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  ARGENTINA   



Sixers waive Nocioni - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers waived forward Andres Nocioni (6'7''-F-79) on Tuesday.

Acquired in a trade, along with Spencer Hawes, from the Sacramento Kings in 2010, Nocioni averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11 games with Philadelphia this season.

'We want to sincerely thank Andres for his contributions to our team and maintaining a true level of professionalism throughout his time here,' Sixers president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. 'We wish him the best of luck as he pursues future opportunities.'

Over nine NBA seasons with the Bulls, Kings and Sixers, the 32-year-old Nocioni has averages of 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



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  AUSTRALIA   


ANBL Awards finalists announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

As the National Basketball League prepares for the final regular season round of the iiNet NBL Championship this weekend, the finalists for five major end-of-season award categories have been revealed.

The top five votegetters for the Coach of the Year (the Lindsay Gaze Trophy), 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 MVP awards ceremony in Melbourne at Crown Casinos Palladium Room on Monday night (26 March).

For the Rookie, Most Improved, Best Defensive and Sixth Man categories, each of the NBLs nine teams were able to nominate a maximum of two players from their own roster for each award. All nine NBL head coaches were eligible for the Lindsay Gaze Trophy.

Voting for the award winners was conducted after all nominations were received, 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 or coaches from their own team in the final balloting process. The player or coach who receives the highest vote total when all ballots are counted will be declared the winner.

Other NBL awards that will be announced this Monday night include the major prize of the Andrew Gaze Trophy for the NBLs Most Valuable Player, as well as the All-NBL First, Second and Third Team and Referee of the Year.

The MVP awards ceremony will see the elite of Australias basketball family in attendance as the annual awards for both the National Basketball League and Womens National Basketball League are presented in a combined ceremony at the esteemed Palladium Room at Crown Casino in Melbourne on Monday 26 March. Fans can watch a livestream of the event at http://freezone.iinet.net.au/channels/freezone/sport/basketball/nbl-mvp.

2012 NBL Awards Finalists

Coach of the Year Lindsay Gaze Trophy

Rob Beveridge (Perth)

Aaron Fearne (Cairns)

Andrej Lemanis (New Zealand)

Paul Woolpert (Townsville)

Joey Wright (Gold Coast)

Rookie of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Best Sixth Man

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

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

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

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

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

Defensive Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Most Improved

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

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

Alex Pledger (New Zealand)

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

Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)



Blog #2..Ron Dorsey - by Ronald Dorsey

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




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  AZERBAIJAN   


Azerbaijan clinch Novruz Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijan celebrated the victory in the annual Novruz Cup tournament in Bishkek. The victory marked the third success for Azerbaijan National Team at the tournament. The Elhan Aliyev team claimed five wins in as many games to celebrate the title.
Azerbaijan started the tourney against Athletes in Action team from the USA. Azerbaijan celebrated an 84:72 win at the end. Fuad Niftaliyev (183-G-80) knocked down 30 points to lead the effort.
The second game was played versus CSKA from Kazakhstan. And once again the Elhan Aliyev team proved strength 86:69. Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) fired 30 points to lead the charge.
In the third game at the tournament Azerbaijan took on Uzbekistan and enjoyed the third win 81:67. Anar Sariyev (193-G/F-81) came up with 19 points for the winners.
The fourth victory came against Russian UrFU 88:67. Zaur Pashayev (186-G-83) nailed 24 points in the winning effort.
Azerbaijan wrapped up their campaign on a high note defeating Kyrgyzstan 76:73 to keep a perfect record.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 9-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-4 
 3. Rilski Sportist 6-4 
 4. Timisoara 5-5 
 5. OKK Beograd 2-8 
 6. Torus Skopje 2-8 
Group B
 1. Levski Sofia 10-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 8-2 
 3. Feni Indistrija 5-5 
 4. Napredak 5-5 
 5. Ulcinj 1-9 
 6. Zrinjski HT 1-9 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 20: Rilski Sportist - Hapoel T-A 83-78
Mar. 28: Feni Indistrija - Mornar Bar



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  BULGARIA   


Rilski beats Hapoel in Game One of BIBL QFinals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Hapoel T-A 83-78

Rilski Sportist is 1-0 up against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Balkan League Quarterfinals. The Bulgarian squad managed to beat Hapoel last night in Samokov 83-78. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 assists for the winners. His countrymate power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side swingman Corry Carr (192-G/F-75, college: Texas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) followed with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Two teams will meet again on March 27 in Tel Aviv. The format is best-of-three, so if necessary third game will be played on March 29 also in Tel Aviv.

Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 27+3reb+7ast, F.Vukosavljevic 23+8reb, H.Zahariev 11+7reb+3ast, A.Bilobrk 8+7reb+3ast, B.Boev 5+2reb+1ast, A.Velikov 5+1reb
Hapoel T-A: C.Carr 20+10reb+2ast, D.Stitt 16+3reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 15+5reb+2ast, M.Naor 11+5reb+2ast, B.Timor 9+1reb+1ast, C.Kelly 5+3reb



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  CHINA   


CBA Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

Guandong ST - Beijing Ducks 101-108

Guandong Tigers trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 30-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 101-108 at the end of the game. Beijing Ducks forced 22 Guandong Tigers turnovers. 40 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners and international forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-93) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 36+5reb+3ast, S.James 17+16reb, S.Wei 13+11reb, W.ShiPeng 9+4reb+3ast, Z.FangYu 8+6reb+1ast, Z.Peng 7
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 36+6reb+5ast, Z.Xiaochuan 18+6reb+1ast, M.Randolph 16+2reb, J.Zhe 13+7reb, Z.YanXi 11+6reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 11+7reb+4ast
gschID: 171589



Beijing Defeats Guangdong in Finals Opener - by Arthur Volbert

Beijing defeated Guangdong 108-101 in the opening game of the best-of-seven CBA finals. The game was played at Beijing as the finals format is 1-2-2-2, with the opening game at the home of the lower-seeded team. So this was a must-win game for Beijing if it hopes to earn the championship,

Stephon Marbury led the way with 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Zhai Xaiochuan had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. He showed why he was named to the national team and why he is now the best young prospect in his class, surpassing Guo Ailun. But in America, Anthony Davis has surpassed Austin Rivers, so this sort of thing is very common with young players.

Randolph Morris scored 16 points but fouled out in 16 minutes. Zhu Yanxi had 11 points and 7 rebounds but fouled out in 32 minutes. Ji Zhe had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Taiwanese star 173 cm Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-PG-84) again played all 48 minutes and had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. He is really the second-most important player on Beijing and Beijing slumped during the period of the season when Lee was injured.

Aaron Brooks had 36 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for Guangdong, but also had 8 turnovers. James Singleton had 17 points and 16 rebounds. Su Wei had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Shipeng had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Zhu Fangyu had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Jianghua had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhou Peng scored 7 but fouled out in 18 minutes.



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  CROATIA   


Jolly JBS inks point guard Edi Sinadinovic - by Eurobasket News

Edi Sinadinovic (190-G-88) will continue his career in Croatia. The 23-year-old point guard signed a deal with Jolly JBS for rest of the season. Sinadinovic arrives to Sibenik from Bosnia, where he played for Zrinjski Mostar. Before Zrinjski, he spent some time with Greek team AEK/Argous. Sinadinovic appeared 10 times in A2 league with the club averaging 16.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Last season Edi Sinadinovic spent in FYROM. He had 13.1 ppg, 2.3 apg and 2.1 rpg for 18 games with Ovce Pole Sveti Nikole. Before that, he played one year for MZT FON Univerzitet Skopje. Sinadinovic also has experience from Serbian teams Masinac Kraljevo and Zdravlje Leskovac. As mentioned above, Jolly JBS managed to book a spot for the second stage in Croatia. They finished as the second ranked team in A1 league with 15-5 record.


Start of the second stage (Round One) - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Croatian league just started. Five top ranked teams from A League, plus Zagreb, Cedevita and Cibona will fight for the Playoffs. There will be 10 rounds at this stage and all teams start from zero.


KK Zagreb CO - Jolly 112-75
The game without a history. KK Zagreb CO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 65.6 percent from the field. KK Zagreb CO had a 26-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 73.1 percentage. KK Zagreb CO looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Jolly's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who helped to win the game recording 30 points. The former international power forward Damir Markota (210-85, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) answered with 14 points and 8 assists and center Denis Vrsaljko (212-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Jolly. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 30+4reb+3ast, D.Markota 25+8reb+2ast, S.Ozbolt 17+3reb+6ast, D.Rancic 11+3ast, D.Saric 7+7reb+1ast, R.Rikic 6+3reb+2ast
Jolly: R.Ross 14+4reb+8ast, D.Vrsaljko 14+11reb+1ast, H.Puljko 12+2reb+2ast, A.McLain 11+7reb, L.Katura 7+2reb+2ast, I.Josipovic 5+1reb+1ast


gschID: 171788


Cedevita - KK Split 101-79
Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Cedevita especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 16 points (made all of his seven free throws). Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) came up with 25 points and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for KK Split 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.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 23+5reb, L.Warren 16+3reb+1ast, I.Opacak 15+2reb, H.Owens 10+2reb+3ast, M.Car 8+1reb+6ast, T.Petrovic 7+1reb
KK Split: I.Mimica 25+2reb+2ast, J.Sobin 20+7reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 11+4reb+3ast, S.Subotic 5+3ast, D.Vukovic 4+2reb, T.Dijan 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 171786


Zadar - Zabok 92-59
Zadar dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zabok's 28. Zadar forced 23 Zabok turnovers and outrebounded them 45-21 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Zabok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Franko Kastropil (211-84) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Zadar players scored in double figures. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) added 12 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Zadar: I.Ivanov 15+5reb+1ast, G.Vrbanc 13+3reb+1ast, A.Krapic 13+5reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 11+11reb+1ast, D.Reed 9+3reb+2ast, I.Batur 7+4reb+2ast
Zabok: F.Kruslin 16+3reb+3ast, I.Tomas 12+2reb+1ast, D.Basic 10+3reb, I.Perincic 7+3reb+2ast, F.Kraljevic 6+3reb, L.Pesut 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 171787


Svjetlost - Cibona 69-89
The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Svjetlost was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cibona's coach Jasmin Repesa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Zizic 18+9reb+4ast, A.Barbour 14+7reb+4ast, H.Kovacevic 10+1ast, D.Rudez 9+2reb+1ast, M.Rozic 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Wright 7+1reb+4ast
Svjetlost: A.Stimac 18+12reb+3ast, P.Barac 17+1reb+4ast, M.Batina 13+5reb+2ast, L.Samadan 12+4reb+2ast, T.Kostomaj 5+1reb+6ast, M.Matasovic 4



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  CYPRUS   


Aek ties the series 2-2 - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Charron Fisher led all scorers with 17 points, and Aek rolled to its 2nd straight win, 67-65 over Keravnos in Larnaka on Wednesday night.

For the winners Karim added another 14 points and Subotic 12.

Iakovos Panteli was once more great at the 1 position and amazing at defense.

Keravnos was down by 18 at half but committed a comeback, winning 11-28 the 3rd quarter but loosing the last 15-14.

In the loosing squad, Frazier had 12 pts and Hatcher 11.

Teams will meet in a final game on Saturday at Strovolos indoor arena and the winner will meet Etha at the final.



Semi Finals: AEK ties the series against Keravnos and is ready for a total recall - by Chris Mammides

Petrolina AEK Larnakas after a great first half beat the team of Keravnos who was the absolute favorite team to qualify in the finals and the series is now 2-2 with the fifth and final game to take place in Strovolos in two days time.

An aggressive start on behalf of the home team AEK Larnakas over its rival Keravnos Strovolou, took place in the first period as the players of Coach Papadopoulos were very decisive and with Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) and JoJo Garcia (206-C-75, college: UTEP) in a great afternoon and an amazing Lamar Karim (178-PG-83, college: So.Poly State) (14 points, 4 assists and 6 rebounds) in his best game with AEK's jersey, outscored the Strovolos team in the specific period with 18-10. The LArnaca team with an amazing 8-0 in the first four minutes showed from the beginning its intentions and Keravnos seemed to be hopeless as all the strategic keys of Coach Yiannaras were in a very low productivity and only Moore was a bit better than his team mates (4 points).

The second period was exactly a copy-paste period with the first one as Keravnos couldnt find solutions in and out of the paint so the veteran Garcia dominated over the big guys of Keravnos while Charron Fisher was bombarding the Strovolos basket with a great effectiveness, the score went to the doubles 5.19 to the end of the period when Panteli scored his first basket in the game for the 31-15. On the other hand, Keravnos was not able to score at any level, while the Strovolos team was very bad at all statistical levels as even in the free throws was lower than ever with Moore having the lowest 37% from the charity line. Nothing was working for KEravnos and Yiannaras with continuous changes in his roster was trying to find the best feasible scheme to be able to get something from this game as the victory in this mess was definitely a no go for the Strovolos players. The first half ended (thank God for Keranvos) with 41-23 for AEK which build up a great deficit and with all the psychology and the momentum on its site was ready to give the final touchdown to the Strovolos team which was the favorite team on the papers before the start of this game.

The third period started with Keravnos being totally different in all aspects reminded the team of the first two games with the score being on its highest level for the Larnaca team, Keravnos did his move and with Frazier in the leading role and Pilavas adding some crucial points did the total come back and with an amazing 11-28 brought the difference to its minimum to the slightest point 52-51, with Keravnos outscoring AEK 17-6 in the last 03:58 while at the same time AEK Larnaca missed the last 8 consecutive three pointers.

With the game starting all over again and with Keravnos having in a way the upper hand since the psychology changed totally, Keravnos enter the court with positive mood but at the same time was really amazingly bad in the free throws a crucial element in a derby game and with the home team playing all its cards in a do or die game. With Mandache giving some surprising points from the arc the team of Keravnos took the lead for a first time in the game 7.09 to the end with 55-58. AEK reacted and took the lead again with Charron Fisher and Subotic with 64-62, 2.49 to the end, in the mean time KEravnos lost many chances to lead the game as Moore was really very bad from the charity line. 1.18 to the end the score was 67-62 but Frazier with a three pointer brought the game to its minimum with 67-65, Moore lost both its free throws (a total of 3/10 and a 30% from the charity line!!) while Dragicevic lost the possible baser beeper to remain the score 67-65 and the series to the total draw with 2-2
Top scorers:
AEK: Charron Fisher 17, Karim 14 and Subotic 12
Keravnos: Frazier 12, Hatcher 11 and Trisokkas 10
MVP of the game was the American Charron Fisher in another solid night for the team of AEK.


Marcus Moore ended the game with 7 points and an 18% in the field goals as he had 2/6 in 2's and 0/5 in 3' while he had also the 3/10 in the free throws!!!


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  DENMARK   

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.4 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.9 
 4. Rutherford, SISU21.0 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 6. Alexander, Bakken20.3 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 4. St.John, Horsens9.9 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.5 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Davor SATTLER
  Horsens IC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sattler, Horsens IC5.3 
 2. Henry, Naestved5.3 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.4 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 7. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.6 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Henry, Naestved3.7 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.1.8 
 10. Alexander, Bakken1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
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  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 3. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Vinson, Svendborg1.3 
 8. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 9. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 10. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 



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Spurs assign Cory Joseph to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned rookie Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Joseph, a 6-3 guard, has seen action in 27 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.1 assists in 7.6 minutes.

Joseph has had two stints with the Toros this season. He has seen action in six games, averaging 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.67 steals in 30.7 minutes.

The Spurs selected Joseph out of the University of Texas with the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In his lone season with the Longhorns, he was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Red Claws start journey by defeating Legends - by Eurobasket News

Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) scored 33 points, Xavier Silas added 25 and the Maine Red Claws kicked off a four-game trip Tuesday night with a 105-91 victory against the Texas Legends at the Dr. Pepper Arena.

Almond, who is third in the league in scoring average with 23.4, had 24 in the first half as the Red Claws (18-26) overcame a rash of injuries and illnesses to beat the Legends for the second time this season.

Almond propelled the Red Claws to a 52-46 halftime lead, which was expanded to 84-63 by the end of the third quarter, when Silas had eight of his 17 second-half points.

Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) added 17 points, a team-high 12 assists and along with Almond, nine rebounds.

Maine played without forwards DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) (foot) and Lawrence Hill (6'8''-F-87, college: Stanford) (ankle).

Assistant coach Donyell Marshall filled in for head coach Dave Leitao, who has the flu.

Courtesy of www.pressherald.com



Bighorns beat Vipers 114-108 - by Eurobasket News

With newly acquired center David Harrison (7'0''-C-82, college: Colorado) and point guard Will Blalock (6'0''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) in the starting lineup, the Reno Bighorns found great offensive rhythm and defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 114-108 Tuesday night. Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) led the scoring charge with 35 points and Blalock had 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and six steals in the win.

The Bighorns win ended a four-game losing streak for the team and extended the Vipers losing streak to six losses in a row. The Bighorns shot 46.4 percent from the field and outrebounded the Vipers 50-45.

The Bighorns led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter, but the Vipers used a full court press to create turnovers and cut the lead to as many as five points with under a minute left in the game.

Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada) had the teams only double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Antoine Wright (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) posted 19 points and nine rebounds. Harrison had seven points and four rebounds in his Bighorns debut.

The Bighorns travel to Texas for a game against the Legends on Thursday. The team returns to Reno for a March 30 matchup against the Idaho Stampede at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com



Reno Bighorns acquire NBA veteran David Harrison, release Blake Ahearn - by Eurobasket Center

The Reno Bighorns have acquired NBA veteran center David Harrison (7'0''-C-82, college: Colorado) from the available player pool. To make room for the acquisition, the team has waived Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) for personal reasons while he and his wife tend to the birth of their first child.

Harrison (7-0, 280 lbs.) has previously played 189 games, including 33 starts, over four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 53.0 percent from the field. Most recently he played for the Tianjin Ronggang in the Chinese Basketball Association averaging 14.9 points, 10 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.

Blake Ahearn is currently the NBA D-League's leading scorer, averaging 23.8 points per game. Earlier in the season, he set an NBA D-League record with 110 consecutive free throws. He is expected to rejoin the team after the birth of his child.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Maine Red Claws sign Cedric Bozeman - by Eurobasket Center

Maine Red Claws signed 29-year old guard Cedric Bozeman (198-G-98kg-83, college: UCLA). In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Texas L. 105-91. Bozeman played most recently at Reno Bighorns (D-League). While playing 15 games for Reno B. this season he averaged 12.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 5.5apg. Bozeman is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, China and Poland. Bozeman graduated Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Baltic League Challenge Cup: Liekabelis step closer to title - by Eurobasket News

Tarvas - Lietkabelis 74:89

Lietkabelis Panevezys stepped closer to conquering Baltic League Challenge Cup trophy. They rallied past Tarvas in Rakvere in the first leg of the Final. Lietkabelis built a comfortable 15-point lead before the return leg to be played in Panevezys on March 27. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points to lead the effort.
Lietkabelis stormed into the game taking a 7-point lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The visitors remained in charge enjoying a 7-point lead at the interval 48:41. The situation hardly changed in the third term. Lietkabelis maintained the lead entering the final period up by 7 points 67:60. The visitors held Tarvas to just 14 points in the fourth tern and cruised to the win at the end. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) finished with 17 points and 7 boards, while Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) added 15 points in the victory. Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) responded with 19 points for Tarvas. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Tarvas: Juris Umbrasko 19, Rinalds Sirsnins 16+10 boards
Lietkabelis: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 22, Vaidas Cepukaitis 17, Ernestas Ezerskis 15



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

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

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

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

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80). Keerles was the major contributor in a Gloria Giants' victory against the closely-ranked ETB Wohnbau (12-13) 69-64 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 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. This season Keerles has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(100-181), 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 76.7%. Former BC Kalev Tallinn starter played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

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

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

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

   #1. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84, college: Westfield St.) was the major contributor in Stjarnan's victory against the league leader Keflavik (21-7) crushing them 94-69 in the Icelandic Express League on Friday night. Lindmets scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stjarnan (14-7) is placed third in the Express League. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Lindmets has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1bpg in the 11 games he played so far. Lindmets is a naturalized American. He used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

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



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Unicaja Malaga announce Luis Casimiro - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga announced the name of the new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Luis Casimiro . The deal is meant till the end of the season. Luis Casimiro will replace Jesus Mateo . He started the season in Blanco de Rueda Valladolid. However Luis Casimiro left the team in January. Previously the specialist worked with Gijon, Manresa, Caceres, Valencia, Alicante, Fuenlabrada and Estudiantes. He led his teams to Spanish Princes Cup and ACB titles in 2005 and 1998 respectively. Luis Casimiro also played in Saporta Cup Final and Copa Del Rey semis. He guided Estudiantes into EuroCup quarterfinals last season.


Quarterfinals: First games - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Unics 78-66
Regal Barca is 1-0 up against Unics in the Quarterfinals. The Spanish champ handed 78-66 loss to Euroleague newcomer last night at the Palau Blaugrana. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) followed him with 15 points and 5 rebs, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Unics got 15 points and 7 boards from center Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 12 and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) had 11 points, plus 9 rebounds. Barca started the game in style making 7-1 and 11-3 lead. Later the home squad ended first period with 22-14. Barca was up by 12 at the halftime and Unics cut the margin to 9 points at the end of Q3. Visitors made 3-9 run at the beginning of the last period coming to 62-59, but Pete Mickeal and Boniface Ndong immediately stepped up for Barca setting the score to 69-62 few minutes later. Vladimir Veremeenko rescued Unics with a backdoor layup that Erazem Lorbek bettered matched with a long jumper for a 71-64 Barcelona lead with 2 minutes remaining. Samoylenko missed from downtown and free throws by Mickeal sealed the outcome, 73-64. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday, also at Palau Blaugrana. After that, the series goes to Kazan.

CSKA - Gescrap BB 98-71
CSKA Moscow demonstrated its power against Gescrap Bilbao in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Russian powerhouse celebrated easy 98-71 home win for 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series. The hosts shined in second and third period, what was enough to secure a comfortable win. CSKA had six players with double-digits in scoring last night. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) was the leading one with 18 points and Alexey Shved followed with 15. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) helped his team with 14 pts. Visitors got 15 points from Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and one less from Alex Mumbru (202-F-79). Their third scorer was Marko Banic (205-F-84) with 9 points. Quarters: 27-26, 23-14, 34-11, 14-20. Game Two will be played in Moscow as well and it is scheduled for tomorrow. After that, teams will meet next Wednesday in Bilbao.

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 75-82
Olympiakos did a great job against Montepaschi in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Reds celebrated valuable 75-82 victory in Siena for 1-0 lead in the series. Olympiakos exploded in the last ten minutes of the game to take this victory. They were down by 8 points after three quarters, but made 9-24 in the last period for the final 7-point win. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) top-scored in victory with 20 points, while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points each. For the hosts, David Andersen (212-C-80) collected 28 points and 7 rebounds (valuation 33, MVP). Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had 15 and Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) stopped to 11 points in this meeting. Quarters: 26-21, 22-21, 18-16, 9-24. Two teams will meet in Siena again tomorrow. After that, the series goes to Greece. With this victory Olympiakos already secured two games at its home court.

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.



Quarterfinals: PAO and Barca take 1-0 lead against their rivals - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Unics 78-66
Regal Barca is 1-0 up against Unics in the Quarterfinals. The Spanish champ handed 78-66 loss to Euroleague newcomer last night at the Palau Blaugrana. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) followed him with 15 points and 5 rebs, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Unics got 15 points and 7 boards from center Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 12 and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) had 11 points, plus 9 rebounds. Barca started the game in style making 7-1 and 11-3 lead. Later the home squad ended first period with 22-14. Barca was up by 12 at the halftime and Unics cut the margin to 9 points at the end of Q3. Visitors made 3-9 run at the beginning of the last period coming to 62-59, but Pete Mickeal and Boniface Ndong immediately stepped up for Barca setting the score to 69-62 few minutes later. Vladimir Veremeenko rescued Unics with a backdoor layup that Erazem Lorbek bettered matched with a long jumper for a 71-64 Barcelona lead with 2 minutes remaining. Samoylenko missed from downtown and free throws by Mickeal sealed the outcome, 73-64. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday, also at Palau Blaugrana. After that, the series goes to Kazan.

Regal Barca: Pete Mickeal 22+7 boards, Erazem Lorbek 15+5 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, Boniface Ndong 12
Unics: Nathan Jawai 15+7 boards, Henry Domercant 12, Vladimir Veremeenko 11+9 boards



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



Game 1 MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News

Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was once again the star of the show Tuesday for the defending champs as Panathinaikos routed Maccabi Electra 93-73 in Game 1 of the teams best-of-five playoffs series. The reigning MVP got an extra treat for his brilliant performance in the playoffs Game 1 bwin MVP title. The Panathinaikos playmaker turned in 15 points on near-perfect shooting in addition to 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks to lead the Greens. His numbers added up to a season-high performance index rating of 31, which was best among all players on winning teams in the first games of the playoffs. In fact, the index is tied for the second-best of Diamantidiss career and is his best outside of the regular season! Playoffs Game 1s top performer was Montepaschi Sienas hard luck big man David Andersen (212-C-80), who turned in his best game in over seven years, but saw his team lose at home to Olympiacos 75-82. Andersen scored 28 on 8-of-11 two-point and 2-of-3 three-point shooting and also grabbed 7 rebounds for an index rating of 33. Next on the list of playoffs stars was the hero of FC Barcelona Regals 78-66 victory over Unics Kazan, Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati). The do-it-all small forward amassed 22 points of 4-of-4 three-point shooting in addition to 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for an index rating of 25. Rounding out the best showing from Game 1 were Maccabi swingman Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) and CSKA Moscow center Nenad Krstic (213-C-83). Smith scored 17 and grabbed 6 rebounds for a 25 index. Krstic led CSKA to victory with 18 points on 7of-9 shooting for a 23 index.

Individual highs: David Andersen, Montepaschi - 23 points

Andersen, who came within 2 of his career high when he scored 28 on Wednesday, was the top scorer in Game 1 of the playoffs. He improved his average for the season to 11.5 points per game with that effort. Unics Kazan big man Vladimir Veremeenko was the best rebounder in Game 1 with 9 boards against Barcelona. With 6.3 rebounds per game, Veremeenko is on the verge of cracking the top 10 list for the full season. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) accrued a season high 10 assists in Barcelonas big win and is now sixth in the Euroleague with 4.6 assists per game. Shaun Stonerook recorded a personal milestone with his 200th career steal as he collected 6 in Sienas loss. He is also the all-time leader in average steals in the playoffs with 2.8 per game. Four players Diamantidis, Joey Dorsey of Olympiacos and the Maccabi duo of Shawn James and Devin Smith were tied for the Game 1 lead in blocks with 2 each. No player recorded a double-double in Game 1.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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Korisliiga Round 40: LrNMKY defeats Loimaan Korikonkarit in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 40 in the Korisliiga took place in Loimaa. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-12) to eighth ranked LrNMKY (15-21) 88-86 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 22-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. LrNMKY have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 15-21 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. LrNMKY are looking forward to face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play on the road against Kouvot in Kouvola and is hoping to win this game.
Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (29-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (20-16) in Helsinki 96-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The winners were led by the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Jared Newson supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 26 points by American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 29-8 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (25-11) crushed at home 11th ranked Namika Lahti (9-28) by 22 points 81-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Americans were the main players on the court. Kenneth Lowe fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brant Bailey produced 21 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 40 Kouvot lost to KTP on the opponent's court 79-91. Korihait unfortunately lost to Salon Vilpas in a home game 72-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 5 rebounds by Tony Crocker of KTP.


Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 86-88

The most exciting game of round 40 in the Korisliiga took place in Loimaa. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of much higher ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (24-12) to eighth ranked LrNMKY (15-21) 88-86 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 22-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LrNMKY have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 15-21 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with 12 games lost. LrNMKY are looking forward to face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play on the road against Kouvot in Kouvola and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: P.Riihela 25+6reb, D.Haynes 19+3reb+7ast, L.Hamm 19+9reb+3ast, M.Ojala 12+3reb+1ast, T.Tiedeman 5+1reb+4ast, A.Tapio 3+2reb
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 19+5reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 18+3reb+2ast, M.Nunnally 17+5reb, M.Nuutinen 15+13reb+3ast, C.Jones 8+6reb, V.Makalainen 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 141821


KTP - Kouvot 91-79

Rather expected game in Kotka where 9th ranked Kouvot (13-23) was defeated by seventh ranked KTP-Basket (16-21) 91-79 on Wednesday. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. KTP-Basket's coach Sami Toiviainen used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains seventh position with 16-21 record. Loser Kouvot keeps the ninth place with 23 games lost. KTP-Basket will meet higher ranked Salon Vilpas (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kouvot will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Crocker 28+5reb+1ast, T.Blue 23+11reb+2ast, J.Williams 15+7reb+2ast, M.Pounds 15+1reb+2ast, J.Matinen 5+3reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 4+3reb+4ast
Kouvot: A.Brown 18+6reb+2ast, J.Gonner 15+4reb+1ast, I.Seppala 11, A.Nikkarinen 10+6reb+1ast, A.Perttu 10+1reb+1ast, A.Jordan 9+8reb
gschID: 141822


Korihait - Salon Vilpas 72-80

Rather predictable result in Uusikaupunki where sixth ranked Salon Vilpas (16-20) defeated 10th ranked UU-Korihait (12-25) 80-72 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) fired 24 points for the winners. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) produced 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Salon Vilpas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-20 record. UU-Korihait lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 25 games lost. Salon Vilpas will meet at home KTP-Basket (#7) in the next round. UU-Korihait will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 24+4reb+3ast, A.Durham 12+12reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 12+3reb+4ast, M.Sandberg 11+3reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 9+2reb+1ast, J.Fields 6+6reb+1ast
Korihait: J.Heard 27+5reb+4ast, N.Moore 18+6reb+3ast, C.Latimer 13+6reb, J.Reaves 8+12reb, P.Rainamaa 4+1reb+2ast, M.Jalonen 2+1reb
gschID: 141823


Pyrinto - Namika Lahti 81-59

Third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (25-11) crushed at home 11th ranked Namika Lahti (9-28) by 22 points 81-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Namika Lahti lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 20+6reb, A.Lehto 13+2reb+4ast, A.Williams 11+2reb+3ast, V.Pekkola 10+1ast, J.Harjula 8+3reb, O.Ahvenniemi 7+5reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: B.Bailey 21+8reb, R.Brooks 17+8reb+1ast, M.Moore 7+4reb+6ast, J.Vanttaja 6+4reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 6+4reb, O.Aalto 2+3reb
gschID: 141824


ToPo - Kataja 83-96

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (29-8) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (20-16) in Helsinki 96-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Torpan Pojat was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja outrebounded Torpan Pojat 37-24 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Even 26 points by American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 29-8 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 21+10reb+1ast, J.Newson 19+6reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 16+2reb+1ast, S.Haanpaa 14+8reb, B.Walker 9+4reb+7ast, P.Virtanen 9+1reb+1ast
ToPo: J.Hawkins 26+3reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 19+4reb, C.Lindbom 16+5reb+2ast, C.Griffin 10+4reb+2ast, J.Wilson 6+6ast, T.Iisalo 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141820



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

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). He led his Slovenian team Amit12 to a victory over the fourth-ranked Buducnost (17-8) 72-68 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Salin was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points in 29 minutes on the court. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (14-12) is placed sixth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Salin averages: 9.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 31.3%, 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 75.9% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

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

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

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

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

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #6. Forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) contributed to Blois' victory against the second-ranked Saint-Quentin (19-7) 83-78 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Kaunisto scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. ADA Blois Basket (17-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Kaunisto averages: 18.3ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Finnish senior team eight years ago.

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

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

   #2. Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) managed to help KSF Srbija Malmo to win against the third-ranked Hoganas (15-6) 84-66 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KSF Srbija Malmo (12-9) is placed fifth in South group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Roslund has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

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



KORISLIIGA: Kataja needs one more victory - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 37/40: Kataja (Joensuu) needs one more victory out of three contests and Team will win the regular season. Tonight Kataja visited in Helsinki and beat Torpan Pojat 83-96 (41-43). Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) led ToPo (20-16) with 26 points. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) added 19 pts. Kataja (29-8) got a double-double 21pts/10rbs from Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79). Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) scored 19 pts. Pyrinto (Tampere) crushed YMCA Lahti 81-59 (41-32) and by the same Pyrinto (25-11) passed Bisons (Loimaa) on standings, when Bisons suffered season's second home loss vs YMCA Lappeenranta: 86-88 (44-42). Bisons (24-12) still missing American Martin Zeno and at the same time YMCA LPR (15-21) Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) show with game high 25 points (3 - 6/7) took place. KTP (Kotka) defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) 91-79 (45-40) and Vilpas (Salo) leaving UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) in troubles when winning on the road 72-80 (39-37). Korihait (12-25) bad luck continues. This time Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) had to leave the court after 3:52 minutes play.
ToPo - Kataja 83-96 (41-43). (Justin Hawkins 26, Timo Heinonen 19, Carl Lindbom 16 - Sami Lehtoranta 21/10, Jared Newson 19, Antti Kanervo 16. A: 1106).
Bisons - YMCA LPR 86-88 (44-42). (Jeb Ivey 19, Mikko Koivisto 18, Matti Nuutinen 17 - Pasi Riihela 25, Lawrence Hamm 19, DeAndre Haynes 19/7a. A: 735).
UU-Korihait - Vilpas 72-80 (39-37). (Jonathan Heard 27, Nigel Moore 18, Cedric Latimer 13 - Emmanuel Holloway 24, Allen Durham 12/12, Roope Ahonen 12. A: 697).
KTP - Kouvot 91-79 (45-40). (Tony Crocker 28, Tim Blue 23/11, Jeremy Williams 15 - Anthony Brown 18, Josh Gonner 15, Ilari Seppala 11. A: 1168).
Pyrinto - YMCA Lahti 81-59 (41-32). (Kenneth Lowe 20, Antero Lehto 13, Antwine Williams 13 - Brant Bailey 21, Ryan Brooks 17, Malik Moore 7/6a. A: 822).



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Charlotte Bobcats waive Boris Diaw - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Bobcats announced today the decision to waive Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82). It has been the fourth straight season with the Bobcats for the Frenchman. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists per game this season. Boris Diaw started the season in France. He played for Bordeaux. The forward delivered 12.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ProA. Previously Boris Diaw had stints with the Suns, Hawks in the NBA as well as Bordeaux, Insep and Pau-Orthez in France. Boris Diaw was named French ProA Newcomer of the Year back in 2001. In 2006 the forward was trumped NBA Most Improved Player of the Year. He has been the member of Les Bleus since 2002. Boris Diaw posted 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.


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

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Orlando Magic (29-18) 122-111 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 31 points and making 12 passes in 37 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 29-14 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 8.0apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 79.6% in the 41 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side). He contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Washington Wizards (10-34) 107-98 in the NBA last Tuesday. Beaubois recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The Dallas Mavericks have 27-20 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Beaubois' first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 32.2% and FT: 85.4%. Beaubois is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (26-20) 89-80 in the NBA on Saturday night. Noah had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 32 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have a very good 38-10 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bulls' roster. This season Noah has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 50.1% and FT: 75.7% in the 46 games. He is a naturalized American. Noah is also a member of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #4. Forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) helped Portland Trail Blazers win their game against the Chicago Bulls (38-10) 100-89 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Batum recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have 21-25 record this season. This year Batum has very high stats. He averages: 13.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2apg. Batum is also French national team player.

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

Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
   #6. Swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, also represented by Court Side) helped Boston Celtics edge the Golden State Warriors (18-25) 105-103 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points and added 3 assists. The Boston Celtics have 24-21 record this season. Pietrus' overall stats this year are: 6.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

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

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #8. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Mahinmi helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Denver Nuggets (25-21) 112-95. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 27-20 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mahinmi's first year with the team. Mahinmi's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #9. International center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC), who plays in Russia was not able to help Lokomotiv (4-2) in their last game. Despite Traore's good performance the first-placed Lokomotiv lost 72-81 in Khimki to the second-ranked Khimky in the group L of Eurocup. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Traore is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg and 7.2rpg in the 12 games. Traore is also in the roster of the French national team.

Johan Petro
Johan Petro
   #10. Center Johan Petro (214-86) was not able to secure a victory for the New Jersey Nets (15-32) in their game against the Orlando Magic (29-18) in the NBA. He recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The New Jersey Nets were badly defeated 86-70 in Orlando by the Magic. It was Nets' third consecutive loss in a row. Petro's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. However that was another game of his team in Eurocup which brought him to that list. Pietrus, who plays in Spain couldn't help Valencia Basket (6-0) in their last game. Despite his good performance Valencia Basket lost 71-75 in Podgorica to the second-ranked Buducnost in the group I of Eurocup. Pietrus was the second best scorer with 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1spg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) helped Levski Sofia win their game against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol 78-59 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Evtimov is the league's best rebounder with 11.3rpg. He also averaged so far 10.6ppg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

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

   #14. Former U20 international guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the eighth-ranked Unicaja Malaga crushing them 90-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Heurtel recorded only 2 points. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #15. International forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, another player represented by Court Side) couldn't help Khimky in their game against BC Astana in the VTB United League. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Gelabale recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 84-73. He has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.5rpg. Gelabale is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Vaqueros (6-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Lamizana's very good performance Vaqueros was defeated 80-74 on the road by the leading Mets. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Lamizana also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers. This season he has very good stats: 11.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.1apg and 2.9bpg. Lamizana has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite his French passport, Lamizana currently plays for the Ivorian national team and is not eligible to play for the French team.

