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  ABA   



Legends ABA season resume - by Gianni Pascucci

(text sent to Usbasket.com by Derek Polley, Lynchburg Legends CEO) After an amazing regular season, the Lynchburg Legends ended the season 16-6 overall, an amazing 12-1 at home, and 8-1 in the Colonial Division. Starting the season not ranked at all, the Legends finished the season ranked #10 (out of 90) on the ABA Power Rankings.
The Lynchburg Legends won our Colonial Division Championship by defeating teams from Richmond, Washington DC, VA Beach, and W.Virginia. The Legends ended the season ranked #10 out of 90 teams.
Only 32 teams in the league qualified for the playoffs. The first round of the Playoffs was held in Myrtle Beach, SC on March 17-18. The Legends defeated the #13 Ranked Richmond Elite 126-123. With that win, we advanced to play the #1 Ranked South Carolina Warriors. After a valiant effort, the Legends were outscored 117-90
Damien Hubbard (6'6''-F-84, college: Liberty) was selected to the All-Star team. He was one of the 24 chosen out of 700 players in the league. Hubbard averaged 21 pts 7 rebs and 5 assists. With superb ball handling and passing, Damien often ran the point guard on the team.
Jeremi Booth (6'5''-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) averaged 20.4 pts, 5 rebs and 3 assists. Shooting 47% from the 3 point line, Jeremi is a consistent threat from deep.



Three quarters of ABA Final Four set. - by Gianni Pascucci

Three of the four teams that will complete in the Final Four ABA Championships beginning April 9th in St. Petersburg, FL were determined on Saturday with the North Dallas Vandals, San Diego Sol and South Carolina Warriors emerging as winners. The fourth game will be played next Saturday in Chicago when the Jacksonville Giants face the Chicago Steam for the final slot.

The San Diego Sol defeated the Bay Area Matrix 113-86.
The North Dallas Vandals defeated the Conway Cyclones, 110-85
The South Carolina Warriors defeated the Connecticut Topballerz, 136-81

Semifinal series will run as follows: W1 plays E2 and E1 plays W2 in the first double elimination. In consequence, San Diego will meet the winner of the Chicago/Jacksonville game in the opening round and South Carolina will meet North Dallas.


The winners meet the following night and the losers meet. One team ousted. After an off day the losing team of the winners and the winning team of the losers meet and a second team goes home ! Thus leaving one team 2-0 and another 2-1. Those two teams then play the best of three for the championship.

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The ABA Final Four will be held at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg beginning Monday, April 9th with the ABA All Star game being held on Saturday, April 14th. Tickets are on sale for both the Final Four Playoffs and the All Star Game on www.abalive.com For more information, email Dick Packer , ABA President, at dpacker@abalive.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Luis Scola selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (26-23) in their last game. Despite Scola's very good performance the Houston Rockets were edged in an overtime 101-99 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Scola also added 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. It's Scola's fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 75.7% in the 49 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Scola played for the Argentinian senior national team two years ago.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (28-22) 104-87 in the NBA last Friday. Ginobili scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 32-14 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Spurs' roster. This season he has very high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.6apg, 2FGP: 52.7% and FT: 83.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Carlos Delfino (198-82), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (22-26) in their last game. Despite Delfino's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 91-100 in Boston to the Celtics. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Delfino also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Delfino has relatively good stats this year: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 77.5% in the 46 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delfino is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #4. Guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) led Caja Laboral to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) 89-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-7) is placed third in the ACB. It's Prigioni's first season with the team. Prigioni is currently first on the league's list of most steals. His overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. Similarly like Delfino and Ginobili above Prigioni also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #5. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85), who plays in Spain was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) in their last game. Despite Mainoldi's very good performance the first-placed Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 65-80 in Lubertsy to the second-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in the group K of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 23 minutes. Mainoldi has been at the team for four years. This season Mainoldi has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg and 4.2rpg in the 13 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Mainoldi plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
   #6. Guard Diego Garcia (190-79), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blancos de Rueda (6-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda was defeated in an overtime 92-86 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. Garcia was the top scorer with 23 points. Garcia has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team three years ago.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #7. International guard Hernan Jasen (199-78), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Cajasol (13-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jasen's good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). He scored 10 points. Jasen's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #8. Guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) led Tezenis Verona to a victory against the second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (16-8) 80-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Porta recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 40 minutes. Tezenis Verona (11-12) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Porta is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.1spg in the 23 games. Porta used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #9. Former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bulfoni's good performance Blusens Monbus was defeated 71-58 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Bulfoni's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) led Banca Tercas to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-9) 83-78 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Cerella was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. Banca Tercas Teramo (8-17) is placed second from the bottom (#16) in the SerieA. This year Cerella's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 25 games he played so far. He has also Italian passport.

   #2. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Givova Scafati (16-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Casini's very good performance Givova Scafati was defeated 85-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Prima Veroli (#9). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Casini also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Casini's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) led Napoli to a 2-point victory over the third-ranked Bari (15-16) 63-61 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Thursday night. Musso was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division South-West. BPMed Basket Napoli (25-6) is placed first in South-West Division. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Musso is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Musso averages: 19.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg and 2.7spg in the 31 games. Similarly like Casini and Cerella above he has also Italian nationality.

   #4. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help one of league's weakest teams FIATC Joventut (11-15) in their last game. Despite Van Lacke's good performance FIATC Joventut lost 73-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#12) Gran Canaria 2014. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Van Lacke also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. This year Van Lacke's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 26 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has also Italian citizenship.

   #5. Experienced Patricio Prato (196-G-79), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Aget Imola (9-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Prato's very good performance Aget Imola was defeated 80-72 in Forli by the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it (#15). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Prato also added 3 steals. Prato averaged so far 13.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg. He has also Italian nationality.

   #6. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81) led Centrale Latte to a victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi 81-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Ghersetti recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Ghersetti's stats this year are: 14.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3spg in the 22 games. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian passport.

   #7. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Canarias (21-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Richotti's very good performance the league leader Canarias was defeated 77-63 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Melilla_Baloncesto (#7). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Richotti averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #8. Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Matera (14-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Matera (#5) was defeated 88-73 in Siena by the lower-ranked Comsum.it SI (#5) in the South-West Division. Vico was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Vico is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 2.4spg. Similarly like all previous players above, Vico has also Italian passport.

   #9. Franco Migliori (197-G-82) contributed to a 2-point Fileni BPA's victory against the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it 81-79 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 30 minutes. Migliori's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #10. Franco Rocchia (192-G-85) contributed to a Baloncesto Leon's victory against the closely-ranked Lobe Huesca 86-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Rocchia scored 13 points in 25 minutes. This year Rocchia's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. He has also Italian passport.



Luis Scola selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (26-23) in their last game. Despite Scola's very good performance the Houston Rockets were edged in an overtime 101-99 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Scola also added 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. It's Scola's fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Scola averages: 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 75.7% in the 49 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Scola played for the Argentinian senior national team two years ago.

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (28-22) 104-87 in the NBA last Friday. Ginobili scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 32-14 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his tenth year in Spurs' roster. This season he has very high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.6apg, 2FGP: 52.7% and FT: 83.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Carlos Delfino (198-82), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Milwaukee Bucks (22-26) in their last game. Despite Delfino's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks lost 91-100 in Boston to the Celtics. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Delfino also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Delfino has relatively good stats this year: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 77.5% in the 46 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delfino is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #4. Guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) led Caja Laboral to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) 89-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-7) is placed third in the ACB. It's Prigioni's first season with the team. Prigioni is currently first on the league's list of most steals. His overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. Similarly like Delfino and Ginobili above Prigioni also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #5. International forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85), who plays in Spain was not able to secure a victory for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) in their last game. Despite Mainoldi's very good performance the first-placed Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 65-80 in Lubertsy to the second-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in the group K of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 23 minutes. Mainoldi has been at the team for four years. This season Mainoldi has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg and 4.2rpg in the 13 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Mainoldi plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
   #6. Guard Diego Garcia (190-79), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blancos de Rueda (6-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda was defeated in an overtime 92-86 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. Garcia was the top scorer with 23 points. Garcia has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team three years ago.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #7. International guard Hernan Jasen (199-78), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Cajasol (13-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jasen's good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). He scored 10 points. Jasen's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg and 3.5rpg. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #8. Guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) led Tezenis Verona to a victory against the second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (16-8) 80-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Porta recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals (made all of his six free throws) in 40 minutes. Tezenis Verona (11-12) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Porta is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.1spg in the 23 games. Porta used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #9. Former international guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bulfoni's good performance Blusens Monbus was defeated 71-58 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Bulfoni's overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) led Banca Tercas to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-9) 83-78 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Cerella was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 3 assists in 35 minutes. Banca Tercas Teramo (8-17) is placed second from the bottom (#16) in the SerieA. This year Cerella's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg in the 25 games he played so far. He has also Italian passport.

   #2. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Givova Scafati (16-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Casini's very good performance Givova Scafati was defeated 85-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Prima Veroli (#9). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Casini also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Casini's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.2spg. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #3. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) led Napoli to a 2-point victory over the third-ranked Bari (15-16) 63-61 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Thursday night. Musso was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Division South-West. BPMed Basket Napoli (25-6) is placed first in South-West Division. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Musso is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Musso averages: 19.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.2apg and 2.7spg in the 31 games. Similarly like Casini and Cerella above he has also Italian nationality.

   #4. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help one of league's weakest teams FIATC Joventut (11-15) in their last game. Despite Van Lacke's good performance FIATC Joventut lost 73-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#12) Gran Canaria 2014. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Van Lacke also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. This year Van Lacke's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 26 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he has also Italian citizenship.

   #5. Experienced Patricio Prato (196-G-79), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Aget Imola (9-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Prato's very good performance Aget Imola was defeated 80-72 in Forli by the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it (#15). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Prato also added 3 steals. Prato averaged so far 13.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg and 2.3spg. He has also Italian nationality.

   #6. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81) led Centrale Latte to a victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi 81-71 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Ghersetti recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Ghersetti's stats this year are: 14.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3spg in the 22 games. Similarly like all previous players above, he has also Italian passport.

   #7. Nicolas Richotti (181-PG-86), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Canarias (21-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite Richotti's very good performance the league leader Canarias was defeated 77-63 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Melilla_Baloncesto (#7). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Richotti averaged so far 12.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #8. Sebastian Vico (190-G-86, also represented by Players Group), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) couldn't help Matera (14-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Matera (#5) was defeated 88-73 in Siena by the lower-ranked Comsum.it SI (#5) in the South-West Division. Vico was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Vico is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 2.4spg. Similarly like all previous players above, Vico has also Italian passport.

   #9. Franco Migliori (197-G-82) contributed to a 2-point Fileni BPA's victory against the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it 81-79 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 30 minutes. Migliori's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games. He has also Italian citizenship.

   #10. Franco Rocchia (192-G-85) contributed to a Baloncesto Leon's victory against the closely-ranked Lobe Huesca 86-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Rocchia scored 13 points in 25 minutes. This year Rocchia's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games. He has also Italian passport.



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Standings

O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 11-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 10-4 
 3. KL Dragons 7-6 
 4. Satria Muda 7-7 
 5. Bangkok C. 5-8 
 6. Singapore S. 5-9 
 7. Thailand S. 5-9 
 8. Saigon H. 4-9 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 25: Thailand S. - KL Dragons 80-69
Mar. 24: Satria Muda - Bangkok C. 74-67
Mar. 25: Singapore S. - Philip.Patriots 70-82
Mar. 24: Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 63-66

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 31: Philip.Patriots - Thailand S.
Mar. 31: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze
Apr. 1: Singapore S. - KL Dragons
Apr. 1: Saigon H. - Bangkok C.


Cheyenne Moore joins Westports Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY) signed a deal with Westports Dragons. The guard started the season in Uruguay. He played for Montevideo Basket Club. The guard notched 18.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. In December Cheyenne Moore moved to Mexico. He inked a contract with Fuerza Regia Monterrey. The player averaged 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds per appearance in LNBP. Previously Cheyenne Moore had stints in Venezuela, Mexico and IBL.
The guard has debuted for Westports Dragons tonight. He notched 15 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds but could not prevail the Dragons from falling 69:80 to the Thailand Slammers.



Round 13: Saigon Heat beats Petron Blaze by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 13 in the ASEAN League took place in Manila. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (10-4) to eighth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (4-9) 66-63 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Petron Blaze. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Leo Avenido (186-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for Petron Blaze. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat maintains eighth place with 4-9 record. Petron Blaze at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Saigon Heat are looking forward to face higher ranked Bangkok Cobras (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Petron Blaze will play against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (7-6) against eighth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-9) on Sunday night. Visiting KL Dragons were defeated by Thailand Slammers in Bangkok 80-69. American forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and Dee Proby chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-84, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thailand Slammers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Singapore S. KL Dragons lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with six games lost. Thailand Slammers will play against league's leader Philippine Patriots in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KL Dragons will play on the road against Singapore Slingers and hope to get back on the winning track.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino Philippine Patriots (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (5-9) 82-70. Philippine Patriots have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Singapore Slingers dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Thailand S.. Philippine Patriots will meet at home Thailand Slammers (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Singapore Slingers will play against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 13 Bangkok C. were beaten by Satria Muda on the road 74-67.


Petron Blaze - Saigon H. 63-66

The most exciting game of round 13 in the ASEAN League took place in Manila. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of much higher ranked Filipino Petron Blaze (10-4) to eighth ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (4-9) 66-63 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Petron Blaze. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Leo Avenido (186-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Dalron Johnson (206-81, college: UNLV) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Petron Blaze. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Saigon Heat maintains eighth place with 4-9 record. Petron Blaze at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Saigon Heat are looking forward to face higher ranked Bangkok Cobras (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Petron Blaze will play against Satria Muda in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saigon H.: J.Thorpe 24+11reb+2ast, J.Jones 19+10reb+1ast, J.Smith 7+7reb+4ast, R.Sanz 6+6reb, N.Javier 5+6reb+2ast, M.Trieu 5+3reb+1ast
Petron Blaze: D.Johnson 17+9reb+1ast, L.Avenido 17+11reb+1ast, F.Baguion 8+2reb+7ast, J.Ferriols 8+3reb, J.Famous 6+5reb+1ast, A.Dimaunahan 3+3reb+2ast
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Thailand S. - KL Dragons 80-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (7-6) against eighth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-9) on Sunday night. Visiting KL Dragons were defeated by Thailand Slammers in Bangkok 80-69. Thailand Slammers made 35-of-45 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while KL Dragons only scored ten points from the stripe. Thailand Slammers forced 19 KL Dragons turnovers. KL Dragons were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import center Dee Proby (208-88, college: Oklahoma City) chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-84, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Shee Fai Loh (192-89) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Thailand Slammers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Singapore S. KL Dragons lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with six games lost. Thailand Slammers will play against league's leader Philippine Patriots in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KL Dragons will play on the road against Singapore Slingers and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: C.Williams 28+14reb+1ast, D.Proby 15+11reb+4ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 9, A.Lertmalaiporn 7+4reb, R.Leynes 7+2ast, W.Montien 7+1ast
KL Dragons: C.Moore 15+5reb+7ast, S.Fai Loh 15+3reb, P.Cabahug 14+1reb+1ast, C.Pacana 6+1reb+2ast, L.Bik Ing 6+5reb, N.Belasco 5+2reb
gschID: 166954


Singapore S. - Philip.Patriots 70-82

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Philippine Patriots (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (5-9) 82-70. Philippine Patriots have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record. Loser Singapore Slingers dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Thailand S.. Philippine Patriots will meet at home Thailand Slammers (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Singapore Slingers will play against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and hope to secure a win.
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Satria Muda - Bangkok C. 74-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Indonesian Satria Muda's (7-7) home victory over 5th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (5-8) in Jakarta 74-67 on Saturday. Bangkok Cobras were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 16-5 charge of Satria Muda, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bangkok Cobras to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) accounted for 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds and Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for Bangkok Cobras in the defeat. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 7-7 record. Loser Bangkok Cobras keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Satria Muda will meet at home league's second-placed Petron Blaze in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bangkok Cobras will play against Saigon Heat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: J.Uy 13+3reb+2ast, S.Thomas 12+14reb+1ast, R.Gunawan 10+2reb+2ast, A.Prihantono 10+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+15reb+1ast, A.Salangsang 9+3reb+1ast
Bangkok C.: J.Reyes 19+4reb+6ast, G.Lewis 16+20reb, R.Kruatiwa 12+6reb, M.Cruz 9+4reb+2ast, T.George 8+11reb, I.Salanyu 3+2reb
gschID: 166952



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 21-7 
 2. Wildcats 19-9 
 3. Blaze 17-11 
 4. Crocodiles 15-13 
 5. Taipans 15-13 
 6. Tigers 11-17 
 7. Kings 11-17 
 8. Hawks 9-19 
 9. 36ers 8-20 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 25: Blaze - Breakers 94-71
Mar. 25: Hawks - 36ers 92-78
Mar. 23: Taipans - 36ers 79-75
Mar. 23: Tigers - Wildcats 71-72
Mar. 23: Crocodiles - Breakers 69-76
Mar. 24: Kings - Hawks 68-77

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 30: Breakers - Crocodiles
Apr. 1: Wildcats - Blaze


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, 36ers16.5 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings16.4 
 5. Wilkinson, Breakers16.4 
 6. Tragardh, Tigers16.3 
 7. Deleon, Blaze16.2 
 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, 36ers8.6 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.7 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 9. Worthington, Blaze6.2 
 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. Martin, Hawks3.6 
 7. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Deleon, Blaze3.2 
 10. Warren, 36ers3.2 
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. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 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. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Worthington, Blaze0.8 
 10. Forman, Hawks0.8 


NBL Round 25: Regular season is over, Breakers are No.1 - by Eurobasket News

The The Regular Season in NBL just ended. The New Zealand Breakers are No.1 with 21-7 record. Four teams advanced to Playoff Semifinals, which start on March 30. The format is best-of-three.

NBL Standings
1. Breakers 21-7
2. Wildcats 19-9
3. Blaze 17-11
4. Crocodiles 15-13
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5. Taipans 15-13
6. Tigers 11-17
7. Kings 11-17
8. Hawks 9-19
9. 36ers 8-20



Crocodiles - Breakers 69-76
Townsville Crocodiles were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-16 charge of New Zealand Breakers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. American power forward Gary Wilkinson (204-82, college: Utah St.) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 20 points. At the losing side American forward Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import point guard Edward Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 11 points.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 20+2reb, G.Wilkinson 16+6reb+2ast, C.Bruton 9+1reb, C.Jackson 7+7reb+7ast, A.Pledger 7+9reb+1ast, J.Bloxham 7+1reb
Crocodiles: E.Mims 14+6reb+1ast, E.Gill 11+4reb+2ast, P.Crawford 9+2reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 8+6reb, L.Schenscher 6+4reb+2ast, M.Norton 5+3reb+1ast


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Kings - Hawks 68-77
It looked good early as Kings took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Wollongong Hawks had a 21-7 second period charge getting the lead and Kings were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-77. Wollongong Hawks dominated on the defensive end, holding Kings to just 7 points in second quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) accounted for 13 points. Five Wollongong Hawks players scored in double figures. Wollongong Hawks' coach Gordie McLeod allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kings in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hawks: J.Catron 15+10reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 13+4reb+3ast, R.Martin 12+2reb+2ast, M.Campbell 11+2reb+1ast, O.Forman 11+3reb, L.Davidson 6+2reb
Kings: A.Bose 21+10reb+1ast, J.Khazzouh 18+6reb, B.Madgen 15+2reb+2ast, L.Martin 6+2reb+1ast, J.Grant 4+9reb+1ast, M.Iti 2+1reb
gschID: 138945


Hawks - 36ers 92-78
The game was mostly controlled by Wollongong Hawks. Adelaide 36ers was better in third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wollongong Hawks players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Adelaide 36ers' players. The former international power forward Oscar Forman (205-82) nailed 22 points for the winning side and power forward Larry Davidson (206-83, college: Boise St.) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Wollongong Hawks' coach Gordie McLeod used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Adelaide 36ers in the defeat. Four Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hawks: O.Forman 22+2reb+2ast, L.Davidson 16+8reb, R.Martin 11+9ast, D.Gruber 9+4reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 9+3reb+4ast, T.Coenraad 7+4reb+1ast
36ers: S.Weigh 15+1reb, D.Johnson 14+7reb+5ast, C.Warren 10+3reb+2ast, M.Creek 10+2reb+1ast, D.Simpson 9+7reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138946


Blaze - Breakers 94-71
The game was mostly controlled by Gold Coast Blaze. New Zealand Breakers managed to win third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gold Coast Blaze forced 19 New Zealand Breakers turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. The former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) fired 20 points for the winners. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and New Zealand swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Blaze: C.Goulding 20+4reb, A.Deleon 14+4ast, M.Worthington 13+5reb+3ast, T.Garlepp 10+3reb, W.Hudson 10+5reb, J.Cadee 8+1reb+3ast
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 15+2reb+2ast, A.Pledger 12+12reb, L.Henry 11+9reb, M.Vukona 10+3reb+2ast, J.Bloxham 10+2reb+2ast, D.Prewster 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138947


Tigers - Wildcats 71-72
Melbourne Tigers were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Perth Wildcats, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Melbourne Tigers turnovers. Melbourne Tigers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international power forward Matthew Burston (211-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) added 22 points in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: K.Lisch 19+3reb+2ast, S.Redhage 19+7reb+1ast, L.Nevill 9+4reb, J.Wagstaff 9+4reb+1ast, D.Martin 7+5reb+2ast, G.Hire 4+4reb+1ast
Tigers: R.Dorsey 22+2reb+3ast, M.Burston 15+13reb+1ast, M.Allen 13+6reb+7ast, L.Walker 12+9reb+3ast, C.Tragardh 4+3reb, T.Greer 3+3reb
gschID: 138942


Taipans - 36ers 79-75
It looked good early as Adelaide 36ers took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cairns Taipans took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and swingman Aaron Grabau (196-78) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Adelaide 36ers in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Warren 17+1reb, J.Wilson 17+9reb+6ast, A.Grabau 13+7reb+3ast, B.Hill 12+5reb+1ast, D.Rychart 10+8reb+1ast, J.Dowdell 5+1reb
36ers: D.Simpson 20+16reb+1ast, D.Johnson 15+10reb+3ast, D.Ng 12+1ast, C.Warren 11+2reb+6ast, S.Weigh 11+8reb+2ast, E.Bartlett 2+1reb+4ast



David Andersen selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #1. This week's number one is former international center David Andersen (212-80), who plays in Italy. He could not help Montepaschi Siena (4-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Andersen's very good performance the first-placed Montepaschi Siena was defeated 82-75 on the road by the second-ranked Olympiakos in the group F of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Andersen also added 7 rebounds. Andersen has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 72.1%. He played for the Australian senior national team two years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports). Ingles led Regal FC Barcelona to an overtime victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (6-20) 92-86 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 19 points in 28 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (21-5) is placed first in the ACB. This year Ingles averages: 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(16-29), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 76.7% in the 19 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC), who plays in Russia. Jawai was not able to help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Unics Kazan (#2) was edged 66-63 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC in the group G of Euroleague. Jawai recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. It's Jawai's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 62.5%. Jawai played for the Australian national team three years ago.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #4. Center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) led PGE Turow to a victory over the fourth-ranked Anwil (2-3) 83-72 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Kickert scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (1-4) is placed sixth in Group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Kickert has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Kickert is also Australian national team player.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #5. International forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (8-18) 87-80 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 13 points. Valencia Basket (15-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Newley's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #6. Center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) helped his Greek team Panathinaikos win their game against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (3-3) crushing them 93-73 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Maric recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) is placed first. This year Maric's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.2rpg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Steven Markovic
Steven Markovic
   #7. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) was the major contributor in a 2-point Radnicki Kragujevac's victory against the fifth-ranked Vojvodina (0-1) 88-86 in the Serbian A League last Friday. Markovic recorded 20 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Radnicki Kragujevac this season. His team is placed fourth in SuperLiga group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Markovic used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #8. An experienced power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help BC Khimky Moscow Region in a victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (7-5) 91-80 in the Russian PBL on Friday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (10-2) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Nielsen's total stats are: 2.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in the nine games. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Rhys Carter
Rhys Carter
   #9. Former international point guard Rhys Carter (190-84), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Uppsala Basket (21-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Carter's very good performance Uppsala Basket was badly defeated 84-67 in Boras by the higher-ranked Basket (#3). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Carter also added 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Carter belongs to league's best passers (ranked #4) and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Carter averages: 15.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.8apg and 2.5spg. He used to play for the Australian national team three years ago.

