniakos' coach Giorgos Skarafingas tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Ikaroi Serron maintains fourth place with 16-9 record. Newly promoted Panelefsiniakos keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Olimpiada (#9) in Patras in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panelefsiniakos will play on the road against Pagrati (#13) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: P.Martzos 24+6reb, G.Tirlas 21+9reb+5ast, T.Nikou 8+2reb+6ast, T.Konstantakopoulos 7+2reb+3ast, G.Trihopoulos 6+3reb+2ast, M.Dioletis 4+3reb
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 26+6reb+3ast, K.Pehlivanis 13+1reb+1ast, K.Totsios 12+4reb+6ast, T.Topouzis 12+5reb, S.Kaberidis 5+5reb+1ast, M.Pavlisevic 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98908


Olimpiada - Koroivos 73-64

Not a big story in a game in Patras where 15th ranked Koroivos (8-17) was defeated by eleventh ranked Olimpiada (11-14) 73-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Koroivos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Nikos Makris (188-79) chipped in 26 points. Four Olimpiada players scored in double figures. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and center Tasos Dimitriadis (201-82) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Olimpiada moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. Newly promoted Koroivos keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Olimpiada will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play at home against Lavrio (#3).
Top scorers:
Koroivos: T.Dimitriadis 18+8reb, N.Pettas 17+11reb+6ast, T.Ifantis 10+3reb+1ast, P.Kosanovic 8+3reb, V.Xiouras 5+4reb+4ast, D.Apostolopoulos 3+2reb
Olimpiada: N.Makris 26+2reb+1ast, K.Aktipis 13+8reb+1ast, A.Koutroulias 13+13reb+4ast, S.Veskoukis 10+6reb+4ast, D.Makris 7+8reb+1ast, P.Simeopoulos 2+1ast
gschID: 98909


Panerythraikos - Amyntas Dafnis 93-98 OT2

Panerythraikos (#14) forced the game against Amyntas Dafnis (#9) into a double-overtime, but lost by five points 93-98 on Saturday night. The game took place in New Eritrea. But the guests from Athens were better at the end. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 20-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period -. Amyntas Dafnis outrebounded Panerythraikos 48-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. Panerythraikos was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nikos Matzioris (197-82) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Amyntas Dafnis (12-13) moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Panerythraikos dropped to the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face AEK/Argous (#11) at home in the next round. Panerythraikos will play against Periko/Arhelaos in Perikos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: M.Laksa 19+10reb, N.Matzioris 18+6reb+2ast, T.Kallianotis 15+5reb, N.Kourtis 13+2reb, A.Sizopoulos 11+3reb+5ast, S.Kontoudis 7+3reb+5ast
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 20+20reb+2ast, C.Vidalis 15+2reb+2ast, S.Dorkofikis 14+4reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 12+4reb+3ast, F.Pagonis 12+3reb, L.Zoupas 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 98903


Arkadikos - Periko/Arhelaos 80-75

Everything went according to plan in Arkadia where sixth ranked Arkadikos (14-11) won against 10th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (10-15) 80-75 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Periko/Arhelaos won third quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) fired 19 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Center Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-84) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Antonis Sivorotka (203-85) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Panagiotis Nanis (195-80) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panelefsiniakos. Periko/Arhelaos lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Arkadikos will face Apollon Patras (#7) on the road in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: P.Nanis 15+4reb, A.Sivorotka 14+5reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 10+4reb+2ast, G.Maltesios 8+1reb, N.Tsouk 7+1reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 6+8reb+2ast
Arkadikos: M.Papadakis 19+2reb+5ast, V.Giannoulakos 13+5reb+2ast, G.Lamprakos 10+2reb, T.Tsiotras 9+3reb+1ast, V.Morfis 8+3reb+3ast, G.Prodromou 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98904


AGOR - Apollon Patras 77-79

There was an upset in Rethymno where much higher ranked AGOR (18-7) was edged by seventh ranked Apollon Patras (13-12) 79-77 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But AGOR won fourth quarter 27-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely AGOR outrebounded Apollon Patras 48-28 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Giannis Lianos (194-88) fired 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras' coach Nikos Vetoulas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds and guard Spyridon Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Apollon Patras maintains seventh place with 13-12 record. AGOR at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Apollon Patras will face higher ranked Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AGOR will play on the road against the league's leader KAOD having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Latovic 22+20reb+2ast, G.Koumoulos 19+3reb+3ast, S.Magounis 15+11reb, A.Tsochlas 9+1reb+2ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 8+3reb+1ast, T.Charismidis 2+3reb
Apollon Patras: G.Lianos 32+5reb+3ast, N.Argyropoylos 16+2reb+9ast, G.Petropoulos 14+1reb+1ast, S.Daniil 10+7reb+3ast, D.Pantelic 7+10reb, V.Kaperonis 0
gschID: 98905




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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.0 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.6 
 4. Tiedeman, Giants14.9 
 5. Mills, Eiffel Towe.14.9 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants14.7 
 7. Laing, Magixx14.7 
 8. Brown, DeFriesland14.6 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Adako, DeFriesland14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.6 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.3 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.4 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.4 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.0 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra7.9 
 9. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.8 
 10. Jackson, Eiffel T.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel T.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.8 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.7 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra3.4 
 9. Williams, DeFriesl.3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jason DOURISSEAU
  GasTe.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.2.2 
 3. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.1 
 5. Stokes, BS Weert2.1 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.0 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
 8. McDermott, Magixx1.9 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra1.9 
 10. Williams, DeFries.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel T.
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.3 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. Mullery, Landstede0.9 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Hulzebos, Landste.0.8 
 9. Boxley, ZZ Leiden0.8 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL-AMIN
  PVSK P.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova21.8 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.0 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 5. Townes, Soproni19.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari19.4 
 7. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.3 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.19.2 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Townes, Soproni11.2 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu10.3 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 6. Jones, Albacomp8.7 
 7. Egemonye, PVSK P.8.5 
 8. Szabo, Soproni8.3 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.2 
 10. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE K.
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.4 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Kelley, Soproni6.1 
 7. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.8 
 8. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp2.8 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari2.6 
 7. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.2.4 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Singletary, FS De.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.1 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.9 
 3. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.3 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-.0.8 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.8 
 9. Gosa, Falco-Szova0.7 
 10. Hanga, Albacomp0.7 


Finals: Albacomp had a great win in Szolnok, series 0-1 - by Tamas Deri
Coach's Dzunic team had a great night and took the home-court advantage from Szolnok with an 18 points away win on saturday. Without american wingman Tony Crocker and with still not totaly fit american forward Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: George Washington), who came from the bench and had an amazing double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Domestic guard Adam Hanga scored 16 points, Ferenc Bodi - who started his first game this season because of Hollis injury - scored 12 points by shooting 4 three pointers. Hungarian playmaker, Balazs Simon was close to a double-double with 13 points and 8 assists. The home team was lead by the two american players, Obie Trotter scored 21 points, while Ivory Clark added 20 points (including 4 three pointers) and 6 rebounds.

Szolnoki Olaj KK - Albacomp 69-87
(22-19, 17-21, 18-26, 12-21)
Szolnok, 2500, Referress: Foldhazi, Kapitany, Benczur (Gincsai)
Szolnok: Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 21/9, Horvath 7/3, Budimir 9/6, Ivory Clark (198-F-85, agency: Lanshire Group) 20/12, Bader 7, Fodor M. 3/3, Vesztergom, Trepak 2, Grebenar, Szabo P, Coach: Por Peter
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 13/3, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 16/6, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 12/12, Akos Keller (206-F/C-89) 13/3, Jones 4, Damian Hollis 16/3, Hendlein 10, Antal 3/3, Kertesz, coach: Dzunic Branislav




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  ISRAEL   


Portland and NOH Scouting Jeremy Pargo - by David Pick, Barcelona
Two of Europe's most prestigious basketball organizations, Maccabi Tel-Aviv & Panathinsikos, will take the parquet floor at the Palau Sant Jordi arena, Barcelona, Spain, for the clash of the titans and the battle of David versus Goliath, in the Euroleagues final game.

The finals will also contain a classic battle between two of the very best point guards to play this season in the Euroleague, Dimitris Diamantidis and Jeremy Pargo . Who will shine and who will excel is yet to be determined, however, Eurobasket.com was informed that several NBA team scouts and representatives will follow Pargo during the final game.

Amongst the different NBA teams who are scouting the young Chicago native, are the Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Hornets.
Pargo, a European Superstar, is ranked high up the list on most of the scouting reports as he enjoys a superb Euroleague Rookie season, averaging 13 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 3.5 apg. In the Semi Finals against Real Madrid, Pargo met his yearly number scoring 13 points, but has improved his assists average, passing out a total of 7 to his teammates.

'Eurobasket.com' spoke with Pargo's representatives, who have made it clear that the human highlight real is determined to follow his quest and make it to the NBA. Many scouts and sports analysts already believe that the point guard has proven himself thus far worthy to play with the big boys, and if he does put on yet another expected show this afternoon, Europe might have to say its last goodbyes to Jeremy Pargo.




2011 EuroLeague Final - Panathinaikos 78 Maccabi Tel Aviv 70 - by Paul Nilsen
Inside a raucous Palau Sant Jordi, the 2011 EuroLeague Final tipped off with the Maccabi and Panathinaikos supporters creating a very special atmosphere as the battle commenced to finish with the Championship and become the last team standing during 2010-11. First points and first blood in the battle with Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) went to Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) with a lay-up in transition. As Panathinaikos went 4-0 in front, Guy Pnini picked up where he left off in the semi-final with a huge triple from the corner - right in front of the relieved Maccabi fans, no doubt glad to see their team get off the mark. The Greeks however made a statement inside early as they found the defence to block Schortsanitis and then for the second time in the game Ian Vougioukas went strong under the hoop to score - although he did pick up a second foul to temper his joy.

It was a case of deja vu for Maccabi fans when Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) also converted from downtown just like he did in the semi-final and that brought the teams level 6-6 with six minutes remaining. After a Panathinaikos score, Pargo got his first points with two free-throws but the play of the first quarter was an athletic put-back by Fotsis who also drew the foul to get the fans of the Greens on their feet. Maccabi took a time-out and with both teams enduring a scrappy start it hopefully gave an opportunity for the players to settle into more of a rhythm. Pnini found space all alone at the top this time and he punished Panathinaikos with a trademark three before Maccabi then went in front 13-11 from the line with four minutes left of the first.

Mike Batiste got the benefit of a goal tend call as his shot looked to have been blocked by Hendrix and then Pargo threw the ball away to Dimitris Diamantidis in a bad few moments for Maccabi. Things got worse when Batiste then slammed one down and made a free-throw to complete the 'And-1' play with Coach Blatt screaming for a travel after some dubious footwork under the hoop. That put Panathinaikos 18-13 ahead and when Hendrix committed an offensive foul off the ball, the Greeks had a chance to put real daylight between the teams. They didn't immediately after Eidson and Batiste traded baskets but with less than a minute to go, Dimitris Diamantidis made it a seven point game with an exquisite reverse lay-up to complete an 11-2 run and put his team 22-15 in the lead after the opening ten minutes.

Maccabi needed a lift to avoid going down by double-figures early in the game and it came by way of another three-ball by Eidson. However, Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis was having a fantastic game and he also dropped a bomb from downtown to cancel out the Eidson score. Back to back scores by Maccabi then made it a one shot game at 25-22 before tempers began to fray with the players squaring up to each other down low. Not suprisingly, the game began to truly develop into a a real clash of styles with most of the Panathinaikos scoring almost all of their points at the hoop and Maccabi preferring to score from range.

At 27-24 to Panathinaikos, everybody got a chance to catch their breath with another time out andjust under five minutes left before the teams headed for the locker room. Maric scored inside for Panathinaikos and there was still very little available under the basket or in terms of penetration for playmaker Pargo and Maccabi. There was however the trusted source of points from the arc and David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) obliged with three to make it a two point game at 29-27. With 90 seconds remaining, only Panathinaikos had added to the tally by the time both teams hit the sideline for a time-out and when they returned a David Blu triple made it 31-30 as Maccabi sensed a half-time lead having trailed for most of the first half. A lot of great work from Macvan and Eidson key to that although when the buzzer sounded they trailed 33-30 in an absorbing contest.

The half-time break didn't affect the players or entertainment value with a nice Batiste score inside before an atheltic spin in the air by Pargo had the crowd drawing a breath. The same player then brought Maccabi within a point after two minutes from the line. Moments later, 'Big Sofo' got hisfirst score of the game and Maccabi were in front although not for long as Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) drained a three to reply instantly. Two minutes later Panathinaikos exploded further from downtown and looked to have opened the game up when Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) made back to back triples. That helped Panathinaikos into a 43-36 lead. After David Blue replied, Panathinaikos made another from outside and Maccabi were suddenly feeling what it was like to be Real Madrid and on the wrong end of a three-point blitz.

Batiste extended the lead to 47-40 with three minutes left in the third from the free-throw line. Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) then scored a lay-up and by the time Fotsis slammed one down, Maccabi looked not exactly sunk at 51-40 but with a mountain to climb and less than 12 minutes of the game to go. More importantly, their offence non-existent. Or at least that was until David Blue relieved the pressure and stopped the slump with a three from the corner. Like a dagger, Romain Sato drilled one immediately in reply to give Panathinaikos a commanding 54-43 lead at the end of the third which finished with the referees checking video footage to see if a Maccabi buzzer-beater from downtown was good - it wasn't.

Sofo started the final quarter with a jam and when Pargo scored at the hoop, dreams of a Maccabi fightback looked like they might be realised but were then quickly quashed by a Nicholls triple with the guard then following it up with a jump shot before Diamantidis went to the line with the chance of increasing the lead to 14 points but had to wait until after a time-out to do so. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) then scored a rare bucket having only played limited minutes and Pnini then cut the deficit to ten with just over 6 minutes left. A Batiste dunk reminded Maccabi of who was boss in this game but Lior Eliyahu was coming alive to give a glimmer of hope via an 'And-1' play which made it 7 points with just over 4 to play at 63-56. As in the semi-final,it was Batiste getting the job done for Panathinaikos in crunch time and with Nicholls coming up big time also, the game was effectively over with over three to play and Panathinaikos 67-56 ahead and Maccabi in need of a near miracle.

It almost arrived after they cut the gap to five points with just under 90 seconds to go at 69-64
after Nick Calathes failed to get the ball inbounds for a five second turnover, handing Lior Eliyahu a score. However Batiste scored inside and Diaminitidis then looked to have put the game to bed from the line for good but Maccabi came again and got to within four at 74-70 in the last 30 seconds but it only delayed the inevitable as Panathinaikos were crowned Euroleague champions for the third time in five seasons after completing a 78-70 success.


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  ITALY   


EuroLeague Final Four - Real Madrid 62, Montepaschi Siena 80 - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid and Montepaschi Siena matched up in the game nobody sane wants to play in - the third and fourth place play-off game at Euroleague Final Four 2011 inside the Palau Sant Jordi. With the Italian fans making plenty of noise, this was in stark contrast to Real whose already small following had been decimated,presumably with most of the support returning home to the Spanish capital. Meanwhile on the opposite side of the court, fans of both Maccabi and Panathinaikos were already beginning to filter into the Arena.

