EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/19/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 24-1 
 2. Cedevita 19-7 
 3. Partizan 19-7 
 4. Buducnost 17-8 
 5. Siroki WWin 15-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 14-12 
 7. Cibona 13-13 
 8. Radnicki K. 12-14 
 9. KK Zagreb CO 12-14 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 11-15 
 11. Krka 9-17 
 12. Hemofarm 7-19 
 13. Helios 7-19 
 14. Zlatorog 2-24 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.4 
 2. Kasun, KK.17.9 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.15.0 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.14.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios14.2 
 8. Pasalic, Helios14.0 
 9. Macvan, Partizan13.8 
 10. Pavkovic, Radnick.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.8 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.3 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.6 
 6. Pavic, Krka6.5 
 7. Simon, Radnicki K.6.5 
 8. Markota, KK.6.2 
 9. Pasalic, Helios6.2 
 10. Omic, Zlatorog6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.0 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki7.0 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.0 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.3 
 6. Jeretin, Union O.4.1 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.3.9 
 8. Simon, KK.3.8 
 9. Nissim, Krka3.7 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Helios1.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 4. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 5. Simon, KK.1.6 
 6. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.1.4 
 10. Draper, Cedevita1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.4 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 5. Thompson, Union O.0.9 
 6. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 8. Rizvic, Buducnost0.8 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 


Round 26: Regular season is over, Maccabi is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Adriatic League just ended.


Union Olimpija - Buducnost 72-68
Union Olimpija managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Buducnost. Buducnost was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 41-29 second half run of Union Olimpija. They also forced 23 Buducnost turnovers. Strangely Buducnost outrebounded Union Olimpija 32-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Buducnost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Finnish point guard Sasu Salin (190-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Montenegrin guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) added 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Buducnost. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: S.Salin 15+3reb+1ast, G.Jeretin 14+4ast, J.Blazic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Thompson 7+2reb, R.Rothbart 6+3reb+2ast, D.Muric 6+4reb+4ast
Buducnost: B.Krstovic 20+1reb, A.Popovic 11+1reb, B.Dubljevic 10+12reb+2ast, M.Milosevic 9+4reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 6+2reb+2ast, N.Ivanovic 5
gschID: 133125


Maccabi T-A - Radnicki K. 92-76
The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Radnicki K. managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) chipped in 18 points. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points and 12 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have an impressive 13-game winning streak.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 18+2reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 14+8reb+4ast, D.Blu 13+4reb+2ast, K.Langford 13+3reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 9+4reb+1ast, S.Schortsanitis 9+4reb+1ast
Radnicki K.: M.Scott 18+7reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 13+9reb, B.Marjanovic 12+9reb, M.Pavkovic 11+3reb+12ast, D.Simon 9+5reb+2ast, B.Bakic 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133120


Cibona - Helios 87-72
The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Cibona forced 19 Helios turnovers. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) responded with 19 points and American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) scored 16 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Barbour 18+3reb+3ast, D.Rudez 17+4reb+1ast, A.Zizic 11+8reb+2ast, D.Kus 11+2ast, G.Suton 8+3reb, T.Hampl 6+5reb
Helios: K.Prepelic 19+3reb+3ast, D.Gay 16+1reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 10+5reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 8+7reb+2ast, B.Cresnar 6+1reb, V.Petrovic 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 133121


KK Zagreb CO - Siroki WWin 48-72
HKK Siroki WWin smashed KK Zagreb CO 72-48 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. KK Zagreb CO was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Zagreb CO to just 4 points in third quarter. HKK Siroki WWin dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to KK Zagreb CO's 32. American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian guard Dino Butorac (192-90) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Center Mario Kasun (213-80) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: Z.Sakic 13+2reb+2ast, D.Planinic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Butorac 10+5reb+3ast, C.Collins 10+6reb+3ast, I.Ramljak 9+3reb+2ast, B.Barac 6+6reb
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 16+7reb+2ast, A.Masic 9+7reb+1ast, M.Halilovic 8+5reb, D.Saric 4+4reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 4+1reb, D.Markota 3+5reb
gschID: 133122


Crvena Zvezda - Partizan 69-84
The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Partizan outrebounded Zvezda 38-23 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Milan Macvan (206-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) responded with 16 points and guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) scored 10 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.James 20+4ast, M.Macvan 18+14reb+4ast, D.Andjusic 10+2reb+2ast, R.Katic 10+5reb, V.Lucic 8+6reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 8+2reb
Crvena Zvezda: O.Thomas 16+4reb+1ast, B.Popovic 10+2reb+4ast, P.Popovic 8+3reb, N.Nedovic 8+2reb, F.Covic 8+2reb+4ast, S.Lesic 6+2reb
gschID: 133123


Cedevita - Hemofarm 80-64
The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Hemofarm was better in fourth quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) chipped in 14 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 17+10reb+1ast, I.Opacak 16+1ast, D.Bagaric 14+4reb+1ast, H.Owens 7+2reb+3ast, D.Draper 7+3reb+3ast, M.Smodis 5+1ast
Hemofarm: M.Sutalo 21+6reb+2ast, M.Jeremic 18+5reb+2ast, M.Pantic 8+4reb+1ast, N.Otasevic 8+3reb+2ast, L.Mitrovic 5+4reb+2ast, D.Gagic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133124


Zlatorog - Krka 57-67
Zlatorog was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Krka forced 19 Zlatorog turnovers. Zlatorog was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) notched 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Jure Balazic (204-80) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 5 rebounds by Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-88) did not help to save the game for Zlatorog. Guard Miha Lapornik (192-93) added 11 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Krka: J.Balazic 12+7reb, S.Pavic 11+9reb, M.Abdul-Hamid 10+3reb, Z.Dragic 8+2reb, U.Lucic 7+2reb, E.Muric 6+2reb+1ast
Zlatorog: L.Lapornik 12+5reb+1ast, M.Lapornik 11+3reb+1ast, M.Smrdelj 10+3reb+1ast, A.Omic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Skific 5+4reb+1ast, D.Vujasinovic 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133119




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  ARGENTINA   


Luis Scola''s 30 points make him top Argentinian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Argentinians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. This week''s number one is former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (24-21) in their last game. Despite Scola''s very good performance the Houston Rockets lost 107-118 on the road to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Scola also added 8 rebounds in 39 minutes on the court. It''s Scola''s fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 74.4% in the 45 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Scola played for the Argentinian senior national team two years ago.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Carlos Delfino (198-82). He led Milwaukee Bucks to an easy victory against the Golden State Warriors (18-24) crushing them 120-98 in the NBA last Friday. Delfino recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. The Milwaukee Bucks have 20-24 record this season. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Delfino has relatively good stats this season: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 41.0%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 75.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Delfino is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) in their last game. Despite Mainoldi''s very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 81-92 in Bilbao to the higher-ranked (#9) Gescrap BB. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Baloncesto Fuenlabrada''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada''s roster. This season Mainoldi''s overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 72.2% in the 21 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Mainoldi is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #4. Guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances) led San Antonio Spurs to a victory against the Orlando Magic (29-16) 122-111 in the NBA in Wednesday night''s game. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-14 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili has been at the team for ten years. This season Ginobili has very high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.2apg. Similarly like Mainoldi and Delfino above Ginobili also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #5. International guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-12) crushing them 90-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Prigioni recorded 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 27 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (18-7) is placed third in the ACB. Prigioni is currently third on the league''s list of most steals with 2.0spg. This year he also averages: 6.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.5apg in the 25 games. Similarly like three previous players above, Prigioni holds both Italian and Argentinian passports. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
   #6. Guard Diego Garcia (190-79) led Blancos de Rueda to a surprising victory over the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-13) 79-70 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night''s game. Garcia was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (6-19) is located at the very bottom in the ACB. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg in the 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team three years ago.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #7. Former international guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) was the major contributor in a Tezenis Verona''s shocking victory against the second-ranked Givova Scafati (16-7) 83-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Porta scored 20 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals. Tezenis Verona (10-12) is placed ninth in the Lega2. Porta belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg. Porta used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #8. Guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Blusens Monbus (8-17) in their last game. Despite Bulfoni''s good performance Blusens Monbus lost 58-71 in Barcelona to the second-ranked Regal FC. He was the second best scorer with 10 points in 18 minutes. This year Bulfoni''s total stats are: 7.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #9. International guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla in a victory against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 75-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Jasen recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (13-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. Jasen has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.5rpg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.


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

   #1. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) led Banca Tercas to a surprising victory over the sixth-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-9) 83-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Cerella was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 assists. Banca Tercas Teramo (8-16) is placed second from the bottom (#16) in the SerieA. It was Banca Tercas'' first victory after four consecutive loses. Cerella''s total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He has also Italian nationality.

   #2. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help FIATC Joventut (11-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut lost 73-81 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria 2014. Van Lacke was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was FIATC Joventut''s first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Van Lacke''s total stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg in the 25 games he played so far. He has also Italian nationality.

   #3. Experienced Patricio Prato (196-G-79) was not able to help Aget Imola (8-14) in their game against MarcoPoloShop.it (7-15) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night''s game Prato was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 steals. Prato has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg. Similarly like Van Lacke and Cerella above he has also Italian passport.

   #4. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81) was not able to secure a victory for Centrale Latte (11-11) in their game against Prima Veroli (10-13) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. Ghersetti was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. But Centrale Latte was badly defeated 83-65 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) Prima Veroli. It was Centrale Latte''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. Ghersetti has reliable stats this year: 14.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3spg in the 21 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has also Italian citizenship.

   #5. Andres Forray (187-PG-86) led Trento to a victory over the 14th-ranked Firenze (2-19) 93-78 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. Forray was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bitumcalor Trento (20-9) is placed first in North-East Division. It''s Forray''s first season with the team. Forray has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.3spg. He has also Italian nationality.

   #6. Diego Corral (205-C-86, also represented by Players Group) was the main contributor in Anagni''s victory against the second-ranked Recanati 79-75 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night''s game. Corral was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Corral has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.5spg in the 28 games. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian passport.

   #7. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) couldn''t help Napoli in their game against Mazzeo San Severo in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday Musso scored 13 points, made 9 passes and 3 steals. Musso is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Musso averages: 19.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 2.8spg. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #8. Franco Migliori (197-G-82) couldn''t help Fileni BPA in their game against Sigma Barcellona in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night''s game Migliori scored 13 points. Migliori has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg and 3.1rpg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian passport.

   #9. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80) couldn''t help Givova Scafati in their game against Tezenis Verona in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his good performance on Sunday night Casini scored 10 points. Casini has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg. He has also Italian nationality.

   #10. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86) contributed to Canarias'' victory against the closely-ranked Menorca Basquet 83-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. Richotti recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. Richotti has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 28 games. He has also Italian passport.


LigaA, Playoff 1/8 Finals: First games - by Eurobasket News
First games of the LigaA 1/8 Finals were played on Friday. Regatas was better than Atenas 73-66, while La Union grabbed 82-83 road win against GERC Indalo. Estudiantes also celebrated on the road beating Sionista 82-86. Teams will meet again today. Quimsa and Boca Juniors will start their best-of-five series on March 21.

1/8 Finals - Round 1
Mar. 16, 2012 Regatas C.-Atenas 73-66
Mar. 21, 2012 Quimsa-Boca Jrs
Mar. 16, 2012 GECR Indalo-La Union 82-83
Mar. 16, 2012 Sionista-Wuber-Est.Bahia 82-86

1/8 Finals - Round 2
Mar. 18, 2012 Regatas C.-Atenas
Mar. 23, 2012 Quimsa-Boca Jrs
Mar. 18, 2012 GECR Indalo-La Union
Mar. 18, 2012 Sionista-Wuber-Est.Bahia


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 10-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 10-3 
 3. KL Dragons 7-5 
 4. Satria Muda 6-7 
 5. Bangkok C. 5-7 
 6. Singapore S. 5-8 
 7. Thailand S. 4-9 
 8. Saigon H. 3-9 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  Tigers
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats17.6 
 3. Wilson, Taipans17.3 
 4. Tragardh, Tigers16.7 
 5. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers16.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Kings16.3 
 8. Deleon, Blaze16.3 
 9. Bose, Kings15.3 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.2 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.4 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.5 
 8. Worthington, Blaze6.3 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.3 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.4 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles3.9 
 7. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 8. Martin, Hawks3.5 
 9. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 10. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.6 
 4. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Glover, Hawks1.2 
 10. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.2 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.5 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.1 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Worthington, Blaze0.7 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-6 
 2. Wildcats 18-9 
 3. Blaze 16-11 
 4. Crocodiles 15-12 
 5. Taipans 14-13 
 6. Tigers 11-16 
 7. Kings 11-16 
 8. 36ers 8-18 
 9. Hawks 7-19 


NBL Round 24: Gold Coast Blaze defeats Adelaide 36ers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-18) gave a tough game to third ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) in Findon on Saturday. The visitors from Broadbeach managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Adelaide 36ers were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Gold Coast Blaze, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Adelaide 36ers' 44. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gold Coast Blaze maintains third position with 16-11 record having three points less than leader Breakers. Adelaide 36ers at the other side keep the eighth place with 18 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze are looking forward to face league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#9) in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Perth. Second ranked host Perth Wildcats (18-9) smashed 3rd ranked Townsville Crocodiles (15-12) 101-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. The winners were led by American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored that evening 19 points and 4 assists and Luke Nevill supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points by the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) did not help to save the game for Townsville Crocodiles. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-9 record having just one points less than leader Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Melbourne Tigers (#6) on the road in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Auckland. First ranked host New Zealand Breakers (20-6) defeated 3rd ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93. The best player for the winners was Thomas Abercrombie who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Anthony Petrie who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Loser Gold Coast Blaze keeps the third place with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will again meet Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gold Coast Blaze will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Melbourne Tigers 71-61. It was a good game for Oscar Forman who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Wollongong Hawks' coach Gordie McLeod allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Wollongong Hawks maintains ninth position with 7-19 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Wollongong Hawks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 24 Kings won against Taipans on the opponent's court 80-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 9 rebounds by Jerai Grant of Kings.



Wildcats - Crocodiles 101-66
The game between Top Four teams took place in Perth. Second ranked host Perth Wildcats (18-9) smashed 3rd ranked Townsville Crocodiles (15-12) 101-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Townsville Crocodiles. It looked good early as Townsville Crocodiles took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Perth Wildcats had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Townsville Crocodiles were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-101. Perth Wildcats dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 28. The winners were led by American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored that evening 19 points and 4 assists and the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) did not help to save the game for Townsville Crocodiles. Forward Todd Blanchfield (200-91) added 18 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. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-9 record having just one points less than leader Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 12 games lost. Perth Wildcats will play against Melbourne Tigers (#6) on the road in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 19+4reb+2ast, T.Blanchfield 18+2reb+3ast, L.Schenscher 7+8reb+2ast, C.Cedar 7+1reb+1ast, E.Mims 6+9reb, E.Gill 4+5reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 19+4reb+4ast, L.Nevill 14+5reb+1ast, S.Redhage 13+3reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 13+2reb+2ast, D.Martin 11+6reb+2ast, B.Robbins 10+4reb+1ast


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Taipans - Kings 74-80
There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Cairns Taipans (14-13) were defeated at home by seventh ranked Kings (11-16) 80-74. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-16 Cairns Taipans' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-74 at the end of the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Cairns Taipans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Kings players scored in double figures. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) added 17 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Cairns Taipans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kings moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tigers. Cairns Taipans lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks (#9) in Gwynneville. Cairns Taipans will play at home against Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 27+9reb+4ast, A.Loughton 17+2reb+1ast, A.Grabau 7+9reb, J.Dowdell 7+2reb, I.Crosswhite 4+5reb+1ast, K.Williams 4+2reb+2ast
Kings: J.Grant 21+9reb, A.Bose 18+11reb+1ast, J.Khazzouh 17+10reb+5ast, B.Madgen 12+1reb+2ast, G.Dann 8+4reb+2ast, L.Cooper 4+4reb+2ast
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36ers - Blaze 83-84
Eighth-ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-18) gave a tough game to third ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) in Findon on Saturday. The visitors from Broadbeach managed to secure only one-point victory 84-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Adelaide 36ers were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Gold Coast Blaze, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Adelaide 36ers' 44. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Will Hudson (206-89, college: Oakland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who added 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) scored 18 points. Five Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze maintains third position with 16-11 record having three points less than leader Breakers. Adelaide 36ers at the other side keep the eighth place with 18 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze are looking forward to face league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#9) in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Simpson 21+11reb+2ast, D.Johnson 18+4reb+3ast, C.Warren 12+3reb+3ast, M.Creek 11+6reb+1ast, S.Weigh 10+5reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 8+4reb+1ast
Blaze: M.Worthington 21+3reb+1ast, W.Hudson 20+13reb+1ast, A.Gibson 12+10reb+6ast, A.Deleon 8+6reb+5ast, A.Petrie 6+4reb+4ast, C.Goulding 6
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Tigers - Hawks 61-71
Bottom-ranked Wollongong Hawks managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Melbourne Tigers 71-61. Melbourne Tigers were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. Wollongong Hawks' coach Gordie McLeod allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) replied with 5 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Tommy Greer (200-83, college: Nova SE) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Wollongong Hawks maintains ninth position with 7-19 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Wollongong Hawks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Tigers: B.Lewis 15, C.Tragardh 11+2reb, T.Greer 8+8reb, M.Burston 8+6reb, M.Allen 5+7reb+6ast, L.Walker 5+7reb+1ast
Hawks: O.Forman 18+1reb, M.Campbell 10+2ast, T.Coenraad 9+1reb, A.Ubaka 8+4reb+4ast, G.Saville 8+3reb+1ast, L.Davidson 7+7reb
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Breakers - Blaze 109-93
The game between Top Four teams took place in Auckland. First ranked host New Zealand Breakers (20-6) defeated 3rd ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Gold Coast Blaze managed to win fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Anthony Petrie (203-83) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four New Zealand Breakers and five Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Loser Gold Coast Blaze keeps the third place with 11 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will again meet Gold Coast Blaze (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gold Coast Blaze will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Blaze: A.Petrie 18+7reb, A.Gibson 14+1reb+4ast, C.Goulding 14+2ast, S.Hoare 13+4reb+1ast, A.Deleon 12+6reb+3ast, W.Hudson 10+5reb
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 24+5reb+1ast, G.Wilkinson 20+5reb+2ast, D.Corletto 17+2reb+1ast, C.Bruton 14+1reb+1ast, A.Pledger 10+6reb, M.Vukona 9+4reb+1ast


Patrick Mills returns to the NBA - by Eurobasket News
Mills Patrick (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) is about to sign a deal with the San Antonio Spurs. The Australian guard is expected to ink a deal in the upcoming hours after the Portland Trail Blazers renounced Mills rights. The Spurs were looking for a backup guard for Tony Parker after T.J. Ford announced his retirement. Mills Patrick started the season with the Melbourne Tigers. He averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds per game. In November the guard moved to Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers. Mills Patrick tallied 26.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game in the CBA. The guard played for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2009/11 seasons. He averaged over 4 points per game in those seasons. Mills Patrick is the member of the Australian National Team. He participated at 2010 World Championship. The guard posted 13.8 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game in Turkey.


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


Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #1. This week''s number one is an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Ingles could not help Regal FC Barcelona (20-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Regal FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 93-90 on the road by the much lower-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (#14). Ingles scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Ingles averages: 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(16-28), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 79.2%. He is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC). Jawai led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory over the third-ranked Zalgiris (9-7) 77-73 in the VTB United League on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Jawai recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 37 minutes. Unics Kazan (14-2) is placed first in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Jawai has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(59-95) and FT: 64.8% in the 14 games he played so far. He played for the Australian national team in 2009.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska). Maric contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (14-8) crushing them 105-78 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night''s game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (20-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Maric''s overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 77.6%(45-58) and FT: 62.5%. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #4. Center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA) was not able to help PGE Turow (0-4) in their game against Trefl Sopot (3-1) in the Polish PLK, despite his very good performance last Sunday. Kickert was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. But the sixth-placed PGE Turow lost 78-87 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Group A. So far PGE Turow lost all four games in the Second Stage. This year Kickert has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg and 3.9rpg in the 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is also Australian national team player.

Rhys Carter
Rhys Carter
   #5. Former international point guard Rhys Carter (190-84) was the main contributor in an Uppsala Basket''s victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-15) 95-81 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Carter scored 29 points (!!!), made 6 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Uppsala Basket (21-15) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It''s Carter''s first season with the team. Carter is currently fifth on the league''s list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Carter averages: 15.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.8apg and 2.5spg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #6. An experienced power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to Khimky''s victory against the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-11) 79-74 in the Russian PBL in Saturday night''s game. Nielsen scored 6 points in 21 minutes. 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 important. This year Nielsen''s overall stats are: 2.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg in the eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Ater Majok
Ater Majok
   #7. Former international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed to Nitra''s victory against the closely-ranked Nova Ves (16-16) 73-64 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. Majok recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 12 blocks. BK SPU Bemaco Nitra (21-11) is placed third in the Extraliga. Majok is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg. Majok used to play for the Australian national team two years ago.

Hugh Greenwood
Hugh Greenwood
   #8. Guard Hugh Greenwood (190-92) contributed to N.Mexico''s surprising victory against the Long Beach State University (7-9) 75-68 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Thursday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 27 minutes. The University of New Mexico has a solid 10-4 conference record this season. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Greenwood has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg in the 34 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #9. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Mary''s, CA (14-2) in their game against the Purdue University (24-8) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. Despite his good performance in Friday night''s game Dellavedova scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Dellavedova averaged so far 11.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Mitchell Young
Mitchell Young
   #10. Forward Mitchell Young (205-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova and both played together in the last NCAA game. Young couldn''t help the St.Mary''s, CA (14-2) in their game against the Purdue University (24-8), despite his good performance last Friday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. But the St.Mary''s, CA was edged 72-69 on their home court in Moraga, CA by the Purdue University. Young''s stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg in the 34 games. He is a former U19 international player as three years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) couldn''t help Ikaros in their game against Kavala in the Greek A1. Baynes was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 8 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-71. Baynes is the league''s best rebounder. This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg and 8.9rpg. Baynes plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Cameron Bairstow (205-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hugh Greenwood and both played together in the last NCAA game. Bairstow contributed to N.Mexico''s shocking victory against the Long Beach State University 75-68. He scored 7 points and blocked 2 shots. This season Bairstow has very high stats. He averages: 26.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg. Bairstow used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Cody Ellis (203-90) couldn''t help the St.Louis in their game against the Xavier University in the conference tournament, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 25 minutes. But his team lost 64-71. Ellis has very impressive stats this year: 26.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

   #14. University international forward Clint Steindl (200-89) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. He played also in the last NCAA game facing Mitchell Young (above) in the other team. Steindl couldn''t help the St.Mary''s, CA in their game against the Purdue University. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 72-69. This season Steindl has very high stats. He averages: 26.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg. Steindl plays currently for the Australian university national team.

