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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Cibona (#6) forced the game against Serbian Partizan (#4) into an overtime, but lost by six points 77-83 on Saturday night. The game took place in Zagreb. But the guests from Beograd were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cibona. The best player for the winners was Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion (15-6) moved-up to third place. Cibona at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Partizan will face Hemofarm (#11) in Vrsac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play on the road against Union Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 21 Helios was crushed by Cedevita in Zagreb 98-72. Crvena Zvezda beat KK Zagreb CO at home 87-74. Bottom-ranked Zlatorog lost to Siroki WWin on the opponent's court 64-72. Maccabi T-A outscored Hemofarm in a home game 85-64. Buducnost managed to beat Krka on the road 69-62. Radnicki K. defeated Union Olimpija on its own court 88-76.
The best stats of 21th round was 31 points and 10 rebounds by Mario Kasun of KK Zagreb CO.


Cedevita - Helios 98-72
There was no surprise in Zagreb where 12th ranked Slovenian Helios (5-16) were crushed by second ranked Croatian Cedevita (16-4) 98-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Helios was better in third quarter 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Helios to just 7 points in second quarter. Cedevita dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Helios' 38 and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game, while Helios only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded Helios 38-20 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Miro Bilan (213-89) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Marko Car (188-85) chipped in 21 points. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) who recorded 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) added 16 points respectively. Helios' coach Zmagoslav Sagadin gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-4 record having just three points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Helios lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Cedevita will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Helios will play on the road against Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Car 21+3reb+1ast, M.Bilan 19+9reb+1ast, H.Owens 16+5reb+1ast, L.Warren 13+3reb+3ast, M.Smodis 12+3reb, D.Bagaric 11+6reb
Helios: D.Pasalic 28+7reb+4ast, K.Prepelic 16+4reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 11+1ast, D.Gay 8+1reb+4ast, S.Cebular 4+5reb, B.Cresnar 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133089


Crvena Zvezda - KK Zagreb CO 87-74
There was a small surprise in Beograd where tenth ranked Serbian Zvezda (9-12) defeated 7th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (11-10) 87-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Zvezda. KK Zagreb CO was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Zvezda players scored in double figures. Zvezda's coach Svetislav Pesic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mario Kasun (213-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds and Bosnian-Croatian guard Damir Mulaomerovic (195-74, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively. Zvezda maintains tenth place with 9-12 record. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Zvezda will face Krka (#12) in Novo Mesto in the next round.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: P.Popovic 17+4reb+1ast, S.Lesic 15+8reb, O.Thomas 12+7reb+3ast, N.Nedovic 12+2reb+1ast, B.Popovic 10+2reb+3ast, M.Ilic 8+5reb+2ast
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 31+10reb+1ast, D.Mulaomerovic 12+1reb+7ast, A.Masic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Markota 8+7reb+4ast, D.Rancic 7+3reb+2ast, D.Saric 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 133090


Siroki WWin - Zlatorog 72-64
Very expected game in Siroki Brijeg where 14th ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-19) was defeated by fifth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (12-9) 72-64 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zlatorog won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zlatorog 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Alen Omic (213-92) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-88) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Bosnian champion maintains fifth place with 12-9 record. Zlatorog lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. HKK Siroki WWin will face higher ranked Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zlatorog will play at home against Helios (#13) in Domzale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: J.Vladovic 16+4reb+4ast, C.Collins 11+8reb, F.Pilepic 10+4reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 10+4reb+2ast, D.Planinic 10+4reb, Z.Sakic 8+6reb
Zlatorog: A.Omic 20+9reb, L.Lapornik 16+2reb+3ast, N.Strnad 10+2reb+1ast, G.Mali 7+1reb+3ast, M.Smrdelj 5, J.Skific 2+3reb
gschID: 133084


Cibona - Partizan 77-83 OT
Croatian Cibona (#6) forced the game against Serbian Partizan (#4) into an overtime, but lost by six points 77-83 on Saturday night. The game took place in Zagreb. But the guests from Beograd were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cibona. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-9. Cibona was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) who recorded 9 points and 7 rebounds and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Serbian champion (15-6) moved-up to third place. Cibona at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Partizan will face Hemofarm (#11) in Vrsac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play on the road against Union Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Macvan 23+12reb, M.Cakarevic 8+8reb+1ast, D.Kecman 7+3reb+3ast, P.Bozic 5+1ast, V.Lucic 5+8reb, D.Bertans 3
Cibona: A.Barbour 11+1reb+3ast, D.Harper 10+4reb, K.El-Amin 9+4ast, G.Suton 9+7reb+1ast, D.Rudez 8+3reb+2ast, D.Kus 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133085


Maccabi T-A - Hemofarm 85-64
Very predictable result in Tel-Aviv where first ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (19-1) outscored 11th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (5-16) 85-64 on Monday. Maccabi T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hemofarm's 32. Maccabi T-A forced 26 Hemofarm turnovers. Hemofarm was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place with 19-1 record. Hemofarm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Maccabi T-A will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hemofarm will play at home against Partizan (#3) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 28+7reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 25+8reb, G.Pnini 8+2reb+5ast, D.Mallet 6+3reb+2ast, D.Blu 5+3reb+2ast, D.Smith 4+3reb+1ast
Hemofarm: I.Maras 15+10reb+5ast, D.Gagic 14+10reb+2ast, M.Pantic 12+6reb+2ast, N.Otasevic 8+1reb+5ast, N.Dangubic 6+4reb, M.Sutalo 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133086


Krka - Buducnost 62-69
Not a big story in a game in Novo Mesto where 12th ranked Slovenian Krka (5-16) was defeated by fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (14-6) 69-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 15 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. The best player for the winners was swingman Aleksa Popovic (201-87) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) chipped in 14 points. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth place with 14-6 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Buducnost will face HKK Siroki WWin (#5) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Krka will play on the road against Zvezda (#10) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: A.Popovic 18+6reb+1ast, B.Krstovic 14+4reb+3ast, N.Ivanovic 11+4reb+3ast, C.Vitkovac 10+7reb+1ast, H.Rizvic 9+4reb, M.Milosevic 4+3reb
Krka: S.Pavic 15+13reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 10+5reb+1ast, J.Balazic 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 9+8reb+5ast, A.Nissim 9+4reb+5ast, U.Lucic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133087


Radnicki K. - Union Olimpija 88-76
There was a small surprise in Kragujevac where ninth ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (10-10) won against 6th ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (11-10) 88-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-76. Radnicki K. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Union Olimpija's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) who scored 31 points and 5 blocks. His fellow American import forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jan Mocnik (174-87, agency: World Sport Agency) who recorded 24 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Union Olimpija's coach Saso Filipovski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Radnicki K. maintains ninth place with 10-10 record. Union Olimpija lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Radnicki K. will face higher ranked KK Zagreb CO (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 31+3reb+2ast, M.Scott 13+5reb+5ast, S.Bircevic 13+6reb, S.Markovic 9+3reb+10ast, S.Sinovec 8+12reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 6+1reb+4ast
Union Olimpija: J.Mocnik 24+7ast, C.Mitchell 12+4reb+2ast, D.Thompson 11+5reb+2ast, D.Muric 9+2reb, S.Salin 8, J.Blazic 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 133088




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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 13-1 
 2. CSMC 13-2 
 3. Trefle BB Blida 13-3 
 4. WA Boufarik 12-5 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 11-6 
 6. Skikda 11-6 
 7. Arreridj 8-9 
 8. MS Cherchell 7-9 
 9. NAH Dey 7-9 
 10. CRB Temouch. 7-11 
 11. Staoueli 6-10 
 12. Sidi-bel-Abbes 6-10 
 13. O Batna 5-8 
 14. US Setif 5-11 
 15. USM Blida 5-11 
 16. Annaba 0-17 


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La Union heads to second stage of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
La Union advanced to the second stage of Liga Americas. They lost in overtime to Pioneros 94-96 for the first place in Group A. Both teams finished with 2-1 record, but Pioneros is the winner of this pool and La Union ended as No.2. Both squads head to Stage Two. Jovan Harris shined for the winners with 27 points. Their second scorer was Forrest Fisher with 13 pts. In La Union, Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) responded with 25 points and 13 rebs, and Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) added 20 pts. Quarters: 25-16, 11-25, 22-23, 28-20, 8-12 OT.
In the second game, La Union handed 92-75 loss to Vivo/Franca. La Union got 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville). Gregory Lewis had monster double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds. At the other side, William Drudi collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 17-19, 28-25, 26-14, 21-17.
In the opening round, Fuerza Regia faced with 73-98 defeat against La Union. Joe Smith was a key player in victory with 28 points. Ariel Pau (186-G-84) also was great as he added 12 points for just 9 minutes on the court. In defeat, Brandon Robinson top-scored with 16 pts. Quarters: 13-22, 12-21, 25-32, 23-23.


LigaA: Round 26 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in LigaA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Buenos Aires between third ranked Libertad Sunchales (17-9) and twelfth ranked Boca Juniors (10-16) on Sunday night. Libertad Sunchales was edged by Boca Juniors in a tough game on the road 75-78. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 20-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Libertad Sunchales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Center Alejandro Diez (201-87) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boca Juniors maintains twelfth position with 10-16 record, which they share with Olimpico LB. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Lanus. Boca Juniors is looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#13) at home in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play against the league's leader Obras (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mar del Plata. First ranked Obras faced second-ranked Penarol. Guests from Buenos Aires (19-7) defeated host Penarol (17-8) 95-91. The former international power forward Tyler Field (206-78, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Alejandro Konsztatd contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Penarol. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Obras maintains first position with 19-7 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second place with eight games lost. Obras will play against Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Penarol will play against Atenas in Cordoba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bahia Blanca. Local Wuber-Est.Bahia (11-15) outscored 14th ranked Club 9 (8-18) 90-69 on Sunday night. Jerome Meyinsse scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Wuber-Est.Bahia's coach Jose Luis Pisani felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Josimar Ayarza responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Club 9 lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will meet higher ranked Sionista (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Club 9 will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero and hope to secure a win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Corrientes: Regatas Corrientes (#10) and San Martin Corrientes (#16). Regatas Corrientes (13-14) won against visiting San Martin Corrientes (6-20) 83-70. Djibril Kante notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Regatas Corrientes maintains tenth position with 13-14 record. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata where they are favorite. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's second-placed Penarol and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last game of round 26 Quilmes MP was defeated by Olimpico LB in La Banda 78-74.


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Club 9 90-69
The game with biggest result difference took place in Bahia Blanca. Local Wuber-Est.Bahia (11-15) outscored 14th ranked Club 9 (8-18) 90-69 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Wuber-Est.Bahia. Club 9 managed to win fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Club 9 37-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Wuber-Est.Bahia looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Club 9's players. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Wuber-Est.Bahia's coach Jose Luis Pisani felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Diego Gerbaudo (182-89) scored 11 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains eleventh position with 11-15 record. Club 9 lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will meet higher ranked Sionista (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Club 9 will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 20+8reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 17+2reb+2ast, J.Espil 15, F.Aguerre 11+5reb+1ast, R.Stanton 10+8reb+2ast, L.Faggiano 6+3reb+8ast
Club 9: J.Cowan 14+3reb, J.Ayarza 13+5reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 11+4reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 11+4reb+3ast, E.Martina 8+2reb, G.Luchino 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141347


Regatas C. - San Mart.C. 83-70
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Corrientes: Regatas Corrientes (#10) and San Martin Corrientes (#16). Regatas Corrientes (13-14) won against visiting San Martin Corrientes (6-20) 83-70. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. San Martin Corrientes was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by San Martin Corrientes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Djibril Kante (201-80, college: Indiana St.) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and international power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) supported him with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks by Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) did not help to save the game for San Martin Corrientes. Swingman Fabian Ramirez (197-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains tenth position with 13-14 record. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Regatas Corrientes' next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata where they are favorite. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against the league's second-placed Penarol and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: D.Kante 18+13reb+1ast, N.Romano 17+10reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 13+3reb+2ast, T.Taylor 8+2reb, J.Martinez 8+6reb, N.De los Santos 7+4reb+7ast
San Mart.C.: J.Michael Martinez 18+18reb, J.Coronado 11+1reb+1ast, F.Elias Saad 11+1reb+1ast, F.Ramirez 10+6reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 9+3reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 141348


Boca Jrs - Libertad S. 78-75
The most important game in the last round took place in Buenos Aires between third ranked Libertad Sunchales (17-9) and twelfth ranked Boca Juniors (10-16) on Sunday night. Libertad Sunchales was edged by Boca Juniors in a tough game on the road 75-78. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 20-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Libertad Sunchales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Center Alejandro Diez (201-87) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boca Juniors maintains twelfth position with 10-16 record, which they share with Olimpico LB. Libertad Sunchales at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Lanus. Boca Juniors is looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#13) at home in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play against the league's leader Obras (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.O'Bannon 21+6reb+1ast, A.Diez 19+7reb+1ast, J.Brussino 10+1reb, M.Stanic 9+6reb+5ast, M.Nocedal 9+2reb+2ast, D.Alston 7+6reb+1ast
Libertad S.: R.Battle 20+17reb+1ast, J.Treise 20+2ast, J.Pittman 9+3reb, F.Vieta 8+1reb, S.Ginobili 7+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 4+1reb
gschID: 141350


Penarol - Obras 91-95
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mar del Plata. First ranked Obras faced second-ranked Penarol. Guests from Buenos Aires (19-7) defeated host Penarol (17-8) 95-91. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Penarol won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Obras won last quarter 27-25. They made 30-of-39 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game, while Penarol only scored eight points from the stripe. Penarol was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Tyler Field (206-78, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Alejandro Konsztatd (190-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) replied with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Penarol. Five Obras and four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Obras maintains first position with 19-7 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second place with eight games lost. Obras will play against Libertad Sunchales (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Penarol will play against Atenas in Cordoba and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obras: T.Field 20+8reb+1ast, T.Washam 18+5reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 16+4reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 13+5reb+10ast, J.Mazzaro 12+5reb+2ast, D.Fells 10+7reb+1ast
Penarol: F.Campazzo 25+6reb+5ast, M.Ibarra 16+1ast, M.Leiva 16+10reb+2ast, M.Mata 15+12reb+2ast, S.Safar 11+3reb+4ast, L.Gutierrez 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 141343


Olimpico LB - Quilmes MP 78-74
There was no surprise when 15th ranked Quilmes MP (8-19) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (10-16) 78-74. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-13 Quilmes MP's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-74 at the end of the game. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) notched 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) supported him with 16 points. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) did not help to save the game for Quilmes MP. American forward Louis Truscott (201-78, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Boca Jrs. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires. Quilmes MP will play at home against Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 20+8reb+4ast, E.Villares 16+4reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 12+9reb, G.Grays 10+3reb+1ast, C.Romero 8+4reb, A.Jackson 6+3reb
Quilmes MP: L.Truscott 16+10reb, P.McHopson 13+10reb+3ast, N.Ferreyra 12+1reb+4ast, G.Sciutto 8+2reb, C.Matthews 6+1reb, A.Weigand 6+7reb+1ast


Robert Battle claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Libertad S. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Boca Jrs (#12, 10-16) 78-75. Libertad S. maintains the 3rd position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Libertad S. will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 17-9 record. Battle turned to be Libertad S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Drexel University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Battle is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 61.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Dominican Rep. power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) of San Mart.C.. Martinez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as San Mart.C. lost that game 70-83 to the higher-ranked Regatas C. (#10, 13-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. San Mart.C. is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories San Mart.C. managed to get this Second Stage. Martinez is one of the most experienced players at San Mart.C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Alejandro Konsztatd (190-G-89) of top-ranked Obras. Konsztatd showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Obras, leading his team to a 95-91 win against #2 ranked Penarol in a game of the week. Obras confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 7 lost games. Konsztatd has a very solid season. In 38 games in Argentina he scored 7.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Regatas C. - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. John DeGroat (198-F-85) of Olimpico LB - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78) of Obras - 20 points and 8 rebounds
8. Louis Truscott (201-F-78) of Quilmes MP - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) of Penarol - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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A Bundesliga Round 3: #1 Xion Dukes are defeated by Kapfenberg Bulls - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Xion Dukes (17-6) on the court of fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Kapfenberg Bulls 90-76. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kapfenberg Bulls made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Citadel) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) helped adding 16 points and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) with 23 points. Kapfenberg Bulls (16-7) moved-up to fourth place in Bundesliga. Xion Dukes at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xion Dukes will play against Raiffeisen Wels and are hoping to win this game.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by Stjepan Stazic of BC Vienna.


Group A
Wels - Gmunden 83-92
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Gmunden Swans and 3rd placed Raiffeisen Wels had identical 16-6 record. But Raiffeisen Wels were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Gmunden 92-83 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the second position in Bundesliga. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Raiffeisen Wels' 38. It was a great evening for American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) helped adding 16 points and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 25 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and the former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five Gmunden Swans and four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans maintains second place in Bundesliga with 17-6 record having just 0 victories less than leader Klosterneub. Loser Raiffeisen Wels dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Gussing Knights (#6) on the road in the next round. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg.
Top scorers:
Wels: T.Brown 25+4reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 19+7reb+2ast, J.Werner 12+4reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 12+3ast, A.Farokhmanesh 9+2reb+5ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+4reb
Gmunden: R.Arnold 26+5reb+2ast, D.Oppland 18+6reb+1ast, M.Curry 16+2reb+10ast, R.Poiger 13+3reb+1ast, M.Mayer 11+8reb+2ast, E.Murati 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 169185


Oberwart - Gussing 98-80
Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (16-7) defeated at home 6th ranked Gussing Knights (11-12) 98-80 on Sunday. The game without a history. Oberwart Gunners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oberwart Gunners forced 23 Gussing Knights turnovers. Gussing Knights were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 13 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) with 27 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to third place in Bundesliga. Loser Gussing Knights keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Oberwart Gunners will face Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Gussing Knights will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Gussing: C.Scott 27+5reb+1ast, S.Koch 15+2reb, E.Kadic 12+6reb, T.Klepeisz 11+1reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 7+2reb+1ast, A.Djuric 4+10reb
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 33+5reb+1ast, E.Rizvic 13+2reb+2ast, L.Linzer 11+2ast, N.Gacesa 9+7reb+1ast, H.Artner 7+2reb+1ast, D.Jandl 7+1ast
gschID: 169186


Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 90-76
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Xion Dukes (17-6) on the court of fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Kapfenberg Bulls 90-76. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kapfenberg Bulls made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) helped adding 16 points and 9 assists. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) with 23 points and international guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Kapfenberg Bulls (16-7) moved-up to fourth place in Bundesliga. Xion Dukes at the other side still keep top position with six games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xion Dukes will play against Raiffeisen Wels and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 23+3reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 16+1reb+3ast, M.Lanegger 12+7reb+3ast, C.Bobb 7+5reb+4ast, D.Hamidovic 6+1reb+3ast, M.Rachar 6+2reb+2ast
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 24+7reb, D.Mayes 21+3reb, T.Schreiner 16+4reb+9ast, J.Fears 14+1reb+6ast, L.Gordon 7+14reb+5ast, S.Knabl 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 169187


Group B
Arkadia - UBSC Graz 102-101 OT
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Moric 22+22reb+2ast, S.Grum 19+3reb+10ast, M.Stegnjaic 15+6reb+3ast, C.Knor 14+2reb, R.Lanegger 14+3reb, T.Ambrose 10+1reb+5ast
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 34+3reb+3ast, R.Spasojevic 25+10reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 15+9reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 14, B.Danek 8+6reb+14ast, A.Percan 6+2reb
gschID: 169188


BC Vienna - Furstenfeld 77-92
The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best BC Vienna's (8-14) home loss to first ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-13) 77-92 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. BC Vienna was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 24 BC Vienna turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) helped adding 18 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Five Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia South, agency: I.D.S. Law) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first place in Bundesliga with 10-13 record. Loser BC Vienna dropped to the third position with 14 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round. BC Vienna will play on the road against the league's second-placed UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: J.Francois 23+5reb+1ast, B.Matthews 13+7reb+4ast, M.Djurkovic 9+8reb+2ast, S.Stazic 8+3reb+2ast, D.Toroman 8+1ast, M.Djurovic 6+2reb+2ast
Furstenfeld: J.Robinson 27+10reb+2ast, A.Shavies 18+7reb+9ast, K.Payton 15+6reb+3ast, G.Ware 12+7reb+3ast, L.O'Neal 11+4reb+7ast, B.Weber 8+4reb


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Premier League Round 19: Minsk-2006 beats Minsk-2006 II in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Premier League just ended.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#1) and Minsk-2006 II (#6). Minsk-2006 (17-1) won against visiting Minsk-2006 II (6-13) 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. Minsk-2006 II managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: New Trend Agency) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Alexandr Semenov produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Minsk-2006 have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rubon (10-9) against fifth ranked SBK Osipovichi (7-12) on Friday night. Visiting Rubon was crushed by SBK Osipovichi in Osipovichi 91-71. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Viachaslau Skidan contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Viktor Ovsepian (200-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for Rubon. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. SBK Osipovichi maintains fifth place with 7-12 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game was played in Grodno. Second ranked Grodno-93 faced 4th placed BGUIR-RTI. Host Grodno-93 (17-2) smashed guests from Minsk (8-11) 87-68. It was a great evening for Vadim Matyukevych who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Anton Papruha responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Grodno-93. They maintain second place with 17-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Minsk-2006. Loser BGUIR-RTI keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An exciting game was played in Vitebsk. First ranked Minsk-2006 faced 3rd placed Rubon. Guests from Minsk (17-1) smashed host Rubon (10-9) 107-51. It was an exceptional evening for Aliaksei Lashkevich who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Minsk-2006. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Minsk-2006 - Minsk-2006 II 87-77

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#1) and Minsk-2006 II (#6). Minsk-2006 (17-1) won against visiting Minsk-2006 II (6-13) 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Minsk-2006. Minsk-2006 II managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: New Trend Agency) fired 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Lithuanian forward Justinas Sinica (203-85) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Alexandr Semenov produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and Croatian point guard Vedran Nakic (184-89) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Minsk-2006 have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: A.Semenov 21+9reb+1ast, V.Nakic 19+3reb+3ast, V.Krisevich 8+4reb, S.Goncharenok 7+4reb, A.Malyavko 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Kurapau 6+2reb+2ast
Minsk-2006: A.Kojenets 16+7reb, A.Fomin 12+4reb+1ast, J.Sinica 11+6reb+1ast, A.Lashkevich 10+4reb, B.Maze 10+3reb+3ast, A.Kudrautsau 8+4reb+3ast
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SBK Osipovichi - Rubon 91-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rubon (10-9) against fifth ranked SBK Osipovichi (7-12) on Friday night. Visiting Rubon was crushed by SBK Osipovichi in Osipovichi 91-71. Rubon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-28 second half run of SBK Osipovichi. SBK Osipovichi had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Viachaslau Skidan (205-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Viktor Ovsepian (200-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Maksim Dabravolski (197-91) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Rubon. Five SBK Osipovichi and four Rubon players scored in double figures. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. SBK Osipovichi maintains fifth place with 7-12 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rubon: V.Ovsepian 14+14reb+1ast, S.Sapegin 14+4reb+2ast, M.Dabravolski 13+6reb+1ast, D.Sivalko 12+3reb+1ast, D.Shilovich 4+2reb, D.Akulich 4+5reb+4ast
SBK Osipovichi: S.Charykau 18+6reb+6ast, S.Vabischevich 15+5ast, V.Skidan 15+7reb+1ast, K.Sitnik 14+7reb+1ast, A.Svirydov 12+6reb+4ast, Y.Mishukov 9+9reb
gschID: 169614


Grodno-93 - BGUIR-RTI 87-68

An exciting game was played in Grodno. Second ranked Grodno-93 faced 4th placed BGUIR-RTI. Host Grodno-93 (17-2) smashed guests from Minsk (8-11) 87-68. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Grodno-93 made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. It was a great evening for Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-86) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Anton Papruha (188-93) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four BGUIR-RTI players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Grodno-93. They maintain second place with 17-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Minsk-2006. Loser BGUIR-RTI keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BGUIR-RTI: A.Kuzmitski 13+3reb, A.Papruha 13+5reb+3ast, G.Zakhar 11+6reb, E.Sugoniako 10+6reb+1ast, D.Azaare 7+3reb+2ast, Y.Ignatiev 6+5reb
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 27+6reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 16+8reb+2ast, V.Korzh 15+1ast, E.Ivanov 7+5reb+2ast, I.Konuyshenko 6+2reb+1ast, D.Kuzmin 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 169615


Rubon - Minsk-2006 51-107

An exciting game was played in Vitebsk. First ranked Minsk-2006 faced 3rd placed Rubon. Guests from Minsk (17-1) smashed host Rubon (10-9) 107-51. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Rubon's 38. Minsk-2006 forced 28 Rubon turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Rubon's players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-78) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American guard Bobby Maze (188-86, college: Tennessee) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) came up with 9 points and guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) added 9 points respectively for Rubon in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Minsk-2006. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rubon: P.Karasevich 10+1reb, D.Akulich 9+4reb+2ast, S.Sapegin 9+3reb+2ast, A.Kachan 8+1ast, D.Shilovich 6+4reb, M.Dabravolski 4+1reb
Minsk-2006: J.Sinica 14+1reb+2ast, B.Maze 14+1reb+5ast, R.Vergun 13+3reb+1ast, A.Lashkevich 13+8reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 11+4reb+1ast, A.Trastsinetski 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169616




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EuroChallenge: Triumph keep alive their hopes - by Eurobasket News
Triumph Lyubertsy- Antwerp Giants 79:60

Triumph Lyubertsy improved to 3-3 record in Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian team overcame Antwerp Giants 79:60 as the latter farewell to the tournament with 2-4 record. Triumphs destiny will be decided however in another game. Triumph now need Artland Dragons to beat Pinar Karsiyaka to advance.
Triumph Lyubertsy started with 26:17 in the opening period and continued their dominance. They added 20-16 in the second frame as Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) closed the half at 46:33. Antwerp Giants won the third period 16-14, while the hosts replied with 19-11 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Davon Jefferson paced all the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) netted 19. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 9 and Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) notched 7. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) ended up with 14 points for the visiting side and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) posted 11.

Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 28+10 rebs, Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 9 Tywain McKee 7
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 14, Darnell Wilson 11


EuroChallenge: Okapi wins but it is not enough to qualify, Giants lose and do not reach next stage - by Bert Larsimont
After the close win over Szolnoki Olajbanyasz on Feb. 7th and last week's local carnival, the Aalst citizens and fans have hoped to see their favorite team Generali Okapi Aalstar reach the next stage of the EuroChallenge: the quarter-finals. With a record of 3 wins and 2 losses in Group J, Okapi's visitors of Elan Chalon-sur-Saone made everything they could to stay in the race under the lead of US small forward Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, college: Loyola, IL) in the first quarter of the game. Okapi Aalstar of coach Brad Dean were in front at the end of the first quarter: 25-19. Thanks to the very efficient job done by the US quatuor Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan) (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, 10 pts at the half), Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado, 9 pts at the half), Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP, 9 pts at the half) and Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, college: Maine, 8 pts at the half), Okapi Aalstar stayed in front until the end of the second quarter despite last efforts by Elan's Michel Jean Baptiste Adolphe: 43-38. On the French side of Elan Chalon, Blake Schilb had scored 17 pts and hit 7/7 from two-point range before the break. 13 fouls had been called against Elan Chalon in the first half.

Christopher Copeland but also Belgian duo Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) and Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) allowed Okapi to remain ahead after the third quarter: 60-54. After a 9-0 run in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Okapi seemed to have everything under control. And Okapi's US star Christopher Copeland kept scoring from all ranges in the fourth quarter, leaving no chance to Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91), Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) and co. of Elan Chalon. Christopher Young and Nate Fox remained strong in the paint (offensively as well as defensively) but the great performance of the night has been the 10 pts, 6 rebs and 1 ast of Belgian 20-year old talent Ruben Luyten. The margin reached 20 points at the end of the game as Okapi Aalstar was simply unstoppable tonight: 84-64.

All four teams in Group J of the FIBA EuroChallenge 2012 finish with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses but Szolnoki Olajbanyasz and Elan Chalon-sur-Saone, thanks to better overall scoring records, will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Best scorers:

Okapi Aalstar: Ruben Luyten 10, Christopher Copeland 25, Stefon Jackson 12, Nate Fox 8, Chris Young 18.
Elan Chalon: Blake Schilb 25, Steed Tchicamboud 7.

In Group L, Triumph Lyubertsy of acting head coach Vasiliy Karasev left no chance to the Port of Antwerp Giants of coach Eddy Casteels today. Triumph needed a nice win at home to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition alive. Thanks to an amazing defense, the Russian side was already well ahead at half-time: 46-33. Led by a well present Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) and a fantastic Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) in offense (28 pts and 10 rebs today), Triumph Lyubertsy easily won the game in Moscow in front of an attendance of 1500 basketball fans: 79-60. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) scored 14 pts and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) had 11 pts and 7 rebs for the losing side.

The Giants, with a score of 2 wins and 4 defeats, will not reach the quarter-final stage while Triumph Lyubertsy, thanks to the win of the German side Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck over the Turks of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir 95-88 in the last game of Group L, qualifies for the quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge 2012.

Score evolution: 26-17, 46-33, 60-49 and 79-60.

Best scorers:

Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 28, Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 9.
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 14, Darnell Wilson 11, Salah Mejri 9.





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Vivo/Franca fails to reach second stage in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca celebrated its first victory in Liga Americas and at the same time avoided last place in Group A. Vivo/Franca handed 89-83 loss to Fuerza Regia, so both teams finished with 1-2 record, but the Brazilian squad is No.3 and Mexicans are No.4. However, both teams failed to reach the next stage. Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) exploded with 34 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in this victory. He reached valuation 41. In Fuerza Regia, Hiram Fuller shined with 26 points and 17 rebs (valuation 37). Quarters: 25-20, 23-21, 20-28, 21-14.
In the second game, La Union was better than Vivo/Franca 92-75. La Union got 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Joe Smith. Gregory Lewis had monster double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds. At the other side, William William Drudi (206-C/F-81) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 17-19, 28-25, 26-14, 21-17.
In the opening round, Mexican Pioneros handed 104-73 loss to Vivo/Franca. Robert Hornsby was the leading player in victory with 26 points. Jovan Harris (6 as) and Hector Hernandez (8 rebs) added 15 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and Edward Basden added 20 points, plus 6 boards. Quarters: 24-9, 24-19, 28-18, 28-27.


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Top Bulgarian players abroad based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket News
We bring you last week's top performances from Bulgarian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

#1. The best performed Bulgarian player this week who plays abroad is former international forward Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He led Szolnok to a victory over the seventh-ranked PVSK Pannon 84-74 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. Nikolov was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (16-3) is placed second in the A Division. It was Szolnok's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nikolov's first season with the team. Nikolov has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.9% (82-137), 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 73.7%. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010.

#2. The second best is former international center Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.). He contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 15th-ranked Phoenix Hagen 82-72 in the German BBL last Saturday. Homan scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. FC Bayern Muenchen (13-11) is placed seventh in the BBL. This year Homan has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 49.4% and FT: 46.3%. He is a naturalized American. Homan played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

#3. Number three best Bulgarian player abroad this week is former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.). Blakney contributed to a Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas 82-78 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He scored 5 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group L. Lokomotiv Kuban (3-2) is placed first in group L. Blakney's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. This year Blakney has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 48.8% (20-41) and FT: 73.9%. He is a naturalized American. Blakney played for the Bulgarian senior national team five years ago.

#4. Swingman Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Olin Edirne (5-14) to beat Tofas despite his good performance on Saturday. He recorded 11 points and added 6 assists in 33 minutes. But Olin Edirne Basketball (#13) was defeated 68-77 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) Tofas. This year Videnov has relatively solid stats: 15.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.8apg in the 12 games he played so far. He plays currently for the Bulgarian National Team.

#5. International guard Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) was not able to help the league outsider Unicaja Malaga (0-5) in their game against Real Madrid in the Euroleague. Rowland scored 5 points and added 3 assists. But the fourth-placed Unicaja Malaga (0-5) was crushed 65-86 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Real Madrid in the group F of Euroleague. So far Unicaja Malaga lost all five games in the Top 16. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. His overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg. Rowland is a naturalized American.

#6. Center Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (16-15) in their game against Sundsvall Dragons in the Swedish Basketligan despite his very good performance on Friday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Solna Vikings (#7) was edged in an overtime 96-98 in Sundsvall by the higher-ranked (#3) Sundsvall Dragons. It was Solna Vikings' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. His total stats are: 9.2ppg and 5.5rpg in the 31 games. Doychinov is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

#7. Former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-F/G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) was the main contributor in a Stade Clermont's victory against the 11th-ranked Lievin Basket 79-75 in the French NM1 (third division) last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Naydenov scored 23 points. Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (8-15) is placed 15th in the NM1. This year Naydenov has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg and 2.6rpg.

#8. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (6-15) in their game against FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB. He scored 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (#17) was defeated 56-71 in Badalona by the higher-ranked (#14) FIATC Joventut. It was Asefa Estudiantes' sixth consecutive loss in a row. His total stats are: 6.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 21 games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

#9. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) couldn't help Feni Indistrija (17-4) in their game against MZT Skopje in the FYR Macedonian Superleague. Lilov scored 8 points. But Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (#2) was badly defeated 71-90 in Skopje by the leading MZT Skopje. It was Feni Indistrija's first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Lilov overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg.



