EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/13/2012

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  ABA   


Chicago Steam and North Dallas Vandals advance in ABA Playoffs - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) playoffs opened this weekend in two divisions - the North Central and Southwest - and the Chicago Steam and North Dallas Vandals emerged as winners and advanced to the second round to be played on March 24, 25.
The #4 ranked Chicago Steam defeated the #16 ranked Memphis Bluff City Reign, with a 117-98 final score.
The huge surprise came from Texas, where the #13 ranked North Dallas Vandals upset the #1 ranked Colorado Kings after defeating the #9 ranked Texas FUEL on Saturday.
The game ended 101-94, and the Vandals were led by Ty Thomas (6'6''-F, college: Concordia-St.Paul), who scored 26 pts and grabbed 10 rebs, Will Haynes (6'9''-F-79, college: Manhattan), who scred 22 pts and grabbed 8 rebs, and Martel Jones (6'3''-G), who added 21 pts and 7 assists
'The remaining six divisional playoffs will be next weekend, March 17, 18,' stated Dick Packer , ABA COO. 'We have some very strong teams in the ABA and the upsets this weekend show that it will be an exciting and wide open playoff. Colorado went into the game undefeated and had lost only one game over the past two season. On any given night....'
For more information visit, www.abalive.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Jakov Vladovic claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Jakov Vladovic (186-PG-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Siroki WWin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 17 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Siroki WWin in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cedevita (#2, 18-6) 76-65. Siroki WWin maintains the 5th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Siroki WWin will need more victories to improve their 14-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Vladovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vladovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.2apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Helios. Prepelic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Helios lost that game 82-92 to slightly higher-ranked Krka (7-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Helios dropped in the standings to 12th position. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Helios managed to get this year. Prepelic is well-known by Helios fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.4ppg (#7). He also recorded 3.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K. (#7). Scott scored 12 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Radnicki K., leading his team to a 79-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Zlatorog (#14, 2-22). Radnicki K. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Scott has a great season in Adriatic League. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Blu (201-F-80) of Maccabi T-A - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Omar Thomas (197-F-82) of Crvena Zvezda - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) of Buducnost - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Radnicki K. - 6 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) of Siroki WWin - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K. - 18 points
10. Zeljko Sakic (201-F-88) of Siroki WWin - 10 points, 6 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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  ALBANIA   


Top Albanians playing abroad based on last week''s performance - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Albanian players, who play currently abroad.


   #1. Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (14-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Dorsten lost 67-74 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) USC Leipzig in the Group North. Pelaj scored 12 points in 31 minutes. It was Dorsten''s first loss after three consecutive victories. It''s Pelaj''s eighth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 26 games he played so far. Pelaj has also German passport.


Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80) plays for Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL
Erjon Kastrati (197-F/G-94) plays for Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League
Klaudio Ndoja (200-G/F-85) plays for Enel Brindisi in Italian Lega2
Gerti Shima (205-F/C-86) plays for Capljina Lasta in Bosnia and Herzegovina D1
Franko Bushati (188-G-85) plays for Centrale Latte in Italian Lega2
Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) plays for KK Podgorica in Montenegrin 1A
Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) plays for Panerythraikos in Greek A2
Andrea Gjinaj (208-F-86) plays for Campobas.MS in Italian Nazionale B
Ersid Ljuca (209-C-81) plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague
Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80) plays for Sigal Prishtina in Kosovan SuperLeague
Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) plays for Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague
Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Albanian playing currently abroad. Go to Albanian Abroad Page to see completed list.


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  ANGOLA   


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


   #1. Vander Joaquim (208-C-90) led Hawaii to a victory against the University of Idaho (6-8) 72-70 in the conference tournament in Thursday night''s game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. The University of Hawaii has not so impressive 4-9 record this season.


Other top Angolan players, who play abroad:

Miguel De Almeida (198-F/C-93) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Nicolau Dilukila (184-G-88) plays for Licher Baeren in German ProB
Sergio Correia (197-F-85) plays for Alges in Portuguese Proliga
Edson Ferreira (183-G-86) plays for Ginasio in Portuguese LPB
Francisco Destino (190-G/F-89) plays for Ginasio in Portuguese LPB
Joao Pereira (186-G-83) plays for Angrabasket in Portuguese Proliga
Pedro Loth (188-G-79) plays for Angrabasket in Portuguese Proliga
Benvindo Garcia (193-F-84) plays for Brixton Topcats in British EBL
Avelino Antonio (191-F-86) plays for Brixton Topcats in British EBL
Joao Gaspar (196-F-89) plays for Guifoes in Portuguese Proliga
Vladimir Teixeira (180-G-84) plays for Povoa in Portuguese Proliga
Tresore Quidome (192-G-80) plays for Neuchatel in Swiss LNB
Paulo Muacassage (188-G-88) plays for Kristiansand in Norwegian 1Div.
Jonathan Tunga (176-G-84) plays for Goeppingen in German Regionalliga
Christel Quidome (185-G-86) plays for DDV Lugano in Swiss LNB

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Angolan playing currently abroad. Go to Angolan Abroad Page to see completed list.


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  ARGENTINA   


Luis Scola''s 30 points make him top Argentinian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Argentinians who are currently playing abroad.


Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. This week''s number one is former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (22-20) in their last game. Despite Scola''s very good performance the Houston Rockets lost 107-118 on the road to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Scola also added 8 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. It''s Scola''s fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 15.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.6% and FT: 75.0% in the 42 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Scola played for the Argentinian senior national team two years ago.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (26-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ginobili''s very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 120-108 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Ginobili also added 6 passes. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his tenth year in Spurs'' roster. This season he has very high stats. Ginobili averages: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(28-49), 3FGP: 55.8%(24-43) and FT: 84.8%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) in their last game. Despite Mainoldi''s very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 81-92 in Bilbao to the higher-ranked (#10) Gescrap BB. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada''s third consecutive loss in a row. Mainoldi has been at the team for four years. Mainoldi has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 74.2% in the 20 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Mainoldi is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #4. Guard Carlos Delfino (198-82) led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the New York Knicks (18-23) 119-114 in the NBA in Friday night''s game. He scored 14 points. The Milwaukee Bucks have 17-24 record this season. This year Delfino has relatively solid stats: 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. Similarly like Mainoldi and Ginobili above he also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is also Argentinian national team player.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
   #5. Former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) led Blancos de Rueda to a surprising victory over the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-12) 79-70 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Garcia scored 20 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (6-17) is located at the very bottom in the ACB. Garcia has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #6. Guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) was the major contributor in a Tezenis Verona''s shocking victory against the third-ranked Givova Scafati (15-7) 83-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. He scored 20 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Tezenis Verona (10-12) is placed ninth in the Lega2. Porta is currently third on the league''s list of best passers with 4.7apg. He also averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.0spg in the 22 games. Porta is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team four years ago.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #7. International guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza (13-11) 75-65 in the Spanish ACB last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and added 7 assists. Caja Laboral Vitoria (17-7) is placed third in the ACB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Prigioni belongs to league''s most steals and is ranked #2. His overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.5apg and 1.9spg. Prigioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #8. Guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn''t help Blusens Monbus (8-16) in their last game. Despite Bulfoni''s good performance Blusens Monbus lost 77-86 in Manresa to the higher-ranked (#11) Assignia. He scored 11 points in only a mere 11 minutes. This year Bulfoni''s overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 1.3rpg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #9. International guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) contributed to Cajasol''s shocking victory against the league leader Regal FC Barcelona (19-5) 66-63 in the Spanish ACB on Thursday night. He scored 5 points in 14 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (12-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. This year Jasen''s total stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #10. Forward Andres Nocioni (199-79) contributed to a Philadelphia 76ers'' victory against the Boston Celtics (21-19) 103-71 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Nocioni recorded only 1 points. The Philadelphia 76ers have 25-17 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Nocioni''s first year with the team. He has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg. Nocioni is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.


The list of other players, who all have Argentinian passport but never been selected to any of Argentinian national teams:

   #1. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help one of league''s weakest teams Banca Tercas (7-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Cerella''s very good performance Banca Tercas was defeated 84-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Vanoli-Braga (#15). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Cerella also added 7 rebounds. It''s Cerella''s first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. Cerella has also Italian nationality.

   #2. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Canarias (20-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Canarias lost 76-81 on the opponent court to the lower-ranked (#5) Ford_Burgos. Richotti was the second best scorer with 16 points in a mere 19 minutes. Richotti''s stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in the 27 games he played so far. He has also Italian nationality.

   #3. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) contributed to a FIATC Joventut''s victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (12-12) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Van Lacke scored 9 points and added 4 passes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (11-13) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Van Lacke''s first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg. Similarly like Richotti and Cerella above Van Lacke has also Italian passport.

   #4. Diego Corral (205-C-86, also represented by Players Group), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Anagni (10-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Anagni lost 65-75 on the opponent court to the higher-ranked (#3) Chieti in the South-West Division. Corral was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. It''s Corral''s first season with the team. Corral''s stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4spg in the 27 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has also Italian citizenship.

   #5. Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, another player represented by Players Group) led Ferentino to a victory over the fifth-ranked Matera (11-16) 74-63 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Thursday night. Carrizo was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). FMC Ferentino (16-11) is placed third in South-West Division. Carrizo averaged so far 14.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. He has also Italian nationality.

   #6. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) was the major contributor in Napoli''s victory against the sixth-ranked Anagni 76-68 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Thursday. Musso scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Musso is the league''s top scorer and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Musso averages: 19.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.8spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian citizenship.

   #7. Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, another player represented by Players Group) faced previously mentioned Manuel Carrizo in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Vico, who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn''t help Matera (11-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Matera lost 63-74 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Ferentino in the South-West Division. Vico scored 13 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 7 assists and added 5 steals in 33 minutes. Vico is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.1apg. This year his other stats are: 14.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.4spg in the 25 games. Vico has also Italian nationality.

   #8. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80) couldn''t help Givova Scafati in their game against Tezenis Verona in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night''s game He scored 10 points. Casini''s total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian passport.

   #9. Experienced Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) was the main contributor in Bari''s victory against the fifth-ranked Fabriano 76-55 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Thursday. Gigena was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Gigena''s stats this year are: 10.4ppg and 4.5rpg in the 28 games. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #10. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91) helped Treviglio win their game against the third-ranked Perugia 84-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Thursday night. Fabi scored 13 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. He averaged so far 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Fabi has also Italian nationality.


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 20-9 
 2. Libertad S. 19-10 
 3. Obras 19-10 
 4. Lanus 19-10 
 5. Sionista 16-12 
 6. Quimsa 16-13 
 7. Atenas 16-13 
 8. GECR Indalo 16-13 
 9. La Union 15-14 
 10. Regatas C. 14-15 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 12-16 
 12. Olimpico LB 11-18 
 13. Boca Jrs 11-18 
 14. Club 9 10-19 
 15. Quilmes MP 9-20 
 16. San Mart.C. 8-21 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
TNA1 North
 1. Union Progr. 5-2 
 2. Estudian.Con. 4-3 
 3. Obera TC 4-4 
 4. San Isidro 3-4 
 5. Alvear 2-5 
TNA1 South
 1. Ciclista 6-3 
 2. Alianza Viedma 5-4 
 3. Argentino 5-4 
 4. Huracan 4-5 
 5. Banda Norte 3-6 
TNA2 North
 1. A.Italiana 4-2 
 2. A.Espanola 4-3 
 3. Union Sunch 4-3 
 4. Atl.Echague 3-4 
 5. Tomas Rocam. 2-5 
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 5-2 
 2. Bragado 4-3 
 3. Sport Club 3-4 
 4. San Mart.MJ 3-5 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, La Union17.5 
 2. Villegas, Sionista17.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.2 
 4. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.1 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.9 
 6. Pittman, Libertad.15.8 
 7. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.8 
 9. Lo Grippo, Quimsa15.4 
 10. Cowan, Club 915.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Martinez, San M.12.6 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.8 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Davis, GECR I.9.3 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.3 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.4 
 8. Rollins, Sionista7.4 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.7 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.7 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas3.9 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.6 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Smith, La Union3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.4 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 9. Funes, GECR I.1.4 
 10. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.4 
 3. Matthews, Quilm.1.3 
 4. Rollins, Sionista1.3 
 5. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.1 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 8. Humphrey, Atenas1.0 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Garces, Atenas0.9 


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  AUSTRALIA   


David Andersen selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Australians who are currently playing abroad.


David Andersen
David Andersen
   #1. This week''s number one is former international center David Andersen (212-80). He was the major contributor in a Montepaschi Siena''s victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (12-11) 77-65 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. Andersen scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (17-6) is placed first in the SerieA. It''s Andersen''s first season with the team. Andersen is currently ninth on the league''s list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Andersen averages: 15.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 84.3%. He played for the Australian senior national team two years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Ingles could not help Regal FC Barcelona (19-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Regal FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 93-90 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria 2014. Ingles scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Ingles'' overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(16-27), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 79.2% in the 17 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska). Maric contributed to Panathinaikos'' victory against the league outsider Marousi (1-20) 96-56 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night''s game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (18-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Maric''s total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 79.2%(42-53) and FT: 60.3%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #4. Center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA) was not able to help PGE Turow (0-3) in their game against Trefl Sopot (2-1) in the Polish PLK, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Kickert was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. But the sixth-placed PGE Turow lost 78-87 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Group A. So far PGE Turow lost all three games in the Second Stage. Kickert has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg and 3.9rpg in the 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is also Australian national team player.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #5. International forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) led UCAM Murcia to a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (9-15) 76-60 in the Spanish ACB on Wednesday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. UCAM Murcia (7-17) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. Barlow''s total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #6. Guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Mary''s, CA (14-2) in their game against the Gonzaga University (9-15) in the conference tournament, despite his very good performance in Monday night''s game. Dellavedova scored 22 points and added 4 assists in 45 minutes. But the St.Mary''s, CA lost in an overtime 74-78 in Spokane, WA to the Gonzaga University. This year Dellavedova''s total stats are: 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Anthony Drmic
Anthony Drmic
   #7. International swingman Anthony Drmic (198-92) couldn''t help the Boise St. (3-11) in their game against the San Diego State University (12-2) in the conference tournament. Despite his very good performance last Thursday Drmic recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Drmic has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

Jorden Page
Jorden Page
   #8. Guard Jorden Page (185-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova and both played together in the last NCAA game. Page couldn''t help the St.Mary''s, CA (14-2) in their game against the Gonzaga University (12-2), despite his very good performance on Monday night. He scored 16 points in 45 minutes. But the St.Mary''s, CA lost in an overtime 74-78 in Spokane, WA to the Gonzaga University. Page has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Ryan Broekhoff
Ryan Broekhoff
   #9. University international swingman Ryan Broekhoff (200-90) couldn''t help the Valparaiso (14-4) in their game against the University of Detroit Mercy (11-7) in the conference tournament. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night''s game Broekhoff recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Broekhoff has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Australian university national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #10. Forward Brock Motum (208-90) couldn''t help the Washington St. (7-11) in their game against the Oregon State University (9-9) in the conference tournament, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. Motum recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. But the Washington St. lost 64-69 on their home court in Pullman, WA to the Oregon State University. Motum has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 24 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. International guard Hugh Greenwood (190-92) contributed to N.Mexico''s victory against the U.S. Air Force Academy 79-64 in the conference tournament on Thursday night. Greenwood recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Greenwood has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Jeromie Hill (203) couldn''t help the UTSA in their game against the Mc Neese State University in the conference tournament, despite his good performance in Wednesday night''s game. Hill recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 38 minutes. But his team lost in an overtime 74-78. Hill has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #13. International guard Nate Tomlinson (190-89) contributed to Colorado''s victory against the University of California 70-59 in the conference tournament last Friday. Tomlinson scored 10 points and added 3 assists. Tomlinson has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He is also Australian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90) couldn''t help the St.Louis in their game against the Xavier University in the conference tournament. Despite his good performance in Saturday night''s game He scored 10 points. Ellis has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international forward Cameron Bairstow (205-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hugh Greenwood. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Bairstow contributed to N.Mexico''s victory against the San Diego State University 68-59. He scored 7 points in 21 minutes. Bairstow has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Australian passport but never been selected to any of Australian national teams:

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke) was the major contributor in a Cleveland Cavaliers'' victory against the Houston Rockets (22-20) 118-107 in the NBA in Sunday night''s game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Irving''s third season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 16-23 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Irving''s first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Irving averages: 18.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 5.4apg in the 35 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Irving''s Australian passport, he previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. Damon Heuir (187-G), who plays in the NCAA could not help the S.Utah (8-10) in their last game. Despite Heuir''s good performance the S.Utah was badly defeated 63-47 on the road by the South Dakota State University. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 38 minutes. It was S.Utah''s third consecutive loss in a row. Heuir has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 24 games.


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 20-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 19-7 
 3. Wels 18-7 
 4. Klosterneub. 17-9 
 5. Oberwart 16-9 
 6. Gussing 11-15 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 12-13 
 2. BC Vienna 10-14 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-17 
 4. Arkadia 6-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.4 
 4. Drenovac, Arkadia22.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart18.2 
 8. Djuric, Gussing18.1 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg17.7 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.1 
 3. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 6. Robinson, Furstenf.7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.0 
 9. Scott, Gussing6.9 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.4 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.3 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 7. Toroman, BC Vienna1.4 
 8. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.4 
 10. Scott, Gussing1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 5. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.5 


All Star day - by Stefan Heinrich
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Moritz Lanegger
Lanegger
Romed Vieider
Vieider
Davor Lamesic
Lamesic
Aleksandar Djuric
Djuric
Christoph Nagler
Nagler
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Today the ABL presented the All-Stars for the 2012 All-Star game in Vienna. The game will be played on April 4th, 2012 and during the game there will be the Spalding 3 Point Shootout and the sportZ Dunking contest.

The following player will participate in the game of the Austrian All-Stars against the International All-Stars.

Austrian All Stars (Starting 5 voted by the fans)
Moritz Lanegger (190-G-90) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Romed Vieider (196-F-91) of WBC Raiffeisen Wels
Thomas Klepeisz (188-G-91) of UBC Carefuel Gussing Knights
Davor Lamesic (203-F-83) of WBC Raiffeisen Wels
Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) of UBC Carefuel Gussing Knights

Christoph Nagler (196-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of ECE Bulls Kapfenberg
Richard Poiger (202-F-87) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna
Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Martin Speiser (202-F-83) of UBC St. Polten

International All Stars (Starting 5 voted by the fans)
Jean Francois (197-F-80) of BC Vienna
Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Ali Farokhmanesh (183-PG-88) of WBC Raiffeisen Wels
Joe Werner (201-C-84) of WBC Raiffeisen Wels
Gary Ware (205-F/C-83) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers

Jeremy Fears (196-G-85) of ECE Bulls Kapfenberg
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83) of WBC Raiffen Wels
Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Morris Curry (178-G-87) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) of Oberwart Gunners
Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) of UBSC Raiffeisen Graz

Those players will participate in the side events:
Spalding 3-Point-Shootout:
Stefan Ulreich (184-G-85) of Mattersburg Rocks
Stjepan Stazic
Curtis Bobb
Ali Farokhmanesh
Christoph Nagler
Christoph Knor (194-F-85) of UBSC Raiffeisen Graz
Morris Curry
Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of ECE Bulls Kapfenberg
Thomas Schreiner

sportZ Dunking Contest:
Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82) of BC Vienna
Jeff Robinson (198-F-88) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Carleton Scott (200-F-88) of UBC Carefuel Gussing Knights
Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of ECE Bulls Kapfenberg
Todd Brown (196-G-87) of WBC Raiffeisen Wels
Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers<
Michael Hauer (201-F-89) of Sportunion Harreither Amstetten Falcons



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Ryan Moss selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bahamas players, who play currently abroad.


Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced former international power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He could not help Marinos (17-3) to beat Gigantes (11-7). Moss scored 8 points in only 12 minutes on the court. The league leader Marinos lost 81-93 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Gigantes. Moss is currently second on the list of best blockers with 1.7bpg. This year his other stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg in the 10 games he played so far. Moss played for the Bahamas senior national team eight years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Bahamas passport but never been selected to any of Bahamas national teams:

   #1. J.R. Cadot (195-G-87), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league''s weakest teams TCU (7-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the TCU was crushed 81-60 on the road by the Colorado State University. Cadot recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes.

   #2. Dynile Forbes (188-G-86, college: La-Monroe) was not able to help Leyma Basquet (10-8) in their game against Feve Oviedo (6-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Despite his good performance last Saturday Forbes was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 steals. It''s Forbes'' first season with the team. Forbes has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg.

   #3. Kadeem Coleby (205-F/C-89) was not able to secure a victory for the La-Lafayette (10-6) in their game against the University of North Texas (7-9) in the conference tournament. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The La-Lafayette (#3) was edged 65-62 at home by the University of North Texas. It''s Coleby''s first season with the team. Coleby''s overall stats this year are: 8.3ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #4. Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) couldn''t help Niigata Albirex (22-18) in their game against Okinawa GK (32-8) in the Japanese BJ League. Davis scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. The third-placed Niigata Albirex lost 79-89 on their home court in Niigata to the leading Okinawa GK in the Eastern group. It was Niigata Albirex''s first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Davis'' overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 6.3rpg in the 16 games he played so far. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.


Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85) plays for Bohemios in Uruguayan LUB
Anwar Ferguson (213-C-81) plays for Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP
Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Robert Nortmann (198-F) plays for Dalhousie University in Canadian university league CIS
Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83) plays for Roche in French NM1
Kyle Edwards (208-C-80) plays for Ferrol in Spanish EBA
Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Urit Kelly (197-F-74) plays for Eivissa in Spanish EBA
Trevor Harvey (211-C-80) plays for Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca in Moroccan D1
Torrington Cox (201-F-85) plays for Uhud in Saudi Arabian Premier League


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  BELARUS   


Vladimir Veremeenko''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belarusians who are currently playing abroad.


Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management), who plays in the Russian PBL. He could not help Unics Kazan (5-5) in their last game. Despite Veremeenko''s good performance Unics Kazan was edged 76-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Triumph Lyubertsy. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. It''s Veremeenko''s fourth season with the team. This year Veremeenko averages: 7.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(21-38) and FT: 79.4% in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko played for the Belarusian senior national team five years ago.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79), who plays in Estonia. He was not able to help Kalev/Cramo (1-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ulyanko''s very good performance the ninth-placed Kalev/Cramo was defeated 103-89 in Riga by the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Ulyanko also added 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ulyanko has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 80.4%. He played for the Belarusian national team in 2008.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford). Parakhouski led his Ukrainian team Budivelnyk to a victory against the third-ranked VEF Riga (8-7) 99-89 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (5-10) is placed eighth in group A. Parakhouski''s team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Parakhouski''s overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 58.4%(45-77) in the 11 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Nikita Mescheriakov
Nikita Mescheriakov
   #4. Forward Nikita Mescheriakov (202-88), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Wake Forest (4-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Mescheriakov''s very good performance the Wake Forest was crushed 82-60 in College Park, MD by the University of Maryland. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Mescheriakov''s total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 6.0rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #5. U20 international swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) couldn''t help Siauliai (16-4) in their game against Triumph Lyubertsy (15-4) in the Baltic League. Liutych recorded 8 points in only 11 minutes. Siauliai lost 76-84 in Lubertsy to the second-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in the group 1 of Baltic League. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Liutych averages only 3.0ppg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian U20 national team.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #6. Center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures'' victory against the 13th-ranked Giurgiu (5-17) crushing them 82-58 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Aliakseyeu recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Mures Targu-Mures (16-7) is placed fourth in the Division A. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Aliakseyeu''s total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #7. Former international point guard Dante Stiggers (187-82, college: S.Mississippi) contributed to PAOK''s victory against the third-ranked Kolossos (14-6) 67-60 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night''s game. Stiggers recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (9-12) is placed seventh in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It''s Stiggers'' first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 4.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 21 games. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Belarusian national team two years ago. Stiggers played also for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #8. Forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, agency: New Trend Agency) couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams BC Odessa (19-14) in their game against Khimik (19-12) in the Ukrainian Superleague. He recorded 7 points. BC Odessa was badly defeated 92-76 in Yuzhny by the higher-ranked Khimik (#4). It was BC Odessa''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Korshuk has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2009.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #9. Former international forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, also represented by New Trend Agency) managed to help Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye to win against one of league''s weakest teams Cherkasy (8-23) 83-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Monday night''s game. Kandrusevich scored only 4 points. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (18-14) is placed seventh in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kandrusevich is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Ferro-ZNTU''s roster. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Kandrusevich used to play for the Belarusian national team two years ago.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #10. Guard Valery Gandlin (191-86) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-15) crushing them 106-82 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. He scored 9 points in only 13 minutes. Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (12-9) is placed fourth in the National League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Gandlin has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.0apg in the five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.


The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:

   #1. Sergey Karpov (200-F-80) was the major contributor in a Sojuz Zaretchny''s surprising victory against the third-ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-11) 102-97 in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) on Monday night. Karpov recorded 18 points in 21 minutes. BC Sojuz Zaretchny (5-19) is located at the very bottom in the Superlaegue. Karpov has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 2.0rpg in the 24 games he played so far. He has also Russian nationality.

   #2. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Lev Hasharon (7-14) to beat Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-10). Yeremishin scored 6 points. Lev Hasharon was defeated 102-90 at home by the much higher-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#6). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yeremishin has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin''s Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.


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Mejri's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Salah Mejri (216-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Antwerp and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Liege (#7, 7-13) 62-56. Antwerp maintains the 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. It's Mejri's second year at Antwerp and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mejri has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 2.5bpg and 54.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of league's second-best Oostende. He is American guard in his 3rd season at Oostende. In the last game Lojeski recorded impressive 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Oostende was edged by the lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#9, 4-16) 91-90. This loss caused Oostende to drop to 2nd position in the standings. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Lojeski is one of the most experienced players at Oostende and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#3). He also registered 4.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Verviers-Pep. (#9). Mukubu scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Verviers-Pep., leading his team to a 91-90 win against the higher-ranked Oostende (#2, 14-7). Verviers-Pep. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mukubu he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mukubu has a very solid season. In 10 games in Belgium he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and 2.2spg. Wen Boss Mukubu has also Belgian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87) of Leuven - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 22 points and 2 rebounds
6. Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Haynes (203-F/C-81) of Gent - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Senne Geukens (190-G-83) of Gent - 20 points and 3 rebounds
10. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Leuven - 10 points and 8 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)


Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Belgian players, who play currently abroad.


Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83). He was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB''s victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) 92-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Hervelle scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (12-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Hervelle averages: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 48.1% in the 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom could not help CAI Zaragoza (13-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated 75-65 on the road by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#3). Van Rossom was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Van Rossom''s overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(36-63), 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 69.2%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Yannick Driesen
Yannick Driesen
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88). He led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory against the sixth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-11) 74-67 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Driesen scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (7-16) is placed 16th in the ACB. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. This year Driesen''s overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.9%(38-68), 3FGP: 27.8% in the 18 games. Worth to mention Driesen played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He played for the Belgian national team two years ago.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) was not able to help PBG Basket (8-20) in their game against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (8-20) in the Polish PLK. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night''s game Lichodzijewski was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Lichodzijewski has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Lichodzijewski used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #5. International point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) contributed to Vanoli-Braga''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Banca Tercas (7-16) 84-79 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (8-15) is placed 15th in the SerieA. It''s Tabu-Eboma''s first season with the team. This year Tabu-Eboma has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #6. An experienced guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) contributed to Kryvbasbasket''s victory against the league outsider Halychyna (7-25) 88-83 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Saturday night. Faison recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (12-19) is placed tenth in the Superleague. Faison''s total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Faison is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster. He used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Dimitri Jorssen
Dimitri Jorssen
   #7. Former international power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Heffingen (6-13) 85-68 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night''s game. Jorssen had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 15 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 7-10 places. AS Soleuvre (10-10) is placed second. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Jorssen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 19 games. Jorssen used to play for the Belgian national team six years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Belgian passport but never been selected to any of Belgian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) managed to help Fileni BPA Jesi to win in overtime against the 12th-ranked Biancoblu BO (8-13) 87-85 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Fileni BPA Jesi (11-10) is placed seventh in the Lega2. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Hoover has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Christopher Jones (188-G-90), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League could not help Amicale (8-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Amicale lost 87-98 on the road to the second-ranked Etzella in the 1-6 places group. Jones was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. Jones is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Amicale''s roster. Jones is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.8spg. This year his other stats are: 11.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.4apg in the 20 games he played so far. Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg. Despite his Belgian passport, Jones currently plays for the Luxembourg national team and is not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #3. Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80) was not able to help Helsingborg (8-11) in their game against Norrkoping BK (4-14) in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The sixth-placed Helsingborg was defeated in an overtime 92-88 at home by the lower-ranked Norrkoping BK (#12) in the South group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Oelbrandt''s total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 4.8rpg.


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Mirza Teletovic''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bosnians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.


Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Teletovic could not help Caja Laboral (17-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Caja Laboral was defeated 81-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#4). Teletovic recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. It''s Teletovic''s sixth season with the team. Teletovic is currently second on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Teletovic averages: 17.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 72.9%. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81). Bajramovic was the major contributor in an overtime Banvit BK''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Trabzonspor (5-17) 95-85 in the Turkish TBL last Wednesday. He scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (17-4) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. Bajramovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 59.0%(62-105), 3FGP: 32.2% and FT: 67.2% in the 20 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois). Domercant led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory over the sixth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) 66-55 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Domercant scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Unics Kazan (13-2) is placed first in group A. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It''s Domercant''s first season with the team. This year Domercant has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.8%(40-68) and FT: 80.9%. He is a naturalized American. Domercant is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #4. Forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in Croatia was not able to help KK Zagreb CO (11-13) in their last game. Despite Masic''s very good performance the ninth-placed KK Zagreb CO was badly defeated 84-65 in Novo Mesto by the lower-ranked (#11) Krka in the group A of Adriatic League. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Masic also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was KK Zagreb CO''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. This year Masic''s overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.9rpg in the 22 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #5. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Karsiyaka (12-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Karsiyaka lost 59-71 at home to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Ikonic was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Ikonic has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #6. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) was the main contributor in Timisoara''s victory against the second-ranked Mornar Bar (6-4) 88-73 in the Balkan League on Tuesday night. Jovanovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points and added 7 passes in 30 minutes. BC Timisoara (5-5) is placed fourth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Balkan League. Jovanovic is currently third on the list of best passers with 4.4apg. This year his other stats are: 13.4ppg and 1.6rpg in the nine games. Jovanovic is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team three years ago.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #7. International forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn''t help Lottomatica Roma (10-13) in their game against Vanoli-Braga (8-15) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night''s game He was the top scorer with 14 points. Djedovic also added 8 rebounds. Djedovic''s stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Diego Kapelan
Diego Kapelan
   #8. Guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) couldn''t help ETB Wohnbau (12-12) in their game against Webmoebel Baskets (14-10) in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night''s game Kapelan was the top scorer with 25 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Kapelan has very high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg and 2.7rpg. Kapelan plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #9. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) contributed to Kavala''s victory against the closely-ranked KAOD (7-13) 100-86 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (11-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Pasalic''s total stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Elvir Ovcina
Elvir Ovcina
   #10. An experienced power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse) couldn''t help LTi 46ers (8-18) in their game against New Yorker Phantoms (13-12) in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance in Friday night''s game Ovcina was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Ovcina averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) faced previously mentioned Muhamed Pasalic in the Greek A1 last game. Bavcic couldn''t help KAOD in their game against Kavala, despite his good performance last Wednesday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. But his team lost 86-100. Bavcic''s stats this year are: 11.4ppg and 5.9rpg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nihad Djedovic. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Gordic couldn''t help Lottomatica Roma in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari, despite his good performance in Wednesday night''s game. He scored 10 points in 29 minutes. But his team lost 68-72. Gordic has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. International center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn''t help Enisey Krasnoyarsk in their game against Lokomotiv in the VTB United League. Despite his good performance last Saturday Kikanovic was the top scorer with 12 points. Kikanovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.6rpg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. International forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb) couldn''t help Walter Tigers in their game against Brose Baskets in the German BBL, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Hodzic scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. But his team was crushed by 24 points 97-73. Hodzic has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) couldn''t help Armani Milano in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA. Bremer scored only 4 points in 23 minutes. His team lost 68-77. Bremer averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in the five games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.