   #15. Former international guard Jorden Page (185-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matthew Dellavedova. He played also in the last NCAA game facing Clint Steindl (above) in the other team. Page couldn''t help the St.Mary''s, CA in their game against the Purdue University. He scored 5 points in 29 minutes. His team was edged 72-69. Page has very impressive stats this year: 26.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.


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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 105-115 on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 5 assists in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Irving''s third season in pro basketball. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 5.4apg in the 37 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite his Australian passport, Irving previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. John Fitzgerald (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) led Malbas to a victory over the 12th-ranked Hogsbo (5-16) 81-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night''s game. He was the top player that evening. Fitzgerald scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) in 39 minutes. Malbas Oresund (21-1) is placed first in South group. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fitzgerald is currently second on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 26.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg in the 20 games.


Blog #2..Ron Dorsey "Road to Pro" - by Ronald Dorsey
Whats going on world! Been a while since I last posted a blog, but I'm back to fill you guys in on how my first couple of years as a Pro started off. It all begin in 2005 at Karhut Kauhajoen (1st Division) Finland where head coach Greg Gibson gave me a great opportunity and a chance to showcase my skills at the pro level. My HUNGER to make it to the TOP was on another level. I knew it wasn't the best paying job in the world but I was doing something that I loved doing in another country, it was truly a BLESSING!! So continued working hard and getting better each day in the land of the SNOW (lol). Knowing that if I had a good year that it could only better my chances of getting a even better gig the following season. So we ended up making the playoffs for the 1st time in Karhu history that year and finished up in 3rd place which was big for us! Following that, I went back home and worked my a$$ off in the off season once again improving on my weaknesses! So the summer went on and got a call from a team in Lithuania. (Neptunas, Klaipeda/ Lithuania-LKL & Baltic League) I'll tell you this, I didn't know one thing about the country (lol)! But one thing I did know is that it was another step closer to my dream. So next you know I was on a plane headed to LT! What an experience coming from Detroit, MI ending up in Klaipeda. God put me in good hands once again with a cool coaching staff and great teammates that was ready to work together to get the job done. We went on to 3rd in the regular season and making it the farthest in the playoffs in clubs history. Another good year under my belt as a PRO baller. After my 06-07 season in LT, I went back to the drawing board. Now my agents is finding jobs in France and Italy. I choose to agree terms with (SPO Rouen Basket/ France-ProB) where I spent my following 2 seasons playing after winning a championship there in Pro B and moving the team up to the highest level in France (Pro A). After helping keep SPO Rouen up in Pro A I moved on to another team that was in Pro B France/ Etendard de Brest where I only played half the season due to injury. This was my hardest times as a ball player. It takes a great amount of mental toughness to get through a season ending injury. But my drive and resiliency to get back on the court and be ready for the 2010 season is what got my through those hard times. So the 2010 summer was here, and i was feeling better than ever! God was on my side and I had got the chance to workout in Training Camp with San Antonio Spurs (NBA) for a couple of days. What an experience to get out there and go up against some of the big names in the league. It was one of the best learning experiences in my life. After that I was ready for the 2010-11 season to began. Now at this point I had played 5yrs in Europe and was thinking of opening new doors in my career so my agent told me about Australia.. Yea, same thing I said?!?! lol 'You talking about where they breed Kangaroos? hahaha' YUP, 'the good ole country DOWN UNDER' my agent replied. After asking all of my friends that played over in Australia they were telling me nothing but great things about it and now I see why.. it's a beautiful country and place to live! Cairns, Aus was my next stop. The Tropic's is what I call it. Love it up there on and off the court. The fans were the best in the league and we had a group of guys that was ready for new challenges. We had played ourselves into a top 4 spot given us a entry into the playoffs and made it all the way to the Grand Finals.. 1st time in Cairns history. It felt great to be back on a good track after coming off a injury the previous year. After another hard working summer went by, I received a call from Melbourne Tigers. One of the well-known clubs out here in Australia. I was once again excited about starting a new journey with new faces after coming up short in game 3 of the grand finals the previous year. With one more game to go in the 2011-12 season I'll say that we've had our ups and downs this season. But one thing that we can control is our controllables. Meaning: The things you are responsible for and can control and can do something about! Which for me is finishing hard with no regrets and continuing on getting better each day.
Keep GOD 1st and all will fall into place...Believe That!!
RonD
@RonnyRealNice



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


Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week''s number one is former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.). He contributed to an overtime Benetton Treviso''s victory against the closely-ranked Angelico Biella (11-13) 96-94 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night''s game. Ortner recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes on the court. Benetton Treviso (10-13) is placed 13th in the SerieA. Ortner has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 60.4%(61-101) and FT: 70.4% in the 13 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team five years ago.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Jason Detrick (198-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma). Detrick was the major contributor in a 2-point Lleida Basquet''s victory against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Leon (12-15) 76-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (18-10) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Detrick is currently eighth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Detrick averages: 15.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 72.8%. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Matej Kljaic (193-91). Kljaic contributed to a 3-point Svjetlost''s victory against the closely-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-12) 73-70 in the Croatian A1 on Wednesday night. He recorded 9 points in 30 minutes. Svjetlost Slavonski Brod (10-10) is placed fifth in the A1. The Regular Season already ended. This year Kljaic''s overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 74.1% in the 17 games. He played for the Austrian U16 national team five years ago.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #4. Guard Anton Maresch (192-91, agency: Two Points), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) could not help River Andorra (16-3) to beat Ourense (3-9). Maresch scored 7 points. The league leader River Andorra was badly defeated 82-66 on the road by the much lower-ranked Ourense (#10). They ended the series of twelve consecutive victories. Maresch''s total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also Austrian national team player.

Hermann Opoku
Hermann Opoku
   #5. Former international power forward Hermann Opoku (205-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: G.Washington) was not able to help BK Pardubice (22-10) in their game against CEZ Nymburk (30-1) in the Czech Republic NBL. Opoku did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed BK Pardubice lost 74-85 at home to the leading CEZ Nymburk in the A1 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Opoku''s total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.2rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Austrian national team two years ago.


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

   #1. Ivan Djerman (203-F-83), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League could not help Amicale (8-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Djerman''s very good performance Amicale (#2) was defeated 71-66 at home by the second-ranked Sparta in the 1-6 places group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Djerman also added 2 blocks. It''s Djerman''s first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Djerman averages: 15.1ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.4apg. He has also Croatian nationality.


Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Telemach League
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Gunther Zajic (183-G-85) plays for Werne in German Regionalliga
Alexander Schreiner (208-C-90) plays for Bamberg in German 2.Regionalliga
Hansjorg Schuetzinger (190-G/F-90) plays for Birsfelden in Swiss 1LN


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 21-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 19-7 
 3. Wels 18-8 
 4. Klosterneub. 18-9 
 5. Oberwart 17-10 
 6. Gussing 11-16 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 13-13 
 2. BC Vienna 11-15 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-17 
 4. Arkadia 7-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.0 
 2. Booker, St.Polten23.4 
 3. Drenovac, Arkadia22.4 
 4. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.8 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart18.0 
 7. Djuric, Gussing17.8 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg17.7 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.17.3 
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.8.2 
 4. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Oppland, Gmunden7.7 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 8. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 10. Robinson, Fursten.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.7 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.6 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.7 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.1 
 10. Lanegger, Kloster.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.1 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Toroman, BC Vienna1.6 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.5 
 8. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Drenovac, Arkadia1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 3. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 5. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 6. Djurkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 7. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 


Seven...March Madness! - by Anthony Shavies

Seven in a row! That's right, we've won seven games in a row. We're playing well as a team right now. There's a saying in America 'less is more'. We have less players than we had two months ago but we ate getting more results.
Before Max got injured he was really playing well for us. He was good defensively as usual and was really starting to heat up offensively.
Kevin Payton has picked up right where Max left off. KP has been playing extremely well during the seven game win streak. And he's doing it on both ends of the floor, while playing multiple positions.
Of course this streak is a result of all the players pitching in. But I really think KP is a big reason we've had so much success lately.
Unfortunately my Missouri State Bears are done playing this season. It's sad, but I'm not disappointed. Those guys have given so much all year, playing through sickness and injuries. At the end of the day they gave it all they had, and things didn't go their way. Good season fellas, can't wait to see all of you in a couple months.
I've been holding this in for a while now, so I'm just going to say it. Something NEEDS to be done about the referee's in Austria. They have really struggled this season. The players aren't going to make every shot and the officials aren't going to get every call right. But they need to do a better job, and if they are not capable then the league needs to find officials that are capable of doing a better job.
It's March Madness people, the best time of year for sports in my opinion. The first two days of the NCAA tournament are the best, because you can watch college basketball all day. There is no other sporting event like the 'Big Dance'. There's always huge upsets (such as Norfolk St. beating Fizzou) and the excitement and intensity level is like nothing else.
My final four picks are Michigan St, Baylor, Florida St and eventual champion North Carolina.
The voting for the Austrian league All-Star game has concluded and the teams have been announced. A lot of people were asking me how I felt about being left off the roster. I don't really care, like I said in an earlier blog very rarely are those kinda of things true indications of how good a person is playing. For the record I rank 3rd (18.8) in the league in scoring, 3rd (5.6) in assists and 2nd (2.4) in steals, I don't need anybody's validation. I know I'm ballin'. I feel more snubbed about not being in the 3pt contest, but oh well.
Shout Outs:
S/O to my homie Katia, cause she's cool like that, follow her on twitter (@Katia)
Joke time:
Bob was in trouble, he forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was extremely upset.
She told him 'tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds...AND IT BETTER BE THERE!'
The next morning his wife woke up to find a gift-wrapped box in the driveway. Confused, she brought the box inside and. She then open the gift-wrapped box and found brand new bathroom scale...BOOM!



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


Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford). He was the major contributor in Budivelnyk''s victory against the seventh-ranked Dnipro (18-16) 95-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Tuesday night''s game. Parakhouski scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. Budivelnyk Kyiv (24-6) is placed first in the Superleague. 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 will be critical. It''s Parakhouski''s first year with the team. This season Parakhouski averages: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.0%(67-108) and FT: 67.6% in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management). Veremeenko led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory against the third-ranked Zalgiris (9-7) 77-73 in the VTB United League last Friday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Unics Kazan (14-2) is placed first in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Unics Kazan''s roster. Veremeenko''s overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 71.7%(43-60) and FT: 74.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: New Trend Agency). He contributed to Ferro-ZNTU''s victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (13-20) 89-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Tuesday night. Kandrusevich scored 19 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (20-14) is placed fifth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kandrusevich has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 80.5% in the 28 games. Kandrusevich played for the Belarusian national team two years ago.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #4. Power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rudupis (12-8) crushing them 88-55 in the Baltic League in Saturday night''s game. He scored 15 points. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (12-7) is placed fourth in group 1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Baltic League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It''s Ulyanko''s first season with the team. Ulyanko has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2008.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #5. Former international point guard Dante Stiggers (187-82, college: S.Mississippi) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KAOD (8-14) 77-59 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. Stiggers scored 11 points in 24 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (10-13) is placed eighth in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Stiggers'' total stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Stiggers used to play for the Belarusian national team two years ago. He played also for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #6. Swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92), who plays in Lithuania could not help Siauliai (16-4) to beat Triumph Lyubertsy (15-4). Liutych recorded 8 points. The first-placed Siauliai was defeated 84-76 on the road by the second-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in the group 1 of Baltic League. It was Siauliai''s first loss after three consecutive victories. This season Liutych averages only 3.0ppg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #7. International center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Giurgiu (6-19) crushing them 82-58 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night''s game. Aliakseyeu recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (18-7) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Aliakseyeu has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.6rpg in the 23 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #8. Forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, also represented by New Trend Agency) managed to help BC Odessa to win against the 11th-ranked Mykolaiv (11-23) 98-81 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. Korshuk scored 5 points. BC Odessa (20-14) is placed sixth in the Superleague. It was his team''s first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Korshuk has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2009.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #9. International guard Valery Gandlin (191-86) was not able to help Kiryat Tivon (12-10) in their game against Ironi Nahariya (8-14) in the Israeli National League (second division). Gandlin recorded 9 points in 24 minutes. But Kiryat Tivon was badly defeated 99-79 in Nahariya by the lower-ranked (#10) Ironi. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Gandlin has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg and 2.5apg in the six games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian national team.


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

   #1. Sergey Karpov (200-F-80), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (5-19) in their last game. Despite Karpov''s very good performance the bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny lost 80-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Universitet-Yugra. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 28 minutes. It was Sojuz Zaretchny''s third consecutive loss in a row. Karpov has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 2.0rpg in the 24 games he played so far. He has also Russian nationality.

   #2. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) was not able to help one of league''s weakest teams Lev Hasharon (7-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Yeremishin''s good performance Lev Hasharon was badly defeated 94-76 in Kiryat Ata by the higher-ranked Ironi (#11). He recorded 11 points. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yeremishin has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin''s Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.


Rutkauskas' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
19-year old forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for Minsk-2006 II and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out SBK Osipovichi (#5, 8-13) 83-82. Minsk-2006 II maintains the 6th position in Belarusian league. Minsk-2006 II is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 7-14 record. Rutkauskas just recently signed at Minsk-2006 II, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Rutkauskas has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.8ppg. Rutkauskas is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of SBK Osipovichi. He is a guard in his first season at SBK Osipovichi. In the last game Sitnik recorded impressive 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as SBK Osipovichi was edged by slightly lower-ranked Minsk-2006 II (#6, 7-14) 83-82. SBK Osipovichi is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Sitnik is a newcomer at SBK Osipovichi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#2). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another SBK Osipovichi's star - guard Siarhei Charykau (184-PG-82). Charykau scored 17 points and passed seven assists. Despite Charykau's great performance SBK Osipovichi lost 82-83 to slightly lower-ranked Minsk-2006 II (#6, 7-14). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of SBK Osipovichi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Charykau could try to bring SBK Osipovichi's a little bit higher in the standings. Charykau has individually a great season in Belarus. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (3rd best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) of Grodno-93 - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Siarhei Sapegin (195-G-84) of Rubon - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ilya Sharipov (197-G-91) of SBK Osipovichi - 8 points and 6 rebounds
8. Viktor Ovsepian (200-F-91) of Rubon - 14 points and 3 rebounds
9. Marsel Ovsepian (202-F-90) of Rubon - 10 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgians who are currently playing abroad.


Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83). He was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB''s victory against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 92-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Hervelle scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. This year Hervelle averages: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 48.1% in the 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom could not help CAI Zaragoza (13-12) to beat Real Madrid (20-5). He recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 85-71 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Van Rossom''s overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(37-64), 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 69.2%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Yannick Driesen
Yannick Driesen
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88). He led Asefa Estudiantes to a victory against the eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-12) 74-67 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Driesen scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (7-17) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ACB. This year Driesen''s overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 27.8% in the 19 games. Worth to mention Driesen played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He played for the Belgian national team two years ago.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #4. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help PBG Basket (9-21) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lichodzijewski''s very good performance the seventh-placed PBG Basket was edged 83-81 at home by the higher-ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#6) in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Lichodzijewski also added 6 rebounds. Lichodzijewski has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Lichodzijewski used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2008.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #5. An experienced international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) contributed to Kryvbasbasket''s victory against the league outsider Halychyna (7-26) 88-83 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (13-20) is placed tenth in the Superleague. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Faison''s total stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Faison plays currently for the Belgian national team. He used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #6. Point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli-Braga (8-16) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (18-6) in the Italian SerieA. Tabu-Eboma recorded 6 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. Vanoli-Braga was badly defeated 79-61 in Siena by the leading Montepaschi. This year Tabu-Eboma has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Dimitri Jorssen
Dimitri Jorssen
   #7. Former international power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Heffingen (8-13) 85-68 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Saturday. Jorssen recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 15 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 7-10 places. AS Soleuvre (10-11) is placed second. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. It''s Jorssen''s first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Jorssen averages: 16.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Belgian national team six years ago.


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

   #1. Experienced Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Fileni BPA (11-11) to beat Sigma Barcellona (13-10). Hoover scored 7 points and had 6 steals. Fileni BPA was defeated 87-76 on the road by the higher-ranked Sigma Barcellona (#5). It was Fileni BPA''s first loss after three consecutive victories. It''s Hoover''s first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. Hoover is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Belgium.

   #2. Christopher Jones (188-G-90) led Amicale to a victory over the second-ranked Musel Pikes (19-4) 86-75 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. Jones was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. Amicale Steinsel (8-13) is placed second. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Jones is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Amicale''s roster. Jones is currently first on the league''s list of most steals with 2.7spg. This year his other stats are: 11.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.3apg in the 21 games he played so far. Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg. Despite his Belgian passport, Jones currently plays for the Luxembourg national team and is not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #3. Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80) was not able to help Helsingborg (8-12) in their game against Nassjo (19-2) in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). He cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. Oelbrandt scored only 2 points. Helsingborg (#7) was defeated 94-79 at home by the second-ranked Nassjo in the South group. It was Helsingborg''s third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Oelbrandt has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 4.0rpg.


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 19-5 
 2. Gembo 18-6 
 3. Fleurus 17-7 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 17-7 
 5. Excelsior 16-8 
 6. St-Niklase 14-10 
 7. Sprimont 12-11 
 8. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-12 
 9. Essor Charleroi 11-13 
 10. Liege II 10-13 
 11. M.Hainaut II 8-14 
 12. Melsele 4-19 
 13. De Westhoek 4-20 
 14. Gistel 4-20 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 22-2 
 2. Bosna 18-6 
 3. Capljina 17-7 
 4. Varda HE 15-9 
 5. Mladost 14-10 
 6. Leotar 14-10 
 7. Servitium 10-14 
 8. Hercegovac 10-14 
 9. Borac Nektar 8-16 
 10. Zrinjski HT 8-16 
 11. Vogosca 8-16 
 12. Brotnjo 7-17 
 13. Celik 5-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin


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


Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (13-12) crushing them 90-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Teletovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (18-7) is placed third in the ACB. It''s Teletovic''s sixth season with the team. Teletovic is currently second on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Teletovic averages: 17.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 72.2% in the 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois). He was the main contributor in an Unics Kazan''s victory against the sixth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) 66-55 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. Domercant was the best player in that game. He scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Unics Kazan (14-2) is placed first in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It''s Domercant''s first season with the team. Domercant has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(41-72), 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 82.4%. He is a naturalized American. Domercant is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure). Bremer was the major contributor in a Armani Milano''s victory against the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night''s game. He recorded 15 points and added 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 23 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-9) is placed third in the SerieA. This year Bremer has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.7%(15-26), 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 75.0% in the six games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #4. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to Timisoara''s victory against the seventh-ranked Craiova (18-10) 82-73 in the Romanian Division A last Wednesday. Jovanovic was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and added 9 passes. BC Timisoara (19-5) is placed second in the Division A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Jovanovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.8apg. Jovanovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #5. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in Croatia could not help KK Zagreb CO (12-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance the ninth-placed KK Zagreb CO was badly defeated 88-68 on the road by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. Masic was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Masic''s overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #6. Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) contributed to Kavala''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Ikaros (6-17) 79-71 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. Pasalic was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 37 minutes. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (12-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pasalic has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg in the 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #7. International forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by Beo Basket) was not able to help Lottomatica Roma (10-14) in their game against Bennet Cantu (15-8) in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance in Sunday night''s game. Djedovic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Lottomatica Roma was edged 73-72 in Cantu by the second-ranked Bennet. It was Lottomatica Roma''s third consecutive loss in a row. Djedovic''s stats this year are: 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 24 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #8. Shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hemofarm (12-6) 80-64 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Opacak scored 16 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (19-7) is placed second in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Opacak''s total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2009.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #9. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) was not able to secure a victory for Karsiyaka (13-10) in their game against Anadolu Efes (19-4) in the Turkish TBL, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Ikonic was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. But Karsiyaka lost 59-71 at home to the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Ikonic averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg in the 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #10. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Masic. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Halilovic couldn''t help KK Zagreb CO (12-14) in their game against HKK Siroki WWin (15-11). He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. KK Zagreb CO (#9) was crushed 72-48 on their home court in Zagreb by the higher-ranked HKK Siroki WWin (#5) in the group A of Adriatic League. Halilovic''s total stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to a Banvit BK''s victory against the 14th-ranked Antalya 84-79 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night''s game. Bajramovic recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He averaged so far 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. Bajramovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International forward Milan Milosevic (205-85) couldn''t help Buducnost in their game against Union Olimpija in the Adriatic League. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 68-72. This year Milosevic''s total stats are: 3.3ppg and 3.0rpg in the 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #13. An experienced former international power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Syracuse) couldn''t help LTi 46ers in their game against BG Goettingen in the German BBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night''s game Ovcina recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. He averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.3apg. Ovcina used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team seven years ago.

   #14. International guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) couldn''t help ETB Wohnbau in their game against Webmoebel Baskets in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 25 points. This season Kapelan has very high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg. Kapelan plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nihad Djedovic and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Gordic couldn''t help Lottomatica Roma in their game against Bennet Cantu, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. But his team was edged 73-72. Gordic has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.