   #2. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Kone has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg in the 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite Kone's French nationality, he currently plays for the Ivorian national team and cannot be called to the French team.

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

   #4. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Krka Novo Mesto in a victory against the bottom-ranked Zlatorog (2-24) 67-57 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Nissim scored 5 points and had 3 steals in 20 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (9-17) is placed 11th in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. Nissim has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg in the 12 games. He has both Israeli and French nationalities.

   #5. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard) led Lan Mobel ISB to a victory over the closely-ranked Prat Juventud (12-8) 73-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. Ott was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel (10-9) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. Ott is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ott averages: 17.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg and 2.9spg in the 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #6. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for Basketbal Svitavy (15-21) in their last game. Despite his good performance Basketbal Svitavy (#3) was crushed 87-65 in Ostrava by the leading NH Ostrava in the A2 group. Meno scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Meno belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #3 with 8.3rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.8ppg in the 34 games. Meno has also Congolese nationality.

   #7. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) couldn't help Hapoel J-M in their game against Maccabi Rishon in the Israeli Premier League. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Kadir scored only 2 points in 25 minutes. His team lost 64-69. He averaged so far 11.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8apg in the 18 games. Kadir also holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #8. Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.) helped Ourense win their game against the league leader River Andorra 82-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. He scored 10 points. Koffi averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2spg. He holds both French and Ivorian passports. Despite Koffi's French nationality, he previously played for the Ivorian national team.

   #9. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency) helped Anibal win their game against the closely-ranked Al Moutahed 101-93 in the Lebanese Division A on Wednesday night. Samaha recorded 7 points in only 14 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.1rpg in the 21 games. Samaha has French and Lebanese nationalities. Despite his French passport, Samaha currently plays for the Lebanese national team.

   #10. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91) helped Geneve Lions win their game against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno crushing them 100-54 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points. Maruotto has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg. He has also Swiss passport.



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

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

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (26-20) in their last game. Despite Pachulia's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks were edged 79-76 on the road by the Boston Celtics. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. Pachulia also added and 3 steals in 39 minutes on the court. It's Pachulia's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 48.1% and FT: 74.8% in the 46 games he played so far. Pachulia is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89). He led Bennet Cantu to a 1-point victory over the 14th-ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-14) 73-72 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Shermadini was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bennet Cantu (15-9) is placed second in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Shermadini belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. This season he averages: 8.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 67.4%(58-86) and FT: 86.8%. Shermadini is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Markoishvili, who plays in the Italian SerieA. He was not able to help Bennet Cantu (15-9) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's very good performance Bennet Cantu was edged 72-69 in Pesaro by the lower-ranked (#6) Scavolini. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Markoishvili also added 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Markoishvili's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 79.5% in the 23 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #4. Power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83) was the major contributor in Mahram's victory against the sixth-ranked Zob Ahan (14-9) 99-85 in the Superleague in Monday night's game. Tskitishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 17 rebounds. Mahram Tehran (22-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all twenty two games in the Semi-Finals. Tskitishvili's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #5. An experienced former international guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. This year Ellis has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Ellis used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

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

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

   #1. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, agency: FCM, college: Oklahoma St.) led Hacettepe University to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (5-18) 78-74 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Sanders was the best player in that game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Hacettepe University (9-14) is placed 11th in the TBL. Sanders is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.3rpg. This year he also averages: 12.5ppg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 23 games he played so far. Sanders is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (14-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hosley's very good performance Banco di Sardegna Sassari was defeated 83-78 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Banca Tercas (#16). He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Hosley belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.2apg and 2.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Denver Nuggets (25-21) 112-95 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 11 rebounds. Nowitzki also added 6 assists in 31 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 27-20 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Nowitzki's 14th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 20.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 87.1% in the 43 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

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

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK. He was not able to help PGE Turow (0-4) in their last game. Despite Wysocki's good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was crushed 93-63 at home by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Wysocki also added 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. So far PGE Turow lost all four games in the Second Stage. This year Wysocki's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(74-124), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 69.6% in the 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: German and Polish. Ex-Duesseldorf Magics player is also a member of the German senior national team.

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

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (13-12) in their game against Real Madrid (20-5) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 85-71 in Madrid by the leading Real. Toppert's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #6. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed to a 2-point Levanga Hokkaido's victory against the league outsider Toshiba Thunders (7-33) 85-83 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. Klette scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. Levanga Hokkaido (21-19) is placed fifth in the JBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Klette's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg and 4.9rpg in the 39 games. Klette is a former U22 international player as he played for the German team thirteen years ago.

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

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

Mathis Monninghoff
Mathis Monninghoff
   #9. U20 international forward Mathis Monninghoff (200-92) is a teammate of previously mentioned Elias Harris. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Monninghoff managed to help Gonzaga University in a victory against the West Virginia University (23-8) crushing them 77-54. He scored only 3 points in 1 minutes on the court. The Gonzaga University has a very good 12-3 conference record this season. This year Monninghoff averages just 3.0ppg in the three games. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Anthony DiLeo
Anthony DiLeo
   #10. Guard Anthony DiLeo (190-90) couldn't help the Temple (13-3) in their game against the University of South Florida (12-6) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. DiLeo cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Temple was defeated 58-44 on their home court in Philadelphia, PA by the University of South Florida. The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA. DiLeo has been at the team for four years. This season DiLeo averages just 3.0ppg. He is a naturalized American. DiLeo is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

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

   #1. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the closely-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Stojic recorded 7 points in 24 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (14-11) is placed fifth in the ACB. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Stojic's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.0rpg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Stojic's German passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #2. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Caciques (1-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Sensley's very good performance the bottom-ranked Caciques was defeated 91-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. It was his first game for Caciques this season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sensley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #3. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: 011 Sports) helped Timisoara win their game against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-18) crushing them 100-58 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. Sarovic scored 6 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 20 minutes. BC Timisoara (19-5) is placed second in the Division A. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sarovic's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg in the eight games. He has also Serbian passport.

   #4. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81), who plays in the Filipino PBA was not able to help Alaska Aces (4-4) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Alaska Aces were defeated 90-75 in Pasig by the second-ranked B-Meg Llamados. Thoss scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Thoss is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Alaska Aces' roster. This season Thoss has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Filipino. Despite Thoss' German nationality, he previously played for the Filipino national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #5. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (15-12) in their game against Clinicas Rincon (5-23) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto was edged 67-64 in Malaga by the league outsider (#18) Clinicas Rincon. It was Melilla Baloncesto's third consecutive loss in a row. Wachsmann has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 6.1rpg in the 28 games.

   #6. Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.) helped Levice win their game against the second-ranked Prievidza 80-77 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. He scored 7 points. This season Waleskowski averages only 3.0ppg. He is a naturalized American. Waleskowski used to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in German league.

   #7. Michael Matzeder helped Reading Rockets win their game against the closely-ranked Worthing Thunder 92-81 in the British EBL (second division) last Saturday. Matzeder recorded 6 points in 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.9rpg in the 10 games.

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



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Keep Tyrone Nash - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A good step in the right direction for building success in the future of a professional basketball team is holding key players on a team and that is what the Walter TIgers Tuebingen have done as after Josh Young follows another American with Tyrone Nash (203-F-88, college: Notre Dame) who got a contract extension for two years. Extending the contract of a player had never happened before in the last 7 years in Tuebingen during the season and now like a flash of lightening it has happened twice in only a short time. Nash came from the well known football school Notre Dame has had a solid rookie season playing 28 games and averaging 9,5ppg and 5,4rpg. He has scored in double figures 15 times and his best game was 25 points and 11 rebounds against Phoenix Hagen.

Source: Walter TIgers Tuebingen



Augie Johnston (I Still Have Some Unfinished Business In The PRO B And Want To Continue To Play Next Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Augie Johnston (185-G-86, college: CS Monterey) is a 25 year old 185cm guard from Atascadero, Calfornia. He played at Cal.St.-Monterey (NCAA2) and his infinite range has proven he was one of the best shooters in the country. Although he is a prolific shooter, it is his overall ability to score the basketball and defend the opponent's best player that is so impressive. He is one of the most professional and hard working players. As a captain at Cal State Monterey Bay he has shown to have all the leadership qualities you would want in a point guard or shooting guard. He started his professional basketball career in 2009-2010 for Velbert Baskets (Germany-2.Regionalliga), playing 9 games: 28.4ppg. Last season, he played for SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games: 29.8ppg . This season, he is playing for SC Rist Wedel and helped bring the team into the playoffs against Nordlingen.This season in the PRO B he is averaging 16,3ppg, 4,2rpg and 4,0apg in 24 games. He spoke to eurobasket after the season ended with their game three loss against Nordlingen.

A tough game three loss 94-79 against Nordlingen. How dissappointed are you that you lost in the deciding game?

I was very disappointed because we really should of taken care of business and won at home, but unfortunately we didn't and knew that it would be a tough game in Nordlingen. This was the first time Rist Wedel was in the playoffs so to win the first round at least would of been huge.

What were the reasons for the loss? Was it the slimmer rotation, nerves or the energy against Nordlingen?

Well, it was a combination of many things. In the first half we did very well and were leading for the whole second quarter and ended it down by 1 point I think. We did a good job of getting the ball inside and we made a few outside shots as well. I have to give Nordlingen credit, because in the second half they took away our inside game, put some of our starters in foul trouble and capitalized on every mistake we made. We had too many turnovers and Nordlingen does a good job of turning those turnovers into fast break points for them.

Kay Gausa stepped it up in game three with 26 points. What will you always have in memory of his play on the court?

I will always remember his high energy play. He has a good motor, and plays very good defense. He is the best defender I have played with in Germany in my past 3 seasons and I think it will take him far in his career.

SC Rist Wedel played Nordlingen tight, but Nordlingen advanced. How do you see the chances of Nordlingen the rest of the way?

They are definitely one of the top teams in the Pro B, but are pretty small inside. They play Vechta next. There are going to have to outscore Vechta if they want to win that series, which they can if their outside shots are falling. Vechta really packs in their defense and makes you beat them from outside.


What advice did you give 16 year old Ismet Akpinar for his future?

Just to make sure he is always improving and to stay humble. He is a student of the game and takes advice very well.


What are your plans for the summer? How is your feeling about continuing your basketball career?

I will go back to California and relax until summer. Then I will work at some basketball camps and of course train and come back even better. I want to continue to play. I feel that I have some unfinished business in the ProB and want a chance to play in the playoffs again.


I am sure you visited Hamburg sometime during the season. What did you like most about this beautiful German city?

I like the famous fish market. You have to wake up pretty early to get there in time, but it is worth it.

Were you surprised that UCONN bowed out in the first round?

Yeah I was, especially at half time when they were down by 22. UCONN cut the lead down, but didn't have a chance to win it in the end.


How much stronger are the San Antonio Spurs with Stephen Jackson?

In my opinion, I don't think he really fits in there very well. He does well running and gunning, and I don't think his personality fits with those guys so much, but who knows.


What sleeper teams do you see making a run at March Madness?

I think Memphis is a sleeper that can maybe make the Final Four. They are not as good as they usually are, but they can shock a few people.


Thanks Augie for the chat.




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

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

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-13) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Bourousis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-9) is placed third in the SerieA. Bourousis is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. He also averaged so far 10.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%(71-117), 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 72.9% in the 22 games he played so far. Bourousis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

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

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM), who plays in Spain. Vasiliadis could not help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Gescrap BB was crushed 98-71 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow in the group F of Euroleague. Vasiliadis was the top scorer with 15 points in 24 minutes. This year Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 86.3% in the 17 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

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

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #5. International power forward Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.) contributed to a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Boston Celtics (24-21) 98-91 in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 15 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 25-21 record this season. This year Koufos' overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 5.2rpg in the 33 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

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

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

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
   #8. Center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Mavroeidis was not able to help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their game against CSKA Moscow (5-1). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gescrap BB (#2) was crushed 98-71 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group F of Euroleague. Mavroeidis has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Savvas Manousos
Savvas Manousos
   #9. Former U16 international power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) helped NH Ostrava win their game against the second-ranked Levice (16-20) 71-62 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Manousos was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A2. BK Nova Hut Ostrava (22-14) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Manousos has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 6.1rpg in the 35 games. He used to play for the Greek U16 national team eleven years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #10. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) was not able to secure a victory for Montepaschi Siena (4-2) in their game against Olympiakos (3-3) in the Euroleague. Zisis recorded only 4 points in 20 minutes. Montepaschi Siena lost 75-82 in Athens to the second-ranked Olympiakos in the group F of Euroleague. Zisis has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.7apg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) helped Gran Canaria 2014 win their game against the closely-ranked FIATC Joventut 81-73 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Bramos recorded 7 points. Bramos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, another player represented by FCM), who plays in the French ProA couldn't help ASVEL (10-12) in their last game. Despite Haritopoulos' good performance ASVEL lost 73-84 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Le Mans. He recorded 10 points in 18 minutes. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 7.5ppg and 3.0rpg in the six games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2005.

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

   #14. Former U20 international small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn't help Enisey Krasnoyarsk in their game against Krasnie Krilya in the Russian PBL. He scored 9 points. His team was edged 62-61. Sakota has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) helped Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked Menorca Basquet 83-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Lampropoulos recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the 28 games. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team nine years ago.

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

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

   #2. Experienced Leonid Iailo (206-F-73), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Mykolaiv (11-23) in their last game. Despite Iailo's good performance Mykolaiv was badly defeated 98-81 in Odessa by the higher-ranked (#6) BC Odessa. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was Mykolaiv's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Iailo's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Iailo has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7apg in the 33 games he played so far. Iailo is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Ukrainian. Despite his Greek nationality, Iailo previously played for the Ukrainian national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #3. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88) led Uppsala Basket to a victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-15) 95-81 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 11 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Uppsala Basket (21-15) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Nakos has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.6apg. He has also Swedish nationality.

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

   #5. Nick Livas (198-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) managed to help BC Prievidza in a 2-point victoryagainst the seventh-ranked Levice (14-18) 67-65 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday. Livas recorded only 2 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Livas has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.8rpg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #6. Athanasios Kalpakas (198-F-84) couldn't help Akropol in their game against Haga Haninge in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). He scored 7 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 24 minutes. His team lost 76-82. Kalpakas has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 20 games. He has also Swedish passport.

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

   #8. Christian Koutras (189-G-88, college: Cuesta JC) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Talje Knights crushing them 99-61 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Koutras scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Koutras has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.0apg and 1.8spg in the five games. He has Greek and Swedish nationalities.

   #9. Elias Mouratidis (183-G-92) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Eskilstuna crushing them 82-58 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. Mouratidis scored 6 points. Mouratidis' stats this season are: 11.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. He has also Swedish passport.

   #10. Epameinondas Batsos (197-F-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Christian Koutras and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Batsos contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Talje Knights crushing them 99-61. He scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. Batsos has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.1rpg in the 15 games.



Miljan Rakic the new addition of KAOD - by Giorgos Diploidis

The team of KAO Dramas decided to add a new player in their roster for the last two days of the Greek championship. The one is Miljan Rakic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) who is a guard and he was playing for KK Sloboda Uzice in his previous team in 17 matches had 11.2ppg, 3.8apg and 2.2rpg.

The team of Drama in the first season after returning to first category is in the 9th place by having 8 wins and 12 lost games. The remaining games for them are with PAOK Thessaloniki and A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Thessaloniki and in Crete as far as the away matches and with Marousi BC in their home court.



Olympiakos explodes in Q4 for 75-82 win in Siena - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 75-82

Olympiakos did a great job against Montepaschi in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Reds celebrated valuable 75-82 victory in Siena for 1-0 lead in the series. Olympiakos exploded in the last ten minutes of the game to take this victory. They were down by 8 points after three quarters, but made 9-24 in the last period for the final 7-point win. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) top-scored in victory with 20 points, while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points each. For the hosts, David Andersen (212-C-80) collected 28 points and 7 rebounds (valuation 33, MVP). Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had 15 and Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) stopped to 11 points in this meeting. Quarters: 26-21, 22-21, 18-16, 9-24. Two teams will meet in Siena again tomorrow. After that, the series goes to Greece. With this victory Olympiakos already secured two games at its home court.

Montepaschi: David Andersen 28+7 boards, Bo McCalebb 15, Igor Rakocevic 11
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 20, Kyle Hines 15, Vassilis Spanoulis 15



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Icelandic Express L. round 21 best performance: Aleek Pauline - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Haukar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to as his team Haukar maintains the 11th position in Icelandic Express L.. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 15 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Pauline had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Haukar, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Norfolk State University star has very solid stats this year. Pauline is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.7apg) and averages impressive 2.2spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) of league's leader Grindavik. Bullock had a very good evening with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Grindavik to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Njardvik (#8, 9-12) 83-61. Of course Grindavik still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 18 matches. Bullock is a newcomer at Grindavik, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#7). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jarryd Cole (200-F-88, agency: JEMsports) of Keflavik (#5). Cole scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Keflavik, leading his team to a 121-89 easy win against the lower-ranked IR (#9, 8-13). Keflavik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Cole has a very solid season. In 21 games in Iceland he scored 19.6ppg. He also has 9.6rpg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Brown (187-G-88) of KR - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar - 34 points and 6 rebounds
6. Curtis Allen (193-G-86) of Tindastoll - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Charles Parker (193-G-85) of Keflavik - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Nathan Walkup (200-F-88) of Fjolnir - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marquis Hall (183-PG-87) of Snaefell - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Darrin Govens (185-G-88) of Thor Thorl - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Banks, Elitzur22.0 
 2. Carter, Bnei H.20.9 
 3. Landesberg, Macca.20.9 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.8 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.4 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.6 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.3 
 8. Duncan, Maccabi17.9 
 9. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.8 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.8 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.4 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.3 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.1 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 8. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 9. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
 10. Killingswort., Ir.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.5 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.3 
 5. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 6. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.4 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.6 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ramel BRADLEY
  Hapoel J.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bradley, Hapoel J.2.2 
 2. Campbell, Elitzu.2.1 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 5. Limonad, Ironi A.1.9 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.9 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 8. Tyus, Maccabi1.1 
 9. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi1.0 


National League Round 23: Beer Yaakov edges Kiryat Tivon by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in National League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Fourth-ranked Kiryat Tivon (12-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Beer Yaakov (18-5) on Tuesday. Beer Yaakov managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 30-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beer Yaakov made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. point guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 22 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds for the guests. Beer Yaakov maintains second place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Kiryat Tivon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Beer Yaakov are looking forward to face Ironi Nahariya (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hapoel Afula (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-16) 73-54. American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Matan Naor contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lev Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (20-3) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Lev Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Y/M. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lev Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (7-16) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (13-10) on Tuesday. The visitors from Nes Ziyona managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Bilal Benn who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Rahshon Turner responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nes-Ziona. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Hod Hasharon, where higher ranked Hod Hasharon (12-11) lost at home to tenth ranked Ironi Nahariya (9-14) 76-90. It was an exceptional evening for Marcus Ginyard who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Ironi Nahariya maintains tenth place with 9-14 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Beer Yaakov at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against Elitzur Ramla.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (12-11) outscored 14th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-17) 105-84 on Tuesday night. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Roy Booker who scored 28 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Kiryat Tivon. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Kiryat Tivon (#5) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Lev Hasharon (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 23 Elitzur Ramla was crushed by Elitzur Yavne in a road game 96-77. Ironi Ramat Gan beat Ironi K-A at home 80-74.


Elitzur Yavne - Elitzur Ramla 96-77

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Elitzur Ramla (10-13) was crushed on the road by third ranked Elitzur Yavne (17-6) 96-77 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Elitzur Yavne dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Ramla's 34. Elitzur Yavne forced 19 Elitzur Ramla turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Avi Cohen (185-82) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Elitzur Ramla's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Elitzur Yavne maintains third place with 17-6 record having just three points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#4) in Nes Ziyona in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play at home against Hod Hasharon (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 18+6reb+3ast, B.Laing 17+4reb+1ast, A.Cohen 16+6reb+1ast, E.Engel 13+3reb+4ast, T.Dray 11+2reb+3ast, Z.Volfer 8+8reb+3ast
Elitzur Ramla: S.Moragne 21+7reb+3ast, M.Badalov 17+5reb+1ast, I.Berkowitz 13+5reb+8ast, O.Cohen 9+2reb+1ast, R.Bacon 9+6reb+1ast, M.Menashe 4+3reb
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Hapoel Afula - Hapoel K/S 105-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in Afula. Local Hapoel Afula (12-11) outscored 14th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-17) 105-84 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Hapoel Afula led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hapoel Kfar Saba's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) who scored 28 points and 5 assists. Forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 21 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Kiryat Tivon. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face Kiryat Tivon (#5) in Kiryat Tivon in the next round. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Lev Hasharon (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: R.Booker 28+2reb+5ast, G.Thondique 17+14reb, O.Blayzer 15+6reb, E.Knafo 14+2reb, E.Eliyah 9+5reb+5ast, G.Cohen 9+1reb+2ast
Hapoel K/S: M.Moses 23+8reb+1ast, E.McCollum 21+6reb+3ast, S.Kleimintz 10+1ast, O.Ron 8+5reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 7+3reb+1ast, O.Cohen 5
gschID: 171914


Macc.B.Yaakov - Kiryat Tivon 95-93

Fourth-ranked Kiryat Tivon (12-11) made lots of trouble for second ranked Beer Yaakov (18-5) on Tuesday. Beer Yaakov managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 30-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beer Yaakov made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. point guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 22 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois, agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Beer Yaakov maintains second place with 18-5 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Kiryat Tivon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Beer Yaakov are looking forward to face Ironi Nahariya (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hapoel Afula (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 38+12reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 22+1reb+7ast, J.Hall 19+4reb+2ast, C.Watson 6, I.Simin 6+4reb+3ast, I.Buchman 4+3reb+1ast
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 28+16reb, J.Gomes 13+4reb+4ast, L.Ariely 9+2reb+2ast, B.Hagbi 9+1ast, O.Hover 7+4reb+2ast, E.Solomoviz 7+1reb
gschID: 171915


Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 76-90

We should mention about the upset which took place in Hod Hasharon, where higher ranked Hod Hasharon (12-11) lost at home to tenth ranked Ironi Nahariya (9-14) 76-90. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya forced 20 Hod Hasharon turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) accounted for 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized American guard Charles Dewhurst (195-87, college: Charlotte) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Anthony Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Hod Hasharon in the defeat. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya maintains tenth place with 9-14 record. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Beer Yaakov at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against Elitzur Ramla.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 34+11reb+6ast, E.Traimel 25+7reb, O.Ben Hemo 8+2reb+5ast, A.Eliyahu 7+1reb+3ast, E.Saudai 6+2reb+1ast, A.Matta 6+2reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: C.Dewhurst 17+12reb+3ast, A.Johnson 16+9reb+1ast, A.Skverer 14+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 13+3reb+7ast, H.Ratner 9+2reb+2ast, O.Winter 5
gschID: 171916


Hapoel Y/M - Ironi Nes-Ziona 73-75

Thirteenth-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (7-16) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (13-10) on Tuesday. The visitors from Nes Ziyona managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Yokneam/Megido won fourth quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) helped adding 14 points and 4 assists. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Solomon Bozeman (185-87, college: UALR) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ironi Nes-Ziona. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Lev Hasharon. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 17+11reb+5ast, D.Assaf 16+1reb+3ast, G.Blair 15+4reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 14+3reb+4ast, R.Zehavian 7+5reb+1ast, D.Bank 3+2reb+7ast
Hapoel Y/M: S.Bozeman 20+4reb+5ast, R.Turner 19+15reb+2ast, O.Ida 10+2reb+1ast, I.Eiram 10+2reb+3ast, I.Stolero 6+9reb+4ast, J.Sztarkman 4+2ast
gschID: 171912


Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi K-A 80-74

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (10-13) defeated at home 11th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (8-15) 80-74 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ironi Kiryat Ata won fourth quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Ironi Kiryat Ata was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Raviv Pitshon (201-89) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. The former international power forward Amit Tamir (208-79, college: California) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: CS Northridge) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan will face league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Tamir 21+5reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 16+18reb+1ast, D.Davidi 13+5reb+5ast, R.Webb 9+11reb, C.Zigdon 9+2reb+2ast, T.Bannister 7+2reb+9ast
Ironi K-A: T.Younger 17+9reb, L.Daniel 13+7reb, A.Nanikashvili 11+3reb+2ast, G.Halamish 9+4reb+1ast, L.Moran 7+1reb+1ast, R.Menashe 7+4reb
gschID: 171913


Lev Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 54-73

Leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-16) 73-54. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Lev Hasharon was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. The former international Matan Naor (195-80) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Russian power forward Anton Kazarnovski (205-85) added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (20-3) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Lev Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Y/M. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lev Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Naor 14+3reb+2ast, D.Stitt 14+15reb+2ast, C.Carr 11+4reb+3ast, C.Kelly 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Shiran 8, B.Timor 8+1reb+4ast
Lev Hasharon: S.Ray 17+8reb+2ast, G.Reynolds 8+8reb+1ast, A.Kazarnovski 7+12reb+1ast, O.Rub 5+1reb, O.Shmidt 4, V.Yeremishin 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 171911



Premier League Round 20: No surprise as #1 Maccabi T-A defeats Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket News

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

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-8) in Tel-Aviv 90-73. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 36. They outrebounded Maccabi Rishon 33-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who added 19 points and 6 assists during the contest. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 27 points and 5 assists. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Rishon will play at home against Hapoel J-M (#6) in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ashkelon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Galil Gilboa (13-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-9). Galil Gilboa smashed Ironi Ashkelon 81-60. The winners were led by American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds and Courtney Fells supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points by American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) did not help to save the game for Ironi Ashkelon. Galil Gilboa maintains second position with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Ashdod. Galil Gilboa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will have a break next round.
The game in Jerusalem was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Hapoel Holon (12-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (10-9). Hapoel J-M defeated Hapoel Holon 80-69 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was D.J. Strawberry who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Hapoel J-M's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ron Lewis produced 20 points for the guests. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Ashdod. Loser Hapoel Holon dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Hapoel J-M will meet higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Holon will play against Maccabi Haifa and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 20 B.C. Habikaa lost to Maccabi Ashdod on the opponent's court 72-83. Elitzur Netanya outscored Bnei Hasharon in a home game 97-77.


Ironi Ashkelon - Galil Gilboa 60-81

The game in Ashkelon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Galil Gilboa (13-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-9). Galil Gilboa smashed Ironi Ashkelon 81-60. The game without a history. Galil Gilboa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points by American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) did not help to save the game for Ironi Ashkelon. American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Galil Gilboa maintains second position with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Ashdod. Galil Gilboa will play against Elitzur Netanya (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ashkelon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 19+6reb+2ast, C.Fells 13+6reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+3reb+1ast, C.Thomas 8+5reb+5ast, J.Martin 6+1reb+2ast, A.Bier-Katz 6+1reb
Ironi Ashkelon: T.Skinn 16+4reb+3ast, M.Killingsworth 11+9reb+2ast, R.Limonad 9+3reb+4ast, N.Berkowitz 8+1reb+1ast, J.Skeen 8+4reb, J.Nir 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137383


Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon 80-69

The game in Jerusalem was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Hapoel Holon (12-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (10-9). Hapoel J-M defeated Hapoel Holon 80-69 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Hapoel J-M's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) produced 20 points and forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Ashdod. Loser Hapoel Holon dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Hapoel J-M will meet higher ranked Maccabi Rishon (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Holon will play against Maccabi Haifa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 21+5reb, R.Bradley 17+4reb+4ast, E.Kadir 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Naimy 13+7ast, B.Randle 9+8reb+1ast, D.Grunfeld 2
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 20+4reb, T.Mitchell 19+4reb+1ast, B.Dunston 11+11reb+1ast, S.Harush 11+4reb+3ast, O.Shaashoua 5+1ast, S.Daniel 3+3reb
gschID: 137384


Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Rishon 90-73

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Maccabi Rishon (11-8) in Tel-Aviv 90-73. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Rishon managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 36. They outrebounded Maccabi Rishon 33-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who added 19 points and 6 assists during the contest. Five Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 27 points and 5 assists and forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-2 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Rishon will play at home against Hapoel J-M (#6) in Jerusalem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 19+2reb+6ast, R.Hendrix 18+8reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 14+7reb+4ast, Y.Ohayon 12+2reb+3ast, D.Smith 12+7reb, G.Pnini 6+4ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 27+1reb+5ast, B.Bowman 17+7reb, N.Hanochi 13+1reb+1ast, A.Uter 7+6reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 3+2reb+3ast, O.Solomon 2
gschID: 137385


Maccabi Ashdod - B.C. Habikaa 83-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked B.C. Habikaa's (7-11) road loss to seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-9) 72-83 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. B.C. Habikaa managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to B.C. Habikaa's 32. They outrebounded B.C. Habikaa 41-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) produced 18 points and 9 assists and guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Ironi Ashkelon. Loser B.C. Habikaa keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet Bnei Hasharon (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. B.C. Habikaa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 14+12reb+3ast, I.Iram 14+2reb+1ast, D.Hagag 14+1reb+5ast, A.Tyus 13+13reb, J.Carter 10+2reb, A.Shoutvin 8+4reb
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 18+1reb+9ast, F.Robinson 14+8reb+4ast, D.Dowell 13+6reb+2ast, N.Cohen 7+4reb, G.Porat 6+8reb+2ast, E.Skverer 5+1reb
gschID: 137381


Elitzur Netanya - Bnei Hasharon 97-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Elitzur Netanya's (7-12) home victory over 10th ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-14) 97-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Netanya. Bnei Hasharon managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Netanya dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bnei Hasharon's 32 and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bnei Hasharon 40-23 including 30 on the defensive glass. Elitzur Netanya looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Eric Campbell (199-76, college: Spring Hill, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Elitzur Netanya's coach Danny Franco used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) produced 24 points and 8 assists and guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya maintains ninth position with 7-12 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Elitzur Netanya will meet league's second-placed Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Ashdod (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: Y.Orland 22+1reb+3ast, B.Asbury 21+9reb+4ast, E.Campbell 18+12reb+2ast, A.Banks 15+1reb+3ast, L.Segev 6+7reb+5ast, W.Carter 6+4reb+2ast
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 24+2reb+8ast, J.Williams 15+4reb+1ast, L.Dunn 14+3reb+4ast, I.Rosefelt 11+7reb, K.Lawson 8+4reb, G.Lavie 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137382


Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 16-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 13-6 
 3. Hapoel Holon 12-8 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-8 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 10-9 
 6. Hapoel J-M 10-9 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 10-9 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 7-11 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 7-12 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-14 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 19: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Haifa 83-53
Mar. 18: Galil Gilboa - Elitzur Netanya 78-81
Mar. 18: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Ashdod 69-91
Mar. 18: Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel J-M 69-64

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 25: Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa
Mar. 25: Elitzur Netanya - Ironi Ashkelon
Mar. 25: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon
Mar. 25: Hapoel J-M - B.C. Habikaa
Mar. 25: Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon

Round 21

Mar. 31: B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi T-A


Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 20-3 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 18-5 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 17-6 
 4. Ironi Nes-Ziona 13-10 
 5. Kiryat Tivon 12-11 
 6. Hod Hasharon 12-11 
 7. Hapoel Afula 12-11 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 10-13 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 10-13 
 10. Ironi Nahariya 9-14 
 11. Ironi K-A 8-15 
 12. Lev Hasharon 7-16 
 13. Hapoel Y/M 7-16 
 14. Hapoel K/S 6-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 20: Elitzur Yavne - Elitzur Ramla 96-77
Mar. 20: Macc.B.Yaakov - Kiryat Tivon 95-93
Mar. 20: Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi K-A 80-74
Mar. 20: Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nahariya 76-90
Mar. 20: Hapoel Y/M - Ironi Nes-Ziona 73-75
Mar. 17: Lev Hasharon - Hapoel T-A 54-73
Mar. 20: Hapoel Afula - Hapoel K/S 105-84

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 27: Ironi Nahariya - Macc.B.Yaakov
Mar. 27: Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Afula
Mar. 27: Hapoel K/S - Lev Hasharon
Mar. 27: Hapoel T-A - Ironi Ramat Gan
Mar. 27: Ironi K-A - Hapoel Y/M
Mar. 27: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne
Mar. 27: Elitzur Ramla - Hod Hasharon


Rilski beats Hapoel in Game One of BIBL QFinals - by Eurobasket News

Rilski Sportist - Hapoel T-A 83-78

Rilski Sportist is 1-0 up against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Balkan League Quarterfinals. The Bulgarian squad managed to beat Hapoel last night in Samokov 83-78. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up and scored 27 points and 7 assists for the winners. His countrymate power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side swingman Corry Carr (192-G/F-75, college: Texas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) followed with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Two teams will meet again on March 27 in Tel Aviv. The format is best-of-three, so if necessary third game will be played on March 29 also in Tel Aviv.

Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 27+3reb+7ast, F.Vukosavljevic 23+8reb, H.Zahariev 11+7reb+3ast, A.Bilobrk 8+7reb+3ast, B.Boev 5+2reb+1ast, A.Velikov 5+1reb
Hapoel T-A: C.Carr 20+10reb+2ast, D.Stitt 16+3reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 15+5reb+2ast, M.Naor 11+5reb+2ast, B.Timor 9+1reb+1ast, C.Kelly 5+3reb



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Olympiakos explodes in Q4 for 75-82 win in Siena - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 75-82

Olympiakos did a great job against Montepaschi in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Reds celebrated valuable 75-82 victory in Siena for 1-0 lead in the series. Olympiakos exploded in the last ten minutes of the game to take this victory. They were down by 8 points after three quarters, but made 9-24 in the last period for the final 7-point win. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) top-scored in victory with 20 points, while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) netted 15 points each. For the hosts, David Andersen (212-C-80) collected 28 points and 7 rebounds (valuation 33, MVP). Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had 15 and Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) stopped to 11 points in this meeting. Quarters: 26-21, 22-21, 18-16, 9-24. Two teams will meet in Siena again tomorrow. After that, the series goes to Greece. With this victory Olympiakos already secured two games at its home court.

Montepaschi: David Andersen 28+7 boards, Bo McCalebb 15, Igor Rakocevic 11
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 20, Kyle Hines 15, Vassilis Spanoulis 15


Standings - SerieA

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Round 21

Mar. 21: Scavolini PS - Bennet Cantu 72-69


Mar. 25: Bennet Cantu - Montepaschi
Mar. 25: Vanoli CR - Armani Mit
Mar. 25: Banco di Sard. - CS Bologna
Mar. 25: Otto Caserta - Acea Roma
Mar. 25: Benetton TV - Fabi Shoes
Mar. 25: Sidigas AV - Angelico BI
Mar. 25: Scavolini PS - Banca Tercas
Mar. 25: Novipiu CM - Umana Venezia



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Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
 1. Vellaznimi 8-0
 2. RTV 21 7-1
 3. Kastrioti 5-4
 4. Lypjan 4-5
 5. Skenderaj 2-5
 6. Fushe 2-6
 7. Llapi Podujeve 0-7



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WABA League: Riyadi thump Champville to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi - Champville 93:67

Riyadi advanced into WABA League Final. The defending champions rallied past Champville in the decisive third game of the semifinal series to seal the victory. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) knocked down 23 points to lead the effort.
Riyadi got to a storming start. They built a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing throughout the second frame. The hosts secured a 46:27 halftime advantage. Champville struggled both offensive and defensively as Riyadi gradually stretched the margin to 36 points with ten minutes remaining. The home team never slowed down in the final quarter cruising to the victory. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) accounted for 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) added 18 points for the winners. Champville responded with 20 points from Mohamad Ibrahim (196-G-83). Harold Jamison (204-C-76, college: Clemson), Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) and Elie Estephane (195-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Alabama So. CC) had 10 points each in the losing effort.

Riyadi: Omar El Turk 23, Dewarick Spencer 20, Ahmad Ismail 18
Champville: Mohamad Ibrahim 20, Harold Jamison 10, Samuel Hoskin 10, Elie Estephane 10



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Baltic League Challenge Cup: Liekabelis step closer to title - by Eurobasket News

Tarvas - Lietkabelis 74:89

Lietkabelis Panevezys stepped closer to conquering Baltic League Challenge Cup trophy. They rallied past Tarvas in Rakvere in the first leg of the Final. Lietkabelis built a comfortable 15-point lead before the return leg to be played in Panevezys on March 27. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) scored 22 points to lead the effort.
Lietkabelis stormed into the game taking a 7-point lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The visitors remained in charge enjoying a 7-point lead at the interval 48:41. The situation hardly changed in the third term. Lietkabelis maintained the lead entering the final period up by 7 points 67:60. The visitors held Tarvas to just 14 points in the fourth tern and cruised to the win at the end. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89, agency: Interperformances) finished with 17 points and 7 boards, while Ernestas Ezerskis (192-PG-87) added 15 points in the victory. Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) responded with 19 points for Tarvas. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Tarvas: Juris Umbrasko 19, Rinalds Sirsnins 16+10 boards
Lietkabelis: Sarunas Vasiliauskas 22, Vaidas Cepukaitis 17, Ernestas Ezerskis 15



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Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 7 - by Eurobasket News

American O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nogales and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 34 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Nogales in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guasave (3-4) 97-84. Nogales is placed at 6th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. Nogales is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. In the team's last game McCullough had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Nogales, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Francis Marion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCullough is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) of Culiacan. Zamora impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Culiacan to edge slightly higher-ranked Cananea (#7, 3-4) by 5 points 99-94. This victory allowed Culiacan to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 9th position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Culiacan managed to get this year. Zamora is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Culiacan's star - Ricardo Lopez. Lopez showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of Culiacan, helping his team with a 99-94 win against slightly higher-ranked Cananea (#7, 3-4). Culiacan can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lopez he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lopez has individually a great season in Mexico. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 1.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rob Robinson (203-F-87) of Culiacan - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81) of Tijuana - 37 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tayloe Taylor (191-G-86) of Los Mochis - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Brandon Wiley (198-F-88) of Los Mochis - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Eric Cuen (196-F) of Los Mochis - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerard Anderson) of Tepic - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 7: Tijuana Zonkeys lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in CIBACOPA, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Round 7 in CIBACOPA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Hermosillo where host Rayos de Hermosillo (6-1) beat league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (5-1) 98-93 in overtime on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Rayos de Hermosillo made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 43-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Tijuana Zonkeys' players. 29 personal fouls committed by Tijuana Zonkeys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) produced 37 points (!!!) for lost side. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys at home.

