EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/2/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa tab Sebastian Vega - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa made the first signing for the upcoming season. They landed Sebastian Vega (200-F-88). The 22-year-old forward spent the previous season in Boca Juniors. He averaged 12.4 points, 6.4 boards and 1.4 steals per game in Liga Sudamericana. In LigaA Sebastian Vega tallied 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Sebastian Vega played for Argentina at South American Championship in 2010. The forward notched 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Colombia. Previously Vega had stints with Central Enterriano and Penarol.


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Quarterfinals are set in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Group A
ASU - Smart Gilas 74-76
Smart Gilas snatched a tough narrow win over ASU in the final round of preliminary round at Asia Club Championship. The victory became the fourth straight for the Filipino team. They clinched the top position in Group A. Smart Gilas will now face Jalaa, while ASU will play against Rayyan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. ASU limited the hosts to just 12 points in the starting period and grabbed a four-point lead after ten minutes. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) helped Smart Gilas erase the deficit in the second frame. Osama Daghlas (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) had the last laugh in the first half as his free throw made it 28:27 for the Jordanian team at halftime. ASU maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the third term. Barroca and Taulava pulled Smart Gilas in front late in the period but Zaid Abbas returned the advantage to ASU 46:45 after three quarters of action. Barracael and Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the final term to put Smart Gilas in charge 61:60. Soon the margin grew at 6 points 72:66. Osama Daghlas dragged Smart Gilas within three points with 4 seconds to go. But Lutz converted two free throws and another three-pointer from Osama Daghlas went in vain. Dondon Hontiveros provided 23 points for Smart Gilas. Marcus Douthit added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) answered with 25 points for ASU. Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Al Ittihad - KL Dragons 98-76
Ittihad recorded the second win at Asia Club Championship. They rallied past KL Dragons to improve at 2-3 record in Group A. KL Dragons fell at 0-4 record after the loss and would play for 9th-10th overall position in the tournament. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) came up with 36 points to pace Ittihad. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Saudi Arabian team led by just a single point 25:24 after ten minutes of action. But Ittihad erupted for 38 points in the second frame and managed to clear off. They secured a 63:42 advantage at the interval. The margin grew at 27 points in the third term as KL Dragons struggled to get back to life. The Malaysian team finally get things going as they narrowed the distance at 17 points with one quarter remaining. But it was too little to hope for a positive outcome. Ittihad stayed confident in the final period and secured the win at the end. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) provided 32 points and 16 boards for Ittihad. Adil Al Juhani (189-G-70) had 12 points in the win. Shee Fai Loh (189-G-89) answered with 19 points for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group B
Mahram - Al Rayyan 81-64
Mahram got back to the winning ways in Manila. Two-time defending champions prevailed against Rayyan to improve at 3-1 record in preliminary Group B of Asia Club Championship. Mahram will now take on Ittihad in the playoffs. Rayyan will face ASU in the clash for a semifinal spot. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Mahram enjoyed a narrow two-point lead after ten minutes of action 18:16. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) and Efran Ali Saeed helped Rayyan to erase the deficit early in the second term. Mahram got back into the lead and they finalized the first half leading by 4 points 40:36. The Iranian powerhouse boosted the margin to 12 points midway through the third term. They finished the quarter up by 11 points 62:51. Rayyan could not get closer than 10 points in the final frame as Mahram rolled to the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) provided 23 points and 10 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 16 points each in the victory. Chauncey Leslie answered with 20 points for Rayyan. Omer Abdelkader Salem (206-C-83) delivered 14 points in the loss.

Al Riyadi - Jalaa 86-73
Riaydi earned the fourth straight win at Asia Club Championship. Thus the Lebanese team finished the preliminary round on top of Group B. Jalaa slipped at 1-3 record but made it into the quarterfinal round. Riyadi will face Duhok, while Jalaa will take on Smart Gilas in the playoffs. Riaydi got to a slow start in this one. Jalaa dominated in the first quarter. The Syrian side posted a 20:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) stretched the gap to 9 points early in the second term. Riyadi answered with 15:4 run to take a 39:36 lead at halftime. Jalaa drew things level midway through the third term however Riyadi struck right back and recorded a 59:51 lead after 30 minutes of action. Amir Saoud (188-G-91) boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter. Jalaa could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the contest as Riyadi breezed to the fourth straight win in Manila. Amir Saoud accounted for 28 points for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) added 18 points each in the win. Rami Merjaneh answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) had 14 points in the loss.




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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  USA
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Williams, Mahram30.0 
 2. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons22.3 
 4. Dragajlovic, Al It.22.0 
 5. Keely, Al Ittihad19.8 
 6. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.8 
 7. Gray, Duhok18.5 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi18.3 
 9. Watkins, ASU18.3 
 10. Giles, Duhok17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chester GILES
  USA
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Giles, Duhok14.8 
 2. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.0 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons11.8 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi11.7 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.3 
 6. Watkins, ASU10.8 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.10.8 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan10.5 
 9. Taulava, Smart Gil.9.5 
 10. Samb, Mahram8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.8 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.0 
 3. Akl, Al Riyadi5.3 
 4. Tiu John, Smart G.5.3 
 5. Nikkhah, Mahram5.0 
 6. Keely, Al Ittihad5.0 
 7. Al-Doori, Duhok4.5 
 8. Guganeswaran, KL D.4.5 
 9. Kamrani, Mahram4.3 
 10. Hajji, Al Shabab4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.8 
 2. Davari, Mahram2.0 
 3. Watkins, ASU2.0 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok2.0 
 5. Giles, Duhok1.5 
 6. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 7. Gray, Duhok1.0 
 8. Al Zaabi, Al Shabab1.0 
 9. Daghlas, ASU1.0 
 10. Hajji, Al Shabab1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi4.0 
 2. Samb, Mahram3.8 
 3. Giles, Duhok2.5 
 4. Fakhreddine, Al Ri.2.0 
 5. Ayer, KL Dragons1.8 
 6. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.3 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 8. Taulava, Smart Gil.1.0 
 9. Rouzbahani, Mahram1.0 
 10. Walker, Jalaa1.0 


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


Al Ahli crush Hala - by Yousef Ahmed

CHAMPIONS Al Ahli and underdogs Isa Town both clinched hard-earned victories last night to improve their chances of advancing to the Golden Square semi-finals in the Zain Bahrain Basketball League.

Ahli raced out to a big lead and convincingly beat Al Hala 89-76, while Isa Town overcome an early challenge from Nuwaidrat and pulled away for a comfortable 96-75 triumph.

With yesterday's results, each winning club improved to identical 2-2 win-loss records in the on-going six-team league play-offs. They both have a game to play in this round, as they aim to join Muharraq and Manama in the final four.

In Ahli's win, Bahrain national team court general Hussain Shaker (174-G-86) led their charge. Facing a must-win or possible early elimination, Shaker helped his team get off on the right foot by scoring 12 points in a red-hot opening period. He made a three-pointer to beat the quarter buzzer and give Ahli a commanding 36-15 lead.

Ahli stretched their advantage in the second and were ahead 58-31 at the interval, before moving ahead 72-48 after three.

Former National Basketball Association veteran Lamond Murray (201-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) contributed mightily in Ahli's win, as did guard sweet-shooting Maytham Jameel.

Hala relied heavily their American professional Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU), along with Bahraini talents Ahmed Ali, Abbas Jawadi and Ahmed Malallah. They are now in danger of missing the last four, and need to win their final game against Isa Town to have any chance.

In Isa Town's win American professional Jamal Holden (206-C-80, college: UALR) spearheaded their cause with a game-high 44 points. Bahraini forward Ebrahim Khabaaz contributed 13, while guards Ali Traif and Mahmood Qaheri had 12 and 10, respectively.

Nuwaidrat surprised their rivals by seizing control in the first half behind strong play from US import Waki Williams (206-F-82, college: Memphis), who was making his return to the squad after missing a series of games recently.

Williams powered his side to a 44-43 half-time lead, and they continued to control the contest with Williams making it 61-49 midway through the third period.

Isa Town, however, were not in the mood for any upsets, and they roared back against their winless rivals.

Advantage

Eight straight points from Qaheri, including a pair of uncontested three-pointers from the left wing, helped them regain the advantage at 67-65, before ending the period with a 70-65 lead.

Isa Town cruised in the final period as Nuwaidrat ran out of gas.

Williams paced Nuwaidrat in the loss with 20 points. Guard Ebrahim Jameel had 14, while forward Ali Derbas finished with 13 and nine rebounds before fouling out of the game in the final quarter.

League action continues on Saturday with two games at Zain Arena. At 5.30pm, Nuwaidrat face off with Manama, followed at 7.15pm by Hala locking horns with Isa Town in what could be a decisive clash.

On Sunday, Muharraq take on Ahli in the final game of the play-off round.

In the event of a tie to determine the last two semi-finalists, the advancing teams will be decided by their head-to-head results.




Source GDN BY PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2011




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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Stefon JACKSON
  Verviers.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jackson, Verviers.16.3 
 2. Black, Antwerp16.0 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.15.9 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi15.7 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende15.3 
 6. Waters, Verviers.15.0 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar14.7 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.7 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.7 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.9 
 3. Stipanovic, Liege7.4 
 4. Hilliard, Aalstar7.4 
 5. Randle, Gent7.3 
 6. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.4 
 7. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Tofi, Leuven6.0 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.0 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.6 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.6 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.4 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Moors, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Burrell, Aalstar2.7 
 9. Miller, Leuven2.5 
 10. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi2.2 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Dagunduro, Leuven2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Oostende1.7 
 7. Biggs, Antwerp1.7 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.6 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.5 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Van Den Spie., Oos.0.7 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.6 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Pelle, Oostende0.5 


Article on Arik Shivek - by Peter Buyse
The article below is by David Pick of Eurobasket Israel

When an organization is struggling and failing to achieve results, in most cases, the person to pay the price is the head coach. Israeli National Head Coach, Arik Shivek, has been coaching in Europe since 2003, and is not only victorious and highly goal oriented, as he had attained six titles, three championships with Ricoh Astronauts, Amsterdam and three state-cups with three different European teams, but he alone fashioned a new strategy for struggling organizations: Want titles? Change players not coaches.

Shivek to the Rescue

Last summer, as Belgium's Dexia Mons was trying to figure out the team's direction, the club's general manager found himself at a crossroad. Shivek was chosen to stay and was given free reign. The Israeli coach immediately cut seven players from the team's roster and officially began the Shivek era.

Finishing at 6th place last season, changes were immediately apparent as Mons qualified to Belgium's Final-Four playoff semi-finals series, won the state cup title beating defending champions Charleroi in the semi-finals and recorded impressive EuroChallenge road victories over Nancy and Ostend. In the local competition, the Israeli mastermind's team finished the regular season with an impressive 21-11 record, giving their 4,000 fans a reason to cheer all season long.

The local media journalists and team officials were left with gaping mouths due to the fascinating change of events for what used to be a minor local team. Mons directors and managers recently sat down with Coach Shivek, urging him to continue on their successful path despite offers from prominent French and German European teams.

Award After Award

Shivek knows that at any given moment he can return to Israel as a head coach, however, deep down, he is still goal oriented and wants to add to his European accomplishments, currently standing at two European and two Israeli Coach of the Year awards. 'In my opinion, a coach is not judged based on his individual awards, rather his team awards while he is head coach,' said a humble Shivek, who has already recorded four Dutch All-Star appearances as head coach.

Shivek also commented on what, to him, was the most precious honor in his rich 25 year coaching career, and one that only a handful of Israeli coaches could brag about, 'back in the 2004 European tournament, I coached the Israeli Under 20 National Team and we won the silver medal. To me personally, that's the most meaningful award I've won throughout my entire career.'

National Savior

In December 2009, Shivek stepped up to the plate once again as he took over Israel's most prestigious basketball position, the national coach, knowing the task would be difficult. Shivek took over a wrecked national squad and led them to great success in the likes of qualifying for this summer's 2011 EuroBasket tournament in Lithuania. 'I raised my kids to love their country and in my wildest dreams I couldn't see myself turning down the offer of coaching the national team.'

More Than a Coach

Professional European basketball analysts describe Shivek as a down-to-earth person and a coach whose player relationships are equally important as X's and O's. Player-coach conversations are a system that Shivek adopted in his earlier coaching days, teaching and learning from his players simultaneously. 'I've learned not only about basketball and coaching this year, but the most important thing I picked up from Arik is the way to treat your players in order for them to trust you and give 110% every day,' said Shivek's assistant coach.

During the Israeli national team campaign, Israel was in the locker room at half time and down a surprising number of points. The players witnessed their coach's mighty rage for the first time, as Shivek slammed the coaching board on the floor and broke it in two. The message was received loud and clear, as the Israelis stormed out the locker room and performed to perfection.

'I remember a number of times where I shared ideas with Arik and he was opened minded enough to accept them,' Israeli basketball superstar Omri Casspi, now playing in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings told 'Eurobasket.com'. 'Arik is both a professional and a player's coach. He consults with his players all the time on what is best for them and the team, but at the same time he'll expect professionalism because that's what he brings to the table.'

Former national player and current Galil/Gilboa Assistant Coach Barak Peleg gave Shivek what he called the biggest compliment ever. 'At times Arik is so detailed and could work his players so hard on the court, but once the whistle comes off and the civilian clothes are back on, he is a father to everyone.'

Representing a Country

Before the national team's home game versus Latvia, Shivek and his two assistant coaches, Dan Shamir and Oded Katash sat on the sidelines of the Nokia Arena parquet floor as Katash told Shivek he believes that more fans come to the national team's games than to Maccabi's Euroleague matches. 'Oded's sentence helped me realize how fortunate I am to coach the national team. The wait was worth all of my 25 coaching years,' said the coach who answered all his doubters and critics with a glorious summer campaign, as he brought the national team back to life inspiring his players with new hope and spirit.




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Interview with Ermin Jazvin! - by Nedzad Kladusak
Ermin Jazvin is one of the most experienced NT players who played in most of the strongest European leagues. He ended the season in Energa Czarna Slupsk clinching the third place which is a historic result for Energa!

1. Most European championships are either finished or it s playoff time. Looking back, are you happy with 2010/2011?
I think I played a good season. I think that I could play much better but I had an ankle injury since the beginning of the season and I got never rid of it. Anyway we clinched a spot in Euro competitions which represents the greatest success in the history of Energa.

2. Last year you played for Granada in one of the strongest leagues of the world. However you started the season in Ukraine. How did it feel to play the Ukrainian championship and why did you leave?
Honestly I had problems to get a feel for the team and therefore I asked my agent to watch out for new challenges. When Darko Russo, a coach who I appreciate very much, took over in Iraklis I didn t hesitate even only a second to join Iraklis.

3. You came for the second time in your career to Greece. Despite you played very well for Iraklis you decided to leave. Why?
I played well in Iraklis but that team had many organizational problems and after coach Russo left I asked them to let me go despite they promised me that they will settle my contract completely and that I will play an important role in the conception of the new coach. I must admit that Iraklis was very fair to me and they didn t try to make any problems despite they had a valid contract. They decided to let me go because they hadn t actually the money to pay me regularly. For example the soccer team of Iraklis has been relegated to the second division due to outstanding payments. However I feel sorry since Iraklis has got fans you won t find elsewhere!!!!

5. Which have been the fields you paid most of your attention this season?
I have worked on my physical strength but also on my low-post game, agility and footwork. Coach Adomaitis intensively used my offensive skills and he insisted on bringing the ball in the low-post where I played 1-1. I think I did it pretty successfully and realized 55% of these actions. Despiteit is his first coaching year I enjoyed the work with coach Adomaitis since he is not only a basketball expert but also a person who had got a knack for leading people. I think he will have a great career and I want to thank him!

6. NT players have received their invitations and preparations plans. Are you healthy and are you looking forward to join your NT teammates?
I have not been contacted by KSBIH! My only source concerning the preparations are internet portals and newspapers. I planned to play for the NT since it s always something special for me to play for the NT. Honestly I am shocked by the fact that they obviously don t need me anymore. I am currently in the shape of my life and it s been always a honour for me to represent my country and it s probably the most disappointing moment in my career. I thought I can make it and it is a matter of work and results. Now I am not sure anymore that these factors are really relevant. They complain the lack of patriotism but neither an injury, private problems can t keep me away from my NT. Of course there have been also conflicts with coach Hadzic but I think it s normal if you are motivated and if you want to perform best! We all have different roles in our clubs and in the NT and I could contribute much more than I did if my role wouldn t be tactically that limited. I told this coach Hadzic and maybe I ve been too harsh but in my eyes only if you don t give a damn for the NT you can stay cool. I have never needed the NT to find a club or to promote myself and the good results paid off for coach Hadzic who is successful in Saudi-Arabia. I think that the team manager Konakovic is a great addition for the NT since he has got well-proven concepts that brought KK Bosna back on track. I love my country and I will be there whenever it is needed and if I have time I will support the guys in Lithuania as a fan.

