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  ABA   



ABA Playoffs down to Final Eight Teams - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association today announced the final eight teams which will compete next weekend to make the Final Four Championship Playoffs to be held in St. Petersburg, FL from April 9-15. 'This was a great weekend of exciting games,' stated ABA President/COO Dick Packer. 'And next weekend's games should be as good as there are some very good match-ups.'

The Conway Cyclones beat the Little Rock Lightning 100-99. The Cyclones will meet the North Dallas Vandals in Dallas.

The Jacksonville Giants beat the Gulf Coast Flash 118-108. The Giants will meet the Chicago Steam in Chicago.

The Connecticut TopBallerz beat the Staten Island Vipers 120-110 and will meet the South Carolina Warriors in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The SC Warriors beat the Lynchburg Legends 117-90.

The San Diego Sol beat the Arizona Scorpions 81-80 in overtime. They will meet the Bay Area Matrix in San Diego.

Tickets for the Final Four games and the ABA All Star Game will go on sale this week and will be available on the ABA web site, www.abalive.com Tickets for the Final Eight match ups can be purchased by visiting the host teams' web sites or at the door.



San Diego Sol wins SoCal Division - by Gianni Pascucci

The San Diego Sol basketball team won its second ABA SoCal Division Championship, Sunday afternoon at the SportCenter at Alliant University. It was a hard-fought, 81-80 overtime victory against the visiting Arizona Scorpions. The win places the Sol in the elite eight of the ABA National Championship playoffs.
Coming into the game, the Sol were ranked #3 in the nation, with Arizona being ranked #5. The Sol won 2 games to 1 during the regular season versus the Scorpions. The most recent game was a lopsided 41-point win for the Sol. Still, the Scorpions won the first meeting between the two teams when the Sol traveled to Phoenix for Sol's first game of the season.
Next weekend, San Diego will host the Northern California Division Champion, Bay Area Matrix, who upset the number one seed in that division. The winner of next week's game moves forward to play in the ABA Final Four, in St. Petersburg, FL, as part of the ABA All-Star Game and ABA Championship held April 9 -15.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


MZT Skopje to play in Adriatic league next season - by Eurobasket News

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will have its representative in Adriatic league next season. After few years of waiting, FYROM finally got one spot in the regional championship. That place will belong to MZT Skopje next season. The news is officially confirmed by the Macedonian squad. At the same time, Adriatic league still waits Maccabi Tel Aviv's answer for the next season. Their participation is under the question mark. Number of Serbian teams in Adriatic league next season depends of Maccabi's decision. If Maccabi decides to stay in the league Serbia will have three representatives. If not, Serbia will keep its four places. Everything should be known until the Final Four Tournament in Tel Aviv (April 28-30).


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Standings - TNA

TNA Stage Two Standings
TNA1 North
 1. Union Progr. 6-2
 2. Estudian.Con. 5-3
 3. Obera TC 4-4
 4. San Isidro 3-5
 5. Alvear 2-6
TNA1 South
 1. Ciclista 7-3
 2. Alianza Viedma 6-4
 3. Argentino 5-5
 4. MH Basket 5-5
 5. Huracan 4-6
 6. Banda Norte 3-7
TNA2 North
 1. Union Sunch 5-3
 2. A.Italiana 5-3
 3. Atl.Echague 4-4
 4. A.Espanola 4-4
 5. Tomas Rocam. 2-6
TNA2 South
 1. Rosario Cent. 6-2
 2. Bragado 5-3
 3. San Mart.MJ 3-5
 4. Sport Club 3-5
 5. Firmat SF 3-5
Stage One Standings


TNA regular season recap - by Facundo Iatzky

The regular season of second division has also come to an end. These will be the playoffs in each conference looking for the promotion to Liga A:

North zone:
1) Union progresista - 8) Echague Parana
4) san isidro - 5) Alvear
2) Estudiantes concordia - 7) Union sunchales
3) Obera TC - 6) Asoc Italiana

South zone:
1) Ciclista juninense - 8) ciudad Bragado
4) Monte hermoso - 5) Huracan trelew
2) Argentino junin - 7) Rosario Central
3) Alianza Viedma - 6)Banda norte

Asociacion espanola and San Martin Marcos juarez finished in the last positions of their respective conferences and went to Torneo Federal.



Boca Juniors land Benjamin Raymond - by Eurobasket News

Boca Juniors strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier). The guard has already started training with the team. Benjamin Raymond is meant to replace Desmon Farmer (196-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: USC) on the roster. Benjamin Raymond started the season in Cyprus. The guard played for Pizza Express Apollon. Last season he tipped off in Lebanon. Benjamin Raymond played for Anibal Zahle. His stats read 17.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Division A. Later the guard moved to Slovenia. Benjamin Raymond signed with Helios Domzale. He posted 17.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance in Telemach League. Eurobasket.com named Benjamin Raymond into All-Slovenian League 1st Team. This year the guard took part at Cyprus Division A All-Star Game.


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 (24-22) 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, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 48.9% and FT: 75.2% in the 46 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 (29-17) 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.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #6. Guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) was the major contributor in a Tezenis Verona''s surprising victory against the second-ranked Givova Scafati (16-7) 83-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Porta scored 20 points, made 7 passes and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Tezenis Verona (10-12) is placed ninth in the Lega2. Porta is currently fourth on the league''s list of best passers with 4.7apg. He also averaged so far 14.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.0spg in the 22 games. Porta is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team four years ago.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #7. Former international 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 on Saturday. Despite Bulfoni''s good performance Blusens Monbus was defeated 71-58 in Barcelona by the second-ranked Regal FC. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Bulfoni''s total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #8. Guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla to win against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 75-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. Jasen recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (13-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. Jasen''s total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
   #9. Former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) couldn''t help Blancos de Rueda (6-19) in their game against Real Madrid (20-5) in the Spanish ACB. Garcia scored 7 points and added 3 assists. The bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda was crushed 76-55 in Madrid by the leading Real. This season Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

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 on Sunday. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut was defeated 81-73 at home by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (#14). Van Lacke was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 assists. Van Lacke''s total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.4apg. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #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 on Sunday night. Prato was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 steals in 35 minutes. But Aget Imola lost 72-80 on the road to the league outsider (#15) MarcoPoloShop.it. This year Prato has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 2.2spg in the 21 games he played so far. Similarly like Van Lacke and Cerella above he has also Italian nationality.

   #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 in Sunday night''s game Ghersetti was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Ghersetti has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3spg. Similarly like three previous players above, he has also Italian passport.

   #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) last Sunday. Forray was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Bitumcalor Trento (20-9) is placed first in North-East Division. It''s Forray''s first season with the team. This year Forray has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.3spg in the 29 games. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #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) on Sunday night. Corral was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Corral has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.5spg. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian nationality.

   #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 in Sunday night''s game. Musso scored 13 points, made 9 passes and 3 steals in 36 minutes. But his team lost 71-82. Musso is the league''s top scorer and also on the list of best passers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Musso averages: 19.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 2.8spg in the 30 games. He has also Italian passport.

   #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 on Sunday night. Migliori scored 13 points in 33 minutes. But his team lost 76-87. This year Migliori has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg and 3.1rpg in the 14 games. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian nationality.

   #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 last Sunday. Casini scored 10 points in 27 minutes. But his team lost 74-83. This year Casini''s total stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #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.



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Jonathan Smith claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jonathan Smith (206-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Satria Muda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 28 points adding seven rebounds for Satria Muda in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Saigon H. (#8, 3-9) 72-68. Satria Muda is placed at 4th position in ASEAN League . Satria Muda 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 6-7 record. Smith just recently signed at Satria Muda, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bowie State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.8ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Louis Graham (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Singapore S.. Graham impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Singapore S. cruised to a 77-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Thailand S. (#7, 4-9). Singapore S.'s 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Graham is a newcomer at Singapore S. 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 17.8ppg (#9). He also registered 13.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked Philip.Patriots. Johnson got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Philip.Patriots, leading his team to a 90-87 win against #3 ranked KL Dragons in a game of the week. Philip.Patriots confirms their top position in the standings Johnson has a great season in ASEAN League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.5ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 8.0rpg (8th best) and assists with 2.5apg (9th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 56.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Calvin Williams (206-F-87) of Thailand S. - 18 points and 16 rebounds
5. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81) of Petron Blaze - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of Satria Muda - 16 points and 16 rebounds
7. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) of Philip.Patriots - 19 points and 14 rebounds
8. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81) of Bangkok C. - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) of Petron Blaze - 33 points and 2 assists
10. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of Saigon H. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 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)


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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Australian NBL round 24 best performance: Julian Khazzouh - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kings, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Taipans (#5, 14-13) 80-74. Kings maintains the 7th position in Australian NBL. Kings 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 11-16 record. It's Khazzouh's second year at Kings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Julian Khazzouh has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.3ppg) and averages impressive 2.2bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of 36ers. Simpson had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as 36ers was edged by the higher-ranked Blaze (#3, 16-11) 84-83. 36ers managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Simpson is a newcomer at 36ers, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports) of Taipans (#5). Wilson showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Wilson's great performance Taipans lost 74-80 to slightly lower-ranked Kings (#7, 11-16). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Taipans needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Wilson has a great season in Australia. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) of Kings - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Will Hudson (206-F/C-89) of Blaze - 20 points and 13 rebounds
6. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) of Breakers - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
7. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87) of Breakers - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) of Blaze - 18 points and 7 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)



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.

Hugh Greenwood
Hugh Greenwood
   #6. 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 in Thursday night''s game. Greenwood 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 very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.8apg and 2.5spg in the 36 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #7. 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 last Friday 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. This season Dellavedova has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.8apg and 2.5spg. Dellavedova is also Australian national team player.

Mitchell Young
Mitchell Young
   #8. 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 on Friday night. 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 has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 5.8apg and 2.5spg in the 36 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2009.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #9. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) couldn''t help Ikaros (6-17) in their game against Kavala (12-10) in the Greek A1. He was the second best scorer with 9 points. Baynes also added 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Ikaros lost 71-79 on their home court in Kalitheas to the higher-ranked (#6) Kavala. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Baynes is currently first on the league''s list of best rebounders with 8.9rpg. This year he also averages: 14.0ppg in the 21 games. Baynes is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #10. Forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the league leader Real Madrid (20-5) 83-66 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points. 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. Newley''s overall stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. 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 three years ago.

   #12. International forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams UCAM Murcia in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish ACB. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. His team lost 62-69. This year Barlow''s overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 4.9rpg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) couldn''t help Nitra in their game against Nova Ves in the Slovakian Extraliga. Majok scored only 4 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team was defeated 78-67. Majok is currently fifth on the league''s 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.

   #14. International center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brad Newley and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Ogilvy contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Real Madrid 83-66. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. This year Ogilvy''s total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 16 games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #15. 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 in 28 minutes. His team was edged 72-69. Steindl has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.2apg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian university national team.

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 (16-26) 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. It was Cavaliers'' third consecutive loss in a row. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 5.6apg in the 38 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. Shane Coupland (196-F) led St.Francis Xavier to a 3-point victory against the Cascades (13-5) 89-86 in the Canadian university league CIS in Sunday night''s game. Coupland recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The St.Francis Xavier has 10-10 record this season. Coupland''s overall stats this year are: 7.1ppg and 4.5rpg.

   #3. 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. Fitzgerald was the top player that evening. He 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.

   #4. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jeka''s good performance Saar-Pfalz Braves was badly defeated 70-52 in Chemnitz by the higher-ranked BV 99 (#11). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Jeka also added 5 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Jeka is currently second on the list of best passers. This season he has very good stats: 14.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.2apg. Jeka has also British nationality.



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Austrian A Bundesliga round 7 (Second Stage) best performance: Demetrius Nelson - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Kapfenberg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Wels (#4, 18-9) 88-82. Kapfenberg maintains the 2nd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 20-7 record. It's Nelson's second year at Kapfenberg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Demetrius Nelson averages this season 13.5ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Gary Ware (205-F/C-83, agency: TSS Management) of Furstenfeld. Ware had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Furstenfeld to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked St.Polten (#-1, 1-25) 98-74. This victory allowed Furstenfeld to move up to -5th position in Group B. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ware is a newcomer at Furstenfeld, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) of BC Vienna (#-4). Stazic showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the last round. Despite Stazic's great performance BC Vienna lost 91-95 to #-2 ranked Arkadia. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of BC Vienna ranking at the top of Group B, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stazic could help BC Vienna to bring them higher in the standings. Stazic has a great season in Austria. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.7apg (6th best). Stjepan Stazic has also Austrian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of Arkadia - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Pranas Skurdauskas (211-C-88) of Arkadia - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92) of Arkadia - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) of BC Vienna - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jeff Robinson (198-F-88) of Furstenfeld - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 19 points and 9 rebounds

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



A Bundesliga Round 7: BC Vienna is defeated by Arkadia Lions - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked BC Vienna (11-15) and fourth ranked Arkadia Lions (7-18) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. BC Vienna was defeated by Arkadia Lions in a tough game in Traiskirchen 91-95. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But BC Vienna won third quarter 28-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Arkadia Lions won last quarter 24-21. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to BC Vienna's 40 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) helped adding 13 points and 13 assists. At the losing side the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Arkadia Lions maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 7-18 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Arkadia Lions are looking forward to face league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Vienna will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Wels. 3rd placed host Raiffeisen Wels (18-9) lost to second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (20-7) 88-82. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Jeremy Fears accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Raiffeisen Wels in the defeat. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains second place in Bundesliga with 20-7 record having just -8 point less than leader Furstenfeld. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (21-6) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (17-10) 71-65. Robert Arnold fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Joe Dean Shaw produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Gmunden Swans maintains first place in Bundesliga with 21-6 record. Defending champion Oberwart Gunners keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oberwart Gunners will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Bundesliga top team - Furstenfeld Panthers (13-13) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked St.Polten (1-25) 98-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Gary Ware who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). St.Polten's coach Hubert Schreiner gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first place in Bundesliga with 13-13 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the fifth position with 25 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen. St.Polten will play at home against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7
In Bundesliga Gussing was destroyed by Klosterneub. on the opponent's court 72-49.


Group A
Klosterneub. - Gussing 72-49
Rather expected game in Klosterneuburg where 6th ranked Gussing Knights (11-16) were crushed by fourth ranked Xion Dukes (18-9) 72-49. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Five Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Koch (200-88) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gussing Knights. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xion Dukes moved-up to third place in Bundesliga. Gussing Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Xion Dukes' next round opponent will be Oberwart Gunners (#5) on the road. Gussing Knights will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 15+2reb, J.Chappell 12+4reb+2ast, C.Nagler 12+6reb+1ast, C.Bobb 11+4reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 10+1reb+6ast, D.Hamidovic 7+4reb
Gussing: C.Scott 14+7reb+1ast, A.Djuric 11+1reb+1ast, S.Koch 7+5reb+2ast, E.Kadic 6+4reb+1ast, M.Heard 6+4reb, T.Klepeisz 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 169207


Wels - Kapfenberg 82-88
The game between Top Four teams took place in Wels. 3rd placed host Raiffeisen Wels (18-9) lost to second ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (20-7) 88-82. Kapfenberg Bulls made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for Raiffeisen Wels in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains second place in Bundesliga with 20-7 record having just -8 point less than leader Furstenfeld. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Raiffeisen Wels will play at home against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 22+10reb+2ast, L.Gordon 19+9reb+1ast, D.Mayes 14+1reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 12+3reb+1ast, J.Fears 12+8reb+9ast, C.Gray 4+1reb+1ast
Wels: D.Lamesic 22+7reb+2ast, T.Brown 16+4reb+5ast, A.Farokhmanesh 15+1reb+1ast, R.Vieider 13+1reb+2ast, J.Werner 10+7reb+5ast, L.Stutz 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169205


Gmunden - Oberwart 71-65
A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (21-6) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Oberwart Gunners (17-10) 71-65. Oberwart Gunners were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-14 charge of Gmunden Swans, which allowed them to win the game. Gmunden Swans outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 42-24 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) fired 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-85) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Gmunden Swans maintains first place in Bundesliga with 21-6 record. Defending champion Oberwart Gunners keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet league's second-placed Kapfenberg Bulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oberwart Gunners will play against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Curry 19+2reb+2ast, D.Oppland 16+10reb+1ast, R.Arnold 14+9reb+4ast, M.Mayer 8+12reb+3ast, M.Oppland 6+3reb+1ast, E.Murati 6+4reb
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 17+5reb, H.Ochsenhofer 13+3ast, V.Hollins 13+2ast, E.Rizvic 8+7reb, J.Johnson 8+4reb, H.Artner 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 169206


Group B
Furstenfeld - St.Polten 98-74
A Bundesliga top team - Furstenfeld Panthers (13-13) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifth ranked St.Polten (1-25) 98-74. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. St.Polten was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to St.Polten's 44. They outrebounded St.Polten 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Furstenfeld Panthers players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Forward Filip Kramer (200-92) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for St.Polten. St.Polten's coach Hubert Schreiner gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first place in Bundesliga with 13-13 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the fifth position with 25 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen. St.Polten will play at home against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: G.Ware 26+15reb, J.Robinson 24+6reb+1ast, A.Shavies 20+6reb+10ast, L.O'Neal 11+2reb+3ast, K.Payton 5+2reb+6ast, P.Radakovics 5+1reb+1ast
St.Polten: F.Kramer 15+6reb+1ast, N.Milosevic 12+3reb+4ast, M.Speiser 9+2reb+2ast, F.Trmal 9+9reb, A.Worenz 8, D.Friedrich 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 169208


Arkadia - BC Vienna 95-91
The game between second ranked BC Vienna (11-15) and fourth ranked Arkadia Lions (7-18) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. BC Vienna was defeated by Arkadia Lions in a tough game in Traiskirchen 91-95. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But BC Vienna won third quarter 28-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Arkadia Lions won last quarter 24-21. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to BC Vienna's 40 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) helped adding 13 points and 13 assists. At the losing side the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian-Bosnian power forward Marko Djurkovic (205-87) scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Five Arkadia Lions and four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 7-18 record. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the second position with 15 games lost. Arkadia Lions are looking forward to face league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Vienna will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 30+5reb+3ast, R.Spasojevic 16+6reb, B.Danek 13+3reb+13ast, A.Percan 13+3reb, P.Skurdauskas 13+12reb+3ast, J.Blazevic 10+1reb
BC Vienna: M.Djurkovic 26+7reb+1ast, S.Stazic 25+9reb+8ast, D.Toroman 17+4reb+8ast, B.Matthews 16+5reb+1ast, J.Francois 5+6reb, T.Gaspar 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 169209


Standings - A Bundesliga

A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 21-6 
 2. Kapfenberg 20-7 
 3. Klosterneub. 18-9 
 4. Wels 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. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg17.5 
 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, Wels9.3 
 3. Djurkovic, BC Vi.8.2 
 4. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.1 
 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, Kapfenberg5.8 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.6 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 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. Curry, Gmunden4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.0 
 5. Brown, Wels1.6 
 6. Toroman, BC Vienna1.6 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.5 
 8. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 6. Djurkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 7. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 8. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 10. Brown, Wels0.6 



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Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belarusians who are currently playing abroad.

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 (25-6) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Parakhouski''s first year with the team. This season Parakhouski averages: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 61.5%(67-109) and FT: 67.1% in the 21 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 (21-14) is placed fourth in the Superleague. 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. Kandrusevich has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 78.9% in the 29 games. Kandrusevich played for the Belarusian national team two years ago.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #4. 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 in Sunday night''s game. He scored 11 points. PAOK Thessaloniki (10-13) is placed eighth in the A1. Stiggers'' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It''s Stiggers'' first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. Stiggers is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2010. Stiggers played also for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #5. Former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) contributed to Kalev/Cramo''s victory against the closely-ranked Budivelnyk (5-11) 81-73 in the VTB United League last Friday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (2-14) is placed ninth in group A. They ended the series of thirteen consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. This year Ulyanko''s total stats are: 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team four years ago.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #6. Forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, also represented by New Trend Agency), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help BC Odessa (20-15) to beat Budivelnyk (25-6). Korshuk scored 6 points. BC Odessa was edged 77-75 at home by the leading Budivelnyk. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Korshuk has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #7. 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. But Kiryat Tivon was badly defeated 99-79 on the road by the lower-ranked Ironi Nahariya (#10). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gandlin has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg and 2.5apg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #8. Center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo) managed to help BC Mures Targu-Mures in a victory against the tenth-ranked Pitesti (12-13) 84-78 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Aliakseyeu scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. 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 plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

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

   #1. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help one of league''s weakest teams Lev Hasharon (7-15) in their last game. Despite Yeremishin''s good performance Lev Hasharon was badly defeated 94-76 on the road by the higher-ranked (#11) Ironi Kiryat Ata. He recorded 11 points in 22 minutes. It was Lev Hasharon''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yeremishin has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli. Despite Yeremishin''s Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.



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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 Wednesday. Despite Lichodzijewski''s very good performance the seventh-placed PBG Basket was defeated 85-73 in Koszalin by the higher-ranked AZS Koszalin (#3) in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Lichodzijewski also added 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It''s Lichodzijewski''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg. Lichodzijewski has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. He 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), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to secure a victory for Kryvbasbasket (13-20) in their last game. Despite Faison''s good performance Kryvbasbasket lost 75-89 in Zaporozhye to the higher-ranked (#4) Ferro-ZNTU. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. 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) couldn''t help Vanoli-Braga (8-16) in their game against Montepaschi Siena (18-6) in the Italian SerieA. He 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.), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League couldn''t help Soleuvre (10-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Soleuvre (#2) lost 84-95 in Esch to the lower-ranked (#3) Basket in the 7-10 places group. Jorssen had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 20 rebounds in 33 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Jorssen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 20 games. Jorssen used to play for the Belgian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame), 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. This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover 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 last Saturday. Jones was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. 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 list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg and 2.7spg. 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.



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Radnicki Kragujevac adds Bosnian NT member Aleksej Nesovic - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac announced signing of Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) for the Superleague. The 27-year-old combo guard arrives from Hemofarm Stada, where he had 6.5 ppg, 2.3 apg and 2 rpg in 24 Adriatic league games. Aleksej Nesovic won the Montenegrin title and Cup last season with Buducnost Podgorica. He had 5.6 ppg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 rpg for them in 15 Adriatic league games. Before Buducnost, Nesovic played for Borac Cacak, Aliaga, Olimpija and Prokom Trefl Sopot. He won the Slovenian title and Cup with Olimpija in 2009. Earlier, Nesovic played for Fuenlabrada, Zagreb and Crvena Zvezda. Aleksej Nesovic is active member of the Bosnian National Team. He helped them reach EuroBasket 2011 with 5.5 ppg, 3.1 apg and 3.1 rpg for 8 games in qualifications. He appeared once in Lithuania last summer.


D1, Round 26: Five teams advance to second stage (League Six) - by Eurobasket News

First stage of the Bosnian D1 for men is over. Igokea is the winner of this phase with 22-2 record. Except of Igokea, four more teams advanced to League Six. Bosna ASA BHT, Capljina, Varda and Mladost also booked a ticket for the next stage. They will join the reigning champion Siroki. League Six starts next weekend, while draw will be held in the next few days. At the other side of the standings, three teams faced with relegation. It was already clear earlier that Celik and Brotnjo have no chance to survive. Last week we got the name of third team who is relegated and that is Zrinjski. Few weeks ago it seemed that Zrinjski already secured survival, but that didn't happen. Vogosca surprisingly reached position No.10 and will compete in D1 next season as well.

Regular Season - Round 26
Mar. 18, 2012 Capljina-Bosna 84-97
Mar. 17, 2012 Igokea-Hercegovac 103-65
Mar. 17, 2012 Celik-Vogosca 74-81
Mar. 18, 2012 Servitium-Leotar 77-90
Mar. 18, 2012 Varda HE-Mladost 77-86
Mar. 17, 2012 Borac Nektar-Zrinjski HT 77-73

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



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.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano''s victory against the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Bremer recorded 15 points and added 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-9) is placed third in the SerieA. Bremer has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.7%(15-26), 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Bremer is in the roster 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
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket). Jovanovic was the main contributor in Timisoara''s victory against the seventh-ranked Craiova (18-10) 82-73 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night''s game. He was the best player in that game. Jovanovic scored 24 points and added 9 passes in 38 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 will be critical. It''s Jovanovic''s first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(52-92), 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 87.1% in the 23 games. Jovanovic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #4. Forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi (3-20) crushing them 94-73 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (18-5) is placed third in the TBL. This season Bajramovic has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #5. International 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 in Wednesday night''s game. Pasalic was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists. 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 season: 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #6. Guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help Unics Kazan (5-6) in their last game. Despite Domercant''s good performance Unics Kazan was badly defeated 75-57 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Domercant also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. Domercant''s stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Domercant is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #7. International forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Lottomatica Roma (10-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Djedovic''s very good performance Lottomatica Roma was edged 73-72 in Cantu by the second-ranked Bennet. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Djedovic also added 4 rebounds. Djedovic''s stats this season are: 11.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #8. Guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Karsiyaka (13-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ikonic''s good performance Karsiyaka was defeated 71-59 at home by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Ikonic also added 6 rebounds. Ikonic averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #9. Former international 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 in 30 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (19-7) is placed second in group A. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. This year Opacak''s overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 1.8rpg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #10. Forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) couldn''t help KK Zagreb CO (12-14) in their game against HKK Siroki WWin (15-11) in the Adriatic League. Masic was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 7 rebounds. But the ninth-placed KK Zagreb CO 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. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Masic''s total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Masic and both played together in the last Adriatic League game. Halilovic couldn''t help KK Zagreb CO in their game against HKK Siroki WWin. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 13 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 72-48. This year Halilovic''s total stats are: 2.3ppg and 2.1rpg in the seven games. He 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. Milosevic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 68-72. Milosevic has averaged so far 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), who plays in the German BBL couldn''t help LTi 46ers (8-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ovcina''s very good performance LTi 46ers was defeated 76-65 in Goettingen by the league outsider BG Goettingen (#18). He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Ovcina averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team seven years ago.

   #14. 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, who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn''t help Lottomatica Roma (10-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lottomatica Roma was edged 73-72 in Cantu by the second-ranked Bennet. Gordic was the second best scorer with 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. Gordic has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. Former international swingman Jasmin Hukic (204-79, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn''t help Novipiu CM in their game against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in the Italian SerieA. Hukic recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was defeated 94-83. Hukic has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) led Fenerbahce Ulker to a 1-point victory over the 12th-ranked Mersin (8-15) 82-81 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Bogdanovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and added 6 passes. 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. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Bogdanovic''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #2. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) was the major contributor in Khimky''s victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (7-6) 88-80 in the Russian PBL on Tuesday night. Planinic scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 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 critical. Planinic is currently seventh on the league''s list of best passers with 4.1apg. This year his other stats are: 12.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6spg in the eight games he played so far. Planinic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, Planinic previously played for the Croatian national team and probably cannot be called to the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #3. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) led his Croatian team KK Zagreb CO to a victory over 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 Planinic and Bogdanovic above he has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Markota''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team.

   #4. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) contributed to an easy victory 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) contributed to Olympiakos'' victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-8) 73-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 on Friday night. Keselj scored 9 points in 26 minutes. 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. This year Keselj''s overall stats are: 5.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the 15 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. Despite Keselj''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Serbian national team.

   #6. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) contributed to a 2-point Budivelnyk''s victory against the sixth-ranked BC Odessa 77-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Monday night. Sehovic scored 14 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Sehovic''s stats this season are: 10.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3spg. He has Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Despite Sehovic''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Montenegrin national team.

   #7. 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. Despite Plisnic''s good performance Banco di Sardegna Sassari lost 78-83 on the road to the one of league''s weakest teams (#16) Banca Tercas. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Plisnic also added 4 assists in 30 minutes. This year Plisnic''s overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 23 games. He has also Serbian passport.

   #8. 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. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Cibona lost 84-88 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#9) KK Zagreb CO in the group A of Adriatic League. Suton had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Suton''s overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 5.2rpg in the 24 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Suton''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team.

   #9. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) contributed to Anwil''s victory against the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni 82-69 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Hajric recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hajric has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 5.4rpg. He has also Polish citizenship.

   #10. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) contributed to an Anadolu Efes'' victory against the sixth-ranked Karsiyaka 71-59 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. Barac recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Barac has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 3.7rpg in the 19 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities. Despite Barac''s Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team.



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Tiago Splitter 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.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week''s number one is 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 (10-34) 112-97 in the NBA in Monday night''s game. Splitter scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. 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 year: 9.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 61.1%(146-239) and FT: 66.7% in the 40 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82). He led Toronto Raptors to a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-26) 96-88 in the NBA last Tuesday. Barbosa recorded 17 points. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 15-30 record this season. Barbosa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 83.5%. Barbosa played for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona''s victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (8-17) 71-58 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. 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, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 41.6% and FT: 78.4% in the 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

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 his very good performance CAI Zaragoza was defeated 85-71 on the road by the leading Real Madrid. Hettsheimer was the top scorer with 20 points. He 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 has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #5. Former international 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 on Friday night. Batista recorded 14 points. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. It''s Batista''s fourth season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg. Batista used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #6. Center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (9-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed Hebraica lost 68-79 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#4) Bigua in the Serie 1. Passos had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 39 minutes. Passos is currently sixth on the league''s list of best rebounders with 11.4rpg. He also averaged so far 14.5ppg and 1.1apg in the 39 games. Passos is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Paulo Prestes
Paulo Prestes
   #7. Former international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) helped Pieno Zvaigzdes win their game against the ninth-ranked Juventus (6-13) 78-67 in the Lithuanian LKL on Friday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (10-7) is placed fifth in the LKL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Prestes'' total stats are: 5.7ppg and 4.7rpg in the three games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #8. 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 in Sunday night''s game. Freire recorded 6 points. 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. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International 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 also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Carlos Cobos
Carlos Cobos
   #10. Guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the 14th-ranked Basquet Mallorca (12-16) 80-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Cobos recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (15-13) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cobos has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.9apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. 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 in 26 minutes. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.9spg in the eight games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) couldn''t help Ford Burgos in their game against UB La Palma in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Toledo cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 23 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 82-65. Toledo is currently first on the list of most steals with 2.3spg. This year he also averages: 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 28 games. Toledo used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

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

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB could not help Defensor (6-4) to beat Atletico Welcome (8-2). Soarez did not have that impressive stats last Friday. He recorded only 1 points and grabbed 80 rebounds in 1 minutes on the court. 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. This year Soarez''s total stats are: 3.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 32 games he played so far. He has also Uruguayan citizenship.

   #2. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-13) crushing them 89-68 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. 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. 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. Gitterer scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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. He has also Spanish citizenship.

   #4. 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 only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Trouville (#5) was badly defeated 72-54 in a derby game by the second-ranked Malvin in the Serie 1. Correa has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 4.5rpg in the 10 games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Syrian.

   #5. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82) was not able to secure a victory for Shiga L-Stars (24-16) in their game against Sendai 89ers (20-20) in the Japanese BJ League. Hatano cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Shiga L-Stars (#5) were defeated 87-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Sendai 89ers (#6) in the Western group. It was Shiga L-Stars'' first loss after three consecutive victories. It''s Hatano''s first season with the team. Hatano has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Japanese.



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Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 17-0 
 2. Academik PL 12-5 
 3. Overgas 11-6 
 4. Academik BL 11-6 
 5. Cherno More U18 9-8 
 6. Dunav 2007 8-9 
 7. Vidabasket 7-10 
 8. Chavdar 5-12 
 9. Balkan 2 3-14 
 10. Shumen 2-15 



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Rainmen set to fight for Playoff lives on Wednesday in Halifax - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Rainmen fell to the London Lightning in game two of the National Basketball League of Canada championship playoff series. The final score of the game was 113-96.
Leading the Rainmen was Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) by 20 points, followed by Christian Upshaw (5'10''-G-86) with 18. Darnell Hugee had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rainmen, while Chris Hagan had 13 and Lawrence Wright had 10.

London's Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 25 points, followed by Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Dean had 11 points for the Lightning.

The Rainmen will return to the Halifax Metro Centre for game three of the series on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. where they will fight for their playoff lives in the best-of-five series.

If the Rainmen win on Wednesday, they will force game four to be played in Halifax on Thursday at 7 p.m., with game five being played on Sunday in London, if necessary.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Finals: Lightning down Rainmen in opener - by Eurobasket News

An old teammate came back to haunt the Halifax Rainmen on Sunday.

Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton), traded to London early in the season, netted 10 fourth-quarter points - his only points of the game - to lift the Lightning to an 86-83 victory over the Rainmen in the opener of their best-of-five National Basketball League of Canada final.

At the John Labatt Centre, the former NBA journeyman nicknamed the Sheriff, nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 3 minutes remaining as the Lightning rallied from an eight-point deficit for the win.

Rookie guard Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) topped the Rainmen with 23 points and Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), the small forward who became an NBL second-team all-star after he was acquired for Buford, scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

League MVP Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) paced London with 17 points and a game-high 13 boards, though he spent all of the fourth quarter on the bench as his team mounted its comeback.

The Rainmen trailed for a considerable portion of the contest before outscoring the Lightning 27-17 in the third period to grab a 66-60 lead.

But they werent able to hold off the regular-season champion Lightning down the stretch.

'Its a disappointing loss for us because we know we can beat them and we know we shouldve won the game if we couldve just executed down toward the end,' said Halifax guard Taliek Brown, who finished with 11 points.

'We made a lot of mental mistakes . . . and just couldnt pull it out.'

The Lightning hadnt played since eliminating the Saint John Mill Rats in the semifinals on March 9, while the Rainmen were on the hardwood for the third time in four days.

Both teams shot a mediocre 34 per cent from the field in the opening half, perhaps showing the ill effects of their recent schedules.

But the Lightning took a 43-39 advantage into the locker-room thanks to 18-for-22 shooting from the free-throw line.

London had been up 20-18 after a first quarter in which the lead changed hands five times.

The Lightning stretched their lead to seven points twice in the second but Bryan McCullough (6'6''-F/G-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: NC-Asheville), following up his own miss, dropped a 12-footer as he was fouled with 40 seconds left on the clock. He finished the three-point play to cut the Rainmen deficit to four at the half.

A Hagan triple just past the five-minute mark of the third put Halifax up 51-49 for its first lead since midway through the opening period.

Hagan had a dozen points in the quarter as the Rainmen outscored their hosts by 10, forging a lead of as many as eight points late in the period.

In the fourth, a 6-0 spurt by the Lightning drew them even at 70-70 with five minutes gone and Buford put them out front for good with his trey after Browns reverse layup in traffic had knotted the score at 76-76.