The best stats of 7th round was 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists by Ricardo Lopez of Culiacan.


Nogales - Guasave 97-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Frayles de Guasave (3-4) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (3-4) 97-84 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Frayles de Guasave was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) fired 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Brandon Heredia (180-85, college: Lon Morris JC) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach John Saintignon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Panamanian forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) produced 19 points and American forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave and Cananea. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will face again Frayles de Guasave (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: G.Giron 19+3reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 14+6reb+1ast, H.Dugat 13+1reb+3ast, C.Moore 12+8reb+1ast, V.Buelna 10+7reb+3ast, J.Rios 8+2reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 34+8reb+2ast, B.Heredia 20+1reb+6ast, M.Sanders-Frison 12+6reb+2ast, R.George 12+6reb+8ast, M.Strobbe 7+8reb+1ast, V.Rojo 7+1reb
gschID: 171112


Navolato - Los Mochis 91-96

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (4-3) defeated on the road 4th placed Garra Canera de Navolato (4-3) 96-91 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Pioneros Los Mochis outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 39-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. American forward Brandon Wiley (198-88, college: Idaho) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Eric Cuen (196, college: Grand Canyon) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Navolato. Garra Canera de Navolato lost their third game in a row. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against Pioneros Los Mochis (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Navolato: M.Gibson 22+4reb+3ast, R.Selleaze 21+7reb+4ast, D.McSwine 18+7reb+4ast, F.Verdugo 16+7reb+5ast, J.Pablo Mora 10+2reb+1ast, H.Munguia 2+1reb
Los Mochis: B.Wiley 25+7reb+2ast, T.Taylor 23+3reb+7ast, E.Cuen 20+11reb+2ast, J.Favela 15+3reb+1ast, C.Clay 13+10reb+1ast, F.Ibarra 0+3reb+2ast
gschID: 171113


Culiacan - Cananea 99-94

There was an upset when higher ranked Mineros de Cananea (3-4) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (1-6) 99-94 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ricardo Lopez fired 29 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) produced 22 points and American-Portuguese power forward Calvin Clemmons (203-81, college: Charlotte, agency: SDJ Sports) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Caballeros de Culiacan and five Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will face again higher ranked Mineros de Cananea (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 22+4reb+3ast, C.Clemmons 18+9reb+1ast, K.Waller 18+3reb+2ast, F.Harris 15+3reb+3ast, J.Casillas 15+4reb+1ast, J.Verdugo 2+3reb+1ast
Culiacan: R.Lopez 29+5reb+7ast, R.Robinson 22+12reb+2ast, R.Zamora 21+12reb+2ast, L.Pulido 11+1reb+4ast, R.Navarro 6+3reb+2ast, A.Oupoh 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171110


Hermosillo - Tijuana 98-93 OT

Round 7 in CIBACOPA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Hermosillo where host Rayos de Hermosillo (6-1) beat league's leader Tijuana Zonkeys (5-1) 98-93 in overtime on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tijuana Zonkeys. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. Rayos de Hermosillo made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game. Rayos de Hermosillo outrebounded Tijuana Zonkeys 43-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Tijuana Zonkeys' players. 29 personal fouls committed by Tijuana Zonkeys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) produced 37 points (!!!) and the former international power forward Arim Solares (202-83) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Rayos de Hermosillo and five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Tijuana Zonkeys at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Hermosillo. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Rayos de Hermosillo will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys at home.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: O.Quintero 37+2reb+2ast, A.Solares 14+9reb+2ast, S.Seay 13+3reb+1ast, C.Tate 12+3reb, M.Morrison 10+12reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 3+1ast
Hermosillo: E.Little 22+6reb+4ast, J.Lopez 20+12reb+2ast, S.Monreal 19+6reb+8ast, P.Sanders 11+5reb+3ast, S.Coleman 9+8reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 171111


Tepic - Guaymas 70-108

Very predictable result when third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (5-2) outscored on the road bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-6) 108-70 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Ostioneros de Guaymas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 69.0 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ostioneros de Guaymas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American guard Desmond Holloway (190-88, college: Co.Carolina, agency: SDJ Sports) fired 24 points for the winners. His fellow American import guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Jerard Anderson produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Josh Simmons (193-88, college: Ark.-Fort Smith) added 16 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. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ostioneros de Guaymas. They maintain third place with 5-2 record behind leader Hermosillo. Coras de Tepic lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round. Coras de Tepic will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tepic: J.Anderson 22+5reb+4ast, J.Simmons 16+4reb+1ast, J.Terrell 8+9reb+2ast, J.Antonio de la Garza 8+1reb+3ast, J.Orduno 6+1reb, M.Ayala 4
Guaymas: D.Holloway 24+1reb, H.Johnson 21+1reb+1ast, J.Habel 15+2reb, F.Benitez 15+6reb, A.Pedroza 11+1reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 9
gschID: 171109



Mineros makes a change - by Alejandro Martinez

Mineros de Cananea has signed Center Calvin Clemmons (203-F/C-81, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Charlotte) for the remainder of the season. He replaces Center Lee Cook who was waived for unknown reasons. The defending champions Mineros de Cananea are looking to improve on an otherwise slow start to the 2012 season. Clemmnos has vast experience in international basketball having played in several foreign countries. He joins existing americans Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) and Kwan Waller (180-G-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) on the roster. Cananea was defeated by Culiacan last night . Clemmons ended with a 18 point 9 rebound effort.


Guasave signs Sylvester Spicer - by Eurobasket News

Sylvester Spicer (198-F-86, college: Rogers St.) is a new member of Guasave. The American forward penned a deal for rest of the CIBACOPA season. Spicer arrives to Guasave from Chile. He was a member of CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago, which competed in DIMAYOR. Spicer started the season in Uruguay. There he had 17 ppg and 7 rpg for two games with Larre Borges (LUB). Season 2010/11, Sylvester Spicer split between Israel and Portugal. He also spent some time on New Zealand with Zero Fees Southland Sharks. Spicer appeared 10 times for the Sharks averaging 16 points and 7.2 rebounds. Sylvester Spicer is a product of the Rogers State University, where he graduated in 2010. Spicer transferred to Rogers State in 2008 from ORU.


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Boris Lalovic joined Hemofarm - by Darko Pekic

Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) is the latest signing of KK Hemofarm for the Superleague. The news has been announced by the club from Vrsac. Lalovic will be the third signing of the falling giant who will have a hard time to survive after the latest financial difficulties and departure of many good players. However, it seems that they took the national competition in Serbia seriously and after the arrival of Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Bogdan Obrenovic (206-F/C-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) they added the 30 year old Lalovic to their roster.

Lalovic, who was born in Niksic, has spent most of his career in Montenegro where he successfully played for Ibon, Mogren, Ulcinj and Primorje. He started this season in Cyprus but after a while he moved to Bosnia (first to Hercegovac and then to Zrinjski). He was the second rebounder of Bosnian League with 10,5 rbs. Lalovic will probably see some playing time in the Superleague match against Red Star Belgrade in Vrsac on Friday, 23 March.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska28.8 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.21.3 
 3. Radulovic, Teodo T.18.7 
 4. Vucurovic, Mogren18.7 
 5. Lekovic, Jedinstvo17.8 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen17.4 
 7. Petkovic, Danilovg.17.4 
 8. Bulatovic, ABS P.16.3 
 9. Nicaj, KK Podgorica15.8 
 10. Medenica, Ulcinj14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen8.1 
 2. Nicaj, KK Podgorica7.9 
 3. Mugosa, KK Podgo.7.2 
 4. Djurkovic, Ulcinj6.9 
 5. Radulovic, Teodo T.6.7 
 6. Vranjes, Sutjeska6.6 
 7. Popovic, Sutjeska6.5 
 8. Pejovic, Sutjeska6.5 
 9. Devrnja, ABS P.6.5 
 10. Jocovic, Sutjeska6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska3.9 
 2. Scott, Mornar Bar3.5 
 3. Bulatovic, ABS P.3.3 
 4. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.3 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.2.9 
 6. Mugosa, KK Podgo.2.8 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 8. Jovovic, Danilovgr.2.4 
 9. Milosevic, Teodo T.2.4 
 10. Ratkovic, Danilov.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.7 
 2. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.4 
 3. Vranjes, Sutjeska2.2 
 4. Miljic, Jedinstvo1.8 
 5. Latkovic, Ulcinj1.6 
 6. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj1.6 
 7. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.6 
 8. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.6 
 9. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 10. Seferovic, Mogren1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica2.7 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 3. Djurkovic, Ulcinj0.9 
 4. Vujosevic, Mornar0.9 
 5. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen0.8 
 7. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 8. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.8 
 9. Jocovic, Sutjeska0.7 
 10. Radosavljevi., Mo.0.7 



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No. 6 Martin Methodist Upended in Second Round by No. 11 Mountain State - by Stephan Ditgens

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - An 88-74 loss to Mountain State University in the second round of the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship on Friday ended the 2011-12 season for MMC men's basketball. The RedHawks finish the season 28-7 overall.

'This is not the way we had hoped it would end,' Martin Methodist head coach Andy Sharpe said. 'But I'm very proud of this senior class. We've had two great seasons back-to-back, and this season with a huge target on our back. Together we have traveled a great path and into some unchartered waters. I love this senior class like they are my sons.'

Miller nailed five of his first six 3-point attempts as he scored 17 points in the opening 11:18 of the game, giving the Cougars a 26-18 lead. But Miller went silent the rest of the half, and Martin Methodist would outscore Mountain State 24-10 over the next 8:41 until a Chris Price 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer closed the Cougar deficit to three.

The second half belonged to Mountain State, which regained the lead, 47-46, at the 17:39 mark of the second half after a Devon Peterson basket. Miller would drill his final 3-pointer of the game 29 seconds later, and the Cougars would extend the lead to 59-51 with 14:38 left after a pair of Isaiah Hill free throws.

The RedHawks would get back within five points at 67-62 with a Jeremy Rodgers' fast-break bucket at the 9:02 mark. However, Martin Methodist was crippled by the loss of James Justice, who fouled out with 9:41 left in the game after being called for a charge. Justice, playing in his final collegiate game, finished with 12 points despite being limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble.

From there, MMC would be unable to overcome the deficit, thus falling behind by 14 for the final 88-74 score.

Senior Ree McCrory paced the RedHawks with 23 points in his final game, while Rodgers ended up with a double-double at 12 points and 13 rebounds. Senior LaQuantis Stewart finished with 14 points in the affair.

MMC says goodbye to five seniors, including McCrory, Justice, Stewart, Cameron Hall, and EJ Kirby, all of which who led the RedHawks to back-to-back national tournaments.

source: goredhawks.com



D1: Concordia mounts big rally, wins NAIA tournament - by Eurobasket News

Concordia (Calif.) University performed the impossible at the NAIA Division I mens basketball tournament. Again.

In 2007, the Eagles won a memorable four-overtime semifinal, only to lose in the championship game.

This time, fourth-seeded Concordia came away with the title by beating second-seeded Oklahoma Baptist 72-69 on Tuesday night at Municipal Auditorium despite falling behind 16-1 in the first five minutes of the game.

Concordia, 31-7, got back into the game with a swarming defense that forced 12 first-half turnovers and a balanced scoring attack featuring four players in double figures, including 16 by center Tommy Granado (6'10''-C-88) and 11 by guard Cameron Gliddon (6'5''-G-89), the tournaments MVP for as much as he did on defense Tuesday as he did averaging 18.4 points for the five games.

Concordias first championship since 2003 wasnt assured until the final seconds as NAIA Player of the Year Emmanuel Wilson's (6'3''-G-89) three-pointer was partially blocked by the Eagles Austin Simon with 9.1 seconds left. Oklahoma Baptist got the rebound and called time out, but Bison guard Heath McKays three-pointer glanced off the rim at the buzzer as a crowd of 3,787 exhaled.

I felt like I got fouled, but they didnt call it, said Wilson, who finished with 16 points. I got a good look .

Gliddon, who hounded Wilson into a five-for-14 shooting night, fouled out with 4:17 to play and Concordia leading 65-55. The Bison rallied to within 70-69 on Wilsons deep three with 1:19 to play and a drive by Jacobi Isham with 34 seconds left.

Simon hit two free throws with 26.3 seconds, leaving Oklahoma Baptist, 32-5, a final opportunity to send it to overtime. Then he got his hands in Wilsons face but deflected the three-pointer.

I knew my team needed a stop, the game was on the line we didnt come this far to lose, Simon said. We came here to win a national championship by any means possible.
Oklahoma Baptist, the 2010 NAIA champion, came out blazing, making its first five shots, including a pair of three-point plays and led 16-1 before Granado scored Concordias first basket on a layup with 15:11 to play in the first half.

It wasnt pretty at the start, said Concordia coach Ken Ammann . We were a little concerned after the first three minutes, but our guys had so much heart. I told them its a long game, the earlier you get down, the more time you have to come back. We didnt panic. What an incredible comeback.

Oklahoma Baptist was playing without second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Deangelo McIntosh (6'7''-G/F), who suffered a knee injury in the semifinals, but junior Marques Anderson (6'7''-F), in his first start, scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds. When Anderson was called for an offensive foul with Oklahoma Baptist trailing 51-48, it took away a basket from the Bison, and Gliddon responded with consecutive three-pointers for a 57-48 lead.

Gliddon soon picked up his fourth and fifth fouls in a three-minute span and watched the final 4 minutes clutching a towel on the bench while his replacement, Donnell Phifer, threw away one pass but then scored on a drive that gave Concordia a 69-64 lead and enough cushion for the second NAIA championship in its history.

This one feels so special, because it had been so long, said Ammann, whose team lost in championship games in 2004 and 2007. I didnt know if we could win another one. You start to doubt, its been 10 years. So this one feels very, very sweet.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Player of the Year: Emmanuel Wilson (6'3''-G-89) of Oklah.Baptist
All-Tournament MVP: Cameron Gliddon (6'5''-G-89) of Concordia Irvine
Coach of the Year: Ken Ammann of Concordia Irvine

All-Tournament Team
Davey Hopkins (6'5''-F) of Biola, CA
Cameron Gliddon (6'5''-G-89) of Concordia Irvine
Tommy Granado (6'10''-C-88) of Concordia Irvine
Austin Simon (6'2''-G-90) of Concordia Irvine
Derrick Parker (6'6''-F) of LSU-Shreveport
Brandon Brown (5'10''-PG-89) of Montana-West
Cam Miller (6'8''-G) of Mountain St.
Emmanuel Wilson (6'3''-G-89) of Oklah.Baptist
Heath McKay (5'11''-G-88) of Oklah.Baptist
Donald Williams (6'5''-G) of Rogers St.



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Sixers waive Nocioni - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers waived forward Andres Nocioni (6'7''-F-79) on Tuesday.

Acquired in a trade, along with Spencer Hawes, from the Sacramento Kings in 2010, Nocioni averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 11 games with Philadelphia this season.

'We want to sincerely thank Andres for his contributions to our team and maintaining a true level of professionalism throughout his time here,' Sixers president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. 'We wish him the best of luck as he pursues future opportunities.'

Over nine NBA seasons with the Bulls, Kings and Sixers, the 32-year-old Nocioni has averages of 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

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LeBron James OK after collision - by Eurobasket News

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had a rough night Tuesday in the Miami Heat's 99-95 win over the Phoenix Suns.

He re-aggravated an old right elbow injury he had when playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then, he suffered a blow to the head after colliding with the Suns' Grant Hill in the final 30 seconds of the game.

The Heat took timeouts after both injuries and James was able to stay in the game both times. The elbow injury occurred after he fell hard after a foul by Phoenix's Markieff Morris.

James said he had a 'stinger' in his right arm that caused him the same numbness that affected him during the 2010 playoffs and once forced him to attempt a free throw left-handed. He still wears a padded sleeve on his right arm to protect the elbow.

'It's the same elbow I hurt in Cleveland so I was a little off, I would say, for the rest of the game,' said James, who had 20 points but struggled from the floor after the hard landing.

'We'll see the next couple days. I'll come and get some treatment on it. Hopefully doesn't cause any problems.'

James did not remember the immediate moments after the blindside hit from Hill as both players went for the ball. James said he had a headache, but said he did not have tests for a concussion after the game.

Heat trainers did ask him questions, such as the time and score of the game, before allowing him to return to the court. He laid on the floor, at times flat on his back, for several minutes aftrer the hit.

'I've never had one of those hits since I've had on pads and a helmet. I don't know exactly what happened,' James said. 'I had a steal coming and the next thing I know, I was on the floor.'

James said he's never had a concussion.

'No, I'm too tough for that,' James said.

Courtesy of ESPN



Thunder, Derek Fisher work on deal - by Eurobasket News

Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) is in advanced negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Western Conference leaders after clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation.

Fisher is scheduled to clear waivers at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday. One source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com that Fisher is 'very close' to committing to sign with the Thunder once he becomes a free agent.

ESPN.com reported Monday the Thunder and the Miami Heat had emerged as the two frontrunners to sign Fisher, who was officially released Monday night by the Houston Rockets after securing a buyout from Houston in the wake of last week's trade that brought an end to Fisher's second stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sources told ESPN.com the Heat have made a strong recruitment effort to sign Fisher, but the Thunder have more financial flexibility to sign him and more of a role to offer after the loss of backup point guard Eric Maynor in early January to a season-ending knee injury. There also is a feeling among some rival teams that Fisher prefers to stay in the West, where he has played his entire career.

Another advantage for the Thunder, sources said, is Fisher's agent, Rob Pelinka, just signed Thunder star Kevin Durant. Pelinka also represents Thunder swingman James Harden.

If the deal goes through, as expected, Fisher potentially will face the Lakers twice during the regular season at Staples Center (March 29 and April 22) before the playoffs.

At the morning shootaround before Tuesday night's game against the Utah Jazz, Durant strongly endorsed the prospect of signing Fisher to The Oklahoman, telling the newspaper: 'Derek is a consummate professional ... an unbelievable leader. And he played with arguably one of the greatest players to ever play in Kobe (Bryant), and Kobe really respected him as a player and wanted him on his team, so that speaks volumes.'

'We have a great corps of point guards leading off with Russ (Russell Westbrook) and then Reggie (Jackson) and Royal (Ivey),' Durant continued. 'But adding another guy that can come in and give us some good minutes here and there and bring his leadership and winning plays here would be cool. But it's one of those things that you really don't know too much about. We got to just see what happens. (Fisher) is a Thunder guy as far as character and off the court is concerned. But we'll see what happens.'

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 a guard by week's end, Oklahoma City and Miami emerged Monday as the two most likely landing spots for the 16-year veteran.

The Heat explored the possibility of signing Fisher when he was a free agent in the summer of 2010 and have strong interest 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 two signings.

Sources say the thought of signing with the Bulls is something that strongly interested Fisher, but Chicago is well stocked at point guard and appears to be focused on trying to land a forward such as Turiaf. The Los Angeles Clippers, sources say, have likewise shown little interest in pursuing Fisher, 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 star guard Chris Paul carrying an increasingly heavy load.

The Spurs, by contrast, long have been fans of Fisher, sources said. But San Antonio, by all indications, is pressing ahead on the Patrick 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 Monday that Fisher surrendered his entire 2012-13 salary to secure his buyout from the Rockets.

Players seeking buyouts this month 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 Lakers -- with whom he began his career alongside 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, sources said.

Fisher has made no public statements since his surprising trade from the franchise with which he has been a part of five championship teams. 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 league rules prevent teams from trading players away and immediately re-signing them.

Fisher had played in 537 consecutive games prior to being dealt to the Rockets. They had acquired him Thursday afternoon with the hopes of convincing Fisher to stay with them the remainder of the season, largely because star point guard Kyle Lowry is still recovering from a bacterial infection.

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 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



Hornets sign big man Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News

One of the players the Celtics were believed to be interested in to fill out their frontcourt depth is now off the market.

Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU), 26, who played in four games with the Celtics last season, signed with the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday. Johnson was waived by the Trail Blazers on March 15 and Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters his team might be interested in the second-year player.

The Hornets did not announce the terms of the deal.

The Celtics' options to add a big man after the trade deadline continue to dwindle. J.J. Hickson was reportedly close to a deal with the Warriors, but signing him would have been problematic for the Celtics regardless. Ronny Turiaf is said to still be on the Celtics' radar, but Turiaf does not provide the rebounding and defensive help Boston needs.

Johnson, a 6-foot-11 LSU product, returns to the state where he attended college.

Courtesy of www.nesn.com



Tuesday's games review (7): Dragic leads Rockets' rally over Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - Phoenix Suns 99-95
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) gave Miami two big scares. The Phoenix Suns provided another. The Heat survived them all. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) scored 29 points, and the Heat used a 17-0 fourth-quarter run to erase a 10-point deficit and beat the Suns 99-95 on Tuesday night for their 14th straight home victory. James scored 20 points, shaking off a stinger on his right elbow in the first quarter - then a high-impact collision with Grant Hill in the final seconds, staying down for nearly 2 minutes before getting pulled to his feet. He remained in the game. In the locker room afterward, James complained of a headache and seemed more soft-spoken than usual, though insisted he was fine. 'Never had one of those hits since I had on pads and a helmet,' James said. 'So it took me back to that moment. I don't know what exactly happened. ... I'm all right. I've been better. I've got a little headache. But I'll be all right.' James said he didn't believe he would need additional testing, such as exams to rule out a concussion. He also said he was not concerned about the elbow soreness, a problem that plagued him at times when he played for Cleveland as well. 'When I heard him saying what the score was, what the time was, I knew he was going to be OK,' said Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who scored 11 of his 19 in the fourth. 'I saw Grant get up before him, which was surprising.' Hill led Phoenix with 19 points. Marcin Gortat had 13, Markieff Morris 12, Jared Dudley 10 and Steve Nash finished with nine points and 10 assists. James was chasing the ball and never saw Hill. Both players went down, and both said afterward they felt fortunate the play did not result in something more serious. James started to get up, got to one knee, then rolled over onto his back and grabbed his head with both hands before eventually making his way to the bench. 'I was trying to set a screen,' Hill said. 'I don't think he saw me and ran right into me. The old man got up and the young guy stood on the ground for a while. Luckily, he didn't get hurt. Luckily, neither one of us got hurt.' The Suns had the NBA's second-best record since Feb. 19, having won 11 of their last 14 coming in. Shannon Brown's 3-pointer with 7:29 left put Phoenix up 90-80, but the Suns missed their next 10 shots. James, Wade and Haslem all made a pair of free throws to start Miami's late run, and the Heat tied it when Mario Chalmers stole the ball from Nash and set up Wade for a breakaway dunk. Bosh made two more foul shots to put the Heat up for good, Wade made a layup while sprawling to the floor and stretched the lead to 95-90 after Suns coach Alvin Gentry was called for a technical, and James' jumper with 1:52 left capped the flurry. Miami made 13 of 16 free throws in the final quarter, while Phoenix was only 3 for 4. The Suns missed four straight shots at the rim in one stretch, all in a span of 34 seconds, and the Heat started to roll. 'They made the plays down the stretch, but we also had an opportunity to make plays that we didn't complete,' Gentry said. Udonis Haslem added 15 for the Heat. James had another hard fall in the early going. On a drive into the lane, James was hit by Morris and reached back with his right arm to brace himself for the fall. James appeared to hit his right elbow directly on the floor - he was wearing a pad on that one, though not the left - and stepped away from the foul line briefly while shaking the arm. The Heat had another injury woe to deal with as well, with starting center Joel Anthony out of the lineup for the first time this season because of a sprained ankle. Dexter Pittman made his first career start in Anthony's place. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spent the better part of two days raving about the Suns' play of late, especially Nash. A sampling of the terms Spoelstra used to describe the Phoenix point guard: 'maestro,' ''timeless quarterback,' ''relentless' and 'tireless.' All were on display throughout. Down by nine in the early going, Phoenix closed the first half on a 13-3 run, a spurt Nash started with a 3-pointer and one that sent the Suns in the locker room up 53-49 - even though Miami shot 58 percent in the first half. Phoenix led by eight in the third quarter, holding Miami to 35 percent shooting, before the Heat rallied from a double-digit deficit for the third time in its last four home games. 'To finish the game, it was more our style, more aggressive in the second half - particularly in the fourth quarter,' Spoelstra said. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Houston R. - LA Lakers 107-104
Even Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was impressed by Goran Dragic (6'5''-PG-86) on Wednesday night, giving the Houston point guard a quick hug at midcourt after the Rockets rallied to beat the Lakers. Dragic hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and finished with 16 points and 13 assists in the Rockets' 107-104 comeback victory. Down by nine with 5 minutes left, the Rockets had a 12-0 run to take the lead. Luis Scola and Courtney Lee scored 23 points apiece for the Rockets. Bryant had 29 points, and Pau Gasol added 21 for the Lakers. The Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Lakers have lost two in a row. Bryant, coming off a 3-for-20 shooting night Sunday, went 10 for 27 with two 3-pointers against Houston. The Lakers had 15 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-31. The Lakers missed five straight shots during the Rockets' late spurt before Bryant sank a fadeaway with 1:28 remaining to cut it to 100-99. Patrick Patterson split two free throws before Bryant tied it with a long jumper over 6-foot-9 rookie Chandler Parsons, who guarded him most of the night. Dragic answered by swishing a 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Lakers' bench. Bryant then missed a straight-on 3-pointer off the back of the rim, Parsons rebounded and Lee's free throws with 10.6 seconds left put the game out of reach. Gasol and Andrew Bynum made 10 of 14 shots in the first quarter and the Lakers built a 40-25 lead. Bryant started 3 for 5 on Wednesday. He drove into the lane late in the quarter, wrapped the ball around his back and hit a left-handed shot in the lane, part of a 20-7 Lakers' spurt. The Rockets played stingier defense in the second quarter, and the Lakers' shooting cooled off, going 6-for-18 from the field. Houston finished the half with a 12-6 spurt to trail only 56-51 at the break. Bynum was ejected late in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul for mouthing off to referee Monty McCutchen. With Bryant on the bench, the Lakers opened the final quarter with a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 85-73. Bryant returned with 5:01 left and the Lakers leading 97-88. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Portland TB - Milwaukee B. 87-116
While Golden State Warriors fans are clearly still irked that he was traded away, Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) is enjoying the Milwaukee Bucks. Ellis had 14 points and nine assists to help Milwaukee beat Portland 116-87 on Tuesday night for the Bucks' sixth straight victory. 'Everybody's out there having fun, sharing the ball and everybody's on the same page trying to get some wins,' Ellis said. 'That's all that matters to us.' Drew Gooden (6'10''-F-81, college: Kansas) had 19 points and Carlos Delfino added 16 for the Bucks, who shot a season-high 57.8 percent from the floor (48 for 83) and had 35 assists. Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles praised Ellis' passing. 'He hasn't surprised us, we knew he could do it,' Skiles said. 'He has a very high basketball IQ. He goes to the open man. I think, to his credit, he's also trying to fit in and see how we play, and he's playing that way.' LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who suffered their worst margin of defeat at home since a 118-89 loss to Miami on Jan. 8, 2009. About the only bright spot for Portland was Brandon Roy, who made his first appearance at the Rose Garden since his abrupt retirement at the start of training camp. Roy, a three-time All-Star who left the game because of trouble with both of his knees, unexpectedly showed up sitting courtside and was wildly cheered when he was shown on the Rose Garden's video scoreboard. Team owner Paul Allen was among those who joined in the ovation. The Blazers later said that Roy was at the game to surprise Blazers guard Jamal Crawford, a close friend, on his 32nd birthday. Roy did not speak with reporters. The Blazers were coming off an eventful seven-game trip, during which they dismissed McMillan and traded forward Gerald Wallace and center Marcus Camby, both starters. Portland finished 2-5 on the trip. Overall, they've lost nine of their last 12 games. Interim Blazers coach Kaleb Canales, who started with the Blazers as a video intern in 2005, was greeted warmly by the home crowd when he when he was introduced to start the game, but his new team struggled defensively against the Bucks. Portland's backups were 2 for 29 against Milwaukee. 'Too many crooked numbers up here on the stat sheet,' Canales said. 'We didn't do a good job defensively. And you've got to give them credit. They're a hot team and they played like they've been playing and we didn't take them out of their game.' Two of the players acquired by the Blazers in a trade-deadline moves last week, guard Jonny Flynn and center Hasheem Thabeet, saw limited playing time late in the game. Both came to Portland in a deal that sent Camby to Houston. The Bucks acquired Ellis, along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from the Warriors in exchange for injured center Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson last week just before the trade deadline. Ellis was a fan favorite in the Bay Area, and the deal angered fans who booed Warriors owner Joe Lacob during a halftime ceremony to retire Hall of Famer Chris Mulllins' jersey Monday night. The fallout from the trade had been made all the worse when Ellis and the Bucks visited Oracle Arena two days after the deal and beat the Warriors 120-98. Ellis did not have any comment on what happened to Lacob. 'They've got to deal with what they've got to deal with over there,' Ellis said. 'I'm worried about the Milwaukee Bucks.' The Bucks jumped ahead in the second quarter, led by Delfino, liwho hit two consecutive 3-pointers to put Milwaukee up 42-29 midway through the quarter. His layup stretched the lead to 48-32, and the Bucks carried a 54-43 advantage into the break. Delfino's jumper in the fourth quarter put Milwaukee up 90-64, and Portland fans began streaming for the exits. 'We got to play with more effort,' Aldridge said. 'We got back-doored like four or five times. We've got to fight through screens, our bigs have to be up on the screens. I feel like we didn't do that tonight. We just worried about trying to outscore them. Our defense wasn't there.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

New York K. - Toronto R. 106-87
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 106- 87 to improve to 4-0 since Mike Woodson took over as interim coach of the National Basketball Association team. 'Everybody feels great, having fun, enjoying the game of basketball,' Stoudemire told reporters at Madison Square Garden in New York last night. 'That's what it's about. When you enjoy doing your job, then it makes it much easier to play.' The Knicks (22-24) are 15 games behind the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls in the eighth and final playoff place, a half game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, who defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 116-87 last night. The Raptors (15-31) are in 12th place. Tonight, the Knicks are in Philadelphia to face the 76ers (26-20), who are four games ahead of the Knicks atop the Atlantic Division standings. 'I can't worry about what Milwaukee and Philly does,' Woodson said. 'We got to handle our own business.' Jeremy Lin had 18 points and 10 assists for the Knicks last night, while Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony each added 17 points. DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and Andrea Bargnani added 15 for the Raptors. 'They're a tenacious, different team,' Raptors Coach Dwane Casey said. 'It's amazing, their tenacity, the way they attack. If you don't meet it, it takes you right out. And the Garden was a hot building tonight.' *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Utah Jazz - Oklah.City T. 97-90
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 20 points, Al Jefferson had 16 and Devin Harris had 15 Tuesday night to lead the Utah Jazz to its fourth consecutive victory, 97-90 over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Salt Lake City. Millsap had a dunk and a fallaway jumper to help the Jazz finish the game on a 10-4 run. Russell Westbrook scored 23 points for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant had 18 but was scoreless in the fourth quarter, misfiring on all seven attempts from the field in the period. The Thunder has lost four of its last seven games. The NBA's most efficient offense shot six for 21 in the fourth quarter and committed 20 turnovers in the game. *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Sacramento K. - Memphis G. 119-110
Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart took off his blue jacket and tossed it to DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky). The fouled-out forward played coach for the final minute, and everybody on the bench enjoyed a laugh. That wasn't the only rare sight in Sacramento this season. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 31 points, Cousins had 23 points and five rebounds and the Kings held off the Memphis Grizzlies 119-110 on Tuesday night for only their second three-game winning streak this year. 'He decided, 'Coach, let me coach,'' Smart said. 'I said, 'Fine. But if I get fined, you're paying.' It actually fit him. Either he's losing weight, or I'm gaining weight.' Sacramento is certainly looking different these days. Thornton added seven rebounds and six assists, and Tyreke Evans returned after missing the last two games because of a sprained left ankle, scoring nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Kings pull away. Smart, who replaced the fired Paul Westphal after a 2-5 start, pointed to another sign of change: he said Evans asked during the morning shootaround that John Salmons remain in the starting lineup in his place, so long as the team is winning. 'They're starting to like each other,' Smart said. 'And they're getting closer to that other 'L' word.' No so much for Memphis lately. Rudy Gay had 23 points and six rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who began a stretch of nine of 11 games away from home. Memphis has lost three of its last four and is suddenly in a rut. 'I don't want to talk about any individual person. All I want to talk about is that we got our butts kicked because we did not play hard and did not play together,' Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. Sacramento's current three-game winning streak might be more impressive than when it rolled off wins against Portland, Golden State and New Orleans from Feb. 2-6. The Kings have beaten Boston, Minnesota and Memphis - all teams in, or fighting for, playoff spots - in the past week. Sacramento still had to sweat out the latest victory. After Memphis moved within three, Sacramento started an 11-2 run highlighted by a pair of layups by Evans and a dunk by Jason Thompson to go ahead 106-94. The spurt stalled for a moment when Cousins fouled out reaching for the ball near halfcourt with 6:48 remaining, flicking his headband off in disgust. The Kings clamped down on defense and turned some sloppy Grizzlies turnovers into easy baskets. When Thompson grabbed a rebound and tossed it ahead to Isaiah Thomas for an uncontested layup with 3:05 remaining, Sacramento took a 12-point lead that proved too much for Memphis to overcome. 'It's just good to get wins,' said Evans, adding he will continue to come off the bench. 'It's good to see everybody happy. It doesn't matter who's playing good or who's playing what, as long as we're winning.' Sacramento started strong despite its short-handed - and short - point guard spot. All of 5-foot-9, Thomas took over more duties for the hobbled Evans for the third straight game. He slipped and squeezed his way through the paint with ease, rebounding Thornton's air ball and tossing it in for a layup to put the Kings ahead 37-28 at the end of the first quarter. Evans, still slowed by ankle injury, came in relief after missing the last two games. Randolph, playing only his third game since tearing the MCL in his right knee New Year's Day in Chicago, returned to the starting lineup for Memphis and had 13 points and seven rebounds. The spark on both sides still came from others. The Kings built a 54-41 lead behind Thornton and Cousins and seemed to be in complete control in front of one of the sparsest crowds of the season. Instead, Memphis went on a 17-6 run to close within two before Sacramento extended its lead back to 10 points, getting a dunk from Thompson on a 3-on-1 break just before the halftime buzzer. Cousins received a bloody nose when he collided with Dante Cunningham in the third quarter. He twice had to leave the game - first team trainers had to plug Cousins' nose, then the power forward had to put on a new jersey after blood spilled onto his shorts - and Memphis narrowed Sacramento's lead to seven entering the fourth quarter. 'I got say that in the first quarter, we gave up 37 points and that was pretty much the game right there,' said Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, who scored 14 points. 'They set the tone and unfortunately we couldn't bounce back.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - LA Clippers 102-89
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 102-89 on Tuesday night. Granger had been in a scoring slump, managing just 20 points combined in consecutive losses to the New York Knicks. He shot 7 for 17 against the Clippers, but added eight rebounds and made all eight of his free throws. Reserves Tyler Hansbrough, George Hill and Leandro Barbosa helped Indiana's backups outscore the Clippers' reserves 50-23. Hansbrough scored 17 points, Hill had 15 and Barbosa 12 in his first game for Indiana since being acquired from Toronto last week. Roy Hibbert added 13 points for Indiana. Blake Griffin had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul added 16 points and eight assists. *Courtesy of www.salon.com



Jazz F Howard to have season-ending surgery - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz forward Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) will have surgery on his injured left knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, the team said Tuesday.

An MRI performed Monday because of recent swelling in Howard's knee showed a chip in the lateral femoral cartilage that will require surgery to prevent any further damage.

Howard, 31, signed with Utah as a free agent in December and has averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 41 games.

He played just 18 games last season for the Washington Wizards after tearing the ACL in his left knee the previous season.

News of Howard's probable season-ending injury came as the Jazz battle for one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Sacramento Kings sign Terrence Williams to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets waived swingman Terrence Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: Louisville) Friday and in a matter of few days, it looks like Williams has found himself a team for the time-being. Williams will sign a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to Sam Amick of SI.com.

Williams decision comes with the reasoning that he rather play than sit on a championship contending teams bench. Williams will fill the open spot that was left by J.J. Hickson, who was bought out by the Kings.