7. But according to..?
I can tell you only the facts. I didn t receive anything.

8. Looking back on the last 5 months you must be in a great shape. Polish journalists even consider you to be some of the best import players in Poland. Do you think someone in BIH noticed your performances?
*Laughs* .Well I think I didnt play bad but I can play even much better. If I stay in Poland I will try to show much more next year.

11. What do you think about the latest intiative of KSBIH to bring back our naturalized players? Can you understand their motives?
Of course it s a pity that we never lined up the strongest formation. Actually a NT player needs much more than only talent. He needs also devotion and passion. But the intransparencies, the lack of professionalism and mutual respect led to a drain of young players. For me it s hard to understand that my personal basketball idol doesn t hold a key position in KSBIH. Hey man it s Nenad Markovic probably the best player we had after Mirza Delibasic and Sabahudin Bilalovic! The way you treat your veterans will fall back on you and the kids won t show any respect to the NT if you let fall their idols. Of course I would like that all these kids come back since it is an incredible honour to play for the of your father and you are more than only sportsman helping the people to forget their problems at least for two hours. On the other side the kids who got their basketball formation in other countries feel gratitude to that countries. I don t want to critisize anyone them. Generally we have to strengthen ties when they are young through try out camps and competent coaches and if a player decides to play for other countries most of them stay true Bosnians in the bottom of their heart.

12.Could you please comment our EC group?
All of the guys are excellent players but our group is really tough. I think Greece and Croatia are favourites in our group but also Montenegro is also very strong. However with a good preparation and a little bit luck we can make it finally in the next round.

13. You had a great season. Will you stay in Slupsk or where will you play next year?
Actually I don t think about new teams since I can t wait to see my family. Indeed there are interesting contacts but it s too early to say where I will play next season.

Ermin, thank you very much for the interview. I wish you all the best in your career!

You re welcome, man!



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  BOTSWANA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 5-0 
 2. Flames 5-1 
 3. Falcons 4-1 
 4. Police 3-1 
 5. BDF V 3-2 
 6. Cadets 3-3 
 7. Spartans 2-1 
 8. Dolphins 2-3 
 9. Eagles 1-3 
 10. Bullets 1-4 
 11. NIIT 1-4 
 12. Splinters 1-5 
 13. Drillers 0-3 


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  BRAZIL   


Jefferson is no longer a Flamengo player - by Paulo Freire
The basketball team of Sao Jose dos Campos said on Tuesday (31) they have sign the powerforwad Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) who was on the team Flamengo.

Jefferson played for Flamengo in the last two seasons, he had a season to forget. Struggling with injuries. On the other hand, the PF has an unique characteristics, he is an excellent shooter for a 2.07 meters tall man. On this last NBB se averaged 8.2 points and 4 rebounds per game, but he kept the good recovery in 3-point line (46%).

In his career he pass through American college basketball, Hungary, Venezuela and have played for some Brazilian clubs such as Ribeirao Preto, Assis and Londrina. He also has represented Brazil National team in the pass.

Jefferson is the fifth name confirm by the team managers for next season. The director board also signed the renewal of contracts of centers Paulao and Murilo Becker and point guards Fulvio and Matheus.


PG Neto sign with Limeira - by Paulo Freire
In a week that still promises to be quite busy in the market, Limeira went ahead and announced their new player, point guard Arlindo Neto (187-G-86)

The 26 years old, Neto was born in Rondonia and was considered one of the revelations of the first edition of the NBB. However, he has not changed much in the last two seasons and seemed accommodated in Araraquara Team. In 2010/11, he had a low average of only 6.8 ppg and 2.1 apg playing as a back up point guard.

In Limeira, Neto will play with two good point guards, therefore he will need to fight for his space with Eric Tatu and Ronald Ramon.


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  CBL   


Invasion Stays Perfect With Win Over Wilmington - by Eurobasket News
Cary, NC The Cary Invasion closed out a week-end double header on Sunday by beating the Wilmington Sea Dawgs 107-94 at the Herb Young Center in Cary. The Invasion is 7-0 in their inaugural season to lead the Continental Basketball League North Division.
Balanced Attack
The game was largely a defensive struggle with a few key scoring runs made by both teams. The Invasion jumped out to an 18-point lead in the second quarter, only to see it turn into a 7-point deficit by the third. But, the Invasion asserted the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, building a double digit lead and hanging on for the win.

Point guard Zach Herrmann (6'0''-G-80) led all scorers with 25 points for the Sea Dawgs (1 5). Former Shaw University forward Daniel Jackson (6'7''-F, college: Shaw) scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds in the win for the Invasion. Six players scored in double figures for the Invasion.

Invasion forward Jonathan Moore, guard Brian Waters, and guard Will Roach were not uniform for the game.

Invasion Head Coach MarQus Johnson said after the win, We were missing three starters, but our guys hung in there and adjusted. Were still a work in progress, but I am proud of our team. We need to just keep working hard and staying together.

Final Home Game Friday June 10
The Invasion (7 0) play next at home on Friday, June 10th against the Fayetteville Crossover for their regular season finale at the Herb Young Center in Cary. Tip-off is set for 7:00 with the doors opening at 6:30.
Courtesy of: www.carycitizen.com




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  CHILE   


Copa Chile Basketball end of First PLAYOFFS and next Pairings - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
Results of return games First Playoffs
Puente Alto 85-75 Las Animas
Boston College 98-74 Universidad Austral
Osorno Basquetbol 86-42 Arabe Rancagua
CD UDECONCE 90-45 D. Alemn
Universidad Catolica 104-53 Arturo Prat San Felipe
Espanol Talca 85-64 Sabuesos
Los Leones 63-59 U. Chile
CD Valdivia 87-67 Providencia
Stadio Italiano 83-57 Cefiro
USACH 57-70 Palestino
Liceo Mixto 130-54 Sergio Ceppi
Estadio Espanol vs Pedro Aguirre Cerda

Second Round has the matches (best of three, game 1 at home of worst positioned, next weekend game 2 at best positioned home, game 3 same location if necessary)
Pairing A (best vs worst)
Liceo Mixto vs Palestino
Pairing B
Boston College vs Los Leones
Pairing C
Osorno Basquetbol vs CD Valdivia
Pairing D
U. Catolica vs Espanol Talca
Pairing E
CD UDECONCE vs Stadio Italiano
Pairing F
Estadio Espanol Puente Alto

By Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse, 20110530.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 2 of Finals: CEZ Nymburk takes 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 102-83

CEZ Nymburk takes 2-0 lead over Prostejov due to the last period in Game 2. BK Prostejov was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. CEZ Nymburk made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington) contributed with 26 points for the winners. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) replied with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) added 19 points in the effort for BK Prostejov. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Prostejov's coach Peter Balinth rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 29+3reb, C.Simmons 26+3reb+3ast, M.Lenzly 16+4reb+1ast, M.Kremen 11+5reb+4ast, A.Nissim 8+2reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 4+2reb
BK Prostejov: E.Lawrence 23+5reb+8ast, B.Veikalas 19+4reb, K.Landry 11+5reb+1ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 10+4reb, A.Slezas 9+5reb+2ast, J.Bohacik 7
gschID: 129220




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.4 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.15.3 
 3. Houska, BK Decin15.1 
 4. Horak, Svitavy14.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin14.5 
 6. Sedmak, Basketbo.14.3 
 7. Veikalas, BK Prost.14.1 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava14.0 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.14.0 
 10. Kotas, USK Praha13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbo.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.8.4 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.7 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava7.6 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostra.7.3 
 7. Frana, Plzen7.1 
 8. Kramny, Svitavy6.9 
 9. Klimes, USK Praha6.7 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostej.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.3 
 3. Jones, BC Kolin3.8 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.5 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha3.4 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Maio, Basketbo.2.9 
 9. Channels, Novy Jic.2.7 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kotas, USK Praha1.9 
 2. Wright, BK Pardu.1.8 
 3. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 4. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.1.6 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
 7. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.5 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin1.4 
 9. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.4 
 10. Vrubl, Plzen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 2. Trybanski, NH Os.1.2 
 3. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.9 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy0.9 
 5. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 6. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 7. Bjegovic, USK Praha0.7 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.7 
 9. Miles, BC Kolin0.7 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymbu.0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.19.2 
 2. Jefferson, AS.18.7 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.2 
 4. Mejia, Cholet18.1 
 5. Darden, Nancy17.0 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.9 
 7. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.16.5 
 8. Shuler, Vichy16.0 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pops MENSAH-BONSU
  AS.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Mensah-Bonsu, AS.9.3 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.2 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy7.9 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.7 
 6. Jones, Le Havre7.7 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.6 
 9. Issa, Gravelines7.6 
 10. Sene, Gravelines7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.9 
 3. Taylor, Limoges5.8 
 4. Woodside, Gravelin.5.7 
 5. King, Le Havre5.4 
 6. Wright, Limoges5.3 
 7. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 8. Walsh, AS.4.8 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Diabate, Roanne4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.1 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 4. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 8. Dewar, Le Mans1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 10. Schilb, Chalon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Grave.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 9. Elegar, Vichy1.0 
 10. Pasco, Strasbourg1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.1 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.9 
 3. Harris, Lille18.4 
 4. Rouse, Charleville16.8 
 5. Milbourne, Boulogne16.6 
 6. Carter, Nanterre16.5 
 7. Davis, Le Portel15.9 
 8. Gay, Fos Ouest15.5 
 9. Runkaukas, Quimper15.1 
 10. Downey, Nantes14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.6 
 3. Wyatte, Le Portel9.4 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Mathis, Maurienne8.9 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.8 
 7. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.0 
 9. Giles, Rouen8.0 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.8 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.5 
 3. Patiejunas, Boulo.6.0 
 4. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 5. Oliver, Bourg5.5 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 9. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.6 
 10. Craven, Dijon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 4. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 5. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 6. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.1 
 7. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 8. Sonko, Maurienne2.1 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.0 
 10. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.3 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 7. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 8. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 9. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 
 10. Ford, Clermont0.7 


ProA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Cholet become first finalists - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Cholet 80-84

Cholet advanced into LNA Finals. They swept the semifinal series against Gravelines. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gravelines-Dunkerque won fourth quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 39-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Cholet players scored in double figures. Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) responded with 22 points and the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) scored 12 points and 7 assists.
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 19+4reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 16+3reb+1ast, D.Nelson 16+5reb+3ast, R.Falker 12+9reb+2ast, L.Vebobe 10+9reb, W.Gradit 5+4reb+1ast
Gravelines: M.Sene 22+3reb, J.Johnson 12+2reb, Y.Bokolo 12+4reb+7ast, C.Akpomedah 11+3reb+2ast, J.Greer 8+4reb+2ast, R.Jomby 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 129050


ASVEL - Nancy 91-79

ASVEL struck back against Nancy levelling the series at 1-1. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL. Sluc Nancy was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sluc Nancy was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) notched 20 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by the former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) did not help to save the game for Sluc Nancy. American guard John Linehan (175-78, college: Providence) added 15 points and 4 assists for the guests. Five ASVEL and four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Walsh 21+5reb+1ast, E.Jackson 20+3reb+4ast, M.Gelabale 16+4reb+3ast, C.Hammonds 13+3reb+5ast, D.Jefferson 10+6reb+4ast, B.Fofana 6+2reb
Nancy: W.Deane 19+2reb, J.Linehan 15+2reb+4ast, V.Samnick 14+5reb+1ast, T.Darden 11+7reb, S.Brun 9+8reb+4ast, M.Badiane 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 129051




ProB Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Boulogne and Nanterre force deciders - by Eurobasket News
Boulogne - Dijon 70-60

Boulogne drew things level against Dijon. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. JDA Dijon managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) replied with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for JDA Dijon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Dijon: S.Dia 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Moss 11+4reb, J.Leloup 10+2reb+3ast, E.Bing 8+8reb+1ast, E.Craven 5+4reb+1ast, A.Christophe 5+4reb+4ast
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 25+10reb+2ast, T.Stanley 11+4reb, D.Monroe 10+7reb+2ast, L.Kante 9+5reb+3ast, E.Plateau 7+3reb, M.N'Diaye 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 128997


Fos Ouest - Nanterre 66-88

Nanterre forced the decisive third game in the series versus Fos Ouest after they claimed a road win in Game 2. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Fos Ouest was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre forced 19 Fos Ouest turnovers. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Algerian forward Karim Atamna (194-80) scored 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 21+6reb+3ast, K.Atamna 17+4reb+3ast, M.Dia 10+2reb, B.Cisse 4+1reb+3ast, L.Cummard 4+6reb+1ast, P.Haquet 3+2reb
Nanterre: M.Riley 25+8reb+2ast, L.Akono 20+4reb+3ast, W.Daniels 19+6reb+3ast, G.Pons 8+1reb+5ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 6+4reb, X.Corosine 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 128998




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  GERMANY   


Jefferson Mason signs with Pro A team Paderborn - by Daniel Poerschke
According to the club's website NCAA 2 All-American Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has signed a one-year contract with the german Pro A team webmoebel Paderborn Baskets. The athletic Mason comes from D2 powerhouse Minnesota State-Mankota. Last season he led his Mavericks to the NCAA 2 Final Four semi final game. In the loss Mason scored 24 points and 14 rebounds for his squad. Over the course of the season Mason averaged 19.2ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.2apg on 55,5% shooting from the field.

Mensah Taylor: "I can gurantee you, I would have an efficient season in the Bundesliga" - by Moritz Korff
With six seasons in Germany under his belt Mensah Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) certainly knows what he is talking about when it comes to basketball on German playgrounds. The 31-year-old is coming off another stellar campaign with TV Saarlouis. The St. Louis, Mo. native guided the Royals to a second place finish in the 1. Regionalliga South-West. Taylor made the Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West First Team and just like the year before was named the All-RLSW Defensive Player of the Year. He led the league in efficiency rating per contest as well as in rebounding (12.6rpg) and ranked 6th in scoring (19.2ppg).

TV Saarlouis fell just short of winning the championship in the Regionalliga South-West, finishing the season in second place. What was missing to win the title?
Well, we got off to a poor start to our season. We began with a 2-3 record, with 3 consecutive road loses. Our team defense was not there at the begining of the season and this hurt our chances, so I would say Defensive Intensity at the start of the season was missing in our quest for the league title.

With you and Ricky Easterling, Saarlouis had two very dominant players on the roster who are known to score a lot. How did it work out to play alongside eachother?
Playing alongside Ricky Easterling was awesome this season. As you stated we both are dominant scorers, so our numbers were down a bit this season. We both understood each others game, so as the season progressed our chemistry became stronger. Playing alongside Ricky Easterling, who is such a good shooter, allowed me to focus more on the defensive end of the basketball court while staying consistent on offense.

You received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-West Defensive Player of the Year honors both in 2010 and in 2011. From your vantage point: What makes a good defender?
I think the advantages that I have is that I have a high basketball IQ along with extremely long arms. I love playing defense, I understand that I can provide scoring from defense also. This past season I had a game with 33pts, 19rebs, 9stls, but most of my 33pts came from my defensive steals. I have seen many systems as a player and many times and can anticipate the offensive player's next move without putting myself out of defensive positon. These two tangibles on defense along with my offensive game makes me very difficult to control as a player.

Throughout your career in Germany you have been playing mostly in the Regionalliga so far and were among the most outstanding players in the league every year. Except two short stints with MBC and Giessen, why didn't you make it to a higher league thus far?
Well, I would say bad luck and commitment from teams in the higher leagues is a part of the reason. In MBC I suffered a orbital fracture of the eye and missed the entire preseason, so of course my chemistry and rhythym was not the same as the other teammates and I felt like I was not given the time to adjust being released only six games after my release from the doctor to perform a contact sport. In the BBL with Giessen they had some money issues that was not solved before I came to the team. So the team wanted to file for bankruptcy, so it was best to relaease the last player, who came to the team, and unfortunately that player of course was me. As an athlete I understand nothing in sports is promised or 100%, but with good luck and a commitment shown from a Bundesliga team I can gurantee you, I would have an efficient season in the Bundesliga.

What would you say to those coaches who might say: Mensah Taylor can be successful in Regionalliga basketball only?
That this statement is totally false about me. Again, with good luck and a commitment from a Bundesliga team to work closely together, I think that the sky is the limit, because I bring so much energy to the team and I have so many positive parts to my game, that I can display. I am not a one dimensional player, having the label as only dominant scorer over the years, now I have added defense to my game, with back to back Defensive Player Of The Year Awards.

Please tell us about your plans for the summer and the upcoming season.
My plans for this summer are to visit my family as much as possible, because I spent last summer living in stuttgart, Germany. Along with visiting family I have planned training session four times a week, which consist of strength training, cardiovascular work out, basketball drills, that are held at my old highschool here in St. Louis, Missouri. There is also a Semi-Pro Summer League I participate in which starts on the 11th of June. As for next season my previous club Saarlouis - as it stands today - plays in the Regionalliga, so with the new rule changes Saarlouis has to make a decision, which of the Americans from last year's team to keep. If not chosen as the one american to play with them next season, then I will be looking for a new exciting challenge next season.