The list of other players, who all have Bosnia and Herzegovina passport but never been selected to any of Bosnia and Herzegovina national teams:

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) led Fenerbahce Ulker to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Karsiyaka (12-10) 102-99 in the Turkish TBL in Thursday night''s game. He was MVP of the game. Bogdanovic scored 26 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 38 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (16-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Bogdanovic''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) led Khimky to a victory over the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-11) 79-74 in the Russian PBL on Saturday night. Planinic was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 7 assists in 31 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (8-2) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Planinic is currently seventh on the league''s list of best passers with 4.3apg. This year his other stats are: 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.6spg in the seven games. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, Planinic previously played for the Croatian national team and probably cannot be called to the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #3. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85), who plays in Croatia could not help KK Zagreb CO (11-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the ninth-placed KK Zagreb CO was badly defeated 84-65 on the road by the lower-ranked Krka (#11) in the group A of Adriatic League. Markota was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 9 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Markota''s overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. Similarly like Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Markota''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team.

   #4. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) was the main contributor in Budivelnyk''s victory against the third-ranked VEF Riga (8-7) 99-89 in the VTB United League in Sunday night''s game. Sehovic was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (5-10) is placed eighth in group A. Sehovic''s team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Sehovic''s overall stats are: 9.4ppg and 4.5rpg in the 15 games. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite Sehovic''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Montenegrin national team.

   #5. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) was the major contributor in Olympiakos'' victory against one of league''s weakest teams Ikaros (5-16) crushing them 100-63 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. Keselj recorded 12 points. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (20-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team''s 17th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Keselj''s overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.4rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports. Despite Keselj''s Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he currently plays for the Serbian national team.

   #6. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) was not able to help Real Madrid in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish ACB. Begic scored 6 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 83-66. Begic is currently fourth on the league''s list of best blockers. His total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5bpg. Begic has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Begic currently plays for the Slovenian national team.

   #7. Experienced Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Damir Markota. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Mulaomerovic, who plays in Croatia was not able to secure a victory for KK Zagreb CO (11-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance KK Zagreb CO (#9) was badly defeated 88-68 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. Mulaomerovic scored 11 points. Mulaomerovic''s total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.9apg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Mulaomerovic''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team.

   #8. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) couldn''t help Anwil in their game against Trefl Sopot in the Polish PLK, despite his very good performance in Sunday night''s game. Hajric was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team was crushed by 21 points 88-67. This year Hajric''s total stats are: 9.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 17 games. He has also Polish passport.

   #9. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) contributed to an Anadolu Efes'' victory against the sixth-ranked Karsiyaka 71-59 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Barac recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Barac''s total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports. Despite Barac''s Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he currently plays for the Croatian national team.

   #10. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) contributed to an Union Olimpija''s victory against the closely-ranked HKK Siroki WWin 71-64 in the Adriatic League last Tuesday. Rothbart scored 8 points in only 12 minutes. This year Rothbart''s total stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.2rpg in the 20 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli passports. Despite Rothbart''s Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Israeli national team.


Initial invitations for Bosnian U18 and U16 teams! Bosnia officials have invited and held their initial invitations to represent BiH in youth selections this summer - by Chris Mathieu
Initial invitations for Bosnian U18 and U16 teams! Bosnia officials have invited and held their initial invitations to represent BiH in youth selections this summer. Invited so far
U16 SQUAD
KK ISKRA /Boris Brecic,Meris Becirovic/ KK BERSELLUM /Boris Rubin,Demal Mameldija/ KK SUTJESKA /Dejan Radovic/ KK MILLENNIM /Benjamin Becirovic/ KK ZRINJSKI /Marin Gilja, Ante aravanja/ KK NETS /Kenan Fajkovic, Arnaut Naretena/, KK MAGIC / Alija Piric, Dino Hotic/ KK TEN /Sabahudin Softic/, KK GRADINA Srebrenik /Amar Cosic/, OKK CELIK / Kenan Arnaut, Maid Huseinbaic, Ahmed Malkoc/, KK IGOKEA /Dejan Kelecevic/, KK GACKO /Aleksandar Babic/, KK LIMOMETAL /Armin Topic/, KK FINDO / Marko Djuric/, KK KONJIC / Kenan Cajic/, KK ODAK / Anes Omerbaic/ KK TRAVNIK / Sani Karac, Dino Karaka / KK GRACANICA /Nadir Meetovic, Mensur epic/ KK SERVITIUM /Aleksa Babic/. OKK SLOBODA /Jahic Faris, Avdic Mirsad/KK Zrinjski /Marin Gilja,Ante aravanja/,KK Hemofarm / Nikola Lakic/, KK Maglaj /Benjamin Cajic/, KK Basket 2000 /Marko Radic,Stefan Vukovic/,KK Sloboda /Ismar Salihovic,Jasmin Jakupovic/,KK Bijeljina Plus /Ognjen Drljaca, David Vasic/, KK Kengur /Benjamin Ciic,Kerim Ekmecic, Stefan Blitvar/,KK Mladost /Njego Vidovic, Djordje Aleksic/, KK Sloboda 73 /Djordje Beronja,KK Spars Mostar / Edis Safro, Haris Safro/, KK Bosna XXL /Danijel Alagic/,KK Radnicki /Amin Sijercic/.
U18 SQUAD
KK BOSNA ASA BHT /Srdjan Damjanovic,Marko Vukovic,Kenan Guzonjic, Edin Reidovic, Amer Dizdar/,OKK SPARS /Nedim Buza,Adin Vrabac, Stefan Glogovac/,KK SL.TAKOVO LEOTAR /Marko Rikalo/, KK iroki Wwin / Mijo Babic/,KK CAPLJINA LASTA /Mio Maslac,Valentin Jurkovic/,OKK SLOBODA / Asim Ahmedic, Nikola Marijan/, KK MARIBOR / Bojan Lulic/KK ZRINJSKI / Mario Petric/, KK CEDEVITA / Jusuf Nurkic/, KK OLIMPIJA / Emir Sulejmanovic/, KK MORNAR / Dejan Ivkovic/,KK RUDAR / Nikola Rajkovic/, KK VOJVODINA / Marko Vukovic/, KK VARDA / Stefan Lakic/



Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 20-2 
 2. Capljina 17-5 
 3. Bosna 17-5 
 4. Varda HE 14-8 
 5. Leotar 13-9 
 6. Mladost 12-10 
 7. Servitium 10-12 
 8. Hercegovac 9-13 
 9. Zrinjski HT 8-15 
 10. Borac Nektar 7-15 
 11. Vogosca 6-16 
 12. Brotnjo 6-17 
 13. Celik 5-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin


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Cia do Terno winless at Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Liga Americas is over for Cia do Terno. They ended it as the last ranked team of Group C with poor 0-3 record. In the last day of the Preliminary Round (Sunday), Arecibo Capitanes handed 79-66 loss to Cia do Terno for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Rick Apodaca and Larry Ayuso scored 16 points each for the winners. Danilo Pinnock had 11 points and 8 boards. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) replied with 19 points, 8 rebs and 8 assists in defeat. Their second scorer was Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU) with 12.
In the second game, Cocodrilos were better than Cia do Terno 90-85. Kentrell Gransberry shined for Cocodrilos with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Cleotis Brown had 18 points and 6 boards, while Nestor Colmenares added 16 pts and 7 boards. Andre Bresolin responded with 22 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) had 13, while Kojo Mensah had 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebs. Quarters: 24-20, 26-17, 21-22, 19-26.
In the opening day of the competition, Cia do Terno failed against Leones SD 66-74. Evan Brock stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Juan Coronado scored 14 and Elys Manuel Guzman helped with 12 points, plus 11 boards. In defeat, Audrei Parisotto delivered 13 points. Kojo Mensah stopped to one less. Quarters: 17-9, 15-20, 18-21, 16-24.


Team Brazil edge World Team in NBB All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - World 125:102

Team Brazil celebrated victory over Team World in a spectacular NBB All-Star Game. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) was named MVP. He finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners.
World led by three points 30:27 after the opening quarter. But Brazil erupted for 40 points in the second term and took a 67:57 halftime lead. Team World got within 9 points before the fourth quarter. But Brazil unloaded 39 points in the final frame and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) notched 17 points, while Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) added 16 points for the winners. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) responded with 21 points for World Team. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) chipped in 20 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Brazil: Olivinha Rodriguez 17, Arthur Silva 16, Murilo Becker 15
World: Shamell Stallworth 21, Jefferson Agba 20, Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) 16



Hilario Nene selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Brazilians who are currently playing abroad.


Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week''s number one is former international center Hilario Nene (207-82), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Denver Nuggets (23-19) in their last game. Despite Nene''s very good performance the Denver Nuggets were edged 94-91 on the road by the Memphis Grizzlies. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It''s Nene''s tenth season with the team. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 66.1% in the 27 games he played so far. Nene played for the Brazilian senior national team five years ago.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82). He led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (22-20) 116-98 in the NBA last Wednesday. Barbosa recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 13-28 record this season. This year Barbosa has very high stats. He averages: 12.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 84.4%. Barbosa played for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He was not able to help Regal FC Barcelona (19-5) in their game against Gran Canaria 2014 (9-15) in the Spanish ACB. Huertas scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. The league leader Regal FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 93-90 in Las Palmas by the much lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria 2014. It''s Huertas'' first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 77.1% in the 24 games. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #4. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs'' victory against the New York Knicks (18-23) 118-105 in the NBA in Wednesday night''s game. Splitter recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 26-13 record this season. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is also Brazilian national team player.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #5. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (13-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CAI Zaragoza lost 65-75 in Vitoria to the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Hettsheimer was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Hettsheimer is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 14.0ppg. This year he also averages: 6.6rpg in the 23 games. Hettsheimer has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #6. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) led Le Mans to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (6-14) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA in Saturday night''s game. He scored 11 points in 23 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (13-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Le Mans'' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #7. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (17-7) 81-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Neto scored 8 points and had 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (14-10) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Neto''s total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Paulo Prestes
Paulo Prestes
   #8. Center Paulo Prestes (210-88) led his Lithuanian team Pieno Zvaigzdes to a 2-point victory against the third-ranked Ventspils (12-7) 89-87 in the Baltic League on Tuesday night. Prestes scored 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (9-10) is placed seventh in group 1. The Regular Season already ended in the Baltic League. This year Prestes'' total stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #9. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.) led Hebraica to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Bigua (4-6) crushing them 92-62 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Thursday night''s game. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first in Serie 1. It was his team''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. Passos is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Romario Souza
Romario Souza
   #10. Power forward Romario Souza (208-88) led Louisiana Tech to a 2-point victory against the Utah State University (11-3) 72-70 in the conference tournament last Thursday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Louisiana Tech University has 7-7 conference record this season. Souza has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 36 games. He is a former U19 international player as five years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. Former U18 international center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) couldn''t help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Caceres 2016 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Leichtweis scored 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 93-76. Leichtweis has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team six years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Brazilian passport but never been selected to any of Brazilian national teams:

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) contributed to a Valencia Basket''s victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (13-11) 70-65 in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night. Faverani scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Valencia Basket (13-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. Faverani''s total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 3.1rpg.

   #2. Andre Coimbra (205-F), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Cent.Michigan (5-12) to beat the The University of Toledo (13-4). Coimbra scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Cent.Michigan (#5) was edged 75-72 on the road by the The University of Toledo. Coimbra averaged so far 15.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Experienced Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) was not able to help Trouville (3-7) in their game against Malvin (7-3) in the Uruguayan LUB. He scored 6 points in 37 minutes. The fifth-placed Trouville lost 60-65 in a derby game to the second-ranked Malvin in the Serie 1. Correa''s stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1spg in the nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Syrian. Despite Correa''s Brazilian passport, he currently plays for the Syrian national team and is not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 16-0 
 2. Academik PL 10-5 
 3. Overgas 10-6 
 4. Academik BL 10-6 
 5. Cherno More U18 9-7 
 6. Dunav 2007 7-9 
 7. Vidabasket 7-9 
 8. Chavdar 5-11 
 9. Balkan 2 3-12 
 10. Shumen 2-14 


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CONSOLATION FINAL: Axemen beat Ryerson to finish fifth - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The eighth-seeded Acadia Axemen erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the No. 7 Ryerson Rams 90-83 in overtime in the fifth-place game of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, Sunday morning at the Metro Centre.

The AUS champions return home from the national tournament with a 2-1 record. The Axemen, who had finished seventh at last years Final 8, lost 82-68 to No. 1 Carleton in Fridays quarter-final round before defeating No. 4 Lakehead 84-75 in consolation action on Saturday.

Ryerson, the OUA finalist, kept a 1-2 mark this weekend, including an 81-52 first-round loss to No. 2 Alberta and an 84-80 consolation victory against No. 3 Concordia. The sixth-place finish is the best in history for the Rams, who had placed seventh in their only previous CIS championship appearance in 1999.

Acadia was paced for the second day in a row by 6-foot-10 forward Owen Klassen (208-F-91). The native of Kingston, Ont., tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

Four of his teammates also scored in double figures, including Anthony Sears of Riverview, N.B., with 20 points, Anthony Ashe of Stittsville, Ont., with 16, freshman Sean Stoqua of Ottawa, with 14, and Jonathan Tull of Ajax, Ont., with 10.

Aaron Best, a rookie from Scarborough, Ont., was spectacular for Ryerson in the losing cause with 30 points, while Jahmal Jones, a sophomore from Mississauga, Ont., contributed 20. In his final university outing, Luke Staniscia (193-G-88) of Pefferlaw, Ont., was named the Rams game MVP after he grabbed a match-high 14 rebounds.

Acadia head coach Stephen Baur found some consolation in his teams fifth-place finish.

We found it frustrating that we didnt make it past the first round but todays win against a good team like Ryerson was as good as it was going to get.

Trailing 24-21 after the first quarter, 38-33 at halftime and 68-61 after 30 minutes, the Axemen found themselves down 72-61 with 8:32 left in regulation following a bucket by Best.

Still down by six (76-70) with three minutes remaining, Acadia tied it at 76 all with 53 seconds on the clock but Ryerson regained the lead with 32 seconds left thanks to a pair of Best free throws.

Ashe saved the day for the AUS champs when he hit his two free throws with three seconds to go after being fouled by Ola Adegboruwa, thus forcing overtime.

The Axemen opened the extra session with an 8-1 run to put the game away.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
ACA 21-12-28-17-12: 90
RYE 24-14-30-10-5: 83

Acadia
Points: Owen Klassen (21), Anthony Sears (20), Anthony Ashe (16)
Rebounds: Owen Klassen (12), Anthony Ashe (9)
Assists: Sean Stoqua (6)
Subway player of the game: Owen Klassen

Ryerson
Points: Aaron Best (30), Jahmal Jones (20), Ola Adegboruwa (11)
Rebounds: Luke Staniscia (14), Aaron Best (6)
Assists: Jahmal Jones (4), Ola Adegboruwa (4)
Subway player of the game: Jahmal Jones

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Carleton 83, Fraser Valley 65
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta 91, StFX 83

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): Acadia 90, Ryerson 83 (OT)
13:15 Bronze medal game: No. 5 Fraser Valley vs. No. 6 StFX
16:30 Championship final: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 2 Alberta
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


BRONZE MEDAL: X-Men hold on for bronze against UFV - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The sixth-seeded St. Francis Xavier University X-Men survived a late charge by the No. 5 Fraser Valley Cascades to prevail 89-86 in the bronze medal game of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, Sunday afternoon at the Metro Centre.

The AUS finalist X-Men return to Antigonish, N.S., with a 2-1 Final 8 record. The crowd favourites upset No. 3 Concordia 98-82 in Fridays quarter-final round before dropping a 91-83 decision to No. 2 Alberta in Saturdays semis.

The Cascades, conference finalists this year in only their sixth Canada West season, end their first-ever CIS tournament appearance with a 1-2 mark. They beat No. 4 Lakehead 83-71 in the opening round and lost 83-65 to top-seeded Carleton on Saturday.

I told the players before the game that they had to play for pride. A bronze medal is still a medal, said StFX head coach Steve Konchalski. This win was also our 30th of the season, something this program has only achieved once before in my 37 years. The guys can be proud of that. Hopefully we can build on this, come back next year and change the colour of this medal.

Jeremy Dunn (198-F), a fourth-year forward from Wolfville, N.S., earned player-of-the-game honours for the winners after he tallied 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

We had a great season and its definitely nice to finish with a win, said Dunn, who shot 9-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Its not the game we wanted to play in, but its still a win on Sunday.

Three other X-Men scored in double figures in the victory, including all-Canadian Terry Thomas (193-G) of East Preston, N.S., and Shane Coupland of Australia, with 13 apiece, as well as Tyrell Vernon of Hamilton, with 12.

StFX was out-rebounded 42-34 but scored 30 points off of turnovers compared to 16 for its rivals. Both teams finished with almost identical field goal percentages, Fraser Valley hitting on 49.3 per cent of its attempts and StFX on 49.2.

In the losing effort, Kyle Grewal (198-F-88), a fourth-year forward from Surrey, B.C., had a monstrous outing for the Cascades with 35 points and 14 rebounds. The Fraser Valley game MVP was good on 14 of 21 field goal attempts, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Teammates Joel Friesen of Abbotsford, B.C., and James York of Richland, Wash., scored 11 points apiece, while Jasper Moedt and rookie Jordan Blackman, both from Abbotsford, each had 10.

We showed some good fight coming back at the end. Were disappointed today but when we look back at our season, well be proud of what we accomplished this year, said Fraser Valley head coach Barnaby Craddock.

The score was tied at 16-16 after the opening quarter but StFX dominated the second frame 30-19 to take an 11-point lead to the locker room at the break.

Still up by 11 after 30 minutes (71-60), the X-Men looked to be in total control and led by as much as 16 points in the fourth quarter, at 79-63, when the Cascades mounted a comeback to provide the Metro Centre fans with an entertaining finish.

Grewal cut the lead to 86-83 with 57 seconds left after taking a nice inbound pass under the basket. The Cascades came back to within two at 88-86 with 10 seconds left and, after a Dunn free throw made it a three-point affair, they had 3.2 seconds to hit a trey to force overtime.

Unfortunately for the Canada West finalists, an errant inbound pass prevented them from even attempting a potential game-tying shot.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
StFX 16-30-25-18: 89
UFV 16-19-25-26: 86

StFX
Points: Jeremy Dunn (28), Terry Thomas (13), Shane Coupland (13)
Rebounds: Jeremy Dunn (8), Shane Coupland (7)
Assists: Jeremy Dunn (6), Tyrell Vernon (6)
Subway player of the game: Jeremy Dunn

Fraser Valley
Points: Kyle Grewal (35), Joel Friesen (11), James York (11)
Rebounds: Kyle Grewal (14), Jasper Moedt (7)
Assists: James York (6)
Subway player of the game: Kyle Grewal

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

NOTE 1: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca)
NOTE 2: Live broadcast of semifinals and final on EastLink TV
NOTE 3: Semifinals and final on tape delay on NBA TV Canada

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Carleton 83, Fraser Valley 65
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta 91, StFX 83

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): Acadia 90, Ryerson 83 (OT)
13:15 Bronze medal game: StFX 89, Fraser Valley 86
16:30 Championship final: No. 1 Carleton vs. No. 2 Alberta
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


FINAL: Ravens claim record-tying 8th W.P. McGee Trophy - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX (CIS) The top-seeded Carleton University Ravens claimed a record-tying eighth W.P. McGee Trophy with a dominating 86-67 win over the No. 2 Alberta Golden Bears in the gold medal final of the 50th CIS mens basketball championship, presented by Subway, Sunday afternoon at the Metro Centre.

It was the second straight national title for the Ravens, who have captured their eight banners in a span of only 10 years. The powerhouse from Ottawa has now won each of the last seven CIS tournaments contested in Halifax since 2003 and is riding a 23-game winning streak at the Metro Centre dating back to a 78-77 quarter-final loss to McMaster in 2001.

Carleton is now tied with the Victoria Vikes, who won a record seven consecutive titles from 1980 to 1986 and triumphed again in 1997.

The OUA champion Ravens, who beat No. 8 Acadia 82-68 in Fridays opening round and defeated No. 5 Fraser Valley 83-65 in Saturdays semifinals, conclude the season with an unblemished 34-0 overall record against CIS competition.

The Golden Bears were playing in the national final for the first time since 2002, when they edged Western 76-71 to claim their third McGee Trophy. The Canada West champions dominated No. 7 Ryerson 81-52 on Friday, before beating No. 6 StFX 91-83 in the semis.

Carleton led the 50th CIS gold medal game from start to finish and was up 31-17 after one quarter, 52-32 at halftime and 76-50 after 30 minutes.

The Ravens finished with a significant advantage in every statistical category. They out-rebounded their rivals 38-29, dominated 44-20 in points in the paint, shot 57.4 per cent from the field, compared to 34.4 for Alberta, and scored on 40.9 per cent of their three-point attempts, compared to 25.0 for the Bears.

It was definitely our best all-around effort of the weekend, said Carleton head coach Dave Smart, who was named CIS coach of the year for a record fifth time before the tournament. We defended really well early on and it set the tone.

Philip Scrubb (194-G-92), who was announced as the CIS player of the year on Thursday, completed a dream week when he received the Jack Donohue Trophy as the tournament MVP. The sophomore guard from Richmond, B.C., led the Ravens in scoring for the third straight day with a 26-point output in the title match. He had netted 25 in the first round and 18 in the semis.

It feels great. This was our goal since the start of the season, said Scrubb, who finished third in tournament scoring with 23.0 points per game. All the guys made big plays today. It was a complete team effort. Tyson was awesome.

Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) earned game-MVP honours for the winners thanks to his 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. The third-year forward from Ottawa, last years CIS most outstanding player, also had four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

We came out aggressive and we kept the pressure on. We had a great game plan and I guess it worked pretty well, said Hinz, who accompanied Scrubb on the championship all-star team. I have two years left, and I want two more.

Willy Manigat also scored in double figures for the champs, with 14 points. The guard from Ottawa was one of three fifth-year seniors on the team along with Cole Hobin of Ashton, Ont., and Elliot Thompson of Fredericton.

In his final university outing, Daniel Ferguson (191-G/F, college: Valdosta St.) paced Alberta with 25 points to finish as the tourneys top scorer with an average of 26.3 per contest. He was named the Bears game MVP and a championship all-star.

The impressive point total doesnt tell the whole story however. The fifth-year guard from Malton, Ont., was bothered all day by Carletons relentless defence and made only six of 22 field goals, including 3-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. He scored 10 of his points on 11 free throw attempts.

Edmonton natives Shar Saffa and Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley) both scored 12 points in the loss. Saffa was selected to the all-tourney team.

Its a different thing scouting them on tape than playing them, said Alberta head coach Greg Francis. Dave (Smart) has set the gold standard for CIS mens basketball programs. Its a great thing to chase after.

The Bears took their only lead of the final two minutes and 42 seconds in when a Matthew Cardoza three-pointer made it 11-8 Alberta.

Carleton responded with a 23-6 run to close out the opening quarter and from there, the outcome of the championship match was never in doubt.

Manigat ended the first half with back-to-back treys, the second one with three seconds remaining, to send his team to the locker room with an insurmountable 20-point advantage.

Hobin made it a 25-point affair, at 61-36, with a three-point shot of his own midway through the third, and a bucket by Kevin Churchill with 35 seconds left in the frame opened a game-high 30-point gap (75-45).

NOTES: Terry Thomas of bronze medallist StFX and Kyle Grewal of Fraser Valley rounded out the tournament all-stars... Acadias Thomas Filgiano received the R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award... The Final 8 tournament goes back to Scotiabank Place in Ottawa for the next two years.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
CAR 31-21-24-10:86
ALB 17-15-18-17: 67

Carleton
Points: Philip Scrubb (26), Tyson Hinz (20), Willy Manigat (14)
Rebounds: Philip Scrubb (8), Thomas Scrubb (5)
Assists: Philip Scrubb (5), Elliot Thompson (3)

Subway player of the game: Tyson Hinz

Alberta
Points: Daniel Ferguson (25), Jordan Baker (12), Sahr Saffa (12)
Rebounds: Jordan Baker (8), Robert Dewar (4), Lyndon Taylor (4)
Assists: Jordan Baker (6)

Subway player of the game: Daniel Ferguson

CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS

Tournament MVP (Jack Donohue Trophy): Philip Scrubb, Carleton

R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Thomas Filgiano, Acadia

Tournament All-Stars:

Philip Scrubb, Carleton
Tyson Hinz, Carleton
Daniel Ferguson, Alberta
Sahr Saffa, Alberta
Terry Thomas, St. Francis Xavier *
Kyle Grewal, Fraser Valley *

* tie

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC TIME)

Friday, March 9
12:00 Quarter-final #1: Fraser Valley 83, Lakehead 71
14:15 Quarter-final #2: Carleton 82, Acadia 68
18:00 Quarter-final #3: Alberta 81, Ryerson 52
20:15 Quarter-final #4: StFX 98, Concordia 82

Saturday, March 10
12:00 Consolation #1: Acadia 84, Lakehead 75
14:15 Consolation #2: Ryerson 84, Concordia 80
18:00 Semifinal #1: Carleton 83, Fraser Valley 65
20:15 Semifinal #2: Alberta 91, StFX 83

Sunday, March 11
11:00 Consolation final (5th place): Acadia 90, Ryerson 83 (OT)
13:15 Bronze medal game: StFX 89, Fraser Valley 86
16:30 Championship final: Carleton 86, Alberta 67
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca


Rainmen dump Kebs in semifinal opener - by Eurobasket News
Up one game and coming home to the cosy confines of the Metro Centre, the Halifax Rainmen plan to employ some reverse psychology in their National Basketball League of Canada semifinal against the Quebec Kebs.

The Rainmen continued their mastery of the Kebs on Sunday, trailing for only about six minutes on their way to a 96-87 victory in Quebec City and a 1-0 start in the best-of-three series.

Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) and Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) netted 16 points each to pace a balanced Halifax offence. Darnell Hugee (6'7''-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) and Justin Johnson added 12 apiece while Tyrone Levett and Joey Haywood both had 10.

Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) topped Quebec with 18 and Yannick Anzuluni (6'9''-G/F, college: Houghton) counted 13.

The win was the Rainmens sixth in seven tries this year over the Kebs. Theyll host Quebec in Game 2 on Thursday night at the Metro Centre, where the home team is 16-2 this season, including 3-0 against the Kebs.

The best thing the Rainmen can do is erase that dominance from their minds, Hagan said.

'Were always confident at home but we know that none of that stuff matters when the playoffs start, so were focusing on this next game like weve lost every game to them at home,' said the rookie guard, who had nine fourth-quarter points to help close out the Kebs.

At Laval University, Halifax scored the first five points Sunday but the Kebs used a 10-2 surge to open up an 18-11 lead.

Johnson halted the run with the first of Halifaxs 14 treys, which tied a season high, and his triple in the midst of an 8-0 finish sent the Rainmen out front again with 1:20 left in the quarter.

They took a 28-22 advantage into the second before the Kebs replied, outscoring the Rainmen 9-3 over the next six minutes to draw even at 31-31.

Halifax missed seven of its first eight shots, managing only Wrights three-pointer during that span, then reeled off eight straight points in the next minute five of them from Hugee to take control.

The Rainmen dropped five triples in the quarter and went to halftime with a 52-47 advantage, having converted nine of 18 attempts from beyond the arc.

Early in the third, Halifax continued its torrid outside shooting, using back-to-back triples from Haywood and Levett to go ahead 60-49 with four minutes gone.

The visitors carried that spread through to the dying seconds, when a fluke shot by the Kebs Carl Krauser from in front of the scorers table near half-court dropped with time running down to close the gap to 72-63.

Wright had an answer for that, draining a triple nine seconds into the fourth. By the time Holmes sank Quebecs first hoop of the quarter on a fast-break layup four minutes in, Halifax was up by 18.

The Kebs, who were 14-4 at home in the regular season, werent done, though.

A Royce Parran floater in the key and a pair of Aaron Spears free throws capped a 16-4 stretch that cut Quebecs deficit to six points with 3 minutes to go.

But that was as close as the Kebs would get. A minute later, Wrights three-point dagger restored the Rainmens 10-point lead.

Anzuluni and Parran hit back-to-back hoops to reduce Halifaxs lead to 93-87 with 57 seconds left before Hagan and Levett ended the game from the charity stripe.

'We executed the game plan pretty well so hopefully we can do that again next game,' Hagan said.

Game 3, if necessary, is Friday at the Metro Centre. The winner advances to the best-of-five final against the London Lightning.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.8 
 2. King, TRU23.1 
 3. Barbeau, Western23.0 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.5 
 5. Barrett, Saskatch.22.1 
 6. Fassett, St.Mary''s20.7 
 7. Ferguson, Alberta20.7 
 8. Mackinnon, Victoria20.0 
 9. Thomas, St.Franc.19.5 
 10. Baker, Alberta19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Phillip, Windsor12.4 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.7 
 3. Burke, UBC10.5 
 4. King, TRU10.1 
 5. Baker, Alberta9.9 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.7 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 9. Lual, UPEI8.8 
 10. Buckley, Laurier8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.6 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.7.2 
 3. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 4. Smith, TWU5.8 
 5. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.8 
 6. Collins, Windsor5.7 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 8. Kraus, Brock5.4 
 9. Allin, Laurier5.4 
 10. Smith, Cape Bret.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.2 
 2. Thomas, St.Franc.2.7 
 3. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 4. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 5. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 6. Cote-K., UQ.2.4 
 7. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
 8. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.4 
 9. Yu, UBC2.3 
 10. Walton, Manitoba2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Fidler, Calgary1.7 
 3. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 4. Bains, UBC1.5 
 5. Klassen, Acadia1.5 
 6. Duke, UPEI1.5 
 7. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 8. Black, McMaster1.1 
 9. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.1 
 10. Hadzimuratov., La.1.1 


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: 1 on 1 with Bayo Arigbon - by Daniel Valencia
We had a 1 on 1 with Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.), Dimayor's leading scorer and one of the top five rebounders. He talked about his improving skills, the chances of Deportivo Espanol de Talca to reach the finals and his goals for the upcoming steps on his career.

LAT: After your first stint in Chile, where do you play and how you reacted when you have the offer to came back to Espanol ?

B.A: After I played in Chile in 2009, I played in Israel, Spain & Ecuador I played well with the time I got and really worked on my skills. When I heard there was a possibility that I could come back to Chile I was excited, Excited to show how my game has improved, and to reunite with my old friends that I made in Talca.

LAT: What can you say about the level of the competition in this new dimayor season ?

B.A: It feels like there were 3 strong teams with higher skilled local players (Concepcion, Espanol, Mixto) and the other 5 teams may not have had the same skilled local players but every team played hard, and we all know that a less talented team that plays with heart can win against a more talented team. The only thing I could think to make the games better is maybe a 3rd referee, I feel like refereeing was poor point in DIMAYOR this season.

LAT: What are the chances of Espanol to win the series against Liceo (0-2) ?

B.A: I believe anything is possible, and it all depends on how we play at home. Liceo is a good team in the half court and they make smart decision when the pace of the game is slowed down. Liceo has a few veteran players that play half court basketball with high intelligence so I feel like if we get into transition faster and play great defense we can make them tired and get some wins.It will be very difficult to do but if we play with Heart it is a goal that is highly achievable.

LAT: As the league leading scorer, what aspects of your game have you improve in the past two or three years ?

B.A: Before I came back to Chile I was also leading scorer in Ecuador and Iceland and I have found, that when you score a lot, teams will do anything they can to slow you down or stop you. Including different defensive schemes and using players just to foul or play physical against you. What I found most important to help me stay on top in the scoring game is always be aggressive rather it be attack the rim or shooting the 3, and always take your time when your shooting your free throws, because its one of the only times when u can score without a defender.

LAT: What are your goals for the upcoming season, playing in Europe or try to have a chance in a better league here in SouthAmerica like Argentina or Brazil ?

B.A: My next move will most likely be Argentina, I am hoping to find another opportunity to show how well I can play while helping my team win. But its only a guess, but I know it will be a Spanish speaking country because I am working on my Spanish and want to be in a place where I can learn to be fluent in Spanish.



Highlights



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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 22-16 
 2. Iowa E. 22-16 
 3. Canton C. 22-18 
 4. Erie Bay H. 20-17 
 5. Dakota W. 20-18 
 6. Maine RC 17-24 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 11-29 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 10-29 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 29-11 
 2. Austin T. 23-16 
 3. Rio Grande VV 22-17 
 4. Bakersfield J. 22-17 
 5. Texas L. 20-18 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 19-22 
 7. Reno B. 18-21 
 8. Idaho S. 16-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.2 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.6 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.9 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.7 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Efevberha, Iowa19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.0 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.1 
 3. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 4. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 5. Milligan, Canton C.8.7 
 6. Thomas, Los A.8.7 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
 9. Andrews, Los A.8.2 
 10. Dyer, Texas L.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.1 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.6.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
 10. Cooksey, Texas L.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.1.9 
 8. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.6 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.1.6 
 9. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 10. Dove, Dakota W.1.5 


Pistons send Macklin to Fort Wayne - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons on Sunday assigned rookie forward Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Macklin has appeared in 19 games this season, averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 4.2 minutes. He scored a season-high five points vs. Dallas on Jan. 10 and had a season-high four rebounds at Oklahoma City Jan. 23.

