EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/25/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ALGERIA   


Standings

D1 Standings
 1. GS Petroliers 20-2 
 2. CSMC 19-3 
 3. WA Boufarik 17-5 
 4. Trefle BB Blida 16-6 
 5. CRB Dar El-B. 14-8 
 6. Skikda 14-9 
 7. NAH Dey 10-12 
 8. O Batna 10-13 
 9. US Setif 9-13 
 10. Arreridj 9-13 
 11. MS Cherchell 8-13 
 12. CRB Temouch. 8-14 
 13. USM Blida 7-14 
 14. Sidi-bel-Abbes 7-15 
 15. Staoueli 6-14 
 16. Annaba 1-21 



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, La Union17.5 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.0 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.9 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.7 
 7. Pittman, Libertad.15.6 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
 9. Mojica, Wuber-Es.15.0 
 10. Cowan, Club 915.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Martinez, San M.12.5 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.10.0 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 5. Davis, GECR I.8.9 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.6 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.8 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 7. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 8. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
 9. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
 10. Ibarra, Olimpico.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 4. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 5. Matthews, Quilm.1.1 
 6. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Jackson, Olimpico.0.9 
 10. Rollins, San M.0.9 


LigaA: Estudiantes and Regatas advance to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Third games of Liga A 1/8 Finals were played last night. Estudiantes and Regatas outplayed their rivals once again winning the series with perfect 3-0. Both teams advanced to the QFinals, where Estu will meet Penarol, while Regatas will take on Libertad. Also yesterday, La Union grabbed 2-1 lead against GERC Indalo. Boca Juniors celebrated 70-72 road win against Quimsa for 2-0 lead in the series.


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Sionista 87-64 (3-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Wuber-Est.Bahia. Sionista was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wuber-Est.Bahia made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Wuber-Est.Bahia had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sionista was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Italian guard Juan Espil (194-68) helped adding 20 points. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) with 18 points and guard Ramiro Iglesias (186-90) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Espil 20+1reb+1ast, R.Stanton 16+8reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 14+2reb+4ast, R.Sanchez 13+6reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 10+6reb, F.Aguerre 7+3reb
Sionista: L.Cequeira 18+3reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 12+1ast, H.Rollins 7+4reb, M.Sandes 7+4reb+2ast, J.Villegas 6+2reb+1ast, A.Zilli 4+3reb+2ast


gschID: 171471


La Union - GECR Indalo 77-62
The game was mostly controlled by La Union. GECR Indalo managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union forced 20 GECR Indalo turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Santiago Scala (186-91) added 14 points respectively for GECR Indalo in the defeat. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Lewis 22+7reb+2ast, J.Smith 17+2reb+3ast, A.Marin 12+1reb+2ast, A.Pau 7+1reb, L.Perez 7+4reb+5ast, G.Mikulas 7+4reb+3ast
GECR Indalo: S.Scala 14+2reb+1ast, D.Davis 10+7reb+2ast, K.Seawright 9+6reb, F.Funes 7+3reb, R.Gabini 7+4reb, C.McGowan 6+4reb
gschID: 171470


Atenas - Regatas C. 60-71 (0-3)
The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Atenas managed to win second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Atenas in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 19+7reb+6ast, J.Martinez 12+7reb+3ast, D.Kante 9+6reb+1ast, N.Romano 9+6reb, D.Cavaco 8+3reb, T.Taylor 8+6reb+2ast
Atenas: M.Melvin 14+11reb, M.Gerlero 12+3reb+1ast, B.Labaque 11+4ast, J.Lloreda 8+11reb, R.Humphrey 5+6reb, J.Manuel Rivero 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171468


Play-Out
Club 9 - Quilmes MP 82-71
The game was mostly controlled by Club 9. Quilmes MP managed to win second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Gregorio Eseverri (195-87) added 18 points respectively for Quilmes MP in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Club 9: G.Luchino 23+1reb+2ast, J.Cowan 23+7reb, J.Ayarza 11+2reb, S.Clancy 9+5reb+1ast, D.Gerbaudo 7+5reb+12ast, G.Torre 4+2reb+3ast
Quilmes MP: C.Matthews 19+8reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 18+4reb+3ast, L.Truscott 9+6reb+2ast, G.Sciutto 8+2reb+1ast, C.Moodie 5+2reb, F.Pinero 5+1reb
gschID: 171474


Club 9 - Quilmes MP 72-70
26 personal fouls committed by Quilmes MP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Diego Gerbaudo (182-89) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP.
Top scorers:
Club 9: D.Gerbaudo 19+5reb+1ast, S.Clancy 12+9reb+1ast, E.Martina 10+3reb, G.Torre 9+2reb+1ast, J.Ayarza 8+6reb, J.Cowan 8+3reb
Quilmes MP: P.McHopson 24+8reb+1ast, C.Matthews 16+11reb, N.Ferreyra 10+2reb, L.Truscott 7+9reb, A.Weigand 5+4reb, C.Moodie 4+1reb
gschID: 171475


Olimpico LB - San Mart.C. 96-89
The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-89. Olimpico de La Banda made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds and Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M) added 27 points respectively for San Martin Corrientes in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 20+10reb+3ast, F.Malara 19+7reb+3ast, G.Grays 19+3reb+3ast, E.Villares 17+2reb+1ast, C.Romero 9+3reb+1ast, J.Machuca 8+2reb+2ast
San Mart.C.: J.Michael Martinez 27+17reb+2ast, L.Garcia Morales 27+4reb, W.McFarlan 17+6reb+1ast, F.Elias Saad 7+1reb, L.Victoriano 5+3reb+6ast, A.Eslava 4+2reb
gschID: 171472


Olimpico LB - San Mart.C. 83-74
The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for forward Cristian Romero (198-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M) added 28 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively for San Martin Corrientes in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Romero 20+6reb+2ast, A.Jackson 12+4reb, J.Machuca 12+1ast, C.Amicucci 11+8reb, E.Villares 8+5reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 8+9reb+3ast
San Mart.C.: L.Garcia Morales 28+1reb, J.Michael Martinez 24+12reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 11+6reb, F.Ramirez 3+4reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 3+4reb, L.Victoriano 3+7reb+6ast



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Chris Alexander replaces Nakiea Miller for the Patriots - by Eurobasket News

Philippine Patriots decided to make a change on the roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Alexander Chris (216-C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.). The centre is expected to replace Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) on the squad. Alexander Chris started the season with Barangay Ginebra Kings. He tallied 14.0 points, 20.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game in PBA. Last season Alexander Chris spent in South Korea. He averaged 11.1 points, 10.0 boards, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 assists per game for Changwon LG Sakers. The centre participated at Korean KBL All-Star Game in 2011. Previously Alexander Chris had stints in China, Philippines, D-League, Spain, USBL, CBA, Puerto Rico.
Nakiea Miller joined the Patriots at the start of the season. His stats read 15.7 points, 11.4 boards and 2.7 blocks per game in ASEAN League.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 21-6 
 2. Wildcats 19-9 
 3. Blaze 16-11 
 4. Crocodiles 15-13 
 5. Taipans 15-13 
 6. Tigers 11-17 
 7. Kings 11-17 
 8. 36ers 8-19 
 9. Hawks 8-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 23: Taipans - 36ers 79-75
Mar. 23: Tigers - Wildcats 71-72
Mar. 23: Crocodiles - Breakers 69-76
Mar. 24: Kings - Hawks 68-77
Mar. 25: Hawks - 36ers
Mar. 25: Blaze - Breakers


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Lisch, Wildcats17.6 
 2. Wilson, Taipans17.3 
 3. Johnson, 36ers16.6 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings16.4 
 5. Wilkinson, Breakers16.4 
 6. Deleon, Blaze16.3 
 7. Tragardh, Tigers16.3 
 8. Bose, Kings15.5 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.15.4 
 10. Worthington, Blaze14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.8 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.0 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.7 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.7 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.3 
 9. Worthington, Blaze6.3 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.4 
 2. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 3. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 4. Gill, Crocodiles3.8 
 5. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 6. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.4 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Warren, 36ers3.2 
 10. Deleon, Blaze3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.6 
 4. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 7. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 9. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 10. Worthington, Blaze0.7 



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  AUSTRIA   


Robert Arnold claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Robert Arnold (198-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Gmunden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Gmunden in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kapfenberg (#2, 20-8) 79-74. It allowed Gmunden to consolidate first place in the Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Gmunden has a very solid 22-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Arnold had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gmunden's top player in his first season with the team. Robert Arnold averages this season 12.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American guard Vernard Hollins (190-G-80) of Oberwart. Hollins impressed basketball fans with 34 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Oberwart lost that game 75-81 to slightly higher-ranked Klosterneub. (#3, 19-9). Oberwart managed to keep the same 5th spot in Group A. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hollins is a newcomer at Oberwart and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Croatian Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81) of UBSC Graz (#-3). Stegnjaic scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Stegnjaic's great performance UBSC Graz lost 71-92 to #-1 ranked St.Polten. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of UBSC Graz not to end season at such low position in Group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stegnjaic could try to bring UBSC Graz's a little bit higher in the standings. Stegnjaic has a very solid season. In 25 games in Austria he scored 16.4ppg. He also has 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.4% and 3PT: 42.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djordje Drenovac (203-F-92) of Arkadia - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jeff Robinson (198-F-88) of Furstenfeld - 28 points and 7 rebounds
6. Joe Werner (201-C-84) of Wels - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Morris Curry (178-G-87) of Gmunden - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ali Farokhmanesh (183-PG-88) of Wels - 24 points and 3 rebounds
9. Christoph Nagler (196-G-84) of Klosterneub. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Florian Trmal (193-G/F-89) of St.Polten - 9 points and 14 rebounds

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



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.9 
 4. Hallik, Tarvas15.0 
 5. Young, Ventspils14.8 
 6. Vasylius, Siauliai14.6 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.14.3 
 8. Lucas, Valmiera14.3 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas14.3 
 10. Karasev, Triumph14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 David MCCLURE
  Kedainiai
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 2. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.7.5 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera6.9 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.3 
 7. Delas, Baltai Kaun.6.2 
 8. Willard, Ventspils6.1 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo5.9 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.0 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. Kulagin, Triumph3.8 
 7. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 8. Janavicius, Baltai3.7 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.5 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 3. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 4. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 5. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 7. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.6 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
 10. Lucas, Valmiera1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 6. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 7. Leiteris, Liepaja1.1 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 10. Soloviev, Triumph0.9 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 16-6 
 2. Antwerp 15-7 
 3. Oostende 15-7 
 4. Aalstar 12-9 
 5. Leuven 12-10 
 6. M.Hainaut 11-11 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Gent 7-16 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 23: M.Hainaut - Liege 78-71
Mar. 24: Aalstar - Antwerp 71-74
Mar. 24: Leuven - Spirou 61-85
Mar. 22: Verviers-Pep. - Gent 58-66

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 31: Spirou - Gent
Mar. 31: Aalstar - M.Hainaut
Mar. 31: Verviers-Pep. - Antwerp
Mar. 31: Oostende - Leuven

Round 23

Mar. 28: Aalstar - Spirou


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.4 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.6 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.8 
 4. Black, Antwerp14.7 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.2 
 6. Haynes, Gent14.2 
 7. Green, Spirou14.0 
 8. Freeman, Leuven13.8 
 9. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.4 
 10. Tofi, Leuven13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.4 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.4 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.2 
 5. Merriex, Verviers.7.0 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.7 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.1 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.1 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Waters, Liege3.9 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.8 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.3 
 5. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.1 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 7. Bostic, Liege2.9 
 8. Winston, Oostende2.8 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 10. Thompson, Vervier.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.4 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.1 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Muya, Liege1.7 
 6. Bosco, Gent1.7 
 7. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 8. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.7 
 9. Haynes, Gent1.6 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.4 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.8 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 8. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 


D1 Round 25: Antwerp Giants edge Okapi Aalstar by three points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 25 in the D1 took place in Aalst. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Okapi Aalstar (12-9) to third ranked Antwerp Giants (15-7) 74-71 on Saturday evening. Okapi Aalstar was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) produced 29 points and 4 assists for lost side. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Antwerp Giants is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Leuven Bears (12-10) 85-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Jiri Welsch contributed with 15 points for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points and 4 assists for Leuven Bears. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-6 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Optima Gent (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against Base Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Gent defeated Verviers-Pep. in a road game 66-58. M.Hainaut beat Liege at home 78-71.
The best stats of 25th round was 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks by Jason Love of Verviers-Pep..


Aalstar - Antwerp 71-74

The most exciting game of round 25 in the D1 took place in Aalst. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Okapi Aalstar (12-9) to third ranked Antwerp Giants (15-7) 74-71 on Saturday evening. Okapi Aalstar was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) produced 29 points and 4 assists and guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place, which they share with Oostende. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Antwerp Giants is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 20+4reb+4ast, D.Wilson 14+5reb+1ast, M.Roll 13+3reb+6ast, R.Biggs 10+6reb+4ast, S.Mejri 7+11reb, J.Vaughn 7+2reb
Aalstar: C.Copeland 29+4reb+4ast, S.Jackson 15+12reb, C.Young 13+2reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 11+3reb+3ast, J.Holiday 3+4reb+1ast, H.VanLangenhove 0+2reb
gschID: 132430


Verviers-Pep. - Gent 58-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster's (4-18) home loss to eighth ranked Optima Gent (7-16) 58-66. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But VOO Verviers-Pepinster won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Optima Gent won last quarter 19-13. Strangely VOO Verviers-Pepinster outrebounded Optima Gent 41-26 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 7-16 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Optima Gent will play against league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Haynes 20+2reb+2ast, L.Bosco 17+7reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 17+2reb, G.Brown 6+2reb, B.Heinle 4+7reb+4ast, L.Louves 2+4reb
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 13+10reb, B.Merriex 12+9reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 11+10reb+2ast, S.Moris 7+3reb, M.De Zeeuw 7+5reb+2ast, B.Lemaire 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132431


Leuven - Spirou 61-85

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Leuven Bears (12-10) 85-61. The game was mostly controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Leuven Bears was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Leuven Bears turnovers. Leuven Bears were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) answered with 11 points and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points in the effort for Leuven Bears. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-6 record. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Optima Gent (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against Base Oostende and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Broyles 18+2ast, J.Welsch 15+3reb+2ast, C.Beghin 13+4reb, C.Green 12+4reb, S.Massot 8+3reb, C.Hill 6+4reb+2ast
Leuven: J.Davis 12+1reb, A.Dagunduro 11+4reb+4ast, J.Terrell 10+1reb, I.Hanavan 10+2reb+1ast, B.Freeman 6+2ast, J.Salumu 4
gschID: 132432


M.Hainaut - Liege 78-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut's (11-11) home victory over 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (7-15) 78-71. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-17 Belgacom Liege's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-71 at the end of the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a very good performance for guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 assists. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and center Len Matela (206-80, college: Bowling Green, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains sixth place with 11-11 record. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against higher ranked Okapi Aalstar (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 14+3reb+5ast, A.Slaughter 14+4reb+7ast, S.Foster 12+7reb+1ast, A.Nivins 11+4reb, J.Cage 7+7reb, A.Libert 7+3reb+1ast
Liege: J.Bostic 19+9reb+2ast, L.Matela 12+6reb+2ast, G.Hockins 11+3reb, G.Muya 8+3reb+2ast, D.Waters 6+3ast, T.Jennings 4+5reb
gschID: 132429



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Standings - BIH League

D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 1-0 
 2. Siroki WWin 1-0 
 3. Varda HE 1-0 
 4. Bosna 0-1 
 5. Mladost 0-1 
 6. Capljina 0-1 
Places 7-14
 1. Leotar 14-10 
 2. Servitium 10-14 
 3. Hercegovac 10-14 
 4. Borac Nektar 8-16 
 5. Zrinjski HT 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 8-16 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Celik 5-19 

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 24: Siroki WWin - Bosna 93-62
Mar. 24: Mladost - Igokea 72-87
Mar. 24: Varda HE - Capljina 65-62

Second Stage: Round 2

Mar. 27: Igokea - Bosna
Mar. 27: Capljina - Siroki WWin
Mar. 27: Mladost - Varda HE


Fantastic performance of Ognjen Kuzmic against Mallorca - by Nedzad Kladusak

Ognen Kuzmic (215-C-90) and Dejan Todorovic (F-94) are both on the shortlist of KSBIH during the expedition of Harun Mahmutovic and headcoach Aco Petrovic.
Both players played on Friday as Mallorca defeated Clinicas Rincon 79-63.
However Ognen Kuzmic was brilliant for the losing side scoring 18 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking 5 shots in only 28 minutes for a total
of 32 index points.
Dejan Todorovic the athletic SF had 4 points and 3 rebounds in 30 minutes.



Interview with young Bosnian hope, Samir Sehic - by Nedzad Kladusak

Samir Sehic is one of the most talented U-16 big guys in the US and he is on the radars of KSBIH who wants to add him to the golden generation of U-16 players playing in elite European leagues and who might bring BIH back to the top of European basketball.

Q: The last time I spoke with you has been last year when you missed the U16 EC. How are you today?
A: I am very good I just finished up my freshmen basketball year in high school, and now I am training with my AAU team.

Q: The last time we have been in touch you have been 201cm. Have you grown since then and has been the focus of your work?
A: Yes I have, I am now 68 (203cm) and I have been focusing on developing my footwork in the post and also my upper body strength

Q: Which tournaments did you play recently and what are your personal achievements?
A: I have been playing high school basketball the past couple of months, its more of like a league, and I won the Newcomer of the Year award, in my league

Q: You have been voted in the top 10 of the FAB Frog 2011 tournament. Have there been any follow up contacts with scouts and do you already have plans related to your college career?
A: Well I am not able to be in contact with any scouts yet, but I have gottan a few letters including South Carolina, Notre Dame, Boise State, Oregon State and a few more.

Q: What has for you personally been the most important success in your basketball career?
A: The most important success in my basketball career is winning a national championship 3 years in a row.

Q: Following your self-assessment what do you think you have to improve?
A: I think I need to improve on my foot work in the post, and become stronger

Q: What do you think of Hakeem Olajuwon and Luis Scola? Which of their skills would you like to have?
A: I would love to be able to have there footwork in the post, and be able to move like them.

Q: Your favourite center player Adnan Hodzic plays for Tubingen are you still in contact?
A: Adnan is absolutely wonderful athlete. He is now if professional basketball and I know he is working a lot and I wish him success.

Q: Zavidovici-native Nedzad Sinanovic , has decided to play for BIH. What about you. Will we see you in the BIH jersey this summer?
A: Nedzad is deficiently ready to play for our country and Im very happy to see him in the Bosnian jersey, a few weeks ago I got my schedule for 2012 season, it looked extremely busy and it will be hard to make it, but I am trying my best to come and represent.

Q: BIH soccer team will soon play in Chicago against Mexico. Will you attend the match?
A: My dad and I are looking into going and we are very excited to go.

Samir keep working hard! I wish you make your NBA dream come true and that you have a lot of success in the Bosnian jersey.




Adnan Omeragic 204cm 1996 SF on Spains preliminary U16 roster! - by Chris Mathieu

Adnan Omeragic 204cm 1996 SF on Spains preliminary U16 roster!
Bosnian basketball hopefuls were dealt a blow when Bosnian youngster Adnan Omeragic was invited onto Spains U16 roster. Adnan was born in Spain to refugee parents escaping the Bosnian war. Adnan flashed bigtime potential last year as a 14 year old kid and looks to have high level European talent. It was a long shot to get a commitment from him to Bosnia but there was a push by the new leadership in BiH to get him to accept an offer to join his motherland of Bosnia. It seemed to be too little, too late for the new leadership of Bosnia as he had already made commitments to Spain. The big news is one of the biggest prospects Nedim Dedovic wasnt on the Spanish roster, which should give fans some hope his commitment to Spain is waning with the full court press Bosnian officials are putting on him to remain loyal to Bosnia. It should be an interesting race to see if Bosnia can get Nedim to commit his services to Bosnia.
The focus now turns to the other bigtime prospects playing in Spain Sandro Gacic, Nedim Dedovic, Edin Attic as well as youngster Dejan Todorovic, Dino Muminovic and Ogjen Kuzmic and securing the services of US U16 prospect Samir Sehic.
The U16 team has some excellent talents available even without Adnan Omeragic who is only 15. Sandro Gacic, Samir Sehic,Nedim Dedovic and Alija Piric as well as some other big-time talents.



KK Dubrovnik sign Toni Bizaca - by Eurobasket Center

KK Dubrovnik signed 30-year old forward Toni Bizaca (202-F-82). In his first game he scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Alkar Sinj 78-81. Bizaca played most recently at Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine). While playing 8 games in EuroChallenge for Khimik last season his stats were: 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 47 games in Ukrainian League averaging 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia and Ukraine.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BRAZIL   


Corey Lowe sign with Lajeado - by Paulo Freire

The Univates/FlorestalAlimentos/Bira Lajeado team has a new international player, the managers of the team sign guard Corey Lowe (188-G-88, college: Boston U.).
Lowe is a product of Boston University where he average 15.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.3apg in his senior year in 2009-2010
The player start his pro career in Latvia playing for the BK Barons Riga, then he transfer to Israel to play for the Ironi Nes-Ziona
The Univates/FlorestalAlimentos/Bira Lajeado is fight for a spot in the Super Cup Brazil, as they are now playing the Brazil Cup South Region




Sao Bernardo dos Campos is building a new team - by Paulo Freire

The Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo basketball team is back on the scene.
The managers of the team announced that the professional team is build once again to play the Paulista State Championship.
The new players on the roster are:
Guard Rafael Castellon (85) who ask to be waived from Sorocaba in the NBB sign back in the club of Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo.
The forward Fernando De Oliveira (198-F/C-79) come in from San Luis of Chile.
Guard Thiago Rodrigo (F-84) comes in from the Santos team.
Big man Andre Liuz de Oliveira (205-F/C-84) comes in from the Lajeado team.
The internation point guard Joel Munoz (179-PG-80) comes in from Panama



America de Rio Preto add players to their roster - by Paulo Freire

The America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil from Sao Jose do Rio Preto city after sign the new head coach Daniel Wattfy is working at their roster.
The team sign the americans Rashaun McLemore (195-G/F, college: CS Northridge) and Dante Hunter (191-G-83, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Calumet) to give more experience for the team.
The managers also add to their roster guard Ederson da Silva (194-G-84) more knowing as Mutombo who was playing in Macae team, the shooter Antonio Bego (189-G-80) who was playing in Caxias do Sul team and big man Willian Pessoa (202-F-96) from Campo Mourao
From last season roster will remain on the team center Ygor Viana, guard Din Alves and Marininho Zacarias (84)




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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 21-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 18-5 
 3. Rilski Sportist 15-8 
 4. Tundja Yambol 13-10 
 5. Cherno More 10-13 
 6. Balkan 8-15 
 7. Spartak Pleven 5-18 
 8. Chernomorets 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 24: Spartak Pleven - Balkan 89-73
Mar. 24: Cherno More - Chernomorets 82-76
Mar. 24: Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 81-75
Mar. 24: Levski Sofia - Lukoil Academik 53-62

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 31: Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven
Mar. 31: Tundja Yambol - Cherno More
Mar. 31: Balkan - Levski Sofia
Mar. 31: Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Harper, Levski S.19.3 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.3 
 6. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.6 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.5 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.5 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja15.2 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.3 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.2 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Ril.6.1 
 8. Tsenov, Spartak6.0 
 9. Marintchechk., Bal.6.0 
 10. Todorov, Spartak5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.1 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.0 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.6 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan3.6 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 8. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.3 
 9. Penev, Chernomo.3.2 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 2. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.1 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.1 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.0 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.8 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 7. Filipov, Balkan1.7 
 8. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.7 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Chernomo.
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.2 
 2. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 5. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.6 
 7. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Marinov, Balkan0.5 
 10. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.5 


NBL Round 23: Derby game ends with Lukoil Academik's defeat of Levski Sofia - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski Sofia (#2). Levski Sofia was defeated at home 53-62 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. Levski Sofia trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 10-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 53-62 at the end of the game. The former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 7 points and 8 rebounds for Levski Sofia. Lukoil Academik have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Levski Sofia will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
An interesting game for Rilski Sportist (15-8) which hosted in Samokov 4th placed Tundja Yambol (13-10). Third ranked Rilski Sportist managed to get a 6-point victory 81-75. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Filip Vukosavljevic helped adding 14 points. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Rilski Sportist have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tundja Yambol will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Balkan (8-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak Pleven (5-18). Spartak Pleven defeated Balkan 89-73 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Ilia Stankov who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Stanimir Marinov came up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Balkan in the defeat. Spartak Pleven maintains seventh place with 5-18 record. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Spartak Pleven will meet bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in the next round. Balkan will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and will have a slim chance for a victory.

In the last game of round 23 bottom-ranked Chernomorets was beaten by Cherno More on the road 82-76.


