EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/21/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

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


David Simon is MVP and best scorer of the regular season - by Eurobasket News

Regular season in Adriatic league is over and Semifinals are already set. David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) finished as MVP and best scorer of the regular season. The 29-year-old center reached valuation 579 in 26 games (average 22.27). Simon also finished as the best scorer of the competition. He nailed 504 points in total (average 19.38 per game). Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of Zagreb finished as the best rebounder. He grabbed 165 rebs in 20 games (average 8.25). David Simon is third on this list with 6.54 rpg. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Radnicki dished out most assists per game. He averaged 7 assists in 20 games. D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.) of Helios Domzale is No.1 in steals. He had 19.2 spg for 25 games. Finally, the best shot blocker of the league is Shawn James (208-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) of Maccabi with 1.48 bpg (21 games). David Simon is second on this list with 1.42 bpg in 26 games.


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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto Beat Petro and Lead Bai Basket - by Eurobasket News

Luanda After three extra time games, 1 de Agosto defeated on Friday Petro de Luanda by 104-100 at Luanda's Cidadela pavilion, in the six round of the national senior males basketball championship (BAI BASKET2012).

In the first half, Petro de Luanda were winning the game by 67-57.

With this result, 1 de Agosto lead the competition with 35 points, whilst Petro de Luanda occupy the third position with 32 points.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, La Union17.5 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.0 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.9 
 4. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.0 
 5. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.9 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 7. Pittman, Libertad.15.6 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.4 
 9. Lo Grippo, Quimsa15.3 
 10. Mojica, Wuber-Es.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Martinez, San M.12.3 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.10.0 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.3 
 5. Davis, GECR I.9.0 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.5 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.4 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.9 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.5 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB2.0 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.7 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 7. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 9. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
 10. Pau, La Union1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.3 
 3. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 4. Jackson, Olimpico.1.1 
 5. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 7. Matthews, Quilm.1.1 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.1 
 9. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


LigaA 1/8 Finals: Second games - by Eurobasket News

Second games of the LigaA 1/8 Finals were played on Sunday. Estudiantes and Regatas managed to beat their rivals once again jumping to 2-0 lead in the series. It means they need just one more win for the Quarterfinals. GERC Indalo was better than La Union tying the score to 1-1 in the series. Third games are scheduled for Friday.

GECR Indalo - La Union 95-81 (1-1)

The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. La Union managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GECR Indalo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 36 and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded La Union 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) notched 22 points to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) did not help to save the game for La Union. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.McGowan 22+4reb+1ast, K.Seawright 14+12reb+1ast, D.Ciorciari 13+2reb+6ast, D.Romero 13+6reb, D.Davis 8+6reb+1ast, R.Gabini 8+5reb
La Union: R.Wolkowyski 16+8reb, G.Mikulas 15+6reb, J.Smith 13+2reb+2ast, A.Marin 10+2reb+2ast, A.Pau 9, D.Farabello 8+5ast
gschID: 171466


Sionista - Wuber-Est.Bahia 72-73 (0-2)
The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 16-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Wuber-Est.Bahia made 28-of-33 charity shots (84.8 percent) during the game. Sionista was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian guard Juan Espil (194-68) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Swingman Federico Ferrini (194-83) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) scored 7 points and 9 assists. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Espil 15+1reb, R.Sanchez 12+5reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 10+5reb, A.Zago 8+3reb, E.Ruiz 8+3reb+2ast, R.Stanton 8+3reb
Sionista: F.Ferrini 17+3reb+4ast, H.Rollins 15+5reb, D.Hure 8+4reb, J.Villegas 8+8reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 7+4reb+9ast, R.Iglesias 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171467


Regatas C. - Atenas 86-81 OT (2-0)
The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 16-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. 30 personal fouls committed by Atenas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Atenas. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Atenas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 21+4reb+4ast, N.Romano 19+8reb+2ast, D.Kante 16+6reb+1ast, J.Martinez 13+7reb+7ast, L.Roe 10+6reb+2ast, T.Taylor 4+1ast
Atenas: M.Melvin 19+11reb+1ast, B.Labaque 18+4reb+5ast, R.Humphrey 14+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 14+3reb+2ast, F.Sucatzky 6+3ast, M.Lescano 3
gschID: 171464



Quimsa says goodbye to Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News

Quimsa failed to reach the second stage of Liga Americas. The Argentinean squad ended as third ranked team of Group D with 1-2 record. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Itabom/Bauru handed 89-83 loss to Quimsa. Douglas Nunes shined for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Fernando Fischer also was great scoring 23 pts and Larry Taylor added 17 points, plus 8 assists. In Quimsa, Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) delivered 29 points. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81, agency: Players Group) (10 rebs) and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU) (5 rebs) netted 16 points each. Quarters: 24-21, 19-21, 21-24, 25-17.
In Game Two, Quimsa grabbed its only win and it was against Los Leones 70-72. Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Damian Tintorelli (7 rebs) and Sebastian Vega (200-F-88) (6 rebs) netted 12 points each. Scott Rodgers responded with 25 points in defeat. Rogrigo Espinoza was their second scorer with 16 pts. Quarters: 17-20, 17-17, 17-23, 19-12.
In the first game, Quimsa failed against Uniceub/BRB after two overtimes, 99-108 2OT. Uniceub/BRB got 22 points from Guilherme Giovannoni. Arthur Silva scored 21, while Welington Dos Santos helped the winners with 20 points and 7 assists. At the other side, Diego Lo Grippo shined with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Damian Tintorelli had 20 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 19-23, 19-18, 21-25, 21-14, 12-12.



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Hoare bids farewell - by Hugh McAuliffe

Gold Coast Blaze veteran Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) has announced he will retire at the end of the current iiNet NBL Championship season.

The man known as Sneaky for his canny play around the basket announced his retirement at a media conference on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning.

Very humbled and a bit embarrassed by all the nice words, Hoare tweeted shortly after the announcement. Gonna miss the game and the people involved. Looking forward to the next month.

The nice words as Hoare described them were in no short supply as a veritable whos who of the NBL took to Twitter to laud the retiring veteran.

Teammate Mark Worthington described Hoare as a great player but an even better bloke.

Sydney Kings coach Shane Heal tweeted Congrats on a terrific career and helping every team you played on be better.

Former Tigers teammates Mark Bradtke and Chris Anstey also congratulated Hoare on his career.

To date Hoare has appeared in 461 NBL games, which ranks him 20th on the NBLs list of all-time games played.

During his career he has amassed 3,743 points, 2,436 rebounds, 977 assists and 215 steals.

He is the only player in the NBLs history to have won the Best Sixth Man award more than once, taking it out in back-to-back seasons for the Melbourne Tigers in 2006 and 2007. He narrowly missed winning that same award in 2008, when he was the runner-up.

The 201 cm forward started his career with the North Melbourne Giants in 1995, playing three seasons there before joining the West Sydney Razorbacks in 1998. After two seasons with the Razorbacks, Hoare joined the team he is perhaps most associated with, the Melbourne Tigers.

Hoare played nine seasons in Tigers colours from 2000 to 2009, helping them to titles in 2006 and 2008. He was also part of the Melbourne team that finished runners-up in 2007 and 2009. His 308 games for the Tigers ranks sixth in club history.

He played a single season in Townsville during the 2009/10 campaign before joining the Blaze for the past two seasons.



ANBL Awards nominees announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

The National Basketball League stars nominated by their clubs for a number of prestigious awards for the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season have been revealed.

The players nominated for the Most Improved Player, Best Sixth Man, Rookie of the Year and Best Defensive Player awards have been announced. The eventual winners will be named at the 2012 iiNet Basketball Australia MVP awards dinner in Melbourne at Crown Casino next Monday night (26 March).

Each of the NBLs nine teams were able to nominate a maximum of two players from their own roster for each of those four award categories. In all, six players were nominated by their club for Rookie honours, 13 for Best Sixth Man, 13 for Best Defensive Player and 12 for Most Improved.

Voting for the award winners was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season, with the Head Coach, one Assistant Coach and one Captain from each team having the chance to cast 3-2-1 votes for their preferred choices. Voters were not allowed to vote for players from their own team in the final balloting process. The player who receives the highest vote total when all ballots are counted will be declared the winner.

Other NBL awards that will be announced next Monday night include the Andrew Gaze Trophy for the NBLs Most Valuable Player, the All-NBL First, Second and Third Teams, Referee of the Year and the Lindsay Gaze Trophy for Coach of the Year. None of these other awards required clubs to nominate players.

The players nominated by their clubs in the Rookie, Most Improved, Sixth Man and Defensive Player categories are listed below.

The NBL will reveal the five finalists in a number of award categories later this week.

Tickets to attend the MVP are currently on sale and to join the stars of Australian basketball on the Orange Carpet fans should visit www.basketball.net.au/mvp.


Rookie of the Year

Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) (Adelaide)

Greg Hire (198-F-87, college: Augusta St.) (Perth)

Ben Purser (201-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) (Perth)

Mills Patrick (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) (Melbourne)

Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) (Sydney)

Chris Cedar (185-G-88) (Townsville)



Sixth Man of the Year

Nathan Herbert (192-G/F-84) (Adelaide)

Aaron Grabau (196-G/F-78) (Cairns)

Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) (Gold Coast)

Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) (Perth)

Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) (Perth)

Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86, college: Arizona) (Melbourne)

Liam Rush (202-F-82) (Melbourne)

Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) (NZ)

CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) (NZ)

Graeme Dann (202-F-83) (Sydney)

Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) (Townsville)

Michael Cedar (190-G-86) (Townsville)

Joevan Catron (198-F-88, college: Oregon) (Wollongong)



Best Defensive Player

Mitchell Creek (197-F/G-92) (Adelaide)

Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82, college: Oregon) (Cairns)

Adam Gibson (188-G-86) (Gold Coast)

Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary) (Perth)

Cameron Tovey (201-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) (Perth)

Ronald Dorsey (197-F/G-83, college: McNeese St.) (Melbourne)

Tommy Greer (200-F-83, college: Nova SE) (Melbourne)

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) (NZ)

Mika Vukona (198-F-82) (NZ)

Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89, college: Clemson) (Sydney)

Eddie Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) (Townsville)

Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) (Townsville)

Tyson Demos (191-G-88) (Wollongong)



Most Improved Player

Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) (Adelaide)

Aaron Grabau (Cairns)

Adam Gibson (Gold Coast)

Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)

Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) (Perth)

Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) (Melbourne)

Alex Pledger (NZ)

Thomas Abercrombie (NZ)

Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) (Sydney)

Todd Blanchfield (Townsville)

Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) (Townsville)

Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) (Wollongong)



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE vol 12 - by Ozell Wells

The old con was called the bait and switch...in that particular type of operation, a faked incident would be used to draw attention of your mark in a manner that they focus on the events that are transpiring and inadvertently taking their attentions off of the prize that you, the puppet master truly desire. All in all, at the end of the operation, the mark is left bewildered, not truly knowing or understanding what truly transpired....only that they have either lost a lot of money, or a prized possession. (adapted from Robert Beck's Big White Con, 1973)

Unfortunately, this is what I see having transpired in the US, over the course of the past week. The entire general population, or the fan base of the NBA has had their attentions on the looming trade deadline, which approached and passed this week. The whole city of Orlando, after having been taken for a wild ride on the whims of one Dwight Howard; who could not decide where his true passions lay. Changing his mind from desired destination to destination, and almost playing the hearts and minds of the Orlando loyalists, like a puppet.

At the end of the day, and after flirting like the school-girl that is admired by every athlete on campus, he decided to stay put. Home in Orlando, welcomed back into the awaiting arms of the city that adores him. Much like I addressed in a previous post, on the decline of NBA basketball an d the eager acceptance of a hurriedly assembled product like we have now. Much like the basketball starved fans at the end of the lockout, the fans of Orlando; threatened by the thought of losing their star child franchise player/ foundation, hurriedly welcomed him back to town. Not once looking at the fact that he was eagerly prepared to walk away from them and move on to greener pastures. Oh how easily are we conned, fooled and duped in this THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

The fact of the matter is this, the NBA, even in the face of the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) have a type of review of fiscal ramifications and a veteran players trade refusal for players who have played a minimum number of years (like a right of first refusal) in the league. This provision like this and others, allows trades to be reviewed and if not in the best interests of the club in question or THE LEAGUE as a whole, can be denied and/or rejected by THE LEAGUE itself, and not just the player. This did not hinder the League from allowing a huge plethora of moves as the trade deadline approached last week. Derek Fisher shipped to the Rockets, where he refuses to sign with the new club, in lieu of Ramon Sessions who had his career fortunes skyrocket to the center of the universe. The entire affair with Chris Kaman and associated players playing a game similar to one played as a youth in kindergarten called musical chairs. In the face of this, there has also been coaching movement alongside the players' changing seats while in The Show.

the knick players who hadnt even been listening to mike d'antoni the past weeks (before his resignation) and with Woody (Mike Woodson) now manning the ship, he knows who can do what and who fits when and where they fit.
The new hire always wins his 1st few outings, as the players all wish to work their win into his good graces...being the defensive genius that he is, the KNICKS WILL DEFEND MUCH BETTER but
it is still a cancerous environment, melo is a selfish ball hog primadonna, amare is a dead man limping and cohorts baron davis and mike bibby, although once the epitome of the NBA Point Guard, have become relics, which by definition is a shadow of the past...soon to be forgotten



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  BELARUS   

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.5 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.17.1 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.15.1 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.14.8 
 5. Maze, Minsk-200614.6 
 6. Matyukevych, Grod.14.5 
 7. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.3 
 8. Knox, Minsk-200613.9 
 9. Hawkins, Minsk.13.7 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.6 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.10.2 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.2 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.8.2 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.7 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.8 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.8 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.6.7 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.7 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20066.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.5 
 3. Charykau, SBK O.4.2 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.6 
 5. Papruha, BG.3.4 
 6. Maze, Minsk-20063.1 
 7. Volk, SBK O.3.0 
 8. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.8 
 9. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.5 
 2. Akulich, Rubon2.4 
 3. Papruha, BG.2.2 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Zakhar, BG.2.1 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 8. Eldridge, Minsk-20.1.9 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.1.9 
 10. Malkov, Rubon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Minsk-20.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 4. Sinica, Minsk-20060.0 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 6. Shilovich, Rubon0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Shemet, Sozh Gomel0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sharamet, Minsk-2.0.0 


Legion wins All Star Game in Osipovichi - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Legion 122:131

Legion wins All Star Game in Osipovichi. The foreign players overcame the local Belarus nationals 131:122. Six players scored in double digits for the winners.
Belarus started better and took massive 39:34 at the end of the first period. They increased to 72:65 as the teams left the court to the lockers. Legion however needed the push in the third quarter to take 92:91 lead after three quarters. They added another victory in the last stanza to seal the total win.
Alexander Fomin (194-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Bobby Maze (191-G-86, college: Tennessee) added 24. Stanislav Ovdeenko (192-G-84) notched 19, while Vadim Matyukevich and Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) scored 18 apiece. Aliaksei Trostinetskiy (200-F-86)replied with 30 points in the losing effort and Aleksey Lashkevich netted 27. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80)delivered 20 and Dmitriy Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) nailed 18.

Belarus: Aliaksei Trostinetskiy 30, Aleksey Lashkevich 27, Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 20, Dzmitry Kuzmin 18
Legion: Alexander Fomin 27, Bobby Maze 24, Stanislav Ovdeenko 19, Vadim Matyukevich 18, Justin Knox 18


Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 20-1 
 2. Grodno-93 19-3 
 3. Rubon 12-10 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 9-13 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 8-13 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 8-14 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-22 



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  BELIZE   


BECOL TOURNAMENT OPENED WITH A BLAST!!! - by David Magana

The 6th Annual BECOL Basketball Tournament commenced this past Friday at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town. On opening night, the rematch of the senior championship game from last season proved to be a great game, as the sub-champs E3 came out wanting to exact revenge from last years disappointing Finals loss, while Western Hardware Warriors were out to establish their supremacy at the start of the season. E-3 jumped out to a great start, ending the first quarter with a comfortable 15 5 lead, after which the closest Western Hardware Warriors could pull was within 4 points. E-3 (1 0) was able to maintain their lead the entire game, finishing with the first win of the season over Western Hardware (0 1), 67 59. E-3 was lead by Shannon Guzman and Kurt Burgess (196-F) who sank 18 and 10 points respectively, while Western Warriors was lead by Emerson King and Ivan Flowers with 18 and 12 points respectively.
On Saturday night, last years U18 Champs, Benque Eagles (1 0), opened the season with a big win, as they defeated the home boys, Ball Starz (0 1) by the score of 44 - 38. Benque Eagles was lead by Najib Hot Sauce Hernandez with 13 points, while Ulises Duarte sank 11 points. In a losing effort, Christian Aldana lead Ball Starz with 10 points. In the nightcap, Buca Belmopan (1 -0) continued to dominate the Over 35 league, as they pulled away from JCF (0 1) in the fourth quarter, to claim the 66 - 51 win. Buca Belmopan was lead by new comer Byron Shackles Flowers who was the game high scorer with 26 points, while Clive Sutherland scored 20 points, sinking 4 three pointers and Alfonso Audinette added 10 points in the win. In a losing effort, JCF was lead by Karim Juan who scored 19 points, while Ali Awe sank 4 three pointers for the game, ending with 12 points.



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  BRAZIL   


Sao Caetano sign Victor Galleti and Lucas Baroni - by Paulo Freire

Last week the Sao Caetano basketball team had a great news as they have announced two more signings.
The big man Victor Galleti (206-F/C-84) of 27 years old and 2.04 (m), who played for several teams in Sao Paulo State and already had a passage for Sao Caetano in 2006 is back now.
The other enhancement is the young Lucas Baroni (92) of 20 years of age and 2.00m tall which play as a forward. Baroni as is known just left the U19 team of the Paulistano.

The managers also renew the contract of:
Willians da Silva (198-C-91)
Ronan Elias (91)
Gabi Aleo (91)
Leonardo Dias (91)
Lucas Guzzardi (93)
Felipe Souza (91)
Gustavo de Oliveira (91)



Itabom/Bauru heads to second stage of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News

Itabom/Bauru advanced to the second stage of Liga Americas as the second ranked team of Group D. The Brazilian squad registered 2 wins and 1 defeat. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Itabom/Bauru handed 89-83 loss to Quimsa. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) shined for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) also was great scoring 23 pts and Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) added 17 points, plus 8 assists. In Quimsa, Diego Lo Grippo delivered 29 points. Damian Tintorelli (10 rebs) and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (5 rebs) netted 16 points each. Quarters: 24-21, 19-21, 21-24, 25-17.
In Game Two, Uniceub/BRB was too strong for Itabom/Bauru 85-74. Lucas Tischer stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guilherme Giovannoni had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Alex Ribeiro added 12 points, 8 assists and 6 boards. Douglas Nunes (9 rebs) and Fernando Fischer scored 23 and 20 points respectively in Itabom/Bauru. Quarters: 17-25, 24-16, 21-16, 23-17.
In the first game, Itabom/Bauru destroyed Los Leones 94-60. Daniel Zillmer and Fernando Fischer led the winners with 20 points each. Gui Deodato secured a great help adding 17 points. In the loosing squad, Scott Rodgers had 22 points and 5 boards, while Otis Polk added 18 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 25-12, 26-12, 24-18, 19-18.



Uniceub/BRB shines in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News

Uniceub/BRB won the Group D of Liga Americas with perfect 3-0 record. Of course they booked a spot for the next stage. In the last game of the Preliminary Round, Uniceub/BRB destroyed Los Leones 91-61. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) paced the winners with 22 points. Ronald Reis (210-C-91) had 17 points and 12 rebs, while Fabio Telminho Oliveira (195-F-79) netted 12 points. Los Leones got 21 points and 13 rebs form Otis Polk. They did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Los Leones failed to reach the next stage as they ended with 0-3 in Group D. Quarters: 24-17, 22-11, 27-14, 18-19.
In the second game, Uniceub/BRB handed 85-74 loss to Itabom/Bauru. Lucas Tischer (208-C-83) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 8 assists and 6 boards. Douglas Nunes (9 rebs) and Fernando Discher scored 23 and 20 points respectively in Itabom/Bauru. Quarters: 17-25, 24-16, 21-16, 23-17.
In the opening game of Group D, Uniceub/BRB grabbed 99-108 win against Quimsa. Uniceub/BRB got 22 points from Guilherme Giovannoni. Arthur Silva scored 21, while Welington Dos Santos helped the winners with 20 points and 7 assists. At the other side, Diego Lo Grippo shined with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Damian Tintorelli had 20 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 19-23, 19-18, 21-25, 21-14, 12-12.



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Jared Homan''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

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

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket). Ivanov led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro to a victory against the fourth-ranked Umana Venezia (14-9) 93-88 in the Italian SerieA in Tuesday night''s game. He recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-13) is placed 11th in the SerieA. Ivanov is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 12.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 67.7%. Ivanov is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Olin Edirne (7-16) in their last game. Despite Videnov''s good performance Olin Edirne lost 64-76 at home to the much higher-ranked (#4) Besiktas. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Videnov also added 7 assists in 35 minutes. Videnov has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 81.0% in the 16 games he played so far. He is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #4. Swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) led Feni Indistrija to a victory over the closely-ranked Torus Skopje (15-11) 79-66 in the FYR Macedonian Superleague on Wednesday night. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (21-5) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Lilov''s overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #5. International guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, also represented by Interperformances) 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. Kostov scored 10 points in 17 minutes. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (12-10) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Kostov averages: 6.3ppg and 2.9rpg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #6. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante''s victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Ivanov recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Ivanov is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very solid stats this season: 12.5ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4apg. Ivanov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #7. An experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.) was not able to help Lokomotiv (9-7) in their game against CSKA Moscow (14-2) in the VTB United League. He recorded 5 points and added 4 assists in 26 minutes. The fourth-placed Lokomotiv lost 73-88 on the road to the leading CSKA Moscow in the group B of VTB United League. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Blakney''s overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #8. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) helped Cajasol win their game against the 13th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-14) 75-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Calloway recorded 6 points in 29 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (13-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. This year Calloway''s total stats are: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg in the 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #9. Former international forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped his Hungarian team Szolnok win their game against the leader Ventspils (4-2) 82-76 in the EuroChallenge on Thursday night. Nikolov scored 8 points and added 3 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (3-3) is placed second. It''s Nikolov''s first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg. Nikolov used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #10. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) in their game against Gescrap BB (13-12) in the Spanish ACB. Simmons recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 71-69 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked (#9) Gescrap BB. Simmons has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.4rpg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

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

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

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

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

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

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

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Superleague was not able to help Torus Skopje (15-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Karadzovski''s very good performance Torus Skopje was defeated 79-66 at home by the second-ranked Feni Indistrija. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Karadzovski also added 5 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Karadzovski belongs to league''s top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of best passers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Karadzovski averages: 16.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Karadzovski''s Bulgarian nationality, he previously played for the FYR Macedonian national team and probably cannot be called to the Bulgarian team.

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

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

   #6. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92) led Srbija to an easy victory against the third-ranked Hoganas 84-66 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. Gafor had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 5 steals in 28 minutes. Gafor has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in the 20 games. He has also Swedish citizenship.

   #7. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80) led Tromso to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Baerum Basket 82-79 in the Norwegian BLNO on Sunday night. Mihaylov recorded 11 points. Mihaylov has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.9apg.

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



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Luc Mbah a Moute's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Cameroonians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He was the major contributor in a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Golden State Warriors (18-25) crushing them 120-98 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mbah a Moute had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 20-24 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mbah a Moute's fourth year with the team. Mbah a Moute has relatively good stats this season: 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 47.7% and FT: 72.9% in the 27 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA). Aboya led Final Genclik to a victory over the closely-ranked Genc Telekom (21-9) 78-68 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Aboya recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws); quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Final Spor Genclik Bursa (20-10) is placed seventh in the TB2L. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Aboya has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 46.5% and FT: 72.2%. Aboya is in the roster of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Sluc Nancy (14-8) to beat Strasbourg IG (10-12). It was not Samnick's best game last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points in 14 minutes. Sluc Nancy lost 73-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) Strasbourg IG. This year Samnick's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(74-134), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 64.2% in the 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick is also a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. International forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) was not able to help Ilysiakos (7-16) in their game against Ikaros (6-17) in the Greek A1. NaNa cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ilysiakos was defeated 69-61 at home by the one of league's weakest teams Ikaros (#12). It was Ilysiakos' fifth consecutive loss in a row. NaNa's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's NaNa's first season with the team. NaNa is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg and 7.5rpg. NaNa plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #6. Shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) was not able to secure a victory for Aix-Maurienne (16-10) in their game against Olympique Antibes (12-14) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points. Aix-Maurienne was defeated 91-85 in Antibes by the lower-ranked Olympique (#9). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This season Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #7. International forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) couldn't help Chiba Jets (14-26) in their game against Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-13) in the Japanese BJ League. Moliva recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. The eighth-placed Chiba Jets lost 86-100 on their home court in Chiba to the leading Hamamatsu Phoenix in the Eastern group. This year Moliva's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg in the 40 games. He is also Cameroonian national team player.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #8. Power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lievin Basket (14-12) crushing them 74-48 in the French NM1 (third division) on Friday night. Vounang scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Etendard de Brest (14-12) is placed ninth in the NM1. Vounang has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

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

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

   #2. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Le Portel (10-16) crushing them 80-48 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Curti scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (21-5) is placed first in the ProB. It's Curti's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.8apg in the 26 games he played so far. Curti is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite his Cameroonian nationality, Curti previously played for the French national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89) was not able to help Boulazac Basket (20-6) in their game against Fos Ouest (17-9) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and added 4 passes. Boulazac Basket was edged in an overtime 80-78 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Fos_Ouest (#4). It's Njoya's first season with the team. Njoya's total stats this year are: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg.

   #4. Yann Zonnet (197-PF-89) was not able to secure a victory for Saint Vallier (11-15) in their game against Nantes (12-14) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Saint Vallier lost 68-78 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#11) Nantes. This year Zonnet's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg in the 24 games.

   #5. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) couldn't help Energy Invest (1-15) in their game against Olimpi (13-3) in the Georgian Superleague. Toudjani scored only 4 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 28 minutes. The bottom-ranked Energy Invest was crushed 91-59 in Tbilisi by the second-ranked Olimpi. It was Energy Invest's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Toudjani belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 10.8rpg. He also averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in the six games.

   #6. Junior MBida (206-C-90) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket Clubs to win against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne 78-60 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. MBida scored only 3 points. He has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg.



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  CANADA   


Tristan Thompson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas). He led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the New Jersey Nets (15-32) 105-100 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Thompson was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's third season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 17-26 record this season. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. It's Thompson's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 7.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 43.0% in the 37 games he played so far. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Phoenix Suns (23-22) in their last game on Monday. Despite Nash's very good performance the Phoenix Suns were edged 127-124 at home by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes. Nash is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Suns' roster. Nash has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.3apg, 2FGP: 59.4%(171-288), 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 88.5%. Nash played for the Canadian national team in 2003.

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

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #4. Center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall) contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-37) crushing them 107-87 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Dalembert recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have 24-22 record this season. Dalembert has reliable stats this year: 8.2ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.9bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2008.

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

Brady Heslip
Brady Heslip
   #6. Guard Brady Heslip (187-90) contributed to an Baylor's surprising victory against the University of Colorado (6-12) 80-63 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 in Saturday night's game. He scored 27 points (!!!) in 39 minutes. The Baylor University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. Heslip's team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. And now that game is very crucial. This year Heslip's overall stats are: 7.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 43 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
   #7. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help Energa Czarni (2-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Energa Czarni was defeated 82-69 on their home court in Slupsk by the higher-ranked Anwil (#4) in the Group A. Morrison recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Morrison is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Morrison used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Laurent Rivard
Laurent Rivard
   #8. Guard Laurent Rivard (195-91) was not able to secure a victory for the Harvard (12-2) in their game against the Vanderbilt University (10-6) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2, despite his very good performance last Thursday. He scored 20 points in 25 minutes. But the Harvard lost 70-79 on the road to the Vanderbilt University. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Rivard's stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3bpg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2009.

Philip Martin
Philip Martin
   #9. Former international forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) was the major contributor in a Sigma Barcellona's victory against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA (11-11) 87-76 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Martin scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Sigma Barcellona (13-10) is placed fifth in the Lega2. Martin's total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Jacob Doerksen
Jacob Doerksen
   #10. Forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an Hannover Tigers' victory against the fifth-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-9) 94-85 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Doerksen had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. UBC Hannover Tigers (19-5) is placed first in Group North. Doerksen is currently second on the league's list of top scorers with 23.1ppg. He also averaged so far 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg in the 28 games. Doerksen is a former university international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. International point guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC 79-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 9 points. Rautins' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Rautins plays currently for the Canadian national team.

   #12. Former international center Robert Sacre (213-88) helped Gonzaga win their game against the West Virginia University crushing them 77-54 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Thursday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Sacre's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international guard Kevin Pangos (185-93) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Sacre and both played together in the last NCAA game. Pangos helped Gonzaga win their game against the West Virginia University crushing them 77-54. He scored 13 points and added 5 passes. Pangos has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) couldn't help Nijmegen in their game against Den Bosch in the Dutch Eredivisie. Bekkering recorded 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. His team was defeated 85-75. He averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.0rpg. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian U21 national team back in 2004.

   #15. Former U21 international power forward Corey Hallett (208-84, college: Monmouth) couldn't help Levice in their game against NH Ostrava in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Hallett was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Hallett has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Canadian U21 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida) contributed to an easy victory against the Washington Wizards (10-34) 112-97 in the NBA on Monday night. Bonner scored 9 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. Bonner has been at the team for six years. His stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 3.3rpg. Bonner is a naturalized American.

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

   #3. Andrew Nicholson (205-F-89), who plays in the NCAA could not help the St.Bonaventure (10-3) in their last game. Despite Nicholson's very good performance the St.Bonaventure was edged 66-63 on the road by the Florida State University. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Nicholson has been at the team for four years. Nicholson's stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 30 games he played so far.

   #4. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) led Iowa St. to a victory against the University of Connecticut (29-4) 77-64 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 last Thursday. Ejim scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 29 minutes. The Iowa State University has a solid 11-5 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. Ejim belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #7 with 1.8rpg. This year he also averages: 7.6ppg and 1.3apg in the 13 games.

   #5. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Al Riyadi (20-3) in their game against Champville (21-1) in the Lebanese Division A. Mahmoud recorded only 4 points, 7 assists and 3 steals. Al Riyadi was edged 64-63 in Dik El Mehdi by the leading Champville. The Second Stage already ended. Mahmoud has been at the team for eight years. He is currently second on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). Mahmoud has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.5apg and 2.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese.

   #6. Andrew Wedemire (198-G/F), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Glasgow Rocks (12-12) in their last game. Despite Wedemire's good performance Glasgow Rocks was badly defeated 76-56 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Wedemire also added 5 assists in 35 minutes. He averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 26 games.

   #7. Daniel Mullings (187-G), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the N.Mexico St. (10-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the N.Mexico St. lost 66-79 in Bloomington, IN to the Indiana University. Mullings scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. He averaged so far 10.7ppg and 5.0rpg in the 22 games.

   #8. Experienced Jamaal Magloire (208-F/C-78, college: Kentucky) managed to help Toronto Raptors to win in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies 114-110 in the NBA on Friday night. Magloire recorded only 3 points. He has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #9. Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Mahmoud. But that was another game of his team in Division A which we would like to mention. Kanaan couldn't help Al Riyadi in their game against Champville. He scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots in only 11 minutes. His team lost 78-85. Kanaan has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 3.3rpg in the 29 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite Kanaan's Canadian nationality, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team and is not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #10. Stephen Janzen (191-G-82) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked TSV Troester 86-68 in the German ProB (third division) last Tuesday. Janzen scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. He averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. Janzen has also German citizenship.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

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

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Mays could not help Mersin (8-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Mersin was defeated 93-79 at home by the higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#6). Mays scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Mays has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 67.3%. He is a naturalized American. Mays is in the roster of the Central African senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Central Africa.

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

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

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #5. An experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79) managed to help Strasbourg IG in a victory against the fifth-ranked Sluc Nancy (14-8) 82-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. Zianveni recorded only 1 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. Strasbourg IG (10-12) is placed 11th in the ProA. This year Zianveni's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.5rpg in the 22 games. He has both Central African and French nationalities. Zianveni plays currently for the Central African national team.

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

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #7. International forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) was not able to secure a victory for Le Puy ASMB (4-22) in their game against Sorgues (15-11) in the French NM1 (third division). Gotagni cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 1 points in 35 minutes. Le Puy ASMB was crushed 93-71 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#8) Sorgues. It was Le Puy ASMB's tenth consecutive loss in a row. This year Gotagni has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in the 22 games. He is also Central African national team player.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78) plays for Zurich Wildcats in Swiss LNB
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for Get Vosges in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2

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



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Dimayor: U.Concepcion is the second finalist - by Daniel Valencia

CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Union Espanola Santiago 87-67 on tuesday night and is the second finalist of Dimayor 2011-2012. The team coached by Jorge Luis Alvarez took an early lead (31-16 in the first quarter) and then never looked back. Jason Keep (208-C-78, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego) led all scorers with 26 points, while Decorey Young (201-F-85, college: Cumberland) was the leading scorer for the losing team.

