EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/15/2012

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Athens R. 14-2
 2. Jacksonville 12-3
 3. Atlanta E. 4-2
 4. Heartland H. 3-0
 5. Atlanta Aliens 2-1
 6. Georgia G. 1-1
 7. Savannah Storm 0-0
 8. Columbus R. 0-3
 9. E.Point Jaguars 0-9
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 5-4
 2. Modesto H. 3-2
 3. NorCal B. 1-11
 4. Chico Rage 0-2
California South
 1. Arizona S. 19-3
 2. San Diego Sol 18-2
 3. San Diego S. 8-7
 4. LA Slam 6-12
 5. Riverside R. 1-7
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2
 7. SoCal Swish 0-4
 8. Shizuoka G. 0-16
Colonial
 1. Lynchburg L. 11-6
 2. Richmond E. 10-2
 3. NoVa Wonders 4-1
 4. Portsmouth C. 2-4
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 10-0
 2. Milwaukee B. 3-0
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0
 4. Midwest Flames 0-0
 5. Cleveland H. 0-1
 6. Porter County P. 0-3
Mid Atlantic
 1. S.Carol.W. 15-0
 2. Carolina C. 9-5
 3. Carolina Ch. 8-6
 4. East Carolina T. 4-7
 5. Nashville S. 3-0
 6. Tennessee MH 2-10
 7. Fayetteville F. 2-13
 8. Clarksville C. 0-2
 9. Carolina J. 0-8
Mid Central
 1. Lima Explosion 10-5
 2. Detroit Hoops 5-4
 3. Michiana M. 3-4
 4. Greencastle GK 2-0
 5. Indianapolis 2-0
 6. Lansing L. 1-1
 7. Dayton GCHF 0-2
Northeast
 1. Connecticut T. 10-1
 2. Jersey Expr. 5-7
 3. Island Vipers 3-8
 4. New York Ch. 0-1
 5. NYC Thunder 0-3
Northern Division
 1. Oklahoma I. 0-0
Pacific North
 1. Bay Area M. 21-9
 2. S.Francisco R. 19-5
 3. Richmond R. 18-7
 4. Port City P. 13-12
 5. E.Bay Pitbulls 12-13
 6. Sacramento H. 3-16
Pacific Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 6-0
 2. Alaska Q. 4-7
 3. Washington R. 0-1
 4. Calgary C. 0-4
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 7-3
 2. Panama City D. 0-3
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 22-0
 2. Colorado C. 4-9
 3. Crusaders 2-5
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4
South Central
 1. Little Rock L. 15-6
 2. Bluff City R. 14-5
 3. Conway C. 11-7
 4. N.E. Arkansas 7-9
 5. Missouri R. 3-4
 6. St.Louis P. 1-9
South West
 1. North Dallas 12-1
 2. Texas Fuel 12-2
 3. West Texas W. 5-6
 4. Oklahoma S. 4-7
 5. Houston R.S. 2-0
 6. Dallas Impact 1-6
 7. N.Texas F. 1-7
Touring Team
 1. W.Virginia B. 5-9
 2. Houston X. 1-2
 3. ABA-Canada 0-0
 4. Rocky Mountain S. 0-1
 5. Team Haiti 0-1
 6. Appalachian R. 0-2
 7. Florida M. 0-5
 8. Chicago F. 0-6


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 22-1 
 2. Cedevita 18-7 
 3. Partizan 18-7 
 4. Buducnost 17-7 
 5. Siroki WWin 14-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 13-12 
 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. Hemofarm 7-18 
 13. Helios 7-18 
 14. Zlatorog 2-23 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.8 
 2. Kasun, KK.17.9 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.15.6 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.14.8 
 7. Pasalic, Helios14.2 
 8. Prepelic, Helios14.0 
 9. Macvan, Partizan13.5 
 10. Pavkovic, Radnick.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.4 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.3 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 6. Simon, Radnicki K.6.6 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.4 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog6.3 
 9. Markota, KK.6.3 
 10. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.0 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.7 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 5. Jeretin, Union O.4.1 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.4.1 
 7. Simon, KK.4.0 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.9 
 10. Draper, Cedevita3.6 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Helios2.0 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 3. Papaloukas, Macca.1.7 
 4. Simon, KK.1.7 
 5. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.6 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.5 
 8. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 9. Lucic, Partizan1.4 
 10. Draper, Cedevita1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.1.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Rizvic, Buducnost0.9 
 7. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 8. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 


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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. CSMC 18-2
 2. GS Petroliers 18-2
 3. WA Boufarik 15-4
 4. Trefle BB Blida 14-5
 5. Skikda 13-7
 6. CRB Dar El-B. 12-7
 7. Arreridj 9-10
 8. O Batna 9-11
 9. NAH Dey 8-11
 10. CRB Temouch. 7-12
 11. Sidi-bel-Abbes 7-12
 12. MS Cherchell 6-12
 13. Staoueli 6-12
 14. US Setif 6-13
 15. USM Blida 5-14
 16. Annaba 0-19


Groupe Sportif Petrolier and CSMC are on top with 18-2 records each - by Eurobasket News
Groupe Sportif Petrolier and CSMC are on top with 18-2 records each. The latter beat the League-leaders 81:75 in the last game of the round. It was the key game for the top position and CSMC managed to tie both records.
WA Boufarik is third with 15-4 record beating NB Staoueli 61:57.


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A regular season recap - by Facundo Iatzky
The regular season of liga a has come to an end. After a vibrant last round, the 16 teams were ubicated in the following positions.

first 4 teams (qualify directly to quarterfinals and will play interligas tournament).
1) Obras sanitarias
2) Penarol
3) Libertad sunchales
4) Lanus

1/8 Finals:

5) Quimsa - 12) Boca jrs
6) Sionista - 11) Weber Estudiantes
7) Regatas - 10) Atenas
8) Gimnasia indalo - 9) La union formosa

Series to avoid TNA (winners stay in liga A):

13) Olimpico - 16) san martin corrientes
14) 9 de julio - 15) Quilmes

Series of 1/8 finals will start this weekend. All of them promise interesting games. Sionista against weber and gimnasia against la union seem they are going to be very even.
Atenas, the most important team of the history of Liga A was the dissapointment of hte regular season. Boca qualified in the last round and now will face a tough team of Quimsa. this serie will start later due to the participation of Quimsa in the FIBA americas league.
The first four teams were the best during the whole season and deserve that position.
The series of the las 4 will be a real fight to try to stay in first division.
The best part of the season starts right now. We'll publish the awards of the season very soon.


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 21-9 
 2. Libertad S. 20-10 
 3. Obras 20-10 
 4. Lanus 19-11 
 5. Quimsa 17-13 
 6. Sionista 16-13 
 7. La Union 16-14 
 8. GECR Indalo 16-14 
 9. Atenas 16-14 
 10. Regatas C. 15-15 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 13-16 
 12. Boca Jrs 11-19 
 13. Olimpico LB 11-19 
 14. Club 9 11-19 
 15. Quilmes MP 9-21 
 16. San Mart.C. 8-22 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 9-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 9-3 
 3. KL Dragons 7-4 
 4. Bangkok C. 5-6 
 5. Satria Muda 5-7 
 6. Singapore S. 4-8 
 7. Thailand S. 4-8 
 8. Saigon H. 3-8 


Slingers hammered by Beermen - by Trent Williams
Philippines, 15/3/2012 The Singapore Slingers slump continued when they went down 65-75 to the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
This was the Slingers seventh straight loss and dropped them to 4-8. The Beermen now sit atop the League at 9-3.

Slinger import Graham Louis (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) led all scoring with 25 points and 10 boards while teammate and fellow import Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) chipped in with 18 points. However, both players also combined for 13 of 21 turnovers. The two Americans did not get a lot of help in scoring, especially in the first two quarters, as between them, they scored 22 of the Slingers 28 points before the half-time break.
At the moment they are trying to provide a 2 man attack to shoot the Slingers out of their losing skid but the lack of offensive cohesiveness and sloppy ball handling is being gobbled by their opponents.

Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV) led the Beermen with 19 points and 13 boards, Jarrid Famous (210-F/C-88, college: S.Florida) finished with 17 points and RJ Rizada (188-F-82) added 11 points from the bench.

Once again The Slingers started the game with a lack of intennsity and found themselves in a big 21-9 hole at quarter time. Graham Louis was again asked to lead the fightback. Graham had 10 points in the 2nd quarter and The Slingers successfully held the Beermen to just 10 points in the second quarter to be down 28-31 going at half time.

The Beermen made a 9-0 run late in the third quarter with a two-point shot by Benedict Fernandez (183-G-84) stretching the Beermens lead to 14 points (50-36) with 2:38 left in the third. Dalron Johnson scored nine points in this quarter as the Beermen took a 52-41 lead going into the final quarter.

Leo Avenido (186-G-78) then scored five straight points to give the Beermen their biggest lead of 16 (62-46) in the game with 5:56 left in the game. Then it was Jarrid Famous turn to show his teammates what he can do with three big dunks in the closing minutes to put the dagger into The Slingers.

The Slingers final game on the road is against the Thailand Slammers on Sunday, March 18th, in Bangkok.



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  AUSTRALIA   


FULL STEAM AHEAD!!! - by John Morris
Well we just ended our preseason with an 8 - 2 record. It has been a very tiring preseason but we ended on a high note winning the preseason tourney this past weekend going 6 - 0 in 3 days. It really tested out mental ability and physical ability playing that many games in 3 days but it will make us a better team it tuff games during the regular season and playoffs. I have played well in our 10 game preseason scoring double digits in all games and scoring less than 20 only 2 times. Team promo night went well also and the crowd really loved the show I put on in the slam dunk contest . Off of the court things are also going good. I do a lot of school clinics where i go to different school and teach the kids about basketball. It can be very tiring but rewarding at the same time because the kids love me coming to the schools and i love having a lot of kids admiring me. I have been to a couple clubs and they have been fun. I went out with a few of my team mates to have a night on the town and had a blast each time. The city of Melbourne Australia is beautiful. It reminds me of a clean New York. I am not on the market but yes guys the women here are very attractive incase you were wondering. Its easy to live here because its an english speaking country and the food is pretty similar to America. Well our first regular season game is this sunday and its going to be crazy in our home stadium. . Until next time. John Morris (196-G-85, college: LIU Brooklyn)

GS Warriors make Ellis - Bogut deal official - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors acquired center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) and forward Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85), forward Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Baylor) and center Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports), the teams announced late Tuesday night.

Bogut, 27, was originally selected by the Bucks with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was a member of the NBAs All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and was an All-NBA Third Team selection following the 2009-10 campaign, when he averaged a career-high 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.54 blocked shots.

A six-year NBA veteran (all with the Bucks), Bogut appeared in 12 games this season, averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and two blocked shots. He has missed the past 25 games because of a fractured left ankle.

The Melbourne, Australia native has averaged a double-double (points-rebounds) in each of the past three NBA seasons and is one of only three players to accomplish this feat, joining Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph. He led the NBA in blocked shots last season (2.59) while averaging a career-best 11.1 rebounds per game.

The 7-foot center grabbed 20-plus rebounds on three occasions last season, highlighted by a career-best 27 on Jan. 7 vs. Miami (second most in the NBA). Overall, he has averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 408 career NBA outings.

Jackson, 31, has appeared in 26 games with the Bucks this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and one steal. An 11-year NBA veteran, Jackson has played for seven different NBA teams (New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee) during his career, including a near three-year stint with the Warriors (2006-07 2009-10).

The 6-8 forward was a member of Golden States playoff run in 2007, when the team became the first No. 8 seed to defeat a top seed in a best-of-seven series (4-2 over the Dallas Mavericks). Overall, Jackson has appeared in 773 career NBA games, averaging 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Were extremely excited to acquire a player the caliber of Andrew Bogut, who we think is certainly one of the top centers in the NBA, general manager Larry Riley said in a statement. He will add an element of toughness to our team and will provide us with scoring, rebounding and a defensive presence in the middle. Weve lacked those elements in recent years and think that Andrews addition will be a key factor in the growth of our team.

Stephen Jackson, meanwhile, enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA in the Bay Area and is a veteran who knows how to play on both ends of the floor. The difficult part of this transaction is having to part ways with several players who we really value and one, in particular, Monta Ellis, who has been instrumental in our organization for the last several years. We wish Monta, Ekpe and Kwame the best of luck in Milwaukee and thank them for their many contributions.

Ellis, 26, played 413 games (334 starts) with Golden State. The Mississippi native averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per contest. This season, the 6-3 guard led the team in scoring (21.9), assists (six, career-high), steals (1.51) and minutes (36.9) in 37 starts. Originally selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, Ellis posted career-highs in scoring (25.5) points and steals (2.23) in 2009-10.

Udoh, 24, was averaging 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.71 blocks in 38 games (six starts). Originally selected by the Warriors in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Baylor, the 6-10 forward has posted career averages of 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 96 games (24 starts).

Brown, 30, joined the Warriors as a free agent this season and played in nine games (three starts) before being sidelined because of a torn right pectoralis Jan. 10 vs. Miami. Prior to his injury, Brown posted averages of 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per contest. A 10-year NBA veteran, the 6-11 center originally was the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Washington Wizards in the 2001 NBA Draft. In 585 career games (270 starts), Brown has averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes of action.

Courtesy of http://blog.sfgate.com


Mat Campbell Announces Retirement - by Hugh McAuliffe
Captain Mat Campbell (196-G/F-76, college: Towson) has today announced his retirement from the National Basketball League after 17 years of service for the Wollongong Hawks.

At the completion of his stellar career Mat will have played 524 games in the NBL during 17 seasons including 1 championship in 2001 and all for the one club, a remarkable feat in Australian sport and an unwavering show of loyalty to the Illawarra and city of Wollongong.

Mat will play his final NBL game in front of a home crowd at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Sunday 25th March against the Adelaide 36ers.

The time is right. Ive had an amazing playing career here with the Hawks and had the honour of representing my country, but its now time for me to step aside and open up the door for a new generation of Hawks to lead us in the years ahead. Mat Campbell said.

Mat will finish his career as the Hawks all time games played leader with 524 games for the club and tied 7th in NBL all times game played with Adelaide 36ers legend Brett Maher.

I have a long list of individuals to thank over the next several weeks, but Id like to start by thanking my family. My wife Renee has been so supportive of me, and my Mum, Dad and brother have backed me 100% throughout my entire career, coming to games here in Wollongong and across the country.

A huge thanks goes to my team mates, coaches, management and board for their ongoing support. We have such an amazing positive culture behind the scenes and one that I am very proud to be associated with now and into the future.

To the Illawarra community and business community, thank you. We are the only remaining foundation club in the NBL. Weve been together since 1979 and it is because of the people of this region and the fantastic support weve received from individuals and businesses across the Illawarra.

In 2009, we formed a not for profit community owned organisation to operate the Wollongong Hawks. If it wasnt for the commitment at the time of our naming rights sponsor and guarantor Gujarat NRE and major sponsor ahm Health Insurance our club would not be here today.

I will and the whole of the Illawarra will be forever grateful for Arun Jagatramkas vision and continued support of the Wollongong NRE Hawks. Mat added.

To the previous owners of the club, thank you for your support in those times, we all value your dedication to the club and the major role you played into the ongoing success of the Hawks. In particular, John Carson, Bob Elvy, Richard Clifford and Peter Abba.

To the Head Coaches during my career, Brendan Joyce, Eric Cooks and Gordie McLeod. Thank you for your support and the leadership you have given to our club and to me. Mat said.

Lastly to the members, sponsors, local media, fans and supporters of the Wollongong NRE Hawks, thank you. Without you I would not have been able to represent this club with pride and passion for over 500 games. Without you we would not have won a championship together and appeared in three Grand Finals since 2001. Your support has been fantastic through all the ups and downs. I encourage you all to continue to support this great club of ours moving forward. Campbell said.

Campbell joined the Hawks back in 1996 as a young talent from Bendigo, Victoria joining his childhood best mate Glen Saville at the club. The Illawarra region has seen Mat grow as one of its own now and he will forever be remembered for his leadership and devotion in 2009 when he led the charge to rejuvenate the Wollongong Hawks as a not for profit community owned organisation.

Renee and I have a young family now and we love this city. Ill definitely be staying in Wollongong. As for what Ill do after my basketball career thats something that I will consider in the near future. My priority now is to take some time off with my family and enjoy the moment. Campbell said.

Campbells final game for the Wollongong NRE Hawks is at home at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Sunday 25th March against the Adelaide 36ers. Early tip off of 4:00pm.

The club is encouraging the Illawarra to come to the final home game of the season and give Mat Campbell a final game that he will remember for years to come.


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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 11-14 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-17 
 4. Arkadia 6-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-24 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.1 
 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. Djurkovic, BC Vi.8.4 
 4. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 7. Robinson, Furstenf.7.2 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 9. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.0 
 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 Vienna4.5 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.4.2 
 10. Curry, Gmunden4.1 
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. Toroman, BC Vienna1.8 
 6. Brown, Wels1.7 
 7. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 8. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 9. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Drenovac, Arkadia1.3 
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. Djurkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 6. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.6 


Gordon's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Larry Gordon (196-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Kapfenberg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Gussing (#6, 11-15) 78-77. Kapfenberg maintains the 2nd position in Austrian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 19-7 record. In the team's last game Gordon had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Kapfenberg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. California State Polytechnica Un. Pomona graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gordon is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 64.5% FGP and 41.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of UBSC Graz. He is Croatian forward in his second season at UBSC Graz. In the last game Stegnjaic recorded impressive 33 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as UBSC Graz lost that game 81-95 to slightly higher-ranked Furstenfeld (#-5, 12-13). Despite lost game UBSC Graz moved up to -3th position in Group B. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-17 record. Stegnjaic is well-known at UBSC Graz and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) of BC Vienna (#-4). Djurkovic scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BC Vienna, leading his team to a 108-83 easy win against #-1 ranked St.Polten in a game of the week. The chances of BC Vienna ranking at the top of Group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Djurkovic could help BC Vienna to bring them higher in the standings. Djurkovic has a very solid season. In 7 games in Austria he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 8.7rpg and FGP: 54.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Robinson (198-F-88) of Furstenfeld - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Samo Grum (193-G/F-79) of UBSC Graz - 28 points and 3 assists
7. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82) of Oberwart - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Filip Kramer (200-F-92) of St.Polten - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carleton Scott (200-F-88) of Gussing - 16 points and 6 rebounds
10. Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82) of BC Vienna - 19 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
Looks like there will no Optima Gent next season in the Ethias League. In a press release today the team announced they are not requesting a license for the 2012-2013 season. Budgetary restraints were the cause the team was not able to move towards better results, which resulted in less interest from sponsors and spectators. Optima Gent has also tried to offer Belgian players playing time unlike most other teams in D1. Gent moved back to the top league in 2007. The team is headed back to Div 2, where they hope to among the teams in the sub-top.

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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 21-2 
 2. Capljina 17-6 
 3. Bosna 17-6 
 4. Varda HE 14-8 
 5. Leotar 13-9 
 6. Mladost 12-10 
 7. Servitium 10-12 
 8. Hercegovac 9-13 
 9. Zrinjski HT 8-15 
 10. Borac Nektar 7-15 
 11. Brotnjo 7-17 
 12. Vogosca 6-16 
 13. Celik 5-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin


Round 25: Igokea beats Bosna ASA BHT in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT - Igokea 81-92

Round 25 of the Bosnian D1 for men started last night. The top ranked Igokea managed to register another win. This time that handed 81-92 home loss to Bosna ASA BHT for 21-2 record in the league. Igokea already secured position No.1 before the second stage. At the same time, Bosna ASA BHT dropped to 17-6 score and currently shares the second place with Capljina. Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) was a key player in victory with 26 points. Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) scored 14 and Marko Miletic (198-SG-92) added 12 points, plus 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) netted 18 points. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87) had 16 points and 7 boards, while Nermin Buza (205-F/C-91) and Sindis Demic (192-SF-83) had 10 points each. Quarters: 22-29, 26-20, 14-25, 19-18. Another game was played last night, where Brotnjo was better than Capljina 80-76. Round 25 will be completed today.

Bosna ASA BHT: Dzenan Rahimic 18, Ramo Rizvic 16+7 boards, Nermin Buza 10, Sindis Demic 10
Igokea: Milos Komatina 26, Milan Dozet 14, Marko Miletic 12+5 boards


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Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 18-5 
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 18-5 
 3. Flamengo 18-6 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 17-5 
 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 1-24 


Brazilain Fab Melo will not play in NCAA tournament - by Mel Devonne
Fabricio Melo (212-C-90), the Brazilain center who is starter and big force for Syracuse University has been
ruled ineligible to play in this years NCAA tournament.
Melo has had some problems in the classroom and was suspended earlier this season for academic reasons.
Melo is great shot blocker and at 7 feet tall and 245 pounds, he has to be on the radar for many NBA teams.
Melo averaged 8ppg and amost 3 blocks per game, and is a force in the post.
The announcement of him not playing has been questioned by many because it happened after the announcement of the
NCAA tournament schedule which many wager money on.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


CBC - FIBA Referee Certification in Tortola, British Virgin Islands - by David Edole
To all Federations & Associations of the CBC,
Please be informed that there will be a FIBA Referee Certification in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 6th to 8th, 2012.
Please also note that all certified Fiba referees must be re-certified by the end of 2012 to maintain their active status.
Further details on the clinic will be sent out soon.
Iin a CBC release, that the concept of modern officiating is to allow game flow, advantage and disadvantage, having preventative officiating, having more talks with players rather than calling fouls. The modern game is to allow the game to flow and afford the referees the opportunity to interrupt the game rather than interfere with the game.


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CIS All-Canadian Awards 2011-12 - by Greg
CIS All-Canadian 1st Team 2011-2012
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Philip Scrubb
Scrubb
Jamelle Barrett
Barrett
Jimmy Dorsey
Dorsey
Jordan Baker
Baker
Tyson Hinz
Hinz
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All-Tournament MVP: Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) of Carleton
All-Tournament Fair Play Award: Thomas Filgiano (187-G) of Acadia
Player of the Year: Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) of Carleton
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Carter (178-G-90) of Lakehead
Rookie of the Year: Adam Presutti () of McMaster
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton
Ken Shields Award: Daniel McCarthy (188-G) of Guelph

1st Team
G: Philip Scrubb (194-92) of Carleton
PG: Jamelle Barrett (180) of Saskatchewan
G: Jimmy Dorsey (188) of Cape Breton
G: Jordan Baker (192-91) of Alberta
F: Tyson Hinz (199-91) of Carleton

2nd Team
G: Venzal Russel (188-87) of Lakehead
F: Evens Laroche (193) of Concordia
F: Owen Klassen (208-91) of Acadia
G: Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) of Victoria
G: Terry Thomas (193) of St.Francis X.

All-Tournament Team
Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) of Carleton
Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) of Carleton
Daniel Ferguson (191-G/F) of Alberta
Sahr Saffa (191-F-90) of Alberta
Terry Thomas (193-G) of St.Francis X.
Kyle Grewal (198-F-88) of UFV

All-Rookie Team
Brian Rouse of St.Mary's
Ilarion Bonhomme of Brandon
Adam Presutti of McMaster
Boris Hadzimuratovic of Laval
Michael L'Africain of Ottawa




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Dimayor: 1 on 1 with Jason Keep - by Daniel Valencia
We had a 1 on 1 with the american Jason Keep (208-C-78, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego), a 33 year old center with a lot of experience playing in Europe, North and South America, and with a previous stint with CD Universidad de Concepcion. As one of the most solid big man on the league, Jason gave us his thoughts about his time traveling the world, the competition in Chile and the next steps on his career.

LAT: After a long career playing overseas, what makes you come back to Concepcion after 5 years ?

J.K
: I would definitely have to say the professionalism of CD Universidad de Concepcion played a major roll in my return to Chile. As for already having friends here, as well as knowing the staff, the players, and knowing the game of players I had played with here in the past.

LAT: Did you see any difference in the league, compared to your previous time in Chile ?

J.K
: There were some differences I had witnessed since I had been back, such as a lack of sponsorship compared to what teams had in the past, not as many people
were attending games as compared to a full house in 2006. I have seen many improvement in the skill level of the Chilean players as well as competitiveness in them. As for the referees, I have seen some improvement in some of the refs and lack of improvement in others, So I guess it balances out.

LAT: Of the chilean players, which do you think are the top three ?

J.K
: I'm gonna have to say the top three in my opinion would of course have to be Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83), the guy is 5 foot nothing, and with the heart of a lion, not to mention he can score from any where consistantly. Patrick Saez (193-G/F-79) ,a veteran who can score and control the PG position like none other in the league, makes him a threat to any team. And my last, I got to say Patricio Briones (213-C-72), who is starting to slow down a little but is a legend in Chile and to the chilean people. He still scores, defends, rebounds, and still poses a big threat as a veteran player.

LAT: After an almost perfect regular season, and with a 2-0 lead in the semifinals, what do you expect in a hypothetical Finals against Liceo or Espanol ?

J.K
: I'm sure I got to say I expect a war to develop in the finals. I dont think either team will want to give up, it will definitely be a battle of a young team
versus an experienced veteran team. Espanol de Talca is tough to beat at home, but Liceo Mixto, with home court advantage and experience, I see being too tough, if their not
able to get by Espanol at Talca.

LAT: What do you expect for the upcoming season, return to Europe or have another chance in SouthAmerica ?

J.K
: Only time will tell what the future holds for my next season. I love to travel and see new places but also love being here, Im almost completely fluent in my spanish now, so it makes things much easier for me to understand, getting around, and being able to conversate with people. It will be a decision that will be best for me and my family.

LAT: After a long career playing outside the United States, which has been your most rewarding moments ?

J.K
: I've had so many rewarding moments threw out the history of my career that it is kind of hard to pen point an exact one. I've been so blessed to be able to travel the world and experience so many cultures. Concepcion may end up being one of my best, if we can end this season on a positive note. They have made me so comfortable here and taken such great care of me, it may be hard to leave. I just have such good people around me, teammates, coaches, management, and
fans.

LAT: Now that you have almost 34, how many more years do you expect to play pro-basketball ?

J.K
: Hard to say, us Americans have a saying 'Until the wheels Fall off' Meaning until my feet just cant do it anymore. I have too much passion for the game and continue to work so hard that I believe I have many more years left in me, the body is still healthy and strong, and by no means do I plan to hang them up anytime soon.


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CBA Shanxi-Beijng Semifinal Matchup Postponed - by Arthur Volbert
The CBA has announced that because of the three-hour disruption by unruly fans in Shanxi last Sunday, the fifth game of the CBA semifinal playoffs between Shanxi and Beijing has been postponed from today until next Sunday.

