EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/14/2012

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  ABA   


ABA announces three All-Star Teams for 2011-2012 season - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) yesterday announced its 2011-12 ABA All Star Teams. For the first time ever, a professional sports league has created three separate teams which will compete against one another in a round robin tournament during the ABA Final Four Championship Playoffs. 'We've been watching the declining interest in All Star Games at the NBA, NFL and MLB level and decided to change formats,' stated Dick Packer , ABA President/COO. 'The three ABA All Star teams will play a round robin tournament for prize money which will give them added incentive to perform at peak level - it will be a winner take all format, the team winning two games will get the trophies and prize money. Is this unusual? You bet...but innovation is the heart and soul of the ABA and we think the fans will enjoy the new All Star format.'

ABA All Star Red Team
- Head Coach - Eric Stoffel, Colorado Kings
PG Brian Calloway, Fayetteville Flight
PG Tony White, South Carolina Warriors
SG Corey Campbell, Colorado Kings
SG Sheldon Carter, Carolina Cougars
SF Jack Browne, Richmond Elite
SF Marlo Sanders, West Texas Whirlwinds
PF Nick Barton, Missouri Rhythm
PF Justin Barber, Richmond Rockets
C Rob Turner, Arizona Scorpions
C Marcus Stockton, Colorado Kings
Honorable Mention
PG Sheldon Pace, San Diego Sol
SG Dunnell Webb, San Diego Surf
SF Rashaad Moss, Little Rock Lightning
PF Andreus Lee, Bluff City Reign
C Derek Wabbington, Arizona Scorpions

ABA All Star White Team
- Head Coach - Butch Baird, South Carolina Warriors
PG Mike Vogler, SC Warriors
PG Chico Fletcher, NE Arkansas SWAG
SG Deandre Hall, Texas FUEL
SG Zaire Taylor, Staten Island Vipers
SF Damien Hubbard, Lynchburg Legends
SF Dontae Hilton, Memphis Bluff City Reign
PF Chris Woods, Carolina Cheetahs
PF Carl Artids, Alaska Drive
C Jermaine Bell, Jacksonville Giants
C Keith Closs, LA SLAM
Honorable Mention
PG Derek Foster, San Francisco Rumble
SG Jordon Boreman, East Bay Pitbulls
SF Rashaad Powell, Seattle Mountaineers
PF Marcus Sanderds, West Texas Whirlwinds
C Marquis Gainous, South Carolina Warriors

ABA All Star Blue Team
- Head Coach - Zack Jones, San Diego Sol
PG KJ Lawrence, Little Rock Lightning
PG DeAngelo Jackson, Sacramento Heatwave
SG Cordell Butler, San Francisco RUMBLE
SG Eli Muldrow, Conway Cyclones
SF John Clark, San Diego Sol
SF Andre Muse, Chicago Steam
PF Shawn Buckingham, Port City Pirates
PF Matt Fields, Jacksonville Giants
C Jimmy Allen, East Bay Pit Bulls
C Michael Travis, San Francisco RUMBLE
Honorable Mention
PG Jamar Butler, Lima Explosion
SG Lavar Neufville, Port City Pirates
SF Donald Whitfield, Colorado Kings
PF David Kinder, San Diego SURF
C Dwayne Blakely, Missouri Rhythm

'If any of the players on the Red, White or Blue teams cannot make the game for any reason, including because they are competing in the playoffs,' added Packer, 'they will be replaced by one of the Honorable Mention players. This season, the ABA had over 700 very good players, truly outstanding talent. It was very difficult to choose and our method of selection came from nominations from the teams as to their outstanding players. We think these 45 represent the cream of the crop from those nominated.'


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 22-1 
 2. Cedevita 18-6 
 3. Partizan 17-7 
 4. Buducnost 17-7 
 5. Siroki WWin 14-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 13-11 
 7. Radnicki K. 12-13 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 12-13 
 9. Cibona 12-13 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 11-13 
 11. Krka 8-17 
 12. Helios 7-18 
 13. Hemofarm 6-18 
 14. Zlatorog 2-23 


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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto Defeat Recreativo Do Libolo 98-90 - by Eurobasket News
Luanda 1 de Agosto took the lead of the national men championship of basketball after Friday's victory over Recreativo do Libolo by 98-90.

After a first half dominated by Recreativo do Libolo, 1 de Agosto managed to change the score, thanks to the good performance of Carlos Almeida and Kikas Gomes.

Libolo's Olmpio Cipriano was the best scorer with 30 points, a score that proved insufficient to avoid the defeat, in a balanced game in which Libolo were almost always in advantage.

By the half time, the score was 47-40 for Recreativo do Libolo.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


Results and Standings of National Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News
Luanda 1 de Agosto on Friday evening beat Recreativo do Libolo by 98-90 at the pavilion of Cidadela stadium and assumed the isolated leadership of national men's basketball championship.

General Results:

Libolo X 1 de Agosto 90-98

CDUAN X Sporting de Luanda 69-68

ASA X Lusadas 79-68

Petro de Luanda X Vila Estoril 90-69

Sporting de Cabinda X Interclube 54-71

Amigos de Viana X Vila Clotilde 20 - 00 (Latter's absence)

STANDINGS

1 1 de Agosto 31 points

2 Libolo 30

3 Petro de Luanda 29

4 Interclube 28

5 Sporting de Cabinda 25

6 ASA 25

7 Lusadas 23

8 Vila Clotilde 20

9 Sporting de Luanda 19

10 CDUAN 19

11 Vila Estoril 18

12 Amigos de Viana 14.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


Cedric Moodie back to Argentina, signs with Quilmes - by Eurobasket News
Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis) returned to Argentina. He penned a deal with Quilmes for rest of the season. The American combo guard started it in NBL Canada. He had 13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.4 apg for 21 games with Quebec Kebs. Cedric Moodie finished last season with Lanus. Before that he played year and a half for Boca Juniors. He had 13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg for 31 games with them last season. He also shined in Liga Sudamericana with 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.9 apg for 7 games. In 2009/10, Cedric Moodie had 17.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.9 apg for 51 games with Boca Juniors. In the past, he played for Trotamundos (VEN), Penarol and Atletico Independiente. Moodie also has experience from Chile, Mexico and IBL.

Argentinian LigaA round 29 (Second Stage) best performance: Robert Battle - by Eurobasket News
American center Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Libertad S., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds, while his team edged out Olimpico LB (#12, 11-18) 69-67. Libertad S. is placed at 2nd position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Libertad S. will need more victories to improve their 19-10 record. Battle turned to be Libertad S.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Drexel University star has very solid stats this year. Battle is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 61.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Libertad S.'s star - 35-year old American Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management). Pittman had a very good evening with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Battle he helped Libertad S. with another comfortable win 79-61 over Obras (19-10) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Round 27. Libertad S. consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 19-10 record is not bad at all. Pittman is a newcomer at Libertad S., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#6).

Third on the list of top players last round was American Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports) of Boca Jrs (#13). Alston scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Alston's great performance Boca Jrs lost 75-82in overtime to the higher-ranked Regatas C. (#10, 14-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Boca Jrs not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Alston could try to bring Boca Jrs' a little bit higher in the standings. Alston has a very solid season. In 40 games in Argentina he scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81) of Quimsa - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85) of Sionista - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bruno Labaque (183-G-77) of Atenas - 21 points and 9 assists
9. Nicolas Laprovittola (189-G-90) of Lanus - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 19 points and 4 rebounds

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


LigaA: Round 29 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the LigaA leadership position after last games. Round 29 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Obras (19-10). They were defeated by fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales (19-10) 79-61 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Libertad Sunchales led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Obras to just 7 points in second quarter. Libertad Sunchales shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to second place, which they share with Obras and Lanus. Obras lost third consecutive game. There is only one round left in the Second Stage. And it will be most important game for Obras this season. They will face Sionista trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Libertad Sunchales will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Atenas in Cordoba.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Penarol as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Penarol smashed second-ranked Lanus in Mar del Plata 98-79. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lanus. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Kyle Lamonte accounted for 20 points. International guard Nicolas Laprovittola (189-90) came up with 18 points and 6 assists for Lanus in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Lanus at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Obras and Libertad S.. There is only one round left in the Second Stage. Wuber-Est.Bahia trying to get back on the winning streak. Penarol will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP at Mar del Plata.
Leading Obras (19-10) recorded its tenth loss in Buenos Aires on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by sixteenth ranked San Martin Corrientes (8-21) 75-73. The best player for the winners was William McFarlan who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Juan Gutierrez produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the hosts. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains sixteenth place with 8-21 record. Obras lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Libertad S. and Lanus. San Martin Corrientes will meet higher ranked Club 9 (#14) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will play against Sionista (#5) in Parana and hope to secure a win.
And what about another game where GECR Indalo (#8) beat 7th ranked La Union 87-80 on the road. Roberto Gabini orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. GECR Indalo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Atenas and Quimsa. La Union at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be Regatas Corrientes (#10) on the road. La Union will play against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
Important game to mention about took place in Formosa. Seventh ranked La Union (15-14) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Sionista (16-12) 82-79 on Wednesday evening. Gregory Lewis stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Despite that victory La Union went down to ninth position due to points difference. Loser Sionista keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. La Union will face Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Sionista will play on the road against Obras (#3) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 29: Libertad S. won against Olimpico LB on the opponent's court 69-67. Club 9 managed to outperform Sionista in a home game 74-69. Quilmes MP recorded a loss to Wuber-Est.Bahia on the road 82-76. Regatas C. defeated Boca Jrs on its own court 82-75. Quimsa was beaten by Atenas in Cordoba 90-74. Lanus destroyed Regatas C. at home 94-64. Obras unfortunately lost to Quimsa on the opponent's court 73-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 17 rebounds by Robert Battle of Libertad S..


Obras - San Mart.C. 73-75
Leading Obras (19-10) recorded its tenth loss in Buenos Aires on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by sixteenth ranked San Martin Corrientes (8-21) 75-73. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-73. The best player for the winners was American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Alejandro Konsztatd (190-89) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five San Martin Corrientes and four Obras players scored in double figures. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains sixteenth place with 8-21 record. Obras lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with ten games lost. They share it with Libertad S. and Lanus. San Martin Corrientes will meet higher ranked Club 9 (#14) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras will play against Sionista (#5) in Parana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: L.Garcia Morales 14+1reb+4ast, M.Maciel 12+1reb, F.Ramirez 11+2reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 11+8reb+2ast, J.Michael Martinez 10+8reb+1ast, A.Eslava 9+3reb+1ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 17+7reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 15+6reb+1ast, T.Field 11+3reb, T.Washam 11+7reb, J.Mazzaro 7+1reb, P.Espinoza 7+3reb
gschID: 141371


Penarol - Lanus 98-79
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Penarol as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Penarol smashed second-ranked Lanus in Mar del Plata 98-79. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lanus. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Lanus took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Penarol had a 31-12 second period charge getting the lead and Lanus was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-98. Penarol shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) accounted for 20 points. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. International guard Nicolas Laprovittola (189-90) came up with 18 points and 6 assists and American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Edge Sports) added 16 points respectively for Lanus in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Lanus at the other side keeps the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Obras and Libertad S.. There is only one round left in the Second Stage. Wuber-Est.Bahia trying to get back on the winning streak. Penarol will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP at Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Penarol: K.Lamonte 20+2reb+2ast, M.Leiva 19+9reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 16+2reb+5ast, M.Ibarra 14+2ast, L.Gutierrez 12+7reb+2ast, F.Giorgetti 7+5reb+2ast
Lanus: N.Laprovittola 18+1reb+6ast, L.Wade 16+3reb+3ast, M.Byro 12+2reb, J.Levy 11+5reb+1ast, B.Brown 11+8reb, D.Guaita 6
gschID: 141372


La Union - GECR Indalo 80-87
And what about another game where GECR Indalo (#8) beat 7th ranked La Union 87-80 on the road. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 28-19 last quarter charge of La Union cut the lead to 87-80 at the end of the game. GECR Indalo made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The former international forward Roberto Gabini (198-75, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Guard Santiago Scala (186-91) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points in the effort for La Union. Four La Union players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Atenas and Quimsa. La Union at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be Regatas Corrientes (#10) on the road. La Union will play against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: S.Scala 15+1reb+2ast, R.Gabini 15+2reb+3ast, C.McGowan 11+1reb, K.Seawright 11+5reb, D.Romero 9+4reb+1ast, D.Ciorciari 8+3reb+4ast
La Union: G.Mikulas 19+4reb, G.Lewis 17+9reb+2ast, A.Pau 14+1reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+1reb+3ast, J.Caceres 6+1reb+2ast, L.Perez 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 141373


Olimpico LB - Libertad S. 67-69
Very expected game when 12th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (11-18) was edged at home by fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales (19-10) 69-67 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-67. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to second place, which they share with Obras and Lanus. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Atenas (#7) in Cordoba in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Battle 24+17reb+3ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 14+1reb+1ast, J.Treise 12+3reb+5ast, J.Pittman 10+5reb+2ast, F.Calvi 6+2reb, W.Graves 3+6reb+2ast
Olimpico LB: G.Grays 15+2ast, J.DeGroat 13+12reb+1ast, E.Villares 13+3reb+1ast, P.Moldu 11+4reb+1ast, A.Jackson 7+4reb, F.Malara 4+9reb
gschID: 141374


Club 9 - Sionista 74-69
There was a surprise result in Rio Tercero where fourteenth ranked Club 9 (10-19) defeated higher ranked Sionista (16-12) 74-69 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) chipped in 15 points. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Club 9 players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Hure (200-85) responded with 17 points and the former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Club 9 maintains fourteenth place with 10-19 record. Loser Sionista keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Club 9 will face bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes (#16) at home in the next round. Sionista will play against Obras (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Cowan 17+9reb+1ast, G.Luchino 15+1reb, J.Ayarza 14+2reb, D.Gerbaudo 13+1reb+1ast, E.Martina 6+2reb+1ast, G.Torre 5+1reb+1ast
Sionista: D.Hure 17+2reb, M.Sandes 12+6reb, L.Cequeira 10+1reb+1ast, J.Villegas 9+2reb, H.Rollins 8+9reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141367


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Quilmes MP 82-76
Not a big story in a game in Bahia Blanca where 15th ranked Quilmes MP (9-20) was defeated by eleventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (12-16) 82-76 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 42-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Quilmes MP was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and American forward Louis Truscott (201-78, college: Houston) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Wuber-Est.Bahia maintains eleventh place with 12-16 record. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will face higher ranked Lanus (#4) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Mar del Plata to the arena Penarol.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: R.Sanchez 16+4reb+2ast, R.Stanton 13+15reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 12, F.Aguerre 11+4reb, J.Ignacio Sanchez 9+6reb+7ast, J.Meyinsse 7+4reb
Quilmes MP: P.McHopson 15+2reb+4ast, C.Matthews 14+5reb, A.Weigand 13+2reb, C.Moodie 11+7reb+2ast, L.Truscott 9+10reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 7+1ast
gschID: 141368


Regatas C. - Boca Jrs 82-75 OT
Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (14-15) beat at home 13th ranked Boca Juniors (11-18) 82-75 on Sunday. Boca Juniors was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-13 charge of Regatas Corrientes, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-7. Regatas Corrientes made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Larry O'Bannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points. Regatas Corrientes maintains tenth place with 14-15 record. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#8) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boca Juniors will play on the road against La Union (#9) in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 16+6reb+8ast, L.Roe 16+11reb+2ast, D.Kante 14+8reb+2ast, P.Quinteros 11+1reb, T.Taylor 10+2reb, D.Cavaco 6+5reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: D.Alston 24+12reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 20+4reb+2ast, M.Fierro 9+7reb, D.Farmer 9+2reb+3ast, J.Brussino 5+1reb+1ast, M.Stanic 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 141369


Atenas - Quimsa 90-74
There was a minor upset in Cordoba where 6th ranked Quimsa (16-13) was defeated by ninth ranked Atenas (16-13) 90-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Quimsa was better in second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Atenas won last quarter 22-8. The former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 21 points and 9 assists for the winners and American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Bernard Robinson (198-81, college: Michigan) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Four Atenas and five Quimsa players scored in double figures. Atenas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with GECR Indalo and Quimsa. Atenas will face league's second-placed Libertad Sunchales at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 21+1reb+9ast, M.Melvin 17+5reb, M.Gerlero 12+3reb+1ast, R.Humphrey 12+5reb+2ast, M.Garcia 9+5reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 8+2reb
Quimsa: S.Vega 20+5reb+1ast, B.Robinson 16+4reb+5ast, J.Williams 12+6reb, D.Tintorelli 11+5reb+3ast, C.Schattmann 11+3reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141370


Round 26
La Union - Sionista 82-79
Important game to mention about took place in Formosa. Seventh ranked La Union (15-14) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Sionista (16-12) 82-79 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-79. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Daniel Hure (200-85) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Despite that victory La Union went down to ninth position due to points difference. Loser Sionista keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. La Union will face Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Sionista will play on the road against Obras (#3) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: J.Smith 20+1reb+5ast, G.Lewis 20+8reb, J.Caceres 13+5reb, G.Mikulas 10+4reb, A.Marin 6+2reb+4ast, D.Farabello 6+2reb+5ast
Sionista: J.Villegas 26+5reb+3ast, D.Hure 24+5reb, H.Rollins 12+10reb, A.Zilli 5+6reb, R.Iglesias 4+1reb+1ast, N.Agasse 4
gschID: 170534


Round 27
Libertad S. - Obras 79-61
There was a change at the LigaA leadership position after last games. Round 29 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Obras (19-10). They were defeated by fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales (19-10) 79-61 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Libertad Sunchales led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Obras to just 7 points in second quarter. Libertad Sunchales shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to second place, which they share with Obras and Lanus. Obras lost third consecutive game. There is only one round left in the Second Stage. And it will be most important game for Obras this season. They will face Sionista trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Libertad Sunchales will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Atenas in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 25+9reb+4ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 13+1ast, J.Treise 13+5reb+1ast, W.Graves 9+8reb+2ast, R.Battle 7+3reb+3ast, S.Ginobili 6+2reb+4ast
Obras: T.Washam 11+2reb+4ast, J.Mazzaro 10+2ast, J.Gutierrez 10+5reb+2ast, A.Elsener 9+7reb, A.Konsztatd 7+4reb, P.Espinoza 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 170535


Round 28
Lanus - Regatas C. 94-64
No shocking result in a game in Buenos Aires where second ranked Lanus (19-10) outleveled 10th ranked Regatas Corrientes (14-15) 94-64 on Thursday. The game without a history. Lanus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Regatas Corrientes' 32. International guard Nicolas Laprovittola (189-90) stepped up and scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: CS San Bernar.) chipped in 15 points. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and international power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lanus have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-10 record behind leader Penarol, which they share with Obras and Libertad S. Loser Regatas Corrientes keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Lanus will face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Regatas Corrientes will play at home against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lanus: B.Brown 15+3reb, F.Giorgi 15+2reb, N.Laprovittola 13+6reb+8ast, D.Guaita 10+5reb, M.Byro 10+2reb+1ast, L.Wade 10+2reb+1ast
Regatas C.: N.Romano 15+3reb+1ast, L.Roe 13+10reb+1ast, D.Cavaco 12+2reb, P.Quinteros 11+4reb+1ast, T.Taylor 5+2reb, A.Montes Cardozo 5
gschID: 170536


Quimsa - Obras 77-73
There was an upset in Santiado Estero where leader Obras (19-10) was defeated by sixth ranked Quimsa (16-13) 77-73 on Friday. Obras was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obras' coach Julio Cesar Lamas let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimsa have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 16-13 record, which they share with Atenas and GECR Indalo. Obras lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with ten games lost. Quimsa will face Olimpico de La Banda (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Obras will play against Sionista (#5) in Parana.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Tintorelli 25+9reb+1ast, S.Vega 12+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 12+7reb, J.Pellot-Rosa 11+1reb+2ast, B.Robinson 6+3reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 5+3reb+1ast
Obras: T.Washam 17+7reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 12+10reb, J.Mazzaro 11+1reb+2ast, A.Konsztatd 10+1reb+3ast, D.Fells 8+4reb, T.Field 7+6reb


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. Union Sunch 5-3 
 2. A.Italiana 4-3 
 3. A.Espanola 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: 17.4
 1. Smith, La Union17.4 
 2. Villegas, Sionista17.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras17.2 
 4. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.0 
 5. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.0 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 7. Pittman, Libertad.15.6 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.6 
 9. Lo Grippo, Quimsa15.4 
 10. Cowan, Club 915.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Martinez, San M.12.3 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.4 
 4. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.3 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.4 
 8. Rollins, Sionista7.4 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.4 
 10. Williams, Quimsa7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.8 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 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 LB2.0 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Treise, Libertad S.1.5 
 7. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 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. Rollins, Sionista1.3 
 4. Matthews, Quilm.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.1 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 8. Ayarza, Club 90.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Singapore Slingers slump to 6th straight loss - by Trent Williams
The Singapore Slingers have again fallen on the road to the Bangkok Cobras on Sunday night in Bangkok, going down 74-79 in the ABL (ASEAN Basketball League).

The 6 game losing skid now has the Slingers reeling with a 4-7 (win/loss) record and in a real battle to secure a place in the top 4. The Singapore based club have not won a game since a home win on February 1 against the Petron Blaze.

Forward Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) again led the way for the Slingers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow US import Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) had 17 points but the lack of rim protection and overall team intensity saw the Slingers in a big hole down 30-16 at quarter time. Despite clawing their way back into the game in the 2nd period, the Slingers simply ran out of gas late in the game.

Sharp shooting Guard Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) of Bangkok Cobras (173-G-84) poured in 26 points and skilled big man Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) had 24 and 9 boards for the Bangkok Cobras who are coached by Joe 'Jellybean' Joe Bryant , the father of LA Lakers superstar Kobe Joe Bryant . The Cobras win improved their record to 4-6.



Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 8-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 8-3 
 3. KL Dragons 7-3 
 4. Bangkok C. 4-6 
 5. Satria Muda 4-7 
 6. Thailand S. 4-7 
 7. Singapore S. 4-7 
 8. Saigon H. 3-7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Schenscher's 25 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Crocodiles and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 25 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Crocodiles in his team's victory, helping them to beat Blaze (#3, 15-10) 88-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Crocodiles maintains the 4th position in Australian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Crocodiles will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. It's Schenscher's second year at Crocodiles and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Luke Schenscher averages this season 10.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83) of Hawks. He is Australian in his 5th season at Hawks. In the last game Davidson recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Hawks lost that game 81-92 to slightly higher-ranked Kings (#7, 10-16). Hawks are still at the very bottom. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Hawks managed to get this year. Davidson is one of the most experienced players at Hawks and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82) of league's leader Breakers. Wilkinson scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Breakers, leading his team to a 91-76 easy win against the lower-ranked 36ers (#8, 8-17). Breakers confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 6 lost games. Wilkinson has a great season in Australia. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) of Kings - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of 36ers - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Luke Martin (182-PG-81) of Kings - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Damian Martin (188-PG-84) of Wildcats - 11 points and 9 rebounds
10. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 20-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 19-7 
 3. Wels 18-8 
 4. Klosterneub. 17-9 
 5. Oberwart 17-9 
 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. Djuric, Gussing18.1 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart18.0 
 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, Wels9.4 
 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. Ware, Furstenfeld6.9 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.9 
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. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.4 
 8. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 9. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Toroman, BC Vien.1.4 
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. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 6: Kapfenberg Bulls beat Gussing Knights by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Gussing Knights (11-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (19-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Kapfenberg managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Gussing Knights. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains second position in Bundesliga with 19-7 record having just -8 point less than leader Furstenfeld. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face Raiffeisen Wels (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gussing Knights will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (18-8) against fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (17-9) on Monday night. Visiting Raiffeisen Wels were defeated by Oberwart Gunners in a tough game in Oberwart 59-66. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Joe Dean Shaw chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St.) with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 17-9 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. Oberwart Gunners will play against league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (20-6) which hosted in Gmunden 4th ranked Xion Dukes (17-9). First ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 4-point victory 63-59. Enis Murati notched 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Gmunden Swans' coach Matthias Fischer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 11 points and 4 assists by Christoph Nagler did not help to save the game for Xion Dukes. Gmunden Swans maintains first position in Bundesliga with 20-6 record. Loser Xion Dukes keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Oberwart Gunners (#5) in the next round. Xion Dukes will play against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Furstenfeld Panthers (12-13) which played road game in Graz against 3rd ranked UBSC Graz (8-17). First ranked Furstenfeld Panthers managed to get a 14-point victory 95-81. The best player for the winners was Anthony Shavies who scored 32 points and 6 assists. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first position in Bundesliga with 12-13 record. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be St.Polten (#5) at home.
The game in St.Polten supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked BC Vienna (10-14) played at the court of 5th ranked St.Polten (1-23). BC Vienna smashed St.Polten 108-83 on Sunday. It was a good game for Stjepan Stazic who led his team to a victory with 29 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Vienna maintains second position in Bundesliga with 10-14 record having just three points less than leader Furstenfeld. Loser St.Polten keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost. BC Vienna will face Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen in the next round. St.Polten will play on the road against the league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers.

The most impressive performance of 6th round was 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Milan Stegnjaic of UBSC Graz.