Levski Sofia - Lukoil Academik 53-62

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski Sofia (#2). Levski Sofia was defeated at home 53-62 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Levski Sofia. Levski Sofia trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 10-8 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 53-62 at the end of the game. The former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 7 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) added 10 points in the effort for Levski Sofia. Lukoil Academik have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-2 record. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Levski Sofia will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: A.Owens 19+5reb+2ast, B.Heath 12+6reb+4ast, L.Mack 10+5reb+3ast, D.Stojanovski 8+1reb+1ast, B.Avramov 7+2reb+1ast, B.Sundov 2+8reb
Levski Sofia: M.Hall 10+4reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 9+4reb+1ast, P.Ivanov 8, A.Harper 7+8reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 7+2reb+1ast, D.Anguelov 5+6reb
gschID: 140022


Cherno More - Chernomorets 82-76

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-13) beat bottom-ranked Chernomorets (2-21) in Varna 82-76 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Chernomorets won second period 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Tihomir Zhelev (192-90) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Euroins Cherno More's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Four Euroins Cherno More and five Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth place with 10-13 record. Chernomorets lost their thirteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Euroins Cherno More will meet higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chernomorets will play against Spartak Pleven (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: T.Zhelev 21+5reb+3ast, N.Kolev 15+11reb, S.Iliev 13+2reb+5ast, G.Davidov 10+4reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 7+1reb, P.Aleksiev 6+2reb+6ast
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 20+12reb+3ast, D.Dunovic 17+5reb, A.Penev 12+8reb+8ast, K.Koev 12+8reb+1ast, D.Roshmanov 11+1reb+1ast, A.Saraliyski 2+3reb
gschID: 140019


Spartak Pleven - Balkan 89-73

The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Balkan (8-15) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak Pleven (5-18). Spartak Pleven defeated Balkan 89-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Spartak Pleven. Balkan managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while Balkan only scored six points from the stripe. Spartak Pleven looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Balkan's players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) accounted for 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) came up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points respectively for Balkan in the defeat. Spartak Pleven maintains seventh place with 5-18 record. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Spartak Pleven will meet bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in the next round. Balkan will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 29+10reb+3ast, T.Todorov 23+7reb+4ast, A.Dyakovski 14+2reb+9ast, T.Ostrev 12+5reb+1ast, R.Sofroniev 6+3reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 3+4reb+3ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 22+6reb+4ast, D.Marojevic 14+3reb, D.Morton 13, L.Lilov 8+2reb+1ast, D.Marintchechki 6+3reb, I.Martin 6+2reb
gschID: 140020


Rilski Sportist - Tundja Yambol 81-75

An interesting game for Rilski Sportist (15-8) which hosted in Samokov 4th placed Tundja Yambol (13-10). Third ranked Rilski Sportist managed to get a 6-point victory 81-75. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-12. But Tundja Yambol won third quarter 28-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tundja Yambol was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) helped adding 14 points. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) scored 8 points and 11 rebounds. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tundja Yambol will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 24+3reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 14+3reb+2ast, A.Bilobrk 12+5reb+1ast, B.Boev 9+4ast, M.Marinov 9+2reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 6+6reb+3ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 15+6reb+4ast, J.Radionov 13+4reb+4ast, J.Ofoegbu 12+3reb, S.Govedarov 11+1ast, T.Gugino 8+11reb+2ast, M.Jefferson 5+5reb
gschID: 140021



Lukoil beat Levski in the last derby of regular season - by Valentin Anguelov

Lukoil Academic beat Levski in the last match between those teams in the regular season of National League. In a very low scoring game they were better by the score 62-53 and pretty much decided the winner of first place in domestic competition before the playoffs. Therefore Lukoil Academic will have home court advantage through entire playoffs for season 2011/12.

There was too much pressure for the players of coach Titi Papazov which reflected on their play and they couldnt show much of their abilities. However, Levski proved that they can play well as a guest in Pravets, where the boys of the club took the only victory over Lukoil Academic in this season.

Lukoil Academic started better the game and led 10-0 before Papazov took a time-out. Levski leaped after that and cut the difference to just one point. In the latest attack of the first quarter 3-point shot by Andre Owens gave Lukoil 4 points lead - 19-15. The second quarter was equal in the beginning but Lukoil Academic managed to get 13 points advantage- 32-19. Levski managed to reduce its to only 8 at the end of the second quarter and made halftime score 35-27 in favor of the guests.

Levski started the second half pretty well with 5 unanswered points. However Lukoil Academic played better in the final minutes of the third part and led by 54-43 ahead of the last ten minutes. They managed to keep their advantage which at the end meant a victory in the derby. Finally the result was 62-53 in their favor.

Andre Owens scored 19 points and Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) added 12 points for the guests of Pravets.

For Levski Marcus Hall scored 10 points, Stefan Georgiev added 9 while Pavel Ivanov managed 8 points.

Next week Levski visited the Balkan Botevgrad while Lukoil Academic play at home versus Rilski Sportist.



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.0 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
 10. Marbury, Beijing26.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.3 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 10. Randolph, DongGu.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.3 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.7 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 9. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 2. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 3. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.3 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 3. Morris, Beijing Du.1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


Randolph Morris brings Beijing Ducks the second Final win - by Eurobasket News

Beijing Ducks - Guandong ST 109-106

The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 32-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beijing Ducks forced 20 Guandong Tigers turnovers. Strangely Guandong Tigers outrebounded Beijing Ducks 51-30 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 23 points and 9 assists during the contest. point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Five Beijing Ducks and four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 33+12reb+2ast, M.Stephon 23+3reb+9ast, C.Lei 15+2reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 14+7reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 13+2reb+5ast, W.Xiaohui 5
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 25+6reb+4ast, S.James 18+10reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 15+7reb+1ast, H.Dong 11+8reb, Z.Peng 11+4reb+2ast, S.Wei 9+6reb
gschID: 171919



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  COSTA RICA   

Standings - D1

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


Barva alone at the top - by Gianni Pascucci

Last weekend, Ferreterias Brenes Barva won the first showdown with Sanatura, 96-87, after 2 overtimes, and now is alone at the top of the table.
The resuts of Round 7, instead, were as follows:

ARCA LIMON 67 - LICEO COSTA RICA 61
ESCAZ 62 - SANATURA DESAMPA 102
COOPENAE USJ ARBA 87 - CARTAGO 51
FERRETERA BRENES BARVA 100 - GRUPO BABEL PZ 68

In the easy win ove Perez Zeledon, Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) topped all the scorers at 30 pts, followed by Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) with 21



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  CROATIA   

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.2 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.1 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar16.8 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner15.1 
 6. Kruslin, Zabok14.4 
 7. Peraica, Darda14.3 
 8. Sobin, KK Split14.2 
 9. Budimir, Darda14.1 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.4 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.2 
 3. Sobin, KK Split7.0 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.8 
 5. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.7 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.4 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar6.1 
 8. Mrva, Jolly5.8 
 9. Sarlija, Borik5.7 
 10. Cakarun, Borik5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.4 
 4. Subotic, KK Split3.4 
 5. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 6. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 7. Mimica, KK Split2.7 
 8. Sobin, KK Split2.6 
 9. Tomas, Zabok2.6 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ross, Jolly3.2 
 2. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 3. Mimica, KK Split1.8 
 4. Zadnik, Zadar1.8 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 6. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
 7. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 8. Tomas, Zabok1.5 
 9. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 10. Drazovic, Borik1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 2. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split0.9 
 5. Buva, Krizevci0.9 
 6. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 9. Najev, KK Split0.5 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.5 


KK Dubrovnik sign Toni Bizaca - by Eurobasket Center

KK Dubrovnik signed 30-year old forward Toni Bizaca (202-F-82). In his first game he scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Alkar Sinj 78-81. Bizaca played most recently at Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine). While playing 8 games in EuroChallenge for Khimik last season his stats were: 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg. He also played 47 games in Ukrainian League averaging 10.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia and Ukraine.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Luka Petkovic is a newcomer at KK Dubrovnik - by Eurobasket Center

KK Dubrovnik added to their roster 24-year old guard Luka Petkovic (190-G-88). In his first game he scored 19 points and added 4 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Alkar Sinj 78-81. Petkovic played most recently at GKK Sibenik (A2). He played also pro basketball in Bosnia and Slovenia.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Semi Finals: Keravnos beat AEK and qualified for the finals! - by Chris Mammides

Semi finals: Game 5: Keravnos Strovolou - Petrolina AEK Larnakas 78-64
The 5th game took place earlier tonight in Paris Papaellinas court where the team of Keravnos was the host of the most crucial game of the season, as AEK Larnakas which was lost by hand a few days earlies after the 2-0 and the 3rd game in Strovolos, found the strength and tied the series into 2-2 and with the momentum and psychology in the Larnakas site they travel to Strovolos only with one reason to succeed something that nobody else succeed in the Cyprus league to come back from a 0-2 to a 3-2 and proceed in the finals.

On the other hand, Keravnos had a wounded pride and a low morale after the really very bad two games against their rivals and the job of Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras was more difficult than ever as he had to changed the overall mentality of his team and basically make them believe that they are better than their opponent (if they are) and repeat the games of the regular season.

The game started with the visiting site of Coach Papadopoulos showing his aggressiveness from the very beginning and showing that they had nothing to lose, Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) with 2 three pointers and Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) with another pair of baskets gave an early lead of four points to AEK and the score was 7-11 in the first 4.30 of the game. Keravnos reacted and balance the game to 13-13 with the 2nd three pointers by Winsome Frazier (193-F/G-82, college: Mississippi St.), but Karim who replaced Hart was very good so with a pair of baskets gave a new lead to his team but Winsome Frazier who was the top performer for Keravnos in this period balance the game once more to 15-15, 2.40 to the end. The two teams were equally good and the home court advantage in this first period was not having a crucial role as AEK was leading the game and was scoring from all over without any real problem from the Strovolos fans. Winsome Frazier lost the easy jumper and then fouled Vujadin Subotic and the Serb was perfect from the charity line for a new lead for AEK, 17-15. Many turnovers from both teams with the big guys of the home team, Trisokkas, and Dragicevic being on the top of the list of Turnovers, while on the other hand Panteli had already 3. The first period ended with 17-17 and the two teams not playing really a good basketball as the gravity of the game couldnt let them do so. Keravnos never took the lead in these first 10 minutes while AEK was leading with as many as five points at the start (4-9). In the free throws AEK was perfect with 5/5 while Keravnos had 4/6.


The 2nd period started with Kojadinovic missing the easy lay-up and Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) scoring his first points from the charity line to give a new lead to his team with 17-19 initially and after the technical foul over Pilavas with Vujadin Subotic continuing being perfect from the charity line 17-21. Keravnos reacted and with a pair of Baskets by Dragicevic and Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) brought the game to a draw 7.45 to the end of the game with Marcus Moore getting his 3rd personal foul very early in the game and Keravnos losing his star from the early beginning! An interesting figure in these first 13 minutes is the free throws where the home team has only 6 while the visitors the amazing double score of 12! A 3 pointer by Cyrille Makanda and another by Wiliam Hatcher brought the home team in the leading role for a first time in the game, 26-25 with 5.41 to to the end of the first half, but Cyrille Makanda was on fire (against his ex team) so with a steal on Wiliam Hatcher and a layup gave to his team the lead once more, making his personal points 8. Keravnos remained pointless for three minutes, with Wiliam Hatcher, Andrei Mandache (189-G-87) and Kojadinovic missing their shots on a continuous offensive crescent for the home team. Andrei Mandache succeed to score a basket (5 points) to give a lead to his team with a 282-7 in a very bad game with both the teams playing mostly a game without a character or tactics while both the coaches were not able to do a lot probably due to the fact that both of them were inexperienced in so critical games. Winsome Frazier gave an air of three points for Keravnos which lasted only 14 seconds as a three pointer by Vujadin Subotic balanced the game to 30-30, with the Serb become the first player with a double digits in the game as he scored the 10 points out of the 30 of his team! With 11 seconds to go, Keravnos had the last offence with Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras getting the time out as his team had a small lead of three, (35-32) and the ball in their hands, but Andrei Mandache's 4th turnover, gave the ball to AEK's players and in the remaining 6 seconds AEK couldt do anything, so the score in the first half ended with 35-32. The top performer in these 20 minutes was Vujadin Subotic with 12 points, followed by Cyrille Makanda with 8 while from the home team of Keravnos, top performer was Winsome Frazier with 12 points, followed by Andrei Mandache with 7 points but 4 turnovers too.

The 3rd period started with both teams losing a pair of shots and te score remain unchanged for the first two minutes before Trisokkas scoring his first points in the game to give an air of 5 points for the home team (37-32). Vujadin Subotic and Karim with a 5-0 in less than 40 seconds balance the game. Winsome Frazier was on fire so with 4 personal points (16 in total) and another basket by Trisokkas the score went to 43-37 with 6 minutes to go and the unsportsmanlike foul by Karim over Trisokkas, gave the chance to Keravnos to increase the deficit to eight (45-37). With the dunk of Veselovs the deficit went to double digits and 10 with Keravnos Strovolou outscoring Petrolina AEK 10-0 in the last 02:06 The momentum changed and Keravnos at the specific stage had the upper hand which became more obvious when a second after Jo Jo Garcia did another unsportsmanlike foul over Veselovs and the score was starting to go in the sky-high (51-37) with the 8th point by Veselovs and 53-37 with the 7th point of Wiliam Hatcher and 56-37 after a new three pointer by Winsome Frazier. Vujadin Subotic and Karim cut the deficit with a 0-5 for AEK Larnakas with Coach Papadopoulos replacing the 4/5 of his team. Vujadin Subotic's dunk made the score 61-46 and his personal points 19 being the only real thread for Keravnos, as the Serb was doing all he could to change the momentum for his team but he was all alone since Charron Fisher and Panteli were in a bad day these 30 minutes and Harrison with Garcia were also in a low productivity. The 3rd period ended with 65-47 as Harisson did his 4th turnover and Andrei Mandache scored his 11th point.It is worth mentioned that Keravnos super star Marcus Moore played only for 9 minutes and gave to the Strovolos team only 5 points and 3 assists, while the Romanian International Andrei Mandache played 14 minutes giving to his team 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 turnovers.

The 4th and final period started with Iakovos Panteli scoring his first 2 points in the game to cut the deficit even more with two free throws by Charron Fisher who won totally Trisokkas on the specific stage, with an early 0-3 by AEK Larnakas, Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras took a fast time out to stabilize the momentum for his team with the score being 65-50, 9.07 to the end of the game. Andrei Mandache was playing the game of his career with Keravnos and with a new 2pointer brought the difference to +18, 68-50. A new problem for the visiting site of Coach Papadopoulos as Iakovos Panteli did his 5th personal foul on Wiliam Hatcher and 8.10 before the end left his team without the main point guard, as he replaced by Jarred Hart. The two teams remain pointless in the next 3 minutes!, and the score changed only with another basket by Vujadin Subotic (22 points), for the 68-52, 6.14 to the end followed by another basket by Cyrille Makanda (10 points) after dashing down the rebound by the missed lay-up by Trisokkas who was in a low profile day..Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras who wanted to keep up the same paste took another time out as his team deficit was cut off to +14, with less than 5 minutes to go. AEK was too tough to die so with Charron Fisher in the leading role cut the deficit even more for his team by scoring his 10th point (a goal foul over Vesselovs). Wiliam Hatcher scored a basket for Keravnos (12 points) for the 70-57, 3.20 to the end. With AEK missing the last 6 consecutive three pointers, Keravnos was feeling safer as the game was going on his own mode, and the psychology with momentum was totally on Strovolos team, thats been said after Harrison missed both free throws and Trisokkas lay-up made the score 73-58, 2.39 to the end. Everything was finished in Strovolos and Keravnos was officially in the finals against Inercollege Etha Engomis, even though Vujadin Subotic was still scoring for AEK, (24 points and 12 rebounds) with 76-61 one minute before the end nothing could change for the final 78-64.


MVP of the game was the American Winsome Frazier in one of his best games with Keravnos jersey.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: Winsome Frazier 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, Andrei Mandache 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals, Wiliam Hatcher 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
AEK: Vujadin Subotic 24 points, 12 rebounds, Cyrille Makanda 14, Charron Fisher 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 30-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 24-9 
 3. BK Decin 23-10 
 4. BK Pardubice 22-11 
 5. BC Kolin 22-21 
 6. USK Praha 15-17 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 23-14 
 2. Levice 17-21 
 3. Chomutov 16-22 
 4. Svitavy 16-22 
 5. Usti n/Labem 13-24 
 6. Inter Bratislava 10-27 
 7. Plzen 9-28 
 8. B&W Opava 8-30 

Second Stage: Round 7

A1

Mar. 24: BC Kolin - USK Praha 97-95
Mar. 23: BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 83-81
Mar. 24: BK Decin - BK Pardubice 73-65

A2

Mar. 24: Svitavy - Chomutov 91-92
Mar. 21: Chomutov - Usti n/Labem 82-80
Mar. 21: NH Ostrava - B&W Opava 80-71
Mar. 21: Plzen - Inter Bratislava 76-71
Mar. 21: Levice - Svitavy 69-76
Mar. 24: B&W Opava - Levice 60-87
Mar. 25: Usti n/Labem - Plzen
Mar. 25: Inter Bratislava - NH Ostrava


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha20.1 
 2. Pope, Chomutov20.0 
 3. Grant, Levice19.0 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.3 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.7 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha17.5 
 8. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 9. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.3 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.3 
 3. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 4. Naymick, CEZ N.8.0 
 5. Pesic, Inter B.7.9 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.6 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.4 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 4. Sotnar, USK Praha4.6 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava4.5 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 8. Pope, Chomutov4.0 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava2.2 
 5. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Reese, Usti n.1.1 
 6. Grant, Levice1.0 
 7. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 



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  DENMARK   

Standings - 1st Division

1st Division Standings
 1. Randers 19-3 
 2. Amager BK 18-4 
 3. Lemvig 16-6 
 4. Koge BK 13-9 
 5. Stevnsgade 13-9 
 6. Aarhus BF 12-10 
 7. Virum 10-11 
 8. Glostrup 9-13 
 9. Haderslev 8-14 
 10. Jonstrup 6-15 
 11. ALBA 6-16 
 12. Solrod 1-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 24: Glostrup - Randers 95-106
Mar. 20: Stevnsgade - Glostrup 83-81
Mar. 24: Amager BK - Koge BK 76-71
Mar. 24: ALBA - Stevnsgade 69-75
Mar. 21: Solrod - ALBA 66-85
Mar. 24: Haderslev - Lemvig 62-67
Mar. 25: Jonstrup - Virum



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 26-19 
 2. Springfield A. 24-19 
 3. Dakota W. 23-19 
 4. Iowa E. 23-20 
 5. Erie Bay H. 22-20 
 6. Maine RC 18-28 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 14-31 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 12-33 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 33-11 
 2. Austin T. 29-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 25-18 
 4. Texas L. 24-20 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 22-23 
 6. Rio Grande VV 22-24 
 7. Reno B. 19-25 
 8. Idaho S. 18-28 

Regular Season: Round 66

Mar. 24: Texas L. - Reno B. 120-113
Mar. 24: Austin T. - Maine RC 116-77
Mar. 24: Sioux Falls S. - Bakersfield J. 114-126
Mar. 24: Springfield A. - Canton C. 105-100
Mar. 24: Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 100-87
Mar. 24: Idaho S. - Ft.Wayne MA 100-109

Regular Season: Round 67

Mar. 25: Dakota W. - Erie Bay H.
Mar. 26: Dakota W. - Erie Bay H.
Mar. 27: Springfield A. - Maine RC
Mar. 27: Tulsa 66ers - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Reno B.
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Emmett, Reno B.23.9 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.6 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.9 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.4 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Green, Los A.19.1 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.1 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 3. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 5. Foote, Springfield8.7 
 6. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.5 
 8. Horner, Springfi.8.3 
 9. Milligan, Canton C.8.2 
 10. Smith, Rio G.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.2 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 9. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Blakely, Sioux F.2.0 
 4. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 5. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 8. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 9. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.5 
 9. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.1.5 


Kelenna Azubuike Resurrects Career via Dallas Mavericks and NBA D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine

28-year old small forward Kelenna Azubuike (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Kentucky) has been signed by the Dallas Mavericks. Azubuike has not played since tearing a knee tendon with the Golden State Warriors during the 2009-10 NBA season. The former Kentucky Wildcat was assigned to the Mavericks NBA Development League team the Texas Legends. The move came a day after the mavericks waived center Sean Williams to create a roster space. Azubuike's career actually began in the D-League during the 2005-06 season with the Fort Worth Flyers. A three-year player at the University of Kentucky, he went unddafted after earning All-SEC 2nd team honors as a junior. After a sensational start to the 2006-07 D-League campaign with Fort Worth, the 6-5 Azubuike earned his first NBA Call-Up from Golden State. He then went on to play four seasons for the Warriors prior to his injury, developing into an efficient scorer, defender and three-point shooter from the wing position. Born in London, England, Azubuike signed with the New York Knicks prior to the 2010-11 season but never played with the team.
In 205 career NBA games (84 starts) Azubuike averaged 10.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists while shooting 45.9% from the field, 40.9% from three and 77.0% from the free-throw line.
His NBA D-League career numbers: 53 games: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 51.0% FGP, 42.1% 3PT and 78.7% FT.



Tulsa 66ers sign Reggie Jackson - by Eurobasket Center

Tulsa 66ers signed 22-year old Reggie Jackson (190-PG-105kg-90, college: Boston Coll.). In his first game he scored 22 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and 8 assists helping his new team beat Iowa E. 100-87. Jackson played most recently at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA). While playing 41 games for Oklah.City T. this season he averaged 3.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg. Jackson just graduated Boston College and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - LIDOBA

SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 7-2 
 2. Capitanes 5-2 
 3. CDP 5-4 
 4. GUG 3-5 
 5. Cupes 2-4 
 6. Sameji 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

Mar. 27: CDP - Capitanes
Mar. 27: Cupes - Sameji
Mar. 28: CDP - GUG
Mar. 28: Capitanes - Plaza



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  EBA   


Joe Flegler Breaks record ! - by Justin Moore

NoVa Hawks traveled to DC to take on EBA power Washington Madness needing a victory to stay on pace for a playoff berth and trying to avenge a loss just 6 days ago in overtime. The Madness presented a big challenge with a loaded line-up featuring Cliff Dixon (6'10''-F/C, college: W.Kentucky) Chris Howard (6'3''-G-86, college: S.Florida) Robert Diggs (6'8''-F-87, college: G.Washington) and Jamar Board (6'1''-G) (Pikesville). The night however belonged to Joseph Flegler (6'0''-G-85, college: Savannah St.). In his first game back following a three week tour in Peru, Flegler and the NoVa Hawks from the start showed they would not be denied a win. The Hawks jumped out to an early double digit lead in the 1st behind the post play of Joseph Kennerly (6'9''-C/F-84, college: Cent.Oklahoma) and Brian Leggett (6'6''-F-86, college: Barton, NC). From then on it was the Joseph Flegler show. Flegler was a one man press breaker, dropping assist, scoring at will with floaters, hitting mid-range and NBA range jumpers. On this night he was the best player on the floor. He was far from alone, the entire Hawks team fed off Flegler and with great team defense led by Nyjuan Hall (6'4''-G-82, college: Roanoke), they held a 32-25 lead at the end of the 1st. Guard Mike Toth (6'3''-G-84, college: Delaware St.) came in and really blew the game open in the second quarter, hitting four straight 3s pushing the Hawks lead to as many as 17 points before halftime that left the madness looking confused and for answers. In the second half the Madness found out that there were no answers. Their run came too little and too late in a Hawks 140-122 win. Flegler finished with an all time performance with 40 points 22 assist 6 boards and 3 steals breaking the EBA ALL-TIME single game assist record. Hawks big man Joseph Kennerly finished with 29pts and 12reb and Hawks forward Brian Leggett added 27pts and 17reb and Hawks versatile high flying forward Ed Jones (6'7''-F-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) in 16pts and 7reb.

Cardell Dudley



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  EL SALVADOR   


First results - by Jaime Arevalo

Last weekend, Denver defeated ExSal, 91-73 led by Mauricio Lahud (176-PG-84), who scored 30 points, and Jose Maria Rivas (G/F), who added 18 pts. Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) scored 23 points in losing effort for ExSal, and Miguel Torres added 16.
In another game of the same round, Leones Automoto destroyed Roll Royce, 78-28 (!!). With 20 points, Hugo Salazar (189-F-81) was the game top scorer, Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) added 15 at the winning side, Leonardo Hernandez (G-94) scored 17 and Jorge Solorzano 13 for Roll Royce



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 22-3 
 2. Tarvas 18-8 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 16-3 
 4. Rapla 14-12 
 5. TTU 11-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 11-15 
 7. Parnu 3-22 
 8. Valga 3-23 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 23: Valga - Tln Kalev 76-82
Mar. 24: Rapla - Tartu Ulikool 62-81
Mar. 23: Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 20-0
Mar. 25: Parnu - TTU


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.6 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.3 
 5. Pilk, TTU16.8 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.4 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas15.0 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.6 
 10. Shaw, Tln Kalev13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.4 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla7.7 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.6 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas6.5 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.4 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.2 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.1 
 6. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.9 
 9. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
 10. Keedus, TTU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Makke, TTU0.5 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.4 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.4 



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. McCalebb, Montepa.17.5 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.17.2 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 5. Domercant, Unics15.3 
 6. Macvan, Partizan15.3 
 7. Krstic, CSKA14.3 
 8. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 9. Lorbek, FCB Regal14.2 
 10. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Partizan
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Macvan, Partizan8.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA7.2 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 6. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 7. Veremeenko, Unics6.2 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.6.2 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 10. Fischer, Gescrap6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal4.6 
 5. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 6. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 7. Blassingame, Assec.4.5 
 8. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgir.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 2. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 3. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA1.7 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.6 
 7. McCalebb, Montepa.1.4 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
 9. Moerman, Nancy1.4 
 10. Lafayette, Assec.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 4. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.2 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.2 
 6. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.2 
 7. Hines, Olympiakos1.1 
 8. Ndong, FCB Regal1.1 
 9. James, Maccabi T-A1.0 
 10. Perovic, FCB Regal1.0 


Playoffs, Game 2 MVP: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA - by Eurobasket News

He jump-started CSKA Moscow's stellar season with the first bwin MVP weekly award way back in October. And on Friday, forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) celebrated what might be his team's last Turkish Airlines Euroleague home game this season with another bwin MVP performance for Game 2 of the playoffs. Kirilenko's splendid efforts all over the court led CSKA to a 79-60 victory over visiting Gescrap BB of Spain and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series. CSKA's do-it-all small forward starred this time with a season-high 20 points on 4-for-6 two-point and 9-for-12 free throw shooting. He added 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 9 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 31, the best among all players in Game 2 of the playoffs. Kirilenko becomes just the third player to win the weekly bwin MVP honor three times in one season, and the first to do it exclusively. Two former Maccabi Electra players - Maceo Baston in 2005-06 and Nikola Vujcic in 2006-07 - won or shared the weekly MVP honor three times each. Following Kirilenko among the best performers in Game 2 was Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) of Panathinaikos, whose 31 index ratingbased on 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists wasn't enough to avoid a home loss to Maccabi. Batiste also took over the Euroleague's all-time lead in two-point baskets, with 849, from Vujcic. Kirilenko's teammate Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) was third with a 27 index rating on a near triple-double of 18 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) of Unics Kazan had a career-high 26 index rating and his first Euroleague double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds, in a losing effort at Barcelona. And the fifth-best Game 2 performance belonged to Montepaschi Siena big man Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), whose 18 points and 6 rebounds helped his team win by a point over Olympiacos. He also surpassed the milestone of 1,000 points on his final basket.