Williams is averaging 4.5 points per game this season. He appeared 12 times for Houston.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com



Cavs waive C Hollins - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived center Ryan Hollins (6'11''-C-84, college: UCLA) on Tuesday. Hollins averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 24 games, including seven starts, with Cleveland this year. Over seven seasons with the Bobcats, Mavericks, Timberwolves and Cavaliers, the 27-year-old UCLA product has career averages of 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds. Hollins gratuated at UCLA in 2006. He finished collegiate career as the fourth all-time leading shot-blocker in UCLA history with 101.


Spurs assign Cory Joseph to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned rookie Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Joseph, a 6-3 guard, has seen action in 27 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.1 assists in 7.6 minutes.

Joseph has had two stints with the Toros this season. He has seen action in six games, averaging 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.67 steals in 30.7 minutes.

The Spurs selected Joseph out of the University of Texas with the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In his lone season with the Longhorns, he was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Gilbert Arenas signs pro-rated deal with Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

After sitting out the entire season, 6-3 guard Gilbert Arenas (6'4''-G-82, college: Arizona) has found a home with the Memphis Grizzlies. Arenas, who last played for the Orlando Magic before being waived via the one-time amnesty clause before the season, was signed to a pro-rated, one-year deal with the Grizzlies.

Arenas, 30, averages 21.2 points for his career but hasnt been close to that over a full season since 2006-07 with the Washington Wizards. The Grizzlies (25-18 entering Tuesday) had the NBAs 19th-ranked offense at 95.1 points per game as they prepared to play the Sacramento Kings.

Under fourth-year coach Lionel Hollins, Memphis grinds out victories by pounding the ball inside to All-Star post players Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol and playing tough defense (ninth entering Tuesday, allowing 93.1 points per game).

Randolph, who missed almost three months with a knee injury, returned with 25 points and nine rebounds in a loss Friday to the Toronto Raptors and followed with 13 points and nine rebounds in Sundays win vs. the Wizards. Hollins adjusted the offense in his absence, using more pick-and-rolls with point guard Mike Conley.

Randolph didnt even realize Arenas would be joining the team but was almost giddy for the boost to the backcourt from the veteran guard.

'Gilbert is a great player. Hes been through the storms,' Randolph said of Arenas playoff experience with the Wizards from 2003-10. 'I know him personally. Hes going to help out our team a lot. ...

'He didnt get going in Orlando. Here, hell have a chance. He still can play. We needed a guy like Gilbert who can handle, can penetrate, can get in the lane.'

Arenas sometimes quirky personality meshing with the hard-scrabble group in Memphis doesnt concern Randolph, either.

'Hes going to fit in fine. ... I dont have a problem,' Randolph said. 'Weve all got personalities. He wont be a problem, no distractions.'

Arenas, who likely will be a reserve behind Conley and starting shooting guard Tony Allen, will join the team in Portland on Wednesday ahead of Thursdays game against the Trail Blazers.

Courtesy of www.vancouversun.com



Charlotte Bobcats waive Boris Diaw - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Bobcats announced today the decision to waive Boris Diaw (6'8''-PF-82). It has been the fourth straight season with the Bobcats for the Frenchman. He averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists per game this season. Boris Diaw started the season in France. He played for Bordeaux. The forward delivered 12.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in ProA. Previously Boris Diaw had stints with the Suns, Hawks in the NBA as well as Bordeaux, Insep and Pau-Orthez in France. Boris Diaw was named French ProA Newcomer of the Year back in 2001. In 2006 the forward was trumped NBA Most Improved Player of the Year. He has been the member of Les Bleus since 2002. Boris Diaw posted 8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania.


Wizards Lewis has Setback - by Bryan Floyd

Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79) had a setback in his rehab and is out for the foreseeable future. Lewis has not been the same since arriving in Washington with averages of 7.8 points and 3.9 rebounds this year. Lewis was once an All Star in this league, but those days are long gone. The team has already shut down forward Andray Blatche for the next few weeks. That is 28.5 million dollars of salary combined that is currently sitting out. The Wizards will be much better off when the two of these guys are not a part of the team anymore.


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Grambling 'reassigns' men's, women's head coaches - by Eurobasket News

A Grambling State athletics spokeswoman says men's basketball coach Bobby Washington and women's coach Donnita Rogers have been 'reassigned' within the university and relieved of their coaching duties.

La'Monica Scott says a formal announcement has yet to be made and she could not immediately provide further details on Grambling's decision.

The men's team went 4-24 this season, playing under a postseason ban and with a reduction in scholarships because of poor scores on the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rates report. Teams have low APR scores when their players have low grades or leave school early in poor academic standing.

The women's team was 15-15, including a 10-8 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Washington and Rogers did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

Courtesy of www.theledger.com



UMass advances to NIT semifinals - by Eurobasket News

The road to New Orleans eluded Derek Kellogg and UMass this season. But that doesnt mean the Minutemen arent going to the Final Four.

Rather than sipping gumbo and eating beignets on Bourbon Street, theyll be munching on corned beef and pastrami and cruising Broadway, after rallying from 17 points down in the last 16 minutes to stun host Drexel, 72-70, punching their ticket to the NIT semifinals Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

And while Kellogg was thrilled with the way his 25-11 team battled back, it pained him that the victory came against his former teacher and close friend, Bruiser Flint, assistant to John Calipari when Kellogg played at UMass in the early 90s.

I told him I loved him, said Kellogg. The guys been a mentor to me. I worked with him every day in college, so this means a lot to me and my family.

Painful as it was, after seeing his clubs 18-game winning streak in the raucous Daskalakis Center come to an end, it meant plenty to Flint as well.

Im happy for him and proud of him, said Flint. His guys kept fighting. They refused to lose. There will be a lot of stuff to talk about over the summer.

Few would have suspected the night would end this way when Drexel (29-7) burst out of the gates to a 9-0 lead, maintained a 41-31 cushion at halftime, then extended it to 53-36 on Frantz Massenats 3-point play with 16:26 left. Having been in this position before, Kellogg wasnt particularly worried.

I knew we werent going to panic, said Kellogg, whose club went on a 26-7 tear to take a 62-60 lead on Jesse Morgans 3-pointer with 7:18 left. Weve been in a lot of games like that. The way our style is youre going to have some waves and runs like that. We started playing good defense and then a couple of those threes went in for us.

Weve never been a quitting team, said Terrell Vinson (6'7''-F-90), who led the charge, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the second half, while 5-foot-9-inch Chaz Williams (5'9''-G-91) led the way with 20. Our motto since Day 1 has been, Give everything youve got.

Once it became tight, the Minutemen had just enough to get over the hump, as Massenats jumper in the lane to tie spilled out with five seconds left, with the rebound batted to midcourt as time expired.

I thought Frantz would get the ball and drive it, said Kellogg, whose club held Drexel big men Samme Givens (6'5''-F) and Dartaye Ruffin (6'8''-F) to just 2 points in the second half. We switched it, but he got off a pretty good shot.

They just wore us down, said Flint. We ran out of gas, turned it over and they capitalized on it and made big plays at the end of the game.

Now the Minutemen bring their act to Broadway.

Its an honor to play in this tournament, said Williams, a New York native. Me and the guys have worked hard all off season. Now we want to win it all.

We were trying not to go 0-for-Philly this year, said Kellogg, after coming up short on trips to La Salle, Saint Josephs, and Temple. But going on the road against the SEC [Mississippi State], Big East [Seton Hall] and here and winning really has helped the UMass name.

Im glad the NIT picked us. The guys are finally maturing and learning to close out games and win on the road.

Were excited to go to New York City.

Courtesy of www.bostonglobe.com



Washington reaches NIT semis - by Eurobasket News

Somewhere between the disappointment of becoming the answer to a trivia question and beginning the NIT, Lorenzo Romar found the words and reasons to motivate Washington into taking a consolation tournament with seriousness.

Three wins later, Washington is headed back to New York City for the NIT semifinals.

Terrence Ross (6'6''-G) scored 24 points, Tony Wroten (6'5''-G-93) added 22 points and Washington held off a late rally from Pac-12 rival Oregon for a 90-86 victory Tuesday night.

Washington (24-10) will make its second visit to Madison Square Garden this season after playing two games there last December against Marquette and Duke. The Huskies will face the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal between Minnesota and Middle Tennessee State on March 27.

'Once the NIT selection was done coach was telling us that, 'I know you don't want to be here but if you keep winning it's going to get more and more exciting,'' Wroten said.

Washington became the first regular season champion from a power six conference not to be selected for the NCAA tournament. But instead of sulking, the Huskies took a sense of seriousness to the NIT, although their opener against Texas-Arlington was a bit tighter than anyone in purple wanted. They routed Northwestern in the second round, and then used a raucous home crowd and the motivation of avenging a 25-point loss at Oregon in February to oust the Ducks in the first meeting between the schools in any postseason tournament.

Ross seemed extra motivated by the chance to play on the New York stage one more time as his name continues to get tossed about as a first-round pick if he forgoes the rest of his college career and enters the NBA draft early. He made 9 of 18 shots and hit three 3-pointers after scoring a career-high 32 against Northwestern.

'We're still upset that we get a (NCAA) bid and could have, but we all forgot about it and focused on this championship that we're after,' Ross said.

Olu Ashaolu (6'7''-F-88) led Oregon (24-10) with 20 points and E.J. Singler (6'6''-F) added 19, although only four came in the second half. Devoe Joseph (6'4''-G-90) added 12, but continued his struggles shooting in Seattle, making just 4 of 15 shots. Joseph's worst shooting game of the season came on New Year's Eve in Seattle when he went 1 of 13 and finished with four points.

'The seniors didn't really want to end this in a loss, we wanted to go to New York, but Washington really played well tonight,' Singler said.

Ross tried to personally pull the Huskies away, scoring eight straight points for Washington midway through the second half that included a difficult turnaround jumper in the lane while being fouled that induced a rare bit of outward emotion from the quiet sophomore. C.J. Wilcox (6'5''-G), who finished with 17 points, later hit an open 3 from the wing and Washington had its largest lead at 75-65 with 7:22 left, capping a 9-0 run.

'That was a killer for us. We just really gave into it there. No communication, read certain screens wrong, made too many mistakes,' Oregon coach Dana Altman said.

The Ducks scored 108 points in their second-round win over Iowa and would not go away. Garrett Sim hit a 3 to cut the deficit to 80-74 with 3:33 left and the Ducks had the lead down to four when Wroten had a basket waved off on a charging call with 2:33 left. But Ashaolu missed a tough reverse underneath and Aziz N'Diaye, a 38 percent free-throw shooter banked in one of two to get the Huskies' lead back to 82-77. Wilcox lost control of his dribble out of bounds for a turnover on Washington's next possession and Sim scored on a drive to cut the lead to 82-79. Ross and Wroten both missed chances for Washington, but Singler was called for charging into Abdul Gaddy and fouled out with 55.4 seconds left.

The ensuing inbound play nearly turned into another Washington turnover, but the scramble ended up in a Wroten dunk on a breakaway. While the Huskies were celebrating, Joseph hit a 3 and Oregon used its last timeout with 42.4 seconds left down 84-82. But Wilcox hit six straight free throws and the Huskies were headed back to New York.

Gaddy finished with 11 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Wilcox added 17 for the Huskies, who took two of three from the Ducks this season. Tony Woods added 15 for the Ducks.

'Our guys have been focused but have not been uptight about this,' Romar said. 'There is a pretty good demeanor about this group here and it's showed so far in our three games.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Rhode Island hires Wagner's Hurley as coach - by Eurobasket News

Dan Hurley was both optimistic and realistic two years ago, when he took over as Wagner coach. The former star guard at Seton Hall thought he could win, thought he could change the culture of a program that went 5-26 the season before he took over.

But I thought it would take four years, at least, he said. Maybe five. Turns out, it only took two.

And that was enough for Rhode Island, a struggling Atlantic 10 program that needed a jolt. On Tuesday, the Rams received one.

Hurley, 39, agreed to a six-year deal at Rhode Island, a team that went 7-24 this season and failed to qualify for the conference tournament. A news conference was scheduled for today.

This came fast, faster than I ever would have imagined, Hurley said. We were able to build a program at Wagner, and we really fell in love with the place. Its a great place, with great players. And now, at Rhode Island, its a new opportunity, a great opportunity to do something special.

Courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com



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Best players of New Zealand NBL round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced naturalized American power forward Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Manawatu J. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Wellington S. (#7, 1-2) 76-75. Manawatu J. is placed at 2nd position in American NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Manawatu J. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Horvath turned to be Manawatu J.'s top player in his first season with the team. Duke University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Horvath. Horvath is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.7ppg) and averages solid 52.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N.. Tisby impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Of course OceanaGold N. cruised to a 80-68 relatively comfortable win over Southland S. (1-3). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Tisby is one of the most experienced players at OceanaGold N. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.3ppg (#5). He also registered 12.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Lawrence Abney (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management) of Southland S. (#9). Abney scored 17 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Abney's great performance Southland S. lost 68-80 to OceanaGold N. (#5, 2-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Southland S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-3 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Abney he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Abney has individually a great season in New Zealand. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Smith (196-F-79) of Harbour H. - 26 points and 2 rebounds
5. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84) of OceanaGold N. - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ismail Muhammad (198-F-83) of Auckland P. - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J. - 15 points and 16 rebounds
8. Phill Jones (196-G-74) of Nelson G. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C) of Manawatu J. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Justin Bailey (188-G-77) of Harbour H. - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists

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



ANBL Awards finalists announced - by Hugh McAuliffe

As the National Basketball League prepares for the final regular season round of the iiNet NBL Championship this weekend, the finalists for five major end-of-season award categories have been revealed.

The top five votegetters for the Coach of the Year (the Lindsay Gaze Trophy), 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 MVP awards ceremony in Melbourne at Crown Casinos Palladium Room on Monday night (26 March).

For the Rookie, Most Improved, Best Defensive and Sixth Man categories, each of the NBLs nine teams were able to nominate a maximum of two players from their own roster for each award. All nine NBL head coaches were eligible for the Lindsay Gaze Trophy.

Voting for the award winners was conducted after all nominations were received, 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 or coaches from their own team in the final balloting process. The player or coach who receives the highest vote total when all ballots are counted will be declared the winner.

Other NBL awards that will be announced this Monday night include the major prize of the Andrew Gaze Trophy for the NBLs Most Valuable Player, as well as the All-NBL First, Second and Third Team and Referee of the Year.

The MVP awards ceremony will see the elite of Australias basketball family in attendance as the annual awards for both the National Basketball League and Womens National Basketball League are presented in a combined ceremony at the esteemed Palladium Room at Crown Casino in Melbourne on Monday 26 March. Fans can watch a livestream of the event at http://freezone.iinet.net.au/channels/freezone/sport/basketball/nbl-mvp.

2012 NBL Awards Finalists

Coach of the Year Lindsay Gaze Trophy

Rob Beveridge (Perth)

Aaron Fearne (Cairns)

Andrej Lemanis (New Zealand)

Paul Woolpert (Townsville)

Joey Wright (Gold Coast)

Rookie of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Best Sixth Man

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

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

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

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

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

Defensive Player of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

Most Improved

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

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

Alex Pledger (New Zealand)

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

Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)



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Arthur Lee joins PGE Turow Zgorzelec - by Eurobasket Center

PGE Turow Zgorzelec has just announced the signing of 35-year old American guard Arthur Lee (185-G-77, college: Stanford, agency: Interperformances). Lee played most recently at Bejjeh (Lebanon). While playing 11 games for Bejjeh this season he averaged 19.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. Lee is a very experienced player. He played also at Cibona Zagreb, Basket Rimini, AEL Larissa, CEZ Nymburk. Last season he spent in Cyprus playing for APOEL Nikosia (14.5ppg, 3.6apg in Cyprus League and 11.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg in 6 Eurochallenge games). Lee graduated from Stanford University in 1999.


Mazur's 27 points give him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Hubert Mazur (190-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Polonia and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had the game-high 27 points adding two rebounds and four assists for Polonia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sudety (#15, 3-23) 82-72. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Polonia is placed at 9th position in Polish 1Liga. Polonia is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-12 record. Mazur turned to be Polonia's top player in his first season with the team. Mazur has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.0ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michal Woloszyn (202-F-84) of MKS DG. He is a forward in his first season at MKS DG. In the last game Woloszyn recorded impressive 31 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as MKS DG was edged by the higher-ranked Start Gdynia (#1, 19-6) 93-92. This loss caused MKS DG to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Woloszyn is a newcomer at MKS DG and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#2). He also registered 4.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Piotr Pluta (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) of MOSiR Krosno (#13). Pluta scored 25 points. Despite Pluta's great performance MOSiR Krosno lost 64-75 to the higher-ranked Rosa Radom (#3, 17-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. MOSiR Krosno can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pluta he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pluta has a very solid season. In 25 games in Poland he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francis Jonathan Han (185-G-87) of Sportino - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Tomasz Stepien (193-G-86) of Spojnia - 24 points and 9 rebounds
6. Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91) of Znicz Basket - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) of AZS Szczecin - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tomasz Ochonko (185-PG-86) of Spojnia - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tomasz Przewrocki (192-G-76) of Polonia - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Maciej Raczynski (191-G-84) of AZS Szczecin - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Zastal Zielona Gora release Gani Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Gani Lawal (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) is no longer the player of Zastal Zielona Gora. The Polish team decided to waive the import player. The forward started the season with Zastal. In December however the forward moved to the NBA to sign with the Phoenix Suns. Shortly after Gani Lawal moved to China. He inked a deal with Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers. The forward notched 18.4 points, 12.3 boards and 1.3 blocks per game in CBA. In February Gani Lawal returned to Poland. He rejoined Zastal Zielona Gora. His stats read 14.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per appearance in PLK. The forward started his pro career in 2010. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the NBA Draft.


2Liga Round 24: Leader PWiK Piaseczno loses to UMKS Kielce - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 2Liga. Very exciting round. It does not happen too often that three games need overtime in just one round. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked PWiK Piaseczno (20-2) recorded its second loss on the court of second ranked UMKS Kielce on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by UMKS Kielce 102-100. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of PWiK Piaseczno. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group C. UMKS Kielce forced 19 PWiK Piaseczno turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks. Forward Grzegorz Kij (200-73) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) who recorded 33 points (!!!). UMKS Kielce (17-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group C having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. PWiK Piaseczno at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. UMKS Kielce will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. PWiK Piaseczno will play at home against UKS Siemaszka in Piekary and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Alba Chorzow and higher ranked WKK Obiekty where host Alba Chorzow (12-12) rolled over WKK Obiekty (15-8) with 29-point difference 91-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of WKK Obiekty. It was a good game for power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Krzysztof Wozniak contributed with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tomasz Jozefiak (190-93) replied with 14 points for WKK Obiekty. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alba Chorzow moved-up to seventh place in Group B, which they share with GTK Gliwice. WKK Obiekty at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Alba Chorzow will play against MCKiS Jaworz. (#11) in Jaworzno in the next round. WKK Obiekty will play at home against AZS AWF K-ce (#3) in Katowice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Slask II W. delivered the twentiethth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (8-16) 98-47 in Wroclaw. Worth to mention a quality performance of Radoslaw Hyzy who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Grzegorz Remin with 13 points. Slask II W. (20-3) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first position in Group B. Loser MCKiS Jaworz. keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Slask II W. will meet Mickiewicz (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MCKiS Jaworz. will play against Alba Chorzow and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Zyrardowianka (4-18) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Korsarz Gdansk (11-9). Korsarz Gdansk managed to secure only five-point victory 103-98. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Bartosz Sarzalo who scored that evening 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Korsarz Gdansk moved-up to fifth place in Group A. Zyrardowianka lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Korsarz Gdansk's next round opponent will be Zuraw Gniewno (#7) in Gniewino. Zyrardowianka will play at home against Ksiezak Lowicz (#3).
Eleventh ranked UKS Siemaszka won an overtime thriller against 9th ranked Rosa II Radom by one point 79-78 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Piotr Fediuk who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocks. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted UKS Siemaszka maintains eleventh position in Group C with 8-15 record. Rosa II Radom at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. UKS Siemaszka will face league's leader PWiK Piaseczno on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A AZS UWM Olsz. was defeated by AZS PP Poznan in Pozoan 84-72. SMS PZKosz was beaten by KK Swiecie at home 75-89. Trefl II Sopot lost to Ksiezak Lowicz on the opponent's court 64-82. Astoria Bydg. managed to outperform Zuraw Gniewno in a home game 74-57. GKK Gorzow managed to beat Wilki Morskie on the road 70-67.
In Group B MKS Skierniew. defeated Nysa Klodzko on its own court 65-57. UMKS Piotrc. was smashed by HK Zory in a road game 90-65. AZS AWF K-ce destroyed Pogon Prudnik at home 89-59. Mickiewicz unfortunately lost to AZS AGH Alstom on the opponent's court 70-84. BM Wegiel Stal managed to beat GTK Gliwice in a home game 70-56.
In Group C Tur Bielsk Pdl. defeated Unia Tarnow on the road 85-79. Handlopex AZS beat MKS Limbach on its own court 71-58. Wisla AWF Kr. lost to Pulaski Warka in a road game 53-54. Staco MNLK managed to outperform Novum Lublin at home 87-80.
The best stats of 24th round was 29 points, 24 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks by Mateusz Szwed of Zyrardowianka.


Group A
AZS PP Poznan - AZS UWM Olsz. 84-72

There was no surprise in Pozoan where 6th ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (11-11) was defeated by fourth ranked AZS PP Poznan (15-5) 84-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS PP Poznan. AZS UWM Olsz. was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) who scored 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Maciej Rostalski chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. AZS PP Poznan's coach Waldemar Mendel used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Pawel Spica (185-93) who recorded 19 points and 6 steals and forward Krzysztof Kawalek (196-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. AZS PP Poznan have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Group A with 15-5 record. Loser AZS UWM Olsz. keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. AZS PP Poznan will face league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz in the next round and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 14+4reb+8ast, T.Baszak 13+4reb+2ast, P.Stankiewicz 13+5reb+1ast, K.Rzeczkowski 12+1reb, M.Szydlowski 8+3reb+2ast, M.Rostalski 8+10reb+2ast
AZS UWM Olsz.: P.Spica 19+4reb+3ast, K.Kawalek 12+7reb+3ast, M.Kowalewski 10+4reb, J.Chojnacki 9+6reb+7ast, D.Baclawski 7+4reb+2ast, J.Andrusiewicz 7+13reb+1ast
gschID: 144324


SMS PZKosz - KK Swiecie 75-89

No shocking result in a game in Wladyslawowo where eighth ranked KK Swiecie (10-12) defeated 13th ranked SMS PZKosz (3-19) 89-75 on Tuesday. The game without a history. KK Swiecie led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KK Swiecie forced 24 SMS PZKosz turnovers. Strangely SMS PZKosz outrebounded KK Swiecie 41-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KK Swiecie made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was power forward Pawel Poliwka (200-87) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Jakub Garbacz (183-94) who recorded 20 points and 4 blocks and point guard Aleksander Lenczuk (189-93) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four SMS PZKosz players scored in double figures. KK Swiecie maintains eighth position in Group A with 10-12 record. SMS PZKosz lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. KK Swiecie will face Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin in the next round. SMS PZKosz will play on the road against Trefl II Sopot.
Top scorers:
KK Swiecie: P.Poliwka 30+5reb, M.Grod 18+9reb+5ast, Z.Malinowski 13+2reb+2ast, K.Kowalski 10+2reb+1ast, P.Robak 9+5reb+2ast, T.Herman 9+5reb+3ast
SMS PZKosz: J.Garbacz 20+4reb+2ast, K.Radwanski 14+7reb+1ast, A.Lenczuk 14+7reb+2ast, J.Trojan 11+7reb, M.Witlinski 9+5reb, D.Kolakowski 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 144320


Ksiezak Lowicz - Trefl II Sopot 82-64

Very expected game when 9th ranked Trefl II Sopot (8-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (16-6) 82-64 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-64. Ksiezak Lowicz outrebounded Trefl II Sopot 37-26 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ksiezak Lowicz made 18 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Damian Janiak (191-89) who scored 17 points. Guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) who recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Aleksander Lebiedzinski (192-93) added 17 points and 5 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ksiezak Lowicz have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group A. Trefl II Sopot lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Ksiezak Lowicz will face Zyrardowianka (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Trefl II Sopot will play against SMS PZKosz in Wladyslawowo.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: D.Janiak 17+4reb+1ast, A.Goluch 13+1reb, K.Kromer 12+3reb+3ast, B.Wluczynski 11+4reb+5ast, T.Nogalski 8+5reb+1ast, A.Rajkowski 8+10reb+1ast
Trefl II Sopot: A.Lebiedzinski 17+1reb+3ast, W.Fras 11+9reb+2ast, A.Brenk 11+3reb+1ast, K.Piechaczek 10+2reb, D.Goldammer 6+3reb, P.Dzierzak 5+2reb+8ast
gschID: 144321


Korsarz Gdansk - Zyrardowianka 103-98 OT

Twelfth-ranked Zyrardowianka (4-18) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Korsarz Gdansk (11-9). Korsarz Gdansk managed to secure only five-point victory 103-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Zyrardowianka was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 23-12 third quarter run of Korsarz Gdansk. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 23-18. Korsarz Gdansk forced 33 Zyrardowianka turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. The winners were led by the former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) who scored that evening 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Jakub Zalucki (194-89) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 29 points, 24 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks by center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) did not help to save the game for Zyrardowianka. Swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) added 31 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Korsarz Gdansk moved-up to fifth place in Group A. Zyrardowianka lost fourteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Korsarz Gdansk's next round opponent will be Zuraw Gniewno (#7) in Gniewino. Zyrardowianka will play at home against Ksiezak Lowicz (#3).
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: B.Sarzalo 29+7reb+5ast, J.Zalucki 19+1reb+4ast, M.Chudy 18+4reb+1ast, K.Sadowski 9+1reb+5ast, J.Golebiewski 9+8reb, P.Konsek 8+12reb
Zyrardowianka: M.Lapinski 31+13reb, M.Szwed 29+24reb+6ast, J.Mus 12+1reb+3ast, L.Owczarek 9+4reb+5ast, L.Odolczyk 6+3reb, M.Kuran 5
gschID: 144322


Astoria Bydg. - Zuraw Gniewno 74-57

Very predictable result in Bydgoszcz where second ranked Astoria Bydg. (17-5) beat 7th ranked Zuraw Gniewno (10-11) 74-57 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-57. Astoria Bydg. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zuraw Gniewno's 26. They outrebounded Zuraw Gniewno 46-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) who scored 23 points. Guard Adam Szopinski (190-89) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Marcin Wilk (202-77) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and guard Pawel Matysiak (185-87) added 14 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Astoria Bydg. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group A with 17-5 record having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. Zuraw Gniewno lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face AZS PP Poznan (#4) in Pozoan in the next round. Zuraw Gniewno will play at home against Korsarz Gdansk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 23+4reb+1ast, A.Szopinski 14+9reb+3ast, P.Lewandowski 13+4reb+6ast, D.Szyttenholm 10+9reb, A.Barszczyk 6+3reb+1ast, P.Gierszewski 3
Zuraw Gniewno: P.Matysiak 14+3reb+3ast, M.Wilk 12+13reb+1ast, P.Strychalski 10+1reb+2ast, B.Kobus 8+8reb+2ast, K.Mudlaf 6+3reb, L.Zimniewicz 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 144323


Wilki Morskie - GKK Gorzow 67-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Szczecin where 10th ranked Wilki Morskie (7-15) was edged by eleventh ranked GKK Gorzow (6-16) 70-67 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wilki Morskie won third quarter 17-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when GKK Gorzow won last quarter 21-20. They also forced 25 Wilki Morskie turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when GKK Gorzow made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Tomasz Ejsmont (190-90) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Center Rafal Peczek (205) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Radoslaw Bojko (196-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks and center Marcin Kowalski (205-82) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Wilki Morskie players scored in double figures. Newly promoted GKK Gorzow maintains eleventh position in Group A with 6-16 record. Wilki Morskie at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. GKK Gorzow will face league's leader Open Florentyna in Pleszew in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
GKK Gorzow: T.Ejsmont 18+5reb+1ast, L.Wojciechowski 16+1reb+1ast, P.Suwala 10+4reb+1ast, R.Peczek 9+11reb+2ast, Z.Owczarek 8+6reb, J.Borowski 6+6reb+1ast
Wilki Morskie: M.Kowalski 14+8reb+3ast, K.Nowacki 13+6reb+3ast, R.Bojko 13+11reb+6ast, P.Knowa 13+2reb+2ast, C.Majtyka 6+2reb, I.Trela 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 144319


Group B
MKS Skierniew. - Nysa Klodzko 65-57

Everything went according to plan in Skierniewice where ninth ranked MKS Skierniew. (11-13) won against 12th ranked Nysa Klodzko (7-17) 65-57 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-57. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Skierniew. made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Krystian Swiech (205-80) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Piotr Czaplicki (198-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Michal Lipinski (184-86) who recorded 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and guard Bartosz Zubik (193-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Nysa Klodzko players scored in double figures. MKS Skierniew. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position in Group B with 11-13 record. Loser Nysa Klodzko keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. MKS Skierniew. will face league's second-placed BM Wegiel Stal in Ostrow Wlkp. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Nysa Klodzko will play on the road against UMKS Piotrc. (#14) in Piotrkow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: K.Swiech 19+11reb, P.Czaplicki 12+14reb, R.Jarosz 12+5reb+8ast, J.Zielinski 7+6reb+3ast, M.Krawiec 7+2reb+1ast, P.Tradecki 6+1ast
Nysa Klodzko: M.Lipinski 13+9reb+4ast, J.Bartkowiak 13+6reb, B.Zubik 12+5reb+3ast, R.Ulrich 10+8reb, M.Weiss 4+6reb+3ast, C.Radwanski 3
gschID: 144645


HK Zory - UMKS Piotrc. 90-65

There was no surprise when 14th ranked UMKS Piotrc. (3-21) was crushed on the road by tenth ranked HK Zory (10-14) 90-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. HK Zory led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when HK Zory made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Marcin Marczyk (187-83) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Five HK Zory players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damian Kalinowski (201-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and guard Adam Misztela (183-82) added 15 points, 6 assists and 6 steals respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HK Zory maintains tenth position in Group B with 10-14 record. UMKS Piotrc. lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 21 games lost. HK Zory will face higher ranked Pogon Prudnik (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UMKS Piotrc. will play against Nysa Klodzko (#12) in Kloszko and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HK Zory: L.Ochodek 24+7reb+2ast, M.Frankowski 14+2ast, M.Marczyk 12+4reb+8ast, A.Andula 11+5reb+1ast, K.Zielinski 10+6reb+1ast, O.Przeliorz 9+4reb
UMKS Piotrc.: D.Kalinowski 22+11reb, A.Misztela 15+3reb+6ast, M.Lada 11+4reb+2ast, K.Leski 7+5reb+3ast, M.Tomczynski 4, A.Tomczynski 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 144646


AZS AWF K-ce - Pogon Prudnik 89-59

No shocking result in a game in Katowice where third ranked AZS AWF K-ce (17-7) smashed 5th ranked Pogon Prudnik (15-9) 89-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. AZS AWF K-ce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. AZS AWF K-ce outrebounded Pogon Prudnik 37-24 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Mateusz Dziemba (194-92) chipped in 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) who recorded 18 points and guard Szymon Kucia (190-83) added 8 points and 4 steals respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. AZS AWF K-ce have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group B with 17-7 record having three points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser Pogon Prudnik keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face WKK Obiekty (#4) in Wroclaw in the next round. Pogon Prudnik will play at home against HK Zory.
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Dziemba 22+4reb+1ast, T.Milewski 14+4reb+1ast, K.Nowak 14+14reb, M.Ecka 12+3reb+8ast, K.Kurdubski 9+6reb, P.Jurczynski 8+3reb+4ast
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 18+1reb, J.Pawlowski 9+4reb, S.Kucia 8+3reb+2ast, T.Lakis 8+3reb, K.Chmielarz 5+2reb+3ast, T.Madziar 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144647


Alba Chorzow - WKK Obiekty 91-62

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked Alba Chorzow and higher ranked WKK Obiekty where host Alba Chorzow (12-12) rolled over WKK Obiekty (15-8) with 29-point difference 91-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of WKK Obiekty. The game was mostly controlled by Alba Chorzow. WKK Obiekty was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alba Chorzow dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to WKK Obiekty's 36. They outrebounded WKK Obiekty 40-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Alba Chorzow brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. It was a good game for power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Power forward Krzysztof Wozniak (200-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tomasz Jozefiak (190-93) replied with 14 points and guard Jakub Kilian (186-93) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for WKK Obiekty. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alba Chorzow moved-up to seventh place in Group B, which they share with GTK Gliwice. WKK Obiekty at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Alba Chorzow will play against MCKiS Jaworz. (#11) in Jaworzno in the next round. WKK Obiekty will play at home against AZS AWF K-ce (#3) in Katowice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: A.Spychala 27+6reb, K.Wozniak 20+10reb, L.Wojcik 13+5reb+2ast, J.Gruth 8+4reb+1ast, D.Pelka 6+3reb+2ast, M.Weselak 6+4reb
WKK Obiekty: T.Jozefiak 14+2reb+2ast, A.Mazur 9+1reb+3ast, J.Kilian 8+6reb, D.Martyniak 8+2reb+1ast, A.Suchodolski 6+2reb, M.Gluchowicz 5+3reb
gschID: 144648


Slask II W. - MCKiS Jaworz. 98-47

Leader Slask II W. delivered the twentiethth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (8-16) 98-47 in Wroclaw. The game without a history. Slask II W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding MCKiS Jaworz. to just 4 points in first quarter. Slask II W. dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to MCKiS Jaworz.'s 24. They outrebounded MCKiS Jaworz. 58-20 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Slask II W. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by MCKiS Jaworz.'s players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 15 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and center Pawel Bochenkiewicz (200-89) who added 19 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Slask II W. players scored in double figures. Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) with 13 points and swingman Marcin Sroda (196-83) scored 9 points. Slask II W. (20-3) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first position in Group B. Loser MCKiS Jaworz. keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Slask II W. will meet Mickiewicz (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MCKiS Jaworz. will play against Alba Chorzow and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: P.Bochenkiewicz 19+9reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 19+14reb+1ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 13+4reb+4ast, T.Bodzinski 10+5reb+1ast, N.Kulon 7+6reb+3ast, R.Glapinski 7+2reb+6ast
MCKiS Jaworz.: G.Remin 13+3reb, N.Kujon 10+3reb+1ast, M.Sroda 9+4reb+1ast, R.Lemanski 8+1reb, D.Grochowski 3+1reb+2ast, A.Koziol 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 144649


AZS AGH Alstom - Mickiewicz 84-70

Very expected game in Krakow where 13th ranked Mickiewicz (6-18) was defeated by sixth ranked AZS AGH Alstom (13-11) 84-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS AGH Alstom. Mickiewicz was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AGH Alstom made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Grzegorz Dudzik (190-84) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Marek Hajduk (195-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four AZS AGH Alstom players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Michal Batorski (199-88) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Szymon Wawrzyniak (181-88) added 20 points respectively. Newly promoted AZS AGH Alstom maintains sixth position in Group B with 13-11 record. Mickiewicz lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. AZS AGH Alstom will face GTK Gliwice (#8) on the road in the next round. Mickiewicz will play against the league's leader Slask II W. (#1) in Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
AZS AGH Alstom: G.Dudzik 29+12reb+2ast, M.Hajduk 15+6reb+1ast, T.Bryzek 15+4reb+1ast, L.Pajak 12+8reb, T.Orlicki 9+2reb+2ast, P.Gworek 2+1reb+3ast
Mickiewicz: S.Wawrzyniak 20+1reb+2ast, M.Batorski 15+9reb, G.Zadecki 9+4reb+1ast, K.Wosz 8+14reb, P.Wolk-Jankowski 6+2ast, M.Jagiela 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 144650


BM Wegiel Stal - GTK Gliwice 70-56

Very predictable result in Ostrow Wlkp. where second ranked BM Wegiel Stal (18-6) beat 7th ranked GTK Gliwice (12-12) 70-56 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BM Wegiel Stal's pressure prevailed and they won that period 17-9 extending their advantage to 14 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to GTK Gliwice's 30. The best player for the winners was power forward Lukasz Olejnik (203-79) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Mateusz Zebski (191-92) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was center Tomasz Antoniak (201-84) who recorded 8 points and 8 rebounds and forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BM Wegiel Stal have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group B with 18-6 record having two points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser GTK Gliwice keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face MKS Skierniew. (#9) in Skierniewice in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GTK Gliwice will play at home against AZS AGH Alstom in Krakow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Zebski 15+4reb, L.Olejnik 13+8reb+1ast, J.Dryjanski 11+5reb, M.Matczak 8+2reb+2ast, M.Dymala 7+4reb+4ast, M.Kalowski 4+2reb+1ast
GTK Gliwice: P.Malona 9+7reb, T.Wrobel 9+2reb, T.Antoniak 8+8reb+1ast, P.Szymanski 8+3reb+1ast, K.Leszczynski 5+2reb+2ast, M.Soehrich 5+4reb
gschID: 144651