Group A
Gussing - Kapfenberg 77-78
Sixth-ranked Gussing Knights (11-15) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (19-7) on Sunday. The visitors from Kapfenberg managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Koch (200-88) added 16 points in the effort for Gussing Knights. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains second position in Bundesliga with 19-7 record having just -8 point less than leader Furstenfeld. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face Raiffeisen Wels (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gussing Knights will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gussing: S.Koch 16+4reb, C.Scott 16+6reb+1ast, A.Djuric 12+2reb+1ast, M.Heard 10+7reb, M.Klepeisz 10+4reb+2ast, C.Vancura 8+2reb+4ast
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 19+10reb+2ast, D.Nelson 16+7reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 12+4ast, D.Mayes 12+4reb, J.Fears 11+4reb+3ast, S.Knabl 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169202


Gmunden - Klosterneub. 63-59
An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (20-6) which hosted in Gmunden 4th ranked Xion Dukes (17-9). First ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 4-point victory 63-59. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-59. Gmunden Swans made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) notched 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Matthias Fischer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 11 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) did not help to save the game for Xion Dukes. Forward Ferdinand Saukel (198-92) added 13 points. Gmunden Swans maintains first position in Bundesliga with 20-6 record. Loser Xion Dukes keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Oberwart Gunners (#5) in the next round. Xion Dukes will play against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: F.Saukel 13+3reb+1ast, C.Nagler 11+3reb+4ast, R.Suljanovic 8+9reb, C.Bobb 8+3reb+1ast, D.Zeleznik 6+1reb+1ast, C.Greimeister 5+3reb
Gmunden: R.Arnold 15+6reb, M.Curry 13+1reb+2ast, E.Murati 11+5reb+5ast, D.Oppland 10+5reb+2ast, F.Schoeninger 6+1reb, J.Rados 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 169200


Oberwart - Wels 66-59
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Raiffeisen Wels (18-8) against fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (17-9) on Monday night. Visiting Raiffeisen Wels were defeated by Oberwart Gunners in a tough game in Oberwart 59-66. Raiffeisen Wels were ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 39-25 second half run of Oberwart Gunners. Bosnian center Esmir Rizvic (213-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St.) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) scored 6 points and 15 rebounds. Defending champion maintains fifth position in Bundesliga with 17-9 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the third place with eight games lost. Oberwart Gunners will play against league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against the league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: Q.Pryor 15+8reb+1ast, A.Farokhmanesh 11+1reb+3ast, D.Lamesic 10+7reb, T.Brown 9+5reb+3ast, J.Werner 6+15reb, L.Stutz 6+4reb
Oberwart: E.Rizvic 18+7reb, J.Dean Shaw 15+6reb+2ast, H.Ochsenhofer 9+1reb+5ast, V.Hollins 9+4reb+1ast, L.Linzer 7+1reb+1ast, N.Gacesa 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 169201


Group B
St.Polten - BC Vienna 83-108
The game in St.Polten supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked BC Vienna (10-14) played at the court of 5th ranked St.Polten (1-23). BC Vienna smashed St.Polten 108-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. St.Polten was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. St.Polten was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who led his team to a victory with 29 points. Serbian-Bosnian power forward Marko Djurkovic (205-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Filip Kramer (200-92) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. Five BC Vienna and four St.Polten players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Vienna maintains second position in Bundesliga with 10-14 record having just three points less than leader Furstenfeld. Loser St.Polten keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost. BC Vienna will face Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen in the next round. St.Polten will play on the road against the league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: F.Kramer 17+6reb+2ast, M.Speiser 15+5reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 14+1reb+2ast, D.Friedrich 12+1reb+5ast, T.Blazan 8+2reb+2ast, R.Booker 6+1reb
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 29+3reb+2ast, M.Djurkovic 21+11reb, B.Matthews 19+9reb+1ast, J.Francois 16+4reb+2ast, D.Toroman 11+3reb+4ast, T.Gaspar 8+2reb+1ast
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UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld 81-95
An interesting game for Furstenfeld Panthers (12-13) which played road game in Graz against 3rd ranked UBSC Graz (8-17). First ranked Furstenfeld Panthers managed to get a 14-point victory 95-81. It looked good early as UBSC Graz took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Furstenfeld Panthers had a 27-18 second period charge getting the lead and UBSC Graz was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-95. It was a great shooting night for Furstenfeld Panthers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 32 points and 6 assists. The other American import forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) who recorded 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) added 28 points respectively. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first position in Bundesliga with 12-13 record. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be St.Polten (#5) at home.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 33+8reb+5ast, S.Grum 28+1reb+3ast, T.Ambrose 9+1reb+2ast, R.Lanegger 8+5reb+2ast, S.Schaal 2+4reb+7ast, C.Knor 1+2reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 32+4reb+6ast, J.Robinson 21+9reb+1ast, G.Ware 15+6reb+2ast, K.Payton 13+4reb+2ast, P.Radakovics 6+1reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 6+2reb+5ast
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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 5. Pilk, TTU16.4 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.9 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Young, Ventspils15.1 
 10. Vasylius, Siauliai14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 David MCCLURE
  Kedainiai
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas9.1 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 4. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 6. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 7. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas7.1 
 9. Barinov, Naglis P.7.1 
 10. Rozitis, Valmiera6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sarunas VASILIAUSKAS
  Lietka.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Vasiliauskas, Liet.5.0 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas4.6 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 5. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 6. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.2 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 8. Tsiopych, Barsy A.3.9 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.8 
 10. McKee, Triumph3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 4. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 5. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 6. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 7. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 8. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 10. Long, Siauliai1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.6 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 6. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja1.1 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.0.9 


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 18-5 
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 18-5 
 3. Flamengo 18-6 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 16-5 
 5. Unitri/Universo 15-8 
 6. Paulistano 15-9 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 15-10 
 8. Cia do Terno 11-12 
 9. Winner/Limeira 10-12 
 10. Vivo/Franca 10-13 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 9-14 
 12. Tijuca TC 8-15 
 13. Minas 8-16 
 14. Araraquara 2-21 
 15. Vila Velha 1-23 


Cavs center Varejao still out with broken wrist - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says center Anderson Varejao's (6'9''-C-82) broken right wrist will not be re-examined by doctors until next week.

Varejao has been out since Feb. 10, when he broke his wrist during a game against Milwaukee. The Cavs expected Varejao to miss from 4 to 6 weeks and were initially optimistic he would return sooner. One of the NBA's top rebounders, Varejao continues to wear a wrap on his wrist. He has not yet resumed basketball activities and has been limited to working on his stamina.

The Cavs have made a recent playoff push without the 29-year-old Varejao. Cleveland has won three straight for the first time this season and trails New York by one game for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland hosts Toronto on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Dennis Rodman coming to Bulgaria for the HDI All Star Game - by Christomir Rackov
Dennis Rodman will arrive in Bulgaria to be a part of HDI All Star Game announced the organizers. The NBA legend has already signed its contract and will be in Sofia on 6th and 7th of April.

5-time NBA champion with Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls will be a part of the program of the All Star Day as he will join a youth camp that will be held during his stay in our country.

The tickets for the event are at prices of 11 and 16 levs and can be bought at eventim.bg.


Hristo Nikolov''s 30 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bulgarian players, who play currently abroad.


Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. He could not help one of league''s weakest teams Szolnok (18-4) in their last game. Despite Nikolov''s very good performance Szolnok lost 92-101 at home to the second-ranked Albacomp. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Nikolov also added 9 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Nikolov''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 60.9%(106-174), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 71.4% in the 22 games he played so far. Nikolov played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (13-11) in their last game. Despite Rowland''s very good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 81-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Lagun Aro GBC. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 27 minutes. It was Unicaja Malaga''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Rowland averages: 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 18.9% and FT: 85.7% in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Calloway was not able to secure a victory for Cajasol (12-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Cajasol was defeated 77-73 on their home court in Sevilla by the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#12). Calloway was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added made 5 passes and 4 steals. Calloway''s overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 80.6%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #4. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn''t help Meridiano Alicante (13-11) in their last game. Despite Ivanov''s good performance Meridiano Alicante lost 65-70 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#5) Basket. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Ivanov also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Meridiano Alicante''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg. This year he also averages: 12.8ppg and 1.4apg in the 23 games. Ivanov is also Bulgarian national team player.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #5. Former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-19) 71-64 in the German BBL in Saturday night''s game. Homan scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (15-11) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Homan is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 7.1rpg. He also averaged so far 13.4ppg, 1.9apg and 1.2bpg in the 17 games. Homan is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago. Interesting that Homan has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #6. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn''t help Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (8-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was defeated 77-72 in Bologna by the much higher-ranked CS Bologna (#4). Ivanov scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Ivanov is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Ivanov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #7. International guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) led Kavala to a victory against the closely-ranked KAOD (7-13) 100-86 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night''s game. Kostov recorded 12 points. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (11-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kostov''s overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 2.9rpg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #8. Swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, also represented by Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Antalya (5-17) 91-72 in the Turkish TBL last Wednesday. Videnov scored 13 points and added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Olin Edirne Basketball (7-15) is placed 13th in the TBL. This year Videnov has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.8apg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #9. An experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (10-5) 85-77 in the VTB United League in Wednesday night''s game. Blakney scored only 4 points in 25 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-6) is placed fourth in group B. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. This year Blakney''s overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Krum Doychinov
Krum Doychinov
   #10. Center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn''t help Solna Vikings (17-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance Solna Vikings was edged 96-93 in Boras by the higher-ranked (#3) Basket. Doychinov had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. It was Solna Vikings'' third consecutive loss in a row. Doychinov''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Doychinov''s total stats are: 9.2ppg and 5.6rpg in the 35 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, another player represented by Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) couldn''t help Stade Clermont in their game against Blois in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night''s game Naydenov was the second best scorer with 15 points. Naydenov has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team eight years ago.

   #12. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) couldn''t help Feni Indistrija in their game against Levski Sofia in the Balkan League. Lilov cannot count Wednesday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 21 minutes. His team lost 84-91. Lilov belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #5 with 17.3ppg. This year he also averages: 3.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg in the six games. Lilov is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Hristo Petkov (200-85, college: Campbellsville) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Aalborg crushing them 87-62 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. He scored only 2 points. Petkov has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.2rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team eleven years ago.


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

   #1. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter''s), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (13-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 83-75 at home by the lower-ranked Angelico Biella (#10). Clark was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. This season Clark has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus to win against one of league''s weakest teams Ikaros (5-16) crushing them 100-63 in the Greek A1 on Wednesday night. He recorded only 3 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. 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 critical. Antic''s overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed to Chalon/Saor''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-15) 74-64 in the French ProA on Friday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (18-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Evtimov''s overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French. Despite Evtimov''s Bulgarian nationality, he currently plays for the French national team and is not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Superleague was not able to help Torus Skopje (14-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Karadzovski''s very good performance Torus Skopje was defeated 93-87 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#6). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Karadzovski also added 6 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Karadzovski is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Karadzovski averages: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg. He has both FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian nationalities. Despite Karadzovski''s Bulgarian passport, he previously played for the FYR Macedonian national team and probably cannot be called to the Bulgarian team.

   #5. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) contributed to an Asefa Estudiantes'' surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-11) 74-67 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Deane scored 9 points. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (7-16) is placed 16th in the ACB. It was his team''s first victory after seven consecutive loses. Deane has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg and 3.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.


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Victor Samnick selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Cameroonians who are currently playing abroad.


Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown). He led Sluc Nancy to a victory over the 12th-ranked JSF Nanterre (8-13) crushing them 81-59 in the French ProA in Saturday night''s game. Samnick was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (14-7) is placed fourth in the ProA. This year Samnick averages: 9.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(73-128), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 64.7% in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA). He was the main contributor in a Final Genclik''s victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (13-16) 79-68 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Wednesday. Aboya was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Aboya also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Final Spor Genclik Bursa (19-10) is placed seventh in the TB2L. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Aboya has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 12.7rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 64.3%. Aboya is in the roster of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He managed to help Milwaukee Bucks in a victory against the New York Knicks (18-24) 119-114 in the NBA on Friday night. Mbah a Moute scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 18-24 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Mbah a Moute''s fourth year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 44.6% and FT: 75.0% in the 25 games. Mbah a Moute is also a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #4. Power forward Kenny Kadji (210-88) contributed to an easy victory against the Georgia Tech (24-8) 54-36 in the conference tournament in Thursday night''s game. He recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The University of Miami, Florida has 9-7 conference record this season. Kadji''s total stats this year are: 6.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also Cameroonian national team player.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #5. International forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) contributed to a Chiba Jets'' victory against the ninth-ranked Saitama Broncos (11-26) 81-69 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Moliva scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Chiba Jets (14-24) are placed eighth in Eastern group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It''s Moliva''s first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 5.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg in the 38 games. Moliva plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #6. Power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) helped Etendard de Brest win their game against the closely-ranked Chartres (10-15) 79-66 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Etendard de Brest (13-12) is placed 11th in the NM1. Vounang has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Steve Tchiengang
Steve Tchiengang
   #7. International forward Steve Tchiengang (205-88) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The University of Mississippi (8-8) 65-53 in the conference tournament last Saturday. Tchiengang scored 6 points. The Vanderbilt University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. Tchiengang has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.6rpg. Tchiengang is also Cameroonian national team player.


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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Pavia (14-16) 69-54 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Thursday night''s game. Biligha scored 6 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 23 minutes. Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (17-12) is placed fourth in North-West Division. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Biligha has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.6rpg in the 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha''s Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Hippolyte Tsafack (203-F) managed to help University of Memphis in a victory against the University of Central Florida (7-9) crushing them 83-52 in the conference tournament on Friday night. He scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. The University of Memphis have quite an impressive 13-3 conference record this season. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tsafack has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.6rpg in the 28 games.


Aboya begins in Bursa - by Eurobasket News
The Cameroonian Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85, college: UCLA), 27, made his debut with the Sport Genckik Bursa Team in the Turkish championship of second division immediately after signing the contract.

The Cameroonian Alfred Aboya, 27, made his debut with the Sport Genckik Bursa Team in the Turkish championship of second division immediately after signing the contract. The center of the Indomitable Lions has made a spectacular entrance by contributing greatly to the success of his team against the TED Istanbul (66-63).
This powerful player (2.06m and 111kg) has a modest CV to have played in Venezuela (Bucaneros La Guaira), with the University of California (UCLA Bruins from 2005 to 2009) in Antibes (France)
Courtesy of: starafrica.com


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Steve Nash''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Canadian players, who play currently abroad.


Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (19-22) in their last game. Despite Nash''s very good performance the Phoenix Suns were edged 127-124 at home by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes in 32 minutes on the court. It''s Nash''s eighth season with the team. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.0apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(166-278), 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 87.1% in the 38 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team nine years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Houston Rockets (22-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dalembert''s very good performance the Houston Rockets were defeated 118-107 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Dalembert also added 5 blocks. It''s Dalembert''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 8.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 49.6% and FT: 80.8%. Dalembert has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. He played for the Canadian national team in 2008.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona). He led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Juventus (9-11) crushing them 95-69 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night''s game. Landry scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy (15-4) is placed second in group 1. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Baltic League. This season Landry has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 3FGP: 54.3%(19-35) and FT: 76.5%. He played for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #4. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV) contributed to a 3-point Miami Heat''s victory against the Atlanta Hawks (24-17) 89-86 in the NBA last Wednesday. Anthony recorded 6 points in 23 minutes. The Miami Heat has a very solid 31-9 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Anthony has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg in the 40 games. Anthony is also Canadian national team player.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #5. Former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas) managed to help Cleveland Cavaliers to win against the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-9) 96-90 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 5 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 16-23 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Thompson''s total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #6. Forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) was the major contributor in a Blusens Monbus'' victory against one of league''s weakest teams UCAM Murcia (7-17) 69-62 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (8-16) is placed 15th in the ACB. This year Kendall''s total stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.9rpg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Harouna Mutombo
Harouna Mutombo
   #7. Former international guard Harouna Mutombo (193), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the W.Carolina (8-9) in their last game. Despite Mutombo''s very good performance the W.Carolina (#3) was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 93-91 in Davidson, NC by the Davidson College. He recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Mutombo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in W.Carolina''s roster. Mutombo has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Robert Sacre
Robert Sacre
   #8. Center Robert Sacre (213-88), who plays in the NCAA couldn''t help the Gonzaga (12-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Gonzaga lost in an overtime 74-78 in Moraga, CA to the Saint Mary''s College of California. Sacre scored 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 minutes. Sacre plays fifth season for the team. His stats this year are: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. Sacre used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2010.

Tyrone Watson
Tyrone Watson
   #9. Former U18 international forward Tyrone Watson (195-90) led N.Mexico St. to an easy victory against the Louisiana Tech University (8-6) crushing them 82-57 in the conference tournament last Saturday. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The New Mexico State University has quite an impressive 10-3 conference record this season. Watson plays for the team since 2008. Watson averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team four years ago.

Brady Heslip
Brady Heslip
   #10. Guard Brady Heslip (187-90) led Baylor to a victory against the Kansas State University (9-9) 82-74 in the conference tournament on Thursday night. Heslip scored 15 points in 31 minutes. The Baylor University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. Heslip averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Myck Kabongo (185-93) contributed to Texas'' victory against the Iowa State University 71-65 in the conference tournament in Thursday night''s game. Kabongo scored 11 points and added 5 passes. Kabongo averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international guard Keaton Cole (177-89) is a teammate of previously mentioned Harouna Mutombo and both played together in the last NCAA game. Cole, who plays in the NCAA couldn''t help the W.Carolina (8-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the W.Carolina (#3) was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 93-91 in Davidson, NC by the Davidson College. Cole recorded 21 points in 48 minutes. Cole averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Kyle Wiltjer (205-92) couldn''t help the Kentucky in their game against the Vanderbilt University in the conference tournament. He recorded 8 points and blocked 3 shots. His team was defeated 71-64. Wiltjer averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90), who plays in the NCAA couldn''t help the Oregon (13-5) in their last game. Despite Joseph''s good performance the Oregon was edged 63-62 on their home court in Eugene, OR by the University of Colorado. He scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 39 minutes. Joseph averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (185-93) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Sacre and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos couldn''t help the Gonzaga in their game against the Saint Mary''s College of California. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 45 minutes. His team lost in an overtime 74-78. Pangos averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.


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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-F-89) led St.Bonaventure to a victory against the Xavier University (10-6) 67-56 in the conference tournament on Sunday night. Nicholson had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 8 blocks (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 38 minutes. The St.Bonaventure University has a very solid 10-3 conference record this season. Nicholson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in St.Bonaventure''s roster. This season Nicholson''s overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.0bpg in the 42 games he played so far.

   #2. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sagesse (10-12) 89-70 in a derby game in the Lebanese Division A last Thursday. Mahmoud scored 12 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (20-2) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team''s 15th consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Mahmoud is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his eighth year in Al Riyadi''s roster. He is currently third on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). Mahmoud has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.5apg and 2.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite Mahmoud''s Canadian passport, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team and is not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #3. Stephen Janzen (191-G-82) led Hannover Tigers to a victory over the eighth-ranked TSV Troester (11-11) 91-81 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Janzen was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. UBC Hannover Tigers (19-5) is placed first in Group North. Janzen has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He has also German nationality.

   #4. Hernst Laroche (185-G) contributed to a N.Mexico St.''s victory against the University of Hawaii (6-8) 92-81 in the conference tournament in Friday night''s game. Laroche scored 18 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). The New Mexico State University has a very good 10-3 conference record this season. Laroche is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in N.Mexico St.''s roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.

   #5. Daniel Mullings (187-G) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hernst Laroche and both played together in the last NCAA game. Mullings helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the University of Hawaii (6-8) 92-81. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mullings also added 4 assists and 2 blocks. Mullings averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.

   #6. Chris Johnson (195-G/F) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andrew Nicholson. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Johnson helped St.Bonaventure win their game against the University of Massachusetts 84-80. He scored 14 points. Johnson averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.

   #7. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Iowa St. (11-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Iowa St. lost 65-71 at home to the The University of Texas. Ejim scored 10 points in only 14 minutes. Ejim averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games.

   #8. Adam Folker (205-F) helped Cal-Irvine win their game against the California State University, Fullerton 65-59 in the conference tournament in Thursday night''s game. Folker recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Folker averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.

   #9. Alex Johnson (178-PG) was not able to help the one of league''s weakest teams N.Carolina St. in their game against the University of North Carolina in the conference tournament. He scored 8 points in 28 minutes. His team was edged 69-67. Johnson averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games.

   #10. Bryson Johnson (185-G-90) was not able to secure a victory for the Bucknell in their game against the Lehigh University in the conference tournament. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night He scored 11 points. Johnson averaged so far 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.


NBL Canada All-Stars announced, includes six Canadians - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the team rosters for the inaugural All-Star Weekend, presented by Rogers Communications Inc., taking place March 31-April 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

London Lightning's Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) and Halifax Rainmen's Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84), voted as Captains by the seven NBL Canada Head Coaches, selected their teams today through a Fantasy Draft via conference call.

'Both Eddie and Joey have made resounding contributions to their teams this season. We're very pleased to have these two outstanding players as Captains of the inaugural NBL Canada All-Star teams,' said John Kennedy, Commissioner of NBL Canada.

'As a cap to a very successful regular season, the All-Star Game provides a chance for our top-contributing players to showcase the contribution they've made to our League, while also a great opportunity for fans, coaches and players to get even more involved with NBL Canada.'

After a coin flip determined Haywood would make the first pick, he and Smith alternated selections from the top 20 All-Star list. Both players first two selections were their teammates, Haywood with Tyrone Levett and Taliek Brown and Smith with Gabe Freeman and DeAnthony Bowden.

Team Smith roster includes: Gabe Freeman, DeAnthony Bowden, Omari Johnson, Ricky Volcy (CAN), Morgan Lewis, Kevin Francis (CAN), Anthony Anderson, Darrell Wonge and Isaac Kuon (CAN).

I really didnt think about being an all-star when I played, but its amazing to have my hard work and talent recognized for the year, said Smith. To be selected as captain is more than an honor considering I never even thought about being selected for the all-star team.

Smith, a 63 guard from Springfield Illinois, has been a spark plug off the bench for the Lightning this season. Smith played his collegiate career at Moberly Area Communication College, finishing at Texas A & M. He has been playing under London Coach Micheal Ray Richardson for the past 5 years.

Team Haywood roster includes: Tyrone Levett, Taliek Brown, Mike Williams, Chris Cayole (CAN), Ralphy Holmes, Brandon Robinson, Trayvon Lathan, Darren Duncan and Tut Ruach (CAN).

Cayole was selected as an All-Star but due to an injury was replaced by Quebecs Yannick Anzuluni. Doctors have recently cleared Cayole to play in the All-Star events and he will now replace Anzuluni.

Id like to thank the NBL Canada fans and coaches for believing in me and giving me the honour of representing my country as the first-ever Canadian NBL Canada All-Star co-captain,' said Haywood. 'I'd also like to thank my tremendous family, especially my wife and son, for their incredible love and support throughout my career that has led me to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Haywood, a 61 point guard, has been touted as one of the best players in the country and has been a consistent scorer for the Rainmen this season, winning NBL Canada Player of the Week in November. Haywood was also the 2010-2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport leading scorer.

Over 213,000 fan votes were cast for the inaugural NBL Canada All-Star, and the results were submitted to the seven NBL Canada Head coaches for the final decision on the top 20 players.

All-Star Weekend will consist of exciting, family-friendly events ranging from an All-Star breakfast and youth basketball clinics to a three-point shoot out, slam-dunk contest, legends game, and of course the All-Star game.

Courtesy of http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com


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James Mays selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Central Africans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


James Mays
James Mays
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Mersin (8-14) in their last game. Despite Mays'' very good performance Mersin was edged 82-81 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Fenerbahce Ulker. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Mays also added 9 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. It''s Mays'' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 67.3% in the 14 games he played so far. Mays is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Central African senior national team. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Marousi (1-20) crushing them 96-56 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. Sato recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 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. This season Sato averages: 6.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 51.2%. He is in the roster of the Central African senior national team.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79). Zianveni contributed to a Strasbourg IG''s victory against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (8-13) 83-69 in the French ProA on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Strasbourg IG (9-12) is placed 11th in the ProA. This year Zianveni''s overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 49.5% and FT: 48.9% in the 21 games. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Zianveni is also a member of the Central African senior national team.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Forward Max Kouguere (198-87) managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket to win against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (6-14) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA in Saturday night''s game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (13-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. Kouguere''s total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 1.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere is also Central African national team player.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #5. International point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86) helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the 11th-ranked Strasbourg IG (9-12) 74-71 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (10-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. This year Mokongo averages just 3.2ppg in the 17 games. He has both Central African and French nationalities. Mokongo plays currently for the Central African national team.

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #6. Forward Martial Gotagni (190-79), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to help Le Puy ASMB (4-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Le Puy ASMB was crushed 86-61 on the opponent''s court by the leading Charleville-Mezieres. Gotagni was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds. This season Gotagni has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Central African National Team roster.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #7. Former international forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia) helped JA Vichy win their game against one of league''s weakest teams Quimper UJAP (6-19) crushing them 71-51 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night''s game. Dondon recorded only 4 points in 25 minutes. JA Vichy Val d''Allier Auvergne basket (6-19) is placed 17th in the ProB. This year Dondon''s total stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Central African national team nine years ago.


Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78) plays for Zurich Wildcats in Swiss LNB
Kezza Kolombet Bangiba (190-F-85) plays for Nord Ardeche in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Benjamin M''Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2

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


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Unicaja Malaga bring in Krunoslav Simon - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga bring in Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) for the rest of the season. The Spanish team takes the Croatian player from KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje where he played for 12 years.
In year 2000 Krunoslav Simon started for KK Zagreb and remained with the team until this season. In 2010-2011 for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje he averaged 13.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 81.1% in Adriatic league and in EuroChallenge had 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg. In Croatian League his stats read 16.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 67.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 89.8%. In 2011-2012 for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and averaged 15.7 points per game in Adriatic League. In his top game he recorded 29 points as KK Zagreb CO beat Cibona 82:77.
Only over the last two seasons he reached EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -10, became Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Domestic Players Team -10, 11 and Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team -10. In 2011 he was Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Domestic Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team -11 and Croatian A1 League Champion -11.



A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 15-4 
 2. Jolly 14-5 
 3. KK Split 13-6 
 4. Zabok 11-8 
 5. Svjetlost 9-10 
 6. Alkar Sinj 8-11 
 7. Borik 8-11 
 8. Kvarner 2010 8-11 
 9. Darda 8-11 
 10. Krizevci 8-12 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


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Etha makes the series 2-0 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Darryl Watkins led all scorers with 23 points, Jakson added 16 points, King had 15 and Etha rolled to its 2nd straight win, 90-73 over Apollon on Tuesday night. For the winners Massamba had 10 pts and 8 assists.

Statistically wise Etha was a lot improved behind the 3 pt line, it had 12 in 15 free throws, had 23 assists that it is well above its average and grabbed a total of 44 rebs.


Scoring wise, Etha got a total of 48 points from the 3 Americans plus another 16 from Jackson.

Tutt had 9 points and Cup added another 9.

In the loosing squad, Gillenwater finished with 22 points and Gagaloudis had 16.



Semi Finals: Game no.2 - Etha thrashed Apollon with 90-73! - by Chris Mammides
An amazing game took place in Nicosia where Intercollege Etha Engomis and Pizza Express Apollon were playing a crucial game for the Semi Finals of the Cyprus First Division league. Their second in-between game for the Semi Finals in abest of five series, was as crucial and thrilling as the first game was in Limassol, with the same winner, as Etha at the end thrashed Apollon and succeeded the 2-0, after beating the Limassol team with 90-73.

The game was started with the home team being more antagonistic in the court and with the American center Darryl Watkins being the man of the period as he dominated totally over his opponents, the American center was followed by his country-mate Tutt who was very good at this first period, with the score deficit goes as far as the ten points 2.27 to the end of the period to finally end with 25-18 and Yannis Gagaloudis (192-G-78) remains pointless in this first period. On behalf of the visitors, Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) as always was the man of his team as he scored the 8 points out of the 18 of his team.