Individual Highs - Alex Mumbru (202-F-79), Gescrap BB, 10 assists

Jawai of Unics and Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) of Montepaschi Siena topped all Game 2 scorers with 21 points each. At the end of two games, meanwhile, McCalebb's teammate David Andersen leads the playoffs with a 20-point average. Kirilenko's 12 rebounds topped all others in Game 2, while he and Jawai share the playoffs lead with 8.5 per game. Alex Mumbru of Gescrap BB dished his career high of 10 assists to lead all passers in Game 2. Marcelinho Huertas of Barcelona averages the high of 7.5 assists through two playoff games. His Barcelona teammates, Pete Mickeal and Boniface Ndong, had the most steals and blocks, with 4 and 3, respectively. Mickeal and Shaun Stonerook of Montepaschi Siena are averaging 3 steals per game, while Ndong is the co-leader in playoffs blocks along with Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos. Kirilenko and Jawai recorded the first two double-doubles of this years playoffs in Game 2.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Maccabi T-A 92-94 OT
Heartbreaking thriller was played on Thursday night at OAKA arena in Athens. Maccabi Electra grabbed 92-94 OT win against the reigning Euroleague champion and tied the score to 1-1 in the series. Thanks to this victory Maccabi secured two games at its home court in Tel Aviv. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) led the Israeli powerhouse with 17 points and David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) had one less than him. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) (9 rebs) and Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) (5 rebs, 5 as) helped with 15 points each. In PAO, Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) answered with 20 points. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 16 pts, 9 rebs and 6 assists, while Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) added 12 points, 6 assists and 5 boards. Maccabi was 10-points up at the beginning of the last quarter, but PAO responded with 15-8 run and later tied the score to 81-81 with 1:10 to go. David Blu made a jump shot for Maccabi and Batiste walked in the paint, but Dimitris Diamantidis rescued the hosts with a blocked shot and Kaimakoglou went to the line with 13.2 seconds remaining and sank both free throws to tie the game at 83-83. A busted Maccabi play ended with Langford making a desperate jumper, but it was after the buzzer and the game went to overtime. Teams were tied at 90-90 and the halfway of OT, after what Batiste made a short jumper and Blu drained a huge three at the other side for 92-93 with 29.8 seconds to go. Sarunas Jasikevicius missed a quick jumper and Keith Langford was sent to the line immediately. He made only one and PAO had the last chance with 18.3 seconds remaining, but Diamantidis missed from three, then Saras missed from two and Maccabi raced off the court with the win. Quarters: 24-20, 19-21, 15-20, 25-22, 9-11 OT. Teams will meet again next Tuesday in Tel Aviv. Game Four is scheduled for Thursday.

FCB Regal - Unics 66-63
Regal Barca is 2-0 up against Unics in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The reigning Spanish champ had to work very hard to beat Unics 66-63 last night at the Palau Blaugrana. Teams were tied to 61-61 in the finish, after what Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) missed around the basket but Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) collected a key steal, drew a foul at the other end and calmly made free throws for a 63-61 Barcelona edge with 48.6 seconds left. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) committed a turnover on the other side, but Huertas made just one of his two free throws. Unics had the possession and there was 8.2 seconds to go. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) was fouled and he made 1 of 2 from the line, Mickeal matched him and then Domercants desperation heave missed, which left Barcelona with the win and series lead. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) top-scored in victory with 18 points and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 14. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) helped with 12 points. In defeat, Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) shined with double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) had 16 points and 5 rebs, while Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) stopped to 7 pts. Quarters: 17-13, 16-17, 18-18, 15-15. Teams will meet against next Tuesday, when Unics will be the host.

CSKA - Gescrap BB 79-60
CSKA Moscow is 2-0 up against Gescrap Bilbao in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. The Russian powerhouse shined in the last quarter to secure a comfortable 79-60 victory. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) stepped up for CSKA with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He reached valuation 31. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) had 18 points, 7 rebs and 9 assists, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 13 points. In Bilbao, Raul Lopez (183-G-80) delivered 13 points. Their second scorer was Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) with 12 points and Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM) stopped to 9. Quarters: 26-15, 15-21, 17-16, 21-8. Teams will meet next Wednesday in Bilbao. It will be the first chance for CSKA to book a spot for the Final Four. At the same time, it will be a do-or-die game for Bilbao, who will try to stay alive in this series.

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 81-80
Olympiakos exploded in the last ten minutes of the game, but that was not enough as Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) made a crucial steal in the finish and dribbled out the clock to send his team to Greece next week with a victory in hand. Montepaschi celebrated 81-80 win and tied the series to 1-1. Next two games will be played in Greece. McCalebb top-scored in victory with 21 points. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) followed him with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) and David Andersen (212-C-80) (6 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. The Reds got 15 points and 6 boards from Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) (5 as) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 22-18, 26-17, 19-18, 14-27. Montepaschi had 67-53 lead after 30 minutes of play.
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With memories of their comeback from 10 down in the fourth quarter of Game 1, the Reds got this one going good, too, as Dorsey put back an offensive rebound and Law dropped a lane jumper to make it 67-57. Rakocevic drove to end a two-minute scoring drought by Siena, but Law quickly answered with his own basket. Lavrinovic settled the hosts with a jump hook only to see Kostas Papanikolaou better him from downtown, making it 71-62. Rakocevic connected with Lavrinovic on the next play, but a rebounding miscue let Dorsey score and draw Lavrinovic's fourth foul. Out of a timeout, Printezis buried 2 free throws and a short jumper, and suddenly, it was 73-69 with under 4 minutes to play. Almost 2 tense minutes passed until Andersen got the free throw line and hit both tries, for a 75-69 score, but Law fed Hines on the two-minute mark to make it a two-possession game again. After a shot-clock violation by Siena, Printezis fed Hines for an open layup, but he missed the extra free throw. At 75-73, Moss slipped but somehow got the ball to Andersen, who was fouled and made 2 of 2 free throws again. At 46 seconds, Law completed a three-point play after backing down McCalebb, for a one-point difference, 77-76. McCalebb's drive 20 seconds later yielded 2 perfect free throws, although the second bounced in. Spanoulis hit 2 free throws at 79-78 with 17 seconds left, after which Olympiacos immediately fouled McCalebb. He made the first, missed the second, but when Stonerook grabbed the rebound, Siena was able to take more seconds off the clock until Andersen made 1 of 2 for an 81-78 lead with 9 seconds left. Printezis was fouled and made both with 7 seconds left and an 81-80 scoreboard. Now, Rakocevic went to the line and missed both shots with 5.8 seconds left. The rebound was grabbed by Olympiacos, but as Printezis came across halfcourt with the ball, McCalebb stole the ball from behind and dribbled out the clock to send his team to Greece next week with a victory in hand. *Courtesy of Euroleague
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Teams will meet again next Wednesday. Game Four is scheduled for Friday.



Eurobasket Evaluates Maccabi's Performances Against PAO - by David Pick

After being shocked, blown out, demolished and suffering from a moral beat down after a 73-93 loss to Panatinaikos, in Game 1 of the Euroleague Quarter-final series at OAKA Arena in Athens, Greece David Blatt and his troops impressively bounced back 48-hours later, squeezing out a rightfully deserved overtime 94-92 Game 2 victory, splitting the series at 1-1 apiece.

Coming into the series as underdogs, the yellow-and-blue army will enjoy an opportunity to close-out the series next week at Nokia Arena. With both a boring and epic Games 1 and 2 behind, and with the series just possibly crossing the 50 percent mark, Eurobasket evaluates Maccabi's players and coaching staff's performances on a 1-10 scale.

Head Coach David Blatt: Stunned by Zeljko Obradovic's Game 1 coaching masterpiece, Blatt took the loss personal. When returning to the team's hotel, Blatt stayed up until the late hours of the night, trying to learn where and what at he did wrong.

While understanding and implementing his adjustments to perfection in Game 2, Blatt responded with a jaw-dropping coaching clinique, dazzling the entire European basketball world, specifically, Zeljko Obradovic. Evaluation 8

Theodoros Papaloukas: If this series can get any more personal to anyone, it's Papaloukas. Booed, cursed out and rejected by 20,000 fanatic green fans, Papaloukas thought he saw it all. Yet, when his own coach showed no signs of belief in his abilities to contribute, Papa was devastated.

Nonetheless, he kept to himself and made sure to be ready when his name was called. As expected, when needed most down the stretch, Papa (again) rose to the occasion and with five crucial points along with immense leadership, took a major role in Tel-Aviv's W. Evaluation 7

Richard Hendrix: If Hendrix and Maccabi learned anything from the first game of the series, it's that Mike Batiste and Aleks Maric are nothing like the Adriatic/Israeli League soft big men, and that for Hendrix to be effective, he needs to be a starter. When coming off the bench if Game 1, Hendrix showed no signs of aggressiveness on either ends of the floor, finishing with just five shots and three rebounds in 22 minutes.

As a starter in Game 2, Rich doubled both his shots (12) and boards (7) from the first encounter, and if not for repeated unforgivable refereeing errors, Hendrix would have sealed the deal for his team much earlier. Evaluation 7.5

Devin Smith: Marked by Eurobasket as the X Factor of the series. Despite the Game 1 loss, Smith showed poise, patience and maturity on the court. Maccabi's defensive stopper matched a game high in blocks (2) and collected a team high in rebounds (6), along with 17 points.

In Game 2, the 'Professor' did everything you don't see on the stat sheet, yet recorded a back-to-back team high cleaning the glass with nine boards, proving to be Blatt's most trustworthy player with a series high 42 minutes. Evaluation 8.5

David Blu: The former Trojan is currently the most underrated European player. Earlier this year, Blu approached team Manager Gur Shelef, saying he's entertaining the thought of a change this summer. Since then, Maccabi has oddly made no contact with Blu's people.

However, Eurobasket was informed that the California native will possibly workout for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. Lakers consultant Ettore Messina, is known to think highly of Blu and his unlimited shooting range, and would be expected to follow Blu's training closely.

As for the series, Keith Langford, who last year felt Blu's buzzer-beating dagger while playing for Khimki Moscow, enjoyed being on the winning side for a change. Blu, a three time Euroleague finalist, took Tuesday's loss extra personal and stepped up with hustle plays on defense and draining long/mid-range wowing jumpers on offense, playing a crucial role in Maccabi's victory. Evaluation - 9

Lior Eliyahu: If anyone sees a long 6-foot-9 Israeli forward wearing yellow shorts and a blue jacket walking around Athens, please contact Shimon Mizrahi immediately. Six points and three rebounds in Maccabi's loss and two points with zero rebounds in the team's victory, clearly establishes that Maccabi lost Eliyahu somewhere around passport checking at the Athens airport.

The fact that Eliyahu is an Israeli NT star and former Spanish ACB League Champion, only makes you wonder where did Blatt go wrong, or whether Eliyahu doesn't really have what it takes. Evaluation 4.5

Demond Mallet: Prior to signing with Maccabi in December 2011, advisors suggested to Mallet not to transfer to Tel-Aviv. Mallet, who's playing his 10th pro career season, felt that joining the Israeli empire is a milestone in his career and something he wasn't willing to lose out on.

Well, three months later, Mallet is nowhere near Blatt's radar and frankly, even a GPS cant find the guard. Mallet saw Maccabi win the Israeli State-Cup title from the sidelines and took no part in four of the team's Domestic games. Mallet's Euroleague averages drastically dropped from 34 minutes and 18.7ppg with Belgium Spirou, to 15 minutes and 5.4ppg in Tel-Aviv.

Against Pao, Mallet nearly tied a season low in minutes, playing just six of them in Game 2, taking only one field goal attempt. In May, with the Israeli Final Four on the line, and with a healthy Smith and Langford, Blatt will show Mallet the best courtside seat in the house, again. This clearly isn't what he signed up for? Evaluation 4

Guy Pnini: Maccabi's last year's Rottweiler is this season's poodle. Pnini went from 45.8% shooting from deep last season to 30% this season to zero percent against Pao. Reasons for Pnini's slump could easily be injuries, but more so, that fact that Devin Smith is eating up all his minutes. During the summer, Pnini played with the Israeli NT in the European Championship in Lithuania, where he averaged 13.2ppg on 50.0% field goal shooting showcasing flashy abilities.

The fact that Pnini played only 1:37 minutes in Game 2 still remains a mystery. Evaluation 3

Tal Burstein: The thought of playing Burstein as a starter in Game 1 was correct. Tal's strong, experienced and is a solid defender who handles the ball well. However, playing him over Ohayon, a lesson Blatt learned later on, was incorrect. Burstein's athletic abilities aren't what they used to be and his shooting capabilities aren't all there either.

In Maccabi's Game 2 victory, Burstein played a third of his minutes from Game 1, leaving like Pnini, an empty stat sheet. Evaluation 4

Yogev Ohayon: Wow, incredible, amazing and oh my God, were some of the words needed to describe Yogev's Game 2 performance. A Euroleague career high in points (15), while tying a career high in assists (5), Ohayon demolished Pao's backcourt.

With talks about Jordan Farmar joining Israel's NT raising, Ohayon made sure to end any doubts of his abilities to lead a team forward. The last successful Israeli point guard to wear Maccabi's jersey was Oded Katash and today icons, Papaloukas, Burstein and Mallet see the rookie as a -- starter.

Maccabi managed to dig a big hole three times this season (Cantu, Jerusalem, Pao), and surprisingly, it was Ohayon who came to the rescue. David Blatt is doing something Maccabi's former Coach Pini Gershon would never imagine could be possible, which is giving the keys to an Israeli point guard.

Last season while in Jerusalem, Ohayon was shadowed by Will Solomon and Yuval Naimy. The team's recently fired coach Oded Katash, fought a great deal this past summer to keep Ohayon in the Holy City instead of Yuval Naimy, but Yogev wanted a challenge. In game 2 against Pao, Ohayon limited Diamantidis, an All-Euroleague Point Guard to just 31% on 4/13 shooting. Evaluation 9

Shawn James: The former two time Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year is yet to show he's capable of playing on the big stage. James, a Euroleague rookie, didn't disappoint after being thrown into battle last night due to Hendrix and Sofo's foul trouble.

Despite his lack of physical abilities to compete with bigs such as Batiste and Maric, James played a vital role for team, assisting with seven points and five boards. Evaluation 6.5

Sofoklis Schortsanitis: As the season progresses, Sofo's playing minute's developed a pattern. They decrease. The large muscle and body weight Sofo carees make it hard, even for someone with a huge passion for the game to thrive, or mealy remain standing.

Despite Sofo's playing time dropping from 17 minutes to eight in Games 1 and 2, he appeared to be more efficient and valuable to his team. Sofo scored more points on better shooting percentages, decreased the amount of turnovers and grabbed more rebounds. Evaluation 7.5

Keith Langford: One of Maccabi's most deadliest and expensive weapons stepped up big on both occasions. In Game 1, Langford nearly recorded a point for every minute he was on the hardwood. Yet, as a guard, his assists column showed a big fat zero and Maccabi was far from victory.

In Game 2, not only did Langford make big plays down the stretch, kissing the ball of the left side of the glass, he also got his teammates involved by sharing the rock, resulting into four very crucial dimes. Langford also showed signs of maturity on the defensive end by picking up fouls. On the offensive side, Langford lowered his turnovers by a fourth, creating better situation for himself and his teammates. Evaluation 8





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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 29-8 
 2. Pyrinto 25-11 
 3. Nilan Bisons 25-12 
 4. Kauhajoki 21-16 
 5. ToPo 20-17 
 6. KTP 17-21 
 7. LrNMKY 16-21 
 8. Salon Vilpas 16-21 
 9. Kouvot 13-24 
 10. Korihait 12-25 
 11. Namika Lahti 10-28 

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 23: Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki 95-83
Mar. 24: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons 84-91
Mar. 24: LrNMKY - ToPo 84-67
Mar. 24: Salon Vilpas - KTP 57-83
Mar. 26: Kataja - Pyrinto


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Blue, KTP22.8 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.0 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 4. Crocker, KTP19.2 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki19.0 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.8 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 9. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.3 
 10. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.9 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.5 
 3. Blue, KTP10.6 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki10.1 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.2 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 7. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.2 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja4.2 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 8. Walker, Kataja4.0 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.1 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.1.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.6 
 10. Hannah, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.0 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja0.7 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Top-8 teams probably clear - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 37-38/40: Three contests tonight and by the same Top-8 teams clear for the play-off-games. YMCA Lappeenranta had six players in double digits when beating Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 84-67 (38-36). DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) gave 13 assists and veteran Pasi Riihela (199-F-75) led in points (16). KTP (Kotka) visited Salo and crushed local Vilpas by 26 points 57-83 (28-41). Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) scored game high 23 pts and Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a double-double again: 21pts/11rbs. Kouvot (Kouvola) lost at home vs Bisons (Loimaa) 84-91 (41-44). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) was back in action after injury and Bisons' second leading scorer and leading rebounder (20/8). This means Kouvot, UU-Korihait and YMCA Lahti will be out of the play-off-games. Three rounds left out of the regular season.
YMCA LPR - ToPo 84-67 (38-36). (Pasi Riihela 16, Matias Ojala 14, Lawrence Hamm 13/10 - Chase Griffin 27, Carl Lindbom 16, Josh Wilson 11. A: 354).
Vilpas - KTP 57-83 (28-41). (Allen Durham 20/10, Roope Ahonen 11, Emmanuel Holloway 10 - Tony Crocker 23, Tim Blue 21/11, Jeremy Williams 13. A: 1111).
Kouvot - Bisons 84-91 (41-44). (Anthony Brown 29/11, Antoine Jordan 15, Josh Gonner 14 - Mikko Koivisto 22, Martin Zeno 20/8, Jeb Ivey 17 (3 - 5/8). A: 967).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 20-3 
 2. Chalon 18-4 
 3. Orleans 15-8 
 4. Nancy 15-8 
 5. Le Mans 15-8 
 6. Paris-Levallois 14-8 
 7. Roanne 11-11 
 8. Dijon 11-12 
 9. Cholet 11-12 
 10. ASVEL 10-13 
 11. Strasbourg 10-13 
 12. Nanterre 9-14 
 13. Poitiers 8-15 
 14. Le Havre 7-16 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-17 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 24: Nancy - Hyeres-Toulon 89-76
Mar. 24: Le Mans - Strasbourg 83-69
Mar. 23: ASVEL - Nanterre 81-87
Mar. 24: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Le Havre 79-89
Mar. 24: Chalon - Roanne 78-83
Mar. 24: Cholet - Poitiers 77-85 OT
Mar. 24: Dijon - Paris-Levallois 74-72
Mar. 23: Orleans - Gravelines 54-69

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 31: Hyeres-Toulon - Chalon
Mar. 31: Le Havre - Dijon
Mar. 31: Paris-Levallois - ASVEL
Mar. 31: Poitiers - Le Mans
Mar. 31: Roanne - Orleans
Mar. 31: Strasbourg - Gravelines
Mar. 31: Nanterre - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Mar. 31: Cholet - Nancy

Round 22

Mar. 27: Hyeres-Toulon - Roanne
Mar. 27: Paris-Levallois - Chalon


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans18.6 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.3 
 4. Williams, Paris-.16.9 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.16.7 
 6. Cox, Le Havre16.1 
 7. Causeur, Cholet15.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
 9. Wise, Le Havre15.1 
 10. Morlende, Hyeres-.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.4 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.6 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.4 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.2 
 7. Armstrong, AS.6.9 
 8. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 9. Vebobe, Cholet6.6 
 10. Labeyrie, Hyeres-.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.7 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.6 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Linehan, Nancy5.5 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.0 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 5. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 6. Riley, Nanterre1.8 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 8. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 9. Fournier, Poitiers1.6 
 10. Morlende, Hyeres-.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Cholet
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 5. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 6. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 7. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 9. Samnick, Nancy0.8 
 10. Jackson, Roanne0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 21-6 
 2. Limoges 21-6 
 3. Chalons-Reims 18-9 
 4. Fos Ouest 18-9 
 5. Maurienne 17-10 
 6. Bordeaux 15-12 
 7. Lille 15-12 
 8. Boulogne 14-13 
 9. Evreux 13-14 
 10. St Vallier 12-15 
 11. Antibes 12-15 
 12. Bourg 12-15 
 13. Nantes 12-15 
 14. Le Portel 10-17 
 15. Denain 10-17 
 16. Rouen 9-18 
 17. Vichy 7-20 
 18. Quimper 7-20 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: Limoges - Fos Ouest 90-74
Mar. 24: Rouen - Maurienne 89-98
Mar. 24: Boulazac - Denain 87-78
Mar. 24: St Vallier - Quimper 85-64
Mar. 24: Boulogne - Antibes 84-81
Mar. 23: Lille - Le Portel 81-58
Mar. 23: Bordeaux - Nantes 78-75
Mar. 24: Bourg - Chalons-Reims 74-82
Mar. 24: Vichy - Evreux 53-75

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Antibes - Vichy
Mar. 30: Evreux - Limoges
Mar. 30: Fos Ouest - Rouen
Mar. 30: Maurienne - Bordeaux
Mar. 30: Le Portel - Bourg
Mar. 30: Nantes - Boulogne
Mar. 30: Chalons-Reims - Boulazac
Mar. 31: Quimper - Lille
Mar. 30: Denain - St Vallier


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.1 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.9 
 3. McCray, Boulogne17.5 
 4. Denave, St Vallier16.8 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.3 
 6. Brown, Maurienne16.1 
 7. Paelay, Quimper15.5 
 8. Monroe, Boulazac15.5 
 9. Carter, Chalons-.15.4 
 10. Osby, Maurienne15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.6 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.7 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.7 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.4 
 6. Barro, Bourg8.4 
 7. Daniels, Chalons-.8.4 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.4 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 10. Dunn, Rouen7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.9 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.6 
 3. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 4. Mullins, Chalons-.5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen5.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.7 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.5 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Allen, Antibes2.0 
 5. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 6. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 8. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 9. Stanley, Boulogne1.7 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Osby, Maurienne1.5 
 3. Jefferson, Vichy1.4 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 6. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 8. Barrett, St Vallier0.9 
 9. Dunn, Rouen0.9 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 20-6 
 2. St Quentin 20-7 
 3. Orchy 19-8 
 4. Souffel 18-8 
 5. Cognac 17-9 
 6. Blois 17-9 
 7. Roche 17-9 
 8. Sorgues 15-12 
 9. Brest 14-12 
 10. Challans 14-12 
 11. Lievin 14-12 
 12. Angers BC 49 13-14 
 13. Chartres 11-16 
 14. Rueil 11-16 
 15. Clermont 8-18 
 16. Montbrison 4-22 
 17. Le Puy 4-23 
 18. CFBB 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: St Quentin - Orchy 82-62
Mar. 24: Rueil - Sorgues 76-70
Mar. 24: CFBB - Angers BC 49 68-80
Mar. 24: Le Puy - Chartres 58-64
Mar. 24: Challans - Charleville
Mar. 24: Clermont - Cognac
Mar. 24: Roche - Montbrison
Mar. 24: Souffel - Brest
Mar. 24: Blois - Lievin


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.3 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.1 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 5. Almanson, Challans16.7 
 6. Pearson, Angers B.16.6 
 7. Bluntt, Orchy16.3 
 8. Belser, Charleville15.9 
 9. Thomas, Roche15.8 
 10. Herard, Challans15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.0 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.2 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.9.0 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 6. Avramovic, Chart.8.1 
 7. Cabarkapa, Rueil8.0 
 8. Toney, Charleville8.0 
 9. Pridotkas, Brest7.8 
 10. Mendy, Lievin7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.6 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 4. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 5. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 6. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Ball, St Quentin1.9 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Pistre, Charleville1.8 
 6. Cretaux, Lievin1.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin1.7 
 8. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Godin, Cognac1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 4. Morin, CFBB1.4 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.3 
 6. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 7. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 8. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 9. Toney, Charleville1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 


ProA Round 23: Chalon/Saor is defeated by Chorale de Roanne - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game between second ranked Chalon/Saor (18-4) and eighth ranked Chorale de Roanne (11-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Chalon/Saor was defeated by Chorale de Roanne in a tough game in Chalon 78-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chorale de Roanne made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Chalon/Saor 42-22 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 16 points and 17 rebounds. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!). Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Chorale de Roanne are looking forward to face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalon/Saor will play against Hyeres-Toulon and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Orleans. 3rd placed host Entente Orleans 45 (15-8) lost to first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (20-3) 69-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. It was an exceptional evening for American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Yannick Bokolo accounted for 10 points and 5 rebounds. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Entente Orleans 45 in the defeat. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Mans and Nancy. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Poitiers (8-15) outlasted Cholet (11-12) in overtime by eight points 85-77 on Saturday night. The game took place in Cholet. But the guests from Poitiers were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cholet. The best player for the winners was Evan Fournier who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Patrick Christopher produced 22 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Poitiers maintains thirteenth place with 8-15 record. Loser Cholet dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Dijon. Poitiers will meet at home higher ranked Le Mans (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cholet will play against Sluc Nancy and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in JDA Dijon. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Paris-Levallois (14-8) to ninth ranked JDA Dijon (11-12) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Zach Moss orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#14) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
An interesting game took place in Villeurbanne where 9th ranked ASVEL (10-13) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (9-14) 87-81 on Friday. It was a great evening for Stephen Brun who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted JSF Nanterre maintains twelfth place with 9-14 record. ASVEL lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) at home in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Strasbourg lost to Le Mans on the opponent's court 69-83. Nancy managed to outperform Hyeres-Toulon in a home game 89-76. Le Havre managed to beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the road 89-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by John Cox of Le Havre.