It was the more agressive Montepaschi who raced into an early lead at 10-2 at the midway point of the first quarter against a Madrid team looking like they were still suffering a hangover from their capitulation at the hands of Maccabi 48 hours earlier. With just under four minutes to play, a lay-up inside by Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) handed the Italian team a doiuble digit lead before consecuive baskets by D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) and Sergio Llull (190-G-87) broke a lengthy Madrid offensive drought. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) then underlined his gorwing reputation with a nice spin-move to the hoop and Lull dropped a three-ball but Madrid couldn't get the stops they needed and at the end of the opening quarter, Montepaschi Siena still held a commanding lead at 19-11.

Four minutes into the second period, the lead was back to double figures after a nice move in the paint by Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) to make it 25-15. Real did however make a move midway through the quarter when they posted a 9-3 run with three and a half minutes to go until the break. There was little between either team in the last action of the first half with Montepaschi Siena hanging on to a four point lead at 36-32 heading into the interval.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Llull converted again from downtown and it was a one-shot game but all eyes weren't on the action taking place oncourt but the action off it as the singing contest began in earnest between the thousands from Israel and Greece. That took everyone's attention away from the court as Montepaschi streaked away once more to re-establish an eight point margin at 45-37. It was then ten points as Siena, led by David Moss who was much more impressive than during his disappointing semi-final game went 49-39 ahead. Bo McCalebb then made a great move to the hoop with 90 seconds to go and seconds later repeated the feat to take the Montepaschi lead out to 14 points and threaten Real with a second blowout of the weekend. In fact it was another case of Real completley flatlining during the third quarter and heading into the last ten minutes, Montepaschi led 57-45.

The fourth quarter was not much of an event and would have been pretty embarassing for Real had Sergio Llull not continued his stellar performance while Montepaschi got the job done in a real team way with ten different scorers apprpoaching the midway point of the last quarter when they were 68-53 up and cruising. Any chance of analready unlikely comeback by Madrid were pretty much quashed when Felipe Reyes was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and the Italians went 15 ahead with four minutes left.

The game then drifted towards the final buzzer amidst a caucophony of noise vibrating around the Arena from the Maccabi and Panathinaikos fans as Montepaschi blewMadrid away to finish third on the podium after a comfortable 80-62 success.

Siena finished with 11 different scorers on the sheet with Lavrinovic top scoring with 17 points while Sergio Llull had a game high 23 points for Madrid.

*by Paul Nilsen


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  JAPAN   


BJ League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Osaka Evessa - Fukuoka Rizing 79-66

It looked good early as Fukuoka Rizing took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Osaka Evessa had a 18-8 second period charge getting the lead and Fukuoka Rizing was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-79. They outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 53-36 including a 41-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 26+11reb+1ast, W.Knight 17+7reb+5ast, W.Tseng 10+9reb, K.Satterfield 9+8reb+7ast, S.Konno 8+1reb, W.Marshall 4+6reb+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 30+13reb, J.Nakanishi 14+3reb, N.Murry 8+7reb+6ast, A.Takeno 8+4reb+4ast, A.Kuso 6+2reb, K.Tsutsumi 0
gschID: 128102


Hamamatsu P. - Toyama Grouses 71-52

The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Toyama Grouses was better in second period 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyama Grouses to just 3 points in first quarter. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) fired 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Haakim Johnson (201, college: Pikeville) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St., agency: Basket Law/NM Services) added 9 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 21+6reb+4ast, J.Parmer 12+8reb+4ast, R.Nixon 11+13reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 8+4reb, D.Larkai 7+1reb, S.Okada 6+7reb+5ast
Toyama Grouses: H.Johnson 21+10reb+2ast, T.Mito 10+3reb+2ast, J.Davis 9+14reb, M.Kato 6+3reb+1ast, T.Yasuda 3, J.Smith 3+2reb
gschID: 128099


Niigata Albirex - Akita 75-72

Akita Happinets were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-16 charge of Niigata Albirex, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: G.Leach 19+8reb+1ast, J.Ashby 16+7reb, Z.Andrews 9+5reb, I.Konare 8+5reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 8+3reb, H.Kondo 7+2reb+1ast
Akita: S.Henry 14+1reb+6ast, P.Butorac 13+6reb, A.Akingbade 10+2reb, Y.Kitamuki 10+1reb, W.Graves 10+13reb, A.Burks 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 128100


Okinawa GK - Shiga Lakestars 95-79

The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Shiga Lakestars managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Shiga Lakestars outrebounded Okinawa GK 50-37 including 19 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American players dominated also this game. Forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) nailed 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) accounted for 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Warren Sports International) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) added 11 points and 15 rebounds respectively for Shiga Lakestars in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 28+7reb, C.Dixon 23+8reb+2ast, A.McHenry 14+5reb+5ast, N.Kosuge 13+2reb+2ast, D.Sneed 8+9reb, T.Yonamine 8+4reb+4ast
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 18+14reb+1ast, J.Peppers 15+5reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 11+15reb+3ast, M.Joho 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Okada 9+1ast, L.Rice 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 128101




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ASU level championship series - by Eurobasket News
Aramex - ASU 69:72

ASU stayed in the race for the Jordanian League trophy. They eked out a tough road win over Aramex to level the title series at 2-2. The decider is scheduled for May 9. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Aramex enjoyed the better start to the game. They posted a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the next two periods. Aramex recorded a 59:50 lead with ten minutes remaining. But ASU triggered a decisive 22:10 run in the fourth term and ran away for good in this one. Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84) provided 19 points for ASU. Mousa Alawadi (192-G/F-85) added 15 points for the winning side. Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) answered with 21 points for Aramex. Issa Kamel (192-F-83) banked 16 points in the loss.

Aramex: Sani Sakakini 21, Issa Kamel 16
ASU: Abdullah Abuqoura 21, Mohammad Hadrab 19, Mousa Alawadi 15



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The teams from Peja won all of the cups in three competitions in Prishtina - by Onur Deqani
KB Peja men's senior and junior teams, and also women basketball team KB Penza have all triumphed in respective finals of Republic of Kosova Cup.
Three final matches were played on Sunday, 08.05.11 in capital of Kosovo, Prishtina.
The first meeting of the day was the final match of Kosovan U-18 Cup at 14:00, were played the junior teams of KB Peja and Sigal Prishtine. During the whole match KB Peja where leading, and at the end they triumphed and got the first Cup of the day for city of Peja. Key players on this win were Arti Hajdari and Ylli Belegu.
On the second match, KB Penza from Peja and KB Bashkimi from Prizren, met for the Final of Women's Kosova Cup. In a very exciting game KB Penza managed to get the Cup, the second of the day for westerns of Kosovo.
The final match of the day was played at 19:00, where Sigal Prishtine and KB Peja fought for the Cup of Republic of Kosovo. Maybe in the not expected way, KB Peja got a high advantage during the game, taking the lead up to 20 points. New players of KB Peja, Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: Basket Law/NM Services, college: Missouri Western) and Justin Dobbins showed great performance on the game and made us know that they are perfectly fit to the team. Bolds, alongside Samir Saptahovic leaded the team to win their first Cup of Kosovo in their history.
So it was a very delightful day for fans of Peja, who took all of the three available Cups, from their rival city Prishtina to their hometown.


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AlQadsia lost first two at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship - by Eurobasket News
AlQadsia lost first two at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship. Eight teams are divided into two groups with 4 in each. Group A already has two representatives for the Semifinals. AlGarrafa from Qatar won all three games, while Uhud from Saudi Arabia advanced with 2-1 record.
In Day 1 Al-Rayan from Qatar beat AlQadsia from Kuwait in the opener 93:74. In the second game Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia reached the second win in the tournament beating AlQadsia from Kuwait 80:61. Al-Ittihad needed 16-11 lead in the first period, but was shocked by the opponent later in the half. AlQadsia grabbed the lead at the halftime after 20-12, but Al-Ittihad replied with 23-6 in the third period and never looked behind after.
In the last day of the group stage AlQadsia will face Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates. The latter overcame Al-Rayan from Qatar 75:62. Al-Shabab opened the game with 14-13 in the first period and produced a 19-14 in the second frame. The team from Qatar replied with 18-12 in the third frame, but could not win the game.






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LBL Round 1 of Finals. VEF Riga celebrate victory - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - VEF Riga 70-79

VEF Riga upset Ventspils on the road in the Finals opener. VEF Riga made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and the former international swingman Sandis Valters (193-78) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) responded with 24 points and international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) scored 17 points. Ventspils' coach Algirdas Brazys rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: O.Efejuku 24+4reb, J.Strelnieks 17+2reb+1ast, A.Berzins 9+5reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 7+7reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 5+3reb, B.Hunter 3+9reb+3ast
VEF Riga: A.Parakhouski 17+6reb+2ast, S.Valters 14+3reb+3ast, D.Bertans 9+3reb, T.Cain 8+8reb+4ast, K.Janicenoks 8+4reb+4ast, A.Selakovs 8+3reb
gschID: 128027




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 2. Willjam, Barons15.7 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Caldwell, Liepaja15.0 
 5. Peiners, LU14.8 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera14.7 
 7. Duselis, LU14.1 
 8. Mednis, Turiba13.8 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.13.3 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga j.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 2. Mednis, Turiba7.9 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga7.6 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 5. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Hunter, Ventspils7.1 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.8 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 10. Cavars, Barons6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF R.
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 2. Gabrans, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.1 
 4. Willjam, Barons4.0 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Carter, Ventspils3.4 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga3.3 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gatis JAHOVICS
  VEF R.
  (200-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.8 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.7 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Cavars, Barons1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 10. Slisans, LU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF R.
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.8 
 3. Skirmants, Barons1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga0.8 
 6. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventsp.0.8 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga0.8 
 10. Meiers, Liepaja0.7 


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A Historical game in the Finals : Riyadi one step away from his 7th straight title - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Game 2 of the Lebanese League Final saw one of the most exciting games in the finals of the Lebanese League History , in front of a big crowd Champville welcomed Riyadi in Dik El Mehdi.
Riyadi started the game strongly trying to kill the game from its first minutes , they finished the first quarter by leading 20-10 through a great organized defense. In the 2nd quarter Champville made an very big come back that outscored Riyadi 20-4 and gave them the lead 30-24, this big run made Champville come back in the game and gave a big confidence to all Champville player who started to score from everywhere under the big leadership of their Captain Fadi Khatib who scored and created open shots for his teamates. On the other side Nate Johnson started its festival and together with Ismail Ahmad kept their team in the game. The score at the half was 39-38 for Champville.
In the 2nd half the same scenario continued with a small dominance for the home team who finished the 3rd quarter leading 65-61 through Fadi and Tyron Anderson who imposed their team supremacy in the game. The 4th quarter saw the same tempo , Champville had 9 points lead with 3 minutes remaining in the game when the big experience of Riyadi players started to bring back Riyadi in the game and to tie it in the end to go to overtime , the score at the end of the 4th quarter was 84-84.
In the first overtime the two teams couldnt secure the win and they continued
The battle throughout the first overtime which finished 96-96, the 2nd Overtime saw the big experience of Riyadi prevail in the end on the score of 107-104 to secure game 2.
Fadi Khatib once again had a huge game with 36points 7rebounds 7 assists , on the other side Nate Johnson had his best game in the Lebanese League he had 41 points , 11 rebounds, Ismail Ahmad had his first triple double of the season with 23 points , 18 rebounds , 11 assists.
Game 3 will be played on Sunday May 8th at 6pm.



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Zalgiris ease past Barcelona to advance into Final in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
IJT Regal Barcelona - IJT Zalgiris 50:77

IJT Zalgiris clinched their third straight win at the Nike International Junior Tournament. They outgunned hosting IJT Regal Barcelona to claim the top position in Group B. Zalgiris therefore advanced into the championship game. They will take on IJT KK Zagreb for the trophy tonight. Barcelona fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third place in Group B.
Zalgiris outmuscled their opponents in the first half. The Lithuanian team dominated in every facet of the game posting a comfortable 42:13 lead after twenty minutes. The visitors easily maintained the lead in the second half. Tauras Jogela (200-F-93) scored 19 points to lead well-balanced effort from Zalgiris. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Tomas Dimsa contributed 13 points apiece in the victory. Nacho Marin (195-G-89) replied with 15 points for Barcelona. Zalgiris outrebounded Barcelona 58:44 and limited those to just 25% accuracy from the field.

IJT Regal Barcelona: Nacho Marin 15, Pauli Oriol (196-G-94) 9
IJT Zalgiris: Tauras Jogela 19, Kaspars Vecvagars 13, Tomas Dimsa (192-F-94) 13



IJT KK Zagreb win Nike International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
IJT KK Zagreb - IJT Zalgiris 76:65

IJT KK Zagreb celebrated the Nike International Tournament title. They overcame IJT Zalgiris in the Final in Barcelona today. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) stepped up with a pivotal performace as he notched a triple-double of 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Both teams entered the game undefeated. Zalgiris looked the better side in the first term. They limited KK Zagreb to 12 points in the first term to take a 16:12 lead. Zagreb gradually found the right offensive rhythm. They outscored Zalgiris in the second frame to narrow the margin at 2-point mark 32:34. The third term proved decisive in this one. KK Zagreb went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They outmuscled their opponents 21:9 in the quarter to take a comfortable 53:43 lead with one quarter remaining. Zalgiris raised the tempo in the fourth term but it was well-matched by the Croats who soared to the victory at the end. Mario Hezonja (195-G-95) finished with 19 points, while Dominik Mavra (190-F-94) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) answered with 13 points each for Zalgiris. Tomas Dimsa (192-F-94) and Ignas Ramasauskas (210-C-93) provided 9 points apiece in the loss.

IJT KK Zagreb: Dario Saric 19+14 boards+10 assists, Mario Hezonja 19, Dominik Mavra 16
IJT Zalgiris: Kaspars Vecvagars 13, Arturas Gudaitis 13



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Round 30: #1 Mineros de Cananea is defeated by Caballeros de Culiacan - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Mineros de Cananea (23-7) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (20-10) 92-87. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mineros de Cananea won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caballeros de Culiacan made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) scored 39 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) with 28 points. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan is looking forward to face Frayles de Guasave (#4) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will play against Coras de Tepic and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (20-10) against sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (16-14) on Saturday night. Host Rayos de Hermosillo was defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas in a tough game in Hermosillo 88-93. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) notched 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Craig Winder supported him with 18 points and 5 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) did not help to save the game for Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains sixth position with 16-14 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Mexicali was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (18-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (14-16). Frayles de Guasave defeated Bomberos de Mexicali 110-100 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Kevin Sowell who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Michael Gale who recorded 37 points (!!!) and 5 blocks. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth position with 18-12 record. Loser Bomberos de Mexicali keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Frayles de Guasave will meet league's second-placed Caballeros de Culiacan on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-16) were outscored at home by ninth ranked Coras de Tepic (5-25) with the biggest margin this round 98-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Ira Brown who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Coras de Tepic maintains ninth position with 5-25 record. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 16 games lost. Coras de Tepic's next round opponent will be league's leader Mineros de Cananea on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 30 bottom-ranked Los Mochis lost to Nogales on the opponent's court 88-104.