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

   #1. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) led Khimky to a victory over the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-11) 79-74 in the Russian PBL last Saturday. Planinic was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and added 7 assists. 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. Planinic is currently seventh on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Planinic previously played for the Croatian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #2. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) was the main contributor in a 1-point Fenerbahce Ulker''s victory against the 12th-ranked Mersin (8-15) 82-81 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Bogdanovic recorded 20 points and added 6 passes in 31 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (17-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Bogdanovic''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 22 games he played so far. Bogdanovic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, Bogdanovic currently plays for the Croatian national team and cannot be called to the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #3. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) contributed to a KK Zagreb CO''s victory against the seventh-ranked Cibona (13-13) 88-84 in a derby game in the Adriatic League in Tuesday night''s game. He was the best player in that game. Markota recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (12-14) is placed ninth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Markota''s overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Bogdanovic and Planinic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Markota''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team.

   #4. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) helped Real Madrid win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (6-19) crushing them 76-55 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday. Begic scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 19 minutes. Real Madrid (20-5) is placed first in the ACB. Begic is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.5bpg. This year he also averages: 5.5ppg and 4.2rpg in the 24 games. Begic also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, Begic currently plays for the Slovenian national team.

   #5. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) helped Olympiakos win their game against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-8) 73-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Friday night''s game. Keselj scored 9 points. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (21-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team''s 18th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Keselj''s total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Despite Keselj''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Serbian national team.

   #6. Vanja Plisnic (205-F/C-80, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Plisnic''s good performance Banco di Sardegna Sassari was defeated 83-78 on the road by the one of league''s weakest teams Banca Tercas (#16). He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Plisnic also added 4 assists. Plisnic''s total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg. He has also Serbian nationality.

   #7. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) faced previously mentioned Damir Markota in the Adriatic League last game. Suton, who plays in Croatia was not able to help Cibona (13-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Cibona (#7) was defeated 88-84 in a derby game by the lower-ranked KK Zagreb CO (#9) in the group A of Adriatic League. Suton recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Suton''s total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 5.2rpg. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Suton''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team.

   #8. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87), who plays in Ukraine was not able to secure a victory for Budivelnyk (5-11) in their last game. Despite Sehovic''s very good performance Budivelnyk (#8) lost 79-90 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Zalgiris in the group A of VTB United League. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Sehovic also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Sehovic''s total stats are: 9.3ppg and 4.6rpg in the 16 games. He holds both Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina passports. Despite Sehovic''s Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he currently plays for the Montenegrin national team.

   #9. Experienced Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Damir Markota. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Mulaomerovic, who plays in Croatia couldn''t help KK Zagreb CO (12-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance KK Zagreb CO (#9) was badly defeated 88-68 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. Mulaomerovic scored 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. Mulaomerovic belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #7 with 3.9apg. He also averaged so far 9.3ppg and 1.2rpg in the 17 games. Mulaomerovic has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Mulaomerovic previously played for the Croatian national team.

   #10. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) helped Anwil win their game against the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni 82-69 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hajric''s total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 5.4rpg. He has also Polish citizenship.


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Sao Jose/Vinac jump on top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose/Vinac improved at 20-5 record on top of the NBB standings. They knocked down Winner/Limeira 83:71 on the road in the last round of action. Limeira were up by 2 points at halftime 43:41 at halftime. But Sao Jose/Vinac turned things around in the second half. The visitors limited Winner/Limeira to just 11 points in the final quarter and snatched the victory at the end. Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Sao Jose. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) contributed 15 points in the victory. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) answered with 23 points for Winner/Limeira.
Flamengo celebrated the 18th win in the season as they snatched a 98:96 road win over Uberlandia. The teams were tied at 90 after regulation time but Flamengo managed to pull away with a narrow win in the extra time. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 30 points to lead the visitors. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) provided 22 points in the victory. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) responded with 24 points for Uberlandia.
Vivo/Franca earned the 12th win as they held off Tijuca 94:82 at home court. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 25 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists to pace the hosts. Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) netted 20 points for the hosts. George Yeye Torres (183-PG) produced 14 points for Tijuca.



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


Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week''s number one is former international center Hilario Nene (207-82). He led Denver Nuggets to an overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks (25-19) 118-117 in the NBA in Tuesday night''s game. Nene was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks (made all of his six free throws) in 39 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have 25-20 record this season. It''s Nene''s tenth year with the team. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 67.7% in the 28 games he played so far. Nene played for the Brazilian senior national team five years ago.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs'' victory against the Washington Wizards (10-33) 112-97 in the NBA last Monday. Splitter scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-14 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Splitter has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(146-239) and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82). He led Toronto Raptors to a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-25) 96-88 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Barbosa recorded 17 points in 25 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 15-30 record this season. Barbosa has very impressive stats this year: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 83.5% in the 42 games. He played for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #4. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help CAI Zaragoza (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hettsheimer''s very good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated 85-71 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Hettsheimer also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Hettsheimer is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg and 6.6rpg. Hettsheimer is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #5. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona''s victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (8-17) 71-58 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Huertas recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (20-5) is placed second in the ACB. This year Huertas'' overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.5apg in the 25 games. He has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. Huertas plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #6. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) helped Le Mans win their game against the closely-ranked ASVEL (10-12) 84-73 in the French ProA in Friday night''s game. He recorded 14 points in 27 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Le Mans'' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #7. University international guard Scott Machado (185-90), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Iona (11-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Iona lost 72-78 in Provo, UT to the Brigham Young University. Machado had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes in 37 minutes. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Machado has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg in the 18 games. Machado is a naturalized American. He is also Brazilian university national team player. Strangely Machado has never played in Brazil.

Paulo Prestes
Paulo Prestes
   #8. Center Paulo Prestes (210-88) helped his Lithuanian team Pieno Zvaigzdes win their game against the tenth-ranked Baltai Kaunas (4-16) crushing them 73-51 in the Baltic League in Saturday night''s game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (9-10) is placed seventh in group 1. The Regular Season already ended in the Baltic League. Prestes has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #9. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92) helped Meridiano Alicante win their game against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Freire recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Freire has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #10. Point guard Raul Neto (186-92) faced previously mentioned Rafael Freire in the Spanish ACB last game. Neto was not able to secure a victory for one of league''s weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (14-11). He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Neto recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Lagun Aro GBC lost 68-79 in Alicante to the higher-ranked (#5) Meridiano. It was Lagun Aro GBC''s first loss after four consecutive victories. Neto has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 25 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.) helped Hebraica win their game against the fourth-ranked Bigua 80-64 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. Passos recorded 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Passos is currently sixth on the league''s list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 14.7ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the 14th-ranked Basquet Mallorca 80-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU) helped Tuscany Pistoia win their game against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE 71-55 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Tavernari scored 6 points and had 3 steals. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.9spg. Tavernari used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

   #14. best in steals with 2.3spg. He also averaged so far 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 28 games. Toledo used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U18 international center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) managed to help Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto in a victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Leon 78-61 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Leichtweis recorded only 1 points in 4 minutes on the court. He has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.4rpg in the 27 games. Leichtweis used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team six years ago.


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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Defensor (6-4) to beat Atletico Welcome (8-2). He did not beat the league record on Friday evening. Soarez recorded only 1 points and grabbed 80 rebounds. The third-placed Defensor was edged 83-81 in a derby game by the second-ranked Atletico Welcome in the Serie 2. It''s Soarez''s first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 3.2ppg and 4.8rpg. Soarez has also Uruguayan nationality.

   #2. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Real Madrid (20-5) 83-66 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Faverani scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (14-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Faverani''s total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #3. Bruno Cavalcante (201-F/C-91, college: Peninsula JC) led CAB Madeira to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Sampaense (7-12) crushing them 106-86 in the Portuguese LPB on Sunday night. Cavalcante recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. CAB Madeira (11-6) is placed fifth in the LPB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Cavalcante has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.6rpg.

   #4. Guilherme Gitterer (204-C-85) led Gandia Basquet to a 2-point victory against the league outsider Tenerife (4-16) 63-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (5-15) is placed 11th in the LEB Silver. It was his team''s first victory after seven consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gitterer has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 5.7rpg in the 20 games he played so far. He has also Spanish citizenship.

   #5. Experienced Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) was not able to help Trouville (3-7) in their game against Malvin (7-3) in the Uruguayan LUB. Correa scored 6 points. The fifth-placed Trouville was defeated 65-60 in a derby game by the second-ranked Malvin in the Serie 1. Correa has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Syrian. Despite Correa''s Brazilian passport, he currently plays for the Syrian national team and is not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #6. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82) managed to help Shiga Lakestars to win against the second-ranked Akita Happinets 79-74 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. He scored only 4 points. Hatano has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Japanese.


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 20-5 
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 20-5 
 3. Flamengo 18-6 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 18-6 
 5. Paulistano 16-9 
 6. Unitri/Universo 16-10 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 15-10 
 8. Cia do Terno 12-12 
 9. Vivo/Franca 12-13 
 10. Winner/Limeira 11-14 
 11. Minas 9-16 
 12. Liga Sorocaba 9-16 
 13. Tijuca TC 8-17 
 14. Araraquara 2-23 
 15. Vila Velha 1-25 


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  BULGARIA   


Jared Homan''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bulgarian players, who play currently abroad.


Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #1. This week''s number one is former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.). Homan was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams LTi 46ers (8-20) 80-71 in the German BBL last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. FC Bayern Muenchen (17-11) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Homan is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 48.1% and FT: 50.4%. Homan is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely Homan has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Calloway could not help Cajasol (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Cajasol was defeated 77-73 at home by the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#12). Calloway was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added made 5 passes and 4 steals. This season Calloway averages: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 80.6%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket). Ivanov led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro to a victory against the fourth-ranked Umana Venezia (14-9) 93-88 in the Italian SerieA last Tuesday. He recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 28 minutes. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-13) is placed 11th in the SerieA. Ivanov is currently fourth on the league''s list of best rebounders with 7.7rpg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 67.7% in the 23 games he played so far. Ivanov is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #4. Forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider ZTE KK (1-22) crushing them 109-80 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He recorded 15 points. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (18-4) is placed third in the A Division. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Nikolov''s first season with the team. Nikolov has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) led Feni Indistrija to a victory over the closely-ranked Torus Skopje (15-11) 79-66 in the FYR Macedonian Superleague in Wednesday night''s game. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (21-5) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. This year Lilov''s overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #6. Guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed to Kavala''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Ikaros (6-17) 79-71 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. Kostov scored 10 points. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (12-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kostov''s total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #7. International guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA) was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) in the Spanish ACB. Rowland scored 5 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes. Unicaja Malaga lost 67-74 on the road to the one of league''s weakest teams (#17) Asefa Estudiantes. It was Unicaja Malaga''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Rowland''s total stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.6apg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is also Bulgarian national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #8. An experienced guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (9-7) in their game against CSKA Moscow (14-2) in the VTB United League. Blakney recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. The fourth-placed Lokomotiv was defeated 88-73 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group B of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Blakney has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #9. International forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante''s victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Ivanov recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Ivanov is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.9rpg. This year he also averages: 12.5ppg and 1.4apg in the 24 games. Ivanov is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #10. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) couldn''t help Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) in their game against Gescrap BB (13-12) in the Spanish ACB. Simmons recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 71-69 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked (#9) Gescrap BB. Simmons has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.4rpg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, also represented by Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) managed to help Olin Edirne Basketball to win against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi 74-68 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night''s game. Videnov recorded only 2 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Videnov has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.8apg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances) couldn''t help Solna Vikings in their game against Eco Orebro in the Swedish Basketligan. Doychinov scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 120-102. Doychinov has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1bpg in the 36 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, another player represented by Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) couldn''t help Stade Clermont in their game against Orchesien BC in the French NM1 (third division). Naydenov scored 9 points in 27 minutes. His team was crushed by 38 points 97-59. Naydenov has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Hristo Petkov (200-85, college: Campbellsville) helped Bakken win their game against the eighth-ranked Aalborg crushing them 87-62 in the Danish Ligaen last Monday. Petkov scored only 2 points. Petkov has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.1rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2001.


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

   #1. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter''s), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Umana Venezia (14-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia lost 88-93 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#11) Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Clark was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) in 36 minutes. Clark has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg in the 23 games he played so far. Clark is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #2. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) led his French team Chalon/Saor to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne (3-3) 75-73 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (3-3) is placed first. Evtimov has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 14 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French. Despite Evtimov''s Bulgarian passport, he currently plays for the French national team and is not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Superleague was not able to help Torus Skopje (15-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Torus Skopje was defeated 93-87 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#6). Karadzovski was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The Second Stage already ended. Karadzovski is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Karadzovski averages: 16.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Karadzovski''s Bulgarian nationality, he previously played for the FYR Macedonian national team and probably cannot be called to the Bulgarian team.

   #4. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) in their game against Gescrap BB (13-12) in the Spanish ACB. Deane recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 18 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 71-69 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked (#9) Gescrap BB. Deane has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #5. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus to win against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-8) 73-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Friday. He scored only 1 points. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (21-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team''s 18th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Antic has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg. He has both FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian nationalities.

   #6. Riste Stefanov (198-G-81, also represented by Interperformances) couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams Ilysiakos in their game against KAOD in the Greek A1. Stefanov cannot count Wednesday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was defeated 94-81. This season Stefanov averages just 2.2ppg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.


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  CAMEROON   


Luc Mbah a Moute''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cameroonians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Cameroonian players, who play currently abroad.


Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week''s number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He was the major contributor in a Milwaukee Bucks'' victory against the Golden State Warriors (18-24) crushing them 120-98 in the NBA in Friday night''s game. Mbah a Moute had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 20-24 record this season. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Mbah a Moute''s fourth year with the team. Mbah a Moute has relatively good stats this season: 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 47.7% and FT: 72.9% in the 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown). Samnick led Sluc Nancy to a victory over the 12th-ranked JSF Nanterre (8-14) crushing them 81-59 in the French ProA last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Samnick scored 17 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (14-8) is placed fifth in the ProA. This season Samnick averages: 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(74-134), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 64.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick is in the roster of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA). He contributed to a Final Genclik''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Orman Genc (9-21) 76-66 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Saturday night. Aboya had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Aboya''s third season in pro basketball. Final Spor Genclik Bursa (20-10) is placed seventh in the TB2L. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Aboya has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 12.7rpg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 48.4% and FT: 64.3% in the three games. Aboya is also a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #4. Forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) helped Chiba Jets win their game against the ninth-ranked Saitama Broncos (11-27) 81-69 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Chiba Jets (14-25) are placed eighth in Eastern group. It''s Moliva''s first season with the team. Moliva''s overall stats this year are: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4bpg. He is also Cameroonian national team player.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #5. International power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) helped Etendard de Brest win their game against the 13th-ranked Chartres (10-16) 79-66 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night''s game. Vounang had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Etendard de Brest (14-12) is placed ninth in the NM1. This year Vounang has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Steve Tchiengang
Steve Tchiengang
   #6. Forward Steve Tchiengang (205-88) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The University of Mississippi (8-8) 65-53 in the conference tournament last Saturday. Tchiengang scored 6 points. The Vanderbilt University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. Tchiengang is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Vanderbilt''s roster. He has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. Tchiengang is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #7. International forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Ilysiakos (7-16) to beat Ikaros (6-17). He cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. NaNa scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ilysiakos lost 61-69 at home to the one of league''s weakest teams (#12) Ikaros. It was Ilysiakos'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. NaNa is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.2ppg in the 21 games. NaNa is also Cameroonian national team player.

Yves Mekongo
Yves Mekongo
   #8. Forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) helped Amicale win their game against the second-ranked Musel Pikes (19-4) 86-75 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Saturday. Mekongo had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds in 37 minutes; not bad, considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. Amicale Steinsel (8-13) is placed second. It was his team''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Mekongo has very impressive stats this year: 20.3ppg, 12.2rpg and 2.0apg in the six games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #9. International forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) faced previously mentioned Brice Vounang in the French NM1 last game. Ipouck was not able to help Chartres (10-16) in their game against Etendard de Brest (14-12). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Chartres lost 66-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Etendard de Brest. It was Chartres'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Ipouck''s overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.


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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Casalpusterlengo (17-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Casalpusterlengo was defeated 76-71 on the road by the second-ranked Ferentino in the North-West Division. Biligha was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Biligha''s overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha''s Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89) contributed to a Boulazac Basket''s victory against the 13th-ranked Saint Vallier (11-15) 80-73 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Njoya recorded 10 points and added 4 assists in 24 minutes. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (20-6) is placed second in the ProB. This year Njoya''s overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg in the 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Yann Zonnet (197-PF-89) was not able to help Saint Vallier (11-15) in their game against Nantes (12-14) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Saint Vallier was defeated 78-68 on the opponent''s court by the higher-ranked Nantes (#11). Zonnet''s overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #4. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite to win against the seventh-ranked Lille Metropole (14-12) 81-72 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Curti recorded 5 points and added 5 assists. Limoges CSP Elite (21-5) is placed first in the ProB. Curti''s overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.8apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #5. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) was not able to secure a victory for Energy Invest (1-15) in their game against Olimpi (13-3) in the Georgian Superleague. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Energy Invest was crushed 91-59 in Tbilisi by the second-ranked Olimpi. It was Energy Invest''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Toudjani is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #6. Experienced Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (185-G-75) helped Spot Up Medien Baskets win their game against the fifth-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf 92-73 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Njoya Nken scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 10 minutes. This year his total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.1apg in the seven games. Njoya Nken has also Canadian nationality.

   #7. Junior MBida (206-C-90) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne 78-60 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night''s game. He scored only 3 points. MBida''s total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg.


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


Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (22-22) in their last game. Despite Nash''s very good performance the Phoenix Suns were edged 127-124 at home by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes in 32 minutes on the court. It''s Nash''s eighth season with the team. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.3apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(169-284), 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 88.5% in the 40 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team nine years ago.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Houston Rockets (24-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dalembert''s very good performance the Houston Rockets were defeated 118-107 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Dalembert also added 5 blocks. It''s Dalembert''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 8.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 80.8%. Dalembert has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. He played for the Canadian national team in 2008.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona). Landry led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to a 1-point victory against the leader Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) 76-75 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Landry also added and 4 steals in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) is placed second. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. This year Landry has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 62.1% in the 14 games. He played for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Garry Gallimore
Garry Gallimore
   #4. Guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) led CSM Bucuresti to a 1-point victory over the 14th-ranked Perla Harghitei (2-24) 99-98 in the Romanian Division A last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Gallimore scored 34 points (!!!), made 4 passes and 3 steals in 37 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (17-8) is placed sixth in the Division A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gallimore has very impressive stats this year: 17.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian. Gallimore used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2007.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #5. International center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV) managed to help Miami Heat to win in overtime against the Indiana Pacers (25-18) 93-91 in the NBA last Saturday. Anthony recorded 5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Miami Heat has a solid 32-11 record this season. Anthony has been at the team for four years. His overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3bpg. Anthony plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Brady Heslip
Brady Heslip
   #6. Guard Brady Heslip (187-90) led Baylor to an easy victory against the University of Colorado (6-12) 80-63 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 on Saturday night. He scored 27 points (!!!) in 39 minutes. The Baylor University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. This year Heslip''s overall stats are: 3.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3bpg in the 43 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #7. Former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas) was not able to secure a victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-25) in their game against the Toronto Raptors (15-30) in the NBA. Thompson recorded 9 points. But the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated 96-88 in Toronto by the Raptors. Thompson''s total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #8. Forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) was the major contributor in a Blusens Monbus'' victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (8-17) 69-62 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Kendall recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (8-17) is placed 15th in the ACB. Kendall''s total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 5.9rpg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Laurent Rivard
Laurent Rivard
   #9. Former U19 international guard Laurent Rivard (195-91), who plays in the NCAA couldn''t help the Harvard (12-2) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Rivard''s very good performance the Harvard was defeated 79-70 in Nashville, TN by the Vanderbilt University. He scored 20 points. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Rivard has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Philip Martin
Philip Martin
   #10. Forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) led Sigma Barcellona to a victory against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA (11-11) 87-76 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Martin scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. Sigma Barcellona (13-10) is placed fifth in the Lega2. This year Martin''s total stats are: 7.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an Hannover Tigers'' victory against the fifth-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets 94-85 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night''s game. Doerksen recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Doerksen is currently second on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Doerksen averages: 23.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Tyrone Watson (195-90) contributed to an N.Mexico St.''s surprising victory against the Louisiana Tech University crushing them 82-57 in the conference tournament on Saturday night. He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Watson has very high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg. Watson used to play for the Canadian U18 national team back in 2008.

   #13. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-88) contributed to an easy victory against the West Virginia University crushing them 77-54 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Thursday night''s game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. Sacre has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (185-93) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Sacre and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos contributed to an easy victory against the West Virginia University crushing them 77-54. He scored 13 points and added 5 passes. This season Pangos has very high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg. Pangos used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Kyle Wiltjer (205-92) couldn''t help the Kentucky in their game against the Vanderbilt University in the conference tournament. Wiltjer recorded 8 points and blocked 3 shots in only 11 minutes. His team lost 64-71. He has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games. Wiltjer used to play for the Canadian U18 national team two years ago.


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

   #1. Andrew Nicholson (205-F-89) led St.Bonaventure to a victory against the Xavier University (10-6) 67-56 in the conference tournament in Sunday night''s game. Nicholson recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 8 blocks (made all of his ten free throws !!!). The St.Bonaventure University has a very solid 10-3 conference record this season. Nicholson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in St.Bonaventure''s roster. Nicholson has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg and 6.7rpg.

   #2. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83), who plays in the Lebanese Division A could not help Al Riyadi (20-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Al Riyadi was defeated 99-92 at home by the lower-ranked Anibal (#3). Mahmoud was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added made 8 passes and 4 steals. The Second Stage already ended. Mahmoud is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his eighth year in Al Riyadi''s roster. Mahmoud is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). His overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.5apg and 2.7spg. Mahmoud has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite his Canadian passport, Mahmoud currently plays for the Lebanese national team and is not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #3. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida) contributed to an easy victory against the Washington Wizards (10-33) 112-97 in the NBA in Monday night''s game. He scored 9 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-14 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Bonner is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Spurs'' roster. Bonner has reliable stats this season: 7.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 43 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) was the major contributor in an overtime BK Pardubice''s victory against the second-ranked BK Prostejov (23-9) 81-79 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Muirhead scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. BK JIP Pardubice (22-10) is placed fourth in A1 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Muirhead has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 30 games. He has also Jamaican citizenship.