In order to ensure league safety, the CBA announced on its website, a new schedule for the playoffs has been formulated.

Game five of Beijing and Shanxis semi-finals series, originally scheduled for Wednesday March 14, will be postponed until Sunday March 18;

Game one of the finals, originally scheduled for Friday March 16, will be postponed until Wednesday March 21. The series will then continue on its normal Friday, Sunday, Wednesday format.

For further information go to http://www.niubball.com/ .



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  COLOMBIA   


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


Enielsen Guevara
Enielsen Guevara
   #1. This week''s number one is former international power forward Enielsen Guevara (204-82), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Guevara could not help Gaiteros (7-15) to beat Panteras (6-14). He scored 9 points in only 14 minutes on the court. But Gaiteros lost 76-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Panteras. It was Gaiteros'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. It''s Guevara''s first season with the team. This year Guevara averages: 4.3ppg, 2.1rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Former Bucaros starter played for the Colombian senior national team two years ago.


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

   #1. Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) led Bucaneros to a 2-point victory against one of league''s weakest teams Guaros (5-13) 84-82 in the Venezuelan LPB in Tuesday night''s game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Bucaneros de La Guaira (8-10) is placed sixth in the LPB. This year Julio averages: 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3spg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Julio''s Colombian passport, he previously played for the Venezuelan national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

   #2. Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB could not help Guaros (5-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ananguren''s good performance Guaros was defeated 101-92 on the road by the leading Marinos. He recorded 13 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. This season Ananguren averages: 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to help Guaiqueries (13-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Guaiqueries lost 77-83 in Caracas to the second-ranked Cocodrilos. Silva scored 15 points in 35 minutes. This year Silva averages: 4.9ppg and 1.9rpg in the 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Silva''s Colombian nationality, he previously played for the Venezuelan national team and probably cannot be called to the Colombian team.

   #4. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to secure a victory for Toros (3-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Urbina''s very good performance the bottom-ranked Toros was badly defeated 96-79 in Porlamar by the higher-ranked Guaiqueries (#4). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Urbina also added 5 rebounds. Urbina is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Urbina has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite his Colombian passport, Urbina previously played for the Venezuelan national team.

   #5. Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) contributed to an overtime Gran Canaria 2014''s surprising victory against the second-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (19-5) 93-90 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 6 points in 17 minutes. C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (9-15) is placed 14th in the ACB. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. It''s Palacios'' first season with the team. This year Palacios averages: 8.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the 24 games.

   #6. Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Deivis Ananguren. But that was another game of his team in Venezuelan LPB which we would like to mention. Zapata contributed to Guaros'' victory against the closely-ranked Bucaneros 93-82. He scored 9 points. This season Zapata averages: 5.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Zapata''s Colombian nationality, he previously played for the Venezuelan U21 national team.

   #7. Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gaiteros 91-76 in the Venezuelan LPB last Tuesday. Torres scored 6 points and had 3 steals. His overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2spg. Torres holds both Colombian and Venezuelan passports. Despite his Colombian nationality, Torres previously played for the Venezuelan national team.

   #8. Experienced Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) managed to help Gigantes de Guayana in a victory against the league leader Marinos 93-81 in the Venezuelan LPB on Wednesday night. He scored 5 points in 7 minutes. This year Diaz averages only 2.9ppg in the 15 games. Similarly like Torres and Zapata above he has also Venezuelan nationality.

   #9. Fernando Lucena (185-G-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jesus Urbina. However that was another game of his team in Venezuelan LPB which brought him to that list. Lucena couldn''t help Toros in their game against Guaiqueries. He recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 90-75. This season Lucena averages only 4.3ppg. Similarly like three previous players above, he has also Venezuelan passport.


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  CROATIA   


Marko Banic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Croatians who are currently playing abroad.


Marko Banic
Marko Banic
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Marko Banic (205-84). He led Gescrap BB to a victory over the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) 92-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Banic was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (12-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. It''s Banic''s sixth season with the team. Banic has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 59.4%(114-192), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 87.9% in the 24 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport). Loncar contributed to Khimky''s victory against the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-11) 79-74 in the Russian PBL last Saturday. He scored 16 points. BC Khimky Moscow Region (9-2) is placed second in the PBL. 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 Loncar has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 65.8%(50-76) and FT: 65.9%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC). Popovic was the major contributor in Zalgiris'' victory against the eighth-ranked Budivelnyk (5-10) 90-79 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. He scored 13 points and added 7 passes in 23 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (8-6) is placed third in group A. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It''s Popovic''s first season with the team. This year Popovic averages: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 84.8% in the 13 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #4. Center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a double overtime (!!!) Galatasaray''s victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas (11-11) 103-102 in the Turkish TBL in Wednesday night''s game. Andric scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (18-3) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. Andric''s overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Bruno Sundov
Bruno Sundov
   #5. Former U21 international center Bruno Sundov (221-80, also represented by Alti Sport) was the main contributor in a Lukoil Academik''s victory against the sixth-ranked Balkan (7-14) 86-77 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Sundov was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Lukoil Academik Sofia (19-2) is placed first in the NBL. Sundov has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg and 5.2rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team twelve years ago.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #6. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) helped his Slovenian team Helios win their game against the seventh-ranked Radnicki Kragujevac (12-13) 77-72 in the Adriatic League in Tuesday night''s game. Pasalic was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Pasalic also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. Helios Domzale (7-18) is placed 12th in group A. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Pasalic is currently seventh on the league''s list of top scorers with 14.2ppg. He also averaged so far 6.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 25 games. Pasalic is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team three years ago.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #7. International center Ante Tomic (217-87) helped Real Madrid win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (6-18) crushing them 76-55 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Real Madrid (19-5) is placed first in the ACB. Tomic''s overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Ivan Siriscevic
Ivan Siriscevic
   #8. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) helped Timisoara win their game against the 14th-ranked Perla Harghitei (3-20) crushing them 107-68 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Siriscevic recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. BC Timisoara (18-4) is placed second in the Division A. Siriscevic''s stats this year are: 10.8ppg and 3.4rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2007.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #9. International power forward Luka Zoric (211-84), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Unicaja Malaga (13-11) to beat Asefa Estudiantes (7-16). Zoric was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds. But Unicaja Malaga was defeated 74-67 on the road by the much lower-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#16). It was Unicaja Malaga''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. Zoric averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.2rpg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #10. Forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Peric, who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (13-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 81-89 in San Sebastian to the higher-ranked (#4) Lagun Aro GBC. Peric scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Peric''s overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg in the 23 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Drago Pasalic. However that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which brought him to that list. Bubnic was not able to secure a victory for Helios in their game against Krka. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bubnic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Siriscevic. But that was another game of his team in Balkan League we would like to talk about. Spralja helped his Romanian team Timisoara win their game against the second-ranked Mornar Bar 88-73. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Spralja is the league''s top scorer with 19.4ppg. He also averaged so far 6.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the five games. Spralja used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

   #13. An experienced former international center Jurica Zuza (207-78, another player represented by Alti Sport) couldn''t help Tofas in their game against Hacettepe University in the Turkish TBL. Despite his very good performance last Saturday He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Zuza averaged so far 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90) couldn''t help Baltai Kaunas in their game against Pieno Zvaigzdes in the Baltic League. Delas was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 73-51. Delas averaged so far 11.3ppg and 6.2rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #15. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) couldn''t help Cimberio Varese in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night''s game Stipcevic was the second best scorer with 10 points. He averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. Stipcevic is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.


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

   #1. Experienced Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (12-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Golemac''s very good performance Air Avellino was crushed 96-65 on the road by the league outsider Novipiu CM (#17). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Golemac also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Golemac averaged so far 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Croatian. Despite Golemac''s Croatian passport, he previously played for the Slovenian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #2. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boise St. (3-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the Boise St. was edged 65-62 in San Diego, CA by the San Diego State University. Drmic recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Drmic averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Australian. Despite Drmic''s Croatian nationality, he currently plays for the Australian national team and cannot be called to the Croatian team.

   #3. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport) led AZS Koszalin to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked LKS Sphinx (4-24) crushing them 100-71 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Milicic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 10 passes in 26 minutes. AZS Koszalin (13-15) is placed third in Group B. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Milicic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in AZS Koszalin''s roster. He is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.8apg. This year Milicic''s other stats are: 9.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the 27 games he played so far. He has also Polish nationality.

   #4. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80, agency: Court Side), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to secure a victory for KFUM Jamtland (13-23) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Klaric''s very good performance KFUM Jamtland was defeated 100-94 in Sodertalje by the leading Kings. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Klaric also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Klaric has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg.

   #5. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn''t help UBSC Graz (8-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Stegnjaic''s very good performance the third-placed UBSC Graz was defeated 95-81 at home by the leading Furstenfeld Panthers in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 33 points. Stegnjaic also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Stegnjaic has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.2apg.

   #6. Stipe Modric (206-F-79), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL couldn''t help Levice (16-19) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Modric''s very good performance the second-placed Levice was defeated 71-62 on their home court in Levice by the lower-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) in the A2 group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Modric also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Modric''s total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He has both Croatian and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Modric''s Croatian passport, he previously played for the Slovenian national team.

   #7. Ante Bilobrk (203-SF-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked OKK Beograd 87-70 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night''s game. Bilobrk recorded 7 points and added 4 passes. Bilobrk''s total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #8. Marin Petric (190-G-80), who plays in the German ProA (second division) couldn''t help Gloria Giants (12-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gloria Giants was badly defeated 93-77 in Diedorf by the league outsider (#15) Leitershofen. Petric was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 passes in 30 minutes. This year Petric''s total stats are: 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 21 games. He has also German citizenship.

   #9. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked CSM Bucuresti crushing them 125-90 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Tomeljak recorded 9 points and added 8 assists. Tomeljak belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.8apg and 1.4spg.

   #10. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) led BC Vienna to a victory over the fifth-ranked St.Polten crushing them 108-83 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Sunday night''s game. Stazic was the top player that evening. He scored 29 points (!!!) in 37 minutes. Stazic is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has very impressive stats this year: 26.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. Stazic also holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian. Despite his Croatian nationality, Stazic previously played for the Austrian national team.


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Zadar 16-4 
 2. Jolly 15-5 
 3. KK Split 14-6 
 4. Zabok 11-9 
 5. Svjetlost 10-10 
 6. Alkar Sinj 9-11 
 7. Darda 8-12 
 8. Borik 8-12 
 9. Krizevci 8-12 
 10. Kvarner 2010 8-12 
 11. Dubrovnik 3-17 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.6 
 3. Drezga, Borik18.7 
 4. Ross, Jolly18.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.4 
 6. Ciklic, Dubrovnik17.3 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar17.0 
 8. Batina, Svjetlost15.9 
 9. Kostomaj, Svjet.15.1 
 10. Stimac, Svjetlost15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrej STIMAC
  Svjetlost
  (204-F/C-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Stimac, Svjetlost7.7 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 4. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.3 
 8. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.2 
 9. Mrva, Jolly6.1 
 10. Cakarun, Borik6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan TOMELJAK
  Svjet.
  (194-G-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci5.2 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.4 
 4. Kostomaj, Svjet.4.0 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.4 
 6. Blajic, Kvarner3.4 
 7. Subotic, KK Split3.4 
 8. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 9. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.9 
 10. Mimica, KK Split2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ross, Jolly3.4 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.3 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner1.8 
 4. Bicvic, Darda1.8 
 5. Mimica, KK Split1.8 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 7. Stimac, Svjetlost1.7 
 8. Krapic, Zadar1.7 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 10. Hajdic, Dubrovnik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split0.9 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.9 
 7. Ridl, Darda0.8 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 10. Ciklic, Dubrovnik0.6 


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  CUBA   


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


Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Elias could not help Tenerife (4-15) to beat Las Rozas (7-14). He did not impress in that game on Saturday. Elias scored only 1 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The bottom-ranked Tenerife was defeated 75-71 at home by the league outsider Las Rozas (#13). It was Tenerife''s third consecutive loss in a row. Elias is currently fourth on the league''s list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 52.9%. Elias played for the Cuban senior national team three years ago.


One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Cuban passport:

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (198-G/F-91) led Spot Up Medien Baskets to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (13-9) 92-73 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night''s game. He scored 17 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals in 37 minutes. Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (16-8) is placed fourth in Group North. It''s Sant-Roos'' first season with the team. Sant-Roos belongs to league''s most steals and is ranked #2 with 3.2spg. He also averaged so far 17.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.9apg in the 25 games he played so far.


Other top Cuban players, who play abroad:

Angel Caballero (192-G-70) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) plays for Anastasia in Uruguayan LUB
Taylor Garcia (182-PG-87) plays for Otero in Spanish EBA
Juan Mato (199-F/C-80) plays for Otero in Spanish EBA
Georffri Silvestre (202-F/C-79) plays for Santa Cruz in Spanish EBA
Rangel Ramirez (206-C-75) plays for L''Alfas in Spanish EBA
Iram Almaguer (200-F/C-84) plays for La Palma in Spanish EBA
Alexis Lavastida (188-G-77) plays for Torpan Pojat in Finnish 1st Division
Augusto Duquesne (204-C-67) plays for B.Gais Neptune in Irish SuperLeague
Kiyotsis Balves (200-F-80) plays for Puente Alto in Chilean Liga Nacional
Grismay Paumier (203-C/F-88) plays for Berck in French NM2
Ruperto Herrera (202-F-72) plays for La Union in Argentinian Torneo Federal
Reynaldo Garcia (187-G) plays for UTE in Ecuadorian National League

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


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  CYPRUS   


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


Andreas Sizopoulos
Andreas Sizopoulos
   #1. This week''s number one is former international guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83). He led OFI to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Periko/Arhelaos (8-14) 81-66 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Sizopoulos recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. OF Irakleio (12-10) is placed eighth in the A2. It''s Sizopoulos'' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 31.9% and FT: 88.1% in the 22 games he played so far. Sizopoulos played for the Cypriot senior national team two years ago.

Aristides Koronidis
Aristides Koronidis
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Aristides Koronidis (188-82). Koronidis led Perama Ermis to a victory against the sixth-ranked Lavrio (12-10) 89-75 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. GS Peramatos Ermis (10-12) is placed tenth in the A2. Koronidis is currently third on the list of best passers with 5.2apg. This year his other stats are: 13.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 82.1% in the 22 games. Koronidis has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Greek. Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is in the roster of the Cypriot senior national team.

Christopher Razis
Christopher Razis
   #3. The Cypriot player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Christopher Razis (193-89). He managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg to win against the closely-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-13) crushing them 96-76 in the German BBL in Friday night''s game. Razis scored only 2 points. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (13-13) is placed ninth in the BBL. This season Razis averages: 0.8ppg, 2FGP: 37.5%. He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and German. Ex-Keravnos Strovolou player is also a member of the Cypriot senior national team.

Vassilis Kounas
Vassilis Kounas
   #4. Guard Vassilis Kounas (195-84) faced previously mentioned Aristides Koronidis in the Greek A2 last game. Kounas, who plays in the Greek A2 (second division) could not help Lavrio (12-10) to beat Perama Ermis (10-12). He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Kounas recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Lavrio lost 75-89 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Perama Ermis. This year Kounas'' overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.8apg in the 19 games. He has both Cypriot and Greek nationalities. Kounas is also Cypriot national team player.


One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Cypriot passport:

   #1. Experienced Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Marousi (1-20) to beat Panathinaikos (18-2). He recorded 6 points. The bottom-ranked Marousi was crushed 96-56 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Nikolaidis averages: 6.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He has also Greek citizenship.


Other top Cypriot players, who play abroad:

Vasilios Aggelopoulos plays for AGOR in Greek A1
Alexandros Vezenkov (204-F/G-95) plays for Aris in Greek A1
Sasa Vural (185-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Charis Petrou (190-G-76) plays for Doukas in Greek B
Nasos Kyriakou (182-G-89) plays for Iraklis in Greek B
Nicos Lamprou (189-G-90) plays for PAS Giannena in Greek D
Ioannis Stefanidis (182-G-86) plays for Eleftheroupoli in Greek C
Antreas Christodoulou (193-G-95) plays for Mantoulidis in Greek C
Petros Stylianou (188-G-87) plays for Kentavros in Greek C
Rafael Eleftheriou (195-F-94) plays for Mantoulidis in Greek C

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


Keravnos is also 2-0 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
William Hatcher led all scorers with 23 points, and Keravnos rolled to its 2nd straight win, 66-79 over Aek in Larnaka on Thursday night. For the winners Moore had 14 points (8 in 8 free throws), 10 rebounds and 6 assists.

Keravnos dominated mainly in the first 2 quarters which it won by 16-25 and 15-21 and went at half time having a 15 point lead.

Keravnos was very good defensively. On the contrary, it was not so good behind the 3-PT line (had 5 in 13) but it had a high percentage at FT. It hit 16-19 (84%) as opposed to Aek that missed 8 FT (had 10 in 18).

Once more, Keravnoss 3-Americans (Hatcher, Moore, Frazier) scored a total of 50 points and led Keravnos to the victory.

In the loosing squad, Fisher and Garcia had 15 a piece. Subotic had 12.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.2 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice19.3 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.1 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.5 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov17.4 
 8. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin15.7 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.2 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.5 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 6. Pesic, Inter B.7.7 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.2 
 10. Modric, Levice6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michael DELOACH
  Svitavy
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Deloach, Svitavy5.3 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 3. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 4. Sotnar, USK Praha4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.3 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.3 
 8. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.9 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.6 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. Ames, BC Kolin2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava2.0 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin MIKLOSIK
  B&W O.
  (226-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Miklosik, B&W O.1.6 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.4 
 4. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 5. Reese, Usti n.1.1 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Grant, Levice1.0 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 30-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 23-8 
 3. BK Decin 22-9 
 4. BK Pardubice 21-10 
 5. BC Kolin 20-21 
 6. USK Praha 15-16 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 21-14 
 2. Levice 16-19 
 3. Svitavy 15-20 
 4. Chomutov 14-21 
 5. Usti n/Labem 12-23 
 6. Inter Bratislava 9-26 
 7. Plzen 8-27 
 8. B&W Opava 7-28 


Ondrej Starosta selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Czech Republic players, who play currently abroad.


Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He could not help Grupo Iruna Navarra (16-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Starosta''s very good performance Grupo Iruna Navarra was edged 80-77 on the road by the much lower-ranked Basquet_Mallorca (#14). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Starosta also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Starosta is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(144-250) and FT: 44.0%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic senior national team four years ago.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso). He contributed to a FIATC Joventut''s victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (12-12) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Barton scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (11-13) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Barton averages: 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 77.8% in the four games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91). Satoransky helped Cajasol win their game against the second-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (19-5) 66-63 in the Spanish ACB in Thursday night''s game. He scored 8 points. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (12-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. Satoransky''s overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 30.3%. He played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #4. Guard David Jelinek (196-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Barton. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Jelinek helped FIATC Joventut win their game against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (12-12) crushing them 91-67. He scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (11-13) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jelinek''s overall stats are: 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #5. International guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) was not able to help Otto Caserta (10-12) in their game against Bennet Cantu (14-8) in the Italian SerieA. Kudlacek scored 7 points. Otto Caserta was badly defeated 75-58 at home by the second-ranked Bennet Cantu. It''s Kudlacek''s first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 4.0ppg and 1.2rpg. Kudlacek plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Kohout
Ondrej Kohout
   #6. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Fontedoso Carrefour (7-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Fontedoso Carrefour lost 72-77 on the opponent''s court to the leading River_Andorra. Kohout scored 12 points and blocked 2 shots in 34 minutes. It was Fontedoso Carrefour''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kohout''s total stats are: 7.1ppg and 4.4rpg in the 18 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Czech Republic National Team roster.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #7. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88) couldn''t help Cibona (12-13) in their game against Cedevita (18-6) in the Adriatic League. Hampl cannot count Tuesday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The ninth-placed Cibona was defeated in an overtime 106-102 in a derby game by the second-ranked Cedevita in the group A of Adriatic League. It was Cibona''s third consecutive loss in a row. Hampl''s team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Hampl has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.2rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Marek Soucek
Marek Soucek
   #8. Power forward Marek Soucek (187-90) couldn''t help the Oklahoma St. (5-11) in their game against the University of Missouri (14-3) in the conference tournament. Soucek scored 6 points in 18 minutes. The Oklahoma St. was badly defeated in an overtime 88-70 in Columbia, MO by the University of Missouri. Soucek has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.2rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team back in 2010.


One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Czech Republic passport:

   #1. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led Olimpi to a victory over the ninth-ranked STU (5-10) 91-74 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague in Saturday night''s game. He was MVP of the game. Hoger had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (12-3) is placed second in the Superleague. Hoger has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg and 8.7rpg in the 13 games he played so far.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Skyforce dismantle BayHawks - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks (20-18) allowed 48 points and fell behind by 31 points in the first quarter Tuesday night and never recovered, losing 125-86 to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the worst team in the NBA D-League with an 11-29 record.

Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) scored 31 points and collected 13 rebounds for the Skyforce, while Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) also had a double-double with 24 points and 11 boards.

Erie couldn't get anything going from the field, shooting 33.7 percent, including just 4-of-18 from outside the arc.

D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) scored a team-high 17 points in the blowout loss for the 'Hawks, while Kyle Goldcamp added another 15.

Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) had a rough night, shooting 0-for-8 from the field, scoring just five points on six free-throw attempts.

Erie will look to get back on the winning track on Thursday when it continues its road trip in Fort Wayne against the Mad Ants.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 22-16 
 2. Iowa E. 22-16 
 3. Canton C. 22-18 
 4. Dakota W. 20-18 
 5. Erie Bay H. 20-18 
 6. Maine RC 17-24 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 11-29 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 11-29 
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. Gilder, Sioux F.8.1 
 10. Andrews, Los A.8.1 
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 


Streaking Legends get more help as Sean Williams returns - by Eurobasket News
The Mavericks, getting healthier at center with the return of Brendan Haywood and Brandan Wright, will re-assign Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) to the D-League Texas Legends.

The Legends, who have won eight in a row, were Williams' team for most of the season before injuries gutted the Mavericks' big men.

Williams saw action in four games for the Mavericks and averaged 3.8 points and a block. He played well and was very active in his brief appearances.

For the Frisco-based Legends, Williams has averaged 15 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 22 games.

Courtesy of http://mavsblog.dallasnews.com


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Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Dominicans who are currently playing abroad.


Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Hornets (10-32) in their last game. Despite Ariza''s very good performance the New Orleans Hornets were edged 99-98 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Ariza also added 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes on the court. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 77.8% in the 32 games he played so far. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Ariza played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan). Asselin was the major contributor in an Assignia Manresa''s victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (8-16) 86-77 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Assignia Manresa (12-12) is placed 11th in the ACB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Asselin is currently ninth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 55.1%(135-245), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 72.4%. Asselin is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Asselin played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2006. He used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul). He was not able to help CSKA Moscow (13-2) in their game against CEZ Nymburk (7-8) in the VTB United League. Mejia scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The first-placed CSKA Moscow was badly defeated 79-60 in Nymburk by the lower-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#7) in the group B of VTB United League. His team will play only one more game in the VTB United League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mejia''s overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 35.9% and FT: 69.2%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team seven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Greer''s good performance EnBW Ludwigsburg was defeated 71-64 in Muenchen by the much higher-ranked Bayern (#6). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Greer also added 9 rebounds. It''s Greer''s first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.2apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Greer is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. He used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.


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

   #1. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville), who plays in the NBA could not help the Sacramento Kings (14-28) in their last game. Despite Garcia''s good performance the Sacramento Kings were crushed 115-89 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He recorded 11 points in 21 minutes. It''s Garcia''s seventh season with the team. This year Garcia''s overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.1rpg in the 33 games he played so far.

   #2. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to help Toros (3-17) in their last game. Despite Pena''s very good performance the bottom-ranked Toros was badly defeated 96-79 in Porlamar by the higher-ranked (#4) Guaiqueries. He was the top scorer with 32 points. Pena also added 2 shots in 32 minutes. It was Toros'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Pena is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Pena averages: 22.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.8apg and 3.0spg in the six games.

   #3. Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington), who plays in the Australian NBL was not able to secure a victory for Gold Coast Blaze (15-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Gold Coast Blaze was defeated 88-76 in Wulguru by the lower-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#4). Deleon was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added made 6 passes and 5 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deleon is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Deleon averages: 16.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg.

   #4. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) led Budivelnyk to a victory against the eighth-ranked Dnipro (17-16) 95-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Tuesday night''s game. He scored 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. It was his first game for Budivelnyk this season. His team is placed first in the Superleague. It was Budivelnyk''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.

   #5. Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) was the major contributor in Vaqueros'' victory against the closely-ranked Mets (4-3) crushing them 87-63 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Sunday. Salas Flores scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vaqueros de Bayamon (4-2) is placed second in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Salas Flores has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Salas Flores used to play for Metros de Santiago in Dominican Republic league.

   #6. Experienced Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in the French ProA couldn''t help Strasbourg IG (9-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Strasbourg IG was edged 74-71 in Roanne by the higher-ranked (#7) Chorale de. Greer was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Greer is currently fifth on the league''s list of best rebounders with 7.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.6ppg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg in the 21 games. Greer is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) led Leche Rio Breogan to a victory over the league outsider Clinicas Rincon crushing them 72-45 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. Feldeine was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points. Feldeine is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Feldeine averages: 16.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #8. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF) couldn''t help Baloncesto Leon in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Quezada also added 3 assists in 21 minutes. But his team was edged 76-74. Quezada is currently third on the league''s list of top scorers with 16.7ppg. This year he also averages: 3.0rpg and 3.4apg in the 27 games. Quezada also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #9. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed to a San Martin Corrientes'' surprising victory against the third-ranked Obras 75-73 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night. Martinez scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Martinez is currently first on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg, 12.3rpg and 2.4apg.

   #10. Larry Turner (210-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.) couldn''t help Toyama Grouses in their game against Hamamatsu Phoenix in the Japanese BJ League, despite his very good performance in Sunday night''s game. Turner scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 83-93. This year his overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.3bpg in the 36 games. Turner holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.


Cupes adds Richard Ortega and Jonathan Rodriguez - by Eurobasket News
Cupes continues the season with two new players. They brought in Richard Ortega (188-G-82) and Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Campbell).
Richard Ortega most recently played in Panama. He was a member of Navieros de Colon in 2009/10 season. Before that, he played in Venezuela.
Jonathan Rodriguez arrives to Cupes from Leones SD. He already played for Cupes last season. He shined with 24.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 2.5 apg in SRT. Meanwhile, Rodriguez played in Puerto Rico. He was a member of Santruce, Isabela and Quebradillas. Rodrguez is a product of Campbell University, where he graduated in 2010.