Cananea - Culiacan 87-92

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Mineros de Cananea (23-7) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (20-10) 92-87. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mineros de Cananea won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caballeros de Culiacan made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) scored 39 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) with 28 points and forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Four Caballeros de Culiacan and five Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Mineros de Cananea's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Hermosillo. Mineros de Cananea at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan is looking forward to face Frayles de Guasave (#4) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will play against Coras de Tepic and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 28+4reb+3ast, D.White 20+1reb+3ast, I.Gutierrez 12+3reb+2ast, B.Brown 12+14reb+1ast, M.Valenzuela 10+2reb+1ast, E.Swanson 3
Culiacan: M.Moore 39+2reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 19+8reb+4ast, A.Henning 13+2reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 10+8reb+2ast, R.Luna Armenta 4+1reb, J.Gonzalez 3
gschID: 122940


Mexicali - Guasave 100-110

The game in Mexicali was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Frayles de Guasave (18-12) played at the court of 7th ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (14-16). Frayles de Guasave defeated Bomberos de Mexicali 110-100 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Bomberos de Mexicali managed to win third quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Frayles de Guasave made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. The other American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Sowell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) who recorded 37 points (!!!) and 5 blocks and the former international power forward Hugo Carrillo (205-83) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave maintains fourth position with 18-12 record. Loser Bomberos de Mexicali keeps the seventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Tijuana. Frayles de Guasave will meet league's second-placed Caballeros de Culiacan on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: M.Gale 37+4reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 22+11reb+3ast, F.Fisher 13+7reb+3ast, S.VanderMeer 13+10reb+3ast, R.Lopez 8+6reb, P.Giron 3+1ast
Guasave: K.Sowell 36+10reb+2ast, R.Barrett 24+8reb, W.Funn 23+11reb+7ast, J.Acosta 19+4reb, F.Sanchez 8+2reb, M.Flores Beltran 0+1reb
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Nogales - Los Mochis 104-88

Very expected game when 10th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (3-27) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (17-13) 104-88. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Pioneros Los Mochis was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fuerza Guinda Nogales dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Pioneros Los Mochis' 52. Fuerza Guinda Nogales brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Noah Brown (186-81, college: Appalachian St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach Chris Terrell used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) replied with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks and guard Juan Favela (183-91) added 21 points and 4 blocks in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Five Fuerza Guinda Nogales and four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 17-13 record. Pioneros Los Mochis lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#6) on the road. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Rayos de Hermosillo (#3).
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.White 28+9reb+1ast, J.Favela 21+1reb+3ast, E.Hare 11+6reb, J.Estrada 11+5reb, A.Verdugo 8+1ast, F.Ibarra 7+11reb
Nogales: J.Bunn 17+5reb, B.Heredia 17+4reb, R.Moss 14+8reb, O.Quintero 14+2reb+4ast, N.Brown 13+9reb+10ast, J.Walker 12+2reb+2ast
gschID: 122942


Hermosillo - Guaymas 88-93

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (20-10) against sixth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (16-14) on Saturday night. Host Rayos de Hermosillo was defeated by Ostioneros de Guaymas in a tough game in Hermosillo 88-93. The guests were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 24-14 last quarter charge of Rayos de Hermosillo cut the lead to 93-88 at the end of the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Rayos de Hermosillo's 44. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) notched 25 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Craig Winder (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) supported him with 18 points and 5 assists. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) did not help to save the game for Rayos de Hermosillo. Guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) added 21 points and 5 blocks. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains sixth position with 16-14 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: L.Wade 21+1reb+1ast, M.Gray 19+6reb+2ast, J.Camacho 12+3reb+2ast, E.Medina 9, T.Thomas 8+5reb+3ast, J.Manuel Esteva 8+1reb+1ast
Guaymas: J.Habel 25+6reb, C.Winder 18+2reb+5ast, A.Pedroza Durazo 15+5reb+1ast, O.Lopez 12+4reb+1ast, F.Benitez 10+1reb, R.Benitez 10+4reb
gschID: 122938


Tijuana - Tepic 80-98

8th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-16) were outscored at home by ninth ranked Coras de Tepic (5-25) with the biggest margin this round 98-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. Tijuana Zonkeys were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 56-33 second half run of Coras de Tepic. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guard James Parker (188-81, college: Robert Morris) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Coras de Tepic maintains ninth position with 5-25 record. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 16 games lost. Coras de Tepic's next round opponent will be league's leader Mineros de Cananea on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: T.Gabbidon 27+10reb+6ast, C.Tate 23+10reb+4ast, J.Watson 12+4reb+5ast, E.Zuniga 10+3reb+1ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 4+6reb+1ast, G.Lira 4+2reb+5ast
Tepic: I.Brown 27+12reb+3ast, J.Parker 24+12reb+5ast, C.Brown 16+4reb+4ast, J.Pablo Bravo 14+4reb+5ast, E.Gomez 7+3reb, H.Ibanez 6+1ast
gschID: 122939




Sowell number one in Mexico for round 30 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Kevin Sowell (190-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guasave, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Mexicali (#7, 14-16) 110-100. Guasave maintains the 4th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guasave will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. In the team's last game Sowell had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kevin Sowell has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 34.4ppg) and averages impressive 3.2bpg and 63.0% FGP. Worth to mention Sowell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of Tepic. Brown had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Tepic to another comfortable win 98-80 over slightly higher-ranked Tijuana (#8, 14-16) being unquestionably team leader. Tepic's 9th position in the standings has not changed. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Tepic managed to get this year. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Tepic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.1ppg (#4). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Guasave's star - American guard William Funn (188-G-82). Funn showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Guasave, helping his team with a 110-100 win against the lower-ranked Mexicali (#7, 14-16). Guasave needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 12 lost games. Funn has a great season in Mexico. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 8.5apg (best passer). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 58.7%. Funn attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Tijuana - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of Culiacan - 39 points and 2 rebounds
6. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Noah Brown (186-G-81) of Nogales - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Michael Gale (193-G-82) of Mexicali - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. James Parker (188-G-81) of Tepic - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Detrick White (184-G-76) of Los Mochis - 28 points and 9 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)


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael GALE
  Mexicali
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Gale, Mexicali27.6 
 2. White, Cananea27.4 
 3. Sowell, Culiacan27.3 
 4. Brown, Tepic25.1 
 5. Gabbidon, Tijuana24.8 
 6. Sims, Los Mochis24.3 
 7. White, Los Mochis24.1 
 8. Thomas, Cananea23.6 
 9. Barrett, Guasave23.3 
 10. Tate, Tijuana23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Nogales
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Moss, Nogales10.5 
 2. Angounou, Guasave9.8 
 3. Brown, Tepic9.4 
 4. Broxsie, Nogales9.3 
 5. Malloy, Los Mochis8.7 
 6. Shipley, Tijuana8.6 
 7. Tate, Tijuana8.4 
 8. Rougeau, Culiacan8.3 
 9. Gabbidon, Tijuana8.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Culiacan7.8 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Guasave
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Funn, Guasave8.5 
 2. Watson, Tijuana6.1 
 3. White, Los Mochis5.3 
 4. Thomas, Hermosillo5.1 
 5. Nungaray, Guaymas4.7 
 6. White, Cananea4.6 
 7. Marentes, Guaymas4.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo4.2 
 9. Brown, Tepic4.2 
 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, Cananea1.8 
 4. Matthews, Nogales1.7 
 5. Gale, Mexicali1.7 
 6. Funn, Guasave1.7 
 7. Brown, Nogales1.6 
 8. White, Los Mochis1.5 
 9. Sowell, Culiacan1.4 
 10. Gonzalez, Culiacan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin SOWELL
  Culiacan
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Sowell, Culiacan3.2 
 2. Webb, Culiacan2.6 
 3. Gale, Mexicali2.5 
 4. Brown, Nogales2.3 
 5. Brown, Tepic2.3 
 6. Thomas, Hermosillo2.3 
 7. Brown, Tepic2.2 
 8. Matthews, Nogales2.2 
 9. Shipley, Tijuana2.2 
 10. White, Los Mochis2.2 


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Cananea 23-7 
 2. Culiacan 20-10 
 3. Hermosillo 20-10 
 4. Guasave 18-12 
 5. Nogales 17-13 
 6. Guaymas 16-14 
 7. Mexicali 14-16 
 8. Tijuana 14-16 
 9. Tepic 5-25 
 10. Los Mochis 3-27 


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Standings - 1A
1A Stage Two Standings
SuperLeague
 1. Buducnost 10-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-3 
 3. Ulcijn 5-4 
 4. Lovcen 5-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-8 
 6. Jedinstvo 1-9 
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


Standings - 1B
1B Stage Two Standings
 1. Sutjeska 12-2 
 2. KK Podgorica 11-3 
 3. Un.Mediteran 9-5 
 4. Ibar Rozaje 6-8 
 5. Centar BP 5-9 
 6. Rudar 5-9 
 7. Buducnost II 4-10 
 8. S.Centar 4-10 
regular season Standings


MNE1A S-League 10. Round : Buducnost and Lovcen celebrated the 10th round - by Dragan Scepanovic
Buducnost and Lovcen achieved victory in the last round of Super League. Buducnost is on its floor was convincing against Teodo 91:61, while Lovcen in Bijelo Polje beat Jedinstvo 88:60. In the final match of this round, Mornar on Monday (19 hours) welcomes Ulcinj.
Buducnost of the league of the Super League ended with a maximal effect, and all 10 victories - the blue in the tenth round mastered Teodo 91:61 (21:13, 26:24, 24:14, 20:10).For Buducnost Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) (15), Marko Popovic (13), Vladimir Mihajlovic (12) and Nemanja Milosevic (12) had double-digit performance of the winning team, while the guests pointed out Nikola Rondovic with 18 points and Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) with 13 points.
Lovcen in Bijelo Polje, was better than Jedinstvo 88:60 (31:16, 11:14, 30:17, 16:13).Lovcen the Super League ended with half performance - five wins and losses, while the Jedinstvo with a win and nine defeats ended up in last place.Lovcen to victory led by Nikola Vucurovic with 19 points, while in Jedinstvo, said Nikola Korac started with 14 points.




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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 3. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.2 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.14.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.0 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.10.5 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 8. Camby, Portland TB10.2 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers9.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 5. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 6. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.3 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.8.1 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.1 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.1 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.1 
 4. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwauke.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.6 
 2. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 5. Milicic, Minnesota2.0 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippe.1.8 


Doc Rivers expects Rajon Rondo for Game 4 - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers expressed optimism about the potential for guards Rajon Rondo (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) (dislocated left elbow) and Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) (left shoulder bruise) to be available for Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat, but admitted the team would wait for MRI results for both players before gauging their potential to play Monday night.

Regardless of what those tests reveal, and whether the duo can be effective on the floor if limited by injury, Rivers said there's no excuses moving forward.

'I'm optimistic about both, that they're going to play,' said Rivers. 'I don't know why I am, but I am. I just don't know how well either one can play. But like I've said, if you're on the floor, you're healthy, and that's the way it's been. That's been my motto since I've been here and our guys believe that.'

Rondo dislocated his left elbow in Saturday night's playoff game after crashing to the court in a tangle with Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

Rondo remained on the floor while the team doctor rushed out to attend to him. After a few minutes, Rondo was helped to his feet and walked off the court, with Dr. Brian McKeon immobilizing Rondo's left arm. Boston's medical staff was able to pop it back into place.

West suffered a shoulder bruise late in the first half.

'I think it was Kevin [Garnett] actually who said it, what I always say, 'If you're in uniform, you're healthy. If you're not healthy, you're not in uniform.' That's how we always viewed it,' Rivers said. 'And we will make no excuses [Monday]. [Monday] is a playoff game, it's Game 4, and we have to win. That's all we have to think about.'

Rivers said the trainer's room was a popular hangout on Sunday morning with team trainer Eddie Lacerte a man in demand. As expected, Rivers confirmed that Rondo was in a lot more discomfort after the adrenaline wore off and his elbow swelled up. Rivers had originally expressed pessimism about West after Saturday's game, even as the player suggested he was fine, but test results will offer better clarity about the pair's potential moving forward.

Rivers stressed that, even if the MRIs check out OK, the Celtics might not truly know the status of both players until Monday's game when they'll undergo the more discerning eyeball test. Rivers said as long as the players are not hurting themselves or the team, he expects them to play if physically able.

Ray Allen wasn't about to tip his team's hand in regards to whether Rondo might be able to play in Game 4.

'I have no opinion on that,' said Allen. 'Obviously, [Sunday] is a whole day that you have to rest, so that's going to be up to him.'

Asked whether Rondo could get through a whole game with only one arm truly available, Allen said: 'You've got to ask him that.'

Elsewhere on the injury front, Shaquille O'Neal (right calf/Achilles) experienced expected soreness after logging 8 minutes in Game 3, his first game action since April 3 (and only his second appearance since Feb. 1). Rivers said he expects the 39-year-old center to be available for Game 4.

'It's day to day with Shaq and his body, and his life in the NBA, but I do think he'll be able to [provide a similar effort to Game 3],' said Rivers.

Paul Pierce, who suffered an Achilles strain in Game 2, was one of the few players on the court before the team's afternoon film session. Pierce appeared to be experiencing no lingering effects after a near 41-minute effort Saturday.

If Rondo and West are limited, it's likely the Celtics would have to activate backup point guard Carlos Arroyo, who actually dressed for the first two games of the series before being deactivated Saturday with the return of O'Neal.

Said Rivers of the former Heat guard: 'It helps that he knows their stuff. But knowing our stuff is really important as well. And he's been here long enough, so he knows that as well.

The Heat lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Courtesy of ESPN


Knicks wait for star free agents Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard but seek a center for now - by Eurobasket News
With the Heat flexing its starpower in the Eastern Conference playoffs, it's a reminder the Knicks seem to be at least one superstar short of competing against a team that figures to be a powerhouse for the next five years.

Assistant GM Allan Houston said the Knicks, who are interested in adding Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) or Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) via trade or in next year's free agency, have a fluid offseason strategy, subject to changes in the CBA and elsewhere.

The Heat hit the free-agent lotto last year. The Knicks are playing the numbers for 2012 while strapping on a parachute.

'I don't think you can look at one team and say that's what the standard model should be because it usually doesn't work that way,' Houston said Saturday at the draft combine at the Nets' practice facility. 'You have to take what you have and you have a plan, but things change quickly.

'Fortunately, if you put yourself in a good position like Donnie Walsh has in the last few years, you have an opportunity to (get another star). But if it doesn't happen, you have to leave yourself with the best possible scenario left.'

Unfortunately for the Knicks, the scenario for this offseason is pretty bleak with just one draft pick (17th overall) and zero cap space. They also don't have a general manager signed through next season because the man responsible for rebuilding the franchise from rubble, Walsh, has yet to sign an extension and his option wasn't picked up by the April 30 deadline.

Walsh and representatives from 28 other teams were in New Jersey to scout 22 prospects in 5-on-5 sessions, although none of the players are projected as first-rounders.

Houston outlined the Knicks' needs - including a young point guard and a shooter - but indicated they most desire a center. Their salary is structured so that cap space opens up after next season, when Paul, Howard and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) could become free agents.