   #5. Stephen Janzen (191-G-82) led Hannover Tigers to a victory over the eighth-ranked TSV Troester (11-11) 91-81 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night''s game. Janzen was the best player in that game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. UBC Hannover Tigers (19-5) is placed first in Group North. Janzen has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 28 games. He has also German passport.

   #6. Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help ETB Wohnbau (12-13) in their last game. Despite Kapelan''s very good performance ETB Wohnbau lost 91-104 on their home court in Essen to the higher-ranked (#5) Webmoebel Baskets. He was the top scorer with 25 points in 29 minutes. Kapelan has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games. Kapelan is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite his Canadian nationality, Kapelan currently plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team and cannot be called to the Canadian team.

   #7. Daniel Mullings (187-G) contributed to an N.Mexico St.''s surprising victory against the Louisiana Tech University crushing them 82-57 in the conference tournament on Saturday night. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Mullings has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games.

   #8. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) contributed to an Iowa St.''s shocking victory against the University of Connecticut 77-64 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Thursday night''s game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). This season Ejim has very high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg.

   #9. Chris Johnson (195-G/F) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andrew Nicholson. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Johnson contributed to St.Bonaventure''s victory against the University of Massachusetts 84-80. He scored 14 points in 24 minutes. Johnson has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg in the seven games.

   #10. Hernst Laroche (185-G) is a teammate of previously mentioned Daniel Mullings and both played together in the last NCAA game. Laroche contributed to an N.Mexico St.''s shocking victory against the Louisiana Tech University crushing them 82-57. He scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists. This season Laroche has very high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg and 2.6rpg.


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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Central African players, who play currently abroad.


Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week''s number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier). He led Panathinaikos to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Peristeri GS (6-16) crushing them 97-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Friday night''s game. Sato scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes on the court. Panathinaikos Athens (20-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sato averages: 6.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 55.6% in the 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Mays could not help Mersin (8-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Mersin was edged 82-81 on the road by the much higher-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (#5). Mays was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 9 rebounds. It''s Mays'' first season with the team. Mays has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 67.3%. He is a naturalized American. Mays is in the roster of the Central African senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Central Africa.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Max Kouguere (198-87). Kouguere contributed to a Le Mans'' victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL (10-12) 84-73 in the French ProA on Friday night. He recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. This year Kouguere''s overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 78.9%(15-19), 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 58.3% in the 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere is also a member of the Central African senior national team.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #4. Point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (3-3) in their game against Chalon/Saor (3-3) in the EuroChallenge. He recorded 7 points. The second-placed Chorale de Roanne was edged 75-73 on the opponent''s court by the leading Chalon/Saor in the group I of EuroChallenge. Mokongo''s total stats this season are: 2.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Despite Mokongo played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #5. An experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79) was not able to secure a victory for Strasbourg IG (10-12) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (10-11) in the French ProA. Zianveni scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Strasbourg IG was edged 74-71 in Roanne by the higher-ranked (#8) Chorale de. This year Zianveni''s total stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the 22 games. He has both Central African and French nationalities. Zianveni plays currently for the Central African national team.

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #6. Forward Martial Gotagni (190-79), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn''t help Le Puy ASMB (4-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Le Puy ASMB was crushed 86-61 on the opponent''s court by the leading Charleville-Mezieres. Gotagni was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds. This season Gotagni has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Central African National Team roster.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #7. Former international forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia) helped JA Vichy win their game against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-16) 87-84 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night''s game. Dondon scored 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. JA Vichy Val d''Allier Auvergne basket (7-19) is placed 17th in the ProB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Dondon has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.8rpg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Central African national team nine years ago.


Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78) plays for Zurich Wildcats in Swiss LNB
Salomon Sami (190-G-77) plays for Golfe Juan in French NM2
Kezza Kolombet Bangiba (190-F-85) plays for Nord Ardeche in French NM2
Benjamin M''Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for Get Vosges in French NM2

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


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Liceo is the first finalist and Espanola forced game 5 - by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto is the first finalist of Dimayor 2011/2012 after defeating to Espanol de Talca 95-63 on friday night. The americans Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) and Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) scored 22 points each. In Santiago, Union Espanola forced game 5 in their semifinals series after defeating to CD Universidad de Concepcion 74-68 on friday and 82-70 on saturday night. These are the complete results.

Game 3

Deportivo Espanol de Talca 63 - Liceo Mixto 95
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 17 pts. Francisco Bravo 14 pts.
Lic: Howard Wilkerson 22 pts. Anthony Danridge 22 pts.

Union Espanola 74 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 68
Uni: Decorey Young 21 pts. Claudio Cabrera 17 pts.
Ucon: Alain Laroche 16 pts. Evandro Arteaga 16 pts.

Game 4

Union Espanola 82 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 70
Uni: Jeremiah Wilson 19 pts. Decorey Young 18 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 19 pts. Eduardo Marechal 15 pts.

Game 5 of the series between CD Universidad de Concepcion and Union Espanola will be played on tuesday night.


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  CHINA   


Beijing Meets GuangDong at Finals - by Robert Wang
CBA semifinal just finished. Beijing at home beat Shanxi at 110:98. S Marbury received 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists with NO turnovers. Randolph Morris got 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks with 4 turnovers. The local player Chen Lei got 16 points , Zhu Yan Xi got 13 points. From the Shan Xi team, Marcus Williams got 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Another import Charles Gains got 30 points, 14 rebounds, 3 turnovers. Beijing will meet GuangDong at finals.

Beijing Defeats Shanxi to Reach CBA Finals - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing defeated Shanxi 110-98 to win its semi-final series. It will face defending champion Guangdong in the finals starting Wednesday.

Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead Beijing. Randolph Morris had 27 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Chen Lei had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists and played all 48 minutes of the game. Zhai Xiaochuan had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 4 points and 10 rebounds. Wang Xiaohui scored 6.

Charles Gaines had 30 points and 14 rebounds for Shanxi. Marcus Williams had 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Makan had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng, who was inexplicably placed on the Olympic-tryout team, had 8 points on 2 of 7 shooting and 2 rebounds.



Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.0 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
 10. Marbury, Beijing26.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.3 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 10. Randolph, DongGu.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.3 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.8 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 9. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 2. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 3. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 5. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.2 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 3. Morris, Beijing Du.1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


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Kresimir Loncar''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Croatian players, who play currently abroad.


Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport), who plays in Russia. He could not help Khimky (12-4) in their last game. Despite Loncar''s very good performance the second-placed Khimky lost 73-84 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) BC Astana in the group A of VTB United League. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Loncar is currently sixth on the league''s list of top scorers with 14.6ppg. He also averaged so far 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 68.2%(60-88), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.2% in the 13 games he played so far. Loncar played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Marko Banic
Marko Banic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Marko Banic (205-84). He led Gescrap BB to a victory over the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 92-81 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Banic was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. It''s Banic''s sixth season with the team. Banic has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(121-201), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 87.9%. 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 (5-11) 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 (9-7) is placed third in group A. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Popovic''s first season with the team. This year Popovic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 63.2%(24-38), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 86.5% in the 15 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Bruno Sundov
Bruno Sundov
   #4. 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 (8-14) 86-77 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night''s game. Sundov was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lukoil Academik Sofia (20-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Sundov has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team back in 2000.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #5. International center Ante Tomic (217-87) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (6-19) crushing them 76-55 in the Spanish ACB last Tuesday. Tomic scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Real Madrid (20-5) is placed first in the ACB. This year Tomic''s overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.1rpg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Ivan Siriscevic
Ivan Siriscevic
   #6. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Perla Harghitei (2-24) crushing them 107-68 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night''s game. Siriscevic recorded 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. BC Timisoara (19-5) is placed second in the Division A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Siriscevic''s stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 24 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Croatian team five years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #7. International power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) in the Spanish ACB. Zoric was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds. But Unicaja Malaga was defeated 74-67 in Madrid by the one of league''s weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (#17). It was Unicaja Malaga''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Zoric''s stats this season are: 10.1ppg and 4.1rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #8. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84), who plays in Slovenia was not able to secure a victory for Helios (7-19) in their last game. Despite Pasalic''s very good performance Helios (#13) was badly defeated 71-53 at home by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Pasalic also added 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Helios'' third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Pasalic is currently eighth on the league''s list of top scorers with 14.0ppg. This year his other stats are: 6.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 26 games. Pasalic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #9. Former international 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 couldn''t help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their game against Caja Laboral (18-7). He recorded 9 points and blocked 2 blocks. But Unicaja Malaga was crushed 90-68 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#3). This season Peric averages: 7.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team five years ago.

Sime Spralja
Sime Spralja
   #10. Power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Siriscevic. However that was another game of his team in Romanian Division A which brought him to that list. Spralja contributed to Timisoara''s victory against the seventh-ranked Craiova (18-10) 82-73. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 30 minutes. BC Timisoara (19-5) is placed second in the Division A. Spralja averaged so far 12.0ppg and 4.4rpg in the nine games. He is a former international player as eight 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. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League we would like to talk about. Bubnic, who plays in Slovenia couldn''t help Helios (7-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Helios (#13) was defeated 92-82 on their home court in Domzale by the higher-ranked Krka (#11) in the group A of Adriatic League. Bubnic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Bubnic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. 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 in Saturday night''s game. Zuza recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 20 minutes. But his team lost 71-79. Zuza averaged so far 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

   #13. 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. His team was crushed by 22 points 73-51. Delas averaged so far 11.3ppg and 6.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

   #14. International center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul in a victory against the closely-ranked Banvit BK 73-64 in the Turkish TBL last Wednesday. Andric recorded 5 points in 18 minutes. This year Andric''s total stats are: 7.1ppg and 3.7rpg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (212-86) faced previously mentioned Drazen Bubnic in the Adriatic League last game. Lalic contributed to Krka''s victory against the 13th-ranked Helios 92-82. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Lalic has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 3.7rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.


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 (12-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Golemac''s good performance Air Avellino was defeated 89-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7). He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Golemac''s stats this season are: 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg 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. Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.), who plays in the Portuguese LPB was not able to help Benfica (16-3) in their last game. Despite Norris'' very good performance Benfica was badly defeated 96-78 on the opponent''s court by the lower-ranked (#3) Ovarense. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Norris also added 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in 27 minutes. It was Benfica''s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Norris averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Norris has never played in Croatia.

   #3. Marin Petric (190-G-80) led Gloria Giants to a victory over the closely-ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-13) 69-64 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night''s game. He was the top player that evening. Petric scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (13-12) is placed sixth in the ProA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Petric''s total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He has also German passport.

   #4. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for Gaz Metan (19-5) in their last game. Despite Tomeljak''s good performance the league leader Gaz Metan lost 65-74 on the opponent''s court to the much lower-ranked (#14) Oradea. He scored 11 points, had 6 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 35 minutes. It was Gaz Metan''s first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Tomeljak is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.0apg. This year his other stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6spg in the 11 games.

   #5. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked LKS Sphinx (4-26) crushing them 100-71 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Milicic recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 10 passes. AZS Koszalin (14-16) is placed third in Group B. It was his team''s fourth 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 belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #6. Milicic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.9apg. He has also Polish nationality.

   #6. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) contributed to a 2-point Givova Scafati''s victory against the 11th-ranked Assi Ostuni 71-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Radulovic scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. He is currently fifth on the list of best blockers and also on the list of most steals (third place). Radulovic has very reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 2.8spg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Italian. Despite Radulovic''s Croatian nationality, he previously played for the Italian national team and probably cannot be called to the Croatian team.

   #7. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80, agency: Court Side), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn''t help 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. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Klaric averages: 16.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg.

   #8. 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 his very good performance UBSC Graz (#3) was defeated 95-81 at home by the leading Furstenfeld Panthers in the Group B. Stegnjaic was the top scorer with 33 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. This season Stegnjaic has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.2apg.

   #9. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn''t help BC Vienna (11-15) in their last game. Despite Stazic''s very good performance BC Vienna (#2) lost 91-95 in Traiskirchen to the lower-ranked (#4) Arkadia Lions in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Stazic also added 9 rebounds, 8 assists and made 2 blocks in 40 minutes. He is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). Stazic has very impressive stats this year: 26.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He has both Croatian and Austrian nationalities. Despite Stazic''s Croatian passport, he previously played for the Austrian national team.

   #10. Stipe Modric (206-F-79) contributed to Levice''s victory against the fourth-ranked Levharti Chomutov 86-74 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night''s game. Modric scored 13 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals. He has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Modric also holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian. Despite his Croatian nationality, Modric previously played for the Slovenian national team.


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CEZ Nymburk finishes VTB League campaign - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
CEZ Nymburk - Enisey 86:77


CEZ Nymburk finishes VTB League campaign with the win. The team from Czech Republic debuted with 8-8 record and ended up on the 7th position.
In the last game CEZ Nymburk beat Russian Enisey 86:77. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 24-15 last quarter charge of Enisey Krasnoyarsk cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 Enisey Krasnoyarsk turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Lukas Palyza (204-F-89) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds. Brian Chase (178-PG-81, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 24 points and Andrei Trushkin (205-C/F-81) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) respectively for Enisey Krasnoyarsk in the defeat.
Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas advanced to Elite Eight of VTB League and will play the Play-off games with Lokomotiv and Nizhniy Novgorod respectively. Unics and CSKA advanced already into Final Four. Spartak SP and Khimky advanced already into Quarterfinals.




1Liga Round 26: B&W Opava B is defeated by BC Benesov - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1Liga just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Benesov between third ranked B&W Opava B (18-8) and tenth ranked BC Benesov (12-14) on Sunday night. B&W Opava B was defeated by BC Benesov on the road 88-71. BC Benesov have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Liberec. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost.
1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (25-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Sokol Prazsky (14-12) in Praha 77-71. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-1 record. Sokol Prazsky at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fourteenth-ranked Mlada Boleslav (2-24) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (10-16) on Saturday. The visitors from Litomerice managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected easier game. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains eleventh position with 10-16 record. Mlada Boleslav lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. They share the position with Kladno.
Fifth ranked Proton Zlin (16-10) crushed at home 13th ranked Kladno (2-24) by 23 points 87-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Proton Zlin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokol H.Kralove. Newly promoted Kladno keeps the thirteenth position with 24 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Prostejov B lost to Liberec on the opponent's court 61-77. Sparta Praha outscored Vysehrad in a home game 89-69. Trutnov recorded a loss to Sokol H.Kralove on the road 87-71.



Mlada Boleslav - Litomerice 98-99

Fourteenth-ranked Mlada Boleslav (2-24) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (10-16) on Saturday. The visitors from Litomerice managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains eleventh position with 10-16 record. Mlada Boleslav lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. They share the position with Kladno.
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Liberec - Prostejov B 77-61

Rather expected game when 12th ranked BK Prostejov B (9-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (12-14) 77-61. BK Kondori Liberec moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Benesov. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost.
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Benesov - Opava B 88-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Benesov between third ranked B&W Opava B (18-8) and tenth ranked BC Benesov (12-14) on Sunday night. B&W Opava B was defeated by BC Benesov on the road 88-71. BC Benesov have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Liberec. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost.
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Sparta Praha - Vysehrad 89-69

Very predictable result when second ranked Sparta Praha (21-5) smashed at home 8th ranked Sokol Vysehrad (12-14) 89-69. It looked good early as Sokol Vysehrad took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sparta Praha had a 32-16 second period charge getting the lead and Sokol Vysehrad was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-89. Sparta Praha maintains second position with 21-5 record having four points less than leader J.Hradec. Sokol Vysehrad at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost.
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Sokol Prazsky - J.Hradec 71-77

1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (25-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Sokol Prazsky (14-12) in Praha 77-71. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-1 record. Sokol Prazsky at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost.
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Sokol H.Kralove - Trutnov 87-71

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Kara Trutnov (13-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (16-10) 87-71. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains fourth position with 16-10 record, which they share with Proton Zlin. Kara Trutnov at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost.
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Proton Zlin - Kladno 87-64

Fifth ranked Proton Zlin (16-10) crushed at home 13th ranked Kladno (2-24) by 23 points 87-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Proton Zlin. Kladno was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Proton Zlin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokol H.Kralove. Newly promoted Kladno keeps the thirteenth position with 24 games lost.
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Jan Vesely 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.


Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (10-33) to beat the Atlanta Hawks (25-19). Vesely recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Washington Wizards were defeated 102-88 on the road by the Hawks. This season Vesely averages: 2.9ppg, 3.2rpg and FT: 42.4%. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Barton was not able to help FIATC Joventut (11-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut lost 73-81 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria 2014. Barton was the top scorer with 14 points in 22 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Barton''s overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16), 3FGP: 21.1% in the five games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jiri Welsch
Jiri Welsch
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jiri Welsch (201-80). He contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-17) crushing them 78-48 in the Belgian D1 last Saturday. Welsch scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Belgacom Spirou (15-6) is placed first in the D1. It''s Welsch''s first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 69.3% in the 21 games. Welsch played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #4. An experienced center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) was not able to secure a victory for Grupo Iruna Navarra (16-12) in their game against CB Clavijo (15-13) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night''s game. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Starosta also added 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. But Grupo Iruna Navarra was edged 81-80 in Logrono by the lower-ranked (#8) CB Clavijo. Starosta belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 7.9rpg. He also averaged so far 12.0ppg in the 28 games. Starosta used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #5. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Helios (7-19) 87-72 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (13-13) is placed seventh in group A. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Hampl has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.6rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #6. Center Jiri Hubalek (209-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St.) couldn''t help Al Moutahed (9-13) in their game against Anibal (13-8) in the Lebanese Division A, despite his good performance on Wednesday night. Hubalek recorded 10 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Al Moutahed this season. But Al Moutahed lost 93-101 in Zahle to the higher-ranked (#3) Anibal. It was Al Moutahed''s first loss after three consecutive victories. The Second Stage already ended. Hubalek is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #7. International guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) couldn''t help Otto Caserta (10-13) in their game against Armani Milano (14-9) in the Italian SerieA. He recorded 5 points. Otto Caserta was defeated 95-89 in Milano by the much higher-ranked Armani (#3). Kudlacek has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 1.1rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #8. Guard David Jelinek (196-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Barton and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Jelinek couldn''t help FIATC Joventut (11-14) in their game against Gran Canaria 2014 (10-15). He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Jelinek recorded only 3 points in 11 minutes. FIATC Joventut lost 73-81 on their home court in Badalona to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria 2014. Jelinek has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 1.3rpg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #9. Former international guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla to win against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 75-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Satoransky recorded only 2 points. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (13-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. Satoransky has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Ondrej Kohout
Ondrej Kohout
   #10. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) contributed to a Fontedoso Carrefour''s victory against the closely-ranked Feve Oviedo (6-13) 68-57 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Kohout scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (8-11) is placed ninth in the LEB Silver. It was Fontedoso Carrefour''s first victory after four consecutive loses. Kohout has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 4.5rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Czech Republic National Team roster.

   #11. University international center Tomas Voslajer (212-90) couldn''t help Prievidza in their game against Levice in the Slovakian Extraliga. Voslajer cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. His team was edged 80-77. Voslajer has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg in the 31 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic university national team.


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

   #1. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led Olimpi to a victory over the ninth-ranked STU (5-11) 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 (13-3) is placed second in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hoger has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg and 8.9rpg in the 14 games he played so far.

   #2. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) was the main contributor in Komarno''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Vahostav-Zilina (8-24) crushing them 100-59 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night''s game. Kratochvil was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Kratochvil also added 4 assists. MBK Rieker Komarno (22-10) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. Kratochvil''s total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. David Steffel (212-C/F-85) contributed to Rovinari''s victory against the 13th-ranked Giurgiu (6-19) 79-71 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (13-10) is placed eighth in the Division A. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Steffel has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.7apg.

   #4. Martin Ides (217-C-80, college: Davidson), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help NBC (11-14) to beat USC Heidelberg (11-8). Ides scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in only 13 minutes. NBC was edged 96-93 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) USC Heidelberg. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Ides has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.6rpg in the 23 games. He has also German passport.

   #5. Jan Novak (199-G/F-92) managed to help Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II to win against the 12th-ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-18) 64-63 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night''s game. Novak scored only 1 points. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (6-16) is placed tenth in Group South. This season Novak averages just 1.4ppg. He has also German passport.


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 25-1 
 2. Sparta Praha 21-5 
 3. Opava B 18-8 
 4. Sokol H.Kralove 16-10 
 5. Proton Zlin 16-10 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 14-12 
 7. Trutnov 13-13 
 8. Liberec 12-14 
 9. Benesov 12-14 
 10. Vysehrad 12-14 
 11. Litomerice 10-16 
 12. Prostejov B 9-17 
 13. Kladno 2-24 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 2-24 


Arnold's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Pardubice and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out BK Prostejov (#2, 23-9) in overtime 81-79. BK Pardubice maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. BK Pardubice will need more victories to improve their 22-10 record. Arnold has many years of experience at BK Pardubice, through which he has constantly improved. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Arnold is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP. Worth to mention Arnold played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) of A2 top-ranked B&W Opava. He is a guard in his first season at B&W Opava. In the last game Dokoupil recorded impressive 33 points and 5 rebounds. Of course B&W Opava cruised to a 89-82 relatively comfortable win over Plzen (8-28). This victory allowed B&W Opava to move up to 1st position in A2. 28 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories B&W Opava managed to get this Second Stage. Dokoupil is a newcomer at B&W Opava and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to another B&W Opava's star - forward Jakub Blazek (203-F-80). Blazek showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of B&W Opava, helping his team with a 89-82 win against #2 ranked Plzen in a game of the week. B&W Opava can only dream about fighting for top spots in A2. They have rather bad season and 8-28 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Blazek he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Blazek has a very solid season. In 36 games in Czech Republic he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) of Inter Bratislava - 17 points and 14 rebounds
5. Travis Peterson (208-C/F-85) of BK Prostejov - 18 points and 13 rebounds
6. Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) of Usti n/Labem - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of NH Ostrava - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of Inter Bratislava - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. James Hughes (211-C-83) of NH Ostrava - 21 points and 6 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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Thunder assign Lazar Hayward to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

During the 2011-12 season, Hayward has appeared in 16 games with the Thunder averaging 1.4 points in 5.7 minutes. On March 2, Oklahoma City assigned him to Tulsa. He appeared in two games (both starts) averaging 28.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 36.0 minutes prior to his recall on March 4.

