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  ACPBL   



Bombers are focused on closing out regular season and championship ring - by Mike Lee

The talented Beltway Bombers have three (3) regular season games remaining (March 31st vs Manhattan Pride, April 14th vs Hartford Lightning, and April 21st vs Delaware Destroyers), all of which are on the Bombers home court. Their relentless pressure defense, explosive multiple scorers, unselfish execution, and great coaching makes the Bombers a favorite to win the ACPBL championship. While they are led by 'Mr Triple-Double' Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80),, who is averaging 36 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assits per game, the Bombers have several other explosive double-figure scorers in Antonio Haymon (6'6''-F-88, college: Lee), Cavell Johnson, Jamaal Wise, Camontae Griffin, Evan Martin and Rogers Barnes. Coach Chaz adds 'that we have a group of talented pros whose only agenda is winning. We look to exploit mis-matches on offense, make teams uncomfortable with our pressure defense, and execute smart and unselfishly. Our players clearly understand that more can be accomplished by utilizing each others pro talents. When we play at out best, I like our chances against another team playing at their best.'

One pro scout described the Bombers as 'the most talented, fastest, unselfish, relentless, quickest, physical, biggest, nastiest, athletic, respected, well coached, and hated on pro team in the league. When the Bombers have all their players at a game, they play with very bad intentions and are a major problem for opposing teams to deal with. You better catch them when they are short-handed of their key guys'.

The Beltway Bombers, Delaware Destroyers and Hartford Lightning are all battling for the top overall seeds.



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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.


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

32-year old center Nakiea Miller (204-C-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Philip.Patriots and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Singapore S. (#6, 5-9) 82-70. It allowed Philip.Patriots to consolidate first place in the ASEAN League . Philip.Patriots have a solid 11-2 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Philip.Patriots, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 11.4rpg) and averages solid 2.7bpg and 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Calvin Williams (206-F-87) of Thailand S.. He is American forward in his first season at Thailand S.. In the last game Williams recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Thailand S. cruised to a 80-69 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked KL Dragons (#3, 7-6). This victory allowed Thailand S. to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Thailand S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.3ppg (#6). He also registered 13.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81) of Bangkok C. (#5). Lewis scored 16 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). Despite Lewis' great performance Bangkok C. lost 67-74 to slightly higher-ranked Satria Muda (#4, 7-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bangkok C. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lewis could try to bring Bangkok C.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Lewis has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.6rpg (5th best). Lewis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82) of Satria Muda - 10 points and 15 rebounds
5. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of Saigon H. - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Saigon H. - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Kyle Jeffers (207-C-85) of Singapore S. - 19 points and 13 rebounds
8. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81) of Satria Muda - 12 points and 14 rebounds
9. Dalron Johnson (206-F-81) of Petron Blaze - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Louis Graham (205-F/C-84) of Singapore S. - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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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%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Andersen played also for the Australian national team in 2010.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports). He 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. Ingles 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. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ingles is currently a member 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. He was not able to help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Jawai's very good performance Unics Kazan (#2) was edged 66-63 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC in the group G of Euroleague. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. It's Jawai's first season with the team. Jawai's overall stats this year are: 7.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 62.5%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Jawai played also for the Australian national team in 2009.

Steven Markovic
Steven Markovic
   #4. 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. He recorded 20 points and added 5 assists in 29 minutes. 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 has a dual citizenship: Australian and Serbian. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Markovic is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #5. International 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 on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Kickert scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (1-4) is placed sixth in Group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Kickert has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #6. 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 in Saturday night's game. Newley scored 13 points in 21 minutes. Valencia Basket (15-11) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Newley's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Newley is also an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #7. International 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 last Tuesday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) is placed first. Maric's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 2.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Maric is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #8. An experienced power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78) 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. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Carter is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #10. 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 (6-0) in their game against Buducnost (3-3). He recorded 6 points in only 5 minutes. Valencia Basket lost 71-75 in Podgorica to the second-ranked Buducnost in the group I of Eurocup. Ogilvy has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 3.0rpg in the seven games. Despite he played previously for the Irish national team, Ogilvy is also an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. 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 on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Barlow has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Irish national team, Barlow is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #12. 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 in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. Baynes is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.9rpg. He also averaged so far 13.8ppg in the 22 games. Despite Baynes played previously for the New Zealand national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, college: UNLV), who plays in the New Zealand NBL couldn't help Otago OceanaGold Nuggets (2-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dickel's very good performance Otago OceanaGold Nuggets were badly defeated 94-75 in Palmerston North by the second-ranked McDonalds Manawatu Jets. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Dickel also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his five free throws). Dickel is currently third on the league's list of best passers. This season he has very high stats. Dickel averages: 18.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.8apg and 1.8spg. Despite he played previously for the New Zealand national team, Dickel is currently in the Australian U18 national team roster.

   #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 on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Janev also added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 14 games. Despite Janev played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he is currently in the Australian U21 national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard John Fitzgerald (193-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) was the main contributor in Malbas' victory against the ninth-ranked IK Eos crushing them 98-58 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night's game. Fitzgerald was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (made all of his six free throws). Fitzgerald is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Fitzgerald averages: 26.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 4.6apg and 4.2spg. Despite he played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, Fitzgerald is currently in the Australian national team roster.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-29) 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 was Cavaliers' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Irving's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Irving averages: 18.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.6apg in the 42 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.



Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 2 - by Eurobasket News

The Wildcats get one back on the Falcons, the Broncos crash back to earth, the Stingrays grab win number one, the Eagles and Suns go on a scoring spree, Ringwood continue to glide along and Bulleen and Melbourne both have some work to do ahead of round 3.
SCM ROUND UP
ROUND 2

In a showdown between last years grand finalists, albeit with very different squads, Eltham managed to turn the tables and snare a 19pt win thanks to a rip-ping second half. Matt Fennell put down 19pts, Karl Beston had 18pts and four others hit double digits for the sharing and caring Wildcats, while in his first game with the Falcons Bennie Lewis netted 17pts.
Waverley is still far from full strength, but they sit zip and two and need to get moving quickly.
A new-look Bulleen is yet to grab a win after succumbing to a fired-up Corio Bay in front of a frenetic home crowd. Jason Reardon (189-G-83) (27pts), Stefan Osborne (23pts) and a spritely Paul Hutchison (15pts) all looked the goods, while for the Boomers other than Corey Standerfer (PF, college: York, NB) (20pts) and Darren Best (19pts) it was a reasonably quiet night. With Eric Williams still to come, the Stingrays will be delighted to be on the board.
www.bigv.com.au
Defence went out the window when Diamond Valley and Sherbrooke met in a 193pt shootout, a game that featured 165 field goal attempts, 46 bombs from the arc and 50 trips to the foul line. An awful first quarter (27-7) put the Suns on the back foot, though a 41pt last term by the visitors did cause a few ripples. No massive point hauls from individuals on either team, just plenty of players getting amongst it and piling up the points.
The Suns bounced back on Sunday with a gutsy home win against Melbourne by 4pts in a game that was highlighted by 44 turnovers and sub-par shooting by both teams. Melbourne, like the Boom-ers and the Falcons sit without a win, which means this weeks game against Ringwood looms as an early-season crunch game for the Tigers.
Speaking of Ringwood, the Hawks remain unbeaten after a 17pt win against Hume City. The Broncos were pumped up after dual wins in round one, but up against one of the big dogs they looked a step behind, especially in a torrid first quarter that saw the Hawks race to a 29-10 lead. Game over. Impres-sively, at a time when foul shooting isnt crash hot across the league, the Hawks landed 22/27 at 81.5%
ROUND 2 RESULTS
Corio Bay 91 defeated Bulleen 74 D Valley 102 defeated Sherbrooke 91 Ringwood 90 defeated Hume City 73 Sherbrooke 63 defeated Melbourne 59 Eltham 86 defeated Waverley 67
Jason Reardon may have been quiet first up, but the champ left no stone unturned as he propelled Corio Bay to its first ever win. Reardon landed 27pts, grabbed 13rbs and nailed 5 treys. And lets not forget the Stingrays are yet to add import Eric Williams.
Double-doubles are a good gauge that a player has con-tributed, so it is little wonder Ringwood got the chocolates against the Broncos after Willie Weimer, Sam Belt and Shaun Clarke delivered double-doubles. Belt was the best of the trio with 24pts and 15rbs.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



Wolves roar on opening weekend (Round One MSBL Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Wanneroo Wolves made a successful start to their men's State Basketball League title defence with a pair of impressive round one victories.

Despite the absence of Greg Hire due to his Perth Wildcats commitments, Wanneroo comfortably beat Kalamunda Eastern Suns 110-95 before outlasting Cockburn Cougars in a 85-81 thriller on Sunday.

New import Jordan Wild was the star of the weekend for the Wolves, scoring 28 points in both games and making several key plays to help his side overturn a deficit in the final three minutes to beat Cockburn in a rematch of last year's semi final series.

The Cougars also suffered a heartbreaking 91-88 loss to Perth Redbacks, blowing a 19 point advantage as Wildcats trainee Michael Vigor led the visitors to victory with 30 points.

Vigor also figured in Perth's 119-85 mauling of Kalamunda Eastern Suns on Friday, incredibly racing from his cameo role in the Wildcats' win over Townsville at Challenge Stadium to Belmont, where he scored 17 points in just 17 minutes.

Regional sides Geraldton Buccaneers and Goldfields Giants both had mixed fortunes on their two-game road-trips, as the rivals both won on Saturday before losing Sunday.

The Giants were less than convincing in a 90-81 win over Rockingham before Stirling Senators overmatched them 96-71 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Geraldton thrashed reigning wooden spooners South West Slammers 108-70 on Saturday thanks to Aaron Ralph's 35 points but were disappointing in an 88-81 loss to Mandurah Magic.

The Magic's victory made up for a disappointing collapse in their 104-101 loss to 2011 runners-up Perry Lakes Hawks, which saw them blow an 11 point lead with just seven minutes left.

Last year's minor premiers Lakeside Lightning cruised to victory in their two games, thrashing Rockingham 136-89 before beating an inexperienced East Perth team 103-87.

American sharp-shooter Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) starred for Lakeside with 26 points against the Flames and a game-high 31 against the Eagles.

Willetton Tigers showed positive signs in their quest to bounce back from a frustrating 2011 campaign by beating Stirling 118-91.

Import Robert Kampman (27 points) and Wildcats development player Robert Cassir (197-G-91) (18 points and 10 rebounds) were Willetton's best performers.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of SBL



Diamon Simpson claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for 36ers and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Taipans (#5, 15-13) 79-75. Simpson turned to be 36ers' top player in his first season with the team. Saint Mary's College of California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simpson is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 59.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old New Zealand center Alex Pledger (213-C-87) of league's best team Breakers. Pledger impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Breakers lost that game 71-94 to slightly lower-ranked Blaze (#3, 17-11). Pledger is one of the most experienced players at Breakers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Joevan Catron (198-F-88) of Hawks (#8). Catron scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Hawks, leading his team to a 77-68 win against slightly higher-ranked Kings (#7, 11-17). Catron has a very solid season. In 27 games in Australia he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Oscar Forman (205-F/C-82) of Hawks - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82) of Breakers - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aaron Grabau (196-G/F-78) of Taipans - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Matthew Burston (211-F/C-82) of Tigers - 15 points and 13 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)



NBL: Kevin Lisch wins 2011/12 MVP award, Andrej Lemanis is Coach of the Year - by Eurobasket News

Perth Wildcats star import guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) has taken out the National Basketball Leagues Andrew Gaze Trophy for the Most Valuable Player of the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season.

The rugged American took the award after polling 105 votes during the course of the regular season to finish ahead of Cairns Taipans guard Jamar Wilson on 97. Sydney centre Julian Khazzouh finished third with 94 votes and New Zealands Cedric Jackson came fourth with 86.

Lisch led the NBL in scoring at 17.6 points per game and also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game, appearing in all 28 of the Wildcats matches. The award was presented at a glittering ceremony at Melbournes Crown Entertainment Complex last Monday night.



A full list of winners is below.

Coach of the Year (Lindsay Gaze Trophy) Andrej Lemanis (NZ Breakers)
Andrej Lemanis of the New Zealand Breakers took out the Lindsay Gaze Trophy as Coach of the Year after polling 53 votes to finish narrowly ahead of Aaron Fearne of the Cairns Taipans on 50 votes. Paul Woolpert of the Townsville Crocodiles came third on 23 votes and Rob Beveridge of Perth fourth on 22. Lemanis led the Breakers to their second successive minor premiership with a league-best 21-7 record.

Rookie of the Year Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) (Sydney Kings)
Sydney Kings young star Anatoly Bose was announced as the winner of the Rookie of the Year award. The lanky Bose entered the NBL with high expectations after a stellar college career that saw him as one of the top scorers in college basketball in the US. He didnt disappoint, averaging 15.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the season. He took out the award as a clear winner with 68 votes, to finish a full 30 ahead of second-placed Everard Bartlett (Adelaide) with 38. Chris Cedar of Townsville came third with 28 votes.

Most Improved Player Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) (Adelaide36ers)
Adelaide 36ers centre Daniel Johnson has been rewarded for his break-out season by being named as the Most Improved Player of 2011/12. Johnson won the award narrowly from Perths Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) and Townsvilles Jacob Holmes, who finished in a tie for second. Johnson polled 40 votes, while Holmes and Wagstaff each had 38. Alex Pledger (New Zealand) and Cameron Tragardh (Melbourne) finished tied for fourth with nine votes apiece. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks, all of which were up from his previous career highs of 10.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.7 blocks.

Best Defensive Player Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Mary) (Perth Wildcats)
Perth Wildcats guard Damian Martin has joined a select list of NBL superstars by being named the Best Defensive Player for the second year in a row. Martin took out the award for the NBLs best defender last season and went back-to-back this year to become just the eighth player in NBL history to win the award more than once. He joins the likes of Phil Smyth, Darnell Mee, Mike Kelly, Darren Lucas and Terry Dozier as multiple winners of the award. For the second straight year Martin beat out New Zealands Mika Vukona for the award, polling 59 votes to Vukonas 44. Martins teammate on the Boomers, Adam Gibson of Gold Coast, came third with 21 votes while Sydneys shotblocker extraordinaire Jerai Grant came fourth with 11.

Best Sixth Man Jesse Wagstaff (Perth Wildcats)
After putting in the sort of performances that usually demand a starters role, Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff has been named as the NBLs Best Sixth Man. Wagstaff took out the award in a canter, polling 67 votes to finish well clear of New Zealands Alex Pledger in second place on 20. Aaron Grabau of Cairns polled third with 15 votes. The Wildcats star averaged a career-high 11.6 points per game in his reserve role, as well as 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

All-NBL First Team
Kevin Lisch (Perth)
Cedric Jackson (NZ)
Julian Khazzouh (Sydney)
Mark Worthington (Gold Coast)
Tom Abercrombie (NZ)

All-NBL Second Team
Jamar Wilson (Cairns)
Adam Gibson (Gold Coast)
Cameron Tragardh (Melbourne)
Gary Wilkinson (NZ)
Peter Crawford (Townsville)

All-NBL Third Team
Daniel Johnson (Adelaide)
Eddie Gill (Townsville)
Damian Martin (Perth)
Adris Deleon (Gold Coast)
Jesse Wagstaff (Perth)

Referee of the Year
Michael Aylen

Courtesy of NBL



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

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Austrians who are currently playing 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. Despite Detrick played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team. Detrick 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). He 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). Maresch 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. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Maresch is currently 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. His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday's game. Opoku 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.

Ivan Djerman
Ivan Djerman
   #5. Former international forward Ivan Djerman (203-83) couldn't help Amicale (9-13) in their game against Residence (12-12) in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Djerman scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Amicale was badly defeated 91-73 in Bereldange by the lower-ranked (#4) Residence in the 1-6 places group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Djerman has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.4apg in the 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Austrian. Despite Djerman played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Austrian national team roster.

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. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Veremeenko played also for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79). He 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. Ulyanko 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. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.1%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 69.4%. Despite Ulyanko played previously for the Russian national team, he played also 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. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Parakhouski is currently 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. He 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. Kandrusevich's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Kandrusevich is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

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. Despite Stiggers played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belarusian national team roster. Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.

Sergey Karpov
Sergey Karpov
   #6. Forward Sergey Karpov (200-80), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (6-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was badly defeated 88-71 at home by the second-ranked Ataman. Karpov was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 3 passes. Karpov's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 2.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Karpov is also a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team two years ago.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #7. Former international forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, also represented by New Trend Agency) was not able to secure a victory for BC Odessa (20-15) in their game against Budivelnyk (26-6) in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored 6 points in 22 minutes. BC Odessa was edged 77-75 on their home court in Odessa by the leading Budivelnyk. Korshuk's 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. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Korshuk is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #8. Guard Valery Gandlin (191-86) couldn't help Kiryat Tivon (12-11) in their game against Beer Yaakov (18-5) in the Israeli National League (second division). He 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. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Gandlin is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Other top Belarusian players, who play abroad:

Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) plays for Siauliai in Lithuanian LKL
Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) plays for BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russian PBL
Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78) plays for Targu Mures in Romanian Div.A
Siergiej Zeludok (207-C-63) plays for Sportino in Polish 1Liga
Ivan Zhauniarovich (205-C/F-86) plays for L'Alfas in Spanish EBA
Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84) plays for Lev Hasharon in Israeli National League

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



Parakhouski Artsiom gets the Cup abroad - by Eurobasket News

Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) gets the Cup title in Ukraine with his Budivelnyk. The latter celebrated the Superleague Cup title as they overcame Ferro-ZNTU in the Final 82:70 to celebrate the trophy. Suad Sehovic scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Budivelnyk started the game with their trademark aggressive defense. They capitalized taking a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. Ferro-ZNTU started to suffocate offensively in the second quarter. Randy Culpepper was limited to only two points in the period and Budivelnyk surged ahead for a 50:33 halftime lead. Ferro-ZNTU tried too hard to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. However Zvezdan Mitrovic team wisely kept their opponents at bay in the frame securing an 18-point lead with one quarter remaining. Ferro-ZNTU cut the deficit in the final term but never got within a striking distance and had to surrender at the end. Andriy Agafonov produced 12 points, while Michailis Anisimovas contributed 10 points for the winners and Artsiom Parakhouski added 9. Randy Culpepper responded with 24 points for Ferro-ZNTU. Artem Butskyy delivered 14 points in the loss.
Randy Culpepper was named the MVP of Superleague Cup Final Four. He averaged impressive 32.5 points per game during the weekend.
A day earlier Budivelnyk beat Khimik 75:60 and advanced into Ukrainian Cup Final.



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

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83), who plays in Spain. He could not help Gescrap BB (4-2) to beat CSKA Moscow (5-1). Hervelle recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes on the court. The second-placed Gescrap BB was crushed 98-71 on the road by the leading CSKA Moscow in the group F of Euroleague. This year Hervelle averages: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 66.7% in the 16 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). Van Rossom was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (14-12) in their game against Real Madrid (20-6) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 85-71 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. 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. Despite Lichodzijewski played previously for the Polish national team, he played also for the Belgian national team in 2008.

Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover
   #4. An experienced guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, 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. Despite Hoover played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belgian national team roster. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #5. International 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. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Tabu-Eboma is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #6. Guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) managed to help Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih to win against the closely-ranked Hoverla (18-16) 103-90 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. 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. Faison's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Faison is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster. He used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

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 in Saturday night's game. 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 is currently fifth on the list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. He also averaged so far 17.0ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 21 games. Despite Jorssen played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
   #8. Guard Christopher Jones (188-90), who plays in the Luxembourg Diekirch League was not able to secure a victory for Amicale (9-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jones' good performance Amicale was badly defeated 91-73 in Bereldange by the lower-ranked Residence (#4) in the 1-6 places group. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Jones is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Amicale's roster. Jones is currently first on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.2apg and 2.6spg. Despite Jones played previously for the Luxembourg national team, he is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spanish ACB
Sebastien Maio (190-G-78) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Mark Acres (210-C-62) plays for Benfica in Portuguese LPB
Kandi Mukole (203-F) plays for Guildford Heat in British BBL
Karim Nesba (188-G-86) plays for RSB Berkane in Moroccan D1
Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88) plays for Sparta in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80) plays for Helsingborg in Swedish Basketettan

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



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RIVALRIES ARE TAKING SHAPE IN BECOL TOURNAMENT!!! - by David Magana

The 6th Annual BECOL Basketball Tournament rolled on this past Friday at the Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town, as game 1 kicked off in the Under 21 Division where Young Money (1 0) opened up their season with a blowout of the winless Ghetto Heats (0 2), 54 32. Young Money was lead by Winston Pratt (186-G-90), Dijon McNabb and Johan Cutto Bermudez who scored 18, 11 and 9 respectively, while in the loss, C. Vasquez was the top scorer for Ghetto Heats with 14 points. In game 2, in the Over 35 division, JCF (1 1) was able to record their first win of the season, defeating the short-handed Hydro (0 2) by the score of 64 57. Karim Juan had the game high with 31 points, while Desmond Decky Berry also helped out with 16 points for JCF, while in a losing effort, Gerald Hedge Usher and Douglas Doc Smith sank 29 and 15 points respectively. In the nightcap, the young and upstart Hydro (3 0) team squeaked by the sub-champs, E-3 (1 1) by the score of 57 56 in a much anticipated Senior matchup. With the win, Hydro is now claiming supremacy in that division, despite their youth, as they were lead by Winston Pratt who had a great game with 32 points, while Daniel Buddy Nolberto helped out with 15 points. In a losing effort, Kurt Burgess (196-F) sank 28 points while Elroy Shabba Willis added 11 points.
Saturday Night kicked off with an Under 18 game, where S. I. Spurs (1 - 0) defeated Mt. Carmel (0 1) 38 32. Spurs was lead by Jovanni Budna and Jonah Welcome who netted 19 and 8 points respectively, while Charles Ponce and Darwin Quetzal lead the scoring for Mt. Carmel with 16 and 10 points each. Game 2 featured the clash of the favorites in the Under 21 division, where JDB Ballers (2 0) has established their name in this division, defeating the sub-champs Flames (0 - 1) by the score of 58 54. In this hotly contested game, JDB Ballers was lead by the Big 3 - Vinnie Garbutt, Shimeon Simpson and Matthew Young who scored 21, 18 and 9 points respectively, while in a losing effort Elvis Zui Usher and Tre Usher topped the box score for Flames with 12 points each. In the nightcap, Galen (1 1) registered their first of the season by toppling the new look BNE Oilers (0 1) 60 47. Galen was lead by Jarrell Bird Velasquez who scored 17 points and by Emani Enriquez and Jamal Harris who sank 11 and 9 points respectively. In a losing effort, Akeem Watters, Jamir Flores and Jamie Brown scored 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.



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Start of League Six (Round One) - by Eurobasket News

League Six for men started on Saturday. Igokea, Varda and Siroki managed to beat their rivals for 1-0 record at the beginning.
Igokea was better than Mladost on the road 72-87 mostly owing to Milan Dozet (204-SF-79), who scored 23 points. Milos Komatina (205-FC-84) also was great adding two points less. In defeat, Petar Ivanic (193-G-85) had 17 points and 5 assists.
Varda grabbed valuable 65-62 home win against Capljina. Darko Damjanovic (203-F/C-91) shined for the hosts with 18 points and Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 pts, plus 9 boards. In Mladost, Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) had double-double of 16 points and 10 rebs.
The reigning champion Siroki WWin destroyed Bosna ASA BHT 93-62. Zeljko Sakic (201-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) led Siroki with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) followed with 14 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Sindis Demic (192-SF-83) scored 12 points.
Round Two is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.



Nihad Djedovic joins Galatasaray - by Nedzad Kladusak

Bosnian NT shooting guard Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) surprisingly left Acea Roma and joined Galatasaray until the end of the season.
After sports director Bogdan Tanjevic has left Roma Djedovic has been critisized several times and few months ago Italian
sport newspapers launched rumours claiming that Djedovic will be cut after the dissapointing results of the former Italian powerhouse.
Nihad Djedovic is still player of Barcelona but has been loaned to ACB and Italian Seria A teams.




Bosnians in the NCAA 2011-12 Recap! - by Chris Mathieu

Bosnians in the NCAA 2011-12 Recap!
Not a banner year for Bosnians in the NCAA, especially when you compare this crop to the some of the players from the past Damir Krupalija, Elvir Ovcina, Haris Mujezinovic and Aleksandar Radojevic. Bosnia would benefit from doing what Lithuania does and send some of their second tier prospects to play in the NCAA. When you look at some of their players to play in the NCAA it is quite impressive. Probably the best Bosnian playing college basketball this season was Halil Kanacevic who displayed a good solid all around game even if he isn't a great shooter.

Nemanja Mitrovic 195cm SG Nemanja had a breakout junior year which had him shooting a high percent from the field and scoring from long range. His shot deserted him this season and the team lost confidence in him. Nemanja shot under 40% from the field and three point line and fell out of the starting lineup.

Halil Kanacevic 206cm F Had a great year averaging 8pts and 8rb and 3 assists per game for St.Joeseph University. Only downside was his three point shooting, his free throw shooting and he turned the ball over too much. Halil should be a solid pro in Europe with his all-around game.

Dragan Sekalija 213cm C Sat out the season due to transferring from Baylor to Florida Atlantic University. Should be eligible next season, has some potential as a rebounder and defender. Played for Croatian youth selection teams in the past even though he was born in Livno, Bosnia.

Fahro Alihodzic 208cm Transferred from Fordham to Nebraska and had to sit out the season, will be eligible next season.

Neven Raspudic 205cm F Never got onto the court, not even sure he was on the team this season even though there was a profile on him.

Igor Nujic 206cm F Averaged over 5ppg in about 18mpg this season as a sophomore. Should continue to get more playing time in the future.

Edis Dervisevic 206cm F Averaged 4ppg 3rbpg for Long Beach State this season.

Admir Sahbegovic 198cm F Barely played this season but did start one game as a freshman
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Nikola Gajic 198cm SG Improved his play from his freshman to sophomore season at Jacksonville JC. Should play in the NCAA divison one next season, best player on the team.

Boris Hadzimuratovic 209 cm C Plays in Canadian college average 12ppg and 8rbpg.

Srdjan Pejicic 200cm SG Played well as a freshman in Canada shot well from the field, two and three point line.

Branimir Mikulic 206cm G/SF Started most games averaged 5ppg 4rbpg as a freshman.

Igor Hadziomerovic 195cm SG was an important player on a good team until he was injured and missed the rest of the season.

Almir Krdzalic 177cm PG Plays a few minutes a game as a backup point guard.