The second period though was a totally different period as Yannis Gagaloudis woke up and together with the assistance of Grafs, the team of Miglinieks balance the game and with less than 5 minutes to go the game was once more a derby as Apollon succeeded a crucial 6-12 to bring the score to 31-30 with Yannis Gagaloudis leading his team in both scoring and assisting. Etha got stacked in the offensive part and gave the chance to Apollon to cut the deficit very fast. Erik Rush (197-G-88, college: Montana St.) scored for the 35-34, 4 unanswered points to reach his personal record to 8 and actually helping his team quite a lot. Etha reacted and mainly with the American guard, Michael King (193-G-78, college: G.Washington) increase the deficit to seven (42-35) with Michael King reaching the ten points but Yannis Gagaloudis was there and with a three pointer cut the deficit to 42-38. In the remaining 55 seconds of the game Troy Gillenwater scored the one of two free throws while Joshua Jackson (189-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific) added a three pointer to his personal record to end the game to 45-39.

The 3rd period though we had a small explosion on behalf of the home team as an awesome three minutes between the 8.03 until the 5.41 to the end of the third period, Etha outscored Apollon with a 7-0, and the score went from 51-45 to 58-45 for the maximum deficit for Etha. Ethas Coach saw the duet Michael King and Joshua Jackson to be very good from the arc and these two players were the main reason for this +13 for their team. Watkins was on fire and with personal crescent and 7 personal points (reaching the 21) explodes the difference to the sixteen points with 64-48 and Apollon seemed to be unable to react for a moment with the clock showing 3.07 to the end of the 3rd period. In the remaining three minutes, the two teams with key figures the American Brandon Wallace (206-F-85, college: S.Carolina) on behalf of Apollon who scored 5 points and Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) on behalf of Etha who reached the six personal assists, moved basket to basket with Troy Gillenwater closing the gap with a three pointer at the very end for the 71-56, in a game where the deficit for the home team reached the 18 points! An amazing offensive game for Etha who ended this period with a 26-17 in the best and most productive period of the game until the specific moment. Apollon once more was expecting everything from Troy Gillenwater who reached his 15 personal points with Brandon Wallace having 7 and Yannis Gagaloudis 11 points but 5 turnovers too.

The 4th period of this exciting game started with Troy Gillenwater scoring his first basket 8.52 before the end of the game to cut the deficit even more with Brandon Wallace to 74-60, 7.40 before the end. Apollon was not steady and the number of turnovers plus the missing shots couldnt help the team to be more aggressive and cut the deficit, on the other hand Etha was very focused with Watkins in one of his best games this season and Michael King with Joshua Jackson in a very productive night, Apollon couldnt do anything but losing the game. The score went up to 81-63 before a pair of three pointers from the only two players who were able to score on behalf of Apollon, Yannis Gagaloudis and Troy Gillenwater to cut the deficit to 12, 81-69 before Thomas Massamba becomes the 5th player to add his name in Ethas players with double digits succeeding in both his free throws. With the score being 83-69 and with only 1.44 remaining for the end of the game, Coach Miglineks called a time out to try for the miracle, but Joshua Jackson was among the players who were on fire so with a new basket took the deficit once more to 16, 85-69. Troy Gillenwater and Brandon Wallace answer back with a small 4-0 but a new 5-0 from Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) and Watkins brought the situation as it was, with Thomas Massamba reaching the 8 assist, Watkins reaching the 23 points and Dejan Cup very close to add his name to the double digits as he had 9, the score went to 90-73 with less than 33 seconds to go and with ETHA reaching the 2-0 in the series, the game ended without changing the final result and Etha to be very close to the finals for a second consecutive time.
MVP of the game with another double-double figure was the American center Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) who ended the game with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 block shots!
Top scorers:
ETHA: Watkins 23, Joshua Jackson 16, Michael King 15, Thomas Massamba 10 and 8 assists and Dejan Cup 9 and 8 rebounds.
Apollon: Troy Gillenwater 22, Yannis Gagaloudis 16, 5 assists and 5 turnovers, Brandon Wallace 11



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Get to know: an interview with CEZ Nymburk star Tre Simmons - by Michal Koza
Chester 'Tre' Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) is a 6'6' swingman who lately brought a lot of attention in Europe with his great performance in a 79:60 win for his club over CSKA Moscow. We asked him some on and off the court questions to get to know him better.

This is your second season with Nymburk. Last year CEZ won national title and you were leading scorer. This year, the success continues. What makes you still best team in Czech Republic ?
What makes us still the best in Czech i think is the caliber of players we have, coaches did a good job of keeping and adding great players to continue the history of Nymburk basketball. And we all have one goal and thats to win a Czech championship.

This year you are competing in several competitions. Which is the most important one for the team? European competitions or domestic championship ?
I think both VTB and domestic league is important. We are still in the Eurocup also. Just gives the players and team a lot of exposure and thats good.

What do you think the team can improve on to be better?
I think we can improve on a couple things of course no team is perfect and you have good and bad days, i would say if we just stay consistent at what we are good at, we will be ok.

After spending all years of your professional career in Europe, do you think European basketball is improving?
I think European basketball is improving, especially with guys that came from the NBA over here made it more interesting, theres a lot of good teams in Europe, just wish some games came on in the States more.

What are your personal goals this season ?
My personal goals is to get as far as possible in Eurocup, VTB and win the Czech championship, and just stay healthy!

How is your life in Czech Republic ? Do you live there with your family ? How do you like the city, food, traditions ? Do you have a pet ?
Life in Czech republic is not bad, although i am here by myself my family is in the states (Seattle, Wa) my kids have school and my fiancee is a nurse so thats pretty tough. but the food is pretty good, i see they love beer and in my opinion not a fan of beer, but were located in a small town but Prague is not that far away. I have not pets, thats like having another kid to take care of. (lol)

Who is your favorite basketball player or an athlete ? (these days or the past)
Right now i like LeBron James, he can do everything on the court, pass score, play defense.. but theres a few players. I like Deron Williams, my boy Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, I don't think nobody can guard those guys.

Do you have any superstitions before the game or on the court (like before free throws) ?


I have no superstitions, I just pray before every game, I do have a routine at the free throw line but you'll have to watch the game to see!

There is all about the March Madness in the US right now, do you have your favorites, do you follow some college action ?
March madness. Im going to have to go with my college Washington Huskies. But like how Missouri and Kentucky are playing good.

Do you think Czech basketball is getting better ? How do you see the level of domestic competition and native players ?
I think Czech basketball will get better theres a few pretty good teams in the league, it will get better as the years progress.

Did you learn some Czech language ?
I don't really know too much check, only hi and bye and those are the same words. (lol)

What is your favorite music, food ?
I like rap music some r&b some old school. my favorite food is fried chicken, my mom's preferably.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last dvd i saw was 'The Wood', pretty funny.

Everyone is talking about your VTB win over CSKA and your incredible performance. 24 points on 11/15 form the field and six boards. Was it biggest win for Nymburk last two years ?
I think it was one of the biggest wins for Nymburk, they're the #1 team in Europe so it was huge for us and the organization.

Did you have special motivation for this game ?
I had a lot of motivation for this game, i love playing against big teams. I also had a big article on Eurobasket that day so that gave me an extra motivation.

Was it your personal best game this season ?
My personal best game, thats pretty tough. I don't think I can pick one.

If you beat CSKA by 19, sky is the limit. What goals are still to be accomplished this season for the team ?
Our goal is to try and get to the Final Four in Eurocup but we do have a tough task ahead of us against a really good team, to finish strong in Vtb league and of course win the Czech championship.

What role in your victories do your fans play ?
Our fans play a big part and its motivating to see them in the stands with flags, playing drums making noise etc. I give them a lot of credit, they try to come to every game, dedication!

Your favorite saying or quote you like ?
I have a few but my dad tells me every time i get off the phone with him to ''protect yourself at all times'.




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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Randers 17-3 
 2. Amager BK 16-4 
 3. Lemvig 15-5 
 4. Koge BK 13-8 
 5. Aarhus BF 12-9 
 6. Stevnsgade 11-9 
 7. Virum 10-10 
 8. Glostrup 9-11 
 9. Haderslev 7-13 
 10. Jonstrup 5-15 
 11. ALBA 5-15 
 12. Solrod 1-19 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. White, Aalborg25.2 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.4 
 3. Rutherford, SISU21.4 
 4. Henry, Naestved21.4 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 6. Alexander, Bakken19.4 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.1 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg19.1 
 9. Fields, Falcon17.5 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.4 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.8 
 4. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 9. Benjamin, Horsholm8.2 
 10. Colas, Horsholm8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. Sattler, Horsens IC5.0 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.8 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.4 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.8 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 8. Fields, Falcon3.6 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Henry, Naestved3.8 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.2 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Vinson, Svendborg1.4 
 8. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.3 
 9. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 10. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 


Ligaen Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the Ligaen Quarterfinals were played last night. Naestved, Bakken and Svendborg outplayed their rivals once again and jumped to 2-0 lead in the series. They need one more for the Semis. Also last night, SISU managed to beat Horsens IC 92-90 tying the score to 1-1. Teams will meet against on Thursday.

Horsholm - Naestved 73-74 (0-2)

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Horsholm won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Horsholm 37-24 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) responded with 16 points and forward Alexander Bak (193-91) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: B.Colas 16+4reb+1ast, A.Bak 15+2reb+3ast, P.Hertz 10+1reb+2ast, J.Benjamin 10+6reb+1ast, A.Haas 9+2reb+3ast, V.Aleksic 7+7reb+1ast
Naestved: N.Brasas 24+6reb+1ast, P.Johansen 15+7reb+1ast, C.Henry 9+2reb+8ast, J.Glynn 8+9reb, M.Frandsen 6+7reb+1ast, M.Hoirup 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 170728


SISU - Horsens IC 92-90 (1-1)
Horsens IC was ahead by 15 points after three quarters before a 33-16 charge of SISU, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Mike Flowers (193-86, college: Barton, NC) supported him with 21 points. Even 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) did not help to save the game for Horsens IC. His fellow American import power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Harris 22+8reb+4ast, J.Larsen 14+4reb+1ast, M.Sakne 13+1reb+1ast, D.Sattler 12+2reb+6ast, M.St.John 12+11reb+4ast, H.Schur 12+10reb+1ast
SISU: D.Rutherford 28+7reb+2ast, M.Flowers 21+4reb+1ast, M.Dennis 18+3reb+2ast, D.Harder 13+4reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 12+4reb+5ast, H.Sigmer Nielsen 0+2reb
gschID: 170729


Aalborg - Bakken 62-87 (0-2)
The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 19-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-62. Bakken forced 19 Aalborg turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Alexander (193-87, college: SF Austin) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: M.Rasmussen 14+3reb, T.Bishop 14+9reb+2ast, R.White 13+8reb+7ast, S.Sorensen 8+8reb, R.Lauridsen 6+1reb+1ast, S.Eleraky 4+5reb
Bakken: J.Alexander 25+6reb+1ast, N.Iversen 14+8reb+5ast, A.Jakobsen 12+2reb+5ast, C.Christoffersen 12+7reb, M.Kristensen 5+5reb, S.Krath 5+4reb
gschID: 170726


Vaerlose - Svendborg 76-83 (0-2)
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Vaerlose won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Vaerlose's 26. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) replied with 29 points and American guard Reginald Delk (193-86, college: Louisville) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Vaerlose.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 29+3reb+1ast, R.Delk 21+6reb+3ast, C.Sprinker 13+11reb+2ast, P.Moller 5+2reb, O.Sedoc-Moller 3+1reb, P.Simonsen 2+1reb+2ast
Svendborg: C.Colman 24+5reb+1ast, A.Darboe 12+3reb+3ast, M.Kingsley 10+7reb, M.Mariegaard 10+3reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 9+5reb+2ast, D.Vinson 8+12reb+1ast
gschID: 170727


Play-out
Falcon - Aabyhoj 74-84
It looked good early as Falcon took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aabyhoj had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Falcon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-84. Aabyhoj made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Aabyhoj had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Anton Elsner (186-90, college: Clinton CC (NY)) contributed with 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. Mexican Robert Fields replied with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Falcon. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Falcon: J.McFarlane 22+1reb+4ast, R.Fields 19+6reb+4ast, C.Nielsen 11+5reb+2ast, P.Ba 7+3reb, H.Thomsen 6+9reb+1ast, P.Jorgensen 4+3reb
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 30+19reb+4ast, A.Elsner 14+2reb+6ast, D.Phillips 10+6reb, D.Jukic 9+4reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 8+2reb, G.Valentinusson 7
gschID: 170725




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  D-LEAGUE   


Vipers' timing off in 107-100 defeat to Legends - by Eurobasket News
The stage was set for a Rio Grande Valley Vipers loss on Monday.

After all, the Vipers had played just two games in the last 18 days and their first in nine. They were facing the hottest team in the NBA Development League the Texas Legends, owners of seven-game winning streak.

For much of the game, the Vipers played a like a team trying to shake off the rust. Their shooting touch, timing and chemistry were just a tad off. Sure enough, it added to a Vipers 107-100 defeat at State Farm Arena.

It looked like we had three weeks off instead of nine days, Vipers coach Nick Nurse said.

Despite their troubles, the Vipers still managed to make it a game after they cut an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to three with 2:19 left thanks to a 22-7 run over a 6:21 span.

But, the things that had hampered the Vipers blown layups, missed rebounding opportunities, turnovers returned at the worst possible time. As a result, the Legends were able to put away the Vipers with a strong finish that gave them their eighth-straight victory.

Those things came back to bite us in our butts, said Vipers point guard Will Conroy, who had 13 points and seven assists. We had a couple of tips that would have cut it to one. Instead, they got the rebound, scored and made it a five-point game.

As badly as the Vipers played on Monday, Nurse didnt seem to be as bothered by it as much as some previous defeats. Instead, he focused on the positive things.

There were a lot of good segments tonight, Nurse said. We won three of the four quarters. We didnt shoot well enough tonight, and they made shot when they needed them. We didnt finish worth a darn. Usually when you miss three or four layups, you are disappointed. It was more like 13 or 14, and a couple of them at crucial times.

In addition to the missed layups, the Vipers were severely cold from one of their normally-reliable weapons the 3-point arc. The Vipers made just 5 of 23 threes.

I dont think we made any shots and we had good looks, Conroy said.

Damian Saunders returned to the Vipers lineup following an ankle injury to lead the team with 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench. He had made some crucial tip-in and knocked down a pair of threes that helped the Vipers come back.

Guys like Will and Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) got us back on the right track to get in good position to get the game in the end, but things werent falling for us, Saunders said.

Uzoh finished with 19 points and Scott VanderMeer (7'0''-C-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) had 14 points and seven rebounds. Newly-acquired center Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) played well early, but got into foul trouble. He finished with 11 points.

The Legends were led by Alando Tuckers 20 points. However, it was Dominique Johnson's (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific) 17 points many of them produced on jumpers that had dagger-like effects at crucial times that hurt the most.

These guys (Legends) came out and played a good game, Conroy said. They capitalized on our mistakes. They beat us up on the glass and got some second shots early, and we got into a hole. We were pretty much coming from behind for three quarters.

Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Harangody and Sloan named D-League Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame), on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Canton Charge, and Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) of the Erie BayHawks were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played March 5-11.

Harangody, averaged 24.3 points and 14.3 rebounds while shooting 62 percent from the floor as Canton went 3-0 on the week. He began the week with double-doubles (March 8 at Springfield and March 10 vs. Maine) before finishing the week with a 30-point game (March 11 vs. Reno).

Sloan averaged 22.0 points, 8.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds last week when the BayHawks went 2-0. He finished with his best game of the week on March 9 against Reno when he scored 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


D-Fenders topple Stampede - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles D-Fenders grabbed the lead near the end of the first quarter, extended it by as many as 22 points, and did not trail for the remainder of the game en route to a 108-99 win over the Idaho Stampede on Monday night at Toyota Sports Center. Now riding a three-game win streak, the D-Fenders, who are 13-1 in their last 14 games, become the first NBA Development League team to 30 wins.

In a physical game from tip-off until the final buzzer, Los Angeles (30-11) and Idaho shot a combined 93 free-throws, including 62 by the D-Fenders (48 FTs made), who surpassed franchise single-game highs for free-throws made and attempted in a game.

Los Angeles Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and two steals, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) tallied 17 points, six rebounds and three steals, and Otis George added 15 points along with three steals in the win. In addition, Courtney Fortson (5'11''-G-88, college: Arkansas) (13 points, 6 assists, 2 steals), Zach Andrews (13 points [5-7 FG]), Malcolm Thomas (12 points, 9 rebounds) as well as Orien Greene (12 points, 6 rebounds) all finished in double-figures for the D-Fenders.

Idaho (16-25) was led by Marcus Banks (6'2''-G-81, college: UNLV), who scored a game-high 24 points and Seth Tarver, who registered 19 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Meanwhile, Willie Jenkins added 12 points and five rebounds, and Reginald Larry pitched in 10 points to go with two steals in the win.

The D-Fenders next play at home on Saturday, March 17th in their final meeting of the season with the Stampede. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. and the game is available for viewing online through NBA Futurecast.

Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com


D-Fenders acquire Kareem Rush - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Kareem Rush (6'6''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) from the available player pool.

Rush, a 6-5, 215 pound guard out of the University of Missouri, was selected in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft (20th overall) by the Raptors before his rights were acquired by the Lakers in a draft day deal. A seven-year NBA veteran, Rush has appeared in 346 career games (78 starts) for the Lakers, Bobcats, Pacers, 76ers and Clippers, averaging 6.4 points (35.8 3FG%), 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.2 minutes.

A standout at Missouri, Rush was named First Team All-Big 12 in his sophomore and juniors seasons, becoming the first Tigers player to receive the honor twice. Additionally, Rush, who scored the third most points in a single season (712) in school history, helped lead the Tigers to the Elite 8 during his junior year (2002). Named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2000, Rush became the first freshman to lead the Tigers in scoring (19.8 points) during a conference season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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. 30-11 
 2. Austin T. 23-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 22-17 
 4. Rio Grande VV 22-18 
 5. Texas L. 21-18 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 19-22 
 7. Reno B. 18-21 
 8. Idaho S. 16-25 


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. Thomas, Los A.8.8 
 5. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 6. Milligan, Canton C.8.7 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
 9. Andrews, Los A.8.1 
 10. Dyer, Texas L.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.9 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.2 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.6.1 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 4. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.1.9 
 7. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 8. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 9. Dyson, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 10. Millsap, Los A.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.2.5 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 7. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.1.6 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Clippers recall Travis Leslie from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they have recalled rookie guard Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. In his four game stint with the Jam, Leslie tallied 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game. The 47th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, Leslie has averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in eight games played for the Clippers this season. Leslie left University of Georgia after three years. He had 14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.2 spg last season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Evan Brock leaves Leones SD for Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) will continue his career in Puerto Rico. The American forward left Leones SD and signed a deal with Brujos de Guayama. Brock was the leading player of Leones in Liga Americas. The Dominican squad failed to reach the next stage, but Brock shined in each of their three games. He had 17 points and 9 rebounds against Cocodrilos in third game. Before that, Brock had 24 pts and 10 boards against Arecibo, plus 19 pts and 13 rebs in Game One against Cia do Terno. Evan Brock started this season with Argentinean Quilmes. He left them for Mexican Pioneros in December. There he had 11.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 9 games in LNBP. Evan Brock spent last few years in Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Korea. He won the title in Venezuela in 2009 with Tiburones de Vargas and was named Evan Brock Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LNB 2nd Team -09.

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  DR CONGO   


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


   #1. Bismack Biyombo (207-C-92) contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (27-15) 100-84 in the NBA in Tuesday night''s game. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. Biyombo also added 7 blocks in 32 minutes. The Charlotte Bobcats have not so impressive 6-34 record this season. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Biyombo averages: 4.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8bpg in the 37 games he played so far.

   #2. Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (6-14) crushing them 88-67 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (13-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. Kahudi has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite Kahudi''s DR Congolese passport, he currently plays for the French national team and is not eligible to play for the DR Congolese team.

   #3. Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL (10-11) crushing them 73-53 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Bokolo scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (18-3) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Bokolo''s fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg in the 20 games. Bokolo is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and French. Despite his DR Congolese nationality, Bokolo currently plays for the French national team and cannot be called to the DR Congolese team.

   #4. Harouna Mutombo (193-G), who plays in the NCAA could not help the W.Carolina (8-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the W.Carolina (#3) was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 93-91 on the road by the Davidson College. Mutombo recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. It''s Mutombo''s fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg. Mutombo has both Canadian and DR Congolese nationalities. Despite his DR Congolese passport, Mutombo previously played for the Canadian national team.

   #5. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton) was not able to help Regal FC Barcelona (19-5) in their game against Gran Canaria 2014 (9-15) in the Spanish ACB. He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Wallace scored only 2 points in 12 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 Wallace''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.2ppg and 4.4rpg in the 19 games. Wallace is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in DR Congo.

   #6. Myck Kabongo (185-G-93) led Texas to a victory against the Iowa State University 71-65 in the conference tournament on Thursday night. Kabongo scored 11 points and added 5 passes. This season he averages: 5.2ppg and 4.4rpg. Kabongo also holds two passports: DR Congolese and Canadian. Despite his DR Congolese nationality, Kabongo previously played for the Canadian national team.

   #7. Experienced Kris Morlende (182-PG-79) was not able to secure a victory for Nantes in their game against Aix-Maurienne in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 5 points in 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 89-68. This year Morlende averages: 2.0ppg in the 10 games. He has also French passport.

   #8. Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84) couldn''t help 08 Stockholm in their game against Uppsala Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. Ilunga cannot count Tuesday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 86-76. This season Ilunga averages: 8.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.2apg. He holds both DR Congolese and Swedish passports.


Other top DR Congolese players, who play abroad:

Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Bienvenue Letuni (227-C-94) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Ken Bongo Nsoli (204-C/F-91) plays for Poitiers in French ProA
Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) plays for Aix-Maurienne in French ProB
Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83) plays for VOO Verviers-Pepinster in Belgian D1
Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Djo Yele (F/C-82) plays for Club Africain in Tunisian D1
Samba Oppizzi-Nakalamb (198-F-79) plays for Fribourg in Swiss LNA
Kandi Mukole (203-F) plays for Guildford Heat in British BBL

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


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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 21-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 3. Tarvas 15-8 
 4. Rapla 14-10 
 5. TTU 10-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 10-15 
 7. Parnu 3-21 
 8. Valga 3-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.6 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.8 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.5 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas17.3 
 6. Pilk, TTU17.1 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.7 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.6 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla7.9 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 7. Blaus, Valga7.8 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.7 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.6 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Keedus, TTU3.4 
 6. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.3 
 8. Pilk, TTU3.3 
 9. Karner, Parnu2.8 
 10. Sirsnins, Tarvas2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.1 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
 10. Keedus, TTU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.4 
 4. Blaus, Valga1.2 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Makke, TTU0.5 
 10. Veski, Tarvas0.5 


Kalev/Cramo won and lost abroad - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo won and lost abroad over the last three days.
At first the Estonian team beat Rudupis 88:55 in Baltic league. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rudupis' 22. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Gert Dorbek contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Adas Juskevicius added 14 points in the effort for Rudupis.
Tonight Zalgiris edged Kalev/Cramo 97:65 in VTB League. Zalgiris forced 19 Kalev/Cramo turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Kalev/Cramo's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) who added 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Gregor Arbet with 15 points and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-C-86, college: SMU) scored 5 points and 12 rebounds.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jovo STANOJEVIC
  Karsi.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.3 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar20.1 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka20.0 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 5. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.3 
 6. Stimac, Olin Edirne18.0 
 7. Richardson, Armia17.8 
 8. Clemente, Nitra17.8 
 9. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.17.5 
 10. Schilb, Chalon17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-PF-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.10.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.4 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 8. Terry, Khimik8.2 
 9. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.9 
 10. Young, Aalstar7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.8 
 2. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.6.3 
 4. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 5. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 7. Wright, Olin Edirne5.3 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.3 
 9. Bremer, N.Novgorod5.0 
 10. Williams, Atomero.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 5. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 6. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 7. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
 8. Cup, Etha1.8 
 9. Wright, Olin Edirne1.8 
 10. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 4. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 5. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 7. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 8. Pustovyi, Khimik1.4 
 9. Baxter, Enisey1.4 
 10. Watkins, Etha1.3 


EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Art.Dragons - Besiktas 73-74
Besiktas recorded the first win in the EuroChallenge quarterfinal series versus Artland Dragons. The Turkish team snatched a road win in the opener. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) unleashed 24 points and collected 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Besiktas will try to wrap up the series at home on Thursday. Besiktas opened the game on an 8:2 run. They stayed in front throughout the first quarter building a 23:15 lead. The Dragons needed a 9:0 run midway through the second frame to surge ahead 30:29. The German team ensured a narrow 37:35 halftime advantage. The teams traded lead throughout the third period. Artland Dragons managed to secure a 54:52 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. However eight consecutive points from Zoran Erceg gave the visitors a 65:61 lead with under six minutes to go. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) tied things up at 71 with 50 seconds remaining but Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) knocked down three points in the dying seconds to seal the win for Besiktas. Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Carlos Arroyo provided 15 points for the winners. Anthony Hilliard and Brandon Thomas answered with 13 points each for Artland Dragons. Peavy netted 12 points in the loss.

Ventspils - Szolnok 82-63
Ventspils surged ahead in the EuroChallenge quarterfinal series versus Szolnok. The Latvian side claimed the victory at home court in the opener. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored 16 points to lead the hosts. The teams were tied at 13 after ten minutes of action. Ventspils put their noses in front in the second quarter. They unloaded 27 points in the period to ensure a 40:31 halftime lead. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) and Abernethy gave the home team a 56:41 advantage midway through the third term. The gap grew at 16-point mark in the fourth period. Ventspils stayed comfortably in charge till the final buzzer claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Jahmar Young and Steven Gray knocked down 14 points each for the winners. Obie Trotter and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) answered with 13 points apiece for Szolnok.

Chalon - Roanne 75-73
Chalon wins the French battle in EuroChallenge Quarterfinals First Leg. Chalon overcame Roanne 75:73 in Chalon sur Saone. Chalon won the opening period 15-11 but kept only 1-point advantage at the halftime. Roanne needed 17-14 in the second period to reduce to 29:28 after 20 minutes. Moreover the latter won the third period 27-24 and took 55:53 at the end of the third stanza. Chalon sur Saone however scored the last 8 points for the winners to seal the victory. Chalon/Saor made 22-of-24 charity shots during the game. Chorale de Roanne was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and his fellow Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 18 points and 10 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). At the losing side American forward Rick Jackson responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.