Semifinals Game 5

CD Universidad de Concepcion 87 - Union Espanola Santiago 67
Ucon
: Jason Keep 26 pts. Alain Laroche 19 pts. Evandro Arteaga 19 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 20 pts. Willians Bustos 10 pts. Jeremiah Wilson 8 pts.

Boxscore



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Standings - D1

LBS Standings
 1. Barva 5-0
 2. Sanatura D. 5-0
 3. Cartago 3-2
 4. Coopenae-USJ 3-2
 5. Liceo 2-3
 6. Grupo Babel 2-3
 7. Limon 1-4
 8. Escazu 0-5



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Kresimir Loncar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

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

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Galatasaray (19-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Andric's very good performance the league leader Galatasaray was defeated 92-82 at home by the much lower-ranked Antalya (#14). He was the top scorer with 15 points. This season Andric averages: 7.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(70-119) and FT: 74.4%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Marko Banic
Marko Banic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Marko Banic (205-84). Banic led Gescrap BB to a 2-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) 71-69 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Banic recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (13-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. It's Banic's sixth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(121-201), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 87.9% in the 25 games. Banic played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #4. Guard Marko Popovic (185-82, also represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC), who plays in Lithuania was not able to secure a victory for Zalgiris (9-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Zalgiris (#3) was defeated 77-73 on their home court in Kaunas by the leading Unics Kazan in the group A of VTB United League. Popovic was the second best scorer with 15 points. There are only two games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Popovic has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Croatian national team player.

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

Ivan Siriscevic
Ivan Siriscevic
   #6. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) led Timisoara to a victory over the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-18) crushing them 100-58 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. Siriscevic was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. BC Timisoara (19-5) is placed second in the Division A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Siriscevic has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 24 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Croatian team five years ago.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #7. Former international power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84), who plays in Slovenia couldn't help Helios (7-19) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Pasalic's very good performance Helios (#13) was badly defeated 71-53 on their home court in Domzale by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Pasalic also added 8 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Pasalic is currently eighth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.3apg. Pasalic used to play for the Croatian national team three years ago.

Sime Spralja
Sime Spralja
   #8. Power forward Sime Spralja (206-83, agency: Court Side) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivan Siriscevic. But that was another game of his team in Romanian Division A which we would like to mention. Spralja was the major contributor in Timisoara's victory against the seventh-ranked Craiova (18-10) 82-73. He scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 30 minutes. BC Timisoara (19-5) is placed second in the Division A. Spralja's stats this year are: 12.0ppg and 4.4rpg in the nine games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #9. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their game against Caja Laboral (18-7) in the Spanish ACB. Peric recorded 9 points and blocked 2 blocks. But Unicaja Malaga was crushed 90-68 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked Caja Laboral (#3). It was Unicaja Malaga's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Peric's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team five years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #10. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hrvoje Peric and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Zoric, who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unicaja Malaga was crushed 90-68 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Zoric recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. Zoric averaged so far 10.1ppg and 4.1rpg in the 24 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U21 international center Bruno Sundov (221-80, another player represented by Alti Sport) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven 87-80 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Sundov recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sundov averaged so far 12.9ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U21 national team twelve years ago.

   #12. An experienced former international center Jurica Zuza (207-78, another player represented by Alti Sport) couldn't help Tofas in their game against Anadolu Efes in the Turkish TBL, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Zuza was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. But his team lost 58-70. Zuza averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg in the 22 games. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2004.

   #13. Former U21 international power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) couldn't help Genc Telekom in their game against Final Genclik in the Turkish TB2L (second division), despite his very good performance on Friday night. Delic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 2 blocks in 35 minutes. But his team lost 68-78. Delic is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers with 18.3ppg. This year his other stats are: 6.9rpg and 1.6apg in the 29 games. Delic used to play for the Croatian U21 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) helped Telekom Baskets win their game against the 15th-ranked Phoenix Hagen 89-77 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Buljan's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U21 international guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) helped Svit win their game against the closely-ranked Handlova crushing them 105-82 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. Cosic had a triple-double by scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 12 assists in 36 minutes. Cosic is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.3apg. This year he also averages: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4spg in the 34 games. Cosic used to play for the Croatian U21 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (12-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Golemac's good performance Air Avellino was defeated 89-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7). He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Golemac has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Croatian. Despite Golemac's Croatian passport, he previously played for the Slovenian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

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

   #3. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to help Gaz Metan (19-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader Gaz Metan lost 65-74 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#14) Oradea. Tomeljak was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 35 minutes. It was Gaz Metan's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tomeljak is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 6.0apg. He also averaged so far 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6spg in the 11 games he played so far.

   #4. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) contributed to a 2-point Givova Scafati's victory against the 11th-ranked Assi Ostuni (10-13) 71-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Radulovic scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Givova Scafati Basket (16-7) is placed second in the Lega2. Radulovic is currently fifth on the list of best blockers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This year he has very good stats: 11.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 2.8spg in the 23 games. Radulovic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Italian. Despite his Croatian nationality, Radulovic previously played for the Italian national team and probably cannot be called to the Croatian team.

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

   #6. Ante Bilobrk (203-SF-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to a Rilski Sportist's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 83-78 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Bilobrk recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. This year Bilobrk's total stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 11 games.

   #7. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) couldn't help BC Vienna in their game against Arkadia Lions in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Despite his very good performance last Sunday He was the second best scorer with 25 points. Stazic also added 9 rebounds, 8 assists and made 2 blocks. Stazic is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). This season he has very high stats. Stazic averages: 26.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg. He has both Croatian and Austrian nationalities. Despite Stazic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the Austrian national team.

   #8. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport) couldn't help AZS Koszalin in their game against Kotwica in the Polish PLK. Despite his good performance last Sunday Milicic recorded 10 points and added 5 passes. Milicic is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.9apg. Milicic has also Polish citizenship.

   #9. Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) helped Monthey win their game against the closely-ranked Fribourg 82-71 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. This year Mihajlovic's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. He has also Slovenian passport.

   #10. Milos Paravinja (212-C/F-79) couldn't help Boras Basket in their game against Uppsala Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. Paravinja scored 8 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 81-95. This year Paravinja's total stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. He also holds two passports: Croatian and Slovenian. Despite Paravinja's Croatian nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian national team.



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Turi Svitavy Survives Late Rally to Upend Astrum Levice 76-69 - by Surujh Roopnarine

Kicking off Round Seven (Second Stage), Turi Svitavy traveled to Slovakia to take on Astrum Levice on Tuesday night, one place behind in the A2 group standings. Despite trailing 9-16 with 3:55 left in the first quarter, Svitavy took control in the second quarter and held on for a hard-fought seven-point road victory. With the win Svitavy improves to 16-21 and with 53 points, the same as Levice, are now tied for second-place in the A2 standings, behind group-leader NH Ostrava. Tomas Teply (190-G-87) scored a game-high 21 points for Svitavy, which 45.9% from the field. Levice, playing without leading scorer Keaton Grant or Spanish guard Eric Sanchez, was led by David Marek (188-G-85, college: S.Utah) who tallied 14 points on 6-9 shooting.
LEVICE: David Marek (14pts), Michael Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) (10pts), Kevin Bridgewaters (175-G-84, college: Chattanooga) (8pts), Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, college: Florida St.) (7pts+6reb)
SVITAVY: Tomas Teply (21pts), Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) (15pts+6reb), Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) (13pts+6reb), Radim Kramny (212-C-85) (7pts+10reb)



Jan Vesely selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (10-34) to beat the Atlanta Hawks (26-20). Vesely recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards lost 88-102 on the road to the Hawks. This year Vesely averages: 2.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 50.6% and FT: 42.4% in the 35 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

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

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

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

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

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #6. Center Jiri Hubalek (209-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St.), who plays in the Lebanese Division A couldn't help Al Moutahed (9-14) in their last game. Despite Hubalek's good performance Al Moutahed lost 93-101 in Zahle to the higher-ranked (#3) Anibal. He recorded 10 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Al Moutahed this season. The Second Stage already ended. Hubalek is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

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

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #8. Guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) couldn't help Otto Caserta (10-13) in their game against Armani Milano (14-9) in the Italian SerieA. Kudlacek recorded 5 points in 10 minutes. Otto Caserta lost 89-95 in Milano to the much higher-ranked (#3) Armani. Kudlacek has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 1.1rpg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

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

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

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

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

   #1. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led Olimpi to a victory over the league outsider Energy Invest (1-15) crushing them 91-59 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. Hoger was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Olimpi Tbilisi (13-3) is placed second in the Superleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hoger's first season with the team. Hoger has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg and 8.9rpg.

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

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

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



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Curtis Withers Joins Sioux Falls Skyforce - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Sioux Falls Skyforce have acquired veteran forward Curtis Withers (6'8''-F-84, college: Charlotte) from the available player pool. The 6-8 Withers began this season with the Dakota Wizards, where in 32 games (15 starts) he averaged 8.4 points and 6.3 rebounds before being waived on March 13. Withers, a former standout at the University of Charlotte, previously spent the 2009-10 season in the D-League with Dakota, where he averaged 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 50 games.
In addition to his D-League experience, Wither has played professionally in Turkey, Puerto Rico, France, Venezuela, Israel, China, Spain and Mexico during his six-year career.



Armor continue skid with 98-93 loss to Dakota - by Eurobasket News

The Springfield Armor left for their four-game, five-day road trip tied for first place in the D-Leagues East Conference. Three losses later, the Armor suddenly find themselves on the fringe of the playoff picture.

Heading into Mondays game against the Dakota Wizards, five teams were separated by a half-game in the overall standings, including both Springfield and Dakota. Thats why the Armors 98-93 loss to the Wizards was so costly.

The victory dropped the Armor to 22-19, a half-game behind Dakota (23-19). Springfield is now tied for fourth in the East and is in a three-way deadlock for seventh overall. The top eight teams qualify for the postseason.

There's 10 teams between 21 and 26 wins, and only seven of them are getting in, Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said.

Each team was playing with its leading scorer in the NBA, Springfields Jerry Smith with the New Jersey Nets and Dakotas Edwin Ubiles with the Washington Wizards. The Armor did get back center Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell), who had a big game with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

I think hes going to have a 12-year NBA career, MacKinnon said. When youve got a guy whos going to be an NBA player on your roster, its a quality player. Weve been playing a couple players short for a couple of weeks now.

It didnt help that Dennis Horner, Springfields leading scorer after Smith, was slowed by back spasms and plagued with foul trouble. He played just 11 minutes and didnt score.

The teams traded the lead until early in the second, when the Armor gained the upper hand with a 14-1 run, turning a 28-23 deficit into a 37-29 lead.

Springfields press harried the Wizards into 11 first-half turnovers leading to 13 points. The Armor also earned some style points with a vicious tomahawk dunk from L.D. Williams.

Three-pointers from Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) and Lance Hurdle ensured the Armor held their lead, 51-44, at the break. Curry poured in 15 of his 23 points in the first half.

The Wizards turned up their defensive intensity in the third. The result was a brutal offensive quarter for the Armor, who shot 5 for 23 and turned the ball over eight times after having done so just six times in the first half.

Even more damaging, the Wizards converted those turnovers into 15 points. Dakota headed into the final quarter with a 67-63 edge.

The game remained tight deep into the fourth, Springfields Damian Johnson (6'7''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Minnesota) tying it at 83 with 4:24 to go. The Wizards took control with three consecutive 3-pointers the first two by Shy Ely, the third by Leo Lyons.

Marcus Dove (6'9''-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) had 26 points and Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) 24 for the Wizards.

The Armor wrap up their trip Tuesday at Sioux Falls.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com



Marqus Blakely and Brian Butch are Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) of the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) of the Bakersfield Jam were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played March 12-18. The honor is the first for both players this season.

Blakely, a 6-5, 220-pound forward from Vermont, averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 33.0 minutes in three Sioux Falls victories last week. He shot 62 percent from the field, recording back-to-back double-doubles on March 13 and 14. On the season, Blakely is averaging 14.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 30.4 minutes in 27 total games, 14 with the Iowa Energy and 13 with Sioux Falls.

Butch, a 6-11, 240-pound center from Wisconsin, averaged 19.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 28.0 minutes in two Jam wins over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last week, including back-to-back double-doubles. In eight games with Bakersfield this season, Butch is averaging 18.4 points, 12.0 rebounds and 27.6 minutes.

Other top performers considered included Austin's Justin Dentmon, who averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 assists in three games; Canton's Alan Anderson, who averaged 26.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games; Dakota's Stefon Hannah, who averaged 29.7 points and 4.3 assists in three games; Erie's D.J. Kennedy, who averaged 20.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in four games; Fort Wayne's Vernon Macklin, who averaged 15.5 points and 17.0 rebounds in two games on assignment from the Detroit Pistons; Idaho's Marcus Banks, who averaged 20.0 points and 5.0 assists in four games; Iowa's Brandon Ewing, who averaged 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games; Los Angeles' Jamario Moon, who averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games; Maine's Morris Almond, who averaged 26.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games; Reno's Andre Emmett, who averaged 23.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games; Springfield's JamesOn Curry, who averaged 22.0 points and 5.5 assists in two games; Texas' Dominique Johnson, who averaged 18.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in three games; and Tulsa's Marcus Lewis, who averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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GUG hands sixth loss to Sameji, Ollie Bailey scores 41 - by Eurobasket News

In the latest game of SRT, GUG was better than Sameji handing them sixth loss of the season. It was a 100-91 victory for GUG, who improved to 3-4 record in the league. Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) exploded in this victory with 41 points. Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 23 pts in defeat. Plaza is the top ranked team in SRT after five rounds. In the latest one Plaza was better than CDP 101-91. Plaza jumped to almost perfect 6-1 record after this meeting, while CDP slipped to 4-3. The second ranked Capitanes needed an overtime to beat Sameji in the last round. It was a 100-94 victory for 4-2 record. Also in Round Five, CDP celebrated against Cupes 87-82.


Los Leones finish Liga Americas winless - by Eurobasket News

Los Leones failed to reach the next stage in Liga Americas. Actually, the Dominican Republic ended as the last ranked team of Group D winless, 0-3. In the last game of the Preliminary Round, Uniceub/BRB destroyed Los Leones 91-61. Arthur Silva paced the winners with 22 points. Ronald Reis (210-C-91) had 17 points and 12 rebs, while Fabio Telminho Oliveira (195-F-79) netted 12 points. Los Leones got 21 points and 13 rebs form Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green). They did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 24-17, 22-11, 27-14, 18-19.
In the second game, Los Leones failed against Quimsa 70-72. Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81, agency: Players Group) (7 rebs) and Sebastian Vega (6 rebs) netted 12 points each. Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) responded with 25 points in defeat. Rogrigo Espinoza was their second scorer with 16 pts. Quarters: 17-20, 17-17, 17-23, 19-12.
In Game One, Itabom/Bauru handed 94-60 loss to Los Leones. Daniel Zillmer and Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) led the winners with 20 points each. Gui Deodato secured a great help adding 17 points. In the loosing squad, Scott Rodgers had 22 points and 5 boards, while Otis Polk added 18 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 25-12, 26-12, 24-18, 19-18.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jovo STANOJEVIC
  Karsi.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stanojevic, Karsi.20.3 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar20.1 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka20.0 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 5. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.18.3 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok17.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon16.9 
 8. Holland, Roanne16.4 
 9. Baxter, Enisey16.0 
 10. Kudrautsau, Minsk.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-PF-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.10.8 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 7. Terry, Khimik8.2 
 8. Hall, Fuenlabrada8.1 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.0 
 10. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.8 
 2. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.6.3 
 4. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 5. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 7. Wright, Olin Edirne5.3 
 8. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.1 
 9. Bremer, N.Novgorod5.0 
 10. Williams, Atomero.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 5. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 6. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 7. Hasbrouck, EWE B.2.1 
 8. Wright, Olin Edirne1.8 
 9. Holston, Art.Drag.1.8 
 10. Cup, Etha1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 4. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 5. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 7. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 8. Baxter, Enisey1.4 
 9. Pustovyi, Khimik1.4 
 10. Majok, Nitra1.3 


Triumph and Szolnok complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - Triumph 65-80
Triumph upset Fuenlabrada for the Final Four ticket in EuroChallenge. The Russian team proved it one more time in Spain with 80:65 victory. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Twenty four personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) added 16 points in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Triumph will face Elan Chalon in the Semifinal.

Ventspils - Szolnok 78-82
Szolnok complete the Semifinal picture of EuroChallenge with the road win over Ventspils. The Hungarian team won the best-of-three series 2-1 and advanced to Final Four. It looked good early as Ventspils took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. Ventspils were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Ventspils had a magnificent campaign in Europe and led by 14 late in the first quarter, but Gundars Vetra's side didn't deliver the knockout punch. Szolnoki ended up hitting nine of 10 free-throws in the last 48 seconds to seal the victory. It was a great evening for Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points and center Arturs Berzins scored 15 points. In the Semifinal Szolnoki Olaj will face Besiktas Milangaz.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Minard, Azovmash16.4 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv15.7 
 4. Curry, BC Donetsk15.7 
 5. Traore, Lokomotiv14.8 
 6. James, Aris14.7 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.14.5 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.14.5 
 9. Wood, ALBA14.2 
 10. Beverley, Spart.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Benetton TV
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.4 
 3. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 4. Booker, Oostende8.0 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.9 
 6. Giddens, PAOK7.8 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv7.2 
 8. Falker, Cholet7.0 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
 10. Rancik, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Wood, ALBA5.4 
 2. Planinic, Khimky5.2 
 3. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 4. Halperin, Spart.5.2 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.8 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 7. Rochestie, Le Mans4.4 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.4.4 
 9. Markovic, Valencia4.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Minard, Azovmash2.3 
 4. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 5. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 6. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
 7. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 8. Ermis, Banvit BK1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.3 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.2 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.6 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.3 
 9. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 10. Gobert, Cholet1.3 


Eurocup Round: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Lokomotiv 81-72
Khimky recorded victory in the opening game of the EuroCup quarterfinal series versus Lokomotiv Kuban. The hosts claimed a 9-point lead to have a safe buffer before the return leg in Krasnodar. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) unloaded 20 points to lead the winners. Lokomotiv were never intimidated as they entered the court in the Basketball Centre of Moscow Region. The visitors grabbed a 21:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Khimky cut the deficit but still trailed by two at halftime 40:42. Lokomotiv maintained the lead throughout the third term. The visitors entered the fourth period up by a single point 60:59. But Lokomotiv gradually ran out of steam. Khimky stiffened their defence in the final frame and capitalized on the visitors fatigue to surge ahead. Lokomotiv scored just 12 points to allow the hosts to take a 9-point win at the end. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) produced 17 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko posted 13 points for the winners. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) answered with 14 points each for Lokomotiv. Ali Traore accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Lietuvos rytas - BC Donetsk 76-65
Lietuvos Rytas made the first step towards EuroCup Final Four. They held off BC Donetsk in the first leg of the quarterfinal series. The teams will now move to Ukraine for the return leg game next week. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) stepped up with 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. Lietuvos Rytas got to a very strong start. They paid attention to defence limiting BC Donetsk to just 9 points and taking an 18:9 lead. BC Donetsk cut the distance early in the second quarter but the hosts quickly bounced back establishing a 41:31 halftime buffer. More to come in the third term as the gap grew at 15-point mark 55:40. Lietuvos Rytas entered the final quarter up by 12 61:49. BC Donetsk capitalized on a string of turnovers from the home side to narrow the distance to just 4 points 59:63. But Lietuvos Rytas knocked down a couple of key buckets to seal an 11-point win. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) finished with 14 points, while Arturas Jomantas added 13 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for BC Donetsk. Ramel Curry, Vojdan Stojanovski and Vule Avdalovic had 10 points each in the loss.

CEZ Nymburk - Spartak SP 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 added 11 points for the winners. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) accounted for 23 points for Nymburk. Lamayne Wilson chipped in 11 points in defeat.

Buducnost - Valencia 75-71
Buducnost turned the tables in the final period to snatch a tough home win over Valencia in the first game of the EuroCup quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 15 points each to lead the hosts. Valencia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Buducnost put their noses in front in the second quarter. The Montenegrin team eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. Valencia however pulled back in charge in the third quarter. The Spaniards held the home team to 14 points in the frame to ensure a comfortable 61:54 lead with ten minutes remaining. Buducnost showed their character in the final frame. Cheered up by the home crowd the Montenegrin champions held their opponent to 10 points and rushed ahead for a key win at the end. Bojan Krstovic and Nikola Ivanovic provided 9 points each for the winners. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) answered with 12 points for Valencia. Florent Pietrus had 11 points in the loss.



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Unicaja fire Jesus Mateo - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja decided to make change on the bridge. They fired head coach Jesus Mateo . The poor results were cited as the main reason for the decision. Unicaja are currently at 13-12 record in ACB fighting for the playoff spot. They also did not manage to qualify for the Euroleague quarterfinals losing all six games at Top 16 stage.
Jesus Mateo took over the Malaga team in January 2011. Previously the specialist worked with Real Madrid Cadet and Junior teams and CAI Zaragoza as head coach. He also had stints with Real Madrid, Unicaja and Fuenlabrada as assistant coach. Francisco Aurioles will temporarily take over the head coach position. However Unicaja have already started looking for the replacement.



Euroleague playoffs: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

The best period of the year for all basketball fans starts today with the post season. Big match ups, tough predictions, spitted possibilities.. It's the moment of truth.

CSKA-BILBAO:

The series remembers me pretty much last years ACB finals match up, when Katsikariss team pass through Real Madrid and went to the championship games as an overachiever and big outsider. The Basques will try to defend CSKAs inside game which is the base of their very balanced offense. CSKA is the leagues favorite but dont forget, its a new team and we dont have test its mentality and character in the post season yet.

Prediction: 70-30.. I just cant give more than 70% to any team in a Euroleague playoff series.. Bilbao is a team of fighters and this years biggest underdog but i think the Russians have all the answers right now.

BARCELONA-UNICS KAZAN:

I dont know what is going wrong in my brain but i think that Unics can be a very tough match up for the Catalanians in one of the first two games.. Both teams are not in a good shape. Unics just went through the worst month of the season and Barcelona works to find its chemistry back after Eidsons injury. Pashutin will try to slow down the pace of the game and play its usual hard nose defense but as we saw at the regular season games from the match ups's chemistry, Unics will have problems. Dont forget that Pasquals team plays the best defense in the league and now faces a team not so strong on this field.. The point guard position can determine the winner, especially if the Catalonians press the ball with Sada and play a fast pace offense with Huertas. However, Barca is not in a very good situation wright now and that gives a mystery to the series..

Prediction: 70-30.. Although i expect that Unics can be competitive for one night at Gaudis city, Barcelona is clearly the favorite.

PANATHINAIKOS-MACCABI TEL AVIV:

Its Celtics vs Lakers.. The Greens pride with the discipline defensive game against the Yellows athletic ability and up tempo offense. Did i say up tempo offense...? Forget about it.. This years Maccabi plays a more set offense on the half court, getting advantage his tremendous power in the paint. The thing is that in Tel Aviv they made the same mistake twice through this season. First they sign Jordan Farmar , a prolific leader that will soon leave and second, after Farmars lost they didnt sign Doron Perkins.. Panathinaikos can control the game tempo even if Papaloukas step up, fact that many people expect in this series. I would defend Langford with Sato, to get ex Kansas-star out of the paint and make him shoot the ball (and post up against Langford too..). Obradovic will try to adjust on Blatts match up zone hitting in the paint with Batiste, play good spot defense on Hendrix and double Sofo down low ( probably with Diamantidis who will guard Ohayon so he can go for a trap, risking some threes). In addition with the most people, i believe that the Greens must play on a higher tempo, especially in OAKAs games. Mainly, they must press the ball all over the court. I dont think Maccabi, the team with the most turnovers now in the competition, can respond in a situation like this.

Prediction: 55-45.. Tough match up. Its the time of the year the really bigs shows up. Those two teams are giants. Panathinaikos doesnt play really well wright now, if Maccabi ( which is tired with 4 games in 7 days) is truly aggressive can steal one in OAKA.

MONTEPASCHI SIENA-OLYMPIAKOS:

It turns to be a classic. Two final-4 contenders face again each other in the post season. Montepaschi remains one of the competitions best defensive teams. They play their famous take no prisoners defense until they drown the opponent. This year are a little bit less aggressive than the other years, probably because they have many scorers in their roster, fact that increased their firepower a lot. Its the leagues leader on fewest turnovers, averaging less than 10, and if you think on what (quick) tempo Montepaschi plays offense the number is ridiculous. Olympiakos is totally different team the last months, after Dorseys sign. I think Pianigianis frontcourt will have problems to score on ex-Memphiss monster, so they will attack him from the first moment to put Dorsey on foul troubles. Olympiakos mainly will try to stop Montepaschis transition offense ( especially McCallebb ) and crash the boards which is Italians weak spot. Three points shots percentage will be crucial on this series as players like Lavrinovic and Aradori (maybe Pianigianis hidden ace ). Kaukenas absence is truly important on this point, as he is the really go-to guy for Montepaschi on close situations.. Italian champs are the team which fouled the opponent more than any other. .Olympiakos is the team that get fouled more than any other.. However, it will be truly important the style that refs will whistle..

Prediction: 55-45.. Montepaschi is a better team, probably the best in the league among CSKA. Olympiakos isnt the favorite this year but... this is its biggest advantage in the series.



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1st Division: Lapua and BC Nokia force the deciders - by Eurobasket News

Lapua - Tapiolan Honka 82-69 (2-2)

Tapiolan Honka was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Lapuan Korikobrat made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Emmanuel Jackson (188-86, college: Seton Hill) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side swingman Panu Vertio (196-86) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tapiolan Honka's coach Jussi Syrjanen rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lapua: E.Williams 21+13reb+2ast, E.Jackson 18+2reb+2ast, J.Turja 13+1reb+4ast, V.Turja 13+2reb, W.Baxley 11+3reb+2ast, K.Siven 6+9reb
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 16+1reb+2ast, T.Laitinen 10+3reb+4ast, P.Vertio 10+8reb+2ast, A.Vanjoki 10+3reb, L.Phillips 9+2reb+6ast, I.Sirola 6+3reb
gschID: 171595


BC Nokia - FoKoPo 83-76 (2-2)

The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo, agency: Hightower Law Firm) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) added 17 points in the effort for Forssan Koripojat.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: G.January 23+15reb+2ast, D.Townes 20+11reb+3ast, T.Riihela 18+7reb+3ast, T.Kankaanpaa 10+1reb+1ast, V.Tuominen 5+1reb+3ast, M.Ovaska 3+1reb
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 17+4reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 17+1reb+3ast, B.Moultrie 12+15reb+2ast, M.Molenius 9+7reb+1ast, J.Helenius 9+1ast, J.Heinikoski 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171594


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.2 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Simmons, Porvoon24.0 
 4. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 5. Williams, Lapua21.4 
 6. Conerly, SayRi21.1 
 7. Manning, Huima20.8 
 8. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.1 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 7. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 8. Williams, Lapua10.0 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Conerly, SayRi5.5 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 3. Manning, Huima4.9 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.8 
 5. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 7. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey CONERLY
  SayRi
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Conerly, SayRi3.0 
 2. Jackson, Lapua2.2 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 4. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 5. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 6. Baxley, Lapua1.9 
 7. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 8. January, BC Nokia1.8 
 9. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 10. Still, Porvoon Ta.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 8. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.8 
 9. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.8 
 10. Britton, Huima0.8 


1.DIVISION: Game # 5 will be needed - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Game # 4: All five contests will be needed before the finalists are known. Tonight Korikobrat (Lapua) defeated Honka (Tapiola) after a very slow start 82-69 (31-31) and tied the victories 2-2. The same story at Nokia, where BC Nokia upset again FoKoPo (Forssa) 83-76 (38-44). The victories here 2-2 as well. Game (s) # 5 on Thursday, March 22: FoKoPo - BC Nokia and Honka - Lapua. The winners will make it to the finals.
Lapua was down 2-14 and 11-23 after the first quarter, but Honka was in troubles during the second (20-8) and third (33-17) quarter. Lapua had five players in double digits, but sharpshooter Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) was not among the four best even this time. Honka stopped Baxley (11 points), but Turja brothers Ville and Jussi scored both 13 pts. Eric Williams (198-F-85, college: Tarleton St.) had a double-double 21pts/13rbs. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) led Honka with 16 pts.
BC Nokia had trio Gerald January (201-F/C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) - Darren Townes - Timo Riihela back on own level and that was too much for FoKoPo. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) and Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) led FoKoPo with 17 pts each. Exitement on the top on coming Thursday!

Lapua - Honka 82-69 (31-31). (Eric Williams 21/13, Emmanuel Jackson 18, Ville Turja 13 - Villematti Kopio 16, Panu Vertio 10/8, Tero Laitinen 10. A: 372).
BC Nokia - FoKoPo 83-76 (38-44). (Gerald January 23/15, Darren Townes 20/11, Timo Riihela 18/7 - Tracy Robinson 17, Sami Ikavalko 17, Brian Moultrie 12/15. A: 395).



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Augie Johnston Gets Contract Extension With SC Rist Wedel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The three game playoff loss to the Nordlingen Giants was tough, but American AAugie Johnston (185-G-86, college: CS Monterey) has decided to return for another year to PRO B club SC Rist Wedel and continue to shape his game and watch young German Ismet Akpinar develop as he got a contract extension yesterday. Johnston is a 25 year old 185cm guard from Atascadero, California that will be playing his fourth season in Germany next season. After years in the German Regionaliga 2 and Regionaliga, he played a very strong PRO B season for SC Rist Wedel where he played 27 games averaging 16,0ppg, 4,0rpg and 4,0apg. He played at Cal.St.-Monterey (NCAA2) before turning professional in 2009.

Source: SC Rist Wedel





BSW Sixers: Coach Arigbabu receives contract extension - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B side BSW Sixers announced that head coach Stephen Arigbabu has extended his contract through 2013. 'I feel very comfortable with the Sixers since day one. Also, these past two years have been very successful with earning promotion to the Pro B and this year with finishing in 4th place. I am looking forward to the new season and the upcoming challenges. Now we have to figure out, which players are going to stay and how we will be able to reasonably strengthen the roster', Arigbabu said.
The 40-year-old received 166 caps to play for the German National Team between 1990 and 2007. He participated in four European championships, winning the silver medal in 2005, and captured bronze at the 2002 World Championships. At the club level Arigbabu won two German championships with ALBA Berlin, the 2004 FIBA Europe Cup with MBC and three German cup titles with Ulm and Berlin. In 2010 he was given his first head coaching job by the BSW Sixers.



BBL Round 28 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) contributed with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Saul Blanco (195-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
It was a great evening for American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Julien Mills helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.

The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 50 points (!!!) by Deron Williams of Besiktas.