Mladen Loncarevic 209cm F/C played little as a JUCO averaged 3ppg 3rbpg.

Mirza Medinic Sabic 209cm C played a few minutes a game average 3ppg

Dino Muslic 209cm F No stats available from his team at this time.

Alem Peljto 195cm F played decently as a freshman

Verdan Zivic 195cm SG plays for the same team as Dino Muslic and again no stats available at this time.



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.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89). Bogdanovic was the main contributor in a Fenerbahce Ulker's victory against the tenth-ranked Erdemir (10-14) 75-68 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Bogdanovic 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, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(77-132), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 83.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Bogdanovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Damir Markota
Damir Markota
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Damir Markota (210-85). Markota 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. He 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 very impressive stats this year: 20.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 78.6%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 75.0% in the two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite Markota played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zoran Planinic
Zoran Planinic
   #4. Guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (7-5) 91-80 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. Planinic 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 he played previously for the Croatian national team, Planinic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #5. International guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) contributed to a Armani Milano's victory against the 14th-ranked Otto Caserta (10-14) 95-89 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He 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. This year Bremer has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bremer played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster. Bremer used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Goran Suton
Goran Suton
   #6. Center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) helped Cibona win their game against the seventh-ranked Jolly (0-2) crushing them 95-75 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. 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. It's Suton's first year with the team. Suton's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 8.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Suton is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #7. International forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) helped Banvit BK win their game against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi (3-21) crushing them 94-73 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (19-5) is placed third in the TBL. Bajramovic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Bajramovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #8. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, also represented by Beo Basket) helped Timisoara win their game against the ninth-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-13) crushing them 94-68 in the Romanian Division A last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 13 passes. Jovanovic also added 4 rebounds. 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. It's Jovanovic's first season with the team. Jovanovic is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Jovanovic averages: 15.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 5.1apg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Jovanovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Ivan Opacak
Ivan Opacak
   #9. Former international shooting guard Ivan Opacak (201-80) helped Cedevita win their game against the fourth-ranked KK Split (1-1) crushing them 101-79 in the Croatian A1 on Tuesday night. He recorded 15 points in 22 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (2-0) is placed first in Championship Group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Opacak's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Opacak is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #10. 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. Despite Domercant played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster. Strangely Domercant has never played in Bosnia.

   #11. International forward Marko Keselj (205-88, another player represented by Beo Basket) was not able to help Olympiakos in their game against Montepaschi Siena in the Euroleague. He scored 9 points in 19 minutes. His team was edged 81-80. This year Keselj's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.1rpg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Keselj is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Karsiyaka win their game against the closely-ranked Tofas crushing them 87-66 in the Turkish TBL on Friday night. He scored 14 points. Ikonic averaged so far 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Ikonic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. International swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) helped Budivelnyk edge the sixth-ranked BC Odessa 77-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Monday night's game. He scored 14 points, had 8 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in 25 minutes. Sehovic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3spg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Montenegrin national team, Sehovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. International forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, another player represented by Beo Basket) was not able to secure a victory for Lottomatica Roma in their game against Bennet Cantu in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance last Sunday He was the top scorer with 23 points. Djedovic also added 4 rebounds. He averaged so far 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. Despite Djedovic played previously for the Montenegrin national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #15. International power forward Vanja Plisnic (205-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) couldn't help Banco di Sardegna Sassari in their game against Banca Tercas in the Italian SerieA, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Plisnic had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 30 minutes. But his team lost 78-83. This year Plisnic's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Plisnic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.



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

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

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 (11-38) 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. It was Wizards' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Nene has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(24-42) and FT: 56.3% in the four games he played so far. Nene played for the Brazilian senior national team five years ago.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #2. Second place goes to 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 last Sunday. Hettsheimer was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza (14-12) is placed eighth in the ACB. Hettsheimer is ranked sixth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 74.5%. Hettsheimer has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Hettsheimer is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). He led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-26) 116-100 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Splitter scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 33-14 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Splitter's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(150-248) and FT: 66.9% in the 41 games. Splitter is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Splitter is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #4. Point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82) led Indiana Pacers to an easy victory against the Miami Heat (35-13) 105-90 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He scored 14 points. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 29-19 record this season. This year Barbosa has relatively solid stats: 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Barbosa is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #5. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona in a victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (3-3) 78-66 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. He recorded 5 points and added 10 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Huertas is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.6apg. This year he also averages: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. Huertas has both Brazilian and Italian nationalities. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #6. Center Vitor Faverani (211-88) 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 overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Faverani is also an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #7. Former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) contributed to a Le Mans' victory 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. Batista has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.5apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Batista is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #8. Center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to help Hebraica (9-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Hebraica was defeated 83-74 at home by the leading Aguada in the Serie 1. Passos recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Passos is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 14.6ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg. Despite Passos played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Paulo Prestes
Paulo Prestes
   #9. Former international 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. Prestes 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' overall stats are: 6.3ppg and 5.3rpg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Prestes is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (14-12) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (14-12) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes. Meridiano Alicante was defeated 72-60 in Malaga by the higher-ranked Unicaja (#6). It's Freire's first season with the team. Freire's total stats this year are: 5.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Freire is also an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international 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 his good performance Tuscany Pistoia was edged 80-77 in Verona by the lower-ranked (#8) Tezenis. Tavernari recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9spg in the nine games. Despite Tavernari played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

   #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) on Friday night. Toledo scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Toledo is currently first on the list of most steals. He has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg and 2.4spg. Despite Toledo played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

   #13. Former U18 international center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) helped Palencia Baloncesto win their game 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 in 19 minutes. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg in the 28 games. Leichtweis used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Bruno Cavalcante (201-91, college: Peninsula JC) helped CAB Madeira win their game against the league outsider Ginasio crushing them 98-68 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Cavalcante has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the closely-ranked CB Clavijo 86-79 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Cobos scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 11 games. Cobos used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.



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Mario Kasun to miss at least a month - by Eurobasket News

Mario Kasun (213-C-80) will have to miss at least one month due to injury (right tibia). His return to the basketball court this season is also under the question mark, but officially he will need at least one month to recover. Kasun appeared 20 times for Zagreb in Adriatic league this season averaging 17.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. He also added 12.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 9 games in Euroleague. Mario Kasun joined Zagreb in 2010 from Efes Pilsen. He helped Zagreb to win the league title and Cup last season. He had 8.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 games in Croatian league. In Adriatic league, he collected 13.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 21 games. In the past, Kasun was a member of Barcelona and Orlando Magic. He also has experience from Frankfurt Skyliners and Koln. Kasun played for the Croatian National Team from 2002 to 2009.


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  CYPRUS   


Finals: the battle of titans! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Etha and Keravnos have advanced at the finals. Etha hopes to win the champ to keep its throne whereas Keravnos hopes to return to it after four years.

The two teams have full rosters this year with 2 players in each position. As a consequence they have both played good basketball and deserve to be at the finals.

Finals begin on Wedensday the 28th at Strovolos Indoor Arena.

We hope both teams good luck and may the best team win.

Note:
Just for the record, statistics say that Etha has not beaten Keravnos for the last two years.



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.


An important statistic is that Etha has not beaten Keravnos the last 2 years.



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Czech Republic NBL round 7 (Second Stage) best performance: Peter Sedmak - by Eurobasket News

Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for USK Praha, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (36 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to as his team USK Praha maintains the 6th position in Czech Republic NBL. USK Praha is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 17th lost game this season out of 32 games. In the team's last game Sedmak had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be USK Praha's top player in his first season with the team. Peter Sedmak has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.1ppg. Sedmak is in league's top in and averages impressive 51.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov. Lowery had a very good evening with 26 points and 7 assists. It was enough for Chomutov to edge Svitavy (16-22) 92-91. This victory allowed Chomutov to move up to -3th position in A2. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-22 record. Lowery is a newcomer at Chomutov, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#6). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Congolese forward Boris Meno (203-F-83, agency: Two Points) of Svitavy (#-2). Meno showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Meno's great performance Svitavy lost 91-92 to #-3 ranked Chomutov. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Svitavy ranking at the top of A2, however are very questionable as they have already lost 22 games, recording just sixteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meno could help Svitavy to bring them higher in the standings. Meno has a great season in Czech Republic. After 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87) of Usti n/Labem - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of Inter Bratislava - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of NH Ostrava - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) of Inter Bratislava - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Adam Waleskowski (204-F-82) of Levice - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 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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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC23.9 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.9 
 4. Rutherford, SISU21.0 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 6. Alexander, Bakken20.4 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.5 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.0 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.6 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Henry, Naestved5.3 
 2. Sattler, Horsens IC5.2 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.4 
 6. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 7. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.6 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Henry, Naestved3.6 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 10. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Horsholm
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg1.3 
 7. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose0.8 



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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. Smith, Springfield19.1 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.1 
 10. Green, Los A.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. Goldcamp, Erie B.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. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 9. Brazelton, Erie B.5.9 
 10. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Dakota W.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Blakely, Sioux F.2.0 
 5. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 8. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.1.8 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.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 


Alan Anderson of the Canton Charge Earns Call Up to NBA with Toronto Raptors - by Surujh Roopnarine

Veteran guard/forward Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) was signed to a 10-day contract yesterday by the Toronto Raptors. Anderson, 29, appeared in eight games with the Canton Charge this season in the NBA D-league, averaging 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds. This will be Anderson's third go-around in the NBA, having spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats. In 53 career NBA games prior to last night's appearance against Orlando, the former Michigan State star had averaged 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists while shooting 42.7% from the field. Anderson joined Canton earlier this month after having begun the season in China. Over his career the Minneapolis, Minnesota native has played in some of the top competitions in the world in countries like Italy, Russia, Croatia and Israel. In 2010-11 Anderson won the Spanish ACB title with international powerhouse Regal FC Barcelona and was a key contributor for perennial Euroleague stalwarts Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.

In his Raptors season debut, Anderson came off the bench to log 7:33 minutes of action, scoring two points to go along with one rebounds and one assist as Toronto fell at home to Orlando 101-117.



Gibson is steadying influence for Canton Charge - by Eurobasket News

Soft-spoken and unassuming, Charge guard Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) goes about his business each day, rarely changing his facial expression.

He is a first-to-arrive, last-to-leave guy whether it is practice or a game. Always preparing himself.

The 24-year-old Gibson is the picture of steady, even as he rides the choppy waters of the NBA Development League.

From starting 24 games at a wing, to registering DNPs in five straight games in January, to a 30-point explosion in February, to becoming a backup point guard, Gibson has seen it all in what amounts to his rookie season after missing all of last year due to shoulder injuries.

I know (head) coach (Alex Jensen) has

confidence in me, no matter what happens minutes-wise, said Gibson, a 6-foot-5 native of Los Angeles. I know when I get in there that he feels I can hit any shot that I take. Once I do a couple of things good, my minutes will build off of that.

Gibson entered Saturday nights game in Springfield, Mass., averaging 10.1 points and shooting 38.7 percent from 3-point range for the red-hot Charge, who have climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference.

In the D-League, the first conversation you have with guys is, You might play 35 minutes, you might not play at all for whatever reason, but your chance will come, Jensen said.

In Gibsons case, his chances have come and gone and come back again.

Cut in training camp by the Iowa Energy, he was a steady contributor after joining the Charge on Dec. 1 when D-League rosters expanded to account for increased player movement during NBA training camps.

After the New Year, his playing time and production all but disappeared for a month and a half as Manny Harris emerged as a go-to player for Canton.

Then almost out of nowhere, Gibson exploded for 30 points at Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 16, hitting 6 of 8 3-pointers.

Take away two games in which he fell out of the rotation because of roster moves and since that RGV game Gibson has averaged 16.8 points while shooting 47.5 percent from 3.

Asked how he has handled the fluctuations in playing time, Gibson smiled and said, Just stay ready.

Ready for anything.

After wings Alan Anderson and Quinton Ross joined the Charge in early March, Gibson played 10 and 11 minutes, respectively, during the next two games. He reemerged as a backup point guard when Eric Hayes disappointed and was waived.

Gibson, a natural two-guard, has handled himself well. He played some point his junior season at Louisiana Tech. And as the son of a high school basketball coach, Gibson feels like he knows how to read teammates and react to the nuances that playing the point brings.

Its just a minor adjustment, said Gibson, who played for his dad, Arthur, at Dorsey High School in California before a strong four-year college career. Youre thinking about time and score, and then getting everyone else involved. Thats the most important thing. Then when my time comes, just be ready to knock it down.

He certainly was Thursday night. He scored 24 points and made 5 of 6 3-pointers in 25 minutes at Erie.

The value of having a player who so willingly and effectively will do whatever is asked of him is not lost on Jensen. Gibson kind of shrugs it off and points out that he played everything but center in college.

Im ready to contribute any way possible, Gibson said. It comes with the territory. If you want to play, youve got to produce.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com



Sunday: Erie BayHawks beat Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket News

Tyrone Brazelton (6'1''-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) scored a career-high 22 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 21.6 seconds left, as the Erie BayHawks defeated the Dakota Wizards 93-87 Sunday before 2,217 fans at the Bismarck Civic Center.

The victory came in the first of a three-games-in-three-days stretch for the BayHawks, who won with only nine players because of the absence of the injured Keith McLeod and Sharrod Ford.

It also left Erie and Dakota with identical 23-20 records in the D-League's East Conference standings.

Erie overcame a 12-point deficit after the first quarter to even its overall road record at 11-11.

Dakota pulled within one at 88-87 when Shefhon Hannah converted a reverse layup with 1:40 left. Brazelton, though, followed with his 3-pointer from the right baseline and later ended a Wizards' possession with a steal.

Brazelton was one of four BayHawks who scored in double figures. Former Gannon player Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, with Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) good for 18 points and D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) for 16.

Kennedy gave Erie its final six-point margin of victory on two free throws with 6.3 seconds left.

Dakota lost despite Hannah's game-high 23 points.

The teams tip off in a rematch today at 8 p.m. Erie then returns home for Tuesday's completion of its suspended game against Iowa.

Action from that March 8 contest was halted with 3:29 left in the first quarter because of wet court conditions at Tullio Arena.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com



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National Team Update - by Ozell Wells

DOM Important times for NT, and basketball
SANTO DOMINGO (Olympic Qualifying Tournament) - The Dominican Republic will play in another major basketball event this summer and rest assured, important people will be monitoring events back in the nation's capital.

The Dominicans, winners of the bronze medal at last year's FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina, will take part in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July.

Twelve teams will vie for three Olympic berths and the Dominican Republic will be thinking they have as good a chance as any team to reach London, although the federation has yet to make an announcement on which coach is going to lead the team.

John Calipari the coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, was at the helm last summer but did not to commit to being with the team in 2012.

He has just led Kentucky into the NCAA Final Four and could be a leading candidate.

Dominican basketball fans are also keeping their fingers crossed that big man Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) will recover from the torn pectoral muscle he suffered in January and be able to play.

The hope is that the Atlanta Hawks star will return to the line-up for the first round of the NBA play-offs.

Once the OQT in Venezuela is underway, among those paying attention will be the Dominican Republic Sports Minister, Felipe Payano.

A former national team player back in 1987, 88 and 89, Payano is an ardent supporter of the game.

The Dominican Republic Basketball Federation president, Rafael Uribe, recently paid a visit to Payano's office along with FIBA Americas Secretary General Alberto Garcia.

Garcia, a former referee, used to work games that Payano played in.

'Well, who would have thought that Garcia after 20 years would occupy this important position and I would be Sports Minister of my country, Payano said.

It is a wonderful thing and sends a clear signal that you just have to work hard and allow yourself to dream in order to achieve things.'

For Uribe, the visit to Payano with Garcia was a reminder that the sport has a lot of support.

'The FIBA Americas has big plans for Dominican basketball and we have many plans to further strengthen the sport that all Dominicans love,' Uribe said.
courtesy of FIBA




Flores Luis wins the Cup title in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) wins the Cup title in Ukraine with his Budivelnyk. The latter celebrated the Superleague Cup title as they overcame Ferro-ZNTU in the Final 82:70 to celebrate the trophy. Suad Sehovic scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Budivelnyk started the game with their trademark aggressive defense. They capitalized taking a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. Ferro-ZNTU started to suffocate offensively in the second quarter. Randy Culpepper was limited to only two points in the period and Budivelnyk surged ahead for a 50:33 halftime lead. Ferro-ZNTU tried too hard to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. However Zvezdan Mitrovic team wisely kept their opponents at bay in the frame securing an 18-point lead with one quarter remaining. Ferro-ZNTU cut the deficit in the final term but never got within a striking distance and had to surrender at the end. Andriy Agafonov produced 12 points, while Michailis Anisimovas contributed 10 points for the winners and Luis Flores netted 6. Randy Culpepper responded with 24 points for Ferro-ZNTU. Artem Butskyy delivered 14 points in the loss.
Randy Culpepper was named the MVP of Superleague Cup Final Four. He averaged impressive 32.5 points per game during the weekend.
A day earlier Budivelnyk beat Khimik 75:60 and advanced into Ukrainian Cup Final.



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 9-1
 2. New York W. 8-3
 3. NYC Jaguars 0-11
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 8-2
 2. Harrisburg H. 5-5
 3. Washington M. 5-6
 4. Winchester S. 5-6
 5. NoVa Hawks 4-6


Stats Leaders

EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Wise, Washington Madness, 33
2, Board, Washington Madness, 30.5
3, Carter, Hudson Valley Hype, 28.3
4, Leon, Hudson Valley Hype, 26.3
5, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 25.8

Rebounds Per Game
1, Coker, New York Wizards, 13.2
2, Boone, Harrisburg Horizon, 12.4
3, Bailey, Washington Madness, 10
3, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 10
3, Lawley, New York Wizards, 10

Assists Per Game
1, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 12.2
2, Scott, New York Wizards, 7
3, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 6.8
4, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 5.8
5, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 5

Steals Per Game
1, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 2.8
2, Carter, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.6
3, Scott, New York Wizards, 2.3
4, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 2.2
4, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 2.2
4, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 2.2
4, Poole, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.2

Blocks Per Game
1, Boone, Harrisburg Horizon, 5.2
2, Coker, New York Wizards, 3.8
3, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 2.5
4, Brown, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2
5, Williams, Metropolitan All-Stars, 1.8



Boone's Triple-Double Leads to Horizon Impressive Win - by EBA Media

EBA basketball at its finest was on display as the Harrisburg Horizon hosted the Metropolitan All-Stars in a Sunday afternoon game. All-Stars started firing from the tip-off and lead 29 to 18 after the first quarter. Harrisburg gradually chipped away at that lead and with a balanced scoring attack from Asbury, Sharpe, Wyley and Boone, overcame the 11-point deficit and eventually lead at half-time 46 to 44.

Throughout the second half, the teams traded baskets and remained within four points of each other the rest of the game. Elyon Bush had 14 of his game-high 35 points during the third quarter and Eric Poole added 11 of his 19 to keep pace with the Horizon, which had eight players contribute points to their third quarter total.

With the game tied at 88 at the two-minute mark, Metro went on a scoring spurt led by Bush and Cedric Steward to pull ahead 93 to 89. At 1:10 mark, Trey Sharpe went down court and canned a three-pointer to draw Harrisburg within one. Then, with only 50 seconds left, Harrisburg's Cody Boone slammed down a lay-up to put the Horizon ahead 94 to 93. Seth Leonard finished off the scoring with a break-away layup from a Boone block for the final 96 to 93 score.

Elyon Bush played a stellar game for the All-Stars with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals. Cody Boone was the big man in the center for the Horizon with a triple-double 21 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks.

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



Underdogs Pull Off EBA Wins - by EBA Media

The Winchester Storm and Harrisburg Horizon each recorded upset wins this weekend to tighten the EBA standings.

The Storm upended the Washington Madness 119 to 104 and the Horizon knocked-off the Southern division #1 seed Metropolitan All-Stars 96 to 93.

Metro's (8-2) loss made the Hudson Valley Hype (9-1) the #1 seed going into the Championship series, April 21-22 at Elmcor Gym in Corona, NY.

The Horizon (5-5) win moved them into a 4th place seed as the finals approach. Washington Madness (5-6) and Winchester Storm (5-6) meet next weekend with the 4th, 5th and 6th seeds on the line.

In the other weekend EBA game, the Hudson Valley Hype finished their regular season with a thumping of the NYC Jaguars 174 to 113.

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



Hype End the Season in a 70pt Victory - by Greg

The Hudson Valley Hype end the season the same way they started itin spectacular fashion, with a 70 point victory over the NYC Jaguars. The newest addition to the Eastern Basketball Alliance have struggled all season coming to the Hudson Valley with an 0-10 record. The Hype jumped out to an early 10 point lead causing the Jaguars to call an early time out, the disparity between the athleticism of the two clubs was readily apparent making it difficult for the them (Jaguars) to even get the ball past half court at times. The score at the end of the game doesnt reflect the heart the Jags and their team showed, most clubs would have folded up under the pressure but they kept trying to compete until the last second. Owner Allen Pickett continues, I think in the next year or so with Roman Perez (6'1''-G-86, college: City Tech) as the point guard they are going to improve to a winning season. The Hype finish the season with a franchise best 9-1 and Northern Division Title.
The last game of the season was also a special event for the Hudson Valley as all proceeds were donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with both teams in pink and playing with a special pink and white basketball. Raising $500 on the day the team was presented with special Northern Division Championship shirts. The Cinderella team from the Hudson Valley look toward their first opponent in the Final Four on April 21st in hopes of continuing their run towards the EBA Title.



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  ESTONIA   


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

23-year old forward Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for TTU/Kalev and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 8 points adding eighteen rebounds and seven assists for TTU in his team's victory, helping them to crush Parnu (#7, 3-23) with 18-point margin 83-65. TTU maintains the 5th position in Estonian league. TTU is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-12 record. It's Pilk's second year at TTU and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pilk has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.6rpg) and assists (5th best: 3.5apg).

Second best performed player last round was Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) of Valga/CKE. He is Latvian center in his first season at Valga. In the last game Blaus recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Valga lost that game 76-82 to slightly higher-ranked Tln Kalev (#6, 11-15). Valga are still at the very bottom. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Valga managed to get this year. Blaus is one of the most experienced players at Valga and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Valga/CKE's star - guard Reinis Strupovics (192-G-87). Strupovics showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Strupovics' great performance Valga lost 76-82 to slightly higher-ranked Tln Kalev (#6, 11-15). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Valga can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Strupovics he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Strupovics has a very solid season. In 12 games in Estonia he scored 20.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mooses Kaja (195-F-88) of TTU - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81) of TTU - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rannar Raap (189-G/F-92) of Parnu - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU - 28 points and 2 rebounds
10. Janar Soo (199-G/F-91) of Rapla - 17 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Debrecen will host Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Debrecen will host Final Four of EuroChallenge from 27 to 29 April in the state-of-the-art Fonix Hall. Four teams will battle for the top place in the tournament. The Hungarian champions secured a place in the Quarter-Finals thanks to a dramatic win over Telekom Baskets Bonn on the last day of the Last 16 and then, in a thrilling play-off series, eliminated BK Ventspils who had the home court advantage.
Szolnoki Olaj KK will take on Turkish powerhouse Besiktas Milangaz in the semi-finals, with Elan Chalon of France and Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia battling it out for the second ticket to the big Final and a shot at the coveted EuroChallenge title.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Euroleague playoffs, games 1&2 : Our thoughts.. - by Dimitris Katsionis



While CSKA and Barcelona took an early 2-0 lead and made a big step for Istanbul, Montepaschi stunned at home by Olympiakos and Maccabi even the series vs Panathinaikos with an epic victory at Athens in game 2.

Montepaschi-Olympiakos

The general opinion after 80 minutes is that the Reds surprisingly are the seriess favorite. They have dominate the paint and win the possesionss battle. Take a quick look to the 8 game periods. Montepaschi has easily won the 6 but lost the 2 last quarters with a huge difference. That means lack of energy and physical ability compared with the younger Greek team. Olympiakos reminds me last years Montepaschi. A hungry and defensively aggressive team. A.C. Law and -mainly- George Printezis are the key players so far , shining in the end of the games. Pianigianiss defense has been focused to Spanouliss penetration giving some free shots to Olympiakoss power forwards. I think this tactic must change if the Italians want to win the series. Ivkovics team is less effective when Spanoulis scores a lot. However, Montepaschi will try to slow the pace in Athens and run its discipline half court offense ( targeting Andersen and Lavrinovic) getting on transition carefully and only with McCalebb. Montepaschi didnt take any help from its wing players and Kaoukenas absence is decisive while he was the player that always score in the last hot minutes. Pianigiani will need some changes, maybe risking with Aradori who is a cold blood sharpshooter..

Cska-Gescrap Bilbao

While all the contenders killing each other for a win at the playoffs, Cska makes it look easy.. One or two minutes of good basketball are enough. Gescrap Bilbao gives its best but the Russians are simply too much for them. Katsikaris tried to slow the pace and defend the Russianss inside game which is the best part of Cskas ballanced offense but he didnt have the answer against the opponents tight defense. The length of Cskas players -especially the Kirilenco-Khryapa duo- makes the ball movement impossible and as a result the Basques drowned, attacking many times on one-against all situations. In the second game Bilbao started its offense from the post with Mumbru who worked hard for his teammates in order to find open looks in the perimeter. Bilbao needs Vasiliadis outside shot at game 3. At the end of the day, were convinced for one thing. The 2012 Euroleague has a favorite for the title.. Its official..

Barcelona-Unics

As a basketball fan i was hoping for one good performance from Unics at Palau Blaugrana. I was wrong. Unics gave Barcelona two hard match ups and Pashutin, regardless the result, won the battle of the bench from Pasqual. The Russians managed to play their usual half court offense putting the ball in the post to Jawai who was their secret weapon due to his playing time and number of shots in this series. Mike Wilkinsons absence is crucial while his was the perfect fit for Lorbek. On the other side, give a credit to Pasqual too, for Domercants defense. Defending him with Navarro was very clever as the strong-body American scorer doesnt feel comfortable on the post (where La Bomba is weak) and contact-game is not trully his style although his muscles. Navarro chased him between the screens and stayed in front of him. Domercants zero.. buckets on game 2 is the reason of Barcelonas win. The rare times that Pasquals team manage to run on the open court -especially with Huertas- Unics couldnt follow. The rhythm is the key, but the result (2-0) doesnt leave room for the Russians to dream..