Ater Majok
Ater Majok
   #10. Forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) helped Nitra win their game against the closely-ranked Nova Ves (16-16) 73-61 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. Majok had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 4 blocks in 29 minutes. BK SPU Bemaco Nitra (21-11) is placed third in the Extraliga. Majok is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.3apg and 2.6bpg in the 35 games. Majok is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. International center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brad Newley. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Ogilvy couldn't help Valencia Basket in their game against Buducnost. He recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 75-71. Ogilvy has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

   #12. International forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda crushing them 85-56 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Barlow recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.7rpg in the 26 games. Barlow is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

   #13. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) helped Ikaros win their game against the closely-ranked PAOK 82-64 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Baynes is the league's best rebounder. This season he has very good stats: 13.8ppg and 8.9rpg. Baynes is also Australian national team player.

   #14. Former U21 international forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) helped Thor Thorl win their game against the closely-ranked Haukar 85-79 in the Icelandic Express League in Thursday night's game. Janev recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. This season Janev has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg and 6.5rpg. Janev used to play for the Australian U21 national team back in 2005.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, college: UNLV) helped Otago OceanaGold Nuggets win their game against the league outsider Zero Fees Southland Sharks 80-68 in the New Zealand NBL last Sunday. He scored 18 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 40 minutes. Dickel is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league with 6.8apg. This year he also averages: 18.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.0spg in the four games. Despite Dickel played previously for the New Zealand national team, he is currently in the Australian U18 national team roster.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-28) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were edged in an overtime 103-102 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. Irving was the top scorer with 29 points. He also added 9 boards, dished 9 assists and stole 3 balls in 42 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Irving's third season in pro basketball. It's Irving's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Irving averages: 18.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 5.7apg in the 41 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Irving's Australian passport, he previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team. Strangely Irving has never played in Australia.

   #2. John Fitzgerald (193-G-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) led Malbas to a victory over the 11th-ranked Hogsbo (6-16) 81-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Fitzgerald scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) in 39 minutes. Malbas Oresund (21-1) is placed first in South group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Fitzgerald is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 26.5ppg, 9.2rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg in the 20 games.

   #3. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite Jeka's very good performance Saar-Pfalz Braves was edged 91-88 in Heidelberg by the much higher-ranked USC Heidelberg (#4). He recorded 15 points and added 4 passes. Jeka's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Jeka is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very solid stats this season: 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 5.1apg. Jeka has also British nationality.

   #4. Experienced Mick Pennisi (210-C-75, college: E.Michigan) managed to help Barako Bull Energy in a victory against the closely-ranked Meralco Bolts (4-5) 89-82 in the Filipino PBA on Saturday night. He recorded only 3 points in 19 minutes. Barako Bull Energy (4-5) is placed fifth in the PBA. The Regular Season already ended. Pennisi has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.3rpg in the eight games. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Filipino.

   #5. Laurent Lahey (204-F/C-89) was not able to secure a victory for Boncourt (7-17) in their game against SAV Vacallo (13-11) in the Swiss LNA. Lahey cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Boncourt was defeated 72-65 in Chiasso by the higher-ranked SAV Vacallo (#5). The Regular Season already ended. Lahey has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 4.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Swiss.

   #6. Zeke Meehl (183-G-88) contributed to a 1-point McDonalds Manawatu Jets' victory against the closely-ranked Wellington Exodus Saints 76-75 in the New Zealand NBL last Sunday. Meehl scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. This year Meehl averages just 2.7ppg in the three games. He has also New Zealand citizenship.

   #7. Miles Pearce (205-C-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zeke Meehl and both played together in the last New Zealand NBL game. Pearce contributed to a 1-point McDonalds Manawatu Jets' victory against the closely-ranked Wellington Exodus Saints 76-75. He scored only 2 points. Pearce has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He has both Australian and New Zealand nationalities.

   #8. Lau Bik Ing (180-G-78) couldn't help KL Dragons in their game against Thailand Slammers in the ASEAN. Bik Ing recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes. His team lost 69-80. Bik Ing has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.3rpg in the three games. He also holds two passports: Australian and Malaysian. Despite Bik Ing's Australian nationality, he currently plays for the Malaysian national team and cannot be called to the Australian team.



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 22-6 
 2. Klosterneub. 20-9 
 3. Kapfenberg 20-9 
 4. Wels 19-9 
 5. Oberwart 17-12 
 6. Gussing 12-17 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 15-13 
 2. BC Vienna 11-16 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-18 
 4. Arkadia 7-19 
 5. St.Polten 2-25 

Second Stage: Round 9

Group A

Mar. 25: Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 82-69
Mar. 25: Gussing - Oberwart 72-71
Mar. 26: Gmunden - Wels

Group B

Mar. 25: Furstenfeld - BC Vienna 85-81
Mar. 26: UBSC Graz - Arkadia


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.1 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia22.6 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart17.8 
 6. Djuric, Gussing17.4 
 7. Grum, UBSC G.16.9 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg16.8 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.16.5 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Werner, Wels9.4 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.4 
 3. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.4 
 6. Robinson, Furstenf.7.1 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg7.1 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 9. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.0 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.9 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.7 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 7. Schaal, UBSC G.4.2 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.1 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.0 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.0 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Mayer, Gmunden1.4 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.4 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.3 
 10. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.0 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.0 
 3. Koch, Gussing0.8 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 6. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 7. Brown, Wels0.6 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.5 
 9. Bakovic, St.Polten0.5 
 10. Chappell, Kloster.0.5 


Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.). He led Benetton Treviso to a victory against the closely-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-14) 95-91 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Ortner scored 13 points and blocked 2 shots in 23 minutes on the court. Benetton Treviso (11-13) is placed tenth in the SerieA. It's Ortner's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 62.0%(67-108) and FT: 71.4% in the 14 games he played so far. Ortner played for the Austrian senior national team five years ago.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Jason Detrick (198-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He could not help Lleida Basquet (18-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Detrick's good performance Lleida Basquet was crushed 88-53 on the road by the lower-ranked Ford_Burgos (#10). He was the top scorer with 13 points. Detrick also added 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Detrick belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Detrick averages: 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 73.8%. He is a naturalized American. Detrick is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Anton Maresch
Anton Maresch
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Anton Maresch (192-91, agency: Two Points). Maresch was not able to help River Andorra (20-10) in their game against Lan Mobel ISB (11-9) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 8 points in 23 minutes. River Andorra was edged 70-67 in Azpeitia by the much lower-ranked (#8) Lan Mobel ISB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Maresch's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 68.8% in the 20 games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Hermann Opoku
Hermann Opoku
   #4. Power forward Hermann Opoku (205-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: G.Washington) was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (22-11) in their game against BK Decin (23-10) in the Czech Republic NBL. Opoku's contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. He recorded only 1 points. The fourth-placed BK Pardubice was defeated 73-65 in Decin by the higher-ranked BK Decin (#3) in the A1 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Opoku's total stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Austrian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Ivan Djerman (203-F-83) led Amicale to a victory against the second-ranked Musel Pikes (20-4) 86-75 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Saturday. Djerman had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. Amicale Steinsel (9-13) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Djerman has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 23 games he played so far. He has also Croatian citizenship.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Telemach League
Matej Kljaic (193-F-91) plays for Svjetlost in Croatian A1
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Gunther Zajic (183-G-85) plays for Werne in German Regionalliga
Alexander Schreiner (208-C-90) plays for Bamberg in German 2.Regionalliga
Hansjorg Schuetzinger (190-G/F-90) plays for Birsfelden in Swiss 1LN



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

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

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management), who plays in Russia. He could not help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their last game. Despite Veremeenko's good performance the second-placed Unics Kazan lost 66-78 on the road to the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group G of Euroleague. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. It was Unics Kazan's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Veremeenko's fourth season with the team. Veremeenko is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.2rpg. He also averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2FGP: 51.0% in the 16 games he played so far. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. He played for the Belarusian senior national team five years ago.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79). Ulyanko was the major contributor in an overtime Kalev/Cramo's victory against the -ranked VEF Riga (0-0) 79-76 in the Baltic League last Saturday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (12-7) is placed fourth in group 1. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Ulyanko's first season with the team. Ulyanko has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.1%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 69.4%. He played for the Belarusian national team in 2008.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford). Parakhouski led Budivelnyk to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Cherkasy (8-26) 75-69 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Wednesday night. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 15 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (26-6) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Parakhouski averages: 8.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 62.6%(72-115) and FT: 66.7% in the 22 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #4. Forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Halychyna (7-27) crushing them 103-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Monday night's game. Kandrusevich scored 14 points. Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (21-14) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kandrusevich is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Ferro-ZNTU's roster. His overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Kandrusevich used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2010.

Dante Stiggers
Dante Stiggers
   #5. Former international point guard Dante Stiggers (187-82, college: S.Mississippi) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KAOD (9-14) 77-59 in the Greek A1 last Sunday. He scored 11 points in 24 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (10-14) is placed eighth in the A1. The Regular Season already ended. This year Stiggers' overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Stiggers used to play for the Belarusian national team two years ago. He played also for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #6. Forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, also represented by New Trend Agency) was not able to help BC Odessa (20-15) in their game against Budivelnyk (26-6) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Korshuk scored 6 points in 22 minutes. BC Odessa was edged 77-75 at home by the leading Budivelnyk. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Korshuk's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 35 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #7. International guard Valery Gandlin (191-86) was not able to secure a victory for Kiryat Tivon (12-11) in their game against Beer Yaakov (18-5) in the Israeli National League (second division). Gandlin scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Kiryat Tivon was edged 95-93 in Beer Yaakov by the second-ranked Beer Yaakov. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Gandlin has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.6apg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Mikalai Aliakseyeu
Mikalai Aliakseyeu
   #8. Center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, agency: TSS Management, college: Buffalo) managed to help BC Mures Targu-Mures in a victory against the tenth-ranked Pitesti (13-13) 84-78 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. Aliakseyeu scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. BC Mures Targu-Mures (3-0) is placed first in the Division A. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Aliakseyeu has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.6rpg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

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

   #1. Sergey Karpov (200-F-80), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (6-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Karpov's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was badly defeated 88-71 at home by the second-ranked Ataman. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Karpov also added 3 passes. Karpov's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 2.1rpg. He has also Russian nationality.

   #2. Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lev Hasharon (7-16) in their game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (3-16) in the Israeli National League (second division). Yeremishin scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lev Hasharon was badly defeated 73-54 on their home court in Lev Hasharon by the higher-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#11). It was Lev Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Yeremishin has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 4.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli.



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Standings - Division II

D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 19-6 
 2. Waregem 19-6 
 3. Fleurus 18-7 
 4. Kangar.-Boom 17-7 
 5. Excelsior 16-9 
 6. St-Niklase 15-10 
 7. Sprimont 13-11 
 8. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-12 
 9. Essor Charleroi 11-13 
 10. Liege II 10-13 
 11. M.Hainaut II 9-14 
 12. Melsele 4-20 
 13. De Westhoek 4-21 
 14. Gistel 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 24: Excelsior - M.Hainaut II 83-90
Mar. 24: De Westhoek - Gembo 74-96
Mar. 24: St-Niklase - Gistel 72-58
Mar. 23: Fleurus - Waregem 66-62
Mar. 23: Sprimont - Melsele 100-81
Mar. 25: Kangar.-Boom - Sprimont
Mar. 25: Liege II - Sint-Jan Ant.
Mar. 25: Essor Charleroi - Melsele


Jiri Welsch claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Czech Republic Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Spirou and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 15 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Spirou in his team's victory, helping them to crush Leuven (#5, 12-10) with 24-point margin 85-61. It allowed Spirou to consolidate first place in the Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spirou has a very solid 16-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Welsch as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jiri Welsch averages this season 8.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Verviers-Pep.. Love impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Verviers-Pep. lost that game 58-66 to slightly higher-ranked Gent (#8, 7-16). Verviers-Pep. are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Verviers-Pep. managed to get this year. Love is a newcomer at Verviers-Pep. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.4ppg (#9). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar (#4). Copeland scored 29 points and passed four assists. Despite Copeland's great performance Aalstar lost 71-74 to #2 ranked Antwerp. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Copeland has a great season in Belgium. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.6% and 3PT: 42.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Aalstar - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lionel Bosco (176-PG-81) of Gent - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of Gent - 17 points and 2 rebounds
9. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Spirou - 13 points and 4 rebounds
10. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 11 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)



Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83). He contributed to a 2-point Gescrap BB's victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) 71-69 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Hervelle recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (14-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hervelle averages: 4.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 44.7%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 51.6% in the 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Van Rossom could not help CAI Zaragoza (14-12) to beat Real Madrid (20-6). He recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 85-71 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 56.9%(37-65), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 69.2%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84). Lichodzijewski contributed to a PBG Basket's victory against the third-ranked Kotwica (16-16) 77-66 in the Polish PLK on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 24 minutes. PBG Basket Poznan (10-22) is placed seventh in Group B. Lichodzijewski has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 72.3% in the 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Former Sanex Antwerp Giants starter played for the Belgian national team four years ago.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #4. Point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) helped Vanoli-Braga win their game against the sixth-ranked Armani Milano (14-10) 77-73 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 8 points in 29 minutes. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (9-16) is placed 15th in the SerieA. It's Tabu-Eboma's first season with the team. This year Tabu-Eboma's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #5. An experienced international guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) managed to help Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih in a victory against the closely-ranked Hoverla (18-16) 103-90 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (13-21) is placed tenth in the Superleague. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Faison's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Faison plays currently for the Belgian national team. He used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Yannick Driesen
Yannick Driesen
   #6. Center Yannick Driesen (215-88) faced previously mentioned Axel Hervelle in the Spanish ACB last game. Driesen was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) in their game against Gescrap BB (14-12). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Driesen recorded only 2 points. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 71-69 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). Driesen has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Worth to mention Driesen played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is a former international player as he played for the Belgian senior team two years ago.

Dimitri Jorssen
Dimitri Jorssen
   #7. Former international power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) was the major contributor in Soleuvre's victory against the fourth-ranked BBC Nitia (2-20) 76-73 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. Jorssen scored 19 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 31 minutes. AS Soleuvre (11-11) is placed second in 7-10 places group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Jorssen belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 0.9bpg. This year his other stats are: 17.0ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games. Jorssen used to play for the Belgian national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) led Fileni BPA to a 2-point victory against the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it (7-16) 81-79 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Hoover recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Fileni BPA Jesi (12-11) is placed seventh in the Lega2. This season Hoover has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

   #2. best in steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.2apg and 2.6spg. Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg. Despite his Belgian passport, Jones currently plays for the Luxembourg national team and is not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #3. Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) could not help Helsingborg (8-12) to beat Nassjo (20-2). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Oelbrandt scored only 2 points. The sixth-placed Helsingborg was defeated 94-79 at home by the second-ranked Nassjo in the South group. It was Helsingborg's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Oelbrandt has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 4.0rpg.



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Mirza Teletovic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-12) crushing them 90-68 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Teletovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-7) is placed third in the ACB. It's Teletovic's sixth season with the team. Teletovic is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Teletovic averages: 17.4ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 37.8% and FT: 72.4% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the 14th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-14) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Bremer recorded 15 points and added 5 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 23 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-10) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Bremer has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(15-27), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Bremer is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team. He used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80). Opacak contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Hemofarm (7-19) 80-64 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He scored 16 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (19-7) is placed second in group A. Opacak's team will play only one more game in the Adriatic League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Opacak's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(40-60) and FT: 66.7%. Opacak has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Former KK Zenica Celik starter played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #4. Forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi (3-21) crushing them 94-73 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Bajramovic scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (19-5) is placed third in the TBL. This season Bajramovic has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #5. Former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-13) crushing them 94-68 in the Romanian Division A on Sunday night. Jovanovic had a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 13 passes. He also added 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. BC Timisoara (20-5) is placed first in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Jovanovic is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 5.1apg. This year his other stats are: 15.9ppg and 2.3rpg in the 24 games. Jovanovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #6. Guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois), who plays in Russia could not help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the second-placed Unics Kazan was defeated 78-66 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona in the group G of Euroleague. Domercant was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 assists. Domercant belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. This season he has very high stats. Domercant averages: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Domercant is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #7. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Tofas (11-13) crushing them 87-66 in the Turkish TBL in Friday night's game. Ikonic scored 14 points in 23 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (14-10) is placed sixth in the TBL. Ikonic has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 24 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #8. Forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by Beo Basket) was not able to help Lottomatica Roma (11-14) in their game against Bennet Cantu (15-9) in the Italian SerieA, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Djedovic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Lottomatica Roma was edged 73-72 in Cantu by the much higher-ranked (#3) Bennet. It was Lottomatica Roma's third consecutive loss in a row. Djedovic averaged so far 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #9. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an overtime KK Zagreb CO's victory against the sixth-ranked Zabok (0-2) 100-99 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. Masic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for KK Zagreb CO this season. His team is placed third in Championship Group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Masic is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Edin Bavcic
Edin Bavcic
   #10. Power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) was the main contributor in KAOD's victory against the league outsider Marousi (1-23) crushing them 96-58 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Bavcic recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. KAO Dramas (9-14) is placed ninth in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bavcic averaged so far 10.6ppg and 5.6rpg in the 17 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ante Masic and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Halilovic contributed to an overtime KK Zagreb CO's victory against the sixth-ranked Zabok 100-99. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 12 minutes. It was his first game for KK Zagreb CO this season. Halilovic plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #12. International forward Milan Milosevic (205-85) contributed to Buducnost's victory against the leader Valencia Basket 75-71 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Milosevic's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.4rpg in the 13 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #14. International point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (183-79, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked PAOK 82-64 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Vasiljevic was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points in 25 minutes. This year Vasiljevic's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 14 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. International guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nihad Djedovic and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Gordic couldn't help Lottomatica Roma in their game against Bennet Cantu, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. But his team was edged 73-72. Gordic has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 25 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the tenth-ranked Erdemir (10-14) 75-68 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Bogdanovic was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and added 3 assists. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (18-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Bogdanovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Croatian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #2. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) was the major contributor in a KK Zagreb CO's victory against the seventh-ranked Jolly (0-2) crushing them 112-75 in the Croatian A1 on Tuesday night. Markota recorded 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (2-0) is placed third in Championship Group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Markota has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in the two games he played so far. Markota is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, Markota currently plays for the Croatian national team and cannot be called to the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #3. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (7-5) 91-80 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (10-2) is placed second in the PBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Planinic is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.7spg. Similarly like Markota and Bogdanovic above Planinic has both Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Planinic previously played for the Croatian national team.

   #4. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Jolly (0-2) crushing them 95-75 in the Croatian A1 in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (2-0) is placed second in Championship Group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Suton's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 8.0rpg in the two games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Suton's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Croatian national team.

   #5. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in Greece could not help Olympiakos (3-3) to beat Montepaschi Siena (4-2). Keselj scored 9 points in 19 minutes. But Olympiakos (#2) was edged 81-80 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena in the group E of Euroleague. This year Keselj's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.1rpg in the 10 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports. Despite Keselj's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he currently plays for the Serbian national team.

   #6. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) contributed to a 2-point Budivelnyk's victory against the sixth-ranked BC Odessa 77-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Monday night. Sehovic scored 14 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Sehovic has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3spg. He has Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Despite Sehovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he currently plays for the Montenegrin national team.

   #7. Vanja Plisnic (205-F/C-80, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to help Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Plisnic's good performance Banco di Sardegna Sassari was defeated 83-78 in Teramo by the one of league's weakest teams Banca Tercas (#16). He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Plisnic also added 4 assists. Plisnic's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. He has also Serbian citizenship.

   #8. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked CAI Zaragoza 85-71 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Begic recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Begic is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. His overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5bpg. Begic has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Begic currently plays for the Slovenian national team.

   #9. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) helped Anwil win their game against the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni 82-69 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Hajric's overall stats are: 9.7ppg and 5.5rpg in the 19 games. He has also Polish citizenship.

   #10. Sasha Topchov (206-C-80, agency: 011 Sports) was the main contributor in Oradea's victory against the 14th-ranked Perla Harghitei 96-88 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Topchov recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Topchov averaged so far 13.6ppg and 4.6rpg in the 25 games.



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Hilario Nene's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Brazilians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hilario Nene
Hilario Nene
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Hilario Nene (207-82), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (11-36) in their last game. Despite Nene's very good performance the Washington Wizards were edged 95-92 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Nene also added 3 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3bpg and FT: 58.3% in the three games he played so far. Nene played for the Brazilian senior national team five years ago.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (32-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Splitter's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 106-99 in Dallas by the Mavericks. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It's Splitter's first season with the team. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(150-248) and FT: 66.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Splitter is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86). He led CAI Zaragoza to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-14) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Hettsheimer was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (14-12) is placed eighth in the ACB. Hettsheimer is currently sixth on the list of top scorers with 14.6ppg. This year his other stats are: 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 74.5% in the 25 games. Hettsheimer is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #4. Point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (9-17) 71-58 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Huertas recorded 10 points. Regal FC Barcelona (21-5) is placed first in the ACB. Huertas' overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.5apg. He has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. Huertas is also Brazilian national team player.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #5. Former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82) led Indiana Pacers to a victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (27-21) 102-89 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and added 3 assists in a mere 18 minutes. The Indiana Pacers have 28-19 record this season. This year Barbosa's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5apg in the four games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #6. Power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) helped Le Mans win their game against the 11th-ranked Strasbourg IG (10-13) 83-69 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 27 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (15-8) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Le Mans' roster. This season Batista has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 23 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #7. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (9-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Passos' very good performance the first-placed Hebraica was defeated 83-74 at home by the leading Aguada in the Serie 1. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Passos also added 3 assists. Passos is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg. Passos used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

Paulo Prestes
Paulo Prestes
   #8. Center Paulo Prestes (210-88) helped Pieno Zvaigzdes win their game against the closely-ranked Kedainiai (7-12) 73-59 in the Lithuanian LKL on Friday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (11-7) is placed fifth in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Prestes' total stats are: 6.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #9. International point guard Rafael Freire (188-92) couldn't help Meridiano Alicante (14-12) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (14-12) in the Spanish ACB. Freire scored 8 points and added 3 passes. Meridiano Alicante was defeated 72-60 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#6). Freire has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #10. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help Tuscany Pistoia (16-8) in their last game. Despite Tavernari's good performance Tuscany Pistoia was edged 80-77 in Verona by the lower-ranked (#8) Tezenis. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9spg in the nine games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC in their game against Meridiano Alicante in the Spanish ACB. Neto cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-68. Neto has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet crushing them 88-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Toledo scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Toledo is currently first on the league's list of most steals with 2.4spg. He also averaged so far 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 29 games. Toledo used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the 14th-ranked Basquet Mallorca 80-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cobos has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) managed to help Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto to win against one of league's weakest teams CB Granada crushing them 90-56 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Leichtweis scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Leichtweis has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) led Valencia Basket to a victory against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia (8-18) 87-80 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Faverani scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Valencia Basket (15-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Faverani's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg.

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

   #3. Bruno Cavalcante (201-F/C-91, college: Peninsula JC) managed to help CAB Madeira in a victory against the league outsider Ginasio (0-20) crushing them 98-68 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Cavalcante scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. CAB Madeira (12-6) is placed fifth in the LPB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Cavalcante has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.9rpg in the 17 games.

   #4. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Shiga L-Stars (25-16) to beat Sendai 89ers (21-20). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Hatano recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. Shiga L-Stars (#5) were defeated 87-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Sendai 89ers (#5) in the Western group. Hatano has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.



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Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 18-0
 2. Overgas 12-6
 3. Academik BL 12-6
 4. Academik PL 12-6
 5. Cherno More U18 9-9
 6. Dunav 2007 8-10
 7. Vidabasket 7-11
 8. Chavdar 6-12
 9. Shumen 3-15
 10. Balkan 2 3-15

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 25: Shumen - Balkan 2 82-65
Mar. 25: Academik BL - Academik PL 82-57
Mar. 25: Beroe - Dunav 2007 122-52
Mar. 25: Overgas - Vidabasket 108-85
Mar. 25: Chavdar - Cherno More U20 105-82


Earl Calloway selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Cajasol (13-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calloway's very good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Calloway also added 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists. This season Calloway averages: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.0%. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.). Homan contributed to a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets (17-11) 72-62 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Homan also added 3 blocks. FC Bayern Muenchen (17-11) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Homan's first season with the team. Homan is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 48.1% and FT: 50.4%. Homan is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently Homan has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket). He led Fabi Shoes Montegranaro to a victory against the league outsider Novipiu CM (6-19) 94-83 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Ivanov recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-14) is placed 13th in the SerieA. Ivanov is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 68.4% in the 24 games he played so far. Ivanov is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #4. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Meridiano Alicante (14-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Meridiano Alicante was defeated 72-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#6). Ivanov was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Ivanov is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 12.4ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.4apg. Ivanov is also Bulgarian national team player.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #5. International swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (7-17) in their game against Besiktas (18-6) in the Turkish TBL, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Videnov also added 7 assists in 35 minutes. But Olin Edirne lost 64-76 on their home court in Edirne to the much higher-ranked (#4) Besiktas. Videnov has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.9apg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #6. Forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped Szolnok win their game against the closely-ranked Kecskemeti (13-10) crushing them 95-71 in the Hungarian A Division last Friday. Nikolov scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (19-4) is placed third in the A Division. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #7. An experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.) couldn't help Lokomotiv (4-2) in their game against Khimky (5-1) in the Eurocup. Blakney recorded 7 points in 23 minutes. The first-placed Lokomotiv lost 72-81 in Khimki to the second-ranked Khimky in the group L of Eurocup. Blakney has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in the 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #8. Power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) in their game against Gescrap BB (14-12) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 71-69 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked (#7) Gescrap BB. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons plays currently for the Bulgarian national team. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #9. International guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) faced previously mentioned Kaloyan Ivanov in the Spanish ACB last game. Rowland managed to help Unicaja Malaga in a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (14-12) 72-60. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. This year Rowland's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.5apg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Krum Doychinov
Krum Doychinov
   #10. Center Krum Doychinov (206-86, also represented by Interperformances) couldn't help Solna Vikings (17-19) in their game against Sodertalje Kings (23-13) in the Swedish Basketligan. Doychinov recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Solna Vikings was defeated 86-82 in Sodertalje by the leading Kings. It was Solna Vikings' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Doychinov has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Feni Indistrija in their game against MZT Skopje in the FYR Macedonian Superleague. He recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 79-75. Lilov has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.7apg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, another player represented by Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) couldn't help Stade Clermont in their game against Orchesien BC in the French NM1 (third division). Naydenov scored 9 points in 27 minutes. His team was crushed by 38 points 97-59. Naydenov's stats this year are: 14.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2004.