'The biggest thing we need is rebounding and a down-low presence,' Houston said. 'It's unclear if you're going to find that in the draft or not. '

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Jason Terry wants to retire in Dallas - by Eurobasket News
Mavs guard Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) has been essential to Dallas recent success, and if its up to him, hell continue to be essential there until his career is over. Via ESPN Dallas: Jason Terry, in the midst of a redemptive postseason that has helped move the Dallas Mavericks one win from a second-round sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, said Saturday that he wants to retire with the Mavericks, the team he joined in 2004 as Steve Nashs replacement. The 12th-year shooting guard has one season remaining on the six-year, $57 million free-agent contract he signed in 2006, just weeks after the Mavs melted down and lost a 2-0 lead to the Miami Heat in the franchises infamous first NBA Finals appearance. This season Terry easily reached a minutes-played clause in his contract that fully guarantees his final season at $10.7 million. Entering the postseason, speculation revolved around Terry possibly being shopped during the offseason if his downward trend in the playoffs continued. Terry, 33, said this poised and productive playoff run - coming off an emotionally off-kilter end to the regular season - has been fueled by his passion to overcome past failures and to ensure his longevity in Dallas. Terry has emerged as the Mavs much-needed second-leading scorer, averaging 16.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting, behind superstar Dirk Nowitzki. No question. Thats definitely even more a part of the motivation knowing that I want to be here in Dallas. I want to retire here, Terry said. I want to be up there next to Brad Davis and Dirk [Nowitzki] and Rolando [Blackman] when its all said and done. Davis and Blackman have both had their numbers retired, and Nowitzki, a sure Hall-of-Famer, will certainly have his jersey raised to the rafters. Told of Terrys desire, Mavs president Donnie Nelson said, The feelings mutual. Hes the life of the party in that locker room, Nelson said. Hes got an edge to him that people dont understand how competitive he is because I think when he does interviews he is so engaging and hes got an incredible sense of humor. But, when he steps on that floor he is all business.

Courtesy of www.slamonline.com


Sixers may look to trade Andre Iguodala - by Eurobasket News
After the Sixers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Heat, guard Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) seemed to indicate that his time in Philadelphia might not last much longer.

I expect to be back in the NBA, Iguodala said at the time. Its always been a dream of mine to play ball. This has been a great ride so far, not just with the Sixers, just playing basketball in general. I'm really looking forward to getting some rest this summer, just letting my body recuperate and get back to 100 percent, and I'm really looking forward to next year being my best year in the league.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Iguodalas uncertainty is well-founded. The paper reports that Iguodala has made no formal request for a trade, but that the team will look to move him this summer anyway and focus its building efforts around Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams.

Trading Iguodala will be easier said than done, though. He has an excellent reputation as a defender, but his offense is spotty, particularly his shooting, and for a guy being paid a max contract, that deficiency is a bit much for other front office executives to overlook. Iguodala has four years and $56 million remaining on his contract.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Kobe very confident despite Lakers deficit (0-3) - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) described himself as very confident Saturday, even with the Lakers staring at a 3-0 series deficit against the Dallas Mavericks.

'Just relax and play', Bryant said.

Bryant huddled with friend and fellow captain Derek Fisher after Game 3 (included in my column about the Lakers late-game choking is them not leaving the locker room till more than an hour after the game) and after a nights sleep stuck with his belief that the Lakers could minimize mistakes and build new momentum.

'Gonna keep this train moving', Bryant said. 'You can either be on it or in front of it.'

Bryant took responsibility for the Lakers late-game failures, saying he needs to go get the ball and make plays.

Fisher was on the training table before practice Saturday, with an electrical stimulation unit attached to the top of his left foot.

Courtesy of http://lakers.ocregister.com


Phil Jackson fined $35,000 - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 for public comments about the officiating, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Jackson made his comments yesterday during the Lakers off day media availability.

The comments had to do with the defense on Pau Gasol, and how the Hornets and Mavericks have both been allowed to use, in Jacksons mind, illegal defense to push Gasol out of the lane.

This is the third time Jackson has been fined by the league recently. The other two incidents had to do with his comments about the Maloof brothers and the Sacramento Kings, while the other fine had to do with comments he made about the possible lockout next season.

Courtesy of http://lakernation.com


Derrick Rose Leads the Bulls to Victory - by Eddie King
'If that's there best shot, then we're just fine' Those were the words uttered by Atlanta shooting guard Jamal Crawford (6'5 '80 college Michigan) after the Bulls beat them in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. Now I don't know if that was posted on any bulletin boards on the Bulls Locker room but I'm pretty sure it was posted in the memory bank of the League's MVP Derrick Rose (6'3 '88 college Memphis), who uses small to things to motivate himself to play even. A lot like Michael Jordan (6'6 '63 college NorthCarolina) use to do.

Rose admittedly wasn't as aggressive on his drives to the basket as he usually is, because as he said, 'I didnt want to land funny on anyone foot'. But with early and often drives to the basket, including the unbelievable crossover on Jeff Teague (6'2 '88 college Wake Forest), spliting 3 other players and then smashing and two hand slam in the middle of the paint.

Joe Johnson (6'7 '81 college Arkansas), Al Horford (6'10 '86 college Florida), and the afore mentioned Crawford were all no shows. That's mainly because of the Bulls Stifling defense. Joakim Noah (6'11 '85 college Florida) 2pts 13rebs (7off) 3ast 3blks was all energy and did the intangibles like always, Kyle Korver (6'7 '81 college Creighton) hit 3 huge threepointers that kept Atlanta's defense honest.

But the story of the game is Rose's dominance on the offensive end and ridiculous numbers of 44pts 7asts 5rebs......

Last I checked, no post game comments after game 3 from Crawford!

News brought to you by Eddie King


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Kentucky freshman point guard Brandon Knight will remain in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight (6'3''-G) said Friday that he'll keep his name in the 2011 NBA draft.

He made his decision after a combine for league scouts, where he was told he could be among the first 10 selections June 23.

Knight is the fourth straight freshman point guard to leave a John Calipari-coached program to go to the NBA. He was preceded by Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans at Memphis and John Wall at Kentucky.

Sunday is the NCAA deadline for early-entry players to withdraw from the draft.

Tennessee freshman forward Tobias Harris also will remain in the draft after being projected as a first-round pick.

Courtesy of www.insidebayarea.com


Mike Brey to meet with Maryland officials; Sean Miller staying at Arizona - by Eurobasket News
Two days after Maryland celebrated the career of retiring coach Gary Williams , the schools search for Williamss replacement could be turning to Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey.

Brey will meet with Maryland officials on Sunday to discuss the vacant mens basketball head coaching position, according to a source close to Brey and to the Maryland athletic department who was not authorized to speak on the record.

After Williams announced his retirement, it appeared the focus of Marylands job search was Arizona Coach Sean Miller. Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson was expected to travel to meet with the Wildcats coach in Las Vegas, where Miller was at a coaching clinic, according to sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.

However, Arizona announced late Saturday night on its athletics departments Web site that Miller had agreed to a contract extension to remain in Tucson.

Sean and I have had many positive conversations and have been working on a revised contract for some time, Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne said in the statement. Im pleased to confirm that we have agreed to an amendment to Seans contract that we hope will keep him in Tucson for many years to come.

Terms of the extension were not immediately released.

In a separate statement posted on Arizonas Web site, Miller said: Over the last two days, the amount of inaccuracies that surrounded this entire process has been very disappointing. Hopefully, this will put an end to such speculation. ... While its flattering to be mentioned as a candidate for job openings, such speculation only means that our staff is doing great things here in Tucson.

Sources said there is mutual interest between Maryland and Brey, who has deep roots in the area. One source close to the Maryland athletic department and to Brey said Brey wants the Maryland job.

Maryland already has reached out to representatives for Brey, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday afternoon, and Brey has a contract extension in the works to remain with the Irish, a source told the newspaper.

Brey, this past seasons Big East coach of the year, has a 238-120 record in 11 seasons at Notre Dame. But Brey has made just one round-of-16 appearance (2003) during his tenure, and the Fighting Irish were upset by Florida State in the second round of this years tournament.

Born in Bethesda, Brey graduated from DeMatha and George Washington, and later returned to the area as an assistant for five seasons under Morgan Wootten.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Reggie Jackson staying in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Boston College guard Reggie Jackson (6'3''-G-84) says he will forgo his senior season and remain in the NBA draft.

In a statement released by the college Saturday, Jackson said the NBA 'has always been a dream of mine and it is one I wish to pursue.' The 6-foot-3 Jackson had until Sunday's NCAA deadline to decide whether to commit to the draft or remove his name from consideration and retain his college eligibility.

Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds last season. He was the team's leading scorer as it rebounded from a sub-.500 season and went 21-13 (9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) under first-year coach Steve Donahue.

Jackson was named to the all-ACC team, and was an honorable mention All-America by The Associated Press.

Courtesy of ESPN


Terrence Jones returning to Kentucky - by Eurobasket News
Freshman star Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-85) is sticking around his old Kentucky home.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced via Twitter on Saturday that he was taking his name out of the NBA draft and returning for his sophomore year with the Wildcats.

Last year was an unbelievable experience, but we left a lot on the table, Jones said. Ive decided to come back and help us get back to the Final Four and bring the Big Blue Nation a national championship.

Jones averaged 15.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks last season, and set a school freshman record by pouring in 35 points in a victory over Auburn in January. He was chosen SEC Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press.

He took on a lesser role in the postseason, a move coach John Calipari said was vital to helping the Wildcats reach their first Final Four in 13 years.

Calipari, who was attending the Kentucky Derby on Saturday afternoon, praised the decision through his own Twitter account.

Im very happy for Terrence and his family because he did the right thing for his future but he had to come to that conclusion, Calipari wrote.

Jones, fellow freshman Brandon Knight and junior DeAndre Liggins all made declared for the draft last month but chose not to sign with an agent, opening the door for their return.

Underclassmen have until midnight on Sunday to take their name out of the draft pool.

Knight announced Friday he would remain in the draft while Liggins will make a decision after completing a pre-draft camp.

Even if Liggins joins Knight in the pros, Kentucky should be loaded next season. The Wildcats welcome another high-profile group of freshmen in the fall led by point guard Marquis Teague and forwards Anthony Davis and Wayne Gilchrist.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Duke adds Jeff Capel to coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
Former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel has taken a job on the Duke staff.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Sunday that the former Blue Devils guard will be one of his assistant coaches. Capel spent the past nine seasons as a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth and then Oklahoma. The Sooners fired him in March following their second consecutive losing season.

Krzyzewski calls Capel 'a great fit in our program.' He scored 1,601 points as a four-year starter in the 1990s.

To make room, Krzyzewski shifted Nate James to special assistant. James' role will not include on-court coaching.

Capel becomes the fourth Duke team captain on Krzyzewski's staff, along with James and associate head coaches Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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Maxey's 29 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Erron Maxey (198-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Wellington S. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 29 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Wellington S. in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team OceanaGold N. (#9, 0-5) with 19-point margin 115-96. Wellington S. maintains the 2nd position in New Zealand league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Wellington S. already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Maxey had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Wellington S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Erron Maxey averages this season 18.4ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Campbell (214-C-82, agency: SportsTalent) of Taranaki MA. He is American center in his first season at Taranaki MA. In the last game Campbell recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Taranaki MA lost that game 102-124 to league's leader Wellington S. (#2, 6-0). This loss caused Taranaki MA to drop to 8th position in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Taranaki MA managed to get this year. Campbell is one of the most experienced players at Taranaki MA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Alex Pledger (216-C-87) of Waikato P. (#5). Pledger scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Pledger's great performance Waikato P. lost 80-90 to the league's current leader Wellington S. (#2, 6-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Waikato P. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pledger could help Waikato P. to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Pledger as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kareem Johnson (205-C-80) of Wellington S. - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J. - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Lance Allred (211-C-81) of OceanaGold N. - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Kareem Johnson (205-C-80) of Wellington S. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jeremy Kench (187-G-84) of Manawatu J. - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Lindsay Tait (194-G-82) of Wellington S. - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Arthur Trousdell (203-F-81) of Bay Hawks - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Nzwaa participates in Saudi Arabia - by Eurobasket News
Nzwaa participates in Saudi Arabia at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011. Eight teams are divided into two groups with 4 in each. Group A already has two representatives for the Semifinals. AlGarrafa from Qatar won all three games, while Uhud from Saudi Arabia advanced with 2-1 record.
In Day 1 Uhud outscored Nzwaa from Oman 82:79 in overtime. The team from Saudi Arabia started with 21-14, but Nzwaa replied with 20-13 in the second period. The teams again exchanged the victories in the second and headed into overtime after 72:72 after four quarters. With only 10-7 in it the hosts managed to secure the first win. Mohsin Khalaf scored the final three to bring the first win.
In Day 2 AlGarrafa from Qatar closed day 2 with the win over Nzwaa from Oman 81:75.
Al Ahli scored a resounding 83:69 victory over Oman's Nazwa in the 31st GCC Clubs Basketball Championship, being played in Jeddah. Maytham Jameel led the way with 23 points, while Emirati import Salem Mubarak chipped in with 17.






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LPB Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Benfica joins Porto in title series - by Eurobasket News
Academica - Benfica 63-80

Benfica delivered the third win in the series against Academica and advanced into the championship series. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 48-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Benfica made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gregory Jenkins (206-82, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Ben Reed (191-83, college: W.Michigan) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Diogo Simoes (178-80) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Academica: T.Eddie 19+10reb, D.Simoes 15+3reb+3ast, T.Pinto 12+1reb+6ast, M.Shaw 10+4reb, F.Sousa 7+5reb+2ast, B.Costa 0
Benfica: G.Jenkins 17+6reb+5ast, S.Ramos 16+6reb, M.Minhava 15+5reb+6ast, B.Reed 13+10reb+3ast, E.Evora 8+4reb, H.Evans 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 128199




Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Sampa.
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Luettgerodt, Samp.21.0 
 2. Curnell, Barreiren.20.1 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense19.8 
 4. Eddie, Academica18.2 
 5. Shaw, Academica18.0 
 6. Austin, Vitoria SC17.9 
 7. Johnson, Barreire.17.6 
 8. Crutchfield, Illia.17.4 
 9. Goode, Penafiel17.4 
 10. Cortez, Ovarense16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Vitoria SC
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Martin, Vitoria SC10.3 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Robert, Lusitania9.7 
 4. Shaw, Academica9.1 
 5. Eddie, Academica9.0 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.8 
 7. Jackson, Sampaense8.8 
 8. Terrell, Porto F.8.5 
 9. Curnell, Barreiren.8.5 
 10. Nolen, Penafiel8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Manarte, Ovarense6.9 
 2. Sing, Sampaense6.3 
 3. Monteiro, Lusitania5.2 
 4. Minhava, Benfica5.2 
 5. Reveles, Ginasio4.9 
 6. Silva, CAB4.6 
 7. Simoes, Academica4.5 
 8. Fernandes, CAB4.5 
 9. Barroso, Ginasio4.0 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone CURNELL
  Barreirense
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Curnell, Barreiren.3.2 
 2. Cortez, Ovarense2.7 
 3. Goode, Penafiel2.6 
 4. Silva, CAB2.5 
 5. Jackson, CAB2.5 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.2 
 7. Felix, Illiabum2.1 
 8. Eddie, Academica2.0 
 9. Holland, Academica1.9 
 10. Hartford, Ginasio1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel MOMPLASIR
  Lusitania
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Momplasir, Lusitan.3.8 
 2. Coelho, CAB1.2 
 3. Jackson, Sampaense1.2 
 4. Willis, Illiabum1.1 
 5. Gentry, CAB1.1 
 6. Nolen, Penafiel1.1 
 7. Gray, Sampaense1.1 
 8. Harris, Illiabum1.0 
 9. Terrell, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Austin, Vitoria SC0.9 


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Peter John Ramos gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had an amazing evening in the last week for league's leader Quebradillas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 12.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 39 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Isabela (#9, 5-10) in overtime 108-102. It allowed Quebradillas to jump to the first place in the American BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Quebradillas has a very solid 10-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Ramos had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Quebradillas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Ramos has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 60.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 28-year old American forward Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Santurce. Sweetney impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for Santurce to edge Humacao (7-7) by 6 points 102-96. This victory allowed Santurce to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 7-7 record is not bad at all. Sweetney is one of the most experienced players at Santurce and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of Isabela (#9). Randolph got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last week. He went also for eighteen rebounds . Despite Randolph's great performance Isabela lost 102-108in overtime to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#1, 10-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. 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 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Randolph could try to bring Isabela's a little bit higher in the standings. Randolph has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.6rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 50.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of San German - 20 points and 17 rebounds
5. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80) of San German - 18 points and 16 rebounds
6. Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85) of Guaynabo - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) of Santurce - 29 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jeffrion Aubry (205-C-76) of Arecibo - 10 points and 12 rebounds
9. Carlos Rivera (187-G-83) of Mayaguez - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87) of Isabela - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


BSN Round 12: Quebradillas keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Quebradillas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Quebradillas defeated 9th ranked Gallitos at home 108-102 in overtime. Gallitos were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Quebradillas, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-11. Quebradillas made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American guard Daniel Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Gallitos at the other side keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Gallitos will play next round against strong Cangrejeros trying to get back on the winning streak. Quebradillas will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Vaqueros in Bayamon.