Macklin, from the University of Florida, was picked 52nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He started 69 of 71 games during his two seasons with the Gators.

He played his first two years at Georgetown before transferring to Florida in 2008.

Courtesy of http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com


Sunday's games - by Eurobasket News
Maine RC - Iowa E. 112-101
The Red Claws (17-24) started with an early lead against the East-leading Iowa Energy (22-16) tonight and never lost it, taking home a hard-fought 112-101 win. Point guard Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) picked up his second triple-double of the season to lead the Red Claws to the victory. Ending the first quarter with an eleven point lead, Maine continued to dominate through the second and third quarters, leading by twelve and fourteen going into the third and fourth frames, respectively. Iowa battled hard, outscoring the Red Claws 32-29 in the fourth, but it was not enough. Maine beat Iowa 112-101, the Red Claws' third straight home win against a team ranked first in the East. The loss knocked the Energy into a first-place tie with the idle Springfield Armor. Maine's Kenny Hayes, the Adidas Player of the Game, followed his impressive last home performance (52 points) with a triple-double (26 pts., 12 assists and 12 rebounds), his second of this season and the third in Red Claws' history. Morris Almond led all Maine players with 29 points and 5 rebounds while Lawrence Hill chipped in with 12 points of his own. DeShawn Sims, last year's D-League NBA Rookie of the Year, making his home debut after rejoining the team on Tuesday on the road, picked up 4 points in limited action before leaving the game due a minor groin strain. Iowa's Mike Efevberha led the Energy's offense with 29 points and was assisted by Cartier Martin who had 21 on the night. Patrick Ewing was one rebound shy of the double-double with 18 points and 9 rebounds while Brandon Ewing led Iowa in assists with 6, closely followed by Curtis Stinson 5 assists. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Reno B. 125-100
The start of Sunday's NBA Development League game between the Canton Charge and Reno Bighorns was delayed more than 45 minutes because one of the hoops was approximately a half inch too high. 'That's the D-League,' forward Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) said with a big smile. Once the problem was alleviated and the game started, the Charge found the rims - and the Reno defense - to their liking. Led by Cavaliers assignment players Eyenga and Luke Harangody, Canton routed the Bighorns 125-100 in front of 2,317 fans at Memorial Civic Center. The Charge shot 56.0 percent from the floor a day after shooting 36.8 percent in an 89-88 win against Maine. The 25-point margin is Canton's largest of the season. The 125 points are their most at the Civic Center. Impressive stuff from a team that has had little to no practice time in recent weeks as its roster has been completely turned over. 'They could be really good,' Charge head coach Alex Jensen said of his team. 'It's just a matter of myself and them coming together, getting on the same page, having the same goal.' Overall, the Charge have won three straight, five of six and nine of 11 to improve to 22-18 overall. Harangody, who has played spotty minutes with the Cavs, totaled 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists Sunday. The 6-foot-8 bullish forward shot 11-of-17 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. 'I haven't played this many minutes since college,' said the second-year pro from Notre Dame after his 37 minutes. ' (And) it's three games in four days. It's fun though. These are some great guys to play with.' The 6-7 Eyenga went for 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, blocked three shots and provided several breathtaking displays of athleticism. Wing player Alan Anderson, who joined the team Tuesday, and point guard T.J. Campbell scored 21 points apiece. A 41-point third quarter, after which the Charge were shooting 60.3 percent from the floor, buried the Bighorns. The 41 points are a Canton single-quarter high. 'There are a lot of people here who really know how to play basketball,' said Eyenga, using Anderson as an example. '... It doesn't matter if he's new to the team. He can adjust.' Speaking of adjusting, both teams went through full pregame warmups and starting lineup introductions before they were told to sit down because of the rim. Players lounged around while building staff struggled to get the hoop fixed. After turning the ball over on their first four possessions, the Charge settled down and led 30-26 after one quarter. They used a 15-2 run during the second quarter to open a double-digit lead. Harangody highlighted the stretch with a behind-the-back pass to Campbell for a fastbreak hoop. Eyenga started the stretch with a personal 7-0 run. He chased down Andre Emmett for a blocked shot, then sprinted back and got a soaring transition layup off a pass from Campbell. 'He's amazing athletically,' Jensen said. The Congo native added a fadeaway jumper and a 3-pointer on ensuing possessions as the Charge grabbed control. Emmett's 24 points led Reno (18-21), a gifted team offensively that has many holes defensively, as evidenced by the 255 points allowed in its last two games. Point guard Blake Ahearn, one of the most accomplished players in D-League history, scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and added five assists as Campbell did a nice job of preventing the veteran from going off. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Austin T. - Texas L. 97-105
Justin Dentmon scored a season-best 35 points, but the Austin Toros fell to the Texas Legends, 105-97 on Sunday afternoon at Cedar Park Center. Da'Sean Butler had 22 points for Austin and was 5 of 8 from beyond the three-point line. Julian Wright had 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Legends were led by Anthony Vereen (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) (18 points) and Chris Roberts (6'4''-G-88, college: Bradley) (16 points, 11 rebounds). The Toros (23-16) will host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (22-17) on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Tulsa 66ers 79-81
The Tulsa 66ers used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 81-79. The Mad Ants have now lost 13 of the last 14 games. Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) scored 11 quick first period points to give them Mad Ants a 23-21 advantage after the first 12 minutes of play. The Mad Ants extended their lead to as many as 13 points but the 66ers went on a 10-2 run to close out the period and trailed by only three at the half, 43-46. The Mad Ants maintained the lead throughout the third and held tight to a 65-58 lead going into the fourth. The 66ers fought their way back into the game by going in a 13-3 run to finish the game and steal the victory from the Mad Ants. The 66ers were led by Marcus Lewis who scored 22 points and 18 rebounds. Dwight Buycks added 21 points and Jerome Dyson contributed 14. Goods led the way for the Ants with 24 points. Ron Howard added 21 and Darnell Lazare finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.wane.com




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Leones SD fail in crucial game against Cocodrilos - by Eurobasket News
Leones SD failed to reach the second stage of Liga Americas. The Dominican Republic squad was not able to beat Cocodrilos in the last day of the Preliminary Round. It was a do-or-die game for both teams and Cocodrilos (2-1) managed to beat Leones SD 78-74 taking the second place in Group C of Liga Americas. At the same time, Leones dropped to position No.3 with 1-2 record. It means that Cocodrilos advanced to the next stage, while Leones are eliminated. Kentrell Gransberry shined for the winners with 21 points and 14 boards. Carl Elliott had 19 points and Cleotis Brown added 14. In Leones, Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds. Juan Coronado (196-G-83) had 14 pts and 5 rebs, while Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) had 12 points and 9 boards. Quarters: 18-14, 19-20, 19-13, 22-27.
In the second game, Leones SD failed against Arecibo Capitanes in OT, 83-85. Lary Ayuso drained 27 points in this meeting. He made 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc. The second scorer in Arecibo was Danilo Pinnock with 15 pts and Daniel Santiago nailed one less. Leones SD got 24 points and 10 rebs from Evan Brock. Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) scored 16 points. Quarters: 16-13, 19-17, 21-26, 14-15, 13-14 OT.
In the opening day of Group C, Cia do Terno was downed by Leones 66-74. Evan Brock stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Juan Coronado scored 14 and Elys Manuel Guzman helped with 12 points, plus 11 boards. In defeat, Audrei Parisotto delivered 13 points. Kojo Mensah stopped to one less. Quarters: 17-9, 15-20, 18-21, 16-24.


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 4-1 
 2. Capitanes 3-1 
 3. CDP 3-2 
 4. GUG 2-3 
 5. Cupes 1-3 
 6. Sameji 1-4 


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  FINLAND   


Six games left before the real fun, the play-offs - by Pekka Salminen
Let me tell U this: The Finnish league is really really tough. Most people have no idea , so let me tell U some facts.
The Finnish national team played really well in Eurobasket 2011 Lithuania (have to repeat this all over again, cannot believe it myself...). Six of those 12 guys play this season in the Finnish league. Off the training camp final 14 guys we have eight playing in Korisliiga.
Off the 'second national team' that played extremely well in the universiade games, think they were eight (?), everybody plays in Finland.
So there is quality local players, then there is a lot of good Americans and have to add: Good coaching. No wonder the level of basketball has been great, especially lately: Huge games, great individual performances, intensity, some, tough games for referees, atmosphere...basketball!!

Our situation at ToPo is this: we have six games left. We are 5th right now and it looks like that will be our final spot in the standings. We are two wins behind Karhu (3 in fact cause of the pointspread, beat them by five on Saturday, should have taken beaten by seven). And at the same time we are four games (five with the point spread) ahead of KTP.

Like mentioned before, there is a lot of quality here and we will play against a good team in the first round. It will most likely be Karhu, the team we just beat at home. What a great team they have, especially Clevin Hannah has been really good. Their place is a hard one to conquer so we will make one last hard try to secure the homecourt advantage, all we have to do is win some games and hope some help from... Anyway, what ever happens ToPo will be ready when the real deal starts. We have an experienced team with 12 quality guys. Experience+ depth, sounds like a pretty good situation for post season, right?

Now it is time to go, have a nice day!
And respect the game

Pekka Salminen

PS NCAA basketball is GREAT



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  FRANCE   


Pau-Lacq-Orthez announce Herve Toure - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Orthez announce Herve Toure (202-F-82) for the rest of the season. The Ivory Coast National Team player comes from Spain.
In February Herve Toure and the Spanish club Valladolid agreed to terminate their deal. Actually Toure joined Valladolid last summer. He had 9.9 points per game and 4 rebounds per game 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 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game 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.






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  GERMANY   


The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Give Josh Young Two Year Contract Extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes it can be a basketball fairytale or sometimes a player just gets lost on the radar and is a lot better than at the level he played at as this is a question that can be asked when looking at the rapid career of Oklahoma native Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) who went from the German PRO B to the Beko BBL and has played a fantastic season as a rookie for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen averaging 10,4ppg, 2,9rpg and 2,3apg. The team rewarded him with a two year deal. 'I am very excited about staying another two years here. They have a great coaching staff and I think that I fit their system well. Tuebingen is is small, but vibrant through the college kids. My favorite part are the fans. They have agreat fan base there', stressed Joshua Young. The American played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB) last season playing 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He came to Tuebingen and has been a superb back up to Lou Campbell bringing energy from the bench. 'Josh is a key player for us. He is the heart and soul of our team. We are confident that he will make afurther step in the future in his play and we are happy that he will continue to wear teh Tigers jersey. He also has a great charachter', stressed Tigers head coach Igor Perovic. The Drake alumnist has scored in double figures 15 times and his best game was a 24 point, seven rebound, four assist performance against Phoenix Hagen.

Source: Walter Tigers Tuebingen



Woodsanity Reigns Over Jimmsanity as Alba Berlin Sneaks Past The Fraport Skyliners 70-66 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
For Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney seeing Gordon Herbert prancing up and down the sideline with his hands on his chin in the thinking pose, Derrick Allen giving young girls the idea of taking ballet classes in the future as he is making Jermareo Davidson dizzy with his smooth and delicious ballerina moves or Dashaun Wood sneaking into the lane undetected like Lebron James does with a disguise in a Mcdonalds in South Beach, Florida with his quick steps as he worked with them the last years was nothing new, but for Beko BBL rookie Devin Gibson, it was his first time experiencing the ex Skyliner three musketeers, but not a new thing playing in a big arena like the O-2 World arena as he had played in many large places in his NCAA career at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This arena had more of a college feeling with the circular structure and depth perception. It was a great atmosphere playing here, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. Mckinney and Quantez Robertson were seeking revenge after the loss earlier in the season to Alba Berlin in the Fraport and had won the last two games in Berlin, but the Fraport Skyliners came away on the empty end losing a hard fought but bitter 70-66 battle in OT. One could of held a raffle as to which guys wanted to win more the ex Skyliners Wood, Herbert or Allen or the current Skyliners Mckinney, Tez or Marius Nolte. I think that me and Jimmy wanted to win more, but the ex Skyliners really came out to play. It was nice seeing Wood play and he was able to get to the rim and find his teammates, stressed Quantez Robertson. 2011 MVP Dashaun Wood had a huge smile on his face after the win and was impressed by the play of his ex teammates. It was like practice again seeing Tez and Jimmy. They fought so hard and at a high level. They played with so much confidence. The team as a whole is better on offense and defense, sharing the ball, and taking good shots. Since the first time that we saw them, they are like night and day, warned DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.)

The Fraport Skyliners were seeking their fourth win in a row and were coming off a huge win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg last weekend. After allowing Alba Berlin go on a run in the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners stormed back in the second half never giving up and taking the game in over time. However in the extra period, the Fraport Skyliners made little mistakes that cost them the game in the end ending their two game winning streak in Berlin. This was a bitter loss for us. After a bad first half where we were taking bad shots and Alba Berlin hitting three pointers, we battled back in the second half and showed how much character this team really has. We didnt do a good job giving up offensive rebounds. They just wanted to win more at the end, stressed ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi. Since the loss in Bayreuth in January, 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin were able to win their eighth game in a row and win the season series. Alba Berlin was coming off an enthralling 83-82 win at home against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where they closed out the game on a 11-2 run and showed just as much composure and nerves against Frankfurt winning a tight game. Our defense really won us the game in the overtime. In the fourth quarter, we were up by 2-3 points, but even in the overtime, a four point lead wasnt much, but it was good enough to put Frankfurt in a bad situation. The three offensive rebounds kind of lost them the game, said ex Skyliner DaShaun Wood

The Fraport Skyliners wanted to continue their strong defensive performances from the last games, but getting back into the bad habit of getting fouls was not on the basketball menue of Skyliner coach Muli Katzurin. Starting point guard Michael Thompson got two quick fouls as did German national player Tim Ohlbrecht. Alba Berlin jumped on the Fraport Skyliners quickly with a Dashaun Wood runner and jumper from ex NBA player Kyle Weaver. However as had been the case so often in the last weeks, it was St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney who hit a pull up jumper and catch and pop three pointer to Frankfurt the 5-4 lead. Alba Berlin continued to have sound offense as ex Telekom Baskets Bonn American Bryace Taylor nailed a three pointer off the fast break as Alba Berlin retook the lead 6-5. Mckinney showed once again that he can do a lot more than just score as he faked a kick out pass in the penetration, but saw Ohlbrecht in the corner of his eyes and fed him a lob pass for the quick two points as Frankfurt regained the lead again 7-6. Wood tied the score at 9-9 with a typical lay in. Alba Berlin regained the lead 11-9 after a sweet pick and roll between Taylor and Yassin Idbihi who scored. The Fraport Sklyiners closed out the first quarter with a 7-3 run to have the slim 16-14 lead. Jacob Burtschi nailed a three pointer, Mckinney continued his hot shooting with a pull up jumper and Davidson finished with a sweeping left handed lay in. All in all, six lead changes had been present in the first 10 minutes. We played great defense which created a little bit of offense, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 40% from outside while Alba Berlin was shooting 38% from the field and 0% from outside. Alba Berlin had the slim 9-7 rebound edge, but five turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners had four turnovers.

Basketball is a game of runs and sooner or later a team would take that journey into offensive heaven and Alba Berlin was to be in line first as they made a 15-18 deficit into a 29-18 lead going on a 11-0 run. Alba Berlin was able to hurt Frankfurt with a healthy inside out game with pick and roll and hot shooting as German national player Hekio Schaffartzik got the ball rolling with a three point bomb from the Ostbahnhof; Idbihi scored on the pick roll after getting served by Schaffartzik, Marko Simonovic hit a three pointer and Schaffartzik connected from down town Alexander platz again. Frankfurt were defending ok, forcing some turnovers with their quick hands, but at the same time were unable to capitalize on offense not making shots. Frankfurt got some needy buckets from German national player Johannes Herber who used the mismatch against Kyle Weaver on the baseline scoring with a lay in and Marius Nolte was left totally open scoring in easy layup, but Alba Berlin kept the big lead scoring in transition via Weaver and Schaffartzik dropping a three point bomb to lead 37-22. The Fraport Skyliners were able to suffer any further damage in the last minute as Devin Gibson connected on a pull up jumper and Jimmy Mckinney got the Skyliner bench to jump as quickly from their seats as Blake Griffin does the fans after a crushing dunk as the American hit a buzzer beater three pointer as Frankfurt exited into half time trailing 37-27. We let them get out on a run. We were playing ok halfcourt defense, but looked bad letting them get fast break points off our mistakes, expressed ex Alba Berlin German Johannes Herber. Alba Berlin was shooting 52% from the field and 44% from the three point line while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Alba Berlin had the huge 18-11 rebound edge, but eight turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin must of found the fitting words in the half time as The Fraport Skyliners rebounded well staging a comeback as they were able to cut the Alba Berlin lead to three points. One thing that really has separated the Fraport Skyliners from many Beko BBL teams this season has been the supporting cast of players. After a big first half by Mckinney, he took a back seat to guards Robertson, Gibson and Davidson that took over the bulk of the scoring and defense work. The fans got some NBA show time right of the bat as Quantez Robertson swooped into the zone and finishing with a monstrous left handed dunk and Bryce Taylor followed that up with a two handed dunk from the baseline. Despite the comeback, Alba Berlin was still able to put enough resistance getting another rbucket from ex Washington State star Kyle Weaver as they led 43-30. However Frankfurt then went on a naughty 10-0 run to decrease the sound decibels to cut the Alba Berlin lead to 43-40. Devin Gibson showed his cool and energetic side taking control with a three pointer and then anticipating a lob pass making a steal which set up two free throws for Davidson as Frankfurt trailed only 43-36. Gibson is a very good defender. He played like a player that has been around for a while. He came in in the third quarter and controlled the game with his leadership and defense. Getting him was a big addition for Frankfurt, warned Detroit native DaShaun Wood Quantez Robertson them made one of the plays of the game as he got in front of Weaver tipped the loose ball over center court and then outran Wood for the layup. Davidson followed with ajumper as Alba Berlin led only 43-40. Wood then hit a clutch three pointer as Alba Berlin had a little more breathing room leading 46-40. Frankfurt then went on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Alba Berlin lead to 46-44 as Davidson made a tip in dunk and Robertson a lay in. Schaffartzik then nailed three free throws as Frankfurt trailed 49-44. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a 4-2 run as Davidson and Gibson hit mid range jumpers. Alba Berlin had the slim 51-48 lead after three quarters. Gibson and Davidson pushed us and made the game faster. Our pick and role defense was good and we controlled Wood well, stressed Johannes Herber. Alba Berlin was shooting 47% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 36% from the parking lot. Alba Berlin still had the big 25-17 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

The fourth quarter remained tight as no team was able to pull away with more than a five point lead. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners relied on another supporting cast member Jacob Burtschi to display some stability on offense as he showed his inside out qualities scoring on a drive with his left hand and then knotting the game at 53-53 with a three point bomb. However Alba Berlin escaped on a 5-0 from Kyle Weaver who capitalized on a second chance try and then nailed a three pointer as Alba Berlin led 58-53. Davidson then hit a fancy fade away jumper and blocked Wood on the next play, but Alba Belrin still led 60-57 with two minutes to play. Frankfurt then had some luck as Simonovic missed two free throws. Frankfurt then feeling the urge with time running down and the need to produce went on a mini 4-0 run to regain the lead again 61-60 something they hadnt had since the first quarter as Mckinney and Davidson hit jumpers. Schaffartzik then made one free throw to tie the score at 61-61. Davidson then was clutch again hitting from the free throw line as the Fraport Skyliners were finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel leading 63-61 with less than a minute to play. The second to last play in regulation time was about as crazy a sit gets as Schaffartzik made a steal, but was stripped by Gibson who then tipped the ball to Mckinney who lost the ball again to the German who then fed Wood who prompt scored on a lay up tying the score at 63-63. Frankfurt had one last play with 18 seconds to play to win the game. Everyone in the O2 arena knew that Mckinney would get the last shot as he went into the zone, but missed the shot taking the game into overtime. He showed his disgust throwing a towel to the ground at the bench shortly after. It is always my dream to take the last shot, but I failed. The release felt great and I 100% thought that it would go in. It went off to the left, but I still thought it had chance to go in. You win some and you loose some, stressed St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney. Jimmy is a clutch shooter, but he just missed it, stressed Jacob Burtschi. With all the Linsanity that has been going on in the last weeks, Mckinney and Wood were having their own private Woodsanity vs Jimmsanity duel in which round one went to the ex Skyliner. I could of told you before the game that this would happen and I knew that Jimmy would take the last shot. Jimmy is so different form last year. He has turned into the number one scoring guy, taking all the important shots and just comes to compete, added DaShaun Wood The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 31% from outside while Alba Belrin was shooting 48% from the field and 43% from outside. Alba Berlin still had the 31-24 rebound edge, but 17 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

In the overtime period, The Fraport Skyliners would never regain the lead again as they were outscored 7-3, but they also had some tough misfortune at the end. With the score tied at 64-64, Weaver hit two free throws and Wood made a lay in as Alba Berlin led 68-64. Davidson then hit a difficult off balance in the zone to cut the lead to 68-66. Taylor then missed a jumper and with 1.30 to play in the overtime period, the Fraport Skyliners had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Davidson was charged with a turnover after physical contact where no foul was called and Frankfurt was unable to get off a shot. That was a tough call, but we lost the game in other areas. We gave up three offensive rebounds at the end and you need to get the loose balls to win. We showed fight and that we can win, but you need to be bale to do the little things to win which we didnt do, commented Johannes Herber. Alba Berlin then had possession kept the offensive alive with offensive rebounds and Wood tipped a ball out. Frankfurt then lost 13 valuable seconds not being able to foul Schaffartzik who sunk two free throws to seal the 70-66 win. I am proud how the team played. We found our rhythm in the second quarter and Frankfurt did a great job coming back in the third quarter. I am happy that we were able to pull out this win, added Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert.
Alba Berlin was led by Heiko Schaffartzik with 18 points. Dashaun Wood added 14 points, four ebounds and four assists. Kyle Weaver produced 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Yassin Idbihi chipped in with 11 points and six rebound. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jermareo Davidson with 23 points. Jimmy Mckinney added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists and Jacob Burtschi contributed 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners had difficulty controlling the boards losing the battle on the boards36-28, but gave another solid defensive performance allowing Alba Berlin to only 70 points in 45 minutes. The struggle and fight for the playoffs continues, but the team continues to have the self confidence needed for success. We can play with anyone in this league. We beat Bamberg and should of won tonight. We will keep fighting and get to the playoffs, stressed Devin Gibson.



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NBL Round 39 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Jakarta was quite interesting. Second ranked Aspac (20-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Stadium Jakarta (12-12). Aspac managed to secure a 8-point victory 78-70 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-10. But Stadium Jakarta won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aspac dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 24. They outrebounded Stadium Jakarta 47-31 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. International point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who recorded 19 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac maintains second place with 20-4 record behind leader Satria Muda. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Surabaya. Local CLS Knights (17-7) outscored 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-23) 78-31. It was a good game for the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Andrie Ekayana contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Max Yanto (215-83) answered with 8 points and 11 rebounds for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth place with 17-7 record. NSH GMC Riau lost twentiethth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. CLS Knights will play against Bima Sakti (#8) on the road in the next round. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 39 Bima Sakti was crushed by Pelita Jaya in Jakarta 84-59. Garuda beat Muba Hangtuah at home 65-53.
The best stats of 39th round was 18 points and 11 rebounds by Dian Heryadi of Muba Hangtuah.



Stadium Jak. - Aspac 70-78

The game in Jakarta was quite interesting. Second ranked Aspac (20-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Stadium Jakarta (12-12). Aspac managed to secure a 8-point victory 78-70 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-10. But Stadium Jakarta won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aspac dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Stadium Jakarta's 24. They outrebounded Stadium Jakarta 47-31 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. International point guard Dirk Gerungan (182-87) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Aspac players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) who recorded 19 points and Yan Pattikawa (193-82) added 5 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac maintains second place with 20-4 record behind leader Satria Muda. Stadium Jakarta at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Aspac: X.Prawiro 14+3reb+2ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 13+5reb+2ast, D.Gerungan 11+5reb+4ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 10+3reb, P.Regowo 10+11reb+2ast, R.Effendi 6+2reb+1ast
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 19+3reb, F.Budianto 10+3ast, E.Hadi 8+4reb+1ast, R.Ruslan 8+2reb, D.Iskandar 7+6reb+2ast, C.Nurhadi Yusran 6+3reb+1ast
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CLS Knights - NSH GMC Riau 78-31

The game with biggest result difference took place in Surabaya. Local CLS Knights (17-7) outscored 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-23) 78-31. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding NSH GMC Riau to just 2 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. CLS Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to NSH GMC Riau's 20. CLS Knights forced 33 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and had a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by NSH GMC Riau's players. It was a good game for the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Max Yanto (215-83) answered with 8 points and 11 rebounds and Ryan Febriyan (194-87) added 8 points in the effort for NSH GMC Riau. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights maintains fifth place with 17-7 record. NSH GMC Riau lost twentiethth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. CLS Knights will play against Bima Sakti (#8) on the road in the next round. NSH GMC Riau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: A.Indrajaya 10+8reb+2ast, A.Ekayana 9+3reb+5ast, F.Freddy 9+5reb+1ast, T.Agus 9+3reb+3ast, D.Muharri 7+4reb+3ast, E.Koswara 6+1reb
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yanto 8+11reb, R.Febriyan 8+4reb, N.Fadhilah 4+2ast, S.Agustinus 3+1reb+1ast, B.Damanik 3+3reb, W.Chandra 2+2reb
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Pelita Jaya - Bima Sakti 84-59

There was no surprise in Jakarta where 8th ranked Bima Sakti (8-15) was crushed by fourth ranked Pelita Jaya (17-6) 84-59. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Bima Sakti's 30. Pelita Jaya forced 23 Bima Sakti turnovers and outrebounded them 39-23 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Bima Sakti's players. It was a good game for the former international center Ponsianus Indrawan (191-85) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 10 points in the effort for Bima Sakti. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pelita Jaya have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 17-6 record. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Pelita Jaya's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena Comfort Mobile.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: P.Indrawan 14+5reb+1ast, A.Poedjakesuma 12+5reb+1ast, F.Dini 10+5reb, A.Chandra 9+2reb+4ast, Y.Mardiyansyah 8+2reb, D.Aryo Dewanto 8+1reb+3ast
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 22+5reb+4ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 10+2reb+1ast, M.Indra 7+3reb+1ast, U.Gendro Maryono 5, G.Virgian 4+3reb, H.Gunawan 3+3reb+2ast
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Garuda - Muba Hangtuah 65-53

No shocking result in a game in Bandung where third ranked Garuda (18-6) defeated 6th ranked Muba Hangtuah (13-10) 65-53. It looked good early as Muba Hangtuah took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Garuda had a 20-9 second period charge getting the lead and Muba Hangtuah was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 53-65. Garuda forced 22 Muba Hangtuah turnovers. It was a good game for the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Ary Sapto (188-80) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Muba Hangtuah. Muba Hangtuah's coach Nathaniel Canson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda maintains third place with 18-6 record having just three points less than leader Satria Muda. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Muba Hangtuah will play at home against Satya Wacana (#11) in Salatiga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Garuda: H.Ramli 19+4reb, W.Wijaya 14+5reb+5ast, H.Agustinus 13+2reb+3ast, C.Gideon 8+8reb, I.Budianto 5+7reb+1ast, T.Febyanto 2+2reb+2ast
Muba Hangtuah: D.Heryadi 18+11reb+1ast, T.Wilopo 11+3reb+4ast, A.Sapto 9+7reb+2ast, H.Hardianus 4+1ast, A.Sigar 3+1reb, A.Sunarya 3+2reb
gschID: 166152




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 21-3 
 2. Aspac 20-4 
 3. Garuda 18-6 
 4. Pelita Jaya 17-6 
 5. CLS Knights 17-7 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 13-10 
 7. Stadium Jak. 12-12 
 8. Bima Sakti 8-15 
 9. Pacific Caesar 7-17 
 10. Comfort Mobile 5-20 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-20 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.15.7 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.3 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.13.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.0 
 6. Nagata, Pacific12.8 
 7. Prawiro, Aspac12.7 
 8. Chandra, Pelita J.12.7 
 9. Regowo, Aspac12.5 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.7 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.6 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.7.7 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.7 
 5. Yanto, NSH G.7.5 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.0 
 7. Heryadi, Muba H.6.9 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.9 
 9. Nolland, Garuda6.8 
 10. Situmorang, Satri.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dirk GERUNGAN
  Aspac
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Gerungan, Aspac4.5 
 2. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.2 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.0 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.6 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.4 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.3 
 10. Yusran, Stadium2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.5 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.5 
 4. Uniputty, Comfor.2.3 
 5. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 8. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
 9. Gerungan, Aspac2.0 
 10. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.3 
 2. Sitepu, Satria M.2.1 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac2.0 
 4. Gunawan, Satya W.1.9 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.5 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 8. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 9. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.2 
 10. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons25.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.3 
 3. Enos, Moycullen22.9 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.22.9 
 5. Johnson, Belfast22.7 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles19.5 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 8. Cummins, Belfast17.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.15.4 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.4 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.2 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.6 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles12.6 
 5. Johnson, Belfast11.6 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.5 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints7.8 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Robert CLARKE
  11890 K.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Clarke, 11890 K.5.2 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.2 
 3. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles5.0 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.9 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 8. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.3.8 
 10. Madsen, 11890 K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles2.9 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 7. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 8. Cunningham, Moycul.1.9 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.1.9 
 10. Murphy, UCC Demo.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles2.1 
 4. Casey, 11890 K.1.8 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 6. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.1.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Johnson, Belfast1.0 


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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Musso, Napoli19.5 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.3 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.3 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.4 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.2 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.6 
 7. Poltroneri, Perugia14.4 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.4 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.3 
 10. Amici, Firenze14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.9 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 4. Gandini, Trieste8.2 
 5. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.2 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 7. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.0 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..8.0 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.7 
 10. Tagliabue, Ruvo7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.3 
 2. Circosta, Anagni4.2 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 6. Vico, Matera3.0 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 8. Parente, Torino2.9 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 10. Ruggiero, Bari2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano3.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 4. Maggio, Pavia2.9 
 5. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 6. Musso, Napoli2.8 
 7. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 8. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.7 
 10. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.8 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 5. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 9. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 20-9 
 2. Trieste 19-10 
 3. Perugia 13-15 
 4. Santarcangelo 11-18 
 5. Comsum.it SI 9-20 
 6. Firenze 8-21 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 26-4 
 2. Treviglio 18-11 
 3. Torino 18-12 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-12 
 5. Pavia 14-16 
 6. Castelletto 10-19 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 16-13 
 2. Recanati 15-13 
 3. Bari 15-14 
 4. San Severo 13-16 
 5. Fabriano 8-20 
 6. Ruvo 3-26 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 24-6 
 2. Ferentino 17-11 
 3. Orlandina 17-12 
 4. Latina Basket 14-15 
 5. Matera 12-16 
 6. Anagni 11-17 


Interview with Dwayne Anderson - by Antonello Varallo
Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, college: Villanova) in one of the best players of Italian Legadue. He is averaging 15.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg. He is very smart player and a guy with many interesting ideas about life.