He will be in uniform tonight as the Tulsa 66ers host the Springfield Armor at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Saturday's games review (5): D-Fenders secure Playoff berth with win over Idaho - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles D. - Idaho S. 106-105
The Los Angeles D-Fenders became the first NBA Development League team to secure a playoff berth this season after dropping the Idaho Stampede 106-105 on Saturday night. The D-Fenders will be returning to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season when they won a franchise-record 32 games. Despite jumping out to a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter, Los Angeles (31-11) was outscored by a combined 13 points in the second and third quarters, and trailed by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter. However, the D-Fenders managed to force nine of Idaho's 20 turnovers as well as contain them to 40 percent shooting in the final frame to spark a comeback. On the offensive end, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (22 points [4-8 3FG], 3 steals) carried the load and scored 16 points (4-5 3FG) in the fourth quarter, and Malcolm Thomas (19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists) tipped-in a shot with 8.4 seconds remaining in the game to help secure the victory. The D-Fenders' Jamario Moon finished with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, Mardy Collins tallied 14 points along with seven assists, and Kareem Rush scored 10 points in front of the Toyota Sports Center crowd. Meanwhile, Marcus Banks (6'2''-G-81, college: UNLV) (25 points, 6 assists, 3 steals) led all scorers on the evening off the bench for Idaho (17-27). Additionally, Tony Bobbitt recorded 22 points, Jordan Brady scored 19 points to go with three steals, and Antoine Walker dropped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists off the bench for the Stampede. With the victory, Los Angeles claimed the season series versus Idaho five games to three. The D-Fenders next hit the road for a back-to-back set of games against Rio Grande Valley on March 22nd and 23rd. Both games are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip, and are each available for viewing online through NBA Futurecast. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande VV 113-98
The Bakersfield Jam (24-17) shot 54.2% from the field and had 32 assists en route to a 113-98 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (22-21) Friday night at the Jam Events Center. The Jam had seven players score in double figures. Bakersfield led by four points (57-53) at halftime and maintained that lead for the rest of the game. The Jam extended their four point lead to as many as 15 in the second half, due to great shooting as the Jam shot 59 percent from the field in the second half compared to the Vipers 34.7%. Great ball movement by the Jam allowed them to get open shots, which built a great rhythm offensively and defensively throughout the game. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) recorded his sixth double-double in eight games with the Jam scoring 19 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and adding four assists as well. Trey Johnson recorded a double-double as well scoring 16 points and dishing out a team season-high 12 assists. Derrick Byars and Adrian Thomas each contributed 11 points while Renaldo Major finished the night with 14 points and six rebounds. Adam Koch had 13 points and Jeremy Wise added 10 points and 9 assists for the Jam. The Vipers were led in scoring by Jermaine Taylor with 23. Tyren Johnson recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Damian Saunders also had a double- double on the night with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Bakersfield will hit the road next to Sioux Falls where they will play a two-game series against the Skyforce on March 23rd and 24th at 5:00 p.m. PT. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno B. - Dakota W. 111-119
The Reno Bighorns took 20-point deficit early in the first half of their game against the Dakota Wizards Saturday night, and were unable to complete a comeback. Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) scored 26 points and Will Blalock had the game's only double-double with 14 points and 10 assists as the Bighorns lost to the Wizards 119-111 at the Reno Events Center. The difference in the game was the red-hot shooting from Wizard's Stefhon Hannah who had 43 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including 8-of-10 on three-pointers. He had 25 points in the first half alone and re-entered the game during the Bighorns comeback in the fourth quarter, icing the game with two quick three-pointers. As a team, the Wizards shot 54.3 percent from field, including 52.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Bighorns shot only 37 percent on three-pointers and were outrebounded 37-29 in the game. In his second game with the Bighorns, Antoine Wright scored 19 points and Ernest Scott added 13 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Marcus Dove had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards. The Bighorns stay in Reno for a matchup against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday, March 20 at the Reno Events Center at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Tulsa 66ers - Springfield A. 97-88
Looking at the numbers, it is no surprise forward Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) 's season was considered worthy of an all-star selection. Lewis recorded his 29th consecutive double-double (27 points, 15 rebounds) in the 66ers' 97-88 win over Springfield. It is the second straight night Tulsa defeated visiting the visiting Springfield Armor; extending the 66ers' win streak to 5 games. Tulsa is currently two games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, trailing the Texas Legends. The 66ers have six days to prepare for the Iowa Energy who will be in Tulsa for two games on March 23 and 24. *Courtesy of www.ktul.com

Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 124-121
Circumstances change each day in the NBA Development League. Whatever the case, all the Canton Charge seem to do anymore is win. The Charge finally grabbed control of a close game in the fourth quarter and held on for a 124-121 win against the Erie BayHawks at Memorial Civic Center on Saturday night. Their season-high fifth straight win puts Canton in first place in the Eastern Conference at 24-18. The Charge got back in town from Friday's win in Iowa at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The tip against Erie was scheduled for 3 1/2 hours later. Then a random drug test was sprung on the Charge to further complicate the pre-game. 'Of all days,' Charge Head Coach Alex Jensen said before the game. No problem. Canton entertained a spirited St. Patrick's Day crowd of 2,863 with its seventh win in the last eight games and 11th in the last 13. It was a game that was begging for someone to grab control. With a lot of help from point guard T.J. Campbell, the Charge finally obliged. Campbell was fantastic in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 of his team-high 27 points and breaking down Erie's defense repeatedly. Campbell had seven assists and made 11 of 13 free throws, including 9 of 10 in the final period. 'He makes the coaching staff and his teammates look great,' Jensen said. 'You put him in a ball-screen situation and he's so hard to guard. He makes the right play most of the time.' The Charge made their first 15 free throws of the fourth quarter and finished 18-of-21 in the period. A Kyle Gibson 3-pointer, followed by a Shane Edwards' breakaway dunk off a steal and assist from Gibson, broke an 80-80 tie after three quarters and put the Charge on top for good. Their lead grew to as many as 10, but Erie never went away. Luke Harangody totaled 20 points and 15 rebounds for Canton, which committed 19 turnovers but shot a sizzling 58.9 percent from the floor. Off the bench, Gibson scored 15 points and Frank Hassell added 14 points and seven rebounds. 'Great gritty win after coming back from this morning and landing at 4:30,' Jensen said. 'Erie was here the day before, practicing. I've got to give it to our guys. Everybody made their contribution and fought through the fatigue of it.' Erie had its own circumstances to deal with, having only eight players available. And the BayHawks might have run out of gas a bit in the fourth quarter as the Charge outscored them 44-41 in the period. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) scored 29 points, Kyle Goldcamp 21, Mychel Thompson 20 and Kyle Spain 19 for the BayHawks (21-19). The lead changed hands 12 times in the first half, after which Erie led 59-53. Alan Anderson scored 20 of his 26 overall points and the Charge shot 54.1 percent from the field in the first two quarters, but Erie didn't commit a single turnover and got off 15 more shots than Canton. The Charge stayed close but trailed the entire third quarter until Hassell's extra-effort bucket and Edwards' jumper off a Campbell feed in the final minute tied the game 80-80 heading to the fourth. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 24-18 
 2. Iowa E. 22-17 
 3. Springfield A. 22-18 
 4. Dakota W. 22-19 
 5. Erie Bay H. 21-19 
 6. Maine RC 17-25 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 12-29 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 11-30 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 31-11 
 2. Austin T. 25-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 24-17 
 4. Texas L. 22-19 
 5. Rio Grande VV 22-21 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 21-22 
 7. Reno B. 18-23 
 8. Idaho S. 17-27 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.6 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.2 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.4 
 8. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 9. Howard, Ft.Wayne.19.5 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.0 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 3. Thomas, Los A.9.1 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 5. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.8.5 
 7. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.5 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
 9. Milligan, Canton C.8.3 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.4 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.6 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.1 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.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. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 6. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.8 
 8. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 9. Stinson, Iowa E.1.8 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 6. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.6 
 9. Kent, Maine RC1.5 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


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Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. New York W. 9-2 
 2. HV Hype 7-1 
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-5 
 4. NYC Jaguars 0-11 
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 8-0 
 2. Washington M. 7-4 
 3. Winchester S. 4-6 
 4. Harrisburg H. 3-6 
 5. NoVa Hawks 3-7 


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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 21-3 
 2. Tarvas 17-8 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 4. Rapla 14-11 
 5. TTU 11-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 10-15 
 7. Parnu 3-22 
 8. Valga 3-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.6 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.6 
 3. Soo, Rapla17.4 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas17.3 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 6. Pilk, TTU16.8 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Raap, Parnu15.4 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas15.0 
 10. Arnold, TTU14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 5. Blaus, Valga7.8 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.8 
 7. Raadik, Parnu7.6 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 6. Pilk, TTU3.4 
 7. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Keedus, TTU3.2 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.4 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.1 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 9. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 4. Blaus, Valga1.2 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 7. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 8. Makke, TTU0.5 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 10. Veski, Tarvas0.5 


KML Round 25: BC Rakvere defeats leader Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in KML.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Tartu Ulikool (21-3) on the court of third ranked BC Rakvere on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by BC Rakvere 86-72. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikool. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 assists. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) answered with 17 points for Tartu Ulikool. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Rakvere (17-8) moved-up to second place. Tartu Ulikool at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. BC Rakvere are looking forward to face Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tartu Ulikool will play on the road against Rapla and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Rapla. Fifth ranked TTU (11-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Rapla (14-11) 67-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rapla. The former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Illimar Pilk chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TTU maintains fifth place with 11-12 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. TTU will play against KK Parnu (#7) on the road in the next round. Rapla will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool and hopes to get back on the winning track.
KML top team - Tartu Ulikool (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Valga (3-22) 87-67. Kristo Saage nailed 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Lauris Blaus came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Valga in the defeat. Tartu Ulikool have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-3 record. Valga lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. They share the position with Parnu. Tartu Ulikool will meet Rapla (#4) on the road in the next round. Valga will play against Tln Kalev (#6) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Parnu supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked BC Rakvere (17-8) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-22). BC Rakvere smashed KK Parnu 93-60. Kaspars Cipruss fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn, which may be the game of the day. KK Parnu will play at home against TTU (#5) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Parnu - Tarvas 60-93

The game in Parnu supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked BC Rakvere (17-8) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-22). BC Rakvere smashed KK Parnu 93-60. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Parnu to just 7 points in fourth quarter. BC Rakvere made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded KK Parnu 55-29 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Rannar Raap (189-92) produced 10 points and 9 rebounds and center Toomas Raadik (202-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Rakvere moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 22 games lost. BC Rakvere's next round opponent will be Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn, which may be the game of the day. KK Parnu will play at home against TTU (#5) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Hamarsalu 15+2reb+1ast, T.Raadik 15+5reb, R.Raap 10+9reb+3ast, M.Paasoja 10+3reb, E.Tamsalu 5+2reb+2ast, S.Joosep 5+4reb
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 20+12reb+2ast, R.Hallik 20+11reb+2ast, J.Vahter 14+14reb+5ast, J.Umbrasko 13+3reb, T.Oja 12+3reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 6+5reb+8ast
gschID: 165906


Valga - Tartu Ulikool 67-87

KML top team - Tartu Ulikool (21-3) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Valga (3-22) 87-67. The game was mostly controlled by Tartu Ulikool. Valga managed to win second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tartu Ulikool forced 22 Valga turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Valga's players. International guard Kristo Saage (184-85) nailed 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) added 18 points and 5 steals respectively for Valga in the defeat. Tartu Ulikool have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-3 record. Valga lost ninth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. They share the position with Parnu. Tartu Ulikool will meet Rapla (#4) on the road in the next round. Valga will play against Tln Kalev (#6) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga: R.Strupovics 18+2reb+2ast, L.Blaus 15+8reb+1ast, A.Tagamets 11+4reb, K.Pullisaar 9+4reb+1ast, V.Vares 8+3reb, J.Jarvelainen 6+2reb
Tartu Ulikool: V.Allingu 16+5reb, K.Saage 13+7reb+2ast, T.Kurbas 12+4reb+2ast, B.Amis 10+3reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 10+4reb+1ast, S.Leppik 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 165903


Tarvas - Tartu Ulikool 86-72

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Tartu Ulikool (21-3) on the court of third ranked BC Rakvere on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by BC Rakvere 86-72. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Tartu Ulikool. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 assists. Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) answered with 17 points and international guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Tartu Ulikool. Tartu Ulikool's coach Gert Kullamae rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Rakvere (17-8) moved-up to second place. Tartu Ulikool at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. BC Rakvere are looking forward to face Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tartu Ulikool will play on the road against Rapla and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: V.Kriisa 17+4reb+2ast, S.Leppik 16+2reb+2ast, V.Allingu 11+3reb+2ast, S.Sokk 9+6reb+8ast, T.Kurbas 9+3reb+4ast, B.Amis 8+3reb
Tarvas: J.Umbrasko 20+5reb+1ast, R.Hallik 20+5reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 19+2reb+8ast, K.Cipruss 14+7reb, J.Vahter 9+6reb, M.Dorbek 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 165904


Rapla - TTU 64-67

Important game to mention about took place in Rapla. Fifth ranked TTU (11-12) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Rapla (14-11) 67-64 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rapla. The guests were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-13 Rapla's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 67-64 at the end of the game. Rapla was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TTU maintains fifth place with 11-12 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. TTU will play against KK Parnu (#7) on the road in the next round. Rapla will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rapla: S.Kaldre 19+8reb+1ast, J.Soo 13+4reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 11+6reb+1ast, A.Parn 7+6reb+1ast, M.Jurtom 5+4reb, F.Talts 3+1reb+2ast
TTU: K.Makke 18+9reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 15+2reb+1ast, I.Pilk 10+10reb+5ast, J.Puidet 8+5reb+1ast, K.Keres 7+4reb, M.Kaja 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 165905




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  FINLAND   


Blue's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for KTP and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds, while his team was edged out by LrNMKY (#8, 14-21) 84-82. KTP moved-up to the 7th position in the Finnish league. KTP is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 21th lost game this season out of 36 games. Blue turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Middle Tennessee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg,57.2% FGP and 41.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Namika Lahti. He is American guard in his first season at Namika Lahti. In the last game Moore recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Namika Lahti lost that game 87-101 to the higher-ranked ToPo (#5, 20-15). Namika Lahti are still at the very bottom. 27 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Namika Lahti managed to get this year. Moore is a newcomer at Namika Lahti and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Kouvot (#9). Brown scored 18 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kouvot, leading his team to a 79-49 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Korihait (#10, 12-24). The chances of Kouvot not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brown could try to bring Kouvot's a little bit higher in the standings. Brown has individually a great season in Finland. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) of ToPo - 24 points and 12 rebounds
5. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84) of LrNMKY - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Kouvot - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87) of KTP - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81) of Namika Lahti - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88) of Kauhajoki - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.9 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Simmons, Porvoon24.0 
 4. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 5. Williams, Lapua21.4 
 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 Nokia11.0 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.6 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 8. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 9. Williams, Lapua9.8 
 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, FoKoPo3.8 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 7. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conerly, SayRi3.0 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Jackson, Lapua2.2 
 4. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 5. Baxley, Lapua1.9 
 6. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 7. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 8. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 9. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 10. Still, Porvoon Ta.1.6 
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. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 8. Britton, Huima0.8 
 9. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.8 
 10. Nuolivirta, ToPo0.8 


1st Division: Forssan Koripojat and Tapiolan Honka lead 2-1 in the series - by Eurobasket News
Tapiolan Honka - Lapua 63-80

The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Tapiolan Honka's 24. They outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 40-24 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. His fellow American import guard Emmanuel Jackson (188-86, college: Seton Hill) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) answered with 18 points and forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tapiolan Honka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 24+4reb+1ast, E.Jackson 14+7reb+4ast, E.Williams 12+10reb+3ast, K.Siven 11+9reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 6+1reb+2ast, J.Turja 6+2reb+1ast
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 18+3reb, B.Thomas 10+3reb, T.Laitinen 9+5reb+1ast, P.Vertio 5+2reb, L.Phillips 5+2reb+4ast, D.Dolenc 4+1reb
gschID: 171488


FoKoPo - BC Nokia 79-50

The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Nokia to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 4 assists. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and guard Timo Riihela (193-80) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: B.Moultrie 20+5reb, S.Ikavalko 19+2reb+4ast, T.Robinson 11+7reb+1ast, M.Molenius 8+3reb+1ast, J.Helenius 7+2reb+1ast, J.Heinikoski 6+1reb+3ast
BC Nokia: D.Townes 16+13reb+1ast, G.January 10+5reb, T.Riihela 9+5reb+2ast, V.Tuominen 6, A.Keski-Koukkari 4+1reb, M.Ovaska 3+3reb
gschID: 171489




1.DIVISION: Game # 4 on Tuesday, March 20 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, Game # 3: At least four games will be needed before the finalists are known in Division 1. Today BC Nokia was shooting terrible (1 - 53%, 2 - 38%, 3 - 17%) at Forssa and FoKoPo won by 29 points: 79-50 (38-24). Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) led FoKoPo with 20 pts. FoKoPo - BC Nokia 2-1. In Espoo Honka, Tapiola was one victory short to make the finals, but team's key player, American Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85, college: Illinois St.) was shooting 0/7 from the field and that helped Korikobrat (Lapua) a lot. Lapua won by 17 points: 63-80 (32-43). Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) scored game high 24 pts. Honka - Lapua 2-1. Games # 4 on Tuesday, March 20: BC Nokia - FoKoPo and Lapua - Honka.
FoKoPo - BC Nokia 79-50 (38-24). (Brian Moultrie 20, Sami Ikavalko 19, Tracy Robinson 11 - Darren Townes 16/13, Gerald January 10, Timo Riihela 9. A: 438).
Honka - Lapua 63-80 (32-43). (Villematti Kopio 18, Brandon Thomas 10, Tero Laitinen 9 - Walter Baxley 24, Emmanuel Jackson 14, Eric Williams 12/10. A: 446).




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  FRANCE   


Nuggets waive Ronny Turiaf - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets waived center Ronny Turiaf (6'10''-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) on Sunday.

Acquired along with center JaVale McGee and a second-round pick in a three- team trade with the Wizards and Clippers on Thursday, Turiaf averaged 1.5 points, and 3.1 rebounds in four games with Washington.

Turiaf hasn't played since January 1 due to a fractured left hand.

Ronny Turiaf started the season with ASVEL. Later he rejoined NY Knicks, than moved to Wizards and at the end to Nuggets.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 22-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 21-5 
 3. Lirija 15-11 
 4. Torus Skopje 15-11 
 5. Kumanovo 11-15 
 6. Rabotnicki 9-17 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 6-12 
 2. Kozuv 5-14 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.3 
 2. Jelesijevic, Rabot.18.9 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Zivcevic, Lirija17.4 
 6. Radunovic, Lirija17.3 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.16.7 
 9. Karadzovski, Torus16.4 
 10. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Lukovic, Kumanovo8.1 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.7.7 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 5. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.7.3 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.1 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 9. Jelesijevic, Rabot.6.8 
 10. Jelesijevic, Kuma.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
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 2. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.9 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.6 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.3 
 8. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Tomasevic, 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. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


Thomas' 28 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old power forward Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Armia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Armia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass STU Tbilisi (#9, 5-11) with 45-point margin 95-50. It allowed Armia to consolidate first place in the Georgian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Armia keeps perfect 16 -0 record. Thomas turned to be Armia's top player in his first season with the team. Will Thomas averages this season 16.5ppg and 7.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Milan Oluic (210-C-84) of Dinamo Tbilisi. He is Serbian center in his first season at Dinamo Tbilisi. In the last game Oluic recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Dinamo Tbilisi to edge the lower-ranked Batumi (#10, 2-14) by 6 points 82-76. Dinamo Tbilisi's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Oluic is one of the most experienced players at Dinamo Tbilisi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Dinamo Tbilisi's star - forward Keyon Carter (203-F-88). Carter scored 23 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Dinamo Tbilisi, helping his team with a 82-76 win against the lower-ranked Batumi (#10, 2-14). Dinamo Tbilisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 8 lost games. Carter has a great season in Georgia. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 13.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olimpi - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of Kutaisi - 23 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) of Sokhumi - 20 points and 16 rebounds
7. Ilija Milutinovic (211-C-88) of Olimpi - 9 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Guillermo Diaz (188-SG-85) of Armia - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C/F-90) of Samedicino - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mikheil Chochua (193-G-87) of Samedicino - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.0 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.5 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.5 
 6. Reid, MBC18.0 
 7. Lipke, Leitershofen17.1 
 8. Stommes, Webmoebel17.0 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.8 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.8 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.9 
 3. Alawoya, Braves8.8 
 4. Black, Jena7.9 
 5. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.5 
 6. Webb, Crailsheim7.5 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 8. Moore, Karlsruhe7.2 
 9. Richardson, Leiter.7.2 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.4 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.7 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 6. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.4 
 7. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 9. Hill, Crailsheim4.0 
 10. Barker, Jena4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz1.9 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.8 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.8 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 8. Harris, NBC1.5 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen1.5 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.1 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 7. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 24-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 23-5 
 3. ALBA 21-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 18-8 
 5. B.Muenchen 17-11 
 6. s.Oliver Baskets 17-11 
 7. NY Phantoms 14-13 
 8. Telekom Baskets 14-13 
 9. EWE Baskets 13-15 
 10. Bremerhaven 13-15 
 11. Fraport SKY 12-15 
 12. Walter Tigers 12-16 
 13. Bayreuth 11-17 
 14. TBB Trier 10-17 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 8-19 
 16. EnBW L'burg 8-20 
 17. LTi 46ers 8-20 
 18. Goettingen 4-24 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 20-5 
 2. Kirchheim 16-9 
 3. Crailsheim 16-9 
 4. Chemnitz 16-10 
 5. Webmoebel 15-10 
 6. Duesseldorf 13-12 
 7. Jena 13-13 
 8. Karlsruhe 12-13 
 9. ETB Wohnbau 12-13 
 10. Heidelberg 12-13 
 11. NBC 11-14 
 12. Ehingen 11-15 
 13. Cuxhaven 9-16 
 14. Braves 7-18 
 15. Leitershofen 6-19 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.5 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.9 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.6 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 6. Wood, ALBA15.2 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.6 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.3 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.0 
 8. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
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 Trier4.9 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 6. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.7 
 4. Davidson, Fraport1.5 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) We Just Need To Continue To Play With That Win Or Go Home Attitude - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He is 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 FC Bayern Munich March 18th.