Jefferson Mason heads to Paderborn - by Moritz Korff
The Paderborn Baskets (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have completed their first signing for the 2011-2012 season. Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) will add versatility and athletisism to the Paderborn squad. Mason graduated from NCAA Division 2 school Minnesota State Mankato earlier this year. As a senior he averaged 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest for the Mavericks. From 2006 until 2009 the 23-year-old attended the University of Northern Colorado (NCAA1).

Jasmin Catovic Back In Germany With The Saar-Pfalz Braves - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Saar-Pfalz Braves Have announced the signing of Jasmin Catovic (199-G-83). Catovic is a 27 year old 199cm shooting guard from Slovenian. Catovic was able to leave an impression in a two day try out last week. Catovic has a lot of experience, but hasnt played professionally since the 2008-2009 season when he played in the beko BBL for Rhein Energie Cologne (
: 20 games: 3.3ppg, 1.7rpg) Last season, he stayed in shape practicing with the Polzela team. 'We recieved a very experienced and variable player with Catovic who knows exactly what the coach needs from him', expressed manager Stephan Seile. Catovic started his basketball career in 1998-1999 with Maribor Branik cadet team. He then played for Savinjski Hopsi Polzela from 1999-2003. In 2003-2004, he played for D.Basket Bilbao Berri (Spain-LEB 1) - EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 6 games: 0.2pp. In 2004-2005, he played for EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga), at the beginning of Nov.'04 moved to Savinjski Hopsi Polzela (1B, starting five): 18 games: 13.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 48.1%. In 2005-2006, he played for ICBS (Greece-B): 27 games: 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 79.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for Savinjski Hopsi Polzela (1B, starting five): 19 games: 15.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61,4%, 3FGP: 30,4%, FT: 73,2%. In 2007-2008, he played for Hopsi Polzela (1A): 21 games: 17.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 61.3%. Awards and achievements in his career have been Slovenian U17 National Team -99, European Championships U17 -99 (top SLO scorer -15.9ppg), Slovenian 1B Champion -07, and Slovenian League All-Star Game -08


Source: Saar-Pfaltz Braves


Pascal Roller (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) The Most Important Thing In The Alba Berlin Series Hasnt Been The Home Court, But Who Got IntoThe Game Better - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Pascal Roller (180-G-76) is a 34 year old 180cm combo guard that is playing his 11th season in Frankfurt. He started his career with TV Langen and then played with Freiburg in the second German Bundesliga from 1996-1999. He has played in Frankfurt ever since except for the 2006-2007 season when he took a sabbatical in Italy with Angelico Biella playing 39 games averaging 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 85.0%. His best statistical season was the 2004-2005 season where he played 44 games averaging14.9ppg, 3.2rpg, Ast-5 (4.0apg), 1.0spg, 2.7bpg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP-3 (43.3%). He has played 19 Euroleague games, 28 ULEB Cup games, and 12 Eurochallenge games. His biggest success with Frankfurt was winning the BBL Cup in 2000 and the BBL championship in 2004. He is a seven time BBL Allstar. He also played with the German National team for 9 years. His biggest accomplishments was playing at the 2008 Olympics at Beijing, winning a bronze medal at the World Championships at Indianapolis in 2002 and winning a silver medal at The European Championships in Belgrad in 2005. In 2009-2010, he played 46 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT-1 (90.8%). currently he is averaging 4,5ppg and 1,3apg. He spoke to eurobasket before game 5 against Alba Berlin




Congrats on the 83-74 win against Alba Berlin in game four. Are these do or die games easy now for you then earlier in your career?


Yes it gets easier, because I have more experience in these games in the last years. Now I know how to react in certain phases of the game and am able to make better decision in certain phases of a game.

Kimmo Muurinen said that the mental preparation leading up to game four really helped him and the team. What exactly did the team do in this mental preparation?


We got more together and got more on the same wave length and page. We all understand very well that we have the same goal. We win and lose together.



Were The Deutsche Bank Skyliners a bit surprised of their big 16-0 run start?#



We finally were able to do which we didnt do in the first three games which was start well. We finally showed the way that we are capable of playing. I think it was easier to see that we wanted more to win than just playing well with our abilities.


In the third quarter, Alba Berlin went on a 15-0 run to cut the lead down to 48-47. How was Alba Berlin able to do this?


I think that Alba Berlin isnt a team that really fits to our style. We are two teams in style. Alba Berlin is very strong individually and are taller and bigger. We are quick and play very variable. Alba Berlin is always capable of making a run like that.


What was the biggest strength of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in game four?


I think that we had a healthy mixture of good games from many players. Wood and Powell were strong, Tez played good defense and I played well. the team stood behind me.


Thursday could be your last game against Sven Schultze. What are your nicest memories from him with the German National team?



I was the room mate of Sven Schultze for two years. I remember when he became a dad, it was so funny, because he spoke with other parents to understand what he has to do as a father. I realized that I wasnt much different as I became a father.



Alba Berlin and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have all won their away games. This series reminds one a bit on the 2004 beko BBL finals against Bamberg.



It is a little different in that in 2004, there seemed to be more pressure on the home team winning. The most important thing in this series has been who got into the game better and not the home court advantage. The home court advantage has never been bigger than this game five though.

How much tactical things can a team do for a game five? The teams know each other and it seems like the team with the highest intensity and who wants to win more will prevail?



Yes that is right. There is always little things you can tweak on offense and defense and having a surprise in your pocket is always good. When the fourth quarter comes, that is when the real fight starts.

You are playing your 12th season in the first league in Germany and one season in Italy. What has changed the most since the 1999-2000 season?


The beko BBL has developed further with teams and players profiting. The beko BBL has done a good job working on the infrastructure. The beko BBL does need to have new goals so it can reach the level of other leagues. The beko BBL has shown that it strives on having Americans in the league and being athletic. It would be good, if more of a European touch can get integrated. The beko BBL is very valuable for good players and the players always get paid on time.


Your body probably doesnt mind the lesser minutes, but is it difficult not playing as much anymore?


It is ok now, but I would of had a problem with it as I was younger. For me as a young player as I was looking for teams was not the team, but knowing form the coach that I would have a chance on getting playing minutes. Stefan Koch gave me that chance and I am grateful for that.

Has anything changed in the coaching style of Gordon Herbert since the title season in 2004?


Nothing has really changed. His style is the same, but it always depends on what players he has and he always knows where the strength of that player is. His philosophy and structure is still the same and has gotten better. He has developed as a coach and is always looking to get better as a coach.

Is there anything that you would have liked to have reached in your basketball career that you havent?


I still want to win another title this season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. I really want to reach the final. There isnt really anything that I still need to achieve.


Who was the best player that you played against in the beko BBL?


Sasa Obradovic. I remember how much in awe I was with him as I was 20-21 years ole just with what he had achieved as a player, more than I would be now. Demond Mallet who played with Bamberg and Terrell Mcintyre that played one season with Braunschweig.



What was your nicest memory on the court in Italy with Biella?


The big derby with Cantu. We played against Michael Jordan and were way behind and scored 46 points in the fourth quarter. We were down by three points and I had two free throws. I made the first and intentionally missed the second and we got the tip in and overtime. We won the game in overtime and remember waiting two hours in the dressing room, because the Cantu fans were blocking the way out.


How do you see the 2011 NBA final Dallas Mavericks-Miami Heat?


I think it will be a good final. I hope the Mavericks win and it would be great if Dirk could finally win that first ring as well as Jason Kidd who is near the end of his career. I think that the Mavericks could win. They won two against the Lakers and maybe they can go to Miami and steal a game right away. I think Dallas is mentally stronger and I think that is where the series will be decided. This is the best Nowitzki that we have ever seen at the moment. He is so hard to stop now and is amazing how quickly that he can change a game. I remember I got up to give the baby a bottle at 4.45 am and saw that Dallas was down 16 points with five minutes to play and I didnt think that they could pull it out so I went to bed. The next day I learned that Dallas had rallied and come back and won the game.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Pippi Langstrumpf with my daughter.

Thanks Pascal for the chat




Jamison Brewer Remains With The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Would the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have met the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the beko BBL quarterfinals had point guard Jamison Brewer (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Auburn) been the playmaker from day one? The 30 year old 193cm guard with the ability to produce Jason Kidd like stats seemed to have convinced Bremerhaven management to keep him on board for another season giving him a one year contract. Brewer who came in the second half of the season played 13 games avergaing 32 minutes and 8,2ppg, 3,7rpg and 4,7apg. The fact that Brewer was able to grow into a leader in the shortest of time left a lasting impression on head coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ). 'We know what we get from him. He can read the game, make others better and despite a long career is still very motivated. He doesnt look at his own stats. He showed some very good games despite he hardly had the chance to know the plays and teammates', stressed Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ). Brewer played NCAA basketball at Auburn and then quickly found his way to the NBA where he played for teams like the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. In the last five years, He played in countries like Croatia, Belgium, Brasil and Ukraine. He also played in the ABA and D-League.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven



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A1 Round 3 of Finals. Olympiakos celebrate first victory - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Olympiakos - Panathinaikos 76-68

Olympiakos cut the deficit against Panathinaikos as they earned home win tonight. Panathinaikos was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 37-22 second half run of Olympiakos. Panathinaikos was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American forward Mike Batiste (203-77, college: Arizona St.) answered with 15 points and the other American import guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) added 13 points in the effort for Panathinaikos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: I.Bourousis 16+6reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 13+1reb+1ast, P.Vasilopoulos 8+4reb+1ast, L.Mavrokefalides 7+2reb+1ast, G.Jamon Lukas 6+4reb+1ast, A.Glyniadakis 6
Panathinaikos: M.Batiste 15+4reb, D.Nicholas 13+1reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 10+4ast, I.Vougioukas 9+2reb, A.Fotsis 5+6reb+1ast, K.Tsartsaris 4+3reb
gschID: 129093

3-4 place
PAOK - Aris 59-67

Aris earned the second win over PAOK in the Bronze medals series. 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 67-59. The best player for the winners was guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Robert Dozier (206-85, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Aris: N.Hatzivrettas 19+3reb, A.King 15+9reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 15+8reb+6ast, B.Brown 10+2reb+3ast, E.Bavcic 6+9reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 2+1reb
PAOK: R.Marshall 16+2reb+1ast, R.Dozier 14+10reb+2ast, T.Gechevski 12+10reb+1ast, D.Christmas 10+1ast, M.Giannakidis 3+1reb, D.Stiggers 2+3reb+3ast



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios16.7 
 2. Marshall, PAOK16.5 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.9 
 4. Palacio, Kavala15.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.1 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.1 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos13.9 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.7 
 10. King, Peristeri GS13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.8 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi8.2 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 5. Smith, Panellinios7.7 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.1 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.0 
 9. Dawson, Ilysiakos6.6 
 10. Bavcic, Aris6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP K.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Jordan, VAP K.5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.2 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiak.4.7 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.4.5 
 5. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 6. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pane.3.7 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.6 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi3.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Maro.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy BAXTER
  Ilysiakos
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 2. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pane.1.7 
 4. Anderson, Panionios1.7 
 5. Marshall, PAOK1.6 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.5 
 7. Papamakarios, Pane.1.5 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos1.4 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olym.1.4 
 10. Palacio, Kavala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bagaric, Marousi1.9 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 4. Looby, Peristeri GS1.1 
 5. Bourousis, Olympia.1.0 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.9 
 7. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 8. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 9. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK0.6 


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Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Awards 2010-11 - by Sanders Jackson
Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 1st Team 2011
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Jason Dourisseau
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Seamus Boxley
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Frank Turner
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Monta McGhee
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Matt Haryasz
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Player of the Year: Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of GasTerra
Guard of the Year: Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Eiffel Towers
Forward of the Year: Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of GasTerra
Center of the Year: Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra
Newcomer of the Year: Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91) of ABC
Most Improved Player of the Year: Worthy de Jong (194-G-88) of ZZ Leiden
Rookie of the Year: Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91) of ABC
Import Player of the Year: Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of GasTerra
Domestic Player of the Year: Jessey Voorn (193-G-90) of ABC
Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of GasTerra
Coach of the Year: Toon Van Helfteren of ZZ Leiden

1st Team
G: Jason Dourisseau (196-83) of GasTerra
F: Seamus Boxley (201-82) of ZZ Leiden
G: Frank Turner (178-88) of Eiffel Towers
F: Monta McGhee (198-79) of ZZ Leiden
C: Matt Haryasz (210-84) of GasTerra

2nd Team
G: Matt Bauscher (188-85) of GasTerra
G: Jessey Voorn (193-90) of ABC
G: Glenn Stokes (170-76) of BS Weert
G: Zaire Taylor (193-86) of Magixx
F: Jason Ellis (201-82) of GasTerra

Honorable Mention
Kees Akerboom (200-F-83) of Eiffel Towers
Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84) of ABC
Geoff McDermott (203-F-87) of Magixx
Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of Giants
Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) of ZZ Leiden
Brian Laing (195-G/F-85) of Magixx
Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers
Tim Blue (205-F-84) of Giants
Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82) of Giants
Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of ZZ Leiden
Manny Adako (203-F-87) of DeFriesland
Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of DeFriesland
Rogier Jansen (188-G-84) of Eiffel Towers
Thomas Jackson (175-G-80) of ZZ Leiden
Todd Brown (196-G-87) of DeFriesland

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Jessey Voorn (193-90) of ABC
F: Kees Akerboom (200-83) of Eiffel Towers
G: Worthy de Jong (194-88) of ZZ Leiden
G: Arvin Slagter (190-85) of ZZ Leiden
G: Aaron Roye (185-88) of GasTerra

All-Imports Team
G: Jason Dourisseau (196-83) of GasTerra
F: Seamus Boxley (201-82) of ZZ Leiden
G: Frank Turner (178-88) of Eiffel Towers
F: Monta McGhee (198-79) of ZZ Leiden
C: Matt Haryasz (210-84) of GasTerra

All-Defensive Team
Frank Turner (178-G-88) of Eiffel Towers
Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of GasTerra
Jason Ellis (201-F-82) of GasTerra
Zaire Taylor (193-G-86) of Magixx
Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of ZZ Leiden



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Slam blow past Chinooks - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com guards Ira Graham and Morris Anderson combined to score 63 points as the Bellingham Slam defeated the Portland Chinooks 133-103 in an IBL game at Whatcom Pavilion on monday. The game capped a great weekend for Graham who also scored 29 points in a win over Vancouver friday. With his recent offensive explosion, Graham has scored nearly as many points in the last two games as he had in the Slams first 12 games of the season.

Sean Smith, Splash pull away in fourth quarter to beat Lansing - by Eurobasket News
There was a 1:27 remaining on the clock when the Splash disc jockey selected the Jackson 5s Dancing Machine. Of course, the song was recorded by Gary natives and its stage was the Steel Citys Genesis Convention Center.

Music can paint a vivid picture, and this particular selection was timed up just right. After all, the Splash cascaded throughout the fourth quarter and routed the Lansing (Mich.) Capitals 113-85 on Tuesday night.

After missing the last six games for what Splash (8-7) coach Jay Bradford referred to as other basketball opportunities Sean Smith re-stamped his mark on the team. Smith scored 16 of his team-leading 22 points in the fourth, including his contributions to a 13-1 run.

Well, you know, we just tried to come out with more energy, said Smith who dunked and drained a trey in the fourth. Just guys talking on defense, playing with energy, and playing together.

Added Bradford: (Smith) was pretty much our glue, thats what he brings to this team.

That adhesive fixture was much needed against the Capitals (2-4).

Sure the Lansing product has a losing record, with three of those losses to the Splash, but the 93-90 outcome in their last meeting was a bit close for comfort. Then, through the first three quarters of play, there were multiple ties and momentum swings (including Lansings seven 3s in the second period). Gary even had a 10-4 run to start the third, before Lansing rallied to end the frame trailing 73-70.

We played down to their level, thats what we did, we took them lightly, said Chris Wesby, who had 17 points. (Taking opponents lightly) already cost us a championship in the winter season doing the same things and a couple of games this year.

The fourth quarter erased some of those issues, though. Using the big run, the Splash surged ahead with a 40-15 differential. Gary finished the contest with a 49 percent tally from the field, contrasted against Lansings 38 percent. Another strong return was that of BJ Walker, who had 10 points, after missing Sundays game because of a stomach virus.

Bradford switched up the lineup, giving Pete Dunbar (6'2''-G-83, college: Glenville St.) his first start.

They played pretty tough, the last game, Bradford said.

I think we kind of wore them out with that heavy rotation (of 13 players).