After Joey Haywood and Brown both made one of two free throws to cut Londons edge to 82-80, Hagans layup bid rimmed out and London centre Shamari Spears, taking advantage of a defensive mismatch against Brown, converted a three-point play to give the Lightning an 85-80 edge with 10 seconds left.

Lawrence Wright, who opened the game with a three-pointer, buried a trey in the dying seconds to make it 85-83 but Brandon Dean, hacked to stop the clock with only 1.3 seconds remaining, hit one of two from the charity stripe. A desperation shot by Haywood from inside the arc came up short as the buzzer sounded.

The loss was the sixth in seven tries against the Lightning this season and left Halifax winless in four visits to the Labatt Centre.

Game 2 is tonight at 8 p.m. AST in London and Brown called it a 'must-win' for the Rainmen, noting the team had hit the road hoping for a split of the first two games and needs to win at least once in London to take the best-of-five series. Both Halifax and the Lightning had 16-2 home marks during the regular season.

But Brown said no one was hanging his head after Sundays tough loss.

'I think everybody is still confident,' he said. 'Were just gonna come out tomorrow and try to go harder. Its not really about xs and os anymore. Its about heart and playing hard.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



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Jolly JBS lands Akida McLain - by Eurobasket News

Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) is a new member of Jolly JBS. The American power forward signed a deal for rest of the season. McLain arrives to Sibenik from Ukraine, where he played for MBC Mykolaiv. He joined them in December, but they prated ways recently. McLain averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for 11 games. Akida McLain started the season with Lukoil Academik. He had 6.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 9 Bulgarian league games. He also added 2.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 7 games in EuroCup. Last season Akida McLain split between Cyprus and Ukraine. He shined with 16 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 14 games for Omonia Nicosia. Later McLain added 13 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 13 games in Ukraine with Khimik. He graduated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010.


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EuroCup: Spartak Saint Petersburg beat Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk - Spartak Saint Petersburg 64:68

Spartak Saint Petersburg made a confident step towards EuroCup Final Four. They defeated Nymburk away from home in the first game of the quarterfinal series. The return leg is scheduled for March 27 in Saint Petersburg. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) scored 19 points to lead the visitors.
Nymburk started the game determined. The hosts outscored Spartak in the first ten minutes posting a 21:17 lead. But the visitors struck right back in the second stanza. The visitors erupted for 26 points to ensure a 43:39 halftime advantage. The margin grew at double-digits in the third term. Spartak secured a 59:48 lead with one period remaining. Nymburk went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth term. They almost succeeded getting within a striking distance. But Spartak held on to the lead and escaped with a narrow but valuable win at the end. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) posted 18 points, while Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) added 11 points for the winners. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) accounted for 23 points for Nymburk. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 23, Lamayne Wilson 11
Spartak SP: Patrick Beverley 19, Vladimir Dragicevic 18, Valery Likhodey 11



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Basketligan QFinals: Horsens eliminates SISU - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC is third team who booked a spot for the Basketligan Semifinals. They managed to grab 84-87 road win against SISU ending the series with almost perfect 1-3. Horsens will meet Bakken Bears in the Semis. Also yesterday, Horsholm celebrated 93-90 win against Naestved in OT and tied the score to 2-2. They will meet in crucial Game Five on Wednesday.


Horsholm - Naestved 93-90 OT (2-2)

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won fourth quarter 18-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Naestved used huge pressure winning it 18-11 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-11. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Alexander Bak (193-91) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and point guard Jonas Bro (186-87) who added 20 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 41 points (!!!) and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Bak 25+2reb+4ast, J.Bro 20+2reb+6ast, B.Marinkovic 14+6reb+2ast, J.Benjamin 12+8reb, B.Colas 9+3reb+1ast, P.Hertz 9+4reb
Naestved: C.Henry 41+4reb+5ast, J.Glynn 15+11reb+6ast, N.Brasas 9+5reb+1ast, M.Frandsen 9+3reb+1ast, P.Johansen 7+6reb, M.Hoirup 6+2reb+1ast


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SISU - Horsens IC 84-87 (1-3)
The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SISU was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Will Harris (198-F-86, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) and Slovenian guard Davor Sattler (185-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 20 points and 10 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) responded with 27 points and 9 rebounds and international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Harris 29+8reb+1ast, D.Sattler 20+1reb+10ast, H.Schur 15+10reb, M.St.John 11+6reb+1ast, M.Sakne 6+2reb+1ast, C.Lindberg 4+3reb
SISU: M.Dennis 27+9reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 20+6reb+3ast, M.Flowers 13+3reb, D.Rutherford 12+8reb+2ast, U.Promolds 5+1reb, M.Glahn 4+2reb+2ast
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Play-out
Aabyhoj - Falcon 86-74
The game was mostly controlled by Aabyhoj. Falcon was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 19 rebounds and international guard Darko Jukic (199-90) who added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) responded with 20 points and 6 assists and forward Christian Thomsen (200-84) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Jukic 23+7reb+4ast, D.Curry 22+19reb+3ast, R.Soby Dalboge 17+2reb+2ast, A.Elsner 8+3reb+5ast, O.Sigurdsson 8+1ast, D.Phillips 4+8reb+2ast
Falcon: J.McFarlane 20+3reb+6ast, C.Thomsen 15+3reb+1ast, K.Norsgaard 11+4reb+1ast, P.Ba 8+8reb+2ast, C.Nielsen 8+6reb+3ast, R.Fields 6+3reb+7ast



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Foote is back at Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket Center

Springfield Armor agreed terms with 24-year old center Jeff Foote (212-C-88, college: Cornell). It's actually Foote's comeback to Springfield A. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Dakota W. 93-98. Foote played most recently at New Orleans Hornets (NBA). While playing 4 games for N.Orleans H. this season he averaged 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. Foote is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Israel, Poland and Spain. Foote graduated Cornell University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Erie BayHawks add former NBA player Joey Graham - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks have added former NBA player Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) from the NBA Development League player pool, sources close to the situation confirmed today.

The BayHawks (21-19) play at Fort Wayne at 5 p.m.

A 6-foot 7-inch, 250-pound forward out of Oklahoma State University, Graham averaged 5.2 points in 39 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers a season ago. Graham also played for the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets.

Graham's twin brother, Stephen, recently joined the Mad Ants (11-30). He had 15 points and five rebounds in his debut that ironically ended in a 93-85 loss to the BayHawks in Fort Wayne on Thursday.

The BayHawks, who have nine players, have three roster moves left. Graham would replace point guard Donald Sloan, who has signed with the Cavaliers for the rest of the season.

Erie coach Jay Larranaga said the BayHawks still have forward Sharrod Ford and haven't added forward Billy White.

'The league hasn't been able to get in touch with him nor his agent,' Larranaga said about the 6-foot 8-inch, 235-pound White. 'We don't anticipate him joining us ever. The league said that we won't be charged a roster move for attempting to claim him. He was never officially added to our roster.'

On Thursday, the BayHawks announced the addition of White and the waiving of Ford due to injury.

'Sharrod is still on our roster,' Larranaga said. 'He's in Erie. He won't play today. He's probably another week to 10 days away from being able to play.'

In the news release regarding Ford and White, Erie announced the waiving of injured point guard Keith McLeod and the addition of center Dominic Calegari.

Calegari has played two games with Erie. He scored four points in Saturday's 124-121 loss at Canton. The 6-foot, 10-inch, 240-pound Calegari averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 33 games with Maine this season before being waived.

Erie still retains McLeod's rights. The D-League All-Star selection averaged 14.9 points and 6.2 assists in nine games with the BayHawks.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com



Hayward recalled from Tulsa 66ers - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled forward Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

During his most recent assignment with the 66ers, Hayward appeared in one game and recorded 16 points, six assists and three rebounds 31 minutes. In three games with the 66ers this season, the forward averaged 24.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists in 34.3 minutes.

Hayward has seen action in 16 games with the Thunder during the 2011-12 season and posted averages of 1.4 points in 5.7 minutes.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Hornets assign Xavier Henry to Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets today assigned second-year guard Xavier Henry (6'6''-G-91, college: Kansas) to the Iowa Energy, the Hornets' NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 53rd time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 NBA season and is the first assignment of Henry's career.

Henry has appeared in 24 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 14.3 minutes. In his 62-game NBA career, he has averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, Henry joined the Hornets as part of a three-team trade on Jan. 4.

In one season at Kansas, Henry averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Washington Wizards sign Edwin Ubiles to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards added some bench depth, courtesy of the D-League.

The team has signed forward Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) to a 10-day contract. It is the 37th NBA Call-up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season.

Ubiles joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

A 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Ubiles (6-6, 204, Siena) has appeared in 35 games, all starts for Dakota this season, averaging 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 35.3 minutes. He recorded a career-high 41 points in a 127-110 win over the Iowa Energy on Feb. 28 and has scored in double digits in 33 games.

A four-year contributor and two-year starter at Siena, Ubiles was named MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year in 2007 and to the All-MAAC First Team in 2008 and 2009 before playing in the Reeses College All-Star Game in 2010.

Ubiles is expected to join Washington today and be available when the team travels to face the Memphis Grizzlies this evening.

The 10-33 Wizards are currently 14th in the Eastern conference.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Sunday's games review - by Eurobasket News

Maine RC - Austin T. 87-114
The Austin Toros led by two points at halftime and surged ahead in the second half, beating the Maine Red Claws 114-87 on Sunday afternoon. Austin's Terrance Woodbury (6'7''-G/F-86, college: Georgia) scored a game-high 24 points while three teammates reached double-doubles. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) had 21 points and 12 assists, Julian Wright had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Luke Zeller had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Morris Almond led Maine with 23 points. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H. 77-85
The Erie BayHawks overcame a woeful shooting performance en route to an 85-77 victory Sunday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The BayHawks shot only 40 percent for the game but earned their fourth victory in five games this season against the last-place Mad Ants. The BayHawks started slow after scoring only 36 points through the first two quarters, taking a 12-point deficit into halftime. However, Erie bounced back strong in the third, scoring 28 points and limiting the Mad Ants to just 11. The BayHawks earned their seventh victory in their past nine games. Kyle Spain (6'5''-F-87, college: San Diego St.), who led all scorers with 23 points after knocking down 4-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc, was one of five players to score in double figures for Erie. Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon), who scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and D.J. Kennedy, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds, each recorded double-doubles for the BayHawks. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Iowa E. - Sioux Falls S. 101-114
Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) nailed a 3-pointer right in front of the Iowa Energy bench Sunday, then turned and glared at his former teammates. It was a not-so-subtle message that the Sioux Falls Skyforce are no longer to be trifled with. And the Energy have had a bit of swagger knocked out of them. Sioux Falls sent Iowa to its fourth consecutive loss with a 114-101 victory before an announced crowd of 3,895 at Wells Fargo Arena. 'Going into it, it felt a little personal, I guess. I would hope it would feel the same way on the other end. That's why you compete every night,' said Blakely, who was traded by Iowa for Patrick Ewing Jr. five weeks ago. 'Stuff happens. It's a business. I'm not going to stop playing and I'm not going to get down on myself because I got traded.' Blakely delivered a couple of hard fouls early, put down a trio of vehement dunks, and repeatedly shot pointed looks at the Iowa bench. He finished with 18 points. 'I know when I was on Iowa, the Skyforce was one of the teams we'd beat up on. So it's good to be on the opposing end and get a win,' he said after helping lowly Sioux Falls (13-29) win its third in a row. Xavier Henry, meanwhile, found himself in the middle of the blood feud of sorts. The New Orleans Hornets sent the one-time Kansas star down for Sunday's game hoping he'd rediscover some passion for the game. The second-year pro, who left the Jayhawks after one season, averaged 5 points in 24 games with the Hornets. The first thing he discovered was that the officiating in the NBA Development League isn't always sharp. He was whistled for two quick fouls, re-entered the game in the second quarter and soon picked up a third on a play when he just happened to be standing near a Skyforce player who tripped over his own feet. 'The coach went crazy and I was like, Oh, man.' I didn't even know what to do in the situation because it never happened to me before,' he said. After playing just four first-half minutes, Henry showed an impressive ability to finish near the rim in the second half, scoring 13 points despite not getting a jumpshot to fall. He's heading back to New Orleans today because of injuries to the parent club, but Iowa coach Kevin Young said he may return if the Hornets get back to full health. 'I haven't been playing how I'm used to playing. I'm trying to get my mentality back of being aggressive, playing defense, going hard. It was a good test today,' Henry said. 'I was hoping we could get a win out of (the Energy). I knew they were on a little losing streak, but they're still second in the league. I was trying to help jump-start something. I didn't get the best out of me today with my jumper, but that wasn't the only problem we had.' It certainly wasn't. Iowa went to a zone defense because Sioux Falls isn't proficient from the 3-point line, only to allow 54-percent shooting (41-of-76). The game was heated, with five technical fouls being whistled, but Sioux Falls seemed to have the mental edge on the reigning D-League champions. 'We're not playing like a hungry basketball team for whatever reason, when we absolutely should be if you look at the standings,' Young said. *Courtesy of http://dmjuice.desmoinesregister.com



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Hype Hand the 2011 EBA Champs Their First Loss of the Season - by EBA Media

The Hudson Valley Hype faced the Metro All Stars without their two defensive big men Kiwan Smith and Marcel Esowune, while the defending 2011 EBA champs were without their star player, Calvin Brown Jr.

The All Stars played like an undefeated team from the very start, despite having traveled five hours for their first ever trip to the Hudson Valley. An early ten-point lead forced the Hype to play from behind the entire evening.

Only able to tie the game by halftime at 44 apiece, the All Stars went on one run after another leading again by as much as nine points early in the fourth quarter. But it was the Hype, in the closing minutes of the final quarter, that overcame the defending champs from the South and never looked back.

If you were to tell me that we would turn the ball over multiple times, shoot poorly, be missing two players and still end up winning the game I would not have believed it. Owner Allen Pickett continued, This team showed a lot of heart tonight and, despite playing as we did - we never gave up, we fight all the way to the end and came away without a victory - I couldn't be more proud of them.

The Hype handed the defending champs their first loss of the season 100-93 tying them for first place in the Eastern Basketball Alliance at 8-1. The Hype face the NYC Jaguars in their final regular season game at home next Saturday in a special Breast Cancer Fund Raising Event where all proceeds go to the foundation.

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


Standings

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



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Kristjan Kangur selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week''s top performances from Estonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Cimberio Varese (12-12) in their last game. Despite Kangur''s very good performance Cimberio Varese lost 63-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Umana Venezia. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kangur also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. Kangur has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 79.0% in the 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Janar Talts (206-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristjan Kangur and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Talts. He was not able to help Cimberio Varese (12-12) in their game against Umana Venezia (14-9). Talts recorded 7 points. Cimberio Varese was defeated 71-63 in Venezia by the higher-ranked Umana (#4). This season Talts averages: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 72.1%(44-61), 3FGP: 17.4%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80), who plays in the German ProA (second division). Keerles was not able to secure a victory for Gloria Giants (13-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gloria Giants was badly defeated 93-77 in Diedorf by the league outsider (#15) Leitershofen. Keerles was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Keerles'' first season with the team. This year Keerles has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(100-181), 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 76.7% in the 25 games. Former BC Kalev Tallinn starter played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #4. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91) couldn''t help BBC Bayreuth (11-17) in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg (8-20) in the German BBL. Veideman recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. But BBC Bayreuth was badly defeated 91-72 in Ludwigsburg by the lower-ranked (#16) EnBW. This year Veideman''s overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in the eight games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Kent Vene
Kent Vene
   #5. U18 international forward Kent Vene (192-94) managed to help Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas to win against the closely-ranked Mazeikiai (23-21) 87-86 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Friday night. Vene recorded only 2 points. Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas (25-19) is placed sixth in the NKL. The Second Stage already ended. This season Vene averages just 0.8ppg. He used to play for the Estonian U18 national team years ago.

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

   #1. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84, college: Westfield St.) was the major contributor in Stjarnan''s victory against the league leader Keflavik (21-7) crushing them 94-69 in the Icelandic Express League in Friday night''s game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stjarnan (13-7) is placed third in the Express League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lindmets has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2bpg and 1.1spg. Lindmets is a naturalized American. He used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

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



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Jon Scheyer Returns to US, Maccabi Weighs Roster Possibilities - by David Pick

After playing a combined total of 46 games in three different competitions with Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Jon Scheyer called it quits.

According to the team's official statement, Scheyer asked to be released from the team's Euroleague trip to Athens, Greece against Panatinaikos to return to the United States due to 'personal reasons.'

Maccabi's Head Coach David Blatt and Scheyer talked things over last Thursday, agreeing that Jon would return to Chicago. Still, the announcement caught Maccabi players by surprise. By the time the news was made public, the yellow-and-blue players were already on the bus headed for Ben Gurion airport, with mumblings of 'where is Jon?' heard.

Blatt recently commented that he's uncertain as to whether or not Scheyer will return to Israel this season, but a number of sources close to the player spoke with Eurobasket, shedding some light on the departure of the locker room favorite.

'Jon's request to leave was a mixture of many things,' one source said. 'Nearly three months ago, while sitting out most of the team's games, Asefa Estudiantes of the Spanish ACB League, asked to buy Jon out, but Maccabi refused. Not only was Jon disappointed, he was also upset.'

Despite the lack of playing time and low season averages, Scheyer was always seen with a smile across his face, maintaining a professional attitude throughout his stay, even when times got rough.

'At first, his (Jon) expectations of himself were to fit into Blatt's system and excel as the starting point guard, with Yogev Ohayon coming off the bench. However, the wind quickly changed directions and Jon found himself playing spotty garbage time minutes if any at all,' added the source.

Another source told Eurobasket, 'Jon's leave was caused by a combination of not playing, latest rocket attacks towards Israel from the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military pressuring him to join.'

Scheyer, who underwent his first IDF experience earlier in the season, was scheduled to make a second appearance sometime around May 2012. Yet, according to his Israeli agent Avi Zilberman, 'his military situation had nothing to do with him leaving Israel.'

Decisions, Decisions

In preparation for next season, Maccabi is weighing its options and considering its financial limitations. They are eager to see American big man Richard Hendrix continue with the team and recently offered him a two year guaranteed deal worth just under $1 million per season.

Maccabi has an option to extend Sofoklis Schortsanitis' deal worth an estimated $1,400,000, while Keith Langford's contract is currently valued at $700,000 a month, expected to jump to $1,150,000 next year if Maccabi chooses to exercise their option of his continuing.

On the other hand, Theodoros Papaloukas, Demond Mallet and Shawn James are not expected to continue. As for sharpshooter David Blu, his future is currently up in the air.





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Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Finns who are currently playing abroad.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week''s number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). He led his Slovenian team Union Olimpija to a victory over the eighth-ranked Buducnost (7-11) 72-68 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night''s game. Salin was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points in 29 minutes on the court. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (14-12) is placed sixth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Salin averages: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 31.3%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 75.9% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Rannikko could not help Cimberio Varese (12-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cimberio Varese was defeated 71-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Umana Venezia (#4). Rannikko was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 assists. Rannikko''s overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 85.1%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso). Huff was the main contributor in MarcoPoloShop.it''s victory against the closely-ranked Aget Imola (8-14) 80-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Huff scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (7-15) is located at the very bottom in the Lega2. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of eight consecutive loses. It''s Huff''s first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Huff averages: 15.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 71.7% in the 22 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Centrale Latte (11-11) 83-65 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Lee recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. Prima Veroli (10-13) is placed tenth in the Lega2. Lee has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg and 5.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Lee is also Finnish national team player. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #5. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) faced previously mentioned Shawn Huff in the Italian Lega2 last game. Kotti was not able to help Aget Imola (8-14) in their game against MarcoPoloShop.it (7-15), despite his very good performance last Sunday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But Aget Imola lost 72-80 in Forli to the league outsider (#15) MarcoPoloShop.it. This year Kotti''s overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4spg in the 22 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #6. Forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) contributed to Blois'' victory against the closely-ranked Saint-Quentin (18-7) 83-78 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Kaunisto scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. ADA Blois Basket (17-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Kaunisto averages: 18.3ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Finnish senior team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Mikko Riipinen (177-PG-87), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) to beat 08 Stockholm (17-19). Riipinen cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins lost 76-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) 08 Stockholm. Riipinen''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Riipinen has been at the team for four years. This season he averages just 0.9ppg in the 18 games he played so far. Riipinen has also Swedish passport.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



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Tony Parker''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing French players, who play currently abroad.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week''s number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Orlando Magic (29-17) 122-111 in the NBA in Wednesday night''s game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and making 12 passes in 37 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-14 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 8.0apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 79.6% in the 41 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side). He contributed to a Dallas Mavericks'' victory against the Washington Wizards (10-34) 107-98 in the NBA last Tuesday. Beaubois recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The Dallas Mavericks have 26-20 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Beaubois'' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 9.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 85.4%. Beaubois is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He helped Chicago Bulls win their game against the New York Knicks (21-24) 104-99 in the NBA on Monday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have quite an impressive 37-10 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fifth year in Bulls'' roster. This season Noah has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 10.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 75.5% in the 45 games. He is a naturalized American. Noah is also a member of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #4. Forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) helped Portland Trail Blazers win their game against the Chicago Bulls (37-10) 100-89 in the NBA in Friday night''s game. Batum recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have 21-24 record this season. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. Batum is also French national team player.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #5. International guard Nando De Colo (202-87) was the main contributor in a Valencia Basket''s victory against the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-13) crushing them 89-68 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. De Colo recorded 22 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. Valencia Basket (14-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. De Colo is currently ninth on the league''s list of top scorers with 13.3ppg. This year he also averages: 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg in the 25 games. De Colo plays currently for the French national team.

Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
   #6. Swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, also represented by Court Side) helped Boston Celtics edge the Golden State Warriors (18-24) 105-103 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points and added 3 assists. The Boston Celtics have 23-21 record this season. Pietrus'' overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg and 2.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #7. International power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89), who plays in the NBA could not help the Washington Wizards (10-34) in their last game. Despite Seraphin''s good performance the Washington Wizards lost 92-97 on the road to the Memphis Grizzlies. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Seraphin also added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. This year Seraphin''s overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2bpg in the 35 games. He is also French national team player.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #8. Center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC), who plays in Russia was not able to help Lokomotiv (9-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Traore''s good performance the fourth-placed Lokomotiv was defeated 88-73 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group B of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Traore also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Traore has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #9. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86) was not able to secure a victory for the New Jersey Nets (15-31) in their game against the Orlando Magic (29-17) in the NBA. Petro recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes. The New Jersey Nets were badly defeated 86-70 in Orlando by the Magic. This year Petro''s total stats are: 4.1ppg and 3.8rpg in the 41 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #10. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Mahinmi helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the San Antonio Spurs (29-14) 106-99. He scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 26-20 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Mahinmi''s first year with the team. Mahinmi has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 4.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) couldn''t help Cimberio Varese in their game against Umana Venezia in the Italian SerieA. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 71-63. Diawara''s stats this season are: 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the French national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) helped Levski Sofia win their game against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol 78-59 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Evtimov recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Evtimov is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 11.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.6ppg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) couldn''t help Caja Laboral in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. Heurtel cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 81-73. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Pietrus managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the league leader Real Madrid 83-66. He scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former U20 international power forward Guillame Yango (205-82, college: Pacific), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn''t help Biancoblu BO (8-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Biancoblu BO was edged in an overtime 87-85 in Jesi by the much higher-ranked (#7) Fileni BPA. Yango scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. He averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9spg in the seven games. Yango used to play for the French U20 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) led Hapoel J-M to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (11-8) 80-69 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. Kadir scored 15 points and blocked 2 shots in 34 minutes. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (10-9) is placed sixth in the Premier League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It''s Kadir''s first season with the team. Kadir averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8apg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli. Despite Kadir''s French passport, he currently plays for the Israeli national team and is not eligible to play for the French team.

   #2. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Meridiano Alicante (14-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kone''s good performance Meridiano Alicante was badly defeated 65-49 on the road by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#10). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Kone also added 8 rebounds. It''s Kone''s first season with the team. He has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg. Kone is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite his French nationality, Kone currently plays for the Ivorian national team and cannot be called to the French team.

   #3. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: VVG Sports, college: Rutgers) led Vaqueros to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Indios (5-3) 96-91 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Saturday night''s game. He was the top player that evening. Lamizana scored 21 points and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vaqueros de Bayamon (5-3) is placed third in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.8bpg. He also averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8apg in the six games. Lamizana has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite his French passport, Lamizana currently plays for the Ivorian national team.

   #4. Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-F-82, college: Alabama), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga was not able to help Nova Ves (16-16) in their last game. Despite Moupegnou''s very good performance Nova Ves lost 61-73 on the opponent''s court to the higher-ranked (#3) Nitra. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Moupegnou also added 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Moupegnou has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the nine games. He has also Congolese citizenship.

   #5. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Krka Novo Mesto to win against the bottom-ranked Zlatorog (2-24) 67-57 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. Nissim scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Krka Novo Mesto (9-17) is placed 11th in group A. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Nissim has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg. He also holds two passports: Israeli and French.

   #6. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard) led Lan Mobel ISB to a victory over the closely-ranked Prat Juventud 73-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Ott was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Ott is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ott averages: 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 2.9spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #7. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for Basketbal Svitavy (15-21) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Basketbal Svitavy (#3) was crushed 87-65 in Ostrava by the leading NH Ostrava in the A2 group. Meno scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Meno is currently third on the league''s list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg and 8.3rpg. Meno has also Congolese nationality.

   #8. Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader River Andorra 82-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Sunday night''s game. He scored 10 points. Koffi averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg. He has dual citizenship: French and Ivorian. Despite Koffi''s French passport, he previously played for the Ivorian national team.

   #9. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency) contributed to Anibal''s victory against the closely-ranked Al Moutahed 101-93 in the Lebanese Division A last Wednesday. Samaha recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 20 games. Samaha holds both French and Lebanese passports. Despite his French nationality, Samaha currently plays for the Lebanese national team.



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MZT Skopje to play in Adriatic league next season - by Eurobasket News

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will have its representative in Adriatic league next season. After few years of waiting, FYROM finally got one spot in the regional championship. That place will belong to MZT Skopje next season. The news is officially confirmed by the Macedonian squad. At the same time, Adriatic league still waits Maccabi Tel Aviv's answer for the next season. Their participation is under the question mark. Number of Serbian teams in Adriatic league next season depends of Maccabi's decision. If Maccabi decides to stay in the league Serbia will have three representatives. If not, Serbia will keep its four places. Everything should be known until the Final Four Tournament in Tel Aviv (April 28-30).


Superleague Round 10: MZT Skopje beats Feni to win the regular season with 22-4 - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Superleague just ended. MZT Skopje celebrated in Kavadarci to finish the regular season as No.1 with 22-4 record. Feni Industri, Lirija and Torus also advanced to the Semifinals, which start on April 1. Pairs are MZT - Torus and Feni - Lirija.

Superleague Standings
1. MZT Skopje 22-4
2. Feni Indistrija 21-5
3. Lirija 15-11
4. Torus Skopje 15-11
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5. Kumanovo 11-15
6. Rabotnicki 9-17



Torus Skopje - Kumanovo 79-77
The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-77. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Pero Blazevski (199-72) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian center Uros Lukovic (212-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: U.Lukovic 19+12reb, M.Janjusevic 18+6reb+2ast, A.Kostoski 14+3reb+3ast, D.Mikic 10+10reb+4ast, M.Janevski 8+2reb, D.Matic 8+5reb
Torus Skopje: J.Reynolds 22+8reb, J.Boswell 14+1reb, P.Blazevski 14+6reb+3ast, D.Karadzovski 11+2reb+4ast, I.Dimcevski 8+4reb, B.Krstevski 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168305


Rabotnicki - Lirija 81-83
Fersped-Rabotnicki was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Lirija, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin power forward Balsa Radunovic (207-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) contributed with 32 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Eftim Bogoev (185-80) replied with 26 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and Serbian power forward Milos Pavlovic (210-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: E.Bogoev 26+2reb+1ast, M.Pavlovic 17+7reb+3ast, N.Jelesijevic 13+9reb+2ast, V.Zujovic 10+7reb+1ast, E.Hadzibulic 8+2reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 5+4reb+3ast
Lirija: D.Tasovski 32+6reb+1ast, B.Radunovic 30+10reb+1ast, S.Avramovski 13+7reb+1ast, C.Morban 6+4reb+4ast, V.Filipovic 2+4reb+4ast, S.Ibraimaj 0
gschID: 168306


Feni Indistrija - MZT Skopje 75-79
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Indistrija won third quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Feni Indistrija outrebounded MZT Skopje 42-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. International center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 20+16reb+1ast, J.Frye 14+5reb+3ast, K.Nikolovski 12+13reb, D.Sokolov 10+1reb, M.Simonovski 10+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 7+2ast
MZT Skopje: I.Mijajlovic 18+1reb+4ast, T.Gecevski 12+14reb+2ast, N.Dahlman 12+4reb, N.Vucurovic 10+2reb, G.Cekovski 9+2reb+3ast, O.Stojanovski 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168304


Play Out
ABA Strumica - Kozuv 75-113
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked ABA Strumica's (2-17) home loss to eighth ranked Kozuv (5-14) 75-113 on Saturday. Newly promoted Kozuv maintains eighth position in Play Out with 5-14 record. ABA Strumica lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


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. Georgievski, Vard.15.5 
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
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.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. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
 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. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 6. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.0.8 
 9. Simic, Lirija0.7 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week''s top performances from FYR Macedonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week''s number one is an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). He led Montepaschi Siena to a victory over the 15th-ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-16) 79-61 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night''s game. McCalebb was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Montepaschi Siena (18-6) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 59.5%(94-158), 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 77.8% in the 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.), who plays in the Russian PBL. Massey could not help Lokomotiv (7-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Lokomotiv was defeated 88-80 on the road by the second-ranked Khimky. Massey was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Massey is currently third on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(50-88), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 65.6%. Massey is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. Apparently Massey has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Ilievski, who plays in the Russian PBL. He was not able to help Lokomotiv (7-6) in their last game. Despite Ilievski''s good performance Lokomotiv lost 80-88 in Khimki to the second-ranked Khimky. He scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 23 minutes. This year Ilievski averages: 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 83.3% in the two games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Ilievski is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #4. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) was the major contributor in a BC Donetsk''s victory against the league outsider Halychyna (7-26) 90-78 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Thursday night''s game. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). BC Donetsk (24-8) is placed second in the Superleague. 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. Stojanovski''s overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Air Avellino (12-12) in their last game. Despite Green''s good performance Air Avellino lost 81-89 in Pesaro to the higher-ranked (#7) Scavolini. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Green also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes. It was Air Avellino''s third consecutive loss in a row. Green is currently first on the league''s list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Green averages: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.2apg and 2.4spg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #6. Center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn''t help Lietuvos rytas (10-6) in their game against Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) in the VTB United League. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 6 minutes on the court. The third-placed Lietuvos rytas lost 65-72 in St.Petersburg to the second-ranked Spartak 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 is very crucial. It''s Samardziski''s first season with the team. This year Samardziski''s overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 4.0rpg in the 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #7. International forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) contributed to a Lukoil Academik''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Spartak Pleven (4-18) 87-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Stojanovski recorded 8 points. Lukoil Academik Sofia (20-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Stojanovski''s total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #8. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-8) 73-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Friday. He scored only 1 points in 11 minutes. 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 important. This year Antic''s total stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Riste Stefanov
Riste Stefanov
   #9. International guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams one of league''s weakest teams Ilysiakos (7-16) in their game against KAOD (8-14) in the Greek A1. Stefanov cannot count Wednesday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Ilysiakos was defeated 94-81 in Dramas by the higher-ranked KAOD (#9). It was Ilysiakos'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Stefanov''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Stefanov averages just 2.2ppg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

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

   #1. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help Unics Kazan (5-6) to beat CSKA Moscow (12-1). Wilkinson scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Unics Kazan was badly defeated 75-57 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow. Wilkinson''s overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. However Wilkinson has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire), who plays in the Icelandic Express League was not able to help Thor Thorl (13-7) in their last game. Despite Janev''s very good performance Thor Thorl was badly defeated 97-80 in Sauoarkrokur by the lower-ranked (#7) Tindastoll. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Janev also added 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was Thor Thorl''s first loss after five consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Janev has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg and 6.1rpg in the 12 games he played so far. Janev has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Australian. Despite his FYR Macedonian passport, Janev previously played for the Australian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #3. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL was not able to secure a victory for Chernomorets (2-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Chernomorets was defeated 89-74 at home by the higher-ranked Balkan (#6). Pavlovski was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Pavlovski is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Pavlovski averages: 15.4ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #4. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their game against LF Basket (20-16) in the Swedish Basketligan. Zivcevic scored 9 points. But Sundsvall Dragons was crushed 105-83 in Lulea by the higher-ranked LF Basket (#5). It was Sundsvall Dragons'' third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Zivcevic has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and FYR Macedonian. Despite Zivcevic''s FYR Macedonian nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the FYR Macedonian team.

   #5. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader Keflavik (21-7) crushing them 94-69 in the Icelandic Express League in Friday night''s game. Zdravevski scored 10 points in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stjarnan (13-7) is placed third in the Express League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Zdravevski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Stjarnan''s roster. He has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 11 games.

   #6. Milos Pejanovic couldn''t help Mladost Cacak in their game against Mladost Zemun in the Serbian B League (second division). Pejanovic cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 34 minutes. His team lost 56-71. Pejanovic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.3apg in the 17 games.



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Zaza Pachulia''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Georgian players, who play currently abroad.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84). He contributed to an Atlanta Hawks'' victory against the Washington Wizards (10-34) 102-88 in the NBA in Friday night''s game. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 7 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 26-19 record this season. Pachulia has relatively good stats this year: 7.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 73.7% in the 45 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89). Shermadini led Bennet Cantu to a 1-point victory over the 14th-ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-14) 73-72 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Shermadini recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bennet Cantu (15-8) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Shermadini belongs to league''s best blockers and is ranked #4. This season he averages: 8.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(58-86) and FT: 86.8%. Shermadini is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83), who plays in Iran. He could not help Mahram (22-0) in their last game. Despite Tskitishvili''s very good performance the league leader Mahram was edged in an overtime 91-88 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#14) Zob Ahan. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 11 rebounds in 45 minutes. It''s Tskitishvili''s first season with the team. This year Tskitishvili''s overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(58-86) and FT: 86.8% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #4. Guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Markoishvili contributed to a 1-point Bennet Cantu''s victory against the 14th-ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-14) 73-72. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Markoishvili''s total stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #5. An experienced former international guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante''s victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Ellis recorded 8 points. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. This season Ellis has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Ellis used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #6. Center Georges Mdivani (205-85) was not able to help Rueil (10-16) in their game against Charleville-Mezieres (20-6) in the French NM1 (third division). Mdivani scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Rueil was crushed 88-66 on the opponent''s court by the leading Charleville-Mezieres. Mdivani has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 26 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hosley''s very 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 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Hosley is currently fifth on the list of most steals. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Nika Metreveli (212-C/F-91) plays for Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) plays for Spirou Charleroi in Belgian D1
Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81) plays for Hacettepe University in Turkish TBL
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA

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



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Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) The Last 5-6 Minutes In Oldenburg Was The Real Alba Berlin basketball - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season in Germany and first for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Last season, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 80-69 in Oldenburg.