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  EBA   


Stats Leaders
EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Wise, Washington Madness, 33
2, Board, Washington Madness, 30.5
3, Carter, Hudson Valley Hype, 28.3
4, Leon, Hudson Valley Hype, 26.3
5, Scott, New York Wizards, 24.9
Rebounds Per Game
1, Coker, New York Wizards, 13.2
2, Bailey, Washington Madness, 10
3, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 10
4, Lawley, New York Wizards, 10
5, Poole, Metropolitan All-Stars, 8.8
Assists Per Game
1, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 9.8
2, Scott, New York Wizards, 7.9
3, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 7
4, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 5.8
5, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 5.2
Steals Per Game
1, Carter, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.9
2, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 2.8
3, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 2.8
4, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 2.6
4, Scott, New York Wizards, 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1, Coker, New York Wizards, 3.8
2, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 2.5
3, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2
3, Williams, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2
5, Hawkins, Metropolitan All-Stars, 1.4
5, Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 1.4


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. New York W. 8-2
 2. HV Hype 7-1
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-5
 4. NYC Jaguars 0-9
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 8-0
 2. Washington M. 5-4
 3. Harrisburg H. 3-5
 4. NoVa Hawks 3-6
 5. Winchester S. 3-6


Business-like Win for Wizards - by EBA Media
In a rare Friday night game in the EBA, the Wizards treated it like a regular work day and went about their business in defeating the winless Jaguars 138-107.

'We needed to get some work in this week,' stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo 'And the Jaguars were kind enough to move our game originally scheduled for 3/17 to this past Friday'

The Jaguars were paced by Mohamed Karim's 24 points.

The Wizards had 7 of their 8 players in uniform scoring in double digits led by Dele Coker's 25, Jermaine Abraham's 24, Aubin Scott's 23, Rob Hampton's 21, Eric Ferguson's 15, Greg Lott's 13, and Brandon Lawley's 12!

Dele Coker was in control of both backboards and closed out the middle all night finishing with 25 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

The player of the game though had to be Wizards guard Eric Ferguson who for the second week in a row proved to be a little too much for opposing guards to handle. Ferguson had 15 points, 11 assists and 6 steals causing Jaguar players fits all night every time they placed the ball on the floor.

'Truly Eric has been a beast for us all season and is one of the most unselfish players in this league,' stated Wizards head Coach Greg Cerillo 'Eric can score at will on anyone and is perhaps one of the best 3-pt shooters in this league. But game in and game out, opponents will remember him for his defense.'

Up next for the Wizards is the final regular game of the season - a Road Trip to Harrisburg PA on Sunday 3/18!

This win forces the Hudson Valley Hype to defeat the currently un-defeated Metropolitan All Stars on Saturday 3/17 or the NY Wizards can win their 3rd division title in a row if they defeat Harrisburg on Sunday!

Catch up with all your favorite players and teams by visiting the Eastern Basketball Alliance website.


Former Hype Player Gives Back - by EBA Media
Former Albany Legends Champion, first EBA Player of the Week for 2012, and veteran Hudson Valley Hype player Lloyd The Lunatic Clinton made a trip to the Hudson Valley with the historic Harlem Wizards. The Harlem Wizards are celebrating their 50th year in existence this season and the Hype are proud to have one of their own in the line up, especially this Saturday when their high flying team made a special appearance at Valley Central High School for a fundraiser in the Hudson Valley.

The day was filled with fun for all ages as these professional basketball entertainers took on the local Walden Wildcats for a worthy cause. Although the victory was lopsided for the acrobatic team from Harlem, everyone was there to make a contribution. Lloyd is a special player and an even better person. Seeing him play for the Hype, he is such a competitor and then to see him in such a precise, stunt-filled family-orientated environment, he is just as competitive. I am happy to know Mr. Clinton both personally and professionally, Hype Owner Allen Pickett explained.

As Lloyd continues his travels throughout the country as a member of the Wizards, his scoring will definitely be missed as the Hype take on the defending champion Metro All-Stars this Saturday in what will be their toughest test of the season.

Catch up with all your favorite players and teams by visiting the Eastern Basketball Alliance website.


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  ESTONIA   


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


Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Kangur could not help Cimberio Varese (12-11) to beat Montepaschi Siena (17-6). He did not impress in that game on Wednesday. Kangur scored only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cimberio Varese was defeated 77-65 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. Kangur has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 78.3%. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Janar Talts (206-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristjan Kangur and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Talts. He was not able to help Cimberio Varese (12-11) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (17-6). Talts scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Cimberio Varese lost 65-77 in Siena to the leading Montepaschi. It''s Talts'' first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 71.2%(42-59), 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 44.8% in the 23 games he played so far. Talts is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80), who plays in the German ProA (second division). He was not able to secure a victory for Gloria Giants (12-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Keerles'' very good performance Gloria Giants was badly defeated 93-77 in Diedorf by the league outsider Leitershofen (#15). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Keerles also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Keerles has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 22.5% and FT: 77.8%. Former BC Kalev Tallinn starter played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #4. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked TBB Trier (9-17) 68-49 in the German BBL last Saturday. He scored 8 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. BBC Bayreuth (11-15) is placed 13th in the BBL. This year Veideman''s overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in the six games. He is also Estonian national team player.


One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Estonian passport:

   #1. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84, college: Westfield St.), who plays in the Icelandic Express League could not help Stjarnan (12-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Stjarnan lost 98-102 at home to the lower-ranked (#9) IR. Lindmets had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 30 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lindmets has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg in the nine games he played so far. Lindmets is a naturalized American. He used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.


Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) plays for VEF Riga in Latvian LBL
Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Premier League
Remy Pold (198-G-92) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Artur Surov (216-C-83) plays for Torpan Pojat in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent Vene (192-F-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) plays for Garonne in French NM2
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Oberliga


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Batiste: 'There was no way that I was going to miss that game against Olympiacos' - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) did not forget to renew his communication with his fans, via paobcblog.gr, stating though some very interesting things. So, he wrote, among others, that 'These couple of days a lot of you are asking me some things about the injury, the title, the game itself. First of all thank you for your support and all your messages all these days. Just to let you know: Nothing makes me stop. My foot is a little bit sore, but nothing makes me stop. At this point, because we had a game against Olympiacos which is a big game and a goal of ours, a trophy that we wanted to win, there was no way that I was going to miss that game. You should have cut off both my legs to miss! And honestly whatever I could have contributed, regarding how healthy I was, I would have gone out there and tried my best. And thats what I did Saturday. And also, we got two games in the Greek League and Maccabi coming up, so I also wanted to stay in rhythm. I didnt want to miss so many games to be out of rhythm. Saturday was a great win for us. We accomplished one of our goals, to win the Greek Cup and now the next goal is to win the Euroleague. So, we have a really big chance and that starts when we play Maccabi.
I know we had our ups and downs during the final. Every single game cant be perfect. We started out very well, we got something like an 11 point lead, but Olympiacos is a good team too and they got guys who are fighters and they werent going to make it easy for us. They came back and took the lead by 13. At that time we were in a period during which we were making turnovers and we were missing shots and we didnt run our offense effectively and defensively we blew some assignments. But once we were down by 13 we tried to cut down the lead as much as possible before getting to the fourth quarter. That 10-0 run was very big for us, because we cut the lead to three. And I knew that once we cut that lead to three, we really had a pretty good chance to try to win the game. So, about the time the fourth quarter came, it really didnt start so good for us again, but the last six minutes of the game we really buckled down in defense, we force them into a lot turnovers and our offense started to get into a rhythm, we made things difficult for them and we pulled away by one point, so I am happy! And of course we celebrated yet another title. We celebrated as we supposed to do, because number one it was an intense game. And number two you have two teams that are rivals you got two teams that respect one another, you got two teams who have great players and I think that when you have these two teams full of history and tradition every game is big. So it doesnt matter how you win, we treated all the same. It was another title! We respect our opponent very much. We are all in the same ball. We all play as good as we can. Everybody can have his opinion. But we are all just going to try to win ball games and championships, thats what we are doing here in Panathinaikos.
Thats why we play basketball. Thats why I wanted to play. My foot was hurting until Friday. It still hurt on Friday, but I had some more flexibility. I could run and jump a little bit and move around, so I knew when we had the practice Friday, that I was going to be around 80%-85% on Saturday and I knew that if I was going to be somewhere around there I would be fine for the game and I could fight through that other 15%-20% and then the adrenaline took over. At the last seconds we had to win on defense. I mean thats how you win championships, on defense. Obradovic says it every single day, and Itoudis the same, that defense is not just one rotation, its many rotations. And when Saras came to help me on Spanoulis, I left to find my man, but Diamantidis was already there and I had to find who was open and it was Printezis and I rotated and made a block shot and that was a big thing for us. When you play you dont think if you are in pain. During the week I had about 6-7 therapies, a lot of icing. Our physio, Akis, was really tested last week. I was not the only one hurt. Ian had problem with his ankle, Stratos was injured, so he was doing a lot of overtime work, so that we could be in the line-up, to help the team for the cup, so he deserves a lot of credit for getting us to a point that we could play and be manageable and we can fight through the rest of the pain and we can manage.
And one last thing, something I need to say about the coach, because I know he has said a couple of good things for me, as Mike and Mihalis. That means a lot. Coach has always helped out a lot. I am very grateful, appreciative for every chance he has given me. The roll was not always easy, but he always believed in me and had faith in me that I could contribute. When you have a coach like that you always want to go out there and do your best to make sure that we are all successful to what we are doing here. I am very happy. Number one just to be successful as an American, as Mike, but number two also as a Greek, as Mihalis'


Ilias Zouros: 'I am coaching one of the best teams in Europe' - by Greg
Exclusive interview with coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ) who talks on Anadolu Efes, Valencia, Zalgiris, Greek National Team and Euroleague

Coach Ilias Zouros you arrived in Istanbul a bit more than a week ago. What kind of team did you find? Anadolu Efes was supposed to reach the Euroleague Final Four which will take place in Istanbul, furthermore Efes didn't win the Turkish Cup. There was lack of confidence in the players, in the roster and the organization?
Yes, it is normal when you don't reach something that you expect to reach, as for example Final Four or the Final in the national Cup. The moral of the players was not so good. First thing I did, and every coach has to do, it was to enocourage and help the players psicologically to be better for the rest of the season.

For Anadolu Efes, what is the goal of the season?
First of all, now our goal is to come back and be strong for the last part of the season and during the playoffs.

Is Anadolu Efes on the market looking for a new player who can help the team till the season ends?
First of all I want to check all the players I have in the roster. You can't judge the players in such a short period. So I need a little bit more to understand what is going on with the team at the moment, how the players can do their job. The team has one more opportunity to sign a new player. But as a coach, I don't like to take decisions until I am 100% sure that I have to do something to improve the roster. I don't want to make a mistake deciding to sign a new player without the perfect knowledge of what I have now in the roster. It is important to make the right decision without any rush because we are getting closer to the crucial part of the season.
For the moment I am very satisfied with the player I have. But during any game and practice I check deeply the situation.

On what ground did you accept a three-month job with Anadolu Efes? It was reported that you signed without any option for the next season. Is that true?
Yes, it is true. But together with Anadolu Efes management we agreed that right after the end of the season we will discuss again about future. I made the right decision for me. I am in one of the best clubs in Europe, as team, organization, results and history of the club. It is a big honor for me to work with such an important club. Of course, it is much better to get a job like this and with good results you have the chance to extend the contract for other seasons being ready to make even better things.

Early in the season, you were at the helm of Zalgiris Kaunas. What did not work properly with the team and management?
I have excellent memories of my period in Kaunas because we won titles. I love the city and I have loved my basketball experience there. I cannot explain why I was out of the team without a normal reason. It was impossible to work because we started with a lot of games in a row, plus I didn't have any foreign players. Even for the first game, they arrived just the game before our debut. So it was impossible to find a good chemistry and to have the good results they were expecting in such a short period, considering that many players were with their National Teams. When you have enough time to work, everything can come.

In Zalgiris Kaunas you have coached Ty Lawson and Sonny Weems. Lawson is now back to the Nuggets and is having a huge season but in Kaunas he had big problems in adapting to European basketball. While it was clear since the beginning that Sonny Weems could be a crack for Europe. In your opionion, why Ty Lawson had so many problems? Was he just thinking to go back to the NBA at the end of the lockout?
Sonny Weems signed for the season, he knew since the beginning that he was staying in Europe without going back to the NBA. He was focused to do his best, to improve his game. Ty Lawson, on the other hand, has a big talent. But it is normal, when a player has a contract in the NBA, he is interested just in being in shape. For Lawson it was difficult to adapt to European basketball because the style and rules are different. He needed more time to understand how European basketball is. Especially in offense because, as we know, in NBA Lawson has a lot of space to drive to basketball. Driving to the basket facing European defense is more difficult.

Before signing with Anadolu Efes, how close you were to Valencia? Did you get any other offer?
There were some proposals to my agent Obrad Fimic. But we wanted to find the best solution for me and not just to sign somewhere to get a job without expecting something from this job. It is true that I was very close to Valencia. It is a very good club and organization who had great results over the last seasons. We were very close but something happened at the end. It is good that I got the job here in Efes. I am happy that my career is continuing in one of the best teams in Europe.

In the summer you won't have time to rest because with Greek National Team you have the last chance to qualify for London 2012. Do you expect to have the best players for the Qualifying Tournament? Last summer, in Eurobasket, Greece reached a great result without having all its best players.
I hope so. Any coach, every time hopes to have all the best players available for the National Team. For sure Dimitris Diamantidis won't be with us, because he retired from the NT. But I think that most of the players will be ready to play. A problem this year is that a lot of national championships end very late and the Pre-Olympic Tournament starts very early. There are leagues, as the Italian one, that finish late. We don't have enough time to prepare our team. So we will not make many changes, because we believe that it is better to go with a big part of the players we had last season. They know better each other and they know my philosophy about the games. We need to have good results in a short period.

Talking about the Greek players in Italy. A question about Ioanis Bourousis (Olimpia Milano). In Olympiacos he was one the most dominant centers in Europe while this season he is struggling and having problems to be decisive as expected. While Antonis Fotsis is playing at his standard levels. Why?
I believe that every team, every player and every coach are different. You can do a good job in one team and maybe in the next one you are not so succesfull. Antonis Fotsis has played many years outside Greece and he had an easier job to do. For Bourousis this is his first season outside Greece. And sometimes players need more time to understand the differences between the leagues. Ioannis is a huge talented player and I hope he will be able to show his talent soon, even in Milano.

In your opionion, who is going to win the Euroleague?
I think that CSKA Moscow and Regal Barcelona are the two favorites to win the Euroleague. CSKA has a huge talent with players that have played together for a long time. Regal Barcelona is a good team as well. Last season they could reach the Final Four in Barcelona and for sure, they want to qualify this year for the Finals. Panathinaikos vs Maccabi Tel Aviv and Siena vs Olympiacos, they have to fight till the end to get a spot for Istanbul. Panathinaikos has the court advantage but Maccabi Tel Aviv has an experienced roster with quality. Olympiacos and Siena fought a lot last season, it will be tough to make a prediction.

Who is the player that impressed you the most in Euroleague? Even a young one?
For me Shved is one of the best players this season. He started playing well from Eurobasket with Russian National Team. He exploded this season with CSKA Moscow. A lot of players coming from the NBA are playing nice basketball, for example Andrei Kirilenko.

Last question is about the agency that represents you, Alti Sport, with Obrad and Aleksandar Fimic. How important are they for you in getting such important contracts with European Top Teams?
I am very happy to be working with Obrad and Aleksandar Fimic. They both helped me a lot. Not just in getting me a job but also taking care of their clans. We talk a lot about the job and they show you everytime that they are close to you, thinking and working for you. I am really happy to work with them.


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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; http://dianahunts.hu/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/00144_m.jpg

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; http://delfinek.hu/modul/hirek/images/1/skoda_oktvia_440.jpg



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 helped 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 damage I now owe 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 to 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!



If you want to know more about me visit my website www.joshwilsonbasketball.com, check out my highlights on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApGzS3h-csQ, or check out my basketball academy atwww.rootsbasketball.com. My blog site www.joshwilsonbasketball.wordpress.com, Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: N.Arizona)



Season update; Finished the last game with 29 points on 7/7 from 2 3/6 from 3 and 6/8 from the line. By far the best game of the year for me personally. We also won which is big because it's the team we'll most likely play in the playoffs. Highlights from the game- http://youtu.be/n_5eoHbabbo

















Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 26-8
 2. Nilan Bisons 24-9
 3. Pyrinto 23-11
 4. Kauhajoki 21-14
 5. ToPo 19-15
 6. KTP 15-20
 7. Salon Vilpas 15-20
 8. LrNMKY 13-21
 9. Korihait 12-22
 10. Kouvot 11-22
 11. Namika Lahti 9-26


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Baxley, Lapua29.5 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Simmons, Porvoon24.0 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.4 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 6. Conerly, SayRi21.1 
 7. Manning, Huima20.8 
 8. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.3 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 8. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 9. Williams, Lapua9.9 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.5 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 3. Manning, Huima4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.2 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 9. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conerly, SayRi3.0 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.3 
 3. Jackson, Lapua2.2 
 4. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 5. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 6. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 7. Baxley, Lapua1.9 
 8. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 10. Williams, Lapua1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. Nordman, Tapiolan.1.3 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.3 
 5. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.1 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 8. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.9 
 9. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 10. Britton, Huima0.8 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja crushed UU-Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 35: UU-Korihait was down by 30 points already during the half time and visitor Kataja (Joensuu) took an easy victory on the road: 75-96 (29-59). This victory was # 27 for Kataja this season. Korihait (12-23) has it difficult to make Top-8 and the play-off-games. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) and Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) scored both 20 points for Kataja. At Kouvola local Kouvot upset Bisons (Loimaa) 78-61 (49-34). Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) led Kouvot (12-22) with 21 pts. Bisons (24-10) got 14 pts from Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90). Martin Zeno and Ryan McDade were on injured list.
UU-Korihait - Kataja 75-96 (29-59). (Cedric Latimer 17, Petri Heinonen 16, Nigel Moore 15/11 - Samuel Haanpaa 20, Antti Kanervo 20, Jared Newson 16. A: 612).
Kouvot - Bisons 78-61 (49-34). (Anthony Brown 21/9, Antto Nikkarinen 18, Josh Gonner 17 - Matti Nuutinen 14, Clifton Jones 12, Jeb Ivey 11. A: 1021).




1.DIVISION: BC Nokia and Honka winning - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, semi-finals, Game 1: Two thrillers tonight, where visitors winning after exiting moments. Korikobrat (Lapua) had a lead at the end, but Honka (Tapiola) came after 21 lead changes and 12 ties with Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92), who made his two FTs and Honka won by one 79-80 (40-39). FoKoPo (Forssa) and BC Nokia had 14 lead changes and four ties. Visitor BC Nokia upset regular season winner FoKoPo by six 73-79 (40-39). Gerald January (201-F/C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) (BC Nokia) was the hero at Forssa with a double-double 23pts/16rbs. Three wins needed to the Finals.
Lapua - Honka 79-80 (40-39). (Walter Baxley 29/10, Eric Williams 21/9, Henri Jokinen 15/7 - Villematti Kopio 24, Tero Laitinen 12/7, Lloyd Phillips 11/4a. A: 303).
FoKoPo - BC Nokia 73-79 (40-39). (Tracy Robinson 15, Markus Molenius 14, Brian Moultrie 12 - Gerald January 23/16, Darren Townes 19, Timo Riihela 17. A: 377).




BC Nokia and Honka won Division 1 Semi-Finals openers - by Eurobasket News
FoKoPo - BC Nokia 73-79

The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 30. They outrebounded Forssan Koripojat 43-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo, agency: Hightower Law Firm) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Markus Molenius (203-92) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Forssan Koripojat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 15+6reb+1ast, M.Molenius 14+6reb+3ast, B.Moultrie 12+6reb, S.Ikavalko 11+4reb+5ast, J.Helenius 9+2reb, H.Coleman 7+5reb+1ast
BC Nokia: G.January 23+16reb+4ast, D.Townes 19+14reb+2ast, T.Riihela 17+4reb, T.Kankaanpaa 11+2reb+3ast, V.Tuominen 7+2reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 2
gschID: 171370


Lapua - Tapiolan Honka 79-80

Lapuan Korikobrat was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 24-20 third quarter run of Tapiolan Honka. Point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Tapiolan Honka's coach Jussi Syrjanen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 29+10reb, E.Williams 21+9reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 15+7reb, E.Jackson 14+3reb+4ast, V.Turja 0+1reb, J.Turja 0
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 24+2reb+2ast, T.Laitinen 12+7reb+1ast, B.Thomas 11+4reb, L.Phillips 11+4reb+4ast, A.Odabasi 9+4reb, P.Vertio 6
gschID: 171369




Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Finnish players, who play currently abroad.


Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week''s number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). He was the major contributor in an Union Olimpija''s victory against the leader Partizan (17-1) 70-57 in the Adriatic League in Sunday night''s game. Salin scored 14 points in 31 minutes on the court. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (13-11) is placed sixth in group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Salin averages: 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 76.5% in the 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Rannikko could not help Cimberio Varese (12-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Cimberio Varese was defeated 77-65 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena. Rannikko was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 steals. Rannikko''s overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 84.4%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88). Koponen led CS Bologna to a victory against the 13th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-13) 77-72 in the Italian SerieA on Wednesday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Canadian Solar Bologna (14-9) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It''s Koponen''s fourth season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 79.5% in the 23 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #4. Swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help one of league''s weakest teams MarcoPoloShop.it (6-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Huff''s very good performance the bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it was defeated 93-88 in Sant''Antimo by the one of league''s weakest teams S.Antimo (#14). He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Huff has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1apg. Huff is also Finnish national team player.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Prima Veroli (9-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Prima Veroli lost 64-70 in Imola to the lower-ranked (#13) Aget. Lee had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Lee plays currently for the Finnish national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #6. Forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) contributed to Blois'' victory against the 15th-ranked Stade Clermont (8-17) 68-61 in the French NM1 (third division) on Friday night. Kaunisto recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. ADA Blois Basket (16-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. Kaunisto is the league''s top scorer and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Kaunisto averages: 18.5ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Finnish senior team eight years ago.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #7. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) faced previously mentioned Gerald Lee in the Italian Lega2 last game. Kotti contributed to an Aget Imola''s victory against the closely-ranked Prima Veroli (9-13) 70-64. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Kotti''s overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4spg in the 21 games. He is also Finnish national team player.


One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Finnish passport:

   #1. Mikko Riipinen (177-PG-87) contributed to a Norrkoping Dolphins'' victory against the sixth-ranked Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) 80-72 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Riipinen scored 7 points. Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) is placed second in the Basketligan. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Riipinen has been at the team for four years. This season Riipinen averages only 0.9ppg. He has also Swedish citizenship.


Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3


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Tony Parker''s 31 points make him top French player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing French players, who play currently abroad.


Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week''s number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Washington Wizards (9-32) 112-97 in the NBA in Monday night''s game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and added 7 assists in 34 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 27-13 record this season. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 80.3% in the 38 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Chicago Bulls'' victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (18-24) 106-104 in the NBA last Wednesday. Noah recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Chicago Bulls have a very solid 35-9 record this season. It''s Noah''s fifth year with the team. Noah has relatively good stats this year: 9.9ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 51.0% and FT: 75.2%. He is a naturalized American. Noah is in the roster of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side). Beaubois contributed to a Dallas Mavericks'' victory against the Washington Wizards (9-32) 107-98 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 24-20 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It''s Beaubois'' first year with the team. This season Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 8.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 85.4% in the 34 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #4. Center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 85-77 in the VTB United League in Wednesday night''s game. Traore scored 18 points and had 3 steals. 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. And that game will be critical. Traore has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He is also French national team player.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #5. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Mahinmi, who plays in the NBA could not help the Dallas Mavericks (24-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 97-110 on the road to the Sacramento Kings. Mahinmi scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. It''s Mahinmi''s first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.7rpg in the 41 games. Mahinmi plays currently for the French national team.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #6. Power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89) helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Los Angeles Lakers (26-16) 106-101 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 9-32 record this season. Seraphin''s total stats this year are: 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #7. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86) was not able to help the New Jersey Nets (14-29) in their game against the Miami Heat (31-10) in the NBA, despite his good performance in Tuesday night''s game. Petro scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. But the New Jersey Nets were crushed 108-78 in Miami by the Heat. This year Petro''s total stats are: 3.9ppg and 3.7rpg in the 38 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Vasil Evtimov
Vasil Evtimov
   #8. An experienced power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) helped Levski Sofia win their game against the closely-ranked Euroins Cherno More (9-12) 82-78 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Evtimov recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds. Levski Sofia (17-4) is placed second in the NBL. Evtimov is currently first on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #9. International forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (20-22) in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-21) in the NBA. Batum recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. But the Portland Trail Blazers lost 94-106 in Minnesota to the Timberwolves. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 13.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1bpg in the 40 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #10. Guard Nando De Colo (202-87) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (13-11) 70-65 in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night. De Colo scored 8 points. Valencia Basket (13-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. De Colo''s stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, also represented by Court Side) couldn''t help the Boston Celtics in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Pietrus scored 5 points. His team were edged 97-94 in the NBA. Pietrus has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) couldn''t help Caja Laboral in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. Heurtel cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. His team lost 73-81. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg in the 24 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) couldn''t help Cimberio Varese in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Italian SerieA. Diawara scored 9 points. His team was defeated 77-65. This season Diawara has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. Diawara used to play for the French national team four years ago.

   #14. International forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, another player represented by Court Side) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod 79-74 in the Russian PBL in Saturday night''s game. He scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. Gelabale has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 2.7rpg in the three games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the league leader Real Madrid 83-66. He scored only 4 points. Pietrus has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 3.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.


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

   #1. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) led his Slovenian team Krka to a victory over the eighth-ranked KK Zagreb CO (12-13) 84-65 in the Adriatic League in Wednesday night''s game. Nissim was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and added 3 assists. Krka Novo Mesto (8-17) is placed 11th in group A. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Nissim has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and French. Despite Nissim''s French passport, he currently plays for the Israeli national team and is not eligible to play for the French team.