The Splash play again at home on Saturday against the Lake County All-Stars at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: posttrib.suntimes.com


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  IRAN   


Mahram too good for Rayyan - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Rayyan 81:64

Mahram got back to the winning ways in Manila. Two-time defending champions prevailed against Rayyan to improve at 3-1 record in preliminary Group B of Asia Club Championship. Mahram will now take on Ittihad in the playoffs. Rayyan will face ASU in the clash for a semifinal spot.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Mahram enjoyed a narrow two-point lead after ten minutes of action 18:16. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) and Efran Ali Saeed helped Rayyan to erase the deficit early in the second term. Mahram got back into the lead and they finalized the first half leading by 4 points 40:36. The Iranian powerhouse boosted the margin to 12 points midway through the third term. They finished the quarter up by 11 points 62:51. Rayyan could not get closer than 10 points in the final frame as Mahram rolled to the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) provided 23 points and 10 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 16 points each in the victory. Chauncey Leslie answered with 20 points for Rayyan. Omer Abdelkader Salem (206-C-83) delivered 14 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 23+10 boards, Cheikh Samb 16, Hamed Afagh 16
Rayyan: Chauncey Leslie 20, Omer Abdelkader Salem 14



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  ISRAEL   


Chuck Eidson is going to play in Spain? - by Eurobasket
There were never rumors of him going to Caja Laboral. He did turn down an offer by CSKA but sources tell 'Eurobasket.com' that Eidson will be going to one of the top teams in Europe (Regal FC Barcelona, Real Madrid) as also an indication that Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) received an offer from an NBA team, due to his excellent Final-Four appearance. Edison will process offers and concerns with his family over the summer. It is also known that Maccabi lately offered Eidson an additional $150,000 to their Eidson's new contract, however, the total of $1.3 million was not satisfying enough for the forward due to other substantial offers that came his way for over an estimated $3 million.

Chuck is now in back on vacation in the states with his family as he plans his summer trip to Las Vegas before preparing for next season.



Chuck Eidson is not coming back to Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) is not coming back to Maccabi Tel Aviv for the next season. The player announced of leaving the team where he enjoyed the last two seasons.
In 2009-2010 for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League) he averaged 12.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 79.1% in EuroLeague, while in Israeli League his stats read 10.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.0%. Last season in Euroleague he showed 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 70.5%.
Together with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv they revenged for the loss last year and took the title back from Galil Gilboa. The latter became the winner of the Israeli Play-offs in 2009/2010 as they upset Maccabi T-A 90:77 in the Final Game. Trailing 8 points at the halftime, the winners were awesome in the second half and grabbed the Gold of the country.
Tonight Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv dominated the arena and won 91:64. Chuck Eidson netted 13 for the winners.
The rumors sent the American player to Caja Laboral, however earlier it was mentioned that he refused joining CSKA Moscow.


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Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. White, Dinamo Sass.20.2 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.5 
 3. Rivers, CS Bologna17.2 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 5. Ford, Fabi Shoes15.8 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR14.8 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.8 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA14.8 
 9. Roberson, Enel B.14.6 
 10. Dean, Air AV14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.4 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 4. Davis, Banca Terc.8.2 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.1 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.8 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 10. Sanikidze, CS Bo.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Collins, Scavolin.3.9 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.8 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.8 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 9. Green, Bennet Can.3.5 
 10. Diener, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 2. Stonerook, Montep.2.8 
 3. Goss, Cimberio VA2.7 
 4. Green, Air AV2.7 
 5. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 6. Thomas, Air AV2.5 
 7. Dasic, Lottomatica2.4 
 8. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.4 
 10. Hawkins, Armani MI2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Eze, Armani MI1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindi.1.2 
 5. Szewczyk, Air AV1.0 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.0 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 9. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 


A Dilettanti Round 2 of Finals: Trapani wins the second game - by Eurobasket News
Trapani - Ostuni 86-79

Trapani wins the second game over Ostuni in the best-of-five Final series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Trapani made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Ostuni turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Ostuni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Trapani players scored in double figures. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ostuni.
Top scorers:
Trapani: F.Guarino 16+10reb+9ast, A.Svoboda 15+1ast, L.Tardito 15+3reb, G.Cantagalli 13+2reb, L.Bisconti 10+9reb+1ast, C.Cappanni 8+2reb
Ostuni: A.Ruggiero 23+5reb, M.Gigena 16+7reb+1ast, V.Circosta 13+2reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 9+3reb+1ast, D.Morena 8+3reb+1ast, F.Basei 6+10reb
gschID: 129192




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Evangelisti, Trapa.17.7 
 2. Tassinari, Moncali.17.6 
 3. Musso, Perugia16.9 
 4. Rugolo, Molfetta16.8 
 5. Ricciardi, Palestr.16.8 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.7 
 7. Vico, Matera16.0 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino15.9 
 9. Conte, Trento15.8 
 10. Benevelli, Trento15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza11.4 
 2. Rosignoli, Biscegl.9.8 
 3. Corral, Molfetta9.4 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.8.8 
 5. Zambon, Rieti8.7 
 6. Chiaramello, Recan.8.6 
 7. Basei, Ostuni8.5 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.1 
 9. Soloperto, Latina7.9 
 10. Gaeta, Osimo7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.7 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Scarone, Piacenza3.7 
 6. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 7. Paparella, Potenza3.4 
 8. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.4 
 9. Passera, Piacenza3.4 
 10. Cantone, S.Antimo3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia3.2 
 3. De Nicolao, Castel.3.0 
 4. Gullo, Patti2.9 
 5. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 6. Bushati, Brescia2.8 
 7. Cisse, ASD Pavia2.7 
 8. Palombita, Castell.2.7 
 9. Musso, Perugia2.7 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.6 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 5. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 6. Spippoli, Palestri.0.9 
 7. Basei, Ostuni0.9 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Biligha, ASD Pavia0.9 
 10. Pozzi, Molfetta0.8 


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  JORDAN   


Smart Gilas pip ASU in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas - ASU 76:74

Smart Gilas snatched a tough narrow win over ASU in the final round of preliminary round at Asia Club Championship. The victory became the fourth straight for the Filipino team. They clinched the top position in Group A. Smart Gilas will now face Jalaa, while ASU will play against Rayyan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
ASU limited the hosts to just 12 points in the starting period and grabbed a four-point lead after ten minutes. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) helped Smart Gilas erase the deficit in the second frame. Osama Daghlas had the last laugh in the first half as his free throw made it 28:27 for the Jordanian team at halftime. ASU maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the third term. Barroca and Taulava pulled Smart Gilas in front late in the period but Zaid Abbas returned the advantage to ASU 46:45 after three quarters of action. Barracael and Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the final term to put Smart Gilas in charge 61:60. Soon the margin grew at 6 points 72:66. Osama Daghlas dragged Smart Gilas within three points with 4 seconds to go. But Lutz converted two free throws and another three-pointer from Osama Daghlas went in vain. Dondon Hontiveros provided 23 points for Smart Gilas. Marcus Douthit added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) answered with 25 points for ASU. Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Smart Gilas: Dondon Hontiveros 23, Marcus Douthit 14, Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86) 12
ASU: Jameel Watkins 25, Abbaas Zaid 20+13 boards



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  LATVIA   


Mejeris and Veselovs on try-outs in Biella - by Eurobasket
Latvian players Mareks Mejeris (199-F-91, agency: Players Group) and Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Players Group) have been invited to try-outs by Angelico Biella.

According to Biella's General Manager Alessandro Giuliani, 'coaches wanted to evaluate players followed during the season'.

Pavels Veselovs has finished season in Latvia with BK Valmiera averaging 14.1ppg and 6.0rpg in Latvian league regular season and impressive

21.5ppg in playoffs. Veselovs has international experience with BK Ventspils and Latvian national team.

Mareks Mejeris is rising star in Latvia, who has become Liepajas Lauvas' leader in his first season in top division, averaging 8.0 points 4.1 rebounds in regular season and 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1.5 blocks in a semi-final series against Riga VEF.


Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Player of the Year: Valters Sandis
Guard of the Year: Valters Sandis
Forward of the Year: Janicenoks Kristaps
Center of the Year: Mednis Roberts
Most Improved Player of the Year: Mejeris Mareks
Import Player of the Year: Willjam Derek
Domestic Player of the Year: Valters Sandis
Defensive Player of the Year: Rozitis Jekabs
Coach of the Year: Butautas Ramunas

1st Team
Willjam Derek
Valters Sandis
Janicenoks Kristaps
Veselovs Pavels
Mednis Roberts

2nd Team
Gabrans Raimonds
Caldwell Pierce
Strelnieks Janis
Hunter Brandon
Rozitis Jekabs

Honorable Mention
Peiners Zanis
Bergmanis Ilmars
Skirmants Martins
Cavars Agnis
Kaufmanis Janis
Mitchell Ashton
Mejeris Mareks
Aleksejevs Jurijs
Cain Tyler
Berzins Kaspars
Kuzminskas Saulius
Efejuku Oritseweyinmi

All-Domestic Players Team
Gabrans Raimonds
Valters Sandis
Janicenoks Kristaps
Veselovs Pavels
Mednis Roberts

All-Imports Team
Willjam Derek
Mitchell Ashton
Caldwell Pierce
Hunter Brandon
Cain Tyler

All-Defensive Team
Mitchell Ashton
Strelnieks Janis
Jahovics Gatis
Cain Tyler
Rozitis Jekabs


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  LEBANON   


Riyadi finish preliminary round unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Jalaa 86:73

Riaydi earned the fourth straight win at Asia Club Championship. Thus the Lebanese team finished the preliminary round on top of Group B. Jalaa slipped at 1-3 record but made it into the quarterfinal round. Riyadi will face Duhok, while Jalaa will take on Smart Gilas in the playoffs.
Riaydi got to a slow start in this one. Jalaa dominated in the first quarter. The Syrian side posted a 20:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) stretched the gap to 9 points early in the second term. Riyadi answered with 15:4 run to take a 39:36 lead at halftime. Jalaa drew things level midway through the third term however Riyadi struck right back and recorded a 59:51 lead after 30 minutes of action. Amir Saoud (188-G-91) boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter. Jalaa could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the contest as Riyadi breezed to the fourth straight win in Manila. Amir Saoud accounted for 28 points for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) added 18 points each in the win. Rami Merjaneh answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) had 14 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Amir Saoud 28, Omar El Turk 18, William Pharis 18
Jalaa: Rami Merjaneh 16, Jamaal Miller 14



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Tom Becker moves to Residence - by Eurobasket News
Tom Becker (195-F-83) will strengthen Residence in the next season. The 28-year-old forward spent the previous season in Black Star. He notched 8.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in Diekirch League. Tom Becker could not save Black Star from relegation.


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Ittihad deny KL Dragons quarterfinal ambitions - by Eurobasket News
Ittihad - KL Dragons 98:76

Ittihad recorded the second win at Asia Club Championship. They rallied past KL Dragons to improve at 2-3 record in Group A. KL Dragons fell at 0-4 record after the loss and would play for 9th-10th overall position in the tournament. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) came up with 36 points to pace Ittihad.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Saudi Arabian team led by just a single point 25:24 after ten minutes of action. But Ittihad erupted for 38 points in the second frame and managed to clear off. They secured a 63:42 advantage at the interval. The margin grew at 27 points in the third term as KL Dragons struggled to get back to life. The Malaysian team finally get things going as they narrowed the distance at 17 points with one quarter remaining. But it was too little to hope for a positive outcome. Ittihad stayed confident in the final period and secured the win at the end. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) provided 32 points and 16 boards for Ittihad. Adil Al Juhani (189-G-70) had 12 points in the win. Shee Fai Loh (189-G-89) answered with 19 points for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Ittihad: Darren Keelly 36, Vladislav Dragajlovic 32+16 boards, Adil Al Juhani 12
KL Dragons: Shee Fai Loh 19, Marcus Morrison 17



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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Wins for Hermosillo and Guaymas - by Eurobasket News
Nogales - Hermosillo 83-95

Hermosillo recorded the third win in the series versus Nogales. Fuerza Guinda Nogales were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rayos de Hermosillo dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Guinda Nogales' 46. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rayos de Hermosillo made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American guard Noah Brown (186-81, college: Appalachian St.) produced 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami, FL) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: M.Gray 27+9reb+1ast, J.Lopez 19+4reb, L.Wade 19+7reb+4ast, J.Camacho 10+1reb, E.Medina 7+2reb+6ast, J.Manuel Esteva 6+4reb+3ast
Nogales: N.Brown 23+5reb+7ast, J.Walker 22+6reb+2ast, R.Moss 19+10reb, A.Broxsie 10+8reb+1ast, O.Quintero 5+1reb, B.Heredia 3+4ast
gschID: 129198


Guaymas - Guasave 94-85

Guaymas avoided elimination by beating Guasave at home court in Game 5. The hosts were already 22 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-15 Frayles de Guasave's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 94-85 at the end of the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Craig Winder (188-G-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Texas) (188-84, college: Texas, agency: Prossin Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) added 25 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Frayles de Guasave.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: C.Winder 30+7reb+6ast, J.Habel 21+17reb+3ast, A.Pedroza 17+1reb+1ast, R.Marentes 11+1reb+6ast, R.Benitez 5+7reb+2ast, R.Navarro 4+1reb+1ast
Guasave: W.Funn 26+11reb+6ast, R.Barrett 25+7reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 17+6reb+1ast, K.Sowell 8+1reb, J.Acosta 5+3reb, A.Izaguirre 4+5reb
gschID: 129197




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  NBA   


The "Shaq Attack" And end of an Era - by Eddie King
I remember when I first started watching all college basketball games, not only just tournament games back in 1990 and I can remember to this day watching a highlight of a LSU guard missing a baseline jumpshot and this enormous young man flying in and jumping over the top of another player and tip-dunking the ball in. It was the nastiest dunk I've ever seen in college. I was only 9 or 10 at the time and I said to myself 'who was that?' then I heard Dick Vitale sreaming and saying he's on a Freshman! I said to myself, wow this guy is going to tear the NBA up when he gets there! That was the first time I saw Shaq play.

What a career! 4 championships, 3 finals MVP's, regular season MVP, (which is a joke, he should at least have 2, sorry Steve Nash). He was a character within himself, and knew how to be a superstar. He was passed down knowledge from Jordan and he then later passed knowledge down to todays superstars. I looked at Him as one of the last of the living legends still playing ( along with Kobe and Tim Duncan) He was bigger than life, both literally and Figuretively, A modern day Wilt Chamberlain!

What will Shaq be remembered for? A lot of things if you ask a lot different people, but some stand out more to me than others. I remember him being snubbed in favor of Christian Laetner for the original Dream Team and taking it out on him everytime they played one another in the NBA. I remember him breaking the Backboard as a rookie against the Pheonix Suns. I rembember him literally tearing the rim apart against NewJersey in 1994, I remember how he attack the opposing great centers in the league and he hated all of them, Ewing Robinson, Mourning, Mutumbo. But he could't muster up hate for Olajuwon, and that hurt him in 1995 as he got schooled by the dream in the Finals. I remember him signing with Laker in 1996. I remember him getting the lob from Kobe and dunking on Rasheed Wallace to complete a historic combat and collaspe by Portland in the 2000 Western Conference Finals. I rembember the on going feud between him and kobe, that the media fed into, and both player played along with ith at times. I rembember him getting traded to Miami and helping them win a Championship in 2006. And I remember him gutting it out trying to help the Celtics get another Championship, but not being able to move on that leg, It was sad to watch, me being a fan and all.

I don't know where ranks on everyone's list, but He's the best Center i seen in my lifetime and one of the top players of alltime!

Shaq was definitely a asset to the NBA!


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.6 
 3. Rose, Chicago B.25.4 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.2 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.24.7 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.1 
 9. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.0 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
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. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.10.3 
 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.11.0 
 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.8.0 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 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. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.1.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.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.2.5 
 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. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Shaq announces retirement on web - by Eurobasket News
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU),, the man with four rings, 28,596 career points and scores of nicknames, has finally decided to call it quits, ending one of the most colorful careers in NBA history that will surely culminate with a Hall of Fame induction.

End Of An Era
Shaquille O'Neal announced on Wednesday that after 19 seasons and four championship rings he's calling it quits. Here's a look back at his career:

15-time NBA All-Star
28,596 career points (5th all-time)
2000 NBA MVP
3-time NBA Finals MVP (2000-02)
1993 NBA Rookie of the Year
Notable nicknames: The Diesel, Shaq Fu, Superman, The Big Daddy, The Big Shaqtus, The Big Shamrock
13 seasons with 20 PPG and 10 RPG (most in NBA)
5,250 postseason points (4th all-time in NBA)
216 postseason game played (3rd in all-time in NBA)

'I'm going to miss the competition. I'm going to miss, you know, the chase for the ring. You know, I'm actually going to miss everything,' O'Neal said on SportsCenter Wednesday.

He added: 'Father Time has caught up with Shaquille O'Neal.'