Congrats on the 80-69 win in Oldenburg. Alba Berlin was leading 41-36 at halftime. What did coach Gordon Herbert tell the team to do better in the second half?


He told us to improve our defensive rebounding. They got some easy offensive rebounds and easy baskets. He was just tired of seeing the easy lay ups and you cant give a team like Oldenburg the chance to get easy buckets, because it raises their confidence and gets their crowd going.

In the third quarter, Oldenburg started well had the five point lead, but Alba Berlin fought back to be only down 56-55 thanks to a Marko Simonovic three pointer. What did the EWE Baskets Oldenburg do better in the third quarter?


Oldenburg came out very aggressive and hit some three pointers. Rickey Paulding really stepped it up as did Kenny Hasbrouck. They hit tough shots which got their confidence going, but a game takes 40 minutes and no game is ever decided in one quarter.

Oldenburg got it going in the fourth quarter and led 65-58, but Alba Berlin closed out the game with a 22-4 run. Oldenburg seemed lifeless in the last 5-6 minutes. What happened in the fourth quarter?


You have to give a lot of credit to our defense. We took away their easy baskets, limited them to one shot and we rebounded better. When we get our defense set and get our offense going, then we are very hard to beat. The last 5-6 minutes was the real Alba Berlin basketball.

This was another game where scoring took a back seat and you found the open guys all night long. Was this another typical night where you took what the defense gave you?


Yes it was. If you look at my stats, people will say again that he didnt score much, but if you look at the last 6-7 minutes, I made all the right plays. I found Bryce Taylor for two open three pointers, found Kyle Weaver and Derrick Allen also. If the opponent wants to try to take the ball from my hands, well then we have enough good players that will do the scoring.

It seemed like the run in that Bryce Taylor had with Jason Boone wasnt so bad after all. Did Alba Berlin fly in some kind of super special medical healer?


Bryce Taylor is a tough guy and one of the toughest on our team. He can score 20 points, but at the same time he does the dirty work on the team. His toughness is really at another level. I knew that nothing would hold him back. We are making a run for second place and these are all important games.

Alba Berlin is riding on a 9 game winning streak. Bamberg and Ulm are still ahead of you. Can Alba Berlin pick up their game even more now?


Yes I feel that we can pick up our game more. We are just beginning to oil up the Alba Berlin machine. We are continuing to work hard and getting ready for the playoffs. We are consistent, bring a lot of intensity and have energy which any teams needs when going into the Beko BBL playoffs.

The leading scorers in the Beko BBL are Bobby Brown, David Holston and DaShaun Wood. An Isiah Swann is quietly leading his team. Will one of these 4 players become 2012 Beko BBL MVP?

I think one of these 4 guys will win it. All four guys are leading their team and making sure their teams are winning and playing consistent night in and night out. I think that it will come down to the voters who think which guy helps their team the most.

Was Friday March 16th, 2012 the biggest Doomsday in the history of March madness as Duke, Michigan and Missouri all lost?


I dont think that that was the biggest doomsday. The biggest doomsday or surprise was that Butler was an NCAA finalist 2 years in a row. A small mid major team doing that again probably wont happen. That Butler did that, is the craziest thing that ever happened. I am in first place in my NCAA pool with the Alba Berlin and Skyliner players.

Do you see anymore sleepers making upsets?

I have won every game in my NCAA pool. I dont see anymore upsets happening.

Alba Berlin head coach Gordon Herbert told me that he thinks that Quantez Robertson could beat you in a 100 meter race. Do you support that?


I dont know. I think that the reason coach said that was because Tez beat me to a loose ball in the game in Berlin recently. If I would have got the loose ball, then I think that he would have picked me to win a 100 meter race.

The Fraport Skyliners play the Artland Dragons Tuesday. Will Frankfurt make an upset there?


They had two tough loses last week. They want to get back on a winning streak heading into the playoffs and bring that energy and hustle that they have been showing. I see them getting back to that level and giving the Artland Dragons a tough game.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.



Dirk Nowitzki selected the top German playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week''s top performances from Germans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (7-36) 101-96 in the NBA in Thursday night''s game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 26-20 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Nowitzki''s 14th year with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 87.5% in the 42 games he played so far. Nowitzki is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Hornets (11-34) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaman''s very good performance the New Orleans Hornets were defeated in an overtime 107-101 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kaman also added 3 assists. This season Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 43.1% and FT: 76.8%. Kaman is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the German senior national team. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK. He was not able to help PGE Turow (0-4) in their last game. Despite Wysocki''s good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow lost 78-87 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Group A. He scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. So far PGE Turow lost all four games in the Second Stage. This year Wysocki''s overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(74-124), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 69.6% in the 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: German and Polish. Ex-Duesseldorf Magics player is also a member of the German senior national team.

Elias Harris
Elias Harris
   #4. Forward Elias Harris (200-89), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Gonzaga (12-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Harris'' very good performance the Gonzaga was defeated 73-66 in Columbus, OH by the Ohio State University. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. Harris'' total stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2010.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against the fifth-ranked Meridiano Alicante (14-11) 65-49 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Toppert scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (13-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. This year Toppert''s total stats are: 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg in the 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #6. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed to a 2-point Levanga Hokkaido''s victory against the league outsider Toshiba Thunders (7-33) 85-83 in the Japanese JBL in Saturday night''s game. Klette scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Levanga Hokkaido (21-19) is placed fifth in the JBL. It was his team''s seventh 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. It''s Klette''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 4.9rpg. Klette is a former U22 international player as he played for the German team thirteen years ago.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #7. Former U18 international center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Aalborg (9-18) 95-78 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Bakken Bears (25-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. Dejworek has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 4.9rpg in the 29 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team seven years ago.

Nikita Khartchenkov
Nikita Khartchenkov
   #8. Forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) couldn''t help CSU Sibiu (13-12) in their game against Ploiesti (18-7) in the Romanian Division A. Khartchenkov scored 9 points. But CSU Sibiu was defeated 98-83 on the opponent''s court by the higher-ranked Ploiesti (#4). It was CSU Sibiu''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Khartchenkov has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Khartchenkov used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2007.

Mathis Monninghoff
Mathis Monninghoff
   #9. U20 international forward Mathis Monninghoff (200-92) is a teammate of previously mentioned Elias Harris. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Monninghoff contributed to an easy victory against the West Virginia University (23-8) crushing them 77-54. He scored only 3 points. The Gonzaga University has a very good 12-3 conference record this season. This year Monninghoff averages just 4.5ppg. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Anthony DiLeo
Anthony DiLeo
   #10. Guard Anthony DiLeo (190-90) couldn''t help the Temple (13-3) in their game against the University of South Florida (12-6) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. DiLeo cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. The Temple lost 44-58 on their home court in Philadelphia, PA to the University of South Florida. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. DiLeo has been at the team for four years. This season DiLeo averages just 4.5ppg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

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

   #1. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) contributed to Aris'' victory against the closely-ranked PAOK (10-13) 81-71 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. Kerusch scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 10 minutes. Aris Thessaloniki (8-13) is placed eighth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kerusch''s total stats are: 7.2ppg and 4.3rpg in the 22 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Kerusch has never played in Germany.

   #2. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante''s victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team''s first victory after five consecutive loses. Stojic''s total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Stojic''s German passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #3. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: 011 Sports) helped Timisoara win their game against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-18) crushing them 100-58 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night''s game. Sarovic scored 6 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 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. This year Sarovic''s total stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg in the eight games. He has also Serbian passport.

   #4. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) led Alaska Aces to a victory against the closely-ranked Petron Blaze (3-4) 93-88 in the Filipino PBA last Wednesday. Thoss scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Alaska Aces (4-4) are placed fifth in the PBA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Thoss is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his eighth year in Alaska Aces'' roster. Thoss has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Filipino. Despite Thoss'' German nationality, he previously played for the Filipino national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #5. Adam Sean Mink (196-F-91), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Pavia (14-16) to beat Santarcangelo (12-18). He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. But Pavia (#5) was crushed 89-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Santarcangelo in the North-West Division. It was Pavia''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Mink averages only 1.0ppg in the 19 games. He has also Italian passport.

   #6. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) was not able to help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Clinicas Rincon in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Wachsmann recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 67-64. Wachsmann has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 6.1rpg.

   #7. Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.) helped Levice win their game against the second-ranked Prievidza 80-77 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. He scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. This year Waleskowski averages only 4.5ppg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Waleskowski used to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in German league.

   #8. Jorg Rottgardt (191-G-81) was not able to secure a victory for one of league''s weakest teams Falcon in their game against Aabyhoj in the Danish Ligaen. Rottgardt cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 86-74. Rottgardt has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.1rpg.



Sebastian Machowski To Coach The EWE Baskets Oldenburg In The 2012-2013 season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


A few days ago New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig head coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) announced that he would leave the Phantoms after the current season and many had been speculating that the German might head west to Oldenburg after the departure of Predrag Krunic and today the EWE Baskets Oldenburg made it official announcing that he will take over this summer. Machowski signed a two year deal and current head coach Ralph Held will move a step down again to assistant coach. Oldenburg didnt waste any time finding Machowski for the new season. 'Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ) has made a name as a coach in only a short time. He has an excellent network, has done great work in Braunschweig and in our eyes is the right person for the job. I have great respect for Ralph Held and am thankful that he took over for Krunich. We want to keep him in the coaching squad. He is one of the most experienced coaches in our league and his work as youth coordiantor is just at the begining. He has already achieved a lot here', stated EWE Baskets Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schuller.

Machowski had a long career as player from 1991-2008 playing for teams like Alba Berlin, Telekom Baskets Bonn, Bayer Giants Leverkusen and teams in other countries like Tau Vitoria, Gravelines in France and Panionios in Greece. His biggest success was wining the Korac Cup with Alba Berlin and Fiba Europe cup with MBC in 2004. He finished his basketball career in 2007-2008 with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. He also had his first coaching gig with the Polish team in 2008-2009 where he helped lead the team to the Polish cup win. He led the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig into the Beko BBL playoffs the last two seasons and probbaly will do ot again this season and led the team to the 2011 cup final. 'I am looking forward to the challenge in Oldenburg. A lot has been done in the last years with the training center, good organization and youth program at the Weser-Ems academy. There is also always persprective to play in the international cups. Now i am concentrating on Braunschweig and reach the playoffs and play a good roll. We are also looking forward to the Top 4 in Bonn and want to reach the final', stresed Sebastian Machowski.





Source: EWE Baskets Oldenburg




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Div.B Standing

B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 20-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 19-3 
 3. Niki Volou 15-7 
 4. Irakleio 14-8 
 5. Agia Paraskevis 13-9 
 6. Diagoras 12-10 
 7. Koroivos 12-10 
 8. Doukas 11-11 
 9. MENT 11-11 
 10. Stratoni 10-12 
 11. Near East 10-12 
 12. Egaleo 10-12 
 13. Aias Evosmou 6-16 
 14. Iraklis 6-16 
 15. Anagennisi 6-16 
 16. Halkidona 1-21 


Ioannis Bourousis'' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Greeks who are currently playing abroad.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night''s game. Bourousis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-9) is placed third in the SerieA. Bourousis has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%(71-117), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 72.9% in the 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85). Schortsanitis was the main contributor in a Maccabi T-A''s victory against the tenth-ranked Zvezda (11-15) crushing them 101-66 in the Adriatic League last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Schortsanitis recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (24-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team''s 13th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Schortsanitis has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.4%(89-145) and FT: 62.8%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM). Vasiliadis contributed to a Gescrap BB''s victory against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 92-81 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 13 points in 24 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. Vasiliadis has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.2%(45-69), 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 91.3%(73-80) in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #4. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84) was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg''s victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (10-6) 72-65 in the VTB United League in Tuesday night''s game. Mavrokefalidis scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) is placed second in group B. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It''s Mavrokefalidis'' first season with the team. His stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg. Mavrokefalidis is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #5. International power forward Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.) helped Denver Nuggets win their game against the Boston Celtics (23-21) 98-91 in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 15 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 25-20 record this season. This year Koufos averages: 5.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the 32 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #6. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sofoklis Schortsanitis. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Papaloukas helped his Israeli team Maccabi T-A win their game against the eighth-ranked Radnicki Kragujevac (12-14) 92-76. He scored 6 points and added 4 passes. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (24-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team''s 13th consecutive victory in a row. Papaloukas is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). His overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg. Papaloukas is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team four years ago.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #7. International forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Fotsis helped Armani Milano win their game against the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89. He recorded 8 points in 30 minutes. This year Fotsis'' overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 4.8rpg in the 23 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Savvas Manousos
Savvas Manousos
   #8. Power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) helped NH Ostrava win their game against the second-ranked Levice (16-20) 71-62 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Manousos was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A2. BK Nova Hut Ostrava (22-14) is placed first. It was his team''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Manousos'' total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Greek U16 national team back in 2001.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #9. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) helped Gran Canaria 2014 win their n overtime game against the second-ranked Regal FC Barcelona (20-5) 93-90 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Bramos scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 34 minutes. C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (10-15) is placed 14th in the ACB. This year Bramos'' total stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Emmanouil Papamakarios
Emmanouil Papamakarios
   #10. Guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the closely-ranked Caja Laboral (18-7) 81-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Papamakarios scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (14-11) is placed sixth in the ACB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Papamakarios has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.4rpg in the 25 games. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) managed to help Montepaschi Siena to win against the 15th-ranked Vanoli-Braga 79-61 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Zisis recorded only 4 points. Zisis has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.3apg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. Former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) helped S.Antimo win their game against the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it 93-88 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Kommatos scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. Kommatos averaged so far 11.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

   #13. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, another player represented by FCM), who plays in the French ProA could not help ASVEL (10-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Haritopoulos'' good performance ASVEL was defeated 84-73 at home by the higher-ranked Le Mans (#6). He recorded 10 points. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help New Yorker Phantoms (14-13) in their last game. Despite Milosevic''s good performance New Yorker Phantoms was crushed 96-75 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#15) Phoenix Hagen. He recorded 11 points and had 3 steals in a mere 18 minutes. Milosevic has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg in the six games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) was not able to secure a victory for Enisey Krasnoyarsk in their game against Krasnie Krilya in the Russian PBL. He scored 9 points in 24 minutes. His team was edged 62-61. Sakota has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89), who plays in the Estonian KML could not help Tartu Ulikool (21-3) to beat BC Rakvere (17-8). Sokk recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. But the league leader Tartu Ulikool was defeated 86-72 on the road by the second-ranked BC Rakvere. It was Tartu Ulikool''s first loss after seven consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sokk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Tartu Ulikool''s roster. He belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #3. Sokk has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Despite Sokk''s Greek passport, he currently plays for the Estonian national team and is not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #2. Experienced Leonid Iailo (206-F-73), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Mykolaiv (11-23) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Iailo''s good performance Mykolaiv was badly defeated 98-81 in Odessa by the higher-ranked BC Odessa (#6). He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Iailo''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Iailo has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg. Iailo is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Ukrainian. Despite his Greek nationality, Iailo previously played for the Ukrainian national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #3. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88) led Uppsala Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-15) 95-81 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night''s game. Nakos scored 11 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 20 minutes. 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. Nakos has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.6apg in the 34 games he played so far. He has also Swedish passport.

   #4. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for JL Bourg (12-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite Tsagarakis'' very good performance JL Bourg was defeated 81-76 in Evreux by the lower-ranked ALM Evreux (#12). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.4apg. He has both Greek and French nationalities. Despite Tsagarakis'' Greek passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team.

   #5. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84) couldn''t help Akropol (12-9) in their game against Haga Haninge (11-10) in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Kalpakas scored 7 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 24 minutes. The fourth-placed Akropol lost 76-82 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Haga Haninge in the North group. It was Akropol''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Kalpakas has been at the team for five years. Kalpakas has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 20 games. He has also Swedish citizenship.

   #6. Kosta Karamatskos (197-G-86) couldn''t help Saar-Pfalz Braves in their game against BV Chemnitz 99 in the German ProA (second division). Karamatskos cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 70-52. Karamatskos has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.2apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and German.

   #7. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC) managed to help White Eagles Stockholm in a victory against the eighth-ranked Talje Knights crushing them 99-61 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Koutras scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg in the five games. Koutras has dual citizenship: Greek and Swedish.

   #8. Elias Mouratidis (183-G-92) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Eskilstuna crushing them 82-58 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Mouratidis averaged so far 11.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the six games. He has also Swedish nationality.

   #9. Epameinondas Batsos (197-F-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Christian Koutras and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Batsos contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Talje Knights crushing them 99-61. He scored only 3 points. Batsos has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.1rpg.



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PromotieDivisie Scores Round 21-23: Binnenland 2012 R-S Champs. Still undefeated - by Terry Cooper

The BV Binnenland Barendrecht basketball team has won their second regular season championship in two consecutive seasons and you have to give Coach Joost van Rangelrooij, Sander Trommelen (201-F-87),and team a standing ovation for their hard work and dedication from preseason until now. Binnenland has emergered as one of the top teams in the league and hopefully their player will have the opportunity to play either in the DBL or a higher league abroad. Their team consists of the traditional assembly of both veteran players as well as young potiental players, which every team should have and not try to go with the 'YOUNG TALENT' because truthfully it's not a basketball country and those accolades should not be handed out so easily. The only worry I have is will this team win it all or lose a game when a win counts? We have seen it in the NFL when Green Bay was ultimate during the regular season only to lose in the Divisional Playoffs and the great season was null and void. Will a lost for Binnenland now bring them back to reality and get the team fully focused on the prize? They have had some scares in the previous game winning by two over De Hoppers at home and maybe that game had the players realize it's going to be a battle for the next few weeks. So far they have been able to maintain composure and keep their undefeated season going I just hope they will be able to pull it out and not suffer a loss in the playoffs. With three games remaining, four teams are in the race for three playoff spots as Cangaroes, De Hoppers, BC Amsterdam, and Z&Z2 are still working on positions 2-4. Z&Z2 has a great advantage as they still have 2 make-up games that could secure them 2nd place by winning. Cangaroes have Hoppers by 82 points and are currently in 4th place. BC Amsterdam can secure 2nd place with a loss by Z&Z2 and win out the remain of the regular season. I must say these teams have balanced their teams to get where they are now, not too young and not too old but that balance keeps everyone focused and on their toes. Oh the other side of the world Rotterdam2, Hoofddorp, and Jugglers have done the total opposite with the exception of BV Hoofddorp (what happened?) by using either all young or inexperienced players in a league they are not fit for. What makes this so sad for the league is so many experienced players went to these teams to make a run for the playoffs and coaches had their rosters filled with only young inexperienced players and we see the results as these three teams are trying to save their necks to stay in the league. This is unexceptable basketball and the way it should be coached. Now there are two sides to every story however this could have been avoided if basketball minded and hungry coaches pick-n-choose the players that have that desire to win it all. Just ask the top 5 teams fighting it out now. Stay tuned...

Round 21 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Groene Uilen 50-94
Red Giants - Goba 65-75
Binnenland - De Hoppers 71-69
VBC Akrides - BC A'dam 67-76
Rotterdam2 - Punch 47-73
Z&Z2 - Cangeroes 58-55
Jugglers - Almonte 61-68

Round 22 Scores:

Goba - De Hoppers 62-74
Red Giants - Rotterdam2 96-74
BC A'dam - Z&Z2 68-49
Binnenland - Punch 74-59
VBC Akrides - Hoofddorp 87-64
Cangeroes - Almonte 77-74
Groene Uilen - Jugglers 74-46

Round 23 Scores:

BC A'dam - Red Giants 80-72
Almonte - Goba 68-58
Binnenland - BV Hoofddorp 93-60
Punch - De Hoppers 85-76
Cangeroes - VBC Akrides 89-56
Rotterdam2 - Groene Uilen 75-67
Z&Z2 - Jugglers 74-68


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-0 
 2. Amsterdam 18-5 
 3. Leiden 2 16-5 
 4. De Hoppers 16-7 
 5. Cangeroes 16-7 
 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 3-20 


Henk Norel selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Dutchs who are currently playing abroad.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #1. This week''s number one is former international power forward Henk Norel (212-87), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Norel could not help FIATC Joventut (11-14) to beat Gran Canaria 2014 (10-15). He recorded 8 points in 15 minutes on the court. FIATC Joventut lost 73-81 at home to the lower-ranked (#14) Gran Canaria 2014. It was FIATC Joventut''s first loss after four consecutive victories. It''s Norel''s fourth season with the team. This year Norel averages: 6.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 53.9% in the 19 games he played so far. He played for the Dutch senior national team two years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90). Kloof contributed to St.Bonaventure''s victory against the Xavier University (10-6) 67-56 in the conference tournament in Sunday night''s game. He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes. The St.Bonaventure University has a very solid 10-3 conference record this season. It''s Kloof''s first year with the team. Kloof''s overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 53.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof played for the Dutch U20 national team in 2010.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.). He contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Ford Burgos (10-15) 82-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Schaftenaar recorded 10 points in 23 minutes. U.B. La Palma (19-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Schaftenaar''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(104-181), 3FGP: 37.3% and FT: 86.6% in the 27 games. Schaftenaar played for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Kasper Averink
Kasper Averink
   #4. Point guard Kasper Averink (183-93) was not able to help Prievidza (22-10) in their game against Levice (14-18) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Averink scored only 4 points. Prievidza was edged 80-77 on their home court in Prievidza by the lower-ranked Levice (#7). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Averink''s overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 1.4rpg. He is also Dutch U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA), who plays in the Polish PLK could not help PGE Turow (0-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow lost 78-87 at home to the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Group A. Kickert was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. So far PGE Turow lost all four games in the Second Stage. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg and 3.9rpg in the 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert''s Dutch passport, he currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) was not able to help ASVEL (10-12) in their game against Le Mans (14-8) in the French ProA. Tillie recorded 8 points. ASVEL was defeated 84-73 on their home court in Villeurbanne by the higher-ranked Le Mans (#6). It was ASVEL''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. Tillie has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. He has also French citizenship.

   #3. Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Otto Caserta (10-13) in their game against Armani Milano (14-9) in the Italian SerieA. He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Doornekamp recorded only 3 points. Otto Caserta was defeated 95-89 on the road by the much higher-ranked Armani Milano (#3). Doornekamp''s overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.

   #4. Matthew Otten (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: San Francisco St.), who plays in the British BBL couldn''t help one of league''s weakest teams Liverpool Mersey Tigers (6-18) in their last game. Despite Otten''s good performance Liverpool Mersey Tigers lost 79-84 in Chester to the higher-ranked (#9) Cheshire Jets. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Liverpool Mersey Tigers'' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Otten has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American.

Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Francisco Elson (212-C-76) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Travis Stel (202-F-71) plays for Antwerp Giants in Belgian D1
Robin Smeulders (208-F-87) plays for EWE Baskets in German BBL
Dewayne Johns (191-G-64) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) plays for CB Tarragona 2017 in Spanish LEB Gold
Marc Peutz (205-C-92) plays for Cape Breton University in Canadian university league CIS
Gijs Geerders (208-C-69) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Daan Wiersum (F-91) plays for University of Calgary in Canadian university league CIS

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



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Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Icelandic players, who play currently abroad.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week''s number one is former international guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help one of league''s weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their last game. Despite Sigurdarson''s very good performance Sundsvall Dragons was crushed 105-83 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) LF Basket. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Sigurdarson also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was Sundsvall Dragons'' third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Sigurdarson is currently third on the list of top scorers with 19.3ppg. He also averaged so far 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.6% and FT: 92.1%(105-114) in the 35 games he played so far. Sigurdarson played for the Icelandic senior national team three years ago.

Darrel Lewis
Darrel Lewis
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, agency: Two Points, college: Lincoln, MO). He led OFI to a victory over one of league''s weakest teams Periko/Arhelaos (8-15) 81-66 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Sunday. Lewis was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. OF Irakleio (12-11) is placed eighth in the A2. It''s Lewis'' first season with the team. Lewis is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Lewis averages: 15.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 58.9%(132-224), 3FGP: 23.5% and FT: 80.4%. He is a naturalized American. Lewis played for the Icelandic national team in 2005. He used to play for Reynir S. in Icelandic league.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Baeringsson. He was not able to help one of league''s weakest teams one of league''s weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their game against LF Basket (20-16). Baeringsson scored only 4 points, had 8 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls in 28 minutes. Sundsvall Dragons was crushed 105-83 in Lulea by the higher-ranked (#5) LF Basket. Baeringsson belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 10.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.2ppg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 55.9%(138-247), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 77.2% in the 33 games. Baeringsson played for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Jon Stefansson
Jon Stefansson
   #4. Guard Jon Stefansson (196-82) managed to help CAI Zaragoza to win against the fifth-ranked Meridiano Alicante (14-11) 65-49 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. He scored only 2 points. CAI Zaragoza (13-12) is placed tenth in the ACB. Stefansson''s overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Icelandic national team back in 2009.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #5. Former international guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) was not able to secure a victory for Solna Vikings (17-19) in their game against Eco Orebro (4-32) in the Swedish Basketligan. Gunnarsson scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. Solna Vikings was badly defeated 120-102 in Orebro by the league outsider (#10) Eco Orebro. It was Solna Vikings'' fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Gunnarsson has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 36 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #6. Forward Axel Karason (193-83) couldn''t help Vaerlose (11-16) in their game against Svendborg (23-4) in the Danish Ligaen. Karason scored only 4 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Vaerlose was crushed 100-72 on the opponent''s court by the second-ranked Svendborg. Karason has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Icelandic senior team six years ago.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #7. Former international guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC''s victory against the ninth-ranked BG Karlsruhe (9-12) 82-68 in the German ProA (second division) in Friday night''s game. Vilhjalmsson scored only 4 points in 28 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (20-5) is placed first in the ProA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Vilhjalmsson has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Helgi Magnusson
Helgi Magnusson
   #8. Swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) helped 08 Stockholm win their game against the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) 83-76 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Magnusson scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 08 Stockholm (17-19) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Magnusson has reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Icelandic national team back in 2009.

Brynjar Bjornsson
Brynjar Bjornsson
   #9. Former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) couldn''t help KFUM Jamtland (13-23) in their game against Sodertalje Kings (23-13) in the Swedish Basketligan. Bjornsson scored 8 points in 19 minutes. KFUM Jamtland lost 94-100 in Sodertalje to the leading Kings. The Regular Season already ended. Bjornsson''s stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 36 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team five years ago.

Olafur Sigurdsson
Olafur Sigurdsson
   #10. Point guard Olafur Sigurdsson (180-82) helped Aabyhoj win their game against the league outsider Falcon (7-20) 86-74 in the Danish Ligaen in Saturday night''s game. Sigurdsson recorded 8 points. Aabyhoj IF (8-19) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the Ligaen. Sigurdsson''s overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former U18 international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Icelandic national team.

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

   #1. Sigurdur Einarsson (187-G-82), who plays in the Danish Ligaen could not help Horsens IC (12-15) to beat SISU (12-15). Einarsson cannot count Monday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Horsens IC was edged 92-90 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) SISU. This year Einarsson averages just 4.3ppg in the 27 games he played so far.


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. KFI 17-1
 2. Hamar 12-5
 3. Skallagrimur 12-5
 4. Hottur 11-7
 5. IA 9-9
 6. Breidablik 9-9
 7. Thor AK 7-11
 8. FSU 7-11
 9. IG 4-14
 10. Armann 2-16



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Punjab Police triumph in Federation Cup championship - by Eurobasket News

Punjab Police - ONGC 72:59

Punjab Police clinched the title at the 26th Federation Cup Championship. They defeated Oil and Natural Gas Commission in the Final. AmritPal Singh (201-F-91) came up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
ONGC got to a slightly better start. They recorded a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Punjab Police however turned things around in the second quarter. They limited ONGC to just 7 points in the period to take a 17-point lead at halftime. Oil and Natural Gas Commision tried to bounce back in the third term. They narrowed the gap to 11 points with ten minutes remaining. But Punjab Police quickly picked up the tempo and ran away in the final frame. Jagdeep Singh (198-C-86) produced 17 points, while Amanjot Singh added 15 points for the winners. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for ONGC. Yadwinder Singh (197-C-86) netted 20 points in the loss.

Punjab Police: AmritPal Singh 22+11 boards, Jagdeep Singh 17, Amanjot Singh 15
ONGC: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 21, Yadwinder Singh 20



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Best players of Indonesian NBL round 45 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-PF-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bima Sakti and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 45.
The 21-year old power forward had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds for Bima Sakti in his team's victory, helping them to beat Satya Wacana (#11, 4-24) 76-67. Bima Sakti is placed at 8th position in Indonesian NBL. Bima Sakti is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-18 record. Rizky Ardiansyah turned to be Bima Sakti's top player in his first season with the team. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah averages this season 13.5ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-C-82) of Garuda. Agustinus impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Garuda to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 9-19) 66-34. Garuda's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 22-6 record is not bad at all. Agustinus is one of the most experienced players at Garuda and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Garuda's star - Indra Budianto (181-SG-83). Budianto scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Garuda, helping his team with a 66-34 easy win against the lower-ranked Pacific Caesar (#9, 9-19). Garuda needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 6 lost games. Budianto has a very solid season. In 34 games in Indonesia he scored 5.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pringgo Regowo (190-F-87) of Aspac - 11 points and 11 rebounds
5. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti - 24 points and 3 rebounds
6. Ary Chandra (182-F-84) of Pelita Jaya - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eko Wiratama Nasution (195-F-90) of Satya Wacana - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Respati Pamungkas (180-G-91) of Satya Wacana - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sigit Harun Nurman (187-SF-88) of Aspac - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) of Pelita Jaya - 6 points, 10 rebounds and 5 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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Colin O''Reilly selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Irish who are currently playing abroad.

Colin O''Reilly
Colin O''Reilly
   #1. This week''s number one is former international forward Colin O''Reilly (200-84, college: Post). O''Reilly led Cheshire Jets to a victory over one of league''s weakest teams Liverpool Mersey Tigers (6-18) 84-79 in the British BBL last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. O''Reilly scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Cheshire Jets (7-15) is placed ninth in the BBL. It was his team''s first victory after four consecutive loses. O''Reilly has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 67.4%. O''Reilly played for the Irish senior national team three years ago.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He could not help Chalons-Reims (17-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Mullins'' good performance Chalons-Reims was edged 82-80 at home by the lower-ranked Bordeaux (#6). He scored 14 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Mullins is currently fourth on the league''s list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 71.4%. Mullins is a naturalized American. He played for the Irish national team in 2009. Strangely Mullins has never played in Ireland.

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence). McGrath managed to help Tezenis Verona to win against the second-ranked Givova Scafati (16-7) 83-74 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored only 4 points. Tezenis Verona (10-12) is placed ninth in the Lega2. This season McGrath averages just 3.0ppg. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

Conor Grace
Conor Grace
   #4. Forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson) contributed to an Uppsala Basket''s victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-15) 95-81 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night''s game. Grace scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. 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 that game will be critical. This year Grace''s overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the four games he played so far. He used to play for the Irish national team back in 2009.

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

   #1. Levon Kendall (209-F-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 in Sunday night''s game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (8-17) is placed 15th in the ACB. This year Kendall averages: 8.4ppg and 5.9rpg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Despite Kendall''s Irish passport, he currently plays for the Canadian national team and is not eligible to play for the Irish team.

   #2. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) led Inter Bratislava to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Levharti Chomutov (14-22) 76-58 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pesic also added 4 assists in 25 minutes. BK Inter Bratislava (10-26) is placed sixth in A2 group. It was his team''s first victory after five consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It''s Pesic''s first season with the team. Pesic is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.8ppg in the 23 games. Pesic has also Serbian nationality.

   #3. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-13) crushing them 89-68 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. Valencia Basket (14-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. This year Ogilvy''s overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Steven Hale (200-F-75) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Allen Conlan (196-F-74) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) plays for Starwings in Swiss LNA
Ian O''Boyle (191-G-84) plays for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand NBL
James Kelly (183-G-87) plays for Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL2
Mike Commane (211-C-82) plays for Mandelieu in French NM3
Mark Donnelly (196-G-75) plays for New Jersey Shorecats in the USBL
Jamie Mastaglio (193-G/F-75) plays for Montecatini in Italian D dilettanti

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



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Jon Scheyer Returns to US, Maccabi Weighs Roster Possibilities - by David Pick

After playing a combined total of 46 games in three different competitions with Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Jon Scheyer called it quits.

According to the team's official statement, Scheyer asked to be released from the team's Euroleague trip to Athens, Greece against Panatinaikos to return to the United States due to 'personal reasons.'

Maccabi's Head Coach David Blatt and Scheyer talked things over last Thursday, agreeing that Jon would return to Chicago. Still, the announcement caught Maccabi players by surprise. By the time the news was made public, the yellow-and-blue players were already on the bus headed for Ben Gurion airport, with mumblings of 'where is Jon?' heard.

Blatt recently commented that he's uncertain as to whether or not Scheyer will return to Israel this season, but a number of sources close to the player spoke with Eurobasket, shedding some light on the departure of the locker room favorite.

'Jon's request to leave was a mixture of many things,' one source said. 'Nearly three months ago, while sitting out most of the team's games, Asefa Estudiantes of the Spanish ACB League, asked to buy Jon out, but Maccabi refused. Not only was Jon disappointed, he was also upset.'

Despite the lack of playing time and low season averages, Scheyer was always seen with a smile across his face, maintaining a professional attitude throughout his stay, even when times got rough.

'At first, his (Jon) expectations of himself were to fit into Blatt's system and excel as the starting point guard, with Yogev Ohayon coming off the bench. However, the wind quickly changed directions and Jon found himself playing spotty garbage time minutes if any at all,' added the source.

Another source told Eurobasket, 'Jon's leave was caused by a combination of not playing, latest rocket attacks towards Israel from the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military pressuring him to join.'

Scheyer, who underwent his first IDF experience earlier in the season, was scheduled to make a second appearance sometime around May 2012. Yet, according to his Israeli agent Avi Zilberman, 'his military situation had nothing to do with him leaving Israel.'

Decisions, Decisions

In preparation for next season, Maccabi is weighing its options and considering its financial limitations. They are eager to see American big man Richard Hendrix continue with the team and recently offered him a two year guaranteed deal worth just under $1 million per season.