1-) From Washington to Piacenza: how is your life changed?
Dwayne Anderson: United States and foreign life is much different. I enjoy the the experience and different culture's.From Washington, to Villanova, to Germany, to Italy, next year ??????
2-) How did you begin playing basketball?
D.A.: I used to watch my father play every Sunday morning when I was very young, so young that I was not able to the throw the ball up and reach the basket. Watching my father playing is when I began to love basketball
3-) In your opinion, what are the main differences between american and european basket?
D.A.: American style of play depends more so on Athleticism, while the European style of play is more mental
4-) What are your hobbies outside of basket?
D.A.: I listen to a artist by the name of LIL WAYNE, I'm probably the biggest lil wayne fan on the planet, as any of my current or former teammates, they will tell you the same thing.
5-) Your favourite quotes are 'The past does not matter its the present that counts' and 'Tomorrow is not promised, so today I pray that I live to see another day, and if its mine time to pay, as a MAN I am not afraid'.
Did they help you in a particular situation?
D.A.: That quote helps me with any problem on and off the court.
6-) I know that you appreciated a documentary film, 'Waiting for Superman', that describes the failures of American public education.2012 is an election year for USA, are you a supporter of President Obama? Do you think he has kept his promises?
D.A.: This election year will be interesting. I respect Obama as a man, he became president at a difficult time but I am sure he is trying is best to turn things around.
7-) During last season, you scored 36 points in a single game, against Bremerhaven. Is this the best game of your career?
D.A.:Best game of my career, man that is not a easy question. There a few games that stand out to me. Hopefully I can have the game of my career this season in Italy as we are making a push to have playoff spot.
8-) What would you like to change about italian basket, and what do you appreciate of it?
D.A.: I would like to play 2 games a week if I could change something about the Italian league. I appreciate the high level of play and of course the FANS. Much love to the fans of GOTTINGEN and PIACENZA


Nazionale A Round 30: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Nazionale A round 30 caused change at the leadership position. Tenth defeat of league's leader Trieste (19-10) against first ranked Omegna (26-4) 72-60 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Trieste managed to win third quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna forced 21 Trieste turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 steals. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for Trieste. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Omegna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-4 record. Trieste at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Omegna. Trieste will play next round against strong Perugia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Omegna will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Castelletto on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chieti as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Chieti defeated second-best Orlandina at home 62-44. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Andrea Raschi chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85, agency: Two Points) with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Chieti have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Orlandina at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Casalpusterlengo. Orlandina will play next round against Ruvo trying to get back on the winning streak. Chieti will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Treviglio at home.
Leading Napoli (24-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Mazzeo San Severo (13-16) 82-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Napoli. Ivan Scarponi notched 35 points (!!!) (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by Simone Gatti did not help to save the game for Napoli. Mazzeo San Severo maintains fourth position with 13-16 record. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top place with six games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will meet at home Comsum.it SI (#5) in the next round. Napoli will play against Bari (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Perugia. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Casalpusterlengo (17-12) to third ranked Perugia (13-15) 79-77 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Casalpusterlengo. Perugia maintains third position with 13-15 record having thirteen points less than leader Omegna which they share with defeated Casalpusterlengo. Casalpusterlengo at the other side dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trieste on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Casalpusterlengo will play against the league's second-placed Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Recanati (15-13) against sixth ranked Anagni (11-17) on Sunday night. Host Recanati was defeated by Anagni in a tough game in Recanati 75-79. It was a good game for Valerio Circosta who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Anagni maintains sixth position with 11-17 record. Loser Recanati dropped to the second place with 13 games lost. Anagni will face league's leader Trento at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Recanati will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 30: Matera beat Ruvo on the road 82-77. Fabriano lost to Latina Basket on its own court 44-55. Bari unfortunately lost to Ferentino in a road game 59-72. Santarcangelo rolled over Pavia at home 89-66. Castelletto was defeated by Treviglio on the opponent's court 59-72. Trento beat Firenze in a home game 93-78. Torino lost to Comsum.it SI on the road 70-78.
The most impressive performance of 30th round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Cristiano Grappasonni of Matera.



Napoli - San Severo 71-82

Leading Napoli (24-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Mazzeo San Severo (13-16) 82-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Napoli. The game was mostly controlled by Mazzeo San Severo. Napoli managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mazzeo San Severo won last quarter 25-16. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) notched 35 points (!!!) (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) supported him with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds by forward Simone Gatti (202-82) did not help to save the game for Napoli. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) added 13 points and 9 assists. Four Napoli players scored in double figures. Mazzeo San Severo maintains fourth position with 13-16 record. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top place with six games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will meet at home Comsum.it SI (#5) in the next round. Napoli will play against Bari (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: I.Scarponi 35+3reb, G.Rugolo 15+2reb+2ast, R.Marzoli 9+6reb+3ast, F.Amoroso 9+9reb+5ast, G.Fattori 6+7reb+1ast, F.Candido 5+5reb
Napoli: S.Gatti 23+10reb+1ast, N.Rizzitiello 13+3reb+2ast, B.Musso 13+1reb+9ast, S.Lenardon 10+1reb+3ast, P.Rotondo 7+8reb+2ast, N.Bastone 3
gschID: 135918


Ruvo - Matera 77-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Matera's (12-16) road victory over 6th ranked Ruvo (3-26) in Ruvo di Puglia 82-77 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Matera made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Ruvo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for power forward Cristiano Grappasonni (204-72) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and guard Gianluca Tomasiello (190-80) added 17 points and 7 assists in the effort for Ruvo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Matera maintains fifth position with 12-16 record. Ruvo lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 26 games lost. Matera will face Firenze (#6) at home in the next round. Ruvo will play against Orlandina.
Top scorers:
Matera: C.Grappasonni 27+10reb+1ast, G.Cantagalli 19+2reb+2ast, A.LaGioia 19+2reb, A.Pilotti 12+3reb, S.Vico 2+3reb+1ast, L.Tardito 2+1reb
Ruvo: G.Tomasiello 17+4reb+7ast, F.Emejuru 17+5reb+3ast, M.Tagliabue 16+15reb+1ast, A.Di Salvia 15+1reb+1ast, G.De Leo 8+1reb+1ast, D.Merletto 2+2reb
gschID: 135919


Recanati - Anagni 75-79

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Recanati (15-13) against sixth ranked Anagni (11-17) on Sunday night. Host Recanati was defeated by Anagni in a tough game in Recanati 75-79. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-75. Anagni forced 21 Recanati turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Recanati was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Valerio Circosta (188-87, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) added 22 points in the effort for Recanati. Anagni maintains sixth position with 11-17 record. Loser Recanati dropped to the second place with 13 games lost. Anagni will face league's leader Trento at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Recanati will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anagni: D.Corral 19+7reb+1ast, V.Circosta 17+6reb+7ast, L.Ciribeni 13+5reb+3ast, N.Benedusi 9+5reb+3ast, J.Pozzi 9+9reb+1ast, F.Vanni 6+2reb
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 22+3reb+1ast, A.Pierini 16+10reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 9+3reb+1ast, R.Fossati 8+2reb+2ast, S.Centanni 7+1reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135920


Fabriano - Latina Basket 44-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Fabriano's (8-20) home loss to fourth ranked Latina Basket (14-15) 44-55 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 31-13 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Latina Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Fabriano to just 6 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. Latina Basket forced 19 Fabriano turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Riccardo Serena (181-82) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Latina Basket players scored in double figures. Latina Basket's coach Mattia Ferrari used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Luca Usberti (201-73) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Fabriano. Latina Basket maintains fourth position with 14-15 record. Newly promoted Fabriano keeps the fifth place with 20 games lost. Latina Basket will face league's leader Chieti at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Fabriano will play against the league's second-placed Trieste (#2).
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: M.Micevic 10+6reb+1ast, S.Orlando 10+6reb, G.Gazzotti 10+4reb+1ast, R.Serena 10+5reb+2ast, T.Plateo 7+4reb, A.Quarisa 5+4reb
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 15+13reb+1ast, L.Usberti 11+7reb+4ast, G.Castelletta 7+4reb, C.Fontani 7+1reb+2ast, D.Liberati 2+6reb, A.Iardella 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 135921


Ferentino - Bari 72-59

There was a small surprise when third ranked Ferentino (17-11) won against at home one of their biggest challengers Bari (15-14) 72-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferentino. Bari was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferentino have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Bari keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Ferentino will face Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home in the next round. Bari will play against Santarcangelo in Sant'Arcangelo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 135922


Chieti - Orlandina 62-44

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chieti as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Chieti defeated second-best Orlandina at home 62-44. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Chieti. Orlandina was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Orlandina to just 4 points in first quarter. Chieti forced 23 Orlandina turnovers. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85, agency: Two Points) with 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Chieti have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Orlandina at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Casalpusterlengo. Orlandina will play next round against Ruvo trying to get back on the winning streak. Chieti will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Treviglio at home.
Top scorers:
Chieti: E.Rossi 17+13reb+3ast, A.Raschi 14+6reb+3ast, M.Diomede 9+2reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 6+3ast, R.Feliciangeli 5+6reb+2ast, A.Porfido 5+3reb+1ast
Orlandina: A.Benevelli 11+7reb, G.Zampolli 9+5reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 6+1reb+2ast, F.Pellegrino 6+4reb, N.Crow 6+2reb, M.Cardinali 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135923


Santarcangelo - Pavia 89-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Pavia's (14-16) road loss to fourth ranked Santarcangelo (11-18) in Sant'Arcangelo 66-89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-66. Santarcangelo forced 19 Pavia turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Nazzareno Italiano (198-91) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Santarcangelo players scored in double figures. Guard Luca Furlanetto (197-81, agency: Two Points) replied with 21 points and power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) added 10 points in the effort for Pavia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains fourth position with 11-18 record. Pavia lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 16 games lost. Santarcangelo will face higher ranked Bari (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Pavia will play against the league's leader Trento.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: E.Rivali 22+1reb+5ast, L.Pesaresi 18+1reb+1ast, N.Italiano 13+9reb, L.Bedetti 10+5reb+3ast, M.Palermo 7+5reb+1ast, A.Ancellotti 7+5reb+1ast
Pavia: L.Furlanetto 21+2reb+2ast, R.Cazzaniga 10+3reb+1ast, A.Sean Mink 9+4reb, S.Borgna 9, R.Maggio 6+1reb, J.Migliorini 4+3ast
gschID: 135912


Treviglio - Castelletto 72-59

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Treviglio (18-11) defeated at home 6th ranked Castelletto (10-19) 72-59 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Treviglio. Castelletto was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Marco Planezio (196-91) contributed with 5 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Castelletto. Treviglio moved-up to second place. Loser Castelletto keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Treviglio will face league's leader Chieti on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Castelletto will play against the league's leader Omegna (#1).
Top scorers:
Treviglio: A.Vitale 16+1reb+1ast, J.Borra 13+7reb+2ast, N.Cazzolato 11+4reb+3ast, G.Zanella 11+7reb, A.Fabi 7+5reb+1ast, M.Planezio 5+12reb+3ast
Castelletto: C.Villani 19+13reb+6ast, S.Ferrarese 15+7reb+3ast, F.Dri 10+2reb+1ast, M.Raminelli 6+4reb, A.Marusic 6+1reb, L.Marmugi 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135913


Trento - Firenze 93-78

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Firenze (8-21) lost on the road to first ranked Trento (20-9) 93-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Trento. Firenze was better in fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Andres Forray (187-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Trento players scored in double figures. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) added 18 points in the effort for Firenze. Trento maintains first position with 20-9 record. Newly promoted Firenze keeps the sixth place with 21 games lost. Trento will face Anagni (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Firenze will play against Matera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: A.Forray 20+4reb+1ast, L.Conte 19+2reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 15+7reb+5ast, S.Fiorito 13+1reb, M.Negri 13+1reb, D.Pascolo 6+11reb+5ast
Firenze: S.Spizzichini 19+9reb, A.Amici 18+2reb+2ast, A.Giampaoli 9+2reb+2ast, F.Bellina 8+5reb+1ast, D.Scodavolpe 7+2reb+4ast, A.Capitanelli 6+2reb
gschID: 135914


Omegna - Trieste 72-60

Nazionale A round 30 caused change at the leadership position. Tenth defeat of league's leader Trieste (19-10) against first ranked Omegna (26-4) 72-60 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Trieste managed to win third quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna forced 21 Trieste turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 steals. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Michele Ruzzier (181-93) added 14 points in the effort for Trieste. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Omegna have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 26-4 record. Trieste at the other side dropped to the second place with ten games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Omegna. Trieste will play next round against strong Perugia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Omegna will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Castelletto on the road.
Top scorers:
Omegna: D.Casadei 16+4reb+3ast, T.Raspino 11+4reb, A.Saccaggi 11+2reb+2ast, F.Prelazzi 8+6reb, R.Scomparin 8+1reb+1ast, P.Paci 7+7reb
Trieste: M.Ruzzier 14+2reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 14+13reb+1ast, M.Carra 7, A.Moruzzi 7+3reb, M.Maganza 6+6reb, L.Zaccariello 5+4reb
gschID: 135915


Comsum.it SI - Torino 78-70

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Comsum.it SI (9-20) beat second-best Torino (18-12) in Siena 78-70 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torino won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Comsum.it SI made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for swingman Andrea Colli (203-88, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Comsum.it SI players scored in double figures. Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Torino. Comsum.it SI moved-up to fifth place. Torino lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with 12 games lost. Comsum.it SI will face higher ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Torino will play against Santarcangelo in Sant'Arcangelo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: A.Colli 18+6reb, N.Mei 16+1reb+2ast, G.Spizzichini 13+10reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 10+5reb+1ast, S.Simeoli 10+10reb+2ast, S.Bonfiglio 9+2reb+1ast
Torino: L.Fontecchio 20+13reb, M.Portannese 18+8reb, F.Tassinari 9+6reb, F.Giusto 8+1reb, F.Conti 6+4reb+3ast, M.DeFant 3
gschID: 135916


Perugia - Casalpusterlengo 79-77

A very interesting game took place in Perugia. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Casalpusterlengo (17-12) to third ranked Perugia (13-15) 79-77 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Casalpusterlengo. Perugia maintains third position with 13-15 record having thirteen points less than leader Omegna which they share with defeated Casalpusterlengo. Casalpusterlengo at the other side dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trieste on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Casalpusterlengo will play against the league's second-placed Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 135917




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BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.0 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka21.0 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets21.0 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 5. Flowers, Saitama20.6 
 6. Cummings, Oita H.20.6 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 8. Woods, Akita NH19.2 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.19.0 
 10. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.8 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.0 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Woods, Akita NH10.0 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.10.0 
 9. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 10. Newton, Okinawa9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.6 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.3 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.3 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.2 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.7 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.7 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 6. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.9 
 9. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.9 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.8 
 4. Blackledge, Hamama.2.5 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.4 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 
 10. Turner, Toyama G.1.3 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 26-13 
 2. Akita NH 23-17 
 3. Niigata Albirex 22-18 
 4. Toyama Grouses 21-17 
 5. Sendai 89ers 19-19 
 6. Yokohama BC 19-20 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-23 
 8. Chiba Jets 14-24 
 9. Saitama Bron. 11-26 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 11-29 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 32-8 
 2. Osaka Evessa 26-12 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 25-13 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 24-14 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 23-15 
 6. Shimane SM 21-19 
 7. Miyazaki SS 18-22 
 8. Oita H.Devils 16-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-36 


BJ League Round 44: Iwate Big Bulls edge Osaka Evessa by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 44 in the BJ League took place in Iwate. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Osaka Evessa (26-12) to tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-29) 65-63 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth position with 11-29 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls are looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osaka Evessa will play against Shimane Magic and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (23-17) against fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (23-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 74-79. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Josh Peppers contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yuki Kikuchi (192-80) replied with 27 points for Akita Happinets. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth position with 23-15 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 17 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will play against Sendai 89ers (#5) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. First ranked Okinawa GK faced 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex. Guests from Okinawa (32-8) defeated host Niigata Albirex (22-18) 89-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Anthony McHenry who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Holm responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 32-8 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third place with 18 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet at home Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Niigata Albirex will play against Saitama Broncos (#9) and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mikawa. First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 4th ranked Toyama Grouses. Host Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-13) defeated guests from Toyama (21-17) 93-83. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by Wayne Arnold who scored that evening 26 points and 4 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-13 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Toyama Grouses will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Oita. Local Oita Heat Devils (16-23) outscored 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-36) 88-63 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was T.J. Cummings who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 16-23 record. Takamatsu FA lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 36 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#4).

Rest of the games of round 44 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Miyazaki SS defeated Shimane SM in a road game 80-71. Fukuoka Rizing was beaten by Sendai 89ers at home 65-73. Chiba Jets won against Saitama Bron. on the opponent's court 81-69.
The best stats of 44th round was 25 points, 24 rebounds and 6 assists by Jamel Staten of Chiba Jets.



Shiga L-Stars - Akita NH 79-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (23-17) against fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (23-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Shiga L-Stars in a tough game in Shiga 74-79. Akita Happinets were ahead by 13 points at the halftime before a 42-24 second half run of Shiga L-Stars. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Yuki Kikuchi (192-80) replied with 27 points and American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) added 11 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Akita Happinets. Shiga L-Stars maintains fifth position with 23-15 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 17 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will play against Sendai 89ers (#5) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: Y.Kikuchi 27+3reb+2ast, L.Green 14+7reb+3ast, R.Woods 11+14reb+6ast, E.Drayton 9+10reb+1ast, K.Shoji 7+3reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 4+1reb
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 23+8reb+5ast, J.Peppers 19+7reb+1ast, R.Nixon 11+2reb+4ast, B.Markson 7+3reb, D.Gomez Camargo 6+7reb, T.Fujiwara 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142211


Shimane SM - Miyazaki SS 71-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Shimane Magic (21-19) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (18-22) 80-71 on Sunday. The guests 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 80-71. Miyazaki Shining Suns outrebounded Shimane Magic 44-27 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Shimane Magic was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 21 points. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh position with 18-22 record. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will face league's leader Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 26+8reb+1ast, B.Puckett 19+8reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 11+4reb+2ast, J.Davis 7+5reb, E.Yamamoto 4+1reb+9ast, K.Yamabuchi 2+1reb
Miyazaki SS: O.Mims 26+17reb+2ast, D.Lyons 21+4reb, T.Shimizu 14+6reb, L.Witcher 6+8reb, O.Shinnosuke 5, T.Ito 4+1reb
gschID: 142212


Fukuoka Rizing - Sendai 89ers 65-73

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (19-19) defeated on the road one of their biggest challengers Fukuoka Rizing (24-14) 73-65 on Sunday. 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 73-65. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 10 blocks. Fukuoka Rizing was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Akitomo Takeno (173-85) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Sendai 89ers moved-up to fifth place. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Shiga L-Stars (#5) at home in the next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 23+7reb, A.Takeno 13+5reb+5ast, C.Dixon 7+5reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 7+14reb+1ast, T.Rintaro 6+1reb, J.Dearman 5+5reb
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 19+8reb+4ast, D.Fitzgerald 19+6reb, F.Toncinic 11+5reb, T.Shimura 10+7reb+5ast, R.Singleton 6+11reb+2ast, T.Komoda 5+8reb
gschID: 142213


Oita H.Devils - Takamatsu FA 88-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Oita. Local Oita Heat Devils (16-23) outscored 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-36) 88-63 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 25 points. Oita Heat Devils outrebounded Takamatsu FA 47-36 including 34 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 16-23 record. Takamatsu FA lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 36 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#4).
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: S.Takada 14+3reb, N.Williams 13+8reb+1ast, K.Smith 12+14reb+6ast, H.Kikuchi 11+7reb, M.Suzuki 6+2reb+5ast, K.Tsutsumi 5+3ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 37+13reb+3ast, T.Finger 19+12reb+3ast, M.Lottich 18+11reb+7ast, M.Ohara 4+2reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 3+3reb+5ast, D.Hayakawa 2
gschID: 142214


Niigata Albirex - Okinawa GK 79-89

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Niigata. First ranked Okinawa GK faced 3rd ranked Niigata Albirex. Guests from Okinawa (32-8) defeated host Niigata Albirex (22-18) 89-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Niigata Albirex managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 32-8 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third place with 18 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet at home Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Niigata Albirex will play against Saitama Broncos (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Holm 21+15reb+4ast, N.Murry 11+5reb, Y.Ikeda 10+2reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 9+1reb+3ast, E.Maxey 8+6reb, K.Sato 7+1reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 20+11reb+2ast, D.Sneed 14+12reb+1ast, D.Palmer 11+4reb+2ast, J.Newton 10+3reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 9+4reb+1ast, T.Yonamine 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142208


Saitama Bron. - Chiba Jets 69-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Saitama Broncos' (11-26) home loss to eighth ranked Chiba Jets (14-24) 69-81 on Sunday. The game without a history. Chiba Jets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Chiba Jets outrebounded Saitama Broncos 59-37 including a 39-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 24 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) produced 17 points and 6 assists and forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Chiba Jets maintains eighth position with 14-24 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the ninth place with 26 games lost. Chiba Jets will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Niigata Albirex (#3).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 18+5reb+2ast, K.Satterfield 17+3reb+6ast, J.Miller 12+9reb, J.Humphrey 9+6reb+2ast, D.Terashita 6+5reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 5+5reb
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 25+24reb+6ast, M.Hargrow 19+8reb+8ast, G.Moliva 12+5reb, T.Ishida 11+3reb, Y.Kosuke 7+6reb, Shouta 3+1reb
gschID: 142209


Hamamatsu P. - Toyama Grouses 93-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mikawa. First ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix faced 4th ranked Toyama Grouses. Host Hamamatsu Phoenix (26-13) defeated guests from Toyama (21-17) 93-83. It looked good early as Toyama Grouses took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hamamatsu Phoenix had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Toyama Grouses were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-93. 24 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was also dominated by American players. The winners were led by guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who scored that evening 26 points and 4 assists and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) supported him with 25 points and 4 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Toyama Grouses. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-13 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix's next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Toyama Grouses will play against Yokohama BC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 36+9reb, I.Brown 17+9reb+2ast, L.Turner 15+5reb+1ast, T.Mito 11+8reb+3ast, M.Kato 4+1reb+2ast, R.Horikawa 0+3reb
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 26+3reb+4ast, J.Dixon 25+1reb+4ast, J.Parmer 16+7reb+4ast, K.Tomori 8+5reb+3ast, A.Ohta 6+3reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 5
gschID: 142210


Iwate Big Bulls - Osaka Evessa 65-63

The most exciting game of round 44 in the BJ League took place in Iwate. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Osaka Evessa (26-12) to tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (11-29) 65-63 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth position with 11-29 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls are looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osaka Evessa will play against Shimane Magic and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 12+12reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 11+2reb+4ast, S.Konno 9+1reb, L.Washington 8+7reb+3ast, C.Aoki 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bell 6+5reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 18+7reb, G.Klaiber 15+10reb+2ast, L.Malloy 15+11reb, H.Kantake 10+3reb+3ast, J.Boykin 6+6reb, M.Sawaguchi 1+1reb
gschID: 142207




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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Kofer Yoba 8-1 
 2. ASU 7-1 
 3. Orthodox 7-2 
 4. Al Riyadi 6-2 
 5. Al Wehdat 3-6 
 6. College SC 3-6 
 7. Al Jalil 1-8 
 8. Al Ashrafiyah 0-9 


JPL Round 9 (Regular Season) : Zaid Al-Khas shines - by Omar Shafaamri
ASU 95 - 33 Al-Jaleel
(Q1:27-15 / Q2:25-8 / Q3:24-7 / Q4:19-3)

ASU :
4. Ghazi Alnaber - 2 Points / 3 assists / 3 steals ... (in 15min.)
5. Muneer Idais - 2 Points ... (in 10min.)
6. Ahmad Nofal - 1 Point / 1 rebound / 1 steal / 1 block ... (in 10min.)
7. Mohammad Shaher - Did not play (Suspended)
8. Osama Al-Faraj - 3 Points / 2 rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 10min.)
9. Mohammad Azzazi - 2 Points / 1 rebound / 2 assists / 1 steal ... (in 15min.)
10. Abdallah AbuQoura (205-F-84) - 26 Points / 12 rebounds / 1 assist ... (in 30min.)
11. Wesam Al-Sous - 8 Points (2 Three-points) / 1 rebounds / 4 assists ... (in 25min.)
12. Mahmoud Abdeen (191-G-87) - 14 Points (2 Three-points) / 8 rebounds / 3 assists / 1 steal ... (in 20min.)
13. Mousa Alawadi (180-G/F-85) - 11 Points (1 Three-points) / 5 rebounds / 3 assists / 3 steals ... (in 20min.)
14. Mohammad Hadrab (203-F-84) - 12 Points / 5 rebounds / 2 assists / 2 steals / 1 Dunk ... (in 20min.)
15. Islam Abbaas (203-C-80) - 14 Points (1 Three-points) / 9 rebounds / 3 assists / 2 steals... (in 25min.)
Coach: Montaser Abu-Altaieb

Al-Jaleel :
4. Ibrahim Al-Naser - 7 Points (1 Three-points) / 4 rebounds ... (in 25min.)
5. Mostafa Mansour - 6 Points / 3 rebounds / 3 assists ... (in 25min.)
6. Amjad Jbara - 3 point (1 Three-points) / 2 rebounds/ 1 steal ... (in 25min.)
7. Yazan Haddad - 10 Points (1 Three-points) / 4 Rebounds / 2 steals ... (in 25min.)
9. Abdallah Fatouhi - 0 Points / 2 rebounds ... (in 25min.)
10. Hamzah Alzoubi - 0 Points ... (in 20min.)
11. Ammar Al-Shareeki - Did not play
12. Ahmad Al-Moumani - Did not play
13. Mohammad Bakeer - 2 points / 3 rebounds ... (in 20min.)
14. Issa Al-Moghrabi - 3 point (1 Three-points) / 1 rebound ... (in 10min.)
15. Odai Abu-Qamar - 2 points / 2 rebounds / 4 steals ... (in 25min.)
Coach: Ibrahim Al-Asous

Al-Riyadi/Aramex 55 - 64 Kofer Yoba
(Q1:12-16 / Q2:13-16 / Q3:17-14 / Q4:13-18)

Al-Riyadi/Aramex:
4. Ahmad Al Dwairi (210-C-93) - 11 Points / 11 rebounds ... (in 30min.)
5. Majdi Al-Ghazzawi - Did not play
6. Yazan Al-Taweel - Did not play
7. Ammar Jabri - 2 Points / 1 Rebound / 2 Assists / 3 Steals ... (in 30min.)
8. Issa Kamel (195-F-83) - 15 Points (3 Three-points) / 6 Rebounds / 4 assist / 2 steal ... (in 35min.)
9. Ahmed Obeid (196-F-90) - 11 Points / 12 Rebounds / 2 Assist ... (in 30min.)
10. Mohammad Jamal - 2 Points / 2 rebounds / 1 steal ... (in 15min.)
11. Ammar Bostami - 0 Points / 1 steal ... (in 10min.)
12. Mohammad Alshami - 1 Point / 1 Rebound / 2 steals ... (in 15min.)
13. Ali El-Zubi (184-G-89) - 13 Points (2 Three-points) / 4 rebounds / 3 assists / 4 Steels / 2 Block... (in 35min.)
14. Ali Jamal - Did not play (Injured)
15. Faisal Khair - Did not play (Injured)
Coach: Motasem Salameh

Kofer Yoba:
5. Nidal Alshareef - 5 Points (1 Three-points) / 4 Rebound / 6 Assists ... (in 30min.)
6. Fadel Al-Najjar - 0 Points / 4 Rebound / 3 Assists / 1 steal ... (in 25min.)
7. Ahmad Hamarsheh - 17 Points / 13 Rebounds / 1 Assist / 1 Steal ... (in 30min.)
8. Ahmad Shaker - 2 Points / 4 Rebounds / 2 assist ... (in 25min.)
9. Khaldoun Abu Rukayeah - 9 Points (1 Three-points) / 12 Rebounds / 2 Assist ... (in 25min.)
10. Ayioub Khalifah - Did not play
11. Malek Khashan - 4 Points / 2 rebounds / 2 steals ... (in 15min.)
12. Ibrahim Bassam (204-C-87) - 10 Points / 5 Rebound / 1 Dunk ... (in 20min.)
13. Hani Alfaraj (193-G-90) - 17 Points (1 Three-points) / 5 rebounds / 3 assists / 1 Steels / 1 Block ... (in 30min.)
14. Ahmad Haboush - Did not play
Coach: Haitham Taleeb

Al-Ashrafieh 66 - 70 Al-Kullyieh

Al-Wehdat 60 - 71 Orthodox
(Q1:11-22 / Q2:11-19 / Q3:17-17 / Q4:21-13)

Al-Wehdat:
4. Hisham Altoukhi - 15 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 steal (in 15min.)
5. Mohammad Nouwara - 2 Points / 3 rebounds (in 20min.)
6. Ali Saleh - 3 Point / 2 rebounds (in 15min.)
7. Mohammad Ideais- 4 Points / 8 Rebounds / 4 assists / 2 steals (in 25min.)
8. Ibrahim Albarahmeh - 5 Points (1 Three-points) / 1 rebound / 1 steal (in 10min.)
9. Zaid Alsahouri - 5 Points (1 Three-points) / 2 rebound / 3 assist (in 20min.)
10. Rami Alkhatib - 2 Points / 1 rebound / 1 steal (in 10min.)
11. Muneer Al-Salous - 0 Points / 6 rebounds / 1 assist (in 20min.)
12. Yousef Abu Wazaneh - 13 Points / 6 rebounds / 2 steals / 1 Dunks (in 25min.)
13. Ahmad Alkhatib - 0 Points / 1 assist / 1 steal (in 10min.)
14. Bassam Darraj - 0 Points / 3 rebounds (in 10min.)
15. Moussa Mutlaq- 11 Points (1 Three-points) / 6 rebounds (in 20min.)
Coach : Yousef Abu-Baker
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Orthodox :
4. Zaid Al-Khas (206-C/F-76, college: Gannon) - 16 Points (2 Three-points) / 11 Rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal / 6 block ... (in 38min.)
5. Saad Abu-Anzeh - Did not play
6.Ibrahim Abu-Khadra - 0 Points / 1 steals ... (in 10min.)
7. Tamer Katami - 11 Points / 2 rebounds / 6 assists / 3 steals ... (in 30min.)
8. Amro Dkedik - Did not play
9. Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.) - 24 Points (6 Three-points) !!! / 5 rebounds / 3 assists / 3 steals ... (in 40min.)
10. Shaker Alokosh - 0 Points / 1 rebound / 1 block ... (in 7min.)
12. Fares Saqf-AlHait (195-F-87, college: Calumet) - 12 Points (2 Three-points) / 1 Rebounds / 4 assists / 4 steals ... (in 20min.)
13. Shadi Fleifl - 3 Points (1 Three-points) / 2 rebounds / 3 assist ... (in 20min.)
14. Ahmad Almoghrabi - 0 Points / 7 Rebounds / 3 assists / 2 steals / 1 block... (in 20min.)
15. Laith Al-Abdallat - 5 Points / 5 Rebounds / 1 assist / 1 steal ... (in 15min.)
Coach: Imad Alsaeed

**Stats: Courtesy of JNBT Page




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Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Deverell Biggs (Seward CCC, Kan.), Randy Peters (North Arkansas College) and Markell Lotharp (6'7''-F) (Sandhills CC, N.C.) have been named NJCAA Men's Basketball Players of the Week for games Feb. 27 March 4.

Biggs was named Division I Player of the Week. The Division II Player of the Week was Peters, while Lotharp took the award for Division III.

DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Deverell Biggs; Seward County Community College, Kan.
Guard; Omaha, Neb.; Omaha Central High School
Biggs (6 0) put together a pair of impressive performances in both of the Saints games last week. Tallying 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, the sophomore led Seward to a 79-51 win over Butler CC (Kan.) to clinch the KJCCC (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) West division title. Despite dropping a 73-68 heartbreaker to No. 19 Hutchinson CC (Kan.) in overtime, Biggs registered 26 points and nine boards. Seward and Biggs defeated Fort Scott CC (Kan.) 76-64 Tuesday in the first round of the Region 6 tournament and will play in the semifinals Sunday.

DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Randy Peters; North Arkansas College
Guard; Mena, Ark.; Mena High School
North Arkansas went 2-0 last week behind the exceptional play of Peters (6 4). The sophomore hit 9-of-13 shots from the field and hit five 3-pointers for 27 points in a 98-91 win over Champion Baptist. Knocking off Clarendon College (Texas) 98-89 in the District 2 Playoff, Peters racked up 42 points along with 10 rebounds and four steals. Peters and the No. 16 Pioneers will face the Region 6 tournament champion Sunday for the District 2 title and a trip to the national tournament.

DIVISION III PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Markell Lotharp; Sandhills Community College, N.C.
Forward; Marshville, N.C.; Forest Hills High School
Lotharp (6 7) lit a spark under Sandhills that pushed the Flyers to two wins last week and a return to the Top 10 in the DIII poll. Lotharp scored 16 points and snagged five rebounds in a 94-85 win over Caldwell CCTI (N.C.). The sophomore then led the Flyers to a 104-82 upset of No. 3 Davidson CCC (N.C.) behind 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the Region 10 championship. Friday, No. 6 Sandhills and Lotharp enter the District 7 tournament with a semifinal clash with Anne Arundel CC (Md.).