O'Neal, 39, announced his retirement earlier Wednesday using the new social media tool Tout, a real-time video messaging service to announce to fans: 'We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you very much, that's why I'm telling you first, I'm about to retire. Love you, talk to you soon.'

'Once a businesman, always a businessman,' O'Neal said with a smile later on Wednesday. 'I am the emperor of the social media network.'

O'Neal said he wasn't prepared yet to reminisce about his long and prolific career, which produced three championships with the Lakers and one with the Heat. 'Let's save that for the press conference on Friday,' said O'Neal, who will hold that media event at his Isleworth home.

Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss says that O'Neal has not notified the team of his plans.

'Shout out to @SHAQ on the hall of fame career. One of a kind player,' Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo tweeted Wednesday.

O'Neal retires fifth all-time with 28,596 points, 12th with 13,099 rebounds and second only to Artis Gilmore among players with more than 2,000 baskets with a .582 field goal percentage.

'I'm a little bit sad,' said Pat Riley, the Heat president who was also the coach when O'Neal won a title in Miami. 'It's the end of an absolute 20-year career. Great, great player. ... The league's going to miss Shaq. I'm sure Shaq will do something big and beyond.'

LeBron James tweeted: 'What a career for Shaq Diesel!! The most dominating force to ever play the game. Great person to be around as well. Comedy all the time!!'

O'Neal, who's in a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, said he isn't sure which team he'll enter under.

'I'm a humble and modest person so hopefully I get inducted. Let's just start there first,' O'Neal said on SportsCenter. '... We'll just have to wait till that happens, and then I'll make that decision.'

O'Neal signed a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics last summer but a persistent Achilles injury will prevent him from fulfilling the terms of the deal. O'Neal first injured his right Achilles on Christmas Day and was able to play only in two of the final 35 games of the regular season.

On April 3 against Detroit, O'Neal returned to the court after a two-month absence and scored six points in a spirited 5 minutes and 29 seconds before coming up lame and limping off the floor. Although his injury was listed as a strained calf, O'Neal said it was the Achilles flaring up again.

'I felt like someone had shot me in the back of my leg,' he said.

[+] EnlargeMatt Campbell/AFP/Getty Images
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant celebrate the Lakers' third consecutive title in 2002.
O'Neal did not play again in the regular season. He sat out the New York Knicks playoff series then tried to return in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against his old team, the Miami Heat. O'Neal logged 8 minutes in the 97-81 victory but woke up in considerable pain the next morning. His final game was two days later, when he toiled for three minutes of Game 4 before Celtics coach Doc Rivers pulled him for good.

In the final weeks of the the playoffs, O'Neal, over the objections of team physician Brian McKeon, had 'more than five' cortisone shots in his Achilles in an attempt to play against the Heat.

'Doc (McKeon) kept telling me, 'No, no,' but I wanted to play so badly,' O'Neal said. 'My feeling was, 'If it ruptures, it ruptures.' The Celtics were so good to me I wanted to do everything I could to get back on the court for them.'

Throughout his time on the sideline, O'Neal said, he continued to do rehab as well as work on the treadmill and the exercise bike. He swam each evening at the Thoreau Club in Concord and shot a number of late-night free throws in at the Lincoln-Sudbury High School gymnasium across the street from his rented Sudbury home. He lost 35 pounds and was 'feeling great everywhere except for that one little spot behind my heel.'

O'Neal said McKeon recommended surgery that would 'clean up' the area around the Achilles, but O'Neal said the recovery time would be close to nine months.

'I really, really thought about coming back,' he said, 'but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we'd have same outcome as this last year -- everyone sitting around and waiting for me.

'I didn't want to let people down two years in a row. I didn't want to hold Boston hostage again.

'I'm letting everybody know now so Danny (Ainge) and the organization can try to get younger talent. I would love to come back, but they say once the Achilles is damaged it's never the same. I don't want to take that chance.'

O'Neal said his final months in Boston included some of the darkest days of his career because 'I just hated to let the city of Boston down. I really grew to love the place. Everyone was so welcoming to me and treated me so great. They believed in me and they took care of me, especially the great people of Sudbury. I love that town.'

What They're Saying About Shaq
Shaquille O'Neal's colleagues chimed in after hearing about his retirement, remembering Diesel's best moments and wishing him luck for the future. More

What do you think? Sportsnation

O'Neal also had effusive praise for Rivers, whom, he said, was 'one of the best I ever played for.'

'I thought Doc was fabulous,' O'Neal said. 'He stressed 'team' all the time, never wavered on that. He kept everyone together. He's an amazing coach. I want to congratulate him on his five years (extension).

'He deserves it. He loves the organization, loves the players, and we all love him back.'

O'Neal is acutely aware the Celtics posted a record of 21-4 when he was able to play 20 or more minutes this season. The chemistry he shared with the Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rondo, he said, will be an enduring memory, leaving him to wonder what would have happened had he stayed healthy.

'We were supposed to win this year but 'supposed' doesn't count,' he said. 'The path was there for us. All the so-called super powers were gone -- L.A., San Antonio. I really feel if I was on the court we would have done it, but I don't believe in 'ifs.' '

O'Neal will be remembered as one of the most dominant, recognizable and controversial figures in the game, whose body of work included rap records, movies, a lengthy business portfolio and an even lengthier history of philanthropic deeds.

'I tried to make people happy,' O'Neal said, 'and I tried to have fun. I think I did both.'

O'Neal was a franchise-saver when the Orlando Magic made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 draft. He took them from the lottery to the playoffs in two years, and then led them to the NBA Finals in his third year before they were swept by the Houston Rockets.

O'Neal then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996 and had his greatest success there, winning three titles alongside Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson. But amid tension between O'Neal and Bryant over credit for the team's success, O'Neal was traded to the Heat in the summer of 2004, fresh off a loss to the Detroit Pistons in the Finals.

After 3 years in Miami, a tenure that included his fourth NBA championship, O'Neal became a veteran-for-hire, moving to Phoenix and then Cleveland and finally Boston. But he couldn't deliver another title for Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire with the Suns, with James with the Cavaliers or with the Celtics' Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

'I think Shaq was the most dominant big man of his era. He changed the game,' former Lakers teammate Brian Shaw told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi.

He added: 'The amazing thing about him was with somebody of his size, that he was as nimble as he was. He could dance and run and do anything physically that somebody who was 5-10 could do. That's unheard of for a man his size. I don't know if we'll ever see that again.

With his basketball career behind him, O'Neal said he has a lot of things to fall back on, including pursuing his doctorate in human resource development at Barry University in Miami.

'If all goes well, I will be Dr. Shaquille O'Neal in December or January,' O'Neal said on SportsCenter. 'That's my main focus right now, but, you know, I've got a lot of stuff going on. I'm a business man. I own a couple of businesses. But right now I guess I could sit and take care of my body, get my body back.'

Jackie MacMullan, who has spent nearly 20 years as a beat writer and columnist in Boston, is a columnist for ESPNBoston.com. She also is writing O'Neal's upcoming biography. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Courtesy of ESPN




Jay Triano out as Raptors coach - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors will not exercise its option on coach Jay Triano for next season, president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said Wednesday.
Triano will stay with the Raptors as a special assistant to Colangelo.

'I have great respect for Jay Triano both as a person and as a basketball mind,' Colangelo said. 'Jay deserves tremendous credit for developing our young players this past season and our most recent win-loss record does not appropriately reflect his many positive contributions to this organization.

The Raptors finished 22-60 in their third season under Triano. They missed the playoffs every year.

'I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to be a head coach in the NBA,' Triano said. 'I am proud of the work that I and the coaching staff have done with our young players and feel confident we have laid the foundation for a team that will continue to improve.'

The Raptors said a search for a new coach would start immediately but did not offer a timetable for the process.

'This was a difficult decision to make, but after almost three full seasons of observation and evaluation I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years,' Colangelo said. 'I am very pleased that Jay has agreed to stay on and help see through the plan that we have designed and initiated together.'
Cpourtesy of ESPN


Strong second half propels the Heat past the Mavs in Game 1 - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat - Dallas M. 92-84
Thats five in a row for the Heat against the Mavericks in the NBA Finals. The Heat won four in a row against Dallas to win the 2006 Finals. Five years later, the Heat began the rematch with a 92-84 victory on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. The Heat is 9-0 at home this postseason and plays again at AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday before traveling to Dallas for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2011 Finals. After struggling against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) returned to his more familiar postseason form Tuesday. He had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his first NBA Finals game since winning the 2006 Finals MVP. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) led the Mavericks with 27 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Wade's fifth assist of the night led to a dunk by Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) with 1:08 to play to give the Heat a 10-point lead. Assist No. 6 for Wade came less than a minute later when he found LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) for an alley-oop. James, who needs three more victories for his first NBA championship, screamed to the crowd and slammed his left fist against his chest. He scored a team-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Wade put the Heat ahead by nine points with 3:06 to play when he swished his second three-pointer of the game. Moments earlier, Wade blocked Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV)s midrange attempt to trigger a fast break. Wades three in transition was the Heats 11th of the game. Entering the Finals, conventional wisdom said the Mavericks stable of sharpshooters gave Dallas a distinct advantage from three-point range. That was not the case in Game 1. The Heat was 45.8 percent from three-point range compared to 40.9 percent for the Mavericks. 'I thought we played well defensively and they allowed us to get out and get some good shots on the other end,' Wade said. 'Obviously I made some shots tonight but we all made plays down the stretch that helped us win the ballgame.' James first exclamation point on the 1-0 Finals lead came after a powerful crossover against Shawn Marion. James followed with a driving dunk and was fouled by Marion. He converted the free throw to give the Heat an 85-75 lead with 2:48 to play. With three seven-footers in its rotation, Dallas entered Tuesdays series opener with plans of dominating the glass. Instead, the shorter and quicker Eastern Conference champions consistently beat the Mavericks to loose balls and missed shots. Miami outrebounded Dallas 46-36, including 16 in offensive rebounds. Dallas had six. Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida), playing with a protective sleeve over his left arm, pulled down a key offensive rebound with less than seven minutes in the game. The second-chance situation gave Udonis Haslem a clear path to the rim, which he converted into a three-point play to put the Heat ahead by six points with 6:36 to play. Haslem finished with seven points and six rebounds in 28 minutes. The Heat trailed the entire third quarter until James drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:09 left in the period. The shot gave the Heat a 60-59 lead after trailing by nine points early the second half. Dallas began the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 51-43 lead. Juwan Howard (6'9''-F-73, college: Michigan), who returned to the postseason rotation to play important minutes against the Mavs large frontcourt, made a pair of free throws with 32.1 seconds left in the third quarter, setting the stage for James buzzer-beating skills. Howard logged eight minutes Tuesday and had three rebounds. James has performed well in the clutch throughout the playoffs and did so again at the end of the quarter when he nailed a turnaround three-pointer with time expiring to give the Heat a four-point lead to begin the fourth quarter. James was 3-of-3 shooting from three-point range in the third quarter, which was the continuation of a trend for the Heat. The first 36 minutes of Game 1 offered one of Miamis best three-point shooting efforts of the postseason (9 of 21 for 42.9 percent). James entered the fourth quarter 4 of 4 from behind the arc, and reserve Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86, college: Kansas) went 3 of 3 from that distance in the second quarter. James said the Mavericks' zone defense dared the Heat to shoot threes. 'I think our bench came in and did a great job, [Chalmers], Mike Miller did a great job against the zone, knocking shots down,' James said. Miller made his second three-pointer of the game to begin the Heats fourth quarter scoring. It gave the Heat a 68-63 lead with 11 minutes to play. It was just enough of a cushion to hold off the Mavericks, who cut the Heats lead to three points with less than four minutes remaining but never got any closer. Courtesy of: miamiherald.com




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  NCAA1   


Penn St. AD hopes to hire coach soon - by Eurobasket News
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State athletic director Tim Curley says he hopes to get a new men's basketball coach 'very soon.'

Curley gave a statement Tuesday through a team spokesman to update fans on the search for a replacement for Ed DeChellis. He stepped down last week to take the same job at Navy.

Curley said the job has attracted strong interest from around the country, and that the school plans to move aggressively on the hire.

Spokesman Brian Siegrist didn't offer a specific timeline or potential candidates.

Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Andy Katz on Monday that Duquesne coach Ron Everhart (agency: KMG Sports Management ) would be one of four candidates interviewed Tuesday. At least one source close to Everhart said the interview would take place in State College, Pa.

Boston University coach Patrick Chambers and Milwaukee's Rob Jeter, a former Big Ten assistant at Wisconsin, have also been discussed by Penn State and could be on Tuesday's list, sources said.

Siegrist said Curley was out of the office all day Tuesday, but declined comment on the report.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Courtesy of ESPN


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  NCAA2   


Jefferson Mason signs with Pro A team Paderborn - by Daniel Poerschke
According to the club's website NCAA 2 All-American Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has signed a one-year contract with the german Pro A team webmoebel Paderborn Baskets. The athletic Mason comes from D2 powerhouse Minnesota State-Mankota. Last season he led his Mavericks to the NCAA 2 Final Four semi final game. In the loss Mason scored 24 points and 14 rebounds for his squad. Over the course of the season Mason averaged 19.2ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.2apg on 55,5% shooting from the field.

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  NORWAY   


Sweden edged Norway in the opener of the Nordic Championship Men U16 - by Eurobasket News
Norway U16-Sweden U16 41:83

Sweden edged Norway in the opener of the Nordic Championship Men U16. The Swedish side grabbed defensive 83:41 win to reach the first victory with five teams in the group.
Both teams started well and scored 34 points in the opening quarter. Sweden took 19-15 lead after the first 10 minutes, while they improved for more later in the game. With 16-9 they increased to 35:24 halftime advantage and then added another two victories in the second half. Sweden won the third period 21-10 and finished the game with 27-7 in the last stanza.
Ludvig Hakansson top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Walter Lindstrom netted 19. Lukas Bergang (208-C-95) posted 10 and Dzenis Sogolj (200-F-95) delivered 6. Dragisa Azanjaz responded with 23 points in the losing case, whilst Magnus Elgmork notched 4.
Tomorrow Norway U16 will face Iceland U16, while Sweden U16 will take on Denmark U16.

Norway U16: Dragisa Azanjaz 23, Magnus Elgmork 4
Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakansson 23, Walter Lindstrom 19, Lukas Bergang 10, Dzenis Sogolj 6



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  PHILIPPINES   


Smart Gilas pip ASU in Manila - by Eurobasket News
Smart Gilas - ASU 76:74

Smart Gilas snatched a tough narrow win over ASU in the final round of preliminary round at Asia Club Championship. The victory became the fourth straight for the Filipino team. They clinched the top position in Group A. Smart Gilas will now face Jalaa, while ASU will play against Rayyan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
ASU limited the hosts to just 12 points in the starting period and grabbed a four-point lead after ten minutes. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) helped Smart Gilas erase the deficit in the second frame. Osama Daghlas had the last laugh in the first half as his free throw made it 28:27 for the Jordanian team at halftime. ASU maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the third term. Barroca and Taulava pulled Smart Gilas in front late in the period but Zaid Abbas returned the advantage to ASU 46:45 after three quarters of action. Barracael and Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) drained back-to-back three-pointers midway through the final term to put Smart Gilas in charge 61:60. Soon the margin grew at 6 points 72:66. Osama Daghlas dragged Smart Gilas within three points with 4 seconds to go. But Lutz converted two free throws and another three-pointer from Osama Daghlas went in vain. Dondon Hontiveros provided 23 points for Smart Gilas. Marcus Douthit added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77, college: Georgetown) answered with 25 points for ASU. Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Smart Gilas: Dondon Hontiveros 23, Marcus Douthit 14, Joseph Evans Casio (177-PG-86) 12
ASU: Jameel Watkins 25, Abbaas Zaid 20+13 boards



Thoughts on the 5th Day of the 2011 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup - by Enzo Flojo
- PHEW! That was quite a day of FIBA hoops!
- Ittihad blasted the Dragons and secured the 3rd spot in Group A. Mahram is up next for them. Yahoo.
- Mahram handily scuttles the Qataris thanks to their imports Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) and Cheikh Samb (215-C-84). They'll probably coast against the Saudis en route to a probable clash with the home favorites in the semis. (cross your fingers!)
- The Lebanese Tiger pretty much rested against the Syrians in preparation for the latter rounds. He wasn't really needed as Riyadi unloaded their hidden weapons in William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) and Amir Saoud (188-G-91). They seem to be more potent than advertised.
- The Pinoys and Jordanians had another classic battle to end the day. It was a scintillating affair that saw multiplt lead changes and tense moments. WOW! It was the hardwood version of a page-turner! Thank God Gilas won! Now we don't have to face our old nemesis, the Qataris, in the quarters.
- Predictions for Friday's quarterfinal matches: Gilas over Al Jala's, but in a close one (yes, mark my words a close one!), ASU over Al Rayyan in another tight contest, Mahram blows out Ittihad, and Riyadi destroys Duhok.