   #2. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed to a Hapoel J-M''s victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (11-8) 80-69 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. Kadir scored 15 points and blocked 2 shots in 34 minutes. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (10-8) is placed sixth in the Premier League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kadir averaged so far 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg in the 17 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli. Despite Kadir''s French nationality, he currently plays for the Israeli national team and cannot be called to the French team.

   #3. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help one of league''s weakest teams Meridiano Alicante (13-11) in their last game. Despite Kone''s good performance Meridiano Alicante was badly defeated 65-49 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) CAI Zaragoza. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Kone also added 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was Meridiano Alicante''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Kone has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.3rpg in the 23 games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Kone''s French passport, he currently plays for the Ivorian national team.

   #4. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: VVG Sports, college: Rutgers) helped Vaqueros win their game against the closely-ranked Mets (4-3) crushing them 87-63 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Sunday night''s game. Lamizana scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vaqueros de Bayamon (4-2) is placed second in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 3.3bpg. Lamizana also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite his French nationality, Lamizana currently plays for the Ivorian national team.

   #5. Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa) was not able to help Umana Venezia (13-9) in their game against Angelico Biella (11-12) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Umana Venezia lost 75-83 at home to the lower-ranked (#10) Angelico Biella. Bryan has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the 21 games. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #6. Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Ourense (12-6) in their last game. Despite Koffi''s very good performance Ourense was edged 71-70 in Prat by the lower-ranked (#5) Juventud. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 21 minutes. Koffi averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He has French and Ivorian nationalities. Despite Koffi''s French passport, he previously played for the Ivorian national team.

   #7. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL couldn''t help Basketbal Svitavy (15-20) in their last game. Despite Meno''s good performance the third-placed Basketbal Svitavy was crushed 87-65 in Ostrava by the leading NH Ostrava in the A2 group. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Meno is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 8.5rpg. This year he also averages: 15.0ppg in the 32 games. Meno has also Congolese citizenship.

   #8. Bandja Sy (203-F) helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the Louisiana Tech University crushing them 82-57 in the conference tournament in Saturday night''s game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Sy averaged so far 15.0ppg in the 32 games. He has also Mali passport.


March Madness has begun - by Corey Belser
I fell asleep last night to NCAA basketball. BYU vs Iona, as much as I am routing for all WCC schools to advance to the next round! I was sure BYU was going to lose. I literally woke up to 'I wonder how many points BYU lost by.' In the spirit of March Madness they proved all things possible, winning the game and pulling off the biggest come back in NCAA Tournament history! I love NCAA March Madness! The game just before BYU, I watched WKU come from 16pts down with 5 minutes to go. President Obama was even in the building, he and the British Prime Minster where in the front row watching! Had to be a great experience for the student athletes to play in front of the President of the United States!

As for myself and basketball things are going well, just 9 games left until the end of the regular season! We are still currently in 1st place but not by much! I've been bang up the past couple weeks with a sprained wrist, but things are better now. Reminds me of my college day with Coach Holland, he would always say to us, 'Are your hurt son or are you injured?' I am good Coach!!! Excited to hit the home stretch and have an opportunity to move the team up to the next league. Every game is going to be a battle, and with only 9 games left every game is crucial for the final standings! As for Zoi she's has 4 games left and is already begun negotiation with other European teams for next year. They have the opportunity to make the top 4 in the league, but the need to win out right the rest of their games. Her team is also in the French Cup Semifinals, they still have a lot to play for!

My brother recently visited us here in France and we had a great time! Being from a military family he spent a lot time in Europe as a kid, he was actually the German translator for the family. It was his first time back to Europe as an adult, and we he had a great time. Seen Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, and got try some the traditional French cuisine. He wouldn't try the beef tartar but liked the fragua. He always watching Bizarre Food with Andrew Zimmern and telling me about it, so I am a little disappointed he was scared to try the tartar (literally raw beef, google it lol)!!

In my free time I've been working on mastering Greek, I hope in the future I'll be able to write a blog in Greek! Even my French is getting a little better, but I am not comfortable with it yet! Till next time, enjoy the Madness of March!!!

Corey Belser


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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 21-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 21-4 
 3. Lirija 14-11 
 4. Torus Skopje 14-11 
 5. Kumanovo 11-14 
 6. Rabotnicki 9-16 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 6-12 
 2. Kozuv 4-14 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Rabot.
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Jelesijevic, Rabot.19.5 
 2. Tasovski, Lirija18.2 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 6. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.17.0 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus16.6 
 9. Radunovic, Lirija16.2 
 10. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo7.7 
 3. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 4. Dahlman, MZT S.7.4 
 5. Gecevski, MZT S.7.3 
 6. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 7. Radunovic, Lirija7.0 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.6 
 10. Jelesijevic, Rabo.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Morban, Lirija4.5 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.7 
 3. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.0 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.1 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija2.1 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.3 
 8. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 9. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Kumanovo
  (212-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Lukovic, Kumanovo1.5 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 3. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 4. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 6. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.0.8 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.7 
 10. Simic, Lirija0.7 


Superleague Round 9: Lirija is defeated by MZT Skopje in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#1) and Lirija (#3). Lirija was crushed at home by 19 points 71-90 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. MZT Skopje outrebounded Lirija 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) chipped in 20 points. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) with 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje (21-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Lirija lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Torus Skopje. MZT Skopje is looking forward to face league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lirija's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. 4th placed host Torus Skopje (14-11) lost to second ranked Feni Indistrija (21-4) 79-66. Bulgarian swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Jarrid Frye accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 20 points and 5 assists for Torus Skopje in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Feni Indistrija. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with MZT Skopje. Torus Skopje lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Feni Indistrija will play against league's leader MZT Skopje at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torus Skopje will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (11-14) crushed at home 6th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (9-16) by 22 points 97-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Aleksandar Kostoski who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Enes Hadzibulic who recorded 23 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. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 11-14 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will meet higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Lirija.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Dusan Knezevic of Feni Indistrija.



Lirija - MZT Skopje 71-90

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#1) and Lirija (#3). Lirija was crushed at home by 19 points 71-90 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. MZT Skopje outrebounded Lirija 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) chipped in 20 points. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) with 16 points and naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje (21-4) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Lirija lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 11 games lost. They share it with Torus Skopje. MZT Skopje is looking forward to face league's second-placed Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lirija's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 20+2reb+2ast, T.Gecevski 14+10reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 13+1reb, I.Mijajlovic 11+2reb+9ast, C.Davis 10+6reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 8+4reb+3ast
Lirija: D.Tasovski 16+4reb+1ast, S.Avramovski 13+5reb, T.Simic 12+3reb+3ast, V.Filipovic 7+1ast, C.Morban 6+2reb+5ast, I.Sazdov 6+1reb
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Kumanovo - Rabotnicki 97-75

Fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (11-14) crushed at home 6th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (9-16) by 22 points 97-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Kumanovo 2009. Fersped-Rabotnicki managed to win second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumanovo 2009 dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Fersped-Rabotnicki's 32. The best player for the winners was international guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) chipped in 21 points. Four Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Enes Hadzibulic (196-81) who recorded 23 points and Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (210-79, agency: World Sport Agency) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 11-14 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Kumanovo 2009 will meet higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Lirija.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: M.Janjusevic 21+4reb+3ast, A.Kostoski 20+5reb+4ast, D.Matic 14+4ast, D.Mikic 13+7reb+3ast, M.Janevski 8+2reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 8+6reb
Rabotnicki: E.Hadzibulic 23+3reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 13+7reb+2ast, E.Bogoev 10+4reb+5ast, N.Dilberovski 7, Z.Stojanov 7+5reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 7+4reb+2ast
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Torus Skopje - Feni Indistrija 66-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Skopje. 4th placed host Torus Skopje (14-11) lost to second ranked Feni Indistrija (21-4) 79-66. Torus Skopje was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 48-30 second half run of Feni Indistrija. Bulgarian swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) nailed 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 20 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Pero Blazevski (199-72) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Torus Skopje in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Feni Indistrija. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with MZT Skopje. Torus Skopje lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Feni Indistrija will play against league's leader MZT Skopje at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torus Skopje will play against Kumanovo 2009 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: I.Lilov 20+6reb+2ast, D.Knezevic 19+5reb+2ast, J.Frye 17+7reb+3ast, G.Samardziev 7+2reb+2ast, D.Radulovic 4, V.Brckov 4+3reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: D.Karadzovski 20+1reb+5ast, I.Dimcevski 14+3reb+2ast, P.Blazevski 13+7reb, B.Krstevski 7+2reb, J.Reynolds 7+11reb, J.Boswell 5+4reb
gschID: 168301




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Zaza Pachulia''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Georgians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory against the Indiana Pacers (24-16) 101-96 in the NBA in Tuesday night''s game. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 24-18 record this season. Pachulia has relatively good stats this year: 7.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.7% and FT: 74.1% in the 42 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86). Markoishvili was the major contributor in a Bennet Cantu''s victory against the 11th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-12) 75-58 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. He scored 18 points. Bennet Cantu (14-8) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. This season Markoishvili has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 79.5%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83), who plays in Iran. Tskitishvili could not help Mahram (22-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Mahram was edged in an overtime 91-88 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#11) Zob Ahan. Tskitishvili had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in 45 minutes. It''s Tskitishvili''s first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 79.5% in the 22 games. Tskitishvili is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #4. Center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) is a teammate of previously mentioned Manuchar Markoishvili and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Shermadini managed to help Bennet Cantu to win against the 11th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-12) 75-58. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Shermadini is currently fifth on the league''s list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 4.8rpg. Shermadini is also Georgian national team player.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #5. Former international center Georges Mdivani (205-85) contributed to Rueil''s victory against the closely-ranked Montbrison (4-21) 77-66 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night''s game. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (10-15) is placed 14th in the NM1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Mdivani''s stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.


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

   #1. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) was the major contributor in a Banco di Sardegna Sassari''s victory against the 12th-ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-13) 72-68 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night''s game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-8) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. Hosley is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.1apg and 2.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, college: Oklahoma St.), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Hacettepe University (8-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hacettepe University was crushed 75-52 on the road by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Sanders had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 14 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Hacettepe University''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Sanders is currently fourth on the league''s list of best rebounders with 8.4rpg. This year he also averages: 11.8ppg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 22 games he played so far. Sanders is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.


Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Nika Metreveli (212-C/F-91) plays for Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italian SerieA
Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) plays for Spirou Charleroi in Belgian D1
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA

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


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BBL Round 27: BG Goettingen tries to escape the last position defeating Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked BG Goettingen managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of fourteen consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time they edged eleventh-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt 62-61. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of BG Goettingen, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for power forward Darrell Tucker (206-80, college: USF) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) with 15 points and 4 assists. BG Goettingen maintains eighteenth place with 3-24 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face higher ranked LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Artland Dragons (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
BBL top team - Brose Baskets (23-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked EWE Baskets (13-14) in Oldenburg 96-89. It was a quality performance for American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Anton Gavel accounted for 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for EWE Baskets in the defeat. EWE Baskets' coach Ralph Held rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-3 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Eighth ranked Telekom Baskets (14-12) beat at home 16th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-19) by 12 points 89-77, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Tony Gaffney who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marc Antonio Carter who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Phoenix Hagen lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: Bremerhaven lost to Walter Tigers on the opponent's court 82-88. Bayreuth unfortunately lost to NY Phantoms in a home game 64-72. B.Muenchen managed to beat LTi 46ers on the road 80-71. Ratiopharm defeated EnBW L'burg on its own court 84-80. s.Oliver Baskets was beaten by ALBA in Berlin 81-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by Reggie Redding of Walter Tigers.



Walter Tigers - Bremerhaven 88-82

There was a minor upset in Tuebingen where 10th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-14) was defeated by twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (12-15) 88-82 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Walter Tigers shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fraport SKY. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with EWE Baskets. Walter Tigers will meet TBB Trier (#14) on the road in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 23+7reb+6ast, J.Young 19+5reb+2ast, L.Campbell 14+5ast, A.Hodzic 12+3reb+2ast, V.Duggins 11+3reb, T.Nash 4+2reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 21+6reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 20+8reb+1ast, T.Everett 15+3reb+6ast, J.Cain 8+5reb+2ast, C.McNaughton 8+2reb, M.Smith 6+5reb
gschID: 133334


Bayreuth - NY Phantoms 64-72

Very predictable result when seventh ranked New Yorker Phantoms (14-12) defeated on the road 13th ranked BBC Bayreuth (11-16) 72-64 on Wednesday. BBC Bayreuth trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-72 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 19 points. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. New Yorker Phantoms maintains seventh place with 14-12 record, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will meet Phoenix Hagen (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: R.Melzer 22+4reb, M.Umeh 19+3reb+2ast, B.Jorovic 13+3reb+2ast, I.McElroy 7+2reb+2ast, R.Kulawick 6+5reb+2ast, K.Visser 5+6reb
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 14+7reb+1ast, B.Hunter 11+8reb, D.Gibson 9+3reb+3ast, R.Veideman 7+2reb+2ast, T.Spoeler 7+4reb+1ast, T.Smith 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 133335


Fraport SKY - Goettingen 61-62

Bottom-ranked BG Goettingen managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of fourteen consecutive loses on Wednesday night. This time they edged eleventh-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt 62-61. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-20 charge of BG Goettingen, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for power forward Darrell Tucker (206-80, college: USF) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) with 15 points and 4 assists and forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) scored 4 points and 12 rebounds. BG Goettingen maintains eighteenth place with 3-24 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face higher ranked LTi 46ers (#15) in Giessen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Artland Dragons (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: D.Tucker 16+5reb, S.Evans 13+6reb+2ast, P.Horne 12+2reb+1ast, J.Allen 10+8reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 8+2reb+5ast, P.Noch 2+2reb
Fraport SKY: J.McKinney 15+2reb+4ast, J.Davidson 11+5reb+1ast, J.Herber 9+1ast, Q.Robertson 8+6reb+1ast, T.Ohlbrecht 6+5reb, M.Thompson 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 133328


EWE Baskets - Brose Baskets 89-96

BBL top team - Brose Baskets (23-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked EWE Baskets (13-14) in Oldenburg 96-89. It looked good early as EWE Baskets took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Brose Baskets took control winning next two quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. It was a quality performance for American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points respectively for EWE Baskets in the defeat. Five Brose Baskets and four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets' coach Ralph Held rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-3 record. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 16+2reb+2ast, A.Leon Tucker 16+6reb, A.Gavel 15+7ast, C.Jacobsen 14+3reb+4ast, M.Slaughter 12+4reb, P.Suput 7+3reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 21+3ast, R.Paulding 19+4reb+3ast, K.Hasbrouck 17+3reb, A.Chubb 17+12reb+2ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 6+1reb+1ast, R.Smeulders 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133329


Telekom Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 89-77

Eighth ranked Telekom Baskets (14-12) beat at home 16th ranked Phoenix Hagen (7-19) by 12 points 89-77, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. Phoenix Hagen managed to win third quarter 33-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Telekom Baskets outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 40-21 including a 17-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Phoenix Hagen lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: T.Gaffney 18+10reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 16+9reb, B.Veikalas 14+4reb+5ast, T.Battle 9+4reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 9+7reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+3reb+7ast
Phoenix Hagen: M.Antonio Carter 21+6reb+2ast, J.Hasquet 16+2reb+1ast, A.Constantine 14+5reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 13+1reb+2ast, D.White 9+3reb+2ast, B.Brooks 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133331


LTi 46ers - B.Muenchen 71-80

Not a big story in a game in Giessen where 15th ranked LTi 46ers (8-19) were defeated by sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (16-11) 80-71 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen maintains sixth place with 16-11 record. Loser LTi 46ers keep the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against BG Goettingen (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 19+8reb+2ast, J.Homan 18+12reb+2ast, J.Foster 14+3reb+3ast, S.Hamann 8+3ast, J.Wallace 7+1reb, R.Benzing 5+4reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 21+1reb+1ast, W.Bernard 13+3reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 8+2reb+8ast, R.Oehle 7+6reb, K.Archibong 6+3reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133332


Ratiopharm - EnBW L'burg 84-80

Everything went according to plan when second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (22-5) beat at home 17th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-20) 84-80 on Wednesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-80. ratiopharm Ulm made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 19 points. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-5 record behind leader Brose Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will meet at home Telekom Baskets (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against BBC Bayreuth (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 19+2reb+1ast, J.Bryant 17+8reb+3ast, R.Trice 10+6reb+2ast, T.Mason-Griffin 10+2reb+3ast, S.Esterkamp 9+1reb+1ast, P.Guenther 6+1reb+3ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 20+6reb+3ast, K.Looby 11+9reb+1ast, M.Dorris 10+1reb+3ast, E.Jazvin 9+4reb+2ast, J.Greer 9+8reb+3ast, M.Howard 8+2ast
gschID: 133333


ALBA - s.Oliver Baskets 81-73

There was no surprise when 5th ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-10) were defeated on the road by third ranked ALBA Berlin (20-6) 81-73 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-73. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) who recorded 19 points and the former international swingman Alex King (200-85, agency: Pro One Sports) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-6 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the fifth position with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin will meet EWE Baskets (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA: B.Taylor 20+4reb+2ast, Y.Idbihi 20+7reb+2ast, D.Wood 11+4reb+6ast, M.Simonovic 11+1ast, K.Weaver 9+5reb+4ast, T.Francis 4+2reb
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Little 19+3reb, J.Boone 13+4reb+1ast, C.Kramer 10+3reb+1ast, A.King 10+6reb+3ast, B.Jacobson 7+1reb+2ast, C.Frazier 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133327




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


Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Washington Wizards (9-32) 107-98 in the NBA in Tuesday night''s game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He recorded 27 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 24-20 record this season. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. It''s Nowitzki''s 14th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 87.1% in the 40 games he played so far. Nowitzki is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Hornets (10-32) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaman''s very good performance the New Orleans Hornets were edged 99-98 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kaman also added 8 assists and 2 blocks. It''s Kaman''s first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Kaman averages: 12.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 41.6% and FT: 77.8%. He is a naturalized American. Kaman is in the roster of the German senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Nikita Khartchenkov
Nikita Khartchenkov
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87). Khartchenkov was the main contributor in a CSU Sibiu''s victory against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-17) crushing them 112-92 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Khartchenkov recorded 30 points (!!!) in 34 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (13-11) is placed eighth in the Division A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Khartchenkov has very impressive stats this year: 17.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 82.8% in the 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and German. Former SG Braunschweig starter played for the German U20 national team five years ago.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #4. Forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help PGE Turow (0-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Wysocki''s good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was defeated 87-78 at home by the leading Trefl Sopot in the Group A. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Wysocki''s overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish. Wysocki is also German national team player.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (13-11) in their game against Caja Laboral (17-7) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. But CAI Zaragoza lost 65-75 in Vitoria to the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. This year Toppert''s overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #6. Center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Aalborg (9-18) crushing them 91-71 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He recorded 14 points and blocked 2 blocks in 20 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Dejworek''s third season in pro basketball. Bakken Bears (25-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. This year Dejworek''s total stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 28 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team seven years ago.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed to a Levanga Hokkaido''s victory against the closely-ranked Tochigi Brex (16-22) 72-59 in the Japanese JBL last Sunday. He recorded 13 points in a mere 17 minutes. Levanga Hokkaido (19-19) is placed fifth in the JBL. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Klette has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg and 4.9rpg in the 37 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Patrick Heckmann
Patrick Heckmann
   #8. Guard Patrick Heckmann (195-92) couldn''t help the Boston Coll. (4-12) in their game against the North Carolina State University (9-7) in the conference tournament. Heckmann recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. The Boston Coll. was crushed 78-57 in Raleigh, NC by the North Carolina State University. Heckmann has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

Jarelle Reischel
Jarelle Reischel
   #9. Former U18 international forward Jarelle Reischel (198-92) couldn''t help the Rice (8-8) in their game against the East Carolina University (5-11) in the conference tournament. He recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. The Rice was edged 68-66 on their home court in Houston, TX by the East Carolina University. Reischel has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Reischel used to play for the German U18 national team two years ago. He played also for Eintracht Frankfurt in German league.


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

   #1. Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) led Tezenis Verona to a victory against the third-ranked Givova Scafati (15-7) 83-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Waleskowski scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tezenis Verona (10-12) is placed ninth in the Lega2. Waleskowski''s total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Waleskowski has never played in Germany.

   #2. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: 011 Sports) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Mornar Bar (6-4) 88-73 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night''s game. He recorded 14 points in a mere 16 minutes. BC Timisoara (5-5) is placed fourth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Balkan League. Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg in the five games he played so far. He has also Serbian passport.

   #3. Urule Igbavboa (205-C-87, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help LF Basket (20-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Igbavboa''s good performance LF Basket was defeated 102-94 on the road by the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Igbavboa''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Igbavboa has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg and 5.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #4. Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park) led Centrum to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Baerum Basket (12-7) 97-87 in the Norwegian BLNO in Saturday night''s game. Sanders was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Centrum Tigers Oslo (13-8) is placed third in the BLNO. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Sanders has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Sanders used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.

   #5. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) managed to help Aris Thessaloniki to win against the closely-ranked Ilysiakos (7-14) 79-74 in the Greek A1 on Wednesday night. Kerusch recorded only 4 points. Aris Thessaloniki (8-12) is placed eighth in the A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kerusch has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Kerusch has never played in Germany.

   #6. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) was not able to help Alaska Aces in their game against Air21 Express in the Filipino PBA. He scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 31 minutes. His team were edged 88-85. Thoss has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.2apg in the six games. He has a dual citizenship: German and Filipino. Despite Thoss'' German passport, he previously played for the Filipino national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #7. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish ACB. Stojic cannot count Tuesday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 70-65. Stojic has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.

   #8. Cody Toppert (193-G-83, college: Cornell) contributed to a Basquet Mallorca''s surprising victory against the second-ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra 80-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. Toppert scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Toppert has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #9. Jorg Rottgardt (191-G-81) couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams Falcon in their game against Aabyhoj in the Danish Ligaen. Rottgardt cannot count Wednesday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated in an overtime 98-93. Rottgardt has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #10. Dorian Baclawski (189-G-86) helped Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn win their game against the seventh-ranked Zuraw Gniewno 89-76 in the Polish 2Liga (third division) in Saturday night''s game. He scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Baclawski has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.6spg in the 20 games. He has also Polish passport.


Matt Bauscher Slips But Recovers Bausching Home A Buzzer Beater As BG Goettingen Shock The Fraport Skyliners 62-61 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Saying goodbye to the sympathetic purple colors of BG Goettingen after this season will be as difficult for New England Patriots fans when Tom Brady is no longer barking signals for them, when Ray Bourque left the Boston Bruins after 21 seasons with no Stanley Cup win to go play for the Colorado Avalance in 2001 to finally win that cup or former Boston Celtic great Robert Parish leaving after a stellar 14 season career and three NBA titles to end his career with Charlotte and Chicago. BG Goettingen will return back to the PRO A after five successful seasons where they reached the playoffs three times. The two teams have had some very memorable wins in the last five years like the 64-61 win in 2008, where half the Skyliner team was sick and Maksym Shtein exploded like a mini Dwight Howard scoring 24 points leading the team to victory or last season where Frankfurt won 88-82 as Dashaun Wood countered with 25 points and 12 assists. In their last meeting, BG Goettingen was able to win in exciting spectacular style as Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Boise St.) hit a buzzer beater giving BG Goettingen their third win this season 62-61. After playing in Holland the last three years, Bauscher was humble and lauding the BG Goettingen organization despite their hard times this season. It has been great playing for this organization. They have die hard fans. The fans have showed a lot more heart than what we could ever ask for. It has been a pleasure playing here, stressed 2009 Dutch scoring champ Matt Bauscher. I remember winning games against them, but I will never forget their press defense, stated Skyliner American Quantez Robertson. It isnt always the best thing to do after a bitter buzzer beater loss to have a player reflect on what had happened in the past against BG Goettingen after a game like that. Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney couldnt reflect on his memories about BG Goettingen, but probably more on the last play in which Bauscher was able to retain himself after slipping and making the shot. It doesnt mean nothing to me what happened in the past, expressed Jimmy Mckinney. Burtschi played four times against BG Goettingen in his career and only had praise for the 2010 Eurochallenge winner. You have to give them a lot of credit for the success that they have had despite a small budget. They have a great fan base there. I am sure that they will find the right pieces next season and be back soon in the Beko BBL, added ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the game trying to start a new winning streak after their heart breaking OT loss in Berlin where Jimmy Mckinney failed to win the game in the fourth quarter, but had problems finding their rhythm on offense in the first quarter and when they finally did find it, losing it in the fourth quarter when BG Goettingen starting playing anything like an 18th placed team. We came out very sluggish and had no real energy. We were unable to establish the kind of defense that we played in the last two games. Darrell Tucker hit some big three pointers at the end. We just didnt play the way that we wanted to play, added Quantez Robertson. For BG Goettingen, they hadnt won in months and were trying to erase their 14 game losing streak and came out never letting Frankfurt find their rhythm or going on a big run. This was a big road win. Anytime you can stop a long losing streak against a team like that is great. I hope we can start a winning streak now. We never gave up, got big rebounds and loose balls at the end, commented Matt Bauscher. After tow great efforts against Bamberg and Alba Berlin, did the Fraport Skyliners underestimate the 18th placed team? I dont think that Frankfurt underestimated us. All games are important and you have to be ready. I am just happy we won. I cant remember the last time that we won, stated BG Goettingen sharp shooter Jerel Allen.