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Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 13)
Division I: Canon Fields (G) Allen CC, Kan.
Division II: Kevin Thompson (G) Dakota County Tech, Minn.
Division III: Korey Fisher (G) Passaic CCC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games Nov. 14-20)
Division I: Kaheem Ranson (G) Seward CCC, Kan.
Division II: Brendan Cooper (F) Lakeland CC, Ohio
Division III: Chris Austin (G) Ulster CCC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 21-27)
Division I: Derrick Barden (F) Odessa College, Texas
Division II: Quasim Jones (G) Johnson CCC, Kan.
Division III: Jerome Parkins (G) Gateway CC, Conn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Nov. 28 Dec. 4)
Division I: Devon Branch (G) Cloud CCC, Kan.
Division II: Maurice Lewis-Briggs (F) CC of Beaver County, Pa.
Division III: Bakari Turner (G) Cedar Valley College, Texas

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 5-11)
Division I: Darren Goodson (F) Pensacola State College, Fla.
Division II: Deontray Dorsey (G) Waubonsee CC, Ill.
Division III: Carl Clemons (F) Broome CC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Dec. 12-18)
Division I: None
Division II: Darrell Robinson (G) Cuyahoga CC, Ohio
Division III: Paul Becklens (G) Roxbury CC, Mass.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 2-8)
Division I: Kevin Smith (G) Frederick CC, Md.
Division II: DeAndre Upchurch (G) Highland CC, Kan.
Division III: Taylor Small (G) Vermilion CC, Minn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 9-15)
Division I: Jon Augustin-Fairell (C) Indian River SC, Fla.
Division II: Matt Kelly (G) North Central Missouri College
Division III: Jeromy OBrien (G) Itasca CC, Minn.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 16-22)
Division I: Jamie Adams (G) Colby CC, Kan.
Division II: Carlos Smith (F) Baltimore City CC, Md.
Division III: Deon Boyce (F) Davidson CCC, N.C.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 23-29)
Division I: Coty Clarke (F) Lawson State CC, Ala.
Division II: Desmond Williams (G) CC of Rhode Island
Division III: JaMario Clayton (G) Ocean CC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Jan. 30 Feb. 5)
Division I: Antonio Valiente (G) St. Petersburg College, Fla.
Division II: Johnell Thompson (G) Chandler-Gilbert CC, Ariz.
Division III: JaMario Clayton (G) Ocean CC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 6-12)
Division I: Derrick Barden (F) Odessa College, Texas
Division II: Nate Duhon (G) Lansing CC, Mich.
Division III: Armin Cane (G) Atlantic Cape CC, N.J.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 13-19)
Division I: Charles Eaton (G) Lawson State CC, Ala.
Division II: Mike Craig (F) South Mountain CC, Ariz.
Division III: Raheem Jolliffe (G) Sandhills CC, N.C.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 20-26)
Division I: Algie Key (G) Barton CC, Kan.
Division II: Kenny Willis (G) Phoenix College, Ariz.
Division III: Brandon Stolz (G) Hostos CC, N.Y.

Mens Basketball Players of the Week (Games through Feb. 27 March 4)
Division I: Deverell Biggs (G) Seward CCC, Kan.
Division II: Randy Peters (G) North Arkansas College
Division III: Markell Lotharp (F) Sandhills CC, N.C.

Courtesy of www.njcaa.org


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 17-2
 2. Trepca 17-2
 3. Peja 11-8
 4. Bashkimi 11-8
 5. Kolegji Univer. 8-11
 6. Kosova 5-14
 7. Futura 4-15
 8. Drita 3-16


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LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 13-8 
 2. Ventspils 12-0 
 3. Valmiera 12-11 
 4. LU 11-11 
 5. VEF Riga 10-1 
 6. Jelgava 10-13 
 7. Turiba 9-13 
 8. Jurmala 8-15 
 9. U18 0-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, VEF Riga24.1 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Peiners, LU18.5 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.1 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava16.9 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja16.5 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala16.1 
 8. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 9. Young, Ventspils14.9 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.5 
 4. Dargais, LU8.3 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.1 
 6. Sims, VEF Riga8.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba7.3 
 8. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.3 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.6 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.8 
 4. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.6 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.5 
 6. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 8. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga2.9 
 10. Peiners, LU2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, VEF Riga2.9 
 2. Peiners, LU2.0 
 3. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 4. Osins, LU1.8 
 5. Gray, Ventspils1.7 
 6. Young, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 8. Piternieks, Turiba1.6 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga1.5 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.7 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.1 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Sims, VEF Riga0.6 
 7. Kalnins, Turiba0.6 
 8. Leiteris, Liepaja0.6 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Plivda, LU0.6 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 20-1 
 2. Al Riyadi 20-2 
 3. Anibal 12-8 
 4. Sagesse 10-12 
 5. Moutahed 9-12 
 6. Byblos 9-13 
 7. Bejjeh 8-14 
 8. Hoops 5-17 
 9. Antranik 0-0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Smith, La Union22.3 
 2. Ayuso, Arecibo21.3 
 3. Washam, Obras21.0 
 4. Gransberry, Cocod.20.7 
 5. Basden, Vivo/Fran.20.3 
 6. Brock, Leones SD20.0 
 7. Parker, Guaros19.0 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros19.0 
 9. Hickerson, Bucan.18.3 
 10. Harris, Pioneros17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kentrell GRANSBERRY
  Cocod.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Gransberry, Cocod.11.7 
 2. Lewis, La Union11.3 
 3. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.11.3 
 4. Brock, Leones SD10.7 
 5. Drudi, Vivo/Franca10.0 
 6. Aubry, Arecibo8.0 
 7. Colmenares, Cocod.8.0 
 8. Guzman, Leones SD8.0 
 9. Garces, Arecibo7.7 
 10. Fey, Bucaneros7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Cia d.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mensah, Cia d.6.3 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 3. Konsztatd, Obras5.3 
 4. De los Santo., Reg.4.3 
 5. Smith, La Union4.3 
 6. Penna, Vivo/Franca4.3 
 7. Coronado, Leones4.3 
 8. Basden, Vivo/Fran.4.0 
 9. Harris, Pioneros4.0 
 10. Parker, Guaros4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Guaros
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Parker, Guaros3.5 
 2. Elsener, Obras3.0 
 3. Colmenares, Cocod.2.7 
 4. Mensah, Cia d.2.3 
 5. Adams, Guaros2.3 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 7. Barral, Obras2.0 
 8. Washam, Obras2.0 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.0 
 10. Smith, La Union2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeffrion AUBRY
  Arecibo
  (205-C-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 2. Graterol, Cocodril.1.3 
 3. Gransberry, Cocod.1.3 
 4. Lima, Cia do Terno1.0 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.0 
 6. Wolkowyski, La Uni.1.0 
 7. Lewis, La Union1.0 
 8. Centeno, Cocodrilos1.0 
 9. Melazzo, Cia d.1.0 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.0 


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Pioneros 2-1 
 2. La Union 2-1 
 3. Vivo/Franca 1-2 
 4. Fuerza Regia 1-2 
Group B
 1. Obras 3-0 
 2. Guaros 0-3 
 3. Bucaneros 2-1 
 4. Regatas C. 1-2 
Group C
 1. Arecibo 3-0 
 2. Cocodrilos 2-1 
 3. Leones SD 1-2 
 4. Cia do Terno 0-3 
Group D
 1. Itabom/Bauru 0-0 
 2. Los Leones 0-0 
 3. Quimsa 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 


Arecibo wins Group C, Cocodrilos advance as No.2 - by Eurobasket News
THIRD GAMES

Arecibo - Cia do Terno 79-66
Arecibo is the winner of Liga Americas - Group C. The Capitanes handed 79-66 loss to Cia do Terno on Sunday for perfect 3-0 record in this pool. Of course, Capitanes advanced to the next stage. At the other side, Cia do Terno ended as the last ranked team in this group with 0-3. Rick Apodaca (193-G-80, agency: 360 Sports Management, college: Hofstra) and Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) scored 16 points each for the winners. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) had 11 points and 8 boards. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) replied with 19 points, 8 rebs and 8 assists in defeat. Their second scorer was Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU) with 12 points.

Cocodrilos - Leones SD 78-74
It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Cocodrilos (2-1) managed to beat Leones SD 78-74 taking the second place in Group C of Liga Americas. At the same time, Leones dropped to position No.3 with 1-2 record. It means that Cocodrilos advanced to the next stage, while Leones are eliminated. Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: LSU) shined for the winners with 21 points and 14 boards. Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) had 19 points and Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) added 14. In Leones, Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds. Juan Coronado (196-G-83) had 14 pts and 5 rebs, while Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) had 12 points and 9 boards. Quarters: 18-14, 19-20, 19-13, 22-27).



SECOND GAMES

Cocodrilos - Cia do Terno 90-85

Kentrell Gransberry shined for Cocodrilos with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Cleotis Brown had 18 points and 6 boards, while Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) added 16 pts and 7 boards. Andre Bresolin (195-G/F-87) responded with 22 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) had 13, while Kojo Mensah had 12 points, 7 assists and 5 rebs. Quarters: 24-20, 26-17, 21-22, 19-26.

Leones SD - Arecibo 83-85 OT
Lary Ayuso drained 27 points in this meeting. He made 7 of 11 attempts from behind the arc. The second scorer in Arecibo was Danilo Pinnock with 15 pts and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) nailed one less. Leones SD got 24 points and 10 rebs from Evan Brock. Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) scored 16 points. Quarters: 16-13, 19-17, 21-26, 14-15, 13-14 OT.


FIRST GAMES

Cia do Terno - Leones SD 66-74

Evan Brock stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Juan Coronado scored 14 and Elys Manuel Guzman helped with 12 points, plus 11 boards. In defeat, Audrei Parisotto delivered 13 points. Kojo Mensah stopped to one less. Quarters: 17-9, 15-20, 18-21, 16-24.

Arecibo - Cocodrilos 88-70
Larry Ayuso stepped up for Arecibo with 21 points (5 triples). Danilo Pinnock (5 as) and David Cortes (190-G/F-81) followed him with 16 points each. In the loosing squad, Kentrell Gransberry shined with 21 points and 10 boards. Nestor Colmenares (9 rebs) and Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) netted 11 pts apiece. Quarters: 26-8, 23-20, 21-24, 18-18.




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Tangara signs in Qatar - by Kristian Santiago
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona), the cornerstone of the Malian National Team (12 ppg and 8.4 rpg in the African Champs '11) signed to play for Qatari-side Al Jaysh Army SC Doha
The player already arrived in the country after recently playing in Tunisia this season. It will be the first time that Tangara is playing in Asia, as he had stints in the U.S., Spain, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.


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Standings - 1A
1A Erste Basketball League Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 16-2
 2. Teodo Tivat 12-6
 3. Lovcen 12-6
 4. Sutjeska 11-6
 5. Ulcinj 8-9
 6. KK Podgorica 7-10
 7. Jedinstvo 6-12
 8. Danilovgrad 4-13
 9. ABS Primorje 4-14
Folded
 1. Mogren 8-10
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost -


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Casablanca Sport vs Sale game - by Christopher Rodgers
Casablanca sport vs Sale game

Assalamu alaikum hello everyone,

Thanks again to everyone who took time out to read my blog. So this past week was a week of rehab and preparation. Good news is my leg is almost back to full strength hamdoulah! 'All thanks to God!' Going into yesterdays game i was a bit worried not knowing how my knee would react. Good news everything went fine i still have my explosive first step and jumping ability. I found out early in game when i exploded off my right leg for a turn around baseline jumpshot and than attacking the basket getting to the freethrow line the play after. Felt good out there to have that same trust in your knees when you know you have suffered an injury. Any basketball player out knows what that is like.
Game summary; The game was close but the number one team in the league Sal, showed why they are in first place as they pulled out the victory in the end. Just a lil too big on the inside for our team to handle. We played zone majority of the game and when you do that its very difficult to rebound the basket especially against a tall team like Sal.

There is only one game left intil the Cup championship starts and than the playoffs begin as well. Staying healthy and mentally prepared is key heading down the stretch run toward the end of the season. As teams gear up for the playoffs, coming together and playing as a unit is vital if u want to be the last team standing when its all said and done.

Sunday is great because its the only day off most basketball players get before training routines start over again during the week. I just finished mondays shooting practice felt really good out there compared to last week hamdoulah! Im also Looking forward to the last regular season game. Our team has lost a couple in a row and our next opponents have not been winning many games either. This next game should be interesting because both teams desperately need a victory. As the week progresses I will touch base with you all again real soon. This week i should be back to full strength. Excited for this weeks training. Gotta keep staying motivated because you just never know when your last game could be. Or when when any injuries can occur. Alhamdoulah; i hope all you players out there stay healthy! I've given this sport 20 plus years and as you age u realize more and more its all about health, happiness, and longivity.

Take care everyone have a great week!




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D2: Top nine seeded teams advance into second round - by Eurobasket News
The top nine seeds advance as the first round concludes at the 2012 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship.

Three conferences will send three teams each to the second round as the Cascade, Great Plains Athletic and Sun will put a trio of teams into the round of 16. Two teams, Dordt (Iowa) and St. Thomas (Fla.), will be playing their first ever game in the round of 16.

No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) recorded the largest margin of victory at the tournament so far, rolling to a 95-69 win over Tennessee Wesleyan. The Red Raiders face No. 8 Northwest (Wash.) in the second round as the Eagles knocked off defending champion Cornerstone (Mich.), 79-71.

Warner Pacific (Ore.) needed overtime but recorded the tournaments first upset, defeating No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan, 79-76. The Knights run into No. 4 Dordt, who survived a scare but held off California Maritime, a first time tournament qualifier, 63-54.

Marian (Ind.) defeated No. 16 Saint Ambrose (Iowa), 75-72, in overtime, thanks in large part to Alex Sylvesters last second 3-pointer that sent the game into the extra frame. The Knights will meet top seeded Northwood (Fla.) in the second round as the Seahawks took care of the hosts, College of the Ozarks, 67-50.

No. 12 Saint Thomas shut down Indiana Tech 58-55 for its first ever tournament win. The Bobcats will play No. 5 McPherson (Kan.) in Fridays second round action as the Bulldogs defeated Dakota State (S.D.), 69-63, in the third overtime game of the first round.

No. 7 Bellevue (Neb.) ended the season for Daemen (N.Y.) with a 58-48 win over the Wildcats. The Bruins will match up with unseeded Saint Francis (Ind.), who registered the biggest upset of the championship with its 64-63, final seconds win over No. 10 Jamestown (N.D.)

No. 2 Oregon Tech stayed perfect (14-0) in the first round with a 58-49 win over Lourdes (Ohio), who qualified for the national tournament in just the second year of sponsoring an athletic program. The Hustlin Owls will play No. 15 Warner (Fla.), as the Royals defeated Indiana East, 84-68, to become the third team from the Sun Conference into the second round.

No. 3 Davenport (Mich.) avoided an upset bid against William Penn (Iowa), holding on to an 85-81 win over the Statesmen. The Panthers play No. 14 Indiana Southeast, who defeated Saint Mary (Kan.) 77-67.

Briar Cliff (Iowa) became the third team from the Great Plains Athletic Conference to advance to the second round with a thrilling 59-56 win over No. 11 Grace (Ind.). The Chargers will play Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), who knocked out Eastern Oregon, 63-60, in the final game of the first round.

Eight second round games will be played on Friday, March 9, beginning at 8:30am. The 2012 event will conclude with the championship game on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00pm.


Statistical Leaders

Total Points
1. Alan Douglas, William Penn (Iowa) - 36 pts
2. Malcolm Campbell (6'10''-C), Warner (Fla.) - 29 pts
3. Jordan Weidner (6'3''-G), Indiana Wesleyan - 27 pts
4. Frazier, Aaron, McPherson (Kan.) - 26 pts
5. James Nelson, Davenport (Mich.) - 24 pts

Total Rebounds
T1. Patrick Hopkins (6'7''-F), Indiana Wesleyan - 15 rebounds
T1. Anthony Brown, Eastern Oregon - 15 rebounds
T3. Bartholomew, Rodney, Indiana Tech - 13 rebounds
T3. Sylvester, Alex, Marian (Ind.) - 13 rebounds
T5. Possehl, Dan, Cornerstone (Mich.) - 12 rebounds
T5. Lacerda, Everson, St. Thomas (Fla.) - 12 rebounds

Assists
T1.Lonnie Fairfax (5'9''-PG), Davenport (Mich.) - 8 assists
T1.Yoder, Justin, Cornerstone (Mich.) - 8 assists
3. Troyer, Derrick, Indiana Wesleyan - 7 assists
5 players tied with 6

Courtesy of www.naia.com




D2 Top 25 ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Northwood, FL
 2. Oregon Tech
 3. Davenport
 4. Dordt
 5. McPherson
 6. Cardinal Stritch
 7. Bellevue
 8. Northwest
 9. Jamestown
 10. Northwestern, IA
 11. Grace
 12. St.Thomas, FL
 13. Ind.Wesleyan
 14. Indiana SE
 15. St.Ambrose
 16. Warner Pacific
 17. Warner
 18. Indiana Tech
 19. Marian
 20. Indiana East
 21. St.Mary's, KS
 22. Briar Cliff
 23. Tenn Wesleyan
 24. St.Francis, IN
 25. Cornerstone


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Pistons send Macklin to Fort Wayne - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons on Sunday assigned rookie forward Vernon Macklin (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Macklin has appeared in 19 games this season, averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 4.2 minutes. He scored a season-high five points vs. Dallas on Jan. 10 and had a season-high four rebounds at Oklahoma City Jan. 23.

Macklin, from the University of Florida, was picked 52nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He started 69 of 71 games during his two seasons with the Gators.

He played his first two years at Georgetown before transferring to Florida in 2008.

Courtesy of http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com


Sunday's games review (8): Warriors blow 21-point lead, beat Clippers 97-93 - by Eurobasket News
Orlando M. - Indiana P. 107-94
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and J.J. Redick added 18 points and a career-high nine assists as the Orlando Magic ran past the Indiana Pacers 107-94 on Sunday night. The Magic played without starters Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson, but seemed unfazed as they built a 20-point lead in the first half and got 30 points from their reserves. Orlando has won four out of its last five, and also earned a 3-1 season series victory over Indiana. Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points, Tyler Hansbrough added 19 and Danny Granger 18. The Pacers lost their fourth straight game and will try to avoid their second five-game losing streak of the season Tuesday when they host Portland. Richardson sat with a sprained left ankle and Turkoglu was out serving a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee in last week's win over Chicago. Orlando flourished without them, though, thanks to the strong efforts of replacements Redick and Quentin Richardson and an equally active night by the Magic on defense. Howard did his damage in just 37 minutes of action and also connected on 8 of 12 attempts from the free-throw line. The Pacers certainly were accomplices in the Magic's production on both ends, and as though they had some leftover fatigue from their overtime loss Saturday night at Miami. Indiana cut a huge Magic first-half lead to single digits early in the third quarter before watching it balloon back above 20 points late in the period, connecting on just 1 of 12 3-pointers overall. Orlando was 10 for 27 from beyond the arc to offset being outscored 50-36 in the paint. The Magic led by as many as 24 in the first half before seeing their lead trimmed to just 11 at halftime. Howard topped all scorers with 15, but he got help from both Redick (12) and Chris Duhon off the bench with nine. George had 13 for Indiana to keep the Pacers close. They did it despite their bench contributing just four points in the opening 24 minutes, compared to 15 by their Magic counterparts. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Denver N. - Memphis G. 91-94
Sitting quietly at his locker, Andre Miller (6'3''-PG-76, college: Utah) tore the stat sheet into shreds and put the bits of paper in the trash. He knew that the last of his six turnovers cost the Denver Nuggets a potential game-tying shot in the final seconds. O.J. Mayo also was mad at himself for committing six turnovers, but at least he could take satisfaction -- and considerable satisfaction at that -- in his shooting touch. Mayo matched his season high with 22 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the Memphis Grizzlies hung on to beat the Nuggets 94-91 on Sunday night to sweep the three-game regular-season series for the first time in their history. 'I definitely did have it going,' said Mayo, who came off the bench. 'So mad, had so many turnovers. I know how important it is to take care of the ball when you're playing the one [position] and I failed in that area. I'm happy it didn't cause us to lose.' Mike Conley, who returned to play after suffering a cut above his right eye, had 13 points. Dante Cunningham added 12 points and Tony Allen 10 for the Grizzlies, who also snapped an eight-game losing streak in Denver. 'O.J. was super. He carried us tonight,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. 'He was the man. I was really upset with our guys early. I didn't take them out to rest them. I took them out because we weren't competing like I thought we should. As soon as that other group came in, they got us back in the game. I could see I was going to need the bench a lot more tonight and they produced. It was good to see.' Nene, Al Harrington and Corey Brewer each scored 15 for the Nuggets, who dropped to 2-2 on a season-high nine-game homestand. Memphis stretched its lead to 85-80 after Allen hit a 21-foot jumper with 6:20 remaining. But the Nuggets fought back to within a point at 88-87 when Ty Lawson connected on a 3-pointer with 2:55 left. The teams traded free throw shots over the next two minutes before Mayo drained a 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to put the Grizzlies up 94-89. Nene and Brewer each hit one of their two free throws in the final 40 seconds, pulling the Nuggets within three. After a Memphis miss, Denver rushed up the floor in the waning seconds but failed to get off shot after Miller lost the ball. 'I just fumbled the ball, that's all,' said Miller, who also had 14 points, three steals and seven assists. 'In that case, you don't want to give the team an opportunity to set up on defense. I fumbled the ball and that was the game.' Nuggets coach George Karl afterward had second thoughts about his strategy to push the ball upcourt immediately after Harrington rebounded Cunningham's missed shot with about 9 seconds remaining. 'In hindsight, I should have called a timeout,' Karl said. The bottom line for Karl, though, was that the Nuggets, who had 24 turnovers, committed too many giveaways, a thread that ran through all three of their losses to the defensive-minded Grizzlies. 'We lose because we throw away too many possessions,' Karl said. Memphis had 21 turnovers of its own, but still managed to come out on top. 'This is a tough environment to play in, a tough team to play,' Conley said of the Nuggets. 'They've been playing very well. This is a huge win for us.' Trailing 58-55 after Nene made a pair of free throws, Memphis went on a 14-1 tear to grab a 69-59 lead with 3:35 left in the third, their biggest lead to that point. But they lost Conley during the surge, when he had to leave the game for the locker room to have a cut over his right eye treated. Conley returned early in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets got back into it with a 9-0 run of their own, capped by Arron Afflalo's 20-foot jumper pulling Denver to within 69-68. Mayo hit a long jumper to stall Denver's momentum and the Grizzlies held a 73-70 lead going into the fourth. Denver led 53-50 at halftime, helped by Nene, who broke through for a pair of dunks and hit two free throws during the last 2:18 of the second period. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Clippers - Golde State W. 93-97
Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half, Monta Ellis added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors knocked the Los Angeles Clippers out of first place in the Pacific Division with a 97-93 victory Sunday night. David Lee had 18 points and 10 rebounds after spending most of the game in foul trouble, helping the Warriors beat the Clippers on the road for the fourth straight time despite blowing a 21-point third-quarter lead. Stephen Curry, a game-time decision due to a mildly sprained right ankle, was in the starting lineup and missed three shots before going to the bench with 5:53 left in the first quarter. He played 10 scoreless minutes. Blake Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who missed 16 of 35 free throws. The loss, coupled with the Lakers' 97-94 victory over the Boston Celtics a few hours earlier in the first half of the Staples Center doubleheader, put the Clippers a full game behind their L.A. rivals in the race for the Pacific Division lead and homecourt advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul, who tied a season high with 36 points in Friday night's 120-108 win at San Antonio despite suffering a nasal fracture in the first quarter, went the Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) route and wore a clear protective facemask against the Warriors. He finished with 23 points and five assists. Mo Williams, whose season-high 33 points against the Spurs helped snap the Clippers' string of 17 straight losses at San Antonio, missed his first seven shots in 25 scoreless minutes before ending the drought with a 3-pointer from the top of the key that sliced the Warriors' lead to 83-81 with 5:38 to play. Griffin, who missed eight of 15 from the line, converted Eric Bledsoe's inbounds pass from the baseline into a dunk that tied the score at 83 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. But they weren't able to pull ahead. The Warriors regained the lead on Ellis' driving reverse layup with 3 minutes to go, and Brandon Rush added a midair dunk off an offensive rebound before Lee, who picked up his fifth foul 56 seconds into the final quarter, added a twisting layup with 1:27 left. Ellis, who scored 32 points against the Clippers in a 104-97 win on Feb. 20 at Oakland, quieted the sellout crowd momentarily by hitting a fadeaway 16-footer with 12.6 seconds left in the third quarter after Los Angeles sliced a 21-point deficit to 76-64 with a 9-0 run capped by Randy Foye's 3-pointer. The Clippers began a six-game homestand by making only six of 22 shots in the first quarter, while the Warriors jumped out to a 28-16 lead with 16 points by Wright - including four 3-pointers and an alley-oop dunk off a lob from Ellis. Wright, an eight-year veteran who was born in Los Angeles, came in averaging 9.5 points in his 36 previous starts this season. The Clippers trailed 55-42 at intermission after missing 11 of 23 free throws - including an air ball by DeAndre Jordan. Rookie Klay Thompson and Rush hit 3-pointers at both ends of a 10-2 spurt that extended Golden State's lead to 14. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Sacramento K. - Atlanta H. 99-106
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half for the Atlanta Hawks, who defeated the Sacramento Kings for the eighth straight time with a 106-99 victory Sunday night. Atlanta took the lead for good with a strong third quarter and never trailed again in avoiding a third straight loss. It's the only meeting between the teams this season. DeMarcus Cousins fouled out late in the game but not before tying a season high with 28 and adding 12 rebounds for the Kings, who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped. John Salmons had 14 points, while both Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette had 12. Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Jeff Teague had 16 points and seven assists for the Hawks. Kirk Hinrich and Marvin Williams both had 12 points and Zaza Pachulia added 10 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 12 with just over five minutes to play, the Kings ran off seven straight points, pulling to within 94-89 on a 3 by Thornton. But several costly turnovers and several missed 3s in the final two minutes prevented the Kings from getting any closer than five points. The Hawks are on a season-high six-game road trip that began with a win over Indiana. However, Atlanta suffered a three-point loss in Miami and fell to Detroit 86-85 on Friday night. The road trip concludes with consecutive games, Tuesday against Denver and Wednesday vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith's shooting ignited the Hawks in the third quarter when they outscored the Kings 29-22 in taking an 80-74 lead into the fourth. Smith scored 12 points, while both Johnson and Teague had seven. Cousins had nine points for Sacramento. In the fourth quarter, it was Smith again hitting open shots. He followed a 3-pointer from Hinrich with a pair of jumpers and a free throw, putting the Hawks in front 88-76 with just over nine minutes left. Smith, who is averaging just over 25 points in six March games, got hot to start the third quarter, making his first six shots, including five from the perimeter. But the Kings still kept pace with the Hawks for much of the quarter, thanks to the scoring of Cousins and Isaiah Thomas, who made consecutive 3-pointers after going scoreless in the first half. The Hawks had no answer for Cousins in the opening half when the Kings led 52-51. He scored from inside and out in getting 18 points. Pachulia had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Lakers - Boston C. 97-94
The Lakers needed a last-minute basket to hold off the Boston Celtics, and Kobe Bryant knew everybody in green would expect him to take the shot. That's why Bryant suggested Andrew Bynum should do it - and the All-Star center leaped at the opportunity to seal Los Angeles' latest win in the NBA's most storied rivalry. Bryant scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and hit a go-ahead jumper with 41.7 seconds to play, and Bynum's hook shot over Kevin Garnett capped the Lakers' 97-94 victory Sunday. Bynum had 20 points and 14 rebounds as the Lakers rallied from a five-point deficit in the final 2 minutes, scoring the final eight points. Bryant and Bynum had four apiece - but only after Kobe urged coach Mike Brown to use him as a decoy. 'Andrew is too big. You can't teach that,' Bryant said with a grin. 'I knew it was going to be a high-percentage shot.' After Bynum coolly scored out of a timeout with 15.5 seconds left, Boston couldn't get a good look at a tying 3-pointer, sending the Lakers to their third straight victory over their longtime rivals. Bynum appeared to take particular satisfaction in his decisive role in the victory after years as a supporting player to Bryant's late-game heroics. 'It was crazy,' Bynum said. 'Kobe came up with that play. He said, 'They're not going to be able to know what to do.' I was able to get deep position and go to work.' Rajon Rondo had 24 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who opened an eight-game road trip by blowing a late lead. On Boston's final possession, Ray Allen failed to get free for a 3-pointer before Rondo badly missed a desperate tying attempt. The Lakers earned their 18th victory in 19 home games, stylishly finishing their third straight victory over Boston in yet another thrilling meeting. 'We love beating this team,' Bynum said. The game might have been the final meeting for the current veteran cores of the franchises that met in the NBA finals in 2008 and 2010, adding new chapters to the rivalry's history. Boston's Big Three could be broken up after this season, while both Pau Gasol and Rondo are the subject of rampant trade rumors. If this was the finale, both clubs went out in style. 'You come into (this rivalry) with the mindset that, 'This is it,'' said Allen, who scored 17 points. 'It's almost as if this is for the championship every time we play them. It definitely was an entertaining game. ... Competitively speaking, we always will go at each other and play hard. There's talent on both sides, so it's always a great matchup whenever we meet.' Boston erased an early 15-point deficit before clinging to a small lead down the stretch. Allen's 3-pointer put the Celtics up 94-89 with 2:41 left, but Los Angeles trimmed the lead to one point on baskets from Bryant and Bynum before Bryant nailed his 14-footer to put the Lakers ahead. Allen hit three 3-pointers and had six assists for the Celtics, while Brandon Bass scored 15 points before missing a go-ahead jumper in the final minute. Paul Pierce had 13 points on 4-for-14 shooting and nine assists, while Garnett had 14 points and 11 rebounds. 'They made shots down the stretch, and we didn't,' Rondo said. 'We had some good looks at the rim, but the shots didn't fall and we couldn't get a stop the last couple of minutes. ... It's not difficult to win on the road. We're just not getting it done. We just have to close out quarters better and continue to work on our execution.' Metta World Peace scored 14 points for Los Angeles, which has won 10 of 14 overall. Gasol had 13 points and 13 rebounds, including two key boards in the final seconds as the NBA's best rebounding team outrebounded the worst 42-34. The Lakers returned to California for a single home game in a stretch with five of six on the road. Ugly losses at Detroit and Washington last week worried fans who believe a major restructuring is the only way to turn the Western Conference's fourth-place team into a title contender, but Bryant has repeatedly discounted the Lakers' road woes, blaming them on the shortened season and the new coaching system. The Lakers led 37-22 before Boston got rolling midway through the second quarter, closing the first half on a 20-7 run capped by Rondo's buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Boston took its first lead early in the third quarter, but World Peace led the Lakers back after getting into a brief scuffle with Pierce and Garnett under the basket. World Peace responded with 10 points in less than 3 minutes for Los Angeles' streakiest player, capped by a steal and a length-of-the-court drive for a dunk on Pierce. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Cleveland C. - Houston R. 118-107
Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) scored 28 points and rookie Kyrie Irving came through again in the fourth quarter, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 118-107 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. Cleveland, which recorded a season high in points, had six players in double figures in winning its third straight game for the first time this season. Luis Scola scored a season-high 30 points to lead Houston, which has lost six of seven. Cleveland, coming off impressive road victories over Denver and Oklahoma City, has moved back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers also ended a four-game home losing streak. While Jamison led the way by going 8 for 16 from the field, Irving again took over down the stretch. He scored 16 of his 21 points in the final 4:14. Irving orchestrated a decisive run in the final 3 minutes when Cleveland snapped Oklahoma City's 14-game home winning streak Friday night. Cleveland scored 37 points in the fourth quarter while erasing a three-point deficit. Ramon Sessions scored 15 points, and Alonzo Gee, Daniel Gibson added 11 apiece. Goran Dragic scored 20 points for Houston, and Chase Budinger added 16 off the bench. Kevin Martin, the Rockets' leading scorer with 17.4 points per game, was held to three points in 15 minutes and also sustained a strained shoulder. Houston played without starting guard Kyle Lowry, who remains in a New York-area hospital with an illness. A team spokesman said before the game there is no timetable for when Lowry, who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 assists, will rejoin the Rockets. The Cavaliers took control early in the fourth quarter as Sessions and Omri Casspi hit 3-pointers to help Cleveland take a 93-86 lead with 8:36 to play. Irving's three-point play pushed the lead to 101-93 with 4:14 remaining. The No. 1 pick in the draft added 13 additional points as the Cavaliers pulled away. Cleveland built a 46-35 lead midway through the second quarter before Houston rallied. Dragic scored 11 points and Budinger added eight in the period to help Houston take a 57-54 lead at the half. Cleveland went ahead 66-61, but Houston regained control and took a 73-67 advantage. Houston broke a season-high five-game losing streak with a victory in New Jersey on Saturday, but couldn't sustain the momentum. The Rockets finish a five-game road trip in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Toronto R. - Milwaukee B. 99-105
Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) 's 31 points and 12 rebounds led the visiting Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-99 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Drew Gooden chipped in with 21 points for the Bucks (17-24) while Mike Dunleavy came off the bench to contribute 19 points, including a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter that helped his team pull ahead for good. DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 21 points while Jerryd Bayless had 16 points and six rebounds in a starting role for injured point guard Jose Calderon. Toronto has lost four of its last six games. Leandro Barbosa made a big contribution off the bench for Toronto in the first half. The Brazilian scored 10 points in the first half but only picked up two in the second. Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn't pleased with the opening his team gave him in Saturday's 105-86 loss to the Pistons in Detroit, but the Raptors got a much better opening Sunday by hitting their first six shots from the field. The Raptors held a nine-point lead after the first quarter and a five-point lead at the half. Their lead was down to a single point after the third quarter before the Bucks pulled away in the fourth. Toronto's lead got as high as 13 points in the second quarter. It was a much different start to the second half as Toronto only hit five shots from the field and saw the Bucks chip away until tying the game with just over four minutes remaining in the third. The Raptors also turned the ball over six times in the third quarter as the Bucks took their first lead of the game with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter after a pair Ilyasova free throws to make it 75-74. Barbosa hit a three in the final minute to give the Raptors a one-point lead heading to the final quarter at 79-78. The teams went back and forth in the final frame with seven lead changes in the first nine minutes of the fourth. Dunleavy's three-pointer with 4:45 left in the fourth gave the Bucks the lead at 94-93 and Ilyasova scored with a jumper shot on their very next possession. Beno Udrih gave the Bucks a four-point lead after hitting a pair of free throws. The Raptors were only able to get as close as two points as their shooting went cold down the stretch. *Courtesy of www.thestar.com

New York K. - Philadelph.76 94-106
Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) scored 12 of his 28 points in a dazzling third-quarter flurry, Evan Turner had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss with a 106-94 victory Sunday. Williams tossed in a long jumper to beat the halftime buzzer, then had a dozen points in the final 3:28 of the third quarter, when the 76ers seized control for their third straight victory. Andre Iguodala had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the 76ers, who turned a competitive game into a rout to end a three-game losing streak to the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but Jeremy Lin shot just 5 of 18 for 14 points for the Knicks. Tyson Chandler had eight points and 12 rebounds after missing two games with a strained left hamstring, but he couldn't solve the Knicks' defensive woes. Philadelphia was up by eight late in the third quarter before Williams took over. He made two 3-pointers, a pair of jumpers and two free throws as the 76ers outscored the Knicks 16-8 to open an 89-73 lead. He nailed another 3 early in the fourth, and Turner followed with two free throws to push the lead to 21. The Sixers have rebounded from a five-game skid before the All-Star break and followed a convincing victory over Boston by beating Utah. The Knicks might have hoped to catch the Atlantic Division leaders at one point but now are simply hoping to hold onto a playoff spot after entering play just two games ahead of Milwaukee and Cleveland. They dropped all four games on their road trip and looked particularly lost without Chandler, their defensive anchor. They yielded 118 points in a loss at San Antonio and surrendered 119 on Friday against Milwaukee. But it's not only the defensive effort. Coach Mike D'Antoni concedes the intensity just isn't always there from his team, saying the Knicks sometimes get 'lost'' or 'sidetracked.'' And the crowd is recognizing it. The building was often quiet, fans perhaps a little groggy after the clocks sprung forward and with an early start. But the Knicks also are not entertaining them the way they did during their seven-game winning streak last month. Lin has been solid but couldn't be expected to sustain his sensational level of play, and the Knicks are still unable to settle on their best rotation with a much deeper roster than they had back then. Anthony, usually loudly cheered, had some boos sprinkled in when he was introduced with the starting lineups. A brief 'Fire D'Antoni!'' chant broke out in the final minutes, and there were some loud boos near the finish. The Knicks led 24-22 after one quarter behind 12 points from Anthony. But New York turned it over six times in the second, and the 76ers went up 51-49 after Williams hit a long jumper from the corner as the first half ended. *Courtesy of www.boston.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.8 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.7 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.6 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.5 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.5 
 8. Williams, New J.22.0 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.0 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.8 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.6 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.2 
 7. Gortat, Phoenix10.6 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.5 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.10.0 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.5 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.4 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 6. Williams, New J.8.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 8. Parker, San A.7.9 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.8 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.1.9 
 6. James, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.7 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.2 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.4 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Gasol, Memphis G.2.1 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 


Chris Paul suffers nasal fracture, will wear a protective mask - by Eurobasket News
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) warmed up for Sunday's game against Golden State with a very familiar accessory.