More on HoopNut.blogspot.com!


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Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga 1st Team 2011
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Przemyslaw Lewandowski
Lewandowski
Grzegorz Grochowski
Grochowski
Piotr Pluta
Pluta
Artur Mikolajko
Mikolajko
Przemyslaw Karnowski
Karnowski
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Player of the Year: Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78) of MMKS SIDEn
Guard of the Year: Grzegorz Grochowski (176-G-93) of SMS PZKosz
Forward of the Year: Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78) of MMKS SIDEn
Center of the Year: Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) of SMS PZKosz
Newcomer of the Year: Jakub Karolak (196-G/F-93) of Novum Lublin
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-G-79) of Norgips
Coach of the Year: Ireneusz Taraszkiewicz of Sudety

1st Team
G: Grzegorz Grochowski (176-93) of SMS PZKosz
G: Piotr Pluta (192-81) of MOSiR Krosno
F/G: Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78) of MMKS SIDEn
F: Artur Mikolajko (197-79) of Znicz Jaroslaw
C: Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-93) of SMS PZKosz

2nd Team
G: Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) of Norgips
G: Tomasz Przewrocki (192-76) of Polonia
F: Rafal Krol (198-87) of Novum Lublin
F: Aleks Perka (201-87) of AZS Kutno
C: Dawid Przybyszewski (215-81) of MMKS SIDEn

Honorable Mention
Filip Matczak (184-G-93) of SMS PZKosz
Grzegorz Malecki (197-G/F-84) of AZS Kutno
Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-G-79) of Norgips
Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) of Obiekty
Dominik Majewski (185-G-83) of Norgips
Pawel Pawlowski (198-F-82) of Zuraw
Mariusz Lapinski (194-G/F-82) of Zyrardowianka
Marcin Kowalewski (200-F-86) of AZS Olsztyn
Rafal Niesobski (189-G-82) of Sudety
Lukasz Olejnik (203-F/C-79) of Stal Ostrow
Slawomir Nowak (198-F-77) of Open Florentyna
Daniel Kubista (187-G-88) of Pogon RS
Dariusz Wyka (207-C-91) of Znicz Jaroslaw
Tomasz Zych (188-G-87) of Unia Tarnow
Jakub Karolak (196-G/F-93) of Novum Lublin

All-Defensive Team
Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-G-79) of Norgips
Tomasz Zych (188-G-87) of Unia Tarnow
Piotr Niedzwiedzki (210-F-93) of Obiekty
Mariusz Wojcik (197-F-79) of MKS Osemka
Dariusz Wyka (207-C-91) of Znicz Jaroslaw



2Liga Stats Leaders
2Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Spychala, Alba 20.3
2 Kubista, Pogon RS 20.2
3 Lapinski, Zyrard. 20.0
4 Krol, Novum 18.6
5 Nowak, AZS Kat. 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Czajkowski, Gliwice 11.8
2 Sobkowiak, AZS P. 10.8
3 Michalek, Swiecie 10.4
4 Przybyszewski, Torun 10.4
5 Wosz, Mickiewicz 10.2
Assists Per Game
1 Grochowski, SMS 6.4
2 Kunc, Staco 6.1
3 Paszkiewicz, Norgips 5.8
4 Plawuck, AZS Czest. 5.8
5 Piechucki, Krosno 5.7
Steals Per Game
1 Paszkiewicz, Norgips 3.7
2 Zych, Unia T. 3.5
3 Szymkiewicz, Trefl II 3.0
4 Szczytynski, AZS Radom 2.8
5 Szewczyk, Unia T. 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 Wyka, Znicz 3.5
2 Karnowski, SMS 2.1
3 Niedzwiedzki, WKK 2.0
4 Olejnik, Stal OW 1.9
5 Wojcik, Skierniew. 1.8


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Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Bayamon 14-7 
 2. Guaynabo 13-9 
 3. Quebradillas 13-9 
 4. Santurce 13-10 
 5. San German 12-9 
 6. Arecibo 11-11 
 7. Humacao 10-13 
 8. Mayaguez 9-13 
 9. Coamo 9-14 
 10. Isabela 7-16 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Guaynabo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Vassallo, Guaynabo24.6 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas24.6 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon21.8 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo21.1 
 5. Johnson, Humacao20.4 
 6. Villegas, Coamo20.0 
 7. Romero, Mayaguez18.6 
 8. Harris, San German18.2 
 9. Carmona, Mayaguez17.8 
 10. Randolph, Isabela17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel Antonio NARVAEZ
  Coamo
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Narvaez, Coamo13.3 
 2. Randolph, Isabela12.4 
 3. Harris, San German11.9 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas11.3 
 5. Pruitt, Guaynabo11.3 
 6. Lloreda, San G.10.7 
 7. Rickert, Bayamon10.1 
 8. Romero, Mayaguez9.7 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce9.6 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon6.5 
 2. Brown, Quebradillas5.9 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 4. Clemente, Humacao4.7 
 5. Clinch, Isabela4.5 
 6. Apodaca, Quebradil.4.3 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez4.1 
 8. Vega, Coamo4.1 
 9. Copeland, San G.3.8 
 10. Berdiel, Humacao3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Isabela
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hinson, Isabela1.9 
 2. Robinson, Mayaguez1.7 
 3. Santiago, Santurce1.6 
 4. Clinch, Isabela1.5 
 5. Carmona, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez1.5 
 7. Robinson, Humacao1.5 
 8. Hodge, Santurce1.4 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao1.4 
 10. Mojica, Bayamon1.3 
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, Arecibo1.9 
 6. Sanchez, Santurce1.7 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Robinson, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Randolph, Isabela1.5 
 10. Ramos, Quebradill.1.3 


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  QATAR   


Mahram too good for Rayyan - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Rayyan 81:64

Mahram got back to the winning ways in Manila. Two-time defending champions prevailed against Rayyan to improve at 3-1 record in preliminary Group B of Asia Club Championship. Mahram will now take on Ittihad in the playoffs. Rayyan will face ASU in the clash for a semifinal spot.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Mahram enjoyed a narrow two-point lead after ten minutes of action 18:16. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Iowa) and Efran Ali Saeed helped Rayyan to erase the deficit early in the second term. Mahram got back into the lead and they finalized the first half leading by 4 points 40:36. The Iranian powerhouse boosted the margin to 12 points midway through the third term. They finished the quarter up by 11 points 62:51. Rayyan could not get closer than 10 points in the final frame as Mahram rolled to the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) provided 23 points and 10 rebounds for Mahram. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 16 points each in the victory. Chauncey Leslie answered with 20 points for Rayyan. Omer Abdelkader Salem (206-C-83) delivered 14 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 23+10 boards, Cheikh Samb 16, Hamed Afagh 16
Rayyan: Chauncey Leslie 20, Omer Abdelkader Salem 14



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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Khimky
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Langford, Khimky18.2 
 2. Lampe, Unics17.9 
 3. Domercant, Spart.16.2 
 4. Baxter, Enisey16.1 
 5. Keyru, Dynamo16.0 
 6. Williams, Enisey15.3 
 7. Labovic, Enisey14.5 
 8. Vyaltsev, Triumph14.4 
 9. Beverley, Spart.14.2 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej LAMPE
  Unics
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Lampe, Unics7.6 
 2. Zhukanenko, Dynamo7.4 
 3. Baxter, Enisey6.9 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA6.8 
 5. Beverley, Spart.6.5 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv6.3 
 7. Brezec, Krasnie6.2 
 8. Monya, Khimky6.2 
 9. Wilkinson, Lokomot.6.1 
 10. Labovic, Enisey5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Enisey
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Enisey6.8 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie6.3 
 3. Vyaltsev, Triumph5.4 
 4. Ponkrashov, Spart.4.6 
 5. Khvostov, Dynamo4.1 
 6. Popovic, Unics3.8 
 7. Planinic, Khimky3.7 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics3.5 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.4 
 10. Holden, CSKA3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Eugeny VORONOV
  Dynamo
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Voronov, Dynamo1.8 
 2. Beverley, Spart.1.8 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie1.6 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA1.5 
 5. Lyday, Unics1.5 
 6. Ponkrashov, Spart.1.4 
 7. Surovtsev, Lokom.1.4 
 8. Labovic, Enisey1.3 
 9. Komarovskiy, Eni.1.3 
 10. Domercant, Spart.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sasha KAUN
  CSKA
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Kaun, CSKA1.2 
 2. Yakovenko, N.Nov.1.0 
 3. Varlamov, Triumph0.9 
 4. Monya, Khimky0.9 
 5. Zhukanenko, Dynamo0.8 
 6. Antonov, N.Novgor.0.8 
 7. Zabelin, CSKA0.8 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA0.8 
 9. Likhodey, Triumph0.8 
 10. Rizvic, Unics0.7 


PBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals:CSKA and Unics grab 2-0 leads - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINAL
CSKA - Lokomotiv 82-75

CSKA improved to 2-0 lead in the series as they edged Lokomotiv 82:75. The latter was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 42-34 second half run of CSKA Moscow. International center Sasha Kaun (211-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Naturalized Kyrgyzstani guard Denis Polokhin (195-90) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and American-FYR Macedonian forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, college: Wisconsin, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv's coach Kestutis Kemzura rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CSKA: S.Kaun 21+6reb, M.Smodis 16+2reb, D.Polokhin 14+3reb+3ast, J.Holden 11+3reb+3ast, A.Shved 7+2reb+6ast, T.Langdon 5+1reb+1ast
Lokomotiv: J.Massey 27+11reb, M.Wilkinson 16+6reb, L.Chalmers 10+1reb+3ast, M.Sheleketo 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Vasiliev 6+1reb, S.Toporov 4+6reb
gschID: 129417


Unics - Khimky 62-57

Unics scored 2 points in the second frame but won the game over Khimky 62:57. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Unics Kazan forced 19 Khimky turnovers. Strangely Khimky outrebounded Unics Kazan 43-25 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 16 points to lead the charge for the winners and Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Croatian forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Eritrean-Polish swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points.
Top scorers:
Unics: M.Popovic 16+1reb+3ast, Z.Pashutin 13+5reb, V.Veremeenko 11+4reb, M.Lampe 11+5reb+3ast, T.Lyday 8+2reb, R.Minard 2+4reb
Khimky: K.Loncar 19+8reb, T.Kelati 11+3reb+3ast, T.Hansen 6+5reb+3ast, S.Monya 6+8reb+2ast, Z.Planinic 5+3reb+2ast, A.Savrasenko 5
5-8 places
Enisey - Krasnie Krilya 82-64

The game was mostly controlled by Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Krasnie Krilya managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Court Side) responded with 17 points and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Enisey: D.Labovic 25+7reb, P.Sergeev 11+1reb+3ast, S.Demeshkin 11+2reb+1ast, K.Pinkney 10+4reb, L.Baxter 9+6reb+1ast, A.Komarovskiy 6+2reb+3ast
Krasnie Krilya: B.Rush 17+2reb+3ast, P.Brezec 12+10reb, K.Nesterov 12, G.Green 11+4reb, A.Kuzyakin 4+1reb, E.Bremer 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 129418


Spartak SP - N.Novgorod 91-94

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Spartak St.Petersburg won second period 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Spartak St.Petersburg outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 35-19 including 26 on the defensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Spartak St.Petersburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) who scored 18 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Semen Antonov (202-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) chipped in 21 points. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. American guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) added 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: I.Savelyev 21+2reb+1ast, S.Antonov 21+2reb+1ast, N.Protic 18+3reb+5ast, I.Paunic 14+4reb+4ast, A.Ivanov 12+1ast, A.Pustahvar 6+2reb+1ast
Spartak SP: P.Antic 26+8reb+5ast, P.Beverley 24+11reb+5ast, N.Dragovic 10+4reb+2ast, H.Domercant 9+2reb, V.Dyachok 8+3ast, A.Zozulin 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 129419







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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Ittihad deny KL Dragons quarterfinal ambitions - by Eurobasket News
Ittihad - KL Dragons 98:76

Ittihad recorded the second win at Asia Club Championship. They rallied past KL Dragons to improve at 2-3 record in Group A. KL Dragons fell at 0-4 record after the loss and would play for 9th-10th overall position in the tournament. Darren Keelly (195-G-78, college: Texas) came up with 36 points to pace Ittihad.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The Saudi Arabian team led by just a single point 25:24 after ten minutes of action. But Ittihad erupted for 38 points in the second frame and managed to clear off. They secured a 63:42 advantage at the interval. The margin grew at 27 points in the third term as KL Dragons struggled to get back to life. The Malaysian team finally get things going as they narrowed the distance at 17 points with one quarter remaining. But it was too little to hope for a positive outcome. Ittihad stayed confident in the final period and secured the win at the end. Vladislav Dragajlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) provided 32 points and 16 boards for Ittihad. Adil Al Juhani (189-G-70) had 12 points in the win. Shee Fai Loh (189-G-89) answered with 19 points for KL Dragons. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports, college: Middle Tenn.St.) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Ittihad: Darren Keelly 36, Vladislav Dragajlovic 32+16 boards, Adil Al Juhani 12
KL Dragons: Shee Fai Loh 19, Marcus Morrison 17



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  SERBIA   


Cajasol lands Luka Bogdanovic - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian power forward Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) made agreement with Cajasol. Bogdanovic sings two years contract deal with Spanish team. Last season Bogdanovic started in Roan and in December 2010 moves to EWE Baskets Oldenburg. On 26 games for EWE Baskets Oldenburg Bogdanovic average scored 11.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.7 steals. Bogdanovic started career in Radnicki Beograd and after two seasons in Crvena Zvezda moved to Partizan Beograd. In three seasons with Partizan Beograd Bogdanovic won three National Championships and one Adriatic league. International career Bogdanovic started in Le Mans Sarthe Basket 2007-2008, DKV Joventut Badalona 2008-2010, Luka Bogdanovic was member of Yugoslavian U16, Serbia and Montenegro U18 and U20 National teams. Bogdanovic was member of Serbia and Monenegro national team 2006 and Serbian National team 2008-2009.

Preliminary roster of U18 National Team announced - by Nenad Ilijev
Head coach of Serbian U18 National Team Marko Icelic announced preliminary roster for upcoming European U18 Championship that will be held in Wroclaw (Poland) from July 21-31st. Serbian team will compete in Group B along with Finland, Germany and Turkey.

Ivan Saicic (198-F-93) **Crvena Zvezda Beograd**


Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-G-93) **Crvena Zvezda Beograd**

Ivan Marinkovic (208-C/F-93) **Crvena Zvezda Beograd**

Nikola Cvorovic (201-F-94) **Crvena Zvezda Beograd**

Stefan Popovski-Turanjanin (201-F-93, agency: Beo Basket) **BC Telenet Oostende (Belgium)**

Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) **FMP Zeleznik**

Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) **FMP Zeleznik**

Nikola Pavlovic (195-F/G-93) **FMP Zeleznik**

Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93) **Hemofarm Vrsac**

Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93) **Hemofarm Vrsac**

Djordje Milosevic (198-G-93) **Hemofarm Vrsac**

Luka Mitrovic (204-F-93) **Hemofarm Vrsac**

Nikola Milutinov (206-C-94) **Hemofarm Vrsac**

Vasilije Micic (192-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) **Mega Vizura**

Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) **Mega Vizura**

Andrija Bojic (206-C/F-93) **Mega Vizura**

Nikola Vujovic (207-C-93) **Mega Vizura**

Sasa Avramovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) **Mladost Cacak**

Milos Jankovic (200-C/F-94) **Mladost Cacak**

Strahinja Gavrilovic (200-C-93) **Radnicki KG 06**

Stefan Zecevic (196-F-93) **Radnicki KG 06**

Stefan Pot (192-G-94) **Novi Sad**

Vukasin Vujovic (205-F/C-93, agency: Interperformances) **Partizan m:ts Beograd**

Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) **Partizan m:ts Beograd**

Dusan Bogdanovic (211-C/F-93) **Partizan m:ts Beograd**

Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) **Partizan m:ts Beograd**

Nikola Ristic (177-G-93) **Kursumlija**

Nikola Socanac (188-PG-93) **Beovuk**


A League Round 1 of Finals. Partizan record win - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Hemofarm 85-60

Partizan breezed past Hemofarm to earn the opening win in the championship series. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Hemofarm's 22. Partizan looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Hemofarm's players. American forward James Gist (203-F-86) stepped up and scored 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Czech forward Jan Vesely (211-90) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Boris Savovic (206-87) responded with 7 points and 13 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 13+7reb, D.Milosavljevic 13+4ast, J.Vesely 13+5reb+2ast, N.Jawai 12+3reb+1ast, J.Gist 10+9reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 6+1reb+5ast
Hemofarm: M.Pavkovic 12+3reb+5ast, I.Maras 10+6reb, M.Jeremic 10+1ast, D.Andjusic 9+3reb, B.Savovic 7+13reb, B.Krstovic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 129186




Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 3. Sinovec, Metalac18.2 
 4. Micevic, Sloboda17.6 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 6. Nikolic, Crvena Z.16.8 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad16.6 
 8. Nedovic, Crvena Z.16.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sava LESIC
  Crvena Z.
  (205-C/F-88)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Lesic, Crvena Z.10.9 
 2. Savovic, Hemofarm9.1 
 3. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 5. Nikolic, Crvena Z.7.1 
 6. Lee, Radnicki7.0 
 7. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki6.6 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.6.6 
 10. Bozovic, Hemofarm6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marko LJUBICIC
  Metalac
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Ljubicic, Metalac6.4 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm6.1 
 3. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 4. Vlahovic, Sloga5.1 
 5. Radivojevic, FMP4.9 
 6. Bakic, Crvena Z.4.9 
 7. Mitrovic, Beograd4.9 
 8. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.8 
 9. Covic, FMP4.6 
 10. Markovic, Radnicki4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Beograd
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Dundjerski, Beograd2.9 
 2. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.1 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.0 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.0 
 7. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 8. Bakic, Crvena Z.1.9 
 9. Lee, Radnicki1.9 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.2 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.0.9 
 6. Djekic, Mega V.0.8 
 7. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 8. Cakarevic, Radnicki0.8 
 9. Lee, Radnicki0.8 
 10. Buric, Tamis0.8 


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  SPAIN   


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, Breogan15.2 
 6. Seawright, Leon15.2 
 7. Faverani, CB Mu.14.9 
 8. Navarro, Girona14.9 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.14.8 
 10. Johnson, Huesca14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril WACHSMANN
  Alcazar
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Wachsmann, Alcazar9.2 
 2. Curtis, Lleida9.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.0 
 4. Seawright, Leon7.8 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna7.5 
 6. Kale, Ourense7.2 
 7. Arteaga, Breogan7.1 
 8. Blair, Navarra7.0 
 9. Frost, Palencia6.9 
 10. Chagoyen, La Lag.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarra.
  (187-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.5 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna3.9 
 4. Bernabe, Leon3.5 
 5. Brown, Ourense3.5 
 6. Jimenez, Melilla3.5 
 7. Rivero, CB Murcia3.3 
 8. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 9. Cherry, Caceres2.9 
 10. Lopez, Burgos2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obrad.
  (182-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.2 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.8 
 3. Rost, Girona1.7 
 4. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.6 
 5. Xavier, Caceres1.6 
 6. Castro, Burgos1.5 
 7. Palacios, La Palma1.5 
 8. Feldeine, Breogan1.4 
 9. Alba, CB Tarragona1.4 
 10. Johnson, Huesca1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff FOOTE
  Melilla
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Foote, Melilla2.0 
 2. Humphrey, Caceres1.5 
 3. Hicks, Breogan1.4 
 4. Fontet, Leon1.3 
 5. Joseph, Navarra1.2 
 6. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 7. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.2 
 8. Faverani, CB Mu.1.1 
 9. Starosta, Ourense1.0 
 10. Arteaga, Breogan1.0 


ACB Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Regal Barca complete sweep - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Regal Barca 61-71

Regal Barca swept Caja Laboral in the semis. They celebrated the third straight win in the series tonight. The game without a history. Regal FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for international guard Juan Carlos Navarro (192-80) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian center Kosta Perovic (217-85) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-84) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Caja Laboral. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: F.San Emeterio 14+6reb, P.Ribas 10+5reb+2ast, M.Teletovic 9+8reb+1ast, S.Barac 8+6reb+1ast, M.Huertas 8+3reb+5ast, E.Batista 4+9reb+1ast
Regal Barca: J.Carlos Navarro 13+5reb+1ast, A.Anderson 12+1reb+1ast, K.Perovic 10+5reb+1ast, E.Lorbek 9+3reb+3ast, B.Ndong 8+2reb, F.Vazquez 7+4reb
gschID: 129195


Bizkaia Bilbao - Real Madrid 68-51

Bizkaia Bilbao surged ahead in the series versus Real Madrid. The game was mostly controlled by Bizkaia Bilbao. Real Madrid managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Real Madrid 39-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Marko Banic (205-84) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Aaron Jackson (193-86, college: Duquesne) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Sergio Rodriguez (191-86) who recorded 18 points and 5 steals and Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Real Madrid's coach Emanuele Molin rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Rodriguez 18+2reb, S.Llull 7+1reb, A.Tomic 6+8reb+1ast, C.Suarez 5+3reb+1ast, N.Mirotic 4+2reb, D.Fischer 3+5reb
Bizkaia Bilbao: M.Banic 13+11reb+1ast, J.Blums 12+2ast, A.Hervelle 9+8reb, A.Mumbru 8+5reb+3ast, A.Jackson 8+7reb+4ast, C.Vasiliadis 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 129194




LEB Gold Round 3 of Finals: Burgos reduced to 1-2 in the series - by Eurobasket News
Burgos - Obradoiro 76-72

Burgos reduced to 1-2 in the series beating the opponents in Game 3 76:72. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-72. Ford Burgos made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Ford Burgos outrebounded Obradoiro CAB 39-21 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Obradoiro CAB helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 20 points. Center Manuel Gomez (203-78) chipped in 9 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Oriol Junyent (207-76) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Puerto Rican point guard Andres Rodriguez (182-81, college: American) added 17 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Burgos: M.Downs 20+4reb+2ast, R.Mena 11+2reb+2ast, P.Lorant 10+3reb, R.Lopez 9+1reb+2ast, M.Gomez 9+12reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 6+10reb+2ast
Obradoiro: A.Rodriguez 17+2reb+1ast, O.Junyent 11+5reb+5ast, J.Bulfoni 10, L.Kendall 8+4reb+3ast, D.Washington 7+4reb+2ast, E.Sanchez 5+2ast
gschID: 129193




LEB Silver Round 3 of Finals: Andorra grab the lead - by Eurobasket News
Andorra - Mallorca 87-74

Andorra grab 2-1 Final lead after 87:74 win in Game 3. The game was mostly controlled by River Andorra. Basquet Mallorca managed to win third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when River Andorra won last quarter 29-17. The best player for the winners was American guard James Holmes (188-83, college: S.Florida) who scored 27 points. His fellow American import power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four River Andorra players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) added 10 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively.
Top scorers:
Andorra: J.Holmes 27+2reb, J.Santamaria 17+2reb+4ast, R.Johnson 16+8reb+1ast, N.Zamora 10+3reb+6ast, A.Ros 6+3reb+1ast, A.Matali 4+6reb+4ast
Mallorca: S.Green 22+7reb, I.Torres 17+4reb+1ast, J.Carles Bivia 10+11reb+4ast, I.Pampin 8+1reb+4ast, J.Cabot 6, S.Alonso 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 129196




Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Carroll, Gran Cana.19.3 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.15.7 
 3. McDonald, DKV J.15.3 
 4. Fitch, Unicaja15.0 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.15.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.14.6 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estu.14.4 
 8. Martinez, Valencia14.0 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.2 
 10. Davis, Cajasol13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Kurz, Granada9.1 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 3. Caner-Medley, Estu.7.6 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 5. Donaldson, Menorca6.9 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada6.5 
 7. Wallace, Gran Cana.6.3 
 8. Doellman, Meridiano6.2 
 9. Slokar, Manresa6.2 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja L.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Cook, Valencia5.4 
 3. Ciorciari, Menorca4.9 
 4. Valters, Fuenlabr.4.5 
 5. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca4.2 
 7. Green, Gran Canaria4.0 
 8. San Miguel, Manre.3.9 
 9. Dumas, Valladolid3.9 
 10. Prigioni, Real Ma.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Valencia
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cook, Valencia2.2 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol1.9 
 3. Robinson, DKV J.1.8 
 4. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.8 
 5. Calloway, Cajasol1.8 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca1.6 
 7. Victor, Menorca1.5 
 8. Hosley, DKV J.1.5 
 9. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Menorca1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabr.
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Biyombo, Fuenlabr.2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madr.1.4 
 3. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.4 
 4. Vazquez, Regal B.1.4 
 5. Barnes, Valladolid1.3 
 6. Kurz, Granada1.3 
 7. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral1.1 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 10. Slaughter, Vallad.1.0 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.4 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia15.7 
 3. Ramsdell, Avila15.4 
 4. O''Leary, Oviedo F.15.4 
 5. Paez, Lan M.15.0 
 6. Bratton, Lan M.14.9 
 7. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.8 
 8. Mesa, Clavijo14.7 
 9. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.14.7 
 10. Bivia, Mallorca14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian O''LEARY
  Oviedo F.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 2. De Santana, Clavijo8.8 
 3. Chubrevich, Illesc.8.4 
 4. Mortellaro, Lan M.8.1 
 5. Mesa, Clavijo7.9 
 6. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 7. Ramsdell, Avila7.6 
 8. Larry, Regal F.7.1 
 9. Johnson, Andorra6.9 
 10. Howard, Andorra6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.5.0 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca3.9 
 6. Marco, ADT T.3.5 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.5 
 8. Machuca, Illescas3.4 
 9. Lopez, Avila3.2 
 10. Casado, Santurtzi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mikel URIZ
  Santurtzi
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.0 
 3. Adams, Coruna1.9 
 4. Smith, Guadalajara1.8 
 5. Bratton, Lan M.1.8 
 6. Martinez, Plasencia1.7 
 7. Witt, Clavijo1.7 
 8. Guirao, ADT T.1.6 
 9. Lopez, Coruna1.5 
 10. Larry, Regal F.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.1.4 
 3. De Santana, Clavijo1.3 
 4. Conde, Avila1.2 
 5. Cage, ADT Tarrago.1.0 
 6. Green, Mallorca1.0 
 7. Johnson, Andorra0.9 
 8. O''Leary, Oviedo F.0.9 
 9. Hampl, Santurtzi0.9 
 10. Chubrevich, Illes.0.9 


Pablo Aguilar signs contract with CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News
Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) inked contract with CAI Zaragoza. The 22-year-old forward signed a three-year deal with the team. Pablo Aguilar played for CAI Zaragoza on loan this season. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in ACB. Previously Pablo Aguilar had stints with Real Madrid and CB Granada. He also played for U18 and U20 Spanish selections.


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden edged Norway in the opener of the Nordic Championship Men U16 - by Eurobasket News
Norway U16-Sweden U16 41:83

Sweden edged Norway in the opener of the Nordic Championship Men U16. The Swedish side grabbed defensive 83:41 win to reach the first victory with five teams in the group.
Both teams started well and scored 34 points in the opening quarter. Sweden took 19-15 lead after the first 10 minutes, while they improved for more later in the game. With 16-9 they increased to 35:24 halftime advantage and then added another two victories in the second half. Sweden won the third period 21-10 and finished the game with 27-7 in the last stanza.
Ludvig Hakansson top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Walter Lindstrom netted 19. Lukas Bergang (208-C-95) posted 10 and Dzenis Sogolj (200-F-95) delivered 6. Dragisa Azanjaz responded with 23 points in the losing case, whilst Magnus Elgmork notched 4.
Tomorrow Norway U16 will face Iceland U16, while Sweden U16 will take on Denmark U16.

Norway U16: Dragisa Azanjaz 23, Magnus Elgmork 4
Sweden U16: Ludvig Hakansson 23, Walter Lindstrom 19, Lukas Bergang 10, Dzenis Sogolj 6



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  SYRIA   


Riyadi finish preliminary round unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Jalaa 86:73

Riaydi earned the fourth straight win at Asia Club Championship. Thus the Lebanese team finished the preliminary round on top of Group B. Jalaa slipped at 1-3 record but made it into the quarterfinal round. Riyadi will face Duhok, while Jalaa will take on Smart Gilas in the playoffs.
Riaydi got to a slow start in this one. Jalaa dominated in the first quarter. The Syrian side posted a 20:15 advantage after ten minutes of action. Rami Merjaneh (183-G-83) stretched the gap to 9 points early in the second term. Riyadi answered with 15:4 run to take a 39:36 lead at halftime. Jalaa drew things level midway through the third term however Riyadi struck right back and recorded a 59:51 lead after 30 minutes of action. Amir Saoud (188-G-91) boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter. Jalaa could not get closer than 8 points in the reminder of the contest as Riyadi breezed to the fourth straight win in Manila. Amir Saoud accounted for 28 points for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) added 18 points each in the win. Rami Merjaneh answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Jalaa. Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) had 14 points in the loss.

Riyadi: Amir Saoud 28, Omar El Turk 18, William Pharis 18
Jalaa: Rami Merjaneh 16, Jamaal Miller 14



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  TURKEY   


TBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Galatasaray join Fenerbahce in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Banvit 89-55

Galatasaray punched their Final ticket. They held off Banvit to win the series 3-1. The game was mostly controlled by Galatasaray. Banvit managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Banvit to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Banvit 38-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. American guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) fired 20 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. The other American import swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Keith Simmons (196-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) produced 11 points and American-Azerbaijan forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) added 9 points respectively for lost side. 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:
Galatasaray: J.Johnson 20+1reb+3ast, E.Kurtoglu 13+3reb+1ast, P.Shumpert 12+3reb, J.Shipp 9+7reb+1ast, T.Acik 8+2reb+4ast, H.Koksal 6+8reb+2ast
Banvit: K.Simmons 11+4reb, C.Davis 9+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 8+2reb+1ast, B.Ermis 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Turna 6+1reb, M.Akpinar 5+3reb
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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzons.
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzon.23.0 
 2. Kambala, Aliaga20.2 
 3. Buckman, Antalya19.6 
 4. Henderson, Antalya19.1 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka18.8 
 6. Seibutis, Olin Edi.18.7 
 7. Kemp, Besiktas17.9 
 8. Randle, Aliaga17.5 
 9. Scales, Mersin17.2 
 10. Mays, Oyak Renau.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nedim YUCEL
  Mersin
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Yucel, Mersin11.3 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.2 
 3. Wesson, Turk T.9.2 
 4. Mays, Oyak Renault9.0 
 5. Buckman, Antalya9.0 
 6. Ffriend, Bornova8.7 
 7. Samardjiski, Olin8.5 
 8. Smith, Bornova7.9 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka7.8 
 10. Karadeniz, Trabzo.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Ermis, Banvit6.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka6.0 
 3. Conroy, Oyak R.5.9 
 4. Rasic, Trabzonspor5.3 
 5. Chatman, Besiktas5.1 
 6. Henderson, Antalya4.7 
 7. Rowe, Tofas4.6 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 9. Tunceri, Efes Pils.4.3 
 10. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.3 
Steals Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Karsiyaka
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 2. Mays, Oyak Renault2.2 
 3. Grier, Mersin2.2 
 4. Waller, Oyak Renau.2.1 
 5. Prince, Antalya1.9 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka1.9 
 7. Grundy, Mersin1.7 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.6 
 9. Rowe, Tofas1.6 
 10. Guler, Antalya1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Turk T.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 2. Samardjiski, Olin1.5 
 3. Francis, Bornova1.3 
 4. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 5. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.1 
 6. Mays, Oyak Renault1.0 
 7. Ruzic, Tofas0.9 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka0.9 
 9. Davis, Banvit0.9 
 10. Simpsons, Turk T.0.8 


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  UKRAINE   


Alexander Kolchenko inks deal with Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88, agency: Beo Basket) changed the team. The 22-year-old guard will continue his career in Azovmash Mariupol. Alexander Kolchenko has been playing for Khimik since the start of his professional career. Last season the guard notched 14.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague Alexander Kolchenko tallied 10.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance. He played for Ukrainian U18 and U20 selections. Alexander Kolchenko is the member of the National Team.



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro League 13th round - by Hector Lopez
Results for the Metro League 13th round:
Tabare 84 - Ivan Loriente (186-G-92) 21 points, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 18 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
Atenas 78 - Pablo Clerici (195-F-78) 22 points, Quentin Smith (205-C-77, college: Mississippi St.) 12 points 9 rebounds
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Yale 92 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 31 points 15 rebounds 1 block
Nacional 82 - Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 13 points 6 rebounds
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Verdirrojo 83 - Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) 35 points 10 rebounds 3 assists
Goes 80 - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F-83) 22 points, Federico Haller (198-F-88) 18 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB Round 51: Cocodrilos defeat Trotamundos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LPB is almost over. Almost everything is clear. There are only 3 rounds left.

The most exciting game of round 51 in the LPB took place in Valencia. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Trotamundos (30-12) to first ranked Cocodrilos (32-9) 82-81 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Trotamundos. Cocodrilos maintains first place with 32-9 record. Trotamundos at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fourth-ranked Gigantes (22-19) gave a tough game to second ranked Marinos (31-11) in Puerto La Cruz. Marinos managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gigantes. Marinos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 31-11 record behind leader Cocodrilos. Gigantes at the other side keep the fourth position with 19 games lost. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play on the road against Guaiqueries (#6) in Porlamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
10th ranked Gaiteros (6-36) were defeated at home by ninth ranked Guaros (13-27) with the biggest margin this round 98-89 on Monday night. Guaros maintains ninth place with 13-27 record. Loser Gaiteros stay dead last with 36 lost games. Guaros will meet at home higher ranked Toros (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gaiteros will have a break next round.