The first five minutes of the first quarter looked more like a sluggish ice hockey game than a basketball game as both teams had about as much problems finding a way to drop the ball in as Shaq did at the free throw line through out his career. With five minutes played, Jimmy Mckinney made a lay in giving Frankfurt the 3-2 lead. Skyliner Devin Gibson then made three free throws while Jerel Allen scored inside as BG Goettingen trailed 6-4. The Fraport Skyliners then slowly found their rhythm on offense going on a 7-2 run to lead 13-6. German national player Johannes Herber dropped a three pointer and Jermareo Davidson hit a mid distance jumper and free throws. BG Goettingen were limited on offense with their play, but had the upper hand controlling the boards especially on the offensive glass. Sean Evans then scored inside, Davidson took the mis match against ex Skyliner Max Weber hitting another mid distance jumper and Paris Horne ended the first quarter with a buzzer beater as the Fraport Skyliners led 15-11. It took some time for both teams to get started. We didnt really know who should take command on the offense. We were rebounding very well on the offensive boards, but not so on the defensive boards, stressed BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 33% from he field and 25% from outside while BG Goettingen was shooting 29% from the field and 20% from outside. BG Goettingen had the huge rebound edge 15-6, but five turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners had one turnover.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners lost a little of that defensive fire as BG Goettingen got more into a groove on offense as the game went back and fourth until the end of the second quarter where BG Goettingen was able to slightly pull a way with the lead. Ex St Johns guard Paris Horne was second on the all time three point list at 148 for a reason as he started the second quarter with three point bomb as just watching his release was worth the admission. Jimmy Mckinney then knocked home a three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners held the slim 18-14 lead. BG Goettingen then went on a timely and slick 5-0 run to lead 19-18. Matt Bauscher who would steal the show at the end already showed his scoring talent early dancing in the zone hitting a fade away jumper and basketball world traveler Darrell Tucker hit from downtown. However it was Mckinney again who was a one man wrecking crew in this faze scoring in the lane as Frankfurt led again 21-19. German national player Tim Ohlbrecht then followed up a miss with a tip in dunk, but Evans scored inside again as Frankfurt still led 23-22. Both teams would exchange the lead a few more times as Tucker made a tip in and Davidson another typical mid distance jumper as BG Goettingen trailed 25-24. BG Goettingen then closed out the second quarter with a 6-0 run to lead 30-25. Evans and Allen hit jumpers in this run. Frankfurt got a bit inconsistent and lost focus as Davidson was doing too much alone on offense and the team took three bad shots in a row. We were shooting better, but what was most important was that we kept the Frankfurt shooting percentage low. Allen and Horne were bringing a lot of energy and Max Weber got going as well, added BG Goettingen manager Marc Franz. BG Goettingen was shooting 38% from the field and 30% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and 27% from the three point line. BG Goettingen still had the big 27-15 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt had only three turnovers.

Despite the five point lead by BG Goettingen, the third quarter remained very tight as there would be seven lead changes in the second half of the third quarter. Michael Thompson who had missed his first three shots in the first quarter, finally got on the score board releasing his juicy juice floater, but Bauscher countered with a lay in as BG Goettingen still led 32-28. The Fraport Skyliners stayed calm and continued to run their sets finding the open man as Mckinney hit a three pointer and then served up a perfect pass to Robertson for the lay in and 33-33 score. Then there would be seven lead changes. After Tez and Davidson free throws, Fraport Sklyiners PRO B Larry Wright teammate at ST Johns Paris Horne nailed a three pointer over Jacob Burtschi who was practicing some trash talk with the American who seemed to want to show the BG Goettingen player on the next set what he could do. Burtschi didnt hit ove rHorne, but drew a foul and gave Frankfurt the 37-36 lead. Evans and Mckinney then traded buckets as Frankfurt led 39-38. Ex New Yorker phantoms Braunschweig forward Phillip Noch then hit a jumper and Jacob Burtschi closed out the third quarter with free throws as the Fraport Skyliners led 41-40. We did a good job on offense and on defense seemed to rattle them a little and get them out of their sets, explained Matt Bauscher. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and 25% from the parking lot while BG Goettingen was shooting 35% from the field and 24% from the parking lot. BG Goettingen still had the comfortable 34-28 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Frankfurt had six turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners finally got on a horse and sped away from BG Goettingen going on a 12-3 run to break open the game 53-43. The Fraport Sklyiners open the fourth quarter with a sense of urgency and new found self confidence as Johannes Herber nailed a three pointer from the wing and Ohlbrecht made a tip in. Tucker continued being parked outside and showing his sweet touch with a bomb which was followed by another Herber three pointer and Thompson also found his range from the parking lot. As quickly as the Fraport Skyliners produced this lead, they just as fast lost the lead as BG Goettingen rallied and plastered Frankfurt with a 12-4 run and really found support from many guys on this day as ex Florida State stand out Jerel Allen connected twice taking BG Goettingen on a 5-0 run to trail only 53-48. After Mckinney fired over Evans, it was the American Evans who had started the season with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf got revenge scoring which was followed by consecutive Tucker three pointers as BG Goettingen had found light at the en dof the tunnel getting the lead back56-55. We gave up too many open shots and had some defensive break downs during the two Tucker three pointers, commented Johannes Herber. The last few minutes were exciting as it seemed like bG Goettingen were going to go home with the win, but were surprised right before the buzzer beater with a lightening Frankfurt comeback. The Fraport Skyliners retook the lead 57-56 as Mckinney found Robertson on flight to the basket with an ally-op that he rattled home off the backboard. BG Goettingen then went on a mini 4-0 run to lead60-57 with under a minute to play. Tucker socred inside and Davidson stepped out to challenge Paris Horne who made the ex NBA player dizzy with his cross over as he connected with a jumper. With BG Goettingen threatning the Skyliner playoff chances with the three point lead and 40 seconds to play, Frankfurt stayed on guard as Davidson put home a shot as BG Goettingen only led 60-59. Davidson then made a steal and fed Robertson with the lay in which ignited the Fraport arena into a frenzy. Then memories came back form the 2010 Beko BBL cup top 4 where the Sklyiner fans and BG Goettingen fans started the famous Hall Goettingen hallo Frankfurt shouts as they tried it again with the Frankfurt fans winning in volume. With 5.4 seconds to play, BG Goettingen had one more play to win the game and won it with a Matt Bauscher buzzer beater. I have hit some buzzer beaters in my career, but this was my first in Germany. I got the ball slipped as did Mckinney, kept my composure and just took the shot. It felt very good after it left my hand, explained Matt Bauscher. You have to tip your hat to Bauscher. He made the shot over two players, added Quantez Robertson. Bauscher made a tough play, but big time players will make big time plays, stressed Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. We are really thankful that Bausch made that shot, but it should never have come down to that. After the bitter buzzer beater loss, Skyliner players had sunken heads and had problems reflecting on what had just happened. I think that we had strength to win this game, but we were to passive on offense. We knew that something like this could happen if we werent consistent on offense. Letting up 62 points is ok, but we cant let them win a game like this, warned Johannes Herber.

BG Goettingen was led by Darrell Tucker with 16 points and five rebounds. Sean Evans added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. Paris Horne produced 12 points and Jerel Allen 10 points and eight rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy Mckinney with 15 points and Jermareo Davidson chipped in with 11 points. Anytime you shoot 34% from the field and 33% from downtown, you will have problems to win as the Fraport Skyliners found out. Despite evening out the rebounding 39-39 in the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners ahd problems under the boards again and lost the points in the paint 26-16. We were flat on the boards with no energy. We seem to give good efforts against the top teams, but seem to decide to half ass it against a team like BG Goettingen which wont work. You have to give them credit. Because they kicked our butts on effort on the boards, added Jacob Burtschi. Despite only giving up 62 points on defense, the play isnt satisfying to all. We have to get rid of these defensive lapses that we continue to have, stressed Devin Gibson. With only a few games left all BG Goettingen can do now is end the season and play with pride. We kept our composure. We played with a lot of heart and never gave up, warned Jerel Allen. With only seven games to play and two wins away from the last playoff place, the Skyliner playoff hopes continue to dwindle, but there is still hope. All teams have tough programs. I think we have to win all the rest of our games, but it is still too early to put our heads in the sand. We still have a chance, but it gets tougher. It is sad that we lost so many games to lower teams this season. We have to start winning, warned Johannes Herber. The Fraport Skyliners now have to wait to see when they face off against the Artland dragons as they play Besiktas Istanbuhl in Eurochallenge play in a best of 3 series. With March Madness rolling Skyliner players will keep a close eye on whats happening especially Johannes Herber who went to West Virginia and must see how they have to tangle with Gonzaga and German national player Elias Harris. West Virgina hasnt played so well recently, but I think that they will come to play. They will win by seven points. I dont care if Harris makes 20 points as long as West Virginia wins, smiled Johannes Herber. Jacob Burtschi will be following the NCAA tournament with a passion. My picks are VCU and Florida State to advance. My sleeper is Baylor as they could surprise some teams, added Jacob Burtschi. After the bitter loss, Devin Gibson wasnt thinking too much about March Madness. I am not worrying about March Madness, but more about the Skyliners reaching the playoffs, warned Devin Gibson.


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Alba Berlin Will Be Ready This Time - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Alba Berlin Will Be Ready This TimeJason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against Alba Berlin March 14th.

Congrats on the 69-42 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. How many German basketball fans do you think looked twice at that result after seeing how little Oldenburg scored?

Forty-two points from a very high powered offense is something that most people may not have expected but that's a staple of our game. We pride ourselves on locking teams down. We knew that if the game was in the 90's and 100's it'd be to their advantage and were able to keep it relatively low scoring.



Was this the best defensive effort of the season? What did it take to keep such a dominant offensive team like Oldenburg in check?

We kept Bayreuth to around that same number when we played them at home, but Bayreuth is not nearly as capable a team offensively. Having the BBL's leading scorer with only 5 points (until garbage time) is definitely something we're proud of. Hard work and communication is basically what got the job done. With a little help from the fans.


What is your memory of the big 84-65 win at home against Alba Berlin at the start of the year?

Alba is a great team with a number of high-caliber players, but we definitely caught them on an off night. They didn't come out and play inspired basketball for whatever reason and it was a fairly easy game for us. I'm not a betting man, but I'd be willing to go on record as saying, they will be ready this time around.


Alba Berlin has a seven game winning streak and have won two big games in the last minutes against Bremerhaven and Frankfurt. What kind of game can we await?

Like I said, I believe on their home court, and with the memory of what happened to them in Wurzburg, Alba will be ready to go. That should make for an exciting and intense game with whichever team can execute down the stretch getting the win.



Who will be the next NBA point guard to score 50 + points after Deron Williams?

I don't know if that's going to happen again this season. The best part was he only took 29 shots. If it does happen again, I'm going to go with Derrick Rose. He's about as unstoppable as they come.


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

There is still too much time left in the season for Rubio to win the award with his year being done. And after seeing Kyrie Irving play the other night, I'd have to say he's the hands down favorite in either case.


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

I think Pau will stay in LA. I've heard a few places he may end up but I still have the feeling he's going to be a Laker come the deadline.


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

This is tough, I never know what's going to happen in March. But this year I've watched a little more college basketball than in the past and I'd have to say we're going to see Purdue and West Virginia get into that second round. As Chris Kramer would say #BoilerUp

Thanks Jason for the chat.



A Basketball God Hasnt Been Present In Goettingen This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BG Goettingen was living a basketball fantasy from 2007-2011 with their rapid rise to the Beko BBL, 3 playoff appearances in four years and the highlight winning the 2010 Eurochallenge being only the third German team to win a international title with Alba Berlin 1995 (Korac cup) and MBC 2004 (FIBA cup). However since the teams 0-3 playoff loss to the Deutsche bank Skyliners last May, the team has slipped from near top to bottom in only a matter of 10 months. The bad luck and teams inability to win more than two games, losing Louis Dale for the season and recently Raymond Sykes to injury almost seems like a side note when you add the sad car accident tradegy that took the life of Marco Grimaldis girlfriend and younger sister. The basketball god seems to have neglected to watch over Goettingen and perhaps rather guarding over the Rembrant collection in nearby Kassel in the Wilhelmshhe Castle Museum this season as the team has had about as much misfortune as Tom Brady losing two Super Bowls on the last drive or Michael hakim Jordan landing on lower ranked teams the last years in the beko BBL. With less than two months to go, BG Goettingen has already made public that early preparations have already started for the upcoming PRO A season. For 5 years, BG Goettingen had accomplished feats that other Beko BBL teams havent been able to do in 30 years. Things that will be kept in memory most will be the fast paced 40 minutes of hell that was incorporated by coach John Patrick, the mysterious Lok Halle, the development of no name players Dwayne Anderson, Taylor Rochestie, Chris Oliver or Jason Boone and the unbelievable 2010 Eurochallenge win. It was clear before the season that they would have the lowest budget and that it would be a difficult season. The injury to Raymond Sykes didnt help their situation and then the tragic accident at the start of the season really made it a difficult situation for the team. Their most positive result was the win of the Eurochallenge 2010, but what I will remember most will be their playing style which was unique and some may have said that that has nothing to do with basketball anymore, but their success proved the critics wrong. It was tough for guards to play against BG Goettingen, because they felt pressure for 40 minutes, but players like Taylor Rochestie and Dwayne Anderson profited from this playing style, because it fit to them . Anderson always played efficiently an done could compare him now to PJ Tucker today only at a slightly lower level. Chris Mcnaughton also became a better player, stressed BBC Bayreuth center Stefan Schmidt.

Last season, BG Goettingen finished the season in seventh place with a record of 19-15 and were benefited of getting to their third playoffs in four years on account of a strong finish. When comparing the 2010-2011 team to the 2009-2010 team after seven games, there was little difference as BG Goettingen had a record of 4-3. Two seasons ago after seven games BG Goettingen, then won 15 of their next 18 games and also were playing Eurochallenge. Defense seemed to be an issue in the early part of the season concerning the 3-4 start. 'We were missing 24 seconds of defense. Looking back on our loses, we did not do a good job playing defense until the possession was over. This is something that we have been working on this week', stressed exBG Goettingen center Jason Boone. BG Goettingen has been up and down since the start of the season and had a record of 10-8 and quietly moved on to the Top 16 of the Eurocup. The club had a 5 game winning streak around the holiday season having big wins against The Artland Dragons and The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. But then also had two 4 game losing streaks. Despite being up and down, the team was capable of beating anyone in the BEKO BBL. 'Goettingen had a great team and had an up and down season but they can beat anyone on any giving night because of there style of play', stressed John Bynum. The playoff race was tight, but BG Goettingen was able to make it into the final 8 at the end of the season. 'I think they deserved to be a playoff team. They were are capable of beating anyone on any giving night and if they get it going they are tough to beat on their home court as well', warned John Bynum.

Losing key players like Taylor Rochestie, Chris Oliver, Ben Jacobson and Chester Frazier seemed to have made a difference in the quality of play as well as in their style last season. 'Rochestie and Oliver are two great players that meant a lot to their team. They seem to be dearly missed. I think that they had a much better roster the last few years, but some players had success and moved on. Playing against them last season was much easier than the last few years, but they still had a lot of pressure. They still played their kind of style, but not as extreme as in the past', warned ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. Despite a little change in the new style of BG Goettingen, the team has also gained a few new positives in their game. 'Our game plan changed from game to game, but we still tryed to control the tempo in each game. I think that our team was more athletic than in the past, but also better at slowing down the pace when it was needed', stressed New York native Jason Boone. 'BG Goettingen played a fast paced speed up style and had a lot of the same type of players. They were small and had to play like this. I liked their style', stressed ex Michigan State guard Travis Walton. Patrick also seems to have understood how to form the style with the players that he had gotten last season. 'I think the coach of Goettingen was great at adjusting. And with his team last year he adjusted to the players he had and they still put up pressure but were more controlled. It w asnt as 'wild' as the past couple seasons. Before it seemed like 'organized chaos'. Now, it was more controlled pressure. Nothing 'hell-like', laughed Wayne Bernard. BG Goettingen had to step up their pressure against Dashaun Wood lasts eason. 'I think they Mix it up and still use some press but not like they used to. I would say like 75% press but for Dashaun Wood I would say more Pressure', joked Mark Dorris.

This past summer, it was no secret that the 2011-2012 would be a rebirth and a rebuilding year as the creator of the past BG Goettingen success head coach John Patrick had moved on and key players like Dwayne Anderson, John Little, Jason Boone, Trenton Meacham and Robert Kulawick left the team for new and more lucrative basketball challenges. The team named young Stefan Mienack coach who was put into the water as a guy who had learned under Patrick as an assistant coach from 2008-2011. The team also said goodbye to the beloved Lok arena that had a special aura and move d into the Sparkassen arena that seats 3,447 persons. With some debts having still to be paid, the club only had a slim 1,5 million budget and had less player quality to search for. We got American and German players with quality. We wanted to start a reputation of being a team that gets young german players and develop further. We had to live with the risk that possibly not all players would be able to get used to the Beko BBL level, stressed BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke. The club got five Americans from the NCAA level with Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Paris Horne, Roberto Mafra, Damian Saunders and Josh Slater. The team also picked up big man Raymond Sykes that has two years of professional experience. The team got German veteran Max Weber and big German talent Phillip Noch. During the losing streak, the club had to part ways with Americans Josh Slater , Damian Saunders, Kwadzo Ahelegbe and Roberto Mafra this season. Recently, the club brought in Sean Evans from the PRO A from Duesseldorf that has made an impact as well as Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Boise St.). The team also brought in guard insurance with Jerel Allen. Recently the club axed Stefan Mienack and replaced him with 2000fifth best scorer at the Sydney Olympics with Michael Meeks.

After a 107-63 blow out loss in Bamberg, the team responded by getting a 93-71 win at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg early in the season. However then the team suffered a bitter nine game losing streak. In their losing streak, they were outscored by the opponents by 136 points. They lost 8 games by more than 10 points and lost a close battle against FC Bayern Munich 77-73 at home. The team has allowed 80 points average in 12 games which might not always pose a problem for a team like Phoenix Hagen or Bamberg that can score quickly an din bunches, but if your BG Goettingen and average only 67 points per game, then you will have problems winning games if you cant score at a consistent rate. A weakness is that they are young and inexperienced like we are. Their transition defense isnt too great either, stressed Tuebingen guard josh Young. When BG Goettingen play defense, they seem to be playing basketball lottery a lot. They usually play pressure defense, but when we played them, they didnt pressure as much maybe they are starting a new style? Their defense is ok and they gamble a lot, so they force many turnovers, stated ex Drake player Josh Young. BG Goettingen definitely have potential, but how much is that worth in the Beko BBL that has continued to get better each season? Their strength is their athletcism and inside play. Sykes and Evans are a handful and both are very athletic. Evans is very tough on the boards and strong, added Josh Young. Young saw the team recently and predicts better times for the club. They arent the same team that started the season. They have a new coach and three new players. I am sure that they will play better in the second half of the season, expressed Josh Young. BG Goettingen then beat the Walter Tigers Tuebingen to snap the nine game losing streak, but since that win are riding on a 14 game losing streak as loses keep happening as much as Marco Gomez is scoring this season for FC Bayern Munich. In that 13 game losing streak, the yhave lost by an average of 15 points per game. Their only bright spot was their bitte rloss to current top Beko BBL team ratiopharm Ulm 68-65 at home. BG Goettingen is already planning for the PRO A, but who knows, maybe they will ask for a wild card to stay in the Beko BBL.

The Fraport Skyliners belong to the better teams in recent weeks having beaten top teams like FC Bayern Munich and 4 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg and continue to defend as if that is their most important goal in life with an intensity and love that would have Dirk Bauermann jealous. In the first meeting in Goettingen, the Fraport Skyliners showed heart winning 75-68 despite having only a six man roster. Frankfurt was led by Jimmy Mckinney with 21 points. Jermareo Davidson had a strong performance with 18 points and 11 rebounds and the team also got stable support from Jacob Burtschi with 17 points and Johannes Herber with 16 pointsFrankfurt has to play very good interior defense, control the boards and not let them get going from the three point line. Frankfurt also will have to watch Paris Horne and Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Boise St.) as they can get going quickly, warned Josh Young. Sykes who played brilliantly in the first meeting getting 25 points and was near unstoppable is lost for the season with an injury. Frankfurt is looking to bounce back from their loss in Berlin and BG Goettingen is looking to snap their 14 game losing streak. Defense is always the key. We have to figure to cut down on defensive mishaps, stressed Sklyiner guard Devin Gibson. Ex Skyliner Dashaun Wood knows that the Fraport Skyliners can rebound against BG Goettingen. It doesnt really matter who Frankfurt faces if its Bambegr, Berlin or Goettingen, they are of the toughest teams to play at the moment. Frankfurt will be ready, warned 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood. The Fraport Skyliners host BG Goettingen March 14th at 19:30.

BG Goettingen is led by Raymond Sykes who is a 25 year old 206cm power forward from Jacksonville, Florida that is playing his first season with BG Goettingen. He played at Clemson (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 32 games: 7.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.8%, FT: 55.7%. He was an NIT finalist in 2007 playing with players like Clif Hammonds and KC Rivers. He played his first two seasons with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) and last season played 48 games: 14.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 72.2%. The team returned Louis Dale who is a 23 year old 180cm point guard from Birmingham, Alabama. He played at Cornell (NCAA) from 2006-2010 an din his senior year played 31 games: 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and was All Ivy- League Player of the Year -08, All-Ivy League 1st Team -08, 09, 10 and was Ivy League Champion -08, 09, 10. Last season as a rookie he played EuroCup: 13 games: 4.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 37 games: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 76.8%. The team also added 191 cm guard Paris Horne who played at St Johns from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 61.9%: Finished career tied for second all-time (Felipe Lopez) in career three-pointers made with 148. At St Johns, he played with guys like Sean Evans and Larry Wright that are currently playing In Germany. The club recently stabilized their inside game with Sean Evans who is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also played at St Johns from 2007-2011 and in his senior year, he played 31 games: 3.6ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 59.3%. His best season at St Johns was his second year where he averaged 10.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 50.8%. He started his professional basketball career recently with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf where he didnt fit into the rotation of Murat Didin averaging 6,2ppg and 2,0rpg in 7,8 minutes per game.The team brought in Darrell Tucker recently who is a 31 year old 206cm power forward. He played at USF from 1999-2003. He can score from anywhere, inside or out. Can also hit a three pointer. Also, he blocks shots, is a tenacious rebounder and plays outstanding defense. He has been a world basketball traveller having played in 8 countries. He played in countries like Lebanon, France, Holland, Israel, United Emirates and Slovenia. He wMaccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel) 14 games: 5.3ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 72.7%, on the Dutch cup and was an allstar in 2008 for Den Bosch. Last season, he played for

The team also recently signed Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Boise St.) who is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Caldwell, Idaho. He played at Boise State from 2005-2008 and in his senior year played 33 games: 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3Pts: 43.5%, FT: 50.0%. He spent the last three seasons in Holland making a name for himself playing for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden and GasTerra Flames Groningen where he was Dutch Eredivisie Champion 2010 and a Dutch Eredivisie Finalist in 2011. Last season, he played EuroCup: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 50.0%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; Dutch League: 51 games: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 55.9%. The team brought back Kyle Bailey for a fourth time in six years. He is a 29 year old 188cm guard from Fairbanks Alaska that is playing his third season for BG Goettingen. He played at Santa Clara from 2000-2005 playing together with Macabbi Tel Aviv guard Dorin Perkins. He is a very smart player that handles the ball well and is strong in pressure situations. In his rookie season, he split time between the Florida Flame (NBDL) and BK Riga. Since 2006, he has played in Germany. He helped BG Goettingen reach the BBL in 2007 from the second division. In 2007-2008, he played for Ratiopharm Ulm and in 2008-2009 helped BG Goettingen reach the playoffs averaging 14,4ppg, 4,3rpg and 3,3apg. Last season, he played EnBW Ludwigsburg, but it was a season to forget. He played 21 games: 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 18.3%, FT: 82.0%. He was released in February 2010. He somehow didnt seem to fit into the game style of coach Tolga Ongoren. Last season for BG Goettingen, he played EuroCup: 3 games: 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg; German League: 20 games: 10.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.9%.

Jerel Allen is a 26 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward that is playing his ffith professional season. He is a versatile high energy explosive player capable of playing either guard position or a wing forward. He is a slashing player who can put the ball on the floor and finish strongly or knockdown the perimeter shot with good range. Jerel is strong rebounder who is especially dangerous on offensive rebounds because of his explosive leaping ability. He is an unselfish player and a good passer who will find the open player. Jerel is lock-down defender who can match-up with the opposing teams best player. Florida St. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said: 'Jerel never had a bad effort day during his career as a Seminole. He worked as hard as any player I have coached at Florida State. He was also a very positive player whose attitude was spread throughout our team and was a very positive force during his career. Allen played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2005-2007 with ratiopharm Ulm player Isiah Swann and NBA player Toney Douglas and in his senior year played 35 games: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg. He has gained European experience playing in countries like Lithuania and the Ukraine. Last season, he was down under playing for the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL, starting five): 21games: 21.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.1apg, FG: 41.7%. The team also brought in Phillip Noch who is a 22 year old 200cm shooting guard/small forward. He played his entire career before coming to BG Goettingen in Braunschweig from 2005-2011. He played for the new Yorker Phantoms and for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB). In his six years there, he got into 12 Beko BBL games. Last season, he played Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB, starting five): 15 games: 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 64.6%, played also at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1.Bundesliga): 10 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg. He played at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 6 games: 1.2ppg, and European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) -07: 6 games: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg.

The team also signed Max Weber who is a 201cm small forward and be only 26, but he has much experience having played in Peru and winning a beko BBL title with Bamberg in 2005 at the age of 20. He started his basketball career with BBC Bayreuth (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and then played for GHP Bamberg and TSV Troester II Breitengussbach from 2004-2oo6. He then played for TV Langen (2.Bundesliga) and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2006-2009. He played a total of 19beko BBL games and seven Eurochallenge games. In 2009-2010, he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers playing 28 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg. Last season, he played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 60.0%. He was a member of the German U-16, U-18, and U-20 national teams and played at World University Championships in Bangkoki n 2007. The team also brought in 26 year old 206cm Roberto Mafra who is from Brazil. He played at Southeastern CC (JUCO) from 2006-2008 and at San Diego (NCAA) from 2008-2010 where he played a total of 68 NCAA games and in his senior year played 32 games: 8.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 72.8%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Brazilian University National Team -05, 09, World University Games in Izmir -05, and World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 65.5%. However he left the team recently to goi back home.The team also has young German players like Malte Herwig, Vitalis Chikoko, Aaron Donkor, David Markert and Nico Adamczk fighting for playing time.




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 23-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 22-5 
 3. ALBA 20-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 18-8 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 17-10 
 6. B.Muenchen 16-11 
 7. NY Phantoms 14-12 
 8. Telekom Baskets 14-12 
 9. EWE Baskets 13-14 
 10. Bremerhaven 13-14 
 11. Fraport SKY 12-15 
 12. Walter Tigers 12-15 
 13. Bayreuth 11-16 
 14. TBB Trier 9-17 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-19 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 7-19 
 17. EnBW L'burg 7-20 
 18. Goettingen 3-24 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.9 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.4 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 6. Swann, Ratiopharm15.4 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.14.2 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.8 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.4 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen7.0 
 6. Evans, Goettingen7.0 
 7. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
 8. Troutman, B.Mue.6.6 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
 10. Davidson, Fraport6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.1 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 5. Joyce, TBB Trier5.0 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.8 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 8. Foster, B.Muenchen1.3 
 9. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
 10. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 4. Davidson, Fraport1.5 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. Homan, B.Muenchen1.1 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.1.0 


BSV Wulfen: Heimo Foerster named head coach for 2012-2013 - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B team BSV Wulfen announced today that Heimo Foerster has been named the new head coach for the 2012-13 season.
47-year-old Foerster is currently standing at the helm of Regionalliga side Elephants Grevenbroich (since 2007) and has previously coached the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the BBL. In 2005-2006 he served as the head coach of the German U18 National Team. During his playing career Foerster won nine German championships and six German cup titles with Leverkusen.
BSV Wulfen ended the 2011-12 season in 9th place in the Pro B Group North. The team was coached by Thorsten Morzuch until November 2011. When Morzuch stepped back from his job, assistant Sebastian Borgmann took over head coach duties.