Orleans - Gravelines 54-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Orleans. 3rd placed host Entente Orleans 45 (15-8) lost to first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (20-3) 69-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. It looked good early as Entente Orleans 45 took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gravelines-Dunkerque had a 18-9 second period charge getting the lead and Entente Orleans 45 was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-69. It was an exceptional evening for American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) who led the winners and scored 25 points. The former international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85) accounted for 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Senegalese forward Maleye N'Doye (203-80, college: Furman) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Entente Orleans 45 in the defeat. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-3 record. Entente Orleans 45 at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Le Mans and Nancy. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orleans: D.Monds 14+9reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 14+5reb, A.Sy 10+5reb+1ast, C.Banks 5+3reb+2ast, Y.Sangare 4+3ast, M.Pellin 4+3reb+5ast
Gravelines: J.Reynolds 25+3reb, P.Sy 11+3reb+3ast, Y.Bokolo 10+5reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 9+5reb+2ast, R.Jomby 6+4reb+2ast, J.Johnson 3
gschID: 133673


Le Mans - Strasbourg 83-69

Very expected game when 10th ranked Strasbourg IG (10-13) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Le Mans (15-8) 83-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. Strasbourg IG was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine, agency: Two Points) helped adding 20 points. Five Le Mans players scored in double figures. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-88) scored 20 points. Strasbourg IG's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Le Mans. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy and Orleans. Loser Strasbourg IG keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Le Mans will face Poitiers (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.M'Baye 20+3reb+1ast, R.Greer 17+6reb+4ast, A.Ajinca 11+4reb+1ast, K.Anderson 8+1reb+1ast, M.Zianveni 7+2reb+3ast, C.Oliver 4+10reb
Le Mans: A.Acker 20+1reb+3ast, C.Kahudi 20+3reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 14+5reb+3ast, T.Rochestie 10+6reb+10ast, M.Sommerville 10+5reb, A.Koffi 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133668


Dijon - Paris-Levallois 74-72

A very interesting game took place in JDA Dijon. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Paris-Levallois (14-8) to ninth ranked JDA Dijon (11-12) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 26-8 third quarter run of JDA Dijon. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 4 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) answered with 29 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) added 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Cholet. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. JDA Dijon's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#14) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 29+6reb, L.Hamilton 16+10reb+3ast, E.Chatfield 13+1ast, T.Meacham 6+7reb+6ast, M.Morandais 4+4reb, D.Noel 4+3reb
Dijon: Z.Moss 24+7reb, S.Marshall 14+1reb+2ast, A.Harris 9+4reb+4ast, D.Melody 7+1reb+3ast, J.Leloup 6+2ast, R.Lewin 6+8reb
gschID: 133669


Nancy - Hyeres-Toulon 89-76

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Sluc Nancy (15-8) defeated at home bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-20) 89-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. Hyeres-Toulon was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 37-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) helped adding 17 points. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. The former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) responded with 16 points and 6 steals and American power forward Thomas Terrell (201-79, college: Georgia St.) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Mans and Orleans. Hyeres-Toulon lost their fourteenth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Sluc Nancy will face Cholet (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2).
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 16+1reb+3ast, T.Terrell 16+4reb, R.Hughes 9+4reb, R.Roberts 9+3reb, L.Labeyrie 9+5reb, S.Cisse 8+4reb+4ast
Nancy: J.Shuler 17+2reb+3ast, P.Amagou 17+3reb+1ast, R.Kurz 14+5reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 12+14reb+4ast, V.Samnick 12+5reb, J.Linehan 8+4reb+9ast
gschID: 133670


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Le Havre 79-89

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre and 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez had identical 6-16 record. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Le Havre 89-79 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by STB Le Havre. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. STB Le Havre maintains fourteenth place with 7-16 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against JSF Nanterre (#12).
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Ray 18+5reb+3ast, T.Gipson 18+5reb+5ast, C.Marquis 13+3reb, A.Mendy 11+4reb+3ast, J.Morency 10+4reb, C.Elonu 7+5reb
Le Havre: J.Cox 33+9reb+3ast, N.Wise 18+2reb+4ast, B.Boddicker 13+2reb, K.Souchu 9+2reb+1ast, O.Camara 8+5reb, A.Wiggins 4+6reb
gschID: 133671


Chalon - Roanne 78-83

The game between second ranked Chalon/Saor (18-4) and eighth ranked Chorale de Roanne (11-11) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Chalon/Saor was defeated by Chorale de Roanne in a tough game in Chalon 78-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chorale de Roanne made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Chorale de Roanne outrebounded Chalon/Saor 42-22 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who led his team to a victory scoring 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 16 points and 17 rebounds. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) responded with 28 points and 5 assists (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) scored 19 points. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to seventh place. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Chorale de Roanne are looking forward to face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalon/Saor will play against Hyeres-Toulon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 28+3reb+5ast, M.Delaney 19+4reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 10+2reb+3ast, J.Lauvergne 6+1reb+1ast, A.Aminu 6+4reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 5+4reb+1ast
Roanne: D.Page 37+5reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 16+17reb+2ast, R.Jackson 12+4reb, J.Holland 11+3reb+4ast, R.Wright 3+3reb+4ast, P.Braud 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133672


ASVEL - Nanterre 81-87

An interesting game took place in Villeurbanne where 9th ranked ASVEL (10-13) was upset on its own court by twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (9-14) 87-81 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 30-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international forward Stephen Brun (202-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80, agency: Two Points) helped adding 9 points and 6 assists. Naturalized Trinidad and Tobago guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Swedish-Greek power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: FCM) scored 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four JSF Nanterre and five ASVEL players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted JSF Nanterre maintains twelfth place with 9-14 record. ASVEL lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: D.Haritopoulos 17+4reb+3ast, L.Westermann 14+7reb+6ast, H.Armstrong 12+5reb+2ast, K.Tillie 11+3reb+2ast, E.Jackson 10+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 8+2reb+1ast
Nanterre: X.Corosine 15+1reb+1ast, L.Akono 12+2ast, S.Brun 12+8reb+2ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+7reb+2ast, W.Daniels 10+4reb+2ast, M.Diarra 9+4reb+6ast
gschID: 133666


Cholet - Poitiers 77-85 OT

Poitiers (8-15) outlasted Cholet (11-12) in overtime by eight points 85-77 on Saturday night. The game took place in Cholet. But the guests from Poitiers were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Cholet. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-6. Poitiers made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-80, college: Hawaii) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Poitiers maintains thirteenth place with 8-15 record. Loser Cholet dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Dijon. Poitiers will meet at home higher ranked Le Mans (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cholet will play against Sluc Nancy and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Cholet: P.Christopher 22+5reb+3ast, F.Causeur 12+3reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 11+8reb+3ast, D.Nelson 9+1reb+2ast, R.Dozier 8+5reb+1ast, R.Gobert 8+7reb
Poitiers: E.Fournier 21+2reb+4ast, R.Wright 16+2reb, J.Aka 12+6reb, P.Guillard 12+8reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 9+7reb+3ast, P.Badiane 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 133667



ProB Round 27: Boulazac Basket keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boulazac Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boulazac Basket defeated 14th ranked Denain Voltaire at home 87-78. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Boulazac Basket forced 20 Denain Voltaire turnovers. Strangely Denain Voltaire outrebounded Boulazac Basket 43-27 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Limoges. Denain Voltaire lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Denain Voltaire will play next round against Saint Vallier trying to get back on the winning streak. Boulazac Basket will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Chalons-Reims on the road.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Limoges. First ranked Limoges CSP Elite faced 4th placed Fos Ouest. Host Limoges CSP Elite (21-6) defeated guests from Fos (18-9) 90-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. It was a good game for American guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Christophe Massie contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Richard Roby (198-85) answered with 17 points and 6 assists for Fos Ouest. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite maintains first place with 21-6 record, which they share with Boulazac. Fos Ouest at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims. Limoges CSP Elite will play against ALM Evreux (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against SPO Rouen (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Bordeaux between Bordeaux and Nantes. Sixth ranked Bordeaux (15-12) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Nantes (12-15). Bordeaux managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a great evening for Kurt Cunningham who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was David Fergerson with 22 points and 5 assists. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bordeaux have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Bordeaux maintains sixth place with 15-12 record, which they share with Lille. Loser Nantes dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Bordeaux will meet higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Boulogne. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 10th ranked Olympique Antibes (12-15) to eighth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (14-13) 84-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympique Antibes. It was an exceptional evening for Corey Rouse who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains eighth place with 14-13 record. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be Nantes (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympique Antibes will play against JA Vichy.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Lille. Local Lille Metropole (15-12) outscored 14th ranked Le Portel (10-17) 81-58 on Friday night. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Steffon Bradford who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lille Metropole moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux. Le Portel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Lille Metropole will face Quimper UJAP (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Portel will play against JL Bourg (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Quimper was crushed by St Vallier in Saint Vallier 85-64. Vichy was smashed by Evreux at home 53-75. Chalons-Reims won against Bourg on the opponent's court 82-74. Rouen unfortunately lost to Maurienne in a home game 89-98.
The best stats of 27th round was 32 points by Jason Siggers of Rouen.


St Vallier - Quimper 85-64

There was no surprise when 18th ranked Quimper UJAP (7-20) was crushed on the road by thirteenth ranked Saint Vallier (12-15) 85-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Vallier. Quimper UJAP was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Vallier shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 51.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. David Denave (195-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Five Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Nathaniel Roche (203-88, college: Belhaven) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) added 14 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Saint Vallier moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Quimper UJAP dropped to the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. Saint Vallier will face Denain Voltaire (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Quimper UJAP will play against Lille Metropole.
Top scorers:
Quimper: A.McCoy 14+4reb+1ast, A.Salmon 13+4reb+1ast, N.Roche 12+10reb, W.Molas 9+4reb, G.Lessort 6+1reb, V.Mouillard 5+3reb+6ast
St Vallier: F.Tortosa 20+4reb+1ast, D.Denave 16+4reb+5ast, K.Shiloh 14+8reb+5ast, S.Barrett 12+4reb, H.Disy 12+5reb+6ast, L.Prowell 6+3reb+1ast
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Vichy - Evreux 53-75

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked ALM Evreux (13-14) smashed on the road 17th ranked JA Vichy (7-20) 75-53 on Saturday. ALM Evreux dominated on the defensive end, holding JA Vichy to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded JA Vichy 43-28 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) who recorded 8 points and 5 assists and American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. ALM Evreux have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place. Loser JA Vichy keeps the seventeenth position with 20 games lost. ALM Evreux will face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JA Vichy will play against Olympique Antibes (#11) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Vichy: E.Craven 10+5reb+1ast, D.Coleman 10+5reb, A.Eito 8+3reb+5ast, S.Dondon 7+7reb, M.Jefferson 6+2reb+1ast, W.Aka 5+1reb+2ast
Evreux: A.Rowland 22+8reb+8ast, J.Wood 16+13reb+8ast, D.Reed 15+8reb+1ast, S.Ho You Fat 10+4reb, L.Konate 5+3reb+1ast, G.Costentin 3+2reb
gschID: 140116


Boulazac - Denain 87-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boulazac Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boulazac Basket defeated 14th ranked Denain Voltaire at home 87-78. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Boulazac Basket forced 20 Denain Voltaire turnovers. Strangely Denain Voltaire outrebounded Boulazac Basket 43-27 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and Lamine Kante (200-87) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Boulazac Basket and four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Limoges. Denain Voltaire lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Denain Voltaire will play next round against Saint Vallier trying to get back on the winning streak. Boulazac Basket will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Chalons-Reims on the road.
Top scorers:
Denain: R.Rossiter 19+16reb+1ast, L.Kante 14+3reb+4ast, M.Mubarak 13+3reb, X.Gaillou 13+2reb+4ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 10+8reb, N.Rohnert 5+7reb+5ast
Boulazac: D.Monroe 17+14reb+4ast, A.McKenzie 16+5reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 15+1ast, R.Ayers 12+2reb+1ast, S.Njoya 10+2reb+4ast, M.Cheriet 8+1reb
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Bordeaux - Nantes 78-75

A very close game took place in Bordeaux between Bordeaux and Nantes. Sixth ranked Bordeaux (15-12) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Nantes (12-15). Bordeaux managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Nantes was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of Bordeaux, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) helped adding 11 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) with 22 points and 5 assists and Armand Charles (193-83) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bordeaux have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Bordeaux maintains sixth place with 15-12 record, which they share with Lille. Loser Nantes dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Bordeaux will meet higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nantes will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: D.Fergerson 22+5ast, A.Charles 14+5reb+2ast, O.Bardet 11+1reb, E.Mendy 9+6reb+2ast, M.Drame 7+4reb+2ast, M.Diarra 6+3reb+2ast
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 26+12reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 11+2reb+7ast, S.Driss 9+6reb+4ast, M.Diaw 9+4reb, J.Ford 8+3reb, J.Nzeulie 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 140109


Boulogne - Antibes 84-81

A very interesting game took place in Boulogne. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 10th ranked Olympique Antibes (12-15) to eighth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (14-13) 84-81 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympique Antibes. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American Corey Rouse (204-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) came up with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and center Ferdinand Prenom (205-91) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Olympique Antibes in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains eighth place with 14-13 record. Olympique Antibes at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be Nantes (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympique Antibes will play against JA Vichy.
Top scorers:
Antibes: B.Monclar 14+2reb+3ast, F.Prenom 13+7reb+1ast, S.Essart 13+5ast, C.Brown 11+2reb+2ast, M.Courby 11+3reb, L.Bengaber 9+6reb+7ast
Boulogne: C.Rouse 18+11reb+3ast, J.Mathis 14+4reb+3ast, C.McCray 13+1reb+5ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 10+4reb, Z.Bah 10+5reb+3ast, J.Rousselle 8+1reb+9ast
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Bourg - Chalons-Reims 74-82

Very expected game when 9th ranked JL Bourg (12-15) was defeated at home by third ranked Chalons-Reims (18-9) 82-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 8 points. Chalons-Reims forced 19 JL Bourg turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Chalons-Reims looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) who scored 28 points. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jesse Delhomme (191-85) added 9 points and 7 assists respectively. Chalons-Reims maintains third place with 18-9 record having just three points less than leader Boulazac, which they share with Fos Ouest. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face league's leader Boulazac Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. JL Bourg will play against Le Portel (#14).
Top scorers:
Bourg: O.Barro 18+9reb+1ast, J.Cornley 13+5reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 11+6reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 9+4reb+7ast, C.Ferchaud 6+3reb+2ast, R.Chery 5
Chalons-Reims: N.Carter 28+4reb+1ast, R.Mels 13+3reb+5ast, K.Corre 9+3reb+1ast, E.Plateau 9+1reb+4ast, G.Chathuant 9+4reb+3ast, C.Daniels 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 140111


Lille - Le Portel 81-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Lille. Local Lille Metropole (15-12) outscored 14th ranked Le Portel (10-17) 81-58 on Friday night. The game without a history. Lille Metropole led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Le Portel was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona, agency: Top Notch Sports) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lille Metropole moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux. Le Portel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Lille Metropole will face Quimper UJAP (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Portel will play against JL Bourg (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: C.Davis 13+5reb+2ast, J.Ludon 12+2reb, M.Labeyrie 11+2reb, N.Wyatte 8+6reb+1ast, R.Taylor 6+2reb+2ast, M.N'Diaye 5+8reb
Lille: B.Gillet 17+1reb+2ast, S.Bradford 15+9reb, S.Smith 14+6reb, M.Camara 12+2ast, A.Rigaux 5+4reb+4ast, J.Sauret 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 140112


Limoges - Fos Ouest 90-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Limoges. First ranked Limoges CSP Elite faced 4th placed Fos Ouest. Host Limoges CSP Elite (21-6) defeated guests from Fos (18-9) 90-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fos Ouest. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. Fos Ouest was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Limoges CSP Elite made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. His fellow American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. American guard Richard Roby (198-85) answered with 17 points and 6 assists and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 12 points and 4 blocks in the effort for Fos Ouest. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Limoges CSP Elite maintains first place with 21-6 record, which they share with Boulazac. Fos Ouest at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims. Limoges CSP Elite will play against ALM Evreux (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against SPO Rouen (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: R.Roby 17+3reb+6ast, S.Gay 12+3reb, S.Giffa 11+3reb, M.Dia 8+3reb+1ast, K.Atamna 7+2reb+3ast, B.Clark 7+3reb+1ast
Limoges: K.McAlarney 20+3reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 12+3reb+2ast, R.Desroses 11+5reb+4ast, C.Massie 10+10reb+1ast, J.Mipoka 8+1reb+1ast, S.Traore 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 140113


Rouen - Maurienne 89-98

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (17-10) beat on the road 16th ranked SPO Rouen (9-18) 98-89 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Simon Darnauzan (178-80) chipped in 17 points and 9 assists. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) who recorded 32 points and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (199-82, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Aix-Maurienne and four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne maintains fifth place with 17-10 record. SPO Rouen lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face Bordeaux (#6) at home in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Fos Ouest (#4).
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 32+4reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 17+6reb+2ast, A.Dunn 16+4reb+1ast, L.Chelle 11+2reb+2ast, S.Dia 6+5reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 5+4reb+8ast
Maurienne: W.Brown 18+2reb+1ast, B.Osby 18+9reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 17+1reb+9ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 15+1reb, D.Tucker 13+3reb+1ast, M.Houmounou 8+4reb
gschID: 140114



Spurs sign forward Diaw after Bobcats buyout - by Eurobasket News

Free agent big man Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) is reportedly headed to San Antonio, as planned.

Diaw, 29, was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats this week and has landed with the Spurs, according to Yahoo Sports.

Free agent Boris Diaw has reached agreement on a deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Diaw agreed to a buyout with the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, and cleared waivers Friday afternoon. The Spurs will sign Diaw for the remainder of the season.
The San Antonio Express-News has confirmed the reportand, later Friday, the Spurs formally announced the signing.

Diaw was completely pointless on the Bobcats, who are in a full-scale rebuild. They simply had no use for a veteran, multi-talented big man with questions about his conditioning and a big-dollar contract. If he played well, he would potentially screw up the tanking. If he played poorly, he was taking minutes away from younger guys that might actually have a future with the team. It was a lose-lose proposition.

The Spurs, though, are No. 2 overall in the Western Conference with a record of 30-14, good for a five game lead in the Southwest Division. It goes without saying that they could use an extra big body down the playoff stretch, and the roster currently stands at 13 players.

Diaw will join French countryman Tony Parker and help fill out a frontcourt rotation that includes Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter.

Diaw averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 27.5 minutes in 37 appearances for the Bobcats this season. He boasts careeer averages of 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists during a nine year NBA career that includes stops with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Bobcats.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 17-0 
 2. Olimpi 14-3 
 3. Kutaisi 14-4 
 4. MIA Academy 10-7 
 5. Sokhumi 10-8 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 9-8 
 7. Samedicino 7-11 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-11 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-12 
 10. Batumi 2-15 
 11. Rustavi 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 23: Batumi - Olimpi 85-103
Mar. 24: Samedicino - Kutaisi 84-92
Mar. 24: STU Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 77-100
Mar. 23: Rustavi - Armia 71-75
Mar. 24: Sokhumi - MIA Academy 52-74

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 30: Batumi - Armia
Mar. 30: Kutaisi - STU Tbilisi
Mar. 31: Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Mar. 31: MIA Academy - Samedicino
Mar. 31: TSU Tbilisi - Rustavi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Blair, MIA Academy27.5 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.23.1 
 3. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.22.4 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi20.9 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.17.3 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.9 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.6 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.2 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.8 
 4. Smith, MIA Academy9.5 
 5. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.3 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi9.2 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.9 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.5 
 10. Machaladze, STU8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.1 
 2. Blair, MIA Academy6.5 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.4 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi5.1 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Bakradze, Dinamo T.4.3 
 9. Kreps, MIA Academy4.1 
 10. Matiashvili, Kuta.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.6 
 2. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.6 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.6 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 5. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 7. Chachanidze, Rust.1.9 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi1.9 
 9. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.9 
 10. Kreps, MIA Acade.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 3. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.4 
 6. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.3 
 7. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.3 
 8. Hoger, Olimpi1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Ilic, Samedicino0.9 


Superleague Round 19: Sokhumi is defeated by MIA in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was crushed at home by 22 points 52-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-52. MIA forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Sokhumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. His fellow American import point guard Anthony Moody (182-89, college: Mary, agency: N.E.T.) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. MIA (10-7) moved-up to fourth place. Sokhumi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Superleague top team - Armia (17-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Energy Invest (1-16) in Rustavi 75-71. It was a quality performance for American Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Ben Woodside accounted for 20 points. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Energy Invest in the defeat. Undefeated Armia have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Energy Invest lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Armia will play against Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against TSU in Tbilisi to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kutaisi (14-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Samedicino-Academia (7-11). Kutaisi managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Saturday. Richard Matiashvili fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Mikheil Chochua produced 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kutaisi. They maintain third place with 14-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Loser Samedicino-Academia keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home STU (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
9th ranked STU (5-12) was outscored at home by eighth ranked TSU (6-11) with the biggest margin this round 100-77. Worth to mention a great performance of Tornike Niniashvili who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. STU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TSU maintains eighth place with 6-11 record. STU lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. TSU's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi. STU will play on the road against Kutaisi.

In the last game of round 19 Olimpi won against Batumi on the opponent's court 103-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 13 rebounds by Ivo Hoger of Olimpi.


Sokhumi - MIA Academy 52-74

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was crushed at home by 22 points 52-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-52. MIA forced 19 Sokhumi turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Sokhumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. His fellow American import point guard Anthony Moody (182-89, college: Mary, agency: N.E.T.) helped adding 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four MIA players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward George Jgerenaia (206-90, college: N.Georgia) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. MIA (10-7) moved-up to fourth place. Sokhumi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: S.Atuashvili 12+12reb+1ast, G.Jgerenaia 10+6reb, L.Parghalava 10+2reb+3ast, I.Chlaidze 8+3reb, T.Chachibaia 4+1reb, L.Patsatsia 3+3reb+4ast
MIA Academy: L.Blair 21+3reb+3ast, J.Tubbs 12+8reb, A.Moody 11+5reb+6ast, G.Nikoladze 11+4reb, D.Imnadze 9+3reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 166622


Batumi - Olimpi 85-103

Very expected game when 10th ranked Batumi (2-15) was defeated at home by second ranked Olimpi (14-3) 103-85. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpi. Batumi was better in fourth quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 30. They outrebounded Batumi 44-21 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Olimpi players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Olimpi's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) answered with 28 points and 4 assists and guard Ivane Maisuradze (194-85) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Batumi. Five Olimpi and four Batumi players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Olimpi. Newly promoted Olimpi maintains second place with 14-3 record having just three points less than leader Armia. Batumi lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: L.Keshelava 28+4reb+4ast, G.Revazashvili 12+4reb, A.Eliashvili 12+1reb, I.Maisuradze 11+5reb+5ast, M.Ninua 10+1reb, N.Ramishvili 9+4reb+7ast
Olimpi: I.Hoger 32+13reb+2ast, N.Tutus 16+5reb+3ast, N.Sljuka 16+2ast, M.Berishvili 15+11reb+1ast, I.Milutinovic 14+5reb+4ast, G.Gamqrelidze 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 166619


Samedicino - Kutaisi 84-92

The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kutaisi (14-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Samedicino-Academia (7-11). Kutaisi managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Kutaisi forced 19 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) added 20 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kutaisi. They maintain third place with 14-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. Loser Samedicino-Academia keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Kutaisi will meet at home STU (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: K.Tomaradze 26+4reb+1ast, M.Chochua 21+9reb+5ast, A.Dvalishvili 20+12reb+3ast, G.Pirvelashvili 9+4reb+3ast, F.Samojlovic 6+7reb+7ast, G.Periashvili 2+4reb
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 20+5reb+5ast, L.Tsekvava 17+8reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 17+5reb, G.Barbakadze 15+3reb+2ast, Z.Pashayev 10+5reb+4ast, T.Babunashvili 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 166620


STU Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 77-100

9th ranked STU (5-12) was outscored at home by eighth ranked TSU (6-11) with the biggest margin this round 100-77. The game without a history. TSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 56. TSU forced 23 STU turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) contributed with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four TSU players scored in double figures. Forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for STU. STU's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TSU maintains eighth place with 6-11 record. STU lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. TSU's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi. STU will play on the road against Kutaisi.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: Z.Antadze 19+6reb+3ast, G.Khaniashvili 16+8reb+3ast, A.Dzidziguri 15+4reb+5ast, L.Nozadze 8+1reb, I.Kobidze 6+5reb+3ast, B.Akhalaia 5+4reb
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 27+10reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 20+3reb+7ast, D.Khizanishvili 17+9reb+1ast, V.Chkareuli 14+4reb+3ast, S.Kokhreidze 8+3reb+4ast, T.Tavamaishvili 6+3reb
gschID: 166621


Rustavi - Armia 71-75

Superleague top team - Armia (17-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Energy Invest (1-16) in Rustavi 75-71. Energy Invest was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 25-12 third quarter run of Armia. It was a quality performance for American Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) added 17 points respectively for Energy Invest in the defeat. Four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Armia have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Energy Invest lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Armia will play against Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against TSU in Tbilisi to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 17+6reb+3ast, R.Chachanidze 17+4reb+3ast, Z.Machavariani 13+4reb+3ast, T.Toudjani 10+11reb+1ast, R.Baakashvili 9+1reb, D.Artsividze 5+3reb+3ast
Armia: W.Thomas 24+14reb+1ast, B.Woodside 20+3reb+2ast, J.Richardson 11+3reb+2ast, I.Sakvarelidze 6+7reb+4ast, Z.Babiashvili 5+4reb, B.Kvimsadze 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 166618



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 1: Brose Baskets - Phoenix Hagen
Apr. 1: ALBA - B.Muenchen
Apr. 1: Fraport SKY - Ratiopharm
Apr. 1: Telekom Baskets - TBB Trier
Mar. 31: NY Phantoms - EnBW L'burg
Mar. 31: LTi 46ers - EWE Baskets
Mar. 31: Walter Tigers - Goettingen
Mar. 31: s.Oliver Baskets - Bremerhaven
Apr. 1: Bayreuth - Art.Dragons

Round 22

Mar. 28: ALBA - Phoenix Hagen

Round 27

Mar. 24: TBB Trier - Art.Dragons 51-73


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.5 
 2. Swann, Ratiopharm15.6 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 5. Jonusas, Phoenix15.2 
 6. Wood, ALBA15.2 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.15.0 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.6 
 5. Evans, Goettingen7.3 
 6. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.0 
 8. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Davidson, Fraport6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.0 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 5. Joyce, TBB Trier4.7 
 6. Everett, Bremerha.4.7 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.6 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 8. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
 9. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.7 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


Telekom Baskets and Brose Baskets advance to Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Telekom Baskets and Brose Baskets advance to Cup Final. Telekom Baskets Bonn overcame New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 77:64. They started with 19-16 in the opening period and added 22-21 in the second. Moreover Bonn team produced a 17-11 in the third quarter and finished with 19-18 in the last stanza. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) netted 13. Rich Melzer (203-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-RiverFal.) replied with 21 points in the losing effort.
Brose Baskets Bamberg edged Ratiopharm Ulm 99:96 in overtime. It was a real thriller in the court. The winners started with 28-23, but Ulm tied the game at the halftime. Moreover they took 4-poin lead after 30 minutes producing 21-17 in the third quarter. Brose Baskets Bamberg first tied the game after 22-18 in the fourth quarter and won the game due to 11-8 in overtime. Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) erupted with 30 points for the winners and Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) scored 17. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) replied with 25 points and 12 boards in defeat.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) I Think We Will Match Up Better With Bamberg With Our Personnel Playing Their Natural Positions - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their game against the Brose Baskets Bamberg Game in Top 4 May 24th.