Group C
Unia Tarnow - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 79-85

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Unia Tarnow (10-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (15-7) 85-79 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-14. But Unia Tarnow won second period 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tur Bielsk Pdl. forced 32 Unia Tarnow turnovers and had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tur Bielsk Pdl. made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Mariusz Rapucha (189-90) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dawid Szewczyk (190-85) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tomasz Zych (188-87) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Tur Bielsk Pdl. and five Unia Tarnow players scored in double figures. Tur Bielsk Pdl. have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position in Group C with 15-7 record having seven points less than leader Open Florentyna. Unia Tarnow lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will face MKS Limbach (#5) in Limanowa in the next round. Unia Tarnow will play on the road against Staco MNLK in Niepolomice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: M.Rapucha 20+4reb+4ast, A.Zabielski 19+17reb+2ast, A.Weres 16+6reb+3ast, T.Szczepinski 14+1reb+1ast, A.Cwikowski 7+8reb, P.Brzozowski 5+5reb
Unia Tarnow: T.Zych 17+3reb+4ast, D.Szewczyk 17+6reb+3ast, F.Put 14+3reb+1ast, K.Uriasz 10+5reb+3ast, P.Cygan 10+10reb, D.Niemczura 6+1ast
gschID: 144652


Handlopex AZS - MKS Limbach 71-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Handlopex AZS's (14-8) home victory over 5th ranked MKS Limbach (12-10) 71-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Handlopex AZS. MKS Limbach was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Handlopex AZS made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Handlopex AZS outrebounded MKS Limbach 50-36 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Krzysztof Banys (185-84) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Piotr Kwandrans (200-79) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Handlopex AZS maintains fourth position in Group C with 14-8 record. Loser MKS Limbach keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Handlopex AZS will face Rosa II Radom (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. MKS Limbach will play against Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#3) in Bielsk Podlaski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: P.Mis 20+18reb+1ast, K.Banys 12+9reb+3ast, J.Musijowski 11+1reb+2ast, M.Sowa 6+6reb, M.Osiniak 5+1reb+2ast, S.Biela 5+5reb+2ast
MKS Limbach: A.Peciak 20+10reb, P.Kwandrans 14+8reb+1ast, P.Kindlik 8+6reb+2ast, M.Biranowski 8+1reb, W.Rykala 5+1reb+3ast, J.Dudek 2+5reb
gschID: 144653


UKS Siemaszka - Rosa II Radom 79-78 OT

Eleventh ranked UKS Siemaszka won an overtime thriller against 9th ranked Rosa II Radom by one point 79-78 on Sunday night. Rosa II Radom was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 9-10. UKS Siemaszka forced 30 Rosa II Radom turnovers. Strangely Rosa II Radom outrebounded UKS Siemaszka 53-37 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UKS Siemaszka made 19 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Piotr Fediuk (178-81) who scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocks. Power forward Milosz Gruca (191-79) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four UKS Siemaszka players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and Filip Zegzula added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted UKS Siemaszka maintains eleventh position in Group C with 8-15 record. Rosa II Radom at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. UKS Siemaszka will face league's leader PWiK Piaseczno on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
UKS Siemaszka: L.Kasperzec 16+1reb+4ast, P.Stecko 14+4reb+4ast, P.Fediuk 12+8reb+3ast, M.Gruca 12+9reb+1ast, M.Ejiofor 8+7reb+2ast, L.Durbas 7+2reb
Rosa II Radom: F.Zegzula 21+7reb+3ast, J.Stanios 16+2ast, P.Wiekiera 13+17reb+2ast, K.Labedz 9+8reb+1ast, K.Mamcarczyk 6+2reb, M.Zweglinski 4+1reb
gschID: 144654


UMKS Kielce - PWiK Piaseczno 102-100

Top ranked PWiK Piaseczno (20-2) recorded its second loss on the court of second ranked UMKS Kielce on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by UMKS Kielce 102-100. It ended at the same time the 16-game winning streak of PWiK Piaseczno. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group C. UMKS Kielce forced 19 PWiK Piaseczno turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Lukasz Fafara (194-84) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 blocks. Forward Grzegorz Kij (200-73) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) added 12 points, 7 assists and 5 steals respectively. UMKS Kielce (17-5) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group C having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. PWiK Piaseczno at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. UMKS Kielce will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. PWiK Piaseczno will play at home against UKS Siemaszka in Piekary and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: L.Fafara 18+6reb+7ast, G.Kij 18+8reb+2ast, J.Lewandowski 17+1reb+2ast, A.Busz 16+5reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 16+3reb+3ast, P.Bacik 9+4reb+6ast
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 33+4reb+3ast, D.Zapert 13+6reb, A.Paszkiewicz 12+2reb+7ast, T.Wojcikowski 12+4reb+1ast, P.Andres 8+8reb+1ast, W.Bocianowski 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 144655


Pulaski Warka - Wisla AWF Kr. 54-53

There was an upset when higher ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (10-12) was edged on the road by twelfth ranked Pulaski Warka (5-17) 54-53 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wisla AWF Kr. won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Wisla AWF Kr. 40-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pulaski Warka made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was Tomasz Galan (-89) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Pawel Adamczyk (186-84) chipped in 9 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Grzegorz Radwan (200-80) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) added 16 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Pulaski Warka maintains twelfth position in Group C with 5-17 record. Loser Wisla AWF Kr. dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Pulaski Warka will face higher ranked Novum Lublin (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pulaski Warka: R.Sobilo 14+2reb, T.Galan 10+13reb, P.Adamczyk 9+2reb+5ast, J.Stefaniuk 5+1ast, M.Kowalczuk 4+8reb+2ast, L.Nowak 4+9reb+2ast
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 16+2reb+2ast, G.Radwan 14+6reb+2ast, D.Depta 7+3reb, M.Piech 6+3reb+3ast, S.Czepiec 4+4reb+1ast, P.Urbanek 4+1reb
gschID: 144657


Staco MNLK - Novum Lublin 87-80

There was a small surprise in Niepolomice where ninth ranked Staco MNLK (10-12) defeated 6th ranked Novum Lublin (10-12) 87-80 on Wednesday. Staco MNLK dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Novum Lublin's 50. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Staco MNLK made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Przemyslaw Ostrowski (194-86) who scored 26 points. Forward Jakub Dziura (202-81) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Staco MNLK's coach Jaroslaw Mosio used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Jakub Karolak (196-93) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds and center Patryk Bajtus (206-91) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Novum Lublin players scored in double figures. Staco MNLK moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Novum Lublin. Staco MNLK will face Unia Tarnow (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Staco MNLK: P.Ostrowski 26+3reb, J.Dziura 20+6reb+1ast, F.Mroz 10+4reb+1ast, S.Kunc 9+5reb+9ast, W.Majchrzak 8+6reb+2ast, A.Styla 6+1reb
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 28+6reb+3ast, P.Bajtus 18+10reb+1ast, M.Gospodarek 15+2reb+7ast, M.Wisniewski 11+9reb, B.Ciechocinski 8+1reb+1ast, W.Halas 0+1ast
gschID: 144658



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Regal Barca hands 78-66 loss to Unics in Game One - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Unics 78-66

Regal Barca is 1-0 up against Unics in the Quarterfinals. The Spanish champ handed 78-66 loss to Euroleague newcomer last night at the Palau Blaugrana. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) followed him with 15 points and 5 rebs, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Unics got 15 points and 7 boards from center Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 12 and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) had 11 points, plus 9 rebounds. Barca started the game in style making 7-1 and 11-3 lead. Later the home squad ended first period with 22-14. Barca was up by 12 at the halftime and Unics cut the margin to 9 points at the end of Q3. Visitors made 3-9 run at the beginning of the last period coming to 62-59, but Pete Mickeal and Boniface Ndong immediately stepped up for Barca setting the score to 69-62 few minutes later. Vladimir Veremeenko rescued Unics with a backdoor layup that Erazem Lorbek bettered matched with a long jumper for a 71-64 Barcelona lead with 2 minutes remaining. Samoylenko missed from downtown and free throws by Mickeal sealed the outcome, 73-64. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday, also at Palau Blaugrana. After that, the series goes to Kazan.

Regal Barca: Pete Mickeal 22+7 boards, Erazem Lorbek 15+5 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, Boniface Ndong 12
Unics: Nathan Jawai 15+7 boards, Henry Domercant 12, Vladimir Veremeenko 11+9 boards



CSKA Moscow too strong for Bilbao, 98-71 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Gescrap BB 98-71

CSKA Moscow demonstrated its power against Gescrap Bilbao in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Russian powerhouse celebrated easy 98-71 home win for 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series. The hosts shined in second and third period, what was enough to secure a comfortable win. CSKA had six players with double-digits in scoring last night. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) was the leading one with 18 points and Alexey Shved followed with 15. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) helped his team with 14 pts. Visitors got 15 points from Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and one less from Alex Mumbru (202-F-79). Their third scorer was Marko Banic (205-F-84) with 9 points. Quarters: 27-26, 23-14, 34-11, 14-20. Game Two will be played in Moscow as well and it is scheduled for tomorrow. After that, teams will meet next Wednesday in Bilbao.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 18, Alexey Shved 15, Jamont Gordon 14
Bilbao: Kostas Vasiliadis 15, Alex Mumbru 14, Marko Banic 9



Superleague Round 32: Ural Ekaterinburg and Spartak V. exchange victories - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superlaegue is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds.

Top ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (23-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by eighth ranked Spartak V. (8-18) 64-63. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak V. outrebounded Ural Ekaterinburg 49-35 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Spartak V. maintains eighth position with 8-18 record. Ural Ekaterinburg lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with seven games lost. Spartak V. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ural Ekaterinburg will play at home against Severstal in Cherepovec and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Spartak V. (8-18) 75-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak V.. Forward Maksim Dybovskiy (195-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Anton Glazunov contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Forward Denis Pastukhov (197-91, agency: Interperformances) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Spartak V.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains first position with 23-7 record. Newly promoted Spartak V. keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round. Spartak V. will have a break next round.


Ural Ekaterinb. - Spartak V. 75-54

Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the twentieth third victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Spartak V. (8-18) 75-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak V.. The game was mostly controlled by Ural Ekaterinburg. Spartak V. was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spartak V. 47-27 including a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ural Ekaterinburg players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Spartak V. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Maksim Dybovskiy (195-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Four Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Forward Denis Pastukhov (197-91, agency: Interperformances) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Gleb Goldyrev (200-93) added 14 points in the effort for Spartak V.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains first position with 23-7 record. Newly promoted Spartak V. keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round. Spartak V. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: V.Ionov 18+8reb, M.Dybovskiy 17+8reb+6ast, L.Gordon 15+7reb+1ast, A.Glazunov 11+6reb+10ast, S.Varlamov 8+9reb+1ast, D.Nikolaev 5+6reb+1ast
Spartak V.: G.Goldyrev 14+1reb, D.Pastukhov 10+9reb+1ast, V.Voronchikhin 8+2reb, D.Zakharov 7+2reb+5ast, A.Babitchev 6+2reb+2ast, A.Petukhov 3+2reb
gschID: 155455


Ural Ekaterinb. - Spartak V. 63-64

Top ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (23-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by eighth ranked Spartak V. (8-18) 64-63. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak V. outrebounded Ural Ekaterinburg 49-35 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Semen Shashkov (205-89) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Spartak V. maintains eighth position with 8-18 record. Ural Ekaterinburg lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with seven games lost. Spartak V. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ural Ekaterinburg will play at home against Severstal in Cherepovec and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: V.Trushkin 15+8reb+1ast, A.Petukhov 13+12reb+2ast, G.Goldyrev 12+1ast, V.Zaryazhko 9+10reb, A.Babitchev 8+10reb+3ast, D.Kachanko 5+4reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: L.Gordon 16+7reb+1ast, S.Shashkov 12+6reb+4ast, N.Lepojevic 8+1reb+2ast, A.Glazunov 6+3reb+4ast, D.Nikolaev 5+2reb+3ast, A.Fedyushin 5+1reb
gschID: 155454



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Vuk Radivojevic successfully recovers knee injury - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian experienced guard Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) successfully recovers knee injury after surgery 6 months ago. Radivojevic will be ready to help Crvena Zvezda Beograd competing in Serbian Super league. During the career Radivojevic played for Sloga Kraljevo, Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Fuenlabrada Madrid and FMP Zeleznik. With Crvena Zvezda Beograd Radivojevic won two National Cups 2004 and 2005. Vuk Radivojevic was member of Serbian National team 2007.


Hemofarm inks Boris Lalovic - by Eurobasket News

Hemofarm announced signing of Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) for rest of the season. The 30-year-old player heads to Hemofarm from Bosnia. There he played for Zrinjski Mostar, but they were not able to survive in Bosnian D1. Lalovic started the season with Cypriot Etha and in January moved to Hercegovac Bileca. Hemofarm is his fourth team this season. With Etha, Lalovic appeared 5 times in EuroChallenge averaging 5 points and 1.2 rebounds. They also played two games in EuroCup, while Cypriot league stats is not available. Last season Lalovic was the best scorer of the Bosnian league with 19.9 ppg for 22 games. He also added 6.2 rpg for Hercegovac Bileca. In the past, Lalovic played for Ulcinj, Primorje, Mogren, Jedinstvo and Ibon.


Nemanja Jaramaz and Dejan Musli join Mega Vizura - by Eurobasket News

Mega Vizura strengthened their roster. They landed two players on loan. They are Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket).
Nemanja Jaramaz started the season with Partizan. He tallied 6.5 points per game in Euroleague. In Adriatic League the guard notched 2.4 points per appearance. Nemanja Jaramaz is not new to Mega Vizura. The guard used to play for the team in 2009/10 season. His stats read 7.9 points, 3.0 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game then. Nemanja Jaramaz used to play for U16, U18 and U20 Serbian National Teams.
Dejan Musli tipped off the season with Fuenlabrada. He appeared in just one game before moving to Caja Laboral. Last season the centre played for Caja Laboral. His stats read 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per ACB game. He was also sent to Montegranaro during the season.



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Extraliga Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Handlova - Svit 77-79

Svit advanced into the semifinals after stealing a narrow road win over Handlova. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Svit dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 30. They outrebounded Handlova 41-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kenneth Henderson (201-82, college: Texas Arlington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Julian Mascoll (193-84) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) responded with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Handlova players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Handlova: A.Jones 29+5reb+9ast, S.Hampton 16+5reb+3ast, J.Green 11+5reb, T.Mrvis 10+4reb, M.Madaj 4+4reb+2ast, V.Ridzon 4+2reb+1ast
Svit: J.Mascoll 18+7reb+2ast, M.Berkis 17+8reb+2ast, K.Henderson 15+12reb+4ast, V.Polakovic 9+1reb, J.Jefferson 8+7reb+1ast, P.Cosic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 171559


Levice - Prievidza 65-67

Prievidza stayed alive in the series versus Levice snatching a crucial road win tonight. They will now host the decider on March 23. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Levice won third quarter 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Prievidza won last quarter 15-14. American guard Corey Pelle (180-89, college: W.Liberty St.) fired 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and Spanish point guard Eric Sanchez (181-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Levice's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Levice: K.Grant 17+8reb+2ast, D.Marek 10+1reb+1ast, E.Sanchez 9+2reb+3ast, J.Vojtek 8+5reb, M.Sykora 6+2reb+1ast, R.Urland 5+5reb+2ast
Prievidza: C.Pelle 23+5reb+3ast, P.Guede 16+6reb+3ast, S.Phillips 9+2reb+1ast, D.Godbold 9+8reb, B.Davis 6+9reb, L.Potter 2+4reb
gschID: 171557


Nova Ves - Nitra 71-73

Nitra shocked Nova Ves on the road to seal the semifinal appearance. Nova Ves were ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 23-10 charge of Nitra, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Robert Nuber (187-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Puerto Rican point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Stanislav Baldovsky (192-89) replied with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Congolese-French forward Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-82, college: Alabama) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Nova Ves.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: S.Baldovsky 23+7reb+4ast, J.Moupegnou 19+9reb+1ast, M.Batka 10+7reb, P.Losonsky 9+3reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 7+3reb+7ast, S.Becarik 3+1reb+1ast
Nitra: R.Nuber 21+3reb+3ast, D.Clemente 11+6reb+3ast, M.Ziak 10+4reb+1ast, R.Vido 9+2reb, B.Tomek 7+3reb, A.Majok 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 171558



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Standings - D2

D3 Standings
East
 1. Lastovka 15-4
 2. Crnomelj 14-4
 3. Bistrica 13-5
 4. Krka II 12-7
 5. Nazarje 9-9
 6. Vrani Vransko 9-9
 7. Calcit Kamnik 8-10
 8. Podbocje 7-11
 9. Lenart 6-12
 10. Hram Gorjan 5-14
 11. Union Olim. II 3-16
West
 1. Plama Pur 16-3
 2. Koper 15-3
 3. Ajdovscina 13-6
 4. Fenomeni 9-9
 5. Jesenice 9-9
 6. Jezica 9-9
 7. Logatec 8-10
 8. Pingvini S. 8-10
 9. Tolmin 6-12
 10. Javor Pivka 4-14
 11. Globus 3-15


Goran Dragic leads Rockets' rally over Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Even Kobe Bryant was impressed by Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) on Wednesday night, giving the Houston point guard a quick hug at midcourt after the Rockets rallied to beat the Lakers.

Dragic hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and finished with 16 points and 13 assists in the Rockets' 107-104 comeback victory.

Down by nine with 5 minutes left, the Rockets had a 12-0 run to take the lead.

Luis Scola and Courtney Lee scored 23 points apiece for the Rockets. Bryant had 29 points, and Pau Gasol added 21 for the Lakers.

The Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Lakers have lost two in a row.

Bryant, coming off a 3-for-20 shooting night Sunday, went 10 for 27 with two 3-pointers against Houston. The Lakers had 15 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-31.

The Lakers missed five straight shots during the Rockets' late spurt before Bryant sank a fadeaway with 1:28 remaining to cut it to 100-99. Patrick Patterson split two free throws before Bryant tied it with a long jumper over 6-foot-9 rookie Chandler Parsons, who guarded him most of the night.

Dragic answered by swishing a 3-pointer from the corner in front of the Lakers' bench. Bryant then missed a straight-on 3-pointer off the back of the rim, Parsons rebounded and Lee's free throws with 10.6 seconds left put the game out of reach.

Gasol and Andrew Bynum made 10 of 14 shots in the first quarter and the Lakers built a 40-25 lead.

Bryant started 3 for 5 on Wednesday. He drove into the lane late in the quarter, wrapped the ball around his back and hit a left-handed shot in the lane, part of a 20-7 Lakers' spurt.

The Rockets played stingier defense in the second quarter, and the Lakers' shooting cooled off, going 6-for-18 from the field. Houston finished the half with a 12-6 spurt to trail only 56-51 at the break.

Bynum was ejected late in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul for mouthing off to referee Monty McCutchen.

With Bryant on the bench, the Lakers opened the final quarter with a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 85-73. Bryant returned with 5:01 left and the Lakers leading 97-88.

Notes: The Lakers' 40-point first quarter was a season high. ... Rockets G Kevin Martin (strained right shoulder) sat out for the fifth straight game, and Houston coach Kevin McHale did not know when the team's leading scorer might be ready to return. ... Yao Ming had a courtside seat, the first Rockets' game he's watched since retiring from basketball last summer. The 7-foot-6 center's career was cut short by injuries, mostly to his left foot. He says he's healthy now, 'good enough for walking, but not good enough for playing basketball.' Yao seemed content on Wednesday night and had no regrets that he and Tracy McGrady could never deliver a championship. 'We had this chance before, and we missed it,' Yao said. 'There's no 'if.' We just need to face ourselves, and say we did our best and walk away.' Former Rocket and Laker Robert Horry watched the game with Yao.

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Unicaja Malaga announce Luis Casimiro - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga announced the name of the new head coach. They agreed on terms of contract with Luis Casimiro . The deal is meant till the end of the season. Luis Casimiro will replace Jesus Mateo . He started the season in Blanco de Rueda Valladolid. However Luis Casimiro left the team in January. Previously the specialist worked with Gijon, Manresa, Caceres, Valencia, Alicante, Fuenlabrada and Estudiantes. He led his teams to Spanish Princes Cup and ACB titles in 2005 and 1998 respectively. Luis Casimiro also played in Saporta Cup Final and Copa Del Rey semis. He guided Estudiantes into EuroCup quarterfinals last season.


Regal Barca hands 78-66 loss to Unics in Game One - by Eurobasket News

FCB Regal - Unics 78-66

Regal Barca is 1-0 up against Unics in the Quarterfinals. The Spanish champ handed 78-66 loss to Euroleague newcomer last night at the Palau Blaugrana. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) shined for the hosts with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) followed him with 15 points and 5 rebs, while Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. Unics got 15 points and 7 boards from center Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 12 and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) had 11 points, plus 9 rebounds. Barca started the game in style making 7-1 and 11-3 lead. Later the home squad ended first period with 22-14. Barca was up by 12 at the halftime and Unics cut the margin to 9 points at the end of Q3. Visitors made 3-9 run at the beginning of the last period coming to 62-59, but Pete Mickeal and Boniface Ndong immediately stepped up for Barca setting the score to 69-62 few minutes later. Vladimir Veremeenko rescued Unics with a backdoor layup that Erazem Lorbek bettered matched with a long jumper for a 71-64 Barcelona lead with 2 minutes remaining. Samoylenko missed from downtown and free throws by Mickeal sealed the outcome, 73-64. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday, also at Palau Blaugrana. After that, the series goes to Kazan.

Regal Barca: Pete Mickeal 22+7 boards, Erazem Lorbek 15+5 boards, Juan Carlos Navarro 13, Boniface Ndong 12
Unics: Nathan Jawai 15+7 boards, Henry Domercant 12, Vladimir Veremeenko 11+9 boards



CSKA Moscow too strong for Bilbao, 98-71 - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Gescrap BB 98-71

CSKA Moscow demonstrated its power against Gescrap Bilbao in Game One of the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Russian powerhouse celebrated easy 98-71 home win for 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series. The hosts shined in second and third period, what was enough to secure a comfortable win. CSKA had six players with double-digits in scoring last night. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) was the leading one with 18 points and Alexey Shved followed with 15. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) helped his team with 14 pts. Visitors got 15 points from Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and one less from Alex Mumbru (202-F-79). Their third scorer was Marko Banic (205-F-84) with 9 points. Quarters: 27-26, 23-14, 34-11, 14-20. Game Two will be played in Moscow as well and it is scheduled for tomorrow. After that, teams will meet next Wednesday in Bilbao.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 18, Alexey Shved 15, Jamont Gordon 14
Bilbao: Kostas Vasiliadis 15, Alex Mumbru 14, Marko Banic 9



Marc Gasol selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Marc Gasol (212-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Memphis Grizzlies (25-19) in their last game. Despite Gasol's very good performance the Memphis Grizzlies lost in an overtime 110-114 on the road to the Toronto Raptors. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Gasol also added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 46 minutes on the court. It's Gasol's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gasol averages: 15.8ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 49.9%, 3FGP: 11.1% and FT: 75.2% in the 44 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Pau Gasol (214-80). He led Los Angeles Lakers to an overtime victory against the New Orleans Hornets (11-34) 107-101 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Gasol had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 42 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers have a solid 28-18 record this season. Gasol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Lakers' roster. Gasol has very impressive stats this season: 16.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 77.1% in the 46 games. He is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89), who plays in the NBA. Ibaka was not able to help the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder was defeated 114-105 in San Antonio by the Spurs. Ibaka recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 6 blocks. Ibaka has relatively good stats this season: 8.7ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.3bpg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 65.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Ex-C.B. L'Hospitalet player is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Jose Manuel Calderon
Jose Manuel Calderon
   #4. Point guard Jose Manuel Calderon (190-81) was not able to secure a victory for the Toronto Raptors (15-31) in their game against the New York Knicks (22-24) in the NBA. Despite his good performance on Tuesday night Calderon scored 11 points and added 9 assists. Calderon has been at the team for seven years. He is currently third on the list of best passers. Calderon has very reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 8.5apg. He is also Spanish national team player.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #5. Former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, also represented by Interperformances) couldn't help Angelico Biella (11-13) in their game against Benetton Treviso (10-13) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season Miralles has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Spanish national team seven years ago.

Rudy Fernandez
Rudy Fernandez
   #6. Guard Rudy Fernandez (197-85) managed to help Denver Nuggets in a victory in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks (26-20) 118-117 in the NBA last Tuesday. Fernandez recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 16 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 25-21 record this season. It's Fernandez's first year with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.4apg in the 31 games. Fernandez is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Jan Martin
Jan Martin
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Jan Martin (203-84, agency: Court Side) couldn't help Galil Gilboa (12-6) in their game against Elitzur Netanya (7-12) in the Israeli Premier League. Martin scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. Galil Gilboa was edged 81-78 at home by the lower-ranked (#8) Elitzur Netanya. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Martin's overall stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.4rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Houston Rockets to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (7-37) crushing them 107-87 in the NBA last Wednesday. Scola was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Houston Rockets have 25-22 record this season. Scola is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Rockets' roster. Scola has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.7apg. Scola has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Despite his Spanish passport, Scola previously played for the Argentinian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Spanish team.

   #2. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs (29-14) in their last game. Despite Splitter's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs lost 99-106 on the road to the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It was Spurs' first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Splitter's first season with the team. This year Splitter has relatively solid stats: 9.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg in the 40 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter's Spanish nationality, he currently plays for the Brazilian national team and cannot be called to the Spanish team.

   #3. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) was the main contributor in Hebraica's victory against the fourth-ranked Bigua (4-6) 80-64 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. Barrera was MVP of the game. He recorded 30 points (!!!) and added 9 passes in 34 minutes. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first in Serie 1. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Barrera's first season with the team. Barrera is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (second place). This year he has very good stats: 12.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 8.6apg and 2.4spg in the 38 games. Barrera has both Spanish and Uruguayan nationalities. Despite his Spanish passport, Barrera currently plays for the Uruguayan national team.

   #4. Omar Quintero (183-PG-81, college: S.Nazarene), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Tijuana Zonkeys (5-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Tijuana Zonkeys was defeated in an overtime 98-93 in Hermosillo by the leading Rayos de. Quintero was the top scorer with 37 points. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Quintero belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #2. This season he has very high stats. Quintero averages: 21.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.2apg. He also holds two passports: Spanish and Mexican. Despite Quintero's Spanish nationality, he currently plays for the Mexican national team.

   #5. Experienced Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-G-77, college: Temple) was the major contributor in an overtime Wuber-Est.Bahia's victory against the sixth-ranked Sionista (17-13) 86-82 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. Sanchez recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 34 minutes. Wuber Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (13-17) is placed 11th in the LigaA. Sanchez is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 5.6apg. This year his other stats are: 10.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6spg in the 39 games. Sanchez has Spanish and Argentinian nationalities. Despite his Spanish passport, Sanchez currently plays for the Argentinian national team.

   #6. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Caciques crushing them 95-59 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Garces' overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 5.3rpg. He has Panamanian and Spanish nationalities. Despite Garces' Spanish passport, he currently plays for the Panamanian national team.

   #7. Angel Santana (198-F-77, college: St.Francis, NY) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 130-66 in the Romanian Division A last Wednesday. Santana scored 12 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Santana's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 1.4rpg.

   #8. Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH) contributed to a GECR Indalo's victory against the closely-ranked La Union 95-81 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Davis is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders with 9.0rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.0ppg in the 22 games. Davis is a naturalized American. He used to play for 13.6ppg, Reb-1(9.8), 2apg, in April '98 signed with Huelva in Spanish league.

   #9. Lucas Victoriano (190-G-77, also represented by Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for San Martin Corrientes in their game against Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero in the Argentinian LigaA. Victoriano scored 8 points. His team was edged 77-75. Victoriano's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.5apg. He has also Argentinian passport.

   #10. Eric Sanchez (181-PG-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management) helped Levice win their game against the second-ranked Prievidza 80-77 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. Sanchez scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. His stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg in the three games.



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

28-year old center Hugh Robinson (202-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brahe Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Eos (#9, 6-15) 79-74. Brahe Basket maintains the 4th position in Swedish Basketettan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brahe Basket will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Robinson turned to be Brahe Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Robinson has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 59.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Andre Nilsson (204-F/C-84) of Orongo. He is a forward in his 4th season at Orongo. In the last game Nilsson recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Orongo cruised to a 88-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked BG Lulea (#12, 2-19). Orongo's 7th position in North has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Nilsson is one of the most experienced players at Orongo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#7). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackeberg (#6). Bergstrom scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Blackeberg, leading his team to a 82-58 easy win against the lower-ranked Eskilstuna (#11, 4-17). Blackeberg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Bergstrom has a great season in Sweden. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (3rd best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Odin Lindell (203-F-90) of Uppsala KFUM - 21 points and 19 rebounds
5. John Fitzgerald (193-G-84) of Malbas - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. David Hult (204-C-89) of Taby - 14 points and 16 rebounds
7. Taino Bendz (191-F-88) of Eos - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Eagles - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Frank Nordin) of Taby - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Ted Cedermarker (182-G-79) of Srbija - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Babacar Toure gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Geneve Lions and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 25 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed SAM Massagno (#8, 3-19) with 46-point margin 100-54. Geneve Lions maintains the 3rd position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Geneve Lions will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. It's Toure's second year at Geneve Lions and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Toure has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.9rpg. Toure is in league's top in and averages solid 2.5bpg and 59.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) of league's best team Lugano Tigers. Rakocevic impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Lugano Tigers to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Starwings (#6, 9-14) 111-57. Of course Lugano Tigers still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 19 matches. Rakocevic is one of the most experienced players at Lugano Tigers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Lugano Tigers' star - Serbian guard Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances). Mladjan scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Lugano Tigers, helping his team with a 111-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Starwings (#6, 9-14). Lugano Tigers confirms their top position in the standings Mladjan has a very solid season. In 22 games in Switzerland he scored 15.5ppg. He also has FGP: 66.7% and 3PT: 47.6%. Dusan Mladjan has also Swiss passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Nemanja Calasan (203-C-85) of Boncourt - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84) of Lugano Tigers - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marcus Sloan (205-F-82) of SAV Vacallo - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Travele Jones (203-PF-88) of SAM Massagno - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Sean Finn (212-C-82) of Monthey - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) of SAV Vacallo - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Freshman Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse's man in the middle, anchors Orange's 2-3 zone defense - by David Edole

JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. After Rakeem Christmas (205-F-91)s scored the first seven points for Syracuse in an easy 80-61 victory against overmatched Bucknell in December, even displaying a smidgeon of aggression with a charge, coach Jim Boeheim had this assessment of his reluctant freshman.

'Rakeem works in practice, but basically he is too nice,' Boeheim said. 'He needs to get more physical on the basketball court. You can be as nice as you want off the court. He's got to be a warrior down there and right now, he's a nice kid.'

Three months later, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy, folks.

With the absence of center Fab Melo, ruled ineligible for the NCAA tournament, Christmas has been thrust into the spotlight as the new man in the middle along the back of Boeheim's 2-3 zone defense.

He has embraced his role with confidence.

In fact, he had six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a tough 72-65 win over No. 16 seed UNC-Asheville, then notched eight points, a season-high 11 rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes of Saturday's 75-59 victory over Kansas State.

That was the longest he'd been in any game all season.

'Everyone on the team kept telling me to keep on doing what I was doing,' Christmas said. 'I believe in them. And I believe in myself.'

That breakout performance prompted a new assessment from his coach as top-seeded Syracuse (33-2) gets set to play fourth-seeded Wisconsin (26-9) on Thursday in Boston in the East semifinals.

'Rakeem was tremendous. He really was,' Boeheim said. 'He's just kind of figuring it out. He's a very athletic big guy. The last probably five or six weeks, he's been playing more at center in practice, working more inside. I think he's getting better all the time.

'He's a very raw talent,' Boeheim said. 'You know, he really is better and more comfortable at center. Early in the year, we didn't play him there. You know, now that he gets that opportunity, he's ready.'

Christmas is still a basketball project despite his 6-foot-9, 222-pound frame. It's mostly because he's a late comer to the game. He spent most of his childhood in the Virgin Islands, suffered through the death of his mother of renal failure, and was an aspiring pitcher before moving to Philadelphia at age 13 to live with an aunt.

Still, he's proved to be a fast learner, earning McDonald's All-American accolades at Academy of the New Church in suburbanPhiladelphia. Boeheim inserted him into the starting lineup at the start of the season as the replacement for stalwart forward Rick Jackson, Big East defensive player of the year in 2010-11, and Christmas did exhibit some spunk on occasion.

After losing 67-58 at Notre Dame without Melo the big Brazilian missed three consecutive games during the season for academic reasons the Orange responded by beating a tough Cincinnati team on the road, 60-53. Christmas had four points, three blocks and nine rebounds in 27 minutes against the Bearcats.

Although Christmas started every game during the regular season, logging double-digit minutes in 17 contests, his slender build made it difficult to pound with the big guys in the Big East and his playing time dwindled as the postseason loomed. In the final seven games, he played only 17 minutes, didn't score, didn't shoot a free throw, and had no rebounds or blocks.

Then he lost his starting spot in the Big East tournament and, despite five rebounds and an assist in only 8 minutes in a 58-55 win over Connecticut, it seemed like Christmas's 88.5-inch arm span wouldn't be much of a factor in the NCAA tournament.

In a late-season chat with Kevin Givens, his high school coach, Christmas brushed off his diminished role.

'I asked him how concerned he was about his playing time and he said he wasn't overly concerned,' Givens said. 'I didn't want him to get discouraged. I wanted him to stay positive about his playing time. He said when his time comes, he's going to take advantage of it.'

Apparently, he's a man of his word. Now comes Wisconsin, and the Badgers know all about Melo and his replacement, who is much more comfortable in the middle.

'They've still got guys who can come off the bench and contribute,' Wisconsin swingman Rob Wilson said. 'They've still got a good, athletic big guy down there in Christmas.'

The goal for Christmas will be to maintain the assertiveness that seemed so natural against the Wildcats.

'He's a very, very nice kid, charming,' Givens said. 'He's got a quiet personality, but me and Boeheim both had the discussion: He's got to get more aggressive on the basketball court. I think whatever Boeheim's doing is working. Maybe it came down to him sitting a little bit more than he expected.

'Now, he knows the expectations.'



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Williams Centred On Success - by Jeff King

It's not that often in the BBL that someone manages a double-double in successive games over the same weekend but that's what Plymouth Raiders in-form centre Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: St.Bonaventure) did last weekend to help his side to two vital home wins.

Williams who is averaging 15.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game this season in the BBL netted 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds last Friday night to see his side home by 109 - 105 in a vital BBL Championship clash with Cheshire Jets.

He then followed this up with a stunning 14 point, 18 rebounds game against Newcastle Eagles as The Raiders took a nine-point lead in the first leg of the BBL Trophy Final with a 97 - 88 win over the league leaders.

Understandably Williams was a happy man after that first leg victory in Plymouth last Sunday especially with his own performance and the way he contributed to Raiders taking control of the tie after the first 40 minutes.

'I just try to go out there and perform. Whatever the team needs from me. If they don't need me scoring or rebounding I try to pass the ball. They were doubling me today so I just try and do what my team needs me to do.'

Williams was also quick to point out that his sides 9-point win over The Eagles still meant that the tie was far from done.

'I'm happy with the result but its only half-time so I'm not too happy. I don't think this gives us the edge as they've beaten us three times already and we've only beaten them twice so we need to even the score to take the Trophy.'

'They know they can beat us because they've done it three times and now we know we can beat them as we've done it the last twice so its anyone's game. It's just two good teams battling it out that's all I know for sure.'

Whilst being pleased that Raiders were up after the first leg, Williams was very cautious when asked about the second leg to come in Newcastle.

'A nine-point lead is nothing in basketball especially against a team like this and with all the good players they've got. Nine point lead, thats just three possessions and Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) could do that on his own. I'm glad we won and I'm glad we're up but I'm not too happy with the lead as they can overcome that in like one minute.'

But there's no doubting that after winning in Newcastle earlier in the month and then being down by one with five minutes to go and then completely turning the tie around on Sunday it's Raiders that have the momentum and confidence going in to the second leg.

'The way we finished today shows what type of character we have. We could have just crumbled and fell when they went up but we didn't. We stuck together, stayed as a team and poured it out and that shows the character of the players on this team.'

So, in conclusion how did Williams feel about the week ahead going in to the decisive second game?

'We'll work hard in practice and prepare for another tough game and the best way is to go in to win and treat the game as a one and done. They're a good team but we don't treat them any better than we would say Durham. That's what good teams do. They approach every game the same.'

'They don't just say, 'ok lets just get up for this game'. We approach them just like we'd approach Durham or Cheshire. You've got to approach every team the same way, that's what good professionals do. We're not going to do anything different to what we've been doing.'

Certainly with the form Raiders and Williams are in its they who hold the advantage going in to the game and theres no doubting that Plymouth are going to fight every bit as hard to hold their lead as Newcastle are going to turn it around.



Business As Usual For Fab - by Paul Nilsen

Despite chasing a nine point deficit at the start of the BBL Trophy final second leg, Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) insists his side won't play any differently when they host UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders on Friday evening.



The Raiders won 97-88 in the first leg last Sunday, but it's business as usual for Flournoy: 'We don't approach the game in any different way at all' he said.



'Like all games it will come down to effort, energy, intensity and making plays. The points' difference may become a factor in the last couple of minutes but it does not effect whether or not we do the things we need to do to give us a chance to win.'



Eagles' guard Andrew Bridge knows what his side have to do if they are overcome the deficit and repeat their BBL Cup final success against the Raiders: 'We gave up more points that we normally do, generally if we score in the high 80s it's enough to win the game. I was happy with the first half, but they got away from us at the three point line a little in the second half and that's something we have to stop on Friday.