Mayaguez - Arecibo 69-77

There was no surprise in Mayaguez where 10th ranked Indios (3-11) were defeated by seventh ranked Capitanes (7-7) 77-69 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Capitanes made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Jeffrion Aubry (205-76, college: Cornell, agency: Paris Global Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Capitanes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capitanes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Humacao and Santurce. Indios lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Capitanes will face Atleticos (#7) in San German in the next round. Indios will play on the road against Maratonistas in Coamo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mayaguez: C.Rivera 24+5reb+3ast, A.Carmona 17+2reb, B.Robinson 12+6reb+2ast, J.Dwayne 5+9reb, H.Valenzuela 4+2reb, C.Ramon 3+7reb+2ast
Arecibo: D.Cortes 17+2reb+2ast, D.Copeland 15+1reb+4ast, D.Pinnock 15+5reb+3ast, J.Aubry 10+12reb+1ast, I.Caro 10+5reb+2ast, A.Latimer 8+5reb
gschID: 125535


Humacao - Santurce 96-102

There was a small surprise in Humacao where sixth ranked Cangrejeros (7-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Caciques (7-7) 102-96 on Thursday. Caciques were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 31-24 charge of Cangrejeros, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Cangrejeros outrebounded Caciques 43-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Sweetney (203-82, college: Georgetown) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. International power forward Ricky Sanchez (212-87, college: High School) chipped in 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks. Five Cangrejeros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who recorded 29 points and American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Cangrejeros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Humacao and Arecibo. Cangrejeros will face Gallitos (#9) in Isabela in the next round where they are favorite. Caciques will play at home against Maratonistas (#8) in Coamo.
Top scorers:
Humacao: D.Clemente 29+3reb+3ast, I.Johnson 22+7reb+2ast, J.Maye 13+10reb+2ast, J.Life 9+1reb+1ast, J.Garcia 7+1reb+5ast, K.Penn 6+4reb
Santurce: R.Sanchez 29+5reb, W.Hodge 19+2reb+3ast, M.Sweetney 16+18reb+6ast, A.Reyes 15+5reb, R.Chaney 12+9reb+2ast, R.Melendez 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 125532


Quebradillas - Isabela 108-102 OT

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Quebradillas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Quebradillas defeated 9th ranked Gallitos at home 108-102 in overtime. Gallitos were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Quebradillas, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-11. Quebradillas made 23-of-24 free shots (95.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American guard Daniel Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Five Quebradillas and four Gallitos players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Gallitos at the other side keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Gallitos will play next round against strong Cangrejeros trying to get back on the winning streak. Quebradillas will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Vaqueros in Bayamon.
Top scorers:
Isabela: S.Randolph 31+18reb+1ast, J.Verdejo 22+4reb+3ast, L.Clinch 21+8reb+4ast, F.Valencia 15+8reb+4ast, D.Hinson 7+3reb+2ast, C.Soto 3+1reb
Quebradillas: P.John Ramos 39+10reb, D.Brown 14+6reb+4ast, D.Huertas 12+8reb+3ast, D.Sims 12+4reb+1ast, R.Apodaca 11+3reb+4ast, J.Jones 10+3reb+6ast
gschID: 125533


San German - Guaynabo 81-86

Rather expected game in San German where 6th ranked Atleticos (7-8) were defeated by third ranked Mets (10-6) 86-81 on Friday. Atleticos were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mets made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Shaun Pruitt (208-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international swingman Angel Luis Figueroa (196-81, college: Dowling, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ryann Abraham (178-87, college: Appalachian St.) added 19 points respectively. Five Mets and four Atleticos players scored in double figures. Atleticos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mets moved-up to second place. Loser Atleticos dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Mets will have a break next round. Atleticos will play on the road against Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: R.Abraham 19+3reb+3ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 16+6reb+2ast, J.Lloreda 16+10reb+1ast, M.Harris 12+11reb+2ast, J.Rodriguez 6+2reb+1ast, C.Strong 6+3reb+1ast
Guaynabo: R.Dalmau 20+2reb+2ast, A.Luis Figueroa 19+4reb+5ast, M.Worthington 19+6reb+3ast, S.Pruitt 14+15reb+2ast, C.Escalera 12+3reb+5ast, S.Villegas 2
gschID: 125534


Coamo - San German 75-87

There was a small surprise in Coamo where sixth ranked Atleticos (7-8) beat 6th ranked Maratonistas (6-8) 87-75 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 52-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Atleticos outrebounded Maratonistas 48-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. Maratonistas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Four Atleticos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) who recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Manuel Antonio Narvaez (211-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Atleticos went down to seventh position due to points difference. Maratonistas lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Atleticos will face higher ranked Capitanes (#5) in Arecibo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Maratonistas will play at home against Indios in Mayaguez and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Coamo: J.Villegas 17+5reb+6ast, C.Vega 14+3reb+1ast, M.Antonio Narvaez 13+8reb, M.Freije 9+4reb+1ast, R.Fields 7+4reb+2ast, A.Ortiz 6+1reb+2ast
San German: M.Harris 20+17reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 18+16reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 15+5reb+2ast, C.Strong 13+1reb+2ast, R.Orta 9+2ast, R.Abraham 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 125531




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


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas23.6 
 2. Vassallo, Guaynabo23.6 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.9 
 4. Villegas, Coamo19.9 
 5. Robinson, Mayaguez19.8 
 6. Clinch, Isabela19.8 
 7. Clemente, Humacao19.2 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 9. Johnson, Humacao17.8 
 10. Brown, Quebradill.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shavlik RANDOLPH
  Isabela
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Randolph, Isabela12.1 
 2. Narvaez, Coamo11.8 
 3. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.7 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.6 
 5. Lloreda, San G.10.9 
 6. Harris, San German10.4 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon9.8 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce8.7 
 10. Robinson, Mayagu.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.6 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas6.2 
 3. Clemente, Humacao5.6 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.9 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez4.1 
 7. Garcia, Humacao3.9 
 8. Vega, Coamo3.9 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hinson, Isabela2.1 
 2. Clinch, Isabela1.9 
 3. Rodriguez, Guayna.1.6 
 4. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 5. Berdiel, Humacao1.5 
 6. Dalmau, Bayamon1.4 
 7. Robinson, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Rodriguez, Mayag.1.4 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez1.4 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  Mayaguez
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lamizana, Mayaguez3.0 
 2. Penn, Humacao2.5 
 3. Traylor, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Romero, Mayaguez1.9 
 5. Santiago, Arecibo1.8 
 6. Shannon, Bayamon1.6 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Robinson, Mayaguez1.6 
 9. Randolph, Isabela1.4 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce1.4 


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  QATAR   


AlGarrafa wins Group A in Jeddah - by Eurobasket News
AlGarrafa wins Group A in Jeddah at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011. Eight teams are divided into two groups with 4 in each. Group A already has two representatives for the Semifinals. AlGarrafa from Qatar won all three games, while Uhud from Saudi Arabia advanced with 2-1 record. Another representative from Qatar Al-Rayan won one game and lost another in Group B.
In Day 1 Al Gharafa of Qatar overcame Al Ahli from Bahrain 76:69. 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 leveled the scores at 15-15 in the eighth minute. Lamond Murray ended up with 25 points in the losing effort, while Maytham Jameel added 13.
Al-Rayan from Qatar beat AlQadsia from Kuwait in the opener 93:74.
In Day 2 AlGarrafa from Qatar closed day 2 with the win over Nzwaa from Oman 81:75.
In Day 3 Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates overcame Al-Rayan from Qatar 75:62. Al-Shabab opened the game with 14-13 in the first period and produced a 19-14 in the second frame. The team from Qatar replied with 18-12 in the third frame, but could not win the game.
AlGarrafa from Qatar closed Day 3 with the win over Uhud 86:70 to win Group A.






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  ROMANIA   


U-Mobitelco joined Ploiesti in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
U.Mobitel.CN - Gaz Metan 80-70

U-Mobitelco won 80:70 over Gaz Metan to win the series 3-2 and advanced to the Finals. The game was mostly controlled by U-Mobitelco. Gaz Metan managed to win second period 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U-Mobitelco looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Gaz Metan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Kyndall Dykes (191-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. The former international forward Titus Nicoara (200-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Uros Velickovic (190-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Gaz Metan.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 25+6reb+2ast, Z.Krstanovic 24+8reb+1ast, M.Silvasan 12+1reb+4ast, B.Cuic 10+10reb+7ast, T.Morris 5+1reb+7ast, S.Thomson 3+1reb+1ast
Gaz Metan: T.Nicoara 22+7reb+2ast, U.Velickovic 14+3reb+4ast, I.Ivanovic 11+5reb+2ast, J.Howell 9+3reb+5ast, D.Mitchell 6+3reb, T.Jucan 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 128168


Relegation
Miercurea Ciuc - Politehnica Iasi 102-87

The game was mostly controlled by Miercurea Ciuc. Politehnica Iasi managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Politehnica Iasi 40-26 including a 35-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Miercurea Ciuc shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-81) added 22 points in the effort for Politehnica Iasi. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Miercurea Ciuc: C.Hannah 36+5reb+9ast, J.Huffman 18+4reb, Y.Coleman 15+17reb+4ast, E.Tucker 15+1reb+2ast, Z.Samuila 10+8reb+4ast, L.Levine 8+3reb+2ast
Politehnica Iasi: B.Kabengele-Kalala 22+3reb+3ast, L.Dawson 21+4reb+4ast, B.McCullough 19+3reb+4ast, I.Huludet 11+7reb, M.Nicolae 10+7reb, N.Marinkovic 2+1reb
gschID: 128169




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Polite.
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.5 
 2. Hannah, Miercure.21.2 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.7 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.2 
 5. Tomic, CSM B.19.9 
 6. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 7. Horton, Craiova19.6 
 8. Darby, Rovinari19.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti19.0 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simms, Craiova11.0 
 2. Coleman, Miercure.10.5 
 3. Bennett, CSM B.9.6 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.3 
 5. Bigus, Rovinari9.3 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.9 
 7. Forte, Mures8.5 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.9 
 9. Harrison, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 10. Carutasu, Steaua7.7 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cooley, Mures8.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercure.6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 6. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.2 
 7. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti4.8 
 10. Dzambic, Timisoara4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola STOJAKOVIC
  Craiova
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 2. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.4 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.4 
 4. Cooley, Mures2.4 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 8. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN1.9 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni1.9 
 10. Loyd, CSU Sibiu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 3. Eichelberger, Pite.1.6 
 4. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 5. Herndon, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.4 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 9. Waterstradt, CSM B.0.9 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobite.0.9 


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Jeddah hosts Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Jeddah hosts Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011. Eight teams are divided into two groups with 4 in each. Group A already has two representatives for the Semifinals. AlGarrafa from Qatar won all three games, while Uhud from Saudi Arabia advanced with 2-1 record.

In Day 1 Al Gharafa of Qatar overcame Al Ahli from Bahrain 76:69. 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 leveled the scores at 15-15 in the eighth minute. Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort, while Maytham Jameel (182-G) added 13.
Uhud outscored Nzwaa from Oman 82:79 in overtime. The team from Saudi Arabia started with 21-14, but Nzwaa replied with 20-13 in the second period. The teams again exchanged the victories in the second and headed into overtime after 72:72 after four quarters. With only 10-7 in it the hosts managed to secure the first win. Mohsen Khalaf scored the final three to bring the first win.
Al-Rayan from Qatar beat AlQadsia from Kuwait in the opener 93:74.

In Day 2 Uhud of Saudi Arabia edged Al Ahli 76:61. It was the home team who proved the stronger side. They took a five-point lead in the first quarter, then extended their advantage to 38-33 at half-time. Ohod were relying on their most experienced player Mohsen Khalaf scored 34 points in total as Ohod stretched their lead to 10 points (58-48) at the end of the third quarter, then kept their momentum in the fourth quarter for a 15-point victory.
Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia beat Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates 79:77. The home side started with 27-25 and then added 15-14 in the second period. Moreover Al-Ittihad won the third period 23-18 to secure the bigger lead, but could save only 2-point victory.
AlGarrafa from Qatar closed day 2 with the win over Nzwaa from Oman 81:75.

In Day 3 Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates overcame Al-Rayan from Qatar 75:62. Al-Shabab opened the game with 14-13 in the first period and produced a 19-14 in the second frame. The team from Qatar replied with 18-12 in the third frame, but could not win the game.
Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia reached the second win in the tournament beating AlQadsia from Kuwait 80:61. Al-Ittihad needed 16-11 lead in the first period, but was shocked by the opponent later in the half. AlQadsia grabbed the lead at the halftime after 20-12, but Al-Ittihad replied with 23-6 in the third period and never looked behind after.
AlGarrafa from Qatar closed Day 3 with the win over Uhud 86:70 to win Group A.
In Day 4 Al Ahli scored a resounding 83:69 victory over Oman's Nazwa in the 31st GCC Clubs Basketball Championship, being played in Jeddah. Maytham Jameel led the way with 23 points, while Emirati import Salem Mubarak chipped in with 17.






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  SERBIA   


FMP earn first win at Nike International Junior Tournament - by Eurobasket News
IJT FMP - IJT INSEP 71:69

IJT FMP wrapped up their Nike International Junior Tournament campaign on a high note. They narrowly defeated IJT INSEP to finish at 1-2 record in Group A. INSEP slipped at 1-2 record but managed to secure the second place in the ladder. Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93) came up with 19 points to lead the effort. Dusan Ristic (204-F-95) hit a game-winner late in regulation to seal the victory for FMP.
INSEP got to a strong start to the game. They outscored the Serbian team 20:10 in the first stanza. The French youngsters kept their opponents at bay in the second quarter. INSEP posted a 40:28 lead at the interval. FMP put on more aggressive way of defense in the third term and it paid off as they limited INSEP to just 13 points. FMP trailed by just 7 points heading into the final stanza. They denied the deficit and later Nikola Jankovic and Dusan Ristic claimed the victory for FMP.
Dusan Ristic produced 18 points and 15 rebounds for FMP. Nikola Rebic (172-G-95) accounted for 12 points and 7 assists in the victory. Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) answered with 25 points and 7 rebounds for INSEP. Ulysse Adjagba (184-G-93) and Mouhammadou Jaiteh (204-C-94) finished with 13 points each in the loss.