Fuenlabrada - Triumph 75-76
Triumph shock Fuenlabrada in Spain in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals. The Russian team grabbed 76:75 win and will hope for the next game at home to win the series. Quino Colom had a chance to win the game at the death for the hosts but missed a contested lay-up. Triumph Lyubertsy easily started with 28:16 after the first period. They kept 11-point advantage at the halftime despite 18-19 in the second frame. The hosts did all the possible to win the game and came up with 23-13 in the third quarter. The Russian team however needed 17-17 in the last period to seal the victory. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) and Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 16 and McKee posted 13. Mainoldi replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Laso scored 12. Hall and Lavina ended up with 11 points apiece. Game 2 will be played on March 15th in Russia.




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  EUROCUP   


Kurtinaitis: Ilievski contributed a lot - by Uygar Karaca
According to Russian sports website rsport.com; the head coach of Khimki, Rimas Kurtinaitis claimed that the addition of Vlado Illievski and more recently, Michal Ignerski, gave Lokomotiv Kuban too much power. He said: 'Vlado is a clever playmaker, who is a top European player and since he came, Lokomotiv is too much better.' in the article. Ilievski started the season at Anadolu Efes, but did not meet the exceptations and started to get lesser minutes as a third point guard behind Tunceri and Balbay. Anadolu Efes loaned him to Lokomotiv in the Christmas break and added Olivier Lafayette instead.

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  FINLAND   


Watch Out for Hungarian Deer. - by Josh Wilson
Just imagine this scenario with me. I was driving down the road on a cold fall night and have my whole family with me. My 4 year old daughter, 9 month old son, wife and a teammate who I was giving a ride home. The sun just went down and I just exited the freeway heading down a country road in the middle of nowhere. Everything is quiet and my family is in the back asleep or dazing off. I stare off into the reach of my headlights as the lines pass one by one. Cruising along at exactly the speed limit, 110 km (68.35 mph), when out of nowhere this runs into the middle of the road;

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One one-thousand, two one-thousand... BAM! The deer hit the front rolls up the hood and smashes straight into the windshield with a sudden burst of cold air. Broken glass, crunching medal and tire screeching are the only sounds I hear as I slowly open my eyes and see a deer the size of a horse flying off the car and onto the side of the road. It twitches for a few seconds and dies.
The result;

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Looking down I see blood pouring onto my pants and then the thought comes my family. Looking in the back seat I see if everyone is ok. Two kids are screaming but my wife assures me everyone is fine. With blood on my shirt and pants I had no idea if it was my blood, the deers blood, or someone elses. Lucky for me it was mine, so I went into Rambo mode and took my shirt off and tied it around my head. Trying to assess the situation I could not figure out what the taste in my mouth was. As Im spitting I realized it was deer hair.

I go around to the back to get my kids out of the car and glass was everywhere. My son is screaming with glass all over his hair and clothes, same for my daughter. As I am getting my son out of his car seat a notice a huge pile of deer feces right next to his car seat. It just missed him. Everyone gets out of the car and we do our best to dust off the glass.

Luck for us two things happened. I had a brief instant of clarity and flashed back to my drivers safety course just hit it, dont swerve. If I would have pulled the wheel we would have rolled into a deep ditch on either side. Second, there were cars that stopped and help us out. They called an ambulance, directed traffic and even gave my daughter some candy. Needless to say we were all pretty shook up and tried collecting our things scattered everywhere when the ambulance arrived.

We took the ambulance to the hospital in Kaposvar. On the way we again noticed the glass all over us. My daughter had it in her underwear, I had it in my ears and my teammate Soma Kovacs (196-F-91) (196-F-91) had it in his eyes. It was absolutely everywhere and we found it in apartment all over for the next few months. The worst part, for my wife, was after picking off the glass we begin to notice something else in our hair and on our clothes. Deer Ticks. They were all over us.

Now needless to say it was a traumatizing experience. Luckily we walked away from it because we could have very easily died. I had a big cut on my forehead from the deer hitting my head? The glass hitting my head? The GPS flying? No idea but besides a few cuts on my wife and I, we were all safe. So phew right? Were all safe, we can put that behind us.

Well not quite. I continued playing and our team was doing well. Moved up to as high as 6th in the standings and I managed to score a season high 31 points at Szolnok a few days after the accident. A few months passed then in January I get a letter in the mail. The police found me liable for the deer/accident even though I was going exactly the speed limit. Because they found me liable they are going to take my license away for three months. Not only that but I am responsible for paying for the deer that I just killed with my car ($150- $5,000). That's right pay for the deer. To top it all off the insurance company would not cover the costs of the car because there was a deer warning sign next 7 kilometers on the road. So because my contract stated that if Im found negligent in an accident I would be liable for the damaged I now I owed the club a substantial amount of money. Awesome.

Now if this happened in your home town this would be a pretty big deal. But compounded on the facts of the accident, we were in a foreign country where the Police on the scene didnt speak English, the paramedics that arrived didnt speak English and I have NO clue what any letter that comes in the mail says when its in Hungarian. Thankfully my teammate Soma was there to not only make sure my wife was in the back seat safely (thanks Soma) but to speak to everyone at the scene. The crazy thing is we randomly ran into Soma at the mall in Budapest and I asked him if he wanted a ride home rather than taking the train (we lived 2 hours from Budapest and there are several major malls in the area). It was fate that Soma was there but Im guessing he wished he would have taken the train.

So this incident has left me fearing every brown bush on the side or the road, cringing any time I see a car wreck on TV and Im pretty much terrified of deer (dont be surprised if I become an avid deer hunter with something besides a car). And I am not kidding you this deer was at least 12 points and was taller than the car. Look at the minimal damage do the front end in that picture compared to the top of the car. IT WAS HUGE! So here in Helsinki I dont drive a car. I take the tram.

Watch out for deer in Hungary!



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KORISLIIGA: Jeb Ivey likes it in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The regular season (2011-12) is not over yet, when Bisons (Loimaa) has started to re-sign with some players. Bisons and American G Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) have agreed, that the player will stay in Finland and at Loimaa the next two seasons 2012-14. Ivey is playing his third season now on top level in Finland. Earlier Ivey was part of Kataja (Joensuu) and KTP (Kotka) rosters. This season American sharpshooter is Bisons' second leading scorer averaging 17,9 ppg (1 - 85,6%, 2 - 56,1%, 3 - 42,9%), 3,7 rpg and 4,9 apg.
KTP (Kotka) and 18-year-old Joonas Lehtoranta (185-F/G-94) (3,3 ppg - 0,7 rpg) have signed a three-year-contract concerning seasons 2012-15.


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EuroChallenge: Chalon wins first French Quarterfinals battle - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - Roanne 75:73

Chalon wins the French battle in EuroChallenge Quarterfinals First Leg. Chalon overcame Roanne 75:73 in Chalon sur Saone.
Chalon won the opening period 15-11 but kept only 1-point advantage at the halftime. Roanne needed 17-14 in the second period to reduce to 29:28 after 20 minutes. Moreover the latter won the third period 27-24 and took 55:53 at the end of the third stanza. Chalon sur Saone however scored the last 8 points for the winners to seal the victory.
Chalon/Saor made 22-of-24 charity shots during the game. Chorale de Roanne was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Blake Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and his fellow Malcolm Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 18 points and 10 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). At the losing side American forward Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Uche Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.

Chalon: Blake Schilb 25, Malcolm Delaney 18, Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 11, Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) 7
Roanne: Rick Jackson 18, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 14, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 13



Focused - by Curtis Marshall
Hello world, it's Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) back again for another installment of my blogs. A lot has happened in the last few weeks. My official website launched and is up and running as I speak (http://www.MarshallTime.com). The purpose of my website is to show the world a closer look into the life of a professional basketball player, on and off the court. I welcome everyone to take this journey with me. You will see my walk with Christ, my involvement with my family, and also my community outreach efforts. I just want to be a tool that the Lord uses to be an inspiration and motivation to everyone because this is not about me, for greater is He that is in me, than he who is in the world. My last statement basically means I am a child of God, I belong to God, and I have already won against false teachers, for the Spirit in me is stronger than anything in the world. I encourage everyone to check out my website because it will be like no other. Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have and I will respond back swiftly.

Over the last few weeks life on the court has been up and down. We went 1-2 in our last 3 games and its very hard loosing when we know it was us that caused the loss. It is very hard to win with a lot of turnovers and that is the main reason why we lost these two games. These two games lost were against the number 1 and 2 teams in the league, Boulazac Basket Dordogne and Limoges CSP Elite. They are definitely good teams and I dont want to take anything away from them, but we know we should have beat both of them. We have the talent and the skills to do so, but turnovers have plagued us lately. This still doesnt take away from the bigger picture; we are still looking forward to making the playoffs and making a run for the Championship. Many people might doubt us but we dont care, all that matters is our trust in each other and our motivation to win. If we are the only ones who believe then so be it. That just leaves more room for everyone to know who was really behind it all, GOD!!!! 'Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone' --James 2:17 It takes more than just believing, there has to be work done on your part. Until next time, Curtis Marshall signing off. With the blessings from God, have a great day!!!!



Moustapha Diarra signs with Nantes - by Eurobasket News
Moustapha Diarra (207-C-87, college: USF) signs with Nantes as the French side added French Center to the squad.
Last year Moustapha Diarra was a new member of Quimper. The French big guy was released by Pau-Orthez earlier, but he did not have to wait long for a new job. Diarra appeared four times in ProA last season averaging 1.5 points and 2 rebounds. He was getting just 8 minutes per game. Diarra also appeared once in EuroCup. Moustapha Diarra graduated at the University of San Francisco this year. He had 7.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg for his school as a senior. Diarra helped them reach WCC Tournament Semifinals.
For Quimper he averaged 6.3 points per game. He recorded 19 points in the game versus Denain, while the latter grabbed 66:64 win.



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YMCA Down Porcupines - by Eurobasket News
Last year's beaten finalists in the late Pa Modou Sarr Memorial Basketball Tournament YMCA, narrowly beat Porcupines SC 21-20 in week four of the ongoing tournament.

In a game played at the Serekunda West mini-stadium, the two powerhouses put up a spirited performance in the latter stages of the second half to avoid a shock defeat.

Meanwhile earlier on Friday, fellow heavyweights and defending champions Wallidan were not lucky to avoid defeat as they lost to Serrekunda East in a high scoring affair, 45-36.
Courtesy of: The Daily Observer (Banjul)


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Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) My Favorite Part In Tuebingen Are The Fans - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 97-73 loss against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg had the 35-30 lead at halftime.What did coach Igor Perovic tell the team to do better?


He told us to keep the intensity up, defensive pressure, give no open looks and execute on offense.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg exploded for 62 points in the second half. What were the reasons for this?


We let them run on us getting easy baskets. They also hit 8-9 three pointers and getting open shots.

It was your first time playing in Bamberg. How did you like the arena?


It is no surprise that they have so great fans they well that they play. They have great fan support and it is a great atmosphere.

Does it sometimes get frustrating exerting so much energy in a comeback and the ykeep whiping great players at you from the bench?


That is one of the reasons why they are so good, because they have so much depth. They all put up big numbers. It is really hard to defend them. We knew that it would be a tough game and that we had to play well.

Your teammate Reggie Redding had a great game with 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. How has he developed?


He is one of our best players. He has been an important part of the team. He is always consistent and continues to grow as a player.


You got a two year contract extension today. How thrilled are you?


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.

After the loss in Bamberg, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen play again three days later at home against Bremerhaven. What is important to be bale to adjust to a toll like this?


It is important to get your rest and eat healthy. It is important to prepare well, because you only have a short time to get ready.

What do you remember from the big 90-83 win in Bremerhaven?


That was our first win of the season on the road after our long losing streak. This gave us a lot of confidence and we knew we had the ability to win games in the Beko BBL.

What can we expect from the game against Bremerhaven?


It will be an intense game between two teams battling for the playoffs. It will be fast paced with a lot of energy.

What will be key in getting the win?


Play good defense and keep them in a half court game. We cant let Anthony Smith to get going and also control Terrell Everett from getting in the paint. The game will be won on defense.

Were you surprised after the 4th or 5th game how well you made the transition from the PRO B to the Beko BBL?


I dont really know. The coaching staff helped make the transition smoother. I also got a lot of support from my teammates which rub off on me.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?


My outside shooting has improved a lot and my ability to create off the pick and roll has really improved.

What do you like most about Tuebingen?


It is small, but vibrant through the college kids. My favorite part are the fans. They have agreat fan base there.

How did you get involved with basketball?

My parents both played and I noticed at a young age that I had talent.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?


Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway.

What was your nicest memory at Drake?


Reaching the NCAA tournament winning 21 games in a row and winning the conference and conference tournament.

Many were upset about how the 2012 NCAA tournament seedings were made. What was your take on it?

I thought most were fair. I think Missouri deserved the number #1 seeding.

Who are your early 2012 NCAA Final 4 picks?


Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.

What 2 sleeper teams do you want to see make an upset early?


Creighton or Witchta State.

Who was your toughest opponent in the Beko BBL this season?

Dashaun Wood is the complete package that can shoot, get to the basket and has a mid range jumper. David Holston was also tough, because he is small and very clever. He is hard to defend, because he has so many tricks.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Safe House.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




EuroChallenge: Besiktas steal home advantage from Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons - Besiktas 73:74

Besiktas recorded the first win in the EuroChallenge quarterfinal series versus Artland Dragons. The Turkish team snatched a road win in the opener. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) unleashed 24 points and collected 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Besiktas will try to wrap up the series at home on Thursday.
Besiktas opened the game on an 8:2 run. They stayed in front throughout the first quarter building a 23:15 lead. The Dragons needed a 9:0 run midway through the second frame to surge ahead 30:29. The German team ensured a narrow 37:35 halftime advantage. The teams traded lead throughout the third period. Artland Dragons managed to secure a 54:52 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. However eight consecutive points from Zoran Erceg gave the visitors a 65:61 lead with under six minutes to go. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) tied things up at 71 with 50 seconds remaining but Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) knocked down three points in the dying seconds to seal the win for Besiktas. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Carlos Arroyo provided 15 points for the winners. Anthony Hilliard and Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with 13 points each for Artland Dragons. Peavy netted 12 points in the loss.

Artland Dragons: Zoran Erceg 24, Pops Mensah-Bonsu 22+10 boards, Carlos Arroyo 15
Besiktas: Anthony Hilliard 13, Brandon Thomas 13



Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreth) Our Defensive Intensity Has Goten Better Since The Frankfurt Loss - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross)s a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig March 14th

Congrats on the 68-49 win against TBB Trier. Was this the best defensive effort of the season?


I believe so, we did a great job

TBB Trier has been struggling this season. They defend very well, but have problems getting into a groove on offense. What are their biggest problems?

It is hard to tell, I think they play very well together and play great defense, sometimes teams go through slumps but I would not count them out.

Since the bitter loss to the Fraport Skyliners, BBC Bayreuth is on a two game winning streak. What has changed in the play of the Bavarian team in this time?

Defensive intensity.

What is your memory of the 77-62 loss in Braunschweig earlier in the season?

I remember us getting off to a really bad start. Braunschwieg basically controlled the entire game.

This will be a huge game at home as the Beko BBL playoffs are still an issue with BBC Bayreuth. What kind of game can we expect and what will be key in getting win?


I think we can expect a hard fought , defensive oriented game. The key i think is for us to get off to a good start and match Braunschwieg's intensity.

Does the injury to Ricky Rubio hurt his chances for wining rookie of the year?

I do not think he would have won anyway

Where do you think Pau Gasol is headed since he has been in many trade rumors?

I think he will stay in L.A

Which 2 sleeper teams do you wnat to see make upsets in the first round of March Madness?

VCU and Iona.

Thanks Kev for the chat.


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A2: Giannis Lianos sets the tone for Apollon: ''In the A1, where we belong'' - by Diamadis Farmakis
Giannis Lianos (200-F-85), sharing his thoughts, about the upcoming great return of Apollon Patras to the A1 league. He is one of the greatest and most stable players of Apollon this season and his opinion, matters the most.

When the season started, did you have place as a team, the aim of the first two spots of the standings, which lead in the A1 league, or it was something that came in the course?

'In the start of the season, the objective goal of the team was to secure, as fast as possible, our stay in the category, because of the fact that, this year it would be a demotion of 5 teams in the B Division, instead of the normal 2.The team started to aim the 2 first places, after the 10 first rounds of the championship, because of our good results and because of the results of the other teams'.

Do you personally believed that, this season would be Apollons season and that you could make it to the A1 league?

'The truth is that, deep inside of me, I always believed that with hard work and a bit of good luck, we could do this. Furthermore, the team had all the potential to make the big step to the A1. For example, the roster is almost the same with the last season, we are all from our city, Patra, we have the best player in the league (Nikos Argiropoulos) and a coach who knows what he wants and how to get it. All that, plus the big history of the team and the great fans, are enough to make the difference'.

What is the situation now in the team? Next year in the A1, things will be very different. The supervisors of the team, will have to make some serious adjustments.

'The situation in the team, beside the part of the games, is excellent. All the guys in the team we are good friends. I have the privilege to have teammates, with great characters and personalities. In the financial part, everyone contributes, to keep the problem, under control. The players and coaches, continue to work hard, despite some older delays in payments and the president is always here for us, in this tough days we live. My opinion for next year is that, if the team continues to compose from players from Patra, there will be no need for big expenses'.

Personally, you have one of your best seasons in your career and you are one of the leaders of the team. Are you satisfied with your performances?

'What makes me happy the most, is that I play in the team that I love and that is one step away from the return to the league it deserves to play. The A1. I always try to give my best, even when I am not in a good day. It gives me great satisfaction the fact that I am an important part of the team and that I have a share to the success. I have many things yet, to give, by improving my play. My teammates, my coaches and my father, have been very helpful to me'.

Would you like sometime in the future, to follow the steps of Argiropoulos and Barlos and make a transfer to a big Greek club? Is it an ambition you have?

'For sure, when I was young, I wanted to be like them. But what I want the most is to be with Apollon in the A1. Where he truly belongs. I want to be a significant part of the team, that will play among the best teams in the country'.

Do you looking forward to play next year in the A1? Are you already excited?

'Only the though that I will in the A1 with Apollon, makes me excited enough. It motivates me to prove that I deserve to play in the highest level. I feel ready now to make the next step and I am impatience to do it'.




Antonios Michaloglou claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Antonios Michaloglou (202-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panerythraikos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Panerythraikos in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team AEK/Argous (#16, 0-22) with 37-point margin 107-70. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Panerythraikos maintains the 12th position in Greek A2. Panerythraikos is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Michaloglou as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Antonios Michaloglou averages this season 5.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-F-88) of Pagrati. Sigounas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Pagrati cruised to a 78-67 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked AEK (#5, 13-9). Pagrati's 15th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Sigounas is a newcomer at Pagrati and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, agency: Two Points) of OFI (#8). Lewis scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of OFI, leading his team to a 81-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#14, 8-14). OFI needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Lewis has a very solid season. In 22 games in Greece he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 60.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of OFI - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Apollon Patras - 29 points and 4 rebounds
6. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) of AEK/Argous - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of Arkadikos - 21 points and 11 rebounds
9. Miron Papadakis (183-G-88) of Arkadikos - 17 points and 6 assists
10. Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) of Ermis Lagkada - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 18-5 
 2. Leiden 16-5 
 3. Den Bosch 16-6 
 4. Nijmegen 15-8 
 5. Zwolle 10-13 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-14 
 7. Weert 4-19 
 8. Rotterdam 3-21 


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Keller's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old power forward Akos Keller (206-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Albacomp and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Szolnok (18-4) 101-92. Albacomp maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian league. They are still close to the very top. Albacomp would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 18-4 record. In the team's last game Keller had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Albacomp, through which he has constantly improved. Akos Keller averages this season 12.0ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Jaszberenyi. He is American forward in his first season at Jaszberenyi. In the last game Austin recorded impressive 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Jaszberenyi cruised to a 97-88 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Szedeak (6-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Jaszberenyi keeps 13th position. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Jaszberenyi managed to get this year. Austin is a newcomer at Jaszberenyi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#5). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side) of Atomeromu (#5). Williams scored 22 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Atomeromu, leading his team to a 115-82 easy win against slightly lower-ranked PVSK Pannon (#7, 11-11). Atomeromu needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 15 victories and 7 lost games. Williams has a great season in Hungary. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Kormend - 29 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Balazs Simon (188-PG-80) of Albacomp - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 15 assists
6. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) of Szolnok - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dontay Thomas (186-G-84) of Soproni - 30 points and 4 rebounds
8. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of FS Debrecen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-85) of Szedeak - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nikolas Raivio (192-G-86) of Kaposvari - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists

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


EuroChallenge: Ventspils cruise past Szolnok - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Szolnok 82:63

Ventspils surged ahead in the EuroChallenge quarterfinal series versus Szolnok. The Latvian side claimed the victory at home court in the opener. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored 16 points to lead the hosts.
The teams were tied at 13 after ten minutes of action. Ventspils put their noses in front in the second quarter. They unloaded 27 points in the period to ensure a 40:31 halftime lead. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) and Abernethy gave the home team a 56:41 advantage midway through the third term. The gap grew at 16-point mark in the fourth period. Ventspils stayed comfortably in charge till the final buzzer claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Jahmar Young and Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) knocked down 14 points each for the winners. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) answered with 13 points apiece for Szolnok.

Ventspils: Arturs Berzins 16, Jahmar Young 14, Steven Gray 14
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 13, Julien Mills 13



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Two-time NBA champion named Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion Wes Matthews has officially been named the head coach of the Jersey G-Force, the newest professional basketball team to call the Garden State its home. The 14th overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, Matthews enjoyed a 19-year professional career, with the first nine seasons being in the NBA.
Photo by Mike Powell, Getty Images 'This is a great opportunity to have the chance to coach the G-Force. I want to thank Andre Ricketts (assistant coach) and Tim Butts (team owner) for giving me this opportunity,' Matthews stated. 'I look forward to giving these young players a chance to learn a system, understand what it takes to play at the next level and really apply themselves. I've been watching a lot of games lately, and many players are missing that fundamental piece, which is very important to have. Having an opportunity to give these young players a pro setting and professional understanding of the game is truly a dream come true.'

Butts also voiced his excitement in having Matthews come on board.

'We actively went out and recruited Wes Matthews because of his basketball IQ and reputation within the basketball community,' he remarked. 'He has the ability to develop young players and take their performance to the next level. We thought he was the right person for our organization and what we are trying to build. He is full of energy and excitement, and we now look to take all of that and put it to good use.'

A 6-1 point guard who played at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Matthews was taken by the Washington Bullets with the 14th selection in the 1980 NBA Draft. Throughout his career in the NBA, the Florida native scored over 3,600 points and nearly 2,000 assists. He won a pair of NBA Championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers, notching league titles in back-to-back seasons (1987, 1988). After his time in the NBA, Matthews went on to play in the United States Basketball League and Continental Basketball Association while also playing overseas. Basketball still continues to run in his blood line as his son, Wes Matthews, Jr., currently plays in the NBA for the Portland Trailblazers.

Joining Matthews on his staff will be Ricketts, who brings international playing experience to the G-Force. He will also have a dual role with the team as he is serving in the front office as the Director of Player Personnel and responsible for other management duties. Also on the team's bench will be James Ryan, a former NBA scout who is well known in the New York basketball community.

The Jersey G-Force, which will play a pair of home contests this May at Bergen County Community College during its branding season in the International Basketball League, will be hosting its final open tryouts for the upcoming year of play on March 24-25th. The trials will be conducted at the Monroe Tennis and Basketball Center in New Jersey, and registration is currently open at www.jerseygforce.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


IBL partners with legendary Summer Pro League - by Kip Leonetti
The International Basketball League is excited to announce a new partnership with the prestigious Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) for the 2012 season.

The Southern California Summer Pro League (SPL) was originally founded in 1970 and is entering its 39th year as a premier showcase for some of basketballs greatest teams and players during the summer. The league gives both raw and experienced players an opportunity to maintain and develop their skills with competitive play. Every NBA team has participated in the SPL as some point during its illustrious history, and over 800 current and former NBA players have competed in the league.

The IBL-SPL partnership means the two leagues will work together, collaborate and align with strategic partners as they continue to provide a platform for undiscovered talent. IBL All-Star and international teams will participate in the SPL this summer, with both sides sharing the opportunities they provide with each others audience.

''The IBL is very proud to announce an exclusive partnership between our two leagues as we both enable opportunities for undiscovered players to shine and keep developing their game in front of the best teams, agents and scouts in professional basketball, internationally. With our shared vision the synergies and opportunities will continue as we look forward to the 39th annual SPL season, where the IBL All-Star team and Japan team will compete this July,'' IBL Commissioner Graf shared.

Summer Pro League Owner and CEO John Younesi shares the Commissioners optimism, stating ''The SPL is proud to partner with the IBL in an effort to provide the best venue for accomplished basketball players to showcase their skills. The SPL has played host to basketball players from more than 60 countries. In some instances, some of the greatest foreign players made their debut in the Summer League. The IBL has been a mainstay in the realm of International and domestic basketball. Together, I believe the SPL and the IBL will make a dynamic team that will help develop and launch the careers of many basketball players with lofty dreams.''

''We look forward to a long and auspicious association, one that will make a difference in the global world of basketball,'' Younesi concluded.

The 2012 SPL season will run from July 15-30, with games taking place at the Roybal Center in Los Angeles.


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Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 22-3 
 2. Aspac 20-4 
 3. Pelita Jaya 18-6 
 4. Garuda 18-6 
 5. CLS Knights 18-7 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 14-10 
 7. Stadium Jak. 12-12 
 8. Bima Sakti 8-16 
 9. Pacific Caesar 7-18 
 10. Comfort Mobile 5-21 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-21 
 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 Muda13.8 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.13.3 
 5. Nagata, Pacific12.8 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.7 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.7 
 8. Prawiro, Aspac12.7 
 9. Regowo, Aspac12.5 
 10. Ahmad, Satria Mu.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.6 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.6 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.7.9 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.7 
 5. Yanto, NSH G.7.5 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.2 
 7. Heryadi, Muba H.7.0 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.8 
 9. Nolland, Garuda6.8 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.7 
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.2.9 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 8. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 9. Sura, Garuda2.4 
 10. Yusran, Stadium2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 3. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.5 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Uniputty, Comfor.2.2 
 6. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 8. Gerungan, Aspac2.0 
 9. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
 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.1.8 
 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.1.1 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.0 


NBL Round 40: Top-ranked Satria Muda wins another game - by Eurobasket News
NBL top team - Satria Muda (22-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (7-18) in Surabaya 78-46. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Pacific Caesar managed to win fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 22. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 59-23 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) contributed with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) replied with 13 points for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-3 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play on the road against NSH GMC Riau (#12) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Sakti was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked CLS Knights (18-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Bima Sakti (8-16). CLS Knights defeated Bima Sakti 55-45. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and Andrie Ekayana who added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) responded with 15 points. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 18-7 record. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#4) and Comfort Mobile (#10). Comfort Mobile was smashed at home by 19 points 47-66 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by Ary Chandra who scored that evening 14 points and 4 assists. Even 14 points by Richardo Orlando Uniputty did not help to save the game for Comfort Mobile. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya (18-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion (18-6) moved-up to third place, which they share with Garuda. Comfort Mobile lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 40 Satya Wacana was smashed by Muba Hangtuah on the road 82-53.