A tough 81-73 loss in Berlin. The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg came back in the third, but Alba Belrin stormed back in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Did Wurzburg run out of gas in the fourth quarter?

I wouldn't say we ran out of gas as much as they hit tough shots. They seemed pretty inspired and the game had a playoff atmosphere/feel to it.


Bryce Taylor had a great game. If you were general manager, would a player like Taylor fit into the John Patrick system?


He played well and hit shots all night long. And from what I've heard from Taylor Rochestie, he's a great teammate. So yeah, he'd be someone that any team would be happy to have.


Five of the last six games are on the road. How tough is this and do you have to be prepared mentally differently?

At this point we have to have a playoff mentality. We can't afford to go on a losing streak because it can either keep us from making the playoffs or get us in there with the wrong feeling. We just need to continue to play with that 'win or go home' attitude.


What is your memory of the 64-55 win at home against FC Bayern Munich?


It was the first game my younger brother was able to see me play live in Europe and it was a great Christmas present for him and all of the Wurzburg fans.

What are you more looking forward to bumping with Jared Homan or seeing a soccer celebrity in attendance? Lol


I haven't been 'star struck' in a long time. Probably since I first played against the self proclaimed 'Superstar' Dashaun Wood. So I'm definitely looking forward to having a chance to compete against one of the top big men in the league.



What will be key in getting the win in the Audi Dome where FC Bayern Munich is tough to beat?


Like always, it'll be about playing our game. If you let Bayern play the way they want, they are a very tough team to beat. Especially in Munich, but the same can be said for us. It'll be about which team controls the tempo and executes.


What is your take on the Bucks-Golden State trade. Who got the better deal?


Anyone that goes from playing half their games in Milwawkee to playing half their games in California is going to be happier and therefore Golden State got the better deal.


What was your take on the New York Knicks saying farewell to Mike D Antoni?

The Knicks have some of the most capable offensive players in the East, but I think if they want to become winners they need a coach to start focusing a little more on defense. Hopefully that can happen now.

Who will win, Gonzaga or West Virginia in the first round?


Couldn't tell you. I had Missouri winning the whole thing...so my bracket is now in the garbage.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The Human Centipede. It was highly disturbing and I'm glad I knew a lot about Germany before watching it because it will make you look at this country in a different light.

Thanks Jason for the chat


Larry Wright (Fraport Skyliners Juniors) I See Both Teams Looking To Take Advantage Of The Fast Break - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Larry Wright (187-G-87, college: Oakland) is a 24 year old 187cm guard from Saginaw, Michigan that is playing his first professional season in Germany fort he Fraport Skyliners juniors (PRO B). He started his NCAA career with St Johns in 2006 where he played until 2008. He played a total of 60 games for St Johns and then transferred to Oakland where he played from 2009-2011. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 80.2%. He spoke to eurobasket before game 2 against Alba Berlin 2 March 18th.


A big 64-63 win in game 1 against Alba Berlin 2 in the PRO B playdowns. What was key for getting the win at the end?

The key for the win is that we stepped up on the defensive end we felt like they were getting too many easy baskets off of offensive rebounds and in the second half that is what we really focused on was securing the defensive rebounds. Also, going inside because we had a size advantage with our bigs.



Both teams had German national players playing in the game with Tom Ohlbrecht and Lucca Staiger. How fortunate were the Skyliners for having the services of the German?


We were very fortunate of having Tim Ohlbrecht playing with us because he gave us so much size and really helped us on the rebound end something that we have been struggling with as a team for a while now.


Germna national player Lucca Staiger who once scored 106 points in a youth game at age 16 and played 49 NCAA games for Iowa State was 3/21 from the field missing many open shots. You probably cant get lucky twice. Will he be more of a focus on defense?


We will just continue to throw different guys at him and try to contest all his shots and make him uncomfortable. We just cant continue to give him open looks because when 1 scorer gets going it is very hard to stop a player.


What kind of game can we expect? How cool is it playing against a team for first time that you didnt play against during the season?


You can expect a high uptempo game where both teams is going to try to take advantage of the fast break opportunity because we both teams looks for opportunities to score easy buckets. I like playing against a team that we have not played against the entire year because you dont really know what to expect.

What was your impression of American Darren Stackhouse who had 9 points and 9 rebounds in the first game?

Darren Stackhouse played a solid game and made a lot of key plays for his team on the rebound aspect. We really have to focus on boxing him out on every shot because he is really active on going for rebounds after long shots.


Will Stephen Jackson hep the spurs or doesnt he fit into the mentality of the team?

I think Stephen Jackson will fit in with the Spurs because the Spurs have a team full of veteran players and leaders. Plus the way the Spurs play on the defensive end as a team it will make Stephen Jackson give into the system and on top of that Popovich will bench him if he is not playing up to his potential.


Were you surprised that UCONN was upset in the first round of March Madness?

I actually had UCONN losing in the first round because as of late they have not been playing good basketball and it seem like they are missing something this year. Like that spark or something.

What sleeper teams do you see making a run and why?


The sleeper team that I can see making a push and going far is Murray State the reason I say is because they are in a perfect situation, they play against teams that they match up with perfectly and they are a really scrappy team and they go after it.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie that i saw was The Sitter with Jonah Hill, it was hilarious

Thanks Larry for the chat.


ProB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Play-Offs
Gotha - SU Medien 83-60

The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Spot Up Medien Baskets managed to win second period 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spot Up Medien Baskets 38-19 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach Marko Simic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Daniel Theis (207-92) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) scored 15 points and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Gotha: L.Niebuhr 19+9reb+2ast, M.Monk 13+6reb, A.Kuppe 11+1reb, K.Klein 11+5ast, D.Watson 9+2ast, T.Jarmusz 5+3reb+1ast
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 15+3reb+4ast, F.Theis 15+2reb, D.Theis 14+7reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 7+5reb, L.Gertz 7+1reb, W.Buchmiller 2
gschID: 171610


Noerdlingen - Vechta 101-96

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SC Rasta Vechta won third quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Noerdlingen made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. SC Rasta Vechta was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) nailed 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and forward Dima Rastatter (200-88) accounted for 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) added 19 points, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for SC Rasta Vechta in the defeat. Five Noerdlingen and four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: J.Jamerson 28+6reb+5ast, K.Johnson 19+8reb+3ast, F.Brutting 17+2reb+5ast, D.Rastatter 15+14reb+5ast, J.Eichler 12+6reb, D.Rotim 10+1reb+4ast
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 23+7reb+1ast, M.Reid 19+4reb+6ast, F.Stuckemann 12+1reb+4ast, M.Smallwood 10+10reb, D.Madrich 9+9reb, M.Boadu 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 171611


Herten - Leipzig 95-86

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hertener Loewen made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 USC Leipzig turnovers. American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) fired 25 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Hertener Loewen and five USC Leipzig players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Herten: Z.Nixon 25+4reb+8ast, C.Hackenesch 23+7reb, V.Kittmann 19+15reb+3ast, J.Taylor 16+6reb+2ast, J.Hartmann 5+3reb+1ast, M.Berger 4+2ast
Leipzig: M.Pratt 24+7reb+1ast, K.Kranz 18+2reb+1ast, W.Simon 15+11reb+2ast, L.Morinia 14+3reb+7ast, R.Frohlich 10+8reb+1ast, P.Holm 5+1ast
gschID: 171612


Hannover - Schwelm 94-85

The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-85. Hannover Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to SG Schwelmer Baskets' 32 and made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Kristofer Speier (206-81, college: Lewis-Clark St.) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) added 27 points respectively for lost side. Five Hannover Tigers and four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hannover: R.Williams 27+11reb+5ast, J.Doerksen 17+13reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 17+6reb+2ast, S.Janzen 11+2reb+2ast, T.Welzel 11+3reb+4ast, M.Williams 7+2ast
Schwelm: J.Smith 27+1reb+2ast, K.Speier 21+11reb, J.Holmes 11+6reb+6ast, D.Malinowski 11+1reb, J.Ducker 7+11reb, M.Dohmen 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 171609




Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) We Cant Let EnBW Ludwigsburg Get Going On Us - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg March 18th.



A tough 72-64 loss at home against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. BBC Bayreuth had a nice comeback in the fourth quarter, but it wasnt enough. What were the main reasons for leaving the floor with a loss?


I think Braunschweig just played better for 40 minutes. We were never really able to get a rhythm going on offense and they made big shot down the stretch.


BBC Bayreuth shot very poorly. Did BBC Bayreuth not get accustomed to the Phantoms defense?


Well teams have bad shooting nights sometimes, I thought we had some good looks at the basket that we didn't convert but Braunschwieg length and defense pressure had some to do with it.



The next game is against EnBW Ludwigsburg. What is your memory of the 64-58 win earlier in the season?


It was our first game with a new coach and we came out with a lot of energy.



En BW Ludwisgburg have struggled this season, but have a sound roster. What will be key in getting the win?


I think we will have to play well defensively. They have a very talented team and we do not want them to get going on us.



What do you remember most from Matt Howards play and Butler reaching 2 NCAA finals?


I honestly did not get to see him play much but I have heard that he is a very good player and Butler is obviously a great program so I can imagine he is going to be a tough match-up for us.


What is your take on the Bucks-Golden State trade. Who got the better deal?


Golden State got the better deal.



What was your take on the New York Knicks saying farewell to Mike D Antoni?


It was time for that move.



Who will win, Gonzaga or West Virginia in the first round?

Gonzaga. I have the best bracket in Bayreuth by FAR!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Young Adult.

Thanks Kev for the chat.


ProA Round 27: No surprise as #1 Mitteldeutscher BC defeats BG Karlsruhe - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (20-5) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-13) 82-68. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. Mitteldeutscher BC outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 37-26 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Steve Wachalski (203-83) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 20-5 record. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Heidelberg and ETB Wohnbau. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face NBC (#11) in Nurnberg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Karlsruhe will play on the road against Leitershofen in Diedorf and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Nurnberg. Eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg (12-13) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked NBC (11-14) 96-93 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Sanijay Watts accounted for 21 points. American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) came up with 22 points for NBC in the defeat. USC Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karlsruhe and ETB Wohnbau. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. USC Heidelberg will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. NBC will play on the road against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-10) crushed at home 13th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-16) by 20 points 103-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Jefferson Mason who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Nate Gerwig who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Webmoebel Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-10 record. Cuxhaven BasCats lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will meet at home Science City Jena (#7) in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 27: bottom-ranked Leitershofen lost to Kirchheim on the opponent's court 90-99. Duesseldorf managed to outperform ETB Wohnbau in a home game 69-64. Ehingen recorded a loss to Jena on the road 76-66. Braves was defeated by Chemnitz on its own court 52-70.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists by Ahmad Smith of Kirchheim.



Kirchheim - Leitershofen 99-90

Very expected game when 15th ranked Leitershofen (6-19) was defeated on the road by third ranked Kirchheim Knights (16-9) 99-90 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Leitershofen won second period 29-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kirchheim Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Forward Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) who recorded 24 points and 4 assists and center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Kirchheim Knights and five Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to second place, which they share with Crailsheim. Newly promoted Leitershofen stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will meet ETB Wohnbau (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leitershofen will play against BG Karlsruhe (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 20+2reb+3ast, S.Adeberg 18+1reb+6ast, D.Uskoski 17+9reb+3ast, A.Smith 15+6reb+10ast, N.Menck 8+9reb, R.Tomasevic 7+1ast
Leitershofen: S.Bowlin 24+1reb+4ast, D.Richardson 17+10reb+2ast, J.Lipke 14+5reb+6ast, C.Hassan 13+6reb+3ast, D.Veney 11+2reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141555


NBC - Heidelberg 93-96

Important game to mention about took place in Nurnberg. Eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg (12-13) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked NBC (11-14) 96-93 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as NBC took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then USC Heidelberg had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and NBC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 93-96. USC Heidelberg players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) came up with 22 points and the other American import power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) added 20 points respectively for NBC in the defeat. Five USC Heidelberg and four NBC players scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Karlsruhe and ETB Wohnbau. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. USC Heidelberg will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. NBC will play on the road against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: S.Watts 21+4reb, B.Schoo 18+10reb+1ast, C.Sargent 17+1reb+4ast, J.Williams 12+6reb+6ast, K.Barth 11+3reb+8ast, O.Komarek 7
NBC: J.Harris 22+3reb+3ast, C.Abercrombie 20+4reb, R.De Michael 13+4reb+4ast, C.Adler 12+3reb, W.Chavis 9+6reb+5ast, M.Ides 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141556


Duesseldorf - ETB Wohnbau 69-64

Everything could happen in Duesseldorf at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Gloria Giants and 8th ranked ETB Wohnbau had identical 12-12 record. This time Gloria Giants used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Essen 69-64 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian-Bosnian guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gloria Giants (13-12) moved-up to sixth place. Loser ETB Wohnbau keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Gloria Giants will meet Cuxhaven BasCats (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ETB Wohnbau will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: M.Petric 27+5reb+1ast, R.Keerles 14+6reb, C.Bennett 5+2reb, M.Brauer 5+1reb, Q.Lollis 5+4reb, P.Flomo 4+2reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 20+7reb+2ast, D.Kapelan 16+2reb, M.Buljevic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Henley 7+5reb, S.Kesselring 4+1reb, K.Wysocki 3+2reb
gschID: 141557


Karlsruhe - MBC 68-82

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (20-5) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked BG Karlsruhe (12-13) 82-68. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-68. Mitteldeutscher BC outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 37-26 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Steve Wachalski (203-83) helped adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Domonic Jones (186-81, college: VCU) scored 17 points. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 20-5 record. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Heidelberg and ETB Wohnbau. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face NBC (#11) in Nurnberg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Karlsruhe will play on the road against Leitershofen in Diedorf and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Reid 26+6reb+2ast, S.Wachalski 13+11reb+2ast, J.Collins 12+5reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 10+1reb+3ast, S.Leutloff 9+2reb+3ast, L.Hinnant 6+4reb+2ast
Karlsruhe: D.Jones 17+1ast, M.Samarco 17+6reb+2ast, R.Roessler 10+6reb+1ast, M.Stockton 8+5reb+4ast, J.Moore 7+2reb+1ast, J.Howard 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141551


Jena - Ehingen 76-66

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-15) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Science City Jena (13-13) 76-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-66. Science City Jena made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Ehingen/Urspringschule outrebounded Science City Jena 35-22 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Eric Vierneisel (201-85, college: California) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Vierneisel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Science City Jena moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Science City Jena will meet higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ehingen/Urspringschule will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jena: T.Kepkay 24+6reb+3ast, E.Vierneisel 13+5reb+1ast, J.Black 11+3reb, C.Roquette 10+3reb+1ast, K.Barker 6+1reb+4ast, J.Krumbeck 5+1ast
Ehingen: G.Williamson 17+2reb, V.Matthews 13+3reb+1ast, A.Calvin 13+3reb+1ast, A.Buechert 11+12reb+1ast, T.Jahn 8+7reb+1ast, A.Vargas 4+7reb
gschID: 141552


Braves - Chemnitz 52-70

Everything went according to plan in Homburg where fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (16-10) beat 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-18) 70-52 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. Saar-Pfalz Braves managed to win third quarter 20-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saar-Pfalz Braves to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Saar-Pfalz Braves 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (200-88, college: McNeese St.) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and American center Travis Reed (203-79, college: Long Beach St., agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BV Chemnitz 99 maintains fourth place with 16-10 record. Loser Saar-Pfalz Braves keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will meet at home higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against USC Heidelberg (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 19+9reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 12+5reb+3ast, J.Schmidt 11+5reb, A.Rosenthal 7+1reb, T.Shaw 6+6reb+3ast, J.Schaffrath 5+6reb+1ast
Braves: L.Jeka 14+2reb+5ast, T.Reed 14+6reb+2ast, P.Alawoya 13+9reb, R.Cardenas 4+2reb+2ast, N.Okorie 3+2ast, K.Karamatskos 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141553


Webmoebel - Cuxhaven 103-83

Fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-10) crushed at home 13th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (9-16) by 20 points 103-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 60-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Webmoebel Baskets forced 19 Cuxhaven BasCats turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Nate Gerwig (206-83, college: Kent St.) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Webmoebel Baskets and four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 15-10 record. Cuxhaven BasCats lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will meet at home Science City Jena (#7) in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: J.Stommes 22+2reb+2ast, J.Mason 20+7reb+4ast, J.Diggs 18+1reb+4ast, M.Jost 11+5reb+3ast, N.Freer 10+1reb+6ast, B.Spoeler 9+4reb
Cuxhaven: N.Gerwig 20+5reb+1ast, J.Capel 16+6reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 14+8reb, D.Rice 11+4reb+5ast, M.Bogdanov 8+1ast, J.El Domiaty 5+1ast
gschID: 141554




ProB Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News
Group Play-downs
Bernau - Licher Baeren 98-84

The game without a history. SSV Lok Bernau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) chipped in 29 points. Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) who recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Bernau: J.Jones 29+2reb+1ast, S.Trzcionka 21+1reb+1ast, M.Woody 18+16reb+4ast, D.Klein 11+14reb+4ast, J.Heide 6+1reb+4ast, M.Dathe 6+2reb+2ast
Licher Baeren: B.Young 22+6reb+7ast, T.Bradshaw 18+8reb, D.Dorr 12+5reb+1ast, G.Aud 10+2reb, P.Unger 9+3reb, R.Christen 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 171038


BG Illertal - Wolfenbuettel 103-70

The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-70. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while Herzoege Wolfenbuettel only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 47-24 including a 35-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) added 13 points respectively. Five BG Illertal/Weissenhorn and four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: M.Mercer 24+4reb+2ast, B.Falkner 16+9reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 16+7reb+7ast, D.Jones 16+4reb+3ast, M.Wenzl 13+13reb+1ast, B.Butler 10+9reb+1ast
Wolfenbuettel: R.Owens 13+4reb+1ast, M.Jones 12+3ast, H.Knopke 11+6reb+3ast, D.Nawrocki 10+3reb+1ast, S.Schubert 9+3reb+1ast, M.Hart 8+2reb
gschID: 171039


Giessen - Bayer Giants 70-69

The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-13 Bayer Giants' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-69 at the end of the game. Bayer Giants were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Stevens is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Farid Sadek (188-83) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Bayer Giants in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Giessen: D.Stevens 27+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 19+4reb+2ast, F.Rotaru 16+9reb+1ast, O.Biallas 3+8reb, D.Lockhart 3+6reb+2ast, S.Rotaru 2+4reb
Bayer Giants: J.Eggleston 22+7reb+1ast, F.Sadek 11+6reb+5ast, C.Robinson 11+4reb+3ast, M.Goddek 9+4reb+1ast, M.Brueggemann 6+4reb, N.Welling 5+9reb
gschID: 171036


ALBA Berlin II - Fraport SKY II 79-74

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fraport Skyliners II won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin II made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Sebastian Fulle (189-92) who scored 28 points and 4 assists. Swingman Joey Ney (197-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) who recorded 21 points and forward Danilo Barthel (207-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 10 points and 11 assists respectively. Five Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: S.Fulle 28+4reb+4ast, D.Stackhouse 17+5reb+1ast, J.Ney 11+10reb+2ast, M.Marin 9+2reb+2ast, L.Staiger 8+6reb+9ast, L.Tolksdorf 5
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 21+4reb, D.Jemison 14+5reb, F.Theilig 13+3reb+2ast, T.Ohlbrecht 11+10reb, D.Barthel 10+3reb+11ast, B.Nicolay 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 171037


Group Play-offs
Noerdlingen - Rist Wedel 94-79

The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-79. Noerdlingen made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who scored 26 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kay Gausa (199-92) who recorded 26 points and 5 steals and guard Patrick Wischnewski (191-87) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: J.Jamerson 26+3reb+5ast, K.Johnson 19+12reb+1ast, J.Eichler 17+9reb+1ast, F.Brutting 11+4reb+2ast, D.Rotim 9+3reb+2ast, H.Debelka 7+5reb
Rist Wedel: K.Gausa 26+3reb+1ast, P.Wischnewski 16+3reb+3ast, A.Johnston 12+9reb+1ast, A.Pettaway 11+10reb, F.Luehring 8+8reb, J.Ruppert 4+2reb
gschID: 171035


Hannover - TSV Troester 86-68

The game without a history. Hannover Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hannover Tigers outrebounded TSV Troester 43-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Stefan Dinkel (183-89, college: Dawson CC) scored 22 points. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 31+11reb+2ast, R.Williams 15+5reb+6ast, S.Janzen 14+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 8+5reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 7+7reb+2ast, L.Oehlmann 6+3reb
TSV Troester: S.Dinkel 22+1reb+1ast, T.Korndoerfer 15+11reb+2ast, I.Pavic 8+4reb, J.Richter 5+1reb, D.Harris 4+1ast, D.Schmidt 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 171034




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A1 Week 24: A bigh fight for the 3rd and 4th position of the regular season - by Chris Mammides
With just two weeks to go, the fight for the 3rd and 4th positon of the reglar season becomes more and more interesting as there are currently at least 3 teams which will fight for the two positions, with Kolossos Rodou being closer than its opponents today but as AGOR beat Kolossos last night and cover up the difference of teh first round everythign will be clear out in the next two weeks as the remaining games will be very crucial for Kolossos, AGOR and Panionios. Kolossos is playing an easy game next week against Peristeri while AGOR without Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) who will continue his career in Croatia will travel to Thessalonica to play in Alexandreion Melathron against Aris who wants the victory as Coach Alexandris wants to safeguard a position in the top 8 teams of the play-offs. Finally, the team of Panionios which lost difficulty this week against the top seated Olympiakos (73-64) is playing against Panathinaikos in another difficult game which will be crucial as in case of winning the greens, Coach Bartzokas is adding his team in the top favorites for a place in the top 3 teams.... Anything can happen in the last two weeks as the games are derbies and the slightest detail will be crucial for any team of the three pre-mentioned while the positions between 6-8 are also very interesting as Kavala, PAOK and ARIS will fight to change their current positioning.