There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Bulgarian passport:

#1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Olympiakos' victory against the ninth-ranked Aris 85-66 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (18-1) is placed first in the A1. It was Olympiakos' 15th consecutive victory in a row. It's Antic's first season with the team. This year Antic averages: 7.1ppg and 4.6rpg in the 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian as he used to play in Bulgaria. Antic previously played for the FYR Macedonian National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.

#2. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed to a Chalon/Saor's victory against the sixth-ranked Le Mans 80-77 in the French ProA last Friday. Evtimov recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (16-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was Chalon/Saor's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Evtimov averages: 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French as he used to play in Bulgaria. Evtimov previously played for the French National Team.

#3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was the main contributor in a Torus Skopje's victory against the fifth-ranked Kumanovo 2009 98-94 in the FYR Macedonian Superleague last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Karadzovski scored 25 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. KK Torus Skopje (14-7) is placed third in the Superleague. Karadzovski is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). This year he has very good stats: 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities. He previously played for the FYR Macedonian National Team.

#4. Riste Stefanov (198-G-81, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help Ilysiakos (7-12) in their game against Panathinaikos in the Greek A1. He second best scorer with 9 points. Stefanov also added in just 10 minutes. But Ilysiakos Athens (#9) was crushed 58-90 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Panathinaikos. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Stefanov averages: 1.8ppg in the six games. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian as he used to play in Bulgaria. Stefanov previously played for the FYR Macedonian National Team.




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Tyrone Levett named NBL Canada Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen are pleased to announce that 6'6'', 215-pound forward, Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), has been named the National Basketball League of Canada's Player of the Week.
'Tyrone has been playing tremendous basketball,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'He has positioned himself as a leader both on and off the court and is extremely deserving of his honour.'

NBL Canada has stated that it was Levett's stellar play and consistent scoring that helped the Rainmen move into second place that earned him the award.

'I'm excited for this honour,' says Levett. 'I see it as a team achievement because I couldn't have reached it without the hard work of my teammates and our fantastic coaching staff.'

Levett is the third Rainmen player to be named NBL Canada Player of the Week this season. Justin Johnson earned the award on December 12 and Joey Haywood earned it on November 13.

The Rainmen will play in Moncton tonight at 7 p.m., and will return to the Metro Centre on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. to once again face the Miracles during their last regular season home game of the year.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Wilson Chandler to Italy? - by Christian Arrington
The story of where Chandler Wilson (203-F-87, college: De Paul) will go continues. According to the Denver Post, Chandler Wilson isn't willing to sign a one year contract with an NBA team. Chandler Wilson's agent has recently stated that he'd only sign a long term contract in the NBA and if the Chandler can't find a suitor for his services, Chandler is willing to go to Italy this spring. If this happens Chandler would be able to return to the NBA after the NBA playoffs is over as an unrestricted free agent and thus would be able to sign for any NBA team.

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Final 8: Game 1 - A precious win for AEK Larnakas - by Chris Mammides
The team of Coach Papadopoulos, Petrolina AEK Larnakas succeeded the most crucial home win of the season (until now) n after beating in Larnaka the team of Coach Linos Gavriel (76-66) in the opener of the second round of the Cyprus league the final 8, and in the best of three series.
The game begun with the finest signs for the visiting site of APOEL as the Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) performed his finest game in this quarter since he join forces, with APOEL, (12 points in 4.23 with astonishing stats as he had 1/2 in 2s, 2/2 in 3s and 4/4 free throws) the team of APOEL took a lead with as many as 11 points (10-21) 2.11 before the end of the 1st period, before Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) mainly cut the deficit to 19-26. Top man for the home team was Charron Fisher who finished this period with 8 points followed by Iakovos Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) who had perfect stats in the 4 minutes played, with 6 points. It was obvious that Coach Gavriel gave specific directions to his players to play the parameter as the 3/5 three pointers in this period was proving so. At the same time the shooting % of the two teams were a crucial factor as APOEL had 60% in compare to just 28% of AEK.
The 2nd period started with Adegboyes and McKays three pointers after the two free throws missed by Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84) and the score going up to 21-34 with APOEL augment not only towards the deficit but also its personal shooting skills which reached the amazing 67% while the home team fell to just 26%! Jovanovics 3p took the score to 25-37 after 4 points by Charron Fisher but as mentioned in the 1st period due to AEKs invisible defense on the parameter, APOEL players were partying from the 6.75 line and AEK was facing a dead end from an early beginning. So at that particular moment Coach Papadopoulos replaced the 4 out of 5 players in court Charron Fisher, Michael Harrison, Iakovos Panteli and Hart with Garcia, Subotic, Kandic and Karim with 4 minutes to the end of the first half. Karims 5 consecutive points and another jumper by Charron Fisher who replaced Garcia in no time cut the deficit to 32-39, 3 to the end of the 1st half. Kandic, Iakovos Panteli and Karim missed the three pointers attended but APOEL missed the chance to increase its own deficit, so Charron Fisher punished them and cut the deficit even more with his 16th point to 34-41 which was the final score of the first half. APOELs shooting % were still great from the arc as the 75% and the 6/8 in a road game is really rear while the home team had only 23% from the arc with 3/13 while its free throws were awful too as with 11/19 and a 58% cant win the game in compare to the 9/10 from APOELs players from the charity line. Lastly, the rebounding area was 9-18 for APOEL another factor from which one could identify the reasons of the deficit
The 3rd period started with an opening basket by Michael Harrison to cut the deficit to five (36-41) after quite some time, but Jovanovic and Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (goal-foul) brought the game to its normal deficit after scoring 5p in less than 15 seconds. Subotics awful performance continued, as he missed another 3 shots in less than 2 minutes giving the chance to Gavriels players to increase their deficit to 13 points (36-49). It was obvious that APOEL wanted the victory more than the home team and with Subotic in a dreadful shape the chances for AEK to succeed something better than a negative result in their home court, were less to none.
All of a sudden though, and as if Iakovos Panteli woke up from a snooze, with 5 consecutive points and another basket by Michael Harrison, AEK cut the deficit to 6 points (43-49) with 5.57 to the end of the 3rd period and with Linos Gavriel forced to get a time-out as he saw that the deficit he developed with hard work to vanish in exactly 1.32. Charron Fisher and Michael Harrison missed their tries and Sims with a new 3p increase the difference to 12 points, 4.03 to the end (44-56). With 3 of 4 free throws due to bench technical foul against APOEL, the home team cut the deficit to 9 and then to 6 due to another goal-foul earned by Iakovos Panteli who was together with Charron Fisher the top performer for AEK. Michael Harrison and Karim cut the deficit even more to the single basket (56-58) in 28 to the end of the period but AEKs inconsistency in the rebounding area nearly cost the team, fortunately for them Michael Cuffee and Jovanovic missed the shotw while Subotic brought the game in an absolute balance by the end of the period. AEK played wiser in this period but it was obvious that APOELs key players like McKay and Hawkins with Sims were not in their best, up until the specific minute as with a total of 17 points from the 3 players Coach Gavriel couldnt expect something better.
In the 4th period, the momentum seemed as if was changed since Karim, Iakovos Panteli and Subotic score 7 unanswered points to take the game to 65-58, 6.06 to the end of the game with APOEL remaining pointless in a crucial part of the game. AEK has outscored APOEL by 21-6 the last 8 minutes of the game APOEL return into the game after the first points by Vukasin Mandic who scored for the last time in the first period! While Michael Cuffee added another 2 points followed by Vukasin Mandic who did the same to bring the score to the point, 65-64 4.55 to the thrilling end.
The two teams were very nervous and they lost four offences each, before Karim succeeds in the 1 of 2 free throws for the 66-64, 3.16 to the end. Charron Fisher then scored his 21st point by a goal-foul earned by Sims, to take the score to 69-64, 2.31 to the end of the game. The momentum was changed for sure as AEK was controlling the game and with the rejuvenation of Michael Harrison and Iakovos Panteli but also the mature game by Charron Fisher was closer than ever to the victory especially after the new turnover by Michael Cuffee and Harissons new dunk for the 73-66, 1.51 to the end. APOELs psychology was lost and Gavriels players in the most crucial part of the game added the anarchy in their game which was resulted to many turnovers while they missed the last seven field goal shots and 8 consecutive 3pointers and AEK by not being better than APOEL, kept its psychology and won the game at the end as it succeed to outscored the Nicosia team by 24-8 in the last 11.40 of the game!
Top scorers:
AEK: Charron Fisher 23 points and 4 rebounds, Iakovos Panteli 17points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist, Karim 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Michael Harrison 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 block shots and 2 steals.
APOEL: Vukasin Mandic 16, Michael Cuffee 14 points and 4 rebounds, Jovanovic 10 points and 5 rebounds



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EuroChallenge: Nizhny Novrogod beat BK Pardubice, both farewell to the tournament - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novrogod-BK Pardubice 86:65

Nizhny Novrogod beat BK Pardubice, both farewell to EuroChallenge with 1-5 records. The Russian team celebrated a 86:65 victory for the initial success in Group K.
Both teams desired to finish the tournament on a high note. The hosts however even wanted to win the initial game and they managed to do that. Nizhny Novrogod started with a 14-0 run and never looked behind. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) and Opoku closed the period at 25:3 and Nelyubov scored for 31:5. They continued to chip away at the lead, and Zbynek Pospisil (205-F/C-81) had the last word in the second half to make it 39:23. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) brought 41:25 and Artem Yakovenko delivered two for 47:30. Nizhny Novrogod won the third period 24-17 and then BK Pardubice replied with 23-21 in the last stanza.
Nemanja Protic top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 14. Artem Yakovenko posted 11, while Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) netted 8. Petr Bohacik (204-F-85) delivered 22 in the losing effort, while Zbynek Pospisil notched 12.

Nizhny Novrogod: Nemanja Protic 28, Ivan Paunic 14, Artem Yakovenko 11, Semen Antonov 8
BK Pardubice: Petr Bohacik 22, Zbynek Pospisil 12


EuroCup: Nymburk thrash Gravelines to advance into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Nymburk 61:91

Nymburk advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They marched past Gravelines in France and capitalized on VEF Riga loss to Valencia at home court to clinch the second position in Group I. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Nymburk.
Nymburk enjoyed a strong start to the game. They unloaded 25 points in the first quarter to take a 3-point lead. Nymburk led throughout the second term. The Czech powerhouse established a 46:36 halftime advantage. Gravelines that entered the game with no chance of progressing into the next stage allowed the visitors to dictate the pace after the big break. Nymburk registered a comfortable 69:49 lead with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) contributed 19 points, while Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) added 14 points each in the win. Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) answered with 14 points for Gravelines. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) had 11 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Yannick Bokolo 14, Ludovic Vaty 11
Nymburk: Lamayne Wilson 22, Pavel Pumprla 19, Petr Benda 14, A.J. Abrams 14




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Warriors assign Jeremy Tyler to Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors assigned Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91) to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League on Monday, hoping to get the rookie big man some consistent playing time.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound 20-year-old has played in only 14 of the Warriors' 30 games, including one appearance since Feb. 12. Dakota plays five games in the next seven nights.

'I wanted him to be around me and us, so we could develop him as a basketball player and a professional for the first half of the season,' head coach Mark Jackson said. 'I think we've done a very good job of protecting him. Now, he's ready to go down there.'

Tyler, a second-round pick whom the Warriors purchased from Charlotte for $2 million, has averaged 1.9 points per game.

Before the season, Tyler said, 'I know I've got a lot to prove, but the D-League is not in my membrane, and I don't think it will get there.'

Jackson said Tyler's mind-set hasn't changed.

'As a young player, he was somewhat dejected about it, but he was more than respectful,' Jackson said. 'He shouldn't view it as a demotion. This is an opportunity to get some games under his belt and show his worth.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Grizzlies recall Josh Selby from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The 19-15 Memphis Grizzlies have decided they miss guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) and have brought him back from another dimension.

The Grizzlies today recalled Selby from the Reno Bighorns, the teams NBA Development League affiliate, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced.

Selby (6-2, 183) saw action in four games with the Bighorns, including one start, and averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.25 steals in 31.0 minutes. He shot .483 from the field, .500 from three-point territory and .714 from the free throw line.

He has averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 assists on .389 shooting in 10.3 minutes in 18 games during his rookie season with the Grizzlies. The 20-year-old was selected by Memphis in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Baltimore native posted 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 appearances last year as a freshman at Kansas.

The Grizzlies host the Dallas Mavericks in the first game since the All-Star break on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at FedExForum.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Mad Ants shuffle roster again - by Eurobasket News
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are doing the post All-Star shuffle.

The Ants brought back guard Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87, college: S.Carolina) from an ankle injury and signed newcomers Kevin Coble (6'8''-F-87) and Ben McCauley (6'9''-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.).

Changes were needed after injuries forced the team to waive Sean Sonderleiter (6'9''-C-80, agency: VVG Sports, college: Iowa) and Sadiel Rojas (6'4''-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan). The Ants also waived Mike Tisdale (7'1''-C-89, college: Illinois) due to personal reasons.

Downey played well with the Ants when he arrived three weeks ago before injuring his knee and going on the waived due to injury list. He'll join Tory Jackson and Travis Walton as available point guards for the team.

Coble, a 6-foot-8 forward from Northwestern, averaged 15.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his final season as a junior. He suffered a foot injury and did not return to play as a senior or fifth-year senior. He led the team in scoring and rebounding his three years of playing in the Big Ten.

McCauley, a 6-9 forward from North Carolina State, spent the last two seasons playing overseas. He has been in the summer league with the Lakers and Magic, and averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds NC State in his senior season.

The new players will be in uniform when the Ants (10-25) play at Erie (15-17) at 7 tonight. Fort Wayne starts a six-game home stand with a game against Dakota (17-14) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.co


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Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. New York W. 8-1 
 2. HV Hype 6-1 
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-5 
 4. NYC Jaguars 0-9 
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 10-0 
 2. Harrisburg H. 3-4 
 3. Washington M. 3-4 
 4. NoVa Hawks 2-5 
 5. Winchester S. 2-6 


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League updates - by Khaled El Saied
After the Egyptian basketball League was stopped for more than a month due to football match crisis the Egyptian federation decided to resume the league in March 16, 2012 however slight changes might be done in the games schedule as it will be shortened.some of the teams had released their foreigners Al Ittihad released Jamar and Shorta-Police done the same with Jonathan Huffman, Gezira , Olympi.

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Kalev/Cramo adds Anthony Nelson, releases Bozeman and Varbanov - by Janar
The representatives of Estonian champion BC Kalev/Cramo have confirmed that both Solomon Bozeman and Nikolay Varbanov will not play for the team any more. Bozeman has left Estonia, Varbanov is still with the team an will posiibly be loaned to some other Estonian team. Bozeman played 2 games for Kalev/Cramo, averaging only 6 points. Varbanov fell out of favour of the coaches already at the beginning of the season. He played 39 games for the team, averaging 5.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in less than 13 minutes per game.

On TUesday, the team announced the signing of another player, Anthony Nelson (185-G-89), who made solid career in University of Niagara, averaging 15.4pts, 5.0 rbs and 5.1 ass last season, being the best scorer for the team. Superstars including Joe Arlauckas, Calvin Murphy and Larry Costello have also graduated Niagara.


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Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group I
 1. Ventspils 4-2 
 2. Roanne 3-3 
 3. EWE Baskets 3-3 
 4. Leiden 2-4 
Group J
 1. Chalon 3-3 
 2. Szolnok 3-3 
 3. Telekom Baskets 3-3 
 4. Aalstar 3-3 
Group K
 1. Fuenlabrada 6-0 
 2. Besiktas 4-2 
 3. N.Novgorod 1-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 1-5 
Group L
 1. Art.Dragons 5-1 
 2. Triumph 3-3 
 3. Karsiyaka 2-4 
 4. Antwerp 2-4 


EuroChallenge: Okapi wins but it is not enough to qualify, Giants lose and do not reach next stage - by Bert Larsimont
After the close win over Szolnoki Olajbanyasz on Feb. 7th and last week's local carnival, the Aalst citizens and fans have hoped to see their favorite team Generali Okapi Aalstar reach the next stage of the EuroChallenge: the quarter-finals. With a record of 3 wins and 2 losses in Group J, Okapi's visitors of Elan Chalon-sur-Saone made everything they could to stay in the race under the lead of US small forward Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, college: Loyola, IL) in the first quarter of the game. Okapi Aalstar of coach Brad Dean were in front at the end of the first quarter: 25-19. Thanks to the very efficient job done by the US quatuor Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan) (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan, 10 pts at the half), Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado, 9 pts at the half), Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP, 9 pts at the half) and Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, college: Maine, 8 pts at the half), Okapi Aalstar stayed in front until the end of the second quarter despite last efforts by Elan's Michel Jean Baptiste Adolphe: 43-38. On the French side of Elan Chalon, Blake Schilb had scored 17 pts and hit 7/7 from two-point range before the break. 13 fouls had been called against Elan Chalon in the first half.

Christopher Copeland but also Belgian duo Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) and Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) allowed Okapi to remain ahead after the third quarter: 60-54. After a 9-0 run in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Okapi seemed to have everything under control. And Okapi's US star Christopher Copeland kept scoring from all ranges in the fourth quarter, leaving no chance to Joffrey Lauvergne (210-F-91), Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) and co. of Elan Chalon. Christopher Young and Nate Fox remained strong in the paint (offensively as well as defensively) but the great performance of the night has been the 10 pts, 6 rebs and 1 ast of Belgian 20-year old talent Ruben Luyten. The margin reached 20 points at the end of the game as Okapi Aalstar was simply unstoppable tonight: 84-64.

All four teams in Group J of the FIBA EuroChallenge 2012 finish with a record of 3 wins and 3 losses but Szolnoki Olajbanyasz and Elan Chalon-sur-Saone, thanks to better overall scoring records, will qualify for the quarter-finals.

Best scorers:

Okapi Aalstar: Ruben Luyten 10, Christopher Copeland 25, Stefon Jackson 12, Nate Fox 8, Chris Young 18.
Elan Chalon: Blake Schilb 25, Steed Tchicamboud 7.

In Group L, Triumph Lyubertsy of acting head coach Vasiliy Karasev left no chance to the Port of Antwerp Giants of coach Eddy Casteels today. Triumph needed a nice win at home to keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition alive. Thanks to an amazing defense, the Russian side was already well ahead at half-time: 46-33. Led by a well present Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) and a fantastic Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) in offense (28 pts and 10 rebs today), Triumph Lyubertsy easily won the game in Moscow in front of an attendance of 1500 basketball fans: 79-60. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) scored 14 pts and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) had 11 pts and 7 rebs for the losing side.

The Giants, with a score of 2 wins and 4 defeats, will not reach the quarter-final stage while Triumph Lyubertsy, thanks to the win of the German side Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck over the Turks of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir 95-88 in the last game of Group L, qualifies for the quarter-finals of the EuroChallenge 2012.

Score evolution: 26-17, 46-33, 60-49 and 79-60.

Best scorers:

Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 28, Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 9.
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 14, Darnell Wilson 11, Salah Mejri 9.





The End of the EuroChallenge Top 16 Stage - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Leiden - EWE Baskets 76-71
Leiden shock EWE Baskets in Holland at the last game of EuroChallenge Group I. The Dutch side produced a 76:71 for 2-4 record. The German team fell at 3-3 and did not make it to the last round. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 24. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) who scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) who recorded 26 points. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Ventspils - Roanne 94-92
BK Ventspils clinched the Quarterfinal birth as they won the overtime thriller over Roanne Basket. The Latvian team grabbed 94:92 victory for 4-2 record, while the French side fell at 3-3. The victory in the game meant the ticket to the next stage for both teams. They exchanged the lead several times in the opening period as Young brought 19:17 at the end of it. Diane and Meiers improved to 39:33, while Jackson closed the half at 39:35. Moreover Mokongo tied the game at 52:52 at the end of the third quarter. The board also showed the even numbers when the teams finished 40 minutes of the game. Later in overtime Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) gave the guests 84:81 lead, while Todd Abernethy (185-PG-84, college: Mississippi) scored the last five points for his team to clinch the victory. Young led the way with 25 points and Todd Abernethy notched 18. Diane posted 13, while Gray delivered 11. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi ended up with 28 points in the losing effort. Holland produced 21, whilst Page added 17.

Group J
Aalstar - Chalon 84-64
Chalon wins unpredictable Group J campaign after 64:84 loss in Belgium. The French team as well as three other finished with 3-3 record, but on top. They together with Szolnoki Olaj advanced to the Quarterfinals of the tournament. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Chalon/Saor managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot 60.4 percent from the field and had 21 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Chalon/Saor only scored two points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) who recorded 25 points and 4 steals and Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 4 points and 6 rebounds respectively.

Szolnok - Telekom Baskets 96-94
Szolnoki Olaj edged Telekom Baskets in a thriller as both teams finished EuroChallenge Group J with 3-3 record. The Hungarian team celebrated a 96:94 win due to the last seven points from the free throw line. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the first period and then Gaffney scored four points in a row for 28:25 advantage. Gay tied the game at 40:40, while Ensminger and Battle brought 50:44 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with 28-15 in it. They did not mind 24-29 in the last stanza to win the thriller. Nikolov top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Horvath notched 19. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) delivered 18 and Mills chipped in with 13. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) ended up with 26 points in the losing effort and Serapinas nailed 16. Ensminger, Veikalas and Battle netted 12 points apiece in defeat.

Group K
Besiktas - Fuenlabrada 77-78
Fuenlabrada wins Group K in style as they remained undefeated after the trip to Turkey. The Spanish outfit overcame Besiktas Milangaz 78:77 as both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. The Turkish side finished second with 4-2 record. The Spanish team looked awesome in the start of the game and scored the first 8 points in the game. Penney closed the period from the perimeter at 25:12 and Mainoldi brought 27:15 early in the second. The quarter however was dominated by the home side that took 40:39 after Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington)'s shot. Morrison and Pops Mensah-Bonsu increased to 57:44, but the hosts lost the game. Trailing 13 points in the start of the last stanza Fuenlabrada bounced back with a 9-0 run and Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) reduced at 66:62. Another 8-0 run allowed the guests to tie the game at 74:74. Saul Blanco made the last four free throws in the game for the final result. Mainoldi top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Saul Blanco collected 12 points and 11 boards. Hall produced 11, whilst Sanchez netted 10. Pops Mensah-Bonsu erupted with 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Hawkins and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) notched 15 apiece, whilst Morrison scored 11.

N.Novgorod - BK Pardubice 86-65
Nizhny Novrogod beat BK Pardubice, both farewell to EuroChallenge with 1-5 records. The Russian team celebrated a 86:65 victory for the initial success in Group K. Both teams desired to finish the tournament on a high note. The hosts however even wanted to win the initial game and they managed to do that. Nizhny Novrogod started with a 14-0 run and never looked behind. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) and Opoku closed the period at 25:3 and Nelyubov scored for 31:5. They continued to chip away at the lead, and Zbynek Zbynek Pospisil (205-F/C-81) had the last word in the second half to make it 39:23. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) brought 41:25 and Artem Yakovenko delivered two for 47:30. Nizhny Novrogod won the third period 24-17 and then BK Pardubice replied with 23-21 in the last stanza. Nemanja Protic top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Paunic added 14. Artem Yakovenko posted 11, while Antonov netted 8. Bohacik delivered 22, while Zbynek Pospisil notched 12.

Group L
Art.Dragons - Karsiyaka 95-88
Dragons send Karsiyaka packing as they beat them in Germany. The hosts celebrated a 95:88 win to finish with 5-1 record on top and advanced to the Quarterfinals. Karsiyaka needed the win to advance but finished on the last spot with 2-4 record. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Artland Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. American-German swingman Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Artland Dragons and five Karsiyaka players scored in double figures.

Triumph - Antwerp 79-60
Triumph Lyubertsy improved to 3-3 record in Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian team overcame Antwerp Giants 79:60 as the latter farewell to the tournament with 2-4 record. Triumph's destiny will be decided however in another game. Triumph now need Artland Dragons to beat Pinar Karsiyaka to advance. Triumph Lyubertsy started with 26:17 in the opening period and continued their dominance. They added 20-16 in the second frame as Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) closed the half at 46:33. Antwerp Giants won the third period 16-14, while the hosts replied with 19-11 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Davon Jefferson paced all the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Karasev netted 19. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 9 and McKee notched 7. Hopkins ended up with 14 points for the visiting side and Wilson posted 11.




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Eurocup Round: 6 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
VEF Riga - Valencia 71-82
Valencia showed no mercy in Riga tonight. The Spanish team overcame VEF Riga denying the hosts a chance to advance into EuroCup quarterfinals. Valencia in the meantime celebrated the sixth straight win in Group I and cruised into the next round. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) provided 20 points for the winners. VEF Riga had to win to qualify for the playoffs. They started the game aggressively taking a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. But Valencia gradually took over starting from the second quarter. The visitors cut the deficit to 3 points at the interval 32:35. Valencia pulled ahead in the third term. The visitors secured a 55:52 lead with one quarter remaining. The margin grew at double figures midway through the final term. VEF Riga fought desperately to save the encounter but Valencia stayed calm in the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) posted 13 points, while Rodrigo San Miguel had 9 points in the win. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters had 16 points in the loss.

Gravelines - CEZ Nymburk 61-91
Nymburk advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They marched past Gravelines in France and capitalized on VEF Riga loss to Valencia at home court to clinch the second position in Group I. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Nymburk. Nymburk enjoyed a strong start to the game. They unloaded 25 points in the first quarter to take a 3-point lead. Nymburk led throughout the second term. The Czech powerhouse established a 46:36 halftime advantage. Gravelines that entered the game with no chance of progressing into the next stage allowed the visitors to dictate the pace after the big break. Nymburk registered a comfortable 69:49 lead with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) contributed 19 points, while Petr Benda and A.J. Abrams added 14 points each in the win. Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) answered with 14 points for Gravelines. Ludovic Vaty had 11 points in the loss.

Group J
ASVEL - Khimky 79-83
Khimky finished EuroCup Last 16 round on a winning note. They defeated Asvel in France tonight to claim the second position in Group J. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners. Khimky left the hosts behind in the starting quarter. The Russian team accumulated a 23:14 lead at the first break. The gap grew in the second quarter. Khimky enjoyed a 44:27 halftime advantage. The visitors stayed aggressive in the third term. They boosted the gap to as many as 19 points 67:48. But Asvel unleashed 31 points in the fourth period to sweeten the pill at the end. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had 14 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko added 11 points for the winners. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) provided 22 points each in the loss.

Aris - BC Donetsk 66-77
BC Donetsk registered the fifth win in EuroCup Last 16. They defeated Aris on the road tonight to win Group J. Aris in the meantime fell at 1-5 record after the loss. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge. BC Donetsk set the tone early. They grabbed a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Ukrainian powerhouse maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 41:34. BC Donetsk boosted the margin in the third term. They entered the final quarter leading by as many as 17 points. Aris went on a rally in the final term but it was too little too late to save the game. Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 11 points each in the victory. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 19 points for Aris. Sam Muldrow accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Group K
Buducnost - Krka 63-58
Buducnost registered the third win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off Krka in Group K to clinch the second place in the ladder. Buducnost will now play in EuroCup quarterfinals. Krka fell at 1-5 record and remained in the last place in the standings. Both teams needed to win to stay in the race. The hosts managed to take an upper hand from the start. Buducnost posted a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Krka however slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. The Slovenian side narrowed the deficit to 3 points at the interval 35:38. Buducnost stiffened defence in the third quarter. They limited Krka to 11 points in the period and gained a 52:46 lead with ten minutes to go. The teams combined for just 23 points in the final term as Buducnost hung on for a narrow win at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points each for the home team. Cedomir Vitkovac added 11 points for the Montenegrin side. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) answered with 14 points each for Krka.

Banvit BK - Spartak SP 68-61
Banvit wrapped up their EuroCup Last 16 campaign on a high note. They handed Spartak SP the first defeat at the tournament but still failed to advance into the next round. Buducnost outgunned Krka in a parallel game and clinched the second spot in Group F. Banvit remained in the third position just outside the playoff zone. Spartak in the meantime remained on top of the standings despite the loss. Spartak felt at home in the first half. The group leaders dominated in the first twenty minutes taking a 38:32 halftime advantage. Banvit however turned things upside down in the third period. The hosts limited Spartak to 8 points and surged ahead for a 50:46 lead. Banvit continued to stay aggressive defensively and did not allow Spartak to get any closer in the final frame. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) fired 18 points to lead the effort. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) and Charles Davis added 12 points each in the victory. Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) and Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) responded with 16 points each for Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Group L
Lokomotiv - ALBA 73-70
Lokomotiv Kuban advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They defeated ALBA in the last round of Last 16 action to clinch the top position in Group L. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead the Krasnodar team. Lokomotiv stormed into the game. The hosts accumulated a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. ALBA however stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Berlin outfit narrowed the gap to 7 points at halftime 34:41. ALBA got within a single point with ten minutes remaining 51:52. ALBA spurred in front at the start of the final stanza. Lokomotiv quickly regained the lead but could not avoid heart-stopping dying seconds. The visitors narrowed the deficit to just 2 points before Lokomotiv escaped with a difficult win at the end. Roderick Blakney (184-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Grigori Shukhovtsov and Ali Traore had 9 points each in the win. ALBA answered with 19 points from DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). Bryce Taylor had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Benetton TV - Lietuvos rytas 74-80
Lietuvos Rytas edged Benetton in a crucial EuroCup Last 16 Group L battle in Treviso tonight. The victory propelled the Vilnius team into EuroCup quarterfinals. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners. Benetton got eliminated from the tournament with the loss. Benetton enjoyed a narrow 23:22 lead after the starting quarter. The teams exchanged the lead throughout the second quarter. Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 43:42 lead at the interval. The close game continued in the third term. The lead changed hands before Bulleri made it 59:57 for the hosts with one quarter remaining. The teams remained within striking distance till the final seconds however key points from Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92), Babrauskas and Rice brought a valuable win for the visitors. Jonas Valanciunas provided 17 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 15 points in the victory. Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts) replied with 17 points for Benetton. Sani Becirovic and Marcus Goree netted 12 points each in the loss.




Eurocup Last 16: A Brief Look - by Uygar Karaca
Very interesting Eurocup Last 16 campaign we have experienced and some drama involved in the last week. Here is a brief summary of what have happened in last 2 months:

1- Ex-Soviet Domination: During last 3-4 years, we see the Spanish domination at the second best clubwise cup in Europe, however, this time the crown goes to Russia and Ukranie. Khimky Moscow, Spartak St. Petersburg, Donetsk and Lokomotiv Kuban are among the teams that got a place in the quarter final playoffs and plus, most of them with home advantage.

2-Breathtaking Finishes: Last week of Eurocup Last 16 campaign was not without excitement. At 3 groups, we learned who will advance at the final sirens from yesterday evening. Buducnost and Nymburk got the quarterfinal tickets with wins and VEF Riga lost against already advanced Valencia and said goodbye to this years' European campaign.

3-French and Greek Defeat: Nobody could understand what exactly happened to Gravelines. They were close to remember their glorious days at Europe with a very good regular season performance. Every team can have bad times though, finishing the group without wins while leading the French league is some hard to understand. With Le Mans, Cholet and Asvel, i bet French will not want to remember this years' Eurocup. Total breakdown. One should not forget to mention about Aris, who were eliminated just a stage after their arc rivals PAOK without much resistance.

4-It Was Close: Banvit and VEF Riga made the biggest improvements of their recent European Cup history. In fact, Banvit managed to be the first team to beat Spartak St. Petersburg in this years' Eurocup campagin but the efforts were in vain. The points differential, considering their matchup with rival Buducnost, meant that the team from Podgorica, with a win against Krka Novo Mesto, would advance. And that was the way, how things were like at the last day. What to say to VEF Riga. It was an honourable effort from Latvia, which we did not see for a long time with a Lithuanian legendary player and now coach Rimas Kurtinaitis. Nobody can deny that there is a great improvement there from the teams without very big bugdets although no place was booked for them in the quarterfinal playoffs.

5- Stability. CEZ Nymburk. Some time ago, they became a team that was hard to beat away. Now, they became one of the strongest. They are at the Last 8 like that did in 2009-2010, constantly improving behind a considerable budget with a well planned strategy and a stable squad with a coach from inside, the team who represents Czech Basketball, is an example to follow.

6- To the Commentator Box: Sasha Djordjevic. For last couple of years, Sasha Djordjevic was a co-commentator for a TV Channel and this year he decided to be a participant as a coach. The job was not easy because Benetton was the one who walk into the Final Four Round last year and the pressure seems, was too heavy for Mr. Djordjevic. Rather, a very important coach from Serbia, Alexander Dzikic showed himself at Eurocup after guiding Krka Novo Mesto to Eurochallange crown last year, this time with Lietuvos Rytas.

7- Welcome back. Buducnost. The last time that they were really successful at Europe was 2000-2001 season where they played against Real Madrid at 1/8 final at Euroleague and then they were nearly lost. Now, with their long time coach Dejan Randonjic and youngsters like Bojan Dubljevic, a well deserved last 8 place again. We don't see any kind of superstars at that team, all in all they were once playing at Yugoslavian league.



Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Valencia 6-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 3-3 
 3. VEF Riga 3-3 
 4. Gravelines 0-6 
Group J
 1. BC Donetsk 5-1 
 2. Khimky 5-1 
 3. ASVEL 1-5 
 4. Aris 1-5 
Group K
 1. Spartak SP 5-1 
 2. Buducnost 3-3 
 3. Banvit BK 3-3 
 4. Krka 1-5 
Group L
 1. Lokomotiv 4-2 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 4-2 
 3. Benetton TV 3-3 
 4. ALBA 1-5 


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EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils clinched the Quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Roanne Basket 94:92 OT

BK Ventspils clinched the Quarterfinal birth as they won the overtime thriller over Roanne Basket. The Latvian team grabbed 94:92 victory for 4-2 record, while the French side fell at 3-3.
The victory in the game meant the ticket to the next stage for both teams. They exchanged the lead several times in the opening period as Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) brought 19:17 at the end of it. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) and Meiers improved to 39:33, while Jackson closed the half at 39:35. Moreover Mokongo tied the game at 52:52 at the end of the third quarter. The board also showed the even numbers when the teams finished 40 minutes of the game. Later in overtime Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) gave the guests 84:81 lead, while Todd Abernethy (185-PG-84, college: Mississippi) scored the last five points for his team to clinch the victory.
Jahmar Young led the way with 25 points and Todd Abernethy notched 18. Mamadi Diane posted 13, while Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) delivered 11. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi ended up with 28 points in the losing effort. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) produced 21, whilst Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 17.

BK Ventspils: Jahmar Young 25, Todd Abernethy 18, Mamadi Diane 13, Steven Gray 11
Roanne Basket: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 28, John Holland 21, Dylan Page 17


EuroCup: Nymburk thrash Gravelines to advance into quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Nymburk 61:91

Nymburk advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They marched past Gravelines in France and capitalized on VEF Riga loss to Valencia at home court to clinch the second position in Group I. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) knocked down 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace Nymburk.
Nymburk enjoyed a strong start to the game. They unloaded 25 points in the first quarter to take a 3-point lead. Nymburk led throughout the second term. The Czech powerhouse established a 46:36 halftime advantage. Gravelines that entered the game with no chance of progressing into the next stage allowed the visitors to dictate the pace after the big break. Nymburk registered a comfortable 69:49 lead with one quarter remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) contributed 19 points, while Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) and A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) added 14 points each in the win. Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) answered with 14 points for Gravelines. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) had 11 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Yannick Bokolo 14, Ludovic Vaty 11
Nymburk: Lamayne Wilson 22, Pavel Pumprla 19, Petr Benda 14, A.J. Abrams 14




EuroCup: Khimky prevail against Asvel - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Khimky 79:83

Khimky finished EuroCup Last 16 round on a winning note. They defeated Asvel in France tonight to claim the second position in Group J. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners.
Khimky left the hosts behind in the starting quarter. The Russian team accumulated a 23:14 lead at the first break. The gap grew in the second quarter. Khimky enjoyed a 44:27 halftime advantage. The visitors stayed aggressive in the third term. They boosted the gap to as many as 19 points 67:48. But Asvel unleashed 31 points in the fourth period to sweeten the pill at the end. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had 14 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) added 11 points for the winners. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) provided 22 points each in the loss.

Asvel: Dijon Thompson 22, Kim Tillie 22
Khimky: Thomas Kelati 17, Kresimir Loncar 14, Alexey Zhukanenko 11



EuroChallenge: Chalon wins unpredictable Group J campaign - by Eurobasket News
Aalstar - Chalon 84:64

Chalon wins unpredictable Group J campaign after 64:84 loss in Belgium. The French team as well as three other finished with 3-3 record, but on top. They together with Szolnoki Olaj advanced to the Quarterfinals of the tournament.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Chalon/Saor managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar shot 60.4 percent from the field and had 21 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Chalon/Saor only scored two points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Chalon/Saor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) who scored 25 points and 5 assists. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Blake Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) who recorded 25 points and 4 steals and Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 4 points and 6 rebounds respectively.

Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 25, Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) 18, Stefon Jackson 12, Ruben Luyten (195-F-91) 10
Chalon: Blake Schilb 25, Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) 7



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EnBW Ludwigsburg Keep Anthony Fisher Until End Of Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With EnBW Ludwigsburg fighting to stay in the Beko BBL, they followed Phoenix Hagen and the LTi Giessen 46ers by making moves for the stretch run by keeping Anthony Fisher (191-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) until the end of the season. Fisher who had had Beko BBL experience with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 2010 had had a 4 week try-out period with the Schwaben team and convined them for a contract extension. The American was averaging 11,2ppg in only 19 minutes per game. Fisher has shown that he can be a force on offense as he is currently the third best scorer in teh team after Matt Howard and Alex Harris.




EuroChallenge: Dragons send Karsiyaka packing - by Eurobasket News
Art.Dragons - Karsiyaka 95:88

Dragons send Karsiyaka packing as they beat them in Germany. The hosts celebrated a 95:88 win to finish with 5-1 record on top and advanced to the Quarterfinals. Karsiyaka needed the win to advance but finished on the last spot with 2-4 record.
The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Artland Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Artland Dragons and five Karsiyaka players scored in double figures.

Art.Dragons: Brandon Thomas 27, Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) 18, Adam Hess 17, Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) 12
Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 21, Ilkan Karaman 18+16rebs, Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 16, Batuk 13



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Bring In Jay-R Strowbridge - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Late Tuesday, the EWE Baskets got active on the transfer market slowly before the close by bring in Jay-R Strowbridge (180-PG-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) and signing him until the end of the season. Strowbridge is a 24 year old 180cm point guard from Ardmore, Alabama. He is a rookie and played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) where ex ratiopharm head coach Mike Taylor now works as an assistant coach. For the Vipers, the American was averaging 8,8ppg, 2,0rpg, and 3,5apg in 19 minutes per game. He played for three different schools in the NCAA starting with Nebraska (NCAA) where he played from 2006-2008. He then transfered to Jacksonville St. (NCAA) before closing out his NCAA career for Oregon (NCAA): 39 games: 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS: MVP of the Alabama High School North-South All-Star Game -05, HS: MVP of Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game -06, and Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals -11

Source: www.nwzonline.de


EuroChallenge: Leiden shock EWE Baskets in Holland - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - EWE Baskets 76:71

Leiden shock EWE Baskets in Holland at the last game of EuroChallenge Group I. The Dutch side produced a 76:71 for 2-4 record. The German team fell at 3-3 and did not make it to the last round.
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 24.
The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) who scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) who recorded 26 points. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Leiden: Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) 13, Thomas Jackson 13, Seamus Boxley 10
EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown 26, Ronald Burrell 14, Bahiense de Mello 10



EuroCup: Lokomotiv hold off ALBA, win Group L - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban - ALBA Berlin 73:70

Lokomotiv Kuban advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They defeated ALBA in the last round of Last 16 action to clinch the top position in Group L. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead the Krasnodar team.
Lokomotiv stormed into the game. The hosts accumulated a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. ALBA however stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Berlin outfit narrowed the gap to 7 points at halftime 34:41. ALBA got within a single point with ten minutes remaining 51:52. ALBA spurred in front at the start of the final stanza. Lokomotiv quickly regained the lead but could not avoid heart-stopping dying seconds. The visitors narrowed the deficit to just 2 points before Lokomotiv escaped with a difficult win at the end. Roderick Blakney (184-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Grigori Shukhovtsov (210-C-83) and Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) had 9 points each in the win. ALBA answered with 19 points from DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 23+12 boards, Roderick Blakney 13, Grigori Shukhovtsov 9, Ali Traore 9
ALBA Berlin: DaShaun Wood 19, Bryce Taylor 18+11 boards



EuroChallenge: Szolnoki Olaj edged Telekom Baskets in a thriller - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj- Telekom Baskets 96:94

Szolnoki Olaj edged Telekom Baskets in a thriller as both teams finished EuroChallenge Group J with 3-3 record. The Hungarian team celebrated a 96:94 win due to the last seven points from the free throw line. They will find out their destiny after the game Okapi Aalstar-Elan Chalon.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the first period and then Gaffney scored four points in a row for 28:25 advantage. Gay tied the game at 40:40, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.) brought 50:44 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with 28-15 in it. They did not mind 24-29 in the last stanza to win the thriller.
Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Akos Horvath (193-G/F-81) notched 19. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) delivered 18 and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) chipped in with 13. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) ended up with 26 points in the losing effort and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) nailed 16. Chris Ensminger, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) and Talor Battle netted 12 points apiece in defeat.

Szolnoki Olaj: Hristo Nikolov 21, Akos Horvath 19, Obie Trotter 18, Julien Mills 13
Telekom Baskets: Zvonko Buljan 26, Simonas Serapinas 16, Chris Ensminger 12, Benas Veikalas 12, Talor Battle 12


BV Chemnitz 99 Secure Head coach Felix Schreier Until 2014 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Basketball life is rosy in Chemnitz currently as the team is steering in the direction of the playoffs in 4th place with a record of 14-9 and the club announced today that they have come to an agreement with head coach Felix Schreier for the next two seasons with an option for a third season. The German started as an assistant coach with BV Chemnitz in 2009 before taking over as head coach this season and got the total confidence of management to keep going. 'He met all our expectations this season and showed that he is able to lead a team even in young years. He also has the right identification in that he is a native from Chemnitz and grew up with the club. That is why we wanted him to get the chance to keep developing the team in the next years and we are convinced that he can do it', expressed BV Chemnitz president Detlef Mueller.

Source: BV Chemnitz 99




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EuroCup: BC Donetsk bring win from Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - BC Donetsk 66:77

BC Donetsk registered the fifth win in EuroCup Last 16. They defeated Aris on the road tonight to win Group J. Aris in the meantime fell at 1-5 record after the loss. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
BC Donetsk set the tone early. They grabbed a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Ukrainian powerhouse maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 41:34. BC Donetsk boosted the margin in the third term. They entered the final quarter leading by as many as 17 points. Aris went on a rally in the final term but it was too little too late to save the game. Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 11 points each in the victory. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 19 points for Aris. Sam Muldrow (205-F-88, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Aris: Ronald Davis 19, Sam Muldrow 13
BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 15, Dmytro Gliebov 11, Vule Avdalovic 11




Greeks of Diaspora - Another great honor for Kostas Koufos - by Diamadis Farmakis
GlenOak high, where Kostas Koufos (213-C/F-89,agency Mark Termini assoc.) went to school, decided to honor the Greek player, in a very special way.

The principals of school, retired the jersey with the number 31, Kostas jersey , as a sign of recognition to the - so far - achievements of the 23 years old center, in professional basketball.

The Greek player, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, during the NBA All - Star weekend, visited his hometown Ohio and his old school, where he was the guest star, in the ceremony.

Kostas Koufos, said for this moments:

''Its a great honor and bless for me, whats happening here today. I hope this jersey will remind everyone, that if you work hard you can accomplish everything''.

''Kostas is a role model in this community, for all the children and we are glad that he is with us'', said Koufo's highschool coach, Scott Giamarko.


Greek Cup final to be played again in an almost empty "Elliniko" - by George Fragkos
While in almost every other European country with a tradition in basketball, the Cup is considered to be a whole cultural event, in Greece it has developed into something threatening. The final eight that is held in Spain or Italy is something impossible for Greece and even the final four which was organized some years ago, stopped in order to avoid riots between the fans.

Once again there will just be a final on the 4th of March in 'Elliniko Indoor Gym' between Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and Panathinaikos Athens, two teams that reach this stage for a fourth consecutive year. The hostility between the fans of those teams is one of the most famous ones in the whole world and recently it has grown even bigger. This made the Hellenic Basketball Federation alongside with the police to restrain again the number of tickets to a total of 1,800 in a Gym that can take 15,000. Each club will receive 900 tickets, which should be sold to fans that are not prone to cause trouble. However, as neither HEBA nor the police trust the two clubs the fans will be put at the two sides behind the two baskets, far from each other.

The pleasant thing is that in the previous years there have been just a few bad incidents and the finals have finished without any major problem. On the other hand, aw the years pass by the Cup final has become an event that hurts the pride of the Greeks and their basketball tradition because of the way it takes place.


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EuroChallenge: Leiden shock EWE Baskets in Holland - by Eurobasket News
Leiden - EWE Baskets 76:71

Leiden shock EWE Baskets in Holland at the last game of EuroChallenge Group I. The Dutch side produced a 76:71 for 2-4 record. The German team fell at 3-3 and did not make it to the last round.
The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to EWE Baskets' 24.
The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) who scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: CS Fullerton) who recorded 26 points. Ronald Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Leiden: Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) 13, Thomas Jackson 13, Seamus Boxley 10
EWE Baskets: Bobby Brown 26, Ronald Burrell 14, Bahiense de Mello 10



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Darren Moore is the new import player of Factum - by Tamas Deri
Only one day before the deadline the management of Factum Sport Debrecen published, that american guard Darren Moore (190-G, college: Cal-Irvine) will replace the injured player Spencer Perrin (195-F-88, college: E.Kentucky) for the rest of the season. The 190 cm tall guard graduated on the University of California-Irvine last summer and got voted into the All Big-West 2nd team averaging 17.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8spg in 32 games of the NCAA. He signed his first professional contract with Radnicki Kragujeva in the Adriatic League and played 4 games puting up 1.0 point, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assist in 13.5 minutes on the court.

EuroChallenge: Szolnoki Olaj edged Telekom Baskets in a thriller - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj- Telekom Baskets 96:94

Szolnoki Olaj edged Telekom Baskets in a thriller as both teams finished EuroChallenge Group J with 3-3 record. The Hungarian team celebrated a 96:94 win due to the last seven points from the free throw line. They will find out their destiny after the game Okapi Aalstar-Elan Chalon.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the first period and then Gaffney scored four points in a row for 28:25 advantage. Gay tied the game at 40:40, while Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.) brought 50:44 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts erupted with 28-15 in it. They did not mind 24-29 in the last stanza to win the thriller.
Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Akos Horvath (193-G/F-81) notched 19. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) delivered 18 and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) chipped in with 13. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) ended up with 26 points in the losing effort and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) nailed 16. Chris Ensminger, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) and Talor Battle netted 12 points apiece in defeat.

Szolnoki Olaj: Hristo Nikolov 21, Akos Horvath 19, Obie Trotter 18, Julien Mills 13
Telekom Baskets: Zvonko Buljan 26, Simonas Serapinas 16, Chris Ensminger 12, Benas Veikalas 12, Talor Battle 12


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WABA League: Riyadi cruise past Duhok to complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Duhok 114:91

Riyadi cruised past Duhok tonight to seal the WABA League quarterfinal series sweep. The Lebanese team thus advanced into semifinals where they would face Champville.
Riyadi enjoyed a 15-point buffer after the game in Iraq. The Lebanese team stressed their dominance once again tonight opening the proceedings with a 23:7 run. The hosts poured in 38 points in the opening quarter to take a massive 23-point lead at the first break. Riyadi secured a 53:35 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead easily throughout the second half. Riyadi entered the final stanza up by 14 points and never looked back en route to the win. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) knocked down 34 points to lead Riyadi. Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) added 16 points each in the victory. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) answered with 37 points and 18 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-G/F-80) finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 34, Jean Abdel Nour 16, Ali Kanaan 16
Duhok: Malcolm Battles 37+18 boards, Qutaiba Al-Doori 26



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EuroCup: Renaldas Seibutis leads Lietuvos Rytas past Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso - Lietuvos Rytas 74:80

Lietuvos Rytas edged Benetton in a crucial EuroCup Last 16 Group L battle in Treviso tonight. The victory propelled the Vilnius team into EuroCup quarterfinals. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners. Benetton got eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
Benetton enjoyed a narrow 23:22 lead after the starting quarter. The teams exchanged the lead throughout the second quarter. Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 43:42 lead at the interval. The close game continued in the third term. The lead changed hands before Bulleri made it 59:57 for the hosts with one quarter remaining. The teams remained within striking distance till the final seconds however key points from Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92), Babrauskas and Rice brought a valuable win for the visitors. Jonas Valanciunas provided 17 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 15 points in the victory. Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts) replied with 17 points for Benetton. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) and Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Benetton: Jeffrey Viggiano 17, Sani Becirovic 12, Marcus Goree 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 20, Jonas Valanciunas 17, Mindaugas Katelynas 15



Promozione Campania - Round 15 Results - Group B & C - by Crazy


PROMOZIONE CAMPANIA - ROUND 15 RESULTS


GROUP B:

Dalmazia - Le Vesuviane: 55-80
(D: Di Fraia 14; V: Cusitore 16)

Capri - Play Out: 100-77
(C: Ruocco 46, Gaeta 24; P: Amazio 15)

Torregreco - Afragola: 44-45
(T: Vecchiato 18; A: Scarpato 14)

Portici - Sacro Cuore: 89-68
(P: Guarino 17, Merlino 16; S: Morisco 18)

Basketlandia - Virtus Vico: 91-51
(B: Buongiovanni 23, Dubbio F. 15)

Baloncesto - Solfatara: 65-46
(B: Santoro 27; S: Amendola 16)

Standings: Le Vesuviane 26, Afragola 22, Portici 22, Capri 20, Basketlandia 20,Torregreco 16, Baloncesto 16, Solfatara 16, Sacro Cuore 6, Dalmazia 4, Play Out 4, Vico 4.

Scoring Leaders: Costanzo Ruocco (Capri) 35.6 points per game; Mancanello (Capri) 21.8 ppg; Buongiovanni (Basketlandia) 17.7 ppg

GROUP C:

V.Neapolis - Vesuvio: 63-49
(N: F.Amodio 19; V: Barone 32)

Felix - Fortitudo Pozzuoli: 77-48
(F: Capozzi 17, Annecchino 16; P: Pettinati 18)

Tresana - Boscoreale: 64-71

CBTA - Pick & Roll: 75-77
(C: Ripa 24; P: Popolo 38)

Arzano - Capo Miseno: 75-89
(A: Fedele 26, Cinque 17; CM: Esposito 29, Clif Colbert (193-G-86, college: Navy) 26)

X5 Basket - Monte di Procida: 60-46
(X: D'Errico 20; MP: Prisco 23)

Standings: Capo Miseno 30, Felix 26, Arzano 22, Monte Procida 18, Fortitudo Pozzuoli 18, Pick&Roll 16, Vesuvio 12, Boscoreale 10, x5 Basket 8, CBTA 8, Tresana 8, Neapolis 4.

Scoring Leaders: Clif Colbert (Capo Miseno) 28.2 points per game; Fedele (Arzano) 21.9 ppg; Prisco (M.Procida) 20.5 ppg


C Regionale Campania - Round 20 Results - by Crazy


SERIE C REGIONALE CAMPANIA - ROUND 20 RESULTS

GROUP A:

Partenope - Baiano: 85-30
(P: Marinello 23, Foa 20; B: Napolitano 10)

Cala Moresca - Capua: 73-58
(CM: Bonanno 23; C: Aragosa 13, Johnson 11)

Barra - S.Michele Maddaloni: 54-81
(B: Marra 17; M: Njegos Visnjic (199-F-79) 21)

Pielle Matera - Stabia: 81-64
(PM: Centrone 18, D.Resta 17; S: Salvatore 17)

Virtus Matera - Arzano: 80-55
(V: Francesco Albanese 19; A: Savarese 19)

Telese - Scafati: 52-75
(T: Della Peruta 11; S: Francesco Forino (200-F/C-78) 17)

Standings: San Michele Maddaloni 38, Scafati 26, Pielle Matera 26, Cala Moresca 24, Stabia 22, Partenope 20, Arzano 20, Capua 18, Virtus Matera 14, Telese 14, Barra 8, Baiano 0.

Scoring Leaders: Njegos Visnjic (Maddaloni) 24.4 points per game; Giuseppe Frascolla (194-G-62) (Baiano) 21.4 ppg; Djukanovic (Telese) 19.9 ppg

GROUP B:

Casavatore - Casaurea: 65-74
(C: Aprea 16; Casau: Caiazzo 24)

Meomartini - Battipaglia: 114-50
(M: Accettola 39, Romano 19)

Senise - Nola: 75-52
(S: Dominik Kos (198-G/F-87) 19, Cristian Femminini (204-C-74) 18; N: Stefano Mario Napolitano 13)

S.Maria a Vico - Mugnano: 72-69

Savoia - Solofra: 62-64

Standings:
Senise 34, Savoia 24, S.Maria 22, Casaurea 20, Mugnano 20, Cercola 18, Meomartini 18, Casavatore 16, Solofra 10, Nola 6, Battipaglia 2.

Scoring Leaders: Cesare Accettola (Meomartini) 23.6 points per game; Dominik Kos (Senise) 20.4 ppg; Fiore (Mugnano) 17.4 ppg
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Raptors' Andrea Bargnani not ready to return - by Eurobasket News
Calf problems have kept Toronto Raptors forward/center Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) out of the lineup for all but two games since Jan. 11. Word came last week that he should be ready to go after the All-Star break, but Raptors PR reports that the 7-0 Italian didn't' practice Monday and has 'no return date set.'

The good news, though, is that Bargnani did do 'some conditioning and running off to the side,' according to the PR department's tweet.

The 26-year-old, who was selected first overall in the 2006 draft, is averaging 23.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game. He appeared 13 times this season.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Nazionale A Round 27: Recanati keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Recanati as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Recanati defeated second-best Orlandina at home 81-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Orlandina. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Orlandina was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Recanati forced 27 Orlandina turnovers. It was a great evening for center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Simone Centanni (184-91, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 10 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) with 23 points and 6 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Treviglio. Orlandina will play next round against strong Latina Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Recanati will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Bari at home.
Leading Omegna (23-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of fifth ranked Pavia. Visitors were defeated by Pavia 67-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Omegna. It was an exceptional evening for guard Stefano Borgna (193-79) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Roberto Cazzaniga accounted for 9 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Omegna in the defeat. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pavia maintains fifth place with 14-13 record. Omegna at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Pavia will play against Comsum.it SI (#5) in Siena in the next round. Omegna will play at home against Treviglio (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Firenze between Castelletto and Firenze. Sixth ranked Castelletto (9-17) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Firenze (7-19). Castelletto managed to escape with a 3-point win 77-74 in the game for the sixth place. The best player for the winners was Filiberto Dri who scored 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Alessandro Amici who recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Castelletto maintains sixth place with 9-17 record which they share with defeated Firenze. Firenze lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Castelletto will meet higher ranked Santarcangelo (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against Perugia and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Trento (18-8) against fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (15-11) on Monday night. Host Trento was defeated by Casalpusterlengo in a tough game in Trento 78-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trento. It was a good game for Alberto Chiumenti who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-11 record. Trento at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trieste at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trento will play against the league's second-placed Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Napoli (21-5) against fourth ranked Latina Basket (12-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Napoli was defeated by Latina Basket in Latina 73-58. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Napoli. It was a great evening for Tommaso Milani who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Latina Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Chieti. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top position with five games lost. Latina Basket will face league's second-placed Orlandina on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napoli will play against Matera.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Ferentino won against Ruvo on the opponent's court 78-73. San Severo managed to outperform Fabriano in a home game 75-68. Chieti recorded a loss to Bari on the road 74-69. Treviglio defeated Comsum.it SI on its own court 70-57. Perugia was beaten by Torino in a road game 80-69. Anagni destroyed Matera at home 94-71. Santarcangelo managed to outperform Trieste on the opponent's court 63-53.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 13 rebounds by Francesco Ihedioha of Ferentino.



Ruvo - Ferentino 73-78

Rather expected game in Ruvo di Puglia where 6th ranked Ruvo (3-23) was defeated by third ranked Ferentino (14-10) 78-73 on Sunday. Ruvo was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-11 charge of Ferentino, which allowed them to win the game. Ferentino outrebounded Ruvo 44-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Salvatore Parrillo (190-92) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ferentino players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Frederic Emejuru (203-88) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Davide Bonacini (190-90) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Ferentino maintains third place with 14-10 record having nine points less than leader Recanati. Ruvo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. Ferentino will face Mazzeo San Severo (#4) at home in the next round. Ruvo will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: D.Bonacini 15+1reb+4ast, M.Deregibus 15+1reb+1ast, F.Emejuru 15+7reb+1ast, G.Tomasiello 9+2reb+3ast, S.Zanotti 8+7reb, M.Tagliabue 6+4reb
Ferentino: F.Ihedioha 25+13reb+3ast, S.Parrillo 15+7reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 12+9reb, F.Marcante 10+5reb+3ast, L.Panzini 5+2reb+1ast, M.Carrizo 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 135884


San Severo - Fabriano 75-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Mazzeo San Severo's (11-14) home victory over 5th ranked Fabriano (7-18) 75-68 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mazzeo San Severo made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Mazzeo San Severo outrebounded Fabriano 37-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Fabio Lovatti (194-89) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Cosimo Fontani (195-89) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Luca Usberti (201-73) scored 20 points. Mazzeo San Severo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Perugia and Matera. Fabriano lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face Ferentino (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fabriano will play against Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fabriano: L.Usberti 20+3reb, C.Fontani 20+7reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 11+1reb+1ast, A.Iardella 7+2reb+1ast, N.Manuel Stanic 4+3ast, G.Castelletta 4+9reb+1ast
San Severo: G.Rugolo 19+9reb+2ast, F.Lovatti 17+4reb+5ast, F.Amoroso 11+4reb+3ast, I.Scarponi 11+4reb+2ast, G.Fattori 9+9reb+1ast, R.Marzoli 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 135885


Recanati - Orlandina 81-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Recanati as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Recanati defeated second-best Orlandina at home 81-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Orlandina. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Orlandina was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Recanati forced 27 Orlandina turnovers. It was a great evening for center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Simone Centanni (184-91, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 10 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Treviglio. Orlandina will play next round against strong Latina Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Recanati will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Bari at home.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: A.Benevelli 23+6reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 13+10reb+6ast, L.Bisconti 13+4reb+4ast, N.Damiani 12+5reb+2ast, M.Cardinali 8+3reb+7ast, T.Caula 3
Recanati: P.Chiarello 21+5reb+4ast, F.Gilardi 13+2reb, M.Ceron 11+2reb, R.Fossati 10+1reb+4ast, S.Centanni 10+1reb+4ast, A.Traini 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 135886


Bari - Chieti 74-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Chieti's (12-13) road loss to second ranked Bari (14-12) 69-74 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for center Domenico Morena (210-70) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Luca De Bellis (185-77) helped adding 13 points. The best for the losing side was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Fabrizio Gialloreto (185-86) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bari maintains second place with 14-12 record having seven points less than leader Recanati. Chieti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Bari will face league's leader Recanati on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chieti will play against Anagni.
Top scorers:
Chieti: E.Rossi 19+10reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 17+3reb+2ast, A.Raschi 12+4reb+2ast, M.Diomede 11+2reb+5ast, R.Feliciangeli 8+2reb+5ast, A.Martelli 2+1reb
Bari: D.Morena 15+9reb+2ast, L.De Bellis 13+3reb+3ast, M.Cardillo 13+5reb+1ast, D.Barozzi 10+2reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 9+1reb+4ast, S.Gigena 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 135887


Firenze - Castelletto 74-77

A very close game took place in Firenze between Castelletto and Firenze. Sixth ranked Castelletto (9-17) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Firenze (7-19). Castelletto managed to escape with a 3-point win 77-74 in the game for the sixth place. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Castelletto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Filiberto Dri (190-89) who scored 23 points. Center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) added 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Castelletto maintains sixth place with 9-17 record which they share with defeated Firenze. Firenze lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Castelletto will meet higher ranked Santarcangelo (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against Perugia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Firenze: F.Bellina 16+4reb+2ast, S.Spizzichini 15+6reb+1ast, A.Amici 13+6reb+5ast, D.Scodavolpe 9+1reb+1ast, D.Monaldi 6, M.Sanna 5+3reb
Castelletto: F.Dri 23+4reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 17+4reb, M.Raminelli 13+7reb+1ast, L.Marmugi 10+5reb+1ast, A.Piazza 9+3reb+4ast, M.Terzaghi 5+2ast
gschID: 135877


Treviglio - Comsum.it SI 70-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Treviglio's (16-10) home victory over 4th placed Comsum.it SI (7-18) 70-57 on Sunday. The game without a history. Treviglio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Treviglio outrebounded Comsum.it SI 47-36 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was swingman Andrea Colli (203-88, agency: Players Group) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Treviglio moved-up to second place, which they share with Orlandina. Comsum.it SI lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with 18 games lost. Treviglio will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Comsum.it SI will play against Pavia (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: S.Simeoli 18+9reb, A.Colli 14+13reb, M.Pascolo 8+4reb, N.Mei 8+6reb+6ast, G.Spizzichini 5+1reb+2ast, C.Bianconi 3+2reb
Treviglio: A.Fabi 16+4reb+3ast, J.Borra 16+12reb+2ast, G.Zanella 14+7reb+1ast, R.Marulli 8+4reb+4ast, L.Molinaro 8+5reb, N.Cazzolato 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 135878


Pavia - Omegna 67-60

Leading Omegna (23-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of fifth ranked Pavia. Visitors were defeated by Pavia 67-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Omegna. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Pavia made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 28 Omegna turnovers. Omegna was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Stefano Borgna (193-79) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) accounted for 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Omegna in the defeat. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pavia maintains fifth place with 14-13 record. Omegna at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Pavia will play against Comsum.it SI (#5) in Siena in the next round. Omegna will play at home against Treviglio (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: D.Casadei 16+9reb+1ast, P.Picazio 15+3reb+4ast, P.Paci 10+5reb+1ast, T.Raspino 8+6reb+1ast, A.Saccaggi 3+1ast, M.Bertolazzi 2+1reb+5ast
Pavia: S.Borgna 15+1reb+2ast, R.Maggio 14+1reb+1ast, R.Cazzaniga 9+8reb+1ast, R.Pederzini 8+6reb+3ast, F.Maiocco 7+9reb+1ast, D.Bozzetto 5+5reb
gschID: 135879


Trento - Casalpusterlengo 78-84

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Trento (18-8) against fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (15-11) on Monday night. Host Trento was defeated by Casalpusterlengo in a tough game in Trento 78-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Trento. Casalpusterlengo made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Trento turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Trento helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) contributed with 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Trento. Four Casalpusterlengo and five Trento players scored in double figures. Casalpusterlengo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-11 record. Trento at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trieste at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trento will play against the league's second-placed Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 19+8reb+3ast, L.Conte 15+3reb, M.Negri 14+1reb+2ast, W.Santarossa 11+4reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 10+6reb+2ast, A.Forray 6+5reb+4ast
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 20+7reb, R.Prandin 19+2reb+3ast, M.Venuto 15+7ast, F.Loschi 11+3reb, R.Casagrande 9+7reb+1ast, R.Castelli 6+6reb
gschID: 135880


Torino - Perugia 80-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd placed Perugia's (11-14) road loss to second ranked Torino (18-9) 69-80 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Torino. Perugia was better in third quarter 32-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) helped adding 15 points. The best for the losing side was Davide Poltroneri (195-85) with 20 points and power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Torino maintains second place with 18-9 record having just two points less than leader Recanati. Perugia lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 14 games lost. Torino will face league's leader Trento on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perugia will play against Firenze.
Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 20+2reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 14+1reb, M.Caroldi 13+2reb, F.Baldi Rossi 11+9reb+2ast, O.Kuschev 4+2reb, M.Fiorucci 3+1reb
Torino: M.Portannese 25+10reb+2ast, C.Masper 15+4reb, M.DeFant 11+1reb, F.Tassinari 10+3reb+1ast, D.Parente 6+2reb+3ast, F.Conti 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 135881


Latina Basket - Napoli 73-58

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Napoli (21-5) against fourth ranked Latina Basket (12-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Napoli was defeated by Latina Basket in Latina 73-58. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Napoli. The game was mostly controlled by Latina Basket. Napoli was better in third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 assists. The former international point guard Riccardo Serena (181-82) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) with 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Simone Lenardon (189-85) scored 17 points. Latina Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Chieti. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top position with five games lost. Latina Basket will face league's second-placed Orlandina on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napoli will play against Matera.
Top scorers:
Napoli: S.Lenardon 17+3reb+2ast, A.Iannilli 15+9reb+2ast, B.Musso 12+6reb+2ast, N.Rizzitiello 7+2reb+2ast, P.Rotondo 5+3reb, S.Gatti 2+6reb+1ast
Latina Basket: T.Milani 17+3reb+5ast, T.Plateo 16+2reb, R.Serena 16+1reb+4ast, R.Romano 7+7reb+1ast, S.Orlando 6+6reb, G.Gazzotti 6+5reb
gschID: 135882


Anagni - Matera 94-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Anagni (9-15) outleveled at home 5th ranked Matera (11-14) 94-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Anagni. Matera was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) helped adding 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Anagni players scored in double figures. Anagni's coach Luciano Nunzi felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Cristiano Grappasonni (204-72) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Anagni maintains sixth place with 9-15 record. Matera lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 14 games lost. Anagni will face higher ranked Chieti (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Matera will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Pilotti 18+5reb+1ast, C.Grappasonni 15+7reb, G.Cantagalli 9+1reb, S.Vico 8+1reb, R.Martone 8+5reb+1ast, A.LaGioia 5+5reb+1ast
Anagni: D.Corral 26+7reb, V.Circosta 19+5reb+2ast, R.Santolamazza 16+10reb+6ast, N.Benedusi 13+4ast, M.Baroncelli 8+5reb+4ast, L.Ciribeni 7+3reb
gschID: 135883


Trieste - Santarcangelo 53-63

There was a minor upset when second-best Trieste (18-8) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Santarcangelo (8-17) 63-53 on Sunday. The game without a history. Santarcangelo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Santarcangelo forced 28 Trieste turnovers. Strangely Trieste outrebounded Santarcangelo 44-26 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 4 steals. Swingman Luca Bedetti (193-89) helped adding 13 points and 7 steals. The best for the losing side was Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Luca Gandini (205-85) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Santarcangelo moved-up to fourth place. Loser Trieste still keeps top position with eight games lost. Santarcangelo will face Castelletto (#6) at home in the next round. Trieste will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4).
Top scorers:
Trieste: A.Moruzzi 14+8reb, D.Mastrangelo 11+1ast, M.Ruzzier 8+2reb, L.Gandini 7+9reb, L.Bonetta 5+1reb, M.Maganza 4+12reb
Santarcangelo: M.Palermo 19+3reb+1ast, L.Bedetti 13+3reb+1ast, E.Rivali 8+8reb, J.Silimbani 8+4reb, M.Bonaiuti 7+2reb, N.Italiano 6+2reb
gschID: 135876




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CB Valladolid and Herve Toure split ways - by Eurobasket News
Herve Toure (202-F-82) is not a member of CB Valladolid any more. The French/Ivorian forward and the Spanish club agreed to terminate their deal. Toure joined Valladolid last summer. He had 9.9 ppg and 4 rpg for 21 Liga Endesa games. Last season Herve Toure spent in Italy. He started it with Lottomatica Roma and in November joined Brindisi. With Brindisi he had 11.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.2 bpg for 25 games in Serie A. Toure played for Roma also in 2009/10. Before that he was a member of Cantu, Milano, Capo dOrlando and ASVEL. He also has experience from Charleroi and Air Avelino. Herve Toure played for the Ivorian National Team in 2010.