Muba Hangtuah - Satya Wacana 82-53

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah (14-10) crushed 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-21) in Pandang 82-53 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Muba Hangtuah. Satya Wacana managed to win fourth quarter 10-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Muba Hangtuah forced 29 Satya Wacana turnovers. The winners were led by the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Agustinus Sigar (180-79) supported him with 26 points. Even 9 points and 10 rebounds by center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) did not help to save the game for Satya Wacana. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 13 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for lost side. 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. Muba Hangtuah maintains sixth position with 14-10 record. Loser Satya Wacana keeps the eleventh place with 21 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play against the league's second-placed Aspac (#2) in Jakarta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: A.Abraham 16+2reb, R.Pamungkas 13+2reb+5ast, J.Hasoloan 9+10reb+1ast, Y.Sua 5+2reb, M.Ramadhan 4+5reb, L.Gunawan 3+5reb
Muba Hangtuah: A.Sigar 26+1reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 13+10reb+5ast, P.Sanggor 12+2reb, A.Junaidi 8+10reb+3ast, H.Hardianus 6+5reb+4ast, A.Prasetyo 5+4reb
gschID: 166157


Comfort Mobile - Pelita Jaya 47-66

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Pelita Jaya (#4) and Comfort Mobile (#10). Comfort Mobile was smashed at home by 19 points 47-66 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Pelita Jaya. Comfort Mobile managed to win fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pelita Jaya dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 26. Pelita Jaya forced 31 Comfort Mobile turnovers and had a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who scored that evening 14 points and 4 assists and international forward Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-86) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Pelita Jaya players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) did not help to save the game for Comfort Mobile. Saleh Afriatna (180-93) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pelita Jaya (18-6) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion (18-6) moved-up to third place, which they share with Garuda. Comfort Mobile lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: R.Orlando Uniputty 14+3reb+3ast, S.Afriatna 11+8reb, J.Ingutali 7+1reb+1ast, A.Prasetyo 6+2reb+3ast, P.Susanto 4+3reb+1ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 3+7reb+1ast
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 14+4reb+4ast, G.Gumilar 13+3reb+1ast, D.Aryo Dewanto 12+7reb+2ast, F.Dini 11+4reb, A.Poedjakesuma 5+2reb, P.Indrawan 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166154


Pacific Caesar - Satria Muda 46-78

NBL top team - Satria Muda (22-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (7-18) in Surabaya 78-46. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Pacific Caesar managed to win fourth quarter 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Pacific Caesar's 22. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 59-23 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) replied with 13 points and guard Handoyo Saputro (184-88) added 6 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satria Muda have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-3 record. Pacific Caesar at the other side keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play on the road against NSH GMC Riau (#12) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 13+2reb, P.King Dhay 9+2reb+3ast, D.Yulyanto 6+2reb, H.Saputro 6+3reb+5ast, R.Anggakara 4+1reb, H.Listiyono 4+7reb+2ast
Satria Muda: W.Situmorang 14+2reb, F.Julius Ahmad 13+2reb+2ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 12+11reb+4ast, A.Wisnu 10+11reb+4ast, F.Susanto 7+9reb, R.Putra 6+5reb
gschID: 166155


Bima Sakti - CLS Knights 45-55

The game in Sakti was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked CLS Knights (18-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Bima Sakti (8-16). CLS Knights defeated Bima Sakti 55-45. The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CLS Knights forced 28 Bima Sakti turnovers and outrebounded them 46-35 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and the former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) who added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) responded with 15 points and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) scored 5 points and 12 rebounds. CLS Knights maintains fifth position with 18-7 record. Bima Sakti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 15+2reb+3ast, G.Sudrajat 7+4reb, H.Gunawan 5+2reb+2ast, S.Cahyadi 5+1reb, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 5+12reb+3ast, M.Indra 4+7reb+3ast
CLS Knights: A.Ekayana 13+4reb+5ast, D.Haryoko 13+6reb+1ast, A.Indrajaya 10+12reb+2ast, S.Febiansyakh 9+7reb, D.Muharri 5+8reb+4ast, W.Saputra 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 166156




Best players of Indonesian NBL round 39 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Muba Hangtuah and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team lost the game against Garuda (#3, 18-6) 53-65. Muba Hangtuah maintains the 6th position in Indonesian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Muba Hangtuah will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-10 record. It's Heryadi's second year at Muba Hangtuah and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Heryadi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.9rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old shooting guard Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti. Dwi Priasmoro impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Bima Sakti lost that game 59-84 to the higher-ranked Pelita Jaya (#4, 17-6). Bima Sakti is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-15 record. Dwi Priasmoro is a newcomer at Bima Sakti and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-SF-85) of second-ranked Aspac. Ramadhani scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Aspac, leading his team to a 78-70 win against the lower-ranked Stadium Jak. (#7, 12-12). Aspac is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 20-4 record is not that bad... Ramadhani has a very solid season. In 29 games in Indonesia he scored 7.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) of Pelita Jaya - 14 points and 5 rebounds
5. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Aspac - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Max Yanto (215-C-83) of NSH GMC Riau - 8 points and 11 rebounds
7. Andrie Ekayana (182-SG-82) of CLS Knights - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Fidyan Dini (195-C-83) of Pelita Jaya - 10 points and 5 rebounds
9. Wendha Wijaya (181-PG-82) of Garuda - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tony Agus (191-PF-86) of CLS Knights - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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WABA League: Zob Ahan stay alive against Mahram - by Eurobasket News
Zob Ahan - Mahram 91:88 (OT)

Zob Ahan registered the first win in the WABA League semifinal series versus Mahram. They claimed an overtime 91:88 win over their Iranian rivals to level things up at 1-1. The decisive third game of the series is scheduled for March 19. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points, issued 8 assists and grabbed 5 boards to lead Zob Ahan to the victory at home court.
Zob Ahan enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the gap to 3 points at halftime 44:41. But Mahram took over the initiative in the third period. The visitors pulled in front and posted a 67:59 lead with one quarter to go. Zob Ahan needed a strong run late in regulation to force overtime. Rashad Anderson and Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) teamed up in the extra period to seal the deal for Zob Ahan. Loren Woods posted 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86) added 15 points for the winners. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) answered with 22 points each for Mahram.

Zob Ahan: Rashad Anderson 21, Loren Woods 17, Aren Davoudichegani 15
Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 22, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 22+11 boards



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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 19-3 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 17-5 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 16-6 
 4. Kiryat Tivon 12-10 
 5. Ironi Nes-Ziona 12-10 
 6. Hod Hasharon 12-10 
 7. Hapoel Afula 11-11 
 8. Elitzur Ramla 10-12 
 9. Ironi Ramat Gan 9-13 
 10. Ironi Nahariya 8-14 
 11. Ironi K-A 8-14 
 12. Lev Hasharon 7-15 
 13. Hapoel Y/M 7-15 
 14. Hapoel K/S 6-16 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.5 
 2. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.1 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.2 
 6. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.8 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.2 
 8. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.7 
 9. Thondique, Hapoel20.7 
 10. Moragne, Elitzur20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.4 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel12.7 
 3. Reynolds, Lev H.11.6 
 4. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 5. Moses, Hapoel K/S11.4 
 6. Turner, Hapoel Y/M10.7 
 7. Blair, Ironi N.10.3 
 8. Webb, Ironi R.9.7 
 9. Daniel, Ironi K-A9.3 
 10. Traimel, Ironi N.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.1 
 3. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.9 
 4. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.8 
 5. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.6 
 6. Bannister, Ironi R.6.3 
 7. Assaf, Ironi N.5.9 
 8. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.3 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon3.7 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.2.9 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.8 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 5. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.4 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 8. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.3 
 9. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.7 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Reynolds, Lev H.1.9 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Hod H.1.8 
 6. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 7. Thondique, Hapoel1.5 
 8. Webb, Ironi R.1.5 
 9. Dawson, Ironi K-A1.4 
 10. Clemente, Kiryat1.4 


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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. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.4 
 8. Poltroneri, Perugia14.4 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..14.3 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino14.1 
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.8.0 
 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. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 7. Vico, Matera3.0 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 9. Parente, Torino2.9 
 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 - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 17-6 
 2. Bennet Cantu 14-8 
 3. Banco di Sard. 14-8 
 4. CS Bologna 14-9 
 5. Armani Mit 13-9 
 6. Umana Venezia 13-9 
 7. Scavolini PS 12-9 
 8. Cimberio VA 12-11 
 9. Sidigas AV 12-11 
 10. Angelico BI 11-12 
 11. Otto Caserta 10-12 
 12. Acea Roma 10-13 
 13. Fabi Shoes 9-13 
 14. Benetton TV 9-13 
 15. Vanoli CR 8-15 
 16. Banca Tercas 7-16 
 17. Novipiu CM 6-17 


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 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Smith, Otto C.18.0 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.17.6 
 4. White, Scavolin.16.7 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.5 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI16.3 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 8. Diener, Banco d.16.1 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.7 
 10. Green, Sidigas AV15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.5 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.8 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Smith, Otto C.7.4 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.3 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 9. Dragicevic, Angeli.6.6 
 10. Gigli, CS Bologna6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.3 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.7 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.5 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 7. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 8. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.9 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
 10. Pullen, Angelico3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.0 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
 4. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 5. Green, Sidigas AV2.3 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 7. Pullen, Angelico BI2.0 
 8. Di Bella, Fabi S.1.9 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna1.9 
 10. Collins, Otto Cas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.4 
 2. Easley, Banco d.1.4 
 3. Brunner, Bennet C.1.4 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.0 
 5. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 6. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas0.9 
 8. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 9. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 10. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 


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  IVORY COAST   


Andre Oupoh is a newcomer at Caballeros de Culiacan - by Eurobasket Center
Caballeros de Culiacan added to their roster 28-year old Ivory Coast-American forward Andre Oupoh (196-F-104kg-84, college: Abil.Christian). Oupoh played most recently at Southeast Hoopstars (UBA) in the U.S. helping them to make it to the UBA Quarterfinals. He is a very experienced player. Oupoh graduated Abilene Christian University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 18-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 14-6 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 10-10 
 4. Tobol 8-11 
 5. BK Almaty 7-10 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-20 


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  KOSOVO   


Kosovo Cup challenge starts - by Dren Shporta
During this midweek, will be played the first round of Kosovo Cup, after the draw that had taken place days before at Federation offices. The First round matches dates are prcised to be with 14th and 15th of March.

In Group A, Sigal Prishtina will play against Skenderaj while Drita will host Lipjani. In Group B, Bashkimi will play against young local team of Megasports, while Futura will have to show against surprise looking RTV 21.

In Group C, actual league leaders Trepca will pause in the first match, to wait for the winner of a clash between Fushe Kosova and Llapi. On the other match of this Group, Kolegji Univers will host Kastrioti from Ferizaj. Reigning Cup Winners Peja will play against little known team, Sfera. While Kosova of Vushtrri will have a hard job against Liga e Pare leaders Vellaznimi in the Group D clash.

The second round of the Cup is scheduled to be played one month later, with 11th and 12th of April.




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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 23-2 
 2. BK VEF 23-3 
 3. Liepaja-2 22-3 
 4. Saldus 21-4 
 5. VEF Kadeti 15-10 
 6. RSU 14-10 
 7. BS Riga 13-11 
 8. VA 12-13 
 9. DSN 10-13 
 10. Jelgava/LLU 8-17 
 11. Livani 8-18 
 12. Ogres 8-18 
 13. Cesis 8-19 
 14. Valmiera BSS 6-17 
 15. Gulbene 6-21 
 16. Ridzene 4-22 


EuroChallenge: Ventspils cruise past Szolnok - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Szolnok 82:63

Ventspils surged ahead in the EuroChallenge quarterfinal series versus Szolnok. The Latvian side claimed the victory at home court in the opener. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored 16 points to lead the hosts.
The teams were tied at 13 after ten minutes of action. Ventspils put their noses in front in the second quarter. They unloaded 27 points in the period to ensure a 40:31 halftime lead. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) and Abernethy gave the home team a 56:41 advantage midway through the third term. The gap grew at 16-point mark in the fourth period. Ventspils stayed comfortably in charge till the final buzzer claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Jahmar Young and Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) knocked down 14 points each for the winners. Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) answered with 13 points apiece for Szolnok.

Ventspils: Arturs Berzins 16, Jahmar Young 14, Steven Gray 14
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 13, Julien Mills 13



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  LEBANON   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.4 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.5 
 4. Ebi, Anibal24.8 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Gray, Byblos23.1 
 9. Johnson, Sagesse22.8 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.6 
 2. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 3. Crump, Sagesse11.3 
 4. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.1 
 6. Thompson, Champvil.10.8 
 7. Hoskin, Champville9.8 
 8. Ebi, Anibal9.3 
 9. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Akl, Anibal6.6 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.5 
 4. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 5. Gray, Byblos5.7 
 6. Johnson, Moutahed5.7 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.7 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.5 
 9. Young, Antranik5.4 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Anibal
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Youngblood, Anibal2.9 
 2. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.7 
 4. Estephane, Champvi.2.5 
 5. Young, Antranik2.3 
 6. Johnson, Moutahed2.3 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.2 
 8. Williams, Byblos2.0 
 9. Ebi, Anibal1.9 
 10. Akl, Anibal1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.9 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Hamdar, Hoops1.8 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.7 
 5. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.7 
 6. Brand, Moutahed1.6 
 7. Sabra, Byblos1.5 
 8. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 9. Thompson, Champvil.1.4 
 10. Hoskin, Champville1.2 


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  LESOTHO   


Kubetsoana All stars won the league! - by Eurobasket News
The last week end, Khubetsoana All stars was sacred champion of the National basketball League of Lesotho.

The last week end, Khubetsoana All stars was sacred champion of the National basketball League (NBL) of Lesotho.
The local teams of NBL will play at a tournament which takes place in Free State University on February 25th.
Courtesy of: starafrica.com


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  LITHUANIA   


Baltic League: Lietkabelis enter Challenge Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos 96:82

Lietkabelis recorded the second straight win in the semifinal series versus Naglis Palangos and advanced into Baltic League Challenge Cup Finals. Lietkabelis will now take on Sakalai.
Palanga faced a one-point deficit after the home game. But they entered the game strongly taking a 27:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Lietkabelis returned the favor scoring 31 points in the second frame and posting a 47:41 halftime lead. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the third term. Lietkabelis headed into the final frame up by 8 points 71:63. They knocked down 25 points in the fourth period and raced to the win at the end. Julius Zurna (188-PG-86) and Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) dropped 19 points each for Lietkabelis. Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93, college: Olney Central CC) answered with 20 points for Naglis Palangos. Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) and Paulius Kleiza (195-SF-88) chipped in 13 points each in defeat.

Lietkabelis: Julius Zurna 19, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 19, Osvaldas Matulionis 18
Naglis Palangos: Mantas Mockevicius 20, Dane Johnson 13, Paulius Kleiza 13



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  MALTA   


Wins for Athleta, Siggiewi and Depiro - by Eurobasket News
Athleta, Siggiewi and Depiro posted victories in the last round of D1 action.
The current league leaders Athleta narrowly defeated visiting Loyola 75:72. Athleta piled up a 42:25 halftime lead but had to withhold a 23:10 run from the visitors in the final frame to escape winners. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) posted 20 points to lead the effort. Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) added 13 points for Athleta. Rashanti Harris (203-F) answered with 21 points for Loyola.
Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) unloaded 44 points but all in vain as Floriana surrendered against Siggiewi 52:81 at home court. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) stepped up with 30 points to lead Siggiewi to the fifth win in the season. Chris Meier (198-F, college: Saddleback JC) contributed 26 points for the winners.
Depiro eked out a narrow 72:71 win over Luxol. Adrian Micallef (190-F-79) knocked down 18 points for Depiro. Andrew Aquilina (89) had 15 points in the winning case. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's) responded with game-high 51 points for Luxol as they lost chances to reach playoffs.



Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 8-1 
 2. Siggiewi 5-4 
 3. Floriana 5-4 
 4. Depiro 5-4 
 5. Bupa 3-6 
 6. Loyola 1-8 


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  MEXICO   


Standings - CIBACOPA
CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Tijuana 3-0 
 2. Navolato 2-0 
 3. Nogales 2-1 
 4. Los Mochis 1-1 
 5. Cananea 1-1 
 6. Hermosillo 1-1 
 7. Guasave 1-1 
 8. Guaymas 1-2 
 9. Culiacan 0-2 
 10. Tepic 0-3 


Andre Oupoh is a newcomer at Caballeros de Culiacan - by Eurobasket Center
Caballeros de Culiacan added to their roster 28-year old Ivory Coast-American forward Andre Oupoh (196-F-104kg-84, college: Abil.Christian). Oupoh played most recently at Southeast Hoopstars (UBA) in the U.S. helping them to make it to the UBA Quarterfinals. He is a very experienced player. Oupoh graduated Abilene Christian University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  MONTENEGRO   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska27.4 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.20.9 
 3. Vucurovic, Mogren19.3 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.18.7 
 5. Lekovic, Jedinstvo17.7 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen17.4 
 7. Bulatovic, ABS P.17.2 
 8. Petkovic, Danilovg.16.8 
 9. Nicaj, KK Podgorica16.1 
 10. Medenica, Ulcinj15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica8.5 
 2. Lopicic, Lovcen8.1 
 3. Popovic, Sutjeska7.1 
 4. Pejovic, Sutjeska6.7 
 5. Radulovic, Teodo T.6.7 
 6. Vranjes, Sutjeska6.6 
 7. Mugosa, KK Podgo.6.5 
 8. Devrnja, ABS P.6.4 
 9. Medenica, Ulcinj6.2 
 10. Jocovic, Sutjeska6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska3.7 
 2. Scott, Mornar Bar3.5 
 3. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.3 
 4. Bulatovic, ABS P.3.3 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.1 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 7. Mugosa, KK Podgo.2.5 
 8. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj2.4 
 9. Jovovic, Danilovgr.2.4 
 10. Milosevic, Teodo2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.7 
 2. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.5 
 3. Vranjes, Sutjeska2.3 
 4. Miljic, Jedinstvo1.6 
 5. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.6 
 6. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.5 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 8. Vucurovic, Mogren1.5 
 9. Jelenic, Mornar B.1.5 
 10. Ivanovic, Mornar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica2.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.0 
 4. Djurkovic, Ulcinj0.9 
 5. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 6. Jocovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 7. Marojevic, Ulcinj0.8 
 8. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.8 
 9. Lopicic, Lovcen0.8 
 10. Milosev, Sutjeska0.7 


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 17-2 
 2. Teodo Tivat 13-6 
 3. Lovcen 12-7 
 4. Sutjeska 11-6 
 5. Ulcinj 9-9 
 6. KK Podgorica 8-10 
 7. Jedinstvo 7-12 
 8. Danilovgrad 4-15 
 9. ABS Primorje 4-15 
Folded
 1. Mogren 8-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Adriatic League: Zlatorog defeated by Buducnost - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost hopes to reach the third place and avoid Maccabi in the semifinals of Adriatic League are still alive after the easy win tonight in Lasklo agianst Zlatorog (62-72 for Buducnost). Although the club from Podgorica have already secured a place among four best teams in the League they are trying to make a miracle and finish at the third place, ahead of Partizan. However, it will be extremly hard because the well known club from Serbia is playing tonight at home against Cedevita and at the end if they have the same record as Buducnost they will finish above them because they had +1 difference in two games played this season.

Tonight Buducnost did not start the game well. Zlatorog soon took the lead and had +5 after the end of first quarter. But the second quarter was decisive and that was the moment when everything was decided. Buducnost started filling up the basket and Zlatorog, the bottom ranked team, did not have a chance to make a surprise. Coach Dejan Radonjic gave an opportunity to all his players and most of them played just fine. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) dominated under the basket with 12 points and 9 rebounds while his partner Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 11. The curious thing is that Nemanja Radovic (206-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket) was the only player in Buducnost who was not able to score. He played 2 minutes only.

In Zlatorog Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) scored 16 and Luka Lapornik (195-G-88) finished the game with 11 points.


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  NBA   


Cavs center Varejao still out with broken wrist - by Eurobasket News
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says center Anderson Varejao's (6'9''-C-82) broken right wrist will not be re-examined by doctors until next week.

Varejao has been out since Feb. 10, when he broke his wrist during a game against Milwaukee. The Cavs expected Varejao to miss from 4 to 6 weeks and were initially optimistic he would return sooner. One of the NBA's top rebounders, Varejao continues to wear a wrap on his wrist. He has not yet resumed basketball activities and has been limited to working on his stamina.

The Cavs have made a recent playoff push without the 29-year-old Varejao. Cleveland has won three straight for the first time this season and trails New York by one game for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland hosts Toronto on Tuesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Jazz 'actively looking' at trades - by Eurobasket News
With Thursday's deadline approaching, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor admitted the team is 'actively looking' at trade scenarios.

'In the job that I have, one of the responsibilities is to improve the team,' O'Connor said. 'Now you can't improve the team without looking to make trades, and that's what we do. There's 29 other guys that have the same responsibilities to their teams, and they do the same thing. There's a lot of conversations.'

O'Connor noted that not much trading has gone on yet around the logjammed NBA. But he likes the Jazz's 'flexibility' approaching this deadline and in the offseason.

'We're active. We're listening,' O'Connor said. 'We're aggressive in trying to talk (about) things.'

O'Connor has ownership's blessing to pursue deals, but he re-emphasized that the Jazz aren't looking for temporary benefits.

'It would have to be something long term,' he said.

Trading during this condensed season can be tricky, he pointed out. Players would only have about 20 games with their new team without much practice time.

'I hope the one thing that we do do is we don't get names out or possible scenarios out or anything else out,' O'Connor added, 'because I think it hurts players.'

Courtesy of www.desertnews.com


Bucks trade Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis! - by Chris Mathieu
Milwaukee Bucks stuck in virtual basketball purgatory for what seems like forever (closer to ten years) finally made a big-time trade and moved Andrew Bogut and Stephan Jackson for Monta Ellis, Epke Udoh and Kwame Brown. Two trades I proposed were, a shot in the dark move for a Dwight Howard rental for a year, a one and done outsider shot at a title, then rebuilding mode for the future with high lottery picks.
The second trade I proposed was the Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut and Stephan Jackson deal. Stephan Jackson had to go, battles with Scott Skiles rendered Jackson useless, tethered to the bench with a phantom injury. Bogut, seeing his best days behind him after a series of serious injuries to his back, elbow and ankle needed to be sold high. Trading big for small is rarely a formula for success in the NBA but this was a gamble the Bucks needed to make. Surrounding a player like Monta Ellis with hardworking role players may just payoff in the end. An extremely talented scorer and shooter, it will be interesting to see him working with such a hardnosed, hard edged coach like Scott Skiles.
This also serves a twofold purpose as Brandon Jennings grumblings of needing a bigger stage to showcase himself didnt sit well with the Bucks front office. Jennings is a restricted free agent at the end of the year and it wouldnt be a surprise if there is a move made by the team with him before the trade deadline, before the draft or next season.
The Bucks need to create some excitement as the stadium is rarely half filled, except those rare nights when Linsanity takes over the building, the Heatles hit the town or the always much hated and envied Chicago Bulls takeover the stadium for a one night home away from home use of the Bradley Center.
Epke Udoh is a long athletic young shot blocker who has some talent and upside. It will be interesting to see if the change of scenery helps him blossom into a quality big in the NBA. It was a good gamble for the Bucks to get him in addition to picking up Ellis.
Kwame Brown is a free agent at the end of the season, but will prove to be a good stopgap interior defender for the team as they hope to cling to the 8th spot in the East. One thing is for sure it was a bold move needed in Milwaukee.



Report: Three-way deal would send Dwight Howard to Warriors - by Eurobasket News
The Magic are in discussions with the Warriors and Hornets regarding a three-way trade that would send Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) to Golden State, Real GM is reporting. Multiple reports have said that the Warriors are willing to take the chance of trading for Howard even without assurance that hed sign a long-term deal to remain with the team after the season.

Orlando would acquire Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85), Andris Biedrins (7'0''-C-86) and Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) from the Warriors, and in addition to Howard, the Magic would part with Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California), J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke), Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and Quentin Richardson (6'5''-F-80, college: De Paul), according to the report.

Hornets center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) is also believed to be involved in the potential deal, but what the Hornets would give up or receive beyond that is not known.

SI.com's Chris Mannix, meanwhile, reported via Twitter that Howard is intrigued with the idea of playing for the Miami Heat or Los Angeles Clippers, although the chances of either happening are remote, at best.

Getting tired of all the Howard trade talk? Well, come 3:00 p.m. ET Thursday it will all be over-for now, anyway.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Blazers talking to Clippers, Bobcats about Jamal Crawford - by Eurobasket News
The Blazers seem to really want to trade Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan).

They've been talking with a number of teams about Crawford, most recently the Pacers and as HoopsWorld reports, a deal is coming. The question is, who's it going to be with?

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com offers this:

The Blazers and Clips are discussing a deal that would send Jamal Crawford to L.A. for Eric Bledsoe and Ryan Gomes, sources say.
And NBA.com has this one:

So, now, according to a source, there's a chance Crawford winds up with the Bobcats in a potential deal for guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin has played just fine this season, but he's expendable now that Kemba Walker is there.
The Blazers obviously want a point guard (not named Raymond Felton). Bledsoe is a nice young player that isn't especially needed with Chris Paul running Lob City. And with Chauney Billups lost for the season, the Clippers have a lot of need for a scorer like Crawford.

The Bobcats are fine moving Augustin because they have the rookie Walker, who needs more playing time. Crawford is making $5 million this season and has a player option next year worth $5.2 million. The feeling has been he wouldn't exercise that and would look to land a better free agent deal this summer. Which if he's stuck in Charlotte with a bad team, he'd probably exercise it to get out regardless.