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

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in Greece could not help Olympiakos (3-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Olympiakos was edged 81-80 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena in the group E of Euroleague. Antic scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It's Antic's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg in the 18 games he played so far. Antic has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite his Bulgarian passport, Antic currently plays for the FYR Macedonian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.

   #2. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's) led Umana Venezia to a victory over the league outsider Novipiu CM (6-19) 90-85 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Clark was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and added 3 passes in 37 minutes. Umana Venezia (15-9) is placed second in the SerieA. Clark is currently ninth on the list of top scorers with 15.7ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Clark is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) was not able to help Chalon/Saor (18-4) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (11-11) in the French ProA. Evtimov scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Chalon/Saor was defeated 83-78 in Roanne by the lower-ranked Chorale de (#7). It was Chalon/Saor's first loss after six consecutive victories. Evtimov's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92) was the main contributor in Srbija's victory against the seventh-ranked Solna Branten (8-13) 76-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. Gafor was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. KSF Srbija Malmo (13-9) is placed fifth in South group. The Regular Season already ended. Gafor's stats this year are: 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg in the 21 games. He has also Swedish citizenship.

   #5. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) in their game against Gescrap BB (14-12) in the Spanish ACB. Deane recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Asefa Estudiantes was edged 71-69 in Bilbao by the much higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). Deane's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #6. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to a 2-point Torus Skopje's victory against the closely-ranked Kumanovo 2009 79-77 in the FYR Macedonian Superleague last Saturday. Karadzovski recorded 11 points and added 4 passes. Karadzovski is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Karadzovski averages: 16.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.7apg. He has both FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian nationalities. Despite Karadzovski's Bulgarian passport, he previously played for the FYR Macedonian national team and probably cannot be called to the Bulgarian team.

   #7. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Tromso in their game against Asker Aliens in the Norwegian BLNO, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Mihaylov was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. But his team lost 61-66. Mihaylov has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 21 games.



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

35-year old forward Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak Pleven and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Balkan (#6, 8-15) with 16-point margin 89-73. Spartak Pleven maintains the 7th position in Bulgarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 18 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Stankov had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Spartak Pleven, through which he has constantly improved. Stankov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 44.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Chernomorets. He is FYR Macedonian center in his first season at Chernomorets. In the last game Pavlovski recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Chernomorets lost that game 76-82 to the higher-ranked Cherno More (#5, 10-13). Chernomorets are still at the very bottom. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Chernomorets managed to get this year. Pavlovski is a newcomer at Chernomorets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#6). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Spartak Pleven's star - forward Todor Todorov (198-F-82). Todorov showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Spartak Pleven, helping his team with a 89-73 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Balkan (#6, 8-15). Spartak Pleven can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-18 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Todorov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Todorov has a very solid season. In 21 games in Bulgaria he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolay Kolev (204-F/C-88) of Cherno More - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Atanas Penev (195-F-85) of Chernomorets - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of Tundja Yambol - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) of Cherno More - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Andre Owens (193-G-80) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (7-39) crushing them 112-92 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mbah a Moute was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 22-26 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fourth year with the team. Mbah a Moute has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 49.7% in the 31 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown). Samnick contributed to a Sluc Nancy's victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (2-20) 89-76 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (15-8) is placed fourth in the ProA. This season Samnick averages: 9.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(78-141), 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 64.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Samnick is in the roster of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division). He could not help Final Genclik (21-11) in their last game. Despite Aboya's very good performance Final Genclik lost 77-85 at home to the much lower-ranked (#17) Baskent Genclik. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Aboya also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball.They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Aboya has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 12.0rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 45.7% and FT: 74.4% in the six games. Aboya is also a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #4. Shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) helped Aix-Maurienne win their game against the 16th-ranked SPO Rouen (9-18) 98-89 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Ekanga-Ehawa scored 15 points in 26 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (17-10) is placed fifth in the ProB. This year Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 27 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Ekanga-Ehawa is also Cameroonian national team player.

Yves Mekongo
Yves Mekongo
   #5. International forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League was not able to help Amicale (9-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Amicale was badly defeated 91-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Residence (#4) in the 1-6 places group. Mekongo recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Mekongo has very high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 12.1rpg and 1.7apg. Worth to mention Mekongo played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Mekongo plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #6. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) was not able to secure a victory for Ilysiakos (7-16) in their game against Ikaros (7-17) in the Greek A1. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. NaNa scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ilysiakos lost 61-69 on their home court in Athens to the lower-ranked (#11) Ikaros. It was Ilysiakos' fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's NaNa's first season with the team. NaNa is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.2ppg in the 21 games. NaNa is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #7. International forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) couldn't help Chiba Jets (15-26) in their game against Hamamatsu Phoenix (28-13) in the Japanese BJ League. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Chiba Jets (#8) lost 86-100 on their home court in Chiba to the leading Hamamatsu Phoenix in the Eastern group. This year Moliva's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3bpg in the 41 games. He is also Cameroonian national team player.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #8. Power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) couldn't help Etendard de Brest (14-13) in their game against Souffelweyersheim (19-8) in the French NM1 (third division). Vounang scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Etendard de Brest was crushed 73-48 in Souffel. by the higher-ranked Souffelweyersheim (#4). Vounang has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #9. International forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) managed to help Union Basket Chartres Metropole in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Le Puy ASMB (4-23) 64-58 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Union Basket Chartres Metropole (11-16) is placed 13th in the NM1. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Ipouck's total stats are: 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the Cameroonian national team.

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

   #1. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) could not help Casalpusterlengo (17-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Casalpusterlengo was defeated 84-73 at home by the higher-ranked Treviglio (#3) in the North-West Division. Biligha was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Biligha's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #2. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's victory against the 15th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-17) 87-78 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and added 4 assists. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (21-6) is placed first in the ProB. Njoya's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg.

   #3. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite in a victory against the closely-ranked Fos Ouest (18-9) 90-74 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points and added 7 assists in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Limoges CSP Elite (21-6) is placed second in the ProB. This year Curti's overall stats are: 5.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.1spg in the 27 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.

   #4. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80), who plays in the Georgian Superleague was not able to help Energy Invest (0-0) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Energy Invest was defeated 75-71 on the road by the leading Armia. Toudjani recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Toudjani has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg.

   #5. Junior MBida (206-C-90) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the 14th-ranked Le Portel (10-17) crushing them 81-58 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. MBida scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (15-12) is placed seventh in the ProB. This year MBida's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg in the 24 games.

   #6. Yann Zonnet (197-PF-89) helped Saint Vallier win their game against one of league's weakest teams Quimper UJAP crushing them 85-64 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Zonnet's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg.

   #7. Experienced Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (185-G-75) was not able to secure a victory for Spot Up Medien Baskets in their game against Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the German ProB (third division). Njoya Nken cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points. His team was edged 82-79. Njoya Nken has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.9apg. He has also Canadian passport.

   #8. Jacques Wampfler (194-F-83) couldn't help SPO Rouen in their game against Aix-Maurienne in the French ProB (second division). Wampfler cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 89-98. This year Wampfler averages just 1.2ppg in the five games. He has also French citizenship.



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London Lightning win National Basketball League title - by Eurobasket News

DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) scored 28 points and had four rebounds and five assists on Sunday to lead the London Lightning to a 116-92 victory over the Halifax Rainmen in the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada championship series.

The Lightning win the best-of-five series 3-2.

Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) was named playoff MVP while scoring 22 points and pulling down nine rebounds for London. Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) had 20 points and seven assists for the Lightning.

Christoph Hagensieker (6'6''-F/C-80) led Halifax with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.

'What a great finish to an outstanding championship series, outstanding playoffs and an exciting regular season', NBL Canada commissioner John Kennedy said in a statement. 'I know I speak for the entire league, when I say were very pleased with the success weve had this year and look forward to even bigger accomplishments in the future.'

Londons head coach Michael Ray Richardson was named coach of the year after leading the Lightning to a 28-8 record.

'It was a great game with an incredible crowd, what we did was protect our home court and its an unbelievable feeling', Richardson said.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com



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

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

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas). He led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the New Jersey Nets (16-34) 105-100 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Thompson was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's third season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 17-28 record this season. It's Thompson's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 43.2% and FT: 52.1% in the 39 games he played so far. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara). He contributed to a 2-point Phoenix Suns' victory against the Indiana Pacers (28-19) 113-111 in the NBA last Friday. Nash recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 17 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). The Phoenix Suns have 24-24 record this season. Nash is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Suns' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nash averages: 13.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.2apg, 2FGP: 59.3%(181-305), 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 88.0%. He played for the Canadian national team in 2003.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall), who plays in the NBA. Dalembert could not help the Houston Rockets (26-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Houston Rockets were edged in an overtime 101-99 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. Dalembert scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 28 minutes. This year Dalembert has relatively solid stats: 8.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 52.6% and FT: 81.8% in the 49 games. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert played for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #4. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) was the major contributor in a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the leader Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) 80-65 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Landry scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Landry has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #5. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) was the main contributor in Leiden's victory against the closely-ranked Nijmegen (16-10) 85-73 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Wednesday night's game. Shepherd was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Shepherd's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (20-6) is placed second in the Eredivisie. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Shepherd's stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 21 games. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Carl English
Carl English
   #6. Guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Cajasol (13-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite English's very good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It's English's first season with the team. English's overall stats this year are: 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #7. International center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV) contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (16-32) 88-73 in the NBA on Friday night. Anthony scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 18 minutes. The Miami Heat has a very good 35-11 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Anthony has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 3.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4bpg in the 45 games. Anthony is also Canadian national team player.

Jermaine Anderson
Jermaine Anderson
   #8. Guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) contributed to Buducnost's victory against the leader Valencia Basket (6-0) 75-71 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Anderson recorded 15 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (3-3) is placed second. Anderson's stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Brady Heslip
Brady Heslip
   #9. International guard Brady Heslip (187-90) contributed to an Baylor's surprising victory against the University of Colorado (6-12) 80-63 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3 last Saturday. Heslip scored 27 points (!!!) in 39 minutes. The Baylor University has a solid 10-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. And now that game is very crucial. Heslip averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg in the 13 games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
   #10. Center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to secure a victory for Energa Czarni (2-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Morrison's good performance the fifth-placed Energa Czarni was defeated 82-69 on their home court in Slupsk by the higher-ranked Anwil (#4) in the Group A. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Morrison is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3bpg. Morrison is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) faced previously mentioned Jevohn Shepherd in the Dutch Eredivisie last game. Bekkering, who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie couldn't help Nijmegen (16-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nijmegen lost 73-85 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Leiden. Bekkering was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Bekkering is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This year he has very good stats: 11.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 18 games. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, also represented by Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Utah) contributed to a Science City Jena's victory against the 12th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule 76-66 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Kepkay scored 24 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season he has very high stats. Kepkay averages: 15.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) helped Sigma Barcellona win their game against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA 87-76 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Martin scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. This year his total stats are: 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3spg in the 24 games. Martin used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former University international guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) helped CSM Bucuresti win their game against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 110-59 in a derby game in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Gallimore recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gallimore is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Gallimore averages: 17.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former University international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) helped Hannover Tigers win their game against the fifth-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets 94-85 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Doerksen had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. Doerksen is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league with 22.6ppg. He also averaged so far 7.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg in the 29 games. Doerksen used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (28-22) 104-87 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He scored 14 points and added 5 passes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 32-14 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bonner has been at the team for six years. Bonner has reliable stats this season: 7.2ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) led his Lebanese team Al Riyadi to a victory over the league leader Champville (6-0) crushing them 93-67 in the Division A on Tuesday night. El Turk was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (4-0) is placed first in the Division A. So far his team won all four games in the Semi-Finals. El Turk has been at the team for eight years. El Turk's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite El Turk's Canadian passport, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team and is not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #3. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) was the major contributor in an overtime BK Pardubice's victory against the second-ranked BK Prostejov (24-9) 81-79 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Muirhead scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BK JIP Pardubice (22-11) is placed fourth in A1 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Muirhead averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He has also Jamaican nationality.

   #4. Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Division A game. Kanaan contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Champville (24-9) crushing them 93-67. He scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. Kanaan averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 31 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite Kanaan's Canadian nationality, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team and cannot be called to the Canadian team.

   #5. Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) was the main contributor in a BK Usti nad Labem's victory against the fourth-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (16-22) 89-80 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Gottselig scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (14-24) is placed fifth in A2 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Gottselig is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 12.4ppg and 8.0rpg.

   #6. Andrew Wedemire (198-G/F), who plays in the British BBL could not help one of league's weakest teams Glasgow Rocks (12-13) in their last game. Despite Wedemire's good performance Glasgow Rocks was badly defeated 76-56 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Wedemire also added 5 assists in 35 minutes. He averaged so far 10.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg in the 27 games.

   #7. Experienced Galen Young (198-F-75, college: Charlotte) contributed to a Bay Hawks' victory against the seventh-ranked Taranaki MA 89-80 in the New Zealand NBL in Friday night's game. Young recorded 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Young is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). He has very solid stats this season: 10.3ppg, 7.8rpg and 5.0apg. Young is a naturalized American.

   #8. Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) was not able to help the Iowa St. in their game against the University of Kentucky in the NCAA National Tournament Round 3. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 87-71. Ejim averaged so far 10.3ppg, 7.8rpg and 5.0apg in the four games.

   #9. Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to secure a victory for ETB Wohnbau (12-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance ETB Wohnbau lost 64-69 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Gloria Giants. Kapelan was the second best scorer with 16 points in 22 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kapelan averages: 17.6ppg and 2.3rpg in the eight games. He has both Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities. Despite Kapelan's Canadian passport, he currently plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #10. Jasonn Hannibal (208-C, college: Portland) helped Polzela win their game against the fourth-ranked Geoplin Slovan 90-74 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. Hannibal recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 5.1rpg.



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

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (3-3) crushing them 93-73 in the Euroleague in Tuesday night's game. Sato recorded 6 points in 15 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) is placed first. This year Sato averages: 8.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 69.6% in the 18 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Mays could not help Mersin (12-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Mersin was defeated 93-79 at home by the lower-ranked Karsiyaka (#6). Mays scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Mays has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 67.2%. He is a naturalized American. Mays is in the roster of the Central African senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Central Africa.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79). Zianveni was not able to help Strasbourg IG (10-13) in their game against Le Mans (15-8) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 19 minutes. Strasbourg IG lost 69-83 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Le Mans. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.3rpg and FT: 45.3% in the 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Zianveni is also a member of the Central African senior national team.

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #4. Forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) was not able to secure a victory for Le Puy ASMB (4-23) in their game against Chartres (11-16) in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season Gotagni has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He is also Central African national team player.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #5. Former international forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia) couldn't help JA Vichy (7-20) in their game against ALM Evreux (13-14) in the French ProB (second division). Dondon scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. JA Vichy was crushed 75-53 in Evreux by the much higher-ranked (#9) ALM Evreux. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Dondon's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.9rpg in the 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Dondon used to play for the Central African national team nine years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Max Kouguere (198-F-87) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78) plays for Orchesien BC in French NM1
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for Get Vosges in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2

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



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  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. Marbury, Beijing26.6 
 10. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
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. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 10. Singleton, Guando.12.0 
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. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 4. Marbury, Beijing6.2 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.7 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
 9. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 2. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 3. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 5. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.3 
 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 


Beijing lost at 3rd Game - by Robert Wang

The third games of finals just finished tonoght. Guangdong beat Beijing at 111:93 at home. James Singleton got 21 pts with 3-3% 3-pts and 19 rebounds. Brooks received 30 pts, 6-8% 3-pts, 5 assists. The local Chinese players forward Zhu Fangyu got 26, 4-8% 3-pts.Chen Jiang hua got 7 pts.
In Beijing team, S Marbury got 39pts, 4 turnovers. Randolph Morris got 29 pts, 14 rebounds, 3 steals.Li Xue lini got 7 pts.



Guangdong Beats Beijing and Trails Finals 2-1 - by Arthur Volbert

Brooks Aaron (183-PG-85, college: Oregon) had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists as Guangdong blew out Beijing 111-93. Beijing still leads the CBA finals 2 games to 1. Guangdong needed to win this home game to stay in contention.

Zhu Fangyu had 26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks for Guangdong. James Singleton had 21 points and 19 rebounds. Li Yuanyu, a 206 cm widebody listed as born in 1991 and a star at the World University Games, had 12 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in 24 minutes. The little-used Li took playing time from Guangdong's lumbering seven-footers, Su Wei and Wang Zheng. Zhou Peng had 9 points before fouling out in 27 minutes. Chen Jianghua had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Stephon Marbury had 39 points and 3 assists for Beijing. Randolph Morris had 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Zhai Xiaochuan had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 8. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 7 points and 5 rebounds in 45 minutes.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cedevita 2-0 
 2. Cibona 2-0 
 3. KK Zagreb CO 2-0 
 4. KK Split 1-1 
 5. Zadar 1-1 
 6. Zabok 0-2 
 7. Jolly 0-2 
 8. Svjetlost 0-2 
Play-Out
 1. Alkar Sinj 7-4 
 2. Kvarner 2010 7-4 
 3. Krizevci 6-5 
 4. Borik 5-6 
 5. Darda 5-6 
 6. Dubrovnik 3-8 

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Mar. 24: Zabok - KK Zagreb CO 99-100 OT
Mar. 25: Cibona - Jolly 95-75
Mar. 24: KK Split - Zadar 79-73
Mar. 25: Svjetlost - Cedevita 70-95

Play-Out

Mar. 24: Kvarner 2010 - Darda 83-74
Mar. 24: Alkar Sinj - Dubrovnik 81-78
Mar. 24: Krizevci - Borik 68-59

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Mar. 28: Cedevita - Cibona
Mar. 27: Zadar - Svjetlost
Mar. 27: KK Zagreb CO - KK Split
Mar. 27: Jolly - Zabok

Play-Out

Mar. 27: Dubrovnik - Darda
Mar. 27: Borik - Kvarner 2010
Mar. 27: Alkar Sinj - Krizevci


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.2 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.1 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 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. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.7 
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. Kruslin, Zabok2.6 
 9. Sobin, KK Split2.6 
 10. Tomas, 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. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 7. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 8. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 9. Tomas, Zabok1.5 
 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 


A1: Round 2 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in A1. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.



Group Championship
D: 171790

Cibona - Jolly 95-75
The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Jolly was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jolly.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Barbour 19+5reb+3ast, M.Rozic 11+1ast, G.Suton 11+13reb, K.El-Amin 10+1reb, H.Kovacevic 10+1reb+2ast, D.Rudez 9+3reb+4ast
Jolly: R.Ross 18+6reb+6ast, M.Mrva 13+5reb+2ast, H.Puljko 12+3reb+1ast, L.Katura 8+1reb, D.Vrsaljko 8+10reb, I.Salamun 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 171791


Svjetlost - Cedevita 70-95
The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Cedevita outrebounded Svjetlost 39-20 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Svjetlost.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 28+11reb+3ast, T.Petrovic 15+1reb, D.Draper 10+7reb+1ast, L.Warren 10+2reb+2ast, M.Bazdaric 8+1reb+9ast, M.Car 8+4reb+2ast
Svjetlost: A.Stimac 23+7reb, P.Barac 17+3reb+4ast, L.Samadan 11+3reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 10+5reb+3ast, M.Batina 5+1reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 4+1reb
gschID: 171792


Zabok - KK Zagreb CO 99-100 OT
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 20+7reb+1ast, P.Babic 17+3reb+4ast, D.Markota 15+3reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 11+2reb+1ast, D.Saric 8+5reb, A.Masic 8+4reb+1ast
Zabok: F.Kraljevic 38+12reb+1ast, D.Basic 28+3reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 11+4reb+7ast, L.Pesut 8+4reb, R.Lez 6+3reb+2ast, S.Jankovic 6+1reb+4ast

gschID: 171789
KK Split - Zadar 79-73

Group Play-Out
Alkar Sinj - Dubrovnik 81-78

Very predictable result when first ranked Alkar Sinj (7-4) edged at home 6th ranked Dubrovnik (3-8) 81-78 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Dubrovnik was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Alkar Sinj, which allowed them to win the game. Dubrovnik was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Franjo Bubalo (194-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dubrovnik. Alkar Sinj have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Play-Out with 7-4 record, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Dubrovnik lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Alkar Sinj will face Krizevci (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dubrovnik will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: F.Bubalo 19+3reb+3ast, N.Gaurina 17+5reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 14+10reb+3ast, R.Rogic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Modric 6+5reb, J.Lozancic 5+3reb
Dubrovnik: T.Bizaca 24+10reb+1ast, L.Petkovic 19+1reb+4ast, M.Hajdic 10+8reb+1ast, I.Begic 7+4reb+1ast, A.Ostric 6+3reb, N.Dosen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 171846


Krizevci - Borik 68-59

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Krizevci and one of their biggest challengers Borik Puntamika had identical 5-5 record. This time Krizevci used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Zadar 68-59 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borik Puntamika won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krizevci made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Krizevci outrebounded Borik Puntamika 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) contributed with 5 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mario Pesut (-90) replied with 20 points and Marijan Cakarun (-90) added 13 points in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Krizevci have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Play-Out. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Krizevci will face league's leader Alkar Sinj on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play against the league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Grgat 25+8reb, I.Mikulic 8+3reb+2ast, F.Gacesa 7+1reb+1ast, I.Svoboda 6, L.Zitko 5+7reb+2ast, M.Zrnic 5+3reb
Borik: M.Pesut 20+3reb, M.Cakarun 13+3reb+2ast, L.Drezga 7+5reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 6+8reb, R.Jurlina 6+1reb, P.Maric 3+1ast
gschID: 171847


Kvarner 2010 - Darda 83-74

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Kvarner 2010 (7-4) defeated 5th ranked Vrijednosnice OS (5-6) in Rijeka 83-74 on Saturday. Vrijednosnice OS trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-83 at the end of the game. Forward Dino Cinac (198-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87, agency: Court Side) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Vrijednosnice OS. Kvarner 2010 keeps a position of Play-Out leader, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Vrijednosnice OS lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Kvarner 2010 will face Borik Puntamika (#4) in Zadar in the next round. Vrijednosnice OS will play on the road against Dubrovnik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: J.Blajic 17+4reb+5ast, D.Cinac 13+15reb+2ast, M.Ceskovic 12+1reb+4ast, M.Juricic 10+1reb, T.Simovic 9+4reb, M.Kucan 9+2ast
Darda: V.Budimir 22+5reb+1ast, L.Panduric 14+4reb+3ast, M.Peraica 14+9reb+3ast, A.Bicvic 9+5reb+2ast, I.Milenkovic 8+5reb+1ast, D.Meznaric 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171848



Roko-Leni Ukic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84). He was the major contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the closely-ranked Aliaga (11-13) 85-74 in the Turkish TBL in Friday night's game. Ukic scored 18 points and added 6 passes in 31 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (18-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Ukic has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 66.7% in the 16 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Marko Banic
Marko Banic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Marko Banic (205-84). Banic led Gescrap BB to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Cajasol (13-13) 110-108 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (14-12) is placed seventh in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Banic's sixth season with the team. This year Banic has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 60.6%(126-208), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 89.2%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Andric could not help Galatasaray (20-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Galatasaray lost 82-92 at home to the much lower-ranked (#14) Antalya. Andric was the top scorer with 15 points in 23 minutes. This year Andric's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(73-123) and FT: 72.3% in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #4. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) led Unicaja Malaga to a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (14-12) 72-60 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Zoric scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Unicaja Malaga (14-12) is placed sixth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. It's Zoric's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg and 4.2rpg. Zoric is also Croatian national team player.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #5. International guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Rudupis (12-8) 85-67 in the Baltic League last Friday. He scored 11 points and added 3 passes in only a mere 13 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (0-0) is placed in the Baltic League. Popovic's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in the two games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #6. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) contributed to Khimky's victory against the leader Lokomotiv (4-2) 81-72 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Loncar recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-1) is placed second. Loncar's stats this season are: 12.6ppg and 4.2rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago.