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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 18-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 13-5 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 7-9 
 4. BK Almaty 7-9 
 5. Tobol 7-11 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-18 


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EuroChallenge: BK Ventspils clinched the Quarterfinal birth - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Roanne Basket 94:92 OT

BK Ventspils clinched the Quarterfinal birth as they won the overtime thriller over Roanne Basket. The Latvian team grabbed 94:92 victory for 4-2 record, while the French side fell at 3-3.
The victory in the game meant the ticket to the next stage for both teams. They exchanged the lead several times in the opening period as Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) brought 19:17 at the end of it. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) and Meiers improved to 39:33, while Jackson closed the half at 39:35. Moreover Mokongo tied the game at 52:52 at the end of the third quarter. The board also showed the even numbers when the teams finished 40 minutes of the game. Later in overtime Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) gave the guests 84:81 lead, while Todd Abernethy (185-PG-84, college: Mississippi) scored the last five points for his team to clinch the victory.
Jahmar Young led the way with 25 points and Todd Abernethy notched 18. Mamadi Diane posted 13, while Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) delivered 11. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi ended up with 28 points in the losing effort. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) produced 21, whilst Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 17.

BK Ventspils: Jahmar Young 25, Todd Abernethy 18, Mamadi Diane 13, Steven Gray 11
Roanne Basket: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 28, John Holland 21, Dylan Page 17


EuroCup: Valencia silence VEF Riga in Latvian capital - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Valencia 71:82

Valencia showed no mercy in Riga tonight. The Spanish team overcame VEF Riga denying the hosts a chance to advance into EuroCup quarterfinals. Valencia in the meantime celebrated the sixth straight win in Group I and cruised into the next round. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) provided 20 points for the winners.
VEF Riga had to win to qualify for the playoffs. They started the game aggressively taking a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. But Valencia gradually took over starting from the second quarter. The visitors cut the deficit to 3 points at the interval 32:35. Valencia pulled ahead in the third term. The visitors secured a 55:52 lead with one quarter remaining. The margin grew at double figures midway through the final term. VEF Riga fought desperately to save the encounter but Valencia stayed calm in the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) posted 13 points, while Rodrigo San Miguel (190-G-85) had 9 points in the win. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) had 16 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Donatas Zavackas 17, Sandis Valters 16
Valencia: Andrew James Ogilvy 20, Vitor Faverani 13, Rodrigo San Miguel 9



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WABA League: Riyadi cruise past Duhok to complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Riyadi - Duhok 114:91

Riyadi cruised past Duhok tonight to seal the WABA League quarterfinal series sweep. The Lebanese team thus advanced into semifinals where they would face Champville.
Riyadi enjoyed a 15-point buffer after the game in Iraq. The Lebanese team stressed their dominance once again tonight opening the proceedings with a 23:7 run. The hosts poured in 38 points in the opening quarter to take a massive 23-point lead at the first break. Riyadi secured a 53:35 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead easily throughout the second half. Riyadi entered the final stanza up by 14 points and never looked back en route to the win. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) knocked down 34 points to lead Riyadi. Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) added 16 points each in the victory. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) answered with 37 points and 18 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-G/F-80) finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 34, Jean Abdel Nour 16, Ali Kanaan 16
Duhok: Malcolm Battles 37+18 boards, Qutaiba Al-Doori 26



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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Pioneros is the winner of Group A, La Union also advances - by Eurobasket News
ROUND THREE
Pioneros - La Union 96-94 OT
Pioneros grabbed 96-94 overtime win against La Union for the first place in Group A of Liga Americas. Both teams finished with 2-1 record, but Pioneros is the winner of this pool and La Union ended as No.2. Both squads advanced to the second stage. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) shined for the winners with 27 points. Their second scorer was Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) with 13 pts. In La Union, Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) responded with 25 points and 13 rebs, and Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) added 20 pts. Quarters: 16-25, 25-11, 23-22, 20-28, 12-8 OT.

Vivo/Franca - Fuerza Regia 89-83
Vivo/Franca celebrated its first victory in Liga Americas and at the same time avoided last place in Group A. Vivo/Franca handed 89-83 loss to Fuerza Regia, so both teams finished with 1-2 record, but the Brazilian squad is No.3 and Mexicans are No.4. Both teams failed to reach the next stage. Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) exploded with 34 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in this victory. He reached valuation 41. In Fuerza Regia, Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) shined with 26 points and 17 rebs (valuation 37). Quarters: 25-20, 23-21, 20-28, 21-14.


ROUND TWO

La Union - Vivo/Franca 92-75
La Union got 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists from Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville). Gregory Lewis had monster double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds. At the other side, William Drudi (206-C/F-81) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 17-19, 28-25, 26-14, 21-17.

Fuerza Regia - Pioneros 92-86
Henry Dugat (183-G-87, college: Baylor) led Fuerza Regia with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Strobbe and Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) secured a nice help with 18 and 16 points respectively. Pioneros got 22 points and 6 rebs from Jovan Harris. Quarters: 22-25, 24-14, 14-25, 32-22.


ROUND ONE

Pioneros - Vivo/Franca 104-73

Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) was the leading player in victory with 26 points. Jovan Harris (6 as) and Hector Hernandez (8 rebs) added 15 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) had 21 points and Edward Basden added 20 points, plus 6 boards. Quarters: 24-9, 24-19, 28-18, 28-27.

Fuerza Regia - La Union 73-98
Joe Smith was a key player in victory with 28 points. Ariel Pau (186-G-84) also was great as he added 12 points for just 9 minutes on the court. In defeat, Brandon Robinson top-scored with 16 pts. Quarters: 13-22, 12-21, 25-32, 23-23.




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  LITHUANIA   


EuroCup: Renaldas Seibutis leads Lietuvos Rytas past Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso - Lietuvos Rytas 74:80

Lietuvos Rytas edged Benetton in a crucial EuroCup Last 16 Group L battle in Treviso tonight. The victory propelled the Vilnius team into EuroCup quarterfinals. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace the winners. Benetton got eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
Benetton enjoyed a narrow 23:22 lead after the starting quarter. The teams exchanged the lead throughout the second quarter. Lietuvos Rytas eked out a 43:42 lead at the interval. The close game continued in the third term. The lead changed hands before Bulleri made it 59:57 for the hosts with one quarter remaining. The teams remained within striking distance till the final seconds however key points from Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92), Babrauskas and Rice brought a valuable win for the visitors. Jonas Valanciunas provided 17 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 15 points in the victory. Jeffrey Viggiano (197-F-84, college: Massachusetts) replied with 17 points for Benetton. Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) and Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) netted 12 points each in the loss.

Benetton: Jeffrey Viggiano 17, Sani Becirovic 12, Marcus Goree 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 20, Jonas Valanciunas 17, Mindaugas Katelynas 15



LKL Round 16: Zalgiris edge Neptunas by one point - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Neptunas (6-10) made lots of trouble for top-ranked Zalgiris (14-0) in Kaunas on Sunday. Zalgiris managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Neptunas was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Neptunas only scored seventeen points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) fired 16 points for the winners. The former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 14-0 record behind leader Lietuvos rytas. Neptunas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Zalgiris are looking forward to face Lietkabelis (#11) in Panevezys in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos managed to get a third victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Baltai Kaunas in Palanga 86-78. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Antanas Montrimavicius (199-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. Dane Johnson contributed with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Vytenis Cizauskas (189-92) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Baltai Kaunas. Naglis Palangos maintains twelfth position with 3-14 record. Baltai Kaunas at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leader Lietuvos rytas delivered the fifteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Juventus (6-12) 96-70 in Utena. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jonas Valanciunas who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side Zydrunas Urbonas responded with 15 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. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Loser Juventus keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Lietuvos rytas will meet Lietkabelis (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Juventus will have a break next round.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Juventus was defeated by Siauliai in a road game 90-77. Sakalai was beaten by Kedainiai at home 78-86. Rudupis destroyed Lietkabelis on the opponent's court 85-66. Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos unfortunately lost to Siauliai in a home game 75-83.


Siauliai - Juventus 90-77

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Juventus (6-12) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Siauliai (12-6) 90-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-77. Siauliai forced 19 Juventus turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Darius Pakamanis (193-81) scored 12 points and 7 assists. Five Siauliai and four Juventus players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-6 record. Loser Juventus keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 16+4reb+4ast, V.Volkus 14+7reb, D.Pakamanis 12+4reb+7ast, R.Gumeniuk 11+7reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 9+6reb, G.Matulis 8+3reb+1ast
Siauliai: C.Long 22+4reb+3ast, A.Siksnius 18+5reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 13+5reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 13+4reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 10+5reb, R.Broadus 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 165830


Sakalai - Kedainiai 78-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Kedainiai's (5-11) road victory over 10th ranked Sakalai (4-13) 86-78 on Tuesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-10. But Sakalai won second period 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kedainiai won last quarter 28-21. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St.) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists and forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) who added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) responded with 21 points and 7 assists and forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Sakalai players scored in double figures. Sakalai's coach Kazys Maksvytis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kedainiai maintains ninth position with 5-11 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: L.Samenas 21+1reb+7ast, R.Matulis 14+1reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 14+5reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 11+5reb+6ast, P.Joneliunas 6+1reb, A.Kiausas 6+2reb
Kedainiai: V.Sulskis 17+4reb+4ast, V.Jasikevicius 15+1reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 10+8reb+1ast, M.Valukonis 9+4reb, A.Adomaitis 9+6reb, L.Kisielius 8+9reb+5ast
gschID: 165831


Lietkabelis - Rudupis 66-85

Very expected game in Panevezys where 11th ranked Lietkabelis (3-13) was rolled over by third ranked Rudupis (14-3) 85-66 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Lietkabelis managed to win second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Interperformances) who added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rudupis have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-3 record behind leader Lietuvos rytas. Loser Lietkabelis keeps the eleventh place with 13 games lost. Rudupis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lietkabelis will play against the league's leader Lietuvos rytas (#1) in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Cepukaitis 16+8reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 10+3reb+2ast, E.Stanionis 10+1reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 6+4ast, G.Staniulis 6+7reb, O.Matulionis 6+3reb
Rudupis: S.Buterlevicius 17+4reb+2ast, A.Mazutis 11+1reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 11+7reb, A.Labuckas 10+5reb+4ast, G.Kadziulis 10+2reb+2ast, A.Milaknis 9+3reb
gschID: 165832


Juventus - Lietuvos rytas 70-96

Leader Lietuvos rytas delivered the fifteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Juventus (6-12) 96-70 in Utena. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Juventus managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Juventus to just 6 points in first quarter. Lietuvos rytas made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Juventus 38-19 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lietuvos rytas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of international center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83, college: Chattanooga) who added 12 points during the contest. Five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) responded with 15 points and the former international point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) scored 6 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. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-2 record. Loser Juventus keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Lietuvos rytas will meet Lietkabelis (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Juventus will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 15+1reb+1ast, Z.Sestokas 11+2ast, R.Gumeniuk 8+4reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 8+4reb, V.Volkus 7+3reb, A.Vasiliauskas 7+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: J.Valanciunas 18+10reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 14+2ast, M.Katelynas 12+4reb+2ast, A.Rasic 12+1reb+2ast, V.Dilys 11+6reb, A.Jomantas 11+5reb+1ast
gschID: 169273


Zalgiris - Neptunas 85-84

Seventh-ranked Neptunas (6-10) made lots of trouble for top-ranked Zalgiris (14-0) in Kaunas on Sunday. Zalgiris managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Neptunas was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Neptunas only scored seventeen points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) fired 16 points for the winners. The former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Simas Galdikas (203-87) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zalgiris have an impressive 14-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 14-0 record behind leader Lietuvos rytas. Neptunas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Zalgiris are looking forward to face Lietkabelis (#11) in Panevezys in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 19+5reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 18+2reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 16+7reb, E.Dainys 13+2reb+6ast, L.Mikalauskas 5+1reb, A.Viskontas 4+2reb+3ast
Zalgiris: M.Popovic 16+3reb+3ast, M.Kuzminskas 16, M.Kalnietis 10+4reb+5ast, M.Rakovic 9+3reb, D.Salenga 8+1reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 165828


Naglis Palangos - Baltai Kaunas 86-78

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos managed to get a third victory, breaking the seven-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Baltai Kaunas in Palanga 86-78. Baltai Kaunas was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Naglis Palangos, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Antanas Montrimavicius (199-87) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds. American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Guard Vytenis Cizauskas (189-92) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Baltai Kaunas. Naglis Palangos maintains twelfth position with 3-14 record. Baltai Kaunas at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: E.Ulanovas 17+6reb, V.Cizauskas 15+5reb+3ast, K.Vecvagars 12+1reb+3ast, Z.Janavicius 9+2reb+5ast, M.Kupsas 8+8reb, M.Delas 8+3reb+2ast
Naglis Palangos: A.Montrimavicius 24+7reb, M.Reminas 23+3reb+1ast, V.Peciukas 16+5reb+4ast, D.Johnson 11+14reb+2ast, A.Vitas 4+2reb+2ast, T.Rinkevicius 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 165829


Naglis Palangos - Siauliai 75-83

Very predictable result in Palanga where fourth ranked Siauliai (12-6) beat bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (3-14) 83-75 on Tuesday. Naglis Palangos trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 26-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-83 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Julius Jucikas (205-89) who added 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Augustinas Vitas (210-82, college: Birm.Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Siauliai have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-6 record. Naglis Palangos lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: M.Reminas 17+4reb+2ast, A.Vitas 16+12reb, R.Pickett 12+4reb, V.Peciukas 11+6reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 9+8reb+1ast, T.Rinkevicius 5+4reb+4ast
Siauliai: C.Long 17+7reb+4ast, J.Jucikas 16+10reb, A.Siksnius 14+6reb+3ast, V.Liutych 12+4reb+1ast, R.Broadus 6+4reb+5ast, D.Gvezdauskas 6
gschID: 165827




NKL Round 8: Radviliskis beat Zalgiris-Sabonio by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in NKL just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the NKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-17) to first ranked Radviliskis (25-13) 78-75 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Zalgiris-Sabonio was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris-Sabonio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) replied with 20 points and 5 assists for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Radviliskis maintains first position in with 25-13 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Kaunas: LKKA-Atletas (#4) and Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6). LKKA-Atletas (23-15) smashed visiting Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-17) by 22 points 94-72. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and Tomas Urbonas who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to third place in . Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Radviliskis (25-13) which played road game in Joniskis against 3rd ranked Delikatesas (22-16). First ranked Radviliskis had an easy win 94-79. The winners were led by Juozas Ramanauskas who scored that evening 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Tautvydas Slezas did not help to save the game for Delikatesas. Radviliskis maintains first position in with 25-13 record. Loser Delikatesas dropped to the fourth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Jonava. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Mazeikiai (22-16) to ninth ranked Triobet (20-18) 77-76 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Henrikas Vorotnikovas who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Triobet moved-up to eighth place in . Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ezerunas-Karys (19-19) and Meresta (18-20), which took place in Moletai. 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys lost at home to thirteenth ranked Meresta 80-92 on Saturday. Klym Artamonov orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Meresta moved-up to twelfth place in . Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Matinga-Juod. was beaten by Nafta Universitetas on the road 91-74. Statyba won against Silute on its own court 73-64. Bottom-ranked ABRO-Univ. unfortunately lost to Gargzdai in a road game 73-81. S.Marciulionio managed to beat Perlas-MRU at home 97-82.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by Deividas Keburys of Meresta.


Group A
Zalgiris-Sabonio - Radviliskis 75-78

The most exciting game of round 8 in the NKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-17) to first ranked Radviliskis (25-13) 78-75 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Zalgiris-Sabonio was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris-Sabonio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and power forward Simonas Kymantas (204-93) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Radviliskis maintains first position in with 25-13 record. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 20+3reb+5ast, T.Dimsa 12+5reb+2ast, S.Kymantas 9+10reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 9+6reb+1ast, T.Jogela 8+3reb, J.Tamulis 8+2reb+1ast
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 24+7reb, T.Rakauskas 16+2reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 11+8reb+3ast, J.Ramanauskas 8+10reb, L.Valantinas 6+1reb+3ast, R.Grinius 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 169806


LKKA-Atletas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 94-72

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Kaunas: LKKA-Atletas (#4) and Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6). LKKA-Atletas (23-15) smashed visiting Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-17) by 22 points 94-72. It looked good early as Zalgiris-Sabonio took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then LKKA-Atletas had a 30-18 second period charge getting the lead and Zalgiris-Sabonio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-94. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and center Tomas Urbonas (218-92) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Tomas Masiulis gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to third place in . Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 16+6reb, V.Kariniauskas 15+6reb+5ast, R.Simanavicius 7+1reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 7+5reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 6+3reb+1ast, T.Dimsa 6
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 27+1reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 19+6reb, T.Tamosiunas 17+4reb+3ast, M.Staniukaitis 10+1reb+4ast, A.Sakalauskas 9+4reb+1ast, E.Alunderis 8+3reb
gschID: 169801


Delikatesas - Radviliskis 79-94

An interesting game for Radviliskis (25-13) which played road game in Joniskis against 3rd ranked Delikatesas (22-16). First ranked Radviliskis had an easy win 94-79. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Delikatesas managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Delikatesas 42-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-85) who scored that evening 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Delikatesas. Swingman Vaidotas Jatulevicius (194-88) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Five Radviliskis and four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Radviliskis maintains first position in with 25-13 record. Loser Delikatesas dropped to the fourth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: T.Slezas 20+7reb+4ast, V.Jatulevicius 16+8reb+3ast, P.Klemas 14+2reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 10+1reb+6ast, V.Uzkuraitis 8+4reb+1ast, I.Lianzbergas 7+1reb
Radviliskis: J.Ramanauskas 21+9reb+2ast, T.Rakauskas 15+4ast, A.Mineikis 12+10reb+1ast, R.Grinius 10+6reb+1ast, L.Pipiras 10+6reb+4ast, R.Rauktys 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 169798


Nafta Universitetas - Matinga-Juod. 91-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Nafta Universitetas (24-14) beat 7th ranked Matinga-Juod. (21-17) in Klaipeda 91-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta Universitetas. Matinga-Juod. was better in second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nafta Universitetas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Forward Valentras Tarolis (203-91) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) replied with 21 points and 8 assists and forward Karolis Pupinis (200-88) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Matinga-Juod.Four Matinga-Juod. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nafta Universitetas maintains second position in with 24-14 record behind leader Radviliskis. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. dropped to the sixth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 21+4reb+8ast, M.Kalvelis 14+3reb+2ast, K.Pupinis 10+9reb+2ast, Z.Kuklierius 10+2reb+3ast, P.Gvazdaitis 8, A.Cizikas 5+1reb+3ast
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 25+1reb+1ast, V.Tarolis 17+7reb+1ast, D.Norkus 15+5reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 8+5reb+6ast, D.Zvinklys 8+3reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 169799


Triobet - Mazeikiai 77-76

A very interesting game took place in Jonava. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Mazeikiai (22-16) to ninth ranked Triobet (20-18) 77-76 on Saturday evening. Triobet made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Triobet outrebounded Mazeikiai 39-26 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Mazeikiai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-90) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Center Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-87) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) produced 25 points and 4 assists and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Triobet moved-up to eighth place in . Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 25+3reb+4ast, M.Stasys 16+3reb+2ast, C.Brock 9+10reb, D.Vaitelis 9+1reb, J.Jurgo 7+5reb, M.Norkus 6+3reb+1ast
Triobet: H.Vorotnikovas 22+9reb+1ast, P.Vaitiekunas 18+4reb+1ast, M.Linkevicius 9+6reb, T.Sebeziovas 9+7reb+3ast, R.Cepanonis 7+2reb, R.Narkevicius 4
gschID: 169800


Group B
Statyba - Silute 73-64

Very expected game when 14th ranked Silute (14-24) lost to eighth ranked Statyba (20-18) in Vilnius 64-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Statyba outrebounded Silute 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. Swingman Tadas Rinkunas (195-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points. Guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Statyba players scored in double figures. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Deividas Petravicius (198-83, college: Northwestern St.) replied with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Silute. Despite that victory Statyba went down to ninth position () due to points difference. Loser Silute keeps the fourteenth place with 24 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Silute: D.Petravicius 20+6reb+4ast, I.Razutis 12+8reb+6ast, V.Pancerevas 10+4reb+4ast, R.Rackauskas 8+4reb, A.Kaubrys 6+5reb+3ast, E.Saulys 5
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 15+3reb+1ast, T.Rinkunas 14+3reb+3ast, T.Galeckas 13+6reb+1ast, L.Kazlauskas 11+2reb, M.Budzinauskas 6+7reb+4ast, R.Sugintas 6+2reb
gschID: 169804


Gargzdai - ABRO-Univ. 81-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena's (11-27) home victory over bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (7-31) 81-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. Gargzdai-Bremena made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 28 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. Forward Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Linas Jonuska (198-91) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Gargzdai-Bremena's coach Rytas Vaisvila used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) replied with 22 points and 5 steals and guard Aridas Kurauskas (184-92) added 10 points and 9 assists in the effort for ABRO-Universitetas. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena maintains fifteenth position in with 11-27 record. Loser ABRO-Universitetas stay dead last with 31 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: R.Giedraitis 22+3reb, A.Gurklys 15+3reb, A.Kurauskas 10+3reb+9ast, V.Pikalavicius 8+4reb+1ast, N.Mika 8+4reb+4ast, A.Danusevicius 7+1reb
Gargzdai: M.Martinkus 16+1reb+1ast, E.Ramanauskas 14+10reb+2ast, L.Jonuska 13+7reb+2ast, T.Mazelis 12+3reb+4ast, M.Grigaitis 8+2reb+1ast, D.Matutis 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 169805


S.Marciulionio - Perlas-MRU 97-82

Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked S.Marciulionio and 12th ranked Perlas-MRU had identical 18-19 record. This time S.Marciulionio used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Vilnius 97-82 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by S.Marciulionio. Perlas-MRU was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. S.Marciulionio dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) contributed with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and forward Mantas Kazonas (201-89) added 15 points in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Five S.Marciulionio and four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio (19-19) moved-up to tenth place in . Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: K.Brusokas 23+12reb+2ast, M.Kazonas 15+3reb+3ast, T.Padegimas 15+3reb+3ast, P.Semaska 13+4reb+3ast, D.Domarkas 8+1reb+3ast, M.Virbalas 7+4reb+1ast
S.Marciulionio: E.Mockevicius 24+9reb+3ast, N.Varnelis 22+5reb, T.Lekunas 16+9reb+5ast, R.Bitinas 12+1reb+4ast, V.Trepocka 12+4reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 169802


Ezerunas-Karys - Meresta 80-92

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ezerunas-Karys (19-19) and Meresta (18-20), which took place in Moletai. 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys lost at home to thirteenth ranked Meresta 80-92 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-80. Meresta made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (183-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Paulius Lescinskas (188-93) added 16 points in the effort for Ezerunas-Karys. Five Meresta and four Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Meresta moved-up to twelfth place in . Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the eleventh position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: P.Lescinskas 16+4reb, M.Kugauda 15+3reb+2ast, J.Narusis 12+1reb+1ast, A.Slezas 12+6reb+2ast, R.Ambrulaitis 11+7reb+2ast, M.Janisius 8+7reb+1ast
Meresta: A.Maneikis 20+6reb+3ast, D.Griskenas 18+8reb, K.Artamonov 17+6reb+6ast, S.Slivka 15+5reb, S.Raziulis 12+1reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 169803




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Fuerza Regia ends as No.4 of Liga Americas, Group A - by Eurobasket News
Fuerza Regia failed to reach the second stage of Liga Americas. They actually ended as the last ranked team of Group A. In the last day of the competition, Brazilian team Vivo/Franca celebrated its first victory in Liga Americas and at the same time avoided last place in this pool. Vivo/Franca handed 89-83 loss to Fuerza Regia, so both teams finished with 1-2 record, but the Brazilian squad is No.3 and Mexicans are No.4. Both teams failed to reach the next stage. Edward Basden exploded with 34 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in this victory. He reached valuation 41. In Fuerza Regia, Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) shined with 26 points and 17 rebs (valuation 37). Quarters: 25-20, 23-21, 20-28, 21-14.
In the second game, Fuerza Regia managed to beat Pioneros 92-86 in Mexican derby. Henry Dugat (183-G-87, college: Baylor) led Fuerza Regia with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) and Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) secured a nice help with 18 and 16 points respectively. Pioneros got 22 points and 6 rebs from Jovan Harris. Quarters: 22-25, 24-14, 14-25, 32-22.
In the first day of the competition, Fuerza Regia failed to La Union 73-98. Joe Smith was a key player in victory with 28 points. Ariel Pau also was great as he added 12 points for just 9 minutes on the court. In defeat, Brandon Robinson top-scored with 16 pts. Quarters: 13-22, 12-21, 25-32, 23-23.


Pioneros wins Group A of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Pioneros grabbed 96-94 overtime win against La Union for the first place in Group A of the Liga Americas. Both teams finished with 2-1 record, but Pioneros is the winner of this pool and La Union ended as No.2. Both squads advanced to the second stage. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) shined for the winners with 27 points. Their second scorer was Forrest Fisher (193-G-80) with 13 pts. In La Union, Gregory Lewis responded with 25 points and 13 rebs, and Ruben Wolkowyski added 20 pts. Quarters: 16-25, 25-11, 23-22, 20-28, 12-8 OT.
In the second game, Pioneros failed to Fuerza Regia 86-92. Henry Dugat led Fuerza Regia with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Strobbe and Brandon Robinson secured a nice help with 18 and 16 points respectively. Pioneros got 22 points and 6 rebs from Jovan Harris. Quarters: 25-22, 14-24, 25-14, 22-32.
In the opening game of Liga Americas, Pioneros blasted Vivo/France 104-73. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82, college: Troy) was the leading player in victory with 26 points. Jovan Harris (6 as) and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) (8 rebs) added 15 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Kevin Sowell had 21 points and Edward Basden added 20 points, plus 6 boards. Quarters: 24-9, 24-19, 28-18, 28-27.


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Rasa Mijuskovic's open letter about the current situation in KK Mogren Budva - by Darko Pekic
Rasa Mijuskovic , one of the most respected basketball agents in Montenegro contacted Eurobasket.com this morning and sent us an open letter which will be published in integral form on our pages, with respect to the author's wishes:

With regard to all the events around KK Mogren from Budva I have to inform the public with an open letter about the truth as a representative of the players who initiated a law suit against KK Mogren for the debts, and by order of the same players.

Specifically, KK Mogren from Budva players launched a number of lawsuits proceedings for nonpayment of obligations arising under the engagement of professional players in these last few competing seasons. Of all these procedures to this date, just two ex workers got their earned money- the coach
Veselin Krivokapic (No. P.16509/09), which got a later dispute-settlement negotiated with the club for a refund of the decreased amount of 28 000 euros, and the player Damir Rajkovic (201-F-77) (no. P.830/05) who collected the debt after the court's verdict in Kotor (2800 euros) after a nearly two-year blockade of the club accounts. However, although the accounts were blocked the club normally worked, paid the players wages, paid airline tickets, etc. Everyone else are nearing the end of the claims procedures: Aleksandar Raickovic (205-C-77) 2200 Euros (no. P.631/10/10), Petar Jovanovic (196-G-80) 4000 euros (no. P.630/10/10), Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 2800 euros (no. P.632/10/10) while lawsuits hearings are expecting players Dejan Radulovic (186-G-85) for 4000 euros and Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) for 1,500.

After the latest events there were rumours that KK Mogren's management, with Mr. Ognjenovic in the leading role, wanted to ruin the club and fold because they do not want to pay the debts although KSCG ordered them to do so.I now publicly ask KSCG, Administration of Sports of the Municipality of Budva and whole Montenegro what to do now and I hope someone will respond and stop the destruction of basketball in Budva. This arrogant behavior of the KK Mogren's leader was indicated by us a long time ago and I need to ask -who is to blame for the newly formed situation in basketball club Mogren?

A few days ago in the daily newspapers there was a public statement which outlines that the municipal government paid from the city budget to KK Mogren 100 000 euros during the last competition season! I wonder where that money ended up, because the debts to players are not regulated while current players do not get paid in time

Finally, I must, as a longtime sports worker, a lover of basketball and as a former sports director of KK Mogren in 2004/05 season, publicly ask people respnsible for administration of KK Mogren, why are they now trying to shut down the club with a great basketball tradition? Is it just because you want to avoid paying duties to the debtors? This should be a concealment of possible fraud at the club, or maybe something else?


EuroCup: Buducnost book quarterfinal ticket with win over Krka - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Krka 63:58

Buducnost registered the third win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off Krka in Group K to clinch the second place in the ladder. Buducnost will now play in EuroCup quarterfinals. Krka fell at 1-5 record and remained in the last place in the standings.
Both teams needed to win to stay in the race. The hosts managed to take an upper hand from the start. Buducnost posted a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Krka however slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. The Slovenian side narrowed the deficit to 3 points at the interval 35:38. Buducnost stiffened defence in the third quarter. They limited Krka to 11 points in the period and gained a 52:46 lead with ten minutes to go. The teams combined for just 23 points in the final term as Buducnost hung on for a narrow win at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points each for the home team. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points for the Montenegrin side. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) answered with 14 points each for Krka.

Buducnost: Bojan Krstovic 14, Nikola Ivanovic 14, Cedomir Vitkovac 11
Krka: Smiljan Pavic 14, Zoran Dragic 14



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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 13-2 
 2. RSB Berkane 12-3 
 3. WAC Casabl. 10-5 
 4. CRA Hoceima 8-6 
 5. PCS Plazza C. 8-7 
 6. MAF Fez 8-7 
 7. FUS Rabat 5-9 
 8. IRT Tanger 5-10 
 9. KAC 3-12 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-13 


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  NBA   


Raptors' Andrea Bargnani not ready to return - by Eurobasket News
Calf problems have kept Toronto Raptors forward/center Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) out of the lineup for all but two games since Jan. 11. Word came last week that he should be ready to go after the All-Star break, but Raptors PR reports that the 7-0 Italian didn't' practice Monday and has 'no return date set.'

The good news, though, is that Bargnani did do 'some conditioning and running off to the side,' according to the PR department's tweet.

The 26-year-old, who was selected first overall in the 2006 draft, is averaging 23.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks per game. He appeared 13 times this season.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Hornets sign Lance Thomas for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) for the rest of the season. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Thomas has been with the Hornets for two consecutive 10-day contracts, appearing in nine games during that span with averages of 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Thomas, a Duke University product, appeared in two regular season games with the Hornets before being released on December 31, averaging 0.5 points. In two preseason games (both starts), he averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.

The 68 forward also appeared with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League this season. In 19 games (all starts) for the Toros, Thomas averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 32.6 minutes of play. The Scotch Plains, New Jersey native also played for the Toros during the 2010-11 season, averaging 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 46 games (all starts).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Hornets sign Solomon Jones to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Solomon Jones (6'10''-F/C-84, college: S.Florida) to a second 10-day contract.

Jones averaged 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 14.8 minutes over five games for the Hornets during his first 10-day.

A University South Florida product, Jones appeared in 10 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers this season before being waived on February 7th. Originally signed by Los Angeles on January 3, 2012, Jones averaged 0.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 9.6 minutes of play with the Clippers.