In regards to the games of the 24th week the results were as follows:

PAOK - KAOD 77-79

Quarters: 20-20, 38-29, 60-43, 77-59.
The game between PAOK & KAOD was a derby only for 15 minutes as after that the home team with Nikos Nikos Pappas in the leading role speed up and left no space for dreams for Coach Kalafatakis team who saw the veteran Ceranic in another great game and a double-double figures with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The two teams were equal in the first period with Stamatis Benas (206-F-85) and Ceranic giving some unexpected score for KAOD while on the other hand Nikos Pappas showed from an early beggining his moods. The domination of Dikoudis and the smart game by Stiggers were teh factors which driven the home team to an easy win in the second half as Ceranic got tired and Charalambidis was not at his best. So the win came naturally for PAOK which will fight for the 6th position of the regular season untill the very end.
Top scorers:
PAOK: Dikoudis 14, Nikos Pappas 20, Stiggers 11
KAOD: Stamatis Benas 14, Ceranic 12

AGOR - Kolossos Rodou 76-70
Quarters: 18-13, 36-36, 59-58, 76-70
In the derby of the week, the home team of Coach Koufos succeeded a crucial home win over Coach Frangias Kolossos Rodou not only by winning the game but also by overcoming the difference of the first round of their inbetween game. Zack Wright's farewell game was vital as he was the MVP of the game and of the week as his 23 points, his 7 rebounds, the 8 winning fouls and 5 assists and 4 steals were very important for the islanders from Rethymnon and especially at the 4th and most crucial period helped them to succeed the important home win. The game was a derby allover and the two teams proved why they belong in the top 4 seats of the Hellenic league this season. The victorious team of AGOR had the chance to win the game in details and with the American charesmatic scorer in the top performing role, won teh game.
Top scorers:
AGOR: Christmas 11, Zack Wright 23, Petway 21
KOLOSSOS: Hutten 10, Boykin 13, Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) 13

Ilysiakos - Ikaros Kallitheas 61-69
Quarters: 19-25, 32-38, 48-52, and 61-69
In a game which had no any particular target as both teams will end up the season in the positions right after the relegation, the team with the less problems (especially in the financial part) won the team with the bigger problems, and in this case Coach Flevarakis team. in one more game the duet of Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, college: UNLV)as and Baynes together with Vasjlievic dominated the game and left no space in the dismantling team of Ilysiakos. who had 4/18 three pointers and just 7/11 free throws two factors which can tell a lot to the people who follow the sport. The visiting site of coach Shourthopoulos was more aggressive from the begginign and with Romel Beck in the leading role closed the first half with a six points difference. Coach Flevarakis team tried to come back mainly with Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) and Tsiakos and they did it for a moment as they close the gap in the 3rd period and were ready for the bigger come back but the solid game by Vasiljevic and the points by Ljubicic together with the good game in the paint by Baynes drove the team of ikaros in its second road win this season.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: Leonidas Kaselakis 12, Apostolidis 10
Ikaros: Romel Beck 21, Baynes 11, Vasjlievic 12 and Ljubicic 14

Maroussi - Aris 69-90

Quarters: 21-24, 39-44, 56-70, 69-90.
The home team lasted only for the first two periods (as most of its games this season) but after that it collapsed totally as Nikolaidis and Demertzis got tired and Coach Alexandris team found the oportunity to add a big victory in its series this season. The first half was a bit of derby as Nikolaidis and Demertzis were scoring quite solid to keep the deficit in its most lower situation, Aris got tougher in the second half and with Davies and Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) in the leading roles dominated totally to reach the deficit at the 21 points in the end.
Top scorers:
Maroussi: Nikolaidis 21, Demertzis 11, Kanonidis 11, Tsotzos 10
Aris: Mavraidis 10, Christos Tapoutos 14, Davies 12, Krucic 10 and Tsaldaris 10

Peristeri - Panathinaikos 64-97

Quarters: 9-29, 28-60, 53-74, 64-97.
There are not many things to say in a game of 35 points. Peristeri fought as best as feasible but there is no measure to describe the difference of the two teams. Panagiotis Kafkis (197-G-80) was decent in this game and was the man of the game for his team while the duet of 3D and Saras were very good and the leading scorers for the Greens.
Top scorers:
Perister: Panagiotis Kafkis 14, Edwards 12.
PAO: Sato 11, Diamantidis 16, Calathes 10, Smith 11, Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) 18

Olympiakos - Panionios 73-64
Quarters: 17-14, 37-31, 58-54 and 73-64

Coach Bartzokas team of Panionios fought the game until the very end and proved to be a tough nut for any opponent. The top seated Olympiakos safeguard its position in teh regular season where the reds of Ivkovic will have the total home court advantage in one of their best seasons ever. Panionios was following the score in a short distance but Olympiakos was better at the end and won fairly the game.

Top scorers:

Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis (206-F-85) 14

Panionios: Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC) 13 and Nadjifeji 12






Last transfer news - by Chris Mammides
Another two players are leaving the Greek league to proced with their careers in foreign leagues.
This time the top performer and top scorer (with Dionde Christmas) in the amazing team of AGOR, Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Central Mo.) who's contract is ending at the 3rd of April, 2012 he part ways with his team to join forces with Cibona Zagreb. The American guard was voted five times as the MVP of the week in his 22 games with the team of Coach Koufos while he is leaving from the Greek team with the following statistics: 22 games played scored 300 points (13.64ppg), 119 rebounds (5.41rpg), 90 assists (4.1apg), 54 steals (2.45spg) the top of the division, and 10 block shots (0.45bpg) an all around player who was the main factor of AGOR's amazing winning series. It is worth reminding the fact that more than 60% of the topo scorers of the Greek league left the country and join forces with other leagues all over the world.


The second player to leave the Greek league and join forces with the American college where he was accepted with full scholarship is no other than the young talented player of Maroussi, Lampros Tsontzos (208-F-94). The next destination of the Greek forward will be IVY league in the NCAA Harvard University where he was accepted and he will be flying from Athens early next week.



Greek A1 round 24 best performance: Zack Wright - by Eurobasket News
American guard Zack Wright (188-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AGOR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Kolossos (#3, 15-7) 76-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. AGOR is placed at 4th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be AGOR's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Central Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Wright is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.1apg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 56.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another AGOR's star - 26-year old American Brent Petway (204-F-85). Petway had a very good evening with 21 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for AGOR to edge slightly higher-ranked Kolossos (#3, 15-7) 76-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. AGOR consolidated its place in top 4 of the standings. His team's 14-8 record is not bad at all. Petway is a newcomer at AGOR, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris (#7). Tapoutos showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Aris, leading his team to a 90-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Marousi (#13, 1-22). The chances of Aris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tapoutos could help Aris to bring them higher in the standings. Tapoutos has a great season in Greece. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 6.0rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragan Ceranic (212-C-76) of KAOD - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) of Kolossos - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Romel Beck (203-G/F-82) of Ikaros - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) of PAOK - 20 points
8. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 16 points and 2 assists
9. Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) of Panionios - 13 points and 8 rebounds
10. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85) of Panathinaikos - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.16.5 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Beck, Ikaros16.3 
 6. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.3 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.8 
 9. James, Aris14.5 
 10. Taylor, Kavala14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 5. Stepheson, Panio.7.1 
 6. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris6.0 
 9. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 10. Boykin, Kolossos5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. James, Aris4.1 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.4 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos1.6 
 8. Dorsey, Olympiakos1.6 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 10. Perperoglou, Pana.1.5 
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. Petway, AGOR1.1 
 5. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 6. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 7. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 9. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 10. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 21-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 20-2 
 3. Kolossos 15-7 
 4. AGOR 14-8 
 5. Panionios 14-8 
 6. Kavala 12-10 
 7. Aris 10-12 
 8. PAOK 10-13 
 9. KAOD 8-14 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-16 
 11. Peristeri GS 6-16 
 12. Ikaros 6-17 
 13. Marousi 1-22 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 20-5 
 2. Den Bosch 18-6 
 3. Leiden 17-6 
 4. Nijmegen 15-9 
 5. Zwolle 10-14 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-15 
 7. Weert 4-20 
 8. Rotterdam 3-21 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-0 
 2. Amsterdam 18-5 
 3. De Hoppers 16-7 
 4. Cangeroes 16-7 
 5. Leiden 2 15-5 
 6. Red Giants 12-9 
 7. Goba 10-13 
 8. De Groene 8-13 
 9. Akrides 8-14 
 10. Punch 8-15 
 11. Almonte 7-15 
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-17 
 13. Hoofddorp 6-17 
 14. Jugglers 3-19 


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 28 - by Eurobasket News
American Tai Wesley (200-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Den Bosch and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Den Bosch in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nijmegen (#4, 15-9) 85-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Den Bosch is placed at 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Den Bosch will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. Wesley turned to be Den Bosch's top player in his first season with the team. Utah State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wesley is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 62.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen. Humphrey impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Nijmegen lost that game 75-85 to slightly higher-ranked Den Bosch (#2, 18-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Nijmegen still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-9 record is not bad at all. Humphrey is a newcomer at Nijmegen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#7). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) of Leeuwarden (#6). Sanchez scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Sanchez's great performance Leeuwarden lost 69-72 to the higher-ranked Groningen (#1, 20-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Leeuwarden not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sanchez could try to bring Leeuwarden's a little bit higher in the standings. Sanchez has individually a great season in Holland. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Den Bosch - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87) of Weert - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Den Bosch - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. David Gonzalvez (193-G-87) of Den Bosch - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81) of Leiden - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Yamene Coleman (206-C-86) of Weert - 6 points and 7 rebounds
10. Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of Weert - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Tyrone SALLY
  Rotterdam
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Sally, Rotterdam18.3 
 2. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.1 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.5 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch15.8 
 6. Humphrey, Nijmegen15.5 
 7. Boxley, Leiden15.3 
 8. Acker, Nijmegen14.8 
 9. Wesby, Groningen14.3 
 10. Wells, Zwolle14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Coleman, Weert9.3 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.9.0 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.4 
 4. Boxley, Leiden6.9 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.8 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch6.8 
 7. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.7 
 8. Saaka, Zwolle6.7 
 9. Bekkering, Nijme.6.4 
 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. Acker, Nijmegen3.9 
 5. Wells, Zwolle3.6 
 6. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.6 
 7. Slagter, Leiden3.3 
 8. Fletcher, Weert3.3 
 9. Jansen, Den Bosch3.1 
 10. Defares, Groningen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.5 
 2. Wells, Zwolle2.4 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.2 
 4. Harman, Weert2.1 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch1.9 
 7. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 8. Fletcher, Weert1.7 
 9. Anderson, Weert1.7 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem MADDOX
  Zwolle
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Maddox, Zwolle1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.2 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 4. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 5. Minter, Weert0.8 
 6. Bekkering, Nijme.0.8 
 7. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.7 
 9. Hilliman, Leiden0.7 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 


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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 20-3 
 2. Albacomp 18-4 
 3. Szolnok 18-4 
 4. Kormend 17-5 
 5. Atomeromu 15-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 13-9 
 7. PVSK Pannon 11-11 
 8. Soproni 9-13 
 9. Kaposvari 8-14 
 10. Marso NYKK 7-15 
 11. FS Debrecen 7-16 
 12. Szedeak 6-16 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-17 
 14. ZTE KK 1-22 


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Timberlake, Falco-.22.4 
 3. Ciric, PVSK P.21.6 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak20.0 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.19.9 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.8 
 10. Levy, Szedeak19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.0 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Bader, Szolnok9.0 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.0 
 7. Townes, Kormend8.8 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak8.4 
 10. Austin, Jaszberen.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.5 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.7 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.9 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.2 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.2 
 10. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.9 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 7. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.4 
 8. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Doyne, PVSK P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 5. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 6. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 7. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 10. Miskovic, Marso N.0.9 


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  ICELAND   


Hankins-Cole's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Snaefell and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Grindavik (#1, 17-3) 101-89. Snaefell maintains the 6th position in Icelandic league. Snaefell is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-9 record. In the team's last game Hankins-Cole had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Snaefell and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Hankins-Cole has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 13.3rpg) and averages solid 55.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Curtis Allen (193-G-86) of Tindastoll. He is American guard in his first season at Tindastoll. In the last game Allen recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Tindastoll to another comfortable win 97-80 over the higher-ranked Thor Thorl (#4, 13-7) being unquestionably team leader. Tindastoll's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Allen is a newcomer at Tindastoll and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar (#11). Smith scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Haukar, leading his team to a 92-87 win against slightly higher-ranked IR (#9, 8-12). The chances of Haukar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smith could try to bring Haukar's a little bit higher in the standings. Smith has individually a great season in Iceland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.2rpg (5th best). He also has 3.6bpg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik - 24 points and 15 rebounds
6. Jon Sverrisson (198-F-88) of Fjolnir - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87) of Haukar - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Keflavik - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of IR - 21 points and 11 rebounds
10. Emil Barja (192-G-91) of Haukar - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  INDONESIA   


NBL Round 45: Aspac keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 9 rounds.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Aspac as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Aspac defeated 6th ranked Muba Hangtuah in Jakarta 65-50. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-50. Aspac dominated on the defensive end, holding Muba Hangtuah to just 4 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) who recorded 6 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac (24-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will play next round against Comfort Mobile trying to get back on the winning streak. Aspac will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Satria Muda. It will be extra interesting game as Satria Muda is their local rival from Jakarta.
The game in Surabaya supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Garuda (22-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Pacific Caesar (9-19). Garuda smashed Pacific Caesar 66-34. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. It was a good game for the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Hendru Ramli contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) answered with 11 points for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain third place with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Aspac. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 19 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play on the road against Stadium Jakarta (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 45 Satya Wacana was defeated by Bima Sakti in a road game 76-67. Pelita Jaya beat CLS Knights at home 66-57.
The best stats of 45th round was 32 points and 8 rebounds by Bima Rizky Ardiansyah of Bima Sakti.



Aspac - Muba Hangtuah 65-50

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Aspac as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Aspac defeated 6th ranked Muba Hangtuah in Jakarta 65-50. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-50. Aspac dominated on the defensive end, holding Muba Hangtuah to just 4 points in second quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Pringgo Regowo (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) who recorded 6 points and 13 rebounds and forward Ary Sapto (188-80) added 7 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac (24-4) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Muba Hangtuah at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will play next round against Comfort Mobile trying to get back on the winning streak. Aspac will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Satria Muda. It will be extra interesting game as Satria Muda is their local rival from Jakarta.
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 10+2reb+1ast, M.Joni 8+3reb, A.Sapto 7+4reb+3ast, A.Junaidi 6+5reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 6+13reb+2ast, T.Wilopo 5+3reb+1ast
Aspac: P.Regowo 11+11reb+1ast, I.Thoyib 11+6reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 9+1ast, S.Harun Nurman 9+3reb+3ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 8+2reb, D.Gerungan 7+2reb
gschID: 166174


Bima Sakti - Satya Wacana 76-67

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-24) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Bima Sakti (9-18) 76-67. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Bima Sakti shot 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Satya Wacana only scored five points from the stripe. Satya Wacana was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-89) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) answered with 27 points and forward Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-90) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Satya Wacana. Bima Sakti moved-up to eighth place. Satya Wacana lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 24 games lost. Bima Sakti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satya Wacana will play at home against Pelita Jaya (#4) in Jakarta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 27+2reb+3ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 12+11reb, J.Hasoloan 8+7reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 7+1reb+3ast, Y.Sua 5+2reb+3ast, M.Ramadhan 4+4reb+1ast
Bima Sakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 32+8reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 24+3reb+1ast, H.Gunawan 8+4reb, D.Sartika 5+3reb+4ast, M.Indra 3+4reb, G.Virgian 2+1reb
gschID: 166175


Pelita Jaya - CLS Knights 66-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Pelita Jaya's (20-7) home victory over 5th ranked CLS Knights (18-10) 66-57. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-18 CLS Knights' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 66-57 at the end of the game. Pelita Jaya dominated on the defensive end, holding CLS Knights to just 6 points in third quarter. They also forced 19 CLS Knights turnovers. Pelita Jaya brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for international forward Ary Chandra (182-84) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Andi Poedjakesuma (187-80) contributed with 6 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. point guard Dimaz Muharri (181-85) answered with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the former international Andrie Ekayana (182-82) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CLS Knights. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 20-7 record. CLS Knights lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Pelita Jaya will play against Satya Wacana (#11) in Salatiga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CLS Knights will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: T.Agus 15+4reb+1ast, A.Ekayana 14+5reb+2ast, D.Muharri 9+8reb+4ast, R.Utomo 7+4reb+1ast, H.Herman 3+1reb, S.Febiansyakh 3+2reb
Pelita Jaya: A.Chandra 18+7reb+2ast, F.Dini 11+4reb, E.Sebayang 10+1reb+5ast, P.Indrawan 9+2reb+2ast, K.Purwanto 6+6reb+2ast, A.Poedjakesuma 6+10reb+5ast
gschID: 166172


Pacific Caesar - Garuda 34-66

The game in Surabaya supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Garuda (22-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Pacific Caesar (9-19). Garuda smashed Pacific Caesar 66-34. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pacific Caesar. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Pacific Caesar was better in second period 7-2. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 7 points in second and fourth quarters. Garuda held Pacific Caesar to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 37.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Garuda forced 22 Pacific Caesar turnovers and outrebounded them 50-27 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) answered with 11 points and guard Handoyo Saputro (184-88) added 5 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Garuda. They maintain third place with 22-6 record having just two points less than leader Aspac. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 19 games lost. Garuda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play on the road against Stadium Jakarta (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 11+2reb, M.Fauzia 8+2reb, H.Saputro 5+5reb, Bisih 3, D.Galih 3+2reb, R.Anggakara 2+3reb+1ast
Garuda: H.Agustinus 19+5reb+3ast, H.Ramli 12+8reb, I.Budianto 10+7reb+2ast, C.Gideon 10+8reb+1ast, F.Minallah 6+3reb+2ast, N.Fritzgerald 3+2reb
gschID: 166173




Indonesian NBL round 44 best performance: Isman Thoyib - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Isman Thoyib (202-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Aspac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (8 points, nineteen rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush CLS Knights (#5, 18-9) with 22-point margin 74-52. Aspac maintains the 2nd position in Indonesian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Aspac would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 23-4 record. Thoyib has many years of experience at Aspac, through which he has constantly improved. Isman Thoyib has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.2bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 40-year old Daniel Iskandar (190-F-71) of Stadium Jak.. Iskandar had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Stadium Jak. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6, 15-11) 96-73. Stadium Jak.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Iskandar is a newcomer at Stadium Jak. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Stadium Jak.'s star - center R Ruslan (197-C-89). Ruslan scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Stadium Jak., helping his team with a 96-73 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Muba Hangtuah (#6, 15-11). Stadium Jak. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Ruslan has a very solid season. In 31 games in Indonesia he scored 4.1ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and 2.6bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) of Aspac - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Evin Hadi (188-SF-86) of Stadium Jak. - 15 points and 6 rebounds
6. Fanny Budianto (170-PG-83) of Stadium Jak. - 19 points and 3 assists
7. Fadlan Minallah (185-F-82) of Garuda - 14 points and 4 rebounds
8. Dian Heryadi (194-F/C-80) of Muba Hangtuah - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-SG-85) of Stadium Jak. - 10 points and 3 assists
10. Rudolfo Ongkowijoyo (185-F-90) of Comfort Mobile - 11 points and 4 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)


Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Aspac 24-4 
 2. Satria Muda 23-4 
 3. Garuda 22-6 
 4. Pelita Jaya 20-7 
 5. CLS Knights 18-10 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 15-12 
 7. Stadium Jak. 14-13 
 8. Bima Sakti 9-18 
 9. Pacific Caesar 9-19 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-22 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-24 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.2 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.7 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 4. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.5 
 5. Nagata, Pacific13.4 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.8 
 7. Chandra, Pelita J.12.4 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.2 
 9. Regowo, Aspac12.1 
 10. Prawiro, Aspac12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.5 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.8 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.0 
 4. Yanto, NSH G.7.9 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.7.6 
 6. Heryadi, Muba H.7.5 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.3 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.7.0 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 10. Nolland, Garuda6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.2 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac4.2 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.1 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 8. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.4 
 9. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
 10. Yusran, Stadium2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.1 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.7 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 6. Uniputty, Comfor.2.2 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 8. Sapto, Muba H.2.1 
 9. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
 10. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.6 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.2 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.1 
 4. Gunawan, Satya W.1.7 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.5 
 6. Teguh, Muba H.1.4 
 7. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 8. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.1 


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  IRELAND   


Basketball Ireland League Semi Finals Report and Scores - by Patrick Maher
BASKETBALL IRELAND MAIN REPORT

UL Eagles will face DCU Saints in the 2012 Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Final, while the womens decider will see Team Montenotte Cork take on UL.

DCU Saints will take on UL Eagles in the final of the 2012 Nivea For Mens SuperLeague after they beat UCD Marian 82-55 on Sunday.

The Saints havent tasted league success since 2006 but face a formidable outfit in the shape of UL Eagles in Fridays final, who they have already lost twice to this season.

'We are very happy with the performance,' said Saints Head Coach David Donnelly, who was a key part of the Saints squad that last won the league crown in 2006. 'I was worried as we have been a little inconsistent towards the end of the season but I think the guys have been waiting for this one and I am delighted with the effort they put in and in particular the defensive end of our game. Eagles is going to be an extremely tough test, they have already beat us twice in the league and are a much improved outfit this season with the likes of Robert Taylor in their squad.