IJT FMP: Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin 19, Dusan Ristic 18+15 boards, Nikola Rebic 12
IJT INSEP: Jean-Charles Livio 25, Ulysse Adjagba 13, Mouhammadou Jaiteh 13




Team China cruise past Crvena Zvezda for first win in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
IJT Team China - IJT Crvena Zvezda 108:71

IJT Team China wrapped up their Nike International Tournament campaign with victory. They defated IJT Crvena Zvezda for the initial win. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) stepped up with 22 points to pace the winners. Team China occupied the second place, while Crvena Zvezda fell at in the fourth position in Group B.
Team China stormed into this one. The Asian side erupted for 30 points in the starting frame to take a 12-point lead. The margin grew at 20-point mark at halftime 59:39. Crvena Zvezda adjusted their defense in the third frame as they limited Team China to 15 points and cut the deficit but it was not enough. Team China fired 34 points in the fourth stanza to rally to a confident win at the end. Ju Mingxin (200-G/F-93) and Wang Zirui scored 16 points each for Team China. Andrija Bojic (206-G/F-93) responded with 14 points for Crvena Zvezda. Ivan Marinkovic (207-F-93) chipped in 13 points in defeat.

IJT Team China: Guo Ailun 22, Ju Mingxin 16, Wang Ziriu 16
IJT Crvena Zvezda: Andrija Bojic 14, Ivan Marinkovic 13



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


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


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.3 
 3. Burrows, Komarno21.7 
 4. Carter, Vahostav.20.9 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 8. McCoy, Vahostav.18.1 
 9. Henderson, Levice17.8 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 C.J. JACKSON
  Komarno
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 2. Tomek, Nitra10.8 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.3 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.4 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.1 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.9 
 9. Henderson, Levice7.7 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Moore, Nitra7.0 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.6.0 
 4. Fears, Prievidza5.6 
 5. English, Levice5.5 
 6. Cosic, Svit5.2 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
 9. Gavlak, Handlova3.9 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fears, Prievidza3.1 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 3. Moore, Nitra2.4 
 4. English, Levice2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 6. Nuber, Handlova2.1 
 7. Jones, Komarno2.0 
 8. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.9 
 10. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  Levice
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Henderson, Levice2.4 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza1.9 
 3. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 5. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 6. Mroz, Nova Ves1.1 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.1.0 
 8. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 9. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


Extraliga Round 4 of Finals: Levice tied it at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Levice - Nitra 85-77

Levice tied the Finals at 2-2 in the series after 85:77 home win. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-77. Levice outrebounded Nitra 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Croatian guard Denis Toroman (194-82) contributed with 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Levice players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) replied with 25 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and Czech guard Pavel Bosak (192-82) added 18 points in the effort for Nitra. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Levice: D.Toroman 23+4reb+5ast, E.Henderson 22+13reb+1ast, L.Lutovsky 11+5reb+1ast, M.English 10+10reb+10ast, T.Kostomaj 9+3ast, R.Urland 6+2reb+1ast
Nitra: R.Moore 25+3reb+8ast, P.Bosak 18+2reb+2ast, R.Vido 10+5reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 8+2reb, R.Grafs 5+1reb+1ast, D.Erwin 4+3reb
gschID: 128098




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Zalgiris ease past Barcelona to advance into Final in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
IJT Regal Barcelona - IJT Zalgiris 50:77

IJT Zalgiris clinched their third straight win at the Nike International Junior Tournament. They outgunned hosting IJT Regal Barcelona to claim the top position in Group B. Zalgiris therefore advanced into the championship game. They will take on IJT KK Zagreb for the trophy tonight. Barcelona fell at 1-2 record and occupied the third place in Group B.
Zalgiris outmuscled their opponents in the first half. The Lithuanian team dominated in every facet of the game posting a comfortable 42:13 lead after twenty minutes. The visitors easily maintained the lead in the second half. Tauras Jogela (200-F-93) scored 19 points to lead well-balanced effort from Zalgiris. Kaspars Vecvagars (191-G-93) and Tomas Dimsa contributed 13 points apiece in the victory. Nacho Marin (195-G-89) replied with 15 points for Barcelona. Zalgiris outrebounded Barcelona 58:44 and limited those to just 25% accuracy from the field.

IJT Regal Barcelona: Nacho Marin 15, Pauli Oriol (196-G-94) 9
IJT Zalgiris: Tauras Jogela 19, Kaspars Vecvagars 13, Tomas Dimsa (192-F-94) 13



EuroLeague Final Four - Real Madrid 62, Montepaschi Siena 80 - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid and Montepaschi Siena matched up in the game nobody sane wants to play in - the third and fourth place play-off game at Euroleague Final Four 2011 inside the Palau Sant Jordi. With the Italian fans making plenty of noise, this was in stark contrast to Real whose already small following had been decimated,presumably with most of the support returning home to the Spanish capital. Meanwhile on the opposite side of the court, fans of both Maccabi and Panathinaikos were already beginning to filter into the Arena.

It was the more agressive Montepaschi who raced into an early lead at 10-2 at the midway point of the first quarter against a Madrid team looking like they were still suffering a hangover from their capitulation at the hands of Maccabi 48 hours earlier. With just under four minutes to play, a lay-up inside by Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) handed the Italian team a doiuble digit lead before consecuive baskets by D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) and Sergio Llull (190-G-87) broke a lengthy Madrid offensive drought. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) then underlined his gorwing reputation with a nice spin-move to the hoop and Lull dropped a three-ball but Madrid couldn't get the stops they needed and at the end of the opening quarter, Montepaschi Siena still held a commanding lead at 19-11.

Four minutes into the second period, the lead was back to double figures after a nice move in the paint by Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) to make it 25-15. Real did however make a move midway through the quarter when they posted a 9-3 run with three and a half minutes to go until the break. There was little between either team in the last action of the first half with Montepaschi Siena hanging on to a four point lead at 36-32 heading into the interval.

Within two minutes of the re-start, Llull converted again from downtown and it was a one-shot game but all eyes weren't on the action taking place oncourt but the action off it as the singing contest began in earnest between the thousands from Israel and Greece. That took everyone's attention away from the court as Montepaschi streaked away once more to re-establish an eight point margin at 45-37. It was then ten points as Siena, led by David Moss who was much more impressive than during his disappointing semi-final game went 49-39 ahead. Bo McCalebb then made a great move to the hoop with 90 seconds to go and seconds later repeated the feat to take the Montepaschi lead out to 14 points and threaten Real with a second blowout of the weekend. In fact it was another case of Real completley flatlining during the third quarter and heading into the last ten minutes, Montepaschi led 57-45.

The fourth quarter was not much of an event and would have been pretty embarassing for Real had Sergio Llull not continued his stellar performance while Montepaschi got the job done in a real team way with ten different scorers apprpoaching the midway point of the last quarter when they were 68-53 up and cruising. Any chance of analready unlikely comeback by Madrid were pretty much quashed when Felipe Reyes was called for an unsportsmanlike foul and the Italians went 15 ahead with four minutes left.

The game then drifted towards the final buzzer amidst a caucophony of noise vibrating around the Arena from the Maccabi and Panathinaikos fans as Montepaschi blewMadrid away to finish third on the podium after a comfortable 80-62 success.

Siena finished with 11 different scorers on the sheet with Lavrinovic top scoring with 17 points while Sergio Llull had a game high 23 points for Madrid.

*by Paul Nilsen


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, Breogan15.6 
 6. Seawright, Leon15.2 
 7. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.14.9 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Johnson, Huesca14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.8 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna7.5 
 6. Arteaga, Breogan7.4 
 7. Kale, Ourense7.2 
 8. Blair, Navarra7.0 
 9. Frost, Palencia6.9 
 10. Chagoyen, La Lag.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.6 
 2. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna3.9 
 4. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 5. Bernabe, Leon3.5 
 6. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 9. Lopez, Burgos3.0 
 10. Alvarado, La Palma2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.3 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 4. Rost, Girona1.6 
 5. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 6. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 9. Seawright, Leon1.3 
 10. Feldeine, Breogan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.0 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.5 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 4. Hicks, Breogan1.3 
 5. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 6. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 7. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 9. Starosta, Ourense1.0 
 10. McCoy, Caceres1.0 


LEB Gold: Girona completes Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals, Game 5: Girona - La Laguna 86-83 (3-2)

Decisive Game Five between Girona and La Laguna just ended. The home squad grabbed 86-83 victory and grabbed the last ticket for the LEB Gold Semifinals. There, Girona will meet Burgos. In the other Semifinals, Obaridoro will play against Breogan. The format is best-of-five (2-2-1) with the first games scheduled for May 13.
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Josep Ortega (201-84) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Ignacio Ordin (183-78) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Five Girona FC players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Jesus Chagoyen (202-78) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.

Top scorers:
Girona: J.Ortega 22+8reb, I.Ordin 21+4reb+4ast, M.Kedzo 12+6reb+1ast, C.Canals 12+2reb+1ast, L.Rost 10+3reb+1ast, E.Jimenez 3+3reb
La Laguna: J.Chagoyen 23+9reb, R.Guillen 21+6reb+2ast, I.Yanez 12+3reb, J.Heras 9+1reb, N.Richotti 6+1reb+2ast, F.Lampropoulos 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 128190




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Good Bye Meharda and Mawaeer .... - by Tarek Burhan
Good Bye Meharda and Mawaeer ....
in very exciting series finaly Yarmouk stay in the first Division and pushed Meharda to the second Division, the series finished 3/2 ...
and every team did big surprise when Meharda beat Yarmouk in Aleppo in the game number2, Yarmouk Beat Meharda in the game number3 in Meharda Town ...
Meharda Has great fans and signed with very good American player his name in Tyler Amaya, he did great job with the team and was the star of the Last4, played in four postions since the guard untill the powerforward .... but he had injury in the 4th game, he didnot complete the game and didnot play in the final game in Aleppo also ....maybe if he played in the final game Meharda would be won the game and stay in the SBl, but .....
another stars in this series , Ricky Huckaby and Radovan did good job and they helped the team to stay in D1, Radovan after the team released him during the season they recalled him later ... he is from the type of players ( (White Man can jump very high)), Ricky also was great, good job after he back to the court this season ... the results of the games were :
Game 1 : Yarmouk 78/65 Meharda
Game 2 : Yarmouk 64/68 Meharda
Game 3 : Meharda 56/66 Yarmouk
Game 4 : Meharda 65/55 Yarmouk
Game 5 : Yarmouk 71/59 Meharda

at the another hand, Talee'a stays in Division 1 after they beat the another Team in Hama City Nawaeer 3/1 in them Series


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  TUNISIA   


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


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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Top4 Standings
 1. Genc Banvit 5-1 
 2. Hacettepe Univ. 4-2 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 3-3 
 4. Kepez Bld 0-6 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzons.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzon.23.0 
 2. Buckman, Antalya20.4 
 3. Kambala, Aliaga20.2 
 4. Henderson, Antalya20.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka18.8 
 6. Seibutis, Olin Edi.18.3 
 7. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 8. Barbour, Erdemir17.2 
 9. Kemp, Besiktas17.2 
 10. Scales, Mersin17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.3 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.2 
 3. Buckman, Antalya9.6 
 4. Wesson, Turk T.9.2 
 5. Mays, Oyak Renault9.0 
 6. Samardjiski, Olin9.0 
 7. Ffriend, Bornova8.7 
 8. Hall, Erdemir8.4 
 9. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.0 
 10. Smith, Bornova7.9 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka6.1 
 2. Ermis, Banvit6.1 
 3. Conroy, Oyak R.5.9 
 4. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 5. Chatman, Besiktas5.1 
 6. Henderson, Antalya4.8 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.6 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.2 
 10. Erdogan, Besiktas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka2.3 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.2 
 3. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renau.2.1 
 5. Gibson, Oyak R.2.0 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka1.9 
 7. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 8. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 9. Guler, Antalya1.6 
 10. Chatman, Besiktas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Turk T.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 2. Samardjiski, Olin1.7 
 3. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 4. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 5. Mays, Oyak Renault1.0 
 6. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.0 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.0 
 8. Davis, Banvit0.9 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 
 10. Sensley, Bornova0.8 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld20.4 
 2. Johnson, Vestel19.6 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld18.9 
 4. Gardener, Final G.18.5 
 5. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 6. Tekinalp, ITU17.6 
 7. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 8. Boddicker, Selcuk17.2 
 9. Dearman, Hacett.16.9 
 10. Wright, Orman Genc16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERELL
  Adanaspor
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.3 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.3 
 4. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 5. Johnson, Istanbul.10.0 
 6. Johnson, Vestel9.9 
 7. Kolaric, Genc Banv.9.8 
 8. Wright, Orman Genc9.3 
 9. Miller, Gelisim9.3 
 10. Boswell, Basakseh.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  TED Istanbul
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, TED Istanbul6.1 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.5 
 4. Bayrak, Usak5.3 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim4.9 
 6. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.8 
 7. Ay, Final Genclik4.5 
 8. Kavut, Optimum TED4.5 
 9. Gucyetmez, Selcuk4.5 
 10. Eris, Vestel4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.2 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.1 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banv.2.0 
 4. Harris, FMV I.1.8 
 5. Delicay, Gaziantep1.8 
 6. Bayrak, Usak1.7 
 7. Karabulut, Orman G.1.7 
 8. Clarkson, TED I.1.7 
 9. Topcu, Izmir B.B.1.6 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevn.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 2. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 3. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 4. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.5 
 5. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.5 
 6. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 7. Smith, Usak1.4 
 8. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 
 9. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.3 
 10. Gardener, Final G.1.2 


2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four to land in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce the city of Istanbul as the home of the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The state-of-the-art Sinan Erdem Arena, which opened in 2010 to host the FIBA World Championships final stages, will host European basketballs premier event in early May 2012. Euroleague Basketball President and CEO was joined by representatives of two partners in the event, Turgay Demirel, the President of the Turkish Basketball Federation; and Firuz Baglikaya, the President of Detur Group; as well as Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas and Hamdi Topu, Chairman of the Euroleagues title sponsor, Turkish Airlines, to make the announcement on Sunday at a media conference hours before tip-off of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague title game at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

The 2012 Final Four brings the event back to Istanbul for the first time in two decades. Partizan defeated Joventut Badalona in the 1992 Final Four at Abdi Ipekci Arena. Sinan Erdem Arena, which has a capacity of over 16,000 for basketball, has become a leader in hosting premium sporting events. In addition to being the home of Euroleague club Efes Pilsen, Sinan Erdem Arena is also scheduled to host the year-end WTA Championships in each of the next three years plus the world indoor track and field championships and the world swimming championships in 2012.