The 610 forward is in his sixth NBA season, originally drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 33rd pick in the 2006 NBA draft. After spending three seasons in Atlanta where he played in 156 games (including eight starts during his rookie season), Jones spent the 2009-10 and 2001-11 campaigns with the Indiana Pacers before landing with the Clippers this season. The Eustis, Florida native holds career averages of 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 10.9 minutes over 262 games.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Kings reach a deal on new Arena in Sacramento - by Eurobasket News
The city of Sacramento and the Kings announced a tentative deal today to build a new arena in the downtown railyard. More than half the money would come from leasing the city's parking to a private operator, but the team's owners say they've also agreed to pay $75 million upfront.

George Maloof, the family member who pushed the hardest to move to Anaheim last year, said he believes the deal with Sacramento will allow the team to sustain itself financially for years in Sacramento, a small-market city. 'We're going to have a new building, we'll be able to attract players. It will be much easier.'

'My family is making a major commitment. I think it is a fair deal. We gave a lot. Everybody had to give. Sometimes you have to take chances and we think this is worth taking.'

Details of the agreement are expected to be included in a term sheet released by the city Thursday. The City Council is expected to vote on the deal at its March 6 meeting.

A source briefed on negotiations, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak, said the city will contribute $200 million to $250 million to the deal, primarily from leasing its parking garages to a private operator.

Other small pots of money include revenue from cell phone tower leases and electronic billboards. The deal does not include a hotel tax.

The city will collect a 3 percent to 5 percent surcharge on every ticket for every event at the arena, both sports and nonsports. That revenue will go directly into the city's general fund. That figure is expected to be in the millions of dollars annually, and will cover a portion of the $9 million in lost revenues from the city's planned lease of its downtown garages.

The Maloofs will pay $75 million up front, which includes proceeds from the eventual sale of Power Balance Pavilion and the land around it.

The city also will collect all parking revenue from arena events at its downtown parking garages, even those it plans to lease to a private operator, the source said. The city will split those revenues with the Kings during Kings games.

The Maloofs will pay off their current $67 million loan with the city. They will obtain a new, longer term loan, using the team and arena-related revenue as collateral. The lender is not known at this time.

Entertainment conglomerate AEG has agreed to pay nearly $60 million for the right to operate the city-owned facility, up from its orginal offer of $50 million, the source said.

This morning's announcement of the framework followed a hard day of negotiations Sunday. Representatives of the NBA and the city met again with the Maloofs this morning.

Sacramento has struggled for a decade to cobble together a financing plan for a new arena.

Last year, with the team poised to leave for Anaheim, Mayor Kevin Johnson persuaded the league to give Sacramento another year, so it could make another push for an arena.

The NBA then set a deadline of March 1 for a deal to be done.

Team co-owner Gavin Maloof came out of negotiations Monday morning in tears to announce that the team has made a long-term commitment to the capital.

'I'm still emotional,' he said. 'It's been a long time.'

His brother George Maloof said Monday morning that his family would put in 'close to $75 million upfront, probably another $75 million over the term of the agreement.'

'We got something worked out, tentative. We're all very excited about it. We were skeptical about whether or not something could happen.'

Asked about the family's ability to afford such a deal, he said, 'We can finance that.'

He said that in this morning's negotations, 'We kind of bridged the gap of where we needed to be.'

George Maloof said the $75 million in additional payments, to be made over the course of the deal, will come partially from surcharges on arena tickets.

He said the rest will come 'definitely from us.'

The NBA will contribute to the project, but that contribution is not clear yet.

' (The owners) have authorized me to be as supportive as we could possibly be in this process so we could cement the future of the NBA in Sacramento,' league commissioner David Stern said.

Joe Maloof expressed satisfaction that the owners and the city were able to agree.

'I'm excited; (I'm) sure the fans are excited,' he said. 'We aways said we wanted to stay. It worked out.'

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who participated in negotiations, said the team has made a long-term commitment to Sacramento.

'It's game over,' he said.
Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby said the mayor called her and told her to announce the news at her State of Natomas address today.

Her comment: 'Excited to hear the details, proud of our delegation in Orlando. This is what we've been waiting to hear, glad we are getting the chance.'

While the Maloofs wouldn't own the new arena, it could produce more money for them through concessions, money from a more lucrative arena naming rights deal with arena operator AEG, luxury box revenue, corporate sponsorships, and opportunities for more high-profile corporate advertising inside the arena.

AEG will operate the arena under an arrangement similar to the one it has in Kansas City. When AEG operations profits reach a certain threshold, further profits will be split with the city of Sacramento.

NBA Commissioner David Stern and league relocation committee head Clay Bennett were instrumental last year in persuaded the Maloofs not to move to Anaheim. Both were in the room at key moments during negotiations Sunday and Monday. George Maloof said the commissioner and Bennett did not pressure the Kings.

'No pressure at all from either of them,' Maloof said. 'David served as a nice mediator. He represented the Kings first as well as the city.'

Maloof said he was impressed with how hard Johnson has worked in the last year to put a deal together. 'The mayor put his heart and soul into it.'

City Councilman Rob Fong declined to guess what the vote will be when the term sheet comes before the city's elected leaders. 'We haven't got any of the details yet,' he said. But, he added, 'It's definitely a milestone.'

While many challenges lie ahead, Monday was a celebratory day for Mayor Johnson and other arena supporters. Even Anaheim, the city that almost took the team, sent good wishes.

'Congratulations to the city of Sacramento and the Maloof family,' said Michael Schulman, chairman of the company that runs Anaheim's Honda Center arena, in a prepared statement. 'Today's news does not change our commitment to bring an NBA franchise to Anaheim.'

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Grizzlies recall Josh Selby from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The 19-15 Memphis Grizzlies have decided they miss guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) and have brought him back from another dimension.

The Grizzlies today recalled Selby from the Reno Bighorns, the teams NBA Development League affiliate, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced.

Selby (6-2, 183) saw action in four games with the Bighorns, including one start, and averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.25 steals in 31.0 minutes. He shot .483 from the field, .500 from three-point territory and .714 from the free throw line.

He has averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 assists on .389 shooting in 10.3 minutes in 18 games during his rookie season with the Grizzlies. The 20-year-old was selected by Memphis in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Baltimore native posted 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 appearances last year as a freshman at Kansas.

The Grizzlies host the Dallas Mavericks in the first game since the All-Star break on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at FedExForum.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Former All-Star Guard Brandon Roy Entertains Comeback Possibility - by David Pick
Former Rookie of the Year and 3-time All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who recently retired from basketball due to a serious knee condition, has been entertaining the possibility of a comeback, telling Eurobasket, 'It's hard being away from the game. Don't be surprised if you see Brandon Roy make his way back to the court.'

The five-year veteran, who was selected sixth in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, retired on December 10, 2011, after suffering from ongoing trouble with his knees.

Lately, Roy has been working out in his hometown gym, preparing for a life changing possibility. 'It burns being away from the game and watching the entire season from the outside,' a frustrated Roy said as he followed the shortened 2011-12 NBA season from his living room couch.

According to sources close to the player, regardless of his knee problems, Roy's decision to retire wasn't all health related. 'There's something to it, but it's not the right time for me to get into it right now,' Roy said. 'I've been doing some treatment and I'm trying to leave the window open to returning to basketball.'

When met with skepticism regarding his comeback, Roy explained, 'It's the truth. It's really hard being so far away from the game. I spend time watching Jamal (Crawford) and following all of his games; Will (Conroy) and Tre (Simmons) are both doing their thing, so it's driving me to wanna come back out there. If the treatment I've been looking into can work, I believe there's a good chance you will see Brandon Roy back hoopin'.'

Earlier this week, while the NBA's main event took place in Orlando, Roy, Will Conroy and Washington Huskies youngster Tony Wroten watched the All-Star game at the Blazers' guard Jamal Crawford's residence. Roy described his feelings. 'We were just relaxing and watching the game but all I could think about was all of the fun stuff behind the scenes. The guys brought back a lot of memories when they asked me what the feel was like and whether guys get along. I told them the players get along great because it's all really about having fun and amusing the fans.'

As a spectator, Roy observed that 'The players did whatever they could to make sure their fans get the best product, if it being Kobe and Lebron going at it late in the game or Kevin Durant's competitiveness. It's really hard doing it for 48-minutes, but I think in the fourth quarter, they definitely got the job done.'

Last year, while playing his fifth and final season for the Blazers, Roy played in 53 games, averaging 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg.




Washington 118, Milwaukee 119 - by Milord Nikolic
Mike Dunleavy scored 28 points and Ersan Ilyasova hit the game-winning basket as host Milwaukee snapped a two-game slide and sent Washington to its fifth consecutive defeat.
Ilyasova finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Drew Gooden chipped in 15 and 10 and Brandon Jennings marked the Bucks third double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. After Jennings lost the ball out of bounds with 12.3 seconds left, the Wizards had a chance to take the lead. John Wall got the ball and went to the baseline, rising up for an eight-foot jumper with 6.8 seconds left. Jennings missed his opportunity for the game winner but Ilyasova was there for the offensive rebound and tip-in with 2.2 on the clock.
The Wizards trailed 67-53 at the half but hit six 3-pointers in the third quarter to take the lead. Washington was up 100-98 with 8:33 left in the fourth quarter before going 3:00 without a field goal. Milwaukee capitalized on the drought, getting five points from Dunleavy as part of an 11-2 run. Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer with 3:41 left before the Bucks endured their own slump, with Ilyasovas tip marking their next field goal.




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Latest games (3): Miracles earn overtime win against Rainmen on Monday - by Eurobasket News
Moncton M. - Halifax R. 95-94 OT
The Moncton Miracles beat the Halifax Rainmen at the Moncton Coliseum with a final score of 95-94 on Monday evening. In the first half the Miracles had a 45-40 lead. Halifax battled hard in the second half, and the game went back and forth before regular time ended in an 86-86 tie. Overtime continued to go basket for basket before Moncton finally finished on top after the extra five minutes of play. Boubacar Coly (6'9''-F-83, college: Morgan St.) led the way for the Miracles with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) followed with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) led the way for the Rainmen with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Rodney Buford was right behind him with 15 points. The Miracles' Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F, college: Victory) and Rainmen's Richard Anderson were fouled out of the game. The Miracles play their last game on the road against the Halifax Rainmen on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Halifax Metro Centre. The Moncton Miracles are part of the National Basketball League of Canada. *Courtesy of www.sackvilletribunepost.com

Quebec K. - London L. 105-95
The London Lightning lost their second in three games Saturday, heading to Quebec to drop a 105-95 National Basketball League of Canada decision to the Kebs. The Lightning had already wrapped up first place but want to go into the playoffs peaking at the right time. The last five games the Lightning have been up and down. On Saturday, they played well for the first three quarters, taking a nine-point lead into the final 12 minutes. But the Kebs outscored the Lightning 43-24 in the final frame. Cedric Moodie (6'2''-G-78, college: Indianapolis) led the Kebs with 31 points. The Lightning were led yet again by Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield). He put up 34 points, including 12 of 13 from the foul line. Rodney Buford added 18 and Gabe Freeman 12. The Lightning have two games left before the playoffs, when they'll play either the Saint John Mill Rats or Oshawa Power. The Mill Rats and Power both have two games left but the Mill Rats can clinch the final playoff spot with a win or a Power loss. The Lightning will open the best-of-three series on the road, with the final two games in London. The first local playoff game is scheduled for March 9 at the John Labatt Centre. *Courtesy of www.lfpress.com

Quebec K. - Halifax R. 75-127
The Halifax Rainmen delivered a resounding message Sunday afternoon in Quebec City. The Rainmen dismantled the Quebec Kebs 127-75 in a record-setting effort that lifted them into a second-place tie with the Kebs and put them in the drivers seat to secure home-court advantage for the first round of the National Basketball League of Canada playoffs. Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) scored 22 points and the Rainmen obliterated the NBL mark for largest margin of victory to sweep a weekend series with Quebec in a preview of their best-of-three semifinal. The Rainmen nipped the Kebs 101-98 on Friday night at the Metro Centre. 'Our defence was just amazing today,' said Wright, who also snagged a game-high 10 boards. 'We frustrated them and I think this game is the best game defensive-wise weve had all year.' He wasnt exaggerating. Halifax set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a game while holding the Kebs to 29 per cent shooting from the floor. The Rainmen also established a season best by limiting Quebec to 29 first-half points. The win snapped the Rainmens six-game road losing skid and left their fate completely in their own hands, since the Kebs (22-13) have only one game remaining, on Thursday in London against the league-leading Lightning. The Rainmen (21-12) are in Moncton tonight to play the Miracles, return home to entertain Moncton on Thursday night and travel to Saint John next Sunday to meet the fourth-place Mill Rats in the leagues regular-season finale. Since the Rainmen beat the Kebs 5-1 in their season series, they hold the tiebreaker should the two clubs finish with identical records. That means Halifax would clinch second place with one more win should Quebec lose in London, where the Kebs are 0-2 this season. If the Kebs beat the Lightning, Halifax would need to win at least two of its remaining three to secure second spot. 'Weve got some pretty tough games but were gonna come out and play as hard as we can and I think well be able to clinch that No. 2 spot,' Wright said. 'Home-court advantage is always important, especially in the playoffs, just having the crowd behind you and especially for us since the only team weve lost to at home is London.' Halifax is 15-2 at the Metro Centre and beat the Kebs in all three meetings there this season but is only 6-10 on the road. Quebec finishes 14-4 at home, is 8-9 on the road and beat the Rainmen just once in three tries in Quebec City. That lone victory, 103-80 on Feb. 3, represented Halifaxs worst loss of the year, giving the Rainmen plenty of motivation if they needed any Sunday afternoon. The two teams traded just a pair of baskets each in the first 3 minutes. But Wrights deuce to break the 4-4 draw got the visitors off and running. By the end of the quarter, theyd orchestrated a pair of 11-0 runs to open up a 35-13 lead, punctuated by Taliek Browns buzzer-beating runner from far beyond the arc. They bounded into the locker-room at halftime with a 63-29 advantage over the shell-shocked Kebs, whose top-rated defence entered the game yielding only 95.1 points per outing. Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) trey with 1:25 left in the third put Halifax in front 98-51 and Darnell Hugee sank a turnaround baseline jumper as the quarter ended to get the Rainmen to the century mark at 100-51. Levett finished with 18 points while Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84) netted 15, Chris Hagan 14, Bryan McCullough 11 and Richard Anderson 10. Brown added nine points to go along with 10 of Halifaxs season-high 34 assists. Carl Krauser topped Quebec with 14. The 52-point win shattered the old mark for largest point spread set by London on Tuesday in a 119-84 thrashing of the Miracles. 'I think it always makes a statement when you beat a team by so much,' Wright said. 'Going into the playoffs were 5-1 (against Quebec) and mentally thats gonna hurt them, but for us were still gonna treat it like its our first game against them.' Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Tyrone Levett named NBL Canada Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen are pleased to announce that 6'6'', 215-pound forward, Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), has been named the National Basketball League of Canada's Player of the Week.
'Tyrone has been playing tremendous basketball,' said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. 'He has positioned himself as a leader both on and off the court and is extremely deserving of his honour.'

NBL Canada has stated that it was Levett's stellar play and consistent scoring that helped the Rainmen move into second place that earned him the award.

'I'm excited for this honour,' says Levett. 'I see it as a team achievement because I couldn't have reached it without the hard work of my teammates and our fantastic coaching staff.'

Levett is the third Rainmen player to be named NBL Canada Player of the Week this season. Justin Johnson earned the award on December 12 and Joey Haywood earned it on November 13.

The Rainmen will play in Moncton tonight at 7 p.m., and will return to the Metro Centre on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. to once again face the Miracles during their last regular season home game of the year.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Providence 72, Connecticut 70 - by Milord Nikolic
Bryce Cotton scored 22 points and freshman LaDontae Henton added 18, including a pair of huge 3-pointers down the stretch, and the host Friars dealt the Huskies NCAA Tournament hopes a big blow. Gerard Coleman added 13 points for Providence (15-15, 4-13 Big East), which hit 10 3-pointers and erased a 14-point deficit to earn a third straight home win over the Huskies. The Friars have won five of the last seven meetings. The Huskies led 51-37 with just over 12 minutes left before Cotton and the Friars shot their way back into the game. The sophomore scored 14 points during a 26-5 that gave Providence a 63-56 lead with under four minutes to play. UConn (17-12, 7-10) cut the margin to 63-61, but Henton hit back-to-back 3-pointers, the second with the shot clock expiring, which gave Providence a 69-61 lead with just over a minute left. The Huskies again pulled to within three points at 72-69 on a 3-pointer from Jeremy Lamb with 28 seconds left. It was a tough loss for Connecticut, which has lost nine of 12 to keep the defending national champs squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Andre Drummond had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Lamb finished with 12 points on just 5-of-15 shooting for UConn, which hopes to have Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun (back surgery) back for Saturday's regular-season finale against Pittsburgh.



No. 9 Baylor beats Texas Tech 77-48 in home finale for winningest senior class - by Eurobasket News
Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90), Fred Ellis (6'6''-F-89) and Anthony Jones (6'10''-F-89) have been to an NCAA regional final and an NIT championship game at Baylor. They hope theyre not done.

After being recognized before the home finale Monday night as the winningest senior class in school history, they easily got their 95th victory when the ninth-ranked Bears beat Texas Tech 77-48.

'My feelings were mixed', Acy said. 'It was emotional playing my last game in the Ferrell Center. But we have a long way to go in the season.'

Jones then added, It makes me want five more to get to 100. ... Why stop at five?

Perry Jones III, the sophomore who is not related to Anthony, had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (25-5, 12-5 Big 12). A.J. Walton scored a season-high 13 points, while Anthony Jones also had 13 and Acy 12.

Walton matched his season-high with 10 points before halftime, when the Bears were already in total control.

Baylor closed the first half on a 25-4 run over the final 10:05, stretching its lead to 40-15.

Texas Tech (8-21, 1-16) didnt even have 20 points in the game until Jordan Tolberts dunk with 14:33 left made it 49-21. Tolbert finished with 19 points.

Tough night for us, obviously, coach Billy Gillispie said. Especially thought we competed hard at the start, but we couldnt make any plays. Couldnt finish at the basket, couldnt get to the foul line, couldnt make open shots. And then they got a great deal of confidence, and it just kind of steamrolled against us.

Baylor never trailed after taking an 8-0 lead, though that was more than 5 minutes into the game. All three seniors started their final home game.

Acy had two big dunks just before coming out of the game to a huge ovation with about 2 minutes left. Right after that, Jones hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Even the little-used Ellis, who hadnt scored a point since Dec. 19, made two free throws.

Great senior night, coach Scott Drew said. I couldnt be more proud of how our seniors were able to play their last game and go out.

While the three seniors have played their last home game, they already have a school-record 12 Big 12 victories with the regular-season finale still to play Saturday at Iowa State. After that, there is the conference tournament next week and then another NCAA tournament.

During their freshman season, the Bears made it to the Big 12 tournament championship game and were the NIT runner-up in 2008. A year later, they were part of the school-record 28 wins as Baylor advanced to an NCAA regional final against eventual national champion Duke.

The regular-season finale is a game to determine seeding in the Big 12 tournament.

The Bears and Iowa State began Monday night tied for third place in the Big 12. Iowa State (21-8, 11-5) plays at second-place and No. 7 Missouri (25-4, 12-4) on Wednesday night.

Walton had a step-back jumper, the shot falling through the hoop about the same time he was backpedaling and falling with about 3 minutes left in the first half. After a Texas Tech turnover, he added a jumper that gave him 10 points and the Bears a 35-13 lead.

Pierre Jackson then had consecutive assists for inside-out baskets by Anthony Jones.

Jackson penetrated inside and was in the air when he slipped a pass to Jones for a layup. On the next possession, Jackson passed to Jones in the left corner for a 3-pointer that made it 40-13.

The second half didnt start any better for the Red Raiders. Javarez Willis had a quick turnover and Brady Heslip hit a 3-pointer from the left corner in front of his teammates on the Baylor bench.

With about 9 minutes left and Baylor up 60-31, the crowd began chanting We want Fred! We want Fred! As the crowd got louder, Drew looked down the bench with a big smile on his face and put Ellis in the game. Ellis made his free throws with 6:35 left.

I was trying to get them to chant it earlier, Ellis said, smiling. It just felt good, the fans just chanting your name. When I get old, Ill tell my kids, I had 40 points and the fans were chanting my name and I had six dunks. Everybody screaming my name.

Anthony Jones made a free throw in the opening minute and added a 17-foot jumper for a 3-0 lead. Perry Jones III had a steal and passed ahead for a breakaway layup by Acy, who with 14:42 left made another tough shot inside and came down hard after being fouled. Walton came on to make the free throw.

For senior night, if you have a close team, everybody feels the pressure, Drew said. They really want to do well for the seniors. You saw that tonight.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Kentucky, Syracuse hold atop newest AP poll - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 for a fifth straight week, while Kansas moves up to a season-high No. 3.

Kentucky received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday with Syracuse getting the other two.

Kansas, Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina all moved up one place to be third through sixth. Missouri, which lost twice last week, dropped four spots to seventh and was followed by Marquette, Baylor and Ohio State.

Creighton is the week's lone newcomer, returning to the rankings at No. 25 after two weeks out of the poll. The Bluejays, winners of four straight, replace New Mexico, which moved in last week for the first time this season at No. 18, then fell out after losing two games.

Florida State, the third ranked team to lose two games last week, dropped from 15th to 22nd.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 20 Notre Dame loses to No. 11 Georgetown 59-41 - by Eurobasket News
After a rough road trip, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey was thinking about home.

'Let's get this over with,' Brey said with a smile as he stepped to the podium for his postgame news conference. 'I'm ready to go back to South Bend, man.'

Who could blame him?

Held to 33 percent shooting from the field, including 3 for 17 on 3-point attempts, and its lowest point total in nearly four years, No. 20 Notre Dame lost 59-41 to No. 11 Georgetown on Monday night in a key game for Big East tournament seeding.

'That may be the best defensive team we played against this season,' Brey said.

It was Notre Dame's second consecutive loss - and second consecutive struggle at the offensive end - following a school-record, nine-game conference winning streak.

The Irish made only 4 of 31 3-point tries in a loss at St. John's on Saturday.

'We're going to have to make some more 3s. We didn't shoot it very well on this road trip,' Brey said. 'Part of our run - our nine-game run - (was) we shot it well at key times. We didn't really shoot it well' against St. John's or Georgetown.

Notre Dame last scored this few points in a 61-41 loss to Washington State in the second round of 2008 NCAA tournament.

'Their length and their size and their quickness bothered us,' Brey said about the Hoyas. 'We had the tempo we wanted, but we've got to score a little bit more to make it interesting.'

No one scored more for the Irish (20-10, 12-5) than the nine points from Eric Atkins (6'1''-G-91) and Scott Martin (6'8''-G-88). Jack Cooley had two points and zero rebounds in 25 minutes.

'For Jack, I know he's very disappointed. And I couldn't figure out how to help him,' Brey said.

'That's really, by far, his worst effort. I mean, for him to play 25 minutes and not get a rebound is staggering, because that's the one thing he can do. ... I thought he was just a step slow,' Brey said. 'Maybe we need to get him a little rest tomorrow.'

Cooley had problems dealing with the defense of Georgetown center Henry Sims (6'10''-C-90), who also did well at the other end of the court.

Playing at home for the last time, Sims and Jason Clark (6'2''-G-90) combined for 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Georgetown (22-6, 12-5).

While they have led the way all season for Georgetown on a roster with 10 freshmen and sophomores, there was plenty of help from the youngsters, as usual.

Greg Whittington contributed 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting, including 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, and another freshman, Otto Porter, had 10 rebounds.

In typical John Thompson III fashion, Georgetown's coach managed to focus on a negative side of Whittington's play, delivering this line with a wink and a smile: 'Yeah, well, he forgot that we still need him to rebound. Because you look at this little stat sheet here: Whittington, one rebound. So he fell in love with his shooting today and forgot to do everything else.'

It's easy to kid around after an easy win, and this was the second straight for Georgetown, which beat Villanova by 21 points while holding it to 28 percent shooting.

As always with Thompson, the emphasis is on defense, and he pounded that home with his players after a 73-55 setback at Seton Hall last week.

'A tough loss. An embarrassing loss,' Clark called it. 'We knew that we needed to step up our defensive intensity.'

That they did. Georgetown led by 10 points at halftime and kept pulling away. Whittington's 3 with about 8 1/2 minutes left capped a 9-0 run that made it 48-29 and pretty much sealed the victory.

Clark and Sims left to a standing ovation with 1:43 remaining, greeted by huge hugs from Thompson.

'I remember my last home game. Many moons ago, but I remember it very well,' Thompson said. 'And I'm sure they will remember tonight for the rest of their lives.'

Said Clark: 'We didn't want to go out with a loss.'

Both the Hoyas and Fighting Irish are in the running for a top-four seeding and a double-bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. Georgetown finishes its schedule at No. 8 Marquette on Saturday, while Notre Dame closes against visiting Providence on Friday.

'Forget all that,' Thompson replied when asked about the conference standings and tournament. 'We have to prepare for our next game. And then after that, you have to prepare for the next game. And if you start thinking about double-byes, single-byes, seedings, this, that and the other, you forget to prepare for the next game.'

Looking ahead to Friday, while also ruing what happened against the Hoyas, Brey said: 'I hope we can play as well on 'Senior Night' as these guys did.'

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


BSC Tournament: High Point beats Gardner-Webb 68-58 - by Eurobasket News
Nick Barbour (6'3''-G-89) scored 22 points and Corey Law (6'6''-F-90) tallied a double-double, leading High Point past Gardner-Webb 68-58 on Monday night in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament.

Law had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Shay Shine (6'2''-G-89) chipped in with 11 points for the Panthers (13-17), who advanced to the tournament's quarterfinal round on Wednesday against UNC Asheville.

This contest was close throughout, although High Point led for all but 1:11 of game time. The Panthers took a 26-22 lead at the break and outscored the Runnin' Bulldogs 42-36 in the second half to seal it.

The teams split their regular-season series, with High Point winning on Feb. 4 and Gardner-Webb coming out on top in the Jan. 7 meeting. Both games went into overtime.

Tashan Newsome (6'3''-G) led Gardner-Webb (12-20) with 21 points.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


Oklahoma State loses 70-58 to No. 3 Kansas - by Eurobasket News
Try as he might, Keiton Page (5'9''-G-89) couldn't rally Oklahoma State to one last landmark victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) responded to coach Bill Self's challenge to shut down Page and scored 10 of his 27 points during a game-clinching run over the final 5 minutes, and No. 3 Kansas claimed the Big 12 title outright by beating the Cowboys 70-58 on Monday night.

Playing on the second anniversary of their defeat of a top-ranked Jayhawks team, when Page played a supporting role, the Cowboys (14-16, 7-10) were unable to pull off another upset and send Page out a winner in the final home game of his career.

'We couldn't get over that hump that we needed to get over,' said Page, who scored 29 points and hit seven 3-pointers. 'It wasn't just one particular thing tonight. We just weren't in the flow of it. They took us out of our offense early and our defense wasn't the type of defense we know we're capable of playing.'

Page tried to mount one last rally. He had scored Oklahoma State's last 11 points to cut a 14-point deficit down to 60-52 when Self called time out and told Taylor that Elijah Johnson was going to take over for him on defense.

Taylor got mad and then proved he was up to the challenge.

He hit a 3-pointer from the left wing, a runner along the right side of the lane, slammed home a runout dunk with two hands and then nailed another 3 from the top of the key to push the lead up to 70-52 with 2:07 to play.

'Fortunately for us, he was able to match him basically basket for basket there down the stretch when we had to make a couple plays,' Self said.

The Jayhawks (25-5, 15-2) have won the conference title outright the past four years and players wore blue T-shirts with '8 STR8' on the front after the game, signifying their eight consecutive titles overall - including shared crowns in 2005, 2006 and 2008 when they weren't the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 tournament.

This time, they waited to celebrate the title until they had it wrapped up all alone instead of after beating archrival Missouri in a top 5 showdown Saturday to clinch at least a shared championship.

'It feels amazing because a lot of people didn't think we'd be this good this year,' Taylor said. 'I think if you asked us at the beginning of the year, our goal was to always win a Big 12 championship. We prepared like we wanted to win.'

Unranked Oklahoma State teams had upset top 5 Kansas teams in 2008 and 2010 but it didn't happen in a third straight time in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Cowboys were also trying to upset a second top 5 opponent in the same season for the first time since 2003, but didn't have the services of freshman Le'Bryan Nash this time. Nash, who scored 19 of his career-high 27 points to spur a rally past then-No. 2 Missouri a month ago, was on the bench with a cast on his injured left hand.

Oklahoma State has also lost two point guards who decided to transfer plus another starter - forward Jean-Paul Olukemi - to a season-ending injury.

'With the makeup of our team, everybody's got to contribute,' coach Travis Ford said. 'It wasn't the best night for some of our guys but that happens. It wasn't because they weren't ready, it wasn't because they didn't play hard.

'They wanted it so bad, maybe a little too much, as far as wanting to play hard for Keiton. ... That almost puts a little bit too much pressure on you.'

Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91) added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Jayhawks outscored short-handed Oklahoma State 34-8 in the paint, held a 32-23 rebounding advantage and shot 52 percent for the game and 60 percent in the second half.

Brian Williams (6'5''-G-92) added 20 points for the Cowboys, who had only four players score.

The noise from a standing crowd drowned out much of Page's pregame senior night ceremony, as public address announcer Larry Reece rattled off a list of his accomplishments - including the most minutes played and the seventh-most points scored in school history. The 5-foot-9 guard is also the Big 12's second-leading scorer in conference play and became only the sixth OSU player to score 40 points in a game in his third-to-last home game.

'I'm a pretty good history buff of basketball,' Ford said. 'There's not too many players that I know that have accomplished what he's accomplished the size he is. ... It borders on incredible, and he keeps doing it. We're riding him.'

Teammates Michael Cobbins, Markel Brown (6'3''-G-92) and Williams briefly picked him up on their shoulders during the tribute.

'I didn't know what they were going to do. These guys are crazy,' Page said. 'When I saw them running at me, I didn't know what they were going to do. I was just ready for them to put me down before they did something too crazy.'

Page hit two 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes, pushing him past Randy Rutherford to break the school record for career 3s, but Oklahoma State soon went through a 7-minute field goal drought. Kansas took advantage to go on a 15-2 run featuring a two-handed, fast-break slam by Kevin Young and never trailed again.

The Jayhawks had an answer every time Oklahoma State seemed to be gaining momentum in the second half.

When Page hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get Oklahoma State within 40-33, Conner Teahan answered at the other end and soon the lead had doubled. Jeff Withey's spinning layup pushed Kansas' lead to 52-38 with 9:49 remaining.

Williams then hit a 3 from the left wing, only for Taylor to duplicate it moments later from the right wing.

'Tyshawn Taylor just kept making big shots,' Ford said. 'We were always within arm's length to make a run at it ... and he would just always make a big shot.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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DStv PBL: Union Bank, Islanders, Warriors in opening season win - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Runner-up of 2010/2011 DStv Premier Basketball League Union Bank basketball club at the weekend opened its campaign in the 2011/2012 season with a 77-70 points win over rejuvenated Chariot basketball club at the Sports Hall of the National stadium Lagos.

The Stallion Boys won the first, second and fought quarters by 23-22, 21-15 and 20-18 but lost the third quarter by 13-15 points in the season opener.

The highly rated game saw Union Bank small forward John Paul Okojie leading his team quest for victory with a double double of 21 points and 12 rebounds and gave 2 assist while youngster Tope Arikawe poured in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals to help the Coach Ayinla Johnson tutored Union Bank secure a valuable victory.

Chariot free scoring guard Adeola Alade led the floor with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 steal.

In the second game of the opening day two former champions Comets basketball club and Islanders basketball club took to the floor in what turned out to be an explosive battle of with Comets opening a 10 points lead in the first quarter with 30-20 points of 11-10 and 19-10 points.

Islanders came back strongly in the third and quarters forcing the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored Comets to beat a retreat as they went down by 06-16 and 24-28 points respectively for a final score-line of 60-64 points.

Islanders guards Seyi Ayodele led his team with 12 points, the former Union Bank captain made all his points from the three points making four of seven attempt and Orseer Ikyaator had 10 points and 3 assist with Comets forward Michael Udos 22 points and 9 rebounds was the highest scores recorded on the game.

Other games played in the week-one of the DStv league, 2006 FIBA Africa Champions Cup third place finisher Dodan Warriors basketball club defeated Nigeria Customs Service basketball club by 74-65 points. Defending champion Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt humbled Police Baton basketball club of Lagos by 59-49 points.

Three games were decided in the Savannah Conference Niger Potters basketball club of Minna lost at home to three-time champion Kano Pillars by 50-75 points; Bauchi Nets defeated Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna by 65-62 points in a thrilling game while Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano lost at home to Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi by 50-64 points.