A Kobe mask.

Paul was hit in the face during the first quarter of Friday's game against San Antonio.

A Clippers spokesman said that Paul received an X-ray on Saturday and it revealed that Paul had sustained a nasal fracture. He added that Paul will be wearing the mask for a few weeks.

Paul apparently sustained the injury in the first half when he was elbowed by Spurs swingman Danny Green.

'It's annoying and he plays point guard, so I don't know how he's going to do it,' said Kenyon Martin, who has needed to wear a mask before. 'Trust me, I don't know how he's going to go out there and manuever with that thing on'

Martin said that he hasn't yet seen Paul wear the mask.

'He's not exempt from getting teased,' Martin said with a smile. 'He's on deck.'

Good luck to Martin.

While Paul was shooting around, someone who was rebounding for the All-Star point guard made fun of the clear protective mask.

Paul then jokingly tossed the ball at him.

The mask, however, might be a good luck charm.

Look at Kobe Bryant, who has worn a face mask since suffering a broken nose and a concussion during the All-Star game. The Lakers superstar scored at least 30 points in his first three games with the protective device.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Keep Dwight? Not if the Magic could trade him to Chicago - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic would like to seriously engage the Bulls in trade talks for Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85), but the All-Star center's apparent reluctance to make a long-term commitment to Chicago has all but killed the discussions, league sources told CBSSports.com.

The feeling among rival executives remains that the Magic seem intent on rolling the dice and keeping Howard for the rest of the season, hoping a long playoff run, emotional ties to Orlando and an extra year and $29 million they could offer would persuade him to stay beyond this season. But the move would be highly risky, given that Howard has refused to publicly commit to the Magic -- a stance that sources view as a strong sign that he'd leave as a free agent if he isn't traded.

'He's telling everyone he's leaving,' one league source said Sunday.

Magic executives are said to be unimpressed with the assets Howard's three preferred teams could provide in a trade, prompting them to engage in a calculated campaign to expand the field of potential suitors beyond the Nets, Mavericks and Lakers. But the team that can make the strongest case for Orlando to depart from its risky strategy of holding onto Howard are the Bulls, who could offer 7-footer Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, sources said. The Bulls also could offer a valuable first-round pick from Charlotte -- top-14 protected in this year's draft but but unprotected by 2016.

Such a scenario has gained no traction since Chicago is 'not on his list,' a person familiar with the situation said of Howard. Without assurances from Howard or his camp that he'd be willing to sign long-term with the Bulls, Chicago executives have exhibited no appetite for trade talks with the Magic. The two teams have spoken, but there's 'no type of serious discussions' going on, a person familiar with the situation said.

The Bulls (34-9) also have the best record in the league and are 'built for long-term success,' said one person familiar with their strategy, making a trade for Howard a non-starter without his blessing. Bulls officials do, according to sources, privately have concerns about whether they have enough to get past Miami in a playoff series, but are content to take a shot at it with the group they have.

Efforts by Orlando to entice other teams that are willing to trade for Howard without a long-term commitment have been seriously hampered by the realization that such a team would only have Howard for about 25 games after Thursday's trade deadline -- not enough time to win him over to a city and team not currently on his list.

Magic CEO Alex Martins, who is spearheading the biggest personnel decision for Orlando since Shaquille O'Neal left as a free agent in 1996, told the Orlando Sentinel Sunday that the team has yet to make a decision on whether to trade him or not by Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.

'We're not at the point where we're ready to answer that question yet,' Martins said. 'Sometime in the next four days we will be, but we're not at the point where we're ready to answer that question yet.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Lakers Need to Make a Move Before Deadline. - by Bryan Floyd
As Thursdays trade deadline gets closer, The Lakers are still missing that spark they will need to be a real threat in the playoffs this season. They need to tweak their roster if they want to get back to the finals again this season. With an aging Derek Fisher and a struggling Steve Blake even below average teams have been abusing the Laker duo as of late. So the first move they should make is trading for a point guard or signing someone like a Gilbert Arenas (If Healthy) who is able to slow down or score with some of the opponents the Lakers will be seeing in the playoffs. The next move they should make is adding a young talent like Michael Beasley to anchor that 6th man role they desperately need help with. The Lakers bench has been getting torched as of late and with the playoffs nearing they will need to limit Kobes minutes some in order to have him fresh for the playoff run. With a healthy Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant they have a legit big three, but lack any consistency beyond that. Metta World Peace has shown some signs recently that he is poised to turn things around, but they will need much more than that to compete for an NBA title this season.

As trade deadline nears, Ramon Sessions says he's content in Cleveland - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers reserve guard Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada), the subject of persistent trade rumors since the club drafted Kyrie Irving last June, said Sunday he hopes to be part of the team after Thursday's trade deadline.

Coach Byron Scott shares the sentiment. He's even allowed himself to think what the last six weeks of the season would be like if the Cavaliers dealt Sessions.

'I'm not going to sit here and say I don't think about that,' Scott said. 'If Sess is not here, what are you going to do? I go, 'Damn, I have no idea.' That's how well he's playing.'

Sessions and Antawn Jamison are the two Cavaliers most rumored to be dealt. It's believed Sessions might bring the most in return, although some do not think the Cavaliers will be able to extract a first-rounder for him. He averages 10.4 points and 5.1 assists and is the team's most productive reserve with Alonzo Gee elevated to the starting lineup.

Sessions said he's been unfazed by all the speculation. He's already been traded once and is playing for his third franchise in five seasons.

'I have been hearing rumors since my first season in Milwaukee,' Sessions said. 'It's one of those things you get used to.'

Sessions holds a $4.55 million player's option for next season, but said he will not make a decision on whether to exercise it until the off-season. If the Cavs do not move him at the deadline and Sessions opts out, they could lose him for nothing.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks are two teams rumored to have interest in Sessions. The Minnesota Timberwolves, fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot, might also be calling the Cavaliers after the season-ending knee injury to point guard Ricky Rubio.

Sessions was asked if he wants to remain a Cavalier after the deadline.

'Yeah, I like what we have going on,' he said. 'I like working with the Young Fella [Irving]. The guys in here respect me a lot. I definitely like what we have going on.'

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Cavaliers will not keep Manny Harris - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers informed shooting guard Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89, college: Michigan) that they were not resigning him after his second 10-day contract expired on Sunday. The club wants roster flexibility heading into the trade deadline. They have 14 players on their roster.

Harris appeared in just three games during his 20-day stay with the club. He is now a free agent. Harris is not immediately returning to the Canton Charge, he said, as he wants to see what transpires at the deadline. The Cavs could resign him, but the contract would have to be guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Wilson Chandler sets deadline for Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
Denver Nuggets free agent Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) finds himself in a unique position after returning from his stint in China. The 24-year-old is a restricted free agent, but he doesnt have many options. He can no longer sign an offer sheet with another team since the deadline to do so was on March 1. He cant be traded because the new collective bargaining agreement now outlaws midseason sign-and-trades.

That means Chandler has two options when it comes to his NBA future. Chandler will either sign with the Denver Nuggets now or sit out the remainder of the 2011-12 season and enter restricted free agency in July, when more teams have money to spend. Chris Luchey, Chandlers agent, continues to negotiate with Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke.

These negotiations have been tough because the situation is so different, Luchey told HOOPSWORLD. Its really unique. This has never happened before.

Chandler would like to sign a one-year deal with the Nuggets, but Denvers front office has no interest in that kind of contract because the small forward would become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Nuggets dont want to lose their ability to match any offer that Chandler receives so the two sides will either work out a long-term deal or put off negotiations until July.

He can sign a one-year deal with Denver, but theyve been adamant theyre not going to do that, Luchey said. It was easy for J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin to sign when they came back from China because they were unrestricted free agents. Wilson only has a couple of options.

While the unique situation has made negotiations rather difficult, Chandler and Luchey arent giving up on signing a long-term deal with the Nuggets. They arrived in Denver over the weekend to resume talks with Ujiri and Kroenke. If the two sides cannot work out a deal by Friday, March 16, Chandler will sit out the remainder of the NBA season and likely sign with another overseas team.

The Nuggets have a nine-game home stand so Wilson and I are here to try to work out a deal, Luchey said. We looked at the schedule and noticed this stretch. Wilson wanted to come here and give this a real valiant effort. We want to try to get something done. Were here until Friday and the Nuggets play on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wilson and I will be here for all of those games. Masai and I will resume talks either tonight after the game or first thing tomorrow morning. Well see if we can get something done.

If the two sides cant reach a deal this week, Chandler has other options.

Wilson has the option of going overseas to Italy or another place in Europe, Luchey said. That is realistic, but his plan has always been to come back and play in the NBA. Ive received calls from nine teams besides the Denver Nuggets, saying theyd be interested in Wilson this summer if he waited and entered restricted free agency in July. He knows that option is there, but were still hoping to work out a deal with the Nuggets. Weve been communicating with the Nuggets since the lockout ended. Weve had very good meetings between myself, Wilson, Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke. When he returned from China, he landed in Atlanta and then went straight to Denver. That has always been the preference.

Chandler will be working out in Denver so that hes ready to play immediately, should he agree to terms with the team.

Wilsons personal trainer, Rodney Heard, is also here in Denver, Luchey said. Were all here at the Four Seasons and Wilson has been working out every day. Wilson is working out here to get used to the air and weather again. That way, if we consummate a deal in the next three or four days, hell be ready to play. If we reach a deal tomorrow morning, he can segue into practice and then play on Tuesday.

With Wilson being here and spending time with the team, I feel very confident that the Nuggets will lock him up long-term, Luchey said. Wed like a five-year deal. This year will count as one so its really a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Chandlers stint in China helped him improve several aspects of his game. While he left Zhejiang Guangsha prior to the start of the postseason, he spent several months there and returns to the NBA ready to contribute right away.

Wilson is in great shape, Luchey said. He played over 30 games in China and hes already went through a strenuous preseason. He arrived in China on September 18, before any other import. He was there six weeks before the season started, doing a two-a-days in China to prepare for the season. Hes in great shape and went through the season without an injury. He looks good and hes gotten better. I think people will see a better player because he played the triangle system for former Lakers coach Jim Cleamons. Wilson was starting the offense and his ball handling has improved drastically. He has abilities now that he didnt have last season.

When Chandler will be able to display those abilities remains to be seen. In the next five days, well know what the future holds for Chandler.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 25-17 
 2. Boston C. 21-19 
 3. New York K. 18-23 
 4. New Jersey N. 14-28 
 5. Toronto R. 13-28 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 34-9 
 2. Indiana P. 23-16 
 3. Milwaukee B. 17-24 
 4. Cleveland C. 16-23 
 5. Detroit P. 15-26 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 31-9 
 2. Orlando M. 27-15 
 3. Atlanta H. 24-17 
 4. Washington W. 9-30 
 5. Charlotte B. 5-34 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 32-9 
 2. Denver N. 23-19 
 3. Minnesota T. 21-21 
 4. Portland TB 20-21 
 5. Utah Jazz 19-21 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 25-16 
 2. LA Clippers 23-16 
 3. Phoenix Suns 19-21 
 4. Golde State W. 17-21 
 5. Sacramento K. 14-27 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 26-13 
 2. Memphis G. 24-16 
 3. Dallas M. 23-20 
 4. Houston R. 22-20 
 5. N.Orleans H. 10-31 


Celtics' Chris Wilcox out with potential heart issue - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics are gearing up for a final playoff run on their most difficult road swing in years, and they continue to pile up unfortunate injuries and ailments. Reserve power forward Chris Wilcox (6'10''-F/C-82, college: Maryland) will be out indefinitely because of a recent heart exam that showed a potential abnormality.

Wilcox, who played Wednesday night against the 76ers, has monthly checkups, and the latest one prevented him from playing Friday night against Portland. The club announced late Saturday night that he did not make the trip to Los Angeles so he could undergo further testing.

The Celtics lost forward Jeff Green for the season after surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.

Its not much I can say, they have a bunch of tests to run, coach Doc Rivers said before Sundays 97-94 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center. Obviously, team-wise, its a hell of a blow for us.

Its not a great place. Its scary, it really is. You think about it, the chances of having one of these [players with heart issues] is pretty minute, the chances of having two is like impossible, and theres a chance that may happen, so we just have to wait and see.

Rivers repeated many of the same thoughts he had when Greens situation emerged in training camp.

I always try to look at the human part of it, the fact that if something is wrong, Id rather find it than not, he said. So were lucky, thats what I told our team, that were very lucky that this happened. Not unlucky. And thats the way I think you have to look at it.

The Celtics will not learn of Wilcoxs fate by Thursdays trade deadline.

I dont think well know for a while, at least for another week, Rivers said. With Chriss situation, the tough part about it is we dont know if hes going to come back or not and the deadline is coming up. The quicker we find that out, that helps us.

Center Jermaine ONeal has missed the past nine games with a sprained right wrist, but an NBA source said the Celtics are not counting him out for the season yet.

Rivers said the team will try to obtain another big man but wont sacrifice the future - i.e. its two 2012 first-round draft picks - to acquire one.

The Celtics used Greg Stiemsma for nearly 14 minutes against Lakers big man Andrew Bynum; Stiemsma isnt completely healthy either. After the game, Stiemsma wore a protective boot on his strained right foot. He said he sustained the injury Friday night, but added that he should be able to return Monday night against the Clippers.

Courtesy of www.bostonglobe.com


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Rainmen dump Kebs in semifinal opener - by Eurobasket News
Up one game and coming home to the cosy confines of the Metro Centre, the Halifax Rainmen plan to employ some reverse psychology in their National Basketball League of Canada semifinal against the Quebec Kebs.

The Rainmen continued their mastery of the Kebs on Sunday, trailing for only about six minutes on their way to a 96-87 victory in Quebec City and a 1-0 start in the best-of-three series.

Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) and Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) netted 16 points each to pace a balanced Halifax offence. Darnell Hugee (6'7''-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) and Justin Johnson added 12 apiece while Tyrone Levett and Joey Haywood both had 10.

Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) topped Quebec with 18 and Yannick Anzuluni (6'9''-G/F, college: Houghton) counted 13.

The win was the Rainmens sixth in seven tries this year over the Kebs. Theyll host Quebec in Game 2 on Thursday night at the Metro Centre, where the home team is 16-2 this season, including 3-0 against the Kebs.

The best thing the Rainmen can do is erase that dominance from their minds, Hagan said.

'Were always confident at home but we know that none of that stuff matters when the playoffs start, so were focusing on this next game like weve lost every game to them at home,' said the rookie guard, who had nine fourth-quarter points to help close out the Kebs.

At Laval University, Halifax scored the first five points Sunday but the Kebs used a 10-2 surge to open up an 18-11 lead.

Johnson halted the run with the first of Halifaxs 14 treys, which tied a season high, and his triple in the midst of an 8-0 finish sent the Rainmen out front again with 1:20 left in the quarter.

They took a 28-22 advantage into the second before the Kebs replied, outscoring the Rainmen 9-3 over the next six minutes to draw even at 31-31.

Halifax missed seven of its first eight shots, managing only Wrights three-pointer during that span, then reeled off eight straight points in the next minute five of them from Hugee to take control.

The Rainmen dropped five triples in the quarter and went to halftime with a 52-47 advantage, having converted nine of 18 attempts from beyond the arc.

Early in the third, Halifax continued its torrid outside shooting, using back-to-back triples from Haywood and Levett to go ahead 60-49 with four minutes gone.

The visitors carried that spread through to the dying seconds, when a fluke shot by the Kebs Carl Krauser from in front of the scorers table near half-court dropped with time running down to close the gap to 72-63.

Wright had an answer for that, draining a triple nine seconds into the fourth. By the time Holmes sank Quebecs first hoop of the quarter on a fast-break layup four minutes in, Halifax was up by 18.

The Kebs, who were 14-4 at home in the regular season, werent done, though.

A Royce Parran floater in the key and a pair of Aaron Spears free throws capped a 16-4 stretch that cut Quebecs deficit to six points with 3 minutes to go.

But that was as close as the Kebs would get. A minute later, Wrights three-point dagger restored the Rainmens 10-point lead.

Anzuluni and Parran hit back-to-back hoops to reduce Halifaxs lead to 93-87 with 57 seconds left before Hagan and Levett ended the game from the charity stripe.

'We executed the game plan pretty well so hopefully we can do that again next game,' Hagan said.

Game 3, if necessary, is Friday at the Metro Centre. The winner advances to the best-of-five final against the London Lightning.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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Florida State Wins the #ACCTRNY 85-82 over North Carolina - by Greg
ATLANTA (AP) - Goodbye, Tobacco Road. The Atlantic Coast Conference championship is heading to the Sunshine State.
Tournament MVP Michael Snaer scored 18 points and 17th-ranked Florida State used a barrage of 3-pointers to beat No. 4 North Carolina 85-82 for the ACC championship Sunday.
Florida State (24-9), which joined the ACC in 1991, won the men's basketball crown for the first time, showing its 33-point blowout of the Tar Heels during the regular season was no fluke.
But this one went to the wire, as North Carolina (29-5) nearly came all the way back from a 16-point deficit in the first half. P.J. Hairston missed a tying 3 at the buzzer.
It was the first time since Maryland's title in 2004 that a team outside the state of North Carolina won the tournament.
Florida State hit 11 of 22 from 3-point range, which turned out to be the difference. North Carolina went 5 of 20 from beyond the arc, including Kendall Marshall potential game-winning shot with 5 seconds to go.
Harrison Barnes led North Carolina with 23 points, while Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
It was only the second time in the last 16 years that a team other than North Carolina or Duke has won the ACC tournament. This one went to a school best known for football and its haunting chant.
Even though the crowd at Philips Arena was predominantly wearing Tar Heel blue, the familiar cry came through loud and clear as the Seminoles hopped around in the middle of the court, hugging in a raucous celebration as streamers and confetti fell from the ceiling.
Kendall Marshall hit a 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds remaining to pull North Carolina within 83-82, and the Tar Heels had a chance to go for the win after Okaro White's 1-and-1 free throw clanked off the side of the rim.
Instead of pounding the ball inside, a wide-open Marshall elected to put up another trey with five seconds left. This one missed, the Seminoles rebounded and North Carolina quickly fouled. Marshall, who nearly had his third straight double-double of the tournament with 15 points and nine assists, tugged at his jersey with head down as he headed back down the court.
Marshall appeared to try a bit of gamesmanship as Deividas Dulkys went to the line for another 1-and-1 with 3.9 seconds to go. The guard ran in to scream instructions to his teammates just as the Florida State player was buckling his knees to put up the first attempt. Nothing but net. Dulkys made the second one, too, but the Tar Heels had one more chance.
Zeller inbounded to Hairston at midcourt and he quickly called a timeout. Only six-tenths of a second went off the clock, and North Carolina inbounded again from a more favorable position. Hairston got a decent look at the tying shot, a long, straight-on 3. But it bounced off the side of the rim.
Snaer made all but one of his five 3-pointers, while Dulkys finished 4 of 9 outside the arc in a 16-point performance. Luke Loucks and Ian Miller added 10 points apiece for the Seminoles.
Hairston had 13 points and was North Carolina's most effective 3-point weapon, going 3 of 7 from long range. The Tar Heels played their second straight game without ACC defensive player of the year John Henson, who was in uniform but couldn't go because of an injured left wrist.
Florida State lit it up from the outside, especially in the opening half. Snaer made all three of his attempts from beyond the arc and Dulkys knocked down 3 of 7 from long range.
Dulkys and Snaer swished back-to-back treys to give the Seminoles their largest lead, 47-31 - about halfway to their margin of a 90-57 blowout in Tallahassee, with still just three minutes left in the opening half. North Carolina burned a timeout and managed to turn things around, closing the period on a 9-2 spurt that made the score more manageable at the break.
Barnes finally connected on the Tar Heels' first 3 of the half, then buried another jumper after Dulkys put up an airball on a wild shot from the corner. Suddenly looking flustered and struggling just to hang on to the ball, Florida State called time but wound up turning the ball over when Bernard James was called for a moving pick.
Marshall scored on a right-handed floater, sending the blue-clad fans into a frenzy. But Florida State stemmed the momentum, Loucks whipping a nifty pass underneath to Jon Kreft for a dunk that snapped a 7-0 stretch for the Tar Heels.
Barnes hit another jumper with 5 seconds remaining, but North Carolina still went to the locker room racing its largest halftime deficit of the season, 49-40. The Tar Heels were only down by 8 midway through that debacle at Florida State, the worst loss of the Roy Williams era.
This one didn't turn out like that.
Actually, this one might have hurt even worse for the Tar Heels, who lost in the ACC championship game for the second year in a row.
Still, North Carolina was expected to land a top seed when the NCAA field was announced later Sunday. Florida State claimed the ACC's automatic bid and surely helped his seeding with a second win over the Tar Heels.

Courtesy of ACC

ACC Tournament Final: N.Carolina - Florida St. 82-85
ACC Tournament Semifinals:
N.Carolina - N.Carolina St. 69-67
Duke - Florida St. 59-62

All-ACC 1st Team 2011-2012
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Tyler Zeller
Zeller
Mike Scott
Scott
John Henson
Henson
Austin Rivers
Rivers
Harrison Barnes
Barnes
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Player of the Year: Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) of N.Carolina
All-Tournament MVP: Michael Snaer (6'5''-G-89) of Florida St.
Defensive Player of the Year: John Henson (6'11''-F-90) of N.Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) of Duke
Coach of the Year: Leonard Hamilton of Florida St.

1st Team
F: Tyler Zeller (7'0''-90) of N.Carolina
F: Mike Scott (6'8''-88) of Virginia
F: John Henson (6'11''-90) of N.Carolina
G: Austin Rivers (6'4''-92) of Duke
F: Harrison Barnes (6'8''-92) of N.Carolina

2nd Team
PG: Kendall Marshall (6'3''-91) of N.Carolina
PG: Terrell Stoglin (6'1''-91) of Maryland
G: Michael Snaer (6'5''-89) of Florida St.
F: C.J. Leslie (6'8''-91) of N.Carolina St.
G: Erick Green (6'3''-91) of Virginia Tech

3rd Team
G: Seth Curry (6'2''-90) of Duke
PG: C.J. Harris (6'3''-91) of Wake Forest
G: Lorenzo Brown (6'5'') of N.Carolina St.
F/C: Kenny Kadji (6'11''-88) of Miami, FL
F: Mason Plumlee (6'10''-90) of Duke

Honorable Mention
Bernard James (6'10''-F-85) of Florida St.
Andre Young (5'9''-G-90) of Clemson
Travis McKie (6'7''-F-92) of Wake Forest
Durand Scott (6'4''-G-90) of Miami, FL

All-Defensive Team
John Henson (6'11''-F-90) of N.Carolina
Bernard James (6'10''-F-85) of Florida St.
Jontel Evans (5'10''-PG-90) of Virginia
Michael Snaer (6'5''-G-89) of Florida St.
Andre Young (5'9''-G-90) of Clemson

All-Tournament 1st Team
Michael Snaer (6'5''-G-89) of Florida St.
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) of N.Carolina
Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91) of N.Carolina
Luke Loucks (6'5''-G-90) of Florida St.
C.J. Leslie (6'8''-F-91) of N.Carolina St.

All-Tournament 2nd Team
Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) of N.Carolina
Bernard James (6'10''-F-85) of Florida St.
Lorenzo Brown (6'5''-G) of N.Carolina St.
Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) of Duke
Terrell Stoglin (6'1''-PG-91) of Maryland

All-Freshman Team
Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) of Duke
Ryan Anderson (6'8''-F-92) of Boston Coll.
Dorian Finney-Smith (6'8''-F) of Virginia Tech
Shane Larkin (5'11''-PG-92) of Miami, FL
Nick Faust (6'6''-G-93) of Maryland



St. Bonaventure Captures 2012 A-10 Men's Hoops Crown - by Greg
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Conference Player of the Year Andrew Nicholson had 26 points,14 rebounds and eight blocked shots and St. Bonaventure won its first Atlantic 10 title by holding off Xavier 67-56 on Sunday.
Da' Quan Cook and Charlon Kloff added nine points apiece for the fourth-seeded Bonnies (20-11), who will be returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000.
This is a rebirth for St. Bonaventure, whose program was embarrassed in 2003 for using an illegal player and then allowing its players to boycott the final two regular season games after the conference suspended the player.
As the clock wound down, players hugged on the court and coach Mark Schmidt walked the bench and high-fived players.
Tu Holloway had 17 points and Mark Lyons added 16 for third-seeded Xavier (21-12).
Nicholson, the 250-pound power forward from Canada, was clearly the difference in this one. The senior hit 7 of 13 shots from the field, all 10 of his free throws and single-handedly prevented Xavier from getting to the basket for most of the game.
Not only did Nicholson dominate inside, he showed a soft touch, hitting two 3-pointers in an early 22-5 run that gave the Bonnies a 16-point lead.
St. Bonaventure built the margin to 41-24 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Xavier, which has been to the last six NCAA tournaments and could make it seven with an at-large bid, made a run.
The Musketeeers outscored St. Bonaventure 21-9 over a 10-minute spurt to get within 45-41 on a three-point play by freshman Dezmine Wells with 10:03 to play.
Demiterius Conger got St. Bonaventure back on track with a spinning drive that turned into a three-point play.
After Wells scored in the lane, the Musketeers had a chance to cut their deficit to two points, but a 3-pointer by Dee Davis hit off the rim and Nicholson eventually made it 50-43 with two free throws with 8:23 to play.
Xavier never got closer than five points the rest of the way as Nicholson added six points down the stretch and Kloof iced the game with four free throws.
The Musketeers struggled from the field, shooting 34 percent (20 of 59), They were 2 of 13 from long range and were outrebounded 42-29.