Panathinaikos-Maccabi Tel Aviv

This series is in the spotlight. In game one Panathinaikos taught simple and smart basketball by pressing the ball all over the court. As we wrotte last week, Maccabi wouldnt be ready for a situation like this due to his problems on the point guard position. As a result the Greens killed them on the fast break and find offensive rythm which made them unstoppable.
Blatt had to make adjustments for game 2 and his order was clear : Protect the ball (offensively) and the paint (defensively). Maccabi based on Ohayons freshness, didnt turnover the ball to give Panathinaikos the opportunity to run and let room for the Greenss 3 point shots focusing on defend the paint. Just notice how close to the paint are all Maccabis players when Batiste was receiving the ball down low. David Blou ( i used to call him European Robert Horry due to his clutch ability) showed everyone why is probably the player who trust his hands more than anyone else does it in Europe. Of course there is no foul to Jasiceviciouss last attempt (in Greece the media discuss about this a lot). Obradovic is a smart man. He knows when to protest.. Although Maccabi took the home court advantage, i think Panathinaikos remains the favorite for winning the series. Nokia Arenas sacramental atmosphere can fear everyone but not the champs. For my opinion, it will be difficult for Maccabi to win both home games. Just a feeling..





Loncar, Lyday And/Or Jackson In Tel-Aviv? Langford To Extend Deal? - by David Pick

With just 24-hours before the electrifying Euroleague Playoffs Game 3 between Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Panathinaikos, behind the scenes, the yellow-and-blue's scouting personnel is already entertaining possibilities of different backcourt combinations for next season.

While Tel-Aviv's management and coaching staff are eager to see Keith Langford wear the team's jersey next season, financial disagreements between the two are still very much alive. As a result, potential substitutes are being mentioned behind closed doors.

Spanish Bilbao Basket's 6-foot-4 Guard Aaron Jackson, is on high demand and believed to be a fine fit in David Blatt's run-and-gun system.

Despite Jackson's unattractive Euroleague numbers of 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.4 assist, he'd probably receive a warm recommendation from former Duquesne teammate and Maccabi's current third big, Shawn James. However, important to note, if Jackson joins Maccabi, it'll be by replacing Langford.

Assuming, Maccabi and its Kansas Alumnus reach an agreement and Langford indeed re-sings, Tel-Aviv will ink a relatively affordable player for a total sum of $300-400,000. Talks about Unics Kazan's 32-year-old veteran Terrell Lyday being a smooth piece to Blatt's backcourt puzzle were sounded.

Lyday, who's currently battling Barcelona in the Euroleague Elite 8 round, recorded 11.2 points and 2.2 boards in 21 minutes of Euroleague action this season.

In the paint, BC Khimky Moscow's efficient Croatian Kresimir Loncar, is also on the radar. Despite playing just two Euroleague games this season, Loncar posted numbers of 20.5ppg on 65.2% field goal shooting, in addition to grabbing nearly 9 rebounds per game.





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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 30-8 
 2. Nilan Bisons 25-12 
 3. Pyrinto 25-12 
 4. Kauhajoki 21-16 
 5. ToPo 20-17 
 6. KTP 17-21 
 7. LrNMKY 16-21 
 8. Salon Vilpas 16-21 
 9. Kouvot 13-24 
 10. Korihait 12-25 
 11. Namika Lahti 10-28 

Regular Season: Round 41

Mar. 23: Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki 95-83
Mar. 24: Kouvot - Nilan Bisons 84-91
Mar. 24: LrNMKY - ToPo 84-67
Mar. 26: Kataja - Pyrinto 67-64
Mar. 24: Salon Vilpas - KTP 57-83

Regular Season: Round 42

Mar. 30: Kauhajoki - Kataja
Mar. 30: Pyrinto - LrNMKY
Mar. 30: ToPo - Kouvot
Mar. 30: Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas
Mar. 30: KTP - Korihait


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

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


KORISLIIGA: Kataja - Pyrinto 67-64 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 38/40: Top contest Kataja (Joensuu) vs Pyrinto (Tampere) tonight. After nine lead changes and seven ties Kataja won at home 67-64 (38-32). Quarters: 17-10, 21-22, 12-18, 17-14. So, now it's sure, that Kataja (30-8) is winning the regular season and will have home court advantage as far as Team keeps winning. Pyrinto was # 1 last season after the regular season and defeating later Kataja in the Finals 3-2. This season Pyrinto (25-12) will be # 3 or # 2 when the regular season ios over, and team's task to win the third Finnish Championship in a row will be difficult. Anyway, tonight's game was close, but Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) scored five points during the last 2:12 minutes, Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) netted two points and Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) 3-pointer didn't save much at the end.
Kataja - Pyrinto 67-64 (38-32). (Sami Lehtoranta 20, Samuel Haanpaa 19, Jared Newson 12/11 - Damon Williams 27/13, Antwine Williams 15, Antero Lehto 11. A: 1267).



Korisliiga Round 41: Joensuun Kataja defeats Tampereen Pyrinto in the closest game of the week - 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.

Second-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (25-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Joensuun Kataja (30-8) on Monday. Joensuun Kataja managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. Tampereen Pyrinto was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Joensuun Kataja have a solid series of four victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 30-8 record. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the second position with 12 games lost. They share it with Nilan Bisons. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki in the next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Torpan Pojat (#5) was upset in Lappeenranta by eighth ranked LrNMKY 84-67. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and Lawrence Hamm accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) came up with 27 points for Torpan Pojat in the defeat. Torpan Pojat's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. LrNMKY have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. LrNMKY will play against higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against Kouvot in Kouvola and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a tenth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu 95-83. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Malik Moore who scored 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Clevin Hannah produced 32 points and 4 assists for the guests. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 10-28 record. Kauhajoen Karhu lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. Namika Lahti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
6th ranked Salon Vilpas (16-21) was outscored at home by seventh ranked KTP-Basket (17-21) with the biggest margin this round 83-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Tony Crocker orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. KTP-Basket moved-up to sixth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 21 games lost. KTP-Basket's next round opponent will be UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit.

In the last game of round 41 Nilan Bisons won against Kouvot on the opponent's court 91-84.


Kataja - Pyrinto 67-64

Second-ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (25-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Joensuun Kataja (30-8) on Monday. Joensuun Kataja managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. Tampereen Pyrinto was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the other American import forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja have a solid series of four victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 30-8 record. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the second position with 12 games lost. They share it with Nilan Bisons. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki in the next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 27+13reb+4ast, A.Williams 15+5reb+1ast, A.Lehto 11+4reb, O.Ahvenniemi 7+5reb, K.Lowe 2+2reb, A.Nikkila 2+7reb+1ast
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 20+10reb, S.Haanpaa 19+2reb+3ast, J.Newson 12+11reb+1ast, B.Walker 8+3reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 5+4reb+1ast, I.Pehkonen 3
gschID: 141829


Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki 95-83

Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get a tenth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses on Friday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu 95-83. The game was mostly controlled by Namika Lahti. Kauhajoen Karhu managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Namika Lahti won last quarter 33-22. They made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bailey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) produced 32 points and 4 assists and forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 10-28 record. Kauhajoen Karhu lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. Namika Lahti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 32+2reb+4ast, T.Hendley 24+9reb+1ast, K.Beidler 14+10reb+2ast, A.Huuskonen 9+3reb, J.Rekola 2+2reb+1ast, J.Eskola 2+2reb+3ast
Namika Lahti: M.Moore 34+8reb+6ast, R.Brooks 26+3reb+3ast, B.Bailey 25+13reb, R.Suonio 6+3reb, J.Vanttaja 2+4reb, O.Aalto 2+1reb
gschID: 141825


LrNMKY - ToPo 84-67

Torpan Pojat (#5) was upset in Lappeenranta by eighth ranked LrNMKY 84-67. It looked good early as Torpan Pojat took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then LrNMKY had a 22-19 second period charge getting the lead and Torpan Pojat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-84. LrNMKY forced 19 Torpan Pojat turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Torpan Pojat's players. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five LrNMKY players scored in double figures. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) came up with 27 points and forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Torpan Pojat in the defeat. Torpan Pojat's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. LrNMKY have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. LrNMKY will play against higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against Kouvot in Kouvola and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Griffin 27+2reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 16+9reb, J.Wilson 11+1reb+3ast, J.Hawkins 5+9reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 4+4reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 2+2ast
LrNMKY: P.Riihela 16+3reb+1ast, M.Ojala 14+8reb, L.Hamm 13+10reb+1ast, H.Valimaa 11+1reb, D.Haynes 11+6reb+13ast, J.Jarvinen 11+6reb+7ast
gschID: 141826


Kouvot - Nilan Bisons 84-91

Very expected game in Kouvola where 9th ranked Kouvot (13-24) was defeated by third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (25-12) 91-84. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-18 Kouvot's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-84 at the end of the game. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kouvot. Loimaan Korikonkarit moved-up to second place, which they share with Pyrinto. Kouvot at the other side keeps the ninth position with 24 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit's next round opponent will be Salon Vilpas (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Kouvot will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Brown 29+11reb+2ast, A.Jordan 15+8reb+1ast, J.Gonner 14+3reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 9+2reb+6ast, A.Akpaso 8+1reb, I.Seppala 7+1reb+1ast
Nilan Bisons: M.Koivisto 22+2reb+3ast, M.Zeno 20+8reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 17+3reb+2ast, J.Ivey 17+2reb+6ast, V.Makalainen 6+8reb+3ast, C.Jones 4+4reb
gschID: 141827


Salon Vilpas - KTP 57-83

6th ranked Salon Vilpas (16-21) was outscored at home by seventh ranked KTP-Basket (17-21) with the biggest margin this round 83-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Salon Vilpas. KTP-Basket moved-up to sixth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 21 games lost. KTP-Basket's next round opponent will be UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 20+10reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 11+2reb+1ast, E.Holloway 10+5reb+3ast, S.Kaaresvirta 7+8reb+3ast, M.Ahokas 3+2reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 2+1reb+2ast
KTP: T.Crocker 23+7reb+5ast, T.Blue 21+11reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+8reb+2ast, J.Matinen 8+2reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 6+4ast, M.Pounds 6+1ast
gschID: 141828



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  FRANCE   


Exclusive interview with Jeff Varem - by Eurobasket

The American swingman Varem Jeff (198-G/F-83, college: Washington St.) are talking about his experiences in France:

Where do you live now?
I live in Goodyear Arizona

What Basketball team are you playing for now?
Currently, i do not have a team. i decided to take this time off so i can concentrate more on my Sporting Apparel Brand Company (ADZA LLC)

How was your experience with Pau Orthez?
My time with Pau Orthez was great. The environment was more like a family than Business. and that included from the president, team manager, coaches, and players. they took care of their players.

What exactly Happened with Limoges? The club said that it was some administrative Situation that didnt allow the LNB to validate the problem?
I loved the city of Limoges, the fans were great, we had a team that i felt we were going to make the playoffs, but i dont know what exactly was the problem. i was told by the management it was complicated. my Coach went into office and pleaded with management that he made his team around what Jeff brought to the table (offensively and most importantly defensively). Letting Jeff go was going to be hard on him. The management thought otherwise. So we parted ways

What assess do you make from your time with ASVEL ? You were fired because you didn't follow their medical instructions after your knee injury.
First I would like to thank Asvel for giving me the opportunity to play for their organization. i had a minor knee situation and the team doctor asked me to take a cortisone injection along with 5 Hyalurolic acid injections. I agreed to take the Hyalurolic Injections but i was not comfortable with cortisone injection. My decision was based on the fact that cortisone will cause more harm to me in the long run. i asked the management for a second opinion from my french doctor in Pau (Dr Bouvard). well the management did not agree with my opinion. so they said i was in breach of contract and therefore it was terminated.

Have you got any propositions to French team for this saison ?
No, i didnt. before the season started, Miloud was trying to get me with Nanterre but they decided to go with someone else. After Asvel, it has been really hard for me to get a good job in Europe. i had teams say or agents ask me, what happened in Asvel and why are they saying such things about you. even when i started working with Miloud Dihane, he told me, its hard to get you a job here in France. Teams want to know more about you and if you were who your previous team (Asvel) said you were.

Do you like or Dislike France?
I love france, i made alot of friends playing in france. People who i considered good friends. (Xane Dalmeida, Laurent Foirest, Yohane Sangare, Modibo Niakate, Amara Sy, Noah Diakiate, Thierry Rupert, Coach Girard) the list goes on. I also have family in France and whenever i am in Europe. i always stop in France to spent time with friends and family.

Tell me about the Nigerian National Team?
I havent been with my National team since world championship in Japan 2006. but this summer i will be a part of the Nigerian national team that will be playing in the Olympics qualifiers in Venezuela. i think we have a good chance to make it to the Olympics.

After you retire in basketball, What will you do?
I think i can be a great coach. i will like to coach the game of basketball when i retire. (professionally)

Have you a different passion in your life?
I have a Sporting Apparel Company headquartered in America and with branches in Asia, Europe and Africa. This takes all my time when am not playing basketball.

Are you married and do you have kids?
I am currently Engaged and i have a daughter.

Do you speak French?
je comprends toujours le franais mais c'est difficile de parler car chaque fois que je quitte la je n'ai plus personne qui parler alors je perds l'habitude.



Jimmy Baxter joins Bourg - by Eurobasket News

Bourg strengthened their backcourt. They landed Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Florida). He is meant to replace injured Angelo Tsagarakis (190-G-84). Jimmy Baxter started the season in Slovenia. He played for Krka Novo Mesto. His stats read 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game in EuroCup. In Adriatic League the guard averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Later Jimmy Baxter moved to Greece. He inked a deal with Ikaros. The guard notched 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per appearance in A1 League. Previously Jimmy Baxter had stints in Iran, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Belgium, Latvia, Italy, France and Portugal. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-French ProA 2nd Team back in 2006.


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MZT Skopje wins the Cup after 12 years - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje Aerodrom - Feni Industri 84-66

MZT Skopje Aerodrom won the first trophy this season. They handed 84-66 loss to Feni Industi in the Big Final of FYR Macedonian Cup. The Final Eight tournament was played at SC Boris Trajkovski in Skopje. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) top-scored in victory with 22 points (6 rebs). Igor Mijailovic, agency: BeoExcell) had 18 points and 5 assists, while Noah Dahlman (200-F-89, college: Wofford) added 14 pts and 5 rebs. Experienced Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) also was amazing as he almost registered triple-double: 13 points, 15 rebs and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) (5 rebs) and Marko Simonovski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) stopped to 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 26-18, 20-16, 21-14, 17-18. MZT Skopje eliminated Vardar in the Quarterfinals 91-79. In the Semis, Gecevski and his teammates outplayed Torus 73-66. MZT Skopje played in the Cup Final last season, but failed to win it. Last time they won it in 2001.

MZT Skopje Aerodrom: Gjorgi Cekovski 22+6 boards, Igor Mijailovic 18+5 as, Noah Dahlman 14+5 boards, Todor Gecevski 13+15 boards+8 as
Feni Industri: Jarrid Frye 18+7 boards, Dusan Knezevic 10+5 boards, Marko Simonovski 9



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

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

Regular Season: Round 19

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

Regular Season: Round 20

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


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Blair, MIA Academy27.5 
 2. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 3. Carter, Dinamo T.23.1 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.22.4 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi20.9 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.17.3 
 9. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.9 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.6 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.2 
 3. Smith, MIA Academy9.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 5. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.3 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi9.2 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.9 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.5 
 10. Machaladze, STU8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.1 
 2. Blair, MIA Academy6.5 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.4 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi5.1 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Bakradze, Dinamo T.4.3 
 9. Kreps, MIA Academy4.1 
 10. Matiashvili, Kuta.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.6 
 2. Ramishvili, Batumi2.6 
 3. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.6 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 5. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 7. Chachanidze, Rust.1.9 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.9 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi1.9 
 10. Chitashvili, TSU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 3. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.3 
 7. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.3 
 8. Hoger, Olimpi1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Antadze, STU T.0.9 



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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 13-14 
 9. ETB Wohnbau 13-14 
 10. Heidelberg 13-14 
 11. NBC 11-16 
 12. Ehingen 11-16 
 13. Cuxhaven 10-17 
 14. Braves 7-20 
 15. Leitershofen 7-20 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 25: Kirchheim - Cuxhaven 88-71
Mar. 26: Karlsruhe - ETB Wohnbau 82-91
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

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 31: Heidelberg - Ehingen
Mar. 31: MBC - Crailsheim
Mar. 31: Leitershofen - Braves
Mar. 31: ETB Wohnbau - NBC
Mar. 31: Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe
Mar. 31: Kirchheim - Webmoebel
Mar. 31: Jena - Duesseldorf


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.0 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.17.8 
 6. Reid, MBC17.6 
 7. Stommes, Webmoebel17.3 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe16.6 
 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.7.6 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.3 
 8. Webb, Crailsheim7.3 
 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. Johnson, Chemnitz5.1 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.1 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven5.0 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.4 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 8. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 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. Smith, Kirchheim1.5 
 8. Diggs, Webmoebel1.4 
 9. Harris, NBC1.4 
 10. Lipke, Leitershof.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


ProA Round 29: Gloria Giants beat higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets - by Eurobasket News

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

The game with biggest difference of round 29 was host Gloria Giants' (14-13) victory at home over 5th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-12) 73-60 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gloria Giants dominated on the defensive end, holding Webmoebel Baskets to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Webmoebel Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Ceyhan Pfeil (191-91) chipped in 16 points. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jena. Webmoebel Baskets at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Gloria Giants is looking forward to face Science City Jena (#6) on the road in the next round. Webmoebel Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Leitershofen managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Leitershofen won against eleventh-ranked NBC in Nurnberg 89-77. American center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Andreas Kronhardt contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for NBC. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leitershofen (7-20) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Braves. NBC lost fourth consecutive game. NBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ehingen. Leitershofen will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg in the next round. NBC will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the twentieth second victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-20) 77-64 in Homburg. Jordan Collins stepped up and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Travis Reed responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-5 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Leitershofen. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home Crailsheim Merlins (#4) in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked USC Heidelberg (13-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (17-10). Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Heidelberg. Joseph Buck nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used entire bench in such tough game. Crailsheim Merlins maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in Allmendingen.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kirchheim. Local Kirchheim Knights (18-9) beat 13th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (10-17) 88-71 on Sunday night. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Brandon Griffin who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Kirchheim Knights' coach Branislav Ignjatovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Kirchheim Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-9 record having four points less than leader MBC. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#8).

In the last two games of round 29 Chemnitz defeated Ehingen in a road game 60-54. Karlsruhe was beaten by ETB Wohnbau at home 82-91.


Crailsheim - Heidelberg 82-81

Ninth-ranked USC Heidelberg (13-14) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (17-10). Crailsheim Merlins managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Heidelberg. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. They outrebounded USC Heidelberg 43-25 including 19 on the offensive glass. Crailsheim Merlins players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) accounted for 12 points. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) came up with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for USC Heidelberg in the defeat. Crailsheim Merlins maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. USC Heidelberg at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins' next round opponent will be league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. USC Heidelberg will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in Allmendingen.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: J.Stohl 15+1reb+1ast, J.Buck 14+7reb+2ast, M.Hill 12+3reb+3ast, D.Webb 9+4reb, B.Lischka 8+6reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 7+3reb+2ast
Heidelberg: J.Williams 24+7reb, S.Watts 21+6reb+3ast, C.Sargent 14+4reb+2ast, B.Schoo 8+5reb+1ast, O.Komarek 6+2reb+4ast, K.Barth 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 141570


Ehingen - Chemnitz 54-60

There was no surprise in Allmendingen where 12th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-16) was defeated by third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (18-10) 60-54 on Sunday. Ehingen/Urspringschule trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 20-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 54-60 at the end of the game. BV Chemnitz 99 dominated on the defensive end, holding Ehingen/Urspringschule to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Idaho Coll.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Tobias Jahn (205-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BV Chemnitz 99 have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-10 record having three points less than leader MBC. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will have a break next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play on the road against USC Heidelberg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Shaw 16+10reb, G.Johnson 13+5reb+5ast, J.Schmidt 9+3reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 6+4reb, T.Ishizaki 5+5reb+4ast, A.Rosenthal 5+3reb
Ehingen: V.Matthews 18+5reb+3ast, T.Jahn 15+5reb+1ast, G.Williamson 7+5reb+4ast, J.Wolf 5+6reb+2ast, M.Valerien 4+1reb+1ast, A.Vargas 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141571


Karlsruhe - ETB Wohnbau 82-91

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (13-14) defeated on the road 8th ranked BG Karlsruhe (13-14) 91-82 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But BG Karlsruhe won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for ETB Wohnbau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Sebastian Schroter (207-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) added 22 points respectively for the hosts. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. ETB Wohnbau will face NBC (#11) in Nurnberg in the next round.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: M.Buljevic 18+3reb+2ast, C.Alexander 17+5reb+5ast, J.Henley 16+5reb+2ast, S.Schroter 15+10reb+2ast, K.Chones 11+6reb+1ast, D.Kapelan 11+6ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 26+8reb+1ast, M.Samarco 22+3reb+3ast, J.Howard 18+10reb, D.Jones 6+2reb+1ast, J.Moore 5+3reb, M.Stockton 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 141565


Duesseldorf - Webmoebel 73-60

The game with biggest difference of round 29 was host Gloria Giants' (14-13) victory at home over 5th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (15-12) 73-60 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gloria Giants dominated on the defensive end, holding Webmoebel Baskets to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 42-31 including 28 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Webmoebel Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) who scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Ceyhan Pfeil (191-91) chipped in 16 points. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ole Wendt (190-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Jena. Webmoebel Baskets at the other side keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Gloria Giants is looking forward to face Science City Jena (#6) on the road in the next round. Webmoebel Baskets will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: C.Pfeil 16+3reb+2ast, R.Keerles 13+9reb+2ast, M.Petric 11+4reb+1ast, Q.Lollis 9+7reb+1ast, P.Flomo 9+6reb, L.Hall 7+6reb+2ast
Webmoebel: O.Wendt 14+8reb+1ast, J.Mason 13+8reb+3ast, N.Freer 12+4reb, J.Diggs 9+5reb+3ast, M.Jost 7+4reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 5+2reb
gschID: 141566


Kirchheim - Cuxhaven 88-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kirchheim. Local Kirchheim Knights (18-9) beat 13th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (10-17) 88-71 on Sunday night. They outrebounded Cuxhaven BasCats 36-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Kirchheim Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Brandon Griffin (202-82, college: SE Missouri St.) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 6 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Kirchheim Knights' coach Branislav Ignjatovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Nate Gerwig (206-83, college: Kent St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-9 record having four points less than leader MBC. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in Paderborn in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#8).
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: B.Griffin 20+6reb+4ast, S.Adeberg 12+7reb+1ast, D.Uskoski 9+6reb+3ast, R.Tomasevic 9+1ast, C.Brooks 9+6reb+2ast, N.Menck 8+1reb
Cuxhaven: J.Capel 17+3reb+2ast, N.Gerwig 14+10reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 13+3reb, J.El Domiaty 11+2reb+1ast, D.Rice 8+3reb+5ast, M.Bogdanov 6+2ast
gschID: 141567


NBC - Leitershofen 77-89

Bottom-ranked Leitershofen managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Leitershofen won against eleventh-ranked NBC in Nurnberg 89-77. It looked good early as NBC took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leitershofen had a 22-19 second period charge getting the lead and NBC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-89. Leitershofen made 34-of-39 charity shots (87.2 percent) during the game, while NBC only scored fourteen points from the stripe. NBC was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for NBC. Five Leitershofen and four NBC players scored in double figures. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Leitershofen (7-20) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Braves. NBC lost fourth consecutive game. NBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ehingen. Leitershofen will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#14) in Homburg in the next round. NBC will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: A.Kronhardt 18+6reb+1ast, J.Lipke 16+2reb+6ast, D.Richardson 14+10reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 13+6reb+2ast, C.Hassan 13+3reb+1ast, D.Veney 10+8reb+1ast
NBC: I.Okoye 14+13reb+4ast, W.Chavis 13+3reb+4ast, C.Abercrombie 11+2reb+3ast, J.Harris 11+1reb+5ast, S.Schroeder 9+1reb+1ast, R.De Michael 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141568


Braves - MBC 64-77

Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the twentieth second victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 14th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-20) 77-64 in Homburg. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mitteldeutscher BC made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) stepped up and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 14 points. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American center Travis Reed (203-79, college: Long Beach St., agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Nigerian-American forward P.J. Alawoya (200-88, college: McNeese St.) scored 15 points. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-5 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 20 games lost. They share it with Leitershofen. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home Crailsheim Merlins (#4) in the next round. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MBC: J.Collins 14+5reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 14+3reb+2ast, L.Hinnant 10+3reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 10+4reb, S.Wachalski 10+7reb, J.Lange 8+4reb+1ast
Braves: P.Alawoya 15+3reb, T.Reed 12+10reb, L.Jeka 12+2reb+4ast, N.Valentic 8+4reb, K.Karamatskos 6+3reb, R.Cardenas 6+5reb
gschID: 141569



Donatas Zavackas (Basketball Is Always A learning Experience) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) is a 31 year old 203cm forward from Lithuania that recently played for EnBW Ludwigsburg. He is a hard nosed and very versatile player, with good on 1-on-1 offensive skills; excels in game without the ball, and runs the court very well; shoots well from the distance, and defense well, thanks to a strong body can play in the two forward positions. He played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 1998-2003 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003. He has played in countries like Italy, France, Spain, Lithuania and Poland. He played for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius from 2008-2010 winning Lithuanian League Champion and the cup twice in 2009 and 2010 and also winning the Eurocup in 2010. Last season for EnBW Ludwigsburg, he played 27 games: 12.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT-2 (49.5%), FT-3 (88.5%). He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball before he left EnBW Ludwigsburg..

Is it possible to stop a Jermareo Davidson without double teaming him?

It is always possible to stop any player on any night. There will be some nights where one player is better than another. We were unable to control him in the first half, but he didnt do much in the second half. It is always good to keep a strong player under his average.

EnBW Ludwigsburg started off well winning three of the first four games including big wins at home against Oldenburg and Bremerhaven. Then the team sustained a big losing streak. What were the reasons for this?

We have good players and a good coaching staff and we won games with a good advantage, but the games we lost were very close and winnable. We tend to lose confidence in tight situations when things arent going right.

Was Markus Jochum unable to reach his players at the end?

When a team wins then the players win and when a team loses then the coach loses. Last season, we started slow, but finished strong and almost reached the playoffs. It would be unfair to give him the blame for the loses. Basketball is a team sport. We played and lost the games and the coach is there to help us. It was a tough situation and management decided to make a move.

What is a strength of head coach Steven Key?