Ivan Siriscevic
Ivan Siriscevic
   #7. Former U20 international swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) led Timisoara to a victory over the ninth-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-13) crushing them 94-68 in the Romanian Division A in Sunday night's game. Siriscevic was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. BC Timisoara (20-5) is placed first in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Siriscevic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team five years ago.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #8. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) was the main contributor in Helios' victory against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-1) 75-61 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Pasalic was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Helios Domzale (1-0) is placed first in Championship Group. Pasalic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg and 5.8rpg. Pasalic used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #9. International center Ante Tomic (217-87) was not able to help Real Madrid (20-6) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (15-11) in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. Real Madrid lost 90-98 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Lagun Aro GBC. This year Tomic's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #10. Forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Luka Zoric. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Peric was not able to secure a victory for Unicaja Malaga (14-12) in their game against Caja Laboral (19-7). He recorded 9 points and blocked 2 blocks in 20 minutes. But Unicaja Malaga was crushed 90-68 in Vitoria by the higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Peric has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 25 games. He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. Former U21 international center Bruno Sundov (221-80, also represented by Alti Sport) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven 87-80 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Sundov recorded 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sundov is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. This season he has very good stats: 12.4ppg and 5.4rpg. Sundov used to play for the Croatian U21 national team twelve years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Drago Pasalic and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Bubnic helped Helios win their game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur 75-61. He scored 13 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in only a mere 9 minutes. Bubnic averaged so far 12.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4apg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

   #13. Former U20 international center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side) helped Geoplin Slovan edge in an overtime the second-ranked Maribor Messer 88-87 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Thursday. Djugum recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Djugum is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 12.3ppg and 7.7rpg. Djugum used to play for the Croatian U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. However that was another game of his team in Lithuanian LKL which brought him to that list. Delas helped Zalgiris win their game against the sixth-ranked Baltai Kaunas crushing them 83-62 in a derby game. He recorded 6 points in only 11 minutes. It was his first game for Zalgiris this season. Delas used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2009.

   #15. An experienced former international center Jurica Zuza (207-78, another player represented by Alti Sport), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Tofas (11-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Tofas was defeated 70-58 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Zuza was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Zuza averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Air Avellino (13-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Golemac's good performance Air Avellino was defeated 89-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#5). He recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Golemac averaged so far 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Croatian. Despite Golemac's Croatian passport, he previously played for the Slovenian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #2. Marin Petric (190-G-80), who plays in the German ProA (second division) was not able to help Gloria Giants (14-13) in their last game. Despite Petric's very good performance Gloria Giants lost 80-85 in Cuxhaven to the lower-ranked (#13) BasCats. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Petric also added 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Petric averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games he played so far. He has also German citizenship.

   #3. Ante Bilobrk (203-SF-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led Rilski Sportist to a victory against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol (13-10) 81-75 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Bilobrk scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Rilski Sportist Samokov (15-8) is placed third in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bilobrk has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #4. Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Siarka Jezioro (14-18) crushing them 92-72 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and making the same number of passes. Milicic also added 6 rebounds. AZS Koszalin (16-16) is placed second in Group B. Milicic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in AZS Koszalin's roster. He is currently fourth on the list of best passers. Milicic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.1apg. He has also Polish citizenship.

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

   #6. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) contributed to a 2-point Givova Scafati's victory against the 11th-ranked Assi Ostuni 71-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Radulovic is currently fifth on the list of best blockers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very solid stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 2.8spg in the 24 games. Radulovic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Italian. Despite his Croatian nationality, Radulovic previously played for the Italian national team and probably cannot be called to the Croatian team.

   #7. Nikica Sljuka (187-G-87) was the major contributor in Olimpi's victory against one of league's weakest teams Batumi 103-85 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game. He recorded 16 points. Sljuka averaged so far 14.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.3apg.

   #8. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency), who plays in the Austrian A Bundesliga couldn't help BC Vienna (11-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed BC Vienna lost 91-95 in Traiskirchen to the lower-ranked (#4) Arkadia Lions in the Group B. Stazic was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 9 rebounds, 8 assists and made 2 blocks in 40 minutes. Stazic is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Stazic averages: 26.1ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. He has both Croatian and Austrian nationalities. Despite Stazic's Croatian passport, he previously played for the Austrian national team.

   #9. Igor Maric (196-F-85, agency: PEPI SPORT) couldn't help Sentjur in their game against Helios in the Slovenian Telemach League. Maric was the second best scorer with 8 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. His team lost 61-75. Maric is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers with 14.2ppg. This year he also averages: 6.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in the 19 games.

   #10. Martin Mihajlovic (208-C-81) contributed to an overtime Monthey's victory against the league leader Lugano Tigers 87-85 in the Swiss LNA on Wednesday night. Mihajlovic recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. He has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg. Mihajlovic has also Slovenian nationality.



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  CYPRUS   


Mandache and Kojadinovic send Keravnos at the final - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

We have talked quite a few times as to how the Tendex Score has many faults and cannot constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player.

As we have noted, in the formula, aspects like leadership, ability of a player to mark his opponent effectively, confidence, running the drills and many other characteristics are not calculated.

Well, this is what happened at game 5 of the Cyprus semi-finals between Keravnos and Aek.

Andrei Mandache and Feliks Kojadinovic had their best game since landing on the island and helped Keravnos to an important victory.

With Moore on the bench with three early fouls, Mandache took it upon himself and sent Keravnos at the final. Indeed Mandache had confidence, he run the team very well and was very good defensively. He also added 13 points.

Kojadinovic did all the dirty work giving 6 assists and making 3 steals.

Most of their work is not marked anywhere on the statistical paper.

About the game

The 1st two quarters were equal with the two contenders finishing half pretty much tied, 35-32. During the 3rd quarter Keravnos came in strong, seemed more determined and fueled by back-to-back turnovers and bad choices by Aek took the lead for good.

During this time Aek has not shown patience was not concentrated indeed making a few bad choices. Keravnos responded with consecutive fast breaks and slowly-slowly opened the lead.

Keravnos had a total of 17 assists, well above its usual average (12) and 10 steals (usual average 6).

We need to mention that during the last two games Keravnos dominated in the 3-quarters. Keravnos had an 11-28 against Aek in Game 4 in Larnaka and 30-15 in Game 5 in Strovolos.

In the loosing squad, Subotic, who had an amazing year, finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Well done!!



At the Finals, Keravnos will battle against Etha. Finals begin on Wednesday the 28th at Strovolos Indoor Arena.



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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 24-14 
 2. Levice 17-21 
 3. Chomutov 16-22 
 4. Svitavy 16-22 
 5. Usti n/Labem 14-24 
 6. Inter Bratislava 10-28 
 7. Plzen 9-29 
 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. 25: Usti n/Labem - Plzen 92-90
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. 25: Inter Bratislava - NH Ostrava 74-93
Mar. 21: Levice - Svitavy 69-76
Mar. 24: B&W Opava - Levice 60-87

Second Stage: Round 8

A1

Mar. 31: USK Praha - BK Prostejov
Mar. 31: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin
Mar. 31: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin

A2

Mar. 28: B&W Opava - Svitavy
Mar. 28: Levice - Inter Bratislava
Mar. 28: NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem
Mar. 28: Plzen - Chomutov
Mar. 31: Svitavy - Plzen
Mar. 31: Chomutov - NH Ostrava
Mar. 31: Usti n/Labem - Levice
Mar. 31: Inter Bratislava - B&W Opava


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.18.7 
 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.8.0 
 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. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Sotnar, USK Praha4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.5 
 7. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 8. Pope, Chomutov4.0 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Ames, BC Kolin3.9 
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. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 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. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 4. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.2 
 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 


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

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

Jiri Welsch
Jiri Welsch
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jiri Welsch (201-80). Welsch was the major contributor in a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the fifth-ranked Leuven Bears (12-10) crushing them 85-61 in the Belgian D1 last Saturday. He recorded 15 points. Belgacom Spirou (16-6) is placed first in the D1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Welsch averages: 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 67.5%. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Tomas Hampl (215-88). Hampl contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Helios (7-19) 87-72 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 9 minutes. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (13-13) is placed seventh in group A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Hampl's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 75.0% in the seven games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Lubos Barton
Lubos Barton
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Lubos Barton (202-80, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB. Barton could not help one of league's weakest teams FIATC Joventut (11-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut was defeated 81-73 at home by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (#12). Barton was the top scorer with 14 points. Barton's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16), 3FGP: 16.0%. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #4. Forward Jan Vesely (211-90) was not able to help the Washington Wizards (11-36) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (29-20) in the NBA. Vesely scored 5 points in 15 minutes. The Washington Wizards were edged 95-92 on the road by the Hawks. This year Vesely's total stats are: 3.0ppg and 3.2rpg in the 38 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #5. Former international guard David Jelinek (196-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Barton. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which we would like to mention. Jelinek was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (11-15) in their game against Blusens Monbus (9-17). He scored 8 points. FIATC Joventut was defeated 73-60 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). Jelinek has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #6. Guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91) couldn't help Cajasol (13-13) in their game against Gescrap BB (14-12) in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 on their home court in Sevilla by the higher-ranked (#7) Gescrap BB. Satoransky has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 26 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team two years ago.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #7. International guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) couldn't help Otto Caserta (10-14) in their game against Armani Milano (14-10) in the Italian SerieA. Kudlacek recorded 5 points. Otto Caserta was defeated 95-89 in Milano by the much higher-ranked Armani (#6). It was Otto Caserta's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Kudlacek averages only 4.1ppg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ondrej Kohout
Ondrej Kohout
   #8. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) contributed to a Fontedoso Carrefour's victory against the closely-ranked Feve Oviedo (6-14) 68-57 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Kohout scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (8-12) is placed ninth in the LEB Silver. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kohout has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 4.3rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic U20 national team.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #9. An experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) managed to help Grupo Iruna Navarra in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Girona FC (18-8) 69-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Starosta scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Grupo Iruna Navarra (5-21) is placed first in the LEB Gold. Starosta is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.8rpg. He also averaged so far 11.8ppg in the 29 games. Starosta used to play for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Tomas Voslajer
Tomas Voslajer
   #10. Center Tomas Voslajer (212-90) couldn't help Prievidza (22-10) in their game against Levice (14-18) in the Slovakian Extraliga. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Voslajer scored only 2 points. Prievidza was edged 80-77 on their home court in Prievidza by the lower-ranked Levice (#7). It was Prievidza's first loss after three consecutive victories. Voslajer has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg. He is university international player who is currently on the Czech Republic National Team roster.

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

   #1. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) led Olimpi to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Batumi (2-15) 103-85 in the Georgian Superleague in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Hoger had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 20 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (14-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hoger is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.2rpg. He also averaged so far 13.6ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in the 15 games he played so far.

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

   #3. David Steffel (212-C/F-85) contributed to Rovinari's victory against the 13th-ranked Giurgiu (7-19) 79-71 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (13-11) is placed eighth in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Steffel is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.3rpg. He also averaged so far 13.7ppg and 1.7apg in the 23 games.

   #4. Martin Ides (217-C-80, college: Davidson), who plays in the German ProA (second division) could not help NBC (11-15) to beat USC Heidelberg (11-9). Ides scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in only 13 minutes. NBC was edged 96-93 at home by the much higher-ranked (#4) USC Heidelberg. It was NBC's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Ides has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.6rpg in the 23 games. He has also German citizenship.



NBL Round 7 (Second Stage): #1 CEZ Nymburk is defeated by BK Prostejov - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked CEZ Nymburk (30-2) on the court of second ranked BK Prostejov on Friday night. Visitors were edged by BK Prostejov 83-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of CEZ Nymburk. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in A1. CEZ Nymburk was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 30-25 charge of BK Prostejov, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 23 points. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas, agency: Two Points) responded with 24 points and 4 assists. BK Prostejov maintains second place in A1 with 24-9 record having five point less than leader NH Ostrava. Defending champion CEZ Nymburk still keeps top position with two games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Decin (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Svitavy. Fourth ranked Levharti Chomutov (16-22) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Basketbal Svitavy (16-22) 92-91 in the fight for the third place. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) who led the winners and scored 26 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). Patrick Pope accounted for 15 points and 7 assists. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Basketbal Svitavy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with Svitavy. Levharti Chomutov will play against league's leader NH Ostrava at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Loko Plzen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Chomutov between Levharti Chomutov and BK Usti nad Labem. Fourth ranked Levharti Chomutov (16-22) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-24). Levharti Chomutov managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 on Wednesday evening. Rob Lowery fired 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Thaddeus McFadden produced 23 points and 4 assists for lost side. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with Svitavy. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 24 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home league's leader NH Ostrava in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Usti nad Labem will play against the league's second-placed Levice (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Sixth-ranked USK Praha (15-17) gave a tough game to fifth ranked BC Kolin (22-21). BC Kolin managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Rashaan Ames who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. BC Kolin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place in A1 with 22-21 record. USK Praha lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Pardubice (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USK Praha will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov.
Seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (9-29) gave a tough game to fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-24) on Sunday. BK Usti nad Labem managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for Thaddeus McFadden who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points. BK Loko Plzen's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth place in A2 with 14-24 record. Loser BK Loko Plzen keeps the seventh position with 29 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Loko Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#4).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7:
In A1 BK Pardubice lost to BK Decin on the opponent's court 65-73.
In A2 Levice unfortunately lost to Svitavy in a home game 69-76. B&W Opava recorded a loss to NH Ostrava on the road 71-80. Plzen defeated Inter Bratislava on its own court 76-71. NH Ostrava smashed Inter Bratislava in a road game 93-74. B&W Opava was destroyed by Levice at home 60-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 10 rebounds by Ladislav Toth of Plzen.


Group A1
BK Prostejov - CEZ Nymburk 83-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked CEZ Nymburk (30-2) on the court of second ranked BK Prostejov on Friday night. Visitors were edged by BK Prostejov 83-81. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of CEZ Nymburk. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in A1. CEZ Nymburk was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 30-25 charge of BK Prostejov, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) helped adding 23 points. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas, agency: Two Points) responded with 24 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BK Prostejov maintains second place in A1 with 24-9 record having five point less than leader NH Ostrava. Defending champion CEZ Nymburk still keeps top position with two games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face USK Praha (#6) on the road in the next round. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Decin (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Abrams 24+4reb+4ast, R.Necas 18+5reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 13+3reb+2ast, P.Benda 11+8reb, A.Naymick 9+4reb, L.Sokolovsky 3+2reb+2ast
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 23+4reb, P.Slezak 18+3reb+1ast, T.Peterson 11+5reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 10+13reb+4ast, M.Venta 9+2reb+2ast, D.Pandula 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 168596


BC Kolin - USK Praha 97-95

Sixth-ranked USK Praha (15-17) gave a tough game to fifth ranked BC Kolin (22-21). BC Kolin managed to secure only two-point victory 97-95. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. His fellow American import guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) answered with 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) added 18 points in the effort for USK Praha. BC Kolin have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place in A1 with 22-21 record. USK Praha lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Pardubice (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USK Praha will play against the league's second-placed BK Prostejov.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 36+8reb+2ast, V.Hruban 18+4reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 16+4reb+3ast, S.Votroubek 7+11reb, M.Vocetka 6+3reb, J.Slavik 6+3reb+1ast
BC Kolin: D.Machac 18+6reb+1ast, C.Barnes 15+10reb+1ast, R.Marko 14+1reb+4ast, R.Ames 14+7reb+7ast, J.Jelinek 13+3reb, S.Licartovsky 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168594


BK Decin - BK Pardubice 73-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked BK Decin and 4th placed BK Pardubice had identical 22-10 record. This time BK Decin used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pardubice 73-65 on Saturday night. BK Decin made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. BK Decin outrebounded BK Pardubice 42-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. BK Pardubice was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) responded with 11 points and 8 rebounds and the former international power forward Zbynek Pospisil (205-81) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin maintains third place in A1 with 23-10 record behind leader NH Ostrava. Loser BK Pardubice keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. BK Decin will face league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pardubice will play against BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: Z.Pospisil 15+6reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 11+8reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 10+6reb+2ast, M.Carnecky 10+5reb+2ast, M.Hampton 7, T.Toth 3+2reb+2ast
BK Decin: L.Stria 21+8reb+3ast, L.Sanders 14+7reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 9+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 6+1reb+2ast, M.Soukup 6+5reb+1ast, A.Alic 5+3reb
gschID: 168595


Group A2
Levice - Svitavy 69-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Basketbal Svitavy (16-22) defeated on the road their biggest opponent Levice (17-21) 76-69 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for guard Tomas Teply (190-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard David Marek (188-85, college: S.Utah) responded with 14 points and American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) scored 8 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy maintains third place in A2 with 16-22 record having eight points less than leader NH Ostrava, which they share with Chomutov. Loser Levice keeps the second position with 21 games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will face BK Loko Plzen (#7) at home in the next round. Levice will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#5).
Top scorers:
Levice: D.Marek 14+2reb+2ast, M.Bernard 10+3reb, K.Bridgewaters 8+3reb+3ast, J.Moravek 8+2reb, A.Waleskowski 7+6reb, R.Urland 7+2reb
Svitavy: T.Teply 21+3ast, P.Mroz 15+6reb, B.Meno 13+6reb, R.Kramny 7+10reb, L.Horak 5+1reb, P.Milos 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 168642


NH Ostrava - B&W Opava 80-71

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked B&W Opava (8-30) was defeated on the road by first ranked NH Ostrava (24-14) 80-71 on Wednesday. B&W Opava trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 19-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-80 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Luettgerodt is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. B&W Opava's coach David Klapetek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. NH Ostrava have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2 with 24-14 record. Loser B&W Opava keeps the eighth position with 30 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Levharti Chomutov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. B&W Opava will play against Inter Bratislava (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 18+8reb+2ast, J.Sirina 16+4reb+4ast, Z.Gudelj 12+1reb, P.Dokoupil 11+1reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 10+5reb, P.Strnisko 2+4reb
NH Ostrava: S.Manousos 21+7reb+4ast, R.Luettgerodt 16+5reb+3ast, L.Jurecka 13+2reb+1ast, J.Hughes 10+4reb, D.Wright 10+6reb+3ast, M.Gniadek 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 168643


Plzen - Inter Bratislava 76-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (9-29) beat at home 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (10-28) 76-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BK Loko Plzen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Inter Bratislava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds and Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). BK Loko Plzen maintains seventh place in A2 with 9-29 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the sixth position with 28 games lost. BK Loko Plzen will face higher ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: M.Pesic 23+8reb, E.Ubilla 16+5reb+2ast, S.Gavran 13+6reb, M.Trivunovic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Kuffa 6+6reb, M.Zilik 4+5reb+1ast
Plzen: S.Vrubl 18+2reb+3ast, L.Pecka 12+8reb+1ast, M.Kozlik 11+6reb+3ast, L.Toth 9+4reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 9+5reb, J.Suchy 8+2reb
gschID: 168644


Chomutov - Usti n/Labem 82-80

A very close game took place in Chomutov between Levharti Chomutov and BK Usti nad Labem. Fourth ranked Levharti Chomutov (16-22) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-24). Levharti Chomutov managed to escape with a 2-point win 82-80 on Wednesday evening. BK Usti nad Labem trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-82 at the end of the game. American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) fired 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) produced 23 points and 4 assists and Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-87) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with Svitavy. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 24 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet at home league's leader NH Ostrava in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Usti nad Labem will play against the league's second-placed Levice (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 23+2reb+4ast, T.Gottselig 19+8reb, S.Reinberger 9+3reb, J.Holanda 8+3reb+2ast, B.Reese 8+7reb, J.Tyrna 7+3reb
Chomutov: P.Pope 23+3reb+4ast, R.Lowery 21+4reb+7ast, J.Krakovic 18+5reb+1ast, Z.Hanzlik 9+5reb+1ast, V.Sucharda 6+8reb+1ast, J.Stepanek 2
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Svitavy - Chomutov 91-92

Important game to mention about took place in Svitavy. Fourth ranked Levharti Chomutov (16-22) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Basketbal Svitavy (16-22) 92-91 in the fight for the third place. Basketbal Svitavy was ahead by 15 points after three quarters before a 31-15 charge of Levharti Chomutov, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Basketbal Svitavy turnovers. Strangely Basketbal Svitavy outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 39-22 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) who led the winners and scored 26 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). His fellow American import guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) accounted for 15 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson, agency: Two Points) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard Michael Deloach (183-86, college: Norfolk St.) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Four Levharti Chomutov and five Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Levharti Chomutov moved-up to third place in A2, which they share with Svitavy. Levharti Chomutov will play against league's leader NH Ostrava at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Loko Plzen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 22+10reb+5ast, T.Macela 19+2reb+2ast, J.Spacek 13+4reb+1ast, M.Deloach 11+7reb+6ast, T.Teply 10+1reb+1ast, R.Kramny 10+6reb
Chomutov: R.Lowery 26+1reb+7ast, J.Krakovic 18+5reb+1ast, P.Pope 15+3reb+7ast, V.Sucharda 14+5reb+1ast, Z.Hanzlik 8+5reb+2ast, P.Hemmy 7+1reb
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Usti n/Labem - Plzen 92-90

Seventh-ranked BK Loko Plzen (9-29) gave a tough game to fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (14-24) on Sunday. BK Usti nad Labem managed to secure only two-point victory 92-90. However their fans expected easier game. The game without a history. BK Usti nad Labem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Usti nad Labem outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 42-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. BK Loko Plzen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points. His fellow American import forward Brad Reese (198-88, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) helped adding 11 points and 9 rebounds. Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the losing side the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) responded with 17 points and 8 assists and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four BK Usti nad Labem and five BK Loko Plzen players scored in double figures. BK Loko Plzen's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains fifth place in A2 with 14-24 record. Loser BK Loko Plzen keeps the seventh position with 29 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face league's second-placed Levice at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Loko Plzen will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#4).
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Pecka 18+7reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 17+4reb+8ast, J.Kovanda 12+6reb+2ast, T.Kubiznak 12+5reb+1ast, L.Toth 11+2reb+2ast, M.Kozlik 10+1reb+3ast
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 31+4reb+2ast, V.Hejl 15+2reb, S.Reinberger 12+2reb, B.Reese 11+9reb+2ast, J.Tyrna 8+11reb+1ast, T.Hruby 7+6reb
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Inter Bratislava - NH Ostrava 74-93

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Inter Bratislava (10-28) was outplayed at home by first ranked NH Ostrava (24-14) 93-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. Inter Bratislava was better in second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NH Ostrava made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. NH Ostrava's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. NH Ostrava have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place in A2 with 24-14 record. Loser Inter Bratislava keeps the sixth position with 28 games lost. NH Ostrava will face Levharti Chomutov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Inter Bratislava will play against B&W Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: J.Musil 16+1reb+1ast, M.Pesic 14+9reb+3ast, A.Kuffa 12+3reb, R.Kucsa 8+1reb+1ast, S.Gavran 8+8reb+4ast, M.Zilik 6+1reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: D.Wright 14+1reb+5ast, S.Manousos 12+12reb+2ast, M.Stuchly 12, M.Gniadek 12+2reb+2ast, R.Luettgerodt 11+4reb+1ast, L.Jurecka 9+2reb
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B&W Opava - Levice 60-87

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Levice (17-21) outleveled on the road 8th ranked B&W Opava (8-30) 87-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Levice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Levice had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Slovakian forward Richard Urland (195-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). American-German forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Court Side) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Levice players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Martin Vanak (200-87) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 15 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. Levice maintains second place in A2 with 17-21 record having seven points less than leader NH Ostrava. Loser B&W Opava keeps the eighth position with 30 games lost. Levice will face BK Usti nad Labem (#5) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava will play against Inter Bratislava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: M.Vanak 15+7reb, J.Blazek 15+3reb+1ast, M.Kolovrat 8+4reb, J.Sirina 5+1ast, P.Dokoupil 5+3reb, Z.Gudelj 4+1reb+1ast
Levice: R.Urland 21+2reb+1ast, A.Waleskowski 16+8reb, M.Sykora 14+8reb+1ast, D.Marek 10+1reb+3ast, J.Vojtek 8+2reb+1ast, J.Moravek 8+2ast
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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 10-12 
 8. Glostrup 9-13 
 9. Haderslev 8-14 
 10. Jonstrup 7-15 
 11. ALBA 6-16 
 12. Solrod 1-21 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 25: Jonstrup - Virum 98-95
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


Alan Voskuil selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He could not help Morpho Basket (10-13) in their last game. Despite Voskuil's good performance Morpho Basket was edged 69-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Enel Brindisi. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Voskuil's third season in pro basketball. It was Morpho Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Voskuil's first year with the team. Voskuil is currently seventh on the list of top scorers with 17.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 87.8% in the 23 games he played so far. Voskuil is a naturalized American. He played for the Danish senior national team three years ago. Voskuil used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Morten Sahlertz
Morten Sahlertz
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89), who plays in the Norwegian BLNO. He was not able to help Tromso (13-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sahlertz's very good performance Tromso was defeated in an overtime 91-87 at home by the lower-ranked Baerum Basket (#5). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Sahlertz also added 6 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. It's Sahlertz's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 68.1%. Sahlertz is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Esben Reinholt
Esben Reinholt
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was U18 international guard Esben Reinholt (196-93). He was not able to secure a victory for KK Split (1-1) in their game against Cedevita (2-0) in the Croatian A1. It was not Reinholt's best game last Tuesday. He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The fourth-placed KK Split was crushed 101-79 in Zagreb by the leading Cedevita in the Championship Group. This year Reinholt averages: 1.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 31.3% in the 13 games. He is also a member of the Danish U18 national team.