EnBW L'burg - Bayreuth 91-72

The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Swingman Saul Blanco (195-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) added 16 points in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: L.Mainoldi 16+2reb, S.Blanco 14+5reb, J.Colom 11+2reb+2ast, F.Lavina 6+1reb+1ast, J.Cortaberria 5+1ast, K.Penney 5+3reb
Triumph: T.McKee 26+3reb+1ast, K.Landry 14+6reb+3ast, D.Jefferson 10+11reb+3ast, D.Kulagin 10+7reb+1ast, S.Karasev 8+1reb, V.Zvarykin 8+6reb
gschID: 171414


Ratiopharm - Telekom Baskets 87-74

It looked good early as Ventspils took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. Ventspils were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points and center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: S.Gray 17+3reb+1ast, A.Berzins 15+3reb+1ast, M.Diane 13+3reb+2ast, J.Young 12+4reb+2ast, T.Abernethy 9+3reb+2ast, M.Meiers 8+8reb+1ast
Szolnok: O.Trotter 20+5reb+5ast, A.Horvath 15+1reb+3ast, H.Nikolov 13+1reb+1ast, J.Mills 13+12reb+3ast, Z.Trepak 7+1reb, B.Gay 6+3reb
gschID: 171413


Goettingen - LTi 46ers 76-65

Bottom-ranked BG Goettingen managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked LTi 46ers 76-65. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 31 personal fouls committed by LTi 46ers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 15 points. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 22 points respectively for lost side. LTi 46ers' coach Bjoern Harmsen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Goettingen maintains eighteenth position with 4-24 record. LTi 46ers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with EnBW L'burg. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face higher ranked Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LTi 46ers will play at home against EWE Baskets (#9) in Oldenburg and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: J.Allen 19+1reb+1ast, S.Evans 18+13reb+6ast, M.Bauscher 15+4reb+3ast, P.Noch 7+1reb+1ast, P.Horne 7+6reb+2ast, V.Chikoko 5+4reb
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 22+4reb+2ast, E.Ovcina 17+11reb+2ast, W.Bernard 11+2reb+1ast, C.Prewitt 8+3reb, K.Archibong 3+7reb+2ast, M.Perl 2+1reb
gschID: 133343


B.Muenchen - s.Oliver Baskets 72-62

The game in Muenchen was also quite interesting. 5th ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (17-11). Bayern Muenchen defeated s Oliver Baskets 72-62 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-62. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Ricky Harris (188-87, college: Massachusetts) responded with 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) scored 7 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. Bayern Muenchen will meet higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 19+10reb+1ast, J.Wallace 19+2reb+2ast, J.Homan 10+11reb+2ast, R.Benzing 8+4reb, J.Foster 7+5reb+2ast, S.Hamann 5+4ast
s.Oliver Baskets: R.Harris 13+4reb+5ast, B.Jacobson 9+6reb+2ast, C.Kramer 8+3reb+1ast, J.Boone 7+9reb+1ast, J.Little 6+3reb+2ast, A.King 6+4reb
gschID: 133344


Bremerhaven - Brose Baskets 67-80

Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-15) 80-67. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 assists. Forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Brose Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-3 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets and Fraport SKY. Brose Baskets will play against Phoenix Hagen (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 19+2reb+6ast, T.Pleiss 13+7reb, A.Leon Tucker 12+9reb, P.Suput 11+6reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 11+2reb+2ast, K.Tadda 6+1reb+1ast
Bremerhaven: J.Cain 20+5reb, T.Everett 15+7reb+4ast, C.McNaughton 12+2reb+2ast, A.Smith 9+3reb+1ast, M.Smith 6+9reb+2ast, A.Gordon 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133336


Art.Dragons - Fraport SKY 60-66

An interesting game took place in Quakenbrueck, where higher ranked Artland Dragons (18-9) lost at home to eleventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (13-15) 60-66 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Artland Dragons won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Deutsche Bank Skyliners won last quarter 16-12. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 7 blocks. American players dominated the game. Guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 15 points for the winners. Forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks. Swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to ninth place, which they share with EWE Baskets and Bremerhaven. Loser Artland Dragons keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Artland Dragons will play against BBC Bayreuth.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.McKinney 15+3reb+3ast, J.Davidson 13+6reb, M.Thompson 8+4reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 8+7reb+4ast, J.Burtschi 8+3reb, T.Ohlbrecht 6+6reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: D.Fenn 14+5reb+1ast, N.Peavy 12+4reb, B.Thomas 12+10reb+1ast, B.Bailey 10, A.King 4+4reb+1ast, G.Gruenheid 3+2reb
gschID: 133337


EWE Baskets - ALBA 69-80

No shocking result in a game in Oldenburg where third ranked ALBA Berlin (21-6) defeated 9th ranked EWE Baskets (13-15) 80-69 on Saturday. EWE Baskets were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of ALBA Berlin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game, while EWE Baskets only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded EWE Baskets 42-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. American players dominated also this game. Forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 17 points. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) produced 19 points and 4 assists and guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. EWE Baskets' coach Ralph Held gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ALBA Berlin have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-6 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. EWE Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. ALBA Berlin will face Bayern Muenchen (#5) at home in the next round. EWE Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen.
Top scorers:
ALBA: B.Taylor 17+4reb, D.Allen 12+11reb+1ast, D.Wood 12+3reb+5ast, K.Weaver 10+6reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 8+5reb+2ast, T.Francis 8+3reb
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 19+4reb+4ast, R.Paulding 15+5reb+4ast, A.Chubb 11+9reb+1ast, M.Majstorovic 9+4reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 9+2reb+1ast, J.Freese 6+2reb
gschID: 133338


TBB Trier - Walter Tigers 74-58

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked Walter Tigers (12-16) were defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked TBB Trier (10-17) 74-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. TBB Trier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Walter Tigers to just 6 points in first quarter. TBB Trier had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Walter Tigers were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian center Povilas Cukinas (210-83) added 12 points respectively for lost side. TBB Trier maintains fourteenth position with 10-17 record. Loser Walter Tigers keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. TBB Trier will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#8) in Bonn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 19+14reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 12+6reb+4ast, N.Linhart 11+3reb, A.Seiferth 10+3reb, D.Joyce 7+2reb+2ast, D.Dojcin 6+2reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: P.Cukinas 12+4reb+2ast, V.Duggins 12+8reb+1ast, L.Campbell 8+2reb+2ast, T.Nash 7+7reb, N.Simon 6+1reb, A.Hodzic 4+3reb
gschID: 133339


Phoenix Hagen - NY Phantoms 96-75

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (8-19) outscored at home higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (14-13) 96-75 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Phoenix Hagen. New Yorker Phantoms was better in fourth quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Phoenix Hagen shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Phoenix Hagen outrebounded New Yorker Phantoms 34-23 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Phoenix Hagen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) fired 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Phoenix Hagen players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) produced 13 points and Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to fifteenth place. Loser New Yorker Phantoms keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 24+3reb+5ast, Z.Jonusas 16+7reb+2ast, M.Antonio Carter 14+4reb+2ast, J.Hasquet 12+7reb, B.Kruel 11+2reb+1ast, A.Constantine 8+3reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: B.Jorovic 13+4reb+1ast, M.Umeh 12+3reb+1ast, I.Milosevic 11, R.Melzer 9+2reb+1ast, K.Visser 7+1reb, I.McElroy 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 133340


Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.5 
 2. Swann, Ratiopharm15.6 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 5. Holston, Art.Drag.15.3 
 6. Wood, ALBA15.2 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.4 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.6 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.3 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.0 
 8. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Davidson, Fraport6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.1 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 5. Joyce, TBB Trier4.9 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 5. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 6. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 7. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 8. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 9. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 10. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.7 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 8. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


The Artland Dragons Return from the Glitz Of Istanbul To The Coziness of the Artland Arena To Tangle With The Fraport Skyliners March 20th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For the majority of Beko BBL teams, mid march is a time where a hand full of teams are fighting in the playoff picture where as other teams are day dreaming in the middle of the standings with no chance for the playoffs in the NBA and some players can spruce up their stats like a Corey Maggette in Charlotte or a Jarrett Jack in New Orleans while other players who are so far down in the Beko BBL cellar and sharing a long face about the misery of losing like Dustin Hoffman did with the cancellation of his show Luck can at least concentrate on the March Madness and observe which sleepers will rise and follow the expertise of ESPN expert chair hurler Bobby Knight. However there was still one team in the Beko BBL that was focusing on winning only the fourth German international title ever with the Artland Dragons who had the chance to reach the Eurochallenge Final 4, but were swept by Besiktas Istanbul. In the first game, the Artland Dragons lost a bitter heart breaker at home 74-73 as 544 time NBA player Carlos Arroyo dashed the hopes of the Dragons with a game winning shot and in the return game in Turkey, tradional team Besiktas kept their home court advantage by out grinding the Dragons 77.63. Ex NBA player Pops Mensah Bonsu dominated the series with 47 points and 27 rebounds as he was unstoppable including a 25 point 17 rebound effort in the last game.It doesnt get any more extreme as the Artland Dragons go from a population in Istanbul of 13, 256,000 Ottoman architecture, Muslin religion, soothing Turkish baths and Lahmacun food back home to Quackenburck that has a population of 12,881, 3,1km Froschpfad to observe the historic sites, nonstop beauty of barren fields, yummy Buchweizenpfannkuchen and the Artland arena to resume Beko Bbl basketball against the Fraport Skyliners March 20 in a span of 120 hours. With the excitement of the last week of seeing the door to the west, the Artland Dragons have to come back to Beko BBL reality. I am sure playing in Europe, it is an extreme that these players see often. Its just going from one extreme to the other and it depends on ones personality if they like a small town or big town. I prefer a small town myself. Some people love the big city. I am sure some players wanted to stay and some were ready to go, stressed Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force).

After winning their first BEKO BBL title with the cup in 2008 against EnBW Luwdigsburg in Hamburg, it seemed like the Artland Dragons were on a positive way with possible future hardware, but instead the club might secretly have been dreaming of the glory day in Hamburg where Darius Hall was in the middle of a swarm of Artland fans celebrating the win, because ever since that big title, the team has been looking for another success and missed the playoffs two seasons in a row. The Artland Dragons have been about as unlucky not reaching the playoffs the two seasons as a Formula one driver is racing the race of their life and then dropping out because the engine dies in the last lap as German Sebastian Vettel recently had to accept or poor cute lovable polar bear Knut who is being shunned by three female bears including his mother who cant remember he is her kid. In 2009, they had to win the last game and did crushing Frankfurt 90-69, but not reaching the playoffs because Paderborn won on the last day against BG Goettingen and in 2010, they made a last comeback winning the last four games, but losing their last game 82-80 to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven a game they had to win missing the playoffs again. 'I think that in 2010, Artland was lacking a guard who could control the team until the end. Ross was more of a scoring guard and Price could of done job, but he came to late in season to turn it around. The chemistry was lacking too and it seemed like players had their own agenda', stressed Quentin Pryor.

Last season, The Artland Dragons finally reached the Beko BBL playoffs again after a two year drought where they should of made it finishing the season with a record of 23-11 and landing in fourth place. They went the distance in the Beko BBL playoffs in the quarters beating a feisty Braunschweig team where they had to come from 2-1 down to win and in the semi finals gave a very hard fight against 4 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg bowing out 83-55 in game five. During the season, they had three three game winning streaks and one five game winning streak. They finished the season strong heading in to the Beko BBL playoffs winning eight of their last 10 games. They were unable to beat Bamberg in the regular season, but lost twice only by a combined score of 8 points. They were able to beat Alba Berlin once, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and BG Goettingen. One thing that The Artland Dragons improved on was not getting lost on defense. we didn't lose our defensive focus when we weren't scoring on the offensive end. Earlier in the year, when we would miss shots, our defensive intensity would go down. Later we are able to move on to the next play, without thinking about our past mistakes', stressed Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey. Last season Their strength was their speed and ability to score at a high pace. If you allowed them to play this then they can score 80 points plus. A hidden strength is that they were a very confident team and feel and play as if they were the best team in the league', warned Kyle Hines. Another strength of the team was their depth, they were deep at each position and continued to get better. The weakness if there had to be one is just being consistent but they were doing that late in season', said John Bynum.

After the strong season last year, The Artland Dragons would be crazy not to want to equal or better their accomplishment from last season. The team got rid of eight players including Tyrese Rice who fled to top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. However the club was able to keep a core of six players from last season with top center Darren Fenn who seems to get better with age, sharp shooter Adam Hess who has found a second home in Quackenbruck, versatile forward Nathan Peavy, the heart and sould of the team and defense Bryan Bailey , German veteran Johannes Strasser who can always hurt an opponent with his timely scoring and the glue who keeps the team together from the bench Florian Hartenstein. The team brought in David Holston who had two strong seasons in Turkey and quickly has made the name Tyrese Rice forgotten. The team also got Anthony Hilliard who had a strong season in Belgium and is a strong rebounder for his height, mr muscle Anthony King who has developed fine in Cyprus the last years and is ready to make the next step and make an impact in the Beko BBL, German veteran Guido Grunheid who has won 7 German titles and German Christian Hoffmann. Recently the club brought in insurance at the guard position with high scoring Brandon Thomas. This season, the Artland Dragons started the season slowly losing two of their first three games including a shocking 110-109 loss in Giessen. However since that less than satisfactory start, the Dragons have cruised in sixth gear winning eight of their next10 games. Their biggest wins of the season have been against FC Bayern Munich where David Holston won the game in overtime hitting four three pointers and recently outdueling the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and putting the Dragons as the most closest opponent to Bamberg and Alba Berlin. Artland has been able to put up a lot of points on several occasions, and they have several players averaging double digit points, so they're offensively very dangerous. It's very much like Bamberg's attack, leading the league statistically but they can all get the job done. They are playing very well as a team. Artland has a lot of weapons, I think their X-Factor is Peavy, he can post you up and draw fouls to get to the line, and shoot from outside., added ex Tuebingen player Velimir Radinovic. A strength for years with the Dragons has been their depth and that continues to be true, but a weakness is that they can tend to give up more points than what Stefan Koch may like, injuries has hurt the team in the first months as they have never had a full squad to practice and have been delayed in forming that top chemistry as guys have gotten injured and new guys have come in with Jeretin and Thomas who needed to be integrated and the club surprisingly lost the maker of the success of the team manager Marko Beens who left to become the CEO of the German Volleyball league. With the Beko BBL getting stronger each season, is it possible for an Artland to disrupt the triple title threat of Bamberg? I'm not sure if Artland can win it all but I think they're definitely a threat. The league is wide open, I don't see Bamberg dominating like the past years but you can never count them out, stressed Velimir Radinovic. Since the win against the Fraport Skyliners in late December 2011, the team has been solid with a 7-4 including a five game winning streak were they dismantled Oldenburg and Wurzburg. However since the winning streak, Artland has lost three of their last four games including to Berlin, Ulm and Munich. The team had double duty with Eurochallenge play and might have been feeling it in their bones, but should be able to step it up in the last 5 weeks as they didnt reach the Final 4 losing to Besiktas Istanbul and can concentrate now on the Beko BBL schedule.

The Frankfurt Skyliners have had unfond memories to playing The Artland Dragons having a 7-9 record since 2005 and during 2005-2007 losing all four games including being outscored in the Artland arena 172-129. However, the tide turned for the better from 2007-2009 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 3-1 record. Three years ago, they celebrated a very big emotional win 87-75 winning in overtime as captain Pascal Roller sparked Frankfurt to the win with 26 points. two seasons ago on the last day, Frankfurt lacked spirit and were beaten in every phase of the game losing 90-69. Last season, the team lost a thriller 77-76 in Artland as Frankfurt staged one of their famous comebacks despite a late Pascal Roller three pointer, it was enough as they lost. Frankfurt was able to win at home 77-65 as Pascal Roller scored 20 points. However Frankfurt is 3-4 in Quackenbruck since 2005. Frankfurt won their first show down last season on the road winning 82-56 coming out of half time with a 24-8 run to easily win. Frankfurt was led by AJ Moye with 18 points and six rebounds and fans will remember a crashing dunk by ex NBA player Roger Powell. Frankfurt also won their home encounter 83-72 as Dashaun Wood had a Derrick Rose type of game making 29 points, 9 assists, five rebounds and four steals. The team lost a meaningless cup game in Bamberg against Artland where both teams played for third place and Frankfurt was without Dashaun Wood. In the first meeting this season, bot teams stepped aside from playing offense and battled it out in the trenches as Artland prevailed 49-44. Both teams shot poorly and one still had to tip ones hat to the Fraport Skyliners who played their second game in a row with a six man rotation. Jermareo Davidson led Frankfurt with 19 points, 13 rebounds and two assists.

The Fraport Skyliners want to rebound from their bitter 62-61 loss against 18th placed BG Goettingen and steal a win in the always loud and uncomfortable Artland arena. The Fraport Skyliners have been defending very well as of late letting up only an average of 61 points in the last four games and will need to continue to play at a very high level of intensity on the defensive end and hope for an off day on defense from the Artland Dragons. The Skyliners have to go out and play up to their potential. They've had some disappointments this season, but if they can get out and run, and get their mobile bigs some easy buckets on Pick&Roll and keep Artland guessing on defense they've got a shot to win, added Velimir Radinovic.They are one of the top teams and deserve to be there. We have to continue to stay strong on defense. On offense, we have to let the ball move and create good shots, warned Marius Nolte. Mckinney had his usual demenour after the game and is already focusing on the Dragons. We have to execute on offense and defense and not let them get easy baskets and get out on transition, warned Jimmy Mckinney. Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) remembers many Artland Dragon players from last season and has erased the 35 minutes of good play from his memory bank. We have to play excellent for 40 minutes, because they have sound roster from point guard to center. They have no real flaws. We have to leave it on the floor and give all we have, warned Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force).

The Artland Dragons are led by David Holston who is a 25 year old 167cm point guard from Pontiac, Michigan. He is playing his first season in the Beko BBL and he played at Chicago St. (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 32 games: 25.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.4apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 37.2%, FT: 82.4%. He played his first two professional basketball seasons with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (TBL): Turkish League: 32 games: 14.8ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT-2 (92.5%); EuroChallenge: 16 games: 14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 84.8%. He is a two time Turkish Allstar. The Artland Dragons recently brought in Brandon Thomas for a one month contract to help fill the void at the guard position. He is a 26 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small forward who started in 2009-2010 with MEG Goettingen, but left, because he was supposed to play a position that he was not used to playing. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. In 2009-2010 for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Last season for the Phantoms he played : 37 games: 14.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 78.7%. This season he played in Italy for Vanoli-Braga Cremona averaging 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg.

American Nathan Peavy is a 26 year old 201 cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that is playing his fifth season in Germany and third with the Artland Dragons. He comes from a sports family as his . father, Terry, played basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1979 and mother, Nila, was a swimmer for the University of Pittsburgh, a native of Puerto Rico, Nila was a member of the Puerto Rican national team and swam in the Pan-American Games. Peavy also has the Puerto Rico citizenship. Last season for the Dragons, he played 33 games: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 72.2% .He can move very well and is very athletic. He is very versatile and can hurt a team inside and out, stated Giessen center Jannik Freese. He played at the University of Miami at Ohio and played for Paderborn from 2007-2009. Last summer, he played for Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 7 games: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.1%. He played at the World Championships in Turkey 1or Puerto Rico in 2010 playing 5 games: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 66.7%. Darren Fenn who is a 208 cm center from Tonawanda New York who is averaging 13,1ppg, 6,7rpg and 1,7apg and is playing his sixth season in Germany after having also played in Bremerhaven and Bamberg. He is also very versatile. He can score from outside, but also can post up and he is very strong, stressed Jannik Freese. Darren Fenn is a 31 year old 208 cm center from Tonawanda New York who is playing his seventh season in Germany and fourth in Quackenbruck after having also played in Bremerhaven and Bamberg. He is also very versatile. He can score from outside, but also can post up and he is very strong, stressed Jannik Freese. Fenn was one of the most dominating players in the German BEKO BBL over the last five seasons. He was the 7th most efficient player in German BBL for the 2009/10 season. He finished the 2008/09 EUROCUP season as the 6th best scorer with 15,8 ppg. He is an unstoppable inside player with a lot of skills and post up moves and is a high percentage 3-pt. shooter with range. His two seasons playing in Bamberg under Coach Bauermann, he improved his defensive and rebounding skills. He is a all-rounder who can post up, hit the jump hook, take the midrange jump shot, fill the lane on the fast break, score on a put back after the offensive rebound, or hit the 3-point shot. He can defend both inside positions, plays always with great intensity and has great quickness for his size and a strong lower body. Last season, Fenn played 38 games: 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 70.6%.

Anthony King is a 26 year old 206cmpower forward/center from Durham, North Carolina. He is back in the Beko BBL after playing in Cyprus and Greece the last two years. He gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding, is a physical performer who doesnt mind mixing it up down low and gives the team added toughness in the paint. He played at Miami, FL (NCAA) from 2003-2008 playing 34 games in his senior year averaging 7.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 43.1%, FT: 68.9%. He played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in his rookie season. In 2009-2010, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Score-5 (236 pts), Reb-1 (148 rbs), Blocks-2 (24 blocks). Last season, he remained with InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Cypriot League: EuroChallenge: 8 games: 17.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg), FGP: 53.6%, FT: 76.2%; Cyprus League: 16 games: 14.3ppg, Reb-2 (10.0rpg), 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 76.8%; Playoffs: 10 games: 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.4%, FT:80%, after winning the championship moved in Apr.'11 to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 9 games: 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 57.9%. He was won the double in Cyprus with InterCollege Etha Engomis. The team also added Anthony Hilliard who is a 25 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In his last three seasons in the NCAA2, he averaged 11,0rpg. He played at Elizabeth City (NCAA2) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 28 games: 22.9ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 32 games: 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.0%. Last season, he played for Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg; Belgian League: 38 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.9apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 62.5%.

Adam Hess started his third tour of duty for the Artland Dragons last season and is back for another season. The trend the last years has always shown that Hess cant stay away for more than two years as He played the first time with the Dragons in 2006 and the second time in 2008. Hess is a 29 year old 201cm forward from Michigan. He is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebound and he defends well and has a great attitude. He played at William & Mary and also has gained experience playing in Italy, Czech Republic, France and Spain. In the Czech republic he won the league title twice with Nymburk and the Czech Rep. League All-Star Game -05 (3-Points Shootount Winner) in 2006. In 20092010, he played for C.B. Tarragona 2016 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 34 games: 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 88.1%. He had much success in the Czech Republic winning the league title in 2005 and 2006 and showing his shooting ability winning the 2005 Allstar game three point shooting contest. Last season, Hess played 44 games: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 76.3%. 29 year old 190cm combo guard Johannes Strasser is playing his second season with The Artland Dragons. He is a very strong point guard that can hit the open three pointer at any time, penetrate and finish or find the open guy and is a pest on defense. He started his basketball career at Rhondorf in 1999. He had a very successful time with Rhein Energy Cologne from 2001-2007 winning the 2006 BBL league title and three cup titles in 2004,2005 and 2007. He played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2007-2010 reaching the BEKO BBL title twice. His job is to come from the bench and help out at the point or hurt opponents with his deadly three pointer. Last season, he played 40 games: 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 87.2%.

Guido Gruinheid is a 29 year old 209cm forward from Jena that is playing his first season for the Artland Dragons. He is an in-betweener forward with the height (but not the size) of a 4 and the quickness (but not the ball handling and the shot) of a 3. A good rebounder and a hustler. He played for Alba Berlin from 2001-2005 winning three BEKO BBL titles and two cup titles. He then moved to Rhein Energie Koln in 2005 where he won his fourth BEKO BBL title in 2006 and another cup in 2007. He got added experience playing in Holland for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen . He also has gained valuable experience playing for the German national team as he was a member playing at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and at the 2007 European Championships in Spain. Last season for MBC, he played 33 games: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 44.7%. Bryan Bailey is a 31 year old 185cm guard who comes from New York and played in Quackenbruck from 2004-2007 and is back for his fifth season.He is a team leader both on and off the court. He Possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball and is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. He is a fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. Bailey played at Bucknell and has gained experience having played in Holland and Poland. He reached the playoffs three times with Artland form 2004-2007 and the cup final in 2007. Last season, the American played 41 games averaging 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2%.

Florian Hartenstein is a 34 year old 206cm center that was born in Mainz, Germany and played at the University of Oregon before turning professional and playing at Giessen from 2001-2009 playing 227 games. He is starting his 11th professional season in Germany and third with the Artland Dragons. He is a competitor and tough defender and an important player for the team not only on the court but also off the court keeping the team together. He runs the floor very well and likes contact underneath the basket and has a unique shooting technique. Last season, he played 17 games: 1.6ppg, 1.1rpg. 'My man Flo is a good defender, is tough and is an important part of the team, stressed ex teammate Jannik Freese.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2%. The team recently signed Goran Jertin who is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Montenegro. He plays a physical game; defends hard, looks for the contact when he's at the offensive side; knows a lot of ways to score; the fans love him, the opponents not so much. He played for : KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd from 2003-2006. In 2006-2007, he played for Dynamo St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague): the team went bankrupt in Oct.'06, then signed at BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A, starting five): Adriatic League: 18.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg., in Jan.'07 moved to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): Israeli League: 17 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1apg; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 80%. In 2007-2008, he signed with ALBA Berlin (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ACL injury before the season and never played. In 2008-2009, he played for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Ukrainian League: 19 games: 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.3%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg; Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg, left in Feb.09, then moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division A), EuroChallenge: 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg; played only in EuroChallenge, not in Cypriot League. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Buducnost Podgorica (1A): Adriatic League: 25 games: 11.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 84.3%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 81.1%, in Mar.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Last season, he played for : Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-PBL): EuroChallenge: 15 games: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg; Russian League: 35 games: 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 82.1%. This season, he started with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, left in Oct.'11, in Nov.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. He has won four titles in his career and played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 5 games: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%. The Artland Dragons host the Fraport Skyliners on March 20th at 19:30.





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Euroleague playoffs: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.. - by Dimitris Katsionis

The best period of the year for all basketball fans starts today with the post season. Big match ups, tough predictions, spitted possibilities.. It's the moment of truth.

CSKA-BILBAO:

The series remembers me pretty much last years ACB finals match up, when Katsikariss team pass through Real Madrid and went to the championship games as an overachiever and big outsider. The Basques will try to defend CSKAs inside game which is the base of their very balanced offense. CSKA is the leagues favorite but dont forget, its a new team and we dont have test its mentality and character in the post season yet.

Prediction: 70-30.. I just cant give more than 70% to any team in a Euroleague playoff series.. Bilbao is a team of fighters and this years biggest underdog but i think the Russians have all the answers right now.

BARCELONA-UNICS KAZAN:

I dont know what is going wrong in my brain but i think that Unics can be a very tough match up for the Catalanians in one of the first two games.. Both teams are not in a good shape. Unics just went through the worst month of the season and Barcelona works to find its chemistry back after Eidsons injury. Pashutin will try to slow down the pace of the game and play its usual hard nose defense but as we saw at the regular season games from the match ups's chemistry, Unics will have problems. Dont forget that Pasquals team plays the best defense in the league and now faces a team not so strong on this field.. The point guard position can determine the winner, especially if the Catalonians press the ball with Sada and play a fast pace offense with Huertas. However, Barca is not in a very good situation wright now and that gives a mystery to the series..

Prediction: 70-30.. Although i expect that Unics can be competitive for one night at Gaudis city, Barcelona is clearly the favorite.

PANATHINAIKOS-MACCABI TEL AVIV:

Its Celtics vs Lakers.. The Greens pride with the discipline defensive game against the Yellows athletic ability and up tempo offense. Did i say up tempo offense...? Forget about it.. This years Maccabi plays a more set offense on the half court, getting advantage his tremendous power in the paint. The thing is that in Tel Aviv they made the same mistake twice through this season. First they sign Jordan Farmar , a prolific leader that will soon leave and second, after Farmars lost they didnt sign Doron Perkins.. Panathinaikos can control the game tempo even if Papaloukas step up, fact that many people expect in this series. I would defend Langford with Sato, to get ex Kansas-star out of the paint and make him shoot the ball (and post up against Langford too..). Obradovic will try to adjust on Blatts match up zone hitting in the paint with Batiste, play good spot defense on Hendrix and double Sofo down low ( probably with Diamantidis who will guard Ohayon so he can go for a trap, risking some threes). In addition with the most people, i believe that the Greens must play on a higher tempo, especially in OAKAs games. Mainly, they must press the ball all over the court. I dont think Maccabi, the team with the most turnovers now in the competition, can respond in a situation like this.

Prediction: 55-45.. Tough match up. Its the time of the year the really bigs shows up. Those two teams are giants. Panathinaikos doesnt play really well wright now, if Maccabi ( which is tired with 4 games in 7 days) is truly aggressive can steal one in OAKA.

MONTEPASCHI SIENA-OLYMPIAKOS:

It turns to be a classic. Two final-4 contenders face again each other in the post season. Montepaschi remains one of the competitions best defensive teams. They play their famous take no prisoners defense until they drown the opponent. This year are a little bit less aggressive than the other years, probably because they have many scorers in their roster, fact that increased their firepower a lot. Its the leagues leader on fewest turnovers, averaging less than 10, and if you think on what (quick) tempo Montepaschi plays offense the number is ridiculous. Olympiakos is totally different team the last months, after Dorseys sign. I think Pianigianis frontcourt will have problems to score on ex-Memphiss monster, so they will attack him from the first moment to put Dorsey on foul troubles. Olympiakos mainly will try to stop Montepaschis transition offense ( especially McCallebb ) and crash the boards which is Italians weak spot. Three points shots percentage will be crucial on this series as players like Lavrinovic and Aradori (maybe Pianigianis hidden ace ). Kaukenas absence is truly important on this point, as he is the really go-to guy for Montepaschi on close situations.. Italian champs are the team which fouled the opponent more than any other. .Olympiakos is the team that get fouled more than any other.. However, it will be truly important the style that refs will whistle..

Prediction: 55-45.. Montepaschi is a better team, probably the best in the league among CSKA. Olympiakos isnt the favorite this year but... this is its biggest advantage in the series.



Panathinaikos blasts Maccabi in Game One, 93-73 - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Maccabi T-A 93-73

Panathinaikos had an easy job against Maccabi Electra in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The reigning champion celebrated comfortable 93-73 win for 1-0 lead in the series. After 18-18 tie at the beginning, PAO took control on Maccabi and never looked back. That includes impressive 22-0 run for 40-18 lead in 14th minute. After 30 minutes of play PAO was up by 27 points. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 15 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in this victory (valuation 31). Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) delivered 21 points. Their second scorer was Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) with 17 pts (6 rebs). Quarters: 28-18, 27-16, 24-18, 14-21. Teams will meet again on Thursday and PAO will be the host. The format is best-of-five.

Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 15+8 as+5 boards, Nick Calathes 13+8 boards, Mike Batiste 11, David Logan 11
Maccabi: Keith Langford 21, Devin Smith 17+6 boards



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EuroChallenge: Szolnok complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Szolnok 78:82

Szolnok complete the Semifinal picture of EuroChallenge with the road win over Ventspils. The Hungarian team won the best-of-three series 2-1 and advanced to Final Four.
It looked good early as Ventspils took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. Ventspils were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Ventspils had a magnificent campaign in Europe and led by 14 late in the first quarter, but Gundars Vetra's side didn't deliver the knockout punch. Szolnoki ended up hitting nine of 10 free-throws in the last 48 seconds to seal the victory.
It was a great evening for American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Julien Mills helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points and center Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored 15 points.
In the Semifinal Szolnoki Olaj will face Besiktas Milangaz.

Ventspils: Steven Gray 17, Arturs Berzins 15, Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) 13
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 20, Akos Horvath (193-G/F-81) 15, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 13, Mills 13+12rebs


Standings - A Division

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



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Reign roster coming together following tryout camp - by Kip Leonetti

The team that will take the court for the Olympia Reign when they make their debut at the Skookum Creek Events Center this spring is beginning to take shape following an open tryout held this past weekend.

The tryout drew a number of quality players from around the country. One newcomer that impressed was 6-foot-8 center Issac Jones, a native of Roswell, Ga., whose decision to follow his hoop dreams has brought him to Washington state and the International Basketball League. He played collegiately for Charleston Southern and Southern Poly and most recently appeared with the World Basketball Associations Marietta Storm in 2011.

''Jones is a great athlete with a tremendous upside,'' Reign head coach Steve Smothers shared. ''He runs the court very well, which will make him a great fit in the IBL.''

The Reign's 2012 roster will have a number of familiar faces, with former Evergreen State College guards Michael Ward (6'2''-G-86), Marcus Whittaker (6'4''-G) and Marcus Wright (6'4''-G/F) attending camp and returning to the team. The trio has provided a strong backcourt presence for the past three seasons with the Reign and all three figure to play important roles for the team again this spring. Ward is a two-time IBL All-Star and is coming off a superb 2011 season in which he averaged 18 points, six rebounds and six assists per game. Wright was also a key member of last seasons squad, scoring in double figures eight times, while Whittaker scored twenty-plus points five times last season and put up a season high of 36 points in a game last May.

''We have some veterans including Ward who knows the game at this level and is eager to go overseas. Whitaker is a spot-up shooter and a strong defender and has improved his ball handling in the off-season. Wright is an all-around player, a strong guard who plays great defense and does what you tell him to do. You can tell him to guard anyone and he will get the job done,'' Coach Smothers boasted.

Joining Smothers on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Travis Van Marter and Todd Franklin. Van Marter, who also serves as the Athletic Director Community Christian Academy in Lacey, is in his second year as a Reign assistant. Franklin, who played his college basketball at Gonzaga in the late eighties and professionally in Australia, is new to the staff after coaching the Black Hills High School girls team for two seasons.

The roster for the Reign is far from complete, explained Smothers: ''If we can create the right combination, our roster will include veteran leadership with new talent. We are still looking for a solid point guard to get Ward to his natural two position. We also need a big guy to rebound and take care of the ball in traffic.''

''We have the talent and are putting together a good combination of guys to protect our new home court and go after a championship,'' the coach concluded.

The Reign open the 2012 IBL season at home on April 20 against the Bellingham Slam. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Skookum Creek Event Center at the Little Creek Casino and Resort. Tickets cost $7 with children 12 and under admitted free.

Also as part of the weekend's activities was a tryout camp for prospective officials, held by IBL Director of Officials Ike Durham.

Camp activities saw upwards of 50 officials from around the west coast convene to train, tryout and review new league rules in both classroom and on-the-court sessions.

Asked what he was looking for in prospective officials, Durham explained, ''A good official has great anticipation of plays. We look at how well they communicate with coaches, the scorers table and other team members, also we focus on their mechanics. The young officials are learning that to build your credibility on the floor takes time. These are grown men out here playing an elevated game you have to learn how to communicate and work with them.''