Maccabi has an option to extend Sofoklis Schortsanitis' deal worth an estimated $1,400,000, while Keith Langford's contract is currently valued at $700,000 a month, expected to jump to $1,150,000 next year if Maccabi chooses to exercise their option of his continuing.

On the other hand, Theodoros Papaloukas, Demond Mallet and Shawn James are not expected to continue. As for sharpshooter David Blu, his future is currently up in the air.





Oded Brandwein selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Israelis who are currently playing abroad.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #1. This week''s number one is former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (188-88, agency: N.E.T.), who plays in the Polish PLK. He could not help Kotwica (16-14) in their last game. Despite Brandwein''s very good performance the second-placed Kotwica was edged in an overtime 74-73 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) AZS Politechnika Warszawska in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Brandwein also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It''s Brandwein''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 38.6% and FT: 79.6% in the 29 games he played so far. Brandwein has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team four years ago.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.). He led Benetton Treviso to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Angelico Biella (11-13) 96-94 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Mekel recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Benetton Treviso (10-13) is placed 13th in the SerieA. This season Mekel averages: 5.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(27-47), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 64.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Mekel is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Omri Casspi (204-88). He contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers'' victory against the Houston Rockets (24-22) 118-107 in the NBA on Sunday night. Casspi scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 16-26 record this season. This year Casspi has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 59.7% in the 42 games. He is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86) was not able to help Union Olimpija (14-12) in their game against Hemofarm (12-6) in the Adriatic League. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Union Olimpija (#6) was edged 78-75 in Vrsac by the higher-ranked (#3) Hemofarm in the group A of Adriatic League. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Rothbart''s overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the 22 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli nationalities. Rothbart used to play for the Israeli national team back in 2010.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #5. International point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Krka Novo Mesto in a victory against the bottom-ranked Zlatorog (2-24) 67-57 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night''s game. Nissim scored 5 points and had 3 steals in 20 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (9-17) is placed 11th in group A. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Nissim''s total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg in the 12 games. He also holds two passports: Israeli and French. Nissim plays currently for the Israeli national team.

Ram Elias-Pour
Ram Elias-Pour
   #6. Center Ram Elias-Pour (208-93) was not able to secure a victory for Zwolle (10-14) in their game against Den Bosch (18-6) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Elias-Pour cannot count Thursday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Zwolle was badly defeated 82-65 in Den Bosch by the second-ranked Den Bosch. It was Zwolle''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Elias-Pour averages just 1.8ppg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Israeli National Team roster.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, college: American), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Boras Basket (21-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Thomas'' very good performance Boras Basket was defeated 95-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Uppsala Basket (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Thomas also added 4 assists and 3 steals. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Thomas has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Chanan Colman (191-G-84, college: Chipola) led Svendborg to a victory over the seventh-ranked Vaerlose (11-16) 83-76 in the Danish Ligaen on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Colman scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Svendborg Rabbits (23-4) is placed second in the Ligaen. Colman is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Colman averages: 16.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Danish. Despite Colman''s Israeli passport, he previously played for the Danish national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.

   #3. Experienced Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) was not able to help Atenas (16-14) in their game against Libertad Sunchales (20-10) in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 5 points. Atenas was edged 73-72 at home by the second-ranked Libertad Sunchales. Sucatzky''s team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Sucatzky is currently sixth on the league''s list of best passers. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.8apg. Sucatzky is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Argentinian.

   #4. Guy Aud (182-G-89), who plays in the German ProB (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Licher Baeren (11-11) in their last game. Despite Aud''s good performance Licher Baeren (#9) lost 84-98 in Bernau to the lower-ranked (#13) SSV Lok in the Group South. He scored 10 points in 28 minutes. Aud has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.9apg in the 23 games he played so far. He has also German nationality. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.



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Baldassarre's double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-F/C-86, agency: Players Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for Biancoblu BO and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while his team lost the game against S.Antimo (8-14) 76-87. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Biancoblu BO moved-up to the 14th position in the Italian Lega2. Biancoblu BO is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 14th lost game this season out of 22 games. In the team's last game Baldassarre had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Biancoblu BO's top player in his first season with the team. Baldassarre has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg.

Second best performed player last round was Folarin Campbell (192-G-86) of S.Antimo. He is American guard in his first season at S.Antimo. In the last game Campbell recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course S.Antimo cruised to a 87-76 relatively comfortable win over Biancoblu BO (8-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But S.Antimo managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-14 record. Campbell is a newcomer at S.Antimo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA (#7). Maggioli scored 28 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Maggioli's great performance Fileni BPA lost 76-87 to slightly higher-ranked Sigma Barcel. (#5, 13-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Fileni BPA needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Maggioli has a great season in Italy. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (6th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 63.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Givova Scafati - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Mike Green (185-PG-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. David Brkic (210-F-82) of Prima Veroli - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Prima Veroli - 15 points and 14 rebounds
9. Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) of Assi Ostuni - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Philip Martin (202-F-80) of Sigma Barcel. - 18 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)



Di Bella's 26 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old point guard Fabio Di Bella (187-PG-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fabi Shoes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Fabi Shoes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Novipiu CM (#17, 6-18) 94-83. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . Fabi Shoes is placed at 11th position in Italian league. Fabi Shoes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-13 record. In the team's last game Di Bella had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Fabio Di Bella averages this season 8.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84) of Umana Venezia. He is American-Bulgarian guard in his second season at Umana Venezia. In the last game Clark recorded impressive 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Umana Venezia lost that game 88-93 to the lower-ranked Fabi Shoes (#11, 10-13). Despite lost game Umana Venezia moved up to 4th position in Round 21. His team's 14-9 record is not bad at all. Clark is well-known at Umana Venezia and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports) of Sidigas AV (#9). Johnson showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Johnson's great performance Sidigas AV lost 81-89 to slightly higher-ranked Scavolini PS (#7, 13-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sidigas AV needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Otto Caserta - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Armani Mit - 23 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Fabi Shoes - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) of Fabi Shoes - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banco di Sard. - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of Montepaschi - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marcus Goree (201-F-77) of Benetton TV - 25 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)



Paffoni Omegna wins DNA league cup - by Armando Caporaso

After a very fought final the Paffoni Omegna (leader of the league with 26-4) exceeds Torino for 57-52 winning the DNA cup for this year! The team of coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo try to close the game after the first 20 minutes (38-17) but the Zerouno (18-12 in regular season and second place, own after Omegna, in the northwest division) try the comeback in the second half until reaching the -5 in the last minute. In this third confrontation between the 2 teams (1-1 during the RS with 2 external victories) Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) is the top scorer with 16 points (7/16), adding 8 rebounds and 4 steals, and the MVP of the competition. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79) closed with 12 points (6/10 by 2) and 7 rebounds, 8 points for Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances), 6 points and 7 rebounds of Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency: Players Group) and great work for Matteo Bertolazzi (181-G-79) with just 5 points (and a bad 1/9 st shoot) but with 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 7 assist! For Torino there are 15 points (7/13) of Massimiliano DeFant (201-F-89) in 20 minutes, 12 points and 8 rebounds for Francesco Conti (205-C/F-83), 8 points + 7 rebounds of Federico Tassinari (195-SF-77, agency: Players Group) and 7 points for Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: Players Group).
In the semifinals of saturday Omegna had beaten Trento for 67-56 (17 pts + 10 reb of Tommaso Raspino, 9 pts and 5 stl of Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79, agency: Players Group) against the 11 points of Walter Santarossa (200-F-78), best scorer for the Bitumcalor) while Torino had exceeded without problems the other favored for the final, Napoli (24-6, second best record of the league), with the result of 77-53 (18 pts, 7 stl & 7 reb of Marco Portannese, 14 pts and 8 reb for Federico Tassinari while for the BPMed not enough the 18 pts in 21 min of Paolo Rotondo (205-F/C-89, agency: Players Group), adding 6 reb and 5 stl, and the 13 pts of Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) with 10 reb. Disappoint one of the best player of the league, Bernardo Musso (192-G-86), that scored only 5 points with 1/8 by 3).

The summary of all the finals:

DNA (MVP Daniele Casadei)
BPMed Napoli - Zerouno Torino 53-77
Paffoni Omegna - Bitumcalor Trento 67-56
Zerouno Torino - Paffoni Omegna 52-57

DNB (MVP Albano Chiarastella)
Mobyt Ferrara - ArcAnthea Lucca 77-68 (Maggiotto Andrea 15 pts, Benfatto Michele 13 pts + 11 reb, Ferri Michele 13 pts + 9 reb + 4 ass, Sereni Giacomo 15 pts + 15 reb, Barsanti Andrea 18 pts)
Royal Castellanza - Moncada Solar Agrigento 60-74 (Mossi Paolo Emilio 20 pts, Di viccaro Vincenzo 20 pts, Aimaretti Ariel Alejandro 16 pts)
Mobyt Ferrara - Moncada Solar Agrigento 58-73 (Chiarastella Albano Maximo 16 pts, Giovanatto Michele 10 pts + 10 reb, Maggiotto Andrea 14 pts, Benfatto Michele 13 pts + 11 reb)

DNC (MVP Ariel Svoboda)
Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona - Lighthouse Trapani 50-58 (Svoboda Ariel 13 pts, Meschino Manuele 11 reb, Costantino Giuseppe 11 pts, Ganguzza Daniele 16 pts)
Tramec Riduttori Cento - Bresciaholdinggroup Monticelli Brusati 78-64 (Di trani Simone 26 pts + 5 ass, Nieri Nicola 19 pts + 9 reb, Carretti Marcello 16 pts, Acquaviva Pier Francesco 6 ass, Masieri Luciano 26 pts + 18 reb, Tanfoglio Simone 5 ass)
Lighthouse Trapani - Tramec Riduttori Cento 67-59 (Svoboda Ariel 13 pts, De gregori Mathias Gustavo 13 pts + 5 ass, Costantino Giuseppe 12 pts + 9 reb, Di gioia Carlo 14 reb + 4 stl, Meschino Manuele 11 reb, Di trani Simone 23 pts)



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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Ivorian players, who play currently abroad.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week''s number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA. Amagou could not help Sluc Nancy (14-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Sluc Nancy was defeated 82-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Strasbourg IG (#11). Amagou was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes. It''s Amagou''s first season with the team. Amagou has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 83.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). Diane contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Szolnok (3-3) 82-63 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. BK Ventspils (4-2) is placed first. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Diane has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 72.7% in the eight games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Guinean and Ivorian. Diane is in the roster of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Meridiano Alicante (14-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kone''s good performance Meridiano Alicante was badly defeated 65-49 in Zaragoza by the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#10). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Kone also added 8 rebounds. This season Kone averages: 4.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 36.1% and FT: 62.9%. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Kone is also a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mamadou Lamizana
Mamadou Lamizana
   #4. Power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: VVG Sports, college: Rutgers) led Vaqueros to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Indios (5-3) 96-91 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Lamizana scored 21 points and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Vaqueros de Bayamon (5-3) is placed third in the BSN. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.8bpg. This year he also averages: 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8apg in the six games. Lamizana also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #5. International forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) led Lleida Basquet to a victory over one of league''s weakest teams CB Granada (6-22) 71-52 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. Kale was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes; not bad, considering it''s only Kale''s third season in pro basketball. CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (18-10) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kale has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg and 5.6rpg in the 28 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Kale plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #6. Point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) was not able to secure a victory for Chorale de Roanne (3-3) in their game against Chalon/Saor (3-3) in the EuroChallenge. He recorded only 4 points and added 10 assists. 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. Diabate''s overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Errick Craven
Errick Craven
   #7. International guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) was the major contributor in a 3-point JA Vichy''s victory against the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-16) 87-84 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Craven scored 20 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals 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. This year Craven''s overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.8spg in the 10 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Craven is also Ivorian national team player.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #8. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Le Portel (10-16) crushing them 80-48 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night''s game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite (21-5) is placed first in the ProB. Zerbo''s total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2010.

Francis Koffi
Francis Koffi
   #9. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader River Andorra (16-3) 82-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Koffi scored 10 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto (13-6) is placed second in the LEB Silver. Koffi averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #10. Forward Guy Landry Edi (198-86) contributed to an easy victory against the West Virginia University (23-8) crushing them 77-54 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Thursday night''s game. Edi scored 6 points in 21 minutes. The Gonzaga University has a very good 12-3 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Edi''s stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Charles Abouo (195-89) couldn''t help the BYU in their game against the Marquette University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. Abouo cannot count Thursday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 88-68. Abouo averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

   #12. International point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) couldn''t help Saint Vallier in their game against Nantes in the French ProB (second division). Toti cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 13 minutes. His team lost 68-78. This year Toti''s total stats are: 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

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

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida), who plays in the Polish PLK could not help Zastal ZG (2-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Zastal ZG was edged 88-87 on the road by the second-ranked Trefl Sopot in the Group A. Hodge had a double-double by scoring 38 points and making 10 passes in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. It''s Hodge''s first year with the team. Hodge is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.1apg and 1.4spg in the 28 games he played so far. He has also Puerto Rican passport.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Le Mans'' victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL (10-12) 84-73 in the French ProA on Friday night. Koffi recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (14-8) is placed sixth in the ProA. Koffi''s overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 3.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Koffi''s Ivorian passport, he previously played for the French national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Andre Oupoh (196-F-84, college: Abil.Christian) was not able to help the league outsider Caballeros de Culiacan (0-6) in their game against Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-2) in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Oupoh scored 9 points in 20 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan lost 71-86 in Guaymas to the much higher-ranked (#3) Ostioneros de. So far Caballeros de Culiacan lost all six games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it''s first stage and everything can happen. This year Oupoh''s total stats are: 5.0ppg and 1.3apg in the three games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.



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Roy Hibbert''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Jamaicans who are currently playing abroad.

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week''s number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Indiana Pacers (25-18) in their last game. Despite Hibbert''s very good performance the Indiana Pacers lost 88-102 on the road to the New York Knicks. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. Hibbert also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes on the court. It''s Hibbert''s fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hibbert averages: 12.8ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 49.5% and FT: 69.2% in the 43 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hibbert played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-26) in their last game. Despite Samuels'' good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 105-115 in Milwaukee to the Bucks. He scored 11 points in a mere 15 minutes. It was Cavaliers'' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Samuels'' overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 39.8% and FT: 71.2% in the 30 games. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2009.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence). He was the major contributor in Indios'' victory against the league outsider Caciques (1-6) crushing them 96-76 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Friday night. Efejuku recorded 15 points in a mere 17 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Indios de Mayaguez (5-3) is placed fourth in the BSN. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. But the season is still in it''s first stage and everything can happen. This year Efejuku''s total stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 72.7% in the two games. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Efejuku played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #4. Center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) managed to help New York Knicks in a victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (21-24) crushing them 121-79 in the NBA last Wednesday. Jordan scored only 2 points in 4 minutes on the court. The New York Knicks have 21-24 record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Jordan has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.2rpg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #5. Former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed to an Aishin Sea Horses'' victory against one of league''s weakest teams Mitsubishi Dolphins (12-28) 78-69 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. Young scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Aishin Sea Horses (30-10) are placed first in the JBL. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. It''s Young''s first season with the team. He has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.6rpg. Young used to play for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Garry Gallimore (192-G-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. Gallimore was MVP of the game. He scored 34 points (!!!), made 4 passes and 3 steals. 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. It''s Gallimore''s first season with the team. Gallimore has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Gallimore has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and Canadian. Despite his Jamaican passport, Gallimore previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #2. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) was the major contributor in a VEF Riga''s victory against the closely-ranked Turiba (9-15) crushing them 84-61 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night''s game. Bailey scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. VEF Riga (11-1) is placed fourth in the LBL. It was his team''s fifth 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. Bailey''s total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 4.0apg. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) led Maccabi Rishon to a victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel J-M (10-9) 69-64 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. Uter scored 15 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 43 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (11-8) is placed third in the Premier League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Uter is currently third on the league''s list of best blockers with 1.9bpg. This year he also averages: 13.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games he played so far. Uter is a naturalized American.

   #4. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) contributed to an overtime BK Pardubice''s victory against the second-ranked BK Prostejov (23-9) 81-79 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. 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 important. It''s Muirhead''s first season with the team. Muirhead has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He has also Canadian nationality.

   #5. Experienced Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help one of league''s weakest teams Quebradillas (5-2) in their last game. Despite Williams'' good performance Quebradillas lost 80-88 on the road to the leading Mets. He scored 10 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 22 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Williams is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 4.4apg. He also averaged so far 14.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4spg in the seven games. Williams is a naturalized American.

   #6. Hugh Robinson (202-C-83) led Brahe Basket to a victory over the ninth-ranked IK Eos 79-74 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Robinson recorded a double-double by scoring 36 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. Robinson is currently third on the list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Robinson averages: 17.7ppg, 9.4rpg and 2.0bpg.

   #7. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82, college: Loyola Mary) contributed to an overtime Fos Ouest''s victory against the closely-ranked Boulazac Basket 80-78 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night''s game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Gay is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 15.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell) was not able to help Artland Dragons in their game against Besiktas in the EuroChallenge. He cannot count Tuesday''s game as one of the best ones. Bailey recorded only 2 points and had 3 steals in 14 minutes. His team was edged 74-73. He has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg in the seven games. Bailey is a naturalized American.

   #9. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) was not able to secure a victory for one of league''s weakest teams s Oliver Baskets in their game against Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL. He recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 72-62. Bucknor has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #10. Richard Anderson (199-F-77) contributed to a Halifax Rainmen''s victory against the Quebec Kebs 106-95 in the NBL Canada on Friday night. Anderson scored 8 points in 29 minutes. He has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the five games. Anderson has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities. Despite his Jamaican passport, Anderson previously played for the Canadian national team and probably cannot be called to the Jamaican team.



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BJ League Round 46: Miyazaki Shining Suns defeat leader Okinawa GK - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (33-9) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (19-23) 79-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Okinawa GK won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Okinawa GK outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 50-37 including 39 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) replied with 9 points and 16 rebounds for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh position with 19-23 record. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okinawa GK will play at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (26-14) against tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (12-30) on Sunday night. Host Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a tough game in Kyoto 73-79. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Makoto Sawaguchi chipped in 22 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls moved-up to ninth place. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls will play against higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Shimane Magic and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-13) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Chiba Jets (14-26) 100-86. American players dominated the game. Jeffrey Parmer notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 30 points and 7 rebounds by Maurice Hargrow did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-13 record. Loser Chiba Jets keep the eighth place with 26 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play against Yokohama BC (#5) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Sendai was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (24-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (20-20). Sendai 89ers defeated Shiga L-Stars 87-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. Daniel Fitzgerald fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 20-20 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fifth place with 16 games lost. Sendai 89ers' next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano. Shiga L-Stars will play on the road against Takamatsu FA.
The game between 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-38) and fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-14) in Takamatsu on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Fukuoka outscored Takamatsu FA 109-64. It was a very good performance for Jermaine Dearman who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Takamatsu FA lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 38 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play against Shiga L-Stars.

Other games in round 46 were not that significant. Yokohama BC beat Toyama Grouses on the road 82-64. Osaka Evessa won against Shimane SM on its own court 85-76. Shinshu BW was outscored by Akita NH in a road game 96-63. Niigata Albirex managed to beat Saitama Bron. at home 102-87.


Takamatsu FA - Fukuoka Rizing 64-109

The game between 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-38) and fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-14) in Takamatsu on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Fukuoka outscored Takamatsu FA 109-64. The game without a history. Fukuoka Rizing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Fukuoka Rizing forced 20 Takamatsu FA turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fukuoka Rizing made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for American power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 28 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Hiroyuki Kikuchi (192-83) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to third place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Takamatsu FA lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 38 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play against Shiga L-Stars.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 28+4reb+1ast, J.Dearman 23+17reb+6ast, A.Takeno 21+2reb+2ast, C.Dixon 17+8reb+3ast, M.Kano 12+2reb+1ast, S.Ishitani 6+1reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: N.Williams 20+11reb+1ast, P.Butorac 13+7reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 12+7reb+3ast, K.Tsutsumi 6+1reb+4ast, K.Smith 6+4reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 142231


Okinawa GK - Miyazaki SS 76-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Okinawa GK (33-9) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (19-23) 79-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Okinawa GK won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Okinawa GK outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 50-37 including 39 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) replied with 9 points and 16 rebounds and guard Narito Namizato (175-89) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Okinawa GK. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh position with 19-23 record. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Okinawa GK will play at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 17+5reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 15+5reb+3ast, O.Mims 15+5reb+1ast, D.Dora 13+6reb, L.Witcher 8+7reb+3ast, T.Masato 5+1reb
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 19+5reb+3ast, A.McHenry 18+5reb+2ast, J.Newton 9+16reb+3ast, D.Larkai 7+8reb, T.Yonamine 7+2reb, N.Kosuge 6+4reb
gschID: 142232


Toyama Grouses - Yokohama BC 64-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Yokohama BC (21-20) beat on the road one of their biggest challengers Toyama Grouses (21-19) 82-64 on Sunday. Yokohama BC forced 20 Toyama Grouses turnovers. American players dominated also this game. Quite impressive performance for guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Toyama Grouses. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Yokohama BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 21-20 record. Toyama Grouses lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Yokohama BC will face Chiba Jets (#8) at home in the next round. Toyama Grouses will play against Iwate Big Bulls (#9).
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 20+8reb+8ast, M.Kabaya 16+2reb+3ast, C.McFarland 11+15reb, M.Simmons 11+4reb, P.Faye 8+2reb, K.Yamada 7+2ast
Toyama Grouses: I.Brown 16+8reb+1ast, B.Harper 15+3reb+4ast, R.Horikawa 9+2reb+1ast, D.Searcy 7+4reb+3ast, L.Turner 6+9reb, T.Mito 6+3reb
gschID: 142227


Chiba Jets - Hamamatsu P. 86-100

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-13) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Chiba Jets (14-26) 100-86. Chiba Jets were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 32-17 charge of Hamamatsu Phoenix, which allowed them to win the game. They made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 30 points and 7 rebounds by guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Four Chiba Jets players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 28-13 record. Loser Chiba Jets keep the eighth place with 26 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play against Yokohama BC (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 23+9reb+1ast, J.Dixon 19+6reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 15+5reb, L.Blackledge 9+9reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 9+1reb+3ast, W.Arnold 8+2reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 30+7reb+3ast, J.Staten 19+9reb+4ast, T.Ishida 12+4reb, H.Sato 11+1reb, G.Moliva 6+4reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 142228


Kyoto Hannar. - Iwate Big Bulls 73-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (26-14) against tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (12-30) on Sunday night. Host Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in a tough game in Kyoto 73-79. Iwate Big Bulls forced 19 Kyoto Hannar. turnovers. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: SDJ Sports) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) chipped in 22 points during the contest. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls moved-up to ninth place. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls will play against higher ranked Toyama Grouses (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Shimane Magic and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 22+2reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 21+8reb, G.Klaiber 14+6reb, J.Boykin 10+7reb+2ast, L.Malloy 4+7reb+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 3+1reb+3ast
Kyoto Hannar.: N.Nakamura 22+1ast, J.Boyette 15+5reb+3ast, L.Allred 10+10reb+3ast, B.Camara 8+2reb+1ast, L.Cummard 7+6reb+3ast, R.Rickert 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 142229


Osaka Evessa - Shimane SM 85-76

Very expected game when 6th ranked Shimane Magic (21-21) lost on the road to second ranked Osaka Evessa (28-12) 85-76 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shimane Magic won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osaka Evessa made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Shimane Magic outrebounded Osaka Evessa 43-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds. Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Shimane Magic. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 28-12 record having just one point less than leader Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 21 games lost. Osaka Evessa will face league's leader Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shimane Magic will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#3).
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 24+9reb+3ast, B.St.Preux 22+5reb+2ast, C.Aoki 17+1ast, S.Konno 11+2reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 6+3reb+5ast, W.Marshall 5+7reb+1ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 25+13reb+5ast, B.Puckett 20+9reb+1ast, J.Davis 14+12reb+3ast, J.Nakama 12+6reb+5ast, K.Yamabuchi 5+1reb+4ast, T.Yokoo 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142230


Akita NH - Shinshu BW 96-63

Very predictable result when second ranked Akita Happinets (25-17) rolled over at home 7th ranked Shinshu BW (15-25) 96-63 on Sunday. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akita Happinets forced 23 Shinshu BW turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Quite impressive performance for American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: Gamble Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) replied with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Akita Happinets maintains second position with 25-17 record having just two points less than leader Okinawa GK. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the seventh place with 25 games lost. Akita Happinets will face Saitama Broncos (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shinshu BW will play against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: K.Swanston 24+7reb+4ast, Y.Kikuchi 22+1reb+2ast, M.Kearse 18+10reb+5ast, E.Drayton 14+10reb+1ast, L.Green 8+6reb+3ast, R.Woods 6+3reb+4ast
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 14+9reb+4ast, T.Hughes 12+12reb+1ast, E.Morris 10+10reb+1ast, S.Yosuke 9+3reb+3ast, T.Utsunomiya 7+2reb+1ast, T.Goya 3+1reb+5ast
gschID: 142224


Sendai 89ers - Shiga L-Stars 87-73

The game in Sendai was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Shiga L-Stars (24-16) played at the court of sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (20-20). Sendai 89ers defeated Shiga L-Stars 87-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. Shiga L-Stars were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 48-29 second half run of Sendai 89ers. They made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game. American forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) chipped in 19 points. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Yu Okada (184-83) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sendai 89ers maintains sixth position with 20-20 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side keep the fifth place with 16 games lost. Sendai 89ers' next round opponent will be Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano. Shiga L-Stars will play on the road against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 33+7reb+1ast, T.Komoda 19+4reb+2ast, J.Dukes 11+11reb+3ast, T.Shimura 9+5reb+8ast, R.Singleton 9+10reb+2ast, H.Kusaka 4
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 20+11reb+1ast, Y.Okada 16+3reb+2ast, D.Gomez Camargo 12+4reb+2ast, J.Peppers 11+2reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 5+1ast, T.Fujiwara 3+3reb
gschID: 142225


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 102-87

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (11-28) lost on the road to third ranked Niigata Albirex (24-18) 102-87 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex had a 25-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Quite impressive performance for Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) replied with 13 points and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 22 points in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Niigata Albirex maintains third position with 24-18 record having three points less than leader Okinawa GK. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 28 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets (#2).
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: B.Davis 22+13reb+2ast, N.Murry 17+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 14+10reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 14+4reb+4ast, D.Gordon 11+2reb+3ast, K.Sato 7+3reb+4ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 22+3reb, K.Satterfield 13+4reb+9ast, J.Humphrey 10+4reb+2ast, Y.Arai 10+2ast, J.Miller 9+8reb, D.Terashita 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142226


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 28-13 
 2. Akita NH 25-17 
 3. Niigata Albirex 24-18 
 4. Toyama Grouses 21-19 
 5. Yokohama BC 21-20 
 6. Sendai 89ers 20-20 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-25 
 8. Chiba Jets 14-26 
 9. Iwate Big Bulls 12-30 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-28 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 33-9 
 2. Osaka Evessa 28-12 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 26-14 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 26-14 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 24-16 
 6. Shimane SM 21-21 
 7. Miyazaki SS 19-23 
 8. Oita H.Devils 16-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-38 


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 45 - by Eurobasket News

American Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Niigata Albirex and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 45.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 17 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team crushed Saitama Bron. (#9, 11-27) with 22-point margin 103-81. Niigata Albirex maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Niigata Albirex will need more victories to improve their 23-18 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Holm as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Vermont graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holm leads league in rebounds with 14.9rpg. Holm is in league's top in and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Justin Burrell (235-F-88) of Yokohama BC. Burrell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Yokohama BC cruised to a 86-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Toyama Grouses (#4, 21-18). This victory allowed Yokohama BC to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-20 record is not bad and everything may still change. Burrell is a newcomer at Yokohama BC and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#8). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Bell (206-F-82) of second-ranked Osaka Evessa. Bell showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 83-76 win against the lower-ranked Shimane SM (#6, 21-20). Osaka Evessa needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 27 victories and 12 lost games. Bell has a very solid season. In 17 games in Japan he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 8.1rpg and FGP: 54.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 28 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Rick Rickert (211-F-83) of Kyoto Hannar. - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Niigata Albirex - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Shiga L-Stars - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kenny Satterfield (188-PG-81) of Saitama Bron. - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Paul Butorac (208-C/F-83) of Takamatsu FA - 22 points and 11 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)


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.2 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.2 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka20.8 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets20.8 
 5. Flowers, Saitama20.6 
 6. Cummings, Oita H.20.6 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.18.8 
 10. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.7 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.0 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets10.7 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.6 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.3 
 7. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 8. Cummings, Oita H.9.9 
 9. Newton, Okinawa GK9.9 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.3 
 5. Yamamoto, Shima.5.2 
 6. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.5 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.4 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.7 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.6 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 5. Smith, Takamats.2.2 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Golson, Shimane1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.9 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.8 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.4 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.4 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 18-2 
 2. Trepca 18-2 
 3. Peja 12-8 
 4. Bashkimi 12-8 
 5. Kolegji Univer. 8-12 
 6. Kosova 5-15 
 7. Futura 4-16 
 8. Drita 3-17 


Bashkimi back in a form before a big match - by Dren Shporta

Oranges from Prizren have registered their third victory in a row against Futura. The team coached from Naser Oskacek, have showed its qualities during the game with in form Charles Bronson (206-C-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Pikeville) who scored 30 points.

Futura, started the game well, but after Darren Williams got an injury they couldnt do more. Milorad Sutulovic was the best player in Jeton Nixhas team with his 27 points and 9 assists. Kreshnik Juniku and Mustafe Merovci were the only players to scored double ciphered points for the new team in BKT Superliga, 13 and 11 respectively.

The center, Urim Zenelaj, is back to Bashkimis team after a period that he had in USA. It was also a good match for self-motivation of Elvan Iljazi that scored important 13 points. Before a big match against Sigal Prishtina in the next gameweek, Bashkimi will look for the first win against them in three years. With this team they have a chance, but Sigal Prishtina is also in great form with super Ersid Ljuca under the basket. Futura in the next match will host leaders Trepca.



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Kaspars Cipruss'' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Latvians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Latvian players, who play currently abroad.

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #1. This week''s number one is former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances). He was the major contributor in a BC Rakvere''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams KK Parnu (3-22) crushing them 93-60 in the Estonian KML in Sunday night''s game. Cipruss had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. BC Rakvere Tarvas (17-8) is placed second in the KML. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cipruss is currently fourth on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Cipruss averages: 17.3ppg, 10.3rpg, 2FGP: 66.0%(157-238), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 70.3% in the 25 games he played so far. He played for the Latvian senior national team four years ago.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Kristaps Valters (190-81), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Valters could not help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga was crushed 90-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#3). Valters was the top scorer with 13 points. Valters has relatively good stats this season: 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 48.9%(44-90) and FT: 80.6%. He played for the Latvian national team in 2009.

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. But that was another game of his team in Estonian KML which we would like to mention. Sirsnins led BC Rakvere to a victory against the league leader Tartu Ulikool (21-3) 86-72. He recorded 19 points and added 8 assists in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Rakvere Tarvas (17-8) is placed second in the KML. Sirsnins is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.3apg. This year his other stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 86.4% in the nine games. Sirsnins played for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Andris Biedrins
Andris Biedrins
   #4. Center Andris Biedrins (213-86) contributed to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (16-29) crushing them 115-89 in the NBA in Tuesday night''s game. He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Golden State Warriors have 18-24 record this season. It''s Biedrins'' eighth year with the team. Biedrins'' overall stats this year are: 1.9ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #5. Former international guard Armands Skele (192-83) contributed to Kalev/Cramo''s victory against the closely-ranked Budivelnyk (5-11) 81-73 in the VTB United League last Friday. Skele recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (2-14) is placed ninth in group A. They ended the series of thirteen consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. This year Skele''s overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #6. An experienced swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. He played also in the last Estonian KML game facing Rinalds Sirsnins (above) in the other team. Umbrasko led BC Rakvere to a victory over the league leader Tartu Ulikool (21-3) 86-72. He was MVP of the game. Umbrasko recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Umbrasko has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team four years ago.

Mareks Jurevicus
Mareks Jurevicus
   #7. International swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) was the main contributor in an Assi Ostuni''s surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Sigma Barcellona (13-10) 87-78 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night''s game. Jurevicus was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Assi Basket Ostuni (10-13) is placed 11th in the Lega2. Jurevicus has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #8. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92) contributed to Partizan''s victory against the closely-ranked Cedevita (19-7) 67-63 in the Adriatic League last Wednesday. Bertans recorded 7 points. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (19-7) is placed third in group A. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Bertans averages only 3.0ppg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Edgard Jeromanovs
Edgard Jeromanovs
   #9. International point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) in their game against 08 Stockholm (17-19) in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. Jeromanovs was the top scorer with 19 points in 23 minutes. But Norrkoping Dolphins lost 76-83 in Stockholm to the lower-ranked (#7) 08 Stockholm. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It''s Jeromanovs'' first season with the team. This year Jeromanovs'' total stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in the 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #10. Guard Janis Blums (190-82) contributed to a 2-point Gescrap BB''s victory against one of league''s weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) 71-69 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night''s game. Blums recorded 6 points. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. Blums has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 1.4rpg. Blums is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88, agency: Players Group) was not able to secure a victory for Girona FC in their game against CB Tarragona 2017 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance in Friday night''s game. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 30 minutes. But his team lost 65-76. Freimanis averaged so far 12.6ppg and 5.5rpg in the 28 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. U19 international guard Kaspars Vecvagars (191-93) couldn''t help Baltai Kaunas in their game against Kedainiai in the Lithuanian LKL. Vecvagars scored 6 points. His team was edged 76-74. Vecvagars has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian U19 national team.

   #13. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) managed to help Spartak St.Petersburg in a victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas 72-65 in the VTB United League on Tuesday night. Strelnieks scored only 3 points in 18 minutes. Strelnieks has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) couldn''t help Valga in their game against Tartu Ulikool in the Estonian KML. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night''s game Strupovics was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 steals. Strupovics is currently first on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Strupovics averages: 20.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2007.

   #15. International center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Reinis Strupovics and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Blaus couldn''t help Valga in their game against Tartu Ulikool, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Blaus also added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 36 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 20 points 87-67. Blaus is currently fifth on the league''s list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2bpg in the nine games. Blaus is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

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

   #1. Martins Berkis (198-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) was the major contributor in Svit''s victory against the closely-ranked Handlova (17-15) crushing them 105-82 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. He scored 22 points and blocked 2 blocks in 31 minutes. BK Iskra Svit (17-15) is placed fourth in the Extraliga. Berkis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the 33 games he played so far.