Another player who isn't thinking too much about the nine point gap is Raiders' captain Anthony Rowe: 'We can't think about the margin, and start thinking 'we can keep them to four of five points', we have to look to win the game. A lot of things went well for us up there last time, and we need to repeat that.'



Rowe was impressed with how Eagles played in the first leg: 'They all chipped in, really. Paul Guase came off the bench and gave them energy. Joe Chapman hit some big shots down the stretch, and Charles Smith showed once again that he can give us nightmares when he gets hot. Darius [Defoe] and Andrew [Bridge] did a good job, while Fab was effective in his minutes. That's why it was such a good game, both teams played well and hard.'




Pops Mensah-Bonsu's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among British players playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington). He led his Turkish team Besiktas to a victory over the leader Artland Dragons (5-1) 77-63 in the EuroChallenge in Thursday night's game. Mensah-Bonsu was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. Mensah-Bonsu also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (4-2) is placed second. It's Mensah-Bonsu's first season with the team. Mensah-Bonsu belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Mensah-Bonsu averages: 18.3ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 68.1%(62-91) and FT: 63.1% in the nine games he played so far. He played for the British senior national team two years ago.

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), who plays in the NBA. Deng could not help the Chicago Bulls (38-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Chicago Bulls were defeated 100-89 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. Deng was the second best scorer with 19 points. Deng is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Bulls' roster. This season he has very high stats. Deng averages: 15.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 77.2%. He has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. Deng is in the roster of the British senior national team.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova). He contributed to a Memphis Grizzlies' victory against the Washington Wizards (10-34) 97-92 in the NBA on Sunday night. Cunningham scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies have 25-19 record this season. This year Cunningham's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 70.6% in the 44 games. He is a naturalized American. Cunningham played for the British national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #4. Guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut) was not able to help the Detroit Pistons (16-29) in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (26-19) in the NBA. Gordon scored 7 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Detroit Pistons were defeated in an overtime 87-83 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. This season Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.4apg. Gordon is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gordon is currently in the British national team roster. Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #5. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, also represented by Interperformances, college: Washington) was the major contributor in a Hacettepe University's victory against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (5-18) 78-74 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Bryan-Amaning scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Hacettepe University (9-14) is placed 11th in the TBL. Bryan-Amaning has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.9spg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and British. Bryan-Amaning plays currently for the British national team.

Andrew Betts
Andrew Betts
   #6. Center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Lagun Aro GBC (14-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lagun Aro GBC lost 68-79 in Alicante to the higher-ranked (#5) Meridiano. Betts recorded 12 points and blocked 2 blocks in a mere 17 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Betts' total stats are: 5.2ppg and 3.3rpg in the 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the British senior team three years ago.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #7. International forward Joel Freeland (208-87) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (13-12) in their game against Caja Laboral (18-7) in the Spanish ACB. Freeland recorded 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. 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. Freeland is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg and 7.3rpg. Freeland is also British national team player.

Dzaflo Larkai
Dzaflo Larkai
   #8. Power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine) was the main contributor in a Okinawa GK's victory against the seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (19-23) crushing them 87-67 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Larkai scored 18 points and added 3 assists. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (33-9) is placed first in Western group. Larkai has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 5.4rpg. He used to play for the British national team back in 2008.

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark
   #9. International power forward Daniel Clark (210-88) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (7-17) in their game against Gescrap BB (13-12) in the Spanish ACB. Despite his good performance last Saturday He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Clark has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the British national team.

Michael Lenzly
Michael Lenzly
   #10. Guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) couldn't help CEZ Nymburk (3-3) in their game against Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) in the Eurocup. He recorded 5 points. The second-placed CEZ Nymburk was defeated 68-64 at home by the leading Spartak St.Petersburg in the group I of Eurocup. It was CEZ Nymburk's third consecutive loss in a row. Lenzly has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Lenzly is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster. Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #11. Former U20 international power forward Liam Potter (213-86, college: Sacred Heart) couldn't help Prievidza in their game against Levice in the Slovakian Extraliga. He scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. His team was defeated 80-65. Potter has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the British U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) helped Charleville-Mezieres win their game against the 14th-ranked Rueil crushing them 88-66 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Toney scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 26 games. Toney is a naturalized American. He used to play for the British national team back in 2009. Toney played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

   #13. Former international forward Nicholas George (199-82, agency: Two Points, college: VCU) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against the sixth-ranked Starwings crushing them 111-57 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. He recorded 8 points in only 8 minutes. George has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. He used to play for the British national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-37) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were badly defeated 107-87 on the road by the Houston Rockets. Mullens scored 10 points. This season Mullens has relatively solid stats: 8.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Mullens has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) was the major contributor in a 3-point Norrkoping Dolphins' victory against the seventh-ranked 08 Stockholm (17-19) 75-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds in 27 minutes. Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) is placed second in the Basketligan. This year Ayuba has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 33 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Ayuba has never played in United Kingdom.

   #3. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (16-11) 109-93 in the Australian NBL in Thursday night's game. He scored 17 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (20-6) are placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Corletto has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian. Despite Corletto's British passport, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #4. Experienced Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Wash.Adventist) was not able to help Prievidza (22-10) in their game against Levice (14-18) in the Slovakian Extraliga, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Phillips was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. But Prievidza was edged 80-77 at home by the lower-ranked (#7) Levice. It was Prievidza's first loss after three consecutive victories. Phillips is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 5.5apg. This year he also averages: 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7spg in the 35 games. Phillips is another player who holds two passports: Bermudas and British. Despite his British nationality, Phillips currently plays for the Bermudas national team and cannot be called to the British team.

   #5. Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84, college: Providence) is a teammate of previously mentioned Oladapo Ayuba. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Hanke was not able to secure a victory for Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) in their game against 08 Stockholm (17-19), despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. But Norrkoping Dolphins lost 76-83 in Stockholm to the lower-ranked (#7) 08 Stockholm. Hanke has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg in the nine games. He is a naturalized American. Hanke used to play for SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks in British league.

   #6. Gerald January (201-F/C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) led BC Nokia to a victory over the league leader Forssan Koripojat 79-73 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) on Wednesday night. January was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 16 rebounds. January also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. January is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. January averages: 19.0ppg, 11.1rpg, 1.4bpg and 1.8spg in the 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that January has never played in United Kingdom.

   #7. Rod Brown (186-PG-78, agency: Two Points, college: W.Michigan) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Starwings crushing them 111-57 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Brown recorded 10 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in 31 minutes. Brown is currently second on the league's list of best passers with 5.8apg. This year he also averages: 12.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4spg in the 11 games. Brown is a naturalized American. He used to play for Essex Leopards London in British league.

   #8. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) couldn't help Saar-Pfalz Braves in their game against BV Chemnitz 99 in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Jeka was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 assists. Jeka is currently second on the list of best passers. This season he has very good stats: 14.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.2apg. Jeka has also Australian nationality.

   #9. Phill Jones (196-G-74) couldn't help Fico Finance Nelson Giants in their game against Harbour Heat in the New Zealand NBL, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Jones also added 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 34 minutes. But his team lost 71-80. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in the two games. Jones has both British and New Zealand nationalities. Despite his British passport, Jones previously played for the New Zealand national team.

   #10. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, also represented by Interperformances, college: Portland St.) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sullivan Phillips. However that was another game of his team in Slovakian Extraliga which brought him to that list. Guede couldn't help Prievidza in their game against Levice. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 80-65. Guede has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.



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Malvn took a 1-0 lead - by Hector Lopez

Malvin, the defending champions, took a 1-0 lead over Welcome after winning 78-64 the first semifinal game for the best of 5. Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) scored 20 points, a 90%, and took 7 rebounds, for the winner, Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) 12 points 7 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 6 points 11 rebounds and Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 5 points 7 rebounds. For Welcome Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 19 points 7 rebounds, Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 16 points 2 rebounds, Claudio Charquero (207-C-77) 13 points and 7 rebounds. The second game will be played next Saturday.


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LPB Round 24: Leader Marinos lose to Guaiqueries - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Marinos (20-5) recorded its fifth loss in Porlamar on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Guaiqueries (14-11) 79-73. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Guaiqueries held Marinos to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guaiqueries made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Richard Lugo (209-73, college: St.Francis, NY) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. The former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Oscar Torres (195-76, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points. Marinos' coach Jorge Arrieta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guaiqueries maintains fifth position with 14-11 record. Marinos at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. Guaiqueries are again looking forward to face league's leader Marinos in Puerto La Cruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Marinos will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Toros managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Bucaneros in Maracay 98-85. It was a good game for the former international forward Jesus Urbina (201-84, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Kelvin Pena contributed with 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) replied with 30 points and 6 rebounds for Bucaneros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toros maintains tenth position with 4-20 record. Bucaneros at the other side keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Toros will play against higher ranked Gaiteros (#7) in Maracaibo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bucaneros will play on the road against Trotamundos in Valencia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Barquisimeto supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Cocodrilos (19-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Guaros (7-15). Cocodrilos did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-76 on Monday. Worth to mention a great performance of Cleotis Brown who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The best for the losing side was Heissler Guillent with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cocodrilos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-5 record behind leader Marinos. Loser Guaros keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Tenth-ranked Toros (4-20) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Bucaneros (11-11) in Maracay. The visitors from La Guaira managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Calvin Warner who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Bucaneros maintains sixth position with 11-11 record. Toros at the other side stay dead last with 20 lost games. Bucaneros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Trotamundos (#4) in Valencia and it may be quite challenging game. Toros will play at home against Gaiteros (#7) in Maracaibo.

In the last two games of round 24 Gaiteros were defeated by Trotamundos in Valencia 94-90. Trotamundos beat Gaiteros at home 105-100.


Trotamundos - Gaiteros 94-90

There was no surprise in Valencia where 7th ranked Gaiteros (8-18) were defeated by fourth ranked Trotamundos (15-11) 94-90. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 24-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Trotamundos held Gaiteros to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. 24 personal fouls committed by Gaiteros helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) who scored that evening 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Robert Glenn (201-89, college: IUPUI) supported him with 19 points. Even a double-double of 30 points and 10 assists by American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) did not help to save the game for Gaiteros. U.S. Virgin Islands swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St.) added 21 points. Five Trotamundos and four Gaiteros players scored in double figures. Trotamundos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-11 record. Gaiteros lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Trotamundos' next round opponent will be Bucaneros (#6) in La Guaira. Gaiteros will play on the road against Toros in Maracay.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: R.Glenn 19+4reb+1ast, H.Romero 18+5reb+4ast, D.Cubillan 13+3reb+7ast, T.Aguilera 13+5reb, D.Lewis 11+4reb+1ast, S.Pruitt 10+8reb
Gaiteros: D.Sims 30+1reb+10ast, J.Edwin 21+4reb, F.Centeno 15+2reb+4ast, A.McCaskill 15+9reb, P.Cubillan 9+6reb+2ast, L.Lopez 0
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Toros - Bucaneros 79-80

Tenth-ranked Toros (4-20) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Bucaneros (11-11) in Maracay. The visitors from La Guaira managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Bucaneros held Toros to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. The winners were led by American forward Calvin Warner (201-80, college: Jacksonville) who scored that evening 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Carlos Cedeno (193-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) supported him with 15 points and 4 steals. Even 24 points by American forward Delonte Holland (201-82, college: De Paul) did not help to save the game for Toros. Center Peter Kvietek (205-77) added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Bucaneros maintains sixth position with 11-11 record. Toros at the other side stay dead last with 20 lost games. Bucaneros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Trotamundos (#4) in Valencia and it may be quite challenging game. Toros will play at home against Gaiteros (#7) in Maracaibo.
Top scorers:
Bucaneros: C.Warner 20+6reb, C.Cedeno 15+1reb+2ast, S.Henry 13+1reb, L.Hickerson 12+2reb+1ast, S.Reyes 9, L.Julio 6+5reb
Toros: D.Holland 24+4reb+2ast, K.Pena 18+3reb+2ast, J.Urbina 17+7reb, P.Kvietek 14+13reb, J.Diaz 3, R.Palacios 2+2reb
gschID: 168440


Guaiqueries - Marinos 79-73

Top ranked Marinos (20-5) recorded its fifth loss in Porlamar on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Guaiqueries (14-11) 79-73. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 6 points. Guaiqueries held Marinos to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guaiqueries made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Richard Lugo (209-73, college: St.Francis, NY) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. The former international forward Hernan Salcedo (198-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Oscar Torres (195-76, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points and international center Miguel Marriaga (208-84) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Guaiqueries and four Marinos players scored in double figures. Marinos' coach Jorge Arrieta rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Guaiqueries maintains fifth position with 14-11 record. Marinos at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. Guaiqueries are again looking forward to face league's leader Marinos in Puerto La Cruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Marinos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaiqueries: R.Lugo 16+9reb+6ast, D.Adams 14+2reb+3ast, H.Salcedo 14+6reb+2ast, E.Arteaga 10+3reb+4ast, C.Jackson 10+4reb+1ast, C.Silva 5
Marinos: O.Torres 14+4reb+3ast, L.Rodgers 14+3reb+2ast, M.Marriaga 13+6reb, G.Vargas 12+3reb+3ast, J.McCoy 8+5reb+1ast, A.Sucre 5+6reb
gschID: 168441


Trotamundos - Gaiteros 105-100

No shocking result in a game in Valencia where fourth ranked Trotamundos (15-11) defeated 7th ranked Gaiteros (8-18) 105-100. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-20. But Gaiteros won second period 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trotamundos held Gaiteros to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Trotamundos forced 24 Gaiteros turnovers. The winners were led by American power forward Robert Glenn (201-89, college: IUPUI) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international power forward Hector Romero (202-80, college: New Orleans) supported him with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Even 32 points and 6 assists by American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) did not help to save the game for Gaiteros. International swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Trotamundos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-11 record. Gaiteros lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Trotamundos' next round opponent will be Bucaneros (#6) in La Guaira. Gaiteros will play on the road against Toros in Maracay.
Top scorers:
Trotamundos: R.Glenn 26+10reb+4ast, H.Romero 26+5reb+2ast, R.Perez 14+2reb+3ast, S.Pruitt 12+7reb+1ast, M.Carter 7+2ast, T.Aguilera 7+5reb
Gaiteros: D.Sims 32+3reb+6ast, F.Centeno 20+11reb+1ast, P.Cubillan 15+1reb+3ast, J.Edwin 15+11reb+1ast, M.Berroteran 8+1reb+1ast, A.McCaskill 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168436


Toros - Bucaneros 98-85

Bottom-ranked Toros managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked Bucaneros in Maracay 98-85. The game without a history. Toros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Bucaneros to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a good game for the former international forward Jesus Urbina (201-84, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Dominican guard Kelvin Pena (193-80, college: Southeastern CC) contributed with 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Toros players scored in double figures. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) replied with 30 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Carlos Cedeno (193-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Bucaneros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toros maintains tenth position with 4-20 record. Bucaneros at the other side keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Toros will play against higher ranked Gaiteros (#7) in Maracaibo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bucaneros will play on the road against Trotamundos in Valencia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: J.Urbina 30+7reb+1ast, K.Pena 21+4reb+7ast, P.Kvietek 13+8reb+2ast, J.Silvera 12, J.Diaz 10+2reb+1ast, D.Holland 8+1reb+2ast
Bucaneros: L.Hickerson 30+6reb+2ast, R.Guevara 12+2reb+2ast, C.Cedeno 10+4reb+4ast, L.Julio 8+8reb, M.Fey 8+4reb, S.Henry 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 168437


Guaros - Cocodrilos 76-96

The game in Barquisimeto supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Cocodrilos (19-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Guaros (7-15). Cocodrilos did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-76 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Cocodrilos. Guaros managed to win fourth quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cocodrilos held Guaros to an opponent 0.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 0.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Cleotis Brown (198-77, college: Illinois, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and international power forward Windi Graterol (203-86) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Cocodrilos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Heissler Guillent (186-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 18 points and American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cocodrilos have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-5 record behind leader Marinos. Loser Guaros keep the eighth place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cocodrilos: C.Brown 20+4reb+1ast, J.Centeno 18+2reb, W.Graterol 13+10reb, J.Herrera 13+4reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 11+5reb+1ast, K.Gransberry 8+9reb
Guaros: H.Guillent 18+3reb+3ast, J.Martinez 13+1reb, J.Millsap 8+13reb+1ast, K.Bracho 8+6reb, P.Machado 8+3reb+1ast, V.David Diaz 8
gschID: 168438



Robert Glenn gets MVP of the Week award for Venezuelan LPB - by Eurobasket News

American Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Trotamundos and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Gaiteros (#7, 8-18) 105-100. Trotamundos maintains the 4th position in Venezuelan LPB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Trotamundos will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. Glenn just recently signed at Trotamundos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Robert Glenn averages this season 14.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American point guard Donald Sims (185-PG-87) of Gaiteros. Sims impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Gaiteros was edged by the higher-ranked Trotamundos (#4, 15-11) 94-90. Gaiteros managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-18 record. Sims is one of the most experienced players at Gaiteros and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#2).

The third best performed player last round was former international center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) of Guaiqueries (#5). Lugo showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guaiqueries, leading his team to a 79-73 win against the higher-ranked Marinos (#1, 20-5). Guaiqueries needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Lugo has a great season in Venezuela. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Bucaneros - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) of Gaiteros - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) of Trotamundos - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) of Toros - 30 points and 7 rebounds
8. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80) of Toros - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Cocodrilos - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) of Trotamundos - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Mahram and Riyadi to clash for the title - 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 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 finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Al Riyadi - Champville 93-67
Riyadi advanced into WABA League Final. The defending champions rallied past Champville in the decisive third game of the semifinal series to seal the victory. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) knocked down 23 points to lead the effort. Riyadi got to a storming start. They built a 23:12 lead after ten minutes. The gap just kept on growing throughout the second frame. The hosts secured a 46:27 halftime advantage. Champville struggled both offensive and defensively as Riyadi gradually stretched the margin to 36 points with ten minutes remaining. The home team never slowed down in the final quarter cruising to the victory. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) accounted for 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) added 18 points for the winners. Champville responded with 20 points from Mohamad Ibrahim (196-G-83). Harold Jamison, Samuel Hoskin and Elie Estephane had 10 points each in the losing effort.




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Women News

Stats Leaders - WNBL

Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.24.6 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.21.0 
 3. Snell, Sydney UF19.6 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.17.4 
 5. O''Hea, Dandenong16.9 
 6. Cox, Waves16.6 
 7. Bishop, Adelaide16.5 
 8. Denson, Sydney UF16.4 
 9. Jarry, Bulleen B.15.6 
 10. Dowdell, Townsvil.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liz CAMBAGE
  Bulle.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cambage, Bulle.10.5 
 2. Batkovic-B., Adela.10.2 
 3. Francis, Logan T.10.1 
 4. Dowdell, Townsvil.9.0 
 5. Tolo, Canberra C.8.7 
 6. Bishop, Adelaide8.4 
 7. Denson, Sydney UF8.3 
 8. Cox, Waves8.1 
 9. Cosier, Canberra C.8.0 
 10. Richards, Bendi.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Dandenon.
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Macleod, Dandenon.7.6 
 2. Poto, Sydney UF4.5 
 3. O''Hea, Dandenong4.5 
 4. Snell, Sydney UF4.3 
 5. Richards, Bulleen4.2 
 6. Harrower, Bendi.4.1 
 7. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.0 
 8. Veal, Logan T.3.8 
 9. Hunt, Canberra C.3.6 
 10. Marino, Adelaide3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.2.6 
 2. Leedham, Bulle.2.6 
 3. Cox, Waves2.0 
 4. Snell, Sydney UF1.8 
 5. Blicavs, AIS1.7 
 6. Veal, Logan T.1.6 
 7. Poto, Sydney UF1.6 
 8. O''Hea, Dandenong1.4 
 9. Foley, Townsville1.4 
 10. Smith, Bendigo S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marianna TOLO
  Canberra C.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Tolo, Canberra C.3.2 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.2.5 
 3. Tomlinson, Dandeno.1.8 
 4. Francis, Logan T.1.6 
 5. Batkovic-B., Adela.1.6 
 6. Snell, Sydney UF1.1 
 7. Wilson, Canberra.1.0 
 8. Afeaki, Sydney UF0.9 
 9. Jarry, Bulleen B.0.8 
 10. Foley, Townsville0.8 



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Gee-Gees claim OUA title - by Simas

OTTAWA - For the third time in four years, uOttawa and Windsor's women's basketball teams met in the OUA championship game, with the provincial title on the line. In the 2009 championship game, Windsor won 68-51, while in 2010, the Gee-Gees were soundly defeated on home court, 83-55. On March 3, it was time for the Gee-Gees to return the favour, as Ottawa won their first OUA women's basketball title since the 2003-04 season. And the Gee-Gees won in an unexpected 89-40 blowout as uOttawa dominated their rivals in every facet of the game. Ottawa was ranked sixth in the CIS coming into the game, while Windsor was ranked second. Windsor, the defending CIS champions, will have one last chance to qualify for the CIS Final 8, via the CIS regionals.

'We've had a couple of good starts like that this year. But I think this is the first time we've maintained what we started. We played 40 minutes of solid basketball with everybody contributing, and there was no one player that was the dominant player,' said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. 'It was definitely a team contribution. It's what we've been looking for.'

Rookie point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) helped the Gee-Gees get off to a quick start as she scored on Ottawa's first two offensive possessions. After fifth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) scored to stretch the lead to 6-0, Windsor was forced to take a timeout, less than three minutes into the match. But the Gee-Gees' run did not stop there as fourth-year forward Jenna Gilbert (Ottawa, Ont.) and fifth-year forward Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) hit back-to-back treys to stretch the lead to 12-0. After Windsor finally responded with a three-point play, Gilbert scored five more points, including another three-pointer. The six-foot-tall forward hit three treys in the first quarter alone, as Ottawa took a 28-12 lead after one.

Ottawa's dominant start continued into the second quarter, as the Gee-Gees stretched the lead to 23 points midway through the frame. With Sunley-Paisley on the bench, Lennox and fifth-year guard Teddi Firmi (Kitchener, Ont.) led the way for the Garnet and Grey on offence. The two crafty veterans made a big difference on the defensive end as well, and Windsor struggled to get good shot attempts. At halftime, the Gee-Gees held a commanding 46-16 lead, and limited Windsor to 15 per cent shooting from the field.

The Gee-Gees did not let up after the intermission, as Ottawa scored the first eight points of the third quarter, ending any hopes of a Windsor comeback. Another Gee-Gee three-pointer, this time by second-year guard Laura-Emilie Cyr (Montreal, Que), increased Ottawa's cushion to 42 points, late in the quarter.

uOttawa put the final touches on an OUA gold medal victory in the fourth quarter, with Ring providing a bulk of the offence. With the final result no longer in doubt, the Gee-Gees inserted some of their younger players into the game, and they performed just as well as their more experienced teammates. Fans at Montpetit Hall began to celebrate; the Gee-Gees had won their first championship banner of the 2011-12 varsity season.

'Going into Calgary, it's so good to know that my team can dominate with me on the bench. It was awesome to watch. To beat the reigning national champions like that, it makes me feel like we can go all the way,' said Sunley-Paisley. 'It's an awesome way to go out. The only thing better than this would be to win nationals.'

The game will be available on Rogers Cable 22 tape delay, starting at 9 p.m. tomorrow night. Ottawa will now play host to the CIS East regionals, next weekend.

Source: Ottawa Sports Info

OUA Final: Windsor-Ottawa 40-89

All-OUA East Division 1st Team 2012
#s#
Hannah Sunley-Paisley
Sunley-Paisley
Alyson Bush
Bush
Ashley Macdonald
Macdonald
Brittany Moore
Moore
Jill Stratton
Stratton
#e#5

Player of the Year: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C) of Ottawa
Rookie of the Year: Kellie Ring (178-G-93) of Ottawa
Defensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Lennox (185-F) of Ottawa
Joy Bellinger Award: Elizabeth Lennox (185-F) of Ottawa
Coach of the Year: Andy Sparks of Ottawa

1st Team
C: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) of Ottawa
G: Alyson Bush (170) of Carleton
G: Ashley Macdonald (160) of Ryerson
G: Brittany Moore (168-89) of Queen's
G: Jill Stratton (178) of Toronto Univ.

All-Rookie Team
Kellie Ring (178-G-93) of Ottawa
Jenny Wright (178-F) of Queen's
Samantha Ernest (182-F) of York
Maddie Stephen (186-F) of Ottawa
Chloe Levy (168-G) of Carleton

All-OUA West Division 1st Team 2012
#s#
Jessica Clemencon
Clemencon
Miah-Marie Langlois
Langlois
Taylor Chiarot
Chiarot
Nicole Rosenkranz
Rosenkranz
Jenny Vaughan
Vaughan
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jessica Clemencon (188-F-89) of Windsor
Rookie of the Year: Shelby Kurt (185-F) of Laurier
Defensive Player of the Year: Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) of Windsor
Joy Bellinger Award: Lindsay Druery (185-F-88) of Lakehead
Tracy McLeod Award: Laura Mullins (178-G-89) of Windsor
Coach of the Year: Chantal Vallee of Windsor

1st Team
F: Jessica Clemencon (188-89) of Windsor
PG: Miah-Marie Langlois (176-91) of Windsor
F: Taylor Chiarot (180-89) of McMaster
F: Nicole Rosenkranz (185) of Brock
G: Jenny Vaughan (175-90) of Western

2nd Team
G: Felicia Mazerolle (160) of Laurier
F: Lindsay Druery (185-88) of Lakehead
F: Bojana Kovacevic (180-89) of Windsor
F: Jasmine Douglas (183) of Guelph
G: Laura Dally (180-92) of Western

All-Rookie Team
Shelby Kurt (185-F) of Laurier
Kayla Santilli (178-G) of Brock
Marti Killeen (180-G) of Waterloo
Annabel Hancock (178-F) of Western
Kate Mactavish (180-F) of Guelph



UBC breaks Cougars' streak to take Canada West title - by Simas


REGINA - The UBC Thunderbirds survived a mid-game surge by the No. 1-ranked Regina Cougars and claimed the Canada West women's basketball championship with a 78-59 win on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Kris Young led the way for UBC with 18 points, while Zara Huntley scored 14 and Leigh Stansfield collected 13.
Lindsay Ledingham had 17 points for the Cougars, while rookie Alyssia Kajati had 10 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in just 14 minutes on the floor. Joanna Zalesiak also got into double figures for Regina, scoring 10 points while playing a season-high 37 minutes.
The win gives UBC its seventh Canada West women's basketball championship and its first since the Thunderbirds won back-to-back conference titles in 2007 and 2008. UBC earns an automatic berth to the 2012 CIS Championship, which is scheduled for March 16 through March 19 in Calgary.
The Cougars will travel to Saskatoon next weekend to participate in the four-team CIS West Regional along with Saskatchewan, Brock, and Concordia. Seedings for the regional will be announced by the CIS on Sunday.
UBC, Ottawa, McGill and host Calgary are the four confirmed teams so far for the 2012 CIS championship.

Source: Regina Sports Info

Final: UBC-Regina 78-59
Bronze: UFV-Saskatchewan 65-71

All-CanWest 1st Team 2012
#s#
Joanna Zalesiak
Zalesiak
Zara Huntley
Huntley
Jenna Kaye
Kaye
Katie Miyazaki
Miyazaki
Diane Schuetze
Schuetze
#e#5

Player of the Year: Joanna Zalesiak (174-G-88) of Regina
Rookie of the Year: Dalyce Emmerson (191-F) of Saskatchewan
Defensive Player of the Year: Katie Miyazaki (175-F-89) of Saskatchewan
Tracy MacLeod Award Nominee: Nicole Wierks (178-F) of UFV
Sylvia Sweeney Award Nominee: Lauren Taal (175-G) of Lethbridge
Coach of the Year: Dave Taylor of Regina

1st Team
C: Zara Huntley (188-89) of UBC
F: Jenna Kaye (168) of Calgary
F: Katie Miyazaki (175-89) of Saskatchewan
C: Diane Schuetze (191) of TRU
G: Joanna Zalesiak (174-88) of Regina

2nd Team
G: Nicole Clarke (180-90) of Alberta
F: Dalyce Emmerson (191) of Saskatchewan
G: Tessa Klassen (173-88) of UFV
G/F: Lindsay Ledingham (183-90) of Regina
F: Kris Young (183-92) of UBC



Martlets clinch RSEQ crown for first time since 1996 - by Simas

MONTREAL - Anneth Him-Lazarenko of Panama City racked up a 'double-double' with 17 points and a game-high dozen rebounds as McGill defeated Concordia 56-49 at Love Competition Hall, Friday.
It was kind of like winning the lottery, in more ways than one.
McGill did come away with the big prize, capturing their first league title in 16 years, to advance to the CIS championship in Calgary, March 17-19. They also won financially as they will save a good chunk of money by not having to fly to Saskatoon for a two-game CIS regional tourney, which will produce a wild-card spot at the Nationals.
Kaylah Barrett, a sophomore guard from Brampton, Ont., scored a game-high 23 points in a losing cause for Concordia, which gets the consolation prize and will now have to spend about $20,000 for that trip to the Midwest. Teammate Natasha Raposo, a freshman from Montreal, added 13 points in just 17 minutes of playing time.
'It was a great accomplishment for this team to (finally) win the conference title, said conference coach of the year Ryan Thorne, in his ninth season as bench boss at McGill. 'This is a team that took a while to build and it also took some time to get them to believe that we could have excellence in athletics as well as in academics.'
Concordia scored the opening basket but never led again after that. The Martlets jumped into a very comfortable 16-6 lead after the opening quarter, extending that to 30-16 at the half and 48-29 after three quarters. But the wheels almost fell off in the final stanza, as the Stingers mounted a furious comeback, which fell seven points short, outscoring McGill 20-8.
'We started out well and had a real good three quarters but we got a little tight in the fourth quarter and let the lead slip a bit,' noted Thorne. 'But the girls were tough, resilient and kept working hard. The lead that we built was just so hard for Concordia to overcome but they were a tough competitor.'
McGill had a season-high 63 rebounds, compared to only 36 by Concordia but the Stingers crawled back in the game as a result of a 20-9 advantage in turnovers.
Only six Martlets made the scoresheet. Lazarenko shot 7-for-17 from the floor and made only three of nine attempts from the charity stripe in 30 minutes of court-time.
'We were really ready with our game plan at the start, which was to box (them) out, push the ball (up court) and don't give the ball away, which we did a little bit,' confessed Lazarenko, a 5-foot-10 centre who earned all-conference honours for the third time in four years. 'But we did an amazing job boxing-out and I think that's what gave us a lot of transition buckets and a big lead. I didn't have my best season offensively but it was important to step up when we had a big game and I think I was able to do that today.'
Teammate Francoise Charest, a third-year point-guard from Quebec City, added 14 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes of court-time.
'Everyone played a solid game but Frankie (Francoise) was our leader out there, especially early on,' said Thorne of Charest, who connected for a pair of treys and went 4-for-4 from the line. 'She knocked down shots and got to the basket.'
Rounding out the scoring for McGill was Natalie Larocque (9 pts, 8 rbs) of Quebec City, Marie-Eve Martin (6) of Granby, Que., Valerie L'Ecuyer (6) of Mirabel, Que., and Tiye Traore (4), a rookie from Sudbury, Ont.
McGill shot 39.4 per cent from the field and made just four of 22 attempts from three-point range. They sunk 57.1 per cent of the free-throws (12 of 21). The Stingers did not fare much better, connecting on 26.2, 18.2 and 61.9, respectively.
The Martlets have more than a week to recover and prepare before heading out to Nationals around March 13.
MARTLET MURMURS: Each member of the Martlets, including the coaching staff, took turns in the post-game tradition of climbing up a step-ldder and cutting down a strand of string from the basket at one end of the court.... The game was played before an enthusiastic crowd of 360, including numerous hand-made signs... The fittest fans, no doubt, were a male foursome, clad only in designer boxers, each wearing a painted number on the bare backs for their favourite Martlets: 8 (Charest), 7 (Shelby Eveleigh), 13 (Gabriela Hebert) and 6 (Him-Lazarenko).

Source: McGill Sports Info

Final: Concordia-McGill 49-56
Semifinals:
Bishop's-Concordia 53-65
UQAM-McGill 56-63

All-Quebec League 1st Team 2012
#s#
Kaylah Barrett
Barrett
Anneth Him-Lazarenko
Him-Lazarenko
Elyse Jobin
Jobin
Jessica Roy
Roy
Francoise Charest
Charest
#e#5

Player of the Year: Kaylah Barrett (173-G) of Concordia
Rookie of the Year: Dianna Ros (170-PG) of McGill
Defensive Player of the Year: Jessica Roy (173-G) of Bishop's
Coach of the Year: Ryan Thorne of McGill

1st Team
G: Kaylah Barrett (173) of Concordia
F: Anneth Him-Lazarenko (178) of McGill
G: Elyse Jobin (180-90) of Laval
G: Jessica Roy (173) of Bishop's
G: Francoise Charest (168) of McGill

2nd Team
G: Marie-Eve Martin (173) of McGill
G: Gabrielle Chamberland (175) of Bishop's
C: Emie Simard (183) of UQAM
C: Marie-Pascale Nadeau (188-89) of Laval
G: Magalie Beaulieu (170) of Concordia

All-Rookie Team
Dianna Ros (170-PG) of McGill
Jannie Jacques (178-F-90) of Laval
Veronique Fortin-tremblay (182-F) of Bishop's
Natasha Raposo (173-G) of Concordia
Eloisa Katz (182-F/C-91) of Bishop's



CIS All-Canadian Awards 2011-12 - by Simas

CIS All-Canadian 1st Team 2012
#s#
Miah-Marie Langlois
Langlois
Hannah Sunley-Paisley
Sunley-Paisley
Cassie Cooke
Cooke
Joanna Zalesiak
Zalesiak
Kaylah Barrett
Barrett
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) of Windsor
Player of the Year: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C) of Ottawa
Defensive Player of the Year: Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) of Windsor
Rookie of the Year: Vanessa Pickard (180-G-92) of St.Francis X.
Coach of the Year: Dave Taylor of Regina
Tracy MacLeod Award: Laura Mullins (178-G-89) of Windsor

1st Team
C: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) of Ottawa
G: Cassie Cooke (175-91) of Cape Breton
G: Joanna Zalesiak (174-88) of Regina
G: Kaylah Barrett (173) of Concordia
F: Jessica Clemencon (188-89) of Windsor

2nd Team
G: Justine Colley (175-91) of St.Mary's
F: Katie Miyazaki (175-89) of Saskatchewan
G/F: Emma Duinker (182-89) of Acadia
C: Diane Schuetze (191) of TRU
PG: Miah-Marie Langlois (176-91) of Windsor

All-Tournament Team
Miah-Marie Langlois (176-PG-91) of Windsor
Bojana Kovacevic (180-F-89) of Windsor
Kris Young (183-F-92) of UBC
Jenna Gilbert (183-F/C) of Ottawa
Jenna Kaye (168-F) of Calgary

All-Rookie Team
Vanessa Pickard (180-G-92) of St.Francis X.
Dalyce Emmerson (191-F) of Saskatchewan
Kellie Ring (178-G-93) of Ottawa
Dianna Ros (170-PG) of McGill
Tessa Stammberger (178-F) of Dalhousie



Axewomen claim first AUS banner with win over Capers - by Simas

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - For the first time in 61 seasons, the CIS No. 7-ranked Acadia Axewomen are AUS champions as they defeated the three time defending champion Cape Breton Capers by a score of 82-72 in the final of the Subway AUS women's basketball championship at StFX's Oland Centre.
For the Axewomen, the championship was the culmination of a year that included a 17-3 record; a thirteen game winning streak and an undefeated season at home.
Acadia's Stef Chapman, who was named to the tournament all-star squad, was able to hold AUS most valuable player Cassie Cook below her 31 points per game average against Acadia this past season, to a low of 22 points. A commanding 18-5 Acadia lead with just over two minutes remaining the opening quarter, narrowed to a 20-10 gap. Tying the game at 25 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half, Cape Breton closed the second frame down by just two points at 32-30.
Opening the second half with two three-point shots from Abbey Duinker and Lindsay Harris along with a jumper by Emma Duinker, pushed the margin to 10. In the closing minutes of the third, Jahlica Kirnon and Cassie Cooke closed the lead to 58-52.
A timely three from Acadia's Kristy Moore at 8:31 in the final frame created what would become a nearly insurmountable 12-point lead, but the Capers closed the gap to six points with 1:20 remaining in the final half. Controlling the clock and ball, the Axewomen pushed the lead to 11 in the remaining minute of the game from the free throw line.
While Cassie Cook was held to 22 points, Jahlica Kirnon added 19 points in a losing cause.
Four of Acadia's five starters reached double digit scoring, led by Emma Duinker and Lindsay Harris who both netted 18 points.
Stef Chapman and Abbey Duinker added 11 points and senior graduating Axewomen Jasmine Parent, off the bench, added 13 points.
The Axewomen bettered Cape Breton with 42.5% from the floor compared to the Caper's 36.8%.
The championship win gives Acadia an automatic berth into the CIS Final 8 in Calgary. The Capers will head to Ottawa for one of two regional tournaments that will determine the final four teams to enter the National Championship Tournament beginning on March 17.