Thomas Laerke
Thomas Laerke
   #4. Swingman Thomas Laerke (194-91) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri (12-9) in their game against Leyma Basquet (12-8) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Laerke recorded only 4 points. Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri was crushed 72-48 in Coruna by the higher-ranked Leyma Basquet (#5). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Laerke's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Danish U20 national team player.

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

   #1. Arnar Jonsson (184-G-83) managed to help Keflavik in a victory against the ninth-ranked IR (8-14) crushing them 121-89 in the Icelandic Express League last Monday. Jonsson scored only 3 points and added 4 assists in 15 minutes. Keflavik (21-7) is placed first in the Express League. The Regular Season already ended. This year Jonsson's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the nine games he played so far.

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) plays for Torrelodones in Spanish EBA
Kim Strandlod (188-F-69) plays for Fyllingen BBK in Norwegian 1Div.
Trine Tims plays for Valence in French NM3



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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. 23-20 
 4. Erie Bay H. 23-20 
 5. Iowa E. 23-20 
 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 67

Mar. 25: Dakota W. - Erie Bay H. 87-93
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 


T.J. Ford to become Toros volunteer assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

T.J. Ford (6'0''-PG-83, college: Texas) retired earlier this month after nine injury-hampered years in the NBA. But he's not quite done with basketball.

The former point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and consensus player of the year at Texas will be announced today as a volunteer coach for the Austin Toros.

'I'll look at it from another perspective,' said Ford, 28. 'I'm really starting at the bottom. I'm not sure where I'm headed. But I'm headed in the right direction.'

The Toros, who play home games at the Cedar Park Center, are the NBA Development League team tied to the Spurs.

Ford said he plans to use his time as a Toros coach a position he compared to 'an internship' that could lead to a second profession to plan the rest of his career.

'I retired prematurely,' he said Thursday night. 'I've been around basketball my entire life. I feel I can do something. I feel I can give back to the game.'

Ford played two memorable seasons at Texas, punctuating his last with a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected the former Houston Willowridge star with the eighth pick in the 2003 draft.

He suffered a serious back injury as a rookie in 2004. He missed the end of that season and all of the next.

Ford joined the Spurs in December and appeared in 14 games. Two weeks ago, in what would be his final time in uniform, he fell face-first to the AT&T Center floor after a collision with Baron Davis in the second quarter of a game with the New York Knicks. Ford walked off the court with the help of two men.

Ford announced his retirement five days later, on March 12.

He said he wanted to quit while he still was fully able to play with his children, who are 6 and 2.

'The Spurs organization was great to me,' Ford said. 'I have a lot of knowledge that I want to share, hopefully to help someone live their dream and make it to the NBA.'

Courtesy of www.statesman.com



Spurs sign Justin Dentmon to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

According to Inside Hoops, the Spurs have signed guard Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) to a 10-day contract. The move signifies the end of Eric Dawson's second tenure with the Spurs. Dawson averaged 9.8 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and a 58.3 shooting percentage.

At 60 and 185-pounds, Dentmon's small frame would lead you to believe that he is a prototypical point. But a prototype, he is not. Dentmon was an elite scorer at the D-League level and not necessarily a developed passer. He logged 37.3 minutes per game and parlayed that into averages of 22.9 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 46.3 percent shooting. Coincentally, Dentmon led the team in minutes, points and assists.

Dentmon was undrafted from the University of Washington where he scored 14.4 points per game. Because of his scoring ability, many fans that follow the Toros casually have been surprised at his extended tenure. In his 88 game stint with the D-League, Dentmon averaged 20.7 points, 4.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 36.0 minutes. He was named a D-League All-Star and, for his career, made 61.1 percent of his shots (two-point shots, 3-pointers and free throws).

With the addition of Diaw, Dawsons length was redundant. While he isnt a good passer, Dentmon will provide depth while Patrick Mills gets his work visa straightened out.

Courtesy of http://airalamo.com



Saturday's games review (6): Charge's seven-game win streak snapped in Springfield - by Eurobasket News

Texas L. - Reno B. 120-113
Will Blalock (6'0''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) scored a season-high 23 points but it was not enough for the Reno Bighorns as they drop their second-straight game to the Texas Legends Saturday night. Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada) had the team's only double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Andre Emmett, the NBA D-League's leading scorer, was held to only 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the 120-113 loss. The teams were tied after the first quarter but the Legends outscored the Bighorns by 13 points in the second and third quarters to take the lead and eventually win the game. The Legends were led by Anthony Vereen's 23 points and Antonio Daniels 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Bighorns shot 53.2 percent from the field compared to the Legend's 50.6 percent, but the Legends grabbed 15 offensive rebounds leading to second-chance points. The game was called tightly by the referees, with both teams combining for 84 free throw attempts. Newly acquired NBA veteran David Harrison was held to nine points after picking up his fifth foul early in the third quarter and sitting for much of the second half. The Bighorns will travel to Los Angeles for their next game against the D-Fenders on Wednesday, March 28 at the Toyota Sports Center. The team will return to the Reno Events Center for its final two home games against the Idaho Stampede on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 3 p.m. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Austin T. - Maine RC 116-77
The Austin Toros notched their largest victory of the season on Saturday night, defeating the Maine Red Claws 116-77 for a sixth consecutive victory. In front of a crowd of 3,768 at Cedar Park Center, the Toros led 62-40 at halftime and took an 88-62 lead into the fourth quarter, when they led by as much as 41 points . Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.), Julian Wright (6'8''-F-87, college: Kansas), and Cory Joseph recorded double-doubles for the Toros. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Idaho S. - Ft.Wayne MA 100-109
Paul Carter (6'9''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) had 19 points and six rebounds, and six other Stampeders scored 10 or more points, but Idaho (18-28) lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 109-100. David Bailey (5'8''-PG-81, college: Loyola, IL) added 15 points and four assists off the bench for the Stampede. Tony Bobbitt had 14 points and four steals, Seth Tarver added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Reggie Larry and Marcus Banks each scored 11 points, and Mikki Moore had 10 points. The Stampede played another hot-and-cold game, with just 22 points and 18 points in the first and third quarters, while scoring 31 and 29 in the second and fourth quarters. Idaho made 17-of-19 free throws in the loss, but allowed the Mad Ants to shoot 58.0 percent (40-of-69) from the field. Fort Wayne (12-33) also out-rebounded Idaho 40-29, with Vernon Macklin totaling 20 rebounds (six offensive) and 24 points. The team made 10-of-17 three-pointers and 19-of-26 free throws in the win. Stephen Graham added 20 points and five assists and Tory Jackson had 17 points. Idaho plays next at Reno on March 30 at 8 p.m. (MST). *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Springfield A. - Canton C. 105-100
Faced with a must-win situation Saturday night, the Springfield Armor did just that, rallying past the Canton Charge for a 105-100 NBA Development League victory. Trailing the first-place Charge 56-47 at halftime, the Armor pierced Canton's defense for 36 points in the third quarter to lead 83-76 going into the fourth quarter. Though the Charge fought back to lead on four occasions, the last on Alan Anderson's two free throws with 3:39 left, Springfield ran off six straight points from a 95-95 tie in the final 2:17 to snap Canton's season-high seven-game winning streak. The win pulled Springfield (24-19) within a game of the Charge (26-19) in the Eastern Conference. Anderson was a one-man wrecking crew for the Charge. He scored a game-high 30 points by hitting 9 of 16 from the floor and 12 of 15 at the line. Anderson also added six rebounds and five assists. Luke Harangody scored 21 points and went 3 of 4 from the 3-point line and Frank Hassell added 15 points for Canton. Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) poured in 13 of his 21 points in the fourth and Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) added seven of his 19 then as they combined for 20 of the Armor's 22 in the final period. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Tulsa 66ers - Iowa E. 100-87
Oklahoma City Thunder assignee Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) registered a team-high 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) added 21 points and four steals to lead the Tulsa 66ers (22-23) past the Iowa Energy (23-20) by a 100-87 final Saturday evening at home in front of 3,466 fans. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 17, Ryan Reid with 12 and Delroy James with 11. The 66ers, who have won six of their past seven contests, racked up 18 assists on the offensive end of the floor and connected on 8-of-18 (.444) shots from beyond the arc. Also aiding in the win was a 52-32 scoring advantage in the paint. Tulsa, who led by as many as 21 on the night, was also strong defensively by forcing 26 Iowa turnovers and creating 11 steals. 'I thought we came out with a lot of energy tonight and really executed our offense,' 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne said. 'Everyone was engaged defensively. Just a total team effort.' Iowa was led by Cartier Martin with a team-high 22 points. Ben Strong pulled down seven rebounds and Curtis Stinson registered five helpers. The 66ers return to action this Tuesday, March 27, against the Bakersfield Jam in their final regular season home contest. The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. CT inside the Tulsa Convention Center. *Courtesy of www.ktul.com

Sioux Falls S. - Bakersfield J. 114-126
The Bakersfield Jam defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 126-114 Saturday night in front of a season-high crowd of 5,579 at the Sioux Falls Arena. Bakersfield was able to pull away from Sioux Falls late in the fourth quarter in a game that saw 35 lead changes. Sioux Falls (14-31) got on the board first when Trey Gilder found Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) for a corner jumper to take an early 2-0 lead. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) led the charge early for Bakersfield with two dunks in the first quarter. Trey Johnson's jumper at the buzzer knotted the score at 31 after one. Both teams continued to exchange leads in the second quarter. Late in the half, Jeremy Wise's bad pass resulted in a turnover and lob dunk on the other end when Anthony Mason, Jr. found Marqus Blakely for the slam to put Sioux Falls ahead 57-56. Major's layup just before the buzzer allowed Bakersfield to hold the slight advantage at half, 64-63. Sioux Falls took the biggest lead of the game (88-82) when Coleman stole a pass leading to an uncontested dunk for him at the other end. Bakersfield seized back the momentum ending the quarter on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 88 entering the final quarter. After three close quarters, Bakersfield was the team that was finally able to pull away. With the score tied at 102 halfway through the fourth, Bakersfield went on an 11-3 run to pull away from Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls was unable to recover and failed to complete the weekend sweep. Major came up big for Bakersfield all night, scoring a season-high 32 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Juan Pattillo came off the bench to contribute 23 points and nine rebounds. Mason, Jr. led Sioux Falls in scoring with 26 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Curtis Withers filled in nicely for Keith Benson, who earned a GATORADE call-up to the Golden State Warriors earlier today with 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Bakersfield continues its road trip at Tulsa on Tuesday at 5 p.m. PT. Sioux Falls visits Springfield on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com



Thunder recall Reggie Jackson from D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled guard Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Jackson appeared in one game (one start) for the 66ers scoring 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 41 minutes.

During the 2011-12 season, Jackson has appeared in 41 games with the Thunder. He posted averages of 3.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 11.8 minutes. Jackson was drafted as 24th overall pick last year.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



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  EBA   

Standings

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



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Standings - KML

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 23: Valga - Tln Kalev 76-82
Mar. 25: Parnu - TTU 65-83
Mar. 24: Rapla - Tartu Ulikool 62-81
Mar. 23: Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 20-0

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 27: Tartu Ulikool - TTU
Mar. 28: Tln Kalev - Rapla
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TTU
Mar. 30: Valga - Parnu
Mar. 31: Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.4 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.3 
 5. Pilk, TTU16.4 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.6 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas15.0 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.6 
 10. Akenparg, TTU13.9 
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. Raadik, Parnu7.7 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.7 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.5 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Raap, Parnu3.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.1 
 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. Raap, Parnu1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Makke, TTU0.5 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Keedus, TTU0.4 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.4 


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

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

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

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80). He was the major contributor in a Gloria Giants' victory against the closely-ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-12) 73-60 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Keerles scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (14-13) is placed seventh in the ProA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Keerles has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 22.5% and FT: 77.3% in the 27 games. Former BC Kalev Tallinn starter played for the Estonian national team in 2010.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Janar Talts (206-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristjan Kangur and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Talts. He was not able to help Cimberio Varese (12-12) in their game against Umana Venezia (15-9). Talts recorded 7 points. Cimberio Varese was defeated 71-63 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. This season Talts averages: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 72.1%(44-61), 3FGP: 17.4%. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

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

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

   #1. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84, college: Westfield St.), who plays in the Icelandic Express League could not help Stjarnan (14-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Lindmets' very good performance Stjarnan was defeated 89-80 on the road by the leading Grindavik. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Lindmets also added 9 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Lindmets is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Lindmets averages: 18.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Lindmets used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) plays for VEF Riga in Latvian LBL
Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Premier League
Remy Pold (198-G-92) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Artur Surov (216-C-83) plays for Torpan Pojat in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent Vene (192-F-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) plays for Garonne in French NM2
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German Oberliga



KML Round 26: Tartu Ulikool defeats Rapla in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Tartu Ulikool (22-3) which played road game in Rapla against 4th ranked Rapla (14-12). First ranked Tartu Ulikool had an easy win 81-62. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 20-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-62. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Kristo Saage (184-85) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Janar Soo (199-91) replied with 17 points for Rapla. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tartu Ulikool maintains first position with 22-3 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Tartu Ulikool are looking forward to face Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rapla will play on the road against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked TTU (12-12) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-23). TTU did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-65 on Sunday. Illimar Pilk notched 8 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by Rannar Raap did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. TTU maintains fifth position with 12-12 record. KK Parnu lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. They share the position with Valga. TTU will meet league's second-placed BC Rakvere on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play against Valga (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Tln Kalev (11-15) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga (3-23). Tln Kalev managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76. The best player for the winners was Mihkel Kurg who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tln Kalev have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-15 record. Valga lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Tln Kalev's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rapla (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Valga will play against KK Parnu (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 26th round was 20 points and 10 rebounds by Lauris Blaus of Valga.


Rapla - Tartu Ulikool 62-81

An interesting game for Tartu Ulikool (22-3) which played road game in Rapla against 4th ranked Rapla (14-12). First ranked Tartu Ulikool had an easy win 81-62. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 20-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-62. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Kristo Saage (184-85) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Swingman Janar Soo (199-91) replied with 17 points and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Rapla. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tartu Ulikool maintains first position with 22-3 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Tartu Ulikool are looking forward to face Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rapla will play on the road against Tln Kalev in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: J.Soo 17+3reb, R.Ringmets 11+7reb, R.Nurger 10+2reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 6+1ast, R.Laane 5+2reb+1ast, A.Parn 4+5reb+2ast
Tartu Ulikool: M.Doronin 14+5reb, K.Saage 12+6reb+3ast, T.Kurbas 12+2reb+3ast, B.Amis 11+7reb, T.Eichfuss 10+10reb+1ast, S.Sokk 8+4ast
gschID: 165909


Parnu - TTU 65-83

The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked TTU (12-12) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (3-23). TTU did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 83-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-65. TTU forced 20 KK Parnu turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by KK Parnu's players. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) notched 8 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) supported him with 28 points. Four TTU players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Rannar Raap (189-92) did not help to save the game for KK Parnu. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. TTU maintains fifth position with 12-12 record. KK Parnu lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 23 games lost. They share the position with Valga. TTU will meet league's second-placed BC Rakvere on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. KK Parnu will play against Valga (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: R.Raap 20+5reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 12+3reb+1ast, T.Raadik 12+9reb, T.Hamarsalu 7+4reb, S.Olmre 6+2reb, R.Karner 4+3reb+2ast
TTU: K.Akenparg 28+2reb, M.Kaja 15+4reb+5ast, K.Makke 13+13reb+2ast, K.Keres 10+5reb+3ast, I.Pilk 8+18reb+7ast, E.Keedus 5+1ast
gschID: 165910


Valga - Tln Kalev 76-82

The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Tln Kalev (11-15) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga (3-23). Tln Kalev managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76. Valga was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 45-37 second half run of Tln Kalev. 31 personal fouls committed by Valga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Four Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Latvian center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tln Kalev have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-15 record. Valga lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Tln Kalev's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rapla (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Valga will play against KK Parnu (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga: R.Strupovics 23+8reb+5ast, L.Blaus 20+10reb, J.Jarvelainen 9+3reb, K.Pullisaar 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tagamets 7+2reb+1ast, V.Vares 4+7reb+2ast
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 23+4reb+5ast, M.Kurg 21+8reb+3ast, A.Fedortchuk 11+12reb, M.Shaw 10+5reb+1ast, M.Paiste 8+2reb+1ast, R.Roos 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 165907


Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 20-0

gschID: 165908



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.3 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 4. Williams, Lapua21.2 
 5. Manning, Huima20.8 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
 9. Cooper, SayRi19.2 
 10. January, BC Nokia19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.0 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 5. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 6. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 7. Williams, Lapua9.7 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo8.8 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 2. Manning, Huima4.9 
 3. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.8 
 4. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 7. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 8. Jackson, Lapua3.1 
 9. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  BC Nokia
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Townes, BC Nokia2.1 
 2. Jackson, Lapua2.1 
 3. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 4. Baxley, Lapua2.0 
 5. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 6. January, BC Nokia1.8 
 7. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.1.6 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.5 
 10. Williams, Lapua1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 9. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.8 
 10. Rajala, ToPo A.0.7 


1st Division Round 1 of Finals - by Eurobasket News

FoKoPo - Lapua 97-82

Forssan Koripojat made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Forssan Koripojat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and guard Emmanuel Jackson (188-86, college: Seton Hill) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Lapuan Korikobrat. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: H.Coleman 21+7reb+3ast, M.Molenius 17+5reb+2ast, T.Robinson 17+9reb+3ast, S.Ikavalko 16+3reb+5ast, B.Moultrie 11+8reb+2ast, E.Johansson 8+3reb+1ast
Lapua: W.Baxley 33+11reb+3ast, J.Turja 13+1reb+3ast, E.Jackson 11+5reb+4ast, E.Williams 11+8reb+1ast, V.Turja 5+2reb+1ast, K.Siven 3+4reb
gschID: 171957



1.DIVISION: FoKoPo defeated Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Finals, Game # 1: FoKoPo (Forssa) started well the finals, when defeating at home Korikobrat (Lapua) 97-78 (43-34). Quarters: 17-14, 26-20, 28-19, 26-25. FoKoPo won then all four quarters and earned this victory. Three wins will be needed to win it all and make the way to Top League (Korisliiga). FoKoPo had five players in double digits. Veteran HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led the hosts with 21 points. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) added 17 pts as well as Markus Molenius (203-F-92). Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) again the top scorer (33 pts) of Lapua and the contest. Baxley grabbed also 11 rbs. Game # 2 on Tuesday, March 27: Lapua - FoKoPo.
FoKoPo - Lapua 97-78 (43-34). (HL Coleman 21, Tracy Robinson 17/9, Markus Molenius 17, Sami Ikavalko 16/5a, Brian Moultrie 11/8 - Walter Baxley 33/11, Jussi Turja 13, Eric Williams 11/8, Emmanuel Jackson 11).



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

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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Koponen could not help CS Bologna (14-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance CS Bologna was crushed 89-55 on the road by the higher-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (#4). Koponen was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 3 passes. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 79.5%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Rannikko was not able to help Cimberio Varese (12-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cimberio Varese lost 63-71 in Venezia to the second-ranked Umana. Rannikko was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 assists in 28 minutes. This year Rannikko's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 85.1% in the 21 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #4. Swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) was the main contributor in MarcoPoloShop.it's victory against the closely-ranked Aget Imola (9-14) 80-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Huff was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (7-16) closes the standings in the Lega2. It's Huff's first season with the team. Huff has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1apg. Huff is also Finnish national team player.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Centrale Latte (12-11) 83-65 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Lee's second season in pro basketball. Prima Veroli (11-13) is placed ninth in the Lega2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg and 5.8rpg in the 23 games. He is a naturalized American. Lee plays currently for the Finnish national team. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Ville Kaunisto
Ville Kaunisto
   #6. Forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Lievin Basket (14-13) crushing them 81-59 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Kaunisto was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. ADA Blois Basket (18-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kaunisto is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). This season he has very high stats. Kaunisto averages: 18.4ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Finnish senior team eight years ago.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #7. International power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) faced previously mentioned Shawn Huff in the Italian Lega2 last game. Kotti was not able to secure a victory for Aget Imola (9-14) in their game against MarcoPoloShop.it (7-16), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. But Aget Imola lost 72-80 in Forli to the league outsider (#15) MarcoPoloShop.it. This year Kotti's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5spg in the 23 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

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

   #1. Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) led Srbija to a victory against the seventh-ranked Solna Branten (8-13) 76-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. Roslund recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 18 rebounds. KSF Srbija Malmo (13-9) is placed fifth in South group. The Regular Season already ended. Roslund has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Mikko Riipinen (177-PG-87) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



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  FRANCE   

Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 21-6 
 2. St Quentin 20-7 
 3. Orchy 19-8 
 4. Souffel 19-8 
 5. Cognac 18-9 
 6. Blois 18-9 
 7. Roche 18-9 
 8. Sorgues 15-12 
 9. Brest 14-13 
 10. Challans 14-13 
 11. Lievin 14-13 
 12. Angers BC 49 13-14 
 13. Chartres 11-16 
 14. Rueil 11-16 
 15. Clermont 8-19 
 16. Montbrison 4-23 
 17. Le Puy 4-23 
 18. CFBB 2-25 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 24: Clermont - Cognac 86-91
Mar. 24: Roche - Montbrison 83-79
Mar. 24: St Quentin - Orchy 82-62
Mar. 24: Blois - Lievin 81-59
Mar. 24: Rueil - Sorgues 76-70
Mar. 24: Challans - Charleville 74-85
Mar. 24: Souffel - Brest 73-48
Mar. 24: CFBB - Angers BC 49 68-80
Mar. 24: Le Puy - Chartres 58-64

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Angers BC 49 - Clermont
Mar. 31: Cognac - St Quentin
Mar. 31: Brest - Le Puy
Mar. 31: Orchy - Blois
Mar. 31: Charleville - Roche
Mar. 30: Lievin - Souffel
Mar. 31: Montbrison - CFBB
Mar. 31: Chartres - Rueil
Mar. 31: Sorgues - Challans


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.4 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest16.8 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.16.6 
 6. Almanson, Challans16.6 
 7. Bluntt, Orchy16.3 
 8. Herard, Challans16.0 
 9. Thomas, Roche15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.6 
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, Brest7.7 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.4 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 4. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 5. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 6. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Dessart, Lievin4.4 
 9. Cortey, Clermont4.3 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 3. Ball, St Quentin1.9 
 4. Pistre, Charleville1.9 
 5. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 6. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin1.7 
 8. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Cretaux, Lievin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 2. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.5 
 4. Davis, Blois1.5 
 5. Morin, CFBB1.4 
 6. Sanborn, Lievin1.3 
 7. Traore, Angers B.1.2 
 8. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 9. Tornato, Blois1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 


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

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

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Nicolas Batum (201-88). He led Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (25-21) 97-93 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Batum was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points in 35 minutes on the court. The Portland Trail Blazers have 22-26 record this season. Batum has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 83.2% in the 46 games he played so far. Batum is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (27-21) 89-80 in the NBA last Saturday. Noah recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. The Chicago Bulls have a very good 40-10 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Noah's fifth year with the team. Noah has relatively good stats this season: 9.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3bpg and FT: 74.2%. He is a naturalized American. Noah is in the roster of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side). Beaubois contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the San Antonio Spurs (32-14) 106-99 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 28-22 record this season. It's Beaubois' first year with the team. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 9.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 86.8% in the 40 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #4. Point guard Tony Parker (183-82) faced previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois in the NBA last game. Parker, who plays in the NBA could not help the San Antonio Spurs (32-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 106-99 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. Parker recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. It's Parker's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Parker averages: 19.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 8.0apg. He is also French national team player.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #5. International guard Nando De Colo (202-87) was the main contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the 11th-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-14) crushing them 89-68 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. De Colo was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. Valencia Basket (15-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. De Colo is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 13.3ppg. This year he also averages: 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in the 26 games. De Colo plays currently for the French national team.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #6. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Mahinmi was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (28-22) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (32-14). Despite his good performance on Friday night He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Mahinmi's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 4.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #7. International power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington Wizards (11-36) in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (25-21) in the NBA, despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. Seraphin had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. But the Washington Wizards lost 92-97 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. This year Seraphin's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2bpg in the 38 games. He is also French national team player.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #8. Center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) couldn't help Lokomotiv (4-2) in their game against Khimky (5-1) in the Eurocup. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Traore recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Traore is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg and 7.2rpg. Traore plays currently for the French national team.

Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
   #9. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, also represented by Court Side) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (22-26) 100-91 in the NBA on Thursday night. He recorded 13 points in 20 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 25-22 record this season. This year Pietrus' total stats are: 6.8ppg and 2.9rpg in the 37 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #10. Guard Thomas Heurtel (188-89) helped Caja Laboral win their game against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) 89-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Heurtel scored 7 points and added 6 passes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-7) is placed third in the ACB. Heurtel has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the French national team.

   #11. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. However that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB which brought him to that list. Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 16th-ranked UCAM Murcia 87-80. He scored 11 points in 22 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 3.2rpg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. International power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) managed to help Miami Heat to win against the Detroit Pistons 88-73 in the NBA on Friday night. Turiaf scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Miami Heat this season. Turiaf is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. An experienced former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) helped Levski Sofia win their game against the closely-ranked Tundja Yambol 78-59 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Evtimov is the league's best rebounder with 11.1rpg. This year he also averages: 10.3ppg and 2.0apg in the 21 games. Despite Evtimov played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. Former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) couldn't help Cimberio Varese in their game against Umana Venezia in the Italian SerieA. Diawara recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 71-63. He has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. Diawara used to play for the French national team back in 2008.

   #15. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. He played also in the last NBA game facing Ian Mahinmi (above) in the other team. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Dallas Mavericks 104-87. He scored only 2 points in 16 minutes. Diaw has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Meridiano Alicante (14-12) to beat Unicaja Malaga (14-12). He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. Meridiano Alicante lost 60-72 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Unicaja Malaga. Kone has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.6rpg in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Kone's French passport, he currently plays for the Ivorian national team and is not eligible to play for the French team.

   #2. Mamadou Lamizana (207-F/C-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN was not able to help Vaqueros (8-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Lamizana's very good performance Vaqueros was defeated 80-74 in Guaynabo by the leading Mets. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Lamizana also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Lamizana is the league's best blocker. This season he has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg and 2.6bpg. Lamizana is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite his French nationality, Lamizana currently plays for the Ivorian national team and cannot be called to the French team.

   #3. Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard) led Lan Mobel ISB to a 3-point victory over the league leader River Andorra (16-4) 70-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. He was the top player that evening. Ott recorded 26 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Iraurgi Saski Baloia Lan Mobel (23-5) is placed in the LEB Silver. Ott is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ott averages: 18.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg and 2.9spg in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Ott has never played in France.

   #4. Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points, college: Davidson), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for Basketbal Svitavy (16-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Basketbal Svitavy was edged 92-91 in Chomutov by the higher-ranked Levharti (#3) in the A2 group. Meno recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists (made all of his five free throws). There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Meno belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #2. This season he has very good stats: 14.9ppg and 8.3rpg. Meno has also Congolese passport.

   #5. Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-F-82, college: Alabama), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help Nova Ves (16-16) in their last game. Despite Moupegnou's very good performance Nova Ves was edged 73-71 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Nitra. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Moupegnou also added 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Moupegnou has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in the 10 games. He has also Congolese nationality.

   #6. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) managed to help Krka Novo Mesto to win against the bottom-ranked Zlatorog 67-57 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. Nissim scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Nissim has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg. He has both Israeli and French nationalities.

   #7. Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-G-81), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help Rovinari (13-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kabengele-Kalala's very good performance Rovinari was defeated 86-81 on their home court in Rovinari by the lower-ranked Pitesti (#10). He recorded 15 points. Kabengele-Kalala averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. He also holds two passports: French and Romanian. Despite Kabengele-Kalala's French nationality, he previously played for the Romanian national team.

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

   #9. Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.) contributed to an easy victory against the league leader River Andorra 82-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Koffi scored 10 points in 26 minutes. Koffi's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. He holds both French and Ivorian passports. Despite Koffi's French nationality, he previously played for the Ivorian national team.

   #10. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hoops Club 94-78 in the Lebanese Division A on Sunday night. Samaha recorded 6 points. Samaha has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.1rpg. He has French and Lebanese nationalities. Despite Samaha's French passport, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team.



Kurt Cunningham claims French ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News

American Kurt Cunningham (204-C/F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bordeaux and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 24-year old had a double-double of 26 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Nantes (#13, 12-15) 78-75. Bordeaux maintains the 6th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bordeaux will need more victories to improve their 15-12 record. Cunningham turned to be Bordeaux's top player in his first season with the team. Kurt Cunningham averages this season 15.2ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American shooting guard Jason Siggers (189-SG-85) of Rouen. Siggers impressed basketball fans with 32 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Rouen lost that game 89-98 to the higher-ranked Maurienne (#5, 17-10). Rouen is still in a red zone at 16th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-18 record. Siggers is well-known by Rouen fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#1). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain (#15). Rossiter scored 19 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rossiter's great performance Denain lost 78-87 to the higher-ranked Boulazac (#1, 21-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Denain not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rossiter could try to bring Denain's a little bit higher in the standings. Rossiter has individually a great season in France. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of Evreux - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Corey Rouse (204-PF-84) of Boulogne - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Richard Roby (198-G-85) of Fos Ouest - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. David Fergerson (185-G-78) of Nantes - 22 points and 5 assists
9. Austen Rowland (186-PG-81) of Evreux - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg - 18 points and 9 rebounds

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



Mickael Pietrus not ready for concussion tests - by Eurobasket News

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) is not ready yet to take the concussion tests that would allow him to return to action, but said he talked with the guard after his injury scare in Philadelphia and playfully noted he sounds in good health.

'He sounds great; sound like Mickael -- I don't understand what he's saying,' Rivers quipped on the Guadeloupe native's French accent.

Rivers said all the initial medical testing confirmed that Pietrus simply suffered a concussion after spilling hard to the floor Friday in Philadelphia and said the team will exercise caution with bringing him back.

'Hes not even ready to take a [concussion] test yet,' said Rivers. 'They do the baseline test -- the same thing the NFL [does] -- they do the test before the year now -- its the first year weve ever done that -- but hes not even ready to take the test. So, well just have to wait and see.'

Rivers admits that, in a season in which the Celtics have been riddled with injuries, he expected the worse given the scary scene in Philadelphia.

'I knew he had a concussion, you could see that, but I was more worried about his neck and his body,' said Rivers. 'It looked bad. We are fortunate.'

Rivers wouldn't offer an estimate when asked about the earliest to expect Pietrus back on the floor.

'I stay out of that [trainer's] room, I think you know that,' said Rivers. 'I think [team trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] -- I trust Eddie 100 percent. Theyll make the right decision. They dont need my input at all. Eddie will do the right thing.'

Rivers said he likes the new efforts being made to ensure that players don't rush back too quickly from head injuries. He relayed how he suffered two concussions during his 13-year playing career.

'One [concussion] I woke up in the hospital, literally, from [Hakeem] Olajuwon... so that probably explains my actions today [and] everyday,' cracked Rivers. 'I know I had one where I was in the hospital and I want to say I played the next game. Back then you just had a headache and you went out and played basketball. You didn't think anything of it. Now youre finding out all the things have happend afterwards. Im glad. In every sport -- obviously football and hockey would be the two that lead the pack in it -- [but] theres a lot of them in basketball as well. We dont wear headgear, so things happen.'

Asked if the team learned anything from when Brian Scalabrine endured a concussion a few years back, Rivers kept it light.

'No, except for that headgear [that Scalabrine wore] looked horrendous,' joked Rivers. Turning more serious he noted that, 'I think everybody is different. I think concussions have been proven, every single one is an individual injury, its not a group thing.'

Courtesy of ESPN



NM1 Round 27: Saint-Quentin beats Orchesien BC in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Saint-Quentin. Second ranked Saint-Quentin faced 3rd placed Orchesien BC. Host Saint-Quentin (20-7) smashed guests from Orchies (19-8) 82-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Orchesien BC managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin forced 22 Orchesien BC turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Kevin Bichard (192-F-86) who scored 22 points. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds. Orchesien BC's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin maintains second place with 20-7 record behind leader Charleville. Orchesien BC at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Souffel. Saint-Quentin are looking forward to face Cognac (#5) on the road in the next round. Orchesien BC will play against Blois and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Charleville-Mezieres delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Vendee Challans (14-13) 85-74. It was a good game for center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Fabien Calvez contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Vendee Challans. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-6 record. Vendee Challans at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Brest and Lievin. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Roche (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vendee Challans will play against Sorgues and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Rueil, where higher ranked Sorgues (15-12) lost to fourteenth ranked Rueil (11-16) in a road game 70-76 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Georges Mdivani who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Rueil's coach Julien Hervy used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Arnaud Thinon with 19 points. Rueil moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chartres. Loser Sorgues keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Rueil will meet Chartres (#13) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Vendee Challans (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Souffel.. Local Souffelweyersheim (19-8) outscored 9th ranked Etendard de Brest (14-13) 73-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Etendard de Brest. It was a quality performance for Jeremy Tschamber who led the winners and scored 19 points. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Souffelweyersheim have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Orchy. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Lievin Basket (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Etendard de Brest will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.

Other games of round 27 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Lievin was crushed by Blois in a road game 81-59. Le Puy was beaten by Chartres at home 58-64. Cognac won against Clermont on the opponent's court 91-86. Roche managed to outperform Montbrison in a home game 83-79. Angers BC 49 managed to beat CFBB on the road 80-68.


Souffel - Brest 73-48
The game with biggest result difference took place in Souffel.. Local Souffelweyersheim (19-8) outscored 9th ranked Etendard de Brest (14-13) 73-48. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Etendard de Brest. The game without a history. Souffelweyersheim led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Etendard de Brest to just 5 points in first quarter. It was a quality performance for guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) came up with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Etendard de Brest in the defeat. Souffelweyersheim have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Orchy. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Lievin Basket (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Etendard de Brest will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 8+6reb+1ast, J.Doreau 7+2reb+1ast, C.Eleka 6+2reb+1ast, J.Lupot 6+2reb, B.Vounang 6+8reb, R.Lopez 6+3reb+2ast
Souffel: J.Tschamber 19+1reb+3ast, F.Broliron 16+1reb+2ast, J.Bach 11+2reb, M.M'Bodji 11+2reb+2ast, J.Begarin 7+3reb+4ast, A.N'Diaye 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 147152


Blois - Lievin 81-59
There was no surprise when 9th ranked Lievin Basket (14-13) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Blois (18-9) 81-59. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Lievin Basket's 28. Blois players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Coach Hugues Occansey's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Lievin Basket in the defeat. Blois have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac and Roche. Lievin Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be higher ranked Orchesien BC (#3) in Orchies and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lievin Basket will play at home against Souffelweyersheim (#4) in Souffel..
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 19+6reb, S.Cretaux 14+2reb, T.Sanborn 7+8reb+2ast, K.Douse 6+4reb, V.Mendy 6+7reb, V.Lehut 5+1reb+4ast
Blois: V.Kaunisto 23+12reb+2ast, J.Tornato 20+5reb+2ast, T.Sani 14+5reb+2ast, D.Davis 10+3reb+2ast, B.Recoura 4+2reb+5ast, K.Boistard 3
gschID: 147153


Le Puy - Chartres 58-64
No shocking result in a game in Le Puy en Velay where fourteenth ranked Chartres (11-16) defeated 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-23) 64-58. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Le Puy ASMB won second period 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Willy Berquier (177-87) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Five Chartres players scored in double figures. Chartres' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and center Steeve Borval (202-87) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Le Puy ASMB in the defeat. Chartres moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Rueil. Le Puy ASMB lost eleventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Chartres' next round opponent will be Rueil (#14) at home. Le Puy ASMB will play against Etendard de Brest.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: S.Borval 17+6reb, G.Sene 17+1reb+4ast, M.Gotagni 16+9reb+1ast, Y.Smail 8+8reb+1ast, M.Zielinski 0, S.Salaneuve 0
Chartres: G.Merie 17+12reb+3ast, W.Berquier 13+4reb+6ast, M.Vasic 10+1reb, G.Lemon 10+4reb, L.Avramovic 10+7reb+1ast, A.Barakaou 2+1ast
gschID: 147154


Clermont - Cognac 86-91
Very expected game when 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-19) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Cognac (18-9) 91-86. Newly promoted Cognac maintains fifth place with 18-9 record, which they share with Blois and Roche. Stade Clermont lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Cognac's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Saint-Quentin at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
gschID: 147148


St Quentin - Orchy 82-62
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Saint-Quentin. Second ranked Saint-Quentin faced 3rd placed Orchesien BC. Host Saint-Quentin (20-7) smashed guests from Orchies (19-8) 82-62. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Orchesien BC managed to win third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin forced 22 Orchesien BC turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) who scored 22 points. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Antoine Belkessa (185-88) added 15 points respectively. Orchesien BC's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin maintains second place with 20-7 record behind leader Charleville. Orchesien BC at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. They share it with Souffel. Saint-Quentin are looking forward to face Cognac (#5) on the road in the next round. Orchesien BC will play against Blois and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 18+9reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 15+2reb+3ast, J.Bluntt 9+5reb, J.Verbeke 6+6reb, A.Gacko 5+4reb+3ast, D.Cilly 5+8reb
St Quentin: K.Bichard 22+4reb+2ast, J.Ball 21+3reb+3ast, J.Lesieu 14+9reb+1ast, G.Sylvain 9+3reb, K.Howell 6+3reb+1ast, O.Romain 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 147149


Roche - Montbrison 83-79
Very predictable result when seventh ranked Roche (18-9) beat at home 16th ranked Montbrison (4-23) 83-79. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Roche have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cognac and Blois. Montbrison lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with 23 games lost. Roche's next round opponent will be league's leader Charleville-Mezieres on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 147150


Rueil - Sorgues 76-70
We should mention about the upset which took place in Rueil, where higher ranked Sorgues (15-12) lost to fourteenth ranked Rueil (11-16) in a road game 70-76 on Saturday. Sorgues was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Rueil, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Georgian center Georges Mdivani (205-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Karim Gourari (195-89) helped adding 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. Rueil's coach Julien Hervy used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) with 19 points and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) scored 11 points. Rueil moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Chartres. Loser Sorgues keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Rueil will meet Chartres (#13) on the road in the next round. Sorgues will play against Vendee Challans (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: A.Thinon 19+3reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 11+3reb+2ast, D.Griffin 9+4reb, S.Mekdad 8+2reb+3ast, Y.Bassine 6+7reb+2ast, X.Pasut 6+4reb+3ast
Rueil: G.Mdivani 22+7reb, M.Diame 14+5reb+1ast, C.Mansare 13+8reb+1ast, K.Gourari 10+9reb+7ast, S.Cabarkapa 7+8reb, M.Niakate 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 147151


Challans - Charleville 74-85
Leader Charleville-Mezieres delivered the twentieth first victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Vendee Challans (14-13) 85-74. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Vendee Challans was better in third quarter 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds and guard Julien Geay (193-85) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Vendee Challans. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-6 record. Vendee Challans at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Brest and Lievin. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Roche (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vendee Challans will play against Sorgues and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Challans: F.Herard 28+7reb+1ast, J.Almanson 13+7reb+1ast, D.Radojevic 12+5reb, J.Geay 11+5reb+8ast, S.Girma 8+5reb+3ast, G.Renon 2+1reb
Charleville: C.Guillarme 26+12reb+3ast, F.Calvez 18+1reb+4ast, T.Toney 8+7reb, C.Belser 8+1reb, F.Bourdillon 8+1ast, D.Pistre 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 147146


CFBB - Angers BC 49 68-80
Not a big story in a game in Paris where 18th ranked CFBB (2-25) was defeated by twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (13-14) 80-68. It looked good early as CFBB took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Angers BC 49 had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and CFBB was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-80. Angers BC 49 made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded CFBB 34-22 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for forward SyPir Traore (204-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-90) accounted for 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and guard Boris Dallo (193-94) added 17 points respectively for CFBB in the defeat. Angers BC 49 maintains twelfth place with 13-14 record. CFBB lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) at home. CFBB will play against Montbrison and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 28+10reb+2ast, B.Dallo 17+3reb+3ast, A.Racine 11+1reb, Y.Morin 6+3reb+1ast, J.Basileu 4, C.Pontens 2+3reb+3ast
Angers BC 49: S.Traore 22+10reb+2ast, P.Drouault 20+2reb+2ast, T.Ramphort 10+6reb+5ast, J.Casseus 8+3reb, T.Lonzieme 7+3reb, O.Sulpice 7+4reb+1ast



French ProA round 23 best performance: John Cox (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News

American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Havre, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 30-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15, 6-17) 89-79. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Le Havre maintains the 14th position in French ProA. Le Havre is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-16 record. In the team's last game Cox had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Le Havre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of San Francisco star has very solid stats this year. Cox is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.1ppg) and averages impressive 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon. Moss had a very good evening with 24 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Dijon to edge slightly higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#6, 14-8) 74-72. This victory allowed Dijon to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Moss is a newcomer at Dijon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Roanne (#7). Page got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Roanne, leading his team to a 83-78 win against the higher-ranked Chalon (#2, 18-4). Roanne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Page has a very solid season. In 22 games in France he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, FGP: 54.0% and 3PT: 43.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) of Nancy - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 29 points and 6 rebounds
8. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Leo Westermann (198-G-92) of ASVEL - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Jeremiah Massey's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among FYR Macedonians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.). He led Lokomotiv to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-6) 89-85 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. Massey was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Massey also added 5 assists in 38 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv Kuban (8-6) is placed third in the PBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Massey is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(57-100), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 64.7% in the 14 games he played so far. Massey is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team three years ago. Strangely Massey has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). He led his Italian team Montepaschi Siena to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Olympiakos (3-3) 81-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. McCalebb was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Montepaschi Siena (4-2) is placed first. McCalebb is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. McCalebb averages: 17.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 66.9%(79-118), 3FGP: 56.7%(17-30) and FT: 84.1%. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) faced previously mentioned Bo McCalebb in the Euroleague last game. Antic, who plays in Greece. He could not help Olympiakos (3-3) in their last game. Despite Antic's good performance the second-placed Olympiakos was edged 81-80 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena in the group E of Euroleague. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It's Antic's first season with the team. This year Antic's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 78.7% in the 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) led Air Avellino to a 1-point victory against the 12th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-14) 71-70 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls in 40 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (13-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Green is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.2apg and 2.4spg in the 25 games. Green is a naturalized American. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Interesting that Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #5. International point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Ilievski contributed to an overtime Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-6) 89-85. He recorded 10 points. Ilievski's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Ilievski plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87), who plays in Ukraine was not able to help BC Donetsk (5-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance BC Donetsk lost 65-76 in Vilnius to the second-ranked Lietuvos rytas in the group J of Eurocup. Stojanovski recorded 10 points in 21 minutes. This year Stojanovski's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 1.3spg in the six games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #7. International forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against one of league's weakest teams Spartak Pleven (5-18) 87-80 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Stojanovski recorded 8 points. Lukoil Academik Sofia (21-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Stojanovski has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also FYR Macedonian national team player.

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

   #1. Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis) was the major contributor in a 3-point Turk Telekom's victory against the closely-ranked Aliaga (11-13) 89-86 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Turk Telekom Ankara (11-13) is placed ninth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Washington belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Washington averages: 16.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

   #2. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the Bulgarian NBL could not help Chernomorets (2-21) in their last game. Despite Pavlovski's very good performance the bottom-ranked Chernomorets lost 76-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Euroins Cherno More. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pavlovski also added 3 assists and 3 blocks in 37 minutes. It was Chernomorets' 13th consecutive loss in a row. Pavlovski is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 10.1rpg and 1.2bpg in the 22 games he played so far.

   #3. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory against the closely-ranked LF Basket (20-16) 88-80 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Zivcevic recorded 13 points. Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Zivcevic has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and FYR Macedonian. Despite Zivcevic's FYR Macedonian passport, he previously played for the Serbian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #4. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) contributed to a Thor Thorl's victory against the closely-ranked Haukar (15-13) 85-79 in the Icelandic Express League last Thursday. Janev had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Thor Thorl (15-7) is placed third in the Express League. The Regular Season already ended. Janev has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Australian. Despite Janev's FYR Macedonian nationality, he previously played for the Australian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the FYR Macedonian team.

   #5. Todorce Petkovski (200-F-80) helped Srbija win their game against the seventh-ranked Solna Branten (8-13) 76-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Petkovski recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. KSF Srbija Malmo (13-9) is placed fifth in South group. The Regular Season already ended. Petkovski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Srbija's roster. He is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. This season Petkovski has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.

   #6. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) helped Stjarnan win their game against the closely-ranked Fjolnir 82-74 in the Icelandic Express League in Sunday night's game. Zdravevski scored 8 points in 18 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 13 games.

   #7. Milos Pejanovic managed to help Mladost Cacak to win against the seventh-ranked Crnokosa 78-77 in the Serbian B League (second division) last Saturday. Pejanovic scored 5 points and added 4 assists. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg.



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

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

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Atlanta Hawks (29-20) in their last game. Despite Pachulia's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks were edged 79-76 on the road by the Boston Celtics. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. Pachulia also added and 3 steals in 39 minutes on the court. It's Pachulia's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 74.5% in the 48 games he played so far. Pachulia is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89). He led Bennet Cantu to a 1-point victory over the 11th-ranked Lottomatica Roma (11-14) 73-72 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Shermadini was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bennet Cantu (15-9) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Shermadini belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. This season he averages: 9.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.7%(65-99) and FT: 85.7%. Shermadini is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Markoishvili, who plays in the Italian SerieA. He was not able to help Bennet Cantu (15-9) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's very good performance Bennet Cantu was edged 72-69 in Pesaro by the lower-ranked (#5) Scavolini. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Markoishvili also added 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. This year Markoishvili has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 76.1% in the 24 games. He is also a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #4. Power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83) was the major contributor in Mahram's victory against the closely-ranked Zob Ahan (15-9) 99-85 in the Superleague in Monday night's game. Tskitishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 17 rebounds. Mahram Tehran (4-0) is placed sixth in the Superleague. So far his team won all four games in the Semi-Finals. Tskitishvili has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #5. International forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) was not able to secure a victory for CS Bologna (14-10) in their game against Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-9) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 7 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes. CS Bologna was crushed 89-55 in Sassari by the higher-ranked (#4) Banco di Sardegna. Sanikidze is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 10.5rpg. He also averaged so far 12.8ppg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the 22 games. Sanikidze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #6. An experienced guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the fifth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (15-11) 79-68 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He recorded 8 points. Lucentum Alicante (14-12) is placed ninth in the ACB. Ellis' stats this season are: 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Ellis is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #7. Former international center Georges Mdivani (205-85) led Rueil to a surprising victory over the eighth-ranked Sorgues (15-12) 76-70 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Mdivani was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (11-16) is placed 14th in the NM1. Mdivani's stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #8. Power forward Nika Metreveli (212-91, agency: Interperformances) faced previously mentioned Viktor Sanikidze in the Italian SerieA last game. Metreveli managed to help Banco di Sardegna Sassari to win against the closely-ranked CS Bologna (14-10) crushing them 89-55. He scored only 2 points and blocked 2 shots. Metreveli's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 1.9rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

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

   #1. Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, agency: FCM, college: Oklahoma St.) led Hacettepe University to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (5-19) 78-74 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. Sanders was the best player in that game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Hacettepe University (9-15) is placed 11th in the TBL. Sanders is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.4rpg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games he played so far. Sanders is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) was the major contributor in a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against the closely-ranked CS Bologna (14-10) crushing them 89-55 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Hosley scored 19 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (15-9) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Hosley is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hosley averages: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg and 2.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hosley has never played in Georgia.