''Being involved with the IBL since it was started, we now have a new perception of professionalism,' commented Durham. 'Before many thought it was just another recreation league, but after they found out about it they now realize the IBL is a professional, competitive league and want to be a part of it.''



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Express L. Round 21: No surprise as #1 Grindavik defeats Njardvik - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Express L..

Express L. top team - Grindavik (18-3) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Njardvik (9-12) 83-61. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Njardvik managed to win fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Grindavik forced 20 Njardvik turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) with 12 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grindavik maintains first place with 18-3 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Grindavik are looking forward to face Stjarnan (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Njardvik will play against Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Valur (0-21) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to fourth ranked Thor Thorl (14-7) 80-76. American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Blagoj Janev accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Marvin Jackson (195, college: St.Andrews, agency: Strategic Sports) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Valur in the defeat. Thor Thorl moved-up to second place, which they share with KR and Stjarnan. Valur at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings. Thor Thorl will play against Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play at home against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Fifth ranked Keflavik (13-8) crushed at home 9th ranked IR (8-13) by 32 points 121-89, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The best player for the winners was Jarryd Cole who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Robert Jarvis who recorded 23 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Keflavik maintains fifth place with 13-8 record. Loser IR keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Keflavik will meet Fjolnir (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik KR.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Fjolnir lost to Stjarnan on the opponent's court 74-82. Snaefell managed to outperform Tindastoll in a home game 89-80. Haukar recorded a loss to KR on the road 98-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by Aleek Pauline of Haukar.


Keflavik - IR 121-89

Fifth ranked Keflavik (13-8) crushed at home 9th ranked IR (8-13) by 32 points 121-89, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Keflavik forced 23 IR turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by IR's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Jarryd Cole (200-88, college: Iowa, agency: JEMsports) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Robert Jarvis (180-87, college: ORU) who recorded 23 points and 4 assists and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) added 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Keflavik maintains fifth place with 13-8 record. Loser IR keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Keflavik will meet Fjolnir (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik KR.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: J.Cole 28+8reb, C.Parker 22+4reb+6ast, M.Gunnarsson 18+3reb+8ast, V.Valsson 17+5reb+5ast, H.Halldorsson 8+2reb+1ast, A.Gudbrandsson 7+5reb+3ast
IR: N.Sovic 24+4reb, R.Jarvis 23+3reb+4ast, R.Alexander 19+6reb+1ast, K.Jonasson 9+4reb+2ast, E.Arnarson 4+3reb+2ast, T.Hauksson 4+2reb
gschID: 140210


Stjarnan - Fjolnir 82-74

Very expected game when 10th ranked Fjolnir (8-13) was defeated on the road by third ranked Stjarnan (14-7) 82-74 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fjolnir won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) who recorded 27 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Calvin O'Neil (193-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with KR and Thor Thorl. Loser Fjolnir dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with IR. Stjarnan will meet league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fjolnir will play against Keflavik (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: K.Cothran 17+4reb+1ast, F.Helgason 13+8reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 12+9reb+3ast, R.Lindmets 12+4reb+1ast, J.Zdravevski 8+3reb+1ast, J.Shouse 7+8reb+10ast
Fjolnir: N.Walkup 27+6reb+3ast, C.O'Neil 16+8reb+8ast, A.Gudmundsson 12+5reb+6ast, J.Sverrisson 9+7reb+1ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+2reb+4ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 3+1reb
gschID: 140205


Snaefell - Tindastoll 89-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Snaefell's (12-9) home victory over 7th ranked Tindastoll (10-11) 89-80 on Sunday. Tindastoll was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Snaefell made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) who scored 32 points and 4 assists. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) who recorded 28 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 20 points respectively. Snaefell have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 12-9 record. Loser Tindastoll keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Snaefell will meet bottom-ranked Valur (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tindastoll will play against Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: M.Hall 32+2reb+4ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 20+11reb+3ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 15+14reb+3ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 12+2reb+3ast, S.Davidsson 7+7reb+1ast, H.Gunnarsson 2+1reb+1ast
Tindastoll: C.Allen 28+7reb+3ast, M.Miller 20+3reb+3ast, H.Margeirsson 7+1reb+2ast, H.Viggosson 6+9reb+2ast, T.Johannsson 6+1reb+1ast, H.Birgisson 6+4reb
gschID: 140206


KR - Haukar 98-92

Not a big story in a game in Reykjavik where 11th ranked Haukar (6-15) was defeated by second ranked KR (14-7) 98-92 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Haukar trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-98 at the end of the game. KR made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Haukar's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five KR players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Aleek Pauline (185-87, college: Norfolk St., agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) added 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KR have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-7 record having four points less than leader Grindavik, which they share with Stjarnan and Thor Thorl. Loser Haukar keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. KR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena IR.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Brown 28+5reb+5ast, D.Sencanski 19+3reb+4ast, R.Ferguson 13+8reb+4ast, E.Johannsson 13+2reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 12+1reb+2ast, F.Magnusson 6+8reb
Haukar: C.Smith 34+6reb+1ast, A.Pauline 29+7reb+6ast, H.Oskarsson 11+1reb, E.Barja 7+6reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 7+1reb+1ast, G.Saevarsson 2
gschID: 140207


Njardvik - Grindavik 61-83

Express L. top team - Grindavik (18-3) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Njardvik (9-12) 83-61. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Njardvik managed to win fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Grindavik forced 20 Njardvik turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and the former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) with 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Pall Kristinsson (201-76, college: USC Upstate) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grindavik maintains first place with 18-3 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Grindavik are looking forward to face Stjarnan (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Njardvik will play against Tindastoll (#7) in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: J.Bullock 25+8reb+1ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 16+7reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 8+3reb+5ast, J.Olafsson 8+6reb+3ast, G.Watson 6+4reb+5ast, S.Thorsteinsson 6+8reb+2ast
Njardvik: C.Echols 12+7reb, M.Baginski 11+2ast, T.Holmes 9+7reb, P.Kristinsson 9+5reb+3ast, E.Fridriksson 8+3reb+4ast, O.Jonsson 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 140208


Thor Thorl - Valur 80-76

Bottom-ranked Valur (0-21) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to fourth ranked Thor Thorl (14-7) 80-76. Valur was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Thor Thorl, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 26 Valur turnovers. American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and FYR Macedonian-Australian forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Marvin Jackson (195, college: St.Andrews, agency: Strategic Sports) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Birgir Petursson (205-86) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Valur in the defeat. Four Valur players scored in double figures. Thor Thorl moved-up to second place, which they share with KR and Stjarnan. Valur at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings. Thor Thorl will play against Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play at home against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 19+10reb+6ast, B.Janev 15+7reb+3ast, J.Hairston 12+6reb, B.Ragnarsson 9+3reb+6ast, G.Jonsson 9+1ast, G.Erlendsson 8+5reb
Valur: M.Jackson 20+7reb+2ast, K.Olafsson 18+5reb+1ast, R.Gylfason 16+3reb+3ast, B.Petursson 13+13reb+2ast, H.Dicko 5+5reb+2ast, B.Blondal 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140209


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Jarvis, IR23.9 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.0 
 3. Dagostino, Keflavik22.9 
 4. Holmes, Njardvik22.6 
 5. Echols, Njardvik22.6 
 6. Walkup, Fjolnir22.5 
 7. Bullock, Grindavik22.1 
 8. Johnson, Valur22.0 
 9. Tairu, KR21.4 
 10. Sovic, IR20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.3 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.13.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.6 
 4. Ringgold, Thor Tho.11.3 
 5. Smith, Haukar10.9 
 6. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 7. Bullock, Grindavik10.2 
 8. Walkup, Fjolnir10.0 
 9. Hampton, Tindastoll9.9 
 10. Cole, Keflavik9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.0 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.3 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.1 
 4. Pauline, Haukar5.7 
 5. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik4.8 
 7. Haraldsson, Haukar4.6 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.4.6 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 10. Brown, KR4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Holmes, Njardvik3.0 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.7 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Brown, KR2.5 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.5 
 6. Hall, Snaefell2.4 
 7. Pauline, Haukar2.2 
 8. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.2 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
 10. Miller, Tindastoll2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hairston, Thor T.4.1 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.4 
 3. Hugee, Valur2.3 
 4. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 5. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 6. Tratnik, Tindastoll1.1 
 7. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.1 
 8. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.1 
 9. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 10. Gudbrandsson, Kef.1.0 


Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 18-3 
 2. KR 14-7 
 3. Stjarnan 14-7 
 4. Thor Thorl 14-7 
 5. Keflavik 13-8 
 6. Snaefell 12-9 
 7. Tindastoll 10-11 
 8. Njardvik 9-12 
 9. IR 8-13 
 10. Fjolnir 8-13 
 11. Haukar 6-15 
 12. Valur 0-21 



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WABA League: Mahram defeat Zob Ahan to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Mahram - Zob Ahan 99:85

Mahram will play in the WABA League Final. The Iranian powerhouse held off their rivals Zob Ahan to reach the championship series. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) scored 37 points to lead the winners to the victory in the decisive third game of the semifinal series.
Zob Ahan pulled in charge in the opening quarter. The visitors gave Mahram a major challenge taking a 22:19 lead at the first break. Zob Ahan did not give away an inch of their advantage in the second quarter. Moreover they recorded a 42:35 halftime advantage. But Mahram went off the dressing room a different team. They went on a strong rally to take a 63:60 lead at the final break. Mahram stretched the gap early in the final term. They maintained the pressure and slowly cleared off to a comfortable distance. Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) produced 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Connecticut) replied with 27 points for Zob Ahan. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 37, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 22+17 boards, Mahdi Kamrani 15
Zob Ahan: Rashad Anderson 27, Loren Woods 20+13 boards



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Panathinaikos blasts Maccabi in Game One, 93-73 - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Maccabi T-A 93-73

Panathinaikos had an easy job against Maccabi Electra in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The reigning champion celebrated comfortable 93-73 win for 1-0 lead in the series. After 18-18 tie at the beginning, PAO took control on Maccabi and never looked back. That includes impressive 22-0 run for 40-18 lead in 14th minute. After 30 minutes of play PAO was up by 27 points. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) had 15 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in this victory (valuation 31). Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) delivered 21 points. Their second scorer was Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) with 17 pts (6 rebs). Quarters: 28-18, 27-16, 24-18, 14-21. Teams will meet again on Thursday and PAO will be the host. The format is best-of-five.

Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 15+8 as+5 boards, Nick Calathes 13+8 boards, Mike Batiste 11, David Logan 11
Maccabi: Keith Langford 21, Devin Smith 17+6 boards



Premier League Round 21: Elitzur Netanya defeats Galil Gilboa in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Premier League.

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Premier League took place in Galil. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Galil Gilboa (12-6) to ninth ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-12) 81-78 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Elitzur Netanya made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Elitzur Netanya maintains ninth place with 7-12 record. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Elitzur Netanya are looking forward to face higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod and is hoping to win this game.
Fourth ranked Hapoel Holon (12-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-16) by 30 points 83-53, which is the biggest margin this round. American forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Patrick Sullivan accounted for 11 points and 13 rebounds. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place. Maccabi Haifa lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Holon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 21 Hapoel J-M lost to Maccabi Rishon on the opponent's court 64-69. Bnei Hasharon was outscored by Maccabi Ashdod in a home game 69-91.


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 83-53

Fourth ranked Hapoel Holon (12-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-16) by 30 points 83-53, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) nailed 22 points and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import center Patrick Sullivan (206-88, college: SE Louisiana) accounted for 11 points and 13 rebounds. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Hapoel Holon moved-up to third place. Maccabi Haifa lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Holon will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 20+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+6reb+2ast, T.Wilkerson 7+9reb+2ast, T.Ariely 7+4reb+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 6+2reb+7ast, S.Labanowski 2+5reb
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 22+3reb+4ast, S.Daniel 15+3reb+2ast, B.Dunston 12+6reb, R.Lewis 12+2reb+4ast, P.Sullivan 11+13reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 137390


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel J-M 69-64

Everything could happen in Rishon Le-Zion at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon and 6th ranked Hapoel J-M had identical 10-8 record. This time Maccabi Rishon used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Jerusalem 69-64. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Brian Randle (203-85) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Rishon (11-8) moved-up to fourth place. Hapoel J-M at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Maccabi Rishon will play against bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel J-M will play against B.C. Habikaa (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: R.Bradley 16+6reb, B.Randle 13+9reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 11+5reb+3ast, Y.Naimy 11+5ast, J.Thomas 8+8reb+1ast, G.Israeli 3+2reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon: D.Kitchen 22+10reb+2ast, J.Crawford 18+7reb+3ast, A.Uter 15+8reb+3ast, B.Bowman 10+9reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 2+5reb+3ast, O.Solomon 2+1reb
gschID: 137387


Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod 69-91

Rather predictable result in Hod Hasharon where seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (9-9) smashed 10th ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-14) 91-69. The game without a history. Maccabi Ashdod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Bnei Hasharon's 42. American forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) accounted for 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Kenny Lawson (206-88, college: Creighton) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) added 21 points respectively for Bnei Hasharon in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod maintains seventh place with 9-9 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will play against league's second-placed Galil Gilboa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 21+2reb+3ast, K.Lawson 15+11reb+2ast, L.Dunn 13+2reb+1ast, I.Rosefelt 10+13reb, J.Williams 6+6reb+2ast, T.Havkin 2+2reb+2ast
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Tyus 18+9reb+1ast, J.Carter 16+1reb+1ast, D.Hagag 14+2reb+3ast, A.Shoutvin 14+1reb, D.Gor Arie 10+3reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 10+5reb+7ast
gschID: 137388


Galil Gilboa - Elitzur Netanya 78-81

The most exciting game of round 21 in the Premier League took place in Galil. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-best Galil Gilboa (12-6) to ninth ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-12) 81-78 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Elitzur Netanya made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Galil Gilboa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya maintains ninth place with 7-12 record. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Elitzur Netanya are looking forward to face higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 18+6reb+1ast, C.Fells 15+2reb, J.Jones 13+4reb+4ast, I.Kozikaro 10+3reb+1ast, J.Martin 7+4reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 6+3reb+4ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 27+5reb+1ast, B.Asbury 18+7reb+1ast, W.Carter 13+5reb+3ast, E.Campbell 7+4reb, L.Lifshitz 4+1reb+2ast, E.Gueta 4+2reb
gschID: 137389



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Standings - B1

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


Angelico Biella interested in Dimitrios Tsaldaris - by Andrea Centenari

According to Sportando.net, Angelico Biella showed interest in Dimitrios Tsaldaris (195-G/F-80). The greek, who has experience in Italy with Fabi Shoes Montegranaro and Banco di Sardegna Sassari, is playing with Aris Thessaloniki averaging 7.6ppg.
Biella is seeking the market looking for a guard to add till the end of the season. The club, before finalizing the deal, is waiting to know how long Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) will be out with a leg injury.
The other names targeted by Biella are Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78, agency: Interperformances), who is wearing the jersey of Maroussi, and Dusan Vukcevic (200-F-75, agency: Interperformances), who has left Tezenis Verona a few weeks ago.



Forli to replace Freeman with Roderick - by Eurobasket News

Forli are about to make a change on the roster. Austin Freeman (190-G-89, college: Georgetown) got injured and is expected to miss several weeks. So the team has decided to replace him with Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB). The 23-year-old Roderick started the season in Italy. He played for Vanoli Cremona. The guard notched 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Terrence Roderick left the team in January. Previously he had stints with Arkadia Traiskirchen in Austria and Rimini in Italy. The guard participated at Austrian League All-Star Game in 2010. Eurobasket.com named Terrence Roderick into All-Italian LegaDue 3rd Team in 2011.


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Dearman's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 46.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Takamatsu FA (#9, 2-38) with 45-point margin 109-64. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 4th position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 26-14 record. Dearman turned to be Fukuoka Rizing's top player in his first season with the team. Jermaine Dearman averages this season 14.0ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM. He is American forward in his first season at Shimane SM. In the last game Parker recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Shimane SM lost that game 76-85 to the higher-ranked Osaka Evessa (#2, 28-12). Shimane SM managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-21 record is not bad and everything may still change. Parker is a newcomer at Shimane SM and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#1). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Niigata Albirex (#3). Davis scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Niigata Albirex, leading his team to a 102-87 easy win against the lower-ranked Saitama Bron. (#10, 11-28). Niigata Albirex needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 18 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 18 games in Japan he scored 7.0ppg. Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of Fukuoka Rizing - 28 points and 4 rebounds
5. Mychal Kearse (194-SG-83) of Akita NH - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Shiga L-Stars - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. E.J. Drayton (204-F-82) of Akita NH - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Carlos Dixon (201-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 33 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)



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

35-year old power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Aishin SH and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had a double-double of 37 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Mitsubishi DD (#7, 12-28) 80-75. It allowed Aishin SH to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin SH has a very solid 30-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sakuragi. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.2ppg), assists (4th best: 3.7apg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82) of Tochigi Brex. He is American forward in his first season at Tochigi Brex. In the last game McFarlin recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Tochigi Brex to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Panasonic T. (#3, 23-17) 96-75. Tochigi Brex'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 17-23 record. McFarlin is a newcomer at Tochigi Brex and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#6). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of league's second-best Toyota Alvark. Gibbs scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Toyota Alvark, leading his team to a 63-61 win against #4 ranked Hitachi SR in a game of the week. Toyota Alvark needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 28 victories and 12 lost games. Gibbs has a great season in Japan. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Toshiba BT - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Hashimoto Ryoma (178-G-88) of Aishin SH - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82) of Tochigi Brex - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 14 assists
10. Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77) of Hokkaido L. - 19 points and 8 rebounds

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



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All matches to be played tomorrow - by Dren Shporta

In a notification made from Basketball Federation all the matches of Round 21 of BKT Superliga will be played tomorrow, Wednesday on March 21th. In the schedule, the most
interesting match will be the great rivalry one, between Sigal Prishtina (currently the second in the classification) against Bashkimi (the third in classification). The match will start
tomorrow at 19:00 in Pallati i Rinise dhe Sporteve.

The other matches in program are Peja vs. Kosova Vushtrri, Drita vs. Kolegji Univers and Futura vs. Trepca. Peja has the great chance to go clear in classification with a victory
against Kosova, from Bashkimi, if the oranges do not surprise Sigal Prishtina in the derby match.

Drita, on the other side, will try to do everything possible in a match against Kolegji Univers, so they can escape from the bottom of the table, which makes them the relegated team.
While Futura shouldnt think about victory against Trepca cause the green boys are in a great form.




Kosovan U16 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Lorik Kllokoqi Sigal Prishtina Kosovo
Ermir Gashi KOS U16 NT Kosovo
And Spahiu KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Kujtim Sadiku KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Eldin Uglari KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Burim Zekiqi KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Amar Cakalli KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Egzon Berisha KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Genc Gashi KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Dren Dedushaj KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Egzon Kuqi KOS U16 NT Kosovo
Bedri Aliu KOS U16 NT Kosovo

Ibrahim Karabregu Head Coach K.EuroSporti Kosovo



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EuroChallenge: Szolnok complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Szolnok 78:82

Szolnok complete the Semifinal picture of EuroChallenge with the road win over Ventspils. The Hungarian team won the best-of-three series 2-1 and advanced to Final Four.
It looked good early as Ventspils took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Szolnok took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. Ventspils were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Ventspils had a magnificent campaign in Europe and led by 14 late in the first quarter, but Gundars Vetra's side didn't deliver the knockout punch. Szolnoki ended up hitting nine of 10 free-throws in the last 48 seconds to seal the victory.
It was a great evening for American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Julien Mills helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Steven Gray (195-PG-89, college: Gonzaga) with 17 points and center Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored 15 points.
In the Semifinal Szolnoki Olaj will face Besiktas Milangaz.

Ventspils: Steven Gray 17, Arturs Berzins 15, Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) 13
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 20, Akos Horvath (193-G/F-81) 15, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 13, Mills 13+12rebs



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Diego LO GRIPPO
  Quimsa
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 26
 1. Lo Grippo, Quimsa26.0 
 2. Rodgers, Los Leon.23.5 
 3. Smith, La Union22.3 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo21.3 
 5. Washam, Obras21.0 
 6. Fischer, Itabom/B.21.0 
 7. Gransberry, Cocod.20.7 
 8. Basden, Vivo/Fran.20.3 
 9. Brock, Leones SD20.0 
 10. Nunes, Itabom/B.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kentrell GRANSBERRY
  Cocod.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Gransberry, Cocod.11.7 
 2. Polk, Los Leones11.7 
 3. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.11.3 
 4. Lewis, La Union11.3 
 5. Brock, Leones SD10.7 
 6. Drudi, Vivo/Franca10.0 
 7. Colmenares, Cocod.8.0 
 8. Nunes, Itabom/B.8.0 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa8.0 
 10. Guzman, Leones SD8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Cia d.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mensah, Cia d.6.3 
 2. Ribeiro, Un.6.0 
 3. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 4. Konsztatd, Obras5.3 
 5. Aguirre, Quimsa4.7 
 6. Dos Santos, Unice.4.5 
 7. Penna, Vivo/Franca4.3 
 8. Coronado, Leones4.3 
 9. De los Santo., Reg.4.3 
 10. Smith, La Union4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Guaros
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Parker, Guaros3.5 
 2. Elsener, Obras3.0 
 3. Dos Santos, Unice.3.0 
 4. Colmenares, Cocod.2.7 
 5. Adams, Guaros2.3 
 6. Mensah, Cia d.2.3 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.0 
 8. Barral, Obras2.0 
 9. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 10. Washam, Obras2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeffrion AUBRY
  Arecibo
  (205-C-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 2. Graterol, Cocodril.1.3 
 3. Gransberry, Cocod.1.3 
 4. Lima, Cia do Terno1.0 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.0 
 6. Polk, Los Leones1.0 
 7. de Souza, Un.1.0 
 8. Mosso, Itabom/B.1.0 
 9. Lewis, La Union1.0 
 10. Wolkowyski, La Un.1.0 


Uniceub/BRB is the winner of Group D - by Eurobasket News

THIRD GAMES
Los Leones - Uniceub/BRB 61-91
Uniceub/BRB won the Group D of Liga Americas with perfect 3-0 record. Of course they booked a spot for the next stage. In the last game of the Preliminary Round, Uniceub/BRB destroyed Los Leones 91-61. Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) paced the winners with 22 points. Ronald Reis (210-C-91) had 17 points and 12 rebs, while Fabio Telminho Oliveira (195-F-79) netted 12 points. Los Leones got 21 points and 13 rebs form Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green). They did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Los Leones failed to reach the next stage as they ended with 0-3 in Group D. Quarters: 24-17, 22-11, 27-14, 18-19.

Itabom/Bauru - Quimsa 89-83
Itabom/Bauru advanced to the second stage of Liga Americas as the second ranked team of Group D. The Brazilian squad registered 2 wins and 1 defeat. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Itabom/Bauru handed 89-83 loss to Quimsa. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) shined for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) also was great scoring 23 pts and Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) added 17 points, plus 8 assists. In Quimsa, Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) delivered 29 points. Damian Tintorelli (204-C-81, agency: Players Group) (10 rebs) and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (5 rebs) netted 16 points each. Quarters: 24-21, 19-21, 21-24, 25-17.


SECOND GAMES

Los Leones - Quimsa 70-72

Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Damian Tintorelli (7 rebs) and Sebastian Vega (200-F-88) (6 rebs) netted 12 points each. Scott Rodgers responded with 25 points in defeat. Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) was their second scorer with 16 pts. Quarters: 17-20, 17-17, 17-23, 19-12.

Uniceub/BRB - Itabom/Bauru 85-74
Lucas Tischer (208-C-83) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guilherme Giovannoni had 14 points and 6 rebs, while Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 8 assists and 6 boards. Douglas Nunes (9 rebs) and Fernando Discher scored 23 and 20 points respectively in Itabom/Bauru. Quarters: 17-25, 24-16, 21-16, 23-17.



FIRST GAMES

Itabom/Bauru - Los Leones
94-60
Daniel Zillmer and Fernando Fischer led the winners with 20 points each. Gui Deodato (190-F-91) secured a great help adding 17 points. In the loosing squad, Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) had 22 points and 5 boards, while Otis Polk added 18 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 25-12, 26-12, 24-18, 19-18.

Quimsa - Uniceub/BRB 99-108 2OT
Uniceub/BRB got 22 points from Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances). Arthur Silva scored 21, while Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) helped the winners with 20 points and 7 assists. At the other side, Diego Lo Grippo shined with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Damian Tintorelli had 20 pts and 7 boards. Quarters: 19-23, 19-18, 21-25, 21-14, 12-12.


Standings

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



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EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas beat visiting BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - BC Donetsk 76:65

Lietuvos Rytas made the first step towards EuroCup Final Four. They held off BC Donetsk in the first leg of the quarterfinal series. The teams will now move to Ukraine for the return leg game next week. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) stepped up with 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts.
Lietuvos Rytas got to a very strong start. They paid attention to defence limiting BC Donetsk to just 9 points and taking an 18:9 lead. BC Donetsk cut the distance early in the second quarter but the hosts quickly bounced back establishing a 41:31 halftime buffer. More to come in the third term as the gap grew at 15-point mark 55:40. Lietuvos Rytas entered the final quarter up by 12 61:49. BC Donetsk capitalized on a string of turnovers from the home side to narrow the distance to just 4 points 59:63. But Lietuvos Rytas knocked down a couple of key buckets to seal an 11-point win. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) finished with 14 points, while Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) added 13 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for BC Donetsk. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield), Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Steponas Babrauskas 15, Jonas Valanciunas 14, Arturas Jomantas 13
BC Donetsk: Ivan Radenovic 16+10 boards, Ramel Curry 10, Vojdan Stojanovski 10, Vule Avdalovic 10



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Luxol out of the play-offs - by Eurobasket News

BUPA Luxol have dropped out of contention for the play-offs after an upset to rivals Depiro Mtarfa on Sunday. In other matches from the championship, Siggiewi obtained a priceless victory over Floriana as leaders Athleta just managed to edge Loyola.

Depiro Mtarfa 72
BUPA Luxol 71
(21-12, 22-19, 12-15, 17-25)


Depiro consolidated their top-four placing but for Luxol, this was a costly defeat as they have missed out on the play-offs for the first time in several years.

Luxol had enough chances to overturn the result but missed a series of shots or gave away possession at crucial moments.

Despite hitting 51 points, Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's) was unable to see Luxol through as John Tabones side dropped to their fourth consecutive defeat in the second round.

Luxols defence was at sixes and sevens at the start of the match and Depiro potted the first seven points through Andrew Aquilina.

They led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter and though Luxol showed some improve-ment after that, Depiro still changed ends 43-31 in front.

Greg Hamlin came more into the picture after the break, helping Depiro to start the last quarter 54-46 ahead.

Luxol stepped up their game as the last 10 minutes ticked away and a Jeron Belin shot from outside the arc reduced the deficit to three points 54-51.

Strangely, Luxol were unable to maintain the pace and wasted easy baskets, allowing Depiro to open a seven-point lead (61-54) with five minutes left.

Depiro did not miss a shot from the free-throw line to frustrate Luxol who did not attempt a three-point shot at 72-69 down in the last few seconds.

Depiro: R. Vella 10, J.P. Schembri, N. Sultana 2, A. Aquilina 15, A. Portelli 6, A. Micallef 18, E. Lupo 5, M. Mallia, G. Hamlin 16.

Luxol: J.C. Cordina, M. Mercieca 11, J. Jeron Belin 51, A. Micallef Trigona, L. Ross 9, A. Costa, N. Vasovic, T. Paris, M. Attard Montaldo, E. Caruana Montaldo, J.P. Bonnici, S. Capello.

Refs: B. Vassallo, G. Barbara, E. Mangani.

Floriana Francesco Fenech 52
Siggiewi 81
(14-24, 10-24, 20-15, 8-18)


Siggiewi needed victory to enhance their chances of a play-off place. They achieved their objective without breaking a sweat as the scoreline clearly shows.

In fact, Floriana, bar Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont), never got to grips with the sound play of Siggiewi duo Marco Matijevic and Chris Meier.

Siggiewi took an early lead and never looked back. Floriana playmaker Chris Sammut was tightly marked by Louis Camilleri and Siggiewi continued to hold the upperhand with their advantage increasing to 48-24 at half-time.

Floriana tried to lift their game after the break but Siggiewi never lost pace and held a handsome 63-44 lead before the last 10 minutes were played.

The Greens were a demoralised lot and Siggiewi administered their lead easily for a morale-boosting win.

Floriana: J. Curmi, C. Sammut 3, I. Mercieca 3, S. Sammut C. Calleja 2, A. Baldacchino, Evan Fjeld 44, A. Sultana, M. Ciantar.

Siggiewi: R. Agius 2, A. Cutajar, L. Camilleri 5, E. Xuereb 5, A. Borg 3, K. Borg 3, C. Meier 26, C. Kodomaris 7, M. Matijevic 30.

Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, C. Terribile.

Athleta A-Z Electronics 75
Loyola Tata Motors 72
(15-12, 27-13, 23-24, 10-23)


Athleta made sure of finishing top of the standings at the end of the first phase but they had to dig in to stave off Loyolas challenge.

The first session was a ding-dong affair with Athleta holding a narrow three-point lead before hitting their best before half-time for a 42-25 advantage.

Loyola lost the injured Raschanti Harris after the break but still managed to narrow the gap to 65-49 before the last quarter got underway.

The underdogs kept pressing and came within three points of Athleta, who, however held out for their eighth victory.

Athleta: M. Naudi 11, I. Buldakov 2, M. Todorovic 20, M. Giusti, O. Said 3, D. Schembri 13, A. Bonnici 12, K. Baldacchino 5, S. Schembri 9.

Loyola: S. Pace 6, B. Zammit 5, D. Camilleri 25, M. Cilia, S. Borg, S. Vella, A. Axiaq 7, J.P. Azzopardi 8, R. Harris 21.

Referees: E. Mangani, C. Terribile, S. Gouder.

League standings
Athleta 17 (8-1), Siggiewi 14 (5-4), Floriana 14 (5-4), Depiro 14 (5-4), Luxol (3-6) 12, Loyola 10 (1-8).

Top scorers
J. Jeron Belin (Luxol) 290, Evan Fjeld (Floriana) 281, R. Harris (Loyola) 245, M. Matijevic (Siggiewi) 223.

Next fixtures
(Friday) 18.15 Luxol vs Floriana, 20.00 Siggiewi vs Athleta. (Saturday) 16.30 Depiro vs Loyola. (Monday) BOV KO final 16.30 Floriana vs Luxol.
Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com


Standings

Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 9-1 
 2. Floriana 6-4 
 3. Depiro 5-5 
 4. Siggiewi 5-5 
 5. Bupa 3-7 
 6. Loyola 2-8 


Siggiewi unable to avoid Athleta in play-offs - by Eurobasket News

The first phase of the mens National League came to a close last weekend with the remaining three matches in the calendar.

With Luxol and Loyola already out of the reckoning, the only issue to be determined was the semi-finals line-up.

Champions Athleta will continue their title defence with a best-of-three series against Siggiewi while surprise package Floriana take on Depiro in the other match.

The opening matches from the semi-final play-offs get underway on Sunday.

Siggiewi 70
Athleta A-Z Electronics 85
(29-23, 11-21, 13-27, 17-14)


Siggiewi needed to win this last match from Phase One to avoid fourth place and a semi-final slot against the same Athleta.

However, after an encouraging start, Siggiewi had to bow to stronger opponents.

They pulled away to lead 29-23 at the end of the first quarter but Athleta came rushing back and at the interval Joe Galeas men were 44-40 ahead.

It was all even at this stage but then Siggiewi lost concentration following some controversial decisions by the match officials.

Here one recommends uniformity by referees as the stakes will be much higher in the semi-finals.

Athleta raced to a 71-53 lead before the last quarter got underway. Siggiewi surpassed a shaky patch but by now it was too late as Athleta already had the two points in their bags.

Siggiewi: R. Agius, A. Cutajar, L. Camilleri 8, P. Shoults, E. Xuereb 5, A. Borg 12, K. Borg 3, C. Meier 17, M. Kodomaris, Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) 25.

Athleta: M. Naudi 21, I Buldakov, D. Bugeja 8, M. Giusti, M. Todorovic 15, O. Said 13, D. Schembri 17, A. Bonnici 3, K. Baldacchino, S. Schembri 8.

Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, C. Terribile.

Floriana Fran. Fenech 78
BUPA Luxol 65
(11-19, 19-19, 19-12, 29-15)


Thanks to this victory on Friday, Floriana finished runners-up in the regular season as Luxol, without a hope of making the play-offs, looked more focused on the KO final.

Floriana started badly but when Evan Fjeld regained his touch the Greens imposed their superiority.

In fact, midway through the second session Luxol led 30-11 but Floriana regrouped and at half-time they had cut the deficit to eight points 38-30.

Luxol continued to enjoy the lead (44-38) but as Floriana upped their game John Tabones team suddenly lost composure even though they still managed to lead by a point (50-49) for the last ten minutes.