You are playing in your first Beko BBL Top 4. How excited are you knowing it takes only 80 minutes of excellent basketball to get you your first professional title?

It is a very exciting thing to be a part of, it is fitting that it is in March for Americans because that is when conference championships and NCAA titles are won.

You have played in the Bonn Telekom Dome the last 4 years. How comfortable have you always been playing there?

It is a nice arena with a good atmosphere, it will be fun to see it packed with fans from all 4 teams. Mostly orange of course.

ratiopharm ulm enter the Beko BBL Top 4 with a 6 game winning streak. How ready is the team for the Brose Baskets Bamberg?

We are prepared for a 40 minute battle to reach the cup final.

ratiopharm Ulm lost by 5 points in Bamberg, but by 28 points at home. What will the team have to do better this time?

Bamberg executed and shot extremely well in Ulm but I think we will match up better with our personnel playing their natural positions.

Bonn plays the New Yorker Phantoms in the first semi final. In the only meeting this season, the Telekom Baskets Bonn lost 80-76. What can we await from this game?

Boths teams fighting for a shot at the final will be intense, Bonn having the home-court advantage will favor them in that game.

Who has the edge at the guard position and why? Bonn has the top playmaker in the league with Jared Jordan while the Phantoms have a lot of versatility with guys like Michael Umeh, Lamarr Greer, Immanuel Mcelroy and Igor Milosevic.

There isn't another PG in this league that sets up their team like Jordan but the Phantoms have multiple high quality guards that cover the distribution, scoring and defense at the position. They are even.

Who has the edge at the forward position and why? The Telekom Baskets Bonn have forward force from the Balkans with guys like Simonas Serapinas and Zvonko Buljan and strong American Tony Gaffney, while the Phantoms have versatilty with captain Nils Mittmann, Rich Melzer and three point force Branko Jorovic.

Gaffney gives them an athletic front court with blocking shots and scoring in transition. Melzer and Jorovic do most of their scoring in the half court. The advantage goes with the pace of the game, quicker favors Bonn while 1/2 court execution goes to the Phantoms.


Who has the edge at the center position. The Telekom Baskets Bonn have never aging Chris Ensminger that plays like a 28 year old and the Phantoms ex Wake Forest American Kyle Visser who is solid?

That is a good matchup, both play a skilled game in the post. I think the advantage will go to whoever can draw the most fouls on the other.

What will be key to winning


In a tournament setting anything can happen in that 40 mins. I am not going to pick a winner because my logic doesn't mean much to the teams playing, my NCAA tourney bracket proves it.

How did you experience the Friday doomsday with Duke, Michigan and Missouri losing? Was this the biggest NCAA March Madness upset ever?

I can't believe that two #2 seeds fell in the opening round, Mizzou is hurting from this, I thought it was their year to go deep in the tourney.

What kind of a professional basketball career do you see Gregory Echenique having?

He is a big bodied banger in the post, he will be able to find a job anywhere he wants.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



Igor Perovic (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) If Jared Jordan Plays Well Than Bonn Wins, If Braunschweig Stops Him Than They Will Go To The Final - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Igor Perovic is in his third season as head coach for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He had a long playing career that lasted from 1991-2008. In this time, he played for teams like Partizan Beograd, Radnicki Beograd, Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Beopetrol Beograd, Gravelines (France), Hapoel Holon (Israel), Buducnost Podgorica, Elitzur Qiryat Ata/Motzkin (Israel-Premier L.), TSK Wurzburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga), Lavovi 063 Beograd and for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) from 2005-2008. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about the 2012 Beko BBL Top 4.

Bonn plays the New Yorker Phantoms in the first semi final. In the only meeting this season, the Telekom Baskets Bonn lost 80-76. What can we await from this game?

Bonn lost the bbl game but cup game is different, they know if they want to go to final they have to win. There is no other semi final cup game for them this year. Bonn will play at home and I believe they have more chance to win in that game.

Who has the edge at the guard position and why? Bonn has the top playmaker in the league with Jared Jordan while the Phantoms have a lot of versatility with guys like Michael Umeh, Lamarr Greer, Immanuel Mcelroy and Igor Milosevic.


I think if Braunschweig wants to win this game they must stop Jordan. He is excellent this year and he already had some great games. Braunschweig has very experienced players on guard spot and I am sure they will step it up too. I expect everybody to play their best basketball.

Who has the edge at the forward position and why? The Telekom Baskets Bonn have forward force from the Balkans with guys like Simonas Serapinas and Zvonko Buljan, and strong American Tony Gaffney while the Phantoms have versatilty with captain Nils Mittmann, Rich Melzer and three point force Branko Jorovic.

Bonns game relies so much on Jordan and I think if Braunshweig stop him they will control Gaffney too. Gaffney is the best transition 4 man in BBL this year and he needs Jordan to give him the ball if he wants to score easy in transition.

Who has the edge at the center position. The Telekom Baskets Bonn have never aging Chris Ensminger that plays like a 28 year and the Phantoms ex Wake Forest American Kyle Visser who is solid?


I think Ensminger is playing a great season this year because Jordan is playing that well. Ensminger is smart, experienced and knows how to play important games. On the other side Visser is good player to but I think Jordan will make difference in this game. If he plays good Bonn will win if Braunshweig stops him Braunschweig will go to the final.

The other semi final pits 4 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg against cinderella story ratiopharm Ulm. Ulm lost by five in Bamberg and by 28 at home. What can we await from this series and does the neutral place have an advantage for either team?

We got 2 best teams this year playing each other and I expect great game. I think the game will be very close.

How do the two teams match up at the guard position and who has the edge? Ratiopharm Ulm with solid guards Isaiah Swann, German national player and energy spark plug Tommy Mason Griffin while the Brose Baskets Bamberg have mega talented guards with Brian Roberts, Julius Jenkins, Anton Gavel and Karsten Tadda.


Both teams have good players on each position. Bamberg has better and more experienced players but I believe Ulm will be able to control this game much better than they did it in their last game.

How do the two teams match up at the forward position and who has the edge? Ratiopharm Ulm have a strong core of experienced forwards with Steven Esterkamp, Dane Watts, three point specialist Keanton Nankivill, Rocky Trice and Sebastian Betz while Bamberg has NBA experience and nearly 400 NBA games with Casey Jacobsen, Marcus Slaughter and PJ Tucker.


If we go player by player nobody got chance to play against Bamberg but I got the feeling that we will see very close game. I would like to see that more that anything.

How do the two teams match up at the center position and who has the edge?? Big hulk John Bryant against future NBA player Tibor Pleiss?


.I think Bryant is an excellent player and he made big difference in many of ulms games this year.

What will be key to winning the game for both teams and who will reach final?

If Ulm can control Bambergs transition and 3 point shot we will watch close game if not we will see easy Bamberg win. This 2 segments are most important. I think chances in this game are 65% Bamberg and 35% Ulm.

How will you be spending the break?

I will visit my family in Belgrade for 4 days and than we start to practice again and try to finish the league strongest we can.

Thanks Igor for the chat.





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  GREECE   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 21-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 20-2 
 3. Kolossos 16-7 
 4. Panionios 14-8 
 5. AGOR 14-9 
 6. Kavala 12-10 
 7. Aris 11-12 
 8. PAOK 10-14 
 9. KAOD 9-14 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-16 
 11. Ikaros 7-17 
 12. Peristeri GS 6-17 
 13. Marousi 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 24: KAOD - Marousi 96-58
Mar. 24: Kolossos - Peristeri GS 83-53
Mar. 24: Ikaros - PAOK 82-64
Mar. 24: Aris - AGOR 78-60
Mar. 24: Panionios - Panathinaikos
Mar. 24: Olympiakos - Kavala


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.0 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.16.1 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros15.5 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK15.0 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris14.6 
 8. James, Aris14.5 
 9. Taylor, Kavala14.0 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.1 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris6.3 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 9. Boykin, Kolossos5.8 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 6. James, Aris4.1 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos3.2 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 7. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Kommatos, Marousi1.4 
 10. Demertzis, Marousi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Petway, AGOR1.2 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 6. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.7 
 10. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 


Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 19-5 
 2. Apollon Patras 18-6 
 3. Nea Kifisia 14-10 
 4. Arkadikos 14-10 
 5. AEK 14-10 
 6. Ikaroi Serron 14-10 
 7. OFI 13-11 
 8. Lavrio 13-11 
 9. Doxa Lefkadas 12-12 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 12-12 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 11-13 
 12. Perama Ermis 10-14 
 13. Panerythraikos 10-14 
 14. Pagrati 9-15 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 9-15 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 24: Pagrati - Lavrio 89-82
Mar. 24: Panelefsiniakos - Arkadikos 87-78
Mar. 24: Panerythraikos - Doxa Lefkadas 69-77
Mar. 24: Apollon Patras - Ermis Lagkada 68-54
Mar. 24: Ikaroi Serron - Nea Kifisia 66-70
Mar. 24: Periko/Arhelaos - AEK 61-45
Mar. 24: Perama Ermis - Amyntas Dafnis 58-74
Mar. 24: OFI - AEK/Argous 100-70


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.4 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.19.2 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.6 
 4. Stevovic, AE.18.2 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.7 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.16.8 
 7. Psileas, Lavrio16.7 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.4 
 9. Magounis, Panele.16.0 
 10. Petrovic-S., Apol.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.8 
 2. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.7 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 4. Sklavos, AEK7.6 
 5. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.4 
 7. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.4 
 8. Macheras, Panery.7.2 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.0 
 10. Sigounas, Pagrati7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.6.2 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.7 
 3. Nikou, Panelefs.5.2 
 4. Koronidis, Perama5.1 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.0 
 6. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.6 
 7. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.3 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.1 
 10. Panagakis, OFI3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel LEWIS
  OFI
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lewis, OFI1.9 
 2. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.8 
 3. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.7 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.1.7 
 5. Papadakis, Arkad.1.6 
 6. Magounis, Panele.1.6 
 7. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.5 
 8. Kallianotis, Paner.1.5 
 9. Petrovic-S., Apoll.1.5 
 10. Tsiotras, Arkadik.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.0 
 3. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 4. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.8 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 6. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.7 
 7. Foutsitzis, Periko.0.7 
 8. Koukounias, Nea K.0.6 
 9. Despos, AEK0.6 
 10. Psileas, Lavrio0.5 


A2 Round 24: Arkadikos lose to Panelefsiniakos in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Eleusina. First ranked host Panelefsiniakos (19-5) defeated 3rd ranked Arkadikos (14-10) 87-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arkadikos. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 55-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Arkadikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Panelefsiniakos' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Panelefsiniakos maintains first position with 19-5 record. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to face league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadikos will play against Ikaroi Serron in Serres and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-24) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 24th consecutive match to eighth ranked OFI (13-11) 100-70. The winners were led by forward Dimitris Karadolamis (204-87, agency: FCM) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds and Andreas Sizopoulos supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. OFI moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lavrio. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. OFI will play against Lavrio (#8) on the road in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Lavrio (13-11) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Pagrati (9-15) 89-82 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Giannis Dimakos who scored 24 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Nikos Psileas who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds. Pagrati have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 9-15 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Loser Lavrio dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with OFI. Pagrati will meet higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lavrio will play against OFI in Heraklion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Perikos where higher ranked AEK (14-10) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-15) 61-45. It was a good game for Thodoris Panaras who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pagrati. AEK at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Periko/Arhelaos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road. AEK will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas and be promoted back to the A1 just one year after relegation.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Ermis Lagkada lost to Apollon Patras on the opponent's court 54-68. Perama Ermis unfortunately lost to Amyntas Dafnis in a home game 58-74. Nea Kifisia managed to beat Ikaroi Serron on the road 70-66. Panerythraikos was defeated by Doxa Lefkadas on its own court 69-77.


Apollon Patras - Ermis Lagkada 68-54
Very expected game when 9th ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-12) was defeated on the road by second ranked Apollon Patras (18-6) 68-54. The game was mostly controlled by Apollon Patras. Ermis Lagkada was better in third quarter 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ermis Lagkada 39-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) replied with 20 points and forward Stratos Nisiotis (203-78) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ermis Lagkada. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras maintains second position with 18-6 record behind leader Panelefsiniakos. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against AEK (#5) in Athens.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: I.Krolo 18+12reb+2ast, D.Virijevic 11+5reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 11+13reb+5ast, N.Argyropoylos 9+1reb+1ast, T.Zafiris 6+2reb+1ast, G.Petropoulos 5
Ermis Lagkada: S.Iliadis 20+1reb+3ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 11+2reb, S.Nisiotis 10+10reb+2ast, S.Kekelis 5+1reb+1ast, B.Paritsis 2+3reb, T.Onasoglou 2+1reb
gschID: 138508


Perama Ermis - Amyntas Dafnis 58-74
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Amyntas Dafnis and 13th ranked Perama Ermis had identical 10-13 record. But Perama Ermis was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Athens 74-58. Perama Ermis was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Babis Samothrakis (189-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and forward Pavlos Trafalis (202-78) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Perama Ermis. Perama Ermis' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Amyntas Dafnis maintains eleventh position with 11-13 record. Newly promoted Perama Ermis dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea. Perama Ermis will play on the road against Nea Kifisia where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: S.Tsougarakis 17+11reb, T.Vardianos 12+4reb, B.Samothrakis 12+5reb+3ast, L.Zoupas 9+3reb+7ast, D.Chilaris 9+4reb+2ast, G.Sourlis 7+2reb+4ast
Perama Ermis: N.Michalos 12+6reb+2ast, D.Kapiniaris 9+5reb, M.Milicevic 9+5reb+1ast, P.Trafalis 8+7reb+2ast, A.Koronidis 8+2reb+4ast, L.Skoutaris 5+4reb
gschID: 138509


Ikaroi Serron - Nea Kifisia 66-70
There was a minor upset in Serres where 5th ranked Ikaroi Serron (14-10) was defeated by seventh ranked Nea Kifisia (14-10) 70-66. It looked good early as Ikaroi Serron took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nea Kifisia took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. Nea Kifisia forced 22 Ikaroi Serron turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) replied with 22 points and forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ikaroi Serron. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nea Kifisia moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ikaroi Serron. Nea Kifisia's next round opponent will be Perama Ermis (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Ikaroi Serron will play against Arkadikos (#4) in Arkadia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: F.Moschovitis 24+5reb+5ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 12+7reb, T.Sioutis 8+7reb+2ast, D.Menoudakos 8+3reb+2ast, M.Kolokas 7+4reb+2ast, N.Kokkalis 5+1reb+1ast
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 22+2reb+1ast, F.Simeonidis 15+2reb+5ast, E.Margaritis 14+4reb+4ast, S.Mourtos 7+3reb+1ast, K.Pehlivanis 5+3reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 2+5reb+6ast
gschID: 138510


Panelefsiniakos - Arkadikos 87-78
The game between Top Four teams took place in Eleusina. First ranked host Panelefsiniakos (19-5) defeated 3rd ranked Arkadikos (14-10) 87-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arkadikos. The hosts trailed by 13 points at the halftime before their 55-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Arkadikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Panelefsiniakos' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and guard Giorgos Kopsaftis (192-83, agency: FCM) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four Panelefsiniakos and five Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos maintains first position with 19-5 record. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Panelefsiniakos are looking forward to face league's second-placed Apollon Patras on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadikos will play against Ikaroi Serron in Serres and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: G.Kyriakopoulos 21+2reb+3ast, S.Magounis 18+5reb+1ast, C.Deligiannis 15+6reb, V.Balafas 11+2reb+1ast, N.Mantzioris 7+5reb+1ast, N.Voulgaris 6+2reb
Arkadikos: A.Gizogiannis 16+15reb+2ast, G.Kopsaftis 16+3reb+4ast, S.Gizogiannis 12+4reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 10+3reb+3ast, M.Papadakis 10+4reb+4ast, P.Ifantis 8+2reb
gschID: 138511


Panerythraikos - Doxa Lefkadas 69-77
Everything went according to plan in New Eritrea where tenth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (12-12) beat 12th ranked Panerythraikos (10-14) 77-69. Panerythraikos was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 29-20 charge of Doxa Lefkadas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Panerythraikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Kostas Tsotsos (205-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Doxa Lefkadas players scored in double figures. Forward Sotiris Katoufas (206-79) replied with 21 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and forward Nikos Pritsos (197-82) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Panerythraikos. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Doxa Lefkadas moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Panerythraikos at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Doxa Lefkadas' next round opponent will be Pagrati (#14) in Athens where they are favorite. Panerythraikos will play on the road against Amyntas Dafnis in Athens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: K.Tsotsos 16+3reb+1ast, N.Pettas 15+6reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 14+1reb+1ast, O.Matenidis 11+1reb+3ast, V.Vagenas 10+5reb+1ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 6+9reb
Panerythraikos: S.Katoufas 21+4reb, N.Pritsos 14+8reb+1ast, K.Macheras 10+12reb+1ast, T.Kallianotis 7+1ast, T.Straganiotis 7+1reb+3ast, G.Rodostoglou 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 138504


Pagrati - Lavrio 89-82
An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Lavrio (13-11) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Pagrati (9-15) 89-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-82. The best player for the winners was guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) who scored 24 points and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) who recorded 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Pagrati have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourteenth position with 9-15 record, which they share with Periko/Arhelaos. Loser Lavrio dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with OFI. Pagrati will meet higher ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lavrio will play against OFI in Heraklion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 24+1reb+7ast, A.Koutroulias 15+8reb+4ast, S.Veskoukis 15+5reb+5ast, A.Sigounas 13+10reb+1ast, A.Raptis 12+7reb+1ast, A.Antonakis 10+4reb
Lavrio: N.Psileas 22+5reb+3ast, G.Kakiouzis 15+5reb, V.Kounas 13+2reb+1ast, G.Tirlas 12+4reb, K.Sinnis 10+1reb+2ast, D.Giannakopoulos 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 138505


OFI - AEK/Argous 100-70
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-24) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 24th consecutive match to eighth ranked OFI (13-11) 100-70. The game without a history. OFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 AEK/Argous turnovers. OFI players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. The winners were led by forward Dimitris Karadolamis (204-87, agency: FCM) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds and Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) did not help to save the game for AEK/Argous. Forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. OFI moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lavrio. AEK/Argous at the other side still closes the standings. OFI will play against Lavrio (#8) on the road in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
OFI: D.Karadolamis 26+7reb+2ast, A.Sizopoulos 18+4reb+4ast, D.Katiakos 15+6reb+2ast, K.Balafas 11+3reb+1ast, D.Lewis 8+4reb+2ast, P.Katsoulas 7
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 25+8reb+4ast, G.Vavatsikos 15+9reb+1ast, G.Vourdoulas 12+1ast, G.Flevaris 10+5reb+1ast, G.Koukounias 8+8reb+2ast, V.Stateras 0
gschID: 138506


Periko/Arhelaos - AEK 61-45
An interesting game took place in Perikos where higher ranked AEK (14-10) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (9-15) 61-45. The game was mostly controlled by Periko/Arhelaos. AEK was better in fourth quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Thodoris Panaras (195-77) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. Forward Paraskeva Martzos (197-85, agency: FCM) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and guard Antonis Mantzaris (196-86) added 15 points in the effort for AEK. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Pagrati. AEK at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Periko/Arhelaos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road. AEK will play against Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas and be promoted back to the A1 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: T.Panaras 18+3reb+1ast, K.Bechlivanis 12+3reb+4ast, P.Martzos 11+7reb+2ast, G.Foutsitzis 6+8reb+2ast, G.Maltesios 6+2reb+1ast, D.Marmarinos 4+5reb+2ast
AEK: A.Mantzaris 15+2reb+1ast, V.Sklavos 10+9reb+1ast, V.Tzolos 6+1reb, A.Falekas 3+2reb+2ast, D.Despos 3+4reb, A.Siamandouras 3+1reb+1ast



McCalebb lifts Montepaschi to 81-80 thriller win against Olympiakos, 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 81-80

Olympiakos exploded in the last ten minutes of the game, but that was not enough as Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) made a crucial steal in the finish and dribbled out the clock to send his team to Greece next week with a victory in hand. Montepaschi celebrated 81-80 win and tied the series to 1-1. Next two games will be played in Greece. McCalebb top-scored in victory with 21 points. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) followed him with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) and David Andersen (212-C-80) (6 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. The Reds got 15 points and 6 boards from Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) (5 as) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 22-18, 26-17, 19-18, 14-27. Montepaschi had 67-53 lead after 30 minutes of play.
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With memories of their comeback from 10 down in the fourth quarter of Game 1, the Reds got this one going good, too, as Dorsey put back an offensive rebound and Law dropped a lane jumper to make it 67-57. Rakocevic drove to end a two-minute scoring drought by Siena, but Law quickly answered with his own basket. Lavrinovic settled the hosts with a jump hook only to see Kostas Papanikolaou better him from downtown, making it 71-62. Rakocevic connected with Lavrinovic on the next play, but a rebounding miscue let Dorsey score and draw Lavrinovic's fourth foul. Out of a timeout, Printezis buried 2 free throws and a short jumper, and suddenly, it was 73-69 with under 4 minutes to play. Almost 2 tense minutes passed until Andersen got the free throw line and hit both tries, for a 75-69 score, but Law fed Hines on the two-minute mark to make it a two-possession game again. After a shot-clock violation by Siena, Printezis fed Hines for an open layup, but he missed the extra free throw. At 75-73, Moss slipped but somehow got the ball to Andersen, who was fouled and made 2 of 2 free throws again. At 46 seconds, Law completed a three-point play after backing down McCalebb, for a one-point difference, 77-76. McCalebb's drive 20 seconds later yielded 2 perfect free throws, although the second bounced in. Spanoulis hit 2 free throws at 79-78 with 17 seconds left, after which Olympiacos immediately fouled McCalebb. He made the first, missed the second, but when Stonerook grabbed the rebound, Siena was able to take more seconds off the clock until Andersen made 1 of 2 for an 81-78 lead with 9 seconds left. Printezis was fouled and made both with 7 seconds left and an 81-80 scoreboard. Now, Rakocevic went to the line and missed both shots with 5.8 seconds left. The rebound was grabbed by Olympiacos, but as Printezis came across halfcourt with the ball, McCalebb stole the ball from behind and dribbled out the clock to send his team to Greece next week with a victory in hand. *Courtesy of Euroleague
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Teams will meet again next Wednesday. Game Four is scheduled for Friday.

Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 21, Ksistof Lavrinovic 18+6 boards, Igor Rakocevic 13, David Andersen 12+6 boards
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 15+6 boards, Acie Law 11+5 as, Pero Antic 11+5 boards



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 20-5 
 2. Leiden 18-6 
 3. Den Bosch 18-6 
 4. Nijmegen 16-10 
 5. Zwolle 10-16 
 6. Leeuwarden 9-16 
 7. Weert 5-20 
 8. Rotterdam 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 24: Leeuwarden - Nijmegen 90-99 OT
Mar. 21: Leiden - Nijmegen 85-73
Mar. 22: Weert - Zwolle 83-69
Mar. 24: Zwolle - Rotterdam 72-84
Mar. 25: Den Bosch - Leiden


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-1 
 2. Amsterdam 18-5 
 3. De Hoppers 17-7 
 4. Cangeroes 17-7 
 5. Leiden 2 16-6 
 6. Red Giants 13-9 
 7. Goba 10-14 
 8. Akrides 9-14 
 9. Punch 9-15 
 10. De Groene 8-14 
 11. Almonte 8-15 
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-18 
 13. Hoofddorp 6-18 
 14. Jugglers 3-20 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 24: Akrides - Binnenland 81-72
Mar. 23: Hoofddorp - De Hoppers 75-87
Mar. 24: Red Giants - Leiden 2 74-55
Mar. 24: Almonte - Rotterdam 2 63-55
Mar. 24: Goba - Cangeroes 57-108
Mar. 24: De Groene - Punch 54-61
Mar. 25: Jugglers - Amsterdam
Mar. 31: Akrides - Red Giants



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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 20-3 
 2. Szolnok 19-4 
 3. Albacomp 18-4 
 4. Kormend 17-5 
 5. Atomeromu 15-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 13-10 
 7. PVSK Pannon 11-11 
 8. Soproni 9-13 
 9. Kaposvari 8-14 
 10. FS Debrecen 7-16 
 11. Szedeak 7-16 
 12. Marso NYKK 7-16 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-17 
 14. ZTE KK 1-22 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 23: Szolnok - Kecskemeti 95-71
Mar. 24: Falco-Szova - Kormend
Mar. 24: PVSK Pannon - Albacomp
Mar. 24: Soproni - Jaszberenyi
Mar. 24: Marso NYKK - FS Debrecen
Mar. 24: ZTE KK - Atomeromu
Mar. 25: Szedeak - Kaposvari

Round 24

Mar. 18: Szedeak - Marso NYKK 92-86
Mar. 16: Jaszberenyi - Falco-Szova 89-101

Round 25

Mar. 18: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen 74-91


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Timberlake, Falco-.22.4 
 3. Ciric, PVSK P.21.6 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.9 
 8. Bell, Kormend19.8 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.6 
 10. Wilson, Kaposvari17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.0 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.8 
 3. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.0 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 6. Townes, Kormend8.8 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.3 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.5 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok6.0 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.9 
 4. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 5. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.8 
 8. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.2 
 9. Thomas, Soproni4.2 
 10. Drahos, Szedeak4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.8 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.2.5 
 4. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.4 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak2.4 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
 10. Doyne, PVSK P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Levy, Szedeak1.1 
 5. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.9 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 



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Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Jarryd Cole (200-F-88, agency: JEMsports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Keflavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team edged out Fjolnir (#10, 8-14) in overtime 99-98. Keflavik maintains the 5th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. Cole turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. University of Iowa graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cole is in league's top in points (8th best: 20.4ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Maurice Miller (187-G-88) of Tindastoll. Miller impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Tindastoll to edge slightly lower-ranked Njardvik (#8, 9-13) by 2 points 81-79. Tindastoll's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Miller is a newcomer at Tindastoll and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Darrin Govens (185-G-88) of Thor Thorl (#3). Govens showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Thor Thorl, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the lower-ranked Haukar (#11, 6-16). Thor Thorl needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 7 lost games. Govens has a great season in Iceland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.6apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik - 26 points and 12 rebounds
5. Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) of IR - 23 points and 10 rebounds
8. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87) of Haukar - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Darri Hilmarsson (191-F/G-87) of Thor Thorl - 20 points and 7 rebounds
10. Finnur Magnusson (206-C) of KR - 24 points and 11 rebounds

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



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ASEAN League: Indonesia Warriors hold off Bangkok Cobras - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Bangkok Cobras 74:67

Indonesia Warriors clinched the seventh win in the season. They shot down Bangkok Cobras at home court to improve at 7-7 record. The Cobras fell at 5-8 record after the loss. Jerick Canada (170-G) knocked down 13 points to lead the effort.
The Cobras looked better in the starting quarter. The visitors posted a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But the Warriors took over in the second quarter. The hosts pulled ahead to ensure a 40:38 halftime lead. The Cobras maintained the pressure and retained the advantage after the big break. The Cobras arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points. The Warriors stiffened their defence in the final frame which paid off. The Cobras were limited to just 5 points and had to surrender at the end. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) and Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) finished with 10 points each for the winners. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) responded with 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Cobras. Jai Reyes (173-G) netted 19 points in the loss.

Indonesia Warriors: Jerick Canada 13, Steve Thomas 12+14 boards, Rony Gunawan 10, Jonathan Smith 10
Bangkok Cobras: Jai Reyes 19, Gentry Lewis 16+20 boards



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BC Habikaa Signs New Mexico State Alumnus Troy Gillenwater - by David Pick

Israel's B.C. Habikaa announced the signing of the New Mexico State Alumnus Troy Gillenwater (Agency: Rize Management) for the rest of the season, in replace of Rashaun Freeman, who suffered a season ending wrist injury.

Freeman recorded averages of 17ppg, 7rpg and 1aspg before fracturing his wrist during a domestic league game. An injury that sent him back to the United States, early than expected. Gillenwater, a 2011 All-WAC 1st team member, left N.Mexico St. as a junior, yet saved his eligibility for the NBA Draft.

With averages of 19ppg, 6.3rpg and 1bpg in college, Troy was projected to bloom into a late second round pick. However, the low ranking and the NBA Lockout sent Gillenwater abroad to earn a living, increase his knowledge of the game and prepare for the upcoming draft, which according to sources close to player, he plans on attending.

If Gillenwater, should pass his Sunday morning physical, he'll attend the team's evening road game against favorites Hapoel Jerusalem.





Eurobasket Evaluates Maccabi's Performances Against PAO - by David Pick

After being shocked, blown out, demolished and suffering from a moral beat down after a 73-93 loss to Panatinaikos, in Game 1 of the Euroleague Quarter-final series at OAKA Arena in Athens, Greece David Blatt and his troops impressively bounced back 48-hours later, squeezing out a rightfully deserved overtime 94-92 Game 2 victory, splitting the series at 1-1 apiece.

Coming into the series as underdogs, the yellow-and-blue army will enjoy an opportunity to close-out the series next week at Nokia Arena. With both a boring and epic Games 1 and 2 behind, and with the series just possibly crossing the 50 percent mark, Eurobasket evaluates Maccabi's players and coaching staff's performances on a 1-10 scale.

Head Coach David Blatt: Stunned by Zeljko Obradovic's Game 1 coaching masterpiece, Blatt took the loss personal. When returning to the team's hotel, Blatt stayed up until the late hours of the night, trying to learn where and what at he did wrong.

While understanding and implementing his adjustments to perfection in Game 2, Blatt responded with a jaw-dropping coaching clinique, dazzling the entire European basketball world, specifically, Zeljko Obradovic. Evaluation 8

Theodoros Papaloukas: If this series can get any more personal to anyone, it's Papaloukas. Booed, cursed out and rejected by 20,000 fanatic green fans, Papaloukas thought he saw it all. Yet, when his own coach showed no signs of belief in his abilities to contribute, Papa was devastated.

Nonetheless, he kept to himself and made sure to be ready when his name was called. As expected, when needed most down the stretch, Papa (again) rose to the occasion and with five crucial points along with immense leadership, took a major role in Tel-Aviv's W. Evaluation 7

Richard Hendrix: If Hendrix and Maccabi learned anything from the first game of the series, it's that Mike Batiste and Aleks Maric are nothing like the Adriatic/Israeli League soft big men, and that for Hendrix to be effective, he needs to be a starter. When coming off the bench if Game 1, Hendrix showed no signs of aggressiveness on either ends of the floor, finishing with just five shots and three rebounds in 22 minutes.

As a starter in Game 2, Rich doubled both his shots (12) and boards (7) from the first encounter, and if not for repeated unforgivable refereeing errors, Hendrix would have sealed the deal for his team much earlier. Evaluation 7.5

Devin Smith: Marked by Eurobasket as the X Factor of the series. Despite the Game 1 loss, Smith showed poise, patience and maturity on the court. Maccabi's defensive stopper matched a game high in blocks (2) and collected a team high in rebounds (6), along with 17 points.

In Game 2, the 'Professor' did everything you don't see on the stat sheet, yet recorded a back-to-back team high cleaning the glass with nine boards, proving to be Blatt's most trustworthy player with a series high 42 minutes. Evaluation 8.5

David Blu: The former Trojan is currently the most underrated European player. Earlier this year, Blu approached team Manager Gur Shelef, saying he's entertaining the thought of a change this summer. Since then, Maccabi has oddly made no contact with Blu's people.

However, Eurobasket was informed that the California native will possibly workout for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. Lakers consultant Ettore Messina, is known to think highly of Blu and his unlimited shooting range, and would be expected to follow Blu's training closely.

As for the series, Keith Langford, who last year felt Blu's buzzer-beating dagger while playing for Khimki Moscow, enjoyed being on the winning side for a change. Blu, a three time Euroleague finalist, took Tuesday's loss extra personal and stepped up with hustle plays on defense and draining long/mid-range wowing jumpers on offense, playing a crucial role in Maccabi's victory. Evaluation - 9

Lior Eliyahu: If anyone sees a long 6-foot-9 Israeli forward wearing yellow shorts and a blue jacket walking around Athens, please contact Shimon Mizrahi immediately. Six points and three rebounds in Maccabi's loss and two points with zero rebounds in the team's victory, clearly establishes that Maccabi lost Eliyahu somewhere around passport checking at the Athens airport.

The fact that Eliyahu is an Israeli NT star and former Spanish ACB League Champion, only makes you wonder where did Blatt go wrong, or whether Eliyahu doesn't really have what it takes. Evaluation 4.5

Demond Mallet: Prior to signing with Maccabi in December 2011, advisors suggested to Mallet not to transfer to Tel-Aviv. Mallet, who's playing his 10th pro career season, felt that joining the Israeli empire is a milestone in his career and something he wasn't willing to lose out on.

Well, three months later, Mallet is nowhere near Blatt's radar and frankly, even a GPS cant find the guard. Mallet saw Maccabi win the Israeli State-Cup title from the sidelines and took no part in four of the team's Domestic games. Mallet's Euroleague averages drastically dropped from 34 minutes and 18.7ppg with Belgium Spirou, to 15 minutes and 5.4ppg in Tel-Aviv.

Against Pao, Mallet nearly tied a season low in minutes, playing just six of them in Game 2, taking only one field goal attempt. In May, with the Israeli Final Four on the line, and with a healthy Smith and Langford, Blatt will show Mallet the best courtside seat in the house, again. This clearly isn't what he signed up for? Evaluation 4

Guy Pnini: Maccabi's last year's Rottweiler is this season's poodle. Pnini went from 45.8% shooting from deep last season to 30% this season to zero percent against Pao. Reasons for Pnini's slump could easily be injuries, but more so, that fact that Devin Smith is eating up all his minutes. During the summer, Pnini played with the Israeli NT in the European Championship in Lithuania, where he averaged 13.2ppg on 50.0% field goal shooting showcasing flashy abilities.

The fact that Pnini played only 1:37 minutes in Game 2 still remains a mystery. Evaluation 3

Tal Burstein: The thought of playing Burstein as a starter in Game 1 was correct. Tal's strong, experienced and is a solid defender who handles the ball well. However, playing him over Ohayon, a lesson Blatt learned later on, was incorrect. Burstein's athletic abilities aren't what they used to be and his shooting capabilities aren't all there either.

In Maccabi's Game 2 victory, Burstein played a third of his minutes from Game 1, leaving like Pnini, an empty stat sheet. Evaluation 4

Yogev Ohayon: Wow, incredible, amazing and oh my God, were some of the words needed to describe Yogev's Game 2 performance. A Euroleague career high in points (15), while tying a career high in assists (5), Ohayon demolished Pao's backcourt.

With talks about Jordan Farmar joining Israel's NT raising, Ohayon made sure to end any doubts of his abilities to lead a team forward. The last successful Israeli point guard to wear Maccabi's jersey was Oded Katash and today icons, Papaloukas, Burstein and Mallet see the rookie as a -- starter.

Maccabi managed to dig a big hole three times this season (Cantu, Jerusalem, Pao), and surprisingly, it was Ohayon who came to the rescue. David Blatt is doing something Maccabi's former Coach Pini Gershon would never imagine could be possible, which is giving the keys to an Israeli point guard.

Last season while in Jerusalem, Ohayon was shadowed by Will Solomon and Yuval Naimy. The team's recently fired coach Oded Katash, fought a great deal this past summer to keep Ohayon in the Holy City instead of Yuval Naimy, but Yogev wanted a challenge. In game 2 against Pao, Ohayon limited Diamantidis, an All-Euroleague Point Guard to just 31% on 4/13 shooting. Evaluation 9

Shawn James: The former two time Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Center of the Year is yet to show he's capable of playing on the big stage. James, a Euroleague rookie, didn't disappoint after being thrown into battle last night due to Hendrix and Sofo's foul trouble.

Despite his lack of physical abilities to compete with bigs such as Batiste and Maric, James played a vital role for team, assisting with seven points and five boards. Evaluation 6.5

Sofoklis Schortsanitis: As the season progresses, Sofo's playing minute's developed a pattern. They decrease. The large muscle and body weight Sofo carees make it hard, even for someone with a huge passion for the game to thrive, or mealy remain standing.

Despite Sofo's playing time dropping from 17 minutes to eight in Games 1 and 2, he appeared to be more efficient and valuable to his team. Sofo scored more points on better shooting percentages, decreased the amount of turnovers and grabbed more rebounds. Evaluation 7.5

Keith Langford: One of Maccabi's most deadliest and expensive weapons stepped up big on both occasions. In Game 1, Langford nearly recorded a point for every minute he was on the hardwood. Yet, as a guard, his assists column showed a big fat zero and Maccabi was far from victory.

In Game 2, not only did Langford make big plays down the stretch, kissing the ball of the left side of the glass, he also got his teammates involved by sharing the rock, resulting into four very crucial dimes. Langford also showed signs of maturity on the defensive end by picking up fouls. On the offensive side, Langford lowered his turnovers by a fourth, creating better situation for himself and his teammates. Evaluation 8





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McCalebb lifts Montepaschi to 81-80 thriller win against Olympiakos, 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi - Olympiakos 81-80

Olympiakos exploded in the last ten minutes of the game, but that was not enough as Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) made a crucial steal in the finish and dribbled out the clock to send his team to Greece next week with a victory in hand. Montepaschi celebrated 81-80 win and tied the series to 1-1. Next two games will be played in Greece. McCalebb top-scored in victory with 21 points. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) followed him with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) and David Andersen (212-C-80) (6 rebs) netted 13 and 12 points respectively. The Reds got 15 points and 6 boards from Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) (5 as) and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 22-18, 26-17, 19-18, 14-27. Montepaschi had 67-53 lead after 30 minutes of play.
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With memories of their comeback from 10 down in the fourth quarter of Game 1, the Reds got this one going good, too, as Dorsey put back an offensive rebound and Law dropped a lane jumper to make it 67-57. Rakocevic drove to end a two-minute scoring drought by Siena, but Law quickly answered with his own basket. Lavrinovic settled the hosts with a jump hook only to see Kostas Papanikolaou better him from downtown, making it 71-62. Rakocevic connected with Lavrinovic on the next play, but a rebounding miscue let Dorsey score and draw Lavrinovic's fourth foul. Out of a timeout, Printezis buried 2 free throws and a short jumper, and suddenly, it was 73-69 with under 4 minutes to play. Almost 2 tense minutes passed until Andersen got the free throw line and hit both tries, for a 75-69 score, but Law fed Hines on the two-minute mark to make it a two-possession game again. After a shot-clock violation by Siena, Printezis fed Hines for an open layup, but he missed the extra free throw. At 75-73, Moss slipped but somehow got the ball to Andersen, who was fouled and made 2 of 2 free throws again. At 46 seconds, Law completed a three-point play after backing down McCalebb, for a one-point difference, 77-76. McCalebb's drive 20 seconds later yielded 2 perfect free throws, although the second bounced in. Spanoulis hit 2 free throws at 79-78 with 17 seconds left, after which Olympiacos immediately fouled McCalebb. He made the first, missed the second, but when Stonerook grabbed the rebound, Siena was able to take more seconds off the clock until Andersen made 1 of 2 for an 81-78 lead with 9 seconds left. Printezis was fouled and made both with 7 seconds left and an 81-80 scoreboard. Now, Rakocevic went to the line and missed both shots with 5.8 seconds left. The rebound was grabbed by Olympiacos, but as Printezis came across halfcourt with the ball, McCalebb stole the ball from behind and dribbled out the clock to send his team to Greece next week with a victory in hand. *Courtesy of Euroleague
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Teams will meet again next Wednesday. Game Four is scheduled for Friday.

Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 21, Ksistof Lavrinovic 18+6 boards, Igor Rakocevic 13, David Andersen 12+6 boards
Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 15+6 boards, Acie Law 11+5 as, Pero Antic 11+5 boards



Nazionale A. Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Nazionale A round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Tenth defeat of league's leader Trento (20-10) against fifth ranked Pavia (15-16) 83-71 was the most important game of the last round. Trento was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pavia made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Trento turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Pavia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Trento helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for Trento. Pavia moved-up to third place, which they share with Bari. Trento at the other side dropped to the second position with ten games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Omegna. Trento will play next round against Ruvo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pavia will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Orlandina at home.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trieste as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trieste defeated 3rd placed Perugia at home 67-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perugia. It was a great evening for Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Innocenzo Ferraro helped adding 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Perugia at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Matera. Perugia will play next round against strong Bari trying to get back on the winning streak. Trieste will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ferentino at home.
Leading Chieti (17-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of fourth ranked Latina Basket on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by Latina Basket 87-68. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Chieti. It was an exceptional evening for Marko Micevic who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Latina Basket's coach Mattia Ferrari used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Emanuele Rossi came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for Chieti in the defeat. Latina Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-15 record. Newly promoted Chieti still keeps top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Latina Basket will meet Santarcangelo (#4) in the next round. Chieti will play against Firenze and hope to secure a win.
Third-ranked Bari (15-16) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Napoli (25-6). The visitors from Napoli managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected easier game. Bernardo Musso fired 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 25-6 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. Bari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Napoli's next round opponent will be Treviglio (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Bari will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bari (15-16) against fourth ranked Santarcangelo (12-19) on Thursday night. Host Bari was defeated by Santarcangelo in a tough game at home 74-78. It was a very good performance for Andrea Ancellotti who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains fourth place with 12-19 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. Bari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Santarcangelo will face Latina Basket (#4) at home in the next round. Bari will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 31 were not that significant. Ruvo was beaten by Orlandina on the road 83-69. San Severo was destroyed by Recanati on its own court 71-94. Fabriano unfortunately lost to Matera in a road game 61-78. Casalpusterlengo recorded a loss to Treviglio at home 73-84. Omegna defeated Castelletto on the opponent's court 84-77. Torino beat Santarcangelo in a home game 61-57. Ferentino destroyed Anagni on the road 96-72. Firenze outscored Comsum.it SI on its own court 84-52. Comsum.it SI recorded a loss to San Severo in a road game 71-64. Recanati was defeated by Perugia at home 74-82. Trieste beat Fabriano on the opponent's court 77-60. Matera won against Firenze in a home game 81-72. Casalpusterlengo unfortunately lost to Ferentino on the road 71-76. Chieti rolled over Treviglio on its own court 77-51.
The most impressive performance of 31th round was 19 points and 12 rebounds by Francesco Amoroso of San Severo.


Orlandina - Ruvo 83-69

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Orlandina (18-12) beat at home 6th ranked Ruvo (3-27) 83-69 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Orlandina. Ruvo was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orlandina forced 19 Ruvo turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for guard Davide Bonacini (190-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Orlandina's coach Giovanni Perdichizzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Pasquale de Martino (195-91) added 14 points in the effort for Ruvo. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains third place with 18-12 record having four points less than leader Omegna. Ruvo lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 27 games lost. Orlandina will face Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Ruvo will play against the league's second-placed Trento.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: D.Bonacini 22+4reb+2ast, N.Crow 16+4reb+2ast, A.Benevelli 11+7reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 10+1reb+4ast, L.Bisconti 9+4reb+3ast, F.Pellegrino 9+8reb
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 21+9reb+2ast, P.de Martino 14+2reb+1ast, S.Zanotti 11+4reb, G.Valesin 6+1reb+1ast, A.Di Salvia 5+2reb+2ast, A.Liguori 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135932


San Severo - Recanati 71-94

Rather expected game when 4th placed Mazzeo San Severo (14-17) was smashed at home by second ranked Recanati (16-14) 94-71 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Recanati. Mazzeo San Severo was better in second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Recanati shot 65.5 percent from the field. They also forced 23 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Recanati especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. It was a very good performance for guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Recanati's coach Piero Coen felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and center Fulvio Candido (208-83) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Recanati maintains second place with 16-14 record having six points less than leader Omegna. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth position with 17 games lost. Recanati will face Castelletto (#6) on the road in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's leader Omegna and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 23+4reb+4ast, P.Chiarello 15+5reb+1ast, S.Centanni 10+1reb, R.Fossati 10+2reb+5ast, A.Cecchetti 9+4reb, M.Pierangeli 9+3reb
San Severo: G.Rugolo 21+3reb+4ast, I.Scarponi 12+4reb, M.Poluzzi 10+1reb+1ast, F.Candido 10+9reb, F.Amoroso 9+2reb+3ast, R.Marzoli 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135933


Matera - Fabriano 78-61

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Matera (14-16) won against at home 5th ranked Fabriano (8-22) 78-61 on Thursday. The game without a history. Matera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fabriano to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Fabriano 40-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Giulio Castelletta (206-92) added 14 points in the effort for Fabriano. Matera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Perugia. Fabriano lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Matera will face Comsum.it SI (#6) in Siena in the next round. Fabriano will play on the road against the league's second-placed Torino.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Pilotti 21+4reb+3ast, S.Vico 16+1reb+4ast, G.Cantagalli 12+5reb+1ast, C.Grappasonni 11+6reb+2ast, R.Martone 7+10reb, A.LaGioia 6+5reb+2ast
Fabriano: G.Castelletta 14+3reb, G.Sgobba 13+6reb+1ast, A.Iardella 8+3reb, L.Usberti 8+5reb+1ast, N.D'Arrigo 8+5reb+1ast, C.Fontani 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135934


Bari - Napoli 61-63

Third-ranked Bari (15-16) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Napoli (25-6). The visitors from Napoli managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected easier game. Bari was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 16-11 charge of Napoli, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) fired 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 25-6 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. Bari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Napoli's next round opponent will be Treviglio (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Bari will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napoli: B.Musso 22+6reb+5ast, A.Iannilli 16+9reb+2ast, N.Sabbatino 8+3reb, G.Guastaferro 6+2reb+2ast, S.Lenardon 5+4reb+3ast, P.Rotondo 4+2reb+1ast
Bari: M.Cardillo 13+6reb+1ast, F.Mian 12+1reb+1ast, M.Bona 12+1reb+3ast, S.Gigena 9+6reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 9+6reb+3ast, D.Morena 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 135935


Casalpusterlengo - Treviglio 73-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Casalpusterlengo's (17-14) home loss to third ranked Treviglio (19-12) 73-84 on Thursday. The guests 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 84-73. Strangely Casalpusterlengo outrebounded Treviglio 44-27 including a 25-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for guard Tommaso Marino (190-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists. Power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Riccardo Casagrande (196-88, agency: Two Points) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Casalpusterlengo. Five Treviglio and four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Treviglio moved-up to second place, which they share with Torino. Casalpusterlengo lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 14 games lost. Treviglio will face league's leader Napoli at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Casalpusterlengo will play against Anagni and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 20+1reb+5ast, A.Vitale 13+2reb+1ast, J.Borra 12+5reb, M.Planezio 10+5reb+1ast, G.Zanella 10+8reb+1ast, A.Fabi 9+3reb+2ast
Casalpusterlengo: P.Biligha 16+8reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 15+6reb, A.Chiumenti 12+8reb, R.Prandin 12+5reb+3ast, G.Ricci 7+7reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 135926


Pavia - Trento 83-71

Nazionale A round 31 caused change at the leadership position. Tenth defeat of league's leader Trento (20-10) against fifth ranked Pavia (15-16) 83-71 was the most important game of the last round. Trento was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pavia made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Trento turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Pavia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Trento helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Pavia players scored in double figures. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Matteo Negri (194-91) added 14 points in the effort for Trento. Pavia moved-up to third place, which they share with Bari. Trento at the other side dropped to the second position with ten games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Omegna. Trento will play next round against Ruvo trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pavia will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Orlandina at home.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Maggio 20+3reb+2ast, R.Pederzini 17+5reb+2ast, F.Maiocco 14+2reb+3ast, R.Cazzaniga 13+12reb+2ast, L.Furlanetto 7+4reb+2ast, I.Cisse 5+1reb+1ast
Trento: M.Negri 14+3reb+2ast, M.Pazzi 12+11reb+3ast, A.Forray 9+3reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 9+3reb+4ast, S.Fiorito 9+3reb, M.Spanghero 8+2reb
gschID: 135927


Castelletto - Omegna 77-84

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Omegna (27-4) defeated on the road 6th ranked Castelletto (10-20) 84-77 on Thursday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for guard Tommaso Raspino (196-89, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Omegna players scored in double figures. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82) answered with 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Filiberto Dri (190-89) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Castelletto. Omegna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-4 record. Loser Castelletto keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. Omegna will face Mazzeo San Severo (#4) at home in the next round. Castelletto will play against the league's second-placed Recanati.
Top scorers:
Omegna: T.Raspino 21+6reb+3ast, D.Casadei 16+3reb+2ast, F.Prelazzi 12+5reb, M.Bertolazzi 10+1reb+3ast, A.Saccaggi 9+1reb+1ast, P.Paci 6+2reb
Castelletto: F.Dri 25+5reb, C.Villani 20+9reb+2ast, S.Ferrarese 16+3reb+4ast, S.Cotani 7+7reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 4+3reb+3ast, L.Marmugi 3+2reb
gschID: 135928


Torino - Santarcangelo 61-57

There was no surprise when 4th placed Santarcangelo (12-19) lost on the road to second ranked Torino (19-12) 61-57 on Thursday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Santarcangelo won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Santarcangelo 41-29 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for naturalized San Marino Federico Tassinari (195-77, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) added 14 points in the effort for Santarcangelo. Torino maintains second place with 19-12 record having just two points less than leader Omegna, which they share with Treviglio. Newly promoted Santarcangelo keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Torino will face Fabriano (#5) in the next round. Santarcangelo will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: C.Masper 17+2reb+1ast, F.Tassinari 11+13reb, F.Giusto 9+2reb, M.DeFant 7+3reb, F.Conti 6+6reb+4ast, L.Fontecchio 5+7reb
Santarcangelo: M.Palermo 14+2reb, G.Broglia 8+5reb, A.Ancellotti 8+10reb, E.Rivali 6+2reb+2ast, L.Pesaresi 6, N.Italiano 5+4reb
gschID: 135929