   #2. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80) led Hod Hasharon to a victory against the closely-ranked Elitzur Yavne (16-6) 100-96 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Gandel recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (12-10) is placed sixth in the National League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Gandel has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg. Gandel has also Israeli nationality.

   #3. Martins Malnieks (190-F-89), who plays in the British BBL could not help Glasgow Rocks (12-12) to beat Guildford Heat (9-14). He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. But Glasgow Rocks was edged 83-81 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Guildford Heat. It was Glasgow Rocks'' third consecutive loss in a row. Malnieks has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the 16 games.

   #4. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91), who plays in the Danish Ligaen was not able to help Horsens IC (12-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Horsens IC was edged 92-90 in Copenhagen by the lower-ranked SISU (#5). Sakne scored 13 points. Sakne has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.6apg.



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Standings - Division A

Div.A Second stage Standings
 1. Champville 21-1
 2. Al Riyadi 20-3
 3. Anibal 14-8
 4. Sagesse 11-12
 5. Byblos 10-13
 6. Moutahed 9-14
 7. Bejjeh 8-15
 8. Hoops 5-18


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.3 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.4 
 4. Ebi, Anibal24.8 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Gray, Byblos23.1 
 9. Johnson, Sagesse22.1 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.6 
 2. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 3. Crump, Sagesse11.7 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.3 
 5. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 6. Thompson, Champvil.11.1 
 7. Hoskin, Champville9.9 
 8. Ebi, Anibal9.3 
 9. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.5 
 3. Akl, Anibal6.4 
 4. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 5. Gray, Byblos5.7 
 6. Johnson, Moutahed5.6 
 7. Khatib, Champville5.5 
 8. Young, Antranik5.4 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.4 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Anibal
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Youngblood, Anibal3.1 
 2. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.7 
 4. Estephane, Champvi.2.4 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.4 
 6. Young, Antranik2.3 
 7. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 8. Williams, Byblos2.0 
 9. Ebi, Anibal1.9 
 10. Souaid, Bejjeh1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.9 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 4. Hamdar, Hoops1.7 
 5. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 6. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.5 
 7. Sabra, Byblos1.5 
 8. Brand, Moutahed1.4 
 9. Crump, Sagesse1.4 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal1.1 



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  LITHUANIA   


Sarunas Jasikevicius selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Lithuanians who are currently playing abroad.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced international guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland). He led Panathinaikos to a victory over the 11th-ranked Peristeri GS (6-16) crushing them 97-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Friday night''s game. Jasikevicius was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and added 3 passes in only a mere 12 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. It''s Jasikevicius'' first season with the team. This year Jasikevicius averages: 7.9ppg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(49-83), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 75.0% in the 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ramunas Siskauskas
Ramunas Siskauskas
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78). Siskauskas was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow''s victory against the seventh-ranked Unics Kazan (5-6) 75-57 in the Russian PBL last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CSKA Moscow (12-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team''s eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Siskauskas has been at the team for five years. Siskauskas'' overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 67.9%(19-28), 3FGP: 36.8%. He played for the Lithuanian national team in 2010.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances). Motiejunas was the main contributor in an Asseco Prokom''s victory against the sixth-ranked PGE Turow (0-4) crushing them 93-63 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Motiejunas recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (3-1) is placed first in Group A. Motiejunas has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(22-38), 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 76.9% in the four games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ksistof Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
   #4. Center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Vanoli-Braga (8-16) 79-61 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night''s game. Lavrinovic recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena (18-6) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Lavrinovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fifth year in Montepaschi Siena''s roster. His overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg. Lavrinovic is also Lithuanian national team player.

Arvydas Eitutavicius
Arvydas Eitutavicius
   #5. Former international point guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (20-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Khimik lost 75-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Ferro-ZNTU. Eitutavicius was the top scorer with 29 points in 22 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Eitutavicius has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg and 2.2apg in the five games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #6. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) contributed to Budivelnyk''s victory against the seventh-ranked Dnipro (18-16) 95-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Tuesday night. Anisimovas was the top player that evening. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. 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 important. Anisimovas has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team five years ago.

Linas Kleiza
Linas Kleiza
   #7. Former international forward Linas Kleiza (203-85, college: Missouri), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (15-30) in their last game. Despite Kleiza''s good performance the Toronto Raptors lost 103-107 in Charlotte to the Bobcats. He scored 13 points in 27 minutes. Kleiza''s stats this year are: 9.8ppg and 3.9rpg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #8. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in Latvia was not able to secure a victory for VEF Riga (8-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Zavackas'' good performance the fifth-placed VEF Riga was crushed 93-56 in Kaunas by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#3) in the group A of VTB United League. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Zavackas also added 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. Zavackas averaged so far 13.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

Simonas Serapinas
Simonas Serapinas
   #9. Former international forward Simonas Serapinas (197-82), who plays in the German BBL couldn''t help Telekom Baskets (14-13) in their last game. Despite Serapinas'' very good performance Telekom Baskets lost 74-87 in Ulm to the second-ranked ratiopharm. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 30 minutes. This year Serapinas'' overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eight years ago.

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #10. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ramunas Siskauskas. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Lavrinovic managed to help CSKA Moscow in a victory against the fourth-ranked Lokomotiv (9-7) 88-73. He recorded 5 points in 4 minutes. CSKA Moscow (14-2) is placed first in group B. This year Lavrinovic''s total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.6rpg in the 11 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) contributed to Olympiakos'' victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios 73-64 in a derby game in the Greek A1 on Friday night. Gecevicius scored 8 points. Gecevicius has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81), who plays in the Polish PLK couldn''t help Energa Czarni (2-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Energa Czarni (#5) was defeated in an overtime 92-84 in Gdynia by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. Cesnauskis scored 13 points and added 3 assists. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #13. International guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, also represented by Interperformances, college: Duke) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda crushing them 76-55 in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night. Pocius scored only 4 points in 21 minutes. Pocius has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.0rpg in the 22 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former University international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) is a teammate of previously mentioned Donatas Zavackas. However that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which brought him to that list. Kavaliauskas contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Turiba crushing them 84-61. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Kavaliauskas averaged so far 12.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1spg in the nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former University international guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 130-66 in the Romanian Division A on Wednesday night. Cepulis scored 16 points and added 4 passes. He averaged so far 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.2apg. Cepulis used to play for the Lithuanian university national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) led Telekom Baskets to a victory against the 15th-ranked Phoenix Hagen (8-19) 89-77 in the German BBL in Wednesday night''s game. Veikalas scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Telekom Baskets Bonn (14-13) is placed eighth in the BBL. Veikalas averaged so far 13.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.8apg.

   #2. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, college: Wichita St.) was the major contributor in a Sodertalje Kings'' victory against one of league''s weakest teams KFUM Jamtland (13-23) 100-94 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night''s game. Griskenas scored 24 points in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Sodertalje Kings (23-13) is placed first in the Basketligan. Griskenas'' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Griskenas averaged so far 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 35 games he played so far.

   #3. Deividas Dulkys (195-G-88) contributed to a Florida St.''s surprising victory against the University of North Carolina (14-2) 85-82 in the conference tournament in Sunday night''s game. Dulkys recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. The Florida State University has a solid 12-4 conference record this season. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Dulkys plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #4. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) helped Phoenix Hagen win their game against the seventh-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (14-13) crushing them 96-75 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Phoenix Hagen (8-19) is placed 15th in the BBL. It was his team''s first victory after eight consecutive loses. Jonusas is currently seventh on the list of top scorers with 15.2ppg. This year his other stats are: 4.9rpg and 1.5apg in the 27 games.

   #5. Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group) led Lobe Huesca to a victory over the 12th-ranked Caceres 2016 (13-15) 71-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. Leonavicius was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. CB Lobe Huesca (10-18) is placed 16th in the LEB Gold. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. Leonavicius averaged so far 14.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Petras Balocka (205-C-86, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Norrkoping Dolphins lost 76-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) 08 Stockholm. Balocka was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Balocka has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 4.8rpg in the 35 games.

   #7. Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) is a teammate of previously mentioned Petras Balocka and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Sakinis was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins in their game against 08 Stockholm, despite his good performance in Tuesday night''s game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But his team lost 76-83. Sakinis has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 2.4rpg in the 30 games.

   #8. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) was not able to secure a victory for Naestved in their game against Horsholm in the Danish Ligaen. He scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team was defeated 77-65. Brasas averaged so far 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1apg.

   #9. Experienced Klemensas Patiejunas (186-PG-77) couldn''t help SPO Rouen in their game against Quimper UJAP in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and had 3 steals in 40 minutes. His team was edged 69-67. Patiejunas is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 5.0apg. This year he also averages: 7.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. Patiejunas has also Slovenian citizenship.

   #10. Simonas Bublys helped London Leopards win their game against the seventh-ranked Reading Rockets crushing them 91-65 in the British EBL (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 7 points in 20 minutes. Bublys has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.6rpg in the eight games.



Gintaras Leonavicius leads Huesca to a victory against Caceres with 17 points and 7 rebounds - by Eurobasket

Lithuanian swingman Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group) delivers when Huesca needs him the most. After leading Huesca to impressive winning streak in November and December and being selected to All LEB Gold team for two consecutive months, Leonavicius had suffered an injury to his right leg in early January. Since his injury Huesca was 1-7 and fell to the bottom of the LEB Gold standings. Leonavicius made his presence felt on the court on Friday scoring game-high 17 points on 5-of-9 2PT and 2-of-3 3PT shooting and adding 7 rebounds as Huesca beat Caceres 71-66. He is averaging 14.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 56% from 2PT.


Lithuanian LKL round 18 best performance: Valdas Dabkus - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Valdas Dabkus (204-PF-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rudupis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Neptunas (#8, 6-12) 94-79. Rudupis maintains the 3rd position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rudupis will need more victories to improve their 15-4 record. Dabkus just recently signed at Rudupis and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Valdas Dabkus averages just after two games 21.5ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Arturas Valeika (206-F-85) of Neptunas. Valeika had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Neptunas lost that game 79-94 to the higher-ranked Rudupis (#3, 15-4). Neptunas is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Valeika is a newcomer at Neptunas 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 American center Dane Johnson (208-C-86) of Naglis Palangos (#10). Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Naglis Palangos, leading his team to a 90-82 win against Sakalai (4-14). Naglis Palangos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.9bpg and FGP: 58.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Valdas Dabkus (204-PF-84) of Rudupis - 23 points and 4 rebounds
5. Evaldas Baniulis (201-F-87) of Sakalai - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Sylvester Morgan (209-C-83) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 13 points and 13 rebounds
7. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Kedainiai - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93) of Naglis Palangos - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Gytis Sirutavicius (195-SF-83) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 6 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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Luxembourg Diekirch League round 5 (Second Stage) best performance: Larrie Smith - by Eurobasket News

American forward Larrie Smith (198-F-75) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Sparta, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Etzella (#5, 11-12) with 22-point margin 86-64. Sparta maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Sparta will need more victories to improve their 18-5 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Sparta, through which he has constantly improved. Larrie Smith averages this season 19.2ppg and 9.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre. Ulmer had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Soleuvre lost that game 84-95 to slightly higher-ranked Basket Esch (#-5, 12-9). Despite lost game Soleuvre moved up to -4th position in 7-10 places. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Ulmer is a newcomer at Soleuvre, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). He also registered 12.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Portuguese Helder Carvalho (205-C/F-84) of Heffingen (#-3). Carvalho showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Heffingen, leading his team to a 80-71 win against #-2 ranked BBC Nitia in a game of the week. Heffingen can only dream about fighting for top spots in 7-10 places. They have rather bad season and 3-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Carvalho he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Carvalho has a very solid season. In 18 games in Luxembourg he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 9.4rpg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Billy McNutt (203-F-85) of Heffingen - 26 points and 14 rebounds
5. Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. William Arre (199-F-86) of BBC Nitia - 34 points and 8 rebounds
7. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88) of T71 - 26 points and 11 rebounds
8. Christopher Jones (188-G-90) of Amicale - 25 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82) of Sparta - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2 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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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Mali players, who play currently abroad.

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81). He led Entente Orleans 45 to a victory against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (6-16) 79-72 in the French ProA in Saturday night''s game. Sy recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 31 minutes on the court. Entente Orleans 45 (15-7) is placed third in the ProA. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 83.3% in the 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Tahirou Sani
Tahirou Sani
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tahirou Sani (204-85). Sani led Blois to a victory over the closely-ranked Saint-Quentin (18-7) 83-78 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Sani scored 19 points in 22 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (17-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Sani''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 76.7% in the 26 games. Sani is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. He is in the roster of the Mali senior national team.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87). Saounera was the main contributor in Cognac''s victory against the 14th-ranked CFBB (5-16) crushing them 95-67 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night''s game. He was the best player in that game. Saounera scored 17 points and added 6 passes. Cognac BB (17-9) is placed fifth in the NM1. Saounera''s overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(42-75), 3FGP: 28.3% and FT: 72.0%. Similarly like Sani and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Saounera is also a member of the Mali senior national team.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #4. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86) contributed to Nantes'' victory against the closely-ranked Saint Vallier (11-15) 78-68 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Drame scored 9 points and had 3 steals. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (12-14) is placed 11th in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Drame''s overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Drame is also Mali national team player.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #5. International guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help SPO Rouen (9-17) to beat Quimper UJAP (7-19). He scored 7 points in 23 minutes. SPO Rouen was edged 69-67 on the road by the one of league''s weakest teams (#18) Quimper UJAP. It was SPO Rouen''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Chelle''s overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 1.8rpg in the 26 games. He has dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #6. An experienced power forward Sambou Traore (199-79) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite to win against the 14th-ranked Le Portel (10-16) crushing them 80-48 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Traore scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite (21-5) is placed first in the ProB. Traore''s total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #7. International swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) was not able to help Stade Clermont (8-18) in their game against Orchesien BC (19-7) in the French NM1 (third division). Diakite scored 6 points in 27 minutes. Stade Clermont was crushed 97-59 in Orchies by the second-ranked Orchesien BC. It was Stade Clermont''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Diakite''s total stats are: 7.9ppg and 3.3rpg in the 26 games. He is also Mali national team player.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #8. Power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St.) faced previously mentioned Mahamadou Drame in the French ProB last game. Diarra was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (11-15) in their game against Nantes (12-14). He cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. Diarra scored only 2 points. Saint Vallier was defeated 78-68 on the opponent''s court by the higher-ranked Nantes (#11). Diarra has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.7rpg. He plays currently for the Mali national team.

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

   #1. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83) managed to help Entente Orleans 45 to win against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (6-16) 79-72 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 (15-7) is placed third in the ProA. It''s Sangare''s first season with the team. This year Sangare averages: 5.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80, agency: Two Points), who plays in the French ProA could not help JSF Nanterre (8-14) to beat Cholet (11-11). He recorded 7 points in 17 minutes. JSF Nanterre lost 68-77 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Cholet. It was JSF Nanterre''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Diarra''s overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg in the eight games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Diarra''s Mali nationality, he previously played for the French national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Mali team.



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Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Mexican players, who play currently abroad.

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week''s number one is former international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, college: San Jose St.), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Hornets (11-34) in their last game. Despite Ayon''s very good performance the New Orleans Hornets lost 89-99 on the road to the Washington Wizards. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Ayon also added 9 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. It was Hornets'' third consecutive loss in a row. It''s Ayon''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(107-190) and FT: 59.6% in the 37 games he played so far. Ayon played for the Mexican senior national team two years ago.

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Paul Stoll (178-85). He led Gigantes to an overtime victory over the league outsider Toros (3-19) 106-103 in the Venezuelan LPB last Thursday. Stoll was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and making 11 passes. Stoll also added and 7 steals. Gigantes de Guayana (15-7) is placed third in the LPB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Stoll is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Stoll averages: 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 7.2apg, 4.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Stoll is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team. He used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.

Romel Beck
Romel Beck
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV). Beck led Ikaros to a victory over the closely-ranked Ilysiakos (7-16) 69-61 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Beck scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Ikaros Kallitheas (6-17) is placed second from the bottom (#12) in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Beck belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #5 with 16.3ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 55.1%(43-78) and FT: 83.3% in the 14 games. Beck is a naturalized American. He played for the Mexican national team three years ago. Beck used to play for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.

Adam Parada
Adam Parada
   #4. Center Adam Parada (213-81, college: Cal-Irvine) was the main contributor in an Alaska Aces'' victory against the closely-ranked Petron Blaze (3-4) 93-88 in the Filipino PBA last Wednesday. Parada was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. Parada also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes. Alaska Aces (4-4) are placed fifth in the PBA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Parada belongs to league''s best blockers and is ranked #4 with 2.4bpg. This year he also averages: 20.3ppg, 13.8rpg and 1.5apg in the eight games. Parada is also Mexican national team player.

Eduardo Najera
Eduardo Najera
   #5. An experienced former international forward Eduardo Najera (202-76, college: Oklahoma) managed to help Charlotte Bobcats to win against the Toronto Raptors (15-30) 107-103 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 5 points. The Charlotte Bobcats have rather weak 7-36 record this season. Najera''s overall stats this year are: 3.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Mexican national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie could not help Leeuwarden (9-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Leeuwarden was defeated 81-71 on the road by the one of league''s weakest teams Weert (#7). Sanchez recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sanchez belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #2. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.0apg. Sanchez is a naturalized American. He used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.

   #2. Enrico Tucker (183-PG-86, agency: TSS Management, college: San Diego), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to help Perla Harghitei (2-24) in their last game. Despite Tucker''s very good performance Perla Harghitei was edged 99-98 at home by the much higher-ranked (#6) CSM Bucuresti. He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Tucker also added 3 passes in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. It was Perla Harghitei''s tenth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tucker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 2.0spg in the 26 games he played so far. Tucker is a naturalized American. He used to play for Cosmos de Tijuana in Mexican league.

   #3. Diego Gonzalez (175-PG-84) managed to help Atletico Aguada to win against the third-ranked Bohemios (5-5) 80-71 in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. Gonzalez scored 5 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 2. Atletico Aguada (8-2) is placed first. It was his team''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. Gonzalez belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #2. His overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.1apg and 1.6spg. Gonzalez has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan.

   #4. Robert Fields was not able to secure a victory for one of league''s weakest teams Falcon (7-20) in their game against Aabyhoj (8-19) in the Danish Ligaen. He recorded 6 points and added 7 passes in 34 minutes. The bottom-ranked Falcon lost 74-86 on the opponent''s court to the one of league''s weakest teams (#9) Aabyhoj. It was Falcon''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Fields is currently sixth on the list of best passers with 3.9apg. This year his other stats are: 16.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.1spg in the 14 games.

   #5. Geoffrey Renon (208-C-91) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Montbrison (4-22) 80-62 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night''s game. Renon scored 6 points. Vendee Challans Basket (14-12) is placed tenth in the NM1. Renon''s overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 2.5rpg.



Giron number one in Mexico for round 6 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Panamanian forward Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guasave, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Tepic (#9, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 97-93. Guasave maintains the 7th position in Panamanian CIBACOPA. Guasave 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Giron had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Guasave, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Gabriel Giron averages this season 17.0ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) of Los Mochis. Clay had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Los Mochis lost that game 75-91 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#2, 5-1). Los Mochis managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clay is one of the most experienced players at Los Mochis and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#9). He also registered 8.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management) of Navolato (#4). Selleaze scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Selleaze's great performance Navolato lost 66-70 to slightly lower-ranked Cananea (#6, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Navolato needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Selleaze has a great season in Mexico. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Hector Nungaray (178-PG-78) of Guaymas - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jerard Anderson) of Tepic - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Miguel Ayala (198-F/G-82) of Tepic - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) of Guaymas - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Henry Dugat (183-G-87) of Guasave - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Damien McSwine (193-G-78) of Navolato - 23 points

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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Nikola Pekovic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week''s top performances from Montenegrins who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, agency: Beo Basket). He was the major contributor in a 3-point Minnesota Timberwolves'' victory against the Phoenix Suns (23-22) 127-124 in the NBA in Monday night''s game. Pekovic scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 22-24 record this season. Pekovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(185-326) and FT: 77.0% in the 34 games he played so far. Pekovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in Slovenia. He could not help Union Olimpija (14-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Dasic''s very good performance the sixth-placed Union Olimpija was edged 78-75 on the road by the higher-ranked Hemofarm (#3) in the group A of Adriatic League. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Dasic also added 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Dasic''s overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 26.2% and FT: 53.7%. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Goran Jeretin
Goran Jeretin
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Goran Jeretin (192-79, another player represented by Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dasic. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Jeretin led his Slovenian team Union Olimpija to a victory over the leader Partizan (17-1) 70-57. He was MVP of the game. Jeretin scored 15 points in 29 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (14-12) is placed sixth in group A. Jeretin belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #6 with 4.1apg. This year his other stats are: 9.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.9%(22-38), 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 87.5% in the 10 games. Jeretin is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #4. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (25-20) in their game against the Miami Heat (33-11) in the NBA. Vucevic recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. But the Philadelphia 76ers lost 78-84 in Miami to the Heat. It was 76ers'' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Vucevic''s overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.9rpg in the 36 games. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #5. International point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, another player represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John''s) contributed to a Armani Milano''s victory against the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Cook recorded 11 points and added 4 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-9) is placed third in the SerieA. Cook belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #4. His total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.1apg and 1.5spg. Cook is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team. Strangely Cook has never played in Montenegro.

Goran Martinic
Goran Martinic
   #6. Point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) was the main contributor in a CSM Bucuresti''s victory against the closely-ranked Craiova (18-10) crushing them 94-54 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night''s game. He was the best player in that game. Martinic scored 30 points (!!!) and added 5 assists in 25 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. It''s Martinic''s fifth season with the team. He is currently first on the league''s list of top scorers with 24.0ppg. Martinic also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg in the 26 games. He is a former U21 international player as he played for the Montenegrin team five years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #7. International power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) helped his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg win their game against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (10-6) 72-65 in the VTB United League last Tuesday. Dragicevic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) is placed second in group B. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the VTB United League. It''s Dragicevic''s first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. Dragicevic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Slavko Vranes
Slavko Vranes
   #8. Center Slavko Vranes (230-83, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in Iran was not able to secure a victory for Mahram (22-0) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Mahram was edged in an overtime 91-88 in Esfahan by the lower-ranked (#3) Zob Ahan. Vranes scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 31 minutes. This year Vranes'' total stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #9. International swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) helped Budivelnyk win their game against the seventh-ranked Dnipro (18-16) 95-85 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Tuesday. Sehovic scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. 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 is very crucial. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2spg in the 30 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #10. Power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (6-19) crushing them 85-56 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Sekulic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. UCAM Murcia (8-17) is placed 16th in the ACB. Sekulic has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 6.0rpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. International center Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn''t help Caja Laboral in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 81-73. Bjelica has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. Former international guard Nenad Mijatovic (193-87) helped Sloga win their game against the closely-ranked Tamis 74-70 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. Mijatovic was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points in 23 minutes. Mijatovic has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2008.

   #13. International forward Milos Borisov (201-85) helped Banca Tercas win their game against the sixth-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari 83-78 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Borisov recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. He has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg. Borisov is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. Former international guard Ivan Koljevic (185-84, agency: New Trend Agency) couldn''t help Cherkasy in their game against BC Kyiv in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his good performance in Friday night''s game He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and making the same number of passes. Koljevic has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 8.5apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80) couldn''t help Gaz Metan in their game against Oradea in the Romanian Division A. Ivanovic scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 27 minutes. His team lost 65-74. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.7apg in the 23 games. Ivanovic used to play for the Montenegrin national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) contributed to a Real Madrid''s victory against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (13-12) 85-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night''s game. He recorded 10 points. Real Madrid (20-5) is placed first in the ACB. Mirotic''s overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 4.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic''s Montenegrin passport, he currently plays for the Spanish U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Slobodan Pejovic (192-PG-86) led Napredak Rubin to a victory over the closely-ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-24) 76-70 in the Serbian A League in Saturday night''s game. Pejovic was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Pejovic also added 5 assists. KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (8-18) is placed 12th in the A League. The Regular Season already ended. Pejovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Napredak Rubin''s roster. He has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg.

   #3. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) was the major contributor in Lirija''s victory against the closely-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (9-17) 83-81 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Superleague in Saturday night''s game. Radunovic had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds in 40 minutes. KK Lirija Skopje (15-11) is placed third in the Superleague. It was his team''s first victory after three consecutive loses. The Second Stage already ended. Radunovic belongs to league''s top scorers (ranked #6) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Radunovic averages: 17.3ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.9spg in the 12 games he played so far.

   #4. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in Serbia could not help Radnicki Kragujevac (12-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Radnicki Kragujevac (#8) was badly defeated 92-76 on the road by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. Pavkovic recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making 12 passes. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Pavkovic is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 7.0apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, also represented by Beo Basket) was the main contributor in a Base Oostende''s victory against the seventh-ranked Belgacom Liege (7-14) 78-69 in the Belgian D1 on Friday night. Djordjevic was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points in 30 minutes. Telenet Oostende (15-7) is placed second in the D1. Djordjevic belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #2 with 3.8apg. This year his other stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3spg in the 18 games. Djordjevic has also Serbian nationality.

   #6. Experienced Branko Cuic (197-G-78, agency: 011 Sports) helped Timisoara win their game against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 100-58 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Cuic scored 6 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 10 assists. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 4.9apg.

   #7. Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) was not able to help Zvezda in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Adriatic League, despite his good performance in Thursday night''s game. Subotic recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. But his team was crushed by 35 points 101-66. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.9rpg in the 25 games. Despite Subotic''s Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #8. Darko Vujacic (199-G-79) helped Pitesti win their game against the closely-ranked Giurgiu 94-85 in the Romanian Division A on Wednesday night. He scored 18 points in 30 minutes. Vujacic has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 26 games.

   #9. Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-94) helped Mladost Zemun win their game against the closely-ranked Mladost Cacak 71-56 in the Serbian B League (second division) last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 17 rebounds. Vukovic is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 8.3rpg.

   #10. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped Balkan win their game against the league outsider Chernomorets 89-74 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night''s game. Marojevic recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Marojevic is currently sixth on the league''s list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg.



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Oklahoma Baptist dances into the Fab Four - by Eurobasket News

(Box score) No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist advances to its second semifinal in the last three years after a 67-56 triumph over No. 10 Biola (Calif.) in the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Bison took the victory by holding Biola to 19 points in the first-half and 26 percent shooting.

Oklahoma Baptist hangs its hat on defense as the Bison rank in the top five nationally in scoring defense at less than 63 points allowed. The Eagles connected on just six field goals in the first 20 minutes and went scoreless for a four-minute stretch.

'We had a really good first half, but we were in foul trouble,' said Oklahoma Baptist head coach Doug Tolin . 'We have to adjust to the officiating and be smarter. (Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year) Derick Echols did a really good job. He took that charge late and got a big rebound for us when we weren't getting any rebounds. This is a great group of kids. I hope it continues a little bit longer.'

Emmanuel Wilson (6'3''-G-89) scored six of Oklahoma Baptist's eight points during a 21-10 run to start the game. The Bison lead grew to 16 before settling on a 33-19 lead at the break. Wilson netted 11 points, and the defense forced eight turnovers.

The Bison appeared headed to an easy win at the 14:01 mark in the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointer's by Wilson and Heath McKay put Oklahoma Baptist up 51-30. But, Biola wanted to become the second Golden State Athletic Conference team to advance to the Fab Four and the Eagles had one last burst. Fellow GSAC member Concordia (Calif.) took down LSU Shreveport earlier in the day.

Biola's Zack Zaragoza (6'4''-G) sparked a 17-3 run to cut the deficit to seven at 54-47 with 6:28 remaining. Davey Hopkins (6'5''-F) kept Biola in it after his basket at the 3:15 mark. At that point, the score was in favor of Oklahoma Baptist, 56-51.

The Bison made seven free throws in the final three minutes to head to their ninth Fab Four in school history. They made 42 percent of their shots (25-of-59) and forced 14 turnovers. Wilson finished with 20 points, Jacobi Isham had 14 and Derick Echols snared 10 rebounds.

Biola's Davey Hopkins recorded 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the team. Given Kalipinde (6'3''-G) went for 13 points and nine rebounds.

'Last night was a great win, but it took a lot out of us,' said Biola head coach Dr. Dave Holmquist. 'I was glad we had a lengthy stretch where we could make some things happen. We just couldn't score or make a basket for most of the game. We got some momentum, but we just couldn't finish the comeback.'

Courtesy of www.naia.org



Mountain State continues dominance of Georgetown - by Eurobasket News

A pair of familiar tournament foes faced off on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship as Mountain State (W.Va.) topped Georgetown (Ky.) 83-76. The Cougars are now 5-0 all-time against the Tigers at the national tournament.

Mountain State will play No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist on Monday at 8 p.m. CDT in the final semifinal contest of the day.

'It's tough playing for the third time in three days,' Mountain State head coach Bob Bolen (agency: KMG Sports Management) said. 'Those last seven minutes of the game, both teams were just digging deep. I was real pleased with our effort.'

Mountain State led by as many as 15 points midway through the second half, but Georgetown climbed back in it late and made the Cougars sweat it out in the final minute. Mountain State could not breathe easy until securing the rebound off a 3-point misfire by Russ Middleton with less than a second remaining. Cam Miller (6'8''-G) came down with the ball, was fouled and capped the game's scoring with two free throws to make it 83-76.

A 19-7 spurt by the Tigers that began with 7:12 remaining in the game and finished with 1:34 left closed their deficit to three at 75-72. Georgetown's Middleton, who finished with a team-high 18 points, caught fire as he notched the final seven points during the run. However, the Tigers failed to grab the defensive board on the ensuing Mountain State possession, and two Devon Peterson free throws brought the margin back up to five.

Maurice Pearson (6'9''-F/C) gave Georgetown one last glimmer of hope with a bucket in the lane to make it a three-point deficit once again. But the Tigers failed to connect on a pair of 3-point attempts on their last two possessions, and Mountain State's 4-for-6 free throw shooting in the final 17 seconds provided more than enough cushion.

Miller, who finished with 20 points, has now scored at least 20 points in all three games at this year's tournament. He poured in 30 in the team's first-round win over MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and then 28 in the second-round victory over Martin Methodist (Tenn.). He shot 6-for-13 from the field and also hauled in eight rebounds on Saturday.

' (Cam Miller) hit some big threes,' Bolen said. 'He's shooting the ball real well this week, and I thought our guys did a good job of setting picks for him. I thought our guards did a good job of finding him when he was open.'

Georgetown also showed promise in erasing a five-point halftime deficit after a pair of Aaron Morris free throws tied the score at 41 with 17:58 remaining in the game. Mountain State responded with a 19-2 run that culminated with a debilitating 3-pointer by Mark Williams off the assist by Mantas Drungys (6'4''-G) that put the Cougars ahead 58-43 at the 11:06 mark.

Williams drained 4-of-6 attempts from downtown on the way to 18 points. The 5-foot-10 senior point guard served as the catalyst for an offense that made 43.6 percent (25-for-57) of its field goal attempts.

Each of the four previous meetings between the two programs at the national tournament took place in the semifinal round. In the most recent matchup prior to Saturday, Mountain State came away with a 69-63 last season before falling 83-76 to Pikeville (Ky.) in the national title game.

Mountain State improved to 26-6 this season and 27-12 all-time in its 14 national tournament appearances. Georgetown ends its season at 26-9 overall and fell to 54-30 in 31 appearances at the National Championship.

Courtesy of www.naia.org



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Coach Popovic leads Spurs to a new age - by Dimitris Katsionis



I remember some months ago, Dusan Ivkovic talking about his discussion with Greg Popovic on a restaurant at London. The 69 year old Serbian legendary coach was analyzing to Pop his goals about Olympiakoss new team and the rebuilding he tries to achieve at the organization with many talented rookies. A year with no stress and a lot of work to prepare next days team. Coach Greg told him that he is planning to do the same thing next year, while Duncan will retire (his contract ends this summer ) and Ginobili will be at 36. Popovic works on this rebuilding process 2 years now, preparing the ground and goaling to keep his team in a competitive level. There is no better feeling for a winning coach than building his organization from the start, enjoying at the same time the administrations full trust without winning stress. Just a moment.. On a second thought yes, there is a better feeling.. The one it appears when you see your young guys improving their game and start aproach the idea you had in mind at the time you start this process..

2012 Spurs team is clearly creation of Popovic coaching class and intelligence. Honestly i admire this guy.. I believe after so many years, that if Popovic participate to the league with San Antonios cheerleaders squad, still will take 50-55 wins. He started this process last year, with some new additions seeing Duncan-Ginobili duo pass their primes parallel keeping the organization in the leagues highest level with his familiar winning basketball (almost the best record in the league). It was obvious that his team was lacking of freshness in the post season series against Memphis. Lock out situation and the -finally- limited season helped him a lot, while San Antonio is one of the oldest teams on the competition keeping the organization high in Western conference and presenting a 10-player rotation, each of one has 20 plus minutes every night.We dont have see something like this from Popovic since 1997 and only at 2001 he present an 8 player averaging 20 rotation. No other playoff bounded team uses more than 8 now in the league.. Pop brought back Danny Green from Ljumpljana giving him a starters place. He gave Tiago Splitter starters time and Kawhi Leonard many responsibilities trading George Hill and renewing trustness to Tony Parker, who performs -especially after Ginobilis injury- on an All star level again.

MANU 'CIAO'...? GINOBILI'S NEW ROLE

One of the rotations basic goals is to limit the minutes for Ginobili and Duncan, targeting on having them fresh on the post season. Duncan averages the less minutes of his career while the Argentinian shows up the last couple of years in a different ,more essential role, at the age of 35, with ciao on the courts not being so far. Popovic knows perfectly the ultra competitive leader of his team with the aggressive style and tries to protect him getting the best from him on Manus last years. Forget the flying swingman. The Argentinian is one of the best and most prolific combo guards in the game today. If you look deeper on Spurs playing style you will ascertain that Manu is the teams point guard. Coming from the bench-on a pair with Gary Neal or Danny Green-he is focusing on create for his teammates being basic rate of their improvement. When he pairs with Parker, the Spurs really play a two-guard offense, tactic that gives them big advantage at the final minutes of the close games.

Ginobili, years now, besides his unstoppable drive and accurate shot, has a rare -and not so famous- talent on passing, which maybe is the best part of his game today. This ability was reclaimed by Popovic (among with Ginobili tremendous speed of thought in the court) targeting to put him out of the painful paint, planning a more perimeter Manu, a style that will give him more years in the league. Without their teams leader and one of the best clutch permormers in the game, the Spurs simply cant be competitive on the post season. Ginobilis great performance on his new role shows his quality as a player.Besides, his whole package of mind, discipline, talent and athletic ability made us mete him the title of best player in the world for the FIBA competitions, not many years back..