He has his own basketball philosophy. I hope that he can bring us back to a winning streak.

Why did you like playing in Ludwigsburg.

I like the weather and we dont get too much snow. We have great fans who support us and I like the town.

You are a very good one on one player and move well without the ball. How did you learn these qualities?

I have to be thankful for all the coaches I have had in my career. My first coach in Lithuania and my coach at Pittsburgh really helped me. Basketball is always a learning process and you never stop to learn the game of basketball.

How many three point shots do you take a day in practice?

I take about 150-200 shots in the morning and another 50-60 at night.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen Mark Dorris do on the court?

He is a very special young player and competiting is in his nature. He does so many amazing things.

At the start of the season, you were playing with Terrell Harris and now he is playing with Lebron James in the NBA. Can he stick in the NBA?

If he is in the NBA, then he surely can play at that level. Every player dreams to play in the NBA and going from Ludwigsburg to Miami is like a dream. But these things happen in the NBA. He is a special talented kid and I wish him the best.

What was your childhood like in Lithuania?


It was a normal childhood where I started to play basketball at age eight or nine. Basketball is number one in my country so it was only natural I would play basketball since we love basketball.

Who were your basketball idols?

The famous players from Lithuania.

You played at Pittsburgh from 1998-2003. Was this a difficult decision for you to make?

It wasnt easy, because it is never easy to leave your home town and family. But my parents and I made the decision that it would be best for me to go and play basketball and get an education.

What do you remember from going to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003?

Just experiencing the atmosphere at March Madness is something you see once in a lifetime. The media coverage was great and the fans supported us so much. Something like 5,000-6,000 fans came to one game to support us.

You have played in countries like France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Lithuania. Where have you liked it most?

It is always best when you play at home and can play in front of family and friends.

You played together with Chevon Troutman at Pittsburgh. Do you have a funny story about him?

He was always funny and just a great kid. However, I dont remember any story from back then.

You played together with Chuck Eidson who is playing with FC Barcelona. Why isnt he in the NBA?

That is hard to say. He is very talented, but I am no NBA general manager. He has had injuries and maybe teams have been scared away by that.

What were the most number of free throws that you have made in a row in practice?

We usually have to take 50 free throws each practice and last week I went 50/50.

What was the most crazy shot that you made in a game?

In high school, there were a few seconds to play and I got a rebound and just threw a shot from the other three point line and it went in.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?

After playing basketball for 15-20 years, you want to stay close to basketball. Basketball has been close to my heart and I would like to stay close to basketball.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I read a lot and the last book I read was Breaking Point from Sandra Brown.

Thanks Donatas for the chat.



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Hungarian A Division round 23 best performance: Laszlo Kalman - by Eurobasket News

Former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Falco-Szova, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 39-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Jaszberenyi (#13, 6-18) 101-89. It allowed Falco-Szova to consolidate first place in the Hungarian A Division. Falco-Szova have a solid 21-3 record. In the team's last game Kalman had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Falco-Szova, through which he has constantly improved. Laszlo Kalman has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 7.3apg. Kalman is in league's top in and averages impressive 59.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Falco-Szova's star - 27-year old American Chad Timberlake (194-G-84). Timberlake had a very good evening with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Falco-Szova cruised to a 101-89 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jaszberenyi (#13, 6-18). Of course Falco-Szova still keep Round 24's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 21 matches. Timberlake is a newcomer at Falco-Szova, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#2). He also registered 4.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side) of Szolnok (#3). Trotter showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, seven rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Szolnok, leading his team to a 95-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Kecskemeti (#6, 13-10). Szolnok is closer and closer to the top of the standings in . They will still need more victories. But 19-4 record is not that bad... Trotter has a great season in Hungary. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (2nd best). He also has 2.3spg, FGP: 50.6% and 3PT: 40.3%. Obie Trotter has also Hungarian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) of Soproni - 23 points and 12 rebounds
5. Darren Moore (190-G) of FS Debrecen - 26 points and 9 rebounds
6. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Falco-Szova - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of Szedeak - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84) of Marso NYKK - 25 points and 14 rebounds
9. Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86) of FS Debrecen - 27 points and 9 rebounds
10. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of FS Debrecen - 29 points and 7 rebounds

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



Debrecen will host Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Debrecen will host Final Four of EuroChallenge from 27 to 29 April in the state-of-the-art Fonix Hall. Four teams will battle for the top place in the tournament. The Hungarian champions secured a place in the Quarter-Finals thanks to a dramatic win over Telekom Baskets Bonn on the last day of the Last 16 and then, in a thrilling play-off series, eliminated BK Ventspils who had the home court advantage.
Szolnoki Olaj KK will take on Turkish powerhouse Besiktas Milangaz in the semi-finals, with Elan Chalon of France and Triumph Lyubertsy of Russia battling it out for the second ticket to the big Final and a shot at the coveted EuroChallenge title.



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Amaya and Poole returning to Bellingham Slam - by Eurobasket News

Forward Tyler Amaya (6'7''-F-82, college: W.Washington) and center Blake Poole (6'5''-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) will be returning to the Bellingham Slam lineup for the 2012 International Basketball League season following stints overseas, the team announced today.

Amaya has been playing professionally for Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia this winter, leading his team in scoring with 29.4 points per game. He scored 50 points in a game against Al-Kweldeeh on February 2.

Amaya has been the most well-traveled player in the Slam's history, suiting up for teams in Tunisia, Syria, New Zealand, China, Germany and the Netherlands since graduating from Western Washington in 2006.

Amaya has played portions of the past four seasons in theIBL for Bellingham, and was instrumental in helping the Slam capture the IBL championship in 2008. He was the Slam's leading scorer and rebounder in 2009 with averages of 23.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

Amaya's exact return date to Bellingham is still uncertain as he finishes up Al-Jubail's season in the Saudi Premier League, but it is anticipated that he won't miss more than two or three of the Slam's first regular season games.

Blake Poole will be back in Bellingham for his second season in a Slam uniform following his first season abroad in Europe. Poole just wrapped up a stellar season playing for BG Dorsten in Germany's ProB league. He was of the league's top rookies, averaging 14.9 points and a league-leading 12.9 rebounds per game. He was a three-time Player of the Week in Germany and also picked up Player of the Month honors last November.

Poole provided a valuable presence in the post for the Slam in 2011, and as one of the IBL's top rookies, he led Bellingham and was fourth in the league in rebounding with 10.9 boards per game and was tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game.

Poole joined the Slam after completing his collegiate career at Saint Martin's University last spring, finishing fourth in scoring and first in rebounding as a senior in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, with averages of 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. He was named the 2010-11 GNAC Player of the Year and also an NCAA Division-II All-American.

Poole has already wrapped up his season in Germany and will be heading back to Bellingham in time for the start of the team's training camp in early April.

The Slam start the 2012 IBL season on the road in Olympia on Friday, April 20, before hosting their home opener on Saturday, April 21 against the Salem Soldiers. Tip-off is set for 7pm at Whatcom Pavilion.

Prior to the start of the regular season, the team will also be holding an intra-squad scrimmage which is open to the public on Friday, April 13 at 7pm at Lynden High School.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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U.L. Eagles Achieve Double on the back of Jason Killeen. - by Patrick Maher

2012 Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Final

UL Eagles 70 (25) (J Killeen 25, R Taylor 15, M Hall 12) DCU Saints 56 (26) (P Glover 16, M Provizors 14, K Anderson 8)
MVP; Jason Killeen (UL Eagles)

UL Eagles ensured it was a double-double, as Mark Keenans mens side followed up an earlier victory by UL Womens, to crown a momentous year for the Shannonsiders. UL overcame Northern Conference winners DCU Saints 70-56 after a captivating Nivea For Mens SuperLeague final at the National Basketball Arena.

Eagles have been a revelation in 2012, surprising everyone by lifting the National Cup earlier on this year, before blitzing their way through the playoffs to this final. This win marks the end of a tremendous debut season at UL for coach Mark Keenan, the deposed former Killester coach, who has brought success to Eagles after years of frustration.

Keenan said: 'Its a fantastic way to finish the season. Since Christmas I think we have shown we are the best team in the country. We had a tough start to the season, but everyone bought into what we are doing and this is a great reward.'

Keenan reserved extra praise for MVP Jason Killeen: 'Jason has been brilliant all season. Tonight he got their big guys in foul trouble and he was just immense all night,' he added.

A high octane opening saw DCU press UL high up the court, and the strategy reaped its rewards in the early stages, David Donnellys side taking an early 6-2 lead. Robert Taylor and Jason Kileen responded for UL to bring the sides level halfway through the first quarter. Kileen rebounded a Scott Kinevane drive superbly to give UL the lead. Alas for Eagles that passage of play left Kinevane stricken on the court. UL Coach Mark Keenan cut an anxious figure as Kinevane was helped away just moments after being introduced into the game with a serious looking ankle injury. Killeen was gobbling everything inside for UL, but DCU were showing a great variety in attack. There was nothing between the sides at the end of the first.12-12.

DCU were the superior side in the opening stages of the second quarter thanks to some excellent work from Martin Provisors and Mike Trimmer. Michael Chubb stretched the DCU lead out to five before UL responded through Eoin Quigley. Robert Taylor followed up quickly after to bring UL back to within two. Taylors influence was growing in the game, and soon he had UL level at 20-20. A sumptuous pass from Matt Hall was rounded off by Eoin Quigley before Michael Chubb responded to give DCU the narrowest of half time leads.26-25.

UL emerged for the second half in decisive mood, Matt Halls three pointer giving his side a two point lead. Killeen followed it up with two to give UL a four point advantage. Keith Anderson replied for DCU before Hall struck again for Eagles. Pat Glover went to the line to reduce the margin again, as the game looked destined to go down to the wire. Kevin Lacey scored a fine lay-up for DCU before Killeen and Rob Lynch edged UL in front once more. With seconds remaining in the quarter, UL veteran Matt Hall struck a massively significant three for UL to give them a six point lead heading into the final quarter.46-40

UL increased their intensity on defense in the final quarter as DCU desperately tried to regain parity. The Dublin side were finding it increasingly difficult to penetrate the UL rear-guard and Eagles managed to hold their six point lead with five minutes to go and went on to secure this momentous title with a 70-56 victory.

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Final

Ballon v Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans

Ballon 80 (42) (L Griskas 19, A Statkus 12, G Trakaustus 11) Matt O Flaherty Chemist Titans 78 (44) ( P Peldzius 29, WArchambaut 15, P Freeman 13)
MVP; Audrius Stakus (Ballon)

Ballon were crowned Mens Division One champions having defeated Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans in a breathtaking final. Ballon eventually secured the crown 80-78 after a nail-biting finale. It was unfortunate that someone had to lose this tie, both sets of supporters having been treated to a tremendous exhibition of basketball.

A blistering opening to this one saw some superb shooting from both sides. Giedrius Trakauskas found his range early on, shooting a superb three for Ballon to bring the scores to eight apiece. Titans were well up for this contest however and Gintaras Sedebskis was integral in establishing a 14-10 lead for his side at the midway point in the quarter. Titans were certainly showing more steel in offense, exemplified by a 21-19 score at the end of the opening quarter.

Ballon redoubled their efforts at the beginning of the second, Irmantas Griskas hitting three and drawing the foul to give his side a three point lead. It was a superb quarter in truth, with both sides tussling for supremacy in what was a hugely physical encounter. Paulius Peldzius helpedTitans stay in contention and soon afterwards gave them the lead with a fine three point shot.

The sides were level early in the third quarter as Imantas Griskas again weighed in for Ballon. The sides were so evenly matched throughout, it was impossible to pick a winner as the sides traded baskets throughout the third. It was Titans who held a marginal advantage heading into the final quarter, leading 63-61.

The fourth quarter was a hugely passionate affair with both sets of fans noisily attempting to spur their side over the line. There was some splendid attacking talent on display, none more so than from Will Archambault who produced a breathtaking dunk to edge Titans in front. Still there was nothing to separate the sides with just three minutes on the clock.71-71.Ballon were back in front with ninety seconds remaining thanks to a huge shot outside from Mazvydas Cepliauskas. A huge score from Conall MacMichael gave Titans a two point advantage with two remaining before Ballon responded, Aurimas Statkus hitting three for Ballon to give them a two point lead. With just 16 seconds remaining Paul Freeman made light of the pressure, superbly firing home to square the teams once again. With just seconds on the clock, Mazvydas Cepliauskus-the smallest player on the court- took advantage of space inside to drive to the basket for what turned out to be the decisive score. Titans had pulses racing with a shot on the buzzer, but it was to be Ballons day, albeit by the slenderest of margins. Final score 80-78.

National League Finals 2012 Results

Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Finals

UL Eagles (Limerick) 70 (25) (J Killeen 25, R Taylor 15, M Hall 12) DCU Saints (Dublin) 56 (26) (P Glover 16, M Provizors 14, K Anderson 8)

MVP; Jason Killeen (UL Eagles)

Saturday March 24 2012

Basketball Ireland Mens National League Division One Final

Ballon 80 (42) (L Griskas 19, A Statkus 12, G Trakaustus 11) Matt O Flaherty Chemist Titans 78 (44) ( P Peldzius 29, WArchambaut 15, P Freeman 13)
MVP; Audrius Stakus (Ballon)

Courtesy : Shane Whelan .... www.basketballireland.ie



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Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 17-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 14-6 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 12-8 
 4. Hapoel Holon 12-8 
 5. Hapoel J-M 11-9 
 6. Ironi Ashkelon 10-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 10-10 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 8-12 
 9. B.C. Habikaa 7-12 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-15 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-17 

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.20.8 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.6 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.20.2 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.8 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur18.6 
 7. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.9 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.17.8 
 9. Duncan, Maccabi17.7 
 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, Maccabi8.7 
 3. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.2 
 4. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi7.3 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.2 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.6 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.6.5 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.2 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.6 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi4.5 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.2 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Raviv LIMONAD
  Ironi A.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Limonad, Ironi A.2.1 
 2. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 5. Delaney, B.C. H.1.8 
 6. Robinson, B.C. H.1.8 
 7. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.8 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.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. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.8 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 7. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Maccabi1.1 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.0 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi0.9 


Loncar, Lyday And/Or Jackson In Tel-Aviv? Langford To Extend Deal? - by David Pick

With just 24-hours before the electrifying Euroleague Playoffs Game 3 between Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Panathinaikos, behind the scenes, the yellow-and-blue's scouting personnel is already entertaining possibilities of different backcourt combinations for next season.

While Tel-Aviv's management and coaching staff are eager to see Keith Langford wear the team's jersey next season, financial disagreements between the two are still very much alive. As a result, potential substitutes are being mentioned behind closed doors.

Spanish Bilbao Basket's 6-foot-4 Guard Aaron Jackson, is on high demand and believed to be a fine fit in David Blatt's run-and-gun system.

Despite Jackson's unattractive Euroleague numbers of 8.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.4 assist, he'd probably receive a warm recommendation from former Duquesne teammate and Maccabi's current third big, Shawn James. However, important to note, if Jackson joins Maccabi, it'll be by replacing Langford.

Assuming, Maccabi and its Kansas Alumnus reach an agreement and Langford indeed re-sings, Tel-Aviv will ink a relatively affordable player for a total sum of $300-400,000. Talks about Unics Kazan's 32-year-old veteran Terrell Lyday being a smooth piece to Blatt's backcourt puzzle were sounded.

Lyday, who's currently battling Barcelona in the Euroleague Elite 8 round, recorded 11.2 points and 2.2 boards in 21 minutes of Euroleague action this season.

In the paint, BC Khimky Moscow's efficient Croatian Kresimir Loncar, is also on the radar. Despite playing just two Euroleague games this season, Loncar posted numbers of 20.5ppg on 65.2% field goal shooting, in addition to grabbing nearly 9 rebounds per game.





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Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 22-10 
 2. Trento 21-10 
 3. Perugia 15-16 
 4. Santarcangelo 13-19 
 5. Firenze 10-22 
 6. Comsum.it SI 10-22 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 28-4 
 2. Torino 20-12 
 3. Treviglio 19-13 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-15 
 5. Pavia 16-16 
 6. Castelletto 11-20 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 17-15 
 2. Recanati 16-15 
 3. Bari 15-17 
 4. San Severo 14-18 
 5. Fabriano 8-23 
 6. Ruvo 3-29 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 26-6 
 2. Ferentino 19-13 
 3. Orlandina 18-13 
 4. Latina Basket 16-16 
 5. Matera 14-17 
 6. Anagni 13-18 

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 25: Castelletto - Recanati 94-86
Mar. 25: Perugia - Bari 93-85
Mar. 25: Casalpusterlengo - Anagni 89-96
Mar. 24: Comsum.it SI - Matera 88-73
Mar. 24: Omegna - San Severo 85-71
Mar. 25: Torino - Fabriano 78-73
Mar. 25: Firenze - Chieti 76-68
Mar. 24: Trento - Ruvo 75-61
Mar. 25: Trieste - Ferentino 73-56
Mar. 25: Santarcangelo - Latina Basket 71-46
Mar. 25: Pavia - Orlandina 68-61
Mar. 26: Treviglio - Napoli 55-64

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 11: Santarcangelo - Casalpusterlengo
Feb. 12: Treviglio - Firenze
Feb. 16: Fabriano - Recanati
Feb. 11: Omegna - Trento
Feb. 16: Matera - Chieti
Feb. 12: Pavia - Torino
Feb. 16: Latina Basket - Ferentino
Feb. 16: Ruvo - Anagni
Feb. 12: Trieste - Comsum.it SI
Feb. 12: Napoli - Orlandina
Feb. 16: San Severo - Bari
Mar. 29: Castelletto - Perugia


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Musso, Napoli19.6 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.6 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia15.1 
 5. Ferrarese, Castell.15.1 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.14.8 
 7. Rugolo, San Severo14.7 
 8. Carrizo, Ferentino14.2 
 9. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.2 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.5 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.3 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 5. Gandini, Trieste8.0 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.9 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.6 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.2 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.1 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.0 
 7. Vico, Matera2.9 
 8. Parente, Torino2.8 
 9. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
 10. Raschi, Chieti2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 2. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 4. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 5. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 7. Iardella, Fabriano2.8 
 8. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 9. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 10. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.0 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.8 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 8. Rossi, Chieti0.9 
 9. Cotani, Castelletto0.9 
 10. Tardito, Matera0.9 


Mike Green's triple-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Mike Green (185-PG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sigma Barcel., receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old player recorded a triple-double of 16 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team beat Morpho Basket (#10, 10-13) 81-72. Sigma Barcel. maintains the 5th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sigma Barcel. will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. Green turned to be Sigma Barcel.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Butler University star has very solid stats this year. Green is league's best passer with 5.0apg. Green is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.4spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) of Prima Veroli. Jackson had a very good evening with 34 points and 3 rebounds. Of course he lead Prima Veroli to another comfortable win 85-70 over the higher-ranked Givova Scafati (#3, 16-8) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Prima Veroli to move up to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-13 record. Jackson is well-known at Prima Veroli and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jeff Brooks (203-F-89) of Fileni BPA (#7). Brooks scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Fileni BPA, leading his team to a 81-79 win against the lower-ranked MarcoPoloShop (#15, 7-16). Fileni BPA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Brooks has a great season in Italy. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (9th best). He also has FGP: 61.5% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Troy Bell (186-PG-80) of S.Antimo - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80) of Tezenis Verona - 18 points and 17 rebounds
6. Dwight Hardy (188-PG-87) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88) of MarcoPoloShop - 27 points and 6 rebounds
8. Fiorello Toppo (198-F/C-80) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ryan Thompson (198-G-89) of Centrale Latte - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Clint Cotis Harrison (194-G-76) of Morpho Basket - 25 points and 2 assists

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



Italian SerieA round 26 best performance: Linton Johnson - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sidigas AV, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Angelico BI (#12, 11-14) 71-70. Sidigas AV is placed at 8th position in Italian SerieA. Sidigas AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-12 record. It's Johnson's second year at Sidigas AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Tulane University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 56.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS. Hickman had a very good evening with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Scavolini PS to edge slightly higher-ranked Bennet Cantu (15-9) 72-69. This victory allowed Scavolini PS to move up to 5th position in Round 21. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hickman is a newcomer at Scavolini PS, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#8).

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Angelico BI (#12). Dragicevic scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Dragicevic's great performance Angelico BI lost 70-71 to the higher-ranked Sidigas AV (#8, 13-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Angelico BI ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dragicevic could help Angelico BI to bring them higher in the standings. Dragicevic has a great season in Italy. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sean May (206-F-84) of Fabi Shoes - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marko Milic (201-F-77) of Vanoli CR - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Vanoli CR - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS - 24 points and 3 rebounds
8. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Acea Roma - 14 points and 10 rebounds
10. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) of Acea Roma - 14 points and 11 rebounds

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



Nazionale A Round 32: Firenze defeats leader Chieti - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Nazionale A. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Chieti (17-15) on the court of sixth ranked Firenze on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Firenze 76-68. Firenze forced 21 Chieti turnovers. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Chieti. Firenze (10-22) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Comsum.it SI. Chieti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with 15 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Firenze is looking forward to face higher ranked Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chieti will play against the league's leader Trieste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Orlandina (18-13) against fifth ranked Pavia (16-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Orlandina was defeated by Pavia in a tough game in Pavia 61-68. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Roberto Maggio who added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Pavia maintains fifth position with 16-16 record. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Pavia will play against Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Orlandina will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Recanati (16-15) against sixth ranked Castelletto (11-20) on Sunday night. Visiting Recanati was defeated by Castelletto in a tough game in Castelletto 86-94. The winners were led by Simone Cotani who scored that evening 19 points and 8 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 assists by Marco Evangelisti did not help to save the game for Recanati. Castelletto maintains sixth position with 11-20 record. Loser Recanati keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Castelletto will meet higher ranked Fabriano (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Recanati will play against Matera and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Perugia (15-16) which hosted in Perugia one of their biggest challengers Bari (15-17). Third ranked Perugia managed to get a 8-point victory 93-85. The best player for the winners was Davide Poltroneri who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perugia maintains third position with 15-16 record having eight points less than leader Omegna, which they share with Latina Basket. Bari lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ferentino on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bari will play against Comsum.it SI in Siena.
An interesting game for Omegna (28-4) which hosted in Omegna 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (14-18). First ranked Omegna managed to get a 14-point victory 85-71. Tommaso Raspino orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Omegna have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-4 record. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. Omegna will face league's second-placed Recanati on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Matera was beaten by Comsum.it SI on the road 88-73. Trento won against Ruvo on its own court 75-61. Fabriano unfortunately lost to Torino in a road game 73-78. Santarcangelo rolled over Latina Basket at home 71-46. Anagni defeated Casalpusterlengo on the opponent's court 96-89. Treviglio was beaten by Napoli in a home game 55-64. Ferentino lost to Trieste on the road 56-73.
The most impressive performance of 32th round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by Andrea Ancellotti of Santarcangelo.