Source: Acadia Sports Information

Final: Acadia-Cape Breton 82-72

All-Atlantic Division 1st Team 2012
#s#
Cassie Cooke
Cooke
Justine Colley
Colley
Emma Duinker
Duinker
Ally Forsey
Forsey
Claire Colborne
Colborne
#e#5

Player of the Year: Cassie Cooke (175-G-91) of Cape Breton
Rookie of the Year: Vanessa Pickard (180-G-92) of St.Francis X.
Defensive Player of the Year: Anna Von Maltzahn (180-G-91) of Dalhousie
Tracy Macleod Award Nominee: Rachael Harrison (168-G-87) of Dalhousie
Coach of the Year: Bev Greenlaw of Acadia

1st Team
G: Cassie Cooke (175-91) of Cape Breton
G: Justine Colley (175-91) of St.Mary's
G/F: Emma Duinker (182-89) of Acadia
F: Ally Forsey (191-90) of Memorial
G: Claire Colborne (183) of New Brunsw.

2nd Team
G: Jahlica Kirnon (170) of Cape Breton
G: Vanessa Pickard (180-92) of St.Francis X.
G: Keisha Brown (168) of Dalhousie
G: Stefanie Chapman (157) of Acadia
C: Susanne Canvin (180-88) of St.Mary's

All-Rookie Team
Vanessa Pickard (180-G-92) of St.Francis X.
Tessa Stammberger (178-F) of Dalhousie
Laura Langille (G) of St.Mary's
Megan Robinson (165-G) of Memorial
Colleen Daly (163-PG) of New Brunsw.



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

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

Hana Horakova
Hana Horakova
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Hana Horakova (182-79). She contributed to an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (16-2) 75-68 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Horakova recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. UMMC Ekaterinburg (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Horakova averages: 3.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 77.8% in the seven games she played so far. She played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Jana Vesela
Jana Vesela
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Jana Vesela (192-83). She managed to help Ros Casares Valencia in a victory against the eighth-ranked Cadi la Seu (13-12) crushing them 81-53 in the Spanish LFB on Saturday night. Vesela recorded only 4 points in 10 minutes. Ros Casares Valencia (24-0) is placed second in the LFB. So far her team won all twenty four games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Vesela's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 46.7%(7-15) and FT: 94.4%(17-18) in the 25 games. She is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Katerina Zohnova
Katerina Zohnova
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Katerina Zohnova (179-84), who plays in the French LFB. Zohnova could not help Mondeville (13-10) to beat Bourges (19-4). She scored 7 points. Mondeville was defeated 57-48 at home by the leading Bourges. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Zohnova's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 72.7%. She played for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Martina Rejchova
Martina Rejchova
   #4. Center Martina Rejchova (195-83) was not able to help S.E.Battipaglia (12-8) in their game against Orvieto (13-7) in the Italian A2 (12th division). She recorded 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The sixth-placed S.E.Battipaglia was crushed 81-49 on the road by the higher-ranked Orvieto (#5) in the South group. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Rejchova's first season with the team. Rejchova has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg and 9.1rpg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2009.

Iva Peklova
Iva Peklova
   #5. Former University international power forward Iva Peklova (193-86) contributed to an University of Windsor's victory against the Calgary (10-10) 81-71 in the Canadian university league CIS in Sunday night's game. Peklova recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. The University of Windsor has a very solid 20-2 record this season. It was her team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. Peklova has been at the team for five years. This season her total stats are: 6.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1bpg in the 28 games. Peklova used to play for the Czech Republic university national team three years ago.

Petra Manakova
Petra Manakova
   #6. Power forward Petra Manakova (190-82, college: Oakland) was not able to secure a victory for TV Saarlouis Royals (4-18) in their game against Heli Girls (10-12) in the German DBBL. Manakova recorded only 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 26 minutes. The bottom-ranked TV Saarlouis Royals lost 64-68 in Noerdlingen to the higher-ranked (#8) Heli Girls. It was TV Saarlouis Royals' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Manakova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in TV Saarlouis Royals' roster. She has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg in the 20 games. Manakova is a former international player as she played for the Czech Republic senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Leona Jankowska (190-C-77) led Widzew to a victory against the closely-ranked LKS Siemens (12-14) 76-65 in a derby game in the Polish PLKK last Saturday. Jankowska recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. She also added 2 blocks. Widzew Lodz (9-17) is placed tenth in the PLKK. The Regular Season already ended. It's Jankowska's first season with the team. Jankowska is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Jankowska averages: 15.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.1spg.

   #2. Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85) was the major contributor in Goettingen's victory against the seventh-ranked Quakenbrueck Dragons (9-11) 65-52 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Sunday. Flasarova scored 14 points and added 4 assists in 40 minutes. BG 74 Goettingen (13-4) is placed second in North group. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Flasarova has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in the 17 games she played so far.

   #3. Gabriela Jandova (190-C-73) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Dolphins Bielefeld (0-5) crushing them 79-57 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) last Saturday. She scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. ASC Theresianum Mainz (9-10) is placed fifth in North group. Jandova's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Jandova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her eighth year in ASC Theresianum Mainz's roster. This season she has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4bpg and 1.2spg.


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Delisha MILTON-JONES
  USK P.
  (186-F-74)
  Avg: 20
 1. Milton-Jones, USK20.0 
 2. Krizova, Strakonice19.4 
 3. Dotson, VSE Praha18.6 
 4. Vlkova, Valosun18.3 
 5. Peckova, Frisco S.17.1 
 6. Johnova, VSE Praha16.2 
 7. Hanusova, Frisco S.16.1 
 8. Reisingerova, VS P.15.6 
 9. Hejdova, Frisco S.14.9 
 10. Hartigova, Hradec14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arnika BROWN
  DSK Karlin
  (187-F-87)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Brown, DSK Karlin12.8 
 2. Dotson, VSE Praha10.7 
 3. Kerr, Valosun Brno9.7 
 4. Reisingerova, VS P.8.9 
 5. Skrabalova, Strak.8.4 
 6. Vetrovcova, Trutn.8.0 
 7. Kucerova, Karlovy8.0 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trut.7.9 
 9. Demirer, DSK K.7.9 
 10. Brezinova, Pardu.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA
  Slovan.
  (170-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nezdarilova, Slova.5.5 
 2. Bartonova, VS Pra.4.2 
 3. Tarasava, VS Praha3.8 
 4. Bartonova, USK P.3.2 
 5. Mersch, DSK Karlin2.8 
 6. Vlkova, Valosun2.5 
 7. Harapesova, VSE P.2.5 
 8. Montanana, USK P.2.5 
 9. Whalen, USK Praha2.3 
 10. Uhrova, Strakonice2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Romana HEJDOVA
  Frisco S.
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hejdova, Frisco S.3.5 
 2. Thomas, Frisco S.3.2 
 3. Nezdarilova, Slova.2.7 
 4. Bartonova, VS Pra.2.5 
 5. Stara, Hradec K.2.4 
 6. Bartakova, Hradec2.3 
 7. Brown, DSK Karlin2.2 
 8. Abdi, Frisco Sika2.2 
 9. Novocka, Karlovy2.0 
 10. Bartonova, USK P.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  USK P.
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kulichova, USK P.1.5 
 2. Hartigova, Hradec1.1 
 3. Mircheva, VS Praha1.0 
 4. Brezinova, Pardu.0.8 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK0.8 
 6. Peckova, Frisco S.0.8 
 7. Reisingerova, VS P.0.8 
 8. Novakova, Trutnov0.8 
 9. Burgrova, USK Praha0.7 
 10. Bartonova, USK P.0.7 


ZBL Round 3 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Karlovy Vary - Hradec Kralove 67-80

Hradec Kralove reached the quarterfinal stage as they swept the eighth-final series versus Karlovy Vary. The game without a history. Sokol Hradec Kralove led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 40-27 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Michaela Stara (180-90) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Center Klara Pochobradska (187-89) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Slovakian forward Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-87) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sarka Kucerova (181) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Karlovy Vary: L.Krc-Turbova 20+9reb+2ast, S.Kucerova 16+7reb+2ast, B.Sedlackova 16+2reb, S.Pospisilova 5+1reb+1ast, M.Muchova 4+1reb+1ast, B.Novocka 4+7reb+3ast
Hradec Kralove: M.Stara 20+6reb+5ast, K.Pochobradska 16+10reb+2ast, K.Zavazalova 10+5reb+2ast, K.Rosenbaumova 9+6reb, M.Cepelkova 8+7reb, L.Bartakova 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171566


Valosun Brno - Slovanka MB 63-67

Slovanka MB claimed the third straight win over Valosun Brno and advanced into the quarterfinals. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valosun Brno won third quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Basket Slovanka MB won last quarter 17-15. They also forced 27 Valosun Brno turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Lenka Sipova (185-88) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Katecina Novotna (175-89) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Veronika Vlkova (176-84) who recorded 16 points and Slovakian power forward Eva Kmetova (188-87) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Valosun Brno's coach Richard Klein rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: V.Vlkova 16+4reb+1ast, I.Borecka 13+1reb+2ast, E.Kmetova 10+7reb+1ast, L.Kysilkova 8+4reb, P.Svdrl­kova 6+10reb, K.Sedlakova 6+5reb+2ast
Slovanka MB: L.Sipova 25+8reb, K.Novotna 14+3reb+1ast, H.Nezdarilova 7+4reb, P.Pospisilova 6+5reb+1ast, L.Tesarikova 6+1reb, M.D'Amico 4+3reb
gschID: 171567


VSE Praha - Trutnov 80-82

Trutnov escaped with a narrow road win over VSE Praha to reach the next stage. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But VSE Praha won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kara Trutnov made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 VSE Praha turnovers. Strangely VSE Praha outrebounded Kara Trutnov 48-22 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. VSE Praha was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Darina Misurova (163-81) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. International swingman Katerina Hindrakova (176-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Kara Trutnov players scored in double figures. American forward Marshae Dotson (180-87, college: Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Slovakian point guard Dagmar Chlebovcova (171-84) added 18 points in the effort for VSE Praha. VSE Praha's coach Martina Balastikova tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
VSE Praha: M.Dotson 20+16reb, D.Chlebovcova 18+4reb+3ast, A.Sladkova 10+4reb+1ast, D.Eshe 8+6reb+4ast, P.Kubusova 8+5reb, A.Filarova 5+1reb+2ast
Trutnov: D.Misurova 19+5reb+2ast, K.Hindrakova 19+4reb+2ast, H.Snajdrova-Ziklova 17+2reb+3ast, P.Zaplatova 13+2reb, L.Vetrovcova 9+2reb, M.Steffanova 3+5reb
gschID: 171564


Strakonice - VS Praha 64-81

VS Praha made it to the quarterfinals as they knocked down Strakonice in the third game of the series. The game without a history. VS Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for center Petra Reisingerova (195-73) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Belgian power forward Evelien Callens (188-84) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Katerina Krizova (186-80) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds and international center Zora Skrabalova (195-81, college: Illinois St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Aldast Strakonice in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Strakonice: K.Krizova 25+8reb+2ast, A.Jenisova 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Mracnova 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Skrabalova 8+12reb, M.Uhrova 7+4reb+2ast, L.Balakova 2+4reb+1ast
VS Praha: P.Reisingerova 23+5reb+2ast, A.Tarasava 13+2reb+3ast, E.Callens 12+8reb+2ast, K.Bartonova 9+6reb+2ast, K.Elhotova 9+4reb, T.Vyoralova 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 171565



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SM-sarja Round 1 of Quarter-Finals: Huima and FoA won the openers - by Eurobasket News

Huima - ToPo 71-51

Aanekosken forced 25 Torpan Pojat turnovers. American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and her fellow American import forward Madina Ali (182-87, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Aanekosken's coach Mervi Nurmi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Kaisa Valtakari (177-87, college: Dowling) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Huima: P.Holmes 15+3reb+1ast, M.Ali 13+3reb+4ast, S.Viitanen 12+1ast, K.Robinson 12+8reb+2ast, S.Jamsen 8+4reb+2ast, M.Bland 5+5reb+4ast
ToPo: K.Valtakari 13+1reb+1ast, L.Saarinen 13+11reb+3ast, E.Nurmi 8+3reb+3ast, K.Szunko 7+7reb+1ast, M.Eerikinharju 4+4reb, R.Pakarinen 2
gschID: 171700


FoA - Espoo Team 81-71

The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-71. Forssan Alku made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forssan Alku forced 21 Espoo Team turnovers. American guard Vanessa House (170-88, college: W.Virginia) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 assists for the winners and Canadian-Nigerian center Dorcas Olorunnife (182-90, college: Idaho) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Forssan Alku players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international Laura Wilson (184-84, college: Binghamton, agency: LBM Management) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
FoA: V.House 22+3reb+7ast, H.Koponen 20+1reb, D.Olorunnife 16+9reb+2ast, A.Awkward 11+1reb+1ast, S.Evans 10+15reb+1ast, N.Jarvikangas 2+1reb
Espoo Team: L.Wilson 21+9reb+1ast, N.Laaksonen 16+6reb+1ast, J.Janina Muurinen 11+6reb+3ast, V.Holtta 9+3reb, E.Leino 5, E.Iiskola 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171699



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  FRANCE   


Sandrine Gruda selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sandrine Gruda
Sandrine Gruda
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Sandrine Gruda (193-87). She led UMMC Ekaterinburg to a victory over the closely-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (16-2) 75-68 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Gruda was MVP of the game. She recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. UMMC Ekaterinburg (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Gruda's fifth season with the team. Gruda is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.8ppg. She also averaged so far 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 63.2%(108-171) and FT: 73.9% in the 16 games she played so far. Gruda is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Geraldine Robert
Geraldine Robert
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Geraldine Robert (184-80), who plays in the Polish PLKK. She could not help Lotos Gdynia (20-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Robert's very good performance Lotos Gdynia was defeated 63-59 on the road by the league outsider Inea AZS (#14). She recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 17 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. It's Robert's first season with the team. Robert is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Robert averages: 17.0ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 60.1%(173-288), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 72.7%. She has a dual citizenship: Gabonese and French. Former Racing Club Strasbourg starter played for the French national team in 2007.

Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-86). Yacoubou-Dehoui managed to help Ros Casares Valencia in a victory against the seventh-ranked Gran Canaria (13-11) crushing them 83-56 in the Spanish LFB on Tuesday night. She recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 13 minutes. Ros Casares Valencia (24-0) is placed second in the LFB. So far her team won all twenty four games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Yacoubou-Dehoui has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(106-187) and FT: 73.3% in the 20 games. She is also a member of the French senior national team.

Jessica Clemencon
Jessica Clemencon
   #4. Forward Jessica Clemencon (188-89) was the major contributor in an University of Windsor's victory against the Calgary (10-10) 81-71 in the Canadian university league CIS in Sunday night's game. Clemencon recorded 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. The University of Windsor has a very solid 20-2 record this season. It was her team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. Clemencon is currently fifth on the list of top scorers. This season she has very high stats. Clemencon averages: 18.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1bpg. She used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

Audrey Salvi
Audrey Salvi
   #5. Former U20 international guard Audrey Salvi (173-89), who plays in the Belgian D1 was not able to help Houthalen (10-12) in their last game. Despite Salvi's good performance the seventh-placed Houthalen lost 70-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Blue Cats in the Play-Off group. She recorded 13 points and added 4 assists in 34 minutes. Salvi is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 2.2apg. This year she also averages: 7.2ppg and 3.6rpg in the 19 games. Salvi used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

Onayssa Sbahi
Onayssa Sbahi
   #6. Point guard Onayssa Sbahi (168-93), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Arxil Pontevedra (7-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Arxil Pontevedra (#10) was crushed 95-73 in Ferrol by the second-ranked Universitario de in the Group A. Sbahi scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sbahi's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg. She is U18 international player who is currently on the French National Team roster.

Isis Arrondo
Isis Arrondo
   #7. Former U20 international guard Isis Arrondo (166-89) contributed to a Castors Braine's victory against the third-ranked Tulikivi (0-1) 70-62 in the Belgian D1 in Sunday night's game. Arrondo recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Play-Out. Castors Braine (1-0) is placed first. Arrondo is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.2apg. She also averaged so far 9.9ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.8spg in the 11 games. Arrondo used to play for the French U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Karolina Piotrkiewicz (190-C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Liberty), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division) could not help Bolzano (8-14) to beat San Martino (16-6). She recorded 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Bolzano (#9) was defeated 52-46 at home by the higher-ranked San Martino (#3) in the North group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Piotrkiewicz is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place). She has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1bpg and 2.4spg. Piotrkiewicz has a dual citizenship: Polish and French. Despite her French passport, Piotrkiewicz previously played for the Polish university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #2. Laura Dessus (181-F-89) was not able to help R.Spirou Monceau (8-14) in their game against BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (18-4) in the Belgian D1. She recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. R.Spirou Monceau (#8) lost 63-77 on the road to the second-ranked BBC Kangoeroes-Boom in the Play-Off group. This year Dessus' overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 2.8rpg in the 22 games she played so far.

   #3. Magaly Meynadier (170-SG-91) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Basket Esch (18-5) crushing them 83-59 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game. She recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. Musel Pikes (19-4) is placed second. Meynadier is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her sixth year in Musel Pikes' roster. This season Meynadier has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg.



Trophy Cup Quarterfinals announced - by Juliane Hoehne

After last weekend's round of cup games, the French league announced today the participants for the cup quarterfinals, and their schedules. The quarterfinals will be played on April 14th, followed by the semifinals on April 15th. There will be two groups, one plays in Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49, the other one at Pessac.
Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49:
April 14th Quarterfinals: 17.15: Aulnoye AS vs Le Poire-sur-Vie; 20.00 Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 vs. Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD
April 15th Semifinal: 15.00: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Pessac:
April 14th Quarterfinals: 17.15: Wasquehal FEM vs. Saint Etienne Case B; 20.00 U.S. Colomiers Basket vs. AS Villeurbanne
April 15th Semifinal: 15.00: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

The winners of both semifinals will meet on May 19th, 13.00 at Paris Bercy.



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The Final Four of the Cup - by George Fragkos

The final Four of the Greek Cup will be held this season between 06/06 and 08/04 in Athens in the basketball court of Zofria. In the first semi final Panionios Athens will face Ravenna Esperides / Glyfada and in the second Sony Athinaikos will play against Panathinaikos Athens.

The whole program in deatalis

Friday 6/4/2012

18:00 Panionios Athens - Ravenna Esperides / Glyfada

20:00 Sony Athinaikos - Panathinaikos Athens

Sunday 8/4/2012

17:30 Game for the third place

20:00 The Final



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Bekkering's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old swingman Janelle Bekkering (182-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lekdetec.nl and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
She had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while her team crushed HLB Account. (#7, 4-19) with 22-point margin 68-46. Lekdetec.nl is placed at 3rd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lekdetec.nl will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Bekkering had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. She just recently signed at Lekdetec.nl, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Janelle Bekkering averages this season 19.2ppg and 11.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) of CTO. She is international center in her first season at CTO. In the last game Van Der Keijl recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead CTO to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Grasshoppers (#4, 14-9) 72-43. CTO's 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Van Der Keijl is a newcomer at CTO and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Marloes Roetgerink (187-C-77) of HLB Account. (#7). Roetgerink scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Roetgerink's great performance HLB Account. lost 46-68 to the higher-ranked Lekdetec.nl (#3, 14-9). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. HLB Account. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-19 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Roetgerink she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Roetgerink has a very solid season. In 3 games in Holland she scored 9.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) of CTO - 14 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) of HLB Account. - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) of Eurosped - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Laura Cornelius (174-PG-96) of CTO - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) of Lekdetec.nl - 10 points and 11 rebounds
9. Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) of Lekdetec.nl - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Rowena Jongeling (187-C-93) of CTO - 9 points and 4 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.19.9 
 2. Van der Hoek, Euro.18.9 
 3. Butter, CTO17.3 
 4. Roubehie-F., Binne.16.5 
 5. Ligthart, Lekdetec.14.8 
 6. van der Lee, HLB14.5 
 7. Manuputty, Grassh.14.3 
 8. Philippo, Grasshop.14.1 
 9. Biesters, Lekdetec.13.6 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon LAMMERINK
  Euros.
  (189-C-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lammerink, Euros.10.0 
 2. Biesters, Lekdetec.8.9 
 3. De Groot, HLB A.8.8 
 4. Kraaijenoord, Gras.8.0 
 5. Van der Plas, Gras.7.5 
 6. Van Der Keij., CT.7.4 
 7. Kraak, Binnenland7.3 
 8. Heerts, Eurosped7.0 
 9. Ligthart, Lekdetec.7.0 
 10. Bettonvil, CTO6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.5.5 
 2. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.3 
 3. Dekker, Eurosped4.0 
 4. Van Den Adel, Binn.3.7 
 5. McDowell, ProBui.3.6 
 6. Hochstetler, Binne.3.4 
 7. De Kleijn, CTO3.1 
 8. Butter, CTO3.0 
 9. van Dongen, HLB A.2.7 
 10. Roubehie-F., Binn.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anouk BIESTERS
  Lekdetec.
  (182-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.8 
 2. Broering, Lekdetec.3.6 
 3. Hartman, ProBuild.3.0 
 4. Manuputty, Grassh.2.9 
 5. Butter, CTO2.8 
 6. Kuijt, Grasshoppers2.7 
 7. McDowell, ProBui.2.6 
 8. van Dongen, HLB A.2.6 
 9. Van der Plas, Gras.2.4 
 10. Roubehie-F., Binn.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  CT.
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.1.3 
 2. Van Den Adel, Binn.1.0 
 3. Heerts, Eurosped0.9 
 4. Van der Hoek, Euro.0.9 
 5. Kooij, HLB Account.0.8 
 6. Kraak, Binnenland0.8 
 7. Dijkman, Grasshop.0.6 
 8. Bettonvil, CTO0.5 
 9. Valentine, Grassho.0.5 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.0.5 



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Express League, Round 28: Regular season is over - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Express League is over. Keflavik is No.1 with 21-7 record. Four best teams advanced to the Playoff Semifinals, which start on March 23. Pairs are Keflavik - Haukar and Njardvik - Snaefell.

Express L. Standings
1. Keflavik 21-7
2. Njardvik 20-8
3. Snaefell 16-12
4. Haukar 15-13
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5. KR 13-15
6. Valur 12-16
7. Fjolnir 9-19
8. Hamar 6-22


KR - Keflavik 40-73
The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KR to just 6 points in third quarter and to 12 points in second half. Keflavik forced 23 KR turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87, college: Georgetown) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Eboni Mangum (173-87, college: TCU) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Hafrun Halfdanardottir (182-90) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89, college: Elon) added 4 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for KR.
Top scorers:
KR: H.Halfdanardottir 11+7reb+2ast, H.Saevarsdottir 6+4reb, M.Sturludottir 4+7reb+2ast, K.Palsdottir 4+3reb, E.Prosser 4+2reb+1ast, R.Kristinsdottir 4+3reb
Keflavik: E.Mangum 20+6reb+1ast, J.Butler 17+16reb+5ast, B.Valgardsdottir 10, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 9+1reb, T.Asgeirsdottir 6, S.Run Hinriksdottir 5+2reb
gschID: 142551


Snaefell - Fjolnir 90-74
Snaefell dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Fjolnir's 40. Snaefell forced 24 Fjolnir turnovers and outrebounded them 46-30 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kieraah Marlow (178-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (made all of her eight free throws) and guard Jordan Murphree (183-87, college: Texas Tech, agency: Merit Sports) who added 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Britney Jones (170-87, college: UAB) responded with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jessika Bradley (190-88, college: San Diego St.) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field).
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Jones 25+9reb+4ast, J.Bradley 13+6reb+1ast, K.Mandylaris 12+4reb+2ast, B.Eiriksdottir 8+2reb+2ast, B.Ragnarsdottir 5+5reb+2ast, H.Harpa Rikhardsdottir 4+1reb
Snaefell: J.Murphree 21+5reb+4ast, K.Marlow 20+12reb+4ast, H.Kjartansdottir 12+9reb+2ast, H.Sigurdardottir 11+6reb+9ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 7+4reb+1ast, R.Indridadottir 6+2reb
gschID: 142548


Njardvik - Valur 76-74
The hosts trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 21-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Njardvik dominated on the defensive end, holding Valur to just 4 points in fourth quarter. American Lele Hardy (178-88, college: Clemson, agency: Merit Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Olof Helga Palsdottir (172-85) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Melissa Lechlitner (170-88, college: Notre Dame) produced 23 points and 6 assists and her fellow American import forward Lacey Simpson (185-86, college: Illinois) added 6 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 blocks respectively for lost side. Four Valur players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Valur: M.Lechlitner 23+3reb+6ast, U.Asgeirsdottir 12+2reb, G.Sverrisdottir 12+11reb+1ast, M.Ben Erlingsdottir 11+4reb+1ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 8+4reb+1ast, L.Simpson 6+10reb+8ast
Njardvik: L.Hardy 35+16reb+5ast, O.Helga Palsdottir 12+6reb+3ast, S.Baker-Brice 9+4reb+5ast, P.Skuladottir 6+1reb+1ast, E.Hakonardottir 5, S.Saevarsdottir 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 142549


Hamar - Haukar 60-95
The game without a history. Haukar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hamar's 34. Haukar forced 20 Hamar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jence Rhoads (180-88, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and guard Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir (173-90) who added 18 points during the contest. Five Haukar players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Fanney Gudmundsdottir (178-89) responded with 19 points and American Samantha Murphy (172-88, college: Grand Canyon) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Hamar: F.Gudmundsdottir 19+3reb, S.Murphy 13+1reb, D.Lisa Davidsdottir 6+5reb+1ast, R.Reynisdottir 6+1reb+1ast, I.Asgeirsdottir 5+1reb+3ast, S.Gudgeirsdottir 3+4reb+1ast
Haukar: G.Gunnarsdottir 18+4reb+1ast, G.Osk Amundardottir 15+2reb+2ast, T.Jenkins 15+6reb, I.Sverrisdottir 14+1reb+3ast, J.Rhoads 13+10reb+10ast, S.Palmadottir 6+3reb



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Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.20.0 
 2. Vanderwal, UL Augh.19.7 
 3. O''Leary, Singleton16.6 
 4. Houlihan, Ulster R.15.5 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.14.7 
 6. Rockall, TM Hotel.14.0 
 7. Mullally, Waterfor.13.9 
 8. O''Leary, Singleton13.8 
 9. Coady, Waterfor.13.4 
 10. McDermott, UL Aug.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claire ROCKALL
  TM Hotel.
  (178-G-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rockall, TM Hotel.11.4 
 2. Solan, Oblate D.11.4 
 3. Lennon, Ulster R.10.5 
 4. Waters, Singleton9.5 
 5. O''Connor, Liffey C.9.2 
 6. McDermott, UL Augh.8.2 
 7. Pupin, Liffey Celt.8.1 
 8. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.8.1 
 9. Dwyer, TM Hotel.8.1 
 10. Doyle, Meteors7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Danielle O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. O''Leary, Singleton4.5 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.1 
 3. O''Leary, Singleton4.0 
 4. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.9 
 5. Peat, DCU Mercy3.8 
 6. McKenna, TM Ho.3.4 
 7. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.0 
 8. Sullivan, Killester2.8 
 9. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.6 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.6 
 2. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.3 
 3. Woods, DCU Mercy3.0 
 4. Galvin, UL Aughi.3.0 
 5. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.9 
 6. Vanderwal, UL Augh.2.8 
 7. Fahy, UL Aughinish2.6 
 8. Newton, DCU Mercy2.4 
 9. Palmer, DCU Mercy2.4 
 10. Lennon, Ulster R.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Noleen LENNON
  Ulster R.
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lennon, Ulster R.2.0 
 2. Pupin, Liffey Celt.1.7 
 3. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.6 
 4. Naughton, Killester1.5 
 5. Waters, Singleton1.4 
 6. Solan, Oblate D.1.2 
 7. Mullally, Waterfor.1.2 
 8. Newton, DCU Mercy1.0 
 9. Maguire, DCU Mercy0.9 
 10. Palmer, DCU Mercy0.9 



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Best players of Italian A2 round 22 - by Eurobasket News

Eleonora Laffi (188-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Vigarano and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team outclassed Biassono (#13, 5-15) with 29-point margin 74-45. Vigarano maintains the 2nd position in Italian A2. They are still close to the very top. Vigarano would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 19-3 record. Laffi turned to be Vigarano's top player in her first season with the team. Laffi has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.2ppg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old power forward Valentina Piroli (188-F/C-82) of Siena. Piroli impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she lead Siena to another comfortable win 64-48 over the lower-ranked Firenze (#14, 2-19) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in South. But Siena managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Piroli is one of the most experienced players at Siena and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Siena's star - Bosnia and Herzegovina Selma Delibasic (194-C-80). Delibasic scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Siena, helping her team with a 64-48 easy win against the lower-ranked Firenze (#14, 2-19). The chances of Siena not to end season at such low position in South, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Delibasic could try to bring Siena's a little bit higher in the standings. Delibasic has a very solid season. In 19 games in Italy she scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Napoli BK - 17 points and 14 rebounds
5. Debora Vicenzotti (181-G-89) of Udine - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Elena Riccardi (187-F/C-82) of S.E.Battipaglia - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marie D'alie Raelin (168-PG-87) of Battipaglia - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Elisa Bonaldo (170-G-81) of Cervia - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marika Zanardi (175-G-81) of Vigarano - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alessandra Tava (184-F-91) of Orvieto - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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LSBL Round 31: RTU-Merks beat Kolibri/U-16 in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LSBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#3) and Kolibri/U-16 (#8). RTU-Merks (18-7) won against visiting Kolibri/U-16 (0-24) 75-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kolibri/U-16 won fourth quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kolibri/U-16 45-28 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Laura Audere (180-84) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Kate Kreslina (178-96) produced 19 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RTU-Merks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-7 record having two points less than leader TTT Riga. Newly promoted Kolibri/U-16 still closes the standings. RTU-Merks are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kolibri/U-16 (#8) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kolibri/U-16 will have a break next round.
The game in Riga was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Liepajas (14-13) played at the court of 5th ranked TTT Juniores (11-14). Liepajas did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 66-49. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Daiga Line (173-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. Zane Alilujeva contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) for the winners. point guard Katrina Epnere (179-93) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for TTT Juniores. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liepajas maintains fourth place with 14-13 record. TTT Juniores lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



RTU-Merks - Kolibri/U-16 75-68

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#3) and Kolibri/U-16 (#8). RTU-Merks (18-7) won against visiting Kolibri/U-16 (0-24) 75-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kolibri/U-16 won fourth quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kolibri/U-16 45-28 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Daina Lazdeniece (187-89) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Laura Audere (180-84) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Kate Kreslina (178-96) produced 19 points and guard Kitija Laksa (180-96) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RTU-Merks have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-7 record having two points less than leader TTT Riga. Newly promoted Kolibri/U-16 still closes the standings. RTU-Merks are again looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kolibri/U-16 (#8) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kolibri/U-16 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kolibri/U-16: K.Kreslina 19+2ast, K.Laksa 14+4reb+2ast, L.Magone 9+3reb+2ast, K.Stolce 8+5reb, B.Markane 5+1reb, K.Vectirane 5+3reb+1ast
RTU-Merks: D.Lazdeniece 19+6reb+1ast, L.Audere 13+8reb+4ast, I.Malkevica 12+2reb+1ast, I.Vitola 8+9reb+1ast, I.Jundase 7+2reb+1ast, M.Saleniece 4
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TTT Juniores - Liepajas 49-66

The game in Riga was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Liepajas (14-13) played at the court of 5th ranked TTT Juniores (11-14). Liepajas did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 66-49. The game was mostly controlled by Liepajas. TTT Juniores was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTT Juniores to just 7 points in second quarter. Liepajas forced 25 TTT Juniores turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Daiga Line (173-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. British center Zane Alilujeva (185-87) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) for the winners. point guard Katrina Epnere (179-93) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Sigita Dzarcane (181-95) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for TTT Juniores. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liepajas maintains fourth place with 14-13 record. TTT Juniores lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: K.Epnere 12+8reb+2ast, P.Langina 12+1reb, L.Sarja 7+3ast, K.Pumpure 6+2reb, S.Dzarcane 6+9reb, A.Fomina 4+2reb+1ast
Liepajas: Z.Alilujeva 19+5reb, D.Line 16+4reb+4ast, K.Cirsa 11+2reb+2ast, K.Krasovska 9+10reb+2ast, A.Kruga 5+2ast, R.Misus 4+7reb+1ast
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Buducnost wins the Cup, Natasa Popovic is MVP of the Final Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost is the Cup winner in Montenegro for season 2011/12. The Podgorica team blasted Roling in the Big Final 91-53. Natasa Popovic (194-C-82) and Milica Milosev (185-F-93) were the leading players in victory with 22 points each. In the loosing squad, Zivana Jankovic (174-G-83) delivered 18 pts. Biljana Turcinovic (185-F-89) followed her with 2 less, but that was clearly not enough for Roling. Quarters: 20-16, 26-13, 28-8, 17-16.
Natasa Popovic was named MVP of the Final Tournament. Her Buducnost outplayed Lovcen in the Semis 94-47. The best scorer of the tournament is Biljana Turcinovic of Roling. She scored 37 points in total. Roling eliminated Rudar in the Semifinals 60-45. Buducnost Podgorica was the Cup winner in Montenegro also in 2007 and 2008.



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D1: OCU women roll to championship - by Eurobasket News

In a battle of top NAIA women's programs, Oklahoma City University showed its dominance Tuesday night with a 69-48 victory over Union (Tenn.) to win its sixth NAIA championship.

The top-ranked Stars (35-1) last won the championship in 2002.

'I'm just happy to see the journey our kids have gone on this season', OCU coach Rob Edmisson said.

OCU and Union have each played in nine national title games. Union has won five times.

Senior Taylor Booze (5'6''-G) scored 20 points, earning tournament MVP honors. Booze averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists during the tournament.

OCU led by 21 after Booze scored with 2:45 remaining for a 62-41 lead.

Newcastle product Lauren Gober (6'2''-F-91) added 17 points, and Dietra Caldwell (5'8''-G-89) scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

OCU shot 53.8 percent from the field, while Union shot just 33.9 percent.

Edmisson was also named the Phyllis Holmes NAIA Coach of the Year.

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Lucas leads Penn St. women past LSU 90-80 - by Eurobasket News

Maggie Lucas' (5'9''-G-91) sizzling start and composed free throw shooting down the stretch provided the latest example of why Penn State has performed so well in its opponents' arenas all season long.

Lucas scored 30 points and fourth-seeded Penn State moved on to the third round of the women's NCAA tournament with a 90-80 victory over No. 5 seed LSU on Tuesday night.

Ariel Edwards (5'4''-F-92) scored 15 points and Mia Nickson (6'2''-F) had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Lions (26-6), who will play Connecticut in Kingston, R.I., on Sunday in the regional semifinals. That game will be the first third-round appearance for fifth-year Penn State coach Coquese Washington.

Lasondra Barrett (6'2''-F-90) had 18 points and 12 rebounds for LSU (23-11), while Krystal Forthan (6'4''-F-92) added 15 points and Bianca Lutley (5'11''-G) 14 points and 10 rebounds. Barrett's nine made free throws made her LSU's all-time leader with 497, surpassing Sylvia Fowles' 494.

Lucas was 7 of 12 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. The Lady Lions' leading scorer also hit all 11 of her free throws, including eight in the final 1:10 of the game to ensure there would be no miracle comebacks for the Lady Tigers.

The game was close most of the way and included 10 ties.

LSU took its largest lead, 50-44, early in the second half, when Barrett scored four points during a 9-2 run that concluded with Theresa Plaisance's 3.

Penn State, which was 10-3 on the road this season, seized momentum right back with a six straight points, tying it at 50 on Nickson's free throws. The teams then stayed within a basket of each other until Edwards' floater and Nikki Greene's short jump hook put Penn State ahead 67-61 with 5:25 to go.

LSU briefly got as close as 67-65 on Jones' inside basket, but Nickson scored inside, then Edwards and Bentley each made free throws to push Penn State's lead to eight. LSU was able to get as close as three points twice after that, the last time on Barrett's three-point play that made it 76-73, but Zhaque Gray hit a layup soon after and Penn State started hitting free throws to close it out.

Gray and Alex Bentley each scored 10 for Penn State, which shot 44.6 percent (29 of 65). Adrienne Webb (5'9''-G-90) scored 11 and Plaisance 10 for the Lady Tigers, who shot 37 percent (27 of 73) and were hurt by 18 turnovers.

The virtual LSU home-game opened with a boisterous crowd overwhelmingly dressed in purple and gold on its feet in anticipation of the Lady Tigers' first basket. They remained standing for nearly three minutes while LSU had missed three shots and turned the ball over on its first four possessions.

Penn State raced to a 9-0 lead, beginning with Lucas' 3 from the corner. Nickson followed with a pair of free throws and a tough inside bank-shot over Courtney Jones, then Lucas hit a floater in the lane, after which LSU coach Nikki Caldwell called timeout.

LSU finally scored on Jeanne Kenney's runner, then quickly turned a defensive stop into transition free throws by Jones.

Penn State led 14-7 after Lucas' second 3, but Forthan responded with a 3 of her own that ignited an 11-2 run. The spurt was capped by Lutley's spin move and layup, giving LSU its first lead at 15-14.

Neither team was able to build much of a gap for the rest of the half.