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Smith number one in Norway for round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Parnell Smith (200-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Gimle BBK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Ammerud Bskt (#7, 2-18) with 24-point margin 77-53. Gimle BBK maintains the 6th position in Norwegian BLNO. Gimle BBK is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gimle BBK's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Buffalo star has very solid stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.2ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg) and averages impressive 62.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Latvian Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) of league's leader Froya Basket. Gabrans had a very good evening with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Froya Basket to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Ammerud Bskt (#7, 2-18) 108-57. Of course Froya Basket still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 15 matches. Gabrans is well-known at Froya Basket and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Froya Basket's star - former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-F-88). Kombat scored 15 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Froya Basket, helping his team with a 108-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Ammerud Bskt (#7, 2-18). Froya Basket confirms their top position in the standings Kombat has a great season in Norway. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marco Sanders (202-F-79) of Centrum - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ryan Ferranti (196-F) of Baerum Basket - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mladen Pavlovic (193-G-89) of Gimle BBK - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ali Ouakkaha (185-G-90) of Froya Basket - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Stian Mjos (182-G-89) of Baerum Basket - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Froya Basket - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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Changes in the management of Asseco Prokom - by Maciej Paszyn
Walter Jeklin became a new vice-chairman of the management board GKK Arka S.A managing the squad of the team Asseco Prokom Gdynia.

Jeklin in the course of one's player career firmly joined Poland up - from 1998 all the way to for her finishing in 2005. At that time he represented among others MKS Pruszkw and Polonia Warbud Warszawa. Upon completion of the player career became a basketball activist contributing to the organization Polonia 2011 which encouraged the development of the best young basketball players in the country. On account of lack of funds and interests on the part of the city hall, Jeklin resigned from the Warsaw club at the end 2011r.
Currently he is also a general manager for the Polish male National team.

Asseco Prokom owner said in an interview recently for the local press:
Walter will be a vice-chairman at us for sports and we will be responsible for building the team up for the next season. Inclusive with the coach. I hope of course that the part of players of current composition will stay. And Walter is having time for suggesting the new staff now



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Bogdan Popescu gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Div.A - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-F-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Timisoara and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 33-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Oradea (#7, 13-8) 85-81. It allowed Timisoara to jump to the first place in the Romanian Div.A. Timisoara have a solid 17-3 record. In the team's last game Popescu had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Timisoara's top player in his first season with the team. Bogdan Popescu averages this season 17.5ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) of Craiova. Ross impressed basketball fans with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Craiova cruised to a 94-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Dinamo B. (#12, 7-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Craiova managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Ross is a newcomer at Craiova and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#6). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) of CSM Bucuresti (#4). Martinic scored 25 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of CSM Bucuresti, leading his team to a 100-81 easy win against the lower-ranked Rovinari (#10, 11-10). CSM Bucuresti needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 7 lost games. Martinic has a great season in Romania. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.8apg (8th best). He also has FGP: 53.7% and 3PT: 43.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emmanuel Dies (204-F/C-77) of Perla Harghitei - 27 points and 13 rebounds
5. Slobodan Popovic (198-G-80) of Pitesti - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87) of U.Mobitel.CN - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Damien Kinloch (203-F-80) of Pitesti - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) of Rovinari - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) of CSU Sibiu - 30 points and 7 rebounds
10. Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) of CSU Sibiu - 40 points and 3 rebounds

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


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EuroCup: Lokomotiv hold off ALBA, win Group L - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban - ALBA Berlin 73:70

Lokomotiv Kuban advanced into EuroCup quarterfinals. They defeated ALBA in the last round of Last 16 action to clinch the top position in Group L. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead the Krasnodar team.
Lokomotiv stormed into the game. The hosts accumulated a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. ALBA however stopped the rot in the second quarter. The Berlin outfit narrowed the gap to 7 points at halftime 34:41. ALBA got within a single point with ten minutes remaining 51:52. ALBA spurred in front at the start of the final stanza. Lokomotiv quickly regained the lead but could not avoid heart-stopping dying seconds. The visitors narrowed the deficit to just 2 points before Lokomotiv escaped with a difficult win at the end. Roderick Blakney (184-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) finished with 13 points, while Grigori Shukhovtsov (210-C-83) and Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) had 9 points each in the win. ALBA answered with 19 points from DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jeremiah Massey 23+12 boards, Roderick Blakney 13, Grigori Shukhovtsov 9, Ali Traore 9
ALBA Berlin: DaShaun Wood 19, Bryce Taylor 18+11 boards



EuroChallenge: Triumph keep alive their hopes - by Eurobasket News
Triumph Lyubertsy- Antwerp Giants 79:60

Triumph Lyubertsy improved to 3-3 record in Group L of EuroChallenge. The Russian team overcame Antwerp Giants 79:60 as the latter farewell to the tournament with 2-4 record. Triumphs destiny will be decided however in another game. Triumph now need Artland Dragons to beat Pinar Karsiyaka to advance.
Triumph Lyubertsy started with 26:17 in the opening period and continued their dominance. They added 20-16 in the second frame as Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) closed the half at 46:33. Antwerp Giants won the third period 16-14, while the hosts replied with 19-11 in the last stanza to seal the victory.
Davon Jefferson paced all the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Sergey Karasev (201-F-93) netted 19. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) delivered 9 and Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) notched 7. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) ended up with 14 points for the visiting side and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) posted 11.

Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 28+10 rebs, Sergey Karasev 19, Kyle Landry 9 Tywain McKee 7
Antwerp Giants: Bryan Hopkins 14, Darnell Wilson 11


EuroCup: Banvit beat Spartak to no avail - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Spartak Saint Petersburg 68:61

Banvit wrapped up their EuroCup Last 16 campaign on a high note. They handed Spartak SP the first defeat at the tournament but still failed to advance into the next round. Buducnost outgunned Krka in a parallel game and clinched the second spot in Group F. Banvit remained in the third position just outside the playoff zone. Spartak in the meantime remained on top of the standings despite the loss.
Spartak felt at home in the first half. The group leaders dominated in the first twenty minutes taking a 38:32 halftime advantage. Banvit however turned things upside down in the third period. The hosts limited Spartak to 8 points and surged ahead for a 50:46 lead. Banvit continued to stay aggressive defensively and did not allow Spartak to get any closer in the final frame. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) fired 18 points to lead the effort. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) and Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) added 12 points each in the victory. Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) and Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) responded with 16 points each for Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Banvit: Kalin Lucas 18, Kenan Bajramovic 12, Charles Davis 12
Spartak SP: Valery Likhodey 16, Patrick Beverley 16



EuroCup: Khimky prevail against Asvel - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Khimky 79:83

Khimky finished EuroCup Last 16 round on a winning note. They defeated Asvel in France tonight to claim the second position in Group J. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) knocked down 17 points to lead the winners.
Khimky left the hosts behind in the starting quarter. The Russian team accumulated a 23:14 lead at the first break. The gap grew in the second quarter. Khimky enjoyed a 44:27 halftime advantage. The visitors stayed aggressive in the third term. They boosted the gap to as many as 19 points 67:48. But Asvel unleashed 31 points in the fourth period to sweeten the pill at the end. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had 14 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) added 11 points for the winners. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) provided 22 points each in the loss.

Asvel: Dijon Thompson 22, Kim Tillie 22
Khimky: Thomas Kelati 17, Kresimir Loncar 14, Alexey Zhukanenko 11



EuroChallenge: Nizhny Novrogod beat BK Pardubice, both farewell to the tournament - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novrogod-BK Pardubice 86:65

Nizhny Novrogod beat BK Pardubice, both farewell to EuroChallenge with 1-5 records. The Russian team celebrated a 86:65 victory for the initial success in Group K.
Both teams desired to finish the tournament on a high note. The hosts however even wanted to win the initial game and they managed to do that. Nizhny Novrogod started with a 14-0 run and never looked behind. Artem Yakovenko (205-F/C-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) and Opoku closed the period at 25:3 and Nelyubov scored for 31:5. They continued to chip away at the lead, and Zbynek Pospisil (205-F/C-81) had the last word in the second half to make it 39:23. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) brought 41:25 and Artem Yakovenko delivered two for 47:30. Nizhny Novrogod won the third period 24-17 and then BK Pardubice replied with 23-21 in the last stanza.
Nemanja Protic top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 14. Artem Yakovenko posted 11, while Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) netted 8. Petr Bohacik (204-F-85) delivered 22 in the losing effort, while Zbynek Pospisil notched 12.

Nizhny Novrogod: Nemanja Protic 28, Ivan Paunic 14, Artem Yakovenko 11, Semen Antonov 8
BK Pardubice: Petr Bohacik 22, Zbynek Pospisil 12


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B League Round 19: Konstantin keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Konstantin as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Konstantin smashed 7th ranked Napredak A. in Nis 86-63. The game was mostly controlled by Konstantin. Napredak A. managed to win fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Napredak A. to just 7 points in first quarter. Konstantin shot 63.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Konstantin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a great evening for swingman Nemanja Gudzic (195-G/F-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Nemanja Stankovic (195-F-89) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side forward Nenad Grujo (204-90) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Napredak A. keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Viva Basket and Crnokosa. Napredak A. will play next round against Vojvodina trying to get back on the winning streak. Konstantin will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Mladost Zemun on the road.

In the last two games of round 19 Radnicki Stud. was destroyed by Mladost Cacak on the opponent's court 87-67. Bottom-ranked Jedinstvo NB managed to outperform Mladost Zemun in a home game 88-75. Beovuk 72 managed to beat Sabac on the road 79-67. Spartak crushed Radnicki OB on its own court 91-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 13 assists by Dragan Bjelica of Viva Basket.


Viva Basket - Crnokosa 100-93 OT
Top scorers:
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 26+4reb+13ast, B.Stajic 22+3reb+2ast, B.Mihajlovic 18+5reb, V.Bulatovic 15+3reb, D.Jevtic 7+4reb, M.Drekalovic 5+2reb+2ast
Crnokosa: B.Djurovic 30+11reb+1ast, M.Radivojevic 17+3reb+3ast, N.Jeftic 17+10reb+5ast, N.Kasabasic 10+8reb+2ast, P.Mitic 9+5reb+6ast, M.Masalusic 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 148138


Mladost Cacak - Radnicki Stud. 87-67
Very expected game when 12th ranked Radnicki Stud. (6-13) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Mladost Cacak (12-7) 87-67 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Mladost Cacak. Radnicki Stud. was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Radnicki Stud. 42-24 including a 34-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mladost Cacak looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Radnicki Stud.'s players. It was a great evening for swingman Goran Vucicevic (195-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Filip Dumic helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Mladost Cacak's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Milos Savkovic (209-86) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Filip Lalovic (190-86) scored 19 points and 5 steals. Mladost Cacak moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Radnicki Stud. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost. Mladost Cacak will face KK Jagodina (#5) on the road in the next round. Radnicki Stud. will play against Spartak (#4) in Subotica.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: G.Vucicevic 26+8reb+3ast, I.Dukanac 16+5reb+1ast, F.Dumic 14+7reb+9ast, M.Azanjac 9+5reb+2ast, M.Maric 8+7reb+5ast, V.Sataric 6+4reb+2ast
Radnicki Stud.: M.Savkovic 22+8reb, F.Lalovic 19+4reb+3ast, M.Blagojevic 8+6reb+2ast, O.Nikolic 8+1ast, D.Savic 5+2reb+2ast, M.Rajic 3
gschID: 148134


Vojvodina - Jagodina 97-89 OT
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: N.Fekete 19+6reb, V.Bulut 19+7reb+1ast, M.Skoko 18+3reb+5ast, M.Grubor 11+11reb+1ast, S.Pastornjicki 11+5reb+5ast, D.Andric 8+3reb
Jagodina: N.Filipovic 21+13reb+2ast, V.Gagovic 18+3reb+8ast, V.Gajovic 13+2ast, N.Djoric 10+1reb+2ast, N.Vujicic 8+5reb, J.Bajic 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 148135


Konstantin - Napredak A. 86-63
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Konstantin as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Konstantin smashed 7th ranked Napredak A. in Nis 86-63. The game was mostly controlled by Konstantin. Napredak A. managed to win fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Napredak A. to just 7 points in first quarter. Konstantin shot 63.8 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Konstantin especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a great evening for swingman Nemanja Gudzic (195-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Nemanja Stankovic (195-89) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side forward Nenad Grujo (204-90) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ivan Jovanovic (198-90) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Napredak A. keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Viva Basket and Crnokosa. Napredak A. will play next round against Vojvodina trying to get back on the winning streak. Konstantin will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Mladost Zemun on the road.
Top scorers:
Konstantin: N.Gudzic 20+8reb+7ast, N.Stankovic 19+5reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 12+3reb, V.Velickovic 9+4reb+4ast, M.Cvetkovic 8+1reb+1ast, V.Djordjevic 7+3reb+4ast
Napredak A.: N.Grujo 24+7reb, N.Raicevic 9+1ast, I.Jovanovic 8+6reb+3ast, S.Djukic 6+4reb, S.Raicevic 4, D.Sikman 3+3reb
gschID: 148136


Jedinstvo NB - Mladost Zemun 88-75
There was a surprise result in Novi Becej where fourteenth ranked Jedinstvo NB (6-13) defeated much higher ranked Mladost Zemun (12-7) 88-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 50-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jedinstvo NB made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Mladost Zemun turnovers. Mladost Zemun was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Predrag Brankovic (185-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Strahinja Bogdanovic helped adding 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Nikola Vukovic (202-94) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Lazar Rasic scored 17 points. Five Jedinstvo NB and four Mladost Zemun players scored in double figures. Mladost Zemun's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jedinstvo NB moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Radnicki Stud. Mladost Zemun at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with seven games lost. Jedinstvo NB will face higher ranked Crnokosa (#7) in Kosjeric in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mladost Zemun will play at home against the league's leader Konstantin (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jedinstvo NB: P.Brankovic 21+8reb+4ast, S.Bogdanovic 18+9reb+4ast, A.Gacesa 13+4reb+1ast, I.Jevdjenic 13+2reb+3ast, S.Vokic 10+3reb+2ast, V.Kirsanov 10+5reb+2ast
Mladost Zemun: L.Rasic 17+2reb+2ast, N.Vukovic 15+9reb, N.Celebic 13+2reb+4ast, N.Kovacevic 11+2reb, N.Banjanin 8+6reb, F.Marjanovic 6+1reb
gschID: 148137


Sabac - Beovuk 72 67-79
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Sabac (8-11) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Beovuk 72 (8-11) 79-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Beovuk 72. Sabac was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sabac was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Milos Riboskic (195-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Forward Marko Babic (196-93) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Beovuk 72's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Pavle Boljkovac (190-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and center Pavle Koprivica (207-85) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Beovuk 72 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Sabac. Beovuk 72's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Viva Basket.
Top scorers:
Beovuk 72: M.Riboskic 25+2reb+1ast, M.Babic 14+5reb, M.Dondur 10+7reb+1ast, N.Simic 9+2reb+1ast, V.Krstic 9+3reb, I.Demcesen 4+3reb
Sabac: P.Koprivica 20+8reb, P.Boljkovac 19+6reb+7ast, M.Petrovic 10+2reb+2ast, B.Tomasevic 8+2reb, S.Jovanovic 5+4reb, A.Ivanovic 5+2reb
gschID: 148132


Spartak - Radnicki OB 91-66
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Spartak's (12-7) home victory over 6th ranked Radnicki OB (10-9) 91-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak. Radnicki OB was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki OB's 30. It was a great evening for Kemal Karahodzic who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Djurovic helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. Four Spartak players scored in double figures. At the losing side Goran Huskic responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and center Nemanja Karalic (207-88) scored 12 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Radnicki OB lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Spartak will face bottom-ranked Radnicki Stud. (#14) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Radnicki OB will play at home against Sabac (#11).
Top scorers:
Spartak: K.Karahodzic 17+5reb, I.Djurovic 14+3reb+5ast, R.Vukolic 12+8reb, A.Drakulic 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kuntic 8+5reb+4ast, P.Prlja 8+3reb
Radnicki OB: G.Huskic 17+8reb+2ast, N.Karalic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Stojkanovic 8+3reb, F.Simic 8+1ast, D.Boricic 8+3reb+2ast, U.Baltic 5+6reb


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Helios secures first place - by Zeljko Zule
Helios outscored bottom placed Parklji 89-60 to secure first place in basic stage of Telemach League and Zlatorog routed the host LTH 75-51 in Round 18.
Helios-Parklji 89-60: Helios made a 10-2 run to go ahead 24-12 and went on a 11-0 run in the second quarter to take a lead 35-16. The crucial difference was the depth of Helios, as their bench outscored Parklji's reserves 54-20. Drago Pasalic scored 15 points, Sandi Cebular added 14, Jure Besedic posted 13 points, Klemen Prepelic 11 and Dejan Jevtic finished with 10 points. All 12 players scored for Helios and 9 of 12 handed assist. Parklji had more offensive (12) than defensive rebounds (11). Klemen Lorbek posted 13 points, Luka Nemanic 11 and Alndraz Rogelja 10.
LTH-Zlatorog 51-75: Zlatorog opened the game with dozen consecutive points and its defense held LTS scoreless for a 4:12 span. Zlatorog extended their lead to 19 points before the half and had their largest lead of the game at 57-27 in the third quarter. Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) scored 22 points including six 3-pointers, Alen Omic had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Luka Lapornik added 16 points. LTH was led by Aljaz Korosec with 17 points and Blaz Mahkovic scored 10 points.



EuroCup: Buducnost book quarterfinal ticket with win over Krka - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Krka 63:58

Buducnost registered the third win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They held off Krka in Group K to clinch the second place in the ladder. Buducnost will now play in EuroCup quarterfinals. Krka fell at 1-5 record and remained in the last place in the standings.
Both teams needed to win to stay in the race. The hosts managed to take an upper hand from the start. Buducnost posted a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Krka however slowed the hosts down in the second quarter. The Slovenian side narrowed the deficit to 3 points at the interval 35:38. Buducnost stiffened defence in the third quarter. They limited Krka to 11 points in the period and gained a 52:46 lead with ten minutes to go. The teams combined for just 23 points in the final term as Buducnost hung on for a narrow win at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 14 points each for the home team. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points for the Montenegrin side. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) answered with 14 points each for Krka.

Buducnost: Bojan Krstovic 14, Nikola Ivanovic 14, Cedomir Vitkovac 11
Krka: Smiljan Pavic 14, Zoran Dragic 14



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Without Rhodes, KT Sonic Boom's Season in Danger - by Jeff Liebsch
KT Sonic Boom center Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) is continuing to rehab his ankle, and it appears very doubtful that he will recover in time for the playoffs.

'I'm about about 65 to 70 percent. I'm going to get rest and rehab my ankle for about two more weeks,' he said in an interview with Eurobasket.

Rhodes injured his ankle five games ago in a 89-70 victory over the Incheon Inchon ET Land Elephants on February 17th. Since then, the Sonic Boom have been mired in a four game losing streak and have lost by an average of 12 points a game. The Boom are currently in third, but with two losses and two KCC Egis wins, are in danger of dropping down to fourth and having to face a hot Ulsan Mobis Phoebus club, who have won nine of their last ten games.

'It's hard to go out like this. I wanted to compete for a championship so bad,' he said.

This season, his second in the KBL, hes averaged 20.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 47 games, while shooting almost 64% from the field.

Rhodes was replaced by Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: VVG Sports, college: La Salle), who has averaged 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games.

Rhodes does not rule out returning next year and playing in the KBL again, however.

'Hopefully whenever I come back to Korea I will win one,' he said.


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CB Valladolid and Herve Toure split ways - by Eurobasket News
Herve Toure (202-F-82) is not a member of CB Valladolid any more. The French/Ivorian forward and the Spanish club agreed to terminate their deal. Toure joined Valladolid last summer. He had 9.9 ppg and 4 rpg for 21 Liga Endesa games. Last season Herve Toure spent in Italy. He started it with Lottomatica Roma and in November joined Brindisi. With Brindisi he had 11.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.2 bpg for 25 games in Serie A. Toure played for Roma also in 2009/10. Before that he was a member of Cantu, Milano, Capo dOrlando and ASVEL. He also has experience from Charleroi and Air Avelino. Herve Toure played for the Ivorian National Team in 2010.

EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada wins Group K in style - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Milangaz-Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada 77:78

Fuenlabrada wins EuroChallenge Group K in style as they remained undefeated after the trip to Turkey. The Spanish outfit overcame Besiktas Milangaz 78:77 as both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. The Turkish side finished second with 4-2 record.
The Spanish team looked awesome in the start of the game and scored the first 8 points in the game. Penney closed the period from the perimeter at 25:12 and Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) brought 27:15 early in the second. The quarter however was dominated by the home side that took 40:39 after Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington)s shot. Adam Morrison (203-SF-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu increased to 57:44, but the hosts lost the game. Trailing 13 points in the start of the last stanza Fuenlabrada bounced back with a 9-0 run and Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) reduced at 66:62. Another 8-0 run allowed the guests to tie the game at 74:74. Saul Blanco made the last four free throws in the game for the final result.
Leonardo Mainoldi top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Saul Blanco collected 12 points and 11 boards. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) produced 11, whilst Sergio Sanchez (190-PG-81) netted 10. Pops Mensah-Bonsu erupted with 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) notched 15 apiece, whilst Adam Morrison scored 11.

Besiktas Milangaz: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 24+10 rebs, David Hawkins 15, Zoran Erceg 15, Adam Morrison 11
Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 17, Saul Blanco 12+11 rebs, Mike Hall 11, Sergio Sanchez 10




EuroCup: Valencia silence VEF Riga in Latvian capital - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Valencia 71:82

Valencia showed no mercy in Riga tonight. The Spanish team overcame VEF Riga denying the hosts a chance to advance into EuroCup quarterfinals. Valencia in the meantime celebrated the sixth straight win in Group I and cruised into the next round. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) provided 20 points for the winners.
VEF Riga had to win to qualify for the playoffs. They started the game aggressively taking a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. But Valencia gradually took over starting from the second quarter. The visitors cut the deficit to 3 points at the interval 32:35. Valencia pulled ahead in the third term. The visitors secured a 55:52 lead with one quarter remaining. The margin grew at double figures midway through the final term. VEF Riga fought desperately to save the encounter but Valencia stayed calm in the final minutes and sealed the victory at the end. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) posted 13 points, while Rodrigo San Miguel (190-G-85) had 9 points in the win. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) had 16 points in the loss.

VEF Riga: Donatas Zavackas 17, Sandis Valters 16
Valencia: Andrew James Ogilvy 20, Vitor Faverani 13, Rodrigo San Miguel 9



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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 18-2 
 2. Geneve Lions 15-5 
 3. Monthey 14-5 
 4. Fribourg 13-6 
 5. SAV Vacallo 10-9 
 6. Starwings 7-13 
 7. Boncourt 6-14 
 8. SAM Massagno 3-16 
 9. BBC Nyon 2-18 


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 John SHARPER
  Boncourt
  (186-PG-84)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Sharper, Boncourt21.6 
 2. Abukar, Lugano T.20.3 
 3. Barnette, Geneve18.8 
 4. Burrows, Starwings18.0 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.9 
 6. Smith, Monthey17.8 
 7. Yates, Fribourg17.2 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.17.1 
 9. Jenkins, Starwings16.8 
 10. Efevberha, Lugan.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.5 
 2. Johnson, Starwings9.3 
 3. Calasan, Boncourt9.2 
 4. Mitrovic, SAM M.8.7 
 5. Bing, Geneve Lions8.5 
 6. Burrows, Starwings8.5 
 7. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.2 
 8. Barnette, Geneve7.8 
 9. Allen, Boncourt7.7 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.6.0 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.4 
 4. Petkovic, Starw.5.3 
 5. Draughan, Lugano5.0 
 6. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.1 
 7. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Buscaglia, Geneve3.9 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano3.8 
 10. Boylan, Monthey3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Boylan, Monthey2.7 
 3. Gugino, SAM M.2.6 
 4. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.6 
 5. Efevberha, Lugano2.4 
 6. Thomas, BBC Nyon2.3 
 7. Jones, SAM M.2.3 
 8. Mitrovic, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 10. Louissaint, Month.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.6 
 2. Johnson, Starwings2.1 
 3. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 4. Salaam, Monthey1.4 
 5. Matter, Starwings1.3 
 6. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 7. Roberson, Boncourt1.1 
 8. Dubas, Monthey1.0 
 9. Albrecht, Starw.1.0 
 10. Burrows, Starwings0.9 


LNA Round 22: Leader Lugano Tigers lose to Boncourt - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Top ranked Lugano Tigers (18-2) recorded its second loss on the court of seventh ranked Boncourt on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Boncourt 100-91. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of Lugano Tigers. The game without a history. Boncourt led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Lugano Tigers 39-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Boncourt looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Lugano Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (203-C-85, college: Purdue) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 29 points and 5 rebounds. American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan) produced 26 points and 4 assists for lost side. Boncourt maintains seventh position with 6-14 record. Defending champion Lugano Tigers still keep top place with two games lost. Boncourt are looking forward to face higher ranked Fribourg (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lugano Tigers will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Monthey. Local Monthey (14-5) beat 6th ranked Starwings (7-13) 83-65. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Kelvin Parker contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) replied with 25 points and 4 assists for Starwings. Monthey have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Monthey will play against league's second-placed Geneve Lions on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 22 bottom-ranked BBC Nyon was defeated by SAM Massagno in a road game 80-69. Geneve Lions beat SAV Vacallo at home 83-69.


Monthey - Starwings 83-65

The game with biggest result difference took place in Monthey. Local Monthey (14-5) beat 6th ranked Starwings (7-13) 83-65. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Starwings was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monthey forced 19 Starwings turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Monthey especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Starwings were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. The other American import guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) replied with 25 points and 4 assists and power forward Niels Matter (204-87) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Starwings. Monthey have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record having five points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Monthey will play against league's second-placed Geneve Lions on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against BBC Nyon (#9) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Monthey: T.Smith 22+2reb+3ast, K.Parker 16+3reb+4ast, G.Louissaint 12+1ast, J.Dubas 9+2reb+1ast, S.Finn 9+5reb, I.Boylan 5+3reb+6ast
Starwings: B.Jenkins 25+4ast, N.Matter 10+8reb, J.Burrows 8+2reb+3ast, J.Fuchs 8+1reb, R.Schwaiger 7+1reb, M.Petkovic 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 168767


Boncourt - Lugano Tigers 100-91

Top ranked Lugano Tigers (18-2) recorded its second loss on the court of seventh ranked Boncourt on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Boncourt 100-91. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of Lugano Tigers. The game without a history. Boncourt led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Lugano Tigers 39-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Boncourt looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Lugano Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (203-85, college: Purdue) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 29 points and 5 rebounds. American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan) produced 26 points and 4 assists and American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boncourt maintains seventh position with 6-14 record. Defending champion Lugano Tigers still keep top place with two games lost. Boncourt are looking forward to face higher ranked Fribourg (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lugano Tigers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Boncourt: J.Sharper 29+5reb+3ast, L.Roberson 23+3reb+6ast, N.Calasan 22+15reb+3ast, I.N'Diaye 12+6reb+3ast, L.Lahey 6+1reb+1ast, A.Herrmann 5+3reb+3ast
Lugano Tigers: R.Brown 26+2reb+4ast, D.Mladjan 21+4reb, E.Draughan 19+6reb+5ast, M.Abukar 18+3reb+3ast, M.Mladjan 3+2reb, N.Dacevic 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 168768


SAM Massagno - BBC Nyon 80-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked BBC Nyon's (2-18) road loss to eighth ranked SAM Massagno (3-16) 69-80. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Westher Molteni (200-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. SAM Massagno's coach Milutin Nikolic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Nathan Connolly (196-77, college: St.Rose, NY) replied with 30 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Kramer Knutson (205-89, college: Portland) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for BBC Nyon. SAM Massagno maintains eighth position with 3-16 record. BBC Nyon lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. SAM Massagno will play against higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BBC Nyon will play on the road against Starwings (#6) in Basel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SAM Massagno: T.Jones 23+5reb+1ast, C.Kaba 13+4reb+2ast, W.Molteni 13+13reb+2ast, D.Mitrovic 12+3reb+2ast, S.Smiljanic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Stevanovic 5
BBC Nyon: N.Connolly 30+3reb+5ast, K.Knutson 11+13reb, X.Paredes 10+5reb, L.Bobetso 7+2reb+8ast, R.Dermody 5+6reb+4ast, J.Meylan 4+4reb
gschID: 168765


Geneve Lions - SAV Vacallo 83-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Geneve Lions (15-5) defeated at home 5th ranked SAV Vacallo (10-9) 83-69. It looked good early as SAV Vacallo took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Geneve Lions had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and SAV Vacallo was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-83. Geneve Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. Geneve Lions' coach Nebojsa Lazarevic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Matt Schneiderman (204-81, college: N.Iowa) replied with 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Geneve Lions have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Geneve Lions will play against Monthey (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SAV Vacallo will play against SAM Massagno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: S.Barnette 27+6reb+4ast, E.Bing 17+6reb+5ast, J.Aw 14+5reb, T.Brown 13+3reb+4ast, B.Toure 6+7reb+3ast, M.Maruotto 6+2reb+2ast
SAV Vacallo: M.Schneiderman 17+8reb+3ast, F.Ramseier 15+4reb+1ast, R.Gibson 13+4reb+7ast, P.Badji 9+5reb, D.Koludrovic 6+1ast, R.Uzas 5+6reb
gschID: 168766




LNB Round 22: Meyrin Geneve is defeated by BC AKA - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Hirschthal between third ranked Meyrin Geneve (15-6) and fourth ranked BC AKA (16-6) on Saturday night. Meyrin Geneve was crushed by BC AKA on the road 87-53. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. BC AKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC AKA have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Vevey. Meyrin Geneve at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. BC AKA is looking forward to face bottom-ranked DDV Lugano (#14) in Davesco-Soragno in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Meyrin Geneve will play at home against Blonay Basket (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
LNB top team - Neuchatel (22-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Blonay Basket (6-16) 99-66. Undefeated Neuchatel have an impressive 20-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-0 record. Blonay Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Swiss Central. Neuchatel will play against Zurich Wildcats (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blonay Basket will play against Meyrin Geneve and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Villars was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Bern (15-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Villars (9-13). Bern defeated Villars 72-62 on Saturday. Bern maintains fifth position with 15-7 record. Loser Villars dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Bern will meet at home Nyon U23 (#6) in the next round. Villars will play against Bernex in Geneve and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh ranked Bernex (11-11) crushed at home 14th ranked DDV Lugano (3-18) by 36 points 105-69, which is the biggest margin this round. Bernex maintains seventh position with 11-11 record. DDV Lugano lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Bernex's next round opponent will be Villars (#9) at home. DDV Lugano will play against BC AKA (#3) in Hirschthal.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Acad.Fribourg lost to Pully on the opponent's court 61-78. Zurich Wildcats managed to outperform Swiss Central in a home game 64-51. Nyon U23 recorded a loss to Vevey on the road 87-74.



Bernex - DDV Lugano 105-69

Seventh ranked Bernex (11-11) crushed at home 14th ranked DDV Lugano (3-18) by 36 points 105-69, which is the biggest margin this round. Bernex maintains seventh position with 11-11 record. DDV Lugano lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Bernex's next round opponent will be Villars (#9) at home. DDV Lugano will play against BC AKA (#3) in Hirschthal.
gschID: 145513


Pully - Acad.Fribourg 78-61

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Academie Fribourg (4-17) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Pully (8-14) 78-61. Pully maintains tenth position with 8-14 record. Academie Fribourg at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Pully's next round opponent will be Swiss Central (#11) in Luzern. Academie Fribourg will play at home against the league's second-placed Vevey having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 145514


Zurich Wildcats - Swiss Central 64-51

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Zurich Wildcats (9-12) defeated at home 11th ranked Swiss Central (6-16) 64-51. Zurich Wildcats have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Swiss Central lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Zurich Wildcats' next round opponent will be league's leader Neuchatel on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Swiss Central will play against Pully (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 145515


BC AKA - Meyrin Geneve 87-53

The most important game in the last round took place in Hirschthal between third ranked Meyrin Geneve (15-6) and fourth ranked BC AKA (16-6) on Saturday night. Meyrin Geneve was crushed by BC AKA on the road 87-53. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. BC AKA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC AKA have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Vevey. Meyrin Geneve at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. BC AKA is looking forward to face bottom-ranked DDV Lugano (#14) in Davesco-Soragno in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Meyrin Geneve will play at home against Blonay Basket (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 145510


Neuchatel - Blonay Basket 99-66

LNB top team - Neuchatel (22-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Blonay Basket (6-16) 99-66. The game was mostly controlled by Neuchatel. Blonay Basket was better in fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Neuchatel have an impressive 20-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-0 record. Blonay Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Swiss Central. Neuchatel will play against Zurich Wildcats (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Blonay Basket will play against Meyrin Geneve and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 145511


Villars - Bern 62-72

The game in Villars was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Bern (15-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Villars (9-13). Bern defeated Villars 72-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-62. Bern dominated on the defensive end, holding Villars to just 5 points in second quarter. Bern maintains fifth position with 15-7 record. Loser Villars dropped to the ninth place with 13 games lost. Bern will meet at home Nyon U23 (#6) in the next round. Villars will play against Bernex in Geneve and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 145512


Vevey - Nyon U23 87-74

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Nyon U23 (12-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Vevey (16-6) 87-74. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Vevey have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with BC AKA. Newly promoted Nyon U23 keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Vevey's next round opponent will be Academie Fribourg (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Nyon U23 will play against Bern (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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EuroCup: Banvit beat Spartak to no avail - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Spartak Saint Petersburg 68:61

Banvit wrapped up their EuroCup Last 16 campaign on a high note. They handed Spartak SP the first defeat at the tournament but still failed to advance into the next round. Buducnost outgunned Krka in a parallel game and clinched the second spot in Group F. Banvit remained in the third position just outside the playoff zone. Spartak in the meantime remained on top of the standings despite the loss.
Spartak felt at home in the first half. The group leaders dominated in the first twenty minutes taking a 38:32 halftime advantage. Banvit however turned things upside down in the third period. The hosts limited Spartak to 8 points and surged ahead for a 50:46 lead. Banvit continued to stay aggressive defensively and did not allow Spartak to get any closer in the final frame. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) fired 18 points to lead the effort. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) and Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) added 12 points each in the victory. Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) and Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) responded with 16 points each for Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Banvit: Kalin Lucas 18, Kenan Bajramovic 12, Charles Davis 12
Spartak SP: Valery Likhodey 16, Patrick Beverley 16



EuroChallenge: Dragons send Karsiyaka packing - by Eurobasket News
Art.Dragons - Karsiyaka 95:88

Dragons send Karsiyaka packing as they beat them in Germany. The hosts celebrated a 95:88 win to finish with 5-1 record on top and advanced to the Quarterfinals. Karsiyaka needed the win to advance but finished on the last spot with 2-4 record.
The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Artland Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Artland Dragons and five Karsiyaka players scored in double figures.