Comsum.it SI - Matera 88-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Comsum.it SI (10-22) beat 5th ranked Matera (14-17) in Siena 88-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Comsum.it SI. Matera was better in fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Comsum.it SI dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Matera's 16 and made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Matera 43-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Matera was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Andrea Colli (203-88, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Comsum.it SI's coach Matteo Mecacci used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Luca Tardito (201-89, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Matera. Five Comsum.it SI and four Matera players scored in double figures. Comsum.it SI moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Firenze. Loser Matera keeps the fifth position with 17 games lost. Comsum.it SI will face higher ranked Bari (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Matera will play against the league's second-placed Recanati.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: A.Colli 23+11reb+3ast, S.Bonfiglio 20+5reb+4ast, N.Mei 16+4reb+1ast, S.Simeoli 12+12reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 11+3reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 4+5reb+1ast
Matera: S.Vico 19+5reb, C.Grappasonni 13+3reb, A.LaGioia 10+1reb, A.Pilotti 10+1reb, G.Cantagalli 10+2reb, L.Tardito 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 135946


Perugia - Bari 93-85

An interesting game for Perugia (15-16) which hosted in Perugia one of their biggest challengers Bari (15-17). Third ranked Perugia managed to get a 8-point victory 93-85. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 32-28 Bari's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 93-85 at the end of the game. Perugia dominated on the defensive end, holding Bari to just 6 points in first quarter. They made 18-of-19 charity shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perugia maintains third position with 15-16 record having eight points less than leader Omegna, which they share with Latina Basket. Bari lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with 17 games lost. Perugia's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Ferentino on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bari will play against Comsum.it SI in Siena.
Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 32+6reb+4ast, F.Baldi Rossi 18+8reb+1ast, O.Kuschev 11+3reb, R.Truccolo 10+4reb, S.Bonamente 8+6reb, M.Caroldi 5+2reb+1ast
Bari: S.Gigena 25+13reb, A.Ruggiero 16+2reb+2ast, S.Deguara 10+8reb, D.Morena 10+1reb, M.Cardillo 9+8reb+1ast, M.Bona 8+3reb
gschID: 135947


Pavia - Orlandina 68-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Orlandina (18-13) against fifth ranked Pavia (16-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Orlandina was defeated by Pavia in a tough game in Pavia 61-68. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-16 Orlandina's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 68-61 at the end of the game. Pavia dominated on the defensive end, holding Orlandina to just 6 points in third quarter. They also forced 25 Orlandina turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) who added 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Francesco Pellegrino (210-91) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Pavia maintains fifth position with 16-16 record. Newly promoted Orlandina keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Pavia will play against Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Orlandina will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Pederzini 18+6reb+4ast, R.Maggio 15+5reb+5ast, I.Cisse 11+5reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 8+8reb+5ast, R.Cazzaniga 7+6reb+1ast, L.Furlanetto 5+2reb
Orlandina: G.Zampolli 17+5reb+1ast, N.Crow 11+8reb+1ast, F.Pellegrino 8+12reb+1ast, D.Bonacini 7+1reb+2ast, M.Cardinali 7+3reb+3ast, N.Damiani 5+6reb
gschID: 135941


Trento - Ruvo 75-61

Very expected game when 6th ranked Ruvo (3-28) lost on the road to second ranked Trento (21-10) 75-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Trento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ruvo's 24. Trento forced 20 Ruvo turnovers. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Davide Pascolo (200-90) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Trento's coach Maurizio Buscaglia used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds and guard Gianluca Tomasiello (190-80) added 11 points in the effort for Ruvo. Trento maintains second position with 21-10 record behind leader Omegna. Ruvo lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 28 games lost. Trento will face Anagni (#6) on the road in the next round. Ruvo will play against Pavia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 13+7reb+4ast, D.Pascolo 12+7reb+2ast, L.Conte 10+3reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 9+8reb+4ast, A.Forray 9+4reb+5ast, M.Negri 8+2ast
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 25+19reb+2ast, G.Tomasiello 11+3reb+3ast, P.de Martino 8+3ast, S.Zanotti 6+6reb+1ast, G.Valesin 4, D.Merletto 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 135942


Omegna - San Severo 85-71

An interesting game for Omegna (28-4) which hosted in Omegna 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (14-18). First ranked Omegna managed to get a 14-point victory 85-71. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Omegna's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-15 extending their advantage to 14 points. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Guard Tommaso Raspino (196-89, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Omegna's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) added 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Mazzeo San Severo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Omegna have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 28-4 record. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. Omegna will face league's second-placed Recanati on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: T.Raspino 14+5reb+1ast, F.Prelazzi 13+4reb, A.Saccaggi 12+2reb, P.Picazio 11+1reb, S.Masciadri 8, M.Toure 7+3reb+1ast
San Severo: F.Amoroso 24+6reb+1ast, G.Rugolo 15+8reb, F.Lovatti 14+7reb+1ast, I.Scarponi 10+1reb+1ast, F.Candido 6+6reb, M.Poluzzi 2
gschID: 135943


Castelletto - Recanati 94-86

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Recanati (16-15) against sixth ranked Castelletto (11-20) on Sunday night. Visiting Recanati was defeated by Castelletto in a tough game in Castelletto 86-94. Recanati was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of Castelletto, which allowed them to win the game. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Castelletto forced 20 Recanati turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by the former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) who scored that evening 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Filiberto Dri (190-89) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 4 assists by guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) did not help to save the game for Recanati. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) added 17 points for the guests. Castelletto maintains sixth position with 11-20 record. Loser Recanati keeps the second place with 15 games lost. Castelletto will meet higher ranked Fabriano (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Recanati will play against Matera and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: S.Cotani 19+8reb+2ast, F.Dri 19+3reb+4ast, M.Raminelli 15+8reb, A.Marusic 10+1reb+2ast, C.Villani 10+6reb+3ast, S.Ferrarese 8+3reb+3ast
Recanati: M.Ceron 20+3reb, M.Evangelisti 19+2reb+4ast, A.Pierini 17+4reb+2ast, S.Centanni 8+2reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 7+3reb+2ast, A.Traini 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 135944


Torino - Fabriano 78-73

Rather predictable result when second ranked Torino (20-12) won against at home 5th ranked Fabriano (8-23) 78-73 on Sunday. Fabriano was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Torino made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Fabriano turnovers. Fabriano was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Davide Liberati (190-91) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) added 15 points and 4 steals in the effort for Fabriano. Four Fabriano players scored in double figures. Torino maintains second position with 20-12 record having just two points less than leader Omegna. Fabriano lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 23 games lost. Torino will face Matera (#5) on the road in the next round. Fabriano will play against Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: C.Masper 26+5reb, M.Portannese 18+9reb+5ast, M.DeFant 10+7reb, F.Giusto 9+2ast, L.Fontecchio 8+3reb, F.Tassinari 5+4reb
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 15+3reb, D.Liberati 14+7reb+1ast, L.Usberti 13+2reb+2ast, C.Fontani 12+5reb, A.Iardella 9+2reb+3ast, G.Castelletta 8+7reb
gschID: 135945


Firenze - Chieti 76-68

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Chieti (17-15) on the court of sixth ranked Firenze on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Firenze 76-68. Firenze forced 21 Chieti turnovers. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) added 19 points in the effort for Chieti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Firenze (10-22) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Comsum.it SI. Chieti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with 15 games lost. They share it with Casalpusterlengo. Firenze is looking forward to face higher ranked Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chieti will play against the league's leader Trieste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: A.Amici 17+9reb+5ast, S.Spizzichini 14+7reb+1ast, D.Monaldi 12+2reb+4ast, D.Lamma 12+1reb+6ast, A.Capitanelli 7+3reb+1ast, F.Bellina 6+6reb+1ast
Chieti: A.Raschi 19+1reb+1ast, E.Rossi 15+10reb+4ast, F.Gialloreto 15+3reb, R.Feliciangeli 11+8reb, S.Rajola 8+3reb+2ast, M.Diomede 0+2reb
gschID: 135937


Santarcangelo - Latina Basket 71-46

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Latina Basket (15-16) was outscored by fourth ranked Santarcangelo (13-19) in Sant'Arcangelo 71-46 on Sunday. The game without a history. Santarcangelo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Latina Basket's 32. Santarcangelo forced 19 Latina Basket turnovers. Center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Luca Bedetti (193-89) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Power forward Andrea Quarisa (202-92) replied with 10 points and 8 rebounds and forward Giulio Gazzotti (202-91) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Latina Basket. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains fourth position with 13-19 record. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the third place with 16 games lost. Santarcangelo will face Anagni (#6) on the road in the next round. Latina Basket will play against Firenze and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: L.Bedetti 24+5reb+3ast, A.Ancellotti 20+12reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 10+1reb+1ast, L.Pesaresi 9, E.Rivali 4+4reb+5ast, M.Palermo 3+5reb+2ast
Latina Basket: T.Plateo 11+3reb, A.Quarisa 10+8reb, G.Gazzotti 8+7reb, R.Tavernelli 6+3reb+2ast, R.Serena 4+1reb+1ast, M.Micevic 4+3reb
gschID: 135938


Casalpusterlengo - Anagni 89-96

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Anagni (12-18) defeated on the road 4th ranked Casalpusterlengo (17-15) 96-89 on Sunday. Anagni maintains sixth position with 12-18 record. Casalpusterlengo lost fourth consecutive game. They still keep top place with 15 games lost. Anagni will face league's second-placed Trento at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Casalpusterlengo will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 135939


Treviglio - Napoli 55-64

There was no surprise when 3rd ranked Treviglio (19-13) lost at home to first ranked Napoli (26-6) 64-55 on Monday. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 26-6 record. Loser Treviglio keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Napoli will face Casalpusterlengo (#4) at home in the next round. Treviglio will play against Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 135940


Trieste - Ferentino 73-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Trieste's (22-10) home victory over second-ranked Ferentino (19-12) 73-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Trieste. Ferentino was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trieste forced 24 Ferentino turnovers. Ferentino was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Alessandro Scutiero (183-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Alfredo Moruzzi (193-80) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ferentino. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Trieste have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-10 record. Loser Ferentino keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Trieste will face league's leader Chieti on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferentino will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trieste: A.Scutiero 20+2reb+1ast, A.Moruzzi 11+6reb+1ast, L.Gandini 10+5reb, D.Mastrangelo 8+3reb+1ast, M.Carra 6, I.Ferraro 5+8reb+1ast
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 14+2reb, F.Ihedioha 12+7reb, A.Iannuzzi 11+5reb, F.Guarino 9+5reb+3ast, L.Panzini 5+1reb, F.Marcante 3+4reb
gschID: 135936



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 28-13 
 2. Akita NH 27-17 
 3. Niigata Albirex 24-18 
 4. Toyama Grouses 22-20 
 5. Sendai 89ers 22-20 
 6. Yokohama BC 22-21 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-27 
 8. Chiba Jets 15-27 
 9. Iwate Big Bulls 13-31 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-30 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 34-10 
 2. Osaka Evessa 29-13 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 26-16 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 26-16 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 26-16 
 6. Shimane SM 23-21 
 7. Miyazaki SS 19-23 
 8. Oita H.Devils 18-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-40 

Regular Season: Round 48

Mar. 25: Akita NH - Saitama Bron. 97-87
Mar. 25: Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets 97-80
Mar. 25: Shimane SM - Kyoto Hannar. 87-83
Mar. 25: Fukuoka Rizing - Oita H.Devils 81-84
Mar. 25: Takamatsu FA - Shiga L-Stars 71-84
Mar. 25: Okinawa GK - Osaka Evessa 70-75
Mar. 25: Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 67-91
Mar. 25: Sendai 89ers - Shinshu BW 66-56

Regular Season: Round 49

Mar. 30: Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls
Mar. 31: Toyama Grouses - Takamatsu FA
Mar. 31: Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers
Mar. 31: Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls
Mar. 31: Hamamatsu P. - Akita NH
Mar. 31: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK
Mar. 31: Fukuoka Rizing - Niigata Albirex
Mar. 31: Oita H.Devils - Shiga L-Stars
Mar. 31: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.4 
 3. Cummings, Oita H.21.1 
 4. Flowers, Saitama20.9 
 5. Palmer, Fukuoka20.9 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets20.6 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.18.8 
 9. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.8 
 10. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.7 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.1 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Cummings, Oita H.10.0 
 8. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.0 
 10. Newton, Okinawa10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.3 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 9. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.3 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.7 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 6. Klaiber, Iwate B.2.0 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 8. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 10. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.9 
 4. Blackledge, Hamama.2.4 
 5. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.3 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.4 
 9. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 


BJ League Round 48: Leader Okinawa GK loses to Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in BJ League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 10 rounds.

Top ranked Okinawa GK (34-10) recorded its tenth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Osaka Evessa (29-13) 75-70. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Okinawa GK outrebounded Osaka Evessa 45-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Narito Namizato (175-89) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 29-13 record having just -1 victories less than leader Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa are looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Okinawa GK will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Fukuoka. Eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (18-23) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-16) 84-81 on Sunday evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Wendell White contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) replied with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Fukuoka Rizing. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 18-23 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Shiga L-Stars and Kyoto Hannar.. Oita Heat Devils will play against higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (26-16) against sixth ranked Shimane Magic (23-21) on Sunday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Shimane Magic in a tough game in Shimane 83-87. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Michael Parker who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Rick Rickert with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 23-21 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing and Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Iwate. Local Iwate Big Bulls (13-31) were outscored by fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (22-20) 91-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by Devin Searcy who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. Toyama Grouses' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 22-20 record, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the ninth place with 31 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Takamatsu FA (#9) at home where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 48 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chiba Jets was defeated by Yokohama BC in a road game 97-80. Takamatsu FA were beaten by Shiga L-Stars at home 71-84. Saitama Bron. lost to Akita NH on the opponent's court 87-97. Sendai 89ers managed to outperform Shinshu BW in a home game 66-56.
The best stats of 48th round was 20 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists by Ricky Woods of Akita NH.


Okinawa GK - Osaka Evessa 70-75

Top ranked Okinawa GK (34-10) recorded its tenth loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Osaka Evessa (29-13) 75-70. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Okinawa GK outrebounded Osaka Evessa 45-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Narito Namizato (175-89) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) added 8 points and 15 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 29-13 record having just -1 victories less than leader Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa are looking forward to face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Okinawa GK will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: M.Bell 17+13reb+2ast, B.St.Preux 15+8reb, C.Aoki 13+2ast, M.Obuchi 12+5reb+3ast, S.Takeda 7+1reb, K.Tyner 5+1reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: N.Namizato 14+6reb+4ast, A.McHenry 13+7reb+2ast, D.Sneed 12+10reb, D.Larkai 10+4reb, J.Newton 8+15reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 7+2reb
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Yokohama BC - Chiba Jets 97-80

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Chiba Jets (15-27) were defeated on the road by sixth ranked Yokohama BC (22-21) 97-80. Chiba Jets were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 57-39 second half run of Yokohama BC. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Chiba Jets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) supported him with 29 points. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 31 points by guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Yokohama BC maintains sixth position with 22-21 record. Chiba Jets at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 27 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round. Chiba Jets will play at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: D.Burns 29+3reb+3ast, J.Burrell 27+12reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 15+3reb+4ast, C.McFarland 14+11reb+1ast, M.Simmons 4+2reb+1ast, K.Yamada 3+1reb+5ast
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 31+4reb, J.Staten 15+10reb+5ast, T.Ishida 15+2reb, T.Nakamura 6+4reb, T.Kensuke 5+3reb+7ast, Shouta 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142244


Shimane SM - Kyoto Hannar. 87-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (26-16) against sixth ranked Shimane Magic (23-21) on Sunday night. Visiting Kyoto Hannar. was defeated by Shimane Magic in a tough game in Shimane 83-87. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Shimane Magic especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) who added 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shimane Magic maintains sixth position with 23-21 record. Kyoto Hannar. lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Fukuoka Rizing and Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 20+12reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 13+2reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+4reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 11+2reb+4ast, B.Puckett 11+6reb+2ast, J.Nakama 11+1reb+4ast
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 25+15reb+1ast, L.Cummard 21+7reb+3ast, J.Boyette 18+4reb+2ast, B.Camara 6+5reb, T.Kawabe 6+2reb, Y.Inoue 4
gschID: 142245


Takamatsu FA - Shiga L-Stars 71-84

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Shiga L-Stars (26-16) defeated on the road 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-40) 84-71. It looked good early as Takamatsu FA took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Shiga L-Stars had a 26-14 second period charge getting the lead and Takamatsu FA was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-84. Shiga L-Stars made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Takamatsu FA turnovers. The winners were led by Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds by American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. His fellow American import forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) added 17 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Shiga L-Stars and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to third place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing and Kyoto Hannar. Takamatsu FA lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 40 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be Oita Heat Devils (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play against Toyama Grouses.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 16+8reb+2ast, Y.Okada 16+1reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 14+19reb+2ast, J.Peppers 12+4reb+1ast, B.Markson 10+1reb, S.Ogawa 7+1ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 22+12reb+2ast, K.Smith 17+4reb+5ast, H.Kikuchi 13+2reb, N.Williams 11+13reb, K.Tsutsumi 6+2reb+4ast, S.Takada 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142246


Fukuoka Rizing - Oita H.Devils 81-84

Important game to mention about took place in Fukuoka. Eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (18-23) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (26-16) 84-81 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Fukuoka Rizing took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oita Heat Devils had a 20-16 second period charge getting the lead and Fukuoka Rizing was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-84. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) replied with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Oita Heat Devils have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 18-23 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Shiga L-Stars and Kyoto Hannar.. Oita Heat Devils will play against higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fukuoka Rizing will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 27+10reb+2ast, W.White 13+11reb+2ast, M.Lottich 9+2reb+3ast, N.Takushi 9+3reb+6ast, K.Mitomo 8+3reb+3ast, T.Finger 8+7reb+2ast
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 25+3reb+1ast, K.Palmer 21+8reb+5ast, G.Hamilton 17+12reb+4ast, A.Takeno 9+2reb+2ast, J.Dearman 5+5reb+1ast, M.Kano 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 142247


Iwate Big Bulls - Toyama Grouses 67-91

The game with biggest result difference took place in Iwate. Local Iwate Big Bulls (13-31) were outscored by fourth ranked Toyama Grouses (22-20) 91-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Iwate Big Bulls. The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Iwate Big Bulls was better in fourth quarter 34-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iwate Big Bulls to just 7 points in third quarter. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 30. Toyama Grouses forced 27 Iwate Big Bulls turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. American players dominated the game. The winners were led by power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds and forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 8 points and 12 rebounds by power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) did not help to save the game for Iwate Big Bulls. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: SDJ Sports) added 18 points. Toyama Grouses maintains fourth position with 22-20 record, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the ninth place with 31 games lost. Toyama Grouses' next round opponent will be Takamatsu FA (#9) at home where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against Chiba Jets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Searcy 28+14reb+2ast, I.Brown 16+7reb+2ast, T.Mito 11+5reb+6ast, L.Turner 11+12reb, M.Joho 10+2reb+1ast, R.Horikawa 6+1reb
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 18+2reb, M.Sawaguchi 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 10+1reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 8+5reb, L.Malloy 8+12reb+2ast, H.Kantake 7
gschID: 142241


Akita NH - Saitama Bron. 97-87

Very expected game when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (11-30) were defeated on the road by second ranked Akita Happinets (27-17) 97-87. It looked good early as Saitama Broncos took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Akita Happinets had a 25-20 second period charge getting the lead and Saitama Broncos were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 87-97. The winners were led by American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists and American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Saitama Broncos. His fellow American import forward Jayme Miller (203-85) added 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Akita Happinets and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-17 record behind leader Okinawa GK. Saitama Broncos lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 30 games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play at home against Sendai 89ers (#5).
Top scorers:
Akita NH: K.Swanston 21+5reb+2ast, R.Woods 20+8reb+11ast, E.Drayton 15+8reb+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 12+3reb, M.Kearse 12+3reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 7+2reb+4ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 25+7reb+3ast, J.Humphrey 16+4reb, Y.Kitamuki 15+7reb+1ast, J.Miller 11+12reb+1ast, K.Satterfield 9+4reb+4ast, Y.Arai 6+1ast
gschID: 142242


Sendai 89ers - Shinshu BW 66-56

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Sendai 89ers (22-20) beat at home 7th ranked Shinshu BW (15-27) 66-56. The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Shinshu BW was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sendai 89ers forced 20 Shinshu BW turnovers. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) supported him with 18 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds by forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) did not help to save the game for Shinshu BW. Power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Sendai 89ers have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Shinshu BW lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Sendai 89ers' next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 18+3reb+1ast, T.Komoda 17+2reb, R.Singleton 10+5reb+1ast, J.Dukes 10+12reb+4ast, T.Shimura 7+2reb+7ast, F.Toncinic 4+1reb
Shinshu BW: T.Hughes 16+14reb+1ast, T.Goya 11+3reb+2ast, E.Morris 11+9reb+3ast, Y.Suzuki 5, S.Yosuke 4+2ast, T.Saito 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142243



Japanese JBL round 21 best performance: J.R. Sakuragi - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Aishin SH, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Toyota Alvark (#2, 29-13) 74-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Aishin SH to consolidate first place in the American JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin SH has a very solid 31-11 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star has very solid stats this year. Sakuragi. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.5ppg), assists (4th best: 3.6apg) and averages impressive 53.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old international Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) of league's second-best Toyota Alvark. Takeuchi had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Toyota Alvark to another comfortable win 88-74 over slightly higher-ranked Aishin SH (#1, 31-11) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Toyota Alvark consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 29-13 record is not bad at all. Takeuchi is a newcomer at Toyota Alvark, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Toyota Alvark's star - American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80). Gibbs scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Toyota Alvark, helping his team with a 88-74 easy win against #1 ranked Aishin SH. Toyota Alvark needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 29 victories and 13 lost games. Gibbs has a great season in Japan. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 19 points and 3 rebounds
6. Shinnosuke Negoro (195-F-87) of Panasonic T. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido L. - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Toshiba BT - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Panasonic T. - 18 points and 5 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)



Japanese BJ League round 47 best performance: T.J. Cummings - by Eurobasket News

American forward T.J. Cummings (205-F-81, agency: Top Notch Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Oita H.Devils, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 47.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Fukuoka Rizing (#4, 26-15) 93-86. Oita H.Devils maintains the 8th position in Japanese BJ League. Oita H.Devils is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-23 record. Cummings turned to be Oita H.Devils' top player in his first season with the team. Former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star has very solid stats this year. Cummings is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.0ppg) and rebounds (8th best: 10.0rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Johnny Dukes (203-F-84) of Sendai 89ers. Dukes had a very good evening with a triple-double of 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Of course he lead Sendai 89ers to another comfortable win 96-78 over slightly lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#7, 15-26) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Sendai 89ers to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-20 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dukes is a newcomer at Sendai 89ers, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Narito Namizato (175-G-89) of league's top team Okinawa GK. Namizato scored 29 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Okinawa GK, leading his team to a 97-75 easy win against #2 ranked Osaka Evessa in a game of the week. Okinawa GK confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 34 victories and 9 lost games. Namizato has a great season in Japan. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.4apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists
5. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Saitama Bron. - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. E.J. Drayton (204-F-82) of Akita NH - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Shiga L-Stars - 22 points and 12 rebounds
8. LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) of Iwate Big Bulls - 15 points and 14 rebounds
9. Chas McFarland (213-C-86) of Yokohama BC - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 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)



Best players of Japanese BJ League round 48 - by Eurobasket News

American Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Akita NH and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 48.
The 27-year old swingman got a double-double of 20 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Saitama Bron. (#10, 11-30) 97-87. Akita NH maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akita NH will need more victories to improve their 27-17 record. Woods turned to be Akita NH's top player in his first season with the team. Ricky Woods averages this season 18.6ppg and 9.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American power forward Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89, agency: Pro One Sports) of Toyama Grouses. Searcy impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Toyama Grouses to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#9, 13-31) 91-67. Toyama Grouses' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 22-20 record is not bad at all. Searcy is a newcomer at Toyama Grouses and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Kyoto Hannar. (#4). Rickert scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Rickert's great performance Kyoto Hannar. lost 83-87 to slightly lower-ranked Shimane SM (#6, 23-21). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kyoto Hannar. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 26 victories and 16 lost games. Rickert has a great season in Japan. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Burrell (235-F-88) of Yokohama BC - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Draelon Burns (194-G-85) of Yokohama BC - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Osaka Evessa - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. T.J. Cummings (205-F-81) of Oita H.Devils - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gary Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tyler Hughes (213-F-84) of Shinshu BW - 16 points and 14 rebounds
10. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Saitama Bron. - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Trepca clear leader - by Dren Shporta

Players of Ilir Selmani have confirmed last night in Prizrens Sezair Surroi court the leadership in classification. They have won against Bashkimi, 59-77. Unstoppable Drilon Hajrizi (208-C-91) has been again the man of the match with his 36 points, scoring from everywhere possible. He was also assisted from Jaleel Nelson and Emir Zimic that scored 16 and 13 points, respectively.

The greens from Mitrovica have blocked very well the oranges playmaker Samir Shaptahovic and kept the advantage from the beginning of the match until the end. Samir Shaptahovic was stopped at 9 points. The only one that was scoring in Bashkimis team was Rolando Little, who added 26 of them. He and Fisnik Juniku with 11 points, were the only two players that could score double ciphered points at Naser Oskaceks team.

Trepca with this victory goes with a win more than Sigal Prishtina as a clear leader in the table, while Bashkimi has to find a way to win any of the teams upper than them in the
classification. The greens will visit college boys next week, while the oranges will have a hard job against Peja, that is the only team in the league that defeated Sigal Prishtina twice in the season.




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Latvian LBL round 25 best performance: Josh Mayo - by Eurobasket News

American guard Josh Mayo (182-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Liepaja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Valmiera (#4, 12-12) with 31-point margin 91-60. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Liepaja to consolidate first place in the Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Liepaja has a very solid 15-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Mayo turned to be Liepaja's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Illinois-Chicago star has very solid stats this year. Mayo. Mayo is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.9ppg) and averages impressive 50.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Zanis Peiners (203-G-90, agency: Interperformances) of LU. Peiners had a very good evening with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead LU to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Turiba (#7, 9-16) 92-67. This victory allowed LU to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 12-11 record is not bad at all. Peiners is well-known at LU and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#2).

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Lauris Mizis (196-F-89) of Jelgava (#6). Mizis scored 10 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Jelgava, leading his team to a 98-75 easy win against the lower-ranked U18 (#9, 1-14). The chances of Jelgava ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mizis could help Jelgava to bring them higher in the standings. Mizis has a very solid season. In 9 games in Latvia he scored 4.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matiss Rudmiezis (193-F-91) of Turiba - 21 points
5. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 15 points and 6 assists
6. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) of Liepaja - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andris Justovics (198-F-89) of Jelgava - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ingars Aizpurs (196-G-92) of LU - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marcis Vitols (190-PG-92) of LU - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mikus Sokolovs (194-G-89) of Turiba - 16 points and 3 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)



Silavs Reno and Gabrans Edmunds clinched the trophy abroad - by Eurobasket News

Reno Silavs (180-G-91) and Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) clinched the trophy abroad with their Norwegian Froya Basket. Last night Froya Basket triumphed in BLNO Finals beating Asker Aliens 80:78. They trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Froya Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Asker Aliens' 36. Froya Basket forced 22 Asker Aliens turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Miilah Kombat who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 steals. Peter Bullock contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Edmunds Gabrans netted 11 points, had 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Reno Silavs followed him with 10 points and 6 assists. Anthony Lee-Ingram answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Cooper Land added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Asker Aliens.