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  GHANA   


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


   #1. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne), who plays in Brazil could not help Cia do Terno (0-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Cia do Terno lost 66-79 on the road to the leading Capitanes in the group C of Liga Americas. Mensah was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 boards, passed 8 assists and added 3 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes. So far Cia do Terno lost all three games in the Preliminary Round. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Americas. Mensah is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 6.3apg and 2.3spg in the three games he played so far.

   #2. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, also represented by Interperformances, college: Washington) was the major contributor in a Hacettepe University''s victory against the closely-ranked Tofas (11-11) 79-71 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Bryan-Amaning recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hacettepe University (8-14) is placed 11th in the TBL. It was his team''s first victory after five consecutive loses. It''s Bryan-Amaning''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.7spg. Bryan-Amaning has a dual citizenship: Ghanian and British. Despite his Ghanian passport, Bryan-Amaning currently plays for the British national team and is not eligible to play for the Ghanian team.

   #3. Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88, college: N.Iowa), who plays in the Hungarian A Division was not able to help Kaposvari (8-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kaposvari lost 75-84 in Debrecen to the lower-ranked (#12) FS Debrecen. Ahelegbe was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Ahelegbe''s third season in pro basketball. It was Kaposvari''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ahelegbe has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. Ahelegbe is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Ghana.

   #4. David Cournooh (190-G-90) led Aget Imola to a victory against the closely-ranked Prima Veroli (9-13) 70-64 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Cournooh scored 15 points. Aget Service Imola (8-13) is placed 13th in the Lega2. This season Cournooh averages: 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and Italian. Despite Cournooh''s Ghanian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Ghanian team.

   #5. Ibrahim Gariba (206-C-84), who plays in the British EBL (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Paws London Capitals (2-13) in their last game. Despite Gariba''s very good performance Paws London Capitals was badly defeated 98-81 in Worthing by the much higher-ranked (#3) Thunder. He was the top scorer with 34 points. Gariba also added 8 rebounds in 38 minutes. It''s Gariba''s seventh season with the team. He is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). Gariba has very impressive stats this year: 21.0ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.4apg and 3.3spg in the seven games.

   #6. Amu Saaka (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Furman), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams Zwolle (10-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Zwolle was edged 72-71 on the opponent''s court by the higher-ranked Nijmegen (#4). Saaka scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. Saaka has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Saaka has never played in Ghana.


Other top Ghanian players, who play abroad:

Billy Ouattara (190-G-92) plays for Chalon/Saor in French ProA
Ryan Blankson (201-F-80) plays for Malvin in Uruguayan LUB
Jeffrey Addai (188-G-84) plays for Paulistano in Brazilian NBB
Eric Boateng (208-C-85) plays for Peristeri GS in Greek A1
Cedric Quarshie (194-F-83) plays for Hanau in German ProB
Ali Sinera (205-C-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA
Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81) plays for Al Kuwait in Kuwaiti D1
Paul Owusu-Frimpong (200-F-86) plays for Stade in German Regionalliga
Michael Frimpong (180-G-92) plays for Muenchen in German Regionalliga

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


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.6 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.0 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Beck, Ikaros15.9 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.4 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.8 
 9. James, Aris14.5 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.6 
 4. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 5. Stepheson, Panio.7.0 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris5.9 
 9. Boykin, Kolossos5.9 
 10. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.7 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.0 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.6 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Petroulas, Perist.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wright, AGOR2.4 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Hatten, Kolossos1.7 
 4. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 7. Perperoglou, Panat.1.6 
 8. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Baxter, Ikaros1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.1 
 5. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 6. Michel, KAOD1.0 
 7. Petway, AGOR0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 9. Vougioukas, Panat.0.7 
 10. Giddens, PAOK0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 20-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 19-2 
 3. Kolossos 15-6 
 4. Panionios 14-7 
 5. AGOR 13-8 
 6. Kavala 12-10 
 7. Aris 9-12 
 8. PAOK 9-13 
 9. KAOD 8-13 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-15 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-15 
 12. Ikaros 5-17 
 13. Marousi 1-21 


Batiste: 'There was no way that I was going to miss that game against Olympiacos' - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) did not forget to renew his communication with his fans, via paobcblog.gr, stating though some very interesting things. So, he wrote, among others, that 'These couple of days a lot of you are asking me some things about the injury, the title, the game itself. First of all thank you for your support and all your messages all these days. Just to let you know: Nothing makes me stop. My foot is a little bit sore, but nothing makes me stop. At this point, because we had a game against Olympiacos which is a big game and a goal of ours, a trophy that we wanted to win, there was no way that I was going to miss that game. You should have cut off both my legs to miss! And honestly whatever I could have contributed, regarding how healthy I was, I would have gone out there and tried my best. And thats what I did Saturday. And also, we got two games in the Greek League and Maccabi coming up, so I also wanted to stay in rhythm. I didnt want to miss so many games to be out of rhythm. Saturday was a great win for us. We accomplished one of our goals, to win the Greek Cup and now the next goal is to win the Euroleague. So, we have a really big chance and that starts when we play Maccabi.
I know we had our ups and downs during the final. Every single game cant be perfect. We started out very well, we got something like an 11 point lead, but Olympiacos is a good team too and they got guys who are fighters and they werent going to make it easy for us. They came back and took the lead by 13. At that time we were in a period during which we were making turnovers and we were missing shots and we didnt run our offense effectively and defensively we blew some assignments. But once we were down by 13 we tried to cut down the lead as much as possible before getting to the fourth quarter. That 10-0 run was very big for us, because we cut the lead to three. And I knew that once we cut that lead to three, we really had a pretty good chance to try to win the game. So, about the time the fourth quarter came, it really didnt start so good for us again, but the last six minutes of the game we really buckled down in defense, we force them into a lot turnovers and our offense started to get into a rhythm, we made things difficult for them and we pulled away by one point, so I am happy! And of course we celebrated yet another title. We celebrated as we supposed to do, because number one it was an intense game. And number two you have two teams that are rivals you got two teams that respect one another, you got two teams who have great players and I think that when you have these two teams full of history and tradition every game is big. So it doesnt matter how you win, we treated all the same. It was another title! We respect our opponent very much. We are all in the same ball. We all play as good as we can. Everybody can have his opinion. But we are all just going to try to win ball games and championships, thats what we are doing here in Panathinaikos.
Thats why we play basketball. Thats why I wanted to play. My foot was hurting until Friday. It still hurt on Friday, but I had some more flexibility. I could run and jump a little bit and move around, so I knew when we had the practice Friday, that I was going to be around 80%-85% on Saturday and I knew that if I was going to be somewhere around there I would be fine for the game and I could fight through that other 15%-20% and then the adrenaline took over. At the last seconds we had to win on defense. I mean thats how you win championships, on defense. Obradovic says it every single day, and Itoudis the same, that defense is not just one rotation, its many rotations. And when Saras came to help me on Spanoulis, I left to find my man, but Diamantidis was already there and I had to find who was open and it was Printezis and I rotated and made a block shot and that was a big thing for us. When you play you dont think if you are in pain. During the week I had about 6-7 therapies, a lot of icing. Our physio, Akis, was really tested last week. I was not the only one hurt. Ian had problem with his ankle, Stratos was injured, so he was doing a lot of overtime work, so that we could be in the line-up, to help the team for the cup, so he deserves a lot of credit for getting us to a point that we could play and be manageable and we can fight through the rest of the pain and we can manage.
And one last thing, something I need to say about the coach, because I know he has said a couple of good things for me, as Mike and Mihalis. That means a lot. Coach has always helped out a lot. I am very grateful, appreciative for every chance he has given me. The roll was not always easy, but he always believed in me and had faith in me that I could contribute. When you have a coach like that you always want to go out there and do your best to make sure that we are all successful to what we are doing here. I am very happy. Number one just to be successful as an American, as Mike, but number two also as a Greek, as Mihalis'


A1 Week 23: Aris beat PAOK in the Thessaloniki's derby 81-71 - by Chris Mammides
With an amazing Verginis who reminded to all of us why Coach Obradovic select him for Panathinaikos a 4-5 years ago, the team of Coach Alexandris, Aris Thessaloniki's beat quite easily its rival team of Coach Markopoulos, PAOK Thessaloniki's 81-71, in a game where the defeated Head Coach stated that Aris was a better team in all the aspects in compare to his own team which face problems in both offense and defence. The American Davies was the top scorer but Verginis was the key to success for Aris. In the other games we had the following results, another road win for the amazing Kavala of Priftis, this time the 'victim' was Ikaros Kallitheas, Simtsak and Pasalic were great in the specific game, further more we had the victory of Panathinaikos over AGOR with 105-78 in a game where not many details needed due to the score, the great victory of KAOD over Ilysiakos with 94-81 with the veteran Ceranic not only being the MVP of the specific game but was voted an MVP of the 23rd round! and the victory of Kolossos over Maroussi with 86-62 while a day before Coach Bartzokas troops, Panionios beat Peristeri with 77-60 having as a top scorer the American Diepler.
The games with more analysis:
Aris - PAOK
Quarters:


A2: Giannis Lianos sets the tone for Apollon: ''In the A1, where we belong'' - by Diamadis Farmakis
Interview with Giannis Lianos (200-F-85), who 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?

Giannis Lianos: '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 Apollon's season and that you could make it to the A1 league?

Giannis Lianos: '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.

Giannis Lianos: '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?

Giannis Lianos: '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?

Giannis Lianos: '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?

Giannis Lianos: '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'.





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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 19-5 
 2. Leiden 16-6 
 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 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.3 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam18.3 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.5 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch15.6 
 6. Boxley, Leiden15.2 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen15.2 
 8. Acker, Nijmegen15.1 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.7 
 10. Bell, Groningen14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Coleman, Weert9.3 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.9.0 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.3 
 4. Boxley, Leiden6.9 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.8 
 6. Saaka, Zwolle6.8 
 7. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.7 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch6.6 
 9. Bekkering, Nijme.6.5 
 10. Oudendag, Rotte.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.0 
 2. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 3. Harman, Weert4.3 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.7 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.7 
 6. Wells, Zwolle3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.4 
 8. Fletcher, Weert3.3 
 9. Jansen, Den Bosch3.2 
 10. Huffman, Zwolle2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Cameron WELLS
  Zwolle
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wells, Zwolle2.5 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.5 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.3 
 4. Harman, Weert2.1 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch2.0 
 7. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 8. Wessels, Den Bosch1.7 
 9. de Jong, Leiden1.7 
 10. Acker, Nijmegen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.3 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 4. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.0.9 
 6. Minter, Weert0.8 
 7. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 8. Hilliman, Leiden0.7 
 9. Poels, Leeuwarden0.7 
 10. Saaka, Zwolle0.6 


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  IBL   


IBL selects Spalding as official game ball - by Kip Leonetti
The International Basketball League has reached an agreement with Spalding to become the official basketball of the IBL, the league announced today.

As the league's official game ball, Spalding basketballs will be featured in all IBL games, pre-game warm-ups and team practices during the 2012 season.

The Spalding basketballs used by the IBL will consist of a microfiber composite material and feature moisture management that will provide superior grip during any game situation. The composite material will not require a break-in period and will have a consistent feel from ball to ball.

Founded in 1876, Spalding has become a worldwide leader in the sporting goods industry and produced its first basketball in 1894. Now a subsidiary of Russell Brands, the company is the largest supplier of basketball equipment in the world and is also the official ball supplier to the NBA, NBA Development League and WNBA. In addition, Spalding is the official glass backboard of the NBA and NCAA.

''We are very excited to partner with Spalding, the official basketball of the NBA, D-League and now the IBL. This is the beginning of a great relationship, with the top brand in the business which our athletes enjoy playing with,'' the IBL Commissioner stated.

The 2012 IBL season will tip off its eighth season April 20. The leagues full schedule may be viewed on its website at www.ibl.com.



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ASEAN League: Indonesia Warriors surprise Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News
Thailand Slammers - Indonesia Warriors 72:89

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the 5th win in the ASEAN League season. They stole a road win over Thailand Slammers. Allan Salangsang (196-F-76) scored 24 points to pace the visitors. The defending champions fell at 4-8 record after the defeat.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The Warriors eked out a 36:35 halftime lead. Indonesia Warriors boosted the lead in the third term. They went on a 34:18 rally to ensure a 17-point buffer before the final stanza. The Slammers never recovered from a blow and had to surrender at the end. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.), Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) and Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced 13 points each for the winners. Dee Proby (208-C-88, college: Oklahoma City) responded with game-high 32 points for the Thailand Slammers. Calvin Williams (206-F-87, college: SE Missouri St.) netted 17 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Dee Proby 32, Calvin Williams 17
Indonesia Warriors: Allan Salangsang 24, Rony Gunawan 13, Jonathan Smith 13, Steve Thomas 13



Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 22-3 
 2. Aspac 21-4 
 3. Garuda 19-6 
 4. Pelita Jaya 18-6 
 5. CLS Knights 18-7 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 14-10 
 7. Stadium Jak. 12-13 
 8. Bima Sakti 8-16 
 9. Pacific Caesar 8-18 
 10. Comfort Mobile 5-21 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-22 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-24 


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.14.8 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.8 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.4 
 5. Sapto, Muba H.13.3 
 6. Rizky Ardian., Bim.12.7 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.7 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.3 
 9. Regowo, Aspac12.2 
 10. Prawiro, Aspac11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.6 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.5 
 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.6.9 
 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. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.1 
 6. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.6 
 7. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 8. Sura, Garuda2.4 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda2.3 
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.2.1 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.0 
 8. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 9. Gerungan, Aspac2.0 
 10. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.4 
 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. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Sitaniapesy, Comf.1.1 


Sitepu's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Satria Muda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
He had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Pacific Caesar (#9, 7-18) with 32-point margin 78-46. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the Indonesian league. Satria Muda have a solid 22-3 record. Sitepu has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Sitepu has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 2.1bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) of Muba Hangtuah. He is former international forward in his second season at Muba Hangtuah. In the last game Heryadi recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Muba Hangtuah to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#11, 4-21) 82-53. Muba Hangtuah's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Heryadi is well-known at Muba Hangtuah and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Muba Hangtuah's star - forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-F-90). Junaidi scored 8 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Muba Hangtuah, helping his team with a 82-53 easy win against the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#11, 4-21). Muba Hangtuah needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Junaidi has a very solid season. In 25 games in Indonesia he scored 5.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrie Ekayana (182-SG-82) of CLS Knights - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) of Muba Hangtuah - 26 points
6. Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Welyanson Situmorang (188-F-82) of Satria Muda - 14 points and 2 rebounds
8. Dimas Aryo Dewanto (180-F-86) of Pelita Jaya - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Johanes Hasoloan (196-C-87) of Satya Wacana - 9 points and 10 rebounds

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)


NBL Round 41 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game in Jakarta was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Garuda (19-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Stadium Jakarta (12-13). Garuda managed to secure a 4-point victory 58-54 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Christ Gideon (188-84) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Stadium Jakarta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda moved-up to third place. Stadium Jakarta lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Garuda are looking forward to face CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya in the next round. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-22) was outscored at home by second ranked Aspac (21-4) with the biggest margin this round 51-28. Guard Raymond Shariputra (181-91) nailed 13 points for the winning side and Muhammad Irman accounted for 6 points and 9 rebounds. Center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) came up with 8 points and 7 rebounds for Satya Wacana in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aspac have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-4 record behind leader Satria Muda. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 22 games lost. Aspac will play against Bima Sakti (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 41 Pacific Caesar won against NSH GMC Riau on the opponent's court 65-59.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 9 rebounds by Gege Nagata of Pacific Caesar.



Satya Wacana - Aspac 28-51

11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-22) was outscored at home by second ranked Aspac (21-4) with the biggest margin this round 51-28. The game was mostly controlled by Aspac. Satya Wacana was better in fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 2 points in first and second quarters and to 4 points in first half. Aspac held Satya Wacana to an opponent 23.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.4 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Satya Wacana 46-31 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Raymond Shariputra (181-91) nailed 13 points for the winning side and guard Muhammad Irman (186-91) accounted for 6 points and 9 rebounds. Center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) came up with 8 points and 7 rebounds and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 11 points respectively for Satya Wacana in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aspac have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 21-4 record behind leader Satria Muda. Satya Wacana at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 22 games lost. Aspac will play against Bima Sakti (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 11+3reb, J.Hasoloan 8+7reb, E.Wiratama Nasution 4+9reb, J.Lolowang 3+2reb, L.Gunawan 2+2reb, P.Mahandaru 0
Aspac: R.Shariputra 13+3reb+2ast, R.Effendi 9+3reb+1ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 7+2reb, M.Irman 6+9reb, S.Harun Nurman 6+3reb, P.Regowo 4+6reb
gschID: 166160


NSH GMC Riau - Pacific Caesar 59-65

Rather expected game when 12th ranked NSH GMC Riau (1-24) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Pacific Caesar (8-18) 65-59. NSH GMC Riau was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 25-8 third quarter run of Pacific Caesar. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) nailed 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Ivan Widyanto (175-83) accounted for 4 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Power forward Boy Damanik (192-76) came up with 9 points and 9 rebounds and Reza Israelli (182-82) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for NSH GMC Riau in the defeat. NSH GMC Riau's coach Tri Adnyanaadi let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pacific Caesar maintains ninth place with 8-18 record. NSH GMC Riau lost twentieth first consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: R.Israelli 12+6reb, A.Amier 10+4reb, M.Yesyurun 10+2reb, B.Damanik 9+9reb+1ast, R.Febriyan 6+6reb+1ast, I.Husnuzan 6+8ast
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 32+9reb+1ast, E.Sasmito 12+3reb, M.Fauzia 9+4reb+2ast, H.Listiyono 6+3reb+2ast, I.Widyanto 4+6reb+10ast, H.Saputro 2
gschID: 166158


Stadium Jak. - Garuda 54-58

The game in Jakarta was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Garuda (19-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Stadium Jakarta (12-13). Garuda managed to secure a 4-point victory 58-54 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Christ Gideon (188-84) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and center R Ruslan (197-89) scored 7 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. Stadium Jakarta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Garuda moved-up to third place. Stadium Jakarta lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Garuda are looking forward to face CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya in the next round. Stadium Jakarta will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: R.Ariestedes 17+7reb, R.Ruslan 7+7reb, F.Budianto 6+2reb+2ast, D.Leonardo 5+9reb, Y.Pattikawa 4+2reb+1ast, A.Sujarwo 4+1reb+1ast
Garuda: C.Gideon 17+5reb+3ast, H.Agustinus 10+9reb+1ast, W.Wijaya 10+4reb+3ast, H.Ramli 7+5reb+3ast, N.Fritzgerald 6+6reb+4ast, I.Budianto 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166159




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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons25.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.4 
 3. Enos, Moycullen22.9 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.22.9 
 5. Johnson, Belfast22.7 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles19.5 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 8. Cummins, Belfast17.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.15.4 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.4 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.13.8 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.6 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles12.6 
 5. Johnson, Belfast11.6 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.5 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints7.8 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Robert CLARKE
  11890 K.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Clarke, 11890 K.5.2 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.2 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles5.0 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.9 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 8. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.3.8 
 10. Madsen, 11890 K.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles2.9 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 7. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.0 
 8. Madsen, 11890 K.1.9 
 9. Murphy, UCC Demons1.9 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.2 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles2.1 
 4. Casey, 11890 K.1.8 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.1.5 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Johnson, Belfast1.0 


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  ISRAEL   


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, Hapoel13.0 
 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. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.3 
 9. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.3 
 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. Hofman, Elitzur2.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.4 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 9. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.3 
 10. McCollum, Hapoel2.1 
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. Blair, Ironi N.1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Lev H.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Hod H.1.8 
 6. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 7. Thondique, Hapoel1.6 
 8. Webb, Ironi R.1.5 
 9. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.4 
 10. Dawson, Ironi K-A1.4 


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  ITALY   


Jason Rich ready to extend with Cremona? - by Andrea Centenari
Vanoli-Braga Cremona is negotiating with Jason Rich (191-G-86) to extend the contract for the next season, according to La Provincia. The american guard signed with Cremona a few weeks ago a contract till the end of the season.
If Cremona won't be relegated, Jason Rich's contract extension is one of the priorities of the Italian team.
In his first 5 games with Cremona, Rich had 12,8 points, 3,4 boards and 1,6 assist per game.


Caserta and Kevin Fletcher split ways - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, college: Colorado Springs) is no longer a member of Otto Caserta. Two sides terminated their deal yesterday. The experienced center joined Caserta last summer. He appeared 18 times in SerieA averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Before Caserta, Kevin Fletcher spent one season with Banca Tercas Teramo. He had 12 ppg and 6.7 rpg for the in 30 SerieA games. In 2009/10, the center played for Besiktas Cola Turka. There he had 11.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 7 EuroCup games. His numbers in TBL were lower. In the past, Kevin Fletcher played for Surgut, Aris, Slask Wroclaw and Polpharma. He also has experience from Portugal. Fletcher graduated at the Colorado-Colorado Springs University (NCAA2) in 2002.

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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 19-0
 2. Barsy Atyrau 14-6
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 10-10
 4. Tobol 9-11
 5. BK Almaty 7-12
 6. BK Atyrau 0-20


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  KOSOVO   


Kosovo U-16 National Team invited in Basketball Wien tournament - by Dren Shporta
Kosovo U-16 National Team has been invited in Basketball Wien tournament that will take place in Austrian capital from April 2nd to 7th, says a notification in Federations official web page. FBK has begun its preparations for the team and U-16 National Team coach Ibrahim Karabeg has invited 18 players for the training.

The players that were called from Karabeg are: Lorik Kllokoqi, Ermir Gashi, And Spahiu, Kujtim Sadiku, Adrian Coqaj, Eldin Uglari, Enes Ibrahimi, Burim Zekiqi, Somel Shaqiri, Amar Cakalli, Art Kotorri, Ilir Hasani, Genc Gashi, Dren Dedushaj, Egzon Kuqi, Enes Ispahi, Andi Shehu and Bedri Aliu.

The first training took place at Prishtinas court, Pallati i Rinise dhe Sporteve last week. After a week, exactly today, the first twelve of Kosovo U-16 representation that is ready to conquer the world. The twelve, to be giants of Kosovo are: Lorik Kllokoqi, Ermir Gashi, And Spahiu, Kujtim Sadiku, Eldin Uglari, Burim Zekiqi, Amar Cakalli, Egzon Berisha, Genc Gashi, Dren Dedushaj, Egzon Kuqi and Bedri Aliu.

The Basketball Wien tournament will be held for the 22th time during Easter holidays. The tournament is played in six different groups (boys and girls) and the two biggest age groups are divided into two levels. Beside the regular tournament a great variety of activities are provided, like, sightseeing tour, dunking contest, shooting competition and tournament disco.




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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 13-8 
 2. Ventspils 12-0 
 3. Valmiera 12-11 
 4. VEF Riga 11-1 
 5. LU 11-11 
 6. Jelgava 10-13 
 7. Turiba 9-14 
 8. Jurmala 8-15 
 9. U18 0-13 


LBL Round 23 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LBL.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Liepaja as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Liepaja smashed 8th ranked Jurmala at home 94-73. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja. Jurmala managed to win fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jurmala 47-29 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Liepaja looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Jurmala's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liepaja made 7 blocks. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Arnolds Helmanis (201-92) contributed with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ugis Pinete (194-91) answered with 18 points for Jurmala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Jurmala will play next round against strong Ventspils trying to get back on the winning streak. Liepaja will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Jelgava on the road.
Bottom-ranked U18 is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to fifth ranked Latvijas Universitate (11-11) 86-47. It was a great evening for guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Zintis Plivda helped adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Elvis Endzels (180-94) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds. 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. Latvijas Universitate maintains fifth place with 11-11 record. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga.
The game in Turiba supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked VEF Riga (11-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Turiba (9-14). VEF Riga smashed Turiba 84-61 on Wednesday. It was an exceptional evening for Maurice Bailey who led the winners and scored 13 points and 4 assists. Matiss Rudmiezis came up with 18 points for Turiba in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF Riga have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Turiba at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Latvijas Universitate.
The game in Turiba was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (11-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Turiba (9-14). Turiba defeated Latvijas Universitate 88-73. The best player for the winners was Roberts Mednis who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Turiba maintains seventh place with 9-14 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Turiba's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga. Latvijas Universitate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga.