But with Luxol in disarray, Floriana were now in cruise mode, going on to lead 66-55 before chalking up a sixth victory with a comfortable scoreline.

Floriana: J. Curmi, C. Sammut 19, I. Mercieca 6, S. Sammut 14, C Calleja 4, A. Baldacchino, E. Fjeld 31, A. Sultana, M. Ciantar 4.

Luxol: J.C. Cordina, M. Mercieca 10, Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's) 30, A. Micallef Trigona 8, L. Lee Ross (182-G-89) 15, N. Vasovic 2, A. Costa, T. Paris, M. Attard Montaldo, E. Caruana Montaldo, S. Capello.

Referees: G. Barbara, C. Terribile, S. Gouder.

Loyola Tata Motors 81
Depiro Mtarfa 78
(24-22, 17-15, 13-18, 27-23)


Loyola completed their Phase One commitments with a sound win over Depiro who still qualified in third place.

The lead changed hands several times but at the break it was Loyola who were in front 41-37.

Depiro hit back strongly to go five points ahead (50-54) before the last 10 minutes got underway.

They held a 67-63 lead with only a few minutes left but Loyola grew in confidence and forged ahead as Depiro were unable to finish the job.

Loyola: S. Pace 6, B. Zammit 5, D. Camilleri 6, M. Cilia, S. Borg 6, L. Azzopardi, Anton Axiaq (188-C-91) 19, J.P. Azzo-pardi 11, J. Anastasi 1, J. Ransley, R. Harris 27.

Depiro: R. Vella 13, J.P. Schembri 3, N. Sultana 4, A. Aquilina 15, A. Portelli 4, A. Micallef 6, E. Lupo 6, M. Mallia 2, I. Tanti 6, G. Hamlin 19.

Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, C. Terribile.

Best player

Depiro captain Roderick Vella is the player of the month for February. Last month, Depiro gained a series of important wins to eventually book their place in the semi-final play-offs.

This was Vellas fifth monthly award in his career.

He contributed to Depiros positive run by totalling 45 points, including seven from outside the arc to top the classification for three-point shooters in February.

Vella received the player of the month trophy from Martin Ferry, on behalf of sponsors You Shop We Ship.

Phase One

Final standings
Athleta 19 (9-1), Floriana 16 (6-4), Depiro 15 (5-5), Siggiewi 15 (5-5), Luxol 13 (3-7), Loyola 12 (2-8).

Top scorers
Jeron Belin (BUPA Luxol) 320, E. Fjeld (Floriana ) 312, R. Harris (Loyola) 272, Marko Matijevic (Sig-giewi) 238.

Next fixtures
(Sunday league SFs) 14.45 Athleta vs Siggiewi, 16.30 Floriana vs Depiro.
Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com



Luxol atone for league upset with KO win - by Eurobasket News

Floriana Fran. Fenech 80
Bupa Luxol 87
(12-26, 15-24, 19-14, 34-23)


BUPA Luxol put behind them the disappointment of missing out on the National League play-offs as they overcame the challenge of Floriana Francesco Fenech to win the BOV Knock-Out for the sixteenth time in their history yesterday.

A flawless start to the match set the platform for Luxols success as John Tabones men duly punished Florianas static defending and raced to a 26-12 lead at the end of the first session.

The Greens struggled to mount a reaction and with Luxol starting to take control underneath the boards, it was no surprise that they surged into a commanding 23-point lead when ends were changed, 50-27.

Floriana started to show signs of improvement at the start of the third quarter with their American player Evan Fjeld potting some crucial points and winning a number of fouls underneath the boards to push his team 13 points behind their opponents, 57-44.

But towards the end of the session, Florianas slow place in attack was fully exploited by Luxol who went on to start the final ten minutes 64-46 ahead.

Florianas full-court press did not reap tangible results and Luxol approached the final five minutes of the match with a handsome advantage, 70-56.

Poor free-throw shooting was starting to hurt Luxol as Floriana were gradually whittling down their deficit. The loss of Jean Paul Bonnici, Andrew Micallef Trigona and Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's), who were all fouled-out, did not help Luxols cause.

But Florianas hopes of turning the match around were all but ended when Fjeld and Steve Sammut lost two vital free-throws late on.

At the other end, Tom Paris potted two-from-two from the free-throw line to seal Luxols victory.

At the end of the match, BOV CEO Peter Perotti presented the BOV KO trophy to Luxol captain Marco Mercieca.

Floriana: J. Curmi, C.Sammut 7, I. Mercieca 7, Steve Sammut 10, C. Calleja 12, A. Baldacchino 2, E. Fjeld 38, A. Sultana 2, M. Ciantar 2.

Luxol: CJ Cordina, M. Merceica 11, J. Jeron Belin 36, A. Micallef Trigona 8, L. Ross 9, A. Costa 1, N. Vasovic 4, T. Paris 2, M. Attard Montaldo, E. Caruana Montaldo, JP Bonnici 16, S. Capello.

Referees: G. Barbara, E. Mangani, C. Terribile.

Next fixtures: National League play-offs Sunday 2.45 p.m. Athleta vs Siggiewi; 4.30 p.m. Floriana vs Depiro.
Courtesy of: timesofmalta.com



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EuroCup: Late surge carries Buducnost past Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Valencia 75:71

Buducnost turned the tables in the final period to snatch a tough home win over Valencia in the first game of the EuroCup quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 15 points each to lead the hosts.
Valencia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Buducnost put their noses in front in the second quarter. The Montenegrin team eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. Valencia however pulled back in charge in the third quarter. The Spaniards held the home team to 14 points in the frame to ensure a comfortable 61:54 lead with ten minutes remaining. Buducnost showed their character in the final frame. Cheered up by the home crowd the Montenegrin champions held their opponent to 10 points and rushed ahead for a key win at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) provided 9 points each for the winners. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) answered with 12 points for Valencia. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) had 11 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 15, Jermaine Anderson 15, Bojan Krstovic 9, Nikola Ivanovic 9
Valencia: Nando De Colo 12, Florent Pietrus 11



Osmajic inks for Ulcinj , Rakocevic for Jedinstvo - by Dragan Scepanovic

Basketball Club Ulcinj member of MNE Super League and DELFI SMG Basketball announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Mogren from Budva Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) singed contract to the end of season whit Basketball Club Ulcinj.In basketball season 2011-2012 Osmajic play for Mogren 14 games : 5.9 ppg, 4,1 rpg, 0.6 aspg .
In same way Basketball Club Jedinstvo from B.Polje member of MNE Play-Out League and DELFI SMG Basketball announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Hercegovac from Bileca Marko Rakocevic (205-C-83) singed contract whit club to the end of basketball season 2011-2012. Rakocevic in basketball season 2011-2012 play 16 games for Hercegovac : 8.9 ppg , 5.4 rpg



MNE S-League schedule - by Dragan Scepanovic

1.ROUND 24/25. March
6.ROUND 10/11. April

Podgorica : Buducnost - Ulcinj
Bar : Mornar - Sutjeska
Cetinje : Lovcen - Teodo
2.ROUND 27/28. March
7.ROUND 14/15.April

Ulcinj : Ulcinj - Teodo
Niksic : Sutjeska - Lovcen
Podgorica : Buducnost - Mornar
3.ROUND 31. March / 1. April
8.ROUND 17/18. April

Bar : Mornar - Ulcinj
Cetinje : Lovcen - Buducnost
Tivat : Teodo - Sutjeska
4.ROUND 3/4. April
9.ROUND 21/22.April

Ulcinj : Ulcinj - Sutjeska
Podgorica : Buducnost - Teodo
Bar : Mornar - Lovcen
5.ROUND 7/8. April
10.ROUND 24/25.April
Cetinje : Lovcen - Ulcinj
Tivat : Teodo - Mornar
Niksic : Sutjeska - Buducnost



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  NBA   


THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE vol 12 - by Ozell Wells

The old con was called the bait and switch...in that particular type of operation, a faked incident would be used to draw attention of your mark in a manner that they focus on the events that are transpiring and inadvertently taking their attentions off of the prize that you, the puppet master truly desire. All in all, at the end of the operation, the mark is left bewildered, not truly knowing or understanding what truly transpired....only that they have either lost a lot of money, or a prized possession. (adapted from Robert Beck's Big White Con, 1973)

Unfortunately, this is what I see having transpired in the US, over the course of the past week. The entire general population, or the fan base of the NBA has had their attentions on the looming trade deadline, which approached and passed this week. The whole city of Orlando, after having been taken for a wild ride on the whims of one Dwight Howard; who could not decide where his true passions lay. Changing his mind from desired destination to destination, and almost playing the hearts and minds of the Orlando loyalists, like a puppet.

At the end of the day, and after flirting like the school-girl that is admired by every athlete on campus, he decided to stay put. Home in Orlando, welcomed back into the awaiting arms of the city that adores him. Much like I addressed in a previous post, on the decline of NBA basketball an d the eager acceptance of a hurriedly assembled product like we have now. Much like the basketball starved fans at the end of the lockout, the fans of Orlando; threatened by the thought of losing their star child franchise player/ foundation, hurriedly welcomed him back to town. Not once looking at the fact that he was eagerly prepared to walk away from them and move on to greener pastures. Oh how easily are we conned, fooled and duped in this THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

The fact of the matter is this, the NBA, even in the face of the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) have a type of review of fiscal ramifications and a veteran players trade refusal for players who have played a minimum number of years (like a right of first refusal) in the league. This provision like this and others, allows trades to be reviewed and if not in the best interests of the club in question or THE LEAGUE as a whole, can be denied and/or rejected by THE LEAGUE itself, and not just the player. This did not hinder the League from allowing a huge plethora of moves as the trade deadline approached last week. Derek Fisher shipped to the Rockets, where he refuses to sign with the new club, in lieu of Ramon Sessions who had his career fortunes skyrocket to the center of the universe. The entire affair with Chris Kaman and associated players playing a game similar to one played as a youth in kindergarten called musical chairs. In the face of this, there has also been coaching movement alongside the players' changing seats while in The Show.

the knick players who hadnt even been listening to mike d'antoni the past weeks (before his resignation) and with Woody (Mike Woodson) now manning the ship, he knows who can do what and who fits when and where they fit.
The new hire always wins his 1st few outings, as the players all wish to work their win into his good graces...being the defensive genius that he is, the KNICKS WILL DEFEND MUCH BETTER but
it is still a cancerous environment, melo is a selfish ball hog primadonna, amare is a dead man limping and cohorts baron davis and mike bibby, although once the epitome of the NBA Point Guard, have become relics, which by definition is a shadow of the past...soon to be forgotten



Chicago 85, Orlando 59 - by Milord Nikolic

Carlos Boozer had a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Chicago allowed the fewest points in a regular season game in franchise history. Tom Thibodeau earned his 100th win as Bulls coach and became the fastest to reach 100 victories in NBA history. He is 100-30 in two seasons in Chicago. The Bulls were without reigning MVP Derrick Rose for a fourth straight game because of a groin injury. John Lucas, normally Chicago's third-string point guard, scored 20 points off the bench. Lucas III nailed back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to close out the first quarter and give the Bulls a 22-14 lead. Boozer went 7 for 9 from the field and scored 16 first-half points to help Chicago build a 48-33 advantage at the break. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which failed to score more than 15 points in three of the four quarters. The Magic shot a miserable 24 for 68 from the field (35.3 percent) in their second straight loss, and third in the last four games.

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 26-20 
 2. Boston C. 24-21 
 3. New York K. 22-24 
 4. Toronto R. 15-31 
 5. New Jersey N. 15-32 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 38-10 
 2. Indiana P. 26-18 
 3. Milwaukee B. 21-24 
 4. Cleveland C. 17-26 
 5. Detroit P. 16-29 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 34-11 
 2. Orlando M. 29-18 
 3. Atlanta H. 26-20 
 4. Washington W. 10-34 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-37 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 34-12 
 2. Denver N. 25-21 
 3. Utah Jazz 24-22 
 4. Minnesota T. 23-24 
 5. Portland TB 21-25 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 28-18 
 2. LA Clippers 26-19 
 3. Phoenix Suns 23-23 
 4. Golde State W. 18-25 
 5. Sacramento K. 17-29 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 29-14 
 2. Dallas M. 27-20 
 3. Memphis G. 25-19 
 4. Houston R. 25-22 
 5. N.Orleans H. 11-34 


Kings waive forward Hickson - by Eurobasket News

The Kings waived J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) on Monday, less than a year after acquiring the 23-year-old forward from the Cleveland Cavaliers for forward Omri Casspi.

Hickson was absent when the team opened practice to media Monday, and messages left for his agent were not returned.

It was an abrupt exit for Hickson, who also cost the Kings a conditional first-round draft pick in a deal just hours before the NBA lockout last summer.

Hickson, who averaged career highs of 13.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in 28.2 minutes in his third season with the Cavaliers in 2010-11, was expected to provide frontcourt athleticism and bring stability at power forward.

In his first season with the Kings, however, Hickson's production dropped significantly as he adjusted to a new team and a coaching change after just seven games.

Hickson averaged career lows of 4.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game for the Kings. He shot 37.0 percent from the field and 63.8 percent from the free-throw line.

After starting nine games at power forward in January, Hickson lost the job to Jason Thompson, and his playing time decreased.

'I had a chance to talk with the two of those guys together and said, 'OK, I'm going to allow you (Hickson) to start five or six games, and then see where you are, and then I'm going to give Jason the same opportunity and see where he is, and after that, I'll re-evaluate,' ' Kings head coach Keith Smart said.

'One guy didn't play as well as he wanted to, and the other guy took off. J.J. did all he could to kind of get that back, but by that time I had solidified a guy who I was going to try to grow into our power forward on our basketball team,' Smart said.

Hickson had played in just one of the Kings' last 10 games, missing six with a hip pointer and two with back spasms, and he acknowledged before the Kings played the Golden State Warriors last Tuesday he was 'not having the season I expected to have.'

The draft pick the Kings included in the trade for Hickson is lottery protected this year. It is protected in the top 13 next year, the top 12 in 2014 and the top 10 in the following three years.

If the Cavaliers have not received a first-round pick after six years, they will receive a second-round pick from the Kings.

Injury report Guard Tyreke Evans practiced Monday and should be available tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies, Smart said.

Evans missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle.

Swingman Francisco Garcia, who missed the past two games with a sprained right wrist, also practiced Monday but took a limited amount of shots, Smart said.

Pass happy Smart said he counted 17 offensive possessions in Sacramento's 115-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in which the Kings did not allow the ball to touch the floor, instead moving it to a 'wide-open shooter' or inside for a lay-up attempt.

'They see now here are two games, back-to-back, that our guys have played with the right energy, not over-dribbling, moving the ball to the open shooter, and look what the outcome was,' Smart said. 'So let's try to grow that.'

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Warriors set to sign former Kings F Hickson - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors are likely to sign power forward J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) if and when he clears waivers, according to league sources.

The Sacramento Kings waived Hickson earlier on Monday. He is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday.

Hickson is in his fourth NBA season and has career averages of 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He played sparingly in 35 games for the Kings this season.

The Warriors have room on their roster to accommodate Hicksons signing without having to waive a player.

Hickson will likely get minutes at power forward behind starter David Lee.

Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com



Grizzlies prepared to sign free agent guard Gilbert Arenas - by Eurobasket News

Free-agent guard Gilbert Arenas (6'4''-G-82, college: Arizona) exited an elevator in FedExForum with a pep in his step Monday morning following a workout for the Grizzlies.

He politely declined to comment when approached by a reporter.

Hope to get to know you soon, Arenas said, smiling, before he walked across the street to the Westin Hotel.

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, had already spent quality time with Arenas and now are on the verge of signing the 10-year veteran to a deal for the rest of this season, according to sources close to the process.

Arenas, 30, appeared slender and shot the ball well during the workout. Arenas only needed to pass a physical he was scheduled to take Monday afternoon and agree to a prorated veterans minimum contract requiring the Griz to pay about $300,000.

The deal, if completed in the next day or two, would allow Arenas to join the Grizzlies later this week in Portland. The Griz begin a four-game West Coast trip tonight at Sacramento.

Arenas has been unemployed since finishing last season with the Orlando Magic, who used the leagues one-time amnesty provision to waive Arenas and the remaining $62 million on his contract.

Arenas worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season but they declined to make him an offer.

Even though Arenas averaged a career-low 10.8 points a game and shot 36.6-percent in 2010-11 while playing for the Magic and Washington Wizards, the Griz want his experience because rookies Jeremy Pargo and Josh Selby havent inspired confidence as backups for starting point guard Mike Conley.

The hope is that Arenas would provide quality backcourt depth with his ability to be a playmaker and big-time shot maker. He is a three-time All-Star who averaged 21.2 points and 5.4 assists 10 NBA seasons.

No one in the Grizzlies organization seems concerned with Arenas so-called baggage. Arenas was suspended in 2010 after bringing guns into the Wizards locker room an incident that led to him being traded to Orlando.

Since then, his character and ability to disrupt a teams chemistry has been under fire. However, the Griz have been consistent with their handling reclamation projects concerning veteran players. Guards Jason Williams and Allen Iverson were both eventually released after not conforming to the teams philosophy.

Arenas apparently answered any questions about his physical condition with the workout.

Arenas underwent a similar blood-spinning procedure on both of his knees and hips that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received in Germany during the offseason. Arenas was treated by Dr. Edward Capla in New York City. Capla used to work under Dr. Peter Wehling, who treated Bryant and New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

Still, it is not known yet how Arenas graded out on his physical with the Griz.

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com



Sources: Derek Fisher draws interest from Heat and Thunder - by Eurobasket News

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as the early leaders in the race to sign veteran guard Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) after he clears waivers Wednesday, according to sources close to the situation.

With the Chicago Bulls needing another big man more than another guard and the San Antonio Spurs still hopeful they can complete the signing of guard Patrick Mills by week's end, sources told ESPN.com that Miami and Oklahoma City are the current front-runners to land Fisher, who was formally waived Monday night by the Houston Rockets.

The Heat explored the possibility of signing Fisher when he was a free agent in the summer of 2010 and have strong interest again now, sources say, even if they are successful in signing veteran forward Ronny Turiaf this week. Miami has only one open roster spot at present, but rookie shooting guard Terrel Harris hasn't played in six weeks and thus looms as a potential candidate to make way if the Heat need to make room for both Fisher and Turiaf, who was just waived by Denver.

Oklahoma City, meanwhile, is still trying to fill the void created by Eric Maynor's season-ending knee injury and, according to sources with knowledge of the Thunder's thinking, is intrigued by the prospect of adding Fisher's championship know-how to a group that's leading the Western Conference but still young.

It remains to be seen whether star forward Kevin Durant's recent decision to sign with Rob Pelinka as his new agent tips the scales, since Pelinka also represents Fisher. In addition, there is a feeling among some rival teams that the prospect of signing with a team in the West and having the chance to face the Lakers in the playoffs after his ouster is another factor that could help the Thunder in their pursuit of Fisher.

Sources say the thought of signing with the Bulls is something that strongly interests Fisher, but Chicago is well stocked at point guard and appears to be focused on trying to land Turiaf.

The Los Angeles Clippers, sources say, have likewise shown little interest in pursuing Fisher. That's even though the Clippers, like Miami and Oklahoma City, have a need for a playoff-tested guard after Chauncey Billups' season-ending Achilles tear and with Chris Paul carrying an increasingly heavy load.

The Spurs, by contrast, have long been fans of Fisher, sources said. But San Antonio, by all indications, is pressing ahead on the Mills front in hopes of completing its planned signing of the Australian point guard, who spent much of this season playing in China.

Fisher was officially placed on waivers at 6 p.m. ET Monday, giving teams under the salary cap 48 hours to claim him. He was owed a little less than $1 million for the rest of this season and had a player option worth $3.4 million for next season, but the Houston Chronicle reported earlier Monday that Fisher surrendered his entire 2012-13 salary to secure his buyout from the Rockets.

Players seeking buyouts must be waived by Friday to be eligible to play in the playoffs with another team.

Fisher's surrender of next season's $3.4 million marks the second time in his career that he has left a significant amount of money on the table to facilitate a move he wants. In 2007, Fisher gave up roughly $8 million owed by the Utah Jazz to return to the Los Angeles Lakers -- where he began his career alongside fellow rookie Kobe Bryant in 1996-97 -- so Fisher's family could be closer to the doctors who were treating his daughter for a rare form of eye cancer.

The Rockets gave Fisher's representatives permission to speak with about a half-dozen teams over the weekend to gauge interest in him during the buyout discussions, according to the source.

Fisher has made no public statements since his surprising trade from the franchise that has employed him for most of his career. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has admitted that he didn't give Fisher or his representatives a heads-up that a deal was in the works before Thursday's trade deadline and said later that he could understand if Fisher was 'emotional' over the situation.

'He may have caught wind of the rumor a day or two ago, but there was no heads-up given,' Kupchak said Thursday. 'It's not necessary, because a lot of times there's nothing to the rumors. How many times was one of our players traded in the last 10 days and it never took place? So you can't spend your time dispelling or confirming rumors.

'But when something like this does happen, I can imagine what he's going through. I've never really gone through it, but to be in one place, to have the kind of contribution, midseason, it's got to be pretty emotional. We'll talk at the right time.'

Once he clears waivers, Fisher is free to sign with any team except the Lakers because of league rules that prevent teams from trading players away and immediately re-signing them.

Fisher, 37, had played in 537 consecutive games prior to being dealt to the Rockets. They had acquired the 16-year veteran Thursday afternoon with the hopes of convincing him to stay with them the remainder of the season, largely because star point guard Kyle Lowry is still recovering. The Rockets, though, ultimately decided not to oppose Fisher's wish to be set free thanks to Fisher's willingness to give up next season's player option and the fact that Houston also landed Dallas' 2012 protected first-round pick from the Lakers, which L.A. had acquired in December as part of the Lamar Odom deal.

Courtesy of ESPN



Jermaine O'Neal is out for the season - by Eurobasket News

Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F/C-78) announced Monday he will have season-ending surgery on his sprained left wrist, likely ending his tenure with the Celtics. ONeal landed awkwardly after taking a charge from the Mavericks Dominique Jones Feb. 20. ONeal could have had minor surgery to alleviate the pain or taken a cortisone shot.

Doctors discovered a degenerative condition in O'Neals wrist, making the decision more complicated, according to a statement from the Celtics.

Jermaine worked hard to get himself in condition to play this season despite his ongoing wrist issues, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in the statement. He played through pain the entire year and gave us all he could, but unfortunately after the fall against Dallas there simply wasnt anything else he could do. We appreciate his contributions to our team over the last two years.

Courtesy of http://bostonglobe.com



Pacers Ground the Clippers, 102-89 - by Daniel Gibson

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.---After being dominated in back-to-back winnable games, as Danny Granger described it, against the New York Knicks the Pacers hosted the Los Angeles Clippers looking to end the skid.

Danny Grangers 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting led the way for the win, 102-89. George Hill was the star of the show with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Hill drilled a number of tough shots and got teammates involved in the offense.

The Clippers struggled to get into a groove after the first quarter and never really threatened to pull this one out. They were led by Blake Griffin (23 points) and Chris Paul (16 points). The Pacers physical play frustrated Griffin and he was only 2-for-7 from the free-throw which only added it.

For Griffin and the Clippers the highlight of the night was the first quarter and it went downhill from there.

Griffin is usually known for thrilling crowds with his above the rim game but he started off the first quarter knocking down jump shots from deep. He dominated the period and finished with 14 points. Both teams got off to a fast start offensively and ended the quarter tied at 31.

In the second quarter Leandro Barbosa checked in for his first action as a Pacer and he immediately sparked an 11-0 run. His first shot was an off balance three-pointer with the shot clock running down. He made his first four shots for a quick nine points that sparked the Pacers while the Clippers starters sat on the bench.

Paul and Griffin checked back in and immediately brought the Clippers back into the game. The Pacers responded again with another run to create some separation before the half and the Clippers hurt themselves with back-to-back turnovers.

They went into intermission with the Pacers leading 54-46.

Coming out of the break the Paul and Griffin connected for their highlight reel lob on the fast break and Paul followed it up with three-pointer after. Paul then attacked the paint and threw up a floater that went up high like one of his lobs but fell through the net for two points.

The Pacers took every punch and threw some back, something they didnt do against the Knicks. Granger knocked down back-to-back threes to push the lead to 73-62 with a little over three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Pacers carried the lead into the fourth quarter, 78-66.

Hill was making plays for the Pacers all night and he continued his shot shooting into the fourth quarter. Most of his makes came late in the shot clock and were contested but it was a case of great offense beating good defense.

The Clippers made a run late but after Mo Williams missed a three that would have made it a eight point game they never could get back into it.

The Pacers will gain some momentum from knocking off a good Clippers team thats always dangerous with Paul running the show. Their defense was the star of the night as they returned to the pesky and physical style of play they have had success with.




Brad Miller says he's retiring - to hunt ducks - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota Timberwolves center Brad Miller (6'11''-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) plans to go from shooting baskets to shooting ducks after this season.

Miller told Yahoo! Sports he will retire after this season to concentrate on his Sportsman Channel television show Country Boys Outdoors. The 14-year NBA veteran has averaged 11.3 points and 7.2 rebounds with one All-Star appearance during his career while playing for the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Timberwolves.

Miller, 35, has appeared in only seven games this season. The Timberwolves hold a $5.1 million team option for Miller next season.

For anyone that is listening, Im going to retire after this season, Miller said prior to the Twolves game at Golden State on Monday night. Its time to concentrate on Country Boys. Im done.

In Country Boys Outdoors, Miller and his long-time friend Jon Brunson travel the world while big-game hunting. Country Boys Outdoors was selected best new series at the 2009 Sportsman Choice Awards.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Lakers to exercise team option on Andrew Bynum - by Eurobasket News

The definition of a no-brainer?

The Lakers plan to exercise their team option on Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services).

'He's the starting center on the West All-Star team. Why wouldn't we do everything we could to keep him here?' Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. 'We're ecstatic to have him on the team.'

The Lakers have until June 30 to exercise the $16.1-million option they have for the last year of Bynum's contract. After next season, however, he becomes a free agent unless they negotiate an extension between now and then.

Bynum, 24, has been getting steadily better this season, topping out this month with some eye-catching numbers.

In March he is averaging 24 points and 13.1 rebounds while shooting 65.7% in 10 games. He is also averaging 41 minutes this month.

Of equal importance to the Lakers, Bynum has played all 41 games he has been eligible for this season, a solid start for a player who logged an entire 82-game slate only once in his first six seasons, missing large swaths of time in the past because of knee problems.

Fisher and King?

If the Miami Heat pursues Derek Fisher, LeBron James would be fine with it.

'One thing you know about Derek Fisher is that he's a winner; he's not afraid of the moment and he's won multiple championships,' James told reporters Monday. 'I don't know what our plans are, but I don't see it as a bad fit it if happens because of his leadership and his commitment to winning.'

Fisher, 37, was traded from the Lakers to Houston last week, but the Rockets bought him out of a contract that would have paid him $4.4 million through next season. If he clears waivers Wednesday, Fisher becomes a free agent and can sign with any team except the Lakers.

Getting defensive?

Maybe the Lakers should pull out those DVDs that Coach Mike Brown gave them over the summer for a quick refresher on defense.

Over their last seven games, the Lakers have given up an average of 101.3 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.1%. Those numbers are particularly annoying for a team that has been one of the stingiest in the NBA under Brown, surrendering only 92.9 points per game (seventh-best in the league) while limiting opponents to 42.4% shooting (tied with Miami for second-best).

'We're back trying to outscore teams and it's not working out for us, so we need to hold teams down,' Bynum said. 'That's how we get a lot of our wins. Even if we're winning ugly, with 94 points and they're scoring 83. A win is a win.'

It's not just the usual suspects who have been tough to stop lately. Utah reserve guard Alec Burks scored 17 points Sunday during the Jazz's 103-99 victory over the Lakers, including three baskets in the final 4:01. Utah backup big man Enes Kanter also repeatedly maneuvered around Bynum for layups on the way to 17 points.

'I gave some people points that really don't score,' Bynum said. 'Defense kind of falls on my shoulders as the center, and I could have done a better job clogging the lane.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



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Harkless leaving St. John's early for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Moe Harkless (6'8''-G/F) said one of the benefits of deciding to leave St. John's after his freshman season and declare for early entry to the NBA draft was he wouldn't have to answer any more questions.

'I was hearing people yelling at me to stay,' he said Monday at his news conference at Madison Square Garden when he was interrupted.

'One Moe year. One Moe year. You heard me? That was me hiding behind the bush on campus yelling that,' Red Storm coach Steve Lavin said, finally getting a stoic Harkless to break into a smile. 'I even tried on the way over here to convince him to change his mind. He didn't go for it.'

Harkless, the lynchpin of Lavin's first recruiting class at St. John's, announced his decision after a first and only season with the Red Storm (13-19) that saw him win Big East Rookie of the Year by averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds, which put him sixth and second, respectively, among freshmen nationally.

'At the end of the season I had talks with my mom and coach Lavin,' the 6-foot-8 Harkless said of the time frame in making the decision. 'I came to the conclusion over the past couple of days.'

Lavin said there were plenty of talks about the decision that included 'healthy discussions and some tough banter.' All the talk left Lavin sure of some things.

'He has the confidence, the conviction and purpose in making this choice,' Lavin said.

Harkless, projected as a first-round draft pick, was part of the five-freshman class that started 12 games for the Red Storm. The season didn't go as expected for the original nine-man recruiting class. Three of them weren't eligible as the season began and Lavin wasn't able to follow up on his first season at St. John's, which ended with the school's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002.

Lavin underwent prostate cancer surgery in October and was on the bench for only four games before doctors told him to follow a modified schedule that kept away from games.

'I came to St. John's to play for coach Lavin,' he said. 'Unfortunately the situation didn't allow me to play as much as I wanted to for him. We still have a good relationship and he supports me in this decision.'

Lavin said he told Harkless of the players he coached during his 12 seasons at UCLA who made the same move.

'I had Baron Davis, who was a third overall pick, to a player like Jaron Rush, who didn't get drafted,' Lavin said.

Harkless, who said playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream, noted none of that matters any more.

'It's all on me now,' he said.

Several comments were made during the season that the 208-pound Harkless might have trouble in the NBA because he is so slight.

'They said the same thing about me playing in the Big East,' he said with a smile.

Harkless said he isn't deep into the process of hiring an agent but expects to do so soon. His mother, Rosa, reminded him there are other things ahead of him besides basketball.

'He was straightforward we me through all this,' she said. 'He promised me he will finish and get his degree. As long as he gets his education I'll support him in whatever he does.'

The last St. John's player to leave early for the NBA draft was Omar Cook, who was chosen in the second round in 2001.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins retires - by Eurobasket News

Bobby Cremins said this time he is stepping down for good.

Nearly two months after taking a medical leave of absence from the College of Charleston men's basketball team, an emotional Cremins announced Monday he was retiring from the game.

But he struggled to get the words out.

The coach's voice cracked and he fought back tears as he addressed players, friends and administrators on the floor of TD Arena, the Cougars' homecourt.

'With the blessings of my family, my team, staff, friends, and the College of Charleston, I have decided to retire as our coach,' Cremins said.

The 64-year-old Cremins announced on Jan. 27 that he would miss the rest of the Cougars' season and later said he was physically exhausted. Cremins went on an indefinite medical leave of absence but said his condition was not life-threatening.

College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull said at the time that he planned to speak with Cremins over the next few weeks to determine it the coach will be out even longer.

'It was unfortunate what happened to me in late January. I didn't like what happened and I'll never know why,' Cremins said. 'Our bodies sometimes send us signals, so we have to listen. The silver lining is that my staff, led by Mark Byington, my team, my school, they had my back and they responded in a special way.'

Ten days after his initial announcement, Cremins said on Feb. 6 that he 'had no gas' and that his players knew. 'They could feel it.' He added that while his energy level wasn't where it needed to be, he was 'definitely feeling a lot better' at that time.

Under Byington, the Cougars finished the season 19-12 and were not knocked out of the Southern Conference tournament in the first round for the first time since joining the league in 1998.

Cremins was in his sixth season with the Cougars when he stepped away in January after spending 19 years coaching Georgia Tech. He has led Charleston to 20 victories in each of his seasons.

The Cougars started this season 10-2 with wins over Clemson and Tennessee, but had lost six of their last eight when Cremins took his medical leave.

Cremins is 579-375 in 31 seasons of coaching, and the Yellow Jackets named their home court for him before he returned to coaching in 2006. He grew up in the Bronx then came south to play for South Carolina and fellow New York-transplant Frank McGuire.

'I loved coaching in the state where I began my college playing career,' Cremins said. 'I'll never be able to thank the late, great coach (Frank McGuire) for bringing me to Columbia in 1965. I loved playing for the Gamecocks.'

Cremins got his first head coaching job at Appalachian State, leading the Mountaineers to the NCAA tournament in 1979.