Latina Basket - Chieti 87-68

Leading Chieti (17-14) recorded its fourteenth loss on the court of fourth ranked Latina Basket on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by Latina Basket 87-68. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Chieti. The game was mostly controlled by Latina Basket. Chieti managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Latina Basket forced 21 Chieti turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Riccardo Romano (191-84) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Five Latina Basket players scored in double figures. Latina Basket's coach Mattia Ferrari used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Chieti in the defeat. Latina Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 15-15 record. Newly promoted Chieti still keeps top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Latina Basket will meet Santarcangelo (#4) in the next round. Chieti will play against Firenze and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: R.Romano 19+1reb, R.Serena 15+1reb+1ast, M.Micevic 14+6reb, R.Tavernelli 12+3reb+2ast, T.Plateo 11+4reb+2ast, G.Gazzotti 6+6reb+3ast
Chieti: A.Raschi 16+6reb+3ast, E.Rossi 14+13reb+1ast, S.Rajola 9+2ast, A.Porfido 8+2reb, M.Diomede 7+1reb+1ast, R.Feliciangeli 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 135930


Anagni - Ferentino 72-96

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Ferentino (19-11) crushed on the road 6th ranked Anagni (11-18) 96-72 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferentino. Anagni was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferentino dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Anagni's 22. It was a very good performance for guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 steals. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91, agency: Two Points) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Ferentino players scored in double figures. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Valerio Circosta (188-87, agency: Two Points) answered with 15 points and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Anagni. Ferentino have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-11 record having just three points less than leader Omegna. Loser Anagni keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Ferentino will face league's leader Trieste on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Anagni will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: F.Guarino 21+3reb, F.Ihedioha 16+1reb+1ast, M.Carrizo 14+4reb, A.Iannuzzi 12+10reb, F.Marcante 10+5reb+1ast, L.Panzini 8+2reb
Anagni: V.Circosta 15+2reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 12+3reb, M.Baroncelli 11+1reb+2ast, L.Ciribeni 9+4reb, D.Corral 7+9reb, R.Santolamazza 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135931


Trieste - Perugia 67-63

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trieste as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trieste defeated 3rd placed Perugia at home 67-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Perugia. Perugia was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Trieste forced 21 Perugia turnovers. It was a great evening for Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) helped adding 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Trieste players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Thomas De Min (203-86) scored 10 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Perugia at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Matera. Perugia will play next round against strong Bari trying to get back on the winning streak. Trieste will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ferentino at home.
Top scorers:
Trieste: A.Moruzzi 17+7reb, L.Zaccariello 11+3reb+1ast, A.Scutiero 10+2reb+2ast, I.Ferraro 10+6reb+1ast, L.Gandini 7+7reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 7+4reb
Perugia: F.Baldi Rossi 21+8reb, R.Truccolo 11+3reb+1ast, T.De Min 10+4reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 9+3reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 5+4reb, G.Chiatti 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135924


Firenze - Comsum.it SI 84-52

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Comsum.it SI (9-22) was smashed on the road by sixth ranked Firenze (9-22) 84-52 on Thursday. The game without a history. Firenze 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 Comsum.it SI's 30. Firenze forced 28 Comsum.it SI turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Firenze made 8 blocks. It was a very good performance for Massimiliano Sanna (195-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 steals. Center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 blocks for the winners. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. Guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and center Amedeo Tessitori (205-94) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Comsum.it SI. Firenze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Comsum.it SI. Firenze will face league's leader Chieti at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Comsum.it SI will play against Matera (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: M.Sanna 19+2reb+2ast, A.Amici 15+4reb+1ast, A.Giampaoli 13+3reb+3ast, A.Capitanelli 12+6reb+4ast, D.Monaldi 11+1reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 8+5reb+1ast
Comsum.it SI: A.Tessitori 13+5reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 12+8reb+1ast, S.Simeoli 7+5reb, A.Colli 6+4reb+1ast, N.Mei 4+1reb, S.Bonfiglio 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 135925


Round 22
San Severo - Comsum.it SI 71-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Mazzeo San Severo's (14-17) home victory over 5th ranked Comsum.it SI (9-22) 71-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-64. Mazzeo San Severo outrebounded Comsum.it SI 40-24 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Comsum.it SI. Comsum.it SI's coach Matteo Mecacci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mazzeo San Severo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 14-17 record. Loser Comsum.it SI keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Comsum.it SI will play against Matera (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: F.Amoroso 19+12reb+3ast, I.Scarponi 19+8reb, G.Rugolo 16+9reb+3ast, F.Candido 10+7reb+3ast, M.Poluzzi 5+1reb, R.Marzoli 2+3reb+2ast
Comsum.it SI: S.Simeoli 18+5reb+1ast, S.Bonfiglio 13+5reb+2ast, N.Mei 12+3reb+2ast, G.Spizzichini 7+6reb, A.Tessitori 6+3reb, A.Colli 6+1ast
gschID: 169949


Recanati - Perugia 74-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when their biggest opponent Recanati (16-14) lost at home to third ranked Perugia (14-16) 82-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Recanati. Five Perugia and four Recanati players scored in double figures. Perugia maintains third place with 14-16 record having eight points less than leader Omegna, which they share with Matera. Recanati lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 14 games lost. Perugia will face Bari (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Recanati will play against Castelletto.
Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 27+3reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 16+4reb+3ast, G.Chiatti 12+3reb+2ast, R.Truccolo 11+1reb, F.Baldi Rossi 10+9reb+6ast, T.De Min 3+2reb
Recanati: A.Pierini 22+7reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 19+2reb, P.Chiarello 11+12reb+1ast, A.Traini 10+3reb+3ast, R.Fossati 7+4reb+3ast, S.Centanni 3+1reb+6ast
gschID: 169950


Fabriano - Trieste 60-77

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Trieste (21-10) defeated on the road 5th ranked Fabriano (8-22) 77-60 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Trieste. Fabriano was better in fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fabriano 41-24 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Luca Gandini (205-85) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Giulio Castelletta (206-92) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fabriano. Four Fabriano players scored in double figures. Trieste keeps a position of league leader. Fabriano lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 22 games lost. Trieste will face league's second-placed Ferentino at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fabriano will play against the league's second-placed Torino.
Top scorers:
Trieste: L.Gandini 17+5reb+2ast, M.Maganza 16+12reb, L.Zaccariello 13+4reb+2ast, D.Mastrangelo 7+2reb+2ast, A.Moruzzi 6+6reb+2ast, M.Ruzzier 3+4reb+2ast
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 14+5reb+3ast, A.Iardella 13+2reb+3ast, G.Castelletta 12+7reb+1ast, N.D'Arrigo 10+2reb+2ast, C.Fontani 4+5reb, L.Usberti 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169951


Matera - Firenze 81-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Firenze's (9-22) road loss to fifth ranked Matera (14-16) 72-81 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-72. Matera made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Matera especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Firenze was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) contributed with 16 points for the winners. The former international center Federico Bellina (205-79, agency: Players Group) answered with 20 points and center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) added 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Firenze. Matera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Perugia. Newly promoted Firenze dropped to the fifth position with 22 games lost. Matera will face Comsum.it SI (#6) in Siena in the next round. Firenze will play at home against the league's leader Chieti.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Pilotti 22+6reb+1ast, S.Vico 16+3reb, C.Grappasonni 13+4reb, A.LaGioia 9+1reb+1ast, G.Cantagalli 7+2reb+1ast, P.Aprea 6+1reb
Firenze: F.Bellina 20+2reb, A.Capitanelli 13+4reb, D.Scodavolpe 12+3reb+2ast, S.Spizzichini 8+4reb, A.Amici 8+2reb, D.Monaldi 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169952


Bari - Santarcangelo 74-78

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Bari (15-16) against fourth ranked Santarcangelo (12-19) on Thursday night. Host Bari was defeated by Santarcangelo in a tough game at home 74-78. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Santarcangelo made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Bari turnovers and had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bari was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86, agency: Two Points) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Santarcangelo players scored in double figures. Center Domenico Morena (210-70) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bari. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains fourth place with 12-19 record. Bari lost third consecutive game. Bari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with 16 games lost. Santarcangelo will face Latina Basket (#4) at home in the next round. Bari will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: G.Broglia 16+3reb, J.Silimbani 12+3reb+1ast, E.Rivali 12+5reb+5ast, A.Ancellotti 12+8reb+2ast, L.Bedetti 7+5reb+2ast, L.Pesaresi 6+1reb+1ast
Bari: D.Morena 22+7reb+2ast, A.Ruggiero 20+5reb+3ast, M.Cardillo 14+3reb+2ast, S.Gigena 6+2reb+1ast, F.Mian 5+4reb+1ast, M.Bona 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 169953


Ferentino - Casalpusterlengo 76-71

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Ferentino (19-11) beat at home 4th placed Casalpusterlengo (17-14) 76-71 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-71. Quite impressive performance for guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Power forward Luca Pongetti (200-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Ferentino players scored in double figures. Power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Casalpusterlengo. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Ferentino have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-11 record having just three points less than leader Omegna. Casalpusterlengo lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with 14 games lost. Ferentino will face league's leader Trieste on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Casalpusterlengo will play against Anagni and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: F.Guarino 23+4ast, L.Pongetti 15+7reb+1ast, F.Marcante 13+3reb+2ast, M.Carrizo 13+3reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 6+1reb+1ast, F.Gagliardo 6+8reb+1ast
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 22+7reb, P.Biligha 14+6reb, G.Ricci 11+3reb, R.Prandin 7+2reb+4ast, R.Casagrande 5+5reb, M.Venuto 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 169954


Chieti - Treviglio 77-51

Rather expected game when 3rd placed Treviglio (19-12) was smashed on the road by first ranked Chieti (17-14) 77-51 on Thursday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 41-10 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chieti dominated on the defensive end, holding Treviglio to just 3 points in third quarter and to 10 points in second half. Quite impressive performance for the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Center Jacopo Borra (212-90) answered with 9 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) added 12 points in the effort for Treviglio. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chieti have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Chieti maintains first place with 17-14 record, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Loser Treviglio dropped to the second position with 12 games lost. Chieti will face Firenze (#5) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chieti: F.Gialloreto 18+4reb+3ast, A.Raschi 17+6reb+6ast, E.Rossi 15+13reb+3ast, R.Feliciangeli 9+2reb, S.Rajola 7+2reb+1ast, M.Diomede 6+2reb+2ast
Treviglio: A.Fabi 12+3reb+1ast, J.Borra 9+13reb, N.Cazzolato 8+5reb+3ast, A.Vitale 8+1reb+2ast, G.Zanella 7+7reb, T.Marino 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 169955



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D2: Rhode Island and Mott to meet in the Big Final - by Eurobasket News

Rhode Island and Mott will fight for JUCO Division II title today. The game will start at 7:30pm. South Suburban and Lakeland will play for third place at 5:30pm.

Friday, March 23
Game 18: Erie def. Moraine Valley - 80-69
Game 19: Danville def. Grand Rapids - 71-62
Game 20: Louisburg def. South Mountain - 82-73
Game 21: Rhode Island def. South Suburban, 83-78 (OT)
Game 22: Mott def. Lakeland - 83-74

Saturday, March 24
Game 23 (7th/8th Place): Erie vs. Danville - 12 pm
Game 24 (5th/6th Place): Baltimore City vs. Louisburg - 2 pm
Game 25 (3rd/4th Place): South Suburban vs. Lakeland - 5:30 pm
Game 26 (Championship): Rhode Island vs. Mott - 7:30 pm



D1: Texans cap perfect season with title-game victory - by Eurobasket Center

Marshall Henderson (6'2''-G-90) has never been a part of an unbeaten season. No one on the South Plains College roster has been up until now.

The Texans capped a perfect season on Saturday with an 81-68 victory over Northwest Florida State in the championship game of the NJCAA mens tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

And what made it most appropriate is that Saturdays final act mirrored this season for the Texans.

Tonight epitomized our season, said South Plains coach Steve Green . This was just like everything that went on this season for us.

The Texans (36-0) jumped to a big lead. They let the Raiders back in. They pulled away again. And again, the Raiders came back this time from 10 points down with 11 minutes to play.

They might have bent. And chirped. And bent some more. But they never broke.

Despite blowing two double-digit leads on Saturday, South Plains played with the lead for all but one minute of the game. Whenever it needed a play, someone stepped up. Freshman center Yanick Moreira (6'9''-C-91), the tournaments most valuable player, came through time and again, while sophomore forward Greg Gainey had a three-minute spurt in the second half that was huge.

But on this night, it was Henderson who loomed largest.

The sophomore guard knocked down some of the biggest shots of his life. His 32-point effort featured some of the clutch variety. A four-point play late in the first half provided the Texans with a six-point advantage at the intermission.

However, nothing matched his final dagger a shot-clock-beating 3 from two strides beyond the arc at the top of the key with 1:48 to play that pushed South Plains lead into double digits and ensured the perfect season.

It feels great to have a game like this, said Henderson, who suffered through some spotty shooting throughout the week, but hit on five of 12 3s in the title game and was perfect in 13 trips to the free-throw line. We wanted to come out and have a big game and finish this season off right. We didnt come this far to lose.

Neither did the Raiders, the No. 2 ranked team in the nation.

That might explain a second half that saw emotions flare and a led to a bevy of technical fouls being called on both teams.

We lost our composure, said Northwest Florida point guard Chris Jones (5'10''-G). There were a lot of emotions flying, and we let it get the best of us.

With the Texans leading by six, Moreira was called for a technical foul after he and Jones went nose to nose. Thats saying something because Moreira is 6-foot-10 more than a foot taller than the Raiders freshman point guard.

The talk ensued even after order was restored and Jones was given a technical. A minute late, the Northwest Florida bench argued a call and was charged with a technical foul. In all, five technical fouls were assessed.

It was the championship game with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams playing, said Henderson, who was assessed a technical foul of his own. Neither team wanted to lose and things got emotional out there. Everyone was playing hard and thats what happens when neither team wants to lose.

In the end, South Plains came away with the victory because it was able to generate more offense particularly inside the paint than the Raiders (32-2). Jones, perhaps the best point guard in the country, was held to 13 points while shooting 3 of 17 from the field.

They executed better than we did tonight, he said. I feel like I let my team down. I didnt do anything on offense. Credit them, (South Plains) is a great team.

It showed from the outset. Moreira scored on the games first possession to give the Texans a 2-0 lead. Tyrell Murphy had a put-back basket a minute later and Stanton Kidd added a jumper to give South Plains a 6-0 lead.

Henderson capped the game-opening spurt with a three that made it 9-0.

That was the perfect way to start the game, he said.

Northwest Florida began chipping away and managed to take an 18-16 advantage on a 3 from the left corner by Teraes Clemmons (6'6''-G/F) with 9:25 to play in the first half.

The lead changed hands three times over the next two minutes, before South Plains regained control.



SOUTH PLAINS 81

NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE 68

SPC Murphy 4-8 0-2 8, Kidd 6-9 2-3 14, Moreira 3-9 1-5 7, Henderson 7-17 13-13 32, Smith 3-4 3-4 9, Gainey 1-3 3-4 5, D.Walker 2-5 0-0 6, Edwards 0-2 0-0 0, Spence 0-2 0-0 0, Durham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 22-31 81.

NW FLORIDA T.Jackson 3-11 0-0 7, Hunter 5-15 4-4 15, Rucker 7-13 2-4 16, Donley 0-6 2-2 2, Jones 3-17 6-7 13, Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Moore 1-2 0-0 2, Clemmons 5-11 11 0-0 11. Totals 25-77 68.

Halftime score: SPC 38, NW Florida 32. 3-point goals: SPC 7-18 (Henderson 5-12, D.Walker 2-4, Edwards 0-1, Kidd 0-1), NW Florida 4-28 (Hunter 1-4, T.Jackson 1-5, Clemmons 1-5, Jones 1-7, Dvais 0-1, Moore 0-1, RUcker 0-1, Donhley 0-4). Total fouls: SPC 17, NW Florida 26. Fouled out: Clemmons. Rebounds: SPC 57 (Moreira 16, Murphy 12), NW Florida 40 (RUcker 14, Jones 11). Assists: SPC 15 (Kidd 3, Henderson 3), NW Florida 11 (Jones 3, Davis 3). Steals: SPC 8 (Smith 3), NW Florida 6 (Jones 2, Davis 2). Turnovers: SPC 19 (Smith 4, Murphy 4), NW Florida 11 (Hunter 2, Jones 2, Moore 2). Blocked shots: SPC 3 (Moreira, Gainey, Murphy), NW Florida 1 (Moore). Records: SPC 36-0, NW Florida 32-2.



NJCAA TOURNAMENT

Men

at Hutchinson Sports Arena

Hutchinson, Kan.

Saturdays Results

Seventh Place

Indian Hills, Iowa 83, Wabash Valley, Ill. 74

Fifth Place

Monroe, N.Y. 79, Columbia State, Tenn. 50

Third Place

Seward County, Kan. 77, Eastern Oklahoma State 62

Championship

South Plains 81, Northwest Florida State 68

Courtesy of http://lubbockonline.com



D2: Mott Bears make history, win fourth NJCAA national basketball championship - by Eurobasket Center

Mott Community College solidified itself as the best National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men's basketball program in the country Saturday night. The No. 1-ranked Bears defeated Community College of Rhode Island, 70-60, to win their fourth national championship.

No other NJCAA Division II mens basketball program has won four national titles.

'I did not realize that', Mott coach Steve Schmidt said. 'I didn't realize that, we were just focused on the task at hand, but thats incredible. These kids aligned and came together Im happy for Flint. Weve got a tough city, sometimes a rough city with some things, but weve got the best basketball program in the country at our level and thats something our community can be proud of.'

Leading the way for Mott was John Taylor (6'1''-G) with 23 points and six assists. Ralph Eason (6'1''-G) added 22 points and five assists and Jacob Perry (5'10''-G) scored nine for the Bears. Taylor was named the tournament MVP as he led the Bears in scoring in all four games.

In this day and age, its rare for all of your players to like each other, but this group really does and I think thats what makes them such a great team, Schmidt said. A kid like John Taylor takes a lot of shots, but its because a hes incredibly talented and I give him a lot of leeway. Theres no animosity over it. Our team understands that. It doesnt matter who does what, they just play for each other.

Mott (35-1) led from the opening tip to the final buzzer. For every jab Rhode Island threw, the Bears answered with an uppercut, fending off rally after rally to secure the win.

Mott jumped out in front early, leading 15-7 after a matter of minutes before building a 23-9 lead and forcing a Rhode Island timeout with 9:46 left in the first half. The Bears led by as much as 17, but closed the first half making just one of their last 11 shots. The cold streak allowed Rhode Island to battle back and cut the deficit to within six points, 29-23, at halftime.

The Bears distanced themselves again to start the second half. Rhode Island got the game to as close as five points (41-36) with 15:53 left before Mott extended its lead back to double digits and secured the win.

Our kids are confident, Schmidt said. We were the team with the most energy at the end of the day our guys had the heart and determination and thats why were going to take that trophy back home to Flint.

Eason put the game on ice for Mott with an old-fashioned three-point play, putting the Bears up 66-53 with 1:33 left on the clock.

After finishing as the national runner-up last season, going out on top was the one and only goal for the Bears this time around.

This one might be the sweetest one because nobody expected this, said Schmidt of the four national championships. We didnt bring a lot back from last year and nobody expected this, nobody except us.

For Schmidt, whose name has already been associated as a possible candidate for the Central Michigan University job, the unity of his players, as well as the close-knit atmosphere of the Mott program is what makes winning with the Bears so special.

I live vicariously through my players, so to watch them go through this is a thrill, Schmidt said. Ive got former players calling me right now, some playing overseas in Europe. They stayed up all night to watch us play. This program is special and I love being a part of it. This team, our school, these fans, its a special basketball program.

Saturday night in Danville, Ill. the Bears capped off a special season.

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



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Tobol edge Barsy to clinch Silver medals at Kazakh Cup - by Eurobasket News

Tobol finished in the second position at the Kazakh Cup. They defeated Barsy Atyrau 84:78 on the final day of the competition to clinch the second place. Barsy finished third at the tournament. BC Astana claimed the trophy as we reported earlier.
Tobol and Barsy came up with an exciting performance on the last day. The teams stayed close throughout the first frame as scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Tobol pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Kostanay team ensured a 42:34 halftime lead. Tobol poured in 27 points in the third term to clear off. They entered the final frame up by 13 points 69:56. Barsy went on a strong comeback rally but came up just short of victory at the end. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) stepped up with 29 points and 8 rebounds for Tobol. Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83) and Anton Kotenko (191-G/F-84) added 17 points each in the victory. Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) responded with 22 points for Barsy. Sergei Kazantcev (212-C-84) had 16 points in the loss.



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Gameweek of thrillers - by Dren Shporta

BKT Superliga teams are ready for the coming gameweek. Every match is interesting and could change many things in the other weeks. League leader, Trepca, is going to Prizren to play against Bashkimi. The green boys from Mitrovica have won three out of three matches played against oranges. Bashkimi in those three times had a different duo of international players and coaches. Tomorrow will play for a first time with same team, same internationals and same coach against Trepca.

In the other match, Sigal Prishtina will visit Peja in Karagac court. Pejans were the first team in the season to beat Sigal Prishtina in their own court. In three matches played until now Sigal Prishtina has a 2-1 advantage in matches against Peja, and with a potential victory yellows could equal the tie, which will bring the advantage in the play-offs for Sigal Prishtina.

Drita of Gjilan is playing its to be or not to be match. With a victory against Kosova they could breathe and search for more in BKT Superliga. There is no other way for Gyltekin Selimis talented boys. While Futura, the team of Jeton Nixha, will have a hard job against Kolegji Univers. Futura will have to play against Kolegji Univers without Darrin Williams that has picked up an injury and to try for a surprise.



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Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 17-2 
 2. Zalgiris 16-0 
 3. Rudupis 15-4 
 4. Siauliai 12-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 11-7 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 8-10 
 7. Kedainiai 7-12 
 8. Neptunas 7-12 
 9. Juventus 6-14 
 10. Naglis Palangos 4-14 
 11. Sakalai 4-14 
 12. Lietkabelis 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Mar. 24: Neptunas - Juventus 88-69
Mar. 24: Zalgiris - Baltai Kaunas 83-62
Mar. 23: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kedainiai 73-59
Mar. 25: Rudupis - Zalgiris


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.15.6 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.5 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas14.8 
 4. Urbonas, Juventus14.6 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 6. Vasylius, Siauliai14.4 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.14.2 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.1 
 9. Cepukaitis, Lietka.14.1 
 10. Johnson, Naglis P.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.5 
 3. Butkevicius, Rudup.7.5 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai7.2 
 6. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.1 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.6.9 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.6.2 
 10. Vasylius, Siauliai5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.6 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.1 
 3. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.8 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.6 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 7. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.7 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 9. Kelys, Pieno Z.3.4 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 4. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 5. Long, Siauliai1.6 
 6. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.4 
 7. Urbonas, Juventus1.4 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.4 
 10. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 6. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 8. Joneliunas, Sakalai0.8 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis0.8 
 10. Matulionis, Lietk.0.7 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.4 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.19.0 
 3. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.6 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.2 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.5 
 7. Varnelis, S.Marc.16.9 
 8. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.9 
 9. Giedraitis, ABRO-.16.1 
 10. Lengvinas, Nafta15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.1 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.7.9 
 4. Urbonas, LK.7.8 
 5. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 6. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.4 
 7. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 8. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.3 
 9. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.3 
 10. Mockevicius, S.Ma.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.1 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.3 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Semaska, Perla.4.7 
 5. Bitinas, S.Marciu.4.5 
 6. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.4 
 7. Varanauskas, Stat.4.3 
 8. Kuklierius, Mating.4.3 
 9. Birgelis, Matinga-.4.3 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Razutis, Silute2.9 
 2. Vileita, Perla.2.4 
 3. Brown, Mazeikiai2.3 
 4. Slivka, Meresta2.1 
 5. Birgelis, Matinga-.1.9 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 7. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 8. Jogela, Zalgir.1.9 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.8 
 10. Semaska, Perla.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Urbonas, LK.2.8 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.2.0 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Gudaitis, Nafta U.1.5 
 5. Ramanauskas, Garg.1.4 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.3 
 7. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 8. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 9. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.0 
 10. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 


NKL Round 2 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Statyba - Triobet 76-72

Statyba levelled the series versus Triobet claiming a tough home win. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. Statyba forced 23 Triobet turnovers. Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Statyba players scored in double figures. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 18+8reb, T.Sebeziovas 17+7reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 10+1reb+7ast, H.Vorotnikovas 8+3reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 6+4reb+1ast, R.Cepanonis 5+1reb
Statyba: M.Budzinauskas 16+4reb+1ast, D.Tarvydas 13+5reb+3ast, O.Varanauskas 12+6reb+5ast, R.Sugintas 11+1reb+1ast, V.Luksa 10+4reb, T.Rinkunas 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 172021


Meresta - Delikatesas 63-83

Delikatesas shocked Meresta on the road to squad things up at 1-1 and forced decider. The game without a history. Delikatesas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and center Aivaras Galkauskas (203-91) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Meresta: D.Griskenas 12+6reb+3ast, A.Galkauskas 10+7reb, K.Artamonov 10+2reb+5ast, D.Keburys 8+6reb+1ast, S.Slivka 7+1reb+4ast, L.Radavicius 6+2reb
Delikatesas: T.Slezas 20+16reb+5ast, V.Uzkuraitis 17+3reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 15+7reb+7ast, V.Jatulevicius 9+2reb+1ast, P.Klemas 9+5reb, Z.Petraitis 7+1reb
gschID: 172019


S.Marciulionio - Mazeikiai 72-63

S. Marciulionio surged ahead in the series against Mazeikiai. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. S.Marciulionio looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) scored 17 points.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: M.Norkus 17+1ast, J.Jurgo 14+7reb+2ast, M.Stasys 9+5reb+4ast, D.Vaitelis 9+5reb+2ast, R.Trakimas 7+4reb+2ast, P.Brown 3+4reb+3ast
S.Marciulionio: N.Varnelis 20+12reb+5ast, M.Pociukonis 12+1reb+4ast, V.Trepocka 12+5reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 10+4reb+2ast, R.Bitinas 6+5reb+4ast, T.Lekunas 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 172020


Ezerunas-Karys - Zalgiris-Sabonio 62-72

Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to stay alive against Ezerunas-Karys after the win away from home. The game without a history. Zalgiris-Sabonio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Ezerunas-Karys helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Tomas Dimsa (195-94) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Guard Giedrius Kulbis (187-81) responded with 11 points and 4 assists and forward Justas Narusis (198-90) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: J.Narusis 11+5reb+1ast, G.Kulbis 11+3reb+4ast, B.Steponenas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Slezas 8+3reb, M.Janisius 7+6reb+4ast, P.Lescinskas 5+4reb+1ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Dimsa 17+3reb+2ast, T.Jogela 14+5reb+2ast, J.Tamulis 10+4reb+3ast, R.Jakstas 8+2reb, S.Kymantas 6+9reb, M.Grigonis 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 172018



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 23: Culiacan - Hermosillo 82-91
Mar. 23: Navolato - Guaymas 79-97
Mar. 23: Guasave - Tijuana 74-85
Mar. 23: Tepic - Cananea 72-86
Mar. 23: Los Mochis - Nogales 69-74

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 27: Nogales - Tepic
Mar. 27: Tijuana - Los Mochis
Mar. 27: Guaymas - Hermosillo
Mar. 27: Cananea - Guasave
Mar. 27: Navolato - Culiacan


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

25-year old point guard Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hermosillo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He got a double-double of 16 points and 11 assists, while his team crushed Tijuana (#3, 6-2) with 21-point margin 87-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Hermosillo to consolidate first place in the Mexican league. Hermosillo have a solid 8-1 record. Monreal just recently signed at Hermosillo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cal.St.-Monterey Bay graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monreal is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.3apg).