Art.Dragons: Brandon Thomas 27, Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) 18, Adam Hess 17, Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) 12
Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 21, Ilkan Karaman 18+16rebs, Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 16, Batuk 13



EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada wins Group K in style - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas Milangaz-Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada 77:78

Fuenlabrada wins EuroChallenge Group K in style as they remained undefeated after the trip to Turkey. The Spanish outfit overcame Besiktas Milangaz 78:77 as both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals. The Turkish side finished second with 4-2 record.
The Spanish team looked awesome in the start of the game and scored the first 8 points in the game. Penney closed the period from the perimeter at 25:12 and Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) brought 27:15 early in the second. The quarter however was dominated by the home side that took 40:39 after Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington)s shot. Adam Morrison (203-SF-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu increased to 57:44, but the hosts lost the game. Trailing 13 points in the start of the last stanza Fuenlabrada bounced back with a 9-0 run and Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) reduced at 66:62. Another 8-0 run allowed the guests to tie the game at 74:74. Saul Blanco made the last four free throws in the game for the final result.
Leonardo Mainoldi top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Saul Blanco collected 12 points and 11 boards. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) produced 11, whilst Sergio Sanchez (190-PG-81) netted 10. Pops Mensah-Bonsu erupted with 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) notched 15 apiece, whilst Adam Morrison scored 11.

Besiktas Milangaz: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 24+10 rebs, David Hawkins 15, Zoran Erceg 15, Adam Morrison 11
Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 17, Saul Blanco 12+11 rebs, Mike Hall 11, Sergio Sanchez 10




TBL Round 19: Fenerbahce Ulker beats Besiktas in Istanbul derby: 86-82. - by Pervin Elgin
In a close game fifth ranked Fenerbahce Ulker beat fourth ranked Besiktas Milangaz 86-82. Ulker was trailing by one point after three quarters, but set things straight in the fourth period. Emir Preldzic scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, RokoUkic scored 18 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 14.

The first period started with mutual baskets, but Besiktas went with 4-9 after that. Ulker recaptured the lead with scores by Bojan Bogdanovic and a three point shot by Emir Preldzic, 12-11. Bogdanovic and Preldzic kept scoring, and Ulker finished the first period ahead with 27-17.

In the beginning of the second period both teams had difficulties in finding offensive scores. Fenerbahce found the groove again first, and took a 14-point advantage after 14 minutes: 36-22. Besiktas recovered well and slowly started to close the gap, but Ulker went to the locker room with an 8-point lead: 48-40.

Besiktas continued to decrease the difference in the third period, closed in to 55-52 after 24 minutes and shortly after regained the lead: 55-47. In the last part of the period both teams continued scoring, and Besiktas finished ahead with the smallest of margins: 66-67.

Mirsad Turkcan and Bojan Bogdanovic gave Fenerbahce a good start in the final period and brought their team back in the lead: 71-67. Bonsu answered for Besiktas and equalized. After mutual baskets a three-pointer by Engin Atsur put Ulker back in front, 81-80. Roko Ukic increased the difference to three points. Ersin Dagli replied for Besiktas with free throws, but Ulker's defence closed ranks and Fener closed the game with an important 86-82 victory.

After the win Fenerbahce is still ranked fifth, but is now trailing Besiktas and Banvit by just one game. Next week, Fener will face 10th-ranked Turk Telekom in Ankara.


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EuroCup: BC Donetsk bring win from Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - BC Donetsk 66:77

BC Donetsk registered the fifth win in EuroCup Last 16. They defeated Aris on the road tonight to win Group J. Aris in the meantime fell at 1-5 record after the loss. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) knocked down 15 points to lead the charge.
BC Donetsk set the tone early. They grabbed a 24:18 lead ten minutes into the game. The Ukrainian powerhouse maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 7 points 41:34. BC Donetsk boosted the margin in the third term. They entered the final quarter leading by as many as 17 points. Aris went on a rally in the final term but it was too little too late to save the game. Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 11 points each in the victory. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 19 points for Aris. Sam Muldrow (205-F-88, college: S.Carolina) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Aris: Ronald Davis 19, Sam Muldrow 13
BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 15, Dmytro Gliebov 11, Vule Avdalovic 11




Arvydas Eitutavicius joins Khimik - by Eurobasket News
Khimik Yuzny bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-PG-82, college: American). The guard is meant to replace injured Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: G.Washington). The Lithuanian player started the season in Czech Republic. He played for Prostejov. Arvydas Eitutavicius tallied 10.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 boards per game in EuroCup Qualifying Round. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 9.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per appearance. In Czech NBL his stats read 9.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 boards. Previously Arvydas Eitutavivius had stints in Greece, France, Lithuania, Spain. He was the member of Lithuanian National Team back in 2010. Eurobasket.com gave the guard All-Lithunian LKL Honourable Mention in 2009.


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New Issues Rallying Call - by Paul Nilsen
Prestige Homes MK Lions coach Michael New is looking for an improved performance from his side as they prepare to host Guildford Heat on Friday evening.

The Lions went down to a loss at One Health Sharks Sheffield and at home against Glasgow Rocks last week, leaving New disappointed:

Our last two performances have been very disappointing he admitted. In Sheffield the lack of energy was appalling and against Glasgow it wasn't any better. It's our home stretch now and we need everyone firing, but a few guys are sputtering instead. That being said, a few guys doesn't make up our entire team and when guys are down, I expect others to pick them up and also step their games up and it hasn't happened in our last two games.

Nothing much is going to change at this point as far as what we do and how we play and there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We need to perform with everyone's focus, effort and energy for all 40 minutes in the remaining ten games.

Nothing else will do and I'm holding my guys to that and so let's go!

New did have praise for new signing Justin Dobbins who averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds in his first weekend as a Lion: Justin has been great. He is a professional. He has enhanced our rebounding tremendously and he is a good fit with what we have going. He has a good attitude, he plays strong and hard and he wants to win. I am very happy to have him.



Flournoy Is Molten BBL Coach Of The Month For February - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles player coach Fabulous Flournoy has been handed the accolade of Molten BBL Coach Of The Month For February after the club extended its unbeaten start to 2012.

The league leaders have enjoyed a flawless start of the new calendar year, their last defeat coming way back before Christmas and not surprisingly, Flournoy scoops the award for the second month in a row.

Just as they did during January, the Eagles won all their six games during the period including four league victories to continue their relentless surge towards the BBL title, managing to pull away from the chasing pack during recent weeks.

The player-coach led his team to crucial wins over fellow title contenders Worcester Wolves and UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders during the month, and with these successes being achieved on the road, it adds extra sweetness to the accomplishment.

A third win away from home was attained last weekend when the Eagles powered their way past Cheshire Jets at Northgate Arena whilst a similarly impressive start helped them to rack up a comfortable home success in the north-east derby game against Durham Wildcats.

Having already safely secured the BBL Cup in January and still very much the team to catch in the BBL Championship, Flournoy now has his eyes on the BBL Trophy too.

The play-caller also guided the Eagles to convincing semi-final victories against One Health Sharks Sheffield in the BBL Trophy semi-finals during February.

Flournoy ensured his team continued playing their trademark defence during February and with both Joe Chapman and more recently Andy Thomson in sensational shooting form, the Eagles continue to be the dominant BBL club this season.

Statistically, they won their six games by a combined margin of 101 points with only two of their opponents even managing to get within single digits of the league leaders for the second month running.



BBL Team Of The Week - Week 21 - by Paul Nilsen
Following in the footsteps of Joe Chapman, another Newcastle Eagles player racks up a third successive appearance in our line-up.


Jimmy Langhurst (180-PG-88, college: Robert Morris) (One Health Sharks Sheffield;

One Health Sharks Sheffield enjoyed getting back on an even keel with nine wins and nine losses last Friday as Jimmy Langhurst (180-PG-88, college: Robert Morris) led his team to a convincing win against Prestige Homes MK Lions. In fact, the guard posted the best performance of the weekend in the BBL and indeed one of the most impressive displays of the season after accumulating a mammoth efficiency score of 42. That was due to some impressive shooting either side of the arc and from the free-throw line too. He poured in 34 points while also completing a rare double-double with ten rebounds. In fact, he was not too far away from an even rarer triple double by also dishing up seven assists.



Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) (Glasgow Rocks)

After a ten week absence, Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) is back in our line-up again. He makes his fifth appearance of the season after a tremendous weekend win double for his team as they beat both Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Prestige Homes MK Lions on the road. While producing two performances of considerable note, it was his effort against Lions which proved to be the best. He accumulated 26 points and also dished up eight assists for his team-mates in a super win. Green made three triples and sunk each one of his six free-throws.



Samuel Cricelli (200-F-85, college: Caldwell) (Mersey Tigers)

A couple of weeks since making his return to the BBL, former Raiders, Wolves and Thunder forward Samuel Cricelli has made an instant impact for Mersey Tigers, helping his new team rack up their fifth win of the season. His performance against Durham Wildcats at Newton Aycliffe was great as he registered an excellent double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Typically energetic and at both ends of the court, Cricelli shot seven of eight from the floor in a very efficient performance which gave Tigers' play-off hopes a real shot in the arm.


Andrew Thomson (205-F-84, college: Catawba) (Newcastle Eagles; pictured right)

Rather fittingly, the Newcastle Eagles forward returned to his native north-west to secure a third successive appearance in the BBL Team Of The Week after a sensational perimeter shooting performance in the win against Cheshire Jets at Northgate Arena. The big man showed why he is a genuine inside-outside threat with a sweet shooting touch after making his first six triples in an incredible first half display. He finished with 29 points after eventually making seven of eight from downtown and a similarly impressive four of five inside while also pulling down seven rebounds for good measure. However he still has some way to go to match team-mate Chapman who made five consecutive appearances.



Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) (Newcastle Eagles)

Joining the stream of Newcastle Eagles players who have flooded our starting five recently, Darrius Defoe returns to our line-up for the third time this season and for the first time in seven weeks. He books his spot after a truly monstrous double-double in the thrilling overtime victory on the road at UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders. The centre racked up an astonishing 25 points and 21 rebounds to help his team secure a vital BBL Championship success and further underline the depth of the league leaders.





Off The Bench - Tommy Freeman (Worcester Wolves), Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Bill Cole (Cheshire Jets), Justin Dobbins (Prestige Himes MK Lions), Paul Williams (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions)


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Lagomar and Trouville will play an extra game - by Hector Lopez
Lagomar Canelones defeated Trouville 70-66 in the last round for the LUB Group 1, and both teams will play again next Friday to define which one will advance to the quarter finals playoff. Lagomar and Trouville are tied with a 3-7 record. For Lagomar Canelones Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) netted 15 points, including a three point shot with 18.3 seconds to play giving the lead to his team, Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Wingate) 11 points 2 rebounds 2 assists, David Butler (203-F-82, college: Embry Riddle) 14 points 7 rebounds 3 blocks. For Trouville Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 22 points 6 rebounds and Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) 7 points 6 rebounds. Hebraica Macabi defeated Paysandu Wanderers 98-73. For Hebraica Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 15 points 5 rebounds, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 4 points 1 rebound. For Wanderers Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 19 points 7 rebounds, Charles Funches (203-F-88, college: Hampton) 4 points 1 rebound.

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Stevan Milosevic joins Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News
Bucaneros brought in another import player. They strengthened their frontcourt with addition of Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). The centre started the season in Turkey. He played for Trabzonspor Basketbol. Stevan Milosevic tallied 4.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in TBL. Later the centre moved to Mornar Bar in Montenegro. His stats read 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in Balkan League. In 1A League the centre produced 7.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per appearance. Previously Stevan Milosevic had stints in Cyprus, Russia, France, Greece, Serbia, Germany and Austria. He was the member of Montenegrin B National Team in 2011.


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Riyadi and Champville march into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Quarterfinals
Riyadi - Duhok 114:91
Riyadi cruised past Duhok tonight to seal the WABA League quarterfinal series sweep. The Lebanese team thus advanced into semifinals where they would face Champville.
Riyadi enjoyed a 15-point buffer after the game in Iraq. The Lebanese team stressed their dominance once again tonight opening the proceedings with a 23:7 run. The hosts poured in 38 points in the opening quarter to take a massive 23-point lead at the first break. Riyadi secured a 53:35 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead easily throughout the second half. Riyadi entered the final stanza up by 14 points and never looked back en route to the win. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) knocked down 34 points to lead Riyadi. Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) and Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) added 16 points each in the victory. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) answered with 37 points and 18 rebounds for Duhok. Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-G/F-80) finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 34, Jean Abdel Nour 16, Ali Kanaan 16
Duhok: Malcolm Battles 37+18 boards, Qutaiba Al-Doori 26

Champville - Petrochimi 84:71
Champville advanced into WABA League semifinals. They fired past Petrochimi to seal the next stage appearance. Champville entered the second game of the quarterfinal series having a 13-point lead after the road game. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) knocked down 29 points as Champville cruised to the win at home court.
The hosts opened the game aggressively. They fired 29 points in the starting ten minutes to take a 6-point lead. The tempo slowed down in the second term but Champville maintained the advantage. The home team ensured a 47:38 lead at halftime. Petrochimi however sparked the intrigue in the third term. The visitors limited Champville to just 11 points in the quarter to tie things up at 58. But Champville fired 26 points in the final quarter and marched to the win at the end. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 15 points for the winners. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) responded with 26 points and 11 rebounds for Petrochimi. Mehrad Atashi (190-G-86) chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Chamvpille: Fadi Khatib 29, Garnett Thompson 18+11 boards, Samuel Hoskin 15
Petrochimi: Jeleel Akindele 26+11 boards, Mehrad Atashi 11





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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Flying Foxes clinch 2012 Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes - BK Duchess 68:51

Flying Foxes continued their dominance in Austrian basketball. They added another trophy to their impressive record. They edged BK Duchess to claim the Austrian Cup title. Kachine Alexander (174-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) scored 16 points to lead the winners. She was named the MVP after the game.
Flying Foxes limited their opponents to 12 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. BK Duchess however did not allow their opponents to clear off in the second term. They stayed aggressive and cut the deficit to 4 points at halftime 28:32. But Flying Foxes gradually improved their performance. They established a 51:43 lead with one quarter to go. BK Duchess were held to 8 points in the final quarter and had to surrender at the end. Dawn Evans (170-G, agency: LBM Management) notched 12 points in the victory. Diana Picorusevic (165-PG-92) and Katharina Podoschek (168-G-80) answered with 10 points each in the loss.

Flying Foxes: Kachine Alexander 16+13 boards, Dawn Evans 12
BK Duchess: Diana Picorusevic 10, Katharina Podoschek 10



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LBF Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked Santo Andre (9-7) used its home court advantage to challenge leader Americana (14-0) on Saturday. The visitors from Vila Medon managed to secure only one-point victory 67-66. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for Karla Martins (172-G-78) who saved her team from a defeat with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Americana's coach Luiz Augusto Zanon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Undefeated Americana have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Defending champion Santo Andre dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Americana will face Poty/Acucar (#3) in Caranduva in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santo Andre will play on the road against Blumenau.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Maranhao was beaten by Basquete Clube on the road 82-70. Santo Andre won against Sao Jose on its own court 83-78. Americana managed to outperform Blumenau in Vila Medon 68-58. Poty/Acucar managed to beat Maranhao at home 83-70. Sao Jose was defeated by Blumenau on the opponent's court 71-66. Ourinhos smashed Sao Caetano in a home game 72-50. Maranhao lost to undefeated Americana on the road 47-77.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 28 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists by Fernanda Bibiano of Basquete Clube.


Basquete Clube - Maranhao 82-70

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Basquete Clube (4-10) beat 6th ranked Maranhao (5-10) in Aracatuba 82-70 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Basquete Clube made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for center Fernanda Bibiano (193-85) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Gilmara Amaral (175-79) contributed with 21 points for the winners. International swingman Iziane Castro Marques (183-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 27 points and center Dominick Rocha (185-89) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Maranhao. Basquete Clube maintains eighth place with 4-10 record. Maranhao lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Basquete Clube will face higher ranked Sao Jose (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Basquete Clube: F.Bibiano 28+14reb+5ast, G.Amaral 21+3reb+2ast, C.Crepaldi 20+1reb+2ast, I.Nascimento 8+12reb, F.Santana 5+5reb+8ast, A.Prado 0+1reb+1ast
Maranhao: I.Castro Marques 27+4reb+1ast, R.Oliveira 12+3reb, D.Rocha 11+10reb+1ast, A.Michaski 9+3ast, M.Santos 7+5reb, C.Dos Santos 2+2reb
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Santo Andre - Sao Jose 83-78

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Sao Jose (8-6) lost on the road to fifth ranked Santo Andre (9-7) 83-78 on Monday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sao Jose won third quarter 29-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santo Andre made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was a good game for swingman Ariadna Felipe (179-83) who led her team to a victory with 31 points. International center Nadia Gomes (195-89) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international center Alessandra De Oliviera (201-73) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Patricia Ribeiro (176-90) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Sao Jose. Five Sao Jose players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Sao Jose lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Santo Andre will face Blumenau (#7) on the road in the next round. Sao Jose will play against Basquete Clube in Aracatuba.
Top scorers:
Santo Andre: A.Felipe 31+4reb+1ast, K.Cavallaro 15+3reb+1ast, N.Gomes 15+5reb, E.Garvao 6+3reb+1ast, J.Silvestre 6, M.Martins 6+5reb+1ast
Sao Jose: A.De Oliviera 18+10reb, T.Nascimento 16, I.De Andrade 14+4reb+2ast, P.Ribeiro 12+5reb+4ast, C.Souza 11+3reb+3ast, T.Paixao 7+4reb+3ast
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Blumenau - Americana 58-68

Very predictable result when leader Americana (14-0) won against on the road 7th ranked Blumenau (5-10) 68-58 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Americana. Blumenau was better in fourth quarter 18-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Blumenau 43-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americana looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Blumenau's players. It was a good game for the former international guard Karla Martins (172-78) who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Babi Generoso (180-85) contributed with 1 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Americana's coach Luiz Augusto Zanon used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cuban forward Yulianne Rodriguez (185-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Angela Braghin (173-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Blumenau. Americana have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Blumenau at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Americana will face Poty/Acucar (#3) in Caranduva in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Blumenau will play at home against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Americana: K.Martins 22+6reb+3ast, K.Gustavo 10, F.Caetano De Souza 8+6reb, C.Felippus 6+1reb+1ast, D.Da Costa 6+1ast, T.Carcavalli 5+1ast
Blumenau: Y.Rodriguez 17+10reb+1ast, A.Braghin 15+6reb+2ast, M.Camargo 12+4reb, R.Fogaca 9+6reb+3ast, L.Angeloni 5+4reb, P.da Silva 0
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Poty/Acucar - Maranhao 83-70

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Maranhao (5-10) lost to third ranked Poty/Acucar (10-4) in Caranduva 70-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Poty/Acucar. Maranhao was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maranhao was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international center Gilmara Justino (191-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Fabao Oliveira (180-79) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Poty/Acucar players scored in double figures. International swingman Iziane Castro Marques (183-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 29 points and 5 rebounds and forward Renatinha Oliveira (182-85) added 17 points in the effort for Maranhao. Poty/Acucar maintains third place with 10-4 record having four points less than leader Americana. Maranhao lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Poty/Acucar will face league's leader Americana in Vila Medon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maranhao will play at home against the league's second-placed Ourinhos (#2).
Top scorers:
Poty/Acucar: G.Justino 21+7reb+1ast, N.Mares Burian 14+3reb+1ast, V.Gattei 13+4reb+1ast, F.Oliveira 12+5reb+5ast, K.Da Silva 8+5reb+1ast, K.Da Silva 8+10reb+1ast
Maranhao: I.Castro Marques 29+5reb+3ast, R.Oliveira 17+4reb, B.Silva 6+1reb+2ast, A.Michaski 6+5reb+3ast, J.Sirtoli 6+1reb, C.Dos Santos 4+6reb
gschID: 169137


Santo Andre - Americana 66-67 OT

Fifth-ranked Santo Andre (9-7) used its home court advantage to challenge leader Americana (14-0) on Saturday. The visitors from Vila Medon managed to secure only one-point victory 67-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Santo Andre was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 12-point lead after three quarters before a 21-9 charge of Americana, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 8-7. Americana forced 26 Santo Andre turnovers. Santo Andre was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Karla Martins (172-78) who saved her team from a defeat with 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Sandora Irvin (191-82, college: TCU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Americana's coach Luiz Augusto Zanon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Ariadna Felipe (179-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Micaela Martins (180-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points in the effort for Santo Andre. Four Santo Andre players scored in double figures. Americana have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Defending champion Santo Andre dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Americana will face Poty/Acucar (#3) in Caranduva in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Santo Andre will play on the road against Blumenau.
Top scorers:
Americana: K.Martins 21+6reb+2ast, S.Irvin 11+11reb, C.Felippus 11+3reb+1ast, K.Gustavo 8+5reb+1ast, M.Dantas 7+9reb+1ast, B.Generoso 5+1ast
Santo Andre: M.Martins 15+2reb, A.Felipe 11+11reb+5ast, E.Garvao 11+3reb+2ast, K.Cavallaro 10+2reb+1ast, J.Silvestre 10+4reb+1ast, N.Gomes 8+6reb
gschID: 169138


Blumenau - Sao Jose 71-66

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Blumenau (5-10) defeated at home 4th placed Sao Jose (8-6) 71-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Blumenau forced 24 Sao Jose turnovers. Strangely Sao Jose outrebounded Blumenau 41-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Angela Braghin (173-88) who led her team to a victory with 24 points. Cuban forward Yulianne Rodriguez (185-82) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Alessandra De Oliviera (201-73) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Cristina Souza added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Sao Jose. Blumenau moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maranhao. Sao Jose lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Blumenau will face higher ranked Santo Andre (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sao Jose will play against Basquete Clube in Aracatuba.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: A.Braghin 24+4reb+2ast, C.Santos Luz 14+1reb, Y.Rodriguez 12+7reb+2ast, L.Angeloni 9+3reb+5ast, M.Camargo 6+5reb+4ast, R.Fogaca 6+1reb+1ast
Sao Jose: A.De Oliviera 17+12reb+1ast, P.Ribeiro 14+4reb+2ast, C.Souza 10+11reb+2ast, T.Nascimento 9+2reb+2ast, I.De Andrade 7+5reb+5ast, T.Paixao 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 169139


Ourinhos - Sao Caetano 72-50

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Sao Caetano (0-15) was outleveled on the road by second ranked Ourinhos (11-4) 72-50 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ourinhos. Sao Caetano was better in fourth quarter 14-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ourinhos forced 19 Sao Caetano turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Sao Caetano's players. It was a good game for the former international forward Silvia Gustavo (185-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Joice de Souza (174-86) contributed with 8 points and 11 assists for the winners. Forward Julia Santos (182-88) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and power forward Monica Da Silva Nascimento (191-91) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sao Caetano. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Ourinhos. They maintain second place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Americana. Sao Caetano lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Ourinhos will face Maranhao (#6) in Maranho in the next round. Sao Caetano will play on the road against Maranhao in Maranho and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ourinhos: S.Gustavo 15+7reb+2ast, B.Vasconcelos 12+5ast, C.De Oliveira 12+7reb+3ast, K.Santos 9+11reb+2ast, J.de Souza 8+4reb+11ast, J.De Sousa 6
Sao Caetano: M.Da Silva Nascimento 15+7reb+1ast, J.Santos 12+8reb+4ast, T.Frediani 9+3reb+2ast, C.Jackson 4+4reb, S.Santos 4+4reb+1ast, M. Carolina 2+2reb
gschID: 169140


Americana - Maranhao 77-47

No shocking result in a game when leader Americana (14-0) crushed 6th ranked Maranhao (5-10) in Vila Medon 77-47 on Thursday. The game without a history. Americana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Maranhao to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Americana forced 26 Maranhao turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Maranhao's players. It was a good game for the former international guard Karla Martins (172-78) who led her team to a victory with 25 points. American forward Sandora Irvin (191-82, college: TCU) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Americana's coach Luiz Augusto Zanon felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International swingman Iziane Castro Marques (183-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Cintia Dos Santos (195-75, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 6 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Maranhao. The victory was the fourteenth consecutive win for Americana. They maintain first place with 14-0 record. Maranhao lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Americana will face Poty/Acucar (#3) in Caranduva in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Maranhao will play at home against the league's second-placed Ourinhos.
Top scorers:
Americana: K.Martins 25+1reb+3ast, S.Irvin 11+9reb+3ast, M.Dantas 10+2reb+1ast, K.Gustavo 8, T.Carcavalli 8+3reb+4ast, C.Felippus 7+5reb+2ast
Maranhao: I.Castro Marques 13+6reb, R.Oliveira 12+3reb, A.Michaski 10+2reb+4ast, C.Dos Santos 6+11reb+2ast, B.Silva 2+6reb+1ast, M.Claudia Fonseca 2+1reb
gschID: 169136




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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Good Angels fire Stefan Svitek - by Eurobasket News
Good Angels will have a new head coach. The teams management decided to split ways with Stefan Svitek . A loss of mutual trust was cited as the main reason for the decision. Stefan Svitek took over the Kosice team back in 2008. He led Good Angels to Slovakian Extraliga Champion titles in 2008, 09, 10 and 11. He also added three Slovakian Cup title to his record. Good Angels finished the Euroleague regular season at 9-5 record. They entered the playoff stage. However UMMC swept the eighth-final series against Good Angels in two games. Eurobasket.com named Stefan Svitek All-Slovakian Extraliga Coach of the Year in 2008, 09, 10 and 11 seasons. Stefan Svitek will not be without a job for a long time. He takes over Hungarian National Team during 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Best players of Israeli D1 round 19 - by Eurobasket News
American Kelsey Griffin (188-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Maccabi R.Hen and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team beat Elitzur Netanya (#8, 6-11) 81-71. Maccabi R.Hen maintains the 4th position in Israeli D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maccabi R.Hen will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Griffin turned to be Maccabi R.Hen's top player in her first season with the team. University of Nebraska graduate has very impressive stats this year. Griffin is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.1spg and 53.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Kaili McLaren (188-F-88) of Hap.Petah Tikva. McLaren impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Hap.Petah Tikva lost that game 81-88 to the lower-ranked Hapoel T-A (#10, 3-14). Hap.Petah Tikva is still in a red zone at 7th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. McLaren is a newcomer at Hap.Petah Tikva and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#2). She also registered 9.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85) of Hapoel T-A (#10). Hornbuckle scored 21 points and passed ten assists (!!!). She was a key player of Hapoel T-A, leading her team to a 88-81 win against the higher-ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (#7, 7-10). Hapoel T-A can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hornbuckle she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Hornbuckle has individually a great season in Israel. After only 9 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charde Houston (185-F-86) of Maccabi R.Hen - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Deanna Jackson (188-F-79) of Hapoel T-A - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kerri Gardin (186-F-84) of Bnot Hasharon - 17 points and 19 rebounds
7. Ketia Swanier (170-G-86) of Bnot Hasharon - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jori Davis (175-G-89) of H.R. Le-Zion - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Chastity Reed (185-F-89) of Hap.Petah Tikva - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jenna Smith (191-C-88) of B.C. Habikaa - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Notre Dame women beat UConn 72-59 - by Eurobasket News
There are few things missing from Muffet McGraw's impressive resume as coach of Notre Dame.

Skylar Diggins (5'9''-G-90) and Natalie Novosel (5'11''-G-89) filled one of the holes by guiding the third-ranked Fighting Irish to their first outright Big East championship with a 72-59 victory over No. 4 Connecticut on Monday night.

'This team is really special,' McGraw said. 'They have really high goals and a lot of pride. I'm happy for them and appreciate they are happy for me to win the first one. I love this group.'

Novosel scored 21 points and Diggins added 20 for the Irish (28-2, 15-1 Big East), who will try and win their first Big East conference tournament when they begin play on Sunday.

'It's great,' said Diggins, who was proudly wearing a Big East championship T-shirt in the postgame news conference. 'You know we come out here and play for coach. She deserves it. It's something we wanted to do for her.'

The Fighting Irish shared the regular-season championship with UConn in 2001 before going on to win the national title that season. Winning one outright was on their minds from the beginning of the season.

'It's definitely on our list of things we wanted to do,' Novosel said. 'We wanted to do it for coach since she hadn't gotten one.'

Notre Dame had won just one of its previous 14 previous games in Connecticut, including going 0-7 at the XL Center.

Diggins led the way to this victory.

With the game tied at 51, Notre Dame went on an 11-2 run with Diggins scoring the first eight points. She hit two layups on the fast break then connected on a deep 3-pointer. Dolson's layup broke up the junior guard's spurt. A free throw by Diggins and a 3-pointer by Brittany Mallory made it 62-53 with 9:16 left.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (6'0''-F-93), who was scoreless in the first half, had five quick points to get UConn within four. That's as close as the Huskies could get. Devereaux Peters followed up a free throw with a block on the other end that led to an easy lay-in by Diggins. Mallory hit another 3-pointer with just under five minutes left that made it 69-59.

A 3-pointer with 3:11 left by Novosel made it a 13-point game and capped the scoring for the night, handing UConn its first double-digit home loss since Dec. 5, 2005, against the Tar Heels.

The defeat left UConn in an unfamiliar position, searching for answers going into the postseason.

'Our team has no fight,' coach Geno Auriemma said. 'We're the kind of fighters that throw punches and if you keep backing up, we'll keep punching you. But if you punch us back, we're going to run and hide.'

The Irish swept the season series from the Huskies and have won three straight overall against UConn, including last season's victory in the national semifinals. North Carolina was the last team to win three in a row from UConn, doing so from 2004-07.

The Huskies showed a bit of grit in the first meeting between the teams this season, an overtime loss in South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 9. The rematch turned out to be a lot less competitive in the end and that concerned the Hall of Fame coach.

'This team has not improved since the last time we played Notre Dame,' Auriemma said. 'I would have thought we would have made great strides and we have not. It's one of the few years that I can remember that has been the case.'

The Huskies fell to third in the conference, losing the tiebreaker to St. John's, which ended UConn's 99-game home winning streak on Feb. 18.

Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89) scored 22 points and Stefanie Dolson (6'5''-C-92) added 18 for UConn (26-4, 13-3), which has now lost consecutive games at home for the first time in 19 years.

'They put great pressure on us and we backed up and didn't fight back,' Dolson said. 'We didn't play Connecticut basketball at all. When things weren't going right we took it one-on-one to the basket. It can't be like that. When things like that happen we have to fight back as a team.'

This was the first time in six seasons that UConn didn't win or share the Big East regular-season title. The Huskies have won either the Big East regular-season or tournament championship the last 17 years.

Courtesy of www.desertnews.com


Top-ranked Baylor women beat No. 17 A&M 69-62 - by Eurobasket News
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair thought his team would win if it shot 40 percent against No. 1 Baylor.

The 17th-ranked Aggies shot 46.4 percent, but what he didn't count on was them making just 9 of 19 free throws in a 69-62 loss to the Lady Bears on Monday night.

While both teams were in foul trouble in this one, the difference came at the free-throw line. Baylor made 23 of its 28 attempts, while Texas A&M struggled, with Tyra White (6'0''-G-89) missing six of her 10 tries.

'We've got to work on our free throws,' said Sydney Carter, who missed two of her four attempts. 'I've got to do better. We've got to be better. Free throws can win a game.'

Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) and Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) scored 25 points each and the Lady Bears used a late run to hold off the Aggies.

Baylor (30-0, 17-0 Big 12) led by one point before going on a 6-0 run that was aided unintentionally by an official. Griner made a jump shot before Kimetria Hayden knocked the ball out of Alexia Standish's hands. With the ball almost sure to go out of bounds, it bounced off an official and remained on the court, setting up a layup by Sims before Hayden added a basket to make it 67-60 with 1:39 remaining.

Both teams agreed that the play with the official was pivotal in the game, and Sims said she just did what she was taught on it.

'Coaches say: 'The play is not over,'' Sims said. ''Just stay with it. If you don't hear a whistle, keep playing.''

Blair wishes that the official would have talked the play over with the rest of the crew.

'Ask for help on a controversial play like that,' Blair said. 'That was huge.'

It was a much more competitive game than the first meeting between these teams when Baylor won 71-48.