Three years later, he left for Georgia Tech and the Atlantic Coast Conference. He led the Yellow Jackets to nine NCAA tournament appearances and reached the Final Four in 1990. He also won three ACC tournament titles and two regular-season crowns before the program tailed off and he was let go after the 2000 season.

'Coaching at GT in the ACC conference, coming back to the SoCon where I began my coaching career at Appalachian State was something special,' Cremins said. 'Incredible journey for me and my family.'

Cremins spent the next several years as a college basketball analyst, playing tennis on Hilton Head, until deciding to come back to coaching at the College of Charleston.

The coach acknowledged feeling 'burned out' while at Georgia Tech and sought to re-energize himself when he accepted the head coaching job with his alma mater, South Carolina, in 1993. Cremins, though, reneged three days later and returned to the Yellow Jackets for seven more seasons. Cremins has said he sought a psychiatrist's help recovering from that flip-flop.

'Now, I know why I waited six years to get back into it,' Cremins said in February.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Sweet 16 preview: West region - by Eurobasket News

Styles make the matchups in this region. Who can play their style the best? Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino combine for 20 Sweet 16s and 11 Final Fours. Marquette and Florida will try and make up for the slugfest Michigan State and Louisville should be with a track meet on a basketball court. Every team has a strength that gives them a good chance at winning this region.


1) Michigan State vs. 4) Louisville

Michigan State wins if: Draymond Green keeps it up
Green will be the best player on the floor with the ability to impact the game like no other player can. Green is averaging 20 points, 12.5 rebounds and 8 assists in the Spartans first two tournament games. Green is a match-up nightmare with his size, touch and ability to stretch the floor. The Spartans have no problem with a sloppy game built around defense as was seen in their win over Saint Louis. Teams are only scoring 59.4 points against them and with their size opponents can't create a lot of opportunities in the paint. The Cardinals like to pressure full court and play a 2-3 zone, which will force the Spartans to be patient inside on offense. Guard Keith Appling is the team's best perimeter scorer. Appling scored a team high 19 points against St. Louis and will need to contribute offensively against a stingy Louisville defense.

Player to Watch: Brandon Wood (6'2''-G-89)
In a game in which scoring will be at a premium, a player like Wood could swing the momentum. Wood only averaged 8.6 points a game this season but against Ohio State in the Big 10 title game, Wood scored 21 points on 4-8 shooting from outside. He has it in him score and will need to bring out that ability against Louisville.

Louisville wins if: The Cardinals limit Green's teammates
The Cardinals are coming off quality wins over Davidson and New Mexico. They held the Wildcats to 35 percent and the Lobos to 39.7 percent shooting. Lobo forward Drew Gordon did score 21 points giving the Cardinals fits inside, but only one other Lobo scored in double figures, Kendall Williams with 11 points. The Lobos offense was shut down but also did cut a 15 point second half deficit to just two points in the final minutes. The Cardinals will have to get a strong performance from Peyton Silva who only scored 6 points against the Lobos. Silva will need to penetrate the Spartan defense and open things up for their offense. Silva averaged 15 points and 6 assists during the Big East tournament. As a team they only shoot 42.5 percent overall, offense can be difficult for them at times. 6-foot-11 center Gorgui Dieng anchors the Cardinals defense and must stay out of foul trouble. The Cardinals lack size and without Dieng will be in trouble against the Spartans.

Player to Watch: Russ Smith (6'0''-G-91)
Smith scored a team high 17 points against New Mexico. While Chris Smith is the Cardinals leading three-point shooter at 39.2 percent, Russ has the ability to shoot and attack the basket. He got to the foul line more than any other Cardinal this season. In what expects to be a physical game the guard dominated Cardinals must not shy away from contact and create offense.


3) Marquette vs. 7) Florida

Marquette wins if: The Golden Eagles limit Florida's guards
Defense won't be priority number one for either team but the Golden Eagles must not let the Gators back court run wild. 6-foot-6 forward Jae Crowder needs to utilize his size to disrupt the Gators guards. The Big East player of the year will also pose match-up problems for the Gators as he is averaging 21 points and 14.5 rebounds during the tournament. Senior guard Darious Johnson-Odom is averaging 18.5 points a game and teams with Crowder for one of the top one-two punches in college basketball. The Eagle have to assert themselves as the more physical team as the Gators do have the better speed and transition game. It won't be a low scoring game but if Marquette can make Florida shot contested jumpers and limit their second chance points on the boards it could be a long night for the Gators.

Player to Watch: Junior Cadougan (6'1''-G-90)
The Eagles average 16.8 assists per game, 7th best in the country according to CBS sports. Cadougan leads the team with 5.4 assists a game. Not known as a scorer, he is a pure set up man that can't turn the ball over or the Gators will be off to the races. He will also be a big part of the Eagles perimeter defense.

Florida wins if: The Gators assert their style
The Gators rolled Virginia and bracket buster Norfolk State on their way to the Sweet 16. Averaging 76.3 points a game, offense is the focus for the Gators. Five players average double figure scoring lead by the back court trio of Kenny Boynton, Bradley Beal and Erving Walker. The three-point shot is the key to the Gators offense as they shoot 38.3 percent from outside. Boynton has put up a team high 258 three-point shots converting on 107 of them. To avoid taking contested jump shots the Gators need to get out in transition and convert easy buckets to draw the Eagles defense away from the perimeter. If the Gators are able to build a lead on Marquette it will take pressure off their defense as the Eagles can struggle shooting outside. The Gators will get their first real test of the tournament against Marquette and there should be plenty of fireworks.

Player to Watch: Erik Murphy (6'10''-F)
The 6-foot-10 forward does his best impression of a guard shooting 43.1 percent from outside. Murphy could find himself as an important part of the Gators offense taking some pressure off of the Gator guards not allowing the Eagles leave the forward open on the perimeter.

Courtesy of www.thehoopsreport.com



Mini Cooper - by Julius Johnson

Take a look at the website for the Mini Cooper. 'Is a Mini Right For You? Only if your a fan of incredible gas mileage, premium technology, legendary performance and smiling every day.'

Another Mini Cooper has been receiving some similar reviews.

When D.J. Cooper, the Ohio Bobcats' diminutive pg drove through Cleveland for the MAC Conference Tournament championship, The Athens News reported, 'D.J. Cooper has worn a smile on his face. It was not a smug or rude smile, but a confident one.'

And when DJ Cooper led Ohio to the Sweet 16, WOUB Sports added, 'Cooper is an instant legend - just add water (and do so in the month of March). What he helped accomplish two years ago put Ohio University basketball on the map. What he did Friday night nullified the need for a map. In his best game of the year, and in the biggest moment of his career, Cooper carried the Cats to another level.'

Here is a look at ten NBA draft picks, who were listed under 6ft.

7 damon stoudamire 5'10
11 terrell brandon 5'11
12 mugsy bogues 5'3
16 brevin knight 5'10
18 calvin murphy 5'9
18 ty lawson 5'11
21 nate robinson 5'9
60 isaiah thomas 5'9
66 michael adams 5'10
87 spud webb 5'7

DJ Cooper is a sure fire classic.





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Player of the Week Award - by Hugh McAuliffe

Manawatu Jets' Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) was Round Three's Player of the Week for his performance in the 76-75 win over the Wellington Saints.

Wellington Saints' Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: CS Northridge) was Round Two's Player of the Week for his performance in the 110-94 win over the Otago Nuggets.

Otago Nuggets' Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) was Round One's Player of the Week for his performance in the 107-91 win over the Harbour Heat.

1. Akeem Wright: 40 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.
2. Jason Crowe: 22 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists.
3. Nick Horvath: 26 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists.



ANBL Awards nominees announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

The National Basketball League stars nominated by their clubs for a number of prestigious awards for the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season have been revealed.

The players nominated for the Most Improved Player, Best Sixth Man, Rookie of the Year and Best Defensive Player awards have been announced. The eventual winners will be named at the 2012 iiNet Basketball Australia MVP awards dinner in Melbourne at Crown Casino next Monday night (26 March).

Each of the NBLs nine teams were able to nominate a maximum of two players from their own roster for each of those four award categories. In all, six players were nominated by their club for Rookie honours, 13 for Best Sixth Man, 13 for Best Defensive Player and 12 for Most Improved.

Voting for the award winners was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season, with the Head Coach, one Assistant Coach and one Captain from each team having the chance to cast 3-2-1 votes for their preferred choices. Voters were not allowed to vote for players from their own team in the final balloting process. The player who receives the highest vote total when all ballots are counted will be declared the winner.

Other NBL awards that will be announced next Monday night include the Andrew Gaze Trophy for the NBLs Most Valuable Player, the All-NBL First, Second and Third Teams, Referee of the Year and the Lindsay Gaze Trophy for Coach of the Year. None of these other awards required clubs to nominate players.

The players nominated by their clubs in the Rookie, Most Improved, Sixth Man and Defensive Player categories are listed below.

The NBL will reveal the five finalists in a number of award categories later this week.

Tickets to attend the MVP are currently on sale and to join the stars of Australian basketball on the Orange Carpet fans should visit www.basketball.net.au/mvp.


Rookie of the Year

Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) (Adelaide)

Greg Hire (198-F-87, college: Augusta St.) (Perth)

Ben Purser (201-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) (Perth)

Mills Patrick (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) (Melbourne)

Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) (Sydney)

Chris Cedar (185-G-88) (Townsville)



Sixth Man of the Year

Nathan Herbert (192-G/F-84) (Adelaide)

Aaron Grabau (196-G/F-78) (Cairns)

Stephen Hoare (201-F-75, college: N.Idaho JC) (Gold Coast)

Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) (Perth)

Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) (Perth)

Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86, college: Arizona) (Melbourne)

Liam Rush (202-F-82) (Melbourne)

Alex Pledger (213-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) (NZ)

CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) (NZ)

Graeme Dann (202-F-83) (Sydney)

Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) (Townsville)

Michael Cedar (190-G-86) (Townsville)

Joevan Catron (198-F-88, college: Oregon) (Wollongong)



Best Defensive Player

Mitchell Creek (197-F/G-92) (Adelaide)

Ian Crosswhite (210-C-82, college: Oregon) (Cairns)

Adam Gibson (188-G-86) (Gold Coast)

Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary) (Perth)

Cameron Tovey (201-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) (Perth)

Ronald Dorsey (197-F/G-83, college: McNeese St.) (Melbourne)

Tommy Greer (200-F-83, college: Nova SE) (Melbourne)

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) (NZ)

Mika Vukona (198-F-82) (NZ)

Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89, college: Clemson) (Sydney)

Eddie Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) (Townsville)

Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) (Townsville)

Tyson Demos (191-G-88) (Wollongong)



Most Improved Player

Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) (Adelaide)

Aaron Grabau (Cairns)

Adam Gibson (Gold Coast)

Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)

Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) (Perth)

Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) (Melbourne)

Alex Pledger (NZ)

Thomas Abercrombie (NZ)

Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) (Sydney)

Todd Blanchfield (Townsville)

Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) (Townsville)

Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) (Wollongong)



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Div1 Stats Leader

1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Oestbye, Miners 23.9
2 Babenskas, STIF 22.5
3 Ytrehus, OSI 20.5
4 Belevicius, STIF 17.8
5 Aliferis T, Persbr. 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 McCarthy, Miners 13.3
2 Bertelsen, STIF 10.2
3 Madsen, OSI 9.8
4 Pettir, Miners 9.8
5 Heistad, Miners 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Steidel, Miners 5.1
2 El-Safadi, Fyllingen 4.8
3 Spriet, NTNUI 4.2
4 Engen, Miners 3.9
5 Ramstad, Kristiansand 3.7
Steals Per Game
1 El-Safadi, Fyllingen 2.7
2 Babenskas, STIF 2.4
3 Ytrehus, OSI 2.0
4 Bertelsen, STIF 1.9
5 Adahada, Varden 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1 Beqiri, Kristiansand 2.8
2 Madsen, OSI 2.6
3 McCarthy, Miners 2.3
4 Pettit, Miners 1.5
5 Andersen, Hop 1.3


Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian 1.Division 1st Team 11-12
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Henry McCarthy
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Nicolai Oestbye
Oestbye
Gytis Babenskas
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Per Bertelsen
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Rasim Beqiri
Beqiri
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Player of the Year: Henry McCarthy (203-F-91) of Miners
Guard of the Year: Nicolai Oestbye (187-G-89) of Miners
Forward of the Year: Henry McCarthy (203-F-91) of Miners
Center of the Year: Rasim Beqiri (203-F/C-85) of Kristiansand
Bosman Player of the Year: Gytis Babenskas (180-G-85) of STIF Whalers
Import Player of the Year: Matthew Pettit (198-F-88) of Miners
Domestic Player of the Year: Henry McCarthy (203-F-91) of Miners
Defensive Player of the Year: Badboni El-Safadi (186-G-74) of Fyllingen BBK
Coach of the Year: Bard Stoller of Miners

1st Team
G: Nicolai Oestbye (187-89) of Miners
G: Gytis Babenskas (180-85) of STIF Whalers
F: Per Bertelsen (196-84) of STIF Whalers
F: Henry McCarthy (203-91) of Miners
F/C: Rasim Beqiri (203-85) of Kristiansand

2nd Team
PG: Anders Engen (182-93) of Miners
G: Badboni El-Safadi (186-74) of Fyllingen BBK
F: Christian Bakken (198-88) of Persbraaten
F: Bard Madsen (199-78) of OSI
F: Matthew Pettit (198-88) of Miners

Honorable Mention
Arne Danielsen (197-F-83) of Kristiansand
Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88) of Persbraaten
Ole Moss (187-G-86) of Persbraaten
Ramunas Belevicius (180-G-82) of STIF Whalers
Runar Ytrehus (189-G-86) of OSI
Dag Christensen (201-F/C-80) of Varden
Jahn Tveit (190-G-83) of Fyllingen BBK
Fredrik Andersen (196-G-92) of Hop
Jan Spriet (G-90) of NTNUI



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  POLAND   


1Liga Round 27: Start Gdynia beats MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Sixth-ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (15-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Start Gdynia (19-6) on Tuesday. Start Gdynia managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Start Gdynia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's 42 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Start Gdynia forced 21 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza turnovers. It was a good game for guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 7 assists. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Start Gdynia's coach Pawel Turkiewicz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) answered with 31 points for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Start Gdynia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-6 record. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Start Gdynia are looking forward to face MKS Znicz Basket (#4) in Pruszkow in the next round. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play at home against Olimp MKS Start Lublin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sokol Lancut (16-9) against fifth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (16-9) on Saturday night. Host Sokol Lancut was crushed by MKS Znicz Basket in Lancut 75-51. It was a great evening for point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Adrian Sulinski helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for MKS Znicz Basket. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Sokol Lancut. Sokol Lancut lost their fifth game in a row. MKS Znicz Basket will play against league's leader Start Gdynia at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Lancut will play against P.Cukier SIDEn in Torun and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between seventh ranked Spojnia (15-10) and 9th ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (12-13) in Stargard on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Spojnia outscored guests from Torun 94-62. It was a quality performance for Tomasz Stepien who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Przemyslaw Lewandowski came up with 10 points for P.Cukier SIDEn in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spojnia moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted P.Cukier SIDEn dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with AZS Szczecin. Spojnia will meet AZS Szczecin (#10) on the road in the next round. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against Sokol Lancut and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: AZS Kutno was smashed by SKK Siedlce on the road 78-54. Bottom-ranked Sudety lost to Polonia on its own court 72-82. MOSiR Krosno unfortunately lost to Rosa Radom in a road game 64-75. AZS Szczecin managed to beat Sportino at home 82-72.


SKK Siedlce - AZS Kutno 78-54

No shocking result in a game when third ranked SKK Siedlce (17-8) crushed at home 8th ranked AZS Kutno (13-12) 78-54 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by SKK Siedlce. AZS Kutno managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKK Siedlce forced 23 AZS Kutno turnovers and outrebounded them 48-24 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SKK Siedlce made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Kamil Sulima (192-80) who led the winners and scored 20 points. Power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY) accounted for 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) came up with 8 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Tomasz Deja (200-83) added 8 points respectively for AZS Kutno in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SKK Siedlce moved-up to second place. Newly promoted AZS Kutno keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Polonia. SKK Siedlce will meet Polonia (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Kutno will play against Sportino in Inowroclaw and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: K.Sulima 20+4reb, M.Przybylski 12+3reb+2ast, R.Basinski 9+3reb+3ast, P.Kowalczuk 9+8reb+4ast, A.Czerwonka 7+1reb+1ast, L.Ratajczak 6+6reb
AZS Kutno: M.Bacik 10+2reb, T.Deja 8+4reb, A.Perka 8+8reb+1ast, D.Brek 6+2ast, M.Marciniak 6+4reb+1ast, G.Malecki 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141096


Sudety - Polonia 72-82

Very expected game when 15th ranked Sudety (3-23) lost to tenth ranked Polonia (13-12) in Jelenia Gora 72-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-72. Polonia made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Sudety turnovers and outrebounded them 39-21 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Polonia made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for guard Hubert Mazur (190-84) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Marek Miszczuk (212-77) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Jaroslaw Wilusz (200-85) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) added 16 points respectively for Sudety in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Polonia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with AZS Kutno. Sudety lost their sixth game in a row. Sudety at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 23 lost games. Polonia will meet at home league's second-placed SKK Siedlce in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sudety will play against MOSiR Krosno (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Polonia: H.Mazur 27+2reb+4ast, T.Przewrocki 14+6reb+3ast, M.Miszczuk 13+10reb+1ast, A.Mikolajko 8+8reb+1ast, M.Musijowski 7+6reb+4ast, A.Machowski 5+1reb
Sudety: J.Wilusz 18+8reb, M.Sterenga 16+4reb+3ast, T.Prostak 11+2reb+5ast, S.Balcerzak 8+4reb+4ast, A.Kijanowski 7+1reb+3ast, P.Minciel 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141097


Rosa Radom - MOSiR Krosno 75-64

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Rosa Radom (17-9) won against at home 13th ranked MOSiR Krosno (6-19) 75-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rosa Radom forced 22 MOSiR Krosno turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Rosa Radom especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa Radom made 10 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. Guard Piotr Pluta (192-81, agency: Court Side) came up with 25 points and forward Mariusz Piotrkowski (197-84) added 13 points and 6 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for MOSiR Krosno in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rosa Radom. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted MOSiR Krosno keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Rosa Radom will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MOSiR Krosno will play against Sudety (#15) in Jelenia Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: M.Kosinski 15+4reb, J.Zalewski 14+2reb+4ast, P.Kardas 13+1reb+2ast, A.Donigiewicz 12+6reb+3ast, E.Podkowinski 8+2reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 6+5reb+5ast
MOSiR Krosno: P.Pluta 25+3reb+3ast, M.Piotrkowski 13+3reb, D.Oczkowicz 9+5reb, M.Nitsche 3, D.Pieloch 3+2reb, S.Nowak 3+10reb+2ast
gschID: 141098


Start Gdynia - MKS DG 93-92

Sixth-ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (15-11) was very close to win a game against first ranked Start Gdynia (19-6) on Tuesday. Start Gdynia managed to secure only one-point victory 93-92. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Start Gdynia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's 42 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Start Gdynia forced 21 MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza turnovers. It was a good game for guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 7 assists. Forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Start Gdynia players scored in double figures. Start Gdynia's coach Pawel Turkiewicz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) answered with 31 points and guard Krzysztof Morawiec (192-74) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Start Gdynia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-6 record. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Start Gdynia are looking forward to face MKS Znicz Basket (#4) in Pruszkow in the next round. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play at home against Olimp MKS Start Lublin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: G.Mordzak 19+3reb+7ast, P.Smigielski 18+3reb+1ast, T.Wojdyla 17+8reb+1ast, M.Kostrzewski 13+8reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 11+4reb, T.Andrzejewski 10+5reb+2ast
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 31+4reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 16+6reb+1ast, P.Zmarlak 10+3reb+2ast, L.Grzegorzewski 10+3reb+4ast, G.Grochowski 9+5reb+8ast, L.Szczypka 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141092


Sokol Lancut - Znicz Basket 51-75

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sokol Lancut (16-9) against fifth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (16-9) on Saturday night. Host Sokol Lancut was crushed by MKS Znicz Basket in Lancut 75-51. The game without a history. MKS Znicz Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Lancut to just 7 points in second quarter. MKS Znicz Basket forced 23 Sokol Lancut turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. It was a great evening for point guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Adrian Sulinski (185-85) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four MKS Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Tomasz Fortuna (186-81) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for MKS Znicz Basket. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Sokol Lancut. Sokol Lancut lost their fifth game in a row. MKS Znicz Basket will play against league's leader Start Gdynia at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Lancut will play against P.Cukier SIDEn in Torun and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: A.Czujkowski 17+6reb, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 14+6reb+6ast, A.Sulinski 13+6reb+5ast, A.Misiewicz 11+5reb, P.Szymanski 8+6reb+4ast, M.Matuszewski 6+4reb
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 13+9reb, M.Klima 11+8reb+1ast, T.Fortuna 10+7reb+3ast, J.Szurlej 8+5reb+4ast, P.Bogdanowicz 5+1reb, I.Chromicz 2+5reb
gschID: 141093


Spojnia - P.Cukier SIDEn 94-62

The game between seventh ranked Spojnia (15-10) and 9th ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (12-13) in Stargard on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Spojnia outscored guests from Torun 94-62. The game without a history. Spojnia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spojnia forced 19 P.Cukier SIDEn turnovers and outrebounded them 34-16 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spojnia shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 7 blocks. It was a quality performance for guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86) accounted for 16 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78) came up with 10 points and the former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83) added 10 points respectively for P.Cukier SIDEn in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spojnia moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted P.Cukier SIDEn dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with AZS Szczecin. Spojnia will meet AZS Szczecin (#10) on the road in the next round. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against Sokol Lancut and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: T.Stepien 24+9reb, H.Pabian 18+3reb+1ast, T.Ochonko 16+3reb+5ast, A.Parzych 13+2reb+7ast, F.Dylik 8+2reb+1ast, W.Grudzinski 8+7reb+3ast
P.Cukier SIDEn: P.Lewandowski 10+3reb+3ast, D.Witos 10+2reb+1ast, L.Zytko 9+2reb+1ast, D.Przybyszewski 7+1reb+1ast, L.Kwiatkowski 7+3reb+1ast, R.Plebanek 7+1reb
gschID: 141094


AZS Szczecin - Sportino 82-72

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Sportino (5-20) lost on the road to eleventh ranked AZS Szczecin (12-13) 82-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Szczecin. Sportino managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Szczecin forced 21 Sportino turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS Szczecin made 9 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Puerto Rican guard Francis Jonathan Han (185-87, college: Fairfield) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 assists and 5 steals and forward Tomasz Zablocki (202-78) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Sportino in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for AZS Szczecin. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn. Sportino lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. AZS Szczecin will meet at home higher ranked Spojnia (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportino will play against AZS Kutno (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AZS Szczecin: M.Raczynski 18+4reb+3ast, L.Pacocha 16+5reb+5ast, K.Mielczarek 15+10reb+2ast, M.Majcherek 14+1reb+2ast, M.Zarzeczny 7+2reb+2ast, K.Pytys 6+8reb
Sportino: G.Kukielka 17+4reb+1ast, T.Zablocki 15+7reb+1ast, F.Jonathan Han 14+4reb+12ast, M.Strzelecki 13+4reb, D.Cywinski 4+4reb+1ast, D.Adamczewski 3+5reb
gschID: 141095



WKK Wroclaw with U-20 championship - by Maciej Paszyn

WKK Wroclaw won the Polish U-20 championship defeating in final match Trefl Sopot 65-53. Young players from Wroclaw which are appearing also in PLK and in 2 liga, dominated the entire tournament not losing a single one game. Individual awards for WKK leaders are attesting to the class of the team. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) recived MVP award, moreover Jakub Koelner and Jan Grzelinski were nominated for the top five of championships.

Final classification:

1. WKK Wrocaw
2. Trefl Sopot
3. GTK Gdynia
4. SKM Zastal Zielona Gra
5. MKS Dabrowa Grnicza
6. LKS Lodz
7. Novum Lublin
8. Stal Ostrw Wlkp

Top scorer award: Filip Matczak (Zastal Zielona Gora)

MVP award: Piotr Niedzwiedzki (WKK Wroclaw)

Top 5 of tournament:
Jan Grzelinski (WKK Wrocaw)
Jakub Koelner (WKK Wrocaw)
Kacper Borowski (Trefl Sopot)
Mateusz onierewicz (GTK Gdynia)
Jakub Dybek (Zastal Zielona Gra)

Full schedule: http://pzkosz.pl/liga/8/terminarz/r6/?season=9



Standings - 1 Liga

1Liga Standings
 1. Start Gdynia 19-6 
 2. SKK Siedlce 17-8 
 3. Rosa Radom 17-9 
 4. Znicz Basket 16-9 
 5. Sokol Lancut 16-9 
 6. Spojnia 15-10 
 7. MKS DG 15-11 
 8. AZS Kutno 13-12 
 9. Polonia 13-12 
 10. AZS Szczecin 12-13 
 11. P.Cukier SIDEn 12-13 
 12. Start Lublin 10-15 
 13. MOSiR Krosno 6-19 
 14. Sportino 5-20 
 15. Sudety 3-23 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.8 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start15.8 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.2 
 6. Mazur, Polonia15.0 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 8. Kukielka, Sportino13.9 
 9. Zytko, P..13.7 
 10. Wilczek, Sokol La.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.9 
 2. Luszczewski, Start10.0 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.5 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia8.0 
 5. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.3 
 6. Radke, Rosa Radom7.3 
 7. Wilusz, Sudety7.3 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.1 
 9. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 10. Zielinski, MKS D.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Francis Jonathan HAN
  Sportino
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Han, Sportino7.0 
 2. Musijowski, Polonia5.8 
 3. Grochowski, MKS D.4.7 
 4. Basinski, SKK S.4.7 
 5. Zytko, P..4.6 
 6. Kardas, Rosa Radom4.0 
 7. Ochonko, Spojnia4.0 
 8. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 9. Michalski, Start L.3.8 
 10. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Francis Jonathan HAN
  Sportino
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Han, Sportino4.0 
 2. Prostak, Sudety3.7 
 3. Zytko, P..3.4 
 4. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.0 
 5. Sulinski, Znicz B.3.0 
 6. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.0 
 7. Niesobski, Sudety3.0 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 9. Szpyrka, Start G.2.6 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Francis Jonathan HAN
  Sportino
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Han, Sportino2.1 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.9 
 3. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.8 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 5. Zytko, P..1.8 
 6. Donigiewicz, Rosa1.8 
 7. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.7 
 8. Wojdyla, Start G.1.7 
 9. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 10. Grochowski, MKS D.1.6 



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  PUERTO RICO   


Brujos and Vaqueros lost their first game at home: - by Luis Modestti

Brujos de Guayama and Vaqueros de Bayamon lost their first game at home on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

On Monday Brujos lost to Capitanes de Arecibo 74-68. Capitanes were led by Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) who netted 24 points and shot 4-8 from three. Daniel Santiago added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Arecibo has a number on Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) who only scored 10 points. David Cortes (190-G/F-81) has done a great defensive job over probably the best import in the league this season.


Mets de Guaynabo defeated Vaqueros de Bayamon at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez 80-74. Mets controlled most of the game with a more intelligent approach on offense and a great defensive effort.

James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) led Guaynabo with 25 points and Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) had 19.

Indios de Mayaguez beat Piratas de Quebradillas 82-81. Indios dominated the game with a 42-31 halftime lead and after three quarter they were up 65-51.

Quebradillas reacted in the final quarter after being down by 16 and were down 78-74 with one minute left but fell short as Mayaguez converted their free throws.

Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) led Mayaguez with 17 points and Andres Ortiz (188-G-86) added 15.

In the loss Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) had a solid performance with 27 points and 11 rebounds.



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  ROMANIA   


South All Stars conquer Timisoara, Burlacu MVP - by Eurobasket News

North All Stars-South All Stars 131:133

South All Stars conquer Timisoara in the show between two sides. The team from South overcame the North representatives 133:131.
South took 32:28 after the first period but could not keep the lead at the halftime. The team from the North grabbed 1-point advantage after 35-30 in the second frame. It was hot in the court in the second half as well however two tine victories in the third and the last quarters respectively brought the final success for South.
Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) was anmed MVP of the game with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Brian Burrell (192-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: UTPA) posted 16. Andrei Capusan (204-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Lafayette) netted 15 and Damien Kinloch (203-F-80, college: Tenn Tech) scored 14. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) delivered 18 points in the losing effort and Nemanja Maric (196-G-83) added 13. Forle scored 11, while Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) had 9.

North All Stars: Dominique Archie 18, Nemanja Maric 13, Forle 11, Jaytonah Wisseh 9
South All Stars: Catalin Burlacu 26+11 rebs, Brian Burrell 16, Andrei Capusan 15, Damien Kinloch 14



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

34-year old Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Targu Mures and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Pitesti (#10, 12-13) 84-78. Targu Mures is placed at 3rd position in Romanian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Targu Mures will need more victories to improve their 18-7 record. In the team's last game Stanescu had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Targu Mures' top player in his first season with the team. Virgil Stanescu averages this season 15.3ppg and 7.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports) of U.Mobitel.CN. He is American guard in his second season at U.Mobitel.CN. In the last game Dykes recorded impressive 36 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead U.Mobitel.CN to another comfortable win 92-78 over the lower-ranked Perla Harghitei (#14, 2-24) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed U.Mobitel.CN to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dykes is well-known at U.Mobitel.CN and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#6). He also registered 5.6 boards per game. Former University of New Orleans star Dykes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another U.Mobitel.CN's star - center Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82). Krstanovic scored 26 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of U.Mobitel.CN, helping his team with a 92-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Perla Harghitei (#14, 2-24). U.Mobitel.CN needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 8 lost games. Krstanovic has a great season in Romania. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81) of Ploiesti - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Goran Martinic (184-PG-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) of CSU Sibiu - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Cortney Scott (196-F-82) of CSU Sibiu - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Andrei Vizitiu (200-C-86) of CSM Bucuresti - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Liviu Dumitru (203-C-79) of Targu Mures - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Kaylone Riley (203-C-88) of CSU Sibiu - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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EuroCup: Khimky deny Lokomotiv threat - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Lokomotiv 81:72

Khimky recorded victory in the opening game of the EuroCup quarterfinal series versus Lokomotiv Kuban. The hosts claimed a 9-point lead to have a safe buffer before the return leg in Krasnodar. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) unloaded 20 points to lead the winners.
Lokomotiv were never intimidated as they entered the court in the Basketball Centre of Moscow Region. The visitors grabbed a 21:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Khimky cut the deficit but still trailed by two at halftime 40:42. Lokomotiv maintained the lead throughout the third term. The visitors entered the fourth period up by a single point 60:59. But Lokomotiv gradually ran out of steam. Khimky stiffened their defence in the final frame and capitalized on the visitors fatigue to surge ahead. Lokomotiv scored just 12 points to allow the hosts to take a 9-point win at the end. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) produced 17 points, while Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) posted 13 points for the winners. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) and Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) answered with 14 points each for Lokomotiv. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Khimky: Thomas Kelati 20, Vitaly Fridzon 17, Alexey Zhukanenko 13
Lokomotiv: K.C. Rivers 14, Jeremiah Massey 14, Ali Traore 13



EuroChallenge: Triumph upset Fuenlabrada for the Final Four ticket - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - Triumph 65:80

Triumph upset Fuenlabrada for the Final Four ticket in EuroChallenge. The Russian team proved it one more time in Spain with 80:65 victory.
Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Twenty four personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Tywain Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Saul Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Leonardo Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) added 16 points in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.
Triumph will face Elan Chalon in the Semifinal.

Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 16, Saul Blanco 14, Joaquim Colom (188-PG-88, agency: Interperformances) 11
Triumph: Tywain McKee 26, Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) 14, Davon Jefferson 10+11rebs, Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) 10



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Tornadoes out to blow up a Storm - by Eurobasket News

Troon Tornadoes aim to build on the feel-good factor in Ayrshire sport by making their mark on the senior men's Scottish League play-offs which open this weekend.
In the wake of Kilmarnock's shock football win over Celtic in the final of the Scottish Communities League Cup, Troon travel to face Glasgow University in the first leg of the Final 8's.
The Ayrshire side will be without Johnny Petit, injured in a local league match, and head coach Tom Campbell expects it to be a close affair.
'We finished fourth in the league and they were just one place below us in fifth,' he outlines.
'We beat them at our place and they beat us when they had home advantage so I expect it to be close over two legs. They have been playing well offensively but we have done well defensively so it will be interesting.'
Troon almost pulled off an upset win over Clark Eriksson Fury in the league earlier this month which shows what they are capable of.
'Our problem this season is that our tallest player is just 6'5' so when we play against teams who have big guys in them, then we can find it difficult,' continues Campbell, 'For us to make an impact in the play-offs then we need to really bring our top game.'
St Mirren Reid Kerr College have been given a 'bye' through the opening round of play-off fixtures with their scheduled opponents Stirling Knights unable to fulfil the fixture.
'I would prefer to have had a couple of matches going into the Final 4's, rather than going in cold,' reasons head coach Stuart Glass.
'If matches go to form, then we'd expect to face Clark Eriksson Fury and that should be a tight match.
'We lost to them twice in the league but beat them in the Scottish Cup final so there's not much between the teams.
'I think the league has been tighter throughout this season - certainly at the top and in the middle of the table - and there have been a lot of competitive games. That can only be good for the game and I expect the play-offs to be close.'