Second best performed player last round was Charles Moore (201-F-86) of Guasave. He is American forward in his first season at Guasave. In the last game Moore recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Guasave was edged by the higher-ranked Nogales (#5, 5-4) 92-88. Guasave is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Moore is one of the most experienced players at Guasave and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former Southern Arkansas star Moore is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jamil Terrell (200-F/C-80, agency: TSS Management) of Tepic (#10). Terrell showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Terrell's great performance Tepic lost 59-88 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#2, 7-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 8 games. Too bad for Terrell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Terrell has individually a great season in Mexico. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.4rpg (2nd best). Terrell attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rob Robinson (203-F-87) of Culiacan - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 15 points and 6 rebounds
6. Brandon Heredia (180-G-85) of Nogales - 24 points and 5 assists
7. Jose Arturo Farrera Chantiri (204-C-85) of Cananea - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Hector Nungaray (178-PG-78) of Guaymas - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) of Culiacan - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerard Anderson) of Tepic - 21 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)



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 1-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 1-0 
 3. Lovcen 0-0 
 4. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 5. Sutjeska 0-1 
 6. Ulcinj 0-1 
Places 7-10
 1. KK Podgorica 8-10 
 2. Jedinstvo 6-12 
 3. ABS Primorje 4-14 
 4. Danilovgrad 4-14 

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 24: Buducnost - Ulcinj 98-75
Mar. 24: Mornar Bar - Sutjeska 83-63
Mar. 25: Lovcen - Teodo Tivat


MNE S-League 1 Round: First win for Buducnost and Mornar - by Dragan Scepanovic

Buducnost Voli - Ulcinj 98:75 (25:19, 25:19, 21:17, 27:20)
Podgorica - SC: MoraCa. Spect: 100. Reff: Rutesic (Niksic), Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Sundic (Podgorica).
Buducnost Voli: Dozic, Mihailovic 11, M. Popovic 10, Milosevic 9, Boldin 15, Djukanovic 6, Radovic 12, Vitkovac 3, Dubljevic 12, Ivanovic 2, Nikolic 5, Mugosa 13.
Ulcinj: Latkovic 9, Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) 27, Kopitovic, Klikovac 5, Djeljosevic 9, Lalovic 3, Boban Medenica (204-F-87), Unkasevic 10, Taflaj, Tepavcevic 5, Markasevic, Djurkovic 7.

Mornar - Sutjeska 83:63 (11:16, 24:17, 24:17, 24:13)
Bar SC 'Topolica'. Spect: 300. Reff: Dragojevic, Jokic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic).
Mornar: Pajovic 6, Damjanovic, Singteri 21, Mikovic, Ivanovic 7, Skot 13, Jelenic 16, Radosavljevic 3, Sekulovic, Pavic, Vujosevic, Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) 17.
Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica, Gajovic 24, Jovanovic 8, Grabovica 1, Popovic 7, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 8, Jocovic 11, Stevan Milosev (204-F/C-93), Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77), Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 2, Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91) 2.



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  NAIA   


NAIA D2 - by Simas

All-Tournament MVP: Bobby Hunter of Oregon Tech
National Player of the Year: Jonathan Dunn of Northwood
Tournament Hustle Award: Kyle Gomez of Oregon Tech
Coach of the Year: Rollie Massimin of Northwood
(NABC) Coach of the Year: Danny Miles of Oregon Tech

All-Tournament Team
James Nelson of Davenport
Lonnie Fairfax of Davenport
Rich Skillman of Northwest
Aaron Frazier of McPherson
Jordan Crawford of McPherson
Tyrone Davis of Northwood
Jonathan Dunn of Northwood
Cliff Warner of Dordt
Bobby Hunter of Oregon Tech
Qadr Owens of Saint Francis



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 27-21 
 2. Boston C. 25-22 
 3. New York K. 24-25 
 4. Toronto R. 16-33 
 5. New Jersey N. 16-34 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 40-10 
 2. Indiana P. 28-19 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-26 
 4. Cleveland C. 17-28 
 5. Detroit P. 16-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 35-11 
 2. Orlando M. 31-18 
 3. Atlanta H. 29-20 
 4. Washington W. 11-36 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-39 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-12 
 2. Utah Jazz 26-22 
 3. Denver N. 26-22 
 4. Minnesota T. 23-26 
 5. Portland TB 22-26 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 30-18 
 2. LA Clippers 27-21 
 3. Phoenix Suns 24-24 
 4. Golde State W. 20-26 
 5. Sacramento K. 17-31 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 32-14 
 2. Dallas M. 28-22 
 3. Houston R. 26-23 
 4. Memphis G. 25-21 
 5. N.Orleans H. 12-36 

Regular Season: Round 87

Mar. 24: Houston R. - Dallas M. 99-101 OT
Mar. 24: Washington W. - Atlanta H. 92-95
Mar. 24: N.Orleans H. - San Antonio S. 86-89
Mar. 24: Golde State W. - Sacramento K. 111-108
Mar. 24: Milwaukee B. - Indiana P. 104-125
Mar. 24: New Jersey N. - Charlotte B. 102-89
Mar. 24: Chicago B. - Toronto R. 102-101 OT
Mar. 24: LA Clippers - Memphis G. 101-85
Mar. 24: New York K. - Detroit P. 101-79

Regular Season: Round 88

Mar. 25: Cleveland C. - Phoenix Suns
Mar. 25: Atlanta H. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 25: San Antonio S. - Philadelph.76
Mar. 25: Portland TB - Golde State W.
Mar. 25: Minnesota T. - Denver N.
Mar. 25: Boston C. - Washington W.
Mar. 25: Oklah.City T. - Miami Heat
Mar. 25: LA Lakers - Memphis G.


Friday's games review (11): Thunder survive Love's 51, outlast Wolves in 2OT - by Eurobasket News

LA Lakers - Portland TB 103-96
Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) had 28 points and nine rebounds, point guard Ramon Sessions had 20 points and 11 assists in his first start for the Lakers, and Los Angeles beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-96 on Friday night. Kobe Bryant scored 18 points for the Lakers, who finished with a season-high 33 assists and increased their Pacific Division lead to 3 games over the idle Clippers. Pau Gasol had 16 rebounds and 10 points. Sessions played his fifth game since the Lakers obtained him from Cleveland along with Christian Eyenga on March 15 for Luke Walton and Jason Kapono. The fifth-year veteran made his first three shots and was 6 for 10 from the field in 35 minutes after averaging 25 minutes, 12 points and six assists in his four games off the bench. Sessions became the first Lakers point guard to record a double-double since Jan. 11, 2009, when Fisher had 13 points and 11 assists in 42 minutes against the Miami Heat in a 108-105 victory at Staples Center. Steve Blake went back to a reserve role, scoring two points in 18 minutes. He started the previous four games following the departure of Fisher at the trading deadline, averaging almost 23 minutes and totaling just five points and 13 assists while shooting 2 for 12. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Forward J.J. Hickson made his Blazers debut after being claimed off waivers from Sacramento on Wednesday, scoring 14 points in 22 minutes. Portland trailed by as many as 12 late in the first quarter before Wesley Matthews tied it 48-all on a 3-pointer late in the second, capping the Blazers' 18-6 run, but they never did take the lead. Jamal Crawford had a chance to put Portland ahead with 25 seconds left in the third, but missed a 19-footer. He got another chance to give the Blazers the lead, but Matt Barnes hustled back after a Lakers turnover and blocked Crawford's fast-break layup with 9:57 left in the game. Barnes then hit a 3-pointer 43 seconds later, and the Lakers eventually were able to put the stubborn Blazers away - but not before Portland cut the martin to a single point three different times on 3-pointers by Crawford, Matthews and Raymond Felton during a 4-minute stretch. It was the third game this season in which the Lakers never trailed. The other two were against Minnesota. Los Angeles led 53-48 at halftime, getting a combined 29 points from Bryant and Bynum to help offset 21 by Aldridge. The Blazers' forward made 10 of 12 shots in the half. Neither Gasol nor and Metta World Peace, the Lakers' starting forwards, had any points in the opening quarter. But Bryant made five of his first six shots to help Los Angeles take a 30-19 lead into the second. *COurtesy of www.ktvn.com

Detroit P. - Miami Heat 73-88
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 17 points and 10 assists to lead the Miami Heat to their fourth straight victory, 88-73 over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Dwyane Wade added 24 points for the Heat, who posed for a photo earlier in the day wearing team-logo hoodies. Players were speaking out following the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweatshirt who was shot by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer last month in a suburb of Orlando, Fla. Several Heat players, including Wade and James, took the floor with messages such as 'RIP Trayvon Martin' and 'We want justice' scrawled on their sneakers. Brandon Knight scored 18 points for the Pistons, who have lost five of six. Wade posted a photo of himself from a previous photo shoot wearing a hooded shirt, otherwise known as a hoodie, to his Twitter and Facebook pages on Friday morning. A couple hours later, James posted another photo - this one of 13 Heat players, all wearing team-logo hoodies, their heads bowed, their hands stuffed into their pockets. Martin was killed as he was returning to a gated community, carrying candy and iced tea. A neighborhood crime-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, said he acted in self-defense. He has not been arrested, though state and federal authorities are still investigating. Protests have popped up nationwide in recent days, with thousands of people - many of them wearing hoodies - calling for action. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra called the team photo 'a powerful move.' Once the game started, the Heat made quick work of the Pistons. Miami led by 26 in the third quarter, although Detroit did rally to make it respectable. Detroit trailed 72-57 after three and cut the deficit to single digits early in the fourth. After Jonas Jerebko's reverse dunk on a breakaway made it 74-65, the Heat took a timeout with 8:58 to play. Wade made a floater to start a 10-2 run. Detroit was without guard Rodney Stuckey, out with a sore left big toe. Ben Gordon, who made all nine of his 3-point attempts in a 45-point effort at Denver on Wednesday night, went 0 for 4 from beyond the arc and scored 10 points. Miami's Joel Anthony returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's win over Phoenix with a sprained left ankle. He scored six points. The Heat shot 57 percent in the first half and finished the second quarter strong. Wade's layup off a pass from James with 4.3 seconds remaining made it 59-36, and Chris Bosh blocked Will Bynum's attempt at a driving layup at the other end. James intercepted a pass near midcourt in the third quarter and found Wade alone downcourt for an alley-oop dunk. Mario Chalmers then sank a 3-pointer to make it 70-44. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Boston C. 99-86
With the division lead at stake, the 76ers dominated like a team that deserved to stay in first. The Boston Celtics were more concerned about a teammate than the standings. Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) scored 20 points, and Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Philadelphia keep its grip atop the Atlantic Division with a 99-86 victory over the Celtics on Friday night. The Celtics would have grabbed first with a win, knocking out a Sixers team that has held that spot for all but a few days this season. The Sixers outscored Boston by 20 points in the third quarter to take control. There was a serious scare when Celtics guard Mickael Pietrus left on a stretcher and was hospitalized after an awkward collision late in the first half. He was listed as having a questionable closed head injury. Pietrus landed hard on his tailbone and his head nearly smacked the court. He instantly clutched the back of his head with both hands and rolled over on his side. Coach Doc Rivers said Pietrus had X-rays and an MRI. He had no other information. The Sixers wore down a Celtics team concerned about its injured teammate and already playing short-handed. Pietrus started in place of Ray Allen, who sat out with a sore left ankle. Guard Avery Bradley also left Boston's eighth straight road game with a sprained left ankle. 'I though the injury, fatigue, everything, kind of all caught up to us,' Rivers said. But it was Pietrus, more than the score, that left the Celtics solemn on the bench. He crashed to the court after he collided with 76ers guard Lou Williams on a drive down the lane, grabbed his head and was down for at least 10 minutes. Trainers from both teams tended to him. The Celtics circled Pietrus and a couple of players took a knee as the swingman was put on a stretcher and taken out. Several Celtics sat on the bench with their heads bowed. 'It looked awful,' Rivers said. 'I just saw his neck snap. You knew that was bad. He was throwing up on the floor, so that's not very good either.' His injury sucked the festive atmosphere in the important game right out of the arena. The Celtics were only a half-game behind the 76ers. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce each scored 20 points. Rajon Rondo had 17 assists. 'We shouldn't lose that way,' Pierce said. 'It was a huge game for us and we took a step back today.' Williams scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Jrue Holiday had 15 and Andre Iguodala 14 to give coach Doug Collins his 400th career victory. He's the 40th coach in NBA history to hit that total. 'My grandson got up from his nap today, and he was in the bathroom,' Collins said, choking back tears, 'and (Collins' daughter) heard him in there praying that Pop-Pop could get his 400th win tonight.' The Sixers, who had lost four of five, reverted to their early season form in the third with an absolutely dominant effort. Led by a resurgent Brand, the Sixers used an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Brand made seven of 10 shots and scored 14 points in the period-he had only three baskets and six points in the first half. 'When we were winning, they didn't need a lot,' early this season, Brand said. 'I said, when they need me, I'd be prepared. That was a game like tonight. They needed me to step up and I did.' Brand walked off to a loud ovation when he was subbed out late in the quarter. The Sixers shot 65 percent (15 of 23) in the third, the highlight coming on a sweet alley-oop from Iguodala to Williams for a 78-66 lead. 'I can't say enough these Sixers,' Eagles QB Michael Vick posted on Twitter. If the Celtics can't overtake the Sixers, they can point to their last two games in Philadelphia as a key reason. The Sixers thumped the Celtics 103-71 on March 7. The Sixers topped 94 points for only the second time in six games. 'We look forward to meeting them one more time,' Iguodala said. Rondo had 10 assists in the first half and Garnett scored 14 points to help Boston lead 49-43. The Celtics made 10 of their first 15 shots and led by as many as 10 points. The Sixers got a boost when part-owner Will Smith arrived to a boisterous ovation in the second quarter. He stood on his chair, doffed his 76ers cap toward the crowd and pointed at the fans in his second game this week. With the Fresh Prince cheering them on, the Sixers went on an 8-0 run and tied the game at 38-all. Smith congratulated Collins on No. 400. 'This is absolutely ridiculous, to be here for Coach, and an owner of my hometown team, and sitting on the floor,' Smith said. 'We beat Boston. Larry Bird ruined my childhood, so this is fantastic. So Coach, congratulations, and I'm happy to be here.' *Courtesy of Yahoo

Toronto R. - New York K. 96-79
Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 30 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 96-79 victory that ended the New York Knicks' five-game winning streak. The defeat cut the Knicks' lead to a half-game over the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference. The Knicks (23-25) had won their first five games after interim coach Mike Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni on March 14. The Bucks (22-25) defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 112-96 last night. Andrea Bargnani had 21 points and Gary Forbes came off the bench to score 19 for the Raptors, who broke a three-game losing streak at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Amar'e Stoudemire had 17 points for the Knicks and reserve Steve Novak added 15 points, all on 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Orlando M. - Cleveland C. 93-80
Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) scored 17 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-80 on Friday night. All five Magic starters scored in double figures as they sizzled shooting the ball early before having to fight off a Cleveland charge in third quarter. They improved to 18-3 when all their starters reach double digits. The Magic have won eight straight games over the Cavaliers. Orlando is off until Monday, when it begins a two-game road trip against Toronto. Antawn Jamison scored 16 points and had nine rebounds to lead Cleveland. Tristan Thompson added 15 points and 11 boards, and Kyrie Irving had 13 points. The Cavs lost for the fifth time in six games. They host Phoenix on Sunday. The Cavaliers had a healthy Anderson Varejao at center when they lost to Orlando by eight back on Feb. 3. Howard was held to a modest 19 points, while Varejao kept his team close with a double-double. With Varejao sidelined since Feb. 10 with a broken right wrist, the rookie Thompson drew the duty of guarding Howard on Friday and the Magic's All-Star took advantage of matchup as Orlando built a 20-point lead in the third quarter. The only thing that slowed down Howard was fouls. He picked up his fourth late in the third quarter, coinciding with the Magic's lead dropping all the way to just seven points. Orlando shot just 6 for 20 from the floor in the period. The Magic hung tough without him, increasing their lead back to 16 by the time Howard returned with just over five minutes to play in the game. The lead never fell below 11 the rest of the way. Anderson had three 3-pointers and 13 points as the Magic built 55-40 lead at the half. The Magic had 11 turnovers, but made up for it shooting 56 percent (23 for 41) from the field and connecting on nine 3-pointers. The Cavs shot just 36 percent and had nine turnovers of their own that led to 11 Orlando points. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Utah Jazz - Denver N. 121-102
Returning to the NBA playoffs is starting to become a more realistic goal for the Utah Jazz as they pile up one win after another. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) had 23 points and eight rebounds, Gordon Hayward chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 121-102 on Friday night. All five starters reached double figures as the Jazz (26-22) notched their sixth straight win. Paul Millsap had 14 points and C.J. Miles scored 12. Devin Harris added 13 points and nine assists for Utah. Utah vaulted into seventh place in the Western Conference standings. The Jazz are just a half-game behind the Memphis Grizzlies, the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place. Alec Burks led a strong bench contribution with 15 points. Derrick Favors chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. It represented a strong all-around effort for the Jazz, who were coming off a dramatic road victory over the Sacramento Kings a night earlier. 'I just thought we played great defense,' Jefferson said. 'We rebounded and we got out and ran. Guys were hitting shots. We played inside-out basketball. The most important thing was the defense.' Al Harrington scored 20 points off the bench for Denver (26-22), while Arron Afflalo added 14 points before a third-quarter ejection. Kenneth Faried added 16 points, Andre Miller chipped in 14 and Wilson Chandler had 13 for the Nuggets. The Jazz had their way on offense, outmuscling the Nuggets around the basket. Utah had 64 points in the paint and outrebounded the Nuggets 34-29. The Jazz also shot a blistering 59 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range. 'I just don't think our defensive dimension had any integrity to it,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'We played well offensively. I thought we were going to have a good offensive game. We just never made enough stops or gave our defense any help with some defensive possessions.' Dominating on both ends of the court helped the Jazz break open a close game early in the third quarter. Millsap drained two consecutive baskets to touch off a 22-3 run that gave the Jazz a 91-64 lead with 2:36 left in the third. He also capped the decisive spurt with a layup. Utah completely stifled the Nuggets defensively during their run. Denver missed eight straight shots, with Miles getting two blocks. The Nuggets melted down mentally in that stretch and lost starting shooting guard Afflalo to an ejection after he threw an elbow into Hayward's face and was called for a flagrant foul. 'It was a bad play on my part,' said Afflalo, who faces a one-game suspension for his actions. 'I just kind of got frustrated with the game a little bit and tried to battle a few possessions here and there.' Both teams did a good job of getting to the rim early in the first quarter. Four of the first five baskets in the game were dunks. By the end of the quarter, the Jazz had scored 16 points in the paint while the Nuggets tallied 14. They continued to trade baskets well into the second quarter. Denver appeared to finally gain the upper hand with a 10-3 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harrington, for a 48-43 lead. The Jazz ripped off 10 straight points and took a 53-48 lead on a floater from Jefferson with 3:41 left before halftime. It was part of a larger 20-4 run that gave the Jazz a 63-52 lead with under a minute remaining. Harris capped the run with a pair of 3-pointers that helped Utah go into the locker room shooting 62 percent through the first two quarters. Once Utah got out in front, the Jazz did not let up. 'That's the best part about tonight - we didn't let them stick around,' Hayward said. 'We came out in the second half and just kind of took it at them.' Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin praised his team for showing mental toughness and playing unselfishly for 48 minutes. Corbin pointed to the team's 32 assists on 48 baskets as evidence that his players were playing the right way. 'You want to attack the basket with these guys,' Corbin said. 'They want you to get into a jump shooting contest with them and that's not who we are.' *COurtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Atlanta H. - New Jersey N. 93-84
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) was proud of the Atlanta Hawks' latest effort against another struggling Eastern Conference team. Smith had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead Atlanta to a 93-84 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night. Jeff Teague had 17 points and six assists, Joe Johnson scored 16 and Kirk Hinrich added 14 for the Hawks. Atlanta won for the fourth time in five games to pull within four percentage points of Indiana, which lost 113-111 to Phoenix, for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. 'They just played hard,' Smith said. 'I think that we took our time on the offensive end. We let the ball move from side to side and we were able to get some open looks and get some easy buckets.' Deron Williams scored 20 points and Kris Humphries added 17 for New Jersey, which has lost five straight and seven of eight. The Nets' 34 defeats are fourth-most in the NBA. 'A loss is a loss,' Williams said. 'It's been a tough week. Teams go through it. We're going through it.' Atlanta had a hard time two nights ago holding off Cleveland, which is 9-22 against the Eastern Conference, before prevailing in overtime at home. The difference this time was that the Hawks outscored New Jersey 31-15 in the fourth quarter after trailing by seven to end the third. 'They've always been a team that poses problems for us,' Hawks coach Larry Drew said. 'Deron is so hard to defend for us. There are going to be some games where it's going to be like that, trading baskets. Whichever team makes a stand defensively and creates some separation (usually wins).' Teague's uncontested layup gave the Hawks a nine-point lead, their biggest of the game, with 3:56 remaining. After Anthony Morrow hit a 20-footer to bring the Nets within four, Smith answered with a left-handed hook over Humphries and hit two free throws on the next possession to put Atlanta up 88-80 with 2:05 to go. 'I was just taking my time being patient,' Smith said. 'Observing what the defense was giving me and trying to take advantage of it. (Humphries is) a guy that plays with high energy and high intensity. He gets double-doubles. I definitely had to concentrate on him and respect his game.' The Nets went on a 16-2 run to end the third quarter with a 69-62 lead, but the Hawks never trailed after Johnson's runner made it 74-73 with remaining in the game. 'We had a pretty good third quarter, but unfortunately we start off well in the fourth,' New Jersey coach Avery Johnson said. 'Some silly turnovers turned the game around, especially when we're trying to give our starters a rest. We still hung in there, but couldn't close them out.' Atlanta's Marvin Williams scored 11 points in 26 minutes after missing the Hawks' last five games with a hip flexor. He fell hard to the floor in the second quarter, but moved without problems in the final two quarters. 'I think in the first half my timing was really off,' Williams said. 'I didn't think my timing was going to be off that bad. Coach gave me a chance in the second half to kind of get it together, and I think I did that.' The Hawks have won five straight against New Jersey, including seven in a row at home. 'New Jersey is a pesky team with a lot of physical players,' Teague said. 'We had to slow them down after the third quarter, and we were able to get a few stops and convert some easy baskets. Josh gave us a huge lift again tonight.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Oklah.City T. - Minnesota T. 149-140 2OT
When Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) drilled the most dramatic of his career-high seven 3-pointers during his first 50-point game over Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA), he gave his former UCLA buddy a good ribbing. At the end of the night, it was Westbrook who got the win. Westbrook scored a career-best 45 points, Kevin Durant added 40 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Love's franchise-record 51 points to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-140 in double-overtime Friday night. 'There's a lot of great performances throughout this game but the good thing about it was our team victory,' Westbrook said. Westbrook set the tone in the second overtime, stealing the ball on Minnesota's opening possession and racing to the other end for a layup that resulted in a three-point play. The West-leading Thunder never trailed in the period and put it away with nine straight points after Nick Collison blocked Love's shot that would have tied it at 140. Westbrook and Durant became the first tandem in NBA history to have two games in the same season with 40 points apiece. 'That's going to be a game that's going to be played for a while now,' Durant said. 'It was fun to be a part of. ... We made some big plays. Guys trusted each other and that's what good teams do: make the right basketball play.' Love, who beat Durant in the 3-Point Contest on All-Star weekend, also pulled down 14 rebounds while becoming the third player to eclipse 50 points this season. Durant (51) and New Jersey's Deron Williams (57) previously passed the half-century mark. 'It doesn't matter. We lost,' Love said. 'We needed this game, especially the last game of our road trip against a very good team. This could have definitely been a driving force for us in these last 17, 18 games.' Love, whose previous career-high was 43 points, was 16 of 27 from the field and went 7 for 11 on 3s, hitting his first five attempts. J.J. Barea complemented him with his first career triple-double - and the first for Minnesota since Kevin Garnett did it in 2007. He had a season-high 25 points a career-best 14 assists and matched his best rebounding total with 10. Anthony Tolliver chipped in a season-high 23 points for Minnesota, which was without second-leading scorer Nikola Pekovic