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 22-5 
 2. Kirchheim 18-9 
 3. Chemnitz 18-10 
 4. Crailsheim 17-10 
 5. Webmoebel 15-12 
 6. Jena 14-13 
 7. Duesseldorf 14-13 
 8. Karlsruhe 13-13 
 9. Heidelberg 13-14 
 10. ETB Wohnbau 12-14 
 11. NBC 11-15 
 12. Ehingen 11-16 
 13. Cuxhaven 10-17 
 14. Braves 7-20 
 15. Leitershofen 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 25: Kirchheim - Cuxhaven 88-71
Mar. 25: Crailsheim - Heidelberg 82-81
Mar. 25: NBC - Leitershofen 77-89
Mar. 25: Duesseldorf - Webmoebel 73-60
Mar. 25: Braves - MBC 64-77
Mar. 25: Ehingen - Chemnitz 54-60
Mar. 26: Karlsruhe - ETB Wohnbau


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.9 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 4. Reid, MBC18.0 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.18.0 
 6. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 7. Stommes, Webmoebel17.3 
 8. Lipke, Leitershofen16.5 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.5 
 10. Brooks, Kirchheim16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.6 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.7 
 3. Black, Jena8.1 
 4. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 5. Richardson, Leiter.7.5 
 6. Shaw, Chemnitz7.3 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim7.3 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen7.0 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.5 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.1 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.1 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven5.0 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 6. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.3 
 7. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 9. Hill, Crailsheim4.0 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Chemnitz
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Lipke, Leitershofen1.5 
 8. Smith, Kirchheim1.5 
 9. Harris, NBC1.5 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.3 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


Brose Baskets take 2012 Cup trophy - by Eurobasket News

Cup Final
Telekom Baskets Bonn -Brose Baskets 73:82


Brose Baskets take 2012 Cup trophy beating Telekom Baskets Bonn 82:73 in the Final game. They started confident and did not allow the opponents to change the scenario of the game. The winners opened the game with 29-17 and had 11-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover they added 13-12 in the third period and did not mind 23-26 in the last stanza. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with 17 points and Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) scored 12, whilst Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) and Jenkins Julius notched 9 apiece. Battle Talor replied with 19 points in defeat and Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) added 17.
In the game for the third place New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig lost to ratiopharm ulm 68:85. Roderick Trice (191-F-84, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) notched 12. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) erupted with 31 points in the losing effort.



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

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Denver Nuggets (26-22) 112-95 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 11 rebounds. Nowitzki also added 6 assists in 31 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 28-22 record this season. It's Nowitzki's 14th year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 21.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 87.4% in the 46 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan). Kaman was the main contributor in a New Orleans Hornets' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (27-21) 97-90 in the NBA last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Kaman recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. The New Orleans Hornets have not so impressive 12-36 record this season. This year Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 43.6% and FT: 76.4%. Kaman is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the German senior national team. Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK. He could not help PGE Turow (1-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Wysocki's good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was crushed 93-63 at home by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Wysocki also added 5 rebounds. Wysocki's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(74-124), 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 69.6%. He has a dual citizenship: German and Polish. Ex-Duesseldorf Magics player is also a member of the German senior national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #4. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) contributed to a 1-point Levanga Hokkaido's victory against the closely-ranked Panasonic Trians (24-18) 77-76 in the Japanese JBL last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Klette scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Levanga Hokkaido (22-20) is placed fifth in the JBL. The Regular Season already ended. Klette has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the German U22 national team back in 1999.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed to a 1-point CAI Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Assignia Manresa (12-14) 72-71 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Toppert scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (14-12) is placed eighth in the ACB. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team two years ago. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Nikita Khartchenkov
Nikita Khartchenkov
   #6. Forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) was not able to help CSU Sibiu (13-13) in their game against Ploiesti (19-7) in the Romanian Division A. Khartchenkov scored 9 points. But CSU Sibiu was defeated 98-83 on the road by the higher-ranked Ploiesti (#3). It was CSU Sibiu's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Khartchenkov has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Khartchenkov is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team five years ago.

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

   #1. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89, college: W.Kentucky) was the major contributor in Aris' victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (14-9) 78-60 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kerusch's third season in pro basketball. Aris Thessaloniki (11-12) is placed seventh in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Kerusch's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.4rpg in the 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Kerusch has never played in Germany.

   #2. Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Caciques (1-9) in their last game. Despite Sensley's very good performance the bottom-ranked Caciques was edged 80-77 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Vaqueros. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was Caciques' sixth consecutive loss in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Sensley has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.7spg in the three games. Sensley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

   #3. Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) led Tezenis Verona to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Tuscany Pistoia (16-8) 80-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. Waleskowski was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 17 rebounds. Tezenis Verona (11-12) is placed eighth in the Lega2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Waleskowski has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Waleskowski has never played in Germany.

   #4. Urule Igbavboa (205-C-87, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (20-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket lost 80-88 in Sundsvall to the lower-ranked (#6) Dragons. Igbavboa was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Igbavboa's third season in pro basketball. Igbavboa has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg and 5.4rpg in the 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #5. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: 011 Sports) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-19) crushing them 100-58 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. Sarovic scored 6 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BC Timisoara (20-5) is placed first in the Division A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sarovic's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg. He has also Serbian passport.

   #6. Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.) led Levice to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked B&W Opava crushing them 87-60 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Waleskowski recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Waleskowski has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3spg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Waleskowski used to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in German league.

   #7. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a Meridiano Alicante's victory against the fifth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC 79-68 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points. Stojic's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German. Despite Stojic's German passport, he previously played for the Croatian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the German team.

   #8. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) led Alaska Aces to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Powerade Tigers 102-100 in the Filipino PBA in Friday night's game. Thoss had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. This year Thoss has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1bpg in the nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Filipino. Despite Thoss' German nationality, he previously played for the Filipino national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #9. Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) managed to help Melilla Baloncesto in a victory against the league leader Canarias 77-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Wachsmann's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 6.2rpg in the 29 games.

   #10. Dorian Baclawski (189-G-86) was not able to secure a victory for Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn in their game against AZS PP Poznan in the Polish 2Liga (third division). He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was defeated 84-72. Baclawski's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. He has also Polish passport.



Regionalliga stars: Robert Franklin - by Moritz Korff

When the championship was on the line, Robert Franklin (195-F-81, college: N.Mexico Highlands) did what he does best: he filled the stats sheet. In a clash of top teams Citybasket Recklinghausen defeated Bochum 67-64 and with only game left to play this season pushed the Astro Stars from the number one spot in the 1. Regionalliga West. Franklin amassed 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in an amazing thriller. In the end it came to down to the little things, just like the 31-year-old had predicted before the game: 'It'll depend on the little things as getting the loose balls, taking charges, rebounding, playing smart overall.'

By overcoming the Astro Stars, the Recklinghausen team is only one win shy of capturing the RLW championship, which would also earn the team the right to move up to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. Considering his performances in the Regionalliga over the years and the fact that he has been named Eurobasket.com All-RLW Player of the Year following this past season, Franklin could have left Recklinghausen a long time ago. But he decided to remain loyal to the club for a reason: 'I received a fair amount of offers. I made my decision based upon the family oriented feeling from the organization', Franklin says, while adding: 'I do have the desire to play at a higher level as any other player, but it'll have to be the right situation at the right place.'

In this current campaign, which most likely will turn out to be a championship season for Franklin and Recklinghausen, the 2006 graduate of NCAA D2 program New Mexico Highlands is averaging 23.1 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.9 blocks per contest. No player in the RLW is as productive as the Philadelphia, Pa., native. Even though he added POY to his career accolades last year, Franklin was eager to continue making strides: 'I think I've improved by first recognizing my weaknesses. By that during my off season I wanted to concentrate on getting my body stronger and faster by going to the gym everyday lifting weights, jump roping, quick steps and a lot of cardio. I've also learned how to read my opponent and be a better team player/leader by being a positive player not only to myself but to my teammates.' And it pays off. Franklin needs only three words to describe Recklinghausen's secret of success this season: 'Chemistry, brotherhood, communication.' And which part does Coach Georg Kleine play in that stellar campaign? 'I think he's a great motivator as well as defense coach and pushes you past expectation', Franklin says.

On Saturday the Recklinghausen team will take on Willich in the final RLW game of the season. A win would seal the deal for Franklin and his teammates. And celebrations could continue, as Recklinghausen will play the WBV Cup final series against Giants Duesseldorf II only a couple of days later.



ProB Round 4 of 1/8 Finals (Play-Downs) - by Eurobasket News

Group play-downs
Licher Baeren - Bernau 90-55

The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. SSV Lok Bernau managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a quality performance of naturalized Israeli guard Guy Aud (182-89) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) who added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Aud is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Licher Baeren players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) 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:
Licher Baeren: G.Aud 21+4reb+1ast, T.Bradshaw 16+2reb+1ast, B.Young 12+9reb+4ast, R.Christen 11+6reb+1ast, V.Klassen 8+4reb+2ast, N.Pederson 8+2reb+1ast
Bernau: M.Woody 14+9reb, S.Trzcionka 12+2reb+2ast, M.Dathe 6, D.Klein 5+5reb+4ast, J.Jones 5+2reb, F.Schekauski 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171608


Fraport SKY II - ALBA Berlin II 95-75

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fraport Skyliners II made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) who added 23 points during the contest. Five Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. At the losing side international guard Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) responded with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Joey Ney (197-92) scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). ALBA Berlin II's coach Milan Pesic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 23+2reb+1ast, D.Jemison 20+3reb+1ast, F.Franke 18+6reb+1ast, D.Barthel 13+4reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 12+9reb+7ast, B.Nicolay 7+1reb
ALBA Berlin II: L.Staiger 24+7reb+6ast, J.Ney 21+4reb+1ast, D.Stackhouse 10+6reb+1ast, S.Fulle 8+1reb+1ast, M.Marin 5+2reb+1ast, T.Grauel 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171605


Bayer Giants - Giessen 83-76

Giessen Pointers were trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Bayer Giants, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Giessen Pointers' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and guard Farid Sadek (188-83) who added 7 points and 13 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jarrel Smith (200, college: Concordia Irvine) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) scored 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Five Giessen Pointers players scored in double figures. Giessen Pointers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: J.Eggleston 36+8reb+2ast, C.Robinson 12+3reb+6ast, M.Goddek 11+4reb+1ast, T.Joenke 8+4reb+7ast, F.Sadek 7+4reb+13ast, M.Rass 3
Giessen: J.Smith 25+6reb+1ast, D.Stevens 14+1reb+8ast, S.Rotaru 11+6reb, F.Rotaru 10+10reb+1ast, D.Lockhart 10+1reb+1ast, M.Pantke 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171607



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Greek A2 round 24 best performance: Ivan Krolo - by Eurobasket News

Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Apollon Patras, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Ermis Lagkada (#10, 12-12) 68-54. Apollon Patras maintains the 2nd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Apollon Patras will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. Krolo turned to be Apollon Patras' top player in his first season with the team. Ivan Krolo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.4rpg) and averages impressive 60.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Dimitris Karadolamis (204-F-87, agency: FCM) of OFI. Karadolamis had a very good evening with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead OFI to another comfortable win outscoring AEK/Argous (#16, 0-24) 100-70. This victory allowed OFI to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Karadolamis is well-known at OFI and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86, agency: FCM) of Amyntas Dafnis (#11). Tsougarakis scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Amyntas Dafnis, leading his team to a 74-58 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Perama Ermis (#12, 10-14). The chances of Amyntas Dafnis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tsougarakis could help Amyntas Dafnis to bring them higher in the standings. Tsougarakis has a very solid season. In 24 games in Greece he scored 8.4ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Filippos Moschovitis (190-G-78) of Nea Kifisia - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alexandros Sigounas (200-F-88) of Pagrati - 13 points and 10 rebounds
7. Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77) of Apollon Patras - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Giannis Dimakos (194-G-94) of Pagrati - 24 points and 7 assists
9. Sakis Veskoukis (195-G-80) of Pagrati - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 22 points and 2 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)



B Division: Aiolos Trikallon in the A2 league officially - by Chris Mammides

After 24 weeks and 6 weeks before the final end of the Second divisions league, the team of Coach Tzimas is officially in the A2 league after a great season full of positive results and currently with the amazing record of 22-2. The results in this 24th round were as follows:

Aiolos Trikallon - Near East 81-69
Quarters: 24-13, 39-31, 66-40, 81-69
The team of Coach Tzimas is mathematically in the A2 league as of yesterday with the victory over Near East and will now fight to break the record of all times in the division as if the Trikalla team succeeds to win the 4 out 6 remaining games will succeed to end the division with the best ever record of victories as currently has 22 and the record ever is 25! For the game there are not many things to say as Aiolos dominated in all edges against Themis Koupidis (198-G-84) team-mates with the deficits reaches the 30 points.
Top scorers:
Aiolos: Lepeniotis 12, Tsoutsos 10, Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81)
13, Harismidis 12
Near East: Themis Koupidis 22

Irakleio - Egaleo 88-76
Quarters: 29-21, 51-40, 68-51, 88-76
Another great game from the team of Coaches Bitzanis and Rallis, Irakleio who beat quite easily the team of Coach Gounaris, Egaleo with 12 points difference in a game in which the difference reached the 18 points at a stage and with Vangelis Papadopoulos (205-PF-85) performing probably his best game this season. Coach Gounaris saw his key player Karavolas not continuing his excellent performances and remaining in shallow waters.
Top scorers:
Irakleio: Stefanakis 11, Arnaoutakis 11, Vangelis Papadopoulos 22, Karalis 20
Egaleo: Giorgos Atzamoglou (190-G-83) 13, Simeopoulos 10, Ploumis 12, Karavolas 10.

Koroivos- MENT 76-60
Quarters: 15-10, 39-23, 60-37, 76-60
No problem for Coach Giannaris, Koroivos who reached his 8th consecutive victory in the league and is now in the 6th position of the league with a positive record of 14-10. Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) for another one game was amazing as he was eh top scorer and top rebounder of the game while Godopoulso followed with 14 points and 5 assists. The team from Amaliada reached the 30 points difference and that was the reason why Coach Giannaris gave some solid time to players like Antonopoulos, Theodoropoulos and Hatzopoulos with Kladis.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: Godopoulos 14, Sakellarakis 12, Agapiadis 10, Vangelis Gkeros 21, Antoniadis 12,
MENT: Zigouras 11, Kostas Pallis (200-F-79) 13, Sikallidis 11

Aias Evosmou - Diagoras 71-67
Quarters: 20-18, 32-43, 49-55, 71-67.
The newcomer head Coach Vassilis Aggelis was successful in his debut with Aias Evosmou in a very crucial game. The team from Evosmos, beat the solid team of Diagoras Rodou and Coach Tsakiris after performing a great fourth period where they overscored their opponents by 22-12. Even though Diagoras was leading the game for 34 minutes and sometimes with as many as 15 points, couldnt keep up in the last 6 minutes and lost fairly from the passionate players of Evosmos and especially, the experienced duet Gymnopoulos and Mavridis.
Top scorers:
AIAS: Gimnopoulos and Mavridis 14 points per head, Vassilis Skarlatos (197-F-87) 10
Diagoras: Stavros Pardakas (201-F-84) 18, Chrisis 12, Dimitriou 11 and Gavanopoulos 11

Iraklis - Stratoni 87-75
Quarters: 19-15, 36-40, 60-58, 87-75
A very crucial victory took place in Ivanofeion Melathron on behalf of Iraklis against Stratoni, with Coach Vatos team looking now for another three victories to safeguard the division in the remaining 6 games. The game was a derby for 35 minutes but after that and at the remaining five minutes, the trio Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87), Petallotis and Karagiolidis ooutscored the team of Coach Mythou with a 7-2 and earn the crucial victory, even though the top performer of the team and mostly top scorer, veteran guard Vasilis Moulakis played in this game injured and was not at his best physical situation.
Top scorers:
Iraklis: Moulakis 13, Tassos Traianos, Karagiolidis and PEtalotis 18 per head, Neofitidis 17
Stratoni: Giannis Vasiliadis (186-G-82) 12, Kigmetoglou 11, Daskalopoulos 11

Agia Paraskevi - Doukas 74-74 and 88-78 in OT
Quarters: 25-16, 43-37, 57-58, 74-74, 88-78 (in OT)
The greatest game f all this week took place in Agia PAraskevi as the home team of Coach Hatzipanigiris needed the extra five minute to finally win the ambitious team of Coach Giannopoulos, Doukas. The derby of the North suburb areas of Athens was really great and the 250 fans liked it big time. Kostas Hatzikostis (185-G-81) and Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) were the stand outs of the home team while Giorgos Passalidis (200-G-87) and Otountzidis were the top performers for the visitors who remained in the 8th place of the league with a record of 11-13 while the home team jumped to the 5th place with a positive record of 15-9 with dreams for something better until the end of the league (6 weeks from now) as the teams above have +1 and +2 points so mathematically is feasible.
Top scorers:
KAP: Kostas Hatzikostis 25, Sverkounos 11, Vangelis Tsiakas 22, Kouris 10
Doukas: Giorgos Passalidis 15, Stikas 11, Zakinthinos 12, Otountzidis 13, Vogiatzis 14

Niki Volou - Anagennisi Flogas 97-66
Quarters: 24-15, 49-24, 72-45, 97-66
There are not many details to say in a game which ends with 31 points for a team, Anagennisi is very close to the relegation and unless some magic takes place by Coach Karagiannidis the team of Anagennisis will follow Halkidona in the 3rd division after 5 consecutive seasons in the second division. On the other hand, Niki Volou is closer than even in the 3rd spot of the league currently having a 17-7 record being in the +1 from Irakleio as these two teams will try to earn the 3rd spot which will take them in the A2 Division next season.
Top scorers:
Niki: Mavrogiannis 13, Frousklias 11, Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 17, Stamos 15
Anagennisi: Smaras 11, Antonis Moumoglou (192-F-80) 16, Kasouras 11



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

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

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 14th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-14) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Bourousis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (14-10) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Bourousis has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(73-120), 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 72.2% in the 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, also represented by FCM). Papaloukas contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Bnei Hasharon (5-15) 92-75 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. He recorded 11 points and added 6 passes. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (17-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Papaloukas' first season with the team. This year Papaloukas averages: 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 85.7% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Greek national team in 2008.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, another player represented by FCM), who plays in Spain. Vasiliadis could not help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Gescrap BB was crushed 98-71 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow in the group F of Euroleague. Vasiliadis was the top scorer with 15 points in 24 minutes. This year Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 86.3% in the 18 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #4. Center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Theodoros Papaloukas. But that was another game of his team in Adriatic League which we would like to mention. Schortsanitis contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Radnicki Kragujevac (12-14) 92-76. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (24-1) is placed first in group A. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Schortsanitis has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Greek national team player.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #5. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) was the main contributor in a Gran Canaria 2014's victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-15) 70-65 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Bramos was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Bramos' third season in pro basketball. C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (11-15) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bramos' overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #6. Power forward Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.) contributed to a Denver Nuggets' victory against the Boston Celtics (25-22) 98-91 in the NBA on Saturday night. Koufos scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Denver Nuggets have 26-22 record this season. Koufos' total stats this year are: 5.3ppg and 5.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Dimitris Haritopoulos
Dimitris Haritopoulos
   #7. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, another player represented by FCM), who plays in the French ProA was not able to help ASVEL (10-13) in their last game. Despite Haritopoulos' very good performance ASVEL lost 81-87 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) JSF Nanterre. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Haritopoulos also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. It was ASVEL's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Haritopoulos' total stats are: 8.9ppg and 3.1rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
   #8. Center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis. However that was another game of his team in Euroleague which brought him to that list. Mavroeidis was not able to secure a victory for Gescrap BB (4-2) in their game against CSKA Moscow (5-1). He scored 9 points. But Gescrap BB (#2) was badly defeated 79-60 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group F of Euroleague. Mavroeidis has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #9. International forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Fotsis helped Armani Milano win their game against the 14th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-14) 95-89. He recorded 8 points in 30 minutes. Fotsis has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.7rpg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Savvas Manousos
Savvas Manousos
   #10. Power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) helped NH Ostrava win their game against the eighth-ranked B&W Opava (8-30) 80-71 in the Czech Republic NBL in Wednesday night's game. Manousos was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. BK Nova Hut Ostrava (24-14) is placed first in A2 group. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Manousos has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 6.3rpg. He is a former U16 international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) managed to help Montepaschi Siena in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Olympiakos 81-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. Zisis scored only 4 points and added 4 passes in 19 minutes. Zisis has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg in the 18 games. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #12. International center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84) helped his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg win their game against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk 68-64 in the Eurocup on Monday night. Mavrokefalidis recorded 6 points. Mavrokefalidis' stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (192-80) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the closely-ranked Real Madrid 98-90 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Papamakarios scored only 3 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 21 minutes. Papamakarios has averaged so far 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

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

   #15. Former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) couldn't help S.Antimo (8-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kommatos' good performance S.Antimo was defeated 80-71 on their home court in Sant'Antimo by the leading Trenkwalder RE. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kommatos averaged so far 11.8ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Greek national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rapla (14-12) 81-62 in the Estonian KML on Saturday night. Sokk scored 8 points and added 4 passes in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (22-3) is placed first in the KML. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sokk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Tartu Ulikool's roster. He is currently third on the list of best passers with 3.9apg. This year Sokk's other stats are: 7.9ppg and 1.7rpg in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Despite Sokk's Greek passport, he currently plays for the Estonian national team and is not eligible to play for the Greek team.

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

   #3. Alexey Savrasenko (215-C-79) was not able to help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) in the Euroleague. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Savrasenko scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Unics Kazan (#2) was edged 66-63 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC in the group G of Euroleague. It was Unics Kazan's third consecutive loss in a row. Savrasenko has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.7rpg in the 18 games. He has both Greek and Russian nationalities.

   #4. Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84), who plays in the French ProB (second division) was not able to secure a victory for JL Bourg (12-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tsagarakis' good performance JL Bourg was defeated 82-74 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3). He scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tsagarakis averaged so far 13.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.4apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and French. Despite Tsagarakis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team.

   #5. Nick Livas (198-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) contributed to Prievidza's victory against the seventh-ranked Levice (14-18) 71-66 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Friday. Livas scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Livas has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.0rpg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #6. Mannos Nakos (179-PG-88) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Uppsala Basket in their game against Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. He recorded only 4 points in 15 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 84-67. Nakos has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 1.6apg in the 35 games. He has also Swedish passport.

   #7. Elias Mouratidis (183-G-92) was the major contributor in a KFUM Blackebergs' victory against the sixth-ranked Haga Haninge 85-72 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. Mouratidis recorded 14 points (made all of his six free throws). Mouratidis averaged so far 12.1ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg. He has also Swedish citizenship.

   #8. Kosta Karamatskos (197-G-86) couldn't help Saar-Pfalz Braves in their game against Mitteldeutscher BC in the German ProA (second division). Karamatskos scored 6 points in 22 minutes. His team lost 64-77. Karamatskos has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.1apg in the 25 games. He has Greek and German nationalities. Despite Karamatskos' Greek passport, he previously played for the German U20 national team.

   #9. Antonis Sivorotka (203-F-85) managed to help Crailsheim Merlins to win against the closely-ranked USC Heidelberg 82-81 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Sivorotka scored only 2 points. Sivorotka has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.9rpg.

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



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 20-5
 2. Leiden 20-6
 3. Den Bosch 18-7
 4. Nijmegen 16-10
 5. Zwolle 10-16
 6. Leeuwarden 9-16
 7. Weert 5-20
 8. Rotterdam 4-22

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 66-68

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 7: Leiden - Leeuwarden
Apr. 7: Zwolle - Weert
Apr. 7: Den Bosch - Groningen


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-1 
 2. Amsterdam 19-5 
 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 3-21 

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. 25: Jugglers - Amsterdam 67-106
Mar. 24: Almonte - Rotterdam 2 63-55
Mar. 24: Goba - Cangeroes 57-108
Mar. 24: De Groene - Punch 54-61

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 14: Red Giants - Cangeroes
Apr. 14: Amsterdam - Punch
Apr. 14: Almonte - Hoofddorp
Apr. 14: De Hoppers - Rotterdam 2
Apr. 14: Binnenland - Leiden 2
Apr. 14: Jugglers - Goba
Apr. 14: De Groene - Akrides
Mar. 31: Akrides - Red Giants
Apr. 1: Almonte - Leiden 2
Apr. 7: Red Giants - De Groene


Eredivisie Round 29 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Leeuwarden (9-16) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Nijmegen (16-10) on Saturday. The visitors from Nijmegen managed to secure only nine-point victory 99-90. However their fans expected easier game. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Nijmegen's coach Michael Schuurs used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Nijmegen maintains fourth place with 16-10 record. Leeuwarden lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Nijmegen will have a break next round. Leeuwarden will play on the road against the league's second-placed Leiden (#2).