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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 21-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 21-3 
 3. Anibal 15-8 
 4. Sagesse 12-12 
 5. Byblos 10-13 
 6. Moutahed 9-14 
 7. Bejjeh 8-16 
 8. Hoops 5-19 

Second Stage: Round 8

Mar. 25: Hoops - Al Riyadi 93-105
Mar. 24: Champville - Anibal 86-87
Mar. 24: Bejjeh - Sagesse 46-83


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.1 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.4 
 4. Gray, Byblos23.1 
 5. Youngblood, Anibal22.0 
 6. Johnson, Sagesse21.5 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed20.9 
 8. Hoskin, Champville19.8 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.8 
 10. Thompson, Champvi.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.7 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.3 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.1 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.1 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops9.0 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.5 
 9. Fakhreddine, Hoops7.3 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (189-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Akl, Anibal6.5 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.5 
 3. Gray, Byblos5.7 
 4. Johnson, Moutahed5.6 
 5. Khatib, Champville5.5 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.9 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.1 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.0 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Anibal
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Youngblood, Anibal3.1 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.7 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed2.4 
 4. Estephane, Champvi.2.3 
 5. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 6. Souaid, Bejjeh1.7 
 7. Akl, Anibal1.6 
 8. Thompson, Champvil.1.6 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.7 
 3. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 4. Sabra, Byblos1.5 
 5. Crump, Sagesse1.4 
 6. Hoskin, Champville1.2 
 7. Youngblood, Anibal1.1 
 8. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh1.0 
 9. Fakhreddine, Hoops1.0 
 10. Tabet, Anibal0.9 



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

Liga Americas Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Bucaneros 0-0 
 2. Itabom/Bauru 0-0 
 3. Obras 0-0 
 4. Pioneros 0-0 
Group F
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Cocodrilos 0-0 
 3. La Union 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 30: Itabom/Bauru - Obras
Mar. 30: Pioneros - Bucaneros
Mar. 31: Obras - Bucaneros
Mar. 31: Itabom/Bauru - Pioneros
Apr. 1: Bucaneros - Itabom/Bauru
Apr. 1: Pioneros - Obras



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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 19 - by Eurobasket News

Former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Zalgiris and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding seven rebounds for Zalgiris in his team's victory, helping them to crush Rudupis (#3, 15-5) with 17-point margin 88-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Zalgiris to jump to the first place in the Lithuanian LKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Zalgiris still have not lost a single game, getting all 17 victories. In the team's last game Jankunas had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Zalgiris and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Paulius Jankunas averages this season 9.9ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) of Neptunas. Mikalauskas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Neptunas to another comfortable win 88-69 over slightly lower-ranked Juventus (#9, 6-14) being unquestionably team leader. Neptunas' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Mikalauskas is a newcomer at Neptunas 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 15.6ppg (#1). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Zalgiris' star - international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89). Kuzminskas scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Zalgiris, helping his team with a 83-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Baltai Kaunas (#6, 8-10). Zalgiris have amazing season winning all 17 games without a single defeat. Kuzminskas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Kuzminskas has a very solid season. In 17 games in Lithuania he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) of Baltai Kaunas - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87) of Juventus - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. Valdas Dabkus (204-PF-84) of Rudupis - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Zalgiris - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87) of Rudupis - 15 points and 4 rebounds

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



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Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 24: Buducnost - Ulcinj 98-75
Mar. 24: Mornar Bar - Sutjeska 83-63
Mar. 25: Lovcen - Teodo Tivat 80-69

Second Stage: Round 2

Mar. 27: Ulcinj - Teodo Tivat
Mar. 27: Sutjeska - Lovcen
Mar. 27: Buducnost - Mornar Bar



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Standings - Men

D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 14-2 
 2. RSB Berkane 13-3 
 3. WAC Casabl. 10-6 
 4. CRA Hoceima 9-6 
 5. PCS Plazza C. 9-7 
 6. MAF Fez 9-7 
 7. FUS Rabat 5-10 
 8. IRT Tanger 5-11 
 9. KAC 3-13 
 10. RCA Casabl. 2-14 



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 27-22 
 2. Boston C. 27-22 
 3. New York K. 25-25 
 4. Toronto R. 16-34 
 5. New Jersey N. 16-35 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 40-11 
 2. Indiana P. 29-19 
 3. Milwaukee B. 22-27 
 4. Cleveland C. 17-29 
 5. Detroit P. 17-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 35-13 
 2. Orlando M. 32-18 
 3. Atlanta H. 30-20 
 4. Washington W. 11-38 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-40 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 37-12 
 2. Utah Jazz 27-23 
 3. Denver N. 27-23 
 4. Minnesota T. 24-26 
 5. Portland TB 23-26 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 30-19 
 2. LA Clippers 28-21 
 3. Phoenix Suns 25-24 
 4. Golde State W. 20-27 
 5. Sacramento K. 17-32 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 33-14 
 2. Dallas M. 28-22 
 3. Houston R. 27-23 
 4. Memphis G. 26-21 
 5. N.Orleans H. 12-37 

Regular Season: Round 89

Mar. 26: LA Clippers - N.Orleans H. 97-85
Mar. 26: Charlotte B. - Boston C. 95-102
Mar. 26: Chicago B. - Denver N. 91-108
Mar. 26: New York K. - Milwaukee B. 89-80
Mar. 26: New Jersey N. - Utah Jazz 84-105
Mar. 26: Washington W. - Detroit P. 77-79
Mar. 26: Houston R. - Sacramento K. 113-106 OT
Mar. 26: Indiana P. - Miami Heat 105-90
Mar. 26: Toronto R. - Orlando M. 101-117

Regular Season: Round 90

Mar. 27: Philadelph.76 - Cleveland C.
Mar. 27: Memphis G. - Minnesota T.
Mar. 27: Phoenix Suns - San Antonio S.
Mar. 27: Golde State W. - LA Lakers
Mar. 27: Milwaukee B. - Atlanta H.
Mar. 27: Dallas M. - Houston R.
Mar. 27: Portland TB - Oklah.City T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.3 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.3 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.0 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.9 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Williams, New J.21.8 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.7 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.9 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.3 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.8 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.6 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.6 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 6. Williams, New J.8.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 8. Parker, San A.8.0 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.9 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat2.0 
 5. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.3 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 7. Dalembert, Houst.1.9 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 


Pietrus out Indefinitely - by Bryan Floyd

Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely. Pietrus took a nasty spill Friday night and had to be stretchered off of the court. He will now be forced to go through the league's concussion protocol before being cleared for a return. Pietrus will likely be out for the remainder of the season. Pietrus is a key component to the Celtics bench and is crucial for them if they are going to make a playoff run this season. His defense on some of the premier players in the league has been outstanding over the years and he is also known for hitting big shots when it counts.


Orlando 117, Toronto 101 - by Milord Nikolic

Ryan Anderson hit a season-high eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points in visiting Orlando's rout. Dwight Howard had his fifth straight double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds to help the Magic to their third straight victory. Anderson finished 8 of 13 from behind the arc as Orlando connected on 15 of 34 3-pointers. The Magic have made 38 3-pointers in their last three games. Gary Forbes scored a career-high 21 points to pace the Raptors, who were 11 of 22 from long range but couldn't keep pace with the Magic. Anderson buried six 3-pointers for 18 points and Howard added 16 to help the Magic take a 61-49 lead into halftime. Orlando appeared en route to an early KO, scoring the first 10 points and bolting to a 24-8 lead, but reserves Linus Kleiza and Jerryd Bayless sparked a late burst to cut the deficit to 28-26 after one quarter. Kleiza finished with 18 points and James Johnson added 13 for the Raptors.


Boston 102, Charlotte 95 - by Milord Nikolic

Paul Pierce scored 36 points as visiting Boston won for the fourth time in the last five games and joined Philadelphia on top of the Atlantic Division. Pierce, one of four starters in double figures, put the Celtics ahead by 10 points on a three-point play with just over nine minutes remaining. Pierce attacked the rim, scoring seven of his buckets in the paint and picking up 15 points from the foul line. He also had 10 rebounds. Boston defeated Charlotte for the eighth time in their last 10 meetings. Gerald Henderson cut the lead to six points with just over three minutes remaining, sinking two long jumpers from the top of the key. Henderson scored 21 points and was the only Charlotte starter in double figures for the second straight game. Charlottes bench outscored the starters 59-36, led by Byron Mullens and Derrick Brown, who scored 18 and 16 points, respectively. Boston jumped out to a 33-15 lead in the first quarter, finishing the period on a 20-2 run. Charlotte battled back, outscoring the Celtics 35-19 in the second quarter to trail by two at the break. Kevin Garnett chipped in with 24 points, including 13 in the first half.


Pacers beat the Heat, 105-90 - by Daniel Gibson

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.---Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has not backed down from his stance that his team can beat the Miami Heat. Tonight, his team backed up his statement

Danny Granger led the way with 25 points enroute to a blowout victory, 105-90. The ball seemed to bounce the Pacers way all night but thats largely due to the fact that they hustled harder. Leandro Barbosa chipped in a huge 14 points off the bench and provided a huge boost for the team.

The Pacers started off fast and jumped ahead 17-9 forcing the Heat to call timeout. After that Miami settled down stopped turning the ball over. James scored 11 points a mix of drives to the basket and jump shots. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 24-24.

The second period was tightly contested and the play picked up for both teams. Dahntay Jones was called for a technical foul after clobbering James over the head as he went up for a layup. Chris Bosh delivered a big foul on Tyler Hansbrough as he went up for a shot.

Ronnie Turiaf threw down a big dunk over Roy Hibbert and Hibbert responded by going over the outstretched arms of James for a dunk down at the other end. The half ended with the crowd on their feet as Paul George drilled a shot from beyond half court as the buzzer sounded.

The Pacers went into the half ahead, 49-46.

The momentum of Georges big shot carried over into the third quarter and the Pacers knocked down shots to pull away. The Heat struggled on the offensive end and were out
hustled the entire period. The Pacers went into the fourth quarter up, 78-65.

In the fourth quarter the Heat tried to mount a comeback but Leandro Barbosa wouldnt allow it. He knocked down back-to-back three-point shots and finished a drive to the basket with a foul. Every basket that Wade, Bosh, James or Chalmers hit was matched by the Pacers.

All night the Pacers looked to be a step or two ahead and more hungry for the win. The Miami Heat have to figure out whats wrong now after losing two games back-to-back by double figures.




Houston 113, Sacramento 106 - by Milord Nikolic

Patrick Patterson led the way with 24 points off the bench and Goran Dragic stepped up late as host Houston kept pace in the Western Conference. Dragic finished with 14 points and 10 assists and Luis Scola added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who remained in a three-way tie for seventh place in the West with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. DeMarcus Cousins had 38 points and 14 rebounds and Marcus Thornton added 27 points for Sacramento, which has lost three straight. Houston jumped out quickly in overtime as Dragic assisted on two baskets and then hit a 19-foot jumper for a 106-101 lead. Earl Boykins hit four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds to put it away. Sacramento held a 90-82 lead after Cousins layup with 5:45 left but went cold over the next two and a half minutes as the Rockets burst back into the game. Dragic found Scola and Patterson for jumpers and then got to the basket on his own, turning Scolas steal into a three-point play in transition. Another steal led to a basket by Patterson and a 91-90 Houston lead. The Kings managed to get back on top but Patterson hit a long jumper with 8.3 seconds left to tie it at 99 and send the game into overtime.


Thunder Send a Message to the League - by Miguel Rivera

In what many predict as a NBA Finals preview, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder squared off in Oklahoma City with the second and third best records in the league, respectively. The game had the feel of a June game, with a primetime appearance on ESPN and a crowd that is considered to be one of the loudest in the league. It featured two of the leading candidates for Most Valuable Player this year in LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas). It featured two of the top young coaches in the league, Erik Spoelstra and Scott Brooks. It featured two of the top 'Big 3' trios in the league with James, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), and Durant, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.). This game had all the makings of being a classic matchup, and one that would come down to the wire...but then the game was actually played.

In what started out as a shootout, with both teams scoring 10 points in the first 3 minutes of the game, and both teams shooting over 60% in the first quarter, the Thunder were the ones that were able to sustain the effort. The advantage came when both teams went to their benches. The Heat brought in Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida) and Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke), both solid pros, but not the type of players that would thrive in a game like last night's. The Thunder, on the other hand, came with James Harden off the bench, the leading candidate for 6th Man of the Year who averages 17.1 points per game. With Harden playing the rest of the first half, the Thunder were able to take an 11-point lead into the break.

The Heat were just never able to match the energy and athleticism of the Thunder. Along with the Thunder's Big 3 combing for 60 points, Oklahoma City was also given a huge boost offensively from Serge Ibaka's (6'10''-C/F-89) 13 points and a season-high 16 points from Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84). The downfall for the Heat was their alleged improvement this season, being their supporting cast. Miami is considered to be a better team than last season's NBA Finals runners-up because of their added depth. However, last night the Heat only got 30 points on 13/32 shooting from those not named James, Wade or Bosh. That just won't cut it against teams like the Thunder, Lakers or Chicago Bulls.

But last night's game was more about who the Thunder are, than anything else. They proved that they can rise to the occasion against the top teams in the league. Kevin Durant, who has mostly been seen as only a one-way player, did his normal damage on offense (28 points, 11/20 shooting), but also frustrated LeBron James on the defensive end, which is something that not many people on this planet can do. Russell Westbrook struggled through early foul trouble which paved the way for James Harden to show off his seldom-used point guard skills en route to a 6/7 shooting night for 19 points and 6 assists. The Thunder played at a level that will be needed throughout the playoffs if they are going to be serious contenders in the West, and ultimately in the Finals.



Pistons' Joe Dumars calls drafting Darko Milicic his biggest regret - by Eurobasket News

It's been nearly a decade since the Detroit Pistons drafted 18-year-old Serbian sensation Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) with the second pick of the 2003 draft.

Even though Detroit went on to win the NBA championship the following season, and the only first-round picks from that class still with their original franchises are Dwyane Wade and Nick Collison, fans continue to bemoan the Pistons' missed opportunity to draft Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh.

Don't worry, team president Joe Dumars also has regrets, calling the Milicic pick his biggest mistake during a sit-down interview with WDIV's Bernie Smilovitz.

Smilovitz pointed out that most NBA decision-makers would have taken Darko in that spot.

'Absolutely, but it was a mistake,' Dumars said.

Before he was traded to the Orlando Magic in the middle of his third season, Milicic played in 96 games with the Pistons. He averaged just 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in those appearances.

Milicic is currently on his fifth NBA roster. In his third season with the Minnesota Timberwolves he is averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds, but has recently fallen out of the team's rotation.

The Milicic selection altered the way Dumars prepared for the NBA Draft going forward.

'All I said about that is that I'll never make that same mistake twice,' Dumars said. 'That's what you have you do in this business. Whatever mistakes you make, you have to go back, look at it, and see how you made that decision, why you made that decision, and then you have to make sure you never make that kind of mistake again.'

According to Dumars, the team simply didn't do enough research on Milicic.

'We didn't have enough background on him before we made the pick. Now we go overboard with background.'

The Pistons haven't had another draft pick as meaningful as the Milicic selection, but when the team has drafted in the top half of the first round, Dumars has done well, landing the team's three building blocks -- Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight.

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



Derrick Rose likely out Monday - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) will likely miss his seventh consecutive game Monday night because of a groin injury. He continued his rehabilitation during Sunday afternoon's light practice at the Berto Center, but coach Tom Thibodeau hinted that Rose will be unavailable to play against the Denver Nuggets. Thibodeau acknowledged that Rose hasn't done much running at all.

'Very little,' Thibodeau said. 'But he's at the next phase. (He's) just starting off with the running on a treadmill.'

Rose, who has missed 16 games this season because of various injuries, admitted before Saturday night's win over the Toronto Raptors that his groin injury was a little more serious than initially thought.

' (I'm feeling) way better,' Rose said. ' (When the injury occurred) I was actually bleeding, my groin was bleeding, but now it's healed. It's just scar tissue and it's pretty hard trying to get that to move around, it's going to take little time.'

Rose said he hadn't been given a timetable as to when he would be able to return.

'Not yet,' he said. 'These things, (the medical staff) was telling me there was no time period. People have healed in a couple of days, in my case it's taking a little bit of time.'

Rose has been taking shots during practices and before games, but that's all he's been able to do since the initial injury during a March 12 game against the New York Knicks. The Bulls are now 12-4 without Rose this season.

'It's hard, it's definitely hard, but at the same time I'm happy that they're playing great,' Rose said. 'We're winning games. Of course I want to be out there, I hate being injured, but right now we're in a good groove.'

Courtesy of ESPN



Joakim Noah apologizes for throwing ball at referee - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) issued an apology on Sunday to the officiating crew after he was ejected during the team's win over the Toronto Raptors Saturday night for throwing the ball in the direction of referee Derrick Collins.

I just want to apologize to the referee, Noah said, per ESPNChicago.com. That was wrong. I was frustrated at the call and I overreacted.'

Noah was was tagged for a foul in the second quarter and received a technical for his reaction to the call. He threw the ball toward Collins after the technical call and was immediately ejected. Noah is unsure whether he will be fined or suspended for his actions.

'I don't know what's going to happen about that,' Noah said. 'But I just want to apologize to the ref.'

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesnt believe Noah should be suspended. He did say that he and Noah have discussed the incident.

'We handle that stuff internally,' Thibodeau said, according to ESPN. 'It was some frustration on his part, but he'll be fine.'

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Kobe Bryant upset about benching, refuses to criticize Mike Brown - by Eurobasket News

The sold-out Staples Center crowd chanted Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) name. This time, however, the chants had nothing to do with Bryant hitting a game-winner, performing a spectacular play or recognizing him as the league MVP while at the free-throw line.

It had everything to do with the 18,997 fans wanting Coach Mike Brown to play him late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' eventual 102-96 loss Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies. Yet, there Bryant sat on the bench with 5:45 remaining in the game, shortly after the Lakers' star punched the bench in frustration during a timeout and then leaving the Lakers' huddle while coaches were diagramming a play.

When a reporter asked if it was correct to assume he was upset over the benching, Bryant said ' of course I was. That's an astute observation.' But Bryant refused to criticize Brown.

'It's his decision to make. He's the coach. If you guys are looking for a story, I'm not going to contribute to it,' Bryant said. 'I can't sit here and criticize his decisions. Leading this ball club, that's not something I can afford to do. I had his back the whole season. I can't start doing something crazy now. It would make no sense.'

Meanwhile, Brown said three variances of 'I just decided to make a sub' and offered little explanation on why he benched Bryant in favor of Metta World Peace.

'There was not one particular thing,' Brown said. 'I just made the sub, went with Metta, sat [Bryant] for a couple of minutes and tried to go back to him. But it didn't work.'

When Bryant initially sat out at the 5:45 mark, the Lakers had just allowed Memphis to increase a three-point lead into a 14-point cushion. He approached the scorer's table minutes later, only to return to the bench with a towel draped over his head after realizing there would be a timeout with the next whistle. Brown then inserted Bryant back into the game with 1:51 left as the Lakers trailed by nine points..

Bryant had struggled with his shot, scoring 18 points on seven-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes. He also remained a large part of the team's poor effort on defense. Lakers center Andrew Bynum and guard Steve Blake declined to address how surprised they were with Bryant's benching, but point guard Ramon Sessions offered a theory.

'It was just one of those things where I think [Bryant] played the whole third quarter and some of the fourth,' Sessions said. 'So coach was trying to get his legs under him and it happened to be toward the end of the game.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



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  NBLCANADA   

NBLC Standings

NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 28-8 
 2. Halifax R. 23-13 
 3. Quebec K. 22-14 
 4. St.John M.R. 17-19 
 5. Oshawa P. 15-21 
 6. Summerside S. 12-24 
 7. Moncton M. 9-27 

Finals: Round 5

Mar. 25: London L. - Halifax R. 116-92



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Top 25 - Men

TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 16-0 (33-2) 
 2. Syracuse 17-1 (32-2) 
 3. Missouri 14-3 (30-4) 
 4. N.Carolina 14-2 (30-5) 
 5. Michigan St. 13-5 (27-7) 
 6. Kansas 14-2 (27-6) 
 7. Ohio St. 13-5 (28-7) 
 8. Duke 13-3 (27-7) 
 9. Baylor 10-6 (27-7) 
 10. Florida St. 12-4 (25-9) 
 11. Marquette 14-4 (26-7) 
 12. Murray St. 15-1 (30-1) 
 13. Michigan 13-5 (24-9) 
 14. Wisconsin 12-6 (25-9) 
 15. Georgetown 12-6 (23-8) 
 16. Indiana 11-7 (26-8) 
 17. Louisville 10-8 (27-9) 
 18. Wichita St. 16-2 (27-5) 
 19. Creighton 13-3 (28-5) 
 20. Vanderbilt 10-6 (25-10) 
 21. N.Mexico 10-4 (27-6) 
 22. San Diego St. 10-4 (26-8) 
 23. UNLV 9-5 (26-8) 
 24. St.Mary's, CA 14-2 (27-5) 
 25. Florida 10-6 (24-10) 

Regional Finals: Round 1

East

Mar. 24: Syracuse - Ohio St. 70-77

Midwest

Mar. 25: N.Carolina - Kansas 67-80

South

Mar. 25: Kentucky - Baylor 82-70

West

Mar. 24: Louisville - Florida 72-68

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Mar. 31: Kentucky - Louisville
Mar. 31: Kansas - Ohio St.


Illinois looks to Groce after Stevens says no - by Eurobasket News

Illinois is interested in talking to Ohio coach John Groce about replacing Bruce Weber, according to a person familiar with the search.

The person said Illinois turned its attention to Groce after Brad Stevens said Sunday he will remain at Butler. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Illini's search is ongoing.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas has repeatedly declined to comment on potential replacements for Weber, who was fired on March 9. A message was left seeking comment from Ohio basketball spokesman Drew Wiseman.

Groce coached Ohio to a 29-7 record this season and a spot in the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. The 13th-seeded Bobcats lost 73-65 to top-seeded North Carolina on Friday in one of the best games of the tournament.

Groce also helped Thad Matta take teams to the tournament as an assistant at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State.

Weber was fired at the end of a 17-15 season that included a 2-12 finish that dropped Illinois from the Top 25 and first place in the Big Ten to ninth in the 12-team conference.

Weber led the Illini to the 2005 national title game, a loss to North Carolina, but coached under heavy pressure in his final three seasons in Champaign. His last Illini team didn't make it to the postseason after a snub by the NIT and three of his last five teams didn't make the NCAA tournament.

Stevens had reportedly become an Illini target. Shaka Smart decided recently to stay at VCU.

'I am happy and extremely grateful to be the head coach at Butler University, and I am already looking forward to next season and the start of our postseason workouts in April,' Stevens said in his statement.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



VCU, George Mason, Butler in talks to join A-10 - by Eurobasket News

VCU, George Mason and Butler have had discussions with the Atlantic 10 and indicated to the league they have potential interest in joining for the 2013-14 school year, sources told CBSSports.com.

VCU and George Mason are currently in the Colonial Athletic Association and Butler is in the Horizon League. All three schools would need approval from their respective school boards to make the move.

Sources told CBSSports.com that VCU's Board of Visitors already has had at least two meetings about making the move, while Butler has negotiated with representatives of the Atlantic 10 for the league to assist financially for the Bulldogs to change leagues.

The three schools would help replace schools that are leaving the A-10. Temple is headed to the Big East and sources told CBSSports.com that Charlotte has received an informal invitation to the Sun Belt. The 49ers are starting up a football program in 2013 at the FCS level, but couldn't make a move to the FBS until 2015.

Creighton, of the Missouri Valley Conference, also has been mentioned as a possibility for the Atlantic 10. Father Timothy Lannon, Creighton's president since 2011, was previously president for eight years at St. Joseph's, so there's a political connection between the league and the school. However, Creighton the only Catholic university in the MVC is a poor geographical fit, so the Blue Jays might be a long shot.

Duquesne president Charles J. Dougherty mentioned the A-10's plans for expansion in an email he sent to his board of trustees explaining his decision to fire basketball coach Ron Everhart. The email was obtained by CBSSports.com.

The A10 conference itself is on the verge of a major improvement with the addition of new high quality university programs, Dougherty wrote. All of this amounts to an exciting professional opportunity for a new coach.

The addition of VCU, George Mason and Butler would be huge for the A-10. The league would be getting three schools that have made a combined four Final Four appearances since 2006. VCU went to the 2011 Final Four and George Mason to the 2006 Final Four.

Butler went to consecutive Final Fours in 2010 and 2011, losing in the title game each season to Duke and UConn, respectively. The Bulldogs are members of the Horizon League in all sports but football. Butler's football team competes in the FCS level in the Pioneer Football League.

One reason VCU, George Mason and Butler are interested in a move to the Atlantic 10 is that those programs currently reside in one-bid leagues. Most seasons if they don't win their conference tournament, they usually don't earn an NCAA tournament at-large berth. However, the A-10 has received multiple NCAA bids for five consecutive seasons.

Since 2000, the Colonial Athletic Association has received only four NCAA tournament at-large bids and the Horizon League three at-large NCAA bids. By comparison, the Atlantic 10 had three at-large NCAA bids just this season and has had 20 NCAA at-large bids since 2000.

Since 2006 even with George Mason and VCU reaching two Final Fours the CAA only accrued 24 NCAA tournament units (awarded for every round advanced in the NCAA), compared to 36 for the Atlantic 10. Each unit is worth about $250,000.

George Mason has been a charter member of the Colonial Athletic Association in 1985. VCU left the Metro to join the CAA in 1995. Butler was one of the Horizon League's seven original members when the league was formed in 1979.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Mbakwe leaning towards returning to Minnesota - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota power forward Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89) says he's leaning toward taking the sixth season of eligibility granted by the NCAA.

But he hasn't ruled out making himself available for the NBA draft, and if he does decide to stay with the Gophers they're going to have to find a scholarship for him.

Mbakwe spoke to reporters after the team's practice on Saturday. He said he was 'sweating bullets' over the last few months while waiting for the NCAA's decision. Mbakwe tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the seventh game of the season and needed reconstructive surgery. The preseason All-Big Ten pick led the Gophers in scoring and rebounding last season.

Cornhuskers have a coach New Nebraska coach Tim Miles says fans probably aren't familiar with him, but he asks them to give him a chance to turn around the long-struggling Cornhuskers men's basketball program.

Miles was introduced at a news conference in Lincoln on Saturday. He resigned from Colorado State on Friday after leading the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.

This will be Miles' first job in a power conference such as the Big Ten. He coached at small colleges before taking the CSU job in 2007, and the Rams improved each season.

Miles will take over a program that hasn't won a share of a conference championship since 1950 or played in the NCAA Tournament since 1998. The Huskers have never won a game in six NCAA appearances.

Baylor tones it down Fans can put away their sunglasses: Baylor is turning down its electricity for Sunday's South Regional final against Kentucky.

Spokesman Chris Yandle said Baylor asked to again wear its bright neon green uniforms in the game but was told it did not provide sufficient contrast to Kentucky's white uniform.

Instead, the Bears will wear black uniforms with neon green trim, black socks and shoes, and green shoelaces.

Courtesy of www.stltoday.com



Washington St. 67, Pittsburgh 66 - by Milord Nikolic

Abe Lodwick had 16 points and seven rebounds as the host Cougars withstood a furious rally to take the opener in the College Basketball Invitational championship. Game 2 in the best-of-3 series is Wednesday night at Pittsburgh. Reggie Moore added 14 points and DeVonte Lacy had 10 for Washington State (19-16), which played without leading scorer Brock Motum. The All-Pac-12 forward sprained an ankle against Oregon State in the semifinals. Tray Woodall and J.J. Moore scored 16 points apiece for Pittsburgh (20-17), which made just four of its first 17 second-half shots while the Cougars pulled ahead. Washington State led by as many as 12 (60-48) with eight minutes remaining following a 13-1 run.
Talib Zanna's three-point play brought the Panthers within 67-65 with a minute left, but Zanna later made one of two foul shots with a chance to tie. In the closing seconds, Pitt had a layup blocked and missed a jumper at the buzzer. The Panthers used a 13-0 burst to gain a 25-17 advantage midway through the first half. Woodall hit three of the team's seven 3-pointers in the half as Pitt took a 38-35 edge into the locker room. Washington State shot 63 percent (12 for 19) in the first half, including 5 for 7 beyond the arc, to keep things tight in Motum's absence. The Cougars reclaimed the lead on Lacy's free throw at 43-42 and did not relinquish it.