Euroleague Basketball President and CEO Jordi Bertomeu:

'The reason why we are here is obvious if you look at the people I have the honor to have with me at this table. I have to say that we are glad to announce that the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four will take place in the beautiful, amazing city of Istanbul at Sinan Erdem Arena in early May, as always, according to the Final Four tradition. The exact dates will be decided when the calendar is approved by the Euroleague General Assembly. We have waited a bit to announce this decision, but we wanted to close all details before making an official announcement. We have been working closely with basketball authorities in Turkey, especially with the Turkish Basketball Federation. The Euroleague is going to Turkey for many reasons that helped us make this decision. First, Turkish basketball has dramatically improved in the last years. We are very happy about the way basketball has grown in Turkey, at both club and national team level. Turkey has proven to have a high-level organization in the latest World Championships in August and September last year. The experience of Turkish Basketball Federation is a guarantee for us to have an excellent Final Four in Istanbul next year. We have two Istanbul-based Euroleague teams with a long tradition in our competition, Efes Pilsen and Fenerbahce Ulker, as well as some Eurocup teams. I definitely cannot forget the fact that we have enjoyed an unbelievably good partnership with Turkish Airlines this season. I want to take advantage of this moment to thank them for their commitment to the Euroleague and their contribution to make this event possible in Istanbul next year. I am confident that, coordinating with the Turkish Basketball Federation, one of the most active in Europe, we will deliver our fans an excellent event this year. I hope I see you all there next year.'



Turgay Demirel, the President of the Turkish Basketball Federation:

I am very proud to be able to finalize negotiations with the Euroleague to host the event in 2012 in Istanbul, the sport capital of Europe for the coming year. Istanbul has been a very good host for many sporting events and the arena is very good. We hosted the FIBA World Championships and next year top clubs will compete in our beautiful town. We look forward to hosting all of you. We also thank Turkish Airlines for promoting this brand all over the world. I look forward to hosting you all Istanbul next year.



Hamdi Topu, Turkish Airlines Chairman:

I greet you all with respect. One year ago, I was speaking with Jordi about hosting the Final Four in Istanbul and he told me was almost impossible, but Jordi opened the press conference with todays good news, so I am very happy. Please allow to thank the people who really worked hard to bring the Final Four to Istanbul: The President of the Turkish Basketball Federation Turgay Demirel and Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas were involved and I spoke on the phone today with the Turkish Minister of Sports Faruk Ozak. The city of Istanbul has hosted big things lately, so it is now new. The Government, municipality and other state organizations, including us, will work together and we hope to deliver the best to everyone. Turkish Airlines in the last eight years has proved itself as a great international brand with all its activities and services. Turkish Airlines has done many sponsorships and partnerships and one of the majors ones is with Euroleague Basketball. Turkish Airlines is already contributing and will continue to contribute to this the best it can over the next five years. This partnership will help our brand and also contribute to Euroleague Basketball. I want to thank again very much Jordi, the Turkish Basketball Federation and all those that have contributed.

Istanbul joins a list of major European cities that have honored Euroleague Basketball by hosting the Final Four in recent years, including Barcelona this season, Berlin in 2009, Madrid 2008, Athens 2007, Prague 2006, Moscow 2005, Tel Aviv 2004, Barcelona 2003 and Bologna 2002. In addition to the games themselves, which bring the best four teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season together to decide a champion, the Final Four also features the annual NIKE International Junior Tournament and other parallel events.

Courtesy of Euroleague




Zagreb thrash Fenerbahce Ulker to reach Final - by Eurobasket News
IJT KK Zagreb - IJT Fenerbahce Ulker 107:68

IJT KK Zagreb reached Nike International Junior Tournament Final. They held off Fenerbace Ulker to post the third straight win in Barcelona. The Croatian team thus clinched the top spot in Group A and advanced into the main game at the tournament. KK Zagreb will take on Zalgiris tonight.
KK Zagreb silenced their opponents in the opening frame. The Croats outscored Fenerbahce 31:12 in the first ten minutes. The Turkish team stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They cut the deficit by two points but it was too little to hope for the positive outcome. Zagreb regained control in the third frame. They ensured a 26-point buffer with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the victory. Mario Hezonja (195-G-95) and Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) produced 26 points each and added 11 and 16 rebounds respectively in the win. Dominik Mavra (190-F-94) contributed 22 points for KK Zagreb. Berkay Candan (202-F-93) answered with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Fenerbahce.

IJT KK Zagreb: Dario Saric 26+16 boards, Mario Hezonja 26+11 boards, Dominik Mavra 22
IJT Fenerbahce Ulker: Berkay Candan 27+11 boards, James Birsen (201-F-95) 8, Kerem Hotic (197-F-93) 8



TBL Round 30: Regular season is over, Fenerbahce Ulker is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in TBL just ended. Fenerbahce Ulker is No.1 with 27-3 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals (best-of-five, 2-2-1). First games are scheduled for May 11 and 12.

TBL Standings
1. Fener.Ulker 27-3
2. Banvit 23-7
3. Galatasaray 22-8
4. Efes Pilsen 22-8
5. Karsiyaka 21-9
6. Besiktas 19-11
7. Olin Edirne 17-13
8. Antalya 14-16

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9. Tofas 13-17
10. Turk Telekom 12-18
11. Trabzonspor 10-20
12. Erdemir 10-20
13. Mersin 10-20
14. Aliaga 9-21
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15. Bornova 8-22
16. Oyak Renault 3-27




Quarterfinals pairs, Game One
May 11: Efes Pilsen - Karsiyaka
May 11: Fener.Ulker - Antalya
May 12: Banvit - Olin Edirne
May 12: Galatasaray - Besiktas




Galatasaray - Antalya 86-92

The most important game in the last round took place in Istanbul between second ranked Galatasaray (22-8) and eighth ranked Antalya (14-16) on Saturday night. Galatasaray was defeated by Antalya in a tough game at home 86-92. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-86. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Bradley Buckman (203-84, college: Texas) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Guard J.P. Prince (201-87, college: Tennessee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Preston Shumpert (198-79, college: Syracuse) who recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: J.Johnson 20, T.Acik 18, P.Shumpert 16+5reb+6ast, E.Kurtoglu 11+7reb+1ast, J.Shipp 8+9reb+1ast, E.Buker 5+2reb+3ast
Antalya: B.Buckman 34+12reb+2ast, G.Henderson 20+2reb+2ast, J.Prince 17+12reb+4ast, M.Guler 13+6reb+1ast, G.Gen 6+2reb+4ast, P.Kocaoglu 2+3reb




gschID: 111308


Turk Telekom - Fener.Ulker 79-92

Leader Fenerbahce Ulker delivered the twentieth seventh victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Turk Telekom (12-18) 92-79 in Ankara. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Turk Telekom. The game was mostly controlled by Fenerbahce Ulker. Turk Telekom was better in fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce Ulker players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a good game for Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 assists. Lithuanian center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Fenerbahce Ulker players scored in double figures. Guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) replied with 16 points and 9 assists and American power forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) added 11 points in the effort for Turk Telekom. Turk Telekom's coach Faruk Akagun tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: C.Ugur Ogut 16+4reb+9ast, C.Altay 12, Y.Cankaya 12+3reb, K.Wesson 11+4reb+3ast, R.Basak 9+4reb, G.Stiemsma 9+5reb+1ast
Fener.Ulker: O.Savas 15+4reb, D.Lavrinovic 15+7reb, S.May 13+5reb+1ast, K.Peker 12+7reb+1ast, R.Ukic 12+2reb+14ast, T.Kinsey 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 111309


Efes Pilsen - Olin Edirne 86-41

The game with biggest result difference took place in Istanbul. Local Efes Pilsen (22-8) outscored 7th ranked Olin Edirne (17-13) 86-41. The game without a history. Efes Pilsen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olin Edirne to just 4 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Efes Pilsen dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Olin Edirne's 26. Efes Pilsen forced 19 Olin Edirne turnovers and outrebounded them 41-26 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Efes Pilsen players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Olin Edirne's players. Croatian center Nikola Vujcic (211-78) notched 15 points to lead the effort and the former international guard Cenk Akyol (196-87, agency: FCM) supported him with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Even 8 points and 4 assists by Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) did not help to save the game for Olin Edirne. FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardjiski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points.
Top scorers:
Olin Edirne: R.Oz 11+1reb+1ast, P.Samardjiski 11+4reb, R.Seibutis 8+3reb+4ast, S.Doliboa 4+9reb+1ast, E.Bibo 3+3reb, V.Ginevicius 2
Efes Pilsen: N.Vujcic 15+4reb+2ast, R.Murray 13+1ast, I.Rakocevic 11+3reb, C.Akyol 10+6reb, S.Guler 8+2reb+4ast, E.Dudley 6+8reb
gschID: 111310


Banvit - Oyak Renault 109-79

There was no surprise in Balikesir where 16th ranked Oyak Renault (3-27) was crushed by third ranked Banvit (23-7) 109-79. Banvit have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Oyak Renault lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games.
gschID: 111311


Karsiyaka - Trabzonspor 101-81

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Karsiyaka (21-9) smashed at home 11th ranked Trabzonspor (10-20) 101-81. The game without a history. Karsiyaka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Trabzonspor's players. Karsiyaka brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Forward Birkan Batuk (197-90) notched 31 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) supported him with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) by American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) did not help to save the game for Trabzonspor. Serbian-Greek guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Karsiyaka have an impressive five-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Trabzonspor: A.Karadeniz 29+11reb+1ast, I.Milosevic 15+5ast, D.Obasohan 12+5reb+1ast, G.Cakic 10+4reb+1ast, S.Buker 7+2reb+1ast, H.Ozdemir 4+4reb+2ast
Karsiyaka: B.Batuk 31+1ast, A.Smith 18+6reb+2ast, A.Saruhan 15+3ast, F.Aldemir 12+8reb+1ast, S.Marshall 11+3reb+3ast, E.Bayav 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 111304


Tofas - Erdemir 74-69

Rather expected game in Bursa where 12th ranked Erdemir (10-20) was defeated by ninth ranked Tofas (13-17) 74-69. Erdemir was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 17-9 third quarter run of Tofas. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Erdemir's 28. Croatian power forward Tomislav Ruzic (208-79) notched 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Inanc Koc (202-79) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Even 27 points by American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Erdemir. Guard Altan Erol (194-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tofas have a solid three-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Erdemir: A.Barbour 27+2reb+2ast, E.Veyseloglu 10+3reb, A.Erol 9+7reb+1ast, J.Thomas 8+7reb+1ast, H.Demirel 7+2reb+3ast, M.Yildiz 5+1reb+1ast
Tofas: T.Ruzic 18+7reb, I.Koc 13+8reb+1ast, A.Nichols 11+5reb+3ast, J.Zuza 9+2reb, J.Rowe 6+3reb+6ast, C.Altintig 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 111305


Mersin - Besiktas 89-90

Thirteenth-ranked Mersin (10-20) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Besiktas (19-11) in Akdeniz on Friday. The visitors from Istanbul managed to secure only one-point victory 90-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Mersin was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-22 charge of Besiktas, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Marcelus Kemp (196-84, college: Nevada) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Besiktas' coach Ergin Ataman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Vincent Grier (195-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) scored 20 points, 5 assists and 6 steals.
Top scorers:
Mersin: N.Yucel 20+15reb+4ast, V.Grier 20+3reb+5ast, A.Grundy 16+2reb+6ast, A.Scales 14+1reb+1ast, M.Demir 12+4reb, A.Pars 4+2reb+3ast
Besiktas: M.Kemp 24+1reb+4ast, M.Ignerski 18+7reb+3ast, S.Erdogan 13+2reb+6ast, F.Likholitov 11+6reb, C.Erden 10+1reb+2ast, M.Chatman 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 111306


Aliaga - Bornova 65-108

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifteenth ranked Bornova (8-22) outscored on the road 14th ranked Aliaga (9-21) 108-65. The game without a history. Bornova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Bornova outrebounded Aliaga 48-30 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Jamaican center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) supported him with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia, agency: David Lee services) did not help to save the game for Aliaga. Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) added 21 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Aliaga: J.Hayes 26+7reb+1ast, Z.Zagorac 21+9reb+2ast, M.Ufuk Kacar 5+1reb, M.Okay 4+2reb, H.Berk Uner 3+1reb, F.Kaan Uner 2+1reb+2ast
Bornova: A.Voskuil 28+4reb+1ast, U.Sonkol 25+8reb+5ast, K.Ffriend 24+14reb+1ast, S.Senturk 8+2reb+9ast, U.Ozyildirim 7+5reb, C.Erdogan 5+1ast
gschID: 111307




Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 27-3 
 2. Banvit 23-7 
 3. Galatasaray 22-8 
 4. Efes Pilsen 22-8 
 5. Karsiyaka 21-9 
 6. Besiktas 19-11 
 7. Olin Edirne 17-13 
 8. Antalya 14-16 
 9. Tofas 13-17 
 10. Turk Telekom 12-18 
 11. Trabzonspor 10-20 
 12. Erdemir 10-20 
 13. Mersin 10-20 
 14. Aliaga 9-21 
 15. Bornova 8-22 
 16. Oyak Renault 3-27 


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Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Places 1-8
 1. Cherkasy 23-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 18-6 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 11-11 
 4. Aviastar 11-13 
 5. Dynamo DN 11-13 
 6. Pulsar 7-17 
 7. Kremen-KNU 7-17 
 8. Vinnitsky Zubry 6-16 
Places 9-13
 1. Koksokh-Stal 10-4 
 2. KTU Krivyi Rih 8-2 
 3. Striba 7-7 
 4. Sportlitsey 7-7 
 5. Ternopil 0-12 


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Al-Shabab overcame Al-Rayan in Jeddah - by Eurobasket News
Al-Shabab overcame Al-Rayan in Jeddah at the Arabian Gulf Basketball Clubs Championship 2011. Eight teams are divided into two groups with 4 in each. Group A already has two representatives for the Semifinals. AlGarrafa from Qatar won all three games, while Uhud from Saudi Arabia advanced with 2-1 record.
First however Al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia beat Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates 79:77. The home side started with 27-25 and then added 15-14 in the second period. Moreover Al-Ittihad won the third period 23-18 to secure the bigger lead, but could save only 2-point victory.
Al-Shabab from the United Arab Emirates overcame Al-Rayan from Qatar 75:62. Al-Shabab opened the game with 14-13 in the first period and produced a 19-14 in the second frame. The team from Qatar replied with 18-12 in the third frame, but could not win the game.





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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Welp, See Ya Later - by Steve Dagostino
Another Season has passed and the season that seemed to drag on, now feels like a blur. Our squad, the Sheffield Sharks, finished with an uneventful lose to the Mersey Tigers in the Playoff Final. Mersey finished the season with 3 pieces of Silverware and we won the other. It was nice to see that the two best teams throughout the year ended up in the Playoff Final. We had a extraordinary team this year by European Standards. Not only did we perform well on the court, but off the court everyone got along. There were no ego's, fights, conflicts or anything of that nature. I know that every player who has been overseas has stories of nonsense that they have been apart of, and we had none of that. Also, on the court, we had a squad in which 7 different players scored over 20 points and at any time each of them could have went for 30. Everyone sacrificed statistics at some point during the year in order for us to really excel as a team.
My teammates and I spent several nights discussing a huge topic for players in European Basketball, especially players in the mid to lower league. Is it better to be on a losing team and put up crazy numbers, or be on a winning team and sacrifice your own stats for wins. Personally, I have been on both sides. My first year out I played in Hungary and was on a team that came in second to last. Early in the year I was putting up crazy numbers, but the season was a disaster. We lost all the time, and we lost by alot. It was torture. However, my play did land me an opportunity to play in Italy the next year. Now, this year we had a great team, with great guys, all going out and playing to win each night. To me, it is an easy choice. There is nothing better than popping champagne with your teammates in front of 5,000 fans while celebrating the cup championship. In an ideal world my teammates and I would all sign back next year and we could continue with the successful path we started on this year. This probably won't happen though and no matter where I am next year, this winning experience will go down as my best year overseas yet!
Good luck to all the players out there this summer in getting to where you want to be. I'll be back soon to speak about summer signing decision. STAY TUNED!