So the Bobcats could clear a bit of cap space, potentially, and make room for Walker. Problem is, the Bobcats aren't going to take back salary without getting a pick and/or compensation. That's not general manager Rich Cho's style and that's certainly not in Michael Jordan's interest. There's just no way the struggling Bobcats are going to lose money in a deal.

The Blazers though can't offer a first-round pick. They have one in 2012, but since they've already dealt their 2013 first rounder to Charlotte in the Gerald Wallace deal, they can't trade their 2012 one because of the Ted Stepian Rule. Which means the Blazers might need to involve a third team if that's the deal they want done.

And if the deal finds a way to happen and Augustin joins the Blazers, Felton might as well just got sit at the airport. Because he's certainly not going to be part of the team's future.

Another destination for Crawford has been rumored to be Minnesota, but that's much less likely now that Luke Ridnour wouldn't be part of a package back to Portland seeing as Ricky Rubio is done for the season.

Portland might have to keep shopping for that point guard or prepare to offer up a little incentive for Charlotte. Taking back a bad contract could be part of it. But the lesson here is, Jamal Crawford might want to start packing. Because he could be on borrowed time in Portland.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Ilyasova, Ellis named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) and Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) have been named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played through Sunday March 11.

Ilyasova paced the Bucks to a 3-1 mark over that span and sparked key wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

The native of Turkey averaged 25 points while shooting 64 percent from the floor over the week's games and posted three point-rebound double-doubles.

Ellis averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 assists, helping the Warriors finish the week with a 3-1 record.

Ellis opened the week with a 25-point, eight-assist performance in a 120-100 win over the Washington Wizards, then posted 20 points, eight assists and three steals in a 111-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. and finished the week with 21 points, 11 assists and six rebounds as Golden State edged the Clippers, 97-93.

Other nominees included Atlanta's Josh Smith, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison, Detroit's Rodney Stuckey, Memphis' O.J. Mayo, Miami's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's James Harden, Orlando's Dwight Howard, Philadelphia's Evan Turner and Marcin Gortat and Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


Clippers recall Travis Leslie from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they have recalled rookie guard Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. In his four game stint with the Jam, Leslie tallied 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game. The 47th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, Leslie has averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in eight games played for the Clippers this season. Leslie left University of Georgia after three years. He had 14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 apg and 1.2 spg last season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


TJ Ford retires from NBA after latest spinal scare - by Eurobasket News
Spurs point guard T.J. Ford (6'0''-PG-83, college: Texas) abruptly retired Monday following the latest scare to his surgically repaired spine, which once sidelined him for an entire NBA season and hampered the dazzling promise that made him a college star.

Ford told reporters that lying motionless March 7 on the court against the New York Knicks wasnt the first time it had happened, and he decided to walk away while he still had a chance. He was playing just his 14th game in an injury-prone season when Knicks guard Baron Davis elbowed him in the back, knocking him to the ground.

The 28-year-old Ford didnt move for several minutes and wobbled while being helped off the court.

If its anybody else, its just a regular play, Ford said at a Spurs practice before Mondays game against Washington. But because of me and my condition, a simple elbow in the back has a different outcome than hitting someone else in the back.

Drafted eighth overall by Milwaukee in 2003, Ford also played for the Raptors and Pacers but never quite reached the potential that made him the Naismith and Wooden player of the year at Texas. He led the Longhorns to the Final Four as a sophomore, helping turn football-obsessed Texas into a rising basketball power that gave the program the profile to recruit stars like Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.

But Ford was just 55 games into his rookie season when a collision with Timberwolves forward Mark Madsen changed his career. He landed hard on his tailbone after releasing a short jumper and instantly felt numb upon slamming to the ground. Trainers immobilized Fords neck and carted him off on a stretcher.

Ford underwent spinal fusion surgery and was sidelined through the next season. He returned to the Bucks in 2005 and was traded in 2006 to Toronto, where Ford began putting together his best seasons. He averaged 14 points and 7.9 assists in his Raptors debut, and his scoring average hit a career high of 14.9 points with Indiana in 2008-09.

But by the next season, at 26, Ford was already transitioning from a franchise point guard to a backup. He still took satisfaction in a career that was mostly played against the advice of doctors.

I think I succeeded at beating the odds, of being the little guy, making it to the NBA and lasting as long as I did, Ford said. I think I achieved a lot. I know I didnt have the career I anticipated and everyone anticipated, me having been the player of the year (at Texas). But I think I still had a successful career.

Ford said he had no hard feelings toward the Knicks Davis for last weeks elbow. Davis said Monday that Ford was a dear friend and called him to apologize.

Courtesy of http://articles.boston.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 25-17 
 2. Boston C. 22-19 
 3. New York K. 18-24 
 4. Toronto R. 14-28 
 5. New Jersey N. 14-29 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 35-9 
 2. Indiana P. 24-16 
 3. Milwaukee B. 18-24 
 4. Cleveland C. 16-24 
 5. Detroit P. 15-27 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 31-10 
 2. Orlando M. 28-15 
 3. Atlanta H. 24-18 
 4. Washington W. 9-32 
 5. Charlotte B. 6-34 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 32-10 
 2. Denver N. 24-19 
 3. Minnesota T. 22-21 
 4. Utah Jazz 20-21 
 5. Portland TB 20-22 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 26-16 
 2. LA Clippers 23-17 
 3. Phoenix Suns 19-22 
 4. Golde State W. 18-21 
 5. Sacramento K. 14-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 27-13 
 2. Memphis G. 24-17 
 3. Dallas M. 24-20 
 4. Houston R. 23-20 
 5. N.Orleans H. 10-32 


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.25.7 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 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.13.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.6 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.1 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.4 
 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 Clippers8.3 
 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. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.7 
 10. Lin, New York K.1.7 
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 Clippers2.3 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.1 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.2.1 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana1.8 


Minnesota 127, Phoenix 124 - by Milord Nikolic
Kevin Love scored 30 points and matched a career-high with five 3-pointers as visiting Minnesota snapped a two-game losing skid. Nikola Pekovic had 24 points and eight rebounds and Derrick Williams had 19 points and eight rebounds as the Timberwolves won the opener of a seven-game road trip. Jared Dudley scored a season-high 28 points and Steve Nash added 25 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which lost for only the third time in 10 games. Luke Ridnours driving basket with 1:50 to play put Minnesota ahead for good. Ridnour added two free throws with 17 seconds left prior to Dudley missing a game-tying 3-point attempt with 13 seconds remaining. Wesley Johnson hit two free throws to give the Timberwolves a five-point lead with 10 seconds left. Minnesota made a season-high 14 3-pointers to balance out Phoenixs edge at the free throw line. The Suns hit 23 of 29 attempts from the foul line while the Timberwolves made 13 of 21. Channing Frye scored 18 points for Phoenix. Michael Beasley and Wayne Ellington added 15 points apiece for Minnesota. The Timberwolves led by seven points late in the third quarter before Phoenix rallied to take 105-104 lead on Fryes 3-pointer with 7:25 remaining. The lead rotated back and forth until Ridnours key basket. The 30-point outing was the 15th of the season for Love, which sets a franchise record. Tony Campbell (14 in 1989-90) held the old mark.


Latest games: Hornets fall to Bobcats 73-71 as game-tying shot is blocked at the rim - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns - Minnesota T. 124-127
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) scored 13 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the Phoenix Suns 127-124 on Monday night. Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 24 points and Derrick Williams added 19 to help the Timberwolves snap a nine-game losing streak in Phoenix. Jared Dudley scored a season-high 28 points, Steve Nash had 25 and Channing Frye added 18 for the Suns, who snapped a three-game winning streak. Jared Dudley scored a season-high 28 points, Steve Nash had 25 and Channing Frye added 18 for the Suns, who snapped a three-game winning streak and lost for only the second time in eight games since the All-Star break. Sebastian Telfair scored six points in seven seconds - converting a four-point play and stealing the ensuing inbounds pass and scoring a layup - to give the Suns a 111-107 lead with 6:38 left. The Timberwolves regained the lead 112-111 on a steal and a breakaway dunk by Williams and a Wayne Ellington added a 3-pointer. The teams traded the lead until Luke Ridnour put Minnesota ahead for good, 121-120, with 1:50 to go and the Timberwolves made six straight free throws in the final 37.8 seconds to close out the game. Phoenix had an opportunity to tie the score in the final seconds but Dudley missed a 3-pointer and Marcin Gortat, who was fouled going for the rebound, missed both free-throw attempts. Minnesota set season highs for points scored and second-quarter points with 35 while also allowing a season-worst point total. The Suns also set season marks for points scored and allowed and second-half points scored. Love had been relatively quiet over the three quarters, hitting only 3-pointer and scoring 14 points through the game's first 34 minutes. But he hit a 3-pointer to key a 7-0 Minnesota run late in the third then hit consecutive 3-pointers in the first minute of the fourth as the Timberwolves took a 98-92 lead. Love finished 11 of 23 from the floor, including 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc. Pekovic scored most of his points in the game's opening quarter, totaling 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go with four rebounds and a block shot in the first 12 minutes. *Courtesy of www.thestate.com

N.Orleans H. - Charlotte B. 71-73
The Hornets battled all the way back from the depths of a 24-7 Bobcats run, giving them a chance to tie Charlotte with 5.2 seconds to play. They couldn't come all the way back, though. Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo (6'10''-C-92) blocked veteran forward Trevor Ariza at the rim as time expired, the Hornets' game-tying chance stunningly stuffed 10-feet in the air and inches from the ball being in the cylinder. New Orleans lost 73-71 to the NBA's worst team. 'I did what I know that is a high-percentage shot,' Ariza said. 'I went to the basket real strong. He made a great play at the basket.' Said Biyombo, 'I had to make a decision and once I saw him jumping in the air, I thought I can block that shot. I thought just jump smart and don't foul.' The Hornets (10-32) lost despite a late-game outburst from second-year player Al-Farouq Aminu, whose drives to the rim in the final five minutes gave the Hornets a chance. Aminu finished with eight points off the bench. Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) added 12 points and 16 rebounds and Jarrett Jack recorded 15 points but had a game-high six turnovers. New Orleans shot just 38.5 percent, but hit 5 of 12 3-pointers and 6 of 7 free throws. Still, 17 turnovers led to 14 Charlotte points and the Hornets were outrebounded by 10. Charlotte had won just two road games this season before pulling off the stunner in the Arena. 'This one is a bad loss,' Ariza said. 'Even for us, I feel like this is a bad loss. This is a game that we should have won.' When asked his thoughts on the game, Hornets coach Monty Williams hesitated to say anything at all. 'When you lose a game like that, you tend to say things that you probably need to evaluate before you say it,' Williams said. 'It's just tough. Losses are tough no matter how you slice it.' New Orleans led 51-47 midway through the third quarter and seemingly had the game handled. But Charlotte (6- 34) closed the third quarter with a 10-0 and midway through the final quarter, had put New Orleans in a 71-58 deficit. But then Ariza made a dunk, Kaman hit a 17-footer, Jack drilled a long-range 3-pointer and Aminu laid the ball in and suddenly, the Hornets were within 71-67. A minute-and-a-half later, they'd get to within 71-69 on Aminu's jumper. But Charlotte's Boris Diaw answered with a 4-foot hook. After exchanging empty possessions, Jack hit a 6-footer and again New Orleans pulled within a basket. New Orleans got the stop it needed on the defensive end, but a Jack offensive foul left the game still one bucket away. 'Jarrett's fouls is hard to swallow,' Williams said. 'I don't know how plays like that are called down the stretch. Obviously, I have a different point of view than the refs.' Diaw missed a 3-pointer and Jack got the rebound. And that set up the shocking final play. Gerald Henderson led Charlotte with 15 points and Kemba Walker added 14. *Courtesy of www.wwltv.com

San Antonio S. - Washington W. 112-97
Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) scored 31 points in his return from a one-game absence to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday. Parker, who missed Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a strained right quadriceps, hit 13 of 18 shots and had seven assists. Tiago Splitter scored 17 points, Tim Duncan added 14, and DeJuan Blair had 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Spurs extended their winning streak over the Wizards to 12. Washington has lost nine of its last 11 and fell to 3-15 on the road. JaVale McGee led the Wizards with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Jordan Crawford added 19 points. San Antonio went 8-1 on a road trip before the All-Star break, but the Spurs have been able to beat only struggling Eastern Conference teams on their current seven-game homestand. The Spurs lost to the Bulls, Nuggets and Clippers but have now beaten the Bobcats, Knicks and Wizards. Before the game, veteran Spurs point guard T.J. Ford abruptly retired following the latest scare to his surgically repaired spine, which once sidelined him for an entire NBA season. Ford was injured March 7 when Knicks guard Baron Davis elbowed him in the back, knocking him to the ground. The 28-year-old Ford didn't move for several minutes and wobbled while being helped off the court. Drafted eighth overall by Milwaukee in 2003, Ford also played for the Raptors and Pacers but never quite reached the potential that made him the Naismith and Wooden player of the year at Texas. Ford was injured just 55 games into his rookie season and underwent spinal fusion surgery that sidelined him through the next season 'I think I succeeded at beating the odds, of being the little guy, making it to the NBA and lasting as long as I did,' Ford said. 'I think I achieved a lot. I know I didn't have the career I anticipated and everyone anticipated, me having been the player of the year (at Texas). But I think I still had a successful career.' After trailing by as many as 18 points in the second quarter, Washington cut it to nine in the fourth but could get no closer. The Wizards' defense offered little resistance in the first half, as the Spurs took a 63-49 halftime lead while scoring 44 points in the paint. San Antonio hit 28 of 45 shots and had assists on 23 of those baskets. *Courtesy of www.sunherald.com

Chicago B. - New York K. 104-99
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) and Ronnie Brewer had a two-on-one break in the third quarter of the game Monday night against the New York Knicks at the United Center. Rose passed to Brewer, who returned the favor. Rose was a blur as he elevated before switching hands for a jaw-dropping reverse layup. The play was so quick and precise that it had a cartoonish quality, as if it were a product of the latest breakthrough in computer animation. That's the difference between Rose and Jeremy Lin, and virtually every other point guard in the league. And with Lin in Rose's crosshairs, the Bulls came away with a 104-99 victory. The MVP had 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his team's 10th victory in 11 games. Lin was held to 15 points and eight assists in the Knicks' sixth consecutive loss. 'Definitely. Who's not right now?' Rose said when asked if he was fired up to play Lin. 'He's a good player who's playing well for his team. He's controlling the game, getting people open, his pick-and-roll is good. He's a good player.' In the end, it wasn't about talent or questionable officiating so much as will. Rose took over in the second half, and his teammates were just as resolute. Kyle Korver dove for a loose ball, poking it ahead to rookie Jimmy Butler, who picked it up on a dead run before scoring despite a hard foul to give the Bulls an 85-80 lead with 10:43 left. They were without starters Rip Hamilton and Luol Deng and backup C.J. Watson, but whether it was fighting for loose balls or coming up with key rebounds, it was obvious to the delighted crowd that the Bulls wanted it more. 'We have confidence in each other,' Rose said. 'The starters, bench, coaches, general manager, we know we have a special team. We just have to put forth the effort.' Carlos Boozer had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Taj Gibson came off the bench to score 15 points and pull down a season-high 13 boards. Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer had 11 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. The Bulls dominated the glass, outrebounding the Knicks 56-38. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points and eight rebounds, and Amar'e Stoudemire added 20 points. 'This town loves guys that put forth effort,' Gibson said when asked about the standing ovation he received late in the game. Rose was frustrated by the officials in a first half that saw both coaches get technicals. He went to the hoop on 10 of 15 shots and went to the line once, and that was on a jumper. 'I've got to be the only superstar in the league going through what I'm going through right now,' Rose said. Rose continued to attack the rim in the second half and was rewarded with trips to the line. His emphatic dunk after a give-and-go with Noah with 6:01 left brought down the house. 'Our effort was pretty good tonight getting the loose balls, but we still have to take it to another level,' Noah said. *Courtesy of www.suntimes.com

Utah Jazz - Detroit P. 105-90
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) looked at the ceiling and pounded his chest as he does after every game. Monday night it was different. Jefferson was playing for his 82-year-old maternal grandmother, who died unexpectedly about 24 hours earlier. 'I know she wanted me to go out and play and do my job and that's what I did,' he said. Jefferson scored 33 points, including his only career 3-pointer at the buzzer, and added 12 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz past the Detroit Pistons 105-90. Afterward his teammates went to him immediately. 'Your teammates [are] your second family,' said Jefferson, who is in his second year with the Jazz. 'They've been very supportive. They didn't even expect me to play tonight. I told them I was coming ... 100 percent ready to win the game because it's all about business when you step on that court.' The Jazz trailed 77-75 entering the fourth quarter but outscored Detroit 30-13 in the final 12 minutes. C.J. Miles added 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to help the Jazz end a two-game skid and snap Detroit's three-game winning streak. 'I was just trying to stay patient, stay ready,' said Miles, who hit back-to-back 3s to put Utah ahead 85-82 with 7:59 left. Jason Maxiell's jumper would tie it at 87 but the Jazz finished on an 18-3 run, with Jefferson's 18-footer and Miles' final 3-pointer sealing it after Detroit had pulled within 93-89. Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for the Pistons, who have not won in Salt Lake City since 2002 -- losing their last nine visits. 'Down the stretch they made some crucial shots,' said Stuckey, who was 10 of 17 overall. 'They probably made three or four 3-pointers with five seconds or less [on the shot clock] that really hurt us. Give them credit. They executed down the stretch.' The win ended a drama-filled day for the Jazz that started with a closed-door meeting between guard Raja Bell and team brass. It came two days after Bell was sent home from a road trip following a verbal clash with coach Tyrone Corbin, but both sides proclaimed the matter closed. Bell started, but had just one point. Greg Monroe added 14 points and Ben Gordon 12 for Detroit. Devin Harris added 19 points for Utah, while Paul Millsap had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Overall, Utah sank 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, none sweeter than the one Jefferson hit. With the game in hand and the clock winding down, Harris fed him a shot at the arc. It hit nothing but net. It was his first 3-pointer since high school and snapped an 0-for-23 streak in eight pros seasons. 'When I hit that shot, I just felt like it was one of those nights for me,' Jefferson said. He knew Gladys Jefferson, who died Sunday night, was with him. She had essentially raised him in Prentiss, Miss., and continued to watch every one of his games on television -- even when he played late on the West Coast. He is expected to attend her funeral Friday and miss weekend games against Golden State and the Los Angeles Lakers. Though he missed Monday morning's shootaround because he didn't get any sleep Sunday night, he said she would have wanted him to play Monday. He spoke fondly of the 'special' lady, recalling days he got up early in the hot Mississippi summers, and played hoops alone while she watched and washed clothes. 'She's the one who made me the man I am today,' he said. 'She was with me when I made mistakes, and with me when I did great. I know she's resting. It's tough to go through, but it's a part of life and you must go on.' Jefferson had dealt with the deaths of his parents three years ago, and would get through this. 'The bad thing about this is I go home and when I'm at home I think a lot,' Jefferson said. 'That's the good thing, about being around teammates and playing basketball everything goes out of your mind. Now reality will probably set in.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Clippers - Boston C. 85-94
Before halftime, Boston and the Clippers already had combined for five technical fouls, plenty of rough contact, a few icy staredowns and a running dialogue of trash talk. The Celtics feel right at home in such ugly situations, and they rallied for a win that slowed their road woes. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Kevin Garnett added 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Celtics made an impressive late rally for a 94-85 victory over Los Angeles on Monday night. Ray Allen scored 15 points and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who won on the road for just the second time in nine games, but only after blowing a 10-point lead in the final minutes. Although the game was the clubs' only meeting of the season, both came out with a noticeable physical edge to their games. The Celtics were still fuming after blowing a late lead against the Lakers one night earlier, and they took it out on Staples Center's other tenants. 'Once we settled into this game, we were more physical and pushed back, made it uncomfortable for them,' Pierce said. 'We have to do it on a more consistent basis. We have to come out and throw the first punch. ... You could feel it in the atmosphere. It was a chippy game from the start.' The game also featured wild momentum swings and one-sided rallies. The Celtics led 71-61 with 8 minutes to play, but the Clippers responded with a 17-3 run, taking the lead on Griffin's free throws with 4:57 left when Brandon Bass fouled out. Boston scored the next nine points, capped by Pierce's 3-pointer with 2:47 left, and finished a 13-2 run with Mickael Pietrus' layup for a seven-point lead. Los Angeles got to 87-84 on Griffin's putback dunk with 59 seconds left, but the Celtics hung on to split the first two games of an eight-game trip, their longest of the season. 'We were angry last night because we didn't get any stops down the stretch [against the Lakers],' Boston coach Doc Rivers said. 'This is Lob City, and they enjoy the game. You can see when they play, they have a lot of fun, and we just had to make this game no fun. We talked about it before the game, how this can not be a joyous occasion, and has to be no fun. Our guys went out there and turned the game from a joyous occasion to a competition.' Blake Griffin had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost four of five while falling behind the Lakers atop the Pacific Division. Chris Paul had 14 points on 3-for-12 shooting in his second game wearing a clear protective mask over his broken nose. Griffin didn't speak to reporters after the game, while Paul was still steaming. 'I can't stand to lose. It's not acceptable,' Paul said. 'We talked about it after the game, that everybody has got to do their part. We're going to watch film and figure it out. There ain't no moral victories around here. I've been in this league too long. You've got to win, or you lose. And you've got to play the right way.' Griffin and Boston's Greg Stiemsma got matching technical fouls for jostling in the first quarter, while Garnett and DeAndre Jordan traded trash talk and angry posturing before getting their own matching T's in the second quarter. Rivers got yet another for a furious reaction to a non-call, and the Clippers took their first lead of the game moments later on Williams' 3-pointer. 'That's just Boston, that's all,' said Mo Williams, who scored 21 points off the bench. 'That's their motto. Coming in, you know they're going to be aggressive, and if you don't match their aggressiveness, they'll bully you. But I love games like this.' Paul, whose nose was broken three days ago in San Antonio, combined with Caron Butler and Jordan for 9-for-35 shooting for the Clippers, who outrebounded the NBA's worst rebounding team 45-31. The Clippers still are off to an outstanding start to the season, but they'll be hard-pressed to keep it up with a brutal schedule on the horizon. They lost their second home game in two days -- and their fifth in seven -- during a stretch in which they'll play six games at Staples Center in eight days. The Clippers will become the first NBA team to play 20 games in a month since the Cincinnati Royals did it in February 1967. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New Jersey N. - Milwaukee B. 99-105
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) has 34 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks posted their third straight win, 105-99 over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night. Drew Gooden added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Bucks rallied from an early 12-point deficit to beat New Jersey for the 10th straight time. Beno Udrih added 15 points and seven assists and Mike Dunleavy had 15 points, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:30 to go that opened a 10-point lead. Kris Humphries had a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds for New Jersey, which lost its second straight without point guard Deron Williams. Jordan Farmar added 17 points and seven assist, while Anthony Morrow also scored 17. Milwaukee didn't have a lead in the opening 36 minutes, but closed the third quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the score at 73 and opened the fourth with a 14-7 spurt that gave it an 87-80 lead with 7:36 to go. Jennings, who was 6 of 11 from long range, hit two 3s to open the fourth quarter and capped the run, working a great give-and-go with Gooden for a layup. The Nets got within three points twice, but Dunleavy scored on a goaltending call against Humphries with 6:22 to go and Jennings made his final 3 with 4:01 to go to start a 7-2 run that built the lead to eight points. Humphries had a great opening half, scoring 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while grabbing 10 rebounds in helping New Jersey take a 54-47 lead. Just as important, the power forward forced Ilyasova to pick up two quick fouls and head to the bench. Ilyasova, who was named the Eastern Conference player of the week, did little in the game, finishing with four points and three rebounds. He spent most of the seocnd half on the bench. In his last game against New Jersey he had career highs of 29 points and 25 rebounds. They didn't need him this time. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com


Pacers vs. Trail Blazers Preview - by Daniel Gibson
Indianapolis, IND---The Pacers have been beating teams they should beat this season but have been struggling against teams with winning records. That's good enough to have them in fifth place in the Eastern Conference right now but once the playoffs hit they will be matched up with teams with records over .500.

They have dropped their last nine games against winning teams and are one a four game losing streak coming in against a Portland team that has won two straight. Portland has been struggling too this season and they are looking to make a trade before the deadline this Thursday. Both teams will be playing with some desperation as the season enters into its final stage.

The Blazers aren't a strong road team so the Pacers should look to jump out on them early and keep piling it on.

Each team had one player on the All-Star team but both players are going in opposite directions now. For Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 24 points a game over his three and he looks to keep that streak going against a Pacers team he has had success against in the past. Roy Hibbert has been struggling for the Pacers.averaging just eight points per game in his last four. Since the All-Star game he hasn't been the same and the Pacers will need him to return to form for them to compete against the elite.


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NBL Canada All-Stars announced, includes six Canadians - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the team rosters for the inaugural All-Star Weekend, presented by Rogers Communications Inc., taking place March 31-April 1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

London Lightning's Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) and Halifax Rainmen's Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84), voted as Captains by the seven NBL Canada Head Coaches, selected their teams today through a Fantasy Draft via conference call.

'Both Eddie and Joey have made resounding contributions to their teams this season. We're very pleased to have these two outstanding players as Captains of the inaugural NBL Canada All-Star teams,' said John Kennedy, Commissioner of NBL Canada.

'As a cap to a very successful regular season, the All-Star Game provides a chance for our top-contributing players to showcase the contribution they've made to our League, while also a great opportunity for fans, coaches and players to get even more involved with NBL Canada.'

After a coin flip determined Haywood would make the first pick, he and Smith alternated selections from the top 20 All-Star list. Both players first two selections were their teammates, Haywood with Tyrone Levett and Taliek Brown and Smith with Gabe Freeman and DeAnthony Bowden.

Team Smith roster includes: Gabe Freeman, DeAnthony Bowden, Omari Johnson, Ricky Volcy (CAN), Morgan Lewis, Kevin Francis (CAN), Anthony Anderson, Darrell Wonge and Isaac Kuon (CAN).

I really didnt think about being an all-star when I played, but its amazing to have my hard work and talent recognized for the year, said Smith. To be selected as captain is more than an honor considering I never even thought about being selected for the all-star team.

Smith, a 63 guard from Springfield Illinois, has been a spark plug off the bench for the Lightning this season. Smith played his collegiate career at Moberly Area Communication College, finishing at Texas A & M. He has been playing under London Coach Micheal Ray Richardson for the past 5 years.

Team Haywood roster includes: Tyrone Levett, Taliek Brown, Mike Williams, Chris Cayole (CAN), Ralphy Holmes, Brandon Robinson, Trayvon Lathan, Darren Duncan and Tut Ruach (CAN).