SPURS OFFENSE

When Popovic understood that his teams speed is clearly decreased through the years, he decide to change Spurss centroid. San Antonio was known as one of the leagues best defensive teams. The new Spurs are an offensive based team, 4th best in the league.

San Antonio runs a very simple offense. The thing is that they are so discipline and execute on what they do, that sometimes makes them unstoppable. A simple, realistic and practical half court offense that works against 90% of the leagues teams. This style is based on the quick thought and their firepower from the three point line. Spurs can really shoot the lights out from the arc. With 39.5% percentage are the leagues leaders. They adapt a Flex-offense which is encounter with continuously screen changes, tactic that gives Popovics experienced players big advantage as they can find miss-matches immediately and attack. Spurs use Zipper offense very often too, as a vestibule to get in another offense, getting advantage their players versatile style. For example , Tony Parker -who stands at 61- is one of the leagues best in the paint scorers and Tim Duncan a seven footer- is one a terrific passer. Popovic usually uses baits too. He shows the opponent clearly that im going to attack this way but finally opts something totally different, against a disoriented defense. After many hours on the video, i realized that Spurs dont play a specific-titled offense. They just play smart offense..

Even if Spurss fans (as i read in many forums) are worried for their teams future cause no one of their youngsters doesnt have star potentials,coach Pop leads the organization in this transition period and also keeps the team in the elite with a terrific plan, approving that hes the best coach in the game today. Not bad..



Washington Wizards sign Edwin Ubiles to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards added some bench depth, courtesy of the D-League.

The team has signed forward Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) to a 10-day contract. It is the 37th NBA Call-up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season.

Ubiles joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

A 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Ubiles (6-6, 204, Siena) has appeared in 35 games, all starts for Dakota this season, averaging 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 35.3 minutes. He recorded a career-high 41 points in a 127-110 win over the Iowa Energy on Feb. 28 and has scored in double digits in 33 games.

A four-year contributor and two-year starter at Siena, Ubiles was named MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year in 2007 and to the All-MAAC First Team in 2008 and 2009 before playing in the Reeses College All-Star Game in 2010.

Ubiles is expected to join Washington today and be available when the team travels to face the Memphis Grizzlies this evening.

The 10-33 Wizards are currently 14th in the Eastern conference.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Challenge to Phil Jackson: Opinion Article - by Daniel Gibson

When Phil Jacksons name is mentioned there are probably a few things that immediately come to mind: championships, Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls and the Lakers.

He hasn't been retired for one full season yet but his name is being mentioned nearly every day.

The New York Knicks have been working hard to add talent to their roster in order to compete for championships but this week, coach Mike DAntoni resigned after struggling to deal with the ego of a star player, leaving behind a talented team in need of direction.

Jackson won two titles with the Knicks as a player (1970 and 73) and he always spoke highly of the team and players he was with. Jackson doesn't shy away from attention and coming back to New York with their current lineup would bring plenty of that.

But the Knicks lineup is constructed much differently than the Bulls and Lakers teams he coached because there isn't a dominate duo. Not taking anything away from Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, they have had great careers up to this point but they have yet to show that they can be successful together. Neither one of them is known for playing defense.

Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) were a few players Jackson coached in the past that loved to play defense and dominate an opponent on both sides of the court. The Knicks don't have many players like that. (To be fair Jared Jeffries, Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert are excellent defenders though.)

Im sure Jackson has been hearing all the talk and his competitive fire has to be burning right now, but is he really up for this type of challenge at this point?

His 11 championships as a coach are the most in NBA history, two more than Red Auerbach had, and he won his final title coaching the Lakers against the rival Boston Celtics. No doubt giving Boston fans even more reasons to hate the Lakers, as if they needed more ammunition.

But in sports matter how great you are there will always be cynics and criticism. Some people knock Jacksons accomplishments because of the players he coached.
Jordan is viewed by most professional athletes, journalist and fans of the NBA as being the greatest player to ever step on the hardwood. He teamed up with Pippen who was a tremendous defender and player in his own right. Later Rodman joined the mix and he was one of the best rebounders in NBA history and he also holds the unofficial record for most hair colors in a career. These Hall-of-Famers were surrounded by a group of role players who had defined roles to carry out and they each did it well.

Jackson didn't have to get on guys to work hard during practices because Jordan was notorious for his work ethic. He would treat practices like they were real games and he attacked every drill with the intention of doing it better than anyone else. When the best player in the league is working that hard in practice the rest of the team picks up on that and follows his lead.

During games Jackson didn't have to ask who wanted to take the last shot either. Jordan was up for the challenge every single time. Make or miss, having a great game or not, Jordan wanted to take the shot with the game on the line and the pressure at its maximum point. He was also smart enough to pass to the open teammate (just ask Steve Kerr) if the defense tried to load up on him.

Its almost as if Jackson was there as a guardian and Jordan was running the show. They were able to win six championships and if Jordan didnt leave the game to play baseball for a couple of seasons most people believe they would have won more.

The next stop for Phil Jackson was Los Angeles where he was fortunate enough to have Kobe and Shaq.

In LA, Jackson took his guardian role to another level because Shaq and Kobe were usually fighting with each other and he had to help them play together. He implemented his triangle offense but during that time no player in the league could physically matchup with Shaq.

But just as dominating as Shaq was in the paint, Kobe was a force on the perimeter that teams couldnt handle. It was a situation where the opposition had to pick their poison, do you double-team Kobe and watch Shaq get 40 or do you double Shaq and watch Kobe get 40?

After Shaq left, the Lakers went through a down period before acquiring Lamar Odom, Artest and Pau Gasol. They won another championship (Jacksons 11th and last) before getting dominated in playoffs last season by the Dallas Mavericks. Jackson decided to call it a career after that loss.

Jackson won five championships with the Lakers and that team with Kobe and Shaq probably should have won more and could have won more if it wasn't for the over sized egos and in-fighting between the

If Phil Jackson decides to coach the Knicks it would be his biggest challenge as a coach yet. If he was able to lead them back to the Finals and win a championship that might be more impressive than the other 11.

The challenge is laid out there for Jackson and there is no denying he is the one the Knicks want. The ball is now in Jackson's court, what will he do?




Bynum Named Western Conference Player of the Week - by Bryan Floyd

Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) has been named Western Conference Player of the Week. Bynum averaged 27.5ppg and 14.8rpg while shooting 66.5% from the floor. Pau Gasol and Bynum have really started to become comfortable playing together and most importantly Bynum has earned Kobe Bryant's trust in late game situations. Last Sunday against the Celtics, Bryant called a timeout with a tie game and suggested they pound the ball to Bynum instead of going through him. Bryant realized how well Bynum had been playing all game and he rewarded him with a chance at a game winning shot and he delivered.


Derek Fisher releases statement explaining Houston's buyout - by Eurobasket News

A statement released by Derek Fisher's (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) business manager suggested the Houston Rockets bought out his contract partly out of his hope to play on a championship-contending team.

'After much discussion and expressing their desire to welcome Derek to their team this season as well as the 2012-2013 season, the Houston Rockets and Derek have negotiated a buyout,' said Jamie Wior, Fisher's business manager. 'Derek's desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward. We thank the Houston Rockets front office for their interest, time and their absolute professionalism. There will be no further comment at this time.'

As first reported by ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne, the Rockets and Fisher agreed to a buyout after the Lakers traded him Thursday for forward Jordan Hill. Fisher is expected to be officially waived Monday and can sign with any other team except the Lakers if he clears waivers by Wednesday. Fisher had a $3.4-million player option for the Lakers next season. He indicated in both his 2011 exit interview and after he signed to a three-year, $10.5-million deal with the Lakers in 2010 that he planned to exercise his player option.

Kobe Bryant, who won five championships with Fisher and shared the co-captain role in recent seasons, said he talked with his former teammate Sunday but declined to elaborate what came out of that discussion.

'I don't know,' Bryant said. 'We don't talk about that. I'm lying. But we don't talk about it.'

Neither has Fisher. He has declined comment through his representative since the Lakers traded him, a move Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the team made for various reasons. After acquiring Ramon Sessions from Cleveland in a separate deal, Kupchak envisioned Fisher accepting a bench role 'in a professional manner,' but that it would put the team in an awkward spot in the locker room. The Lakers worried a bloated backcourt and strong teammate support for Fisher could have put Coach Mike Brown in an awkward spot as the Lakers seek to upgrade at point guard.

Fisher averaged 5.9 points on 38.3% shooting, his lowest scoring output his second year in the NBA during the 1997-98 campaign. He routinely struggled defending young point guards. Yet, Fisher's teammates still held him in high esteem for two reasons. He made clutch plays, such as his game-winning three-pointer against Dallas or diving for a loose ball against Denver. Fisher also kept the locker room together, such as when he routinely emphasized in informal gatherings not to let frustration with Brown and the trade uncertainty to affect their play.

'It's unfortunate,' Lakers center Andrew Bynum said. 'I told him all the things we're going to miss. He was a leader for us and he keeps us focused. I don't know where his head is at. I can only speak for myself.'

Yet, Bynum hardly sounded surprised about the buyout, mentioning how Fisher 'had a home here.' Fisher played 13 seasons for the Lakers and even opted out of his contract from Utah in 2007 to seek care in Los Angeles for his daughter, Tatum, who has a form of eye cancer. Now it remains unclear what Fisher's NBA future will entail.

'It's hard to go through what's he's going through,' Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. 'He didn't expect it or see it coming.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Warriors, former teammates honor Mullin - by Eurobasket News

At halftime, former Golden State Warriors who played with Chris Mullin (6'8''-F-63, college: St.John's) at some point will take the court. They're back here in Oakland to watch the sharpshooter's No. 17 jersey get retired.

And while his teammates had plenty of assists to Mullin in their careers, none of them can match the home fans who set him up nicely all 13 years of his playing days for the Warriors.

'I am grateful to (owner) Joe Lacob for (tonight), but No. 1, I am grateful to the fans,' Mullin said. 'It was my honor to play in front of them. We bonded together. My career didn't exactly get off to a blazing start.'

Mullin, the Warriors' first-round pick in 1985, overcame a rocky first couple of seasons, turning the corner after a 31-day stay in an alcohol-dependency rehabilitation center.

'I became a man and raised a family in the Bay Area,' Mullin, 48, said. 'And if you would have told a certain kid from Brooklyn 30 years ago, he would have said you were crazy. I am very grateful to the people in the organization, my family and friends and to the fans.

'They were all very supportive and inspirational.'

Mullin will become the sixth player in team history to have his jersey number retired, joining Al Attles (No. 16), Rick Barry (No. 24), Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13), Tom Meschery (No. 14) and Nate Thurmond (No. 42). The late Chamberlain will be represented by his sister, Barbara Lewis, tonight and the other four players will also be in attendance.

'I am proud to have been a part of this storied franchise,' Mullin said. 'That's overlooked, that it's a storied franchise, because of the recent history. But there have been some incredible people that have played for and worked for this franchise, and that should be recognized. This is a great honor.'

A five-time All-Star, Mullin was just inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August. It was then that Warriors owner Lacob first extended the olive branch to Mullin.

Mullin was the Warriors' vice president of basketball operations from 2004 to 2009, but had a messy breakup with owner Chris Cohan and coach Don Nelson. Mullin is not one to talk about the past, but he doesn't deny that there were some hard feelings when his contract wasn't renewed.

And those lasted for a couple of years.

'Joe gave me a very nice call when I got into the Hall, and that started a dialogue,' Mullin said. 'I like what Joe is doing with the club. He has incredible energy and an incredible desire to win.'

The reconnection with the Warriors was strengthened when Lacob hired Mark Jackson as coach. Jackson was a teammate of Mullin's at both St. John's University and with the Indiana Pacers, a good friend who spoke to him often when he was in rehab, and a workout partner in the offseason.

Jackson is thrilled that he will have a front-row seat tonight.

'He's one of the best to ever do it and clearly one of the best shooters to ever touch a basketball,' Jackson said. 'The guy is an incredible basketball player and an even better person. I owe a lot of my success to him, because he taught me a heck of a lot as a college kid when we were the only ones in the gym.'

Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond, who along with Mullin formed the Warriors' Run TMC attack, will be on hand as will Nelson and former teammates Rod Higgins, Sarunas Marciulionis and Jim Petersen.

'I am looking forward to it,' Mullin said. 'It's going to be a great feeling sharing the moment with all of my teammates. It's going to be fun.'

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com



Arenas to work out for Grizzlies today - by Eurobasket News

Gilbert Arenas (6'4''-G-82, college: Arizona) will work out Monday for the Memphis Grizzlies, who are looking to bolster their backup point guard position.

'That's the plan,' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins says Sunday before a game against Washington, Arenas' former team.

Arenas ended last season with the Orlando Magic after he was traded earlier in the season for Rashard Lewis. He averaged 8.0 points in 49 games after the trade, but shot only 39 percent from the field. The Magic waived him in December through the new amnesty clause so his salary wouldn't count against the cap or luxury tax.

Arenas averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists during his nine-year career.

Memphis has been looking for someone to spell starting point guard Mike Conley much of the season. The Grizzlies have tried rookies Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby with little success. In recent weeks, backup shooting guard O.J. Mayo has been getting minutes at the point.

'I think Gilbert would be a good fit from the perspective that he can play both guard positions,' Hollins said. 'He's been a very talented offensive player his entire career. He's a guy that played the passing lanes and got steals..I just thought that if that was a possibility to add another talented guy who could play backup point guard and backup 2 as well, why not take a look?'

Arenas was taken by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2001 draft. After playing two seasons with the Warriors, he spent seven-plus seasons with the Wizards, getting suspended in 2010 after bringing guns into the locker room, before the trade to Orlando.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Kevin Garnett reached an NBA historic milestone - by Eurobasket News

The locker room had all but emptied out, with Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76) the last player still around. It is an image that those of us in the media who have followed his career that began in Minnesota and lived on in Boston, have seen countless times.

For fans, images of Garnett have a certain individuality about them as well which in itself, ironic.

Because when you talk about the greatest players of this generation, often they are clumped into groups of scorers, or rebounders, or assist men.

And then there's Garnett, one of the best all-around players not just of this generation, but to ever play the game. When it comes to such comparisons, words are hollow if they're not backed up by numbers.

And Garnett?

Oh he's got numbers. Hall-of-Fame, milestones-by-the-minute it seems, numbers.

In Boston's 98-91 loss at Denver, Garnett became the first player in NBA history with career totals surpassing 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 5,000 assists and 1,500 steals. He came into the game needing one assist, and finished with five.

For any player to surpass any one of those barriers is an accomplishment. But for one man to do so, and still compete at a relatively high level, is astounding.

'To be honest, I'm not a stat guy,' Garnett said. 'But anytime you make accomplishments in the league, milestones, you gotta be grateful.'

Indeed, good health - and a healthy work ethic - are both essential to having the kind of career Garnett has had.

But ultimately, it comes down to having a desire to be more than good, but great.

And while some see that as being able to score a lot of points or grab a lot of rebounds, Garnett has never viewed himself in such a one-dimensional prism.

'I've always told you guys, that's what I am. My greatest strengths are sometimes my greatest weaknesses. if you know anything about me, my personality, I'm not one-dimensional. It's multi-facets that make up the man that's in front of you. At the same time, I work really hard at understanding the game and trying to perfect my craft.'

That work ethic has been a constant throughout his career, drawing younger players to approaching the game the way he does, like a moth to a flame.

'When you see a player that's as good as he is, working so hard all the time, treating practices like games, you can't help but work harder,' Celtics guard Avery Bradley told CSNNE.com. 'I pride myself on having a great work ethic, but KG his work ethic is on another level. That's what makes him such a great player.'

And while Garnett has certainly put his time in working out, conditioning his body on the beaches of Malibu, and countless, blurry-eyed sessions of breaking down video, he's quick to remind folks that his path to basketball greatness involved many others.

'You just don't reach milestones by yourself,' Garnett said. 'You need help. and I've always wanted to give that thanks to not only the coaches, but former players I played with, former teammates, great friends. The milestone is a great one. I'm very appreciative of it. Someday it'll be a big deal to me. I'm honored.'

Flip Saunders has been a part of Garnett's development, both as his coach in Minnesota, and as someone who tried to come up with game plans to stop him.

'He's always going to play with a great amount of passion. He's always going to play hard. He makes winning plays,' said Saunders, who coached against Garnett in Detroit and later, Washington. 'As all guys, when you get a little older, he doesn't probably block as many shots as he used to and doesn't have the same total athleticism, but he's got a lot of minutes on those legs. He's going to do whatever it takes to win. Whatever Doc asks him to do, he's going to do that.'

Said Garnett, 'duration is everything, man. To be able still, to be playing on this level, it says a lot. It's not like I'm playing on some grand level, but I am playing on a decent level to where it's helping the team and I'm still trying to create different edges and different matchups and different mismatches night-in, night-out. And I still have a brain; I still know how to think this game. There's different formats of the game for me at this point. And I'm still enjoying the game. As long as those components are still a part, then I'm good.'

But Garnett, who will be 36 in May, has been arguably the Celtics' most consistent player this season. In addition to averaging 15.2 points per game, he's also grabbing a team-best 8.2 rebounds and dishing out 2.8 assists while playing the center position almost exclusively

Garnett doesn't like being a center, but he plays it - and plays it well - because that's what the Celtics need from him.

'That's the great thing about this team,' Celtics guard Keyon Dooling told CSNNE.com. 'Everybody is willing to sacrifice, because everybody is on the same page, with the same goal and that's to win, win as many games as possible.'

And Garnett is often the jumping-off point to the selfless mindset that for the bulk of his time with the Green Team, has been a staple of the Celtics.

But it's not easy, Garnett will tell you, to be all that he can be for himself and the Celtics.

'Every year, trying to better myself, finding things that I need to work on, staying motivated, keeping my body those are not easy things,' he said.

And as for all the milestones that he seemingly reaches every game, Garnett said, 'I'm blessed man, I'm fortunate. By no means is this something you just wake up and it just happens.'

Courtesy of www.csnne.com



Jannero Pargo out a month after appendectomy - by Eurobasket News

Backup point guard Jannero Pargo (6'2''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) will miss the next month of action for the Atlanta Hawks after undergoing an appendectomy yesterday.

Pargo was held out of action for today's 103-87 victory in Cleveland over the Cavaliers, after the team had thought Pargo had a stomach virus. Tests revealed that Pargo had appendicitis, and surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic to remove Pargo's appendix.

Pargo is recovering now and will return to Atlanta within the next couple of days. However, the team estimates that Pargo will be out approximately one month, further stretching a roster that has already been decimated by injuries.

Only ten players dressed for tonight's game - Vladimir Radmanovich (back), Willie Green (hamstring), and Marvin Williams (hip) were also out on a day-to-day basis, while Al Horford continues to sit on the sidelines from the pectoral injury that ended his regular season.

Despite the shortened roster, Atlanta never trailed Cleveland after the first quarter. Unfortunately, they must tinker with their lineup again to compensate for this newest injury - and now, the Hawks are unable to trade for anyone to supplement their ailing forces, thanks to the trade deadline passing last week without any significant moves.

In his past ten games, Pargo had been averaging 6.8 PPG in 14 minutes of action off the bench. For the season, he had been averaging 5.2 PPG and 1.4 APG while making 39% of his three-point attempts (and 42% overall from the field) in 12/3 minutes per game. His absence means less rest for both Kirk Hinrich and Jeff Teague, who had already been playing increased minutes due to the other injuries above.

The Hawks will return home to face Boston at Philips Arena tomorrow night. The Hawks are in sixth place in the East, two and a half games ahead of the Celtics.

Courtesy of www.examiner.com



Monday's games review - by Eurobasket News

Atlanta H. - Boston C. 76-79
Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) isn't focused on the Celtics' modest seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings or the two-game losing streak they brought to Atlanta. The 16-year veteran guard insists he likes this Boston team - especially when it plays as it did in the fourth quarter against the Hawks. Allen hit two 3-pointers in Boston's 13-0 run in the fourth quarter and protected the lead with two free throws in the final seconds as the Celtics held on to beat Atlanta 79-76 on Monday night. 'I love what I'm seeing from this team,' Allen said, referring to the Celtics' resiliency after their offensive struggles through three quarters. 'We could have easily been beaten tonight,' Allen said. 'We took their hit and we counterpunched.' Kevin Garnett (6'11''-F-76), who had 16 points, also applauded the Celtics' passion. 'I don't know why we look like we're running in mud these days,' Garnett said. 'But our fight's there, man.' The Celtics, who led 73-58 at the end of the run, had to survive the Hawks' late surge. Joe Johnson, who had 25 points, had three late 3-pointers as the Hawks rallied. Johnson's 3 with 11.8 seconds remaining cut the lead to 77-76. Allen, who had 19 points, made two free throws with 10.9 seconds remaining. Jeff Teague launched an air ball on Atlanta's final possession. 'I overshot it,' Teague said, adding he was closer to the basket than he thought on the 3-pointer that could have tied the game. 'We got lucky,' said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who said his team escaped with the win despite 'a plethora of mistakes to end the game.' Allen helped the Celtics gain momentum for the final period by sinking a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third period. He scored on a pass from Rajon Rondo, who had 10 points and 13 assists. Paul Pierce had 13 points for Boston, which took charge with a 17-2 run, including 13 unanswered points, after a 56-56 tie in the final period. Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta, which now leads Boston by 1 games in the race for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. 'I told my guys I take my hat off to them, because they very easily could've folded the tent when we were down (15),' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. 'We cut it to one. It really comes down to making plays at the end. We had opportunities ... but we just didn't make the plays at the end that we should have.' The Celtics managed only 31 points in the first half and shot only 35 percent from the field through three quarters to trail the Hawks 51-50. Each team struggled with poor shooting in the first half. The Hawks matched a season low with 15 first-quarter points and set a low for points in a first half, but led the Celtics 33-31. Fouls became a growing problem for Boston in the third period. Pierce and Brandon Bass drew their fourth fouls with a span of 2 minutes midway through the period. Bass drew a flagrant-1 technical foul for knocking Pachulia to the floor with 7 minutes remaining in the third. Less than a minute later, Pachulia again was knocked to the floor again by an elbow thrown by Greg Stiemsma under the basket. No foul was called, but Pachulia was bleeding badly from a cut on the top of his head, and he had to be taken to the locker room. Stiemsma remained in after he was called for his fourth foul with 3 minutes remaining in the period. Pachulia, who needed stitches, returned for the start of the fourth period. The Celtics announced before the game that forward-center Jermaine O'Neal will have surgery on his left wrist and miss the remainder of the season, adding more urgency to the team's search for inside help. 'I'm trying to get our team to understand we don't have a margin for error,' Rivers said. Hawks guard Jannero Pargo had an appendectomy Sunday night in Cleveland and is expected to miss two to four weeks. The Hawks also were without forwards Marvin Williams (hip) and Vladimir Radmanovich (back) and guard Willie Green (hamstring). *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Orlando M. - Chicago B. 59-85
If the Chicago Bulls are going to make a run at an NBA championship this season, they will need a healthy Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) to do it. For now, though, they continue to find a way to beat the top teams in the Eastern Conference without their most indispensable star. With the reigning MVP out nursing a sore groin for the fourth straight game, Rose's teammates used a smothering defense and capitalized on a plethora of Orlando Magic turnovers in an 85-59 victory Monday night. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) picked up the scoring slack with 24 points and 13 rebounds - his third 20-point scoring effort against the Magic this season - and John Lucas added 20 points off the bench in just 21 minutes of action to lead the Bulls. 'The real story honestly is our defense,' said Boozer, whose team has beaten their next three chasers in the Eastern Conference in the past six days. 'Our defense was ... that was probably one of the best performances we've had this season. 'It was fitting because they kicked our butt in Chicago, (and) got a big win. For us to come back and do this ... it's a big win for us.' The Bulls' defense was indeed the thing to marvel at Monday, with the 59 points they surrendered setting a new franchise record for fewest regular-season points allowed. It was also a milestone night for Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, who became the fastest coach in NBA history to earn 100 career victories. Thibodeau did it in just 130 games, one game faster than Avery Johnson when he set the previous standard in 2006. 'We had a lot a of guys step up,' Thibodeau said. 'We caught a break. They played last night in a tough game. We're fresh, so we had an advantage there and they missed some shots they normally make.' The Bulls won for the fifth time in six games. They also improved to 3-1 over the past four games playing without Rose, who continued to nurse a sore groin. Thibodeau gave credit to his 'great players' for his coaching record, and they gave it back to him. 'He puts the work in and the time in and it shows,' Lucas said. 'He's still a student of the game of basketball and he's always learning something. ... When you have a coach like that, you're going to be successful.' Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic, who had 19 turnovers. Orlando had 11 in the first half, just two in the third quarter, but six more in the final 12 minutes. The Magic have lost three of their last four since posting a three-game win streak. They've also now gone six straight quarters without scoring at least 20 points. Turnovers were a factor in the Magic's loss to the Bulls in early January and they again played a huge role Monday as Orlando's miscues yielded 25 of Chicago's points. By comparison, the Bulls' 16 turnovers only led to seven points for the Magic. Orlando trailed by double-digits for most of the second half, before cutting a 15-point Bulls' first-half lead to 12 entering the fourth quarter as its early turnover issues began to subside. The Bulls' offense was steady down the stretch, though, and Joakim Noah's three-point play on a two-handed dunk over Glen Davis with 6:54 to play in the game put them up 72-52 to end any comeback hope. 'When you play the way we played tonight, this is a team-wide thing,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'I've got to take responsibility.' Van Gundy said there isn't one singular issue ailing his team right now. 'I mean, it's everything,' he said. 'I really need to take a look at when we're playing back-to-back games, and we're just not creating any shots. Obviously, we played Chicago 11 days ago and we were able to create shots. We played Miami and we were able to create shots. This is clearly not satisfactory.' As for where the Magic can go from here, Davis said there is still much gelling to do on the court. 'If we want to win we all have to buy in - me, the team, the most important guy all the way to the least important guy,' Davis said. 'Consistency (is what's lacking). Sometimes we get bored with the journey and just play to the level that we need to. 'You saw a team out there playing without their biggest star and did what they needed to do to win. They beat us with no problem. I wish they would have had Derrick Rose, in a sense.' *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

Golde State W. - Minnesota T. 93-97
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) banked in a 16-foot jumper with 4 minutes left, then added an insurance tip-in off a miss by J.J. Barea to help the Minnesota Timberwolves keep their dimming playoff hopes alive with a 97-93 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Love finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds for his 39th double-double of the season. Luke Ridnour added 11 points and 10 assists, while Anthony Tolliver scored 10 points off the bench, all in the fourth quarter for the Timberwolves. Minnesota (23-24) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win and moved within 1 games of Houston for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. David Lee had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who remained winless since trading leading scorer Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks last week. Love finished three rebounds shy of his seventh career 30-point, 20-rebound game, which would have been a franchise record. As it was, the 6-foot-10 forward inched closer to passing Kevin Garnett for the most rebounds in team history. He needs just 11 to break Garnett's mark of 1,139. Minnesota needed all of them to hold off a pesky Golden State team which has been struggling to find any sense of rhythm since trading Ellis. The Warriors (18-25) scored just 14 points in the first quarter, but led 85-84 after Nate Robinson's 15-foot jumper with 5:34 left. Tolliver answered with a 3-pointer before Love banked in his long jumper. After Lee made one of two free-throw attempts for Golden State, Love tipped in Barea's missed layup. Tolliver later scored on a soaring dunk down the middle to seal the win for the Timberwolves. It's only the fourth time this season Minnesota has won on the second half of back-to-back games. The Timberwolves were blown out by Sacramento 115-99 on Sunday. It's also just the fifth time Minnesota has beaten Golden State in the last 18 meetings between the teams. Love nearly had his double-double before halftime. He had 12 points in the first quarter when Minnesota built a 21-14 lead, then added a short jumper as part of the Timberwolves 9-0 run to start the second. Michael Beasley's free throw with 4:30 left in the second quarter pushed Minnesota ahead 39-22 before Golden State made a late push behind Brandon Rush and Lee. Johnson stop the run with a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the half while Ridnour added a running 18-footer just before the shot clock expired, helping the Timberwolves take a 49-35 lead into halftime. Coming off the blowout loss to the Kings 24 hours earlier, Minnesota seemed to wear down quickly after that. Part of it was due to Klay Thompson, the Golden State rookie who has taken over at shooting guard following the team's trade of Ellis. The 11th overall player taken in the draft, Thompson scored the first five points of a 9-0 run and then added his second 3-pointer of the quarter to give the Warriors a 62-61 lead. He finished with 17 points. Lee later drove past a trio of Minnesota defenders and dunked to maintain Golden State's one-point lead before Love scored the final five points of the quarter, including a banked 3-pointer that put the Timberwolves up 71-67 heading into the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New Jersey N. - Cleveland C. 100-105
Tristan Thompson (6'5''-G-88, college: N.Texas) scored a career-high 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and gave Cleveland the lead with a tip-in with 1:11 to play Monday night, leading the Cavaliers to a 105-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets. Fellow rookie Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) added 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds as the Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak and sent the Nets to their third straight loss. Newcomer Gerald Wallace had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead New Jersey. Deron Williams added 28 points, but threw the ball away with roughly 16 seconds to play when he passed up a 3-point attempt to make a pass underneath with New Jersey down 103-100. Irving, who scored the Cavaliers' final six points, was fouled after the turnover and pushed the lead to five. There were six lead changes and five ties in the final quarter in which neither team led by more than six points. Thompson, who had never scored more than 16 points in a game, tipped in a missed drive by Irving to give Cleveland a 99-97 lead with 1:11 to go. Wallace missed a jumper on the ensuing possession and Thompson collected the rebound. Irving then drove the lane for a 101-97 lead. After a timeout, Williams missed a shot and Thompson again cleaned up on the boards. Irving was fouled and pushed the lead to 103-97. New Jersey gave itself one last chance when Gerald Green hit a 3-pointer and Irving was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing inbounds play. However, Williams turned the ball over instead of shooting and the Cavaliers iced the game. Antwan Jamison had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Kris Humphries added 13 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey. Williams was the only reason the Nets were still in the game at halftime. He scored 17 points in the second quarter to rally New Jersey from a 15-point deficit to within 53-50 at the half. Cleveland built its lead by dominating inside. Thompson had 17 in the first half and the Cavs scored 40 points in the paint, hitting 20 of 34 shots. Samardo Samuels came off the bench to score eight points. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Denver N. - Dallas M. 95-112
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 15 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 112-95 on Monday night. Arron Afflalo scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who lost a game that could have an impact on their playoff position. Denver entered Monday seventh in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Dallas. The Mavericks not only gained a game on the Nuggets, they won the season series and hold a tiebreaker should the teams finish with the same record. The Nuggets also lost guard Andre Miller in the second quarter with a bruised right shoulder, and forward Danilo Gallinari broke his left thumb in the third quarter. Neither player returned, and their status for Wednesday was unknown. Their injuries made Wilson Chandler's debut even more significant one day after he signed a multiyear deal. He had 13 points and took a team-high 16 shots. Chandler, who played overseas for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout, was ineligible to return until his team and FIBA, basketball's governing body, signed off. Once that happened, he and the Nuggets agreed to a five-year, $37 million contract. They finalized the deal Sunday and he was on the court Monday. He came into the game midway through the first period and hit his first two shots, including a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock. Chandler's early offense helped keep the Nuggets close in a half where the Mavericks didn't miss many shots. Dallas started the game 10 of 13 from the field and shot 62.5 percent in the first period. Nowitzki led the way by going 5 for 5, mostly against rookie Kenneth Faried. Behind Nowitzki's 18 points in the first half the Mavericks built a nine-point lead before Denver made a charge to get within a point at 50-49 with 2:38 left in the second quarter. Dallas recovered and led 63-56 at the half. Nowitzki drained a 3 as the Mavericks scored the first seven points of the third to go ahead by 14. Denver cut it to 78-72 on Chandler's tip-in, but Dallas finished the third quarter on a 14-4 run to lead 92-78 heading into the fourth. Nowitzki's three-point play and 16-foot turnaround jumper gave Dallas a 101-82 lead with 8:08 left. Denver never made it a game in the fourth. *Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Charlotte B. - Philadelph.76 80-105
The Philadelphia 76ers were determined not to get caught up in a trap game. With important games against divisional foes New York and Boston looming later this week, it would have been easy for the first-place 76ers to overlook the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats. But that didn't happen. Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) had 20 points and six assists as the 76ers defeated the Bobcats 105-80 on Monday night to sweep the three-game season series between the teams. Holiday, coming off a career-high 30 points in Saturday's night loss at Chicago, was 8-of-13 shooting from the field and made all four shots from the free-throw line. The 76ers broke open a tight game at halftime behind a stingy third-quarter defense, outscoring the Bobcats 31-19 to pull away. The Bobcats shot just 29 percent from the field in the second half against a 76ers team that came in with the NBA's best defense, holding opponents to an average of 87.8 points per game and 41.8 percent shooting from the field. 'They put a little pressure on us defensively and we just couldn't score in the second half,' Bobcats coach Paul Silas said. Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said before the game the key to snapping the losing skid was to get a more balanced scoring attack from his players. And he got it. Thaddeus Young had 20 points and Louis Williams chipped in with 19 for the 76ers. Philadelphia also got a solid effort from Elton Brand, who scored eight of his 16 points in a pivotal third quarter to break open a two-point game at halftime. 'It was imperative, we had to have this game,' Brand said. 'That is what coach's message was at halftime. He said this doesn't look like a game that's very important to us. Let's hustle and get on the boards and get on the loose balls and play the way we can play.' Said Holiday: 'That's the way we win games is when the scoring is even across the board. We have to have that.' The Bobcats shot an impressive 49 percent in the first half to stay close despite the absence of Corey Maggette, who sat out with a back injury. However, things fell apart in the third quarter for the Bobcats - just as they've done so often this season - and they were held to 6-of-22 shooting, allowing the 76ers to seize momentum of the game. The 76ers maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Boston, which beat Atlanta 79-76, and stretched their margin to 4 games over New York in the Atlantic. 'You don't want to look ahead on your schedule but when you lose three in a row, you start doing a lot of things out of character,' Williams said. 'We're serious about trying to win this division and now we have to play the number two and three teams this week so we felt like it was important to get this one tonight.' The 76ers held a 51-31 edge on the boards, behind 11 rebounds from Spencer Hawes. Hawes, whose playing time has been limited due to a strained Achilles tendon, said after the game this was the best he's felt in a while. He played 24 minutes in all and had his first double-double since Jan. 16. 'The first half, I was waiting a little bit and pressing,' said Hawes, who had 13 points. 'I have to just get used to play under those (playing time) limitations.' Said Collins: 'I talked to Spencer about how he needed to get back to being on the boards. I thought he was drifting out and wasn't playing with the toughness I needed him to play with.' Gerald Henderson had 14 points for the Bobcats, who failed to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Bobcats (7-37) remain the only team in the league that hasn't won 10 games. 'We are a young club and we have to learn,' Silas said. 'Playing young guys as much as we have to play them they're going to make mistakes and it's very difficult when you're playing a team like that, who has experienced players. It's not easy. It usually takes two to three years to learn how to play this game. We just need that experience.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Hayward recalled from Tulsa 66ers - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled forward Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

During his most recent assignment with the 66ers, Hayward appeared in one game and recorded 16 points, six assists and three rebounds 31 minutes. In three games with the 66ers this season, the forward averaged 24.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists in 34.3 minutes.