Lucas wound up draining five of her six 3-point attempts during the opening 20 minutes, and she had 19 points before halftime. But while Lucas started 6 of 8 shooting, the rest of her team started 6 of 23. The Lady Tigers had an 18-5 advantage in bench scoring during the first half and hit 11 of their first 12 free throws, the last of which by Webb put LSU ahead 37-36 at halftime.

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Griner's dunk highlights big win for Baylor women - by Eurobasket News

At this point, Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) takes her dunks in stridebut her coach would like to see a few more of them.

That was the message from Baylor's Kim Mulkey-Robertson after her star centers right-handed slam highlighted another convincing win for the top-seeded Lady Bears.

'I think she's gotten away from trying to be monstrous with her going to the rim', Mulkey said. 'I told her about two weeks ago, I said: 'Even if you miss it, it sends a message.'

Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game Tuesday night, and Baylor beat ninth-seeded Florida 76-57. After a fairly quiet game-and-a-half to start the tournament, Griner took a pass from a teammate, stepped toward the hoop, stretched out her right arm and jammed the ball through.

It was the first dunk in over a year for the 6-foot-8 phenom.

I think my team got fired up a little bit more than me. I got a little bit more fired up, I think, on one of the blocks I had, Griner said. But it definitely felt good throwing it down.

Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) added 14 points for Baylor (36-0). Azania Stewart led Florida (20-13) with 14.

Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) of Tennessee dunked twice in an NCAA tournament game in 2006 against Army. Griners dunk was her first of the season and sixth of her career. Parker holds the career record with seven.

Griner played about half the game in Baylors rout of UC Santa Barbara in the first round, and she didnt attempt a shot for almost 10 minutes against the Gators. But she began to assert herself late in the first half, in a sign of things to come.

She began the second half with a turnaround and a layup. Then Kimetria Hayden (6'0''-G-90) came up with an offensive rebound near the basket and passed to an open Griner, who dunked for the first time since Feb. 19, 2011, at Texas Tech.

It was good to see her do it, said Mulkey, who coached Baylor to the 2005 national championship. She might not have tried that two months ago.

The Lady Bears led 41-28 after the dunk. Griner had already delighted the fans at Bowling Greens Stroh Center with her dunking display in warmups, at one point throwing down a two-handed effort and pulling herself up toward the rim. She dunked in warmups before her first-round game too.

The first time I dunked in warmups, I could tell the crowd really enjoyed it, so I just kept dunking for them, she said.

Griner went 8 of 14 from the field with nine rebounds and six blocks.

Griner was called for an early charging foul and didnt score until a layup with 8:18 remaining in the first half. The Gators used a zone defense to deny her the ball inside.

Although Baylor led 26-11 at one point, Florida answered with a 9-0 run. Griner then scored six quick points for the Lady Bearstwo free throws, a putback and a shot from out near the free throw line. It was 35-26 at halftime.

Baylor hasnt lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last years NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears will face fourth-seeded Georgia Tech in the round of 16 on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Everybody wants to write about Griner dunking and different things like that, but Baylor is a great defensive team even aside from her blocking shots, Florida coach Amanda Butler said. They can really make you uncomfortable.

They can also overpower teamsand thats why Mulkey wants her star to be aggressive.

That wasnt just a barely-over-the-rim type of dunk. That was a monster dunk, Mulkey said. I think Brittney is so conscious of people writing good or bad about the dunk, that shes scared to get excited sometimes and celebrate a dunk, because shes been written about in a negative way. I said, 'Honey, if I could dunk it, Id do backflips down the floor.

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St. John's women move on with win at Oklahoma - by Eurobasket News

It takes more than close games and unforgiving circumstances to intimidate St. John's.

After battling their way up from the bottom of the Big East, the Red Storm are ready for anything.

Eugeneia McPherson (5'8''-G) scored 21 points, Shenneika Smith (6'1''-G) added 18 and St. John's advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament for the first time in school history with a 74-70 win at Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

After getting knocked out each of the past two seasons in second-round road games, the Red Storm followed a first-round win on a buzzer-beater by eking out another close one on the Sooners' home court.

'I'm just happy that we came away with it. Oklahoma's a great, great program, a traditionally-rich program and for us to come into their building and be able to pull out a victory was just tremendous for us,' coach Kim Barnes Arico said. 'I'm excited.

'I'm excited to still be dancing.'

The third-seeded Red Storm (24-9) came up with 21 points off 19 Oklahoma turnovers and were able to hold off a second-half charge to win in the second round for the first time in five tries.

After Barnes Arico said she didn't even recognize the defense her team played in a 69-67 opening win against Creighton, it was a little closer to business as usual for the Red Storm.

'That's just the way St. John's plays defense. We didn't see that in the Creighton game,' McPherson said. 'The refs let us play a little bit. Just forcing them into turnovers definitely helped us.'

Whitney Hand (6'1''-G) led No. 6 seed Oklahoma (21-13) with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Sooners had a chance to tie on Aaryn Ellenberg's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 37 seconds left, but the ball ticked off the right side of the rim and went out of bounds.

Oklahoma shot 48 percent and got the Red Storm into uncomfortable territory they entered the tournament 1-8 when allowing more than 60 points and 0-4 when giving up 70 but couldn't overcome all the mistakes.

St. John's made 41.5 percent of its shots but attempted 65 shots, to 48 for the Sooners.

'That's been our weakness all year,' Hand said. 'They had almost 20 more shots than we did. We shot it pretty well when we got shots up.'

Nadirah McKenith, who hit the buzzer-beater in the first round against Creighton, had 13 points and seven assists. Da'Shena Stevens chipped in 11 points for St. John's.

The Red Storm will face No. 2 seed Duke on Saturday in Fresno, Calif., and Barnes Arico thinks her team is prepared if that one comes down to the final minute, too.

'They believe in each other and they believe down the stretch of the game, 'OK, all we need to do is get a stop. If things aren't going our way, we're going to get the ball back. We'll figure out a way.' And they've managed to do that against some of the toughest competition in the country this year.

'I think we've been in these kind of games and our kids are confident in these kind of games.'

Oklahoma fell to 8-2 when playing at home in the NCAA tournament, having lost both times it was the lower seed, and failed to make the round of 16 for the first time in four years and the second time in seven years.

The Sooners matched their season low with eight turnovers in their 88-67 rout of Michigan in the first round, but exceeded their 17.8 average against the Red Storm.

'We had some very careless turnovers and even in light of that we would come back and tie it and go up by two,' coach Sherri Coale said. 'I just felt like every time we took a lead, they had a quick and immediate, strong answer for it.

'After a while, we just didn't have enough to keep coming back with that.'

Ellenberg, the Sooners' top scorer at 15.8 points per game, finished with only eight on 4-for-10 shooting. She missed all four of her 3-point tries and committed a team-high five turnovers.

St. John's surged ahead in the second half with a 10-0 run fueled by a pair of turnovers by Oklahoma freshman point guard DaShawn Harden, who was in the game because starter Morgan Hook picked up her fourth foul just over 4 minutes after halftime.

Smith converted a fast-break layup off Harden's first turnover and ended up getting a second-chance basket after missing on the second. Stevens' jumper from the left side pushed the lead to 60-52 with 10:47 remaining.

'I think (Hook's foul trouble) was big,' Coale said. 'I rolled the dice a little leaving her out there but I just felt like we had to have her out there and she's not typically a fouler.'

The Sooners rallied back within 62-61 on Harden's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:12 to go. Oklahoma had its best chance after Amber Thompson missed the second of two free throws with 52 seconds left, but Ellenberg couldn't connect.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com



Delle Donne has 34 but Delaware falls to Kansas - by Eurobasket News

Even Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89) couldnt stop Kansas improbable NCAA tournament run.

The nations leading scorer had 34 points, but Angel Goodrich (5'4''-G) answered with 27 of her own for the 11th-seeded Jayhawks, who rallied in the second half for a 70-64 win over the Blue Hens on Tuesday night.

Delawares (31-2) only other loss this season was to No. 5 Maryland on Dec. 29. The school entered the tournament having never won an NCAA game before its opening-round win over Arkansas-Little Rock, in which Delle Donne scored 39 points in 30 minutes of action.

Despite the success, the abrupt and unexpected end to the season was hard to take.

This really has been a dream season and a dream team, Delle Donne said while fighting back tears. The thing were most disappointed about is just it being over, especially saying goodbye to our seniors.

Im just sorry for the seniors and to my teammates, because we had a lot of fun.

The Jayhawks (21-12), improbably, moved to the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 1998. Theyll face Tennessee on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

When I was in the locker room, I told my teammates to pinch me, junior Aishah Sutherland said.

They advanced by rallying in the second half behind Goodrich, who fell one short of her career high in scoring. The junior was 12 of 21 from the field, 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, and also added six assists.

Goodrich had plenty of help from a Kansas defense that harassed Delle Donne throughout. The Jayhawks swarmed the 6-foot-5 junior, double- and triple-teaming her at times as they did their best to keep her from finding a comfort zone.

Delle Donne finished 9 of 18 from the field, 15 of 18 from the free throw line, and also had 10 rebounds. The effort, however, wasnt enough to overcome a lackluster defensive effort that allowed the Jayhawks to shoot 50 percent (30 of 60) from the field17 of 28 in the second half.

Defensively, I definitely think we let up a lot, Delle Donne said. Defense has been our whole thing all season, so when that was failing us, thats really why things went wrong tonight.

The Jayhawks reaching the Sweet 16 seemed unlikely when the teams leading scorer Carolyn Davis (6'3''-F) went down for the season with a knee injury on Feb. 12.

Kansas lost six of eight to end the regular season and was anything but a certainty to make the tournament, but the Jayhawks have made the most of their stay so far. Its the schools first tournament appearance in eight seasons under coach Bonnie Henrickson.

Weve got a good team, but we have to find ways to win, Henrickson said. We have to prove to the committee that we belong. We got to prove to them that we can win without her, and Angel has carried us and Aishah has been really, really good, too.

Delaware led 37-31 at halftime, but Kansas took control early in second half behind Natalie Knight. The freshman, who scored only five points in the Jayhawk opening-round win over Nebraska, was scoreless at halftime before scoring eight points in a row at one point to put Kansas up 50-43.

That capped a 19-6 run to open the second half for the Jayhawks, and it was part of a 13-0 run that put them up 53-43 after a free throw by Chelsea Gardner, who finished with 10 points. Sutherland added 12 points and 11 rebounds despite battling foul trouble for much of the game while guarding Delle Donne.

Delle Donne took control at that point with Delawares season on the line. She scored 12 straight points, the last three on free throws after she was fouled on a 3-point attempt, to pull the Blue Hens within 59-57.

They were never able to get closer, however, as Goodrich answered with nine of Kansas next 11 points. Her last during the stretch came after a steal and layup on the fast break to put the Jayhawks up 68-57their largest lead of the game.

Delaware was unable to get closer than six points after that.

We will be back, Blue Hens coach Tina Martin said.

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Bentley rallies late, advances to national semifinals - by Eurobasket News

For the third time in as many games, Bentley (31-3) staged a masterful comeback with the 72-67 win against Wayne State (Neb.), Tuesday afternoon in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Division II Elite Eight propelling the Falcons into the national semifinals for the first time since 2003 and the eighth time in the programs history.

For a long time, it didnt look like there would be another game for the 2011-12 Falcons as they trailed the Wildcats 54-35 with 13 minutes left in the game.

But this was a team that scored the final seven points to win its regional semifinal game against Franklin Pierce by two and erased a 12-point halftime deficit in the regional championship against Holy Family before the second half was four minutes old.

Weve been in that situation before. Thats given us the confidence to continue to play, said Bentley coach Barbara Stevens . We were in dire straits, but found the will to come back and win. Im so, so proud of the team right now.

Facing the 19-point deficit, Stevens called for the press and it couldnt have been more effective. Wayne State had three consecutive turnovers in span of a little more than 60 seconds, Bentley had shaved eight points off the deficit.

We had to do something and change up what we were doing. We put the press on and obviously that paid dividends with a huge momentum swing, said Stevens after her 852nd career win.

Junior guard Courtney Finn (5'9''-G) made one of two at the line, sophomore All-America Lauren Battista (6'0''-F) hit a lay-up after a Finn steal of the inbound, junior forward Caleigh Crowell made the first of her four second half treys, and senior guard Katherine Goodwin (5'7''-G) had a steal and a lay-up. And all of a sudden, it was a 54-43 game with 11:31 left.

After the run was temporarily interrupted by a Wildcat three, the Falcons ran off the next 12 points, making it a two-point game with more than eight minutes still to play. Bentleys 34th run of at least 10 consecutive began with sophomore guard Christiana Bakolas hitting one of two from the stripe. Crowell nailed a three, Goodwin took the ball to the basket for two after a block, Finn hit a runner, Battista scored on a lay-up and Finn hit a pair of free throws.

Defensively, that run included a Goodwin block, steals by Battista and junior guard Kelsey Roberson (5'7''-G), a charge drawn by Finn and a half-dozen Wayne turnovers.

A free throw by Goodwin tied the game at 59 with 7:15 left, but Wayne put up the next six points to quiet the Bentley surge.

With the Falcons down 65-59 with 4:30 left, Roberson buried a three and sophomore forward Jacqui Brugliera (6'0''-F) made two free throws to bring Bentley within one and begin a game-ending 13-2 run.

Following a lay-up by Wayne State All-America Ashley Arlen (6'2''-F-90), a basket that proved to be the final points of the season for the Wildcats, Bentley shutout Wayne State in the final 3:30 of the game. A Crowell 10-footer with 1:51 brought Stevens team within one, and a Crowell triple 49 seconds later gave the Falcons their first lead since it was 8-6.

After a defensive stop, Bentley was called for a shot clock violation, with the ball going back to Wayne with 20 seconds left. Brugliera came up with a steal, Roberson made one of two at the line and the lead stood at three, 70-67 with 4.1 seconds left. Bentley forced another turnover, the Falcons 16th takeaway of the final 13 minutes (after only six in the first 27 minutes) and Roberson locked up the Elite Eight win with two more free throws.

All told, the final 13 minutes saw Bentley outscore the Wildcats 37-13 while coming up with seven steals and four blocks. Offensively, the Falcons had only one turnover during that stretch.

The major turnover differential (22 for Wayne, 11 for Bentley) enabled the Falcons to outscore the Wildcats in points off turnovers, 31-13.

Battista, who kept Bentley relatively close with a 12-point first half (including a buzzer-beating putback to make it 35-24 at the break), led all scorers with 18 points. Her first basket of the game, in the midst of 13 consecutive made field goals for the six-footer (the last eight against Holy Family, the first five today), made her just the second sophomore in Bentley history to reach the 1,000-point mark. She also had nine rebounds and three assists.

Crowell and Roberson followed with big efforts off the bench, scoring 16 and 12 respectively, with Roberson also providing five rebounds and two steals. Goodwin did her best to make sure it wouldnt be her final game with 10 points and season-highs in both steals (5) and blocks (3). Finn led the Falcons on the boards with 10.

Arlen powered Wayne State with 17 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Bentley, which stretched its winning streak to 14, shot only 37 percent, as compared to the Wildcats 48 percent, but countered that with 12 more field goal attempts, 12 more free throw attempts, 15 offensive rebounds and the 11 fewer turnovers.

Wayne State finished its season at 32-3 after having its win streak halted at 17.

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Ashland extends streak to 32, gains Final 4 - by Eurobasket News

Ashland University coach Sue Ramsey and her team have preached a 'one-game-at-a-time' mentality all season. It helps keep things in perspective in a 31-game winning streak.

The Eagles used that mentality Tuesday to win their 32nd consecutive game, 71-51 against Alaska-Anchorage at Bill Greehey Arena

The Eagles will play Bentley (Mass.) in a national semifinal at 7 p.m. today on CBS Sports Network. The Falcons beat Wayne State (Neb.), 72-67, after coming back from a 19-point second-half deficit in Tuesday's first NCAA tournament quarterfinal.

Senior guard Jena Stutzman (5'7''-G-90) had 18 points and junior guard Lindsay Tenyak (5'8''-G) added 17 on the strength of five 3-pointers.

The Eagles (32-1) were 9-for-16 from 3-point range in the game and shot 48 percent overall.

The Seawolves (30-5) were held to just 51 points and had a season-low 23 points at halftime. UAA shot just 31.7 percent from the field.

'We just focus on the things that we can control, which is our defense and rebounding, and we used those in the win today,' Ramsey said.

Alaska-Anchorage, the only team ranked better than Ashland offensively left in the tournament, came out with an early 6-2 lead, but the Eagles quickly erased that and turned it into an 18-8 lead.

Tenyak hit three of her five 3s in the first half as she led the Eagles with 11 points at halftime.

'I want to thank my teammates for their passes. Alyssa (Miller) looks right at me on the skip passes,' Tenyak said. 'We found out during shootaround that it's a shooter's gym and our shots were falling.'

After UAA's first salvo, Ashland frustrated the Seawolves defensively. All-American Hanna Johansson (6'2''-F-89) had 13 of her team's 23 first-half points on 5-for-10 shooting. She was 1-for-6 in the second half and finished with 17 points.

'In the first half, they were physical with us. We talked at halftime about needing to be stronger,' junior forward Kari Daugherty (6'1''-G/F) said. 'Their motto was to be as physical as they could with us.'

Daugherty from River View finished with 14 points (4-for-10) and 13 rebounds for her 16th straight double-double. Miller, of Tri-Valley, added three points, four assists and four rebounds and Melanie Poorman from Maysville played two minutes for the Eagles.

Alaska-Anchorage cut the AU lead to 43-40 in the second half. The Eagles used suffocating defense to force turnovers and missed baskets, allowing the Eagles to get into their transition offense. AU used that offense to flip a 17-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Junior Kaci Finfrock (5'5''-G) hit a 3-pointer in that stretch, as did Tenyak, to help the Eagles from long range. Finfrock finished with six points and handed out two assists.

The Seawolves actually out-rebounded the Eagles, 39-32, for the game and pulled down 17 offensive rebounds -- a season-high for an AU opponent.

This was the third trip to the Elite Eight in five seasons for the Seawolves. UAA lost to Northern Kentucky in 2008 and Minnesota State-Mankato in 2009 in the Elite Eight.

Courtesy of www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com



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PLKK Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice - Gorzow 90-56

CCC Polkowice shot 60.8 percent from the field and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski's players. American center Jantel Lavender (193-88, college: Ohio St.) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Agnieszka Majewska (195-82) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five CCC Polkowice players scored in double figures. CCC Polkowice's coach Arkadiusz Rusin felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International power forward Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-89) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Lyndra Weaver (185-87, college: Virginia) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
CCC Polkowice: J.Lavender 22+9reb+3ast, A.Bibrzycka 17+2reb+1ast, A.Majewska 12+7reb+4ast, J.Walich 12+2reb+2ast, V.Musina 11+3reb+1ast, E.Maltsi 10+2reb+1ast
Gorzow: A.Kaczmarczyk 12+8reb+3ast, L.Weaver 12+3reb+1ast, P.Johnson 12+2reb+1ast, A.Skobel 8+5reb+2ast, A.Smalley 4+2reb+1ast, K.Jaworska 4+2reb
gschID: 171551


Energa Torun - ROW Rybnik 70-50

The game was mostly controlled by Energa Torun. ROW Rybnik managed to win third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ROW Rybnik to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded ROW Rybnik 36-25 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Energa Torun made 7 blocks. American guard Leah Metcalf (173-83, college: N.Carolina) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic (192-82) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. American center Sybil Dosty (191-86, college: Arizona St.) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Mekia Valentine (193-88, college: UCSB, agency: Merit Sports) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. ROW Rybnik's coach Kazimierz Mikolajec rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Energa Torun: J.Maksimovic 19+8reb, L.Metcalf 16+8reb+6ast, E.Tlumak 10+2reb+3ast, W.Idczak 9+4reb+1ast, B.Mitchell 6+4reb+1ast, J.Sepulveda 5+5reb+4ast
ROW Rybnik: S.Dosty 16+5reb+1ast, M.Valentine 10+9reb, R.Harris 10+4reb, M.Skorek 8+1ast, A.Rack 4+3reb, R.Fitz 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171549


Wisla Can-Pak - LKS Siemens 109-44

Wisla Can-Pak held LKS Siemens to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 60.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Wisla Can-Pak forced 19 LKS Siemens turnovers and outrebounded them 62-14 including a 21-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Wisla Can-Pak looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by LKS Siemens' players. The former international center Magdalena Leciejewska (191-86) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin forward Milka Bjelica (193-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Wisla Can-Pak players scored in double figures. Wisla Can-Pak's coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Lauren Prochaska (180-88, college: Bowling Green) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Angelika Kowalska (178-92) added 10 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Wisla Can-Pak: M.Leciejewska 21+18reb, K.Krezel 19+6reb+2ast, M.Bjelica 14+10reb+7ast, E.Kobryn 12+3reb+2ast, A.Sniezek 10+5reb+1ast, A.De Mondt 7+2reb+8ast
LKS Siemens: L.Prochaska 15+6reb, A.Kowalska 10+2reb+1ast, J.McIntyre 8+1reb+3ast, Z.Morawiec 7+1reb+2ast, J.Kowalczyk 4+4reb+1ast, Danych 0
gschID: 171550


Lotos Gdynia - Lider Pruszkow 87-63

The game without a history. Lotos Gdynia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lider Pruszkow to just 5 points in third quarter. Lotos Gdynia dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Lider Pruszkow's 32. Lotos Gdynia forced 19 Lider Pruszkow turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lotos Gdynia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Jolene Anderson (175-86, college: Wisconsin) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Gabonese-French forward Geraldine Robert (184-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Four Lotos Gdynia players scored in double figures. The former international center Anna Wielebnowska (188-78) produced 6 points and 6 rebounds and Belarusian forward Nataliya Trofimowa (186-79) added 8 points and 5 rebounds 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.
Top scorers:
Lotos Gdynia: G.Robert 22+12reb, J.Anderson 19+7reb+8ast, A.Henry 16+7reb+1ast, A.Knezevic 12+5reb, C.Jinks 7+4reb+4ast, M.Zietara 7+1reb+3ast
Lider Pruszkow: A.Williams 11+1reb+1ast, N.Trofimowa 8+5reb, A.Chomac 7+2reb+2ast, A.Wielebnowska 6+6reb+1ast, O.Tomialowicz 6+2reb+1ast, A.Pietrzak 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 171548


Stats Leaders - PLKK

Points Per Game
 Larrissa WILLIAMS
  MUKS P.
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Williams, MUKS P.19.2 
 2. Robert, Lotos G.17.0 
 3. Sepulveda, Energa15.8 
 4. Raymond, LKS S.15.5 
 5. Jankowska, Widzew15.3 
 6. Kobryn, Wisla C.14.8 
 7. McIntyre, LKS S.14.8 
 8. Koehn, Lider P.14.5 
 9. Skobel, Gorzow14.4 
 10. Maksimovic, Energ.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amber PETILLON
  Inea AZS
  (193-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Petillon, Inea AZS10.2 
 2. Dalembert, LKS S.10.1 
 3. Dosty, ROW Rybnik9.2 
 4. Ellis, Odra Brzeg8.8 
 5. Jankowska, Widzew8.6 
 6. White, MUKS P.8.4 
 7. Robert, Lotos G.8.2 
 8. Lavender, CCC P.7.8 
 9. Sissoko, Artego B.7.6 
 10. Maksimovic, Energ.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC P.
  (170-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zoll, CCC P.6.5 
 2. Metcalf, Energa T.5.3 
 3. Rack, ROW Rybnik4.9 
 4. Raymond, LKS S.4.5 
 5. Taylor, Artego B.4.1 
 6. Colson, Lider P.3.7 
 7. Jalcova, Lotos G.3.5 
 8. Phillips, Wisla C.3.3 
 9. Kochubei, Odra B.3.3 
 10. Pawlak, Wisla C.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Agnieszka SKOBEL
  Gorzow
  (179-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Skobel, Gorzow3.0 
 2. Makowska, MUKS P.2.5 
 3. Owczarzak, MUKS P.2.4 
 4. Freeman, Tecza L.2.2 
 5. Robert, Lotos G.2.2 
 6. Kochubei, Odra B.2.1 
 7. Metcalf, Energa T.2.0 
 8. Rack, ROW Rybnik1.9 
 9. De Mondt, Wisla C.1.9 
 10. Phillips, Wisla C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC P.
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Majewska, CCC P.2.4 
 2. Petronyte, CCC P.1.9 
 3. Jankowska, Widzew1.3 
 4. Johnson, Gorzow1.2 
 5. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.1.1 
 6. Valentine, ROW R.1.1 
 7. Mistygacz, Inea A.1.1 
 8. Kobryn, Wisla C.1.0 
 9. Oha, Lider P.1.0 
 10. Robert, Lotos G.1.0 



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Stats Leaders - 1A women

Points Per Game
 Jela VIDACIC
  Proleter
  (190-C-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Vidacic, Proleter27.0 
 2. Beljanski, Spartak22.4 
 3. Katic, Radnicki KG20.8 
 4. Maric, Celarevo19.6 
 5. Vasic, Celarevo18.6 
 6. Grubor, Jagodina.18.1 
 7. Prvulovic, Radnick.16.8 
 8. Ilic, Student16.8 
 9. Marinkov, Proleter16.0 
 10. Veselinovic, Spar.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jela VIDACIC
  Proleter
  (190-C-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Vidacic, Proleter14.8 
 2. Crvendakic, Loznica11.9 
 3. Velisavljevi., Sab.10.0 
 4. Maric, Celarevo9.7 
 5. Marinkov, Proleter9.7 
 6. Ilic, Student9.4 
 7. Emese, Spartak9.3 
 8. Carkic, Proleter9.3 
 9. Kovacic, Jagodina.8.8 
 10. Varda, Beocin8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tamara PETKOVIC
  Jagodina.
  (170-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Petkovic, Jagodina.5.0 
 2. Vasic, Celarevo4.2 
 3. Vidacic, Proleter3.7 
 4. Vidakovic, Sabac3.6 
 5. Crvendakic, Loznica3.5 
 6. Stanacev, Crvena3.5 
 7. Cukic, Vrbas3.5 
 8. Musulin, Stara P.3.5 
 9. Grahovac, Beocin3.3 
 10. Beljanski, Spartak3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jovana VESELINOVIC
  Spartak
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Veselinovic, Spart.3.4 
 2. Milovanovic, Vrbas3.3 
 3. Milosevic, Radnick.3.2 
 4. Niksic, Crvena Z.3.2 
 5. Emese, Spartak2.9 
 6. Katic, Radnicki KG2.8 
 7. Beljanski, Spartak2.8 
 8. Vidacic, Proleter2.8 
 9. Stanacev, Crvena2.6 
 10. Grahovac, Beocin2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandra CRVENDAKIC
  Loznica
  (187-C/F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Crvendakic, Loznica2.6 
 2. Varda, Beocin2.0 
 3. Carkic, Proleter1.6 
 4. Terzic, Celarevo1.6 
 5. Vuckovic, Crvena Z.1.5 
 6. Vidacic, Proleter1.3 
 7. Velisavljevi., Sab.1.1 
 8. Rajic, Vrbas1.0 
 9. Emese, Spartak0.9 
 10. Vukovic, Stara P.0.9 



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Ilirija almost surprise Triglav - by Zeljko Zule

AJM-Celje 58-90: After trailing 17-18 early in the second quarter, Celje went on a 17-1 run spanning halftime to go ahead 34-19 and its defense held AJM scoreless from the field for a 9:49 span. Tina Trebec scored 21 points, Teja Oblak added 20, Lea Jagodic posted 10 points, Sanja Orozovic had 9 points and 9 rebounds and Marija Gajic grabbed 13 rebounds. AJM was outrebounded 25-42. Kristina Baltic finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Maja Drozg scored 14 points.
Triglav-Ilirija 70-65: The largest lead of either team as nine points, which Ilirija held in the the first half, 33-24. Triglav tied the scored at 47-all in the third quarter. They went on a 9-2 run to take the lead 60-54 and never looked back from there. Ziva Zdolsek (178-G-89) had 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 rebounds, Natasa Radulovic collected 14 points and 8 rebounds and Ana Ljubenovic scored 11 points. Ilirija was led by Vesna Lesnjak with 14 points, Sara Meden had 12 points and 6 assists, Sandra Bajrektarevic came off the bench for 11 points, Eva Grobisa added 10 points and Barbara Skof grabbed 15 rebounds.
Grosuplje-Jezica 22/03.



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WKBL Round 4 of Semi-Finals:S-Birds and KB Stars reach the Final - by Eurobasket News

S-Birds - Bichumi 74-68 (3-1)

The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. S-Birds made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Bichumi was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Eun-Joo Ha (200-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Youn-Hoa Lee (178-83) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international swingman Kimberly Roberson (178-86, college: Indiana) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Jung-Eun Park (180-77) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists.
Top scorers:
S-Birds: E.Ha 18+8reb+1ast, Y.Lee 17+6reb+1ast, D.Kim 15+4reb+5ast, Y.Kim 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Choi 9+4reb+4ast, Y.Kang 6+4reb+7ast
Bichumi: K.Roberson 23+6reb+1ast, S.Lee 12+5reb+1ast, J.Park 8+7reb+10ast, Y.Lee 8+3reb, B.Hong 8+3reb+1ast, T.Park 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 171686


Winnus - KB Stars 58-61 (1-3)

The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international power forward Sun-Hwa Jung (184-85) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four KB Stars players scored in double figures. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Eun Joo Cho (180-83) added 16 points in the effort for Winnus.
Top scorers:
KB Stars: S.Jung 15+5reb+1ast, S.Jung 14+6reb+1ast, Y.Beon 11+9reb+8ast, A.Kang 10+5reb, S.Park 5+1reb+2ast, S.Kim 3+4reb
Winnus: J.Ja Sin 17+7reb+3ast, E.Joo Cho 16+1reb+2ast, B.Kim 11+4reb+2ast, C.Han 6+5reb+2ast, J.Kim 4+3reb+3ast, K.Lee 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171687


WKBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jung-Eun KIM
  Cool Cats
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Kim, Cool Cats17.7 
 2. Jung, KB Stars15.9 
 3. Kim, S-Birds15.3 
 4. Sin, Winnus15.3 
 5. Kim, Cool Cats15.2 
 6. Lee, S-Birds14.8 
 7. Han, Winnus14.1 
 8. Kang, S-Birds13.7 
 9. Beon, KB Stars13.6 
 10. Cho, Winnus13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jung Ja SIN
  Winnus
  (185-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Sin, Winnus12.4 
 2. Heo, Cool Cats8.9 
 3. Kang, S-Birds8.4 
 4. Jung, KB Stars7.6 
 5. Bae, Woori Hansae6.8 
 6. Jung, KB Stars6.0 
 7. Lee, Bichumi5.9 
 8. Park, Bichumi5.9 
 9. Roberson, Bichumi5.9 
 10. Kim, S-Birds5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lee, Bichumi7.0 
 2. Kim, Cool Cats6.4 
 3. Choi, S-Birds5.8 
 4. Park, Bichumi4.8 
 5. Beon, KB Stars4.7 
 6. Sin, Winnus4.0 
 7. Kim, S-Birds3.7 
 8. Heo, Cool Cats3.7 
 9. Lee, Winnus3.7 
 10. Park, KB Stars3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lee, Bichumi2.4 
 2. Han, Winnus2.3 
 3. Roberson, Bichumi1.6 
 4. Choi, S-Birds1.5 
 5. Beon, KB Stars1.4 
 6. Jung, KB Stars1.3 
 7. Lee, S-Birds1.3 
 8. Park, Bichumi1.1 
 9. Heo, Cool Cats1.1 
 10. Bae, Woori Hansae1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sun-Hwa JUNG
  KB Stars
  (184-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jung, KB Stars1.5 
 2. Sin, Winnus1.5 
 3. Kang, S-Birds1.1 
 4. Kim, S-Birds1.1 
 5. Gang, Cool Cats1.1 
 6. Yang, Woori Hansae0.8 
 7. Kim, Cool Cats0.8 
 8. Bae, Woori Hansae0.8 
 9. Heo, Cool Cats0.7 
 10. Ha, S-Birds0.6 



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Larkins' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Erlana Larkins (185-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mersin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
She had a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds, while her team crushed Ceyhan Bld (#7, 9-13) with 18-point margin 74-56. It was one of impressive evenings for Larkins as usually she does not deliver so high stats. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. Larkins is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.9rpg) and averages solid 60.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kara Braxton (198-C-83) of Optimum TED. She is American center in her first season at Optimum TED. In the last game Braxton recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds. Of course she lead Optimum TED to another comfortable win 94-81 over the higher-ranked Samsun (#6, 10-12) being unquestionably team leader. Braxton is one of the most experienced players at Optimum TED and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jessica Adair (193-C-86, agency: LBM Management) of Tarsus Bld (#11). Adair scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Adair's great performance Tarsus Bld lost 78-86 to the higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#1, 19-3). Adair has a very solid season. In 13 games in Turkey she scored 12.9ppg. She also has 8.2rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ebony Hoffman (188-F/C-82) of Besiktas - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jillian Robbins (185-F-84) of Samsun - 30 points and 8 rebounds
7. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray - 17 points and 13 rebounds
8. Candice Wiggins (180-G-87) of Besiktas - 22 points and 5 rebounds
9. Erin Thorn (178-G-81) of Optimum TED - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Monica Wright (180-F-88) of Botas - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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WUSBA announce league will expand by two additional teams; adding Utah and Detroit will bring roster to 32 teams - by USBA Media


Atlanta, Ga. (March 21, 2012) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announced today it will add two additional teams to its roster for its inaugural basketball season to bring the final total to 32 teams. The season is scheduled to begin in mid November 2015. According to the league, the initial preparation for the new time frame has already begun. 'In the beginning we had difficulty renting gymnasiums, this year we begin with our plans to construct our own arenas in the past we found out that many gymnasiums had two many functions already committed to the college, university or high school, and then we find that some were too lazy to give us what we needed,' said league president Duane Allen Jenkins. 'We have been given approval from our investors to move forward for our new beginning. As it sits right now we will stay with thirty two communities, we plan to visit each site over the next coming year.'

The following is the list of teams targeted for the WUSBA 2015-16 basketball season:

The Southeast Division will house the Atlanta Platinum, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Miami Surf, the Columbia Breeze and the Tampa Bay Galaxy.

The Southwest Division will field the Denver Capitals, the Dallas Dynasty, the Houston Ice Wave, the Las Vegas Flash, the Utah Summit and the Phoenix Swarm.

The Atlantic Division will consist of the Baltimore Bay Hawks, the Boston Colonials, the New York Blizzard, the Philadelphia Legend and the Washington Congressional.

The Central Division will send to court the Chicago Cagerz, the Cincinnati Raging River, the Indianapolis Royal, the Birmingham Starz, the Detroit (TBA) and the Pittsburgh Lightning.

The Midwest Division is the Minneapolis Reign, the Memphis River Hawks, the St Louis Silver, the Kansas City Blaze and the New Orleans Privateers

The Pacific Division will offer the Los Angeles Dynamo, the Portland Express, the San Diego Aces, the San Francisco Jam and the Seattle Emerald.

'We will set out to deliver the basketball teams to our communities; however, since we do own these facilities, we will proceed to develop a national presence. We know depending on colleges and high schools were a mistake, they would commit to rent and then have problems committing to the actual game dates, we believe owning our own facilities, we have overcome all the obstacles', said WUSBA vice president Kenneth Green.

'We had originally planned to begin in the summer of 2010, however when we discovered that we only had 48 players signed, and we had serious issues with some of our coaches, our staff and some of the facilities we tried to rent. This year we wanted to launch in the summer and follow right along with the WNBA, we then found out that seven of the schools did not have central air conditioning, we had no choice, this became a health issue and everyone associated with the Women's United States Basketball Association has the basketball players safety first and foremost on their minds. We will accomplish all that is necessary to maintain the safe environment for our teams. We are truly grateful to be accepted in these great cities and towns', said Duane Allen Jenkins WUSBA president and C.E.O. ' We will offer suitable employment to a wide range of good people; we should be looking at hiring right around 6000 people in all our cities.

'In the beginning, I stated that the WUSBA would assist female basketball players to continue their careers. We have created a system that will bring our league in national and international prominence. We plan to utilize former NCAA players as coaches and league staff. We will begin our inaugural in 2015 season with 32 teams that are united in their dedication to bring top quality basketball to our team cities. We require the teams, coaches and players to share a common objective and a commitment to our fans' satisfaction; we will work together as community partners with our team cities.'

'Not owning any of these venues left us at the mercy of the school or university. When I discovered that most of our gymnasiums had previous engagements committed for the gym, we had to make a decision. Playing in the in our own arena and during the normal basketball season, eliminates this issue. We are now arranging architectural agreements to complete everything it takes to start construction; this is in pursuit of our original goals.'

'We will present a great competitive product that will be entertaining to our fans, our team cities and the profession of basketball as a whole. We are extremely excited about future of our league and the creation of our 32 teams. We now have the time to do it right and I stand here today to assure that everything will be ready for our 2015-16 basketball season.'

'We'll see you, your family and your friends courtside in November 2015.'

'The Women's United States Basketball Association was formed in late March 2010, but the WUSBA concept was originally founded in July 2007. Through the months and years, we have faced a variety of challenges -- some of which seemed insurmountable at the time. The WUSBA will persevere through the tough economic adversities our country has faced and the WUSBA will persevere through this one, as well -- to emerge with a framework for the future, one that everyone will be proud to be associated with -- where our players and coaches have an opportunity to achieve their goals