Cayole was selected as an All-Star but due to an injury was replaced by Quebecs Yannick Anzuluni. Doctors have recently cleared Cayole to play in the All-Star events and he will now replace Anzuluni.

Id like to thank the NBL Canada fans and coaches for believing in me and giving me the honour of representing my country as the first-ever Canadian NBL Canada All-Star co-captain,' said Haywood. 'I'd also like to thank my tremendous family, especially my wife and son, for their incredible love and support throughout my career that has led me to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Haywood, a 61 point guard, has been touted as one of the best players in the country and has been a consistent scorer for the Rainmen this season, winning NBL Canada Player of the Week in November. Haywood was also the 2010-2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport leading scorer.

Over 213,000 fan votes were cast for the inaugural NBL Canada All-Star, and the results were submitted to the seven NBL Canada Head coaches for the final decision on the top 20 players.

All-Star Weekend will consist of exciting, family-friendly events ranging from an All-Star breakfast and youth basketball clinics to a three-point shoot out, slam-dunk contest, legends game, and of course the All-Star game.

Courtesy of http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com


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NIT field set; Washington a No. 1 seed - by Eurobasket News
Washington, Tennessee, Seton Hall and Arizona team 2012 National Invitation Tournament.

The field was revealed Sunday night a few hours after the NCAA Tournament disclosed its participants. The NIT's final four is slated for Madison Square Garden on March 27 with the championship game two nights later.

Washington (21-10) won the Pac-12 regular season but lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, weakening its case as an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies open the NIT against Texas-Arlington on Tuesday. The other three games in that region are: No. 2 Dayton against Iowa; No. 3 Oregon against LSU; and No. 4 Northwestern against Akron.

Tennessee (18-14), which finished a respectable fourth in the SEC, starts its postseason against Savannah State on Tuesday. Miami-Florida, a No. 2 seed, is slated opposite Valparaiso, while No. 3 La Salle meets Minnesota in the first round. The other game in the region features Middle Tennessee vs. Marshall.

Despite a 20-win campaign out of the Big East, Seton Hall was relegated to the NIT and begins play against Stony Brook on Tuesday. That winner will play victor of the 4-5 matchup of Mississippi State and Massachusetts. Drexel, the CAA regular season champs, garnered the No. 3 seed in the region and will face UCF, with the winner of second-seeded Saint Joseph's and Northern Iowa waiting in the wings.

Arizona (23-11), one year removed from a run to the NCAA's Elite Eight, rounds out the No. 1 seeds and plays Bucknell in its first test on Wednesday. Ole Miss is at the opposite end of the region as the No. 2 seed and opens with Illinois State. Stanford and Cleveland State is the 3-6 matchup, while Oral Roberts and Nevada meet as the 4-5 seeds.

Wichita State won the NIT last year, beating Alabama in the title game.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Kentucky ends season on top of AP poll - by Eurobasket News
Even after a week in which the top four teams lost, The Associated Press' final poll looks a lot like it did for the last two months of the season.

Kentucky and Syracuse, which both lost in their conference tournaments, were Nos. 1 and 2 in the Top 25 for a seventh straight week Monday.

This was the eighth time the Wildcats (32-2) finished on top of the final poll and they went on to win the national championships three times - 1949 (the first season there was a poll), 1951 and 1978. The last team ranked No. 1 in the final poll to win the NCAA tournament was Duke in 2001. Ohio State, last season's final No. 1, lost in the regional semifinals.

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 1 for a total of 10 weeks this season, received 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. They lost to Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Syracuse (31-2), which lost to Cincinnati in the Big East semifinals, got one No. 1 vote. The Orange were ranked No. 1 for six weeks.

Missouri, the only one of the top four teams in the poll not to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, moved up two places to third. The Tigers got two first-place vote, one more than North Carolina, which stayed fourth in the poll. The Tar Heels, the only other team to be ranked No. 1 this season, was on top of the preseason poll and for the first two weeks of the season.

Michigan State, the fourth No. 1 seed, was fifth followed by Kansas, Ohio State, Duke, Baylor and Florida State.

Last week's top four teams - Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas and North Carolina - all lost, just the third time that has happened since 2003.

Four teams that won their conference tournaments - Louisville, Vanderbilt, New Mexico and Saint Mary's - moved into the rankings for the final week. Temple, Notre Dame, Gonzaga and Iowa State dropped out.

Five teams - North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse and Duke - were ranked in the top 10 all season, while six more stayed in the Top 25 from preseason to final poll.

Forty-six schools were ranked during the season, well off the record 53 of 2009-10. Harvard was the only one to enter the rankings for the first time.

There were four one-week wonders this season: UCLA, Saint Louis, Seton Hall and Iowa State. UCLA's lone week in the rankings was the preseason poll when the Bruins were 17th.

The preseason poll had 11 teams that weren't ranked at season's end and two of them - No. 4 Connecticut and No. 10 Pittsburgh - were in the top 10. The Pac-12 had three teams in the preseason Top 25 - Arizona, UCLA and California - and all were out of the rankings by the first week of December.

The Big East had nine teams ranked during the season, one off the record for a conference it set last season. The Big Ten and Big 12 both had six teams ranked, one more than the Southeastern Conference. Thirteen conferences had teams ranked during the season with Conference USA (Memphis), Ivy League (Harvard) and Ohio Valley (Murray State) having just one each.

Duke ends the season with the longest current streak of consecutive appearances in the Top 25. The Blue Devils have been ranked for 96 consecutive polls, a streak that started with the 2007-08 preseason poll.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 16-0 (32-2) 
 2. Syracuse 17-1 (31-2) 
 3. Missouri 14-3 (30-4) 
 4. N.Carolina 14-2 (29-5) 
 5. Michigan St. 13-5 (27-7) 
 6. Kansas 14-2 (27-6) 
 7. Ohio St. 13-5 (27-7) 
 8. Duke 13-3 (27-6) 
 9. Baylor 10-6 (27-7) 
 10. Florida St. 12-4 (24-9) 
 11. Marquette 14-4 (25-7) 
 12. Murray St. 15-1 (30-1) 
 13. Michigan 13-5 (24-9) 
 14. Wisconsin 12-6 (24-9) 
 15. Georgetown 12-6 (23-8) 
 16. Indiana 11-7 (25-8) 
 17. Louisville 10-8 (26-9) 
 18. Wichita St. 16-2 (27-5) 
 19. Creighton 13-3 (28-5) 
 20. Vanderbilt 10-6 (24-10) 
 21. N.Mexico 10-4 (27-6) 
 22. San Diego St. 10-4 (26-7) 
 23. UNLV 9-5 (26-8) 
 24. St.Mary's, CA 14-2 (27-5) 
 25. Florida 10-6 (23-10) 


Fab Melo ineligible for NCAA tournament - by Milord Nikolic
Top-seeded Syracuse announced Tuesday afternoon that sophomore center Fab Melo will miss the NCAA tournament due to an eligibility issue. The university did not comment further, except to say he did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for the team's round of 64 game against No. 16 UNC-Asheville. Melo had been suspended earlier this season for other eligibility issues, missing three games including one of Syracuse's two losses, to Notre Dame. He returned on February 4 against St. John's. Melo, a 7-foot native of Brazil, averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.

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Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 3-0 
 2. Auckland P. 2-1 
 3. Taranaki MA 2-1 
 4. Nelson G. 1-0 
 5. Wellington S. 1-1 
 6. OceanaGold N. 1-2 
 7. Southland S. 1-2 
 8. Manawatu J. 0-1 
 9. Harbour H. 0-3 


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DStv PBL: Pillars, Hoopers pick away win, Warriors lead Atlantic conference - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Three-time champion of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club at the weekend picked an away win to shore-up its position in the Savannah conference of the league.

The former champion coached by Coach Sani Ahmed posted a 87-67 points victory over new-comer Defenders basketball club of Abuja to make it a 3-0 recorded with two of the victory coming from away having defeated Niger Potters basketball club of Minna 75-50 points in the 2011/2012 season opener.

Defending champion, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt also recorded a valuable away win in the Atlantic conference of the league with a 77-72 points victory over Islanders basketball club of Lagos at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos while conference leader Dodan Warriors basketball club maintain its leadership of the Atlantic conference with an 88-45 points spanking of Police Baton basketball club in a local derby in Lagos.

Customs basketball club gave Union bank basketball club some scare in the fourth quarter of their week-3 game losing by 54-58 points while Chariots basketball club fell to Comets basketball club by 63-68 points.

Niger Potters basketball club of Minna recorded the best result of the weekend with a 97-67 points win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos in Minna.

The 30-point margin victory for the Potters thus gave them a rise in the Savannah conference log from sixth place to fourth while Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna narrowly edge home side Immigration basketball club of Kano by 73-70 points just as Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi had the better of city rival Bauchi Nets basketball club by 65-63 points.

Four clubs Kano Pillars and Yelwa Hawks from the Savannah conference and Dodan Warriors and Royal Hoopers in the Atlantic conference are yet to taste defeat in the three-week old DStv league.

Week-3 Results
DODAN WARRIORS 88 - 45 POLICE BATON
ISLANDERS 72 - 77 ROYAL HOOPERS
DEFENDERS 67 - 87 KANO PILLARS
BAUCHI NETS 63 - 65 YELWA HAWKS
CUSTOMS 54 - 58 UNION BANK
CHARIOTS 63 - 68 COMETS
NIGER POTTERS 97 - 67 TAPGUN ROCKETS
IMMIGRATION 70 - 73 KADA STARS



LSBBA hold 3-Day technical seminar - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Lagos State Basketball Association (LSBBA) has concluded to hold a 3-Day workshop/seminar for technical officials beginning from March 14 through 16 at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.

The seminar according association Head of Technical department Gbade Olatona is meant to bring up-to-date on the latest rules and technicality of the game.

Olatona further buttress that over 100 participants are expected while various instructors have been lined up as resources persons.

In view of the newly reconstituted board to run the basketball association of the state and with the loaded programme pencilled down for the year, the association is inviting all qualified Coaches, Referees, Table Officials, Statisticians and sports officers in Clubs and schools within the state to be part of the programme concluded Olatona.

The association chairman, Babs Ogunade will declare the seminar open on Wednesday while each participant is expected to pay a token of N5, 000 for seminar materials.

The Seminar will be theory and practical skills and an assessment/examination will be conducted at the end of the course each of the participant will be given certificate of participation at the end of the seminar as the association strive to reposition basketball in Lagos.




DStv PBL: Pillars, Hoopers pick away win, Warriors lead Atlantic conference - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Three-time champion of the Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club at the weekend picked an away win to shore-up its position in the Savannah conference of the league.

The former champion coached by Coach Sani Ahmed posted a 87-67 points victory over new-comer Defenders basketball club of Abuja to make it a 3-0 recorded with two of the victory coming from away having defeated Niger Potters basketball club of Minna 75-50 points in the 2011/2012 season opener.

Defending champion, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt also recorded a valuable away win in the Atlantic conference of the league with a 77-72 points victory over Islanders basketball club of Lagos at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos while conference leader Dodan Warriors basketball club maintain its leadership of the Atlantic conference with an 88-45 points spanking of Police Baton basketball club in a local derby in Lagos.

Customs basketball club gave Union bank basketball club some scare in the fourth quarter of their week-3 game losing by 54-58 points while Chariots basketball club fell to Comets basketball club by 63-68 points.

Niger Potters basketball club of Minna recorded the best result of the weekend with a 97-67 points win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos in Minna.

The 30-point margin victory for the Potters thus gave them a rise in the Savannah conference log from sixth place to fourth while Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna narrowly edge home side Immigration basketball club of Kano by 73-70 points just as Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi had the better of city rival Bauchi Nets basketball club by 65-63 points.

Four clubs Kano Pillars and Yelwa Hawks from the Savannah conference and Dodan Warriors and Royal Hoopers in the Atlantic conference are yet to taste defeat in the three-week old DStv league.

Week-3 Results
DODAN WARRIORS 88 - 45 POLICE BATON
ISLANDERS 72 - 77 ROYAL HOOPERS
DEFENDERS 67 - 87 KANO PILLARS
BAUCHI NETS 63 - 65 YELWA HAWKS
CUSTOMS 54 - 58 UNION BANK
CHARIOTS 63 - 68 COMETS
NIGER POTTERS 97 - 67 TAPGUN ROCKETS
IMMIGRATION 70 - 73 KADA STARS


Ruthless Warriors Run Riots Against Police - by Eurobasket News
Lagos Dodan Warriors continued their impressive form in the ongoing national basketball league with a 88-45 beating of the Nigerian Police team at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

But the President of the club, Col. Sam Amedu (Rtd) said he was not convinced with the team's performance.

'It is not yet to start singing halleluyah, the race has just began. The game is a funny game. The fact that we beat them with such a wide margin does not mean that they cannot beat us next time. What is working for Warriors is hardwork and dedication. Nobody is bigger than the club including me,' he explained.

The Warriors overwhelmed the Nigerian Police 25-7, 48-20, 65-33 and 88-45 to send signals to their next opponent Hoopers.
Courtesy of: Daily Trust


Kano Pillars Thrash Defenders - by Eurobasket News
Basketball action continued yesterday, as Defenders of Abuja fell to Kano Pillars 67-87. The defenders oopened scoring, before Pillars made a swift comeback, dominating the score chart from the 10th minute, until the end of the game.

Pillars were, undoubtedly, the better team, exhibiting better co-ordination, drive and making endless incursions into the Defenders' half. To cap it all, their defence was rock-solid.

Although a new entrant into the Nigerian basketball league, the Defenders of Abuja played brilliantly and surprisingly held the Pillars at bay at some point in the game. Pilars are favourites to win the savannah conference and have also been tipped to lift this year's DStv basketball league trophy.
Courtesy of: Leadership (Abuja)


Hoopers Beat Islanders 77-72 - by Eurobasket News
Ogoh Odaudu, head Coach of the Royal Hoopers of Port Harcourt, has attributed the team's 77-72 victory against Lagos Islanders to resilience and hard work.

The Port Harcourt based side had to dig into their bag of tricks to overwhelm the uncompromising Lagos Islanders side, that fought tooth and nail in the thrilling encounter before bowing to the superior score line of the defending champions.

Odaudu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) moments after the clash at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, that the team's hard work on the training ground was gradually reflecting on their performance.

'The team trains everyday, which has prepared us for this tournament and I see no reason why we cannot triumph in the long run.

'Knowing the pedigree of the Lagos Islanders, we were cautious and calculating in our approach to the game.

'We were down at the first and second period, but I had to engage in pep talks to psyche up the team during break intervals and I am happy it worked out well.

'It is a good feeling that we won but we are yet to hit our stride, I believe we struggled a lot in some areas but we are surely going to improve in subsequent matches,' Odaudu said.

Meanwhile, Mr Okolo Emmanuel, the coach of the Lagos Islanders team, blamed his team's defeat to loss of concentration at crucial moments of the match, but was still optimistic about its chances in the league.

'The team didn't deserve to lose the match, but it was unfortunate we did and I observed some lapses in our tactical approach which we would work on before our next match,' the Lagos Islanders coach said.

Many basketball buffs that watched the closely fought match, had tipped the Lagos Islanders side to carry the day against the Royal Hoopers who proved them wrong through their gritty display.
Courtesy of: Daily Trust


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rodney WHITE
  Barako Bull
  (206-C/F-80)
  Avg: 35.5
 1. White, Barako Bull35.5 
 2. Fazekas, Petron B.30.2 
 3. Crews, Rain o.29.0 
 4. David, Powerade T.26.8 
 5. Bowles, B-Meg L.26.7 
 6. Famous, Meralco26.0 
 7. Barron, Meralco26.0 
 8. Harvey, Talk N Te.23.5 
 9. Cardona, Meralco22.1 
 10. Vroman, Ginebra21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 25
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.25.0 
 2. Douthit, Air21 E.21.0 
 3. Alexander, Ginebr.20.3 
 4. Fazekas, Petron B.18.3 
 5. Jones, Powerade T.17.6 
 6. Barron, Meralco16.0 
 7. Famous, Meralco15.0 
 8. Crews, Rain o.14.8 
 9. Parada, Alaska Ac.13.8 
 10. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.7 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CASIO
  Powerade T.
  (177-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Casio, Powerade T.8.6 
 2. Ross, Meralco8.3 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.8 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron6.7 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.6.0 
 6. White, Barako Bull6.0 
 7. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra4.3 
 9. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.2 
 10. Tang, Rain or Shi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ross, Meralco2.0 
 2. Johnson, Barako B.1.8 
 3. Douthit, Air21 E.1.6 
 4. White, Barako Bull1.5 
 5. Barroca, B-Meg L.1.5 
 6. Seigle, Barako Bull1.5 
 7. Lassiter, Powerade.1.4 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra1.3 
 9. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 10. Fazekas, Petron1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Omar SAMHAN
  Talk N.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Samhan, Talk N.4.0 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra4.0 
 3. Jones, Powerade T.3.0 
 4. Harvey, Talk N Te.2.5 
 5. Santos, Petron B.2.5 
 6. Fazekas, Petron B.2.3 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.2 
 8. Crews, Rain o.1.8 
 9. Alexander, Ginebr.1.7 
 10. Famous, Meralco1.7 


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Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
Group A
 1. Trefl Sopot 2-1 
 2. Zastal ZG 2-1 
 3. Asseco Prokom 2-1 
 4. Energa Czarni 2-1 
 5. Anwil 1-2 
 6. PGE Turow 0-3 
Group B
 1. Slask Wroclaw 17-11 
 2. Kotwica 15-13 
 3. AZS Koszalin 13-15 
 4. Siarka Jezioro 12-16 
 5. Polpharma 10-18 
 6. AZS PW 8-20 
 7. PBG Basket 8-20 
 8. LKS Lodz 4-24 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.3 
 2. Edwards, Anwil16.8 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.16.3 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.3 
 6. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket16.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG15.9 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 10. Reese, AZS Kosza.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.7 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.0 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.8 
 6. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.6 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
 8. Archibeque, Zastal7.1 
 9. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.0 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.3 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 3. Wilczek, AZS P.4.9 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.4.9 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.4.8 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow4.8 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.7 
 8. Miller, Siarka J.4.6 
 9. Szubarga, Anwil4.6 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Skibniewski, Slask1.8 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil1.8 
 3. Kinnard, Anwil1.6 
 4. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 5. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 8. Harrington, Anwil1.4 
 9. Comagic, PBG B.1.3 
 10. Nikolic, PBG Bask.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.9 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.3 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 7. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.2 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.0 


PLK Round 3 (Second Stage): Energa Czarni loses #1 position in their group - by Eurobasket News
Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 3 in PLK means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Gdynia where host Asseco Prokom (2-1) beat league's leader Energa Czarni (2-1) 92-84 in overtime on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Energa Czarni. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 17-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-9. Asseco Prokom forced 19 Energa Czarni turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Asseco Prokom's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Energa Czarni. Energa Czarni will play next round against Anwil trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Asseco Prokom will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.
Undefeated Zastal ZG (2-1) recorded its first loss in Wloclawek. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Anwil (1-2) 88-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. It was a good game for American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Dardan Berisha contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Anwil's coach Krzysztof Szablowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Zastal ZG. Anwil left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Group A. Zastal ZG at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Anwil will play against higher ranked Energa Czarni (#4) in Slupsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zastal ZG will play on the road against the league's leader Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Trefl Sopot defeated PGE Turow in a road game 87-78.
In Group B LKS Lodz was smashed by AZS Koszalin at home 71-100. Siarka Jezioro lost to Polpharma on the opponent's court 82-89. Kotwica unfortunately lost to Slask Wroclaw in a home game 67-84. AZS PW managed to beat PBG Basket on the road 83-81. Slask Wroclaw defeated PBG Basket on its own court 81-67. Kotwica beat Siarka Jezioro in Kolobrzeg 69-66. Polpharma lost to LKS Lodz at home 73-79. AZS Koszalin managed to outperform AZS PW on the opponent's court 83-82.
The best stats of 3rd round was 29 points and 15 rebounds by Jakub Dluski of LKS Lodz.


Group A
Asseco Prokom - Energa Czarni 92-84 OT

Round 3 in PLK means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Gdynia where host Asseco Prokom (2-1) beat league's leader Energa Czarni (2-1) 92-84 in overtime on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Energa Czarni. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 17-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-9. Asseco Prokom forced 19 Energa Czarni turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Asseco Prokom's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican point guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) added 17 points and 4 blocks respectively. Five Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Energa Czarni. Energa Czarni will play next round against Anwil trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Asseco Prokom will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: D.Weaver 17+4reb, D.Hinson 16+6reb+4ast, M.Cesnauskis 13+3reb+3ast, S.Morrison 11+9reb, S.Burrell 11+5ast, P.Kikowski 6+5reb+2ast
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 22+6reb+8ast, D.Motiejunas 21+6reb, P.Zamojski 15+5reb, A.Hrycaniuk 9+10reb+1ast, A.Lapeta 8+3reb, M.Kuebler 5+2reb
gschID: 168996


PGE Turow - Trefl Sopot 78-87

There was no surprise in Zgorzelec where bottom-ranked PGE Turow (0-3) was defeated by fourth ranked Trefl Sopot (2-1) 87-78 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Trefl Sopot made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. PGE Turow was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) added 22 points respectively. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trefl Sopot keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser PGE Turow still closes the standings with three games lost. Trefl Sopot will face league's second-placed Zastal ZG in Zielona Gora in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. PGE Turow will play at home against Asseco Prokom (#3) in Gdynia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Jackson 22+3reb, D.Kickert 20+5reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 11+9reb+2ast, M.Chylinski 9+4reb, R.Moore 6+2reb+4ast, J.Edwards 4+1reb
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 24+8reb+3ast, J.Turek 16+5reb, L.Koszarek 15+3reb+2ast, A.Waczynski 9+2reb+4ast, V.Cummings 9+4reb, L.Wisniewski 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 168997


Anwil - Zastal ZG 88-72

Undefeated Zastal ZG (2-1) recorded its first loss in Wloclawek. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Anwil (1-2) 88-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. The game was mostly controlled by Anwil. Zastal ZG was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anwil players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Dardan Berisha (192-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Anwil players scored in double figures. Anwil's coach Krzysztof Szablowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Marcin Flieger (182-84) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zastal ZG. Anwil left bottom position moving up to fifth place in Group A. Zastal ZG at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Anwil will play against higher ranked Energa Czarni (#4) in Slupsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zastal ZG will play on the road against the league's leader Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: G.Lawal 18+7reb+1ast, K.Chanas 13+1reb, M.Flieger 11+3reb+4ast, M.Sroka 7+2reb, K.Archibeque 6+2reb, P.Stelmach 6+3reb
Anwil: C.Edwards 22+10reb+2ast, D.Berisha 16+5reb+3ast, K.Szubarga 11+1reb+6ast, L.Kinnard 10+3reb+1ast, J.Allen 10+3reb+3ast, L.Harrington 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 168995


Group B
LKS Lodz - AZS Koszalin 71-100

No shocking result in a game in Lodz where third ranked AZS Koszalin (13-15) smashed 8th ranked LKS Sphinx (4-24) 100-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. AZS Koszalin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. AZS Koszalin outrebounded LKS Sphinx 41-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by LKS Sphinx's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS Koszalin made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import guard LaMont McIntosh (190-82, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 21 points. Five AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Michal Michalak (194-93) who recorded 24 points and forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) added 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS Koszalin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Group B with 13-15 record having four points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Newly promoted LKS Sphinx keeps the eighth position with 24 games lost. AZS Koszalin will face league's second-placed Kotwica in Kolobrzeg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LKS Sphinx will play at home against PBG Basket (#7) in Poznan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: M.Michalak 24+3reb+1ast, J.Dluski 15+11reb+1ast, J.Zyskowski 13, P.Trepka 5+3reb+4ast, K.Sulima 4+6reb, D.Binkowski 4+2reb
AZS Koszalin: L.McIntosh 21+2reb+2ast, M.Dutkiewicz 16+6reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 15+4reb+3ast, C.Eziukwu 12+14reb+2ast, M.Jarmakowicz 11+3reb+1ast, I.Milicic 11+3reb+10ast
gschID: 169005


Polpharma - Siarka Jezioro 89-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Starogard where 4th placed Siarka Jezioro (12-16) was defeated by fifth ranked Polpharma (10-18) 89-82 on Saturday. Siarka Jezioro was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of Polpharma, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Adam Metelski (208-83, college: Cal-Irvine) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds. International point guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Five Polpharma players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Josh Miller (169, college: W.Virginia St.) who recorded 25 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Wojciech Barycz (208-84, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Polpharma maintains fifth place in Group B with 10-18 record. Loser Siarka Jezioro keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. Polpharma will face AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#6) in Warszawa in the next round. Siarka Jezioro will play at home against the league's leader Slask Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: J.Miller 25+2reb+4ast, W.Barycz 15+9reb+1ast, J.Tiller 11+5reb+1ast, N.Doaks 9+4reb, M.Piechowicz 9+4reb+3ast, P.Karnowski 9+2reb
Polpharma: T.Snieg 20+1reb+4ast, G.Arabas 17+4reb, B.Hazzard 13+2reb+1ast, P.Dabrowski 12+4reb+3ast, A.Metelski 11+16reb, D.Wall 11+4reb
gschID: 169002


Kotwica - Slask Wroclaw 67-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Slask Wroclaw's (17-11) road victory over second-best Kotwica (15-13) 84-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. Kotwica was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kotwica 42-30 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Five Slask Wroclaw players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and forward Lukasz Wichniarz (197-82) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains first place in Group B with 17-11 record. Loser Kotwica keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will face Siarka Jezioro (#4) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round. Kotwica will play at home against AZS Koszalin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: L.Wichniarz 17+2reb+1ast, D.Harris 11+10reb, D.Brown 11+3reb+3ast, M.Djuric 8+4reb, O.Brandwein 6+2reb+6ast, W.Zloty 6+2reb+3ast
Slask Wroclaw: R.Skibniewski 17+6reb+10ast, A.Wojcik 17+3reb+1ast, P.Graham 17+4reb, S.Bogavac 15+13reb+3ast, A.Mladenovic 10+8reb+2ast, B.Bochno 3+1reb
gschID: 169003