Gaiteros - Guaros 89-98

10th ranked Gaiteros (6-36) were defeated at home by ninth ranked Guaros (13-27) with the biggest margin this round 98-89 on Monday night. Guaros maintains ninth place with 13-27 record. Loser Gaiteros stay dead last with 36 lost games. Guaros will meet at home higher ranked Toros (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gaiteros will have a break next round.
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Marinos - Gigantes 91-89

Fourth-ranked Gigantes (22-19) gave a tough game to second ranked Marinos (31-11) in Puerto La Cruz. Marinos managed to secure only two-point victory 91-89. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gigantes. Marinos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 31-11 record behind leader Cocodrilos. Gigantes at the other side keep the fourth position with 19 games lost. Marinos will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play on the road against Guaiqueries (#6) in Porlamar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121605


Trotamundos - Cocodrilos 81-82

The most exciting game of round 51 in the LPB took place in Valencia. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Trotamundos (30-12) to first ranked Cocodrilos (32-9) 82-81 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Trotamundos. Cocodrilos maintains first place with 32-9 record. Trotamundos at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 121606




Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Cocodrilos 32-9 
 2. Marinos 31-11 
 3. Trotamundos 30-12 
 4. Gigantes 22-19 
 5. Bucaneros 22-20 
 6. Guaiqueries 21-20 
 7. Toros 15-26 
 8. Panteras 15-27 
 9. Guaros 13-27 
 10. Gaiteros 6-36 


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  WCBL   


Santa Barbara Breakers win WCBL crown - by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers Professional Basketball team won two games on saturday, May 28, to take back the WCBL crown that denied them in 2010, with a resounding 130-108 semi-final win over the Venice Beach Ninja's (3rd seeded of 8 teams) and 4 hours later, defeated the West LA Advantage 110-107 in the Championship Game at Santa Barbara High School Gymnasium.
In the earlier semi-final contest, the Advantage came back from a 26 point deficit to defeat the previous undefeated Nationwide Allstars (11-1) 120-115.
The hero's for the Breakers were MVP Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who set WCBL and Breaker Alltime Records with 25 rebounds and 13 blocked shots in the semi-final game. He followed this up with 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in the Title game and was supported fully by Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) 's 31 points, Deon Marcus (6'8''-F-84) 's 26 points and the saavy defense of James Powell (6'2''-G-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) and Anthony Danridge (6'5''-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico).
In the Title Game, the Breakers trailed early 23-16 but got the transitional game ignited with the inserted bench additions of Stan Fletcher (6'4''-G-80, college: Moorpark CC) and Donald Lee (6'6''-F). At the end of the break, it was tied up at 28 apiece
In the second quarter, the fastbreak tempo continued for the Breakers behind Powell's 9 and Marcus's 11 points, respectively. With the aid of Closs's patrolling of the paint, the Breakers gained a 61-46 until the Advantage finished the quarter off with a 7-0 run, resulting in a Breakers 61-53 lead at halftime.
The third quarter witnessed the Breakers unleashing another 'tsunami attack' with the transitional game behind the smaller lineup of Taylor, Powell, Fletcher, Dandridge and Closs. This produced a 80-63 lead.
But, like their previous game character, the Advantage staged a monolith defense, hit transitional 3's and when the dust cleared, the Breakers were holding on to a precious lead of 86-80 at the end of 3 quarters.
The Breakers re-built their lead to 11 points in the 4th and final frame but gutsy play by the Advantage notted the game up at 105-105 with 40 seconds to play. An off balance 13 footer on the right wing produced a 2 point lead and off a missed jumper, Tim Taylor secured the defensive rebound and was fouled excessively by Jushey Rockett (6'6''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) of the West LA. James Powell sank the technical free throw and Taylor hit both of his charity shots for a 110-105 lead. David Vik (6'11''-C-72, college: Washington St.), 6'11 center for West LA, hit a quick bucket with 2.0 seconds to play. And just to keep the suspense and drama alive, the inbounds pass was deflected off a Breakers fingertips and the Advantage had the ball back for a possible 3 point shot attempt and tie. Fortunately for the Breakers, Vik's deep 3 pointer over the outstretched hands of James Powell was short and the Breakers
recorded their 3rd WCBL title in 4 years.
All WCBL Tournament selections, besides Keith Closs 's MVP award, went to Tim Taylor and Deon Marcus. Additional WCBL All-League Awards will be announced on June 3.




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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic agree with Jelavic, close to Dover - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian champion Gospic CO have agreed a deal in principle with national team member Anda Jelavic (172-G-80), who last played for the team in 2009-10 season. She averaged 4.9 points, 3.1rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1steals in 14 Euroleague games and 4.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals over 32 Polish League games.
According to Slovenian sources, Gospic CO is close to signing a contract with national team member Martina Dover (177-G-86). Last season she played with AJM Maribor, where she averaged 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.6 steals in 20 Adriatic League games and 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals in 28 Slovenian League games.



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Ayelet Cohen joined to the Israeli National team - by Gil Goshen


Ayelet Cohen, Electra Ramat Hasharon guard last season
joined this morning to the Israeli national team for the Europe Champion.
Ayelet who was born in Jerusalem 1985 and was very important player in Electra Ramat Hasharon roster
( won the cup and the champion 2009/10 ).
004-2005: Hapoel Haifa/Motzkin (D1): 19 games: 2.2ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg
2005-2006: Maccabi Ramat Hen (Division A): 11 games: 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg
2006-2007: Bnei Yehuda (D1): 21 games: 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 79.6%
2007-2008: Bnei Yehuda (D1): 15 games: 6.9ppg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 72.7%
2008-2009: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1): EuroCup: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg; Israeli League: 25 games: 2.9ppg, 1.4apg
2009-2010: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1): 29 games: 5.2ppg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 64.9%
2010-2011: A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra (D1): 24 games: 4.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.2apg.
Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85, agency:


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  NORWAY - Women  


Sweden opened Nordic Championship Women U16 with the win over Norway - by Eurobasket News
Norway U16-Sweden U16 50:67

Sweden opened Nordic Championship Women U16 with the win over Norway. The Swedish team won 67:50 in the start of five-nation tournament.
Sweden took the lead from the very beginning and reached 14-8 in the end of the first period. They continued to dominate the court in the second frame and increased to 4 more points after 23-19 in the second period. Norway won however the third quarter 10-9, but could not reduce for more. Sweden added 21-13 in the last frame to seal the win in the opener.
Regan Magarity paced all the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Julia Paulin, Sofie Svensson and Olivia Lindgren netted 8 points each in a win. Maja Foleide (F) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, while Viktoria Lillestrom scored 12. Siri Ndiaye (F) followed them with 9 points each in defeat.

Norway U16: Maja Foleide 17, Viktoria Lillestrom 12, Siri Ndiaye 9
Sweden U16: Regan Magarity 20+11 rebs, Julia Paulin 8, Sofie Svensson 8, Olivia Lindgren 8




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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Turcinovic close to Lithuania, Gortnar moves to NCAA, Gospic target Dover - by Zeljko Zule
Montenegrin Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) of Celje is on her way to Lithuanian champion Vici Aistes. The negotiatons with Celje and Tucinovic are already going on for a long time. If she'd sign, the deal would be at least for 3 years.
The long awaited signing of the Slovenian power forward, Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92), is now confirmed! She joing the Georgia Tech women's basketball team by signing a National Letter of Intent.
National team member Martina Dover (177-G-86) is close to signing a contract with Croatian championship Gospic CO. Last season she played with AJM Maribor, where she averaged 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.6 steals in 20 Adriatic League games and 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals in 28 Slovenian League games.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Rosa Perez sign with El Palacio de Congresos - by Eurobasket News
Rosa Perez (169-G-81) sign with El Palacio de Congresos and will help the team in 2011/2012 season. The last two season the Spanish Guard played for Cadi la Seu D'urgell. In 2009-2010 after 26 games she averaged 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 32.7%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 70.0%. This season her stats read 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg.
In her top game last season for Cadi la Seu D'urgell Rosa Perez recorded 13 points at the Regular Season Round 9. Cadi la Seu lost to Girona 68:83 in that game.



Carlos Colinas will be a Head Coach of Celta - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Colinas will be a Head Coach of Celta where he was a General Manager last year. For his Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention Head Coach pf the Spanish U16 National Team -06, European Championships U16 -06 (winner), Spanish U18 National Team -07-09, European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Rep. -08, European Championships U18 for Women in Sodertalje (Sweden) -09, Brazil U16 National Team -10, Brazilian Women National Team -10, South American Championships in Santiago (Chile) -10 (Gold), Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships Best Coach -10, World Championships for Women in Czech Republic -10, Spanish Women U19 National Team -11.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden opened Nordic Championship Women U16 with the win over Norway - by Eurobasket News
Norway U16-Sweden U16 50:67

Sweden opened Nordic Championship Women U16 with the win over Norway. The Swedish team won 67:50 in the start of five-nation tournament.
Sweden took the lead from the very beginning and reached 14-8 in the end of the first period. They continued to dominate the court in the second frame and increased to 4 more points after 23-19 in the second period. Norway won however the third quarter 10-9, but could not reduce for more. Sweden added 21-13 in the last frame to seal the win in the opener.
Regan Magarity paced all the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Julia Paulin, Sofie Svensson and Olivia Lindgren netted 8 points each in a win. Maja Foleide (F) replied with 17 points in the losing effort, while Viktoria Lillestrom scored 12. Siri Ndiaye (F) followed them with 9 points each in defeat.

Norway U16: Maja Foleide 17, Viktoria Lillestrom 12, Siri Ndiaye 9
Sweden U16: Regan Magarity 20+11 rebs, Julia Paulin 8, Sofie Svensson 8, Olivia Lindgren 8




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  WBCBL - Women  


Prowling with the Minnesota Jaguars - by Willie McCray
-BY MIKE PEDEN

While the Minnesota Lynx made a giant splash Tuesday with their preseason game at Concordia University's Gangelhoff Center, a second Minnesota women's basketball team hosted their home opener at the St. Paul facility Saturday and Sunday.

The Minnesota Jaguars are a women's semi-pro team and new member of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Tanisha Gilbert had an integral role in the team's formation, eager to return to her local roots. Coaching the Jaguars and running their front office is Melissa Young, once the head coach of Hamline University's women's basketball team.

The Jaguars started the season winning out at a Miami tournament. After sweeping the Rock County Robins with a 71-66 win on Saturday and a come-from-behind 88-82 win on Sunday, the first-year Jaguars remained distant from the loss column, with their record at 7-0.

While recent talk has surfaced about the relatively low pay of WNBA players compared to their overseas earnings, WBCBL players receive little or no compensation. To save money, teams will schedule back-to-back weekend series against one opponent to limit travel costs.

The lack of paychecks hardly detriments participation. The Jaguars are comprised of former standouts in high school and college whose passion saturates their stream of consciousness. Some are using the Jaguars to stay in shape for professional scouts and agents, including WNBA veteran Tamara Moore and Illinois Fighting Illini star Jenna Smith, who was a second-round pick for the Washington Mystics in the 2010 WNBA Draft only to be waived during training camp. Others hope to get noticed for the first time.

The rules are similar to WNBA games, with 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock. College rules are used for tabulating fouls, which means a team can commit six fouls before placing their opponent in the bonus. However, the biggest difference between WNBA and WBCBL appears before the game tips off. Prior to the playing of the national anthem, all players and coaches meet at center court to join in prayer, reflecting the hopes and wishes of the league's players to better their lives through basketball.

The Jaguars host their second and final weekend series of the WBCBL season July 16th and 17th at Gangelhoff Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. both days.



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  WNBA - Women  


Fever's January struggles through bad night in loss to Lynx - by Eurobasket News
Briann January (5'8''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Arizona St.) didn't know what to expect going forward from the 2010 season, but she sure didn't expect this.

January, the Indiana Fever's new starting point guard, thought veteran starter Tully Bevilaqua would be back in 2011. Instead, it's her turn to run the show.

'Things change,' January said. 'You have to step up and roll with it.'

She looked well on her way to doing that in the Fever's first preseason game against Minnesota last week when she had seven points and seven assists in a team-high 21 minutes.

Tuesday's preseason rematch at Conseco Fieldhouse, a 76-70 win for the Lynx, was another matter. She finished with just two points and one assist, going 1-for-7 from the field.

'I don't think she's going to be the perfect guard right now,'' Fever coach Lin Dunn said. 'I think she's going to have great nights, I think she'll have good nights. But the thing about Briann, she's always going to play hard, she's going to be the first one to look at the tape, so she'll be fine.'

The Lynx jumped out to an early lead and cruised. Minnesota outrebounded Indiana 36-31 and shot 41.8 percent from the field, including 46.2 percent from 3-point range while never trailing. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) led the Fever (0-2) with 15 points and five rebounds. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) and Tangela Smith had 10 points each.

January also had six of the Fever's 15 turnovers, which Dunn called the deciding factor in the game.

'She just seemed to lose focus a little bit, and some of her turnovers were unforced,' Dunn said. 'We certainly have to get Bri playing at a level where she's got seven assists and two turnovers, not the other way around.'

Having veterans like Douglas, Catchings and Smith eases some of the pressure on January. Each of those players, along with center Tammy Sutton-Brown, has played at least 10 years in the league, giving the Fever one of the WNBA's most experienced lineups.

But there are still a few questions -- like who will win the backup point guard spot. Shannon Bobbit, a 5-2 guard, and Erin Phillips, a combo guard, have played significant minutes at the position during the preseason, though January is entrenched as the starter entering Saturday's season opener.

Meanwhile, January said she's still getting used to her new role. Even with her experience in the past two seasons, she said she still has to approach the game differently.

'You're doing the same thing, but it is a little different,' she said. 'You have to set the tone when you start the game. You have to be a leader and do all those things. The expectation is for me to step up.'

Fever waive two players
The Fever waived two players prior to Tuesday's game, cutting their roster to 12.

Abi Olajuwon and Jene Morris were cut. Olajuwon, a 6-4 center, is the daughter of former NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon. Morris is a 5-9 guard who was drafted by the Fever in 2010. She saw limited action last year.

The Fever will have to cut one more player before the season opener on Saturday against the Chicago Sky
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Phoenix Mercury guards Brittany Spears, Taylor Lilley are cut - by Eurobasket News
t's waiver week in the WNBA, a precarious time for players without guaranteed contracts.

On Tuesday, the Mercury cut two guards - April draft pick Brittany Spears (6'1''-F-88, college: Colorado) and returnee Taylor Lilley (5'6''-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) - and have one more cut to make by Thursday. Olayinka Sanni knows about roster limbo too well from a year ago, when she was waived by the Tulsa Shock after playing two years for the franchise in Detroit, including the 2008 champions.

Sanni opted for a mental break and family time over trying to land elsewhere, setting up the good chance the 6-foot-2 power forward has of sticking with the Mercury. Her 12-point, four-rebound (and six-foul) preseason game Saturday might go a long way toward being around for Saturday's opener at Seattle.

Sanni, 25, did not try to reinvent or remarket her game over a summer out of the league and a winter playing in France.

'I think I've developed something unique,' Sanni said. 'It got me a scholarship to West Virginia and drafted in the WNBA. I didn't want to change who I was, but just work harder at what I do best. That's what I took from being waived - continue doing what I know how to do and maybe fit someone else's system, and here I am in Phoenix. I love it.'

Sanni has found the Mercury to be welcoming. It is probably because they were pleased to find her available, especially for a team that altered its roster to fortify the posts.

'She's strong, runs the floor hard, offensive and defensive rebounds and sets great picks,' Mercury Coach Corey Gaines said.

3-peat?
Coach Corey Gaines said DeWanna Bonner is a starter. She just doesn't start. 'She's a starter, but she's useful coming off the bench,' Gaines said.

So the chase for a Sixth Woman of the Year three-peat is on. Bonner's versatility is too valuable off the bench, where her scoring provides better balance. She embraces the role.

'I just want to get another championship,' Bonner said. 'I'm just going to try to be more aggressive. I know the team, the system and Corey. That's what I did last year, so hopefully my shooting percentage will go up again.'

'Hopefully, I can win that award again and try to make the energy go up when I come in.'

GM survey
In the annual preseason survey of WNBA general managers, one-third of the GMs predicted that Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will win MVP this season, and half picked her as the player who forces opponents to make the most adjustments. Taurasi and former teammate Cappie Pondexter each received 27 percent of the vote to be top picks for the player to take a shot at the end of a game. Complete results will be on wnba.com at 11 a.m. Arizona time Wednesday.
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