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 4-0 
 2. Manawatu J. 3-1 
 3. Auckland P. 3-2 
 4. Nelson G. 2-1 
 5. Wellington S. 2-3 
 6. OceanaGold N. 2-3 
 7. Taranaki MA 2-3 
 8. Harbour H. 2-3 
 9. Southland S. 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 4

Mar. 23: Nelson G. - Southland S. 99-97 OT
Mar. 22: Wellington S. - Southland S. 91-76
Mar. 24: Harbour H. - Taranaki MA 82-78
Mar. 23: Taranaki MA - Bay Hawks 80-89
Mar. 24: OceanaGold N. - Manawatu J. 75-94
Mar. 21: Auckland P. - Wellington S. 105-97

Regular Season: Round 5

Mar. 27: Auckland P. - Southland S.
Mar. 28: Harbour H. - Southland S.
Mar. 29: Wellington S. - Harbour H.
Mar. 31: Bay Hawks - Nelson G.
Apr. 1: Taranaki MA - Auckland P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darryl HUDSON
  Taranaki.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Hudson, Taranaki.24.6 
 2. Pace, Manawatu J.24.3 
 3. Horvath, Manawatu.23.8 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.23.8 
 5. Gurley, Wellington22.2 
 6. Tait, Auckland P.22.0 
 7. Braswell, Southlan.21.8 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.20.6 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.20.4 
 10. Smith, Harbour H.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Manawatu.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Horvath, Manawatu.16.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.11.8 
 3. Johnson, Bay Hawks11.0 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.10.0 
 5. Abney, Southland9.3 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.9.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington8.8 
 8. Atkinson, Harbo.8.4 
 9. Young, Bay Hawks7.8 
 10. Abdelhamid, Taran.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Crowe, Wellington8.6 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.4 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.8 
 4. Bailey, Harbour H.5.0 
 5. Young, Bay Hawks5.0 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.4.6 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.5 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.4 
 9. Pace, Manawatu J.3.5 
 10. Muhammad, Auckla.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Crowe, Wellington3.6 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.2.4 
 3. Tait, Auckland P.2.4 
 4. Braswell, Southlan.2.3 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.2 
 6. Bailey, Harbour H.2.2 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks1.8 
 8. Pace, Manawatu J.1.8 
 9. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.8 
 10. Ruscoe, Auckland1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.8 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.1.6 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.2 
 4. Cartwright, Auckla.1.0 
 5. Atkinson, Harbo.0.8 
 6. Smith-Milner, Auck.0.8 
 7. Trousdell, Wellin.0.8 
 8. Abney, Southland0.7 
 9. Newbold, Auckland.0.6 
 10. Piho, Harbour H.0.6 


Lindsay Tait Round 4 Player of the Week - by Hugh McAuliffe

JAMES BLOND Auckland Pirates point guard Lindsay Tait (192-G-82) wins Round Four Player of the Week, for his performance against his former team the Wellington Saints 2nd team.

Tait was one rebound shy off the elusive triple double collecting 27 points (7/10 FG, 12/14 FT), 11 assists, nine rebounds in the 105-97 win over Wellington, where he won the 2010 and 2011 NBL titles.

The Tall Blacks point guard is averaging 22 points and 7.4 assists per game this season.

Other notable performances in Round Four, were from Jets forward Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke), and Giants players Phill Jones (196-G-74) and Pete Campbell (201-F-84, college: Butler).

Horvath got his fourth double-double in a row, in the Jets 94-75 win. The former Duke University player collected 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Phill Jones reached the 6000 point milestone in the Giants come from behind victory over the SOUTHLAND SHARKS.

Jones hit the three on the buzzer to send the game to an extra period and then iced two free throws to seal the 99-97 win.

The Giants veteran had 25 points and 10 assists, while import Pete Campbell collected a game high 33 points.

Round Five begins tomorrow night when the LZ Harbour Heat put their two game winning streak on the line against the Sharks who will be desperate for a win after starting the season with one win and five losses.



NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Southland S. (#8) forced the game against Nelson G. (#6) into an overtime, but lost by two points 97-99 on Friday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Pete Campbell who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Nelson G. (2-1) moved-up to fourth place. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Nelson G. will face league's leader Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Southland S. will play on the road against Harbour H. (#8) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4 Bay Hawks beat Taranaki MA on the road 89-80. OceanaGold N. was destroyed by Manawatu J. on its own court 75-94. Taranaki MA unfortunately lost to Harbour H. in Auckland 78-82. Bottom-ranked Wellington S. managed to beat Southland S. at home 91-76. Bottom-ranked Wellington S. was defeated by Auckland P. on the opponent's court 105-97.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 27 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists by Lindsay Tait of Auckland P..


Taranaki MA - Bay Hawks 80-89

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Bay Hawks (4-0) beat 6th ranked Taranaki MA (2-3) in New Plymouth 89-80 on Friday. Taranaki MA trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-89 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-American forward Galen Young (198-75, college: Charlotte) who helped to win the game recording 8 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) replied with 33 points (!!!) and his fellow American import guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Taranaki MA. Bay Hawks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Taranaki MA lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Bay Hawks will face Nelson G. (#4) in Stoke in the next round. Taranaki MA will play at home against Auckland P. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 24+1ast, M.Natanahira 19+4reb, J.Kenny 15+3reb+3ast, K.Johnson 12+8reb, G.Young 8+15reb+5ast, B.Hill 3+1reb+2ast
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 33+4reb, D.Hudson 24+5reb+6ast, C.Daniel 8+3reb, D.Rampton 7+6reb, L.Abrams 4+1reb, A.Green 2
gschID: 168098


OceanaGold N. - Manawatu J. 75-94

Rather expected game when 5th ranked OceanaGold N. (2-3) was smashed by third ranked Manawatu J. (3-1) in Dunedin 94-75 on Saturday. OceanaGold N. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Manawatu J. made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) contributed with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Manawatu J. players scored in double figures. American swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Mark Dickel (188-76, college: UNLV) added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for OceanaGold N.Manawatu J. moved-up to second place. OceanaGold N. at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Manawatu J.: N.Horvath 24+13reb+2ast, J.Pace 22+9reb+5ast, D.Mitchell 14+8reb+1ast, K.Hokianga 13+1reb, Z.Meehl 12+3reb+2ast, M.Te Huna 4+3reb+2ast
OceanaGold N.: A.Wright 25+10reb+4ast, M.Dickel 19+8reb+7ast, A.Tisby 17+8reb+1ast, S.King 6+2reb, R.Buckrell 5+3reb+1ast, M.Trueman 2+1ast
gschID: 168099


Harbour H. - Taranaki MA 82-78

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Harbour H. (2-3) won against 6th ranked Taranaki MA (2-3) in Auckland 82-78 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Taranaki MA won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Taranaki MA outrebounded Harbour H. 41-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Taranaki MA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Zack Atkinson (206-86, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Top Notch Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) replied with 32 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Taranaki MA. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Harbour H. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Taranaki MA. Taranaki MA lost third consecutive game. Harbour H. will face Wellington S. (#5) on the road in the next round. Taranaki MA will play against Auckland P. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Harbour H.: K.Smith 21+7reb+1ast, Z.Atkinson 20+11reb+2ast, J.Bailey 20+1reb+5ast, R.Te Rangi 7, M.Done 7+2reb+1ast, C.Piho 4+4reb+1ast
Taranaki MA: D.Hudson 32+7reb+3ast, J.Leasure 14+7reb+2ast, D.Rampton 8+9reb, A.Bailey-Nowell 7+1reb+1ast, L.Abrams 6+5reb, C.Daniel 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168100


Wellington S. - Southland S. 91-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Southland S. (1-5) lost on the road to ninth ranked Wellington S. (2-3) 91-76 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Wellington S. outrebounded Southland S. 54-29 including a 26-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. Naturalized British power forward Arthur Trousdell (203-81, college: Cameron) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Wellington S.'s coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 33 points (!!!) and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Southland S.Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Wellington S. will face Harbour H. (#8) in Auckland in the next round. Southland S. will play on the road against Harbour H. in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: A.Gurley 26+2reb+2ast, A.Trousdell 21+9reb+2ast, C.Frank 15+17reb+3ast, T.McLean 8+7reb, J.Kench 7+3reb+2ast, J.Crowe 6+5reb+9ast
Southland S.: K.Braswell 33+3reb+2ast, L.Abney 20+11reb, C.Bradshaw 12+4reb+1ast, D.Peck 5+2reb, P.McLeod 3, S.Tilby 2+3reb
gschID: 168096


Nelson G. - Southland S. 99-97 OT

Southland S. (#8) forced the game against Nelson G. (#6) into an overtime, but lost by two points 97-99 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The former international power forward Craig Bradshaw (208-83, college: Winthrop) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and American forward Lawrence Abney (203-77, college: Fresno St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) in the effort for Southland S.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nelson G. (2-1) moved-up to fourth place. Southland S. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Nelson G. will face league's leader Bay Hawks in Tamatea in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Southland S. will play on the road against Harbour H. (#8) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: P.Campbell 33+7reb+1ast, P.Jones 25+5reb+10ast, D.Jones 13+4reb+1ast, G.Dawson 12+5reb, B.Wright 8+1reb+2ast, S.Dempster 5+4reb+3ast
Southland S.: C.Bradshaw 33+6reb+1ast, L.Abney 29+5reb, K.Braswell 21+4reb+7ast, D.Prewster 12+3reb, D.Peck 2+1ast, S.Tilby 0+2reb
gschID: 168097


Auckland P. - Wellington S. 105-97

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Auckland P. and 9th ranked Wellington S. had identical 2-2 record. This time Auckland P. used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Wellington 105-97 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-97. Auckland P. made 32-of-40 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Wellington S. only scored twelve points from the stripe. Auckland P. had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Wellington S. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international guard Lindsay Tait (192-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. American forward Ismail Muhammad (198-83, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals and the former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Wellington S.Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Auckland P. (3-2) moved-up to third place. Defending champion Wellington S. dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Auckland P. will face Taranaki MA (#7) in New Plymouth in the next round. Wellington S. will play at home against Harbour H. in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Auckland P.: L.Tait 27+9reb+11ast, B.Ruscoe 20+2reb, I.Muhammad 15+9reb+3ast, H.Allen 15+4reb, T.Newbold 12+3reb, D.Cartwright 6+5reb+1ast
Wellington S.: A.Gurley 21+3reb+1ast, T.McLean 19+2reb, C.Frank 18+7reb+5ast, J.Crowe 14+9reb+13ast, R.Taurima 10+3reb, J.Mills 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 168095



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

DStv Standings
Atlantic Conf.
 1. D.Warriors 4-0 
 2. Royal Hoopers 4-1 
 3. Islanders 3-1 
 4. Union Bank 2-1 
 5. Police Baton 1-3 
 6. Chariots 1-3 
 7. Comets 1-3 
 8. Customs 0-4 
Savannah Conf.
 1. Yelwa Hawks 6-0 
 2. Kano Pillars 4-0 
 3. Kada Stars 3-1 
 4. Bauchi Nets 3-3 
 5. Immigration 1-3 
 6. Niger Potters 1-3 
 7. Defenders 1-5 
 8. Rockets 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 5

Atlantic

Mar. 24: Yelwa Hawks - Rockets 67-62
Mar. 24: Bauchi Nets - Defenders 65-45
Mar. 25: Immigration - Niger Potters
Mar. 25: Kada Stars - Kano Pillars

Savannah

Mar. 24: Yelwa Hawks - Rockets 67-65
Mar. 24: Bauchi Nets - Defenders 58-70
Mar. 25: Immigration - Niger Potters
Mar. 25: Kada Stars - Kano Pillars



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  NORWAY   

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.22.7 
 2. Land, Asker Aliens21.2 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Asker21.0 
 4. Karlsen, Centrum20.6 
 5. Westerlund, Ammeru.20.1 
 6. Wallace, Tromso18.2 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.16.3 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.16.3 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK16.3 
 10. Bullock, Froya B.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker12.4 
 2. Byerson, Tromso9.3 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum9.1 
 4. Bullock, Froya B.8.8 
 5. Land, Asker Aliens8.8 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.7.8 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.8 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud7.2 
 9. Wallace, Tromso6.7 
 10. Sjostrom, Baerum6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mustafa MAHNIN
  Centrum
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Mahnin, Centrum4.6 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.4 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.4.3 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.4.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso3.9 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.8 
 7. Okoroafor, Ammerud3.4 
 8. Byerson, Tromso3.3 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK3.3 
 10. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.2.3 
 2. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.1 
 3. Bullock, Froya B.2.1 
 4. Ferranti, Baerum B.2.1 
 5. Silavs, Froya B.2.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso2.0 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.1.7 
 8. Westerlund, Ammeru.1.6 
 9. Mahnin, Centrum1.5 
 10. Mjos, Baerum B.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip SJOSTROM
  Baerum B.
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 2. Hagen, Ammerud1.0 
 3. Byerson, Tromso1.0 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum0.9 
 5. Bullock, Froya B.0.9 
 6. Lee-Ingram, Asker0.9 
 7. Karlsen, Centrum0.8 
 8. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.7 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.5 
 10. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.5 



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  PBL   

Standings

PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 18-1 
 2. Sauk Valley P. 13-6 
 3. Chicago M. 9-10 
 4. St. Louis P. 4-13 
 5. Indiana D. 3-14 
Eastern Division
 1. Rochester R. 17-1 
 2. Scranton/W-B 8-10 
 3. Dayton A.S. 5-10 
 4. Lake Michigan 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 12

Central

Mar. 24: Chicago M. - St. Louis P. 88-83
Mar. 25: St. Louis P. - Indiana D. 130-125 OT
Mar. 23: Cent.Illinois D. - St. Louis P. 123-94
Mar. 24: Cent.Illinois D. - Indiana D. 122-89
Mar. 25: Sauk Valley P. - Chicago M. 107-89
Mar. 23: Chicago M. - Sauk Valley P. 100-123

Eastern

Mar. 25: Lake Michigan - Dayton A.S. 102-107

Regular Season: Round 13

Central

Mar. 30: Chicago M. - Cent.Illinois D.
Mar. 31: NW Indiana S. - St. Louis P.
Apr. 1: St. Louis P. - NW Indiana S.

Eastern

Mar. 30: Dayton A.S. - Rochester R.
Mar. 31: Scranton/W-B - Lake Michigan
Apr. 1: Rochester R. - Scranton/W-B
Apr. 1: Charleston G. - Dayton A.S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.9 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.20.4 
 4. Commons, Scranton.19.4 
 5. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Robinson, Scranton.18.8 
 8. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 9. Harris, Dayton A.S.17.5 
 10. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Robinson, Scranton.11.4 
 3. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 4. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.3 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.8.2 
 6. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 7. Harris, Sauk V.7.2 
 8. Batiste, Lake M.7.1 
 9. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 10. Harris, Dayton A..6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.5 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.7.0 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.9 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.4.9 
 6. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.8 
 7. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 8. Council, Rocheste.4.0 
 9. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 10. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.7 
 3. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 4. Crouch, Rocheste.1.5 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 6. Favors, Sauk V.1.4 
 7. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 8. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.3 
 9. Robinson, Scranton.1.3 
 10. Smith, Dayton A.S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.9 
 3. Commons, Scranton.1.6 
 4. Batiste, Lake M.1.5 
 5. Webster, Rocheste.1.3 
 6. Robinson, Scranton.1.1 
 7. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 8. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 9. Onunaku, Lake M.0.9 
 10. Davis, Rochester0.8 


Drive beat Indiana 122-89, go perfect at home in regular season - by Eurobasket News

The Central Division Champion Central Illinois Drive, presented by Sonic, beat the Indiana Diesels Saturday afternoon at home 122-89. With the win, the Drive finished their regular season home schedule unbeaten. They are now 18-1 on the season and competing with Rochester for first overall in the PBL. The loss was at Sauk Valley. Matt Salley (6'7''-F-86, college: Bradley) and Mike Malat (6'2''-G, college: Missouri S&T) led scoring with 19 points. Rodney Edgerson (6'5''-F, college: Ky Wesleyan) had 17 points. The team shot 48.8% overall and went 11 for 29 from three-point range. The Drive hit 27 of 25 free throws and had 52 rebounds.

The Drive controlled play in the opening quarter. They made good shots and got rebounds when they missed. They had 20 rebounds in the 1st quarter alone. Coach AJ Guyton let some bench players get some action early and the move paid off. The Drive led 32-20 after the 1st.

In the 2nd the Drive kept the offense coming but Indiana stayed with them early. As the quarter moved along the Drive got hotter. Eventually they would outscore the Diesels 35-21 in the quarter and led 67-42 at the half. The team had 32 rebounds at halftime and Matt Sally led the team with 13 points.

The Drive opened up their lead to 30 points in the 3rd. As was the case in the 2nd, Indiana was able to score early on but Central Illinois got stingy on defense late in the quarter. The Drive led by 36 at the end of the quarter and were up 95-59. They outscored Indiana 28-17 in the quarter.

The Drive focused more on defense in the final quarter and were able to wrap up the win. Indiana kept pushing but it was never close enough to make a comeback of any sort. Indiana outscored Central Illinois 30-27 in the quarter.

The Drive play their last game of the regular season next Friday at 1:05 pm as they travel to the Chicago Muscle.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



SWB Steamers headed to playoffs after win over Dayton - by Eurobasket News

Just as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers coach Dennis Mishko feared, his team got off to a slow start he thought it couldn't afford in Saturday's game at Dayton.

Maybe it was the long bus ride or the late arrival at the hotel that left the Steamers out of sync in a game with major playoff implications.

But Mishko turned to that shorter lineup that focused on defensive pressure, and the Steamers managed to change the game's momentum and come away with a playoff-spot clinching 111-89 win over the Air Strikers.

The Steamers (9-10) locked up the No. 2 seed out of the Eastern Division, and will take on the Central Illinois Drive (18-1), the top seed out of the Central Division, in a three-game playoff series that tips off Thursday, April 5, at the Lackawanna College Student Union.

'We're really excited,' Mishko said. 'We've been playing so hard and, being an expansion team, things go against us.

'We've become better as the year has gone by, and I know we are much better than we were a couple weeks ago.'

Forward Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, agency: 360 Sports Management, college: USC Aiken) led the Steamers with 26 points, and helped the team erase an early 20-12 deficit when he moved over to center as part of the team's shorter, quicker lineup.

'We started out slowly,' Mishko said. 'It kind of caught us off guard. But we got some fresh legs in, went a little smaller, and pressed.'

Darrion Griffin (6'5''-G-87, college: Jackson St.) added 16 points, and the guard trio of Stephon Draper, Brandon Tunnell (6'1''-PG-89, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Hampton) and Vincent Simpson (6'1''-G-88, college: Hampton) combined for 18 assists.

The Steamers improved to 4-2 against the Air Strikers (5-11).

The Steamers will travel to Rochester for their final game of the regular season April 1.

'These guys are growing up now,' Mishko said of his team. 'We think that the maturity that we've gained will now help us against a Central Illinois or a Rochester.'

Courtesy of http://thetimes-tribune.com



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Petron B.
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Fazekas, Petron B.30.6 
 2. White, Barako Bull29.8 
 3. Bowles, B-Meg L.29.1 
 4. David, Powerade T.27.9 
 5. Barron, Meralco27.7 
 6. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra21.4 
 8. Harvey, Talk N Te.21.2 
 9. Parada, Alaska Ac.21.1 
 10. Douthit, Air21 E.20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  Talk N Text
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harvey, Talk N Te.20.2 
 2. Douthit, Air21 E.20.0 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.18.4 
 4. Jones, Powerade T.17.2 
 5. Barron, Meralco16.3 
 6. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.15.3 
 8. White, Barako Bull13.2 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra13.2 
 10. Bowles, B-Meg L.12.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron6.8 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.6 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.6.2 
 6. White, Barako Bull5.8 
 7. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.4 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra5.2 
 9. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.3 
 10. Custodio, Alaska4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ross, Meralco1.7 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.1.4 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.3 
 4. Douthit, Air21 E.1.3 
 5. Hatfield, Ginebra1.3 
 6. White, Barako Bull1.2 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.2 
 8. Reyes, Talk N Text1.2 
 9. Barroca, B-Meg L.1.2 
 10. Vroman, Ginebra1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jackson VROMAN
  Ginebra .
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Vroman, Ginebra2.8 
 2. Jones, Powerade T.2.7 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.2.3 
 4. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.2 
 5. Douthit, Air21 E.2.1 
 6. Santos, Petron B.2.0 
 7. Crews, Rain o.1.6 
 8. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.6 
 9. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.2 
 10. Eman, Alaska Aces1.2 


PBA Roundup: Mar. 21-25, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

'I think I'm going into acting after my PBA career is over.' Mick Pennisi (210-C-75, college: E.Michigan)

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over PETRONBLAZE BOOSTERS, 94-80
Mick Pennisi did more than join an elite group Wednesday in his colorful pro career. The newest member of the 700 Three-Points Made Club caused the ejection of new Petron Blaze import Will McDonald and helped Barako Bull notch a victory that fanned the Energy's hopes of making the PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs.

Rodney White played his best game yet with 41 points and 22 rebounds while Willie Miller, Ronald Tubid and Dorian Pena gave significant contributions in the win that followed Barako Bull's 89-82 win over Meralco in Lanao del Norte last Wednesday.

Still, even coach Junel Baculi had to admit Pennisi getting the goat of McDonald with just 3:15 into the second period was the biggest key to his team rising to fifth from eighth after evening its win-loss record to 4-4. Following their scrap underneath the Petron basket McDonald threw the ball at Pennisi's forehead, which the latter further sold although a bit belatedly as a flagrant foul-penalty 2 offense by falling down on his back.

McDonald wound up with just 7 points, 5 rebounds and a steal in 13 minutes of action. His stint could even be shorter should PBA commissioner Chito Salud decide to suspend him a game. Salud is set to announce his decision Thursday following a review of the incident.

BBE 94 - White 41, Miller 16, Pennisi 11, Tubid 10, Allado 7, Arboleda 3, Weinstein 2, Aquino 2, Seigle 2, Najorda 0, Pena 0.
PBB 80 - Cabagnot 17, Santos 13, Yeo 11, Guevarra 9, Mc Donald 7, Miranda 7, Ildefonso 7, Reyes 5, Baclao 2, Rizada 2, Al-Hussaini 0, Lanete 0, Tugade 0.
QS: 30-20, 52-32, 74-52, 94-80

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 101-95
Rain or Shine continued to play big with its back against the wall, ducking elimination for the second straight game by whipping B-Meg. The Elasto Painters thrived under pressure, pounding the Llamados with a good perimeter shooting and staying alive with a 3-5 win-loss card.

With back-to-back wins, the Elasto Painters drew level with the Petron Blaze Boosters and the Meralco Bolts at eighth place at 3-5, now just half-game behind the Air21 Express (3-4) and a game adrift the Alaska Milk Aces (4-4) and the Barako Bull Energy (4-4). The Llamados slid back to second place behind the Talk n Text Tropang Texters (5-2) with a third loss in eight games.

Jeff Chan accounted for five three-point conversions, finishing with a total of 19 points in the well-fought game.

James Yap of B-Meg struggled for only 7 points on 2-of-13 field shooting and 2-of-5 free throws. Denzel Bowles produced 38 huge points, but Duke Crews got more rebounds with 16 and added 24 points.

ROS 101 - Crews 24, Chan 19, Arana 14, Norwood 11, Matias 8, Buenafe 8, Lee 6, Quinahan 6, Tang 5, Belga 0, Ibanes 0.
BML 95 - Bowles 38, Simon 19, Pingris 8, Reavis 8, Yap 7, Barroca 6, Devance 5, Intal 2, De Ocampo 2, Urbiztondo 0, Burtscher 0.
QS: 19-18, 39-43, 64-70, 101-95

MERALCO BOLTS over AIR21 EXPRESS, 101-91
Meralco tried to put the game away and dishearten Air21 early. In the end, it was the Bolts toughness that kept their playoff chances alive. Meralco scored all but 6 of the games first 34 points, and then stood its ground after the game turned physical and Air21 waged a comeback, pulling off a win and keeping their slim hopes for a playoff spot alive.

Mark Cardona had seven of the Bolts final 12 points including a back-breaking three-point shot that gave Meralco a 12-point lead, Asi Taulava collected 16 points and 10 rebounds and import Earl Barron finished with a game-high 34 points in leading the young franchise to its fourth win at the end of its elimination round campaign. Cardona wound up with 19 points in all.

Air21 dropped its third game in a row and slipped into a tie with Rain or Shine and reigning Governors Cup champion Petron at 3-5. The Express will now have to prevail over Barangay Ginebra in their final game to have a crack at a playoff for a quarterfinals berth.

Sol Mercado added 13 points for Meralco, but was ejected with 3:26 left in the game after incurring his second technical foul on a body bump on Jojo Duncil.

Marcus Douthit led Air21 with 33 points and Ritualo ended up with a personal conference-best 20. However, no other local player had scored in double figures for the Express, with Mark Isip only having four and Nelbert Omolon finishing with two.

MB 101 - Barron 34, Cardona 19, Taulava 16, Mercado 13, Macapagal 9, Ross 8, Espinas 2, Timberlake 0, Borboran 0.
A21 91 - Douthit 33, Ritualo 20, Espiritu 8, Hubalde 7, Duncil 6, Sena 4, Menor 4, Isip 4, Jazul 3, Omolon 2, Sison 0, Escobal 0.
QS: 28-14, 51-39, 73-60, 101-91.

ALASKA ACES over POWERADE TIGERS, 102-100 (OT)
Adam Parada matched a season-high 28 rebounds, the last paving the way for his winning follow-up shot as Alaska Milk upended Powerade in overtime to clinch the third slot in the PBA Commissioners Cup playoffs.

The Aces waged a spirited chase from 16 points down in the last five minutes of regulation and lived on in OT to close out their elimination-round stint at 5-4. Alaska is back in the playoffs after a disastrous ninth-place finish in the recent Philippine Cup.

The Texters and the Llamados gained a free ride into the playoffs as the Meralco Bolts repulsed the Air21 Express earlier in the night.

Alaska held Powerade scoreless in the last 5:25 of regulation to force overtime at 92. The Aces even got an opportunity to steal the game right in regulation but Sonny Thoss missed a fall-away shot inside the paint at the buzzer.

Going down the drain with Powerades loss was Gary Davids conference-high 40-point explosion. David knocked in four triples, eight twinners and 12 charities as he missed by two his season best made towards the end of the Philippine Cup elimination round. He put in at least 20 points for the 12th straight game dating back to the last conference. Hes now 19 points away from joining the 5,000-point club.

Parada top scored for Alaska with 28 points to go with his 18 defensive caroms and 10 offensive boards. The Alaska import matched the season-high 28 boards set by Talk n Text's Donnell Harvey. Bonbon Custodio and Baguio chipped in 19 points each, Thoss had his own double-double game with 13 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio had solid all-around numbers of 10 rebounds, 9 points and 7 assists.