DCU Saints justified their favourites tag in the first quarter, leading 29-18, before they extended their advantage at the break to a healthy 14 points. (45-31)

The Northern Conference were proving far superior than their opponents with UCD having to make up a massive 21 points heading into the final quarter. (63-42) It was a gap they couldnt make up and Saints ran out comfortable 82-55 winners.

UL Eagles inflicted more woe on UCC Demons to book their place in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Final following an excellent 85-57 win away to UCC Demons on Sunday.

The Eagles, who claimed this seasons National Cup by beating Demons, are on course for the double and face a DCU Saints side they boast a better head to head record this season.

'We were worried because Demons beat us after the cup final in the league,' said ULs Robert Taylor, who contributed 21 points in the win. 'I lost a double in the past with UL so I am delighted to have come back and now be in with a chance of setting that record straight.

We will have to approach the final the same way we have approached these big games with Demons. They are one of the best teams in the country this season and will be tough.

UL Eagles had five points to spare at the end of the first quarter (24-19) with American Robert Taylor and Jason Killeen causing Demons plenty of problems.

UL maintained their good form into the second quarter and extended their lead to 10 points with four minutes to go before the interval. They managed to maintain that lead to hold a 46-36 advantage at the break. Demons Kyle Hosford was keeping his side in the contest with some big threes.

Demons were finding baskets hard to come by in the third with a resolute Eagles defence helping them to an increased lead of 15 points. (64-49) Any chance of a comeback looked out of sight as Eagles lead by 23 with five minutes remaining, before they eventually ran out 85-57 winners.

Basketball Ireland Weekly Results

National League Semi Final Play Offs


Friday, March 16th 2012

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Semi Final Play Offs



Team Garveys St Marys 72 (30) (J Teahan 19, A Fitzgerald 14, D Wall 12) Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 77 (37) (W Archambault 20, P Freeman 18, P Peldzius 16)

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Semi Final Play Offs


Ballon BC 75 (39) (M Tamusauskas 17, A Statkus14, M Landoz 13) Maree 51 (24) (C Crowley 12, L Conroy 12, K Hansberry 8)

Sunday, March 18th 2012

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Semi Final Play Offs


UCC Demons 57 (36) (K Hosford 15, S Atupem 15, N O'Reilly 12) UL Eagles 85 (46) (R Taylor 21, J Killeen 20, R Lynch 10)

DCU Saints 82 (45) (M Provizors 15, P Glover 15, K Anderson 10, J Donnelly 10) UCD Marian 55 (31) (K Foley 15, D James 11, M Kelly 9)

Courtesy : Louise O Loughlin : www.basketballireland.ie


Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider) Kyle Hosford (89) Patrick Glover (193-F-77)


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  ISRAEL   


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Banks, Elitzur22.0 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.21.0 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.9 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon20.2 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.4 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.6 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.3 
 8. Duncan, Maccabi18.2 
 9. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.8 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.9 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.4 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.0 
 4. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi7.8 
 8. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.4 
 10. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.2 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.3 
 5. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 6. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.4 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.9 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Delaney, B.C. H.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ramel BRADLEY
  Hapoel J.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bradley, Hapoel J.2.2 
 2. Campbell, Elitzu.2.1 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Robinson, B.C. H.2.0 
 5. Limonad, Ironi A.2.0 
 6. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 10. Ben-Chimol, Macca.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.9 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 9. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 10. Sullivan, Hapoel1.0 


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 16-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 12-6 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 11-8 
 4. Hapoel Holon 11-8 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 10-8 
 6. Hapoel J-M 10-9 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 9-9 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 7-10 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 7-12 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-14 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-15 


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  ITALY   


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Musso, Napoli19.5 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.4 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.3 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.4 
 5. Poltroneri, Perugia14.9 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.14.9 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.5 
 8. Rugolo, San Severo14.4 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.4 
 10. Ruggiero, Bari14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.9 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.2 
 5. Gandini, Trieste8.1 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 7. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.9 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..7.8 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.6 
 10. Tagliabue, Ruvo7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.3 
 2. Circosta, Anagni4.2 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.0 
 7. Parente, Torino2.9 
 8. Vico, Matera2.9 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 10. Ruggiero, Bari2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 2. Iardella, Fabriano3.0 
 3. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 4. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 5. Maggio, Pavia2.9 
 6. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 7. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 8. Musso, Napoli2.8 
 9. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 9. Biligha, Casalp.0.9 
 10. Cotani, Castellet.0.9 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 18-6 
 2. Bennet Cantu 15-8 
 3. Armani Mit 14-9 
 4. Umana Venezia 14-9 
 5. CS Bologna 14-9 
 6. Banco di Sard. 14-9 
 7. Scavolini PS 13-9 
 8. Cimberio VA 12-12 
 9. Sidigas AV 12-12 
 10. Angelico BI 11-13 
 11. Fabi Shoes 10-13 
 12. Otto Caserta 10-13 
 13. Benetton TV 10-13 
 14. Acea Roma 10-14 
 15. Vanoli CR 8-16 
 16. Banca Tercas 8-16 
 17. Novipiu CM 6-18 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 20-9 
 2. Trieste 20-10 
 3. Perugia 14-15 
 4. Santarcangelo 12-18 
 5. Comsum.it SI 9-21 
 6. Firenze 8-22 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 26-4 
 2. Torino 18-12 
 3. Treviglio 18-12 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-13 
 5. Pavia 14-16 
 6. Castelletto 10-19 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 17-13 
 2. Recanati 15-14 
 3. Bari 15-15 
 4. San Severo 14-16 
 5. Fabriano 8-21 
 6. Ruvo 3-26 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 24-6 
 2. Ferentino 18-11 
 3. Orlandina 17-12 
 4. Latina Basket 14-15 
 5. Matera 13-16 
 6. Anagni 11-17 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Smith, Otto C.18.1 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.17.9 
 4. White, Scavolin.17.0 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI16.5 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.4 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.2 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.7 
 10. Green, Sidigas AV15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.7 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.7 
 5. Smith, Otto C.7.6 
 6. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.3 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.2 
 9. Dragicevic, Angeli.6.6 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.2 
 2. Collins, Otto Case.5.7 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.3 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.1 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.4 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.9 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI3.4 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
 10. Rannikko, Cimberi.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.0 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.2 
 6. Pullen, Angelico BI2.1 
 7. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.0 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna1.9 
 10. Bowers, Umana V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Banco d.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Easley, Banco d.1.5 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.4 
 3. Brunner, Bennet C.1.3 
 4. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.0 
 6. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 7. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas0.9 
 9. Crosariol, Acea R.0.8 
 10. Adrien, Benetton0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Troy BELL
  S.Antimo
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Bell, S.Antimo22.9 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio22.5 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.7 
 4. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 5. McConnell, Fileni19.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.2 
 7. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.1 
 8. Voskuil, Morpho B.17.9 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.5 
 10. Whiting, Aget Imo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.6 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.4 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.1 
 4. Baldassarre, Bianc.8.0 
 5. Jones, Giorgio7.9 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.8 
 7. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.4 
 8. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.3 
 9. Huff, MarcoPol.7.0 
 10. Brkic, Prima Vero.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.1 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.0 
 3. Green, Sigma B.4.8 
 4. Porta, Tezenis4.7 
 5. Kelley, Biancobl.3.7 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.3.5 
 7. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. West, Tezenis3.2 
 2. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.8 
 4. Thompson, Centra.2.7 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.2.4 
 9. McConnell, Fileni2.3 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.5 
 3. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 4. Trapani, MarcoPol.0.8 
 5. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 6. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 7. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 8. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 9. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 
 10. Easley, MarcoPol.0.6 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Giorgio Tesi PT 16-7 
 2. Givova Scafati 16-7 
 3. Trenkwalder 15-7 
 4. Enel Brindisi 15-8 
 5. Sigma Barcel. 13-10 
 6. Centrale Latte 11-11 
 7. Fileni BPA 11-11 
 8. Morpho Basket 10-12 
 9. Tezenis Verona 10-12 
 10. Prima Veroli 10-13 
 11. Assi Ostuni 10-13 
 12. S.Antimo 8-14 
 13. Aget Imola 8-14 
 14. Biancoblu BO 8-14 
 15. MarcoPoloShop 7-15 


SerieA Round 25: Bennet Cantu beats Lottomatica Roma by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Twelfth-ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-14) was very close to win a game against second ranked Bennet Cantu (15-8) on Sunday. Bennet Cantu managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lottomatica Roma won fourth quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Lottomatica Roma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 23 points for Lottomatica Roma. Lottomatica Roma's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Bennet Cantu are looking forward to face Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lottomatica Roma will play against Otto Caserta (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Banco di Sard. (14-9) against sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (8-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Banco di Sard. was defeated by Banca Tercas in a tough game in Teramo 78-83. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Banco di Sard.. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Brandon Brown chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Banca Tercas moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banco di Sard. will play against CS Bologna (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (18-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-16) 79-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vanoli-Braga. Bo McCalebb nailed 17 points and 4 steals for the winning side. Jason Rich came up with 18 points for Vanoli-Braga in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-6 record. Loser Vanoli-Braga keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Banca Tercas. Montepaschi Siena will meet league's second-placed Bennet Cantu on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vanoli-Braga will play against Armani Milano (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Higher ranked Angelico Biella (11-13) fell to fourteenth ranked Benetton Treviso (10-13) in overtime by two points 94-96. The game took place in Biella. But the guests from Treviso were better at the end. Marcus Goree fired 25 points for the winners. Benetton Treviso's coach Alexander Djordjevic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Otto Caserta and Fabi Shoes. Angelico Biella at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#11) at home.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Umana Venezia (14-9) and Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-13), which took place in Montegranaro. Higher ranked Umana Venezia lost to thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in a road game 88-93 on Tuesday. It was a very good performance for Coby Karl who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Benetton TV and Otto Caserta. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face Benetton Treviso (#13) on the road in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Otto Caserta was beaten by Armani Mit on the road 95-89. Fabi Shoes won against Novipiu CM on its own court 94-83. Cimberio VA unfortunately lost to Umana Venezia in a road game 63-71. Sidigas AV recorded a loss to Scavolini PS at home 81-89.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 31 points and 4 steals by Kee Kee Clark of Umana Venezia.



Armani Mit - Otto Caserta 95-89

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Armani Milano (14-9) beat at home 11th ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Otto Caserta trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 29-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-95 at the end of the game. Armani Milano made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) answered with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 22 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Otto Caserta. Five Armani Milano and four Otto Caserta players scored in double figures. Armani Milano moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Otto Caserta keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Armani Milano will face Vanoli-Braga (#15) in Cremona in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Otto Caserta will play at home against Lottomatica Roma (#14).
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: I.Bourousis 23+10reb, E.Bremer 15+3reb+5ast, M.Hairston 13+4reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 13+5reb+5ast, O.Cook 11+3reb+4ast, A.Fotsis 8+3reb+1ast
Otto Caserta: A.Collins 28+5reb+5ast, A.Smith 22+12reb+3ast, C.Bell 15+5reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 10+4reb, J.Kudlacek 5+1reb, G.Maresca 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150827


Montepaschi - Vanoli CR 79-61

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (18-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-16) 79-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vanoli-Braga. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) nailed 17 points and 4 steals for the winning side and American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 16 points. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) came up with 18 points and the other American import swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Vanoli-Braga in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-6 record. Loser Vanoli-Braga keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Banca Tercas. Montepaschi Siena will meet league's second-placed Bennet Cantu on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vanoli-Braga will play against Armani Milano (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 17+4reb+2ast, D.Moss 16+4reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 12+8reb, S.Stonerook 9+7reb+3ast, I.Rakocevic 9+2reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 4+1reb
Vanoli CR: J.Rich 18+4reb+1ast, D.Lighty 16+5reb, M.Milic 14+4reb+2ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 6+1reb+4ast, D.Cinciarini 4+3reb, L.D'Ercole 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150828


Fabi Shoes - Novipiu CM 94-83

Very expected game when 17th ranked Novipiu CM (6-18) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-13) 94-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Novipiu CM was better in third quarter 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novipiu CM was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international point guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, agency: Beo Basket) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Novipiu CM. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Benetton TV and Otto Caserta. Newly promoted Novipiu CM stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face Benetton Treviso (#13) on the road in the next round. Novipiu CM will play against Umana Venezia (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: F.Di Bella 26+6reb+4ast, I.Zoroski 20+5reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 16+7reb+2ast, J.McNeal 11+1reb+3ast, V.Mazzola 10+4reb, S.May 5+2reb
Novipiu CM: R.Minard 24+5reb+2ast, G.Temple 15+2reb+1ast, M.Shakur 11+2reb+4ast, J.Hukic 9+7reb+2ast, D.Chiotti 8+7reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 8+1reb
gschID: 150829


Angelico BI - Benetton TV 94-96 OT

Higher ranked Angelico Biella (11-13) fell to fourteenth ranked Benetton Treviso (10-13) in overtime by two points 94-96. The game took place in Biella. But the guests from Treviso were better at the end. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 26-22 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-15. Benetton Treviso made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Angelico Biella turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Angelico Biella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) fired 25 points for the winners. Romanian power forward Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: his fellow American import) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Benetton Treviso's coach Alexander Djordjevic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) produced 25 points and 4 steals and the former international swingman Matteo Soragna (198-75) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Benetton Treviso and five Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Benetton Treviso moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Otto Caserta and Fabi Shoes. Angelico Biella at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#11) at home.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: M.Goree 25+4reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 18+9reb+2ast, G.Mekel 13+6reb+7ast, J.Viggiano 10+1reb+2ast, S.Becirovic 8+3ast, B.Ortner 7+6reb
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 25+4reb+1ast, J.Pullen 20+1reb+5ast, M.Soragna 18+7reb+2ast, A.Miralles 16+11reb, G.Jurak 10+11reb+2ast, M.Chessa 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150822


Banca Tercas - Banco di Sard. 83-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Banco di Sard. (14-9) against sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (8-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Banco di Sard. was defeated by Banca Tercas in a tough game in Teramo 78-83. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Banco di Sard.. Banco di Sard. was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 21-11 third quarter run of Banca Tercas. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian-Serbian power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Banca Tercas moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Banco di Sard. at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banco di Sard. will play against CS Bologna (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: B.Cerella 21+3reb+3ast, B.Brown 14+7reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 14+7reb+2ast, D.Brown 12+4reb+4ast, M.Borisov 8+4reb+3ast, R.Fultz 8+1reb+2ast
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 24+9reb+3ast, T.Easley 16+3reb, Q.Hosley 15+5reb+3ast, V.Plisnic 11+11reb+4ast, T.Diener 9+5reb+8ast, M.Vanuzzo 3+3reb
gschID: 150823


Umana Venezia - Cimberio VA 71-63

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Umana Venezia (14-9) won against at home 8th ranked Cimberio Varese (12-12) 71-63 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-11. But Cimberio Varese won third quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Finnish guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Umana Venezia moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cimberio Varese keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Umana Venezia will face bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 20+4reb+1ast, K.Kee Clark 15+5reb+3ast, A.Young 12+5reb+2ast, T.Bowers 11+5reb, T.Slay 5+1reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 5+2reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: K.Kangur 15+7reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 13+2reb+7ast, Y.Diawara 8+3reb+3ast, J.Talts 7+1reb, R.Stipcevic 7+4reb+3ast, G.Ganeto 7+5reb
gschID: 150824


Bennet Cantu - Acea Roma 73-72

Twelfth-ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-14) was very close to win a game against second ranked Bennet Cantu (15-8) on Sunday. Bennet Cantu managed to secure only one-point victory 73-72. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lottomatica Roma won fourth quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Lottomatica Roma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 23 points and American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lottomatica Roma. Lottomatica Roma's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Bennet Cantu are looking forward to face Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lottomatica Roma will play against Otto Caserta (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: G.Shermadini 18+7reb, D.Perkins 13+9reb+7ast, M.Leunen 11+2reb, N.Mazzarino 9+1reb, V.Micov 7+4reb+6ast, M.Markoishvili 6+5reb+1ast
Acea Roma: N.Djedovic 23+4reb+1ast, A.Maestranzi 11+2ast, N.Gordic 11+2reb+2ast, U.Slokar 8+2reb+1ast, J.Varnado 8+6reb, C.Tucker 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 150825


Sidigas AV - Scavolini PS 81-89

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Air Avellino (12-12) lost at home to seventh ranked Scavolini Pesaro (13-9) 89-81 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-19. But Air Avellino won second period 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Scavolini Pesaro forced 24 Air Avellino turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals and Slovenian-Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Air Avellino. Four Scavolini Pesaro and five Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro maintains seventh place with 13-9 record. Air Avellino lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face league's second-placed Bennet Cantu at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play against Angelico Biella (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.White 22+2reb+5ast, J.Jones 18+6reb+2ast, R.Hickman 14+5reb+7ast, M.Cusin 11+7reb, D.Cavaliero 11+1reb+2ast, D.Hackett 9+3reb+2ast
Sidigas AV: L.Johnson 15+14reb+5ast, M.Green 14+2reb+4ast, J.Golemac 14+6reb+5ast, V.Gaddefors 13+3reb, R.Slay 10+3reb, A.Infanti 8+1reb
gschID: 150826


Round 21
Fabi Shoes - Umana Venezia 93-88

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Umana Venezia (14-9) and Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-13), which took place in Montegranaro. Higher ranked Umana Venezia lost to thirteenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in a road game 88-93 on Tuesday. Umana Venezia trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 30-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-93 at the end of the game. Umana Venezia was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Coby Karl (196-83, college: Boise St., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) answered with 31 points and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Umana Venezia. Five Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Benetton TV and Otto Caserta. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face Benetton Treviso (#13) on the road in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: C.Karl 19+6reb+2ast, I.Zoroski 17+3reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 15+9reb+3ast, S.May 14+4reb, F.Di Bella 10+1reb+5ast, J.McNeal 8+3reb+3ast
Umana Venezia: K.Kee Clark 31+4reb+3ast, T.Bowers 17+3reb, S.Szewczyk 17+6reb+1ast, T.Slay 12+8reb+3ast, A.Young 5+2reb+1ast, G.Meini 4
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Lega2 Round 24: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Lega2 round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Trenkwalder RE (15-7) against second ranked Tuscany Pistoia (16-7) 71-55 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-3 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tuscany Pistoia dominated on the defensive end, holding Trenkwalder RE to just 3 points in fourth quarter and to 12 points in second half. Tuscany Pistoia forced 21 Trenkwalder RE turnovers. It was a good game for American point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) contributed with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) replied with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Trenkwalder RE. Trenkwalder RE's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tuscany Pistoia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Givova Scafati. Trenkwalder RE at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Giorgio Tesi PT. Trenkwalder RE will play next round against S.Antimo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Tezenis Verona on the road.
Eighth-ranked Morpho Basket (10-12) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Enel Brindisi (15-8). Enel Brindisi managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy Hunter (197-77, college: Life) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Dejan Borovnjak who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Enel Brindisi maintains fourth position with 15-8 record. Newly promoted Morpho Basket keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Tezenis Verona. Enel Brindisi will play against Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia in the next round. Morpho Basket will play at home against Sigma Barcellona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Aget Imola in Forli 80-72. The winners were led by Shawn Huff who scored that evening 23 points and 5 rebounds. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by Ronald DuPree did not help to save the game for Aget Imola. MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth position with 7-15 record. Loser Aget Imola keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Biancoblu BO and S.Antimo. MarcoPoloShop.it will meet higher ranked Fileni BPA (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aget Imola will play against Biancoblu BO (#14) in Bologna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Assi Ostuni (10-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked Givova Scafati (16-7). Givova Scafati managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was James Thomas who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Givova Scafati keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT. Newly promoted Assi Ostuni keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Givova Scafati's next round opponent will be Prima Veroli (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Centrale Latte (11-11) and Prima Veroli (10-13), which took place in Veroli. Higher ranked Centrale Latte lost to eleventh ranked Prima Veroli in a road game 65-83 on Sunday. It was a good game for David Brkic who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Prima Veroli moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Assi Ostuni. Centrale Latte lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Prima Veroli will face league's second-placed Givova Scafati at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 24 S.Antimo beat Biancoblu BO on the road 87-76. Sigma Barcel. won against Fileni BPA on its own court 87-76.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 29 points and 14 rebounds by Patrick Baldassarre of Biancoblu BO.



Enel Brindisi - Morpho Basket 69-66

Eighth-ranked Morpho Basket (10-12) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Enel Brindisi (15-8). Enel Brindisi managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Morpho Basket won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Enel Brindisi won last quarter 16-14. Morpho Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy Hunter (197-77, college: Life) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Dejan Borovnjak (207-86, agency: Beo Basket) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) scored 17 points. Enel Brindisi maintains fourth position with 15-8 record. Newly promoted Morpho Basket keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Tezenis Verona. Enel Brindisi will play against Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia in the next round. Morpho Basket will play at home against Sigma Barcellona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: D.Borovnjak 16+7reb, J.Hunter 15+7reb+1ast, C.Callahan 13+5reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 7+4reb+1ast, M.Giuri 6+3reb+2ast, M.Formenti 5+4reb+1ast
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 18+7reb, C.Cotis Harrison 17+4reb+1ast, A.Voskuil 14+5reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 8+4reb, L.Infante 4+3reb+1ast, M.Passera 3+1reb
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Biancoblu BO - S.Antimo 76-87

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked S.Antimo (8-14) beat 12th ranked Biancoblu BO (8-14) in Bologna 87-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by S.Antimo. Biancoblu BO was better in second period 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) added 17 points in the effort for Biancoblu BO. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. S.Antimo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Aget Imola. S.Antimo will face higher ranked Trenkwalder RE (#3) in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: T.Bell 24+3reb+3ast, F.Campbell 23+12reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 14+9reb+1ast, N.Kommatos 11+7reb+1ast, R.Moraschini 9+2reb+4ast, C.Cantone 4+1ast
Biancoblu BO: P.Baldassarre 29+14reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 17+3reb+3ast, A.Pecile 13+2reb+5ast, T.Kelley 12+3ast, G.Yango 3+3