Courtesy of Atlantic-10

Atlantic 10 Tournament Final: Xavier - St.Bonaventu. 56-67
Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals:
St.Bonaventu. - Massachusetts 84-80
St.Louis - Xavier 64-71

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Andrew Nicholson
Nicholson
Chaz Williams
Williams
Brian Conklin
Conklin
Ramone Moore
Moore
Tu Holloway
Holloway
#e#5

Player of the Year: Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-F-89) of St.Bonaventure
All-Tournament MVP: Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-F-89) of St.Bonaventure
Defensive Player of the Year: C.J. Aiken (6'9''-F-90) of St.Joseph's
Rookie of the Year: Kendall Anthony (5'8''-G) of Richmond
Most Improved Player of the Year: Earl Pettis (6'5''-G-87) of La Salle
Sixth Man of the Year: Ronald Roberts (6'8''-F-91) of St.Joseph's
Coach of the Year: Fran Dunphy of Temple

1st Team
G: Chaz Williams (5'9''-91) of Massachusetts
F: Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-89) of St.Bonaventure
F: Brian Conklin (6'6'') of St.Louis
G: Ramone Moore (6'4'') of Temple
G: Tu Holloway (6'0''-89) of Xavier

2nd Team
G: Kevin Dillard (6'0''-89) of Dayton
F: Chris Gaston (6'7'') of Fordham
G: Ramon Galloway (6'2'') of La Salle
G: Langston Galloway (6'2''-91) of St.Joseph's
G: Khalif Wyatt (6'4'') of Temple

3rd Team
F: Chris Braswell (6'9''-89) of Charlotte
G: T.J. McConnell (6'1''-92) of Duquesne
PG: Kwamain Mitchell (5'10'') of St.Louis
G: Juan Fernandez (6'4''-90) of Temple
G: Mark Lyons (6'1''-89) of Xavier

Honorable Mention
Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90) of Dayton
Earl Pettis (6'5''-G-87) of La Salle
Carl Jones (5'11''-G-90) of St.Joseph's
Halil Kanacevic (6'8''-F-91) of St.Joseph's

All-Defensive Team
T.J. McConnell (6'1''-G-92) of Duquesne
Darrius Garrett (6'9''-F/C-90) of Richmond
Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-F-89) of St.Bonaventure
C.J. Aiken (6'9''-F-90) of St.Joseph's
Jordair Jett (6'1''-G) of St.Louis

All-Tournament Team
Chaz Williams (5'9''-G-91) of Massachusetts
Mark Lyons (6'1''-G-89) of Xavier
Tu Holloway (6'0''-G-89) of Xavier
Demitrius Conger (6'6''-G/F-90) of St.Bonaventure
Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-F-89) of St.Bonaventure

All-Rookie Team
Pierria Henry (6'3''-G) of Charlotte
Jerrell Wright (6'8''-F) of La Salle
Jonathan Holton (6'9''-F-91) of Rhode Island
Kendall Anthony (5'8''-G) of Richmond
Dezmine Wells (6'4''-G/F-92) of Xavier

All-Academic Team
Luke Fabrizius (6'9''-F-89) of Dayton
Nemanja Mikic (6'8''-F-91) of G.Washington
Brian Conklin (6'6''-F) of St.Louis
Kyle Cassity (6'4''-G) of St.Louis
Juan Fernandez (6'4''-G-90) of Temple




Michigan State Wins 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament - by Greg
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Brandon Wood scored a season-high 21 points to help No. 8 Michigan State defeat No. 7 Ohio State 68-64 on Sunday in the Big Ten tournament championship game.
Draymond Green, who had 12 points and nine rebounds in the final, was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. The Spartans (27-7) claimed their first tournament title since 2000 in a dramatic game that featured 16 lead changes.
Jared Sullinger scored 18 points and Deshaun Thomas and William Buford added 11 each for the Buckeyes (27-7), who were denied a third straight title.
The teams shared the regular-season title with Michigan.
Wood transferred to Michigan State after graduating from Valparaiso last year with eligibility remaining. He received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately because he entered graduate school. He only started because starter Branden Dawson tore a left knee ligament in the regular-season finale against Ohio State.
Buford hit a game-winner with 1 second left to help the Buckeyes defeat the Spartans 72-70 on Michigan State's home court in the regular-season finale to claim a share of the title and prevent the Spartans from winning it outright.
Sullinger averaged 24 points and nine rebounds for the tournament.
Sullinger committed his second foul with 8:22 left in the first half. At that point, the Buckeyes led 18-17. Michigan State appeared to grab momentum late in the half. A putback by Green and a layup by Keith Appling late in the half gave the Spartans a 34-29 lead.
Aaron Craft scored on a putback, then Buford made a free throw after Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was issued a technical foul for disagreeing with a call, and the Spartans led 34-32 at halftime.
Sullinger immediately changed things for the Buckeyes, scoring nine points in the first 7 minutes of the second half. He made a jumper, Appling missed a layup on the other end and Thomas made a 3-pointer to put Ohio State ahead 52-45.
Wood answered with two 3-pointers to put the Spartans back ahead, highlighting a 10-0 run.
Late in the shot clock, Green found Wood under the basket. He caught the ball in midair while under the basket, and his reverse layup gave the Spartans a 62-57 lead with 7:27 to play.
Green's 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining put the Spartans up 67-62.
As good as Sullinger was throughout the tournament, his final minute was one to forget. He missed in close twice against Green, then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 25 seconds remaining.
Austin Thornton's free throw with 12.7 seconds left put the Spartans up 68-64 and started the celebration for Michigan State's fans.

Courtesy of Big Ten

Big Ten Tournament Final: Michigan St. - Ohio St. 68-64
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals:
Michigan - Ohio St. 55-77
Michigan St. - Wisconsin 65-52

All-Big Ten 1st Team 2011-2012
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Draymond Green
Green
John Shurna
Shurna
Jared Sullinger
Sullinger
Robbie Hummel
Hummel
Jordan Taylor
Taylor
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Player of the Year: Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan St.
All-Tournament MVP: Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft (6'2''-G-91) of Ohio St.
Freshman of the Year: Cody Zeller (6'11''-F-92) of Indiana
Sixth Man of the Year: D.J. Byrd (6'5''-G/F-90) of Purdue
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo of Michigan St.

1st Team
F: Draymond Green (6'7''-90) of Michigan St.
F: John Shurna (6'9''-90) of Northwestern
F: Jared Sullinger (6'9''-92) of Ohio St.
F: Robbie Hummel (6'8''-89) of Purdue
PG: Jordan Taylor (6'1''-89) of Wisconsin

2nd Team
F: Cody Zeller (6'11''-92) of Indiana
G: Trey Burke (6'1''-92) of Michigan
G: William Buford (6'6''-90) of Ohio St.
F: Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-91) of Ohio St.
G: Tim Frazier (6'1''-90) of Penn St.

3rd Team
G: Brandon Paul (6'4''-91) of Illinois
G: Matt Gatens (6'5''-89) of Iowa
G: Tim Hardaway (6'0''-66) of ZCedar Valley J
G: Keith Appling (6'1''-92) of Michigan St.
G/F: Drew Crawford (6'5''-90) of Northwestern

Honorable Mention
Meyers Leonard (7'1''-C-92) of Illinois
Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) of Indiana
Aaron Craft (6'2''-G-91) of Ohio St.
Lewis Jackson (5'9''-PG-89) of Purdue
Jared Berggren (6'10''-F/C-90) of Wisconsin
Ryan Evans (6'6''-G/F) of Wisconsin

All-Defensive Team
Victor Oladipo (6'5''-G-92) of Indiana
Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan St.
Aaron Craft (6'2''-G-91) of Ohio St.
Tim Frazier (6'1''-G-90) of Penn St.
Josh Gasser (6'3''-G) of Wisconsin

All-Tournament Team
Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan St.
Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92) of Ohio St.
Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91) of Ohio St.
Brandon Wood (6'2''-G-89) of Michigan St.
Andre Hollins (6'1''-G-92) of Minnesota

All-Freshman Team
Cody Zeller (6'11''-F-92) of Indiana
Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) of Iowa
Trey Burke (6'1''-G-92) of Michigan
Branden Dawson (6'6''-F-93) of Michigan St.
Dave Sobolewski (6'1''-G) of Northwestern




Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 John SHURNA
  Northwes.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Shurna, Northwes.19.8 
 2. Frazier, Penn St.18.8 
 3. Sullinger, Ohio St.17.6 
 4. Hummel, Purdue16.3 
 5. Green, Michigan.16.1 
 6. Crawford, Northwes.16.1 
 7. Gatens, Iowa15.7 
 8. Zeller, Indiana15.5 
 9. Thomas, Ohio St.15.4 
 10. Spencer, Nebraska15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Green, Michigan.10.3 
 2. Sullinger, Ohio St.9.3 
 3. Leonard, Illinois8.2 
 4. Hummel, Purdue7.1 
 5. Evans, Wisconsin6.8 
 6. Zeller, Indiana6.4 
 7. Watford, Indiana5.9 
 8. Williams, Minnesota5.6 
 9. Oladipo, Indiana5.5 
 10. Morgan, Michigan5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tim FRAZIER
  Penn St.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Frazier, Penn St.6.2 
 2. Craft, Ohio St.4.6 
 3. Burke, Michigan4.6 
 4. Cartwright, Iowa4.4 
 5. Jackson, Purdue4.3 
 6. Taylor, Wisconsin4.0 
 7. Appling, Michigan3.9 
 8. Devyn, Iowa3.6 
 9. Green, Michigan.3.6 
 10. Sobolewski, North.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron CRAFT
  Ohio St.
  (187-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Craft, Ohio St.2.4 
 2. Frazier, Penn St.2.4 
 3. Richardson, Nebra.1.8 
 4. Green, Michigan.1.5 
 5. Devyn, Iowa1.5 
 6. Gatens, Iowa1.5 
 7. Oladipo, Indiana1.4 
 8. Cobb, Northwestern1.4 
 9. Paul, Illinois1.4 
 10. Williams, Minneso.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Meyers LEONARD
  Illinois
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Leonard, Illinois1.9 
 2. Diaz, Nebraska1.9 
 3. Berggren, Wisco.1.6 
 4. Shurna, Northwes.1.6 
 5. Williams, Minnesota1.5 
 6. Sampson III, Minn.1.3 
 7. Zeller, Indiana1.2 
 8. Hummel, Purdue1.2 
 9. Payne, Michigan.1.1 
 10. Basabe, Iowa1.0 


Vanderbilt Wins SEC Tournament Championship - by Greg
New Orleans, La. -- Jeffery Taylor scored 18 points and Vanderbilt rallied to beat No. 1 Kentucky 71-64 in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game Sunday, ending the Wildcats' 24-game winning streak.
John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli both had 17 points for Vanderbilt (24-10), which was playing in its first SEC tournament final since 1951, the year of its only other championship. The Commodores pushed ahead in the final minutes with a few timely shots, but mostly with suffocating defense.
Kentucky (32-2) didn't score a field goal over the final 8:04 and shot just 35.9 percent from the field (23 of 64).
Darius Miller scored 16 points in a surprise start for Kentucky while Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis both added 12.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has repeatedly told anyone who will listen that he doesn't care about conference tournaments, viewing them as a nuisance before the NCAA tournament.
But Vanderbilt obviously didn't feel the same way, with a wild scene afterward that saw Jenkins laying on the court with his hands over his face while teammates celebrated around him.
Vanderbilt had already played Kentucky close twice this season, and the Commodores were up to the challenge once again. Taylor scored 13 first-half points and Jenkins hit three 3-pointers as the Commodores pushed out to a 26-18 but had to settle for a 37-37 tie at halftime.
As in their custom, Kentucky's fans completely took over the SEC tournament and turned New Orleans Arena into a home venue, roaring when Miller was announced as a surprise starter. But even with that emotional lift, Vanderbilt had more energy in the first half and the Wildcats were constantly battling from behind.
Miller's eight first-half points and a couple of timely 3-pointers by Kyle Wiltjer helped Kentucky keep things from getting out of hand.
There wasn't much separation in the second half until about halfway through, when Jones had two powerful dunks to put Kentucky up 54-49 and get the crowd into it.
It looked like Kentucky might pull away, but then the entire team's shooting touch suddenly went frigid. After a dunk by Miller with 8:04 left, the Wildcats missed 14 consecutive shots from the field to lose for the first time since Dec. 10.
It also spoiled the Wildcats' perfect season against SEC competition. Kentucky is 18-1 against SEC opponents.
Vanderbilt has won four of five games heading into the NCAA tournament.

Courtesy of SEC

SEC Tournament Final: Kentucky - Vanderbilt 64-71
SEC Tournament Semifinals:
Kentucky - Florida 74-71
Vanderbilt - Mississippi 65-53

All-SEC 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Anthony Davis
Davis
Dee Bost
Bost
John Jenkins
Jenkins
Kenny Boynton
Boynton
Arnett Moultrie
Moultrie
#e#5

Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) of Kentucky
All-Tournament MVP: John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) of Vanderbilt
Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) of Kentucky
Freshman of the Year: Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) of Kentucky
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jeronne Maymon (6'7''-F-91) of Tennessee
Sixth Man of the Year: Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90) of Kentucky
Co-Coach of the Year: John Calipari of Kentucky
Co-Coach of the Year: Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee

1st Team
G: Dee Bost (6'2''-89) of Mississippi St.
G: John Jenkins (6'4''-91) of Vanderbilt
G: Kenny Boynton (6'2''-91) of Florida
F: Arnett Moultrie (6'11''-90) of Mississippi St.
F: Anthony Davis (6'10''-93) of Kentucky

2nd Team
G: Erving Walker (5'8'') of Florida
F: Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-89) of Vanderbilt
F: Murphy Holloway (6'7''-90) of Mississippi
F: Jeronne Maymon (6'7''-91) of Tennessee
F: Michael Gilchrist (6'7''-93) of Kentucky

All-Tournament Team
John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) of Vanderbilt
Erik Murphy (6'10''-F) of Florida
Bradley Beal (6'3''-G-93) of Florida
Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92) of Kentucky
Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) of Kentucky
Lance Goulbourne (6'8''-F-89) of Vanderbilt

All-Freshman Team
B.J. Young (6'3''-G-93) of Arkansas
Bradley Beal (6'3''-G-93) of Florida
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6'4''-G-93) of Georgia
Michael Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93) of Kentucky
Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) of Kentucky




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Alabama-Huntsville tops Florida Tech - by Eurobasket News
Alabama-Huntsville will play in the South Regional championship for the second consecutive year as the top-seeded Chargers knocked off No. 4 seed Florida Tech 82-71 on Sunday night. The win UAHs 19th consecutive pushes the Chargers to 28-3 on the season. Florida Techs season ends at 23-7.

The championship game will feature the Chargers and Christian Brothers a team that UAH has defeated three times this season.

It was a balanced attack for the Blue and White that produced the victory as all five starters plus one bench player ended the night in double figures led by Zane Campbell's (6'8''-F) 17 points.

The first half was an exciting back-and-forth stanza that featured four ties and five lead changes, and the Panthers built up as much as a six-point lead as they were up 27-21 with 6:28 left.

The shots stopped falling at that point for Florida Tech as a scoreless drought of five minutes coincided with an impressive 14-0 run by UAH that was capped by an electrifying dunk by Conner Blasi that got the crowd into the ballgame and put the hosts up 35-27.

Blasi finished the night with 15 points in 16 minutes, and he grabbed seven rebounds.

After taking a 38-31 advantage into the locker room at the halftime break, the Chargers pushed their lead out to 11 at 46-35 as Josh Magette and Srdan Boskovic (6'6''-F) connected on back-to-back 3-pointers with 14:46 left, but the Panthers fought back and used a 17-8 run to cut the lead to a narrow 54-52 with 9:36 on the clock.

The Panthers behind a 21-point performance by Anthony Jackson (6'5''-G) and a 19-point, 11-rebound effort by Derek Hellemann (6'6''-F-89) were able to keep the Chargers from pulling away in the next two minutes, twice pulling back within two, but the Blue and White eventually widened the gap.

A 17-6 run pushed the Charger advantage out to 74-61 the largest of the game for UAH with 2:08 remaining, and the team connected on six free throws down the stretch to hold Florida Tech at bay and stake its spot in the championship game.

In addition to his 17 points, Campbell also led the team with eight rebounds on the evening although Florida Tech did win the battle on the glass by a slim 41-37 margin.

Joining Campbell and Blasi in double figures was Jaime Smith who scored 14 as he connected on three more attempts from beyond the arc to move within one of tying the record of 223 career made 3-pointers set by his brother Jason as Jaime now owns 222.

Srdan Boskovic chipped in with 13 points on the night, while Magette added 12 and Xavier Baldwin (6'3''-G) collected 11.

The Chargers shot 50 percent from the field for the game while limiting Florida Tech to shoot just 37 percent.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Top-ranked Colorado Mines advances - by Eurobasket News
Top-ranked Colorado Mines advanced to its first region championship game with a 80-60 throttling of Minnesota State-Moorhead on Sunday evening in the semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament at Lockridge Arena.

The Dragons (21-10) came into the matchup fourth nationally in 3-point percentage and 11th nationally in 3-pointers made per game, but a strong Digger defense limited the long-range specialists to just a 6-of-21 effort from downtown. Mines also made 15-of-18 shots at the foul line in addition to shooting 50 percent from both the field (28-of-56) and 3-point land (9-of-18).

The duo of Trevor Wages (6'8''-C) and Dale Minschwaner got MSUM forward Alex Novak (6'9''-F) in foul trouble early, and limited the All-NSIC player to just 10 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

Both teams had trouble getting their offense going and they combined for just 11 points through the first seven minutes and change before Trevor Wages gave Mines a three-point lead at 8-5 with 12:31 to go in the first half.

A 3-point basket by Jacob Case with 10:35 to go gave Mines a 13-7 advantage, and it took almost two minutes for another field goal by either team before Dale Minschwaner put Mines up 16-7 on an old fashioned 3-point play.

Mines would close the half on a 24-15 run and head into the break with a 40-to-25 lead, capped off by a 3-point basket by Brett Green as time expired on the first half.

After a slow start to the second half, a layup by Trevor Ritchie (6'4''-G/F) with 13:37 to play gave Mines its biggest lead of the game 23 points at 57-34.

The Orediggers would increase their lead to as much as 27 points during the second half in running away with the win.

Green led the team with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-4 efforts from both 3-point range and the foul line.

Minschwaner posted his fifth double-double of the season and the 23rd of his career on a 17-point, 11-rebound performance on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor.

Trevor Wages added 13 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor while Brian Muller (6'0''-G) highlighted a 26-point effort from the Oredigger bench with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point land.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


GNAC Teams Advance to Final - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.co
Forwards Rory Blanche and Zach Henifin combined for 25 of their 34 points in the second half to lead top-seeded Western Washington to a 74-65 win over fifth-seed Chico State Saturday in the second semifinal game of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Regional Tournament at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The nationally 12th-ranked Vikings (27-5) will play third-seeded Seattle Pacific (23-7) in Monday's championship game at 7 p.m. Seattle Pacific advanced with an 80-67 win over second-seeded Alaska Anchorage in Saturday's first semifinal.

Blanche scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Henifin had 10 of his 17 after the intermission. WWU also got 13 points from John Allen and 11 from Richard Woodworth.

Forward Sean Park led Chico State (25-8) with 13 points and a game-high five assists, while Amir Carraway had 11 points and Jason Conrad scored 10.

The Vikings trailed 35-30 early in the second half, but took the lead for good on a tip-in by Henifin, the first of six consecutive Viking points by the WWU forward.

Henifin added a jumper to put his team ahead 45-42, then added two free throws a few moments later for a 47-44 lead.

WWU still led by just three with nine minutes left (54-51), but the Vikings then scored seven consecutive points getting a jumper from Woodworth, a three-pointer from Rico Wilkins and a two-point jumper from Paul Jones to go ahead by 10 (61-51) with 6:37 left.

Chico State climbed back to within five points (63-58) on a three-pointer by Damario Sims with 3:43 remaining, but Allen hit a three-pointer to re-establish an eight-point lead just inside the two-minute mark.

The Wildcats cut that deficit to six on two free throws by Park with 1:42 remaining, but two free throws by Woodworth and a spectacular tip-in by Henifin with 58 seconds left gave WWU a double-digit lead effectively sealing the victory.

WWU shot 50 percent from the floor (29-of-58), while holding Chico State to a 35.8 percentage (19-of-53) including just 33.3 percent (9-of-27) in the second half, while also earning a draw on the backboards (36-36) and having seven fewer turnovers (8-15).

'They're a pretty methodical team and I think we were not doing a very good job on the defensive glass in the first half, but I think our defense finally started to get to them in the second half, said WWU coach Brad Jackson.

WWU had just five assists in the contest. 'It's a little deceiving because of the way they play, Jackson said. We'd like to see that stat come up but in the second half, I think we only had one turnover and I think our defensive effort was just the key tonight.'



NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Al.-Huntsville 26-3
 2. W.Liberty St. 29-2
 3. Bellarmine 25-3
 4. S.Indiana 24-6
 5. Christian Brothers 23-6
 6. N.Kentucky 23-6
 7. Metro St. 22-6
 8. Anderson, SC 24-5
 9. Charleston Un. 26-6
 10. Ky Wesleyan 21-7
 11. Washburn 24-7
 12. Hillsdale 24-5
 13. NW Missouri St. 22-6
 14. Montevallo 24-7
 15. Missouri So. 22-7
 16. Lincoln Memorial 25-5
 17. Findlay, OH 23-6


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Franklin & Marshall stuns Amherst - by Eurobasket News
Georgio Milligan (6'2''-PG) saved his best performance of the season for the biggest game of the year with a season-high 30 points to lead No. 9 Franklin & Marshall to an 80-71 victory against No. 2 Amherst in the NCAA tournament on Friday night.

Milligan scored eight of those points in the final 2:41 of the game after Amherst pulled within three at 68-65. The senior hit the backend of his two shots from the stripe and nailed a jumper seconds later to put the Diplomats up six 71-65, at 2:10. The Lord Jeffs scored on their next possession before Matt Porter tallied consecutive free throws to put the Diplomats up seven with under a minute to play.

David Waller (6'6''-G/F) hit one of two from the line to bring Amherst within six, but Milligan answered with two from the line to put F&M up 76-68 with 37 seconds remaining in the game. Taylor Barrise hit a trey on the Lord Jeffs next trip down the court, setting up one of the most exciting plays of the game.

Knowing Amherst was going to try and foul, F&M brought everyone up close to the baseline for the inbound pass. Milligan slipped behind the defense, and Gyokchyan fired a pass three-quarters down the court that hit Milligan in stride, which set up a traditional three-point play. Milligan hit the foul shot with 17 seconds remaining, which put F&M ahead 79-71, before Porter hit the backend of two shots for the final margin.

Both teams traded buckets over the opening minutes of the game with Amherst coming out with an 11-10 lead at the 16-minute mark. The Diplomats answered with a 7-0 run to go up 17-11 at 14:19. F&M reached a double-digit lead at 24-14 midway through the half before the Lord Jeffs battled back to come within 28-24 at 7:59.

F&M rallied off four unanswered points to go up eight, but Amherst responded with a 6-2 run to cut the deficit to 34-30 at 2:30. The Lord Jeffs came within two at 34-32, before Jon Salandra hit two from the line to put F&M up 36-32, with 1:18 remaining in the half. F&M missed on its next trip down the court and David Kalema hit a 3-pointer for the Lord Jeffs as time expired to send the game into the break with F&M ahead 36-35.

Amherst tied the game at 36 with under a minute played in the second half before F&M rallied off four unanswered points, but Aaron Toomey hit a 3-pointer at 18:03 to bring Amherst to within 40-39.

The Diplomats answered with a 5-0 run to lead 45-39 and held onto a 49-45 edge at 13:26. The Diplomats put together an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to go up 57-45 with 9:13 remaining in the game. Amherst answered with a 9-2 run to come within 59-54 at 7:29.

The teams exchanged points over the next three minutes with F&M holding onto a 68-63 lead at 4:17. Both teams had trouble scoring during the next two minutes and Toomey hit two from the line to bring Amherst within 68-65 at 2:41, setting up Milligans strong finish.

Milligan went 11-for-16 from the floor and added seven assists for F&M. Ed Early scored 13 on 6-for-8 shooting while Porter and Salandra both finished with 10 points apiece. Salandra added a team-high eight boards and Morgan Lee finished with eight.

Toomey scored a team-high 21 points for the Lord Jeffs while no other Amherst player reached double figures.

F&M shot 62 percent from the floor while its defense limited Amherst to just 37 percent shooting.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


UW-Whitewater drops Va. Wesleyan - by Eurobasket News
Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Virginia Wesleyan 76-62 on Satureday night to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Virginia Wesleyan scored the first basket of the game, and Whitewater followed with a 15-1 run that put UW-W in front 15-3 at 15:44. The Marlins cut the deficit to single digits at 20-11 with 10:43 left in the first half, but Whitewater upped the margin to thirteen on three separate occasions in the rest of the half, the last coming at 6:27 with the score 30-17. The Marlins cut their deficit to 34-26, but UW-W went into the locker room leading 36-26.

Warhawk sophomore guard Cody Odegaard (6'2''-G) scored 17 points in the first half, hitting his first five 3-point attempts. Senior center Chris Davis (6'6''-F) chipped in with 10 points for UW-Whitewater. Senior forward Donald Vaughn (6'5''-F) led the Marlins with 10 first-half points of his own.

Virginia Wesleyan scored the first point of the second half, lowering the deficit to nine, but that was the last time that UW-W did not hold a double-digit lead. The Warhawks lead reached 18 points four times in the second half, the last at 76-58 with 40 seconds remaining.

Whitewater shot 53 percent from the field compared to Virginia Wesleyan shooting 43 percent. UW-W was 7-of-13 from beyond the arc while the Marlins hit 2-of-10 3-point attempts on the night. The Warhawks took advantage of strong free-throw shooting as well, hitting 15-of-21 while Virginia Wesleyan went 10-of-20 at the stripe.

Davis recorded his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 33 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Alex Merg (6'1''-PG) scored ten points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Cody Odegaard ended with the 17 points from the first half, and also led both teams with three steals.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 16-0 
 2. Kristiansand 12-4 
 3. STIF Whalers 10-6 
 4. Persbraaten 10-6 
 5. OSI 8-8 
 6. Varden 6-10 
 7. Fyllingen BBK 5-11 
 8. Hop 3-13 
 9. NTNUI 2-14 


BK Miners win 1Division with 16-0 record - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1Div. just ended.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kongsberg. Leader host Miners (16-0) smashed 3rd placed Persbraaten (10-6) 102-71. The game without a history. Miners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Undefeated Miners have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Persbraaten at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with STIF Whalers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 19 STIF Whalers destroyed NTNUI on the opponent's court 81-60.


NTNUI - STIF Whalers 60-81

Very expected game in Trondheim where 9th ranked NTNUI (2-14) was crushed by fourth ranked STIF Whalers (10-6) 81-60 on Saturday. STIF Whalers moved-up to third place, which they share with Persbraaten. NTNUI at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Miners - Persbraaten 102-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kongsberg. Leader host Miners (16-0) smashed 3rd placed Persbraaten (10-6) 102-71. The game without a history. Miners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Miners have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-0 record. Persbraaten at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with STIF Whalers. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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SWB Steamers finish sweep of Air Strikers - by Eurobasket News
Using a balanced scoring attack and solid defense, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers made sure they will be able to return home from a lengthy road trip on a high note.

Lionel Armstead (5'11''-G-80, college: W.Virginia) led eight Steamers who scored in double figures with a game-high 26 points, and Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, agency: 360 Sports Management, college: USC Aiken) added 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated the Dayton Air Strikers, 123-108, in Dayton on Sunday.

It was the Steamers' (7-8) second victory in as many days over the Air Strikers (4-10).

'We're riding high,' Steamers co-coach Dennis Mishko said. 'We feel really good about ourselves.'

Just as they did in Saturday's game, the Steamers took control of the game early with a strong defensive effort. Leading, 30-28, after the first quarter, the Steamers held the Air Strikers to just 19 points in the second, and took a 68-47 advantage into the half.

' (We've been better defensively because) we don't allow penetration from the other team's point guards, and the fact that we are rebounding really well,' Mishko said. 'We've been learning the whole season long, and we're smaller now which makes us so much quicker. So defensively, we can dictate what the other team does..'

Armstead helped pace the Steamers' offense throughout the game, connecting on 9 of 13 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

'Lionel just shot the ball so well,' Mishko said. 'He was just unconscious, as usual. When he hits a couple in a row, he's deadly.'

Vincent Simpson (6'1''-G-88, college: Hampton) added 13 points and 11 assists, and Kyle Robbins chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Steamers, who will return to the court Thursday for their final homestand of the regular season

Courtesy of http://citizensvoice.com


Standings
PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 15-1 
 2. Sauk Valley P. 9-6 
 3. Chicago M. 8-8 
 4. St. Louis P. 3-9 
 5. Indiana D. 3-11 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 15-1 
 2. Scranton/W-B 7-8 
 3. Dayton A.S. 4-10 
 4. Lake Michigan 3-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Desmond HOLLOWAY
  Sauk V.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Holloway, Sauk V.27.1 
 2. Radcliff, Indiana22.6 
 3. Favors, Sauk V.21.3 
 4. Valencia, Lake M.21.1 
 5. Love, Chicago M.20.6 
 6. Simpson, Scranton.20.5 
 7. Tubbs, Sauk V.19.0 
 8. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.0 
 9. Robinson, Scranton.18.8 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Robinson, Scranton.11.4 
 3. Hill, Chicago M.10.5 
 4. Valencia, Lake M.10.0 
 5. Fay, Sauk Valley P.9.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.8.5 
 7. Holloway, Sauk V.8.4 
 8. Harris, Sauk V.7.9 
 9. Walton, Rocheste.7.5 
 10. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.7 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.0 
 3. Petty, Cent.Ill.5.0 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Snow, Lake M.4.3 
 6. Anderson, Chica.4.3 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.4.3 
 8. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 9. Council, Rocheste.3.8 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Anderson, Chica.2.1 
 2. Holloway, Sauk V.2.0 
 3. Polk, St. Louis P.1.6 
 4. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 5. Blackmore, Lake M.1.4 
 6. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 7. Livas, Chicago M.1.3 
 8. Bobo, Lake M.1.3 
 9. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 10. Robinson, Scranto.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.8 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.6 
 4. Batiste, Lake M.1.4 
 5. Webster, Rocheste.1.3 
 6. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 7. Robinson, Scranton.1.1 
 8. Hill, Chicago M.1.0 
 9. Davis, Rochester R.0.9 
 10. Onunaku, Lake M.0.8 


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2Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (192-F/G-93)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.1 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.0 
 3. Kuczynski, Tur B.20.9 
 4. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.9 
 5. Peciak, MKS L.19.8 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.9 
 8. Lapinski, Zyrardow.18.8 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.4 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arkadiusz ZABIELSKI
  Tur B.
  (195-F-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Zabielski, Tur B.12.0 
 2. Szwed, Zyrardow.11.9 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow11.3 
 4. Kwandrans, MKS L.10.5 
 5. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 6. Fras, Trefl I.9.9 
 7. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 8. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.7 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.9.2 
 10. Kowalewski, AZS U.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.4 
 2. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.6 
 3. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.3 
 4. Hybiak, AZS P.5.9 
 5. Kindlik, MKS L.5.8 
 6. Jarosz, MKS S.5.7 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.6 
 8. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 9. Gospodarek, Novum5.3 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.3 
 2. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.2 
 3. Rapucha, Tur B.4.1 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.1 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Chojecki, Zyrardow.4.0 
 7. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.7 
 9. Ejsmont, GKK G.3.4 
 10. Sobilo, Pulaski W.3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow2.9 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.7 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Labedz, Rosa I.2.3 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 6. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 7. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.1 
 8. Rostalski, AZS P.2.1 
 9. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 
 10. Hybiak, AZS P.2.0 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 22-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 16-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 15-6 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 14-5 
 5. AZS UWM Olsz. 11-10 
 6. Korsarz Gdansk 10-9 
 7. Zuraw Gniewno 10-10 
 8. KK Swiecie 9-12 
 9. Trefl II Sopot 8-12 
 10. Wilki Morskie 7-14 
 11. GKK Gorzow 5-16 
 12. Zyrardowianka 4-17 
 13. SMS PZKosz 3-18 
Group B
 1. Slask II W. 19-3 
 2. BM Wegiel Stal 17-6 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 16-7 
 4. WKK Obiekty 15-7 
 5. Pogon Prudnik 15-8 
 6. AZS AGH Alstom 12-11 
 7. GTK Gliwice 12-11 
 8. Alba Chorzow 11-12 
 9. MKS Skierniew. 10-13 
 10. HK Zory 9-14 
 11. MCKiS Jaworz. 8-15 
 12. Nysa Klodzko 7-16 
 13. Mickiewicz 6-17 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 3-20 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 20-1 
 2. UMKS Kielce 16-5 
 3. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 14-7 
 4. Handlopex AZS 13-8 
 5. MKS Limbach 12-9 
 6. Novum Lublin 10-11 
 7. Unia Tarnow 10-11 
 8. Wisla AWF Kr. 10-11 
 9. Rosa II Radom 9-12 
 10. Staco MNLK 9-12 
 11. UKS Siemaszka 7-15 
 12. Pulaski Warka 4-17 
 13. AZS II Polit.W-wa 3-18 


U-20 finals on internet - by Maciej Paszyn
On days 14 - 18 the February in Lublin will be played final championships tournament in which 8 best teams from all country will measure themselves. Teams were divided in two groups in which matches will be played everyone with everyone system. To semi-final games they will be promoted for two best teams from every group. To the championship teams WKK Wroclaw and Trefl Sopot are being regarded as chief favorites.

It will be possible to watch all played meetings live via the www.ITVL.pl portal.