Turiba - VEF Riga 61-84

The game in Turiba supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked VEF Riga (11-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Turiba (9-14). VEF Riga smashed Turiba 84-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jamaican guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Matiss Rudmiezis (193-91) came up with 18 points and guard Krists Piternieks (202-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 6 points respectively for Turiba in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF Riga have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Turiba at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: S.Valters 16+4ast, M.Bailey 13+4reb+4ast, K.Berzins 11+7reb+2ast, D.Bertans 9+7ast, K.Plavnieks 7+1reb, G.Jahovics 7+1reb+2ast
Turiba: M.Rudmiezis 18+4reb+1ast, R.Mednis 9+1reb+1ast, K.Piternieks 6+3reb+3ast, J.Kalnins 6+2reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 5+1reb+3ast, U.Strauss 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 166576


Turiba - LU 88-73

The game in Turiba was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (11-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Turiba (9-14). Turiba defeated Latvijas Universitate 88-73. Latvijas Universitate was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 31-11 third quarter run of Turiba. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 41-25 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Latvijas Universitate helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Roberts Mednis (204-89) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Martins Vinauds (194-91) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and forward Harijs Rubenis (199-91) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Turiba maintains seventh place with 9-14 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Turiba's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga. Latvijas Universitate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 22+6reb, M.Vinauds 17+5reb+1ast, J.Kalnins 12+5reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 8+4reb+4ast, M.Sokolovs 7+5reb, M.Rudmiezis 6+4reb+3ast
LU: H.Rubenis 18+2reb+2ast, Z.Peiners 18+2reb+3ast, Z.Plivda 9+1reb, K.Dargais 9+7reb+2ast, I.Aizpurs 5+5reb+2ast, M.Dargis 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166572


U18 - LU 47-86

Bottom-ranked U18 is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to fifth ranked Latvijas Universitate (11-11) 86-47. The game was mostly controlled by Latvijas Universitate. U18 was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate had a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Center Zintis Plivda (206-88) helped adding 11 points and 12 rebounds. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Guard Elvis Endzels (180-94) responded with 9 points and 5 rebounds and forward Gustavs Puhovs (198-94) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. 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. Latvijas Universitate maintains fifth place with 11-11 record. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Latvijas Universitate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga VEF Riga.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 13+3reb+6ast, K.Dargais 13+10reb+1ast, I.Aizpurs 12+3ast, Z.Plivda 11+12reb, M.Dargis 8+3reb, A.Kravalis 8+1reb+2ast
U18: E.Endzels 9+5reb+2ast, E.Stelmahers 7+2reb+4ast, R.Adins 6+7reb, G.Puhovs 6+5reb+3ast, T.Leimanis 6+3reb+2ast, M.Petersons 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 166573


Liepaja - Jurmala 94-73

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Liepaja as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Liepaja smashed 8th ranked Jurmala at home 94-73. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja. Jurmala managed to win fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jurmala 47-29 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Liepaja looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Jurmala's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liepaja made 7 blocks. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Arnolds Helmanis (201-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Liepaja players scored in double figures. Forward Ugis Pinete (194-91) answered with 18 points and forward Atis Ozols (198-81) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jurmala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Jurmala will play next round against strong Ventspils trying to get back on the winning streak. Liepaja will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Jelgava on the road.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: T.Leiteris 16+6reb, J.Mayo 15+6reb+8ast, K.Miglinieks 15+6reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 15+11reb, M.Kravcenko 12+3reb+6ast, A.Bricis 8+5reb+3ast
Jurmala: U.Pinete 18+2reb+2ast, R.Vaikulis 14+1reb, A.Ozols 12+6reb+2ast, E.Jonats 8+6reb, R.Liepa 6+1reb, V.Dambergs 6+2reb
gschID: 166574




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


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 16-10 
 6. RSU 14-10 
 7. BS Riga 14-11 
 8. VA 12-13 
 9. DSN 11-13 
 10. Livani 8-18 
 11. Jelgava/LLU 8-18 
 12. Ogres 8-19 
 13. Cesis 8-19 
 14. Valmiera BSS 6-17 
 15. Gulbene 6-21 
 16. Ridzene 4-23 


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Champville stun Riyadi with nearly 1 import.... - by Rabih Khoury
Ghassan Sarkis and his team were not affected by Garnett Thompson's injury in the first five minutes of the semi final yesterday.... Thompson was ruled out of the game just 5 minutes after the start, then Sam Hoskin missed 16 minutes of of playing time being in foul trouble, and yet Champville managed a huge win against Asian Champions Riyadi. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency), Elie Estephane, Karl Sarkis and Nadim Hawi stepped up big and were focused and determined to get the win. Riyadi were lost and didn't manage to take a lead on the Lebanese Roster of Champville in all the 3rd quarter. The series is tied 1-1 now and will go to a decisive game 3 on Tuesday March 20 in Manara.

Champville 85-78 Riyadi
Q1: 24-20, Q2: 41-39, Q3: 63-62, Q4: 85-78

Champville:
-Fady Khatib 27Pts, 8Rbs, 4Ass (12/19 FG + 1/3 3's + 2/3 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 3 TO) in 40 min
-Carl Sarkis 20Pts, 1Rbs, 2Ass (7/16 FG + 4/9 3's + 2/4 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 2 TO) in 36 min
-Elie Estephan 17Pts, 3Rbs, 3Ass (6/17 FG + 5/12 3's) (Added 2 Steals + 1 TO) in 40 min
-Sam Hoskin 10Pts, 5Rbs, 2Ass (5/9 FG) (Added 2 Steals + 5 TO & 1 Block) in 24 min
-Nadim Hawi 9Pts, 16Rbs, 1Ass (4/8 FG + 1/2 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 1 Block) in 34 min
-Garnett Thompson 2Pts (1/2 FG) (Added 1 TO) in 5 min

Riyadi:
-Ismail Ahmad 24Pts, 11Rbs, 4Ass (8/11 FG + 3/4 3's + 5/5 FT) (Added 2 TO + 1 Block) in 40 min
-Jean Abdel Nour 17Pts, 5Rbs, 2Ass (7/17 FG + 1/3 3's + 2/3 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 3 TO) in 37 min
-Dewarick Spencer 14Pts, 6Rbs, 5Ass (6/17 FG + 1/7 3's + 1/2 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 4 TO) in 37 min
-Ali Mahmoud 7Pts, 4Rbs, 4Ass (2/8 FG + 1/4 3's + 2/4 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 3 TO) in 36 min
-Ali kanaan 6Pts, 2Rbs (1/2 FG + 1/1 3's + 3/4 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 1 TO & 2 Blocks) in 11 min
-Omar Turk 6Pts, 1Rbs, 1Ass (2/5 FG + 2/4 3's) (Added 1 Steal) in 13 min
-William Pharis 4Pts, 4Rbs, 1Ass (1/4 FG + 2/2 FT) (Added 2 TO + 1 Block) in 21 min


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


WABA League: Champville down Riyadi to level semifinal series - by Eurobasket News
Chamvpille - Riyadi 85:78

Champville ensured the decisive third game in the semifinal series versus Riyadi. They overcame their opponents at home to level the series at 1-1. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 27 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists to pace the effort.
Champville started the game on a high note. They secured a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. But Riyadi stuck around in the second frame. The visitors trailed by just two points at the interval 39:41. The gap grew thinner in the third term. Riyadi entered the fourth quarter down by just a single point 62:63. Ali Mahmoud and Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) gave Riyadi lead early in the final period but Elie Estephane (195-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Alabama So. CC) knocked down a pair of threes and the hosts ran away with a key victory at the end. Carl Sarkis (185-G-86) finished with 20 points, while Elie Estephane chipped in 17 points in the win. Ahmad Ismail answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Riyadi. Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) had 17 points in the loss. The third game is scheduled for March 20.

Champville: Fadi Khatib 27, Carl Sarkis 20, Elie Estephane 17
Riyadi: Ahmad Ismail 24+11 boards, Jean Abdel Nour 17



Final 4 - by Chudney Gray
With two teams removed from league contention, we now find ourselves battling to secure a spot in the final 4.
When we began this season, there were few expectations put on our team. We were perceived as a young upstart club, that lacked experience, depth and size. With all of those factors stacked against us, we set our sights on proving many naysayers wrong. This was our motivation. We wanted to show that good chemistry and hard work could outweigh the odds, especially if we played as one with passion and determination.
With only 8 games to go in determining our fate, we are knocking on the door for the fourth and final spot. The top three teams in our league have pretty much secured their place into the next round of games.
Moutahed, Sagesse and Byblos are scratching and clawing to join Champville, Riyadi and Anibal in the field of four.
Theres literally a game or two separating the three bottom teams. Its definitely going to go down to the wire. Knowing how bad we all want to advance to the next round, its going to be very interesting. I expect all of the teams to regroup for their final push.
With that said, hopefully we can string together a few great games and establish ourselves as a top tier team. If and when that happens, our dreams of advancing will come to fruition.
Let the games begin!!!



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.2 
 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, Sagesse21.8 
 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, Sagesse11.5 
 4. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 5. Thompson, Champvil.11.1 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.1 
 7. Hoskin, Champville9.9 
 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. Khatib, Champville5.7 
 6. Gray, Byblos5.7 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed5.7 
 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.2.4 
 5. Young, Antranik2.3 
 6. Johnson, Moutahed2.3 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.2 
 8. Williams, Byblos2.0 
 9. Ebi, Anibal1.9 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse1.8 
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.1.5 
 10. Hoskin, Champville1.2 


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  LITHUANIA   


Valladolid officially lands Darius Songaila - by Eurobasket News
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) is officially a new member of Valladolid. The Lithuanian big guy penned a deal for rest of the season. Songaila started it with Galatasaray, but they parted ways in January. He 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.

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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Bangkok Cobras hold off KL Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Bangkok Cobras - Westports KL Dragons 85:81

Bangkok Cobras registered the 5th victory in ASEAN League championship. They fired past Westports KL Dragons at home court tonight. The victory propelled the home side at 5-6 record. Jai Reyes (173-G) knocked down 20 points to lead the effort.
The Cobras enjoyed a narrow 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. However the Dragons erupted for 30 points in the second frame and surged ahead. The Malaysian team posted a 47:39 advantage at the interval. Bangkok Cobras reacted with a stifling defence in the third term. They limited the visitors to only 11 points in the quarter taking a 62:58 lead. The teams stayed close throughout the final quarter but free throws from Jai Reyes and Wanna made the difference at the end as the Cobras escaped with the victory. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) accounted for 16 points and 16 boards, while Marvin Cruz (173-G-84) delivered 15 points for the Cobras. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with game-high 30 points for the Dragons. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) posted 17 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Bangkok Cobras: Jai Reyes 20, Gentry Lewis 16+16 boards, Marvin Cruz 15
Westports KL Dragons: Tiras Wade 30, Brian Williams 17+13 boards



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  MEXICO   


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 3 - by Eurobasket News
American Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85, agency: Edge Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Tijuana and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 30 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Tepic (#10, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 103-100. Tijuana maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Tijuana already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Tate just recently signed at Tijuana, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Iowa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tate is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) of Los Mochis. Clay impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Los Mochis to edge Culiacan (0-3) by 4 points 67-63. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Clay is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas (#6). Habel showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Habel's great performance Guaymas lost 92-101 to Nogales (2-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guaymas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Habel has a great season in Mexico. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (5th best) and assists with 3.5apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damien McSwine (193-G-78) of Navolato - 30 points and 2 assists
5. Josh Simmons (193-F-88) of Tepic - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Hermosillo - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Matthew Gibson (196-G-84) of Navolato - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Ravone George (193-G-83) of Nogales - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Alonso Izaguirre (200-G/F-76) of Guasave - 19 points, 3 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)


CIBACOPA: Navolato and Tijuana stay perfect after 3 rounds - by Eurobasket News
CIBACOPA 2012 season started few days ago and three rounds are already played. Navolato and Tijuana managed to beat all of their rivals so far and they share the first place in the standings with 3-0 record. In the latest round, Navolato was better than Guasavae 100-91. The game was played yesterday. Tijuana grabbed 100-103 road win against Tepic in Round Three. That game was played on Sunday. Culiacan and Tepic are currently at the bottom of the standings with 0-3. Round 4 of CIBACOPA starts today. There will be three games today and one tomorrow. Navolato will host Guasave once again. Tijuana waits Nogales.

Regular Season - Round 1
Mar. 9, 2012 Hermosillo-Guaymas 82-81
Mar. 9, 2012 Nogales-Cananea 84-77
Mar. 9, 2012 Los Mochis-Guasave 70-62
Mar. 9, 2012 Culiacan-Navolato 69-73
Mar. 9, 2012 Tepic-Tijuana 68-101

Regular Season - Round 2
Mar. 10, 2012 Guaymas-Hermosillo 104-91
Mar. 10, 2012 Cananea-Nogales 87-86
Mar. 10, 2012 Guasave-Los Mochis 101-97
Mar. 10, 2012 Navolato-Culiacan 65-56
Mar. 10, 2012 Tepic-Tijuana 62-90

Regular Season - Round 3
Mar. 11, 2012 Tepic-Tijuana 100-103
Mar. 12, 2012 Nogales-Guaymas 101-92
Mar. 13, 2012 Nogales-Guaymas 84-91
Mar. 13, 2012 Hermosillo-Cananea 79-66
Mar. 13, 2012 Los Mochis-Culiacan 67-63
Mar. 13, 2012 Navolato-Guasave 100-91

Regular Season - Round 4
Mar. 14, 2012 Hermosillo-Cananea
Mar. 14, 2012 Culiacan-Los Mochis
Mar. 14, 2012 Navolato-Guasave
Mar. 15, 2012 Tijuana-Nogales

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


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Josh SIMMONS
  Tepic
  (193-F-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Simmons, Tepic26.0 
 2. Toussaint, Los M.22.5 
 3. Gibson, Navolato22.0 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato22.0 
 5. Habel, Guaymas21.5 
 6. McSwine, Navolato21.3 
 7. George, Nogales21.0 
 8. Harris, Cananea20.5 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana20.3 
 10. Wiley, Los Mochis20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERRELL
  Tepic
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Terrell, Tepic10.7 
 2. Lopez, Hermosillo10.3 
 3. Selleaze, Navolato9.3 
 4. McCullough, Nogales8.7 
 5. Clay, Los Mochis8.3 
 6. Strobbe, Nogales8.0 
 7. Simpson, Guasave8.0 
 8. Tate, Tijuana7.3 
 9. Zamora, Culiacan7.0 
 10. Izaguirre, Guasave7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh SIMMONS
  Tepic
  (193-F-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Simmons, Tepic7.0 
 2. Taylor, Los Mochis6.0 
 3. Snow, Tepic5.5 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo4.7 
 5. George, Nogales4.3 
 6. Dorsey, Guaymas4.0 
 7. Nungaray, Guaymas3.8 
 8. Habel, Guaymas3.5 
 9. Johnson, Guaymas3.3 
 10. Verdugo, Navolato3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ravone GEORGE
  Nogales
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. George, Nogales4.0 
 2. Cook, Cananea4.0 
 3. Purnell, Tepic3.0 
 4. Holloway, Guaymas2.3 
 5. Gibson, Navolato2.3 
 6. Dorsey, Guaymas2.0 
 7. Habel, Guaymas2.0 
 8. Waller, Cananea2.0 
 9. Simmons, Tepic2.0 
 10. Verdugo, Cananea2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon WILEY
  Los Mochis
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Wiley, Los Mochis1.7 
 2. Clay, Los Mochis1.7 
 3. Seay, Tijuana1.7 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan1.7 
 5. Avila, Culiacan1.3 
 6. McCullough, Nogales1.3 
 7. Navarro, Culiacan1.0 
 8. Cook, Cananea1.0 
 9. Purnell, Tepic1.0 
 10. Habel, Guaymas1.0 


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


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  MOLDOVA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Donbasket 11-0 
 2. PGU-SDUSHOR 7-3 
 3. Gamma 6-3 
 4. UASM 6-5 
 5. Fireball 5-5 
 6. Politech 3-8 
 7. ASEM 3-8 
 8. Soroka 2-9 


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  NBA   


Pacers vs. Trail Blazers Preview - by Daniel Gibson
Indianapolis, IND---With a record of 23-16 the Pacers have been beating teams they should beat but they have been struggling against teams with winning records. Their currently safe and secure 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.

This has been a season of ups and downs for the Pacers who can't be called inconsistent, they either win in streaks or lose in bunches. A five game losing streak was followed up six game winning streak and now they are looking to avoid a fifth straight loss.

They have dropped their last nine games against winning teams and Portland has won two straight but they are two games under .500 at 20-22.

Portland has been struggling to find consistency this season from the start after Brandon Roy retired before training camp. It's nearly impossible to stay competitive in the Western Conference with a record under .500, while if they were an Eastern Conference team they would be in the playoff race.

The Blazers are looking to make a trade before the deadline this Thursday and Jamal Crawford's name has been linked with the Clippers. The holdup is the Clippers aren't prepared to move Eric Bledsoe because they believe the young point guard has room to grow.

Both teams will be playing with some desperation tonight as the season enters into its final stage and they begin to make a push for the playoffs.

The Blazers and Pacers had one player on the All-Star team but since then they're are going in opposite directions. For Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 24 points a game over his last 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 outings, all four have been losses. 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.


Exciting Tuesday: Bynum, Bryant help Lakers beat Grizzlies 116-111 in 2 overtimes - by Eurobasket News
Memphis G. - LA Lakers 111-116 2OT
It took two overtime periods, but the Los Angeles Lakers eventually made sure the Memphis Grizzlies stayed behind them in the Western Conference standings. Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) had a season-high 37 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 22 of his 34 points after halftime, and the Lakers beat Memphis 116-111 in double overtime on Tuesday night. The Lakers entered the game a half-game ahead of Memphis, which had won 12 of 15, for the third spot in the West. 'They're a young team, they're hot, and they were coming for our spot,' Bynum said. 'We had to defend it, and we did that.' Pau Gasol added 14 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who won their third straight. Bynum and Bryant accounted for the Lakers' last 10 points after Steve Blake connected on a 3-pointer to open the second extra period. Bynum went 15 of 18 from the field. Bryant said Bynum's performance was indicative of a change the Lakers have made in their offensive approach, running more things through the 7-foot center. 'The big games he had at the start of the season, he was having good games, but he wasn't being featured,' Bryant said. 'This is different. We're featuring him, and we're looking for him to make plays out of double-teams, and make plays for others, not just himself.' Marreese Speights led the Grizzlies with a season-high 25 points, while Marc Gasol finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Allen had 18 points, and O. J. Mayo scored 14, but was 7 of 25 from the field. Mike Conley finished with 10 points and 11 assists for Memphis. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Denver N. - Atlanta H. 118-117 OT
Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) scored 22 points, Ty Lawson had 21 points and seven assists and the Denver Nuggets rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-117 in overtime on Tuesday night. Joe Johnson scored 34 points and Josh Smith had a season-high 33 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who had a chance to win it at the buzzer. Trailing by one with 3.5 seconds left, Atlanta got the ball to Zaza Pachulia at the foul line with. He drove the open lane before Danilo Gallinari rotated over, and Pachulia missed a layup off the glass as time expired. Gallinari had 19 points in his best game since returning from a severely sprained left ankle. Johnson took control in overtime after Smith fouled out, scoring seven straight points in overtime. *Courtesy of www.kktv.com

Indiana P. - Portland TB 92-75
Louis Amundson (6'9''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: UNLV) scored a career-high 21 points to help Indiana beat the Portland Trail Blazers 92-75 on Tuesday night, snapping the Pacers' four-game losing streak. Amundson shot 10 for 11 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds for the Pacers. His previous season high in scoring was 11, but he had 13 points in the fourth quarter alone. Paul George, Danny Granger and George Hill each added 11 points for the Pacers. Hill returned after missing two games with a sprained left shoulder. Indiana led by as many as 29 points. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and Nolan Smith added 10 for the Trail Blazers, who shot a season-low 31.3 percent from the field and made a a season-low 20 field goals. Portland's five assists were the fewest by an NBA team this season. Indiana shot 54 percent to lead 48-38 at halftime. Hill led the Pacers with 11 points and David West had 10 points and eight rebounds. Aldridge led Portland with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting in the first half while the rest of the team went 4 for 19. The Trail Blazers outscored Indiana 19-3 from the free-throw line in the first half to stay in the game. Indiana began extending the lead early in the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Granger put the Pacers up 58-41. A three-point play by Tyler Hansbrough after the Pacers won a jump ball gave the Pacers a 66-47 lead, and an acrobatic layup by Darren Collison on a broken play pushed Indiana's lead to 20 points. A left-handed fastbreak layup by Collison bumped the lead to 72-50, and a 3 by George helped the Pacers take a 75-52 lead at the end of the third quarter. Back-to-back layups by Amundson pushed the lead to 79-54 and forced Portland to call timeout. An alley-oop from A.J. Price to Dahntay Jones increased Indiana's lead to 87-60. From there, the crowd chanted 'Lou' every time Amundson touched the ball, hoping he would add to his surprising stat line. *Courtesy of www.kgw.com

Cleveland C. - Toronto R. 88-96
Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-PG-88, college: Arizona) scored 20 points, Andrea Bargnani added 19 and Toronto slowed Cleveland's playoff push with a 96-88 victory Tuesday night, the Raptors' third over the Cavaliers this season. Bayless started in place of injured point guard Jose Calderon and added seven assists in 37 minutes while leading the Raptors to just their 14th win. The Cavaliers had their winning streak stopped at three. Cleveland blew a chance to move into a virtual tie with idle New York and Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Antawn Jamison, who has been mentioned in trade rumors all season, led the Cavs with 20 points. Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 14 and Alonzo Gee 16. The Cavs were still within six points in the final minute when Bargnani rebounded his own miss and dunked to close the scoring. Toronto has had a disappointing season - except against Cleveland. Bayless' 3-pointer and two free throws gave the Raptors an 88-73 lead with 6:02 remaining. The Cavs got within six on Gee's 3-pointer, but on Toronto's next possession, Bayless was unable to get Irving to leave his feet with several ball fakes before burying a stone-cold jumper to make it a 90-82 lead. The Cavs were still within 94-88 when Bargnani missed his shot, grabbed his rebound with one hand in the lane and slammed it home to end Cleveland's night. For good measure, Toronto's Amir Johnson rejected Irving's 3-point try at the horn. Irving was unable to conjure up some of the fourth-quarter magic he has shown in recent games, and finished just 5 of 17 from the floor. In three games against Toronto, the likely NBA Rookie of the Year went 10 of 42. Irving did add seven rebounds and seven assists. Cleveland's recent surge, coupled with a slide by the Knicks, has pushed the Cavaliers into the playoff race, a place they never dreamed of being just a few weeks ago. It's put the Cavs in a tricky spot. With the NBA's trading deadline at 3 p.m. on Thursday, they have to decide whether to keep this team together or plan for the future. Jamison and backup point guard Ramon Sessions have been involved in trade rumors for months. Cavs coach Byron Scott would prefer to keep this squad intact, but understands the league's business side. 'I like this team,' Scott said. 'I like the guys we have. The guys who have been rumored to be going from here to there, I love the way these guys have been able to play with this team and what they give to this organization, but I've been in this league long enough to understand things might happen. 'For me, I'm good either way it goes because I know anything we're going to do will be for the betterment of this organization.' For now, what's best is to avoid the Raptors. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Orlando M. - Miami Heat 104-98 OT
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) had 24 points and 25 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Orlando Magic came back to beat the Miami Heat 104-98 Tuesday night. It was the eighth 20-20 game of the season for Howard and the 40th of his career. The Magic overcame a 14-point, first-half deficit to win their third straight and fifth in six games. Dwyane Wade scored 28 points and Chris Bosh 23 for the Heat, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. LeBron James added 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The Heat visit Chicago on Wednesday in a matchup of the East's top teams. Orlando goes to San Antonio for its final game before the trade deadline. The Magic are surrounded by uncertainty with Thursday's 3 p.m. EDT deadline looming. Howard asked for a trade in the preseason and team officials were still mulling whether to honor it or risk him exercising an opt-out clause in his contract this summer and leaving anyway. Even Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged before the game that it had to be on his players' minds. He shrugged off an ESPN.com report from earlier in the day that Howard had been told by team officials he could decide the fate of Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith if he signed a contract extension. 'If anybody thinks I care about that, I really don't give a damn about being fired,' Van Gundy said. 'That doesn't concern me in the least. If they want to fire me to please somebody, fire me.' The speculation didn't wind up affecting their intensity in what could have been Howard's final home game in a Magic jersey. Howard scored the first basket of the extra frame and Orlando took a 100-96 lead on Nelson's running layup. Following an offensive foul on Mario Chalmers, Nelson scored again on a twisting layup in the lane to increase it to six with under a minute left. Wade trimmed it back to four and Howard missed a pair of free throws on the Magic's next possession to give the Heat hope with 26 seconds to play. Wade missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Howard was fouled again. He missed two more free throws, but James also came up empty on a 3-point try. After blowing the lead, the Heat went back up 91-89 when Wade hit a 20-footer. Hedo Turkoglu tied it with a jumper of his own on the next possession and Nelson's 3-pointer a few trips later made it 94-91 with 44 seconds left. The Heat weren't done, though, thanks to Wade's 3 from the corner coming out of a timeout. Nelson wound down the shot clock on Orlando's next touch, but missed a jumper. Wade did the same on the Heat's final possession of regulation before seeing his jumper rim out as time expired. The Magic started quickly and built their biggest lead of the first half at 36-29 early in the second quarter. It didn't last, though, as the Heat closed the half on a 27-9 run that included the Magic going 2 for 11 from the field and committing six turnovers. Frustration showed at times for Orlando, with Quentin Richardson receiving both a technical and flagrant foul within a two-minute stretch. James had nine points during the spurt for Miami, with James Jones scoring eight. Howard went 6 for 6 in the first quarter, but missed his only field goal attempt in the second. The Magic were just 5 of 17 from the field as a team in the period after going 12 for 17 (70 percent) in the opening 12 minutes. *Courtesy of http://miami.cbslocal.com

Sacramento K. - Golde State W. 89-115
Well, for one night the Warriors made do without Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh. About an hour before tip-off with the Sacramento Kings, the Warriors traded Ellis and Udoh, two of the team's starters, to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal for Andrew Bogut. Despite playing without those two starters, the Warriors still handled the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion on Tuesday night. Warriors coach Mark Jackson started Nate Robinson (5'9''-PG-84, college: Washington) and Klay Thompson in the backcourt, and they helped Golden State win its third game in a row. Starting point guard Stephen Curry sat out because of a strained tendon in his right foot. The game was tight for a half, but then Golden State established control in the third quarter. Thompson struggled from the field early - missing 10 of his first 12 shots, but rebounded and contributed to the win. Robinson, getting his first start as a Warrior, had 17 points. The Warriors placed six players in double figures. *Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com

Oklah.City T. - Houston R. 103-104
Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) and rookie Chandler Parsons each scored 21 points, Patrick Patterson blocked Serge Ibakas point-blank putback attempt in the final 2 seconds, and the Houston Rockets charged back from an 11-point deficit in the final 3 minutes to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-103 on Tuesday night. Lee drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner with 15 seconds left to complete a 13-1 run in the final minutes for Houston that was aided by a technical foul against Oklahoma City All-Star Russell Westbrook. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points but missed a turnaround jumper from the top of the key in the closing seconds after fumbling the ball and recovering. Ibaka grabbed the rebound but his follow try was swatted from behind by Patterson to get the Rockets leaping in celebration. *Courtesy of http://houston.cbslocal.com

Dallas M. - Washington W. 107-98
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 27 points, Jason Terry had 24 and the Dallas Mavericks got a much-needed victory, beating the Washington Wizards 107-98 on Tuesday night. The defending NBA champions had lost eight of their previous 10 games. That included three road losses in three nights before a welcome two-day break leading into consecutive home games against the league's two worst teams. Rodrigue Beabuois, who also had a couple of acrobatic plays to keep balls from going out of bounds, added 19 points. He had five in a row in less than a minute early in the fourth quarter when the Mavs had a 7-0 run to go up 92-79. Trevor Booker had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards (9-32). The only team with fewer wins than Washington is Charlotte (6-34), which plays in Dallas on Thursday night before Southwest Division-leading San Antonio is in town Saturday night. Jason Terry's short jumper started the clinching run early in the fourth quarter, Beaubois quickly followed with consecutive baskets. Beaubois made a 12-footer, then followed up a Terry miss with another basket and extended his personal run with a free throw on the next possession with 8 1/2 minutes left. After being called for a foul against Nick Young that led to two free throws and got the Wizards within 70-68 with 4:21 left in the third quarter, Beaubois more than made up for that on the next possession. Shawn Marion's crosscourt pass appeared headed out of bounds when Beaubois leaped up near the sideline to grab it. While still in the air, Beaubois passed the ball to Vince Carter for a 3-pointer. Beaubois had another nifty save late in the first quarter after Young stole the ball from Nowitzki. Young took off on a breakaway, but Beaubois hustled back and stripped the ball under the basket. He then grabbed the ball and managed to keep his feet up in the air above the baseline while throwing the ball out to Terry. When the ball got back to the other end, Beaubois hit a long jumper right in front of the Mavericks bench for a 27-26 lead after the first quarter. Dallas went ahead to stay in the second quarter, when they shot 82 percent (14 of 17 from the field). They ended the half with a 10-3 run for a 60-51 lead. That half-ending run came after Nowitzki, who had made his first seven shots, missed a 3 from the top of the key with 2:55 left in the half. But he had a 17-footer and two free throws in the final 44 seconds, giving him 20 points in the first half. He finished 10-of-14 shooting overall. John Wall had 18 points for the Wizards, while Jordan Crawford and Young had 15 each. Carter added 14 points for Dallas. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


Timberwolves discussing 3-team deal with Jazz and Spurs - by Eurobasket News
With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves could go either way. There are rumors swirling that they're in discussions with several teams, but they could also stand pat.