Hayward has seen action in 16 games with the Thunder during the 2011-12 season and posted averages of 1.4 points in 5.7 minutes.

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Hornets assign Xavier Henry to Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets today assigned second-year guard Xavier Henry (6'6''-G-91, college: Kansas) to the Iowa Energy, the Hornets' NBA Development League affiliate. The assignment marks the 53rd time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 NBA season and is the first assignment of Henry's career.

Henry has appeared in 24 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 14.3 minutes. In his 62-game NBA career, he has averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 12th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, Henry joined the Hornets as part of a three-team trade on Jan. 4.

In one season at Kansas, Henry averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

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Bobby Simmons could still be in Clippers' plans - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers will likely take the rest of the week to decide whether to commit to forward Bobby Simmons (6'6''-F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) for the rest of the season, according to a team source.

Simmons' second 10-day contract ends on Monday. Before the Clippers game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said the team planned to sign Simmons for the rest of the season.

However after the game it became clear the team needed more time to decide whether to commit its final roster spot to Simmons for the rest of the season. The Clippers currently have 15 players on their roster after trading for swingman Nick Young on Thursday. Simmons is their only un-guaranteed contract.

The Clippers leave Los Angeles Monday for their last back-to-back-to-back of the season at Indiana, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. If he does not sign elsewhere in the meantime, the Clippers could conceivably re-sign Simmons when they return on Friday.

As much as Del Negro would like to re-sign Simmons for the rest of the season, they need to see how Young affects their rotation before giving up flexibility with their final roster spot.

Simmons, who was signed to a second 10-day contract on Mar. 9, has played in 12 games for the Clippers and averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 32.7 percent from the field.

Bobbys done a really good job on team defense and gets his hand on a lot of balls, Del Negro said. Hes a really good guy. Hes a pro. Ive really liked him. I know [Clippers general manager] Neil [Olshey] has liked him.

This is Simmons second stint with the Clippers, having last played in Los Angeles during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Simmons was called up by the Clippers after averaging 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds in 21 games for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League this season.

Simmons scored 13 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out 1 assist in 24 minutes in the Clippers 108-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on March 1. Those were the first points Simmons had scored in an NBA game since 2009.

Im just trying to win games and play well, Simmons said. Ive just tried to approach this in a professional way and come in and do what you need to do get better. I just want to be a good piece of the puzzle and go out there and do whatever coach asks me to do.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Simmons had his most productive NBA season while with the Clippers in 2004, posting career-highs of 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists, en route to winning the NBAs Most Improved Player award that season.

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Nuggets re-sign Wilson Chandler to 5-year deal - by Eurobasket News

Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri keeps tinkering with the roster as the playoffs draw near, trying to find just the right mix for coach George Karl.

Ujiri dealt away big man Nene at the trade deadline to free up money, presumably to help pull off this move: Agreeing to a five-year deal Sunday with versatile forward Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) that's worth nearly $37 million.

Chandler has been itching to hoist up jumpers again in the NBA, even showing up to a Nuggets game last month where he received a rowdy round of applause from the Pepsi Center crowd and casually chatted with teammates in the locker room after the contest.

He played overseas for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout, averaging nearly 27 points and 12 rebounds in 32 games. Once the NBA season started back up, Chandler was ineligible to return until his team and FIBA, basketballs governing body, signed off.

When all the hurdles were cleared, he returned to the Mile High City.

It is great to have Wilson back on our roster, Ujiri said. It was a very unique situation signing a talented free agent in the middle of the season.

The 24-year-old Chandler arrived in Denver last February as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. Chandler was an instant spark, helping the Nuggets go 18-7 down the stretch before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.

At 25-20, the Nuggets are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase.

And Chandler could once again be a big addition down the stretch.

On Thursday, Ujiri orchestrated a three-team trade that sent the injury-prone Nene to Washington, with the Wizards shipping JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to Denver and Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers. Washington also picked up forward Brian Cook in the deal along with a second-round pick in 2015 from the Clippers.

The Nuggets turned around and waived Turiaf on Sunday.

Denver signed Nene to a new five-year, $67 million contract in December. He was averaging 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in an injury-plagued season. But the low-post presence of rookie forward Kenneth Faried made Nene and his big contract expendable.

Faried had a career-high 16 rebounds in a 98-91 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

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Sunday's games review (8): Wade carries Heat past Magic, 91-81 - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - Orlando M. 91-81
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 23 points and the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 91-81 on Sunday night to extend their home winning streak to 13 games. LeBron James finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Heat. His pass with 3:46 left made it past two Magic defenders and set up Bosh for perhaps the clincher, a three-point play that stretched Miami's lead to 84-73. And with the way Miami was playing defense, that was enough: Orlando scored 12 points in a span of nearly 16 minutes in the second half. Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Cleveland C. - Atlanta H. 87-103
Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) scored 28 points and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 103-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Atlanta had only 10 players available, but took an early lead that it never relinquished. The Hawks built a 19-point lead midway through the third quarter and answered Cleveland's only run late in the period to win going away. Alonzo Gee matched a career high with 20 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost three straight. Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 19 points and had 10 assists for his first career double-double. Atlanta extended its winning streak over Cleveland to six games. Jeff Teague added 18 points for the Hawks and Kirk Hinrich scored 14. Atlanta shot 55 percent in the first quarter with Johnson scoring 13 points. The Hawks continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, hitting 13 of 21 shots, to build a 59-45 halftime lead. Cleveland, playing its first game since trading guard Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, struggled on both ends of the floor. Atlanta shot 50.6 percent from the field while Cleveland hit 39.3 of its shots. Atlanta's biggest lead came at 69-50 before the Cavaliers got back in the game with an 18-5 run that cut the lead to 74-68. Johnson scored at the end of the third quarter and started the fourth with another basket to begin an 8-0 run. Injuries and illness left the Hawks with a thin roster. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic missed the game with a back injury sustained in Friday's win over Washington. Forward Marvin Williams (hip flexor), shooting guard Willie Green (hamstring) and point guard Jannero Pargo (stomach virus) were also out. Williams' injury has forced coach Larry Drew to use a starting lineup that features Johnson, a six-time All-Star at shooting guard, playing small forward. Teague and Hinrich startedin the backcourt to go with power forward Josh Smith, and center Zaza Pachulia. Smith scored seven points, hitting 3 of 15 from the field, but had eight rebounds and nine assists. Rookie Tristan Thompson, the No. 4 pick in the draft, made his first NBA start at center. Thompson is a natural power forward, but Scott hasn't been pleased with the play of Ryan Hollins and Semih Erden at center. Thompson scored seven points and had six rebounds in 35 minutes. Antawn Jamison scored 17 points for the Cavaliers, but was 6 for 22 from the field. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Sacramento K. - Minnesota T. 115-99
Despite having the second-worst record in the Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings are proving to be a dangerous offensive team of late. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 24 points for the Kings, who used a strong second half to beat the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 115-99 on Sunday night. It was the second straight impressive victory for the Kings (16-29), who humbled the visiting Boston Celtics 120-95 on Friday night. Thornton had 36 points against the Celtics and was a primary threat against the Timberwolves, but he had plenty of help with six players scoring in double figures. 'We're having fun right now, playing the game the right way,' said rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas, who had made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points. 'It's always nice when guys are knocking down shots. It makes it that much easier for me.' The Kings were tied at halftime, but gained the lead for good by outscoring Minnesota 33-25 in the third quarter. Sacramento quickly built on its eight-point lead after three quarters and the Timberwolves trailed by double digits for much of the fourth. 'We were giving them too much room on the perimeter and easy paths to the basket in the first half,' Kings coach Keith Smart said. 'I think we had them well above the 3-point line running their offense in the second half.' WIth center DeMarcus Cousins having an off night and minus injured starter Tyreke Evans, the Kings needed some additional help and got it from their bench. Chuck Hayes had a season-high 12 points and eight rebounds, and Donte Greene added 11 points for the Kings, who outscored Minnesota 25-17 in the fourth quarter. 'That's the bench's job, that's what we need to come in and do,' Hayes said. 'We need to come in with energy and enthusiasm and we did that tonight.' John Salmons scored 15 points and Jason Thompson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. The Kings are 4-3 on their franchise-high, nine-game homestand that concludes Thursday against Utah. Kevin Love had his 33rd 20-10 game, scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, losers of three straight and four of five. Derrick Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds, Martell Webster had 14 points, while Michael Beasley and Luke Ridnour had 13. Love and reserve guard Jose Barea got into a brief shouting match on the bench late in the game. Minnesota, which is losing ground in trying to secure a berth in the Western Conference playoffs, is 1-3 on a seven-game road trip that concludes Friday in Oklahoma City. 'It's frustrating, but nothing personal against JJ,' said Love, who made just 7-of-20 shots. 'I think we were both frustrated and took it out on each other when we should have took it out on the other team. So both of us made mistakes and both of us feel bad.' The Kings ran off five straight points, including an impressive fast-break dunk by seldom-used rookie Tyler Honeycutt with just over four minutes left that brought the crowd to its feet. The surge put Sacramento in front 110-93 with 3:42 left. Minnesota, which is 1-4 since rookie point guard Ricky Rubio was lost for the season with a torn ACL, committed 21 turnovers, shot 41 percent, and made only six of 25 3s. 'Everything we started off at the beginning of the season trying to avoid we did tonight,' Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. 'I don't know how many second-chance points they had, but they continued to beat us to the rim. Their season has been tough and we talked about that before the game. If you let them get going in their own building they will be tough.' Ahead by eight points to start the fourth quarter, the Kings pushed the lead to 13. Hayes had the first four points of the quarter and Thornton made a jumper and added a 3-pointer a short time later, giving Sacramento a 99-86 lead at the 8:35 mark. 'They hit a lot of jumpers in that first half, so we needed to contest their shots better in the second half and we were able to do that,' Greene said. 'We got rebounds, and got out on the break for some easy baskets and were able to break the game open.' Evans, the Kings' second-leading scorer, missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Although they both were in uniform, reserves Francisco Garcia (sprained right wrist) and J.J. Hickson (back spasms) didn't play. The Timberwolves started Darko Milicic at center in place of Nikola Pekovic, who is bothered by a sore left ankle. Milicic was ineffective, getting two points and no rebounds in just six first-quarter minutes. Thomas and Cousins both had nine points in the third quarter for the Kings, who led 90-82 heading into the fourth. But Cousins also picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench with just over four minutes left in the period. The Kings came out fast in the third quarter, producing a 12-4 run. Thornton made a pair of free throws and followed with a 3-pointer, putting the Kings ahead 69-61 at the 8:26 mark. After missing the previous two games with a toe injury, Beasley delivered off the bench against the Kings. Beasley made a 3-pointer on his first shot late in the opening quarter and continued shooting well in the second. Salmons scored 13 points for the Kings, who outscored the Timberwolves 29-26 in the second quarter to pull even at 57 by halftime. Love and Beasley both had 11points for Minnesota. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Memphis G. - Washington W. 97-92
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points, including five in the final 23.9 seconds, to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Mike Conley added 17 points and six assists for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Marc Gasol had 15 points and Zach Randolph added 13. Randolph, Gay and Gasol had nine rebounds apiece, helping Memphis to a 53-40 advantage on the boards. John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and six assists. Jordan Crawford finished with 22 points, and Kevin Seraphin had 12 points and 12 rebounds as Washington lost for the fifth time in the last six. Washington committed 21 turnovers. Memphis committed 14 turnovers while shooting just 40 percent. The Wizards trailed only 90-86 after Wall's layup with 46 seconds left. But Gay connected on a 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds remaining and the Grizzlies hit their last four free throws, including a pair by Gay. Memphis was able to build its advantage in the third quarter and never trailed in the fourth, although Washington did pull even with 8:23 left. Washington carried a 48-45 lead into intermission after an ugly first half that involved poor shooting, poor ballhandling and little flow. The Wizards shot better at 45 percent, but committed 10 turnovers. Memphis managed only 38 percent from the field and had seven turnovers. The difference for the Wizards was going 5 of 9 from outside the arc, including one from Crawford with 1.9 seconds left in the half, for Washington's halftime advantage. Crawford had 16 points in the half, while Seraphin contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Memphis, which hit only 31 of 51 from the free throw line in Friday's overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, struggled again, converting only 10 of 17 in the first half. They finished 27 of 37. The Wizards were only 1 of 9 after halftime from outside the arc. Memphis began finally showing life in the latter stages of the third. Conley hit a trio of shots early in the period, but the Wizards still managed to hold a 61-58 lead on Wall's jumper with 5:29 left in the third. But Memphis closed the period on a 16-5 run, outscoring the Wizards 29-18 in the period to carry a 74-66 lead into the fourth. Washington used its bench to even at 80 with 8:23 left. But Memphis quickly went back ahead. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Phoenix Suns - Houston R. 99-86
Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) scored a season-high 25 points off the bench and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 99-86 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win. Channing Frye scored 19 and Marcin Gortat had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who moved within a half-game of the Rockets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix, which moved over .500 for the first time this season at 23-22, is 11-3 over its past 14 games and 8-1 at home since the All-Star break. Luis Scola scored 18 points and Goran Dragic added 16 for the short-handed Rockets, who have lost eight of 11. Marcus Camby made his Rockets debut, recording eight points and eight rebounds in nearly 20 minutes. But Houston is still short at point guard with Derek Fisher not reporting to the Rockets after his trade from the Lakers. Redd scored 15 consecutive points for the Suns over a six-minute stretch of the second quarter, as the Suns extended a 13-point, first-quarter lead to as many as 21 before settling for a 52-36 halftime advantage. Houston pulled no closer than 12 until a layup by Dragic made it 92-82 with 1:41 remaining. But Gortat hit a short hook shot and Frye scored off an offensive rebound with 44.5 seconds left to give the Suns a 96-84 lead. The Rockets shot 43 percent from the field -- 26.1 percent during a 13-point first quarter-and were 1 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc. *Courtesy of www.khou.com

Oklah.City T. - Portland TB 111-95
After losing three of their last four games at home, the Oklahoma City Thunder went to work on restoring their home-court dominance. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 28 points, Kevin Durant had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the Thunder played what coach Scott Brooks called one of their best defensive quarters of the season while beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-95 on Sunday night. James Harden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which moved to 10-1 this season in the game immediately following a loss. The Thunder had lost at home to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. The Thunder shot 55.4 percent from the field, led by double digits for most of the final 39 minutes and improved their record to 34-11, best in the NBA's Western Conference. 'We really couldn't get into our normal rhythm, but I thought our energy was good enough to win the game,' Brooks said. Jamal Crawford led Portland with 23 points while Raymond Felton had 19. Oklahoma City opened the season with a 17-1 mark at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but its recent home slump had caused some to wonder if the Thunder might be vulnerable, even if they earned home-court advantage in the postseason, something Westbrook alluded to after the game. 'It's going to be very important in the playoffs to be able to take the home court in the playoffs and get some wins,' Westbrook said. On Friday, San Antonio led the Thunder by 27 points before a late rally by Oklahoma City. On Sunday, Oklahoma City allowed the Blazers only 15 points in the first quarter while racing to a double-digit lead of its own. 'The first quarter was really, really good,' Brooks said. '.Holding that team to 15 points, just the way we played, the mindset that we had going into the game was good, then we kind of relaxed. The rest of the game wasn't as good, but we started the game off good defensively and we rebounded the ball pretty well.' Portland closed within 84-76 with 10:20 left, but Harden made five straight free throws to start a 13-6 run. Durant's 3-pointer with 6:51 left put the Thunder up 97-82 and Portland came no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Oklahoma City's lone home loss during the 17-1 stretch was to the Blazers, but that Portland squad bore little resemblance to the lineup it fielded on Sunday. Sunday's game was the second for Portland since firing coach Nate McMillan, waiving former No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden and trading starters Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby on Thursday. On Friday, the new-look Blazers posted an improbable 100-89 win at Chicago under 34-year-old interim coach Kaleb Canales, but they couldn't replicate that effort in Oklahoma City. 'They're the best team in the West for a reason,' Canales said. 'They're very good at home. We just couldn't put consecutive sequences of runs together and (the Thunder) did a very good job of responding.' The Thunder never trailed. Oklahoma City closed the first quarter on a 21-5 run, scoring the final 10 points, to take a 31-15 lead. Oklahoma City led by as many as 21 in the second quarter before settling for a 57-42 halftime lead. Portland closed within 75-63 with 2:27 left in the third quarter after a 3-pointer by Crawford, who scored all but four of his points after halftime and kept the Blazers within striking distance. Crawford missed another 3-point attempt moments later that would have pulled the Blazers within 10 points. The Thunder quickly rebuilt their advantage to 81-63 on a 3-pointer by Harden, but Portland went on a 13-3 run before Oklahoma City finally pulled away. 'We gave up a 31-point quarter and we came back and we responded,' Canales said. 'We knew they were going to come out aggressive, especially after a home loss. We talked about withstanding that first punch and I think we probably could have scored a little more and not dug ourselves so deep of a hole.' Wesley Matthews added 16 points for Portland while LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Thabo Sefolosha scored 11 for the Thunder, going 3 of 3 from 3-point range. The Thunder finished 11 of 18 (61.1 percent) from behind the arc. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Lakers - Utah Jazz 99-103
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 24 points, Enes Kanter added 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Utah Jazz handed the Los Angeles Lakers just their second home loss since Christmas, 103-99 on Sunday night. Rookie Alec Burks scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who snapped the Lakers' five-game winning streak while winning three straight games of their own for the first time in two months. Utah has posted back-to-back wins without leading scorer Al Jefferson, who attended his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi this weekend. NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 15 points on 3-for-20 shooting for the Lakers, punctuating his horrific night by missing a tying 3-point attempt in the waning seconds. Andrew Bynum had 33 points and 11 rebounds while making 12 of his 14 shots for Los Angeles, which had won 19 of its last 20 games at Staples Center since losing its season opener to Chicago. Millsap punctuated his latest phenomenal performance against the Lakers with a driving three-point play with 40.7 seconds left after Los Angeles had trimmed Utah's lead to 99-96. After Bryant converted a three-point play, Matt Barnes blocked Millsap's shot to set up Bryant's tying look off a pick - but he missed his 17th shot of the night, and Millsap grabbed the clinching rebound. Pau Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, but Los Angeles committed 24 turnovers - albeit none in the fourth quarter - and never caught up to the Jazz down the stretch. Ramon Sessions had 10 points and six assists in his second game for the Lakers, and Steve Blake went scoreless for the second game as Derek Fisher's replacement in Los Angeles' starting lineup. Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who relied on simple offensive sets and relentless physical defense to harass Bryant and the Lakers into their worst home performance of the year. Utah improved to 6-16 on the road with its second win at Staples Center in three trips after losing 17 straight road games against the Lakers. Utah also didn't miss a beat without Jefferson or guard Raja Bell, who has missed two games with a strained hip muscle. Metta World Peace scored three points for the Lakers in 18 minutes before leaving the court in the second half with left hip bursitis. Sessions gave another strong performance off the bench, immediately injecting speed and playmaking that the Lakers have lacked all season long. Although he went 1 for 7 from the field, Sessions repeatedly drove the lane - something Fisher hasn't done regularly for years - and earned 10 free throws. The Lakers got off to a passionless start, committing 10 turnovers in the first quarter. Bryant missed his first six shots before hitting a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, and the Lakers made a 12-2 run led by Sessions' aggressive playmaking. Utah finished the first half on a 12-1 run, taking the lead into halftime on Harris' last-minute steal and layup. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

LA Clippers - Detroit P. 87-83 OT
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) scored nine of his 19 points in overtime and added a season-high 15 assists, carrying the Los Angeles Clippers to an 87-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and he tipped in Paul's missed layup with 19 seconds left in regulation before Paul swiped the ball from Tayshaun Prince to send it to overtime. After hitting two long jumpers early in overtime, Paul capped a dominant performance by grabbing control of a jump-ball tip and getting it to Randy Foye for a layup with 7 seconds left. He added two free throws with 3.4 seconds left as Los Angeles finished 3-3 in a stretch of six home games in eight days. Greg Monroe scored six of his 23 points in overtime and added 15 rebounds for Detroit, which dropped to 1-3 on its five-game Western Conference road trip. Prince scored 20 points for the Pistons, who went 3 for 16 in the fourth quarter while blowing a late nine-point lead. Los Angeles jumped to a five-point overtime lead on two long jumpers by Paul, but Monroe's two free throws put Detroit ahead 82-81 with 31.8 seconds left. Paul nailed an elbow jumper to put the Clippers back in the lead before hitting Foye for a fast-break layup off a jump ball on Los Angeles' end. After Ben Gordon hit one of two free throws, Paul coolly made two free throws to seal it. New acquisition Nick Young scored nine points and played most of the late minutes in his debut with Los Angeles, which hadn't won consecutive games since Feb. 15-16. Jonas Jerebko had 14 points for the Pistons, who nursed a small lead throughout the fourth quarter of the teams' only meeting this season. Prince failed to score on two chances in the final 26 seconds of regulation, while Rodney Stuckey scored seven points on 1-of-8 shooting and appeared visibly frustrated, sitting out most of the overtime period. He failed to lead the Pistons in scoring for just the second time in their last nine games. After a strong start to Paul's first season in Los Angeles, the realities of the NBA's onerous schedule are hitting the Clippers. They've fallen behind the Lakers atop the Pacific Division during a preposterous stretch of nine games in 12 days, and the Clippers don't get consecutive days off again until April 20-21, less than a week before the regular season ends. The Clippers appeared headed to their fourth home loss in five games Saturday before Paul led a rally from a late deficit to beat Houston. Los Angeles instead ended up with two tight victories. Young, a Los Angeles native and USC product, wore No. 11 in his first game since arriving in a trade with Washington. The Clippers could use offense after losing Chauncey Billups for the season to a torn Achilles' tendon, and Young immediately got started on his new job by making an off-balance 20-footer shortly after checking in to start the second quarter. Los Angeles trailed by 10 points late in the third quarter and 69-60 with 7 minutes left despite Detroit's 0-for-7 start to the fourth quarter. The Clippers finally awoke for a 9-1 run, missing several opportunities to take the lead while Detroit managed only one field goal in the final 7:03. After Griffin's tying tip-in, Prince couldn't even get a shot on an isolation play, bobbling the ball and losing it to Paul. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



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Finals: Lightning down Rainmen in opener - by Eurobasket News

An old teammate came back to haunt the Halifax Rainmen on Sunday.

Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton), traded to London early in the season, netted 10 fourth-quarter points - his only points of the game - to lift the Lightning to an 86-83 victory over the Rainmen in the opener of their best-of-five National Basketball League of Canada final.

At the John Labatt Centre, the former NBA journeyman nicknamed the Sheriff, nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 3 minutes remaining as the Lightning rallied from an eight-point deficit for the win.

Rookie guard Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) topped the Rainmen with 23 points and Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.), the small forward who became an NBL second-team all-star after he was acquired for Buford, scored 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

League MVP Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) paced London with 17 points and a game-high 13 boards, though he spent all of the fourth quarter on the bench as his team mounted its comeback.

The Rainmen trailed for a considerable portion of the contest before outscoring the Lightning 27-17 in the third period to grab a 66-60 lead.

But they werent able to hold off the regular-season champion Lightning down the stretch.

'Its a disappointing loss for us because we know we can beat them and we know we shouldve won the game if we couldve just executed down toward the end,' said Halifax guard Taliek Brown, who finished with 11 points.

'We made a lot of mental mistakes . . . and just couldnt pull it out.'

The Lightning hadnt played since eliminating the Saint John Mill Rats in the semifinals on March 9, while the Rainmen were on the hardwood for the third time in four days.

Both teams shot a mediocre 34 per cent from the field in the opening half, perhaps showing the ill effects of their recent schedules.

But the Lightning took a 43-39 advantage into the locker-room thanks to 18-for-22 shooting from the free-throw line.

London had been up 20-18 after a first quarter in which the lead changed hands five times.

The Lightning stretched their lead to seven points twice in the second but Bryan McCullough (6'6''-F/G-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: NC-Asheville), following up his own miss, dropped a 12-footer as he was fouled with 40 seconds left on the clock. He finished the three-point play to cut the Rainmen deficit to four at the half.

A Hagan triple just past the five-minute mark of the third put Halifax up 51-49 for its first lead since midway through the opening period.

Hagan had a dozen points in the quarter as the Rainmen outscored their hosts by 10, forging a lead of as many as eight points late in the period.

In the fourth, a 6-0 spurt by the Lightning drew them even at 70-70 with five minutes gone and Buford put them out front for good with his trey after Browns reverse layup in traffic had knotted the score at 76-76.

After Joey Haywood and Brown both made one of two free throws to cut Londons edge to 82-80, Hagans layup bid rimmed out and London centre Shamari Spears, taking advantage of a defensive mismatch against Brown, converted a three-point play to give the Lightning an 85-80 edge with 10 seconds left.

Lawrence Wright, who opened the game with a three-pointer, buried a trey in the dying seconds to make it 85-83 but Brandon Dean, hacked to stop the clock with only 1.3 seconds remaining, hit one of two from the charity stripe. A desperation shot by Haywood from inside the arc came up short as the buzzer sounded.

The loss was the sixth in seven tries against the Lightning this season and left Halifax winless in four visits to the Labatt Centre.

Game 2 is tonight at 8 p.m. AST in London and Brown called it a 'must-win' for the Rainmen, noting the team had hit the road hoping for a split of the first two games and needs to win at least once in London to take the best-of-five series. Both Halifax and the Lightning had 16-2 home marks during the regular season.

But Brown said no one was hanging his head after Sundays tough loss.

'I think everybody is still confident,' he said. 'Were just gonna come out tomorrow and try to go harder. Its not really about xs and os anymore. Its about heart and playing hard.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



Rainmen set to fight for Playoff lives on Wednesday in Halifax - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Rainmen fell to the London Lightning in game two of the National Basketball League of Canada championship playoff series. The final score of the game was 113-96.
Leading the Rainmen was Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) by 20 points, followed by Christian Upshaw (5'10''-G-86) with 18. Darnell Hugee had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rainmen, while Chris Hagan had 13 and Lawrence Wright had 10.

London's Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 25 points, followed by Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Dean had 11 points for the Lightning.

The Rainmen will return to the Halifax Metro Centre for game three of the series on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. where they will fight for their playoff lives in the best-of-five series.

If the Rainmen win on Wednesday, they will force game four to be played in Halifax on Thursday at 7 p.m., with game five being played on Sunday in London, if necessary.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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UNC point guard Marshall breaks bone in right wrist - by Eurobasket News

North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91) broke a bone in his right wrist during the second half of Sunday's win against Creighton in the NCAA tournament.

Marshall was hurt when he drove to the paint and was knocked to the floor by Ethan Wragge with 10:56 left. The left-handed point guard hit one of two free throws, then left the game briefly before returning and playing about 7 more minutes before leaving for good with 1:54 left.

Coach Roy Williams later cleared reporters out of the locker room to inform the team of Marshall's injury. His status for North Carolina's game against Ohio on Friday in the round of 16 in St. Louis is unclear. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said medical staff planned to put Marshall in a cast Sunday night for his comfort.

'All we know right now is it's a fracture,' Marshall said. 'Luckily it's my right hand. If it was my left hand, then we'd probably have some problems. But we'll take it day by day and figure it out.'

Marshall has been the team's most irreplaceable player while driving Williams' fast-paced attack with unparalleled court vision and perfect pitch-aheads in transition. He's averaging about 10 assists per game and set the Atlantic Coast Conference's single-season assist record during last week's league tournament.

The pass-first point guard scored 18 against Creighton, his sixth straight game in double figures after doing so just four times in the first 30 games. He also had 11 assists.

The Tar Heels had already lost top perimeter defender and No. 2 ballhandler Dexter Strickland to a season-ending knee injury in January, leaving only freshman Stilman White to relieve Marshall for spot duty. If Marshall can't go, the job would likely fall to White and versatile senior Justin Watts.

Marshall's injury hit just as junior forward John Henson returned from a sprained left wrist that had kept him sidelined for three straight games.

'I've seen it all from knee injuries to Kendall's wrist,' Henson said. 'We've just got to keep fighting and everybody's got to step up.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Michigan State survives scrappy Saint Louis 65-61 - by Eurobasket News

With Michigan State's season in peril, Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) turned to teammate Keith Appling (6'1''-G-92) during a timeout and told him to be ready. His moment was near.

And when it arrived, Appling delivered.

His shot, the one Green urged him to take, helped save the Spartans.

Appling's critical three-pointer with 1:34 left, a 20-foot jumper set up by Green's drive and marvelous pass, gave Michigan State a 65-61 win Sunday over Saint Louis and thrust the top-seeded Spartans into the round of 16 after they survived a 90-foot tug of war and wills with the scrappy Billikens.

Green scored 16 points with 13 rebounds, but it was his sixth assist a two-handed, overhead pass across the floor to Appling that allowed the Spartans (29-7) to advance. They'll play No. 4 seed Louisville in the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Phoenix.

'I don't need to be a hero trying to make some scoop layup,' Green said of his decision to pass up a shot. 'If I see a guy open, I'm going to hit him. He was wide open in the corner, and I knew once he caught the ball, it was going in. I didn't try to get the rebound. I ran down the court. I already knew it was going in.'

Sitting a few feet away on the podium, Tom Izzo gave his star an incredulous look.

'Why didn't you tell me?' Izzo said.

'Wasn't enough time,' Green replied.

Appling had 19 points for the Spartans, who had to scrap their way past the ninth-seeded Billikens. Executing coach Rick Majerus' game plan to perfection, Saint Louis controlled the tempo but never got a complete handle on Green, Michigan State's superb, do-everything senior, who even grabbed a mop and helped wipe up some sweat off the floor in the final minute.

Sweeping past the Billikens was much tougher.

Kwamain Mitchell (5'10''-PG) scored 13 and Brian Conklin (6'6''-F) 11 for Saint Louis, making its first appearance in the tournament since 2000. The Billikens gave the more-talented, more-experienced Spartans all they could handle but were unable to knock off a balanced team that has a chance to win it all.

'We made them earn every shot that they took,' said Conklin, who later broke down crying while talking about Majerus.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com



North Carolina too much for Creighton - by Eurobasket News

John Henson (6'11''-F-90) proved he was healthy again, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots in his return from a wrist injury that seemed perfectly timed for North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four.

Now Kendall Marshall has his own wrist injury that could prove devastating for the Tar Heels.

Henson had a double-double in his first game back from a sprained left wrist, and North Carolina beat Creighton 87-73 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. But Marshall broke a bone in his right wrist when he was fouled on a drive to the basket and knocked to the floor midway through the second half.

Coach Roy Williams confirmed the injury after the game, and said he would talk to Marshall and his parents about his status Sunday night. The point guard still finished with 18 points and 11 assists.

'When you go to the Sweet 16, it's supposed to be a lot more fun than this,' an emotional Williams said afterward.

Marshall's injury overshadowed what should have been an exciting win for the Tar Heels (31-5), the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional. They built a 15-point lead in the first half, then kept control and pushed the margin to 19 after the break on the way to their second straight double-digit victory. Their defense was good enough to slow the eighth-seeded Bluejays' offense and make high-scoring forward Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) work for his points.

Then there was Henson's return after missing the past three games with the wrist injury from last week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Instead, the Tar Heels are unsure whether they'll have their most irreplaceable player - the guy who drives Williams' fast-paced attack with unparalleled court vision and perfect pitch-aheads in transition - for the rest of the tournament.

'I just want to be here for my team,' said Marshall, his eyes red with emotion. 'It is what it is. We're not saying that I'm not going to play. We're not saying that I'm going to play. Bottom line, it's a fracture and now I have to deal with it.'

Williams cleared reporters out of the locker room to inform the team of Marshall's injury, then headed to his postgame news conference. The rest of the players struggled with the news.

'We just don't know what we're going to do at this point in time,' sophomore Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) said.

Marshall, who is left-handed, was hurt when he was knocked to the floor by Ethan Wragge (6'7''-F-90) on a drive with 10:56 left. He made the first free throw, then missed the second before leaving the game. He played about 7 more minutes before leaving for good with 1:54 left. Trainer Chris Hirth then examined Marshall's right wrist on the bench.

The Tar Heels had already lost top perimeter defender and No. 2 ballhandler Dexter Strickland to a season-ending knee injury in January, leaving only freshman Stilman White to relieve Marshall for spot duty. If Marshall can't go, the job would likely fall to White and versatile senior Justin Watts.

'It's a little bit shocking,' White said. 'I know for sure I didn't expect it to be that bad. I know Kendall's a really tough guy. It's just a little bit of shock right now. That's the great thing about coach Williams - he always figures something out.'

The Tar Heels will face surprising Ohio in the round of 16 on Friday in St. Louis. The 13th-seeded Bobcats advanced with a 62-56 victory over South Florida.

As for Henson, his return drew a roar from the home-state fans filling the Greensboro Coliseum, both when he jogged out with his teammates for pregame warmups and when he was introduced during the starting lineups.

Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in 28 minutes. Much of the time, Henson looked like his old self, knocking down midrange jumpers or using his long frame to snatch rebounds or swat shots.

He drew a technical foul in the first half when he got angry and started jawing with Creighton's Grant Gibbs (6'4''-G-89) - who had chopped at the ball in Henson's hands in the paint. He also had a moment when he cringed after taking a blow to the hand on another foul, which forced Williams to pull him briefly in the first half.

'Yeah, it was a little weaker than I wanted it to be, and I wasn't as strong with the grip as I wanted,' Henson said. 'But hey, we got the win and that's all you can ask for.'

Marshall's injury overshadowed Henson's return and the reunion of McDermott and Barnes, who teamed together to lead Ames High School in Iowa to consecutive state championships and unbeaten seasons. McDermott came in averaging about 23 points and eight rebounds, while Barnes was leading the Tar Heels in scoring at about 17 per game.

That matchup never materialized, with Henson and freshman James Michael McAdoo getting most of the defensive work against McDermott. McDermott finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Barnes had 17 points on 7-for-19 shooting, including back-to-back 3-pointers to turn away Creighton's final push after the Bluejays had closed within 12 with about 5 1/2 minutes left.