PBG Basket - AZS PW 81-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Poznan where 6th ranked PBG Basket (8-20) was edged by seventh ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (8-20) 83-81 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But PBG Basket won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when AZS Politechnika Warszawska won last quarter 21-20. They shot 60.4 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) who scored 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Belgian center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AZS Politechnika Warszawska moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with defeated PBG Basket. PBG Basket lost fifth consecutive game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will face higher ranked Polpharma (#5) in Starogard in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: A.Lichodzijewski 17+6reb, D.Micic 16+3reb+3ast, D.Kulig 15+8reb, N.Nikolic 13+2reb+6ast, J.Parzenski 8+1reb, Z.Comagic 6+5reb+5ast
AZS PW: M.Nowakowski 25+1reb+2ast, M.Ponitka 18+5reb+2ast, P.Pamula 13+1reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 11+5reb+11ast, P.Pelka 6+6reb, M.Popiolek 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 169004


Slask Wroclaw - PBG Basket 81-67

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Slask Wroclaw (17-11) won against at home 6th ranked PBG Basket (8-20) 81-67 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. PBG Basket was better in third quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to PBG Basket's 32. They outrebounded PBG Basket 36-21 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Five Slask Wroclaw players scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Belgian center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who recorded 18 points and Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) added 17 points respectively. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains first place in Group B with 17-11 record. PBG Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will face Siarka Jezioro (#4) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round. PBG Basket will play on the road against LKS Sphinx in Lodz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: A.Lichodzijewski 18+3reb+1ast, D.Micic 17+1reb+3ast, J.Parzenski 9+3reb, N.Nikolic 8+4reb+3ast, T.Smorawinski 7+3reb+2ast, D.Kulig 4+3reb+1ast
Slask Wroclaw: P.Graham 19+1reb+4ast, A.Wojcik 18+1reb, S.Bogavac 13+12reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 12+1reb+8ast, A.Mladenovic 10+10reb, B.Diduszko 3+4reb
gschID: 168999


Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica 66-69

There was no surprise in Tarnobrzeg where 4th placed Siarka Jezioro (12-16) was edged by second ranked Kotwica (15-13) 69-66 on Wednesday. Siarka Jezioro trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-69 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Siarka Jezioro 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Israeli guard Oded Brandwein (188-88, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and American guard J.T. Tiller (191-88, college: Missouri) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. Kotwica have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group B with 15-13 record having just two points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Loser Siarka Jezioro keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. Kotwica will face AZS Koszalin (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Siarka Jezioro will play against the league's leader Slask Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: M.Piechowicz 15+3reb+4ast, J.Miller 13+2reb+3ast, J.Tiller 12+6reb+2ast, P.Karnowski 12+4reb+2ast, N.Doaks 5+7reb+1ast, D.Wyka 5+2reb+1ast
Kotwica: O.Brandwein 21+2reb+3ast, D.Harris 18+12reb, D.Brown 11+6reb+1ast, L.Wichniarz 9+6reb+2ast, L.Diduszko 6+7reb, M.Djuric 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 169000


Polpharma - LKS Lodz 73-79

There was a small surprise in Starogard where eighth ranked LKS Sphinx (4-24) defeated 5th ranked Polpharma (10-18) 79-73 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. LKS Sphinx outrebounded Polpharma 39-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo.) who recorded 25 points and the other American import forward Jeremy Simmons (203-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively. Polpharma's coach Wojciech Kaminski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted LKS Sphinx maintains eighth place in Group B with 4-24 record. Loser Polpharma keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. LKS Sphinx will face higher ranked PBG Basket (#7) in Poznan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Polpharma will play at home against AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: M.Hicks 25+2reb+1ast, J.Simmons 16+11reb+1ast, B.Hazzard 11+1reb, M.Nowakowski 9+1reb+6ast, T.Snieg 4+2reb+1ast, P.Dabrowski 3+5reb+2ast
LKS Lodz: J.Dluski 29+15reb+1ast, K.Sulima 15+4reb, B.Szczepaniak 11+4reb, M.Michalak 8+8reb+4ast, P.Trepka 8+7reb+3ast, J.Zyskowski 7
gschID: 169001


AZS PW - AZS Koszalin 82-83

Very expected game in Warszawa where 7th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (8-20) was edged by third ranked AZS Koszalin (13-15) 83-82 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AZS Koszalin dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Politechnika Warszawska's 34 and made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. They outrebounded AZS Politechnika Warszawska 41-27 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five AZS Koszalin and four AZS Politechnika Warszawska players scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Group B with 13-15 record having four points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Newly promoted AZS Politechnika Warszawska dropped to the sixth position with 20 games lost. AZS Koszalin will face league's second-placed Kotwica in Kolobrzeg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play on the road against Polpharma (#5) in Starogard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS PW: M.Nowakowski 22+5reb+2ast, M.Ponitka 17+9reb+3ast, J.Mokros 14+5reb+3ast, P.Pamula 12+2ast, P.Pelka 7+3reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 4+3reb+5ast
AZS Koszalin: C.Eziukwu 17+16reb, J.Montgomery 15+5reb, G.Reese 14+4reb+5ast, M.Dutkiewicz 12+7reb, L.McIntosh 10+3reb+1ast, I.Milicic 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 168998




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  PUERTO RICO   


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. Arecibo 2-3 
 7. Guayama 2-4 
 8. Humacao 1-4 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.3 
 2. McCants, Humacao20.3 
 3. Dalmau, Bayamon20.3 
 4. Rivera, San German19.5 
 5. Hodge, Humacao18.4 
 6. Williams, Quebradi.17.0 
 7. Smith, Mayaguez17.0 
 8. Galindo, Guayama16.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas15.4 
 10. Ayuso, Arecibo15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Thornton, Guayama10.2 
 2. Hodge, Humacao9.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas8.8 
 4. Smith, Mayaguez8.4 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo8.0 
 6. Pinkney, San G.7.8 
 7. James, Humacao7.8 
 8. Sweetney, Bayamon7.7 
 9. Valenzuela, Humac.7.6 
 10. Galindo, Guayama7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Smith, Mayaguez7.4 
 2. Rivera, San German5.7 
 3. Hodge, Humacao5.0 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon5.0 
 5. Rivera, Mayaguez5.0 
 6. Guzman, Guaynabo4.8 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.4.4 
 8. Pagan, Guayama4.0 
 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. McCants, Humacao2.0 
 4. Hodge, Humacao2.0 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.8 
 6. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.6 
 7. Salas Flores, Baya.1.5 
 8. Williams, Quebradi.1.4 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez1.4 
 10. Powe, San German1.3 
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, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 6. Valenzuela, Humac.1.4 
 7. James, Humacao1.4 
 8. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 9. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.2 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez1.0 


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  ROMANIA   


The bigger they are - The harder they fall - by Chris Terrell
Giurgiu, Romania - Played out on Monday March 12th was a contest of what many viewed as David versus Golliath. On one side, CSS Giurgiu, the club I took over in January this year, the club's first season in the top division. On the other was Golliath, Eurochallenge team and many would say the top club in Romania, Timisoara. The one advantage given to the home town on the banks of Danube River in Southern Romania was that Timisoara wasn't playing a big Eurochallenge game against a team from Israel, France, or Russia. This wasn't a Balkan league matchup that they have been dominating against a team from Serbia or Montenegro. No, this was Giurgiu, who up until this season had played solely in Romania's 2nd division. Perhaps the big club would overlook us? Does David have the slingshot chance at striking the giant in the eye?

Timisoara is every bit as good as advertised. They are NBA huge, boasting several players between 2.10 and 2.20 meters. Their wing player Dominique Archie (204-F-87, college: S.Carolina) is a handful to be certain. At well over 2 meters and guard skills, he was as tall as our position 5 in this contest Catalin Vlaicu (203-C-86). But do not underestimate the heart of this man. He battled with Popescu, Paltisanu, and the giants all evening. The aforementioned Archie was terrific connecting on 6 of 8 three point attempts en route to a big night and Popescu did find opportunities here and there for 17 but much of the others were kept relatively silent. The defense of Vlaicu and Milanovic and Powell helped keep the paint clear, while Brian Burrell (192-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: UTPA) was active on the glass (8) and stealing balls (5). On the offensive, Raymond Kraemer (193-G-87, college: Nevada) had 28, Burrell and Sims had 19, while Kevin Sims (178-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tulane) also found his teammates for a double double with 10 assists helps in large part to excellent two man play with Zoran Milanovic. Giurgiu got important minutes of the bench from Bivolaru, Powell, and Nicolae especially on the defensive end. On this night, the rock in the slingshot struck the giant in the eye and he fell to the ground to the cheers of the hometown faithful: Giurgiu 83 Timisoara 75. So in a Nationally televised game the same lesson was taught from the story of David and Goliath and that is that with hardwork, courage, and faith, anything is possible. It is from humble beginnings that greatness can truely be appreciated. May all the praise and glory be to God.


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  RUSSIA   


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.0 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.17.1 
 3. Mozgov, Khimky16.2 
 4. Beverley, Spart.16.2 
 5. Rush, Krasnie Kril.15.9 
 6. Fridzon, Khimky14.8 
 7. Victor, Spartak-.14.3 
 8. Labovic, Krasnie14.3 
 9. McKee, Triumph14.2 
 10. Massey, Lokomotiv13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Victor, Spartak-.8.8 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph8.3 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv7.4 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.7 
 5. Baxter, Enisey6.5 
 6. Monya, Khimky6.4 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.6.3 
 8. Kirilenko, CSKA6.0 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA5.7 
 10. Mozgov, Khimky5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.8 
 2. Beverley, Spart.5.0 
 3. Halperin, Spart.4.7 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.6 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA4.6 
 6. Samoylenko, Unics4.4 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.1 
 8. McKee, Triumph3.9 
 9. Bremer, N.Novgorod3.5 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Kri.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv2.4 
 2. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.2.2 
 4. Jefferson, Triumph2.1 
 5. Baburin, Spartak-.2.0 
 6. Halperin, Spart.1.8 
 7. Miles, Krasnie Kri.1.7 
 8. Planinic, Khimky1.6 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.6 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.4 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph1.4 
 4. Savenkov, Spartak.1.1 
 5. Likhodey, Spart.1.1 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 7. Balashov, Krasni.0.8 
 8. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 9. Alexander, Krasni.0.7 
 10. Pushkov, Khimky0.7 


EuroChallenge: Triumph shock Fuenlabrada in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada-Triumph Lyubertsy 75:76

Triumph shock Fuenlabrada in Spain in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals. The Russian team grabbed 76:75 win and will hope for the next game at home to win the series. Quino Colom had a chance to win the game at the death for the hosts but missed a contested lay-up.
Triumph Lyubertsy easily started with 28:16 after the first period. They kept 11-point advantage at the halftime despite 18-19 in the second frame. The hosts did all the possible to win the game and came up with 23-13 in the third quarter. The Russian team however needed 17-17 in the last period to seal the victory.
Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) and Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 16 and Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) posted 13. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) scored 12. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) and Ferran Lavina (192-G-77, agency: Court Side) ended up with 11 points apiece. Game 2 will be played on March 15th in Russia.

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 13, Adrian Laso 12, Mike Hall 11, Ferran Lavina 11
Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 19, Artem Kuzyakin 19, Kyle Landry 16, Tywain McKee 13


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 12-1 
 2. Khimky 9-2 
 3. Triumph 7-4 
 4. Lokomotiv 7-6 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 6-5 
 6. Spartak-Prim. 5-6 
 7. Unics 5-6 
 8. Spartak SP 5-7 
 9. Enisey 1-10 
 10. N.Novgorod 1-11 


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  RWANDA   


APR, KBC Clash in Playoff Finals - by Eurobasket News
All roads lead to Amahoro indoor stadium this afternoon when the country's two biggest basketball clubs clash in the Playoff finals.

KBC are the league defending champions but Coach Callixte Rutazongerwa is not leaving anything to chance as the club bids to put one over their rivals in the new hoops season.

'It will be a difficult game because APR has been playing well in the playoffs. But if we are to defend the league title, then we have to start the season well by winning tomorrow (today)'s match.' Rutazongerwa said.

APR Coach Cliff Owuor has already challenged his side 'to sweep all trophies this season.'

The winners today will walk away with Rwf 0.3m, while runners-up and third placed team will pocket Rwf 0.2m and Rwf 150.000 respectively courtesy of tournament sponsors Imbuto Foundation who pumped in Rwf 16m in the tourney as a means of using sports to raise awareness about Malaria in the country.

The Hoops league is also scheduled to start in June.

Meanwhile the National Basketball Federation will hold elections in May to fill in the vacant positions of President, first Vice President and legal Advisor according to Albert Kayiranga, the acting Ferwaba President.

The posts fall vacant when former Hoops boss Eric Kalisa, Henry Munyengabe and legal Advisor Shema Maboko resigned last year.

Playoffs Today

APR vs KBC 10:00am
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


D1 Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Uhud 8-0 
 2. Al Fath 8-1 
 3. Al Ahli 6-1 
 4. Al Ittihad 5-2 
 5. Al Hilal 4-2 
 6. Al Wehda 4-4 
 7. Al Ansar 3-3 
 8. Al Qadisiya 3-4 
 9. Al Nahdha 1-6 
 10. Al Jubail 1-6 
 11. Al Kweldeeh 1-7 
 12. Al Safa 0-8 


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  SERBIA   


BKK Radnicki signs Mladen Sljivancanin - by Eurobasket News
Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) is a new member of BKK Radnicki. He signed a deal for rest of the season. Radnicki already booked a spot for the second stage in Serbia (Superleague). Sljivancanin spent last season on Cyprus. He had 7.1 ppg, 2.3 apg and 1.9 rpg for 11 games with Keravnos Nicosia. He also added 9.7 ppg and 2 apg in 4 Playoff games. Season 2009/10 Mladen Sljivancanin split between Cuprus and France. He played for Apollon and ProB team Bourg. In 2008/09, the player was a member of Russian Samara and before that he spent one year with Crvena Zvezda. Mladen Sljivancanin also has experience from Koln, Frankfurt and Spartak Subotica. He played for Serbian youth National Teams in the past.

Dragan Bjelica gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian B League - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Viva Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 30-year old guard had the game-high 37 points adding seven assists for Viva Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Jedinstvo NB (#14, 6-15) 104-89. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Viva Basket is placed at 9th position in Serbian B League. Viva Basket is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. In the team's last game Bjelica had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Viva Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bjelica has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.6ppg and is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Bjelica

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Goran Huskic of Radnicki OB. Huskic impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Radnicki OB to another comfortable win 93-74 over the lower-ranked Beovuk 72 (#10, 9-12) being unquestionably team leader. Radnicki OB's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Huskic is one of the most experienced players at Radnicki OB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Srdjan Vokic of Jedinstvo NB (#14). Vokic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . Despite Vokic's great performance Jedinstvo NB lost 89-104 to the higher-ranked Viva Basket (#9, 10-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jedinstvo NB can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vokic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vokic has a very solid season. In 21 games in Serbia he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 53.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milic Blagojevic (200-G/F-91) of Radnicki Stud. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bojan Mihajlovic (198-F-88) of Viva Basket - 27 points and 8 rebounds
6. Borislav Djurovic (206-C-80) of Crnokosa - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Branislav Tomasevic) of Sabac - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Nenad Banjanin (201-F-85) of Mladost Zemun - 15 points and 13 rebounds
9. Predrag Brankovic (185-G-83) of Jedinstvo NB - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Srdjan Stojanovic) of Spartak - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  SLOVENIA   


Interview: Klemen Prepelic, MVP of 24th ABA League Week - by Matej Bergant
Eurobasket.com had the pleasure to talk to the MVP of 24th round of Adriatic League - Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92). The youngster of Helios Domzale is having a great season so far as he is averaging 14.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game in Adriatic League. This past week he scored his personal best 32 points in a game against Slovenian Champions Krka Novo mesto.

Congratulations for another MVP weekly award and great performance against Krka Novo mesto in ABA Adriatic League, Klemen.
- Thank you but I cannot say I'm happy because my team did not win, the game was very important for us as we could finish Adriatic League higher in standings than Krka.

Your statistics in the Adriatic League is quite impressive, you are already the 6th best player in the League and the 5th in scoring with 14,38 points average while you are still 19. You have probably shown to Bozidar Maljkovic, coach of the Slovenian National team that you are ready to become an important part of his team.
- Yes, I hope that quite soon Ill be a player of the National team of Slovenia and can contribute there. Slovenia has everything for winning: good team, good coach, good crowd supporting it, the team has high goals and is ready to prove it is one of the best in Europe. Meanwhile the first thing for me is European championship U20, this summer it is in Slovenia and I want to win it with our team.

What do you expect for Helios Domzale?
- We want to secure our spot in the Adriatic League, we have already shown we can compete with Krka and Olimpija Ljubljana as well as other teams, this is most important at the moment.

What are your plans?
- To keep working hard, with Coach Zmago Sagadin I am becoming better every month, with every game we play, every practice we have. Hard work is the key to progress and develop, to win games. I know that this second MVP award I got is the result of this hard work.


Kavgic number one in Slovenian D2 for round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Adin Kavgic (193-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Splosna plovba, receiving a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Triglav Strazisce (#4, 14-6) with 29-point margin 83-54. Splosna plovba maintains the 5th position in Slovenian D2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Splosna plovba will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. It's Kavgic's second year at Splosna plovba and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Adin Kavgic has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.5rpg. Kavgic is in league's top in and averages impressive 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old Sanel Dzombic (198-G-78) of Hrastnik. Dzombic had a very good evening with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Hrastnik was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Branik (#6, 11-9) 92-91. Hrastnik is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Dzombic is well-known at Hrastnik and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#5). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Igor Spesic (204-F/C-83) of Radenska (#8). Spesic scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Radenska, leading his team to a 87-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Medvode (#11, 6-13). The chances of Radenska ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Spesic could help Radenska to bring them higher in the standings. Spesic has a great season in Slovenia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Klepo (211-C-80) of Postojna - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Klemen Panic (180-PG-91) of Litija - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ziga Percel (188-G-89) of Hrastnik - 26 points and 8 rebounds
7. Luka Hren (198-G-90) of Litija - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matija Trampus (203-C-89) of Grosuplje - 24 points and 4 rebounds
9. Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88) of Jance Prit - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Andraz Kavas (200-F-92) of Jance Prit - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL tryout will take a place in July - by JungHwan Seo
KBL tryout will be held for 24th to 26th July in Las Vegas, United States. Time and other details have undecided yet. KBL will notice in Eurobasket.com before applying deadline.

Here are some policy changes from next season.

1.Each team can have two players and only one can play on the court

2.There is no free agent. All players should apply for tryout and attend draft this summer to make a contract. If some teams want to change their player during the season, they should pick among draftees

3.Current players can not resign with current teams. If they want to play in KBL again, they should apply for tryouts.

4.The first round picked player can get maximum 35,000 USD per month, Second round player can get maximum 25,000 USD per month (all including taxes)

5.These players are prohibited who got a NBA career the past three seasons or a Euroleague quarter finalist the past two seasons.



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  SPAIN   


EuroChallenge: Triumph shock Fuenlabrada in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada-Triumph Lyubertsy 75:76

Triumph shock Fuenlabrada in Spain in the first leg of the EuroChallenge Quarterfinals. The Russian team grabbed 76:75 win and will hope for the next game at home to win the series. Quino Colom had a chance to win the game at the death for the hosts but missed a contested lay-up.
Triumph Lyubertsy easily started with 28:16 after the first period. They kept 11-point advantage at the halftime despite 18-19 in the second frame. The hosts did all the possible to win the game and came up with 23-13 in the third quarter. The Russian team however needed 17-17 in the last period to seal the victory.
Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) and Artem Kuzyakin (201-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) nailed 16 and Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) posted 13. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) scored 12. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) and Ferran Lavina (192-G-77, agency: Court Side) ended up with 11 points apiece. Game 2 will be played on March 15th in Russia.

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 13, Adrian Laso 12, Mike Hall 11, Ferran Lavina 11
Triumph Lyubertsy: Davon Jefferson 19, Artem Kuzyakin 19, Kyle Landry 16, Tywain McKee 13


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Real Madrid 19-5 
 2. FCB Regal 19-5 
 3. Caja Laboral 17-7 
 4. Lagun Aro GBC 14-10 
 5. Valencia 13-11 
 6. Unicaja 13-11 
 7. CAI Zaragoza 13-11 
 8. Lucentum 13-11 
 9. Cajasol 12-12 
 10. Gescrap BB 12-12 
 11. Assignia M. 12-12 
 12. FIATC Joventut 11-13 
 13. Fuenlabrada 10-13 
 14. GC 2014 9-15 
 15. Blusens M. 8-16 
 16. Asefa Estudian. 7-16 
 17. UCAM Murcia 7-17 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 6-18 


Curtis Jerrells out for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) and his team UCAM Murcia. The American point guard got injured (broken foot finger) and will have to miss next two months. It means that this season is over for Jerrells. Curtis Jerrells joined Murcia recently. He got injured during the game against Blusens Monbus, which was played on Sunday. It was the second appearance for Jerrells with Murcia. Curtis Jerrells arrived to Spain from Fenerbahce Ulker, where he had 8.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.7 apg in 14 Euroleague games. The Turkish champion failed to reach the Euroleague Quarterfinals. In TBL, Jerrells registered 6.4 ppg and 2 apg for 17 games. Curtis Jerrells spent last season with Partizan. He helped them win Serbian and Adriatic league titles, plus Serbian Cup. Jerrells was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Guard of the Year -11. He was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 1st Team -11. In 2009/10 season, Jerrells was a member of the NBA D-League team Austin Toros. There he had 21.4 ppg, 5.8 apg and 4.5 rpg for 56 games. Jerrells is a product of Baylor University, where he graduated in 2009.

Unicaja Malaga bring in Krunoslav Simon - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga bring in Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) for the rest of the season. The Spanish team takes the Croatian player from KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje where he played for 12 years.
In year 2000 Krunoslav Simon started for KK Zagreb and remained with the team until this season. In 2010-2011 for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje he averaged 13.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 81.1% in Adriatic league and in EuroChallenge had 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg. In Croatian League his stats read 16.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 67.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 89.8%. In 2011-2012 for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and averaged 15.7 points per game in Adriatic League. In his top game he recorded 29 points as KK Zagreb CO beat Cibona 82:77.
Only over the last two seasons he reached EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -10, became Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Domestic Players Team -10, 11 and Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team -10. In 2011 he was Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Forward of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Domestic Player of the Year -11, Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team -11 and Croatian A1 League Champion -11.



Valladolid close to sign Darius Songaila - by Eurobasket News
According to Spanish media (Solobasket), Valladolid agreed terms with Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest). Reportedly, they are expected to sign a deal during the day. Songaila started this season with Galatasaray, but they parted ways in January. The Lithuanian PF/C appeared 13 times in Euroleague averaging 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. He also added 7.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 15 games in TBL. However, it seems that was not enough for the Turkish squad. Darius Songaila spent 8 seasons in the NBA. He had 1.6 ppg and 1 rpg for 10 games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010/11. Before that Songalia averaged 7.2 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 75 games with the New Orleans Hornets. He also has experience from the Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings. Before the NBA, Darius Songaila spent one season with CSKA Moscow.

Javier Salson claims Spanish LEB Silver weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Javier Salson (199-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Las Rozas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Las Rozas in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Tenerife (#13, 4-15) 75-71. Las Rozas is placed at 2nd position in Spanish LEB Silver. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Las Rozas will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. Salson turned to be Las Rozas' top player in his first season with the team. Bloomfield College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Salson is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.9ppg) and averages solid 59.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Albert Ventura (196-F-92) of Prat Juventud. Ventura impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 6 rebounds. It was enough for Prat Juventud to edge slightly higher-ranked Ourense (#3, 12-6) by 1 point 71-70. Prat Juventud's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ventura is one of the most experienced players at Prat Juventud and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Ander Ortiz (185-PG-80) of Aurteneche M. (#4). Ortiz scored 20 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Aurteneche M., leading his team to a 77-68 win against the lower-ranked Plasencia (#11, 4-14). Aurteneche M. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Ortiz has a very solid season. In 11 games in Spain he scored 11.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ismael Torres (202-C-79) of Andorra - 17 points and 5 rebounds
5. Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Gandia Basquet - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Ruben Suarez (185-G-78) of Oviedo CB - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Alex Ros (192-G-83) of Plasencia - 25 points
8. Howard Brown (198-G/F-77) of Oviedo CB - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ignacio Guigou (186-PG-91) of Tenerife - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) of Barca Regal II - 14 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)


Spanish LEB Gold round 27 best performance: Jonathan Kale - by Eurobasket News
Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Lleida, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Leon (#12, 12-14) 76-74. Lleida is placed at 4th position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lleida will need more victories to improve their 17-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Kale as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jonathan Kale averages this season 11.9ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Joan Carles Bivia (185-PG-85) of Mallorca. Bivia had a very good evening with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. It was enough for Mallorca to edge the higher-ranked Navarra (#6, 16-11) 80-77. Mallorca's 14th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Bivia is one of the most experienced players at Mallorca and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 4.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Czech Republic center Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) of Navarra (#6). Starosta scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Starosta's great performance Navarra lost 77-80 to the lower-ranked Mallorca (#14, 12-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Navarra needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 11 lost games. Starosta has a great season in Spain. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Knet Clavijo - 10 points and 13 rebounds
5. Mathew Witt (183-PG-84) of Knet Clavijo - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) of Menorca - 17 points and 4 rebounds
7. Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83) of Canarias - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87) of Caceres - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Troy DeVries (193-G-82) of Melilla - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Francisco Sanchez (201-F-79) of Caceres - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Krayem number one in Sweden for round 35 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Omar Krayem (185-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Boras, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 25-year old player got a double-double of 33 points and 11 assists, while his team edged out Solna (#7, 17-18) 96-93. Boras is placed at 3rd position in Swedish Basketligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Boras will need more victories to improve their 21-14 record. In the team's last game Krayem had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Boras' top player in his first season with the team. Former California Baptist University star has very solid stats this year. Krayem is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.4ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.4apg) and averages impressive 50.5% FGP and 43.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Australian Rhys Carter (190-PG-84) of Uppsala. Carter had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 12 assists. It was enough for Uppsala to edge the lower-ranked Jamtland (#9, 13-22) 104-98. This victory allowed Uppsala to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Carter is a newcomer at Uppsala, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Demond Watt (200-F-89) of Eco Orebro (#10). Watt scored 21 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Watt's great performance Eco Orebro lost 80-110 to the higher-ranked LF Basket (#6, 19-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Eco Orebro can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-32 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Watt he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Watt has individually a great season in Sweden. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Keith Ramsey (205-F-87) of LF Basket - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje - 18 points and 14 rebounds
8. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Edgard Jeromanovs (186-PG-86) of Norrkoping - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mark Tyndale (196-G-86) of Sundsvall - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 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)


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 22-12 
 2. Sodertalje 22-13 
 3. Boras 21-14 
 4. Sundsvall 20-14 
 5. Uppsala 20-15 
 6. LF Basket 19-15 
 7. Solna 17-18 
 8. 08 16-18