Considering all of the rumors though, it seems like the Timberwolves are trying to do something. The latest rumor, according to Alex Kennedy at Hoops World, has them swinging a three-team deal with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs:

In the rumored deal, the Spurs would acquire Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest), the Timberwolves would acquire C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) and Jamaal Tinsley (6'3''-G-78, college: Iowa St.) and the Jazz would acquire Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) and Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87, college: N.Carolina). Other players and draft picks will likely be included in the finalized trade.

Utah holds a $10.9 million traded-player exception and San Antonio holds a $854,400 traded-player exception as well.

Nothing is 'imminent,' but the talks are supposedly ongoing. Miles is averaging 9.4 points on a measly 33 percent shooting from beyond the arc while Jamal Tinsley has only played in eight games this year.

Courtesy of www.minnesota.sbnation.com


Dwight Howard: I wanna stay! - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) has retracted his trade demand and asked for the chance to win a championship this season in Orlando - clearly putting the onus on the Magic to make the big decision.

But it's really not about changing his mind, as much as it's about changing the perspective. This way, he's not the bad guy anymore. Smart move on his part.

If the Magic trade him before the Thursday afternoon trade deadline and that possibility has shrunk considerably - it's their decision and not his to leave. His decision will come this summer.

'I told those guy (team officials) , and I've been telling them the past two, three weeks now, I want to finish the season here. I want to be here and win a championship here,' Howard said after the Magic beat the Miami Heat, 104-98 in overtime.

'They have to give me that chance.'

Howard will become a free agent this summer, but he has not given the Magic any encouragement about re-signing, insisting he wants to go through the free-agent process. If he leaves as a free agent, more than likely for the Nets, the Magic would receive nothing in return.

The Magic will continue talking Wednesday with several teams about a possible trade. They have offered Howard to the Nets in exchange for injured center Brook Lopez, but only if the Nets also are willing to take the bloated contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon, to clear salary cap space and help the Magic rebuild.

'When they didn't trade me at the beginning of the season (when he first made the trade demand), I told them I'd play hard every night and put them into position to win,'' Howars said.

'I don't want to see that slip away now. We've got to take the chance. They have to roll the dice. I think we're hitting our peak at the right time, and we need to see where it goes. We have a good chance to surprise people.'

The Magic (28-15) in the past week have beaten the Heat, Pacers and Bulls, the top teams in the Eastern Conference. They have beaten the Heat, favorite to win the NBA title, two out of three times this season.

Howard, along with co-captain Jameer Nelson, dominated Tuesday's game. Howard had 24 points and 25 rebounds. Nelson had 25 points and four assists. One of the reasons Howard wants to play for the Nets is to play with a great point guard such as Deron Williams.

Nelson was that guy Tuesday.

Howard left on the team plane Tuesday night for San Antonio with his Magic teammates, and he expects to return the same way.

'I expect to be here (this season),'' he said. 'We have a great opportunity to do something. We should take it. When we step on the court, we're together. And nothing is getting between us. When Jameer is attacking, we're tough to beat.'

Magic owner Rich DeVos, 86, met with Howard again Tuesday, bringing much of his family to the game, including the grandkids, who have asked him not to trade Howard.

According to sources within the organization, there has been some spirited debate over the idea of trading Howard before he can leave as a free agent. There is a faction within the organization that wants to trade him. DeVos, who has the biggest vote, wants to convince him to stay.

'I don't think there will be any surprises (before Thursday), but we'll just have to see,' DeVos said.

The Howard debate has thrown an ominous cloud over the franchise, overshadowing the recent improvement of the team.

'For tonight, we're actually going to give a hoot about the game,' said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, who declined to talk about the possibility of trading Howard. 'The story is, we did a helluva job tonight.'

There was the early-in-the-day report that the Magic ownership had given Howard the option of firing either Van Gundy and/or general manager Otis Smith if he agreed to sign an extension.

'I really don't give a damn about being fired,' Van Gundy said before the game. 'It doesn't concern me in the least. If they want to fire me to please someone, then fire me. That's fine. (Dwyane) Wade, (LeBron) James and (Chris) Bosh scare me more than any rumors of getting fired.'

Later in the day, another internet site said that Howard already had decided he will play for the Nets next season, regardless what the Magic do, leaving them no choice but to trade him Thursday or face losing him this summer with no compensation.

'None of that matters. What matters is now, this moment matters,' Howard said. 'We've got a shot to do something.'

Courtesy of www.foxsportsflorida.com


Sources: Knicks tuning out coach - by Eurobasket News
After a remarkable Jeremy Lin-led run that made them the toast of the NBA, the Knicks have lost 8 of their last 10 games. There's plenty of blame to go around, but while some within the organization are questioning superstar Carmelo Anthony, most of the fingers are being pointed at head coach Mike D'Antoni, according to several sources close to the situation.

D'Antoni, hailed as an offensive genius during his successful tenure in Phoenix, has lost the Knicks' locker room, the sources say.

'The players like Mike as a person,' one source said. 'They think he's a good guy. But he doesn't have the respect of the team anymore.'

D'Antoni is in the last year of a four-year deal and all indications are that he will not be brought back after this season; that is, if he survives the rest of this season. The Knicks are expected to make a run at Phil Jackson, who retired from the Lakers last year with 11 NBA titles.

But the Knicks, losers of six straight games, still have 24 games left to get through this year, and according to numerous sources close to the team, the reeling club is as dysfunctional in the locker room as it is on the court.

In addition to questioning D'Antoni, players are complaining about playing time, and confused about the offensive and defensive schemes.

It is lost on no one that the Knicks' free-fall coincides precisely with the return of Anthony. While Anthony was out with a groin injury, the Knicks won 6 of 7 games, including victories over the Los Angeles Lakers and defending champion Dallas Mavericks. With Lin leading D'Antoni's offense, the Knicks played fast and free, spacing the floor, hitting the open man, and even improving defensively.

But the day Anthony returned, the Knicks lost to the struggling New Jersey Nets, starting a sorry stretch that has washed away all the feel-good emotions of Lin's emergence and left them on the verge of missing the playoffs.

Management, the coaching staff and the players know Anthony is hurting the offense and in turn, the defensive morale, according to the sources. While D'Antoni's offense calls for Anthony to plant himself on the wing at the 3-point line, he often creeps in to his favorite spot in the floor -- the area between the elbow, the arc and the post. That kills the Knicks' ability to run the high pick-and-roll and ruins the spacing that is so critical to D'Antoni's offense.

'That's at the very core of our problem,' one person close to the situation said. 'That messes up the fluidity of the offense. Melo could do it, but he's got to trust the offense.'

When Anthony first returned -- and it still appears to be the case -- Lin would bring the ball upcourt and try to run D'Antoni's system. When Anthony would abandon the offense, Lin would not pass him the ball, which irritated Anthony, sources said. So when Lin tried to talk to Anthony on the court, Anthony would turn his back to the point guard and tune him out. The two never had heated exchanges, though, and the players tried to come to a compromise, agreeing to run D'Antoni's system while also mixing in post-ups for Anthony.

'But it's just a mess because D'Antoni's system is not designed for that,' one source said.

Despite his often poor body language, many of the players believe Anthony is trying to adjust and sincerely wants to win. He has told people close to him that he is being asked to do things he's never done, saying that throughout his career he has always had plenty of post-up opportunities and that he is uncomfortable standing on the wing spacing the floor.

'Half the team is trying to do what coach says and the other half is doing something different,' one source said. 'Then it spills over to the defensive end because players are (ticked) off about somebody taking a bad shot.'

With Anthony sapping the energy from the offense, the players often lose their incentive to play defense. But even when he's trying to play defense, Amare Stoudemire struggles. Having spent almost his entire career in D'Antoni's non-defensive system, Stoudemire has trouble making defensive reads and rotations. Anthony knows what to do defensively, but simply refuses to do it consistently, the sources said.

Some players believe D'Antoni had the leverage to force Anthony to adjust to his system when he first returned from injury. The Knicks were rolling, showing they could win without Anthony, and their fan base was believing in D'Antoni's system. If D'Antoni had checked Anthony, perhaps even benching him, when he strayed from the offense, the players and fans would have been behind the coach and Anthony would have had no choice but to conform. But D'Antoni, ever the one to avoid confrontation with his players, would not do it, and now it's too late. That's when he lost the locker room for good.

Now, the players believe they need a coach who will hold players, especially the stars like Anthony and Stoudemire, accountable, the sources said. They do not believe D'Antoni is willing or able to do it.

On top of that, Baron Davis, who just returned from a back injury, is unhappy with his limited role as Lin's backup. Davis, averaging just 17 minutes a game, has already spoken to D'Antoni about giving him more playing time, according to the sources. While Lin wants to run D'Antoni's system, Davis is more in line with running the offense through Anthony and Stoudemire, the sources said.

'The only way this is going to work is if we have a coach that will hold Melo accountable and teach Melo, Amare and Jeremy how to play winning basketball,' a source said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.5 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.7 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.7 
 8. Williams, New J.22.0 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Griffin, LA Clipp.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.2 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.7 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.1 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 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.7.4 
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. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. James, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 8. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 10. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
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. Dalembert, Houst.2.0 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.2.0 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 25-18 
 2. Boston C. 22-19 
 3. New York K. 19-24 
 4. New Jersey N. 15-29 
 5. Toronto R. 14-29 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 35-9 
 2. Indiana P. 25-16 
 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 20-23 
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 


Pacers Knock Off Sixers, 111-94 - by Daniel Gibson
Indianapolis, IND--- The Pacers were tired of hearing about how they don't win games against teams with winning records and they took their frustrations out on the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of the fourth and fifth seeds.

Indiana evened the season series up at 1-1 with a 111-94 win. Danny Granger led the way with 20 points but this one was a total team effort. George Hill scored an electrifying 17 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting, knocking down 3-of-3 from downtown. David West had 18 points and Tyler Hansbrough recorded 14 points off the bench.

The Sixers played well and were led by Evan Turner's 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting but they couldn't keep pace with the Pacers hot shooting. They were on fire all night and finished shooting 57 percent for the game and 41 percent from three-point range.

It started off looking like the fourth seeded Sixers were out to prove that they deserved to be a spot above the Pacers, but that changed after the first quarter.

The Sixers jumped ahead early by shooting a blistering 63 percent from the field in the first quarter. The Pacers were able to keep the game within reach by shooting 50 percent themselves. Jrue Holiday looked poised to have a big game as he scored eight points on 3-of-3 shooting from the floor and playing the entire quarter. The Pacers trailed 31-24 but they found some things that worked for them.

The Pacers came out in the second quarter and focused their attack on the paint. Roy Hibbert (14 points), West and Hansbrough each were able to get going by knocking down close range baskets. Paul George started to get himself warmed up in the quarter as well and he got the crowd fired up after finishing a strong drive to the basket with a two-handed dunk as he was fouled.

Both the Pacers and Sixers are deep teams that are at their best when the ball is being moved and guys are getting shots up in the flow of the offense. Going into the half, the Pacers had three players in double-figures and the Sixers had one but three others had eight points each. The Pacers outscored them 30-20 to take a 54-51 lead into intermission.

The Pacers didn't skip a beat coming out of halftime, in fact they stepped up their hot shooting from 56 percent in the second period to 59 percent in the third. Granger scored eight in the period and George Hill added five more to close out the period.

Throughout the third frustration began to set in for the Sixers as they were playing solid ball on both defense and offense but the Pacers remained a couple steps ahead.

Indiana pushed the lead out to eight points at 83-75 going into the final period.

The fourth quarter was more of the same as the Pacers continued to have the hot hand. When the Sixers made a run to cut the lead to single digits George Hill responded by knocking down back-to-back threes, pushing the score to 103-88 with 4:09 left. By that point Coach Dough Collins threw in the white flag and emptied the bench.

After losing four straight games the Pacers have won two straight and both have been in convincing fashion on back-to-back nights. They will get a few days rest before returning to action on Saturday when the New York Knicks come to town.


Derrick Rose fined $25000 by NBA for ripping refs - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) has been fined $25,000 by the league for critical comments made about the officials after Monday nights win over the Knicks at the United Center.

Roses frustration during and after the game was obvious. He drove to the basket time and again early in the game and drew contact but no foul was called.

At one point, he complained to the officials about the Knicks setting illegal screens. Again, no call.

Ive got to be the only superstar in the league going through what Im going through right now, Rose said after the game.

Rose showed a lot of emotion after a resounding dunk with 6:02 left in the game. When asked why, Rose said: I was mad because they werent calling any calls the whole game. Thats probably the reason why.

When asked he thought his comments would draw a fine from the league, Rose said: I couldnt care less right now.

Although Rose was not available to the media after Tuesdays practice at the United Center, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau addressed the issue.

Derrick is not a complainer, Thibodeau said. Usually, if he says something he has a point he wants to make. I thought he was driving the ball pretty hard and didnt get calls.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


D'Antoni has Resigned - by Bryan Floyd
According to ESPN New York Head Coach Mike D'Antoni has resigned. D'Antoni's resignation was first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. The coach's agent, Warren LeGarie, told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the parting was 'a mutual decision' because D'Antoni and the franchise have 'conflicting views of the Knicks' future.' With the Knicks free falling as of late, the coach was being blamed by most for the problems. Carmelo Anthony has been vocal today in support of coach D'Antoni saying 'I support Mike 100 percent regardless of what is going on, as far as us losing basketball games. 'We all need each other right now and this is the best time to come together and stick with one another. There's a lot of things being said out there about Mike, about myself, and it's just a bunch of nonsense right now.' He also added 'I don't want to be traded, I don't know where that foolishness came from, so let's put a cap on that and make (sure) this the last time I hear about that.' In the interim, he will be replaced by former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson.

Lakers current frontrunners to acquire Cavaliers' Ramon Sessions - by Eurobasket News
The NBA trade deadline is very sclose and teams all around the league are working phones in order to improve their squads. The one team that has been looking to make a deal perhaps more than any other has been the Los Angeles Lakers. With a glaring weakness in the backcourt at point guard, the Lakers have been looking for the answer via trade.

There have been plenty of potential trade options out there that the Lakers have been considering over the past month or so like Raymond Felton, Kyle Lowry, Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris and Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada). There was talk of the team signing veteran point guard Gilbert Arenas that has yet to find a new team as a free agent, but despite a promising workout Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has been looking to go younger rather than signing an injury prone 30-year-old.

So with about two days left some things have come to light that has narrowed the search for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Boston Celtics came out and said that they arent trading Rajon Rondo and the Houston Rockets have made it known that they will hold on to Kyle Lowry. Devin Harris of the Utah Jazz remains a possibility, but Ramon Session just might be the best option via trade at this point.

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com, the Lakers are currently the frontrunners to land Ramon Sessions:

Ramon Sessions is a more obtainable option. The Lakers have been linked to Sessions for weeks and they continue to express significant interest in the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard. While other teams have called about Sessions, the Lakers are believed to be the frontrunner to acquire his services, if they decide to pull the trigger on a deal.

Another strong possibility with the trade deadline around the corner is the Lakers acquiring Raymond Felton from the Portland Trail Blazers. There might be a deal already in the works with the Lakers sending Steve Blake and another piece to make the numbers work to Portland in exchange for Felton.

Once again, this is all speculation at this point in time, but that will be over on Thurs. March 15 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. If the Lakers fail to make a move at the deadline in order to acquire a point guard, the team might settle on signing Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the season.

Courtesy of www.lakersnation.com


Report: Knicks shop G Toney Douglas - by Eurobasket News
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Jeremy Lin goes from benchwarmer to starter? Toney Douglas (6'1''-PG-86, college: Florida St.) goes from starter to benchwarmer.

And now, reportedly, to the trade block.ESPNNY.com reports that_the New York Knicks are shopping their reserve guard in advance of Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline.
A source told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that the Knicks are exploring trade options involvingToney Douglas.

No specific names have surfaced as to who the Knicks may target for Douglas, but chances are they could go after another big-man defender and rebounder.
Douglas, 25, is averaging 7.6 points, 2.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 26 games for the Knicks this season. Most of that production came in the early season, as Douglas has seen time in just one game over the last month thanks to Lin.

In his third season out of Florida State, Douglas is on the books for $1.1 million this season and $2.1 million in 2012-2013. Given his lack of playing time and his struggles running the point guard position earlier this year, his trade value is probably approaching a career-low.

Trading small-for-big is tough any time, especially at the deadline, when big men are coveted by playoff teams more than any other time on the NBA calendar. If you're New York, you have nothing to lose by floating his name out there and finding a path to roster balance is a worthwhile dream. If you're Douglas, it's not the worst thing either, given the logjam in front of you and the fact that your NBA future and earning power hinge on getting minutes over the next 18 months.

The only question is whether there's an opportunistic GM who believes taking a chance on Douglas is worth his $2 million contract next season. Parting with any real assets here would be unnecessary.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Magic Will be Forced to Move Howard Without Commitment - by Bryan Floyd
According to multiple sources the Magic are going to have to move Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) if he does not commit to them for the long haul. 'Howard, on the advice of his agent, is trying to manipulate the situation, the Magic are telling teams they will trade Howard before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline if he does not commit to them beyond this season, league sources said.' The Magic know now that he is going to walk at the end of the season so they need to move him in order to get something back in return, as opposed to just letting him leave at the end of the season. At this point most sources believe the Magic hope Howard will sign a five-year contract extension, although they would settle for a commitment from him not to opt out of the final year of his contract. Look for Howard to be moved soon unless he can work out something with Orlando right away. In other words, Let the bidding war begin.

Bulls the latest team with interest in Pau Gasol - by Eurobasket News
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) left the team hotel to board the Lakers' bus before their game against Memphis, but not before fans offered applause and high-fives from the lobby to the sidewalk.

The four-time All-Star is still with the Lakers, continuing a surreal season in which he was destined for Houston in December before the NBA shut down the three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.

The trade deadline is noon Thursday, and the Chicago Bulls became the most recent team to have discussions with the Lakers about Gasol.

The Bulls offered power forward Carlos Boozer and guard C.J. Watson, according to the Chicago Tribune, though the Lakers were not interested in Boozer's bloated contract (three more years, $47 million). Derrick Rose, last season's MVP, was not part of the conversation.

The Lakers countered by saying they would consider receiving at least two first-round picks, center Joakim Noah and another player believed to be Watson, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Neither team liked what the other proposed and the talks ended.

Gasol is increasingly likely to stay with the Lakers until at least this summer. Making him somewhat hard to move is a 15% trade kicker in a contract that already pays $38.3 million over the next two seasons. If traded, Gasol would make $21.9 next season instead of $19 million.

The twists and turns of this week, if not this season, seemed to affect him in the Lakers' 116-111 double-overtime victory over the Grizzlies.

He was outscored by little-known power forward Marreese Speights, 25-14, and made only six of 14 shots.

'Not a great game on my part,' Gasol said. 'I didn't get too much rhythm at all. I'm glad I was able to knock down a couple shots in the fourth and one in overtime, I think, but that's about it.'

He had an impressive eight assists but only five rebounds in 46 minutes.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


GS Warriors make Ellis - Bogut deal official - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors acquired center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) and forward Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85), forward Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Baylor) and center Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports), the teams announced late Tuesday night.

Bogut, 27, was originally selected by the Bucks with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was a member of the NBAs All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and was an All-NBA Third Team selection following the 2009-10 campaign, when he averaged a career-high 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.54 blocked shots.

A six-year NBA veteran (all with the Bucks), Bogut appeared in 12 games this season, averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and two blocked shots. He has missed the past 25 games because of a fractured left ankle.

The Melbourne, Australia native has averaged a double-double (points-rebounds) in each of the past three NBA seasons and is one of only three players to accomplish this feat, joining Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph. He led the NBA in blocked shots last season (2.59) while averaging a career-best 11.1 rebounds per game.

The 7-foot center grabbed 20-plus rebounds on three occasions last season, highlighted by a career-best 27 on Jan. 7 vs. Miami (second most in the NBA). Overall, he has averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 408 career NBA outings.

Jackson, 31, has appeared in 26 games with the Bucks this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and one steal. An 11-year NBA veteran, Jackson has played for seven different NBA teams (New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee) during his career, including a near three-year stint with the Warriors (2006-07 2009-10).

The 6-8 forward was a member of Golden States playoff run in 2007, when the team became the first No. 8 seed to defeat a top seed in a best-of-seven series (4-2 over the Dallas Mavericks). Overall, Jackson has appeared in 773 career NBA games, averaging 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Were extremely excited to acquire a player the caliber of Andrew Bogut, who we think is certainly one of the top centers in the NBA, general manager Larry Riley said in a statement. He will add an element of toughness to our team and will provide us with scoring, rebounding and a defensive presence in the middle. Weve lacked those elements in recent years and think that Andrews addition will be a key factor in the growth of our team.

Stephen Jackson, meanwhile, enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA in the Bay Area and is a veteran who knows how to play on both ends of the floor. The difficult part of this transaction is having to part ways with several players who we really value and one, in particular, Monta Ellis, who has been instrumental in our organization for the last several years. We wish Monta, Ekpe and Kwame the best of luck in Milwaukee and thank them for their many contributions.

Ellis, 26, played 413 games (334 starts) with Golden State. The Mississippi native averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per contest. This season, the 6-3 guard led the team in scoring (21.9), assists (six, career-high), steals (1.51) and minutes (36.9) in 37 starts. Originally selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, Ellis posted career-highs in scoring (25.5) points and steals (2.23) in 2009-10.

Udoh, 24, was averaging 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.71 blocks in 38 games (six starts). Originally selected by the Warriors in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Baylor, the 6-10 forward has posted career averages of 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 96 games (24 starts).

Brown, 30, joined the Warriors as a free agent this season and played in nine games (three starts) before being sidelined because of a torn right pectoralis Jan. 10 vs. Miami. Prior to his injury, Brown posted averages of 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per contest. A 10-year NBA veteran, the 6-11 center originally was the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Washington Wizards in the 2001 NBA Draft. In 585 career games (270 starts), Brown has averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes of action.

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Mad Ants acquire guard - by Eurobasket News
The Mad Ants announced that they have acquired former NBA player Stephen Graham (6'6''-F/G-82, college: Oklahoma St.). To make room on the roster the team has waived Kevin Coble.

Graham, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard out of Oklahoma State, has six years of NBA experience. Last season he played in 56 games for the New Jersey Nets where he averaged 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

He played with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009-2010 (4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg), the Indiana Pacers in 2008-09 (5.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and 2007-08 (4.0 ppg), and he started the 2006-07 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before moving to the Portland Trailblazers (3.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg).

He also had a run in the NBA D-League after he left the Trailblazers during the 2006-07 season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He averaged 18 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 32 games and was selected to play in the D-League All-Star game.

Graham is expected to join the Mad Ants on Thursday as they take on the Erie BayHawks in a 7 p.m. game at the Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


NIT: Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Iowa 84, Dayton 75
Freshman Aaron White (6'8''-F-92) scored a career-high 25 points, sophomore Zach McCabe tied a career high with 20 and host Iowa rolled. Sophomore Melsahn Basabe added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (18-16). Iowa, which was playing in its first postseason tournament game in six years, broke open a tie game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half to go ahead 65-52. Kevin Dillard had 23 points for Dayton (20-13).

Seton Hall 63, Stony Brook 61
Jordan Theodore (6'0''-G) scored 21 points, Herb Pope had 20 and Seton Hall snapped an 11-game losing streak in the NIT by holding off Stony Brook in South Orange, N.J. Stony Brooks Bryan Dougher had a 3-pointer bounce off the rim with about :02 to go, and Tommy Brenton had a rebound follow roll off the rim at the buzzer.
Dallas Joyner had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Seawolves (22-10).

Massachusetts 101, Mississippi State 96
Chaz Williams (5'9''-G-91) scored 28 points, Sean Carter added 20 and Massachusetts outlasted Mississippi State (21-12) in double-overtime in Starkville, Miss. UMass (23-11) won the marathon game by outscoring MSU 11-6 in the second overtime. Williams shot 11-of-20 from the field.

Tennessee 65, Savannah State 51
Jarnell Stokes (6'8''-PF-94) scored 13 points and host Tennessee held off Savannah State. Trae Golden had 11 points, and Yemi Makanjuola and Josh Richardson both added 10 for the Volunteers (19-14). Tennessee led by as many as 17 in the first half, but Savannah State (21-12) pulled within 37-35 with 13:12 left.

Middle Tennessee State 86, Marshall 78
Laron Dendy (6'9''-C-88) had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and host Middle Tennessee beat Marshall (21-14). The fourth-seeded Blue Raiders (26-6) advance to play Tennessee in the second round. J.T. Sulton scored 16 points for Middle Tennessee, 14 in the first half. Shawn Jones added 15.

Courtesy of www.ohio.com


NCAA Tournament: BYU's record comeback beats Iona, 78-72