ALA 102 - Parada 28, Custodio 19, Baguio 19, Thoss 13, Tenorio 9, Bugia 4, Gonzales 4, Salamat 2, Baracael 2, Reyes 2, Eman 0.
POW 100 - David 40, Lassiter 17, Jones 14, Anthony 8, Kramer 6, Lingganay 5, Vanlandingham 5, Casio 5, Allera 0, Calimag 0, Cruz 0, Antonio 0.
QS: 20-26, 36-45, 62-75, 92-92, 102-100

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 102-90
Talk N Text is now assured of at least a playoff for an outright semifinal berth while Rain or Shine is out of the tourney. In a crucial road game at the Hoops Dome here Saturday night, the Tropang Texters pounced on the Elasto Painters in the last three quarters for a 102-90 win that moved the reigning champs a win away from an outright semis passage in the PBA Commissioners Cup.

Rain or Shine, semifinalist in the Philippine Cup, moved out of contention for the second conference playoffs as it ended its elims stint at 3-6. This will be the first the Elasto Painters wont be advancing past the eliminations in four conferences under head coach Yeng Guiao. B-Meg, Barangay Ginebra, Powerade and Barako Bull are still in contention for the other outright semis slot.

A three-way tie among Talk N Text, B-Meg and Barangay Ginebra may ensue at 6-3 at the end of the elims. In this scenario, the Llamados gain the first outright semis berth on a superior PBA quotient while the Tropang Texters and the Kings dispute the other outright semis berth via a playoff on Friday.

Donnell Harvey wound up with a game-high 32 points and 16 rebounds as against Duke Crews 25 markers. Alapag, Kelly Williams and Fonacier added 17, 15 and 13, respectively, for the Texters who continued to miss the services of injured reserve center Ali Peek.

TNT 102 Harvey 32, Alapag 17, Williams 15, Fonacier 13, De Ocampo 8, Castro 6, Reyes 5, Carey 2, Aguilar 2, Raymundo 2, Dillinger 0, Gamalinda 0.
ROS 90 Crews 25, Lee 18, Chan 13, Arana 13, Belga 6, Quinahan 4, Cruz 4, Buenafe 3, Norwood 2, Ibanes 2, Tang 0.
QS: 24-24, 52-42, 75-61, 102-90.

B-MEG LLAMADOS over POWERADE TIGERS, 96-94
For B-Meg head coach Tim Cone, Powerade's Gary David looked as if he could go another two games.

'I'm certainly more exhausted than David,' he related. 'David looked like he could go another 96 minutes.'

David just wants one quarter to be played out anew.

Specifically, the last 5.1 seconds of Sunday's game, when a crucial free throw miss by David virtually enabled the Llamados to escape with a 96-94 win that that assured them of at least a playoff spot for an automatic semifinals berth at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the penultimate playdate of the PBA Commissioners Cup eliminations.

Down by three, the Tigers had the chance to tie when David got fouled on a three point attempt by Denzel Bowles. To their consternation, David's first attempt rattled out. Left with no other choice, David made the second one and intentionally flubbed the third.

Bowles notched game-highs of 29 points and 18 rebounds and Josh Urbiztondo finished with 15 points and 7 assists as B-Meg finished the nine-game eliminations with a 6-3 win-loss slate.

David wound up with a team-high 25 and also became the 64th and latest member of the league 5,000-point club, a plateau he reached with his first of two charities at the 3:43 mark of the third period. But David saved his biggest explosion for the game in the fourth period, when he scattered 12 points and led a comeback that put Powerade from an 81-92 deficit to within 93-94.

Despite being a doubtful starter due to an over-extended Achilles tendon that needed overnight therapy James Yap still managed to score 15 points.

BML 96 - Bowles 29, Urbiztondo 15, Yap 15, Pingris 12, Simon 7, Intal 6, Reavis 4, De Ocampo 4, Barroca 2, Villanueva 2.
POW 94 - David 25, Lassiter 17, Jones 11, Anthony 11, Kramer 9, Casio 8, Antonio 5, Lingganay 3, Allera 2, Cruz 2, Adducul 1, Vanlandingham 0.
QS: 24-21, 46-43, 73-63, 96-94

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 91-81
Barangay Ginebra started the final half with a flurry and coasted over Barako Bull as
the Kings became the fourth team to make the PBA Commissioners Cup playoffs.

At 5-4, the Kings have a shot at a playoff for an outright semifinal entry in their game versus the Air21 Express. Talk n Text, at 6-2, and B-Meg, at 6-3, are the two other teams in the hunt for an outright semis passage. The Kings settle for a quarters slot if they drop their game versus the Express. Alaska, at 5-4, is the other team that has booked a seat in the quarters.

Mark Caguioa finished with a game-high 25 points while Jackson Vroman wound up with 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Kings stopped the Barako run, sending the Energy to a 4-5 finish in the elims. The Energy gain outright quarters entry should Ginebra beat Air21 on Wednesday, but they figure in a knockout in case the Express prevail.

BGK 91 - Caguioa 25, Vroman 19, Cortez 12, Hatfield 10, Ababou 7, Wilson W. 6, Raymundo 6, Villanueva 4, Wilson J. 2, Labagala 0.
BBE 81 - White 19, Miller 11, Seigle 11, Najorda 10, Tubid 8, Allado 8, Weinstein 5, Arboleda 5, Aquino 2, Pena 2, Pennisi 0.
QS: 20-20, 44-41, 70-55, 91-81

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph




Barako Bull release Rodney White, land Reggie Okosa - by Eurobasket News

Barako Bull had to make the change in the roster. They released Rodney White (206-C/F-80, college: Charlotte) who asked for it to return to the USA for the personal reasons. Rodney White joined Barako Bull in March. He appeared in four games averaging 32.5 points, 14.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in PBA. The centre started the season in South Korea. He tallied 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for Anyang KGC. Later the centre moved to China to join Guangsha Lions. His stats read 20.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in CBA.
Barako Bull opted for Okosa Reggie (208-F/C-80, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: La Salle) to replace White. The Nigerian centre tipped off the season in Japan with Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa. He averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in BJ League. The centre then moved to South Korea to ink with Sonic Boom KT. His stats read 15.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance in KBL. Okosa Reggie was named Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Import of the Year in 2006 and All-Korean KBL Player of the Year in 2008.



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  POLAND   


Motiejunas number one in Poland for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Asseco Prokom, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, four rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Trefl Sopot (#2, 3-2) with 20-point margin 81-61. It allowed Asseco Prokom to consolidate first place in the Polish PLK. Asseco Prokom have a solid 4-1 record. Motiejunas turned to be Asseco Prokom's top player in his first season with the team. Donatas Motiejunas averages this season 16.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Serbian Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) of Slask Wroclaw. Mladenovic had a very good evening with 33 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead Slask Wroclaw to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked AZS PW (#0, 10-21) 108-74. This victory allowed Slask Wroclaw to move up to -5th position in Group B. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mladenovic is a newcomer at Slask Wroclaw, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Slask Wroclaw's star - American guard Paul Graham (196-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices). Graham showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Slask Wroclaw, helping his team with a 108-74 easy win against #0 ranked AZS PW in a game of the week. Slask Wroclaw needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group B. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Graham has a very solid season. In 31 games in Poland he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronald Moore (183-G-88) of PGE Turow - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) of Anwil - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Bartosz Diduszko (198-F-87) of Slask Wroclaw - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Przemyslaw Zamojski (186-G-86) of Asseco Prokom - 19 points and 4 rebounds
8. Michal Nowakowski (202-F-88) of AZS PW - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) of Energa Czarni - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. J.J. Montgomery (196-G-82) of AZS Koszalin - 16 points and 12 rebounds

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



Pacocha number one in Polish 1Liga for round 28 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AZS Szczecin, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Spojnia (#7, 15-11) 75-69. AZS Szczecin is placed at 10th position in Polish 1Liga. AZS Szczecin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-13 record. In the team's last game Pacocha had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at AZS Szczecin and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lukasz Pacocha has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Pacocha is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.3spg and 52.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old Slawomir Nowak (198-F-77) of MOSiR Krosno. Nowak had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead MOSiR Krosno to another comfortable win 85-67 over slightly lower-ranked Sudety (#15, 3-24) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. MOSiR Krosno keeps 13th position. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories MOSiR Krosno managed to get this year. Nowak is one of the most experienced players at MOSiR Krosno and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Sebastian Balcerzak (195-F-80) of Sudety (#15). Balcerzak scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Balcerzak's great performance Sudety lost 67-85 to slightly higher-ranked MOSiR Krosno (#13, 7-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sudety can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Balcerzak he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Balcerzak has a very solid season. In 10 games in Poland he scored 5.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Grzegorz Grochowski (178-PG-93) of MKS DG - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Artur Mikolajko (197-F-79) of Polonia - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-F-84) of Znicz Basket - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Radoslaw Basinski (188-PG-78) of SKK Siedlce - 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Lukasz Szczypka (185-PG-80) of MKS DG - 23 points
9. Marcel Wilczek (200-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 18 points and 12 rebounds
10. Jaromir Szurlej (180-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 8-3 
 2. Bayamon 8-4 
 3. Guaynabo 8-4 
 4. Arecibo 6-6 
 5. Quebradillas 6-6 
 6. San German 6-7 
 7. Guayama 3-8 
 8. Humacao 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 11

Mar. 25: San German - Quebradillas 84-72
Mar. 24: Quebradillas - Arecibo 73-91
Mar. 25: Guaynabo - Humacao 73-84
Mar. 24: Mayaguez - Guayama 111-105 OT

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 26: Arecibo - Bayamon
Mar. 27: Humacao - Guayama
Mar. 27: Quebradillas - Guaynabo
Mar. 28: Arecibo - Mayaguez


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.4 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon20.6 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas18.8 
 4. Hodge, Humacao18.0 
 5. Ayuso, Arecibo17.3 
 6. Rivera, San German17.2 
 7. Maye, Guaynabo16.8 
 8. Smith, Mayaguez16.2 
 9. Galindo, Guayama15.7 
 10. O''Bryant, Mayagu.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas9.1 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.0 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.5 
 4. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 5. Pinkney, San G.8.2 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.1 
 7. Shannon, Quebradil.8.0 
 8. James, Humacao7.4 
 9. Narvaez, Guaynabo7.4 
 10. Valenzuela, Humac.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Smith, Mayaguez6.5 
 2. Rivera, San German5.8 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo4.4 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 5. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 6. Pagan, Guayama4.0 
 7. Hodge, Humacao4.0 
 8. Cruz, Quebradillas3.9 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez3.8 
 10. Ramirez, Mayaguez3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.7 
 2. Ramirez, Mayaguez2.0 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.5 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 7. Rivera, Mayaguez1.4 
 8. Pagan, Guayama1.4 
 9. Garcia, Humacao1.3 
 10. Hodge, Humacao1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.6 
 2. Shannon, Quebradil.1.8 
 3. Thornton, Guayama1.7 
 4. Burgess, Guaynabo1.7 
 5. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 7. Santiago, Arecibo1.3 
 8. James, Humacao1.3 
 9. Valenzuela, Humac.1.3 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez1.1 


Williams and Davis released from Quebradillas: - by Luis Modestti

After a four game losing streak Piratas de Quebradillas released imports Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) and Ricky Davis (201-F/G-79, college: Iowa).

Team owner Felo Rivera announced that he wont sign their replacements quickly and they have the natives to cover those positions. He will analyze all the names that he has on the list and make a decision later this week.

Rivera also announced that he expects Shavlik Randolph this Friday but he is only 80% sure about it. Randolph just finished in China and was selected as the best BSN import last season.

Guayama waives Abraham:

Brujos de Guayama waived point guard Ryann Abraham (178-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.). He averaged 3.67 points and 1.1 assists in nine games.



Danilo Pinnock's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for Arecibo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 11.
The 28-year old player recorded a triple-double of 13 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed Quebradillas (6-6) with 18-point margin 91-73. Arecibo is placed at 4th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Arecibo is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-6 record. Pinnock just recently signed at Arecibo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Danilo Pinnock averages this season 14.4ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 28-year old American Al Thornton (203-F-83) of Guayama. Thornton had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Guayama lost that overtime game 105-111 to the higher-ranked Mayaguez (#1, 8-3). Guayama managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Guayama managed to get this year. Thornton is one of the most experienced players at Guayama and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.4ppg (#1). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American center Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) of league's top team Mayaguez. O'Bryant scored 25 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Mayaguez, leading his team to a 111-105overtime win against the lower-ranked Guayama (#7, 3-8). Mayaguez confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. O'Bryant has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Quebradillas - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Julian Sensley (206-F-82) of Humacao - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Luis Steven Ramirez (181-PG-87) of Mayaguez - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83) of Mayaguez - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. David Cortes (190-G/F-81) of Arecibo - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Noe Alonzo (200-F-83) of Humacao - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 20 points, 4 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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  SAUDI ARABIA   

D1 Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Uhud 13-1 
 2. Al Ahli 12-3 
 3. Al Fath 11-3 
 4. Al Ittihad 10-5 
 5. Al Wehda 7-5 
 6. Al Ansar 6-4 
 7. Al Qadisiya 6-7 
 8. Al Hilal 5-6 
 9. Al Nahdha 3-8 
 10. Al Jubail 2-9 
 11. Al Kweldeeh 2-12 
 12. Al Safa 0-14 



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  SERBIA   


Jan Vesely's best NBA game - by Ivan Milenkovic

Former Partizan player, Jan Vesely (211-F-90), had the best game of his NBA career so far on Sunday. 21-year-old Czech played 24 minutes in 76-88 loss at Boston and scored 11 points (5/6 fg, 1/2 ft), added 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 3 turnovers. Partizan fan's favourite player is not enjoying good first NBA season with Washington, but this game could mean better days for him. ''Flying Czech'' played 39 games this season and averaged 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 15 minutes per game.


Politekhnika-Halychyna extends C Vladan Vukosavljevic for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) will stay with Politekhnika-Halychyna in 2012/13 season. Two sides penned a contract extension yesterday. Vukosavljevic joined Halychyna in November. He appeared 24 times for the club so far averaging 18.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Vukosavljevic is currently the fourth scorer and top rebounder of the Superleague. Vladan Vukosavljevic spent last season with Radnicki Kragujevac. Before that he split 2009/10 between Oostende and Aliaga. From 2005 to 2009, the center played for Serbian team Hemofarm Vrsac. He also has experience from Crvena Zvezda, Lovcen and OKK Beograd. Vladan Vukosavljevic played for the Serbian University National Team in 2007.


Pistons' Joe Dumars calls drafting Darko Milicic his biggest regret - by Eurobasket News

It's been nearly a decade since the Detroit Pistons drafted 18-year-old Serbian sensation Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) with the second pick of the 2003 draft.

Even though Detroit went on to win the NBA championship the following season, and the only first-round picks from that class still with their original franchises are Dwyane Wade and Nick Collison, fans continue to bemoan the Pistons' missed opportunity to draft Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh.

Don't worry, team president Joe Dumars also has regrets, calling the Milicic pick his biggest mistake during a sit-down interview with WDIV's Bernie Smilovitz.

Smilovitz pointed out that most NBA decision-makers would have taken Darko in that spot.

'Absolutely, but it was a mistake,' Dumars said.

Before he was traded to the Orlando Magic in the middle of his third season, Milicic played in 96 games with the Pistons. He averaged just 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in those appearances.

Milicic is currently on his fifth NBA roster. In his third season with the Minnesota Timberwolves he is averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds, but has recently fallen out of the team's rotation.

The Milicic selection altered the way Dumars prepared for the NBA Draft going forward.

'All I said about that is that I'll never make that same mistake twice,' Dumars said. 'That's what you have you do in this business. Whatever mistakes you make, you have to go back, look at it, and see how you made that decision, why you made that decision, and then you have to make sure you never make that kind of mistake again.'

According to Dumars, the team simply didn't do enough research on Milicic.

'We didn't have enough background on him before we made the pick. Now we go overboard with background.'

The Pistons haven't had another draft pick as meaningful as the Milicic selection, but when the team has drafted in the top half of the first round, Dumars has done well, landing the team's three building blocks -- Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight.

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



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Gavel Anton pulls Brose Baskets to the trophy - by Eurobasket News

Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) pulls Brose Baskets to the trophy as the latter took 2012 Cup 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 stepped up with 17 points and Predrag Suput netted 16. Casey Jacobsen scored 12, whilst Anthony Leon Tucker and Jenkins Julius notched 9 apiece. Battle Talor replied with 19 points in defeat and Tony Gaffney added 17.
Earlier Brose Baskets Bamberg edged Ratiopharm Ulm 99:96 in overtime. It was a real thriller in the court. The winners started with 28-23, but Ulm tied the game at the halftime. Moreover they took 4-poin lead after 30 minutes producing 21-17 in the third quarter. Brose Baskets Bamberg first tied the game after 22-18 in the fourth quarter and won the game due to 11-8 in overtime. Anton Gavel erupted with 30 points for the winners and Anthony Leon Tucker scored 17. John Bryant replied with 25 points and 12 boards in defeat.



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Helios 1-0 
 2. Krka 1-0 
 3. Union Olimpija 1-0 
 4. Zlatorog 0-1 
 5. Elektra 0-1 
 6. Sentjur 0-1 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 3-0 
 2. Maribor Messer 2-1 
 3. Rogaska 2-1 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 2-1 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 0-3 
 6. Parklji 0-3 

Second Stage: Round 1

Championship

Mar. 24: Helios - Sentjur 83-76
Mar. 25: Krka - Zlatorog 68-54
Mar. 24: Elektra - Union Olimpija 64-70

Play-out

Mar. 17: Polzela - Geoplin Slovan 90-74
Mar. 17: Rogaska - Parklji 88-51
Mar. 22: Maribor Messer - Geoplin Slovan 87-88 OT
Mar. 24: Polzela - LTHcast Mercator 84-71
Mar. 24: Geoplin Slovan - Parklji 84-59
Mar. 24: Rogaska - Maribor Messer 61-63
Mar. 21: Parklji - Polzela 58-75
Mar. 17: LTHcast Mercator - Maribor Messer 57-76
Mar. 21: LTHcast Mercator - Rogaska 56-57

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Mar. 28: Union Olimpija - Zlatorog
Mar. 28: Sentjur - Krka
Mar. 28: Elektra - Helios

Play-out

Mar. 28: Maribor Messer - Parklji
Mar. 28: LTHcast Mercator - Geoplin Slovan
Mar. 28: Rogaska - Polzela


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Nelson, Sentjur18.0 
 2. Rizvic, Parklji16.5 
 3. Prepelic, Helios15.2 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska14.8 
 5. Maric, Sentjur14.3 
 6. Pasalic, Helios13.8 
 7. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.13.8 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.5 
 9. Hohler, Polzela13.3 
 10. Rembert, Sentjur13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rizvic, Parklji9.3 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.7 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.8 
 4. Djugum, Geoplin7.7 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur7.4 
 6. Mucic, Maribor6.8 
 7. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 8. Sviridov, Polzela6.6 
 9. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.6 
 10. Maric, Sentjur6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Patrick REMBERT
  Sentjur
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rembert, Sentjur5.3 
 2. Rupnik, Geoplin5.2 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.4 
 4. Hohler, Polzela4.1 
 5. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.0 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska3.6 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.5 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra3.1 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.1 
 10. Gay, Helios2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Miha FON
  Geoplin Slovan
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.8 
 2. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.7 
 4. Gay, Helios1.6 
 5. Vasl, Polzela1.6 
 6. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 7. Maric, Sentjur1.5 
 8. Lelic, Elektra1.4 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin1.4 
 10. Skific, Zlatorog1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitry SVIRIDOV
  Polzela
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sviridov, Polzela1.2 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.2 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.1 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.1 
 5. Cresnar, Helios0.8 
 6. Sebic, Sentjur0.8 
 7. Rizvic, Parklji0.7 
 8. Djugum, Geoplin0.7 
 9. Hannibal, Polzela0.7 
 10. Primorac, Sentjur0.6 


Standings - D2

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


Lobe's double-double lands him D2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old power forward Blaz Lobe (202-F/C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Grosuplje and receives a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Medvode (#11, 6-15) with 24-point margin 84-60. It allowed Grosuplje to consolidate first place in the Slovenian D2. Grosuplje have a solid 18-4 record. In the team's last game Lobe had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Grosuplje, through which he has constantly improved. Blaz Lobe averages this season 15.2ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Sanel Dzombic (198-G-78) of Hrastnik. He is a guard in his second season at Hrastnik. In the last game Dzombic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Hrastnik was edged by the lower-ranked Litija (#13, 6-16) 74-73. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Hrastnik keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Dzombic is well-known at Hrastnik and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#4). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Jure Erzen (203-C-75) of Sencur CP (#3). Erzen showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sencur CP, leading his team to a 85-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Triglav Strazisce (#5, 15-7). Sencur CP needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 5 lost games. Erzen has a great season in Slovenia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Klepo (211-C-80) of Postojna - 18 points and 14 rebounds
5. Boris Jersin (183-G-85) of Triglav Strazisce - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Matic Korosec (194-F-89) of Triglav Strazisce - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bostjan Sivka (200-F/C-76) of Konjice - 20 points and 9 rebounds
8. Luka Hren (198-G-90) of Litija - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Marko Dimnik (190-G-81) of Postojna - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Rok Perko (179-G-87) of Splosna plovba - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 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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List of Players Enlisting in Military Service Announced - by Kevin Campigotto

This afternoon the list of nine players who will begin their military season in 2012 was announced. Players will begin their service on April 30th 2012 and will be discharged January 29th 2014. The oldest name in the list is Wonju Dongbu Promy forward Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84), while the youngest is Jeonju KCC Egis' Jeong Min-Soo (194-F-88). Promy rookie Ahn Jae-Wook (175-G-87) will also enlist, meaning that the finals team will lose two of its youngest, brightest stars for the next two seasons.

Goyang Orions --> Heo Il-Young (197-F-85), Kim Kang-Sun (190-G-86)


Anyang KGC --> Park Chan-Hee (190-G-87)

Changwon Changwon LG Sakers --> Park Hyung-Chul (193-G-87)

Ulsan Mobis Phoebus --> Song Chang-Yong (192-SF-87)

Wonju Dongbu Promy --> Ahn Jae-Wook, Yoon Ho-Young

Jeonju KCC Egis --> Jeong Min-Soo

Inchon ET Land Elephants --> Ham Nuri (196-F-88)












Source: Jumpball.co.kr



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  SWEDEN   

Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Relphorde, LF Ba.20.2 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.3 
 4. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.1 
 5. Flowers, Solna19.0 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.7 
 7. Palm, Boras17.6 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro16.6 
 9. McKnight, Boras16.5 
 10. Mbemba, LF Basket16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Palm, Boras10.4 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala10.2 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.9 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket8.9 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.8 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.5 
 8. Lalugba, Jamtland8.4 
 9. Stamper, Jamtland8.0 
 10. McKnight, Boras7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.7 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.4 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.3 
 4. Carter, Uppsala5.8 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.3 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 7. Beck, Solna4.6 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland4.6 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Solna
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Flowers, Solna2.8 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.8 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 5. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 6. Ermolinskij, Sunds.1.9 
 7. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.1.8 
 9. Ramsey, LF Basket1.8 
 10. Zabas, Jamtland1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket1.6 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala1.6 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje1.6 
 4. Gregory, Sundsvall1.4 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.1 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 9. Palm, Boras0.9 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping0.7 


Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 21-0 
 2. Taby 17-5 
 3. LF Future 15-7 
 4. Akropol 13-9 
 5. Blackeberg 12-10 
 6. Haga Haninge 11-11 
 7. Orongo 10-12 
 8. Talje 10-12 
 9. Uppsala KFUM 9-13 
 10. Jarva Devils 7-15 
 11. Eskilstuna 4-18 
 12. BG Lulea 2-19 
South
 1. Malbas 22-1 
 2. Nassjo 20-2 
 3. Hoganas 15-7 
 4. Brahe Basket 15-8 
 5. Srbija 13-9 
 6. Solna Branten 8-13 
 7. Helsingborg 8-13 
 8. Norrkoping BK 6-14 
 9. Eos 6-16 
 10. Fryshuset 6-16 
 11. Hogsbo 6-16 
 12. Sanda 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

North

Mar. 25: Orongo - LF Future 88-104
Mar. 25: Talje - Taby 76-69
Mar. 24: Haga Haninge - Blackeberg 72-85
Mar. 25: Eskilstuna - Akropol 71-95
Mar. 25: Eagles - Jarva Devils 108-63
Mar. 25: Uppsala KFUM - LF Future 103-73

South

Mar. 25: Malbas - Eos 98-58
Mar. 24: Nassjo - Sanda 85-53
Mar. 25: Norrkoping BK - Fryshuset 79-74
Mar. 24: Solna Branten - Srbija 67-76
Mar. 24: Hoganas - Hogsbo 61-63
Mar. 25: Brahe Basket - Helsingborg 113-48


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Binyam FEGHADU
  Jarva D.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Feghadu, Jarva D.28.4 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas26.1 
 3. Bergstrom, Black.22.3 
 4. Vukovic, Helsingbo.20.1 
 5. Banks, Taby19.6 
 6. Ganstrand, Sanda18.9 
 7. Karovic, Eos18.6 
 8. Cedermarker, Srb.18.4 
 9. Robinson, Brahe B.17.7 
 10. Norstrom, Eskil.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Petkovski, Srbija11.3 
 2. Eliassson, Solna B.10.8 
 3. Damjanovic, Nassjo10.7 
 4. Rawlins, Up.10.6 
 5. Vukovic, Helsingbo.9.7 
 6. Ali Hussein, LF Fu.9.5 
 7. Robinson, Brahe B.9.4 
 8. Nordin, Taby9.2 
 9. Hartmann, Akropol9.2 
 10. Fitzgerald, Malbas9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan NGUYEN
  Fryshuset
  (189-G-92)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nguyen, Fryshuset5.4 
 2. Wazzi, Nassjo4.9 
 3. Kovacek, Talje4.7 
 4. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.6 
 5. Ryan, LF Future4.6 
 6. Lundin, Taby4.5 
 7. Hultman-Boye, Hag.4.5 
 8. Kutra, Hoganas4.3 
 9. Cedermarker, Srb.4.2 
 10. Rawlins, Up.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.2 
 2. Rawlins, Up.3.1 
 3. Wazzi, Nassjo3.0 
 4. Strazdauskas, Hog.2.9 
 5. Feghadu, Jarva D.2.8 
 6. Hultman-Boye, Hag.2.5 
 7. Kutra, Hoganas2.5 
 8. Taylor, Eagles2.5 
 9. Dawit, Fryshuset2.3 
 10. Svedas, Srbija2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Rikard FLINK
  Helsingborg
  (200-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Flink, Helsingborg2.1 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.2.0 
 3.