'Right before the game, we just shared a moment, but once the game started, we were both competitive guys and it didn't feel weird at all,' McDermott said. 'I didn't realize I was playing against my former teammate the whole time until the end and he's a really good player.'

Creighton came in leading the country with a 50.7 percent shooting average, but it couldn't figure out a way to put the on-the-attack Tar Heels on the defensive. Creighton shot 41 percent.

North Carolina hit 14 of its first 19 shots and built a 39-24 lead on Barnes' 3-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes left. UNC led by eight at half, but Creighton never got closer after the break. The Tar Heels shot 51 percent for the game and improved to 31-1 in NCAA games played in their home state.

'We came here with every intention of winning this game,' Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. 'You don't get to this point if you don't feel that way, regardless of who you're playing.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



No. 13 seed Ohio beats South Florida 62-56 to advance to NCAA tournament regional semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Step aside, VCU. Enjoy your memories, Butler. Ohios ready to become the latest mid-major darling of March Madness.

Walter Offutt (6'3''-F) scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper (5'11''-G-90) had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night to advance to the Midwest Regional semifinals.

This is amazing, said Offutt, a transfer from Ohio State by way of Wright State. Its one thing to talk about it and one thing to actually do it. This has been unreal, but lets just continue the run.

Ohio is the seventh team seeded No. 13 or higher to advance to the regional semifinals and the first since No. 13 Bradley did it in 2006. None of those teams won its next game.

The Bobcats (29-7), who opened the tournament with an upset against fourth-seeded Michigan, will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in St. Louis on Friday in their first trip to the round of 16 since they lost to the Wolverines in the regional finals in 1964.

Ohio trailed by two when Offutt swished a 3-pointer, launching a 10-0 run for the Bobcats. A pair of free throws by Cooper made it 54-46 with 3:28 left.

The Bobcats had a 59-53 lead when Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (6'8''-F-89) connected for South Floridas first 3-pointer of the half. But Cooper went 3 for 4 from the line while the Bulls missed three shots in the final 36 seconds.

I do think our guys have a chip on their shoulder, said Ohio coach John Groce, who has led the Bobcats to two NCAA tournaments in his four seasons with the team. I think our guys look forward to playing on the big stage against quality competition.

Victor Rudd (6'7''-F-91) Jr. and Anthony Collins (6'1''-G) scored 13 points apiece and Augustus Gilchrist (6'10''-F/C-89) had 12 for the Bulls (22-14), who were playing in their third game in five days with a travel day in between. South Florida beat California on Wednesday and Temple on Friday night in the second round.

If fatigue was a concern for South Florida, it didnt show. The Bulls relied on their stingy defense to limit Ohio to just 30.4 percent shooting in the first half.

Although the Bulls managed to keep the Bobcats away from the rim, they couldnt stop them at the perimeter. Half of Ohios second-half buckets were 3s, and the Bobcats finished 9 of 18 from long range.

It really seemed like they hadnt missed any 3s in the second half, Collins said. We just didnt execute our defensive assignments the right way. They got open and made the shots.

Two of their five treys in the second half came after either a flagrant or technical foul.

Rudd was called for the flagrant, and Offutt hit both of his free throws and a 3-pointer that tied it at 31 with 15:52 to play.

Jawanza Poland was given the technical after hanging on the rim following a dunk. Nick Kellogg sank both free throws and a 3-pointer that again tied the game, this time at 42 with 9:23 to play.

Just over 2 minutes later, the Bobcats put together the 10-0 run that gave them the lead and control, and the Bulls missed out on a shot at being the only team from the first four games to advance to the Sweet 16.

It wasnt like we didnt play, South Florida coach Stan Heath said. We lost to a good basketball team.

The Big Easts top scoring defensive team and the Mid-American Conference tournament champions turned out to be a good match for one another.

Strong defense from both sides turned the first half into a slow-paced affair. South Florida managed just 40.7 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes.

The Bobcats had the hot hand first. D.J. Cooper sank a 3-pointer, Reggie Keely hit a pair of free throws and a steal by T.J. Hall led to a layup by Cooper that gave Ohio a 12-6 lead 6 minutes into the game.

Victor Rudd Jr. answered with a resounding alley-oop dunk on a pass from Anthony Collins that launched a 13-1 run by the Bulls. A 3-pointer by Rudd gave them a 19-13 lead with 5:31 in the first half, and South Florida held a 27-21 lead at halftime.

Ohio stayed in the game with its perimeter shooting, going 4 for 10 from long range in the first half, while South Florida relied on its size. The Bulls outscored the Bobcats 16-6 in the paint in the first half.

We didnt do anything differently (in the second half), Offutt said. Coach told us to come out and swing aggressively from the start. We went out there and played aggressively and hit some shots. We were fortunate to beat a tough team at the end and got the win.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 J''Covan BROWN
  Texas
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Brown, Texas20.1 
 2. Robinson, Kansas17.7 
 3. Denmon, Missouri17.6 
 4. Page, Oklahoma St.17.1 
 5. Taylor, Kansas16.9 
 6. Pledger, Oklahoma16.2 
 7. McGruder, Kansas S.15.8 
 8. English, Missouri14.5 
 9. Ratliffe, Missouri13.9 
 10. Turner, Texas A&M13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas ROBINSON
  Kansas
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Robinson, Kansas11.8 
 2. White, Iowa St.9.3 
 3. Jones, Baylor7.7 
 4. Ratliffe, Missouri7.5 
 5. Osby, Oklahoma7.3 
 6. Acy, Baylor7.2 
 7. Ejim, Iowa St.6.6 
 8. Samuels, Kansas S.6.6 
 9. Withey, Kansas6.2 
 10. Henriquez, Kansas5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Phil PRESSEY
  Missouri
  (177-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Pressey, Missouri6.4 
 2. Grooms, Oklahoma6.0 
 3. Jackson, Baylor5.8 
 4. Kabongo, Texas5.2 
 5. White, Iowa St.5.0 
 6. Taylor, Kansas4.7 
 7. Harris, Texas A&M4.1 
 8. Brown, Texas3.8 
 9. Johnson, Kansas3.7 
 10. Dixon, Missouri3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Phil PRESSEY
  Missouri
  (177-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pressey, Missouri2.1 
 2. Jackson, Baylor1.8 
 3. Johnson, Kansas1.5 
 4. Page, Oklahoma St.1.5 
 5. Denmon, Missouri1.5 
 6. Harris, Texas A&M1.4 
 7. Walton, Baylor1.4 
 8. Rodriguez, Kansas1.3 
 9. Kabongo, Texas1.3 
 10. English, Missouri1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeff WITHEY
  Kansas
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Withey, Kansas3.3 
 2. Henriquez, Kansas2.4 
 3. Acy, Baylor1.9 
 4. Jurick, Oklahoma.1.7 
 5. Chapman, Texas1.6 
 6. Cobbins, Oklahoma.1.5 
 7. Jefferson, Baylor1.3 
 8. Moore, Missouri1.2 
 9. Robinson, Kansas1.0 
 10. Osby, Oklahoma1.0 


Florida crushes Norfolk State, 84-50 - by Eurobasket News

Norfolk States unexpected victory over Missouri on Friday as a No. 15 seed inspired many of its alumni and students to mobilize and travel here for Sunday's third-round game with Florida. Some flew. Others, like members of the Spartans volleyball team, made the 21-hour drive from Norfolk and found tickets on their own, since the university sold out its allotment.

They arrived at CenturyLink Center early and created a joyous racket through introductions, standing out in a half-filled arena. Then the game started. Quickly the energetic Gators stopped the Spartans and their feel-good story cold, scoring 25 consecutive early points and rolling to an 84-50 victory.

Seventh-seeded Florida (25-10) advanced to face No. 3 seed Marquette (27-7) in the West Regional Round of 16 on Thursday in Phoenix. For Norfolk State (26-10), its first N.C.A.A. tournament appearance in Division I ended with one thrilling upset of a Missouri team that some had penciled in for the Final Four, wrecking brackets from Columbia, Mo., to the White House.

But the Spartans fell far short trying to become the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Round of 16. Relentless defense and rebounding by Florida doomed Norfolk State, which trailed by 20 before the first half was 10 minutes old. Florida took the lead after four minutes and never let up, overwhelming the Spartans with 52.8 percent shooting and 10 3-pointers.

Once we went on that 25-0 run, they kind of shut down from there on, Floridas freshman guard Bradley Beal said.

Norfolk State center Kyle O'Quinn (6'10''-F-90),, the Spartans emotional leader from Jamaica, Queens, who dominated the Missouri game, was never a factor, finishing with 4 points and 3 rebounds. His lone basket on nine shots was a dunk. The Spartans struggled to shoot 27.3 percent and made only 4 of 24 of its 3-point attempts after going 10 for 19 on Friday.

O'Quinn, Pendarvis Williams (6'6''-G-91) and Chris McEachin (6'5''-G/F-89), who combined for 64 points on Friday, managed only 14.

They played good defense, and we played bad offense, said O'Quinn, coming off 26 points and 14 rebounds against Missouri. Every time we had a break, they killed us with a three. Theyre the best 3-point shooting team in the country, and they showed it tonight. It was just tough all around for us.

Five Gators scored in double figures, led by the junior guard Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-91) with 20. Boynton added eight rebounds, one short of team leader Beals nine, as the Gators rode a 48-31 edge on the boards. Maybe during the year, it would take him five games to get eight rebounds, Florida Coach Billy Donovan said.

Donovan, after watching the Missouri let Norfolk State walk or run the ball up the court, chose to pick the Spartans up full court. That made the 6-foot-6 point guard Williams work for every inch and disrupted the perimeter game. Having Erving Walker and those guys come up and pressure you for 94 feet is little bit different that some of the players we played, Norfolk State Coach Anthony Evans said.

Norfolk State, after taking a 6-4 lead, missed its next 10 shots and committed four turnovers over next 7 minutes 13 seconds.

Quickly, the Gators ran them out of the building.

Florida hit five 3-pointers, two by Erik Murphy (6'10''-F), in that 25-point burst while hitting 9 of 12 shots. It was 29-6 by the time Williams ended the drought with a runner from the lane with 9:34 left in the half.

We know theyre capable of making a lot of 3s, Beal said. We didnt want to take that risk of them keeping the game close, hitting a lot of 3s and getting back into the game. I think we did a great job of just driving the ball, knocking down shots and playing good defense.

Double-teaming by Patric Young and Murphy inside hampered OQuinn, who missed his first four shots, two of them 3-pointers, and did not score until dunking on fast break with 7:49 left in the first half. At that point the Spartans trailed, 33-13. The Gators led by 47-19 at halftime and ran the margin out to 36 in the second half.

Was fatigue a factor? Four Spartans played at least 30 minutes against Missouri, with OQuinn logging 37 and Williams 35, and the starters scored all the points in a game that went down to the final shot. Only two Gators, Beal and Walker, topped 30 minutes in their 71-45 rout of Virginia on Friday, which Florida had in hand with nine minutes to play.

Maybe, Evans said. I dont know. You dont want to make excuses. They did a great job.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 16-0 (33-2) 
 2. Syracuse 17-1 (32-2) 
 3. Missouri 14-3 (30-4) 
 4. N.Carolina 14-2 (30-5) 
 5. Michigan St. 13-5 (27-7) 
 6. Kansas 14-2 (27-6) 
 7. Ohio St. 13-5 (28-7) 
 8. Duke 13-3 (27-7) 
 9. Baylor 10-6 (27-7) 
 10. Florida St. 12-4 (25-9) 
 11. Marquette 14-4 (26-7) 
 12. Murray St. 15-1 (30-1) 
 13. Michigan 13-5 (24-9) 
 14. Wisconsin 12-6 (25-9) 
 15. Georgetown 12-6 (23-8) 
 16. Indiana 11-7 (26-8) 
 17. Louisville 10-8 (27-9) 
 18. Wichita St. 16-2 (27-5) 
 19. Creighton 13-3 (28-5) 
 20. Vanderbilt 10-6 (25-10) 
 21. N.Mexico 10-4 (27-6) 
 22. San Diego St. 10-4 (26-8) 
 23. UNLV 9-5 (26-8) 
 24. St.Mary's, CA 14-2 (27-5) 
 25. Florida 10-6 (24-10) 



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Alabama-Huntsville knocks off Christian Brothers - by Eurobasket News

Alabama-Huntsville won the South Region as the Chargers defeated Christian Brothers, 68-59 on Tuesday night. The win is UAHs 20th in a row and moved its record to 29-3.

The victory also gives the Chargers the South Region for the second consecutive season.

Xavier Baldwin (6'3''-G) led all UAH scorers with 13 points while Josh Magette (6'1''-G) added 12 points and Zane Campbell (6'8''-F) netted 10 for the Chargers.

With the game tied at the half at 29-29, Baldwin started the second-half scoring with a trey to put the Chargers on top 32-29. But a 9-2 run by the Bucs placed Christian Brothers back ahead and gave CBU its biggest lead of the night at 38-34 with 15:33 remaining.

Over the next six minutes, the lead changed three times and there were a pair of ties.

Then the Chargers went on their most important run of the night.

Baldwin ignited the run, scoring six of the teams points in an 11-2 run that placed the Chargers in front 58-49.

The Bucs would close the gap to 64-59 with just 30 seconds left in the game, but Magette and Boskovic nailed free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

The first half featured three ties and four lead changes, but it was the Chargers who held the lead through much of the stanza, and Ronnie Mack produced the largest first-half lead for either team as he connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Blue and White up 21-15 with 7:47 remaining.

The Bucs held UAH scoreless in the final two minutes while scoring five points of their own to send the game to the locker room even at 29-29.

The first half for the Chargers was keyed by a strong performance by Zane Campbell as he was successful on four of his five field goal attempts en route to scoring eight points.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com



Bellarmine drops Kentucky Wesleyan - by Eurobasket News

Bellarmine gutted out a 79-74 victory against Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday to earn its second consecutive NCAA Midwest Regional Championship and a berth into the Elite Eight next week.

The Knights Chris Dowe (6'2''-G) earned regional most outstanding player after his 21 point, 10-rebound, six-assist effort helped turn back the 18th-ranked Panthers for the third time this season.

Playing without 6-8 forward Luke Sprague (6'8''-F), who missed his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury, Bellarmine got a big-time performance from Jelani Johnson, who came off the bench to post a career-high with 11 points, including a clutch basket to put the Knights up nine with 5:07 remaining.

The Panthers played like the No. 18 ranking they own by crashing the boards for a plus-11 rebound margin and pushing the Knights to the very last minute. Bellarmine countered the Panthers board work by challenging every shot and registering a season-high 10 blocked shots while holding KWC to 39-percent shooting.

Leading the charge with a career-high seven blocks was Braydon Hobbs (6'5''-G), who showed the versatility that earned him GLVC Player of the Year award this year, by also racking up 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while playing all 40 minutes.

Bellarmine jumped out of the gates well, running out to 13-4 lead before the Panthers, as they did in all three regional games, mounted a comeback, and eventually pulled ahead 24-23 on a Marseilles Stewart 3-pointer. From that point, neither team led by more than three, and the two GLVC rivals went into halftime deadlocked at 31.

Coming out of the break, both teams had empty possessions before Bellarmine struck first on a short jumper by Jeremy Kendle, and the Knights would never surrender the lead.

However, the game was far from over. Every time Bellarmine would get a little separation, KWC came back and hung within striking distance the rest of the way.

After a Brandon Johnson (5'11''-G-89) triple brought the Panthers within five at the 1:03 mark, a layup by Hobbs and pair of Richie Phares (6'7''-F-91) free throws following a KWC turnover put the Knights ahead by nine with just 33 seconds in the game.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com



Bellarmine returns to action in NCAA Elite Eight - by Eurobasket News

Play resumes tomorrow evening in the mens NCAA Division II basketball tournament as the Bellarmine Knights pursue a second straight national title.

The Knights have advanced to the Elite Eight round without the services of starting forward Luke Sprague (6'8''-F) for the last two games. Spragues status has been game-to-game since he injured his shoulder in the tournament opener.

Bellarmine faces Alabama-Huntsville in the quarterfinals. The Chargers are riding a 20-game winning streak.

The Elite Eight round of the Division Two tournament is being played at Northern Kentucky University.

Bellarmine is trying to become the first team to repeat as national champion since Cal State-Bakersfield did it in 1993 and 94.

Tipoff is at 6:00pm Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.wfpl.org



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Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week''s number one is an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.). He led New Zealand Breakers to a victory over the closely-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93 in the Australian NBL in Thursday night''s game. Abercrombie was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (20-6) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team''s fifth 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. It''s Abercrombie''s fourth season with the team. Abercrombie has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 67.0% in the 26 games he played so far. Ex-Waikato Pistons player is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Penney could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 75-70 on the road by the higher-ranked Cajasol (#7). Penney was the top scorer with 15 points. Penney belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 33.6% and FT: 84.5%. Penney is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Pledger contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. This year Pledger''s overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.2%(92-158) and FT: 62.2% in the 26 games. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #4. Forward Mika Vukona (198-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Vukona contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Vukona''s total stats are: 9.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Vukona is also New Zealand national team player.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #5. International guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) was not able to help Adelaide 36ers (8-18) in their game against Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) in the Australian NBL. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Adelaide 36ers were edged 84-83 in Broadbeach by the higher-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It''s Bartlett''s first season with the team. Bartlett has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Dillon Boucher
Dillon Boucher
   #6. An experienced forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers in a victory against the closely-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93. He scored only 3 points and had 4 steals in 18 minutes. Boucher has been at the team for four years. Boucher has averaged so far 2.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg in the 26 games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team five years ago.

Rob Loe
Rob Loe
   #7. International forward Rob Loe (210-91) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league''s weakest teams St.Louis (12-4) in their game against the Michigan State University (13-5) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. Loe scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The St.Louis was defeated 65-61 in East Lansing, MI by the Michigan State University. The National Tournament Round 3 already ended in the NCAA. Loe has averaged so far 2.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

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

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) led Ikaros to a victory against the closely-ranked Ilysiakos (7-16) 69-61 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night''s game. Baynes scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Ikaros Kallitheas (6-17) is placed second from the bottom (#12) in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Baynes'' first season with the team. Baynes is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 14.0ppg and 8.9rpg. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Despite his New Zealand passport, Baynes currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the New Zealand team.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Joshua Bloxham (186-G-90) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Benny Anthony (198-F-88) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Isaac Fotu (198-F-94) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Leon Henry (200-F/G-85) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Jeremiah Trueman (206-F/C-87) plays for Perth Wildcats in Australian NBL
Martin Iti (213-C-83) plays for Kings in Australian NBL
Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78) plays for Fribourg in Swiss LNA

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



NBL Round 3: Leader Nelson G. loses to Harbour H. - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Undefeated Nelson G. (1-1) recorded its first loss in Auckland on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Harbour H. (1-3) 80-71. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Nelson G. won third quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Harbour H. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Nelson G.'s 24. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) who scored 26 points. American guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists. Harbour H. left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Southland S. Nelson G. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Harbour H. is looking forward to face higher ranked Taranaki MA (#3) in New Plymouth in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will play at home against Southland S. and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Auckland P. (2-2) against ninth ranked Manawatu J. (2-1) on Friday night. Visiting Auckland P. was defeated by Manawatu J. in Palmerston North 90-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a good game for the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Josh Pace contributed with 27 points for the winners. American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Auckland P.Manawatu J. moved-up to second place, which they share with Taranaki MA. Auckland P. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with OceanaGold N.. Manawatu J. will play against OceanaGold N. (#5) in Dunedin in the next round. Auckland P. will play at home against Wellington S. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Palmerston North between Manawatu J. and Wellington S.. Ninth ranked Manawatu J. (2-1) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Wellington S. (1-2). Manawatu J. managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a great evening for Nick Horvath who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Anthony Gurley with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Manawatu J. moved-up to second place, which they share with Taranaki MA. Defending champion Wellington S. dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Manawatu J. will meet OceanaGold N. (#5) in the next round. Wellington S. will play against Southland S. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Dunedin. Local OceanaGold N. (2-2) beat 7th ranked Southland S. (1-3) 80-68. It was a quality performance for Antoine Tisby who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. OceanaGold N. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Auckland P. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. OceanaGold N.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Manawatu J. in Palmerston North and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Southland S. will play on the road against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke.



OceanaGold N. - Southland S. 80-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Dunedin. Local OceanaGold N. (2-2) beat 7th ranked Southland S. (1-3) 80-68. Southland S. was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 48-34 second half run of OceanaGold N.. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Southland S.'s 36. It was a quality performance for American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) accounted for 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Wright is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four OceanaGold N. players scored in double figures. American forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Craig Bradshaw (208-83, college: Winthrop) added 19 points respectively for Southland S. in the defeat. OceanaGold N. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Auckland P. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. OceanaGold N.'s next round opponent will be league's second-placed Manawatu J. in Palmerston North and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Southland S. will play on the road against Nelson G. (#6) in Stoke.
Top scorers:
OceanaGold N.: A.Tisby 21+16reb+1ast, M.Dickel 18+3reb+3ast, A.Wright 15+14reb+5ast, S.King 12+6reb, R.Buckrell 9+5reb, M.Trueman 4+3reb
Southland S.: C.Bradshaw 19+4reb+1ast, L.Abney 17+13reb, D.Prewster 13+9reb, K.Braswell 9+6reb+1ast, S.Tilby 9+8reb+1ast, D.Peck 1+1ast
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Manawatu J. - Auckland P. 90-80

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Auckland P. (2-2) against ninth ranked Manawatu J. (2-1) on Friday night. Visiting Auckland P. was defeated by Manawatu J. in Palmerston North 90-80. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Manawatu J.. Auckland P. was better in fourth quarter 34-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) contributed with 27 points for the winners. Four Manawatu J. players scored in double figures. American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Hayden Allen (190-79) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Auckland P.Manawatu J. moved-up to second place, which they share with Taranaki MA. Auckland P. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with OceanaGold N.. Manawatu J. will play against OceanaGold N. (#5) in Dunedin in the next round. Auckland P. will play at home against Wellington S. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: J.Pace 27+2reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 18+7reb+2ast, N.Horvath 15+16reb, Z.Meehl 14+4reb+2ast, M.Te Huna 8+1reb+6ast, K.Hokianga 4+3reb+1ast
Auckland P.: I.Muhammad 26+7reb+2ast, H.Allen 21+10reb+3ast, L.Tait 19+2reb+7ast, T.Newbold 7+9reb, B.Ruscoe 5+4reb, D.Cartwright 1+2reb
gschID: 168092


Manawatu J. - Wellington S. 76-75

A very close game took place in Palmerston North between Manawatu J. and Wellington S.. Ninth ranked Manawatu J. (2-1) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Wellington S. (1-2). Manawatu J. managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 45-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) helped adding 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Manawatu J. and five Wellington S. players scored in double figures. Manawatu J. moved-up to second place, which they share with Taranaki MA. Defending champion Wellington S. dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Manawatu J. will meet OceanaGold N. (#5) in the next round. Wellington S. will play against Southland S. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: N.Horvath 26+17reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 17+7reb, J.Pace 16+10reb+4ast, Z.Meehl 10+4reb+8ast, Z.Meehl 3, M.Pearce 2
Wellington S.: A.Gurley 16+9reb+1ast, A.Trousdell 12+2reb+1ast, T.McLean 12+8reb+3ast, J.Crowe 12+8reb+5ast, C.Frank 11+5reb, J.Kench 8+2reb
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Harbour H. - Nelson G. 80-71

Undefeated Nelson G. (1-1) recorded its first loss in Auckland on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Harbour H. (1-3) 80-71. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But Nelson G. won third quarter 23-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Harbour H. dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Nelson G.'s 24. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) who scored 26 points. American guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Harbour H. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists and American forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Harbour H. left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Southland S. Nelson G. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Harbour H. is looking forward to face higher ranked Taranaki MA (#3) in New Plymouth in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nelson G. will play at home against Southland S. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Harbour H.: K.Smith 26+2reb, J.Bailey 11+8reb+8ast, Z.Atkinson 10+7reb+1ast, B.Anderson 10+3reb+4ast, M.Alexander 9+1reb+1ast, C.Piho 6+5reb
Nelson G.: P.Jones 20+4reb+6ast, P.Campbell 15+6reb+2ast, S.Dempster 11+8reb, J.Bloxham 9+2reb+3ast, G.Dawson 6+3reb, B.Wright 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 168091



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Ime Udoka selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Nigerians who are currently playing abroad.

Ime Udoka
Ime Udoka
   #1. This week''s number one is an experienced international swingman Ime Udoka (196-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help one of league''s weakest teams UCAM Murcia (8-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Udoka''s very good performance UCAM Murcia was defeated 69-62 on the road by the higher-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Udoka also added 9 rebounds. Udoka is currently second on the league''s list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 31.3%, 3FGP: 48.6%(18-37) and FT: 74.1%. Udoka has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV). Umeh was the major contributor in a New Yorker Phantoms'' victory against the 13th-ranked BBC Bayreuth (11-17) 72-64 in the German BBL in Wednesday night''s game. He scored 19 points. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (14-13) is placed seventh in the BBL. Umeh has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 32.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Umeh is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
Ekenechukwu Ibekwe
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) faced previously mentioned Michael Umeh in the German BBL last game. Ibekwe, who plays in the German BBL. He was not able to help BBC Bayreuth (11-17) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Ibekwe''s good performance BBC Bayreuth was defeated 72-64 in Braunschweig by the higher-ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#7). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Ibekwe also added 7 rebounds. Ibekwe is currently second on the list of best blockers. This season he has very good stats: 11.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 56.8%(104-183), 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 63.5%. Ibekwe has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Derrick Obasohan
Derrick Obasohan
   #4. Forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) contributed to a FIATC Joventut''s victory against the seventh-ranked Cajasol (13-12) 77-73 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Obasohan scored 8 points in 18 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (11-14) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Obasohan''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 25 games he played so far. Obasohan also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Chamberlain Oguchi
Chamberlain Oguchi
   #5. Former international guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to secure a victory for Panteras (6-16) in their last game. Despite his good performance Panteras was crushed 89-62 in La Guaira by the higher-ranked (#6) Bucaneros. Oguchi was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 3 passes in 32 minutes. Oguchi belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #7 with 18.8ppg. This year he also averages: 3.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the eight games. Oguchi used to play for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #6. Swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, agency: Two Points, college: Oklahoma) couldn''t help Blusens Monbus (8-17) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (20-5) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points in 18 minutes. Blusens Monbus lost 58-71 in Barcelona to the second-ranked Regal FC. This year Ere''s overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg in the 25 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ere is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team three years ago.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) couldn''t help Melilla Baloncesto (15-12) in their game against Clinicas Rincon (5-23) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Friday He recorded 10 points. Odiakosa is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg. Odiakosa used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team eight years ago.

Ezenwa Ukeagu
Ezenwa Ukeagu
   #8. Power forward Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-81, college: Washington St.) led Sparta to a victory against the second-ranked Amicale (8-13) 71-66 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. BBC Sparta Bertrange (18-5) is placed second. This year Ukeagu has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg and 10.8rpg in the six games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ukeagu plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

George Ehiagwina
George Ehiagwina
   #9. Former U19 international forward George Ehiagwina (206-89) couldn''t help the league outsider Ginasio (0-19) in their game against Barreirense (13-6) in the Portuguese LPB. He recorded 6 points in 25 minutes. The bottom-ranked Ginasio was crushed 108-63 in Barreiro by the much higher-ranked (#4) Barreirense. So far Ginasio lost all nineteen games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ehiagwina''s total stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Nigerian U19 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) contributed to a 2-point Chalon/Saor''s victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne (3-3) 78-76 in the EuroChallenge in Thursday night''s game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 26 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. Aminu has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1spg in the 14 games he played so far.

   #2. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86, college: Nebraska), who plays in the Belgian D1 could not help Leuven Bears (12-9) in their last game. Despite Dagunduro''s very good performance Leuven Bears lost 73-78 on the road to the one of league''s weakest teams (#8) Optima Gent. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Dagunduro also added 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Dagunduro is currently second on the league''s list of most steals with 2.4spg. This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg in the 20 games.

   #3. Experienced Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) faced previously mentioned Alade Aminu in the EuroChallenge last game. Nsonwu-Amadi, who plays in France was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (3-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Chorale de Roanne was edged 78-76 on the opponent''s court by the leading Chalon/Saor in the group I of EuroChallenge. Nsonwu-Amadi scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Nsonwu-Amadi has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg in the 14 games.

   #4. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) was not able to secure a victory for Assignia Manresa (12-13) in their game against Valencia Basket (14-11) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Achara also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Achara averages: 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian. Despite Achara''s Nigerian passport, he previously played for the Scottish national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #5. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Los Leones (0-3) crushing them 94-60 in the Liga Americas in Friday night''s game. Agba recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. Itabom/Bauru B.T. (2-1) is placed second in group D. The Preliminary Round already ended in the Liga Americas. This year Agba averages: 5.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5spg in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #6. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) couldn''t help Cherkasy in their game against BC Kyiv in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance last Friday Adeleke recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Adeleke has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 12.0rpg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Festus Ezeli (210-C-89) couldn''t help the Vanderbilt in their game against the University of Wisconsin in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Ezeli had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. But his team was edged 60-57. Ezeli has very impressive stats this year: 20.1ppg, 12.0rpg and 1.3spg in the eight games.

   #8. Micheal Eric (210-F/C) couldn''t help the Temple in their game against the University of South Florida in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. Eric scored 7 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks. His team was defeated 58-44. Eric is currently second on the league''s list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). His overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86, college: Wayne St., MI) contributed to a CB Clavijo''s surprising victory against the league leader Grupo Iruna Navarra 81-80 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night''s game. He recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 4 blocks in 33 minutes. Lawal is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This year his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.7bpg and 1.1spg in the 28 games. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #10. Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Northeastern) couldn''t help Leeuwarden in their game against Weert in the Dutch Eredivisie. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Adako was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. This season Adako has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2spg.



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Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 18-3 
 2. Asker Aliens 15-6 
 3. Tromso 13-8 
 4. Centrum 13-8 
 5. Baerum Basket 12-9 
 6. Gimle BBK 10-11 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-19 
 8. Langhus 1-20 


BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.22.7 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker21.9 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens21.5 
 4. Karlsen, Centrum20.6 
 5. Westerlund, Ammeru.20.1 
 6. Smith, Gimle BBK18.1 
 7. Wallace, Tromso18.0 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK16.3 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.16.3 
 10. Oatis, Baerum B.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker12.5 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.5 
 3. Byerson, Tromso9.4 
 4. Smith, Gimle BBK9.3 
 5. Karlsen, Centrum8.9 
 6. Land, Asker Aliens8.8 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.8.7 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.8.0 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.8 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mustafa MAHNIN
  Centrum
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Mahnin, Centrum4.5 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.5 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.4.3 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.4.2 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.8 
 7. Byerson, Tromso3.6 
 8. Okoroafor, Ammerud3.4 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK3.3 
 10. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.2.3 
 2. Silavs, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso2.1 
 4. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.1 
 5. Ferranti, Baerum B.2.1 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.2.0 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.1.8 
 8. Elgmork, Baerum B.1.8 
 9. Westerlund, Ammeru.1.6 
 10. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 3. Byerson, Tromso1.1 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 5. Hagen, Ammerud1.0 
 6. Lee-Ingram, Asker0.9 
 7. Smith, Gimle BBK0.9 
 8. Bullock, Froya B.0.9 
 9. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.7 
 10. Karlsen, Centrum0.7 



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Gary Forbes selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Panamanians who are currently playing abroad.

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #1. This week''s number one is an international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia). He was the major contributor in an overtime Toronto Raptors'' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (25-18) 114-110 in the NBA in Friday night''s game. Forbes recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors have not so impressive 15-30 record this season. This year Forbes averages: 4.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 22.9% and FT: 77.4% in the 30 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Forbes is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. Pinnock could not help Capitanes (3-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Capitanes was edged 85-84 on the road by the second-ranked Quebradillas. Pinnock was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 8 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Pinnock is currently ninth on the list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Pinnock averages: 15.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 78.6%. He is a naturalized American. Pinnock is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Jamahr Warren
Jamahr Warren
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international swingman Jamahr Warren (194-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.). Warren led Bigua to a victory over the leader Hebraica (9-1) 79-68 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Warren scored 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes. Atletico Bigua (4-6) is placed fourth in Serie 2. Warren has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 75.0% in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Warren is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #4. Power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to help Atenas (16-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Lloreda''s good performance Atenas was edged 73-72 at home by the second-ranked Libertad Sunchales. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lloreda''s team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It''s Lloreda''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg and 4.7rpg. Lloreda is also Panamanian national team player.

Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia
   #5. International power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jamahr Warren. But that was another game of his team in Uruguayan LUB which we would like to mention. Garcia, who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Bigua (4-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Bigua was badly defeated 80-64 in a derby game by the leading Hebraica in the Serie 2. Garcia had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds in 38 minutes. This year Garcia has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the four games. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

Ruben Garces
Ruben Garces
   #6. Power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence) is a teammate of previously mentioned Danilo Pinnock. However that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which brought him to that list. Garces contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Caciques (1-6) crushing them 95-59. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Capitanes de Arecibo (3-5) is placed sixth in the BSN. Garces'' overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 5.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Panamanian National Team roster.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #7. International forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) was the main contributor in a 2-point Club 9''s victory against the league outsider San Martin Corrientes (8-22) 77-75 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. Ayarza was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Ayarza''s third season in pro basketball. Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (11-19) is placed 14th in the LigaA. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Ayarza has reliable stats this year: 14.9ppg and 4.6rpg in the 34 games. He is also Panamanian national team player.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #8. Swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed to a Sigma Barcellona''s victory against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA (11-11) 87-76 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Sigma Barcellona (13-10) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Hicks'' stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #9. International forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) helped Shiga L-Stars win their game against the sixth-ranked Sendai 89ers (19-20) 80-61 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Gomez Camargo scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Shiga Lakestars (24-15) are placed fifth in Western group. It was his team''s third consecutive victory in a row. Gomez Camargo averaged so far 12.6ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg. He is also in the roster of the Panamanian national team.

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #10. Forward Levour Warren (196-81, also represented by SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) managed to help KK Cedevita Zagreb in a victory against the closely-ranked Hemofarm (12-6) 80-64 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night''s game. Warren scored only 4 points in 16 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (19-7) is placed second in group A. His team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Warren averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Warren is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Panamanian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Panama.

   #11. International forward Leonardo Pomare (203-86, college: San Diego) helped Hamamatsu Phoenix win their game against the eighth-ranked Chiba Jets 83-72 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. Pomare scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pomare''s overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 5.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Pomare plays currentl