2Liga Round 23: UMKS Kielce edges Rosa II Radom by three points - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 2Liga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Seventh-ranked Rosa II Radom (9-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked UMKS Kielce (16-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Kielce managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rosa II Radom. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UMKS Kielce forced 26 Rosa II Radom turnovers. Strangely Rosa II Radom outrebounded UMKS Kielce 46-34 including 37 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Dariusz Wyka (207-91) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Artur Busz (194-88) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the hosts. Rosa II Radom's coach Karol Gutkowski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UMKS Kielce have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 16-5 record having seven points less than leader Open Florentyna. Newly promoted Rosa II Radom dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Staco MNLK. UMKS Kielce are looking forward to face league's leader PWiK Piaseczno at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rosa II Radom will play against UKS Siemaszka (#11) in Piekary and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Handlopex AZS (13-8) against fourth ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (14-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Handlopex AZS was defeated by Tur Bielsk Pdl. in a tough game in Bielsk Podlaski 70-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Handlopex AZS. Forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Adam Cwikowski contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) answered with 21 points for Handlopex AZS. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tur Bielsk Pdl. moved-up to third place in Group C. Handlopex AZS at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play against Unia Tarnow (#7) on the road in the next round. Handlopex AZS will play against MKS Limbach in Limanowa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Open Florentyna delivered the twentieth second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Wilki Morskie (7-14) 86-61 in Pleszew. It was a great evening for Slawomir Buczyniak who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Igor Trela responded with 17 points and 9 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. The victory was the twentieth second consecutive win for Open Florentyna. They maintain first place in Group A with 22-0 record. Newly promoted Wilki Morskie keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Open Florentyna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wilki Morskie will play against GKK Gorzow (#11) in Gorzow Wklp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader PWiK Piaseczno recorded the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 13th ranked AZS II Polit.W-wa (3-18) 20-0. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for PWiK Piaseczno. They maintain first place in Group C with 20-1 record. AZS II Polit.W-wa lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. PWiK Piaseczno's next round opponent will be league's second-placed UMKS Kielce on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
The game in Swiecie was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (15-6) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Swiecie (9-12). Ksiezak Lowicz managed to secure a 9-point victory 103-94 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Kacper Kromer who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Ksiezak Lowicz maintains third place in Group A with 15-6 record having eight points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser KK Swiecie keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Ksiezak Lowicz will face Trefl II Sopot (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Swiecie will play against SMS PZKosz in Wladyslawowo.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A SMS PZKosz was defeated by GKK Gorzow in Gorzow Wklp 94-81. AZS PP Poznan smashed GKK Gorzow at home 81-42. AZS UWM Olsz. won against Zuraw Gniewno on the opponent's court 89-76. Zyrardowianka unfortunately lost to Astoria Bydg. in a home game 81-93. Korsarz Gdansk managed to beat Trefl II Sopot on the road 79-69.
In Group B GTK Gliwice was defeated by MKS Skierniew. on its own court 74-76. BM Wegiel Stal smashed Mickiewicz in Ostrow Wlkp. 94-68. MCKiS Jaworz. won against AZS AGH Alstom at home 83-72. Alba Chorzow was outscored by Pogon Prudnik on the opponent's court 93-62. UMKS Piotrc. was rolled over AZS AWF K-ce in a home game 60-115. HK Zory was defeated by Nysa Klodzko on the road 82-80.
In Group C Novum Lublin beat Unia Tarnow on its own court 77-66. Staco MNLK lost to Wisla AWF Kr. in Krakow 58-62. MKS Limbach managed to outperform UKS Siemaszka at home 86-72.
The best stats of 23th round was 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Maciej Lepczynski of Pogon Prudnik.



Group Group A
GKK Gorzow - SMS PZKosz 94-81

There was no surprise in Gorzow Wklp where 13th ranked SMS PZKosz (3-18) was defeated by eleventh ranked GKK Gorzow (5-16) 94-81 on Saturday. GKK Gorzow dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to SMS PZKosz's 44. GKK Gorzow forced 31 SMS PZKosz turnovers and outrebounded them 52-41 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when GKK Gorzow made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Tomasz Ejsmont (190-90) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Center Rafal Peczek (205) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Power forward Kacper Borowski (201-94) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jakub Maksymiuk (189-93) added 11 points respectively for the guests. SMS PZKosz's coach Tomasz Jankowski let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted GKK Gorzow maintains eleventh place in Group A with 5-16 record. SMS PZKosz lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. GKK Gorzow will face higher ranked Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SMS PZKosz will play at home against KK Swiecie.
Top scorers:
GKK Gorzow: T.Ejsmont 27+11reb+4ast, R.Peczek 24+18reb, L.Wojciechowski 16+4reb+6ast, J.Borowski 8+6reb+1ast, M.Plawucki 7+3reb+4ast, Z.Owczarek 6+6reb+1ast
SMS PZKosz: K.Borowski 21+9reb+1ast, J.Maksymiuk 11+2reb+3ast, A.Lenczuk 8+4reb+1ast, N.Sirijatowicz 7+2reb+3ast, D.Jeszke 7+3reb+2ast, M.Witlinski 6+4reb
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Open Florentyna - Wilki Morskie 86-61

Undefeated leader Open Florentyna delivered the twentieth second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Wilki Morskie (7-14) 86-61 in Pleszew. The game without a history. Open Florentyna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Wilki Morskie's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Open Florentyna made 16 blocks. It was a great evening for point guard Slawomir Buczyniak (180-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 assists. Guard Rafal Niesobski (189-82) helped adding 19 points. Power forward Igor Trela (206-89) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and center Marcin Kowalski (205-82) scored 13 points and 5 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. The victory was the twentieth second consecutive win for Open Florentyna. They maintain first place in Group A with 22-0 record. Newly promoted Wilki Morskie keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Open Florentyna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wilki Morskie will play against GKK Gorzow (#11) in Gorzow Wklp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: S.Buczyniak 21+2reb+5ast, R.Niesobski 19+2reb+3ast, K.Debski 9+7reb+3ast, W.Zurawski 8+9reb+2ast, J.Sulowski 8+2reb, A.Kaczmarzyk 7+1reb+2ast
Wilki Morskie: I.Trela 17+9reb+1ast, M.Kowalski 13+5reb, P.Knowa 11, K.Nowacki 8+6reb+4ast, R.Bojko 6+4reb+3ast, K.Koziorowicz 2+1ast
gschID: 144318


AZS PP Poznan - GKK Gorzow 81-42

No shocking result in a game in Pozoan where fourth ranked AZS PP Poznan (14-5) smashed 11th ranked GKK Gorzow (5-16) 81-42 on Sunday. The game without a history. AZS PP Poznan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to GKK Gorzow's 24. AZS PP Poznan forced 24 GKK Gorzow turnovers and outrebounded them 43-28 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 19 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) chipped in 9 points and 5 assists. AZS PP Poznan's coach Waldemar Mendel felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Tomasz Ejsmont (190-90) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and center Rafal Peczek (205) added 5 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for AZS PP Poznan. They maintain fourth place in Group A with 14-5 record. GKK Gorzow lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. AZS PP Poznan will face AZS UWM Olsz. (#5) in Olsztyn in the next round. GKK Gorzow will play on the road against Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: M.Sobkowiak 20+12reb, P.Hybiak 9+3reb+5ast, T.Baszak 9+3ast, M.Szydlowski 8+7reb+1ast, S.Walczak 7+3reb+1ast, K.Rzeczkowski 7+2reb+2ast
GKK Gorzow: T.Ejsmont 12+5reb, Z.Owczarek 8+2reb, J.Borowski 5+4reb, R.Peczek 5+8reb+1ast, M.Plawucki 5+4reb+1ast, P.Suwala 4+3reb
gschID: 168556


Zuraw Gniewno - AZS UWM Olsz. 76-89

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Gniewino where 5th ranked Zuraw Gniewno (10-10) was defeated by sixth ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (11-10) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS UWM Olsz.. Zuraw Gniewno was better in fourth quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS UWM Olsz. made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Zuraw Gniewno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS UWM Olsz. made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). point guard Jacek Chojnacki (180-88) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Guard Pawel Strychalski (189-86) produced 21 points and 5 blocks and guard Pawel Matysiak (185-87) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Zuraw Gniewno's coach Jacek Bagnecki let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS UWM Olsz. moved-up to fifth place in Group A. Loser Zuraw Gniewno dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. AZS UWM Olsz. will face higher ranked AZS PP Poznan (#4) in Pozoan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zuraw Gniewno will play on the road against the league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz.
Top scorers:
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 22+12reb+1ast, J.Chojnacki 21+1reb+4ast, P.Spica 18+2reb+1ast, D.Baclawski 8+2reb+2ast, P.Rosinski 8+4reb+3ast, J.Andrusiewicz 8+5reb+1ast
Zuraw Gniewno: P.Strychalski 21+3reb+3ast, P.Matysiak 15+3reb+1ast, D.Grujic 14+2reb, L.Zimniewicz 7+2reb+3ast, P.Podbielski 5+2ast, M.Wilk 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 144313


Zyrardowianka - Astoria Bydg. 81-93

Very predictable result when second ranked Astoria Bydg. (16-5) beat on the road 12th ranked Zyrardowianka (4-17) 93-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. Zyrardowianka was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. forced 30 Zyrardowianka turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) who scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Astoria Bydg.. They maintain second place in Group A with 16-5 record having seven points less than leader Open Florentyna. Zyrardowianka lost their thirteenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face Zuraw Gniewno (#7) in Gniewino in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Zyrardowianka will play on the road against Korsarz Gdansk (#6).
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 28+7reb+1ast, D.Szyttenholm 19+5reb+3ast, S.Laydych 16+5reb+2ast, A.Barszczyk 9+4reb+1ast, A.Szopinski 7+5reb+3ast, P.Lewandowski 6+1reb+5ast
Zyrardowianka: M.Szwed 19+13reb+4ast, M.Lapinski 19+7reb+2ast, J.Mus 10+2reb+2ast, L.Owczarek 9+4reb+4ast, K.Zebrowski 6+3reb, M.Kuran 6+4reb
gschID: 144314


Trefl II Sopot - Korsarz Gdansk 69-79

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Trefl II Sopot (8-12) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Korsarz Gdansk (10-9) 79-69 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-69. The best player for the winners was forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) who scored 16 points and 7 assists. Guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Korsarz Gdansk players scored in double figures. Guard David Brembly (197-93) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Daniel Szymkiewicz (193-94) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Korsarz Gdansk moved-up to sixth place in Group A. Loser Trefl II Sopot keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Korsarz Gdansk will face Zyrardowianka (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trefl II Sopot will play against Ksiezak Lowicz.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: J.Zalucki 20, M.Chudy 16+4reb+7ast, B.Sarzalo 13+5reb+4ast, P.Renkiel 11+6reb+5ast, P.Konsek 8+10reb, J.Golebiewski 6+4reb
Trefl II Sopot: D.Brembly 23+5reb+1ast, D.Szymkiewicz 14+6reb+5ast, J.Patoka 7+5reb, W.Fras 7+7reb, L.Jaskiewicz 5+6reb, J.Schenk 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144315


KK Swiecie - Ksiezak Lowicz 94-103

The game in Swiecie was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (15-6) played at the court of 8th ranked KK Swiecie (9-12). Ksiezak Lowicz managed to secure a 9-point victory 103-94 on Saturday. Ksiezak Lowicz forced 20 KK Swiecie turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ksiezak Lowicz made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Kacper Kromer (204-87) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 assists. Forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Pawel Poliwka (200-87) added 21 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Ksiezak Lowicz and four KK Swiecie players scored in double figures. Ksiezak Lowicz maintains third place in Group A with 15-6 record having eight points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser KK Swiecie keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Ksiezak Lowicz will face Trefl II Sopot (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Swiecie will play against SMS PZKosz in Wladyslawowo.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: D.Janiak 21+7reb+3ast, K.Kromer 20+9reb+3ast, B.Wluczynski 18+13ast, T.Nogalski 17+7reb+4ast, A.Rajkowski 16+7reb+1ast, K.Rydlewski 6+1reb
KK Swiecie: M.Grod 26+13reb+1ast, P.Poliwka 21+9reb+1ast, Z.Malinowski 20+2reb+6ast, P.Robak 10+2reb+5ast, K.Kowalski 9+2reb+1ast, T.Herman 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 144316


Group Group B
GTK Gliwice - MKS Skierniew. 74-76

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked MKS Skierniew. (10-13) edged on the road 7th ranked GTK Gliwice (12-11) 76-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. MKS Skierniew. made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 GTK Gliwice turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Guard Mateusz Krawiec (187-87) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Tomasz Stankala (195-89) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four MKS Skierniew. and five GTK Gliwice players scored in double figures. GTK Gliwice's coach Jacek Adamczak let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MKS Skierniew. maintains ninth place in Group B with 10-13 record. Loser GTK Gliwice dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. MKS Skierniew. will face Nysa Klodzko (#12) in Kloszko in the next round.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: R.Jarosz 21+8reb+6ast, P.Czaplicki 18+7reb, M.Krawiec 18+6reb+1ast, K.Swiech 14+3reb, A.Lewandowski 4+3reb, P.Sikorski 1
GTK Gliwice: P.Malona 15+10reb+1ast, G.Podulka 14+1reb, T.Stankala 14+8reb+1ast, T.Wrobel 13+4reb+5ast, P.Szymanski 10+5reb+3ast, M.Soehrich 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144631


Mickiewicz - BM Wegiel Stal 68-94

There was no surprise in Katowice where 13th ranked Mickiewicz (6-17) was crushed by second ranked BM Wegiel Stal (17-6) 94-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. BM Wegiel Stal led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Mickiewicz only scored three points from the stripe. BM Wegiel Stal forced 24 Mickiewicz turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) who scored 19 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 assists and 4 steals. Five BM Wegiel Stal players scored in double figures. Forward Grzegorz Zadecki (193-83) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Lukasz Kosmowski (196-83) added 14 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. 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. BM Wegiel Stal maintains second place in Group B with 17-6 record having four points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser Mickiewicz keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face GTK Gliwice (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Mickiewicz will play against AZS AGH Alstom (#6) in Krakow.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: J.Dryjanski 19+4reb+1ast, M.Kalowski 17+3reb, L.Olejnik 14+5reb, M.Zebski 12+4reb+3ast, K.Sieranski 12+1ast, M.Dymala 10+1reb+11ast
Mickiewicz: G.Zadecki 19+9reb+1ast, M.Jagiela 14+3reb+1ast, L.Kosmowski 14+3reb+5ast, L.Jaworski 8+3reb, M.Batorski 7+2reb+1ast, P.Wolk-Jankowski 3+2ast
gschID: 144632


MCKiS Jaworz. - AZS AGH Alstom 83-72

There was a surprise result in Jaworzno where eleventh ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (8-15) defeated higher ranked AZS AGH Alstom (12-11) 83-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. MCKiS Jaworz. made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 AZS AGH Alstom turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MCKiS Jaworz. made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Adam Baczynski (182-90) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four MCKiS Jaworz. players scored in double figures. Guard Michal Szewczyk (184-85) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Grzegorz Dudzik (190-84) added 19 points respectively for the guests. MCKiS Jaworz. maintains eleventh place in Group B with 8-15 record. Newly promoted AZS AGH Alstom keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. MCKiS Jaworz. will face league's leader Slask II W. in Wroclaw in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
MCKiS Jaworz.: M.Sroda 18+1ast, G.Remin 17+13reb+3ast, A.Baczynski 14+5reb+4ast, R.Lemanski 13+3reb+2ast, M.Matysiak 8+4reb+1ast, S.Klocek 5+4reb+2ast
AZS AGH Alstom: M.Szewczyk 22+7reb+7ast, G.Dudzik 19+4reb+1ast, L.Pajak 12+7reb, M.Hajduk 8+4reb, T.Bryzek 6+9reb+1ast, T.Orlicki 5+1reb
gschID: 144633


Pogon Prudnik - Alba Chorzow 93-62

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Alba Chorzow (11-12) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Pogon Prudnik (15-8) 93-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-62. Pogon Prudnik dominated on the defensive end, holding Alba Chorzow to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Pogon Prudnik forced 23 Alba Chorzow turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) who scored 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Szymon Kucia (190-83) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Pogon Prudnik players scored in double figures. Pogon Prudnik's coach Tomasz Michalak felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Lukasz Wojcik (189-84) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Pogon Prudnik maintains fifth place in Group B with 15-8 record. Loser Alba Chorzow keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face higher ranked AZS AWF K-ce (#3) in Katowice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alba Chorzow will play at home against WKK Obiekty (#4) in Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 33+5reb+5ast, S.Kucia 19+7reb+1ast, T.Madziar 14+3reb+4ast, K.Bolibrzuch 12+8reb+4ast, M.Lakis 6+1reb, G.Jankowski 5+6reb
Alba Chorzow: L.Wojcik 22+5reb+1ast, A.Spychala 17+2reb, D.Pelka 10+4reb, K.Wozniak 8+4reb, K.Tyborowski 2+3reb, K.Lis 2
gschID: 144635


UMKS Piotrc. - AZS AWF K-ce 60-115

Very predictable result in Piotrkow where third ranked AZS AWF K-ce (16-7) outscored 14th ranked UMKS Piotrc. (3-20) 115-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. AZS AWF K-ce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to UMKS Piotrc.'s 36. They outrebounded UMKS Piotrc. 35-17 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. AZS AWF K-ce looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by UMKS Piotrc.'s players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) chipped in 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. Forward Damian Kalinowski (201-91) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Artur Tomczynski (-91) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for AZS AWF K-ce. They maintain third place in Group B with 16-7 record having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. UMKS Piotrc. lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face Pogon Prudnik (#5) at home in the next round. UMKS Piotrc. will play against HK Zory (#10).
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: K.Nowak 24+8reb+2ast, M.Dziemba 15+1reb+2ast, M.Ecka 14+4reb+5ast, M.Dziemba 14+1reb+3ast, D.Tokarski 12+2reb+5ast, S.Juniak 10+3reb
UMKS Piotrc.: D.Kalinowski 16+5reb+5ast, A.Tomczynski 14+1reb+1ast, M.Lada 10+1reb, K.Leski 9+1reb+1ast, D.Sikorski 6+4reb+1ast, A.Misztela 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 144636


Nysa Klodzko - HK Zory 82-80

There was a minor upset in Kloszko where 10th ranked HK Zory (9-14) was edged by twelfth ranked Nysa Klodzko (7-16) 82-80 on Saturday. Nysa Klodzko forced 27 HK Zory turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nysa Klodzko made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Michal Weiss (188-82) who scored 31 points and 4 blocks. Center Rafal Ulrich (208-77) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Four Nysa Klodzko players scored in double figures. The former international forward Miroslaw Frankowski (196-74) produced 14 points and 4 assists and forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) added 15 points respectively for the guests. HK Zory's coach Lukasz Szymik let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nysa Klodzko maintains twelfth place in Group B with 7-16 record. HK Zory lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Nysa Klodzko will face higher ranked MKS Skierniew. (#9) in Skierniewice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: M.Weiss 31+4reb+3ast, R.Ulrich 17+14reb, J.Bartkowiak 12+10reb+1ast, M.Lipinski 11+7reb+3ast, R.Ciesla 8+1reb, J.Gadomski 2+3reb+1ast
HK Zory: L.Ochodek 15+3reb, M.Frankowski 14+3reb+4ast, A.Bialdyga 12+1reb+2ast, A.Andula 10+6reb, J.Rduch 9+4reb+2ast, K.Zielinski 8+1reb
gschID: 144637


Group Group C
Novum Lublin - Unia Tarnow 77-66

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Novum Lublin (10-11) won against at home 6th ranked Unia Tarnow (10-11) 77-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Novum Lublin. Unia Tarnow was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Novum Lublin won last quarter 23-13. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Unia Tarnow turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Novum Lublin made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Patryk Bajtus (206-91) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Center Mateusz Wisniewski (204-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Novum Lublin players scored in double figures. Forward Przemyslaw Cygan (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and forward Dawid Szewczyk (190-85) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Novum Lublin moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Unia Tarnow and Wisla AWF Kr. Unia Tarnow lost their third game in a row. Novum Lublin will face Staco MNLK (#10) in Niepolomice in the next round.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: M.Gospodarek 16+1reb+1ast, J.Karolak 16+3reb+4ast, M.Wisniewski 15+10reb+1ast, P.Bajtus 12+14reb, B.Karolak 8+4reb+4ast, B.Ciechocinski 6+5reb+4ast
Unia Tarnow: D.Szewczyk 19+6reb+1ast, P.Cygan 14+16reb+1ast, T.Zych 11+2reb+3ast, K.Uriasz 9+10reb+2ast, L.Grys 8+2reb+3ast, D.Niemczura 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 144638


Wisla AWF Kr. - Staco MNLK 62-58

Everything could happen in Krakow at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Wisla AWF Kr. and 10th ranked Staco MNLK had identical 9-11 record. This time Wisla AWF Kr. used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Niepolomice 62-58 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Wisla AWF Kr. forced 21 Staco MNLK turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Wisla AWF Kr. made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Dariusz Depta (198-86) chipped in 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Forward Przemyslaw Ostrowski (194-86) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jakub Dziura (202-81) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Wisla AWF Kr. (10-11) moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Unia Tarnow and Novum Lublin. Staco MNLK lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Wisla AWF Kr. will face Pulaski Warka (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Staco MNLK will play against Novum Lublin.
Top scorers:
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 18+5reb+2ast, G.Radwan 16+4reb+3ast, D.Depta 8+15reb+2ast, D.Szlapka 5, P.Urbanek 4+4reb, M.Piech 4+6reb+1ast
Staco MNLK: P.Ostrowski 18+7reb+2ast, J.Dziura 11+6reb, F.Mroz 10+7reb, J.Krawczyk 9+2reb+4ast, A.Styla 5+2reb, M.Kajor 2
gschID: 144639


PWiK Piaseczno - AZS II Polit.W-wa 20-0

Leader PWiK Piaseczno recorded the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 13th ranked AZS II Polit.W-wa (3-18) 20-0. The victory was the sixteenth consecutive win for PWiK Piaseczno. They maintain first place in Group C with 20-1 record. AZS II Polit.W-wa lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. PWiK Piaseczno's next round opponent will be league's second-placed UMKS Kielce on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
gschID: 144641


Rosa II Radom - UMKS Kielce 69-72

Seventh-ranked Rosa II Radom (9-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked UMKS Kielce (16-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Kielce managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rosa II Radom. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UMKS Kielce forced 26 Rosa II Radom turnovers. Strangely Rosa II Radom outrebounded UMKS Kielce 46-34 including 37 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Dariusz Wyka (207-91) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Artur Busz (194-88) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Filip Zegzula added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Four Rosa II Radom players scored in double figures. Rosa II Radom's coach Karol Gutkowski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UMKS Kielce have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group C with 16-5 record having seven points less than leader Open Florentyna. Newly promoted Rosa II Radom dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Staco MNLK. UMKS Kielce are looking forward to face league's leader PWiK Piaseczno at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rosa II Radom will play against UKS Siemaszka (#11) in Piekary and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: D.Wyka 18+7reb+1ast, A.Busz 16+7reb+2ast, H.Makuch 9+1reb+6ast, L.Fafara 8+6reb+2ast, P.Bacik 6+4reb+2ast, J.Lewandowski 6+1reb+1ast
Rosa II Radom: P.Wiekiera 18+13reb, F.Zegzula 14+3reb+2ast, K.Labedz 12+6reb, K.Mamcarczyk 11+4reb, M.Zweglinski 6+3reb+4ast, J.Stanios 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 144642


MKS Limbach - UKS Siemaszka 86-72

No shocking result in a game in Limanowa where fifth ranked MKS Limbach (12-9) defeated 11th ranked UKS Siemaszka (7-15) 86-72 on Sunday. The game without a history. MKS Limbach led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. MKS Limbach forced 20 UKS Siemaszka turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Limbach made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Piotr Kwandrans (200-79) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four MKS Limbach players scored in double figures. Guard Lukasz Kasperzec (187-74) produced 13 points and Przemyslaw Stecko (195-84) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MKS Limbach maintains fifth place in Group C with 12-9 record. UKS Siemaszka lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. MKS Limbach will face higher ranked Handlopex AZS (#4) in Rzeszow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UKS Siemaszka will play at home against Rosa II Radom (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MKS Limbach: A.Peciak 23+6reb+2ast, P.Kwandrans 21+12reb+1ast, M.Strzelec 10+1reb+1ast, P.Kindlik 10+2reb+2ast, W.Rykala 7+4ast, M.Biranowski 6+1reb
UKS Siemaszka: L.Kasperzec 13+4reb, P.Stecko 11+3reb+1ast, D.Slowik 10+3reb+1ast, T.Stawarz 9+3reb+1ast, P.Murza 9+4reb, K.Lachowicz 7+7reb
gschID: 144643


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Handlopex AZS 79-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Handlopex AZS (13-8) against fourth ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (14-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Handlopex AZS was defeated by Tur Bielsk Pdl. in a tough game in Bielsk Podlaski 70-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Handlopex AZS. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Tur Bielsk Pdl. made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 28 Handlopex AZS turnovers and outrebounded them 50-30 including a 37-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Adam Cwikowski (203-79) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Piotr Ucinek (196-80) answered with 21 points and guard Jakub Musijowski (175-87) added 17 points in the effort for Handlopex AZS. Four Handlopex AZS players scored in double figures. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tur Bielsk Pdl. moved-up to third place in Group C. Handlopex AZS at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play against Unia Tarnow (#7) on the road in the next round. Handlopex AZS will play against MKS Limbach in Limanowa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: A.Zabielski 27+17reb+6ast, A.Cwikowski 15+7reb+1ast, A.Weres 12+5reb+2ast, P.Brzozowski 8+1reb+1ast, T.Szczepinski 8+2reb+1ast, M.Wysocki 5+6reb
Handlopex AZS: P.Ucinek 21+1reb+3ast, J.Musijowski 17+3reb+3ast, S.Biela 12+4reb, P.Mis 12+10reb, M.Sowa 3+2reb+2ast, S.Skop 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144644




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  PUERTO RICO   


Brock stays in Puerto Rico, signs with Guayama: - by Luis Modestti
After a great performance in the FIBA-Americas League forward Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) signed with Brujos de Guayama.

Brock replaces Melvin Ely (207-C-78, college: Fresno St.) and played for Leones de Santo Domingo in the FIBA Americas League and scored 20 points per game. Leones were eliminated in the first round after a 1-2 record.

Brujos also announced the release of Latin-American Mattis McHugh (198-F-84, college: S.Florida).

Guayama plays tonight against defending champions Capitanes de Arecibo.




Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 4-1 
 2. Bayamon 4-2 
 3. Mayaguez 3-2 
 4. San German 3-3 
 5. Guaynabo 3-3 
 6. Guayama 2-3 
 7. Arecibo 1-3 
 8. Humacao 1-4 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Thornton, Guayama28.2 
 2. McCants, Humacao20.3 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon20.3 
 4. Rivera, San German19.5 
 5. Hodge, Humacao18.4 
 6. Galindo, Guayama18.0 
 7. Smith, Mayaguez17.0 
 8. Williams, Quebradi.17.0 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas15.4 
 10. Ayuso, Arecibo15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Thornton, Guayama11.2 
 2. Hodge, Humacao9.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 4. Smith, Mayaguez8.4 
 5. Galindo, Guayama8.2 
 6. Burgess, Guaynabo8.0 
 7. James, Humacao7.8 
 8. Pinkney, San G.7.8 
 9. Sweetney, Bayamon7.7 
 10. Valenzuela, Humac.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Smith, Mayaguez7.4 
 2. Rivera, San German5.7 
 3. Rivera, Mayaguez5.0 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon5.0 
 5. Hodge, Humacao5.0 
 6. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.4.4 
 8. Pagan, Guayama3.8 
 9. Strong, San German3.5 
 10. Rodriguez, San G.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Luis Steven RAMIREZ
  Mayaguez
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Ramirez, Mayaguez2.8 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez2.8 
 3. Hodge, Humacao2.0 
 4. McCants, Humacao2.0 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Salas Flores, Baya.1.5 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.4 
 9. Williams, Quebradi.1.4 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon3.3 
 2. Burgess, Guaynabo2.7 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.2.0 
 4. Santiago, Arecibo1.8 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.4 
 6. Valenzuela, Humac.1.4 
 7. James, Humacao1.4 
 8. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo1.3 
 10. O''Bryant, Mayagu.1.2 


Arecibo continues their winning ways: - by Luis Modestti
Capitanes de Arecibo won their fourth straight game by dominating Brujos de Guayama 86-64 as part of BSN. Their last three wins were in the FIBA-Americas League against Cocodrilos, Leones and Joinville, respectively.

Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) scored 16 points, Rick Apodaca (193-G-80, agency: 360 Sports Management, college: Hofstra) 13 and David Cortes (190-G/F-81) 12 for Capitanes who did a great job defensively over Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.).

Thornton finished the game with just 11 points.

Arecibo won the first quarter 24-12 and had a 43-26 halftime lead. Their defense didn't allow points in the paint and their shooters never had an open look. Capitanes kept a double digit lead in the second half and never looked back.

Capitanes now have a 2-3 record while Guayama falls to 2-4. The next game for Capitanes is on March 14 against Caciques de Humacao while Brujos receive Vaqueros on Thursday.



Harris expected to play on Sunday: - by Marcos Carlo
Atleticos de San German informed that forward Harris Mike (198-F-83, college: Rice) arrives to Puerto Rico on Saturday and plays on Sunday against Bayamon.

Harris comes from playing in China and last season he played with San German and was one of the best imports in BSN. He averaged 17.92 points and 12.7 rebounds in 24 games in 2011.

San German plays this week with the trio of imports composed of Leon Powe, Marlon Garnett and Kevinn Pinkney. They are expected to make a decision on who they will release when Harris arrives.


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  QATAR   


Tangara signs in Qatar - by Kristian Santiago
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, college: Arizona), the cornerstone of the Malian National Team (12 ppg and 8.4 rpg in the African Champs '11) signed to play for Qatari-side Al Jaysh Army SC Doha
The player already arrived in the country after recently playing in Tunisia this season. It will be the first time that Tangara is playing in Asia, as he had stints in the U.S., Spain, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.


D1 Stats
Points Per Game
 Abdulai JALLOH
  Al Arabi
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Jalloh, Al Arabi26.6 
 2. Watson, Al Gharr.21.8 
 3. Crisp, Al Ahli21.4 
 4. Ngombo, Al Rayyan20.3 
 5. Bradford, Al Ahli19.0 
 6. Soyebo, Qatar18.9 
 7. Seck, Qatar18.3 
 8. Souleye, Al Wakrah16.7 
 9. Okosun, Al Ahli16.5 
 10. Mofunanya, Al Ar.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Oumar SECK
  Qatar
  (--)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Seck, Qatar14.8 
 2. Mofunanya, Al Ar.13.9 
 3. Sarr, Al Gharrafah12.1 
 4. Okoro, Qatar12.0 
 5. Okosun, Al Ahli11.8 
 6. Byrd, Al Arabi11.7 
 7. Souleye, Al Wakrah11.3 
 8. Jabbi, Al Ahli10.9 
 9. Southall, As Sadd10.1 
 10. Abussar, Al Gharr.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Boney WATSON
  Al Gharr.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Watson, Al Gharr.5.8 
 2. Bradford, Al Ahli5.2 
 3. Soyebo, Qatar4.8 
 4. Jalloh, Al Arabi4.7 
 5. Atif, Al Arabi4.3 
 6. Abdu, Al Wakrah4.3 
 7. Saad, As Sadd4.2 
 8. Hani, Al Jaysh4.0 
 9. Mousa, As Sadd3.8 
 10. Crisp, Al Ahli3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Fadi HANI
  Al Jaysh
  (184-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hani, Al Jaysh3.0 
 2. Soyebo, Qatar2.8 
 3. Jalloh, Al Arabi2.7 
 4. Ismail, Al Rayyan2.5 
 5. N''Diaye, Al Gharr.2.4 
 6. Saad, As Sadd2.3 
 7. Thiam, As Sadd2.2 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan1.8 
 9. Watson, Al Gharr.1.8 
 10. Toure, Al Jaysh1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SOUTHALL
  As Sadd
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Southall, As Sadd2.8 
 2. Byrd, Al Arabi2.1 
 3. Sarr, Al Gharrafah1.9 
 4. Mofunanya, Al Ar.1.9 
 5. Souleye, Al Wakrah1.8 
 6. Okosun, Al Ahli1.2 
 7. Abdu, Al Wakrah0.9 
 8. Jabbi, Al Ahli0.9 
 9. Ali, Al Rayyan0.8 
 10. Seck, Qatar0.8 


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Rayyan 12-0 
 2. As Sadd 10-2 
 3. Al Gharrafah 8-4 
 4. Al Arabi 7-5 
 5. Al Jaysh 6-6 
 6. Al Ahli 3-9 
 7. Al Wakrah 2-10 
 8. Qatar 0-12 


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 19-5 
 2. Timisoara 18-4 
 3. Ploiesti 17-7 
 4. Targu Mures 16-7 
 5. U.Mobitel.CN 16-7 
 6. CSM Bucuresti 16-8 
 7. Oradea 14-8 
 8. CSU Sibiu 14-9 
 9. Rovinari 12-10 
 10. Pitesti 12-12 
 11. Craiova 8-15 
 12. Dinamo B. 7-17 
 13. Giurgiu 5-17 
 14. Perla Harghitei 3-20 
 15. Politehnica 0-24 
Folded
 1. Otopeni 4-11 


Stats Leaders - Men