Grangemouth Sports Centre will host the semi-finals of the U18 play-offs - the Final 4's - at both Under-18 and Under-16 level.
St Mirren have teams in three of the four but miss out on the last four of the men's Under-16 competition after losing 73-39 to Boroughmuir Blaze last weekend.
Boroughmuir face Highland Bears, second in the Under-16 league this season, and the other tie is between City of Edinburgh Kings and Clark Eriksson Fury.
St Mirren are favourites for the girls' Under-16 event having won their league and they take on Clark Eriksson Fury in their semi-final.
In the women's Under-18 play-offs, St Mirren face City of Edinburgh Kool Kats and, in the men's age-group, the Paisley club meet Clark Eriksson Fury.

Scottish National League Play-offs: Senior Men: Final 8's First Leg: Fri Sat Mar 24: Glasgow University v Troon Tornadoes; Glasgow Storm v City of Edinburgh Kings; Boroughmuir Blaze v Clark Eriksson Fury; Senior Women: Elimination Round: Second Leg: Sun Mar 25: St Mirren Reid Kerr College v Clark Eriksson Fury.
Scottish Junior National League Play-offs: Final 4's: Sat Mar 24 (Grangemouth SC): Men: Under-18: St Mirren Reid Kerr College v Clark Eriksson Fury, City of Edinburgh Kings v Perth Phoenix; Under-16: City of Edinburgh Kings v Clark Eriksson Fury, Boroughmuir Blaze v Highland Bears; Women: Under-18: St Mirren Reid Kerr College v City of Edinburgh Kool Kats; Tayside Musketeers v Polonia Phoenix; Under-16: St Mirren Reid Kerr College v Clark Eriksson Fury, Glasgow Rocks v Polonia Phoenix

Article by Roddy Mackenzie, Final Whistle Media



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Standings - A Liga

A League Stage Two Standings
SuperLiga
 1. BKK Radnicki 0-0
 2. Crvena Zvezda 0-0
 3. Hemofarm 0-0
 4. Mega Vizura 0-0
 5. Partizan 0-0
 6. Radnicki Basket 0-0
 7. Radnicki K. 0-0
 8. Vojvodina 0-0
Places 9-18
 1. OKK Beograd 15-11
 2. Tamis 15-11
 3. Sloga 13-13
 4. Borac 12-14
 5. Smederevo 12-212
 6. Sloboda Uzice 11-15
 7. Metalac 10-16
 8. Napredak 8-18
 9. Zeleznicar 6-20
 10. Proleter Naftagas 2-24
Stage One Standings


Center Darko Balaban is MVP, 2nd scorer and top rebounder of A League - by Eurobasket News

Serbian A League is over and everything is ready for the Superleague. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) of Smederevo won the MVP award in A League. The 22-year-old center reached valuation 588 in 23 games (average 25.6). Balaban also ended as the second scorer of the league. He had 459 points in total (average 20). Darko Balaban won another award, this time for the best rebounder. He grabbed 203 rebs in total (8.8 rpg). Best scorer of the competition is point guard of Mega Vizura Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) with 540 points in 23 games (average 22.1). The leading assistant of the league is Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of BKK Radnicki with 137 assists in 26 games (5.3 apg). Negoslav Gacic (193-G) of BKK Radnicki is No.1 in steals with 86 (3.3 spg). Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of OKK Beograd is the best shot blocker of A League with 36 blocks (1.5 bpg).


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KGC Survives to Take a 2-0 Series Lead - by Jeff Liebsch

Anyang KGC took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five series with the KT KT Sonic Boom, escaping with a 65-61 win.

KGC has to feel relieved to be up the two games, as both were tightly contested and KT couldnt come up with a lucky break to steal a game on the road. KT had a chance to win this game, but shot an uncharacteristic 31% from the free throw line.

Chris Daniels (211-C-84) led KGC with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

KT came out fast early in the first quarter, building up a 15-2 lead, as KGC hit one of their first nine shots and turned the ball over eight times in first seven minutes.

KGC recovered however, to go on a 18-0 run over the next 6:39 to take a 24-20 lead. Oh Sek-eun got into foul trouble midway through the second, picking up his third foul allowing KT to regroup and go on a 9-3 run of their own, to take a 29-26 lead, after Rhodes split a pair of free throws.

KGC took over in the third quarter, outscoring KT 21-13, but KT fought back to within 1 after Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) hit a three with 6:54 left.

Oh Sek-Eun's layup with 29.8 seconds left gave KGC a five point lead, and KT couldnt stop Kim Tae-Sool (180-G-84) for six seconds on the inbounds after a Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) free throw with 8.2 seconds left to secure the win for KGC.

Rhodes led KT with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Game three moves to Busan this Thursday at 7 p.m.



KBL Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 65-61

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Anyang KGC outrebounded Sonic Boom KT 40-27 including a 27-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) scored 10 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Sonic Boom KT's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: C.Daniels 17+14reb, S.Oh 14+8reb+4ast, T.Kim 13+5reb+3ast, H.Yang 10+3reb, C.Park 4+2reb+4ast, S.Kim 3+3reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 30+10reb+1ast, S.Park 12+7reb+1ast, S.Cho 10+3reb+9ast, Y.Song 5+2reb+1ast, W.Yaung 2+2reb, D.Cho 2
gschID: 171587


Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 66-59

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mobis Phoebus won fourth quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mobis Phoebus 39-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 25+16reb, J.Kim 12+5reb+1ast, J.Park 11+2reb+5ast, K.Lee 10+3reb+2ast, H.Yoon 5+7reb+1ast, J.Ahn 2+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 32+10reb+3ast, D.Yang 9+7reb+1ast, G.Park 9+1reb+5ast, J.Ham 8+4reb, J.Park 1+1reb, D.Ryang Kim 0
gschID: 171586



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Unicaja fire Jesus Mateo - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja decided to make change on the bridge. They fired head coach Jesus Mateo . The poor results were cited as the main reason for the decision. Unicaja are currently at 13-12 record in ACB fighting for the playoff spot. They also did not manage to qualify for the Euroleague quarterfinals losing all six games at Top 16 stage.
Jesus Mateo took over the Malaga team in January 2011. Previously the specialist worked with Real Madrid Cadet and Junior teams and CAI Zaragoza as head coach. He also had stints with Real Madrid, Unicaja and Fuenlabrada as assistant coach. Francisco Aurioles will temporarily take over the head coach position. However Unicaja have already started looking for the replacement.



EuroCup: Late surge carries Buducnost past Valencia - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost - Valencia 75:71

Buducnost turned the tables in the final period to snatch a tough home win over Valencia in the first game of the EuroCup quarterfinal series. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) scored 15 points each to lead the hosts.
Valencia enjoyed a narrow 21:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Buducnost put their noses in front in the second quarter. The Montenegrin team eked out a 40:39 halftime lead. Valencia however pulled back in charge in the third quarter. The Spaniards held the home team to 14 points in the frame to ensure a comfortable 61:54 lead with ten minutes remaining. Buducnost showed their character in the final frame. Cheered up by the home crowd the Montenegrin champions held their opponent to 10 points and rushed ahead for a key win at the end. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) provided 9 points each for the winners. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) answered with 12 points for Valencia. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81) had 11 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 15, Jermaine Anderson 15, Bojan Krstovic 9, Nikola Ivanovic 9
Valencia: Nando De Colo 12, Florent Pietrus 11



Ricky Clemons claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - by Mariano Galindo

Enique Clemons (180-G-80, college: Missouri) had an amazing evening in the last round for Baloncesto Naron and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 25. The 31-year old player nailed 25 points, catched 5 rebounds, gave 5 assists and stole 3 balls for 35 index rating, while his team, Baloncesto Naron, beat Universidad de Oviedo (A-B Group) and it is so close to continue at least one more season in EBA league.


EuroChallenge: Triumph upset Fuenlabrada for the Final Four ticket - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada - Triumph 65:80

Triumph upset Fuenlabrada for the Final Four ticket in EuroChallenge. The Russian team proved it one more time in Spain with 80:65 victory.
Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Triumph Lyubertsy outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 39-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. Twenty four personal fouls committed by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Tywain Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Saul Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Leonardo Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85) added 16 points in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.
Triumph will face Elan Chalon in the Semifinal.

Fuenlabrada: Leonardo Mainoldi 16, Saul Blanco 14, Joaquim Colom (188-PG-88, agency: Interperformances) 11
Triumph: Tywain McKee 26, Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) 14, Davon Jefferson 10+11rebs, Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) 10



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Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Krayem, Boras19.6 
 3. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.3 
 4. Flowers, Solna19.2 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje18.3 
 6. Palm, Boras17.7 
 7. Mbemba, LF Basket17.1 
 8. Oglesby, Eco Orebro16.9 
 9. Watt, Eco Orebro16.6 
 10. McKnight, Boras16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Palm, Boras10.5 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala10.1 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.0 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.1 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.9 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.5 
 8. Lalugba, Jamtland8.4 
 9. McKnight, Boras8.0 
 10. Stamper, Jamtland8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.9 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.4 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.3 
 4. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.8 
 5. Carter, Uppsala5.8 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 7. Beck, Solna4.6 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland4.6 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Solna
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Flowers, Solna2.9 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.9 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.4 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 6. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 7. Krayem, Boras1.9 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.1.9 
 9. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. Grundberg, Uppsala1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala1.7 
 3. Ramsey, LF Basket1.6 
 4. Gregory, Sundsvall1.4 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.1 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 9. Palm, Boras0.9 
 10. Nystrom, 080.7 



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LNA Round 25: Monthey beats Fribourg in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LNA.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Fribourg. Second ranked Monthey faced 4th placed Fribourg. Guests from Monthey (17-5) defeated host Fribourg (15-7) 82-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fribourg. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Fribourg managed to win fourth quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Sean Finn (212-82, college: Dayton) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kenny Thomas (191-87, college: Radford) produced 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Monthey have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-5 record having just two points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Fribourg at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Monthey are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fribourg will play against SAM Massagno and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Lugano Tigers delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Starwings (9-14) 111-57 in Basel. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Starwings. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Zarko Rakocevic contributed with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) answered with 14 points for Starwings. Starwings' coach Danijel Eric gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-3 record. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Monthey at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Massagno supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Geneve Lions (17-6) played at the court of 8th ranked SAM Massagno (3-19). Geneve Lions smashed SAM Massagno 100-54 on Sunday. Babacar Toure stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. At the losing side Travele Jones responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. SAM Massagno's coach Milutin Nikolic already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Geneve Lions maintains third place with 17-6 record having just one points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAM Massagno lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Geneve Lions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SAM Massagno will play against Fribourg (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 25 Boncourt was defeated by SAV Vacallo in Chiasso 72-65.


Fribourg - Monthey 71-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Fribourg. Second ranked Monthey faced 4th placed Fribourg. Guests from Monthey (17-5) defeated host Fribourg (15-7) 82-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fribourg. The game was mostly controlled by Monthey. Fribourg managed to win fourth quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Sean Finn (212-82, college: Dayton) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kenny Thomas (191-87, college: Radford) produced 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) and the former international center Oliver Vogt (209-80) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Five Monthey and four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Monthey have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 17-5 record having just two points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Fribourg at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Monthey are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fribourg will play against SAM Massagno and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Monthey: K.Parker 16+3reb+4ast, S.Finn 15+9reb+2ast, J.Dubas 14+5reb+3ast, I.Boylan 14+11reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+1reb+2ast, M.Mihajlovic 10+4reb+3ast
Fribourg: K.Thomas 18+1reb+1ast, O.Vogt 13+4reb+2ast, S.Petkovic 13+2reb+3ast, R.Yates 10+5reb+2ast, B.Polyblank 9+3reb, D.Esterkamp 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 168777


Starwings - Lugano Tigers 57-111

Leader Lugano Tigers delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Starwings (9-14) 111-57 in Basel. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Starwings. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Starwings' 36. Lugano Tigers forced 19 Starwings turnovers and outrebounded them 48-25 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) contributed with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) answered with 14 points and American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the effort for Starwings. Starwings' coach Danijel Eric gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-3 record. Starwings at the other side keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against league's second-placed Monthey at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Starwings will play against SAV Vacallo (#5) in Chiasso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 25+9reb+3ast, Z.Rakocevic 23+9reb+4ast, D.Stockalper 20+5reb+3ast, R.Brown 10+2reb+6ast, E.Draughan 9+7reb+2ast, N.George 8+3reb
Starwings: J.Burrows 14+4reb+1ast, B.Jenkins 12+1reb+2ast, J.Fuchs 8+1reb, M.Petkovic 7+1ast, T.McCrory 5+2reb+2ast, R.Schwaiger 5+1ast
gschID: 168778


SAM Massagno - Geneve Lions 54-100

The game in Massagno supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Geneve Lions (17-6) played at the court of 8th ranked SAM Massagno (3-19). Geneve Lions smashed SAM Massagno 100-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding SAM Massagno to just 7 points in third quarter. Geneve Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SAM Massagno's 28. Geneve Lions forced 19 SAM Massagno turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by SAM Massagno's players. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Geneve Lions players scored in double figures. At the losing side American Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Danilo Mitrovic (208-84) scored 12 points. SAM Massagno's coach Milutin Nikolic already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Geneve Lions maintains third place with 17-6 record having just one points less than leader Lugano Tigers. SAM Massagno lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Geneve Lions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SAM Massagno will play against Fribourg (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 25+14reb+5ast, F.Steinmann 14+2reb, C.Dunn 14+2reb+3ast, E.Bing 11+8reb+2ast, S.Barnette 10+5reb+4ast, J.Aw 8+7reb+7ast
SAM Massagno: T.Jones 16+11reb, D.Mitrovic 12+4reb+1ast, F.Appavou 8+2reb, D.Andjelkovic 6+2reb+1ast, S.Smiljanic 5+1reb+2ast, T.Murati 3+3ast
gschID: 168779


SAV Vacallo - Boncourt 72-65

There was no surprise in Chiasso where 7th ranked Boncourt (6-16) was defeated by fifth ranked SAV Vacallo (12-10) 72-65 on Saturday. Boncourt was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of SAV Vacallo, which allowed them to win the game. SAV Vacallo outrebounded Boncourt 45-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners and Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (203-85, college: Purdue) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Ivorian forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. SAV Vacallo maintains fifth place with 12-10 record. Loser Boncourt keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. SAV Vacallo will meet at home Starwings (#6) in the next round. Boncourt will play against BBC Nyon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: R.Uzas 21+5reb+3ast, F.Ramseier 15+5reb+2ast, R.Gibson 11+11reb+9ast, M.Sloan 11+11reb+3ast, M.Schneiderman 7+4reb+4ast, P.Badji 7+8reb
Boncourt: N.Calasan 17+10reb+3ast, I.N'Diaye 14+9reb+2ast, J.Sharper 13+3reb+3ast, A.Herrmann 6+1reb+1ast, M.Salomone 6+1reb+1ast, L.Roberson 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171568



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TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.2 
 2. Waller, Gaziantep19.5 
 3. Jackson, Balikesir19.0 
 4. Gray, Baskent18.9 
 5. Delic, Genc Telekom18.3 
 6. Carter, Tire Gucu18.1 
 7. Pilgrim, Pamukkale18.1 
 8. Senol, Pamukkale16.3 
 9. Harris, Usak15.9 
 10. Can, Pertevniyal15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.5 
 2. Jackson, Balikesir11.1 
 3. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.4 
 4. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.2 
 5. Gray, Baskent9.7 
 6. Can, Pertevniyal9.2 
 7. Ozseven, TED I.9.1 
 8. Caudle, Pamukkale8.8 
 9. Barber, Istanbul.8.5 
 10. Taggart, TED I.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.1 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep5.8 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.2 
 4. Sinanoglu, Final G.5.2 
 5. Kavaklioglu, Optim.4.9 
 6. Bayraktar, Tire G.4.8 
 7. Eris, Istanbul B.B.4.8 
 8. Senol, Pamukkale4.7 
 9. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.4.5 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevn.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Emre YAVUKLU
  Basken.
  (--88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Yavuklu, Basken.2.7 
 2. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.7 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.0 
 4. Okkali, Final Genc.1.9 
 5. Akcay, Balikesir1.8 
 6. Dobie, Selcuk Univ.1.7 
 7. Ufuk Kacar, Selcuk1.7 
 8. Yapar, Optimum TED1.6 
 9. Carter, Tire Gucu1.6 
 10. Mentese, Gelisim1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismail CEVIK
  Selcuk Univ.
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cevik, Selcuk Univ.1.4 
 2. Gray, Baskent1.4 
 3. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 4. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.2 
 5. Ozseven, TED I.1.1 
 6. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 7. Delic, Genc Telekom1.0 
 8. Carter, Vestel1.0 
 9. Casto, Optimum TED1.0 
 10. Tekin, Pertevniyal1.0 


Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Optimum TED 24-5 
 2. Selcuk Univ. 24-6 
 3. Gaziantep 21-9 
 4. Genc Telekom 21-9 
 5. Vestel 20-10 
 6. Maliye Milli 20-10 
 7. Final Genclik 20-10 
 8. Akhisar Bld 18-11 
 9. Darussafaka 13-17 
 10. Balikesir 13-17 
 11. Gelisim 13-17 
 12. Istanbul B.B. 13-17 
 13. Tire Gucu 12-18 
 14. Pamukkale 11-18 
 15. Pertevniyal 11-19 
 16. Istanbulspor 10-20 
 17. Baskent Genclik 10-20 
 18. Usak 10-20 
 19. Orman Genc 9-21 
 20. TED Istanbul 6-25 



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  UBA   

Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cincinnati S. 14-1 
 2. S.Ohio K. 10-3 
 3. Buckeye B. 5-5 
 4. SE Hoopstars 4-7 
 5. Midwest M. 4-7 
 6. Cleveland R. 2-8 
 7. Ohio R. 1-9 
 8. Louisville S. 0-9 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 15-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 11-4 
 3. Atlanta A. 10-3 
 4. Georgia L. 9-4 
 5. S.Generals 8-4 
Western
 1. Houston E. 9-5 
 2. Cleveland H. 9-6 
 3. C.Texas C. 9-6 
 4. Austin K. 8-6 
 5. DFW Warriors 0-13 
D-League
 1. Queen City G. 1-9 
 2. Nashville M. 1-13 
Traveling Teams
 1. Ohio H.G. 5-0 
 2. Dallas Stars 3-5 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 



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D'Mark Gives Power BC Mega Deal Again - by Eurobasket News

NATIONAL basketball champions D'Mark Power will compete with renewed vigour this season. The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) league will start on March 24.

Power has a lot to compete for after mobile service provider D'Mark renewed their sponsorship of the team for the next two years.

D'Mark will maintain their sh10m bonus for a championship win on top of providing training, meals and transport allowances to the playing staff under the deal.

As they move towards semi professionalism, the team and their sponsors will also participate in community activities as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Power patron Alex Kasendwa is of the view that the renewed sponsorship in an indication that the sponsors have got value for their money. The official said they are trying to move the game to semi-professional level.

'Our theme for this year is More than basketball and we are going to participate in several CSR campaigns as we strive for full professionalism,' Kasendwa said.

Meanwhile, Team Ikong and Team Kasewu will meet in the finals of the Friday Night Lights (FNL) after both teams came through grueling semifinals in Wandegeya on Friday.

Ikong edged out Mukiza 47-43 to stay on course to defending their title while Kasewu beat Blick 41-38.
Courtesy of: The New Vision



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EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas beat visiting BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - BC Donetsk 76:65

Lietuvos Rytas made the first step towards EuroCup Final Four. They held off BC Donetsk in the first leg of the quarterfinal series. The teams will now move to Ukraine for the return leg game next week. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) stepped up with 15 points to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts.
Lietuvos Rytas got to a very strong start. They paid attention to defence limiting BC Donetsk to just 9 points and taking an 18:9 lead. BC Donetsk cut the distance early in the second quarter but the hosts quickly bounced back establishing a 41:31 halftime buffer. More to come in the third term as the gap grew at 15-point mark 55:40. Lietuvos Rytas entered the final quarter up by 12 61:49. BC Donetsk capitalized on a string of turnovers from the home side to narrow the distance to just 4 points 59:63. But Lietuvos Rytas knocked down a couple of key buckets to seal an 11-point win. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) finished with 14 points, while Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) added 13 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for BC Donetsk. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield), Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Steponas Babrauskas 15, Jonas Valanciunas 14, Arturas Jomantas 13
BC Donetsk: Ivan Radenovic 16+10 boards, Ramel Curry 10, Vojdan Stojanovski 10, Vule Avdalovic 10



King number one in Ukraine for round 33 - by Eurobasket News

Vincentian center Shawn King (208-C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Odessa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Mykolaiv (#11, 11-23) with 17-point margin 98-81. BC Odessa maintains the 6th position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Odessa will need more victories to improve their 20-15 record. King turned to be BC Odessa's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oral Roberts University star has very solid stats this year. King is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg) and averages impressive 2.3bpg and 59.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Nigerian Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Cherkasy. Adeleke had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Cherkasy lost that game 69-86 to the higher-ranked BC Kyiv (#9, 16-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cherkasy keeps 13th position. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Cherkasy managed to get this year. Adeleke is one of the most experienced players at Cherkasy and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86, agency: New Trend Agency) of Mykolaiv (#11). Vaughn showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, five rebounds and fourteen assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Vaughn's great performance Mykolaiv lost 81-98 to the higher-ranked BC Odessa (#6, 20-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Mykolaiv not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 23 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vaughn could try to bring Mykolaiv's a little bit higher in the standings. Vaughn has individually a great season in Ukraine. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.6apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derrick Zimmerman (191-G-81) of BC Kyiv - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) of Halychyna - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. R.T. Guinn (208-C-81) of Ferro-ZNTU - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Gary Ervin (182-G-83) of BC Kyiv - 24 points and 4 assists
8. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81) of Dnipro - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92) of Khimik - 16 points and 12 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)



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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 24 - by Paul Nilsen

BBL Team Of The Week Week 24



Our season leader Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) extends his advantage by becoming the first BBL player to reach double-digits for appearances.



Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, college: Williams Baptist) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Raiders star guard Jeremy Bell has made a habit of torching his former club and the guard certainly didnt disappoint last Friday as he racked up 31 points against Cheshire Jets including three of four from long-range. He also managed to dish out five assists and did the hard work on the glass with six rebounds as his team picked up another precious victory in their pursuit of the BBL Championship. This is the fourth time the talented playmaker has made the starting five.



Ryan Patton (181-G-78, college: Youngstown St.) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

Brought back to Yorkshire last month, Ryan Patton has picked up where he left off with some typically influential performances for his team and none more so than his effort against Prestige Homes MK Lions. The versatile guard was on fire and finished with 28 points after making four of five from inside and sinking no fewer than six triples from downtown. Patton also weighed in with four assists, four rebounds and two steals to underline why Sharks chose to acquire his services once again.



Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Theres just no stopping our season leader as he extends his lead at the top of the most appearances table by becoming the first BBL player to move into double digits. His tenth appearance in our line-up comes courtesy of a typically influential contribution in the Riders success at Kelvin Hall against the Rocks. Hardy produced the best performance of the weekend in the BBL with a performance valuation score of 34 after an all-action double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds in addition to three steals, two blocked shots and two assists.



Mike Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

Its back to back appearances for Sharks forward Mike Tuck after he produced another impressive display last weekend against the Lions. With his team-mate Ryan Patton doing the business in the backcourt, Tuck did what was necessary in the paint with a great rebounding performance which helped him claim a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Whilst his finishing at the hoop wasnt as good as it usually is, he also lit it up from the perimeter with three of four from long-range helping him book his spot once again in our line-up.



Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: St.Bonaventure) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Take your pick from two blistering double-double performances last weekend by the in-form centre who was sensational against both Cheshire Jets in the BBL Championship and Newcastle Eagles in the BBL Trophy Final. Both respective displays were good enough to be in our top five but the slightly better display was against the Jets which surpassed his double-double against the Eagles. Williams not only had 20 points and 14 rebounds but he also dished up five assists for his team in what has been another very impressive season for the big man.





Off The Bench Colin OReilly (Cheshire Jets), Myles Hesson (Mersey Tigers), Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles|Matt Schneck (Cheshire Jets), Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions)



JP Marcellus Blog Entry--March 2012 - by Jean-Paul Marcellus

Its March 15, 2012 and I am truly blessed and thankful to see another day. My ears are still buzzing from last nights home win at Oak Tree Centre. We managed to beat local rivals Sheffield Arrows, in what was a pretty big game for us. We are now one spot of of the final playoff spot and need to win most of these remaining games to make an honest run at it. We've been plagued by injuries the entire season and have been adding new faces and personnel left and right. Yet, it's safe to say that we are finally starting to find our stride while becoming a pretty tough unit to deal with.

If your not up to date, I am a US import that currently plays for the Mansfield Giants in the England Basketball League. I signed out here in October and I could have not been surrounded by a better club and a group of supporters out here. These folks have easily become my second family and home away from home. (Which leads to the cheap plug of my hometown BOSTON!) My teammates have also been great, just for the simple fact of how loose we all keep each other during 'tense' moments. An example of how relaxed we actually are comes in the form of a story with me at the free throw line the other night. I knock the first free throw down and look up to see my teammate approaching to give the expected traditional hi-five and 'good job, make this next one' routine. Instead, my teammate walks up to me and decides to bark like a dog-- very loudly. Words of endearment would of been nice but it seems that whenever we have fun and stay focused, we get out there and get the job done.

With our win in London over the weekend and our victory last night, we'll be looking to try and ride this wave into the playoffs. Till then, GOD bless!-- Jean-Paul Marcellus (196-G/F-86, college: E.Nazarene)





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  URUGUAY   


Hebraica will play the LUB semifinals games - by Hector Lopez

Hebraica Macabi will play the Uruguayan League semifinal series after defeating Bigua 88-73 to take a 3-2 lead. Hebraica will be playing against Aguada for the best of five while Malvin, the last champions, will face Welcome. Habraica took a 32 points lead during the third quarter buy Bigua managed to reduce the difference duraing the last quarter. For Hebraica Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) netted 24 points with 7 rebounds, Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) added 24 points with 4 assists, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 6 points and 10 rebounds, while Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) scored 16 points with 7 assists. For Bigua Mathias Calfani (202-C-92) 14 points and 5 rebounds, Juan Cambon (180-G-88) 14 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) 12 points 3 rebounds and Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 6 points 7 rebounds.


Malvin only knows what is to be champion - by Sergio Palay

Malvin is the only one of the four semifinal teams of the LUB has ever been champion. The 'Blue of the Beach' has won the title twice, in the seasons 2005-2006 and 2010-2011.
Meanwhile, Atletico Aguada and Hebraica Macabi were finalists before. Atletico Aguada played the finals in the 2005-2006 LUB and lost by 0-3 with Trouville.
The same fate had Hebraica in the finals of the LUB 2006-2007 against Bigua.
Atletico Welcome has never played a semifinal LUB.
Regarding the coaches, Marcelo Signorelli (agency: Players Group ) (Hebraica) has been champion in 2007-2008 with Bigua, and Pablo Lopez won in Malvin last season.
To Esteban Yaquinta (Atletico Welcome) and Marcelo Capalbo (Atletico Aguada) is the first appearance in the semifinals.




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Women News


Legion grabs the All Star Victory - by Eurobasket News

Belarus-Legion 58:63

Legion grabs the All Star Victory over the local players in Osipovichi. The foreign players celebrated a 63:58 win.
Legion started the game with 27-17 and won also the first half. They enjoyed 33:26 after the first 20 minutes. Belarus reduced the gap to 3 points entering the final stanza when the board showed 50:47. Legion however stayed tough and sealed the victory.
Aleksandra Khomenchuk top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while her team mate Victoria Shmatova (170-G-87) also posted 15. Anna Pokoiova and Megan Shoniker (175-G-89, agency: Two Points, college: Rhode Island) followed them with 9 points apiece. Natalia Anufryienka ended up with 19 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Sviatlana Valko (175-G-89) notched 10. Viktoryia Pantsiukh and Maryia Papova (183-PF-94) ended up with 8 points in the losing case.

Belarus: Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) 19+10 rebs, Sviatlana Valko 10, Viktoryia Pantsiukh 8, Maryia Papova 8
Legion: Aleksandra Khomenchuk (200-C-89) 15+11 rebs, Victoria Shmatova 15, Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87) 9, Megan Shoniker 9



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D1 Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News

First games of D1 Playoff Quarterfinals were played last weekend. Dexia Namur, Blue Cars, Point Chaud and Kangoeroes grabbed 1-0 lead against their rivals. The format is best-of-three and next games are scheduled for March 24 and 25.