-Dags


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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro League 8th round - by Hector Lopez
Nacional with a 6-1 record is the leader for the Metro League after the 8th round, with Goes at the second place with 5-1.
The results were:
Nacional 74 - Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) 17 points 17 rebounds 1 block 2 assists and Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 14 points and 5 rebounds
Tabare 63 - Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 18 points 6 rebounds 1 block
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Goes 88 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 24 points 12 rebounds 1 block
Capitol 80 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 30 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks 1 assist




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Women News

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  CANADA - Women  


Canada draws into group B for FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball's Senior Women's National Team (SWNT) is one of 10 teams that will compete at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women. In a live draw Thursday in the host city of Neiva, Colombia, Canada was selected to compete in Group B against Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica and Paraguay.

The 11th FIBA Americas Championship for Women will take place Sept. 24-Oct. 1 at the Alvaro Sanchez Silva Coliseum in Neiva. This summers competition will also act as a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics, where the champion will compete in London, England, in 2012.

The countries that finish between second and fourth will compete at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifier Championship and have a chance to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. The qualifying tournament is set for June 25July 1, but the host is still to be determined.

It is so exciting to finally see the draw for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. As always the Americas will be very competitive and there will be no easy games, said SWNT Head Coach Allison McNeill. We start our first training camp in 10 days and I know that our athletes are very determined and focused as we prepare for the tournament in Neiva, Colombia.

The draw took place in the presence of top representatives of FIBA Americas, the Colombian Basketball Federation and the Huila department (province) government. The FIBA Americas Championship is comprised of two competitive groups, which are sure to make for some exciting basketball this summer.


Results of the draw:
Group A: Cuba, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile, Columbia
Group B: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Paraguay


The SWNT will face some tough competition in the opening stage of the tournament. In Canadas second game, they will play the defending champions, Brazil. In 2009, Brazil beat Argentina to claim their fourth gold medal, which is the most of any country in the FIBA Americas Championship.

Canada will be the lone representative from the North American sub-zone as the United States has automatically qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by capturing gold at the 2010 World Championship for Women.

Overall, Canadas SWNT has participated in every FIBA Americas Championship since its inception in 1989. In 10 previous tournaments, Canada has medalled seven times; winning six bronze and one gold. Canada was the first-ever host country to win gold in 1995 when the tournament was held in Hamilton, Ont. In the last championship in Cuiab, Brazil, in 2009, Canada beat Cuba in overtime to claim the bronze medal.

Below is the SWNTs preliminary round schedule at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.



2011 SWNT FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Date and Opponent:
* September 24 - Mexico
* September 25 - Brazil
* September 26 - Paraguay
* September 27 - Bye
* September 28 - Jamaica

NOTE: All games will be played in Neiva, Colombia.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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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 Neas13.5 
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. Green, PAOK8.0 
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. Hatzinikolao., Ath.3.4 
 9. Fox, Proteas3.4 
 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. Skrba, Aris2.3 
 7. Marginean, Panath.2.3 
 8. Hatzinikolao., Ath.2.3 
 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.13.3 
 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.8.4 
 7. Stansbury, Umber.8.0 
 8. Robert, Umbertide8.0 
 9. Antibe, Basket P.7.9 
 10. Ohlde, Umana Rey.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Adriana MOISES PINTO
  Fae.
  (169-G-78)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Moises Pinto, Fae.4.1 
 2. Andrade, Lucca3.2 
 3. Cohen, Familia Sch.3.0 
 4. Sottana, Umana R.2.8 
 5. Zara, Umbertide2.6 
 6. Wambe, Taranto2.5 
 7. Soli, Lucca2.4 
 8. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.4 
 9. Mahoney, Taranto2.3 
 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. Andrade, Lucca3.6 
 7. Willis, Lucca3.6 
 8. Antibe, Basket P.3.5 
 9. Ballardini, Umbert.3.5 
 10. Zara, Umbertide3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra UJHELYI
  Bracco G.
  (192-C-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ujhelyi, Bracco G.1.0 
 2. Godin, Taranto0.8 
 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 


A1 Finals: Taranto survives, forces Game Five - by Eurobasket News
Finals, Game 4: Taranto - Familia Schio 52-51 (2-2)

Taranto survived in Game Four of the Playoff Finals. The defending champion grabbed 52-51 home win tying the score 2-2. It means that the new Italian champion will be decided in the fifth meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Familia Schio will be the host.
The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 14-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Cras Taranto dominated on the defensive end, holding Familia Schio to just 6 points in third quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sophia Young (186-83, college: Baylor) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds. Belgian guard Kathy Wambe (173-81) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Cras Taranto's coach Roberto Ricchini used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Laura Macchi (187-79) replied with 11 points and 6 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) and French center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Familia Schio.

Top scorers:
Taranto: S.Young 16+6reb+1ast, K.Wambe 13+3reb+1ast, M.Mahoney 7+5reb+1ast, S.Giauro 6+1reb, M.Greco 4+6reb+1ast, E.Godin 4+5reb+1ast
Familia Schio: I.Yacoubou-Dehoui 12+6reb, L.Macchi 11+6reb+2ast, M.Erkic 6+2reb, J.McCarville 6+6reb, J.Nadalin 6+9reb, R.Masciadri 3+2reb
gschID: 128140




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Terrific 12...the best of the Virgin Islands - by David Edole
Girls basketball has consistently produced college talent in the Virgin Islands. Last year two young ladies, Aesha Peters and Amara Williams received grant in aid and helped out UNC Wilmington and Kankakee Community college respectively. This year TeAndra Richardson has verbally committed to Panola College. Next season at least four players have their minds set on the next level. The top two players are underclass women and should receive high Division I look. Edidiong Utibes size and Akia Frett speed should be too much to ignore. The seniors have to come out like gangbuster to move the underclass women from their perch.

The Terrific 12 for next season are:

12. Aniquah Swan, 5-9, G/F, Addeilta Cancryn, Class of 2016
Comment: If anyone saw the John H. Woodson and B.C.B March Madness Basketball Tournaments know how special this young lady could be. She was named MVP of both tournament despite being in just the 7th grade and knocking of high Schools in the process. Some of the kids were two and three years older than her. For her size and strength she handles the ball well. She is a definite DI prospect in the making.
NEEDS: Like most girl players in the territory, conditioning is a major concern. Only 12 years old so hopefully she will grow out of it.

11. Renai Evans, 5-5, G, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2014
Comment: Evans led the Junior varsity team to the territorial championship. She had 16 points in a blowout win over Central High in the championship game of the JV tourney. Evans is cat quick and right hand dominant. She loves to play defense and is a great on ball defender.
NEEDS: To diverse her game, learn to dribble with the left hand and expand shooting range.

10. Kristen Edney, 5-11, F, Central High, Class of 2012
Comment: The best thing about Edney is her size. She is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds.
NEEDS: To dedicate herself to basketball this summer. That means conditioning and leaning post moves.

9. Ashiella Ettiene, 5-9, F, Eudora Kean, Class of 2012
Comment: The second best player on the Eudora Kean squad that turned heads. Is more of a garbage player as she does most of her damage off of misses. She can hit an occasional three-pointer.
NEEDS: Conditioning, Confidence and put her whole game together.

8. Jerusha Corbett, 5-8, G, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2014
Comment: The All-Star tournament is a microcosm of Corbetts game. She looked like an all-world beater when she scored 16 points in the first half. Then the second half came and she ran out of gas. Her best game was 24 points in a win over rival Eudora Kean. Corbetts greatest asset is her knowledge of the game. She grew up in the game and knows it well.
NEEDS: Conditioning, ball handling, Needs to get stronger!

7. Merrisa Murphy, 6-1, C, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2012
Comment: When one looks at this physical specimen all I can say is Jaw Dropping. She is over six feet and can touch the basketball rim. Murphy has had a couple double doubles and is capable of much more. She also had the go ahead basket to lead Charlotte Amalie to an overtime, 56-54, win over Educational Complex.
NEEDS: A mean streak! If she gets angry with all those natural tools, she could play at the next level.

6. Kadesha Barry, 5-7, G, Central High, Class of 2013
Comment: One thing Ms. Barry knows how to do is score. This upcoming season without Lanese Bough and Melenesiah Hendrickson she will light up some teams. She showed flashes when the duo didnt play in the Country Day invitational and finished with 15 points in a win over Country Day. Barry also showed versatility when she tallied eight points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists in Centrals lost to Charlotte Amalie. Can the lightning bolt do this consistently?
NEEDS: One dimensional; needs to go right.

5. Shaniqua Wheatley, 5-9, G, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2012
Comment: When I look at Wheatley I wonder sometimes if she is playing. It looks like she is only playing a 30% of her ability. She is oozing big time talent and gives out not much. In other words, Wheatley could score twenty in one game and six in the next. Wheatley is great in getting to the basket and flourishes in the open court. However, when she gets tired her decision making and court awareness goes out the door.
NEEDS: Conditioning- Get in SHAPE!

4. Jayda Edwards, 5-10, F, Central High, Class of 2012
Comment: Edwards had a junior season she would like to forget. I cant remember one moment that stood out. With all that said, Edwards is a big time talent. She is a good shooter and could hit the occasional three. She is also a decent ball handler which means she could be in for an awesome senior season. As a senior I hope she comes to play in every game.
NEEDS: Conditioning and consistency.

3. Kelssy Trass, 5-8, G, Charlotte Amalie, Class of 2012
Comment: Another player with a horrible junior year. Trass started the year as the Lady Hawks best player in Puerto Rico then fell off. She even caught the eye of a couple of Puerto Rican Colleges. Trass wants to be a shooting guard but I think her best position is point guard. If she learns how to be a scoring point, she can play at the college level.
NEEDS: Work Ethic, conditioning

2. Akia Frett, 5-4, G, Eudora Kean, Class of 2014
Comment: One Coach said, Mookie can flat out play. I agree with them, on offense she has all the tools. She can knock down the three-pointer, has a floater in the lane, knocks down free throws and is a great passer. Fret scored a season high 27 points in a loss to Charlotte Amalie. However, she only goes left being a left hander. If she learns to go right, watch out! Every School in the nation will want this talented player. Did I forget to mention she create havoc on defense. Her anticipation to where the ball will be is amazing.
NEEDS: To be a leader and stop getting down on teammates.

1. Edidiong Utibe, 6-foot-2, C, Antilles, Class of 2013
Comment: Anyone who was at the Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic is aware of who Edi is. She hauled down 19 rebounds and scored 14 points. Utibe is a monster in the paint. She loves to play physical basketball and uses her 6-foot-2, 210 pound frame to the best of her ability. Her hands are awesome; she catches everything in traffic and can finish with both hands.
NEEDS: Work Ethic and low post moves.



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Viktoriya Pazyuk signed with Frankivsk - by Eurobasket News
Viktoriya Pazyuk (186-F-85) signed with Frankivsk and played already over the weekend. She recorded 15 points in the game versus Dynamo as Frankivsk won 77:74. Later tonight she collected 5 points and 8 rebounds as Frankivsk lost to Tim Skuf 68:94.
In 2005-2006 Viktoriya Pazyuk started with Olimp-NAEK Yuzhnoukrainsk (Higher League, starting five) and in BWBL averaged 9.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 36%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 68%, In 2006-2007 moved to Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye (Higher League) and in EuroCup showed 1.2ppg. She improved to 4.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0spg in EuroCup the season after, while in 2008-2009 moved to Galitskaya Akademia Ivano-Frankovsk (UBL, starting five). In 2009-2010 appeared for Astana Tigers KazATU (Kazakhstan-D1).
Over the last few years Viktoriya Pazyuk became Ukrainian UBL Semifinals -09, Kazakhstan Cup Finalist -09, Kazakhstan League Regular Season Champion -10 and Kazakhstan League Champion -10.



Nataliya Silyanova moved back to Dynamo - by Eurobasket News
Nataliya Silyanova (172-PG-71) moved to Dynamo after 8 games played for Luganski Lastivki. In her first two games she averaged 10.5 points per game.
In 2004-2005 she started for Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (Russia-A Superleague, starting five) and in 31 games averaged 15.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 41.0%, while in EuroCup after 8 games her stats read 17.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 33.8%, 3FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 84.0%. In 2005-2006 moved to Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye (Higher League) and in 7 games had 10.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 0.6apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 44.4%, FT-3 (95.2%). In 2006-2007 for Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye (HigherLeague, starting five) in EuroCup increased to 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 48.8%, FT: 82.6%. After another two seasons Nataliya Silyanova moved to Dynamo-NPU Kyiv (UBL, starting five). This season she however started for Luganski Lativki Lugansk (UPBL, starting five) and now appeared back in Dynamo.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Olga MAZNICHENKO
  Tim-S.
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Maznichenko, Tim-S.19.8 
 2. Iagupova, Dnipr.19.7 
 3. Rastorgueva, Donb.19.2 
 4. Markotenko, Frank.18.3 
 5. Lubarskaya, Dynamo17.8 
 6. Williams, Dnipr.16.9 
 7. Ragin, Dynamo16.8 
 8. Suzyk, Frankivsk16.6 
 9. Rimarenko, Dynamo16.3 
 10. Grishina, Lugans.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shantel RAGIN
  Dynamo
  (178-G/F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Ragin, Dynamo11.4 
 2. Alyoshkina, Orlan10.5 
 3. Rimarenko, Dynamo10.3 
 4. Maznichenko, Tim-S.10.1 
 5. Vukovic, Yuzhna P.9.5 
 6. Zarytska, Kozachka9.4 
 7. Yakunina, Lugans.8.6 
 8. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.8.4 
 9. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.8.3 
 10. Grishina, Lugans.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Alisa SIROMATNIKOVA
  Yuzhna P.
  (165-G-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Siromatnikov., Yuz.6.2 
 2. Williams, Dnipr.5.3 
 3. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf4.9 
 4. Lapshynova, Polite.4.9 
 5. Dubas, Frankivsk4.5 
 6. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.4 
 7. Panchenk-S., Koza.3.9 
 8. Iagupova, Dnipr.3.7 
 9. Pokoiova, Kozachka3.7 
 10. Lubarskaya, Dyna.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Kozachka
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Dubrovina, Kozach.4.6 
 2. Markotenko, Frank.3.4 
 3. Williams, Dnipr.3.1 
 4. Sharovka, Tim-Scuf3.0 
 5. Iagupova, Dnipr.2.5 
 6. Siromatnikov., Yuz.2.4 
 7. Lubarskaya, Dynamo2.3 
 8. Shapochkina, Yuzh.2.2 
 9. Bondar, Dynamo2.2 
 10. Polyanychka, Fran.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lyubov ALYOSHKINA
  Orlan
  (202-C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alyoshkina, Orlan3.0 
 2. Yaburova, Dnipr.1.9 
 3. Shablynska, Polite.1.6 
 4. Bovykina, Dnipr.1.6 
 5. Kisilova, Kozachka1.2 
 6. Maznichenko, Tim-S.1.1 
 7. Kiriyenko, Dnipr.1.0 
 8. Berezinets, Tim-S.1.0 
 9. Dorogobuzova, Tim-.0.8 
 10. Stafyuk, Dynamo0.8 


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