Den Bosch - Leiden 66-68
The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Leiden's (20-6) road victory over 3rd placed Den Bosch (18-7) 68-66 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-11. But Den Bosch won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Leiden won last quarter 17-16. Den Bosch was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and international forward Stefan Wessels (203-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Den Bosch. Leiden have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-6 record having just -1 point less than leader Groningen. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Leiden will face Leeuwarden (#6) at home in the next round. Den Bosch will play against the league's leader Groningen in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leiden: T.Jackson 15+1reb, J.Shepherd 14+7reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 13+5reb, S.Boxley 8+4reb+4ast, A.Slagter 8+3reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 5+2reb
Den Bosch: R.Jansen 17+1reb+3ast, S.Wessels 13+5reb+2ast, F.Turner 13+3reb+2ast, D.Steenvoorde 8+3reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 6+5reb+2ast, T.Wesley 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 170048


Weert - Zwolle 83-69
There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Zwolle (10-16) lost on the road to seventh ranked Weert (5-20) 83-69 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Weert. Zwolle was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Weert outrebounded Zwolle 51-38 including a 39-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds. International center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Weert players scored in double figures. Weert's coach Jim Meil used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Cameron Wells (185-88, college: Citadel, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 24 points and 6 assists and international forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Zwolle. Weert maintains seventh place with 5-20 record. Zwolle lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Weert will face again higher ranked Zwolle (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Weert: K.van Kempen 17+11reb+3ast, R.Fletcher 16+1reb+4ast, Y.Coleman 14+20reb+1ast, N.Vorenhout 13+7reb, R.Harman 7+2reb+9ast, D.Minter 7+4reb
Zwolle: C.Wells 24+4reb+6ast, N.Hulzebos 13+4reb+4ast, G.Robinson 10+12reb+2ast, A.Saaka 8+6reb+2ast, K.Zondervan 7+2reb+1ast, A.Bunnig 4+2reb
gschID: 170045


Leeuwarden - Nijmegen 90-99 OT
Sixth-ranked Leeuwarden (9-16) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Nijmegen (16-10) on Saturday. The visitors from Nijmegen managed to secure only nine-point victory 99-90. However their fans expected easier game. Leeuwarden was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-26 charge of Nijmegen, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-3. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Maurice Acker (173-87, college: Marquette, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners. Nijmegen's coach Michael Schuurs used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Nigerian forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and naturalized Dominican guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Leeuwarden. Five Nijmegen and four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. Nijmegen maintains fourth place with 16-10 record. Leeuwarden lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Nijmegen will have a break next round. Leeuwarden will play on the road against the league's second-placed Leiden (#2).
Top scorers:
Nijmegen: R.Bekkering 23+11reb+1ast, M.Acker 22+1reb+7ast, M.Humphrey 17+8reb+4ast, L.Hargrove 15+8reb+3ast, H.Bekkering 12+3reb, M.Aarts 5+3reb
Leeuwarden: M.Adako 23+6reb, T.de Paula 16+5reb+3ast, L.Jeter 16+4reb+4ast, M.Sanchez 12+6reb+1ast, V.Lietmeijer 7+4reb+1ast, B.Rozzell 7+4reb
gschID: 170046


Zwolle - Rotterdam 72-84
There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Rotterdam (4-22) won against on the road 5th ranked Zwolle (10-16) 84-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Rotterdam. Zwolle was better in third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zwolle was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Nikki Hulzebos (206-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Zwolle. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rotterdam maintains eighth place with 4-22 record. Zwolle lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 16 games lost. Rotterdam will have a break next round. Zwolle will play at home against Weert (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: T.Sally 23+10reb+4ast, N.Oudendag 14+11reb+3ast, S.Mladenovic 12+5reb+2ast, S.De Haas 10+1reb, L.Williams 8+2reb+2ast, S.Mladenovic 6+1reb
Zwolle: N.Hulzebos 18+10reb+2ast, A.Saaka 13+10reb+4ast, G.Robinson 11+10reb, C.Wells 10+7reb+8ast, B.Veenstra 7+2reb, A.Bunnig 6
gschID: 170047


Leiden - Nijmegen 85-73
Not a big story in a game when 4th placed Nijmegen (16-10) lost on the road to second ranked Leiden (20-6) 85-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Nijmegen was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Nijmegen 44-33 including 29 on the defensive glass. Nijmegen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Seamus Boxley (201-82, college: Portland St.) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Nijmegen. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leiden have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-6 record having just -1 point less than leader Groningen. Nijmegen at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Leiden will face Leeuwarden (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Leiden: J.Shepherd 22+5reb+2ast, S.Boxley 16+6reb+4ast, W.de Jong 13+3reb, P.Hilliman 11+10reb, M.Kherrazi 9+6reb, A.Slagter 6+1reb+6ast
Nijmegen: R.Bekkering 15+8reb, M.Humphrey 14+5reb+2ast, M.Acker 12+2reb+3ast, L.Hargrove 10+5reb+1ast, T.Vermeulen 8+1reb+3ast, M.Aarts 5+1reb



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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 21-3 
 2. Albacomp 19-4 
 3. Szolnok 19-4 
 4. Kormend 17-6 
 5. Atomeromu 16-7 
 6. Kecskemeti 13-10 
 7. PVSK Pannon 11-12 
 8. Soproni 10-13 
 9. Kaposvari 9-14 
 10. FS Debrecen 8-16 
 11. Szedeak 7-17 
 12. Marso NYKK 7-17 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-18 
 14. ZTE KK 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 23: Szolnok - Kecskemeti 95-71
Mar. 24: Marso NYKK - FS Debrecen 88-90
Mar. 24: Soproni - Jaszberenyi 87-74
Mar. 24: ZTE KK - Atomeromu 86-93
Mar. 24: Falco-Szova - Kormend 72-64
Mar. 24: PVSK Pannon - Albacomp 71-98
Mar. 25: Szedeak - Kaposvari 70-71

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 28: Atomeromu - Szolnok
Mar. 28: Kormend - Kecskemeti
Mar. 28: Jaszberenyi - Falco-Szova
Mar. 28: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon
Mar. 28: Kaposvari - Soproni
Mar. 28: Szedeak - Marso NYKK
Mar. 28: Albacomp - ZTE KK


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-.22.1 
 3. Ciric, PVSK P.21.7 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.5 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.9 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.19.7 
 8. Levy, Szedeak19.4 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.1 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.9 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.7 
 3. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.3 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.8 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.7 
 8. Townes, Kormend8.6 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.3 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.3 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok6.0 
 3. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.8 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.5.6 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.7 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.6 
 9. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.1 
 10. Drahos, Szedeak4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.8 
 2. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.6 
 3. Drahos, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak2.3 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 8. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Townes, Kormend2.3 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 4. Levy, Szedeak1.1 
 5. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 7. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 
 10. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 


A Division Round 23: Kormend loses to Falco-Szova in the game between Top 4 teams - 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.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Szombathely. First ranked host Falco-Szova (21-3) defeated 4th placed Kormend (17-6) 72-64. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Kormend won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fair Dickinson) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) responded with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Kormend's coach Zoran Martic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falco-Szova have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-3 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Falco-Szova are looking forward to face Jaszberenyi (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kormend will play against Kecskemeti (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Division top team - Falco-Szova (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Jaszberenyi (6-18) 101-89. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Chad Timberlake accounted for 30 points and 5 assists. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) came up with 21 points and 6 assists for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Falco-Szova have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-3 record. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Falco-Szova will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jaszberenyi will play again at home against the league's leader Falco-Szova (#1) in Szombathely and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Pecs supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Albacomp (19-4) played at the court of 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (11-12). Albacomp smashed PVSK Pannon 98-71 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Damian Hollis who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Andrija Ciric produced 24 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Szolnok. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Albacomp will meet at home bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against FS Debrecen (#10) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Szeged. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 11th ranked Szedeak (7-17) to ninth ranked Kaposvari (9-14) 71-70 on Sunday evening. Nikolas Raivio saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Szedeak's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kaposvari maintains ninth place with 9-14 record. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soproni (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szedeak will play against Marso NYKK in Nyiregyhaza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Nyiregyhaza. Tenth ranked FS Debrecen (8-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Marso NYKK (7-17) 90-88 in the fight for the tenth place. It was a great evening for Miklos Szabo who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for FS Debrecen. They maintain tenth place with 8-16 record. Marso NYKK lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. FS Debrecen will face higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso NYKK will play on the road against Szedeak (#11) in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Jaszberenyi lost to Soproni on the opponent's court 74-87. Bottom-ranked ZTE KK unfortunately lost to Atomeromu in a home game 86-93. Kecskemeti was rolled over Szolnok on the road 71-95. Szedeak defeated Marso NYKK on its own court 92-86. FS Debrecen beat ZTE KK in a road game 91-74.


Szedeak - Kaposvari 70-71
A very interesting game took place in Szeged. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 11th ranked Szedeak (7-17) to ninth ranked Kaposvari (9-14) 71-70 on Sunday evening. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 26-23 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Gergely David (206-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Szedeak. Four Szedeak players scored in double figures. Szedeak's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kaposvari maintains ninth place with 9-14 record. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be higher ranked Soproni (#8) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szedeak will play against Marso NYKK in Nyiregyhaza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 19+9reb+1ast, J.Levy 15+7reb+4ast, N.Dukic 13+10reb+1ast, R.Laslo 10+5reb, G.Drahos 7+2reb+4ast, Z.Kiss 4+6reb+1ast
Kaposvari: N.Raivio 28+10reb+3ast, C.Gosa 12+4reb+2ast, G.David 10+10reb+1ast, K.Ahelegbe 9+4reb+2ast, J.Lekli 7+6reb, B.Szoke 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146773


PVSK Pannon - Albacomp 71-98
The game in Pecs supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Albacomp (19-4) played at the court of 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (11-12). Albacomp smashed PVSK Pannon 98-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Albacomp outrebounded PVSK Pannon 39-20 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 18 points. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) produced 24 points and American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Szolnok. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Albacomp will meet at home bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against FS Debrecen (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: A.Ciric 24+3reb, J.Doyne 16+7reb+1ast, N.Toth 10+4reb+3ast, N.Vasojevic 9+1reb+3ast, O.Biro 4, A.Halasz 3+1reb
Albacomp: D.Hollis 23+7reb+1ast, Z.Supola 18+3reb+3ast, B.Simon 17+4ast, M.El Amin 13+8reb+2ast, A.Keller 10+6reb+1ast, R.Hendlein 8+9reb
gschID: 146769


Soproni - Jaszberenyi 87-74
Very expected game when 13th ranked Jaszberenyi (6-18) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Soproni (10-13) 87-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Soproni. Jaszberenyi was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) helped adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soproni maintains eighth place with 10-13 record. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Soproni will face Kaposvari (#9) on the road in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play against the league's leader Falco-Szova (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: K.Austin 22+8reb+2ast, R.Dramicanin 19+8reb, B.Horti 12+7reb, J.Hodges 12+2reb+3ast, G.Fulop 4+2reb, C.Borszeki 3+1reb
Soproni: B.Egemonye 23+12reb, J.Rubin 20+7reb+4ast, D.Thomas 15+7reb+12ast, N.Takacs 11+4reb+1ast, F.Boldizsar 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Vesztergom 6+3reb
gschID: 146770


Marso NYKK - FS Debrecen 88-90
Important game to mention about took place in Nyiregyhaza. Tenth ranked FS Debrecen (8-16) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Marso NYKK (7-17) 90-88 in the fight for the tenth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Marso NYKK won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when FS Debrecen won last quarter 24-24. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. American swingman Fred Warrick (195-76, college: Coppin St., agency: Alti Sport) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points. Four FS Debrecen and five Marso NYKK players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for FS Debrecen. They maintain tenth place with 8-16 record. Marso NYKK lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. FS Debrecen will face higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Marso NYKK will play on the road against Szedeak (#11) in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: F.Warrick 25+6reb, S.Fekete 18+3reb+2ast, M.Mohacsi 18+2reb, I.Miskovic 10+8reb, E.Sitku 10+7reb, D.Kandic 7+2reb
FS Debrecen: M.Szabo 27+9reb+1ast, J.Ingram 25+1reb+4ast, M.Schachtner 17+7reb+2ast, D.Moore 15+9reb+2ast, G.Boros 4+4reb+3ast, T.Papp 2+3reb
gschID: 146771


ZTE KK - Atomeromu 86-93
Very predictable result in Zalaegerszeg where fifth ranked Atomeromu (16-7) defeated bottom-ranked ZTE KK (1-23) 93-86 on Saturday. ZTE KK trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 28-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 86-93 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for international swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) helped adding 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. American power forward Esian Henderson (204-86, college: Central Mo.) responded with 24 points and the other American import guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: TSS Management) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Five Atomeromu and four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Atomeromu. They maintain fifth place with 16-7 record. ZTE KK lost their twelfth game in a row. Defending champion stay dead last with 23 lost games. Atomeromu will face higher ranked Szolnok (#3) in Szolnok in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play on the road against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: E.Henderson 24+4reb+1ast, T.Kelley 20+2reb+4ast, G.Toth 17+6reb, A.Vertetics 15+2reb+3ast, D.Gaspar 8+1reb+3ast, T.Whitworth 2+1reb
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 24+5reb+2ast, L.Williams 17+3reb+6ast, A.Toth 13+2reb+1ast, G.Koertelyesi 13+6reb+1ast, N.Williams 11+4reb+3ast, T.Frost 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 146772


Szolnok - Kecskemeti 95-71
Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Kecskemeti (13-10) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Szolnok (19-4) 95-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Szolnok. Kecskemeti was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kecskemeti 34-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Szolnok looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Kecskemeti's players. It was a great evening for international point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) responded with 21 points and American guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Five Szolnok and four Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Szolnok moved-up to second place, which they share with Albacomp. Kecskemeti lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Szolnok will face Atomeromu (#5) in Paks in the next round. Kecskemeti will play on the road against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: K.Wittmann 21+3reb+3ast, B.Perine 12+4ast, I.Pap 10+3reb+1ast, M.Meszaros 10+2reb+3ast, Z.Bencze 6+2reb, M.Csorvasi 5+7reb
Szolnok: M.Bader 16+7reb, O.Trotter 15+7reb+11ast, M.Fodor 10+1reb+3ast, B.Gay 10+4reb+4ast, J.Mills 10+7reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 146767


Falco-Szova - Kormend 72-64
The game between Top Four teams took place in Szombathely. First ranked host Falco-Szova (21-3) defeated 4th placed Kormend (17-6) 72-64. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Kormend won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) responded with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Kormend's coach Zoran Martic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Falco-Szova have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-3 record. Kormend at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Falco-Szova are looking forward to face Jaszberenyi (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kormend will play against Kecskemeti (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: I.Nemeth 15+2reb+2ast, C.Ferencz 9+1ast, M.English 9+6reb+6ast, D.Townes 8+4reb, G.Fodor 7+2reb+2ast, J.Eilingsfeld 7+3reb
Falco-Szova: C.Timberlake 16+4reb+4ast, L.Kalman 15+1reb+5ast, D.Pantelic 14+15reb+2ast, Z.Szabo 13+5reb+1ast, T.Harazin 5+3reb, L.Simon 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146768


Round 24
Jaszberenyi - Falco-Szova 89-101
A Division top team - Falco-Szova (21-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Jaszberenyi (6-18) 101-89. It looked good early as Jaszberenyi took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Falco-Szova had a 32-20 second period charge getting the lead and Jaszberenyi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-101. Falco-Szova shot 63.3 percent from the field and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fair Dickinson) accounted for 30 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Five Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. American guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) came up with 21 points and 6 assists and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) added 26 points respectively for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Falco-Szova have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-3 record. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi keeps the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Falco-Szova will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jaszberenyi will play again at home against the league's leader Falco-Szova (#1) in Szombathely and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 26+4reb, J.Hodges 21+4reb+6ast, K.Austin 18+5reb+5ast, B.Horti 9+5reb+3ast, A.Szogi 8+3reb+1ast, C.Borszeki 5
Falco-Szova: L.Kalman 31+6reb+5ast, C.Timberlake 30+4reb+5ast, Z.Szabo 10+2reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 10+10reb+5ast, T.Harazin 10+4reb, L.Simon 7+2ast
gschID: 170939


Szedeak - Marso NYKK 92-86
The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Szedeak's (7-17) home victory over 12th ranked Marso NYKK (7-17) 92-86 on Sunday. Szedeak made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Szedeak outrebounded Marso NYKK 49-34 including 36 on the defensive glass. Marso NYKK was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) helped adding 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Damjan Kandic (208-84, agency: 011 Sports) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Szedeak and five Marso NYKK players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Szedeak maintains eleventh place with 7-17 record, which they share with defeated Marso NYKK. Marso NYKK lost their fourth game in a row. Szedeak will face again Marso NYKK (#12) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: I.Miskovic 25+14reb+1ast, D.Kandic 17+6reb+1ast, B.Fields 15+2reb+1ast, S.Fekete 13+5reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 12+4reb+2ast, E.Sitku 4+2reb
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 24+13reb+3ast, J.Levy 22+14reb+4ast, N.Dukic 22+6reb, G.Drahos 17+5reb+3ast, Z.Kiss 5+1reb+1ast, I.Nyilas 2+8reb
gschID: 170940


Round 25
ZTE KK - FS Debrecen 74-91
There was no surprise in Zalaegerszeg where 14th ranked ZTE KK (1-23) was defeated by tenth ranked FS Debrecen (8-16) 91-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. FS Debrecen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Darren Moore (190, college: Cal-Irvine) helped adding 26 points and 9 rebounds. FS Debrecen's coach Raul Jimenez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Gergely Toth (207-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Esian Henderson (204-86, college: Central Mo.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for FS Debrecen. They maintain tenth place with 8-16 record. ZTE KK lost their twelfth game in a row. Defending champion stay dead last with 23 lost games. FS Debrecen will face higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play on the road against the league's second-placed Albacomp (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: G.Toth 16+6reb, E.Henderson 15+7reb, D.Gaspar 13+1reb+2ast, T.Kelley 12+5reb+3ast, T.Whitworth 6+4reb+2ast, A.Vertetics 6+1ast
FS Debrecen: M.Schachtner 29+7reb+1ast, D.Moore 26+9reb+1ast, J.Ingram 18+4reb+9ast, M.Szabo 7+8reb+2ast, G.Boros 4+1reb+4ast, T.Papp 3+2reb



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

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

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help Solna Vikings (17-19) in their last game. Despite Gunnarsson's very good performance Solna Vikings lost 82-89 on the road to the leading Sodertalje Kings. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Gunnarsson also added 4 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. It was Solna Vikings' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Gunnarsson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 86.8% in the 38 games he played so far. Gunnarsson played for the Icelandic senior national team three years ago.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern). He led Sundsvall Dragons to a victory over the closely-ranked LF Basket (20-16) 88-80 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Sigurdarson was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Sigurdarson belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4. This season he has very high stats. Sigurdarson averages: 19.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 39.9% and FT: 91.7%(110-120). He played for the Icelandic national team in 2009.

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Baeringsson was the major contributor in a Sundsvall Dragons' victory against the closely-ranked LF Basket (20-16) 88-80. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 33 minutes. Baeringsson is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 14.2ppg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%(148-265), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 76.6% in the 35 games. Baeringsson played for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Helgi Magnusson
Helgi Magnusson
   #4. Swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) contributed to a 08 Stockholm's victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) 86-78 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 08 Stockholm (3-3) is placed third in the Basketligan. It's Magnusson's first season with the team. Magnusson has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Icelandic national team back in 2009.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #5. Former international guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) helped Mitteldeutscher BC win their game against one of league's weakest teams Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-20) 77-64 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Vilhjalmsson scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (22-5) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Vilhjalmsson has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Darrel Lewis
Darrel Lewis
   #6. An experienced guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, agency: Two Points, college: Lincoln, MO), who plays in the Greek A2 (second division) was not able to help OFI (13-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lewis' good performance OFI was defeated 82-71 in Athens by the higher-ranked AEK (#5). He scored 11 points and had 6 steals. Lewis is currently first on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9spg. Lewis is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as he played for the Icelandic senior team seven years ago. Lewis used to play for Reynir S. in Icelandic league.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #7. Former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jakob Sigurdarson. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Ermolinskij was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their game against LF Basket (20-16). He cannot count it as his best performance. Ermolinskij scored only 1 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 13 minutes. Sundsvall Dragons was crushed 85-52 in Lulea by the higher-ranked (#5) LF Basket. Ermolinskij is currently fifth on the list of best passers with 5.3apg. He also averaged so far 13.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9spg in the 23 games. Ermolinskij used to play for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Olafur Sigurdsson
Olafur Sigurdsson
   #8. Point guard Olafur Sigurdsson (180-82) helped Aabyhoj win their game against the league outsider Falcon (7-20) 86-74 in the Danish Ligaen last Saturday. He recorded 8 points. Aabyhoj IF (6-15) is placed seventh in the Ligaen. Sigurdsson's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Icelandic U18 national team back in 2000.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88) plays for KFUM Jamtland in Swedish Basketligan
Sigurdur Einarsson (187-G-82) plays for Horsens IC in Danish Ligaen
Axel Karason (193-F-83) plays for Vaerlose in Danish Ligaen
Aske Thorsteinsson (185-F-86) plays for Aalborg in Danish Ligaen
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aabyhoj in Danish Ligaen

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



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Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 13-6 
 3. Hapoel Holon 12-8 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-8 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 10-9 
 6. Hapoel J-M 10-9 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 10-9 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 7-11 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 7-12 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-15 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 25: Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 92-75
Mar. 25: Elitzur Netanya - Ironi Ashkelon 92-73
Mar. 25: Hapoel J-M - B.C. Habikaa 87-61
Mar. 25: Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 74-76
Mar. 25: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 102-105

Round 21

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


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Banks, Elitzur22.0 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.9 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.6 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.8 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.4 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.6 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur18.3 
 8. Duncan, Maccabi17.9 
 9. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.8 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.8 
 2. Duncan, Maccabi8.3 
 3. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.2 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.1 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Dowell, B.C. H.7.3 
 9. Kitchen, Maccabi7.1 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.5 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.6.5 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.4 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.6 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Lifshitz, Elitzu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derwin KITCHEN
  Maccabi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 2. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 3. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 4. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 5. Limonad, Ironi A.1.9 
 6. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.8 
 8. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.8 
 9. Robinson, B.C. H.1.8 
 10. Skinn, Ironi Ashk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Hapoel J.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 2. Uter, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.1 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 8. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.0 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi1.0 


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

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

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Omri Casspi (204-88), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-28) in their last game. Despite Casspi's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 80-93 on the road to the Orlando Magic. He scored 11 points in a mere 16 minutes on the court. It's Casspi's first season with the team. This year Casspi averages: 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 59.4% in the 45 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.). Mekel led Benetton Treviso to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Angelico Biella (11-14) 96-94 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Benetton Treviso (11-13) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Mekel's overall stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 68.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Polish. Mekel is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (188-88, agency: N.E.T.). He was the major contributor in Kotwica's victory against the second-ranked AZS Koszalin (16-16) 70-67 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Brandwein recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Kotwica Kolobrzeg (16-16) is placed third. Brandwein has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 40.1%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 80.4%. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Former Elitzur Yavne starter played for the Israeli U20 national team four years ago.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
   #4. Center Robert Rothbart (217-86) contributed to Amit12's victory against the fourth-ranked Buducnost (17-8) 72-68 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Rothbart scored 6 points in 20 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (14-12) is placed sixth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Adriatic League. This year Rothbart's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the 22 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli nationalities. Rothbart used to play for the Israeli national team back in 2010.

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

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
   #6. Guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) contributed to a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (3-3) 68-64 in the Eurocup last Monday. Halperin recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Halperin is currently fourth on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.2apg. Halperin is an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Ram Elias-Pour
Ram Elias-Pour
   #7. U20 international center Ram Elias-Pour (208-93) was not able to help Zwolle (10-16) in their game against Rotterdam (4-22) in the Dutch Eredivisie. Elias-Pour cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Zwolle was defeated 84-72 at home by the league outsider Rotterdam (#8). It was Zwolle's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Elias-Pour's total stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 1.4rpg. He is also Israeli U20 national team player.

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

   #1. Jason Thomas (191-G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: American) led Boras Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (21-15) 84-67 in the Swedish Basketligan on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Thomas had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Boras Basket (21-15) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in the 36 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

   #2. Guy Aud (182-G-89) was the main contributor in a Licher Baeren's victory against the 13th-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-22) crushing them 90-55 in the German ProB (third division) in Sunday night's game. Aud was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Licher Basket Baeren (11-11) is placed ninth in Group South. This year Aud's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg in the 24 games. He has also German passport. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #3. Experienced Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help Atenas (16-14) to beat Regatas Corrientes (15-15). He scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes. Atenas lost in an overtime 81-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#10) Regatas Corrientes. This year Sucatzky's total stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.7apg in the 46 games. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Argentinian. Despite Sucatzky's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Argentinian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team.

   #4. Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85, also represented by Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Edward's) managed to help Barako Bull Energy in a victory against the closely-ranked Petron Blaze (3-5) 94-80 in the Filipino PBA last Wednesday. Weinstein scored only 2 points in 16 minutes. Barako Bull Energy (4-5) is placed fifth in the PBA. The Regular Season already ended. This year Weinstein averages just 2.0ppg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Weinstein used to play for Elitzur Maccabi Netanya in Israeli league.



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 18-6 
 2. Umana Venezia 15-9 
 3. Bennet Cantu 15-9 
 4. Banco di Sard. 15-9 
 5. Scavolini PS 15-9 
 6. Armani Mit 14-10 
 7. CS Bologna 14-10