Sint Katelijne - Dexia Namur 68-76 (0-1)

The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-19 Sint Kateline Waver's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-68 at the end of the game. The former international center Laurence VanMalderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side international guard Miete Celus (175-91) responded with 20 points and the former international Sara Leemans (178-88) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sint Kateline Waver's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: L.VanMalderen 24+9reb+1ast, C.Jones 23+7reb+1ast, S.Dubuc 11+2reb, H.Ben Abdelkader 8+1ast, C.Mokango 8+6reb+1ast, N.Crelot 2+2reb+1ast
Sint Katelijne: M.Celus 20+1reb+3ast, S.Leemans 14+5reb, A.Nauwelaers 9+3reb+1ast, J.Goyvaerts 7+4reb+2ast, A.De Baets 7+1reb+1ast, F.Mertens 6+2reb+3ast


gschID: 170959


Houthalen - Blue Cats 70-77 (0-1)
Houthalen trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 21-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-77 at the end of the game. International center Emma Meesseman (192-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and guard Jasmina Rosseel (172-89, college: Drexel) accounted for 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) came up with 19 points and 9 rebounds and forward Nathalie Smolders (-92) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Houthalen in the defeat. Four Houthalen players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Blue Cats: E.Meesseman 19+10reb+6ast, J.Rosseel 15+9reb+5ast, L.Lentacker 9+7reb+1ast, L.Drake 9+1reb, C.Lemmens 7+1reb, L.Breughe 6+2reb
Houthalen: A.Blommaers 19+9reb+3ast, N.Smolders 15+7reb+2ast, A.Salvi 13+2reb+4ast, W.Bas 13+2reb+3ast, E.Vandistel 6+7reb+1ast, C.Custermans 2+3reb
gschID: 170960


Point Chaud - Waregem 69-66 (1-0)
Declercq Stortbeton was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 35-28 second half run of Point Chaud. International point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-91, agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Kayla Tetschlag (182-89, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and the former international Jana Raman (186-91) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: N.Mayombo 22+10reb+1ast, M.Greene 15+9reb+1ast, J.Allemand 9+4reb+1ast, N.Doppee 9+3reb+1ast, E.Geraedts 6+3reb+1ast, T.Hetting 4+2reb
Waregem: K.Tetschlag 23+17reb+1ast, J.Raman 16+9reb+1ast, J.Vanloo 14+1reb, K.Vercauteren 5+4reb+1ast, T.Van Respaille 4+8reb+1ast, L.Biebuyck 2+1reb
gschID: 170957


Spirou Monceau - Kangoeroes-B. 63-77 (0-1)
The game was mostly controlled by Kangoeroes-B.. R.Spirou Monceau was better in second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding R.Spirou Monceau to just 6 points in first quarter. Kangoeroes-B. dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to R.Spirou Monceau's 28. Kangoeroes-B. forced 19 R.Spirou Monceau turnovers. It was a very good performance for the former international center Dana Boonen (197-79, college: Rutgers) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Anne-Sophie Strubbe (182-90) contributed with 11 points for the winners. The former international center Alisson Mai (183-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and guard Krystel Ballau (168-84) added 21 points in the effort for R.Spirou Monceau. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes-B.: D.Boonen 21+10reb, A.Delaere 12, A.Strubbe 11+4reb+1ast, E.Decroos 7+1reb, V.Van Driel 6+1reb, S.Hendrickx 6+9reb+1ast
Spirou Monceau: K.Ballau 21+3ast, A.Mai 11+11reb+3ast, V.Michiels 10+12reb, M.Hamaide 7+5reb+1ast, L.Dessus 6+1reb, L.Sadoski 3+1reb
gschID: 170958


Play-Out
Willebroek - Jeugd Gentson 55-50
The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 55-50. Basket Groot dominated on the defensive end, holding Jeugd Gentson to just 1 points in second quarter. Strangely Jeugd Gentson outrebounded Basket Groot 41-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Sarah Dochez (181-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Heleen Adams (173-94) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (182-89, college: Biola, CA) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and guard Louise Platteau (171-95) added 12 points in the effort for Jeugd Gentson. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Willebroek: S.Dochez 15+12reb, H.Adams 10+7reb+1ast, I.Beaurang 10+1reb, K.Bartholomeeus 9+2ast, A.Schyvens 8+2reb+2ast, K.Hendrickx 2+2ast
Jeugd Gentson: J.Conicelli 17+15reb, L.Platteau 12+2reb, L.Schmitz 6+5reb, J.Vermeire 6+6reb+1ast, V.Kara 5+4reb, E.Heyse 2
gschID: 170961


Castors Braine - Tulikivi Deerlijk 70-62
Tulikivi was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 14-4 charge of Castors Braine, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tulikivi to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Tulikivi 44-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for New Caledonian forward Soana Lucet (186-87, college: Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Power forward Charlotte Ippersiel (180-89) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Irina Medvedeva (190-76) answered with 7 points and 16 rebounds and forward Valerie Boydens (175-84) added 17 points in the effort for Tulikivi.
Top scorers:
Castors Braine: S.Lucet 17+18reb+2ast, C.Ippersiel 16+5reb+1ast, L.Foerster 16+2reb+1ast, I.Arrondo 8+6reb+4ast, E.Vermylen 7+4reb, T.Kazadi 6+7reb
Tulikivi Deerlijk: V.Boydens 17+3reb+2ast, A.Boucherie 10+2reb+1ast, L.Mestdagh 10, M.Versavel 8+3reb+1ast, I.Medvedeva 7+16reb+1ast, E.Verbeest 7+7reb


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Soana LUCET
  Castors .
  (186-F-87)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Lucet, Castors18.5 
 2. Meesseman, Blue C.18.0 
 3. Greene, Point Cha.17.8 
 4. Conicelli, Jeugd G.17.5 
 5. Vasovic, Houthalen17.2 
 6. Mayombo, Point C.16.8 
 7. Tetschlag, Waregem16.5 
 8. Celus, Sint Kateli.15.2 
 9. Ballau, Spirou M.15.1 
 10. Rosseel, Blue Ca.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 April PHILLIPS
  Spirou M.
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Phillips, Spirou M.14.0 
 2. Tetschlag, Waregem12.3 
 3. Conicelli, Jeugd G.11.9 
 4. Lucet, Castors11.8 
 5. Greene, Point Cha.11.5 
 6. Demirer, Spirou M.10.5 
 7. Meesseman, Blue C.9.0 
 8. Burks-Wiley, Casto.8.8 
 9. Maes, Tulikivi.8.5 
 10. Arrondo, Castors7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  Spirou M.
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ballau, Spirou M.3.3 
 2. Arrondo, Castors3.2 
 3. Blommaers, Houth.3.0 
 4. Devliegher, Blue C.3.0 
 5. Deyaert, Waregem2.3 
 6. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.3 
 7. Salvi, Houthalen2.2 
 8. Meesseman, Blue C.2.0 
 9. Tetschlag, Waregem2.0 
 10. Delaere, Kangoero.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Noemie MAYOMBO
  Point C.
  (170-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mayombo, Point C.2.7 
 2. Celus, Sint Kateli.2.7 
 3. Conicelli, Jeugd G.2.4 
 4. Blommaers, Houth.2.4 
 5. Ibekwe, Dexia N.2.3 
 6. Rosseel, Blue Cats2.2 
 7. Greene, Point Cha.2.2 
 8. Jones, Dexia Namur2.0 
 9. Meesseman, Blue C.2.0 
 10. Meylemans, Kango.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.1.6 
 2. Dochez, Willebroek1.4 
 3. Boonen, Kangoero.0.9 
 4. VanMalderen, Dexia0.7 
 5. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.7 
 6. Ben Abdelkad., Dex.0.7 
 7. Jones, Dexia Namur0.6 
 8. Lucet, Castors0.6 
 9. Medvedeva, Tuliki.0.6 
 10. Nauwelaers, Sint0.6 


Standings - Women

D1 Stage Two Standings
Play-Off
 1. Dexia Namur 18-1
 2. Kangoeroes-B. 18-4
 3. Blue Cats 17-5
 4. Waregem 17-5
 5. Sint Katelijne 13-9
 6. Point Chaud 12-10
 7. Houthalen 10-12
 8. Spirou Monceau 8-14
Play-Out
 1. Castors Braine 1-0
 2. Willebroek 1-0
 3. Jeugd Gentson 0-1
 4. Tulikivi Deerlijk 0-1
Stage One Standings



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Iziane CASTRO MARQUES
  Maran.
  (183-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Castro Marqu., Mar.26.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Ameri.17.7 
 3. Bibiano, Basquete.17.5 
 4. de Sousa, Blumenau16.8 
 5. Martins, Americana15.3 
 6. Santos, Ourinhos15.2 
 7. Felipe, Santo Andre15.1 
 8. Justino, Poty/Acu.15.0 
 9. Crepaldi, Basque.14.8 
 10. De Oliviera, Sao14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fernanda BIBIANO
  Basquete.
  (193-C-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bibiano, Basquete.11.8 
 2. Dos Santos, Ameri.11.4 
 3. De Oliviera, Sao J.11.3 
 4. Ferreira, Sao C.10.3 
 5. Rodriguez, Blume.9.3 
 6. Irvin, Americana9.1 
 7. Da Silva, Poty/Acu.8.1 
 8. Santos, Ourinhos7.8 
 9. Gomes, Santo Andre7.7 
 10. Nascimento, Basq.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Joice DE SOUZA
  Ourinhos
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. de Souza, Ourinhos5.2 
 2. Generoso, Ameri.5.1 
 3. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.3 
 4. De Oliveira, Ourin.3.6 
 5. Garvao, Santo And.3.3 
 6. De Andrade, Sao J.3.1 
 7. Gattei, Poty/Acuc.3.1 
 8. Martins, Americana3.1 
 9. Souza, Sao Jose3.0 
 10. Felipe, Santo And.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Joice DE SOUZA
  Ourinhos
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. de Souza, Ourinhos2.9 
 2. Martins, Santo A.2.6 
 3. Martins, Americana2.4 
 4. Ribeiro, Sao Jose2.4 
 5. Oliveira, Maranhao2.3 
 6. Camargo, Blumenau2.3 
 7. Dos Santos, Ameri.2.2 
 8. Felipe, Santo Andre2.0 
 9. De Andrade, Sao J.1.9 
 10. Marcal, Poty/Acu.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMENTO
  Basque.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nascimento, Basqu.2.0 
 2. Garvao, Santo And.1.3 
 3. Gomes, Santo Andre1.2 
 4. Dos Santos, Maran.1.1 
 5. Irvin, Americana1.1 
 6. Da Silva Nas., Sao0.9 
 7. Ferreira, Sao C.0.8 
 8. Santos, Ourinhos0.8 
 9. Da Silva, Poty/Acu.0.7 
 10. Santos, Maranhao0.6 


LBF Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose - Santo Andre 69-76

Santo Andre have reached the semifinal stage after they knocked down Sao Jose on the road in the decider. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Santo Andre had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Sao Jose helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international center Ega Garvao (185-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led her team to a victory scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Ariadna Felipe (179-83) helped adding 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Santo Andre players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international center Alessandra De Oliviera (201-73) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Izabela De Andrade (185-86) scored 5 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Santo Andre: E.Garvao 18+9reb+4ast, J.Silvestre 17+1ast, A.Felipe 16+7reb+6ast, M.Martins 10+10reb+3ast, N.Gomes 7+3reb, S.Lima 6+7reb
Sao Jose: A.De Oliviera 23+10reb, T.Nascimento 10+2reb, P.Ribeiro 10+1reb+2ast, C.Souza 8+4reb+2ast, T.Paixao 7+3reb+1ast, I.De Andrade 5+5reb+6ast
gschID: 171659


Poty/Acucar - Maranhao 75-66

Poty/Acucar advanced into the semis following a home win over Maranhao. The game without a history. Poty/Acucar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game, while Maranhao only scored three points from the stripe. It was a quality performance for international center Gilmara Justino (191-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Palmira Marcal (176-84) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Four Poty/Acucar players scored in double figures. International swingman Iziane Castro Marques (183-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 27 points and 6 rebounds and forward Renatinha Oliveira (182-85) added 17 points respectively for Maranhao in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Poty/Acucar: P.Marcal 15+4reb+3ast, G.Justino 14+6reb+5ast, V.Gattei 13+3reb+4ast, K.Da Silva 13+8reb+1ast, N.Mares Burian 8+3ast, F.Oliveira 6+2reb+2ast
Maranhao: I.Castro Marques 27+6reb+2ast, R.Oliveira 17+4reb+2ast, C.Dos Santos 10+9reb+3ast, B.Silva 8+3reb+4ast, M.Claudia Fonseca 2+1reb, C.Kelly 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 171658



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Doneeka Hodges-Lewis selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU), who plays in the Turkish TKBL. She could not help Kayseri (14-8) in their last game. Despite Hodges-Lewis' very good performance Kayseri was badly defeated 85-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#8) Antakya. She was the top scorer with 17 points. Hodges-Lewis also added 4 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Hodges-Lewis' first season with the team. Hodges-Lewis belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #5 with 4.4apg. She also averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 86.8% in the 18 games she played so far. Hodges-Lewis is a naturalized American. She is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Hodges-Lewis has never played in Bulgaria.

Jaklin Zlatanova
Jaklin Zlatanova
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jaklin Zlatanova (190-88). She led Mann Filter to a victory over the tenth-ranked Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (10-15) 64-56 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. Zlatanova was MVP of the game. She recorded 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Mann Filter Zaragoza (16-9) is placed sixth in the LFB. Zlatanova's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Zlatanova averages: 9.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 17.1% and FT: 61.2%. She is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Evelina Guneva
Evelina Guneva
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Evelina Guneva (183-80, agency: Interperformances) faced previously mentioned Jaklin Zlatanova in the Spanish LFB last game. Guneva, who plays in the Spanish LFB. She was not able to help Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (10-15) in their last game. Despite Guneva's very good performance Arranz-Jopisa Burgos lost 56-64 in Zaragoza to the higher-ranked (#6) Mann Filter. She was the top scorer with 18 points. Guneva also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Guneva's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 21.1% and FT: 80.9% in the 24 games. She played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

Radostina Dimitrova
Radostina Dimitrova
   #4. Forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-85) was the main contributor in Conquero's victory against the tenth-ranked Gernika (8-13) 81-73 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game. Dimitrova was the best player in that game. She scored 22 points. Grupo Marsol Conquero Huelva (18-5) is placed second in Group B. Dimitrova has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.7apg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007.

Milena Tomova
Milena Tomova
   #5. Former international power forward Milena Tomova (189-82, college: FIU), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Napoli BK Women (9-13) in their last game. Despite Tomova's very good performance the eighth-placed Napoli BK Women lost 44-48 in La Spezia to the higher-ranked (#4) S. La Spezia in the South group. She had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. Tomova also added and 4 steals in 40 minutes. It was Napoli BK Women's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Tomova belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Tomova averages: 16.3ppg, 10.9rpg and 2.3spg in the 20 games. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Vera Perostiyska
Vera Perostiyska
   #6. Center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Apollon Ptolemaidos (2-19) crushing them 85-33 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. Perostiyska scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sony Athinaikos (21-0) is placed first in the A1. So far her team won all twenty one games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Perostiyska belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. Her total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2bpg. Perostiyska is a former international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago.

Radostina Slavova-Naneva
Radostina Slavova-Naneva
   #7. Former international power forward Radostina Slavova-Naneva (188-86) contributed to Alghero's victory against the seventh-ranked Udine (11-11) 69-64 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Saturday. She was the top player that evening. Slavova-Naneva recorded 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mercede Basket Alghero (7-15) is placed 11th in North group. This season Slavova-Naneva has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 2.4spg. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Gergana Georgieva
Gergana Georgieva
   #8. Guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87) was the major contributor in an ASC Theresianum Mainz's victory against the 12th-ranked Dolphins Bielefeld (0-5) crushing them 79-57 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Saturday night. Georgieva had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes. ASC Theresianum Mainz (9-10) is placed fifth in North group. Georgieva's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Georgieva is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in ASC Theresianum Mainz's roster. She has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg in the 16 games. Georgieva used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2007.

Daniela Peteva
Daniela Peteva
   #9. International forward Daniela Peteva (179-89, also represented by Josep and Nicolas), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) couldn't help Arxil Pontevedra (7-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance Arxil Pontevedra (#10) was crushed 95-73 in Ferrol by the second-ranked Universitario de in the Group A. Peteva was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Peteva's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. She is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #10. Forward Anna Rimpova (183-82) contributed to Marghera's victory against the 12th-ranked Pall.Piemonte (6-17) 69-60 in the Italian A2 (12th division) last Saturday. Rimpova recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Sernavimar Marghera (11-9) is placed sixth in North group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Rimpova has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.1spg in the 21 games. She is a former international player as five years ago she still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International swingman Daniela Georgieva (184-86), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) couldn't help Pomezia (6-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Georgieva's very good performance Pomezia (#12) was defeated 62-55 at home by the higher-ranked Ancona (#7) in the South group. She was the top scorer with 18 points. Georgieva is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers. This season she has very high stats. Georgieva averages: 16.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5spg. She plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. International center Stefka Miteva (190-89) couldn't help Joventud Mariana in their game against Real Celta Vigo in the Spanish LFB. Miteva recorded only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Her team was crushed by 23 points 81-58. This year her total stats are: 1.9ppg and 2.4rpg in the 21 games. Miteva is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. International guard Polina Hadjiyankova (177-86, college: Iona), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) couldn't help Cravic Reus (7-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance Cravic Reus (#12) was defeated 79-71 in Logrono by the much higher-ranked Las Gaunas (#5) in the Group B. Hadjiyankova was the second best scorer with 15 points. She has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 2.4rpg. Hadjiyankova is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. International forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) couldn't help Viterbo (5-16) in their last game. Despite her good performance Viterbo (#13) lost 57-65 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#10) Battipaglia in the South group. Yordanova had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. She has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8spg in the 20 games. Yordanova plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. International guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87) managed to help Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes ASPTT to win against the closely-ranked Union Hainaut 51-50 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored 5 points. Dimitrova has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. She is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Lydia Milkova (192-C-70), who plays in the Greek A1 could not help Panionios (15-6) in their last game. Despite her good performance Panionios lost 69-83 in a derby game to the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Milkova scored 12 points and added 3 assists in 34 minutes. It was Panionios' first loss after six consecutive victories. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Milkova has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 19 games she played so far.

   #2. Ana Petrova (170-F-82) contributed to Etzella's victory against the sixth-ranked AB Contern (11-12) 74-62 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game. Petrova recorded 9 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Etzella Ettelbruck (19-4) is placed first in 1-6 places group. Petrova belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4 with 3.1spg. She also averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg in the 20 games. Petrova has also Luxembourg passport.



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Lancers repeat as Bronze Baby champions - by Eurobasket News

CALGARY (CIS) The fourth-seeded Windsor Lancers captured a second straight Bronze Baby Trophy as CIS womens basketball champions on Monday night thanks to a 69-53 gold medal win over the No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds at the University of Calgarys Jack Simpson Gymnasium.

After rebounding from a 49-point thumping by the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the OUA final just 16 days ago, the Lancers successfully defended their 2011 title by defeating AUS champion Acadia in the quarter-final, host Calgary in the semi, and the Canada West winner Thunderbirds to take the Bronze Baby back to Windsor.

And for the second straight season, third-year guard Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91), who was on Friday night named the CIS defensive player of the year, earned the title of CIS championship MVP. In the final, Langlois had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, all game highs.

We just stuck to our game plan all we had to do was tighten the screws, said the second-team all-Canadian from Windsor. At the beginning of the tournament they ranked us at number four, but it just shows that no matter what youre ranked you can still end up at the top.

Jessica Clemenon, a first-team all-Canadian forward from France and last years CIS most outstanding player, chipped in with 16 points and five boards and was chosen MVP of the championship game for Windsor for the second year in a row.

Bojana Kovacevic (180-F-89), also a native of Windsor, contributed 14 points and six boards in the win and accompanied Langlois on the all-tourney team. The fourth-year guard scored 12 of her points from beyond the arc.

UBC was led by Kris Young (183-F-92), a sophomore guard from Vancouver, who was also named a championship all-star after tallying a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds.

Windsor led 20-12 after the opening quarter, 35-26 at halftime and 51-47 after 30 minutes, and sealed the victory with a dominating 18-6 fourth quarter.

UBC returned to the Final 8 for the first time since 2008, when the T-Birds claimed their sixth national title. The Canada West champions, now 6-2 all-time in CIS finals, handled McGill in day one and went on to defeat No. 3 Ottawa in the semifinal. For the third time in the tournament, UBC was matched up on Monday with an opponent from outside its conference.

In the postseason we had to go against a lot of great teams, said Thunderbirds head coach Deb Huband, We ended up being one of the last two to play in the season for the CIS so were really proud of the girls.

In the early going neither side gave up the easy baskets in a low-scoring first quarter. Some of the best opportunities were coming at mid-range as players were stepping back to put down shots. The Lancers were able to take an early 20-12 lead though the first quarter. Kovacevic scored nine of those points, all from beyond the arc, while the Thunderbirds were held without a made three-point shot or free throw until the second quarter.

Windsor built on its lead in the second quarter with some work down low. The defending champions used the paint to pick up 10 of their 15 points in the quarter as they held a 35-26 lead over the Thunderbirds at half time. UBC was fairly successful on their field goal attempts going 41.4 per cent, but wasnt getting the free throws that would have built up their score because of the discipline of the Lancers. Kovacevic topped Windsor with 11 points at the half, while Young had eight to lead UBC.

The Thunderbirds came out in the third quarter looking like a brand new team. With 12 and 14 points scored in the first two quarters respectively, UBC put up 21 in the third to bring the score within four going into the final 10 minute session. A big difference was the Thunderbirds ability to pick up more rebounds and get physical, causing the Lancers to foul. After having just one free throw in the first half, UBC had 11 in the third quarter.

But the Lancers dominated the fourth with an 18 point-performance, while holding UBC to just six points on 3-of-18 shooting.

In the fourth quarter we had to seal the game here as the clock was winding down, just getting more energy knowing the Bronze Baby is minutes away, we kept saying one more quarter, one more quarter, one more shot, said Windsor head coach Chantal Valle. Were one great team and I'm very proud of the girls.

Fifth-year forwards Zara Huntley and Alex Vieweg, the only T-Birds who won the Bronze Baby with UBC in 2008, chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively, on the night. Vieweg was named UBCs player of the game for her efforts.

The Lancers out-rebounded the Thunderbirds 41-34 and shot 41.7 per cent from the field, compared to UBCs 35. From long range, the Lancers were deadly at 42.9 per cent, while UBC made just one of its 11 three-point shots on the night.

GAME NOTES: Ottawas Jenna Gilbert (183-F/C, college: La Salle) and Calgarys Jenna Kaye (168-F) rounded out the all-tournament team... The championship will be held in Regina in 2013.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
WSR 20-15-16-18: 69
UBC 12-14-21-6: 53

Windsor
Points: Miah-Marie Langlois (17), Jessica Clemencon (188-F-89) (16), Bojana Kovacevic (14)
Rebounds: Miah-Marie Langlois (10), Laura Mullins (7)
Assists: Miah-Marie Langlois (6)

Player of the game: Jessica Clemencon

UBC
Points: Kris Young (16), Zara Huntley (13), Alexandra Vieweg (11)
Rebounds: Kris Young (8), Leigh Stansfield (8)
Assists: Kris Young (3)

Player of the game: Alexandra Vieweg

CHAMPIONSHIP HONOURS

Tournament MVP: Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor

Tournament All-Stars:

Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor
Bojana Kovacevic, Windsor
Kris Young, UBC
Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa
Jenna Kaye, Calgary

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times MOUNTAIN TIME)

Saturday, March 17
12:00 Quarter-final #1: UBC 65, McGill 43
14:00 Quarter-final #2: Ottawa 73, Saskatchewan 70 (OT)
17:00 Quarter-final #3: Windsor 94, Acadia 46
19:00 Quarter-final #4: Calgary 75, Regina 66

Sunday, March 18
12:00 Consolation #1: Saskatchewan 58, McGill 53
14:00 Consolation #2: Regina 87, Acadia 84
17:00 Semifinal #1: UBC 59, Ottawa 51
19:00 Semifinal #2: Windsor 81, Calgary 71

Monday, March 19
13:00 5th place: Regina 64, Saskatchewan 60
15:00 Bronze medal: Ottawa 79, Calgary 73
19:00 Championship final: Windsor 69, UBC 53
Courtesy of: Courtesy of University of Calgary sports information office / Photo credit David Moll



BRONZE: No. 3 Gee-Gees edge host Dinos, claim bronze - by Eurobasket News

CALGARY (CIS) The third-seeded University of Ottawa Gee-Gees used their size to rebound their way to a 79-73 win over the hometown No. 8 University of Calgary Dinos in the bronze medal game at the CIS womens basketball championship at the Jack Simpson Gym on Monday.

The Gee-Gees were making their third appearance at the Final 8 in four years. With their best performance at the tournament already made, Ottawa captured its first-ever medal. One of the best games of the tournament saw the Gee-Gees get past Saskatchewan in overtime in the quarter finals. The next night Ottawa was up against a very tough UBC team and lost 59-51.

Its been a great tournament for us, said Ottawa head coach Andy Sparks after the win. It was so well run and we had tough games every time with excellent west teams.

Calgary pulled off a miraculous upset in the first day of the tournament as they defeated the top-seeded Cougars. Sunday night in front of another packed crowd at the Jack, the Dinos played a wire-to-wire game, but fell 81-71 to the defending CIS champion Windsor Lancers. Calgary was looking for a ninth medal at the national tournament.

I dont know what else we could have done, stated 18 year head coach Shawnee Harle, I felt we emptied the tank, we played every defence we had, we ran everything in our playbook and all of our quick hits, it was a two-possession game late, and thats all that I can ask.

Both clubs had success early as the game took the form of a track meet with the teams trading baskets. The Gee-Gees Jenna Gilbert (183-F/C, college: La Salle) of Ottawa was able to put up an early eight points, including two treys, and went on to finish with 19 points.

Ottawa opened a gap on the scoreboard with a run in the second quarter. The Gee-Gees lead grew to as big as 13 before the Dinos fought back to make it a five-point game with the score 43-38 at halftime. The visiting team was able to sustain the lead by dominating in the rebound department at 21-11 through 20 minutes.

The OUA champions started the third quarter on a 6-0 run which put them up by twelve in the first five minutes of the half. Characteristically of them in this tournament, the Dinos continued to shoot well, but got beaten to the ball on numerous occasions. Calgary trailed Ottawa 56-48 going into the final quarter.

As they did for most of the game, the Gee-Gees looked like they were about to pull away. The resilient Dinos worked their way back though, creating a thrilling final few minutes. Calgary managed to bring the score within four, but Ottawa was able to put in their free throws to clinch bronze.

The Gee-Gees out-rebounded the home team 51-30 and had a 43.3 field goal percentage, compared to Calgarys 38.3.

The player of the game for the Dinos was Jessica Franz (185-F) of Surrey, B.C., who had 19 points along with six rebounds. Kellie Ring, the OUA rookie of the year from Ottawa picked up the honours for the Gee-Gees with a tournament-high 13 assists.

STAT LEADERS

Scoring by quarter:
OTT 23-20-13-23: 79
CGY 22-16-10-25: 73

Ottawa
Points: Jenna Gilbert (19), Hannah Sunley-Paisley (16), Bess Lennox (11)
Rebounds: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (13), Bess Lennox (10)
Assists: Kellie Ring (13)

Player of the game: Kellie Ring

Calgary
Points: Jessica Franz (19), Jenna Kaye (168-F) (17), Tamara Jarrett (12), Megan Lang (12)
Rebounds: Jenna Kaye (10), Jessica Franz (6)
Assists: Jenna Kaye (4)

Player of the game: Jessica Franz

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times MOUNTAIN TIME)

Saturday, March 17
12:00 Quarter-final #1: UBC 65, McGill 43
14:00 Quarter-final #2: Ottawa 73, Saskatchewan 70 (OT)
17:00 Quarter-final #3: Windsor 94, Acadia 46
19:00 Quarter-final #4: Calgary 75, Regina 66

Sunday, March 18
12:00 Consolation #1: Saskatchewan 58, McGill 53
14:00 Consolation #2: Regina 87, Acadia 84
17:00 Semifinal #1: UBC 59, Ottawa 51
19:00 Semifinal #2: Windsor 81, Calgary 71

Monday, March 19
13:00 5th place: Regina 64, Saskatchewan 60
15:00 Bronze medal: Ottawa 79, Calgary 73
19:00 Championship final: UBC vs. Windsor (LIVE on Shaw TV / tape delay 9 p.m. MT on NBA TV Canada)
Courtesy of: Courtesy of University of Calgary sports information office



Tamara Tatham's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tamara Tatham (187-85, college: Massachusetts), who plays in the German DBBL. She could not help SV Halle Lions (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tatham's very good performance SV Halle Lions was defeated 61-54 on the road by the lower-ranked Wildcats Wolfenbuettel (#7). She recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 18 rebounds. Tatham also added 3 assists and 3 steals. The Regular Season already ended. Tatham is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Tatham averages: 20.6ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.3apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 60.9%(131-215) and FT: 75.6%. She is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah). She contributed to an Argon Uni Girona's victory against the league leader Navarra Pamplona (5-20) 71-63 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Thorburn recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Argon Uni Girona (17-8) is placed fourth in the LFB. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Thorburn's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 38.4%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 80.3%. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. Thorburn is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Courtnay Pilypaitis
Courtnay Pilypaitis
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont). She contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Suduva (6-21) crushing them 89-64 in the Lithuanian LMKL last Saturday. Pilypaitis recorded 10 points, 3 assists and 4 steals in 22 minutes. VICI-Aistes Kaunas (26-0) is placed first in the LMKL. So far her team won all games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pilypaitis is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). She has very reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.6apg, 3.1spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 83.9% in the 18 games she played so far. Pilypaitis is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Miranda Ayim
Miranda Ayim
   #4. Power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine), who plays in the Turkish TKBL was not able to help Istanbul Universitesi (5-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance the bottom-ranked Istanbul Universitesi was defeated 74-59 in a derby game by the much higher-ranked Besiktas (#4). Ayim recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added 3 blocks. The Regular Season already ended. It's Ayim's first season with the team. Ayim is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. Her overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4bpg. Ayim is also Canadian national team player.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #5. International forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra) led Tarbes to a victory against the tenth-ranked Villeneuve D'Asco (10-13) 89-83 in the French LFB in Friday night's game. She scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes. Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (13-10) is placed fifth in the LFB. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Murphy has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.6apg in the nine games. She plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Nicole Anne Johnson
Nicole Anne Johnson
   #6. An experienced forward Nicole Anne Johnson (180-76) was the major contributor in a Baskets Grunberg's victory against the fourth-ranked SG BBZ Opladen (13-6) 85-68 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Sunday night. She had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 18 rebounds. Johnson also added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Bender Baskets Grunberg (13-6) is placed third in North group. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Johnson is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.5bpg. This year her other stats are: 9.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in the six games. Johnson is a former international player as she played for the Canadian senior team six years ago.

Leanne Evans
Leanne Evans
   #7. International center Leanne Evans (191-86) was not able to secure a victory for 08 Stockholm (3-3) in their game against Northland (2-4) in the Swedish Damligan. Evans recorded 8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. The third-placed 08 Stockholm was crushed 75-48 in Lulea by the second-ranked Northland in the Group 2. Evans is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (first place). This year her overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg and 1.8spg in the 27 games. Evans is also Canadian national team player.

Krysten Boogaard
Krysten Boogaard
   #8. Center Krysten Boogaard (195-88, college: Kansas) couldn't help Nice (4-19) in their game against Nantes Reze (12-14) in the French LFB. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Boogaard scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. The bottom-ranked Nice lost 76-89 at home to the higher-ranked (#11) Nantes Reze. It was Nice's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Boogaard's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.3rpg in the 19 games. She used to play for the Canadian U21 national team back in 2007.

Raelyn Prince
Raelyn Prince
   #9. International forward Raelyn Prince (191-88) contributed to Heffingen's victory against the second-ranked Amicale (8-13) 69-62 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game. Prince recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 20 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 7-10 places. US Heffingen (8-13) is placed first. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. This season Prince has very high stats. She averages: 15.5ppg, 16.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2bpg and 1.7spg. Prince is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan
   #10. Swingman Katie Donovan (182-82) couldn't help Basket Esch (12-9) in their game against Musel Pikes (19-4) in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Donovan was the second best scorer with 9 points. She also added 4 rebounds. But Basket Esch was crushed 83-59 in Stadrbredimus by the second-ranked Musel Pikes in the 1-6 places group. Donovan is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers. This season she has very high stats. Donovan averages: 16.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg. She is a former U20 international player as nine years ago she still played for the Canadian national team.

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

   #1. Margaret De Ciman (200-C-84), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Cadi la Seu (13-12) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Cadi la Seu was crushed 81-53 at home by the second-ranked Ros Casares. De Ciman was the top scorer with 20 points. She also added 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. De Ciman's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. De Ciman is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. She also averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 25 games she played so far. De Ciman has also Irish passport.

   #2. Dorcas Olorunnife (182-C-90, college: Idaho) led Forssan Alku to a victory over one of league's weakest teams HoNsU (8-20) 69-54 in the Finnish SM-sarja on Sunday night. Olorunnife was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Olorunnife's third season in pro basketball. Forssan Alku (15-13) is placed fourth in the SM-sarja. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Olorunnife belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6 with 10.9rpg. This year her other stats are: 12.9ppg, 1.1apg and 1.9spg in the 14 games. Olorunnife has also Nigerian nationality.

   #3. Melissa Colborne (183-G/F-88, college: Yale), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) was not able to help TSV Amicitia (14-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Colborne's very good performance the second-placed TSV Amicitia was defeated 76-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Don Bosco Bamberg (#5) in the South group. She was the top scorer with 19 points. Colborne also added 5 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Colborne has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1spg.

   #4. May Kay Kotsopoulos (178-G-88, college: Vermont) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Apollon Ptolemaidos (2-19) crushing them 85-33 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. She scored 7 points and added 3 assists. Sony Athinaikos (21-0) is placed first in the A1. So far her team won all twenty one games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Kotsopoulos has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Greek. Despite Kotsopoulos' Canadian passport, she previously played for the Greek national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #5. Kathryn Verboom (180-F-86) was not able to secure a victory for Speyer / Schifferstadt (9-10) in their game against Bad Aibling (6-13) in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division). She scored 8 points. Speyer / Schifferstadt (#6) was defeated 69-63 in Bad Aibling by the lower-ranked Bad Aibling (#10) in the South group. It was Speyer / Schifferstadt's first loss after four consecutive victories. Verboom's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Verboom has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Janet Hatfield (191-C-85) couldn't help TG Chooza Ladybaskets in their game against Gruner Stern Keltern in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division). Hatfield scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Her team lost 61-68. Hatfield is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.6bpg. She also averaged so far 14.2ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 10 games.

   #7. Katy Germain (173-G) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kathryn Verboom and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Germain couldn't help Speyer / Schifferstadt in their game against Bad Aibling. She scored 5 points and added 4 assists. Her team was defeated 69-63. This season Germain has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg.

   #8. Dale-Marie Cumberbatch (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League couldn't help the league outsider Telstar (0-21) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Telstar (#4) was crushed 101-79 in Luxembourg by the higher-ranked (#3) Racing in the 7-10 places group. Cumberbatch was the top scorer with 27 points. She also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Cumberbatch is currently fifth on the list of top scorers with 22.3ppg. This year she also averages: 7.4rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg in the 12 games.

   #9. Renata Adamczyk (175-G) contributed to a T71 Dudelange's victory against the fourth-ranked Residence 64-56 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game. Adamczyk recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of her six free throws) in 38 minutes. This year she has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 9.9rpg and 2.3spg in the seven games. Adamczyk has also Polish passport.


CIS Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justine COLLEY
  St.Mary''s
  (175-G-91)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Colley, St.Mary''s24.2 
 2. Cooke, Cape Breton23.6 
 3. Colborne, New B.20.6 
 4. Macdonald, Ryerson18.1 
 5. Clemencon, Windsor18.0 
 6. Schuetze, TRU17.7 
 7. Simard, UQAM17.6 
 8. Moore, Queen''s17.3 
 9. Barrett, Concordia17.2 
 10. Sunley-P., Ottawa17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasmine DOUGLAS
  Guelph
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Douglas, Guelph10.5 
 2. Sunley-P., Ottawa10.2 
 3. Emmerson, Saskatc.10.0 
 4. Lennox, Ottawa10.0 
 5. Tilk, Ryerson9.5 
 6. Kerr, York9.5 
 7. Von Maltzahn, Dalh.9.5 
 8. Edmison, RMC9.5 
 9. Wierks, UFV9.3 
 10. Druery, Lakehead9.1