'We've gotten better since we got embarrassed in Waco,' Blair said.

The Lady Bears have matched the 2009-10 Nebraska team for the best start in conference history and have their second straight 30-win season.

White's 14 points led A&M (20-8, 11-6).

Baylor got its 10th win in last 11 tries against A&M in Big 12 regular-season meetings, with the Aggies moving to the Southeastern Conference next season.

The Lady Bears have already claimed their second straight regular-season conference championship and are the only undefeated team in Division I.

The crowd of more than 10,000 heckled Baylor, and especially Mulkey, throughout the game, and some fans were still yelling at players as they left the court after the win. Mulkey pumped her fist and smiled as she exited and Griner put her hand to her ear and flashed a thumbs-up on her way out.

The thumbs-up is A&M's 'Gig Em' hand signal, but Mulkey denied that Griner meant to mock A&M with her gesture. Griner said winning what could be the last game against A&M didn't mean any more than any other victory.

Griner and Sims were both in foul trouble on Monday and Griner sat out for long stretches in both halves because of it. Sims picked up her fourth foul with more than 7 minutes left, but she never came out, playing 40 minutes.

Texas A&M alternated 6-foot-4 Kelsey Bone and 6-5 Karla Gilbert to try and slow Griner. They both got in foul trouble early in the second half. Gilbert fouled out with about 12 minutes remaining and Bone picked up her fourth just seconds later, sending her to the bench.

Things were evened out about a minute later when Griner picked up her fourth foul knocking Kelsey Assarian down on the offensive end and the Baylor star also left the game.

Carter added 13 points, Adaora Elonu had 12 points and Bone had 10 for A&M. Destiny Williams had 12 rebounds and three steals for Baylor and the 25 points by Sims tied her season high.

Baylor used a 6-2 run, with all of its points coming on free throws, to go up 58-53 with about 7 minutes left. Griner re-entered the game about a minute later, but A&M got going again going on a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 61-60 with 3 1/2 to go.

Baylor led 45-43 after a 3-pointer by Hayden with about 15 minutes left. Carter put A&M back on top with a 3 soon after that, but Griner scored five straight points to give Baylor a 50-46 lead with about 11 minutes remaining.

The Aggies opened the second half with a 7-1 run to take their first lead of the game, 38-37, with just under 17 minutes remaining.

The Lady Bears led by 14 points when Griner went to the bench with about 6 minutes left in the first half. The Aggies took advantage of Griner's absence and went on a 17-8 run to close to gap to 36-31 at halftime. Elonu scored 10 points for A&M in that span.

'We were just attacking the basket,' Carter said of that span. 'When Griner came out with foul trouble, we knew we could go inside. They didn't have that big stop sign in there to stop shots. We just went into attack mode.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Top 25 - Women
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Baylor
 2. Stanford
 3. Notre Dame
 4. Connecticut
 5. Duke
 6. Maryland
 7. Miami, FL
 8. Delaware
 9. Penn St.
 10. Kentucky
 11. Wisc.-Green Bay
 12. Georgetown
 13. Tennessee
 14. Ohio St.
 15. Georgia Tech
 16. Georgia
 17. Texas A&M
 18. St.John's
 19. St.Bonaventure
 20. Louisville
 21. Purdue
 22. Gonzaga
 23. Rutgers
 24. Nebraska
 25. S.Carolina


No. 18 St. John's women defeat No. 12 Georgetown - by Eurobasket News
Amber Thompson (6'2''-F) grabbed 15 rebounds and No. 18 St. John's used its advantage on the boards to beat No. 12 Georgetown 54-45 Monday, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Red Storm (21-8, 13-3 Big East) outrebounded Georgetown 44-31, including 21-16 in the second half.

St. John's trailed 27-25 at halftime and held the Hoyas (22-7, 11-5) to just 6-of-30 shooting in the second half.

Georgetown led 36-32 with 9:25 remaining and turned it over twice, leading to four points during an 8-0 run by the Red Storm. Briana Brown (5'8''-G) connected on a pair of free throws to cap it with 7:08 to play.

St. John's scored 15 points off 16 turnovers and outscored the Hoyas 14-9 on second chances.

Da'Shena Stevens (6'1''-F-90),, Shenneika Smith and Brown scored 12 points each for the Red Storm, who won their eighth in a row.

Sugar Rodgers (5'11''-G) led Georgetown with 13 points.

Courtesy of www.times-standard.com


Baylor still No. 1 in AP women's basketball poll - by Eurobasket News
Baylor stays the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll.

The Lady Bears received all the first-place votes Monday for the 13th straight week after routing Texas and Kansas. Baylor will try to finish the regular season as the lone unbeaten team when it plays at Texas A&M on Monday night and then hosts Iowa State on Saturday.

Stanford, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Duke followed the Lady Bears. The Irish visit the Huskies on Monday night.

Maryland, Miami, Delaware, Penn State and Kentucky round out the first 10.

Ohio State takes the biggest drop - six spots to 14th after losing to Penn State and Nebraska. South Carolina re-enters the rankings at No. 25 while DePaul falls out.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NORWAY - Women  


Gronas number one in Norway for round 17 - by Eurobasket News
International guard Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ulriken, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 19-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Oslo Tigers (#5, 4-14) with 44-point margin 93-49. Ulriken is placed at 2nd position in Norwegian Kvinneligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ulriken will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Gronas had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Ulriken, through which he has constantly improved. Emilie Gronas has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg), assists (3rd best: 3.5apg) and averages impressive 3.6spg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Ulriken's star - young Lise Breivik (181-F-93). Breivik had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Ulriken cruised to a 62-52 relatively comfortable win over Ammerud (12-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ulriken consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. Her team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Breivik is one of the most experienced players at Ulriken and similarly like Emilie Gronas has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Tina Nesse (184-C-84) of Ammerud (#3). Nesse scored 10 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Nesse's great performance Ammerud lost 52-62 to #2 ranked Ulriken. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ammerud needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 5 lost games. Nesse has a great season in Norway. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (7th best). She also has 2.3spg and 1.6bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lise Breivik (181-F-93) of Ulriken - 16 points and 4 rebounds
5. Helene Kongestol (182-F-93) of Ulriken - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Benedikte Huuse (F) of Ammerud - 4 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sara Grindelid (183-F-82) of Ammerud - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) of Ulriken - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Anita Grimstad (F-88) of Ulriken - 13 points and 6 rebounds
10. Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe (G) of Oslo Tigers - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. Alges 16-1 
 2. AD Vagos 16-1 
 3. GDESSA 12-5 
 4. Boa Viagem 11-5 
 5. Lombos Quinta 10-7 
 6. CAB Madeira 8-6 
 7. AFC-Liberty S. 6-10 
 8. Montijobanda 6-10 
 9. Olivais 5-11 
 10. Barcelos 4-14 
 11. EMA Menres 3-14 
 12. CDTorres N. 2-15 


Liga Feminina Round 17: Bottom-ranked EMA Menres win against AFC-Liberty S. - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked EMA Menres managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted EMA Menres edged seventh-ranked AFC-Liberty S. in Porto 70-69. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-69. Guard Filipa Bernardeco (173-92) saved the victory by scoring 28 points. Natacha Ca contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donica Cosby (172-88, college: Oklahoma City) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds for AFC-Liberty S.EMA Menres (3-14) moved-up to eleventh place. AFC-Liberty S. at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Montijobanda. EMA Menres are looking forward to face higher ranked GDESSA (#3) in Barreiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AFC-Liberty S. will play on the road against CDTorres N. (#12) in Torres Novas and is hoping to win this game.
Liga Feminina top team - Alges (16-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Olivais (5-11) in Coimbra 74-61. American guard Jennifer Risper (175-87, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and Sofia Silva chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Alges' coach Jose Araujo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Ana Fonseca (168-78) responded with 23 points and 6 steals. Alges have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record, which they share with AD Vagos. Olivais at the other side keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Alges will play against league's second-placed AD Vagos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olivais will play against Montijobanda (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked AD Vagos (16-1) and 12th ranked CDTorres N. (2-15) in Vagos on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. AD Vagos outscored guests from Torres Novas 68-44. Flavia Santos nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. AD Vagos' coach Nuno Ferreira felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aisha Jefferson came up with 9 points and 14 rebounds for CDTorres N. in the defeat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for AD Vagos. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Alges. Loser CDTorres N. stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. AD Vagos will meet league's leader Alges on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CDTorres N. will play against AFC-Liberty S. (#7) in Porto and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 17 Montijobanda were smashed by Lombos Quinta on the road 90-70. GDESSA won against Barcelos on its own court 64-50.



AFC-Liberty S. - EMA Menres 69-70

Bottom-ranked EMA Menres managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted EMA Menres edged seventh-ranked AFC-Liberty S. in Porto 70-69. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-69. Guard Filipa Bernardeco (173-92) saved the victory by scoring 28 points. Natacha Ca contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donica Cosby (172-88, college: Oklahoma City) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian center Matteke Hutzler (188) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AFC-Liberty S.EMA Menres (3-14) moved-up to eleventh place. AFC-Liberty S. at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Montijobanda. EMA Menres are looking forward to face higher ranked GDESSA (#3) in Barreiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AFC-Liberty S. will play on the road against CDTorres N. (#12) in Torres Novas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
EMA Menres: F.Bernardeco 28+4reb+2ast, N.Ca 19+5reb, A.Marinho 9+2reb, B.Cismasiu 8+8reb, P.Couto 4+8reb+1ast, J.Pirralho 2
AFC-Liberty S.: D.Cosby 21+9reb+3ast, J.Ferreira 16+4reb+1ast, M.Hutzler 14+8reb, M.Silva 6+3reb, M.Mazer 5+2reb, F.Braga 4+8reb
gschID: 145990


Lombos Quinta - Montijobanda 90-70

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Lombos Quinta (10-7) crushed 8th ranked Montijobanda (6-10) in Carcavelos 90-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. Lombos Quinta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Montijobanda's 36. Lombos Quinta forced 21 Montijobanda turnovers. The former international power forward Paula Muxiri (184-81, college: ODU) nailed 24 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winning side and American guard Shaqwedia Wallace (175, college: Temple) accounted for 26 points. Four Lombos Quinta players scored in double figures. American power forward Ta-Myra Davis (185-87, college: Wright St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and Marcia Costa added 15 points respectively for Montijobanda in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lombos Quinta maintains fifth place with 10-7 record. Montijobanda lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with AFC-Liberty S.. Lombos Quinta will meet at home higher ranked Boa Viagem (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montijobanda will play against Olivais in Coimbra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lombos Quinta: S.Wallace 26+3reb+2ast, P.Muxiri 24+2reb+5ast, L.Lima 17+2reb+2ast, S.Chan 13+9reb, H.Goncalves 5+1reb, D.Duarte 3+2reb+3ast
Montijobanda: M.Costa 15+3reb+3ast, S.Soroka 13+1reb, T.Davis 10+14reb+1ast, J.Claro 9+1reb, A.Cunha 8, M.Soeiro 6+2ast
gschID: 145991


AD Vagos - CDTorres N. 68-44

The game between second ranked AD Vagos (16-1) and 12th ranked CDTorres N. (2-15) in Vagos on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. AD Vagos outscored guests from Torres Novas 68-44. The game was mostly controlled by AD Vagos. CDTorres N. managed to win second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CDTorres N. to just 5 points in first quarter. AD Vagos forced 25 CDTorres N. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Brazilian center Flavia Santos (187-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Brazilian forward Lilian Goncalves (186-79) accounted for 17 points and 6 steals. AD Vagos' coach Nuno Ferreira felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Aisha Jefferson (185-86, college: Michigan St.) came up with 9 points and 14 rebounds and Angolan forward Marinela Pinheiro (185-85) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for CDTorres N. in the defeat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for AD Vagos. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Alges. Loser CDTorres N. stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. AD Vagos will meet league's leader Alges on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CDTorres N. will play against AFC-Liberty S. (#7) in Porto and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AD Vagos: F.Santos 22+11reb+1ast, L.Goncalves 17+4reb+3ast, A.Teixeira 9+4reb+5ast, D.Domingues 5+5reb+4ast, J.Lopes 5+2reb+3ast, S.Ressurreicao 3+2ast
CDTorres N.: S.Neptune 14+2reb+6ast, M.Pinheiro 13+10reb, A.Jefferson 9+14reb+2ast, S.Fortunato 7+3reb+3ast, L.Cruz 1+3reb, C.Rodrigues 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145992


Olivais - Alges 61-74

Liga Feminina top team - Alges (16-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Olivais (5-11) in Coimbra 74-61. The game was mostly controlled by Alges. Olivais was better in fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American guard Jennifer Risper (175-87, college: Vanderbilt) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and the former international center Sofia Silva (187-90) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Alges' coach Jose Araujo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international guard Ana Fonseca (168-78) responded with 23 points and 6 steals and naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Carsidalia Silva (180-92) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Alges have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record, which they share with AD Vagos. Olivais at the other side keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Alges will play against league's second-placed AD Vagos at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olivais will play against Montijobanda (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alges: J.Risper 20+6reb+6ast, S.Silva 16+9reb, C.Wirth 14+2reb+2ast, J.Araujo 8+7reb+3ast, S.Foreid 6+2reb, B.Pedro 5+3reb
Olivais: A.Fonseca 23+2reb+3ast, C.Silva 10+7reb, J.Almeida 10+4reb+1ast, M.Joao Andrade 8+5reb, B.Cunha 5+1ast, J.Filipe 3+4reb
gschID: 145988


GDESSA - Barcelos 64-50

Very expected game when 10th ranked Barcelos (4-14) lost to third ranked GDESSA (12-5) in Barreiro 50-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. GDESSA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 28 Barcelos turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 23 on the defensive glass. American guard Angie Ned (175-85, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Gamble Sports Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Joana Bernardeco (168-90) accounted for 23 points and 5 assists. American forward Taneskei Richardson (182-88, college: Jacksonville, agency: Gamble Sports Management) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Lauren Gregory (185, college: Vanguard) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Barcelos in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for GDESSA. They maintain third place with 12-5 record having four points less than leader Alges. Barcelos lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. GDESSA will meet EMA Menres (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barcelos will play against CAB Madeira in Funchal and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
GDESSA: J.Bernardeco 23+2reb+5ast, A.Ned 22+13reb+3ast, E.Beagle 5+4reb+2ast, T.Fernandes 4+4reb, L.Ferreira 4+4reb+2ast, C.Neves 4+7reb+3ast
Barcelos: T.Richardson 19+9reb+1ast, L.Gregory 16+7reb, A.Tenreiro 7+1reb+3ast, H.Costa 6+2reb, F.Catarino 1+1reb+2ast, F.Costa 1+4reb
gschID: 145989




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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ashley LINDSEY
  Poprad
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Lindsey, Poprad17.5 
 2. Young, Poprad16.9 
 3. Vieru, Good Angels16.8 
 4. Sujova, Samorin16.7 
 5. Simova, Poprad14.6 
 6. Stepanova, MBK R.14.4 
 7. McCray, Good A.14.2 
 8. Simkulakova, Rozna.14.1 
 9. Libicova, Roznava13.7 
 10. Ciappina, Poprad13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tonya YOUNG
  Poprad
  (187-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Young, Poprad9.5 
 2. Wickett, Samorin8.8 
 3. Janosickova, Dann.8.2 
 4. Vieru, Good Angels8.1 
 5. Lindsey, Poprad8.0 
 6. Libicova, Roznava7.6 
 7. Simova, Poprad7.3 
 8. Stepanova, MBK R.6.4 
 9. Tetemondova, MBK6.3 
 10. Jurcenkova, Good5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Timea SUJOVA
  Samorin
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sujova, Samorin5.3 
 2. Guzman, MBK R.5.0 
 3. Bojovic, Good A.4.8 
 4. Vackova, Poprad4.3 
 5. Giacintova, Rozna.4.1 
 6. Benuskova, Cassov.3.6 
 7. Sverrisdotti., Goo.3.4 
 8. Simkulakova, Rozna.3.4 
 9. Timkova, Cassovia.3.0 
 10. Nemeth, Good A.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Diana BENUSKOVA
  Cassovia.
  (170-PG-89)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Benuskova, Cassov.3.4 
 2. Guzman, MBK R.3.3 
 3. Timkova, Cassovia.3.1 
 4. Sujova, Samorin3.1 
 5. Simova, Poprad3.0 
 6. Giacintova, Rozna.2.9 
 7. McCray, Good A.2.8 
 8. Lindsey, Poprad2.8 
 9. Oravcova, Cassovia.2.6 
 10. Bojovic, Good A.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ashley LINDSEY
  Poprad
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lindsey, Poprad2.3 
 2. Vieru, Good Angels1.8 
 3. Matejcikova, Rozna.1.1 
 4. Young, Poprad1.1 
 5. Stepanova, MBK R.1.1 
 6. Tetemondova, MBK1.0 
 7. Janosickova, Dann.0.8 
 8. Wickett, Samorin0.8 
 9. Hnidzikova, Rozna.0.7 
 10. Simova, Poprad0.7 


SBK Samorin lands Roberson - by Eurobasket Center
SBK Samorin strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Ashlee Roberson (180-F-88, college: Texas Tech). In her first game she scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. However her new team lost to Good Angels 51-83. Roberson played most recently at CS Nova Vita Targu Mures (Romania). While playing 8 games for Targu Mures this season she averaged 12.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.9spg. Roberson graduated Texas Tech University in 2010 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Good Angels fire Stefan Svitek - by Eurobasket News
Good Angels will have a new head coach. The teams management decided to split ways with Stefan Svitek . A loss of mutual trust was cited as the main reason for the decision. Stefan Svitek took over the Kosice team back in 2008. He led Good Angels to Slovakian Extraliga Champion titles in 2008, 09, 10 and 11. He also added three Slovakian Cup title to his record. Good Angels finished the Euroleague regular season at 9-5 record. They entered the playoff stage. However UMMC swept the eighth-final series against Good Angels in two games. Eurobasket.com named Stefan Svitek All-Slovakian Extraliga Coach of the Year in 2008, 09, 10 and 11 seasons. Stefan Svitek will not be without a job for a long time. He takes over Hungarian National Team during 2013 EuroBasket Qualifying Round.


Tonya Young gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
American Tonya Young (187-F/C) had an amazing evening in the last round for Poprad and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The -year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team crushed Cassovia K. (#7, 2-19) with 25-point margin 82-57. Poprad maintains the 4th position in Slovakian Extraliga. Poprad is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-10 record. Young turned to be Poprad's top player in her first season with the team. University of Vermont graduate has very impressive stats this year. Young is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Poprad's star - 24-year old forward Beata Simova (184-F-87). Simova impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Young she helped Poprad with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Cassovia K. (#7, 2-19) 82-57. Poprad's 4th position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 11-10 record is not bad at all. Simova is a newcomer at Poprad and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.2ppg (#8). She also registered 7.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Katarina Tetemondova (188-F/C-88) of second-ranked MBK Ruzomb.. Tetemondova scored 17 points. She was a key player of MBK Ruzomb., leading her team to a 88-47 easy win against the lower-ranked Roznava (#6, 4-17). MBK Ruzomb. is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Tetemondova has a great season in Slovakia. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.5rpg (8th best). She also has 2.4spg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85) of MBK Ruzomb. - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Katarina Pindrochova (183-F-88) of Good Angels - 19 points
6. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) of MBK Ruzomb. - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) of Good Angels - 15 points and 4 rebounds
8. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88) of Good Angels - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85) of Good Angels - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jana Vackova (169-PG-85) of Poprad - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNA Round 1 (Second Stage): Helios keep a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News
The Second Stage in LNA just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The game had a very big importance for Helios as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Places 1-6. Helios smashed Basel in Vetroz 103-38. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basel to just 7 points in second quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Basel's 20. Helios forced 27 Basel turnovers and outrebounded them 50-21 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Karen Twehues (182-83, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Jalinka Michaux (173-87) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Basel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Riva Basket and Fribourg. Basel at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Nyon and Hope-GBA. Basel will play next round against strong Fribourg trying to get back on the winning streak. Helios will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Hope-GBA in Bernex.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Hope-GBA (0-1) in Riva San Vitale. Visitors were defeated by Riva Basket (1-0) 59-41. Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Shannon McCallum chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Geraldine Mentha (183-94) responded with 11 points. Riva Basket maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 1-0 record, which they share with Fribourg and Helios. Hope-GBA at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Nyon and Basel. Riva Basket will play against Nyon (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hope-GBA will play against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of Nyon (0-1) against Fribourg (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Nyon was crushed by Fribourg in Fribourg 87-51. Celeste Trahan nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of her seven free throws) for the winning side. Fribourg's coach Romain Gaspoz felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tiffany Benson came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks for Nyon in the defeat. Defending champion keeps a position of Places 1-6 leader, which they share with Riva Basket and Helios. Loser Nyon still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Basel and Hope-GBA. Fribourg will meet at home Basel (#4) in the next round. Nyon will play against the league's second-placed Riva Basket in Riva San Vitale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Highflyers (1-0) which hosted in Luzern Pully (0-1). Leader Highflyers managed to get a 7-point victory 83-76. Highflyers maintains first place in Places 7-9 with 1-0 record. Pully at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Highflyers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pully will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Places 1-6
Helios - Basel 103-38

The game had a very big importance for Helios as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Places 1-6. Helios smashed Basel in Vetroz 103-38. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basel to just 7 points in second quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Basel's 20. Helios forced 27 Basel turnovers and outrebounded them 50-21 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Karen Twehues (182-83, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Jalinka Michaux (173-87) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Helios players scored in double figures. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Colleen Hart (163-88, college: Tufts) added 10 points in the effort for Basel. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Riva Basket and Fribourg. Basel at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Nyon and Hope-GBA. Basel will play next round against strong Fribourg trying to get back on the winning streak. Helios will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Hope-GBA in Bernex.
Top scorers:
Helios: K.Twehues 19+6reb+1ast, J.Michaux 15+7reb, S.Kershaw 15+5reb, W.Boddie 10+2reb+4ast, A.Rol 10+5reb, V.Gumy 9+2reb+2ast
Basel: E.Moldovanyi 11+2reb, C.Hart 10+3reb, M.Skouby 10+9reb+1ast, M.Heckendorn 5+5reb+2ast, E.Haas 2+1reb+3ast, N.Girod 0
gschID: 169774


Riva Basket - Hope-GBA 59-41

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Hope-GBA (0-1) in Riva San Vitale. Visitors were defeated by Riva Basket (1-0) 59-41. The game without a history. Riva Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hope-GBA to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Riva Basket held Hope-GBA to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.1 percent accuracy of the winners. Riva Basket forced 25 Hope-GBA turnovers. Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Geraldine Mentha (183-94) responded with 11 points and Croatian forward Romana Stojanovic (177-93) scored 5 points and 7 rebounds. Riva Basket maintains first place in Places 1-6 with 1-0 record, which they share with Fribourg and Helios. Hope-GBA at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Nyon and Basel. Riva Basket will play against Nyon (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hope-GBA will play against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Riva Basket: S.McCallum 21+4reb+3ast, J.Jakab 13+1reb+1ast, R.McKenzie 12+15reb+2ast, F.Annibale 6+3reb+5ast, L.Travaini 4+3reb, M.Broggini 2+3reb
Hope-GBA: G.Mentha 11+4reb, D.Studer 7+3reb+1ast, G.Thuerler 7+1reb+1ast, L.Cutunic 6+6reb, R.Stojanovic 5+7reb, S.Cavin 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 169772


Fribourg - Nyon 87-51

Very important is a road loss of Nyon (0-1) against Fribourg (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Nyon was crushed by Fribourg in Fribourg 87-51. The game without a history. Fribourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Nyon's 40. Fribourg forced 25 Nyon turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including 30 on the defensive glass. American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of her seven free throws) for the winning side and Venezuelan guard Maria Villarroel (174-78, college: Oklahoma, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 24 points and 6 rebounds. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Fribourg's coach Romain Gaspoz felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Tiffany Benson (185-88, college: William & Mary) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Melissa Favre (184-92) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for Nyon in the defeat. Defending champion keeps a position of Places 1-6 leader, which they share with Riva Basket and Helios. Loser Nyon still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Basel and Hope-GBA. Fribourg will meet at home Basel (#4) in the next round. Nyon will play against the league's second-placed Riva Basket in Riva San Vitale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: C.Trahan 25+18reb+2ast, M.Villarroel 24+6reb+2ast, V.Dorestant 12+2reb+1ast, D.Bozovic 11+8reb+3ast, M.Sabo 9+2ast, E.Butty 4+2reb
Nyon: T.Benson 16+22reb, M.Favre 13+2reb, J.Muellauer 10+2reb+1ast, G.Gur 8+1reb+5ast, A.Tharin 4+3reb, A.Toumi 0
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Places 7-9
Highflyers - Pully 83-76

An interesting game for Highflyers (1-0) which hosted in Luzern Pully (0-1). Leader Highflyers managed to get a 7-point victory 83-76. Pully was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Highflyers, which allowed them to win the game. Highflyers maintains first place in Places 7-9 with 1-0 record. Pully at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Highflyers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pully will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ovronnaz-Mart. in Martigny and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Trahan's double-double lands her (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fribourg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
She had a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds, while her team outclassed, Second Stage botton-ranked team Nyon (#6, 0-1) with 36-point margin 87-51. Fribourg is placed at 3rd position in Swiss LNA. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Fribourg won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Trahan has many years of experience at Fribourg, through which he has constantly improved. Elizabeth City State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Trahan is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.8ppg. Trahan is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 15.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,3.4spg and 66.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Janae Young (183-G-87) of Highflyers. She is American guard in her first season at Highflyers. In the last game Young recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 21 rebounds. Of course Highflyers cruised to a 83-76 relatively comfortable win over Pully (0-1). Her team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won their first game. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Young is one of the most experienced players at Highflyers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alendra Brown (191-F/C-86) of Pully (#-3). Brown showcased her all-around game by recording 27 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Brown's great performance Pully lost 76-83 to #-5 ranked Highflyers. But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Pully can only dream about fighting for top spots in Places 7-9. They have awful Second Stage losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Brown she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Brown has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.7rpg (4th best). She also has 2.6spg and 1.4bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tiffany Benson (185-F-88) of Nyon - 16 points and 22 rebounds
5. Maria Villarroel (174-G-78) of Fribourg - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76) of Riva Basket - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eltiona Miroci (172-G-96) of Highflyers - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Diodio Diouf (170-G-84) of Pully - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Karen Twehues (182-G-83) of Helios - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Shannon McCallum (177-G-87) of Riva Basket - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Canady number one in Ukrainian Higher League for round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Jessica Canady (185-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Dynamo, receiving a Eurobasket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while her team outclassed Bar Regina-B. (#1, 20-4) with 35-point margin 99-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Dynamo maintains the 2nd position in Ukrainian Higher League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dynamo will need more victories to improve their 19-5 record. Canady just recently signed at Dynamo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jessica Canady averages this season 22.2ppg and 11.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young international guard Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) of league's leader Bar Regina-B.. Iagupova had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Of course she lead Bar Regina-B. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Byelaia Akacia (#5, 8-16) 77-52. Of course Bar Regina-B. still keep the league's top spot. Her team lost just four games this season, while they won 20 matches. Iagupova is a newcomer at Bar Regina-B., but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). She also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) of Tim-Scuf (#3). Maznichenko got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. She went also for eight rebounds . Despite Maznichenko's great performance Tim-Scuf lost 89-92 to #2 ranked Dynamo. But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Tim-Scuf needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 8 lost games. Maznichenko has a great season in Ukraine. After 23 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.3ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). She also has 2.1spg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Viktoriya Pazyuk (186-F-85) of Frankivsk-Hal. - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tetiana Panchenk-Stakhova (173-G/F-79) of Dynamo - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) of Bar Regina-B. - 17 points and 14 rebounds
7. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) of Tim-Scuf - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kimberly Williams (168-G-74) of Dynamo - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kimberly Williams (168-G-74) of Dynamo - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  WBCBL - Women  


Columbus Lady Wings Faces the United States All Air Force Women's Basketball Team in March 10th Exhibition Game. - by Willie McCray
COLUMBUS GA, February 28,2012: Columbus Lady Wings, Inc. Semi-Pro Women's Basketball will host an exhibition game, competing against the All Air Force team, on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The game will take place at the Frank Chester Recreation Center (1441 Benning Drive, Columbus, GA) at 3:00 p.m.

This event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

This game will be a great opportunity for basketball fans to preview the action and enjoy high-level, pre-season competition.
Columbus Lady Wings, Inc. is a semi-professional basketball team, franchised with the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBl.) The team currently in preparations and training for the 2012 season. The Columbus Lady Wings regular season begins in May 2012.


Please contact the Columbus Lady Wings, Inc. office at (706) 610-3092 or email info@columbusladywings.net for more information.


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  WNBA - Women  


McConnell-Miller returns to Tulsa Shock as Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News
Kathy McConnell-Miller will return to the Tulsa Shock in 2012 as an assistant under Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg (agency: Warren Sports International).

McConnell-Miller was an assistant with the Shock for the final 19 games of the 2011 season. She was also the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa from 1999 to 2005. From 2005 to 2010, she was the head basketball coach at the University of Colorado.

Kathy has been highly successful at the college level as a head coach and will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff, Kloppenburg says. She is a coach that loves to be in the gym and put the time in working to develop and improve players. She comes highly recommended by some of the top coaches in the WNBA. She is well-respected by players and brings a strong work ethic and positive attitude to our staff.

At the University of Tulsa, McConnell-Miller led the Golden Hurricane to two WNIT appearances (2004 and 2005) before moving to Colorado where she led the team to the 2008 WNIT post-season tournament.

I am so pleased to be returning to the Shock organization under the strong leadership of Steve Swetoha and Gary Kloppenburg (agency: Warren Sports International), McConnell-Miller says. I have been so impressed with Coach Klopp and his vision for this team and organization. I am anxious to get back on the court with the team and assist in preparing them for this upcoming season. Tulsa holds a very special place in my heart, and we are all committed to bringing a championship-caliber team to our community.

McConnell-Miller will immediately begin scouting in preparation for this springs WNBA Draft before returning to Tulsa for the opening of training camp in April.

Courtesy of www.gtrnews.com


Silver Stars sign center from Chile - by Eurobasket News
The Silver Stars signed center Ziomara Morrison (6'4''-C-89), head coach and general manager Dan Hughes said Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-4 native of Chile has played internationally the past five seasons. She currently plays for Burgos in Spain, averaging 13.6 points and 10.2 rebounds. In 2011, she led Burgos to the Spanish LFB Group B championship.

Part of the Chilean national team since 2006, she averaged 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds at the 2010 FIBA South American Championships.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Shock signs former Indiana Fever first-round pick Jene Morris - by Eurobasket News
The Tulsa Shock's youth movement continued Monday when the WNBA team announced the signing of Jene Morris (5'9''-G-87, college: San Diego St.).

A former San Diego State standout, Morris was a first-round selection in the 2010 WNBA draft, taken by the Indiana Fever with the 11th pick.

Morris played in 25 games for the Fever in 2010, averaging 2.9 points in 7.8 minutes of court time per game.

New Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said in a press release that he is excited to have Morris join the team.

'She is a talented player with great speed and quickness and has the ability to score,' he said. 'She was a first-round pick in our league and has continued to develop her game overseas. She is a great young talent that has an opportunity to develop into a productive guard in the WNBA.'

Morris played for a team in Spain during the WNBA offseason and averaged 9.6 points and 1.3 steals in 17.9 minutes of court time per game.

Morris was a two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference player at San Diego State. Despite playing only three seasons there, she finished her career as the third-leading scorer in school history and the MWC's all-time leader in steals. She was a two-time league defensive player of the year.

'We believe Jene will add the depth to our backcourt this season,' Shock president Steve Swetoha said. 'We have been interested in signing her since the onset of free agency and are excited to see her in a Shock uniform this season.'

Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com


Seattle Storm signs WNBA's all-time leading scorer Tina Thompson - by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm just got even more powerful, adding the WNBAs all-time leading scorer to a roster already full of talent.

The Storm on Monday announced it has signed veteran all-star Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC), who in 15 years in the WNBA has scored 6,751 points for an average of 15.6 points per game. Last year, with the Los Angeles Sparks, she averaged 4.6 rebounds and 9.9 points per game.

I couldnt be more excited at the opportunity to coach Tina, Storm head coach and GM Brian Agler said in an announcement. Ive been coaching against her for more than a decade and I sure prefer having her on my side.

Also on the Storms side are the WNBAs third- and fourth-best all-time scorers in Katie Smith (6,015 career points) and Lauren Jackson (5,915 points). The Storm now has the leagues top three active scorers; Thompsons former teammate Lisa Leslie, now retired, is the second all-time best scorer with 6,263 points.

Thompson was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1997, and led Houston to four WNBA championships. She joined the Sparks in 2009 when she became a free agent, as the Houston Comets dissolved.

The Storm, of course, is striving to repeat the national championship performances of 2004 and 2010. The teams first game is May 18 against the Sparks at KeyArena in Seattle.

Adding a player of Tina Thompsons experience and championship caliber further complements our vision of building a championship team, Storm CEO Karen Bryant said in the announcement. She knows what it takes to win a championship.

The Storm on Monday also said it re-signed reserve player Ewelina Kobryn, who joined the team late last June.

Courtesy of http://blog.seattlepi.com